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Trying to convince everyone to see the yaoi face in the moon that I see every night.
Originally Published May 13th, 2016, 03:22 AM

Trying to convince everyone to see the yaoi face in the moon that I see every night.


Million Dollars, But... The Game Announcement
Originally Published May 11th, 2016, 11:06 AM

I Hate Only Making One Video a Week
Originally Published May 6th, 2016, 11:52 AM

Acquisitions Incorporated - PAX East 2016 D&D Game
Originally Published May 4th, 2016, 11:34 AM

ER doctor offers his perspective on the current state of healthcare after treating an 8 year old boy involved in a farming accident
Originally Published April 24th, 2016, 03:16 PM

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/u/vromrig presents detailed experiences with sharing information in a way to help people learn, as opposed to feeling intellectually superior.
Originally Published April 21st, 2016, 11:05 AM

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Wil Wheaton speaks to the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival
Originally Published April 20th, 2016, 01:25 PM

Old gay redditor talks about his experiences fifty years ago
Originally Published April 14th, 2016, 09:43 PM

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UC Davis Wondered If $175,000 Would Make The Internet Go Away. Conclusion: No.
Originally Published April 14th, 2016, 02:22 PM

In November 2011, two campus police officers pepper-sprayed protesters at University of California, Davis.


If you'd like to learn about the chain of incompetence that led to this, read the independent report. For instance:

Lt. Pike is also responsible for the specific pepper spray weapon he used, the MK-9, and the manner in which he used it. The MK-9 is not an authorized weapon under UCDPD guidelines. UCDPD officers were not trained in how to use it correctly. And Lt. Pike did not use it correctly. The MK-9 is a higher pressure type of pepper spray than what officers normally carry on their utility belts (MK-4). It is designed for crowd dispersal rather than field applications and “[t]he recommended minimum distance for . . . application of the MK-9 is six feet.” Lt. Pike appeared to be spraying protesters at a much closer distance than 6 feet.

As one of its responses, UC Davis spent $175,000. Was it on use-of-force training for campus police? Crisis management training for administrators? More classes on constitutional rights for students? Nope. They spent it on an "online branding campaign" to "expedite the eradication of references to the pepper spray incident in search results" about UC Davis.

Outsource your marketing, outsource your ethics and your reputation. Had the leadership of UC Davis consulted with, say, one of its students, they would have learned that this was an extraordinarily foolish plan. But marketeers, who have an incentive to make money (though rarely as much as $175,000), can't be counted on to tell you about the Streisand Effect or about the limited usefulness of SEO woo or about what happens when a plan like this gets revealed. Marketeers market. So I doubt that Nevins & Associates or "IDMLOCO" advised their client that the natural and probable consequence of spending $175,000 on this was that sooner or later it would become public and a nearly-forgotten incident would blow up and it would dominate UC Davis search results and make them look sordid and ridiculous. Maybe they have a strategy to deal with it, for another fee.

Do you wonder why college costs escalate? One reason, certainly, is that there is no consequence for administrative idiocy or incompetence.

UC Davis, next time you want to waste money to make your reputation worse, I can beat $175,000.

Copyright 2016 by the named Popehat author.

I, Phone
Originally Published April 14th, 2016, 07:59 AM

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