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The Top 8 California Schools that Are, Like, Totally Wasting Your Money

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Posted on November 14 2010 11:00 am
Diane Schrader, a former television news writer/producer, lives with her family in Los Angeles. She likes a nice cup of tea. Follow her on Twitter.

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Ah, California. The state, once so bright and full of promise, has become the “state version” of a deadbeat overweight loser relative, playing video games in the basement of Uncle Sam’s house while being supported by his productive and responsible big brother, Texas.

That’s the reality when California is borrowing $40 million a day from Uncle Sam’s coffers.

All of a sudden that Texas secession thing makes more sense, doesn’t it?

Of course the L.A. Times is utterly clueless, weighing in today with the typical whine about state college tuition hikes.

This is the same L.A. Times that last year ran a “tearjerker” article about how tough it is for illegal aliens in the UC and Cal State systems. Boo-freaking-hoo. By the way, all you kids from Colorado or Maine or Nebraska who want to go to UCLA? You will pay full out of state tuition. Too bad you’re not an illegal alien! The California legislature lets those folks pay the in-state fee. Makes perfect sense, no? Kind of like a big ol’ slice of insanity makes perfect sense.

ANYWAY. With today’s whining about the state university rate hikes, let’s take a look at some of the great ways those education dollars are being spent in the ginormous multi-campus University of California (UC) system, shall we? (You may think of it as an expose on exactly what kind of video games California is playing down there in America’s basement.)

8.  UC Santa Cruz under the Big Top

At UC Santa Cruz, you can take “The Circus in American Culture” – check out this course description:

“Circus arts from their shamanic roots to contemporary practice will be analyzed in a historical, aesthetic, and creative dimension. Lecture, discussion, and demonstrations will explore the theory and practice of American circus arts. In section, students will explore basic circus skills from clowning to tumbling to exhibition of freaks.”

Demonstrations? Exhibition of freaks? SIGN ME UP! Even by the weirdo-standards of Santa Cruz, this is kind of creepy.

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