Warning: include(/home/annezook/public_html/sidebar.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/annezook/public_html/archives/000182.php on line 106

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/home/annezook/public_html/sidebar.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/annezook/public_html/archives/000182.php on line 106
May 08, 2003
I Should Be Working

(That's my theme this week. I really don't have time for this, but I'm incurably opinionated.)


Here's today's good heavens entry.

CEO Compensation

It may not sound like much in this era of hundreds of millions of dollars in salaries and benefits for CEO's, but Zollar's $2.8M compensation is quite enough to raise eyebrows in the medical field.

Once again Robert Zollars, CEO of Neoforma.com, which just posted a net loss of $16.3 million in the first quarter of 2003 ... leads the annual Today in E-Health Business tally of executive compensation in selected e-health companies, with a total salary of over $2.8 million. WebMD's chairman of the board and CEO, Martin Wygod, came in second with a salary of over $1.8 million, excluding stock options....
WebMD also posted a loss last quarter and is said to be "realigning" their management.


How much do you hate spam? Do you hate it enough to support implementing a bounty for turning in spammers?

Internet Delusions

Internet Delusions.

As the use of computers, the Internet, and Internet technology becomes more pervasive in society, psychopathological thought content characterized by the incorporation of the Internet into delusions and hallucinations will become increasingly common. In the following report, three cases of psychotic inpatients are briefly presented to exemplify this trend in pathoplasticity. Interestingly, patients with no real familiarity with the Internet may just as readily incorporate such computer-associated themes into delusional thought patterns.
(use peevish/peevish to access)

Quite honestly, articles like this say to me just what similar articles about the perils of television said to me twenty-five years ago.

An unbalanced personality is an unbalanced personality, regardless of what specific item, event, or technology it chooses to fixate on.

Instead of warning against television or the internet (not that this article necessarily does), why not put a little more time and effort into restructuring a society too tightly focused on driving people to endless consumption of goods instead of connection with each other? How easy it is to write those words...and how difficult to implement the idea.

I can promise you that neither the government nor the corporations getting rich off of that same consumerism have any stake in us talking to each other instead of slavering over on-line or television ads of whatever the latest toy is. Until people rediscover the joys of other people, these kinds of reports are only going to become more common.

Read My Lips....

The number is $350B, okay? We donít like it, we think no tax cuts for the rich right about now are actually the way to go, but a lot of us are resigned to $350B. Cutting a $726B program to $430B isn't good enough.

Many of the details were, however, still being worked out, including the question of what trade-offs will have to be made to keep the $430 billion measure from costing more than the $350 billion that a recently passed Senate resolution allowed. To bring the price tag down to that number, Republicans were seeking at least $80 billion in offsetting tax increases or spending cuts -- a process that left tax lobbyists nervous yesterday.
I guess I'm just not smart enough to figure out how a $430B program can cost no more than a $350B dollar program, aside from just fudging the numbers.
"There are about $20 billion that they can find pretty easily," said one lobbyist, but beyond that Congress would be going after corporate tax shelters and other tax provisions that have strong backing among GOP supporters in the business community. Although the plan might give a modest boost to the stocks of some companies that pay dividends, most of the Senate plan is tilted heavily toward individual taxpayers.
I'm not excited about rich individuals getting big tax breaks but by gosh it's pretty much worth it if the trade-off is closing corporate loopholes.

Read the entire article. There are a lot of details about what this potential compromise covers and doesn't cover.

Ready? Brace yourself.

It's time to boggle the mind.

Today's subject: Children and mud puddles, and stomping on both.

Let's leave no child behind, okay?

Let's especially educate them about how a little boy can get arrested for, well, acting like a little boy.

Me, I stomp in rainwater puddles, okay? Anyone arrests me for it and there's going to be trouble.

Why do these things happen to children today, when earlier generations of children never faced such lunacy? The answer is that the school "curriculum" today is 100 percent behavior modification, not academics. Kyle was being a little boy, expressing his individuality and his indifference to overzealous authority. In today's educational environment, both are affronts to the "system" and must be dealt with quickly and severely. To the system, students are intended to be properly trained human resources. In the world of education today there are no children anymore.
This is absolutely true, the school system is now dedicated to bringing up well-behaved conformists, and parents are just as much to blame as the system, okay?

If parents hadn't abdicated their duty to teach their own kids right from wrong, schoolteachers wouldn't have been faced with the choice of teaching the kids of just keeping them from turning into a mob in the classroom.

If parents and others had voted for sufficient money to build adequate schools and staff them properly, classroom sizes wouldn't have gotten so large that teachers had no hope of retaining control except by trying to corral the kids and push them into lockstep.

The schools that behave this way are doing wrong, and I think most of them know that, but it's not some evil plot. These people didn't become teachers, or school administrators, because they don't think kids should behave like kids. Itís the natural consequence of the abdication of responsibility by the parents and the communities around the schools.

Anyhow. Ahem.

Other than that, the article has things I both agree with and disagree with. The answer is Better. Public. Schools. Better schools for everyone's kids, not just the rich kids, so don't even start with me on that stupid voucher thing.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:52 AM