The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) of 2009 (H.R. 1409 / S. 560) suffered a critical blow this week. On Tuesday, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced that he would not support the bill. As the only Republican to vote for the bill in 2007, Specter’s vote could have been the deciding factor should the bill … Continue reading Blow to Employee Free Choice Act
Often accused of employing excessive jargon, anthropologists might find this Inside Higher Ed article (and comments) of interest. John Jackson Jr., aka AnthroMan, also has a post on academic jargon. Continue reading Too much Jargon?
The NY Times reported that the exhibition “Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia” will be ending its stay at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA. The Australopithecus afarensis fossils, commonly referred to as “Lucy,” are estimated to be 3.2 million years old and were unearthed in 1974 in Ethiopia. Although the exhibit failed … Continue reading Lucy Leaves Seattle
The BBC had an interesting story about the recent rise in speakers of Cornish and their challenge to Unesco’s claim that the language is “extinct.” Jenefer Lowe, development manager of the Cornish Language Partnership, argued that Unesco should recognize that languages are in a “fluid state” and create a category that accommodates revitalized languages. Unesco’s … Continue reading Cornish Comeback
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is renewing its efforts to bring about immigration reform, the Hill reported earlier this month. The CHC will launch a 17 city listening tour where attendees can hear first-hand accounts of individual experiences within the American immigration system. Supporters of reform legislation believe the Democratic majority in Congress and broad … Continue reading Immigration Listening Tour