Suyts Updates And MS Open Source?

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Son-of-a-……….!!!!!!!!!

So, I got my newer PC back up and running!  It was trick!  I pulled an old 160 gig hd from a Win XP SP3 PC, slapped it in my recently deceased PC and …… no joy.  Nothing happened!  I wondered if more damage other than my HD happened when my cat killed it.  Everything looked fine ….. tried it again …….. It didn’t recognize my HD as being “bootable”, it asked about the DVD drive and even though it had a Win 7 disk in it, it said it wasn’t bootable, either.  It occurred to me that the BIOS maybe were a bit scewed, so, it was to the randomly hitting the function keys.  :\  Eventually I did get an option to boot from the SATA HD!!!!! ……. no joy, it simply would not!  It would see the old Windows, but, then, reboot and go back to telling me my DVD drive had no bootable media.  Sad smile    But, I persevered!!!!!  If I hit the F9-F12 buttons I would get my option to boot from the actual HD (but it doesn’t save that option) and when I did boot from the HD, if I hit the F5 button, I could get the boot in “Safe Mode” option, which it did!!!  From there I was able to install Win 7!!!!!!!  Yea!!!!!   …. Sort of …….

Yes, I had my drivers for my Mother Board, processor, etc ….. And, Win 7 did an admirable job of identifying them and installing them!   I’ve got a working newish PC!!!!!  Sort of ……  every darned thing “needed” updated.  Especially the Win 7 SP1 I installed.  Every time I turned around, I needed to reboot, and Windows would tell me not to turn off my PC and let my life pass by while they installed updates!  This went on for 3 days!!!!!! 

One of the few pleasures in my life is conquering the world with a game called “Empire Total War”.  It’s actually a very good game with great historical context albeit with a left bent to some of the comentary on the historical context.  It’s no big deal, because I have the install discs handy!!!! …………. Disappointed smile  ….. Yeh, well, the “online community” garbage (Steam) needed to update ….. &%&&$%^@%%*%  I couldn’t install the rest of my game until Steam updated.  Why?  Because %%$&*%^#%#@&& , that’s why.  It was only a few GIGS!!!!!!!!!  ……..  Then, once it finally and wonderfully got done, …….. it asked me for my User Name and PW ………Surprised smile    …..   I had no idea what they were!!!!  No prob, it has this cool button to push if I forgot my stuff……..It opened a fantastic page (I’m sure) which didn’t render!  It was blank!!!!  It’s still blank!!!    Okay, NBD, I can just open my web browser and copy the link to the browser and it will render in a real browser!!! …… Well, not the IE 8 that came with Win 7 it wouldn’t.  Of course, I have to update my browser.  Sigh ……

Well, I had good luck with the latest MS browser that came with the Win 10, so …. okay, I’ll go to MS.  But, I can’t find the latest non-IE browser.  MS directs me to EI11!!!!!  Fine, I don’t care at this point.  Just get me a browser I can use!!!!!  I did, but, now, it was just updating the browser, it’s giving me all sorts of stuff!!!!  We’re downloading crap again!!!!!! 

At the end, I’m informed I need to reboot again.  …… Sigh … the “don’t turn off your PC” message appears again.  We’re at 5 of 120 updates ………. 

The next morning I’m turning on the PC …….. “don’t turn off your PC” .. We’re installing the updates!!!!  Son-of-a $%%&%&*@%@!!!!! 

Okay, fine!!!!!  I come home from work, I fire up the PC.  We’re good!!!!!  But, I still can’t get into Steam so I can play my game, which is all loaded on my PC!  Wait!!!! What’s my UN and PW for my …. well, which e-mail address did I use when I set up this damned account, years ago?   “Mother of all whores!!!!!!”

Yes, I finally worked through that problem….. but, there were more updates to be had, so, I went to my daughters house to have a few beers and celebrate my victory and my soon to be conquered world!  As expected, I got home, the updates were done, and I was going to play my game!!!!  I opened the app and ….. and…… and, son … mother ….. bastages …. I, they …. OMG!!!!!! ….. the game itself needed to update!!!!!  But, it was only 10 gigs so, well, there’s  that.  Oddly, the game seems exactly like it used to be, except it now takes up twice the space of my HD.  Disappointed smile  But, by then, I had already had a few posts in mind to post.  …… NBD on that one!!!!  I’ve used Windows Live Writer ever since I started this blog!  I’ll just go download it and go!!!!  And, yep!!!!  MS still has the download, and so, I did!  Got done with the quick down load and clicked the install button, it started … then, promptly failed.  What the fresh hell is this?  Well, it was IE, so, maybe a different browser?  Sigh, I downloaded Chrome, got that done, went back to the Live Writer install and downloaded it …… it died on install, too.  Maybe if I just delete the old install and reload a new one? …. Nope, it’s still dies!!!

