Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Texas Schools embrace health IT.
What if budget reconciliation doesn't work as planned?
Gov. Charlie Christ rethinks Florida's class size amendment.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
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On Thursday Chicago Mayor Richard Daley appointed Mary Richardson-Lowry president of the Board of Education. Richardson-Lowry was most recently a partner at Mayer Brown where she represented clients in matters of public law, commercial transactions, and finance and bonds. Before practicing law at Mayer she served as Chicago Buildings Commissioner, Senior Supervising Attorney, and as Assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of Chicago's Department of Law. Check out what Lowry had to say after the jump.
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Teachers getting freaky...and not with their curriculum.
Freshman are feeling the effects of the recession. Who isn't?
Language immersion 2.0
Friday, January 29, 2010
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Why are you paying for more vitamins?
Insurance companies were working hard on health reform last year. At least the lobbying part.
The budget reconciliation process broken down (come on, you know you could use a refresher).
Thursday, January 28, 2010
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What do charities do when they receive too many donations?
NASA says this past decade was the hottest ever. Believe them?
The miscommunication in health IT.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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Ta-Nehisi and Ezra Klein talk shop on policy.
Kids' cholesterol is through the roof.
Glenn Greenwald goes after the David Brooks over his simplistic analysis of the Brown victory .
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Posted by John S. Wilson at 1:18 PM
And it's that kind of simplified thinking that turns a worthwhile debate about how governments should minimize or even avoid certain consequences into a 5th grade level free- for-all that might as well be in a lunch room. But I get it. People don't like paying taxes, especially the people who actually pay them. (And sad to say there are those who don't pay them that are up in arms, too.)
However many people don't favor cuts to programs either. So what's a legislator to do? They are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Well not necessarily. The goal should be to cut through the muck and explain how, for one, a fee increase isn't a tax. That's not spin. That's a fact.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is in the unenviable position of explaining the difference. The Washington Post writes how McDonnell is adopting outgoing Gov. Kaine's budget and trying to fill a $4 billion dollar shortfall.
But what about raising the "fee" on restaurant inspections, as proposed in the budget McDonnell inherited? Or adding 18 cents to a 75-cent fee on phone lines? How about something called the "recordation tax fee" -- which is nothing more than a fee to people who pay a tax?
These and other fees, which were proposed by outgoing governor Timothy M. Kaine (D) to help close a two-year, $4 billion budget shortfall, pose an immediate challenge to McDonnell, who said Monday that it "will not turn our economy around by taxing Virginians more."
I think he should start by simply asking critics: "If businesses must pass rising costs on to consumers in order to stay business, how do you expect government to operate with zero increased costs to consumers of government services?" Sure it's possible that government can do that but not without increasing the deficit or significantly cutting a program (and I mentioned how popular some programs are). Furthermore, some Virginia agencies and departments have long been self funded as the Post mentions. So, for instance, the Department of Game and Fisheries relies on the fees they charge hunters to stay in business. Why should I be taxed to pay for services to hunters? I don't hunt.But it's unclear whether that same philosophy extends to fees, which McDonnell has supported in the past, and how business leaders and an angry electorate might react to him and his party if they back higher levies while seeking to cast themselves as the protectors of people's hard-earned money.
In addition, user fees are far more an efficient source of income than general taxation. If not enough hunters are applying for licenses (whether there is a lack of interest in hunting or lack of interest in paying for the license) then the department will have to downsize.
A "low tax advocate" quoted in the article says:
"If you buy or sell a house, if you have a phone or if you buy insurance, if you do any of those three things, the government takes more money from you. That seems to me to be a tax -- and covers an awful lot of people," Parmelee said. "I would seriously doubt the governor could support any of those."That isn't the definition of a tax. To be defined as a tax a fee has to be punishable if it goes unpaid. There's no punishment if I don't get a hunting license. Some may feel this is semantics but it's hardly that. It is more proof that the politics of taxes has gotten completely out of control. When constituents or "low tax advocates" expect government to provide services - especially when the quality or quantity of those services is not being debated - for the same cost regardless of the economic environment, that's a serious problem.
