Academic Aspersions

This.  Always this.

This.  Always this.

Shifting from bimodal to merely right-skewed.  A step in the right direction?
Via From Poverty to Power.

Shifting from bimodal to merely right-skewed.  A step in the right direction?

Via From Poverty to Power.

An amazing effort: mapping informal bus routes in Nairobi.
Via Ken Opalo.

An amazing effort: mapping informal bus routes in Nairobi.

Via Ken Opalo.

Mmm, doesn’t that make you hungry?
Via Marginal Revolution.

Mmm, doesn’t that make you hungry?

Via Marginal Revolution.

I don’t believe the arc of the universe bends towards justice. I don’t even believe in an arc. I believe in chaos. I believe powerful people who think they can make Utopia out of chaos should be watched closely. I don’t know that it all ends badly. But I think it probably does.


I’m also not a cynic. I think that those of us who reject divinity, who understand that there is no order, there is no arc, that we are night travelers on a great tundra, that stars can’t guide us, will understand that the only work that will matter, will be the work done by us. Or perhaps not.

Ta-Nehisi Coates in the Atlantic. 

A strong counterpoint to a recent discussion I heard regarding the necessity of a greater power and its ultimate ability to make the world whole, in order to justify the effort to improve our today.

(Source: The Atlantic)

Telling you what you already know. And probably depressing the proverbial out of you too. 
See also OKTrends.
Via Sociological Images.

Telling you what you already know. And probably depressing the proverbial out of you too.

See also OKTrends.

Via Sociological Images.

Wow.  Just wow.  Almost half of non-white infants with Down Syndrome died in 1990.  While their white brethren lived to a median of 40 years.
Ah, race, the gift that never stops giving.

Wow.  Just wow.  Almost half of non-white infants with Down Syndrome died in 1990.  While their white brethren lived to a median of 40 years.

Ah, race, the gift that never stops giving.

Found via Sociological Images, who notes that in addition to highlighting the shitty sexist world in which we live, this picture also foregrounds some of the causes of the breadth of women’s wardrobes - in order to follow the range of societal rules that identify you by your dress, and given the number of antagonistic roles women are “supposed” to play, is it any surprise that women have more clothes (on the average) than men?
roseaposey:

“Judgments”I took this last year, but in retrospect, I think it’s my strongest piece from high school.
Working on this project really made me examine my own opinions, preconceptions and prejudices about “slutty” women and women who choose to cover all of their skin alike. I used to assume that all women who wore Hijabs were being oppressed, slut-shame, and look down on and judge any woman who didn’t express her sexuality in a way that I found appropriate.
I’d like to think I’m more open now.

Found via Sociological Images, who notes that in addition to highlighting the shitty sexist world in which we live, this picture also foregrounds some of the causes of the breadth of women’s wardrobes - in order to follow the range of societal rules that identify you by your dress, and given the number of antagonistic roles women are “supposed” to play, is it any surprise that women have more clothes (on the average) than men?

roseaposey:

“Judgments”

I took this last year, but in retrospect, I think it’s my strongest piece from high school.

Working on this project really made me examine my own opinions, preconceptions and prejudices about “slutty” women and women who choose to cover all of their skin alike. I used to assume that all women who wore Hijabs were being oppressed, slut-shame, and look down on and judge any woman who didn’t express her sexuality in a way that found appropriate.

I’d like to think I’m more open now.

“The thing is, a black man can’t be president in America, given the racial aversion and history that’s still out there,” Cornell Belcher, a pollster for Obama, told the journalist Gwen Ifill after the 2008 election. “However, an extraordinary, gifted, and talented young man who happens to be black can be president.”

Barack Obama governs a nation enlightened enough to send an African American to the White House, but not enlightened enough to accept a black man as its president.
—  - Ta-Nehisi Coates in the Atlantic.  All of this is worth reading

(Source: The Atlantic)

Wildcat strikes are probably the most conscious act of sacrifice and courage that anyone can take, driven by anger and desperation and involving the full knowledge that you could lose your job and your family’s livelihood.

Leonard Gentle @ the South African Civil Society Information Service. 

This piece is great context for civil and social disobedience in South Africa.  It also made me think about the relationship of a union to its members.

(Source: sacsis.org.za)