Month: October 2006

Discrimination and the, um, Differently Abled

Apparently Gallaudet’s incoming president wasn’t “deaf enough” to lead this once-prestigious school for the differently-hearing. We complain about leadership: good, bad and indifferent. Leaders must be passionate about the cause, but not necessarily of the cause. Sure, it would be…

More partition noise

Adeed Dawisha spoke about partition on NPR. I don’t think he goes far enough; like most ‘faces,’ he’s thinking 1-3 years instead of the unfair, ugly realities of Iraq. Still and all, brave of him to talk about partition.

The Case for Partition

As conditions in Iraq worsten, and “stay the course” suddenly never meant what it said (how can four words, four syllables, mean something other than that?), it’s time to look at real ways out. As someone who has spent considerable…

Writing Tools… So close: Ooh, Missed!

I’m always looking out for a good tool to help in writing or mapping ideas. MindJet’s MindManager is brilliant, if expensive for individuals, and not available on-line. PBWiki makes great tools for sharing ideas on-line. Google is helping me move…

Waiting for Shoes to Drop

Indictments pending on the President… and shuddering at seeing him greeting happy children and families in the Presidential Sukkah. At least he had the decency not to show up for the opening of the Knesset. This is a boil that…

Educators and Idiots

Education is a complex business. It’s complex because, to run a school district, a superintendent (CEO) or school board member (corporate board member) must know how to manage people, budgets, priorities, politics, bureaucracies and a community often at odds with…

On a Civil Society

A president, former chief of staff and multiple ministers all under various stages of investigation. Allegations of misuse of power from the banally sexual to the incompetent. What separates Israel, with its multitude of problems and absurd social and economic…

Jupiter’s Little Mix Master

The small spot’s getting redder! Maybe it’s pulling stuff up from lower down? Like, uh, because that’s what vortices do? Of course, that’ll spell it’s doom. I love Jupiter. Compared to the Earth it’s an easy place to understand, and…

So Many Crises, So Little Brain Power

It’s been a while. Wars in the Middle East. Political idiocy and upheaval in the States. A regime change for Thailand, one coming up for Cuba and England. North Korea either blew up a lot of dynamite or has joined…