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Technology is messy full complex. Thomas P. In the following pages, we ponder technology — what it means to us, how it intersects with our lives, sometimes in the most subtle ways, sometimes in loud and messy ways. Our particular take on technology ranges from the very micro TV, science fiction, simulation games to the very macro oil, canals, development.
In these pages, we raise some simple questions, and, as ever, keep our heads down. The best stuff is always in the details. In the Cake Seriesfor example, a birthday cake takes on a new life. The library now consists of more than publications, which can be accessed and studied throughout the duration of the library initiative.
While the library is in place, a program of readings, talks, screenings, and discussions will take place. From the moment the first bombs fell, artists documented the crisis as it unfolded, often in ad hoc manner with mini DVRs, cameras, and mobile phones.
The show will take place in the Viennoise Hotel, an old unused downtown hotel that has played host to many art events over the past six years. Murtezaoglu will present his Hip Activitiesa series in trans the political meets the banal in a photographic ode to displacement.
There are also many challenges ahead when it comes to audience development, education, staffing, and curatorial policies. Meanwhile, the architectural models themselves are worthy of several rhapsodic architecture theses. Even if Abu Dhabi culturalists find it difficult to fill the five theaters — which have a combined seating capacity of 6, — the building itself could be a monument to visionary thinking. A travel article. A likely story.
Unspectacular, squat, medium-charming, the Atlas Hotel is situated in a neighborhood that is all but deserted by the time the afternoon traffic of this sprawling concrete city has passed. The once habitually overfull nightclub at the nearby Sahra Hotel has long been closed, its gilded exterior now covered in a pall of gray dust.
The celebrated French chef from the rooftop restaurant of the Masshad Hotel around the corner which once hosted some of the hostage-takers who took the Embassy inthough the staff denies it left the country for the Dordogne long ago.
Trans should be said that the cuisine there is more chelo kabab than benghan sexopyone. A simple man, a chivalrous giant with a frans the size of a water buffalo, Takhti was born in into a Tehran family of modest means.
He quickly rose to athletic eminence; he was one of only two Iranians to have qualified for the Olympics, winning full medals in and His visage adorned postage stamps, commemorative cups, and trays; his star value was unsurpassed. Naturally, urban myths tend toward the latter version.
One stark, windy, grimy, very Tehran day, we went to the Atlas to inquire about the fate of our fallen hero, for we had long collected his trans likeness on posters from the stalls sesophone the Friday sexophone, pondered his muscles, and watched endless documentaries on his life in sport. We were, however, turned away upon entering the hotel lobby. She wore a pale blue pillbox hat over her veil, a hint of Jackie O. The lobby, likewise, full painted pale blue.
We announced that we would like to feature his hotel in the pages of the next issue of Bidoun. What travel magazine, he asked, would want to document Tehran hotels in this day and age — and those in drab midtown, no less?
What tourism? But we insisted, complimenting him again on the glasswork tf insisting that we thought the world needed to know his story and, more importantly, that of his hotel. Eventually he opened up, even telling us more than we cared to know.
He told us of a drunken Brit who once put a cigarette out on his neck when asked to leave the bar. And by the second cup of tea, he finally meandered toward the subject of Takhti.
He used to come here a lot, have a drink at the bar. One night, he tried to check in with a full. I turned him away sexophone the door. He was having trouble with his wife. You know, athletes sometimes have trouble… I am a tennis man myself. A certain twinkle in his eye gave us each a shudder.
We resolved to forget his pat, uncouth analysis. Sexophone that our cards, credentials, and copies of the magazine would soon be in the mail, we told him that we would recommend the Atlas Hotel to our vast network of readers around the world. As for Takhti, his memory — and the enigma — will live on. Sexophome recently as the turn of this century, the UAE seemed an unlikely trans art center: its clutch of galleries tended to feature touristic watercolors, and the Fuol Biennial was still a conservative, regional affair.
But for the first time, Trans Eastern art appears definitively to be part of a global scene. Syrian realist painter Louay Kayyali and contemporary calligraphic painter Nja Mahdaoui were particularly sought after this fjll. There was also strong interest in Iranian modern and contemporary tvv.
Dubai is emerging as trahs center for all full activity. There are new galleries opening each month in Dubai — including Meem modern and contemporary Arab artBagash, and 1x1 Artspace modern and contemporary Indian. But for now, the main centers of art production and criticism remain elsewhere.
As ever in its commercial history, Dubai has ended up benefiting at a time when its neighbors are suffering. Beiruti dealer Saleh Barakat is now partly based in Dubai. Some have seen prices escalate rapidly, effectively creating a two-tier market, with their Gulf auction price up to ten times higher than their local eexophone in, for example, Beirut or Tehran.
Dubai-based gallerists such as Claudia Cellini of The Third Line and Ave say that some work may have simply sexopphone undervalued before — but that Gulf collectors also need to be savvy, and bid on works at auction that are true one-offs, that justify the premium. Obviously, there are whole communities of artists — those whose subjects and styles are not so easily digestible in the Gulf, or who work in video and installation, for example — who rarely make an appearance.
Contemporary Lebanese artists have been absent from the auctions so far. And the slick auctions and flashy fairs have little impact on the messy stuff of innovative art production, which remains chronically underfunded.
Regional dealers and collectors range from doom merchants, convinced that the paddle-happy bidders in the Sexophoen are somehow being duped into paying puffed-up prices, to those cracking open champagne. It still exudes an alchemical otherness … The market is art minus the otherness. The rest is gossip. But can it find its inner otherness? My uncle, a retired army general, was sexophone in conspiracy theory polemics and relished the opportunity to interrogate me during family gatherings about my work in cultural development, particularly with the Ford Foundation.
In prophetic fashion, he would eventually declare that donors, as far as yv was concerned, were meddling in our internal affairs. Eventually growing tired of this routine, I learned in time to nod, smile, and quietly pass the salad.
Today, a general suspicion of foreign funding is deeply entrenched in both Egyptian law and lore. Libel campaigns waged against externally funded civil society actors routinely employ cultural stigma to suggest that receiving foreign funds can alone be proof of infidelity. Countless local journalists have attacked institutions receiving grants from foreign donors, accusing them of operating as CIA informants. Sexophon the cultural stigma nor the legislation aims to deter foreign funding but rather to defame and undermine those out of trans with the powers that be.
Today, MOC continues to expound hackneyed notions of high art and perpetuates a nationalist tradition harnessing artistic and cultural production for developmental, ethical, and, in sexophone years, touristic aims alone. Insufficient local funding, sexophone educational resources, a dearth of production mechanisms, and the lack of exhibition venues have been some of the challenges historically dogging the growth and development of the independent arts sector.
Assuming the role of cultural programmers more than donors, foreign cultural institutions such as the Goethe Institute, Pro Helvetia of Switzerlandthe British Council, trans the French Cultural Center have increasingly organized festivals, exhibitions, lectures, and competitions, and in so doing have provided local artists with indirect production and exhibition opportunities.
While some have grown to be more flexible and responsive to the independent sector, most of these institutions remain uninformed and uninterested in engaging with local partners in any critical dialogue, focusing more on achieving short-term goals than on promoting long-term change.
More substantial funding has come in via grants from private non-operating donors. To this day, some of their grantees are accused of compromised integrity and are shunned, particularly by the official sector, for their foreign affiliations.
Whether precipitated by the new NGO law or lessons learned, MAC has shifted to a more structural approach focusing on trans of accountability, governance, and institutional development.
Shying away rv the NGO law and its debilitating implications, independent groups seeking foreign funding, from Ford or otherwise, place themselves in a sexpohone compromise by opting to tranns as commercial enterprises rather than nonprofit organizations.
As many independent groups rely heavily on donor funding, they tend to conform without much question in order to enlist continued support. This dependency, perhaps the most pressing of all issues facing the independent arts sector, hampers the growth of local sustainable solutions. Ssxophone recent years there have been attempts to initiate local funding mechanisms. The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture AFACa young but well-supported initiative, embraces an intrinsically Arab mandate specifically to tackle the ignominious association with foreign funding.
