Archive for March 9th, 2005

Don’t Get Him Started on Che and the Old Gang

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HAVANA (Reuters) – President Fidel Castro has given
Cuban women some good news on International Women’s Day: rice cookers
are coming to every household.

In a five-hour 45-minute speech to cheering women on Tuesday night, the Cuban
leader announced 100,000 pressure cookers and rice cookers would be available
each month at subsidized prices.

"Those of you who like rice cookers, raise your hands," Castro said
to applause from hundreds of women. The 78-year-old leader spent two hours talking
about the merits of pressure cookers.

This is not just a Fidel thing. Latins in general can be extrememly
long-winded. It’s part of their charm. Asians, by comparison, seem incredibly
taciturn. A Japanese lawyer in one of my classes, asked to explain
Due Process, thought a moment, then said "same-same", by which he meant
that people in the same situation must be treated in the same manner,
which is exactly correct. On the other hand, a Latin American student
with a functional vocabulary of 50 words, when asked why he is late,
can go on for two hours, easy, and without ever getting to the point.
Still, two hours talking about the merits of pressure cookers, in this
day and age, is amazing.

from Yahoo News

Out of the Blogosphere, Onto the Airwaves

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Great
news
on the local media scene. Former Berkman
fellow and blogger brain-trust stalwart Christopher
Lydon
will soon have
a regular gig on the airwaves once again. Ever since our upstairs neighborWBUR (90.9
FM) made the most spectacular gaffe in a truly horrendous recent string
of management missteps and broadcasting boners by canceling
Lydon’s "The Connection," we have anxiously been awaiting the inevitable
news that some other savvy station had snatched up the multi-talented
media personality.

Since having the pleasure of getting to know him personally through
blogging, we have regarded Chris with the sort of affectionate envy and
awe usually reserved for Big Brothers who can do everything better than
you, but don’t rub it in. On top of his mellifluous, stentorian voice,
his encyclopedic knowledge of politics and culture and his uncanny ability
to get people to relax and open up on microphone, Chris is an authentically
nice guy and understands the ongoing transformation of journalism like
few mainstream media figures ever have. We are sure his new show, "Open
Source" (scheduled to debut on UMass-Lowell station WUML-FM 91.5
this summer) will be an instant and overwhelming success. Of course,
we are
hoping Chris will make sure the broadcasts are also available as RSS-fed
podcasts, so we can listen to them anytime, not just at the scheduled
7 to 8 pm live slot (possible conflicts: blogging meetings and Red Sox games).

“Open Source” which will be marketed and distributed nationally
by Public Radio International, will be similar to ”The Connection," with
an hour long talk format featuring guests and discussions on specific
topics, Lydon said during a phone interview from the Lowell campus.
He will also draw on his experience hosting a website and webcasting
from
his Internet site christopherlydon.org.

”My vision is that we will have an open forum," said Lydon. ”There
will be a ten-day to two-week cycle of conversation, argument, and
preparation before a broadcast and . . . after a broadcast . . . a
distilled list
of links about what we were talking about."

The announcement also laid out a larger relationship between Lydon
and the UMass-Lowell. In addition to hosting ”Open Source," Lydon
will host a show in the fall to be produced and engineered by students.
He will also work with the school to design a new communications
major and contribute to the student-run station’s programming, staff
training,
and recruitment.

It is good to see Chris delving into OUR bailiwick – higher education.
If he needs any advice on how to put the fear of God into smart-ass undergraduates
or itty-bitty-balled academic administrators, we hope he calls the Dowbrigade….

from the Boston Globe

Women’s Day in a Man’s World

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Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Timothy Leary (1920 – 1996)

Oh,
woe unto the women, for they are doomed to live in a man’s world.

Mired near the tail end of a five-thousand year stretch of out-of-control
male madness and machismo, we long for the forgotten sanity of a stable
matriarchy. We have long been convinced that the banes of modern existence
– war, taxes and the fashion industry, would disappear if women were
in charge.

In fact, the future survival of the human race may depend on finding
a more functional balance between the male and female principles in organizing
our society.

So here is one male, as foolishly macho as most of his ilk, who recognizes
the innate superiority of the "weaker" sex, and prays that the patriarchial
madness ends before its too late. In the meantime, we have reserved the domain “machos4matriarchy.com”….

 

Women’s Day – Machos for Matriarchy

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Oh,
woe unto the women, for they are doomed to live in a man’s world.

Mired near the tail end of a five-thousand year stretch of out-of-control
male madness and machismo, we long for the forgotten sanity of a stable
matriarchy. We have long been convinced that the banes of modern existence
– war, taxes and the fashion industry, would disappear if women were
in charge.

In fact, the future survival of the human race may depend on finding
a more functional balance between the male and female principles in organizing
our society.

So here is one male, as foolishly macho as most of his ilk, who recognizes
the innate superiority of the "weaker" sex, and prays that the patriarchial
madness ends before its too late for all of us.