Sunday, August 11, 2019

Putting a Value on Reading

Reddit user penguinska9 posted that their library "keeps track of how much you save by not buying books and borrowing instead" and shows the dollar amount on the receipt when you check out a book. 

Methinks this is a brilliant idea! 

A Wichita Public Library in Wichita, Kansas in the US of A had also posted this last year: 

“While libraries offer tremendous benefits to their communities, sometimes the benefits are more abstract or require long term studies to show the value of their programs”, said Jennifer Lane, communication manager, Wichita Public Library. 

“Including this information is a way to easily quantify one of the ways the Library is a value to its users..." 

So far this year, the highest dollar amount saved by a customer's account is $64,734.12. And the highest dollar amount saved by a customer's account since this feature was implemented is $196,076.21.

In Hong Kong, both protesters and cops have taken up laser pointers in support of their goals! 

Protesters have used them to blind CCTVs and pinpoint vigilante thugs who assaulted them and cops use them to identify targets for snatch-squads. 

The police have claimed that three of their officers had required hospital treatment after protesters flashed laser beams at them. In fact, police have classed the pointers, which they referred to as “laser guns” as offensive weapons, according to South China Morning Post

Anyway, on Tuesday, Baptist University student leader Keith Fong Chung-yin, 20, was arrested by five off-duty officers after he spent HK$4,200 ($536) to buy 10 of the pointers from a stall in Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po. 

This set off another round of anger at Hong Kong police and more than 1,000 protesters, including students from the university, had besieged the Sham Shui Po Police Station on the very same day. Police fired about 20 rounds of tear gas to clear the protesters, who sprayed paint on the building’s walls, and hurled bricks and glass bottles into the complex. 

The following night, hundreds gathered for a mass laser-protest whose participants styled their action as a "stargazing" event as they flicked their lasers over the Hong Kong Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui.

I know that the basic assumption of law is that people are presumed innocent. And, if laser pointers are openly sold, it should be legal to buy and own them. 

I don’t know about you but Hong Kong is no longer making sense!

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