Archive for November 27th, 2011

November 27th, 2011 - 2:53 pm § in UW

Berkeley Blog: Are Faculty Joining the 99% Movement?

There’s something happening here… “I plan to be at the meeting tomorrow, one of the very few Academic Senate meetings I will have attended in my 17+ years as a faculty member here. I am not proud of not attending Senate meetings. I have good reasons why I often could not: they tend (like t[...]

November 27th, 2011 - 2:01 pm § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: Syria in Cherem

In the Bush years we promoted democracy in the fashion of Napoleon … using the force of arms.  Under Obama, we have the “lead from behind” doctrine.  Impressive! “Cherem” expulsion from the community, a term used by Jewish communities when we excluded someone like Spi[...]

November 27th, 2011 - 12:18 pm § in America

BREAKING NEWS: That Leaves Newt?

With Rick Perry’s horrid performance, the realists of the Republican Party have been faced with an impossible choice.  Romney is, at best, an uninspiring candidate.  At worst, if elected, Romney seems very unlikely to be able to lead the fractious Republican Party.  Huntsman is very impress[...]

November 27th, 2011 - 11:36 am § in Misc.

Letter to Puddy

A letter to Puddy, Puddy is the nom de web of a friend of mine who comments a lot over at HorsesAss. The fictional Puddy is a far right, Adventist, self-made African-American, intellectual. In my mind’s eye “puddy” looks like Cat, the character from Red Dwarf. The “real Puddy[...]

November 27th, 2011 - 5:06 am § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS, Lynn Margulis, Death of a Prophet

Lynn Margulis Dies November 23, 2011 Lynn Margulis, 73, author of the theory that parts of our cells are derived from symbiotic bacteria, has died ( see the Web page of the University of Massachusetts.)  Her ideas have all the romance and wonder of biblical prophecy. Margulis was also known for her[...]