Job Assistance at Vassar

More dispatches from the Vassar life…. (50 days till the real world)

Sometimes I feel like our Career Development Office is woefully insensitive to the average Vassar student’s sentiments towards corporate culture and greed. Just got this email:


But that’s what kids want, right? Money money yum yum. I want to write them an email back:



We wanna stay in our tower, but we also wanna help people. But we don’t want to work for money. But we need money. And we want to live in nice places like Brooklyn, but we want independence. Conundrums approaching, resolution questionable…

The Dead Kennedy’s say it better: in “Terminal Preppie” (mp3)

I go to college
That makes me so cool
I live in a dorm
And show off by the pool 

I join the right clubs
Just to build an impression
I block out thinking
It won’t get me ahead 

My ambition in life
Is to look good on paper
All I want is a slot
In some big corporation 

John Belushi’s my hero
I lampoon and I ape him
My news of the world
Comes from Sports Illustrated 

I’m proud of my trophies
Like my empty beer cans
Stacked in rows up the wall
To impress all my friends 

No, I’m not here to learn
I just want to get drunk
And major in business
And be taught how to fuck 

Win! Win!
I always play to win
Wanna fit in like a cog
In the faceless machine 

I’m a terminal terminal terminal preppie
terminal terminal terminal preppie
terminal terminal terminal terminal
terminal terminal terminal terminal 

I want a wife with tits
Who just smiles all the time
In my centerfold world
Filled with Springsteen and wine 

Some day I’ll have power
Some day I’ll have boats
A tract in some suburb
With Thanksgivings to host 

I’m a terminal terminal terminal preppie
terminal terminal terminal preppie
terminal terminal terminal preppie 

Real Moneydicks Vote Obama

Me and the entire team here at would like to wish Obama well in this important contest for supreme ruler of earth. In truth, Obama’s the least worst of the bunch, but he’ll do. In the tradition of leaving the details to others, I’d like to close this post with a recent email from Too often Moveon just throws out facts like they’re golden, expecting you to pester Congressmen over issues that are far too complex to explain in a couple sentences–this email takes a hint from academia and throws some footnotes onto some facets of McCain’s record. Read them if you like…


mccain40.jpg%203030%C3%972893%20pixels 10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don’t):
1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has “evolved,” yet he’s continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain “will make Cheney look like Gandhi.”2

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.3
4. McCain opposes a woman’s right to choose. He said, “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.”4

5. The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children’s health care bill last year, then defended Bush’s veto of the bill.5

6. He’s one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations.6

7. Many of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”7

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his “spiritual guide,” Rod Parsley, believes America’s founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a “false religion.” McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church “the Antichrist” and a “false cult.”9

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10

John McCain is not who the Washington press corps make him out to be. Please help get the word out—forward this email to your personal network. And if you want us to keep you posted on MoveOn’s work to get the truth out about John McCain, sign up here:

Thank you for all you do.

–Eli, Justin, Noah, Laura, and the Political Action Team
  Saturday, April 5th, 2008

1. “The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day,” ABC News, April 3, 2008

“McCain Facts,”, April 4, 2008

2. “McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq,” Bloomberg News, March 12, 2008

“Buchanan: John McCain ‘Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'” ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008

3. “McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill,” ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008

4. “McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned,” MSNBC, February 18, 2007

5. “2007 Children’s Defense Fund Action Council® Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard,” February 2008

“McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion,” CNN, October 3, 2007

6. “Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady,” Associated Press, April 3, 2008

“McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'” Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008

7. “Will McCain’s Temper Be a Liability?,” Associated Press, February 16, 2008

“Famed McCain temper is tamed,” Boston Globe, January 27, 2008

8. “Black Claims McCain’s Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: ‘I Don’t Know What The Criticism Is,'” ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008

“McCain’s Lobbyist Friends Rally ‘Round Their Man,” ABC News, January 29, 2008

9. “McCain’s Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam,” Mother Jones Magazine, March 12, 2008

“Will McCain Specifically ‘Repudiate’ Hagee’s Anti-Gay Comments?,” ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008

“McCain ‘Very Honored’ By Support Of Pastor Preaching ‘End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'” ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008

10. “John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record,” Sierra Club, February 28, 2008

Dubstep Sessions Vol 2 – Realmatize (Bunny get the Vote out Remix) – Video

I made this:

Made with ishowu, skitch, textedit, and a standard issue macintosh.

Made with ishowu, quicktime, textedit, and a standard issue macintosh in real time. Never thought copy/paste would look this good. I think next time I’ll include some sound (in the real world), and some in-screen video to keep the attention span goin. There’s only so many complex things that can be done live. I didn’t mean to hate on HRC–but I did mean to feature Obamaramagumdrop.

Video Proust post – Music Vids

Get fizzy, please. Sometimes I just gotta post videos because they make me feel like i’m grabbing onto some sort of sense of video style in the now.

Reminds me of a conversation on Twitter I overheard: When thinking of moving to a new town always put those places where artists are moving towards high on your list. It appears to be the dance floor as of April, 2008

Riots against Emos in Mexico?

From Wired:

A series of attacks on dyed-hair, eye-makeup-wearing emo kids began in early March when several hundred people went on an emo-beating rampage in Querétaro, a town of 1.5 million about 160 miles north of Mexico City.
The next week, shaggy-haired emo teenagers were harassed again by punks and rockabillys in the capital, prompting police protection and a segment on the TV news. Most recently, a Mexican newspaper reported that metal heads and gangsters have warned Tijuana’s emo kids to stay away from the town’s fair next month.


After the air-clearing sessions this week, officials downplayed any broad tensions among the youth groups, pinning the blame instead on unspecified malefactors inspired to violence by the Internet.

But emos such as 18-year-old Andrea Velazquez aren’t so sure. (For a video clip of Velazquez discussing emos, see The Times’ La Plaza blog.) She said the hostility appeared to stem from a feeling among members of other groups that emos had ripped off their styles.

Ripped off their styles?!?!? The frequent Moneydick reader may recall that the Emo subculture is a huge interest of mine. The wired article is pretty sensationalist, so don’t take it too seriously. These really are ‘style wars’–something that hasn’t occurred in awhile. I guess people just get fed up.

But at least the emos can shoot tears.

Here’s a great video with a semi-articulate emo. She cites Gaudi (spanish architect) in defense of originality and style: