Archive for March, 2005
“I know that I only knew him for a day, and much of that time I was wasted and he was a little drunk, but I do remember liking it when I looked into his eyes and I liked it when he put his hand on my back when we were in the car to make sure I was doing okay. I really liked how he held my hair back when I was throwing up.” — Buffy06, LJ Poet Laureate
The RAND Corporation has released a report taking a comprehensive look at the effectiveness of US anti-drug policies. Asking, specifically, “Why do they suck so much?”
Short answer? ‘Cause we mostly apply one solution — incarceration — to a thousand different problems. But that’s not news. Here’s some stuff the RAND study points out that struck me as enlightening. (I’ve also gotta plug the Mark A. R. Kleiman book Against Excess, available in its entirety online. It was prominently cited in the RAND study, so I searched for it, and there it was.)
Sebastian Mallaby has a new column in the WaPo arguing that Wolfowitz is actually a good choice for World Bank prez because he makes it more likely that the U.S. will actually use the W.B. and its expertise effectively. I think I buy it.
WorldChanging on a new kind of pallet (you know, the things that forklifts, um, lift?) that’s made out of cardboard (!) instead of wood.
WC sez that about 40% of all hardwood harvested in the U.S. is for pallets, and two-thirds of all pallets are only used once. Yeesh.
Yet another opportunity for greater a) environmental responsibility and b) economic efficiency!
I have long thought that casting James Van der Beek as the lead in the movie Rules of Attraction was a giant missed opportunity. The lead character is supposed to be this sardonic, aloof, drugged-out playboy lusted after by almost everyone who sees him. The creators of the movie clearly cast Van der Beek in the role to subvert the loser-ish image he’d cultivated as Dawson in the television show “Dawson’s Creek.” (Dawson was on an image-remaking kick at the moment, having just come off the hit football movie Varsity Blues.) I never believed him for a second as the protagonist of RoA.
Everyone who’s seen Cruel Intentions, Igby Goes Down, or Gosford Park knows that Ryan Phillippe exists on this earth for the sole purpose of playing that role. He’s been decent to mediocre in everything else, but I just know he would have taken that role in that movie to some unimaginable height, making it much, much more than the fun, hot trifle of a film it ended up being.
Now Hollywood’s gone and delivered Giant Missed Opportunity #2.
In June 1967, the Supreme Court handed down a hugely controversial unanimous opinion in Loving v. Virginia, forcing all the states to allow interracial marriage (at the time, 16 states banned it). That December, Hollywood came out with Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
I’ve just been sitting here in my apartment going “hmmmmmmmBOOP! … hmmm… hmmm… BOOP BOOP BOOP!!!”
… It’s an ugly thing.
WorldChanging links to an Alternet interview with the awesome Michael Pollan, who talks about agriculture and high-fructose
death butter corn syrup and more.