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Tid Bits….

Some tidbits as I continue to make my move from PC to Mac….

-In the midst of reading two recent books on US post-9/11 debacles, Standard Operation Procedure by Gourevitch and Morris (meant to accompany the documentary by that name, but actually quite a bit different in presentation and details) and Janet Mayer’s The Dark Side. Looking to use one or both in class this fall, and so far they exceed expectations as solid works. Thus far one conclusion and prediction: at some point after we have pulled out of Iraq and after the tone of US politics changes there are likely to be — and ought to be — criminal prosecutions against some of the top officials of the Bush Administration….

-Nice job by On the Media Folks in their “Dress to Repress” segment that integrated the popular Project Runway show…..

-The Biden choice was obviously a good one for all practical purposes, although I still think Obama would have been better served by a Wesley Clark type. But Biden has the right “personality” as a campaigner — and a pretty nice touch with those he deals with. A year ago, when he was still campaigning for president in New Hampshire, he had to cancel an appearance in my undergraduate class because of a vote on Iraq war funding. His staff person dropped me an email, which was good enough; but he followed with a phone call, leaving a very nice voice mail expressing disappointment that he was not able to make the date. The approach was personal and impressive. No wonder the media loves him!

-Poll results that are the center of much of the punditry rambling of late have been used as a substitute for real news on the campaign. One interesting question is: what is the definition of “likely voters” which seems so central to most of the results. A Explainer from 2004 provides an answer.

Back to the operating system transtiion….

August 24th, 2008 Posted by | accountabilitybloke | no comments