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Archive for February, 2006

More Human Than Human

February 6th, 2006 by olly

You are all much better people than I, if for no other reason than your unwillingness to rip into every single one of these.

The previous pop culture models of masculinity, such as James Dean, Sylvester Stallone and Rob Zombie…

Hee! C’mon, that’s funny. Don’t you feel like you just got some psychological insight into the columnist right there?

Oh, you’re right. I should stop. Besides, the rest is this colorless, flavorless morass of

For men to appreciate the benefits of a modern, increasingly feminized world, they must first be comfortable knowing that to be a man is not necessarily to be masculine. Then again, sometimes it is.

To the extent that this means anything, I might agree with it. Then again, I might not.

Brokeback to the Future

February 3rd, 2006 by Ian

I should really be studying instead of watching silly videos. Argh.

UPDATE: Dammit, Blogometer linked to it before me. Serves me right for not reading Beutler’s site as soon as I wake up.

Three Things That Don’t Go Together: The State, The Press, and Religion

February 2nd, 2006 by Ian

Why? Because the people who do think they go together are insane:

In continuing protests, Palestinian gunmen shut the European Union office Thursday in Gaza City, writing on the door that the office would remain closed until the Europeans apologize to Muslims, Palestinian security sources told CNN.

Wearing masks, the men — from Islamic Jihad and the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah — fired bullets into the air and one of them read demands.

On Monday, a similar demonstration occurred in Gaza City to protest of a series of cartoons in a Danish newspaper considered offensive by many Muslims.

Palestinian officials said the gunmen were threatening to kidnap European workers if the European Union did not apologize.

Incredibly, a newspaper editor in France may even be worse:

Following the publication in Paris, according to the authoritative daily newspaper Le Monde, the publisher of France Soir, Raymond Lakah, fired the editorial director of the newspaper, Jacques Lefranc.

According to Le Monde, which described Lakah as “Franco-Egyptian,” the publisher issued a statement saying he had decided to fire Lefranc as president and director of the newspaper in “a strong sign of respect to the intimate convictions and beliefs of each individual.”

By “convictions and beliefs” he must mean the idea that threats and violence should overcome freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Shadegg Loses, Boehner Wins

February 2nd, 2006 by Ian

Boehner’s clearly better as Majority Leader Speaker than Roy “MiniDelay” Blunt, but I really wanted Shadegg to get the position. I guess it was a bit naive of me to think that a reformer could have possibly won. At least us fiscal conservatives now have a wealth of boner jokes to make.

Meet Oregon Football’s 2006 Recruiting Class

February 1st, 2006 by Ian

As today is national signing day, the Register-Guard included a complete breakdown of this year’s Duck football recruits. puts this year’s Oregon recruiting class below that of Oregon State and Washington State, but these sorts of rankings are generally pretty meaningless outside of the top two or three teams.

ODE: Stealing Three Year Old Ideas

February 1st, 2006 by Timothy

This piece in today’s ODE looks an awful lot like the story on Page 12 of OC Vol XX Issue V.

It’s comforting to know that the incidental fee allocated to the top 16 spenders has gone up substantially since 2003. By comforting I mean not at all comforting, of course.

The table below shows a few of the programs from the analysis I did in 2003 and the numbers from the article linked above. My original article contained information for the Counseling Center, which was at that time funded via incidental fee through the PFC. That, if I recall correctly, has been changed and thusly the Counseling Center is not included here. Also, USSA has been added to the ASUO Executive total in the 2006 column, because in 2003 it was one of their line-items along with the OSA.

Look at those growth rates, and note that the rate of inflation between 2003 and 2005, according to the BLS, was 6%. Only two three groups grew less than that, and most grew at many times the rate of inflation. Wonderful. Government in action, don’t you love it?




Percent Growth

Student Recreation Center

$ 537,428

$ 904,086


Lane Transit District

$ 457,158

$ 639,700


Co-Op Family Center

$ 253,303

$ 280,135


ASUO Executive*

$ 234,497

$ 298,842


Child Care Subsidy

$ 220,801

$ 233,656


Career Center

$ 184,788

$ 317,759


Programs and Assesments

$ 142,649

$ 188,369


Legal Services

$ 137,349

$ 206,490


Recreation and Intermurals

$ 125,727

$ 154,091


Women’s Center

$ 125,190

$ 146,759



$ 120,819

$ 120,074


Oregon Daily Emerald

$ 120,000

$ 125,000


Campus Recycling

$ 113,126

$ 166,091


Office of Student Advocacy

$ 107,478

$ 145,647



$ 2,880,313

$ 3,926,699


* Includes USSA