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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Writer's Life 10/5 - Book Train

Here's a summary of the most interesting items in today's NY Post: The USA invented the Internet, which guaranteed the freedom of speech, however controversial, it encourages. That liberty may soon be threatened. On 10/1 the President surrendered web oversight to a multinational organization, ICANN, which will now have the power to grant or deny addresses. Trump opposes, Hillary endorses it... Surprisingly, considering his wife is a staunch defender of Obamacare, Bill Clinton spoke out against it yesterday, dubbing it: "...the craziest thing in the world..." Speculation runs rampant as to his motive: he is not as sharp as he used to be and slipped up; he subconsciously wants Hillary to lose; he is tweaking Obama for having embarrassed him the other day by shouting at him to hurry up and get on the plane; he is leading the way to the single payer solution. I'd guess the latter, which I've always suspected has been the left's ultimate goal -- to make health care so expensive only the government would have the resources to run it... While playing the national anthem before last Saturday's football game, 19 members of the East Carolina marching band knelt in solidarity with what 49er's QB Colin Kaepernick started. I support peaceful protest however lame, misguided or dishonest it may be. I'm happy to hear that ESPN Fayetteville, a radio station in North Carolina, in counter-protest, will not be broadcasting the school's game this weekend. Kudos... Josh Freeman is searching for a slice of the Massachusetts electorate. The 42-year-old is the founder of the Pizza Party, a political designation officially recognized by state officials. Freeman doesn't recruit members and no Pizza Party candidate has ever run for office or raised any money. Still, it has enrolled 184 registered voters. That's enough to have it listed as a "political designation" on the state secretary's website, but it is 42,000 or so voters short of being listed an official party. Sign me up... Today the main branch of the New York Public Library, one of the most impressive places in the city, will debut a delivery system that zips its volumes along in a matter of minutes. The “book train” conveyor belt spans 950 feet through 11 levels of the Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The $2.6 million electronic system zooms research materials from a storage center under Bryant Park to the library. It features 24 bright-red cars that each carry 30 pounds of books and move 75 feet per minute. The cars also pick up requested reading materials from the library’s two-level Milstein Research Stacks center and deliver them to staffers on the first floor and third floor. Here's a pic:

The floating book shop's recent run of good luck continued today. I had only two customers, but each bought in bulk. My thanks, gents. It's my own book train.

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