Excerpts from the December edition of Harper’s Index

first_imgHOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 10: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Medical staff members treat a patient suffering from coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) on November 10, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, COVID-19 infections are on the rise in Houston, as the state of Texas has reached over 1,030,000 cases, including over 19,000 deaths. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)Some people hide their COVID-19 symptoms. Some people—like the one in this ICU unit—can’t.Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a weekExcerpts from the December edition of Harper’s Index: At Daily Kos on this date in 2003—The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party:Divisions over ideology can be easily accepted in our party. We do have a big tent, and policy divisions are a reality we can learn to live with. Indeed, we have to live with them. Electoral realities mean that Democrats in the South have to be more moderate or conservative than those in the West Coast or in New England.But the hatred the establishment feels against Dean has nothing to do with ideology. Dean hasn’t paid his dues with the establishment. Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi has made his name working the campaigns of insurgent (hence anti-establishment) candidates like Jerry Brown. He is not part of the chummy inside-DC club of Democratic Party consultants.If Dean wins the nomination, he becomes the head of the Democratic Party. He gets to replace McAuliffe and fill the top ranks at the DNC. Suddenly, a “DNC Chairman Joe Trippi” is a real possibility, and for an establishment that has spent the better half of the last decade laughing at Trippi’s antics and dismissing him as a kook are suddenly standing on shaky ground.I always knew about the “establishment” distaste for Dean and Trippi, but Lizza’s piece puts the blame squarely on the Clinton crew.As the party’s split into Deaniacs and anti-Dean Clintonites unfolds, one of the most intriguing subplots concerns the machinations of Gore. Immediately after the Florida recount was decided in 2000, Gore’s senior aides were purged from the DNC and Clinton’s were installed. Some ex-Gore staffers are still bitter about the coup, and several express admiration for what Dean is doing.And Gore himself seems to be modeling his resurgence on the Dean phenomenon. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Hypothetical median income of full-time U.S. workers if income were distributed as evenly as it was in 1975: $92,000Actual [2020] median income of full-time U.S. workers: $50,000Percentage change since last year in the number of U.S. homes for sale: -35In the median home price: +11Percentage of Americans aged 18-29 who live with one or both of their parents: 52Rank of this percentage among the highest ever recorded in the United States: 1Percentage of Americans with symptomatic COVID-19 who deny having symptoms when asked by others: 34Who try to conceal their symptoms: 55Percentage by which men are more likely to try to conceal their symptoms than women: 32Percentage of Americans who think climate change poses a risk to people living in the United States: 61Who think it poses a risk to them personally: 43Portion of Democratic or Democratic-leaning Americans who are trying to “tune out” coronavirus news: 1/5Of Republican or Republican-leaning Americans who are: 2/5Percentage of U.S. Black Lives Matter protests in which no people were harmed and no property was damaged: 93 THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READINGTOP COMMENTS • RESCUED DIARIESQUOTATION“We don’t live in a world that suffers from doubt, but one that suffers from certainty, false certainties that compensate for the well of worldly anxieties and worries.”          ~~Les Back, The Art of Listening (2007)TWEET OF THE DAYx BLAST FROM THE PAST- Advertisement –last_img read more

Eagles apologise for Togo thrashing, promise comeback

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Super Eagles B have apologised to Nigerians for the poor result they posted against Togo on Sunday in an African Nations Championship qualifying match.The players, led by Eagles A goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, apologised to Nigerians for the shameful outing and promised to repay the Sparrow Hawks in bigger coins in the second leg and claim the Cameroon 2020 ticket.Sparrow Hawks of Togo thrashed the Eagles 4-1 in a first leg, second round qualifying match of the 2020 African Nations Championship despite the Eagles being the first on the scoresheet after only eight minutes.Addressing a disappointed Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Joseph Olusola Iji, after the match, Ezenwa said what happened on Sunday evening had gone to the past as the team would redeem itself in the final leg of the fixture on October 19.He said: “Sir, we have been truly honoured by your fatherly care for us since we arrived in this country. “The Embassy has ensured everything worked for our comfort here. “We are pained that we could not reciprocate with a good result from this match. “As a team, we apologise for what has happened. “What we are saying to you and Nigerians is that we are sorry and that we would make it up by securing the ticket. “Kindly exercise some patience with us.“What we are saying in one sentence is that we will qualify; it is not over yet.”The Ambassador, who had promised the team dinner in his residence, kept to his promise in spite of the result at Stade de Kegue.Iji said: “We are all pained, but I understand how it works in sports; sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. “I ask that you put this result behind you and work towards the ultimate goal of qualifying.“The only way to make all Nigerians happy again and give back our voice to us in this country is that you beat them well when they visit Nigeria. “And I’m sure that you can achieve that.”The leader of delegation and Board Member of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi, said: “Your Excellency, I can tell you that this is far from the expectation of the federation. “But these young ones have truly shown remorse. “They were so dejected to leave their hotel again.“Please understand that it was a deliberate move to field largely a young team because we are also looking to the future and this team has faced difficult games in the past and came off successful. “And I’m sure that given what I have seen of them, the ultimate goal to get to Cameroon in 2020 would be achieved.”Tags: Super EaglesTogolast_img read more

Nikias to head college football playoff board

first_imgCollege Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock announced Monday that starting Feb. 1, university President C. L. Max Nikias will be the Chairman of the College Football Playoff Board of Managers.Nikias will replace former University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman due to a combination of Perlman’s retirement this upcoming summer, and for Nikias’s pivotal role in the playoff committee during the 2015-2016 season.“Nikias has been instrumental in the development and growth of the College Football Playoff,” Hancock said in the CFP’s press release. “We appreciate his leadership and continued support. He is highly respected by his fellow presidents and chancellors and he will be an excellent chair.”With one representative from each NCAA Division I FBS conference, Nikias was a natural choice as the chairman of the Playoff Committee after USC Athletic Director and Pac-12 representative Pat Haden stepped down from his position on the CFP selection committee.As the chairman and member of the Board of Managers, Nikias will be responsible for leading the Board of Managers and helping to govern the College Football Playoff’s business, property and affairs. The board works to create annual budgets and develop general procedures.Among the Board of Managers are: Rodney Bennett, University of Southern Mississippi president (C-USA); Anthony Frank, Colorado State University president (Mountain West); Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University president (Big 12); Jack Hawkins, Troy University chancellor (Sun Belt); Rev. John Jenkins, University of Notre Dame president (Independent), Mark Keenum, Mississippi State University president (SEC), Roderick McDavis, Ohio University president (MAC); Harvey Perlman, University of Nebraska chancellor (Big Ten); John Thrasher, Florida State University president (ACC); and Steadman Upham,  University of Tulsa president (American Athletic).Although Nikias has not held any positions of responsibility in terms of sports, he has held positions of authority in the USC education system.Since he was hired at USC in 1991, Nikias has been instrumental in many facets of USC education, serving as a professor, director of national research centers, dean, provost and president along with holding the Robert C. Packard President’s Chair, the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities, the USC Health System Board Chair and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Chair.With spring football on the horizon though, Nikias and the College Football Playoff Board of Managers will be busy at work preparing for next season.last_img read more