President Bush visits a primary school classroom. They are in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asks the President if he would like to lead the discussion of the word “tragedy.” So the illustrious leader asks the class for an example of a tragedy.
One little boy stands up and offers: “If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs him over and kills him, that would be a ‘tragedy’.”
“No,” says Bush, “that would be an ‘accident.’
A little girl raises her hand: “If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a ‘tragedy.’”
“I’m afraid not,” explains the President. “That’s what we would call a ‘great loss.’”
The room goes silent. No other children volunteered. Bush searches the room.”Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a ‘tragedy’?”
Finally at the back of the room a small boy raises his hand. In a quiet voice he says: “If Air Force One, carrying you, Mr. President, were struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a ‘tragedy.’”
“Fantastic!” exclaims Bush. “That’s right. And can you tell me why that would be a ‘tragedy’?”
“Well,” says the boy, “because it certainly wouldn’t be a ‘great loss’ and it probably wouldn’t be an ‘accident’ either.”
The Apple Product Cycle (tongue in cheek).
Barack Obama’s Democratic Convention Keynote Speech: Out of This Long Political Darkness a Brighter Day Will Come.
Robert Greenwald and Moveon.org have posted tape of Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron interviewing then Governor George Bush. What you see in the link below is pre on air footage showing quite a bit of bias which Cameron has complained about in his reponse to OutFoxed, Greenwald’s scathing documentary on Fox News.
This is amazing stuff. Check it out.
Design for Community looks like a most interesting book, not just for webloggers but also for anyone putting a virtual community together with any tools.
DP Review reports that Nikon has had 18 boxes of D70s Stolen at Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands. You can find the serial numbers at the above link. Help track down the cameras and certainly don’t buy them. These are low end but extremely popular digital SLRs although they’re worth well over $1000 apiece retail.
“The illiteracy level of our children are appalling.”
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004
There was a recent conference called BlogOn on all aspects of weblogging and social software. Their web site has some nice lists of tools and resources: Weblog Resources.