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  • MH17   19 min 33 sec ago

    And why aren’t the Dutch, the Malaysians, doing anything???

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/ukraine-poroshenko-face-negligent-manslaughter-case-over-mh17-tragedy/507453.html

    Ukraine, Poroshenko Face 'Negligent Manslaughter' Case Over MH17 Tragedy

    Sep. 21 2014 15:35

    Survivors of German victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 downed over Ukraine plan to sue the country and its president for manslaughter by negligence in 298 cases, the lawyer representing them said on Sunday.

    Professor of aviation law Elmar Giemulla, who is representing three families of German victims, said that under international law Ukraine should have closed its air space if it could not guarantee the safety of flights.

    "Each state is responsible for the security of its air space," Giemulla said in a statement emailed to Reuters. "If it is not able to do so temporarily, it must close its air space. As that did not happen, Ukraine is liable for the damage."

    Bild am Sonntag Sunday newspaper quoted Giemulla as saying that by not closing its airspace, Ukraine had accepted that the lives of hundreds of innocent people would be "annihilated" and this was a violation of human rights.

    The jetliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory on July 17, killing 298 people, two-thirds of them from the Netherlands. Four Germans died in the crash.

    Ukraine and Western countries have accused the rebels of shooting the plane down with an advanced, Russian-made missile. Russia has rejected accusations that it supplied the rebels with SA-11 Buk anti-aircraft missile systems.

    Giemulla planned to hand his case to the European Court of Human Rights in about two weeks, accusing Ukraine and its President Petro Poroshenko of manslaughter by negligence in 298 cases. He would also push for compensation of up to one million euros ($1.3 million) per victim, Bild am Sonntag reported.

    So far, the airline has offered survivors of each victim $5,000 in financial assistance but has said that would not be taken off final compensation or affect families' legal rights to claim.

    And there’s more…

    http://nsnbc.me/2014/09/19/dutch-mh17-investigation-omits-us-intel-first/

    Published On: Fri, Sep 19th, 2014

    Dutch MH17 Investigation Omits US “Intel” First

    Tony Cartalucci (NEO) : The absence of America’s so-called “intelligence” regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over Ukraine in a 34 page Dutch Safety Board preliminary report raises serious questions about the credibility and legitimacy of both America’s political agenda, and all agencies, organizations, and political parties currently behind it.

    The report titled, “Preliminary Report: Crash involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight MH17″ (.pdf), cites a wide variety of evidence in its attempt to determine the cause of flight MH17′s crash and to prevent similar accidents or incidents from occurring again in the future. Among this evidence includes the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), the flight data recorder (FDR), analysis of recorded air traffic control (ATC) surveillance data and radio communication, analysis of the meteorological circumstances, forensic examination of the wreckage (if recovered and possible foreign objects if found), results of the pathological investigation, and analysis of the in-flight break up sequence.

    Satellite images are referenced in regards to analyzing the crash site after the disaster, however, no where in the report is mentioned any evidence whatsoever of satellite images of missile launchers, intelligence from the United States regarding missile launches, or any information or evidence at all in any regard suggesting a missile had destroyed MH17. In fact, the report concludes by stating:

    This report is preliminary. The information must necessarily be regarded as tentative and subject to alternation or correction if additional evidence becomes available. Further work will at least include the following areas of interest to substantiate the factual information regarding:

    · detailed analyses of data, including CVR, FDR and other sources, recorded on board the aircraft;

    · detailed analyses of recorded ATC surveillance data and radio communication;

    · detailed analyses of the meteorological circumstances;

    · forensic examination of wreckage if recovered and possible foreign objects, if found;

    · results of the pathological investigation;

    · analyses of the in-flight break up sequence;

    · assessment of the operator’s and State of Occurrence’s management of flight safety over a region of conflict or high security risk;

    · any other areas that are identified during the investigation.

    With the black boxes in hand and a wealth of data from multiple sources both on board the aircraft and from the ground in both Ukraine and Russia, the Dutch Safety Board was still hesitant to draw any conclusions and insisted that none be jumped to.

    The report specifically mentions information collected from Russia, including air traffic control and radar data – both of which were publicly shared by Russia in the aftermath of the disaster. The report also cites data collected from Ukraine air traffic controllers. The United States however, apart from providing technical information about the aircraft itself considering it was manufactured in the US, provided absolutely no data in any regard according to the report.

