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The War on New Year

I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve and hoping it manages to post tomorrow, because I’m quite sure I’ll be in no condition to write a blog post the rest of the week, and one has deadlines to meet. I’m back home and heading out on the town soon. Dinner jackets and ball gowns might be in order, and I have a sneaking suspicion that copious amounts of champagne will be consumed. Martinis give me a warm glow, but champagne is mist before my eyes.

Every year there’s talk about the so-called War on Christmas in libraries (or at one library, a war on the war on Christmas), as if anyone really cares what anyone else has to say about the subject. People who don’t like Christmas or Christians get their knickers in a twist that most public and private enterprises shut down for a day, and some Christians get upset that the heathens have become a bunch of super-charged shoppers and holiday freeriders commercializing a holy day and treating it as if it were a made up greeting card holiday like Mother’s Day. Yawn.

This year, I think librarians should instead make a war on New Year. 2009 doesn’t look like it’s shaping up to be a great year for libraries because of budget cuts. Some public libraries are closing down or reducing hours. I’ve even been hearing odd rumblings that a lot of university libraries will face budget shortfalls, and I don’t like it. Some folks at the ALA have revised their request for $100 million in federal money for a "bailout." Now, some want billions! I doubt they’ll get it, though. When people without money or power want help from the government, it doesn’t come easily. When investment bankers who make millions and contribute some of that money to congressmen want help, help is on the way, so much help that the bankers and brokers will still somehow manage to get bonuses despite their businesses collapsing and the government handing them billions of dollars. I don’t think librarians are smart enough or rich enough to pull off a coup like that.

So back to this war on the new year. I think it could really go somewhere. Why can’t we just start 2008 over? Or better yet, 2007? Stock markets are a bunch of mumbo -jumbo, anyway, so if we just reset the Dow to about 13,000, everyone would think everything was back to normal, people would start spending again, tax revenues would go back up, and libraries would be back to where they were. From what I’ve been reading about the success of the bailout in freeing credit markets, resetting the Dow and just pretending nothing has happened would make as much sense as anything, and would be a heck of a lot cheaper.

Libraries would benefit. We’d all benefit!

So happy New Year! I predict 2007 will be a great year for libraries!

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  1. jomfritz says:

    There have been news reports that scientists added a second to 2008 to keep clocks in sync – too bad they didn’t read this posting first – they could have just subtracted 2 years at the same time and implemented your plan at no cost to the taxpayer.

  2. librarydude says:

    Too bad 2008 had to end with such a lame post. Let’s hope for better in 2009.

  3. Mr. Kat says:

    Stock markets are indeed a bunch of mumbo jumbo to the uninformed (librarians). One area that libraries could gain by inclusion is employee stock purchase plans.

    Employee stock purchase plans can be a good deal for those who participate. Like incentive stock options, they can make it possible for you to buy stock at a bargain price without reporting income until you sell the stock. In some ways they’re even better than ISOs.

    A qualified ESPP can provide you with a discount: the purchase price of the stock can be as much as 15% below the value of the stock at the time the price is established.

    You don’t have to deal with alternative minimum tax (AMT) when you buy shares under an ESPP.

    Incentive stock options can be better in other ways, though: They can be for a larger dollar amount, and offer a longer purchase period.

    They offer a way to convert all your profit to long-term capital gain if you hold shares long enough. When you use an ESPP to buy shares, part of your profit can be ordinary income even if you hold the shares many years.

    A qualified ESPP can offer stock options that are similar to incentive stock options, but few companies set them up that way. Instead, they offer an opportunity to buy stock at a favorable price through payroll deduction. In a sense you’re exercising an option if you choose to participate, but it isn’t quite the same as holding a stock option. The specifics of these plans vary from one company to the next. Keeping in mind that your company’s plan could be different, here are some typical terms:

    If you want to participate, you have to sign up by a particular date to have from 1% to 10% of your pay withheld to purchase company stock over a particular offering period.

