Sunday, March 11, 2012

"60 Minutes" on March 11, 2012

First story: "The spymaster speaks." Meir Dagan, former chief of the Mossad. He says there may be up to three years to wait before taking military action against Iranian nuclear program. The regime in Iran is a very rational regime. Iran has a basic interest in raising the price of oil, their most important product. Dagan says support Iranian students and minorities. Dagan argues that a pre-emptive Israeli strike this year would be unwise. Dick Cheney says Dagan earlier made case for bombing the Syria reactor.
With Iran, there might be 50,000 missiles. Also, a bombing attack might not be effective. There are not four sites; there are dozens of sites. Quote about Dagan: "Dagan's expertise was separating an Arab from his head." Also, photograph of his grandfather shortly before being executed by the Nazis. Dubai hotel in 2010. Agents were photographed by in-hotel cameras.
Last line: I'm not going to provide them with the privilege of doing so. {ie, getting killed]
As to background, from wikipedia: Dagan was appointed Director of the Mossad by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in August 2002,

Sanjay Gupta on assignment reported a story on Salman Khan. Khan: teacher to the world. Example of law of demand. KhanAcademy. See In 2009, Khan quit his (day) job, and devoted his time to the educational website. Bill Gates started using Khan's website. $15 million in funding from Gates and Google. Transform how math is taught. Example from Los Altos, CA. There are no textbooks. View video the night before. Then do problems (eg homework) during class, and get help if needed. Modules. Flipping the classroom. East Side Prep in East Palo Alto leaves computers available till 10pm. A color coded dashboard allows monitoring of all students (e.g., red means: need help). Take the passivity out of the classroom. Teachers play the role of coach or mentor, not as a lecturer. 41 million users from US over last 18 months.

Thus, the Khan was on new approaches in education, not only the teaching part, but measuring the effectiveness, and charting improvements. Google's Schmidt: Innovation never comes from the established institutions.

"They ride my coattails," the teaser line for the story on Aerosmith. Steven Tyler. Hurtful candor rarely heard on the record. Tyler: this band is better than it's ever been. To wow 80,000 people is an artform. We've been around long enough we have seniority. Joey Cramer tapes his hands to avoid blisters. Tyler has battled hepatitis C. Tyler fell off the stage in Sturgis, ND. His bandmates didn't call him for 27 weeks. Aerosmith formed in 1970. Tyler and Perry were dubbed the toxic twins. Two silverbacked gorillas posturing. ADD personified. I tell the truth; that's why they don't like me. Fine line between being a perfection and obsessing over the trivial. In the end, I get a real good song. Tyler does look to Joe Perry for approval. He needs his jaw to sing.


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