Education rally presents bad optics
Various school-employee labor unions and other members of the public-education community will converge on the state Capitol Monday for an “education funding rally.”
This is a bad idea.
Americans’ mental acuity now up for debate
How’s this for a provocative title: “Mindless: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans.” This is a book by Simon Head, published last February and reviewed by Robert Skidelsky in the latest issue of New York Review of Books. I haven’t read the book yet, but the title alone is a surefire conversation prompt. For starters, let’s all agree we’re surrounded by smart machines that have computational, analytical, storage and retrieval capabilities we couldn’t imagine 10 years ago. Not that long ago, researchers and correspondents were tethered to their volumes. Libraries were a routine and necessary destination and telephone or telegraph lines were indispensable tools for communicating information long distance.
Crisis in Ukraine bears watching
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia signed a treaty that delineated its borders with former soviet states and defined the terms of their future relationship with Russia
Even in separation, Gwyneth Paltrow makes women feel bad about themselves
New-agey as it all sounds, Gwyneth Paltrow's sun-dappled breakup announcement is just the same tired keeping up appearances that wives and mothers have long been expected to do.
Flight 370 tragedy: Why do we still hide the answers in the ‘black box’?
For families of the souls on board, the news on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 must be especially excruciating
Pelco expands internationally
The late management theorist Peter Drucker used to tell those who attended the lectures and seminars he hosted that every time they see a successful business, they should stop and realize the parties who were the founders. They made a courageous decision when they started it.
A similar observation could be made about when an existing business decides to enter a new market. Such a decision was recently made by Pelco Products Industries of Edmond that is now attempting to sell its products in 15 different foreign markets.
What would a Republican president do about Ukraine?
Here’s what the United States has done so far in an attempt to deter further Russian incursions into Ukraine: Applied two rounds of economic sanctions and asked Congress to approve $1 billion in loan guarantees for Kiev.
Here’s what President Obama says he won’t do:
“We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine,” he told a television station in San Diego last week.
San Jose Mercury News: U.S. must insist on Internet remaining free and open
As we note the 25th anniversary of the birth of Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web, the integrity of the Internet is threatened as never before. China and Russia are launching cyberattacks at unprecedented levels, and the NSA’s hacking and spying are destroying trust in technology.
In that context, the Obama administration has announced it will give up U.S. control of the Internet to an international governing body. This has been in the works for more than a decade — but the president needs to be certain that the transition to a nonprofit will maintain a free and open system. That is not at all clear today.
Are Oklahoma lawmakers really this gullible?
Several days ago the state Senate approved Senate Bill 1651 in another attempt to use taxpayer funds to complete the construction of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. The bill, if approved by the House and governor, would spend another $40 million of taxpayer dollars on the project.
The madness of college admissions
A booklet, as glossy as a fashion magazine, slipped out of the envelope and fell on the floor. Its title: "The Best and the Brightest. How America's Top Students Choose Their Ideal College."
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