July 21st, 2009

News

Wikipedia, prisons, and Philip Glass

"In earlier periods in our history, prison reform was often a priority for do-gooders. In our era, we've waged a war on drugs that's driven the U.S. rate of incarceration to the highest in the world - and then ignored what happens to the more than 2 million people we've put away."

TUESDAY NEWSDAY:
* Top read: 'How they killed Chechnya's conscience.'
* On the Israeli settlers versus the Palestinians.
* Administration pushes back deadline on Guantanamo reports again.
* The Explainer, on how a terrorist group gets "ties to Al-Qaida."
* Hee. Dana Milbank on Steele's health care speech.
* "It is hard to see a plausible argument that excluding public domain content from a free, non-profit encyclopaedia serves any public interest whatsoever."
* Composer Philip Glass, on the music that drives the movies
* Why I love Dinosaur Comics, in two easy pieces: cultural context and profession member jokes.
* Oh, man. One of the upcoming episodes of the Batman cartoon? A musical!

Cuteness

today's cuteness

Normally on school days I ask Z. to watch for the cab outside the window so I can finish getting us ready for school, or straightening up a little, or somesuch. Today, she asks if I can watch for the cab today. I ask why, and she says, it's because she wants to go cuddle with mommy. Epipen of cute, right to the system! I told her, of course, and even put off calling the cab for a few other minutes.