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Some really terrible ideas from the Obama Administration

So my summer online section of World Civilization to 1650 is just about done, and now that I have space, I should be working on my monograph. 

 

A not-Syria Labor Day Open Thread

So while we wait for Congress to get back into town and decide things on Syria, there's still other stuff happening in this great, big, beautiful world of ours.

 

In Japan, the rubber-suited monsters that brought international fame and recognition to its film industry are gradually fading into oblivion.

A not-Syria Labor Day Open Thread

So while we wait for Congress to get back into town and decide things on Syria, there's still other stuff happening in this great, big, beautiful world of ours.

 

In Japan, the rubber-suited monsters that brought international fame and recognition to its film industry are gradually fading into oblivion.

Guess who's an assistant professor?

So I've been around less this last few months since, well, the issues of a second term Obama administration are issues that are sort of thing that are fairly fine grained and often involve issues of regulatory policy.

 

But...

 

I have exciting news...

 

I have accepted an offer for a tenure-track assistant professorship!

A grab-bag of Boxing Day thoughts on guns, gun control, and the law

So this thread is sort of meant to piggyback on eeyn's on the issue of Doing Something in the wake of the recent shooting. So, here's a general presentation of facts that we'll need to deal with in discussing firearm violence:

 

1) Homicides are at sixty-year lows. Seriously, our murder rate hasn't been this low since men wore dapper hats in public non ironically.

 

1a) America's homicide rates are generally way behind Western Europe and Canada, but ahead of the former USSR and developing world.

 

We need an open thread

so here it is.  Have fun!

We just might be okay after all Open Thread

Across the sea, it appears that whatever else happens, Greece is probably not going to sink the Euro and Eurozone.  It appears that 95% of Greek bondholders have agreed to a substantial reduction in Greece's debt.  (Regrettably Greece itself is probably hosed, but it's looking increasingly less likely that it will serve as a millstone around the neck of Europe's collective economy).

 

Un-Valentine's Day Open Thread

In 1969, the Vatican struck St. Valentine from the Calendar of Saints.  But that doesn't mean we can't use the feast of a probably-legendary saint to celebrate Eros.

 

Consider this your open thread.

Wednesday Open Thread

Holy crud, it's already Wednesday.

 

[Tries to think of something to say.]

 

...

 

Consider this your open thread.

The Arab Street has erupted

So in the aftermath of 9/11, we were told by some well-meaning people that the U.S.

Welcome to Gerontocracy

There's a phantom quotation that one often hears cited by those on America's political right, the gist of which is that democracy survives only until people realize that they can vote themselves an income:

 

Manufacturing is not the Issue

Okay, one last substantive post till Monday when I move into my new digs and find out what classes I'll be teaching.

 

Every now and again, center-left blogger Matthew Yglesias posts a link showing the rise of American manufacturing output over the last 40 years.  This chart is usually met with howls of derision in the comments, with people noting that it is a lie by which we conceal how our evil corporate masters have sent all of the good jobs overseas. 

 

[Quasi sign-off] The End of my Recession

So it turns out to be a good thing that I hadn't yet signed that adjuncting contract, because I just got an offer on a history lecturership. It's non tenure-track (par for the course these days) and involves teaching at a university's expansion campus, primarily for non-traditional students, to include military personnel. I'll be teaching lots of Western Civ I and II and World History I and II along with the occasional upper-division course. The best part of it is that it bumps me up into another tax bracket. So I'm officially calling an end to the Andrew-cession.

War Fatigue

Even in a best-case scenario, Iraq is going to have an endemic terrorism problem for long, long after the U.S. military has left. Iraq still gets the equivalent of an Oklahoma City every other month or so. But this terrorism receives little or no attention in the American news media. For a bombing to get mentioned on TV news, it has to be big. The war in Iraq has vanished from the attention of the American news viewing and news reading public.

Dispatches from U6

So as most of you know, I am a historian who just finished grad school. Now then, up until fall of 2008, the employment ecosystem of humanities academia was fairly well-established. A few very lucky people (or people with PhD's from an Ivy) would go directly to tenure-track positions after finishing their PhD. Most people finishing their PhD's, however, would find positions as adjunct instructors, teaching with no benefits for two to three thousand dollars per class.

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