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PufPuf23's Journal
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August 25, 2022

Big problem is not just the cost of education, even at public schools.

The cost of education has skyrocketed. Profiteering and egos of edifice IMO are to blame. Education is now mostly a filter that further separates the haves from the have nots. Young people today have reason to complain and be disillusioned, especially if from poor or middle class families. My father went to 8th grade (and hated Cal the "hippie school&quot . Best thing I ever did in life.

Went to Cal as an undergrad; Jan 74 (when turned 21) to March 79. Applied for financial aid. Got tuition waiver as was National Merit Semi-finalist (iirc tuition-student fees was about $90/quarter in 74 an $130 by 79). Got cash for books and supplies. Got a work study grant and a list of possible employers including a Federal lab in same agency (USFS) had worked for since age 16 and had a federal career job (as technician) since age 19. Had a 5 quarter break in middle. First two year was a flat on Durant not far from campus in a beautiful old building. Rent (lived with GF) started at $200/mth and was raised to $225 the 2nd year. Last two years (77-79) was a live in caretaker (free lodging and paid me for any actual work) on an estate off Sea View in Piedmont plus the District Ranger at home Ranger District fixed it so the USFS job switched me back and forth; instead work study was paid 20 hrs a week as GS-7 (and associated benefits). Managed to save money as a student. The two years post graduation went through two federal programs where earned 30 graduate units as a GS-9 and GS-11 all federally paid but had to sign a contract to stay with agency through 85. I considered myself a USFS lifer.

In 1983 the USFS announced 10 slots for midcareer employees to earn Masters. One was to get accepted into a university that would get a grant to support the research and pay salary and benefits but similar to the two opportunities mentioned above, had to sign a contract to stay with agency for 6 years. I was accepted into MBA programs at Stanford, Cal. and UCLA and chose Stanford. Part of this move was to get opportunity for exe to go back to school as well and be near her parents in Silicon Valley. Was to start Fall 1984. Marriage broke up and could not start as scheduled and still owed USFS time on initial 6 year commitment. Stanford was out and went to Cal Haas School in Fall 85. Took out a $5000 loan, mainly to buy first pc, a printer, and copies of word perfect, lotus 123 and DBase. Cashed out federal retirement to fund school. Paid back the loan in one payment the yea I graduated.

I only paid about $1200/year in student fees / tuition per year and was earning about as much in consulting as made with usfs while a student by mid 86. I paid $400 / mth with 3 others to rent a beautiful three story house near the Rose Garden.

Now what is shocking. Here are estimated costs per year at Haas B school now.


Note at present student fees and tuition are $67,424 per year for a CA resident

Here is a problem more than student loans IMHO. This is a public university.

August 17, 2022

Secret Service waited to tell Capitol Police of Pelosi threat until the Jan. 6 riot was underway

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — A government watchdog group says it has obtained emails showing the Secret Service identified a social media account threatening Speaker Nancy Pelosi two days before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, but did not notify Capitol Police until the insurrection was underway.

The email, which Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington posted online Wednesday, says the Secret Service identified “a social media threat directed toward Speaker Nancy Pelosi” on Jan. 4, 2021. An unidentified “intelligence research specialist” in the Secret Service sent the message to an email address for the U.S. Capitol Police, according to the copy the watchdog group posted on its website.

The email says the Secret Service discovered a post on the social network Parler, a favorite of right-wing users, that threatened then-President-Elect Joe Biden, which said, “we CANNOT allow #Biden to enter the white house.”

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, confirmed that the email was authentic. He noted that Pelosi, D-San Francisco, is not a protectee of the Secret Service, which oversees security for the president. The messages were sent to Capitol police out of “an abundance of caution” even though they did not contain “a specific threat of violence to her on that evening,” he said.

Read more: https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Secret-Service-waited-to-tell-Capitol-Police-of-17380259.php

This is why IMHO current and past social media should be monitored for threats of violence by the FBI, perhaps a special task force.

Authors of posts of concern then visited with a search warrant for weapons mentioned in the social media posts and other related material.

The warrants would be served by the FBI complete with SWAT, weapons seized, and author of threats be charged as appropriate. Bet illegal weapons would be found often. Give these traitors what they fear and let them call federal law enforcement fascist and Nazi. Something akin to this approach is required to secure and provide safety to the nation. Otherwise, we will continue to suffer continued acts of violence and stochastic terrorism. IMO Faux and like media should be shut down and suffer monetary damages for the deaths, damage, and increased cost of security for the BS they spew to the ugly hearted and weak minded. Enough is enough, people in the USA should be protected. Unhealthy to raise children in this environment where violence and threats of violence is the norm.

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