“Adjunktification” In The S.I.C. (Schooling Industrial Complex) (March 13, 2017)  

Posted in Adjunktification, Education, Federal Reserve, Schooling, Schooling Industrial Complex, Sports, Trump on March 13, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “I love ideas.  I think there are others who also like them.  But not many others.”

J          “Finding a critical mass of folks who are interested in ideas is challenging.  Everyone is too busy struggling desperately to make it through the day economically, emotionally and physically.  Unrestrained contemplation is an unaffordable luxury today.”

K          “College is that rare, brief and fleeting period of time when one is free to think.”

J          “Sometimes it seems that only a few folks are actually thinking in college.  And it sure is far from free.”

. . .

K          “Does even one percent (1%) of the money spent on the American Schooling Industrial Complex (S.I.C.) get spent on the creation and transmission of ideas?”

J          “Between foot/basketball and bureaucrats, surely not much more than two percent (2%) of the money is committed to ideas.”

K          “Someone should calculate the historic ratio of dollars spent on bureaucrats versus students and calibrate a percentage ceiling on expenditures for ballers and bureaucrats.  Some Assistant Provost Dean may need to go back to teaching or go.”

. . .

K          “‘Adjunktification’ is the new paradigm.  The adjunkts now carry the burden of transmitting ideas, although they may not have enough free time to create ideas.  They are not junk, but they are treated like junk.”

J          “Academia is replicating life.  A bloated mass of overpaid bureaucrats at the top exploit a small underpaid cadre at the bottom doing the work.”

K          “When you reflect on it, perhaps academia does prepare one for life.”

. . .

K          “In the election, so many voters for Trump realized that those who pass themselves off as the intellectual elite in America are a fraud.”

J          “The apparatchiks and the nomenklatura are the errand boys and the errand girls with gilded certificates serving the interests of the gilded class.”

K          “And making a little gold.  The S.I.C. is parcel and part of the carefully calibrated system of checks and balances that advances the obedient and the compliant through the system.”

. . .

K          “So many departments of academia today are not even about ideas.  They are about credentials from top to bottom.  The only realistic and economically viable solution is to bestow a Ph.D. on every citizen at the age of eighteen.  Particularly in economics which is a religion calculated to obscure the truth and protect the wealthy.”

J          “Would they have to show up to get it?”

. . .  

[See “The 2016 Nobel Prizes in Economics Go to those Who Pushed Criminogenic Policies” in “New Economic Perspectives” by William K. Black dated February 27, 2017 and the e-commentary at “First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (October 10, 2016).”]

[See the e-commentary at “Unionizing Athletes And Adjuncts (And Sherpas) (April 21, 2104)” and review the previous e-commentary on “Education” and “Schooling.”]

Bumper stickers of the week / Foam Fingers of the week:       

The Federal Reserve is “checkmated” by moves it alone commandeered and engineered.  The “king” now is in check with no way to remove the threat.  The Fed cannot maintain rates and cannot raise rates and cannot lower rates.  . . .  If you are the only one who can make the moves on a board you control, how can you maneuver yourself into checkmate?

We’re Number 1 (at something)

March Madness seems like a delightfully ironic phrase.

Do you fill in your brackets?

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been.  The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”  Isaac Asimov, “A Cult of Ignorance”, Newsweek, January 21, 1980.  

Second Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2017 (March 6, 2017)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Bush, Cameo In Courage Award, Courage, Fukushima Daiichi, Health Care, Kennedy, O'Bama, Profile In Courage Award, Romney, Trump on March 6, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “This year, the Awards Committee for the ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award is bestowing a special lifetime achievement award to . . . Mr. William E. Binney, Mr. Thomas A. Drake and Mr. John Kiriakou, all of the United States, for dedicating their professional lives to the good of their country at considerable cost to themselves.”

J          “Great choices.  Long overdue.”

. . .

K          “Mr. Drake is also the 2011 recipient of the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and co-recipient of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award.”

. . .

J          “Kennedy, Inc. gave their award to O’Bama, Inc.  I wouldn’t call it a courageous decision, but I would call it a predictable and strategic move.”

K          “Cross-breeding within the ruling class.  JFK instead of the AKC.  The award is an effort by the Kennedys to keep the Kennedy brand visible and relevant.”

J          “If O’Bama had proposed, pursued and passed a single payer health care system as propounded by the enlightened members of the medical profession rather than selling out and selling the nation a bill of goods described as the ‘Romney – O’Bama Unaffordable Health Careless Act’, he would be both a man of his word and a courageous man of his word.  But he is not.”

K          “He also spent considerable public resources prosecuting truly courageous individuals and public servants acting courageously such as the Binneys, Drakes and Kiriakous.”

J          “The grand and perverse irony is that O’Bama went to great lengths to punish the courageous.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “First Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)” and “Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Fukushima Daiichi – 3/11/11

From the Kennedy Clan:

Thank you for taking the time to submit a nomination for the 2017 Profile in Courage Award. 

This year we received a record number of nominations – nearly 30,000 – from people wishing to recognize courageous leaders for standing up for the greater good. 

