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Tidbits on January 28, 2016
Bob Jensen at Trinity University

Set 4 of My Photographs of Ice


Tidbits on January 28, 2016
Bob Jensen

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Updates from WebMD --- Click Here

Online Video, Slide Shows, and Audio

NASA's Monster Mars Car ---

Watch How Astronauts Deal With Danger in Space ---

Animated map shows the time it took to travel the world 100 years ago ---

Plato’s Cave Allegory Animated Monty Python-Style ---

Free music downloads ---
In the past I've provided links to various types of music and video available free on the Web. 
I created a page that summarizes those various links --- 

A Bach cello piece played atop a mountain is as exhilarating as you’d expect ---

Adele's 'Hello' Fastest to Hit 1 Billion on YouTube ---

The Strangest, Most Spectacular Bridge Collapse (And How We Got It Wrong) --- 

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive ---

NPR: Music Reviews ---

Web outfits like Pandora, Foneshow, Stitcher, and Slacker broadcast portable and mobile content that makes Sirius look overpriced and stodgy ---

Pandora (my favorite online music station) ---
(online music site) ---
Slacker (my second-favorite commercial-free online music site) ---
Gerald Trites likes this international radio site ---
Songza:  Search for a song or band and play the selection ---
Also try Jango ---
Sometimes this old guy prefers the jukebox era (just let it play through) ---
And I listen quite often to Soldiers Radio Live ---
Also note U.S. Army Band recordings ---

Bob Jensen's threads on nearly all types of free music selections online ---

Photographs and Art

Would you pay $1 million for this photograph of a potato? ---

The Best Hotel in Every State ---

Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 Review ---

Calais refugee camp known as the 'Jungle' ---

Hike the 2,000-mile trail that most people never finish ---

Appalachian Mountain Club website
Mountain Watch ---

Long Trail Photographs (the Green Mountains of Vermont) --- 

Oldest Long Distance Hiking Trail in the United States

21 Memorable Photographs of the Historic January 2016 Snowstorm ---

Italian Renaissance Learning Resources ---

Life Before the Taliban ---

The $1 billion pledge matches what Wal-Mart Foundation has spent over the past 20 years of its charitable giving to charter schools. ---

History of Advertising Trust ---

Watch Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting, Seasons 1-3, Free Online ---

21 stunning photos of the US Coast Guard in Alaska ---

World’s Most Famous Trees ---

Kate Middleton's Fairy Tale Life in Pictures ---

NASA Jupiter Probe Sets Distance Record for Solar-Powered Spacecraft ---

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Magnificent Bearded Vulture Only Eats Bone. Metal, Dude ---

These are the 12 Most Important Places on an Aircraft Carrier ---
Jensen Comment
In my opinion as an old Navy sailor on a battleship, aircraft carriers are sitting ducks in today's weapon technology. What keeps USA carriers unmolested is the fear of what would happen to an enemy capable of sinking an aircraft carrier. ISIS does not have the technology to sink a carrier, and our more powerful enemies would not dare to do so given what the USA voters would demand if a carrier be sunk by an enemy.

Bob Jensen's threads on art history ---

Bob Jensen's threads on history, literature and art ---

Online Books, Poems, References, and Other Literature
In the past I've provided links to various types electronic literature available free on the Web. 
I created a page that summarizes those various links ---

Bob Jensen's threads on libraries ---

The Late, Great Alan Rickman Reads Shakespeare, Proust & Thomas Hardy ---

The New Yorker: Poetry Podcast Archives ---

Free Electronic Literature ---
Free Online Textbooks, Videos, and Tutorials ---
Free Tutorials in Various Disciplines ---
Edutainment and Learning Games ---
Open Sharing Courses ---

Now in Another Tidbits Document
Political Quotations on January 28, 2016        

U.S. National Debt Clock ---
Also see

Peter G. Peterson Website on Deficit/Debt Solutions ---

GAO: Fiscal Outlook & The Debt --- 

Cato Institute: Social Security

Bob Jensen's threads on entitlements ---

Bob Jensen's health care messaging updates ---

Researchers develop a revolutionary Braille tablet for the blind ---

Bob Jensen's threads on new technologies for handicapped learners ---

The Completion Arch: Measuring Community College Success ---

Jensen Comment
When I was Chair of the Accounting Department at Florida State University (FSU) there were something like 33 community colleges that fed into the more advanced state-supported universities that had to accept all transfers from the state-supported community colleges. For example, we had a very large number of sections of Intermediate Accounting I into which most community college accounting majors fed into at FSU. However, there were many fewer sections of Intermediate Accounting II because such a high proportion of community college transfers did not make it through Intermediate Accounting I. It seemed that a much higher proportion of community college transfers did not make it through Intermediate I than the students who studied at FSU for the first two years.

My point is that completion of community college is a sad goal if the two-year graduates are not prepared to succeed in the completion of their four-year undergraduate degrees. The real point here is that becoming obsessed with completion of community college is almost fraudulent if that completion alone is, on average, insufficient for success as transfer students into third and fourth year courses.

Not all community college graduates intend to eventually earn their baccalaureate degrees. But among those that transfer for baccalaureate degrees the real "completion arch" should focus on their success in earning their baccalaureate degrees. The above link should be complimented on attempting to provide meaningful data an eventual degree completion.

There can be misleading results in terms admission standards for transfer students. When FSU accepts community college graduates from Georgia the admission standards can be higher than from Florida community colleges where acceptance by FSU is mandatory.  One would expect, therefore, that the baccalaureate degrees completion rates are higher for Georgia transfers than Florida community college transfers because the poorly-performing Georgia applicants can be denied admission at the starting gate. It seemed to be a waste of resources at FSU to have to offer so many Intermediate Accounting I sections for low-end Florida community college graduates who were destined to fail Intermediate I (which is traditionally one of the harder courses in the entire university).

SHERIFF OF WALL STREET: We're no longer able to bring certain insider trading cases ---

Bombshell report accuses tennis officials of ignoring evidence of widespread match-fixing ---

Some of the world’s best tennis players allegedly threw matches at Wimbledon ---

This unique business model is taking over retail — and customers are saying they hate it:  Subscriptions that cannot be cancelled and hidden fees ---

How to Mislead With Statistics
The University of Maryland's "Incredibly Irresponsible" Research on the Benefits of Chocolate Milk ---

Bob Jensen's Fraud Updates ---

Why Wikipedia Is in Trouble:  The Shrinking Pool of Volunteer Editors ---

Jensen Comment
One problem is that such a large portion of the volunteer editors must devote so much time to political pages.

Another problem is that expert monitoring of pages varies so much by discipline. Medical pages are widely poured over by medical students. This is great for obvious reasons. Economics and finance modules are actively sought out by the public such that error correction is more probable. Many other disciplines like accounting do not assign Wikipedia editing in college courses and, in my opinion, the public is less interested in accountancy modules. This is sad in terms of both updating and error correction. I wish accounting and business firms and college instructors encouraged more accounting module editing.

