Biography

RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I'm not a True Husker. That is, my IQ is above room temperature (Celsius)

Something called University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Character Council is launching a sort of loyalty oath thingy called the 'True Husker' campaign, wherein we're all (students, faculty, staff and alumni) supposed to sign an awful pledge to mush-headed contemporary platitudes about 'diversity'. It's not even original; it's borrowed from Oklahoma, where they, natch, call the pledgers 'Real Sooners' Needless to say, I'm not signing. Here's why you shouldn't.
A true Husker shows open-mindedness. They are eager to learn and accept other’s ideas even when they are different from their own.
  • I'm more-or-less inured to the use of they as a gender-neutral alternative to he or she, which is awkward if used repeatedly. But they is still plural number, and using it as a singular pronoun is jarring. An even-slightly-competent editor would have written.
    True Huskers show open-mindedness. They are eager to learn and accept other’s ideas even when they are different from their own.
  • but, of course, the editor would have substituted others' for other's
  • More substantively, it's codswollop. They don't really want you to remain open, for example, to ISIS's ideas. I hope. What they want is for you to be open to their ideas, and closed to contrary ideas. For example, I bet they hate my ideas.
They do not discriminate based off of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, military or veteran status, age or other characteristics.
Off of? OFF OF?! Gag. How to sound both illiterate and hick in two tiny pronouns?

And their little list, by pure coincidence, is simply filched from the University's anti-discrimination policy. Just substitute "I will do as my masters desire". "Gee, this person is a convicted pedophile, but that's an other characteristic, so it wouldn't be fair to exclude them from this childcare job."

A true Husker shows respect. They show deference to their peers, and to the community.
ok but...
They do not stand for the disrespect of their peers and others.
...sounds a bit disrespectful of disrespect. And then...
They are faithful to their morals, and encourage others to become involved and engaged.
...unless, of course, your morals include, say, considering homosexuality sinful, in which case, see the non-discrimination boilerplate. "I really respect you, and am truly torn up you're going to burn in Hell because of the people you have sex with."

Etc. etc. etc. I can't stand any more of this tripe.

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