    Missing US Intel Points to Fabrications

    Had the US actually possessed any credible information to substantiate its claims that MH17 was shot down by a missile, such evidence surely would have been submitted to and included in the Dutch Safety Board’s preliminary reporting. That it is predictably missing confirms what commentators, analysts, and politicians around the world had long since suspected – the West’s premature conclusions regarding MH17′s demise were driven by a political agenda, not a factually based search for the truth. The evidence that MH17 was shot down by a missile as the West insisted is missing because it never existed in the first place.

    That the Dutch Safety Board possesses such a vast amount of information but is still unable to draw anything but the most tentative conclusions, exposes the alleged certainty of Western pundits and politicians in the hours and days after MH17′s loss as an utterly irresponsible, politically motivated, exploitation of tragedy at best, and at worst, exposing the West – NATO in particular – as possible suspects in a crime they clearly stood the most to benefit from.

    Fabrications Establish Motive

    In the wake of the MH17 tragedy, the West would rush through a series of sanctions against Russia as well as justify further military aid for the regime in Kiev, Ukraine and the literal Neo-Nazi militant battalions serving its pro-Western agenda amid a brutal civil war raging in the country’s eastern most provinces. With sanctions in hand, and the war raging on in earnest, the MH17 disaster dropped entirely out of Western narratives as if it never occurred. Surely if the West had solid evidence implicating eastern Ukrainian rebels and/or Russia, the world would never have heard the end of the MH17 disaster until the truth was fully aired before the public.

    When Dutch investigators published their preliminary report, the West merely reiterated its original claims, simply imposing their contradictory nature upon the report – most likely believing the public would never actually read its 34 pages.

    For example, Reuters in a report titled, “Malaysia: Dutch report suggests MH-17 shot down from ground,” would brazenly claim:

    Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 broke apart over Ukraine due to impact from a large number of fragments, the Dutch Safety Board said on Tuesday, in a report that Malaysia’s prime minister and several experts said suggested it was shot down from the ground.

    The title of Reuters’ propaganda piece directly contradicts its first paragraph which reveals “experts,” not the actual Dutch Safety Board report, claimed it was “shot down from the ground,” while the report itself says nothing of the sort. The experts cited by Reuters in fact had no association whatsoever with the preliminary report and instead are the same mainstay of cherry picked commentators the West constantly defers to while building up and perpetuating utterly fabricated narratives to advance its agenda globally.

    The lesson to be learned from the MH17 disaster is that real investigations and their subsequent conclusions take time – weeks or even months. Anyone drawing immediate conclusions within hours or days after an event like the MH17 disaster are exploiting tragedy at best, and at worst implicate themselves as suspects having created it in the first place to serve as impetus for further chaos, conflict, and confusion.

    Those incapable of resisting the need to jump to conclusions are those who are least suitable to lead. The United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are at best tasteless, irresponsible, politically motivated exploiters of human tragedy, and at worst, the prime suspects of a heinous act of mass murder aimed at perpetuating their agenda of war and carnage in Ukraine and beyond.

    Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.

    nsnbc, editor’s note: nsnbc international is still in the process of conducting our own investigation, which focuses on a) inconsistencies, b) apparent illegalities with regard to the investigation, c) the involved parties response to nsnbc international’s calls for the release of primary data, including the CSV files of the planes FDR, communication in the cockpit, all communication between the plane and any air traffic control that has handled the plane on its last flight, radar data for the radar stations which were involved, etc. – nsnbc continues to call on the relevant Ukrainian as well as Russian, U.S. American, as well as the Dutch Safety Board and other involved parties to make all evidence which they purport(ed) to have available for independent analysis. nsnbc will also continue investigating how it would be compatible with ICAO regulations that the Dutch Safety Board leads the investigation, and the legality of the fact, that a nation which is neither the flag state of the plane nor the state on whose territory the plane crashed could to withhold evidence and veto the right of others to make it available. – As Tony Cartalucci wrote – investigations take time. You can bookmark the search term MH17 in nsnbc for later consultations HERE. – Christof Lehmann, Editor-in-Chief, nsnbc international.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   37 min 3 sec ago

    We won, and I would still be disqualified from undergraduate enrollment at this fine institution of higher learning and urban consciousness.

