Library Juice 2:2 - January 6, 1999

If you found this page looking for "Martain Luther King," try your search
again using the correct spelling, "Martin Luther King."  You will have
better results.
1. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project 
2. Web resource for human rights, international law & related topics 
3. Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) 
4. BBC News Database Search 
5. Women's Health Information Center 
6. The Merck Manual of Geriatrics 
7. Lynx Links Digest 
8. Earth Day 2000 postal mailing list 
9. Birth of the Euro 
10. ANNOUNCING JHISTORY - History of Journalism and Mass Communications 
11. Call for International Papers and Poster Sessions - 1999 ALA Annual Conf. 
12. NISO Z39.78-199X, LBI Standard for Library Binding (proposed) 
13. Conan the Librarian 
15. Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 
16. FROGLOG : newsletter of the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force 
Quote for the week: 
"No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human 
hopes than a public library." 
- Samuel JOHNSON (1709-1784) in The Rambler. March 23, 1751. 
1. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project 
Located at Stanford University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project 
is producing what will almost certainly become the definitive collection of 
the great civil rights leader's writings. When completed, the 
fourteen-volume _The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr._ will serve as an 
indispensable reference tool for historians of the civil rights movement. 
In the meantime, teachers and students can make use of the resources 
offered at this site. These include a number of full-text primary documents 
(including the "I Have a Dream" speech and the "I've Been To The 
Mountaintop" sermon), a general biography, a chronology of King's life, a 
recommended reading section, and scholarly articles produced by Project 
staff members (under construction). The Project plans to continually add 
new documents to the site as they are digitized. Free registration is 
required to view the papers, and registered users may choose to be informed 
about future site updates and related events. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. 
2. Web resource for human rights, international law & related topics 
Van:Barry Goodman (goodmanb) 
Datum:Donderdag 31 december 1998   20.51 
Betreft:a new type of internet tool for international human rights educat 
ion & legal research--a link donation 
I am donating this legal education & research tool, making it available to 
law libraries, universities & all of your members. 
I recently authored a new type of unique internet resource for doing human 
rights legal research quickly. It is located on the Diana site at Yale Law 
School and is the first Internet hyperlinked pathfinder research tool, for 
human rights & international law & related topics. It has also been linked 
to by George Washington Univ Law School, Columbia University Area Studies 
(mid-east section), ASIL, Univ. of Minn. Human Rights Library, Univ. of Ga. 
Law School, H-net at Mich. State, Univ. of Maryland, Max Plank Institute, 
UCSC, Stanford Univ.Law Library, Amnesty International, Indiana Univ.WWW 
Law Library, NSU Law School, Murdoch Law School & other law libraries & 
I would like to provide it to those who will find it useful & would like to 
link to it. It is easily viewed & explored by reaching the project Diana 
site at Yale law School, selecting "New on Diana" , & then scroll to near 
the bottom------------- a hyperlinked pathfinder research tool on Gulf War 
crimes. OR -- at the above direct address. Read : "About This Document" 
first to  understand how it operates----Please let me know of your 
interest. Thank you in advance. 
Best regards, 
Barry Goodman. 
3. Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) 
        Established by the Veterans of the Brigade (VALB), this 
        handsome and well maintained site is "devoted to the 
        preservation and dissemination of the history of the 
        North American role in the Spanish Civil War 
        (1936-1939) and its aftermath." As much for the casual 
        browser as the professional historian, ALBA provides 
        images from traveling exhibits, suggested reading, a 
        discussion group, and information about the 
        organization's extensive archives at Brandeis University. 
        They also produce a high school curriculum, which can 
        be downloaded, and an annual essay contest. - rms 
Librarians' Index to the Internet 
4. BBC News Database Search 
From: "George(s) Lessard" <media[at]> 
For those of you who listen to BBC news 
via BBC WorldService Shortwave broadcasts 
or the BBC's World TV Service 
or the BBC World News on PBS... 
enables you to search the BBC news database 
for text copies of stories you heard or watched.. 
