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Reading: A Case of Academic “Both Sides-ism?

From A Case of Academic “Both Sides-ism?

This is a call to co-operate, not co-opt. Power is so unbalanced that moving ahead requires restoring some symmetry first.

while I am sympathetic with its argument, I find Gavazzi’s article inadequate. In the first place, it is a textbook example of “both sides-ism.” Indeed, I was tempted at one point to tweet back that the essay reminded me of calls to both Democrats and Republicans to put the country’s interest before that of their own party, as if both parties were equally guilty of failing to do so. I would argue that — if only because of their greater power — far more responsibility for the gulf between administration and faculty lies on the administrative side.

insofar as boards of this sort appoint campus presidents and their administrations remain beholden to their boards, Gavazzi’s call for mutual understanding and cooperation, however noble, valid, and urgent, will be insufficient to repair our governance structures in the context of the enormous challenges higher education will now face in the wake of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and Donald Trump. However much one might endorse and applaud calls for cooperation like the one Gavazzi has issued, the harsh reality is that this is a matter of political power. And that power is not by any measure at present appropriately distributed.

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Reading: Coronavirus face masks: How should mandates be enforced? – Vox

From Coronavirus face masks: How should mandates be enforced? – Vox

Reasoned.

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Reading: Transcript: ‘Fox News Sunday’ interview with President Trump | Fox News

From Transcript: ‘Fox News Sunday’ interview with President Trump | Fox News

Telling, all too telling.

WALLACE: No, I’m going to ask you a direct question about Joe Biden. Is Joe Biden senile?

TRUMP: I don’t want to say that. I’d say he’s not competent to be president. To be president, you have to be sharp and tough and so many other things. He doesn’t even come out of his basement. They think, “Oh this is a great campaign.” So he goes in, I’ll then make a speech, it’ll be a great speech, and some young guy, starts writing, “Vice President Biden said this, this, this, this.” He didn’t say it. Joe doesn’t know he’s alive, OK? He doesn’t know he’s alive. Do the American people want that, number one. Number two, I built the greatest economy ever built anywhere in the world; not only of this country, anywhere in the world. Until we got hit with the China virus. We got hit with the virus, shouldn’t have happened, and we had to close up, we saved millions of lives. Now we’ve opened it up, got to go back to school. We’re open. We’ve got to do things. We had the best job numbers we’ve ever had last month. We should have good ones coming up in two weeks. Look, I built the greatest economy in history, I’m now doing it again. You see the numbers; the numbers are through the roof. The Democrats are purposely keeping their schools closed, keeping their states closed. I called Michigan, I want to have a big rally in Michigan. Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Michigan? Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Minnesota? Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Nevada? We’re not allowed to have rallies.

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Reading: Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus – The New York Times

From Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus – The New York Times

Gobsmacked.

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Reading: Georgia’s Republican governor orders cities to stop requiring masks

From Georgia’s Republican governor orders cities to stop requiring masks

Ars reports on Georgia Gov Kemp’s mandate that undercuts local mandates to wear masks:

Kemp also went on a tour of various cities to encourage mask wearing, but he has said, “we don’t need a government mandate to do the right thing.”

Kemp’s executive order attempts to void rules that “at least 15 local governments across the state had adopted even though Kemp had earlier said cities and counties had no power to order masks,” the Associated Press wrote. Kemp has declined to impose a statewide mandate for Georgia,

A mandate that declares we don’t need a mandate, used to undercut a mandate to do The Right Thing. ‘Pataphysics thrives in the time of chaos.

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Reading: Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar • The Register

From Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar • The Register

A friend of ours was interested in a 6’ long cattle prod for social distancing.

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Reading: Donald Trump rushed to reopen America – now Covid is closing in on him

From Donald Trump rushed to reopen America – now Covid is closing in on him

Robert Reich, at The Guardian, is more on top of things than the current admin. We’re not adding jobs; we’re not even catching up to where we were:

The US economy isn’t roaring back. Just over half of Americans have jobs now, the lowest figure in more than 70 years. What’s roaring back is Covid-19. Until it’s tamed, the American economy doesn’t stand a chance

And it’s not getting better:

Brace yourself. Not only will the virus take many more lives in the months ahead, but millions of Americans are in danger of becoming destitute. Extra unemployment benefits enacted by Congress in March are set to end on 31 July. About one in five people in renter households are at risk of eviction by 30 September. Delinquency rates on mortgages have more than doubled since March.

An estimated 25 million Americans have lost or will lose employer-provided health insurance. America’s fragile childcare system is in danger of collapse, with the result that hundreds of thousands of working parents will not be able to return to work even if jobs are available.

This picture is too big for trump.

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Reading: Play This Stuff I Made – @samplereality

From Play This Stuff I Made – @samplereality

Mark Sample posted his recent work. Lockdown, isolation, resistance, despair. All good, but The Infinite Catalog of Crushed Dreams (April 2020) is my favorite – a mid-summer report on the state of the nation.

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Reading: Is this a racist image, or is there a more complex account?

From Is this a racist image, or is there a more complex account?

How to read an image: historical foundations of some artistic conventions.

The Star worn by a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) at first sight shows a white man crushing the head of a Black man. Except those aren’t men at all, but have bright green wings. In fact, the standing figure is the Archangel Saint Michael, and the head he is crushing is that of Satan.

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Reading: National Mask Mandate Could Save 5 Percent of GDP, Economists Say – Slashdot

From National Mask Mandate Could Save 5 Percent of GDP, Economists Say – Slashdot

Discussion continues – but at 6’ separation, please.