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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-10 05:45
Subject: [links] Link salad chills in its own private Idaho
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Free the Princess reviews Mainspring

Dan Dos Santos nominated for a Chesley Award for the cover of my book Green — Go Dan!

Dead Ox Flat: 1939 — A photo from Malheur County, Oregon. If you have any French, you'll appreciate the name.

Face in Space — Ok, this is cool.

Scientists Find 5,500-Year-Old Preserved Shoe In Cave — So that's what I did with it...

The Secret Powers of Time — How people perceive, and live inside their perceptions, of time. Not sure the religious angle is utterly helpful, and there's definitely a "oi these kids today" angle, but still interesting. (Via Freakonomics.)

Teachers have a right to free speech, too — Intolerance of diversity has become a bit of a personal issue for me in the last year or so, therefore this story strikes home in more ways than the obvious.

SMBC on Britain's treatment of Alan Turing

Non Sequitur twits the Tea Party again — And nicely so.

Hispanics flee Arizona ahead of immigration law — Move along, citizen. Nothing to see here.

Saudi Clerics Advocate Adult Breast-FeedingUnlawful mixing between the sexes is taken very seriously in Saudi Arabia. In March 2009, a 75-year-old Syrian widow, Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi, living in the city of Al-Chamil, was given 40 lashes and sentenced to six months in prison after the religious police learned that two men who were not related to her were in her house, delivering bread to her. And people wonder why I'm an atheist. (Thanks, I think, to danjite.)

George W. Bush, Torture President — I am shocked, shocked to find gambling going on here. Also, this just in: sun rises in east.

?otD: Do you have your own private time zone?



6/10/2010
Writing time yesterday: n/a (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 227.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 7/10 (sleepless night)
Currently (re)reading: The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-06-10 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the teacher link. It's very much a part of my concerns about writer and online life; it's also a reason why I try to be very careful about pictures at conventions. Some cleavage, yes. A cup or something that looks like alcohol? Uh-uh.

The comments on that story, even for a liberal blog, are scary because they show that even liberal readers still carry the attitude that "teachers should be different."

(And yes, I have stories about Speshul Snowflakes. No, I probably won't talk about them online. Though I probably will write a post about this year's promotion...and the politics are roiling even more at work)
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barbarienne
User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-06-10 19:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't think that teachers should be different, but I think that anyone who is discussing the work of others, when those others have a reasonable expectation of privacy, should be responsible enough to protect that privacy.

Not naming the student or the school is insufficient if you name yourself, and the circumstances are easily figured out.
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barbarienne
User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-06-10 19:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Clarification: Not that I think termination was the appropriate response to the teacher's indiscretion. That was overkill.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-10 19:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Agreed. Which is why, among other things, on this excessively verbose blog with *extremely* rare and purposeful exceptions, you will find no direct references to my employer, workplace, co-workers or clients. Not that a clever person couldn't suss it out readily enough online if they wanted to (I don't work in national security or whatever), but I don't talk about that stuff directly for everyone's business and personal privacy.
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2010-06-10 13:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Hispanics flee Arizona ahead of immigration law":

I'll note that despite an assertion in the article that both legal and illegal Hispanics are moving out of Arizona, the article doesn't give any support to the claim and that the only Hispanics quoted in the article are illegals.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-10 13:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My assumption (and it is only an assumption, obviously, in the absence of meaningful data) is that the social climate in AZ is deteriorating from a Hispanic perspective. Being neither Hispanic nor Arizonan, I have no special insight into this, of course.
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2010-06-10 13:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And I totally concur. I was just pointing out that the article is making unsubstantiated (at this point) claims.

I know that if I were Hispanic, even one whose family had lived in Arizona since it had belonged to Mexico, I'd be seriously looking to move to a more tolerant state. (see murals, legislating against accents, illegal immigrant laws, etc.)

A friend of mine moved to Arizona in high school. We were e-mailing a few weeks ago and he commented that he had always figured that Arizona would become a sort of SoCal lite. He is very surprised to see it taking such a hard turn to the right.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2010-06-10 14:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Face in Space was way cool. I uploaded a pic.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-06-10 14:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Scientists Find 5,500-Year-Old Preserved Shoe In Cave.

Why is it that socks always manage a complete escape?
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-06-10 15:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's not that the socks fled, it's just that the one associated with the shoe they found got lost in that way that people always lose one sock.
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-06-10 15:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As I said on another blog when the link about Hispanics fleeing, this is going to cause a number of issues for Arizona.

