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The closing of American academia

The closing of American academia
It is 2011 and I'm sitting in the Palais des Congres in Montreal, watching anthropologists talk about structural inequality. The American Anthropological Association meeting is held annually to showcase research from around the world, and like thousands of other anthropologists, I am paying to play: $650 for airfare, $400 for three nights in a "student" hotel, $70 for membership, and $94 for admission. The latter two fees are student rates. The theme of this year's meeting is "Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies." My friend is an adjunct. According to the Adjunct Project, a crowdsourced website revealing adjunct wages - data which universities have long kept under wraps - her salary is about average. Why is my friend, a smart woman with no money, spending nearly $2000 to attend a conference she cannot afford? Below poverty line In most professions, salaries below the poverty line would be cause for alarm. The value of a degree Academia is vaunted for being a meritocracy. Related:  Freedom and true Democracy

Oil giant Saudi Aramco back online after 30,000 workstations hit by malware Aramco, Saudi Arabia's national oil company, said on Sunday that the company was back in operation ten days after a massive malware outbreak hobbled 30,000 workstations at the company. In a statement on the company's Facebook page (content alert: Facebook page contains images of extremely phallic architecture), Aramco said that it had "restored all its main internal network services" that were affected by a malware outbreak on August 15. The attack was attributed to "external sources." It is just the latest against a national oil company, following reports of malware attacks on Iran's oil infrastructure linked to the "Flame" malware in May. Aramco said employees returned to work on August 25 and resumed "normal business," though the company is blocking remote access to company resources as a precaution. The malicious Trojan horse, which Sophos named Troj/MDrop-ELD, attempts to overwrite the master boot record on infected systems, which would make it impossible to boot the machine.

Chile cracks down on violent student protest - Americas Police have used water cannons to break up a protest in Chile's capital, Santiago, by thousands of students demanding free education, and hooded vandals set ablaze three city buses amid violence that left dozens arrested and injured. Chile's government said student leaders cannot be exempt from responsibility for the burning of the Transantiago mass transit system buses in Wednesday's protest, during which 75 people were arrested and 49 policemen were injured. "The leaders are opening the doors to vandalism and delinquency," presidential spokesman Andres Chadwick said. "How much more should we put up with these illegal marches that call on school takeovers and that threaten a violent August? What does that have to with education?" The crisis over education reform in Chile remains unresolved despite more than a year of demonstrations by students, teachers and families. Damages to public transport "It's unacceptable," said transportation minister Pedro Pablo Errazuriz.

Why I Jumped Off The Ivory Tower I'm leaving my position as a tenured Associate Professor of Philosophy and taking a job in the private sector. By any normal standards, my academic job was excellent. I was tenured at a Research-1 institution, in a department with a growing PhD program. I had a lot of freedom to pursue the kind of research and teaching that I wanted. And I used that freedom to pursue a lot of diverse interests. I should begin by acknowledging that I've had some major and sometimes quite public conflicts with my home department and administration, especially about their treatment of my spouse, which I strongly believe to be the result of highly sexist attitudes. My decision to leave isn't really about my department or university in particular, but about a perverse incentive structure that maintains the status quo, rewards mediocrity, and discourages potentially high-impact, interdisciplinary work. Interdisciplinarity I happen to agree with this sentiment. Here is one tiny example. Impact Finally

Quitting academic jobs: professor Zachary Ernst and other leaving tenure and tenure-track jobs. Why? Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images Sarah Kendzior, Al-Jazeera English’s firebrand of social and economic justice, suggested this week that there should be a Norton Anthology of Academics Declaring They Quit, among whose august contributions she would place Zachary Ernst’s “Why I Jumped Off the Ivory Tower.” Ernst’s Oct. 20 essay is a deeply honest account of his acrimonious departure from what many would consider a dream job: a tenured position as a philosophy professor at the University of Missouri. Ernst’s contribution is indeed part of a raucous subgenre of “I Quit Lit” in (or rather, out of) academe, which includes Kendzior’s own acidic “The Closing of American Academia,” Alexandra Lord’s surprisingly controversial “Location, Location, Location,” and my own satirical public breakdown. But there’s an important way that Ernst’s essay distinguishes itself: Most I Quitters are like me, which is to say failed academics, or like Lord, whose disillusion hit her midway down the tenure track.

