Links, 7/6/10

A very random roundup. One of the things that I’ve been complaining about to friends is that there is nothing, absolutely nothing in the news. My blogosphere friends have been trying to correct me on this, but I feel – no, I know – that blogging can make you feel like everything you write is important, so since you’re writing on the news constantly, everything in the news is important.

Politics

  • Megan McArdle, “Dismal Jobs Report” – the best case for deregulation and less government doesn’t involve yelling about the stimulus (yelling which I do plenty of, and am sometimes wrong on). The best case is that we’re in a bad situation where our entrepreneurial talent has to be trusted and invested in, because that should be the long term hope. It’s going to take some time, because an overall loss of confidence in the market is a loss of confidence in making money generally.
  • Bill Roggio, “Suicide assault team targets development office in Kunduz” – from the article: But despite the Taliban’s losses in the north, the group remains in firm control of several districts. The Taliban have launched an assassination campaign and have also been accused of releasing poisonous gases in girls’ schools in Kunduz. Scores of Afghan schoolgirls have been hospitalized over the past several months due to the gas attacks.
  • Shane Vander Hart, “My Second Call for Michael Steele to Resign” – Steele is utterly incompetent and needs to go. This call is firmly seconded.

Education

  • Michael Bellesiles, “Teaching Military History in a Time of War” – from the article: I have been guilty to a degree of accepting the view of my student veterans that the nonveterans are soft and generally spoiled, unfamiliar with both service and sacrifice. Yet the reality of teaching in wartime, most particularly at a working-class college such as Central Connecticut State University, is that war has touched the families of many of our students, and it is a tragic error to think that they have not experienced the staggering blow of loss and personal sacrifice.

Arts

3 Comments

  1. Hello :] thanks for stopping by my site.
    (Interesting links, by the way– That Twilight death, or at least reddit’s headline for it, is quite amusing. And that Chinese trip-hop is cool, thanks for sharing!)

    Because I base my like & dislike for certain characters on personal feeling, I have to say I love Faye. I relate to her in her relationship to Spike, in her wanting a place to belong (which was the first quote I posted on cynosure). I also feel like she’s yet another misunderstood character that most people might dislike before figuring out why she’s like that. Misjudged.

    The loving everyone goal is a manifestation of my belief that none of us are separate. I don’t mean to actively love every single person, actively in the sense that I force myself to spend time with them, but instead that I aim to treat everyone I come across with as much love and respect as possible, and forgive those towards whom others would otherwise be vengeful. Seeing everyone as part of each other. Being willing to sacrifice for a stranger (because in the end, I don’t believe any of us are really strangers). Of course, I still am choosy about who I choose to be close friends with (pickier than most, probably), but the point is to be kind to anyone I encounter, be he stranger or acquaintance.

    Anyway, thanks again for your comment :) How did you find my site?

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