September 8th, 2009


on education

"The story of America isn't about people who quit when things got tough. It's about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. It's the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other."
-President Obama


Recession, immigration, and monkey music

* Good read: Dana Milbank on looking for meaning in an unheralded death in Afghanistan.
* One year later, has the global recession reached a turning point?
* And, how did economists get it so wrong?
* Trickle-down effect: as the economy worsens, states look for new ways to release prisoners early.
* Still no 'Death Panels': comparing the House and Senate proposals on health care.
* Parsing out online lies on the illegal immigration debate. (Courtesy zandrakaren.)
* "The personalized veneration of George Bush, particularly during his first term, was systematic and engulfing."
* New exhibition of graffiti as art. (Courtesy shadorunr)
* Music written for monkeys.