Since Wikipedia receives no advertising or direct government funding one of my donation priorities each and every year is to give generously to Wikipedia ---
Wikipedia is a long ways from being perfect, but I can no longer visualize scholarly life on balance without Wikipedia. For example, look at how many, many outreach languages now have versions of Wikipedia ---

Columbia University's Open Syllabus Project Gathers 1,000,000 Syllabi from Universities & Reveals the 100 Most Frequently-Taught Books ---

These are 51/200 hits at  after filtering on "Business"

1 444 87.4
Corporate Finance
Ross, Stephen A.
2 348 74.5
Intermediate Accounting
Kieso, Donald E.
3 232 75.9
Bodie, Zvi
4 220 58.2
Managerial Accounting
Garrison, Ray H.
5 201 48.2
Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
Ross, Stephen A.
6 199 88.8
Marketing Management
Kotler, Philip
7 129 81.9
Principles of Corporate Finance
Brealey, Richard A.
8 127 74.8
Organizational Behavior
Robbins, Stephen P., 1943
9 126 34.5
Essentials of Investments
Bodie, Zvi
10 123 41.0
Fundamentals of Financial Management
Brigham, Eugene F., 1930
11 96 26.0
Accounting Information Systems
Romney, Marshall B.
12 96 92.2
Project Evaluation
Due, Jean M.
African Studies Review
13 94 49.8
Statistics for Management and Economics
Keller, Gerald
14 91 59.9
Real Estate
Case, Frederick E.
15 90 96.1
C : How to Program
Deitel, Harvey M., 1945
16 84 32.6
A Random Walk Down Wall Street
Malkiel, Burton Gordon
17 83 24.5
Cost Accounting : A Managerial Emphasis
Horngren, Charles T., 1926
18 77 100.0
The Elements of Style
Strunk, William, 1869-1946
19 77 27.1
Financial Management : Theory and Practice
Brigham, Eugene F., 1930
20 75 20.3
Fundamental Accounting Principles
Wild, John J.
21 68 31.8
International Marketing
Cateora, Philip R.
22 65 72.5
Drucker, Peter F. (Peter Ferdinand), 1909-2005
23 65 60.4
Good to Great
Collins, James C. (James Charles), 1958
24 63 19.6
Corporate Finance
Berk, Jonathan B., 1962
25 59 24.1
Retailing Management
Levy, Michael
26 59 23.9
Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
Brealey, Richard A.
27 58 19.4
Financial Modeling
Benninga, Simon
28 58 72.7
Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives
Hull, John, 1946
29 57 15.5
A Framework for Marketing Management
Kotler, Philip
30 56 67.1
Principles of Marketing
Kotler, Philip
31 54 17.3
Financial Accounting
Libby, Robert
32 54 13.1
Marketing Management
Winer, Russell S.
33 47 29.9
Global Business Today
Hill, Charles W. L.
34 44 18.9
International Financial Management
Eun, Cheol S.
35 43 19.2
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Reilly, Frank K.
36 43 15.0
Analysis for Financial Management
Higgins, Robert C.
37 43 38.9
International Business : Competing in the Global Marketplace
Hill, Charles W. L.
38 40 67.6
Leading Change
Kotter, John P., 1947
39 40 12.7
Personal Financial Planning
Gitman, Lawrence J.
40 38 26.9
Marketing : An Introduction
Armstrong, Gary
41 38 9.7
Intermediate Financial Management
Brigham, Eugene F., 1930
42 37 23.4
Asset Pricing
Cochrane, John H. (John Howland)
43 36 84.3
Getting to Yes
Fisher, Roger, 1922-2012
44 36 44.3
The Basic Practice of Statistics
Moore, David S.
45 35 10.3
Federal Tax Research
Raabe, William A.
46 35 24.8
Pocket Guide to APA Style
Perrin, Robert, 1950
47 35 6.1
Marketing : The Core
Kerin, Roger A.
48 35 12.4
Foundations of Financial Management
Block, Stanley B.
49 34 30.6
On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B
Kerr, Steven
The Academy of Management Executive (1993-2005)
50 34 41.5
Contemporary Strategy Analysis
Grant, Robert M., 1948
51 34 5.0
Spreadsheet Modeling in Corporate Finance
Holden, Craig W.

Continued up to 200 at  after filtering on "Business"

Bob Jensen's threads on open sharing ---


How has the Internet changed storytelling?

Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”
Maria Popova quoting Neil Gaiman

. . .

Do stories grow? Pretty obviously — anybody who has ever heard a joke being passed on from one person to another knows that they can grow, they can change. Can stories reproduce? Well, yes. Not spontaneously, obviously — they tend to need people as vectors. We are the media in which they reproduce; we are their petri dishes… Stories grow, sometimes they shrink. And they reproduce — they inspire other stories. And, of course, if they do not change, stories die.

. . .

On how the internet is changing storytelling:

A lot more writing is happening because of the internet, and I think that bit is great — I just love the fact that more people are writing.

I think the biggest problem that we have … is that we have gone from a scarcity-based information economy to a glut information economy. In the old days, finding the thing that you needed was like finding the flower in the desert — you’d have to go out into the desert and find the flower. And now, it’s like finding the flower in the jungle — or worse, finding the flower in the flower gardens.

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Jensen Comment

Stories and essays change a lot in the days of the Internet both ethically and unethically. Ethically stories are quoted and linked for easy access on the Internet. Unethically, they are plagiarized and modified with relative ease to a point where original authorship is lost in transformations. The same thing happens with photographs. Over the years I have put many photographs online ---
It now amazes many how many of these photographs without attribution pop up in image searches on Google and Bing. From there they are copied into other Web sites around the world. My point here is that once a photograph or a story or an essay or music recording is placed by you on the Web you might as well consider it to be in the public domain.

"The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story," by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, January 20, 2016 ---

Monthly Averages on the 15 Most Popular Search Engines ---

Jensen Comment
I frequently find that hits differ between search engines. For example, you will find things on Bing and Yahoo that are not listed on Google.

Bob Jensen's search helpers ---

Analyzing Integer Count Data

"Modelling With the Generalized Hermite Distribution," by David Giles, Econometrics Beat Blog, January 22, 2016 ---

"Count" data occur frequently in economics. These are simply data where the observations are integer-valued - usually 0, 1, 2, ....... . However, the range of values may be truncated (e.g., 1, 2, 3, ....).

To model data of this form we typically resort to distributions such as the Poisson, negative binomial, or variations of these. These variations may account for truncation or censoring of the data, or the over-representation of certain count values (e.g., the "zero-inflated" Poisson distribution).

Covariates (explanatory variables) can be included into the model by making the mean of the distribution a function of these variables. After all, that's exactly what we do in a linear regression model.

