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UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby corplinx » Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:31 pm

BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON THE UC BERKELEY MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

http://alexandercoward.com/BlowingTheWh ... atics.html

In a nutshell: Stop making us look bad. If you don't, we'll fire you.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby EvilYeti » Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:31 pm

They don't call it the "People's Republic of Berkeley" for nothing.

Their CIO accused me of being racist, btw, for having the temerity to suggest that the Chinese Government was targeting the UC system. So, yeah.

Anyways, more details:

http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-m ... ose-his-uc

http://www.dailycal.org/2015/10/11/afte ... rongdoing/

I also find it funny that he is working with his union, as they are more responsible than anyone else for shitty faculty members. My joke is that there are only two unforgivable sins in UC union shops, that being a core competency in your discipline and a work-ethic.

Btw, Math/CS departments are notorious for toxic faculty and grad students. Like Ted Kaczynski, who could never quite got over seeing fellow students (like Dennis Ritchie!) getting funding and accolades for applied vs. theoretical science.

Or this guy, who is responsible for Stanford's not-very-coveted annual "Golden Hammer" award.

http://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/streleski-theodore.htm

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby Skeeve » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:49 am

EvilYeti wrote:They don't call it the "People's Republic of Berkeley" for nothing.

Their CIO accused me of being racist, btw, for having the temerity to suggest that the Chinese Government was targeting the UC system. So, yeah.

...[big snip]...

Let me guess, is the CIO is asian?
Then Skank Of America could start in...

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby Doctor X » Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:13 am

They DID hire Ted Kaczynski. . . .

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby EvilYeti » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:33 pm

corplinx wrote:BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON THE UC BERKELEY MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

http://alexandercoward.com/BlowingTheWh ... atics.html

In a nutshell: Stop making us look bad. If you don't, we'll fire you.


Btw, the University of California is an incredibly weird environment.

First of all, voters have banned affirmative-action policies in admissions and as a result we have a brutally competitive student body:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ed ... story.html

On the contrary, the UC is also an affirmative action employer that doesn't pay competitively, so the most of the people that work here in an administrative capacity are basically rejects from the DMV. My running gag is that we are a Public Works program for morbidly obese middle-aged women who would otherwise unemployable.

Unfortunately this culture also applies to tenure-track faculty and their hiring, so it's bleeding over into academics as well. This is why you will see some apparently young and capable faculty member get shit on and ultimately leave. This is particularly a problem for foreign teachers that haven't "learned their place" and don't understand why they have to report to a committee of non-producers that is their junior in every way imaginable. Except for filling out a percentage on a spreadsheet somewhere.

We are hemorrhaging talent in order to maintain a quota of under-performers. If I ever leave here this will probably be the driving force, actually.

For an example of the type of environment we are fostering here in America, see the video below for example.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyrCFtYoLN4

For those keeping score, it's "Women > Black" on the SJW power hierarchy.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby EvilYeti » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:39 pm

This is also spreading to the UK:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 77562.html

For those that haven't followed this story, this social progressive young lady was arrested for violating UK law by tweeting #killallwhitemen.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby corplinx » Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:47 pm

hemorrhaging talent in order to maintain a quota of under-performers

Governor Reagan was upset that after the UC system had gone on a hiring spree of brilliant researchers, that none of them spent any time actually teaching.

When I heard Hillary Clinton pledge to make public colleges free for everyone, I face palmed because I understood that
a. public education is free in some states already if you maintain the proper GPA
b. there is a tuition bubble and footing the bill for it where aren't already is dumb
c. they would be absorbing some states' albatrosses from decades of trying to "run" their public colleges from the state level (UC)

Tenure is such a bizarre idea outside of public academia. "I want to bust my ass so I can retire on the job at taxpayer expense."

Nobody outside of academia sees the value of tenure.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:07 pm

corplinx wrote:Nobody outside of academia sees the value of tenure.


I do, though I wouldn't fight change at this point.

The idea was to prevent political vetting of unpopular views. We see how that worked. But it worked OK until subverted.
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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby EvilYeti » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:29 pm

corplinx wrote:b. there is a tuition bubble and footing the bill for it where aren't already is dumb


We are a STEM school and can't afford to hire our own graduates for engineering positions. There is no "bubble" for in-demand positions.

Tuition is outpacing inflation for two main reasons, one good and one bad.

The "good" side is that our customers demand the best we have to offer, regardless of cost. So we are like Disneyland in a way, prices are increasing because the customers demand it. Every year we ask them if they want us to raise fees or cut services and every year they vote the former.

And as I like to say when the undergrads gripe, there is always community college. They will teach you the same calculus there as here.

As per usual it's the lazy, shiftless Millenialls that are expecting a free lunch.

The "bad" side is that higher-ed and healthcare have been infected with the "MBA virus", after they destroyed the telco, tech and housing markets. This combined with our affirmative-action policies means every single organization on campus has either a "Business Officer" or "Fund Manager" that is a morbidly obese, middle-aged woman collecting a six-figure salary and producing no (or negative) value. Across that UC this amounts to waste to the tune of at least tens of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars. There are lots of stories about this in the media:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/opini ... -much.html

Unfortunately, the reality that the problem amounts to "Fat Ladies that Don't Work" goes against the SJW narrative favored by the media, especially the New York Times, so nothing is ever going to be done about it.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby EvilYeti » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:34 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
I do, though I wouldn't fight change at this point.

The idea was to prevent political vetting of unpopular views. We see how that worked. But it worked OK until subverted.


Tenure-track is brutal and very few would bother if there wasn't a payoff at the end. I also have customers in their 80's that are still doing brilliant work. Paul Erdos was working right up until he died (at a conference no less).

It's like saying we should put salary caps on our MDs so they can't make 300k a year.

Ok fine, whatever, but then nobody is going to go 600k in debt to get a degree, while putting in 100+ hour weeks as a resident.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby EvilYeti » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:52 pm

Skeeve wrote:
EvilYeti wrote:They don't call it the "People's Republic of Berkeley" for nothing.

Their CIO accused me of being racist, btw, for having the temerity to suggest that the Chinese Government was targeting the UC system. So, yeah.

...[big snip]...

Let me guess, is the CIO is asian?


Dunno, never met him. Name wasn't obviously Asian.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby Doctor X » Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:57 am

corplinx wrote:Nobody outside of academia sees the value of tenure.


Because no one outside of academia gets fired for doing their job competently for three years then becoming unemployable.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby hammegk » Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:02 am

First X 4.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby Doctor X » Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:13 am

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby hammegk » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:45 am

First for The Dancer.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby Doctor X » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:51 am

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby hammegk » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:52 am

Dancing, still dancing. Thanks doc.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

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Dance My Racist Cunt Bitch!

Dance!

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

Postby hammegk » Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:01 am

Todelly toot to-do.

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Re: UCB: The Harrison Bergeron School of Mathematics

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Doctor X wrote:Image

Dance My Racist Cunt Bitch!

Dance!


And he does!

BWA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!

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"It was the criticisms of Doc X, actually, that let me see more clearly how far the hypocrisy had gone."--clarsct
"I'd leave it up to Doctor X who has been a benevolent tyrant so far."--Grammatron
"Indeed you are a river to your people.
Shit. That's going to end up in your sig."--Pyrrho
"Try a twelve step program and accept Doctor X as your High Power."--asthmatic camel
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