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That's such a week made statement.
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and yet state support for "public" universities has plunged ever lower.
 
Higher education in America is ever more costly but offers ever greater returns. Between 1979 and 2012 the income gap between the median family with college-educated parents and one with high-school educated parents grew four times greater than the headline-grabbing income gap between the top 1% of earners and the rest http://econ.st/1Buv0KF
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Efficient indoor agriculture: check out the link from @DavidBrin's Tweet: https://twitter.com/DavidBrin/status/554778597743788033
“World’s Largest Indoor Farm is 100 Times More Productive http://t.co/J1m8u6A8nn”
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hmm, things I didn't know and am now glad I do...
Inexpensive, factory-farmed, pesticide-laced quinoa from Peru is driving small-scale organic growers in Bolivia out of business.
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Finally people in agriculture are trying to understand how to enhance rather than destroy the natural systems of plant + microbes.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/11/gastropod-microbiome-fungus-cassava
Here's why microbes could be the key to better agriculture.
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and yet state support for "public" universities has plunged ever lower.
 
Higher education in America is ever more costly but offers ever greater returns. Between 1979 and 2012 the income gap between the median family with college-educated parents and one with high-school educated parents grew four times greater than the headline-grabbing income gap between the top 1% of earners and the rest http://econ.st/1Buv0KF
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Once you create a market whereby people feel they "need" a college degree to get a job, then you can hike up tuition and people will feel obliged to pay. Here's hoping Obama's free community college plan makes headway! It would be tragic if the US extorts itself out of its own future.
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"Since the release of Senate findings earlier this month, the assumption that the CIA's torture program's sole motive was post-9/11 self-defense has gone virtually unchallenged.  There has been almost no recognition that the George W. Bush administration also tortured prisoners for a very different goal: to extract information that could tie al-Qaeda to Saddam Hussein and justify the invasion of Iraq."

- Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté
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Today I published an op-ed in the +Wall Street Journal  “Paid Maternity Leave Is Good for Business.” I was surprised to learn that according to the UN's International Labor Organization, the U.S. is the only country in the world aside from Papua New Guinea that doesn’t require paid maternity leave.  #maternityleave #leadonleave
In The Wall Street Journal, Susan Wojcicki writes that when we increased paid leave at Google to 18 weeks, the rate at which new mothers left fell by 50%.
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I make this argument in my lectures all the time. To take the callous financial perspective of those opposing this obvious human right, it's absurd to spend all this time and money educating and training women only to try and drum them out once they're productive adults. Plus they live longer than men and are probably more pro-social than men, so there are decades of return on investment from maternity leave, as opposed to decades of waste by getting rid of people just as they start to return all you've put into them.
But of course in 'merica, with all this freedom, companies have the right to protect themselves against the long term gains well-supported women might impose on them...
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The problem is that a cop's real feeling or nervousness about being threatened is based on racism so that any young black male is felt to be a threat. Ferguson is the feather on the camel' s back after a long series of unarmed black teenagers being shot dead. Someone on the radio asked why there isn't a non lethal means for subduing a potential threat. Another noted that elsewhere the police all wear cameras so as to provide evidence that isn't just self-protection after the other side can not respond. 
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  • UCSD
    Prof, Dept of Theatre & Dance, and Italian Studies Program, present
  • Univ of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Prof. of Comparative Literature, 1980 - 2000
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Prof. of Theatre History, Italian, and Comparative Literature ( Renaissance )
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  • Brown University, Princeton University
    English, 1966 - 1970
  • Princeton University
    Comparative Literature, 1970 - 1975
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