Now, mind you, I can still blog using Word Press, but, it’s a very … well, crappy blogging tool.  If I have to use the WP blog writer, I’ll write a tearful goodbye and call it.  So, I search for an acceptable alternative, there’s this thing called “Open Live Writer”, the first thing that comes to my mind is “Open Office”, which is the open source answer to MS Office, and it’s exactly what one would expect, it suffices, but, you get what you pay for.  MS Office is the bomb, if you have a few hundred dollars to get it.  Open Office is not. 

Upon reading though, I find out why I can’t install Windows Live Writer ………. MS stopped supporting it at the first of the year.  Upon further investigation, I find that MS does offer an alternative, themselves.  It’s called Open Live Writer.  ……….

So, I haven’t played with all the button and dials of this “new” writer, but, from what I can tell, it’s functions, looks, feels, exactly like the old Windows Live Writer.  So, why didn’t MS remove the download for Win Live Writer?  I can only assume to screw with me.  Why did they call it “open” without letting people know it came from MS?  I can only assume to screw with me. 

No matter, I’m done with the bitterness, all I have to do now it to install my printer drivers and I’ll be good to go!  I’m informed it is only a 10 Mb download …. we’ll be done in a minute!!!!  But, there was another 15 meg load, and then a 35 one, and then another 20 one and then, and then, and then …….. f’n Kodak!!!!!!!

BTW, with my game, which is at least 5 years old, my printer, my web browsers, OS, and MS’s security stuff, I’ve got 66 Gigs being used on my HD. 

I’ve seen progress before, this is not it. 

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Happy Easter!!!! HE IS RISEN!!!!!

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Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise[h] from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things.49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem[i] until you are endued with power from on high.”

The Ascension

50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and[j] blessing God. Amen.[k]

You know, this isn’t the end of the story, but, a promise of greater things to come!  There will be a day of greater commemoration! 

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Potpourri And A Couple Of Random Thoughts ……

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First and foremost, Trump did his job in this one, and now it is up to Gorsuch.  He now sits with 8 other of the most powerful people in the US.  A former Supreme Court Chief Justice had once said, “the law is what we say the law is.”  May God grant him the wisdom needed to sit in such an important seat.    I had stated in the past that I would consider the Trump presidency a success if he was able to appoint a conservative to the USSC, and if he got that wall built.  He’s halfway there! 

 

I believe the bombing in Syria was for political expedience.  People wanted Trump to do it, on both sides, and it makes the lunatics look pretty stupid when saying Trump’s a pawn of Putin.  I believe Trump would much rather the Syrian issue go away rather than get us further embroiled in it. The problem with Syria is that there is no good side to back.  The rebels are pretty much the ISIS vein.  There’s no powerful group of moderate Syrian rebels to back.  Personally, I’d let Russia have Syria, with their promise to eradicate ISIS there, and our promise to eradicate ISIS in Iraq.

 

Let’s be honest, here.  No one gives a damn about the Syrian people in general.  It’s just that no one likes the optics of chemical weapons being used.  For some reason, killing people with chemicals rather than bullets and bombs is less palatable for people around the world. 

 

I’m sure we were all shocked to learn the Obama administration lied to us about Syria giving up all of its chemical weapons. 

 

LASTLY!!!  And, most importantly, I wish some assistance from the loyal Suyts readers ……

I need references and links to articles and works and pages, and hopefully with curves demonstrating the efficiency gains created by the proper use of the division of labor.  I know this sounds strange, and low level.  In fact, it is so low level in modern industrial thought I’m having a hard time finding something adequate.

