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“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

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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.”

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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.”

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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?”

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[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.  

The Donald:  Enough; Bastante; Basta (April 4, 2016)

Posted in Education, Elections, Health Care, Voting, Wall Street, War on April 4, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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X          “Dangerous.”

Y          “Enough.  Bastante.  Basta.  In any language, enough is now more than enough.”

X          “Danger has caught fire.  Those who kindled a small fire are fighting their fire with another fire.  Fighting fire with fire is more likely to create a great conflagration than to contain the fury.”

Y          “For a time, in his own twisted way, he challenged the war and Wall Street memes.  Now he is at war with decency and civility.  I have had enough, but his followers may have not gotten enough yet.”

. . .

X          “Both the Donald and the Cruz are dangerous, very dangerous.”

Y          “General elections are always about choosing between the lesser of two evils.  Primaries and caucuses are not supposed to present such a bleak choice between evil and vile.”

. . .

Y          “The current Senator and the former Senator are ratcheting up their spat.  However, the undemocratic process of the Democratic Party machine dooms Sanders.  Even their system is rigged.”

X          “Everything is rigged.  Sanders is proposing time-honored first-world public policies.  The country cannot afford a rational and efficient single payer health care system and cannot afford not to adopt a rational and efficient single payer health care system.  The country cannot afford a system of affordable education and cannot afford not to adopt a system of affordable education.  The country cannot afford to adopt what it cannot afford not to adopt.”

Y          “We could pay for it by paying for it the way we pay for war.”

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[See “Physicians For A National Health Care Program” for some perspective on health insurance.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“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.  

Schooling The Apparatchiks For The Kleptocrats (December 7, 2015)

Posted in Bureaucracy, Education, Kleptocracy, O'Bama, Schooling, Wall Street on December 7, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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J          “Harvard and Yale are in business to make a profit and provide the foot soldiers to protect those making a profit.  Columbia has stepped up its game.  Both Eric Holder and Lonny Breuer each bagged a pair of degrees from Columbia and dutifully served Wall Street while on the public pay roll.  First Covington & Burling, then time in the Department of Justice (?), and then back to C & B to protect the Owners.  They did their time in government, but they did not encourage the criminal banksters to do their time in government custody.”

K          “I have said for some time that Morningside Heights is in business to protect its friends down the road in Manhattan.  Once Wall Street took a controlling stake in O’Bama, Inc., it was game over.  The game was over on or before January 20, 2009, yet it did not make that night’s sports highlights.” 

J          “The grand irony is that rather than quash any and all prosecutions of Wall Street fraud, Holder and Breuer could have aided and abetted their past and future colleagues by allowing them to get rich quashing government subpoenas.” 

K          “And then toss in Glenn Hubbard, a deceptive and dishonest errand boy for the banks and corporations.  Where is he proselytizing and propagandizing?”

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K          “On the other hand, Columbia also provides a haven for Joseph Stiglitz and James Hansen.”

J          “And William Kunstler did not toil and moil for C & B.”

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[See the e-commentary at America’s Fraud Factories (October 18, 2010)On Merit and the Meritocracy (January 11, 2010)Close the Harvard Business School (February 23, 2009) and Higher Education Tomorrow (November 27, 2006).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Politicians should dress like race car drivers.  At least we would know who their corporate sponsors are.

74 years today.

YouTube:  Your University:  America’s Community College (December 8, 2014)

Posted in Bush, Digital, Education, Football, Schooling, Torture on December 8, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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Y          “When I got home years ago, Junior asked if I knew how to circumvent parental controls on the computer.  After pausing for an answer, he answered that he simply typed in ‘how to circumvent parental controls’ and was provided a plan pronto.”

T          “Hard to fault initiative.”

Y          “YouTube has emerged as the University for the masses by the masses.” 

T          “The Community College for the public.”

Y          “Sharpening a knife or sharpening skills, just type something in and a member of the public commons has probably uploaded a useful video.  Everyone can be a professor, a pundit or a poet for 15 seconds or 15 minutes.”

