Extraordinary claims (require extraordinary evidence)

For some people, the less likely an explanation, the more likely they are to believe it. Take flat-Earth believers. Their claim rests on the idea that all the pilots, astronomers, geologists, physicists, and GPS engineers in the world are intentionally coordinating to mislead the public about the shape of the planet. From a prior odds perspective, the likelihood of a plot so enormous and intricate coming together out of all other conceivable possibilities is vanishingly small. But bizarrely, any demonstration of counterevidence, no matter how strong, just seems to cement their worldview further.

Liv Boeree writing in Vox   

Articles of Interest about Higher Ed - Sept 16

***HIGHER ED

Paul Tough spent the past six years studying higher education: Here are the troubling results

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/09/16/paul-tough-spent-last-six-years-studying-higher-education-here-are-troubling-results/

 

Head of Counseling at Penn Dies in Suicide 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/11/university-pennsylvania-director-counseling-dies-suicide

 

Should Colleges End Legacy Admissions? (opinion) 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/opinion/letters/legacy-college-admissions-intellectual-diversity.html

 

***HIGHER ED & THE LAW

These lawsuits could change the stakes for higher ed 
https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-lawsuits-tracker/561371/

 

Free Speech Laws Mushroom in Wake of Campus Protests 
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/16/states-passing-laws-protect-college-students-free-speech

 

***HIGHER ED & FINANCES 

Most public flagship universities are failing to meet the financial needs of low- and middle-income students and are overly subsidizing wealthier students

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/12/most-public-flagship-universities-are-unaffordable-low-income-students-report-finds

 

Department of Justice lifts restriction on capital financing for faith-based historically black colleges 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/11/trump-administration-acts-funding-restrictions-religious-hbcus

 

***HUMANITIES  

STEM Is Overrated: College is not just job prep, and the job market changes constantly

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/college-not-job-prep/597487/

 

***TEACHING

Speaking Out Against Student Eval 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/10/sociologists-and-more-dozen-other-professional-groups-speak-out-against-student

 

How Teachers Are Fighting the White Nationalists Brainwashing Their Students

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5yg54/how-teachers-are-fighting-the-white-nationalists-brainwashing-their-students

 

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

Threats made against University of San Diego professors

https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/san-diego-news/threats-made-against-university-of-san-diego-professors

 

Wittenberg University to Cut Faculty Positions 

www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/09/16/wittenberg-university-cut-faculty-positions

 

***LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Here's a Summary of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Weird Florida Antics

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/jerry-falwell-jrs-weird-miami-ties-11266159

 

Liberty University Students React To Falwell Scandal 

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/15/761046389/liberty-university-students-react-to-falwell-scandal

 

Liberty’s Falwell says he’s target of ‘attempted coup’ 

https://www.apnews.com/01404d7b984b4010b08834459e4813f1

 

Exclusive: Falwell blasted Liberty student as 'retarded,' police chief as 'half-wit' in emails 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-falwell-emails-exclusive/exclusive-falwell-blasted-liberty-student-as-retarded-police-chief-as-half-wit-in-emails-idUSKCN1VX1QJ

 

Liberty students protest in wake of reports about Falwell 

https://www.apnews.com/2af299bb899d4d6e8a65dd20d18a99a8

  

Jerry Falwell Jr. asks FBI to investigate 'criminal conspiracy' at Liberty University  https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/11/us/falwell-liberty-university-conspiracy/index.html

 

***RESEARCH 

Elsevier investigates hundreds of peer reviewers for manipulating citations

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02639-9

 

Retracting your own paper can lead to a spike in citations 

https://www.natureindex.com/news-blog/daniele-fanelli-do-retractions-make-a-difference

 

Experts question China’s bid to create world-class journals 

https://www.natureindex.com/news-blog/experts-question-chinas-bid-create-world-class-journals

 

Six tips to achieve a highly cited article 

https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/six-tips-to-achieve-a-highly-cited-article/

 

Journals are evolving into information platforms 

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-019-0667-5

 

What is replication? 

https://osf.io/preprints/metaarxiv/u4g6t

 

***STUDENT LIFE

Millennials stand out for their technology use, but older generations also embrace digital life 

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/09/09/us-generations-technology-use/

 

Duke Student Government Senate rejects Christian organization Young Life as chartered student group  

https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2019/09/duke-university-student-government-rejects-young-life-christian

 

The secret student resistance to Hitler  TED-Ed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtOKRsF6Rr0

 

White Colorado State students won't be punished over blackface photo, school says 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/white-colorado-state-students-won-t-be-punished-over-blackface-n1053126

 

I Won’t Buy My Teenagers Smartphones 

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/09/i-wont-buy-my-teenagers-smartphones/597805/  

  

Pitt Tells Student Groups Not to Use Pitt in Their Names 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/13/university-pittsburgh-tells-student-groups-not-use-pitt-their-names

 

Study: Students at Evangelical Colleges Experience ‘Unique Patterns’ of Spiritual Doubt 

https://relevantmagazine.com/culture/study-students-at-evangelical-colleges-experience-unique-patterns-of-spiritual-doubt/

 

