No One *Ever* Expects Saturday Morning Links
* There’s really not much evidence here besides pure speculation, but this sold me on a Star Trek: Discovery season centered on “The Cage”‘s enigmatic Number One.
* Disability is everywhere once you start noticing it. A simple awareness of who we are sharing our public spaces with can be revelatory. Wheelchair users or people with walkers, hearing aids, canes, service animals, prosthetic limbs or breathing devices may seem to appear out of nowhere, when they were in fact there all the time.
* Syllabus for History 5305: “Ideas across Borders: Transnational Intellectual Studies in U.S. History.”
* Madley argues—and this is the core of his book—that California’s elected officials were in fact “the primary architects of annihilation,” and that they were funded and enabled by the federal government. Together, state and federal officials created what Madley describes as a “killing machine” composed of US soldiers, California militia and volunteers, and slavers and mercenaries (so-called “Indian hunters”) in it for the money. He argues that “it took sustained political will—at both the state and federal levels—to create the laws, policies, and well-funded killing machine that carried [this genocide] out and ensured its continuation over several decades.”
* In reality, the increase in the supply of highly educated workers will reduce the value of that labour – more graduates will mean lower graduate wages. Nonetheless, many students will increasingly be looking long and hard at business management courses even if they’d rather do art. If you incur a £40,000 debt, with regressive interest rates, you’re probably going to be thinking about your degree in narrow economic terms. This is the thing that Michel Foucault noticed about neoliberalism. It is a prospectus for social engineering masquerading as a social theory. And since the system will now reproduce social inequality in new ways, ratified by educational outcomes, the rich will be confirmed in their existing belief that they are uniquely talented and deserving. Those who lose out will blame themselves. That might, in fact, be what governments mean by meritocracy.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Martha, the alcoholic daughter of the dean, is married to George, an adjunct professor. She invites Nick, another adjunct professor and his wife over for a drink. But Nick has way too many papers to grade, and George can’t spare a minute away from his academic job search to socialize, anyway. A drunk Martha falls asleep on the couch as the credits roll.
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With the Zika virus spreading to Miami Beach, federal health officials on Friday advised pregnant women not to visit a 20-block stretch of one of the country’s most alluring tourist destinations. They also told them to consider postponing travel anywhere in Miami-Dade County.
* “He said, ‘I don’t care what people think. I’m marrying you.’” How has this not been a movie already?
* The publication is highly significant, because it demonstrates that the notion of ageing as a treatable disease has moved from a fringe theory held only by a small percentage of researchers to a widely accepted notion being used as the basis for widespread research strategies.
* Even since I found out a few weeks ago that they’re making Bad Boys sequels, I’ve been unable to accept this isn’t a colossal hoax.
* I’m also morally opposed to this The Tick reboot, since you asked.
* At the U.S. Olympic marathon trials held in Los Angeles to choose the team for the Rio Olympic Games this year, 30 percent of the runners dropped out of the race due to the heat. “By 2085, only eight (1.5 percent) of 543 cities outside of western Europe would meet the low-risk category,” they wrote.
* “What It’s Like to Be a Celibate Pedophile.” These articles get posted every so often on various sites and they always seem like elaborate put-ons to me.
* A Dallas officer caught Adkins riding a bicycle without a helmet in September 2014. But the cop never should’ve written the ticket. Months earlier, the City Council had scrapped the bicycle helmet ordinance for adults. Adkins is 46.
Adkins didn’t know the law had changed until a reporter told him recently. At the time, he assumed he was indeed guilty. But he said he couldn’t come up with the money for the $10 fine. Now he has a warrant out for his arrest, which he can pay off for $259.30.
* What’s needed is some way to protect essential infrastructure investments from the vicissitudes of congressional politics and the cyclical ups and downs of the economy. There may be no ideal solution, but one thing that could help is resurrecting an old idea: the establishment of a separate capital budget for the federal government, with its own financing arrangements. If decisions about approving infrastructure investments were considered apart from the rest of the budget, they could be judged on their own grounds, and they would be insulated, to some extent, from spending cuts. It’s a strategy that other countries, such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand, have used with some success.
* Who Killed Gawker? Elsewhere on the Gawker beat: Former Gawker Editor Lashes Out At Peter Thiel, Calls Freeze On His Checking Account ‘Ludicrous.’ With the Gawker Sale, What’s Next for the First Amendment?
* …with its flawlessly staged setting and piled-up homages to 80s movies, Stranger Things has performed a kind of time travel: it has reached back into my memories, Total Recall-like, and inserted characters who now seem as though they were there all along. Nancy, the nerd-turned-monster killer who can like more than one boy at once. Barb, the buttoned-up babygay whose best friend won’t let her be disposable. Eleven, the terrifying, funny, scared, brave, smart weirdo whose feelings could save the world.
* Anthony Weiner claims Huma Abedin was never supposed to appear in Weiner. This whole piece is breathtakingly sad, by the way.
* Just the headline nearly made me break down: A 4-year-old found beaten and abused said she thought her name was ‘Idiot,’ according to police.