Video of the day

This really is a pretty awesome Stephen Colbert segment:

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Photo of the day

Another great shot from this past week’s Telegraph animal photo gallery:

You wait all day for a red-headed woodpecker and a two-headed one comes at once! Photographer Marina Scarr took this photograph after a three-hour stake out in Florida. The rare and notoriously unpredictable birds go on lengthy hunting trips for their young and as soon as the mother  returns, the father goes out to forage for some more food
You wait all day for a red-headed woodpecker and a two-headed one comes at once! Photographer Marina Scarr took this photograph after a three-hour stake out in Florida. The rare and notoriously unpredictable birds go on lengthy hunting trips for their young and as soon as the mother returns, the father goes out to forage for some more foodPicture: MARINA SCARR / CATERS NEWS

Who is education for?

Came across this great John Green quote on FB and loved it:

School doesn’t exist for your benefit or the benefit of your parents; schools exist for the benefit of me. The reason why I pay taxes for schools even though I don’t have a kid in school is that I am better off in a well-educated world. Public education isn’t a charity project; I pay for your schools because I want you to grow up and make my life better. I want you to make me beautiful books that will bring me pleasure and consolation; I want you to make me cooler cars for me to drive in, drugs so I can live a longer, healthier life. I’m paying for your education in the hopes that you invent a microwave pizza with actually crispy crust and that you’ll spread the availability of the internet so I can get more youtube views in Zambia. Your education isn’t just about you; your nation is making an investment in you because they believe that you are worth it.

And totally coincidentally I just picked up a John Green book at the library today (highly recommended to me by my co-author Laurel).  

Mega Quick hits

Some good reading for your weekend.

1) Don’t miss this one.  Compelling journalism and great visuals of why the seemingly safe Great Falls section of the Potomac River is actually amazing deadly.

2) Pay teenagers not to have sex?  Works in Malawi.

3) Breastfeeding for a year– good for your kids.  Perhaps that’s why my two youngest are (as evidenced at their age) clearly the most cognitively advanced.  Small N in the Greene family, though.

4) How AMC is thriving with its original dramas by breaking the rules of traditional networks.  A must read for the fans of high quality TV (most of you, I hope).

5) The more hype-resistant higher education leaders are trying to throw a damper on the crazy MOOC hype.

6) Fascinating look at the conflicting rights involved in naming your baby Messiah.  Most interesting to me?  It was actually right between “Scott” and “Jay” in national popularity.

7) Did you hear about the link between induced labor and autism?  This blog post puts it in proper perspective.

8) Charter schools are supposed to actually be open to pretty much all comers.  Here’s an NC private school that decided to turn itself Charter and basically just have the government pay the tuition.  So wrong.

9) Nice post by my colleague Mike Cobb on how voter do and don’t respond to misinformation.  Or, as the title says, “Voters punish politicians for misinformation that portrays them in a favourable light, but not for inaccurate information that attacks their opponents.”

10) Loved this wonkblog post on what Breaking Bad gets right and wrong about the Meth business.

11) Emily Bazelon (i.e., you should read it) on free speech and your rights to show gruesome abortion photos.  Interesting stuff.

12) An NC-based scientist helped discover the first new mammal– the olinguito— in the western hemisphere in 35 years.  And it’s kinda cute.

Alright, that’s enough.  Read up.

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