American conservative politics is in a weird place where they say that they’re critical of big government but they also do not tolerate any criticism of military or police
the government is only big when it gives you free stuff, like medicine or a house. those things are bad and unacceptable
“Library usage has increased across the country for a variety of reasons, librarians say, including the recession, the availability of new technology and because libraries have been reimagining themselves — a necessity for staying relevant as municipal budgets are slashed and e-books are on the rise. Among the more innovative is the Chicago Public Library, which offers a free Maker Lab, with access to 3-D printers, laser cutters and milling machines. The Lopez Island Library in Washington State offers musical instruments for checkout. In upstate New York, the Library Farm in Cicero, part of the Northern Onondaga Public Library, lends out plots of land on which patrons can learn organic growing practices. Along with their new offerings, libraries are presenting a dramatically more open face to the outside world, using lots of glass, providing comfortable seating, as much for collaborative work as solitary pursuits, and allowing food and drink.”
OH by the @ Rhode Island team: “Libraries used to be grocery stores but now they are becoming kitchens.” Brilliant!