Category Archives: Education

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Food just keeps getting more expensive.  Here’s a tidbit from this story:

We asked CNN readers how inflation has impacted their eating habits, and many mentioned dining out less often, buying less meat and giving up splurges. Some said they are very worried about the future.

Food prices have spiked 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released in mid-September by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grocery prices jumped 13.5% and restaurant menu prices increased 8% in that period.

Even burgers cost more these days.

Mrs. Animal and I are, through dint of hard work, still liquid enough to enjoy our traditional Saturday afternoon luncheon at a lodge up north of here.  But their prices have increased as well, maybe even more so, as everything here that can’t be grown locally has to come up by ship or rail.  Plenty of Alaskans grow much of their own food, supplemented with local fish and game.  But most urban Americans don’t have that option.

This is something that the GOP, if they aren’t stupid, should be hammering home until November.  But note that qualifier; you’ll rarely see a group of people so adept at seizing defeat from the jaws of victory.

With that said…

On To the Links!

People keep correcting President Biden because he’s senile and doesn’t know what he’s doing from one moment to the next.

What happens when Dems abandon a city to crime.

I’m just going to leave this here:

The economy was booming until Democrats took over.

If so, I predict massive non-compliance.

This guy gets it.

Honestly, California has been the butt of America’s jokes for a while now.

Who is really in charge in the Imperial City?

Probably not.

Could climate lockdowns be a thing?

The red wave may be a thing in Europe, too.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Liz.

Yeah, we’ve known this for some time.

Mother Jones finds an acorn.

Probably because pollsters are blowing it again in 2022.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Herman Schwartz is an idiot.

What’s left unsaid here is that these idiots are lying to their employers, which is grounds for immediate termination.

MSNBC’s “host and super-sleuth” Mehdi Hasan is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And this makes it twice, in one week.  Clearly Hayes Brown is setting the standard for stupid.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid is an idiot.  (I’m sensing a pattern here.)

CNN’s Fredreka Schouten is an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) is still a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

Time’s Andrew Whitehead is an idiot.

Stupid NY vs. stupid NJ.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Thomas Dolby had a few interesting tunes in the early Eighties, and managed to make some fun music videos to go along with them.  My favorite bit of his work was She Blinded Me With Science, from the 1982 album The Golden Age of Wireless.  Interestingly, the video features one Magnus Alfred Pyke, OBE FRSE FRIC, as the “scientist” in the piece – and Mr. Pyke was actually a nutritional scientist and advisor to the UK government.  Pyke was criticized by some for ‘trivializing’ science by playing this role, but did it anyway.

It’s a fun song and a fun vid, anyway.  Enjoy.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Daley Gator, Pirate’s Cove, The Other McCain, Bacon Time and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

By now you will all have seen this controversy – namely, the Canadian shop teacher who has taken to wearing grotesque fake breasts.  There’s been some pushback.  Excerpt:

Oakville Trafalgar High School is located in a nice, upscale neighborhood in a suburb of Toronto. It was a quiet little town where nothing important ever happened.

That is, until “Kayla Lemieux” — known as “Stephen Hanna” when he played a man last year — started the job of shop teacher at the school. It appears that Mr. Hanna’s transformation into Kayla Lemieux included a set of the most outrageous fake breasts available.

Naturally, the fake breasts — $1,000 online — are not serious medical prosthetics. There is no reason for Hanna/Lemieux to wear overtly sexual clothing — tight-fitting sweaters and shorts — except to attract the attention and sexually arouse the underage boys in Hanna/Lemieux’s classes.

So why does the Halton District School Board tolerate it?

Here’s the thing I think everyone is missing here; this nutjob, “Kayla Lemieux,” is doing this on purpose.

You might think I’m belaboring the obvious here – I mean, of course this person is doing this deliberately.  But – and granted I’m not too familiar with Canadian tort law – I wonder how much of this blatantly obvious publicity stunt is aimed at getting Lemieux fired, so he/she/it can claim aggrieved status and go after the school district legally, claiming discrimination.  I really think this person may be angling for a big payout, perhaps even thinking that the school district may make a handsome settlement to avoid a highly-publicized court case.  It wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened.

I can’t think of any other reason, save for serious mental illness, that anyone would engage in such grotesquery.

Any of you True Believers out there familiar with the Canadian legal system?  Got any thoughts?

