Morning Must Reads: April 10

Big policy week: budget today, and gun control and immigration tomorrow

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People drink coffee under cherry blossoms as the sun rises along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 7, 2013.

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sacredh
sacredh

I just got back a little while ago from getting tests done. It looks like I have a good chance of avoiding surgery in the near term. I have some arthritis buildup in my knee, a little problem with some ligaments that I may be able to take care of with strengthening excercises and I got a cortisone shot. I might have to get them once in a while, but I'd rather do that than have surgery. I go back in three weeks.



MementoMori
MementoMori

Providing a Social Psych Perspective to Internet Trolling

Fundamentally, they want to promote antipathetic emotions of disgust and outrage, which morbidly gives them a sense of pleasure, according to Tom Postmes, author of ‘Individuality and the Group.’ Online, people feel a freedom of speech that they cannot feel elsewhere - where there are few, if any, consequences. Importantly, through a psychology perspective, there’s a lack of physical consequences and this leads to a state of low inhibition.

http://bynd.com/blog/providing-a-social-psych-perspective-to-internet-trolling/#M8tzVYQMGZPyvuiS.99 

paulejb
paulejb

Question:

How does  a government which can't control it's own borders intend to control guns?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

The Ever-Shrinking Role of Tenured College Professors (In 1 Chart)

That, broadly speaking, is the transformation captured in the graph below from a new report by the American Association of University Professors. Since 1975, tenure and tenure-track professors have gone from roughly 45 percent of all teaching staff to less than a quarter. Meanwhile, part-time faculty are now more than 40 percent of college instructors, as shown by the line soaring towards the top of the graph. 

This doesn't actually mean that there are fewer full-time professors today than four-decades ago. College faculties have grown considerably over the years, and as the AAUP notes, the ranks of the tenured and tenure-track professoriate are up 26 percent since 1975. Part-time appointments, however, have exploded by 300 percent. The proportions vary depending on the kind of school you're talking about. At public four-year colleges, about 64 percent of teaching staff were full-time as of 2009. At private four-year schools, about 49 percent were, and at community colleges, only about 30 percent were. But the big story across academia is broadly the same: if it were a move, it'd be called "Rise of the Adjuncts."  

It's for the best.  College is where LIEbruls are born with their smarts and educatin'.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Canadian teen commits suicide after alleged rape, bullying

The teen was bullied for more than a year after the alleged sexual assault in November 2011 when she was 15, her family said.  In addition to the sexual assault, a photo taken during the incident was circulated to friends via text and online, and she developed suicidal thoughts as a result, according to her family.  She struggled emotionally, especially after a police investigation ended without criminal charges, her mother, Leah Parsons, wrote on her Facebook tribute page.

"Rehtaeh is gone today because of the four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was OK and to distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun," her mother wrote. "All the bullying and messaging and harassment that never let up are also to blame. Lastly, the justice system failed her. Those are the people that took the life of my beautiful girl."

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said charges will not be filed.

"An investigation was conducted into the alleged sexual assault," said Cpl. Scott MacRae, a spokesman for the police. "In consultation with the crown, the decision was made that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges."

Tragic, on so many levels.  I can't believe there are no charges against anyone for this.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh  Mom had her second knee replaced in November.  She's not a spring chicken but she's getting along a lot better than before her old arthritic one gave out.  Considering your job apparently needs you, put surgery off as long as you can!

retiredvet
retiredvet

Good to hear. Make sure you behave and follow orders. 

I know. What am I saying?

Robbert5
Robbert5

@sacredh Good news. I have a ligament problem in my shoulder and cortisone worked for a while.  The pain is creeping back but not to the same level as it was before.  I wish you a speedy recovery.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Aww, they picked on my poah, poah, well-connected Asian-descended former Labor secretary wife!

retiredvet
retiredvet

McConnell Campaign Staff Meets With FBI

"The whole act of indignity, and calling for an investigation, is just a misdirection. There is a strong possibility that McConnell's staff was doing it's oppo research on government time with government resources."

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MementoMori

The five countries carrying out most executions remain China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the US.

We're in such good company, right?

