Let There Be Darkness

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The future of tech is already here — and nobody cares

Sears revealed Friday that it had a brutal holiday quarter, and announced plans to cut costs by as much as $1 billion in 2017.

Left Behind
Clusterfuck Nation

I have said this before to the scorn and derision of my auditors: it should be the primary mission of schooling to teach kids how to speak English grammatically and intelligibly. Without that capability, they may not be able to learn much of anything else. That this is not regarded as important anymore is a spectacular disgrace….

The failures of education are especially vivid among the children of the so-called inner city — polite code for black. The school troubles of this group may be attributed to an array of other problems, starting with a social services system that pays teenage girls to have babies without a father present in the house, and the inept parenting that follows in chaotic homes. You could argue that children produced in those conditions are so damaged by the time they get to first grade that they can’t recover.

The Leadership and Decency Gap at UC-Berkeley
Free speech must be available to all.
By SEAN KENNEDY • February 3, 2017

The Big Forces of History
Can the era of America’s global dominance be sustained?
By CHRISTOPHER LAYNE

Insisting on the imperative of “American leadership” (meaning, of course, primacy), the American foreign-policy establishment asserted that both the nation’s prosperity and international peace required active engagement abroad to spread America’s “universal” liberal values of democracy, human rights, and economic openness. (Has anyone in the foreign-policy establishment ever wondered why it is that, if our values are universal, the U.S. has to fight so many wars to get other people to accept them?)

Pushing Russia to Break with Iran Is Unlikely to Succeed
By DANIEL LARISON • February 6, 2017, 10:02 AM

Moscow Sees Its Coldest Christmas in 120 Years
Australia and South America also had cold-weather records. Why is nobody talking about it?
By JON BASIL UTLEY • February 10, 2017

 

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