January 9, 2013
amy wilentz: Globalization & the Little Haitian Chair

amywilentz:

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Typical Haitian chairs, made with palm frond and wood.

Tomorrow, my second book about Haiti, Farewell, Fred Voodoo, is being published, and I wanted to think about the ways in which old Haiti — the Haiti I first knew years ago — is changing, and what that means.

The first thing I ever…

A great essay explaining, in part, why trying to really help can be so damn hard….

September 21, 2011
"In fact, follow this logic. It’s counter intuitive, but it’s absolutely true. The higher the tax rate on income, the more risks us money chasers have to take in order to hit our number. If you want that number, you are going to go for it. Period, end of story. More risk, more companies started, more people hired."

— Mark Cuban, one of the world’s richest men, argues that billionaires should be taxed more.

July 20, 2011
Fun fact: Trouvelot, the illustrator behind this (and other, similarly stunning images) is also the fool responsible for introducing the gypsy moth to America. He wanted to spin his own silk (probably, I think, to polish telescope lenses). 
Astronomy hero, ecology demon.

Partial eclipse of the moon. Observed October 24, 1874. (1881-1882)  (via NYPL Digital Gallery)


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Fun fact: Trouvelot, the illustrator behind this (and other, similarly stunning images) is also the fool responsible for introducing the gypsy moth to America. He wanted to spin his own silk (probably, I think, to polish telescope lenses).

Astronomy hero, ecology demon.

Partial eclipse of the moon. Observed October 24, 1874. (1881-1882)
(via NYPL Digital Gallery)

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June 2, 2011
So Ronald Reagan's Secretary of State has called the War on Drugs a failure.

May 10, 2011
Will Ferrell is starring in a Raymond Carver story.

The story, "Why Don’t You Dance?", is one I’ve used in writing classes as a way to talk about dialogue and character… and the importance of things unsaid.

Will Ferrell??

And from the top review on imdb: And yet he does very little, and the rest of the cast follow his lead: they just inhabit these characters and let the writing do its job.

It’s even been written up in the New York Times.

How profoundly strange.

February 28, 2011
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Every PG-13 King’s Speech Ticket Purchased Is A Request For Hollywood To Make Movies Worse

Whether you can stomach curse words or not, one thing cannot be denied: Censoring this movie will not make it better. It will absolutely make it worse.

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"Help save The King’s Speech by refusing to see it,” an article that actually makes me feel good about staying home and catching things on DVD all the time. Even if the things win Oscars.

January 27, 2011

Walgreens To Sell Their Own Brand Of Beer
At 3 bucks a six-pack.

Product name previously pitched for: 
 Discount tires 
 Wholesale food division 
 Family-friendly string instruments 
 Store-brand semi-formal shoes 
 Sports bras and bodybuilding equipment 
[image via nebraska-admiral, quoting themattsmith]

Walgreens To Sell Their Own Brand Of Beer

At 3 bucks a six-pack.

Product name previously pitched for:

  • Discount tires
  • Wholesale food division
  • Family-friendly string instruments
  • Store-brand semi-formal shoes
  • Sports bras and bodybuilding equipment

[image via nebraska-admiral, quoting themattsmith]

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November 11, 2010
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Two-thirds of Dutch parents allow their 15-to-17-year-old children to sleep with their partners in their homes, according to a 2003 survey cited by the Salon post.

But rather than resulting in crazed teen orgies and high rates of teen pregnancy, abortion or transmission of STDs, the Dutch have far lower rates of these problems than the U.S. For example, the teen pregnancy rate in the Netherlands is just 12 pregnancies per 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19. In the staid U.S., there are 72 pregnancies per 1,000 girls the same age. The Dutch teen abortion rate is 20% lower than that in the U.S. And the rate of HIV infection in America is three times higher than in The Netherlands.

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— Reality is stubbornly counter-intuitive.

May 25, 2010
Adopted children face anguish as birth parents stalk them on Facebook

Not fond of the use of “natural” here. Nor, really, the stalking part, either. UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.

tristn:

infoneer-pulse:

The natural parents of adopted children are increasingly using Facebook and other social networking sites to track down their offspring, flouting the usual controls and safeguards.

Adoption agencies are reporting huge numbers of calls from “deeply distressed” adoptive parents whose children have been contacted out of the blue.

Jonathan Pearce, chief executive of Adoption UK, said it was having to deal with the consequences of this “intrusive and unplanned communication”, and warned that it was becoming more difficult to guarantee confidentiality to adoptive parents and their children.

» via The Guardian

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