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Clarice

Is Jobs really a four letter word?

Trevor Saccucci

It amuses me no end that the way the federal government computes the "unemployment" numbers flogged hither, thither and yon in the MSM that we could, in theory, simultaneously see no one in the nation working and a zero unemployment rate.

steve

What does it matter? 51% don't care or think the numbers are just peachy or blame Bush and the GOP for the numbers not being even better.

Rick Ballard

Calculated Risk? I see. There must be a perceived need for more intimate exposure to the Rawlsian perspective in this best of all possible worlds.

We are are very fortunate other, perhaps more critical evaluations of this month's Minitrue report exist.

Was the report so good that Mad Ben will find no reason to increase the OPM supply? I doubt it.

Appalled

Today, at Deathless Dialog, The Student Loan Road to Serfdom. I am curious about what you all think.

By the way, I am using the Congressional Record the way Our Gracious Host uses the New York Times. Not because I think much of the minds at work there, but because this is a relatively unexplored publication among bloggers. I like to be unique, and I want hits. It strikes me that talking about the same thing everyone in memeorandum is going on about is not the way to get them.

Note, though, that I do have kind words to say about Liberals, today. You have been warned.

pagar

Repeated from the prior thread.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-12-07/number-workers-aged-25-54-back-april-1997-levels.

While people are saying it was a good job report?

fdcol63

It's all bullsh*t.

henry

What are these celebs complaining about?. That rotting beached whale (no, not Streisand, the one from the ocean) doesn't smell as bad as Obamastan government statistics.

Melinda Romanoff

Calculated Risk does some good work, albeit with a decidedly leftist bent.

Porchlight

Appalled, in your post about Ms. McNamara who cannot afford to pay back her $200K in college loans, $90K of which are from law school, you say:

She probably went to one of those schools you see advertised on cable tv, which make a profit off grants and loans for the government from students like McNamara.

Probably? What evidence do you have? What is your response if it turns out she went to a private college for her BA and a land-grant university law school?

The liberals love to bash the for-profit colleges. But it's a diversion. The so-called for-profits (as if other private schools are not "for profit") still graduate only a fraction of college students and moreover, the college tuition/student loan problem predates them by about 20 years.

Dave (in MA)

All the liberals in my timeline are outraged about how the Republicans hate people with disabilities. So much for the vaunted so-called ability to grok 'nuance' that they've always claimed.

Porchlight

Also if someone chooses to take out $200K in loans isn't it their problem? Like the housing bubble, yet another instance of government meddling raising costs and risk for everyone.

The moral hazard and sheer injustice (to those who pay their loans and/or pay full price w/o taking loans) of allowing students to discharge loans in bankruptcy must be avoided at all costs. I can't believe an intelligent person would even suggest it.

bgates

The moral hazard and sheer injustice (to those who pay their loans and/or pay full price w/o taking loans) of allowing students to discharge loans in bankruptcy must be avoided at all costs

Among the costs are guaranteeing a gargantuan income stream to one of the most left-wing sectors of the country, and guaranteeing them the opportunity to indoctrinate young people in vast numbers.

Also if someone chooses to take out $200K in loans isn't it their problem?

The existence of the concept of bankruptcy demonstrates the answer to that question is "not necessarily".

narciso

Well that was pointless, and considering the Senate has been run by Democrats for five years,

Captain Hate

I don't even bother reading them any more, narc; I just post them as illustrations of the pettiness and spite of those clowns based on the headlines.

fdcol63

"... The Children of the Cornhole ..."

LOL. Always makes me laugh!

Spending cuts first!--jimmyk

The existence of the concept of bankruptcy demonstrates the answer to that question is "not necessarily".

But ideally it's a problem solely between the debtor and creditor (with a legal system to adjudicate), and not taxpayers. But now, it seems, we are all in this together. Well, 53% of us in any case.

narciso

Apparently, the notion that there is still any resistance, keeps Noah, Chaitred, up at night,

The Ewok is still regrafting fur, telling us, wth
knows what he means,

Captain Hate

Btw today ends a week (or maybe 2) of Tammy Bruce returning to terrestrial radio in Laura Ingraham's old slot (God knows where she's off to) followed by one hour of her regular online show. The best part of it was that of the few guests she interviewed, they were people like Claudia Rosett and David Limbaugh; and not embarrassing retreads like Pat Buchanan.

