Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : Would closing all public libraries be a good way to cut spending and stimulate the economy?

I’m not suggesting that this would make any significant impact, but I do think that private bookstores would create a lot more jobs if people couldn’t get what they’re selling for ‘free’ from a tax-funded system of intellectual property violations.

What do you think? Are public libraries economically practical? Are they moral?

I’d love to read some rational arguments, if you wouldn’t mind keeping one-line answers to yourselves.

Answer by Miss Me Yet؟
Our public library permanently smells like turds.

I have no idea why.

Answer by jakeb
That is a local choice, and an easy one.

Answer by scott b
Sure. Cut access to education and knowledge….THERE’S a smart plan.

Answer by Barry The Traitor
Not really. We have much bigger problems. End the FED. That will stimulate the economy.

Answer by Everyday I’m Shufflin
I think there are plenty of other things that should be cut. Such as military empire spending and entitlements for people that don’t need them. Libraries make Americans smarter.

Answer by MG B
The homeless folks want to surf the web too

Answer by Delmar
I’d rather we spend a couple hundred million on libraries rather than a couple trillion in the Middle East.

Closing libraries or building more libraries would each have a negligible effect on the economy.

Answer by Krista
“I’m not suggesting that this would make any significant impact”

Then why eliminate millions of people from access to books, access to computers, access to study materials and childrens programs, if it wouldn’t even make a significant impact?
Your local book store only sells books. They don’t provide the hundreds of other services that public libraries provide.

Answer by Chi Guy
Sure. Now we can spend those funds to expand prisons for the massive increase we can expect from that decision.

Pay now. Pay later. Either way you are going to pay.

Answer by m27fiscojr
Millions of people depend on public libraries for access to books, periodicals, computers, and the Internet. I can tell you that in Philadelphia, when the mayor tried to cut just a few libraries, there was public outrage. Libraries here are heavily-used community centers. Many people cannot afford to buy their own books. As much as I read, I include myself in that group. I think if they are efficiently run, they can be economically practical- especially when private donations are included. I think closing them would be immoral because the poor would be cut off from valuable sources of information simply because they cannot afford books or Internet. If you don’t have Internet, you are out-of-luck when trying to apply for jobs.

Answer by u_bin_called
Closing public libraries would certainly reduce public spending a bit, but there would be little to no “stimulus” because they are not in direct competition with retail bookstores. If they were, there would be no retail bookstores.

Answer by Charles Veidt
You lost credibility at “tax-funded system of intellectual property violations.”

There’s no IP violations involved. At all. Libraries don’t claim the works as their own, nor do they profit from them. They only claim to own the physical media and charge fees for not returning it by the agreed-upon dates. That’s nothing to do with IP, and your “point” about morality is largely meaningless.

Your point about jobs doesn’t lead anywhere either. People who are looking to borrow books are obviously not in the market to buy them to begin with. Why would they suddenly buy them? They’re either going to the library because they’re already unwilling to pay for the books (in which case they wouldn’t start paying for them anyway) or they’re too poor to pay for them (in which case they couldn’t pay for them anyway).

So no. I don’t think closing libraries would be of any benefit whatsoever.

Answer by itsamini1
libraries are usually locally and privately funded. Not everyone can afford to buy books and many students need the safe quiet place to study. Libraries also allow access to items a bookstore cannot such as old copies of newspapers and magazines and research material.

Answer by Shaun Holt
I think it would be better to move to privately-owned and operated bookstores and such. The trouble is a lot of bookstores are going out of business because for the few percentage of Americans that read, many of them are turning to these Amazon Kindles (spelling?) and such; e-books. Call me old school, but I love a store with new and used books. In the same way, I miss record stores and stores that sell CDs. Even your old-school movie rental stores are going out of business and being replaced by Netflix and these $ 1 redbox movies.

In a time when we need jobs the most, it seems like we are doing all we can to turn our backs on these old mom & pop stores. Bookstores, movie rentals, CD stores, etc.

