Teachers in the U.S. went from making 7.3% less than other college graduates in 1979, to making 21.4% less today. What used to make that trade-off work was good benefits, job security, and widespread respect for the profession. The first two of these are definitely under assault, and arguably the last as well.
I'm pleased to see this sign at a local park has been changed. Our family always ignored it. And in any case, the "residents only" restriction was always unenforceable under state law, due to a (wise and equitable!) state supreme court decision that held that all public parks are held in trust for the use and benefit of the whole public, and cannot be restricted to residents of the municipality.
"If two men in a world of more than 7 billion people can provide €300million to restore Notre Dame, within six hours, then there is enough money in the world to feed every mouth, shelter every family and educate every child. The failure to do so is a matter of will, and a matter of system."
@chronicallymoe Jesus Christ Himself: want to know the odds of getting into heaven if you're rich? Imagine this literally impossible thing.
Americans: Ah but secretly this refers to this totally doable thing
Jesus: Literally sell all your stuff and give the proceeds directly to the poor.
Americans: actually that just means you should donate to your local televangelist.
Jesus: here's a story about a rich man who is in hell for being a bastard.
Americans: No U.
A productivity boost for my exegetical work in vim: This makes '\g' open a web browser window with an analysis of the Greek word under the cursor...
:noremap <Leader>g "zye:exe "silent !xdg-open http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/morph?l=" . @z . "\\&la=greek"<CR>
When I think about art, I think about my friend the cello teacher. She said something like, "In a way, I want musical instruction to go back to its original purpose. That is, we learn to play music because if we don't, there is no music." We should view art the same way. We make art so that there is art in the world. We should never say, "but it's been done." or, "I can just buy any of the mass produced art" We should think, "If I don't make this, there won't be anything."