Captain Hate

Yes the Ewok on popular culture is a mixed torture, particularly when he force feeds a Palin comment of pure projection. Shocking that he doesn't like the Nolan Batman movies.

BR

Good news - someone mentioned in a recent thread about people having only so many heartbeats allotted to them in their body's life span and I just wanted to undo that bad voodoo and get this off my heart:
Body Regeneration Schedule:

"Men and Women - Same Body Regeneration Schedule - Programmed in Our DNA

120 Days - NEW Red Blood Cells
90 Days - NEW Skeleton
60 Days - NEW Brain Cells, Tissue
49 Days - NEW Bladder
45 Days - NEW Liver - NEW DNA Cell Material
30 Days - NEW Hair - NEW Skin
5 Days - NEW Stomach Lining"

So, every 60 days you have new heart tissue.
(As an aside, new brain cells also prove memory is not stored in the brain but in the non-physical spirit :)

(I don't recommend the diets in the link, just interested in the schedule.)

narciso

Well I had to watch Inception twice, with Cliff Notes, to get it, this weekend, I notice that he Nolan keeps his stable of players like Tom Hardy,
the future Bane, and Marion Cotillard, also in
the last Dark Knight.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I watched about 10 minutes of Inception this weekend and determined I didn't want to get it.
I might have watched to the end if I knew DiCaprio was gonna get it in the neck, but figured that was a remote contingency.

narciso

I know this is behind the ball, but interesting how these connections appear;

http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-white-house-attorney-who-knew-jill.html

bgates

That's certainly true, jimmyk; student loans provided by the federal government and also dischargeable in bankruptcy would amount to Democrats laundering taxpayer money by letting it pass through students' hands on its way to the schools.

Probably? What evidence do you have? What is your response if it turns out she went to a private college for her BA

As it happens, Ana McNamara is a rare name; I'm quite sure this almost 45 year old woman who practices law in Chicago is the woman Durbin described. DePaul University, Class of 1990.

Appalled notes that Durbin "demonstrates the need for Liberals", because it's important for the federal government to act stupidly in ways that might temporarily benefit some people while simultaneously creating problems that can be solved only by further stupid actions by the next generation of liberals. (I'm paraphrasing, but that's essentially his point.)

Durbin ably captures this stupidity by taking a constituent who had come to him for relief and immortalizing her in the CR and online as a woman who made very bad financial decisions and who regrets ever becoming a lawyer. One suspects she will not appreciate Durbin's help in publicizing her situation.

BR

Very interesting, Narciso.

"...detention operations for the U.S. Government in Afghanistan."

"Gottlieb described his work at the White House as providing advice on national security legal issues, including detentions and interrogations."

And Gottlieb knows Petreaus.

Will we discover Benghazi - CIA - secret detentions and interrogations?

Spending cuts first!--jimmyk

Interesting, BR, but we do age, nonetheless (except maybe Demi Moore). So that new tissue isn't quite as good as what it replaces. Possibly something to do with shortening telomeres.

BR

Hee, the Benghazi coverup reminds me of the old-fashioned caps women used to wear at the hairdresser's with holes in it and some hair would get pulled through the holes to make highlights. Here a bit, there a bit, from Broadwell and Kelley and Gottlieb and Petreaus, and soon we'll know all about it.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I would like it noted that the vote is now 12-0 that I am in fact the sexiest man alive and both Kate Upton and Salma Hayek (any relation to Friedrich Von?)have weighed in with very cogent comments.

The only question now? Is H&R going to post another poll, this one being "Should Old Lurker be compelled to spend the night in a culvert using a nest of Western Diamondbacks as his pillow?"

Trevor Saccucci

Red-linked on Drudge right now: Govt. now borrowing 46 cents of every dollar it spends... Good times...

narciso

This was one of the lesser known figures in Bowden''s otherwise dreck filled tome


http://capitolfile-magazine.com/personalities/articles/guy-filippelli-tech-genius

BR

"So that new tissue isn't quite as good as what it replaces," says JimmyK. Says I, but why not? If one can just visualize one's body as fit as the best moment in one's life, when you looked the best and felt the best!

