Profit Over Education
Story gets an A grade for exposing truths: I just wanted to drop SF Weekly a quick line to compliment Chris Parker's story in this week's issue ["Predators in the Ivory Tower, feature, 8/1]. As a former college educator I'm always happy to see the blatant fraud in for-profit higher education get exposed, but Parker's work (particularly the sheer volume of his evidence) really nailed them to the wall. It was an exceptional piece of journalism (especially by 2012 standards) that both the paper and he deserve to be proud of. I just moved back to S.F. after nine years away so I've been picking up SF Weekly mostly to get the lay of the land, but the caliber of "Predators" has definitely made a regular reader out of me.
Students need to raise their hands: Wake up, kiddos! It's time for students to put down electronic toys and push out those in Congress who made it illegal for students to walk away from student debt, while protecting the degenerates profiting from their basic right to an education. If a student agrees to pay the price for an education, then at the very least, demand that educational institutions provide a quality education that meets industry standards.
Keeping people locked in will result in more problems: Muni should realize that some people are claustrophobic and can't tolerate being entombed underground for that long a time ["Muni's Prisoners," Joe Eskenazi, Sucka Free City, 7/25]. In addition, older people (or drunks) may have to relieve themselves.
Blog Comments of the Week
Fresh start isn't necessarily what reader wants: Yep, Betaworks pretty much butchered Digg ["Digg v1: Betaworks Flushes Seven Years of Internet History Down the Toilet," Keith Plocek, the Snitch, 8/1]. The data and accounts purge is just shameful, and I'm sure they didn't even consider the side effect of losing all the back links. I think I'm back to Reddit now.
Vote with your feet and walk out on obnoxious comedians: Well said, Kate Conger ["Hey Comedians, Harassment and Assault Aren't Actually Hilarious," the Exhibitionist, 7/27]! The additional, and equally offensive, aspect of this story is that every person in that comedy club did not walk out with Fiona Walshe, and that every person sitting in the Daniel Tosh audience didn't walk out either. Idiots like these two [Tosh and comedian Eddie Griffin] will continue to be offensive as long as people are willing to sit through the display and pay for it. People reward them for their hideous behavior and then they do it again. People are guilty if they don't vote with their feet and their money.
Take responsibility: If a person doesn't want to get razzed on at a comedy show, don't sit in the front row. If a person sits in the front row, she is fair game. That's how it has been in comedy clubs forever. Suing because she sat in the front row and got busted on? Really? What a joke.