Made me laugh. (Not for easily offended non-Americans.)
Especially useful if you feel that some of the music of decades ago is better than the great majority of today's music.
Crosby, Stills, & Nash, "Change Partners," Winterland, 10-7-73.
Van Morrison and The Band, "Caravan," Winterland, 11-25-76.
Aretha, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Fillmore West, 3-6-71.
And Randy Newman performing his savagely satirical "Sail Away," Passaic, NJ, 2-11-78.
Rock on, 96th Street Elementary.
Nobody takes offense, everybody pitches in. It's a radical concept in a school district where the teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, has fought the district for years over teacher evaluations, and where ineffective teachers are allowed to continue using the same techniques — in some cases for decades.
More good news: "After Katrina, Fundamental School Reform in New Orleans".
Not to worry, though, because the Democrats are “accepting suggestions for a new name” for their fund-raising dinners.
By these standards, one wonders who else among the party’s historical luminaries could possibly make the cut. Let’s consider the options.
Similar, and also funny: "A modest proposal for Democrats purging their problematic history".
Being a Democrat is hard. You know deep down in your bones that you’re a “forward-looking” and “inclusive” person, but then you look at the current field of candidates seeking your party’s presidential nomination in 2016 and see five boring white people with an average age of 65.
"Here are some of the hardest questions 3rd-graders had to answer on New York's statewide math test"
I'll give them this: these questions are a lot harder than I remember my third grade math being.
"The new era of the $400 college textbook, which is part of the unsustainable higher education bubble"
The third most expensive textbook on this list is Landsburg's Price Theory and Applications for $348.65.
But I'll happily testify that it's worth every penny.
Great story. Moral: don't even think about messing with Mom.
Supposedly because U.S. cities are are adding more bike lanes and because consumers are shifting to "more environmentally-friendly transportation".
How about because younger people are moving back to cities and they can't afford cars?
"What model of car did, say, California buy far more often than any other state in the Union? We turned to auto analyst Tom Libby of IHS Automotive to help us crunch the numbers. First, Libby pulled data about the make and model of every car sold in the U.S., and calculated the popularity of each by percentage using registration data. Then, he did the same at the state level, and compared each state to the national average."
Measured this way, where in the U.S. is the Jaguar XK most popular? Go ahead, guess.
I differ greatly with the author on the specifics, but I really like the general approach.
There is a lot that is annoying, and even terrible, about aging. The creakiness of the body; the drifting of the memory; the reprising of personal history ad nauseam, with only yourself to listen.
But there is also something profoundly liberating about aging: an attitude, one that comes hard won. Only when you hit 60 can you begin to say, with great aplomb: “I’m too old for this.”
(When I worked at a university I occasionally had a reverie that featured the department chairman announcing, "All faculty will be expected to attend this year's meaningless meetngs, except for faculty who've served for 20 or more years and who are simply too old for that shit.")
Once more, yet again, an example of why government isn't "the name we give to the things we choose to do together".
Syracuse University is scrambling to offer retirement buyouts after an audit discovered that the university employs hundreds of administrators who only oversee one or two employees.
With the qualification that, in my experience at least, a few of the "excess" classrooms have unsatisfactory acoustics, lighting, seats, and/or heating/AC--though this last is probably partly due to the university trying to save money on utilities--I agree.
And if new buildings really are needed, why not try harder to get "private donors" to pony up for them instead of this: "NC State receives approval for new dorm to house basketball players, non-athletes".
$240K per bed--sheesh!
The mounting evidence is too much for even big Liberal Jonathan Chait to ignore. (Though his wife working for a charter probably also plays a role.)
Theodore Dalrymple writes a moving account of visiting, 25 years ago, Pyongyang Department Store Number 1.
But this is no joke, and the humiliation it visits upon the people who take part in it, far from being a drawback, is an essential benefit to the power; for slaves who must participate in their own enslavement by signalling to others the happiness of their condition are so humiliated that they are unlikely to rebel.
Link via Ed Driscoll, posting at Instapundit.
Very much related: Glenn Reynolds briefly describes why "Free markets automatically create and transmit negative information, while socialism hides it."
. . . markets deliver the bad news whether you want to hear it or not, but delivering the bad news is not a sign of failure, it is a characteristic of systems that work. When you stub your toe, the neurons in between your foot and your head don’t try to figure out ways not to send the news to your brain. If they did, you’d trip a lot more often. Likewise, in a market, bad decisions show up pretty rapidly: Build a car that nobody wants, and you’re stuck with a bunch of expensive unsold cars; invest in new technologies that don’t work, and you lose a lot of money and have nothing to show for it. These painful consequences mean that people are pretty careful in their investments, at least so long as they’re investing their own money.
Bureaucrats in government do the opposite, trying to keep their bosses from discovering their mistakes.
And Glenn links to this with the wisecrack, "The story of socialism in one Bernie Sanders T-Shirt".
My favorite school maintains its record of excellence.
Victor Davis Hanson continues to try to wake up California's Greens and other Liberals. I doubt very much he'll succeed, but I surely do admire his persistence.
The drive from Fresno to Palo Alto takes three hours, but you might as well be rocketing from Earth to the moon.
Competition for at least the second-tier and below MBA programs.
"How bad is the urine situation in San Francisco? This is not a joke: Monday night, a light pole corroded by urine collapsed and crashed onto a car, narrowly missing the driver. The smell is worse than I have known since I started working for The Chronicle in 1992. It hits your nose on the BART escalator before you reach Market Street. That sour smell can bake for blocks where street people sleep wrapped in dirty blankets."
I certainly don't have anything to add.
"To understand the failures of the modern American college system — from admissions marketing to graduation rates — you can begin with a notorious university football scandal."
"Football scandal" is spelled U-N-C-C-H.
As the investigators wrote in their final report, Mr. Davis “found Chapel Hill’s attitude toward student-athlete academics to be like an ‘Easter egg,’ beautiful and impressive to the outside world, but without much life inside.”
The editors of Tablet:
This use of anti-Jewish incitement as a political tool is a sickening new development in American political discourse, and we have heard too much of it lately—some coming, ominously, from our own White House and its representatives.
My older daughter and I watched this live. We were rooting for Germany, and the first 29 minutes of the match, here condensed into 7, were simply gorgeous.
The expression that's in vogue seems apt: "Things will get better."
(Some money for professional assistance doesn't hurt, either.)
That's the truth.
Hey, remember when all of time stood still?