If the "count" data form a time-series, then there are other issues that have to be taken into account.

However, the discrete distributions that we typically use have a number of limitations. The fact that the Poisson distribution is, of necessity, "equi-dispersed" (its variance equals its mean) is a big limitation. This leads us to consider distributions such as the negative binomial, in which he variance exceeds the mean. This enables us to model "over-dispersed" data, which are encountered frequently in practice.

The standard distributions are also limited in terms of what they can model in terms of distributional shapes. In particular, there are limitations on modal values in the data.

For instance, in the case of the Poisson distribution, these limitations are the following. If the parameter (λ) of the Poisson distribution is an integer, then there are two adjacent modes with equal modal height, at x = λ and x = λ-1. If lambda is non-integer, then there is a single mode at int(λ), the integer part of λ.

In the case of the negative binomial distribution, there is a single mode.

This suggests that standard discrete distributions of the type that we typically use to mode l"count" data will not be very satisfactory if our data exhibit multi-modality.

We need to look to alternative distributions.

Here's an example of what I mean.

In an earlier post, I discussed some of my work involving the use of the so-called Hermite distribution, introduced by Kemp and Kemp (1965). As an example, I showed the distribution of data relating to the number of financial crises in various countries, as reproduced here:

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Massive Open Online Course ---

Coursera Removes Free Track From Some MOOCs ---

Jensen Comment
Then they no longer meet the definition of MOOCs.

Does anybody else see the moral hazard in this?

"With New Promise by Udacity, Money-Back Guarantees Come to Online Courses," by Corinne Ruff, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 13, 2016 ---

Jensen Comment
What if all you have to do for a free college diploma is major is show that, for six months, you applied for jobs and even had some interviews where you turned up drunk to show off your toe nail fungus, nose boogers, body odor, and butt crack --- all for the purpose of having all your tuition cost forgiven. When you get your college cost refund you can then sober up as well as afford Jublia, a nose trimmer, a hot shower, and a dark blue suit.

The problem of course is that it's a waste of time to major in a tough degree program like software engineering and not do your best to get top grades. In some of those majors you might even get a job offer with toe nail fungus, nose boogers, body odor,  and butt crack provided you got top grades. My guess is that if prospective employers report to Udacity that you showed up drunk for interviews you may not get a tuition refund. Hence you may not get the refund you anticipated if you were a good student.

Students with bad grades probably wasted their time trying to get their degrees and refunds.

The sad thing is that history, physical education, and journalism majors are not even afforded the opportunity to get tuition refunds.

Is Udacity taking on a huge risk apart from the moral hazard that may only be exploited by a very small number of students? Of course there's risk of a sudden economic recession where almost all jobs become scarce. But what saves Udacity relative to Grinnell is that the marginal cost of each diploma is less due to many things that cost accounting students know very well --- think CPV (cost-profit-volume) analysis.

This Udacity model is a bit like an insurance model. Sure there will be some losses for the percentage of graduates who do not find jobs within six months following graduation. Suppose that is 25%. The tuition refund cost to Udacity  is offset by the premium (above the normal tuition cost) paid by 75% of the students who paid for the added "insurance" of a tuition refund if they did not land jobs. I'm sure Udacity worries marginally about toe nail fungus, nose boogers, body odors,  and butt cracks, but  that's just an insurance pricing risk factor since most of the graduates in the particular majors allowed for this program will get high grades and jobs. Note that the Udacity courses are really MOOCs from prestigious universities. Udacity also has a reputation for tough testing such that students who do graduate know quite a lot about course content.


Bob Jensen's threads on MOOCs ---

2016 Bibliography on Competency-Based Education and Assessment ---

Bob Jensen's threads on   Competency-Based Education and Assessment ---

"Does Technology Ever Reduce the Costs of Teaching?" by Corrine Ruff, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 26, 2016 ---

Bob Jensen's threads on online program costs and faculty compensation ---

Bob Jensen's Education Technology Threads ---

"Watch What You Say:  How fear is stifling academic freedom," by Fredrik deBoer, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 22, 2016 ---

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It can be easy for graduate students and other pre-tenure academics to feel like they can’t afford not to engage on social media. Then, the problems reveal themselves. Set aside the specific question of Israel and the passionate engagement of someone like Salaita. The cultures of Twitter and Facebook are quite different from those of academe. Social media is often insouciant, off-the-cuff, and subtle in its vocabulary and signals. It can also often be vulgar, in a way that makes sense within these cultures but that can be off-putting to those outside of them. That’s the fundamental fear: that the pressure to be on social media compels people to interact in a forum where it is very easy to be misunderstood.

The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer put this danger brilliantly, writing that "on Twitter, people say things that they think of as ephemeral and chatty. Their utterances are then treated as unequivocal political statements by people outside the conversation. … [W]hen you write (or make a video or a podcast) online, what you’re saying can go anywhere, get read by anyone, and suddenly your words are finding audiences you never imagined you were speaking to." This is precisely the fear that I’ve heard many times from graduate students: that their engagement on social media will be picked over by members of job committees who will misinterpret what they’ve said and hold it against them. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

This kind of Catch-22 has contributed to the pervasive sense of fear that is already endemic on many campuses. The labor issues really drive the problem. In a healthy job market, academics wouldn’t need to fear the consequences of political speech nearly as much. Scholars who were fired for voicing controversial opinions, or who felt that their ability to speak freely was being obstructed, would be able to obtain employment elsewhere. Meanwhile, institutions eager to hire the best people would find that a reputation for resistance to free expression would hamper those efforts. But in the contemporary academy, where openings for full-time faculty members are few and adjuncts fill the gaps, the leverage lies in the hands of institutions. With so many underemployed Ph.D.s, controversial faculty can be swiftly replaced. The difficulty of obtaining a new job, meanwhile, compels employees to keep their mouths shut. The academy is hardly alone in this condition. Since the Reagan/Thatcher era, the general drift of the working world is toward less- and less-empowered workers, who are correspondingly more and more subservient to the employers who dominate them. The university is a particularly intense example of this trend.

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Anytime you challenge any aspect of feminism … you’re going to hear that you hate women.
"Prominent Medieval Scholar’s Blog on ‘Feminist FogSparks an Uproar," by Rio Fernandes, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 22, 2016 ---

Jensen Comment
If Allen Frantzen was a newly-minted Ph.D. on a tenure track he might as well kiss his academic future goodbye. There are some academic freedoms you just have to wait for until being retired like Allen Frantzen. In a somewhat similar manner teaching evaluations, including those published at, create fear of saying the wrong thing or becoming viewed as a hard grader. A professor mentioning something good about profit incentives in an economy might get hammered or having a median of C+ in course grading might never get tenure or have another performance raise in salary ---

Bit Brother is watching campus instructors although Big Brother is not quite the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain that George Orwell envisioned.
Instead Big Brother is comprised of the students and colleagues marching to the politically correct drummers that surround every instructor on campus.

