Activism alive and kicking

WashingtonPost: 100,000 Expected To Protest Iraq War via Booknotes. Good. What will the story of the day be after the protests are over? Will any leaders with inspirational speaches and vision make themselves known? Looks like the protest movement is starting to go mainstream. In related news, Oliver Willis continues his call for a tougher […]

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Axle of Evil

Another review of “High and Mighty: SUVs–The World’s Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way”, this time in The New Republic Online. Great quote: “What does it say about the United States that there are now millions of people who want to drive an anti-social automobile?”

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PBS covering Weblogging

A new project at PBS, mediamatters, is covering some mover and shakers in the blogosphere. Oliver Willis describes why he blogs – and he’s an awful lot more honest then you’ll typically hear. Quote: “Everybody in America wants to be famous.” Check it out.

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Rediscovering the reason for participation

Denise Larrabee, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, writes: As a writer with two young children who works at home, I realize it’s far too easy for me to become isolated from the real world and its problems, which can seem overwhelming and complex by the end of my hectic day. Once a person is overwhelmed, apathy […]

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Where are the fathers?

In this Inquirer editorial Jane Eisner writes How state officials charged with protecting the lives of endangered children could lose track of Williams’ three boys – and, it turns out, 277 others – is mind-boggling. Gov. McGreevey’s pledge to address his government’s many failures in these cases can’t be realized a moment too soon. But […]

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A turnaround plan for Philly schools

Great interview with Paul Vallas, chief of the Philadelphia school system, posted at CSMonitor. “It’s not that the schools got bad,” argues Vallas. “It’s that things changed around them. We’re preparing children for the economy of the future in the schools of yesterday.” Politicians and education policy planners simply haven’t kept up, he says. “You’ve […]

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