November 20, 2010

A Rare Moment of Utter Demoralization

I'm currently carrying A's and B's in all my classes. As I type this, I've got on my plate: 2 term papers, a couple of hundred pages of readings, two tests and a makeup quiz next week, exams in 21 days and my work schedule has suddenly become quite hectic (which is actually a bit of a relief). I'm working my butt off and have been for years....

....which is why I pretty much collapsed and sucked my toes for a while upon reading this.

I work at an online company that generates tens of thousands of dollars a month by creating original essays based on specific instructions provided by cheating students. I've worked there full time since 2004. On any day of the academic year, I am working on upward of 20 assignments.

Read it all.

I'm busting my ass on these papers and this bimbo is texting her subcontracted-paper-writer crap like this....

"did u get the sorce I send

please where you are now?

Desprit to pass spring projict"

Yeah...well I'm dispirited too bitch...because of your shi...
oh wait...
you were trying to say desperate...but you learned your spelling from 4-chan.

Even more disturbing is this video. (via)

Watch it.

As some of you likely have inferred, I've been pursuing a degree for some time, an inordinately long time to be quite frank. Ignoring for a moment a series of really bad decisions and screw-ups I made 18 to 20 years ago and some questionable choices in more recent years, I've had to drop out of school mid-semester because of:

Severe work schedule changes (5 times)
Being hospitalized/ injured (twice )
Reserve mobilization (once)
The destruction of my house during midterms (once)
The need to care for sick relatives (thrice)

All but once for no reimbursement. At one point I was not even allowed to drop the courses I could no longer attend...with predictable results for my GPA.

I haven't been able to attend every year because of the sheer cost. After the disastrous financial results of the abominable choices I made in my youth, I have no intention of going into debt for school again.

Additionally, changing graduation requirements over the last decade have meant that I've had transfer credits that were previously approved no longer count, freshman courses that I had tested out of be retroactively required, the number of courses required for graduation seems at times to be fungible and the 'College of Bullshit' seems to keep getting more of their courses required.

The staff of the College of Bullshit counseling a student

Still, as infuriating as some of these things have been, I've stuck with it and am now about one year from graduation.

I have never cheated.

Which makes this thing all he more demoralizing, much more so than any of the above FUBAR events have been.


There seems to be remarkably little recognition amongst my fellow students of the gravity of the situation. One girl felt that paper writing services were bad 'because it was hard to find any for free and in order to compete one would have to pay for them'.

Yes the worst thing about cheating is that in some cases it requires one to pay for something one gets on the internet.

My head hurts.

This semester, my exams, at least are largely immune to this as most of them are essay heavy.
However, the papers I have to do are not cakewalks.
...and all the while I can be pretty sure that several of my fellow students are contracting theirs out while I travel about looking for references while working at UPS in November/December.

Given the widespread nature of the problem, I have to wonder what my degree, that I've already spent >$40,000 on, will be worth when I finally have it.

As I said it's just demoralizing.


Not academic but quite related...Colleen Doran has been "Griggsed".

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November 14, 2010

Our Situation....Explained


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November 02, 2010

The Fight

Rubio has pulled it off handily.

Rand Paul seems to have won big.

There is good liveblogging all over the place, I recommend CDR Salamander, The Anchoress, Pudding CentralRS McCain, The Corner, and RCP. For the view from the other side you might want to drop in on Kos and the Huff puffies .

It isn't looking good for the Senate, but as I type this Republicans are looking at 60 or so pickups in the house.

UPDATE: Nikki Haley looks to have pulled it off, as have Tim Scott and Allen West. Damn wacist wipubwicanz...
Senate is now un-winable, but the house looks to be a bigger win than anticipated.

Defrost the pudding.

UPDATE: Good speech by Boehner. It is late I have 2 hours to sleep. Good night.

I hadn't seen the last bit of Boehners speech. It's still a very good, non-triumphal victory speech...just...damn.

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When I got off work today, I went straight to my new polling location in Churchland. When I had changed my address and drivers license at the DMV, I was sure to change my voter registration info.

Alas I am not in the system.

I've voted in every election except a few uncontested midterm elections since 1988.

The poll watchers actually asked if I had changed my registration status at the DMV as this has been an issue today in this precinct.

Well, after some searching I was informed that I might still be on the rolls at my old polling place in Newport News, on the other side of the tunnel traffic I had just slogged through... The polling place that is actually walking distance from work.

Before I left I got specific instructions on where and how to register at the registrars office.... ...which is pretty self explanatory but so was the DMV. The pollwatchers were professional and helpful and, again mentioned that this had been an issue this morning. In fact two other people had the same issue before I left.

I'm discouraged, so I should jut blow the whole thing off, I mean it's not like one vote is going to matter....'sides this thing is in the bag...


That's how 'they' GET YOU!

Besides, too many people have died to give us this right.

Too many still endure real peril to exercise this right ...

...for a grown American man to be defeated by traffic and a 40 minute drive.

However, as I've already missed my Tuesday class because of this fiasco and have been up 31 hours, I am going to get a nap first.

More to follow.

UPDATE: Well, I voted, but not in the election for MY congresscritter, but in the election for the CC representing my old precinct. I noted that of the 17 other people in this second polling place, 3 were off to the side with similar issues to myself, all involving DMV registration.

Although I was on the rolls in Newport News, my ID (with my current address) did raise some eyebrows and got me sidelined for a bit with paperwork and questions. This is not a bad thing of course. The pollworkers in Newport News like the ones in Portsmouth were patient and professional.

The pollworkers said it had been really busy for an off year election. The voter traffic seemed to be picking up quite a bit as I left, just over 30 minutes before the polls closed.

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November 01, 2010

Exams are Over

After a remarkably spread out 2 weeks of exams I did manage to get all "A"s and "B"s.
Oddly, I got docked 4 points on one for giving too comprehensive an answer.

Tomorrow is the election.
I think it is going to be more of a near run thing than is being hyped.

I have just gotten in and need to be to work in 4 I'm just gonna leave this here...

'Cause I'm a bad bad man.

Now vote.


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