Monday, April 29, 2024


Why people are leaving the academy

Imagine that you’ve got a budget that can’t cover the cost of four tires on your car, so you decide to maintain three, but the fourth one…well, we’ll just let it wear out, go bald, go flat, maybe shred itself to pieces as you drive down the freeway. The car still runs, it’s maybe just a bit unsafe and kind of inefficient and making horrible noises while you drive. Is that a smart move?

MAGA Americans are doing their best to convince us that the student protests are violent, and that this violence is Biden's fault. (Why are you asking about January 6? What does that have to do with anything?)

Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) have demanded that Biden mobilize the National Guard to protect Jewish Americans on campus. 

Like Tom Cotton gives a shit about Jews. This is exactly what the GOP is doing with trans people -- oo, we need to protect women, oo, what about women's sports? They don't care about women or women's sports, except as a cudgel to attack trans people. They don't care about Jews, except as a way to attack Biden. 

Also, check JD Vance, who is using the same rhetoric that got four students at Kent State killed: these protestors are dirty, so we should shoot them.

Of course, all this will work with our reactionary conservatives, since they don't care what's true; they just want some way to justify their bigotry, and today's GOP works hard to give them that.

Cat tricks

If you're not reading Jo Walton's columns, do you even SF, bro?

So there's this poem I like to assign to my students:

[you fit into me]

you fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye

They never understand it, which puzzled me, until recently, when I realized none of them know what a hook-and-eye is. Dead metaphor kills poem.

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