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academia, covid 

<< There is a special perversity in pursuing a vocation that hinges entirely on the premise that *knowledge matters* while obliged to deny what knowledge shows. As a scholar, I could not do my job if I accepted the sort of “reasoning” we are given for the cruel arrangements under which we labor. >>

whatifitsallbullshit.blogspot.

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In the first update for 16 years, the guideline limit for the most damaging pollution – tiny particles from burning fossil fuels – has been halved

theguardian.com/environment/20

I find myself having an identity crisis. After 20+ teaching in higher ed, I switched careers into union organizing, but it’s not like my scholarly interests disappear.

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The subscription economy is UBI for corporations. 💩

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The Lecturer's Union at UM has started bargaining
michigandaily.com/section/camp

"LEO includes 1,696 non-tenure track professors from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. The union is looking to improve their contract through the upcoming negotiations. Some of the proposals on the bargaining platform include more flexible COVID-19 policies for mode of course instruction, increased pay, pay parity across all three University campuses and greater participation in University governance."

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"We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." ~MLK

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University of Michigan Graduate Workers Are on Strike

jacobinmag.com/2020/09/univers

"GEO is insisting that 'safety' and 'security' aren’t two separate subjects. Take, for example, the university’s police force’s name: the Division of Public Safety and Security. GEO is insisting that such security forces do not make us safe. And the COVID demands speak to a different vision of safety, where the health of the community is not subordinated to the university’s bottom line."

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Knives Out 🤝 Girl w Dragon Tattoo
Daniel Craig investigates
Christopher Plummer's white
supremacist family

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JSTOR has compiled a list of well-researched essays that "addresses institutionalized racism and how it’s caused historic, pointed harm at the Black community in the U.S.": daily.jstor.org/institutionali

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If your admin sent out an email about "police brutality" and "racial injustice" but doesn't want to defund their campus police, they don't really care about white supremacy or the lives of their black students, faculty, and staff

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Educators: If you wish to aid in the dismantling of a racist police state, you should avoid Zoom at all costs since they've made it abundantly clear they'll willingly team up with law enforcement: thenextweb.com/security/2020/0

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plastics: incredibly durable and airtight material, almost immune to breakdown

capitalism: lets use this for disposable packaging

complaining 

Is winter break always this short, or am I just increasingly aware of how little time I have off between semesters?

Oh well, Happy New Year!

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Life-hack:

Edit your autocorrect to change "lol" to "I cannot help but to laugh most heartily"

Hi. I’m Erik, a media studies scholar in Michigan. Interests include film studies, video games, and digital humanities. New to federated social media and trying to find my way around.

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