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Widbits on May June 27, 2016
Bob Jensen at Trinity University


Some of Wes Lavin's June 2016 Photographs



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Online Video, Slide Shows, and Audio

A Handy Guide on How to Download Old Coursera Courses Before They Disappear ---

Trey Dunn filmed the moving of a tiger --- the statue of a tiger in front of the Athletic Center on the Campus of Trinity University ---
In Summer of 2016 the Trinity Tiger Baseball Team won the NCAA Division 3 World Series.
The tiger in the video was being roomed to make room for an expansion of the athletic center.

Lena Dunham Shows Why It’s So Damn Hard to Meditate: A Four-Minute Comedy ---

YouTube: Minute Physics ---

Philosophy Bites (interviews with philosophers around the world) ---

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 --- 

Wynton Marsalis Takes Louis Armstrong’s Trumpet Out of the Museum & Plays It Again ---

The History of Electronic Music, 1800-2015: Free Web Project Catalogues the Theremin, Fairlight & Other Instruments That Revolutionized Music ---

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

NASA released the sharpest photos of Pluto in history — and they're spectacular ---

Bob Jensen's threads on art history ---

100,000 Free Art History Texts Now Available Online Thanks to the Getty Research Portal ---

Time Magazine:  Inspiring Nature Photographs for 2016 ---

NYPL Digital Collections: Richard M. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views --

National Gallery of Art: Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century ---

Strange Trees: An Illustrated Atlas of the World’s Arboreal Wonders ---

Chateau de Versailles Photos Souvenir ---

14 beautiful photos of a set of North Atlantic islands that haven't been discovered by tourists ---

Robert Dawson's Photographs of America's Public Libraries ---

Enchanting the Desert (art history) ---

Outside the Spacecraft ---

Palaeocast (evolution) ---

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 ---

Reading the Classics of Academic Literature ---

Download a Complete, Cover-to-Cover Parody of The New Yorker: 80 Pages of Fine Satire ---

James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake Gets Turned into an Interactive Web Film, the Medium It Was Destined For ---

Hear a 64-Hour Playlist of Sherlock Holmes Stories, With Performances by Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson & Many More ---

Books by J. D. McClatchy ---
Chicken Soup for a Poet’s Soul ---

Mr. McClatchy’s favorite commonplace book is W.H. Auden’s “A Certain World” (“a sort of autobiography,” said Auden), published near the end of his life and consisting of over 300 pages of alphabetically arranged items, many of them of substantial length. The “Notebooks” of Geoffrey Madan (1895-1947), a fine anthology of memorable selections, divided his choices into chapters with distinguishing titles (“Academics,” “Aphorisms,” etc.). Most of Mr. McClatchy’s entries are short, but it’s impossible to detect any pattern of arrangement, alphabetical or otherwise. There is no beginning, middle or end to the mass of mostly witty specimens of “aesthetic prowess”—his own as well as others’—that Mr. McClatchy has chosen; instead it’s a perpetual present, with personae and tones of voice following close on one another with no letup.

Continued in this WSJ Article


Free Electronic Literature ---
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Now in Another Tidbits Document
Political Quotations on June 27, 2016       

To Whom Does the USA Federal Government Owe Money (the booked obligation of $19+ trillion) ---
The US Debt Clock in Real Time --- 
Remember the Jane Fonda Movie called "Rollover" ---

To Whom Does the USA Federal Government Owe Money (the unbooked obligation of $100 trillion and unknown more in contracted entitlements) ---
The biggest worry of the entitlements obligations is enormous obligation for the future under the Medicare and Medicaid programs that are now deemed totally unsustainable ---

Entitlements are two-thirds of the federal budget. Entitlement spending has grown 100-fold over the past 50 years. Half of all American households now rely on government handouts. When we hear statistics like that, most of us shake our heads and mutter some sort of expletive. That’s because nobody thinks they’re the problem. Nobody ever wants to think they’re the problem. But that’s not the truth. The truth is, as long as we continue to think of the rising entitlement culture in America as someone else’s problem, someone else’s fault, we’ll never truly understand it and we’ll have absolutely zero chance...
Steve Tobak ---

"These Slides Show Why We Have Such A Huge Budget Deficit And Why Taxes Need To Go Up," by Rob Wile, Business Insider, April 27, 2013 ---
This is a slide show based on a presentation by a Harvard Economics Professor.