Analysis: Akin row shows GOP's social-fiscal rift TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Every now and then, an event awakens the ever-slumbering tensions between the Republican Party's two core wings: social conservatives and corporate interests. A Missouri congressman's comment about rape and pregnancy was one such moment, and it came just as Republicans were hoping for a united front at their convention to nominate Mitt Romney for president. A full-blown rupture — such as the one at the 1992 convention, when a defeated candidate declared a national "culture war" — seems unlikely. But even a modest squabble between key party factions might raise concerns in a tight presidential race. Romney joined other mainstream Republicans in denouncing the Aug. 19 remarks by Rep. Romney called Akin's comments "offensive and wrong." Like many other top Republicans, Romney stopped short of criticizing Akin's stand on abortion, as opposed to his comments about rape and conception. Romney would allow abortions in instances of rape and incest. View gallery

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Think Voter ID Laws Couldn't Cost You Your Vote? Think Again. A 93-year-old great-great grandmother who alleges she will be disenfranchised by Pennsylvania's recently enacted voter ID law heads to trial on Wednesday. In legal action backed by the ACLU and NAACP, Viviette Applewhite claims she no longer possesses any of the documents she needs to get a photo ID. Without it, she won't be able to cast a ballot this November in the Keystone State. It's the latest clash in an ongoing back-and-forth between voter ID advocates and opponents. Voter ID supporters argue that identification requirements for registered voters helps prevent voter fraud, ensuring the integrity of elections. Adversaries say the ID requirements stand as a solution in search of a problem. The U.S. While voter ID proponents maintain that new provisions requiring photo identification are sensible and not overburdensome, despite some evidence to the contrary, the situation isn't always so simple. Loading Slideshow PennsylvaniaYou're an average voter in Pennsylvania. Also on HuffPost:

Adviser to adult students wrestles with vocational/liberal ed divide (essay) “Now bear with me, Gentlemen, if what I am about to say has at first sight a fanciful appearance.” --John Henry Cardinal Newman, from “The Idea of a University” Imagine your job is to help students get into college, and one of the students you’re advising says to you, “It has always been my dream to study philosophy at Harvard.” Let’s say that this student is graduating from a private prep school and you know that money will not be a major worry for her either during or after the college years. Now let’s say that, instead of graduating from an elite high school, this student is graduating from a local ESOL program, where she has been a student in night classes for the past three years, working her way up from near illiteracy to a decent command of spoken and written English. Let’s say her counselor also helped her to find a room in a small apartment in a cheap part of town that she shares with two women she’d never met before she moved in. How do you respond now? But have we?

Methods of Management Development What is management? Simply it is the art of getting work done through people, the way you would have done it yourself and with the available resources. Optimum utilization of resources is the first rule of management. Making the best out of whatever is available with you is a management art. It involves four major functions viz planning, organizing, staffing and controlling/coordinating. What is development? As the word suggests, it is progress i.e. a growth or success over a period of time. So, what is management development? If we put the two together, it simple means one’s improved abilities to manage businesses or self. Best explained, it is the process by which managers discover as well as improve their abilities and skills, which would not only be advantageous to them but also to the organizations for which they work. Why is it needed? How to do it? Ø Dysfunction Analysis Ø Professional Development Case study learningLesson studyTechnical assistanceConsultationRegulation Mentoring

Bernie Sanders Exposes the 26 Billionaires who are Buying the 2012 Election In his new report, America For Sale: A Report on Billionaires Buying the 2012 Election, Sen. Bernie Sanders named names and called out the billionaires who using Citizens United to buy our democracy. In front of a Senate panel today, Sen. Bernie Sanders outed the 26 billionaires who are members of 23 billionaire families that are using Citizens United to buy elections. Sanders explained how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision put the government up for sale, “What the Supreme Court did in Citizens United is to say to these same billionaires and the corporations they control: ‘You own and control the economy, you own Wall Street, you own the coal companies, you own the oil companies. Sen. According to the report, America for Sale: A Report on Billionaires Buying the 2012 Election, here are the 26 billionaires who are trying to buy your government: 1). 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9. 10. 11. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. With his report today, Sen.

