Monthly Archives: November 2011

Parsing Chancellor Birgeneau

So here’s my take on Cal Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s incredibly lame email to the “extended Berkeley Community” explaining the police brutality that took place on the campus where the free speech movement was born.  His words are in quotes. … Continue reading

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Best Definitions of a Corporation

The most quotable words I’ve heard this week come from Stephen Colbert and Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor. Secretary Reich: “I will believe that corporations are people when Georgia and Texas execute them.” Stephen Colbert: “[Corporations are] Born in … Continue reading

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Pepper Spray at UC Davis

This morning I received an email from UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, attempting to explain why student protestors there were casually assaulted by police with pepper spray.  Here is my response: Chancellor Katehi: I do not accept your explanation that … Continue reading

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Occupy a Hostile Work Environment

My first job out of college was waiting tables (and yes, college-educated Baby Boomers had a hard time finding jobs, too).  An older, more experienced waitress told me that the owner/manager often made crude sexual comments but he was “just … Continue reading

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