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

Bob Jensen's threads on entitlements ---

Bob Jensen's health care messaging updates ---

Coursera ---

A Handy Guide on How to Download Old Coursera Courses Before They Disappear ---

Bob Jensen's threads on MOOCs --- including links to the 50 most popular MOOCs to date ---

Swedish Court Backs American Student's Suit ---

Harvard Grad Who Flunked Bar Sues Over Loss Of Big-Law Job ---

Jensen Comment
A major issue here is how far a candidate with disabilities must be accommodated by employers?
Obviously blind candidates should not become airline pilots or bus drivers.
One gray zone is job performance time. Some jobs must be performed within specified time limits. For example, it's common for universities to allow only seven years for tenure decisions (after adjusting for prior work experience). Should some disabled tenure track-track researchers get two or three times as many years? The answer here is not obvious.

Law and accounting firms often bill on the basis of employee time spent on a particular job or case. It does not seem ethical to double the client billings for lawyers or accountants who are given double time to perform due to disabilities. The issue becomes even more problematic for surgeons who take twice as long to perform a procedure. Should their patients have to endure twice as long under anesthesia?

I suspect that it's inevitable that some employers or universities are going to be sued by persons with disabilities. Each case is probably unique to a point where it's difficult, but not impossible, to rely on common law for guidelines.

Khan Academy Test Prep Helpers for SAT. ACT, GMAT, MCAT, etc. ---
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Students at Oberlin Should be Entitled to a Minimum Grade of C Irrespective of Efforts to Pass Any Course:  Social Activism is More Important Than Academic Performance

"The Power Shift On College Campuses: Students Are 'Customers,' Entitled To 'Satisfaction' ," by Paul Caron, TaxProf Blog, June 22, 2016 ---

Given all that has happened on so many campuses over the last few years, it’s hard to pick the one that has been roiled the most by struggles over political correctness. But Oberlin College would certainly be in the running.

A widely discussed series of events there included the demand for a so-called trigger warning to students who might be upset reading “Antigone”; complaints about the ethnic integrity of the sushi in a campus dining hall; and a petition, signed by some 1,300 students, calling for a semester in which the lowest possible grade was a C, so that anyone skipping classes or skimping on studies to engage in social activism wouldn’t pay too steep an academic price.

In the view of more than a few observers, these students were taking liberalism to illiberal extremes. But their actions were arguably proof of something else as well.

Students at Oberlin and their counterparts elsewhere might not behave in such an emboldened fashion if they did not feel so largely in charge. Their readiness to press for rules and rituals to their liking suggests the extent to which they have come to act as customers — the ones who set the terms, the ones who are always right — and the degree to which they are treated that way.

Twinned with colleges’ innovations to attract and serve a new generation of students is a changed relationship between the schools and the schooled. It’s one of the most striking transformations in higher education over the last quarter-century. ...

[A]menities aren’t all that is different. The interactions and balance of power between student and teacher are as well. I don’t recall ever filling out a professor evaluation when I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the mid-1980s. It’s possible that such forms existed, but they were not used consistently or presented to us with any sense of urgency.

The opposite was true when I taught at Princeton in the spring of 2014. Students could not see their grades for a given class until they had filled out an extensive report card, including numerical ratings, on the class and on the instructor or had formally declined to do so, which few did. The instructor was privy to those ratings, with the students’ names erased.

I’m told by many of the professors I know that this practice is more or less the norm. Coupled with websites on which students rate their teachers, it has enormous bearing on how fully enrolled an instructor’s classes are, on his or her reputation and — thus — on his or her career. And what is perhaps the greatest driver of student satisfaction with a professor? The greatest guarantor of glowing reviews? The marks that the professor doles out. Small wonder that grade inflation is so pronounced and rampant, with A’s easy to come by and anything below a B-minus rare.

Students get the message that they call the shots. Catharine Bond Hill, the president of Vassar, told me that when she began teaching in the 1980s, students never came in to complain about grades. “And back then,” she added, “you could get a C. Now students will come in and complain about a B-plus,” she said. ..."

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Jensen Comment
Since the median grade in colleges across the USA is now A- and a C grade is tantamount to an F grade I don't get excited if Oberlin should choose to give all students a minimum grade of C in every course.

