Nota Bene #54

nboctoberLink of the Week (as opposed to the Weakest Link)

Shashank Bengali, McClatchy News, Israel’s destruction of U.S.-style school shocks Gazans:

“It seems that targeting our school . . . was one of the very few things that fanatic groups and Israel could agree on,” said Sharhabeel al Zaeem, a member of the school’s board of directors. … Yet of the 25 schools and hospitals that Israeli forces hit during the 22-day war, according to a tally by Palestinian officials, only the American International School was destroyed.

Why did they do it? No one to stop them.

Paul Woodward at War in Context:

Meanwhile, Tzipi Livni claims that the carnage in Gaza has advanced the peace process. This is an Orwellian, obscene, and outrageous insult to common sense. It displays a sociopathic view of human suffering.

Claire McCaskill, who introduced a bill calling for a cap on compensation for employees of bailout recipients, interviewed by Sam Stein, Huffington Post, interviewing:

This culture, this idea, that these guys are entitled not just to their jobs but to excessive compensation, even when their companies were in moments of extinction because of the decisions they had made, just seemed unreal to me.

Daniel Bergner, New York Times, What Do Women Want?:

“Really,” she said, “women’s desire is not relational, it’s narcissistic” — it is dominated by the yearnings of “self-love,” by the wish to be the object of erotic admiration and sexual need. Still on the subject of narcissism, she talked about research indicating that, in comparison with men, women’s erotic fantasies center less on giving pleasure and more on getting it. “When it comes to desire,” she added, “women may be far less relational than men.”

Chew on that cigar.

Kai Ma, AlterNet, Is a GED More Valuable Than a PhD?:

But by all indications, recent university hiring freezes and evaporating grant money have reduced the world’s most elite degree to junk-bond status.

Philip Bethge, Spiegel Online, The Disturbing Sex Lives of Deep Sea Squid:

Using their sharp beaks or the hooks on their tentacles, males of the species Taningia danae make cuts more than five centimeters (two inches) deep into the females’ flesh. They then deposit sperm packets, called spermatophores, into the wounds.

Male sea squid need to stay away from Internet porn. It’s turning them into deviants.


Tim Layden at on Larry Fitzgerald:

He did remarkable things at Pitt [where he went to college]. Big things. And little things, never seen, like when, during practice, an assistant coach would throw fastballs from 15 yards away and Fitzgerald would snatch the ball, one-handed, on the point, without the point reached the palm of his hand. Here is what I wrote about that drill six years ago: “Try it sometime.” It’s unfathomable.

Les Carpenter, Washington Post, League Honors Military, but Moves Away from Using Its Terminology:

“It’s not so much of a frontal attack anymore. You’re lobbing artillery over the lines,” said Steelers offensive line coach Larry Zierlein, a former Marine who fought in Vietnam. “You’re not seeing fighting like World War I or World War II. It’s almost like guerrilla warfare.”

Alan Schwarz, New York Times, The Physics of the ‘Hit’:

“Jack Tatum was vicious — that helps — but he had a way of popping with the perfect angle and timing,” Gay said of the former Oakland Raiders safety called the Assassin in both reverence and fear. “The best hitters accelerate at the last instant. That final jolt of speed allows them to apply a bigger force to their victim.”

Peter King,, interviewing one-time Cardinals’ quarterback Jake Plummer:

But I’ll probably TiVo it. I hate TV timeouts. When I played, they felt so long. It was like holding back a horse. You’re out there, you want to play, and you have to stand around waiting.

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