Sunday, June 17, 2007

Holy simoleons, Batman!

In addition to the original complains Conney had against the school, it was discovered during court proceedings that her UCLA department had a secret reserve of money that they used to supplement the salaries of male faculty members only.


“Because women are taking advantage of educational opportunities in record numbers, there is a myth out there that higher education is a place where women have achieved equity,” [AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Interim Director Lisa] Maatz said. “Janet’s case, and many others, shows that simply having large numbers of women on campus does not protect them from discrimination in academia or the workplace.”

I found the above while browsing in Twisty's new forum. I'd link it, but if you don't already know which forum I'm talking about, you're not a CrunchyRadFemAdvancedPatriarchyBlamer, and maybe you shouldn't go there.


daveto said...

way o/t,

you have no russians either (spying on your clustrmaps) .. what's with the ruskies, and why are they boycotting us??

hipparchia said...

that's what it's there for, to spy on.

yeah, i saw that hole developing in the screenshots on your site. and noticed that i didn't have any russians, while you at least had a few.

coupla kwesschuns:

1. was that why you started the lake baikal hunt? to see if you pulled in any russians googling for info on their biggest lake? if so, it was a good ploy. although, looking at the dates on my get lost post and your clustrmaps looks like they might have started boycotting us after you issued the challenge.

2. have your sitemeter stats been saying the same thing? i dumped sitemeter a while back [been meaning to blog aabout that] so i don't have anything to compare for my site.

3. are you moticing this at other sites' clustrmaps? and sex in the public square are the only two sites i've got linked in my sidebar that i know for sure have clustrmaps. there might be others there, if you want to browse. i just looked at both those sites' maps just now, and they have big greean spaces too, but i wasn't paying attention to them before, so i can't say if russian dots are disappearing off their maps or not.

coupla thots:

1. something like the great firewall of china [link in my sidebar], stopping russian hoi polloi from getting out to the rest of the world?

2. complete physical disconnect of their internet from the world wide intertubes, for either a. the same reason as above, or b. so we can't hack into their state secrets. corollary to 2b: maybe instead of just finally getting more careful of their state secrets, they're planning something really big.

3. isn't russia, or parts of it, sorta the hotbed of viruses and other evil computer geniuses? maybe it's just some kid in his mom's basement in murmansk. extension to 3: i'm convinced my computer is infected with beaucoup malware. i've been trying out all the free online virus scans that i can find. so far, kaspersky [sp?], russian company, is the only one that's found a virus. so the russian virus checker found a [presumably] russian virus here on this computer that is [swagging it here big time] blocking my [our] view of the visits, without actually messing with the data on the clustrmaps server.

4. i've been piddling around with various anonymizers, and went around to all y'all's blogs [those of you who made your sitemeter stats public] with a couple, two, three of them. sitemeter was having some issues part of that time, with lags and such, but i did this over a period of several months. i found at least one anonymizer that leaves apparently NO trace at all in sitemeter. some of the others leave spoof ip addresses, or addresses of random servers from here and there. so maybe russia has one of those anonymizers. harder to tell with clustrmaps, of course.

5. the nsa, or somebody else from our end, is interfering somehow. back when i had sitemeter, i was getting regular visits from some computer in the wash dc area with nsa or homeland security or one of those listed as the source.

6. maybe they just hate us for our freedoms.

7. you're trying to get me in trouble with somebody.

8. i am soooo good at devising conspiracy theories.

ya, ya, i know, 1, 2, infinity.

daveto said...


moi .. trouble?? .. never!

Lake Baikal, I just really liked the picture, and like an excitable little kid (who as a kid studied atlases when he was, like, 9)couldn't get over the fact that I actually flew over Lake Baikal.

So I think the clustrmaps thing is the barrenness of Siberia combined with that old Mercatur-style projection that stretches the mid-northern hemisphere by so much. (By the way, I gave them 17 bucks or something for their upgrade, and I first noticed it from twiffer's site.)

Re sitemeter, I have no complaints (of course, it's buggy and quirky), but am interested in (better, i.e. more free info) alternatives. Hard to compare clustrmaps to sitemeter because the former is so batch oriented .. but i've noticed that sitemeter and Extreme Tracker (icon just above my sitemeter counter) do not have the same definition for hits and visits. Also understand how anonymizers can play some havoc, and if you can find a freebie that grants an invisibility cloak, imagine what those serious about this business are doing?!

It's funny, I started looking at this closer ("The Russians are Coming!") I believe when Friedman had a column about how *China* was essentially blacked out re the Internet world .. but they're not, Russia is darker than China (from that sense, and betting on limited data).

Re the virus-propogating troublemakers, we (Canada) have our share too. Some famous 15 yr-old from Montreal was one, I recall. But, related, it's the climate! All those cold evenings with nothing to but sit inside and dream up ways to ... (you know).

By the way, thanks for those mentions (great firewall, etc), I'm going to check some of them out.

Anonymous said...

1. Everything in the Soviet Union was centralized. Everything was routed through Moscow, and communications was the province of the KGB. Everything was monitored.

2. Russia hasn't made any great leaps forward on infrastructure, so all of the monitoring and control structure is still there from the Soviet days.

3. Putin is KGB, is moving to a more authoritarian regime, and is taking back a lot of the power that had been given to the regions. Communications are part of the control structure.

