Here are a few interesting items I got this week and didn’t get a chance to post:
- Reader JK sent in this bit about Ken Langone, founder of Home Depot:
Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.
I believe it’s well-accepted that Hitler was saying, with different words, that Facebook shouldn’t have bought Instagram, that Jar-Jar Binks is the worst character in Star Wars, and that the best looking muscle car was the ’72 RoadRunner. Langone did apologize.
- Another reader sent this piece about a hidden aspect of the Hobby Lobby “religious freedom to deny employees contraception coverage” case. Hobby Lobby’s precious religious fee-fees are offended not only by the idea of sluts getting birth control, but also by doctors counseling sluts about birth control. I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader to find all the places in the bible where Jesus preached the virtues of ignorance. The ultimate end to this scam is for every US corporation to declare their allegiance to the original teachings of Mary Baker Eddy and the Church of Christ, Scientist. Insurance for that could probably be confined to a prepaid Amazon Prime subscription with a restricted order list. Related to that, here’s a good fact sheet on contraception from the Guttmacher institute.
- Reader RT send this transcription of a Chomsky speech about higher ed, along with an older Tom Frank piece about higher ed. I’m not the world’s biggest Chomsky fan, but I thought he nailed a lot of the issues facing modern universities, including the growth of administration and the shitty treatment of adjuncts.