Gerry Canavan

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Thank God It’s Thanksgiving Week Links – 2

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* For the propaganda vault: Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires.

* I’ve already asked on Facebook and Twitter, but does anyone know what “Psychological Test: BC” means on Kennedy’s Harvard application? I assume it means “extremely deluded narcissist, do not give any power,” but I’m curious about the precise scale involved. PS: Stick around for a bold “letter of recommendation from my dad” choice at the end.

Tensions rise at Kean U. as officials recommend denying tenure to 2/3 of eligible professors.

* The wisdom of markets: Eight months ago, Snapchat was valued at $70 million. Today, it is valued at $4 billion, even though it has zero revenue. Six months ago, Pinterest was valued at $2.5 billion. Today, it is valued at $3.8 billion — and no revenue there, either. And last week news broke that Dropbox was said to be seeking a new round of funding that would value the company at $8 billion, up from $4 billion a year ago.

* Great line from Boing Boing on this Washington Post elite zip code article: “what money looks like from space.”

My Idea for Higher Ed Reform: Do Nothing.

* In oh-sure-I-guess-that-show-is-still-on-the-air news: Family Guy kills off Brian for what looks like an episode and a half or so.

* I’m no expert, but I bet you could get better results innovating new schooling forms than medicating so many kids.

* Meanwhile: What happens if enough New York parents say they don’t want their kids to take tests?

* And the kids are all right.

Sunday™ Reading™ Accept No Substitutes®

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* Put the Student Union of Michigan in charge! In the end, the university’s rationale for the campaign relies heavily on a narrative of state defunding. For example, as a Detroit News article relates, “President Mary Sue Coleman called the campaign ‘audacious’ and said no gift is too small since universities need philanthropy with states no longer able to support them to the degree they must for schools to be globally competitive.” This narrative seems difficult to square with the actual role of the endowment in funding university operations. The endowment contributes only 4.5% (of its total holdings) to the general operation funds of university each year. The principal stays invested. Thus, if we look at the breakdown of revenue sources at the university in 2010 the endowment contributed only $253 million. Student tuition however generated over $1 billion, while state funding totaled $315 million. The endowment clearly has very little to do with making up for lost state funding. Its purpose lies elsewhere. And that elsewhere is in the university’s move to behave more and more like a hedge fund, mobilizing donated capital to secure new revenue streams. It does this by taking advantage of its tax-exempt status to build up a hoard of money that it then invests around the world in shady funds and places it would rather the university community did not know about. In so doing, the university is slowly becoming an important player on Wall Street but to play with the “big boys” it needs more and more capital, which requires constant fundraising campaigns. This money is destined for investment not students. Little of it will ever reach students in the form of scholarships or be used to offset increases in tuition. (via)

* Meanwhile: The University of California Invests in Prisons.

* Yanis Varoufakis on ponzi austerity.

Whereas in standard Ponzi (growth) schemes the lure is the promise of a growing fund, in the case of Ponzi austerity the attraction to bankrupted participants is the promise of reducing their debt, so as to liberate them from insolvency, through a combination of ‘belt tightening’, austerity measures and new loans that provide the bankrupt with necessary funds for repaying maturing debts (e.g. bonds). As it is impossible to escape insolvency in this manner, Ponzi austerity schemes, just like Ponzi growth schemes, necessitate a constant influx of new capital to support the illusion that bankruptcy has been averted. But to attract this capital, the Ponzi austerity’s operators must do their utmost to maintain the façade of genuine debt reduction.

* “I am as American as April in Arizona”: Nabokov interviews at The Paris Review.

Student Debt is Crushing the Economic Future of the Young.

* Joyless Nihilism: Adam Kotsko on the Abramsverse Star Trek, Family Guy, and zombie postmodernism.

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund.

* In education, the problem is still poverty.

* America is a country made possible by hucksterism and carnival buncombe.

* Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt.

The environmental scandal that’s happening right beneath your feet.

* And the Philippines estimates at least 10,000 died from super typhoon. No words.

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‘Why We Love Sociopaths’

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Kotsko has an extended excerpt from his sociopaths book up at The New Inquiry. I read the book while we were in the hospital post-Zoey; it’s a truly great take on the last decade’s Second Golden Age of Television. Check it out!

Random Monday Links

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Thursday Night!

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Thursday night!

* President Edwards prepares to resign the presidency tonight after admitting he had lied about the fathering of Rielle Hunter’s baby during the third debate with John McCain. Vice President Barack Obama is expected to assume the presidency tomorrow morning.

* Paul Krugman, legendary futurist?

* Luck, math, and how to win at gambling.

* What’s hot: potbellies!

* Multitask: the game. Note: you will hate this game.

* On the cinematography of Mad Men. Nice video to get you ready for the third season.

* Behold, NASA’s secret plan to move the Earth.

Hence the group’s decision to try to save Earth. ‘All you have to do is strap a chemical rocket to an asteroid or comet and fire it at just the right time,’ added Laughlin. ‘It is basic rocket science.’

The plan has one or two worrying aspects, however. For a start, space engineers would have to be very careful about how they directed their asteroid or comet towards Earth. The slightest miscalculation in orbit could fire it straight at Earth – with devastating consequences.

What could possibly go wrong? (Not a hoax. Via Occasional Fish.)

* Behold, the banned Family Guy episode.

* Nerdivore points out District 9 is getting great reviews.

* GLAAD flunks SyFy.

* And a physicist at Slate says The Time Traveler’s Wife checks out.

Star Trek Mashups

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America’s catching Star Trek fever. And there’s only one cure.

Star Trek / A-Team

Star Trek / Hawaii 5-0

Star Trek / Dallas

Star Trek / Love Boat

Star Trek / Family Guy

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April 1, 2009 at 3:43 am

Veronica Mars: First Time as Farce, Second Time As…

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Veronica Mars showrunner Rob Thomas has been tapped to helm the Beverly Hills, 90210 sequel series. I guess they liked his mockery of the show so much they wanted to see him try it straight. Via AICN.

Also: Fox is making a Family Guy spin-off about Cleveland? That’s got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

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March 17, 2008 at 2:38 am

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