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The main problem with the Wa Post article is that it sets out all that as bad things.

This chant should be simple enough for you to learn (no German required) - '“Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”'

"Fascist" is like ketchup, you anti-American commies put it on everyone.

Polite Germans, when they weren't pushing Jews into ovens or bayoneting wounded soldiers, would have said, "Danke schon, herr Trump."

"Keep America Great" works for me.

Well, time to let you see one of Trump's biggest fans celebrating victory - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyVhXsih8sM

Richard Spencer is a snappy dresser, I'm sure you would agree. And you would quite possibly agree with the other things he is saying. Whether you think the saluting from the audience is appropriate when hailing our president is a bit harder to guess.

I’m not really a fan of Trump, as he’s so abrasive that he’ll lose allies (though maybe that’s the point), but the WaPo article was about the inner workings of the White House not about Prior’s exaggerations and Spencer. Seems to me that the Trump White House is no more chaotic or disorganized than any other WH in living memory.

'not about Prior’s exaggerations'

What exaggeration? You can see the clip for yourself, and there is no question that Richard Spencer (along with that adoring audience) is a major supporter of Trump.

I would have thought a two line direct reply to a comment would not have required a citation, but here it is - 'it sets out all that as bad things' Especially when the article is headlined '‘His own fiefdom’: Mulvaney builds ‘an empire for the right wing’ as Trump’s chief of staff.' Spencer is undoubtedly ready to claim at least a dukedom in our dawning new age. Movement conservative is such an illuminating term these days, after all, now that one can finally be open about what it encompasses, as seen by the response of such conservatives to our president's recent tweets about American citizens going 'home.'

Yeah, that kid is towering figure in American politics.


3 Secretaries of Defense this year. A national security advisor turned convicted felon that lasted less than a month. Labor Secretary protecting pedos like Epstein. Everything under control.

Keep The Faith, C_P.

That America is not following the path of numerous bloody European countries over centuries?

Yes, I do plan to keep the faith, but it is truly starting to feel more like faith than rock solid certainty that for all its flaws, America is a better nation than those that have persecuted and murdered so many people over centuries in the name of making themselves great.

Bring ice water when you come.

Greetings from Hell!

"the Wa Post article"? Half of the links are from WaPo. TC isn't holding back on the WaPo links today, it's Prime Day.

"A love letter to an american anti-hero"

The computers have taken a bigger role in the Apollo story this year than in the past. The DSKY used to be one important tool of many that had to be developed. Now it is the center of the story for many, the part they can relate to and connect with. None of us have dealt with pogo oscillations or rendezvous dynamics, and few have much of a mind for anything mechanical anymore, but we've all entered commands into some computer controller, so tell us about the 1202 alarm again a few more times.

In 1969, I was learning software engineering the hard way by actually doing software using a more powerful computer without the digital I/O. Working at a college, a math prof introducing me to Collected Algorithms of the ACM, a loose leaf binder of algol code to help programmers solve problems.. that prof was heading to a sabatical to one university that was developing a computer department not in math department or electrical engineering. Don Knuth was figuring out his book on computer algorithms was at least twice the max 500 pages possible in a text book. I was learning to sort data on a 1.2 megabyte 12 inch disk with 16kb of ferrite core ram.

My mentor was a woman who was maybe a year or two older than Poppy Northcutt. The IBM system engineer supporting us was a woman about the same age as Poppy. I supported college professors and students in using hands on the NSF grant supported IBM 1130 computer. We hacked the computer with either toggled in programs, or one card IPL programs.

The end of Apollo came when one of my student coop workers, conspirators, came back from a summer internship at IBM and said in The Graduate fashion "I have seen the future! Its Interactive!". Not interactive like one old math professor sitting at the IBM 1130 console hunting and pecking APL code, while we waited and fumed with our card decks of code.

Yeah, what's going on is either old people talking about old films where they started fires with tinder and spinning a stick between their palms to people with gas pizzo fire starters, or young guys holding tinder and two flints excited about the idea people can use them to start a fire, with most people thinking, "who cares, I have a microwave, or better yet, a cell phone to order food delivered."

So, why don't we have a colony on Mars? In the movies its easy and there are no taxes, no government obstacles, no money, and most important, no workers.

One big reason Apollo happened was the million workers who got paid really good wages. Milton Friedman argued that by cutting taxes, and cutting spending and cutting demand for workers that drove up wages, more workers would be paid more by all the profit seeking labor cost cutting to maximize profits to shareholders corporations.

A free lunch economic theory.

And the stories today about the past are selling a free lunch.

Free lunches are popular, but not filling, or satisfying.

Monopsony power is not always bad.

Monopsonies can use their power to drive costs and prices back, which favor consumers. It can also use its power to amass more resoirces that can be invested in innovation.

Brazil's Ministry of Education has used its monopsony powers to slash education fundingand cut taxes. The stock market is rallying, the Brazikian Real has increased in exchange value and GDP growth rate is sky-high.


Where is this new love of wildly exaggerating how well the Brazilian economy is doing coming from? Is this Trumpists who like Bolsonaro because he likes Trump?

