Excerpt: A community college professor in Texas frightened several of his students when he walked into class Tuesday night with his face covered and incoherently mumbled about the Koran, the moon and the dark night. Students attending a lecture at Tarrant County College called the police after adjunct professor Daniel Mashburn walked into his astronomy class and started acting out of character. Students told FOX4 that Mashburn walked in about 20 minutes late and promptly turned off the lights. He was wearing a baseball hat, a beanie, a scarf over his face and gloves.
Excerpt: This is like a start of a war between the state of California and the federal government. With the state defending illegal actions that the great bulk of Americans want curtailed. I keep wondering how the real taxpayers in CA feel about welcoming a neverending influx of illegals who cost the state in various forms of support, and who have created a subculture where people do not have to assimilate at all, other than taking part in all the state programs that bring them benefits. I have to wonder how long this can go on before the economics of it all become so burdensome that they can no longer be ignored. --Del
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Excerpt: Adam Smith, the eighteenth century economist and philosopher, offered insights into human nature and economics that seem particularly relevant today. “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices,” he wrote in The Wealth of Nations. We’re seeing evidence of that in the current effort to discredit and diminish genetically engineered foods and to attack their defenders in the scientific community. The chief perpetrators of this black marketing campaign are lobbyists for the organic agriculture and “natural products” industries and their enablers. Those industries have deep pockets. In 2016, Jay Byrne, president and CEO of the marketing agency v-Fluence Interactive, examined the IRS filings, annual reports, and other financial sources of companies, trade organizations, and NGOs involved in the effort to discredit modern agriculture. Based on that information, he estimated that in 2011 the groups tracked by his company spent $2.5 billion campaigning against genetic engineering in North America alone. Globally, advocacy groups targeting agriculture probably spent over $10 billion – attacking other sectors as well, including vaccines, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals.
1. If your boss tells you to update your Gamma Globulin, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Dysentery, Tetanus and other fun immunizations- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
2. If the Mobilization NCO tells you not to waste your time bringing a radio, or any other electronics, as there is no electricity and there are no signals- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
3. If the Travel Pay folks give you a travel advance and the Per Diem rate is only $8.00/day, for everything- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
4. If the “Area Cultural” briefing is only 30 minutes long, but the briefing on communicable diseases is 3 hours long- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
5. If the “Area Cultural” briefing includes facts that some leaders in the host country keep young boys as sexual slaves- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
6. If the “Area Cultural” briefing includes facts that male members of that society have multiple wives, but also engage in sexual activity with barnyard animals- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
7. If the “Medical Briefing” includes recommendations not to walk barefoot, drink the local water, or eat ANY food on the local economy- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
8. If the “Medical Briefing” includes information that the roadside ditches not only serve as flood control, but also as a common latrine- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
9. If the Daily Report for your new assignment includes an area for “Number of Personnel Med-Evaced” from theater for unknown diseases- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
10. If the monetary exchange rate is greater than 50 to 1 for local currency to US Dollars- You might be deploying to a Shit Hole.
So it's the vet who wants the anthem respected who is the problem? Every time I think I've heard all the stupid nastiness the Left can come up with, they manage to surprise me again. The story below is the latest winner in the contest for idiocy, dishonesty, and personal attack on good people. I hope they lose every game and go bankrupt. --Del
Excerpt: The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89) A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
Groundbreaking Portland police officer put on leave after arrest in Massachusetts. Zahra Munye Abu, the first Somali immigrant to serve on the city's force, is charged in Worcester with 5 misdemeanors, including assault.
AT&T last month said it plans to invest an additional $1 billion in the United States this year and pay a special $1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees. Walmart will raise its starting minimum wage to $11 an hour and award worker bonuses of between $200 and $1,000, depending on years of service. Comcast, the parent company of CNBC, said it will award a special $1,000 bonus to more than 100,000 workers. Boeing last month announced plans to invest an additional $300 million as a result of the new tax law. Wells Fargo said it will raise its minimum hourly pay rate to $15 and target $400 million in 2018 for philanthropic contributions. Bank of America last month said U.S. employees making up to $150,000 per year — or about 145,000 workers — would get a one-time year-end bonus of $1,000. PNC Financial said it would give a $1,000 bonus to about 47,500 workers. U.S. Bancorp said it will pay a one-time, $1,000 bonus to nearly 60,000 employees; raise the minimum wage to $15 for all hourly employees; make a one-time, $150 million contribution to the U.S. Bank Foundation; and make enhancements to employees’ health-care offerings effective for the 2019 enrollment period. Visa said it would raise the level of matching contributions to its employees’ 401k accounts, to 10 percent from the previous level of 6 percent.
