- Quote: “Nanny and Me: For your caregiver and child—courses in Spanish that lovingly teach your Latina nanny the customs and daily practices of Jewish culture.” – Found on a Gymboree bulliten board in L.A., quoted in The Atlantic Monthly.
- Check out “Nobody Died When Clinton Lied,” a website of anti-Bush signs an anonymous “freewayblogger” has been displaying on the I-5 in California. My favorite: “Dulce et Decorum est por Haliburton Mori,” which translated means “It is sweet and proper to die for Haliburton.”
- Pretty good comic strip (is it still a strip if it’s a page long?) in the New York Times making fun of the RIAA lawsuits. Via Boing Boing.
- Mudron of the Pants Press Sketchblog posts a nice (if gory) illustration s/he has drawn of a scene from Peter Pan.
- Emma at The Oregon Blog has a good, multi-part interview up with Phil Busse, progressive candidate for mayor of Portland.
- Quote: “We’re not only dismantling our schools and services, we’re doing it before a fascinated nation. Oregon is now on the narrow edge between being a state and being a Fox-TV reality show.” – David Sarasohn (quoted on The Oregon Blog).
- Jeremy at Refference has posted the first two parts of a discussion of “Why Aesthetics Matter” – and more specifically, why we should use aesthetic reasoning in politics. It’s interesting stuff, although I find the discussion of abortion politics in part II unconvincing. Via Crescat Sententia.
- Whisky Bar (which I’ve just added to the moderately right-wing section of my blogroll) links to a good New York Times op-ed on Israel/Palestine, and has an even better discussion of the op-ed. If Israel doesn’t find an acceptable way to disentangle itself from Palestine quickly, the issue will switch from “Palestinian independence” to “one vote per citizen for everyone Israel rules over.” And Israel will like that debate even less than it likes the current debate.
Frankly, I’d prefer advocating for Israel extending citizenship to everyone in the occupied territories. Lefty advocacy for a Palestinian state sometimes seems counterproductive; I understand advocating for Palestinian freedom, and yet it seems unlikely that a Palestinian state would be one with many freedoms for women or homosexuals.
- Trish Wilson has a new home for her blog. Update your bookmarks and sidebars!
- I think I’m done posting about the Record Industry for now. But go ahead and check out this excellent post on the subject at John & Belle Have a Blog, as well as this equally good followup. S/he is arguing – and I agree – that the current industry is very inefficient at delivering music to consumers.
- Y’all remember the Nike case - in which Nike was sued for false advertising over their claims that their third-world workers are treated well? Nike has now settled out of court, agreeing to pay $1.5 million to the Fair Labor Association to make the lawsuit go away.
- It’s tempting to respond to Matt Yglesias’ criticism of NOW for (gasp!) endorsing Carol Moseley-Braun for president, but Matt’s post so lacks any reasoning or argument that there’s nothing to rebut. Perhaps Matt just considers his own views self-evident?
I blogged earlier why I thought the NOW endorsement makes sense. NOW’s Kim Gandy points out two additional reasons I hadn’t considered; first, that Moseley-Braun’s presence may help with getting out the black female vote, which helps all democrats (I’m not sure this will work, but I guess it’s worth a shot); and second, that having Moseley-Braun in the campaign and the debates forces the other candidates to address NOW’s issues more than they would otherwise.
- Kieran at Crooked Timber has a brilliant response to the “Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae.” thing that’s been floating around.
- Confined Space has a good post about the amendment to the Texas constitution limiting medical malpractice awards, or as Molly Ivans calls it, th e”Polluters and Predators Protection Act.” Via Nathan Newman.
- Would you like to be able to see through even the smoothest fallaciloquence? Would you like to know if your pigritude is overdone, or if you’re merely mitescent these days? Check out the Compendium of Lost Words, a list of over 400 rarely-used English words. Via Green Fairy.
- This Esquire article, about the media and public reaction to the folks who jumped from the World Trade Center on 9/11 – and, in particular, about one famous photo of a jumper – was absolutely fascinating. I read it a few days ago, and it keeps coming back to my thoughts. Via Crescat Sententia.
- Another quote from that Atlantic review of Arlie Hochchild’s new book:
In a capitalist society work dictates the schedules, the deadlines, the urgency; product life cycles supersede family life cycles at every turn. … In a study Hochschild did at Amerco, a Fortune 500 company, she found that many employees with twenty or more years at the company were on their second or third marriages. “To these employed,” she wrote, “work was their rock, their major source of security. They were getting their pink slips at home.”