    The co-ed issue was not about safety on campus. Mills is not located in an isolated or "safe" neighborhood, and men from nearby campuses often came in search of women who they often misperceived as 'in need.'

    The big issue was what happens in the classroom when our culture of male privilege comes along with the boys. Even putting the boys in their place, as equals, takes time and is not what women's education is really all about anyway. So, having the classroom free of these patriarchal re-enactors makes the girls deal with each other as women. They get to practice strength and leadership with each other instead of arguing about the myths of male 'superiority' or 'priority.'

    In the history of women's education, I also find another great strength for the present moment: a far less direct focus on professional preparation and a far greater culture of human vision and service. Mills music is cutting edge from Milhaud to Brubeck and Subotnik and other major classical and jazz contemporaries. Ironically, Mills and other women's schools have a higher professional employment score than the co-ed schools for their graduates.

    In the battle you mention, my daughter was waiting to decide whether or not to follow her mother's tradition at Mills on their decision. Carol and I were active supporters of staying all woman, and that is where the "better dead than co-ed" shirt came from.

    I wish I could say that Mills had the answer to rape, but that is not true. They do better at not having to go to class with your assailant. They do better in establishing women as people of power and confidence who are less likely to have peer pressure to date any Big Men on Campus. Or bad boys.

    Mills women varied in how much or directly they wanted to have sex. Some wanted it a lot and had no trouble finding it. Some got into dysfunctional relationships because being smart, strong and confident does not mean that you are "safe" from making big human mistakes. Several I know found their men unable to keep up with their confidence and lack of homage to patriarchy. But, a room filled by Mills women is way above the grade for people of interest to hang with.

    BTW, Alice, why is it that the talented kids don't practice? I was terrible at it myself. Every so often I hear a genius talk about falling in love with the keyboard at a very young age and having to be called out to practice sports because he/she spends all the time at the piano. The music that comes from that vocation is amazing, but so is the taste we get of it ourselves.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   1 hour 4 min ago

    Taboos and Forbidden Fruit: Prudes and Prurients share an obsession with sex but not with sensuality and pleasure.

  • Fox News the Lone Conservative Viewpoint   1 hour 25 min ago

    Fox was caught plagiarizing recently. They adopted a story without research and didn't know whether the source was legit. Social Security fix outlined here is fox quality.

  • Fox News the Lone Conservative Viewpoint   1 hour 32 min ago

    Yeah, but in the video they almost had me convinced. The expressions and acting is incredible. You can really see why the weak minded buy into the LIBERAL media bit. The News Media is owned by the 1%. What you hear is what they want you to hear. BENGHAZI!

  • Tobasco   2 hours 43 min ago

    http://www.ushotstuff.com/hotSauceHeatScale.htm has a scale of most of the common or popular brands of hot sauce for cross reference.

  • Fox News the Lone Conservative Viewpoint   3 hours 44 sec ago

    They consider themselves competition. However, they would not exist had Reagan not ended competition with the quashing of the Fairness Doctrine. When both sides were considered, cooperation flowed, gridlock was unheard of, and filibusters were rare. They cannot survive in a competition of ideas, facts, science, values, or reality. Their fan base is the most ignorant and misinformed in the country as proven by that liberal rag The Christian Science Monitor. Their quiz/survey showed fox viewers scored on average of 60-65% out of 100.

  • Climate Change Protests and Capitalism   4 hours 10 min ago

    To follow up on ren's excellent blog reference, another feature besides the topics or categories I just posted is another source in the form of a word cloud below the category list. The same format is used in a link I use for documentaries at thoughtmaybe*. The bigger the word or larger the font, the more contribtions available it seems to me. Great for browsing or skimming maybe seeing a connection that only you can see but does have a relationship.

    *I see they discontinued the font emphasis, but the topics are still there.

  • Climate Change Protests and Capitalism   4 hours 23 min ago

    ren, that's a great blog and a lot of info to peruse, some of it depressing, because it's true and as bad as I ezpected. Topics covered are many and varied. I just added it to my bookmarks toolbar that I use for reference.

    Systemic chaos, systemic corruption, systemic bedlam, systemic mayhem are all fitting synonyms for the US and since it has an abnormal importance globally the disorder is global and the destruction following a suicidal Uncle Sam is severe.

    prigogine+order+out+of+chaos Prigogine was a Nobel winner and discovered bifurcation, or nonlinear growth and progress. Dissipitative structures were his realm from his standing as a Belgian Chemist.

