In Other News…
Esquire has an 11 page “Exit Interview” with Clinton with such gems as,

Most people know that what they did was not about morality or
truth or the law, it was about politics and power and didn’t have
anything to do with them or their welfare; it had to do with the
Republicans and their welfare

Oddly, though Yahoo!
Daily News
mentions the interview in Esquire, but they
don’t link to it. I had a subscription to Esquire for a couple
years — long story, don’t worry about it — and I’d still be
subscribing if they had more of this kind of stuff instead of the
usual “spend a day with a hot
chick
” article Maxim and crew seem to have strong-armed
them into.

If Michael Jackson hasn’t given you the willies yet, check
this out
. I shouldn’t be such an asshole about
it…but…really. Whatdafuck?

And from the Only in Oklahoma Dept.:

An Oklahoma high school suspended
a 15-year-old student after accusing her of casting a magic spell that
caused a teacher to become sick

The best quote, however, comes from the father,

“It’s hard for me to believe that in the year 2000 I am walking into court to defend my daughter
against charges of witchcraft brought by her own school,” said Timothy Blackbear, Brandi’s father.
His daughter is now a 10th grader.

And don’t forget to visit this week’s Best of XXX Hot
Programmer Action Cam
for last week. Matt gets better at captions
every week as a look at the, now 12
week, archives
will show.

Student Aid Denied Over Drug Past:

The students are being told they are ineligible for some
or all federal financial aid because of a new law. Under the law,
which took effect with the 2000-01 academic year, students with
drug-related convictions can be ruled ineligible for federal grants or
loans.

See, this is the kind of moronic move that makes even me suspicious
of the government running stuff. It’s just plain dumb. And, in true
Coté style, let me tell you why.

If you’re somehow mixed up with the law, chances are it’s because
you don’t, and didn’t, have any other options but the commit
crimes. Criminals usually seem to have had, well, a criminal
upbringing. Next time you get off your computer, go read the old
standard on this issue, Manchild
in the Promise Land
. Claude Brown chronicles his life in
Harlem, and frankly, there wasn’t much else for him to do but steal
bed-sheets, rumble on Saturday nights, and hang out in juvey
afterwards.

But once he moved out of Harlem, started going to school, and met
new, non-impoverished, people, he became the model, “the one who made
it” guy. He did it because he knew if he kept being a criminal, he’d
end up in jail. And
more important to the current point, he learned that there were other
ways of life for him.

Criminals, as kids, had to hustle to get the luxuries
most of us — well, some
of us here on the web
— consider commonplace. Of all the things
us middle-class folks consider commonplace, it’s a college
education. And frankly, it’s so commonplace it’s going out of
style
. But, if you accept the whole education-is-your-ticket-to-ride
argument that comes up every 4 years in stump-speeches, what’s better
for “criminals” than a college education?

These finaid seeking students probably don’t have money in the
first place. Remember, they’re “criminals,” right? Criminals don’t
have cash. Well, I guess they could just go sell a couple more keys to
pay for the education. But, if they could strum up that kind of money
fast enough, why would they need to goto school?

And that’s the whole point. Education in this country is
your ticket to ride. It’s one of the few ways you can get out of the
prison of subtle American classism. But, it’s a secretive little
club, and it takes a lot of up-front investment. More importantly,
especially after moron-moves like this, the people who probably could
benefit from education the most — “criminals” — will find it a
little harder to get. Instead of going to school, they’ll just break
more laws, do more drugs, and cost
us not only more money
, but face to a world that knows we’re the
biggest prison
state around
.

“Lehman
bond analyst zaps Amazon
again”

Amazon’s accounting of its marketable
securities could get the SEC’s attention. With
the SEC already poking around about
Amazon’s ACN accounting, Suria’s report may
be interesting to the regulatory types. Amazon
“could potentially face problems with
portraying stock as a cash equivalent —
especially if it is now 12 percent of the so
called ‘overall cash’ number.”

A good overview of the current Amazon stink.

Amazon has a new Recommendations section that’s pretty cool now that you can tell it what you own. But, you can also ask why you were recommended something and it will say, “‘Cause you bought this book, or these CDS.” Pretty cool. And, for a computer, it recommends some interesting looking things.

I need 5 conversational questions for Spanish tomorrow. So far, and I haven’t even translated these, I’ve only got silly ones like,

  1. “Did you
    own goats when you were a child?”
  2. “Do you generally eat pork, or do you
    prefer cous-cous?”
  3. “If you were trapped on a desert island, would you bring
    The Noid [‘El Noid’], Poppin’ Fresh, or Bill Murry?”

Charming, sure, but I don’t know if the fresh folks of 9AM Spanish 312L are going to appreciate being pressed on these issues.

If you have good questions, email without delay.