Higher education is about to get a wake-up call

That’s according to Andrew Gillen.  If you have children or grandchildren who’ll be attending college or university, his report is essential reading.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. In November, the Department of Education released post graduate earnings and debt data broken down by college program — which will have a revolutionary impact on higher education. Students (and policymakers) can now get accurate information about how much recent graduates earned by college and degree (e.g., a Bachelor’s in Physics from Ohio State University). While the data isn’t perfect (it only includes students who received federal financial aid and so far only lists

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Conspiracy theorists are making money out of the Wuhan coronavirus

I’m sick and tired of conspiracy theorists in general, and American capitalist ones in particular (those who use any and every crisis to stir up fear and uncertainty, usually in order to make money out of the gullible).  Alex Jones and his Infowars Web site are prime examples, but there are many more out there. Vice reports that they’re making hay while the Wuhan coronavirus shines, if one can put it that way. Conspiracy peddlers make their money and retain their audiences by selling panic, and they’ve leaped onto this new epidemic with glee … The claims are multiplying by the day. The

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Nikon is quitting the riflescope market – and there are some great deals to be had

A few months ago, it emerged that Nikon was planning to quit the riflescope market.  This was sad news, because Nikon has produced high-quality offerings in the mid-range section of that market;  but the company apparently wants to concentrate its efforts on consumer optics such as binoculars, camera lenses and the like.  One can’t argue with that tighter focus (you should pardon the expression). On the other hand, this means there are some great deals to be had on the company’s remaining stock of riflescopes, particularly those already in vendor’s stocks.  (No, I’m not being paid to advertise them, or receiving

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Borepatch hits one out of the park

Fellow blogger Borepatch has put up an excellent article titled “How Big Business and Big Government get ahead by slowing down the economy“.  Here’s an excerpt. … well managed companies excel at managing innovation … What they don’t excel at – because they’re well managed – is bringing the next, new [innovation] to the market.  You see, the products in that innovation stream very well might undercut their current cash cow products. So what do they do?  Enter the Regulatory State.  The Government starts issuing all sorts of regulations about this and that, to protect children and kittens and sunshine. 

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Perhaps we need a Lemon Law for the “woke” news media?

Many states in the USA have so-called “Lemon Laws“.  These provide that if a consumer item (typically a car, etc.) fails to meet normal standards of quality and performance, the purchaser can return it to the vendor for a more satisfactory replacement or a full refund. After this public display of scorn and derision by CNN pundit Don Lemon and his guests (frequent CNN contributor Wajahat Ali and former Republican strategist Rick Wilson) the other night, perhaps we need to expand Lemon Laws to deal with his ilk, too. Mr. Lemon tried to defend himself and his guests last night, but in a fashion I can

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How is it possible that California can’t provide a record of what it’s spent???

This simply boggles my mind.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. Just a few of the serious financial problems facing California include unfunded public employee pension promises, a potential state credit downgrade, an unprecedented homeless crisis, and a net out-migration of 912,000 residents since 2010. One easy step California can take is to join every other state in the union and open up its state checkbook for review. Allowing citizens, journalists, watchdogs, academics, and public policy experts to review state spending would help the state get its fiscal house in order. Unfortunately, last fall, California State Controller Betty Yee (pictured) rejected

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Online, you have no privacy

It’s hard to emphasize how little privacy – effectively, none – we have online in this digital age.  The risks to our personal, confidential information are enormous.  For most of us, they don’t amount to more than the danger of credit card fraud, or something like that;  but for others, particularly those active in any sphere of public debate or opinion-forming, they may be targeted by those opposed to their positions.  Such targeting may even become physical, rather than merely electronic.  (Consider, for example, the union activists who blockaded [on private property] the families of politicians with whose policies they

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Exposing an anti-gun hoax?

Last week Dr. Joseph Sakran alleged, in an article in the Baltimore Sun, that an implied death threat had been placed on his car.  On Twitter he provided a picture of the printed threat, and another of it placed beneath a windshield wiper on his car.  (He’s since deleted the Twitter images.) Astute Twitterati observers analyzed the images.  They very quickly realized that the reflections in the windshield, and the surrounding environment, showed that the vehicle was parked in a domestic garage (presumably his);  and the photograph of the paper, taken in what looked like a normal home, showed his bare leg.  In

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Debunking myths about cast iron cookware

The use and care of cast iron cookware is almost a religion in many kitchens in America – not to mention outdoor cooking aficionados.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been told that one should never use soap on cast iron cookware (“It’ll destroy the seasoning!”), or use metal cooking utensils with it (“It’ll scratch the surface!”), or another warning against the heinous crime of disrespecting one’s cast iron. Thanks to a recent social media post, I was led to a page on Lodge Manufacturing’s Web site.  Lodge makes most of the cast iron cookware produced in

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