Happy Tuesday: Everything is peachy

There’s an erratic sociopathic narcissist at the button, emaciated polar bears are headed south like an army of teeth, and Chinese librarians are burning books under state supervision. Sounds like a William Gibson novel.

In a photo that circulated on Chinese social media on the weekend, workers at a library located in Zhenyuan county in north-central Gansu province were shown burning books in an act the library described (link in Chinese) as a “quick and comprehensive” filtering and destruction of “illegal” publications, including books related to religion. The library said it wanted to enhance its function as a major propaganda tool in terms of promoting mainstream Chinese values. The post, which was originally published on Oct. 22, has since been deleted.

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