OK, on with the links. As always, these are provided by you, the reader.
Here's the latest installment of why women don't study science and engineering. As a chemist myself, this is a problem that interests me. This article is noteworthy in that it doesn't blame anybody.
Here's your article about shooting students. Numerous people asked me to post this last week. I didn't want to because
- I don't like the quality of discourse in most gun control discussions and I didn't want to see that at the Water Cooler.
- For all the academics we have around here (and CM & RYS before), it's almost entirely free of politics. That's refreshing.
- This editorial, in particular, is poorly reasoned, even for an attempt at satire. In fact, it's closer to a what an NRA hack might write if he wanted to make fun of the way gun control advocates frame the issue.
OK, OK. I relent. I hope you're happy.
Our final link is to an essay writing website. Yes, yes, this is awful. Let's get that out of the way. What I find so interesting is the angle they use to sell their product. The educational system is broken. PhDs have no jobs. College is a meat grinder. Why not compensate for those injustices with just one more? Instead of saying, "Your prof is an asshole for assigning this paper" they actually suggest that their service helps professors too.
The other amusing aspect is the irreverent way they talk to students. I guess you can do that if your customers understand that you're doing it ironically. Here's a sample from their FAQ page:
WILL PLAGIARISM DETECTION SOFTWARE "CATCH" MY ESSAY?
... If you seriously think that a CUSTOM-WRITTEN essay can be caught by plagiarism software, you probably shouldn't be in college. The whole reason why you're using this services is so that your lazy ass doesn't itself have to plagiarize. Long answer? We source and cite everything we write on the basis of our long experience of non-plagiarizing. Short answer? No, you're not going to get caught unless you do something stupid like tell everyone that you bought an essay.