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dumbing it all down

[P]ublishers say they print garbage so that real literature, which seldom makes any money, can find its way into print. True, to a point. But some of them print garbage so they can buy more garbage.

There was a time when I wanted to be like Sting, the singer, belting out, “Roxanne …” I guess that’s why we have karaoke, for fantasy night. If only there was such a thing for failed plumbers, politicians or celebrities who think they can write.

[From Guest Columnist – Typing Without a Clue – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com]

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Mr Smith doesn’t go to Washington

A thought experiment that occurred to me this morning.

What if some member of the chamber of people’s deputies decided not to take his seat in Washington, instead taking his oath in his state capitol or home district, and managed his constituents business from there? Yes, it’s kind of a whizzy sci-fi idea where someone replaces human interaction or proximity with tech.

Flaws:

  • legislating is about deals and favors: hard to consummate those without personal contact
  • proximity still matters: why else are cities growing and why are the most powerful/influential cities so large (London, New York, Tokyo, 10 million people or more with millions more in the surrounding region)
  • can you really serve your constituents while remaining at home

Part of the idea for this came from conversations earlier in the week, where it was mentioned that no one gets rich in public service. The best you can hope for is, as a congress member, to take home your campaign war chest when you retire (I think they should be required to donate it to the treasury). Where they make money is in graft and other corruption that only comes from them all being in one place where the money flows so easily.

Hmm. It sounded a lot more interesting this morning.

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It’s 3 am and Something Important Is Happening Somewhere in the World




It’s 3 am and Something Important Is Happening Somewhere in the World

Originally uploaded by Sister72.


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