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Crime

+ - End of the tenure process?->

Submitted by duckintheface
duckintheface (710137) writes "A professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville reportedly (http://mediaelites.com/?p=12975) killed three members of the Biology faculty when she was denied tenure. After serving for seven years as Assistant Professor at UAH, Harvard trained biologist Amy Bishop, PhD was denied tenure and then allegedly opened fire in a faculty meeting, killing three and wounding three other members of the faculty.

As tenure becomes more difficult or impossible for even very talented candidates to achieve, many will find themselves... at the age of 35-40.... tossed out on the street with nothing to show for spending their entire adult lives working at low wages. Should we be surprised if this becomes a more common end to the tenure process?"

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+ - Open Source as a model in the Presidential race

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duckintheface writes "Ed Cone at CIO Insight has just published a four-part series comparing the Presidential campaign to well known technological models. In Part 1 (http://blogs.cioinsight.com/knowitall/content001/the_ground_game_open_source_vs_closed.html) he looks at the grass-roots based Obama operation as "open source" while the McCain campaign is run like a closed source project. (The comparison is made by a Republican staffer who apparently doesn't think much of open source.)

"The differences in the two campaigns start with the candidates themselves — not just McCain's much-discussed lack of computer skills, but Obama's interest in organizing, which staffers credit with inspiring the people-powered feel of the operation. Krohn says the Republican approach is more controlled and carefully monitored. 'It's the difference between open and closed source,' he says."
Announcements

+ - Amanda Marcotte resigns from Edwards Campaign

Submitted by duckintheface
duckintheface (710137) writes "Super-blogger Amanda Marcotte (of Pandagon.net fame) resigned today from her position with the John Edwards for President campaign under pressure from right-wing groups who objected to her personal views. http://www.pandagon.net/ Marcotte submitted her resignation because she felt that "every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign". Marcotte is famous for her biting feminist wit and insight into the way the religious right slams free speech. The line that brought her down? In a discussion of Catholic teachings on birth control, she asked rhetorically, "What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?""

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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