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November 11, 2010
Race to Nowhere
(trailer) is a documentary film by first-time director Vicki Abeles that discusses her perception that the US education system has become "obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform. Cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired." [more inside]
posted by Phire at 11:14 PM PST - 18 comments
A charity auction whose grand prize was a business lunch with Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch
has been won by David Brock
. Brock is the CEO of Media Matters,
a group consistently critical of Murdoch
Auction site Charity Buzz described the auction as a "once in a lifetime chance" to sit with Murdoch "face to face over a friendly lunch and get his feedback firsthand on your proposed business ideas."
It said it was valid for a total of six people and would be held in New York at a "mutually convenient" time with Murdoch covering the cost of lunch.
"Winner will be subject to security screening and background check," it stipulated.
Media Matters founder and chief executive David Brock expects the lunch to go ahead.
"I look forward to this opportunity to have a friendly lunch with Rupert Murdoch, along with five of my invited guests," Brock said in a statement.
"I will soon contact Mr. Murdoch's office to determine a mutually convenient time and place in New York," he added.
posted by Jon_Evil at 10:46 PM PST - 33 comments
('Canada’s only national weekly current affairs magazine') publishes an annual edition ranking Canadian universities. In this year’s issue, with strong showings of Asian student populations at the top schools, an article asks, whether Canadian universities are “Too Asian”? [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 4:14 PM PST - 80 comments
"A pious, peaceful man, York
had fought his country's enemy only after great deliberation and had to be convinced that war was sometimes necessary."1
On this day let us remember Sergeant York
Celluloid Soldiers: The Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism By Michael E. Birdwell.
posted by unliteral at 3:13 PM PST - 14 comments
Slaves of the moment
: "The Mexican Agustín Víctor Casasola
, with the intermittent help of his brother Miguel, began to set up around 1900 one of the most important photographic archives
for the history
of a country. However, the international recognition of these almost 500,000 photos
has not matched its importance. Born in 1874 and raised in the years of the Porfirio Díaz government, Agustín Casasola was a direct witness
to all the adversities that led to modern Mexico, and breathed as nobody else the air of a country and a city that developed during the first third of the 20th century at a runaway pace."
posted by puny human at 1:36 PM PST - 8 comments
A comic strip has caused a political uproar by making a bold, controversial statement on Veteran's Day, considered by some to be an insult to our nation's fighting men and women. The strip that has spit on the work of our country's bravest veterans is, as you would expect, that anti-American bastion of subversive vitriolic societal commentary, Garfield
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 12:00 PM PST - 146 comments
He's Now in the Great Screening Room in the Sky
Dino de Laurentiis has passed on, aged 91.
Over 150 films produced
. He gave this young guy
a second chance
after this bomb
. One of his movies had the best Haniball Lektor/Lector ever
. He worked with Fellini, Pacinio, Redford, Schwarzenegger, Bridges, (Jeff), Raimi, and Fonda, (Jane). Goodnight, sweet prince of cinema.
posted by jettloe at 10:07 AM PST - 53 comments