Monday, June 6, 2016

June 3 Link Log

Categories: Books, Health, Introvert,


Cliff Kincaid reviews Vaughn Shatzer's History of American Education...I hope he's selling it, because it's showing as "currently unavailable" on Amazon. Here's a link, anyway, to encourage the seller to restock:


Here, courtesy of Morguefile (which has adopted a new format that makes it harder for me to credit the photographer), is an image that reminds me of Twitter: a rushing stream of information.


What killed Prince? Kudos to Senator Kaine and Congressman Griffith for their good intentions, but I think the cure for problems like Prince's is going to be more medical and educational than legislative. People need to let themselves experience their own ability to control pain, even if only by breath control, more effectively without pills than with pills.

(Is anyone out there in pain? )

Completely different topic: This web site does not recommend that anyone ever get hooked on nicotine. This web site does, however, recommend drug testing for anyone who thinks vaping should be banned wherever smoking is. Hello, the whole point of vaping is to keep someone who's already hooked on nicotine from going into nic fits in situations where his or her smoking would harm others, which vaping does not. Vaping doesn't make other passengers on a bus or train sick, damage merchandise in a store, or keep people from enjoying food in a restaurant.


Thanks to Bill McKibben for sharing this one on regular readers know, I suspect he and Forrest Watkins have been victims of a climate "scare," but the point here is that introverts can be effective activists in our own way, for whatever cause.


Walter Williams tells it like it is. Student labor jobs aren't...that word that guy used that this web site doesn't use. Student labor jobs are for students, who do them for a year or two and move on. And here's a little secret from a legally White woman, who is old enough to be a grandmother and still gets mistaken for a student, because I still walk like one: When adults are not stuck in student labor jobs as "careers," when adults are pursuing more creative and prestigious "careers," going back and doing a student labor job is getting paid to exercise. If someone who could be doing a job that pays $150 per day is stuck in a job that pays $100 per day, that's a separate problem; it does not mean that we need yet another, even bigger, minimum wage hike that leaves even more people working below the minimum wage or going on welfare.

For young people, there is a learning process in which a student labor job is a new experience, which means learning something worthwhile, which means fun fun fun. I ran into a nephew--not one of mine, one of an old school friend's--on the way home last night. He was delighted to find a classmate, and "all those young kids," working at a fast food place. He was psyched about the hope of getting to flip burgers and bus tables just like his buddy and a lot of cute girls! It reminded me of being seventeen and walking on a cloud because I was finally qualified to sort out cardboard cards in an old wooden card catalogue for $3.35 per hour, four hours a day. Young people who are getting some help from parents and/or schools can afford to revel in this wonderful, special stage of life for a few years. Older people should not be trying to tell them that student labor jobs are, more euphemistically, bad jobs. As long as they have crazy teenage energy to burn off, they're likely to feel better burning it off than being stuck in desk jobs.

Politics (Election 2016)

Y'know whom I'd like to see Hillary Clinton pick for vice-president? Tim Kaine, that's who. He has experience, is likable, deserves a promotion, and...would leave my state free to pick a junior senator who represents the majority of those born and brought up here!

(She wouldn't dare, though, any more than #NeverTrump would pick Dr. Carson. Vice-presidents are supposed to serve as life insurance.)


Why an occasional obvious typo does get through on this site...usually something like "Megan" for "Meghan" (earlier this week), but sometimes something the computer might have caught if I hadn't disabled the mechanical spelling checker feature. The bit of HTML code that almost never works for anyone I know, and can ruin a whole web site, is an "i-frame" not an "I-frame." Some people may look at "traveling" and see the same word I pronounce when I see "travelling," but I don't. And although I put up with "1970's" at Blogjob, to me "1970's" is a different (colloquial abbreviation, not word) than "1970s"; the 1970s were a decade, in which historians might compare 1970's prices, temperatures, fashions, or sports statistics with 1971's or 1972's. At other sites, other editors decide these things. This is my site.