When the president says “making college more affordable” he really means making college loans more accessible. Unless, the president nationalizes all colleges and universities he can’t really make college affordable. Even state colleges are working in a tight budget that they routinely increase tuition costs and prefer out of state students because foreign students have better profit margins and tend to protest less than local students. In addition to tuition, college is made more expensive with the price of college edition textbooks. The textbook industry is run by an oligarchy of publishers that love to price their books as much as the class itself, it is common for books to be priced over $100 each. The textbook industry colludes with faculty so that each semester there is a new revision of a title and the course material and problem sets only works with a specific revision of the textbook. To add insult to injury of high price of education, there are few high paying jobs.
Here I am reblogging some retweets for the past month that broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events that occurred in November 2011 such as the ongoing Occupy Wall Street, and the continuing revolutions in the Middle East. If you like to follow along, befriend xwoop and lolprez and I’ll be sure to follow back.
- President Obama pardons Wall Street turkeys and gives them billion dollar bailouts to stuff themselves.
- The emperor has no clothes and you have no constitutional rights.
- Money don’t buy you the presidency, oh wait it does help to outspend other candidates 100 to 1.
- Barack Obama’s whole extended family and friends occupy the White House.
- Being president has been the best financial decision made by Bobama.
- Speak softly and carry a large fleet of aircraft carriers.
- The sun never sets on the American covert operations and CIA drone strikes.
- The US is outsourcing its future.
- The American dream is an illusion.
- Occupy Freedom
- Occupy The American Dream.
- Free yourself, occupy something.
- Beware: You may be blatantly illegal.
- Judges hold grudges
- In a capitalist society, every holiday is celebrated by buying something.
- No jobs, no future, no soup for you.
- Humming the Blue Collar Blues.
- The American Dream is made in China, like pretty much everything else.
- Money don’t buy you love, but you can sure get a lap dance.
- More jobs, less filling.
- I’m losing my religion/medication.
- Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I feel like a nap.
- After Black Friday, Cyber Monday. After Cyber Monday, Broke-ass Wednesday.
- Keep calm and get over it.
- My feelings, the undiscovered continent.
- Forget counting sheep, I count hundreds.
- Money can’t buy you swag.
- Money can’t buy you common sense.
In Da Future
- In the future, someone will be convicted based on their shadow.
- In the future, not using your real name in G+ or Facebook would be considered identity theft.
- In the future, there will be an iPhone app that can express your genes.
- In the future, you will be charged for conspiracy for conspiring with yourself and other multiple personalities.
- In the future, if you hate yourself you will be charged with a hate crime.
The failed gubernatorial attempt by Meg Whitman and the failed senate attempt by Carly Fiorina made me question if corporate leaders would make good political leaders. I think that a political needs to develop different skills than those required by a C-level executive. Can you imagine if the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, was a state governor? As CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt has stated in the past that if web users want online privacy they should change their name. If he thinks that privacy is not a right, imagine what other rights he would want to googlefy. Google’s mission is to make all human knowledge accessible, searchable, and monetizable online as long as it’s not their executives personal information. Your personal information is fair game to be index by their web crawlers and large data centers but Google has a double standard when it comes to their information. For example, try googling for Google Customer Service. Back in 2005, a CNET was blacklisted when one of its reporters posted Google founders private information online. So, I would correct Eric Schmidt, if you want privacy online and you are an Google executive just censor news outlet, otherwise change your name.
Now imagine, for a second, if Mark Zuckerborg of Facebook was president. If Mark Zuckerberg was president, he would nationalize Facebook and make it the de facto National ID system. He would place Naked Body Scanners not only at airports but at malls and movie theaters. TSA agents and other government officials would be able to force check you into locations, to tag you in police lineups, to force you into associations and groups without your permission. As President, Mark Zuckerberg would balance the budget by sharing private customer data with corporations and other agencies.
The candidate I can see myself behind would be a Jobs Ive 2012 ticket. Steve Jobs would redesign the White House to look like a steel and glass iPod nano with a single body aspect to it. He would force all senators to sign NDAs before they vote on any bill. He would simply ban all journalist that write any bad press on his foreign policy as he has to those that written negatively about his products. Steve Jobs’ Press Secretary would be David Pogue.
After seeing Meg Whitman campaign go down in flames I realized that most corporate leaders can’t connect with the every day people they manage. Just think about it, they live on corporate expense accounts and you struggle to keep a budget, they fly on private corporate jets and you practically get strip searched by the TSA, they have a second home and you mostly likely would have a second job (if you can find one).
There are some funny people on Twitter. Whenever I find a funny, witty, or thought provoking I usually retweet it and favorite it. Here is a small collection of recent tweets that stoop out to me.
- @LeyMarieCel: When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. – Charles Austin Beard
- @avinashkaushik: “I’m as proud of the products that we have not done as the ones we have done.” – Steve Jobs
- @alexia: OH: In my next life I want to be reincarnated as a computer.
- @spangley: OH: rural Oregon is like the west Virginia of the west coast.
- @tonystubblebine: Just watched the worst parallel parking attempt of all time. He eventually gave up and now I’m watching the second worst. It’s a huge spot!
- @simplebits: I’m convinced that Comcast got into the phone business so that you’re unable to call them when their service goes down.
- @chadfowler: Social networks depreciate like cars :)
- @jenniferbrook: I’m thinking about platforms as cultures.
- @Archimage: By end of next year 10% of internet users will have their own boutique URL shortening service.
- @georgeruiz: I’m totally getting the sexy new Apple camera (with limited phone functionality). Who’s with me!
- @jdub: Why haven’t Iraq, Katrina and the Oil Spill convinced conspiracy theorists that the US govt is utterly incapable of conspiracy?
- @joshspear: Caught in the rain! Good thing I’m waterproof.
- @thatdrew: OH: My caucasian wife makes awesome authentic tamales
- @karlihenriquez: Please don’t have conversations with yourself via Twitter…its a little weird
- @Gemstars: “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” – Paul Valery
- @shawnrobinson: You can do anything, but not everything. – David Allen
- @swedal: When cheese gets it’s picture taken, what does it say?
- @loliphea: how you tryna sell dreams an aint even slept yet?!
- @ITSNAYB: Good morning rise & grind
- @MinouChatte: I changed the way I looked at things, and the things I looked at changed.
- @Miss_Officer: Some of life’s best lessons are learned at the worst times.
- @JessicaGottlieb: Folks. Please stop projecting, if you have mental health issues get a shrink not a blog.
- @Miss_Officer: Words without actions are just like air without oxygen, useless
- @youloveB: Good friends are like four leaf clovers, hard to find & are very special so keep them!