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I like Lauren Southern.  She’s sharp, she’s savvy, and her looks certainly don’t hurt her any.  But recently, she released a video where she questions ‘veganism’ with a staffer of hers, and she leaves the best rebuttal just laying on the table.  Here’s the video:

Early on, the vegan crew member claims he follows his diet due to a libertarian principle – the non-aggression principle.  That’s a canard – the NAP involves dealing with other people, and all it states that it is incorrect to initiate the use of force, but not to respond to it with force in kind.

But that’s not the point.  The staffer makes the inevitable vegan assertion that his diet causes ‘less harm’ than a diet that includes meat, i.e. Ms. Southern’s diet.  Given this assertion, I would respond as follows:

“All right.  Let’s examine your assertion.  You are claiming your diet causes less harm to animals than mine.  OK.  So your diet has a level of harm to animals involved – let’s call that value A.  My diet likewise has a level of harm to animals – let’s call that value B.  Now you are asserting that A<B.  To establish this, you have to produce values for A and B.  And, you have to include all sources of harm, including animals killed in the processes of growing, harvesting and transporting your food.  So, go.  Show your work.”

That rarely fails to leave the ‘ethical’ vegans stuttering.

And so…

On To the Links!

Feed the world…  breadfruit?  Yeah, I’ll stick with cheeseburgers.

Har har har!

Cripple Fight!

Germany is committing national suicide.

The bill always comes due.

This headline is a massive understatement.

I love a happy ending.

No shit, Sherlock.

Bill Maher keeps making these warnings to the Left, and is increasingly going unheeded.

Robert Stacy McCain on ‘good’ schools.

DeSantis 2024!

Maybe we will be able to dump Murkowski.

Are they any good to eat?

Two million.  In one year.

This Week’s Idiots:

Lindsey Graham is fucking up.

Politico’s Jack Shafer is an idiot.

The NY Times’ Farhad Manjoo is an idiot.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.  And this week he doubles down on idiocy.

The Nation’s Jeet Heer (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Alexandria Occasional Cortex has been and remains an idiot.

MSNBC’s Nayyera Haq is an idiot.

The Denver City Council are all idiots.

USAT’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

The Grio’s Olayemi Olurin is an idiot.

The “Park Slope Panthers” are apparently all idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Back in the early Eighties, the genre of “tech-rock” began to surface, inspired by acts like Devo and the Talking Heads.  I didn’t much care for Devo, as they struck me as kind of a one-trick pony.  I did kind of enjoy the Talking Heads, though.

Their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues was pretty good, and my favorite of that disk was the single Burning Down the House.  There was, of course, a typically early-Eighties music video to go along with the song, and here it is – enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Mat-Su News

Before we start, check out the conclusion of my latest fiction series over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  The Matanuska-Susitna Borough school board has passed a resolution stating that school kids here will use the locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond with their birth sex (note:  Words have gender, people have sex.)  Excerpt:

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District School Board voted to suspend a policy that previously allowed transgender students to use the gendered bathroom which corresponds with their own gender identification.

The school board’s vote on the agenda item was 5-1. Board member Dwight Probasco was the lone no vote and Board President Ryan Ponder was not present at the meeting. Members Jim Hart, Ole Larson, Tom Bergey, Jeff Taylor, and Jubilee Underwood all voted in favor of rescinding the previous bathroom policy for transgender students.

In a letter sent to parents on Thursday, Superintendent Randy Trani noted that the agenda item was proposed by the school board’s policy committee. The statement provided by the policy committee noted that a decision by a federal judge triggered the policy revision.

“That Court action affords the Committee an opportunity to review its current policies regarding such matters, and for the District’s administration to review its guidelines regarding student use of communal bathrooms/locker rooms that match their gender identity,” the policy committee’s statement said. “The Committee believes that the District’s Guidelines should be placed on hold pending such reviews.”

The removal of the policy now means that any transgender students within Mat-Su schools must use bathrooms that correspond with the gender they were assigned at birth, but allow “to continue offering those students use of school bathrooms that provide individual locked access and privacy.”

This is how things are supposed to work – locally.  Here, one of the Borough’s few tasks are to manage the schools, and here in the deep-red Mat-Su, the Board seems to be responding to the parents.  And in the case of every school system, everywhere, it is the parents who should be seen as the customer; they are, after all, paying the bills.   Well, all of us who pay property taxes pay the bill, but if we could only privatize education, that would change – but that’s an argument for another day.

Local government is responsive to the voters.  This is just another illustration of that.  I can talk to our Borough rep.  I can talk to the Borough mayor.  I can talk to my state Representative.

