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    Quickies: A coup AND a pandemic? Sure, why not…

    If you are in the United States right now, and on the internet, every other site is already pestering you to remember to vote. So, I’m not going to do that. But… The election is big on my mind and in my news feed this week. Preparing for a coup is not something that I thought I’d be doing, but…

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    Quickies: Fighting Nazis with data, following the research on diversity trainings, and more…

    It’s been a whole MONTH since I’ve posted here…. oops. If you know an educator, send them chocolate or beer or puppies or whatever makes them happy because this semester is ROUGH. Here are a few things that have grabbed my interest despite my life steeped in class prep, grading, and committee work. In my astronomy class, we’ve recently been…

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    Quickies Goes to (Virtual) DragonCon!

    Normally I’d be passing off the Quickies today as I would be in Atlanta, Georgia, for the annual DragonCon, a fan-run 80,000+ person mega-geek event. However… 2020 is doing its 2020 thing, and jamming tens of thousands of sweaty people together in five hotels is just not a good idea. So, DragonCon has gone virtual! In the FIRST episode of…

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    Quickies: Remembering Chadwick Boseman, a new march on Washington, and counting pandemic deaths…

    It’s been another fairly difficult week here in the Unites States. I’m pretty sure I don’t even have the spoons to cover it and do it justice. So really, here are just a few things that currently have my attention. Many people are sharing some of the most heartwarming videos of the luminous Chadwick Boseman in the wake of the…

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    Quickies: How are all those college openings going?

    It’s only the middle of August, but due to extenuating circumstances, many colleges are starting their fall semesters early! Let’s check in on how that’s going… After one week, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill reversed course and moved to virtual learning. An editorial in their student newspaper points out that they all saw it coming. Notre Dame enacts…

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    Quickies: Sending help to Lebanon and avoiding mystery seeds…

    Hey, all! Sorry I missed last week’s round up. Getting prepared for the fall semester is hard enough when there’s not a pandemic raging. Also it was my birthday so goofing off was literally the only way I could think of to celebrate while in my house. Many thanks to our peeps on Discord for keeping me up to date…

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    Quickies: Racism at the CDC, bad COVID decisions, and more…

    I find myself catching up after a week in my online-teaching hide-y hole… Employees of the Centers for Disease Control call out a “toxic culture of racial aggressions.” Meanwhile, the Trump administration orders hospitals to bypass the CDC and send data to the White House, likely in an attempt to continue to deny reality. Due to a huge public outcry,…

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    Quickies: A good week for Indigenous rights, a well-named law, and kung fun nuns…

    Big news out of Oklahoma as the Supreme Court rules that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation was never dissolved, affirming tribal sovereignty. H/t Ryan from MAL for sharing this. In a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and water protectors, the Dakota Access Pipeline has been ordered shutdown pending environmental review. However, the pipeline continues to operate as the company…

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