Incidentally, liberal academics must also worry some about expressing political opinions in class or in the social media, especially when some of their students were raised by conservative parents. For illustrations, read some of the complaints about political preaching in class as quoted in RateMyProfessor. Also note that the top-rated professors are almost always deemed to be easy graders with median A or A-grades and high scores on the course "Easiness" criterion ---

How to Mislead With Statistics
"The Proof Liberal Arts Colleges Need?" by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, January 22, 2016 ---

January 23, 2016 reply from Bob Jensen

The study throws around the words "proof" or "proves" when in fact the study is sloppy in terms of any scientific standards. Firstly, the study ignores such issues as nepotism. For example, children of business owners have the luxury of majoring in art history because a job to the top is waiting for them after graduation in any major. And business owners can afford the high tuition of prestigious liberal arts colleges.

Secondly, being active in social media often means you have the time rather than having to spend 80 hours a week on the job with almost no time for the social media, such as being a very successful physician. For example, most physicians have less time to be active in the social media and civic affairs than their stay-at-home spouses who majored in art history at Swarthmore. And experiences in undergraduate education are greatly confounded by what are often more meaningful experiences in graduate education such as MBA school, law school, and medical school. And the study would be terribly misleading if it focused only on undergraduates who did not have any graduate education.

Thirdly there's an enormous problem in scientific studies where humans self-report their behavior. No attempt was made to follow up studies on the comparability of the self reports.

Fourthly, any type of "success study" is faces the enormous problem of defining "success." I am reminded of a psychology professor, Tom Harrell, that I had years ago at Stanford University.  He had a long-term contract from the U.S. Navy to study Stanford students when they entered the MBA program and then follow them through their careers.  The overall purpose was to define predictors of success that could be used for admission to the Stanford GSB (and extended to tests for admission into careers, etc.)  Dr, Harrell's research became hung up on "The Criterion Problem   (i.e., the problem of defining and measuring "success.")  You will have the same trouble whenever you try to assess graduates of any education program whether it is onsite or online.  What is success?  What is the role any predictor apart from a myriad of confounded variables?

You might take a look at the following reference:
Harrell, T.W. (1992). "Some history of the army general classifications test," Journal of Applied Psychology, 77, 875-878.

Success may lie in advancement in the workforce into leadership roles, but promotion and opportunity are subject to widely varying and often-changing barriers and opportunities.  A program's best graduate may end up on a dead end track, and its worst graduate may be a maggot who fell in a manure pile.  For example, it used to be virtually impossible for a woman to become a partner in a large public accounting firm.  Now the way is paved with all sorts of incentives for women to hang in there and attain partnership. Success also entails being at the right place at the right time, and this is often a matter of luck and opportunity as well as ability.

Bob Jensen

Preserving the Research Mission White Teaching the Masses
"Rebirth of the Research University," by Nicholas B. Dirks, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 27, 2015 ---

Top 10 Red Flag Warnings of Fraud ---

"Former Professor University of San Diego Professor Charged With Defrauding U.S.,"   Inside Higher Ed, January 20, 2016 ---

"LSU Professor Arrested on Dozens of Fraud Charges," Inside Higher Ed, January 20, 2016 ---

Bob Jensen's threads on professors who cheat ---

Bob Jensen's Fraud Updates --- 

Professional Sports Teams Running Out of Fans ---

Jensen Comment
We have to wonder how much live spectaculars in general have been hurt by improved technology, especially large-screen television. Of course other factors are important such as ticket pricing. There also is some amount of fan rebellion to media disclosure of what players are being paid and how much the team owners are ripping off taxpayers for ever more expensive stadiums and arenas.

The also has to be an element of quality of viewing on television. For example, the quality of broadcasting of football and basketball is quite good relative to hockey and baseball where following the puck or ball is almost impossible on a television screen. In my opinion NASCAR racing is pretty boring in almost any venue, but there is much to be gained by a live experience (think people watching) relative to television viewing.

Nearly all sports have to be hurting from reduced attention spans of fans. Think, for example, of the kid at a baseball game who spends more time playing games on a smartphone than watching the game live. Attention spans are lower as the range of viewing alternatives exploded to hundreds of channels and thousands of movies available 24/7.

Professor Accused of Plagiarism Quits for $200,000 ---

Once a serial plagiarist always a serial plagiarist
"Alleged Serial Plagiarizer on Leave From Arizona State," Chronicle of Higher Education, September 18, 2015 ---

A professor of history at Arizona State University who’s been accused of plagiarism multiple times was placed on administrative leave this week as the university looks into new allegations of misconduct, The Arizona Republic reported. While previous allegations against Matthew Whitacker involve his published research, the most recent complaint involves Whitacker’s extracurricular consulting business.

Last month, the city of Phoenix demanded a refund of the $21,900 it had already paid the Whitacker Group to develop cultural consciousness training material for its police force, according to The Republic. The city said more than half of some 80 slides Whitaker produced were ripped from the Chicago Police Department, with minor, if any, changes. Lonnie J. Williams Jr., Whitacker’s attorney, said he questioned why the university would investigate a matter in which it’s not involved, and that Whitacker had been up front about his intention to borrow the Chicago material.

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From Full to Associate Professor:  A Rare Demotion in the Academy
"Anonymous Charges Vindicated,"  by Scott Jaschik, July 13, 2015 ---

When an anonymous blog last year accused Matthew C. Whitaker of plagiarizing portions of Peace Be Still: Modern Black America from World War II to Barack Obama, he said that he wouldn't respond to charges presented in that way. His publisher, the University of Nebraska Press, backed him.

The anonymous nature of the charges bothered some at Arizona State University, where Whitaker was a full professor and led a research center. But after the university conducted an investigation and found misconduct, Whitaker now says that he agrees that he made significant mistakes in the book.

Mark S. Searle, Arizona State's interim provost, last week sent an email message to history faculty members in which he said an investigation into the book had "identified significant issues with the content of the aforementioned book." Searle went on to say that "as a result of the outcomes from that investigation, Dr. Whitaker has accepted a position as associate professor without a Foundation Professorship [an honor he previously held], and now co-directs his center."

Searle also forwarded a letter from Whitaker, in which he admitted wrongdoing. Both letters were forwarded by someone other than the authors to Inside Higher Ed.

"I have struggled to overlook the personal nature of the criticisms, and to evaluate and recognize that there was merit to some of them. I alerted ASU administration to the fact that the text contained unattributed and poorly paraphrased material. I accept responsibility for these errors and I am working with my publisher to make the appropriate corrections," he wrote.

