Tag Archives: Minnesota

March for Science MN

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Had a great time at March for Science MN last weekend.  (The fact that it was in the 70s and sunny didn’t hurt!)  Here are some photos.   Some more posters I liked but didn’t get good photos of included … Continue reading

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Gauss and Minnesota

Until a colleague told me about it, I had not known that there is a Gauss family connection to Minnesota: Carl Friedrich’s second son (first by his second wife) Eugene had a falling out with his father, came to America, … Continue reading

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Runaways — update

This very strange story has finally been resolved, more or less: the mother has been convicted, with sentencing and the trials of the co-conspirators still to come.  The extra-special highlight is that Michelle MacDonald, her crazy lawyer, is running again … Continue reading

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How to caucus

You show up at 6:45 for an event that is scheduled to begin at 7. The line is already 2 blocks long. In the time it takes you to lock up your bicycle, another 30 people have joined the line. … Continue reading

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UMN faculty union drive

Faculty at the University of Minnesota are filing to form a union!  It’s a group consisting of tenured, tenure-track, and contingent (adjunct) faculty, looking to join the SEIU education local.  This is the same union that organized Hamline adjuncts in … Continue reading

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Personal weather report

Number of days spent in the NY area this winter: 12 Number of those days on which I wore my winter coat: 1 Number of those days on which I needed to wear my winter coat: 0 Temperature on Christmas … Continue reading

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A victory for workers at the U

The clerical, janitorial and other workers at the U, who have been in contract negotiations for months, have won what look like strong contracts: nontrivial pay raises, including a minimum of $15/hour, six weeks maternity leave (giving them parity with … Continue reading

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Runaways

This story about two runaway girls hidden by their mother (and maybe a network of anti-Family Court conspiracists) is fascinating.  (More background here.) The Strib is (justifiably) proud of its work here, since it broke the case open back in April.  … Continue reading

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The Erdős FBI file

A cute little article here about Paul Erdős’s FBI file.  The short version is … that it’s not very interesting; the FBI routinely (and correctly) determined that he was just interested in doing mathematics.  In a Minnesota-centric note, it was … Continue reading

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4/15 for $15

I spoke at our local solidarity rally: I’m here today because I believe all workers at the University of Minnesota deserve a fair shake — whether they’re the maintenance or clerical workers who keep the U running every day, or … Continue reading

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