Data Fails: Do We Care?

“The first time I was presented with a research based, brilliant new/old scheme, I asked a number of impertinent questions, like ‘do you have the data sets and methodology of the study?’ I was told that people like me didn’t need to know that kind of advanced information and wouldn’t be able to understand it anyway, so ‘shut up,’ they explained. That pretty much said it all about the brilliance and validity of the “study” and the scheme, which was as useless–and as damaging to children–as one might imagine.”

Harumph.

Einstein once said, if you can’t explain the science to a fifth-grader, you don’t know it yourself.

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Among the more recent educational fads is the idea that anything “researched-based” is brilliant, unassailable, and therefore, worth tens, even hundreds of thousands to implement in any school district, thereby magically improving student achievement by previously unimaginable margins.  The term is commonly used to pass off previously failed bad ideas, by changing a few terms, adding a few new acronyms, and claiming to have conducted a study proving beyond any possible doubt the efficacy of the retreaded, failed idea.

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SWATting A House

If abuses like this keep up, sooner or later, qualified immunity is going to go away.

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Competent, honorable police officers always do their utmost to avoid unnecessarily damaging private property.  When they serve search warrants, they don’t take the opportunity to utterly trash people’s homes.  Even in emergency situations like a barricaded gunman, they prefer to do as little damage as possible.  That wasn’t the case in Greenwood Village, Colorado in June of 2015, however, as Fox News reports:

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Is it Climate Socialism – or Eco-fascism?

[Green New Dealers] are climate change deniers, who say Earth’s climate is stable and can be kept stable by controlling minor factors (human carbon dioxide and methane emissions) and ignoring water vapor (the dominant greenhouse gas) and fluctuations in solar energy, cosmic rays, clouds, oceanic circulation, volcanoes, planetary orbits and other powerful natural forces that have brought climate changes throughout history.

Source: Is it Climate Socialism – or Eco-fascism?

Part I: The faux grounds for Trump’s impeachment and his perfect defenses — Bookworm Room

The Dem’s have no statutory basis to demand Trump’s impeachment — and Trump has valid defenses to charges that his Ukraine dealings were an abuse of power. This will be a two part post. Part I deals with the law relating to impeachment. Part II will deal with how the Senate should handle the trial…

Part I: The faux grounds for Trump’s impeachment and his perfect defenses — Bookworm Room

About Fecal Matter Depression Countries

Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, “a fecalized environment.”

In plain English: s— is everywhere.  People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water.  He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water.  Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country.  Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right

And then there’s the reaction to al-Baghdadi’s death

Lindsey Graham says “This is a moment where President Trump’s worst critics should say, ‘Well done, Mr. President.’” That Lindsey Graham, always making with the jokes. Because obviously that’s not going to happen. And as proof, we have: Trump went into “irresponsible” detail when he described the raid, Pelosi’s complaint that Trump told the Russians but not her and her Congressional band of leakers and carpers, Richard Engel saying the Kurds are still pissed, criticism of the situation room photo, and my own (and perhaps everyone’s) personal favorite : There are many ways to describe a terror leader in a headline.

Source: And then there’s the reaction to al-Baghdadi’s death

Why are you so obsessed with… A Blast from the Past — The Writer in Black

Whenever folk like me object to erosion of long-held rights, people often ask why we’re “obsessed” with that right, why it’s so important. Why we’re not more worried about whatever other thing they bring up as a distraction. It’s actually not hard to understand. There is a tale I heard told about the ancient Greek […]

Why are you so obsessed with… A Blast from the Past — The Writer in Black

The Unique Evil of the Left

07/18/2016Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
Is it too much to say that since the French Revolution, the left has been the source of virtually all political evils, and continues to be so in our day?

There can be no doubt that great cruelty and violence can be and have been inflicted in the name of preserving the existing order.

But when we compare even the worst enormities of the more distant past with the leftist totalitarian revolutions and total wars of the twentieth centuries, they are in general a mere blip. The entire history of the Inquisition, said Joe Sobran, barely rises to the level of what the communists accomplished on a good afternoon.

The French Revolution, and particularly its radical phase, was the classic manifestation of modern leftism and served as the model for still more radical revolutions around the world more than a century later.

As that revolution proceeded its aims grew more ambitious, with its most fervent partisans demanding nothing less than the total transformation of society.

In place of the various customs and settled ways of a France with well over a millennium of history behind it, the radical revolutionaries introduced a “rational” alternative cooked up in their heads, and with all the warmth of an insane asylum.

Streets named after saints were given new names, and statues of saints were actually guillotined. (These people guillotining statues were the rational ones, you understand.) The calendar itself, rich with religious feasts, was replaced by a more “rational” calendar with 30 days per month, divided into three ten-day weeks, thereby doing away with Sunday. The remaining five days of the year were devoted to secular observances: celebrations of labor, opinion, genius, virtue, and rewards.

Punishments for deviations from the new dispensation were as severe as we have come to expect from leftism. People were sentenced to death for owning a Rosary, giving shelter to a priest, or indeed refusing to abjure the priesthood.

We are plenty familiar with the guillotine, but the revolutionaries concocted still other forms of execution as well, like the Drownings at Nantes, designed to humiliate and terrorize their victims.

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