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The Can Kicks Back Campus Grassroots Effort: Dried Up

“The Can Kicks Back” depicts itself as a social movement of young people who all “individually” decided in 2012 taxing more poor people, taxing corporations less, and cutting social programs is a keen idea, then joined together in a grassroots firestorm sweeping the nation in a grand populist melange of mixed metaphors. That’s the story [...]

49 Senators Vote to Double Student Loan Rates (Are Your Senators on the List?)

51 members of the United States Senate voted yesterday for S.1238, a bill to keep the interest rate for undergraduate loans at an annual rate of 3.4% rather than double the student loan rate to 6.8% per year. That’s a bare majority in favor of keeping a university education more affordable for Americans. Low student [...]

Anything Government Does, Business Does Better? Try the University of Phoenix

In the SBR Forum, “John Galt” writes:

“Is there anything that the Government does better than the Private Sector?

I ask this question because I honestly can’t think of anything. I do realize there is a need for Government and I’m very happy for some of the things that the Government provides. Such as… our [...]

350.org Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Hits American Campuses (at least on the Internet)

In the 1980s, nearly two hundred colleges and universities across the United States agreed to divest — that is, stop investing their endowment funds — in businesses involved in the deeply racist Apartheid regime of South Africa. In this decade, the Fossil Free movement is organizing students and faculty on college campuses, who are in [...]

Say Yes to the Future, No to Bank-Run America: Protest in Times Square May 15

I note in this morning’s Bangor Daily News that Governor Paul LePage and his Republican allies intend to cut funding for Head Start programs, despite solid empirical evidence that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, nearly nine dollars in economic benefit to society is generated.

I note two excerpts from yesterday’s New York [...]

Halderman offers Free Course on Electronic Voting

By September 3 2012, the apparently abortive online nominating voting via Americans Elect will have concluded. With hidden votes already happening and the secret ballot done away with, it will be a time for reflection on the future of internet voting. Can a safe, secure and corruption-free system for internet-based democracy actually be built?

Starting [...]

Nut Cracked by University. Fish Waves Hands. Which is Stranger?

Stanley Fish doesn’t like the idea of unrestrained academic freedom. And in a gesture against the idea of unrestrained academic freedom, Stanley Fish points at the case of a tenured professor in Canada who said all sorts of wild things about how classes on particular subjects should be taught on other subjects instead, and how [...]

David Horowitz Turn In Your Professor Effort Goes Defunct

Five years ago, ultraconservative David Horowitz created a web site mistitled “Students for Academic Freedom.” The whole “students” bit was added to make it appear that Horowitz wasn’t the driving force of the effort, and the whole effort was about “Academic Freedom” to the extent that George W. Bush’s “Clear Skies Initiative” was really about [...]

We Are Not Transcending Anything

Transcendence sounds great when you haven’t built a life yet, and you’ve got nothing to lose. Nowadays, transcendence sounds more like surrender than anything else. [...]

Piegorsch Research Showing Risk of Terrorism For US Cities Is Hype

If Walter Piergorsch actually based his research on historical facts of what bioterrorism has been in the United States, he wouldn’t have ever said that railroads, natural environment or critical industries in a city would be a factor. Think about it: When has a bioterrorist attack in the United States targeted a railroad or used a railroad as a means of pathogen dispersal? [...]