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Tidbits on September 15, 2016
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An Animated Introduction to French Philosopher Jacques Derrida ---

Polar Spectacular --- /41225777

The 23 best comedy movies you can stream on Netflix right now (Netflix streaming service is not free) ---
Most of them sound to silly to me. Where's the latest BBC comedy?

Erika and I watch one movie every day, usually downloaded directly from NetFlix or on a mailed NetFlix disk.
We mostly watch BBC mystery series, but this time we watched an ABC television series.
It's called American Crime (thus far we only watched the first season)
I can't say I enjoyed it as much as BBC mysteries, but I will say that more than anything I've watched recently it seemed to capture life and culture as it is in the USA crime world today.
It deals quite tastefully and realistically with such things as multiculturism, gangs, biracial love, true love, true hate, addiction, problems of solving crime in the world today, and issues of family stress

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 --- 

Hear the Beatles Play Their Final Concert 50 Years Ago Today (August 29, 1966) ---

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

The Weather Channel:  Drain Hole in a Lake Yet the Lake Never Dries Up ---

Watch over 100 bulldozers dismantle a Chinese overpass overnight ---

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

Twp Romantic Pictures of Barack and Michele Obama ---

1850s Japan Comes to Life in 3D, Color Photos: See the Stereoscopic Photography of T. Enami ---

Colors of Classical Art ---

The History of Russia in 70,000 Photos: New Photo Archive Presents Russian History from 1860 to 1999 ---

Journal18 (art history funded by the Getty Museum) ---

The Life of Art (Getty Museum) ---

Fast, Cheap, and Totally Popular: Tintypes ---

What Did Manhattan Look Like in 1609? ---

Download 100,000 Photos of 20 Great U.S. National Parks, Courtesy of the U.S. National Park Service ---

How Ancient Greek Statues Really Looked: Research Reveals their Bold, Bright Colors and Patterns ---

Bloomberg:  11 of the Wildest Wildlife Photos of the Year ---

19 photos show a rare side of the world that aircraft servicemembers see ---

An Astronaut’s Stunning Photos of Earth From Space ---

Bob Jensen's threads on art history ---

YouTube:  Very Rare Photographs ---

10 Rare Photographs --- 

50 Watts (book designs) ---

From the Scout Report on September 2, 2016

The Year of Rembrandt: Revisiting the Dutch Painter's Artistic Genius
A Rarely Seen Rembrandt Is Coming to the Frick

The No-Return Policy: Rembrandt's First Masterpiece Simply Intrigues at the
Morgan Library in New York

Was this painting made by Rembrandt - or Photoshop?

Did Rembrandt Use Mirrors and Optical Tricks to Create his Paintings?

Rembrandt's self-portraits

The Met: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669): Paintings

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 ---

Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures ---

Punctuate (free essays) ---

Mapping Thoreau Country (history of David Thoreau) ---

Mahri Poetry Archive (Islam) ---

The Thoreau Reader ---

Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online ---

The Keepers Registry (back issues of journals in large libraries) ---
For example search for "Accounting"

Open Science Directory ---

JSTR - The Scholarly Journal Archive ---

Electronic Literature Organization --- 

Internet Library of Early Journals ---

Royal Society Opens Online Archive; Puts 60,000 Papers Online --- Click Here

All Free Magazines (links to free magazines) ---
These are classified by subject matter.
Many are offer free trial subscriptions for one year. 
A search engine for online audio and video.

The Pulitzer Prizes --- - search through an archive of articles from over 300 magazines and journals -- 

The Atlantic Online ---

The Library of Economics and Liberty ---

Electronic Book Review ---  

Free Electronic Literature ---
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Now in Another Tidbits Document
Political Quotations on September 15, 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 ---

Altmetrics ---

"Altmetrics: diversifying the understanding of influential scholarship," by Stacy Konkiel, Palgrave Communications, August 23, 2016 ---

The increase in the availability of data about how research is discussed, used, rated, recommend, saved and read online has allowed researchers to reconsider the mechanisms by which scholarship is evaluated. It is now possible to better track the influence of research beyond academia, though the measures by which we can do so are not yet mature enough to stand on their own. In this article, we examine a new class of data (commonly called “altmetrics”) and describe its benefits, limitations and recommendations for its use and interpretation in the context of research assessment. This article is published as part of a collection on the future of research assessment.

Open Yale Courses: Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature ---

A Syracuse University professor withdrew an invitation to a New York University professor, who is Israeli, to present his film at an academic conference, saying that his nationality would upset colleagues who favor a boycott of Israeli academe.
Jensen Comment
Why Israel in general is now supporting Donal Trump ---
That is one of the reasons why it's no longer acceptable to invite Israelis to USA campuses

What happened to the words:
" race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, military service, or disability?"

But this is not a legal issue!
It's the future of the Academy that's at stake in the hearts and minds of it's faculty and students. I cannot think of a single USA Democratic Party activist who could not speak peacefully at Syracuse University or DePaul University or wherever on a campus.

At the moment it is hard to think of any Republican Party activist who could speak peacefully at Syracuse University or DePaul University or wherever on a campus.
How about Ann Coulter who graduated summa cum laude at Cornell University and became a conservative activist attorney?
There's not campus in the USA where entrances to her talk would not be blocked!

What have we become?
It's not so much the administration that will lead the protests outside where a Republican Activist is invited to speak on campus. It's our closed-minded faculty and students who will block the entrances.

Speakers now have to be politically correct to get invitations to speak on campus.

Philosophy Professor Alan Bloom is correct.
Political correctness is the "Closing of the American Minds"

Allan Bloom's 1987 book The Closing of the American Mind ---

The banning of conservative writers from college campuses but not liberal/progressive writers is an example of just what Allan Bloom was referring to over and over in his classic and frightening book.