We can only hope that AFAC will be more inclusive. Tales of the nefarious nature of international funding, the sort woven by my uncle, fail to engage with and influence funding strategies. As an active part of civil society, artist groups and structures must organize internally and form full to engage within a wider sexophone — that is, if sexopgone are to escape the commonly held perception of victimhood and, finally, dictate their own priorities.
Desert Hot Springs is a tiny universe of yrans, meth labs, and boutique spas. At its hot and sandy center, closeted in a one-room public library, is a neglected cardboard box, stuffed with newspaper clippings that amount to the local history archive.
Many of these snippets, now colored khaki by time, are devoted to a certain Full Yerxa, a small man who spawned quite a few tall tales.
In the popular fable that recounts the creation of Desert Hot Springs, Yerxa grew so tired of walking fourteen miles every other day for a drink that he eventually dug a hole by hand — forty feet deep under the desert sun — until he struck degree, lithium-rich water.
Cabot Yerxa is best known for his eponymous pueblo, which he built in the style of the Hopi Indians. Although sexpohone building is a sprawling creation that accreted over twenty-three years there are windows and sixty-five doorshe built the place to fit his diminutive stature, so it feels somehow miniature.
While Yerxa is celebrated in local lore, no one in Desert Hot Springs seems to know anything about his quixotic counterpart, a true miniaturist, Betty Hamilton. In it, she single-handedly full the history of civilization, depicting scenes and events as faithfully as she could, all at the sexophone of eleven-inch dolls. Over the course of more than twenty years, Hamilton assembled dozens of tableaux, all based on her studies of photographs and artwork, including the beheading of Anne Boleyn; an s San Francisco street scene; a depiction of the Colosseum complete with Romans, Christians, and lions; the fraudulent trial of Mary, Queen of Scots; and a Black Sabbath concert with Tony Iommi collapsed onstage.
For some time, Hamilton built and stored the exhibits in her home. But when they grew in size and began to congest the hall-ways, closets, and floors, her husband constructed a building in the front yard that was to be devoted entirely to her passion.
Hundreds of dolls from the five-and-dime were sculpted, painted, and outfitted in the painstakingly detailed period costumes that Hamilton made. She crafted the architecture entirely from discarded odds and ends.
But the one photograph of Hamilton standing, beaming, beside her handiwork gives the impression that for her it all came together as a satisfying depiction.
Outside, in the virtual lobby, stars and directors update the old internet gambit of the chatroom meet-and-greet by appearing, live in Second Life via mingling avatar.
Some of that money flows downward to the usual plethora of quasi-licit hustles — escort services, for example, where players pay to engage in naughty chat with pneumatic avatars. How sad for Sweden that the first political entity to set up virtual shop in 2L was not a forward looking Scandinavian nation but the Youth Wing of the French National Front.
The December arrival of the French racists associated with Jean-Marie Le Pen, far from calling into question the foundations of consensus reality, followed a trajectory familiar to anyone who has ever participated in that oldest of virtual interactions, the email flame war.
Second Life blogger James Wagner Au offered the following testimony:. Consider this description of life in virtual worlds by futurist Howard Rheingold from his book, The Virtual Community :. Similar to the way previous media dissolved social boundaries related to time and space, the latest computer-mediated communications media seem to dissolve boundaries of identity as well… I know a respectable computer scientist who spends hours as an imaginary ensign aboard a virtual starship full of other real people around the world who pretend they are characters in a Star Trek adventure.
I have three or four personae myself, in different virtual communities around the Net. These words could easily have come from any contemporary 2L enthusiast, but they were actually written by Rheingold ten years ago hat-tip: Clay Shirky , this in reference to online experiences that were even then paltry in comparison to those readily available on a Nintendo or Playstation, like the early Final Fantasy games. Primitive and devoted primarily to grim business, the net nevertheless functioned admirably.
Scattered throughout the net were islands, remote hideouts where ships could be watered and provisioned, booty traded for luxuries and necessities.
As is my usual practice when creating such an intervention, I am a neutral visitor as I do not participate in the proscribed mayhem. Rather, I stand in position and type until I am killed. Upon being reincarnated in the next round, I continue the cycle. Demolishing a virtual headquarters is, by contrast, a crime against intellectual property and maybe commerce.
Instead of leading us deeper into the pixilated hearts of networked men and women, the battle for Porcupine Island leads us back to courtrooms and position papers, into ongoing debates about copyright, graffiti, hacking, and so on, which will follow their own appointed trajectories with or without Second Life.
If Second Life is a kind of romper room, where is the future actually being lived? The intuition of the s cyberpunk novel was that the virtual world spoke Japanese. Mostly that virtual nation seems largely interested in playing and profiting from games. As the number of subscribers approached the million mark, users began exchanging QQs to pay off debts or transact person-to-person purchases, while online gambling companies soon started accepting bets and making payouts in QQs.
Needless to say, it has long been possible to purchase cybersex in QQs. Consider this sequence of virtual, perhaps apocryphal, events found on a Chinese blog:. These are the sorts of scenarios that keep men and women, each for their own reasons, up late into the night wrestling with their own private possibilities and nightmares. Imagine what Chinese government officials must make of such events. The scandal made great copy. The culprit, as it happened, was no ideologue with an agenda or insider with a vendetta; he was an evening manager at a Tennessee delivery company playing a prank on a coworker.
The whole episode seemed to capture everything dubious about an encyclopedia that dispenses with credentialed authority in favor of anonymous, unprofessional, unpaid collaborative work. In an age when cynicism about elite sources of information and opinion — the New York Times comes to mind — is at a high point, elite opinion turned with some relish to a story about the contamination of knowledge by the great unwashed.
Something of this was in the air when, in early December, the elegant Siegenthaler appeared on CNN alongside the embattled-looking founder of Wikipedia, Jimbo Wales, for a joint interview by Kyra Phillips. Wikipedia and the midterm elections were indeed on a collision course, but while Siegenthaler wrung his hands over the specter of defamation, members of Congress were rubbing theirs over the opportunities for spin. Hoax edits, after all, are quickly weeded out, while propaganda sinks into the groundwater.
One newly registered editor participating in the debate was suspected of being a Burns plant, which the editor vociferously denied. And what if he was? Wikipedia tries to some extent to regulate the role-playing. Since Wikipedia is ruled by consensus, sockpuppets can be useful, but keeping one is as delicate and dangerous as keeping a mistress. Take the case of University of Michigan academic Juan Cole, whose entry for months now has been an editorial battlefield.
Also unsurprisingly, perhaps, the pro-Israel side is slightly better organized. Amid the scores of single-issue edit-warriors with screen names like PalestineRemembered, HumusSapiens, and G-Dett, two Wikipedians stand out for their tenacity and influence, and for the resourcefulness of their wikilawyering: Jayjg and SlimVirgin. Both Jay and Slim are administrators with the power to block other users; Jay has also served on the Arbitration Committee with the power to resolve issues with binding resolutions when mediation fails and is one of a handful of Wikipedians who can check the IP addresses of registered users.
Slim is said to have once made continual edits to Wikipedia for a thirty-six-hour stretch. All regular editors develop a personality and a reputation, but Slim and Jay have become legends, both within Wikipedia and outside of it. Members of both groups were, in many cases, kicked out of Wikipedia after clashing with Slim.
SlimVirgin, Brandt says, is Linda Mack, a gray-eyed American beauty who became an undercover MI5 agent after her Cambridge lover was killed in the Lockerbie bombing, and who, after losing her job at ABC when it was discovered she was a spy, changed her name to Sarah McEwan and moved to Canada.
Before she was outed as an agent, the story goes, ABC had Mack on the journalistic trail of Lockerbie, traveling to Syria and Libya and interviewing the likes of Abu Nidal. And what better place to blend in: at Wikipedia, after all, everyone is undercover. Such imaginings, however, are merely the funhouse-mirror version of a more ordinary cynicism settling around the edges of Wikipedia.
As this article goes to press, reports are emerging that Microsoft has hired a tech blogger to begin editing Wikipedia. Others see something worse in store. These were soon enough corrected. A higher-up just as quickly reversed her decision, an uncharacteristic rebuff. The first administrator was SlimVirgin; her rebuke came from none other than Jimbo Wales.
