Do you remember Keith Olbermann? The following article credits him for pioneering the niche MSNBC has carved out for itself in its rise to the top tier in ratings.
“At MSNBC they view it as rooting against death and destruction: the last thing the channel wants is more months like the last two, filled with terror bombings, tornadoes and ….”
via Devoted to Politics, MSNBC Slips on Breaking News – NYTimes.com.
Filed under: Blogosphere, Changing Media Paradigm, consumers, Culture Think, Fox, Fox News, ideology and the media, Keith Olbermann, liberal media, MSNBC
Why do we so vigorously debate affirmative action? Truth be told, policies purported to address inequality in our society are neither affirmative nor very “active.”
The value of the idea that underrepresented groups within mainstream institutions is a problem greatly relies on who is defining and how these groups are defined. The following article in the NYTs raises some interesting issues in this area which show that many in our society are beginning to question how and why we quantify and measure representation within our learning communities.
“Opponents of race-based affirmative action in college admissions urge that colleges use a different tool to encourage diversity: giving a leg up to poor students. But many educators see real limits to how eager colleges are to enroll more poor students, no matter how qualified — and the reason is …”
via Income-Based Diversity Lags at Many Public Universities – NYTimes.com.
Filed under: access to education, Blogosphere, consumers, Culture Think, Demographic Change, Discrimination, Education Policy, Education Reform, ethnicity in politics, ideology, Education policy
In an Orwellian turn of fate, in a surreal moment where life imitates art, the Chinese play the role of capitalist pigs as the US food market is sold to the three winds like pork bellies.
“If you dined on tilapia recently, chances are it came from China. And that artificial vanilla you just used to make cookies? It, too, may have made the same long journey to your …”
via Wariness Over a Deal Intended to Deliver More Pork to China – NYTimes.com.
Filed under: Asian, Blogosphere, consumers, Health Policy, International Relations, News, food suppy, US China Relations, US food supply
Well, if there is a will there is a way… and so it goes in cyberspace and in the world of law enforcement.
The internet appears to have created sophisticate ways of moving value around–seemingly under the noses of law enforcement… but not any more…
“In what could be a bad sign for the future of Bitcoin, the feds have shut down Liberty Reserve, a virtual currency exchange system that prosecutors claim …”
MORE via Mashable.
Filed under: Blogosphere, consumers, Crimes and Misdemeanors, creativity and crime, cyber crime, Cybersecurity
Want to save some green? Go green–as in make your home energy efficient. But who is to say what really defines green and when you have reached it?
“FOR some people there are two important numbers when it comes to buying a car: the price and the miles it does per gallon (for others, looks, style, brand and the whole driving experience are what counts). Property is no different. A cheaper house price will save you money at the time of your purchase, and a high energy-efficiency rating (EER) will save you cash on each month’s energy bill. One problem with the latter is that there are far too many factors in each property to produce a single rating.”
MORE via Measuring energy efficiency in buildings: Turn that light off! | The Economist.
Filed under: Blogosphere, consumers, Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Going green, News, Oil and Gas
Sunshine and good health and happiness go hand and hand. Or do they?
Today the connection between cancer and over exposure to the sun’s warm rays is well documented and it seems to be growing…
“Here is some advice to bear in mind when selecting sunscreen:”
More via The New Rules for Sunscreen – NYTimes.com.
Filed under: Blogosphere, Cancer Treatment & Success, consumers, Health Literacy, Cancer, skin cancer, sun health, Sun tan, sunshine and health