Living in the Differential

26 05 2016


Like I said, margins and differentials really interest me, in fact, it’s partially how I make a living.  If you want to ferret out the lesson of a thing or a moral of the story, you’ll often find it hiding in margins and differentials.

Trump’s RCP composite polling average today is 43%.  Yet, only 4% of likely voters in the Harvard Class of 2016 are going to vote for him.

This differential between Trump’s support from the general public and his minuscule support from the current graduating class of a school that is more than any other the choke point to the real clipper ships of power should be scandal in and of itself, and a lot of people should be trying to figure out what lessons can be gleaned from the differential.  Someone should be screaming about this matter.  Corey?  Manafort?  Are you listening?

Wicked Racial Profiling Trick

25 05 2016

Oberlin, Ohio

The Week headline:

Oberlin students want to abolish midterms and any grades below C

My first thought?

“Because black lives matter.”

Well, it didn’t take long, I got down to “Tamir Rice.”

Anyway, while we’re at it, we might as well give Harvard doctorates to everyone.

Can’t Spell “GAP” Without “AP”

21 05 2016

Around the Metro

Because the question of why there are so few blacks in difficult and rigorous courses is such a mystery.

However, if you read closely, you’ll find a fly in the AFFH ointment — The AP-GAP is also present in the mostly white suburban districts.

Also, fewer and fewer colleges are giving credit to high school AP courses, precisely because of the reason stated:  It saves tuition.  Do you think schools are in the business of collecting less tuition money?

I suppose the only solution is to force everyone into the pool, no high school diploma unless you pass AP Calculus.  Then ten years later, we’ll read about MUH DISPUT IMPAK and the high school graduation gap.  Solving one gap makes another worse.  We’re forever stuck on a Mobius Loop of worrying about gaps.

Wicked Racial Profiling Trick

20 05 2016

Raleigh, North Carolina


There’s Something Testy About This Fish

18 05 2016



Report: Female Students Beat Male Counterparts in Tech and Engineering Test

Female students beat males in the Technology and Engineering Literacy test, according to a report released Tuesday. Only 42% of males scored “proficient” or higher on the test, while 45% females scored proficient.

“We did not expect this pattern,” said Peggy Carr from the National Center for Education Statistics, despite reiterating that evidently “girls have the abilities and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in fields of technology and engineering.”

When the scores were broken down into genders within race, it was established that white females scored 162 points – 4 points more than their male counterparts – while black females scored five points more than their black male counterpart at 131 points.

Only Asian and Hispanic students scored similar points to the opposite sex of their race.

I’m already getting suspicious.  My whitey sense is tingling.

Something tells me that this test really isn’t about hard CSIT-STEM.

It’s like the firefighter entrance and promotion exams:  In order to have tests that pass muster with the Federal judiciary and have no hint of MUH DISPUT IMPAK, they have to be so easy that one would have to be severely mentally retarded not to get the questions correct.

All it took for me was to do a little Googling to find out a representative question from this test.  And I was right:  It’s not exactly a quiz that asks you to compare the specs of the Nvidia Pascal series with the Nvidia Maxwell series and speculate how that would affect game performance and benchmarks.  While skills like the informal systems integration of the rules and regulations of urban streets for better and safer bike paths are useful, I can assure you that Nvidia’s HR isn’t looking for that on resumes.

BenFred Needs Help, Blogmeister to the Rescue

12 05 2016



BenFred: Mizzou athletes look shortsighted in wake of protests

Mizzou student athletes, please hear this:

You look uninformed. You look entitled. You look like you are willing to hurt your university for reasons you can’t really explain.

These are the things your critics are saying about you.

Stop proving them right.

When the Mizzou football team boycotted in November, I wondered about a potential ripple effect. Student athletes, a vital yet so often voiceless cog in the NCAA’s money-making machine, were reminded of their power. How would they use it moving forward?


The softball team will probably wish it handled this differently. I also wonder how the football team feels now about its decision to join forces with Concerned Student 1950 six months ago.

It was the team’s two-day boycott, not Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike, that pushed former UM system president Tim Wolfe from office. Concerned Student 1950 targeted Wolfe for a lack of response to a series of racially motivated events on campus. The football team showed him the door.

And they still don’t get it.

Speaking of Jonathan Butler…

No Walls, Except When There Are

10 05 2016

Janesville, Wisconsin

Like I’ve been saying, the borderless world still has borders.


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