Posts Tagged ‘Reichstag fire’
* I was delighted to find Octavia E. Butler on Locus’s 2016 Recommended Reading List. And you can vote for it as nonfiction book of the year! Make Ursula work for it.
* I’d taken England off my list of countries to flee to, but perhaps I could be coaxed.
* Madness at the National Security Council. The Spy Revolt Against Trump. ‘A Sense of Dread’ for Civil Servants Shaken by Trump Transition. How To Deal with Reichstag Fire Fears in the Age of Trump. Twilight of Mike Flynn. Meanwhile, Trump is doing international diplomacy in the public dining room at Mar-a-Lago. “We have at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less.” Trump’s two-year presidency. Two years. Jesus. Shitgibbon.
* One of the great achievements of free society in a stable democracy is that many people, for much of the time, need not think about politics at all. The president of a free country may dominate the news cycle many days — but he is not omnipresent — and because we live under the rule of law, we can afford to turn the news off at times. A free society means being free of those who rule over you — to do the things you care about, your passions, your pastimes, your loves — to exult in that blessed space where politics doesn’t intervene. In that sense, it seems to me, we already live in a country with markedly less freedom than we did a month ago. It’s less like living in a democracy than being a child trapped in a house where there is an abusive and unpredictable father, who will brook no reason, respect no counter-argument, admit no error, and always, always up the ante until catastrophe inevitably strikes. This is what I mean by the idea that we are living through an emergency.
* We have been shy about stating the obvious: that something is terribly and uniquely wrong with this president. His powers weaponise the problem. We can all see it. We can all feel it, too. Donald Trump is the walking, talking, hate-tweeting embodiment of the howling identity crisis afflicting the entire United States.
* Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states. What it’s like to be arrested by ICE. Fear and panic. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos’ deportation to Mexico from Arizona this week was the last chapter of a long nightmare for her family. It began in 2008 with a knock on the door by sheriff’s officers. And they finally found an undocumented immigrant who voted. For Abdulkarim Jimale, escape was the only way to survive. Trump’s immigration order means bureaucrats have to decide who’s a “real” Christian. #KnowYourRights. What Geology Has to Say About Building a 1,000-Mile Border Wall. How big a deviation is this from Obama?
As for hedge funds and other high-cost alternatives, “the whole two-and-20 model” — in which investors typically pay 2 percent of assets under management and 20 percent of any gains — “is ridiculous,” Mr. Morris said. “The cost structure is outrageous. As they say on Wall Street, ‘Where are the customers’ yachts?’ I’m not going to play that game.”
* Hello old friends: Foreground objects in adventure game scenery.
* Milwaukee offers America’s longest-lived experiment with urban-school vouchers, but their mixed legacy is not a story you’ll frequently hear from lawmakers and advocates currently championing the spread of private school–choice programs across the country.
* Double majoring will not save you. Only the great god STEM will save you. All praise STEM!
* And this is great, like everything they do: Arnie, Usidore, and Chunt play Gauntlet.
Written by gerrycanavan
February 13, 2017 at 9:00 am
Posted in Look at what I found on the Internet
Tagged with #NoDAPL, 25th Amendment, abuse, academia, activism, Amazon, America, artificial intelligence, authoritarianism, autocracy, Barack Obama, border patrol, Brazil, Captain America, charter schools, class struggle, collapse, comics, Congress, democrac, Democrats, deportation, Donald Trump, double majors, dystopia, ecology, endowments, England, fascism, FBI, games, Gauntlet, geoengineering, Geraldo Rivera, gerrymandering, Harry Potter, hedge funds, Hello from the Magic Tavern, How the University Works, ice, ice sheet collapse, immigration, Japan, John C. Calhoun, kids, kids today, Locus, Mark Fisher, marriage, Mars, Marvel, mental illness, Michael Flynn, Milwaukee, misogyny, morality, Mr. Me, my scholarly empire, NASA, national security, Nazis, neoliberalism, Octavia Butler, Olympics, ouer space, parenting, podcasts, police, politics, post-truth, protest, rape culture, refugees, Reichstag fire, resistance, Russia, Santa Clarita Diet, scams, science fiction, sexism, Springsteen, Standing Rock, STEM, student movements, the Arctic, the economy, the Singularity, totalitarianism, tyranny, vaccination, war on education, y impeachment, Yale, zombies, zunguzungu
The death of the academic job market really makes the MLA a kind of Children of Men situation.
