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LC Serena, the perpetual lurker manages to find the time to post a righteous screed on her latest experiences in the moldy halls of academia.

I must say, she seems determined to torment the pointy-headed denizens thereabouts endlessly, while performing at 100%+ academically.

It’s rather lengthy, so I’ll save the Emperor’s bandwidth and send you over to the Cigar Intelligence Agency, to read the whole thing:

Great Moments In Coledge Edukayshun

25 Responses to “Field Notes From Academia”
  1. akornzombie Comment by akornzombie

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    Okay, I read her article and the only thing I have to say is, I can believe it. I’m working out at the local community college and one of the people there has a nifty little sheet full of tips for when the Department of Homeland Security questions you.

  2. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Serena scores yet again. Damn JB, you have a lot to be proud of there.

  3. Unregistered Comment by Mark6591

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    Interesting article. I hope she doesn’t really lock horns with one of the royalty of academia, or she can kiss grad school good bye. These asshats have an unbelievable amount of power over a student.

  4. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    Jackboot, ya done good.

  5. Ten-Ten Comment by Ten-Ten

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    Serena! Beat that fwenchie down! (Say, wouldn’t you think that a fwench chemist might be able to combine some various chemicals and create something that fights body odor? Nah. But if she did, it would be a run away success! :em99: )

    Great post!

  6. LC Beaker Comment by LC Beaker

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    Tell me again why a college education is valuable? Unless it’s in a technical field, I’m rarely impressed by some assshat’s pedigree. Some of the stupidest people I have personally met have been the most “educated.”

  7. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Beaker
    Well, it’s supposed to train you to critique, analyze, and write well. Some people do that naturally. Plus there is something to be said for learning a lot in a particular area. A lot of companies hire philosophy majors because they are so good at reasoning. (My training is technical, but it has greatly benefited me to know how to write well.)

    There is something I call “Spacey Professor Syndrome” where people are really bright in their field, but not very functional in the real world–lose things, forget appointments, etc. Einstein didn’t memorize his phone number, because he could always look it up.

  8. Skul Comment by Skul

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    CIA’s 29 Sep. post wasn’t too shabby either.

  9. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    OMG I can’t believe that. I take that back, I can believe it, because I also have a colege edukation . While I took mainly sciences courses for major, which did not get political, I had to take philosophy courses for a separate requirement where I was exposed to some lefty rhetoric, although nothing like that.

  10. LC Beaker Comment by LC Beaker

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    Well, it’s supposed to train you to critique, analyze, and write well.

    I suppose. I just get annoyed at the pompous attitude taken by elitist liberals in academia who profess that they’re teaching critical thinking, when all they’re doing is trying to indoctrinate a new crop of useless hippies.

    If they really wanted to teach critical thinking, they would supply students with a diversity of viewpoints. Instead, they provide an echo chamber.

  11. Unregistered Comment by Azygos

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    I agree with Mark. If she wants to go to grad school she needs to watch what she says. The best revenge would be to get you graduate degree and get a job actually teaching like I did :em93:

  12. Unregistered Comment by LC Serena QB

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    No worries, I say all these things in the most polite way possible AND while maintaining grades in the 90’s. I already have one letter of recommendation and was selected for induction into the Psi Beta psychology honor society by the same professor *WOOT!*. My abnormal psych professor this semester has also already brought up that she would be willing to write one and she is a HUGE bleeding heart (healthcare for these poor, neglected children!!). I also make sure to back this all up with a 3.948 GPA so I am completely armed with my trusty “pull yer wadded panties outta yer ass” sooper seekrit tool.

    :em95:

  13. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Fanusi
    I have always greatly envied your philosophical knowledge. You acquired that in your spare time??

  14. psychochick Comment by psychochick

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    Serena
    I hope you are enjoying your classes. I found it exhilirating.

    However, I don’t think you can assume that people with smaller families have them because they had abortions. Sure, some people do have abortions. However, you can do an awful lot with birth control and plan your pregnancies.

    I would disagree with your book, though, that pro-life people have their sex for procreation. I would suspect they enjoy it like everyone else.

  15. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Good grief, LC Serena. The country is in dire straits indeed when science teachers start using their classes as involuntary indoctrination sessions. :em98: Thank G-d that you have a sense of humor and a razor sharp wit to go with it, because I fear that I should go homicidal in a second, were it me.

    And great observations on philosophy, Fanusi. It is no secret that I have little to no respect for professors in the subject or other people who do it and nothing else for a profession. On its own, the subject is completely useless, non-productive and, as I like to say it: “Incomprehensible answers to unanswerable questions.”

    The fun part is that, at the same time, I consider philosophy absolutely vital in combination with pretty much anything else that you do. I suppose I see it much like salt and pepper. On their own, both are inedible and of no bloody use to anybody. But without them, pretty much any meal is tasteless and bland.

    Come to think of it, I’d love nothing more than for somebody to pay me to sit around all day long reading books and thinking deep thoughts, so maybe my disdain for philosophy profs is just plain envy ;)

  16. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    I’d disagree with you a bit on this Misha. Now, I share your distaste with the awful lot of nonsense that is being taught from the pulpits of University philosophers. I love Alan Sokal’s masterful skewering of them.

    But this doesn’t tanslate into the proposition that ‘on its own, philosophy is completely useless’, and I don’t think that the parallel with salt and pepper really works. It’s like this: Philosophy can tell you the right course of action to take, but you still need to take it. However, acting without Philosophy leads to disaster.

    If we disagree, it’s only because I didn’t express myself clearly enough then, because we seem to agree on everything you just said.

