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Libraries really are the gates to the future. So it is unfortunate that, round the world, we observe local authorities seizing the opportunity to close libraries as an easy way to save money, without realising that they are stealing from the future to pay for today. They are closing the gates that should be open.
As JRR Tolkien reminded us, the only people who inveigh against escape are jailers.
So picture me, rubbing my hands in glee and trying to extrapolate just how much worse the security/surveillance state could be, circa 2020, in a time-line where Washington DC was attacked with stolen nukes in 2003 by narcoterrorists from another parallel universe. And I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on how mad our Spook Century is going to be, until I run across stuff like the NSA bugging Angela Merkel’s phone, or GCHQ bugging Belgacom, the main Belgian phone company, to snoop on the European Parliament. And their code-name for the latter piece of work? “Operation Socialist”. See! The Cold War legacy marches on!
Stephen confronts Vitaly Milonov over Russian law banning ‘gay propaganda’ - Stephen Fry: Out There (by U.S.A Newspaper)