The sad thing is how perceived student takeovers of college campuses are among the many things that helped Donald Trump become the Republican candidate for President of the USA:

A Scholarly View of How the USA Donald Trump Appeals to Such a Large Proportion of USA Voters --- 


She Cheated to Get an A in an Ethics Class

Former Suffolk University Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Over $40,000 in Student Loans by Changing (her own) Grades ---

BOSTON – A Suffolk University employee pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with fraudulently obtaining over $40,000 in federal student loan funds by falsifying her own records to make it appear that she was a Suffolk University graduate student when in fact she was not.

Ashley Ciampa, 28, of Medford, pleaded guilty today to student loan fraud. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV scheduled sentencing for Oct. 5, 2016.

In 2009, Ciampa began working in the Registrar’s Office at Suffolk University. In 2013, she enrolled in Suffolk’s MBA program free of charge as an employee. In a first-semester business ethics class, Ciampa failed to attend class or complete the required coursework, but instead used her computer access in the Registrar’s Office to assign herself an “A” for the course. In subsequent semesters, she repeatedly assigned herself passing grades for classes she never attended. By maintaining the appearance that she was a graduate student, she was able to borrow $47,453 in federal student loans beginning in 2014, which she spent for vacations and other personal expenses.

The charge of student loan fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $20,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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Bob Jensen's threads on cheating are at

Do Hillary Clinton and other feminists condone this kind of protest?

More Than 1,500 Women Want to Protest Donald Trump By Posing Nude ---

Jensen Comment
One of the earliest nude protests, if not the earliest, was Lady Godiva protesting a tax in the 13th Century ---

The Most Generous Nation in History
The USA Gives More Than $1 Billion Every Day to Charity (not counting government give away programs) ---

Jensen Comment
It's hard measure how much this giving would decline without tax breaks, but we do know that a lot of the generosity is direct to individuals for which there are no tax breaks such crowd funding to help a family when television news shows their burned out or flooded-house. And some of the most generous givers are low income people who receive not tax breaks for their generosity (e.g., when they take the standard deduction on tax returns). Probably the biggest reason Americans are generous is gratitude our our relatively good life in comparison with the rest of the world. We do not have more immigrants than the rest of the world combined, but about 19% of the international migrants (that are counted) reside in the USA ---  

We Now Spend More At Restaurants Than at Grocery Stores ---

Research That the Mainstream Media Chooses to Ignore:  Would NBC, ABC, or CBS Dare Report "The Fall in Pverty/"

"There's Great News on Inequality and Poverty," by Noah Smith, Bloomberg, June 20, 2016 ---

Many people on the left seem to believe that the global economy has the same problems as the economies of the U.S and Europe. For example, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently tweeted: “The global economy has simply failed when so many have so little and so few have so much.”

Sanders’ concern for the world’s poorest people is laudable. The task of saving humanity from deprivation is arguably the central quest of human history. But Sanders’ facts are a bit out of date. During the past two decades, the global economy has been great for the world’s poor. Across most of the developing world, the have-nots have a lot more than before.

The clearest evidence comes from two big facts: 1) the decline in world poverty, and 2) the fall in global inequality. These are recent developments -- the second is even more recent than the first. But they give us strong reason to believe that the global economy isn't broken at all, and in fact has never been healthier.

Oxford economist Max Roser has done a heroic job of cataloging and displaying the fall in poverty. Here, from his website, is a picture of how absolute poverty has declined:

The plunge isn’t an accident of measurement.

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The Fall in Poverty ---

Microsoft ---

"With LinkedIn and the Xbox, all of Microsoft's wildest dreams are coming true," Matt Weinberger. Business Insider, June 2016 --- 

. . .

Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has expressed a singular vision for a world where your apps and data follow you around from device to device so you can do what you want on your computer, phone, or tablet.

LinkedIn now has a big part to play in that future. A major area of investment for Microsoft Office is the idea of context - apps, like Nadella's favored, Delve, that know where you are, what device you're using, and who you're working with.

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Jensen Comment
Microsoft may have some dreams coming true but it also lost billions on nightmare investments like smartphones. Much of its future is in the clouds.