    The difference is that, whereas you’re right that action without ideas is ineffective against action with ideas, it’ll still get you somewhere. If your opponent hasn’t any ideas either, it might even get you where you want to be, but if they do have the ideas to back up their actions and you do not, then you’re facing an uphill fight for sure.

    But if we look at ideas without actions, they won’t get you anywhere, whether your opponent has opposing ideas or not.

  17. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    It’s in this specific, and only in this specific, that the stereotype of ’stupid Americans’ has some truth to it. There is no established tradition of abstract thought in America.

    Damn, that one is going to catch you a lot of flak, my friend ;-) But I know what you mean and, to an extent, you’re right. We do, however, have a tradition of great thinkers. It didn’t end with the Founding Fathers, it’s just that we often have a tendency to “do now, think later” because we are a nation of Do-ers first and foremost. We’ve always been that way, and sometimes it comes back to bite us in the arse.

    But it’s not because we don’t have any thinkers, we have lots of them, it’s just that sometimes we forget to combine our thinkers with our doers because we need things done now, and we don’t have the time to sit around waiting for the debating society to finish exchanging Deep Thought.

    On the other hand, sometimes we think too much. The fumbling, two steps forward and one step back approach that the current Administration has become known for is due, largely, to their desire to be everything to everyone and doing none of those things well. Bush “had it” when he got up on the ruins of the World Trade Center and told the bastards that they were going to hear from all of us soon, he really “had it” when he addressed the nation right after that and declared war on everybody and everything standing between us and the terrorists (”either you’re with us or against us” and “nations harboring or supporting terrorists will be dealt with as we deal with the terrorists themselves”), but then he let it slip and let the airheads get into the process.

    He had an idea. he had a vision, he had a set of clear goals, but then he let other people mess up his thinking, which was remarkably clear right after Black Tuesday.

    Ooops. I sidetracked myself there a bit, didn’t I?

    All this to say that yes, sometimes we do go off half-cocked, but that’s because of the Pioneer Spirit still living in us in spite of what the liberals have done to murder it. We can sit around and debate the most efficient course of action all day long while the house is burning, but all that it will get us is a burned down house and a great idea as to what we should have done.

    On the other hand, we can rush off to get a fire truck in the next county while completely ignoring the pond outside the house and the pump that our neighbor bought years ago that just might work, which is the other extreme.

    It’s a balance, alright, and it’s a hard one to get perfectly right. I just don’t want anybody to think that just because we seem to sometimes act without thinking, it’s because we don’t have any thinkers at all, because we do. Also, as pertains to the Long War, we didn’t “rush in” without ideas. We had the ideas initially, our gut feeling was absolutely spot on, but we let ourselves be led astray by over-thinking the problem after we’d started solving it.

  18. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    If Iraq was going to be free and secular - which I very much doubt it is going to be now - it would have meant going to war against Islam within that country.

    And you nail it right on the head. It’s not Politically Correct to say so, but it’s nevertheless a fact: We have an idea, it’s called freedom, democracy and capitalism, but they have one too. Theirs, the enemies that we’re facing now, is called “damn, but the 7th century was cool, wasn’t it?”

    And if you ever want to defeat somebody with an idea, I mean really defeat them to the point where your idea becomes accepted truth, which is the only way you’ll ever reach something that can be called “victory” without eliciting snickers from somebody with a brain, you not only have to convince them that your idea is better, you have to destroy theirs as well. As a matter of fact, that’s how you convince them that your way is better. You discredit theirs by utterly laying waste to it, demonstrating the inferiority of it thusly.

    And that’s exactly where we’re going wrong now. We’re so mortally afraid of calling the enemy by its name, “fundamentalist Islam”, because that would be oh so impolite and rude, that we’ll tie both of our hands behind our backs in order to avoid doing something that might actually demonstrate how outdated, savage, primitive and inefficient it is.

    As long as we continue to refuse fighting the enemy’s core belief systems and ideas, we’ll continue to fail. Islam is at the core of the problem, it is the idea that we’re up against, the idea that we must defeat in order for ours to prevail, and as long as we continue to be in denial of that fact, we’re not really fighting.

  19. Hardclimber54 Comment by Hardclimber54

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    Misha, Fanusi

    Great comments coming from great minds! Very enlightening, thank you.

    As long as we continue to refuse fighting the enemy’s core belief systems and ideas, we’ll continue to fail.

    Absolutely, hence the reason why pislam MUST be constantly challenged, starting in our respective countries. Instead, our leaders bend over backwards to accommodate the very people who have sworn to kill or enslave the rest of us. That is also why I wish you well Fanusi, with your protest against a Mega-Mosque (Cologne, I think..?). It is also more than overdue that WE, as a people, start pressuring same officials into NOT giving in to islam and its encroachment of our cultures and values. Political correctness only guarantees THEM the freedom to impose while we are forbidden to even address the issue. Enough! And it MUST come from the President/Prime Minister down. University professors and scholars (aka silver spoon socialists) must understand that giving in to these people is like giving in to unruly children. It must stop, and stop NOW. When professors and teachers start “preaching to the masses” from their position of authority and trust in the cause of communistic nonsense, something must be done. We must start by respecting our own core belief systems and ideas before we can attack and destroy that of the ennemy. One cannot change the system of belief dictating the very lives of these muslim only by fighting with weapons. One cannot import democracy into a society who is unable to grasp its significance or understand its principles. Before replacing a system of belief with another system, the first one must be taken out completely. Failure to do so will guarantee continuing failure…