On Wednesday, August 23, the city council of Escondido, California voted, 3 to 2, to move forward with plans to hand their public library over to the private, for-profit company Library Systems and Services. While it is claimed by one opposed city council member that others had hoped to carry out the library privatization quietly, they were instead faced with weeks of growing community outcry culminating in a packed, five hour public council meeting. The meeting, which was streamed live online, was filled with impassioned pleas for the library to remain in public hands. Regardless, the vote passed. According to one person attending the vote, one councilman said he was “tired of this activist attitude.” Now the city will begin the process of negotiating with LS&S, as well as the library employees’ union representation.
So why did this happen? According to city manager Jefferey R. Epp, it is all about one thing: saving money. The plan claims it will save the city $400,000 a year, or $4 million over the 10 year contract the company is suggesting. Even if accurate, it is an interesting fiscal prioritization considering the library only accounts for 3% of the community’s budget. City Council member Olga Diaz, who voted no, pointed out that the financial analysis presented for the move was a mere one page and did not account for public donations or volunteer hours. Many suspect, quite understandably, that donations and volunteers will fall off dramatically when the library becomes for-profit. By the city’s own report, 2016 saw 29,000 hours of volunteer work. That’s the equivalent of 3,625 8-hour work days.
It doesn’t hurt that LS&S knows what it’s doing. If all the libraries it has taken over were counted as a public library system, they’d be the third largest in the country. The company, which started as a library software company almost 40 years ago, began privatizing libraries in struggling communities the late ’90s. In 2010, for the first time, they took a contract in a healthy city, also in California (one of their biggest customers). In a move indicative of their profit-driven nature, LS&S actually approached Escondido officials themselves at a statewide conference. This undermines the idea that they are valiantly saving failing libraries from the chopping block rather than just digging up new customers.
Customers. That’s a key word. In other cities, officials have argued that a contract with LS&S is not privatization because the libraries are still “public.” But “open to the public” is not the same thing as “run by the public.” For one thing, tax dollars will continue to pay for the library, but will now end up far from Escondido, all the way on the other side of the country in Maryland, where LS&S is headquartered. For another, LS&S is now in control of long-term goals and city officials are given leave to all but wash their hands of the whole thing.
The biggest difference in private vs public, though, is priorities, specifically in who gets to determine priorities. A public library answers to its community. That’s the job. That’s the mission. Purchasing, programming, policy — they are all driven by community needs. This is important. An amazing library in rural Missouri looks vastly different from an amazing library in Brooklyn, NY. Public librarians are public servants. Community servants. No one gets into librarianship, especially public librarianship, for the money. The degree is expensive, the jobs are hard to come by, the budgets are always under threat, and promotions are barely existent. A union can mean decent benefits or some small protection if the city decides to close down a branch, but it also usually means capped raises and fighting with other departments for the scraps town hall is willing to throw.
LS&S sees it differently. Their biggest claim is often that they bring innovation, competition, and cost saving to towns suffering from lazy, unmotivated, pension-drunk library employees. Epp made similar arguments about Escondido, going a step farther with dramatic claims that not making the deal would mean explaining to harder working and more important people like police officers and fire fighters why they weren’t a priority. (It should be noted that $400,000 is less than 1% of the Escondido police department’s current budget.) This is the idea of library privatization in a nutshell.
And it is absolutely ludicrous.
Libraries were private long ago, a fact that an LS&S founder has mentioned in several quotes himself. What he fails to mention is that those libraries were almost exclusively for the wealthy, white, and male. Every advance of public libraries has been a fight. A fight for budgets, for access, for rights. Librarianship is, at its core, community activism that rarely asks for more than the ability to keep doing what the community needs it to do. From the librarians who buy art supplies out of their own pockets to the ones who keep their doors open in community crisis to the ones who take battles for privacy all the way to court — it is hard to find many who don’t simply shrug their shoulders and say, “It’s what we do.”
LS&S executives deride the idea that libraries are sacred symbols of American ideals. That, perhaps more than anything else, shows just how wrong they are for the job.
