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Archive for September, 2004

Global voting, global policing

Sunday, September 5th, 2004

Several months ago, the husband and I sent off our requests for absentee voter ballots to the Registrar at City Hall in Beverly, Massachusetts. We still haven’t heard back from them, and on Tuesday we’ll have to phone the clerk in charge to ask about the status of our paperwork. We’re both first-time US election […]

Homeschooling for dummies? Not.

Saturday, September 4th, 2004

Some weeks ago held a “homeschooling telephone marathon,” which continued over several days. The morning and afternoon sessions were organised by theme, but John Taylor Gatto‘s conference call was in a class by itself. I didn’t blog about it at the time, and now my sketchy notes don’t give me enough information to produce […]

Why I hate the hijab

Saturday, September 4th, 2004

Warning: This is a rant — one which I rather hoped to put off writing because I knew I couldn’t sound “fair and balanced” about the subject. I was finally prodded into writing it after seeing Dave Pollard’s entry, Veil of Truth. I wondered, To comment or not to comment on Dave’s entry? If you’re […]

Bastille, a movie memory

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

Among the several things that have occupied my August was a massive pitch-forking of a small room upstairs that served as general dumping ground for anything that didn’t obviously belong elsewhere. As often happens in de-cluttering, one finds old journal entries and related stuff, and I was sidetracked for the occasional hour by journals from […]

“CEO Pay Soars at Companies That Send Jobs Overseas”

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

This interesting bit of news just in via the Institute for Policy Studies: an article documenting executive (excessive) remuneration, which we’re sometimes told has to be very high because of the risks executives take. Not quite true, however: One rationale for high CEO pay is that CEOs bear tremendous risks and responsibilities for their companies, […]

I don’t know where I’m going, but don’t try to stop me….

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

The nearly week-long descent into winter, which I described in yesterday’s entry, coincided unhappily with my first-ever reading of The Inferno, wherein Dante limmed the innermost circle of suffering as a frozen wasteland. [Warning: Philistine alert!] I confess that I actively disliked this text. It could be that I expected too much and set myself […]

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