Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Trapped Inside of LAX with the MKE Blues Again

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* A great Storify from the great @moyabz of the great Octavia Butler conference at the Huntington this weekend. By universal acclamation, one of the best-loved moments. Check out the exhibit of her papers if you’re able to get near there! It’s gorgeous.

* You are living in a death cult.

Every lie Trump has told as president, a very long list by the New York Times.

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.

* Union-busting for God: Catholic colleges and adjunct organizing.

Student Evaluations at Center of American University Tenure Fight. Given the research on the implicit bias of student evaluations and the obvious perverse incentives involved it is incredible to me that any college administration in the country feels empowered to use them for anything.

When the Dean Quashes Your Class: An Interview with Jay Smith.

Major medical groups call for rejection of Senate health bill. This is the biggest pure giveaway to the rich in the Republican health bill. Can’t wait to hear from the centrist Dems why it’s wrong for Bernie to do this. No single payer in Communist-run California, of course.

Trump’s election integrity commission needs to redress voter suppression, not fraud. Counterpoint: it’s a voter suppression commission, that is literally the entire point of it.

Trump says pretending to have Comey tapes “wasn’t very stupid.” The video is stunning even by Trump standards. Still, after this, I’ll probably vote for him.

* Once more with feeling: Never Trump is not a thing.

Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing. Indentured servitude in the transportation industry in California.

* Mountain lions have better politics than just about every human being.

* Science isn’t an exact science with these clowns.

* Surely the best ending of any New York Times column ever.

* From the archives! No one goes dark like children’s literature goes dark.

“Personally I am very pessimistic,” Miyazaki says. “But when, for instance, one of my staff has a baby you can’t help but bless them for a good future. Because I can’t tell that child, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t have come into this life.’ And yet I know the world is heading in a bad direction. So with those conflicting thoughts in mind, I think about what kind of films I should be making.”

Anthony Kennedy is the key swing vote to determine whether he is the worst Supreme Court justice ever to serve.

* Every generation gets the folk-hero bandits it deserves: Canada police investigate theft of mummified human toe served in drinks.

* And a great Tumblr mashup: The Weird Adventures of Tin-Tin, by H.P. Lovecraft.

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  1. re: student evals and tenure (above), for obvious reasons I’m sympathetic to this argument but I would suggest that its inverse is possible as well. What I mean by this is that in some (rare) cases, often ugly departmental-level sniping/punching-down can sometimes be countered by reference to student feedback. Some scholar/teachers get extremely strong feedback from their students but raise the ire of more senior colleagues for ideological, textual, pedagogical or personal reasons. In such cases evals can be used in defense of vulnerable junior scholars seeking leverage against resentful olds who sometimes even claim to speak on behalf of students.

    Robert

    June 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    • I’m sure that’s right too. My objection is primarily to the attempt to flatten evals into a score that can be sliced and diced automatically. If you want to value teaching it takes more effort than a glorified scantron.

      gerrycanavan

      June 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm


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