Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets
With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the student march that night;
The quads were filled with rent-a-cops and not a picket sign in sight;
With Cooney busted for possession, and Barrows, the riot laws;
A sickly silence fell upon the supporters of The Cause.
A straggling few got up to go, in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which "springs eternal in the human breast;"
They thought, If only Gay Ol Olsoc could be rallying that mob,
We'd put up even money now, with Ol Olsoc at the quads.
But Flynn preceded Ol Olsoc, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a no-good and the latter was a fake;
Forlorn, that stricken multitude discouraged by the odds,
For there seemed but little chance of Ol Olsoc's getting to the quads.
But Flynn let fly a bottle, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despised, set a bomb off in the hall,
And when the dust had lifted and men saw what had occurred,
Jimmy beaned the Dean of Students, while the bombed out library burned.
Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell,
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell,
A Harley roared up from the street, and was tearing up the sod,
And Ol Olsoc, Gay Ol Olsoc, was advancing through the quads.
There was ease in Ol Olsoc's manner as he wheeled into his place;
There was pride in Ol Olsoc's bearing and a smile on Ol Olsoc's face,
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly gave a nod,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt `twas Gay Ol Olsoc at the quads.
Ten thousand eyes were on him as he gunned the throttle loud;
Five thousand tongues applauded as he signaled to the crowd.
And while the nervous officers grabbed the night sticks from their hips,
Defiance gleamed in Ol Olsoc's eye, a sneer curled Ol Olsoc's lip.
And now a can of tear gas came hurtling through the air,
And Ol Olsoc stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there,
Close by the haughty Ol Olsoc , the can unheeded sped --
"That ain't my style," said Ol Olsoc . "Break it up!" the coppers said.
From the streets, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm waves on a stern and distant shore.
"Kill them; kill the pigs!" shouted someone from the mob;--
And Ol Olsoc guns his engine, and wipes-out on the lawn.
With a fist of protest shaking, Ol Olsoc's visage shone;
He jumped back on his Harley; he bade the march go on;
The Harley takes off through the quads, 'till it hits a vicious bump;
And Ol Olsoc sails through the air, landing smack upon his rump.
"Fascists!" he screeched, "Capitalist, Imperialist, Racist, Sexist pigs!"
"If I must I'll ride a tricycle, but we'll have this march - you dig?"
They saw his face grow stern and cold; they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Gay Ol Olsoc wouldn't lose that bike again!
The sneer is gone from Ol Olsoc's lip; his teeth are clenched in hate;
He sniffs with cruel derision as he lets go of the brake.
And now he throws it into first, the clutch he now he lets go,
And now the air is shattered as the bike takes off - alone.
Oh! somewhere there's a campus town where they drum and chant all night.
They protest for the rain forest, and demand the polar bear’s rights.
And somewhere bongs are being passed, and somewhere radicals shout;
But there is no joy at Old State U -- Gay Ol Olsoc has Wiped Out!
Geographic Segregation By Education
So if you could remake the world you would be a serf? Because under feudalism that's your only choice, and it doesn't matter how smart you are or how hard you work, your circumstance will NEVER improve.
If I were a serf, I'd be obliged to pay the landowner 1/3 of what I produced on his land. Given that I now pay considerably greater percentage than that in various taxes, serfdom doesn't look like that bad of a deal. My circumstances then, as now, would be determined by how well I made use of the resources at my disposal.
If you're under the delusion that YOU would fare differently because you're (ahem) *special*, realize that what enables that delusion is the democracy and equality GIVEN to you by previous generations of socially conscious activists.
The only thing your democracy and equality have produced is a society where the parasites to vote themselves a living out of the pockets of the productive. Repeat after me: All men are not created equal. Never have been, never will be.
There are only so many chairs at the top, and NONE of them have your name on it peasant.
Neither mine or yours, either then or now. What of it?
Geographic Segregation By Education
"Equality" is the most evil word ever introduced into political discourse. Followed closely by "democracy".
As for income equality, I'll note the feudalism was a stable political structure for over a thousand years. How's liberal democracy looking after 200 and change?
When Beliefs and Facts Collide
What is its opposite to which you refer? If you are looking for an example of people disbelieving science when it conflicts with their own religious or political views, what is the scientific doctrine that Democrats typically reject?
Ask Scientific American.
