Saturday, July 01, 2006 ... //

Summers era ended

Larry Ellison has just cancelled his $115 million gift to Harvard. According to The Crimson, the official justification is exactly what The Reference Frame wrote some time ago: • “Larry Ellison had an agreement with Larry Summers. Larry Summers’ departure from Harvard has changed that agreement,” said Bob Wynne, a spokesman for Oracle. It is not surprising that The Reference Frame finds this explanation rather meaningful: additional$115 million has been added to the total cost of the numerous shameful decisions of the feminists and their allies at Harvard. Political correctness is an expensive beast, indeed.

And there are much more valuable things that we must pay because of PC and similar pernicious tendencies.

On the other hand, I think that it is equally fair if you hear from your humble correspondent that we have heard some signals that the true reason could be a bit different than what a spokesman for Oracle has told us. But this alternative explanation would not be so nice from the viewpoint of Oracle's image. ;-)