Politics

Dick and Lynne Cheney @The Library

Christine Whittington writes "Lynne Cheney, in an interview with KCWY New-13 (Casper, Wyoming) spills the beans that, as high school students, she and Dick both spent time at the "old Carnegie Library" in Casper--though they may not have noticed each other. She says, "[B]oth of us were reading our way through the old Carnegie Library. And Dick was in the history section. I was in the fiction section. We didn't cross paths, but we've compared notes so we know that one summer we were both in there a lot." Read the interview, mostly about the Cheneys' courtship activities, in "Presidential News and Speeches" on

Whitehouse.gov.

Appeals Court Paves Way for Gagged Librarians to Speak Publicly for the First Time

The ACLU Says A federal appeals court ruled yesterday on two constitutional challenges filed by the ACLU to the Patriot Act's National Security Letter (NSL) provision, saying in one of the cases that a district court should consider the constitutionality of the provision in light of recent amendments made by Congress.

"Two separate lower courts found the Patriot Act"s National Security Letter provision to be undemocratic and unconstitutional," said Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU attorney who argued the New York case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. "We believe that recent amendments to the law make the provision worse, not better, and we are confident the district court will agree."

Library union: no confidence in director

Anonymous Patron writes "Union-represented workers in the King County Library System, a large suburban library system near Seattle, have cast an overwhelming vote of no confidence in the system's longtime director, Bill Ptacek. The Seattle Times Reports Ninety-two percent of the 388 librarians and library assistants voting said they don't have confidence in Ptacek's management or leadership, at or near the top of the complaint list is Ptacek's policy of grouping libraries into "clusters." Each cluster has a single manager who can assign workers to any of its libraries."

Protecting the Nation's Memory

Linda K. Kerber is a professor of history at the University of Iowa has written a POV Column in the Chronicle on the National Archives and Records Administration allowing some federal agencies to withdraw declassified documents from public view and the Smithsonian Institution has signed an agreement with Showtime Networks to create an on-demand cable-television channel. That the Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to search the papers of the late investigative journalist Jack Anderson. She asks have you thought about what those controversies mean taken together?

Librarian Joins Michigan Senate District Race

Some News From MI: Elizabeth Fulton, a librarian at Battle Creek's Southwestern Middle School, on Monday announced her candidacy in Michigan's 19th Senate District.While Fulton, a Battle Creek resident, is running as a Republican, she said party politics are not a factor for her. Nonetheless, she chose to run from the right. She said she agrees with the GOP on most points, calling her views "pretty much parallel" with Republicans.

Copyright reform in Australia,

ADHD_librarian writes "yes, you no longer have to buy multiple copies of the same song in order to listen to it in different places.
You can now copy your vinyl records straight to your ipod (I know if I held onto them long enough they'd be useable again. Ha music industry, now I'm never buying '1986 just for kicks' on CD. The future's so bright I've got to wear shades!)
And for librarians, 'format shifting' of material such as newspapers becomes easier. (Although libraries who could argue they were doing it to maintain access to archival collections could do this in the past).

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Lexis-Nexis Hosts Yes Men for Halliburton

Kelly writes "Lexis-Nexis's branch Mealey's hosted the Yes Man, an environmental activist group: "Halliburton Co. fell victim this week to a group of pranksters pushing a "SurvivaBall" to save corporate executives from the effects of global warming. Members of the Yes Men, a group of environmental and corporate ethics activists, gave a presentation at a trade conference pretending to be Halliburton executives touting large inflatable suits that provide corporate managers safety from global warming. They also distributed a phony press release through e-mail and set up a Web site, halliburtoncontracts.com, similar to the real Halliburton site, halliburton.com. "It's basically a giant inflatable orb," said a Yes Man posing as "Fred Wolf of Halliburton" during a phone interview yesterday. "If catastrophe threatens a large population, the business manager simply enters the orb, puts it on, and it protects him or her in any climate condition, whether it involved tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, ice conditions or heat conditions." For more: http://washingtontimes.com/business/20060511-11053 4-5777r.htm For pictures, which also show Lexis-Nexis banners, see: http://halliburtoncontracts.com/about/history.html "

65% of Americans don't care that NSA has their #

mdoneil writes "ABC News say that only 35% of Americans think the datamining facilitated by the telcos is a bad thing.
The report about the ABC News/WaPo poll is available here.
I don't find this too surprising and I think the media are making a mountain out of a mole hill. I did however think it would have been split a bit closer to the middle.

While I do object to the telcos giving my phone records over without my consent, I don't object to the NSA having the records. If they asked they could have had them.
Of course I've been mad at the phone company for years."

National Security Letters issued 9,254 times

Rich writes "Zdnet reports that the FBI's use of a Patriot Act provision that lets it make secret requests for subscriber information from Internet service providers drew scrutiny from U.s. Senators on Tuesday.

"On Friday, the Justice Department reported to Congress that it had made 9.254 such requests pertaining to 3,501 "U.S. persons in 2005. according to a copy of the agency's letter posted on the Federation of American Scientists web site."

"Sen Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat who has been one of the most vocal critics of the Patriot Act, said
Tuesday that the number was far, far larger than the number of requests made under Section 215 of the Patriot Act." "I fear the reason might be that in Section 215 they have to go before a judge, and with National Security Letters, they don't, he said."

Freedom of Speech Tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Neil Young has released Living with War via the Web, with CD to follow, a ferocious new album that expresses free speech to the max, as he takes on the Iraq war and President Bush in full frontal fashion. It's called "Living with War," it includes a song called "Let's Impeach the President."
--Editor and Publisher.==

The Freedom of Speech Tour this summer will reunite Young with Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

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