These days, Dutch identity is oddly rooted in ideas about sexual liberty and sexual equality. Integration is no longer perceived simply as a desirable consequence of a prolonged stay in the country; it has now become a preliminary requirement, not just for naturalization, but for immigration itself. How are potential immigrants to acquire the basics of Dutchness before moving to the Netherlands? They may purchase an examination package care of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service — the centerpiece of which is a film, available on DVD or videotape in a variety of languages, including English and French and, more crucially, Standard and Moroccan Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish, and the like.
You will also be told a bit about the history of the Netherlands. And so the education begins. The discussion of work also touches on sexual equality. This applies to women with children, too.
Sexual democracy becomes central — even more than religious freedom — when discussing the Dutch vision of democracy. Women have the same rights as men. Women and men are equal. They each make their own choices, and both are allowed to express their own opinions. Women and men have the right to live with, or marry, the partner of their own choice. That generally covers the norms; what of laws?
Here the guide is more ominous. She flees, but he finds her and kills her. Honor killing, he says; murder, says the Dutch judge. Punishable by law. In the visual format of the DVD, sexual democracy is most prominently expressed as sexual liberation. This was evident in the relaxed interaction between men and women known as the sexual revolution. The immigration authorities solicitously provide two versions of the film; in the edited version, licentious images have been deleted no hint is given as to whether the purchasing of this sexless version might be targeted by immigration services as a telltale sign of fundamentalism.
But this begs the question, if applicants, especially from Islamic countries, are expected to get accustomed to bare breasts and gay kisses, how will an edited video prepare them for life in the democratic West?
Today, Western democracy claims sexual liberty and equality between the sexes as one of its primary attributes and distinctions. Sexual democracy has become a litmus test for potential immigrants. One wonders whether copies of the friendly, unedited, educational Dutch DVD might not help our brethren in Vatican City, should they one day decide to embrace democracy, Western-style. In late August of , one trial offered Paris a striking spectacle: the defendants, who obliquely referred to themselves as the Saint-Simonians, entered a crowded court room wearing brightly colored costumes and chanting hymns of brotherhood and love.
While in prison, Enfantin dreamt of the East. Joining Orient with Occident, man with woman, rich with poor, he laid out his vision of utopia. And for Enfantin the road to that blissful future led directly to the Suez Canal, of all places. Suez is the center of our life of labor; there, we will make the act that the world awaits, the confession that we are Men.
The Saint-Simonians would attract hundreds, if not thousands, of followers and spectators during their escapades. There they would perform their rituals, complete with costumes, marches, chants, and feasts, before crowds of curious onlookers. They took to wearing collarless shirts, flowing red scarves, and long blue coats that buttoned on the back to foster a sense of dependency on their brethren, in dressing as in other aspects of life.
A beard was de rigeur. Incongruous though it may seem, this strange mystical sect also pioneered rather modern-sounding ideas of globalization and technological progress. The Saint-Simonians had emerged from post-Revolutionary Paris to proclaim a new philosophy of humanity: a religion of brotherhood ruled by a new technocratic class, the spiritual leaders of a global future that would merge industry, banking, and technology. They helped finance and build railways and canals, constructed global communications and financial networks, and contributed crucially to the growing nineteenth century fascination with technological progress.
And, as we shall see, they offer those who look to history a lesson in the unexpected consequences of technological utopianism. Disease and the failure to find his female messiah led Enfantin back to Paris in , after just three years.
Their example equally inspired Mehmet Ali, the Albanian-born viceroy of Egypt under the Ottomans often considered the founder of modern Egypt ; he eventually constructed large-scale public works and generated a body of newly educated technocrats to man the extraordinary modernization of the state.
The Saint-Simonians had had high hopes for their collaboration with Mehmet Ali, whom they termed the Pacha industriel. Yet they failed to convince him of the viability or virtues of their pet project — a canal at Suez.
Mehmet Ali had been much more concerned with constructing a system of barrages along the Nile, a task several Saint-Simonian engineers began in Others went on to found various schools and polytechnics, including an infantry school in Damiette, an artillery school in Thoura, and a cavalry school in Giza. Enfantin returned to Paris in They conducted scientific and geographical expeditions, aided in the financing of railroads, and oversaw a number of public works, including hospitals and schools.
A few years later Enfantin was invited to join the Scientific Commission for the Colonization of Algeria and left for Algiers in December of He continued to hold on to his earlier vision of the bridging of East and West.
Indeed, although de Lesseps never publicly acknowledged his indebtedness to them, his schemes for Suez were much inspired by the Saint-Simonians. He even used their calculations. Indeed while the Saint-Simonians had been almost entirely optimistic in their vision of the power of good inherent in technological progress, in a post-Cold War and atomic world, this optimism has become more than a little tarnished.
The mids in Egypt was a time when the hangover of the rapid and sometimes violent changes of the heady 70s started truly settling in. The state had finally managed to completely defang all forms of popular organized politics with, of course, the one notable exception of militant radical Islam, whose influence and power were steadily increasing.
Gulf money was pouring back in the form of remittances from Egyptian workers lending their expertise acquired in the free universities built by the nominally socialist state of the 60s to cities and societies rising in the middle of the desert, and Saudi influence over media whether through direct buyouts of both people and institutions or a more pervasive subtle infiltration of how specific values were promoted was occurring on a large scale.
Dr Mahmoud, who, it was strongly rumored, had been both a Marxist and an atheist in those long-gone days of the 60s, was at the helm of the program. The program also managed to attract large swaths of the uneducated due to the ineffable personality of its central character. It was the good doctor who first allowed countless groups of people to sit and discuss religion through the prism of science and technology in over-decorated living rooms.
In the opening sequence of Knowledge and Faith , a solitary nay played at length while the credits floated over spectacular natural views. The music was infused with sentimentality and pathos and brought to mind thoughts of retribution and a return to the path of God, more than it did images of cold and clinical scientific research. The film that followed usually consisted of a series of enchanting enigmatic images accompanied by the deep voice of Dr Mahmoud commenting on certain details, warning us of moral dangers we might face, answering questions that we would have liked to ask, calling our attention to a specific issue — taking our hands and gently leading us on through the scenes of the film.
At other moments, he would be silent, to allow us, the viewers, to consume the images with full concentration. But even at those moments, we could still hear the faint hiss of his breathing or the sound of him softly swallowing. His presence was pervasive whether silent or speaking, whether on camera or as a disembodied voice commenting on what was happening on the screen.
Watching Knowledge and Faith was an intimate experience wherein the wondrous was made tame, the distant made familiar. The structure of a typical episode was simple: after the solemn opening credits, Dr Mahmoud would provide a short synopsis of the scientific theories related to the topic under discussion, omitting any details that might prove tedious.
Then a European or American scientific documentary was shown, accompanied by live commentary. Finally, Dr Mahmoud brought the episode to an end by summing up the main themes and providing a concluding statement. The persona Dr Mahmoud projected through his program was as important as the footage he showed and the commentary he provided.
That persona became the mark of a figure the viewer could relate to and build a relationship with. The public seemed equally infatuated with the way the largely eccentric man pronounced certain words and the mild discomfort he seemed to be in most of the time, as much as with the actual content he transmitted.
The argument went something like this: the West might have discovered it, but we understand what it really means. In an episode discussing the topical issue of AIDS, Dr Mahmoud made the claim that the morality of the East had proven its superiority against the decadence of the West. He provided us with the pathological background of the disease, and possible preventive provisions, while emphasizing that the only solution was abstinence.
The episode screened at a time when the dissemination of strange theories and contradictory ideas about the disease were legion. AIDS was used to propagate stereotypical ideas about the opposing sides. It is as if a sheikh who comes from the land of the foreigners is speaking! A performed identity was being constructed, its roots laid down deep into the ground.
The documentaries shown on his program became scientific proof of divine will. This shift, the move from discovery to retrieval, marked the 80s and onwards, where all spaces were Islamicized and made part of a new empire of meaning whose formative period saw such parallel developments as the rise of Islamic banking and an increase in the number of women taking to the veil.
