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Wednesday, March 23. 2016
Female Researcher: We Must Make STEM Courses ‘Less Competitive’ to Be More ‘Inclusive’ of Women
Does signaling also help you to do better?
20 rules for making money from P.T. Barnum
Emory Students Complain School Is ‘Unsafe’ Because Administrators Tolerate Trump Support
In Face of Minimum Wage Madness, Carl’s Jr. Considering Automated Restaurants
Court Orders 6-Year-Old Foster Child Removed From Only Family She Knows—Because She's 1/64 Choctaw
I thought race was a social construct
Yiannopoulis: How to beat me
Face of Minimum Wage Madness, Carl’s Jr. Considering Automated
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Hillary Clinton Wants To Use Obamacare For Illegal Immigrants
Was Bill Clinton stoned yesterday in Arizona?
Why Trump is Afraid of 'Crazy' Megyn Kelly
TRUMP & FAUXCHAHONTAS
We are back in a ground war in Iraq
Flashback: New York Times mocked Trump for saying “there is something bad going on” in Brussels
Brussels Attacks Fuel Debate Over Migrants in a Fractured Europe
I would hope so
A terrorist attack has happened in Europe. Let the standard response begin…
Steyn: So "British Muslims Fear Repercussions Over Tomorrow's Train Bombing" is now joined by "Belgian Cabinet Minister Says Tomorrow's Train Bombing Is All Our Fault".
It's not a war
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re Was Bill Clinton stoned yesterday in Arizona?
My guess is no. I believe he is just fatigued. He looks like a tired old man.
Step daughter saw him at a 'nonpolitical' event a few weeks ago. She thought he looked and acted fine.
"I believe he is just fatigued. He looks like a tired old man."
Yes, all opinions of him aside, the family should not be dragging him from pillar to post on a stressful campaign trail.
But then, what do I know? I'm not an Underwood, er, Clinton.
My contempt for Swedish education, ideology, etc. knows no boundaries.
Yes, when students acquire skills they feel better about themselves.
Yes, when teacher in grade 1 inflates a student's grade, then you can count on a teacher in grade 2 doing the same thing. We have had this system in play in African/American schools for so many years now that none of them graduate high school with anything far beyond what we would in the past have considered to be a 6th grade level of understanding.
Yeah sure y'a betcha grade inflation works--geez louise when do these people wake up ?
I took STEM, started out in engineering and graduated in Physics. The only competition was against the book and the SOB in the front of the room who was making our brains hurt.
Sure, some made better grades than others, but it wasn't a competition, it was just a concern those with lower grades might screw up and kill someone if they graduated.
Almost all the learning was group based by happenstance, either in labs, or sitting around a table trying to squeeze some comprehension into our brains. I had one take home portion of a final in upper level physics that was worked on as a class (of 5 or 6) for finals week. I guess you could call that a capstone?
Funny, I don't remember any slackers in the group. Everyone seemed to contribute. Not like some more recent non-IT classes I took for a graduate certificate.
give the girls an asterisk grade.
meaning, she tried really hard and participated and got gold stars and everything and is a dear dear snowflake.
Why do those calling themselves feminists keep admitting that women (as a group, with exceptions--I've known some) just can't do the work for these classes, or just are not interested?
But, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. It's got to be dumbed down to their level.
1/64 Choctaw? Last I read, she isn't even eligible for money from oil wells or casinos with no more than that. Maybe I could be declared a member of one of my ancestors tribes.
(blonde hair and blue eyes-LOL)
As one who has taken in emergency foster children (meaning they are usually delivered in the dead of night by the police), I am appalled that the political system would allow this child to be removed from the family who has welcomed her and loved her for so many years. If the "blood" relations cared so much, they would have stepped in before her birth parents abused her to the point that the state had to run interference. These laws need review and the judges need to be disbarred.
This law reeks of racism. It was passed as a favor to a special interest crony group. But seriously 1/64th? My own two children are 1/8th Indian and you would have had to kill me to take my babies from me. Not so much when they became teens though. Seriously are they Indians or white if they are only 1/64th Indian. After all that means they re 63/64ths something else.
Have you watched Megyn Kelly's show lately? It is a bash Trump fest. Her question last summer in the first debate was pathetic and, to me, came out of nowhere. I instantly assumed she had it out for Trump. And that was before everything else she's done.
I would assume that everyone can now see through her after she had Michelle Fields on her show more than once, to bad mouth Trump's campaign manager for an attack that never was. Kelly gladly gave this woman lots of air time to push her false story.
What kind of journalism is that?
Yes, Kelly does have it out for Trump. She has since the beginning. Who knows why, but Trump has a right to complain. No other candidate got hit like that last July...It was out of line and inappropriate for the first debate to bring up such stupid stuff.
Kelly has a multi-million dollar book deal. She wants to make use of her air time to develop an audience for it. Follow the money; hatred and mendacity rule.
It's not a war
That's right. In order for there to be a war, both sides have to fight.
My daughter is an Engineering student and doing just fine. She doesn't need an SJW to devalue her degree.
