this year california will spend $3.3 billion on its state university system and $9.9 billion on its prison system. l.a. times via the week, 10/19/07
Category: human nature
From the 3/14/08 issue of the Week: “A Chinese man is being hailed as a hero for diving into a pond to save a drowning 7-year old boy — 20 years after he jumped into the same pond to save the boy’s father. Wang Weiqing, 58, sprang into action when he saw the child struggling in the water as he walked past. Only when the boy’s grandfather arrived did the two men recall their previous encounter two decades earlier.”
Like father like son? Dad never taught the kid how to swim, or to stay out of the same freaking pond that almost killed him 20 years ago?!
definition of stupidity
Elliot Spitzer. ’nuff said.
everything new is old
I was looking through a Pottery Barn catalog recently and came across this description for an antiqued something or other: “hand distressing for lots of character.” Am I the only one that thinks there’s something wrong with having factory workers “hand distress” brand new furniture so that people can buy something that looks old?
truth and politics don’t mix