Daily Archives: 26 Nov 2017

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The Girl Guides will allow boys who identify as female to shower with girls, it has emerged.  For the first time, Girlguiding’s official guidance instructs guide leaders to allow members who were born male but now identify as female to share changing rooms, toilets and sleeping quarters with girls when away on excursions.  The 107-year-old organisation updated its rules, which apply to members aged from five to 25, to allow transgender girls to “share accommodation with other young members if they wish” and use the same facilities.

Yeah this won’t cause problems at all…

Thanksgiving Weekend Commentary Sale


We’re offering The Commentary from now through Sunday in PDF’s from yours truly for half price- $100 and you can purchase the entire set for yourself or for a friend by clicking my PayPal Link.

The Commentary is comprised of 42 individual volumes.  Now, of course, not everyone is interested in every book of the Bible so after having received a number of requests for individual volumes in the series I’ve decided to offer any single volume for $5.

If you bought each volume individually it would cost $210 for the entire series in electronic form at $5 each, so it still makes sense to buy the whole. But I’m happy to send each volume individually for those who prefer it.

Just paypal me $5 and tell me which you wish. If you want two or three simply multiply each volume by $5.

And, Happy Thanksgiving!

The Real Villain Isn’t Academia.edu, It’s JSTOR

There’s a movement afoot among academics to persuade colleagues to leave Academia.edu for more open and less commercial scholarship sharing sites.  The main point of the protest is ‘academia.edu will use your work for its own profit’.  ‘And, oh, they have advertisements on their site too’.

Actually, it won’t if you don’t upload your work to it.  If you don’t give your stuff away, it can’t be sold.  And every site has adverts.  Everyone has a right to make a living, after all.

But the real villain in terms of Academic profiteering isn’t Academia.edu, it’s JSTOR.  JSTOR takes work academics have done, and published in journals, without your permission, and places it all behind a pay wall from which they alone profit.

So you can use Academia.edu to announce your work, or JSTOR can steal your work, with your Institution’s permission, and sell it whilst never paying you one red cent for it and indeed, charging you for it if you wish to see it.

The real villain in the sordid story is not Academia.edu, it’s JSTOR.  So why aren’t scholars protesting JSTOR with the vim and vigor they’re protesting Academia.edu?  I don’t know.

Weird, Isn’t It…