A self-centered, narcissistic, “I’m entitled!” whiner

Kim du Toit refers to some things as “RCOB moments”, meaning “Red Curtain of Blood”.  Something is so egregiously wrong, or stupid, or ridiculous, that one experiences a red curtain of blood over one’s vision as one instantly loses one’s temper.  Comprehensively. I had such a moment – several of them, in fact – while reading this article. I have $235,000 of student debt. The first $120,000 came with a bachelor’s degree from my state school. Another $70,000 or so came with my master’s degree. The remainder is accrued interest. . . . I would have to begin devoting half of my

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“People are getting dumber. That’s not a judgment; it’s a global fact.”

Evan Horowitz examines the global phenomenon of declining IQ scores. For a while, rising IQ scores seemed like clear evidence of social progress, palpable proof that humanity was getting steadily smarter — and might even be able to boost brainpower indefinitely. Scholars called it the “Flynn effect,” in homage to J.R. Flynn, the researcher who recognized its full sweep and import. These days, however, Flynn himself concedes that “the IQ gains of the 20th century have faltered.” A range of studies using a variety of well-established IQ tests and metrics have found declining scores across Scandinavia, Britain, Germany, France and Australia.

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“Forget Bribery. The Real Scam Is Pretending That Degrees Have Value.”

That’s the title of an article in Bloomberg by Elaine Ou.  She makes some good points. … none of the parents involved in the recent college admissions bribery scandal tried to get their kids into Caltech or MIT, the sort of universities where students are generally expected to acquire skills relevant to a productive career. As it turns out, parents pay obscene sums to marshal their offspring into elite schools not for the sake of education, but to secure their offspring’s socioeconomic status. Successful parents in the upper middle class can leave money to their children, but that doesn’t guarantee entrée into the social elite. The more

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I daresay Sgt. Furrh was looking down and smiling proudly

Here’s your feel-good story of the week. Terri Furrh was a little confused at first when she was asked to get out of alphabetical order at the Moulton High School graduation Friday night and go to the back of the line. But as soon as principal Jamie Dornak spoke about the stretch of highway between Moulton and Shiner, a line of law enforcement officers and first responders walked up to the left side of the stage in the gymnasium in place of their fallen brother, the late Sgt. David Furrh, she understood. . . . Furrh was killed in 2000 while

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Heh

I suppose I could have headlined this “Truth and its consequences”.  I received this via e-mail, origin unknown.  Clickit to biggit. Hey, at least he/she didn’t say “Clubbed baby seal” or “Fried delta smelt“! Peter

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Yet another faked incident. Why are they always from the left?

I can’t help but notice that, whenever an attack or plot or shibboleth is exposed as fake by the mainstream media – racist slogans daubed on church or dormitory walls, shots allegedly fired at minority homes, bigotry on open display – the fakery appears to come from the left-wing, progrressive side of US politics.  Have you ever heard of a right-winger doing the same thing?  I’ve seriously tried to find such reports.  If you know of any, with supporting evidence such as a news report, please let us know in Comments.  It would be obscurely reassuring, somehow . . . sort of

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IQ, countries, and coping skills

Readers who’ve been following my series of articles on the current Ebola crisis in Congo will recall that one of the biggest problems is cultural blindness to the seriousness of the problem.  This article sums up the local cultural approach.  The root of the problem is, one’s dealing with a very low local level of average intelligence.  I’m not being racist or discriminatory in the least by saying that;  it’s a scientific, measurable fact.  That lack of intelligence overall makes it very, very difficult to educate the locals into a healthier, more rational approach to the problem. (That doesn’t only apply to

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Where do all our democratic socialists come from? The US education system, of course!

Bill Whittle lays it out in this video clip.  It’s well worth your time to watch it. That’s why our society appears to be infested with liberal idiots, democratic socialists, Antifa, radical feminists, and the like.  They’re almost all the product of the tarnished, propagandistic, left-wing-hijacked American educational system. For the love of God, if you have children or grandchildren, please see to it that they’re given enough food for thought to counteract this inadequate preparation for life and progressive brainwashing!  Home schooling is a good start, for those in a position to provide it.  A solid family life (including extended family) and

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A succinct commentary on the US job market

Received from two readers, origin unknown: Yep.  The number of people still taking degrees in gender and/or ethnic studies, underwater basket-weaving and the like never fails to astonish me.  What’s more, when they finally graduate (weighed down with student loans totaling tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars), they bitch and moan and whine about having to repay the loans, and default at the slightest opportunity.  I know of several who’ve appeared overseas, teaching English in third-world countries, who openly and defiantly state that they refuse to go back to the USA because that would entail accepting responsibility for

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Are on-the-job “apprenticeships” an alternative to higher education?

I was interested to learn that the Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama has been investigating whether German-style “apprenticeships” might be a viable alternativeto college education for the young people of his city. Mayors and governors of both parties tout German-style apprenticeships as an alternative pathway to employment, in the face of ballooning college tuition and the need for career options for noncollege graduates. . . . Fascination with Germany’s apprenticeship model comes at a time when Germany itself is showing signs of fatigue with its own system and adopting a more-American college-based approach. In 2016, about 52% of German high-school graduates became

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