Guide to shooting better online video The Canon Vixia HV40. Tips on video equipment, interviewing people on camera & more Target audience: Nonprofits, social change organizations, videographers, educators, foundations, businesses, individuals. This is part of Creating Media, our ongoing series designed to help nonprofits and other organizations learn how to use and make media. Guest post by Diana DayOnline Journalism Review With the increasingly affordable equipment and editing tools available today, it’s possible to turn out professional-looking online video quicker than you’d expect. You can hire an outside video producer, but we think the tools have become simple enough to bring in-house. Equipment you’ll need Camcorders The prices of high-quality hi-definition video cameras have plummeted in the past two years. • The Flip cam has revolutionized the way people capture and share video. • There are an astonishing range of professional-quality video camera in the $450 to $800 range today. Microphone Tripod Elements of video stories

In der Branche gilt das Verhindern von kritischen Berichten als Königsdisziplin „Unsere Arbeit ist prinzipiell nicht öffentlichkeitsfähig“ – mit diesem Leitsatz fasste ein führender Altana-Lobbyist einmal das Arbeitsprinzip seiner Branche zusammen. Noch deutlicher kennzeichnete der Chef einer Berliner Lobby-Agentur, Peter Köppl, das Geschäftmodell der Interessenvertreter: „Lobbying ist vom Grundgedanken her ’non public’.“ Also nicht-öffentlich. Ähnlich geheimnisumwoben arbeitet auch der wichtigste Berliner Lobby-Kreis – das ‚Collegium’ mit etwa 30 Vertretern der führenden DAX-Unternehmen. So abgeschottet und schmallippig die Lobbyisten ihr Geschäft nach innen betreiben, so professionell agieren sie gegenüber Medien und Journalisten. Ein Lehrbuch für die Methoden der „schmutzigen PR“ hat ein Lobbyist in einer bislang nicht veröffentlichten Mappe zusammengestellt. Die ACS-Argumente finden sich bis hin zu Detail-Formulierungen in den Texten führender Wirtschaftsmedien wieder.

MANAGEMENT - A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE Institute for Christian Teaching Education Department of Seventh-day Adventist by Braam Oberholster Business Department Helderberg College Somerset West, South Africa Prepared for the International Faith and Learning Seminar held at Helderberg College, Somerset West, South Africa December 1993 167-93 institute for Christian Teaching 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA Introduction The concept of management can be traced back to the beginnings of this planet. Management is applied to every aspect of human life. Management today is a well-developed field of study with a variety of techniques and mechanisms to achieve its purposes. This essay explores the underlying currents in many management perspectives, showing their anti-Christian bias; and then suggests some direction for the Christian manager. Defining Management It is difficult to pin down precisely what is meant by the term "management." I will argue that management is all of these, and more. a. b. C. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. a. b.

Nie trzeba nas sztucznie dyscyplinować parytetami i szpikować genderem. Histeria feministek zbędna. Polki znają swoją wartość i już wieki temu zadziwiały Zachód Udział kobiet w parlamencie jest blisko dwukrotnie niższy niż np. w Szwecji. Podobne, negatywne tendencje charakteryzują inne organy pochodzące z wyboru: rady gmin, rady powiatów, czy sejmiki województw - kobiety stanowią około 25 proc. wszystkich radnych - pisze Lipowicz do Kozłowskiej-Rajewicz, pytając „o planowane na 2014 działania edukacyjne i promocyjne mające na celu przeciwdziałanie zjawisku niedoreprezentowania kobiet w sferze publicznej”. Jest zapewnienie, że odpowiedź już się gotuje w wielkim kotle równościowych absurdów. Według Lipowicz, do Polek nadal nie dotarła informacja, że ich wspaniałomyślne siostry wyzwolicielki, zdobyły dla nich prawa wyborcze. Należy więc jak najszybciej ruszyć do zaściankowych domostw z kagankiem równościowej oświaty. - podkreśliła w swoim liście Lipowicz. Ideologia gender aż kipi od nielogiczności. Być może genderowe parytety to łokcie pokrzywdzonych przez system polityczny kobiet Zachodu?

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