    Money withheld from your paycheck will accumulate for that period of time, and then be used to buy stock at the end of the offering period. The price may be discounted as much as 15%, although companies can offer a smaller discount or none at all.

    Some companies provide a “lookback,” so that the price you pay can be based on the price at the beginning of the offering period or at the end, whichever is lower. With this type of plan, if the price goes up during the offering period you get an extra bargain, just like when you hold a stock option.

    Usually you can back out of the purchase and get your money back at any time until close to the end of the offering period. Your last chance to withdraw may be a week or two before the end, though, so check this deadline.

    You can benefit from an ESPP in several ways. It’s a way of saving and investing with money that automatically comes out of your paycheck, which is an excellent way to build wealth. If the company provides a discount, your savings get a boost. On average you would expect to wait close to two years to see a stock investment grow from $85 to $100, so that discount is a big head start. If your company’s plan offers a lookback, so you can buy based on the price on the offering date even if the stock is trading at a higher price on the purchase date, you can really turbocharge your savings.

    Apart from the financial benefits, there’s something special about having a stake in your company’s fortunes. It’s one thing to watch an investment grow in value, and quite another to participate in the rewards of a success you helped create. Holding stock in the company where you work can provide a kind of satisfaction you can’t get from other investments.

    Hopefully, libraries can wake up and realize the benefits of these types of plans.

  4. Vegans For Meat says:

    Librarydude, I hope your expectations for a good 2009 aren’t based on the posting of a blogger.

  5. librarydude says:

    No, I just look for quality in every realm of life.

  6. Dudette says:

    “No, I just look for quality in every realm of life.” Except, apparently, in the quality of your own intellectual life.

  7. Librario says:

    “In the 35 years I’ve known George W. Bush, he’s always had a book nearby. He plays up being a good ol’ boy from Midland, Texas, but he was a history major at Yale and graduated from Harvard Business School. You don’t make it through either unless you are a reader.

    There is a myth perpetuated by Bush critics that he would rather burn a book than read one. Like so many caricatures of the past eight years, this one is not only wrong, but also the opposite of the truth and evidence that bitterness can devour a small-minded critic. Mr. Bush loves books, learns from them, and is intellectually engaged by them.

    For two terms in the White House, Mr. Bush has been in the arena, keeping America safe and facing down enormous challenges, all the while acting with dignity. And when on Jan. 20 he flies from Washington to Texas one last time, he will do so as he arrived — with friends and a book nearby.”

  8. Mr. Kat says:

    I always knew President Bush was more intellectual than he let on. Librarians are just like every other liberal group that feeds on the media sensationalism and digests everything that CNN says as truth. It’s too bad that information professionals have to display their naivate on a daily basis.

  9. Mr. Kat says:

    I hate to be a pessimist; I swear I am just a realist.

    Regardless, I have a really bad feeling about this next year just like I did before the end of the last three jobs I have held. In each of those cases I knew I was the walking dead before even my bosses knew. It’s a gift.

    I don’t feel anything good about 2009; I felt a lot of uncertainty going into 2008 but that only helped fuel my optimism that things might get better.

    George W. Bush knew about the trade deficit the moment he arrived in Washington. You can’t maintain the status quo if the overall National balance is in the Red. Simple, simple, simple economics here!

  10. Mr. Kat says:

    One more thing: Bush inherited the trade deficit from Clinton and now our future depends on another fiscally naive liberal. God help us all.

  11. Mr. Kat says:

    I’ve got to go take a bath, but one more thing about the trade deficit.

    Contrary to the popular way of thinking, an emerging trade deficit doesn’t mean that American’s are now saving less. We have seen that an American individual has exchanged unconsumed final goods, i.e., saved goods for money — claims on real savings. Now if the Chinese producer transfers the received claims in return for his goods to an American corporation this will lift the pool of real savings at the disposal of Americans.