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Florida's unemployment rate may soon be 12%. Ouch.
If only Haiti had been colonized long enough...everything would be different.
Dissecting Hillary's speech on Internet freedom.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Posted by John S. Wilson at 1:28 PM
(Cross-posted at Social Science Lite)
The Insolence of Understanding," as a reaction to seeing an advertisement for wearing baldcaps in support of those with cancer. The post was not to question their motives or intent; personally, I believe their cause (raising money for cancer research and support of those with cancer) is admirable. What I questioned was the idea and/or action of dawning on another's identity, persona, or physical characteristic for a cause when one has the freedom to eschew any such constraint, hindrance, or restriction it places on one's abilities. I update my thoughts on this with another example that I think makes my point clearer. Thus, I turn to one episode from my favorite show of the Fall season: gLee!*
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I like Krugman and usually find his analysis compelling. But I think the likelihood of the Obama administration embracing him his quite low. For one, Krugman has throttled the administration for the small size of the stimulus, being too soft on Wall Street, and paying far more attention to deficits than the very real fear of a double dip recession. And that's not all. Krugman himself has stated how he speaks his mind far too much to be another administration official focused on "toeing the line." (He previously served in the Clinton administration for a short time.)
I think if Krugman were picked he would be an excellent choice. Bank reform would be more likely, and Elizabeth Warren would probably receive much more support in her efforts to protect consumers through an independent body known as the Consumer Financial Product Agency. Why? Because Krugman would have the bully pulpit of the Fed, and while Fed Chair isn't known as a role that interacts with politics directly, the acquiescence of the Fed would be a huge plus.
So it's probably not going to happen, and that's too bad.
VC's get in on the health care boom.
Health Care after Scott Brown...(those words are scary enough).
Newsweek uncovers a little known fact about the safety of international travel.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
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(Cross-posted at Social Science Lite.)
(500) Days of Summer (amazing movie) when I looked up and saw the above advertisement situated on top of the door. Me being over six feet tall and damn near color blind, the relative “loud” sign stood out on the otherwise dim train. I didn’t think about it that much but when I looked again, it made me uneasy.
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The 3 Facebook settings you should check...now.
The foreign language that has survived classroom cuts? Chinese.
Flight to quality? Top undegrads receive record number of applications.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
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Friday, January 22, 2010
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
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David Hinckley's article on the media nonsense hits the nail on the head.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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Heritage Foundation gives their thoughts on how states can implement health reform.
Strokes affect children too.
70 years old and still lifting weights...and heavy ones at that.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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The Post notes that:
From 2003 to 2007, public research universities increased the amount of aid to students whose parents make at least $115,000 a year by 28 percent, to $361.4 million, said the Education Trust, a nonprofit advocacy group.
Those schools routinely award as much in financial aid to students whose parents make more than $80,000 a year as to those whose parents make less than $54,000 a year, according to the report, "Opportunity Adrift."
Thirty years ago, a federal Pell Grant covered most of the cost of attending a four-year college; today it covers about a third, making it more difficult for low-income students to attend their states' flagship schools. The typical low-income student is stuck with a bill totaling about 70 percent of the family's annual income, the report says.The article mentions how "minority enrollment increased from 24.5 percent in 2000 to 28.5 percent in 2007." However, an increase in minority student enrollment shouldn't be conflated with low income student enrollment, nor is it compelling evidence that low income students are facing less barriers. To be sure, an increase in diversity - even if it is evidenced by racial diversity - is a noble achievement. But that alone will not do. Schools will need to seek out ways to advance educational opportunities for our most vulnerable students.
Pell Grants are a great help to those who can qualify for them (even though they practically require a vow of poverty - but that's a separate discussion). The Journal of Black Education tracks the percentage of low income students at top liberal arts schools and talks a little about the history of the Pell Grant program. Check it out after the jump.
