Monday, April 18, 2016

You want lower tuition, They want better brand recognition

UC Davis has been in the news in a bad way lately. At the directive of their chancellor - Linda P.B. Katehi - the University spent ~$175,000 to scrub the internet of references to the 2011 incident in which campus police pepper-sprayed peaceful Occupy protesters. Though the police officer who did the spraying Lt. John Pike was fired shortly thereafter, the chancellor and school leadership wanted to ensure this was not a permanent black mark on UC Davis reputation. So they allocated a huge sum of money to clean up the internet regarding the incident. In the wake of this revelation there are now calls for Chancellor Katehi to resign. Universities ought to celebrate the free flow of information, and not actively work to suppress it. Tom Paine's Ghost adds its name to the petition for Katehi to resign!

God is a Boob Man

Thursday, April 14, 2016

People Infiltrating the Club

Jane Sanders says primary process "Wrong." Going further she says the process is alienating potential voters and weighted to favor establishment candidates.

More than the primary process the two party system itself is the bigger problem. It assures the American people only have to decide between two people. The rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump really illustrate the masses becoming more involved in the long-range political process. The upcoming primary in New York State illustrates party politicking at work. In order to vote in the Democratic primary a voter in New York State would have had to register as a Democrat by October 9th, 2015! How in the world does this give independents and non-affiliated voters any say or part play in our democracy?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016