Some Things That Caught My Attention
A couple of years ago, Jacob Weisberg and Jack Shafer had a celebrated "bake-off," a trial period in which they competed for the top job at Slate.com, replacing founding editor Mike Kinsley. Weisberg won and became editor, but Shafer stayed on to write his brilliant media criticism, about which I've often enthused here. But Jacob keeps demonstrating that while he now spends most of his time commissioning and editing the work of others, he's still a brilliant writer. This piece wonderfully ties together three seemingly disparate scandals, and forcefully (and tightly) argues how similar they are. And it's even fun to read. Imagine, good writing that doesn't make you feel like it's homework to read
I Hate To Agree With Peggy Noonan, But...This piece she wrote in the Wall Street Journal on the demonstrations by illegal immigrants said it well. Especially this passage: "While the marchers seemed to be good people, and were very likable, the march itself, I think, violated the old immigrant politesse--the general understanding that you're not supposed to get here and immediately start making demands. It would never have occurred to my grandparents to demand respect. They thought they had to earn it. It would never have occurred to them to air mass grievances, assert rights, issue a list of legislative demands. Especially if they were here unlawfully."
Finally, The Economist Says Women are Behind Much of Globe's Growth. This Guide to Womenomics finds that "arguably, women are now the most powerful engine of global growth." In the last decade, the author argues, the increased employment of women in the developed world has contributed more to global growth than all of China has. But then, those who are married to female dynamos, as I am, can't be too surprised by any of this.