On the radio, a female American reporter in Tokyo, unnecessarily breathless and somewhat disappointed. “I can only imagine if it were here, it would have been much worse and the, uh, the count would have been much higher.” Body count, of course.
Colleges Now Offer High School Degrees
From the—yes, really—New York Times, a story on how CUNY schools are having to teach college students what they should have learned in high school. The “tide of remedial students has now swelled so large that the university’s six community colleges — like other two-year schools across the country — are having to rethink what and how they teach, even as they reel from steep cuts in state and local aid. ”
Isn’t this the same paper that is siding with the Wisconsin (and New York) union teachers, saying that these teachers need more money for the find job they are doing? Thanks to long-time reader and contributer Ari Scwartz for bringing this to our attention.
Detroit Invaded By Hipsters
Under the We’re-not-sure-this-is-a-good-thing category, Detroit is being taken over by t-shirted, expensively shod hipsters. And why not, when you can buy a perfectly serviceable house for pocket change. Videos here.
Unintended Consequences of Obamacare
Who could have ever guessed that the you-can’t-know-what’s-in-it-until-you-pass-it Obamacare law would have provisions which actually cause health care costs to increase? Unprecedented. The Wall Street Journal is reporting on the comedic situation where parents are going to the doctor to ask for prescriptions for aspirin and others over-the-counter remedies. Why? The Obamacare law says that health care expenses drawn from flexible spending accounts can only be authorized via a doctor’s script. Result: costs increase.
Stuff Academics Like
Just when you thought the postmodern academic culture wars were over, we have a new site documenting the oddities of academics. In the vein as Stuff White People Like, Stuff Academics Like posts strange things ivory-tower inhabitants find important. Much fun can be had in their “Guess the Fake Title” game, where they display a list of titles from genuine peer-reviewed papers, one of which is fake. A brief excerpt:
Exemplarity – The Real: Some Problems of a Realist Exemplarity Exposed through the Channel of an Aesthetic Autopoeisis [conference paper]
Tragic Closure: A Genealogy of Creative-Destructive Desire [conference paper]
The True History of His Beard: Joaquin Phoenix and the Boundaries of Cinéma Vérité [conference paper]
Trying the Law: Critical Prosecutions of the Exception [conference paper]
Thinking the Pure Unformed [conference paper]
Alan Ball’s True Blood Antics: Queering the Southern Vampire [conference paper]
Antagonistic Corpo-Real-ities [conference paper]
This list is partial, so it is unknown which, if any, is fake. Be sure not to miss the link to the Write Your Own Academic Sentence site. My entry: “The epistemology of pop culture replays (in parodic form) the ideology of the nation-state.”
Democrat Peter DeFazio Meddles With Opponent’s Kids?
Many sites (one link) are reporting on the Oregon House race of MoveOn.org-supported Democrat Peter DeFazio (leader of the House “progressive” caucus) versus Republican Art Robinson (ex professor of chemistry and climate “skeptic”, a no-no in his corner of Oregon). The details are not clear, but Robinson accused DeFazio of conspiring to have three of Robinson’s children (he has six) booted from Oregon State University’s graduate school. Robinson writes of one of his sons:
Thus, Democrat activist David Hamby and militant feminist and chairman of the nuclear engineering department Kathryn Higley are expelling four-year Ph.D. student Joshua Robinson from OSU at the end of the current academic quarter and turning over the prompt neutron activation analysis facility Joshua built for his thesis work and all of his work in progress to Higley’s husband, Steven Reese. Reese, an instructor in the department, has stated that he will use these things for his own professional gain. Joshua’s apparatus, which he built and added to the OSU nuclear reactor with the guidance and ideas of his mentor, Michael Hartman, earned Joshua the award for best Masters of Nuclear Engineering thesis at OSU and has been widely complimented by scientists at prominent U.S. nuclear facilities.
Robinson lost to DeFazio. Oregon’s Gazette Times reports that OSU said there was “no factual basis” for Robinson’s claims. The paper also differs in the details saying Robinson didn’t claim his kids weren’t being kicked out, but that two, not three, were “given unfair deadlines to complete their Ph.D. projects.” Which is a very different thing.
Robinson also alleges the OSU has “ostracized” faculty member Jack Higginbotham (nuclear engineering) for telling Robinson of the conspiracy. OSU was forced to issue a press release which said Robinson’s claims are “baseless and without merit.”
Anybody have more details on this?
Update Somebody linked to the low-flow toilet story with this must-see video from Rand Paul spanking the Obama administrator’s “Ms. Hogan” on what “pro-choice” means. Busybody!