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Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

well, if the intrusive questions from Google weren't enough to drive me off, then this will do the trick. And I do have a facebook account under my real name, but there are good reasons to use pseudonyms on this forum and others like it. It'll be interesting to see what the comment sections look like tomorrow... if I feel a need to even look at ljworld.com. and i like the idea of an alternative forum at http://w11.zetaboards.com/LJWDeserter...

October 9, 2013 at 5:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Indian tribe that purchased North Lawrence property involved in casino-related lawsuit

details, details: http://www.tulsaworld.com/site/printe...

"Some of the attorneys involved in the Delaware deal - Tulsa attorney Vicki Sousa and Luis Figueredo of Palmetto Bay, Fla. - are also associated with the court-battled casino in Broken Arrow proposed by the Kialegee Tribal Town and developers from Florida and Chicago. River Trails' lawsuit, which is filed in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, alleges that a May 2010 development agreement gave River Trails exclusive authority to develop a casino on the tribe's former lands in Ohio that would be placed in trust. It was signed by then-Chief Jerry Douglas, DEA president Wayne Stull, and River Trails managing member Rudy Gerbus of Ohio. The tribe is considered to be landless and cannot place any land into trust within 14 counties in Oklahoma because of a past agreement with the Cherokee Nation, records show."

I wonder if any of the two big local developers are going to get in on this deal - if they do, it's pretty much a done deal - and if they don't, it's toast.

And, while we're at it, since all of the land in Lawrence was part of an Indian reservation, the land under part of a Lawrence hotel - or on the lot - could be placed into trust by a tribe, and the tribe could get a gaming compact with the State...

August 9, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Verdict leaves key question unanswered

If Martin was wearing a hoody, and Zimmerman was following him from behind, and it was a dark night and raining, there's no way that Zimmerman could tell which race Martin was a member of. Think about it a bit - the only point at which Zimmerman found out that Martin was black was when Martin closed the distance between them, threw the punch, broke Zimmerman's nose, and knocked him to the ground. Up until then, Martin was a suspicious guy walking around the neighborhood, a neighborhood that had suffered a rash of residential burglaries. The hoody obscured Martin's race.

July 16, 2013 at 12:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Islam should seek return to tolerance

Islam is by no means monolithic, but most of Islam in Europe, the UK, and the US is the Saudi-bankrolled authoritarian Wahhabi branch of Sunni Islam, and it's less of a religion than a movement seeking political power and hegemony over other nations - rather ironic, seeing the nations affected. The trouble is is that Wahhabism is anti-human rights, anti-womens rights (to the point of outright misogyny), anti-LGBT rights, anti-science (especially evolution); it's a sort of Westboro Baptist Church on steroids. Westboro says "God Hates Fags", Wahhabists behead them in public; Westboro isn't terribly into womens rights, but only Wahhabists go so far as to perform large numbers of female genital mutilations and execute female rape victims for adultery, and so on and so forth.

It's this kind of Islam which we've got to deal with in the US and it should be given exactly the same amount of respect and toleration that WBC gets - or perhaps less.

July 16, 2013 at 12:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House Speaker Merrick blasts regents, KU over funding, salary issues

When I went in the latter half of the 1970s - graduated 1981, all of my classes were taught by full professors, very few of whom were "duds". Some really good ones were: Albert Burgstahler and Gerald Maggiora in Chemistry, for whom I did research; Robert Carlson, William Argersinger, Clark Bricker, Peter Hierl, Chemistry; H. Lewis McKinney, History; Robert Nunley, Geography; Chester Sullivan, English; Henry Fullenwider, German; Karl Stockhammer, Biology. Bernard Williams, whom I've kept in touch with to the present, was the TA for my Western Civ class. I will say that my experience with the Math Department was horrible - and I've heard numerous complaints about it over the past 32 years since I graduated, but overall I got a superior education at KU. I went on to get my PhD in Chemistry in 1987 at U. Florida - and used my notes from Prof. Argersinger's class to tie for second place in the Physical Chemistry qualifiers there.