    Because real savings were obtained from China — via the import of Chinese consumer goods — in addition to the real savings generated by the American producer.

    What matters as far as real economic growth is concerned is real savings. The balance of payments statements, which deal with monetary flows, cannot tell us much about the flow of real savings. For instance, Americans are importing tools and machinery from Japan and exporting consumer goods to Japan. In terms of the net flow of money it turns out that the value of American imports from Japan exceeds exports to Japan — i.e., a trade deficit emerges.

    The conventional wisdom would argue here that Americans are now saving less and are in fact funded by the Japanese. In reality the exact opposite takes place. Americans are in fact supplying real savings — final consumer goods — to Japanese producers of tools and machinery. In other words, it is the American real savings that in fact support (i.e., fund here) the Japanese producers of capital goods.

    Observe that Japanese tools and machinery do not as yet produce any real wealth, they are just potential future wealth. Also, note that it is not money that funds economic activity but real savings. Money is just the medium of exchange; it is not however the means of payment, and it never funds anything.

    Let us now consider an American individual who borrows money from a bank and uses the dollars to buy goods from China. The bank has transferred money — claims on real savings — to the borrower of money. The bank has obtained the money from some other American producer who instead of exchanging the money for goods has decided to lend them out. Again, if the Chinese producer uses the dollars to buy US corporate bonds or stocks, this will lead to a US trade deficit and to a so-called increase in the US foreign debt, which in turn will be seen as bad news. But all this is just a misguided story. Every transaction here is fully backed up by real wealth or expectations of real wealth. Also, transactions are not enforced and are done willingly by the individuals involved.

    Now, if the national balance of payments is an important indicator of economic health, as various economists are saying, one is then tempted to suggest that it would be a sensible idea to have balances of payments of cities and regions. After all, if we could detect the economic malaise in a particular city or a region, the treatment of the national malaise could be made much easier. Imagine that economists in New York City have discovered that their city has a massive trade deficit with Los Angeles. Does this mean that the New York City authorities must step in to enforce the reduction of the deficit? Luckily we do not have balances of payments between cities and it seems that no one is concerned with this issue. Why then be concerned with the so-called international trade account?

    It should be clear that the principles applying to the balance of payment of the United States are the same for one region of the country, for one state, for one city, for one block, one house, or one person. Obviously no person or group can suffer only because of an “unfavorable” balance; he or the group can suffer only because of a low level of income or assets.

    Consider an American counterfeiter who uses counterfeit money to buy goods from Japan. The money that he has exchanged is not supported by anything useful. The counterfeiter has produced nothing useful and is not expected to produce anything useful in the future. He is exchanging nothing for money and then he exchanges money for useful Japanese goods. The Japanese producer who gets the fraudulent dollars — unbacked by real-wealth dollars — will have difficulties realizing them for real wealth. The emerging US trade deficit is just an indication that Japanese producers were ripped off.

    Obviously, if the Japanese happened to be the earlier recipients of the newly printed dollars, then they could secure American goods at the expense of some other American wealth producers. In this case the US trade account will be well balanced — because the Japanese have managed to import goods from America by exercising their dollar claims on real US goods. Consequently, some economists may even conclude that the net flow of savings is also in healthy shape. However, the story of the trade account here will be false and incomplete because the monetary pumping has been overlooked. American wealth producers are being hurt — prices of inputs are now rising faster than the prices of their products — their ability to produce and to export has weakened. As a result, the flow of real savings, all other things being equal, now comes under pressure. Consequently, as time goes by the trade balance moves into deficit.

    Note that the trade deficit here is the result of printing dollars out of “thin air.” It mirrors the weakening of the process of real wealth generation. What is then required is not the fixing of the trade deficit but the cessation of the activities of the money counterfeiter. (The economic effect of the central bank’s loose monetary policies is exactly the same as that of the private counterfeiter). It must be stressed here that it is not trade deficits that undermine the process of wealth formation but rather the loose monetary policy of the central bank.

