Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Cruising the Web

If North Korea is threatening now over sanctions, just imagine how it would attempt to blackmail/threaten countries if it had a fully functioning missile system.

I guess Trump needed to go on vacation so he'd have enough time to get in a tweetstorm against Connecticut senator Blumenthal's lies about serving in Vietnam. Of course, Trump has never, ever, ever lied about his own record.

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One University of Georgia professor has decided that he needs to reduce the tension that his students feel.
A University of Georgia professor has adopted a “stress reduction policy” that will allow students to select their own grades if they “feel unduly stressed” by the ones they earned.

According to online course syllabi for two of Dr. Richard Watson’s fall business courses, he has introduced the policy because “emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved.”

As such, if students feel “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course,” they can “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation” being required.

“If in a group meeting, you feel stressed by your group’s dynamics, you should leave the meeting immediately and need offer no explanation to the group members,” the policy adds, saying such students can “discontinue all further group work” with their remaining grade being “based totally on non-group work.”

Similarly, when it comes to “tests and exams” for Watson’s “Data Management” and “Energy Informatics” courses, all will be “open book and open notes” and “designed to assess low level mastery of the course material.”

Finally, for in-class presentations, Watson will allow “only positive comments” to be made, while “comments designed to improve future presentations will be communicated by email.”

Watson, notably, does concede that “while this policy might hinder the development of group skills and mastery of the class material,” those outcomes are ultimately a student’s “responsibility,” though he promises to “provide every opportunity for [students] to gain high level mastery.”
Gee, all that stress reduction will do great things to prepare these students for jobs in the real business world! Since when did "stress reduction" become a major goal of college classes? The professor should ask himself if his assignments and assessments are valid and valuable for his students. If they are, then he should have the confidence and respect to ask his students to perform them.

Here's an intriguing question:
Suppose US colleges and universities instituted an admission plan like our current immigration policy. How might this work? Let’s take Harvard University as an example. Harvard College admits 2000 undergraduates each year, enrolling just over 80 percent of those. Out of a pool of 40,000 applicants. Why don’t they accept everyone who wants to attend? Why select only 5 percent of those who want to attend Harvard? That’s not fair.

After all, Harvard has an endowment of over $37 billion. If Harvard were a country and its endowment were its GDP, it would rank 96th among all countries in the world, ahead of Paraguay, El Salvador, Estonia and Iceland. An endowment of that size could easily support additional housing and teachers so that all of Jim Acosta’s “huddled masses learning to breathe free” who want to attend Harvard could do so.

Same for all the Ivy League schools, with similarly large endowments. What about 800 or so US colleges and universities with a combined endowment of $515 billion, which as a single country would be ranked 23rd in the world in terms of GDP, ahead of Sweden, Poland, Belgium and Austria. Why can they afford to admit all students, just as America is supposed to do with all immigrants?

But no. Colleges have admissions requirements. In other words, their admission is skill-based with a point system reflecting grades, SAT scores, extracurricular activities, accomplishments, recommendations and a language proficiency test in the form of one or more essays. Suppose colleges waived all such requirements and opened their classrooms to any and all who wanted to attend?

Jay Caruso at Red State has found a remarkably prescient comment that William F. Buckley wrote about Donald Trump 16 years ago.
ook for the narcissist. The most obvious target in today’s lineup is, of course, Donald Trump. When he looks at a glass, he is mesmerized by its reflection. If Donald Trump were shaped a little differently, he would compete for Miss America. But whatever the depths of self-enchantment, the demagogue has to say something. So what does Trump say? That he is a successful businessman and that that is what America needs in the Oval Office. There is some plausibility in this, though not much. The greatest deeds of American Presidents — midwifing the new republic; freeing the slaves; harnessing the energies and vision needed to win the Cold War — had little to do with a bottom line....

In the final analysis, just as the king might look down with terminal disdain upon a courtier whose hypocrisy repelled him, so we have no substitute for relying on the voter to exercise a quiet veto when it becomes more necessary to discourage cynical demagogy, than to advance free health for the kids. That can come later, in another venue; the resistance to a corrupting demagogy should take first priority.