But try to get an appointment with your Congressman, or one of your Senators.  Try to gain the ear of anyone in the Imperial City.  You can’t really do it.  They days when an Englishman could ‘Cry Harold!’ are long gone, at the Imperial level and, in plenty of more populous states, at the state level.

But the Mat-Su gives me some hope – at least for south-central Alaska.

Rule Five Chump Effect Friday

A while back City Journal, in an article I just stumbled across, documented something they are calling The Chump Effect.  I have some thoughts.  Excerpt:

Last January, a small but telling exchange took place at an Elizabeth Warren campaign event in Grimes, Iowa. At the time, Warren was attracting support from the Democratic Party’s left flank, with her bulging portfolio of progressive proposals. “Warren Has a Plan for That” read her campaign T-shirts. The biggest buzz surrounded her $1.25 trillion plan to pay off student-loan debt for most Americans.

A man approached Warren with a question. “My daughter is getting out of school. I’ve saved all my money [so that] she doesn’t have any student loans. Am I going to get my money back?”

“Of course not,” Warren replied.

“So you’re going to pay for people who didn’t save any money, and those of us who did the right thing get screwed?”

A video of the exchange went viral. It summed up the frustration many feel over the way progressive policies so often benefit select groups, while subtly undermining others. Saving money to send your children to college used to be considered a hallmark of middle-class responsibility. By subsidizing people who run up large debts, Warren’s policy would penalize those who took that responsibility seriously. “You’re laughing at me,” the man said, when Warren seemed to wave off his concerns. “That’s exactly what you’re doing. We did the right thing and we get screwed.”

Let us for the moment set aside the blatant and unapologetic arrogance of Liawatha Warren, who has never done an honest day’s work in her life, and her rude, dismissive reply to this man’s question.  Instead, let’s look at the concern he expressed:  He had done things the traditional way, the prudent way, the way working people with the ability of foresight do things – and now Fauxcohantas Warren told him to his face that he is, well, a chump:

That father was expressing an emotion growing more common these days: he felt like a chump. Feeling like a chump doesn’t just mean being upset that your taxes are rising or annoyed that you’re missing out on some windfall. It’s more visceral than that. People feel like chumps when they believe that they’ve played a game by the rules, only to discover that the game is rigged. Not only are they losing, they realize, but their good sportsmanship is being exploited. The players flouting the rules are the ones who get the trophy. Like that Iowa dad, the chumps of modern America feel that the life choices they’re most proud of—working hard, taking care of their families, being good citizens—aren’t just undervalued, but scorned.

The Chump Effect encompasses far more than this student loan issue, which is once again front-page news.

It encompasses business owners who worked long hours, went without things, saved and invested to build a small business, only to see it destroyed in a single night by a mob protesting “injustice.”

It encompasses girls on a high school swim team, whose chances at valuable scholarships are negated by a biological male teammate who suddenly claims to be a girl after years as a mediocre performer on the XY team.

It encompasses – in addition to parents – students who perhaps did a hitch in the military and worked part-time jobs to pay for their university education, and now will be stuck picking up the tab for their less responsible fellows.

To borrow an example from Dr. Sowell:  It encompasses a white coal miner in Appalachia, who is confronted with an article complaining how his “white privilege” somehow confers him benefits not available to a black graduate of Harvard Law School.

City Journal here is describing everyone who ever did everything the right way, the responsible way, only to find, as the article says, the game was rigged against them.  Read the whole thing.  Then think about the implications.  You may well find some chumpery in your own life – I did.

The article concludes:

In North Minneapolis, Tracey talked with Flora Westbrooks, a black woman who had owned a hair salon there for 34 years. The business helped her earn enough to buy a house and send her son to law school. On May 29, arsonists burned it down. “Sometimes I’m like, OK, I gotta go to work,” she told Tracey. But then she remembers: “I don’t own anything anymore. Everything’s burned to the ground. I have nothing no more. Everything I worked for.” The tragedy of the Chump Effect is in stories like these. People devote their lives to making things better for themselves, their children, and their communities. They follow the bourgeois norms so disdained by the Left. Then, when our society stops defending those norms, they’re the ones who suffer.

Yup.  In the eyes of the elites – and sometimes in our own eyes – we’re all chumps.

Animal’s Daily Student Loan News

Now this is pandering of the worst sort, and terrible policy.  Excerpt:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced his long-awaited plan to deliver on his campaign promise to provide $10,000 in debt cancellation for millions of Americans — and up to $10,000 more for those with the greatest financial need.

