Sábado, 30 de Março, 2013


John Mellencamp, Cherry Bomb

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… quase arbitrárias, excepção feita à Mafalda, à Janela e ao Deckard… que são permanências.

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Diário de Notícias, suplemento QI, 30 de Março de 2013

… mesmo onde menos (?) se esperaria. E até se conseguem achar os melhores para o efeito…

De uma muito interessante entrevista de Mário de Carvalho na revista do Expresso de ontem retiro um pequeno excerto que acho delicioso sobre uma forma de avaliação do desempenho (político) que ainda permanece:

É verdade que foste controleiro do Saramago? A palavra faz-me impressão.

Sim. E de muitos outros. Era o controleiro da célula de escritores. A palavra faz impressão agora. Era o chamado controlo de execução de tarefas, não tem essa conotação tão negativa. Sempre me dei bem com o Saramago.

Cheating Our Children

So, about that fiscal crisis — the one that would, any day now, turn us into Greece. Greece, I tell you: Never mind.

Over the past few weeks, there has been a remarkable change of position among the deficit scolds who have dominated economic policy debate for more than three years. It’s as if someone sent out a memo saying that the Chicken Little act, with its repeated warnings of a U.S. debt crisis that keeps not happening, has outlived its usefulness. Suddenly, the argument has changed: It’s not about the crisis next month; it’s about the long run, about not cheating our children. The deficit, we’re told, is really a moral issue.

There’s just one problem: The new argument is as bad as the old one. Yes, we are cheating our children, but the deficit has nothing to do with it.

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A Simple Way to Send Poor Kids to Top Colleges

THE packages arrived by mail in October of the students’ senior year of high school. They consisted of brightly colored accordion folders containing about 75 sheets of paper. The sheets were filed with information about colleges: their admissions standards, graduation rates and financial aid policies.

The students receiving the packages were mostly high-achieving, low-income students, and they were part of a randomized experiment. The researchers sending the packets were trying to determine whether most poor students did not attend selective colleges because they did not want to, or because they did not understand that they could.

The results are now in, and they suggest that basic information can substantially increase the number of low-income students who apply to, attend and graduate from top colleges.

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Mas não fui eu…

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