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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Political Calculations: "How Effective are the Operation Warp Speed Vaccines?"
Glenn Greenwald on the reporting of police officer Brian Sicknick's death.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Glenn C. Loury spoke on the topic at Arizona State University. An excerpt:
Is this a venal, immoral, and rapacious bandit-society of plundering white supremacists, founded in genocide and slavery and propelled by capitalist greed, or a good country that affords boundless opportunity to all fortunate enough to enjoy the privileges and bear the responsibilities of citizenship? Of course, there is some warrant in the historical record for both sentiments, but the weight of the evidence overwhelmingly favors the latter. The founding of the United States of America was a world-historic event by means of which Enlightenment ideals about the rights of individual persons and the legitimacy of state power were instantiated for the first time in real institutions.
In late 2010, Nish Acharya arrived in Washington, DC, ready to work. President Barack Obama had appointed Acharya to be his director of innovation and entrepreneurship, and a senior adviser to the secretary of commerce. Acharya was asked to coordinate with twenty-six different federal agencies and over five hundred universities to dispense $100 million in funding, meaning that he was about to become the prototypical DC power player: smartphone always in hand, messages flying back and forth at all hours. But then the network broke.
- From A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload by Cal Newport
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
When I lived in Chicago's 24th Ward, it was the most beautifully, generously corrupt political jurisdiction in America. In every election the dead and departed voted alongside the winos hauled in for the day and the fearful, sometimes hungry, still-striving citizens of the Great Depression. In our precinct, on West Congress Street, some of those who came to vote in the basement of Marty O'Brien's house had been among the poorest of the poor. Our neighbors, who with such diligence marked their ballots for the Democratic ticket, remembered the food riots, for some of them had fought for the scraps that tumbled out of the garbage trucks and into the starving crowds who gathered like beasts in the city dump.
- From New American Blues: A Journey Through Poverty to Democracy by Earl Shorris (1997)
It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop. It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. What follows are my own personal views on Brearley's antiracism initiatives, but these are just a handful of the criticisms that I know other parents have expressed.
Read all of the letter at Common Sense with Bari Weiss.
- Zadie Smith on advice to writers.
- Bruce Bawer: "How Not to Sell Shampoo."
- Victor Navasky: "Remembering Ramsey Clark."
- Arizona Memory Project: The strange saga of Winnie Ruth Judd.
- Daily Beast: The "Russian bounties" story hoax.
- Evan Kindley: "How Americans Lost Their Fervor for Freedom."
- John Steele Gordon: "A History Lesson on Court-Packing."
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Patrick Rhone (of Rhoneisms) wears a Timex.
Rick Georges (of FutureLawyer) wears the Samsung Galaxy SmartWatch.
I wear a Seiko (shown above).
That's all riveting, of course, but have you noticed the number of young people who, because of smart phones, aren't wearing watches at all?
Relying solely on a phone strikes me as the modern-day equivalent of using a pocket watch, but I may be wrong.
Ruling out the realm of ridiculously expensive watches, does wearing (or not wearing) a watch make a statement? If so, what does it say?