Excelsior!

I noticed on the electromagnetic audio-visual monitor at gym this morning that Jeff Session is considering running for his old seat.

This is not good. Because Sessions is a bought man.

In fact, the incumbent, Senator Jones, has done more for the citizens of Alabama since assuming Jeff Sessions seat than Sessions and Richard Shelby have done in their ENTIRE careers.

As direly stressed as we are with being under-paid and under-helped, we need to quit electing people who are tools of the modern slave-masters and elect men who will strengthen the citizenry.

The Essence of Loyalty

Over the weekout, I ran across an article [Link] entitled “State Dept. IG: Appointees Retaliated Against Career Feds Over Perceived ‘Disloyalty’.”

Seems that some “diplomacy wonks” were discriminated against by the regime’s political appointees – most of whom are incompetent, criminal, and wasters of money. (Often illegally, but then they political appointees.)

The story is that the political appointees thought the civil service types were disloyal to the regime.

This is not news, at least to those of us who have served. Every political appointee considers every civil servant to be disloyal for the simple reason that almost all civil servants are loyal to the constitution and the government as a whole.

NOT to political appointees.

Political appointees, on the other hand, are only concerned about themselves and they are biblical in their assessments: “he who is not for you is against you.”

In most cases, the civil servants are against the political appointees because the latter are committing criminal acts and expecting them to be ignored. 

So, NOT NEWS.

Arresting apolitical appointee for misappropriation or even actual theft – that would be NEWS!

Resistance Applied

I was taken aback this morning to read in the New Yawk Times [Link] that Jamie Schrieffer had discorporated. 

Schrieffer was a third of the BCS gang who offered the first solid theory of superconductivity. The other two were John Bardeen and Leon Cooper. Jamie was John’s graduate student at the time.And I believe Cooper was a post-doc.

The basics of BCS theory are what we call entanglement these days, which is closely related to chemical bonding and atomic structure. Basically, BCS is built on the idea of Cooper Pairs which are a pair of electrons in a solid that are bonded or entangled.

I met Jamie when I was a grad student at the Campus of the Boneyard. He was very kind and personable to a young, gawky grad student from the Dark Former Confederacy. This was my first view of adult physics and I have treasured that interaction.

Gone, but not yet forgotten.

Alabama Education

For heaven’s sake , let us sit upon the ground. And tell sad stories of the death of kings

I find it somewhat bemusing that the Alibam Council of Thieves aka the Alibam Legislature has taken up the matter of the “Common Core.” Here I thought all they had time to spend on was restricting the free will of women.

Evidently the complaint is that Alibam children are not being taught well (or are not learning well, which is the mirror image,) and the way to fix this is to disconnect from the standards and testing of such.

I have to admit that I don’t know enough about the discipline to have a knowledgeable opinion but I do know that when I was a child in primary schule, I had no problem with reading. But there were lots of kids who did. Which may or may not have anything to do with the teacher. Some kids are just stupid. 

And, yes, I know that attitude is anathema in modern society. But I have lived in Alibam much of my life and I can tell you that everyone in the state has some degree of stupid and some are consumed with it. 

Getting back to the council of thieves, it seems that the legislation is stalled in the lower house because some legislators are concerned that the instrumentality of the “Common Core” is useful. 

This is the part that is bemusing.

We have a debate in the Council of Thieves over whether hiding the stupidity of Alibam children or the schule bureaucracy is more important. 

Since the former is common knowledge, at least among the lesser stupid of Alibam’s citizens and the bureaucracy  of the schules is well known to be of greatest importance in the schule system (actual learning isn’t on the list so far as I can determine,) all I can do is hope I don’t bruise my ribs too badly rolling on the floor, laughing.

And the Thieves of the Council wonder why we are almost always dead last?

High Failure

This morning, amidst hawgin’ tabs and wading the swamp of eMail, I ran across a New Yawk Times article [Link] entitled “High School Doesn’t Have to Be Boring.” I have to admit to reading the article mostly because when I went through high schule more than fifty years ago, it was boring. And my subsequent observations via my daughter (and the children of colleagues) and Adopt-A-Physicist have been that the situation has deteriorated. So I read the article.

The authors report that innovation seems to be a failure and that the fight against boredom only seems to be working in the extra-curricular activities. 

This fits with my experience. Then (and now) the core courses were overstructured with over-detailed syllibi and the advanced courses were too important to college admission to not be grade make-or-break. So no learning, just cramming in either venue.

I hate to say this fits my prejudices, because it does. When I went through high schule, the good teachers were the ones with real degrees and no certification. I was fortunate to capture a passing window before these teachers were ejected after five years for not obtaining certification. Nowadays, teacher certification is fundamental, as crucial as being admitted to the priesthood is for pedophiles, and perhaps with comparable results. 

The authors claim that the real excitement, and hence learning, is in the extra-curricular activities. I note but do not accept unquestioningly. Most of the extra-curricular activities are rubbish, things like singing and acting and such. I am also skeptical. We had extra-curricular activities when I was in high schule and while they were less structured, they were equally vacant of anything to learn. If anything, they were so vacant of structure that learning was more about what not to do – participate in extracurricular activities.

I have to admit that my extra-curricular activities were science and the like. The total content of the club’s activities was an annual expedition to the atomic energy museum at Oak Ridge. And we were located in one of the foremost science towns in Amerika! This is where I became convinced that Chicken Man was right when he said good students are successful in spite of bad teachers. Extra-curricular sponsors – teachers – were baby sitters, not educators.

I can’t address the fru-fru extra-curricular activities. They were all either flaming Extrovert or deep in-crowd. Or both. Much as I would have liked to learn how to draw, putting up with the whole artist angst shtick was a repellant comparable to a negative gravitational singularity. 

As a result, I have to admit that I am skeptical of this article. Nowhere does it address the Extro-Intro abyss that emerges in High Schule like acne and hickeys. And that lack is damning. Too much of public education is tromping Intro teens into the cess pool of society, to either fail or become STEM NERDs and be a caste apart for life. 

I ain’t convinced high schules can be saved. Nor humanity.

But I still have hope. After all, college works. Or at least, it worked when I went. Not sure about today. College graduates today seem as ignorant and warped as high schule grads – not STEM NERDs – did and still do. Perhaps that’s the way of humanity? The cool kids become troglodytes who are the parasites of the STEM NERDs? And we run just as hard as we cam, we STEM NERDs, to keep society from self-destructing in the greed of POLs and the antipathy of EXTRO BOGs? 

Divine Unpresence

His Awfulness, the Vice Tyrant, the Black Pence, came to Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill yesterday to spread chill and awe among the peasants.

I got to watch him on the electromagnetic audio-visual receiver.

Two things impressed me: first, he is the best argument I have seen yet that the deity does not exist; and two, what a Schmuck!