Don't just sit there—organize! / Mike Steele
The Baffler,  August 24, 2016

Daily Bafflements

Don't just sit there—organize! / Mike Steele
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• Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board declared that graduate teaching assistants at private universities qualify as school employees, thereby freeing students across the country to form their own unions. The NLRB’s decision reverses a ruling from 2004 that argued, according to the Washington Post, “students engaging in collective bargaining would undermine the nature and purpose of graduate education.” So, students, go forth and (continue to) organize! 

• “What happens to all that well-loved memorabilia when a restaurant pares down? And what does it say about the future of collecting?”

• Actually, blogging is good. You should do it. After all:

The system is bad. You’re supposed to become an editor and stop writing so you can make money finally. Or put in two years of daily aggregation to get to a career of one boring long essay a week, or three very long boring essays a year. That’s fine for some people but also we need people to do the stuff everyone actually likes.

• What’s going on with this @ProfJeffJarviss impersonator

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