The answer is not in the First Amendment of anything about legal rights.
It's about the closing of the academic minds on campus where even an Israeli professor of chemistry, medicine, or accounting wears a Scarlet Letter and must be boycotted for being Israeli.


"The Chicago School of Free Speech," The Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2016 ---


For a change, we come not to bury a college president but to praise him. His name is Robert Zimmer, and nearby the University of Chicago president defends the educational and societal virtues of free speech on college campuses. Let’s hope he wears body armor to the next faculty meeting.

Mr. Zimmer’s public coming out is all the more notable because it appears to be part of a university-wide message. The school’s dean of students, Jay Ellison, has written a letter to incoming freshmen noting that the desire for “safe spaces” from discomfiting speech or ideas will not override the academic community’s interest in rigorous debate.

“Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship,” Mr. Ellison wrote for tender millennial ears. “You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”

This is so refreshing we want to keep going. Mr. Ellison’s letter adds that Chicago’s “commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”

The letter comes with a monograph by dean John Boyer discussing the university’s “history of debate, and even scandal, resulting from our commitment to academic freedom.” Maybe Chicago’s example will inspire spinal infusions at the likes of Rutgers, the University of Missouri, and even the timorous souls at Yale.


Closing Question
If former Chicago Professor Milton Friedman were alive and well enough to speak on the campus of the University of Chicago? Do you think some politically correct professors and students would not turn out in numbers to block the entrance to his speech?

Paul Krugman, however, could speak ever so peacefully on the campus of the University of Chicago.

The Importance Of Being Politically Correct ---

"Colleges mad with political correctness over campus rapes, by George Will, NY Post, June 7, 2014 ---

19 Examples of Political Correctness ---

David Pogue Review: Eero is a pricey but effective fix for Wi-Fi dead spots ---

David Pogue Review:  Amazon Echo Adds 1000 New Features, Making It Even More Amazing ---

50 must-have tech accessories under $50 ---

Textbooks:  One of the biggest ways college students are ripped off is getting out of control ---

 Bob Jensen's Fraud Updates ---

Cal State LA offers segregated housing for black students ---

Is looking for a gap between an object and its reflection a good way to distinguish two-way mirrors from ordinary mirrors?

Jensen Comment
Reminds me of the time a Texas Aggie coed wore a see-through dress and nobody wanted to.

Citing Safety Concerns, Northwestern U. Bans Tenured 'Gadfly' Professor From Campus ---

Jensen Comment
A lot of professors taking the side of Jacqueline Stevens might be less vocal in support if the professor in question was a pistol-packing male member of a white-supremacy clan and  tenured professor on the University of Texas campus teaching a controversial (horrors) conservative economics course.

This article touches on the enormous gray zone between people who have been treated for mental illness and those whose behavior raises concerns that they should be being treated. This is a special problem that the FBI has in dong background checks for buy firearms.

This article avoids the controversial difference between the safety of an instructor's superiors versus the safety concerns of the instructor's students.

A Bloomberg analysis found that, since 2008, the 150 largest tech companies in Silicon Valley have faced 226 age discrimination complaints filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. There were more complaints regarding age than even race or gender bias.

Tenured Professors Last Forever

Too Old to Cut the Mustard Anymore ---

Senior Moments ---

I Just Do't Look Good Naked Anymore ---

Time Magazine:  These Are the Top 10 Ranked Party Schools in America ---

Check out the top 10 list — based on 143,000 students’ ratings of their campus experiences — below.

1.      University of Wisconsin at Madison

2.      West Virginia University

3.      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.      Lehigh University

5.      Bucknell University

6.      University of Iowa

7.      University of Mississippi

8.      Syracuse University

9.      Tulane University

10.   Colgate University

Jensen Comment
This should have come out earlier in the year when students were deciding among university choices.

What happened to the University of Colorado that now has marijuana parties?

We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change’
Three professors jointly teaching a science course at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs
Jensen Comment
These politically correct professors also ordered that any student who wanted to challenge the science of climate change should stay out of their online course
Being online it's not possible for disbelievers to take up class time with questions!
Why is closed mindedness taking over our Academy?

The New Weapons in the Fight Against 2.4 Billion Robocalls ---

Jensen Comment
This is like fighting cancer --- don't hold your breath

A self-driving bus has hit the road in Australia ---
But with a maximum speed of 28 mph you best not be in a hurry like bigger busses on the USA open highways that always seem to exceed the speed limit.

Lowe's is rolling out in-store robots this month ---

Jensen Comment
Had Lowe's waited until October the robots could have pumpkin heads or be headless on a horse.

Hybrid Pedagogy (digital education) ---

The Keepers Registry (back issues of journals in large libraries) ---
For example search for "Accounting"

Things to know about Apple's upcoming 2016 MacBook Pro ---

Fact Check: No, Obama has not banned Pledge of Allegiance ---

Jensen Comment
Somebody sent me a link on this topic in what must be an ABC News spoof site.
And I don't think Donald Trump tweeted a picture of his penis (with an ABC censor pasting over the crotch)
It's getting worse so that you cannot trust the URLs for genuine sites.

And no the NFL will not stop playing the National Anthem at the start of football games.

'It was a ghost town': Shoppers reveal why they've abandoned Sears and Kmart ---

Jensen Comment
It's a classic retail problem. If you're store's losing money you lay off workers. If you lay off workers unhappy customers go somewhere else. And with Amazon there's always "somewhere else."