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"New Book, New Allegations," by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2014 --- 

An investigation into plagiarism allegations against an Arizona State University professor of history in 2011 found him not guilty of deliberate academic misconduct, but the case remained controversial. The chair of his department’s tenure committee resigned in protest and other faculty members spoke out against the findings, saying their colleague – who recently had been promoted to full professor – was cleared even though what he did likely would have gotten an undergraduate in trouble.

Now, Matthew C. Whitaker has written a new book, and allegations of plagiarism are being levied against him once again. Several blogs – one anonymously, and in great detail – have documented alleged examples of plagiarism in the work. Several of his colleagues have seen them, and say they raise serious questions about Whitaker’s academic integrity.

Meanwhile, Whitaker says he won’t comment on allegations brought forth anonymously, and his publisher, the University of Nebraska Press, says it’s standing by him.

Three years ago, several senior faculty members in Whitaker’s department accused him of uncited borrowing of texts and ideas from books, Wikipedia and a newspaper article in his written work and a speech. In response, the university appointed a three-member committee to investigate. The group found that Whitaker’s work contained no “substantial or systematic plagiarism,” but that he had been careless in some instances, as reported by Inside Higher Ed at the time. As a result, the university did not impose serious sanctions on the scholar, who is the founding director of Arizona State’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

In response, Monica Green, professor of history, resigned as department tenure committee chair. Several other professors called the investigation flawed and incomplete in a formal complaint to the university and in public statements.

Whitaker at the time told the university that his colleagues were pursuing a personal vendetta, possibly due to his race and the fact that they disagreed with his promotion, The Arizona Republic reported.

The university backed Whitaker, saying that the investigation had been thorough and carried out by distinguished scholars.

In January, the University of Nebraska Press published Whitaker’s newest book, Peace Be Still: Modern Black America from World War II to Barack Obama. Several prominent professors of history have written blurbs for the book, which won the Bayard Rustin Book Award from the Tufts University Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

But not everyone is impressed.

Since the book’s publication, a blog called the Cabinet of Plagiarism has detailed numerous alleged instances of plagiarism in the book, including text and ideas taken from information websites and published scholarship. The blog is moderated by someone using the name Ann Ribidoux, who did not return a posted request for comment. There is no one on the Arizona State faculty by that name.

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Business Insider:  The Best 2016 Online MBA Programs ---

January 14, 2016 reply from Amy Dunbar

I apologize for being self-serving, but check out the following:


The US News rankings can be found here:

 UConn is ranked #2 for the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)

Because our MSA is the only online graduate business program in the UConn School of Business, that’s the MSA program!


If you review the questions that the U.S. News survey asks, I think they are decent questions (ok, again self-serving). I particularly like the emphasis on preparing faculty to teach online because teaching online involves different skills than one might use in a face to face class.  Many of the questions, however, also apply to face to face courses.  I think course design with a focus on learning objectives should be required for every course. Our students self-report on whether they achieved each learning objective in the course (5-level response to each objective). An instructor can quickly see where problems exist.  We are going through AACSB review this spring, and I think our course assessment process is decent. Hope the team agrees. My biggest hurdle is establishing program level objectives that can be assessed.  The jury is out on that one.


I would love to hand the director’s role to someone else.  I have been the director for four years, and I have learned that administrative work is demanding.  If there is someone out there with a PhD who is interested in an in-res position and would like to run our MSA program, please apply!  I say in-res because it’s very hard to do research and admin work.  Our research requirements for our in-res instructors are much lower, but unfortunately, with lower risk comes lower return (and more teaching – 7 sections per year with course relief for various admin functions like MSA program director).  UConn is in the market for at least two tenure-track and two in-res this year.




Amy Dunbar

Academic Director MS in Accounting and Accounting Certificate Program

School of Business

University of Connecticut

2100 Hillside Road Unit 1041

Storrs CT 06269-1041

MIT:  The Best of the Web on Computing ---

MIT:  Seven Must-Read Stories (Week ending January 16, 2016)

MIT:  Recommended from Around the Web (Week ending January 16, 2016) ---

MIT:  Recommended from Around the Web (Week ending January 23, 2016) ---

8 jaw-dropping tax havens of the super rich ---
Jensen Comment
These havens will undoubtedly become more popular after the 2016 election if Democrats gain a majority in the USA Senate and/or House of Representatives. Without more legislative support for raising taxes on high income USA residents the outcome of the presidential election is not as relevant as candidates want us to believe.

12 states where Americans are moving in, big time ---

Loads of Americans are moving out of these 18 states ---

"Difference-in-Differences With Missing Data," by David Giles, Econometrics Beat Blog, January 9, 2016 ---

Jensen Comment
It would be wonderful if just one accountics scientist commenced a quantitative methods accountancy blog comparable to what David provides for economists? But accountics scientists never stick their heads above ground in the blog world. Could it be that they haven't got all that much worthwhile to add to academe? If rumors are true the forthcoming issue of Abacus will be quite critical of accountics science scholarship.

"A Scrapbook on What's Wrong with the Past, Present and Future of Accountics Science"

Wal-Mart To Lay Off 16,000 Employees as it Closes 269 Stores Globally (154 in the USA) ---

"America's most iconic retailers are shutting down stores and laying off thousands and this could be just the beginning," by Ashley Lutz, Business Insider, January 15, 2016 ---

Jensen Comment
Of course the 800-lb gorilla causing most of the damage is the massive convenience and product choices in online shopping. For example, why go to a mall for tennis shoes, sweaters, shorts, dresses, and trousers when more styles and size availability are available on Amazon with free delivery in a couple of days and an amazingly simple free return policy? I hate to admit how much we open boxes, trying things out, and return what we don't quite like.

The food court in the Concord Mall in the NH State Capitol has gone dark with every other store being empty. The anchor stores of JC Penney, Sears, and Bon Ton are like empty tombs.

But there are other causes of the decline in malls. Malls became hangouts for teen gangs and drug dealers. A huge mall not far from our former house in San Antonio closed down not long after the bad publicity of a couple of murders taking place in a huge two-story mall that was already notorious for car theft and hijackings. Other malls in San Antonio have since shut down for similar reasons.

Malls are now targets for every assembly of protesters imaginable like the attempts of Black Lives Matter protesters to disrupt shopping at Mall of America in Minneapolis.

Although the risk is small in the USA relative to Africa, the publicity over terror attacks in malls is certainly not helping the survival of malls.

"When Breath Becomes Air: A Young Neurosurgeon Examines the Meaning of Life as He Faces His Death," by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, January 13, 2016 ---

January 16. 2016 message from Saeed Roohani (Bryant University)

 Dear Bob,

To help accounting students or recent graduates to have a better understanding of cybersecurity risk and learn simple ways to protect themselves, their clients and their firms , my colleague Xiao Zheng and I at Bryant University have produced a 10 video series: “A Hacker’s Guide to Cyber Security” With limited guidelines available today to accountants to cost, report and measure the risk of cybersecurity, we think these videos significantly raise the level of interest and curiosity in our students or recent graduates regarding cybersecurity.