Do we need a more stratified, vocationally-oriented educational system? I’m not suggesting early and largely irreversible tracking of learners as is the case in Germany. However, it seems that most American students in classic colleges and universities attend only for a credential that makes probable higher earnings, but has little relevance or applicability to the work they actually do. Let me stipulate that I am not an anti-intellectual. Far from it: I’m an intellectual wannabe. I love history; I’m a word nerd; I regret the gaps in my knowledge and envy the renaissance men and polymaths for what I lack.
That said, it brings to mind two veritable maxims about the appropriateness of one’s education I picked up in my days with the Bell system prior to its break-up up into pieces (which spurred the revolution in telecomm, internet and cellular technologies). First, the vast (more than a million people) monopoly of the Bell system was “designed by geniuses to be run by the mediocre.” Notwithstanding the brilliant inventiveness of Bell Labs, this immense enterprise with its countless volumes of procedural manuals, operated with lumbering efficiency. I, a first then second level manager, was supported and bossed by “lifers” who had only high school diplomas or who earned BBAs (for the bumps in earnings) many years into their careers. They themselves joked about the amount of education necessary to do their work: “What do you call an engineer in the Bell System? A high school grad with a four function calculator.” And because the system was so intricately designed and implemented, this was largely true.
A more personally informed observer than I, (Prof. Bryan Caplan), in a recent article, “The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone” (https://www.theatlantic.com/ magazine/archive/2018/01/ whats-college-good-for/546590/ ), argues that most student don’t get much education out of higher education, go to college to obtain a credential that gives them significantly more earning power than “mere” high school graduates. He points out that retention of information plummets after a course has ended; that getting a degree actually narrows one’s erudition; that employer job testing of new grads shows an appalling deficiency in analytic skills. He admits to be a cynic, calling the majority of student “philistines.” He cites the weekly time budget of the average student as: 13 hours for study, 12 for socializing, 11 for PC fun, 8 working for pay, 6 for TV, 6 for exercise, 5 for hobbies, 3 for other forms of entertainment. (A week has 168 hours and students do indeed sleep sometimes.)
I have previously commented on the passionate frivolity of college students for their major sports teams (even as a retiree, I plead guilty to this pleasure). I sometimes joke that besides my pseudo-intellectualism and pre-retirement earning power, the enduring benefit of my B.A. and M.A. is my crossword prowess.
Prof. Caplan prescribes appropriately designed vocational education as opposed to a college-for-all mania (my word). Heuristic education (learning from experience, by doing) could involve specific classroom and online courses, apprenticeships, and progressively more challenging work experience. I witnessed this in my own entrepreneurial venture, in which I had the need to engage and work with licensed electricians. Not only was I awed by their knowledge and expertise in their field and learned much that high school physics never imparted, I was consistently impressed with their knowledge of business, world affairs and serious thoughtfulness on many subjects. Could their education and training be the model for educating the majority of people?
Collegiate credential inflation is what we are incenting today. It is more costly for the student, even financially ruinous; brings little value to employers; inflates the cost of higher education; and adds to bankruptcies often forgiven by governmentally subsidized loan programs. I am all for scholarly erudition for the small minority of college students who will really are motivated to succeed as researchers and educators. For the rest, let’s get sensible. The economy needs smart people who can work with spreadsheets (calculators are passé) and modern computer applications. Sophisticated industry needs certain technical skills that smart people can obtain in other ways. As it now stands, employers of college grads are the drivers of credential inflation. Government won’t reform this wasteful system until and unless the economy rewards actual capability rather than cap and gown. A more stratified, vocationally-oriented educational system would be beneficial for most people and be a better use of time and money.
Excerpt: Before we wax too eloquent about the democratic aspirations of the great Iranian people, we should keep in the mind that the most probable scenario for Iran under any likely regime is a sickening spiral into poverty and depopulation. Iran has the fastest-aging population of any country in the world, indeed, the fast-aging population of any country in history. It has the highest rate of venereal disease infection and the highest rate of infertility of any country in the world. It has a youth unemployment rate of 35% (adjusted for warehousing young people in state-run diploma mills). And worst of all, it has run out of water.
“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” --Martin Luther King, "I have a dream."
This really raises an unanswerable question, how did Cronkite change his mind so radically about Tet in so short a time, going from validly understanding the communists had been beaten and beaten badly, to calling it a draw and giving strength to the antiwar movement? This article reviews the real history beautifully, with some facts even most US vets don't know. I look forward to segment two. --Del
Excerpt: “In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic. It’s so pathetic,” Pelosi whined. Yes, the leader of the Democrat party believes that businesses giving raises to their employees is “pathetic,” and $1,000 bonuses during the holidays are “crumbs.”