Gerry Canavan

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A Few Links for a Travelin’ Sunday

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After writing all of this I realize that I am not leaving my profession, in truth, it has left me. It no longer exists. I feel as though I have played some game halfway through its fourth quarter, a timeout has been called, my teammates’ hands have all been tied, the goal posts moved, all previously scored points and honors expunged and all of the rules altered. A teacher resigns.

* Academics have finally “started” to talk about capitalism? Inconceivable!

Take the example of online education, for which excitement is rapidly building in California. Morozov notes in the book that it might very well produce more graduates per dollar spent, but it also might miss the very point of education.

* An outrage of the week right in my own backyard: Botched ATF sting in Milwaukee ensnares brain-damaged man.

“I have never heard of anything so ludicrous in my life,” said Greg Thiele, who spent 30 years working for the Milwaukee Police Department including on undercover stings with federal agents, including those with the ATF. “Something is very wrong here.”

* The latest from the law school scam.

* How people die in Shakespearean tragedy.

* And when continuity collides: The new Doctor Who companion’s ten-second appearance in Captain America.

NM, Too

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Quick addendum to last night: it looks as if New Mexico winds up in the Obama column as well. I can recognize the financial pressures inducing the media to call this one a tie—frankly I was counting on them when I thought Barack would be down by a hundred delegates—but the assertion that this is anything but a huge win for Obama is insane. 14 states out of 22; he was thought to behind in the state count. What still looks like a numerical win in delegates, when he was thought to be behind by at least a 100. A 49-48 split in the popular vote against the Democratic party’s most popular brand name. The bulk of all the tossup, “on-the-bubble” states went his way as well. How is this not a big win for a candidate who was behind by double digits a week ago? Inconceivable.

It’s the damn exits; if they hadn’t come out a few hours before the polls closed and driven expectations into the stratospheric, the talking heads could have seen this more clearly. Barely hanging on to two states you were always expected to win is not an upset or a comeback.

UPDATE: Well, this is a good sign. The headline on Drudge—who the pundits admit “rules our world”—as of 8:45 this morning: ELECTION SHOCK: OBAMA PASSES CLINTON IN DELEGATE COUNT. Maybe we’ll be seeing some better understanding of this today than we got last night?

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February 6, 2008 at 1:05 pm

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Because the Oscars Have Been So Reliable Up to Now

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Oscar nominations have been announced, and The Darjeeling Limited (my review, and the many times I’ve posted about it) has been completely shut out. Inconceivable!

In its absence, I have no choice but to root for The Coens’ No Country for Old Men to sweep every category for which it is eligible and Juno to take everything else—pending, of course, my appraisal of There Will Be Blood, which I’m supposed to see this Thursday, and which I’m given to understand is pretty good.

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January 22, 2008 at 7:47 pm