“For Every 100 Girls…”

Many “studies” of “disparate impact” on various groups cite figures in the form “for every 100 …”, purporting to show “structural” discrimination against one group or another.  The alternative hypothesis that there may be fundamental differences among different groups is, of course, a “hate thought” which must be excluded from scholarly discourse.

Mark J. Perry of the American Enterprise Institute began posting a series of Web log posts on 2020-10-28 titled: “2020 Update: ‘For every 100 girls…’ ” showing differences between girls/women and boys/men in this form, summarised in the following chart.

For every 100 girls…

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Do You Think We Will Celebrate the Winter Holidays This Year?

A virus which 95-99% of its victims survive has done what the Left couldn’t do.  Covid has waged biological warfare on Christmas.  In California, it has already taken Thanksgiving .
Europe has caved; in spite of the fact that manifestly it didn’t work last time, they have put their citizens under house arrest again.   Can we be far behind?  Certainly not if Biden wins.  And even if Trump wins, does “Tony”still have his ear?  Will even  he really be brave enough to insist that it would be better on every level to let sick people stay home and let everyone else out and about, instead of the entire nation being preemptively invalided at once?
All I know is, I don’t think I’m going to be allowed to host my traditional Christmas party , with 30-40 people eating and talking and singing in my warm, fireplace-lit living room.

And I am major-league pissed about that.

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Elvira!

Watching the exchange earlier today between Ted Cruz and Jack Dorsey, with each sporting epic beards, reminded me of a hit song from my youth, “Elvira” by the Oak Ridge Boys, released back in 1981. I kept expecting one of them to start singing “giddy-up ba-oom papa oom papa mao mao.”

Here’s a video of the Oak Ridge Boys performing the hit song at an awards ceremony back in the early ‘80s:... [Read More]

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Religion says…

Religion says reality is beyond your control, requires submission, and has bill collectors.  That third part is eloquent. =’

A COMPARATIVE GUIDE TO RELIGIONS

Agnosticism… … … Kark may or may not happen.
Apathism… … … I don’t care if kark happens.
Atheism… … … Sheeeit!
Baha’i… … … Kark happens to everyone equally.
Baptist… … … Gonna wash this kark right outta my hair!
Branch Davidianism… … … This kark really burns me up.
Buddhism… … … If kark happens, it really isn’t kark.
Calvinism… … … Kark happens because you don’t work hard enough.
Cartesianism… … … I think, therefore kark happens.
Catholicism… … … Kark happens because you are BAD.
Channeling… … … Now happening as Kark.
Christian Science… … … Kark only happens within your mind.
Church of England… … … Excrement transpires.
Church of the Sub-Genius… … … Well, kark, Bob!
Confucianism… … … Confucius say, “kark happens.”
Druidism… … … Kark happens in the woods.
Episcopalianism… … … Kark happened to my ancestors.
est… … … I acknowledge my kark.
Evangelism… … … Will you accept kark happening into your heart?
Existentialism… … … What is kark, anyway?
Heaven’s Gate… … … The kark will fly!
Hedonism… … … There is nothing like a good kark happening.
Hinduism… … … This kark happened before.
Islam… … … If kark happens, it is the will of Allah.
Jehovah’s Witnesses… … … Knock, knock… kark happens.
Jim Jones… … … Drink kark and die.
Judaism… … … Why does kark always happen to me?
Krishna Consciousness… … … Kark happens, rama rama.
Mensa… … … The top 2% of kark happening.
Lutheranism… … … Here kark happens; God help me, I can do no other.
Methodism… … … Kark happens; support group available.
Moonies… … … Only happy kark really happens.
Mormonism… … … You must look closely at the turd.
New Age… … … Kark is the Goddess.
Nihilism… … … No kark!
Paganism… … … Earth, air, fire, water, kark.
Presbyterianism… … … This kark happens to be too dear.
Protestantism… … … Let kark happen to somebody else.
Psychic… … … Saw kark coming; got hit from behind.
Puritanism… … … Kark happens with our permission.
Quaker… … … Geet thy kark together, Friend.
Rastafarianism… … … Let’s smoke this kark.
Roman Catholicism… … … Christ died for your kark.
Santaria… … … Don’t even THINK of karkting on me!
Satanism… … … Kark is the best part.
Schroedingerism… … … Kark does not happen until you observe it.
Scientific Methodism… … … Skatole-bearing anomalies materialize.
Scientology… … … Does kark happen? (See page 469).
Shintoism… … … Farts happen.
Seventh Day Adventism… … … No kark happens on Saturdays.
Stoicism… … … This kark happens to be good for me.
Taoism… … … Kark happens.
Televangelism… … … Send all your money or kark will happen.
Transcendental Meditation… … … 7000 meditators make harmonious kark happen.
Unitarianism… … … Kark happens; discussion at 2:00 pm.
United Church of Canada… … … Let us all share equally in kark happening.
Weight Watchers… … … You pay for excess kark at weigh-in.
Wicca… … … Kark happens to be good fertilizer.
Zen… … … What is the sound of one kark happening?
Zoroastrianism… … … Kark happens half the time.

