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Errant Eye 8/27: Hispanics and Education – The Great Dream of a Debtor Nation

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Our local paper is chock full of less than stellar news today.  Let’s just post all that brings me way down. 1) The front page is nearly entirely committed to a murder of a 28 year-old woman and to the missing Lauren Spierer.  This is shaping up to be a great town in which to […]

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Errant Eye: News Capture 8/25/11

In “What Caught My Eye” this morning: 1) As it’s “back-to-school” time here in Bloomington and IU is abuzz with horribly inattentive drivers this piece on school debt might be of interest.  From Bryce Covert at New Deal 2.0 (by way of Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism, “Recession Has Lit the Fuse on Explosive Student […]

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The Criminal State: A State of Criminality

Some Random thoughts today before I dive back into a longer piece about our constant and repetitive education “problems”. 1) Where does your “pet” organization stand on the Rights of Workers to organize and bargain collectively? I was wondering, seeing that Facebook offers so many opportunities to join “virtual groups,” how much these virtual memberships […]

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We Trust in Tech Companies? (Pew Poll)

This is from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and serves to add more detail to the recent Errant post In None Do We Trust. It’s an article regarding poll information on public (dis)trust in government (and other groups as well).  You won’t be surprised to learn that there is very […]

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DeMuth to School Board: Don’t meet so much!

In today’s HT Bethany Nolan reports that the MCCSC School Board will reduce their public meetings to once a month, down from twice.  Throughout it seems clear that this is the decision of the new Superintendent Judy DeMuth, who I will call Super J from now on. This is intriguing, as I always thought that […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]