Rivalries

Yesterday the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 12 North Champions) and the Oklahoma Sooners (champions of the Big 12 South) fought for the conference championship in Kansas City, Missouri. To dreams of Sean Meade and others came true, as the Sooners bested the Cornhuskers 21-7.


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However, in spite of CG’s gloating:

The SOONER you can update this the better. After tonight’s game rest easy world: The New Order has been preserved.

The game was fun. Oklahoma is the ancient rival of Nebraska, though we’ve been separated ever since the Big Eight moved on to the bigger and better Big 12. Since that time, Nebraska has been stuck with hick schools like Colorado and Kansas State as “rivals.” It’s nice to have such a big game against such a great school — and such an ancient foe.

A similar dynamic is occurring in my home state of South Dakota, where the South Dakota State Jackrabbits tried to become “big-time” by moving up to Great West Football Conference — leaving the ancestral North Central Conference to the wolves… or to the South Dakota Coyotes as the case may be. However, there too the old becomes new, as USD will be joining SDSU in NCAA Division I.

Traditions and football, like beer and pretzels, go together.

Nebraska’s Digital Commons in the News

UNL online informa-tion database ranks 4th in U.S.,” by Zak Pluhacek, Daily Nebraskan, 1 December 2006, http://www.dailynebraskan.com/media/storage/paper857/news/2006/12/01/News/Unl-Online.InformaTion.Database.Ranks.4th.In.U.s-2517607.shtml?norewrite200612021657&sourcedomain=www.dailynebraskan.com.

Nebraska is roaring into the online media revolution, putting tens of thousands of documents online in its “Digital Commons

It took just 18 months for University of Nebraska-Lincoln archivists to create the Digital Commons, a now internationally ranked online database of more than 15,000 papers, essays and articles.

The archive was recently bumped to the fourth largest in the U.S. and is in the top 15 worldwide in terms of size, according to grading by the Registry of Open Access Repositories, or ROAR.

The directories of the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are the only three in the nation with more materials than the UNL commons. Each has been available for more than five years.

The University of California’s archive, which UNL surpassed to gain ROAR’s fourth-place rank-ing, is more than 10 years old.

“We’ve been working very hard to populate (the UNL data-base) with content. We’re probably the fastest growing digital archive in the United States at this point,” said Paul Royster, UNL’s Digital Commons director.

Royster began uploading around 10,000 doctoral dissertations written by UNL faculty members to the database in 2005. Since then, he and his staff of five students have added more than 5,000 other materials, and con-tinue to add to the service piece by piece.

Among other collections, the Digital Common hosts papers from the Political Science department’s Hendricks Symposium, most recently about the role of genetics in digital media. This month several Hendricks papers are in the most downloaded list from the DC archive. (The papers’ position this month is compared to last month’s standings).

52 from 90 Evolutionary Model of Racial Attitude Formation Socially Shared and Idiosyncratic Racial Attitudes
98 from 109 The Political Consequences of Perceived Threat and Felt Insecurity
111 from 104 Audience Effects on Moralistic Punishment
131 from 59 When Can Politicians Scare Citizens Into Supporting Bad Policies? A Theory of Incentives With Fear Based Content
160 from 26 Genetic Configurations of Political Phenomena: New Theories, New Methods
188 from 63 ‘Heroism’ in Warfare
212 from 76 Testosterone, Cortisol, and Aggression in a Simulated Crisis Game
212 from 93 Empathy and Collective Action in the Prisoner’s Dilemma
244 from 132 Judgments about cooperators and freeriders on a Shuar work team: An evolutionary psychological perspective
244 from 69 Personality and Emotional Response: Strategic and Tactical Responses to Changing Political Circumstances
331 from 54 The Neural Basis of Representative Democracy

Goodbye Kiev, The Ukraine. Hello Kyiv, Ukraine.

Ukraine vs. The Ukraine,” by Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy, 30 November 2006, http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2006/10/28/ukraine-belongs-in-europe.html.

The name of a certain European country is in the news:

A Seventh Circuit opinion remarks on what to call the country (which happens to be where I was born, though it wasn’t an independent country back then):

There continues to be confusion over whether to use the article “the” in connection with “Ukraine.” In the briefs, Gutnik’s counsel uses “the Ukraine,” while the government uses “Ukraine.” Likewise, at joint remarks in January 2005, Vice President Cheney used “the Ukraine,” while President Yushchenko, the elected leader of the country, used “Ukraine.” See Press Release, Office of the Vice President, Vice President’s Remarks with Ukrainian President Yushchenko (Jan. 26, 2005) (Villa Decius, Krakow, Poland). We will use Ukraine, which is not only correct but is also preferred by Ukrainians themselves, see Associated Press, Terminology of Nationalism, N.Y. Times, Dec. 3, 1991, at A10, and is the grammatically consistent choice, see Andrew Gregorovich, Ukraine or “The Ukraine”?, FORUM Ukrainian Review No. 90, Spring/Summer 1994.