Yesterday, Apple showed off its latest software for iPhones and Macs at the Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. If there is one overarching theme to the announcements, it’s that the company is playing catch-up ---
MIT Newsletter on June 14, 2016
Also see

38 Community Colleges to Begin Replacing Textbooks With Free Educational Resources ---

Jensen Comment
This can complicated decisions regarding transfer credit. For example, when I was still on the faculty at Trinity University I was frequently consulted by administrators regarding transfer credit. Often a full-time Trinity student wanted transfer credit for a course taken elsewhere in the summer. In addition to the reputation of college where the course was offered the textbook used in that course affected my recommendation regarding transfer credit. Usually I was familiar enough with popular accounting textbooks to evaluate the course content. For instance, the second Principles of Accounting Course at Trinity is mostly a managerial accounting course. A transfer course would not be equivalent if it used a textbook was heavy on financial accounting and very lite on managerial accounting content.

When a course does not use a popular textbook it becomes more of a chore to remotely evaluate course content.

Also "free educational courses" might include older textbooks (such as those available for a penny as used textbooks on Amazon). In accountancy, unlike mathematics, textbooks quickly start becoming obsolete the minute they are published new. This is particularly true in financial accounting, tax, and auditing where technical rules are constantly being changed.

No Math Required at Wayne State University ---

Wayne State University has suspended its requirement that all students take a mathematics course, striking at the heart of a debate over whether math should be a mandatory part of general education. Administrators say they will allow individual departments to develop their own math requirements, while higher education experts and mathematicians hope the public university in Detroit will maintain a broad commitment to quantitative reasoning.

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Jensen Comment
After evaluating the dropping a mathematics course requirement for all graduates WSU says it will evaluate this simplification when it considers a totally revamped set of general education requirements in 2018. Individual disciplines may currently keep mathematics requirements for their majors.

Students who graduate without any college-level mathematics jeopardize their prospects for graduate studies if they intend to take graduate school admission examinations like the GRE or the GMAT. I sincerely hope that business majors will still have to have college-level mathematics.

It's also not clear whether WSU will require remedial mathematics for students who were deficient in high-school level mathematics when entering the university.

If Princeton University graduates did not have to have any college-level mathematics there would probably not be much of a fuss. However, since WSU has a heavy concentration of minority admissions the reaction of the public will be that WSU is just trying to make it easier for minorities to graduate.

"McDonald’s Return to Chicago Defies City’s Financial Troubles ," Bloomberg, June 14, 2016 ---

World’s largest fast-food chain joins company moves to Chicago .

Violence, pension woes no obstacle to pursuit of millennials

The number of Chicagoans murdered this year is up more than 50 percent. Pension debt tops $20 billion, and taxes are soaring. Illinois’s governor calls the city’s government corrupt and its financially teetering schools “crumbling prison

Yet McDonald’s Corp. is moving its headquarters from a sprawling, leafy campus in suburban Oak Brook to a spot just a couple of miles from one of the city’s most violent neighborhoods. The world’s largest fast-food chain is joining a parade of companies creating an island of prosperity amid urban dysfunction.

Corporations including Motorola Solutions Inc., Kraft Heinz Co. and ConAgra Foods Inc. are moving their headquarters or major offices into Chicago. McDonald’s said Monday it will relocate to the former site of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, a bid to attract and hire millennials who, nationwide, are moving into cities.

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Jensen Comment
This begs the question of where Chicago's downtown employees at McDonald's, Motorola Solutions, Kraft Foods, and ConAgra headquarters send their children for K-12 schooling?

Will they sacrifice their children to Chicago's gang-festered public schools?

Some "headquarters" children may be home schooled? Some have parents who can afford private schools. Some may have parents who still live far out in places like Oak Brook and commute the long distance into downtown Chicago. I doubt that many, if any, of "headquarters" children will attend Chicago's troubled public schools. The only USA city where downtown public schools are not hugely problematic is San Francisco where real estate prices have driven poor families to suburbs like Oakland.

It's the era of distance education, including modified home schooling with distance education components. We may see more of this not only among "headquarters" children but poor and/or miniority families as well who want safer and better-quality education for their children. Chicago's public schools won't get better until violent gangs are somehow eradicated from those schools. And that won't happen, in my opinion, until drugs are legalized. Drug money is the life blood of violent gangs.

