* CFP: In More’s Footsteps: Utopia and Science Fiction.
* CFP: The Comics of Art Spiegelman.
* In case you missed it: the syllabus for my summer science fiction course.
* Your official Mad Men finale odds sheet.
* Stop sanitizing the history of the run-up to Iraq War.
* In this small suburb outside Milwaukee, no one in the Menomonee Falls School District escapes the rigorous demands of data.
* What Makes a University Public?: Privatization, Environmental Racism, and UC Berkeley’s Real Estate Office.
* Academic Freedom and Tenure: University of Southern Maine.
* Bérubé and Ruth (and Bousquet) on their plan to convert adjunct positions to teaching tenure.
* Everything But The Burden: Publics, Public Scholarship, And Institutions.
* Obama’s Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial.
* Honeybees (still) dying, situation ‘unheard of.’
* A brief history of the freeway.
* Britain is too tolerant and should interfere more in people’s lives, says David Cameron.
* Free market watch: Having everyone’s account at a single, central institution allows the authorities to either encourage or discourage people to spend. To boost spending, the bank imposes a negative interest rate on the money in everyone’s account – in effect, a tax on saving.
* In the last academic year, Rutgers athletics generated $40.3 million in revenue, but spent $76.7 million, leaving a deficit of more than $36 million. In other words, revenue barely covered half the department’s expenses.
* The crazy idea was this: The United States Army would design a “deception unit”: a unit that would appear to the enemy as a large armored division with tanks, trucks, artillery, and thousands of soldiers. But this unit would actually be equipped only with fake tanks, fake trucks, fake artillery and manned by just a handful of soldiers.
* The top 25 hedge fund managers earn more than all kindergarten teachers in U.S. combined.
* I honestly found this a pretty devastating brief, though not everyone on Facebook found it as useful or persuasive as I did: The Progressive Case Against Public Schools, or, What Bleeding Heart Libertarians Should Say.
* Disney Spent $15 Billion To Limit Their Audience. But the news gets worse, friends: Disney under fire for fairytale film based on true story of American dad who claimed African land to make daughter a princess.
* Here’s Which Humanities Major Makes the Most Money After College.
* Jury Acquits Six Philly Narcotics Cops On All Corruption Charges. Wow.
* The Texas Prison Rape Problem.
* Honolulu Mayor Learns The Hard Way That Criminalization Isn’t The Answer To Homelessness.
* Don’t vote Carcetti.
* First Supergirl Trailer Really Does Feel Like An SNL Parody.
* The last of the renegade Nazis living in a self-sufficient lunar colony has died, aged 95.
* “It’s about this little girl who finds a little kitten”: Mark Z. Danielewski is back. Did Mark Z. Danielewski just reinvent the novel?
* “TV show apologises for cruel ‘prank’ on girl, 13, who thought she was about to meet her long-lost mother.”
* Russ Feingold announces rematch Senate bid against Ron Johnson in 2016. Fine, but he should have run against Walker, any of the last three times.
* The arc of history is long, but Harry Shearer is quitting The Simpsons.
* Same joke but Alex Garland confirms zombie sequel 28 Months Later is in the works.
* Not since Jewel’s A Night without Armor have we seen a poet like James Franco.
* The Agony of Taking a Standardized Test on a Computer.
* Bill O’Reilly: America will fall like Rome if the secular “rap industry” has its way.
* Georgia Man Arrested for Trespassing After Saving Dog From Hot Car.
* Group petitions White House to add Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
* Dean Featured in ‘Rolling Stone’ Article Sues Magazine for $7.5 Million.
* Behold, Clichéa.
* And it’s not all bad news: Telltale Promise Something ‘Major’ From The Walking Dead Franchise This Year.