Sunday, May 27, 2018

Libraries: What Salem needs a lot more of, in a lot more places

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
― Anne Herbert

Derived from: Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope. ― Gilbert Shelton

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
— Albert Einstein

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Yo, que me figuraba el ParaĆ­so / Bajo la especie de una biblioteca.
I have always imagined Paradise as a kind of library.
— Jorge Luis Borges, from Dreamtigers

You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, that has been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.
― Graham Chapman

The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.
— TS Eliot

I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.
— Virginia Woolf

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
— Walter Cronkite

Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.
— Sidney Sheldon

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
— Henry Ward Beecher

A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.
— Andrew Carnegie

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.
— Neil Gaiman

When in doubt, go to the library.
— JK Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. Just ask Ray Bradbury.
— Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, from Beautiful Creatures

A library is a miracle. A place where you can learn just about anything, for free. A place where your mind can come alive.
— Josh Hanagarne, from The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

One can never have too many librarian friends.
— Jennifer Chiaverini, from The Wedding Quilt

Good librarians are natural intelligence operatives. They possess all of the skills and characteristics required for that work: curiosity, wide-ranging knowledge, good memories, organization and analytical aptitude, and discretion.
— Marilyn Johnson, from This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.
— Sarah J. Maas, from Throne of Glass

When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian.
— Joan Bauer, from Best Foot Forward

I don't think I'll be able to help you find that.
— No librarian, ever.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Beautiful Evidence of an Ugly Predicament

Climate chaos deniers hate being called climate chaos deniers because it echoes "Holocaust Deniers," the term for people who look at the Mt. Everest of evidence and testimony about the Holocaust and try to create doubt about it in order to try to wash away the moral stain of being a person not bothered by the Holocaust.

In other words, calling people who deny climate chaos equivalent to people who are Holocaust Deniers is actually pretty apt.

Of course, there's a vanishingly small chance that the deniers are "right," in the sense that there is some not-understood supernatural force at work that is a stealth climate forcing agent that somehow mimics the effects of all the well-understood climate forcing factors while not being detectable.

But the folks who cling to that notion -- that they are all brave Galileos, while  all the scientists working diligently to warn the world about perils of our present course are all closed-minded groupthink groupies persecuting the embattled Galileos -- are still deniers, because they're not doing science at that point, they're doing religion, appealing to an invisible supernatural force to explain natural phenomena.

That's why they insist so adamantly that people who recognize that humans are driving the climate off the stability cliff are part of a religious cult of "AGW" (anthropogenic global warming") -- because it's always projection with these people, about everything. See, Donald Trump, who unerringly accuses others of what he is doing.