Earth Gets a Warm Feeling All Over

NASA — Last year was the fourth warmest year on average for our planet since the late 1800s, according to NASA scientists. To determine if the Earth is warming or cooling, scientists look at average temperatures. To get an “average” temperature, scientists take the warmest and the coolest temperatures in a day, and calculate the temperature that is exactly in the middle of those high and low values. This provides…

White House reporter's credentials questioned

James Guckert, who reported from the White House for the Talon News Service under the name “Jeff Gannon,” announced he was quitting the business “in consideration of the welfare of me and my family.” –White House reporter’s credentials questioned (CNN) Hmm… I interned at a radio station where one of the news reporters went by a catchy, alliterative, macho on-air name, but the station owner called him by his real name,…

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What is Tenure?

What is Tenure? (The Good Morning Show — KFAB) This morning at about 8:40, I spent about 12 minutes as a telephone guest on a morning talk show on KFAB in Nebraska, where I was brought in to provide context for the Ward Churchill controversy at the University of Colorado. My role was to explain tenure. A Google search for “tenure” brings up an informal “What is Tenure” handout that I…

Sometimes You're the Problem

You arrive for your interview at the most posh hotel in town, where you’re met by the local chapter of Plutocrats R Us — millionaire alumni, billionaire builders, all dropping by on their private jets to meet you. Their female companions, dripping diamonds, whisk your wife off to fashionista spas — while you are wined and dined and begged to consider a job paying a measly $3-million. Plus, of course,…