Whenever I get a movie, book or CD, I try getting it from an actual business which employees people; not just buy it online. If more people did the same, perhaps unemployment figures would drop.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What is a good website to download free EBooks?

I dont always have enough time to go to the library and i love to read, but i read too fast. i want a website to get free ebooks with a big variety. any ideas?

Answer by steve_loir
Gutenberg

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Answer by Rose D
Project Gutenberg at gutenberg.org has teh largest selection. Other options include manybooks.net and books.google.com.

Answer by Jonathan Malka
Another free ebooks library: DigiLibraries.com
Over 20’000 eBooks…

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : On a website fanfiction.net, if I registered would I have to download anything for it?

I just LOVE reading fanfiction books. If anyone has an account or anything can you please tell me if you have to download anything? Or if it gives you viruses? PLEASE when I turn 13 soon I so want an account but I don’t want one if I have to download anything to give me viruses.

Answer by Bronnson
No, you dont have to download anything. It’s just a website subscription. I dont even think you need to subscribe to read them?

Answer by Happy Go Lucky
No, you don’t have to download anything, and I’ve never heard of getting viruses from it. You don’t even have to get an account to read the stories.

When you have an account you can upload stories and favorite stories and authors. You can also review stories, you can review some without an account, but some authors don’t accept anonymous reviews.

Answer by Tayla
Don’t worry. It’s very basic, all you need to do is sign up and your free to do what you want. No downloads involved. However if you subscribe to an author or a story you will get an email saying that “____ updated their story” or “_____ has published a new story”

Answer by Gigi Hudson
You dont have to download anything, just get an account.
Also, if you just want to read then you dont even have to get an account. But if you want to review and post your own stories, then you do need an account. But its a simple registration, and only takes a few minitues πŸ™‚

Answer by β™« Itz*aRySsA β™«*WTS
NO!
You don’t.
You can do a lot more if you get an account.
NO viruses either πŸ˜€
its a very amazing website.

Answer by Lou
No, I’ve never had problems with FanFiction. It’s a great website, and it’s free. No, you don’t have to download anything. Although to write stories you would need OpenOffice or Microsoft Word.

I prefer Word.

Answer by iluvdobby
You don’t have to have an account to read fanfiction. Although some authors may not allow you review their stories anonymously.
You don’t have to download anything, although one of my friends thinks that sometimes reading fanfiction can give you a virus, although I have never encountered that snag.

can somebody answer my question? please, its urgent πŸ™ http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110109162056AAhUJO3

Source : YoutubeWatch this video on free love reading

Free Tarot | 888-351-8309 | Tarot Card Reading

Written by LoveDrNikki

I was born with my innate gifts of clairvoyance (see things), clairaudient (hear things), clairsentient (know things). By the time I was 3 I knew there were things that I knew that I could not tell anyone about because they got really weird if I did. At 13 I got my first deck of tarot cards (Ryder – Waite) and started doing readings professionally.

At 16 I had my first near death experience when I was in a pick-up truck that hit a semi-tractor trailer truck. My dad had died several years earlier – and he had been a semi-truck driver. I was fortunate enough to receive my Father as a Spirit Guide that day, My second NDE was when I was 18 – I was in a Piper Cub 2 seater aircraft that did a hard landing into the side of a mountain. I have spent my entire life studying and working with the wyrd and wonderful in all its guises. While not required by any means I enjoy using the Tarot or any of the other divination tools I have at hand you may want to use for your reading.

I have Doctorate Degrees in Divinity (D.Div) and Theology (Th.D.) from Northern Lights Seminary and continue to study. Among some of my other titles are Psychic Minister, Esoteric Minister, High Priestess, Shaman, Spiritual Coach, Psychic Coach, Psychic Healer, Life Coach, Relationship Coach, Small Business Consultant, Paralegal, Executive Director and College student. I am honored to be a β€œreader’s reader,” meaning that many of the people do readings for are readers or spiritual workers themselves.