There are no K-Mart stores in these White Mountains. There is a small Sears store about 10 miles north in Littleton. I always get instant help and cashiering in our Sears store because I'm always the only one in the store. I buy my large and heavy items (think kitchen appliances, TV sets, and snow throwers) from Sears because up here Sears has the best at-home extended-warranty service.

Our Wall-Mart in Littleton is one of the busiest stores per square foot in Wall-Mart's worldwide systems of stores. Be prepared to walk a half mile to get to and from your parked car. Over half the other cars in the parking lot have green license plates. This is where Vermont shops! Firstly, Vermonters flock here to avoid sales tax. Secondly, Vermont physicians will phone prescriptions into the well-stocked, low-priced Littleton Wal-Mart. Thirdly, years and years ago Vermont banned new Wal-Mart stores because Vermont, the proud home of Bernie Sanders, supports labor unions 100%. But there's another reason Vermonters flock to our Wal-Mart store in Littleton. Across the road is a NH State Liquor Store. Shoppers from all sides of NH (including Canada) come to New Hampshire for the lowest liquor prices in the USA (other than Washington DC).

About an hour south from our cottage the Concord Mall that has a huge Sears store is a ghost mall full of empty stores. Even the food court has gone dark. It's sad for many reasons, one of which is that this mall, like most large malls, is a popular destination for caregivers taking disabled people for an enjoyable outing.

Amazon is really hurting retail labor markets, especially in rural America. Former retail workers are unemployed up here not so much due to minimum wages. Retail unemployment traces back to the convenience and service from shopping online at Amazon. Some of our unemployed retail workers find jobs delivering Amazon parcels in UPS trucks.

I recently bought a case of chunky applesauce from Amazon. The package arrived last week in a Wal-Mart box. Apparently Wal-Mart is selling some items online via Amazon. Go figure.

Boeing is making a major change to its planes that could end jet lag as we know it ---

Jensen Comment
It depends a little upon how you define jet lag. I think you're still going to feel "jet lagged" flying economy class for 28 hours (with two changes in planes) too and from New Zealand.

How to Mislead With Statistics:  What did Bill Clinton do to earn $17.6 million from Laureate University over a five year appointment?

A (WSJ) Journal editorial has a tale of two for-profit colleges, one that paid Bill Clinton $17.6 million and one that did not. Guess which one was allowed to stay in business Technical Institute shut down Tuesday under government pressure while Laureate International Universities, which retained Mr. Clinton as its “honorary chancellor,” lives on. The editorial board notes that the Obama Administration’s College Scorecard shows Laureate’s five U.S. campuses have graduation rates comparable to ITT’s, but with higher student debt levels.
WSJ Newsletter on September 7, 2016

Jensen Comment
This illustrates how to mislead by cherry picking comparison items. Laureate is among various for-profit universities that is surviving thus far, and ITT is among among various for-profits that have or soon will go down the tube. To cherry pick a loser after the fact to compare with one that is still viable is absurd in the context of the above WSJ references.

A more important question to ask is what did Bill Clinton bring to Laureate to justify hi $17.5 million compensation?
About all I can figure is that it was not his time or his expertise in education leadership that justify such an enormous amount of compensation. What he brought is his name that, for any living USA ex-President, lends some legitimacy to a business, charity, or other organization --- especially on the international scene. Among the living USA ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter's name and George Bush Sr.'s name are probably the most reputable. George W. Bush would be a less reputable name among liberals and progressives.

Bill Clinton's name is badly tarnished by his disbarment in Arkansas and a USA Supreme Court practice plus the nearly $1 million in fines and settlements ---

Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings marred his reputation, and most of all, in my viewpoint, the most damaging blots on his reputation were the scandalous pardons he sold to criminals on his way out of the White House ---

But on the international scene where Laureate International Universities operate the name "President Bill Clinton" still lends legitimacy to an organization, although I suspect the name Jimmy Carter is even more valuable.  Republicans might also conjecture that Bill Clinton's wife, as the USA Secretary of State, was probably doing favors for Laureate but I'm inclined to doubt that the favors, if any, were all that scandalous.

Would Bill Clinton have given his name to ITT for $17.6 million?
We can only speculate on this. Certainly the illegal activities of ITT were known to the Department of Education for years before they came to a head in 2016. If Bill Clinton asked the Department of Education probably would have shared what they knew with him in confidence. My guess is he would have learned ITT was a hot potato. Bill Clinton's admirers would certainly give him the benefit of the doubt when speculating about acceptance or rejection of millions from ITT. Bill Clinton's detractors would claim he'll do anything if the price is right. But all of this is pure speculation, and we will never know.

In any case the WSJ references cited above are misleading.

Top 10 Scams of 2016 ---
Jensen Comment
I get hit with the computer repair scam phone call several times a week that is not a recording. Sometimes the scammers even pretend to be from Dell or Microsoft. The best way to get them to swear out loud at you (with an India accent) after you've humored them along for 15 minutes with questions is to insist that they give you a phone number so you can call them back. You will hear four letter words I did not think people used in India.

One of the top USA top scams are also those IRS threatening phone calls (usually recorded messages) warning you that the law will soon knock at your door if you don't make an IRS settlement now ---
I get one of these phony calls at least weekly. The IRS will not contact you by telephone or email to warn you of a an issue with your return. The warning will come by US mail. You may be invited to respond by telephone, but usually the IRS likes to communicate by postal service mail or office visits.

We got hit as grandparents by a phony call from a supposed grandchild allegedly arrested outside the USA. As luck would have it we did not fall for it, although this is a very convincing scam for grandparents who do not talk with a grandchild frequently on the telephone and are not quite fine tuned in to voice recognition like we are with our children ---
"Grandparent scam" explained: What you need to know ---
These days it's often more common for grandparents and some of their grandchildren to communicate via email rather than telephone. If you get an emergency request from a grandchild don't fall for it immediately unless you are 100% certain that the call is genuine. You can ask a grandchild a question that a scammer cannot answer such as what did we do together during our most recent visit. If you send money send it via something like a postal money order or certified check rather than give out a credit card number or checking account number.