Monday, January 18, 2010
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As part of our ongoing commitment to academic relations, we are pleased to announce the creation of a Facebook Fellowship program to support graduate students in the 2010-2011 school year.
- Tuition and fees will be paid for the academic year.
- $30K stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year).
- $5K per year toward conference attendance and travel.
- $5K toward a personal computer.
- Opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship.
- Recipients are responsible for the taxation on any funds.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Posted by John S. Wilson at 1:34 PM
However eloquent that may be, it doesn't really account for what Americans' needs are or what our security apparatus lacks. In fact, her comments are closer to unadulterated paternalism than leadership. "He’s so sure of himself and his actions that he fails to see that he misses the moment to be president — to be the strong father who protects the home from invaders, who reassures and instructs the public at traumatic moments," crows Dowd.
No Drama Obama is reticent about displays of emotion. The Spock in him needs to exert mental and emotional control. That is why he stubbornly insists on staying aloof and setting his own deliberate pace for responding — whether it’s in a debate or after a debacle. But it’s not O.K. to be cool about national security when Americans are scared.To be sure, the public does look to the President for reassurance. But should that include condescending hand holding? I don't think so. And after eight years of war and 'War on Terror' rhetoric, I think the public has had its fill of patriotism, militarism, and good vs. evil juxtaposition along the lines of The Dark Knight. (Great movie, not so great instruction on how to run a country.) True, Dowd doesn't suggest Obama lead us to war, but the implication of a nation avoiding critical analysis of complex issues to arrive at practical solutions is nearly just as costly.
What would critical analysis of terrorism look like? Fareed Zakaria fills us in:
Is there some sensible reaction between panic and passivity? Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the 9/11 Commission and later a senior State Department official in the Bush administration, suggests that we should try to analyze failures in homeland security the way we do airplane catastrophes. When an airliner suffers an accident, major or minor, the National Transportation Safety Board convenes a group of nonpartisan experts who methodically examine what went wrong and then issue recommendations to improve the situation. "We approach airline security with the understanding that it's a complex problem, that we have a pretty good system, but that there will be failures -- caused by human beings, technology, or other factors. The point is to constantly fix what's broken and keep improving the design and execution," says Zelikow.
Imagine if that were the process after a lapse in homeland security. The public would know that any attack, successful or not, would trigger an automatic, serious process to analyze the problem and fix it. Politicians might find it harder to use every such event for political advantage. The people on the front lines of homeland security would not get demoralized as they watched politicians and the media bash them and grandstand with little knowledge.
Overreacting to terrorist attacks plays into al-Qaeda's hands. It also provokes responses that are likely to be large-scale, expensive, ineffective and possibly counterproductive. More screening for every passenger makes no sense. When searching for needles in haystacks, adding hay doesn't help. What's needed is a larger, more robust watch list that is instantly available to all relevant government agencies. Almost 2 million people travel on planes in the United States every day. We need to isolate the tiny percentage of suspicious characters and search them, not cause needless fear in everyone else.
This example from the New York Times shows how ineffectual airline security can be.
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Bruce Bartlett fears reducing the deficit now will prolong the recession.
FiveThirtyEight breaks down how politicians can retire, helping themselves AND their party in the process.
Marc Lynch thinks "Captain Underpants" shouldn't cause the U.S. to bring back the War on Terror.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
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CNN talks with taxpayer Nina Olson who has looked in depth at the pluses and minuses of the IRS using liens to ensure delinquent taxes are paid. Liens place the government first in line ahead of all other creditors. So why are they out of favor? Check it out after the jump.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The second method was with palms facing to him (yeah, to him) so that he was running the backs of his hands along my body. I'm still trying to figure out what backs of hands can feel that fingers can not. Must be something that requires weeks of government training.