Borrowers who earn less than $125,000 a year, or families earning less than $250,000, would be eligible for the $10,000 loan forgiveness, Biden announced in a tweet. For recipients of Pell Grants, which are reserved for undergraduates with the most significant financial need, the federal government would cancel up to an additional $10,000 in federal loan debt.

Biden is also extending a pause on federal student loan payments for what he called the “final time” through the end of 2022. He was set to deliver remarks Wednesday afternoon at the White House to unveil his proposal to the public.

It’s impossible to overstate how stupid this is.

See, here’s the thing:  Anyone who is agitating for student loan cancellation transfer to the taxpayers should be asked one question:

“Did you sign the loan agreement?”

If the answer is “yes,” as it always will be, the only acceptable response is “…then shut up and pay off your loans.”

I’d be very interested to know what degrees have the greatest amount of unpaid student debt.  I would bet money that the various “(X) Studies” degrees have the most trouble paying off their student loans, because they are crap degrees with no potential for employment at anything above the “do you want fries with that” level.

Here’s the onion:

Borrowers who earn less than $125,000 a year, or families earning less than $250,000, would be eligible for the $10,000 loan forgiveness,

So, in this scenario, an Underwater Ethnic Dog-Polishing degree holder who holds some kind of government patronage job, earning $124,999 a year (presumably that’s taxable income, which is a whole different animal than gross income) will have $10,000 of their student loan debt assumed by the taxpayers, to include, say, an apprentice carpenter making $65,000 a year.

Does  that seem right to you?

There are worse implications.  This “forgiveness” is a stake in the heart of contract law in the United States.  These children signed loan agreements – contracts – that included terms for repayment.  Now, because of loud shouting by the “aggrieved” class of spoiled children who suddenly found out their degrees are worthless, and because of shameless pandering by the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration, those contracts are being tossed out the window.  What aspects of contract law will be next?  It’s anyone’s guess at this point; we’re entering an undiscovered country here.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’m thinking of bear hunting.

Specifically, I’m thinking of hunting a certain area about sixty miles north of here, where a walk-in-only trail system leads down to the brushy banks of the Chulitna River.  The problem is, it’s really brushy.  The few people I’ve talked to familiar with this particular area have said that both blacks and griz are abundant in the area, and that you may well smell them before you hear them.  So, I’m thinking the BullWhacker (Marlin 1895G, .45-70) is in order.  The BullWhacker has been customized with a large lever loop, ghost ring sights and a forward-mounted IER scope – colloquially known as a “Scout Scope.”  Seems like the appropriate piece for sneaking through dense brush after big, tough, toothy critters at short range.  Thoughts?

Now that I’ve placed that before you all…

On To the Links!

“We’ve really got him this time!”

City of Broken Windows.

Yes, nuclear is the key to our future.  I’ve been saying this for years.

What would you do?  Granted state lotteries are essentially a tax on stupidity for the most part, but there’s probably no  harm in spending a couple of bucks for the chance to fantasize about what you’d do if you got a few hundred million bucks dropped in your lap.

What could possibly go wrong?

“Please, B’rer Fox, don’t throw me in that there briar patch!”

They’ll want to tighten security on this find.  Contact Chief Inspector Clouseau immediately!

“Heterosexual men seeking to introduce themselves to women should be direct and maybe even a tad vulnerable, while heterosexual women approaching men can essentially say anything they want. “  No shit, Sherlock.

Nothing can fix Twitter.

DeBlasio already did that job for you, you Bronze Age assholes.

Tulsi Gabbard is a sane Democrat, which is like finding a unicorn these days.

When seconds count, the cops are only hours away.

Watch your taxes go up.

GEICO bails on California.

I love a  happy ending.

This Week’s Idiots:

NY Magazine’s Jonathan Chait (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Yes, you idiot, that means we’re in a recession.

USAToday‘s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Michael Cohen is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem (I’m sensing a pattern here) is an idiot.

Robert Reich is still a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

California is run by idiots.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Mrs. Animal and I have seen the Blue Man Group twice, once at their regular venue in Las Vegas, and once at their traveling show in Denver.  On that latter show they shared the stage with VenusHum, a ‘synth-pop’ band that saw some success in the early Aughts.

We saw this song on the traveling show; it was later released on the Blue Man Group’s 2003 album The Complex, and it’s probably the best cover of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love ever done; to tell the truth, I prefer it to the original.  Anyway, here; make up your own mind, and feel free to let us know in the comments.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

OK. Yeah. Why not. We’re out here in rural Alaska. Nearest law enforcement is over thirty miles away. By your own stated opinion, we’re defenseless. Come on out. Find out how defenseless we are. We live out here amongst 1500-pound moose and 700-pound bears. Come on out. Fuck around and find out. We’ll be waiting.