  • Has The GOP Metastasized Into A Pathological Suicide Cult?   4 hours 54 min ago

    I like the independent in KS and think he'll win. Angus King in Maine is doing well. Jesse Ventura was the first independent governor. Bernie Sanders carries little baggage and succeeds in the most liberal state in the union. [that is a state I could almost live in if I ever moved back, and Hawaii, on the Big Island outside of Kona]

    The judicial branch might hold the key to many problems. A liberal DC Circuit judge could rescind the exemption from the constitutionally guaranteed civil law of redress that NRA forced through. Then guns would go the way of tobacco and start coughing up their true costs to society and actuarial tables would inflate the prices and reduce their presence. SCOTUS changes could reverse election law debacles recently dealt the 99%. Were the fairness doctrine get restored gridlock might end, and the stupidity fox has instilled in the masses might wane. Eventually a parliamentary system might prevail, and Independent candidates are the first step. Another positive move awhile back was a consortium of governors adopting a non-cannibalism trade agreement treaty. They will not poach jobs from each other and should any signatory to said trade agreement violate it, all other members would boycott all products from the offender's state. This almost sounds like an anti-alec entity. Were they to get together and poach from gubernatorial alec members offering intra state loans and such, progress could prevail.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   5 hours 35 min ago

    Thank you drc, for the kind words. You and DN have both been very sweet.

    By the way drc, I took piano lessons at Mills College in 1965, at age fifteen, from Professor Leonard Cline. (Small world, eh?) He was a fine classical pianist. But unfortunately I was a deadbeat student, hardly practicing between my weekly lessons unless forced to do so. Mommy dearest would get into arguments with the professor occasionally. He kept insisting I was progressing along just fine. Mama kept interjecting: "But she's not practicing!" Ah, memories...

    Maybe twenty years later, in the 1980s, I saw the ruckus at Mills on the TV news when the issue of making Mills go co-ed was on the proverbial table. Mills’ all-female student body was very - and I mean VERY - upset. They’d fought hard to remain a women’s college and obviously wanted no part of going co-ed. I remember them loudly protesting, many huddled and chanting with their arms interlocked. Meanwhile others were wavng signs, clustered together in little groups, looking agitated and emotional. Seemed pretty obvious these women felt an all-female student body meant a safer learning environment. In retrospect, I’d bet there weren’t any rapes on that campus!

    Who won that battle, drc? Did they remain a women’s college or end up going co-ed after all? Just curious... - AIW

  • The Real Carbon “Monster” Revealed   7 hours 14 min ago

    Natural Lefty: No kidding? What a coincidence! I also frequently see identical triple digits when I glance at a clock. It happens so often it's spooky. I'll wake up in the middle of the night and the clock says 4:44 or 3:33 or 2:22...etc. I keep thinking that I probably should buy a lottery ticket on the days that I experience this. But, I was told that a friend's friend frequently experienced the same thing...she died! I've been told that maybe I should just get rid of my digital clocks and get analog ones. The thing is that people say a lot about themselves on the internet, so there really is no mystery or coincidence about much of anything. But I think you know this...how else would you have been able to figure out ZZ's real name?

  • Republicans on the Dole   7 hours 29 min ago

    Gamble oak.

  • Love Is Love No Matter How We Love   10 hours 8 min ago

    Rodger97321, I see that the violence reference was in response to Robindell. He was referring to weather events as nature's violence, so I was using the same terminology. You are correct that it's not the same as aggressive violence. It's just something that happens in nature. I think that Robindell was saying that people with differing viewpoints and ways of pursuing progress, even if progressive, may have severe enough conflict that it is difficult to resolve. I am not really sure whether that is true or not, but certainly things are not always harmonious among progressives. I do know that it helps greatly if we take the others' perspectives and empathize with their viewpoints, a point I was making in the essay.

    If a storm kills people, I think that could justifiably be called a violent storm, although certainly the storm is not being aggressive or committing acts of homicide.

    Michellekovalik, Thank you. :) That sums up my essay pretty well.

