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Most politicians: 1. Don't understand economics 2. Consider things they don't understand to be unimportant. 3. Don't believe in absolutes. 4. Cannot grasp the concept that natural laws have no pity and are not open to negotiation, including economic laws that are based on natural people acting rationally.
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Tuition Pays for This

Ed52 Wrote: 17 hours ago (11:00 AM)
I don't think it's just the "xxxx studies", the whole liberal arts curriculum has been overturned because the fundamentals, produced by dead white guys, has been deemed evil and irrelevant. From what I've seen a student would learn more from reading vintage Classics Illustrated comic books than from reading what is considered literature in current college courses.
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Tuition Pays for This

Ed52 Wrote: 17 hours ago (10:51 AM)
The academic world has been protected for a long time but the cartel of "certified education" will be overwhelmed and indignant as the information they have traditionally rationed is becoming more and more freely available. Once more businesses and industries realize (as has the IT world) that individuals can and have acquired skills and knowledge in non-traditional ways, the value of a college degree will decline rapidly. Recognition and appreciation of common sense and intelligence should occur if an individual has done so without incurring massive debt and has eschewed patently useless, current buzz-word titled, politically correct courses. To the student: 1. Make sure all the courses taken assist in making you a more rounded person or have a direct bearing on your career goals; these are not contradictory. The required course choices are important, don't go for the easy A, learn and absorb from substantive courses 2. Treat college like a job. Wake up like you're going to work, show up at every class, study and get work done. It's always easy to find someone to waste time with. Schedule work first, you'll have to do it in real life, get used to it. 3. It is very important that you learn how to communicate effectively, learn how to assess and comfortably address an audience of any size; acquire the skills of spelling, grammar and rhetoric. Writing clearly and concisely, expressing yourself accurately, reduces misunderstandings and excuses.
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World Under the Gun

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 19, 2014 7:45 PM
In my area the few local factories are always looking for help - very few entry-level applicants pass the drug tests.
I fully understand a bureaucratic manager increasing headcount in anticipation of a future budget cut forcing him/her to reduce staff. When there is no bottom line accountability the standards of performance are just another area of subjectivity in an ongoing game where the primary goal of every individual is surviving to full retirement. Remember the fundamentals: All government programs are deemed to be crucial to the national interest, all benefit by more funding and suffer tragically if impeded by budget cuts, all perform at 100% efficiency in magnificently accomplishing whatever their title says or implies they do and anyone who says, or even doubts, different is a selfish bigot with no compassion.
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He's a Conservative! Get the Noose!

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 19, 2014 7:29 PM
Careful, it seems that just knowing how to tie a noose makes one a racist. The politically correct elitists would have no idea how to tie that particular knot and no desire to learn. Therefore, anyone who does has evil intentions.
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Ferguson and Mainstream Media Malfeasance

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 19, 2014 7:21 PM
Thank you for fighting against those who believe they know what happened better than anybody who was actually there. The recent emphasis on feelings and emotions trumping reality, including history, has produced an environment wherein any attempt to bring reality, responsibility and truth to this story or any other story has to battle public complacency, sloth and prideful ignorance. The government and MSM have developed an environment that is both devoid of absolutes and objective meaning and clouded with political party jingoism; what is said today has no relation to what was reported yesterday. Facts, logic and reason have little effect when dealing with an attitude of "Of course you're going to believe me instead of your own eyes." Common sense isn't so common these days and the things that people know for sure that just ain't so are overwhelming the actual facts. Just as it is easy to ridicule Palin for statements made by Tina Fey, the feelings and impressions of well-meaning, "right-thinking" individuals are paramount in believing they are correct and entitled to censor and remove opposing ideas. Anyone differing in opinion, belief or knowledge is not intelligent enough to have an independent thought and must be protected from themselves. Rational debate and argument is just too hard -- it not only requires logic, rhetorical skills and a sound background knowledge of objective facts it requires an audience willing to listen and think. Acting on feelings and mental constructs is much more comfortable and satisfying and anyone granting validity to both sides of a question has already lost.
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How The GOP Whiffs The Pursuit Of Happiness

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 19, 2014 10:23 AM
As long as we succumb to a succession of hot-button, irrelevant issues that deflect attention from the real problems we will continue to decline. Real problems of entitlements, benefits, job growth, taxes, and national security are hard to solve because they are complex, require depth of understanding, will result in inconvenience or worse and require acknowledging past errors and misunderstandings. Our current crop of fearless leaders, in both parties, are so desperate to keep their jobs they cannot afford to begin considering real, effective solutions; they will continue to treat the symptoms and hope the crises are sufficiently deferred into another's reign.
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Random Thoughts

Ed52 Wrote: Aug 19, 2014 10:20 AM
Only if one received a high school education more than 40 years ago - back when students actually learned how to learn and think.
Regardless of the arrested reporters compliance or non-compliance with with "lawful orders". We are looking at a symptom of degraded press freedom resulting from MSM collusion and acquiescence. 1. The current administration has been treated as a protected class with no little criticism or analysis of what it has done or not done. 2. The MSM has accepted an absurd amount of filtering and restrictions on what they have access to in government. 3. There is tacit acceptance, by insiders, to the idea that reporters should be subject to some sort of government certification/licensing; educated, thinking individuals cannot perform effectively without indoctrination as to what journalism truly is. 4. Political correctness is increasingly used as a filter for what is acceptable to be reported. 5. Stories presented in an objective, accurate, straight forward manner are instantly considered to be biased to the right while stories that ignore negative aspects of liberal initiatives are, by definition, not biased. 6. Lack of objectivity, inserting opinion/analysis in a news story, is considered intellectually astute - not the product of an idealogue.
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