Paulo Coelho thanks President Bush.

Librarians at the Santa Cruz public library system used to shred old documents whenever they found the time. But in the age of the PATRIOT Act, they have decided that documents containing personal information on their patrons’ library use, such as logs of internet use and requests for information, should be shredded daily so the library will not be in possession of information that could potentially be subpoenaed. Are these librarians making a stand for first amendment rights or are they hindering the fight against terrorism? Before you make up your mind, read the EFF’s analysis of the Patriot Act. And Chris, USA PATRIOT Act = ‘Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism’ 🙂

Bill Moyers ruminates on a recent headline, ‘Marines cross the Euphrates’: “Do they know? Do they know, these young Marines, this elite American fighting force. Do they know Alexander the Great crossed the Euphrates, too, on his way to battle — and empire… With his engineers, architects, scientists and scribes, and an army 40,000 strong, their l3-foot spears gleaming in the sun… And on these stones is all that remain of conquests, rebellions and battles — the violent death of rulers — prisoners of war disposed of by execution. For five thousand years the story repeats itself, the victory of one, the defeat of the other… Five thousand years from now, who will be crossing the Euphrates? What will remain from our time? And what will be remembered?”