Sunday, July 12, 2015

Daily Thoughts 07/12/2015
Artist: Theodore van Rysselberghe, Belgian, 1862 - 1926
Poster for Lembree Art Shops, 1897, Color Lithograph

Daily Thoughts 07/12/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook this morning for the library.

I also finished reading Inequality What Can Be Done by Anthony Atkinson.  There are some very thoughtful ideas in this book.  At the end of the book, I learned that the welfare state was the result of early globalisation.  This counters the idea that globalisation is solely about competition.  In fact, international agreements about finance can cover things like social insurance and taxation which affect inequality.

The book is focused on the United Kingdom so its content is not always relevant to North American countries.  I learned some new things like the United States spends more on poverty and social equality in the nonprofit sector than people pay in taxes.

There are also other reasons to increase equality.  Better wages and access to health care reduce crime and illness.  Also, philosophically, there is a need to create the "good society".  This was a thought provoking book.

I put the book, Future Crime, Everyone is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman on hold.

I have been reading more of Dead Wake The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.  I am reading about the U-20 German u-boat sinking boats in the English channel.  There was a little bit on lifeboat exercises aboard the Lusitania.

Web Bits

The Key to Rereading

How Bestsellers Work... And Introducing.. the Amazon Monthly 100

 Brooklyn Libraries Development and Misdirected Fear
I follow Urban Librarians Unite closely.

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