Chicago will be left with a Disneyland/Obamaland structure

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Obama Center is built on free land given to the Obamas

Activists and scholars will hold a symposium at the University of Chicago next month to encourage the Obama Foundation to reconsider its plans for the Obama Presidential Center.

This event is one of many controversies  appeared about the situation of the Obama Presidential Center:

1- Chicago Black Caucus called Obama to put in paper, and sign, the decision to award 51 percent of all construction contracts to companies owned by minorities.

2- Letters to the editor published in the Chicago Tribune overwhelmingly have panned the Obama Presidential Center, which will consume nearly 20 acres from historic Jackson Park and cost taxpayers $100 million in renovations to the surrounding area.

3- Obama center will not be Mr. Obama’s official presidential library and will not house documents from the Obama White House.  Instead, it will be a private “presidential center,” and will not house the textual documents, artifacts and audio-visual materials that memorialize the eight-year Obama administration.

4-  Obama Library South Side Community Benefits Agreement Coalition  (CBA) says: " Typically, when something major comes into a community, taxes go up, low-income residents are displaced, there is an influx of new residents who want to be in the area—it's sexy—prices go up. We want to be sure when it floats, we float with it."     


Barack Obama said via video conference at an Obama Presidential Center community event that his foundation will not sign a community benefits agreement (CBA) because he thinks it could not possibly be inclusive enough of all the interests of the community.


President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Presidential Records Act of 1978. This act declared that, starting with the next presidential administration, the official papers of the presidency would automatically become government property, would be transferred to the National Archives at the end of the administration. 2001 under Executive Order 13233, ensure that the former President has a full opportunity, as required by the Supreme Court, to assert possible claims of executive privilege.  The Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's Jackson Park is taking a different route, opting out of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration —and the millions of dollars in federal support that go along with membership.  All other presidential libraries hold the full archives of its subject’s papers. It is where scholars go to do the deep dive research that can help shed light on a president’s days in office and life before the White House. But Obama has decreed that his archives will be digitized and the hard copies will be kept in an offsite warehouse, far from the “library.” 

 NR notes, the Obama Center has “steamrolled” community organizations at every single stage of the planning of the place. 

From Chicago Tribune:  

What Chicago will be left with is a mini-Disneyland/Obamaland structure — built on free land given to the Obamas for, essentially, a multimillion-dollar, ego-driven project not unlike film director George Lucas’ proposed museum — filled with things that Obama thought were cool and that he wished to place near Chicago’s lakefront.

Chicago should relocate or scrap the Obama Center. If scrapped, the tens of millions of tax dollars not spent on infrastructure for the center would pay for a simple Obama monument and a plaque harmlessly placed on an acre in Jackson Park.

— Charles F. Falk, Schaumburg

Libraries and Used Book Stores are Shoplifting Authors

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Each year millions of people in America access books from their libraries, free of charge. Each year, millions of people in America buy used books and other media formats. While people enjoy that, authors loose revenues from sales of their book. America must address this inequity. Two years ago, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) started "investigating" only the eBook of the equation. Outside America, people, like Dr. Jim Parker, established "Public Lending Right (PLR) International Network" to promote international awareness of PLR and inform the PLR community of events, developments and news from around the world.

American authors need to rise up and call for America to join this movement and establish a public lending right program, such as that one in Canada. The program distributes payments to authors to compensate them for the presence of their books in public libraries, and sold in used book stores, including eBooks. 

While the PLR Network provides guidelines on how to establish a public lending right procedures, the network is leaving it up to each country to implement the practices. Now, there are 53 countries have recognized public lending rights in their copyright or other legislation. 29 of the PLR systems are in Europe, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Australia.

So, American authors: Either you get your PLR, or write your books and publish it outside America. 

Shakedown Prison Libraries, Trace Mass Incarceration Money

Remembering New Jim Crow

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“The New Jim Crow” is that book, published 2010, about the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The book banned in many prison libraries, such as New Jersey and North Carolina, triggering massive civil right cry. Shaking down the prison libraries issue uncovers shocking facts involves politics, money, and race discrimination.