So what else can Trump offer us? Well to begin with, a self-financed campaign. Does it follow that all who finance their own campaigns are narcissists? At this writing Steve Forbes has spent $63 million in pursuit of the Republican nomination. Forbes is an evangelist, not an exhibitionist. In his long and sober private career, Steve Forbes never bought a casino, and if he had done so, he would not have called it Forbes’s Funhouse. His motivations are discernibly selfless. . .
Buckley nailed Trump's character. The guy hasn't changed. People thought that Trump might change once he was sworn in and realized the solemnity of the office he now holds. Sadly, that hasn't happened. He's the same person he has always been. And all those people working for and with him who are hoping that he'll settle down and limit his distracting and insulting tweets should just give in. The guy is too old to change now.

Is anyone shocked that this effort to change the image of the swastika failed?
A US clothing company has come under fire after T-shirts appeared online featuring swastikas in a move aimed at reclaiming the symbol as one of "love".

The attempt to rebrand the Nazi emblem as a symbol of "peace" was criticised on social media as the public refused to support the campaign.

Days after the design appeared, it was replaced with an "anti-swastika" print.

The swastika is an ancient symbol said to have represented good fortune in almost every culture in the world.
YEah, I can't see a big demand for T shirts with swastikas on them.

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Kyle Smith eviscerate
s Al Franken's new book with the ultimate insult - that Franken just isn't that funny.
Franken takes this limp stick of comedy celery and tries to make a buffet out of it, returning to the mild-imprecation-and-superscript gag again and again and again. The first time he comes up with anything funny, we’re on page 294, and Cruz is again the (big, fat) target: He’s “the guy in your office who snitches to corporate about your March Madness pool and microwaves fish in the office kitchen. He’s the Dwight Schrute of the Senate.”

If there were 300 lines as good as that one, the book would actually count as a funny memoir rather than what it is, which is a work as clever as your average book of knock-knock jokes interrupted by the odd explanation of cloture votes or continuing resolutions. Some passages sound as if Franken began by asking, “Siri, what are some of the most boring political clich├ęs?” and transcribed the results. “We need to create more prosperity,” he writes, “and do it in a way where everybody gets to prosper. Which means we need to invest in our infrastructure, and in research and development, and in innovative technologies, and in our workforce, and, most of all, in our kids.” No, there is no punch line to follow. This is the kind of insomnia cure that turns up in ghostwritten political books that haven’t even been read by their purported authors, but writing is Franken’s profession. This is supposed to be a real book, not a lump of campaign cellulose.

You too can read the book, The General by C.S. Forester, that John Kelly rereads every time he gets a new job to remind himself of how dangerous incompetence can be.
C.S. Forester's 1936 novel 'The General' has never left Kelly's side since those young adult years, reading the book each time he's ever received a promotion in his esteemed career.

The feat is a testament to the incredible rigor he's applied in becoming 'a real professional,' as he put it in the 'The Leader's Bookshelf,' a collection of essays written by four-star generals about their favorite books....

That affinity for the written word, especially on 'military things,' steered him towards Forester's tome, about the perils of hubris, the pitfalls of patriotism and duty unaccompanied by critical thinking.

Kelly went through it once again after he was sworn in as chief of staff on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal, to reacquaint himself 'of what to avoid as a leader.'

'The General' tells the fictional story of an unremarkable British soldier who rises to power mostly through dumb-luck and the incompetence of his superiors.

Set against the backdrop of World War I, he is eventually put in charge of 100,000 men... the majority of which meet their demise under his command.

Despite his incompetence, he's hailed as a hero on his arrival back to Britain.

The book is essentially a critique on the unexamined ethos of military culture at the time, marked by a reckless close-mindedness and stubborn pride. A blind-sense of patriotism in lieu of critical thinking that led, in Forester's mind, to the unnecessary deaths of thousands of British lives.

