Sometimes between lousy legislation, vote suppression, investigations, lies and deceit it's hard to remember that we are still suffering from the side effects of the original "Wisconsin Revolution" and the nearly 400 arrests made in the state capitol in the last 2 years. I'm reminded again today that this still needs justice, and is a subject of a video and campaign at The Voice Project called #SolidarityWisconsin. I had no idea Pussy Riot would have had any idea what was going on in Wisconsin, but it's nice to know that the whole world is still watching. Watch the video, go to the site and sign the petition. While you're there, tweet at Van Hollen. I did, you can too.
"My once beloved magazines sit in a forlorn pile... Television now meets many of the needs that pile previously satisfied."
I have yet to read the big heave on Amazon in The New Yorker...Which I blogged here last month.
... or the feature on the pathology of contemporary fraternities in the March issue of The Atlantic...Yeah, I already blogged that too, here.
Magazines in general had a tough year...
And then there are books. I have a hierarchy: books I’d like to read, books I should read, books I should read by friends of mine and books I should read by friends of mine whom I am likely to bump into. They all remain on standby. That tablets now contain all manner of brilliant stories that happen to be told in video, not print, may be partly why e-book sales leveled out last year. After a day of online reading that has me bathed in the information stream, when I have a little me-time, I mostly want to hit a few buttons on one of my three remotes — cable, Apple, Roku — and watch the splendors unfurl.Is pleasure reading dying? Not everyone spends the whole work day reading, as Carr does and I pretty much do. But if that's how you live, maybe in the evening, when you're settling in and feeling tired, you want to look at TV. Carr makes much of the supposed greatness of TV today, at least when you can watch whatever you want whenever you want and also of the problem of ebooks being on the same device where you can watch your TV shows.
I still find I only want to watch one hour of TV a day. I like that hour, but I snap it off after an hour, even if I'm watching a movie and then have to watch the second half the next day. I don't like that much noise, and I resist being stuck with the pace of video. I prefer text, where I control the speed, can skip around, and can react with my own text, as I'm doing right now, blogging about Carr's article without having consumed the whole thing.
... we've got all the colors.
If the FAA can regulate drones, it could be regulating "a flight in the air of a paper airplane or a toy balsa wood glider."
MEADE: You can tell he's reading the lines.
ME: Yeah, well, he's a pretty good actor. You have to give him credit for that.
MEADE, perceiving that there are 2 men on the screen: Who?
ME, resisting adding "not Zach Galiwhatever, I have no idea if he's a good actor": Obama.
MEADE: Yeah, he's a big actor. That's what he is. An actor. [Referencing today's McGinniss obit:] The Selling of the President.
After almost $9 million in outside spending.... The stakes are particularly high for Democrats...
(The second photograph shows the main portion of what is my walk from home to the law school. And note the state capitol building in the deep background.)
ADDED: The third photograph shows the steam cloud from heat plant that I've often photographed for this blog.
"Rand Paul 26%, Scott Walker 21%, Ted Cruz 20%. Rick Perry & Sarah Palin 5% each, Marco Rubio & Chris Christie 2% each."
From the comments on yesterday's post at Instapundit, I noticed the things people said about (my governor) Scott Walker:
1. "I cast my vote for Scott Walker because he is the only one of the top three candidates who has an actual track record of executive success. We have lots of people who can give good speeches, but which other candidate has pretty much single handedly turned around a deep blue state?"
2. "I live in WI and hope Walker is governor here forever. But I would never take him seriously as a presidential candidate and no one else will either, if he runs."
3. "I agree. I consider Scott Walker the greatest public servant our state has had in my lifetime. But don't promote him to his level of incompetence."
Please remember this the next time a law professor or law school dean tries to sell you a load of bull about “revamping” 3L year. Washington & Lee did just that. The school changed its third-year program to focus on so-called “practice ready” skills.
Employers didn’t take the bait. As we explained this summer, Washington & Lee’s job numbers are really down. Then this fall, we told you that W&L had the most dramatic drop in class size. The class of 2016 at W&L is down just over 40 percent.
Now, U.S. News has come in with the hammer. W&L has dropped from #26 last year to #43 this year. When reached for comment, George Washington and Robert E. Lee said, “THE CENTER MUST HOLD! Wait, what are we talking about?”
Just remember, when legal academics try to sell you on “practice readiness,” they might not necessarily have any idea what they’re talking about.1. If they dramatically dropped class side, they avoided even worse numbers on various factors (LSAT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate). Other schools did that too. Who knows what the ranking would be without all the strategies schools use to play the U.S. News game?
2. The Washington & Lee plunge will be used against proposals to turn law schools more toward the experiential learning approach, whether that explanation for the drop is correct or not.
3. Presumably, prospective students will be scared off of schools leaning too far into the "experiential" approach, leading to even more of a negative effect in the rankings for schools that go this route, which will further hamper efforts to radically reframe law school education.
Film — to the extent that it's an "industry" — likes money. Does it have political beliefs? I thought the "progressive" belief was that corporate entities lack minds and souls and can have no beliefs, so the moment you say "film industry," your concept collapses on itself.
But let's assume these groups of people acting together within corporations really do have political, moral, philosophical, and religious beliefs. Let's get more detail about what those beliefs really are. These corporate entities may relatively successfully brand themselves as more or less liberal and progressive, but that doesn't mean that they really are and maybe they don't even want to be.