We are heartened by the unprecedented interest in heralding acts of political courage by our elected officials, and thrilled to have so many qualified nominees.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to hear about this year’s winner.

[But we do not care what you say because we do whatever advances our interests.]

DNC:  “We’re Losers.  Vote for Us.” (February 27, 2017)

Posted in Democrats, Political Parties, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on February 27, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “They decided to ‘lose with Clinton rather than win with Sanders’ last year and they decided to ‘lose with Perez rather than win with Ellison’ this year.”

J          “I saw something streaming across the bottom of the screen.  So they picked Tom Perez over Keith Ellison as the chair of the Democratic National Committee.”

K          “As the chair of the ‘D’ division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’.  They decided that their tried and true path to losing is the best way to try to keep losing.  They just don’t get it.”

J          “They are losers.  That’s what losers do.  They lose.”

. . .

J          “However by fielding the ‘Perez/Ellison’ duo, they do hedge with a ‘Clinton/Sanders’ dyad.”

K          “When you get right down to it, the Democratic National Committee is really the Democratic National Corporation, Inc. with five hundred wealthy shareholders known as super delegates beholden to the war industry and Wall Street.”

J          “And all the shareholder derivative actions brought by the helpless villagers are repeatedly repelled.”

. . .  

[See “Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party Chairman” in “The New York Times” by Jonathan Martin dated February 25, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary at “The First Look At The ‘Second Political Party’ (January 3, 2011).”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“They are losers.  That’s what losers do.  They lose.”

Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)

Posted in Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Climate Leadership Council, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Population, Sustainability on February 20, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Growth is death, yet when the population is growing the thing call the economy must grow or we die.”

J          “Or you need to not grow the population so that you do not need to grow and die.  At that point in the discussion, everyone’s head, without exception, explodes and makes a mess of the room.  And no one is willing to talk about reducing the population.”

K          “Always a bummer.  You end up forfeiting the room security deposit.”

. . .

K          “The theft keeps moving through time.  The current generation swiped the ‘consumption’ of the children and then swiped the ‘consumption’ of the grandchildren.  Now the current generation is swiping the ‘consumption’ of the great grandchildren.  Even if you explain it slowly and without a scintilla of condescension or impatience, few get it.”

J          “Or want to get it.  If those in power cannot reach into the future, they are trying to move across space to loot resources.  However, theft cannot move across space forever.  We are acting as if we can tap another planet.  We cannot.  As they say, there is no PLANet B.”

K          “And yet we as a society are producing more children and grandchildren who do not have a chance or a choice.”

J          “With the mess bequeathed to them, the kids may not be alright.”

. . .

K          “Last week, some Republican players endorsed the pricing of carbon and established the Climate Leadership Council.”

. . .

[See “‘A Conservative Climate Solution’:  Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax” in “The New York Times” by John Schwartz dated February 7, 2017.]

[And in this corner, the master gardener of ‘team sustainable living’ advocating less demand on our finite resources, Professor Albert Allen Bartlett.  And in that corner, the captain of the confused cornucopians, Professor Julian Lincoln Simon.]

[See the e-commentary at “Global Climate Change.”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Save the Planet:  Price Carbon:  Now

Save the Marble:  Price Carbon:  Now

Tax what we burn not what we earn.

There is no PLANet B.

We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.

“Men argue.  Nature acts.”  Voltaire.  Nature is acting while man is arguing.

The Ninth Circuit:  Two-Tiered “Just-Us” Review (February 13, 2017)

Posted in Judges, Judicial Arrogance, Judiciary, Justice, Law, Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty, Truth on February 13, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “There are two standards of review in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  If the plaintiff is a favored or famous individual or the matter is a cause célèbre, the Niners read the briefs and write a coherent decision.  If the plaintiff is not among the elite and is some ordinary stiff, the Niners do not read the briefs and instead distort both the law and the facts to make the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s lawyer look like fools.” 

J          “That is, perforce, perjury, but that is never a concern or an impediment.  They swore to uphold the law.  They are not upholding the law.  When they issue a decision, they are not required to attach an affidavit stating that the decision is an honest description of the law and the facts.  They already swore to provide an honest description of the law and the facts.”

K          “Perjury is the American Way.”

. . .

K          “If a case or issue is hip, cool, trendy, sexy and/or well-publicized, the Niners give it the time of day.  The recent case involving the trendy issue du jour provided an opportunity for an ideological pronouncement.  The Niners are more predictable than the sunrise.” 

. . .

K          “Cockroaches work diligently in the dark and scurry away when the lights are turned on.  Judges work diligently when the television lights are turned on and scurry away when the lights are turned off.”

J          “Perhaps the Niners should candidly and honestly state that they will not read a brief filed by a little person unless accompanied by a filing fee four (4) times the filing fee charged to large players and institutions.”

K          “Ten (10) times the filing fee may not be enough.  How much is enough.”

. . .

K          “Too bad we cannot depose God to determine the Truth.  Based on decades of study and careful observation, I calculate that aggregating the acts of perjury perpetrated by each judge and applying the low end of the Sentencing Guidelines would consign most judges to prison for life.”

