Bleeding with Leeches?

11 10 2006

Good blog question (this headline is my guess at an answer) :

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Schools Getting Into Social-Networking Sites

11 10 2006

“But whether such school-based social-networking sites will actually be
educationally and economically viable remains to be seen . . .”





Ethanol short for ethical alcohol?

11 10 2006

In all the Foley finger-pointing, one might pause to wonder — did you ever think the Liquor Lobby and sexy glam magazine publishers would look more ethical to parents than the Congress we expect to regulate them? How far we’ve fallen in doing right by our kids, or even being capable of articulating what’s so wrong . . .

Frank Coleman, senior vice president for public affairs at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, said the organization’s code of responsible practices dictated that the models used in advertisements should be over 21. Any policy regarding the age of cover models in magazines, he said, is voluntary “to ensure the highest standards of responsibility.”

Some magazines avoid the question simply by never using an underage model. A spokesman for Maxim said the magazine was strict in never putting someone under the age of 21 on the cover. Ms. Fields said that FHM’s clients thanked her for being upfront about the cover.“This is an important time of year for distilled spirits,” she said. “It’s Christmas, people are shopping.”

liquor lookalike ad

By the way, this ad art is actually an youth-exploitative example of “liquor-branded alco-pops” or “malt-ternatives” but the member folks where I found it make a better example of service-oriented public information (as opposed to self-serving lies) than most Congressional speech imo.

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UPDATE April 2, 2007
See comment below on the new SPYKES controversy:





More Swinging From the Chandeliers

11 10 2006

From the ‘All Things Considered’ archives, Nov. 25, 1991.
Jon Carroll: Watching a Daughter Fly By

She’s a trapeze artist who leaves him in awe and certainly didn’t learn it from Dad.
His new piece about his granddaughter, “Failure Is a Good Thing” is audio-linked there too; here’s an excerpt:

October 9, 2006 Last week, my granddaughter started kindergarten, and, as is conventional, I wished her success. I was lying. What I actually wish for her is failure. I believe in the power of failure. . .

Failure is how we learn. I have been told of an African phrase describing a good cook as “she who has broken many pots.”

If you’ve spent enough time in the kitchen to have broken a lot of pots, probably you know a fair amount about cooking. I once had a late dinner with a group of chefs, and they spent time comparing knife wounds and burn scars. They knew how much credibility their failures gave them…

So much learning power in taking chances, getting messy and making mistakes. . .

And don’t forget this is a DAD (not some lily-livered mom) admiring girls who choose to do hard things well and with personal passion. See NHEN’s Dad Essays collected here.





Lies Left Lying Around

11 10 2006

I’ve engaged a well-informed and passionate partisan in civil conversation about the corrosive power of public lies (does “lie” share a root with “lye” I wonder?) and you’re welcome to read along or join in the Culture Kitchen Cooking –I’m sure there’s something that needs chopping or stirring!





Lies and Libels

11 10 2006

Lawyer and dad-blogger Scott Somerville on lies and libels online . . .





Has He Lost His Mind?

11 10 2006

“Gentle places for learning???”

Conference Addresses School Shootings
Bush Urges Programs To Prevent Violence
By Katherine Shaver
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 11, 2006; A03

President Bush said at a conference of school officials, police officers and youth advocates yesterday that communities need a list of “best practices” to prevent and respond to the kinds of school attacks that have occurred in recent weeks.

“In many ways, I’m sorry we’re having this meeting,” Bush told about 350 people at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase. “In other ways, we know how important it is that we’re having this meeting.”

Bush said he was “troubled” by the recent school shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. “All of us in this country want our classrooms to be gentle places for learning,” he said.

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Has he seen, or even heard, of kids throwing up on tests? Does he know nothing about school crowding, bullying, teacher-encouraged cheating, men with boards, impoverished neighborhoods with schools that don’t have the very basic supplies, etc., etc.

Gentle places of learning, indeed! What planet is this man living on?