As the Adjunctiverse Turns

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Billionaire Heiress Lashes Out at Unions Because Her Fortune Didn’t Buy Election

Lessons to learn: 1) all educators must find common cause and work together across “categories” that too often divide; and 2) elections matter, so get involved.

There are more lessons, but these are starting points.


U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Speaks To Media After Visiting Students At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Betsy DeVos is furious!

She and her family spent boatloads of money this election cycle and few of their candidates won.

Instead, lawmakers were largely selected by these things called… ew… voters.

She was so enraged that she used her platform as Secretary of Education – another prudent purchase by her family – to lash out at teachers unions for – get this – having too much influence!!!!!

She told Fox Business Network:

“The teachers union has a stranglehold on many of the politicians in this country, both at the federal level and at the state-level.”

That’s rich coming from her, but one can see where she’s coming from.

In the midterms 23 states had double-digit percentage-point increases in turnout compared with 1982-2014. That resulted in a blue wave in the U.S. House – one of the largest and most diverse groups of freshman Congresspeople ever.

This is the

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Left behind

so characteristic of precarious life and work in precarious times

occasional links & commentary

The historically low black unemployment rate is one of Donald Trump’s favorite applause lines. Even Reuters [ht: ja] declares that Trump is right.

It doesn’t seem to matter that most of the decline in the unemployment rate for African American workers (from a high of 16.5 percent in the beginning of 2010 to a low of 6.3 percent today) occurred before Trump was ever elected.

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What does matter is that, even as the rate has dropped (the purple line in the chart above), black workers’ pay (the green line) has barely changed. After falling precipitously (by 10 percent, from the end of 2009 to the middle of 2015), it has only increased slightly (by 3.8 percent). Overall, the real wages of black workers have actually declined (by 6.5 percent, between the end of 2009 to today).

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White workers have suffered much the same fate. While the unemployment rate (the red…

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Kindness and compassion at work and elsewhere

Minding the Workplace

Dear readers, I’ve collected six previous pieces on kindness and compassion at work and elsewhere. Consider it food for thought as we enter the holiday season!

Valuing kindness over emotional intelligence in today’s workplace (2016) — “For years I’ve exhorted the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace. But Bariso’s piece reminds us that a high EQ isn’t enough. By contrast, Rex Huppke, writing for the Chicago Tribune, suggests that kindness and being ‘a decent human being’ will contribute to better, more successful workplaces . . .”

Not-so-random acts of kindness for the non-saintly among us (2015) — “Last November, I was crossing the street near Boston’s Faneuil Hall when I saw a man huddled in a blanket, shuffling past me in the opposite direction. I caught a glimpse of his eyes for only a second, but I could see a lot of sadness in them. When I got…

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IG-Ready Photos to Use This Weekend to Encourage Your Friends to Go #ToThePolls on Tuesday

an election day treat, better late than never

Streets Dept

Welcome to the To the Polls Photo Share!

Please feel free to use any/all of the photos below across your social media channels over the next few days to encourage your loved ones and followers to vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018!

HOW TO USE: It’s easy, just click on any photo you like below to load the hi-res version, then either hold your finger to the screen (mobile) or right-click (laptop/desktop) to save the photo to your device.

BE SURE to credit the artists if you use any of these images, the artists’ Instagram handles are listed below each photo for easy reference, and hashtag your posts #ToThePolls.

These are photos of the 10 murals created by 10 Philly-based artists for the Streets Dept + Mural Arts exhibition To the Polls… Click here to learn more about that exhibition and to read the…

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Cartoon of the day

a pre-election day and border human rights atrocity special

occasional links & commentary


Special mention

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Red Scare 2018: socialism and healthcare

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A specter is haunting the United States—the specter of Medicare for All. All the powers of old America have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter: Wall Street and Big Pharma, Trump and McConnell, Fox News and the American Enterprise Institute.

Now, “coincident with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth—and, more important, on the cusp of the 2018 elections—the Council of Economic Advisers has joined the alliance:

socialism is making a comeback in American political discourse. Detailed policy proposals from self-declared socialists are gaining support in Congress and among much of the electorate.

The fact is, socialismis on the rebound in the United States. And healthcare is the top issue for voters in the midterm elections (with 71 percent of respondents saying healthcare is “very important” in making their voting decisions for Congress this year, and at least a quarter choosing health care as the “most important issue,”…

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Cartoon of the day

There Is No Such Thing As An Adjunct Professor

@DebraLeighScott, blogging as the #HomelessProfessor, having left the building is back for a visit

The Homeless Adjunct

A full year has passed on these pages since I announced my departure from academic “adjunct” employment, listing my plans for reconstructing my life once I was no longer living the life of a precariously-employed scholar. I’ve been silent here as I went about that reconstruction, even withdrawing from most of the conversations about higher education. I’d like to say that this was done through a healthy intentionality – but it was not. The year’s anniversary for my departure has just passed. During this year, it’s become clear to me that more time is necessary for both life reconstruction and for healing the trauma of such long-term professional, economic and emotional abuse. As any therapist will attest, any extended experience of abuse requires extended efforts at healing. When a person is consistently demeaned, dehumanized, stressed, and frightened, there is a kind of PTSD that forms that doesn’t simply go away…

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Roundup on gaslighting

Fight Against What Happened Yesterday: Let’s Make History

Add getting corporate money out of politics — down with Citizens United by any means necessary

Real Learning CT

I am more emboldened today than yesterday. I agree with those Senators who called yesterday the darkest day in the history of the United States Senate and the White House-governed FBI (non) investigation a cover -up.

Check out my To-Do list on yesterday’s posting, which is below. I have added a sixth item:

6. Call the offices of Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly and offer to do what I can for their campaigns from Connecticut, maybe a phone bank or send out a mailing. TOMORROW

Suggest what else we can do together. Join me. Let’s create history of which we and our children and grandchildren can be proud.


Shame On You, Susan Collins

Shame on you, Susan Collins for voting for someone who lied under oath to the Supreme Court. Shame on you for not telling us that you know that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. Even if he cannot remember…

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