End of the Semester Fire Sale: Every Link Must Go
* Another galaxy is possible: Toshiro Mifune turned down Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader roles.
* A little on-the-nose, don’t you think? USS Milwaukee breaks down at sea.
* Elsewhere on the Milwaukee beat: Millennials: They’re Just Like Us!
* The Marquette Tribune did a short followup on my magic and literature class, returning this spring.
* 95,000 Words, Many of Them Ominous, From Donald Trump’s Tongue. How Will the Professors Act When Fascism Comes to America? I asked 5 fascism experts whether Donald Trump is a fascist. Here’s what they said. Understanding Trumpism the Scott Adams Way. And here’s where things get wild: GOP preparing for contested convention. Trumpism would be the perfect ideology for a third party.
10. Solution to Trump: present alternative framework, which Dems have aggressively refused to even attempt (not just on this, on anything).
— Gerry Canavan (@gerrycanavan) December 10, 2015
11. Otherwise you simply yield to all power to him, and to whatever events intervene between now and then.
— Gerry Canavan (@gerrycanavan) December 10, 2015
* On English studies and ennui. Gee, I wonder why a cohort of people who have discovered too late that they have committed themselves to an imploding profession might feel a little bit depressed.
* On the plus side: More Useless Liberal Arts Majors Could Destroy ISIS.
* Another mass shooting was over. The country had moved on. But inside one house in Oregon, a family was discovering the unending extent of a wound.
* Every year, roughly 40,000 people die in Minnesota. For some, it’s weeks or months before anyone finds them. Meet the crew who comes in to clean up the mess.
* At least five police officers present during a shooting that was captured on a video that has created a firestorm of protest in this city supported a discredited version of events told by the officer who fired the fatal shots, newly released records show. Laquan McDonald and police perjury: a way forward. The U.S. Department of Justice unit that investigates civil rights violations by police departments has only about 18 employees who work on such investigations full-time. According to a former head of the unit, a forthcoming probe into the Chicago PD could overwhelm its “ridiculously small” staff. Good luck to them! Meanwhile, Rahm tries to hold on to power despite a clear need to resign.
* How the Democrats flubbed San Bernardino. The worst part is most them seem not to have noticed.
* Nice work if you can get it: Top 20 billionaires worth as much as half of America.
* An Isochronic Map of the World from London, c. 1914. More links after the map!
* UBI in Finland — though it looks a bit like stealth social safety net cuts to me.
* Obama scandal watch: This one does seem pretty corrupt, actually.
* God save Title IX from its champions: ‘Hunting Ground’ Filmmakers to Harvard Law Profs: Criticizing Our Film Could Create a ‘Hostile Climate.’ When the core belief is that accusers never lie, if any one accuser has lied, it brings into question the stability of the entire thought system, rendering uncertain all allegations of sexual assault. But this is neither sensible nor necessary: that a few claims turn out to be false does not mean that all, most, or even many claims are wrongful. The imperative to act as though every accusation must be true—when we all know some number will not be—harms the over-all credibility of sexual assault claims. Relatedly, Newsweek has an article covering “the other side” of campus rape investigations.
* Two strikes against the next Wes Anderson movie: “…it’s a Japanese story and I’m playing a dog.”
* The arc of history is long, but Red Mars is finally going to series.
* Public history at UNC: tracing the history of building names.
* ACA collapse watch: The lone health insurance cooperative to make money last year on the Affordable Care Act’s public insurance exchanges is now losing millions and suspending individual enrollment for 2016.
* The Sports Bubble Is About to Pop. Don’t Let Kids Play Football. It’s Time To Take The Warriors’ Chances Of Going 73-9 Seriously. Golden State Warriors: best team in NBA history? The last team to start 20-0 like the Warriors was so good that its league folded.
* Teach the controversy: Building the Death Star Was an Economic Catastrophe.
* Pretty grim America: Gun Rights Groups to Hold Fake Mass Shooting at UT This Weekend.
* All right, I’m in: Margaret Atwood Is Writing A Part-Cat, Part-Owl, Part-Human Superhero Comic.
* And in an age without heroes, there was Matt Haughey.
Written by gerrycanavan
December 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
Posted in Look at what I found on the Internet
Tagged with #BlackLivesMatter, 1966, AAUP, academia, administrative blight, Affordable Care Act, Afghanistan, agriculture, America, animal personhood, animals, anorexia, Arrested Development, Barack Obama, basketball, Batman, Bechdel test, billionaires, books, brokered conventions, carbon emissions, CFPs, Chicago, chimpanzees, class struggle, clean-up crews, climate change, clothing, Cold Wars, college football, college sports, computer science, corruption we can believe in, crime, cryptography, Dalai Lama, DDT, Death Star, dildos, Doctors without Borders, dogs, domesticated plants, Donald Trump, drugs, economics, English departments, fascism, film, Finland, Flannery O'Connor, football, Founding Fathers, fruit, Gabriel García Márquez, general election 2016, Golden State Warriors, guns, happiness, Harry Potter, Harvard, health, health care, Hersey Chocolate Factory, How the University Works, I've had dreams like this, Isaac Asimov, ISIS, Islamophobia, Jane Vonnegut, Jesuits, kids today, Kill Bill 3, Kim Stanley Robinson, Laquan McDonald, Las Vegas, literature, lobbying, London, longevity, magic, Malala, maps, Margaret Atwood, Marquette, mass shootings, Matt Haughey, medicine, millennials, Milwaukee, Minnesota, misogyny, my pedagogical empire, NBA, NCAA, NRA, nuclear weapons, One Hundred Years of Solitude, over-educated literary theory PhDs, perjury, Photoshop, police state, police violence, politics, pop culture, popular fiction, Princess Leia, public history, Rachel Dolezal, Rahm Emanuel, rape, rape culture, Red Mars, robotics, Ron Howard, San Bernardino, scandals, science, science fiction, Scott Adams, Serial, sexism, SFRA, sports, Star Wars, Stephen Curry, Stonehenge, student debt, superheroes, surveillance society, surveillance state, Tarantino, television, Telltale Games, tenure, the 1960s, the courts, the humanities, the law, the rich are different, the truth is out there, third parties, Title IX, toddlers, too on the nose, transgender issues, Trumpism, UFOs, UNC, universal basic income, University of Iowa, University of Texas, violence, Vonnegut, Wales, war crimes, Washington D.C., Wes Anderson, Won't somebody think of the children?, xkcd