Gerry Canavan

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New Study Predicts Year Your City’s Climate Will Change.

Hacking, War and the University. Hackers, War and Venture Capital.

* The sequester is a government shutdown which never ends.

An accidentally published, unredacted document from a lawsuit against the TSA reveals that the Taking Shoes Away people believe that “terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports.” Of course that’s not to say they’re not doing very important work.

* New Jersey to allow gay marriage.

* The state-local-federal divide means even when progressive laws get passed they don’t count.

* What your country is best at.

Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State.

* High-speed trading algorithms poised to eat the bond market.

Elliott Sailors was a blond bombshell with the prestigious Ford modeling agency and had curves that graced Bacardi billboards around the world. But when jobs dried up in an industry that considers 25 middle-aged, Sailors, 31, chopped off her blond locks and reinvented herself — as a male model.

* One Tea Party leader has the plan to finally fix everything:  just file a class-action lawsuit against homosexuality.

* And David Petraeus goes back to where it all began.

Her Name Is Quvenzhané

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The erasure of Quvenzhané’s name is an attempt, consciously or unconsciously, to step around and contain her blackness.  Yes, sometimes black people have names that are difficult to pronounce.  There aren’t many people of European descent named Shaniqua or Jamal.  Names are as big a cultural marker as brown skin and kinky hair, and there has long been routine backlash against both of those things (see: perms, skin bleaching creams, etc.).   This insistence on not using Quvenzhané’s name is an extension of that “why aren’t you white?” backlash.

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February 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Sobering News for Future Academics

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May 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Get With It, Asians

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Texas State Rep. Betty Brown has some good advice for our friends of the Asian persuasion. Yglesias points out that South Asians are the real villains here—your Duraiswamies, your Ayyagaries, your Balasubramanians…

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April 9, 2009 at 8:51 pm

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