"My son’s life was not frivolous"

(Originally published in Greater Democracy)

In today’s New York Times, Robert Pear writes: “that four television networks had turned down its request to run an advertisement opposing President Bush's effort to clamp down on medical malpractice lawsuits.” He noted that the “networks said the advertisement violated their standards for advertising on controversial issues.”

By doing so, the fourth estate is failing its duties to promote public discourse about the issues that are most important to all Americans.

Flirt Commentathon

I don't know what timezone Flirt is in, but assuming it is a U.S. Timezone, you still have a few hours to go comment on her blog. She is offering to contribute a dollar per comment for up to 500 comments to charity. A few other people have offered to join her in contributions, so please consider this an an opportunity for you to contribute to charity as well.

Blogging the French Revolution

One of the popular geeky topics over the past decade has been to compare the Internet to the printing press. The printing press brought about a massive cultural revolution affecting all aspects of life, such as government, religion, and literature.

It took a long time for this change to take effect and this month we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote, the second most published book in the world, which Janet Murray traces to the invention of the printing press and hails as the beginning of the European novel in her book Hamlet on the Holodeck.

Lake Wobegon, CTY

It is a bright and beautiful day out. The sky is clear and everyone squints against the sunlight bouncing off the newly fallen snow as they bundle their jackets up against the cold. If this were Minnesota, I would half expect to hear Garrison Keiller voicing droning on a monologue about a quirky neighbor of mine. I, of course, would never expect to be viewed as the quirky one.

But this is Connecticut, not Minnesota, yet the gathering of the neighbors fits so well with the tag line of Lake Wobegon. This morning, Miranda is taking the Plus test. The Plus test is administered every year by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. It is a ritual for us since Mairead took her first test five years ago. It is a test for those children that are ‘above average’, to use Garrison’s words.

Click exchanges

First there was Blog Explosion. Then, BlogClicker. Crystal suggested Wolfsurfer, and now there is Blogazoo. (If you found this through WolfSurfer, please leave a comment.)

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