Monday, October 3, 2011

Things to Know 3 October


1.  Bill Keller, the former editor of the NY Times, urges caution on the expectations of what Stanford University is undertaking in on-line education.  Yes, there are opportunities to open up the field of learning to a wider audience, at lower cost, but there are problems that challenge the essence of education and the way it is taught and received:

2.  Paul Krugman offers you an opportunity to learn about what China's devalued currency is doing to our economy.  He goes on to opine on legislation pending in Congress that aims to tackle that problem, and the pros and cons of what it might do.  If you feel up to it, and want to talk smart about something most people do not understand, or care to understand, have at at:

3.  Opening up the arguments presented before the Supreme Court of the United States to live video coverage (that's TV cameras), is a great idea, no matter who is talking about it:

4.  Rick Perry is not having a good run.  Whenever he utters some tough Texas talk out of his corset-strangled torso, he inevitably finds his boots stuck in cow pie, and he spends most of his time on defense:

5.  Grafting a cutting from New York, Los Angeles has begun its own version of Occupying.  Let's see where this goes:,0,4064468,print.story

6.  The state of California is responding to its over-crowded state prisons by funneling some of the lower security risks to local county facilities.  In Los Angeles County, the LA Times, doing its journalistic duty, has found and is exposing the dark side of Sheriff Lee Baca's kingdom.  Reports of inmate abuse were were the cause for the FBI bribing an LA County Sheriff jailer to smuggle a cellphone to an inmate to report on real-time evidence.   This sparked a pissing contest between the Sheriff and the FBI.  Further investigation reveals that there is actually a gang of Sheriff jailers, who belong to a to gang inside the jail (with tattoos and all the trappings), who gang up on the gangs - resulting in stuff that is not so good for either side.   Now, Baca, admits that his employees are part of the problem of smuggling drugs into the inmates for money.  Yes, if this seems just like the problem that is going outside the walls, you kind of wonder what is wrong with our Department of Corrections (not the local Peachtree City ladies auxiliary):,0,4331079,print.column

7.  Two car companies that the Federal Government went in, bailed out, and propped up, under huge criticism of socialism, are now doing quite well and providing jobs.   My only complaint is that their profit margins are made positive by big trucks and SUVs -  so I guess there is a trade off; a compromise:

8.  The some GOP groups aim to win elections in 2012 by......suppressing the ability to register and to vote, while religious fundamentalists are campaigning to organize and register their extremists flock.  This brew does not bode well.  What can be done to counteract these moves?;  it's your call and your move:

Juan Matute

"I think it's always a good move to listen to that inner voice, if it doesn't lead to a crime."
       -- Lisa Kudrow
"The road to hell is paved with adverbs."
       -- Stephen King
"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city."
       -- George Burns
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
       -- Mark Twain

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