Today is Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of Mexico's defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The French invaded after Mexico reneged on its debts -- something of a bad Mexican habit for the past 200 years.
The modernization of Japan “is a really interesting topic,” Bernardi adds. “It’s always been conflated with westernization, but that really doesn’t tell the whole story. There’s always been a modernization trend in Japan that’s really its own, based on indigenous forms of transformation. The war created a kind of artificial point in history; it’s taken a long time, but people are now able to see more continuities between post-war and pre-war Japan than they were able to before.”
Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade
Labor unions are using the ol' "kidnap your boss" technique as a negotiating tool, and in most cases, it's working.
By Lee Nordstrum
Teacher evaluation has evolved markedly over the past four years. In 2013, it is more common than not that teacher performance evaluation is determined, at least in part, by student achievement, whereas this was not the case just four years ago. This rapid evolution has been catalyzed in no small part by federal Race to the Top and Teacher Incentive Fund monies, as well as a national discourse that asserts that quality teaching must, by definition, raise student achievement. Unsurprisingly, consequent proliferation of evaluation systems has also yielded a great deal of variation in terms of system design, structure, and coherence.
There are numerous allegations against Mortenson. Beyond the 60 Minutes investigation that aired on April 17, they are detailed and documented by another best-selling author, Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air), in an e-book published on April 18 by Byliner Originals (a company owned by John Tayman, the editor of TIME.com's Techland). Among several claims: that Mortenson conflated two towns in the Pakistani-ruled sector of Kashmir and reneged on a promise to the initial town he visited to confer on it the first school he built; that Mortenson transformed what was a warm, leisurely visit with frontier tribesmen in Pakistan into his kidnapping by Taliban, even though there were no Taliban in the area at the time; and being such an accountant's nightmare that internal auditors were afraid he would be liable for up to $23 million in back taxes for "excessive benefits" taken out of CAI funds. (See Afghanistan's graffiti wars.)THREE CUPS OF TEA: One Man’s Mission to Promote . ...
The centrist fantasy of a Grand Bargain on the budget never had a chance. Even if some kind of bargain had supposedly been reached, key players would soon have reneged on the deal — probably the next time a Republican occupied the White House.
tr.v., -flat·ed, -flat·ing, -flates.
- To bring together; meld or fuse: "The problems [with the biopic] include . . . dates moved around, lovers deleted, many characters conflated into one" (Ty Burr).
- To combine (two variant texts, for example) into one whole.
[Latin cōnflāre, cōnflāt- : com-, com- + flāre, to blow.]conflation con·fla'tion n.
v., -neged, -neg·ing, -neges. v.intr.
- To fail to carry out a promise or commitment: reneged on the contract at the last minute.
- Games. To fail to follow suit in cards when able and required by the rules to do so.
To renounce; disown.
The act of reneging.
[Medieval Latin renegāre, to deny. See renegade.]reneger re·neg'er n.