Wednesday, September 27, 2006

About that "Meritocracy"

A fine review of elite universities and who gets in. Not surprisingly, the same people who've always gotten in. The sports scholarships that were used to keep WASP admissions up a hundred years ago are serving the same purpose these days."The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges—and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates" It's good to know that the privleged elites aren't going to have to squeak by on just their SATs.

hat tip to Bitch Ph.D.

It's a Carnival of Treed Groundhogs!

Somedays a girl needs reassurance that "it's not just me." Turns out, it's not just me, my family, our groundhogs, nor our trees. There's some kind of crazy epidemic of groundhogs in trees, which makes this more clearly a mark of the end times, or, if you live in the reality-based community, compelling evidence that "ground"hog is a belittling stereotype. Whatever.

Enjoy*, and feel free to provide more links in comments.

Groundhog up a Tree 2

Tree-climbing groundhogs on speed, #2 Photo

Ground Hog, the song

...and a Groundhog in a Pear Tree, the Musical

Groundhogs at HogHaven - Berry

Groundhogs at HogHaven - Berry (2)

*If I were more skillful and/or more informed about using other people's images, this would be a better looking post. But given my skills and knowledge, you're just going to have to click.