The reason for this request is because I wish to write a paper in academic style and present it to my company’s VP.  This is because my company doesn’t.  They are in horrible need of a person such as myself.  This was suppose to be my “Welcome to Wal Mart”, or, “do you want fries with that?” job!!!!  I wasn’t suppose to have to think!  Just do, collect my paycheck and work on other things more dear to my heart and mind …… like starting a micro-brewery!!!! 

I work at an aerospace production plant.  The problem with the aerospace industry is that they grew up parallel with the auto industry, but, never applied the lessons learned in mass production because the demand for the various parts do not require mass production.  But, that doesn’t mean one can’t utilize the efficiency gains of modern mass production by applying the notions to specific tasks.  We simply don’t do that.  And, I can’t stand it!!!!!  It’s driving me insane!  It’s like fingernails clawing down a chalkboard every day!!!!  For example, we actually have an “assembly dept.”, but, we absolutely have no assembly line

At any rate, I would appreciate any references towards such notions. 

Thanks, guys!

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Open Thread!!!

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Well, I haven’t posted anything for a while, but, thought I’d check in, and get a new page for people to comment.  When doing open threads I like to add a pic, so I Goggle “open thread”.  The pic above is one that come up.  I thought, well, why not?  It could be a good conversational piece!

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A Real Court Filing!!!!!! And Personal Suyts BS ….

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You can read it here.

I actually have more heavier posts in mind, but, I just don’t have the energy. 

 

You see, right after I made my last post, my kitten actually killed my PC.  My PC sits on the floor next to my legs under my desk.  My cat likes to sit atop the PC and bother me for attention.  As per norm, I was a bit chilled, so I covered my legs with what I can an “old man’s blanket”.  My cat was patting at me and got his claws stuck in the fabric of my blanket. …… Have you ever seen a cat react to such an occasion?  Well, he knocked over my PC …. and killed my hard drive.  Now, I know a great many tricks to bring a hard drive back to life.  Unfortunately, none of them worked.  I took it to work so the IT people could have a look at it (I no longer work in the IT field).  They have a number of tools available.  They didn’t work, either.  Frustration and time consumption was what occupied me for most of last week.  At the time, I thought that was my biggest immediate challenge. 

I was soon introduced to a much greater concern and challenge.  I would have had my PC up and running by now, but, there was a medical emergency in my immediate family.  I spent Sat, Sun, and Monday in the ER and ICU.  I brought her home yesterday, went to work today.  I’m tired.

And, yes, everything is fine, now.  There is a quote …..

Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. — William Congreve

I spent a few days in uncertainty, and, thus, fear.  It’s exhausting.  What I’ve learned is that you just need to give it to God.  I pray I don’t have to relearn such a lesson again.  

Back to brighter notes ……

This post is being generated by a PC I call “old faithful”.  I actually had to do a couple of tricks to bring her back to PC life!  I used this PC when I first started blogging.  Heck, I was using it well before I started blogging!  I had to bring her back momentarily last year, and momentarily the year before.  I don’t remember all the fun things I did to this PC, but, I did upgrade the processor and tripled the RAM.  I also did some great hard drive stuff!  It’s a dual boot (used to have a Unix) with 3 drives and 5 virtual drives.  As I recall, she started as a simple Win XP sp1.  I used to have her overclocked, but, she just got too hot.  I’m using the XP side right now because there’s not much on the other boot.  I password protected my Unix and forgot the password …… so, there’s Win 7, but, it’s fresh and not much else on it.  The thing is, I can’t seem to kill it!  Every time I think it’s dead, I play with it for a bit, and it comes back!  I’m thinking about RAIDing her to see how that might improve the performance.  But, for right now, I’m going to play a mindless game, Ages of Empires II.  I haven’t for years. 

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A Gem Post!!!!! Jonah, Muhammed, And, Jesus

No, the title isn’t an intro to a joke.  It’s a thought provoking post.  I haven’t posted on a Christian thought for a very long time.  Too, long, indeed. 

The Prophet said, “One should not say that I am better than Jonah (i.e. Yunus) bin Matta.” So, he mentioned his father Matta (Volume 4, Book 55, Number 608:Sahih Bukhari)

That’s probably right …. but, then, there’s this …..

39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.  Matthew 12:39-41(NIV)

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John 14:6King James Version (KJV)

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

That is right!

Jonah, Muhammad, and Jesus are all regarded as prophets by the Muslim religion.  Indeed, they are regarded as speakers of TRUTH. 

