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Thursday, October 17. 2013
Oreos Are as Addictive as Cocaine, Study Shows
Investment facts of the day
Flesh Eating Zombie Drug in United States
Why does the New York Times refuse to report on the ongoing Palestinian incitement against Israel?
The terrible fall of the American civil rights movement
Students: The Wannabe Oppressed
Why US government IT fails so hard, so often. One hint: Windows Server 2003 is still good enough for government work.
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac might not be going anywhere after all
Phony Indian leading charge against Redskins
Brit Hume: The Tea Party Forced a Major Fight on the Budget and ObamaCare Precisely Because The Establishment Didn't
Meteorologists Continue Foreseeing Harsh European Winter, “The Worst in Decades”
The Best Used Car Salesman in the World - Terry McAuliffe and the art of the sell.
What today’s conservatives can learn from JFK
Figures.America's Aid and Egypt's Indifference
Radical Leftist Leading Charge Against ‘Redskins’ Is Phony Indian - See
The Terrible Fall of the Civil Rights Movement
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Apparently we don't get the really good Oreos down here in Georgia.
Oreos dipped in milk are better tasting than cocaine as well...you can't dip cocaine in milk.
To be fair, The New York Times' America does suck. Who wants to live in such a place. Free America, on the other hand, is a fine place. I've not done a close survey but I venture that there are pockets of Free America even within the area the New York Times claims as its own backyard.
So tell me again: just when is it white guys are going to start leading their own charge against the femnazis on campus?
Why? Leave the universities to die. Or become girl's finishing schools.
The university served a purpose. Originally, to protect "scholars" from taxes and other royal impositions. Later, they realized they'd better put real effort into this teaching thing lest the public now controlling the purse and the tax laws do them in. Now, they've reverted back to their Medieval purpose with a good PR cover campaign about "education".
We've long had the technology, books, for the true scholar to learn from. We now have the internet to make that even easier and cheaper to achieve. The "campus" is no longer relevant except as a place for pseudo-intellectualism to prance pretending to be independent thought. Original thought being a bridge to far.
The true university these days is a collection of books.
- Thomas Carlyle
So again, why fight over a dying corpse when everything good can be achieved more easily and cheaper by simply focusing on the outcome rather than the antiquated, and now corrupted, delivery system
Unfortunately, the corpse is still needed to produce the important pieces of paper (which can lead to other pieces of paper (e.g. professional licenses) ) while the wake provides a long subsidized party, escape from the woes of daily living and so on.
For funzies, look up the biography of senior enlisted and learn how many now have masters degrees while 30 years ago, high school graduation was the norm.
There isn't a lot you can do about government/military employment credential bubble. Although, the military can self correct were we to have a big war where they needed a lot of people competence rather than credentials. Unfortunately, that correction comes at the cost of a lot of blood spilled due to bad leaders in the first critical moments/weeks/months.
On the other hand, if we concentrate what employers actually need and an efficient way to signal that, say through competency testing. Then the university credential problem will correct first in the private sector where competency matters then in the "public" sector were incompetency is buffered.
Perhaps the modern world's biggest conundrum: using food stamps and other government benefits to improve the quality of life for children.Focusing the benefits on this selected group of recipients has the unintended consequence of increasing the birth rate of "unloved" children; children who are conceived and born for the express purpose of securing financial security for the parents-- by guaranteeing at least 18 years of the fiscal safety net provided to the parents of children. Therefore, we increase the world's population and all that that entails, not to mention the increase of children born into uncaring households.
There are neighborhoods in this country where the results are visible simply by driving through on warm day.
Try driving through on a warm night. Keywords: kevlar; bullet-proof glass.
Sounds like Baltimore on any given summer night. Or, any major Metro area in the states.
And, my wife wonders why I won't take her to shows or concerts down off Pratt Street - I cannot afford both the protection, and the kick-back to get a CCW in MD...
congress must pass a rider to the budget to create federal Oreo rehab program. Its a national emergency.
What the study should have concluded is that welfare and other "free stuff" is as addictive as cocaine. I assume some federal tax money funded this ridiculous study. I assume the same people who did this study have grant requests in for equally important and relevant studies. It makes no sense for the federal government (or any government entity) to be funding studies or giving grants. I don't think oreos are the problem.
Now is the time for Congress to move to amend the legislation authorizing both the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service to remove their ability to close off our national treasures out of spite or on a whim.
I'd say something like the NPS must appear before a federal judge in the district of the monument or park to show cause as to why the closure to the public is necessary and reasonable. And that for every day of closure the NPS budget is reduced by the amount allotted for the operation of the park/monument unless restored by Congress after the re-opening.
I'd go one step further and say that all of the people who were so unnecessary that they could be furloughed should be fired. Why are we paying big salaries for unnecessary employees?
re Meteorologists Continue Foreseeing Harsh European Winter, “The Worst in Decades”
Yeah, yeah. Just the usual blah blah blah, 'and it's caused by global warming'.
The entertaining part comes in the last half of the post where they report on the Greenpeace activists that were arrested on 'piracy' charges for protesting Russian arctic oil exploration.
The formerly pampered little twits are not happy in their cold Russian prison cells and want to go home.