So you jmust claimed that "GDP growth rate is sky-high." Wrong. I just checked. In first quarter of 2019 it was negative. Oh, you did not know that? Just where did you get your fantasyland misinformation from anyway?

Everyone knows GDP is a lagging indicator. The past administrations trashed the place's economy. The first few months of the new administration were thought, I must admit. Yet, in May, the GDP grew 0.54%. In a yearly basis, it means a 6.5% GDP growth. We are probably watching the beginings of a economic miracle. Let us remember that, after 20+ years from failures by past presidents, Brazil's President Captain Bolsonaro, almost alone against all, closed the Mercosur/European Union deal. Also, he is implementing the most radical economical reforms since the Perestroika. All things considered, it is clear Brazil is rising again.

You're gonna have to do a bit better than 1 month of data...

It is the turning point.

Barkley, there's been a troll here for more than a year always posing about Brazil. Usually kind of funny, but don't take it seriously.

Also, not everything on the internet is about Trump.

No, some of it is about Lord King Captain General President Bolsonaro and the wonderful past, spotless present, and bright future of Brazil. As trolling goes, at least it's kinda original.

Actually, I have read recently that Brazil's national anthem says,

"Giant by thine own nature/
Thou art beautiful, strong, a fearless colossus/
And thy future mirrors that greatness/
Adored Land
Than the more garish land,/
thy smiling, pretty prairies have more flowers/
'Our groves have more life'/'Our life' in thy bosom "more loves'/
O beloved,/
idolized homeland,/hail, hail!/
Brazil, of eternal love be a symbol/
the starred labarum which thou displays/
And say the laurel-green of this pennant/
'Peace in the future and glory in the past'"

I find it very poetic. Worthy of a Milton or a Frost. Maybe we should be more willingbto learn with foreigners.

Don't forget Brazil's motto:

Disorder and Regression Below the Mean!

I can assure you Brazil's motto is "Order and Progress". It comes from the teachings of famous French philosopher Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte: "The sacred formula of positivism: love as a principle, the order as a foundation, and progress as a goal."

Market power gives the organization resources to do the things that otherwise it could not do because of profit constraints. If a business owner wants to give a lot of money away it can do that if it has market power, otherwise not. If it wants to discriminate in a way that costs money, market power let's do that. The college's market power allows them to spend a whole lot more money on administration than they otherwise would. Those administrators are worse than useless on net. So in this case the market power is a bad thing.

We can not be sure. In the abscence of markets, economic calculation is impossible.

5 - You can chalk this up to the fact that there is often a disconnect between an academic view of a field and a professional one. For example, many jobs in the law require slow, deliberate analysis of a case, but the LSAT heavily favors people who can bang out test question answers as fast as possible.

#2 - I blame the parents.

5 - In other news, man wins lottery, says school is for idiots.

How about: gifted storyteller finds atypical career path?

Or, how about: There once was a time, a time that everyone over 70 in this country was very familiar with, when most young people didn't go to college, but just found a job, or a husband.

College graduation rates were around 25% in the mid 90's.

2. "The coaching interventions make some students realize that more effort is needed to attain good grades but, rather than working harder, they settle by adjusting grade expectations downwards."

This line seems to amply demonstrate:

1) the utter non-existence of "equality" as any native state to be found among human beings in terms of cognition and of the application of disparate pedagogical efforts (but why do the authors fail to account for geographical distributions of poor student performance? [or could they profitably have cited distinctions of outcomes among academic degree programs and academic disciplines?); and

2) the utter inapplicability of egalitarian ideals in the face of legitimate exercises of what we continue to call "human freedom". Egalitarian ideals that strive to COMPEL social or political (or pedagogical) outcomes while failing completely to account for human choices and decision-making help illustrate the lunacy of "keeping political idealism" alive in this century: egalitarianism is too much at variance with human realities to ever be (or become) politically cogent.

Does political idealism deserve any future? Why are we not busy disabusing ourselves of egalitarian frivolities and excesses? (Or: are egalitarian proposals always crippled by "temporal idealism" intrinsic to their conception? What does "temporal realism" consist of these days?)

Folks here seem to have deep misunderstandings of the theoretical underpinnings of what equality means to the left in America. It is hard to tell, but I think it is inappropriate abstraction from the population to the individual (look up "fallacy of division"). That seems to be your mistake in point #1. Also #2, but there you seem to think that since freedom and fairness are always in tension, we should ditch fairness because nobody is equal. Seems naive and causes me to wonder how you behave after being treated unfairly.

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal" was not and is not interpreted to mean that everyone is the same, nor does it eliminate the role of individual choice in the unfolding of history.

It is true that I have read no cogent account yet of either "intersectionalism" or "stratification economics" (surely, the sociological data need to be wedded academically to the economic data for theoretical tidiness or heft), so I am sure I'm missing critical data or theory: nevertheless, if I must labor with deep misunderstandings of what equality means to the American Left, I might need to thank first of all our American Left theoreticians.

