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Ironbear

Ooh! Fresh thread!

kennycan

Not first!

Barry

Denninger Alert:
https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=241795

Via Ace

kennycan

I like it. Denninger was one of the first to confirm for me my thoughts on the WuFlu Just The Flu was correct.

He really hits on so much that is wrong today.

People moan about Trump’s “Mean Tweets”. I wish Denninger had been writing them and then people might see how really angry we all actually are. Trump was funny and light with his “mean”. Denninger is white hot angry.

Barry

Yep. He’s been consistently good. And honest.

Barry

Masks are theater:
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/03/18/rand-paul-confronts-anthony-fauci-on-the-theater-of-masks-after-covid-immunity/

Rand Paul is one of the few honest and sane politicians in DC

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HazHap

I have recently run across a couple more screeds by lefty journalists about how hard their lives are due to layoffs with lefty opinion sites shutting down, and lamenting how horribly under-paid the remaining ones are for their difficult, difficult ‘work’ of writing a couple thousand words a week. These types of pieces seem to show up whenever another lefty site shuts down after the oligarchs get tired of throwing money down a rat hole.

While a very (very) rare few such articles might briefly mention the hard left ideology of journalism as part of the problem, I can not recall a single such article that correctly identifies the key problem: basic econ 101. While the get woke go broke aspect is important (decades of calling half your potential customer base racist, sexist, etc bigots is not the best marketing plan), journalism’s problem is much bigger than the demand side. The true problem is supply. There are just WAY too many people who want to produce left wing think pieces for a living. Universities churn out such people by the tens of thousands every single year, not just journalism majors but all the angry studies types, the writing and lit majors who want to write articles while working on that sure-to-be-a-best-seller novel they plan to produce someday (without actually sitting down and working on it, natch), the poli sci majors who are interning in some minor politician’s office somewhere, and many many more. Every single one of them believes that their particular, personal insights are just so unique, so precious and important that they need to be shared with the entire world. That most of them have done nothing in their lives except go to school and repeat leftist dogma, just like millions of others, and thus they have nothing of interest to say never occurs to them.

Add in the internet allowing the rest of the world to write lefty think pieces, similar to how the internet allowed the rest of the world to compete with American software writers (except more so, because writing software is considerably more difficult than repeating lefty boiler plate). Potential supply of ‘will write left wing think pieces for cash’ is essentially infinite.

Limited damand combined with massive and growing supply…let’s see, been a while since I took Econ 101, but I think that means falling prices for lefty think pieces. I could suggest learning to code, but that would probably get me cancelled. And as already mentioned, coding isn’t that great of a profession for Americans any more unless you are really, really exceptional at it and/or work in one of the truly difficult sub fields. But the trend of journalists being laid off and the remaining ones making ever less oney does not seem likely to end. Expect more of these articles lamenting reality while failing to identify the causes.

Barry

“That most of them have done nothing in their lives except go to school and repeat leftist dogma, just like millions of others…”

I haven’t bothered to look it up, if it even exists, but I suspect the overwhelming majority of graduates actually learn nothing useful and graduate with paper less valuable than toilet tissue.

HazHap

I suspect you are correct. What percentage of recent university graduates have degrees in angry studies? Or various ‘humanities’ areas like sociology? Then you need to consider all the graduates who do not (or can not) get a job in their field and end up not really using their degree other than as a marker of ‘went to college?’

Multiple years of time spent and tens of thousands (if not more) dollars is a high price for a credential that does not get you into a decent job. I know the whole ‘must have a degree even to get considered’ barrier is a major factor, but the price some people pay (directly and in foregone opportunity) to get a credential that does not open a specific career field…it amazes me.

Barry

It’s certainly different than when I went to school. There is a need, I suppose, for a handful of sociologists, but not ten billion.
And all the studies majors? Those are simply degree mills. They might as well just sell them a piece of paper for 50K. They are not qualified to shine shoes. It should be considered a reason you do not hire them…

HazHap

And sociology is just one of many such fields where our universities turn out huge numbers of people qualified to do nothing but become associate professors of that field. Way too many people go to college these days, relative to the need for more academic types. Channeling more people into actual productive trades would be vastly more useful to society, and better for the majority of students as well.