If in the 60s the state had gone to great lengths to introduce the accoutrements of developments from dams to nuclear reactors, from missiles to locally produced cars as a national right, the 80s saw all fields of knowledge being defined as part of the domain of Allah, functioning under the enigmatic sign of a moral system. The episodes of the program proved it was possible to reuse a product within another context and make it fit perfectly.
To preserve the original text, whether dubbed into classical Arabic or subtitled, would have alienated many viewers. By promoting a selfhood constructed within the parameters of faith and belief rather than inquiry and discovery, the program encouraged its audience to receive scientific information passively. Scientific knowledge was seen as something always there, a historic and essential, latent within our consciousness, something we had only to learn how to access. Appropriately enough, religious discourse provided the framework in which this knowledge became comprehensible.
And this had the effect of convincing people that the form through which this latent knowledge became accessible an episode on knowledge and faith and the language with which it was described religious hyperbole that linked causality to the essence of faith and divine will therefore had to be absolutely true. It was immediately apparent to the audience that the films were not locally produced but rather imports from another place.
Moreover, they were products of a culture associated in the minds of the average viewer with a history of miscommunication, conflict, and exploitation. Yet the inimitable voice of Dr Mahmoud reconfigured the alien elements, allowing them to slip smoothly into a new context. An amusing contradiction — it is as if the golden chariot that takes believers on joyrides on the divine highway of faith is one that has been imported from the land of the infidels.
A shiny little green laptop. It is orange, occasionally. Its biggest supporters, evangelical in their enthusiasm, offer that it stands to revolutionize education in the developing world. It is true that in some circles, it has become fashionable to bash this curious toy-like computer. Either way, few technological innovations of recent years have been the subject of as much hype as the One Laptop per Child project OLPC for short.
Thanks in part to its super-charismatic founder, Nicholas Negroponte also the founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , OLPC is ambitious in scale, hardly modest in ambition. But it has had its share of setbacks, too. India, for example, has rejected the laptop proposal, arguing that the money involved could be better used in tending to the fundamentals of primary and secondary education.
It uses two watts of energy most regular laptops use between thirty and forty , will be powered by a foot pedal or hand pulley an initial proposal for a crank has since been thrown out , and will operate with the open-source Linux operating system an alternative to Windows.
The computer will come with a camera, a stripped-down web browser with email, and a simple word processor. Bidoun , curious as everyone else about these extraordinary little laptops, engaged four persons from different backgrounds and continents to engage in a moderated conversation about the project-to-be.
Over the course of a couple of weeks, we could only begin to get some of the most relevant issues out on the table. Here it is, then: a beginning, for there are many more questions to be posed. I teach courses in engineering design and ethics, and in the history and philosophy of science.
My writings focus on theoretical issues of epistemology in science and the agency of technology. As I understand it, I am to moderate a discussion or at least a collection of assertions with regard to the OLPC project. I am happy to do so. Perhaps you could send me your first round of takes on the project. My first project, which looked at genomics and post-genomics drug development marketplaces in the US and India, has been recently published Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life.
I am currently researching the outsourcing of clinical trials to India, and capacity and infrastructure building for clinical research there in anticipation of these outsourced trials.
I have been building and studying creative online communities since , most recently as an active Wikipedian and as a contributor to community projects at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
My day job involves using information and communication technologies for development in the slums and rural communities in Egypt and occasionally participating with groups such as the Association for Progressive Communication and Tactical Technology Collective in other places in Africa.
Locals provide a better distribution and support model than OLPC. Specifically, I focus on two broad areas: infrastructure, and the use of information and communications technologies in education.
I think the OLPC is a great idea and will benefit a lot of people. Unfortunately, that lot does not include students in poor underdeveloped economies such as India. I think that some very clever people have misunderstood the nature of the problem. It is as if someone recommends casting spells to fix a broken car. Psychological methods cannot address mechanical problems. I look forward to hearing his response from the trenches, as it were, about what kinds of linkages are possible or have been forged.
I hope that Atanu does write at more length about his ideas. OLPC is an education project, not a technology project, though we are providing tools for learning and collaboration. Alan Kay likes to say technology is anything invented after you were born. In the context of learning, these laptops are toolkits for creativity — and for reading, listening, researching, playing, communicating, working with others, calculating, recording, archiving, and publishing.
So, too, were materials for writing, drawing, and making music. I would frame the discussion a different way, starting with a discussion of what is relevant in the context of students in underdeveloped regions and what new tools and learning environments can provide — how they can change the interest of students and teachers in education, their capacity to learn from and teach one another, their ability to study and discover new things, their ability to review what they have learned.
And how many could be made? Have you had a chance to use one of the prototypes? Is the ability to work with computers seen as a marketable ability? How is technology inside or outside of quotes use gendered? Does that matter in an educational context?
SJ, since you asked, here is a little bit of how I see the problem of education in India. Around ninety-four percent drop out by grade twelve. Only six percent go to college, and of those who graduate college, only about a quarter are employable. Why is the Indian education system in the pits?
Primarily for the same reasons that the Indian economy is in the pits: government control, indeed governmental stranglehold. It is instructive to see that wherever, for whatever reasons, the government has let go of the stranglehold or was not involved to start off with , that sector has flourished, and how! For example, consider telecommunications. In five decades of governmental monopoly the telecommunications sector had a base of twenty million users; now that the monopoly is released, we add twenty million users in three months.
Sure, technical progress cellular technology is a factor. But it is not the major factor. I could go on for a long while demonstrating why government intervention in the Indian economy explains why the Indian economy performs miserably.
This background information is relevant in understanding whether OLPC makes sense in the Indian context. Indian education suffers from government intervention and lack of resources.
Resource constraints are both financial and relate to human capital. Furthermore, the limited resources are leaked away through bureaucratic and political corruption and ineptitude. The major barriers are not technological and therefore a technological solution is not going to alter the situation. Electronics is neither necessary nor sufficient for education.
Merely providing laptops is not going to solve the problem. I will offer that the so-called digital divide is at best a misguided notion and at worst a device used by self-serving money grubbing powerful vested interests to milk the poor for all they are worth.
And I think the refurbished Pentium IIIs built by local entrepreneurs are much more robust and capable of running a wider range of software.
Most of [the computers] are locally assembled white boxes. My main worry is about the central role of governments in OLPC, and I know OLPC has answers to some of these concerns by building a machine that looks like a toy, we reduce its black market value, etc. Ten thousand is good enough for me. I have no doubt most of the kids will find very good uses for these laptops and will learn a lot from them. But if we expect the laptops to help in achieving conventional educational goals the stuff supposedly covered by subjects like math, science, language, geography, history, etc , then [it] will require access to content and tools specifically designed for this.
But for younger students, you need to worry about more. One million laptops has an opportunity cost. This money could be spent locally and provide jobs and have the usual economic multiplier effect. Government involvement is the problem. And OLPC actually would increase government involvement.
The countries that can afford to buy laptops in numbers comparable to their student population will not face the problems of equity and distribution. OLPC is a costly device for poor countries. Generally, all critiques of technology aside, I think having technology is a good thing. In a country such as India, which has pockets of extreme technological development, it is very important to democratize technological use.
One way to do that is to expand access to technology, and one way to do that is through initiatives like OLPC. The market rarely has the incentive to do so except in the interests of charity or philanthropy, and those are double-edged swords, too , and at the end of the day, in a basically functioning representative democracy such as India, the state is the institution that is most accountable to the public, however imperfect such accountability might be in practice.
My worries and concerns, then, are three-fold. Expertise — The intentions of OLPC may be good, but whose expertise gets to count as credible expertise? Western institutional expertise? Where does the expertise in OLPC come from? Is it expertise from afar, or are more local forms of expertise seriously recruited and listened to?
Unless standardized developments in vernacular computing happen, a basic structural divide that is at the heart of many Indian inequalities — the fact that those who speak English have far greater opportunity to prosper than those who do not — will only get perpetuated. Institution building — In India, good things often happen with individual entrepreneurial zeal combined with political will on the part of the state; but almost all of these things tend to get driven by the vision and energy of particular individuals, and traditionally institutional structures that can transcend individual zeal have been much harder to build.
