Coup d’oeil: told you so edition

Pakistani politics are it! Musharraf declares a state of emergency, and its politics still remain what to watch. One colleague who just returned from a research trip writes:

It will be bad for religious minorities not so much because of the suspension of basic rights, but because a continuation of ever-more-narrow martial rule will exacerbate the government’s ability to take action against militants in a way that garners broad-based societal support.

For people who study Pakistan, this very much fits a many-times-repeated cycle of military interference in the affairs of state; but for those people who actually live there and see things from a less analytic, more human perspective, it’s just terribly, terribly frustrating.

Our speech is going to hell in a handbasket! These mistakes (Lifehacker) absolutely shock me. There are people going around saying “supposably?”

Technology makes life more complicated! I’m so glad daylight savings time is finally passed. Goodness gracious it was frustrating to have to think one hour ahead all week as my blackberry refused but refused to listen to Congress’s law delaying the set back until November 4.

You should give vouchers a chance:

[t]he guy who does usability for Treo … talked about design philosophy [and] showed slides of a project he does where he goes into various institutions, divides people into groups, gives them spaghetti and some tape, and asks them to build the tallest self-supporting structure they can. The worst-performing group, you’ll be unsurprised to hear, was MBA students; they spend all their time arguing about who will be boss. Engineers do okay. But the best performing group? Kindergarten students.

The students don’t plan anything. They just try stuff, and if it doesn’t work, they try something else. The presenter’s argument was that if you want to do something quickly, and well, you need to have a lot of failure. Failure is the quickest way to learn.

But the way public schools are set up, they can’t really fail–and so they don’t succeed at the hardest task we’ve given them.

Read on from Megan McArdle at the Atlantic. Related on lefty libertarianism: The Poor Are Not Children, Except for the Ones Who Are Actual Children.

Stephen Colbert is the funniest man alive! I know I already blogged this, but did you read? Did you? Because I nearly spit up my tea laughing:

I’d like to thank Maureen Dowd for permitting/begging me to write her column today. As I type this, she’s watching from an overstuffed divan, petting her prize Abyssinian and sipping a Dirty Cosmotinijito. Which reminds me: Before I get started, I have to take care of one other bit of business:

Bad things are happening in countries you shouldn’t have to think about. It’s all George Bush’s fault, the vice president is Satan, and God is gay.

There. Now I’ve written Frank Rich’s column too.

Read the rest of I am an Op-Ed Columnist (And So Can You!). Re-post courtesy of seeing it again on Evangelical Outpost.

Being mean, homophobic, and non-sensical doesn’t make you a Christian, but it can sure make you liable! Anti-Gay Funeral Picketers Ordered to Pay $10.9 Million in Damages. Everytime you hear about anti-gay military funeral picketing (in this case, the Iraqi war veteran being picketed wasn’t even gay), it is bound to be Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist “church.” I am making light of this, but really it makes me feel ill when people do things like this in the name of Christ.

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