Honestly, how stupid are these people?  Excerpt:

The radical Christians are found in rural areas, right? “Their towns are defenseless,” he claims. He’s dead serious, too. Punish them. Punish their towns. You say that Black Lives Matter burned cities to the ground? “I say ‘let them see firsthand what it’s like what (sic) a community is truly burned to the ground.’”

So he’s calling for (likely unarmed) liberals from the cities to “show up 100 deep in every rural town in a 50-mile radius intent on revolution.”

You betcha.  Come on out, you pencil-necked soy-eating fuck.  Come on.  Pick a place.  Any small town, any little rural community, anywhere in the USA.  We all have guns, we have ammo and plenty of it.  I’m not even a Christian, but I’ll stand arm in arm with my neighbors who are.  Fuck around and find out.

With that out of the way…

On to The Links!

When I watch the video clip in this story, I’m picturing big 1966 Batman flashes of BOOM!  POW!  BIFF!

Not a fan of Twitter, but this is a pretty good string.

No shit, Sherlock.

All signs point to “no.”

Smith & Wesson hits back.

Turns out the Dobbs decision has little to no effect in Alaska.

America’s coming debt crisis.

Why Biden(‘s handlers) keep lying about energy.

Democrats – a serious threat to the Republic?  Read and decide.

No shit, Sherlock Part Deux.

Further proof that Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, First Of That Name, Dowager-Empress of Chappaqua, is a bitter, angry old harpy.

“I think you’re clear.”

This Week’s Idiots:

Vox’s Ian Millhiser is an idiot.

Maxine Waters (Dimwit-CA) (Repeat Offender Alert) is an unhinged, loony old bat, and an idiot.

Pramila Jayapal (Nitwit-WA) is full of more shit than a Christmas goose, and an idiot.

Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

AntiProfa continues to demonstrate that they are all idiots.

The Guardian’s Jill Filipovic is an idiot.

USAToday’s Carli Pierson is an idiot.

The Guardian’s David Daley is an idiot.

What bright spots?

The LA Times Harry Litman is an idiot.

Root’s Candace McDuffie is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Boy, are things a lot different than they were two weeks ago today.  As we discussed Monday, two Supreme Court decisions have put a lot of folks off their feed, while delighting plenty of others.

So, a recent effort from America’s Songwriter seems appropriate here.  In 2000, Bob Dylan released a single, Things Have Changed, from the soundtrack of the film from that year, Wonder Boys, which starred a pre-Ant Man Michael Douglas, a pre-Spiderman Toby McGuire and a pre-Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.  – as a film it was only fair, but it did give us this song, which seems oddly appropriate now, twenty-two years later.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

One of the interesting summer visitors to the Great Land is the Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius), a relative of the more common American Robin who also hits up our area for summer feeding & breeding.

But while the robins sing loudly and melodiously from the tops of trees, and hunt insects and worms in our open yard, the Varied Thrush prefers to stay well back in the brush, away from the open areas.  It’s song isn’t much, just a metallic trill, repeated here and there in the undergrowth.  I haven’t been able to lay eyes on one yet, but we hear them every day.  Sooner or later I’ll have to wander into the mosquito-laden woods and find one.  Hearing them is good, but actually laying eyes on a bird is somehow more satisfying.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Well, here’s a rare bit of good news out of California.

No shit, Sherlock.

Hint:  Democrats.

It’s the economy, stupid.

I love a happy ending.

I love a happy ending II.

Yeah, he’s probably toast.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

We can hope.

The redpilling of Bill Maher continues.

There are still a few honest liberals around.

Entropy hits Disney.

It’s all part of the plan.

Your dollar is now worth less than it was a month ago.

The Germans do have a reputation for building good tanks.

This Week’s Idiots:

Watch this idiot prevaricate.

The Philly Enquirer’s editorial board are all idiots.

MSNBC’s Charlie Sykes is an idiot.

Fat, flatulent blowpig Michael Moore can fuck right off.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont is still an idiot.

Maureen Dowd is an idiot.

The Hill’s Bill Schneider is an idiot.

The question these idiots can’t answer is “at what cost?”