    While the widening trade deficit is not the cause of the economic illness, it also doesn’t lead to a fall in the currency rate of exchange as popular thinking has it. The fundamental determinant of the currency rate of exchange is its relative purchasing power, which in turn mirrors the relative average price in an economy.

    As you can see, this is an important issue for librians, if you all can just take some time away from cleaning up after the homeless.

  12. Mr. Kat says:

    I hope that previous imposter drowns during his bath…

  13. Puma Librarian says:

    I think it would be fantastic if libraries could get more economic support in these troubled economic times. Right now at our city’s public library, we’re waiting to hear what budget cuts and state aid reductions are coming down the pike. Our director (who is almost 80 and spends most of her days sorting through book donations) speaks of likely layoffs. One of the first to go might be our amazing YA librarian who was the last librarian hire. But what really rankles is that there are quite a few staff members who are well beyond retirement age and fully vested in their pension plans. (One of them spends most of her days hand-stamping due date cards, if you can believe it!) If they finally retired, we probably wouldn’t have to lay off as many of the really productive new hires. So sad, so sad…

  14. the.effing.librarian says:

    is it any coincindence that everything got worse after the publication of The Secret? who’s the idiot who didn’t have enough happy thoughts???!!!

  15. Naysayer says:

    Of course libraries are going to get more funding.

    We have a liberal democrat in power who is going to funnel money into feel good projects that will go no where fast and leave the participants out in the cold.

    A perfect way to get money for libraries.

  16. carptrash says:

    We’re desparate enough to even take money from liberals. eeeeeeeeeeek

  17. Vegans For Meat says:

    Liberals this, conservatives that…both parties have been irresponsible with spending, it just depends on which spending you personally agree or disagree with, which in other words, is meaningless. The economic problems are a result of both parties making bad decisions. It’s time to loss the I’m better than you kid’s game and lose your utopian ideas of the “right” party. What is needed a person in the White House committed to realism and is not afraid to do whatever is necessary to at least maintain an all ready bad situation. Whether Obama is this person remains to be seen, but this silly game of passing the buck will get us nowhere. The two party dichotomy is outmoded and impotent.

  18. Comrade Stalin says:

    It is all a moot point.

    By July 2010 the United States will no longer exist.

    You could look it up.

  19. Mr. Kat says:

    We need to declare the facts and their obvious consequences. The deficit of the United States is now spiraling out of control, and the recent bailout package has only made it worse. Our crushing federal debt is one key reason behind our current economic turbulence.

    As Congress begins to consider the third “stimulus package” of the year, we need to realize it is time to start setting priorities.

    Priority number one should be cutting spending in foreign countries. This does not simply mean Iraq, but everywhere.

    The next stimulus package is likely to include money for infrastructure. While these investments are, constitutionally speaking, supposed to be made by state and local governments, it is not likely that Congress will suddenly begin to pay heed to the document we are all sworn to uphold. Still, we need to acknowledge the fact that the current Congress and Administration are rushing the nation toward bankruptcy.

    This being the case, we could hope they would at least come to their senses regarding our debt and foreign spending sprees. Our nation’s foreign-held debt is at record highs and moving ever higher. Continuing to borrow money from Red China and others in order to pay “dues” to the United Nations and run “Plan Colombia” makes no sense at all.

    Our whole carrot-and-stick approach to foreign policy makes no sense. The US government simultaneously gives money to Israel, and to Egypt. We send AIDS money to Africa while AIDS clinics in America shut down. “Millennium challenge” funding goes to countries which enact “market based reforms” as we push our own country further and further into a centrally planned economy.

    Economic recovery will only come through financial prudence, savings and getting back to producing things of value again. But it seems to be a foregone conclusion that we are about to enact another government initiative to “stimulate the economy.” Instead, there should be some serious talk about cutting all of these foreign giveaway programs. But, alas and again, we should not hold our breath. Congress is still not close to being serious about ending its addiction to debt and spending, and is again faced with the deadly temptation to attempt to spend us out of a recession. We should not forget that in the 1930’s those types of efforts gave us the Great Depression.