Again I'd say that egalitarians completely lack all sense of "temporal realism", which alone may suffice to make egalitarian idealist aspirations untenable.

Not fair to your argument, perhaps possibly maybe, to cite as untethered an idealist as Thomas Jefferson (I for one see no value in his anthropological idealism--nor can I see that Jefferson is himself much impressed with his own sunny idealism if his "argument" relies on self-evidence.)

The left rejects "the laws of nature and of nature's god" of the Declaration. They generally define fairness as having a positive right to demand goodies from other people that nature does not provide.

Folks here seem to have deep misunderstandings of the theoretical underpinnings of what equality means to the left in America.

What 'equality' means to the left is (1) mo' jobs for social workers, (2) mo' jobs for educational apparatchiks, (3) mo' jobs for faculty, (4) MOAR discretion for judges conniving with the 'public interest bar' to boss ordinary people around and ruin them financially, and (5) MOAR foreigners imported to be used to prevent said ordinary people from beating back assaults on them.

#4: Whether this will work or not, it is a big change (I'd say unique) in the left usual approach. I can respect that.

#1. I assume David Card and Arindrajit Dube will see these results and start stumping for a minimum wage for tenure track professors.

#1: "Monopsony power is greater for larger universities, and the geographic market for faculty seems to be national rather than local."

My old English teachers would have howled at that outrage of a sentence. It's two unrelated sentences patched together with an "and". Can't American universities afford to hire academic staff who can write decent English?

5: Elite schools rejected him because of his terrible grades?

Wow. That is a spellbinding story.

Well, I would be a little embarrassed if I were, say, elite an elite athletics school and I had rejected, say, Carl Lewis. Maybe film schools don't belong to universities.

Film school should be a trade school, not part of a liberal arts university

#1 - did anyone really expect otherwise.

Tenure is something that you earn from *one* institution - its not portable. So all the work you're doing to get tenure at one place won't transfer elsewhere. So you don't want to be constantly on the look out for 'better deals' in the short term because you're sticking it out for the best deal of all long term.

At the other end, adjuct professors are - and I don't wish to insult anyone - a dime a dozen and pretty much interchangeable. While this means they paid crap and have no power, it also means there aren't many barriers to them job hopping either.

Its a pretty consistent pattern - the more money your job pays, the less flexible you are in what you can do for a living. Because you're highly specialized and efficient at that thing, which is why you can command that high wage.

At the other end of the spectrum, one min-wage job is much like another and there are only some really basic skills needed (like being able to shower and show up on time). I've quit or been laid off jobs at the low end just to pick up another a week later.

Haven't read #5, but let me guess.

Top film schools have more applicants than they have slots.
Top film schools have some low effort (for them) sorting mechanisms for discriminating between students.
Students applying to top film schools become very good at gaming the sorting mechanism.
Outstanding individuals are unable or perhaps more often unwilling to game the sorting mechanism and get left out in the cold as the gamers take up slots.

How did I do?

My daughter steadfastly refused to work for an A, but calculated how much effort it would take to get a B for her first three years of college studying theatre. But during her junior year she realized that theatre was not going to be her gig, and she basically started over, eventually earning a bachelors in business management with an accounting emphasis. For reasons I do not yet fully understand she also changed her approach to grades, and graduated with honors. She now has an entry-level position in a financial management firm. I think her example supports Caplan's view that post-secondary education is all about signaling. She knew that no one cared a whit what Brad Pitt's academic credentials were. But she suspected that a financial firm would be more interested, and she responded accordingly. But the calculation never ended. It just became, What do I need to do to get an "A", never, "What can I learn from this class?"

1. The reason univ have monopsony power is the strong tradition of only hiring junior faculty and then letting them fight for tenure. Once you are an associate or full professor you cannot move to another school unless they are starting a new dept (unusual these days) or a hiring a named professorship. Thus you are stuck where you are.

Every one who cares about movies knows the world would be a better place if poor Spielberg had decided to go into some other job besides hawking schlock movies, maybe working at hardware stores, maybe going into accounting, instead of foisting on us those horrible loser pasticheur movies, beginning with that piece of crap Jaws with its vicious appropriation of the real suffering of the survivors of the Indianapolis in support of its mission to stir up hate for sharks, not to mention the horribly cold-hearted exploitative films that followed,

Seriously, who can really care about the real world in an authentic way and not be offended at each and every one of poor little Spielberg's lucrative but bad movies?

Well, there were a few minutes in each of those movies that were not completely fraudulent, and I guess that is the best that most of us can hope for in this world from people who we know were almost never anything but foolish and cold-hearted

God loves us all but I pray every day that no descendant of mine will live a life like poor Spielberg's has been

a life of vanity

God loves us all but loves us too much to let us stay that way

Perhaps USC and UCLA rejected the noted American film-maker Steve Spielberg because he had poor HS grades and they weren't able to foresee the future. (Maybe also, they didn't see their mission as teaching makers of block-busters).
Take aways: (1) have good HS grades if you want into a school that requires them, (2) film school, or any particular school, is not the only way to go.

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