***STUDENT LIFE: VAPING 

Students with Vaping Injuries tell their stories 

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/skbaer/teens-vaping-juul-injury-warning-social-media

 

What you need to know about Vaping Lung illness 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/07/health/vaping-lung-illness.html

 

***SEXUAL ASSAULT  

Experts say students are given sufficient training to protect themselves or vulnerable peers from sexual assault 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/12/experts-say-new-methods-needed-combat-red-zone-campuses

 

Lawsuit Alleges Ex-Professor Targeted Female Chinese Students 

https://www.propublica.org/article/as-students-from-china-flock-to-university-of-illinois-lawsuit-alleges-ex-professor-targeted-female-chinese-students

 

Former Baylor professor sues, accusing university of biased Title IX investigation 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/16/former-baylor-professor-sues-accusing-university-biased-title-ix-investigation

 

 

 

Stealing from Yourself

There once was a thief, a man named Emanuel Ninger. The year is 1887. The scene is a small neighborhood grocery store. Mr. Ninger is buying some turnip greens. He gives the clerk a $20 bill. As the clerk begins to put the money in the cash drawer to give Nr. Ninger his change, she notices some of the ink from the $20 bill is coming off on her fingers which are damp from the turnip greens. She looks at Mr. Ninger, a man she has known for years. She looks at the smudged bill. This man is a trusted friend; she has known him all her life; he can't be a counterfeiter. She gives Mr. Ninger his change, and he leaves the store.     

But $20 is a lot of money in 1887, and eventually the clerk calls the police. They verify the bill as counterfeit and get a search warrant to look through Mr. Ninger's home. In the attic they find where he is reproducing money. He is a master artist and is painting $20 bills with brushes and paint! But also in the attic they find three portraits Ninger had painted. They seized these and eventually sold them at auction for $16,000 (in 1887 currency, remember) or a little more than $5,000 per painting. The irony is that it took Ninger almost as long to paint a $20 bill as it did for him to paint a $5,000 portrait! It's true that Emmanuel Ninger was a thief, but the person from whom he stole the most was himself. He was another in the endless list of thieves who steal from themselves when they try to steal from others. 

Zig Ziglar

the crisis of love

There is a true story of a little boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion. The doctor explained that she had the same disease the boy had recovered from two years earlier. Her only chance of recovery was a transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the disease. Since the two children had the same rare blood type, the boy was an ideal donor.

“Would you give your blood to Mary?” the doctor asked.

Johnny hesitated. His lower lip started to tremble. Then he smiled and said, “Sure, for my sister.”

Soon the two children were wheeled into the hospital room. Mary, pale and thin. Johnny, robust and healthy. Neither spoke, but when their eyes met, Johnny grinned.

As the nurse inserted the needle into his arm, Johnny’s smile faded. He watched the blood flow through the tube.

With the ordeal almost over, Johnny’s voice, slightly shaky, broke the silence.

“Doctor, when do I die?”

Only then did the doctor realize why Johnny had hesitated, why his lip had trembled when he agreed to donate his blood. He thought giving his blood to his sister would mean giving up his life. In that brief moment, he had made his great decision. Johnny faced a “crisis of love”. He won the test and experienced love at the deepest level.

David Needham, Close to His Majesty

Articles of Interest about Religion - Sept 12

***RELIGION 

I Escaped the Cult But I Couldn’t Escape the Cult Mentality 

https://narratively.com/i-escaped-the-cult-but-i-couldnt-escape-the-cult-mentality/?utm_source=digg

 

First Woman To Accuse Larry Nassar Reveals She Was Sexually Abused At Church https://www.huffpost.com/entry/first-woman-to-accuse-larry-nassar-sexually-abused-at-church-rachael-denhollander_n_5d765d1be4b0752102304a77

 

Sexual orientation, psychotherapy and Christian ‘change therapy’ (opinion) 

https://www.wthrockmorton.com/2019/09/09/is-there-a-war-on-psychotherapy/

 

Benny Hinn Renounces His Selling of God’s Blessings: Critics Want More

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/september/benny-hinn-renounces-prosperity-gospel.html

 

Robot priests can bless you, advise you, and even perform your funeral AI religion is upon us https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/9/9/20851753/ai-religion-robot-priest-mindar-buddhism-christianity

 

Jury: City Director Forced Religious Views on Employees, Taxpayers Stuck With $300K Verdict

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Jury-City-Director-Forced-Religious-Views-on-Employees-Taxpayers-Stuck-With-300K-Verdict-512442212.html

 

Pastor and ‘former homosexual’ sues Vimeo for censoring conversion therapy videos  

https://nypost.com/2019/09/11/pastor-and-former-homosexual-sues-vimeo-for-censoring-conversion-therapy-videos/

 

Odessa, Texas mass shooting responses tie together evangelical Christians and guns 

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/odessa-texas-mass-shooting-responses-tie-together-evangelical-christians-guns-ncna1049311

 

Church fights to keep its music venue and homeless shelter open 

https://fox5sandiego.com/2019/09/05/church-fights-to-keep-its-music-venue-and-homeless-shelter-open/

 

