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2 entries from April 2012

Canada to accept Access to Information requests via cyberspace

Topic: Open and Accessible Governments.  Soon we we will be able to both request information and pay for it on line.

Magnifying glassAs reported in the Winnepeg Free Press this morning, Canadian Delegates join others from 53 countries in Brasilia on April 17-18 at the Open Government Partnership.  They will spell out commitments on making government more open and accountable.

One of the more important pieces of the proposal is a  "new directive on open government that will provide guidance to 106 federal departments and agencies on maximizing the availability of online information;".

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Americans lose their way. LIbrary funded by foreign interests.


People actually think that this is a happy story.

Spear Library, Shutesbury MAIt is a common story.  In the long run, it is not a positive tale and unfortunately for the children of this country it is one that is played out with regularity.

Here's the story line; tiny, miserably funded, inadequately supported and ill provisioned local library goes for a funding vote.  Short sighted community (I use the term loosely) votes down a budget to bring the library up to a standard that allows it's staff to do their jobs.

Here's the twist.  Pathos in the wings...library supporters do a video, put it on the web...presto! DONATIONS ROLE IN....FROM PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

We in the U.S. have turned upside down and inside out our priorities, our sense of responsibility to our society and even lost the ability to discern a pathetic situation when we see it with our own eyes.

This is not a happy story.  It is a pathetic story.  Even though the state was ready to fund 60% of this project, less than half of the citizens who did vote knew what a library is for and what a really good one can  do for a small community.

I am not made jubilant by this report.  I am profoundly saddened by it.  It is not the first one I have heard and it won't be the last.  America you are in danger of total and irreversible collapse.  You have lost your ability to stand up and support your own democracy - at your peril.

 

Story about the M.N. Spear Memorial Library, Shutesbury, MA.  reported by: Zak Stone in www.good.is


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