Department of Analytical Tools
I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read about....it entailed a study of a machine tool company that implemented work place democracy (in a limited way) during the 1960s, as part of a program to introduce computer numerical controlled machinery. Ring any bells? Read more about Work place democracy study?
Interesting idea (and Herbert Simon is an interesting man):
Herbert Simon was a remarkably fertile thinker in the social and "artificial" sciences (The Sciences of the Artificial - 3rd Edition (1969, first edition)). His most celebrated idea was the notion of "satisficing" rather than "optimizing" or "maximizing" in decision-making; he put forward a theory of ordinary decision-making that conformed more closely to the ways that actual people reason rather than the heroic abstractions of expected utility theory.
[Live updates continue at the bottom. Nothing from Mub yet, but a statement from the E speaker of the parliament is expected shortly, according to AJ and Guardian live blogs. More: Mub orders govt to step down, will name new govt tomorrow. Alrighty, then. --lambert] Read more about Live from Cairo
Mike Kimel has been doing great work analyzing real-world data on the effect of U.S. income tax rates on economic growth and investment. This pretty much summarizes his findings so far:
Put another way – conservatives and libertarians have a very, very flawed theory of the world. At the very least it does not conform at all with historical US data. At all. Which of course has serious consequences; because that theory is somewhat dominant in the political sphere, and has been since the late 60s. The end result – slower economic growth for all of us since the late 60s. That has real consequences for real people – 310 million of us. That should have repercussions for the consciences of economists who peddle this garbage, though apparently it doesn’t.
Eric Berne, M.D., decades ago wrote the very popular “I’m Okay, You’re Okay” self-help book based on his theory of “transactional analysis”. Berne maintained that people related to each other from three ego states, the child, adult and parent. He held that when these cross transactions at times reached dysfunctional levels, people would often resort to manipulative passive aggressive game-playing to achieve social power advantage. Read more about Obama & A Few of the “Games People Play” from Eric Berne
Four UCSF scientists sent a memo to the President's science advisor last April, explaining why the administration should do further testing before deploying the whole-body scanners.
The executive summary: Read more about Opting out of the full-body scan could save your life
2010 Midterms Analysis: House Generic, Senate RV/ LV Polls, Exit Polls vs. Recorded Vote
Richard Charnin (TruthIsAll)
Nov. 16, 2010
The 2010 midterms are history. The typical reaction of the pundits is to promote the conventional wisdom that it was a GOP blowout of epic proportions - even bigger than 1994. Yes, the party in power nearly always loses seats in the midterms. The unconventional wisdom is that the Democrats do significantly better than the recorded vote indicates in every election. There is no reason to suspect that 2010 was any different. Read more about 2010 Midterms: Footprints of Election Fraud
I just finished reading through an excellent book discussion on FireDogLake that directly and explicitly addressed the questions of how to organize an alternative political movement to overcome the Democratic-Republican duopoly that currently dominates our political economy: FDL Book Salon Welcomes Roger D. Hodge, The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism. Read more about FDL discusses The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism
We'll be discussing the election results from November 2nd, Keith Olbermann's suspension from MSNBC, ongoing Democrat capitulation to right-wing extremism, and the future of left-wing politics in America as it slides ever deeper into the realm of fascism.
I expect that the headlines on today's job report will be that the economy added 151,000 jobs in October. They may also go on to say that job losses in August were revised down from 57,000 to 1,000 and in September from 95,000 to 41,000. If these numbers had come out before the election, they might have affected a few close races.
The 3 major areas of increase were in part time jobs (35,000), a good sign if the economy is recovering, a bad sign if it isn't; healthcare (24,000), an unsustainable sector; and retail (28,000), not a good sign quality-wise, possibly a good sign in terms of the economy.
All of these numbers are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Establishment survey. Read more about BLS Jobs Report, October 2010: Conflicting Pictures
(The title is inspired by Historiann's excellent post. Also a note: unlike most of the things I blog about, teaching is what I've done professionally for decades. I taught in universities, not schools, but the two aren't totally unrelated.) Part I, Part II
If you need a metaphor for education it's not work or play or a factory or a ladder. It's a journey. People join at different points, and leave at any point. No power on earth can keep them on it if their minds don't want to go. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's mind-altering, sometimes it's a real slog, and sometimes the fleas force a change of plan. The same people are guides or need guides for different things at different times. Sometimes the travellers learn things on the road that are useful in the next village. Sometimes they climb mountains and see the whole world spread out before them.
Certification -- whether it's a cosmetology degree, a B.A,. or an M.D. -- is the commuter traffic of that journey. The roads used, however, still have to be in good condition. Better, if anything, to withstand all that traffic. The necessary aspects of education still have to be done right, even if all anyone wants is a piece of paper for the wall. Where that's most important is at the foundation: in schools. Read more about The War on <strike>Teachers</strike> Ignorance III: What Could Work