Maybe UK Decided To Make The Right Move…

The University of Kentucky has rehired Chester Grundy, a long-time civil rights activist whose dismissal from UK last year prompted publicity and protest letters. Interesting how that works. Interesting timing, as well. [H-L]

The United Nations opened a major new investigation on Thursday into the United States’ use of drones and targeted assassinations. [HuffPo]

Stop the presses! Jack Conway issued a statement – using taxpayer resources – on the nomination or Richard Cordray: “Richard Cordray is a former state attorney general, a colleague, and a friend, and I support his nomination by the President to serve as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Richard possesses the integrity, intelligence and ability to confront the concerns facing consumers. His track record with the CFPB shows a common sense approach to the issues, and I hope he is quickly confirmed in a non-partisan process.” [Press Release]

Calling it a “major-ass haul” that would provide “some much-needed scratch,” Vice President Joe Biden reportedly scored over 800 feet of copper wire from a foreclosed home in the D.C. suburbs, White House sources confirmed Thursday. [The Onion]

If you missed it, you may be interested in reading the original release from the State Fair Board regarding the lease approval for Kentucky Kingdom. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Three Colorado bishops said on Thursday they will review a Catholic Church hospital’s defense of a lawsuit that argues fetuses do not have legal status – apparently contradicting the Church’s teaching on life issues. [Reuters]

What’s that sound? Why, it’s the clamor of teabaggers freaking out because they’ve realized the head teabagger in Elizabethtown isn’t even a U.S. citizen. [Teabagger Struggles]

The Army official who signed a secret agreement that military contractor KBR claims should burden taxpayers with the bill for the company’s negligent poisoning of U.S. soldiers in Iraq resigned from the military in 2003 after a tenure marked by questions about his ties to Enron Corp. [HuffPo]

No, this CO2 thing won’t work to deter Asian Carp. Primarily because one risks throwing nature outta whack – too much CO2 and aquatic plants could start using up all nutrients if there’s strong enough lighting, causing a major die off when the environment changes. Stop injecting CO2 and then there can be massive algae blooms due to an abundance of nutrients and lighting. And many, many native species are sensitive to CO2 stronger than 30PPM in water if the oxygen level isn’t strong enough. Invertebrates like Crayfish are especially sensitive to CO2. Interesting idea, though. [WFPL]

Last week, President Obama unveiled sweeping proposals on gun control, including a ban on military-style assault weapons, a reduction of ammunition magazine capacity and stiffer background checks on gun buyers. [ProPublica]

The Kentucky State Fair Board voted Thursday to elect optometrist Mark Lynn to a one-year term as board chairman. [C-J/AKN]

The richest 1% of Americans now hold 25% of the country’s wealth and more needs to be done to boost equality, Nobel Prize winning US economist Joseph Stiglitz has said. Mr Stiglitz, speaking in Davos, said this was a result of the top 1% seeing their wealth double since 1980. [BBC]

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2 thoughts on “Maybe UK Decided To Make The Right Move…

  1. “Grundy is on a two-year contract with the UK College of Medicine as a senior advisor to Dean Fred DeBeer on diversity issues. His focus will be . . . . . on recruitment and retention for underrepresented student populations.”

    Well, well. How incredibly convenient!

  2. “The Too Evident Glitter of UK”

    This appointment, though nice for the recipient, shows how academe can cover its ass in the most glitzy, self-protective way. It is too obvious to be either ignored or fully celebrated.

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