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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

More Bread!

In political action inspired by the people in Tunisia, Egyptians get in on the bread and protest craze! More photos here.

This guy

This guy is the best. In the U.S., he would have instantly been shot for brandishing a loaf of bread in such a threatening manner. It is the price of freedom. Hopefully the Tunisians do not have to learn this. Here is an amazing collection of photographs taken in Tunisia recently.

Worries assuaged; Math problems persist

In case you thought the U.S. military forgot its compassionate side:

On Monday, U.S. military officials also strongly denied allegations that Manning, being held in connection with the WikiLeaks' release of classified documents, has been "tortured" and held in "solitary confinement" without due process. . . He is confined to his single-person cell 23-hours per day, permitted one hour to exercise, permitted reading material and given one hour per day to watch television.

See? Not torture.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

As always, our poor children:

Growing numbers of students are sent to college at increasingly higher costs, but for a large proportion of them the gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and written communication are either exceedingly small or empirically nonexistent. . . They might graduate, but they are failing to develop the higher-order cognitive skills that it is widely assumed college students should master.

Widely assumed? Even accepting that, whatever shall we do? How can we possibly make every college graduate as smart as the author of this paper, who seems mystified that college graduates are often dunces and that the college diploma is a just a license to work in an office, rather than at McDonald's? It is a dilemma.

EDIT: I should point out that Exhibit A uses this paper to take a pot-shot at people majoring in business & education (If bolding a line in a quote can be read as an endorsement), in the midst of posts about business and education.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

All The News That's Fit For Large Print

Reminder: the New York Times is the print equivalent of Pat Boone's No More Mr. Nice Guy.

However, I do enjoy living in the 1890s thru 1910s. International Anarchist Syndicates are detonating bombs in Europe and Nihilism is corrupting American youth.

Monday, January 10, 2011

No New Movies in Hollywood

Has anybody seen this movie? I thought it was popular, but it seems like nobody has seen it before. Or, maybe there is some newer remake starring G. Gordon Liddy as Travis Bickle where where his apartment walls are covered with Wall Street Journal editorial pages. "Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take the marginal tax rate anymore."