"The King and His Court: The D.C. Circuit Court bows to Internet Regulation by Executive Decree," The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2016 --- .

President Obama has run roughshod over Congress, and most of the media give him a pass. This has left the judiciary as the last check on executive abuse, and now even that may be falling away. That’s how we read Tuesday’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision propping up the new “net neutrality” rules to regulate the Internet like a 19th-century railroad.

A 2-1 panel in US Telecom Association vs. FCC upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 regulations that classify the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The FCC has thrice tried to ram through regulation dictating what an internet-service company can charge for its services; the D.C. Circuit struck down earlier attempts. Now the court has endorsed the most legally and procedurally egregious iteration.

Judges David Tatel and Sri Srinivasan ruled for the FCC in large part by invoking Chevron deference, a 1984 Supreme Court doctrine that says courts should bow to agency rule-makings when the law is ambiguous. But the relevant 1996 statute says the internet shall remain “unfettered by Federal or State regulation,” which is not vague. The law further says that a service “that provides access to the Internet” may not be straddled with Title II.

The Supreme Court said in 2015’s King v. Burwell that agencies deserve no genuflection in matters of “deep economic and political significance.” This surely applies to reordering the most powerful commercial engine of the century.

. . .

No techie or court watcher predicted such a broad win for the FCC, and even Chairman Tom Wheeler must be surprised he snuck everything past Judge Tatel, who has twice ruled against the agency. AT&T and other parties have promised to appeal, either to the full D.C. Circuit for an en banc hearing or to the Supreme Court.

In his dissent, Judge Stephen Williams raps the FCC “for want of reasoned decision making,” not least because the agency can’t summon a single instance of the internet discrimination its rules purport to solve. “The ultimate irony” of the proposal, Judge Williams writes, is that regulation will likely kill off new market entrants—and create the monopoly that the FCC and net-neutrality advocates falsely claim exists now.

Congress could pass a bill to restrain the FCC, but President Obama would veto it and the agency no longer follows the law in any case. President Obama and Harry Reid packed the D.C. Circuit with liberal judges precisely to remove the last check on rule by progressive decree. With the D.C Circuit in his pocket, the last check is the Supreme Court, and that may soon be gone too.

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Jensen Comment
As with any government regulation decree, regulation of the Internet might be good news or bad news. It's good news to the extent that the government allows Internet service providers to have monopolistic pricing and service powers. It's bad news to the extent that price-fixing by government decree generally entails less quantity and quality of service. The WSJ generally has a Knee jerk reaction to new government regulations. With my Time Warner cable billing jumping each year to now where it is nearly $200 per month I keep wondering if the quality of service has really matched the price increases. I think what Time Warner needs in my part of the world is more competition rather than more regulation. Sure I have more and more channels on cable  television, but virtually all of them are junk I never needed or wanted.

From the Scout Report on June 17, 2016

Unroll.Me --- 

Email clutter is a nuisance, and it can cause one to miss important emails. Unroll.Me provides a fast, easy way to cut down on unwanted emails. All one has to do is visit the Unroll Me website, sign up, and allow Unroll.Me access to your inbox. Within seconds, the program will detect the number of subscriptions that are connected to your email account. For each subscription, you can choose to unsubscribe, continue to subscribe, or include in a "Rollup"-- an email digest that you can choose to receive once a day. A heads up: Unroll.Me is free of charge, but you are required to share a post about Unroll.Me on a social media site in order to continue with the service after unsubscribing from five email lists. Unroll.Me may be used with a handul of email providers, including Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, AOL Mail, and iCloud. Outlook 365 is not currently supported.