What if there's a higher wavelength unit than a cell or an atom - a mental picture? What if one's body consists of billions of pictures like a 3-D mosaic? Dust off or polish the pictures every now and then, vanish the impacts on the pictures, admire their beauty, help them do their natural thing :)

Appalled

bgates & porchlight:

Query -- do you think bankruputcy law should exist at all?

Because what makes sense here is that someone with 200,000 in loans they can't repay should go bankrupt, and take the consequences to their credit history and their posessions. (And her creditors should take the consequences as well.)

The school, as well (whether for profit or non-profit) should also bear some risk that their students can pay them back.

That's consistent with what happens in bankruptcies. Is there any particular reason why it should be different for student loans?

BR

Ah, Iggy, just saw your link! With all that admiration, you'll live a long life!

Dave (in MA)

Way OT, but here's the trailer to the next Star Trek movie coming out in the Spring:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57557571/star-trek-into-darkness-trailer-released/

Here's a spoiler of sorts that I threw together based on a screencap from the trailer. I'm guessing that it's based on characters who appeared in one of the original series episodes.

http://bit.ly/VCtnsu

</nerd>

Spending cuts first!--jimmyk

And speaking of bankruptcy...

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121207/OPINION03/212070365/State-laying-groundwork-managed-bankruptcy-Detroit

Hard to imagine Barry resisting an opportunity to feather the unions' nests.

Trevor Saccucci

What if there's a higher wavelength unit than a cell or an atom - a mental picture? What if one's body consists of billions of pictures like a 3-D mosaic? Dust off or polish the pictures every now and then, vanish the impacts on the pictures, admire their beauty, help them do their natural thing :)

The trouble with that, BR, is that the pictures get restored periodically by lowest-bidding art conservators...

BR

Ha ha, if you mean doctors or bitchy wives, do your own restoring or get a mistress :)

narciso

Yes, Cumberbatch, is supposed to be Gary Mitchell, the telekinetic villain from TOS, idiots don't know that Greenwood plays Pike,

BR

And now that you're all up to speed on perfect, light bodies, that was just preparation for the section on St. Jane's Island where we'll be doing levitation to pick the coconuts off the tall palms and flying around the island just for fun :)

cathyf
Because what makes sense here is that someone with 200,000 in loans they can't repay should go bankrupt, and take the consequences to their credit history and their posessions. (And her creditors should take the consequences as well.)

The school, as well (whether for profit or non-profit) should also bear some risk that their students can pay them back.

Hmmm... So if a bank gives a mortgage to a deadbeat, clearly identified as a deadbeat in a scrupulously honest mortgage application, and then the deadbeat defaults on the mortgage, should the bank be able to go back to the seller of the home to get relief? The problem with student loans is the government guarantee. If banks had the same risks as they have in other loans, they would deny student loans to students with poor grades and test scores, to students planning to attend crappy schools, and to students majoring in dopey majors. As it is now, the government guarantees every loan that a student uses to attend an accredited institution -- and rse can comment about what accreditation means.

(There are a lot of similarities to the problems with the rating agencies in the financial markets.)

Trevor Saccucci

Ha ha, if you mean doctors or bitchy wives, do your own restoring or get a mistress :)

Actually, I was thinking along the lines of the entropy that creeps in to all the biochemical processes involved in anabolism and catabolism. I tend to think of such things in terms of physicochemical processes - I'm an electrochemist as well as a radar engineer (it seems like a goofy combination, but I swear I'm not kidding), so that's just how I roll.

Dave (in MA)

In the alt timeline Pike gets to do more than beep once for 'yes' or twice for 'no'.

BR

Practicing levitation

narciso

In other chronicles of the absurd, Wintour's flagship publication, I know, 'shoehorns into the category of most beautiful which includes
Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Obama,
seriously, that does violence to words, Kerry Washington, Beyonce, yes,

narciso

Well in this timeline, Dave, he has not yet been exposed to the burst of burns and radiations, that left him in that state, we saw him in 'the Cage'

Melinda Romanoff on Kindle

BR-

There is something horrifically wrong with that second picture and you need to fix it quickly!

NKonIPad

'decent jobs report'. With all due respect TomM are you in state of washington legally chooming -- in private of course. 146k jobs LESS than population growth, the prior 2 months jobs numbers revised down, and the desperate long term unemployed go on disability to get welfare. Worst off 7 million fewer workers in the jobs pool as apercentage of the labor force and U-3 unemployment is still more than 50% higher than pre recession. This is another disasterous report for the country. Obama-Reid-Pelosi really screwed the pooch when they had a monopoly of power. For you to fail to point that out Tom is nearly an insult.