SteveF

It should be considered a reason you do not hire them

I did reject a candidate who had a Grievance Studies degree. I don’t recall what particular minority’s grievances were studied but it hardly matters.

My position as a manager back then was that I don’t care what degree you have, or even if you have a degree. My experience has been that there’s no correlation between having a Computer Science degree or any degree at all and being a capable programmer in a business setting. I’d determine from talking to the candidates whether they had the chops and the attitude.

Buuuut I made an exception for the YouOweMe Studies degree guy. Nope, nada, disqualified. I don’t care if he was the second coming of Donald Knuth. I’d be doing my employer and our clients a disservice by bringing that mindset onto the team.

HazHap

My experience has been that there’s no correlation between having a Computer Science degree or any degree at all and being a capable programmer in a business setting.

Absolutely agree. And I have a Comp Sci degree.

Ironbear

I haven’t bothered to look it up, if it even exists, but I suspect the overwhelming majority of graduates actually learn nothing useful and graduate with paper less valuable than toilet tissue.

I’m not sure that that’s endemic to journalists and journalism degrees as it is to college in general.

I know that when I got my hardware cert, very little of what I learned in tech courses was applicable to the real world. My first year in the field was spent working frantically to get up to speed on the actual state of the art of computer technology.

Similar with my advertising and advertising art courses: very little of what I learned in college courses ever showed up in the field. I spent most of my time learning how to actually do the job once I got hired.

That doesn’t change the fact that at any given college, even community college, the only people with a rep for being generally stupider than J-school degree program students was “education” majors.

Barry

“college in general”

Yes, that’s what I meant.

My sister started out in the school of journalism at Carolina. She lasted one semester in that school. When I asked why she was changing she said the students made all the dumb blonde jokes factual. And she’s a blonde.

HazHap

Knew there was a group I had forgotten in the list of useless majors: education. Utter garbage, completely woke BS that actively impedes learning. Pick a school teacher from some random 19th century America one room school house and you will have more actual teaching ability than a thousand modern education majors.

SteveF

Before I took a contract with the NYS Department of Education my dad warned me that Ed.D’s were the biggest bunch of entitled morons I would ever meet.

He understated the situation.

Pick a school teacher from some random 19th century America one room school house and you will have more actual teaching ability than a thousand modern education majors.

American schoolteachers are so bad that any amateur can do a better job.

I’ll probably be homeschooling The Brat starting this Summer and going through the next year. (While working full time. This is possible because she’ll be high school age by then and at least in theory somewhat self-directed and self-disciplined.)

HazHap

American schoolteachers are so bad that any amateur can do a better job.

Yep. Their training is so completely wrong that a person with zero teaching experience will do a better job. It takes serious effort for an entire industry to suck that badly.

Ironbear

Even way back when I was going it was an axiom in colleges that the only people more consistently stupid than Journalism students were Education Majors.

Even the Lit majors made jokes about the Ed majors.

“How many Ed majors does it take to change a light bulb?”

“None of them – they can’t read the label on the box that says ‘lightbulb’.”

Ironbear

This is possible because she’ll be high school age by then and at least in theory somewhat self-directed and self-disciplined.)

*snicker*

SteveF

The key words were “in theory”. But yah.

However, in practice it means that she’s old enough that I can work during the day and need just the odd minute here and there to compare the to-do pile to the done pile, or digital equivalent and to yell as needed. Longer chunks of time, for chemistry and robotics labs and for instruction or guidance, can be in the evenings and weekends.

kennycan

It takes work as a parent of a young person to prepare them for latter grades. Those parents who try are sometimes frustrated. But most pre-teens that are taught by their parents to be logical are often rewarded not necessarily when they are teens, but when real life intrudes and they realize Dad and Mom were right, or at least not wrong. Persevere in guiding them and they’ll come around.

