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Bill from Missouri's Rep Ben Baker threatens librarians with prison sentences for allowing minors to read books banned by town committees

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Under Missouri House Bill 2044 -- the "Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act" -- each town will elect a committee of five local people (librarians are not permitted to serve) who will take local submission for books to ban. If they choose to ban a book, any librarian who allows a minor to check out or read that book will face up to a year in prison, and their libraries will be de-funded.

The unconsitutional bill was proposed by Rep Ben Baker [R-160/573-751-9781/Ben.Baker@house.mo.gov/@benbakermo] who holds a BA in Biblical Literature from the Ozark Bible Institute where he is Dean of Students.

Books that Missourians have tried to ban from public libraries in recent years include "Sherman Alexie’s award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak."

Baker told a local news station that he didn't want to ban books, but that, "I just think that we need to be careful about funding something with our taxpayer dollars without parental consent."

The Missouri Library Association said it was opposing the bill, because it “will always stand against censorship and for the freedom to read”.

“Public libraries already have procedures in place to assist patrons in protecting their own children while not infringing on the rights of other patrons or restricting materials,” it added.

Baker told Koam News that he was not trying to ban books. “I just think that there’s a line between what is open and available access for our children. Even the bill specifies it wouldn’t be taken out of the library, it would just be put in a section that’s not for children,” he said. “If the adult wanted to, and said I’m OK with my child reading this or looking at this, then they could check that out and have that available for their child. I just think that we need to be careful about funding something with our taxpayer dollars without parental consent.”

Missouri could jail librarians for lending 'age-inappropriate' books [Alison Flood/The Guardian]

(Image: Ben Baker)

(Thanks, John!)

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minderella
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Slaughterhouse-Five Graphic Novel

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Later this year, Kurt Vonnegut’s sixth novel Slaughterhouse-Five will be reimagined as a graphic novel by writer Ryan North, artist Albert Monteys, and colorist Ricard Zaplana. Vonnegut’s descriptive stories lend themselves well to the format of graphic novels with pithy dialogue, fantastical plots, and non-linear narratives. This project is being released with the blessing of the Vonnegut family, so if it’s successful, hopefully other Vonnegut novels will be released as graphic novels as well.

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Ryan North is the writer of How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler. Kottke readers will presumably appreciate a guide for building a recognizable society if you’re stuck in the past after a catastrophic time machine breakdown.

There hasn’t been a film made of Slaughterhouse-Five since 1972 (a film, by the way, which Vonnegut loved), but imagine what someone like Taika Waititi could do with this story.

So it goes.

Tags: books   Kurt Vonnegut   Ryan North   Slaughterhouse-Five
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minderella
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Why you should almost always order one large pizza instead of two mediums

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Many pizza places offer special "deals" if you order two medium pies. You might think that two mediums deliver more cheesy goodness than one large pie, but usually you'd be mistaken. From Primer, a mathematical comparison of two 12" pizzas and one 18" pizza:

Area of two 12” pizzas:

12/2 = 6 6×6=36 36xπ = 113.1 in² x 2 = 226.2 in²

Area of one 18” pizza:

18/2=9 9×9=81 81xπ = 254.5 in²

And as we know, more pizza is always better.

image: igorovsyannykov (CC0)

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minderella
24 days ago
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Ah yes, but the delicious garlicy crusty circumference of the 2 mediums is more than the one large.
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Me: Nothing needs changing? Client: No, it’s good. Will it be ready tomorrow? Me...

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Me: Nothing needs changing?

Client: No, it’s good. Will it be ready tomorrow?

Me: I can get it finished by then.

Client: Great!

The next day I sent over the file.

Client: Actually we can only have three colors.

Me: …. Okay. I’ll change it.

Client: And I think this could be a different colour.

Me: Okay.

Client: And you need to take the background out.

Me: It’s transparent.

Client: We want to print it on black hoodies.

Me: That will work. It’s transparent.

Client: It’s white there.

Me: If we printed it on black paper that would be black. If you put it on a black background it would be black.

Client: So it will be black?

Me: Yes.

I make the changes and sent over the (correctly-sized) PNG file the next day.

Three months later:

Client: The picture is really blurry and pixelated. You need to fix it.

Me: Re-download it from the email I sent you.

Client: Did you fix it?

Me: Re-download it from the email I sent you.

They didn’t even give me credit.

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minderella
24 days ago
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Sending a PNG to be printed on a hoodie? Egads.
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Client: I want my logo to be in a color no-one has ever seen before.  The post ...

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Client: I want my logo to be in a color no-one has ever seen before. 

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minderella
28 days ago
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And I want it to look like the exact same color whether it’s printed, embroidered, or on social media!
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Not, in my view, a "feel good story"

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MaryEllenCG
34 days ago
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Greater Bostonia
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