Help, help, I’m being repressed

Can you frickin’ believe it? Once again, Christianists have created a Bizarro World where up is down, and an institution which is being inclusive and diverse is oppressing them:

Incredulous Vanderbilt officials were forced to come to the legislature today to argue against a bill yanking the university police’s authority to make arrests. This brilliant proposal comes from the Christian Right, which wants to punish Vanderbilt for its all-comers policy.

Evangelicals led by the Tennessee Family Action Council’s David Fowler say Vanderbilt’s policy is an affront to our freedoms because it would force conservative Christian clubs to accept gay people as members if any should ever wish to join for reasons not easy to imagine. That’s right, Vanderbilt’s nondiscrimination policy actually discriminates against conservative Christians. So the state should sanction Vanderbilt by essentially abolishing its police force. We’re not making this up.

At a press conference, Vanderbilt Police Chief August Washington couldn’t seem to stop saying the word “unbelievable.” Welcome to the legislature, chief.

“What I’m interested in is public safety. I find it unbelievable,” he said. “I just find it unbelievable during this time when we talk about public safety and the importance of it and the number of campus-type shootings … we’re talking about heightening safety and security so we can be comfortable in our communities, so I have to tell you I do find it unbelievable that we would be considering this.”
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Stop working so hard

One of the first things I did when I became a department head was to start offering time off as an incentive. The VP of sales was aghast, but you can’t argue with the fact that our sales went up 300% in the first year. The whole idea of pushing employees to the limit seemed both deeply stupid and counterproductive. (As I like to say, one of the laws of physics is that anything used to its full potential will break.) Margaret Heffernan:

for the last 100 years, every productivity study in every industry has come to the same conclusion: after about 40 hours in a week, the quality of your work starts to degrade. You make mistakes. That’s why working 60 hours may not save you time or money: you’ll spend too much of that time fixing the mistakes you shouldn’t have made in the meantime. That’s why software companies that limit work to 35 hours a week need to employ fewer QA engineers: there isn’t as much mess to clean up.

In a knowledge economy, where thinking and creativity are the raw materials from which products and profit flow, brains are assets. They need to be cherished, nurtured and protected, not abused. Leaders need to take seriously a century’s evidence that 1) overwork doesn’t make us productive, it makes us stupid, 2) looking away from a problem is often the best way to solve it, and 3) burnout is what happens when people are asked to work in ways that obliterate all other parts of their lives.
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Roundup

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States.

Meanwhile, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer begs the state legislature to expand Medicaid, saying, “The human cost of this tragedy can’t be calculated.”

Then there’s this from Tennessee:

Incredulous Vanderbilt officials were forced to come to the legislature today to argue against a bill yanking the university police’s authority to make arrests. This brilliant proposal comes from the Christian Right, which wants to punish Vanderbilt for its all-comers policy.

Evangelicals led by the Tennessee Family Action Council’s David Fowler say Vanderbilt’s policy is an affront to our freedoms because it would force conservative Christian clubs to accept gay people as members if any should ever wish to join for reasons not easy to imagine. That’s right, Vanderbilt’s nondiscrimination policy actually discriminates against conservative Christians. So the state should sanction Vanderbilt by essentially abolishing its police force. We’re not making this up.

Dems rejected Rand Paul’s offer to end his filibuster because they refused to vote for a non-binding resolution that said targeting U.S. citizens on U.S. soil with drones violated their rights. I don’t even know what to say.

Virtually Speaking Science

Virtually Speaking Science 6pm pacific 9pm eastern March 6

Alan Boyle hosts Golden Spike Board members Doug Griffith and Taber MacCallum. They’ll talk about achieving affordable, reliable, and frequent human expeditions to the Moon. Doug Griffith combines an aerospace engineering degree, two decades as a military and civilian pilot, with an aviation-focusedlaw practice.

Taber MacCallum is Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Co-founder of Paragon Space Development Corporation.

The persistent link is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/virtually-speaking-science/2013/03/07/alan-boyle-golden-spikes-doug-griffith

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