If you need to find your voting place, and have no other tools but a computer and the internet, go to the Kansas Voter View website. All you need to know is your first and last names and date of birth.
In the month before its demise, the New York Sun printed an interesting review by Sir Ian Kershaw of Timothy Ryback’s Hitler’s Private Library. In Kershaw’s estimation the work largely confirms what we previously knew of Hitler’s “intellectual” development, quoting a selection in which Ryback describes it as “not a profound, unfathomable distillation of the philosophies of Schopenhauer or Nietzsche, but instead a dime-story theory cobbled together from cheap, tendentious paperbacks and esoteric hardcovers, which gave rise to a thin, calculating, bully mendacity rather than some profoundly grounded source of evil, less the triumph of the will than of the shrill.” Just so. In Kershaw’s words, “just how many of these books ‘ shaped his life,’ as the subtitle has it, remains unclear. For one whose professed mode of reading was to confirm his pre-existing views, the claim that any book was for him a decisive influence is difficult to uphold.” Nevertheless, “Mr. Ryback has produced a valuable short addition to attempts to understand this strange man whose impact on the world was so baleful and of such unparalleled destruction.”
With autumn now well underway, we’re approaching the cold and flu season. In accord with the notion that a gram of knowledge and an ounce of prevention are worth a pound of cure, the Centers for Disease Control offers a Seasonal Flu website with a broad range of useful information from basic facts about the disease to preventive measures and a series of downloadable and printable charts for the workplace. The website also includes FluView – a weekly flu report, complete with graphs, a nationwide map and voluminous detailed information.
If you need to find the nearest flu clinic to arrange for the flu vaccine for yourself or others, the American Lung Association offers an online flu clinic locator.
Ask your librarian if you need assistance in finding further information, and have a safe and healthy fall and winter.