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January 29, 2009

Is there a German technical term for "self-parody"?

Or possibly a move within Hegel's dialectic that captures wilfully sticking your head up your ass?

Berkeley's public library will face a showdown with the city's Peace and Justice Commission tonight over whether a service contract for the book check-out system violates the city's nuclear-free ordinance. The dispute centers on a five-year, $63,000 contract the library wants to sign with 3M, an international technology company based in Minnesota, to service five scanner machines library patrons use to check out books.

But 3M, a company with operations in 60 countries, refused to sign Berkeley's nuclear-free disclosure form as required by the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act passed by voters in 1986. As a result, the library's self-checkout machines have not been serviced in about six months.

In world founded on unicorn farts, the sanctimonious have no need of books.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 29, 2009 06:48 AM


It translates literally without a problem...

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 29, 2009 02:42 PM

Several years ago, the Berkeley Public Library was renovated, restoring the grand old building at a cost of ten$ of millions of dollars. Unfortunately, the City Council is so anti-business, the downtown is a ghost town of empty store fronts; the rest are video outlets & Chinese restaurants. They've also eliminated almost all parking lots, with the intention of encouraging public transit.

As a result, the library at last check was looking for a piece of property to build a parking lot, as the gorgeous library has almost no patrons, because there's no place to park. It does, however, have plenty of odoriferous, well-padded street people; in fact, some of them live in the library's public restrooms

Posted by: jdpercifield [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 29, 2009 10:03 PM