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3/26/10 / Eisenberg

Kundera on tears in Life is Elsewhere

…that was wonderful; that was something that had never before happened to him, a woman crying for love of him; for him tears were the solution into which a man is dissolved when he is discontented with merely being a man and desires to free himself from the limits of his nature; it seemed to him that, with the aid of a tear, a man escapes the limits of his material nature, merges with the distances, and becomes an immensity (emphasis mine).

-Milan Kundera’s Life is Elsewhere, pg. 344


Paying for news

News Corp. will start charging for access to its flagship British newspapers’ websites. I think if all the major news source websites, from newspapers and cable networks to Reuters and AP, start charging for news, most people would feel like they have no choice but to pay. And there’s nothing really wrong with that if you think about it. It costs money to make news (both figuratively and literally), and not long ago we did have to pay for all our news, before the Internet came on the scene in a big way.

These companies are finally backed up against the wall, realizing they can’t survive just giving away their product for free, and if we pay for the paper in print and cable television, why shouldn’t we be paying for the Internet version of the same stuff?


Doctors then and now

From article:

“When I was young, you didn’t blink an eye at being on call all the time, going to the hospital, being up all night,” said Dr. Gordon Hughes, chairman of the board of trustees for the Indiana State Medical Association. “But the young people coming out of training now don’t want to do much call and don’t want the risk of buying into a practice, but they still want a good lifestyle and a big salary. You can’t have it both ways.”


Jihad

I’ve heard the argument made that the word “jihad” is mentioned in the Qu’ran x number of times, whereas love, tolerance, and similar positive concepts are mentioned y times, where x << y.

The implication is obvious: The Qu’ran is not only about teaching hatred or intolerance or other such bad things. The question I have, then, is why is jihad mentioned at all? How does it being mentioned much less than positive concepts make it a less effective call to arms than if it had been mentioned a few more times, where, say x = y?

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