“Lust and learning. That’s really all there is, isn’t it?”
The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.
- Robert Anton Wilson (via Jonathan Carroll)
Seduction is about intelligence and wit. Someone who makes me laugh has every chance to seduce me.”
- Riccardo Tisci (via Jonathan Carroll)
Getting up this morning."
— Cormac McCarthy, The Road (via sad-plath)
Let me get this straight: with Alibaba, we have an Internet startup that makes no tangible product with a hugely inflated IPO that was in the United States only due to a Cayman Island loophole that avoids regulations in that company’s home country (of China). Do you understand what this means?
The Communists just beat us at capitalism."
— JON STEWART, The Daily Show (via inothernews)
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today applauded President Obama for his action to designate the largest marine reserve in the world to protect the pristine waters from commercial resource extraction including commercial fishing.
The proclamation expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of the most intact, ecologically sound marine environments in the world, to six times its current size, resulting in 370,000 square nautical miles (490,000 square miles) around these islands and atolls in the south-central Pacific Ocean.
To learn more, click here: http://on.doi.gov/Yba0JF
Top photo: Jim Maragos - USFWS
Bottom photo: Erik Oberg/Island Conservation
Public education is one of the foundations of our democracy. It is, arguably, the only equalizing force in an otherwise unequal system. Over the years I have seen many fads and trends come and go. Over these last few years, however, I have become increasingly alarmed over what appears to be an attempt to destroy the public school system across the nation by people from both political parties. It started with President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind, a mandate without funding and a pretty way to say, “No child left untested.” President Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition for federal education funds has only intensified the testing. We have public-funded vouchers for students to spend at little-regulated or unregulated private schools, and we have publicly funded charter schools, some of which are run by for-profit companies making a great deal of money from the enterprise. More recently we have seen the rise of the Common Core State Standards, which is probably a good concept but has been badly implemented.
People ask me from time to time what I think of the state of public education. I tell them we desperately need educational reform. What children need is not to be taught how to pass endless tests. They need to be taught problem solving, creativity and, most of all, a love of learning. We must give them the tools they need to learn. We are teaching children, today, for a world we cannot foresee. What we need is a new, child centered, not profit driven, education agenda.
Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading a banned book.
Happy birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald. As he once wrote, “Youth is unfortunately not a permanent condition of life.”
To celebrate, read Living on $500,000 a Year, an investigation of Scott and Zelda’s tax returns, by William J. Quirk.
I shall now spend 40 hours by the sea being very quiet.
Celebrating the First Day of Autumn!
The fall colors near Waugh Mountain - North of Cotopaxi, Colorado were spectacular this weekend!
Photos by Kyle Sullivan, BLM
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