Thursday, August 03, 2006

Über-Subversive Librarians!

A couple of mishy-mashy things of note today:

First, a big cheer for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has ordered that records be released in a dispute between some Connecticut librarians and the FBI. The dispute ensued when the FBI issued a National Security Letter (NSL) ordering the librarians to disclose information about computer usage by patrons during a 45-minute period. The librarians protested and the FBI put a gag order on them that wouldn’t even allow them to disclose that the NSL had been issued. It’s a long story but the ACLU filed a lawsuit alleging that the whole nasty matter infringed on the librarians’ right to openly debate the renewal of the US Patriot Act.

Librarians are the coolest!

Second, closing on our house has been postponed AGAIN. I have no idea for how long because our mortgage guy isn’t returning our calls. This is what you have to put up with when your credit sucks, as mine does (mostly, but not completely, for reasons within my control). So, dear readers, if you have the option, protect your credit. And if you don’t, know that you can live through it although it’s damned inconvenient.

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