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Tuesday, December 17. 2019
Sorry in advance — this year’s ‘best illusions’ might make your brain hurt
The Great American Cultural Revolution
Portland State University Professor Peter Boghossian tweeted a photo of a flyer advertising a "Queer Ecologies" course.
For Tessa Majors, ever newer and more creative ways of blaming the victim
Biden Commits To Ending “Racist” Standardized Testing In Schools
Including pilot schools, civil engineering, and medical schools?
As Colleges Move To Do Away With The SAT In The Name Of Diversity, Detroit High School Valedictorian Struggles With Low-Level Math
Boris Johnson, Donald Trump’s secret to success: Take best from right, left
I don't know about Boris, but I see Trump as a bold pragmatist, non-ideological
Trump Job Approval And Economy Rating Hit Highs, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; On Ukraine: 52 Percent Say Trump Pursued Personal Interest
Secret Deep State Demands: The FBI Wants Consumers' Credit Data
Meaning the MSM?
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So if, rather than hiring the Cubans, G. Gordon Libby had just lied in an affidavit and gotten J. Edgar's boys to execute a search warrant on the DNC headquarters, Nixon should never have had to resign over Watergate?
Only if he had first switched over to the correct party before dispatching Liddy to spy on Republicans. Let us not forget the power of our premises.
Regarding Tessa: The police are right in a bizarre kind of way. They are right that they have allowed parts of the city to become SO UNSAFE that you must be stupid to go there at night. They are right that since the community leaders in that part of the city that is unsafe have failed in their job so dramatically that you have to be crazy to even walk the fringe of that neighborhood. The politicians are right to point out that since the parents have been exempted for years, decades from actually raising their children that we shouldn't blame the parents. This is the new normal for big cities unless they start enforcing the laws. Because we can't put too many minorities in jail even though they commit crime at 10 times the rate of whites. So if you don't stop the crimes and the minorities continue to commit crimes at horrendous rates then you MUST blame the white victims. Simple as that!
Biden Commits To Ending “Racist” Standardized Testing In Schools
MF reply:Including pilot schools, civil engineering, and medical schools?
As Bird Dog quips, test scores do indicate something. I very much doubt you will find many engineering graduates with a Math SAT under 500, for example. Most would be above 600.
I am reminded of Amy Harmon's NYT article earlier in the year. What I Learned While Reporting on the Dearth of Black Mathematicians. Amy Harmon informs us her tally indicates that blacks comprise 0.7% of tenured mathematicians "at the 50 top research universities" in math. She considers that an example of "racial exclusion."
It’s a fair bet that most math Ph.Ds. got 750 or above on the Math SAT. How do blacks do on the Math SAT? Of those who score 750 or above on the Math SAT, what proportion are black? How does this compare with the 0.7% of tenured mathematicians at the 50 top research universities who are black?
An article from the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education titled "The Widening Racial Scoring Gap on the SAT College Admissions Test" (2006) gives us that information.The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education article informs us that in 2005, there were 244 blacks who scored 750 or above on the Math SAT. Blacks comprised 0.7% of those who scored 750 or above on the Math SAT .
Blacks comprised 0.7% of those who scored 750 or above on the Math SAT, and also comprised 0.7% of tenured Math faculty members at top research universities. Looks to me as if there is no racial exclusion at all in doctoral level mathematics. On the contrary, Math SAT scores and blacks as math professors track very well.
One irony about getting rid of standardized test scores for admission to college, as standardized tests are "racist," is that blacks' college grades indicate they tend to underperform compared to what their SAT/ACT scores would predict.
The answer to your logical argument is that we must stop taking those statistics. Then there will be no logical argument and we can proceed to act as though this is because of racism. Problem solved.
"Beijing is threatening Germany if they block Huawei technology from their 5G network China will announce German autos are unsafe for import"
Note to the free world: Be very careful. China is desperate to get their hardware and software into our 5G network. Why? It is very important to them. There must be something there that they want very much. Considering the evidence and common sense logic that tells us that Huawei is a Trojan Horse. Do not let them in.
5G = the ultimate control of people (to date). NO ONE has tested the long term effects of this technology on humans, plants and other living species.
Think about it. Our leaders have made some horrible decisions on the use of new tech in the past. This one could be a doozy as in remote control of massive grids and destruction of the living being as we know it.
Frankly, we citizens of the world don't have control of the tech at our finger tips now. The abuses become more apparent with every day.
Hell, we're still coping with the invention of the Telephone. And the car. And the plane.
Microwave ovens were supposed to destroy the nutritive value of food.
Wifi was supposed to cause massive amounts of thyroid and other cancers.
Cellular signals - disrupt avian migratory patterns.
5G? (Shrug.) We'll see.
IIRC the University of Texas used to require a math sat of 650 for admission to the engineering college. The administration found that this requirement had an adverse impact on women and minorities, so they eliminated it. To their surprise, there was no noticeable increase in women and minorities in engineering. That's because the math sat is simply an indication you can do math and engineers have to take lots of math courses. For starters, I had the two semester freshman calculus course required of all engineering majors. If you didn't pass you weren't admitted into engineering school. This was followed by differential equations, complex variables, vector analysis, statistics, numerical analysis, partial differential equations, etc. If you can't do math you will not become an engineer.
You will not become a competent engineer, but you may become a credentialed one, entitled to sue if you are not successful in becoming employed or getting promotions.
The FBI wants credit data...they can't honestly deal with any data now and they want more. Shut down the Patriot Act and close the FISA courts. Even the FISA judges refuse to discipline the FBI for the false data they presented. Better yet shut down the FBI and expand the marshalls service. Don't allow any transfers of FBI management into the marshalls service.
Hey, indyjones, don't stop with the FBI! The CIA, DoJ, EPA, Dept of (name it) have morphed far away from the good intentions originally sold to a dumbed-down public. American government needs to be cleaned our and reduced to a doable level.
While that is underway, let's get out of NATO and the UN, which has been used as a NWO tool since Dag Hammarskjold was murdered.
I certainly don't think that Trump was acting against his personal interest in trying to get Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. Does that mean he was acting wrongfully? It would be wrongful if he pursued his personal interest at the expense of the American interest. I haven't seen a shred of argument that he impaired the American interest. If his success is completely aligned with his country's, I don't see the problem.
We've all been convulsed in argument over when and how it's OK to instigate an official investigation of a political rival. The Dem investigation of Trump, for instance, stinks--but not merely because they decided to investigate him. Of course they might have decided they should look into what he was up to, if something aroused their suspicions. The problem was that the thing that supposedly aroused suspicion seemed more like a pretext than anything, was quickly proved nonsense (though they hid that part), and was followed up by lying under oath to secure an extraordinary warrant under a process that's supposed to be limited to surveillance of foreign agents. Get back to me when it seems Trump tried to pull anything like that in looking into Biden's eyebrow-raising behavior.
Has the law changed? Last I looked the (Clinton signed) treaty with Ukraine required the President to affirm that the subject nation - in this case Ukraine - is engaged in an ongoing corruption inquiry before signing off on the monetary rewards. Given that Joe Biden explicitly forbade the Ukrainian government to investigate US citizen involvement in corruption, perhaps PRes. Trump felt that a reassurance would be in order that the investigation should follow where it would lead. After all, if Biden had kept his mouth shut, his son might have been indicted, but he would be in the clear. Hey, a great way to escape corruption charges - just run for president. As a democrat it goes without saying.