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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.
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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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?
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.
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.
FAIR is the national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias, spin and misinformation.
LABSN editor note: Interesting reading.