Are these idiots threatening an insurrection?  Imagine the reaction from the legacy media if these were Republican congresscritters.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Up until the early Seventies, America’s Songwriter, Bob Dylan, was mostly known as an acoustic folk artist.  But in 1975 and 1976, he put on the Rolling Thunder Revue, set in a variety of small venues around the country.  One of those shows was televised, that being the May 23, 1976 show in Fort Collins, Colorado.  That recording later became the live album Hard Rain, and that concert also presented my favorite version of what I consider one of Dylan’s finest songs, Shelter From the Storm. 

This performance settled any doubts that the folk artist Dylan could also do rock & roll.  Here, then, is that piece from that show.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Higher Education Friday

This is an interesting take:  What Are College Students Paying For?  Well, they should be paying for an institution that will make them into young adults with marketable skills, but all too often, they are failing miserably.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow.

But deep discussions and dialogue in college classes can be rare. So what else are college students paying for? Some colleges have tried to make the campus experience itself the attraction. For example, in College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education, Ryan Craig illustrates how, in addition to climbing walls and gourmet dining facilities, many campuses have developed water parks: “The New York Times [in 2014] reported [that] Auburn has developed a $52 million water park, including a 45-student paw-print-shaped hot tub and a 20-foot wet climbing wall … Auburn raised its student activity fee from $7.50 to $200 to fund its water park.” The University of Missouri “has a lazy river, waterfall, indoor beach club, and a grotto modeled after the one at the Playboy Mansion. Not to be outdone, Missouri State has put in a waterpark complete with zipline and lazy river, but insists on calling the lazy river a ‘current river’ because ‘Missouri State students are not lazy.’” So, the answer to “What else are students paying for?” includes college campuses as vacation destinations.

What the actual fuck?  Why the hell do college kids need indoor beach clubs and climbing walls?  People are constantly nattering on about the costs of higher education, and then the universities are paying for this horseshit?

In the 1960s and 1970s, proliferating colleges, with their swelling enrollments, needed more teachers. And it so happened that this era of college expansion coincided with the civil rights era, an era of protest. Many radical leftists, socialists, progressives, and Marxists saw an opportunity to use teaching to preach and promote their causes. Thus it was that during this time, the idea of using—or, rather, abusing—education as a platform to promote ideologies and activism began to spread. The fruits of this phenomenon still poison classrooms today.

Yeah, and then some – while simultaneously doing nothing at all to instill marketable skills in these young skulls full of mush.

And this begs the question of what the purpose of college is, anyway. Is it to be like Plato’s Academy, a safe haven from the constraints of public opinion where students can engage in dialogue exploring Goodness, Truth, and Beauty? Or should college essentially be about social mobility, giving students marketable job skills? Indeed, when one sees some students balancing accounting equations and others wrestling with existential philosophical questions, it is logical to ask if these subjects belong on the same grounds or are better kept separate.

I’m in favor of the latter option, especially if we are to continue the current lunacy of government-subsidized education.  Universities should – nay, must – be like any other business; they should produce a product, that product being young people with marketable skills.

Perhaps we are on the cusp of a backlash that will pare away more of the useless majors, ideologies, gimmicks, and excesses and re-center the college experience around real dialogue and learning. The Stephen Curry Effect will continue to expose the meaninglessness of college rankings, contrived diversity, and hollow exclusivity. And the Internet will continue to undermine the monopoly on rare books and expertise that colleges once held.

I’m skeptical about that backlash.  I just don’t see much sign that the current trend of horseshit Ethnic Underwater Dog-Polishing degrees abating any time soon, at least not as long as the Imperial City keeps subsidizing this crap and pols keep pandering to young morons with zero marketable skills who keep shrieking that the taxpayers should assume their six figures of college debt.

I have, for some years now, proposed a solution.  Remove any government subsidy for higher education.  All of it.  If a young would-be student needs to borrow money for their education, let them approach a private financial institution and make their case.  Student A, with a 3.9 grade point average from a school specializing in prepping STEM students, who intends to pursue a degree in Software Engineering, would be a pretty good risk.  Student B, with a 2.6 grade point average from the MoonBattery Squish Academy for the Politically Correct, who intends to pursue a degree in Eastern European Queer History, would certainly be sent packing.

Eliminate the problems of horseshit, useless degrees, overwhelming student debt, and crap like climbing walls on campus at a stroke, and move education to what it ought to be.  It’s a good idea, which is reason enough alone that the Imperial City won’t touch it.

We could also start some kind of re-discovery of the trades.  The country needs carpenters, plumbers, welders and electricians, too.  Those are honest, respectable trades with the potential for really good income.  But that’s probably a topic for another day.

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