Darryl Parker, the entrepreneur and visionary who had the good sense to hire anonyMoses, and is a friend of Nonny and Iddy, (along with his lovely wife and child) has now decided to launch a foray into the new and exciting world of small-business blogging. Please stop by Parker Web Developers and say hello! And should you need help on your websites, they can probably help ya there too! Also visit Dave and Darryl's business blog at Trade Street Journal.
Open Source Journalism: The Future is Now at the News-Record
Ed Cone reports that Lex and other online "power-users" are being trained at the News-Record in Greensboro. It's a matter of days - and they're going to learn a whole new publishing system. Well..Lex says "days" could range "from 2 to infinity"...but they're surely getting there. I'm excited for them and wish them the best of luck. You go, Greensboro!
S.U. Celebrates Daniel Patrick Moyniihan Institute
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat, served 24 years in the U.S. Senate before retiring early 2001. He taught at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, both before and after serving in the Senate. (source: Syracuse Post Standard)
Yesterday, Moynihan was remembered as a great thinker and a man of vision as Syracuse University held a daylong series of events to formally dedicate its Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs after him. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton reminisced about Moynihan and praised his legacy. Speakers included Social Security Trustee John Palmer and Washington Post columnist George Will. The day was to end with a tribute dinner hosted by Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press." (source: Newsday)
"I am delighted to be asked to serve as president of William and Mary, which I consider a national treasure. I have always believed that it is vital in a democracy that public universities—not just private universities—compete at the highest levels of the American academy, and that this engaged, ennobling, focused experience of a liberal arts education not be reserved for just the private sphere."
By unanimous vote, the William and Mary Board of Visitors has named Gene R. Nichol the 26th president of the college. Currently the Dean and Burton Craige Professor of the Law School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Nichol will succeed Timothy J. Sullivan, who has served as president of William and Mary since 1992. The new president will take office on July 1, 2005.
Nichol's views on public higher education can be seen at The Nation (subsc req):
"State legislators must recall that even given budget difficulties we face, an economically polarized democracy can't afford to abandon public higher education. And the academy itself has to remember that professional education is a public good, not merely a private one. After all, educating for privilege is powerfully at odds with who we say we are."
"If democracy in Lebanon is going to re-emerge in a reasonably stable way, Lebanese democratic forces have to constantly be inviting Hezbollah to join them. After all, Hezbollah represents an important and powerful trend among Lebanon’s Shiites, most of whom are patriots eager to see Lebanon independent and united.
At the same time, though, the Lebanese democrats need to constantly and loudly ask Hezbollah — and get the United Nations and the European Union to constantly and loudly ask Hezbollah — "Why are you waving the picture of the Syrian president? Whose side are you on?"
Bush should stay in the background and keep focused on defusing the Arab-Israeli conflict, which will deprive Hezbollah of all its excuses to remain armed. The impact on Hezbollah will be much more powerful if it’s the Lebanese democrats and the Saudis and the Europeans who ask Hezbollah over and over, "Do you have a real vision for a modern, progressive and pluralistic Lebanon? If so, why are you waving the picture of the Syrian president?"
If Hezbollah puts down Assad’s picture and comes up with an answer to that question, that would be a big deal. If not, it could spell big trouble..."
"...a Syrian withdrawal by itself doesn’t solve the Lebanon puzzle. Intense US pressure to implement the other half of 1559 may provoke counter demonstrations that fragile Lebanon may not be able to easily digest.
A cautionary note: before we begin celebrating falling dominos and claiming credit for them, it is important to know where they might fall and what might come after they land.."