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The sunday cat reveals a shocking fact about feline sex, among other thingsi July 30, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 10:57 pm

Poor moggies!

Warning: there’s quite a bit of simulated to-ings and fro-ings in cat uteri; perhaps not for the very squeamish.

I am not sure about the language. Many of us might resist saying the fetus is a cat. I think I would argue that ‘there is a cat growing in the womb,’ as said at the end, does not imply that there is a cat in the womb. Similaly, ‘bread is baking in the oven’ does not imply there is bread in the oven; it could still be dough. What do you think?


O thanks, AAUP

Filed under: academia — annejjacobson @ 7:43 pm

From the Chron of HE:

July 28, 2011, 5:13 pm

The American Association of University Professors is urging the Education Department to reconsider recommending as the standard of evidence “more likely than not” in campus sexual-harassment cases. To uphold academic freedom, the AAUP’s burden of proof is “clear and convincing evidence”; the newly recommended lower standard would erode due-process protections, Gregory F. Scholtz, associate secretary and director of the association’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, wrote to Russlyn H. Ali, the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights. AAUP joins the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a free-speech group, in opposing the new guidelines. Other groups, including the American Association of University Women, have applauded them.

As the AAUP points out in the letter the first link in the quote goes to, their standards were established in the 1940’s. The Department of Education’s change would bring the standard of evidence in line with other civil rights laws.


Giant Marilyn Monroe Statue

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 2:11 pm

I give you just one guess what everyone’s favourite photograph is. Reader A wants to know what you all think…


US Racial Wealth Gap Largest Since 1984 July 29, 2011

Filed under: race — Jender @ 1:59 pm

The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from 2009.

In 1995, white households were only 7 times wealthier than black ones. (What a sad commentary it is that this figure represents a high water mark of equality.)

For more, go here.


Save the economy– abolish maternity leave!

Filed under: maternity,politics — Jender @ 1:20 pm

And let’s try suspending consumer rights legislation for 9 months, too! More great ideas coming out of Cameron’s government. The good news is that the adviser who suggested these fabulous innovations is being roundly mocked.


50 renowned academics speak about god

Filed under: academia,bias — annejjacobson @ 1:17 pm

Guress how many are women.

(link from Leiter.)


Black Teenage Mother Not Permitted to Be Sole Valedictorian July 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 7:27 pm

You would think a school would be thrilled if a black teenage mother got the highest GPA, that they’d have tears of pride streaming down their faces as they watched her get the prize– despite all that was stacked against her. But apparently not.

An African-American teenage mother, Kymberly Wimberley, earned the highest GPA in her class at Arkansas’ McGehee School District.

But a lawsuit filed by the student this month alleges that her district discriminated against her and made her share the honor with a white student – because she was a black teenage mother.

Sign the petition in protest.


Michelle Obama: from a conservative perspective

Filed under: Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 1:13 pm

Said by a genuine conservative Republican, “For the wife of the president of the US she wears too many sleeveless dresses.”

What would you have replied, supposing you wanted to be civilized, non-alienating?

I wish I had been left speechless. Instead everything I said made it worse. E.g., any knowledge of her arms shows how unseemly her presence has been.


Oregon thread re-opened. July 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 6:12 pm

Due to reader entreaties (and our own uncertainty about the best way to proceed in this difficult situation) we are re-opening the Oregon thread, for a maximum of two days. But please, please strive to follow the Be Nice rule.


Shifting the topic slightly: good approaches to sexual harassment?

Filed under: academia,sexual harassment — Jender @ 1:08 pm

UPDATE: Due to reader entreaties (and our own uncertainty about the best way to proceed in this difficult situation) we are re-opening the Oregon thread, for a maximum of two days. But please, please strive to follow the Be Nice rule.

All of us at FP have grown mightily uncomfortable with the discussion of the Pluralists’ Guide, of particular departments, and particular philosophers’ personal lives. We are also finding our “be nice” rule to be nearly unenforceable without ending these discussions. And yet, we recognise that the many of the issues raised are deeply important. So we’ve decided to try closing the most active posts on these topics to further comments, and (inspired by a comment from Heg) to start a new post with the topic “Tell us about some sexual harassment policies and approaches that work well.” So please do so in comments: we could all benefit immensely from such a discussion.

Our apologies to you if you disagree with this decision. We have allowed a lot of discussion on these important topics, but we think it’s important to shift a bit now.

Also, just to be clear: closing comments at this point is not a tacit endorsement of any side in these debates. It’s simply an effort to move to a more productive discussion.



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