Pressure groups — like the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, quoted in the linked NYT article — can mess with the branding. And moviegoers can vote with their ticket-buying for more woman-centered flicks. But that all keys into profit-seeking, not anything genuinely liberal.
But it's fun to watch from a distance when those who pose as liberals are tweaked by those who stand to their left.
[T]he attempts to silence Mr. M’bala M’bala seem to have fueled support for him among his core audience: a social and racial cross section of French people who feel shortchanged by a ruling elite....
Mr. M’bala M’bala... has... denied that he is an anti-Semite... In [one] of his popular routines he performs a song called “Shoahnanas” — a pun that in French sounds like the words “hot pineapple.” The word Shoah refers to the Holocaust, and Nana is a slang term for a woman akin to the English chick. The video features a thin, bedraggled man in the kind of uniform that was worn by prisoners in concentration camps, with an oversize yellow Star of David on it; the man jumps around the stage — a puppet on a string to Mr. M’bala M’bala’s satirical commentary....
Anti-Semitic views “are not that important until it connects with the masses and that’s what Céline did in the ’30s and that’s what Dieudonné is doing now,” said Andrew Hussey, the dean of the University of London in Paris and a specialist in the history of anti-Semitism in France....
“Dieudonné’s got this constituency out in the banlieues and he speaks to them in code, he doesn’t have to say, ‘The Holocaust never happened,’ ” Professor Hussey said, referring to the poor suburbs often populated by immigrants. “Instead he makes a joke about the Shoah, but the joke is testing the limits of French law.”Joking about the Holocaust should feel ugly, but when the government crushes the comedian, it's the government that feels ugly. The best defense against oppressive government is this instinctive sensitivity to oppressive government.
The link goes to a NYT article, which doesn't link to any of the offensive material. I found this, which seems to be at least one iteration of "Shoahnanas."
"The Selling of the President" was a great exposé of the what it takes to run for President. As the NYT puts it in the obituary (linked above):
When Mr. McGinniss published “The Selling of the President,” his famous account of Richard M. Nixon’s television-centered campaign in 1969, he was only 26. The book went behind the scenes with President Nixon’s consultants and became a model for political reporting.1969, eh? Come on NYT! How hard is it to get the presidential election years right? Especially 1968. 1968 was by far the most dramatic election year of the 13 presidential election years I've watched personally. (I lived through 2 others, but I paid zero attention.) [ADDED: Alternatively, "in 1969" is a the old "misplaced modifier" error.]
Here's the image of Nixon on a pack of cigarettes I've been looking at on the paperback book that's been on my bookshelf for 4 decades:
1968 — the year was even in the title (at the time, not now). Back then, the year made the title funnier, because we understood that the book was a cheeky departure from the sober observations of Theodore H. White in his "The Making of the President 1960" and "The Making of the President 1964." In more noble times, Presidents were made, but the message was the times are now debased, and some imposter, undeserving of the presidency, posed for a bunch of ads. Advertising — !!!! — is used to sell the President and this — this! — is what we got stuck with. Blech! Ashtray mouth!!!
McGinnis also wrote "Fatal Vision," about "the murder trial of Jeffrey MacDonald, an Army doctor and a Green Beret accused of killing his pregnant wife and 2 daughters."
Mr. McGinniss lived with Dr. MacDonald’s defense team during the trial and eventually decided that the jury’s guilty verdict was correct. One of my favorite books ever, "The Journalist and the Murderer," by Janet Malcolm, examines the relationship between a journalist (McGinniss) and his subject (MacDonald). The subject imagines the journalist will be his friend and mouthpiece, getting his story out, and the journalist has every reason to help him think that — every reason if you don't count honesty, decency, and true friendship... and how much honesty, decency, and true friendship is deserved by a man who has killed his pregnant wife and 2 daughters?
So... farewell to Joe McGinniss, who rode the pop culture end of journalism for a good long time.
We're celebrating — though many of us are too dignified to say so — here in Madison, Wisconsin, as our law school rises 2 ranks to #31. If you click to put the schools in order of tuition and fees, we're #10. [CORRECTION: No, we're not #10, we're #35 in order of tuition and fees. I was looking at page 2.]
(And we're the only school with the diploma privilege, so... think about it.)
ADDED: There are 2 law schools with a higher overall rank than Wisconsin that have lower tuition and fees: University of Georgia and University of Alabama.
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"The Senate was headed into another all-nighter Monday evening as 26 Democrats who call themselves the 'climate caucus'..."
“It’s aimed towards the day when something more concrete can be legislated,” said Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, a veteran of climate and clean-energy policy battles....
Climate change legislation — which would most likely place a price on carbon pollution — could raise gasoline and electricity costs, which would be deeply unpopular with voters. That last sentence is the second-to-the-last sentence in the linked article, which is in The New York Times. The last sentence contains the phrases "fossil fuel industry" and "libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch" and "spend heavily to block."
"For the sake of society and the economy, it's not that women should lean in, but men should lean out."
Sharyl Attkisson resigns — after 2 decades with CBS News — "frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias..."
She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.
At the same time, Attkisson’s reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — that addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the administration.The book can be pre-ordered at Amazon, here, but its scheduled publication date isn't until November 4, 2014. That's election day, which is an odd choice. Why not get it out before election day... as long as you're fighting for truth? Maybe she's planning on writing it over the course of the election season, covering the elections, and hitting the airwaves after the election, analyzing things and selling the book.
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