The 10-vedio series would also be useful to accounting professors contemplating cybersecurity topics for their students in the classroom, and looking for interesting and flexible educational materials that professionally developed for such purposes.  These videos are 3-5 minutes each and organized based on key topics.  All the materials could be customized to fit in any upper level accounting course. Students could watch videos online. Alternatively, instructors could use videos for in-class discussion for a specific topic.  We have also developed some test and review materials for feedback after watching each video.   Better yet, with a grant from PwC to produce these 10-vedio series, we could make these videos FREE to the public. Finally, we also think this product will be useful to some small businesses and non-profits really with limited resources to learn about risks of cybersecurity to protect themselves and those they serve against hackers.


The video series is professionally filmed.  It is based on interviews with two experts - a reformed (former) hacker who served time in prison for his wrong doing.  Also a nationally known expert in matters related to cybersecurity- a Chief Information Security Officer of a large public university system.

We are kindly requesting you spend a few minutes to review these videos, and if you find them useful for the AECM please make an announcement to AECMers.   We greatly appreciate your time.

January 16, 2016 reply from Bob Jensen

Hi Saeed,


My compliments on a professionally-completed series of 10 videos. As far as interviews of talking heads go, these are good videos and provide a very general summary of the main issues.


The advantage of the videos is that they are short and won't crowd a curriculum on this topic.



My criticisms include the following.


The first page is not a good navigation page with links that appear on a background column to the right. On two of my browsers the links to the videos did not even show up. There also is some hard to read extraneous stuff in the visible background that should not be on the first page such as an invitation to enter text? Why enter text at that point?


The videos have all the weaknesses of talking head interviews. Unlike text, they are difficult to search and eyeball like text can be eyeball-scanned. You should probably provide links to the transcripts (in text form) to all the videos.


The videos make a lot of references to things without providing links. Such as links to IDS, penetration texts, etc.


What is really needed at the next stage are Camtasia-like videos of computer screens that show a mouse moving to live links and show what those links bring up such as a good summary page of ransomware. I'm particularly conscious of ransomware since at a New Years eve dinner party I learned that my neighbor down the road (a retired Army engineer) had his system taken over and ransomed. Fortunately, he had everything backed up on external hard drives that were disconnected when he was attacked. So he paid nothing to recover his ransomed files.


What I really would like to learn is how the ransomware bad guys break into systems, e.g., my system. I don't know if my anti-viral system really has been protecting me from an attack. It has never indicated to me that it succeeded in fending off ransomware bad guys.



Socratic Method ---

"USING THE SOCRATIC METHOD TO TEACH MORE THAN JUST STUFF," by Joe Hoyle, Teaching Blog, January 13, 2016 ---

Jensen Comment
There are many variations of the Socratic Method, but all variations entail having students prepared for class if they are to meet in a Socratic Method class. This is because the students are supposed to derive answers among themselves.

Where the variations come in are the extent to which instructors eventually lecture a bit and eventually give preferred answers. Of course in some instances, such as Harvard-style cases, there are no definitive answers --- which often makes such cases more like real life.

January 14, 2016 reply from Tad Miller

Good morning,

I have typically been smart enough to stay out of these conversations but I can’t help myself on this topic.

I use a modified Socratic method with a great deal of success when I teach auditing; but I had to learn to be realistic.

It is difficult for students to respond when the spotlight is shining on them and 45 other students are staring at them (that is true for most of us). Even if they actually know the answer, recall can be difficult under those circumstances.

An underlying assumption of mine is that people learn better and perform at a higher level in a positive environment. I want my class to be fun. I don’t lower my standards or expectations to have fun. In fact, I expect students to be better prepared than when I used to lecture.

Here is what I have learned

The student I initially call on seldom answers correctly.

Some other student can typically answer the question.

The best discussions often occur as we discuss why a response was not correct.

Humans have a very limited attention span. I believe it generally accepted that people cannot pay attention for more than 10 minutes.

Each time I post a question, it brings students back to the class and causes them to re-engage. At least until they learn that I am not calling on them. This constant re-engagement is very valuable.

But the biggest benefit is the energy, enthusiasm and fun it brings to the classroom. If you, the teacher work at it, you can have fun with wrong answers without ridiculing people.

Nothing is more fun than when I make a mistake. I encourage my students to have a little fun when the old guy in the front of the room says something backwards.

Once you create an environment where it is OK to be wrong, participation can be fun. I am not condoning poor preparation, but it is OK to be wrong.

You need to give students permission to be wrong. You need to give students permission to show some enthusiasm during class. You need to let students know you want to create a fun environment.

Reflect for a moment on the other classes in which your students are enrolled. Many teachers stifle enthusiasm and fun. You will need to create an environment where it is OK to be enthusiastic and have a little. This will be unexpected and new for many of your students.

My thoughts,


January 14, 2015 reply from Steve Markoff

So many great points you made here Tad ... allow me to expand on a couple of them with my experience:

Regarding the initial student being able to answer the question - if they could answer it, then there would be no need for you.  We always learn more from incorrect replies.

Regarding incorrect responses - I assiduously avoid saying that a response is correct or incorrect.  From my experience, if you focus on the correctness, people will not want to respond unless they are 100% sure of their answer.  If a wrong answer is given, I take that and start talking about it, or working with it, until the class discovers that it is NOT correct.

I also have learned that if you allow a student "off the hook" merely because they didn't have the correct answer, then they will not benefit from the Socratic process nor will the rest of the class.  The same happens when you simply move from the incorrect response from Student #1 to a correct response from Student #2.  The class benefits more from the Socratic process when the questions lead them to unfold and discover the answer. 

So, by example, after the first incorrect answer, I will frequently stay with the first student, and move back a step in the thinking process, and then perhaps back another step.  I might at that point call for assistance from another student on the new point (2 steps back), but then, we return to the first student to continue moving forward.  This is important as some students will discover that they can quickly "call off the dogs" just by blurting out any wrong answer, knowing that you will then leave them alone and move on to someone else.

I've learned that the nature of your questions makes a big difference in the willingness of the students to get involved.  It is very clear when a question is meant to find out if you don't know it.  I think it is much better to use questions to TEACH and not just to ASSESS.  Therefore, many of my questions are actually teaching points, rephrased carefully.  These are less threatening.

I too have learned that students must know that it is okay to be wrong, but they also must know, SOMETIMES THE HARD WAY, that it is NEVER okay to be unprepared.  Peer pressure often takes care of that, as they do not want to feel embarrassed in front of others.

I "cold call" so that virtually EVERYONE is called on EVERY class.  They KNOW that they cannot hide or escape. 

