ArchiveAugust 2018

Gary Pike and Jenny Lee are incompetent and disingenuous

The Review of Higher Ed has taken the unprecedented decision to suspend consideration of manuscripts due to a backlog of accepted manuscripts that need to be published over the next couple of years. The supposed reason? They are having a hard time finding reviewers (see here and here). A simple thought experiment shows why this is false. Suppose the situation with reviewers suddenly grew so...

“Social justice is … snitch culture”

From “I Was the Mob Until the Mob Came for Me”: In my previous life, I was a self-righteous social justice crusader. I would use my mid-sized Twitter and Facebook platforms to signal my wokeness on topics such as LGBT rights, rape culture, and racial injustice. Many of the opinions I held then are still opinions that I hold today. But I now realize that my social-media hyperactivity...

Finland has both a superior education system and a superior drinking system

I had no idea I was acting Finnish all these years: The name says it all, or most of it, anyway; päntsdrunk means to drink an alcoholic beverage in your pants — specifically your underpants, and it’s picking up interest in the U.S. There’s even a new book out called “Päntsdrunk: Kalsarikanni: The Finnish Path to Relaxation” by Miska Rantanen, indicating that this seemingly...

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