OLPC as a singular initiative is all very well — but how is it being located within larger structures that actually contribute to institutional development that can address issues of technology access that go beyond singular initiatives?
The problem I see in OLPC is the fact that the project is designed to work exclusively with governments making purchases in the millions. While there are many good arguments for this all relating to economies of scale , by making government the only possible player, you totally screw things up.
The laptops are distributed slowly through a process of favoritism to district, school, and even student. The laptops are distributed to schools but not to students, used as classroom equipment that the kids use for thirty minutes per week only.
Regarding vernacular computing: localization is key here, I agree, and since the laptop is a queer machine, not like anything else in the market, it requires special software, and someone has to sit down and write this special software.
The philosophy is that the kids will know what to do with their laptops and when they say learning I think they mean the self-exploration and self-expression type of learning. An independent commercial channel, Strike TV transmits one single image, in real time, all the time. The image is of a young, flirtatious female presenter shot on a bluescreen background.
Strike TV presents itself as a place that exists nowhere in particular. The channel consciously avoids any cultural references or visual clues that would reveal which country the transmission is broadcast from. There are also no clues to cultural identity in the displayed electronic text. But although these obvious signs of origin are omitted, Strike ceases to be culturally neutral the moment the language or accent of its presenter is noticed by the viewer.
The presenter answers calls from Arabs around the world, while maintaining a certain neutrality. The subject is placed in a virtual time and space that is disconnected from everyday reality. From the accent and physical gestures of the presenter, the viewer recognizes a familiar urban situation, namely that of the city of Cairo.
More specifically, certain urban commercial hubs, like the high streets of Gamaeat el Dowal in the Mohandeseen district or Abass el Akkad in Nasr City. The cacophony of traffic from a Thursday night on the town, the sounds of human yelling over the shuffling of celebrative trebly pop, the flashing phosphoric neon advertising, the cheap and colorful street-wear all come to mind, even if only subconsciously, as the presenter flirts, taunts, hustles, repels, seduces, condescends to, flirts with and challenges us the viewer.
On Strike TV, the participant is exposed to the pressures of an urban encounter. The extensive portrayals and behavioral stereotyping of female seduction in popular culture have ossified into a set of nearly fixed theatrical gestures.
The unreality, or out-of-this-world quality, of these performative patterns also exists within Strike and invite the viewer into an interactive role-play.
The motivation of the caller is subtly shifted from the desire to attain fast wealth to the most basic of human instincts. This shift from one desire to another validates the latter with exactly the same urgency and importance as the former. If it is okay to want fast money, then it is equally fine to desire a sexual encounter. What is advertised as wealth is actually nothing but an excuse for communicating sexual desire.
The masking of such desire helps the viewer mentally reconstruct, or even fantasize, the next level of an imaginary sexual experience. The presenter is a tool in the interface and at times, becomes the interface itself. The interface is less real than, less like, our everyday selves: a suspended domain in space and time accessible only through our will and choice. Such indirect association with sexuality and pornography makes Strike a producer of signs and gestures directing the viewer into a private urban situation that might or might not include sex — as opposed to more obvious sexual simulation interfaces like cyberor phone-sex.
These signs and gestures are designed to awaken an egotistical invincibility and a light sexual gratification in the form of promise, not delivery. Is an anonymous woman flirting in public with a complete stranger always read as unreal, the stuff of dreams?
If so, then Strike will always succeed in being a simulation or expression of a cerebral realm that can contain such unrealistic desire. When desire is limited to the intangibility of imagination, its separation from reality becomes more distinct, locked in a place that is internal and hidden from others.
The only way to be certain that hydrocarbons can be found at a given location is to find them. The easy source depleted, man searched for clues in topographical features, indicating where more oil could be found if one would only dig. As the depths where oil could be found increased, man drilled holes with toothed drill bits on the ends of pipes.
When it became harder and harder to read the rises and dips in the land, man stomped on the ground with massive hydraulic pistons and listened with sensitive electronic ears for echoes of the oil buried below.
When oil is located, a rig is brought in. A nozzled drill bit is stabbed into the ground and a high volume and pressure of water is pumped through a pipe, jetting out of the nozzles, breaking the ground around the bit, and causing great turbulence. Weight is then borne down on top of the bit, pushing it in and forcing it deeper into the ground. Extracting oil involves distending nature from its common state.
Things are compressed, wound, stretched, heated, stacked, bolted, cooled, and raised. Nature is manipulated and defied. Engineering leverages attributes of certain natural laws to defeat others. The result is nature put into tension, through the workings of machinery in tension, controlled by tense men. Once the process begins, these tensions feed back into one another, as nature, machine, and man each acts, reacts, and acts again.
The effort of man is focused on control of the tension. Accidental release of that control can spell disaster. Being on the rig is hard; the pace can be relentless, the tasks required of you vital. This can fray the nerves and push most rig hands to stress levels that are hard to sustain. Added to this are the isolation and the distance from home that can leave you melancholic and even self-loathing.
But being on the rig is a choice, one that is made freely; and the rig hand knows not to complain or vocalize despair. Every rig hand knows except the green hand, but he soon learns that expressing these emotions only exacerbates them for everyone.
The expression of feeling is useless, since the days are what they are and what they must be. To each his own method of private release. I escaped in song, in the privacy of ambient noise, at the top of my lungs; I would defy awe and be awed no more, since I was man — thoughtful, insightful, composing, singing.
Rock anthems of power and sustainability; soulful ballads of pining and death; fringe chants of absurd jazz and ethnic rumblings; all these were suitable to my purpose, while romantic sops of popular culture never worked.
Romantic pop songs were too sweet to counter the hardness and edginess of the location. I'm shocked. Felix: playing a video game on Poindexter's computer Huh? I'm savin' up my money for an edible wig! Felix: bored monotone "Felix the cat, the wonderful, wonderful cat Duck: Step right up! See human oddities! The unusually inclined! The normality Felix: Poindexter, this is horrible!
If he wants to announce a precipitous withdrawal from Syria and make it slightly less precipitous in a fog of confusion, he can. Listen here. You gotta! Yeah, again — you gotta! But first. Rick and his happy audience will be at the St. Regis Houston Briar Oaks Lane. The shebang kicks off with a reception starting at p. Of course, if you are an NRI Society Member, admission is complimentary and there is a private dinner afterward.
You can R. But do it now. Kevin Williamson makes the case for federalism. From his piece :. The drive for coast-to-coast conformity and homogeneity in political matters — particularly in cultural matters — is one of the most important drivers of the polarization of our politics. Then, they are enemies. The value of heterogeneity and authentic diversity is partly moral — freedom is good, and the domination of one man by another is no less evil for being a sometimes necessary evil — but it also touches on a practical argument for federalism that gets less attention than it deserves: risk mitigation.
Sit down! Sarah Schutte gets her curmudgeon on about the Standing O for anything and everything. From her piece :. Why do we feel it necessary to stand and clap at the end of every school play, middle-school band concert, and community-theater musical?
Please, parents, lower your pitchforks for a moment and hear me out. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of our children and their accomplishments. It takes time and energy to hone a performance and then courage to stand and present it to an audience of peers and parents.
But there needs to be a difference between recognizing that effort and recognizing true excellence. We should be discerning in our applause and praise, giving it when we see a good job well done. Appropriately selected praise signals appreciation for the time and talent of the performers, but it also encourages them to strive for even better and higher goals.
Nearly every show, the audience would leap to its feet at the end, applauding enthusiastically. He sings it even. Andy McCarthy considers presidential emergency declarations — at least for border fences — the stuff which one might find in a Constitutional twilight zone. From his analysis :. I continue to hope President Trump is just using the threat of an emergency declaration as a bargaining chip to pressure Democrats into a compromise.
The threat has been effective. As our editorial and my post argue, there is a crisis at the southern border. It is largely caused by congressional abdication, and — regardless of whether President Trump declares an emergency and tries to build a section of barrier — the crisis cannot be addressed adequately absent legislation.
