I wish the rhetorical arm of our administration would do a bit more work on sound bites. To call the violation of fundamental constitutional rights (including the right to due process in a hearing) a mere "annoyance" is to trivialize a very serious issue.
Nonetheless, this image, and its associated demand, are quite revealing, in their own regard. The faculty are portrayed as a hapless beast of burden, ridden by those who didn't feel the sting of the "burr" at all (being protected by their saddle). Poor beast, pale rider. The attached -- and, quite frankly, petulant -- demand is likewise exceedingly clear: "Be quiet! I want this (and all other such plaints) to go away now and forever." Unlikely.
Anyhow, I'm done. Finished with asinine administrators, fraudulent faculty, and tone-deaf, toadying trustees. Sayonara all. This blog -- a bill of indictment -- is closed but will stand as a testament [Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse] -- almost a thousand posts, on the record, so to speak.
But I'm not going away. Follow me on selected topics, after a well-deserved break, at these new venues:
- The academic circus @ Moö State U
- Para- and pseudo-academia @ L-DOPA
- Personal reflections @ Doktor Mirakle's wunderschön Akademie der höheren Wissenschaften