This is my first time doing the Duck linkage, as I will be alternating with Charli on Tuesdays. I may eventually figure out a style, a pattern, a focus, but my first shot at this will be either completely random or entirely typical of my various fascinations and interests. As I panic every other Monday night, y’all can send me suggests via twitter (@smsaideman).
Now to the links with probably too much explanation attached:
- Over the weekend, there was a story about a supposed crisis in US Civil-Military relations. Luckily, the folks at Outside the Beltway de-bunked it quickly.
- For those who do study military stuff, our patron saint might be Doctrine Man! Here is Doctrine Man explaining a key threat to productivity (and, yes, I have often been guilty of this crime).
- NATO has many features, but the one most relevant to academics? Perhaps the regular existential debate which gives us heaps of easy opportunities to write punditly. Here is one of the better takes on NATO’s viability.
- The joy of the US is that damn near all of the secret stuff is not so secret, such as the prospects for a new spy plane.
- A friend of the Duck, Erica Chenoweth, has a Tedx talk on her work on non-violent protest’s efficacy. And, yes, I would like to be Erica when I grow up.
- Time for some debunking: the famous Milgram experiments may not be all that they were cracked up to be.
- Speaking of debunking, who does not buy Climate Change? Well, folks who might buy conspiracy theories.
The Academic World:
- Last night, a political science student finished 8th in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. Oh, sure, he was good at poker before he started Poli Sci (and Chinese) at Columbia, but maybe we can take credit for this anyway: hey, why major in poli sci? Because it can help you win nearly a million dollars via poker!
- Nathan Jensen, who has a very thoughtful blog that often addresses various elements of the profession, examined his IPE syllabi for gender bias as a result of the citation and gender discussion we have been having lately. I followed suit since I was in the midst of writing a syllabus for a new course on Contemporary International Security.
- Over at Political Science Rumor mill, there is now an extended discussion on what to wear which is part of a larger discussion about agency: who is to blame for not getting a job? The candidate or the wacky politics of departments. I spend way too many words on this but suggest that what we know about politics suggests that much of it has little to do with the candidate. I then examine my own record of failed job searches to figure out if the anecdata support my assertions (and, yes, it is typically narcissistic of me to include two links to my blog during morning linkage, a definite violation of the Duck rules if we had any rules).
- Our students are millenials?! Oh no! I think that lots of generalizations about generations are entirely over-wrought, so I found this guide to how to write an alarmist piece about millenials to be most handy. Of course, this is all the fault of those baby boomers.
Token Canadian Entry: Since I reside in Canada, I will occasionally post something that is Canadian-centric. This video, well, covers the most important story in Canada right now but from an American point of view. Not entirely safe for work. And, yes, the Canadians might be frustrated that an American take really captures it so very well.