Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

These Sunday Links Are Rated to Temperatures of -30 Below

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ku-xlarge* Baby, it’s cold outside. Behold the power of this fully operational polar vortex.

Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For. #3 and #4 seem to imply an unstated ecological agenda that is really the zeroeth reform, the precondition for all the others.

“We thought we were doing God’s work” — chasing down student debtors.

* Towards an open-ended commitment to our grad students.

* “The “Teachgreat.org” initiative would limit teacher contracts to no more than three years. It also requires “teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted, and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the evaluation system,” according to the summary on the group’s website.

* When Modernism Met Science Fiction: Three New Wave Classics.

* In the midst of a truly terrible piece calling for every bad higher ed reform ever proposed, Instapundit makes one suggestion we can all get behind: adjunct administration.

* Solve Hollywood sexism the Geena Davis way.

Step 2: When describing a crowd scene, write in the script, “A crowd gathers, which is half female.” That may seem weird, but I promise you, somehow or other on the set that day the crowd will turn out to be 17 percent female otherwise. Maybe first ADs think women don’t gather, I don’t know.

* American exceptionalism: The US has been voted as the most significant threat to world peace in a survey across 68 different countries.

* Is Frozen letting young girls in on the secret that men are scum too early?

* 70+ USS Ronald Reagan Crew Members, Half Suffering From Cancer, to Sue TEPCO For Fukushima Radiation Poisoning.

* Buzzkill! There’s not enough legal weed in Colorado.

* Daily Caller BANNED from MLA. Literal wailing about communofascism at the link.

In addition to The Daily Caller, all audio-taping and videotaping will also be outlawed at the 2013 MLA convention. The completely Orwellian-sounding Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession further demands that no one wear any scented products of any kind.

And I said nothing, because I did not wear perfume!

* Testimony of Langston Hughes before the McCarthy Committee.

* A local politician heroically overrode the concerns of his constituents to advance the cause of global capitalism, and the New York Times is ON IT.

Brooks’ rumination on his stoner days is kind of funny. It’s certainly elitist. But it is also an example of the two Americas we’ve fomented through legislative, cultural, and organizational boundaries that disrupt every single path for opportunity available for those not born to wealth and privilege.

* “Why Obamacare isn’t implementing beheading.”

* Thank you for your letter inviting me to join the committee of the Arts and Sciences for Eisenhower. I must decline, for secret reasons.

* Finally, Yale law professors reveal exactly which ethnicities are innately superior. A bit churlish to give themselves two of the top slots, but I guess the completely made-up facts speak for themselves.

* FREEDOM! U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson plans to file a lawsuit on Monday challenging a federal rule that allows members of Congress and their staffs to continue to receive health benefits similar to other federal employees.

Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns.

* Good news, everyone! You’ll work until you’re dead.

* The bad news is you’re going to hell. The good news is the decision was made before you were born!

* Heaven on Earth: A History of American Utopias.

Like a piece of equipment, the black athlete is used. The old cliché ‘You give us your athletic ability, we give you a free education’ is a bare-faced lie, concocted by the white sports establishment to hoodwink athletes, white as well as black. First of all, there is no such thing as a ‘free’ ride. A black athlete pays dearly with his blood, sweat, tears, and ultimately with some portion of his manhood, for the questionable right to represent his school on the athletic field. Second the white athletic establishments on the various college campuses frequently fail to live up to even the most rudimentary responsibilities implied in their half of the agreement.

* First dogs had magnetic poop powers; now foxes are magnetic too.

* And the Adventures of Fallacy Man!

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  1. “#3 and #4 seem to imply an unstated ecological agenda that is really the zeroeth reform, the precondition for all the others.”

    I really hope you’re right. There’s a long history of pitting environmental concerns against economic justice concerns, and I fear its continuance. I also fear a point Adam Kotsko made at some point last year, that we may have set ourselves up for a point where we no longer have the resources to achieve an equitable, sustainable society. Which is to say, we may have created the conditions where the previously false choice (environment or jobs?) has become a true one.

    I hope that’s not right. I hope that Naomi Klein is right that environmental concerns require rather than prevent a radical left economy. But I don’t know.

    (I fear that it’s simply too late, and that we’re simply doomed. But that’s a different point.)

    Stephen Frug

    January 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    • I don’t think we’re doomed yet, but we’re getting there, and there’s certainly no indication that we’ll turn things around. It’s incredibly disheartening.

      gerrycanavan

      January 5, 2014 at 8:39 pm

  2. Anti-GMOs is one of the left’s worst causes. It’s about as irrational as the conservative opposition to homosexuality, i.e., “I don’t like it because I think it’s icky.”

    Alex Greenberg

    January 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm

  3. Opposition to robber-barons like Monsanto is another story.

    Alex Greenberg

    January 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    • But that’s exactly what the NYTimes piece brackets: the local politician decides opposition to GMOs *must* be a matter of squeamishness so both he and the paper ignore the actual economic realities at stake.

      gerrycanavan

      January 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      • He opposed a blanket ban on GMOs, citing the papaya farmers on the island, and wanted a task force to look into it before a vote was made. Your story doesn’t really pan out.

        Alex Greenberg

        January 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      • But even a national ban on such crops, it seemed to him, would do little to solve the problems of an industrial food system that existed long before their invention. Nor was it likely to diminish the market power of the “Big Ag” companies, which also dominate sales of seeds that are not genetically modified, and the pesticides used on both. The arguments for rejecting them, he concluded, ultimately relied on the premise that they are unsafe.

        This in particular was the framing I objected to. I don’t believe the arguments for rejecting GMOs rely solely on that premise.

        gerrycanavan

        January 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm


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