:-) :-) Message Ends; Signature File Begins (-: (-: 
George(s) Lessard, Community Media Arts, Management & Mentoring 
Information, subscriptions, public keyword searchable archives and 
CAUTIONS, Disclaimers, NOTES TO EDITORS and copyright information may 
be found [at] 
CAUTION: some of the SEMI-RANDOM QUOTES reproduced below 
may not be suitable for certain insensitive readers: 
: : : : : : : begin  quote : : : : : : : 
Conversation is not an enterprise designed to yield an extrinsic profit, 
a contest where a winner gets a prize, nor is it an activity of exegesis; 
it is an unrehearsed intellectual adventure. 
--Michael Oakeshott, from 
The Voice of Poetry and the Conversation of Mankind 
: : : : : : end of SEMI-RANDOM quote : : : : : : 
5. Women's Health Information Center 
        This site, offered by the editors of JAMA: the Journal 
        of the American Medical Association, has four sections 
        dealing with research and clinical information on 
        women's health issues. The Newsline Section features 
        both brief and in-depth articles from a variety of 
        sources. The Library Section includes "Abstracts of 
        major Women's Health articles published in the 
        literature" and full-text of selected articles. The last two 
        sections have the latest information on Sexually 
        Transmitted Diseases and Contraception. Searchable. 
Librarians' Index to the Internet 
6. The Merck Manual of Geriatrics!!w5aBQ2Jotw5aEr0zW9/pubs/mm_geriatrics/toc.htm 
        This full-text and searchable online copy of the 2nd 
        edition (1995) provides information on the medical 
        problems of the elderly, providing clinical information to 
        all those involved in the care of elderly patients. - cl 
Carole Leita, cleita[at] 
LIIWEEK Listowner and Coordinator of the 
Librarians' Index to the Internet 
7. Lynx Links Digest 
Lynx Links is the email digest you've been waiting for. Lynx Links reviews 
internet resources that are Lynx friendly, useful, and fun! 
There are a lot of websites out there, chock full of frames, imagemaps, 
badly made forms, and poorly formatted tables. They will work, usually, 
with those "other" browsers.  But trying to use them with Lynx is 
well-nigh impossible! Lynx is forgiving, but it cannot correct HTML errors 
for you. 
Subscribe to Lynx Links, and receive reviews on a variety of useful, 
friendly, and fun internet sites.  We review websites, newsgroups, 
discussion lists, gopher resources, shareware/freeware, web-boards, MUDs, 
and anything else that catches our reviewers' eyes. 
Back Issues: 
SUBSCRIBE: by sending a blank message to: lynxlinks-subscribe[at] 
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8. Earth Day 2000 postal mailing list 
Forwarded to SRRTAC-L by Fred Stoss 
---------- Forwarded message ---------- 
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 15:55:44 -0800 (PST) 
From: Peter Drekmeier <pdrekmeier[at]> 
To: earthday[at] 
Subject: Earth Day 2000 
Dear Friends, 
Are you on Earth Day 2000's postal mailing list, and if not, would you like 
to be? 
We sent out a mailing with a brochure a couple of weeks ago, and in a week 
we will be mailing out the first Earth Day 2000 newsletter.  If you did not 
receive the brochure, then you are not on the mailing list.  If you would 
like to be added so that you receive the newsletter, please let us know. 
Our website will be up in February, and at that point all materials will be 
available electronically. 
Also, if any of you would like extra copies of the brochure to distribute 
in your community, please let us know how many to send you. 
Happy New Year! 
Mission Statement -- Earth Day 2000 is mobilizing citizens to demand 
serious actions to address climate change and to reform our outdated, 
polluting energy system. Earth Day 2000 will lead the United States toward 
a swift transition to an efficient energy system built on clean, safe, 
renewable energy sources. 
