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Unruly Academics The New York Times has discovered influence peddling in academia, and it’s front page news: But interviews with dozens of academics and traders, and a review of hundreds of emails and other documents involving two highly visible professors in the commodities field — Mr. Show More Summary
dialing…867-5309 A judge has ruled that the NSA can, in fact, collect lots of random information about Americans. Goody: While robust discussions are underway across the nation, in Congress and at the White House, the question for this court is whether the government’s bulk telephony metadata program is lawful. Show More Summary
Alan Turing was pardoned by the Queen this past week. I use “pardon” because it is the official word, but the reality is that the British government should have begged forgiveness of Turing’s family. This blog has talked about Turing before. Show More Summary
Flamethrower in action [Guest post! Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of Angelo State University returns and is kind enough to write for Edge on memorializing the Pacific War in Texas. Post and photos copyright K. Wongsrichanalai 2013.] On the...Show More Summary
The Duffelblog is the military equivalent of The Onion and frequently just as funny. Today, a (fictional) serviceman responds to a 1st grader’s letter: Despite my distaste for limp platitudes, I am, by all rights, a patriot. For this reason, I find your depiction of our nation’s flag with six stars and five stripes particularly offensive. Show More Summary
Two military history links worth a look: Underwater D-Day Wrecks: A unique expedition to map sunken allied vessels off the Normandy Coast has revealed stunning never-before-seen images from beneath the waves. Using state-of-the-art sonar...Show More Summary
Historical event or person with potentially applicable current parallel: Pearl Harbor – Benghazi Munich – The agreement with Iran. Cold War – Nelson Mandela, Communist! President Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro, COMMUNIST! WorldShow More Summary
Montgomery County weather alert included the following: If you must drive, please use extreme caution and allow plenty of breaking distance as pavement conditions remain unfavorable. Yes.
Teddy Roosevelt, 1910: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose...Show More Summary
I would like to offer translations of parts of Niall Ferguson’s recent blog post. This: In any case, our 2010 letter did not make a prediction about inflation. What we said was: The planned asset purchases risk currency debasement and inflation, and we do not think they will achieve the Fed’s objective of promoting employment. Show More Summary
A random tweet My toddler does not understand that all media isn't on demand. He has always been able to get any song/show any time on any gadget. — Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) December 2, 2013 led to a snarky response on my part: My [daughter/son] has always been able to [insert cool new technology ten years ago]. Show More Summary
My beloved ordered a new phone last night, including the chance to inscribe something on its back. The choice wasn’t completely unlimited, however: This, of course, led to 10 minutes of trying different, NSFW things, and some giggling (or dignified chuckling on my part). Yes, we are ten years old.
Shorter Jonathan Haber: If I just make numerical assumptions as favorable as possible, I can get a MOOC class completion rate up to 48%: Using the number Coursera sent him of “Total Registered Students” (i.e., the number of people who hit the Enroll button) as a denominator does indeed give you a completion percentage of 5 percent. Show More Summary
Piece of Paper “The German dictator, instead of snatching the victuals from the table, has been content to have them served to him course by course.” Winston Churchill, October 5, 1938. Bret Stephens, at the Wall Street Journal, writes a…well…basically loses his mind: After World War II the U.S. Show More Summary
Sebastian Thrun, he of the MOOC evangelism: The way Fast Company has it, Thrun chucks those San Jose State students under the self-driving Google car faster than he chugs up a hill on his custom-made road bike, leaving a panting MaxShow More Summary
The New York Times surveyed 7000 college freshman on their knowledge of history and geography. They did not know that much: The students have but a faint idea of the geographical formation of this country. They place Portland, Ore on the Mississippi River, and St. Show More Summary
Jill Silos-Rooney talks about the “The Problem We’re Afraid To Name:” parental interference in schools. In recent years, I’ve had to deal with parents much more frequently than I ever imagined I would have to as a college professor.Show More Summary
Random excerpts from the junk mail I’ve received today: Barack Obama May Be Finished Friday! Hang A Bunch is a 6-in-1 hanger that creates up to 600% more space in your closet. Organize your tops, jeans, dresses, and more;Donating-a-car...Show More Summary
As a followup to yesterday’s post, I went and searched on “war to end all wars” in Google Ngrams. The result was somewhat surprising: The usage of “war to end all wars,” which I had usually taken to refer to the Great War, and (at least...Show More Summary
The war of 1914-1918 has been known by two main names after it ended: the Great War, and World War I. This is what it looks like as the name changed, abruptly in 1939-41: A small thing, but interesting.