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Thursday, June 7. 2018
Six Facts About D-Day You Never Learned in School
D-Day, 74 years later: Remembering the heroic chaplains and priests of Normandy
Knott's Berry Farm: Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant stays true to its past
A Crucial Archaeological Dating Tool Is Wrong, And It Could Change History as We Know It
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to honeymoon in world’s most boring place - Canada
Association of Cannabis Use With Adolescent Psychotic Symptoms
What is pornography?
Google Walks Away From America's Security - It bowed to pressure instead of standing up for our country
Google is an international company, not wedded to America
Psychologist in 1960: Rejecting Moral Accountability Was a Big Mistake - Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose
Pleasure-seeking can be a purpose
The recycling scam
Obama-era FAA hiring rules placed air traffic controller diversity ahead of safety, lawyer says
2014: "Among the biggest obstacles to educating children are disruptive students whose antics, threats, and violence can make education virtually impossible": 4 Years Ago, Thomas Sowell Lambasted the Obama Policies that Would Lead to the Florida School Shooting
ICE: A “Clean DACA Fix” Will Create An Explosion Of Illegal Immigration
Border arrests remain near peak of Trump era
Troubling US Navy review finds widespread shortfalls in basic seamanship
Reminder to the USN: You do ships
Pruitt Aide Resigns Amid Scandals - Millan Hupp filed her paperwork shortly after portions of her congressional testimony were made public.
8 Times Obama’s Intelligence Agencies Set People Up To Fabricate The Russia Story
MORE FBI LIES: Bureau Redacted Strzok-Page Texts to Omit 2015 Overseas Spying on US Citizens
Trump Is Choosing Eastern Europe - The real meaning of the mini-crises sparked by his ambassador to Germany
Europe turns away from the US — and bites the hand that feeds
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Things I won't say in public: I worked for 15 years as a PhD researcher in the field of biomedical research. After what I saw, unless they went to one of the absolute top medical schools (Harvard or Johns Hopkins), I won't go see an African-American physician (someone who's African from Africa is fine). I used to, but I don't anymore because of the consistent issues I've seen regarding general knowledge levels, ability to problem-solve, fluency with case data, and overall attitude.
This situation didn't come out of nowhere. Because of educational pipeline issues, the med school admissions standards for black American have been dropped to the point where it's noticeable. Again if they went to Harvard or Johns Hopkins that's acceptable, because those top schools skim off the thin layer of qualified candidates. It's the middle-tier schools that have to sharply drop standards in order to get their diversity numbers into the acceptable range for the federal government and US World reports rankings.
But hey! As long as major sports teams refuse to practice affirmative action and only take the absolute top candidates because to do otherwise would reduce their effectiveness, all is well I guess.
For whatever it's worth, the surgeon I had for my first operation was African-American, he was excellent and an all-around good guy. He had a top-notch reputation in the medical community. I think he went to Howard for undergrad, can't remember where he went to medical school. We would see him from time to time around town and he would always ask how I was doing. The surgeons on the 3 subsequent surgeries I've had in my life were Iranian, Indian and Chinese. All were good. My present PCP is from Hong Kong, many of her patients speak Cantonese as their first language. Don't like her as much as my prior doctor (he quit practicing medicine because of Obamacare) because her personality is very formal, but she's definitely competent.
Re navy seamanship.
After the Navy tailhook scandal the Clinton administration said they were going to change the Navy culture and they did this by feminizing the Navy. Now the sailors drive like women.
"Pornography is morally acceptable"
I don't know if it is or isn't. That isn't and shouldn't be the point. It is a legal and protected right. I can read Shakespeare or 50 shades of grey. I can look at a Picasso or a cheap porn movie. I cannot think of a reason why I shouldn't be able to. I don't believe those who say it harms you any more than I believe your honeymoon harms you (well, it turns out that for 50% of the public the honeymoon does indeed lead to social and monetary harm). I'm just not sure it should ever be anyone else's business.
Ref Knotts Berry Farm.
Fascinating tale, but I always cringe whan a facility gets 'updated' . inevitably (over and over again) the results of 'modern' standards destroys the character that defined the original. You wind up with a Disney-fied but thoroughly sterile experience.
Anyone whose been to Preservation Hall while it was still a proper dive should be able to appreciate what was lost.
This New Orleans ex-pat seconds that, and loudly. Unfortunately, the Crescent City is losing, or more accurately, throwing away more and more. It's getting to the point that WDW's Port Orleans is more authentic than the city it was meant to caricature.
Among the biggest obstacles to educating children are disruptive students whose antics, threats, and violence can make education virtually impossible"
That's why you homeschool.
We have lots of friends who homeschooled but how many of the general population could? My wife is a first-grade teacher and can't even get parents to initial the kids' planner. Homeschooling is fine but not the answer to anything. To be fair the answer sure isn't government schools either.
"the answer sure isn't government schools either."
It was once. I graduated high school in 1961 and I can assure you that the teachers and the schools did a good job back then. Class size was typically 35 students in grade school and everyone learned to read, learned math and developed English skills.
I encountered a lot of poor schools and less than competent teachers during my children's education. But I remember one example that stands out and is a useful comparison. My daughters 6th grade teacher was all business, visiting her classroom you had no doubt she was in control. Silence, children studying, 3 or 4 students were already tackling algebra while others were catching up to their 6th grade level in math. But this teacher was eligible for retirement and waiting until after Jan 1st gave her the highest retirement income. When I next visited my daughters class after Jan 1st it was a madhouse. There were two teachers aides in addition to the teacher. So much noise the teacher needed to step outside the class to talk with me. All the children were drawing/painting. The previous teacher eschewed teachers aides because they were incompetent (they didn't have college degrees and most seemed to have learned nothing in K-12 themselves. They were essentially welfare moms who were hired by the state to help teachers, no skills and no commitment to the job. That juxtaposition between the old school teacher and the modern teacher really explains it all.
" Obama-era FAA hiring rules placed air traffic controller diversity ahead of safety, lawyer says"
Duh. Give a community organizer the Oval Office and the hilarity ensues. Or in this case, millions of lives are put in needless jeopardy because of inclusiveness.
Worst president in 100 years. Hands down.