Peter Drekmeier 
Executive Director 
Earth Day 2000 
91 Marion Street 
Seattle, WA 98104 
Tel (206) 264-0114 ext. 201 
9. Birth of the Euro 
The Euro and the New Europe -- _New York Times_ 
EuroTimes -- _Irish Times_ 
The Euro is here 
"The Dollar's Day of Reckoning" -- _The Nation_ 
After years of negotiations and planning and a frenetic weekend of last 
minute preparations, eleven Member States of the European Union (EU) now 
have a common currency. Euro notes and coins will not be available until 
January 2002, at which point they will replace the national currencies, but 
in the meantime, traders, consumers, and corporations can conduct "written 
money" transactions, such as checks, credit cards, and bank transfers, in 
the Euro. The long-term implications of the Euro are still unclear. Some 
believe, for instance, that it may seriously challenge or even supplant the 
US dollar in worldwide currency markets. At the first site, a special 
section provided by the _New York Times_ (free registration required), 
users will find a collection of recent articles on the final preparations 
for the Euro's birth and its implications for Member States and the wider 
world. The _Irish Times'_ Eurotimes contains Euro news and facts, 
commentary, and analysis from the perspective of a participating country. 
The third site, provided by the EU, is the official Euro birth 
announcement, offering an online Euro Converter for the currencies of the 
eleven Member States. The final site is an editorial by Lester Thurow 
examining the potential impact of the Euro on the US dollar and its 
position in worldwide currency markets. Additional resources for 
understanding the new common currency are available in the Scout Report's 
database, the Scout Report Signpost. These include the Euro Site, the 
official reference site for general and technical information on the Euro; 
the European Monetary Institute (EMI), the body overseeing the monetary 
union; and Europarl: The Single Currency and the European Parliament, which 
offers background and briefing reports on the Euro and the EU Member 
States. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999. 
10. ANNOUNCING JHISTORY - History of Journalism and Mass Communications 
H-Net Internet Discussion List on the History of Journalism and Mass 
JHISTORY is dedicated to enhancing research, service, and teaching in 
the field of journalism and mass communications history.  We invite 
subscribers to submit essays, datasets, book lists, teaching ideas, and 
reference queries intended for a scholarly audience.  It is our hope 
that we can develop a thriving network of scholars, teachers, 
librarians, and serious students of our subject that integrates a 
variety of disciplines, methods, eras, and perspectives. 
JHISTORY is free and open to anyone with a serious and abiding interest 
in the history of journalism and mass communications.  Like all H-Net 
lists, JHISTORY is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' 
judgement, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such 
as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates 
evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. 
Message logs and more information about JHISTORY may be obtained at its 
website, linked from the H-Net website: 
JHISTORY is edited by David Mindich, dmindich[at]; William J. 
Leonhirth, leonhirt[at]; Ford Risley, jfr4[at]; and Kit 
Rushing, krushing[at]  It is advised by a board of scholars. 
JHISTORY is affiliated with H-Net, an international network of scholars 
in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates 
electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common 
objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and 
research.  H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, 
equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and 
scholarly resources.  H-NET sponsors dozens of e-mail lists and Web 
sites for them in a variety of disciplines and fields, publishes 
reviews of scholarly books and articles on the internet, and provides a 
weekly Job Guide. Our host is Michigan State University.  More 
information can be obtained by sending an e-mail message to 
h-net[at] or by browsing our Web site at 
To subscribe, send the following line as the only text of an e-mail 
message (no styles, fonts, or signature files) from the account you 
wish subscribed to LISTSERV[at] 
SUBSCRIBE JHISTORY firstname lastname, institution 
Example: SUBSCRIBE JHISTORY Jane Smith, Pioneer State U 
Follow the instructions you receive in reply. 
For additional information please write one of the editors at: 
For technical assistance please contact the H-NET help staff at: 
We look forward to hearing from you! 
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11. Call for International Papers and Poster Sessions - 1999 ALA Annual Conf. 
