Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The intellectual bankruptcy of J-school graduates

Looking at the headline White House refutes UK Iraq memo, one might believe that the White House had offered some information that, you know, actually refutes the allegation that the Iraq war was planned in 2002. So what did Scott McClellan say?

McClellan insisted the process leading up to the decision to go to war was "very public" -- and that the decision to invade in March 2003 was taken only after Iraq refused to comply with its "international obligations."

However, McClellan also said he had not seen the "specific memo," only reports of what it contained.



So, the White House might have "denied" the veracity of the memo, but I don't see any evidence of a "refutation" here.

Having seen the doofuses who major in journalism at any large university, this doesn't surprise me. The number of so-called journalists who can actually write and edit seems to have dwindled as media employees have come to study "journalism" or "communications" rather than major in some area of the liberal arts where they actually have to learn how to read and write.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Pushing that rock

You scored as Existentialist. Existentialism emphasizes human capability. There is no greater power interfering with life and thus it is up to us to make things happen. Sometimes considered a negative and depressing world view, your optimism towards human accomplishment is immense. Man is condemned to be free and must accept the responsibility.

Existentialist

75%

Cultural Creative

69%

Materialist

63%

Idealist

63%

Postmodernist

56%

Modernist

56%

Romanticist

19%

Fundamentalist

6%

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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Yeah, I knew this

I am:
0%
Republican.
"You're a complete liberal, utterly without a trace of Republicanism.  Your strength is as the strength of ten because your heart is pure.  (You hope.)"

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The matter with Kansas (and why I'm not a Republican)

In case you haven't been following the doings over in the flat state, the Kansas State Board of Education is attempting yet again to abolish science.

This is yet another example of why I'm not a Republican. (As if I needed another reason.) If I really bought into all this (you're on your) "ownership society" crap I could think of this as a good thing. I could rationalize all this away by focussing on the fact that my eventually well educated kid will be at an advantage when he has to compete for jobs with these flat earthers. Which is true. But the fact is that his well-being will depend on living in a society where everybody has a basic understanding of science and so raising a generation of ignorant Kansans is not something to celebrate.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Could someone explain this one?

What, exactly, are the grounds for awarding a woman $7M because her husband happened to be an agent of the Cuban government?