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An argument I will not have again

1/ All institutions need more tenure track hires. That doesn’t mean everyone has to emphasize research to the exclusion of everything else; it means everyone deserves to be on some form of tenure track.

2/ If you have your NTT people on FTE, with benefits, pensions, offices, telephones, and representation in shared governance, that is good (and forsooth, you should have accomplished it by now), but it is not enough.

3/ If you are one of those people who says, “Gosh! We should really start saying hello to our NTT people in the halls, it is so rude of us to ignore them, as we do!” you were clearly very poorly brought up, what can I say. But don’t start greeting them and congratulate yourself for having taken important political action. When you start greeting them, all you will have done is take a small step toward minimal politeness.

4/ Don’t think you’re going to be able to run a program, or a quality program if you relinquish all your TT lines. Realize as well that you may not be attractive enough to move to unless you can offer the TT; and that even if you are, many others are not.

5/ People who say there is no difference between the M.A. and the Ph.D., and that an NTT job with perks is good enough, are neither serious nor sincere. They are just trying to get away with continuing to overburden and underemploy, while representing themselves as heroic champions of the downtrodden.

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Read and quake

According to the College Board, the published tuition and fees of private, nonprofit colleges and universities increased between 2007-8 and 2017-18 at an average rate of 2.4 percent. Given the growth in wealth during that period of the top 1 percent of earners, plus the shifting of financial aid away from the most needy and toward “merit scholarships” for the affluent, it is likely that college for the highest earners is actually less expensive in real terms today than it was a decade ago. The same cannot be said for the majority of the population.

Quoted from here.

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Network of concerned academics

An antidote to the professor watch list.

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Diferenciando

Remember our football players, saying rude things about a political candidate in the locker room when they did not know they could be heard? That is what I would call free speech in the first place, and youthful high jinks at worst. Yet they did not get away with it, and it is possible some could have been 17. The new Supreme Court Justice, however, is not destined for a pleasant afterlife.

And here is the slightly overwrought, yet convincing article on how capitalism necessarily implodes into fascism AND causes eco-disaster, which in turn becomes a final solution and is thus welcomed and encouraged, even though that seems illogical and even suicidal on its face.

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C’était quoi?

Kavanaugh and his friends say it doesn’t matter, these things don’t matter, they’re rites of passage for men, and they say this while, in some cases, also defending rights of rapists to prevent their victims from aborting. It’s the whole package that has people disgusted.

I do tend to agree that K.’s record, and the actual reasons for putting him in, should not have been overshadowed.

In all the discussion what I think people lose sight of is that it’s NOT a criminal case (those standards of evidence don’t apply) and also not JUST a job interview. It’s a permanent judgeship on the highest court. There are codes of conduct and standards for these positions that aren’t the same as those you follow. They ask for more.

And I don’t buy the idea that this is a slippery slope toward unreasonable scrutiny of all job candidates, nor that I owe this person solidarity because we job candidates need to look past differences and hang together so we do not hang separately. I don’t owe solidarity to Avital Ronell, either.

If these people had any solidarity they wouldn’t act as they do, and if Kavanaugh were a patriot he’d have stepped out of this fight so that the court could retain some credibility. But no — he’s for himself and Trump, period. Disgusting.

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The update

It isn’t really a union fight, it is a struggle against patriarchal violence.

Also, O union men, I am not sure how deeply conscious you are if the first solution you think of in difficult times is layoffs.

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Mavis Staples

Amazing corruption and duplicity, and nobody is willing to fight. I am going in alone, and I shall not be moved. Listen to the amazing voice of Mavis Staples, as she was and will be.

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