I say “The Ukraine,” because that’s how I learned it; I take it Cheney learned it this way, too. Interestingly, though Russian doesn’t have articles such as “the,” there’s a similar controversy there — for most areas, you’d say something is in the area (“v Pol’she, v Angl’ii,” “v” meaning “in”), but for the Ukraine, you’d say something is on it (“na Ukrain’e,” “na” meaning “on”), or at least that’s how you said it when I was growing up during the Soviet era. Nor was it just a country vs. area-in-a-country distinction; you’d say “v Litv’e,” or “v B’elorussii,” but “na Ukrain’e”).

Catholicgauze, meanwhile, is standing against the tide of linguistic history.

Bush: A Terrorist-Appeaser Mugged by Reality?

U.S. Considering Ending Outreach to Insurgents,” by Robin Wright, Washington Post, 1 December 2006, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/30/AR2006113001710.html (from Daily Kos).

The 80% Solution,” by BarbinMD, Daily Kos, 1 December 2006, http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/12/1/73529/5740.

Great, great news.


Is This Man Coming Back?

Please let it be true.

The Bush administration is deliberating whether to abandon U.S. reconciliation efforts with Sunni insurgents and instead give priority to Shiites and Kurds, who won elections and now dominate the government, according to U.S. officials.

The proposal, put forward by the State Department as part of a crash White House review of Iraq policy, follows an assessment that the ambitious U.S. outreach to Sunni dissidents has failed. U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that their reconciliation efforts may even have backfired, alienating the Shiite majority and leaving the United States vulnerable to having no allies in Iraq, according to sources familiar with the State Department proposal.

Some insiders call the proposal the “80 percent” solution, a term that makes other parties to the White House policy review cringe. Sunni Arabs make up about 20 percent of Iraq’s 26 million people.

If this is true, thank God. For three years Bush has led us into the wilderness, appeasing terrorists, subverting a democratically elected government, and exposing his administration for the out-of-date, intellectually bankrupt organization that it really is.

The sooner Bush accepts the reality that the United States Military gave him on a silver platter three years ago, the better for us, for the Iraqis, and the world.

Bush’s greatest accomplishment, if he actually begins fighting terrorists and supporting democracy in Iraq (instead of vice versa), is smashing our enemies, to forever weaken the Arab National-Secularists and the Qaeda Jihadis. Iraq is Vietnam for al Qaeda and al Baath.

Blogspirit’s Incompetent and Inhuman System Administration

Back in the day, I was very happy with blogspirit. They took care of the heavy lifting required for blogging, letting me focus on writing and building a community. However, over recent months blogspirit’s service has become less and less reliable. Below is a review of blogspirit’s comment feature written by Curtis of Phatic Communion:

Note: this is a comment left at TDAXP — rather, an attempted comment, since once again I am apparently barred from leaving this comment on Blogspirit. This time, an old Blogspirit Phenotype is being expressed: I hit SEND to post the comment, and I’m instantly redirected to the front page of TDAXP, without the comment being posted. This has happened more than once with this comment, so I’ve given up.

I’m tempted to create a new category for Phatic Communion, TDAXP Comments, and utilize the trackback feature for connecting these to individual posts on that blog, since I’m apparently able to leave trackbacks to TDAXP. Such a method would be queer indeed, because I’d be establishing a new kind of social interaction, I think — unless some other blogger already dedicates a portion of his own blog to posting comments intended for another specific blog. The format might need tweaking. The problem for me is that ‘commenting’ is a slightly different intellectual format than posting ripostes or highlights as a new post.

More specifically: Dan’s Blogspirit setup does not allow HTML formatting — which has always been an irritation for me — and this limits speech. Odd little notations must be created when commenting at TDAXP, e.g. using asterisks to express emphasis and posting full links as footnotes or interjections rather than linking text. So the following comment to “Growing Pack Behavior in Juvenile Homo Sapiens” will be revised here on Phatic Communion to HTML-formatting and thus in that particular only will not match the comment I intended to leave but may therefore be more legible.

I agree with everything that Curtis is saying.

This is sickening. Blogspirit suffers prologued, partial, outages of service and doesn’t bother to inform bloggers that this will happen, is happening, or has happened. Horrid service like this is why I admire Dreamhost, the service that hosts Jim River Report. They have technical snafus too — everyone does. But unlike blogspirit, Dreamhost has the basic human dignity to let its customers know what is going on.