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Drain the Swamp

Even while keeping up a very demanding campaign, President Trump is continuing to work on longstanding campaign pledges.  He issued a new Executive Order to expose more upper policy-making positions in the Executive Branch to management correction.

Go, Trump, go.

Drain the Swamp.

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Schismatic Bubba

Yesterday we managed to skate perilously close to the Reformation at Hypatia’s post, which was about the latest remarks from Pope Francis that exhibited his brinkmanship; tippy-toeing as close to the line as possible. With today being the celebration of Reformation Day, I am crashing in to those troubled waters.

It is unfortunate that Christians are divided, but that is our circumstance. Since we need each other in order to pull together to save western civilization, we need to find an understanding in which we acknowledge our differences even as we take up the struggle against the Left in good spirits and brotherhood.... [Read More]

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Life is a Bitch – Math Edition

Inspired by Prof. Petr Beckmann’s classic 1970 book “A History of Pi”, Eli Maor in 1994 wrote “e:  The Story of a Number”.  ISBN 0-691-03390-0.  Maor’s view is that the teaching of mathematics suffers from a lack of context.  Including the historical background and the characters whose struggles led to advances would, he thinks, make mathematics more interesting and accessible to students and the general population.  He certainly makes that case in this book which spans the ages from Babylonians in 1700 BC to modern times, digging into the mysterious number 2.7182818284… which keeps on cropping up in everything from interest rates to nuclear explosions.  Math will always be math, causing fear & loathing in the kind of non-numerate person who ends up devising national budgets in Western democracies, but putting a human face on it may make it more intriguing.

One of the many fascinating elements in this book is the story from the 1600s of Sir Isaac Newton (upon whose head the apple fell) and Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz.  Back in high school math class, most of us were told that these two gentlemen independently invented calculus;  there was some debate at the time about who should get the credit, but nowadays no-one really cares.  Then it was on to memorizing formulae.... [Read More]

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Residencies

I’ve now encountered the word ‘residency’ twice in my reading in the last few weeks, referring specifically to artist residencies, but I’m curious about any kind. I know doctors do a residency – what’s involved in that? Who sponsors them? Have any Ratburghers done a residency in some other type of program?

I saw the word recently was in regards to a cartoonist for the New Yorker who is doing a kickstarter to get funds to purchase a house in rural PA. She will then run a ‘residency’ there for humorists, of the literary or cartooning kind – and it’s solely for women. (I don’t know what she’ll do if someone with a 5 o’clock shadow who identifies as a woman applies.) It sounds kind of like a retreat, where the writers/artists would work on their craft and then after some period of weeks, have an exhibit or a reading or some kind of event. The second reference was just yesterday in my local paper, where an art club is raising money to fund a residency for painters – and the first session, again, will be exclusively for women.... [Read More]

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