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And, opposite Jon,

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sausage grinder of snark

Next week:
Mo 2/11: George Stephanopoulos
Tu 2/12: Mike Piazza
We 2/13: Fawzia Koofi
Th 2/14: Susan Rice
Mo 2/11: Garry Wills
Tu 2/12: Roger Hodge
We 2/13: Dave Grohl
Th 2/14: Gavin Newsom

The Daily Show
Michelle Rhee

PBS Frontline: The Education of Michelle Rhee
Conn. politics blog tagged articles include Education Reformer Michelle Rhee tells Connecticut: You Suck!
Diane Ravitch's Blog Today's headline: Self-described “radical” Michelle Rhee and her PR machine roll into New York City
Michelle Rhee to actually be held accountable by press for once
The problem with Michelle Rhee’s report card for public schools
Michelle Rhee's Report Card On State Education Policies Draws Union Ire
brief OMG interview in NYTMagazine
The Empire Michelle Rhee Built (by Charles P. Pierce) Notable:

One problem with the education "reform" industry is not merely that it generally looks at "education" as though it were a commodity, like soybeans, and that the problems with how we educate a great many children of our fellow citizens can be solved if we just refine the delivery systems for the product. In other words, most education "reform" proponents treat "education" as though it exists in a vacuum unaffected by the factors — like, say, joblessness and poverty — in the real world outside the classroom...Thus do we come to the second problem with the education "reform" movement — it is shot through root and branch with patent-medicine remedies pitched by for-profit grifters and hustlers.

They have their own genre of richly financed propaganda, like 2010's Waiting for Superman and this year's Won't Back Down. There are an awful lot of hedge-fund gunslingers involved in the movement toward charter schools...

Standardized testing is a crack cocaine of education. It is rife with problems. It is also a multimillion industry without which might not exist, among other things, The Washington Post*. A reliance on standardized testing as a metric for progress is generally a reliable "tell" that "reform" has ended and that the grift has begun...

The current model for education "reform" in this country — a corporate model with transparency problems and severely decreased political accountability — is broken. Handing over "our" schools to hedge-fund managers, and to the people like Michelle Rhee who volunteer as well-remunerated middle managers, privatizes public education without having the basic cojones to admit that it's happening...

(*a.k.a. "Kaplan Test Prep")  

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Crime Is Up, And Ray Kelly Has Record High Approval Rating
A Few Questions Raised Over NYPD Commish Ray Kelly's Popularity
9 key points from Ray Kelly's 2013 State of the NYPD address
Three Fictions From Ray Kelly's State Of The NYPD Speech

Congress, the NRA, and the Great Gun Debate

42-Year-Old Fight Over Illegal NYPD Surveillance Escalates With New Filing
NYPD Muslim Spying Program Violates Handschu Rules, Say Civil Rights Lawyers
Family of teen shot dead by NYPD pursue lawsuit

A different Ray Kelly: "The Irish American rock and roll community was gutted to its core this week with the news of the sudden death of Ray Kelly, 46..."
One album review


CEO-man Edward Whitacre, book: American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business
in the USA

PubWeekly review:
An inspiring memoir from the laconic CEO and chairman of AT&T and GM...In what is basically a vanity project, albeit a sweet one, Whitacre describes his philosophy, management style, and business principles, all of which are interesting, but not particularly novel.
A tough-talking Texan offers business truisms...Such things might seem self-evident and obvious, but when Whitacre serves up horror stories of corporate culture run amok, including places where ordinary employees weren’t allowed to ride in the same elevators as top management and where those same ordinary employees were made to feel as if they were scarcely worth being seen, let alone being heard, then it becomes more obvious that common-sensical approaches have to be beaten into the heads of some of the privileged corporate elite...a refreshing amount of sunshine and fresh air, with guardedness surrounding only the question of why he left GM...A keeper in a field of undercooked, underwritten books by CEOs.
Ed Whitacre Also Thinks He Saved GM:
Everyone involved with the General Motors turnaround seems to think it's important to note that they were the ones who actually saved GM, even though the company is still far from being a model of business success. Today's turn comes from former AT&T CEO and very very interim GM CEO Ed Whitacre in excerpts from his new book "American Turnaround" on Fortune this morning. There's a lot to swallow from what sounds like an auto-hagioraphy...The work of GM is far from finished, so this is more like a "Mission Accomplished" moment for Whitacre, who seems keen on using his brief tenure at GM to sell books, just like he sold your personal information to the NSA so they could spy on you.
Neil Barofsky, 'Former TARP cop'/"author of the NY Times best seller Bailout/All around nice guy


Too Big to Jail: Our Banking System's Latest Disgrace via
HuffPo tag
Mandelman Matters

The Colbert Report
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
All the links from when she was on TDS two weeks ago
 Sonia Sotomayor Quickly Becoming the Oprah of the Supreme Court
[ Sonia Sotomayor’s Best Seller
[ Sonia Sotomayor Goes By 'Sonia' At D.C. Restaurants, Is Friendly With Neighbors, According To Washington Post
[ Economist review
Kidsday reporters talk with Justice Sonia Sotomayor
On Book-Tour Circuit, Sotomayor Sees a New Niche for a Justice
Julie Andrews, book The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart
Previous Colbert appearance
Local(ish, Larchmont) book signing
Be this dog's Mary Poppins

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013, 3:01 AM
THE Daily News Pet of the Week is Julie Andrews, a 1-to-2-year-old pit-bull mix at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.

Julie Andrews is friendly and willing to please. She would be fine with other dogs and with children.

To adopt Julie Andrews, contact PAWS, 100 N. 2nd St., at 215-238-9901, before visiting the shelter. When inquiring, provide her tag identifier - A18835767.

Lawrence Wright, book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief


Scientology vs. Lawrence Wright The controversial church says his new book, ‘Going Clear,’ is riddled with errors. Wright disagrees. The Daily Beast checks the facts.
Eyes Wide Shut: ‘Going Clear,’ Lawrence Wright’s Book on Scientology (by Michael Kinsley) Begins:
That crunching sound you hear is Lawrence Wright bending over backward to be fair to Scientology. Every deceptive comparison with Mormonism and other religions is given a respectful hearing. Every ludicrous bit of church dogma is served up deadpan. This makes the book’s indictment that much more powerful...
Why People Are Saying Lawrence Wright's Scientology Book Is So Great
B&N (has Kirkus review)
Book Wikipedia
Lawrence Wright: Why Tom Cruise Is Most Important Scientologist Since L. Ron Hubbard
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright -- review
Can’t Handle The Truth? How a ‘New Yorker’ Reporter and a Team of Fact-Checkers Took on the Church of Scientology
Scientology airs ad during Super Bowl; ‘Knowledge’ spot targets ‘artists’ and ‘free thinkers’ (VIDEO)

(As always when re:Scientology, there's a whole lot more out there in GoogleVille. A good topic to bookmark for those days when the internet just seems so boring...)

Benh Zeitlin, Director: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Movie Wikipedia
Hey, he's a local!
Lookit all this attention the local boy gets!
Another town, he's a local there, too.
And what proud parents,
Such a credit.

Benh Zeitlin lives among the people he makes films about
How ‘Beasts’ Director Benh Zeitlin Reacted to His Oscar Nominations
How Benh Zeitlin Made Beasts of the Southern Wild The Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award winner for visual arts transformed filmmaking as he assembled a new myth out of Hurricane Katrina
movie twitter
some videos
How Benh Zeitlin Created the Southern Wild (interview)

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