wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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Mitch Berg usually has his ducks in a row, but he screwed the pooch this morning with his post on proposed library cuts in Minneapolis. I don't know about St. Paul, but in Minneapolis the libraries aren't part of the city government. They're a separate governmental entity with its own taxing authority, just like the Park Board and the public schools. So lumping them in with those other three bands of tax thieves (actually, I should cut the park board some slack - they appear to do a fairly decent job) is not only unfair but just plain wrong.

Always falling, but never quite going splat...Air America rumored to be going into bankruptcy, according to the leftyblog thinkprogress.org, although Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer blog thinks Soros or some other sugar daddy will keep them staggering along a little longer. Meanwhile, the New York Sun reports that the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, which former Air America director Evan Cohen ripped off to the tune of $875,000, is still waiting for Air America to deposit that money into escrow. Air America denies the bankruptcy rumors, but it's a pretty weak denial. Ace has the best headline on the story, as well as the best reason for the zombie network's failure:
"The real reason Air America failed is that there was already an Air America on the dial, a little known outfit called NPR."

Closer to home, neither the TX nor the childrens' lit text are here, but the associate dean finally called me back and wants to get together and discuss my appeal...I may be reading too much into what he said in the voice mail, but it sounds like he might be open to leaving me in the school until next summer, just not in the MAI program. OTOH, they've had quite a dropoff in people taking those courses, so who knows? I'll call him back tomorrow and set a time to talk about it.

Finished the A. E. van Vogt novels on Monday, all of the Demon Princes novels except Star King, and am currently dividing my attention between Vance's novel and Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers. This is the first time I've read anything by Trollope, though I've been meaning to look into his novels ever since I saw my grandpa Trainor reading The Warden many years ago. Should be interesting period pieces, if nothing else.

Tonight, P works overtime, I hang around the office because it makes no sense to go home, come back, go home, pop up to Nordeast for the CVG programming thing, and then finally go home to crash . Might as well clip some time & space off that loop.

Some days, I'd rather be at the branch office on XK-Masada.
Tags: culture & politics, domestic stuff
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