Links, 1/2/2010

  • LGF, “TSA Threatens Bloggers for Posting New Screening Rules” – from the article: the TSA subpoenas and confiscates the computers of two bloggers who posted their new screening directive — even though the document was not classified.
  • Der Spiegel interviews Christopher Caldwell re: Muslim integration in Europe. Caldwell: Two-thirds of the imams in France are on welfare. There is nothing wrong with being an imam. But I don’t think the French are very happy about paying what is effectively a state subsidy for religion in that way.
  • Brian Croxall, “The Absent Presence: Today’s Faculty” – read the whole thing; along with Mark Slouka’s “Dehumanized: When Math and Science Rule the School,” this is a frighteningly accurate portrait of how little America cares for the sort of education its own Founders had. From the post: Again, I’m not at the MLA this year because it’s not economically feasible. I had hoped to be here for job interviews—as well as to speak as a member of this panel discussion. This was my third year on the job market, and I applied to every job in North America that I was even remotely qualified for: all 41 of them. Unfortunately, I did not receive any interviews, despite having added two articles accepted by peer-reviewed journals, five new classes, and several new awards and honors to my vita. According to my records, applying to those 41 jobs cost me $257.54. I was prepared to pay the additional expenses of attending the MLA ($125 for registration, $279.20 for a plane ticket, approximately $180.00 for lodging with a roommate at a total of $584.20) out of pocket so that I could have a chance of getting one of those 41 jobs. [1] I was even luckier than most faculty (remember, most of today’s faculty are contingent) in that my institution was willing to provide me with $200 support to attend conferences throughout the academic year. But once it became apparent that I wasn’t going to be having any interviews, I could no longer justify the outlay of $400.00 out of a salary that puts me only $1,210 above the 2009 Federal Poverty Guidelines. [2] (And yes, that means I do qualify for food stamps while working a full-time job as a professor!)
  • Jay Cost, “Why the Filibuster is More Essential Now Than Ever” – the discussion of the logic of Federalist #10 is brief, but important. Yes, people do learn things in political science classes – sometimes very important things.
  • Megan McArdle, “The Benefits of Buying a House” – I actually didn’t know there was a case for renting over buying, but apparently there is one, and it seems to be pretty solid. Still.
  • Darren Rowse, “How to Make $30,000 a Year Blogging” – I’m thinking that if I monetize the blog, people will actually promote it more. I don’t know if this is a bad logic or not, but it does seem to me that many dismiss the things given for free, and think that a lack of money surrounding a thing means a lack of seriousness. I dunno – your thoughts are welcome.


  1. @ David – I liked the comment, and I like that you posted this at Mixx; I can’t thank you enough for all the work you’ve done to help promote this site. Anything that gets some of our more liberal friends to read more is a good thing, I agree with that entirely.

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