Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Daily Thoughts 12/21/2011

Therese Schwartze, The Artists Husband, by 1918

Daily Thoughts 12/21/2011

I updated the Twitter and Facebook pages for the library.  I also am planning to go to the Board Meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m.  It should be interesting.

I have been reading more of The Shock Doctrine.  There is a profound irony in Gorbachev trying to turn Russia into a "socialist" beacon based on the Scandinavian model.  Part of the irony stems from the majority of the Scandinavian countries professing neutrality in world affairs.  Neutrality means that there would be no help from the Scandinavian countries to adapt their economic model.  Scandinavia as a region does invest in foreign countries, but they do it quietly without fanfare to make money.

I am finding the book to be quite interesting.  There are a lot of claims about how terrible the IMF and the World Bank are.  The author is claiming that they take much of their philosophy from conservative institutions like the Chicago School of Economics, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and people like George Soros. I think this is a bit biased.  The think tanks on the left also influence the World Bank and the IMF.

I put the book, The Filter Bubble: What The Internet Is Hiding from You by Eli Pariser on hold.

Web Bits

Drawn and Quarterly Teams up With Kobo to Release Digital Graphic Novels
Drawn and Quarterly is known for producing comics lit-- high quality stories.  This is a little different.

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