Unjudgly

It strikes me that Judge Cavanaugh’s avoidance of being cleared by an FBI investigation compromises his claims of adherence to the Rule of Law.

Making Alabama Garbage

Four day. Survived an expedition to Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill yesterday. Only encountered six traffic stoppages, which was four less than last week. Huntsville is rapidly becoming the town of immobility.

On which note I saw this morning at gym that the new Doubleday Pornography Team would be known as “Trash Pandas”. Seems rather a fitting name, especially the Trash part. And since the team will be located in Madison where all the yuppies are, eating bamboo (and kelp) is probably accurate as well. It also seems to foretell another disaster of failure for sports porn in Nawth Alibam, given the widespread inability of getting pandas in zoos to produce (offspring.)

While we’re on the insane stupidity azimuth, I also saw that the state’s Chief Bigot, who is trying very hard to add the title of Principle Pedophile to his honors and accomplishments, is litigating the pseudo-celebrity who “interviewed” him. I am not sure which is the greater magnitude act of stupidity, agreeing to the interview or litigating a pseudo-celebrity who can only profit from the publicity? 

On the positive side, this certainly sets the bar deep underground for whoever is Chief Justicer of Alibam. I suspect a deceased congenital syphilitic would present a better effectiveness.

Looking further afield, we have the spectacle of the Repulsians ramming through a Know Nothing candidate for Justicer of the Yankee Top Court. This guy is wasted as a justicer; he would be one of the world’s great used motorcar salesmen if he dared the risk.

I also note that the running shoe industry is floating a new line of knee pads for people who are dissatisfied with the national legal system. Evidently they are blissfully (?) unaware that the Amerikan legal system is formulated to advantage the cunning and criminal over the rational and honest.

 

Learning Land Lacks

Week out. The day has dawned with a brief trip to gym – because the sassenach will be absent on OneDay just because they can – where I was inundated with television coverage of McCain’s rituals in the District. 

The only member of the current administration visible was SecDef. 

Rather says something about the extinction of cooperation in government, doesn’t it?

Which brings me to an article [Link] entitled “Apple, Google, et al. Strike a Blow against the College Cartel” which is basically a love story about big corporations discontinuing requirements of a college degree for certain levels of positions. 

The reason given for this is that people with college degrees have expectations that are too high. In effect, college graduates are too temperamental and demanding. And not grateful enough.

Most of these positions are barely minimum wage +. 

Ain’t surprising. 

In my day, anyone who got a real degree had a leg up on getting a job. That was back when the fraction of the age cohort who got degrees was less than 0.2.

The exception was people who got degrees in liberal arts. The only thing a degree in art history was good for was selling art book in an art museum. Maybe.

It’s still that way. Get a degree in business or STEM and you know something and probably know how to learn. And maybe can learn to compete. 

Art history or similar? Still stercus. 

Even in my day, most entry jobs didn’t need someone with a degree. But they were gatekeeper positions, to determine if the person was worth keeping and growing.

Companies don’t care much about growing any more, just making more money from a person than they have to pay them. 

So the mismatch is two sided. On the corporate side, they want a monkey who can type. And the monkeys want gold because they have a “degree.” (n.b. “Monkey” here is metaphorical and has nothing to do with skin hue or facial features.) 

What does this have to do with the political situation? Well, a bit. That’s because what the corporations really want is the renewal of chattel slavery: people who work for nothing. 

It’s not a good time, is it?

Making Amerikan Garbage

Labor Day Weekend!

Seems rather a travesty, doesn’t it? What with the government controlled by the Sheriff of Nottingham party that works as hard as it can to steal money from the poor and give it to the rich?

And is trying its best to make the nation safe for people who rape college students? Financially and sexually.

Where the First Liar (of the Yankee Republic) is rubbing his nether parts on flag poles and accusing his Chief Bigot of treason.

The grand event of the weekend will be a Politician Prevarication Party in memory of a congress critter with actual (NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) integrity.

But today the petrol retailers are cranking up the price on their pumps because so many people will be out on the highways looking for a little relief by death.

One rather suspects George O’Reilley is the happiest man in the country.

Word Natter

Hectic day. Gallop into Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill for Staff Call and Provisioning. Then back to Greater Metropolitan Arab for string pushing.

Ran across an article that claimed something was “powered by AI.” 

Curried my coat the wrong way.

Again.

For some reason it is fashionable these days to completely misuse the word “power”. 

Simply put, power is defined as the time derivative of energy. Ergs per second or equivalent units.

Software doesn’t power anything. The energy grid, or its stand-in, powers computers that run software.

Software can control power. Just ask the Roosians. 

Using words wrong is due to either ignorance or stupidity. The former is fixable; the latter isn’t except by nature. 

School .NE. Learning

One Day. Back to gym. Thankfully! Podcast this morning was an episode of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas” on the matter of homework. My take-away was that the program was mostly negative on the matter. 

Since I was a child of the Containment era when any effort portrayed as good for the nation was mandated, I had homework. At least they didn’t kill us like they did the suspected (on specious grounds, usually) Communists. 

I have to admit that most of the homework was crap. Double Sturgeon, in fact. The exception was math and science. Most of what I leaned about maths and science pre-college was on-my-own. Homework was the chief vehicle with library plundering a close second. While my age cohort was playing at sports and complaining about homework, and schule in general, I was reading. Three to four books a week. My parents refused to let me spend money on comic books because they were read before the ride home was accomplished. So mostly encyclopedias and tomes intended for adults. 

Since my life was about reading, and to a lesser extent, writin’, homework was only a burden when it was boring. Which pretty well fit everything except maths and science. Especially grammar. Which brings me to the benefit of homework.

Most of my teachers were ineffective. That is, they were roundly unsuccessful in imparting information. Mostly because they were boring. If I hadn’t learned to read at home by age four, I would likely be illiterate to this day.

There were exceptions. I had a competent science teacher in high schule. He taught chemistry. I took his course his first year as a teacher and he left teaching a few years later to start his own chemistry company. I had a competent maths teacher my senior year if we could keep him off the organ. The musical type, not anatomical. 

So when I got to college most of what I had learned was from homework. That would seem to explain a lot. Like why so many people are math-blind; they can’t learn on their own. And why some Millennials are empty headed; they can learn on their own.  

I should comment that I did have good teachers in college. Maybe a third in undergraduate schule and four or five in graduate schule. (Neither of my graduate advisers are in that number.) 

I should also comment that teaching is not easy. In fact, it is a very hard thing. Teaching isn’t about being nice. Teaching is about having the most difficult conversation possible. Most teachers never manage to have that conversation. It’s very hard work. After I got evicted from graduate schule, I taught a few courses. Lost weight and my blood pressure went up every time. But my students, in the main, came back and thanked me for getting them through quals and comps. But I gave it up because it was too hard for me and hard on me. Not that I would have been kept around. You can’t be a good teacher in Amerika and make the administration happy. Which is probably why we are working so hard to become a Third World Country. 

So homework? Definitely. For those few who will learn in spite of the system.