Albatross!

Stabenow, Peters slam GOP Senate for dropping Flint aid (Grand Haven Tribune) When will millennials start liking Hillary Clinton? (USA Today) During the 2004 election, and to a lesser extent the 2000 election, Democrats expended a lot of time and energy trying to silence Ralph Nader and David Cobb, their presidential campaigns and their supporters. Democrats lost both of those elections. In 2008, and again in 2012, there really wasn’t that same push, at least by the Democratic Party establishment, to obstruct and silence the presidential…

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Cold Winds of Change

Mid-September to mid-October has been a real problematic time for me. Most people with seasonal depression either have trouble with the deepest part of winter, or else the entirety of the season; I don’t know anyone else who has trouble with this specific time of the year. Even after I started teaching, the joy I feel after the first weeks of teaching new students has worn off by this time, and as the equinox approaches I find myself having a more difficult time feeling good…

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Packing (Dildoes) on Campus

Dildos descend on UT Austin in ‘Cocks Not Glocks’ protest of guns on campus (mysanantonio.com) In honour of the release of my first book, 50 Critical Thinking Exercises for Humanities Classes (and yes, I’m gonna self-promote the everloving crap out of it, so get used to lots of gratuitous links and mentions), I thought I’d explore a news story from this past week that ties in directly to one of the exercises in my book: The promised protest of open carry laws on Texas college campuses this past…

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Debating the Debates

Libertarian Gary Johnson Keeps Fighting to Join the Presidential Debates (truthdig.com) Can Gary Johnson And Jill Stein Crash The Debates? (huffingtonpost.com) Fact check: Trump misfires on debate claim (USA Today) Although the first televised presidential debate in American history in 1960 is famed for how it shaped voters’ perceptions of Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, it’s important to remember that it wasn’t followed by another televised debate in 1964, or 1968, or even 1972. The second presidential election to feature a televised debate didn’t…

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No Such Thing as a Stupid Question

Is Green Party Candidate Jill Stein ‘Anti-Vaccine’? (snopes.com) One of the more troubling aspects of recent federal budget negotiations has been congressional Republicans’ insistence on prolonging a ban on using federal funds for research into the effects of gun violence. I’m very strongly opposed to this ban, but my opposition has nothing to do with guns and everything to do with research. It wouldn’t matter what was being targeted by the research funding ban; I believe that banning funding into any kind of research is counterproductive…

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