T          “And no tuition, books or fees to fund the futball team.”

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[See the commentary proffered ten years ago at “Bush: “Torture our kids, s’il vous plait” (January 31, 2005)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

How do you dovetail the theory of relativity and string theory?

Knowledge Is Good

One Book Wonders: Scan Another Book (September 29, 2014)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Banks and Banking System, Bernanke, Book Reference, Economics, Economics Nobel, Education, Greenspan, Minimum Wage, Monopoly on September 29, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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1          “Two books do offer more insight.  But that is just me.”

2          “Three if you have a spare three-day weekend.”

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1          “Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist often said that his world view was strongly influenced by a book he read as a young man, The Road to Serfdom, by Friedrich von Hayek.  The best-seller was published in 1944 during the last days of World War II.”

2          “I can see why Fred’s missive captivated the young private from Milwaukee.  He was conscripted by Big Government to fight other privates conscripted by other Big Governments.  Fred warned of the dangers of what he called collectivism and big government and predicted that the path to socialism, the ‘road to serfdom’ of his title, would eventually collapse.  The world sure looked like it was collapsing.”

1          “My original edition notes that the printing has been redesigned by the publisher to conform to the government’s request to conserve paper during that War.  Government making reasonable requests?”

2          “The government was right, we tattoo far too many fallen trees.  My copy warns the reader right on the cover that Fred may not have any idea what he is talking about.  The publisher warns the prospective purchaser that Hayek got the Nobel Prize in E-con-omics.”

1         “What if Rehnquist had stumbled on a book that warned of the dangers of raw selfishness and big corporations and predicted that the path to corporatism and kleptocracy, the ‘road to serfdom’ of the new publication, would eventually collapse.”

2          “Fred lived during a period of time when the governments of many world powers, at the direction of their military and financial elites, marketed much evil and inflicted great pain, grief, and violence on the world.  His distrust is not unfounded but myopic.”

1          “He intuits that big is often bad, but he only got half the story right.  We do not have a market economy.  Today, Big Government is Big Business; Big Business is Big Government.  Sit down and analyze the major industries in America.  Each one of them is monopolized.  The business is the industry; the industry is the business.  In this Internet era, when someone concocts a new application or gizmo, that person has a monopoly on the application or gizmo.”

2          “We are racing down the road to serfdom.  Yet the guvmit, not the private sector, has always enforced speed limits.”

1          “The government is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the monopoly corporations.  There are now no limits and no governors.”

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1          “Let’s say that someone is deeply and genuinely concerned about the road to serfdom.  Would the concerned citizen support a higher minimum wage or not?  The folks who have minimum wage jobs today are serfs.  They are at the end of the road to serfdom in a hopeless cul-de-sac.  If the rate is raised, some folks will lose some of their serf status and yet a few may lose their job.”

2          “What I have noticed is that the opponents of a minimum wage increase do not give a hoot about the workers and only seek to do everything to cut the costs for the Owners.”

1          “Now that you mention it, Fred surely would support an increase in the minimum wage to avoid the nefarious road to serfdom.”

2          “What happened to Bill along his journey?”

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1          “In The Age of Turbulence, Alan ‘Easy Al’ Greenspan describes the influence that Ayn Rand had on his intellectual development.  So many young men are distracted by shiny objects.”

2          “So many things in life just are not a surprise.”

1          “Raw self-interest is not genius, but it sure does appeal to our baser instincts.”

2          “And it advanced her and his financial interests.”

1          “But not ours.  I do not hold her exclusively responsible for the economic violence that he unleashed on the world, yet she is at the top of the list.”

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1          “Think about the folks who look to the Good Book and only the Good Book for insight and inspiration.  At one time, a person could only carry one gun, one knife, one bed roll and one book.  That book was dubbed the Good Book.  The struggle to exist limited one’s time to contemplate one’s existence.  Space only allowed for one book and time only allowed for reading one book that had to provide all the answers.”

