protect the public university

okay so I posted about the “REAGANOMICS WORKS” I found on campus scrawled into the concrete and for some reason I was possessed to send my professor this stupid email at two in the morning:

Professor [Name],

Your Shakespeare class last quarter was, as always, a pleasure to attend. However, that is not what this email is about. I know this is an extremely random question, but you used to be Dean of Arts and Humanities, so I figure that if anyone has knowledge of these matters, it would be you.

On the sidewalk that runs between Warren Lecture Hall and the Literature Building, faintly scrawled in the concrete is a graffito that simply reads “REAGANOMICS WORKS” in all caps. I’ve walked past it a hundred times with no explanation and this two-word phrase vexes and haunts me. What do I make of this? Does Reaganomics really work, as this vandalism claims? Do you know anything at all about when this came about or who is responsible?

Anyway, I hope you’re having a nice spring quarter.

and then I regretted sending it to him but he responded:

Dear Alexa,
Thanks very much. It’s always great to have you in class and I’m glad you enjoyed the Shakespeare course this past term.

I know what you mean about these kind of random things written on walls and sidewalks. I can tell you, from a legal point of view, what’s at stake:

Because this is a public university, writing on sidewalks is seen as protected speech, as it is understood to be the expression of opinion on a public, shared space.

Writing on buildings, walls, or structures of the U of C, however, is NOT protected speech, as it is a statement affixed to a building with a defined educational purpose.

So, people have taken to writing on the sidewalks because they can.

having said that, I doubt that Reaganomics works. I remember the 1980s when it was tried out, and it largely contributed to the disparity in wealth and compensation between management and labor and between the top few and the many below. It was understood to benefit corporations, but not individuals. I’m sure it’s all more complicated than that, but that’s how it was publicly discussed back in the 80s.

It’s all debatable; economists will have more to say than I do.

suffice it to say, most narrowly, that writing on the sidewalk is not technically vandalism (writing on a building would be); though it doesn’t make it any less annoying or challenging (or threatening, at its worst).

my thoughts,

all my best

Agent (Mark)

Request: I’d like to request a scenario/ Angst. Where you were bestfriends with Mark back in your Agent High School days. The school you & Mark attended were for secret agents. You switched school & got transfered to Australia. You lost contact w/ him & he got to be a got7 member instead. Your mission is to protect Got7 since they have to go to school again. You’ve a new Identity & all the people you’ve known in your life think you passed away from an accident. Mark recognizes you? How will it be?
Length: 2,513 words
Genre: Angst/Drama/Alternate Universe

*A/N: I was kind of hesitant to write this at first because it’s kind of an alternate universe thing, but as you can see with the word count, it came out a lot better than I had anticipated. I hope you guys like it as much as I liked writing it!

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Regarding mental illness in Dragon Age

There might be happy and well-adjusted people somewhere in Thedas, but we certainly don’t encounter many of them! 

Almost every single NPC we meet has experienced at least one traumatic event sufficient to cause PTSD. 

On top of that, the oppressive political/economic/social systems in Thedas are inherently abusive to the vast majority of the population and thus there is probably quite a lot of complex PTSD as well. (For those unfamiliar with the distinction, complex PTSD is emotional trauma caused by being trapped in a long-term abusive or otherwise threatening/harmful situation versus regular PTSD is usually tied to specific significant events.)

Furthermore, the people of Thedas have almost no resources to cope with mental illness:

1) The scientific study of psychology (as distinct from general philosophy) is a post-Enlightenment endeavor whereas societies in Thedas are still in pre-Enlightenment stages of development.

2) There is little to no understanding of the brain. Thedas even lags behind the equivalent historical era on Earth with regards to knowledge of anatomy and non-magical medicine because research in this area is considered too close to practicing blood magic. 

3) There are no psychiatric medications – those are a 20th century invention.

4) Fetal alcohol syndrome is likely very common due to most people drinking fermented beverages instead of water because the water wasn’t safe to drink.

5) Prenatal and early childhood malnutrition are also likely very common, and cause mental disabilities. For example, the average IQs of iodine-deficient populations are ~15 points (a standard deviation) lower than non-deficient populations.

6) Childhood tragedy in the form of the death of a parent or sibling is frightfully common. At least one in ten women eventually dies in childbirth and only two-thirds of children to live to see their fifth birthdays.

