We shall be gnashing our teeth soon enough, so I’m opening a new instance of the constant thread dedicated to all your grousing about the elections. I already did my part and voted a straight Democratic slate, growling at every Rethuglican candidate on the ballot. Too bad that I know exactly how the vote in rural Minnesota will go.
In case there is a diversity of political opinion here, I provide three videos to cover the spectrum. And because some people don’t want to talk about politics at all, here’s an apolitical thread.
(Notice how I’ve cunningly selected three videos that all manage to mock the wingnuts.)
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David MarjanoviÄ says
Thanks, everyone! I’ll apply for the job in Chicago. :-)
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A study of advertisements for cars from 1980/1 and 2005/6 shows that ads in the US were about cowboys and freedom in 1980/1, while German ones were about function, progress and economy, to the point of featuring engineers. Even cross-country vehicles were always shown on a street in Germany, and the makes have numbers rather than (crudely) poetic names. The distance has shrunk, with the experience of freedom, individuality, and the beauty of the car being emphasized in recent ads all over the world. Source in German.
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Berlusco”li”ni has another two scandals now. First, he invited an under-age girl to one of his orgies*; the girl is an immigrant, and he promised her to get her theft charge (which could probably get her deported) dropped… And then he defended himself at a press conference by saying “it’s better to like beautiful girls than to be gay”.
The Catholic Church probably agrees with the latter part, but still condemns him loudly for taking advantage of the powerless.
Leading members of parliament use words like “national embarrassment”…
* That’s the word the TV news used.
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One candidate being a member of several parties… that existed in the German Democratic Republic (communist East Germany) when its end drew nigh. O hai! We can haz teh “Democratic” in name! We can haz MULTIPLE PARTIEZ!11 Except that all parties were communist and that the leaders of all parties were members of the ruling communist party (which of course called itself socialist, but I digress).
That site underestimates everything by a bit more than a factor of 3.
2008: The Three Trillion Dollar War
So… our dear Mr Elifritz basically says he is what Jar-Jar Binks would be like if Jar-Jar talked about vertical gene transfer?
That would be antagonizing. ROTFL! X-D
I know, I know. I only bother considering applying because the ad says this:
“Candidates must have a doctoral level degree, and outstanding potential in research and teaching. […] Preference will be given to junior candidates, although applications from more senior candidates will also be considered.”
Instead of a record, they only ask for “potential”, and they claim “junior candidates” have a chance at all. Besides, my publication record is good for my age, and the number of times my papers have been cited is good for the combination of my field and age. That must be why my supervisor wants me to apply.
BTW, the “tailored for me” thing isn’t just “VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY” (all-caps in the original, strangely). It’s “specimen-based research on the fossil record [linked] with experimental, comparative and/or computational approaches to biomechanics, phylogenetics, genomics, or development”.
:-D I don’t know. I live with my parents, so I haven’t had to find out. :-)
I WANT ONE!!!
Don’t forget to follow the link at the bottom.
These used to be the core of the conservative parties of Europe in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
All I can do is quote
my noble friendLord Blackheath: “We need to know what really is happening here. We must find out the truth of this situation.”
That must be why I didn’t simply collapse on the floor. Or indeed why I got out of bed in the first place. :-)
I do, I do. (Just not, probably, forever. But we’ll see.)
Of course not. I know what the job market in my field is like, and what the competition is like.
That sounds pretty good, actually. :-)
Yep, that’s what I expect for myself. I’ve already told you about… well, that was long enough ago that some of you hadn’t found teh Thread yet… I know that guy with an impressive publications list who had to do nine postdocs on 3 or 4 continents and then had to quit science altogether because there simply aren’t enough jobs in the world. He now works in a publishing house.
That’s not what I said. I said this particular job looks like it has a lot of teaching because of the way the ad is worded; I have nothing against teaching, I’m not afraid of it. I asked if it’s teaching-track rather than tenure-track.
The academic reality that I know (from watching people who have such jobs) is at the CNRS and the museum in Paris â no compulsory teaching at all, and extremely easily attainable tenure (as in France in general). Obviously, I know that very few places in the world have such jobs at all.
Yeah, and I know vertebrate paleontologists in the US who teach veterinary or human anatomy (because that was the closest available job, and it’s paid badly enough that the actual doctors of medicine prefer to do something else) and tell me, entirely plausibly, that they’re busy enough for several lifetimes.
That occurs elsewhere, too. A few years ago, there was a government over here that wanted to amend the constitution as follows: “When the government gets an unconstitutional law through parliament, it’s not unconstitutional.” o.O The constitution court somehow stopped this the same day*, but it’s not actually clear if the court had the right to do that.
* …so it got very little media attention, and I don’t know much about it.