Thursday, May 30, 2019

From Jenna Orkin

Trump Says "Russia Helped Me Get Elected" in Tweet

Professor who has correctly predicted 9 presidential elections says Trump will win in 2020 unless Democrats impeach

Singapore and Hong Kong have overtaken the US as the most competitive economies. Here's how 25 countries rank.

From Jenna Orkin

US energy department rebrands fossil fuels as 'molecules of freedom'

NEWS FROM ITEC: Army’s ‘Google Earth on Steroids’ to Include Inside of Buildings

Malaysia plans to return 3,300 tons of plastic trash to US, UK, Canada, and Australia

China is refusing to take 'foreign garbage' from the US, so these 6 cities are burning or throwing away your recycling

Doctors are burning out twice as fast as other workers. The problem is costing the US $4.6 billion each year.

Netflix says it would rethink its 'entire investment in Georgia' if an antiabortion law were adopted

Saturday, May 25, 2019

From Jenna Orkin

Oxford University agrees to let in disadvantaged students with lower grades

I once had a conversation with Oxford philosophy professor Sir A.J. Ayer about this subject. "Freddy" was of the old school belief that there's no getting around it; the university needed to foster talent and achievement which revealed themselves in grades, tests, etc. I believed then, and still believe, that the criteria are skewed. leaving aside math and science, which you can't fuck around with, although you can make up for lost time, it's quite possible for a brilliant kid to perform badly on tests because he or she simply hasn't been exposed to the requisite culture.
when my son had to take an iq test for first grade, I was shown the questions afterwards and knew immediately which ones he would have gotten wrong. one was a 'what's wrong with this picture?' type in which a little boy was holding a saw with the teeth facing up. I knew my son had never seen a saw and indeed, he got the question wrong. a kid whose father was a carpenter would have gotten it right.
no big deal here but there are innumerable ways in which kids get screwed on tests. witness all the immigrants at ellis island who were deemed imbeciles because they didn't speak English. ok, we've evolved beyond that, but who was the imbecile in that case?
then there's the whole issue of why it's so important to go to Oxford in the first place. the whole pipeline to power question.... - JO
From Jenna Orkin

Dome Filled With Nuclear Waste On Pacific Island Cracking
That didn't take long.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

From Jenna Orkin

From the "Peak Oil Is Horseshit" File:

"BP’s chairman said he recognised that the world’s energy consumption was on “an unsustainable path” and the oil major’s days of chasing ever higher output are coming to an end."

U.S. Wall Funding of $1.57 Billion Yields 1.7 Miles of Fence

Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation

Texas Pipeline Protesters May Face Up To 10 Years In Prison

UK's Second-Biggest Steel Company Collapses Into Bankruptcy As Iron Prices Climb

Britain's Largest Cell Phone Networks Drop Huawei Phones From 5G Launch

Huawei's torment in the US could be about to backfire, dealing a stinging blow to Apple