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NY Libraries Stand By Controversial Bathroom Poster

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Also in the news: The HBO “Game of Thrones” hacker has been caught, Captain Picard talks Shakespear, and more! It’s your Daily Blunt.

Visitors to the Albany Public Library may note a poster in the bathroom listing the Dewey Decimal codes for books on deeply personal (and all too common) topics such as domestic abuse, suicide prevention, and other issues one might feel too self-conscious to approach a librarian about. While the feedback has mostly been positive, a handful or parents are contesting the poster’s placement, insisting it’s “inappropriate for kids to be exposed to.” As one librarian points out, it might be quite appropriate indeed: “A lot of kids…don’t have that trusted adult to go to and that’s why we provide the information for those kids in the neighborhood.”

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That HBO hack that resulted in leaked episodes of “A Game of Thrones” has led to the following charges filed against a citizen of Iran: “Various counts of computer fraud, as well as wire fraud, interstate transmission of an extortionate communication, and aggravated identity theft.” It will be a challenge for the US Attorneys office to make sure anything comes of this indictment — the man in question has not been detained but “will forever have to look over his shoulder until he is made to face justice.” In the meantime, big media companies are taking ever-greater security precautions in the wake of this hacking, to make sure their intellectual property doesn’t end up being released to the public weeks (or even months) earlier than intended.

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The only thing Patrick Stewart loves talking about more than “Star Trek” is Shakespeare. In a recent video interview, the galaxy’s favorite starfleet captain discusses his years in the footlights as a veteran of over 60 productions in The Royal Shakespeare Company. If you ever thought he achieved uncommon heights of gravitas as a television performer, now you know exactly why.

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The times have changed, and even the most simplistic literature for children reflects that change. This Australian site looks at editions of Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever side by side, printed thirty years apart, to show the subtle upgrades that have been made — such as Father and Mother cooking breakfast together, and other instances of more even distribution of gender roles. These changes may seem small, but they stand to mean something important to the young minds that thirstily absorb them. Also, the increasingly fanciful “cowboy” position on the careers page has been replaced with a gardener and a scientist (and everyone knows that today those fields are more intertwined than ever). Bottom line: in the 21st century, the world’s equally Scarry for everyone.