Schoology --- 

Schoology is a learning management system that can be used either in academic classrooms or for workplace professional development courses. Instructors can post assignments, discussion questions, quizzes, and course documents for students to use. Once instructors grant students access to the course (which they can easily do by providing students with a short access code), students can access all course materials and participate in course discussion. One strength of Schoology is its simplicity; each component of the website is clearly labeled and easy to navigate. In addition, the discussion page on Schoology will look familiar to anyone who has commented on Facebook or other social media platforms. For these reasons, Schoology is an especially helpful resource for those working with individuals who are just beginning to develop computer literacy

New Study Shows Extent of Nocturnal Light Pollution on Earth
In Lighting Up Our World, We Are Losing Sight of Others

Light Pollution Ruins Night-Sky Views for One-Third of Humanity

Light Pollution Hides Milky Way From 80 Percent of North Americans, Atlas

The new world atlas of artificial night sky brightness

CIRES: The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness

International Dark-Sky Association

From the Scout Report on June 24, 2016

Mapme --- 

Maps can serve multiple purposes; one can use maps to chart the top mountain biking trails in America, keep track of upcoming events, or help plan a family trip. Mapme can be used for all of these purposes. After creating a free account, users will find two different formats to explore, Mapme Story and Mapme Classic. Mapme Story allows users to integrate maps, text, images, and videos in order to create a comprehensive, visually compelling graphic. For example, a social studies teacher might ask students to chart out and explain the expedition of Lewis, Clark, York, and Sacagawea. Mapme Classic, on the other hand, with its clean and simple design, is best for users looking to organize a lot of content about one specific place. An individual, business, or non-profit planning an event could use this tool to advise guests about local accommodations or entertainment. For more ideas about how to use Mapme, the Gallery reveals innovative ways that others have used this tool.

Datawrapper --- 

Datawrapper is a chart, graph, and map-making tool designed specifically to help journalists create clear, aesthetically appealing visuals. However, this tool is also useful for anyone looking to publish or embed data visualizations easily. Data may be added by either copying and pasting a Microsoft Excel document or by uploading a Comma-Separated Values (CSV) file. Next, Datawrapper instantly creates a variety of charts. Users can select the chart that best presents their data, then add labels, change colors, and adjust the size of the chart. Users can download their charts, graphs, or maps as a Portable Network Graphic (PNG) for free. For a monthly fee, users can embed charts in websites.

New Science about the Role of Microbes in Wine

Demystifying Terroir: Maybe It's The Microbes Making Magic In Your Wine

Local microbes can predict wine's chemical profile

Associations among Wine Grape Microbiome, Metabolome, and Fermentation
Behavior Suggest Microbial Contribution to Regional Wine Characteristics

Microbial biogeography  of wine grapes is conditioned by cultivar, vintage,
and climate

Climate, terroir, and wine: What matters most in producing a great wine?

Regional microbial signatures positively correlate with differential wine
phenotypes: evidence for a microbial aspect to <i> terroir </i>


Free Online Tutorials, Videos, Course Materials, and Learning Centers

Education Tutorials

Khan Academy Test Prep Helpers for SAT. ACT, GMAT, MCAT, etc. ---
Scroll Down to Test Prep

YouTube: Minute Physics ---

STEM Teaching Tools ---

Reading Like a Historian (from Stanford University) ---

Digital Media and Learning Research Hub ---

Larry Ferlazzo's English Website (helpers for learning the English Language)  ---

Carl Sagan’s Presents a Mini-Course on Earth, Mars & What’s Beyond Our Solar System: For Kids and Adults (1977) ---

learnXdesign (science education) ---

Larry Ferlazzo's English Website (helpers for learning the English Language)  ---

Bob Jensen's threads on general education tutorials are at

Bob Jensen's bookmarks for multiple disciplines ---

Bob Jensen's links to free courses and tutorials ---


Engineering, Science, and Medicine Tutorials

Bob Jensen's threads on free online science, engineering, and medicine tutorials are at --

STEM Teaching Tools ---

YouTube: Minute Physics ---

Bob Jensen's links to free courses and tutorials ---

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures ---

learnXdesign (science education) ---

NISE Network (neuroscience) ---

The Fundamentals of Neuroscience ---

Neuroscience Research Portal ---

Neuronline ---

Brain Facts: Explore the Brain and Mind ---

Eugenics Archives ---

Palaeocast (evolution) ---

Temporal and Spacial Variations of Drought in China: Reconstructed from Historical Memorial Archives during 1689-1911 ---

Strange Trees: An Illustrated Atlas of the World’s Arboreal Wonders ---

Somatosphere (Epidemiology, Anthorpolology, Psychology ---

Carl Sagan’s Presents a Mini-Course on Earth, Mars & What’s Beyond Our Solar System: For Kids and Adults (1977) ---

