Tag Archives: Politics

Reading: Trump’s ‘deals’ aren’t working out the way he promised – The Washington Post

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The thing about marketing is – it’s pretty much a lie. The thing about political exchange is – it’s pretty much an exchange. When marketing replaces political exchange, we swap an exchange for a lie.

Which leads to this question: When Trump comes before the public to ask for another term, what’s the story he’ll tell about the economy? That his unparalleled dealmaking prowess led to prosperity of a kind the United States has never seen before? That’s what he says if you read his Twitter feed, but like much of what he says, it has zero relationship to reality.

Reading: Serving at Cross’s Purposes. UW system rewards the suck ups.

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As in U Wisconsin Systerm, so MnSCU. Quid pro quo has become systematized.

Why am I not surprised? Because as anyone who has been paying attention knows, the chancellors have been carrying water for UW System President Ray Cross and the Regents for several years now. These outsized raises are financial rewards for their not having opposed or obstructed a single top-down edict from Cross and the Regents–for their having carried out his orders like good soldiers or middle managers are expected to do.

Put differently, what both the raises and the punishment reveal is that these raises are payoffs, ex post facto bribes, or quid pro quo rewards for UW System chancellors having accepted without objection the destruction of tenure and shared governance; repeated massive budget cuts; unfunded tuition freezes; and the break-up and distribution of the UW Colleges and Extension to the four-year, comprehensive, and doctoral campuses, aka the UW System merger.

Looks like students need to go further afield to find an ethical university.

Reading: “The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers tell Zuckerberg’s stand-in

November 27, 2018 at 11:00AM

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The kind of meetings we need to see more of: calling BS and distraction, calling for accountability.  As in this –

Allan took as a cue to ummm his way into another series of “we need tos”, and talk of “a number of problematic vectors” Facebook is trying to address with a number of “tools”.

which is in the working vocabulary of  administrators everywhere.

The session was largely filled up such frustratingly reframed waffle, as Allan sought to deflect, defang and defuse the committee’s questions — leading it to accuse him more than once of repeating the ‘delay, deny, deflect’ tactics recently reported on by the New York Times.

Waffle is the new trope for misleading.

Allan claimed not — claiming to be there “acknowledging” problems. But that empty chair beside him sure looked awkward.

Perhaps, after 35 years of hearing admin-speak out of the corner of my ear, I enjoy reading about a take-down a little too much. Waffle.

Reading 26 Sep 2018