Well, in the above quotes, I have to agree. 

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Back By Popular Demand!!! New And Improved!!! Plus Bonus Graph Of How Global Warming Looks On A Thermometer!!!!!

 

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Note!!!!!!  If this post is coming off too snarky or condescending, or grumpy, I’m sorry, but, believe it or not, I had a very hard time getting people to understand what I did. 

Well, I’ve been meaning to do this for some time now.  Last night, I saw a similar graph, in which I was credited for showing them how(Thanks Lat!!!).  That was pretty really cool!  I don’t remember the fellow I helped.  But, there have been many who asked me about this. 

In response to the fellow’s graph, there were some familiar questions about it.  As readers would note, I’ve added a Celsius graph!  Yeh, I don’t know why the rest of the world has to be different, but, there, that’s for them!  As I recollect, that was the biggest question/complaint to the graph.  I’m happy to oblige, even though I was very late in doing so. 

As to the boring graph format, and whatnot, I’m sorry.  This was done with Open Office.  If anyone is taking a poll, I’m against it.  But, I’d have to kickstart my old PC with MS Office on it, and I’m busy right now. 

After re-reading my last post, I realize I was probably too inebriated to be properly blogging.  Fortunately, there’s no jail time for said infraction.  And, fortunately, I’m only on my 4th or 5th beer, so, I’m good for now!

As to the other questions ….. and people interested in this graph need to pay attention ….. I’ll try to answer them as best I can.  Some of the questions which I’ve tried to field in the past seemed …….. well,  ….. instructive as to some of the people engaged in the climate debates.

The Provenance:  Let’s start with the provenance of the data.  IT’S FROM GISS!!!!!!  NASA!!!!!!  HANSEN’S BOYS!!!!!  And, yes, they’re still Hansen’s.  It’s from his babbling bs that they get their data base.  The data is here, at this link. —– https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata_v3/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt  This isn’t data I pulled from my arse.  I didn’t mix or mingle anything.  I simply pulled the data from GISS.  It’s the same GISS data every one else uses from GISS, both warmists and skeptics.  Specifically, I only use one column from their table, the annual temps, January through December.  I’ll put a graphic up so there won’t be any confusion.

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That column!!!  Right there with the red around it!!!!!  That’s what I use. 

The Methodology:  This leads me to another great question, what methodology did I use?  Honestly, I don’t know how to put this in any simpler terms.  I will do my best to detail this. 

The table above is in anomalies.  That is to say, the values stated are what NASA/GISS believes deviated from the norm.  The base period they used to establish their notion of a norm is 1951-1980, as stated at the link cited.  I didn’t pick this base period.  GISS did.  I’m using GISS’ numbers.  GISS believes the average global temp for said time period was 14 deg C, or 57.2 deg F.  They’ve stated this in many places and times.  Here’s one of them.  (Note their uncertainty). 

So, in order to get a real temperature, rather than an anomaly, we simply add the anomaly to the stated norm; GISS’ stated norm.  The values listed are in 1/100ths of a degree Celsius.  So, we have to divide the values by 100 to get them in proper degree format.  For the Celsius graph, then, we simply add that value to 14 to get a view of the actual temperature, rather than the anomaly.  For the Fahrenheit, it’s much more complicated.  You actually have to multiply the anomaly value by 1.8 to convert it to Fahrenheit.  I know!!!!!  It’s wild, wacky, and hard!!!!  But, really, that’s what sciency and math people do!  For those skeptical of a skeptic, simply scroll down to the bottom of the page at the link, and you’ll find those exact same instructions!

The next thing I do, I ask the graphing program of choice to graph the data.  I did the hard trick of verifying that the graphing program I used, each time, did indeed graph the data properly. 

Error Bars:  I don’t know how many times I was asked about error bars, or had people tell me it wasn’t a proper graph without error bars. 

Let me be as diplomatic as I can possibly be about these “error bars”.  ……….. There are no f’n @%#$&%*(J%($%$#$%&#$%$!@#^%$#&#$%!%#$%$~$#  error bars for simple math!!!!!!!