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This is the equivalent of a modem day book burning.
As reported on WUWT on Tuesday, New book from Dr. Roy Spencer on Al Gore’s fallacies: An Inconvenient Deception – How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy – Al Gore has provided a target-rich environment of deceptions in his new movie.
Now, Dr. Spencer reports his website drroyspencer.com has become inoperable due to attacks:
Hell hath no fury like an alarmist scorned. I’ve been the victim of The Wrath of Gore too..
After Climategate, WordPress.com reported that all advertising they sponsor via Google Adwords was inexplicably pulled from their servers whenever it was displayed on WUWT. When wordpress.com executives requested a meeting with Google to explain this, it was at first granted, then canceled 24 hours later with no explanation and attempts to reschedule fell on deaf ears.
Mr. Gore of course, is on the board of directors for Google.
So let’s send these fools a message, by Dr. Spencer’s book: entitled An Inconvenient Deception: How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy
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UPDATE: about two hours after this post was published, service was restored. – Anthony
Netflix announced today that it’s acquiring Millarworld, Mark Millar’s comic book publishing house, in the company’s first ever acquisition. According to Netflix’s press release, the purchase is part of the company’s efforts to “acquire intellectual property and ownership of stories featuring compelling characters,” for upcoming Netflix Originals, which are increasingly becoming a critical part of the streaming service’s offerings.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos commented in the announcement that the company will be looking to adapt both existing Millarworld franchises, along with new stories developed by Mark Millar and the Millarworld creative team going forward.
Millarworld is probably best known for its three franchises that have already made the jump from page to screen: Wanted, Kick-Ass,and Kingsman. Under the new Netflix ownership, Millarworld will continue to exist, and write and publish new stories.
Terms of the deal, including how much Netflix paid for Millarworld, weren’t announced, but with the massive popularity of comic book adaptations right now, it’s easy to see why Netflix would want to get its own stable of licenses to turn into original programming.
Just hours before friends‚ family and fans gathered at the ultra-posh Diamond Walk in Sandton City to celebrate the launch of Bonang’s book‚ Bonang: From A to B‚ social media users criticised the book for its ‘grammatical errors’.
The book became a talking point on social media after users pointed out that Bonang’s birthday was published as 24 June‚ when it is 25 June. Twitter users also shared screenshots of a page where words were missing.
Uncle James on Twitter
Bathi Bonang didn’t release a book but a compilation of errors BonangBookSagaFtDaniel FromAtoB
Speaking to TshisaLIVE at the launch‚ the publisher of BlackBird Books Thabiso Mahlape‚ said she took responsibility for the errors.
“I take full responsibility for what happened. The last thing I want is for black people to be accused of mediocrity and I should do better. It’s on me as the publisher. I ought to have done better‚” she said.
Thabiso explained she wrote the line that included Bonang’s birth date and 24 June stuck in her head because B initially planned to have her party on the date. “It was my mistake. I wrote that line and it went through all the various processes and no one caught it…it happens‚” she added.
Thabiso also challenged critics to point out the grammatical errors as there are only two pages with mistakes.
The social media fiasco did not dampen Bonang’s special night though. Instead she spoke about the journey with pride.
“We will be the sacrificial lambs. We will take the rubbish so that those [black girls’) that come after us don’t have to‚” Bonang told TshisaLIVE.
Luwi on Twitter
I guess it true what they say “don’t judge a book by its cover” #Bonang #FromAtoB
f you’re a person on the internet, chances are you’ve come across a mansplainer. You know the type. They’re quick to tell you exactly why you’re wrong, and usually start every sentence with, “Well, actually…”
Dealing with mansplainers can be exhausting, but no injustice is too exhausting for J.K. Rowling! She recently stepped in and totally shut a mansplainer down, and we actually couldn’t be more thrilled about it.
It all started when one woman tweeted that she’d written a book.
Laura Kalbag is a designer living in Malmö, Sweden. She recently finished writing a book all about making websites accessible for everyone. Obviously, she was super proud of her accomplishment, so she took to Twitter to share the news with her followers.