7) There is no universal public education, no child protective services, and very little social mobility. If your family is abusive, neglectful, or otherwise toxic there is likely no one to notice and intervene on your behalf and almost no hope of eventually escaping to a better life. 

Don’t argue over which Dragon Age characters are mentally ill. Argue over whether they are any that aren’t.

A law imposing total ban on vivisection was enacted on August 16, 1933, by Hermann Göring as the prime minister of Prussia. He announced an end to the “unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments” and said that those who “still think they can continue to treat animals as inanimate property” will be sent to concentration camps.

On August 28, 1933, Göring announced in a radio broadcast: An absolute and permanent ban on vivisection is not only a necessary law to protect animals and to show sympathy with their pain, but it is also a law for humanity itself…. I have therefore announced the immediate prohibition of vivisection and have made the practice a punishable offense in Prussia. Until such time as punishment is pronounced the culprit shall be lodged in a concentration camp. (Criminals against the state where sent there along with suspected communist members, to await trial)

Göring also banned commercial animal trapping, imposed severe restrictions on hunting, and regulated the shoeing of horses. He imposed regulations even on the boiling of lobsters and crabs. In 24 November 1933, Nazi Germany enacted another law called Reichstierschutzgesetz (Reich Animal Protection Act), for protection of animals. This law listed many prohibitions against the use of animals, including their use for filmmaking and other public events causing pain or damage to health,feeding fowls forcefully and tearing out the thighs of living frogs. The two principals (Ministerialräte) of the German Ministry of the Interior, Clemens Giese and Waldemar Kahler, who were responsible for drafting the legislative text, wrote in their juridical comment from 1939, that by the law the animal was to be “protected for itself” (“um seiner selbst willen geschützt”), and made “an object of protection going far beyond the hitherto existing law” (“Objekt eines weit über die bisherigen Bestimmungen hinausgehenden Schutzes”).

On February 23, 1934, a decree was enacted by the Prussian Ministry of Commerce and Employment which introduced education on animal protection laws at primary, secondary and college levels.On 3 July 1934, a law Das Reichsjagdgesetz (The Reich Hunting Law) was enacted which limited hunting. On 1 July 1935, another law Reichsnaturschutzgesetz (Reich Nature Conservation Act) was passed to protect nature. According to an article published in Kaltio, one of the main Finnish cultural magazines, Nazi Germany was the first in the world to place the wolf under protection.

In 1934, Nazi Germany hosted an international conference on animal protection in Berlin. On March 27, 1936, an order on the slaughter of living fish and other poikilotherms was enacted. On March 18 the same year, an order was passed on afforestation and on protection of animals in the wild. On September 9, 1937, a decree was published by the Ministry of the Interior which specified guidelines for the transportation of animals. In 1938, animal protection was accepted as a subject to be taught in public schools and universities in Germany.

The Nazis disbanded several unofficial organizations advocating environmentalism and animal protection, such as the Friends of Nature, which was a Marxist environmentalist organization with a membership of over 100,000.

The current animal welfare laws in Germany are modified versions of the laws introduced by the Nazis.

Like many people, I absolutely cherish the close friendships I forged in college, nearly mumble-mumble years ago. But we rarely think about how these friendships might affect the path to graduation. If anything, students are typically advised to avoid social distractions and keep their eyes on the academic prize instead.

A new book from a researcher at Dartmouth College puts a new spin on that idea, mapping out the ways differently structured social networks affect students’ experiences for good and for ill.

Janice McCabe, an associate professor of sociology, interviewed a diverse group of 67 undergraduates at a large Midwestern public university (unnamed to protect student privacy.) She asked them to name their friends, which ranged from 3 to 60 individuals, and then she painstakingly mapped out the web of connections that made up each person’s friend network.

Her conclusion? “It’s important to realize that friends can have academic as well as social benefits.” And the type of network you have matters a lot.

How College Friendships May Affect Student Success

illustration: LA Johnson/NPR

anonymous asked:

To that anon: Socialism is a political and economic system where the the STATE OWNS THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION (farms, businesses, tools used etc). The NDP are social democrats. A social democracy is a CAPITALIST political and economic system (the means of production are privately owned by individuals and companies) where the state reigns in the excesses of capitalism with protections for the population like unemployment insurance, minimum wage, public universal healthcare insurance (medicare)