Algorithm-Generated Articles Won't Kill the Journalism Star
The AP's announcement that software will write the majority of its earnings reports, argues The Atlantic's Joe Pinsker, doesn't foretell the end of journalism
What a shame.
Is Mobile Broadband a Luxury Or a Human Right?
You know how it works. Provide a leftist with a service, and in a week he's calling it a human right.
To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
Cycling was as common when I was a kid as it is now. But cycle helmets were not mandatory then. By your logic, cycling should have got less popular over time. It hasnt.
Where I live (US), it's certainly less popular. When I was a kid, people, and mostly other kids, would cycle everywhere. Every kid I knew had a bicycle, and it was their primary form of transportation. Now, I rarely see someone cycling, and when I do, it's usually an adult, and usually on a designated bike trail, not on the streets or sidewalks.
That's not just an anecdotal observation on my part either. I no longer see bike racks installed for parking bikes near schools or stores anymore, they used to be common. If you watch any old children's TV shows from the '50s or '60s, you can see how ingrained the bicycle was in the culture (almost as common as smoking!).
Of course, in those days when you wanted to ride your bike, you just jumped on it and off you went. If we'd had to dress up like quarterbacks every time we wanted to run to the store or a friend's house, we probably would have lost our taste for bicycling, too.
DNC Salute to Vets Featured Backdrop Of Russian Warships
What makes you think it was a mistake?
Google Could Face Heavy Antitrust Fines In the EU
What? There's still an EU?
Federal Judge Says No Right To Secret Ballot, OKs Barcoded Ballots
They have no understanding of constitutional law. The constitution does now lay out our rights... we have our rights with or without the constitution. The constitution was meant to restrain the government. Since a few people thought that enumerating some of our rights explicitly in the Bill of Rights was a good idea, some how the foolish judges have the idea that if they weren't explicitly enumerated that they do not exist.
That may be true. OTOH, that doesn't necessarily mean anything you care to pull out of your ass is a right.
Ask Slashdot: Where Should a Geek's Charitable Donations Go?
Education is a broad category...
Indeed it is. If you're looking for a broad, you can't beat the local community college!
White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard
As long as we're gonna be legislating technical advances into existence, I'd like to request that congress passes legislation requiring a warp drive is developed by 2020.
Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children
'I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can — we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.'
I love the arrogant presumption that my children are a public resource at the collective's disposal. The last I checked, they were individuals entitled to pursue happiness in any way that suited them, not resources at Mr. Nye's disposal tasked with building whatever kind of world he wants to live in. Maybe they have other ideas about what kind of world they want to live in?
Assholes like this guy worry me a lot more than any creationist.
Let the Campaign Edit Wars Begin
Many Democrats were disenchanted with Obama and probably wouldn't have come out to vote for him again in the fall. But stacking him up against an insane-right-wing Ayn Rand ideologue who wants to abolish Medicare and Social Security to give tax cuts to the wealthy is a pretty fucking great way to motivate them.
Yes, because nothing scares a Democrat quite like the possibility of being forced to take his hand out of other people's pockets.
IBM Reportedly Eyeing RIM's Enterprise Services Unit
Posting as AC because I'm still in the business and it wasn't so long ago that IBM was up the chain from my paycheck.
If IBM acquires this division, expect all first-world workers to be downsized systematically while forced to train their third-world replacements under threat of not receiving their severance packages.
Indeed. Here it is, right from the horses mouth.
NASA Scientist: Heat Waves Really Are From Global Warming
Hansen is the kind of scientist that lends legitimacy to the proposition that scientist is a political activist that also wants to take credit for innovations actually developed by engineers, entrepreneurs and lay inventors.
DHS Best-and-Brightest STEM Program Under Fire
We already have 320 million people in this country! I'd really, really be interested in knowing what skill set isn't represented here, such that we need to import it. Yes, I understand that we're discussing highly skilled people here. However, highly skilled isn't necessarily interchangeable with highly in demand. We already have plenty of Ph.D level people in STEM fields currently unemployed. What makes the foreign talent so much more attractive?
DHS Best-and-Brightest STEM Program Under Fire
I do find it peculiar that in a nation that already has 320 million people in it, none of them qualify as the "best and the brightest".
SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists
It consists of unemployed people from California, who moved to Texas looking for work.
If you're lucky, SpaceX will help to find a solution to your dilemma. Like maybe figuring out a way to create rocket fuel by grinding up environmentalists.....