As everyone knew anything was monitored, they have never been particularly "stealthy," ham-handed is closer to the mark.

The old infrastructure is breaking down from a lack of maintenance and outages occur all the time. Between FSB [the new KGB] interference and the failure of portions of the network, connections to and from Russia have always been iffy.

The Trans-Siberian Railroad is a single line with sidings. The Soviets didn't believe in back-up, and the Russians have followed suit. If something breaks, you have to wait until it gets fixed, because there is no way of re-routing.

Between old equipment and authoritarian rule, Russian participation on the Internet will have huge ebbs and flows.

hipparchia said...

hey, bryan!

thanks for the info. i was thinking especially about your point 3: putin becoming more authoritarian, control, communications, etc, but i had no idea which was more likely, stealth and finesse or ham-handedness.

aside from some great dog breeds [karelian bear dog, laikas, siberian husky, samoyed] and the not-quite-real-looking akhal teke, i don't think i've ever paid much attention to russia. too c-o-l-d.

hipparchia said...


ha! back at the age when all my friends had posters of rock stars on their walls, i had maps and nautical charts.

it's not the largest category in my book collection [murder mysteries takes that one by a lead that makes secretariat look like a piker], but i'm awash in atlases and travelogues [part of the reason i liked being the inspiration for keifus' latest review].

dunno why all the darkness in russia. you just know all the saamis have toughbooks with wireless cards and are blogging furiously from their dogsleds.

i didn't dump sitemeter because disliked them...

Steve Bates said...

Great Firewall of China says my site is blocked... wait, no, it's unblocked... no, by golly, blocked! Uh, no, it's unblocked after all... Somehow I don't have much faith in the functionality of that site; I think there are some fundamentally faulty assumptions in their methodology.

As for much of the rest, I confess I have only slight clues what you're talking about. Here's the extent of my knowledge of Russia: I had some great Russian chocolate this week. But without your or perhaps Bryan's help, I have no possibility of even transliterating the Cyrillic on the label, let alone reading it. It was 72 percent cocoa, and damned fine; I suppose that's all I really needed to know.

Back on topic, can a male who is not (voluntarily) part of the patriarchy credibly express his utter and complete disgust at the behavior of that UCLA department?

hipparchia said...

why yes! yes you can! your cred is good here.

i was flabbergasted to read that. a secret fund?! at a public university?! WTF?!

the front page of their website says:

UCLA is owned by the people of California. All 38 million.

yeah, right.

hipparchia said...

mmmm, chocolate. the darker the better. i just checked, my current stash of chocolate bars ranges from 55% to 72%.

if i think about it real hard, i could probably do turkish for ya, but you'll have to get bryan to help with the russian.

i've only checked my site[s] at the great firewall of china a few times, but they've always been blocked. can't be all the time, though, or those dots on the clustrmaps wouldn't be there. still, it's fun to play with, and speculate on.

Keifus said...

I know enough about hte blamers to take away the "maybe" from your disclaimer.

I think I'd want to know the details about that one claim (depending on how many male profs it may be more assholism than sexism), but reading the rest of it, fuck 'em anyway. I don't really understand the resistance of the academy in particular to females. (But looking at the demographics of the grad students I knew, I think it's gotta change soon enough. Here's hoping...)

K (and nice off-topics, y'all)

hkcjkyb: I hiked to Kansas City and jogged the byways.

Anonymous said...

On topic, I once taught at a unit of the New York State University system and they had a fit about a department coffee fund [you can't program without caffeine] that was voluntary contributions. The concept of a department having a slush fund is beyond the pale, no matter what they used it for.

I received separate checks for my full-time job, my adjunct teaching, and a third check as the mini-computer system administrator. They had to come from separate accounts.

I don't see how they could rig it if the accounting department was paying attention.

Rather than complaining to the university, I would have dropped a dime to the IRS, because there is no way the taxes came out correctly.

hipparchia said...


i found this at another site:

In 2003, Conney filed a lawsuit for harassment, retaliation and pay inequity under California state laws and the Equal Pay Act of 1963--the only enforced federal law to which the 180-day rule does not apply--and discovered in pre-trial depositions that the department had maintained a secret reserve of funds they used to supplement her male colleagues' salaries.

i'm a fan of the speak softly and carry a big stick school myself, and if the irs isn't a big stick, nothing is. looks like in this case though, the suit was filed first, and onky then was the slush fund discovered.

computers and coffee. matters not if you're programming them, using them, or dismantling them, must. have. caffeine.

hipparchia said...


no wonder you're in such great shape. got gps trails of all that hiking? i adore threadjacks.

sexist = asshole is commutative, dude. ibtp.

seriously though, in spite of things like conney's case [it was sexism, as well as assholery, i'd bet] and the autoadmit crap, i do hold out some hope for the future of women in science, law, and life.

Anonymous said...

The state should have been all over the university when that fund was disclosed. That type of thing can be done in the private sector and is done in a formalized way with endowed chairs, but public institutions operate under separate accounting rules.

They should have been dinged by the California regents, the tax authority, and their accreditation authority for deceptive practices.

hipparchia said...

i wonder if they did anything like that. they should have. secret slush funds have no place in a public institution. if i ever figure out wtf is wrong is wrong with this computer, i'll go looking for more information.