Award to Cole
Hunter College has announced that Juan Cole will receive a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for his blog, Informed Comment. This is the first time that the Aronson Awards have included one for blogging. Cole says that Hunter is "functioning as a bellweather" for this step, but I would say that it's Informed Comment that is the bellweather, and Hunter is unusually perspicacious in recognizing that.
Cole fully deserves the award for covering the Iraq war in ways that the MSM hasn't. Congratulations, Dr. Cole!
Earthquakes in Iran
My fellow blogger PLS pointed out some time ago that Iran is spending its money on developing nuclear power rather than on protecting its people against earthquakes. At least sixty-six died today in earthquakes in Iran.
The Trouble with Boys
Colleges are becoming majority female. Where have the boys gone?
There was something about this article that gave me a thought: Historically, boys have had the easier time in school. They've been called on while girls are ignored and have gotten the benefit of the doubt when it came to grades. A gentleman's C has been acceptable to businesses as long as the young man showed other attributes.
Then something changed. Like those old Avis ads, girls were told that they had to work harder. And they did. But not much changed in the way boys were brought up. Not much changed for adult men, who mostly didn't have to contribute to the housework. They served as role models to their sons, who saw that Mom works hard and Dad flicks the remote.
Maybe it's time to complete the sexual revolution.