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Queen Elizabeth II "ascended" to the the throne on 6 February 1952 and is thus celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.
I remember her Silver Jubilee back in 1977 when I was a youthful 15 years old. We proudly pinned these badges, produced by the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party as part of their campaign against public sector budget cuts, to our school blazers. The school headmaster tried to prohibit us from wearing them!
Boingboing gave us an incredible collection of posts last week and there follows some links to these ...
Our first is to The Cost of Knowledge - a website protesting against the publisher Elsevier's restrictive policies on access to academic scientific knowledge. I cannot freely access anything published in Elsevier's scientific journals but am forced to pay an arm and a leg for the knowledge contained therein.
The Cost of Knowledge declares
1. They charge exorbitantly high prices for subscriptions to individual journals.
2. In the light of these high prices, the only realistic option for many libraries is to agree to
buy very large "bundles", which will include many journals that those libraries do not actually want.
Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting the fact that some of their journals are essential.
3. They support measures such as SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works
Act, that aim to restrict the free exchange of information.
...and has an online petition asking you to boycott Elsevier.
The Cost of Knowledge also pointed me to Polymath - "a collection of links to information, opinion, activism, and other
issues concerning the practices of research journal publishers".
Which then pointed me to this campaign against the US Research Works Act ... "A recently introduced bill, H.R. 3699, the
Research Works Act, would seriously threaten public access to federally
The bill would not only restrict internet
access to articles published in scholarly journals and books; it would
also severely hamper Creative Commons content.
Why is Open Access
so important? Internet access to federally funded research allows
people with medical conditions to stay informed about new studies and
Access also helps professionals, including doctors,
to continue their educations by keeping up to date on the research
literature in their fields.
In developing nations, Open Access
is especially important, as institutions often don't have the funding to
provide health care professionals with scholarly literature through
We are not medically trained. While we will endeavour to be as accurate as possible with medical information, we cannot accept responsibility for any errors. Medical details given apply only to our daughter, the form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia she has and the treatment she is receiving. Please consult your doctor if you have questions or doubts of any kind
Our daughter, Kezia, came down with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at the age of two years in 2006 and was evacuated to the UK for treatment. Mum, Nanda, accompanied her and later Nanda's son Jaime went to the UK. Dad, Angus, stayed in Africa earning to support them and periodically visited them. Kezia finished treatment in 2008 and the family returned to Sao Tome e Principe mid-2009. Kezia is doing fine and hasn't relapsed but won'nt be considered "clear" until 2013. Meanwhile Dad was made redundant - at the best of times he's a consultant, sometimes a teacher and often unemployed. Poor White Trash.
We reserve the right to go off topic and talk about anything we damn well like.