— Karl Steel (@KarlSteel) January 5, 2017
* Speaking of which! This Saturday morning! Infinite Jest at 20! Join us!
* In my mailbox: Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and the Environment. I’m a contributor; my word was “addiction.”
* Rebekah Sheldon: Save Us.
* A mystery player causing a stir in the world of the complex strategy game Go has been revealed as an updated version of AlphaGo, the artificial-intelligence (AI) program created by Google’s London-based AI firm, DeepMind.
* Republicans want to kill the mortgage interest deduction. So I’m bankrupt now, I think.
* But while cinephiles have long become used to shelling out their hard-earned wonga to watch the same movie several times over, a new interview with the editors of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hints that Hollywood’s habit of regurgitation goes further than we imagined. It reveals the film’s initial “cut”, designed to map out the movie before any shooting took place, was cobbled together by editor Colin Goudie using footage from hundreds of other existing films.
* Today in “virtually”: The storage chamber would be much deeper than Lake Huron and the company says there is virtually no chance of radioactive pollution reaching the lake, which is less than a mile away. This is a nice variant on the theme: Democrats to Fight Almost Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee: Schumer.
* Teaching the controversy: MIT Researchers Say 2016 Didn’t Have More Famous Deaths Than Usual. Give 2017 some exciting room to expand.
* We don’t, in fact, know what works in teaching composition. This one was more polemical, but good too I thought: The costs of social capture.
* Among other things, whiteness is a kind of solipsism. From right to left, whites consistently and successfully reroute every political discussion to their identity. The content of this identity, unsurprisingly, is left unexamined and undefined. It is the false foundation of the prototypically American model of pseudo-politics.
Every event feels like potential Reichstag fire. The OSU attack, this Chicago kidnapping, the situation in Whitefish, MT. On the precipice.
— Gerry Canavan (@gerrycanavan) January 5, 2017
* Trump vs. the CIA: whoever wins, we lose. Donald Trump’s Twitter Account Is A Security Disaster Waiting To Happen. And then there’s this.
in the future, every superpower will be ruled by an unhinged narcissist for fifteen minutes
— Gerry Canavan (@gerrycanavan) January 6, 2017
Written by gerrycanavan
January 6, 2017 at 9:00 am
Posted in Look at what I found on the Internet
Tagged with 2016?, 2017, academia, academic job market, actually existing media bias, addiction, adjunctification, adjuncts, animal intelligence, animals, Arnold Schwarzenegger, austerity, bankruptcy, BBC, Canada, Carrie Fischer, celebrity culture, Chicago, chickens, Children of Men, CIA, college football, college majors, computers, David Foster Wallace, decadence, democracy, Donald Trump, drugs, energy, Episode 9, faculty senates, film, Five Thirty Eight, Four Futures, Freddie deBoer, futurity, games, general election 2016, George Lucas, Go, hate crimes, Hillary Clinton, history, How the University Works, Infinite Jest, James Joyce, Jesuits, Lake Huron, Lincoln-Douglas debate, Lord of the Rings, masculinity, math, math gremlins, Milwaukee, misogyny, MIT, MLA, Monty Hall problem, moral panic, mortgage interest deduction, museums, Nate Silver, national security, Nazis, neoliberalism, nuclear waste, nuclearity, oil, originality, pastiche, pedagogy, Peter Frase, pollution, power-pairing, Princess Leia, probability, race, racism, reality television, Rebekah Sheldon, Reichstag fire, reproductive futurity, rhetoric and composition, Rogue One, Russia, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Schumer, science fiction, Seinfeld, Sherlock, social capture, Soviet Union, sports, Star Wars, subprime mortgages, Supreme Court, syllabi, teaching, The Apprentice, the audacity of narcissism, the Left, Tolkien, tournaments, Twitter, University of Wisconsin, UVM, voting, white guilt, white privilege, white supremacists, white supremacy, whiteness, winter, Wisconsin, women, writing, zeitgeist