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The National Library of Norway is planning to digitize all the books by the mid 2020s.
Yes. All. The. Books. In Norwegian, at least. Hundreds of thousands of them. Every book in the library’s holdings.
By law, “all published content, in all media, [must] be deposited with the National Library of Norway,” so when the library is finished scanning, the entire record of a people’s language and literature will be machine-readable and sitting in whatever we call the cloud in 15 years.
If you happen to be in Norway, as measured by your IP address, you will be able to access all 20th-century works, even those still under copyright. Non-copyrighted works from all time periods will be available for download.
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There are times when the good deeds that happen by the magic of the Internet make us quite giddy. This time? Well, this time they make us cringe, to the tune of $100,000.
If you haven’t read the “insightful” personal narrative that recently went viral, “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or poverty thoughts,” there’s a good chance it’s somewhere on your Facebook news feed. This thing is everywhere.
The essay, which is being touted as a poignant look at the “terrible” decision-making processes of the poor, is the product of writer Linda Walther Tirado’s personal experience with poverty. Linda, a married mother of two, speaks of having to live in seedy motels, where there are roaches that she stabs with toothpicks. She can’t cook for her family because she lacks a kitchen, and she’s afraid of attracting more roaches, so they survive on junk food in said seedy motel.
Oh, and not only does Linda say she’s living in seedy motels and stabbing roaches, but she’s also working two jobs, taking a full load of college courses, and is banished to a life as a cook in the “back of the house” at a restaurant, as she is deemed too unsightly as a waitress — or apparently a legal secretary — due to an unfortunate set of teeth. She’s in desperate need of dental work, and her body is full of infection, but she can’t afford to spend the money on medical or dental care. It’s a tragic, tragic story.
It’s also tragically fictional.
Linda’s not actually poor, though, nor was she raised in what most would describe as poverty. Unless you consider a boarding school education as a marker for poverty, anyway.
The real Linda owns a home, thanks to some pretty generous parents. Her LinkedIn profile states she’s been a freelance writer and political consultant since 2010, and has worked in politics since 2004, a claim backed by 27 decent connections.
She’s married to a Marine, has met President Obama while interning for a politician (who obviously wasn’t disgusted by those rotten teeth), and has plenty of time to visit Las Vegas on vacation. And blog about her privileged life on Wordpress.
She speaks both German and Dutch, and has a well-rounded political blog that ended in 2011. It’s also a blog where she quite plainly references being paid to win races.
She’s still pushing for that money to help her out of “poverty,” though, and folks are still flocking to her to donate. She’s reached $61,388 so far. And don’t worry; if you haven’t made your contribution yet, she’s stated that she’ll raise it to $150,000 once she hits her goal. You know, for poverty and all. Or that book she’s planning to write, and that vacation she’s planning to take with the donations. Either or.
What Linda is doing here is infuriating. There are people donating to her that don’t realize she’s full of shit. People who have good intentions and big hearts and are attempting to make a difference in the life of a person who, by the sound of it, is living in some pretty dire surroundings. But folks, these are made-up dire surroundings. Stop giving her money.
She doesn’t need you to pay her dental bill; she wants you to pay her dental bill. There’s a difference. And it appears that may not even be necessary; those “rotten” teeth? They appear just fine in a 2004 political blog where her head shot is used, well after that “car accident” at 19 years of age. Her recent appearance on HuffPo Live, which was strange at best, seems to confirm that suspicion. Rotten teeth they are not.
You’re not moving this person out of seedy quarters by donating money that you earmarked to help a person in need. You’re financing a book written on a bunch of fictional musings about what Linda Walther Tirado thinks it would be like to be poor. It’s basically poverty fan-fiction, by way of a person who has three years of freelance writing on their LinkedIn profile.
Please signal boost this offensive bullshit, especially since she’s been publicly called out and doesn’t give a DAMN about lying and deluding people into thinking that she is poor to make almost $100,000 now.
(Image description: 4 tweets
1: dan @capndannn: “@KillerMartinis they asked to give you money because they thought you were living in motels and unable to cook broccoli!”
2: KillerMartinis @KillerMartinis: “@capndannn then they willfully misread my essay, I can’t help that. I wish it weren’t so, because I would rather be having a conversation”
3: dan @capndannn: “@KillerMartinis if you wrote an essay about poor people who aren’t you, you would have received $0 in donations, don’t be naive”
4: KillerMartinis @KillerMartinis: “@capndannn but now I have this positive thing to go do, so I’m going to do that. Thank you for explaining part of the problem to me.”)