Dutiful Servant of Money and Power, Niall Ferguson
My favorite prescription was offered by Brad DeLong:
Fire his ass. Fire his ass from Newsweek, and the Daily Beast. Convene a committee at Harvard to examine whether he has the moral character to teach at a university. There is a limit, somewhere. And Ferguson has gone beyond it.
I don’t disagree, but I think perhaps people who are affiliated with UC Berkeley (as both DeLong and me are) are required to point out that, as long as John Yoo is employed, there are evidently no limits on moral character which would disqualify a university professor.
Speaking of baton thrusts
This paragraph seems particularly revealing:
A number of UCPD regulations also govern the specific use of batons. As a threshold matter, “[o]nly impact weapons issued or authorized by the Department may be carried,” and published departmental regulations do not authorize the use of 36-inch straight batons, but designate the 26-inch baton as the appropriate “crowd control impact weapon.” In fact, UCPD changed from the 26-inch baton to the 36-inch baton in 2011. UCPD officers were trained for the change in early June 2011. General Order F-6 has not yet been updated to reflect this.
So we have here a clear violation of written campus policies, but the only problem the review board notices is that the policies have not yet been re-written to retroactively make this not a violation.
After the unprovoked police assault on the pink papier-mâché dinosaur, I think Occupy Cal needs to escalate and deploy a real dinosaur to stand guard over protests. Hopefully the comrades in the division of Genetics, Genomics and Development are on that.