Saturday, June 03, 2006

This Week's Recommended Reading

From Ash:

For those of you interested in the upcoming debate in the Senate on gay marriage, you might also want to consider following this New York case, challenging the state's refusal marry gay couples. I haven't read the case materials myself, but I keep reading the AP reports, wondering how such cases will impact the Senate's debate and the upcoming elections.

No matter how you might feel about the California Supreme Court having re-instated the high school exit exam, you might want to read this piece in the New York Times, about students who flunk or just drop-out of high school, but then proceed to college anyway. In this take, it's not that the kids really seem to have subsequently gotten their acts together, academically, but that they just seem to skip over to college anyway. These are, of course, fringe cases, but it makes me wonder if a college education is becoming as devalued as a high school education -- i.e. it's a piece of paper that you need, as supposed to an education that you want and /or benefit from.

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that Russia's trying to spur its birth rate through financial incentives -- but there's a lot of skepticism as to whether or not it will work. Well, Australia just hit the news that it's having a baby boom -- the highest birth rate since 1992 -- and they're attributing it to -- you guessed it -- its government's new financial incentives.

And in news of the idiotic . . .

a California woman sued her matchmaker for not coming up with the men of her dreams, or even the guys she was promised. She won over $2 million.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I may have dated that woman from California.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought this lawsuit happened several years ago? I remember a matchmaker from Israel who was a beauty queen being sued and it was on a TV report. This happened when the first Bush was president of the USA or perhaps during Clinton's first term?

Has there been other lawsuits too? In the one from years ago, I recall a lawsuit but no memory of whether or not the plantiff won.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lawsuits take's the same one with the Israeli beauty queen

5:08 PM  
Blogger Ashley Merryman said...

Perhaps you recall the filing of the suit, which is now resolved. Or you might just remember a different suit. In fact, the defense claimed the plaintiff in this case case had repeatedly sued other matchmakers.

8:00 AM  

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