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Kabuki Democracy: Why a Progressive Presidency Is Impossible, for Now Kabuki Democracy: Why a Progressive Presidency Is Impossible, for Now Even with supermajorities in both houses of Congress behind them, American presidents cannot pass the kind of transformative progressive legislation that Barack Obama promised in his 2008 presidential campaign. Here's why. Few progressives would take issue with the argument that, significant accomplishments notwithstanding, the Obama presidency has been a big disappointment. As Mario Cuomo famously observed, candidates campaign in poetry but govern in prose. Still, Obama supporters have been asked to swallow some painfully "prosaic" compromises.










Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed by professor E. Paul Torrance. Schwarzrock still vividly remembers the moment when a psychologist handed him a fire truck and asked, “How could you improve this toy to make it better and more fun to play with?” He recalls the psychologist being excited by his answers.

The Creativity Crisis - Newsweek

The Creativity Crisis - Newsweek
On Education - A Popular Principal, Wounded by Good Intentions Caleb Kenna for The New York Times Joyce Irvine was removed July 1 as principal of Wheeler Elementary in Burlington, Vt., to comply with rules allowing the district to seek stimulus funds. John Mudasigana, one of many recent African refugees whose children attend the high-poverty school, says he is grateful for how Ms. On Education - A Popular Principal, Wounded by Good Intentions
Trip Gabriel, New York Times At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a website's frequently asked questions page about homelessness -- and did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information. At DePaul University, the tip-off to one student's copying was the purple shade of several paragraphs he had lifted from the Web; when confronted by a writing tutor his professor had sent him to, he was not defensive -- he just wanted to know how to change purple text to black. As Internet influence has grown, students less aware of plagiarizing As Internet influence has grown, students less aware of plagiarizing
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The Stupidity Of Liberal Apathy The Stupidity Of Liberal Apathy Activists at last week’s Netroots Nation talked about disappointment and disillusionment. The polls show a slow, steady decline in support for the president among Democrats. Neither sample captures perfectly the state of the liberal mind this summer, but you’d have to be pretty oblivious not to see that President Obama, and the Democrats, are losing the love of their base.
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Updated Aug. 6, 2010 12:01 a.m. ET Being an Arab leader has its rewards: the suite at the Waldorf-Astoria during the United Nations General Assembly, travel in your own plane, plenty of cash, even job security—whether kings, sheiks or presidents, with or without elections, most serve for life. But the advantages must seem dwarfed by the problems that face the Arab world this summer. The Shia in Iran seem to be building a bomb, Iran's ally Syria is taking over Lebanon (again), Yemen is collapsing (again), Egypt's President Mubarak is said to be dying and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is back on the front pages. For Arab Nations, the Threat of a Nuclear Iran Puts Israel in a New Light | By Elliott Abrams For Arab Nations, the Threat of a Nuclear Iran Puts Israel in a New Light | By Elliott Abrams
Traveler to the undiscovere'd country I watched Christopher Hitchens' CNN interview with Anderson Cooper with gathering sympathy. He had cancer. He was going to die. Traveler to the undiscovere'd country
China Passes Japan to Become No. 2 Economy
How the internet is changing language 16 August 2010Last updated at 10:01 By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News 'To Google' has become a universally understood verb and many countries are developing their own internet slang. But is the web changing language and is everyone up to speed? The web is a hub of neologisms In April 2010 the informal online banter of the internet-savvy collided with the traditional and austere language of the court room. Christopher Poole, founder of anarchic image message board 4Chan, had been called to testify during the trial of the man accused of hacking into US politician Sarah Palin's e-mail account. How the internet is changing language
For the first time in three days in the wilderness, Mr. Braver is not wearing his watch. “I forgot,” he says. It is a small thing, the kind of change many vacationers notice in themselves as they unwind and lose track of time. But for Mr. Your Brain on Computers - Studying the Brain Off the Grid, Professors Find Clarity Your Brain on Computers - Studying the Brain Off the Grid, Professors Find Clarity
Science-fiction writers make the best seers. In the late 1950s far-sighted Isaac Asimov imagined a sunny planet called Solaria, on which a scant 20,000 humans dwelt on far-flung estates and visited one another only virtually, by materializing as “trimensional images”—avatars, in other words. “They live completely apart,” a helpful robot explained to a visiting earthling, “and never see one another except under the most extraordinary circumstances.” We have not, of course, turned into Solarians here on earth, strictly limiting our numbers and shunning our fellow humans in revulsion. Yet it’s hard not to see some Solarian parallels in modern life. America: Land of Loners? by Daniel Akst America: Land of Loners? by Daniel Akst
Daniel Wagner: The Philippine Bus and Miss Universe This week two noteworthy events involving the Philippines made headlines: the botched rescue of Chinese tourists taken hostage by a disgruntled former policeman, and a botched response to a question by Miss Philippines in the finals for the Miss Universe contest. You might ask, what do these two things have in common? Separately, not much, but taken together, they represent both the peril and promise of the Philippines today. For many years pundits have commented that the Philippines appears to be heading backwards economically and politically, while many parts of Asia barrel toward middle income status and have maturing democracies. Yes, other countries have disputed elections, other countries' leaders do questionable things, and other developing countries struggle to achieve sustainable economic growth. And, yes, there are recent examples of fresh political turmoil and economic hardship not only in Asia, but throughout the world.
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At one point, while drowning in research for The Disappearing Spoon, I could pretty much name every element on the periodic table, in order. I was more than happy to let this "talent" lapse, however—it's not exactly the coolest thing to blurt out at a cocktail party. And it certainly never crossed my mind that I might parlay the skill into something more. Blogging the Periodic Table: Aluminum. (1) - By Sam Kean

Cato Unbound » Blog Archive » The Trouble with the View from Above State naming practices and local, customary naming practices are strikingly different. Each set of practices is designed to make the human and physical landscape legible, by sharply identifying a unique individual, a household, or a singular geographic feature. Yet they are each devised by very distinct agents for whom the purposes of identification are radically different. Purely local, customary practices, as we shall see, achieve a level of precision and clarity—often with impressive economy—perfectly suited to the needs of knowledgeable locals. State naming practices are, by contrast, constructed to guide an official “stranger” in unambiguously identifying persons and places, not just in a single locality, but in many localities using standardized administrative techniques. To follow the progress of state-making is, among other things, to trace the elaboration and application of novel systems which name and classify places, roads, people, and, above all, property.
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