Business opportunity: personal “cybersecurity” tools to thwart collection of at least a little of the data we generate. It may not be possible anymore (technologically or politically), but we seem to have little recourse against this (and all the other stuff we know about and don’t yet know about)…
Walmart’s employment policies and pay look pretty good in comparison to the higher education industry. I wonder how Walmart workers’ pay and benefits compare to adjunct professors’? I bet the Walmart greeters get a better hourly wage.
There were some unique circumstances in this infamous case of an elderly adjunct professor whose life ended in squalor and poverty. Still, American universities should be ashamed of how they treat adjunct faculty. People entrusted with the education of our youth shouldn’t be a permanent underclass relying on public assistance and charity to make ends meet.
"It is what it is" — Not just a post-game locker room interview cliche, it’s a phrase used on the streets of Baltimore to mark acceptance of reality (usually something negative). It’s not necessarily fatalistic or defeatist, but it is a recognition that there are many, many things that we can’t change. I guess the follow-on statement is "I’ll do what I can."