PhD

Why I hold the academic racket in contempt.   Here’s a recent classroom performance by Assistant Professor Bill Shanahan, PhD, of Fort Hays State University, Kansas, USA:

The university’s website describes him thus:

Ph.D. – Speech Communication (Rhetoric); University of Texas at Austin 1996… Persuasion and semantics are two classes “Bill” Shanahan loves to teach.

I just wonder if he wouldn’t be even better suited for an administrative position, like Vice Chancellor.

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5 Responses to PhD

  1. justrecently says:

    Ain’t it time for another post?

  2. justrecently says:

    Hm… I agree that the West has become too pc. But I believe it was an offense against human rights to criminalize gays until some time last century. And raw sex isn’t confined to their parallel universe, as far as I can see. I’m living in a big city with a pretty sad “red light” district right in front of the central train station (and it isn’t even with simply red lights which would make it look somewhat nicer).

    Catherine or you mentioned in your discussion with MAJ that one can rightly criticise China as long as one is critical of ones own government too where the situation demands it. While Guantanamo is one of the really shameful cases, let me think about a topic closer to what you are discussing.

    I’m in Germany, so I’d think of a German topic first. As far as I can tell, we don’t have cases of torture here. But we do have cases of double standards. Like this one – the “Left” party (some of its origins are from the East German ruling SED) are under official observation by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. One can make a case for that. But I’ve never heard that China’s Confucius Institutes are under observation.

    I’m wondering how nice our specialists would have been to the Soviet Union and its satellite regimes if business East of the Elbe had been more attractive.

    If it was up to me, I’d neither want the Confucius Institutes, nor the “Left”, nor Scientology (which is under observation here, too) to be under observation. I believe in the strength and attraction that comes from freedom – and from governments and people who don’t need to distrust each other in principle.

  3. Ned Kelly says:

    JR, thanks for that.

    Upon further reflection I decided to delete my own most recent comment (the one to which you responded), to avoid the Homintern (militant homosexual lobby) coming after my ass…um, so to speak.

    That’s a position better suited for Barak Obama. It seems quite a few of the Homintern would just love to bend him over.

  4. justrecently says:

    It always depends on what kind of site you want to have – a site to fight (something that Mylaowai seems to love and Peking Duck seems to hate), or a thoughtful discourse. I take it that you want to limit the fights to China-related issues. For that reason, I’m not going to discuss other issues here at length.
    I’m looking forward to your next posts.

  5. Ned Kelly says:

    JR, that’s cool. And yes our serious arguments are pretty much limited to China-related issues. But occasionally I’m going to toss gratuitous verbal hand-grenades at any targets which annoy me at any given moment.

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