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April 23, 2004
Hey, kids! It's Blogaround time!

Before Al Jazeera, there was BBC Arabic Television (Thanks to Avedon Carol for the link.)

The problem with reporters is that they're too polite. They've lost the hustling, hungry, get-the-story mentality. Now they're baby birds, mouths constantly open for the next doled-out morsel, cheeping pitifully when they want a bit of attention. (Via Jerome, at Bad Attitudes.) For instance, and as Chris points out, it wasn't even the national media who filed the FOIA request to access those flag-draped coffin photos.

I want everyone to stop and carefully, very carefully, the huge difference between "education" and "training." Education is good for creating an informed, aware, and alert populace. Training is good for producing cannon fodder and interchangeable labor units. In fact, I was so distracted by considering the difference, I'm not sure I got the gist of the post that inspired the train of thought, but I know it had to do with government regulation of universities in Britain.

Hugo Schwyzer has an interesting post that's generated some interesting discussion. Topic: The line between the therapeutic and the academic in gender studies.

If that sounds dry, know that he's teaching a course on, essentially, the development of the Western ideal for beauty, including the connections to bulimia and anorexia. Where does "teaching" about this topic stop and "therapy" for the women students suffering from these conditions begin? Should any such leap be made? (Should such a course even be taught if you suspect that one or more students may be using the material as a "how-to" guide?) And then it all shifts into a discussion of women and self-obsession among other things. Not to be too self-referential, but it's interesting reading, for a woman.

Via Digby, we learn that Rumsfeld is even nuttier than we thought.

Read Matthew Yglesias on The Imperial Temptation.

This could almost be titled, "Love Canal, Redux."

Over at TalkLeft a pithy, amusing post has generated the usual stream of abusive, irrelevant sniping from wingnuts. I'm grateful for my anonymity.

Hey, lookit this! Stephen Green finally has a post I can completely support! I have a passion for Napoleonic War era history and the British naval tradition of the time is a large part of that. (Ignore the squabbling and idiocy in some of the comments.)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:58 AM


Thanks for the link and your comments, Anne... I'm reading you daily now!

Posted by: Hugo at April 23, 2004 03:42 PM

It's always so flattering when someone says that. :)

I, of course, have been reading you regularly since your Cliopatria debut!

Posted by: Anne at April 23, 2004 04:36 PM