For Socratic teaching, I think it's important that you start right in with it on Day 1.  No Kumbaya Lovefest or Reading of the Syllabus or Glorified Bullshit Session.   I spend a minimum amount of time -- 30 minutes TOPS, covering the most important elements on the syllabus and administrative matters, but then I leave a good 45 minutes for Socratic questioning.  For example, in Cost, I begin with an Income Statement which they give me the numbers.  I fire all kinds of questions.  We then proceed to find out how the Cost of Goods Sold was arrived at and the flow of costs from Raw Materials, Work in Process, Finished goods and Cost of Goods.  This is all material that SHOULD BE review from their Managerial Accounting course -- so, it give them a chance to see what the Socratic process feels like with material that is review in nature, before we start tackling new material. 



Bob Jensen's threads on education technologies ---

January 24, 2016 message from Peter Olofsson

Dear Bob,

Below is a link to an interesting and thoughtful book that has recently hit the shelves in Europe and will soon be released in America. It is written by a former grad student colleague of mine, now a Professor of Mathematical Statistics in Sweden. As you seem to subscribe to the idea of humani nil alienum, you might find it interesting!




January 24, 2016 reply from Bob Jensen

Hi Peter,

Although we had the popular movie 2001: A Space Odyssey years ago, its nice that a noted scholar is writing about Hal and other worries (possible extraterrestrial monsters) in a more serious book.

I found an interesting review of this book at

I'm not sure us earthlings can overcome our basic fear of "falling behind." Years ago I spent two years in a think tank alongside the Stanford University campus. One of the "fellows" I got to know a little bit was Nobel Prize winning geneticist Josh Lederberg.

By that time Josh was out of the lab and into philosophical science issues. In particular at the time his worry was about the great dangers of discoveries in cloning. This was before mammals had been successfully cloned, but already Professor Lederberg was worried about how advances in cloning could destroy civilization as we know it.

His interest was in banning research that will lead to discoveries too dangerous to know about in our world. But at the same time he was a realist who understood how difficult it is to stop research like cloning that attracts great curiosity among top scientists. It might be possible to stop research on some topics like how to make a WMD with ingredients from the supermarket, but banning research that truly challenges imagination like cloning, searching for extraterrestrials, and building computers as surrogates for humans probably cannot be successfully banned until the fears become too real to stop like stopping adverse climate change before it's too late.

Bob Jensen


How Bernie Sanders helped make an expensive city in Vermont permanently affordable ---

Jensen Comment
Community land trusts are most frequently used to preserve scenic and historic land amidst a world of developers. Community land trust housing, on the other hand, is used to provide affordable land for building of single and multi-family dwellings amidst soaring or highly fluctuating land values ---
The concept was used long before Bernie Sanders became mayor of Burlington in 1981. When I returned to Stanford for two years in a think tank I rented two houses south of the campus on land owned by Stanford University. The land was developed for employee housing (mostly faculty housing) where an employee could lease a lot for $1 per year for 99 years. The employee then built a house that could be lived in or rented to somebody affiliated with Stanford, although building a house solely for the purpose of rental income was discouraged.

The Stanford leased lots had advantages and disadvantages. In times of soaring land values such as land values in the early days when property east of san Francisco Bay became known as Silicon Valley, Staford employees could build or buy residences that they otherwise could not afford in the vicinity of Stanford University.

However, the drawback is that Stanford employees who owned these properties could not share in the explosion of real estate values near Stanford where a house built for $50,000 in 1975 might sell for $10 million on the open market but not on Stanford leased lots where residence ownership is restricted to Stanford employees.

The same thing happens with the Burlington-area land trusts commenced by Bernie Sanders. Home owners cannot lose or gain in land values on lots that they only rent from a land trust. Owers who instead purchased land on the open market for their houses can either lose or gain immensely on changes in land values in Vermont.

In nearby New Hampshire I have a friend who paid $10,000 in 1978 for four acres of land with great mountain views. Recently that land alone is valued for tax purposes at over $400,000. The bad news is that real estate taes must be paid annually on the value of that land. The good news is that eventually the owner or the owner's estate will have a very nice capital gain that would not have been possible if the land was only rented from a land trust.

Land trusts with cheap lot rental prices become better deals when the lots are already very expensive such as lots next to the Stanford University campus since the 1970s. Not only are the lots made affordable with the land trust but they protect home owners from property taxes on the value of those high-priced lots. Land trust lots are somewhat of a good deal in a soaring real estate market in that the value of those rented lots are shielded from property taxes. This is a good deal for people who plan to spend a lifetime in one home.

But land trusts are less of a good deal for home owners not planning to live more than, say, ten years in a soaring real estate market. The reason may be restrictions of sales of the homes (such as only being able to sell to Stanford University employees) and loss of the capital gains on the land in that soaring real estate market.

The property tax shielding is less of an advantage to Stanford employees who live for decades on leased lots from Stanford University because of California's Proposition 13 ---
However, residents of Vermont have no such shield from property tax increases, thereby, making rented community trust lots a better deal from a property tax perspective (the good news). But increase in property taxes co hand-in-hand with increases in potential capital gains (the bad news).

From the Scout Report on January 15, 2016

Socrative --- 

Educators around the country (and the world) are looking for ways to leverage technologies to improve engagement and learning outcomes for their students. Socrative, an online, personalized learning site, enables teachers of all subjects to keep students engaged while assessing them in real time, using visualization and other advanced methods to help teachers track their students' progress. After signing up, the tool's dashboard lets users immediately begin customizing the site, building quizzes with multiple choice, true/false, and short answer formats. Sign up is just as easy for students, who can then access their instructors' predesigned site. For educators who are looking for efficient ways to "flip" their classrooms, this site can be a welcome tool.  

Google Sites --- 

There seems to be no end to the innovative free products Google launches. Google Sites, a wiki- and Web page-creation service is no exception. Besides being able to connect with and leverage all of Google's other products (Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, etc.) right on the site, Google's intranet creation and management tool allows users to create a page with customizable and simple templates. While a Google account is necessary to use the service, it is easy to use. Multiple users can upload files and attachments, embed rich content (docs, videos, slideshows, etc.), work and share together, and, of course, use the Google search engine. For small businesses that are looking for a simple, collaborative, intranet service, or educators who are looking for an easy way to build and host a virtual classroom, Google Sites is a nice option.

Years Later, the Ice Man Continues to Reveal a Lost World Pathogens found in Ice Man's stomach 

Otzi the Iceman's Stomach Bacteria Offers Clues on Human Migration 

EURAC Research 

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology: Otzi - the Iceman 

5 Surprising Facts About Otzi the Iceman 

Iceman Photoscan

From the Scout Report on January 22, 2016

NetSpot --- /

Setting up a Wi-Fi network can be a complicated task with a lot of unknowns. For instance, where exactly will your phone or laptop pick up the strongest, or weakest, signal within your home or office? Enter NetSpot, a free service for Mac devices that creates a complete map of a given Wi-Fi network to assess the quality of its connections. Users simply walk from position to position, marking spots every few feet, to scan the area for available Wi-Fi signals. NetSpot then generates a heat map, with red representing strongest signals and indigo indicating the weakest. While the free version has some limitations when compared to the paid options, readers who struggle to know where best to place their work stations will find that NetSpot provides extremely useful information.

