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Apprenticeships: do we want them and do they still exist?

LABSN Editor’s Note: Having served a six-year apprenticeship in letterpress printing, I found this article interesting. It speaks of the willingness of today’s society to accept less than top quality.

Bookish Things to think about

I have to perform this week: I am making two books for two experienced bookbinders. I need to be better than my best. But I feel like a beginner.

I was just saying to my students last night that I wished I could do an apprenticeship, a “stage” or internship with a bookbinder somewhere. However at just over 50 years old, who would want me?  I don’t mean it to sound bad; I am being realistic. It costs money to train someone.   I consider myself  an advanced beginner. Although I learned much of my skills at the bench, I have gotten to where I am by teaching myself, by reading, by attending the occasional workshop. I need more bookbinding hours under my belt.  And I am the sort of person who needs a teacher at hand. It’s not that I wish to be younger, it’s about having more time.  What…

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Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn | FAIR

LABSN Editor’s Note: I thought this take on how a news item is reported was very important. FAIR has a reputation for making news reporters think about what they write from a different point of view.

These stories are typically shared for the purposes of poor-shaming, typically under the guise of inspirational life advice. A healthy press would take these anecdotes of “can do” spirit and ask bigger questions, like why are these people forced into such absurd hardship?

Source: Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn | FAIR

Fox News Anchors Hilariously Struggle to Process Drop in Unemployment

 

LABSN editor note: This is hilarious. Have to watch the video.

It does not compute.

Source: Fox News Anchors Hilariously Struggle to Process Drop in Unemployment

How The Billionaire Kingpins Of School Privatization Got Stopped

Some may consider the charter school movement good for education, but it could lead to a very heterogenous society.

Source: How The Billionaire Kingpins Of School Privatization Got Stopped

NYT Columnist’s Faulty Attack on Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Rage’

Here’s an interesting article from Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting or FAIR.

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New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin has earned a reputation over the years for being friendly with the Wall Street giants he covers. If you read his bizarre rant against Senator Elizabeth Warren, it’s not hard to see why. Read more . . .

U.S. Government Takes Historic Action to Enforce Labor Rules in Trade Agreement with Guatemala

GuatemalaU.S. Government Takes Historic Action to Enforce Labor Rules in Trade Agreement with Guatemala.