First, 2016 NAACP record shows more African American incarcerated: 

US Population; White 62.1% Black 13.2%

Jail Incarceration: White 35.4% Black 47.4%     

Second: Who manages prisons, and prisons’ libraries for federal and local government?

1- CoreCivic is America's leading provider of public-private partnership corrections solutions.

2- GEO Group, Inc. is a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections, detention and mental health treatment. It maintains facilities in North America, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. 

Third: What’s involved: 

1- Nearly 75% of imprisonment spending happens at the state level—from the same funds needed for public needs including education, services, health care, and public assistance.

2- At the end of 2017, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice came under fire when it was discovered that the prison system banned such books as “The Color Purple” and a collection of Shakespearean sonnets, while inmates were free to read Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” New York’s state prison system is restricting what books an inmate may receive through the mail.

3- Prisoners in Alabama are banned from being in book clubs. In Michigan and Ohio, prisoners are barred from reading books that teach computer skills. In Michigan, the computer programming manual C++ For Dummies was kept out of a prison in 2012 because it posed a “threat to the order/security of institution.” The same reasoning applied to a book about Egyptian hieroglyphics. Tens of thousands of books Texas has banned in its prisons are The Essential Gore Vidal and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Last week, following reports that two New Jersey prisons had banned Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, the state quickly reversed the prohibition.”

4- Follow the money:

A) Private prison giant CoreCivic offered Montana a $30 million kickback for 10 more years of contracts, a contract that will likely gross more than $100 million for the company over the life of the contract.

B) Washington State is suing GEO Group (GEO), a private prison operator. The suit alleges GEO Group uses immigration detainees to run "virtually all non-security functions" at its Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington -- all while paying them next to nothing. Detainee responsibilities range from cooking, library, and cleaning to painting.

C) The private prison business is booming as President Donald Trump delivers on his campaign promise to crack down on immigrants here illegally. In the first three months of his presidency, at least 113,828 immigrants were locked up in 180 different facilities nationwide - a 10 percent increase over that period in 2016, data obtained by the Houston Chronicle shows.

5- Good initiatives:

A) Books Though Bars, I personally volunteer in Alexandria, Virginia area activities, and donate books and money.

B) Brazil offers inmates in its crowded federal penitentiary system a novel way to shorten their sentences: four days less for every book they read. Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil’s most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year.

C) Rectory Readers at Essex Library, Prisoners are being given a chance to turn their lives around thanks to a unique book club run by Essex Libraries at Chelmsford prison near London, UK. The book club It aims to break down barriers so young offenders and prisoners feel part of the wider community, build confidence and self-esteem, improve reading skills and ultimately reduce reoffending. Listening to the opinions of others in a book group setting promotes tolerance and empathy, prompting prisoners to reflect on their own situation and make them less likely to commit future crimes.

D) Watchdog Prison Policy Initiative, challenges over-criminalization and mass incarceration through research, advocacy, and organizing. Show how the United States’ excessive and unequal use of punishment and institutional control harms individuals and undermines our communities and national well-being.

Prison libraries are busy hubs where inmates can research case law, state and federal codes, and rules of court, thanks to a Supreme Court decision that mandates inmate access to legal resource material. They are also centers of recreation, allowing inmates time to check out fiction and nonfiction books, watch movies, peruse magazines and newspapers and listen to music. The inmates entitled to legal material.

Finally, American Library Association relation to all the above issues is: "Section B.8.2 Service to Detention Facilities and Jails: The American Library Association encourages public libraries and systems to extend their services to residents of jails and other detention facilities within their taxing areas. ALA instructs its Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies in cooperation with the Public Library Association, The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, and other interested units to design a plan to assist public libraries in extending their services to local jails and detention facilities.

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University of Illinois expert helps Puerto Rico libraries

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Miriam Centeno is the collections care coordinator at the University of Illinois Library. She's also a Puerto Rico native. She'll spend two weeks as a consultant at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez.

The university's library sustained heavy water damage from the September hurricane. The collections themselves weren't damaged by water, but by mold from the building going weeks without electricity and air conditioning.

