Category Archives: education

Everest, Ho!


My retired grade 9 English teacher Harold Lass has successfully trekked to the Mt Everest base camp. On the left is a pic of him dwarfed by the rocky Himalayan gods. Harold has placed other photos of his trek online here. Apparently, he even had an encounter, though at a distance, with one of my boyhood heroes, Sir Edmund Hilary!

Dave sends us this site filled with cool advertising images.

Darth Vadum sends us this uber geeky video.

And have I mentioned how much I’m enjoying the new Dr. Who series? David Tennant is proving to be a charmingg and energetic Doctor. Even the scripts are better than those of the Eccleston years, largely due, I think, to the fact that one man (the producer, Russell T Davies) isn’t writing all of them.

More On Freedom of Speech

 

“If you cannot condemn the flagrant abuses of Palestinians by the Israeli government, then you are undoubtedly a bigot, the worst kind of racist pig who believes that Palestinians are some kind of subspecies of the human race. If you do condemn in your heart these terrible abuses, but are afraid to speak out about them, then you are a damned coward.” – Charley Reese

If you’re like me and spend way too much time surfing random websites, you’ve no doubt come across the occasional apartment ad offering decent accommodation for remarkably affordable prices… and a bit of obligatory sexual action. This article discusses this trend. Now, I can certainly see the logic in making illegal the selection of tenants based on ethnicity or religion, as this tends to create ghettos. Selection by gender is reasonable since many people prefer a roommate of a certain sex or orientation for obvious reasons. And selection by behaviour is not unreasonable, because if you’re an orthodox Jew or Muslim, for example, you don’t want to live with a pork eater!

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General Amnesty, Corporal Punishment, Private Parts

It’s a funny thing having a blog, especially a political one. Lots of people seem to think it’s an ego thing, that one somehow gets one’s jollies by sharing one’s opinions with the world. But the truth of the matter is that for every shared opinion, there are a hundred opposing ones, most of them confrontational and belittling. So this is clearly not the best medium for shoring up one’s ego. No, I think most bloggers do it to help refine their positions on matters. When the debate is civilized, it goes well. When it isn’t, it goes poorly indeed.

The problem is that no one can agree on what “civilized” means.

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One In Five Is A Dumb-Ass

Those who opposed this war have been proven right, and those who advocated it have been proven wrong.” –Charley Reese

 

Sing it, brother.

As predicted, news of the findings of a British study that men may have higher average IQs than women has spawned much emotional reaction. My favourite is this one from The Scotsman. It’s sad that the writer begins with the assumption that the supposedly male researchers have “an axe to grind.” As I suggested yesterday, these findings have no bearing on anything. They might indicate that men are better at, or are more motivated by, the writing of these particular kinds of standardized tests than are women– but this does not necessarily translate to greater intelligence. And even if it did, human history has shown that men and women have always contribute equally, though in different ways, to the progress of civilization.

Thus it’s saddening to see a woman “journalist” respond with such venom. The methodology of the study is fair game. The motivations of the researchers, as yet unknown, are not. Ask yourself what the outcome would have been if the study had found the opposite, that women score higher on IQ tests than do men. A hint is given from a post from this online forum:

“Haven’t these researchers seen any sitcom in the last 20 years? Don’t they
know that all men are knuckle dragging, yet lovable dimwits, who somehow
manage to earn a living and support a hot wife who is always right?”

I think this relates to what I see as our society’s growing disdain for men and boys, which is a topic for another blog post. (And I’m sure that one’s going to be a doozy of a comment-fest!)

In my constant quest to see my right to look at dirty pictures sustained, I draw your attention to U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta who recently identified as the top law enforcement priority for the American government –not terrorism, organized crime or narcotics– but obscenity. Yep, you read that right. Prepare yourself for another morality crusade, this time against mere boobies and schlongs. The dumbification of the American populace continues.

Want proof? One in five Americans still believes the Sun revolves around the Earth. Such dumb-assery is startling enough, but it does not necessarily follow that the remaining 80% can do differential equations. Rather, I submit that a large contingent are scientifically underinformed and critically unequipped. This, for example, fully explains the inability of otherwise intelligent people to see through the mumbo-jumbo that masquerades as the science “undermining” claims of Climate Change. And it completely explains the public’s easy manipulation by economists who don’t fully understand their own quasi-science. It might even explain why so many fools voted for Bush.