I have been getting A LOT of comment spam these past few weeks. Like, four out of every five comments I get is from some user named “Bing.com Nikes FREE” and it goes “I am very impressed with your website content and articles layout, do you use a service or do you know where to get the best rate on a contractor for your house, please to let me know when new content comes, articles.” I realize the advent of the kinder gentler pregnant-er Schuman dropped my traffic, and I’m OK with that, but do I have any human visitors left?
In case I do, here’s my latest for Slate’s BrowBeat, which is a motherfucking SCREED, because when I found out that the three “poorest” chancellors in the UC system just got 20 PERCENT raises I was PISSED. Intermittent-all-caps PISSED. Here’s a taste of the venom:
Contemporary “wisdom” is that the best way to run a university is as an unholy combination of a Fortune 500 company and a Silicon Valley startup. Just combine the pay disparity and precarious labor conditions of the former and the ludicrous, unsustainable perks of the latter. Following this model, every state school in the U.S. will soon surely be a pyramid-like structure with six-figure executives on top, tens of thousands of full-tuition paying vacationers below them, and, on the bottom, an unwashed army of minimum-wage plebs doing the irrelevant work of keeping the facilities running and teaching the classes.
In other news, I just ate a Clif Mojo Bar, which I guess has way more sugar in it than most stuff I eat, because SchuBabby, already an unusually active kicky little fucker, went BATSHIT, and was kicking so hard I could see my stomach move. So the midwifery book is like, “You can play with your baby while it’s in the womb; just press back gently when it kicks at you,” so I did that and then she beat feat to parts unknown, presumably to kick in peace. She was like, “Later days, fucko, I kick for ME.” So, despite being the complete opposite of me in a very major way (i.e. active — my husband has taken to saying, “The baby kicking you DOES NOT COUNT as your daily workout, you know”), I guess she takes after the old lady just a tad.