***RELIGIOUS HISTORY

Medieval Monks Complained About Constant Distractions: Learn How They Worked to Overcome Them www.openculture.com/2019/09/medieval-monks-complained-about-constant-distractions-learn-how-they-worked-to-overcome-them.html

 

The Current Rewind: The Peters Brothers' anti-rock crusade 

https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2019/09/04/the-current-rewind-peters-brothers-impaler-pmrc

 

***RELIGION AND POLITICS

Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/07/mike-pence-books-says-trumps-win-posed-problems-vp-and-wife-karen/2221361001/

 

Buttigieg says 'reckoning' coming over GOP and Christianity
https://apnews.com/944b897b2cde4211a21971abeda13a09

 

***ISLAM

Evangelicals Who Distrust Muslims Likely Don’t Know Muslims  

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/september/evangelicals-muslims-islamophobia-index-ispu-survey.html

 

***DENOMINATION 

The Presbyterian Church Where Believing in God Isn’t Strictly Necessary 

www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/nyregion/the-presbyterian-church-where-believing-in-god-isnt-strictly-necessary.html

 

Southern Baptist Convention claims no control over local churches. But new rules, lawsuit may test that argument 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Southern-Baptist-Convention-claims-no-control-14416397.php

 

Baptist church cancels 9/11 anti-Islam event after backlash from legislators, Christian scholars

www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/09/11/religion-scholars-baptist-church-your-anti-islam-event-isnt-very-christian /

 

***MEGACHURCHES 

How a Drive-In Megachurch Became a Catholic Cathedral 

https://www.citylab.com/design/2019/09/crystal-christ-cathedral-robert-schuller-philip-johnson/597022/

 

Southern Baptist megachurch to downsize its campus by 90 percent 

https://baptistnews.com/article/southern-baptist-megachurch-to-downsize-its-campus-by-90-percent/

Articles of Interest about Lit, Journalism, Writing & Languages - Sept 10

***SOCIAL MEDIA

The phone numbers of 419 million Facebook accounts have been leaked 

https://www.fastcompany.com/90399734/the-phone-numbers-of-419-million-facebook-accounts-have-been-leaked

 

Facebook Dating has launched in the United States 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/5/20850307/facebook-dating-united-states-launch

 

Is TikTok a time bomb?

https://www.fastcompany.com/90395898/is-tiktok-a-time-bomb

 

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

Local newspapers are suffering, but they’re still (by far) the most significant journalism producers in their communities

https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/09/local-newspapers-are-suffering-but-theyre-still-by-far-the-most-significant-journalism-producers-in-their-communities 

 

ThinkProgress, the Progressive News Site, Shuts Down

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/business/media/thinkprogress-closing.html

 

One America News Sues Rachel Maddow, NBC Over "Russian Propaganda" Claim

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/one-america-news-sues-rachel-maddow-nbc-russian-propaganda-claim-1238400 

 

How an MSNBC Producer Gets Dressed for Work

https://www.thecut.com/2019/09/in-her-shoes-interview-daniela-pierre-bravo.html

 

***JOURNALISM

EIJ convention’s brand-new Code of Conduct (opinion)

https://journoterrorist.com/2019/09/03/conduct/

 

News Anchor Files $10M Lawsuit After Sexualized Image of Her Was Used in Dating, Erectile Dysfunction Ads

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/news-anchor-files-10m-lawsuit-after-sexualized-image-of-her-was-used-in-dating-erectile-dysfunction-ads/ 

 

Why NPR uses the word Queer

https://www.imediaethics.org/why-npr-uses-the-word-queer/

 

A School for Scandal Is a Haven for Student Journalists

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/08/business/media/university-of-southern-california-student-journalists.html

 

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA  

Texas Monthly names first ever taco editor 

https://www.austin360.com/entertainmentlife/20190910/texas-monthly-names-first-ever-taco-editor

 

Guide to Native Advertising

https://www.cjr.org/tow_center_reports/native-ads.php

 

NBC local TV group will no longer use ratings to sell ads

https://www.axios.com/nbc-local-tv-ratings-points-advertisements-7146027d-b805-4d01-9696-3e7184a321b7.html

 

***WRITING & READING

For Many Authors, Celebrity Book Clubs Are A Ticket To Success  NPR

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/755532368/for-many-authors-celebrity-book-clubs-are-a-ticket-to-success

 

Everything About Banned Books In The US

https://www.dailyinfographic.com/us-banned-books

 

***LANGUAGE 

A Rare Universal Pattern in Human Languages 

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/people-speak-faster-less-efficient-languages/597391/

 

Historic Recordings Revitalize Language For Passamaquoddy Tribal Members   

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/748604202/historic-recordings-revitalize-language-for-passamaquoddy-tribal-members

 

How do we Measure Language Fluency?