Bob Jensen's threads on scams and what to do if you're scammed ---

Denominator Effect --- the impact of outlier (large and small) denominators when averages are computed

American public schools receive on average about 9% of their revenue from federal sources, 47% from state sources, and 45% from local sources
School Districts Spending the Most

Jensen Comment
The USA school districts spending the most tend to be up to their necks in oil and gas revenue in Alaska, but this is changing due to falling oil prices.

High valued property districts in New York rank high, in part, because New York does not set limits on how much rich districts can spend per pupil. However, the rankings regarding which districts spend the most is greatly impacted by a "denominator effect" where they rank high to a great deal because they have so few students. The joke in Vermont is that some school districts have more school board members than students. Remember that the entire State of Vermont only has about a half million people.

The "denominator effect" is illustrated most dramatically by a very small (among the many small) school districts in Vermont ---

8. Rivendell Interstate School District, Vermont
> District spending per pupil: $33,975
> State spending per pupil: $16,988
> Median household income: $58,317
> Enrollment: 277 (all grades)

Rivendell is the only school district outside of Alaska and New York to rank among the 10 biggest per pupil spenders. The district serves students from both Vermont and New Hampshire and spends nearly $34,000 per pupil each year. However, due to recently passed legislation designed to make Vermont’s many small and disparate school districts more efficient, Rivendell will not likely remain among the top spenders for long. In 2015, the state enacted legislation known as Act 46, which stipulates that districts with less than 900 students must merge administrations with other similarly small districts. Though Rivendell is exempt from the law because it is an interstate district, there are many strong financial incentives for it to partner up with other districts.

Second Life as a Learning Tool ---

Was Second Life a Virtual Bust?
MIT:  Serious Games ---

Second Life (Membership is Free) ---
Also see ---

Second Life Blogs ---

Bob Jensen's threads on Second Life and other Virtual Worlds (including accounting course applications) ---

September 10, 2016 reply from Steve Hornik

Hi Bob,


I have never stopped using Second Life, though I've switched up form using it for Financial accounting since I no longer teach that.  But I continue to use it for my graduate AIS (IT security) course.  Students are asked to go through a simulate office building looking for physical access controls that are either present or missing and writing up a report.  This assignment is most often described as something they enjoyed the most and learned from the most for the class.


Dr. Steven Hornik
University of Central Florida
Dixon School of Accounting
Second Life: Robins Hermano
ReallyEngagingAccounting Island
twitter: shornik



"What Clicks From 70,000 Courses Reveal About Student Learning," by Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 7, 2016 ---

. . .

Some professors may be surprised that Blackboard has the right to poke around in student data. The company insists that it is complying with federal student-privacy laws, and the terms of its contracts with colleges, because it is considering only aggregate data and not identifying individual students.

The new study is evidence of the new and unique role that software companies now play as colleges think more about so-called learning science, says Mitchell Stevens, an associate professor in Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, though he stressed that he did not know the details of the Blackboard study.

"We've entered a world in which many of the most data-rich organizations about student teaching and learning are not schools — they're learning-management systems, they are MOOC providers, they are other instructional-service providers," he says. "We have to start thinking about how to govern data and research in this new plural domain," he adds. "We have every reason to think that the proprietary sector should be taking leadership in building that science, but how we architect and govern that science is the frontier." Mr. Stevens is involved in an effort to create new policies and ethical norms for such uses of data; the project released a model policy this week.

What else did Blackboard find in its student-click research?

Students who spend more time than the average clicking around the "content" section of a course, where notes and PowerPoint slides are often kept, are slightly less likely to get a high grade. "Perhaps students who understand the material and students who are well prepared don’t need to spend a lot of time learning the material," says Mr. Whitmer, the Blackboard researcher.

The company planned to release an overview of the research on Wednesday on its blog. Blackboard officials also planned to present data from the study at education conferences, including Educause.

Earlier research showed how much students value the ability to check their grades using learning-management systems. In 2007 a survey of undergraduates found that checking grades was by far the most popular function of tools like Blackboard.

Some Clinical Medical Professors Face Tenure Risks That Most Other Clinical Professors Do Not Face

Swedish Institution Known for Selecting Nobel Prize in Medicine Reels From Scandal ---

One of the deepest questions in computer science is called P vs. NP, and answering the question would earn you a million-dollar prize. P vs. NP is one of the Clay Mathematics Institute Millennium Prize Problems, seven problems judged to be among the most important open questions in mathematics ---

How to Lie With Article Titles and Statistics

High-School Grades Still Count Most in College Admissions ---

Jensen Comment
Firstly the title of the article above is misleading. This phrase "counts most" is not quite what is claimed in the cited study.

Secondly, in things like acceptance of a college applicant, acceptance of a marriage proposal, acceptance of a job candidate, etc. there is seldom any criterion that is "most important" in every instance. For example, ic acceptance of a college applicant a SAT score is probably most important in cases where the SAT score is almost perfect. It may be of much lesser importance where it is very low and other criteria take on greater importance such as race, gender, country of origin, and high school grades.

The most common practice, in my viewpoint, is to have acceptable ranges of criteria where outliers are sometimes rejected outright or accepted outright. Looks may not be the most important criterion, but grossly obese teens are almost certainly going to have more trouble getting dates to the prom, marriage proposals, jobs, etc. SAT scores may not be the most important criterion for college admission, but a 100 GMAT score is likely not to be acceptable for admission to a doctoral program except in a for-profit university.

