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Talking Down to the Poor about Food

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On September 27, 2011
While I often like Mark Bittman, like a lot of the recent generation of food writers (and, all too often, environmental writers more broadly), he talks down to the poor. As someone who doesn’t work two jobs, who doesn’t have to search under the couch pillows for change to buy their kids meals, and who […]

Oscar Handlin, RIP

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On September 24, 2011

I don’t often talk about individual historians because most of you won’t care, but it’s worth noting the death of Oscar Handlin, a historian who did more than anyone to create the fi

The Administration War on Faculty

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On September 23, 2011
We don’t often think of professors as the most proletarianized of workforces; professors don’t usually think of themselves this way. But professors have been on the defensive against college and university administration for years and it is getting worse and the anti-union fanatics grow stronger. The administration at Bowling Green State University in Ohio went […]
This article on bottlenose attacking and killing porpoises in really brutal ways is weird enough. But it also turns out that dolphins’ “crimes” against porpoises are kind of sexual in nature. The killings coincide with the expansion of dolphin territory, but Cotter and Jefferson believe the primary motive is not territorial. The two species primarily […]

Qwikster?

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On September 19, 2011

Like a lot of people, I am perplexed by Netflix splitting its home-delivery service from its online service: Which raises the question: What is Reed Hastings smoking? As far as anyone can tell, he see

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