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Private School Girl Operates Secret Library of Banned Books

Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school? - Yahoo! Answers

This girl is my hero. And crying out for a Footloose-style film to be made about her. "But Dad, I just wanna read!"

I go to a private school that is rather strict. Recently, the principal and school teacher council released a (very long) list of books we're not allowed to read. I was absolutely appalled, because a large number of the books were classics and others that are my favorites. One of my personal favorites, The Catcher in the Rye, was on the list, so I decided to bring it to school to see if I would really get in trouble. Well... I did but not too much. Then (surprise!) a boy in my English class asked if he could borrow the book, because he heard it was very good AND it was banned! This happened a lot and my locker got to overflowing with the banned books, so I decided to put the unoccupied locker next to me to a good use. I now have 62 books in that locker, about half of what was on the list. I took care only to bring the books with literary quality.

. . .

Anyway, I now operate a little mini-library that no one has access to but myself. Practically a real library, because I keep an inventory log and give people due dates and everything. I would be in so much trouble if I got caught, but I think it's the right thing to do because before I started, almost no kid at school but myself took an active interest in reading!

Click through for the list of books and more of her story.

May 24, 2009

Netherlands closing 8 prisons citing lack of criminals

nrc.nl - International - Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals

Whatever it is they're doing, we should emulate it.

The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty.

During the 1990s the Netherlands faced a shortage of prison cells, but a decline in crime has since led to overcapacity in the prison system. The country now has capacity for 14,000 prisoners but only 12,000 detainees.

Deputy justice minister Nebahat Albayrak announced on Tuesday that eight prisons will be closed, resulting in the loss of 1,200 jobs. Natural redundancy and other measures should prevent any forced lay-offs, the minister said.

The real motivation behind the Newburgh Four

JIHAD 'BAIT & SNITCH' - New York Post

In a nutshell: The FBI informant (known here as "Maqsood") gave the men cash, promised them jobs, paid for their families' medical bills and gave them enormous amounts of weed to convince them to take his (fake) bombs and blow up a synagogue.

At what point does this become entrapment?

"James is a wannabe Muslim. He wasn't real Muslin. He never prayed," she said.

But during the course of the year, Maqsood kept trying to steer Cromitie down a path to jihad -- giving him religious pamphlets, clothing and prayer rugs. In the end, it seemed that cash and gifts worked better.

She said Maqsood promised to get Cromitie jobs and once said he would give him a black Mercedes-Benz. On repeated occasions, he gave Cromitie cameras, cash and even drugs, she said.

"Maqsood gave him a lot of marijuana," she said.

The Male Programmer Privilege Checklist

The Male Programmer Privilege Checklist

Being a programmer and a man means:

# Not having to wonder whether you're well-known in your community simply for being "the female one".

# The freedom to do your job without anyone insinuating that you only got hired because of affirmative action, or because of the anatomy you happen to possess.

# Joining in appreciation of the sex object du jour without having to be gay or bisexual.

# Having your desk near the entrance to your office without visitors assuming you're the receptionist.

# Telling someone to RTFM without being accused of PMS.

# The freedom to make mistakes or say stupid things without worrying about it getting added to the pile of "why women suck at computer stuff".

# Attending a technical talk without people assuming that you're only there because your boyfriend dragged you along with him.

And many, many, many more at the link.

*Via Waxy*

Xark!: The exponential present

Xark!: The exponential present

May 23, 2009

Serbian church tries to cure drug addiction by beating men with shovels

BBC NEWS | Europe | Outrage at Serbia 'beating' video

With video of the shovel beating.

Officials in Serbia are investigating a rehabilitation centre affiliated to the Orthodox Church where drug addicts have allegedly been filmed being beaten.

A video of one assault, published by Vreme magazine, shows a man appearing to assault a patient by hitting him with a shovel and punching his face.

One former resident said staff had offered to cure his addiction with "pleasant conversation" and beatings.

A priest running the centre, near Novi Pazar, said a "heavy hand" was needed.