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA  24 June -- 1 July 1999 
The International Relations Round Table and the International 
Relations Committee of the American Library Association will host a 
panel of international speakers entitled, "Intellectual Freedom:  A 
Global Perspective."  ALA invites its international colleagues to 
submit a paper proposal on any topic relating to intellectual freedom 
or freedom of expression and access to information in your country. 
All papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be 
published on the ALA web site.  To broaden the discussion of 
international issues, papers received in application for presentation 
will be considered for publication on the ALA web site even if they 
cannot be delivered in the conference programs.   To read last year's 
conference papers, visit the ALA web site at: 
The second annual international poster session will provide a forum 
for librarians from around the world to highlight their libraries, 
share their research or present successful library programs with 
colleagues.  International poster sessions are an effective means to 
exchange information and communicate ideas and will be displayed on 
bulletin boards with pictures, graphs, data and text to illustrate the 
presentation.    Posters are especially well suited to graphic and 
interactive presentation, or to report on work still in progress. 
Presenters are present at the poster session to informally discuss 
them with conference attendees. 
Poster sessions are listed in the ALA Annual Conference Program and 
in the Poster Session Abstracts Booklet.  To learn more about an ALA 
poster session, visit the web site at: 
Those interested in presenting a paper or poster session are 
requested to submit an abstract of 200-250 words accompanied by the 
following information: 
title of paper or poster session;  name(s) of presenter(s); 
institutional affiliation, job title, work address, telephone, fax, 
FORMAT:    All submissions must be in English and either typed or 
submitted electronically.   All contributions will be acknowledged. 
 15 February1999  for Papers 
 31 January  1999  for Poster Sessions 
ACCEPTANCE:  All submissions will be reviewed and accepted at the 
discretion of the reviewing committees.  The Committees will 
communicate their decision to prospective presenters by 31 March 
E-mail:         mdowling[at] 
Fax or mail:       Michael Dowling, American Library Association, 
International Relations Office,  50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 
60202, fax  +1 312-280-3256 
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* Associations and Institutions (IFLA). For further information about * 
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12. NISO Z39.78-199X, LBI Standard for Library Binding (proposed) 
To:  Mary Jo Lynch, ALA Office of Research & Statistics 
       Karen Muller, ALCTS Executive Director 
        Sarah Pritchard, ALA Standards, Chair 
        Brian J. Baird, PARS Books & Paper Standards, Chair 
        Richard Oram, ACRL RMBS, Chair 
From:  Carlen Ruschoff, ALA Representative to NISO 
Date: December 15, 1998 
Subject: NISO Z39.78-199X, LBI Standard for Library Binding 
The proposed new standard: LBI Standard for Library Binding, has been 
released for review and ballot NISO.  This standard "Describes the 
technical specifications and materials specifications for the first-time 
hardcover binding of serials publications and paperbound books for library 
use and the rebinding of hardcover books and serials intended for library 
use." --abstract 
The standard can be found at the NISO WEB site or by using the following 
URL:  The Acrobat Reader is 
required to view the draft document.  If you need to download a copy of 
the Reader, go to the NEW!! section of the NISO Website:!.html.  A list of the draft standards will appear 
on your screen.  The instructions on how to download the Acrobat Reader 
appears directly below the LBI Standard for Library Binding.  If you do 
not have access to the Web or are unable to contact the site, please let 
me know and I will fax a copy of the draft standard to you. 
Please distribute the draft within your community for discussion and 
comment and return the ballot below and comments to me by January 20, 
1999.  If you prefer, send your comments to me via e-mail.  My address is: 
ruschoff[at]  It is a real time saver to have your 
comments in machine readable form. 