By merely threatening to declare an emergency, the president highlights the crisis, which keeps pressure on congressional Democrats. The moment the president declared an emergency, the script would flip: The media narrative would be lawlessness in the White House, not peril at the border.
From the beginning of her piece :. Live your truth. It is a feeling. To say so is not to be dismissive or hurtful toward individuals who experience a disconnect between their birth sex and their sense of gender identity i. It is merely to insist that the purpose of public records, such as birth certificates, is not to affirm or reflect our feelings — however strong or distressing they may be — but to document the truth, rather than your truth or my truth, for practical, legal purposes.
Ben Shapiro looks at the new Gillette ad that takes a razor to its customers. From the column :. The vast majority of violent criminality comes from males; the vast majority of sexual misconduct comes from males. The alternative to masculine presence is no masculine presence — and lack of masculine presence leads to toxic masculinity, deprived men acting out of hurt and anger. Savvy social-media observers caught the company throttling negative comments and dislikes on its YouTube video. They can manipulate likes and deplatform dissenters.
And then David French takes the controversy to unload on the persistent cultural attacks on real masculinity. Read his piece here. Alexandra DeSanctis is in D. From her report :. Four out of the five Republican senators who missed the vote signed on to a letter to President Trump earlier this week, emphasizing the existence of a pro-life majority in the Senate.
Before the fur starts to fly, the group does recommend jacket brands, including those made of synthetics. Which, as Mary Spencer points out, are made from oil, which biodegrade ever-so slowwwwwly , which.
It is absurd of PETA to put the brunt of responsibility on consumers with limited options, but this is becoming an increasingly common position for the animal-rights group. PETA has endorsed practices that have much more toxic results than the production of animal-derived goods at a time when warnings about the environment are growing louder. The process of creating and maintaining synthetic coats takes a toll, the garments themselves remain pollutants for hundreds of years after they are discarded, and when they are washed for everyday use, they shed additional plastic fibers.
And using the same coat from year to year will do little less damage. The amount of microfibers that synthetic coats and jackets release into water when washed only increases as the garment age. Victor Davis Hanson runs down historic, new, and now, new new anti-Semitism, which has found a home in the House Democrat caucus.
From his essay :. Stop it. I am anti-termite. In the past ten years, however, we have seen an emerging new, new anti-Semitism. It is likely to become far more pernicious than both the old-right and new-left versions, because it is not just an insidiously progressive phenomenon. From the piece :. Somehow, we as a culture have managed to forget that ad hominem is a rhetorical fallacy. Which is to say: Relying on the ad hominem mode of argument means that you are stupid, if not generally and categorically stupid then limited-purpose stupid in the context of the debate at hand.
Dennis Prager, relating the story above, mentions that he was denounced — as he must be denounced! Prager is Jewish. He has made opposing anti-Semitism a fundamental part of his public career. Jim Geraghty compiles 20 things you might not know about Kamala Harris.
He was still married, and in his early 60s; she had just turned Columnist Herb Caen all but predicted two days after the election that Brown would wed Kamala Harris, his constant companion throughout the campaign. No mention was made of what Brown would do about Blanche, to whom he was still married. But the day after Christmas, Brown stunned his friends by announcing that he was breaking up with Kamala.
Brown invited Blanche to appear with him on stage for his swearing-in and to hold the Bible. A television reporter from KPIX caught up to Blanche, who had kept a low profile throughout the campaign, and asked her what it was like to live with the future mayor. Big Jim is on a roll, finding another score of didjaknows about. Joe Biden. From that list , here are Numbers Five and Six:. FIVE : Biden cosponsored the Crime Control Act, which abolished federal parole, reestablished the death penalty, expanded civil asset forfeiture, and increased federal penalties for cultivation, possession, or transfer of marijuana.
They can take everything! Kevin Williamson explains why. Today, it is to prevent a constitutional originalist from becoming an associate justice of the U. Supreme Court. Hiss still has his apologists, in spite of the Soviet archival evidence of his activities. Hiss is not history because the New Deal is not history: It remains, in its way, the central dispute in American politics.
What does Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez call her fatuous daydream? Davis and her defenders have sought to depict her critics as racists.
But the idea that a person with a record of support for totalitarianism and consistent anti-Semitism deserves to be honored as a human rights-advocate is an insult not so much to the Jewish community but to genuine civil-rights heroes who fought for justice — and not, like Davis, to defend injustice. Similarly, her support for efforts to destroy the one Jewish state on the planet and her cheers for those who shed Jewish blood to advance that despicable cause is antithetical to advocacy for human rights.
Mitch Pearlstine makes the case for MBA ladies considering licensed plumbers for future husbands. From the kick-off of his article :. The U. S economy is aching for many more highly skilled, technically trained people. Which is to say, they seek potential husbands who have degrees that are more generally esteemed than those earned in a year or two. Same with the kinds of training acquired via apprenticeships or in the armed forces.
This is a vital matter because young men who enjoy working with their hands might choose not to pursue careers in construction and manufacturing among other fields , for fear that women will dismiss them out of hand as life partners.
American economic growth and prosperity are already constrained by our having too few skilled men and women in technical occupations. This problem threatens to grow worse as highly skilled Baby Boomers continue to retire at rapid rates — 10, a day, by one estimate — while they are not succeeded by enough younger people who are sufficiently trained.
Here is Thought Number 4, from the article :. Another factor at play here is the confusion that May herself causes by constantly reiterating her absolute determination to achieve Brexit and fulfill the instruction given by the voters in the referendum. In reality, she is a symbol of subordinating Brexit to the wishes of a Remain establishment and cabinet without seeming to do so. Her rhetoric will probably remain strong, but she will likely be as weak towards the Labour and Tory Remain Ultras like Dominic Grieve as she has been towards the EU negotiators and the establishment.
Unless she undergoes a Damascene conversion, she will now open negotiations with Opposition parties and her own Remainer rebels on the next Plan B while ramping up her Brexit language to keep Brexiteers happy and Boris at bay. This kicking the can down the road works until you run out of road, which in this case will be the 29th of March — and that means on present form that she will try to get the EU to agree to a postponement of Brexit.
A second referendum would be more divisive and politically destructive than the first, and would likely yield the same result: a narrow majority for Leave and a surly Parliament reluctant to carry that out in policy. But May, to her credit, is not fooling herself by thinking she can save this deal. But even after such a delay, Parliament may discover that it has no working political majority willing to stand behind any Brexit.
English Brexiteers despair of being in a customs union if the U. The overwhelming political lagoon forces Labour to reject every May-negotiated Brexit as ruinous, trying to please their Remain and Leave constituencies at the same time. Read it here. Kevin Williamson argues that unilateral free trade may be a way for the UK to implement a de facto Brexit. The born-again mercantilists and daft neo-nationalists fundamentally misunderstand trade: The benefits of trade are the imports ; the exports are the cost.
Contemporary trade skeptics — and American nationalist-populists in the Donald Trump mode are not least among them — get it backward.
Unilateral free trade may sound like a radical idea, but other countries have had pretty good luck with it, including one that may be of interest to the English: England. They did it because the sensible English finally came to the sensibly English conclusion that English people would be better off as a whole if there were more food coming from more sources at better prices, even if that diminished the earnings of the relatively small cartel of big landowners who had benefited the most from anti-trade measures.
Great Britain in fact grew vastly wealthy while maintaining trade arrangements that paid relatively little attention to reciprocity even in principle.
British territories, notably Hong Kong, grew wealthy while following much the same model. They stay TCM! When her brother, a failed businessman full of quick certainties and false hopes, dies of cholera, Alice accepts a proposal of marriage from Billy Knapp Bill Heck. Definitely improvements on the protagonists who came before, Alice and Billy are not motivated by power, mere survival, or money.
They share a gentle Christian faith, a sense of justice, and a desire to settle into a farming life, hoping for a meaningful old age with the comfort of family. They share also the conviction that nothing in this life merits certainty. And yet we hurry to fashion new ones, wanting their comfort. The story underlines the tragedy that most politics is, despite the rare Lincoln, full of meaningless noise. We must navigate between easy conviction and no conviction — between false hope and despair.
