“Here’s the problem: If your drug cops conduct a raid that ends up putting a child in the hospital with critical burns, and they did nothing that violates your department’s policy, then there’s something wrong with your policy.”
“Most of the large broadband ISPs in the U.S. are cable-television companies that lucked into the broadband ISP market by happening to have last-mile infrastructure already in place.”
“The makers of “Skyfall,” the latest James Bond film, removed a scene involving the killing of a Chinese security guard, and a plot line in which Javier Bardem says he became a villain during his time in Chinese custody. The New York Times has been unable to receive new residency visas for journalists for more than a year, because it reported on the family wealth of Chinese leaders. Bloomberg News is facing similar retaliation for its investigations of party officials. In March, the Bloomberg L.P. chairman, Peter T. Grauer, said the company “should have rethought” the decision to range beyond business news, because it jeopardized the company’s potential market in China.”
As a standalone business, just based on the last 12 months of revenue, the iPad would be in the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500. Think about that for a second. The iPad alone is bigger than almost all Fortune 500 companies.
If the iPad is a fad, it’s the greatest fad in the history of American business.”
“As an aside, Bomani isn’t your average sports columnist. He was a dissertation away from a PhD in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill (he didn’t finish because his desire to be a sports columnist far outstripped—for legitimate reasons it turns out—his desire to be a professor of economics).”
Anyone know if this is true? I can believe it, having read and watched the guy for years.
“Elegant racism is invisible, supple, and enduring. It disguises itself in the national vocabulary, avoids epithets and didacticism. Grace is the singular marker of elegant racism. One should never underestimate the touch needed to, say, injure the voting rights of black people without ever saying their names. Elegant racism lives at the border of white shame. Elegant racism was the poll tax. Elegant racism is voter-ID laws.”
“Let’s use this tawdry incident to remind ourselves of the old saying: “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.” Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate racism at its first signs.”
And it’s so pervasive precisely because it’s not limited to the egregious monsters — the Donald Sterlings — of the world. A referee who went around talking like Sterling wouldn’t last a season in the NBA. Nor would an openly racist partner last long at a law firm. Biased decision-making is pervasive because perfectly normal people engage in it. Take one of Project Implicit’s bias tests and you’ll see that you probably do it to.
Bias appears pervasive in American life but it’s greatly diminished when white people are aware of that fact. The question for us, as a society, is how do we react to a high-profile incident like Sterling. To the extent that white America looks at this case and says “nobody I know would say anything like that!” we may only make the more profound problem worse. Real progress requires constant awareness that racial bias is both much more subtle and much more pervasive than a shocking caught-on-tape moment would lead you to believe.”
(And I’d add that it’s not just white people with this particular bias - I’ve heard variations of these sorts of things from Indians and other brown skinned folks - the power dynamics at play are different, maybe, but being aware that we all succumb to bias inadvertently makes us less likely to do so.)
“Another innovation from Hulu: An online/mobile Pizza Hut ad will be run soon which allows consumers to order a pizza from within the ad. The concept could lead to a pay-per-conversion form of advertising which would appeal to consumer product and service companies.”
“In the end, my reaction to this book was, “Oh. So GRRM is just a normal fantasy writer now. Okay.” That’s pretty much the point. His methods and plotting is no longer vanguard, different, or really, much above average for the genre. I mean, that isn’t a horrible put down. Says a lot about the quality of at least the first three books, or at least my experience of them. It’s just run of the mill fantasy, from a plot perspective, with some writing skill and ideas that rise above, at times. Just not enough times. Not nearly enough times.”
Always interesting to read a review that I completely agree with. This little bit was basically the point of my own goodreads review of this book…