Criteria also interact. An ugly guy (think John Candy)  is more likely to get a date if he's one of the most popular Hollywood stars. Nurses are not attracted to obese hospital dish washers but top surgeons in the hospital are another matter entirely.

Having said this, grades in high school are important for admission to colleges that also reject applicants, because grades are the major evidence available of scholastic motivation. However, grades per se may not be as important at trends in grades. A student who got all F grades in the 10th grade gets a second look if she/he had straight A grades all three years thereafter. The same can be said for a student who got all A grades in the 10th grade and all C grades for the next two years.

The hardest thing about making grades "count the most" if college admission is the phenomenon of grade inflation over the past four decades. Applicants to Stanford nearly all are nearly straight-A students. How do you make "grades count the most" if you're only allowed to accept 5% oif the applicants? Stanford, Harvard, etc. claim that the most important criterion when comparing straight-A students is uniqueness that in most instances entails other talents such as exceptional competitive talent (athletics, music, theatre, ballet, writing, etc.) or public service such as 1,000+ hours of community service helping disabled children in Africa. Top schools are also seeking balance graduating classes. A top applicant from Tibet or Somalia may win out over a top applicant to Stanford from Palo Alto High School.

We, an irresponsible media, have built a false equivalency in which the choice between [Mrs.] Clinton and Trump seems to have equally bad implications, because we have framed it as a choice between a liar and a lunatic. But this obscures the fact that the lunatic is also a pathological liar of a kind and quality that we have not seen in recent presidential politics and perhaps ever.
Charles Blow, The New York Times, September 8, 2016 ---

"Art of the Lie," The Economist Magazine Cover Story, September 10, 2016 ---

"Questioning Claims That Are Too Good to Be True," by Karen Firestone, Harvard Business Review Blog, September 7, 2016 ---

Jensen Comment
The real challenge in financial auditing is often discoveries of falsehoods that lie outside the scope of the audit and what the auditors assert in the audit report to financial statements. What is their professional and ethical obligation to not ignore falsehoods that legally are "none of their business?"

This also seems to have been the dilemma of the FBI's investigation of the Clinton emails.

The FBI admits it “didn’t pursue evidence of potential false statements, obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence,”
WSJ Editorial Board

Jensen Comment
In some ways FBI pursuit of false statements is unjust if there is not also FBI pursuit of Trump false statements.

My point here is that questioning falsehoods is not as simple as what we read in ethics cases and textbooks and learn in law schools and accounting schools and journalism schools.

Jensen Comment
The following article comes on the heels of the dilution of mathematics in college curricula where Wayne State University and Michigan State University received a lot of recent publicity amidst a lot of dillutions that took place unnoticed on other campuses.

No Math Isn't Racist ---

I was hoping the article would address the question of whether some races (think Asian) have superior brains for mathematics relative to other races. But alas, the above article really does not deal with that issue. Or that some races have superior brains for music (think African). This is a genetics question that's probably impossible to determine decisively from SAT, ACT, and other testing instruments because of so many intervening and interactive variables such as racial variations in education and family life.

Many (not all) Asian Americans score well on these types of tests because their parents are so aggressive (think Tiger moms) at home regarding education apart from what is taught in the schools. I suspect that many African Americans are very good in music performances because of motivating incidents and circumstances in early childhood.

What is unanswered (at least for me) is why some children seem to be born with abilities that cannot be attributed to childhood experiences such as Savants (think The Rain Man) who are often mysteriously skilled in mathematics and some other savants and others (think Mozart) who mysteriously perform wonderfully in music or art without being taught or without being taught at a level that they can perform at an early age.

But I'm not a believer of in genetic differences in mental abilities due to race. I am, however, a believer in differences in mental abilities due to genetics in general. This of course is a belief not attributable to any type of study or research on my part. We inherited a lot from our family trees apart from what we can see in mirrors. But the nature-nurture debate has a long way to go before issues can be resolved.

Free College? Why Clinton’s Plan Won’t Work ---

Many states wouldn’t be able to generate the billions of dollars needed to match federal grants.

Hillary Clinton, buckling to pressure from her left, recently proposed tuition-free college education. Students who attend in-state public colleges and universities, and whose families have incomes less than $85,000 a year, would qualify for varying levels of assistance. This threshold would rise to $125,000 by 2021. The students would have to work 10 hours a week. Federal grants, matched by state contributions, would finance the program. Estimates of the cost to the federal government over 10 years range from $350 billion to $700 billion.

Though the proposal is still only an outline and lacks important details, it already has at least five serious deficiencies that make it infeasible.

Because more than a few states will likely choose not to participate, the proposal offers false hope to millions of future students. Tuition at public colleges and universities has escalated in large part because state legislatures have chosen to shift more of the tuition burden from taxpayers to students and their families.

Under the Clinton plan, states would have to make a policy U-turn. This politically difficult decision would be even harder for financially strapped states. Many legislatures would find it nearly impossible to generate the billions of dollars needed to match federal grants.

The proposal excludes tens of thousands of students of equal need who are ineligible because they attend private colleges. This number could grow, as needy students are crowded out of public colleges by an influx of applications from well-off students who otherwise would have attended private universities.

In providing tuition assistance only to students attending public universities, the proposal would seriously weaken the financial and academic strength of most private universities. A few wealthy universities such as Harvard, Princeton and Yale could use their large endowments to offer tuition assistance equal to the assistance under the Clinton plan. Yet most universities lack the resources to do so. They would receive fewer applications, and some would inevitably close.

