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May 10th, 2011 - 10:03 pm § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: Salman Rushdie: perhaps the time has come to declare Pakistan a terrorist state and expel it from the comity of nations.

Are we really supposed to believe that Pakistan didn’t know Osama bin Laden was living there for five years? Salman Rushdie from the Daily Beast, excerpted: Osama bin Laden died on Walpurgisnacht, the night of black sabbaths and bonfires. Not an inappropriate night for the Chief Witch to fall off [...]

May 10th, 2011 - 9:48 pm § in Uncategorized

FSU Allows Donor To Screen Faculty Candidates

My jaw dropped when I saw this item in the St. Petersburg, Florida, Times (via the vigilant folks at Buzzflash.com). http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/billionaires-role-in-hiring-decisions-at-florida-state-university-raises/1168680 Florida State University has accepted a $1.5 million gift from b[...]

May 10th, 2011 - 5:11 pm § in Misc.

Article on WGU Fails to Ask the Obvious Questions

Ed. I recommend an article on Western Governor’s University at the Inside Higher Education website. What worries me, however, is that the author, Steve Kolowich, focuses on the challenge to WGU from teachers and educators.  These are people who his readers may see as having a personal interes[...]

May 10th, 2011 - 3:02 pm § in America

Tell KTTH, Dump Beck

Links on the Ave From The Hill From Blatherwatch From Firedoglake Glenn Beck’s Focus on CUNY Professor Brings Her Death Threats The other side.  [...]

May 10th, 2011 - 7:00 am § in Religion

佛誕日 부처님 오신 날 The Mitzvot for Buddha’s Birthday

Ed. Central to Judaism is the idea of “mitzvah.”  Mitzvah is one of those words that do not translate well. It can mean law, good deed, and religious obligation all at the same time.  Moreover, in Judaism, the mitzvot (plural) are themselves eternal, not so much mandated by God, but li[...]