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  1. about 1 month ago on Bob Gorrell

    The fundamental point is that Trump himself is a racist. That’s demonstrable. Next question?

  2. about 1 month ago on Tom Stiglich

    Name one atrocity? What about family separation? I would say that’s an atrocity.

  3. about 1 month ago on Frazz

    And Sufemelico, my hat’s off to you. May we all reach your wisdom.

  4. about 1 month ago on Frazz

    Where did that come from? I like approval—who doesn’t?—but I love learning and thinking. You can be cynical about anything and everything, if you want, or you can take a more positive attitude.

  5. about 1 month ago on Frazz

    Nope, I have a good job as a full professor. But the academic job market in North America right now is terrible, partly because college and university administrators have figured out that professors are expensive and contract faculty are cheap, because they don’t have benefits or job security and because they don’t have research time built into their contracts. My contract has me do 40% teaching (I have what’s sometimes called a 3 and 2 load), 40% research, and 20% service (that’s sitting on committees and running the grad program and that sort of thing). Contract faculty have to teach much more, sometimes as much as 5 and 5, to make enough money to live on, and they get no paid research time. Because research time is written into my contract, I’ve published five books and many articles in the last 25 years; these (I hope) are contributions to knowledge—they help to move the field forward. Contract faculty can’t take the time to do that. So I advise my students not to plan for an academic career. It’s a bad situation.

  6. about 1 month ago on Frazz

    Here was my Ph.D. experience. First I had to have a B.A., and that meant four years of courses, including a distribution requirement for a number of courses outside my major. Then an M.A., with two years of course work in the general field, in my case classics. I took courses in Greek and Roman history (including reading Thucydides in Greek and Tacitus in Latin), an excellent course in Plato in Greek, as well as courses in Early Greek Poetry and Greek Drama. Then I moved on to the Ph.D., and I did two more years of course work, including a course in Roman Art, Roman History of the Imperial Period, Apuleius, Homer, two courses in Historical Linguistics, a course in the editing of texts (based on Ovid), a course called a Proseminar, in which we did assignments in a number of subfields, such as epigraphy and paleography, and reading courses (one on one with a professor) in Roman Comedy, Herodotus, and the Roman poet Propertius. Then I had to take what were called General Exams: translation exams in Greek and Latin, followed by an oral exam in general topics in Greek and Roman history and literature. Then I had to take what were called special exams: each student picked one Latin author and one Greek author and one topic and spent a year reading extensively on those, and all of this was tested in an oral exam. Then I had to propose a dissertation topic, and I had to defend my topic in another oral exam. Then I had to write the dissertation, which took two years. The dissertation topic was pretty specialized, I do admit that, but I managed to solve a problem which had first been raised almost a hundred years ago. So, yes, the dissertation was specialized, but it came in the context of a pretty broad training in Classical history, literature, philosophy, art history and archeology, as well as ancillary fields, such as historical linguistics, epigraphy, paleography, and the editing of texts.

  7. about 1 month ago on Mike Lester

    No one says Alex Jones doesn’t have a right to speak. He can buy a soapbox and head for the park.

  8. about 1 month ago on Darrin Bell

    Any time someone longs for the past we used to love, listen for the dog whistle.

  9. about 1 month ago on Ted Rall

    You have posed the great question that the human race has to answer. So far, we aren’t doing so well. I would like to think that we can solve it, but we have to work harder than we have been so far.

  10. about 1 month ago on Ted Rall

    “Your kind of negativity is what said we should have acted in the 80s.” I think that’s what he intended. Still not a scintillating line.