The third method wasn't physical but was just as annoying. This consisted of asking me the same questions over and over again in the hopes I would trip up while answering. (Come on now I've seen enough confessions on Law & Order to know better; The lack of space on my DVR can attest to that. Do you have anything in your pockets? Did you empty your pockets? Are you wearing a back brace? Is your back braced?
So what did I learn from my date with a body scanner? That it's foreplay and not even very good. Because if it had gotten the job done, then I wouldn't have felt so used. Seriously, if pat-downs are still required after someone is x-rayed to the point that you can see if they are anatomically correct, I fail to see what value they are providing.
Sure, one could argue that pat-downs aren't really required but sometimes are needed to clear up discrepancies. Except in my case there wasn't any. I didn't have any items in my pockets, any articles attached to my body, or any braces bracing anything that didn't need bracing.
So what should TSA do with body scanners? I don't know. How about convincing us that they work? What do they do that a metal detector and/or pat-down can't? That is, aside from take these pictures that we could really, really do without.
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Yale Law alum fighting for his life.
Old News - Watch you friend on Facebook.
Sen. Nelson (D-Neb.) wants to extend Medicaid deal to all other states. Great idea. And for his next trick he'll be pulling the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to pay for it out of his winter hat.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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Unsurprisingly, the couple will be continuing their daily activity during January, too. Aside from replacing bad habits and procreation, could sex have significant health benefits? Sex researcher Beverly Whipple doesn't necessarily think so. "It's a chicken-egg situation, Whipple says, [w]e can't definitively say there's a cause-and-effect relationship between sex and better health."
However here are 10 unequivocal benefits:
1. A longer life
In a British study, men who had intercourse at least twice a week lived longer than men who had sex less than once a month. A U.S. study had similar findings, and a Swedish study examining the sex lives of 70-year-olds found that men who died before their 75th birthday had ceased having sexual intercourse at earlier ages.
The Swedish study didn't find that women lived longer if they had sex more frequently, and neither did a study in North Carolina. However, in the North Carolina study, women who reported enjoying sex more lived longer than those who didn't report enjoyment.
2. A healthier heart
In a British study, people who had intercourse twice a week or more were less likely to have heart attacks and other fatal coronary events. Those who had sex less than once a month had twice the rates of fatal coronary events, compared with those with the highest frequency of intercourse.
3. Lower blood pressure
In a study published in the journal Biological Psychology, people who had sex more often tended to have lower diastolic blood pressure, or the bottom number in a blood pressure reading. Brody's experiment, in which more sexually active study subjects had markedly less dramatic blood pressure spikes when they were put under stress, also supports the benefit.
4. Lower risk of breast cancer
A French study found that women who have vaginal intercourse not at all or infrequently had three times the risk of breast cancer, compared with women who had intercourse more often.
5. Lower risk of prostate cancer
A Minnesota study found that men who'd had intercourse more than 3,000 times in their lives had half the prostate cancer risk of those who had not. While it's not clear why this would be true, studies have found that men who had more intercourse tended to have better prostate function and eliminated more waste products in their semen. "These differences could conceivably impact prostate cancer risk," Brody writes in his article.
6. Pain relief
Whipple and others have conducted studies suggesting that more sexual activity helps relieve lower back pain and migraines.
7. A slimmer physique
A study of healthy German adults revealed that men and women who had sex more frequently tended to be slimmer than folks who didn't have as much sex. Sex burns 50 to 60 calories per encounter, Whipple says, so sex three times a week for a month would burn about 700 calories -- or the equivalent of jogging about seven miles.
8. Better testosterone levels
A group of men being treated for erectile problems saw greater increases in testosterone when, along with the treatments, they had frequent sex. Specifically, men who had sex at least eight times per month had greater increases than those who had sex less than eight times per month.
9. Fewer menopause symptoms
Menopausal women in Nigeria experienced fewer hot flashes when they had sex more frequently. Brody says this may be because sexual activity helps regulate hormonal levels, which in turn affect the symptoms of menopause.