I was pretty “conservative” as a teen and young adult, but I didn’t know what that meant. One learns as one grows as long as the parents used guidance.

That being said, I have a male sibling and male children. I commiserate with you in that case.

Ironbear

Me too.

And, man: there’s just nothing quite as screwed up as a Right-wing stoner. 🙂

kennycan

Nothing says NEVER STUDIED like having a “Studies” Degree.

Skeptic

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine’s daughter proudly told me that she was going to major in Women’s Studies. I told her that one of her classes in her first semester should be Advanced Coffee Pouring, because that’s what she would do for a living.

SteveF

You can be sure that was brought up in her first semester as an example of misogyny, patriarchal oppression, and mansplaining.

Barry

And in my class, and example of “truth”.

Ironbear

“misogyny, patriarchal oppression, and mansplaining”

All of the good things in life!

kennycan

What is best in life Ironbear?

Ironbear

Right now, I’m kinda partial to Braum’s Deep Raspberry Gnosh with hot fudge sauce.

SteveF

You can be sure that was brought up in her first semester as an example of misogyny, patriarchal oppression, and mansplaining.

kennycan

Will neutering men end mansplaining?

I thought it was Lucy who always had the splainin’ to do. That’s why America was preeminent back then. The Men didn’t have to splain themselves, the women did.

Ironbear

Oh… Luuuuuuucccyyy!

But but but – Ricky!

kennycan

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!

Ironbear

Who loves ya, baby?

Oh, wait – wrong show. How the hell did Kojack sneak in here?

kennycan

Something to do with lollipops?

Who knows? Only the shadow knows…

Ironbear

He must’ve been this episode’s Guest Star.

At least it wasn’t Danny Thomas chucking walnuts at us.

Barry

Masks make your balls and dick shrink. I knew it. This explains a lot.

STUDY: Chemical That Causes Penises To Shrink Found In Face Masks

kennycan

I miss smiles.

Masks dehumanize us. That’s part of the point. Submission and Dehumanization.

Easier to kill groveling subhumans.

Ironbear

According to my inbox, there’s a cheap and effective way to cure that.

Barry

Another from the “we’re fucked” department:

“‘I was honestly terrified. I remember shaking in that moment,’ Manns told CNN.”

What could cause such fear? The toxicology report of felon home invader George Floyd. But have no fear, the crack investigation team of dook university is on it.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9406225/Investigation-printout-George-Floyds-toxicology-report-pinned-display.html

The horror. Don’t send your kids to dook.

Barry

Something different, a cat that thinks it’s a dog, swims, jumps in the truck, rides on the bow of the boat with the other dogs…

Meet Marlin, the swimming, ocean-loving Hatteras Island cat

kennycan

Sometimes my dogs think they’re cats and try to sneak up on squirrels and other dogs. The worst is birds.

Ummm dogs, birds can fly and squirrels can climb trees.

Meanwhile the dogwoods and the early blooming magnolias are making a magnificent splash of color amongst the various daffodils and the green shoots.

The political world may be screwed so I take solace in the natural world. Except those weeds. Kill em. Grow the grass.

Yeah, I’ve become my dad. So what. You wanna make something of it?

Barry

Yep, lots of stuff blooming here. Amazing the stages the fellow that built this place designed in. There is almost always something in bloom with the camellias adding color through the winter.

kennycan

Same thing here, always something blooming.

We’re adding some that blossom different times just to put our mark on the place. We have four Camellias and three bloom early March and still for another week or so. The other one blooms late summer into early Fall.

Barry

Some of our camellia’s start in late October, and some in January that last until just about now. I haven’t counted but a conservative number would be 20 of them, at 10+ ft tall and 10-15 ft wide. And I didn’t plant a single one.

kennycan

I’m guessing that’s in the Charlotte place?

Similar to my experience.

Barry

Yes, Charlotte area. About the same weather as you.
The pink azaleas are just starting to bloom. Maybe a 100 of those in the front, plus another hundred or so of red and white.

After those the rhododendron will start…

kennycan

Probably just a week ahead. I saw the first azalea bloom partially today.

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