Monthly Archives: January 2012


“Without being too dramatic, we are seeing an attempt to resist the destruction of the central institutions of modernity: the university, the public commons, and the welfare state. Although it was once taken for granted that everyone should sacrifice for the common public good, this social contract has been broken, and now some are fighting to maintain it, while others are pushing us forward to a more premodern mode of social organization.”

–Bob Samuels. “UCR Students Promote a Bad Tuition Plan as Police Beat Protesters.” Changing Universities. Blogspot. Jan. 20, 2102. Web.


“Argument 2: ‘But isnʼt the UC in particular broke?’
• Yes and no. While state funding has declined sharply, the mismanagement and priorities of UC Administrators and the Regents have worsened the impact of these cuts on students, workers, and overall educational quality.
• Assumption: Because the UC is a public university, the Regents who manage the UC must be transparent and accountable to voters—and share our priorities.

BUT: the Board of Regents is neither transparent nor accountable.
• The majority of the 25 Regents are appointed by governors to serve 12-year terms, (usually as political favors for large contributions or fund-raising efforts.)
• Voters, students, and even lawmakers have almost no say about who gets to be a Regent or what their priorities should be in managing the University.

SO: What are those priorities?
• The UC prioritizes construction projects, administrative growth, and executive bonuses—over students, workers, and faculty.
• The ratio of managers to professors in 1994 was 3 to 6. But by 2010, there were actually more managers than professors.
• The Regents approve millions in 20-25% raises and bonuses for top executives nearly every time they meet—even as they are cutting pay and hiking fees.
• The cost of administrative bloat in the UC is estimated at $600 million a year.

POINT: The UC is not broke. Like the state, UC Administrators and the Regents have made a choice to respond to state cuts by funneling money to administrators and executives, while forcing pay cuts and tuition hikes on UC workers and students.”

–“Teach the Budget”. Winter 2012. Quote on pages 2-3.


“SOPA (the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’) and PIPA (the ‘Protect Intellectual Property Act’ ) are bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, respectively. These bills are presented as efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but in our opinion, they do so in a way that would disrupt free expression and harm the Internet. Detailed information about these bills can be found in the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act articles on Wikipedia (which remained available during the blackout). GovTrack lets you follow both bills through the legislative process: SOPA on this page, and PIPA on this one. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that advocates for the public interest in the digital realm, has summarized the flaws in these bills, and the threats to an open, secure, and free Internet.”

–“Wikipedia:SOPA initiative/Learn more.” Wikipedia. Web. Page accessed Jan. 19, 2012.


“Indeed, contrary to popular belief, people actually get happier with age.”

–Sonja Lyubomirsky. The How of Happiness. New York: Penguin Books, 2007. Quote on page 63.


“Reporting Instructions: Please call the telephone number above after 5:00 p.m. the day before your appearance date and a recorded message will tell each group by number your reporting date, time, and location. If placed on phone standby, call again on your reporting day between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for an early afternoon appearance. In some instances, this message will give you a new court location for jury duty.”

–Summons for Jury Duty. Superior Court of California. County of Contra Costa. January 2012.


“At UC Berkeley, 61,661 students applied for freshman admission, a record number of applications and an increase from the 52,920 students who applied for 2011-12. UC Berkeley officials pointed out that while record numbers of students have applied to UC Berkeley each year for many years, the 16 percent increase is a significant jump for a one-year period.

The new pool of UC Berkeley applicants has a mean unweighted GPA of 3.6, the same as the 2011-12 applicant pool, and a mean SAT I total score of 1909, up from 1906 the previous year.”

–Janet Gilmore. “Freshman Applications Increase Dramatically.” UC Berkeley News Center. Jan. 12, 2012. Web.


“An absolutely sensational football game–one of the all-time classics–has the San Francisco 49ers one win away from the Super Bowl.”

–Michael David Smith. “NFL Playoff Classic: 49ers Beat Saints after Furious Final Five Minutes.” Jan 14, 2012. ProFootballTalk. Web.


“One time when I was asleep, I felt a tugging on the blanket, and here came this little black puff ball over the bed. He crawled on me and lay down and, I thought, ‘Aww, how cute.’ And then he peed on me! He climbed up on me to go to the bathroom! And that’s how I knew he was my cat.”

–Christopher Ameruoso. “More with Ian Petrella [Interview].” Cat Fancy. Dec. 2011. Oct. 5, 2011. Web.


“When I first started Crossfit and was explaining it to my wife I compared my initial reaction to the WOD as if I was receiving a syllabus for a college course. Everything is written down in one area for you to examine and process. You are expected to finish each assignment, hit each deadline, and perform your best work. Every time! That’s the same with Crossfit. You are expected to finish each AMRAP, work until the clock runs out, and give it everything. Every time!”

–Shawn Manning. “Confidence. Enthusiasm. Enjoy.” WOD Talk 4 (October 2011): 28-29. Web. Quote on page 28.


“A simply [sic] drip. The nightmare of every painter. Everyone apart from Chrissy Angliker. This Swiss artist makes the drips her identity mark. This proves that you can always learn from your own mistakes.”

–Maria Senra. “Chrissy Angliker.” Wonder Magazine 8 (Nov./Dec 2011): 22-23. Quote on page 22. Web.