10. Healthier semen
In three studies, men who had frequent intercourse had a higher volume of semen, a higher sperm count and a higher percentage of healthier sperm, compared with men who tended to participate in other sexual activities.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
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1. Arne Duncan is taking advantage of an unbelievably large budget and pushing a tough reform agenda targeting low-income kids and struggling schools. While he'll have his hands full with reauthorization, he has assembled a top notch team.
2. Joanne Weiss leads the mother of all grant program--Race to the Top--with the same skill and diplomacy she exhibited at New Schools.
3. Jim Shelton and sidekick Shivam Shah run grant programs of historically gigantic proportions: i3, Promise Neighborhoods.
4. Gene Wilhoit is pushing state chiefs, supporting common standards, and asking us all to think hard about the future of learning.
5. Eric Smith, FL Commissioner, is leveraging the progress that Gov. Bush made earlier in this decade; he's got a lock on phase 1 Race to the Top money
6. Paul Pastorek, LA Superintendent, is a smart outsider and has maintained post-Katrina intensity.
7. Joel Klein, with support of Mayor Bloomberg, is the best urban school leader and continues to expand impact with Education Equality Project.
8. Joe Williams, Democrats for Education Reform, is reframing partisan debate, challenging historical alliances, and pushing an aggressive performance-based agenda
9. David Steiner, NY Commissioner, and his able deputy John King, got more done in the first few weeks than most chiefs do in a lifetime.
10. George Miller will play the most important role in the reauthorization of major federal education bill.
(Hat Tip: Huffington Post)
While parents don't share the reasoning behind their changes, with less discretionary spending in family households the past two years, one can infer the economy probably played some kind of role.
The journalist speaks with a family that previously had three children in private school:
Allyn is quick to point out that she does not abide by the status quo when it comes to her children's education:They're saving about $20,000 a year in tuition, but like many former private-school families, they're coming face-to-face with larger class sizes and the public school bureaucracy as they push to get services for their children.
"We ask a lot of questions — we follow up on things," says Allyn, a former professional dancer who's the cultural arts coordinator for the city of Evanston. "We contact the school board. ... We'll challenge teachers, we'll challenge coordinators. My kids are mortified because they don't want to be singled out."
"Those of us who have seen other options are not as likely to accept the P.R.," she says. "They'll tell me, 'It can't be done, it can't be done,' and I don't understand why it can't be done, because the private schools managed to do it."
She says friends are still talking about how to get their kids into public schools with programs that suit their kids' needs and interests — much as they talked about private schools in years past. A few have gotten "so frustrated with their public school experience" — dealing with standardized testing and school bureaucracies — that they're considering home schooling.
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Reid’s assessment of the salience of Obama’s skin tone was relevant. Not only do we not live in a colorblind society, we live in an exquisitely color-sensitive one. A 2007 study that used magnetic resonance imaging to examine brain reactions to photos of light- and dark-skinned subjects found more activity within the amygdala, which reflects arousal to perceived threats, when dark-skinned faces were shown. “Disconcertingly, to the extent that Afrocentric features increase the likelihood of making stereotypic inferences, this may result in severe consequences for those possessing high levels of Afrocentric features,” the authors wrote.
As for “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” well, do we all have to pretend we don’t know what Reid is talking about? There is a distinctly recognizable African American voice and some African Americans dial it up or down depending on the setting. It was striking during the campaign how Hawaii-born, Indonesia-raised, Chicago-living Obama sounded so strikingly southern when he was campaigning in southern states. That “blaccent” was useful to Obama in some venues. But I have little doubt that it would have been held against him by some white voters, perhaps subconsciously, if it were his regular voice.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
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Florida seems to be following suit. Florida's education secretary released this:
The state has a new, 17-member teacher task force that will hold its first meeting tomorrow morning at the University of Central Florida. A state Department of Education press released issued late this afternoon says the group is "an open forum for the Commissioner of Education and fellow teachers to discuss education-related issues."
