Fuck You, You Fucking Disgusting Pig

“I listened at first puzzled, then with concerned, and now with sadness to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event,” Palin said.”If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”

What *was* America’s enduring strength was that for the most part America-hating gutterslime like Palin were relegated to the festering sewers of far-right extremist-fringe hate radio and shunned by decent Americans. There was a time when the use of the term “blood libel” to refer to criticism of sicke-fucke far-right-wing christian theocratic extremists would have been met with absolute horror and unstinting opprobrium by voices of reason in the press. Now it is just, “Some say…, while others say.” Excuse me while I vomit.

Disgrace to The Professoriate

This motherfucker is a motherfucken disgrace to the professoriate:

A new edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is missing something.

Throughout the book — 219 times in all — the word “nigger” is replaced by “slave,” a substitution that was made by NewSouth Books, a publisher based in Alabama, which plans to release the edition in February.

Alan Gribben, a professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery, approached the publisher with the idea in July. Mr. Gribben said Tuesday that he had been teaching Mark Twain for decades and always hesitated before reading aloud the common racial epithet, which is used liberally in the book, a reflection of social attitudes in the mid-19th century.

“I found myself right out of graduate school at Berkeley not wanting to pronounce that word when I was teaching either ‘Huckleberry Finn’ or ‘Tom Sawyer,’ ” he said. “And I don’t think I’m alone.”

Mr. Gribben, who combined “Huckleberry Finn” with “Tom Sawyer” in a single volume and also supplied an introduction, said he worried that “Huckleberry Finn” had fallen off reading lists, and wanted to offer an edition that is not for scholars, but for younger people and general readers.

“I’m by no means sanitizing Mark Twain,” Mr. Gribben said. “The sharp social critiques are in there. The humor is intact. I just had the idea to get us away from obsessing about this one word, and just let the stories stand alone.” (The book also substitutes “Indian” for “injun.”)

You don’t fucke with fucken art, and you especially don’t fucke with Mark Motherfucken Twain!

(h/t Rude Pundit.)

Nurturing Trainees

Female Science Professor has an interesting post up in which she muses about how professorial management styles that might, on the surface, seem less “nurturing” to trainees frequently end up doing a better job at actual nurturing of the careers of those trainees.

It is important not to conflate a management style that nurtures the professional development of trainees with a management style that nurtures the personal development of trainees. As professors, our job is to nurture our trainees professionally. If they need personal nurturing, it is not my job to provide it, nor am I qualified to do so.

In my experience, the most dysfunctional labs are those in which the PI behaves like a cheerleader/friend/confessor hybrid, and the most functional labs are those in which the PI behaves like an NFL head coach.