    Ask yourselves this librarians: are you prepared for the consequences of your liberal whining?

  20. Gay Blade says:

    Absolutely we shut AIDS clinics down here while sending AIDS money to Africa. Look at the rate of cases in each area and look at who can afford to do something on their own.

  21. one man and one woman says:

    If the freaks would stop putting it in filthy places, then they wouldn’t have the problem.

  22. Commodore Cody says:

    We have renamed our local public library to The Rathole

    It sounds nice to be officially pound sand into a rathole.

  23. The Untroubled Librarian says:

    “I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve and hoping it manages to post tomorrow, because I’m quite sure I’ll be in no condition to write a blog post the rest of the week, and one has deadlines to meet.”


    So I am going to phone in some junk and meet my contractual requirements. Sad to remember the old days when the AL posted when there was something worth while to post and not because she had to.

    Happy 2008!

  24. Library Cynic says:

    So I am going to phone in some junk and meet my contractual requirements. Sad to remember the old days when the AL posted when there was something worth while to post and not because she had to.

    Typical corporate sellout.

  25. Harry G. Frankfurt says:

    I Highly recommend that everyone of you (yeah, you!) small-minded commenters read my excellent, and in your case, necessary book “On BullshЇt”. Perhaps you’ll have a life one day. Thank you and give me your money.

  26. george the librarian says:

    What happended?

  27. Mr. Kat says:

    The liberals (including librarians) are responsible for much of the damage caused by AIDS. Every day it kills 8,000 people and infects 13,700 more. Although the United States provides fully half the foreign aid aimed at the pandemic, the total has been woefully inadequate to check its spread or stop the deaths.

    Thanks to recent activism by conservative political and religious groups, AIDS has finally started to gain foreign policy attention commensurate with its substantive importance. Prodded by its conservative evangelical base, the Bush administration has pushed AIDS to the forefront of its international agenda, backing record increases in U.S. assistance for AIDS treatment abroad and beginning to address issues such as s*x trafficking and the dangers of HIV transmission from unsafe injections and blood transfusions.

    The future of U.S. global AIDS policy will be complicated, however, because the conservative groups interested in the issue have different tactical priorities than their liberal counterparts and the broader medical establishment. They have traditionally been hostile to some important AIDS-prevention strategies such as comprehensive s*x education and c*ndom distribution, and they are much more enthusiastic than others about policies such as the promotion of abstinence.

    Now that the United States is finally stepping up its efforts to tackle the crisis, it would be tragic if their impact were dissipated because of ideological differences between constituencies that are vital to the struggle against AIDS. The time has come, therefore, for all interested in AIDS policy to unite behind a comprehensive strategy to combat the pandemic, one based on the most effective practices in both prevention and treatment. The tens, possibly hundreds, of millions at risk deserve no less.

    Until recently, almost all foreign-funded AIDS programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America have been directed toward prevention. Whatever justifications there might be for a prevention-only approach to the pandemic, the strategy has proved neither morally nor medically sustainable.

    Ignoring AIDS treatment is tantamount to condemning to death the more than 30 million Africans, most of them in the prime of their lives, who have the disease. Moreover, an estimated 95 percent of Africans do not know their HIV status, partly because the stigma associated with AIDS discourages them from participating in counseling and testing programs. A better-informed population could move more effectively to control the spread of the disease, but absent the possibility of treatment, people have little incentive to learn whether they have the virus or not.

    Wake up liberal librarians!

  28. eye in the sky says:

    The liberals (including librarians) are responsible for much of the damage caused by AIDS. Every day it kills 8,000 people and infects 13,700 more. Although the United States provides fully half the foreign aid aimed at the pandemic, the total has been woefully inadequate to check its spread or stop the deaths.