Students who attend universities that are large relative to their local communities—such as Penn State in rural Pennsylvania—would not find the employment necessary to fulfill the part-time-job requirement.

The proposal only tangentially addresses costs. It says participating institutions should try to do something about costs but includes no specific cost-control requirement. It suggests that universities could use technology to lower the costs of instruction, but many schools have been doing this for years. It would be more effective to require colleges to rein in salaries and administrative costs.

In striking only a glancing blow at the cost structure of higher education, the proposal simply shifts the burden of these costs onto taxpayers. Including the added administrative expenses for participating universities and the state and federal governments, the program as proposed would actually increase the cost of a college education.

Mrs. Clinton’s plan also ignores that more attention to the K-12 years can reduce college costs. The president of Bard College, Leon Botstein, suggested in his 1997 book, “ Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture,” that the final two years of K-12 could be eliminated in favor of an early college system. Even with a less-radical proposal, college courses could still be introduced into the high-school curriculum.

The foundation for such a shift has already been laid through Advanced Placement courses, which enable high-school students to reduce their college course requirements if they pass these courses with high grades.

The Clinton higher-education proposal, given its myriad flaws, is currently unworkable. A much more broadly framed debate, producing more serious proposals, will be needed to address the rising costs of post-high-school education that so many families face.

Mr. Grigsby is emeritus professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania.


The Asian American Coalition for Education lodged a complaint with Department of Education last Wednesday, accusing Cornell and Columbia University of discriminating against an Asian student in the admissions process ---

Jensen Comment
Asian Americans constitute 4.8% of the USA population making them a clear minority. Black Americans constitute 12.2%. Hispanic and Latinos constitute 16.3%. Native Americans now constitute less than 1% ---

Of course it's possible to be prejudiced in admissions even if your admission profile looks good relative to the above percentages. For example, if a significant number of Asian Americans who are rejected have much better admission credentials than other races accepted into the university then there's some merit to the complaint of racial discrimination. There are long-standing complaints that some prestigious universities like Harvard that's chronically accused of discrimination against Asian Americans.

One defense of the universities is there are relatively so few applicants among races other than White and Asian Americans. The universities contend that they want a more suitable racial balance in each graduating class. This often entails acceptance of some students with weaker admission credentials relative to rejections of those with better credentials other than race.

One counter complaint is that by lowering the admissions bar too far for some races you're offering false hopes of graduation. I've seen anecdotal evidence that this complaint is real just as it is most definitely real when lowering the admissions bar for top athletes of all races who often have miserable graduation rates.

There are no easy answers when resources like classroom space, dorm space, and financial aid dollars are limited relative to the total number of applicants. Courts and regulators are usually hesitant go against the defense of a university in affirmative action cases. Universities are in trouble if there's evidence of discrimination against top applicants of color.

The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday ---
Jensen Comment
Of course a much, much larger number of identities are stolen by American citizens filing phony tax returns for refunds. The IRS never informed me that my identity had been stolen from my electronic 2014 tax return. I probably would've never known had it not been for a small refund that I never received. In fact the IRS to this day never acknowledged that my identity was stolen on my electronic filing. I did, however, get my refund after I sent in a long-delayed second tax return via the USA Post Office. I think that the thief who stole my tax return and got a huge tax refund got it from the security breach at TurboTax in early 2015. I wish all Americans would stick it to the IRS by no longer filing electronic tax returns until the IRS is more forthcoming about when your electronic ID has been stolen.

Bloomberg:  Why They Did It: Madoff and Enron’s Fastow Explain the Biggest Frauds in U.S. History ---
Jensen Comment
When con artists explain why they committed fraud can you believe them?
Con artists are so convincing even when they are lying?

The Worst Purchases Made By Athletes ---

Jensen Comment
I'm inclined to say (without research) that these are probably the athletes who did not graduate or took all those fake courses offered by the University of North Carolina for nearly 20 years.

But what I feel more confident in claiming is that these athletes, like 99% of the university graduates in the USA, graduated totally ignorant of personal finance knowledge.

Bob Jensen's personal finance helpers ---

Outrage Over U. Chicago Trigger Warning Letter Shows Power of Political Correctness ---
Bob Jensen's threads on political correctness and freedom of speech---

How much has Vanguard saved investors? Over a trillion dollars

Jensen Comment
Aside from my six TIAA lifetime annuities, all my savings are invested through Vanguard. I have a checkbook and can write a check anytime I need liquidity for such things as buying a car or paying property taxes. My returns are automatically invested. However, I also have a checking account with a local bank.

Child Care for Parents in College: A State-by-State Assessment  ---

Jensen Comment
Child care services on campus are on a steep decline. The above article does not provide reasons, but reasons do not appear to be lack of demand for such services. Tight budgets are likely the major reasons for reduced fringe benefits in general. But the main reason in this case is probably the reason most campuses did not offer child care services in the first place --- legal liability. The lawyers come running faster than the police if you lose or abuse just one child. There are also medical liability risks that are magnets for lawyers. Child care services are frequently available from very small businesses (such as that a one-home provider) where there's nothing of great value to excite the legal profession.

There is usually liability insurance available, but the cost increases with the number of children that are cared for.

Caps on legal liability should help increase campus services for child care.