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori 

The death penalty is not a thing of the past in Obama's hometown. It is burgeoning among innocent bystanders.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@MementoMori Give him some more time, I bet he could get those numbers up higher if he works hard!  A 74% is only a C.  He is grade A material!  ;)

bobell
bobell

@MementoMori Let's not be too hasty with our superlatives.  Cruz has a lot of competition.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@DonQuixotic 

Actually, I'm not entirely sure this is a problem.  I don't know the numbers but a large percentage of those part time profs are those who have jobs in the relevant industry and then teach one or two courses a year on the subject.  Obviously, there's fields where this is better or worse (I would want tenured Profs for most arts programs), but in many programs, the industry experience is invaluable.

I studied Software Engineering, my wife studied Computer Science.  The disconnect between the programs and what we did in the field (particularly because the field changes completely every 5 years) was gigantic.  And my favorite prof was one who fell into this category - he taught because he wanted to come in and train the next generation.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

That would give BO a victory.  Can't do that.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@DonQuixotic 

When it's his (or their) word against hers and no secondary evidence (eg: Forensics), it is impossible to get a conviction.

sacredh
sacredh

"Who likes taxes? Democrats, and no one else."

Who believes that we should actually pay for our services, roads, defense, social net and healthcare?

Democrats and no one else.



sacredh
sacredh

I called the other shift leader that is off for heart surgery last night. He's in the hospital waiting for quadruple bypass surgery. I tried to call my boss when I got back last night to tell him that I'd be in for work this morning but he wasn't home. He was 40 miles downriver at the hospital visiting the other guy. We are a tight crew.

sacredh
sacredh

Thanks retriedvet. I am going to do what they told me to do. I slept like a log last night. Still very little pain in the knee. OT, but when I went upstairs yesterday to leave for the clinic, my wife had on the same t-shirt I did, a Roger Waters "The Wall" concert t-shirt. When the doctor came in to the room to examine me, the first thing he did was do a double take on our shirts and say "I was there too, what a great show!". Lol.

sacredh
sacredh

Thanks. This is the first time in a month I haven't been in pain. It feels great. I'll start my therapy tomorrow after work but I'm going to start out slow. In the words of my loving wife, "Don't get too eager dipsh!t, just because it feels better doesn't mean it is better".

paulejb
paulejb

@bobell 

How many Pinocchios has Barack Hussein Obama earned since 2009?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@forgottenlord @DonQuixotic

I agree, I think it really depends on the course material.  I had a part-time Marketing professor while I was at Mason that, I kid you not, gave us case studies that she took back to her job for her own purposes.  We noticed she kept giving us assignments that aligned with her own corporation's interests and would be absent from class nearly every other day we met, presumably at her real job.  We were getting nothing out of the class and she was using our work to make her job easier.  Needless to say we went to the department head about it and she was gone before the semester's end.  There are just some cases where I would like to see tenured professors that not only have lush experience in education (and their field) but that also won't come in with any conflicting interests.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@forgottenlord @DonQuixotic I agree. In the tech fields a few schools are ahead of the curve. But most are way behind. Better to have part time instructors from industry.

NP042
NP042

@forgottenlord @DonQuixotic That's sums up my thoughts pretty nicely.  


I did engineering as well, and the best professor I had was one who had spent years in industry  himself.  As a result, he could teach the real world, practical uses of things we were learning instead of only the theoretical and research-oriented uses.  

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Probably includes some "she deserved to die" hatred from juveniles.  Those under 18 may speak unkindly, also.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@DonQuixotic

Actually, it goes a bit beyond that.  From a CSI perspective, the body is the crime scene.  You might be able to get something from the location but I doubt most CSI agencies can afford to actually scope out the locations in the time frame you need.  This means that the body must remain untouched and unmodified until they've had a chance to complete the forensics.  #1 reaction victims have is to feel unclean.  What do you do when you're unclean?  Take a shower.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

None of the tweets/texts/emails could've been traced to the sources??  I find that hard to believe as well.

paulejb
paulejb

@sacredh 

Democrats believe in spending and spending and spending. They also believe in taxing the productive in order to subsidize the unproductive.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@DonQuixotic

My Dad's actually part of one of those programs.  It's a course where they bring in a different industry person each week to teach a piece of subject matter they have person industry experience with.  Apparently he teaches something about refining gasoline - I'm not sure exactly what it is, all I know is he hooks the students with the question "How do you decide where you get your gas?"

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@nflfoghorn 

Legally, I'm not sure they can do that.  Tweets they might be able to trace backwards but our email accounts and cell phones are private property so unless they have a warrant (and those that forwarded them didn't do anything illegal so a warrant couldn't be issued), they can't search them.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm going to be leaving shortly. I'm up to no good.