October 24th, 2009


Netflixin': The Happening

The Happening isn't as bad as everyone made it out to be. It's worse. The visuals at the beginning were very striking; M. Night has always had a talent for that. However, the dialogue was actually terrible. Like, George Lucas terrible. Characters talking in ways that people don't talk. Even reading the lines out loud a single time would have shown that. And, oh, the plot turns out to not just be bad, but intellectually offensive. Science doesn't work this way, people. Anyways. Save two hours of your life and skip this one.

(No link for adding it to your Netflix queue. It was that bad.)


Education, prisons, and interrogation

"Over the past few days I've spoken to people ranging from Bill Gates to Jeb Bush and various education reformers. They are all impressed by how gritty and effective the Obama administration has been in holding the line and inciting real education reform."

* Bad idea: Arizona considers putting state prisons in private hands.
* So, what next for Sudan?
* "The Obama administration has a clear conundrum on Afghanistan. There are no good options."
* Brilliant! New rules would require taping all detainee interrogations.
* Can the US save Mexico's economy?
* "Is there room in the Republican Party for genuine moderates? Truth to tell, the GOP can't decide." (See also.)
* Evangelicals discuss what next for their mission.
* Good read: "Rethinking relativity: Is time out of joint?" (Courtesy... someone?)