Will the pandemic pop the higher education bubble?

College Fix thinks it may. … when large universities shift their course offerings online during a global pandemic, it might get students wondering – why would they continue to pay exorbitant fees for dorms, meal plans, and parking, when they can get the same instruction sitting at home in front of their computers? Once a large university proves it can provide a reasonable facsimile of its course offerings without the enormous expense, students may start to demand they do so. College affordability and student debt are two of the most pressing issues to young Americans today – they would no

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COVID-19: The facts as of March 12, 2020

There are lots of things happening around the coronavirus epidemic – sorry, it’s a pandemic now – but most of them revolve around issues we’ve already addressed in earlier articles here, and others have addressed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Still, it’s good to have accurate, insightful information on which to base our own decisions and actions, and that’s what I try to present here. Let’s start with the situation in health care.  It’s looking pretty dire.  Italy has so many cases of the disease that doctors have advised medics to “stop treating the elderly and focus on those with better survival chances“.  That’s

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“California Is a Cruel Medieval State”

That’s the opinion of Victor Davis Hanson, who writes: A paradox ensues that Californians both have a high, indeed smug, view of themselves and yet do a lot of damage to their fellow human beings. Their haughtiness is based largely on the reality that Silicon Valley, sandwiched between Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, became the birthplace of the global computer, internet, social media, and a high-tech revolution. For progressives who deprecate the capitalist lifestyle, having a lot of money still allows one to say one thing and live out the opposite. The state’s multi-trillion-dollar companies have hired tens of thousands

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COVID-19 and container imports – the cupboard is bare

OK, folks, this isn’t a news broadcast or a government statement.  This video was put up today by a truck driver at the Port of Los Angeles.  She shows us the real conditions on the ground at the container facility there, thanks to the coronavirus epidemic.  I’ll let her do the talking. If you buy much from stores that rely on Chinese products – stores like Walmart, Target, Harbor Freight, and many others – you can now see where they’re going to be a couple of months from now.  What’s in the supply pipeline right now – the containers that

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More on buying the election

Tucker Carlson seems to agree with my earlier article. I think this is a very serious issue, and one all of us need to think about.  Are we willing to allow American politics to be decided by the highest bidder?  And, if not, what are we going to do about it? Peter

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Coronavirus: a factual update

There’s a lot happening around China’s coronavirus epidemic.  Some is good news, much is not.  Unfortunately, the facts are all too often swamped by speculation and rumor-mongering.  For some reason, some people seem to like alarming everybody else, and they’re spreading falsehoods and made-up nonsense all over the Internet.  Please fact-check every report you read, and consider the source.  It’s hard to find good, accurate information out there. However, there are some reports that appear to be telling the truth, and providing solid information.  I’ve gathered a few together here. First, the disease itself, and how it progresses.  Dr Peng

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Saturday Snippet: the 1929 stock market slams headlong into reality

In their book “The Day the Bubble Burst“, Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts examine the human side of the 1929 stock market crash that precipitated the Great Depression. There are many parallels between the behavior of markets and individuals prior to the Crash, and those we see today.  The divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is at least as pronounced today, if not more so, and of course there are many more people in the country – and the world – to be affected by such divisions.  Attitudes are also very materialistic, the focus entirely on worldly reward and material

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Coronavirus: the spiraling economic impact

We’ve all seen the speculation about the coronavirus recently discovered (or should that be unleashed?) in China.  The health issues are well-known, and are being very urgently addressed all over the world.  What many people haven’t thought about (or, at least, not enough) is the economic impact. China is now the world’s largest or second-largest manufacturing economy, depending on whose figures you believe.  The majority of consumer goods bought and sold around the world come from there – but their production has been almost completely disrupted as quarantines prevent people from coming to work, keep factory doors closed, and generally

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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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Chicago’s quality of life, by the numbers

I note that according to HeyJackass (which Second City Cop calls “the ONLY trusted source for actual crime numbers” – and do read the comments there, too), Chicago has passed another grim milestone for 2019. Five-hundred-plus homicides in a year . . . The latest mass shooting in Chicago says a great deal about why the numbers are so high.  Note that the gathering concerned was to honor – HONOR!!! – the memory of a thug and criminal who tried to carjack a vehicle, and was shot in the attempt.  Congratulations to the shooter, and thank you for removing a menace from the streets of Chicago.

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