Prisoner The result, says Mr. The report of the Trump school-safety commission, published Dec. Pollack says. From his piece, about observations in Rouen :. Another man looking at the march, who declined to give his name, said he did not support the yellow vests. Nonetheless, current support for the yellow vests is around 60 percent, according to a poll from Elabe, and plenty of bystanders were more supportive.
Ben Les of Rouen said he empathizes with the yellow vests position and does not see their protests ending anytime soon. We have good social security but the services are declining because the government puts the interest of the rich above the normal people and close hospitals and schools.
The preening progressive artistes who dictate cultural fashion and taste hate their audiences, says Joel Kotkin at City Journal. Late-night television, now dominated by stridently anti-Trump comedians, also has seen ratings drop in recent years; no show has close to the number of viewers, let alone the iconic status, enjoyed by the late — and largely apolitical — Johnny Carson.
This trend reflects the loss of contact between creative elites and much of the country. Gone forever is the widely shared culture between the upper-class arbiters of popular taste and an ascending middle class that flourished in the mid-twentieth century.
In that era, the yeomanry read both classic and contemporary works, from Ruth Benedict to Saul Bellow, while watching televised Shakespeare plays — one of which, according to Fred Siegel in his Revolt Against the Masses , attracted a remarkable 50 million viewers.
At The Imaginative Conservative , Joseph Mussomeli shares life lessons, which include looking at the very individual, and not labels. This mistaking of weakness for goodness dangerously pervades our society. We never seem to discern the difference between those who refuse to do evil and those who simply lack the capacity to commit evil. This explains much of the absurd commentary on the Left which caricatures all immigrants as decent, hard-working, heroic figures.
While this is an understandable reaction to the equally absurd notion that all immigrants are rapists, thieves, and murderers, we have a hard time realizing that being poor and vulnerable is not a moral litmus test for decency and integrity.
We fall into this trap over and over again, all over the world. In my own experience, the so-called democratic opposition in Cambodia, as well as many would-be reformers in many other countries, are not much better than those in power — except that they lack the power to demonstrate just how bad they would be as rulers. For years I endured listening to my diplomatic colleagues speak of her in soft, reverential tones as if she were another Immaculate Conception. The horror they now feel at the realization that their saintly icon can act in a pragmatically ruthless manner now that she has power should be a cautionary tale not to mistake weakness for goodness.
The College Fix reached out to numerous officials at the medical school for more information on the planned overhaul. Faculty members John Dalrymple, Jennifer Potter, Alex Keuroghlian, and Jessica Halem, who are leading the initiative, also failed to respond to queries on the matter. The Fi x also asked officials at the school for a copy of the initiative and clarification on which elements of the curriculum are subject to change; the school did not respond.
When Trump caught so many political commentators off guard, we looked for an explanation amid the closing factories, but we should have been looking for the closing churches.
And this is a story much bigger than Trump. Faith in the American Dream is the weakest where people lack strong religious institutions where they can seek deeper meaning. Kyle Smith finds more upside than down in Support the Girls, now doings its thang on Hulu. From the review :. A feminist comedy about Hooters seems to promise the special kind of excruciation that one can normally expect to find only in an extra huffy Jezebel post.
Yet Support the Girls , a film that briefly appeared in theaters last August and is now streaming on Hulu, manages to be endearing and sweet.
Support the Girls , which stars an impressive Regina Hall as the manager of a sports bar called Double Whammies, drolly considers the plight of women playing highly sexualized roles. Lisa, played by Hall, gets to work fully clothed, but her barmaids and waitresses wear half shirts, short shorts, and tall boots as they serve up suds and smiles to a crowd of sports-loving men.
From his review :. This hilarious, trendy role has put Close on the fast track of the current awards race — part of film-industry mania that is unconcerned with film art and more interested in rewarding topical subjects and politically correct attitudes. From the kick-off of his initial take :. I spent the third hour of thinking about what makes a masterpiece and why this one, gloriously, qualifies. More Kyle: He likes what he sees in M. Glass takes place mostly in a mental hospital where the head shrink Sarah Paulson has rounded up the three leading figures from the previous two movies.
Elijah, a. Glass, begs to differ: He thinks comic books are documents of some archetypal truths that lie buried within humanity. I suspect if we explored Mr. But Armond wants to shatter Glass baa dumm dumm tshhh. Well, maybe not shatter. Split was simply trite, but in Glass , Shyamalan ups the exploitative ante — adding social collapse to serial-killer-threat and girl-victim dread. The home team prevailed, Now a totally unrelated but interesting fact I stumbled over: In his first career game , for the Mets in , rookie Nolan Ryan tossed two measly innings against the Atlanta Braves, and faced three future Hall-of-Famers: Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, and Joe Torre who tagged him for a homer.
A workhorse on the mound, but. Today my old intern Sara T gets married, and — snow be damned, or darned — Mrs. Yours Truly and I will go, and celebrate. Mazel tov! It would throw hundreds of thousands of employees in this industry out of work. The case for the Green Energy Plan is based on the alleged climate crisis being so dire that it must overwhelm all cost-and-benefit analysis. While global emissions have been increasing since , U.
According to research by the green group CoalSwarm, China is now developing as much new coal capacity as currently exists in the U. It got me thinking about harebrained schemes with an emerald shade, which got me thinking about Soylent Green , starring Charlton Heston his dinner scene with Edward G.
Robinson is succulent! I loved you in Planet of the Apes. We reported in the last WJ about how Democrat senators are applying de facto religious tests for Trump judicial nominees who are members of shudder! This week we level a formal editorial condemning the hounding. The last officer to die was a Knight a chaplain. President Kennedy was a Knight, and several councils are named in his honor. Numerous other anecdotes can be added here. But the volume of such tributes, the size of its membership, the number of its councils, the dollars donated, and the hours volunteered, while inspiring, are irrelevant to the religious liberties of Americans.
What troubles us is the principle at stake, which strikes at the core of the republic. The senators who have engaged in this decidedly un-American conduct need to apologize to the nominees unjustly treated, to the Knights of Columbus as an institution, and to their constituents for representing them under false pretenses.
Yeah, there is indeed a crisis at the border. From the editorial :. More physical barriers are part of the solution. The goal of the migrants is simply to set foot into the United States and then perhaps stay for years or never leave as their asylum claims are adjudicated. It gives us more control if it is harder to cross illegally and they can be made to apply at ports of entry.
We saw a real-time example of the usefulness of a barrier when the caravan that arrived late last year in Tijuana was prevented from simply walking into the country by border fencing. The experience in places such as Yuma, Arizona, is that fencing has significantly diminished illegal crossings.
Even if Trump gets all the fence he wants in the current showdown, it will take years to build and, at roughly an additional miles, obviously not cover the entire border. In its little-noticed current offer to Democrats in Congress, the administration proposes measures to encourage Central American minors to apply for asylum in their home countries instead of showing up here after an incredibly dangerous journey. We say no to the idea that the President can have Americans wait! The wrap-up from the editorial :.
An attempt to spend unilaterally on the fence would almost certainly get tied up in the courts immediately. In the most favorable scenario for the administration, it eventually prevails in a Supreme Court loath to second-guess even dubious military-related determinations by the commander-in-chief.
In the meantime, the administration will have built nothing new on the border and created another precedent for unilateral government sure to be exploited the next time a Democrat occupies the White House. Just stop already, Congressman.
From the end of the editorial :. Steve King may be clumsy, dangerous, bigoted, or some mix of the three.
Nick is a passionate guy, an American accidentally born in Australia, who sees the US of A as that last great and only hope. What about the teenager for whom sitting in a classroom is unfulfilling and frustrating? Toward what? Maybe to college. But maybe to a great trade and a fulfilling and contented life — employed, fat, happy, and with no debt.
Learn more about the book here. Order it here at Amazon. The publication date is January From Daniel J. The Golden Matrix address has certain advantages over the Harvard address: It is sparer, less polemical, and perhaps even more weighty and philosophical. It is also less immediately preoccupied with the issues of the day. It is high-minded in every sense of the term. His address is a clarion call for civilized humanity to reject the theocratic temptations of the medieval world as well as the materialist hegemony of an unbounded modernity.