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190903-linguistic-fluency-proficiency-second-language-learning

 

Emojis Have Unsettled Grammar Rules

https://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2019/09/emojis-have-unsettled-grammar-rules-and-why-lawyers-should-care.htm

 

About one-in-five U.S. adults know someone who goes by a gender-neutral pronoun

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/09/05/gender-neutral-pronouns/

 

Why Learn Latin?: 5 Videos Make a Compelling Case That the “Dead Language” Is an “Eternal Language”

www.openculture.com/2019/09/why-learn-latin.html

 

***ENGLISH 

The Easiest Languages for English Speakers to Learn

https://www.afar.com/magazine/the-easiest-languages-to-learn-for-english-speakers

 

Rise up, rebel, revolt: how the English language betrays class and power  

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/06/language-of-division-english-fractured-society

 

***LITERATURE

Where are all the women in early modern English literature? 

https://news.northeastern.edu/2019/09/06/why-is-jane-austen-the-only-woman-in-early-english-literature-textbooks-blame-the-pride-and-prejudice-of-men/

 

30 great opening lines in literature

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/30-great-opening-lines-literature/

 

***POETRY 

Former US poet laureate Rita Dove wins $100,000 prize 

http://www.startribune.com/former-us-poet-laureate-rita-dove-wins-100-000-prize/559458562/

 

Poetic Underground: Group therapy through poetry 

https://info.umkc.edu/unews/poetic-underground-group-therapy-through-poetry/

 

Martín Espada, Poet for the People 

https://www.wortfm.org/martin-espada-poet-for-the-people/

 

A murderer wrote poetry for biker magazines. It could be key to solving a 47-year-old cold case

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/a-murderer-wrote-poetry-for-biker-magazines-it-could-be-key-to-solving-a-47-year-old-cold-case

 

***FILM 

Overlooked No More: Alice Guy Blaché, the World’s First Female Filmmaker

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/obituaries/alice-guy-blache-overlooked.html

 

***INTERNET

Why survey estimates of the number of Americans online don’t always agree

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/09/03/why-survey-estimates-of-the-number-of-americans-online-dont-always-agree/

Encouragement

We appreciate what a person does, but we affirm who a person is. Appreciation comes and goes because it is usually related to something someone accomplishes. Affirmation goes deeper. It is directed to the person himself or herself. While encouragement would encompass both, the rarer of the two is affirmation. To be appreciated, we get the distinct impression that we must earn it by some accomplishment. But affirmation requires no such prerequisite. This mean that even when we don’t earn the right to be appreciated (because we failed to succeed or because we lacked the accomplishment of some goal), we can still be affirmed – indeed, we need it then more than ever. I do not care how influential or secure or mature a person may appear to be, genuine encouragement never fails to help. Most of us need massive doses as we slug it out in the trenches. 

Charles Swindoll, Strengthening Your Grip

Articles of Interest about Higher Ed - Sept 9

***HIGHER ED

Institutions are trying to figure out how to introduce a growing population of older students to their campuses 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/03/college-orientations-rise-adult-learners

   
Why Liberal Arts Is Critical For Building A Successful Business Career

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andymolinsky/2019/09/04/why-liberal-arts-is-critical-for-building-a-successful-business-career/

 

The Rise of the Comfort College

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-09-09/free-speech-is-no-longer-safe-speech-at-today-s-elite-colleges

 

***THE COST OF COLLEGE

What Is the Cost of College Doing to Families? 

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/09/college-cost-indebted-zaloom/597181/

 

Student-loan behemoth tightens its ties to Trump and DeVos

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/09/student-loans-donald-trump-betsy-devos-1712812

 

The Rise of the Comfort College

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-09-09/free-speech-is-no-longer-safe-speech-at-today-s-elite-colleges

 

***HUMANITIES

New study shines light on what worries journal editors in the arts, humanities and social sciences

www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/06/new-study-shines-light-what-worries-journal-editors-arts-humanities-and-social

 

Why Liberal Arts Is Critical For Building A Successful Business Career

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andymolinsky/2019/09/04/why-liberal-arts-is-critical-for-building-a-successful-business-career/#7ec729e42d03

  

***TEACHING

1 in 5 college students takes math courses that repeat what they already know
http://theconversation.com/1-in-5-college-students-takes-math-courses-that-repeat-what-they-already-know-117730

 

Cheating, Inc.: How Writing Papers for American College Students Has Become a Lucrative Profession Overseas
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/07/us/college-cheating-papers.html

 

A study says smooth-talking professors can lull students into thinking they've learned more than they actually have 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/09/study-how-smooth-talking-professors-can-lull-students-thinking-theyve-learned-more

 

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

The true costs of research and publishing  

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/true-costs-research-and-publishing

 

Dozens of NYC college professors feature in national database of pervy

https://nypost.com/2019/09/07/dozens-of-nyc-college-professors-feature-in-national-database-of-pervy-professors/

 

Journals should take action against toxic peer reviews 

https://www.natureindex.com/news-blog/linda-beaumont-research-journals-should-take-action-against-toxic-peer-reviews

 

***CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence  

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/09/jerry-falwell-liberty-university-loans-227914 

 

Why teach journalism at religious private colleges? 

https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2019/8/10/why-teach-journalism-at-religious-private-colleges-lets-start-with-some-creation-theology-

 

Southern Baptist seminary student accused of rape later committed other crimes, records show 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Southern-Baptist-seminary-student-accused-of-rape-14407682.php

  
University is not a harder version of high school (and more first-timer advice)
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/first-person/article-university-is-not-a-harder-version-of-high-school-and-more-first/

 