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1          “Those who have access to more resources need to get a life.  And scan a second book.”

2          “Asking someone to read two books is a lot to ask.  Life is short.”

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1           “When the smarter gender takes over, Nancy Drew will reign supreme.”

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[Banned Book Week – September 21 – 27]

[Search the name “Carmen Segarra” on the Internet.  She should receive the Profile in Courage Award for 2014, but it will likely go to someone like Greenspan or Bernanke.  See the previous e-ssay at Profile In Cowardice Award (May 12, 2014).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Scan a book, don’t ban books.

Read a second book; get a second opinion.

What we really need is a moment of science in the public schools.

Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014)

Posted in Bureaucracy, Collapse, Education, Military on August 25, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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A          “Horace Greeley advised the young man to go West seeking land and opportunity.  Today the sage advice is to leave the sagebrush and go East.  All the power and all the money is absorbed and consumed by the contemporary Rome, the black hole known as Washington.  Most of the remaining high paying jobs with pensions and health care are at the epicenter of the Empire.”

B          “Town after town after town after town after town after town are now vacant shells with breathing zombies struggling to survive the day.  Those with limited schooling have no recourse except to enroll in the military and fight resource wars for the bankers.  Those with the chance to get some schooling flee and enlist in some institution of higher learning to get certified and credentialed.  They might get a gig with a corporation, yet they will not get a pension or many other benefits.”

A          “I advise kids who have the connections, the moxie and some good luck to get a plum job with the federal government and ride it out.”

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Bumper sticker of the week:

The violin is more sonorous and the fires distant

Unionizing Athletes And Adjuncts (And Sherpas) (April 21, 2014)

Posted in Education, Occupy Movement, Pogo Plight, Schooling, Slavery, Sports, Unions, Wages, Work on April 21, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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1          “They say you need three things to run a college:  sex for the students, tenure for the faculty and football for the alumni.”

2          “That’s about it.  The sex is self-executing.  Tenure for the faculty is now tenuous with the adjuncts impressed to assume the laboring oar.  That leaves the futball team – the sine qua non that justifies the existence of a college in America today.”

1          “The young gladiators are relieved of paying some of the lease payments for the classrooms they may not frequent and the coliseums they fill and toil in for the benefit of the ‘lums.  Granting tenure might foster academic freedom and independence.  Adjuncts can be underpaid and overworked along with the gladiators.”

2          “Today all the money is deployed for administrators who are bureaucrats with shiny pedigrees.  Someone needs to develop a percentage formula to limit the amount spent on the administrators who exist to collect big pay checks and approve tuition increases.”

1          “Humans seek to enslave other humans.  We need to resist our basic impulses.  Unless the athletes organize and unless the adjuncts organize, they will be exploited.  And the Sherpas too.”

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1          “Kids who do not understand their own mortality do not understand that their student debt is immortal.”

2          “The solution is simple.  After high school, youngsters are still engaged in the emancipation process from their parents or parent.  A two-year break allows them to flirt with adulthood rather than go to college and extend their adolescence.  A summer with the Civilian Conservation Corps, a stint in the military, a go at something out of their community or comfort zone provides critical perspective.”

1          “Even one year.  The kids in college who took a year off before starting college were three years more mature than the others.”

. . .

2          “If fewer students attend college, the unused dorms can be used for housing of others in the community to allow students to interact with other members of the community and develop a sense of community.”

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2          “We paid the lead Sherpa the equivalent of two year’s wages via a stack of Benjamins for our climbing fee.  He paid his countrymen and women a few Rupees a day to do the work and carry the load.”

1          “Humans seek to enslave other humans.”

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[See the “e-ssays” titled “Is College Worthless? (July 25, 2011)” and “Humanity’s Motto: To Enslave And To Colonize (January 27, 2014).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

I have let my schooling interfere with my education.

Occupy Namche Bazaar

Earth Day