"Over the next several months, members of the Teacher Task Force will work to identify the characteristics of effective teachers and work with Department staff to determine plans to duplicate those traits across the state. In addition, Task Force members will work to improve new and existing Department of Education educator resources and ensure open and continued dialogue between the Department and Florida’s educators designed to elevate the teaching profession."
(Hat Tip: The Gradebook)
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PACE clients are at least 55 years old and must qualify for Medicaid or pay out of pocket. In addition, the Tribune notes, "Membership is limited by geography: PACE participants must live within several miles of the program’s main care center." And since PACE operates on an HMO model, clients are also required to choose physicians within the PACE system.
Due to these restrictions PACE isn't fit for everyone. But for those who the model is convenient, it is a cost-effective and all-inclusive exemplar of how preventive care can lead to long term gains.
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Saturday, January 9, 2010
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Friday, January 8, 2010
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Jenkins also steps into some dicey terrain writing, "Is there anything more ridiculous than a soft guy pretending to be hard? Arenas had an admittedly painful childhood...but there is nothing in his background that suggests he knows anything about real gangsterism." Hmmm...it'll be interesting to see what kind of reaction she receives on this note. More after the jump.
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In fact there are some who question cause-related marketing altogether. Samantha King, associate professor at Queen's University, is one such detractor. King wrote Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy, an in-depth look at how cause-related marketing has gotten companies into the act of shilling awareness for dollars, increased the amount of money going to research as opposed to access to care, and socialized society to believe "the idea that breast cancer is a disease which predominantly effects young, slim, ultrafeminine, white women."
(Favorite clip from The Wire)
Interview with David Simon, creator of The Wire. I loved the show and thought it explored social issues in a holistic way. It went beyond mere juxtaposition of good vs. evil or the modern cop show variety of white (the law enforcement apparatus) vs. black (the urban community).
All five seasons sought to highlight not just crime but the underlying causes, the politics that surrounded it, and the lack of clear solutions. If you haven't seen it check it out.
Here's an excerpt of the interview:
TVGuide.com: The show was known for its complete absence of exposition. Was that a risk?
Simon: If you're trying to be hyper-realistic about your universe as a writer, the one thing you have to get away from is the notion that you're going to explain everything for the reader or the viewer at the moment that all of them might require explanation. Not only does that burden storytelling, and make it false, it's also not the way real life works. [That kind of writing] allows for a different kind of storytelling ambition. TV has never discovered it to any great degree because for most of its history, every 12 minutes they had to stop, sell you some s--t, and worry that you were going to take a leak. Premium cable and the banishment of advertisement created a situation where you could be a lot more sophisticated about your storytelling and not worry about leaving people behind.
TVGuide.com: You killed a bunch of characters. Who was the hardest?
Simon: They were all hard. There was nobody that I wanted to kill off, but the story requires it. This was a tragedy we were writing, and these things have to happen. The hardest one was probably the first, because it was Wallace .The crew was mad. The Baltimore crew had worked on Homicide, and they were used to a certain amount of darkness, but the way in which we killed Wallace bothered everybody on-set. It was the first time we had confronted just where the show was going. I knew there was more to come, but that was the first bite of the apple really.
TVGuide.com: Did you ever wonder if the message was too bleak?
Simon: The parting message is we are no longer a culture than can recognize our own problems, much less begin to solve them. We will accept the short-term solution, the juked statistics, the jerry-rigged profit over actual substance every time. This is the America we've built and paid for, and it's all we deserve. We have not paid the real cost of being a first-rate society. As long as we buy into the notion that you can build a just society with capitalism alone, it's not going to get any better. It was a critique. I am not anti-capitalist, but if you think that's the prescription for building a just society, you're just naïve. It was a real, angry critique of the last 30 or 40 years.