While most people were excited for Kalbag, one guy took it upon himself to rain on her parade in the most pedantic way possible.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Erik Spiekermann told Laura, “Actually, you wrote a text. It took a few other people & skills to make that into a book.”
Because apparently the phrase “writing a book” is something that people get confused about. Thank goodness for for this man, without whom we would not understand books. Insert exaggerated eye roll.
At this point, the entire Twitterverse shared one gigantic eye roll and wished this guy would fall into a very deep “well, actually.”
Buckle up, everybody!
There’s a man here to tell you how you’re doing everything wrong. It’s going to be a long, bumpy, and completely unnecessary ride.
Kalbag, who certainly did not need to respond, quickly apologized for her “misleading” tweet.
Sorry, I’m so new, I’m still learning the correct language. Nothing I wrote, let alone the book, would be worthwhile without other people.
— Laura Kalbag (@laurakalbag) August 18, 2017
She obviously wasn’t implying that she was the only one who worked on this huge project, and nobody needed Spiekermann’s mansplaination to make that clear.
This is something that didn’t really need to be corrected, let alone apologized for.
Thankfully, the rest of Twitter refused to let the mansplainer get away with mansplaining.
You can always count on Twitter to put mansplainers in their place.
Opus today announced the planned publication and pre-order release of The Official ‘Pittsburgh Steelers Opus,’ which will celebrate the history and incredible success of one of the National Football League’s storied franchises by detailing its unique story and growth into one of the most recognizable and respected sports franchises in the world today.
Learn More: thisisopus.com/steelers
The Steelers Opus, published with full cooperation from the team, is also a creative and project collaboration with Steelers ownership group member and lifelong fan Thomas Tull. Tull’s knowledge and insight of the franchise has been invaluable and it has been his passion, drive, and indeed love of everything connected with the Steelers and the Rooney Family that has helped create a body of work worthy of the Steelers history and special legacy.
The Steelers Opus will chronicle the evolution of the Steelers from its formative years under founder Art Rooney Sr. as a team that galvanized a city, and follow its journey through the iconic decade of the 1970s that was capped by four Super Bowl championships in six years, and then continuing the story of the franchise that still owns the most Super Bowl championships to the present day. It will present an in-depth and comprehensive journey through the archives that will unearth hidden and forgotten treasures and stories to illuminate and excite the emotions of Steelers fans around the world.
Breathtaking game action photography will drive the narrative through the 800-plus giant pages in the Opus, which will be complemented by exclusively written essays and interviews with many of the iconic players and coaches, past and present, who have helped make the Pittsburgh Steelers the unique football franchise that it is. Contributions from the likes of Hall of Famers Lynn Swann, Jerome Bettis, Franco Harris, Joe Greene, John Stallworth, Hines Ward, Jack Ham, Terry Bradshaw, and Mel Blount, to name just a few, from coaches Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin, and current Steelers greats such as Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and many, many more, all of whom share anecdotes about their personal memories and contributions to the Steelers legacy.
The Steelers Opus is designed to educate, inspire, and share the glory with fans young and old on a scale previously unseen, and therefore become the ultimate collectors piece to treasure for future generations. Opus also has the honor to team up on this special project with world renowned and acclaimed, multi-disciplined photographer and film director Alba Tull, whose eye for special moments and such emotive photography is captured and showcased throughout in principle photography, including an unprecedented perspective on a Steelers ‘Game Day’ and a special portrait gallery created by Alba during exclusive access to Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College.
The Limited Marquee Opus ‘Icons’ Edition itself will run to 800 sensational pages, each measuring 20 inches x 20 inches (45cm x 45cm) weighing in excess of 32 Kg (70lb). The Opus will be leather hand bound, signed by Steelers Hall of Fame greats, individually numbered, and include special features and experiences. The ‘Icons’ Edition also will include a giant ‘Megatron’ fold-out page measuring over 20 feet setting a new World Record as the longest page ever published. It will be presented in a beautiful, hand-made clamshell case specially designed for the Steelers Opus.