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Suddenly, the left has found the right
to refuse service to someone whose views they disagree with.
A boy whose letter to President Trump made national headlines last month reportedly wanted a pro-Trump cake for his birthday party, but his mother was unable to find a baker willing to fulfill the order.

At the July 26 White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a letter from a boy named Dylan who said Mr. Trump was his favorite president. When she later released the letter publicly, the boy’s last name was blacked out. The only identifying clue was that everyone called him “Pickle.”

The media scrambled to verify the letter’s authenticity, and the next day, The Washington Post confirmed it was sent by 9-year-old Dylan Harbin of California.

The Post reported that, when Dylan asked for a “Donald Trump cake” for his birthday, his mother “made him one herself, because she couldn’t find a bakery willing and able to do it.”

Michael P. Farris is president, CEO and general counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian legal group defending Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who was sued by a gay couple for declining to make their same-sex wedding cake.

Mr. Farris wondered why bakers are allowed to decline to make birthday cakes supporting Mr. Trump, but not wedding cakes supporting same-sex marriage.
Expect to see examples like this when the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is argued before the Supreme Court this Fall.


mardony said...

The National Review commenting on Al Franken's book is like Ted Nugent commenting on Beethoven's 5th.

Of course the National Review doesn't much like SNL, either.

tfhr said...


Parliament of Whores by P.J. O'Rourke.

I'm not sure why Franken or any sitting politician feels like they could ever spare the objectivity needed to dissect the corpse they've made of the Congress.

mardony said...

Despite frequent ridicule of climate science by Betsy's Page, facts leaked out before Trump and Pruitt could cook the books. How will Betsy's Page play this, if it dare?

Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

“The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited. …

“Scientists say they fear that the Trump administration could change or suppress the report. But those who challenge scientific data on human-caused climate change say they are equally worried that the draft report, as well as the larger National Climate Assessment, will be publicly released.”


tfhr said...


Let's take a look at the NYT daily devotional to the religion of Global Warming, or Climate Change, or Anthropomorphic Redistribution of Wealth Scientology:

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

- From the unreleased and unscrutinized report we get "rapidly and drastically since 1980". Is this based on the same flim-flam as the "hockey stick"?

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now.

The climate changes everyday - we all pretty much agree on that - but it's a leap in faith to claim absolute certainty of cause. Bonus points if you can tell me which of the "scientists" have jobs that depend on the continued funding of the government agencies? My guess is that they're just as reliable as the oil company scientists that refute them.

It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.

Of course it does and it also concludes that we should all buy carbon credits so that Al Gore can afford to keep the AC set at 64° so he doesn't leave sweat stains all over his mansions. No, really. It says that and we'll see that when the report gets released but for now it's only been "leaked" because that's the kind of thing objective scientists do.

The only thing that we can be sure is that Mardony's case of the vapors have become rapid and drastic as he clings to his religion. He probably shouldn't be drawing scientific conclusions from the DNC's editorial page, but he is a "journalist", after all.

mardony said...

Here's the full draft report: "U.S. Global Change Research Program: Climate Science Special Report"

13 federal agencies, 673 pages of science.


mardony said...


"Sebastian Gorka, a White House national security adviser, defended President Donald Trump’s silence on an explosion at a Minnesota mosque by suggesting it could have been a fake hate crime 'propagated by the left.'"


tfhr said...

4:33 - draft report

4:48 - Any proof that it isn't? It wouldn't be the first fake hate crime or even the hundredth. Could've been Lena Dunham's American Airlines haters or even the Russians. Just to be safe, let's save a space on the list:

Joey the Gay Bartender

Bill Clark

Brian Telfair

Jaime Hurtado

Aisha Ismail

Karen Mathews Davis

Linda Sarsour

Unnamed Pakistani-American in Queens

Heather Franklin

Samantha Wells

Nathan Stang

Azhar Hussain

USC Diverse Neighbor

Alexandria Butler and Elizabeth Police

Justin Lamar Coleman

Daniel Drezner/Josh Dawsey

Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee

Curtis Flournoy

DeWitt Lambert

Cainin Hakeem Milton

Gustavus Adolphus College Diversity Leadership Team

Isreali Jewish Center Bomb Hoaxer

Andrew King

Clive Jamar Wilson

Muhammad Ali Jr.

