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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

Dress Code Sexism

LABSN Editor’s Note: Laci has a good point here, as usual.

And here’s another video from Laci that goes into more detail about objectifying women.

 

John Oliver buys up $15 million in medical debt, then pays off the debt for 9,000 people in hardship

LABSN Editor’s Note: This is a very long video, but worth watching.

 

Source: John Oliver buys up $15 million in medical debt, then pays off the debt for 9,000 people in hardship

GOP House Plays Tricks with Anti-Discrimination Vote

LABSN Editor’s Note: I found this on the Daily Kos and was so shocked that this could happen. I had to share it.

A followup by  Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, to the strange vote-switch in the U.S. House of Representatives.

How Media Turned Right-Wing ‘Willing to Kill’ Extremists Into Peaceful ‘Rancher’s Rights Protesters’

LABSN editor’s note: Here’s another view on the Oregon story and how media is treating it. Having worked for a newspaper for 45 years, I totally agree with the people at FAIR and media’s slanted coverage.

 

Source: FAIR — FAIR is the national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias, spin and misinformation.

FAIR is the national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias, spin and misinformation.

Oregon Standoff – Bundy Family and Extremist Militias Take Over Federal Property in Oregon

LABSN editor note: Interesting reading.

Its roots in our politics are deep and tangled.

Source: Oregon Standoff – Bundy Family and Extremist Militias Take Over Federal Property in Oregon