Let me know if you know of an ALA group that should review this standard 
but is not listed in the distribution above.  I will be most happy to 
solicit comments from any ALA group with interest and expertise on this 
subject.  Thank you! 
cc:                      Dale Swensen, Editor, ALCTS Newsletter 
                          Sheila Intner, ALCTS President 
                          Maureen Sullivan, ACRL President 
                          Christine Hage, Public Library Association 
                          Jo Bell Whitlatch, Reference & Adult Services 
                         Barbara Berger, ALCTS/PARS, Chair 
                BALLOT FORM            Approval of ANSI/NISO Z39.78-199X 
_____     Yes 
_____     Yes, with comment.     [Comments must accompany this ballot] 
_____     No.     [Reason(s) for voting "no" must accompany this ballot] 
_____     Abstain   [Reasons(s) for abstaining must be supplied with this 
Return ballot to:   Internet: ruschoff[at] 
   Carlen Ruschoff                        FAX: 202 687-1215 
   Lauinger Library 
   Georgetown University 
   Box 571174 
   Washington, DC 20057-1174 
13. Conan the Librarian 
When I was in library school about 12 years ago I saw a comic strip 
titled "Conan the Librarian".  It depicted Conan at the front desk 
checking out books with a light pen as if it were a sword.  Tried an 
Internet search and found references to Conan the Librarian, but 
nothing to do with this strip. Can anyone ID it for me? Thanks! 
From: Reference <ref_lib[at]>  (? -ed.) 
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You may be looking for Mother Goose and Grimm.  Here is a page with a 
And for you Shostakovich fans, here is a picture of the "UHF" Conan: 
Ellen Cousins <ellen[at]> 
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I have a T-shirt with a cartoon-style image of Conan the Librarian on it. 
He holds a pile of books on one hand and his sword in the other. If it is 
of interest I could try to scan it and send the scan, but I think the 
quality of reproduction might be mediocre. 
katherine cummings <kcumming[at]> 
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I have that comic strip on my door!  It's from _Broom Hilda_.  It 
shows a menacing  Conan the Librarian, with all the characters 
tiptoing around the reference desk, with nervous looks on their 
faces.  Unfortunately, the corner with the date has been torn off 
(it's several years old). 
Perhaps if you checked compilations of _Broom Hilda_, you will find 
Lynn Hammerlund (lhammerlund[at] 
Technical Services/Music Librarian      "Blessed are the cracked... 
Benjamin P. Browne Library                 for they shall 
Judson College                                let in the light." 
Elgin IL 60123 
voice (847) 695-2500 ext. 3030 
fax (847) 695-0407 
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I've seen the Mother Goose and Grimm one Ellen refers to. 
The other "Conan the Librarian" I'm familiar with is a 5-or-so minute 
cartoon (movie, not strip) about a little boy whose big sister takes him to 
the library. He says he wants a library card and is told to see "Mr. Conan". 
Conan asks him if he's ready for hard stuff like Madeleine L'Engle and 
Robert Louis Stevenson. "Sure Conan. I'm ready for anything." This is shown 
on a segment of the "Reading Rainbow" TV series where series host LeVar 
Burton visits the Library of Congress. 
Lois Fundis <fundisl[at]> 
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Yes! - I remember the stories of Conan! 
Conan, I believe(not positive) was the creation of a member of AALL(Amer. 
Assoc. LAw Libraries) - check their site & also the LAW_LIB server archives. 
Karen MAhnk 
"Karen M." <karenpdo[at]> 
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I saw something of that ilk in a Weird Al Yankovic movie; I think it was 
M. Edward Borasky  znmeb[at] 
If God had meant carrots to be eaten cooked, He would have given rabbits 
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This would appear to be one of those Silly Ideas that has independently 
occured to a number of people, as indicated by the variety of responses 
you've already received.  I've also seen versions once or twice in 
sf convention art shows (said works probably never having been 
professionally published) and clearly recall at least one brief 
CONAN THE LIBRARIAN comic story (only one or two pages) in an 
underground comic of the seventies or early eighties.  No idea of 
which comic, unfortunately (I seem to recall it as the last story 
in the issue, if that helps at all...), but I'll check with a local 
who might know. 
I've also seen versions of "Conan the Certified Public Accountant." 
