International Conference on Participatory Budgeting celebrates US Processes

Now in our second day, the first (?) international conference on Participatory Budgeting on US soil drew many of the names associated with international processes, like Yves Cabbanes, Jez Hall, and  Giovanni Allegretti.  Brazilian representatives have included Pedro Pontual (representing the Federal Government), Tarson Nuñez (of the state government of Rio Grande do Sul), and …

It’s been around awhile, but Structured Procrastination is a great essay

I ran into again, when avoiding work.  It's by John Perry, and it's here: Structured Procrastination.  There's even stuff you can get, like T-shirts.  Though I suppose that in the spirt of his essay, you should probably go online and figure out how to make your own. Structured Procrastination ``. . . anyone can do any …

More Cigarrettes, Fewer Immigrants, and Lots of Cuts: What does the Future Hold for Spain?

It's been barely a week since the Conservative PP (Partido Popular, or Popular Party) swept the elections in Spain, winning an absolute majority in parliament here.  For the currently (but not much longer) ruling social democratic party, the PSOE, it was its worst defeat ever.  For weeks polls had been predicting a conservative victory, and …

On other news, AAUP upholds Academic Freedom

A story here describes the American Association of University Professors' statement about the treatment by University of Colorado of Ward Churchill, the well-known ethnic studies scholar, and Phil Mitchell, a conservative history adjunct professor.  I was not familiar with the other case, but had been aware of the egregious way Churchill had been treated.  I was happy …