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  •  Public libraries are among the finest of (16+ / 0-)

    traditions, and it's my impression that the quality of our community libraries are still among the best in the world.

    In additions to the internet, most libraries carry a complete assortment of regional  and national newspapers, as well as DVDs, and CDs.

    Our wonderful local Weston, Ma library also hosts a wide variety of musical, art, and cultural events for free or at very reasonable cost.

    One humorous story I remember from long ago, is that during the early years of setting up our national weapons labortory in remote secret US cities we developed a "serious" national security problem.

    When the busloads of rocket scientist, often including many post WWII refugees arrived at their new homes, the very first thing they did was register for the local library cards.  

    What could be more suspicious than busloads of geeks and their families getting off buses and signing up for library cards?  lol

    Alert, communist spies could have pinpointed the exact secret locations of our most advanced and secret weapons laboratories, R+D, and production facilities.

    Sadly, the solution for is still classified, so we may never know, how our nation solved this threat - but we're still here, so it must have worked.  :-)

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 06:24:12 AM PST

    •  I think I figured out the mystery of how (1+ / 0-)
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      we prevented those cagy KBG agents from using surges of library registrations in towns adjacent to the new "atomic" weapons labs, and production facilities?

      Now we call them nuclear facilities or nucular, if you're George Bush.  

      Wasn't this one of the driving forces behind the idea of massive library registrations in schools, where each day a different whole class would go to register and they had contests to see which class got the most brothers and sisters, and parents could get registered?  

      It may sound cynical but our intelligence services used to do all sort of stuff like this.  I was shocked and dismayed when someone told me the real impetus behind President John F. Kennedy's "Man on the Moon" speech was to have a good cover story and political motivator to spend massive amounts of money on guidence systems for our nuclear missles.

      Whatever.....   I may have actually remembered this, rather than figured it our from hardcore, good old-fashioned sleuthful cogitation.  

      I've just reached my mid 50s and find that some times it's hard to be sure when I'm being brilliant and creative, or when I am just sub-consciously remembering things I read, or other folks did or said that I thought was impressive and then forgot.  lol

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 12:27:05 PM PST

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