Melinda Romanoff on Kindle

Hurry up and fix it, please!

I am not in that hammock!

DrJ

I'm an electrochemist ...

Cool Trevor! My work requires a heavy does of electrochemistry too. (I refer to tattered copy of Newman's book "Elecrochemical Systems" as the Gospel according to John.)

Appalled

bgates:

By the way, you are the cause of my very first update over at the blog. I did a google search after I saw your post, and winced a little bit, as Ms. McNamara has a website and a practice up in Chicago that looks OK on paper. I'm not sure why she wanted to make herself the poster child for debt.

Good conversation, guys.

Clarice

Narciso, that Gottleib story is fascinating.

How would you plot that one?

BR

Here you go, Mel!

PaulV

I thought student loans became nondischargable under WJC bankrupty "reform"

Spending cuts first!--jimmyk

I thought so too, PaulV, but we'll see how long that lasts, and in any case, you can't squeeze blood from a stone, as grandma used to say.

narciso

Well he was at Wilmer Hale, under Jamie 'Zelig of disaster' Gorelick, probably after the 9/11 commission, wrote their report, but he may have been in time for this;

http://www.aclu.org/national-security/federal-court-decision-granting-guantanamo-bay-detainees-judicial-review-caps-red-

As a clerk for Reinhardt, then Stevens, he was likely part of the Hamdan drafting,

pagar

Bankruptcy for Detroit.

Reading the lawyer /Jill Kelley link, I saw this linked blog.

http://www.indytaxdollars.typepad.com/

I found this gem in one of the first 3 or 4 articles.

And not to worry about the cost. 80 percent will be covered by that wonderful, free Federal money, hot off the printing press."

IMO, free money from Washington (both in the states and Overseas) is a major reason we are on the edge of the cliff. Based on the articles of the Indy Tax Dollars, at some point the Detroit problem is going to spread to many other cities.

James D.

What the student loan problem/bubble/crisis/whatever clearly calls for is a Grand Bargain.

So here's mine. Nobody in their right mind would ever enact any part of it, but isn't that the whole point of a Grand Bargain?

1. A one shot, national student loan forgiveness. We can hash out the exact details (only graduates or current students, too; a dollar limit for forgiveness or not, etc) but basically the Feds pay off the private loans and write off the ones made by the Dept. of Ed.

2. Yes, the forgiveness is a huge moral hazard and unfair to all the people who paid off their loans. So: anyone who gets the forgiveness (and you can refuse it, if you choose, but it'll never be offered again) you get hit with a 2 or 3% surtax on your income taxes for a period of time (5 years, maybe 10 - we can figure that out later). In addition, you cannot work in any capacity for the Federal Government or hold any public office for a period of 10 years, and if you already are employed by the Feds, your employment terminates in 30 days from the date of the forgiveness. So there's a cost to getting your debt wiped away.

3. The schools who benefitted from all this taxpayer loaned/guaranteed money need to pay their fair share. So, a one-time 75% wealth tax on all college/university endowments and investments. And maybe a surtax on all profits from any college/university owned patents.

4. The bureaucrats who caused the problem in the first place need to pay, too. So, an immediate 50% pay cut for every single employee at the Department of Education. And in addition, for all political appointees at the Department and any high level employees (say, over a GS-13, but we can adjust that if necessary) dating back to 1990, they'll permanantly forfeit all federal pensions and other retirement benefits.

5. And finally, strict reforms going forward. No more loans issued directly by the feds. Federal guarantees to be severely limited, with the limits tied to post-graduation employment rates and average salaries by major and by school. So an engineering student at MIT can borrow more money with a gov't guarantee, but if you major in Obscure 13th Century Poetry, there won't be any gov't guarantees at all.

The debt burden is lifted, the new rules ensure the problem can't recur going forward, and everyone who benefitted from the insane endless free money at taxpayer expense gets a haircut. Seems like a win-win to me.

MJW

Trevor and DrJ, could you please answer an electrochemical related question that's been bugging me, and which I have tried but failed to find an answer?

