Gerry Canavan

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I’ve pointed out before that even as academic institutions are more and more distrusted, professors oddly retain a good deal of public respect. We have it because we’re free: free to say the unpopular thing, free to teach the passionate course, free to study what we think needs studying. To be free means we have to occupy the whole possibility space that waits for our explorations, and take not just our students but our publics along for the ride. We have to keep a trust as well as walk the paths we see before us.

Researcher loses job at NSF after government questions her role as 1980s activist.

* On Campus, Grenade Launchers, M-16s, and Armored Vehicles.

At least 60 institutions have acquired M-16s through the program. Arizona State University holds the most, with 70 in its arsenal, followed by Florida International University and the University of Maryland with 50 M-16s each. Central Florida received its grenade launcher in 2008; Hinds acquired its in 2006.

* In a never-before-released thesis, Reagan’s FEMA director discussed the potential internment of millions of blacks in concentration camps.

The Islamic Roots Of Science Fiction.

Here’s How Global Warming Is Already Worsening Extreme Deluges In The U.S. Trees Are Dying From ‘No Obvious Cause’ In Rocky Mountains, Report Says. A Major Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change.

* On ISIS: Where Is Obama’s Exit Strategy?

Once again our country is invited to support the “long war” described by key Pentagon officials as lasting as long as 50 to 80 years. It’s probably both unwinnable and unaffordable, but no president and few politicians have the political ability to acknowledge failure and end it.

So they escalate enough to pass it along to their successor. War on an installment plan.

Every American President in the past quarter century has now gone on television during prime time to tell the nation and the world that he has decided to bomb Iraq. Last night was Barack Obama’s turn, and it was a vexing performance.

* What Do We Save When We Save the Internet? We cannot champion Network Neutrality without admitting that the Internet is no Utopia.

* Reddit made over $100,000 off stolen celebrity nudes.

* U2, Apple and rock-and-roll as dystopian junk mail. There’s really only one cure.

Update: All Clear. The suspect has been located and the reported weapon has been identified as an umbrella.

A Brief History of Typographic Snark and the Failed Crusade for an Irony Mark.

* The kids are all right: Millennials Are Reading More Books Than You Think They Are. Why Indie Bookstores Are on the Rise Again.

Congressional Hearing Slams Feasibility Of Commercial Asteroid Mining. “The American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities in Deep Space Act.” You dicks.

Everyone Knows Hedge Funds Are a Ripoff.

* Scientists warn of faulty Wisconsin wolf estimates. Learn to count, wolves!

* “Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires.”

* What Is Hope? Alex Trebek Is Bringing Back His Mustache.

* Dutch Girl Fakes a Trip to South East Asia.

Archaeologists Have Made An Incredible Discovery At Stonehenge.

* The Cold War University is back! The Real Story Behind Canada’s Sudden Interest In Arctic Archaeology.

* The Soviets sent stray dogs to conquer space. This is what happened next.

China Is Mass-Producing Islands To Extend Its Strategic Borders.

What Happens to “Holdouts” Who Refuse to Sell Their Homes to Developers?

* Here’s What’s Becoming Of America’s Dead Shopping Malls.

* Wearable tech as triumph for bosses.

* Interview With a Time Traveler.

So, ironically, if we had done absolutely nothing in response to 9/11 aside from hold funerals and shake our heads in disbelief, we would have been no less safe than we are now after two useless wars, trillions of dollars and thousands of lives lost, and a decade of taking off our shoes for domestic flights.

* Another roundup of all the many things that are more likely to kill you than a terrorist.

* And Comedian Joe Mande remembers brands remembering 9/11. Never forget.

This! Is! Srinivas!

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I wish I’d remembered to mention it earlier in the day, but my friend and former co-blogger Srinivas will be on Jeopardy tonight. Check your local listings. He’ll be the skinny kid with a funny name who thinks Alex Trebek has some money for him, too.

UPDATE: Srinivas dominant before the first commercial break! He makes it look easy. Take that, returning champion Babatope Ogunmola. Take that, “Joanne.”

UPDATE 2: Alex goes right to Srinivas’s well-known participation in the National Spelling Bee during the introductions. Srinivas looks taken aback—what else does Trebek know?—but remains cool and collected.

UPDATE 3: At the end of the first round, Srinivas is in a close third, 3400 to 4200 to Babatope’s punishing 5800. Obviously Trebek’s barbs have gotten inside his head.

UPDATE 4: More taunting from Trebek at the start of round 2: All right, Srinivas, it’s up to you. Then he brings up the Spelling Bee again! Damn you, Trebek!

UPDATE 5: Srinivas retakes the lead!

UPDATE 6: And promptly loses it again on “the father of condensed milk.” Damn you, Gail Borden.

UPDATE 7: Steals an answer from Joanne by being able to properly pronounce “Nosferatu.” Sometimes it pays to know how to spell.

UPDATE 8: Daily Double for Srinivas at the end of Round 2. Srinivas bets 1500—playing it safe. Should have bet it all—he nails it with “What is Stalingrad.” Takes the last question in the round as well, ending Round 2 in second place: Babatope with about 10,000 and Joanne with about 15,000, Srinivas has about 13,700. The category: World Authors.

UPDATE 9: Here’s the answer:

In 1898 he wrote, “As for the person I have accused … they are … embodiments of social malfeasance.”

SPOILER ALERT: Click the [+/-] to read on.

Babatope guesses Voltaire (wrong), but bets $0 and holds steady. Srinivas goes second, answering Emile Zola (right) and betting it all ($13700). A risky maneuver. Joanne also answers Zola, but strategically underbets—only $5000—leaving Srinivas the surprise comeback kid with over $27,000! Srinivas wins the pennant! He’ll be back tomorrow!

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February 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm

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