Dennis Lien / U of Minnesota Libraries // d-lien[at] 
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Adventures of Conan the Librarian 
no sword, but still kind of rugged 
Conan the Librarian was born eleven years ago.  As you can see, 
he is big for his age.  Someone--now inexplicably deceased--once 
remarked that he looks like a failed experiment in genetic engineering - 
sort of a double-cross between Tonto and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  But Conan, 
despite his barbaric tendencies, has a soft spot:  he loves information - 
in books, in periodicals, in newspapers, on CD-ROM, and on the Internet. 
So he  invites you to click on the links below to share in his adventures. 
(By the way, Conan still has a lot of the barbarian left in him, so it 
would be ill-advised to decline his invitation.) 
Virginia C. Johnson 
Computer Services Reference Librarian 
Central Rappahannock Regional Library 
(540) 372-1144 
"Silence is argument carried out by other means." 
                      -- Ernesto "Che" Guevara 
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I conducted a dig down to the 1982 CE strata and found a Conan 
the librarian that no one's mentioned yet, I think. 
It's in the form of a strip and signed Tom Boyer or Beyer, or 
possibly Peyer, c.1982.  "A slight figure hesitantly approaches 
the circulation desk, timidly bidding the librarian's attention. 
He needn't bother: no man stands at Conan's back undetected." 
Conan proceeds to demonstrate mastery of the barcode scanner. 
We are promised Conan the Rastafarian next week, and there seems 
to be a running joke about Pez dispensers.  The strip itself is 
titled Conan the Librarian, so no clue there.  And my photocopy 
is from page 81 of something called "Picturescope," Summer 1982. 
So, now I wonder about the origin of this version. 
Carolyn Caywood     ccaywood[at] or carolyn[at] 
Bayside Area Library                           voice:757-460-7519 
936 Independence Blvd. VA Beach, VA 23455        FAX:757-464-6741 
Note: R.Crom is more than the human mind should be able to conjure. 
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 18:06:03 -0400 
To: renaissance-network[at] 
From: jslakov[at] (Jan Slakov) 
Subject: Citizens Public Trust Treaty - press release 
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 18:16:30 +0000 
From: Paul Swann <pswann[at]> 
Subject: Citizens' Public Trust Treaty - Press Release 
On January 1st, 1999, the Citizens' Public Trust Treaty is circulating 
worldwide for signing by individuals, community groups and non- 
governmental organizations. It is released initially in 
English, French and Spanish, with translations into the other official 
languages of the United Nations to follow. Eventually, it is intended that 
the proposed Treaty with signatures will be submitted to state goverments 
and to the United Nations. 
The Citizens' Public Trust Treaty calls upon member states 
of the United Nations to carry out and extend the international obligations, 
commitments and expectations they have made to fulfill the global 
public trust. This Treaty will provide an effective means of 
counteracting the process of corporate globalization that threatens to 
undermine over 50 years of international agreements related to the 
following obligations, commitments, and expectations: 
1. to Promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights, including 
labour rights, the right to adequate food, shelter and health care, and 
social justice; 
2. to Enable socially equitable and environmentally sound development; 
3. to Achieve a state of peace, justice and security; 
4. to Create a global structure that respects the rule of law; and 
5. to Ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, 
respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, reduce the 
ecological footprint and move away from the current model of 
over-consumptive development; 
We live in an increasingly centralised global economy in which the 
interests of transnational corporations (TNCs) and financial 
institutions often take precedence over the welfare of ordinary people. 
Deregulation of the financial markets has created a volatile "global 
casino" in which massive speculative capital flows threaten the 
stability of national economies. International trade agreements such as 
NAFTA, GATT, and now the proposed Multilateral Agreement on Investment 
(MAI) have diminished the power of governments and elevated the rights of 
corporations above those of nations and their citizens. 
