Posts tagged academia

For some reason, this right-wing reactionary (the S in the image) friended me on Facebook months ago. Because of that his comments shows up in the ticker pane.
I see this link to this article about a study linking racism to ignorance (the screen shot from Facebook you can see here)
I come back to Tumblr and I see that Anna has a few minutes to spend on her blog. 
I cross post it back to the fb conversation (in the screen shot).
…wie erfreulich Schadenfreude

For some reason, this right-wing reactionary (the S in the image) friended me on Facebook months ago. Because of that his comments shows up in the ticker pane.

  1. I see this link to this article about a study linking racism to ignorance (the screen shot from Facebook you can see here)
  2. I come back to Tumblr and I see that Anna has a few minutes to spend on her blog.
  3. I cross post it back to the fb conversation (in the screen shot).

…wie erfreulich Schadenfreude

Global warming deniers often claim that bias prevents them from publishing in peer-reviewed journals. But 24 articles in 18 different journals, collectively making several different arguments against global warming, expose that claim as false. Articles rejecting global warming can be published, but those that have been have earned little support or notice, even from other deniers.

A few deniers have become well known from newspaper interviews, Congressional hearings, conferences of climate change critics, books, lectures, websites and the like. Their names are conspicuously rare among the authors of the rejecting articles. Like those authors, the prominent deniers must have no evidence that falsifies global warming.

Rick Perry: “I’m really not worried about the president’s birth certificate [but] it’s fun to poke at him a little bit and say ‘hey, how about let’s see your grades and your birth certificate."

socialistexan:

paxamericana:

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I think this speaks for itself.

I’m sorry, that does not, but this does:

Rick Perry’s Texas A&M Transcript

UC San Diego Faculty Association » American Association of University Professors Supports the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Over the last several years, we have watched as those at the very top have prospered while the fortunes of those below the very top have stagnated or declined. The gap between rich and poor is greater than ever before in our lifetimes, and we need to stand up for those who are trying to improve their circumstances and provide for their families.

The dedicated students whom we teach at institutions of higher education are being forced to pay more for tuition and go deeper into debt because of cuts in state funding, only to find themselves unemployed when they graduate.

The majority of college and university faculty positions are now insecure, part-time jobs. In addition, attacks on collective bargaining have been rampant throughout the nation, as our job security, wages, health benefits, and pensions have been either reduced or slated for elimination.

Therefore, it is time to stand up for what is right. We applaud the action the Occupy Wall Street movement has taken to highlight the inequity and unfairness of the society in which we live.

Chatter about Ayn Rand in College

mohandasgandhi:

In many of my philosophy classes, particularly my political philosophy classes, someone would always ask why we weren’t spending more time reading Ayn Rand and the replies from each of my professors were nearly identical. Following a blank stare, sometimes met with subtle laughter or a smirk,…

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but watching naked people on stage doing pleasurable things will never hurt you.

John Michael Bailey on a demonstration by an engaged, heterosexual couple of vibrating dildo which brought the woman to orgasm in his human sexuality course at Northwestern University.

Sex is one thing, but a woman having an orgasm? Quel Horror!

All the claims AUIS made had the same stagey, silly feel, a boastful absurdity typical of the US in Iraq. The claims made for our mission were ridiculous; we were supposed to be transforming Iraq’s culture, teaching its future leaders a new and democratic way of thinking. But the university had only 200-odd students, and was straining to accommodate that number. It was hard to see how a group this size would transform a country of more than 26 million people.

Tax Cuts Are Theft: Just Ask Keynes

When the left-of-center is addressing the absence of evidence and validity of supply side economics, best espoused by Arthur Laffer in the 1980s, it almost always does so without scholarly direction. As much as proponents of supply side economics despise and avoid using classical means to support their arguments (after all, have you ever heard the likes of Sean Hannity use 3 scholarly studies to support his argument(s)?), those of us on the left need to appeal to the logic of those who are persuaded, even though many who support supply side have no better angels guiding them away from deceit.

For my part, I’m picking up the best book I found about the subject and going to start reading it. I’m doing this even though I only took basic economics in college; all Americans need to dive back in to learning economic theory because the lack of putting it in to our national policy landed us in a mess. Our nation’s economy is in bad shape; only through knowing intelligent policy will we be able to find our way out of the morass of dumbth.


azspot:

Since the Reagan Revolution with its tax cuts for the rich, its anti-government policies, and its deregulation of the big corporations our democracy is increasingly defunded (and that was the plan), infrastructure is crumbling, our schools are falling behind, factories and supply chains are being dismantled, those still at work are working longer hours for fewer benefits and falling wages, our pensions are gone, wealth and income are increasing concentrating at the very top, our country is declining.

This is the Reagan Revolution home to roost: the social contract is broken. Instead of providing good wages and benefits and paying taxes to provide for the general welfare and reinvestment in infrastructure and public structures, the bounty of our democracy is being diverted to a wealthy few.

We, the People built this country’s prosperity and this built wealth. We reinvested that wealth, building the world’s most competitive economy. Now a few people are gaming the system and breaking the formula, taking for themselves vast riches, leaving the rest of us to clean up the mess.

We must recognize and understand these tax cuts for what they are. They are a broken contract. These tax cuts for the wealthy are theft. And we must recognize the Reagan Revolution for what it has cost us. Our democracy has been corrupted and our political system has been captured. A wealthy few are taking all of the benefits of our efforts for themselves. The lack of investment in infrastructure, courts, schools and other public structures is making our country less competitive in the world. The Reagan Revolution is stealing our future.

At a time when a college education is needed more than ever to establish and maintain a middle-class standard of living, America’s young people are moving in exactly the wrong direction. A well-educated population also is crucially important if the U.S. is to succeed in an increasingly competitive global environment.

no laws broken by CSU Stanislaus Foundation by hosting Sarah Palin

You can’t blame Atty. Gen. Brown for seeking fire where there is smoke. Half-Term Governor Palin’s acolytes see no fault in her, even when impartial parties find malfeasance if not incompetence. As previously noted, Palin’s presence in an academic institution is anathema to what education is. Who is to say that anyone in Turlock is cynical enough to use Palin as bait but smart enough to not repeat her mistakes?