Monday, May 18, 2015

Pre-meeting warm-up

     As you know, in a little over an hour the May SOCCCD Board of Trustees meeting will commence, and it promises to be a total snoozefest.
     Here's tonight's discussion item, a real barn-burner:
SOCCCD: Basic Aid Allocation Recommendation for FY 2015-2016 Item being presented to the board for information and discussion prior to approving the basic aid recommendations as part of the FY 2015-2016 Tentative Budget.
     Here're a couple of graphics that go with the presentation:

      Make of it what you will.
     The college presidents will be back at issuing prizes and commendations tonight: mostly the grave business of giving awards to people on account of their having received awards someplace else. What I can't figure out is why they stop where they do. They oughta follow these awards sessions with yet another session, whereupon those who just got the commendations and resolutions are issued more C's and R's for having received the aforementioned goshdarn C's and R's. (They can call 'em "meta prizes." Or just "more meretricious bullshit.") Plus those who give out the commendations—the ever-smiling trustees and Presidents, natch—should get commendations for having given out those commendations. And ad infinitum. They could go on for hours like that. Wouldn't it be nice?
     Kant said that the mark of truly moral action is that one is motivated to do it—the moral action—not because one is inclined to (wants to, gets something from doing it, etc.), but purely out of recognition that it is demanded by the moral law, i.e., by reason itself.
     Well, sir, my attendance of tonight's meeting is prompted by no inclination at all, that's fer sher. But will I get a prize? No! I could be home watching Fast 'n' Loud, for chrissake! 

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