Congrats Illinois! Illinois will become state number 15. http://www.glaad.org/blog/breaking-illinois-passes-marriage-equality
Libraries are places that people go to for information. Books are only the tip of the information iceberg: they are there, and libraries can provide you freely and legally with books. More children are borrowing books from libraries than ever before – books of all kinds: paper and digital and audio. But libraries are also, for example, places that people, who may not have computers, who may not have internet connections, can go online without paying anything: hugely important when the way you find out about jobs, apply for jobs or apply for benefits is increasingly migrating exclusively online. Librarians can help these people navigate that world. I do not believe that all books will or should migrate onto screens: as Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, more than 20 years before the Kindle turned up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in the ocean before the dinosaurs. And the reason there are still sharks around is that sharks are better at being sharks than anything else is. Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath-resistant, solar-operated, feel good in your hand: they are good at being books, and there will always be a place for them. They belong in libraries, just as libraries have already become places you can go to get access to ebooks, and audiobooks and DVDs and web content.
“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity
and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take
a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms.” - Gene Rodenberry
Images from Trekcore
BEES ARE DYING AND YOU SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED
Barely two weeks after 25,000 bees were found dead in a parking lot in Oregon, another round of bee devastation has been reported. This time, the mass die-off was far worse. More than 37 million honeybees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, according to beekeeper Dave Schuit, who lost the bees from 600 hives in June. He and many others are pointing to insecticides called neonicotinoids, used in planting corn and some other crops. “Once the corn started to get planted [in Elmwood] our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. After a record-breaking loss of honeybees in the U.K., the European Union banned several pesticides in May, including neonicotinoid pesticides. [Source]
poisoning bees can also kill
- the honey industry
- us, eventually, because we are apex predators and poison travels up the food chain
1 Stop using insecticides 2 Plant Bee-friendly plants 3 Create natural habitat gardens 4 Find out more about bees 5 Support your local beekeepers 6 Make you own ‘Wild bee’ house 7 Become a beekeeper 8 Lobby your local MP or MEP 9 Sign petitions banning pesticides 10 Encourage your local authority to do more to help bees
What Homophobes Are Afraid Of: Apart from being one of the funniest people in the world, Ellen DeGeneres is a champion for gay rights. She wonders why people are afraid of being influenced towards homosexuality when clearly homosexual people aren’t influenced into heterosexuality. Ya don’t make any damn sense, homophobes. Image courtesy of LGBT News.