Washington inmate of 15 years donates money to prison library

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 Laura Sherbo, the Washington State Library program manager in charge of state corrections center libraries, received a letter and $200 from an inmate named Brian at Stafford Creek Corrections Center.
The libraries provide inmates with a place to read, learn and prepare to re-enter society. " I have been confined here at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center for nearly fifteen years, and the library is my most appreciated privilege allowed within the confines of the correctional facility." He said.  

Department of Defense Libraries to Provide Brain Training

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 U.S. Department of Defense through the libraries of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines to provide BrainHQ online brain training to members of the armed services. Now, a library card is all that active, reserve, and retired personnel and their families need to take advantage of scientifically-proven brain training. 

BrainHQ contains dozens of brain exercises to help people think faster, focus better, and remember more, and it is uniquely backed by more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles on the benefits of its exercises.

Solar Reduces Two Libraries Bills, Thanks to EBSCO Grants

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2017 EBSCO Solar grant went to the Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, Georgia and The Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, Illinois. The grants will provide each library with $100,000 to pay for the installation of a solar array.  Indian Trails Library District’s Executive Director Brian Shepard says, “We are thrilled by the opportunity to further our dedication to renewable energy resources through the generosity of the EBSCO Solar grant program.  

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My Thinking: Concrete or Abstract ?

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I read about my age on the ParentFurther site that what I wrote about the cat I had a cat that I miss so much is related to my "Concrete Thinking" because I talked about specific cat. The site said that if I talk about the different between house and wild cats then I have "Abstract Thinking" Wow! Still, I stand by my story:

My parents had to give it back to the adoption department at PetSmart, where we had originally. The reason for returning Runny, the cat's name, is we had to move from our house in Collingdale PA to Alexandria VA for better schools. My parents promised me once we go back to live in our house, after finishing high school, we will visit PetSmart again and adopt new cat, maybe more than one. I love cats very much!


I will go to Macy's on weekend to get my new coats. I don't like leather coats, as I will choose from many of a collection that my mother told me if I choose a coat from it, Macy's will donate one. I like red colored coats.

Can girls play on a boys' ice hockey team?

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72% Say YES, 28% say NO Shows


 Girls cannot play on a boys' ice hockey team.

Girls should not play on a boys' ice hockey team because it is dangerous. Hockey is a contact sport, and it is not right for young boys and girls to physically fight each other. Although girls could compete in other sports, such as swimming or running races, competitions in contact sports would invite disaster.


Girls can play on a boys' ice hockey team.

Girls can play on a boys' ice hockey team. There are some tough girls out there and I think they should be allowed to play on the ice hockey team if they wanted to. I think it is time that we allow girls into these sports and ice hockey is not the most dangerous sport out there.

Test your Friend IQ

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Here you can find thousands of tests in more than 20 different categories, and my son started already using some of the m on me.

Car Rental Price Comparison

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You can save up to 60% on your rental car

I had no idea this site exists, I just wanted to rent a car, so I searched and it came up in the result set: "HAPPYCAR compares the offers of all large and small rental car companies worldwide. Select your pick-up location and date range and see all offers at a glance. The best: With just a few steps, your desired rental car is booked quickly and comfortably. 

I did save lots of money. 

I love Hockey

Hokey is a very expensive sport. My parents spent lots of cash on me and my brother. If HockeyMonkey was not around, my family could have easily sale our house to support our hockey sport needs.

Thanks HockeyMonkey!

Once I had my hockey equipment, i moved to ask my parents to check for any iPhone sale, laptop sale, or VR sale to choose from for my birthday. 

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eBay Asks You to “Fill Your Cart With Color”

During the NBA finals, eBay "Fill Your Cart With Color" add appeared, and we liked it.

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Spend over $3,000 get $700 Gift Card with Coupon Code: JAN2018 for shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue.

  This holiday season, Saks Fifth Avenue's iconic windows are getting a Disney makeover. In celebration of the 80th anniversary of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the two brands are putting on a show, called “Once Upon a Holiday”, which includes 14 animated holiday window displays that line Fifth Avenue, plus a special performance by actress and singer Sofia Carson. 

And as if that weren't enough, Saks has tapped Alberta Ferretti, Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier, and Marchesa to create fairytale gowns that will live in Saks New York’s 49th Street and 50th street windows.