What happens if an ionic solution is placed in a strong electrostatic field? Do the positive ions move to the negative side, and the negative ions move to the positive side, and if so, to what degree? If they do, what happens if a barrier is then inserted in the solution, dividing it in half? Does one half contain a surfeit of positive ions and the other a surfeit on negative ions.

You're welcome to tell me my question makes no sense. I had a few chemistry classes in college, but that was a long time ago, when the periodic chart consisted of water, earth, air, and fire.

narciso

Well like with Harry Reid's capitalist friends, she probably didn't expect Durbin to use her name,

pagar

"(There are a lot of similarities to the problems with the rating agencies in the financial markets.)"

Everywhere you look there are problems caused by government created barriers to getting things done. Meanwhile the Obama regime is turning out:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/12/Obama-Admin-Posts-68-Regulations-Notices-A-Day


http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/12/07/how-federal-adoption-of-a-green-building-standard-ships-american-jobs-overseas/

What we need IMO, is not Senators and Congresspersons approving new laws, but stopping the endless insanity of new rules, regulations, and laws.

Porchlight

That's consistent with what happens in bankruptcies. Is there any particular reason why it should be different for student loans?

That's a good question. Is it your major issue with the situation in question? If so, why did you go off after "for-profit" colleges in your blog post? The problem would exist - and did exist - before "for-profits" came on the scene. Cursory googling shows that they were dischargeable prior to 1976, when they were also a hell of a lot smaller, and when there were far fewer college graduates thusly the degree was more valuable thusly graduates could expect to make substantially more money after graduation thusly they would not have as much trouble repaying the loans.

The real problem is not the non-dischargeableness but the sheer size of the debts being incurred. Loans just didn't use to be that big because tuition wasn't as high. Why are they bigger now? Because government got involved and that allowed schools to jack up tuition - as you correctly point out before the for-profit red herring.

And cathyf correctly points out that other types of large loans simply aren't made without *any* regard to the person's ability to pay it back (even in the really egregious home loans there was at least a pretense of an effort to determine risk).

Anyway, the laws of supply and demand in combination with the plunge in standards in both primary and secondary education and the fact that everyone is now expected to go to college and that government will back all loans, brings us to where we are.

Thanks btw for making the corrections to your post, and for doing so in a transparent manner.

Porchlight

"graduates could expect to make substantially more money"

should have added "relative to non-graduates" here, sorry

narciso

Now why is she on Current TV at all, you see why I'm not cynical enough;


http://shark-tank.net/2012/12/07/wasserman-schultz-extremist-tea-party-is-not-a-growth-industry/

Frau Pearl Harbor

Stephen Reinhardt (9th circuit) and his wife Ramona "ACLU 'R Moi" Ripston are also known as CA's other Twin Devils of Deception.

James D.

Porch,

Your post illustrates the problems our side faces generally. I had this very discussion with some Dem (running the gamut from moderate to hard left) friends.

They almost always fall back on the argument that the loans give access to people who otherwise couldn't go to college - they just won't see that in fact it's the opposite, that the loans end up raising the costs and making it harder for the very people they were intended to help.

Basic supply and demand just doesn't get through. You take any business, in any field, and if the government provides automatic approval low interest loans of $10,000 to any citizen with a pulse for the purchase of that business' products, what's going to happen to their prices?

It's not that difficult to figure out, and yet even with math, and logic, and good policy, and, ultimately concern for the prospects of the people who take out the loans, we lose the argument. It's enough to make me beat my head against the wall.

DrJ

MJW,

You may be surprised to learn that I have spent a great deal of time and money on a question related pretty closely with yours.

Yes, ions can separate when placed in an electric field, but it requires an extraordinarily large electric field. Practically you should apply electrical neutrality: the sum of the charge of all ions in solution (including H+ and OH-) in any solution element has to be zero. So practically, for a single salt, there is no ion separation.

Now for multiple components you can have different ion distributions but again the total charge anywhere is solution is zero. Current in all cases is carried by H+ and OH-; the circuit is completed by an electrode reaction such as electrolysis (H+ -> H2 gas and OH- -> O2 gas).

This ignores what happens near (within 100s of Angstroms) the electrode surface, but that is not really your question.

For there to be any appreciable ion separation, you would need a *huge* electric field. We routinely apply 3,000 volts across a 2 inch capillary tube containing water and salt, and that is far, far too low an electric field.