I’ll do my best not to repeat.  I am dividing real numbers.  I am adding real numbers.  I am multiplying real numbers.  There are no error bars to be had when dividing by 100.  There are no error bars to be had when adding real numbers.  There are no %$%&%$*$#%@^ error bars to be had when multiplying a real number by 1.8.  THIS ISN’T HARD TO UNDERSTAND!!!!!!  Quick!!!! Someone tell me what the error bars should be for 2+2?

If there were to be any error bars, we’d have to use GISS’.  Seeing that the average alarmist has no doubt these numbers are entirely correct, there’s no point in plotting any potential error, even though they themselves admit there could be a 2 degree F variance in the baseline value.  And, even though these numbers change constantly.  Yes, their evaluation of our historic data constantly changes, always, always to show more warming in recent years.

The Point:  Yes, I know these graphs do not pick up the minutia of variances of some peoples’ perception of what the global average temperatures are.  That’s the point.  I thought it well to put out a graph of data into something the average person can relate to.  The hyperbole given to the climate issue is a huge ado about minutia.  These graphs demonstrate the supposed global warming of over the last 135 years as normal people can relate to it.

Disclaimer:  I, in no way, manner, shape or form, endorse the values GISS has stated.   I don’t believe them to be any more real than the tooth fairy or unicorns.  They weren’t real to start with (by their own admission) and they’re not real today.  The notion of a global average temperature, even in the abstract, is very suspect.  In actual application, it simply isn’t possible to have one, not today, certainly not yesterday, and we won’t tomorrow. 

People must understand what a “temperature” is.  It simply describes a movement of heat, or better, energy.  A temperature doesn’t describe the movement, though.  Energy moves omni-directional.  An increase in temperature in a given place, or even a given plane, may describe a loss in energy for the whole, rather than an increase.  It may not even describe an energy change at all, for the whole, but, rather a movement of energy from one place to another, or from one plane to another. 

The fact is, these people have less coverage, globally, than is not covered and isn’t a concern for most of the lunatics.  It’s simply a metric they manipulate and use to scare people.  The supposed temperature of the globe isn’t real, it is impossible to determine.  The hyperbole and concern isn’t real.  It is simply misanthropy and self-loathing.  These graphs were made to help demonstrate these thoughts.

Enjoy!

 

PS  My thanks to Ron Van Wegen for helping correct a spelling/near homophone error in the post!

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Climate Change Quote Quiz!!!!!

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The question …..

Who said this? …….”As to climate change, I think the President was fairly straightforward saying we’re not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that. So that is a specific tie to his campaign.

Give up?  Okay, I’ll let you know …… Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney.

Did something just go boom?

Update!!!!

You can watch the whole OMB press conference here!!!  The Climate Change Q&A is at the end of the video.  The entire video is well worth the watch!!!  Indeed, it is fantastic!!!!!  I’m not familiar with this guy(I don’t know if his name is Mulcaney or Mulvaney), but, he’s bomb!

 

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Someone Reading Suyts’ Archives? ICYMI —– REE!!!!!!

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So, many moons ago, I had written a few blog posts about REE, our irrational dependence upon it, and that we could mine our own. 

Readers here will already know the importance of REE (rare earth elements), and the economic, strategic significance of such.

Unlike other stuff we have under our ground, such as oil, gas, coal, etc ….. our REE reserves are not the most in the world.  However, we have enough to supply ourselves and more.  Why we ever allowed China to have a global monopoly on the stuff is beyond comprehension. 

Well, now that we finally have a pro-American administration …….. (my bold)

Rare change of heart: Let’s mine our own crucial metals

After years of passively relying on China to supply our military with crucial materials for the production of high-tech weapons systems, the United States is taking some important steps toward restoring its ability to harvest its own so-called rare earths.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., introduced a bill this week that would allocate 1 percent of the Pentagon’s Major Defense Acquisition Programs overhead budget and transfer that money to a Strategic Metals Investment Fund. The proceeds, as much as $50 million a year, would be used to aid prospective producers of the critical metals that are needed to make the new F-35 fighter jet, rocket-guided missiles, catapults that loft planes off aircraft carriers, GPS systems and other crucial weapons systems.

Bellwether previously examined our dangerous reliance on China, which currently mines and manufactures more than 90 percent of the world’s supply of rare earth. The U.S. used to have its own, secure production chain for these important products, but found it was cheaper to import them. The last major American rare earths mine and production facility declared bankruptcy in 2015.