  • The Real Carbon “Monster” Revealed   10 hours 25 min ago

    Palindromedary, I don't know if you realize this, but in fact I do have a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology, and the title is written just like that, the same way that you wrote it. I did my doctoral work at the University of California, Riverside. Do I analyze peoples' personalities, social proclivities and psychological issues? Yeah, sort of, but I try not to go overboard or jump to conclusions. It's easy to get wrong ideas if you don't know somebody very well. I do find that my knowledge as a Social/Personality Psychologist is helpful in understanding people that I meet online. I have also learned not to mention my education too much, because it brings strange and inappropriate reactions in certain people (such as paranoia that I am obsessively analyzing them, or resentment/jealousy over my education, or antintellectual reactions), although I don't avoid mentioning it altogether. In this case, I just had to mention it after reading your replies.

    There are good reasons for staying anonymous that are relevant to many people. However, as I pointed out, in fact, Leigh and I are really not anonymous, and anybody can discover our identities, so that nobody can claim that we are operating in anonymity.

    I noticed that there is no edit button on my first reply to this thread, but there is for subsequent replies. Did the first reply pass some sort of cutoff point for editing?

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   10 hours 37 min ago
    Quote Aliceinwonderland:Without coersion, entrapment and/or brute force, “rape” would not be in our vocabulary, because it would not even exist. There would only be sex.

    Nothing complicated about that. - AIW

    Aliceinwonderland ~ Very well said! I agree! I might just add that if we weren't a society that condemns, forbids, and makes sex into a taboo subject; while, at the same time, encouraging, rewarding, and glorifying violence in every imaginable way, this thread may never have even existed in the first place, let alone, last this long.

  • Has The GOP Metastasized Into A Pathological Suicide Cult?   11 hours 37 min ago

    The problem is that the old political adage about not helping an opponent commit suicide when they are doing a bang-up job all by themselves is that it is only a political metaphor and does not account for the damage that will happen if we only stand around and watch, even if the show is first-rate theater. Of the Absurd, of course!

    Which raises the second problem for what is left of the Left or whatever Independent or non-partisan has come to mean to Millennials, is what other than nostalgia and utopia do we really have to offer to engage people in political reality today? Democrats who are coping with their dysfunctional DC family by taking prescribed medications like "Triangulation" and DLCodone need to get off that crap and go for the Intervention we all need.

    It is suicidal to withdraw and allow the fanatics to have a turn as if that will show them all what a mess they will make and then turn to us. Hasn't happened after several attempts from Ronnie on. So, what does democracy look like if it is not our two party system and all those lovely Constitutional drawing room discussions while the New Rome gets ready to burn? How about some fresh and realistic discussion beyond pipe dreams and nostalgia?

  • Koch Industries on the Defense   11 hours 42 min ago

    Walmart may have run other businesses out of business but I believe that many of those businesses probably deserved what they got because they, I surmise, were mostly all Republicans, anyway, who made companies like Walmart possible in the first place. I will continue to shop at Walmart as long as they have lower prices than everyone else. I'm not made of money. And those people who do work at Walmart do so by choice. They applied for the jobs and they got them. If you can afford to shop at merchants who sell the same, or comparable, products at greater prices then by all means do so. But most people are going to just pay the lower prices at Walmart. Not all prices are lower, though, so you have to be careful. And one day, should Walmart completely monopolize everything, then I'm sure they will screw us big time. But until that day, it's "Blue Light Special on Isle 13". By that time, perhaps, the people will be pushed to revolution and they'll massively do some unscheduled riotous "shopping".

  • Koch Industries on the Defense   11 hours 57 min ago

    I quit eating "pink slime" decades ago...I don't even eat beef or pork or other red meats at all. But, I wonder what's in McDonald's coffee? They are now selling coffee at a reduced price. $1.00 a coffee. And some even advertise that the first cup is free...they only charge for refills. I'll drink their coffee when I'm on the road sometimes....it's the guilt trip of using their restrooms, I suppose, that make me feel that I should, at least, buy a coffee. What would travelers do if it wasn't for fast food restaurants with restrooms? Do like the Arabs do...go along side the highways?

  • Naomi Klein Breaks a Taboo   13 hours 41 min ago

    The bookends for Conrad are coincidental [I did delete Crane's Red Badge of Courage but his works were between the other two as shown]

  • http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks
  • another coincidence :SabotageFree – Alfred Hitchcock directs this British thriller based on Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent. Also released as The Woman Alone. (1936) from the same culture link click on free to see.
  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   13 hours 54 min ago

    My wife's "all-woman" college, Mills, has a shirt I love to wear with Rosie the Riviter on the front and on the back, "smarter than Barbie, stronger than Ken!"