Social Science and Economics Tutorials

Philosophy Bites (interviews with philosophers around the world) ---

The Public Domain Review ---

Digital Media and Learning Research Hub ---

Echoes and Evidence: Nursing History and Health Policy Blog ---

Eugenics Archives ---

Bob Jensen's threads on Economics, Anthropology, Social Sciences, and Philosophy tutorials are at

Bob Jensen's links to free courses and tutorials ---

Law and Legal Studies

Eugenics Archives ---

Bob Jensen's threads on law and legal studies are at

Math Tutorials

Expii (interactive math) ---

We believe in the individual and the unique educational journey. We put the power to participate, teach, and
learn directly in your hands. Together, we can disrupt the status quo.

Questioning my Metacognition (K-12 math education) ---

Interactivate (math and probability education) ---

Slide Rule ---
History of the Slide Rule ---

Calculator ---
History of the Calculator ---

"Here's the impossibly complicated way calculators used to look," by Sarah Lewin, PRI, December 18, 2014 ---

Bob Jensen's threads on free online mathematics tutorials are at

Bob Jensen's links to free courses and tutorials ---

History Tutorials

Reading Like a Historian (from Stanford University) ---

Stuff You Missed in History Class ---

Every Culture: Multicultural America ---

Outside the Spacecraft ---

100,000 Free Art History Texts Now Available Online Thanks to the Getty Research Portal ---

National Gallery of Art: Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century ---

Chateau de Versailles Photos Souvenir ---

Eugenics Archives ---

African-American Intellectual History Society ---

Egypt: Faith After the Pharaohs ---

Enchanting the Desert (art history) ---

Personal Digital Archiving ---

Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures and Contexts
Temporal and Spacial Variations of Drought in China: Reconstructed from Historical Memorial Archives during 1689-1911 ---

Bob Jensen's threads on history tutorials are at
Also see  

The History of Electronic Music, 1800-2015: Free Web Project Catalogues the Theremin, Fairlight & Other Instruments That Revolutionized Music ---

NYPL Digital Collections: Richard M. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views --

Echoes and Evidence: Nursing History and Health Policy Blog ---

Philosophy Bites (interviews with philosophers around the world) ---

Books by J. D. McClatchy ---
Chicken Soup for a Poet’s Soul ---

Mr. McClatchy’s favorite commonplace book is W.H. Auden’s “A Certain World” (“a sort of autobiography,” said Auden), published near the end of his life and consisting of over 300 pages of alphabetically arranged items, many of them of substantial length. The “Notebooks” of Geoffrey Madan (1895-1947), a fine anthology of memorable selections, divided his choices into chapters with distinguishing titles (“Academics,” “Aphorisms,” etc.). Most of Mr. McClatchy’s entries are short, but it’s impossible to detect any pattern of arrangement, alphabetical or otherwise. There is no beginning, middle or end to the mass of mostly witty specimens of “aesthetic prowess”—his own as well as others’—that Mr. McClatchy has chosen; instead it’s a perpetual present, with personae and tones of voice following close on one another with no letup.

Continued in this WSJ Article

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MIT:  Too Much Information from Noninvasive Prenatal Screening? ---

Too Much Information Noninvasive prenatal screening allows parents to safely learn about their unborn child’s genetics. The ethics of what to do with this information are tricky enough when the child carries a known disease, but future tests may provide parents with a range of nonmedical information, such as eye and hair color. In this article from 2013, we ask the simple question: how much is too much?

Jensen Comment
Years ago scientists like Josh Lederberg were raising similar questions about cloning to bypass the uncertainties of genetic selection. Both cloning and prenatal screening are examples of advances in science that are good news and bad news. Both can lead to corrections of proneness to diseases and mental defectiveness. But both can also fit into Hitler's plan for a superior master race.

It was interesting and somewhat frightening that a tall, blonde, beautiful, and very intelligent computer science major put herself through Trinity University by selling her eggs. At the same time there isn't much demand for the sperm of lovable adults with genetic disorders or hateful pedophiles in prison.

Zika Virus ---

Nearly 12,000 Pregnant Women in Colombia Have Zika (not counting thousands more pregnant women who were not tested) ---

Zika Spreading Rapidly Through Puerto Rico ---

Experts only beginning to grasp the damage from Zika virus ---

Jensen Comment
This makes me wonder about why the NIH and WHO and Congressional lawmakers seem to be playing down the risk of Zika. Zika is now known to also be sexually transmitted such that people in colder climates are also at risk.