If you are interested and are not afraid of a bit of math, see the Gospel of John (John Newman, Electrochemical Systems, Prentice Hall 1973) page 231, "Electroneutrality and Laplace's equation." There are newer editions, but I'm certain that this section still is in it.

OldTimer

Maybe a big wave will appear from out of nowhere, and wash the creature in the LUN out to sea for a nice long ride..

MJW

Thanks so much for your answer, DrJ. I thought there must be some reason why the ions of the salt don't usually move to opposite sides, since it would be too useful to avoid common mention if they did.

I'll see if I can find the the Newman book. Math is actually my field, so I'm unafraid.

Appalled

Porchlight:

Many for profit universities are "career colleges" that provide a weak education to people who do not belong in college. These outfits exist because of the availability of government loans, and pay no price when the folks who have gotten a fairly worthless degree can't get a job and have their troubles increased because they cannot repay their loan.

These outfits are a major facet of the college debt problem (but, as you rightly point out, not the only one). My emphasis is partly due to my source for the post (I was struck by Durbin's analogy of these career colleges to a government agency.) The other reason is that my wife worked at one of these places for a year teaching English. The folks she taught had no business being in college.

Frau Pearl Harbor

OT - First Tea Party folk being demoted in Congress and now this: GOP staffer fired for innovative look at copyright reform.

Influential GOP group releases, pulls shockingly sensible copyright memo Reversal suggests a generation gap within the GOP. On Friday afternoon, an influential group representing conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives released a shockingly sensible memo calling for sweeping reforms of the nation's copyright laws. But less than 24 hours later, the group's executive director, Paul Teller, issued a statement saying he was recalling the memo because it had been "published without adequate review."

The Republican Study Committee is a caucus consisting of more than 160 conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives—a majority of that party's House members. It acts as an internal think tank for the group, developing policy proposals and providing intellectual support for conservative positions. Hence, an RSC endorsement of sweeping reforms to the nation's copyright laws would be a watershed moment in the national copyright debate.

The memo, titled "Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it," is a direct assault on the relentlessly pro-copyright worldview dominating Washington for decades. "Most legislative discussions on this topic are not premised upon what is in the public good or what will promote the most productivity and innovation, but rather what the content creators 'deserve' or are 'entitled to' by virtue of their creation," the memo says. That's a problem, it argues, because the Constitution says the point of copyright is to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts"—not merely to line the pockets of incumbent copyright holders.


Bold added. More at LUN

Frau Pearl Harbor

Forgive sauerkraut link. Here is the one to the arstechnica copyright article.

Old Lurker

Speaking of those snakes Iggy,

I sent that picture to my wife after tagging the email "Chocolate Lab Puppies" and it almost cost me dinner last night...

Congrats on your win.

narciso

Ah, McMaster, this was the twit who was the SC coordinator for Huntsman, way to go.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--I sent that picture to my wife after tagging the email "Chocolate Lab Puppies" and it almost cost me dinner last night...--

Never crack wise with an empty stomach, OL.

--Congrats on your win.--

It was as inevitable as the young widow in a romantic movie learning her new fiance is the wrong guy when he wants to send her kids to boarding school. :)

Trevor Saccucci

Yay DrJ! My electrochemical bible was Bard and Faulkner. I once had the pleasure of meeting Larry Faulkner at UConn while he was visiting a former student (and current UConn faculty member); he seemed like a pretty nice guy.

MJW: I can't add anything significant to DrJ's explanation. Interestingly, though, my work involved electrolyses in thin films coated on electrodes (for the chemically inclined, a technique called square wave voltammetry) where charge separation near the electrode surface under the influence of applied electric fields is a significant process.

rse

Thanks pagar. No way to link on Powerline but I put up the link to "Didn't the President Just Admit CCSSI was a Ruse to Change Classroom Interactions?" It's a good primer post into what is really going on.

On student loans, my brain is fried but all the colleges and universities are being blackmailed by the accreditors now and they are moving away from periodic inspections to keep ratcheting towards the social interaction/engagement and equity of credentials template.

It is the weakest students who fail to recognize how little they are learning. Others think there will be a job in exchange for that degree. Or they become invested in Fair Shares mindset in school and now want govt to intervene to take over the bad bargain.

There is also a great deal of anger over superior access to connections that are par for the course in certain households and neighborhoods.

