Death by a Million Papercuts: Are Prestigious Degrees Really Worth the Trouble?

Allyssa Metzger’s June 2014 blog post in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Why I Don’t Drop the ‘H-Bomb’,” chronicles her experience attending Harvard and the responses she receives when others learn of her alma mater.  She discusses how she manages their expectations and how she handles disappointing people when she actually doesn’t know the answer about something.  In some ways, her experience mirrors mine and others who … Continue reading Death by a Million Papercuts: Are Prestigious Degrees Really Worth the Trouble?

Militarism in the Obama Era

As the first year of President Obama’s term has worn on many people on the left including me have tried to answer this question: Will Obama continue and promote the militaristic endeavors and culture of the Bush era? I got my answer observing Obama’s reaction to the illegal attack/offensive against Gaza this past December. His “neutrality” on a “war” (more like low-intensity genocide imo) that killed over a thousand civilians and leveled one of the most densely populated and poorest regions of the world says a lot about his “anti-war” stance.

Others not seeing the hypocrisy in the Gaza War chose to wait for his stance on Iraq and Afghanistan. Many, especially on the left hoped that Obama would set a timetable for withdraw for Iraq and begin a withdraw (note: nobody cared about Afghanistan enough to ask for anything or wrongly considered it the “Good War”). If we look at his voting record on the wars and his team’s plans we may have not had to wait so long for the answer. Continue reading “Militarism in the Obama Era”