, With a lot of pandemics people die. The disabled Zika babies may have costly normal life expectancies ---
Welcome to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Humor for June 2015

Lena Dunham Shows Why It’s So Damn Hard to Meditate: A Four-Minute Comedy ---

Download a Complete, Cover-to-Cover Parody of The New Yorker: 80 Pages of Fine Satire --- 7

What it's like these days for Auntie Bev

Forwarded by Auntie Bev

The following are called paraprosdokians. A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is unexpected and oft times very humorous:

· If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they'd eventually find me attractive.

· I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they're flashing behind you.

· Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.

· Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

· I'm great at multi-tasking--I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.

· If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

· Take my advice — I'm not using it.

· My wife and I were happy for twenty years; then we met.

· Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they're at home when you wish they were.

· Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

· Ever stop to think and forget to start again?

· Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.

· He who laughs last thinks slowest.

· Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?

· Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type.

· I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.

· Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

· I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn't find it.

· If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

· Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep.

· If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?

· Money is the root of all wealth.

· No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.


Forwarded by Paula

After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife came in for counseling.

When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the years they had been married. On and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured.

Finally, after allowing this for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking the wife to stand, he embraced and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched - with a raised eyebrow.

The woman shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze. The therapist turned to the husband and said, "This is what your wife needs at least 3 times a week. Can you do this?"

"Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I fish."


Forwarded by Paula

6 Reasons Not To Mess With Children 
   A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.
As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
The girl replied, 'I'm drawing God.' 
The teacher paused and said, 'But no one knows what God looks like.'
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, 'They will in a minute.'
      A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to 'honour' thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, 'Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?'
From the back,  one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, 'Thou shall not kill.'
   One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, 'Why are some of your hairs white, Mum?'
Her mother replied, 'Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.'
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, 'Mummy, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?'
       The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
'Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, 'And there's the teacher, she's dead.'
   A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, 'Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.'
'Yes,' the class said. 
'Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?'
A little fellow shouted, 
'Cause your feet ain't empty.'
   The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
'Take only ONE . God is watching.' 
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, 'Take all you want. God is watching the apples..'


Forwarded by Paula

A 4-Year-Old's First Paycheck
Here's a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between a little 4-year-old girl & some construction workers that will make you believe that we all can make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.
A young family moved into a house, next to a vacant lot. One day, a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot.
The young family's 4-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers.
Eventually the construction crew, all of them "gems-in-the-rough," more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot.
They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, & gave her 20 little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.
At the end of the first week, they even presented her with a pay envelope containing ten dollars.
The little girl took this home to her mother who suggested that she take her 10 dollars "pay" she'd received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.
When the girl and her mom got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed & asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age.
The little girl proudly replied, "I worked last week with a real construction crew building the new house next door to us."
"Oh my goodness gracious," said the teller, "and will you be working on the house again this week, too?"


The little girl replied, "I will, if those assholes at Home Depot ever deliver the f**kin' drywall."



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Smart Stops on the Web, Journal of Accountancy, March 2008 ---

Find news highlights from the SEC, FASB and the International Accounting Standards Board on this financial reporting blog from Financial Executives International. The site, updated daily, compiles regulatory news, rulings and statements, comment letters on standards, and hot topics from the Web’s largest business and accounting publications and organizations. Look for continuing coverage of SOX requirements, fair value reporting and the Alternative Minimum Tax, plus emerging issues such as the subprime mortgage crisis, international convergence, and rules for tax return preparers.
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September 4, 2008 message from Scott Bonacker []
Scott has been a long-time contributor to the AECM listserv (he's a techie as well as a practicing CPA)

I found another listserve that is exceptional -

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.

Once signed in on their Yahoo account go to and I believe in top right corner is Join Group. Click on it and answer the few questions and in the comment box say you are a CPA or attorney, whichever you are and I will get the request to join.

Be aware that we run on the average 30 or move emails per day. I encourage people to set up a folder for just the emails from this listserve and then via a rule or filter send them to that folder instead of having them be in your inbox. Thus you can read them when you want and it will not fill up the inbox when you are looking for client emails etc.

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