Thursday, March 31, 2016
The philosophers of the End Times series recommended books to readers to get further into their philosophical world. As part of an occasional offshoot of that series, here’s a first selection of 15 from the very start to help you get your shelves recalibrated.
Lots of interesting books and some disappointments.
Here are the average academic salaries, via Inside Higher Ed. They vary a fair bit by discipline but they strike me overall as low. I guess they would. When I think of academics, I tend to think of the leaders of the profession, in which case, they are underpaid. But these are the average salaries.
President Obama and his family spent nearly $3.6 million in taxpayer money on flight expenses alone for their 2015 Christmas vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii, according to a new watchdog report.
Goodness. I make it a rule never to spend more than $1 million on a vacation.
Vatican investigates claim hospital funds used to refurbish cardinal's flat - One America News Network
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican said on Thursday it is investigating two former officials over claims money meant for a children’s hospital was used to refurbish a cardinal’s luxury apartment.
Costly work at former Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s flat — seeming to clash with Pope Francis’s recommendations that church officials live as modestly as he — caused a scandal when allegations emerged that the Bambino Gesu Hospital foundation had helped foot the bill.
Giuseppe Profiti, former manager at the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu, and its ex-treasurer Massimo Spina are being investigated, Vatican press officer Greg Burke said, confirming a report in Italian magazine L’Espresso.
“In a case like this you get one shot at the queen,” the source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said referring to Clinton, the former secretary of state and current front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. “The pressures are enormous on the agents, as the case has to be airtight and perfect.”
Conservatives can safely study ancient history but not modern American history, economics but not sociology. Literature, largely a politics-free zone until the 1980s, has become hostile territory. When a literature professor suggested that his department could increase enrollments by teaching Jane Austen, he told Shields and Dunn, one colleague "got very upset." She said "that this was just a way of catering to the prejudices that students learned in high school, and after that she never spoke to me at all," the professor reported.
PALO ALTO, Calif. — A Northern California jury has found a former Stanford University swimmer guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on campus after both attended a fraternity party.
The most depraved athletes I ever knew were swimmers; probably a coincidence. I attributed it to too much time spent looking at bandaides at the bottom of the pool.