Trump to cut libraries funds, but supports UN library budget

Taxpayers pay 22% to UN, got no free services from its libraries

Why USA contributes to UN libraries in Mexico, Africa, and Asia?


My two boys participate every year in the summer reading programs in Alexandria, Virginia, public library, thanks to $3,671,769 LSTA funding in Virginia, received through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) budget of $214 million.

Next year, that fund will be eliminated in the new budget presented to Congress by Trump administration.

Last week, I went to the same public library, asking to read and print the United Nations document of the treaty between United States and the European Union, to find out that United Nations documents stored in designated UN Depository Libraries, or UN documents can be purchased online at the UN iLibrary. I checked UN site trying to find a "depository library" near me in Alexandria so I can get a free copy of the treaty. All UN depository libraries reside in some of the academic libraries, no public libraries in America have been designated as UN depository, except two: New York Public Library, and Library of Congress.

Since I am not a student in the University of Virginia, or any universities, and do not have a Library of Congress card, I found myself going back to UN iLibrary to purchase the document. I asked Alexandria Public Library staff why not to apply to be a UN depository branch? He told me the library could not afford to pay the $1000 yearly fees.

Something wrong in this two stories. Instead of eliminating funds for OUR public libraries programs, Trump administration ought to eliminate its contributions to UN libraries.

UN Foundation, a mega money machine led by Ted Turner, the mouth from the south, is a tax exempt organization with a huge budget, never contribute to United Nations Libraries budgets. Now, it is time for reforming United Nations libraries. 

Privatizing Public Libraries Prevents Passport Services

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US State Department does not allow privatized libraries run by private firms to provide passport services. Searching passport acceptance facilities site for library nearby shows only "public" libraries. For example, using zip code 92509 search produces only 2 public libraries belong to City of Rancho Cucamonga, but any public library belongs to  Riverside County Library System in the same area does not provide passport services. How do you know if your library is privatized or not? Just go to the library employment link, once you click, it takes you out to the company that manages the library. Example: If you click on Riverside job postings link, you find yourself at Library  Systems & Services job site

Shakedown the privatization issue, you find some interesting data. Library Systems & Services, created by a librarian and her husband, is the only company in US that manages "privatized" libraries. Other firms. like LAC Group, named Library Associates before, provide staffing and consultancy, not "privatization"

One might ask: Giving grants to American Library Association (ALA) makes a different in the way the organization look at "privatization of public libraries?" ALA was against the practice in the beginning, now it provides a "guide" on how to privatize a public library. 

Shaker asks: Why United States Government is allowing one company only to have a privatization of libraries market, why there is no competition in that field for the past 25 years?

How soon American Library Association Files for Bankruptcy?

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Year after year, American Library Association (ALA) budget misses its projection and loses money. 2017 was not different. Operating revenues for the entire Association were $48.7 million and operating expenses were $51.1 million. Among revenue sources, publishing revenue of $11 million (lower than projected by 11%) while membership dues revenue of $5.3 million were lower by 4%. Meeting & Exhibits revenue was also lower than projected. American Library Association promised to start a period of internal review and reinvention, with changes in both key leadership positions and the way in which we view publishing, membership, and conferences—all critical areas that fund the professional development, advocacy, and mission-focused work that is the purpose of the Association.

ALA treasurer says “We see success in revenues from grants, with grants awarded in late FY2017 to fund activities in FY2018 and FY2019. We also are beginning to see substantial growth in our fundraising efforts”, something we repeatedly heard over the years, without any numbers to back it up.

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Tourism to USA is Down

Tourists from Canada are up, Mexico 9% Down

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People are not coming to visit America like before. I used to live in New York and watch thousands of tourists all over the city. Now, I work in down town DC, see few international tourists. Now I know why. Going through 2017 statistics issued by travel.trade.gov site noticed that tourists from top 20 countries to USA was down 3%. South Korea and Canada were top of the list, while fewer tourists cam from Argentina, Mexico, India, and Colombia. 

1962 The Birth of Target

On May 1, 1962, guests in the Twin Cities area entered Target's first store in Roseville, Minn.

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 HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines surprise team members at the Fall National Meeting with some big news: They teamed up with Target to design Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, an exclusive home and lifestyle brand with modern, classic, industrial and vintage touches, rolling out late fall. The multi-year partnership will support local communities and families in need, including a redesigned dining room for Target House at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approves Device Reduces Parkinson's Disease Symptoms

A good news for Parkinson's Disease patients 


 The Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System is used as an adjunctive therapy in reducing some of the symptoms of moderate to advanced levodopa-responsive Parkinson's Disease that is not adequately controlled with medication. The Vercise DBS System will stimulate the subthalamic nucleus bilaterally, according to FDA Press Release. Read the important details HERE.

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Do not commit cloaking

  

I learned that word the hard way. Poor me, I have been once removed from search engine index because I cloaked. I found a gig on Fiverr site its owner claimed he can enhance the traffic coming to my site. That kind of gigs is all over, not only Fiverr site, but anywhere you turn for a help with SEO, another word I added to my broken English vocabularies. 

All I wanted is just to have a site to use for promoting products and get commission from users’ clicks and purchase practices. I thought it was easy and straight forward project. I found myself needing to know more jargon, and pay money every time I learn a jargon. I had to sign for a “site health check” service to check on the “on-page optimization/indexing” 

I learned also words like “AMP”, “Canonical URL”, “linked with rel=prev/next”, “optimize Tweet with cards”, “open graph protocol”, “JSON for linking data”, and paid for services to enable them on my site.

I am not done. I had to sign with Google Adwords to enhance the site presence on the Web, and for a “SEO profiler” to watch my back, I mean my site for any violation or errors. I forgot to mention the big daddy of all: “keyword searching”

FICO vs TransUnion

I stopped depending on FICO to check my credit score. I use TransUnion as the only reliable source for my credit history reports.

Do you know there are 49 different types of FICO credit scores?

 Each using a different calculation and formula depending on the industry. For example, my Discover card uses FICO score 8, a common score used by credit card companies to evaluate customers’ credit limits.  Mortgage lenders use FICO score 2, which takes into account other types of debt, such as student loans, personal loans, or auto loans — and that can result in a lower score. 

 The three main credit bureaus: TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. Some credit card companies offer a free score from one of the bureaus, but that score may be different than the credit score from another bureau. 

So, to make it short: Depending on FICO credit score is not reliable, Checking your credit scores on the three credit bureaus reports may show different scores. To keep it simple for me: I chose to depend only on TransUnion.

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