    Is supposed to read like this, however, the liar, otherwise known as Mr. Kat (Imposter No. X), interposed his/her retarded ideas into what was supposed to be an article written by Holly Burkhalter, about aids and foreign policy, not liberals and librarians.

    “Twenty years into one of the worst health disasters in human history, the AIDS pandemic continues to grow exponentially, outstripping prevention efforts and treatment programs; every day it kills 8,000 people and infects 13,700 more. Although the United States provides fully half the foreign aid aimed at the pandemic, the total has been woefully inadequate to check its spread or stop the deaths — until now.”

  29. Mr. Kat says:

    Yes, my imposter has struck again. I am a devout liberal so it is highly unlikely that I would post anything negative about liberalism.

  30. Mr. Kat says:

    And that would be Imposter VIII…following Imposter X, the rabid plagiarizer…

    I am neither Republican nor Democrat, conservative nor liberal. I believe in your right to free speech, press and religion, but then I also believe in your right to have an abortion (make decisions concerning what goes on in your own body) and insist your religions must remain separated from the state. I believe in intellectual freedom to the point that I come closer and closer to aligning myself with the ALA’s definition of censorship, but then I also believe that under the Second Amendment I have the right to have a M777 Howitzer in my back yard, a Patriot SAM missile turret on my roof and an M1A2 Abrams in my garage. These are not tools or toys or supermarket quickies; they are my arms to protect myself by ensuring that the government of my country remains in fear of the people!!

    Now when I want a nice quite place to kick back and read about a Utopian Society of individualism, unabated personal responsibility, the exercise of personal choice and common sense, I used to look for a nice library. However, some idiot chopped half the pages out a bunch of the books I liked to read and a couple other idiots stole the rest. I asked the librarian when new copies would be in and she told me perhaps never because a bunch of the damn liberal hippies proclaiming intellectual freedom were actually blocking those specific books from re-entering the stacks. So now I just rant about how librarianship has become an archaic institute filled with deadbeats, whack jobs and pornographer loving children – and those are the WORKERS in this place, never mind these idiots who keep running around clambering against each other and about who gets the damn computer next.

    They’ll let this Chuck E. Cheese Crap Racket continue on and on and on, never mind their absent neglectful parents, but they won’t let me listen to either NPR, The Fox Bible F*ckers OR the Whining Liberals on the Radio. BAH!!!!

    All I ask…is for a little common decency…now where did I put my pants? Oh never mind, I’m just going store, they won’t mind one more overweight senile old fart in a dirty unbuttoned shirt, boxers and flip flops…

    ~[The orginal "I'm Kat!"]

  31. Mr. Kat says:

    And that was imposter VIIII, or is that IX? I can’t keep up with my imposters although I guess I should be flattered by all the imitation. But remember, there is only one Kat. You other morons will always be inferior.

  32. carptrash says:

    Mr. Kat seems to have an identity crisis. eeeeeeeeeek

  33. Vegans For Meat says:

    Mr. Kat seems to have an identity crisis.( Note, sorry I left the “eeeek” out, but I just couldn’t bring myself to seriously include it in a quote.) and everyone else does, for that matter.

    And that’s why this blog is useless. It’s frequented by imposters (mainly, those bent on destroying the AL’s credibility), which I think has already happened. This blog has more or less been invalidated by hackers and jammers intent on stopping speech they deemed as inappropriate or opposed to the status quo “they” want to maintain.

    As if the poster “Jim Rettig” is really the same person who is the president of ALA. If he is, then what an inane president we must have who seems to have nothing better to do than make derisive comments on a library blog. It used to be fun to participate on the AL’s blog, but now it’s just a joke.

    An analogy to what is happening here is what happened to San Francisco in the mid-sixties when a small group of like-minded individuals got together to experiment with alternative styles of living (no judgment is being made as to whether they were right or wrong, that is not the point), however, after word spread around the nation about this group, all the losers, drug addicts, criminals, and runaways came to SF to partake in this so-called free love and etc movement only to corrupt it.

