Archive for February 16th, 2011

February 16th, 2011 - 11:57 pm § in Uncategorized

Soros on Democracy in Egypt

George Soros from the Washington Post ……  In reality, Israel has as much to gain from the spread of democracy in the Middle East as the United States has. But Israel is unlikely to recognize its own best interests because the change is too sudden and carries too many risks. And some U.S[...]

February 16th, 2011 - 10:43 pm § in Jews, Misc., Science

Do Short Sephardim Have The Immortality Gene?

from the NY Times The villagers are very small, generally less than three and a half feet tall, and have a rare condition known as Laron syndrome or Laron-type dwarfism. They are probably the descendants of conversos, Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal who were forced to convert to Christianity [...]

February 16th, 2011 - 12:24 pm § in Schools & Colleges, UW

United Faculty Calls on Faculty to Speak Up!

from Bill Lyne at the United Faculty of Washington Here, at the blog, if we had a nickel for every time a legislator said to us, “I love you guys, but no one ever writes or calls me about universities, so you’re never going to be on the top of my list,” we could cash […][...]

February 16th, 2011 - 11:47 am § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

UW (the other one) Students and Professors Rally Against Governor

from The Chronicle, by Jack Stripling, via Raya Fidel. Thousands of protesters gathered on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol here on Tuesday to voice their opposition to a fast-moving proposal that would strip the union bargaining rights for University of Wisconsin faculty and staff members, [...]

February 16th, 2011 - 11:36 am § in Schools & Colleges

35 Hour Work Week?

Kean U. Requires Faculty Members to Fill Out Time Sheets February 15, 2011, 4:30 pm Administrators at Kean University, a state institution in New Jersey, have asked faculty members to fill out daily time sheets to ensure that they are putting in at least a 35-hour workweek. The time sheets have beco[...]

February 16th, 2011 - 6:50 am § in Uncategorized

The Secret Recipe for Coca Cola!

from this American Life …. click here for narration. The recipe: Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP, Citric acid: 3 oz, Caffeine: 1 oz, Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity), Water: 2.5 gal, Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart, Vanilla: 1 oz, Caramel: 1.5 oz or more for color Story continues on site: The secr[...]

February 16th, 2011 - 2:18 am § in Schools & Colleges

How Much to Pay A President?

When and if the regents choose to pay an inordinate salary to the next UW president, I assume that their motivation may be that the new super hero must be able to be respected by the crowd at Palm Springs.  That respect is hard to achieve on a professor’s salary.  I hope, however, that the [[...]

February 16th, 2011 - 1:11 am § in Schools & Colleges

Egypt: Three Universities “Closed for up to one year!”

UPDATE This post was first made before the abdication of President Mubarak.  If anyone knows of the current status of these schools, please leave a comment here. 16 Feb 2011. Egypt has informed governments with large numbers of foreign students that at least three major Cairo universities could rem[...]