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May 28, 2007

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I'm procrastinating. When I post a lot, that tends to be why.

well, i hope you keep procrastinating then. Your procrastination is both a public good and has kept this boat afloat for the past month/year/etc.

GOOD! My 10 year old wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. Her plan is to spend half her time being the kind of lawyer that makes money and the other half being the kind that helps people. Its good to know there are good people who are going to teach her.

congratulations, publius!

I'm procrastinating.

See, that's just my problem: I can never get around to procrastinating.

Congratulations!

Anyway, the point is that I can now blog freely about telecom/FCC issues

Ooh. Cool.

(I worked in the telecommunications industry for years, and retain an interest in that area even though I'm not ever planning to take another job there.)

(Not unless I really need to.)

Hilzoy: I'm procrastinating.

You're very good at it.

Jes: you have no idea.

Congrats, publius!

I'm actually really looking forward to your posts on the FCC and net neutrality. As a techy-type and contributor to the EFF, those are some of my pet issues. It'll be great to hear an educated legal voice on those subjects.

Publius, congratulations!! You'll be a fine prof.

Will follow up by email.

Congratulations P-Diddy!!!

Can't say I didn't warn youse about the fun of firm life...glad to see at least one of us is breaking free.

Good luck and bountiful helpings of tenure!!!

Congratulations on the new job!

Your concern about the process of winning tenure is well-founded. I believe it was Kissinger who said, "Academic politics are so fierce because the stakes are so low."

Your institution may now have the best president and faculty heads you could imagine. What would happen if one or two of them were replaced, the school formed a UC Berkeley-like "partnership" with big telecomms, or Rupert Murdoch bought a seat on the board?

Howard Zinn's experience at B.U. is instructive. His being photographed at an afternoon protest rally on campus might have nixed his chances had the vote to ratify his tenure not been taken that morning. Had Zinn been up for tenure under the successor president, hell would have frozen over before he got it.

Every comment on this and other blogs is available via a diligent Internet search, including the one I'm now writing. Academic freedom is precious, but fragile. I suggest "Publius" keep writing.

OT: Bob McManus was reported to the FBI by one of Ezra Klein's resident right-wing trolls.

Bob McManus was reported to the FBI

hilarious.

i think i'm going to "report" Bush and Cheney to the FBI for copying the interrogation techniques of the Gestapo. think they'll act on my tip ?

No, cleek, but you'll be forced to make a tearful apology on C-Span.

I do wonder if Ezra has any evidence that Fred actually contacted the FBI.

but you'll be forced to make a tearful apology on C-Span.

if that's how i get my 15 minutes... so be it.

I do wonder if Ezra has any evidence that Fred actually contacted the FBI.

yeah, was wondering that myself. but i just assumed Ezra was contacted by the FBI as a result.

Congratulations, publius. I'm sceptical of mandating net neutrality myself, but I don't know much about it and I'd be interested in your take.

For what it's worth, I think it makes sense to come out. Anyone capable of preventing you from getting tenure and hostile to your blog posts would probably figure out who you are anyway.

I'm glad that the guy in question was banned by Ezra, but holy spaghetti monster, Bob's comment in question was at best ill thought out.

pithlord (and publius): "Anyone capable of preventing you from getting tenure and hostile to your blog posts would probably figure out who you are anyway." -- This isn't quite right. There might be people capable of denying him tenure who would be hostile to his blog posts if they knew about them, but wouldn't know about them if he didn't come out.

My advice is: wait until you get there, check out your colleagues, test the water, and then make up you mind. Most people are reasonable and won't think it's a problem, but it would be a pity if you encountered an exception.

"yeah, was wondering that myself. but i just assumed Ezra was contacted by the FBI as a result."

As you say, that's an assumption. From what Ezra wrote, we don't know. It might be that, or it might be that he just took Fred at his word. We can't know unless Ezra says.

Now I'm jealous that no one's reported *me* to the FBI ...

(... or have they?)

congrats, publius! evidence of karma at work. your writing has always stood out as some of the best in the blogosphere, and we'll hope to see more of you around here (hey, i've sat through publius hiatuses before...) -- let's see you and hilzoy start competing for space on the front page :)

Congrats! Welcome to hell! You've earned it.

BTW, hilzoy, if you wanted to stop being a slacker... how's about some Friday Catblogging?

He's just angling for a spot on the Horowitz list. Get in line, buddy...

I believe it was Kissinger who said, "Academic politics are so fierce because the stakes are so low."

Henry the K may have said it, but he was far from the first. I had always heard it attributed to C.P. Snow, but further desultory research fails to confirm this. In fact one study traces it (or a variation of it) back to Woodrow Wilson!

publius, i don't care if you're gay. you just get your jump shot back, because i still got a busted wheel and we lost by 2 points in overtime tonight.

I do wonder if Ezra has any evidence that Fred actually contacted the FBI.

a "Fred" has started posting in Matt Y's comments. people who know the Fred from Ezra's site say it's the same guy. and even better, to me, he sounds suspiciously like "Charlie" from Kevin Drum's comments (who also showed up here for a while). same posting style, same rhetoric, same way of insulting other posters while complaining about their lack of civility, same habit of responding to direct questions by blithely spinning-off tangent after tangent until the conversation is completely derailed, etc..

Charlie also used the name "Fred" (among many others) for a while at Drum's.

all speculation, of course. i don't have IP records to prove it. but i trust my trained ear to spot Charlie no matter what handle he's using.

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