“The Times of November 1857 contains an utterly delightful cry of outrage on the part of a West-Indian plantation owner. This advocate analyses with great moral indignation – as a plea for the re-introduction of Negro slavery – how the Quashees (free blacks of Jamaica) content themselves with producing only what is strictly necessary for their own consumption, and, alongside this use-value regard loafing (indulgence and idleness) as a real luxury good; how they do not care a damn for the sugar and the fixed capital invested in the plantations but rather observe the planter’s impending bankruptcy with an ironic grin of malicious pleasure.”—Karl Marx, Grundrisse (via fourwindsshotgun)
The breakout hit at Wal-Mart on “Black Friday” wasn’t a mega TV, sleek tablet or the latest giggling Elmo. It was towels. It’s a sign of…
“The popularity of the bathroom commodity during a day usually associated with big-ticket gadget purchases and trendy toys reflects the country’s low levels of consumer credit card borrowing and stagnant wage growth over the past few years, he said. Consumer credit card debt is down 17 percent from its July 2008 pre-recession high. And wages, on an inflation-adjusted basis, peaked in 1973.”
Yes, America: land of wealth, prosperity and opportunity.
Speed doesn’t matter, and there’s no such thing as a “math person.” How the Common Core’s approach to the discipline could correct these misperceptions.
“The fact of being quick or slow isn’t really relevant.” It is fortunate for [Laurent] Schwartz, and all of us, that he did not grow up in the speed- and test-driven classrooms of the last decade that have successfully dissuaded any child that thinks deeply or slowly from pursuing mathematics or even thinking of themselves as capable. “
“A man who assisted in autopsies in a big urban hospital, starting in the mid-1950s, describes the many deaths from botched abortions that he saw. “The deaths stopped overnight in 1973.” He never saw another in the 18 years before he retired. “That,” he says, “ought to tell people something about keeping abortion legal.”—“The Way It Was” — Mother Jones Magazine — Abortion before Roe v. Wade. (via edcunningham)
When C. S. Lewis collapsed in his Oxford bedroom, the presidential motorcade was leaving Love Field. When Aldous Huxley requested a final shot of LSD, a TV set in the next room had just blared the news that the president had been shot. And then the coincidence of two of modernity’s keenest…