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Cobb is a professor at Spelman, fellow blogger, and has a unique perspective on society and politics. I verbally spar with him when I can and enjoy it immensely. So pick it up because you'll probably learn something.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010
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- Jim Rogers, billionaire and co-founder of the Quantum Fund with George Soros.
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|Graduate Education Debt ||All Education Debt |
(Grad & Undergrad)
|Graduate & Professional Degree Programs ||Percent Borrowing ||Cumulative Debt ||Percent Borrowing ||Cumulative Debt |
|Total ||56.40% ||$40,297 ||69.60% ||$47,503 |
|Master’s Degree ||55.20% ||$31,031 ||69.40% ||$40,208 |
|Doctoral Degree ||45.80% ||$57,860 ||56.30% ||$58,967 |
|Professional Degree ||86.20% ||$87,308 ||87.90% ||$98,711 |
|Master of Business Administration (MBA) ||55.50% ||$31,927 ||68.90% ||$41,676 |
|Master of Social Work (MSW) ||72.30% ||$35,516 ||77.70% ||$49,017 |
|Master of Science (MS) ||49.80% ||$30,684 ||63.50% ||$40,362 |
|Master of Arts (MA) ||60.80% ||$29,975 ||73.70% ||$40,500 |
|PhD ||35.40% ||$44,995 ||48.00% ||$45,455 |
|EdD ||65.10% ||$43,812 ||73.30% ||$44,880 |
|Law (LLB or JD) ||88.60% ||$80,081 ||88.60% ||$92,937 |
|Medicine or Osteopathic Medicine ||81.90% ||$119,424 ||83.20% ||$127,272 |
|Pharmacy (PharmD) ||82.20% ||$63,412 ||85.00% ||$81,838 |
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Clearly it's politics that has these fine republican attorneys in a tither. And there's nothing necessarily wrong with that - unless they know it's going to be unsuccessful from the beginning and are wasting precious time and resources just to gin up support. Whether that is the case or not is still up for discussion.
The knock against reform is principally centered on the individual mandate:
"Conservatives make two primary arguments against the mandate. The first is that an individual's inactivity -- in this case, the failure to buy health insurance -- does not qualify as interstate commerce, and thus Congress does not have the power to regulate it under the Commerce Clause. The second is that the financial penalty the law would impose goes beyond Congress's ability to lay and collect taxes."On the other side are those, including Jack Balkin constitutional scholar at Yale Law, who believe that:
"[T]he Supreme Court has ruled that Congress may regulate "activities that 'substantially affect' interstate commerce" and that individuals' purchasing (or not purchasing) health insurance clearly falls within that category. Besides, Balkin added, "it's a really easy argument to show that this is a tax designed to promote the general welfare. . . . The Commerce Clause issue is irrelevant."
I've never really been a fan of the idea that some states, such as Virginia (my own), have of holding a popular vote for the attorney general position. I believe it makes it that much harder to distinguish between politics and strict law enforcement.
Monday, January 4, 2010
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Sunday, January 3, 2010
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Politicians didn't do so bad during the recession.
The most valuable college football teams.
Video of Joel Klein, chancellor of NYC public schools, on innovation in education.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
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This article appeared on HipHopRepublican.com.
Why the Medicare Buy-In is the Wrong Policy -
With the public option being a frequent point of contention among not just republicans and democrats but also democrats themselves, it’s no wonder that “compromises” are yielding alternative solutions.
One such solution receiving a multitude of support from liberal and centrist democrats is the Medicare Buy-In. States such as California, Texas, and especially Florida, with one out of every six residents enrolled in Medicare, should pay particular attention.
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Vanity medicine at its best.
The biggest barrier to wellness? Poverty.
Health care reform and fraud.
Five years later: how the tsunami improved disaster preparation.
Friday, January 1, 2010
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Michael Chertoff, former homeland security chief, makes the case for body scanners
Boutique law firms are taking on the big boys
New Ohio law addresses dating violence in class setting
Pregnant women taking a gamble on prescription use
Getting Medicare after 65 - not as easy as you may think
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