“What is the difference between the focus of this article and one that, say, is titled "The Type of [Minority] Mostly Likely to [Insert Behavior]?" Using numbers and factoids to justify prejudice has been going on for centuries; since this shows up on the Divorce page, I suspect that it is a justification, like most prejudicial suppositions, for perpetration of injustice, because "they deserve it."”
“Cheapest and best order for commuting, especially if one uses public transport: Double shot over ice with some milk or half and half. Usually 2 bucks and you're not looking frantically for a restroom on the way to work.”
“It seems to me that the problem with shame is not that there isn't plenty of shaming going on, but that it has been, like pesticide, like antibiotics, so overused for every issue, every group's interests that the culture has responded by promoting those who are, or appear to be, immune to it. Our willingness to hose down the public stage with shame has the result that many largely good capable people with skeletons of some sort in their closet are refraining from public service, leaving the field increasingly open to the most callous and conniving--and shameproof--characters. Again, just my perspective.”
“I'm not for or against Anthony Weiner. I just know that shame can be overused just like pesticide; and soon all you have is the shameproof ones left. I'm not against prostitutes but I think her record should be compared to what Congressman Weiner has accomplished in his work. It's all right here, and it's considerable. What is it worth to toss effective people onto the trash pile? http://www.ontheissues.org/NY/Anthony_Weiner.htm”
“I read an article in The Atlantic's website about the "sad stories" of these people who were so disappointed. Having grown up with family members in a sect that rhymes with "witlesses," I had have had enough experience with them to understand the passive rage and hatred masked with piety and "meekness." I have no sympathy with someone who chooses to believe with all their heart in a force that will destroy their friends and neighbors, and wipe out this gorgeous, frustrating, chaotic, wondrous world of ours. I have compassion and understanding for the motives, but no respect.”
“Amazon is skating on thin ice. Most text documents can be read like books in programs such as Stanza, and saved in that program as epub files, which can be read on iPads. Or one of a dozen or more e-readers. Or on a PC or laptop. It's a matter of time before publishers go the way of music labels. Or they can decide to be fair. And what's the deal with audiobooks? A DVD of a motion picture which costs many millions to create can be purchased for half the cost of an audiobook, which costs a tiny fraction to produce, even with big name voice talent.”
“FDR came from the elite classes and from a family with presidential ties already. LBJ had years in the senate with which to make connections. Obama is Obama, with his own sets of strengths and challenges. He's not coming in with years of loyalties or a lifetime of privilege to draw on for confidence and power. So, I'm thinking that it may take some time for him to reach his stride, and these kinds of comparisons are very narrowly useful, if at all.”
iplaw on Sep 26, 2009 at 14:17:32
“Obama had the most influential connection of all, the people. He turned his back on the people in favor of Wallstreet and the rich.”
Swankie on Sep 26, 2009 at 14:14:39
“Not coming in with years of loyalties? Try again. He is in office because of those loyalties and has done nothing but try to pay them back ever since he took the oath of office.”
“A couple days ago had coffee with my 80 year old retired thesis chair who is in town for a few days and who now lives in Wisconsin on a ranch with horses. When he retired he imagined he would volunteer at local colleges, since he loves teaching, but all he contacted were too busy to take advantage of the offer of free instruction from a master teacher. We sat there with my iBook on the table and I showed him how I could have just placed him at the head of the table on the laptop and drawn up several more chairs, at which point we would have had one of the small seminars he loved to facilitate. I could see his eyes light up. We have done a marvelous job of turning our schools into financial successes and instructional failures, much as we have done in other industries. With very little additional technology and organization, we could have nearly free undergraduate education now. All it takes is the will and imagination.”
kendraro on Sep 19, 2009 at 17:46:18
“Cool. It seems to me, that the technology we have now has not really been incorporated very effectively anywhere. Perhaps I am just impatient, (I've been griping about lack of replicators and transporters for years now) but I am especially astounded when industries seem to resist technological leaps that will be hugely profitable for them.
But education is different, if we don't infuse technology into education, in multiple ways and soon, we are going to fall hopelessly behind. Already so many of our boys are not engaged in school - how can it compete with computers and games at home? But they should be learning computer science!”
hp blogger Angie Cordeiro on Sep 18, 2009 at 20:10:23
Sep 18, 2009 at 14:40:09
“Since Bloom was plucked out of school to play in LOTR, and has been expected to carry movies ever since, it's not fair to compare him to actors who toiled for years on stage, in small movies, perfecting their craft. If he's not seen for a while, perhaps that would give him a chance to join a good theater company, work with coaches, fill in the gaps in his learning. On the other hand, if he doesn't have another hit, he will always be famous for "They're Taking The Hobbits To Isengard!"
Ellyllon on Sep 19, 2009 at 20:48:12
“There are worse things to be famous for than saying a line in a great movie. But it's nice to read something reasonable about the guy. I'm waiting for his next work, either way. He seems a good sort, & generosity in an actor will sooner or later be rewarded.”
“A lot of effort has been made over the years to confuse the business of healthcare with the concept of health, to increase its perceived value. This seems to be one of the central, but not obvious issues underlying the fight over providing a safety net of healthcare to all--it lowers the perceived value. The moral issue is that if you have health in the hands of licensed people and access to those people is controlled by market forces, then you have turned people's health into a protection racket and can charge them any amount. I see Obama, like his historical mentor, Lincoln, being concerned with helping transform the country, to bring along those who are fearful, angry, confused, those who are manipulated by the cynical power centers which are threatened by him and by all truly empowering political endeavors. We could ram through a public option, or even a single payer option, possibly, but a house divided still will not stand. I see Obama as attempting to preserve a calming, intelligent, adult presence, rather than just shutting down those who are frightened, don't understand, are confused and manipulated. The seeds he is sowing may not bear fruit for some time, but I believe they are crucial to the future of he country.”
“Take on this fight and you'll have others fighting with you, Sir. As long as progressives are going to be fought tooth and nail on this issue, we might as well be fighting for what will work best. People will fight for this...you won't see them in the streets for weak compromises.”
Jun 27, 2009 at 15:24:52
“McDonalds makes more money than Chez Panisse; yet we somehow understand that popularity and income have nothing to do with quality in restaurants. More people go to carnivals and amusement parks than museums, etc etc. Tut-tutting over quality movies and television shows that don't make as much money is a waste of time and energy.”
Apr 20, 2009 at 14:23:56
“Buddha grew up as a rich kid, and he turned out all right. I think a lot of these kids have had enough given to them, and have seen the downside of materialism at such a formative age, that they may very well move beyond that that motivation and rise to the challenges that face the entire planet. Us elders may even come to envy the quality of their challenges.”
“Considering the ease of access to information, networking, visual and audio linking in our time, the cost in time, money, and inconvenience of a brick and mortar based education seems foolishly extravagant, especially at the undergraduate level. The corporate consciousness that has invaded higher academia the past few decades has rendered it as full of bloated administrative ticks as the world of business, and it should be subject to the same scrutiny and fumigating as the financial and auto industries are overdue for. Many undergrads haven't the intellectual curiosity necessary and should be in trade schools where they could learn to do something useful, leaving more resources for those who can put them better to use.”
KillTheMessenger on Nov 25, 2008 at 17:22:44
“Did you ever have a really good teacher? One doubts it, given your fondness for remote learning.
So what "craft" would you recommend to a young person without intellectual curiosity?