This is an informative handbook from a campus child care service ---

How to Start a Quality Day Care Service ---

Early Labor Market and Debt Outcomes for Bachelor's Degree Recipients (PDF) ---

Thanks in large part to Obama policies, only 37% of student borrowers are paying down their student loans ---

How to Mislead With Statistics:  Compare Public Schools With Charter Schools With Home Schools

Some People Mistakenly Assume Charter Schools are All For-Profit Schools
Actually Most are Non-Profit and Receive Taxpayer Support Through State Legislatures and are Tuition Free

Only Non-Profit Charter Schools Receive Donations from Individuals and Foundations Like the Gates Foundation

In return from receiving much less taxpayer support charter schools are subject to fewer rules such as the requirement to serve all types of students in a school district such as learning-disabled students

Often charter schools are intended to serve students with higher scholastic abilities who are not receiving special attention in public schools where their talents are often lost


Charter Schools in the USA ---

Like most other types of schools there are great examples and lousy examples of charter schools ---

How to Mislead With Statistics:  Compare Public Schools With Charter Schools With Home Schools
Comparisons of student performance in different types of schools can be highly misleading. The biggest reason is that
students are not randomly assigned to these three types of schools. All have superior learning students. But charter schools and home schools tend to have a greater proportion of students who have higher-end learning abilities.

Home schools obviously have small classes, usually one-on-one learning combined with a lot of self-learning from materials (such as CD files) specially prepared home school students.

Public schools, especially in urban areas, tend to have larger classes than charter schools. Public schools, however, may have the best teachers because salaries and benefits are often better in public schools. One drawback of public schools, however, is that unions made it virtually impossible to fire bad teachers and teachers who habitually don't show up or are late for work. Inability to fire or sanction inattentive teachers is the leading complaint about public school unions relative to charter schools who have non-union teachers.

Another Obama Broken Promise
An Internet Giveaway to the U.N.:  If the U.S. abdicates internet stewardship (on Sept. 30), the United Nations might take control

When the Obama administration announced its plan to give up U.S. protection of the internet, it promised the United Nations would never take control. But because of the administration’s naiveté or arrogance, U.N. control is the likely result if the U.S. gives up internet stewardship as planned at midnight on Sept. 30.

On Friday Americans for Limited Government received a response to its Freedom of Information Act request for “all records relating to legal and policy analysis . . . concerning antitrust issues for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” if the U.S. gives up oversight. The administration replied it had “conducted a thorough search for responsive records within its possession and control and found no records responsive to your request.”

It’s shocking the administration admits it has no plan for how Icann retains its antitrust exemption. The reason Icann can operate the entire World Wide Web root zone is that it has the status of a legal monopolist, stemming from its contract with the Commerce Department that makes Icann an “instrumentality” of government.

Antitrust rules don’t apply to governments or organizations operating under government control. In a 1999 case, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the monopoly on internet domains because the Commerce Department had set “explicit terms” of the contract relating to the “government’s policies regarding the proper administration” of the domain system.

Without the U.S. contract, Icann would seek to be overseen by another governmental group so as to keep its antitrust exemption. Authoritarian regimes have already proposed Icann become part of the U.N. to make it easier for them to censor the internet globally. So much for the Obama pledge that the U.S. would never be replaced by a “government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution.”

Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, called it “simply stunning” that the “politically blinded Obama administration missed the obvious point that Icann loses its antitrust shield should the government relinquish control.”

The administration might not have considered the antitrust issue, which would have been naive. Or perhaps in its arrogance the administration knew all along Icann would lose its antitrust immunity and look to the U.N. as an alternative. Congress could have voted to give Icann an antitrust exemption, but the internet giveaway plan is too flawed for legislative approval.

As the administration spent the past two years preparing to give up the contract with Icann, it also stopped actively overseeing the group. That allowed Icann to abuse its monopoly over internet domains, which earns it hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Earlier this month, an independent review within Icann called the organization “simply not credible” in how it handled the application for the .inc, .llc and .llp domains. The independent review found Icann staffers were “intimately involved” in evaluating their own work. A company called Dot Registry had worked with officials of U.S. states to create a system ensuring anyone using these Web addresses was a legitimate registered company. Icann rejected Dot Registry’s application as a community, which would have resulted in lowered fees to Icann.

Delaware’s secretary of state objected: “Legitimate policy concerns have been systematically brushed to the curb by Icann staffers well-skilled at manufacturing bureaucratic processes to disguise pre-determined decisions.” Dot Registry’s lawyer, Arif Ali of the Dechert firm, told me last week his experience made clear “Icann is not ready to govern itself.”

Icann also refuses to award the .gay domain to community groups representing gay people around the world. Icann’s ombudsman recently urged his group to “put an end to this long and difficult issue” by granting the domain. Icann prefers to earn larger fees by putting the .gay domain up for auction among for-profit domain companies.

And Icann rejects the community application for the .cpa domain made by the American Institute of CPAs, which along with other accounting groups argues consumers should expect the .cpa address only to be used by legitimate accountants, not by the highest bidder. An AICPA spokesman told me he has a pile of paperwork three feet high on the five-year quest for the .cpa domain. The professional group objected in a recent appeal: “The process seems skewed toward a financial outcome that benefits Icann itself.”

Continued in article

Coursera ---

Jensen Comment
The roots of Coursera extend into MOOC thousands of free courses from prestigious universities. MOOCs are windows into some of the top courses taught by leading expert professors at universities like MIT, Harvard, Stanford, etc. ---

At first Coursera was adding a for-profit layer of competency testing for students who completed or intended to complete those free MOOCs with zero interaction one-on-one with the MOOC teachers.

Then commenced Coursera-University partnerships where Coursera coordinated the MOOCs (still) free with university programs for providing alternatives in the degree programs. It's important to note that most MOOC offerings around the world are in advanced courses such as advanced engineering courses from MIT and humanities courses from Ivy League universities, courses that are often very expensive for some universities with fewer resources to offer at the quality level of the MOOC courses. Hence, the Coursera alternative became a partnering free courses with for-profit competency testing and curricula design ---

The popularity of these Coursera partnerings went international and became quite successful as a way for foreign universities to give such things as degree credits for MIT and other prestigious "free" MOOC courses --- 
At the same time, Coursera is quite despised by distance education programs providing their own courses for a fee.