    AL’s blog is full of inepts, deadbeats and the like and this is why it should be abandoned. Part of the blame is owed to Library Journal for having such an antiquated blogging platform, but also the AL needs to take some of the blame. As much as I’ve been a supporter of her over the years, I think she let a good thing be highjacked by imbeciles and now what she has to say is more or less meaningless. Too bad.

    Over.

  34. Library Cynic says:

    Then why do you spend so much time here?

  35. Vegans For Meat says:

    Then why do you spend so much time here?Good question, Library Cynic (whichever one you are). Perhaps, I thought it would get better and now realize it’s only going to get worse. Besides, I don’t spend nearly the amount of time here as I used to. It’s hard to let see a good thing die.

  36. Mr. Kat says:

    Vegans, those of us who hang on do so becasue we don’t care who imposters us, we’re here for this discussion first and foremost and hell be damned we’ll still come back for this discussion.

    It’s a sad state of affairs when the politically correct thing to do in the face of adversity is to clam up and shut up.

    The imposters will play on until Library Journal realizes their technology inadequacies and matures with the times. But I doubt we will see this happen anytime soon; you must rememebr that Librarianship is still just getting past the OMG phase of twopointo while the rest of the world seems poised for fourpointo or even fivepointo…

    I blame AL for none of these problems. It’s not her fault her host cannot deal with fame, popularity, and all the evil thugs that come with it. OK, so she could have selected a better host….but really, is there a better commercial host in the library world?

    [~I'm Kat!]

  37. Mr. Kat says:

    That previous post was made by an imposter, although I do agree with almost everything she said.

    {I’m KAT}

  38. rump daddy says:

    I agree this blog has gone downhill, but I think most of the problems would disappear if Mr. Kat would stop posting so much.

  39. Mr. Kat says:

    Jim, the purpose of moving to a commercial host is to cash in on succes, hence why it must be commerical. Otherwise AL would still best back on Blogger. Remaining on the Unpaid web is not desireable at this point; this is the natural progression of media entertainment, no matter how much the grassroot organizations that made it popular may hate this “selling out.”

    That said, the commercial enterprise doing the contracting should have the necessary framework in place to protect the value of the intellectual assets they acquire. By not having this framework in place, the host appears unable to protect the long-term viability of the artist. Naturally this will hurt the reputation of the host, especially if the host will not upgrade their interface.

    Rumpdaddy, if this commercial host supported a registered username interface, then you would see that I have only personally posted four times in this entire thread out of the fourteen times “Mr. Kat” has appeared; my posts are 3, 6, 10, and 14. I would have posted far less again if it were not dealing with my “oh so lovely adoring fans.”

    Now you can expect this post to be followed a combination of these predictable results:

    1) An Imposter dismissing this post as being made by an imposter

    2) An Imposter claiming a new numbered set of posts as being theirs; ex, “Responses 2, 5 and 8 were made by me and the rest are made by imposters.”

    3) An Imposter posting a large block of plagiarized material.

    4) An Imposter Mr. Kat deriding Mr. Kat.

    5) There is one imposter that is occasionally coherent; naturally this only adds to the confusion.

    6) An imposter who has attempted to adapt something from an earlier post made by Mr. Kat and yet still failing.

    I will continue to post under my handle, Mr. Kat. Now you too may post as “Mr. Kat,” of course, if you wish to add to the inanity; that is your own freewill. Eventually someone will scream upstairs and LJ will finally upgrade the blog interface or AL will find a better contract. In fact, if LJ does not fix this matter soon, there may very well be a clause or a legal rule I am not familiar with which AL may use to get out of this contract and keep or obtain any and all money as settlement that LJ has promised for future posts not yet made. Food for thought?

  40. Mr. Kat says:

    That previous post was made by an imposter.

