Look At What’s In His Heart

John tried …

… he couldn’t find it. (not ‘the good’, his bally heart!). According to Kellyanne Conway (that’s her on the left in the above photograph), we should …

Ignore what Trump actually says and ‘look at what’s in his heart’

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The Inauguration Spirit

Graham, with a sense of impending doom …

In the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of champagne.

… so said Paul Claudel, French poet and ambassador to the USA, in 1931 after a final vain attempt to stave off a widely-forecast international economic crisis.

In that same (ahem!) spirit, allow me to introduce you to the ‘inauguration cocktail‘ … or the ‘Nyet My President’ as us chaps call it …

White Russian, beneath a thin orange skin and fake gold leaf garnish

our thanks to Michael Sippey …

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Whatever Happened To ‘A Mis-Spent Youth’

Graham  wonders how you could tell, but …

… he has at least one friend who demonstrated it.

His friend ‘went to school in Cambridge’, (actually … across the river from the other one, as he explains), has an MBA, an uncanny skill at Pool, a fund of stories about where he acquired this skill (mainly south of San Diego, apparently) and what he stood to win at the time (don’t ask…).

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Student Biases Skewing Higher Ed. Teaching?

Graham breathes a sigh of relief…

because ten years ago he was headed for a teaching career, maybe. Then the Great Recession scrambled those plans. Perhaps it’s just as well. There’s increasing evidence that student bias plays a much bigger role in student evaluation of teachers than was believed, and that is starting to skew higher education — even to turn it away from the mission. The likely first effects?

“A growing number of faculty lawsuits against employers,” predicts Peter F. Lake, director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University.

With society much more polarized on matters such as sex discrimination, and colleges having become more likely to deny faculty members promotions or contract renewals based on considerations such as student feedback, “it does not surprise me to see these issues coming forward,” he says.

In reviewing students’ anonymous feedback on instructors, Mr. Lake says, it can be “hard to interpret whether what you are reading is hateful or helpful.”

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