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 on: Today at 02:51:11 am 
Started by treehugger1 - Last post by larryc
Bernie is MUCH stronger candidate for the general election. He polls better than Hillary in all the theoretical matchup polls. His supposedly "radical" policies--free college, breaking the big banks, raising the minimum wage--are all wildly popular with the public at large. We Democrats have become too craven, a byproduct of our toxic relationships with the Clintons. Let's be fvcking Democrats, by God.

And do not forget Hillary's miles-long trail of baggage. The Republicans have made up so much s***e that we have forgotten about the real stuff--her habitual lying (her plane being fired up in Sarajevo), her many positions on the issues, the email server in her closet with top secret materials, and above all her ties to Wall Street. And then there is all the Bill baggage, which dwarfs even Hillary's. We haven't been hearing about all of this because Bernie don't play that way--but the Republicans are going to cream her.

#feelthebern!

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 on: Today at 01:40:32 am 
Started by emil5152 - Last post by usukprof
I just started a poll on whether we think Simon Newman should be fired.

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 on: Today at 01:32:00 am 
Started by usukprof - Last post by usukprof
We've got a thread, but I thought we ought to have a poll.  Please don't start another discussion thread here, but rather use the link in the previous sentence.  And while it pained me to not have 'squirrel!' as a third option, this is serious business.  This might even get quoted in the popular press...

Simon Newman has become infamous for the quote "This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you canít. You just have to drown the bunnies Ö put a Glock to their heads.", and subsequently firing two faculty members (one tenured) without due process.  The faculty has voted 87-3 for him to resign.  There is a petition for academics to sign that currently is approaching 10,000 signatures.


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 on: Today at 12:59:19 am 
Started by treehugger1 - Last post by daniel_von_flanagan
No need to be patronizing.

As far as I can tell, Kunin was a competent governor who while she was in office had an agenda that was much like the agenda of any other liberal Democrat. with no special accomplishments on women's issues.  (In contrast, for example, to a Patsy Mink.)  She then went to work for Clinton's husband, recently wrote a book that looks interesting on the history of women in politics, and now is stumping around for Clinton, as she did in 2008 and has every right to do.  However, any comments she makes about Sanders has to be viewed in this context, and conveys no special wisdom as to who women should vote for.  Women and men should vote for whoever they support, on whatever grounds they feel comfortable using to make their decision.

It is ridiculous for Sanders or his supporters to tell women they should not vote for Clinton just because she is a woman.  All the recent statements by older women critical of the choice younger women are making in favor of Sanders are equally ridiculous. 

The idea that Sanders is reusing plays from an old playbook is interesting, but it is something Clinton is doing as well; it is a reasonable political strategy when you are faced with a similar problem on two separate occasions.  That  it didn't work well last time for Sanders or Clinton is something their strategists will have to think about. - DvF

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 on: Today at 12:50:54 am 
Started by mickeymantle - Last post by modre_oci3
Quite a bit of news has unfolded in just the past couple of weeks as unionization efforts roll along in MInnesota and elsewhere. Here is a snapshot of recent articles.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and CSU campus faculty plan for strike:
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article59246398.html
http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/news_blog/csumb-faculty-plan-possible-strike/article_7ea2c216-d1d9-11e5-b7ee-db8eff992ef2.html

USC faculty unionization efforts:
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-usc-union-20160201-story.html
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-usc-union-vote-20160202-story.html

Wells College contingent faculty vote to join SEIU:
http://www.ithaca.com/news/wells-part-time-and-adjuncts-form-union/article_35073b12-c6be-11e5-82d7-833d663e7d28.html?mode=jqm

Duke University NTT faculty file for union vote:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/duke-university-professors-union_us_56bcda88e4b0b40245c5b5db



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 on: Today at 12:40:11 am 
Started by treehugger1 - Last post by proftowanda
Huh.  I found quite a bit about her record in those readings.
F'rinstance?  She was governor for 2 terms, surely there's some bit of relevant policy or legislation one can point to.

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That also would suggest differing definitions of feminism (which is not solely about "women's issues").
Honestly, that's too vague to respond to.  If you're going to elect person A over person B because you think they will be better for women, I think that is a legitimate reason, but "better for women" then needs some sort of concrete meaning.

  - DvF


Re my vote, it is based on far more than feminism, but that was the topic under discussion. 

Re my being too vague for you:  I teach this all day, I'm grading assignments on it now, which require 'splaining . . . and I'm just too tired to tutor it here, too.  There are many finer minds than mine on feminism, whose work even is accessible on the Internet.


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 on: Today at 12:30:16 am 
Started by treehugger1 - Last post by clean
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But if the GOP comes to their senses and nominates someone like Rubio, Bush, or Kasich (

I am not sure who I would vote for in the upcoming 'presidential preference poll'.  My state votes later, so it is possible that either Bush or Kasich (or both) will be out by then.  

If I decide to vote in the democratic election, I would tend toward Sanders.  I think that his relative extreme views seem to be more heartfelt or genuine.  I don't think that he could pass 1/3 of what he would like to do, and that may actually be great.  However, just having him in office and tilting the congress a little more away from the 1/3 of the legislature that has gone 'plumb mad dog mean' (to quote Jesse Wales).  

For the general election, though, I would , at this point, find it difficult  to vote for a Reality star or a Texas Senator.  At the same time, I m not sure that I can bring myself to vote for Secretary Clinton at this juncture either.

Perhaps I am naÔve, but this election cycle seems to be one with the worst set of choices available.  

Maybe Im just not remembering.  When I went to PhD school I remember keeping my voter registration in my home state just so that I could "vote again' some of em"  

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 on: Today at 12:25:39 am 
Started by treehugger1 - Last post by daniel_von_flanagan
Huh.  I found quite a bit about her record in those readings.
F'rinstance?  She was governor for 2 terms, surely there's some bit of relevant policy or legislation one can point to.

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That also would suggest differing definitions of feminism (which is not solely about "women's issues").
Honestly, that's too vague to respond to.  If you're going to elect person A over person B because you think they will be better for women, I think that is a legitimate reason, but "better for women" then needs some sort of concrete meaning.

Look, if Bernie said he was more of a feminist than Kunin, that was probably a stupid thing to say; having a woman as governor 30 years ago was a pretty big deal in and of itself (as however was having a woman as PM of England at around the same time).  However, either men can be feminists or they can't be. If they can't, then it is a vacuous criterion in an electoral context.  If they can be, it is entirely plausible that a given man might be more feminist than a given woman, even a woman who is on the political left.  I don't know of any evidence that this applies to Sanders, but his assertions were not and are not prima facie ridiculous.  - DvF

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 on: Today at 12:19:12 am 
Started by emil5152 - Last post by mountainguy
U.S. News and World Report article addresses Mount Saint Mary's as symptomatic of the challenges facing lower-tier SLACs. Key takeaway:

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"If this was about legitimately being afraid of students having a lot of debt with no degree, then this is a conversation about some of the worst message-delivery imaginable," Miller says. "If this was about saving money to put to other purposes of unknown merits, then it's a conversation about whether universities are acting in the interest of students."

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 on: Today at 12:14:55 am 
Started by clean - Last post by clean
At a conference in FL.  Most of the prices are in the 1.77-1.88 range.

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