1. The immigrants who are leaving now are either A) the ones who fear/respect law and law enforcement or B) feel they have too much to lose if they are picked up and deported. Because the Arizona law does not (as far as I remember from reading it) impose any stricter penalties on employers for hiring illegal labor, other than making it illegal to pick up day laborers in your car, that means the jobs will still be there. This just means that the jobs attractive to illegal immigrants will be filled by people with no respect/fear for the law or little to lose.

2. I don't think Arizona really realizes the impact that chasing most of its cheap labor, legal and otherwise, out of the state. They keep saying that illegal immigrants take jobs from Americans, well, it'll be very interesting to see farms try to pay out-of-work Americans the same wages they were paying illegals. Either they will and get slammed for it or not and the price of vegetables and other farm grown goods, construction, roofing, gardening, and other such services will go up.

Regardless, I hope it does negatively impact Arizona so that we can point to it as an example of how American society has come to rely on illegal immigrants in a financial sense. That and I find it funny to think of white people who have never considered who picks their lettuce under what conditions having to do the work themselves.
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barbarienne
User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-06-10 19:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This just means that the jobs attractive to illegal immigrants will be filled by people with no respect/fear for the law or little to lose.

-->I suspect it means they will not be filled. People are gonna be a little pissed off when their gardening service doubles the rates and the local restaurants bump their prices.

While I certainly don't favor the exploitation of illegal immigrants, the fact is that large portions of our economy are linked to their labor, and removing them from the labor pool has ramifications. I'm gonna go make some popcorn and watch the new Arizona-based reality show, "Unintended Consequences."
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-06-10 19:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I suspect it means they will not be filled.

*shrug* I disagree. I think people will still cross the border into AZ, they just will either be desperate for the work/money or not care about the law but I have nothing but my own suppositions about that so YMMV.

I'm gonna go make some popcorn and watch the new Arizona-based reality show, "Unintended Consequences."

Kettle or regular? I've been cooking up some salty-sweet kettle corn just for this occasion.
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Twilight: Daria
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-06-10 16:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Daria
Teachers have a right to free speech, too — Intolerance of diversity has become a bit of a personal issue for me in the last year or so, therefore this story strikes home in more ways than the obvious.

While I totally agree with you on several levels, she's at a *private* catholic school - and she *had* to walk into that job *knowing* about the restrictions she would face.

Understand that I live on the Left Coast and am of the opinion that a public school teacher (or a tenured professor) would face a very different scenario in a similar situation. I may be proven wrong, but until that time, that's the basis from which I speak.

It's one of the MANY reasons "tenure" is so important in terms of allowing free thought in the classroom. If teachers can be fired at the whim of the electorate, we can't teach from all angles - and instead of encouraging minds that inquire and questions, we create little automatons for whatever side of the argument is in power *this* week. In the long run, kids who think for themselves is what every good teacher is after. Yea - I know tenure has it's issues - but fixing the part where it's hard to get rid of bad ones is easier and FAR less damaging to the system (and the kids) than removing tenure and making it impossible to actually run a classroom.

yea - that one hit a button - and yea, I'm in the "soft sciences" and drama ;>

Edited at 2010-06-10 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-06-10 16:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have kind of a sour reaction to tenure thanks to an undergraduate experience with a University of Texas prof who abused his tenure to nearly deny me graduation. The case went up through the Dean of my college, the Dean of his college, the head of his department, the head of my department and even (!) the campus police, but what it boiled down to was he made a bad call, and because he had tenure, no one could make him back down even after everyone involved (except the prof) agreed with me that he was fucking with me. His pride was up, and he would be damned if he'd admit to an undergrad that he'd made a mistake.

I realize that's an isolated emotional reaction of mine to a single bad apple abusing an important system, but the absolute lack of accountability he enjoyed left him free to do literally anything that didn't incur criminal charges without any repercussions whatsoever.

I'll tell you the whole story sometime at a Con if you really want to know.
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Twilight: Daria
User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-06-10 17:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Daria
I've seen abuse as well - but the abuse without tenure has been widely documented. I don't argue with fixing it so a tenured prof still has to answer to charges (in fact, I'd love to see that done - it makes tenure worth more if we can whack the badduns) - what I'm concerned about is the idea that tenure should go away - leaving profs unable to teach anything the Local Church Ladies don't approve of - especially in *this* political environment.

And yes, I would love to hear the story at some con ';>.
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barbarienne
User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-06-10 19:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The link about Hispanics fleeing Arizona worries me for more than just the obvious reasons.

When I was a writing tutor at a community college in New York, we would see waves of students from countries a semester or two before they imploded. We actually predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, based on the sudden surge of Russian-speaking students in 1991.

People flee when they sense the shit is about to hit the fan. While the Arizona shit is currently directed at Hispanics, it's symptomatic of a deeper problem, which I fear will not be solved without a serious upheaval first.
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