Archive for September, 2014

Fuck Civility.

15/09/2014

Today an upper class white guy who was really angry about being detained by a cyclist on his way home from church honked at me, buzzed me, and then slammed on his brakes and got out of his car to threaten me with bodily harm. He was a good Christian. Fat, ugly, white, old (about my age, but looking bad….) the whole package, with a cross on a chain, even! Driving a Lexus within 100 yard of his house (so I was costing him maybe 10 seconds of his life to wait and turn when it was safe). Obviously, once the fat fuck got closer he realized that I’d kick his fucking ass without raising my heart rate, but I’m sure he was packing a gun so he continued to try to escalate things until I took pictures of his license plate and said I was calling the pigs. I’m sure when he jumped out of his car he was having a hard-on about harassing some 20-year old, rather than wind up having someone older than him ask who the fuck he was and where he lived…..I had no intention of being civil to some motherfucker who literally risked my life and then threatened me. I told him I didn’t like him, and that he was a “fucking moron” and I meant it.

I”m supposed to be civil by not calling this guy a fucking fat ass moron dipfuck when he almost ran me over? To say such things is uncivil. He almost killed me, and then threatened me! It was all I could do not to beat the living fuck out of this moron. But, saying “fuck you” to him, is an incivility…..Kind of like the people in Gaza, whose children are being murdered, but it’s uncivil to call the murderers “asshoiles” or “fuckshits” or whatever.

Civility is a tool of conservatism. It is a normative crutch that constrains beliefs and behaviors about interactions with diverse others. It is potentially good, of course, since it specifies that we might try to be good to others. But, more often than not, it is a behavioral brake that insulates those who by virtue of their privileged position are able to dominate and abuse other citizens.

Recently, the far right has coopted many universities to once again attack free speech, on the grounds that saying fuck and shit like that is uncivil. This is exactly the same shit that went down in the 1960s with the free speech movement, which makes this some much more haunting, stupid, scary,  and idiotic. Fuck you, you fucking fucks.

We have deanlets and deanlings monitoring our correspondence, following us on blogs and facebook and twitter. That shit is illegal.  They have no right or reason to search our non-university correspondence . Period. If they are doing so, they can be sued under federal law, I think.

Last time I heard, my contract is based on my peer-reviewed publications. You can refer to those,……

And, of course, some might wonder about my Illinois colleague who was just fired for not adhering to the Zionist line about child murder and ethnic cleansing in Gaza. So far, the fascists who fired Salaita haven’t tried to expand their campaign to professors in other parts of the system. But, I expect that we”ll see them try to enact “neutral” civility laws which prevent dissidents from expressing dissent in terms that deviate from third grade English. Anything truly visceral or critical will be deemed “uncivil.”

Fuck Civility

Dumb all over, a little ugly on the side……

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Sexual Assault and Deanlings

01/09/2014

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Another year of school has begun, and all of the deanlings and deanlets are all aflutter about the latest quasi-academic fad bloating our already engorged administrations—the administration of sexual assault.  This is a cold and calculated plot by for-profit consulting firms, in league with associations of deanlets to further squeeze money from actual academic operations into the administration. There is no sexual assault crisis on college campuses. Insofar as we can, we have successfully addressed sexual assault on campus and in American society in general. Sexual assault, along with all other crimes, has declined precipitously in the last fifteen years (or longer), and as you can see above from real data (not some on-line shit poll) from the BJS, total sexual assaults declined by more than 50% in the last fifteen years. So, why all of the fuss?

Well, here at my humble university, and many across the nation, I got to see up close and personal what the deanlings and deanlets and their for-profit consultants and parasitic megafirms have concocted to make sure that universities are chock full of administrators. Every single employee at our humble university–professors, TAs, work studies, grounds crews, administrative assistants—was herded in waves into our sex and crime “training” where some administrators with minimal competence told us outlandish stories about how if we failed to report the theft of a pencil all of our NSF grants would be frozen and the University would be fined millions of dollars. Bullshit. Penn State covered up child rape for decades, and their grants were not pulled. Nor should they have been. The coverup of child rape wasn’t the fault of professors who got NSF grants, it was the fault of the Athletic Department, the campus cops, and the upper administration. But, the outlandish claims made by our “Chief Clery Compliance Officer” fit the MO of deanlets and deanlings—they fuck things up, then blame it on the professors. Every single instance of the mishandling of crime on campus has taken place because of administrators not doing their job–Clery’s terrible example included.

We were told it is our job to report crimes we witness (well, duh, I guess, but in my 30 years in higher education the only “crimes” I’ve witnessed are underage drinking and marijuana smoking). But, in our 1.5 hour training session we were “educated” by a campus cop (who probably had a high school education) about the nature of crimes like murder, burglary, robbery, rape, and even incest—complete with a power point explaining each, including incest, just in case we didn’t know and happened to see some incest occurring near the copy machine or something.

We were also told how crimes on our perimeter didn’t have to be reported under “Clery”, so the three murders and two suspicious deaths that have happened in the thirteen years I’ve been here are not reported–because they happened “off campus.”  Wow. I’m so glad we have a full blown “Clery Compliance Office” with six figure administrators and more staff than we have for our PhD granting academic department. And, of course, we were told that if there is a sexual assault in the athletics department or a fraternity, it could be handled “administratively” instead of through the real cops. Great. I’m so glad you wasted two hours of time from every single employee of the university. Better yet, all of this training will also go to the students in an online bullshit format contracted with Haven, a parasitic firm who along with others have been lobbying Congress and state legislatures to deal with the increasing problem of sexual assault and crime on campus….

Only crime and sexual assault on campus are declining, not increasing, and their bullshit products will have no effect beyond the continuing trend of decreasing crime in modern societies.