Halley Bass

Washington Cemetery

Khizr Khan

Hisham Saadi

Juan Thompson

Lakeville, Minnesota Non-Caucasian Special Ed Student

Scott Young

Kelly Carter

Osama Nazzal

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Michael Kee

Mike Hager


Anne Arundel High School's Kool Kids Klan

David Williams

Kara Stevens

Muslim Friend of Aisha Sharif at San Diego State

University of Michigan Hijab Wearer

Andrew McClinton

Vincent Palmer

Yasmin Seweid

Villanova University

William Tucker

Taylor Volk

Kirkland Phony Postelection Sexual Assault Victim

Williams College Fake Blood Splatterers

Neighborhood Town Watch Anti-Hijab Letter

Eleesha Long

Malden, MA Phony Trumpsters Victim

Sara Farsakh

Kathy Mirah Tu

Chris Ball

Ashley Boyer

University of Louisiana Heisted Hijab

Abdul Aziz

Brooklyn Muslim Community Center Teens

London, Ontario Islamic Shopper

Calum McSwiggan

Marcus Owens

Hamza Warsame

Alexis Adams

SIUC White is Right Video

Salisbury University Graffiti Artists


Jordan D. Brown

Bingen Syrian

Eric Danko and Jordan Schaeffer

Manhattan Self-Slasher

Seattle Africatown Center Graffiti

Mari Poindexter

Phony Nevada Klansmen

Saida Chatti

Julian Kinzel

Imani Perry

Asha Burwell and Friends

Jesus Francisco Cabrera

Michael Dekota McRae

Gary Nathaniel Moore

San Bernardino Backlash

Mercutio Southall

Hyacinth Peccoo

Clive Higgins and Lonnie Blackwell

Anonymous Liar From India in Orangeburg County, SC

Kayla-Simone McKelvey

Hidden Dores

Royall Must Fall

Shalaria Jones

Emmanuel Bowden

Kynnedi Grant

Clarke Perkins


Payton Head

Mizzou Fecal Swastika

Berkeley High

Dorothy Bland

Georgia Tech Person of Preferred Pigmentation

Melvin and Angelica Hale

Haakon Gisvold

University of Delaware

Ahmed Muhamed

Ashley Powell

Garnet Coleman

John Sherman

Carol Anne and Laura Stutte

Minati Roychoudhuri

Frank Elliott

Planned Parenthood

Shaun King

Julie Baker

Vincent Broughton

Rick Jones

Connie St Louis

Rachel Dolezal

Tahera Ahmad

Phony University of Minnesota Rape Victim

Sarah Silverman

Kassim Alhimidi

George Washington University Swastika

Adam Hoover

Ambreen Sharif

Charles Blow

Morgan Triplett

Desiree Nall

Mindy Brickman

Oberlin College

Lena Dunham

Rolling Stone/Jackie

University of Chicago Facebook Hoax

Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar

Daniele Watts

Keith Jones

Sweet Briar College Hoaxer

Grand Valley State University Student

Richard Kennedy

Anonymous Hercules Middle-High School Student

Joe Williams

Andrea Brazier

Genesis Hernandez

Danya Morales

Toni Christina Jenkins

Dylan Bleier and Matt Alden

Meg Lanker-Simons

Olander Cuthrell

Charlie Rogers

Sharmeka Moffitt

Joseph Baken

Alexandra Pennell

Aimee Whitchurch and Christel Conklin

Quinn Matney

Aubriana Banks

Sarah Marshak

Floyd Elliot

Tawana Brawley

Crystal Gail Mangum

Kerri Dunn

Leah Miller

Ahmad Saad Nasim


There will always be this difference between us: I hope it isn't a hate crime and you hope it is. Hope! It's wasted on the left!

Gallifreakin said...

Bake the f'in cake for gays, but not for a child.
Yeah modern liberalism is sick beyond belief.