Monday, November 21, 2011

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2011

Books are weapons in the war of ideas : books cannot be killed by fire , 1942., United States. President (1933-1945 : Roosevelt) / United States. Office of War Information.

I wrote this in honor of Veterans Day and read it at the Mount Vernon Writers Network.

The War of Ideas

In the war of ideas
we are all foot soldiers

Before the first shot
is fired men and women
march in the streets

War begins and ends
in the peoples minds

Be prepared to listen
keep quiet, be vigilant
our nation depends on you

Terrorism, extremism, fascism
wait for the unwary

A citizens duty is
to defeat demagogues, tyrants
before they are chosen

Remember books are weapons
ideas matter, you're responsible

Stand up straight, march
move forward and learn
the battle never ends

War and peace begin
in the peoples minds

The person who speaks
with heartfelt sorrow
and proper timing wins

The person who holds
their tongue save lives

The gold soldier conquers
the peoples hearts and minds

Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. (03/09/1943 - 09/15/1945)

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2011

The Mount Vernon Writer's Network now has a website.  They are also incorporated as a nonprofit.  Things are getting better organized.

I have been reading more of The Better Angels of Our Natures.  Steven Pinker is writing about animal rights and the changes which have led to different approaches to animal experimentation, livestock handling, and food consumption.  He writes about vegetarianism and its moral underpinnings.

I finished taking Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 on  I am going to take a little break from this.  I think I have covered most of the major Microsoft Office products.

In Westchester county, art funding is being cut by 50%.  I see cuts in funding to the arts and education.  These go together.  They are part of civil discourse.  I see many of the questions going forward are not just economic, but who will support and education.  Currently, our library has a Rotunda gallery where art is shown.  This could be greatly reduced.

Web Bits

Occupy Wall Street Library

Amy Goodman: Brave New World of Occupy Wall Street
This is a bit different.  It is from a reporter who was at the site.

Image of the Day Occupy McNally Jackson-- From Shelf Awareness

Occupy Wall Street Libraries Around The World In Pictures

311 Campaign In Support of OWSL
It is rather interesting that the city is blocking the Occupy Wall Street Library from setting up in the park again.

For Occupy readers library fits intents and purposes
No shortage of classic ideas Aeschylus to Zinn-- from the Boston Globe

Occupy Wall Street Put The Coverage on the Spotlight
This is a bit on the coverage in the main stream media.  It is kind of interesting.  There is a sensational feel to it.

For Their Children Many E-book Fans Insist on Paper

How Will We Read In Public Libraries

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