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Cavan McCarthy
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Retired College Professor
Retired College Professor

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"More than 50 years have passed since Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird, her gripping novel about racial injustice in deeply segregated Alabama. Now the town where Lee was born and raised, and which served as the inspiration for her best-selling book, has once again become the scene of an unsettling legal dispute that has divided the community."

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A beautifully filmed historical drama, with both political and sexual dimensions. Highly recommended. Launched 2012 in Denmark, closely based on historical fact. Now on Netflix.

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In 2010 the Brazilian government passed a bill that obliged every school, public or private, to have an inhouse library by 2020 … Brazil has to build another 128,020 school libraries by 2020, which means approximately 39 new libraries per day until the demands of the bill are met.

Can Brazil Build 39 Libraries Per Day Until 2020?
http://publishnewsbrazil.com/2013/01/can-brazil-build-39-libraries-per-day-until-2020/

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No Brasil, bibliotecas inovadoras convivem com quadro de descaso
http://www.bbc.co.uk/portuguese/noticias/2013/01/130122_bibliotecas_2_brasil_pai.shtml

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Oscar Niemeyer was buried with the honors normally reserved for heads of state. "Seen today, many of Niemeyer’s designs still feel like they come from the future, or at least the future that was promised by the space age. In tribute to the architect, Wired presents some of our favorites."

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OSCAR NIEMEYER rose to international fame as the architect of the main government buildings in the futuristic Brazilian capital, Brasilia, inaugurated in 1960. He  also worked with Swiss-born modernist architect Le Corbusier on the UN building in New York.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20621265

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"E-readers initially benefited from their reflective displays, which can be read in sunlight and require very little power. But the success of Apple Inc's iPad, improved backlit displays, power-saving technologies and new smaller tablets all point to one thing: the e-reader has become a transitional technology".

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Mobile phones in Brazil: According to telecoms regulator Anatel, Brazil's mobile phone market is the sixth largest in the world. The country accounts for a third of all mobile users in Latin America, with more than 250 million active SIMs.

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"Kahle has grown the Internet Archive, which he refers to as Alexandria 2.0, into a massive digital repository that has not only made copies of the internet, but has made available 200,000 e-books (and digitizes 1,000 more each day), 100,000 concert recordings, and some 700,000 films. All are available online for free".

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"Although 87% of Brazilians already have access to mobile phones, that is of little use if they cannot get through. The government will also be anxious to avoid being tripped up during the 2014 football World Cup and 2016 Olympics. In London the demand for bandwidth is seven times what it was for Beijing in 2008. Britain’s mobile operators liken the demand to holding four royal weddings a day for 17 days. By 2014 needs are sure to increase again. Brazil has already auctioned 4G spectrum in World Cup host cities, on the condition that everything is ready a year beforehand. But the winners were mostly firms that have not even kept up with demand for 3G and voice services."

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"The University of Pittsburgh uploaded the four-story floor plan to its main library. “It was just something that we thought would be good to have, to make it easier for students to get around,” Crystal McCormick Ware, marketing coordinator for University of Pittsburgh Library Systems, told Wired. “It’s a matter of immediacy. We try to make life easier for students.”"
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