    {I’m KAT}

  41. carptrash says:

    That said, the commercial enterprise doing the contracting should have the necessary framework in place to protect the value of the intellectual assets they acquire.

    Intellectual assets? Tell me another funny story Mr Kat imposter. eeeeeeek

  42. Mr. Kat says:

    Mr. Carp…[Or imposter]

    On the Internet the big business is Traffic; the more of it you have, the more likely advertisers will buy space on your website; see the right column for an example.

    The Annoyed Librarian blog generates traffic of untold proportions but I am willing to make a guess just from the activity on the previous Blogger site; there each blog contained an average of 25 to 100 comments, each, with the comments getting longer and longer with each subsequent topic. This only reflects those who have something to say, so we can assume that each post then attracted no less then 100 unique hits and perhaps closer to 1000 or even 2000 hits. This number is now perhaps higher due to the Exclusive AL Journal issue; AL could give us the hard statistics if she wanted to.

    By any rate, the Annoyed Librarian blog generates real traffic and that makes this blog is very real Intellectual Asset of commercial value, even if it is just a bunch of people ranting on the Internet. The more attention the blog gets, the more traffic it attracts, the more lucrative this blog appears to would-be advertisers.

    Regardless, the AL is paid to publish her blog under the LJ flag, which means this is indeed an intellectual asset. You may disagree and declare that this blog has nothing intellectual at all, but then you would be debating the intellectual value.and you may debate the subjective intellectual value of the Annoyed Librarian Blog all day.

    If the owner of the Annoyed Librarian feels Library Journal is causing direct damage to the intellectual value of her asset in part by due negligence, there could be grounds for a legal dispute. Library Journal could indeed have the hand moved by the tail; we will either see a complete upgrade of the Blog environment or we will see posting completely restricted to just those who pay $159.00 to access the LJ experience. The former will favor the AL, while the latter will favor LJ if LJ has no desire to upgrade but it will kill what has made the AL so popular amongst librarians and bloggers everywhere.

    ~[I'm Kat!]

  43. Mr. Kat says:

    This blog is also frequently the victim of something called “traffic shaping”. The practice of managing the flow of Internet data is known as “traffic shaping,” and is already widespread among Internet service providers. It usually involves slowing down some forms of traffic, like file-sharing, while giving others priority. Other ISPs have attempted to block some file-sharing application by so-called “port filtering,” but that method is easily circumvented and now largely ineffective.

    The principle of equal treatment of traffic, called “Net Neutrality” by proponents, is not enshrined in law but supported by some regulations. Most of the debate around the issue has centered on tentative plans, now postponed, by large Internet carriers to offer preferential treatment of traffic from certain content providers for a fee.

    This topic has several potential applications for librarians, so stay tuned.

    ~[I'm Kat!]

  44. Vegans For Meat says:

    Mr. Kat, it’ the inanity you speak of that invalidates your posts. Because of the number of Imposters you have it is not always easy to distinquish the real from the fake and this makes having trust impossible. Sometimes, I think I can recognize you from the rest, but not always. Until this is fixed, it simply does not make sense to continue posting on this blog. I have no problem with AL “selling out” to LJ, but do have a problem with her choice to sell out to an inept company. The anarchy on this blog has destroyed its credibility.

  45. LDJ says:

    *I think it would be fantastic if libraries could get more economic support in these troubled economic times. *—————————————————–

    At this point, I’d rather have the city stop jacking up the rates I have to pay just to have my trash picked up, quite frankly.

  46. Rhett Butler says:

    Quite frankly my dear, we don’t give a dang.

  47. Hippieman says:

    Well, I know one thing: unregulated capitalism is tantamount to state Communism. It don’t work, dudes! Don’t work, no matter what! Leave stuff to the wolves and they’ll tear the place apart. Market fundamentalism is as bad as Marxist-Leninism.

  48. getreal says:

    Get a job hippie!

  49. Mr. Kat says:

    I just wanted to wish everyone the very best new year.

    {~I’m Kat!}