Ayaan Hirsi said recently Americans are like the 4th generation of a successful family business taking it all for granted with no idea what created the freedom and propserity they take for granted.

She is right.

I have had a really good day tracking to one of those seminal names you never hear.

Platinum catch. With diamonds. And a very famous, connected spouse so it all fits.

Jane - Mock the Media!

The problem with student loans is the government guarantee.

Exactly. And the increase in tuition has a direct correlation to government take-over. It's a shift of responsibility to the taxpayer away from the borrower. And it's wrong.

DrJ

MJW,

You should be able to find Newman at any University with a graduate Engineering school. There probably are other, similar graduate-level electrochemical engineering texts, but I don't know them.

Let me know if you have trouble -- I can send you scans of the appropriate pages. The challenge is that I find that I have to go back to one section or another to make sense of what is written, and it is hard to tell for someone else what those might be.

GregR

Did McConnell really screw this up? I thought he chaleenged Reid to a vote and Reid backed down. The NYT blog is reporting that Reid came back with the votes and McConnell backed down. Here is the money quote:

Senator Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who is the Majority Whip, was incredulous. “This may be a moment in Senate history, when a Senator made a proposal and when giving an opportunity for a vote on that proposal, filibustered his own proposal,” he said

narciso

Well Orwell keyed on this early, with 'the Political Uses of the English Language, in '44, rse, one could think of '1984' as an application of said principles, however, it is more the soft
totalitarianism of the Huxley vision, ala Brave New World,' that they are going for, via the therapeutic state,

DrJ

Trevor,

I'd forgotten about Bard and Faulkner. I met Bard at UT Austin many years ago (gosh, that's approaching 20 years now!). And yes, I'm familiar with cyclic voltammetry, though I never got much involved with it.

DrJ

Frau,

I've not read the arstechnica article yet (I've been distracted recently), but one thing to keep in mind is that they software people. As a rule, they hate patents and copyrights. Not that they are not worth reading on the topic, in fact, quite the contrary. You just have to keep their outlook in mind. Other communities like biotech/pharma have very different opinions.

DrJ

Trevor,

I looked up Bard and Faulkner on Amazon for the heck of it. Here's one review that caught my eye:

I am studying Lithium Ion battery modeling. I found that this book serves as a excellent tool to bridge the gap between the undergraduate book on electrochemistry and the one by Newman. To do modeling, you absolutely need the book by Newman. But Newman's book is hard to read. Bard's book gives you good ideas on how things work and Newman's tells you precisely how things work. Without having a good idea first, it is hard to understand the more precise and general language used by Newman.
henry

Frau, I can confirm that software patents are detested within the industry ... a nuisance we must obtain as a defensive measure. They are as silly as patenting books or music. Physical processes are a different matter entirely.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Some support for the Ryan Rhoads Collins plan:

SEN. RAND PAUL: I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let's don't be the party of just almost as high taxes.

LARRY KUDLOW, CNBC: Some people have called that the doomsday scenario. Others have said, 'Look, it's a strategic retreat on the Republicans' behalf.' WWould you vote present for that in the Senate if that came up?

RAND PAUL: Yes, I don't think we have to in the Senate. In the House, they have to because the Democrats don't have the majority. In the Senate, I'm happy not to filibuster it, and I will announce tonight on your show that I will work with Harry Reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that's what Harry Reid wants, because then they will become the party of high taxes and they can own it.

At least it is being discussed, although I don't know how seriously.

narciso

Does anyone take credit (or properly blame) for Windows Vista, something conjured from dark magic,

narciso

And this was not one of Camille's better works,

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/psy-apologizes-anti-us-statement-399397

She started out touting Madonna, who wasn't that much older, and fairly derivative.

fdcol63

Vista = Windows ME 2 ... LOL

DrJ

You know, I've read so many disparaging comments and Vista, and that's not been my experience. My wife runs it, and it has always worked just fine (some early network oddities aside). It has been responsive and stable. Her computer does have a lot of horsepower, though.

Pretty much the only issue we've had is that Virtual PC has an occasional glitch, but that's not really the OS.

DrJ

and == about. sigh.

fdcol63

Frau, not sure if you saw it yet, but I responded to your question of last night in the Benghazi thread at 08:25 AM today. I had shut down my computer for the evening before I saw your post.

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