"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


this & that

  • It's Extrajudicial Killings Week over at Wronging Rights. So many choices; so little time!
  • Chris Blattman has a great summary of the H-Africa controversy over the New York Times' Africa coverage, which, as we've noted here many times before, is atrocious. There's really no excuse; the NYT has the best factchecking machine in the business, but apparently they don't make nearly enough cell phone calls to Africa (or do some simple Google searches) to confirm stories. But, hey, if you're okay with Nick Kristof printing things that are demonstrably false, keep on reading.
  • Snap! A professor lets the pope have it. (Dear Catholic readers, I'm not advocating the impeachement of the pope. The piece is interesting because it points out that condom promotion is actually much more pro-life than the Church's current position. Please don't send me hate mail.)
  • Here's a brilliant analysis of the politics of the President's March Madness bracket.
  • Oh, W. Stop talking.
  • One of my students just wrote to say that he'd changed a Wikipedia entry that was out-of-line on what I taught the class about the 2003 Texas redistricting scandal last week. It's still wrong. Sigh.
  • SXSW music started last night. You can practically smell the eau de hipster in the Austin air. It's equal parts arrogance and practiced nonchalance with a slight bouquet of ennui.


Blogger euphrony said...

Re: Obama's bracket - What's really shocking is that he picked BYU to beat A&M. I guess we showed him! Now we just have to get by #1 UConn - woohoo!

Thursday, March 19, 2009 4:12:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Ri-ight. And Houston Hobby will clear a runway for all the pigs who'll need to take off on Saturday. :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:03:00 PM

Blogger euphrony said...

I've seen stranger things at Hobby. I just hope we look better than their last opponent.

Looks like t.u. is making it through.

Thursday, March 19, 2009 8:23:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Actually, that's a good point. I've seen stranger things at Hobby, too.

Thursday, March 19, 2009 9:09:00 PM

Blogger David McCullars said...

So if the Wikipedia entry is wrong, why not fix it? After all, that is the beauty of Wikipedia.

Thursday, March 19, 2009 11:59:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

I believe you know my feelings about all things Wiki, Mr. McCullars.

Friday, March 20, 2009 12:12:00 AM

Blogger David McCullars said...

That I do, and you know it is my personal mission to someday get you to see the light.

Friday, March 20, 2009 12:30:00 AM


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