June 26, 2013 at 11:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: KU doctoral grad sees lack of faculty support

About 30 years ago, a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature from KU gave people a pretty good shot at getting a job with the CIA or NSA. Nowadays, if you spent good money chasing after that degree, you've probably wasted your money. When I got my PhD, I had a full scholarship and stipend all the way through, and then a couple of post-docs thereafter. In addition, I was fully qualified to teach any undergraduate course in organic or physical chemistry - the subject matter is well characterized and isn't that difficult if you've done it for a while. If you aren't fully qualified to teach whatever Slavic language(s) you studied, the department is absolutely worthless if they awarded the PhD, and they defrauded you. If they booted you out ABD, or you failed the qualifying exams that's another story, but PhDs are qualified to teach in their area. Here's an article you might enjoy: http://www.selloutyoursoul.com/2010/1...

Here's a quote from the article:
"It was as if one professor in the world was saying what others only gestured at: there are no jobs for PhD’s in the humanities, there are little chances for employment for PhD’s, there is a terrible ethical abnegation by professors to let bright young people study for 10 years and then fall into the cracks of unemployability and depression.

There is a sad trap of prestige with grad school, a path which talented young people chase, only to find at the end a lack of any real achievement, social prestige, or financial reward—the very things that they thought grad school would bring them and for which they made unhealthy personal and financial sacrifices.

Something is structurally wrong in the humanities. Yet few have the guts to straight out say it."

May 28, 2013 at 10:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Day after city's bid opening for recreation center, relief and a few questions

"Considering that the majority of the infrastructure is for the KU portion of the project which is privately owned by the developer and will be used for private events benefiting only the developer ..."

OK, why are tax dollars going to benefit a private developer? For the next 50 years?

"The primary concern would presumably be with local government officials using this mechanism in ways that do not really express the preferences of their citizens. This concern might be realized in two ways. First, local governments, given their small size, may be prone to manipulation by the concentrated and powerful interest of developers to aid in the construction of projects that undermine the overall competitive positions of the jurisdiction--this is known as "interest group capture."...

Shanske, Darien. 2007 Public tax dollars for private suburban development: a first report on a national phenomenon. The Free Library (January, 1), http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Public tax dollars for private suburban development: a first report...-a0164997861 (accessed May 28 2013)

May 28, 2013 at 10:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Day 2: From the Emerald Triangle to the Sunflower State

If it were legal for people to grow their own for personal use, the big money operations like this would be out of business overnight. The same goes for all other drugs. Make it legal for people to do it on their own, and the drug business would disappear. As for people's lives being ruined by drugs, it's happening now, and jail does not offer drug treatment. Add to that the fact that it's often the case that people can continue to get drugs in jail from corrupt guards. As a result, people are still addicted when they get out, only they've got no chance at getting gainful employment and are forced into crime to support their addictions.

The best way to deal with this problem isn't by jailing addicts, it's by treating the addiction and getting them on the road to recovery. Perhaps involuntary commitments to psychiatric hospitals might do some good as well, but these would have to be fairly long term instead of the short commitments presently seen, in which patients are "stabilized" on other drugs and then kicked out into the community without any real support. Paying $30,000 per year per inmate incarcerated on drugs charges is a very bad deal; it's possible that significant savings could be realized by putting addicts in halfway houses and the like instead.

May 27, 2013 at 1:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Scandals undermine trust in Obama

The only bounce that Obama ought to be getting is his @ss out of the White House after he gets impeached. He's the reincarnation of Richard Nixon, maybe even *worse* than Nixon, if that's possible: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-bu...

May 20, 2013 at 2:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawhorn's Lawrence: A night of partying in Oread

Back in 1981, when I graduated from KU, I went to a house party where a bunch of punk rock bands were playing - one of them could have been the Mortal Micronotz, but I don't recall for sure, memories are fuzzy, not least due to the fact that there were four kegs of beer - ice cold - there in addition to clouds of pot smoke. One of the highlights of the evening - or early morning - occurred when some guy rode his motorcycle up the stairs, all 650 pounds or whatever of it and him, all the way up to the second floor. Oddly enough, the house is still standing, still has students living in it. It's the house on Tennessee Street, on the corner of 11th or 12th street, with the diagonal square window on the south side.

May 20, 2013 at 2:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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