J          “Now there is one for you.  There are more felons or technically unindicted felons on the bench at large than among the public.  I missed that discussion in my high school civics class.”

. . .

J          “Some ideas are too Truthful to entertain for even a few seconds.”

K          “When you think on it, perjury is the back bone of the American Judicial System.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015)”, “The Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ) (August 29, 2016)”, “Assigning Blame:  The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and “Perjury, the American Way (February 20, 2006).”

Bumper stickers of the week:

“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time, I owe him my best.”  Joe DiMaggio

Courts have failed.  Courts exist to make life easy and lucrative for judges and to make money for obliging and cooperative lawyers.

Trumpi [Tweets ?] To Followers:  “F@#$ You” (February 6, 2017)

Posted in Kleptocracy, Pensions, Retirement, Trump on February 6, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “The corporate owners of the government do not really want us to provide for our retirement or our future.  They just concoct more rackets to exploit and plunder the people.”

K          “Welcome to the Great American Kleptocracy.”

. . .

K          “The Department of Labor was scheduled to implement a policy known as the ‘Fiduciary Rule’ that requires a broker to act in the client’s best interest rather than in the broker’s financial interest.  And Trumpi killed it.”

J          “I describe the Rule as a ‘no brainer’ policy.  An attorney is obligated to act in the client’s best interest; a doctor is obligated to act in the patient’s best interest; a broker is obligated to act in the client’s best interest.  The word ‘client’ itself acknowledges the existence of a fiduciary duty.”

. . .

K          “There is very little trust in America today for the compelling and unimpeachable reason that there is no reason to trust in America.  The Rule would have meant that a person could trust his or her broker.  That would help the little man and the little woman.  Trumpi does not give a hoot for the little person.” 

J          “Trumpi ran as the candidate of the Middle Finger Party and never revealed to anyone that he really intended to give the middle finger to his voters.”

K          “Trumpi pulled off a legal and financial coup d’état without firing a shot and now is taking all kinds of shots at the little person.”

. . .

J          “We are watching a house on fire with no fire fighters and no bucket brigade in attendance.  A house on fire this divided cannot stand.”

K          “And Trumpi is giving sociopaths a bad name.”

J          “The biggest uncertainty of our time is determining what will transpire when a critical mass of Trumpi voters realize they have been deceived and duped.”

K          “The way Trumpi is dissing and dismissing the ‘deplorables’ is deplorable.”

. . .

[See “Trump Moves to Roll Back Obama-Era Financial Regulations” in “The New York Times” by Ben Protess and Julie Hirschfeld Davis dated February 3, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary at “The Donald:  Enough; Bastante; Basta (April 4, 2016)”, “High-Frequency Trading = Cybercrime (June 5, 2015)” and “On The Digital Revolution (March 22, 2010).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Donald J. Trumpi @unrealDonaldTrump:  “F@#$ You”

[Picture of Trumpi] Tired of me yet?

[Picture of O’Bama] Miss me yet?

Building The Great Wall of Canada: Keeping The Americans Out, Eh (January 30, 2017)

Posted in Canada, Great Canadian Wall, Great Wall of Canada, Immigration, Personal Stories Series, Personal Story, Walls on January 30, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

C1        “Taking pot shots at the Americans sneaking over the border seems so . . . unCanadian.”

C2        “And yet so American, eh.”

. . .

C1        “For years, my neighbors warned that America was percolating, festering and roiling.  The melting pot was a boiling pot.  A civil war is so like them, so American.  I am surprised the wankers in Ottawa anticipated that so many refugees would flood our borders.”

C2        “I told my MP the idea was daft.  I opposed the bill for so long.  The American’s stubborn refusal to pay for the Wall was appalling.  Yet in the end building The Great Wall of Canada was as inevitable as the American Civil War II that necessitated it.”

C1        “When I calculated that five percent of the Americans were likely to become war refugees, I concluded that we could not accommodate sixteen million of them.  I capitulated and agree that we had to build the bloody bugger.”

C2        “We could overcome the language barrier, yet so few of them bring any useful skills to bring to the table.”

C1        “Or even table manners.”

. . .

[C1 = Canadian 1; . . . ]

[Mary Tyler Moore 1936 – 2017]

[See the article in the “Burrad Street Journal” titled “Canada Declares State Of Emergency As Millions Of Americans Attempt Border Crossing.”]

[See the e-commentary at “Black, Yellow, White, Brown, Red and Green:  An E-ssayer on Immigration (March 28, 2005).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

A people who describe their primary currency as the “Loonie” cannot be all bad.

How can you tell the American kids from the Canadian kids backpacking in Europe?  The American kids have a 5 by 7 inch Canadian flag sewn on their backpacks whereas the Canadian kids have a 3 by 5 inch Canadian flag sewn on their backpacks.

The Great Wall of Canada is right up there with the Beaver.  Thirty years ago, the DHC-2 Beaver was selected as one of the top 10 Canadian engineering achievements of the past century for its engineering, social and economic impact around the world. 

[Picture of O’Bama] Miss me yet?