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Links 1 through 10 of 108 by Joe Germuska tagged commentary

"ASSOCIATE JAZZ WITH THINGS YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE… Exhibit A: Kind of Blue skateboards!"

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"Facebook is sort of like a naive implementation of the afterlife: everyone you’ve ever known, all together in one place, playing scrabble."

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"The brainstorming phase, however, was incredibly short and wrought with problems which I will outline below. I only hope that the administration’s subsequent steps in the process represent dramatic improvements."

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"Last month, the same government that says it "cannot just abrogate" executives' bonus contracts used its leverage to cancel unions' wage contracts. As the Wall Street Journal reported, federal loans to G.M. and Chrysler were made contingent on those manufacturers shredding their existing labor pacts and "extract[ing] financial concessions from workers." In other words, our government asks us to believe that it possesses total authority to adjust contracts at car companies it lends to, and yet has zero power to modify contracts at financial firms it owns. This, even though the latter set of covenants might be easily abolished."

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"As a survivor of the postage-stamp era, college was my big chance to doff the roles in my family and community that I had outgrown, to reinvent myself, to get busy with the embarrassing, exciting, muddy, wonderful work of creating an adult identity. Can you really do that with your 450 closest friends watching, all tweeting to affirm ad nauseam your present self? The cultural icons of my girlhood were Mary Richards of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and Ann Marie of “That Girl,” both redoubtably trying to make it on their own.`"

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"You see, Stewart's real critique wasn't about Cramer, it was also only marginally about CNBC. Instead, Stewart's real rage comes from the role the modern media has created for itself: the role of cheerleader instead of watchdog, of favoring surface over depth, of respecting authority instead of questioning it."

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"Seated on plush leather couches on Metro's stage, the band conducted a friendly hour-long chat with former Garbage front woman Shirley Manson broadcast over syndicated radio.

"It was the sort of non-eventful event worthy of the Rolling Stones at their most bloated and corporate, and that was no surprise: The members of U2 have made no secret of their desire to dethrone the Stones as the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, and they've been just as cynical about selling their souls to corporate Satans--jumping into bed with giant national concert promoters Live Nation, dumping their lucrative deal with Apple for an even more lucrative tour sponsorship by BlackBerry and plodding through tired retreads of older sounds on their last two albums, "All That You Can't Leave Behind" (2000) and "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (2004)."

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"Nero fiddled while Rome burned, but at least he knew how to play an instrument. Folks, this is not a drill. This is the real thing. Our "booze cruise" has hit the iceberg, and i don't want it to sink. We all need to get involved and learn how to do things and make things again."

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"The other appeal of tool creating is that change brought about this way is self-sustaining and self-correcting. By self-sustaining, I mean you can use tools to make other new tools. This gives enabling tools a self-amplifying effect that can gain importance with time. I like that. I feel this is a very different way to change the world from trying to impose your will on it, because when you do that the world tends to snap back after you stop trying, or after you leave. Also, enabling change through tools is self-correcting. People who try to change the world by imposing their will on it often cause unintended harm, because the consequences of the change are hard to predict. When the beneficiaries control the change themselves, they have a lot more opportunity for feedback. Thus, change of this sort has a better chance of being good."

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"The world may never again be able to gaze at its photo with awestruck wonder. But two startlingly fresh images of our planet come to mind. The first is the virtual globe that appears when you open Google Earth. The planet as information tool, waiting to fly you anywhere you choose. The other is a haunting image from the movie “Wall-E” of a brown husk left lifeless by consumption."

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