Entries from July 2010

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Best Buy, Target, Buying Homophobic Politician

We learned this week that Target and Best Buy, where I have been for many years a frequent shopper, have donated $250,000 to a political committee supporting the campaign of a candidate for Governor of Minnesota who has promised to veto marriage equality legislation and has ties to a Christian rock band that advocates death […]

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Eva von Dassow, Super Prof!

Eva von Dassow, a professor of classical and Near Eastern studies, spoke at a recent public forum of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. According to an article in today’s Inside Higher Ed, the video of her talk is inspiring many of her colleagues at Minnesota and elsewhere, many of them fed up with […]

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Blood Gadgets

Nicholas D. Kristof, writing in last Sunday’s New York Times, “Death By Gadget,” describes how “[a]n ugly paradox of the 21st century is that some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones, laptops and digital cameras — are built from minerals that seem to be fueling mass slaughter and rape in Congo.” Our digital […]