Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Diane Robert is a Seminole fan, and she admits it contradicts her feminism, but she loves football anyway.
See the rest or listen to her read her essay here.
I know. I know. The game reinforces the most retrograde gender roles. The men are front and center hitting each other. The women stay on the sidelines encouraging the men to hit each other.
Look at the clothes for god sake. The cheerleaders wear short skirts and eyeliner. The players wear tight britches and huge shoulder pads. The game is a feast of hyper masculinity with a side order of phallic metaphor: penetration, scoring. It's stylized warfare, fighting over 100 yards worth of symbolic turf. The object being to march deeper and deeper into enemy territory.
The very language of the game is combative: the bomb, the shotgun, the sack. The only time the game gets in touch with its feminine side is when, say, you're on your own, 25, down by six with seven seconds to go in the fourth, then you throw the Hail Mary. As usual, the men get themselves into trouble and expect a women to bail them out.
One nation, under illusion
By Neal Gabler | October 13, 2009
THE HOARIEST and most oft-repeated cliche in American politics may be that America is the greatest country in the world. Every politician, Democrat and Republican, seems duty bound to pander to this idea of American exceptionalism, and woe unto him who hints otherwise. This country is “the last, best hope of mankind,’’ or the “shining city on the hill,’’ or the “great social experiment.’’ As if this weren’t enough, Jimmy Carter upped the fawning ante 30 years ago by uttering arguably the most damning words in modern American politics. He called for a “government as good as the American people,’’ thus taking national greatness and investing it in each and every one of us.
(Rest of the article) [The article was published in the International Herald Tribune of 14 Oct. 2009, but was not put online for some reason.]
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
See "On The Money" by Laura Barton in The Guardian (31 October 2008)
Monday, July 27, 2009
PCCW (our telephone company) has told me they cannot tell me what it costs to call Korea because "it depends." I can't tell if they want to know my phone number or the number I'm trying to call in Korea, but either way, it is surprising that there is not a simple answer to my request. Here is my message to them:I am amazed that you do not seem to have any information online on what the cost per minute is for calling on 0060. I'm trying to find the cost to call Korea, and get to the following "dead end". Perhaps I've missed the webpage, but I've been looking for it for 5 minutes unsuccessfully. Please let me know where the page of charges is, and I hope you can make it easier to find.And here is their reply:
http://www.pccw.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=PCCW/PCCWHK/ProductsServices/ProductContent&cid=1007415912878§ionid=4&pagelang=engI especially like the extra ">" at the start of the message, suggesting they are not much better than I am at using email. The part I've highlighted in red means that they are charging different customers different prices, and so they need to check "who I am" to see how much I have to pay. No wonder there is no webpage providing the information (though with bit of programming, they could do that, but it would make their practice of charging different prices for different customers more obvious.) Since we do not have different long distance "packages" like in the US, I have to wonder how they decide how much to charge me. Dealing with monopolies is like tilting at windmills.Dear Mr. Bosco,
Thank you for emailing PCCW.
>From your message, we understand that you would like to obtain the calling rates from Hong Kong to Korea for our IDD 0060 service.
As there are many ongoing IDD 0060 promotions offering to different customers from time to time. Therefore, in order to retrieve the most accurate calling rate information for our customer, please be invited to contact directly our 24 hours IDD Customer Service hotline at 10013, whereby our representatives will be most happy to provide your requested information after checking with your account record.
Alternatively, you may provide us with the following information in coming email, so that we may further check with our record and reply you shortly:
- Concerned Telephone Number
- Account Registered Full Name
Should you have any further enquiries, please feel free to e-mail us again.
Customer Service Executive
PCCW Email Team
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I can just hear the reply: "But there is still a chance!"