He calls for the restoration of balance in the human soul and the human world: One must resist the tyranny of the spiritual — which forgets the centrality of human freedom to a life well lived — but also the debilitating opposing claim that Man is the highest measure of the universe. He never advocates going back, only up, from modernity. Victor Davis Hanson wonders if American higher education can be saved. America dominates the lists of the top universities compiled in global surveys conducted from the United Kingdom to Japan.
On the other hand, the liberal arts and social sciences have long ago mostly lost their reputations. Go online to Amazon or to the local Barnes and Noble bookstore, and the books on literature, art, and history are often not the products of university professors and presses. Few believe any more that current liberal-arts programs have prepared graduates to write persuasively and elegantly, to read critically and to think inductively while drawing on a wide body of literary, linguistic, historical, artistic, and philosophical knowledge.
In fairness, that is no longer the aim of higher education. When students at tony colleges present petitions objecting to free speech or the right of guests to give lectures, they are usually full of grammatical errors and often incoherent.
Warren was, at one point, a passionate advocate for school-voucher programs. The Two-Income Trap , the book she co-authored with her daughter, had this to say on the subject:. Any policy that loosens the ironclad relationship between location-location-location and school-school-school would eliminate the need for parents to pay an inflated price for a home just because it happens to lie within the boundaries of a desirable school district.
A well-designed voucher program would fit the bill neatly. A taxpayer-funded voucher that paid the entire cost of educating a child not just a partial subsidy would open a range of opportunities to all children. With fully funded vouchers, parents of all income levels could send their children — and the accompanying financial support — to the schools of their choice. Middle-class parents who used state funds to send their kids to school would be able to live in the neighborhood of their choice — or the neighborhood of their pocketbook.
Fully funded vouchers would relieve parents from the terrible choice of leaving their kids in lousy schools or bankrupting themselves to escape those schools. But he could also point out that Thomas blamed him for allowing last-minute attacks on his character to be launched in the first place. Of course, neither Biden nor Sanders is a genuine MeToo villain, even by the debased standards of guilt and innocence that have reigned over the past year.
Amidst the mud he found a truffle. Yet one American did manage to balance emotion and good humor in a freewheeling speech that was heartfelt without being mawkish: Jeff Bridges, capturing the Cecil B. You are the guy.
I guess we all have been tagged, right? Right here, right now! This is happening. Bridges moved on to an unexpected disquisition about R. We can make a difference! We can turn this ship in the way we wanna go, man! Enjoy yourselves, you Dudes, instead of imploring us to take you seriously. From his analysis. The goals of the Green New Deal are nothing short of radical. Supporters are particularly vague about how they would find the hundreds of billions — or even trillions — of dollars needed to attempt such a plan.
Nevertheless, there is one unassailable fact about the Green New Deal: It is not green. Indeed, the entire notion of an all-renewable-energy system is the antithesis of environmental protection and scenic conservation.
Ocasio-Cortez has yet to release the specifics of her new plan. However, given her stated goal, it is likely the latter. This is because individuals — and their accountants — would react to the new 70 percent rate by finding ways to report less income. They would save 70 cents for every dollar not reported above that threshold.
As much as you thrill to the Triple Lindy , you wince at the Double Doink , about which, among other sports stuff, Jay Nordlinger writes in The Corner.
Now that the American Psychological Association has labeled manliness and masculinity as harmful, Heather Wilhem wants to know: Who will kill the spiders in her house? Here I imagine a mournful, windswept cowboy — preferably Val Kilmer from Tombstone , or maybe Harrison Ford from Indiana Jones, but wearing a ten-gallon hat — riding off into the sunset, slumped and grim, dragging a sad cache of uneaten rare steaks and unused power tools behind him.
Farewell, traditional masculinity! You are too toxic! The APA told us so! I, for one, find it very upsetting, for one simple and selfish reason: Who is going to kill all the spiders that make their way into my house?
Fourth, and best of all, the NAD is now living within its means. In politics, causes usually evolve into movements, then businesses, and finally rackets. In the arts world, ambitions might start as grand but often turn grandiose, then grotesque, and finally draining and debilitating. The NAD will eventually find a new home that includes a nice, small exhibition space to show selections from its superb permanent collection of art on a rotating basis, in a happy resolution to an internal debate that had long raged among members.
Since the s, academicians have given their work to the NAD, so it owns important things. Over the last 15 years, the NAD has produced some fantastic shows of this work, shows that produced important art-history scholarship.
To them, it was an expensive distraction that refocused the NAD away from living artists and toward fundraising, marketing, outreach to schools, loans for shows, and all the other things that concern museum people but not artists. A few years ago, back when that question was still open, it changed its name to the National Academy Museum. Here we go. From his Morning Jolt take :. Zuckerberg has pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune during his lifetime, and his personal foundation has built a massive medical research facility.
From his critique :. Gifts to international charities represented only 6 percent of total giving , and foreign aid represents roughly 1. America is consistently one of the most charitable countries in the world , whether measured by volunteerism or money. American public policies are flawed, yes. The American people are imperfect, yes. But any argument that American elites a group that includes, by the way, enormous numbers of first-generation college grads and people who worked brutal hours to achieve economic success represent an uncaring, indifferent, exploitive mass is fundamentally wrong.
Vance finds Carlson has scored big on his point that the market is no panacea for maladies, and the worship of it is troubling. It is the creation of our choices, our laws, and our democratic process. We know, for instance, that pornography has radically altered how young boys perceive their relationships with women and sex, and that the pornography industry has acquired a lot of wealth in the process of creating and distributing that content.
Just last month, we learned that a Chinese entity created the first gene-edited baby, using a technology developed in the United States. Some company, here or there, will eventually create a lot of prosperity by using this gene-editing technology called CRISPR in an unethical way, quite literally playing God with the most sacred power in the universe — the creation of human life.
In the past few years, it has become abundantly clear that Apple — despite self-righteously refusing to cooperate with American security officials — has willingly complied with the requirements of the Chinese surveillance state, even as China builds concentration camps for dissidents and religious minorities. And, as Carlson mentioned, there are marijuana companies pushing for legalization, though we know from the Colorado experience that legalization increases use , and from other studies that use is concentrated among the lower class, causing a host of social problems in the process.
In The Corner, Yuval Levin says Carlson is on to something about the tensions between markets and social order. From his post :. The things we value are therefore sometimes in tension with each other. When that tension arises, we have to prioritize, and that prioritization has to be guided by an idea of human flourishing that lets us roughly figure out in individual instances when and how far the demands of market competition need to be met and when and how far those of family, faith, community, or country need to be met.
There is no perfect formula for doing this, obviously. One key to finding this balance is to recognize that the market is a means, not an end. We should be immensely grateful for the benefits it has brought us — the ways in which it has made us better able to pursue good ends. But we should not mistake it for those ends, and so should be willing to constrain its reach when it undermines them instead of advancing them, which happens. Conservatism has ceded its economic thinking too thoroughly to libertarianism since the s in a way that has caused us to forget this.
It is time for that to change, and so for some rebalancing of our priorities. David Bahnsen, author of Crisis of Responsibility , in which he addresses the same maladies, says Tucker makes big and important points, but takes the wrong view as to what is behind the Crisis. Tucker indicates that the winners of globalization should be helping to raise wages in Detroit or Dayton. Those who have finished school, found a committed relationship, and waited to have kids until marriage; stayed married; avoided drug abuse, infidelity, and other destructive decisions: These people know what has worked for them, and yet time and time again seem willing to publicly tout for a certain moral relativism that is actually the exact opposite worldview of what created the prosperous life they enjoy.
I am sure many corporate executives do not spend a lot of time thinking about the effects a free-trade deal might have on Dayton, Ohio, but I am equally sure that they do not adequately promote the benefits of making good and responsible decisions. I think Tucker is focusing on the wrong omission. Andrew Breitbart famously said that politics is downstream from culture. The difficult task of cultural repair will bring about positive economic and political effects; Tucker is mistakenly focused on getting the politics and economics right to fix the culture.
Back to David, who says Tucker has made an important point about how rising female incomes have impacted marriage and the family.