Selected reading

December 8, 2008 at 11:58 pm | Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment
  • Over at ToUChstone, Philip Pearson blogs from the UN Climate Conference in Poznan on the challenge of tackling climate change whilst also ensuring workers’ rights.
  • Via the same blog, this Democratiya piece assesses the relationship between Barack Obama and trade unions, and ponders the prospects of a better deal for workers.
  • There’s quite a bit of loathing for Malcolm Gladwell’s new book. Matthew Yglesias takes a moment to come to his defence.
  • Ever heard of Gen. Eric Shinseki? He’s Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and whilst that won’t mean much to anyone other than veterans, serving armed forces personnel and people who take an interest in the US military, what might be of interest was that he also worked for George W. Bush, but had the nerve to tell the truth about Iraq troop deployments. As James Fallows explains, he was then humiliated, removed from his job, and… completely vindicated.
  • At Demos Greenhouse, there’s a wonderfully practical piece on teenage binge drinking by Julia Margo, who makes some easily-ignored but very important observations.
  • Matthew Taylor points out that when proposing reforms to the education system, you should avoid the word ‘progressive’ at all costs.
  • How biased is the BBC towards Oxbridge applicants? Not very, according to this, but then they didn’t ask the right question. If you really want to determine whether an Oxbridge elite holds sway over the corporation, what you should’ve asked was how many management level employees attended either Oxford or Cambridge. That would give you a much clearer impression.
  • Finally, I haven’t posted any music in a while. And I saw The Hold Steady last night. So this was inevitable:

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