“My bill has now got the best chance it has ever had,” Hunter told me. “I’ve got White House support. They read your articles and got in touch with me.”

Hunter credits President Trump’s team with bringing a new attitude to the importance of mining critical materials at home, instead of relying on an unreliable supplier like China. In 2010, for instance, China temporarily cut off exports of rare earths in a trade dispute, shocking commodities markets worldwide and driving prices sky-high.

Experts in the field say there has been a sea change in attitude since Trump’s election. “There’s a sense that this administration recognizes the significance of the critical metals gap that we’ve allowed to develop,” says Dan McGroarty, who maintains a Washington-based critical metals industry consultancy.

At an industry conference in Toronto this week, bankers and venture capitalists, heartened by the administration’s promises, were kicking the tires on potential startup deals, says one attendee, longtime critical metals analyst Jack Lifton. “Last year was a desert. This year, there are oases of optimism. People hope this White House is going to follow through on reducing regulations. That’s good for the industry.”

Those same dealmakers were lying low during the Obama administration, convinced that the U.S. government was hopelessly mired in reliance on China as a supplier and anticipating more of the same if Hillary Clinton moved into the White House.

With President Trump vowing to strengthen the U.S. military, and to negotiate tougher with China, entrepreneurs hope domestic production of important elements needs for weapons systems will soon be revived. It might be one of those rare times when government and common sense appear in the same sentence.

If we can follow through and follow up, this will be a huge win for America, both, economically and strategically. 

Now, it is issues such as these in which I break with the people of the notion complete free-trade is ideal.  In a total free-trade scenario, China could easily stop the US from ever mining our own REE.  All they’d have to do is flood the market and it prevents the free market from developing our own source.  Yet, it is in our nation’s interest that we do so. 

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Good Heavens!!!! Now We’re Dumbing Down Teachers!!!!

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Look, I don’t care what color, race, or creed the teacher is.  It is not at all unreasonable to expect teachers to be as literate as what we expect from our high school students.  Indeed, it should be requisite. 

NY dropping teacher literacy test amid claims of racism

At a time when the United States has plummeted in the global rankings of education standards, one of the country’s largest states is poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers.

Citing the fact that an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates were failing the test, members of the New York state Board of Regents plans to adopt a task force’s recommendation to eliminate the literacy exam, known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test, given to prospective teachers. ……

… The tests, however, came under intense scrutiny for their alleged racial bias, after just 46 percent of Hispanic test-takers and 41 percent of black test-takers passed it on the first try, compared with 64 percent of white candidates.

Plus, critics said, the test’s $131 price tag is too steep.

Despite a ruling by a federal judge in 2015 that the test was not discriminatory, faculty members at education schools say a test that screens out so many minorities is problematic.

“Having a white workforce really doesn’t match our student body anymore,” Soodak said.

Kate Walsh, the president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, said that the reason that blacks and Latinos don’t score as well as whites on the literacy test is because of various factors like poverty and the legacy of racism. Walsh said that is the symptom on other standardized tests as well.

“There’s not a test in the country that doesn’t have disproportionate performance on the part of blacks and Latinos,” Walsh said.

Oh, FFS!!!!  The demographic makeup of the teachers workforce isn’t nearly as important as the actually literacy of the teacher workforce.  It’s not relevant.  What is relevant is the teacher’s ability to teach beyond what is expected of our students.

As to the reason why Blacks and Latinos aren’t scoring as well doesn’t have a damned thing to do with poverty and legacy of racism.  WTF?  Because someone’s grandma suffered under racism means the grandchild can’t score well on a test?  I’d venture to bet that it has a lot more to do with affirmative action than anything else.  Affirmative action requires lowering standards, thus, the people who got in (college for teaching) because of the lowered standards are probably the ones failing the tests.  If they lowered the standards to let white people in, they would most likely be failing the tests. 

Later on in the article it becomes critical of the test, itself.  It may or may not be true that the test was poorly designed.  And, also, not relevant to the larger question.  If it was designed poorly, then, design it better. 

Others in the article stated that the test was redundant.  Clearly, the other tests were not stringent enough. 

When the demographic makeup of the teaching workforce becomes more important than the individual teacher’s ability and knowledge base, then, we’re working against the student.  It’s just that simple. 

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