Which Educational Research Can You Trust?

Greg Ashman distills his wisdom on a complex topic. Is there application to fields besides education?

Probably the clearest sign that an expert knows what he or she is on about comes from the way they present their arguments. They will tend to take a position on something and they will explain how the research supports that position. However, they will also highlight the limits of the research and the common criticisms of their position, perhaps with their own answer to those criticisms. They will stay focused on the research itself and not try to support their argument by appeals to political sentiment or by attacking the character and motivations of their opponents.

The whole post is here.

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Google Made a Booboo

Turns out that some Nest products have built-in microphones, which fact was only recently disclosed to users. The possibilities for abuse are endless. Looks like Bruce Schneier’s predictions, expressed in his book Click Here to Kill Everybody, are coming true. From the book’s blurb:

From driverless cars to smart thermostats, from autonomous stock-trading systems to drones equipped with their own behavioral algorithms, the internet now has direct effects on the physical world. [emphasis added]

Don’t worry, though. Google admits that not disclosing the microphone “…was an error on our part.” Rest assured they are very sorry. You’ve had a hidden microphone in your house but don’t worry; nobody was listening. Move along; nothing to see (or hear).

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Alibaba’s Robot Warehouse

Here is a short video from Business Insider UK about Alibaba’s robotic warehouse.

Who is Alibaba?  According to Wikipedia:

With operations in over 200 countries and territories, Alibaba is the world’s largest retailer and e-commerce company, one of the largest Internet and AI companies, one of the biggest venture capital firms, and one of the biggest investment corporations in the world. The company hosts the largest B2B (Alibaba.com), C2C (Taobao), and B2C (Tmall) marketplaces in the world. Its online sales and profits surpassed all US retailers (including Walmart, Amazon and eBay) combined since 2015. It has been expanding into the media industry, with revenues rising by triple percentage points year on year.

The robots, which can lift up to 500 kg, pick up densely packed bins and bring them to human pickers who place the products in boxes for shipment to customers.  The robots are controlled over Wi-Fi.  They say that after the 60 robots were placed into service, throughput in the warehouse has been tripled and human labour reduced by 70%.

Amazon has been running a robotics challenge to try to eliminate the human pickers.  This is a video summarising the  2017 challenge in Nagoya, Japan.

Here is a video from the MIT team from the 2017 competition.

The Roaring Twenties are 314 days away.

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What’s your line?

No, this is not about a game show. This is about the thickness of your pen’s line. Do you like a fine line, medium, or bold? (I know someone will say pencils are the way to go but my response to that is. Lead poisoning.) Here in the Rising Sun place it seems 0.5 mm is quite common. I just bought some 0.28 mm ones so I could write some detailed Chinese characters. Mitsubishi Pencil Uni Style Fit ones for those keeping track.

Have any of you been to a Japanese stationery store? They have some wonderful stuff. Part of this is that Japan was such a handwriting culture. To write things in such detail they needed good paper with good pens and pencils. Recently there is a trend to make your own multi-color pen by buying the refills to put into a separately bought holder.

How many of you even write by hand anymore? Is everything on a PDA/phone now?

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Hate Crime is NewSpeak; Seize Jussie Smollet’s Assets

In the “MAGA Country” story, which is now known as the Jussie Smollet story, the only hate crime committed is another defamation of the Anglosphere.

I do not like the idea of “hate crimes”.  On the one hand, hate crime is to crime as social justice is to justice as hyphenated-American is to American; that is, needless and dubious subcategories detract from the ability of the main noun to convey meaning.  A crime is a crime.  Justice is justice.

On the other hand, hatred itself is not a crime, and neither should it be an aggravating circumstance in a crime.  Each of us is welcome to hate as we please, as much as we are to love, to recall, to hope, or to decide.  The freedom to hate is freedom itself.  By allowing an unsubstantiated distinction to stand between allowed thoughts and forbidden thoughts, we find ourselves unable to defend free speech.  How can you say what you cannot think?

But arguing to convince is useless.  Only through pain will the backward and smug be forced to learn.  Jussie Smollet will suffer legal penalties if convicted of a crime, but he will not be “de-platformed”, he will not be isolated or shunned, and he will not be ridiculed and vilified in the public square as he should be.

Smollet and his democrat-media complex pals are assaulting the polity, the culture, and the rule of law in this country.  If he — and they — are not made to pay a price, then they have no incentive to change.  They cannot be shamed into proper behavior — they can only be beaten into submission, and unlike the physical but fictional beating he claims to have received, a metaphorical but very real beating is what it takes to change the tide of proxy victimocracy swamping us.

It’s cute to be a hateful anti-white bigot.  There is a convenient definition going around which states that racism is only about institutions and power, and that only white people can be racists in America; that conversely, no non-white person can be a racist.  Well, this definition is wrong — naturally, non-white racists embrace this idea like Hitler clung to Eugenics.  Where you sit determines where you stand, and anti-white bigots believe that they cannot be racists.  Jussie Smollet is a hateful racist bigot, working to defame and demoralize a race and a culture in America.

I have no mercy for Smollet.  I hate him, and believe me — it’s entirely due to the content of his character.  I wish him great misfortune, and I wish to see his muses and enablers in the democrat-media complex brought low — by whatever means necessary.

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Why of Course

The news media likes to say that college educated people skew to Democrats. This gives the impression that uneducated people are not wise enough to see their “enlightenment”. This is not the case as much as the universities are bubbles of Democrats. They are microcosms of failed policies of government largesse. It is getting to the point that “college educated” is an oxymoron.

Example: AOC

I think Peter Thiel has it right. He pays people to not go to college so they can get an education.

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ISIS Mother Pleads to Return—to Alabama

Read this over at Ricochet and take note of the comments made by the infamous Simon Templar at #5-6. Outrageous as usual!

Best comment goes to: Rodin

She made her choice. Let her live and die by it.

In the Washington Examiner:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State will not be allowed to return to the U.S. because she is not a citizen.

“Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States,” Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday.

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Louder with Crowder exposes Late Term Abortion

Steven Crowder’s show went to a clinic in Denver, Colorado. To expose how easy it is to obtain a late term abortion and the lie that only women in “duress” get late term abortions. Such as, risk to the mother’s life or fetal abnormalities are usually incidents that are put out there as reasons that late term abortions are a necessity. Well, we all know that is a lie, and this video exposes that.

It’s not a graphic video, but I will pray that Patient X changed her mind and decided not to get the abortion. I will ask that you do the same.

 

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