Working-class academics learn to dress differently, to speak differently, to develop different interests and tastes—ones that conform to expectations and signal that we belong. […] I learned to change some of my habits and to react silently and invisibly when faced with a gap in my knowledge. I learned, in short, to perform my role.
Jacqui Shine, Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at the University of California, Berkeley.
La relación de las maras y el narcotráfico existe, pero no hay que sobredimensionar sus nexos. La idea del papel creciente de las clicas y sus líderes en la economía criminal de las drogas termina siendo una cortina de humo para ocultar el rostro de organizaciones mayores, la complicidad de funcionarios y el lavado de dinero
Juan Carlos Garzón, politólogo colombiano. Actualmente Global Fellow del Woodrow Wilson Center
"The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that blend affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon also demonstrates how energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies and design save money and energy while protecting local communities and boosting economic growth."
For those who care about how students learn or learn not.
When I remember the beleaguered state of Afghanistan in 2001, I marvel at the changes the American intervention has fostered: the rebuilding, the modernity, the bright graduates in every office. Yet after 13 years, more than a trillion dollars spent, 120,000 foreign troops deployed at the height of the war and tens of thousands of lives lost, Afghanistan’s predicament has not changed: It remains a weak state, prey to the ambitions of its neighbors and extremist Islamists. This is perhaps an unpopular opinion, but to pull out now is, undeniably, to leave with the job only half-done.
- Carlota Gall, ‘What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden’, New York Times, March 19 2014
A version of this article appears in print on March 23, 2014, on page MM30 of the Sunday Magazine
The delightfully quirky aspect of the success of the randomista movement is that it remains entirely faith-based. People with the ideas, passion, and capability set about the make the world a better place in ways that are empirically plausible and emotionally appealing to them.
"Development is nearly always a faith-based activity. People with the ideas, passion, and capability set about the make the world a better place in ways that are empirically plausible and are emotionally or otherwise appealing to them, and then these people use persuasion, often embedded in narratives, to attract resources and converts to their causes. "
- Lant Pritchett
"The Shard encapsulates the new hierarchy of the city. On the top floors, “ultra high net worth individuals” entertain escorts in luxury apartments. By day, on floors below, investment bankers trade incomprehensible derivatives.
Come nightfall, the elevators are full of African cleaners, paid next to nothing and treated as nonexistent. The acres of glass windows are scrubbed by Polish laborers, who sleep four to a room in bedsit slums. And near the Shard are the immigrants from Lithuania and Romania, who broke their backs on construction sites, but are now destitute and whiling away their hours along the banks of the Thames.
The Shard is London, a symbol of a city where oligarchs are celebrated and migrants are exploited but that pretends to be a multicultural utopia.”
- Ben Judah
Picture reblogged from picsoftheshard:
From St Thomas Street with a bird
El director de la Dian, Juan Ricardo Ortega, aseguró que es necesario revisar el esquema especial del impuesto de renta, para evitar la evasión de fundaciones.