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Good News For New Jersey Idiots

Landmark legislation:

The Senate yesterday unanimously approved a bill to remove insensitive and discriminatory language that currently bars certain groups from voting.

Sponsored by Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex), the proposal (SCR134) would ask voters to remove language from the New Jersey Constitution that currently reads: "No idiot or insane person should enjoy the right of suffrage."

Jobs > Dell

Steve Jobs and Michael Dell on education:

Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.

"What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn't get rid of people that they thought weren't any good?" he asked to loud applause during an education reform conference.

"Not really great ones because if you're really smart you go, 'I can't win.'"

Marcotte Out

Both Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwen have quit their jobs with the Edwards campaign. I was surprised when I found out Edwards had hired Marcotte (I've never read anything by McEwen but periodically read Pandagon). It's one thing to farm out your campaign blog to experienced bloggers whose views are in line with yours. It's another to hire shrill hateful extremists. And no, they weren't merely "out-spoken" and "opinionated" like many seem to think. Read more »

Good TV?

Tyler Cowen:

Entertainment Weekly; I devour it immediately upon arrival, there is no periodical I look forward to more. I often disagree with their reviews, but I can always interpret the bottom line. The coverage of good TV is without peer.


Car Markets And Health Markets (TM)

What\'s a Googe?

The Golden Campus

Some excerpts from a NY Times article by Timothy Egan from last month about the large number of Asian students at Cal-Berkley: Read more »

Caption the pic

"You see Richard, I will the turn the Earth into something I like to call a 'Death Star'"

Crazy Just Like Me

I think you're crazy...
I think you're crazy...
I think you're crazy...
Just like me.

--- Gnarls Barkley Read more »

Space-age love triangle

Someone forgot their Tang this morning:

A NASA astronaut is being held without bail after police say she attacked her rival for another astronaut's attention at Orlando International Airport Monday.

Lisa Marie Nowak drove more than 12 hours from Texas to meet the 1 a.m. flight of a younger woman who had also been seeing the astronaut Nowak pined for, according to Orlando police.

Lightbrights, Incompetence, Tradeoffs, Blablabla

I wonder if the particular nature of Boston roads had anything to do with it being the only city in which all hell broke loose in response to the mooninites. In my experience, it's hard enough to merely drive from one place to another in Boston, but if you further shut down one major road, everything backs up. There are fewer "degrees of freedom" in Boston. In other cities, perhaps traffic would've been more easily re-routed, but when the entire city's traffic is slowed down, people panic.

One of the arguments I keep hearing defending the Boston authorities' actions goes something like this -

Suppose the devices had been bombs, what then? Would you still be complaining? What does a bomb look like anyway?

The problem with this argument is that it makes the word "bomb" meaningless. Surely we can't expect authorities to block off the roads and stop the trains to check out every single object that exists. There have to be at least some constraints as to what could potentially be a bomb, some minimal set of features that narrow the concept of "object" down to "potential bomb". What I find most shocking about this incident is that the object in question - and granted I'm not a bomb expert - looks absolutely nothing like a bomb. It looks like a light bright.

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Most expensive colleges in America

A slide show from Forbes.

Most of them are small liberal arts colleges with low student to teacher ratios. I don't see how they offer that much more than the state school that you're already paying for. Sure, the connections you make may be nice, but not worth the $100,000 extra paid over four years.

A Savant With Insight

This guy was on 60 minutes this past Sunday.

That theory fits well with Daniel. At the age of four, he suffered a massive epileptic seizure. He believes that seizure contributed to his condition. Numbers were no longer simply numbers and he had developed a rare crossing of the senses known as synesthesia.

We\'re going to party Karamu fiesta

Miami plans to have a massive party when Castro dies.

The city of Miami is planning an official celebration at the Orange Bowl whenever Cuban president Fidel Castro dies.

Discussions by a committee appointed earlier this month by the city commission to plan the event have even covered issues such as a theme to be printed on T-shirts, what musicians would perform, the cost and how long the celebration would last.