Why Is New York City Planning to Sell and Shrink Its Libraries?

Defend our libraries, don't defund them. . . . . fund 'em, don't plunder 'em

Mayor Bloomberg defunded New York libraries at a time of increasing public use, population growth and increased city wealth, shrinking our library system to create real estate deals for wealthy real estate developers at a time of cutbacks in education and escalating disparities in opportunity. It’s an unjust and shortsighted plan that will ultimately hurt New York City’s economy and competitiveness.

It should NOT be adopted by those we have now elected to pursue better policies.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

National Notice Updates and Republishes Citizens Defending Libraries Post About Amazon’s Huge Growth Beginning With BOOKS– Except It Didn’t begin There: Think DARPA Instead (per New Op-Ed In the NY Times)

National Notice, written by Citizens Defending Libraries co-founder Michael D. D. White, took over and updated a previous Citizens Defending Libraries post: Interesting to think that it all began with BOOKS! Amazon, With Bezos Now The World’s Wealthiest Man At Its Helm, Tops $1 Trillion!

The update: Interesting to Think That it All Began With BOOKS? Except That Amazon and World’s Wealthiest Man (As We Know Jeff Bezos Today) Didn’t Exactly Begin That Way. . . (Saturday, November 3, 2018)

The updates?  They stem from a new op-ed in the New York Times about the connections between the tech industry and the military.  There’s lots to learn about the connection of Amazon’s wealthy founder Jeff Bezos and his seriously connected grandfather, a key senior figure involved in starting up DARPA (the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), which started the Internet, which . . .   Oh well, you'll just have to read the National Notice article for more, but one of the subjects it gets into while considering books is surveillance and it will get you wondering further about the perhaps not so accidental reasons for Amazon’s unusual success.

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