Activism–“Coming Out” as an Adjunct

Majority Rule

Prof Livingin Poverty RussellHere on this blog, I’m probably preaching to the choir when I write that the working conditions and wages of a majority of adjunct faculty in higher education are truly shameful: they—we, for I am one, too—often work without offices, without access to office support or supplies, without safe and private places to meet students, without teaching materials, healthcare, benefits, and hope of ever achieving a even a secure, let alone tenured, position. Or maybe we have an overabundance of the latter.

I can think of only one other reason why so many of us have failed to speak in public about the conditions we’re forced to work under, how hard we work, and how little we work for: we fear losing what little we have in our precarity. And for many adjunct faculty, it’s also embarrassing to be so highly educated yet unable to support ourselves. It’s embarrassing to…

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Not Cleaning the Dryer is Genetic!

Not Cleaning the Dryer Filter is Genetic!


My son will not clean the lint out of the dryer filter. Neither would his mother. Thus, genetics. It was jammed this morning, totally jammed. No more lint could fit. I clean it every time I put a load in the dryer. Does he follow in my footsteps? – the wise father seeking an efficient dryer and an avoidance of flaming appliances? No, just like his mother!

It makes you feel like going through each of his three billion cells with a hammer and a chisel looking for ex-wife DNA.

I think a generous cell cleaning should come with the divorce, a kind of Roto-rooter for the young so you will not have to re-litigate all the behavioral issues you had with your Ex with your children. It is painful to get rid of a spouse and still deal daily with the weirdness they perpetrated passed on to a new and unsuspecting generation.

You divorce someone and move onto to a new way of living but they’re not totally gone. It’s like living through a sequel, you know, like the second Star Wars trilogy. (But not that bad. Nothing could be that bad. In hell, they make you watch the The Return of Jar Jar Binks.)

Maybe this is where legends of ghost and poltergeists come from? – a leftover genetic curse for a new generation?

Why we still love Casablanca

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How much do we love it?

Casablanca (1942) was voted the greatest film by readers of the Los Angeles Daily News in 1997. It is also regarded the “best Hollywood movie of all time” by the influential Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. In 2006, the Writers’ Guild of America declared Casablanca‘s screenplay the best ever written.

No 3: 100  Greatest Movies of All Time by Entertainment Weekly

No 4: AMC Movie Guide The Greatest 100 Movies of All Time

No 5: on IMDb Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (The Ultimate List)

It was so popular that, in 1957, a tradition began of screening Casablanca during the week of final exams at Harvard University, tradition that continues to the present day.

So it’s clearly an exceptionally popular film by any standard.

Perhaps one reason is that the film stars possibly two of the most stylish people ever to grace the silver screen. Bogart  as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa…

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o be permeated by their joys and hopes

Catholic church must listen to beat of this age, Pope Francis tells bishops | World news | The Guardian


“Synod gatherings are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas, or to see who is more intelligent,” he said, in remarks interpreted by some as a criticism of cardinals who have been publicly sparring with each other in recent weeks over whether remarried divorcees should be allowed Holy Communion.

At a prayer vigil on Saturday evening, Francis said that only by paying close attention and understanding real people’s lives would the church earn credibility on issues which he did not name but which are thought to include cohabitation, second marriages and gay relationships.

“We must lend our ears to the beat of this era and detect the scent of people today, so as to be permeated by their joys and hopes, by their sadness and distress, at which time we will know how to propose the good news of the family with credibility,” he said in his address, heard by tens of thousands of people in St Peter’s Square.

Since his election last March, the reform-minded Argentinian pope has repeatedly made clear his irritation with priests and prelates who focus on “small-minded rules” at the expense of human beings grappling with real-life dilemmas. He has even warned that unless the church finds a new balance between adherence to doctrine and pastoral care, “the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards”.

via Catholic church must listen to beat of this age, Pope Francis tells bishops | World news | The Guardian.

via Catholic church must listen to beat of this age, Pope Francis tells bishops | World news | The Guardian.

Utilitarianism & Going Beyond the Call of Duty

Ethical Realism

Utilitarianism is a type of moral theory (that is meant to help us know how to identify right and wrong actions). Utilitarianism states that an action is right only insofar as it maximizes good consequences, and it is wrong only insofar as it fails to do so (or causes bad things to happen). (Go here for more information.) There are different types of utilitarianism. Classical utilitarianism states that happiness or pleasure is the only good thing (at least in some ultimate sense), and that suffering or pain is the only bad thing (at least in some ultimate sense), but other utilitarians argue that desire satisfaction is the only good thing (at least in some ultimate sense). There are other differences as well. Many people have argued that utilitarianism fails to account for good actions that are beyond the call of duty because they think that utilitarianism states that our duty…

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The Failure of Nonviolence

I’ve thought some of the same thoughts.

aNtiDoTe Zine

AntiNote: More and more people are beginning to notice and remark upon the rapidly intensifying nature of state authority in the United States, typified by the militarization of local police forces but also noticeable in related areas of the penal and immigration systems. Phrases like ‘prison-industrial complex,’ ‘school-to-prison pipeline,’ and ‘the carceral state’ are finding their way into mainstream discourse. More familiar terms like ‘political prisoners’ and ‘show trial’ appear to have regained some of the resonance they had lost through years of overuse or their near-exclusive application only to Other contexts.

Perhaps it is just a matter of my own perception, but I find it is becoming more common to encounter news stories and public figures—not to mention friends and family—looking askance at manifestations of state authority that in the past were, for most people, an unremarkable feature of an unremarkable status quo.

Of course, the authorities aren’t doing…

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Cultural Jet Lag and Phoning it in



These are two problems I see facing me as classroom teacher. I am living among nice people who suffer cultural jet lag and attempting to teach students who are often just phoning it in.

As much as I, or anyone in education likes the idea of using media and technology is pursuit of allotted tasks driven by system orientated education, I can only subscribe to the idea that in all sectors of education, students will have virtual and actual contact which range in quality, experiences and culture. Most will have has exposure to a hit and miss experience of media and technology as a classroom resource and a few will have encountered learning about media and technology itself. I’d guess that the latter would be down to an on-the-ball library and/or librarian in the majority of those instances.

The one inescapable fact is that media and technology socialises society. Our society is made…

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