- A “Persian” Iran?: Challenging the Aryan Myth and Persian Ethnocentrism
- It's Time to Stop Saying 'Caucasian
- 'The Andalus Test: Reflections on the Attempt to Publish Arabic Literature in Hebrew
- On poetry in Northeast India
- A walk through the Institut d'Egypte wreckage
- Wax statues of Iraqi clerics [YouTube]
- The Far-Flung Archives
- Arab Women Writers
- A journey to the other Iraq
- The Most Beautiful Corn in the World
- Libyan street art
- Kuwaiti Google Earth Alphabet
- A politics of non-recognition? Biopolitics of Arab Gulf worker protests in the year of uprisings [pdf]
- How do the Egyptian Presidential Candidates' Posters Compare?
- On the connections between Sanskrit and Lithuanian
- The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project
- The Neglected Right of Assembly.
- “My mother got all the care she needed and no one presented her or us with a bill”
- Congressional Data: conservative outside money 4X greater than liberal.
- The ultimate scorecard.
- Former president of Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp: "Fuck the compliance area – procedures, schmecedures”
- “Hedge-fund master of flash trading poured a clandestine $1 million into ads attacking 'Ground Zero Mosque'”
- "Twitter will take Facebook down slowly and steadily"
- Search as speech; the irony of free speech; the tragedy of free speech.
- University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Prof (and former law enforcer) takes on Yale Law Prof.
- The "“Tea Party Caucus” of corporate and securities law professors," and its rewards. What would Mirowski say?
The New York Times on student debt: "Student Loans Weigh Down a Generation with Heavy Debt" and "Slowly, as Student Debt Rises, Colleges Confront Costs":
Moody’s Investors Service, in a report earlier this year, said it had a favorable outlook for the nation’s most elite private colleges and large state institutions, those with the “strongest market positions” that had multiple ways to generate revenue. Ohio State, for instance, received a stable outlook from Moody’s last fall, though the report cautioned about the school’s debt and reliance on its medical center for revenue.
But Moody’s issued a negative outlook for a majority of colleges and universities heavily dependent on tuition and state revenue.
“Tuition levels are at a tipping point,” Moody’s wrote, adding later, “We anticipate an ongoing bifurcation of student demand favoring the highest quality and most affordable higher education options."
- As part of the police raid on Occupy the Farm, UCPD brought Officer Steven Own (Badge #363) up 500 miles from UCLA.Officer Own has an open complaint for sexual harassment against him from a UCB student.
- Under heavy UCPD guard, a bulldozer destroys the farm. Watch for the rogue waterer.
- Unclean Hands at the Gill Tract? UC Berkeley researchers say they have nothing to do with Big Agribusiness, but records show that companies like Monsanto profit from their work.
- Occupy the Farm Dug In, Dug Up, by Susie Cagle
- "I am not giving up in the face of vandalism and civil disobedience," said Quebec's education minister as she gave up in the face of vandalism and civil disobedience.
- While continuing to cut necessary services, Gov. Brown's May budget revision increases prison spending by $807 million.
When high tuition drives resident students away:
…university dependence on private money -- student tuition in particular -- has pushed a huge portion of the higher ed sector into manipulating exactly the young people they are charged to enlighten.
Ending the Master Plan won't even help the budget [Bob Meister's original "They Pledged Your Tuition" article is here]:
[A]fter all the trouble UCOP went to deny the implication of CUCFA president Robert Meister's analysis that UC might not only pledge tuition money for construction bonds but use [it] to pay them off, it's as if UCOP said "hmm, maybe we should do that after all," and are now negotiating the possibility.
- New chancellor of UCSD -- whose salary the UC Regents voted to increase to $411,000 during their May 16 meeting --outlines his vision of the "entrepreneurial" public university and discusses the dual role of UC students: docile bodies to be molded by, and future donors to, the university.
- Occupy Oakland is dead; Long live the Oakland Commune!
- Cybernetics of the LRAD
- The Writer's Twin
- The Graduate
- Robbie Adams: Recording U2's Achtung Baby & Zooropa
- The Sorrows of Repetition
- Notes from Iceland
- Farm to Market: Can the Stanford Humanities PhD "Remain Relevant"?
- Sex as Work and Sex Work
- David Mitchell on Cloud Atlas’ Provenance: Good Writers are Good Magpies
- Banks Behaving Badly
- propaganda links
- Attachment Parenting: More Guilt for Mother
- The Marines' Breast Cancer Epidemic
- Of Farming, Cloud Communities and Issue-Driven Occupation: A Model for Occupy 2.0
- How FBI Entrapment Is Inventing 'Terrorists' - and Letting Bad Guys Off the Hook
- Honduras’ Illegitimate President and His Cheering Squad
- And a Girl Shall Terrify Them
- Should Obama’s Health Care Be Opposed?
- My Uncle Mai (By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
- Congrats New Grads, By the Way, You Know Nothing
- Stand Your Ground, Ladies: you Have No Ground to Stand On
No doubt: the bathroom occupies an ambiguous position among the rooms of our houses at present. A position that oscillates between the most private and the almost public (‘social’). This oscillation can be taken as one of the measurements of our cultural position, both horizontally (from the point of view of history) and vertically (from the point of view of social structure).
- Quebec Passes Draconian Anti-Protest Law
- Quebec’s Slapdash Gutting of Civil Liberties
- Quebec’s New Anti-Protest Law Could Shut Down Campus Student Associations for Years
Links taken from Gerry Canavan:
- “The cruelest thing you can do to Kerouac,” Hanif Kureishi has a character say in The Buddha of Suburbia, “is reread him at thirty-eight.” If that was true, I wondered as I opened the first two volumes of the Library of America’s ongoing series of the complete novels, then what of Vonnegut at a decade older still?
- Bumper sticker of the month: MY OTHER CAR IS A STUDENT LOAN.
- Inside Halden, the most humane prison in the world.
- Vulture Magazine tells Wes Anderson that they made a movie out of Battleship. He is… nonplussed.
- When Pauline Kael watched Rushmore.
- Why Teaching Equality Hurts Men.
- A Crackdown in Crayon: Bahrain’s Children Draw Their Country’s Crisis.
- “The prison and the military are poisons, but perversely, the sick body must keep ingesting them to survive, making itself constantly worse. Prison creates a society that needs prisons, and the military creates a society that needs militarism.” -Hardt and Negri, Declaration
- From Ph.D. to Escort: How Debt Can Change Students.
Links taken from Backslash Scott:
- Lions in Winter, Part 1 and Part 2 – a really great read on the New York Public Library.
- Randa Jarr on getting sent to “The Arab Room” at Ben Gurion Airport
- George Lucas gets revenge on his neighbors.
- A fascinating look at social jet lag, internal clocks, and why we’re so tired.
- People who think Obama is gay.
- Chaperon-moms spray Lysol on girls for grinding at prom.