Baptist College Handbook Authorizes ‘Full Access’ to Students’ Social Media Accounts  

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/september/louisiana-college-handbook-social-media-access.html

 

Secular Student Alliance has seen growth at religiously affiliated colleges

https://religionnews.com/2019/09/06/secular-student-alliance-has-seen-growth-at-religiously-affiliated-colleges/

 

***STUDENT LIFE

 Sorry, Being Born Rich Still Leads to Success More Than Working Hard in School 

https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/evbgqk/sorry-being-born-rich-still-leads-to-success-more-than-working-hard-in-school

 

22 Things They Don't Teach In High School That You Learn Pretty Much Immediately In College 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/college-high-school-tweets

  

5 mistakes to avoid when applying for medical school

https://news.elearninginside.com/5-mistakes-to-avoid-when-applying-for-medical-school/

 

The view of people under 30 about Family, God, & Patriotism  The Atlantic 

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/america-without-family-god-or-patriotism/597382/

 

LAWSUIT: Campus police said he should’ve been ‘smarter’ than to exercise his First Amendment rights. Now he’s suing.

https://www.thefire.org/lawsuit-campus-police-said-he-shouldve-been-smarter-than-to-exercise-his-first-amendment-rights-now-hes-suing

 

Record High Marijuana Use and Vaping among College Students 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/09/study-college-students-using-marijuana-e-cigarettes-record-rates

 

Data doesn’t say anything. Humans say things.

Data is not a perfect representation of reality: It’s a fundamentally human construct, and therefore subject to biases, limitations, and other meaningful and consequential imperfections.  

The clearest expression of this misunderstanding is the question heard from boardrooms to classrooms when well-meaning people try to get to the bottom of tricky issues:  “What does the data say?”  

Data doesn’t say anything. Humans say things. 

They say what they notice or look for in data—data that only exists in the first place because humans chose to collect it, and they collected it using human-made tools. Data can’t say anything about an issue any more than a hammer can build a house or almond meal can make a macaron. Data is a necessary ingredient in discovery, but you need a human to select it, shape it, and then turn it into an insight.  Data is therefore only as useful as its quality and the skills of the person wielding it.   

Andrea Jones-Rooy writing in Quartz   

Articles of Interest about Religion - Sept 4

***RELIGION

Evangelical Leader Claims Teaching Kids Basic Science Causes Mass Shootings   

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/tony-perkins-mass-shootings-080832225.html

 

Hillsong’s Chelsea Taylor Is in the ICU Following a Brain Aneurysm 

https://relevantmagazine.com/culture/hillsongs-chelsea-taylor-is-in-the-icu-following-a-brain-aneurysm

 

Why Did Christianity Thrive in the U.S. Between 1870 and 1960   

https://daily.jstor.org/christianity-in-the-us/

 

Southern Baptist megachurch denies liability in sex abuse lawsuit    

https://baptistnews.com/article/southern-baptist-megachurch-denies-liability-in-sex-abuse-lawsuit/#.XW1RxUJlDn4

 

Harry Potter books removed from St. Edward Catholic School due to 'curses and spells' https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/religion/2019/08/31/harry-potter-books-removed-st-edward-catholic-school/2168489001/

 

We are American evangelicals raising our family in England: Here’s what we saw when we drove across the U.S.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/09/03/we-are-american-evangelicals-raising-our-family-england-heres-what-we-saw-when-we-drove-across-us/

 

How the female body became the scapegoat for white evangelicals    

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/08/29/how-female-body-became-scapegoat-white-evangelicals/

 

***DENOMINATIONS

Amazon fires deepen a split between Brazil’s evangelicals and their fellow Christians   

https://religionnews.com/2019/08/28/amazon-fires-deepen-a-split-between-brazils-evangelicals-and-their-fellow-christians /

 

Another Denomination Changes Its End Times Doctrine   

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/august-web-only/premillennialism-evangelical-free-church-efca-end-times.html

 

Black minister to his mostly white ELCA denomination: ‘We need to rethink church’   

https://religionnews.com/2019/08/28/black-minister-to-his-mostly-white-elca-denomination-we-need-to-rethink-church /

 

***RELIGION AND POLITICS

Study Shows Increasing Political Divide Between Younger and Older White Evangelicals 

https://sojo.net/articles/study-shows-increasing-political-divide-between-younger-and-older-white-evangelicals

 

How Pat Robertson's Christian TV empire created a "shadow government" — and led to Donald Trump

https://www.salon.com/2019/08/29/how-pat-robertsons-christian-tv-empire-created-a-shadow-government-and-led-to-donald-trump/

 

Why white evangelicals should panic

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/evangelical-leaders-are-tidying-the-kitchen-while-the-house-burns-down/2019/08/29/49d09a14-ca95-11e9-a4f3-c081a126de70_story.html

 

Evangelical leaders are tidying the kitchen while the house burns down (opinion)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/evangelical-leaders-are-tidying-the-kitchen-while-the-house-burns-down/2019/08/29/49d09a14-ca95-11e9-a4f3-c081a126de70_story.html

 

Globally, Many Evangelicals Lean Left: What that means for America’s Future

https://beta.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/08/30/globally-many-evangelicals-lean-left-what-that-means-americas-future/

