April 17th, 2007


My dilemma

On Rat's Reading, I have catalog information about each book. For publisher, I've generally put both the imprint and the publisher, since imprints these days pretty much mean nothing. They are just a name. But in these days of conglomerates, the publishers are owned by other companies that own multiple publishers. So both Pearson Education, which publishes the Addison Wesley and Prentice Hall (formerly independent) imprints, is actually owned by Pearson. Which also owns Penguin Putnam and their whole line of imprints. Many of which used to be their own publishers as well and are little more than names now.

So for the publisher do I put Pearson or Pearson Education? Or Penguin Putnam, or Pearson?

Life is full of difficult decisions.


Separation of church and state


A city in Utah is hoisted on its own petard after putting up a Ten Commandments monument in a city park. With the way current law is, they realized this wouldn't pass constitutional muster, so the city sold a small bit of the park, with the monument in it, to a church to own and maintain. The rest of the park remained city-owned.

Enter the Church of Summum, which wanted it's own monument to it's religion. City denied it. Federal court ruled partially against the city, giving the Church of Summum a token amount for the denial, but also denying the injunction to create the monument or give them a plot of land.

The cool part is, the 10th Circuit overturned that decision. The 10th Circuit is generally more conservative than the 9th, for instance. And they basically told the district court to give it another look, because the excuses for not putting the Church of Summum on an equal ground with Christian churches didn't hold water.