Archive for April 6th, 2011

April 6th, 2011 - 10:43 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Kristoff: on faculty unions.

Nicholas Kristoff,  NY Times Teaching is unusual among the professions in that it pays poorly but has strong union protections and lockstep wage increases. It’s a factory model of compensation, and critics are right to fault it. But the bottom line is that we should pay teachers more, not less [...]

April 6th, 2011 - 6:46 pm § in Misc.

NIMBY: Neighbors vs. Neighborhood Cafe

Ed. I get complaints that TA is always about BIG issues, here is my answer: One of my neighbors sent me an email that I would like to endorse,  We live on Capital Hill and one of the best parts of this place is the small stores and restaurants scattered here and there.  One of […][...]

April 6th, 2011 - 4:35 pm § in America

Report From Olympia: Tuesday Kick-Starts Week of Action

Tuesday’s march and rally at the Capitol gave a strong kick-start for a week of protests that will continue through Friday. The day was organized and led by the Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget, a local grassroots group that lives up to its name. The day was tainted by the dramatic Olympia w[...]

April 6th, 2011 - 3:10 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

UFWS: Credits to Rep Ross Hunter for doing his best.

(Washington is one of the) “dumb, dumber, dumbest” states, for having recorded our poorest rates of investment in higher education over the last two fiscal years.  In FY 2010, we spent $5.48 per $1000 of personal income in this state on higher education.  That’s 63.7% below our peak of $15.5[...]

April 6th, 2011 - 2:14 pm § in America, Hypocrisy


Beck off Fox News,Will Create Special Content Glenn intends to transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year. Read News Release: NEW YORK– FOX News and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s production company, are proud to announce that the[...]

April 6th, 2011 - 12:57 pm § in Misc., UW

BREAKING NEWS: UW Faculty Announce Effort to Create a Union.

from AAUP listserv: Working Towards a Union for the UW faculty by Raya Fidel, Professor, Information School   The quality of faculty work life at the UW has deteriorated during the last decade.  Throughout the years the Faculty Senate has worked diligently to represent the faculty and it needs[...]

April 6th, 2011 - 12:53 pm § in America

UPDATE: Wisconsin Voters Recall Republican Judge

UPDATE:  — The  Waukesha County clerk announced that the vote total announced for Tuesday’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race had been mistaken — The new total puts Prosser on a significant path to victory, about 7,500 votes ahead of Kloppenburg.  Sad outcome.  Will the energy that [...]

April 6th, 2011 - 10:59 am § in China

The Boss Comes to Beijing

  Ed.  Today’s edition of Xinhua News announces that Dylan is giving a concert in Beijing. Unfortunately, world famous artist, Ai Wai Wai, will not be able to attend as he is in prison for casting aspersions on the good intentions of the oligarchy. from Inquirer.Net, 3/12/2011: BEIJING &[...]

April 6th, 2011 - 9:36 am § in Misc.

One last world shaking discovery from Fermilab: The God Particle?

From Fermilab’s Tevatron, once the world’s most powerful particle accelerator and now slated to go dark forever in September or earlier, whenever Fermilab runs out of money to operate it.  … The Higgs Boson? “Nobody knows what this is, if it is real, it would be the most significant dis[...]

April 6th, 2011 - 9:04 am § in UW

USN&WR: UW Medical School ONLY Public School In Top Ten!

I am sure we would all like to tell Jim McDermott, our Congressman, about this? Congressman,  McDermott, an MD and a strong advocate of better health care for Americans, seems unaware that the UWSOM is rated #1 in primary care and rural medicine.  He should visit Seattle![...]