 

***RELIGION & FILM 

'Hail Satan' Film Portrays Satanists As Trolls Fighting Christian Privilege  

https://religionunplugged.com/news/2019/8/29/hail-satan-film-shows-satanists-as-trolls-fighting-christian-privilege

 

Christian film 'Overcomer' opens in top 3 at box office, grosses $8.2M

https://christiantoday.com/article/christian-film-overcomer-opens-in-top-3-at-box-office-grosses-8-2m/133121.htm
 

***RELIGION & BUSINESS

LifeWay’s Stores Are Closing. But Its Christian Books Will Be in More Stores Than Ever

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/september/lifeway-christian-stores-closing-authorized-dealer-section.html

 

***RELIGION & MUSIC

Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America: Kanye’s Jesus Walks 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEyFR7V1mZU

 

Bob Dylan's overlooked Christian music

https://sojo.net/articles/bob-dylans-overlooked-christian-music

 

***RELIGION & LGBTQ

Mississippi Wedding Venue Owner says No ‘Mixed’ or ‘Gay’ Couples, because of our Christian Faith   

www.deepsouthvoice.com/index.php/2019/09/01/no-mixed-or-gay-couples-mississippi-wedding-venue-manager-says-on-video/

 

Evangelical Conversion therapy group founder comes out as gay, apologizes: 5 Facts

https://heavy.com/news/2019/09/mckrae-game/

 

 

Slicing Projects

Rather than looking at tasks, projects or decisions as items that must be completed, slice them into the smallest possible units of progress, then knock them out one at a time. This strategy relieves the pressure of thinking we need a perfect plan before we begin something — after all, if your first step is “open a new Google Doc for this week’s newsletter” and not “pick a perfect topic, write a perfect lede and have a perfect organization,” you either have achieved that micro-goal or you haven’t. There’s no gray area.

Tim Herrera writing in the New York Times 

Articles of Interest about Lit, Journalism, Writing & Languages - Sept 3

***GRAMMAR

Trump’s Twitter War on Spelling  New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/31/us/politics/trump-twitter.html

 

AP Stylebook Changes Hyphen Guidance, Ushering In Total Chaos  The Big Lead

https://thebiglead.com/2019/08/28/ap-stylebook-hyphen-change-guidance

 

In Love With Language, but Not Necessarily With Each Other  New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/books/review/the-grammarians-cathleen-schine.html

 

***WRITING & READING 

What Critics of Student Writing Get Wrong  Chronicle of Higher Ed

https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Critics-of-Student/247054

 

How I’m using AI to write my next novel  Vox

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/8/30/20840194/ai-art-fiction-writing-language-gpt-2

 

Cracking the code of dyslexia  CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cracking-the-code-of-dyslexia/

 

***JOURNALISM

How Colombia’s Datasketch wants to make data visualization easier for Latin American newsrooms

www.storybench.org/how-colombias-datasketch-wants-to-make-data-visualization-easier-for-latin-american-newsrooms/

 

At Least 11 Journalists Killed This Year In Mexico  NPR

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/31/756200213/at-least-11-journalists-killed-this-year-in-mexico

 

You might make a good producer if...  RTDNA

https://rtdna.org/article/you_might_make_a_good_producer_if

 

Why Teens Are Creating Their Own News Outlets  Teen Vogue

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/teens-creating-own-news-outlets-instagram-text-message

 

The New York Times use of FOIAs  New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/02/reader-center/foia-freedom-of-information-public-records.html

 

***JOURNALISM STUDENTS

Hey, future journalists: 50 pieces of advice for making your college years count  RTDNA https://rtdna.org/article/hey_future_journalists_50_pieces_of_advice_for_making_your_college_years_count

 

Ability to adapt has become more important than ever for journalism interns  Community Newspapers https://communitynewspapers.com/featured/ability-to-adapt-has-become-more-important-than-ever-for-journalism-interns /

 

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

Obituaries keep local newspapers afloat

https://www.axios.com/obituaries-local-newspapers-77ddfa04-b54e-46ee-9fb7-a2aa641559fb.html

 

***FAKE NEWS

These “Canadian” Websites And Facebook Pages Are Actually Run From Overseas

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/canadian-websites-and-facebook-pages-run-overseas

 

Frank Abagnale of Catch Me If You Can on how not to get scammed  Vox

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/8/29/20836745/frank-abagnale-scam-me-if-you-can

 

Inside the deeply weird fake seed scams that are all over Amazon Mashable

https://mashable.com/article/fake-seed-scam-amazon-ebay/

 

Hijacked Reviews on Amazon Can Trick Shoppers Consumer Reports

https://www.consumerreports.org/customer-reviews-ratings/hijacked-reviews-on-amazon-can-trick-shoppers/

 

These deepfakes of Bill Hader are absolutely terrifying  CNET

https://www.cnet.com/news/these-deepfakes-of-bill-hader-are-absolutely-terrifying/

 

***SOCIAL MEDIA

Researchers studying Facebook's impact on democracy threaten to quit  Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-election-research/researchers-studying-facebooks-impact-on-democracy-threaten-to-quit-idUSKCN1VI04F


