So, if it spits out the chunks, play dead, but if it swallows yer leg...
New news on what to do when a bear is chewing on you. Apparently grizzlies tend to attack defensively, but when black bears attack, they're hungry.
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My core politics haven’t changed, but it seems to me that the world has changed so dramatically – traditional alliances and reference points have become unreliable, the ground rules of the power game have so shifted – I’d be a fool not to incorporate these changes into my analytical framework...Abramsky makes a good point about the foolishness of arguing first causes when the enemy is already thru the gate:
...I’d argue that a strong defence of pluralistic, democratic societies needs to be an essential, perhaps a defining, component of any genuinely progressive politics in today’s world.
...It is because bin Ladenism is waging war against the liberal ideal that much of the activist left’s response to 11 September 2001 and the London attacks is woefully, catastrophically inadequate. For we, as progressives, need to uphold the values of pluralism, rationalism, scepticism, women’s rights, and individual liberty and oppose ideologies and movements whose foundations rest on theocracy, obscurantism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and nostalgia for a lost empire.
The head-in-the-sand response (epitomised by Ward Churchill) that argues, in essence, that because America funded bin Laden in the 1980s we should sit back and take whatever his organisation throws at the country, or the world, today, is as flawed as arguments pre-second world war that because Hitler was a product of the Versailles treaty and the devastation wrought on Germany during and after the first world war, Britain and France should suck up the Nazis’ increasingly brazen outrages and simply hope for better times ahead....She is sure to be excoriated for that- how dare she compare the noble bin Laden with Hitler? Or has the Left now so philosophicly perverted itself that it is willing to embrace Hitler as well as Stalin and Mao, Saddam Hussein and even bin Laden, so long as they are opposed to everything which the Left has tradionally honored?
Not to put too fine a point on it, it was a dumb argument then,...and it’s a dumb argument now....Once a monster has been created, once its ambitions have been unleashed, the most important question ceases to be, “How and why did this situation develop?” and becomes, “How can we quench these mad fires that threaten to consume all before them?”
Being a smart child isn’t a terribly good predictor of success in later life, they conclude. “Non-intellective” factors—like motivation and social skills—probably matter more...It is a wonderful thing, of course, for a school to turn out lots of relatively happy and successful graduates. But Harvard didn’t want lots of relatively happy and successful graduates. It wanted superstars...It's a lot like branding a product. Malcolm Gladwell wrote about it in The New Yorker.