We have just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Universal 
Declaration of Human Rights. When significant anniversaries of the 
United Nations are celebrated there is usually a flurry of 
congratulatory activity, and then the documents are put back on the 
shelf. Rights, however, are meaningless unless they are actually enacted, 
implemented and enforced. 
1999 is the culmination of the International decade devoted to the 
furtherance of international law. The purpose of this Treaty is to 
strengthen that law by demanding that governments (a) stop devolving 
their power to corporations and (b) discharge the obligations, act on 
the commitments and fulfill the expectations they have undertaken 
through United Nations documents and through international and regional 
agreements. The intention is to provide a framework of international 
law within which local democracy can flourish. 
Successive drafts of the Treaty have circulated widely for over a year 
and a half in English, French and Spanish. It has evolved with input from 
many participants.  The Treaty was sent to each country's UN Mission in New 
York in 1997 and again in 1998 on the anniversaries of the United Nations 
(October 24) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10). 
The proposed Treaty is supported by a body of international documents 
and principles drawn from the commitments, obligations and expectations 
created through the UN system. A full list of the international instruments 
and other documents that have been reviewed for the drafting of this 
Treaty and is available upon request. The principles embodied in the 
Treaty are further supported by a "Charter of Obligations" prepared by the 
Global Compliance Research Project which lists, in an easy to find 
format, the text of many of the agreements undertaken by Nation States 
over the years. 
It is now apparent that we are suffering the consequences of half a 
century of unprincipled economic growth activity. We call upon the 
nations of the world not to relive and reinvent the errors of the past but 
rather, to ensure the rights of present and future generations by 
implementing the principles of this Citizens Public Trust Treaty. 
The Online Treaty can be found at: 
Northern Hemisphere 
Southern Hemisphere 
French and Spanish verson, and background documents 
.rtf (English) downloadable document for hardcopy reproduction 
For further information please contact: 
Canada and the United States 
Joan Russow (Ph.D) 
1230 St. Patrick St. Victoria, B.C. V8S 4Y4 
Tel/Fax 1+ 250 598-0071 
UK and Ireland 
Paul Swann 
14 Beacon Hill, 
London N7 9LY 
Tel +44 (0)171 609 7764 
Susanne Martain 
15. Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 
ISSN 1393-614X 
Minerva is an electronic journal of philosophy. It is published annually 
and is freely available on the Internet. The journal publishes articles 
relating to philosophy construed in a broad but scholarly sense, without 
preference for any particular school or intellectual tradition. Each 
volume will appear in the month of November. As an electronic journal, 
Minerva provides swift publication and distribution, while reaction to 
published articles can be garnered with equal speed. Articles can be 
pre-published in Minerva and re-submitted for publication in the print 
journals.  Alternatively, articles already published in the print journals 
can be offered for publication in Minerva. It is intended that the journal 
will foster debate by publishing considered replies to certain articles 
and providing a forum for scholarly discourse. Minerva is compiled and 
encoded in HTML. 
  It is intended that each volume of Minerva should include a selection of 
articles which have been submitted to the editor over the World Wide Web. 
Submissions are therefore sought on any topic from professional 
philosophers and other suitably qualified individuals, and may range from 
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discussions which would be accessible and intelligible to any literate 
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  Articles should be submitted (Word, RTF or HTML format)  by e-mail to 
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  Minerva is published and edited by Stephen Thornton.  Copyright of 
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(From NewJour-L) 
16. FROGLOG : newsletter of the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force 
Newsletter of the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force of the World 
Conservation Union's Species Survival Commission. 
Recent Table of Contents: 
     Mesoamerican Decline Symposium 
     Amphibian Population Decline in a Honduran National Park 
     Climate Change Workshop Report 
     The Status of Amphibians in Wawushan Mountain National Forest Park 
     The Status of Amphibians in Xiaman National Conservation Region 
     Call for International Cooperation 
     Froglog Shorts 
     Publications of Interest 
John W. Wilkinson, Editor 
E-mail: DAPTF[at] 
(From NewJour-L) 
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