Here’s how to filter and delete your old tweets — and why that’s an OK thing to do  Poynter

https://www.poynter.org/tech-tools/2019/heres-how-to-filter-and-delete-your-old-tweets-and-why-thats-an-ok-thing-to-do /

 

What drives our addiction to social media  The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/23/social-media-addiction-gambling

 

***LANGUAGE 

A new book spells out the magic of language  Economist

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2019/08/22/a-new-book-spells-out-the-magic-of-language

 

What’s the best way to teach children a second language? New research produces surprising results The Conversation

https://theconversation.com/whats-the-best-way-to-teach-children-a-second-language-new-research-produces-surprising-results-122059

 

***LITERATURE 

Artificial Intelligence doing Wonders in the Field of Literature  Analytics Insight

https://www.analyticsinsight.net/artificial-intelligence-doing-wonders-in-the-field-of-literature/

 

Emojis Are Language Too: A Linguist Says Internet-Speak Isn’t Such a Bad Thing  New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/16/books/review/because-internet-gretchen-mcculloch.html

 

7 Best Places for Literature Lovers in Paris  Newsweek

https://www.newsweek.com/7-best-places-literature-lovers-paris-1456124

 

***POETRY

Waffle House has an official poet laureate: For real  Atlanta Magazine

https://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/waffle-house-has-an-official-poet-laureate-for-real /

 

In the first trailer for Apple TV Plus’ Dickinson, the famous poet gets turnt  The Verge

https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/26/20833766/apple-tv-plus-emily-dickinson-series-trailer-first-look-hailee-steinfeld

 

This Indianapolis nurse quit her job to become a poet. Now people hire her to write poems  Indy Star

https://www.indystar.com/story/entertainment/arts/2019/08/30/indianapolis-woman-leaves-nursing-pursue-poetry-full-time-feel-heal-poetry/1930922001 /

 

Do You Actually Know The Difference Between Taylor Swift And History's Greatest Poets?  BuzzFeed  

https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephenlaconte/taylor-swift-lyrics-famous-poets-quiz

 

Butchering poetry: Verse vs. worse  Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/gene-weingarten-who-is-the-better-poet-gene-and-his-editor-face-off/2019/08/30/0d909a14-b9d7-11e9-bad6-609f75bfd97f_story.html

Articles of Interest about Higher Ed – Sept 2 

***HIGHER ED 

Two universities suffered devastating cyberattacks just before students returned to campus: Is the timing a coincidence? Inside Higher Ed 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/08/27/two-universities-targeted-hackers-just-new-school-year

California Lawmakers Consider Abortion Pills On Campus  NPR 

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/31/756200290/california-lawmakers-consider-abortion-pills-on-campus

On college campuses, managing the tension between inclusion and ideas  Washington Post 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/on-college-campuses-managing-the-tension-between-inclusion-and-ideas/2019/08/30/38bd0ca4-b798-11e9-bad6-609f75bfd97f_story.html

University’s attempt to hid behind FERPA the names of those responsible for sex assault goes to state supreme court  Daily Tar Heel

https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/08/dth-v-folt-oral-arguments-0828

 

***THE COST OF COLLEGE  

The Colleges In The US With The Best And Worst Return On Investment, Visualized  Digg  

www.digg.com/2019/colleges-with-best-return-on-investment

California Will Pay for Two Years of Community College for First-Time Students NBC LA 

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/free-tuition-community-college-california-newsom-558756021.htm 

How Paying for College Is Changing Middle-Class Life  New York Times 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/opinion/sunday/college-tuition.html

 

***TEACHING

Many professors say that teaching students how to email them properly is a necessary gift that keeps on giving Inside Higher Ed 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/08/29/professors-offer-advice-teaching-students-how-email-them

Teaching Online Will Make You a Better Teacher in Any Setting  Chronicle of Higher Ed

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Teaching-Online-Will-Make-You/247031

 

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

Columnist tries to get professor in trouble over bedbug joke  NPR

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/28/755177135/the-internet-saga-that-followed-a-tweet-comparing-bedbugs-and-a-columnist

Professor removed from classroom after voicing support for Antifa  Des Moines Register 

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/2019/08/23/kirkwood-community-college-professor-voices-support-antifa-jeff-klinzman-donald-trump-anti-fascist/2099475001/

Abuse case professor ‘could have been stopped sooner’ (sub. req.’ed) Times Higher Ed

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/abuse-case-professor-could-have-been-stopped-sooner

 

***CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS  

Lose Your Faith at an Evangelical College? That’s Part of the Process  Christianity Today 

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/august/evangelical-students-faith-crisis-christian-higher-ed-cccu.html

Court to decide whether Title VII protects LGBT employees Religious Liberty TV 

http://religiousliberty.tv/title-vii-employment-discrimination-cases-supreme-court.html

Kentucky Christian announces sixth president  Journal-Times 

https://www.journal-times.com/news/kentucky-christian-announces-sixth-president/article_3f4f0a90-c995-11e9-9dcb-f7db0a389c9b.html

