Email Response Contest

This gem appeared in a Berkeley Daily Planet article by our favorite Becky O'Malley yesterday:

"In a previous piece we used the German word lebensraum, literally “living space,” to characterize the university’s desires. A younger copy editor wasn’t familiar with the word. It has unpleasant associations with Hitler’s expansion of Germany into Poland, but it’s a concept that clearly describes the institutional tendency toward infinite territorial expansion in the name of progress."

Most of the BDP "articles" are a little out there, but this one was more crazed than usual.  I took issue with the description of UC building on its own land as "territorial expansion" (not to mention the best use of Nazi's since Runnie Dub called a female UCPD officer "Adolf Hillary"), so I wrote the following email:

"Comparing UC Berkeley developing land which it owns to the Nazi occupation of Poland...classy."

to which I received the following response:

"didn't they claim to own poland too?"

Wow.  I guess when you dig a hole, the best thing to do is just to keep on digging.  Ragnarok felt it was a little predictable:

"Ah, you should have seen the 'property rights are an invention of the capitalist oppressors' argument coming a mile away from BDP.  rookie mistake."

Obviously, there are many, many directions in which I could take a response, so I'm reaching out to our entire community for help.  Hopefully we'll incite another response from the BDP to keep ourselves entertained on this joyous Friday.  Snark away.

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