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Today I’ll add quotes from all the articles so even if you don’t follow the links, you get a little something and because its my birthday and I’ll do what I want [all weekend].  Enjoy, lazy-asses.

Are We Better Off: Reading, Writing, and Landscaping | Mother Jones. Retro Dave Eggers.

As a nation, we’re confused about how we see teachers. Most polls show that respect for the profession has risen in recent years, yet we have certain quietly entrenched ideas—that teaching is easy, that teachers get out at 3 p.m. every day—and these notions, all ludicrous, allow us to accept the injustice in teachers’ dismally low salaries. We love teachers, we think they’re saints, but most of us consider unavoidable the fact that they are underpaid and often have to work two or three extra jobs to maintain a middle-class existence…

…The first step to creating an education system full of the best teachers we can find is to pay them in line with their importance to their communities. We pay orthodontists an average of $350,000, and no one would say that their impact on the lives of kids is greater than a teacher’s. But it seems difficult for everyone, from parents to politicians, to shake free of a tradition in which teaching
was seen as something of a volunteer project for women whose husbands brought home the real money…

Soren Gordhamer: A Zen Remedy For Information Overload.  He wrote this about me:

It may not be very popular to admit, but I think if we are honest most of not only love our increasingly connected life, we also hate it. We do not hate our unprecedented access to information online or the countless ways we can connect with friends, family, and colleagues; instead, we hate that we are not better able to balance the avalanche of information in our lives; we hate the feeling of continuous overwhelm; of always being behind; and of the seemingly endless communication, from emails to private messages, that need replies.

Truthdig – Reports – Drugs, Guns and Reality.

It’s an indictment of our fact-averse political culture that a statement of the blindingly obvious could sound so revolutionary. “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters on her plane Wednesday as she flew to Mexico for an official visit. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border … causes the deaths of police, of soldiers and civilians.”     Amazingly, U.S. officials have avoided facing these facts for decades. This is not just an intellectual blind spot but a moral failure, one that has had horrific consequences for Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and other Latin American and Caribbean nations.

t r u t h o u t | Enduring Freedom.

In Afghanistan, this is the problem, because everybody holds a piece of that mirror, and they all look at it and claim that they hold the entire truth.

– Mohsen Makhmalbaf

t r u t h o u t | Hemp Is Not Pot: It’s the Economic Stimulus and Green Jobs Solution We Need. Mmmm, pie. [Is it kind of cliche that when talking about hemp they reference sustainability in edible form?]

“We’re in the midst of a dark economic transition, but I believe hemp is an important facet and has tremendous economic potential,” says Patrick Goggin, a board member on the California Council for Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading industrial hemp-farming advocacy group. “Economically and environmentally, industrial hemp is an important part of the sustainability pie.”

Crying Foul Over a Loon Decision | Mother Jones.

When it comes to protecting imperiled wildlife, a task that ranked low on the Bush administration’s list of priorities, little has changed at Obama’s Interior Department. At least that’s what conservation groups are saying, and they point to a recent decision by the agency as evidence that it hasn’t departed from its Bush-era ways.

The Intellectual Crash of 2009: Where Have All the Smart People Gone? | | AlterNet.

The intellectuals have given way to ranters, abusers, and screamers, who grab our attention and also free us from having to pay attention…

…Indeed, when the New York Times Magazine describes Newt Gingrich as “a prospector in bold and counterintuitive thinking — floating ideas throughout his career,” you know the word “idea” has wandered, as if in a drunken stupor, from its original connotation. (CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger struggled to adapt to the new meaning, whatever it is: “The problem with Gingrich is that he has fabulous ideas.”)…

There Is No Justice: Finding Her Rapist On Facebook, One Woman Ponders Demanding An Apology.

Cary Tennis at Salon answers a letter from a woman who logged into Facebook to be confronted with the smiling face of her date rapist taunting her as a person she might know. Oh, God.

Sore Subjects: Now That HPV Vaccine Is Available For Boys, Debate Turns to Health Benefits, Not Sex.

The makers of Gardasil are trying to get the HPV vaccine approved for boys, which is why now people are questioning the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, rather than if it makes girls slutty.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Actual Personal-Health-Care Tips From “The 1917 U.S. Army Manual of Military Training” (Written by Colonel James A. Moss) That Still Make Good Sense Today..

Petting dogs or letting them lick your hand is dangerous.

Do not drink lemonade, soft drinks, or milk from peddlers.

Also, wounds made by toy pistols and fire-crackers often contain lockjaw germs.

King Solomon was wise when he warned his son against the harlot, “for her end is bitter.”

Do not handle dogs or cats, especially strange or sickly ones.

Do not have pictures tattooed on your skin.

Do not smoke other men’s pipes.

Seek good companions like your mother and sister.

Note: male mosquitoes cannot bite.

Do not adopt strange dogs and do not pet dogs.

My Little Pony is turned into famous film characters | Life and style | guardian.co.uk.  Skeletor is for Daniel.

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