Wheaton bookstore opens under new management  Wheaton Record 

http://www.wheatonrecord.com/news/wheaton-bookstore-opens-under-new-management 

University of Mobile has some of nation’s best dorms, one of top campuses  Yellow Hammer News 

https://yellowhammernews.com/report-university-of-mobile-has-some-of-nations-best-dorms-one-of-top-campuses/

Campbell University student charged with communicating threat of mass violence  WRAL 

https://www.wral.com/campbell-university-student-charged-with-communicating-threat-of-mass-violence/18600070/

 

***LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Falwell steered Liberty University land deal benefiting his personal trainer Reuters 

https://in.reuters.com/article/usa-falwell-trainer/exclusive-falwell-steered-liberty-university-land-deal-benefiting-his-personal-trainer-idINKCN1VH28G

Jerry Falwell's Systematic Censorship at Liberty University Is Shocking—and Bound to Backfire (opinion) Newsweek 

https://www.newsweek.com/jerry-falwells-systematic-censorship-liberty-university-shocking-bound-backfire-opinion-1456453 

Jerry Falwell Jr. wants Liberty to be the evangelical Notre Dame of college football  LA Times 

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2019-08-27/liberty-football-hugh-freeze-jerry-fallwell-jr-donald-trump

Jerry Falwell Jr. Reportedly Used Liberty University Property to Cut Personal Trainer a ‘Sweet Deal’ Law & Crime 

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/jerry-falwell-jr-reportedly-used-liberty-university-property-to-cut-personal-trainer-a-sweet-deal/

Liberty University Faculty Member Arrested for Filming Girls  Roanoke.com 

https://www.roanoke.com/news/crime/botetourt-man-accused-of-unlawful-filming-photographing-of-minors/article_99f069eb-a2c2-5f63-b695-876c29726313.html

Liberty's Hugh Freeze coaches game from hospital bed Sporting News 

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/ncaa-football/news/libertys-hugh-freeze-coaches-game-from-hospital-bed/zal7mpd9le401j494ew9gwrcp 

At Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr. bets on big-time football, with a disgraced coach Washington Post 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/at-liberty-university-the-power-and-the-glory-and-the-football/2019/08/29/818f29e2-c9c4-11e9-a4f3-c081a126de70_story.html

Liberty University Students Just Got $600,000 Worth of MyPillow Products Friendly Atheist 

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/08/22/liberty-university-students-just-got-600000-worth-of-mypillow-products/

Baseball's Greatest Myth Has Roots in Point Loma  Voice of San Diego 

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/sports/baseballs-greatest-myth-has-roots-in-point-loma/

 

***RESEARCH  

Sociologist says journal dismissed her paper because she'd shared it elsewhere as a preprint Inside Higher Ed

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/08/26/sociologist-says-journal-rejected-her-paper-because-shes-shared-it-elsewhere

Why I said no to peer review this summer  Nature 

www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02470-2

To Justify Using Weed, Pregnant Women Cling to an Old and Dubious Study  Undark 

https://undark.org/article/jamaica-study-cannabis-researchers-pregnancy/ 

Why do professors who are women publish less research than men? Here’s what we found  Washington Post 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/08/27/why-do-female-professors-publish-less-research-than-men-do-heres-what-we-found/

Journal Indexing: Core standards and why they matter  London School of Economics & Political Science 

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2019/08/22/journal-indexing-core-standards-and-why-they-matter/

Do researchers trust each other’s work?  Times Higher Ed

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/do-researchers-trust-each-others-work

5 features of a highly cited article  Nature 

https://www.natureindex.com/news-blog/five-features-highly-cited-scientific-article

Value pluralism in research integrity  Research Integrity 

https://researchintegrityjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41073-019-0076-4

Librarians and some academic publishers are optimistic about the possibility of reaching new agreements to make more academic articles fully open  Inside Higher Ed

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/08/30/pursuing-new-kind-“big-deal”-publishers

 

***STUDENT LIFE

Rise in suicides emphasizes need to help teens deal with despair

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/rise-suicides-emphasizes-teens-need-help-depression-despair

Poll: Patriotism, religion, kids, lower priorities for younger Americans  The Hill 

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/458752-patriotism-religion-kids-lower-priorities-for-younger-americans-poll

SAT Drops 'Adversity Score' Meant to Level Playing Field  Time 

https://time.com/5662537/sat-dropping-adversity-score/

Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered  The Conversation 

https://theconversation.com/why-do-college-textbooks-cost-so-much-7-questions-answered-121969

Tufts Ph.D. ‘Punished’ for Reporting Adviser’s Fabricated Research, Lawsuit Claims  The Daily Beast

https://www.thedailybeast.com/kristy-meadows-tufts-university-graduate-punished-for-reporting-advisers-fabricated-research-lawsuit

Prof required students at her Penn research center to sign blanket nondisclosure agreements leaving students vulnerable to abuse  Inside Higher Ed 

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/08/30/marybeth-gasman-required-students-her-research-center-sign-blanket-nondisclosure

Why We Need to Talk More About Mental Health in Graduate School  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-We-Need-to-Talk-More-About/247002

Ultimate Guide to Marketing to Gen Z  Daily Infographic 

https://www.dailyinfographic.com/gen-z-marketin