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text 2016-09-22 14:01
Jeremy Scahill at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield - Jeremy Scahill
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army - Jeremy Scahill
The Assassination Complex: Inside the Go... The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program - Jeremy Scahill,The Staff of The Intercept

We live in a political world and I am a political girl (or boy).

 

Jeremy Scahill, investigative journalist and author of books about the expanding boundaries of the war on terror (Dirty Wars) and the outsourcing of the military operations (Blackwater) faces a problem when speaking about his new book, The Assassination Complex: how to speak to people about a VERY political problem that doesn't stick to party lines in an election year.

 

Scahill, to his credit, didn't try to be apolitical in his appearance Wednesday at the Free Library of Philadelphia. He didn't avoid the subject and he certainly was not tousling either candidates hair. He has serious issues to bring up about both the major candidates, either of whom will continue many of the military malpractices he has spent his career exposing. But he doesn't make a false equivalency either: One is a professional, the other a clown. That doesn't mean one gets a free pass on important issues (he would like to see more voices featured on the national stage, not you Jeb!).

 

Knowing this, Scahill speaks with the patience of people that focus on intractable issues. When you are working on poverty or healthcare reform or the military, you know progress comes slowly through many channels and it seems to take some of the panic out of presidential races. January 20 there will be a new leader and the effort will continue.

 

The focus of the evening was his latest book, The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program, which, as the library employee who introduced him pointed out, pretty much tells you what you need to know about the book. Since the very program which he spoke on is predicated on the authority of the president to carry out what he describes as assassinations, the election did come up and the candidates. 

 

For dark and potentially divisive material, Scahill was an affable presenter and willing to take any questions. He invited anyone, book handy or not, to go through the signing and ask him a question after he ran out of time in the presentation. At times, the talk was a bit conspiratorial, he frames the problem as pressure from the defense department when I think there is plenty of pressure from the electorate before a candidate ever gets a briefing. No one had to tell Trump that there are people we should bomb. But it's not tin foil-hat stuff, it's documented and obvious influence by donors and agencies, so it is bound to sound a bit paranoid, but as we learned in the last few years, it's not paranoia if the government is tracking your phone calls.

 

Scahill spoke about some of the history that brought us here and the process by which targets are chosen and some of the legal acrobatics that allow it. He doesn't lay blame on wholly on one side: While Republicans get the war reputation, having someone like President Barack Obama carry on this policy of firing bombs at target persons has legitimized it for much of the country. But there was so much to cover. Like why this is such a bad policy. There are the easy answers killing is bad and the legal justifications do sound very strained, but they come kind of cheap in war, for both sides. Fighting and killing, even for good reasons, is ugly business, but that doesn't justify everything.

 

I guess I will just have to read the book to learn more!

 

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url 2016-08-01 22:34
Little Free Libraries are all the rage

The concept of roadside free libraries dates back to 2009, when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wis., built one modeled after a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his schoolteacher mother who loved to read.

 

Little Free Library

 

Read more here.

Source: www.news-gazette.com/living/2016-07-31/little-free-libraries-are-all-rage.html
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text 2014-10-17 16:22
The Little Free Library Movement Gains Momentum

Little Free Libraries are popping up in towns and cities across America. Often built and assembled or sponsored by local book lovers, the mini-library offers patrons to take a free book in exchange for putting another one back on the shelf. No library card is required. So far, there have been no reports of anyone trying to abuse the library boxes.

 

For more info on the Little Free Library movement, check out the website http://littlefreelibrary.org/getinvolved/. Also, If you spot any Little Free Libraries in your area, please take a photo and share it with all of us here at Booklikes! 

 

This Little Free Library was just spotted in the Asheville, NC, area by local photographer Sam Ganly.

 

 

 

This "Little Free Library" pre-dates today's models by about 80 years. This is from London during the 1930s. 

 

Source: www.facebook.com/rltownley?ref=hl
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photo 2014-10-13 01:50

It was a gorgeous day so we grabbed the dogs, my bag full of unloved books and headed out to a fabulous beautiful park which, in its previous incarnation, was once a famous zoo/amusement park. Now it's a lovingly maintained dog friendly place and it just got a whole heck of a lot better with the addition of an adorably oversized Little Free Library which is kept well stocked by the community. I dropped off nine books with Bookcrossing labels and walked away without taking any home with me. Aren't you proud?  

 

Is anyone else here a bookcrosser (or am I the only complete geek here?) and do you have any Little Free Libraries nearby?  I am so ridiculously excited about this! 

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review 2013-07-21 20:58
The Gluten-free Cookbook (Healthy Eating Library)
The Gluten-free Cookbook (Healthy Eating Library) - Anne Sheasby A great resource for the Coeliac or Gluten intolerant.
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