ThingLink --- 

The popular and free digital tool, ThingLink, is an astonishingly easy way to create interactive graphics that encourage collaboration, increase engagement, and enliven lessons and homework. After signing up for a Basic Education account (other options are available, some at cost), users are led through several steps to create interactive, annotated images. For instance, an uploaded image of a historical figure, such as Harriet Tubman, may be "tagged" to link to an informative website, video clip, or other rich media from around the web. Users may also annotate directly onto the image themselves. Various tutorials dedicated to such topics as Image Tagging, Adding Content, Creating a Class Group, Creating a Channel, and other topics, make for an easy process. ThinkLink is available for Desktop, iOS, and Android devices

China's Economic Growth Slows. Does It Matter?
Chinese economic growth in 2015 was weakest in 25 years

China's growth data - can you trust it?

Despite Slower Growth, China's Economy Is Undergoing Major Changes

How China's economy has evolved, in charts

The Rise of China's Economy

12 Facts on China's Economic History


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Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry

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It’s possible that there is a “mirror universe” where time moves backwards, say scientists ---

General Relativity 100 Years On ---

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Chem51A: Organic Chemistry ---

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How to Mislead With Statistics
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The Strangest, Most Spectacular Bridge Collapse (And How We Got It Wrong) ---

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The Most Hated Man In American History (the coward Aaron Burr) ---

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Animated map shows the time it took to travel the world 100 years ago ---

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So, for Americans, it’s traveling, canceled, and focuses; for Brits, travelling, cancelled, and focusses
"How We Love Spelling," by Kathy Ferriss, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 18, 2016 ---
Jensen Question
Why is it that Americans have good judgment whereas in the U.K. they have good judgement?
Cost accountants might argue that the ink cost is less in America when printing books.

Essay Writing: The Basics ---

Brain Pickings
Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers ---

We celebrate — and mock — Hemingway as a swaggering celebrity, a revolutionary. But his real talents were listening, mimicry, and revision ---

Learn to Write Through a Video Game Inspired by the Romantic Poets: Shelley, Byron, Keats ---

H.P. Lovecraft Highlights the 20 “Types of Mistakes” Young Writers Make ---

Web English Teacher: AP & IB Resources (literature and writing) ---

"Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful Untranslatable Words from Around the World," by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, November 24, 2014 ---

Maria's advice on living and writing
Thank you Maria Popova
I like the one about being willing to change your mind --- that one is especially hard for every writer, including me
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Updates from WebMD ---

January 15, 2016

January 16, 2016

January 18, 2016

June 19, 2016

January 20, 2016

January 21, 2016

Americans 100 and Older Living Even Longer

States Simplify Medicaid Sign-Ups

More Evidence Preterm Birth May Raise Autism Risk

Experts: Zika Likely to Spread to Southern U.S.

What's the Best Timing for Rectal Cancer Surgery?

Gene Mutations Tied to Rare Form of Infertility

This May Help Find Aggressive Colon Cancer Early

During Pregnancy, Skin Cancer May Be Deadlier

Eating More Healthy Fats May Extend Life: Study

Blood Test May Predict When Antibiotics Won't Help

January 22, 2016

January 23, 2016

January 25, 2016

January 26, 2016



"When Breath Becomes Air: A Young Neurosurgeon Examines the Meaning of Life as He Faces His Death," by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, January 13, 2016 ---

Humor January 14-28, 2016

Yogi Berra's 14 Great 'Yogi-Isms' to Apply in Life and the Business World ---

Forwarded by Denny Beresford

"This was the most thorough class I've ever had. What wasn't covered during the class was covered during the final exam."

Worst late tax return excuses ---

1. My tax papers were left in the shed and my rat ate them – (seriously?!)

2. I’m not a paperwork-oriented person – I always relied on my sister to complete my returns but we have now fallen out

3. My accountant has been ill

4. My dog ate my return – (didn’t work in school, won’t work now)

5. I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file

6. My laptop broke, so did my washing machine – (believe it or not, you do not need a functioning washing machine to file a tax return)

7. My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log-in details to complete my return online

8. My husband ran over my laptop

9. I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years

10. I had a cold which took a long time to go

Yes, these excuses were actually used in appeals against HMRC penalties for late returns. All 10 were declined on the basis that they were either untrue or not good enough reasons.

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1. My tax papers were left in the shed and my rat ate them – (seriously?!)

2. I’m not a paperwork-oriented person – I always relied on my sister to complete my returns but we have now fallen out

3. My accountant has been ill

4. My dog ate my return – (didn’t work in school, won’t work now)

5. I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file

6. My laptop broke, so did my washing machine – (believe it or not, you do not need a functioning washing machine to file a tax return)

7. My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log-in details to complete my return online

8. My husband ran over my laptop

9. I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years

10. I had a cold which took a long time to go

Yes, these excuses were actually used in appeals against HMRC penalties for late returns. All 10 were declined on the basis that they were either untrue or not good enough reasons.

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Forwarded by Paula

Children's Book By Donald Trump --- 


Forwarded by Paula
Arkansas Kit Joins the Marines

I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water.

Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.

We go on 'route marches,' which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A 'route march' is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.

The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake . I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6' and 130 pounds and he's 6'8' and near 300 pounds dry.

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Scott has been a long-time contributor to the AECM listserv (he's a techie as well as a practicing CPA)

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CalCPA maintains  and they let almost anyone join it.
Jim Counts, CPA is moderator.

There are several highly capable people that make frequent answers to tax questions posted there, and the answers are often in depth.


Scott forwarded the following message from Jim Counts

Yes you may mention info on your listserve about TaxTalk. As part of what you say please say [... any CPA or attorney or a member of the Calif Society of CPAs may join. It is possible to join without having a free Yahoo account but then they will not have access to the files and other items posted.

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Some Accounting History Sites

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Accounting History Libraries at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) ---
The above libraries include international accounting history.
The above libraries include film and video historical collections.

MAAW Knowledge Portal for Management and Accounting ---

Academy of Accounting Historians and the Accounting Historians Journal ---

Sage Accounting History ---

A nice timeline on the development of U.S. standards and the evolution of thinking about the income statement versus the balance sheet is provided at:
"The Evolution of U.S. GAAP: The Political Forces Behind Professional Standards (1930-1973)," by Stephen A. Zeff, CPA Journal, January 2005 ---
Part II covering years 1974-2003 published in February 2005 --- 

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From Texas A&M University
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History of Fraud in America ---
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