“It is no accident that every town with a university is more economically, socially and culturally vibrant than those that do not. Students are sources of vitality, energy and lode–bearers of the new – and fun to be around. They may put upward pressure on rents but they start new businesses aplenty and provide demand for existing businesses ranging from 24/7 convenience stores to clothes shops.” He added: “University academics and their research are sources of inspiration and intellectual energy. As a result, universities are major sources of direct and indirect employment – they are the anchor institutions of the 21st-century economy, and most city councils are figuring out ways to keep their students once they graduate. Do without them at your peril.” … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?
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Donald Trump's empire Giobal conflicts of interest? These seem almost certain. In the past, entrepreneurs elected to become US presidents have handed over their businesses to a blind trust. While not losing ownership rights, they no longer had a say in business operations. Trump, for his part, is planning to hand over his businesses to his adult children. He has said he will disclose the details of this scheme in January. … [Read more...] about Trump campaign sues New York Times over Russia op-ed
“I found [Gamergate] just inexplicable and saddening,” he said. “The fundamental thing at the heart of that, which I don’t understand, is why it’s a problem critiquing the content of games. In the ’90s, Duke Nukem was machine-gunning lapdogs. Even then it was like, ‘Well, that’s not great.’ Why it’s a controversial thought, I simply don’t understand. Maybe there was an innate defensiveness of being a sort of traditional old-school gamer where you’re being told that games are evil and violent, and I wonder if this reaction was at the core of it. It is a small minority of people who were very active in it. But no one’s deleting old games.” … [Read more...] about ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Surprise: Inside the Episode That Will Have Everyone Talking