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Mona Lisa “Speaks”

That’s a very interesting bit of technology there, and an unusual and creative application for it. It’s largely a pointless exercise, but a fascinating one nevertheless.

More Conflicts Over The Indian Caste System – Quotas To Go Up

Now there’s a sticky wicket, and it strikes closer to home to American audiences than one might think, what with affirmative action and the controversies surrounding it. As far as I’m concerned (whether you wanna call me an evil white guy for it or not – I don’t care) is that this sort of thing actually exacerbates social injustice. It doesn’t fix the root problems of discrimination and lack of effective lower-level schooling opportunities (as a good example, note that many quota-designated seats in Indian colleges go unused because an insufficient number of outcaste students meet minimum requirements), but mostly provides a chance for politicians to say they’re doing something… even though they’re not willing (or perhaps, not able) to devote sufficient work, resources and hard,unpopular decision-making to actually do what it will take to create a more equitable sociey.

Quotas and affirmative action-type programs, as far as I’m concerned, also (as pointed out in this article too) actually exacerbate resentment, tensions and hate from the demographic that’s now suffering reverse discrimination. Discrimination as a remedy for discrimination just doesn’t make sense to me. It’s like having sex to promote virginity.

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6 Responses to “In The News:”

  1. bosantibe Says:

    Sweeping reforms that look awesome but get nothing done are the way to go if you’re not sincere about that whole cultural evolution business. You’d think they’d start small with early age schools where the minds of the kids aren’t so cemented. Nothing worse than going to a bunch of college kids who claim to want innovation and revolution and then watch them kill themselves to defend their traditions.

  2. uhlrik Says:

    Exactly. There’s every sign that there’s a massive disconnect here between the needs of the people and what’s being done, largely because those in power to make the major decisions, for whatever reason, have abdicated the responsibility and instead gone for token measures that make them look good.

    Real change is usually dirty, messy, contentious, expensive, difficult and slow. Few of these things appeal to an individual seeking to win or keep an elected office who wants something to put on his campaign ads yesterday.

  3. bosantibe Says:

    It takes quite an awesome person to be a Teddy Roosevelt or a Kennedy to get good things done and menial crowd-pleasure crap that makes them look good.

  4. bosantibe Says:

    Most of them are dead, necessarily.

  5. bosantibe Says:

    Was he somehow important, though?

  6. bosantibe Says:

    I do always prefer politics from the viewpoint of seeing individual offendors rather than the semi-arbitrary schools of thought. I usually keep the closest eyes on the worst of the worst, like Sun Myung Moon or that sort of creepy violator.

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In The News:

Mona Lisa “Speaks”

That’s a very interesting bit of technology there, and an unusual and creative application for it. It’s largely a pointless exercise, but a fascinating one nevertheless.

More Conflicts Over The Indian Caste System – Quotas To Go Up

Now there’s a sticky wicket, and it strikes closer to home to American audiences than one might think, what with affirmative action and the controversies surrounding it. As far as I’m concerned (whether you wanna call me an evil white guy for it or not – I don’t care) is that this sort of thing actually exacerbates social injustice. It doesn’t fix the root problems of discrimination and lack of effective lower-level schooling opportunities (as a good example, note that many quota-designated seats in Indian colleges go unused because an insufficient number of outcaste students meet minimum requirements), but mostly provides a chance for politicians to say they’re doing something… even though they’re not willing (or perhaps, not able) to devote sufficient work, resources and hard,unpopular decision-making to actually do what it will take to create a more equitable sociey.

Quotas and affirmative action-type programs, as far as I’m concerned, also (as pointed out in this article too) actually exacerbate resentment, tensions and hate from the demographic that’s now suffering reverse discrimination. Discrimination as a remedy for discrimination just doesn’t make sense to me. It’s like having sex to promote virginity.

6 Responses to “In The News:”

  1. bosantibe Says:

    Sweeping reforms that look awesome but get nothing done are the way to go if you’re not sincere about that whole cultural evolution business. You’d think they’d start small with early age schools where the minds of the kids aren’t so cemented. Nothing worse than going to a bunch of college kids who claim to want innovation and revolution and then watch them kill themselves to defend their traditions.

  2. uhlrik Says:

    Exactly. There’s every sign that there’s a massive disconnect here between the needs of the people and what’s being done, largely because those in power to make the major decisions, for whatever reason, have abdicated the responsibility and instead gone for token measures that make them look good.

    Real change is usually dirty, messy, contentious, expensive, difficult and slow. Few of these things appeal to an individual seeking to win or keep an elected office who wants something to put on his campaign ads yesterday.

  3. uhlrik Says:

    I hope it’s not one of the living Kennedies you’re talking about…

  4. uhlrik Says:

    Except Ed, of course.

  5. uhlrik Says:

    Edward Kennedy, also known as Ed or Ted, is currently US senator from Massachusetts, and has been since roughly the paleolithic era (okay, since 1962 if anybody’s counting. He is one of the two or three best-known and most prominent Democratic senators.

    Oh, and I can’t stand the guy.

    I stumbled over his compound in Hyannisport accidentally one time during a press conference, actually.

  6. uhlrik Says:

    *nods* I do appreciate that Ted Kennedy’s willing to collaborate and work with people from a variety of different political viewpoints, but his personal politics are definitely very much opposed to my own, and he’s kind-of the stereotypical old-school Washington-based career politician.

    But yes, taking a look at individuals is much more helpful than sweeping generalizations of big groups.

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