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College Layoffs and the Standard BS from “academics”

Having tenure seems to mean reality need not intrude on your world. According to a sociology “professor” financial reality is “Social Darwinism” Ai yi yi, stop with the cant when you, the president of the local chapter of your union, can’t even figure out your own union is responsible. Sheesh. A PhD in stupid.

“They are really pitting old against new in a kind of social Darwinism,” said Christy Hammer, a sociology professor and president of the local chapter of the Associated Faculties of the University of Maine, an affiliate of the National Education Association.

Hammer said the method prompted infighting to break out within departments.

The “last hired, first fired” method is nothing new, but the faculty said that sort of thinking did not belong in nonprofit higher education.

“To my way of thinking, the administration is assaulting the whole institution of tenure,” said Rachel Bouvier, an economics professor who was laid off Friday.

Caswell, the university spokesman, said the order of layoffs was actually a product of the system’s faculty contracts. Those contracts are negotiated by the union.

“Under terms of the faculty contract, those with less seniority are terminated before those with more seniority,” he said in an email.

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Julie and Julia – not all enthusiastic

Too Many Chefs says about “Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen” by Julie Powell … “Julia, Si! Julie? No.” …

Blogging has clearly been very good to Ms. Powell. She received a reported six-figure advance on the book and has a movie option as well. You’d think she’d be pretty up on the food blogging world, wouldn’t you?

    I’m a terrible blogger and a terrible citizen of the blogosphere. I’m going to get in a lot of trouble, but the truth is, I actually find most food blogs really boring. I try to look at other people’s blogs and they have pretty pictures and they’re so proud — but really, I just don’t care. I don’t know anything about that person, and I don’t know why it’s important to them. Food in itself becomes just a mass of prejudices and snobbery and everyone looks like a prat when they write about food.
    Source: Salon Premium interview link

And so a “star” forgets “the little people”. Ms. Powell, maybe you’re unable to appreciate the appeal of food blogs, but there seem to be plenty of people who disagree with you. (And what’s up with the word “prat”, anyway? You’re from Long Island City, not London.)

via Mona’s Apple
we haven’t read the book …

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Two more timewasters

These 2 timewasters are best seen on a big screen:

self-hypnosis I

self-hypnosis II

Putt Putt Golf

Hey Tin Man … thanks for helping me waste part of my afternoon … Mini-Putt online … and the 18th hole is not a par 2 hole …