Court Orders 6-Year-Old Foster Child Removed From Only Family She Knows—Because She's 1/64 Choctaw
Sorry, I can't help hearing actor John Michael Higgins' character in the film For Your Consideration (2006):
"Would it surprise you to learn that I am one-eighth Mighty Choctaw?"
The standard response to foreign terror was on display here in NYC yesterday.
It may have only been my stops (though I doubt it) but the police set up tables to check bags at the 2 subway stations I use. One of them, Penn Station, kind've makes sense. The other, 66th Street, doesn't.
Unless overkill is the name of the game. Or overtime. I'm not sure which.
I told my wife about the fact these tables crop up after each bombing, and she said "I'm fine with that."
I'm not. It's reactive. It's just a PR stunt for the police and politicians to say "we did something" when nothing is, in fact, being done.
Those bag checks have revealed exactly ZERO threats. Good job, guys.
I'm not opposed to the police or their appearance to keep crime at a minimum. But this kind of response to terror is more comical than reasonable.
We should be taking our counter-terrorism training from Israel. All about profiling people, and it works. Hoping we get a president who can delve into that aspect of security. We are wasting people's time by looking at bags rather than the people carrying the bags. Ridiculous. Terrorists are laughing every day at our ignorance and stupidity.
Bird Dog: I thought race was a social construct
Choctaw is not a race.
That's right. It's a tribe of Indians (is Indian a race?). A tribe is just as much or more of a social construct as race is.
The point is that this little girl has no real association with that tribe yet because she is distantly related to somebody in a tribe, that is supposed to take precedence over her current family. It all seems a lot like "single drop of blood rule" that was used to disenfranchise blacks and any of their descendants.
mudbug: It's a tribe of Indians (is Indian a race?).
Dividing humanity into races doesn't properly represent the wide diversity and overlapping characteristics of humans.
mudbug: The point is that this little girl has no real association with that tribe yet because she is distantly related to somebody in a tribe
The U.S. had a history of taking away children from their Indian parents in order to "civilize" them. Her blood relatives have been trying for years to get custody. That she grew up with foster parents is due to the foster parents' legal battle, which has prolonged their custody. Generally, blood relatives, even distant ones, have priority.
Z: Dividing humanity into races doesn't properly represent the wide diversity and overlapping characteristics of humans.
That sounds pretty color-blind for a lefty!
Z: Generally, blood relatives, even distant ones, have priority.
From what I've been able to find out, the issue is her "Choctaw blood" which brings the Indian Child Welfare Act into play. What the US government may have done in the past or to others has no bearing on this case unless there is some evidence that this is happening here which doesn't appear to be the case. One wonders were those blood relatives were for the past four or five years.
mudbug: That sounds pretty color-blind for a lefty!
It's anthropological. Dividing the human family into five races is a social construct. That doesn't mean it doesn't have cultural significance. Consider the history of blacks in the U.S., for instance.
mudbug: One wonders were those blood relatives were for the past four or five years.
Fighting for custody.
Lexi's biological parents relinquished custody years ago but apparently not to her extended family. A lower court had ruled that because of Lexi’s Choctaw bloodline, she was required by law to live with relatives under the federal Indian Welfare Act but Lexi was taken to live with the Utah couple, who are not Native Americans, but are related by marriage to her father. It's hard to see why the Indian Welfare Act demands that a child who has a miniscule portion of Choctaw blood be delivered to a family who is not Indian.
As you say, race, and by extension tribe is a social construct. And as you say, it doesn't properly represent the wide diversity and overlapping characteristics of humans and presumably Lexi is one of those humans. But the fact that she has some Choctaw blood is what is driving this decision. The welfare of the child is not being considered.
"it’s not only women but also minorities that she considers incapable of taking STEM classes the way they are now."
My classes at MIT were full of minorities. Plenty of Asians and a fair sprinkling of blacks - of course, many of those were born in Africa, not America.
Back in the '90s, the point was made that one of the most successful groups in the US was blacks from outside the US indicating it was not racism that was holding down blacks.
It bothers me when people compare Donald Trump to P T Barnum, Barnum never said "there's a sucker born every minute" and he never would have. Barnum was a showman who knew the public wanted spectacle and he prided himself on giving them their money's worth.
Trump, by contrast, seems to take his rules straight out of Machiavelli - winning is all that matters and you do what you gotta do to win. How many of Barnum's rules does Trump violate?
(Barnum also funded more "socially uplifting" ventures such as bringing opera singer Jenny Lind to America, lecture halls, hospitals, and Tufts University. He was a staunch abolitionist who, unfortunately perhaps, took his "moral uplift" too far - he was also the Connecticut legislator most responsible for the Connecticut law overturned in Griswold. Very interesting man.)
From the paper:
"Poststructuralism 'rejects objectivity and the notions of an absolute truth and single reality,' and 'knowledge is complicated, contradictory, and contingent to a certain social context and historical context.'”
If any disciplines prove that there IS a such thing as objective truth, STEM disciplines are them. Which makes it obvious why these people are trying to change them.