College Admissions Scandal Explained

Operation Varsity Blues explained — and mocked.

JP makes some good points on the college system.

We also know that there’s a fair amount of plagiarism and cheating in school.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Like a Face

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Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s challenging us to share black and white photos of images that resemble faces. It was hard for me, but I figure that this sort of fits.

For more black and white photos, click here.

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The Wind that Shakes the Barley

A compelling drama that looks at modern Irish history, I started The Wind that Shakes the Barley, which was on a special Irish display at my library. While the film has great production values and acting, I had to stop watching because it was too violent for me. In the first half hour there was more blood, shooting and torture that I wanted to see.

Irish history with its British oppression is often tragic and violent. The Wind that Shakes the Barley shows a bloody chapter of this history, i.e. the Irish War of Independence (1919-1922) and the Irish Civil War (1922-1923). The acting and storytelling were good in the first 30 minutes, but I decided to turn off the film because I just didn’t want to watch more violence. There were three violent scenes to that point and it was too much for me. I believe we should know World History, but I’m sensitive to violence and think for me it’s better to learn about Irish history through reading or less graphic films or documentaries.

If you can stomach blood and shooting, which was part of this and other wars, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, which won the 2006 Palm d’Or at Cannes is probably a wonderful film.