    They also have a "better dead than co-ed" from back in the day when well-meaning idiots thought that all woman education was a loser in the equality market. I have long appreciated women with mouths and minds, and guys who did not find Bella Abzug sexy miss the whole point!

    Alice, I am sorry you had to slog through so many dismal swamps and dark places to find the light, but all that is left is knowing that you are damned fine and do not need to doubt even if grief continues to work out your maturation. Thank you for coming to this site and sharing it all.

    Theologian Bev Wilfong taught me that anger is a precious resource to be used like a cutting torch to do what drives your moral passions. It is not to be wasted or suppressed, but it is also not good as reactive rather than strategically directed.

    I have found that a balance of humor and outrage keeps both fresh and alive. It also turns out that the same material contains plenty of both, so as we wish that Lodzy could have put down his impressive resume and mission statement to listen and find an empathetic connection, I do not see how tempering your honest responses could have helped him hear any better.

    Finally, there is always "hope." It is expectation that gets disappointed. And, we must always save despair for better times.

    Peace, Love and Joy, the "Liberal Agenda" the Right cannot stand.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   14 hours 13 min ago

    DAnne Marc gets it. Bush Wacker (#352) gets it. Drc2, rs allen, Rodger and DN all get it. I think other guys might be starting to as well. Maybe there's hope. Whuddia think ZZ?

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   14 hours 14 min ago

    Yes ZZ, I read the article and loved it. I urge you guys to read it too. Because THAT guy (Zaron Burnett) really gets it, what rape and rape culture are about, where you guys fit into that overall picture and how to deal with it. I think those of us who are white could approach racism in similar fashion. Lots of parallels there at any rate, since both issues involve condemning many of us to a life sentence entailing second class citizenship. Sexism, like racism, is based solely on attitudes about inherited physical characteristics that, in any sane culture, would have no bearing on social status.

    Thanks again ZZ, for sharing that. It's beautifully written and puts this rape culture thing in perspective. - AIW

  • Gee-Why Are College Costs So High?   14 hours 17 min ago

    Dyno, I know you think you see a causal connection between the "easy availability of college loan money" and financial irresponsibility and profiteering in higher education. These phony diploma mills seem to "prove" that easy money will be scammed, and the answer is to cut the budgets and squeeze the fat out of bloated colleges and universities.

    You could hardly be more wrong about the "easy money" or imposed austerity as the way to get rid of the scams or to hold college administrations to lean and mean budgets for better higher education. The really "easy money" that would get rid of the scams and money hustle administrations would be taxpayer based public funding and endowments. Yes, it means higher taxes for the public to own the Commons, but lower costs when you don't have to pay the "money jungle" overhead of unsubsidized higher education.

    Yes, the Football Coach is the highest paid University official, almost by rule of nature today. But, the CEO Presidents and upper management also get Wall St. and Corporate pay because that is the "talent" against which these positions are measured. Nobel Prize winners on the faculty will not get what a pro QB gets.

    Fortunately, people who love teaching and research tend to have lower avarice factors than the Managers and Accounting Professions feed. They tend to find "enough" if they get lucky enough to hit the jackpot such as it is in the academy. Not so on Wall St. or in ruling the world.

    When research is run by grant money, and public money is relatively scarce compared to "private," how free is any academic to ask or pursue subjects of interest from the underfunded? The alternative is to pay them up front from the public treasury so they do not have to be beholden to other pipers.

    No, the bloat in Administrative salaries and building projects to have the facilities to attract the high end grants is part of the perversity that requires a democratic and public fix by regaining our public institutions of higher education so they can educate citizens and not just corporate drones of varying technnological pay/skills. Chasing all the wrong money because the right money is not there. That is the problem, Dyno.

  • Has The GOP Metastasized Into A Pathological Suicide Cult?   14 hours 21 min ago
    Quote ulTRAX:Any interest group can plug their messages into the far right narrative and have some confidence it will be believed... as we've seen with just about all the global warming denial being a feature of the US right.

    Speaking of the GOP being a suicide cult...

    It's one thing to believe in failed ideas more than the evidence they failed... and thus risk destroying the fiscal health of government, or the economy. But global warming denial runs the risk of threatening global civilization.

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