A second format of the Opus, The ‘Steelers Nation’ Edition, measuring 15 inches x 15 inches (38cm x 38cm), will tell the same story as its larger companion but at a price point to appeal to a wider fan base and with edited content. Still weighing in at approximately 15kg, this Midi Edition is created to satisfy the demands of a much wider fan base at a more affordable price point, while retaining the large format luxurious content elements throughout.
Additional information: Opus Media Group is the world’s leading publisher of collectible large-format limited editions, produced in partnership with iconic personalities, brands, and organizations, including Major League Baseball, Michael Jackson, Manchester United FC, Formula 1, The Vatican, Ferrari, and DreamWorks Animation.
Karl Fowler, Opus CEO, said, “The Pittsburgh Steelers story is one that Opus is not only immensely proud but very honored to have the opportunity to tell. It is an exciting project that has been a long time in the making, and could only have been made possible through the personal involvement, guidance, vision, deep passion, and collaboration of Steelers owner Thomas Tull. As a founding member of the National Football League spearheaded by the initial creation of Art Rooney Sr. and then continued and expanded by the universally respected Dan Rooney, to President Art Rooney II’s vision and leadership, a family that has led the team to six Super Bowl victories with a style and integrity so unique in world sport. To be able to tell this story in such large format, showing previously unseen photographs and treasures of insight into how this was achieved will hopefully make the Steelers Opus rather special. We are truly excited about this opportunity and looking forward to releasing a body of work that we hope will do justice to everything that the Pittsburgh Steelers and its ‘Steelers Nation’ everywhere hold dear.”
Ryan Huzjak, Vice President of Sales and Marketing: “We are very excited about the opportunity to showcase the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers in a unique way. The Opus book promises to give Steelers Nation an exclusive look at photos, memorabilia, and untold stories about the Rooney Family, and the success that the organization has achieved since 1933. We are thrilled to work with Opus on this project and look forward to its release soon.”
Kurt Kreiter coached at DeWitt Central High School for 30 years. He’s written a book about coaching; encouraging other would-be teachers and coaches to influence young people and their families in positive ways. He shares advice from his years as a coach and mentor of teenagers. Coach Kreider will sign his book and speak as the special guest at a brunch this Saturday morning at the Crossroads of DeWitt, a cafe and gift shop.
BOOK SIGNING Saturday, August 12 Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Presentation at 9:30 a.m. Brunch following The Crossroads 6th Ave. & 10th St., DeWitt (563) 659-8897 crossroadsofdewitt.com
Paul Annacone published his new book Coaching for Life where he tells experiences he has had with legends like former world no. 1s Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, and world no. 4 Tim Henman. He also explains through anecdotes about his coaching experience and about how anyone can reach his own level of excellence, using tennis as a metaphor and guide to overcome challenges and achieve a goal.
Annacone said: ‘I am often asked, ‘What makes the great so great? What can we learn from their level of excellence?’ I answer these and many more questions in Coaching for Life. The anecdotes are taken directly from the tennis court, and they are presented in a step-by-step way that can help anyone in any walk of life, regardless of the challenges.
You can achieve success, the book points out, but you have to follow certain procedures. As I say in the book, the will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.’ Also Read: Roger Federer: ‘It was a joy to watch Shapovalov against Nadal’ .
Publisher has refused to take on a Muslim Imam’s book criticising Islam
Imam Mohammad Tawhidi took to Facebook to reveal his first book was rejected
He claims the publisher rejected book out of fear of being attacked by extremists
Kate Darvall For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 02:51 EDT, 14 August 2017
| Updated: 05:35 EDT, 14 August 2017
A publisher has refused to take on a Muslim Imam’s book that criticises Islam out of fear their offices will be attacked by religious extremists.
Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, from Adelaide, took to Facebook on Sunday to reveal his first book was rejected by a publisher because it could provoke violence among Islamic radicals.
‘They responded with an apology and informed me that they fear the company will be attacked by Islamic extremists if they publish my book,’ he said.
Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, from Adelaide, took to Facebook on Sunday to reveal his first book was rejected by a publisher because it could provoke violence among Islamic radicals
‘They were willing to publish it if I agreed to erase certain passages and reword a number of paragraphs.
‘I respect their feelings and concerns but I refuse to accept their requests.’
Imam Tawhidi, who has come under fire from hardline Muslims for condemning extremism and Sharia Law, said the rejection would not silence him.
‘I will be exposing the corruption without hiding the truth,’ he said.
‘They responded with an apology and informed me that they fear the company will be attacked by Islamic extremists if they publish my book,’ Tawhidi said
Imam Tawhidi, who has come under fire from hardline Muslims for condemning extremism and Sharia Law, said the rejection would not silence him
Without a publisher locked in, Imam Tawhidi said he still expected the book to be released ‘around Christmas’.
The 34-year-old Iranian-born religious leader, who claims to be the ‘Imam of Peace’, has been outspoken about his condemnation of extreme Muslims.
In April, he said all Muslim schools in Australia were a danger to the country.
‘These schools do exist, they are a problem and they need to be either shut down or changed completely,’ he said.
Retribution from the Muslim community was swift.
Police were forced to escort him into hiding shortly after he made the comments because he claimed he was threatened with violence.
Without a publisher locked in, Imam Tawhidi said he still expected the book to be released ‘around Christmas’
The controversial Imam, who moved to Australia from Iraq in 1995, was also questioned by the Islamic community when he said Muslims were trying to establish a Sharia Law state within Australia’s borders.
‘I stated that there was an extremist, radical agenda to create a country within Australia. A government within the Australian government,’ he said.
‘I am afraid of such an agenda. I am worried and fearful.’
Imam Tawhidi claimed he was again targeted with threats of violence online.
He told Daily Mail Australia he was forced to move out of his home and seek alternative accommodation while the controversy blew over.
After he moved home in June, he arranged to have extra security around his house.
He claimed there was a target on his head, and members of the Muslim community called for him to be beheaded.
The controversial Imam, who moved to Australia from Iraq in 1995, was also questioned by the Islamic community when he said Muslims were trying to establish a Sharia Law state within Australia’s borders
Imam Tawhidi was also condemned by members of the Muslim community when he said Muslim traditions went against Australian values.
When footage of young Muslim girls at a hijab ceremony surfaced online in June, Imam Tawhidi slammed the tradition.
The ceremony was conducted to signify the age when girls became women and needed to cover up their bodies.
It showed 24 girls walking on stage covered head-to-toe in white.
Imam Tawhidi said it symbolised girls, as young as eight, entering adulthood.
‘It means that they’re no longer girls but adult females who would lead an adult life, including marriage,’ he said.
‘This goes against the Australian values and social ethics and is basically promoting and imposing Sharia Law in Australia.’
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Hillary Clinton’s new book is not selling well. In fact, you could say it’s a big flop. Of course, a year ago she believed she would be president by now. Luckily for the rest of us, that didn’t happen.
The Weekly Standard has the details on her book:
Publishing Source: Hillary Book a ‘Bomb’
In an email this evening, a veteran publishing source calls the latest Hillary Clinton book, Hard Choices, a memoir of her State Department years, a “bomb.” The source is referring to the early but underwhelming sales figures.
“Between us, they are nervous at S&S [Simon & Schuster],” says the source, who gave permission for his email to be published. “Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster.”
According to this source, a Simon & Schuster insider, “They sold 60,000 hard covers first week and 24,000 ebooks.” The publishing house was “hoping and praying for 150,000 print first week.”
“The 60k represents a less than 10% sell thru based on what they shipped,” says the source.
It’s been reported that one million copies of Clinton’s book were shipped weeks before the June 10 publication date. “They will be lucky to sell 150,000 total lifetime,” the source writes in the email.
Hillary reportedly received a near-$14 million advance, a sum the publishing house will unlikely make back.
“It’s a bomb but it will be interesting to see how they spin it.”
Why doesn’t she just retire and go live on an island somewhere? It’s not like she needs the money.