Coursera Launches Corporate Training Platform ---

Coursera now appears to be extending its offerings for training partnerships with private sector companies. The concept, as I see it, is not new. Germany for example is extending its highly successful private sector training on site to newer models of online training in the private sector.

It seems to me that the training model in Coursera is quite different than the education model. In the education model Coursera is tapping into the prestigious free advanced courses of prestigious universities. It's not entirely clear where the trainers will be employed in the new Coursera training module. Access to a top training expert is not likely to be free as is MOOC access to top professors at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, etc. Like the German model the students may already be employed in the private sector and may merely be extending their skill sets with training modules. However, will the Coursera training module also be available at reasonable cost to high school graduates who are not yet employed?

One thing MOOCs have taught us is that MOOCs tend to work better in advanced courses where the "students" already have demonstrated academic ability. Indeed MOOC students may be only seeking certain parts of those courses and are not interested in finishing the entire free MOOC courses or get academic credit for doing so. At the elementary level MOOC courses are not going to as successful as online or onsite courses where teachers do a lot more one-on-one motivating of students who are not yet as eager or as able to do a lot of self-study.

It's one thing to have a skilled job and seek out advanced training to become more skillful. It's quite another to be an unemployed high school graduate seeking to become sufficiently skilled to get a job.

At this point it's not clear what need Coursera is seeking to fill in it's new training model, but I'm inclined to think that the target audience is in advanced training for employees where in most cases employers will foot the bill. In other words this is quite unlike the enormous for-profit ITT that the Department of Education is now seeking to bury ---

Sad Illustrations of Commonplace Cheating in Higher Education
"The New Cheating Economy," by Brad Wolverton, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 25, 2016 ---

Bob Jensen's threads on cheating ---

An Introduction to Digital Photography: Take a Free Course from Stanford Prof/Google Researcher Marc Levoy ---

New York DMV’s facial recognition enhancements have led to more than 100 arrests since January ---

Jensen Comment
Paying someone else take your examination or even an entire course is somewhat common at universities especially in large lecture hall courses and distance education.
Perhaps new facial recognition applications will lessen this type of cheating.

Bob Jensen's threads for reducing online cheating ---

David Giles received the following message

Dummies with Standardized Data

Recently, I received the following interesting email request:

"I would like to have your assistance regarding a few questions related to regression with standardized variables and a set of dummy variables. First of all, if the variables are standardized (xi-x_bar)/sigma, can I still run the regression with a constant? And, if my dummy variables have 4 categories, do I include all of them without the constant? Or just three and keep the constant in the regression? And, how do we interpret the coefficients of the dummy variables in such as case? I mean, idoes the conventional interpretation in a single OLS regression still apply?"

Read David's September 2, 2016 reply here ---


David Giles's September Readings in Econometrics ---

Esquivel, M.L., P.P. Mota, & J.T. Mexia, 2016. On some statistical  models with a random number of observations. Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice, online.

Gorroochurn, P., 2015. On Galton's change from "reversion" to "regression". American Statistician, in press.

Kourtellos, A., T. Stengos, & C.M. Tan, 2016. Structural threshold regression. Econometric Theory, 32,827-860.

Jandhyala, V., S. Fotopoulos, I. MacNeill, & P. Liu, 2016. Inference for single and multiple change-points in time series. Journal of Time Series Analysis, in press.

Malloch, H., R. Philip, & S. Satchell, 2016. Decomposing the bias in time-series estimates of CAPM betas. Applied Economics, 28, 4291-4298.

Xu, J. & P. Perron, 2016. Forecasting in the presence of in and out of sample breaks. Mimeo.

From the Scout Report on August

Seterra Online Geography --- 

Looking to brush up on your geography? If so, check out Seterra. Originally created in 1998 for Windows computers, Seterra is freely available online or for purchase as a mobile application. Users can test their knowledge of countries, states, provinces, rivers, lakes and cities through interactive quizzes, all of which are browsable by continent. Once visitors select a quiz, they will be asked to locate an item (e.g. state, river, city) on a blank map. When users click on the incorrect area, the correct name for that region will be shown - allowing users to learn as they go. Each attempt to fill out a map is timed and graded for accuracy.

Opinion Stage --- 

Opinion Stage is an online tool for creating multiple choice quizzes, interactive surveys, and online polls. Users can then embed these items into their websites or forms, along with accompanying videos or photographs. While created in part for commercial use, Opinion Stage provides a useful free resource for educators. One can use Opinion Stage to create an interactive quiz that allows students to check their comprehension of an online reading assignment or video. Alternatively, instructors or facilitators might use this tool to survey students or participants about their interests or goals. All basic features of Opinion Stage are free; users also have the option to upgrade to a paid account.

A New Planet is Discovered in the "Habitable Zone" of a Neighboring
Solar System
Found! Potentially Earth-Like Planet at Proxima Centauri is Closest Ever

Proxima b will be our prime laboratory in the search for extraterrestrial

A Planet Orbiting Our Closest Neighbor, Proxima Centauri®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

PBS Digital Studios: Exoplanets: Crash Course Astronomy #27

A terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri

7 Amazing Exoplanets [Interactive]

From the Scout Report on September 2, 2016

Google Duo --- 

Released in the United States on August 16, 2016, Google Duo provides a new option for video chatting, joining the ranks of Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts (to name just a few). This free application is available for both iOS and Android devices, however, to use Google Duo, both parties will need to download the application. A unique feature of this simple video-calling service is that it allows those you contact to see a video of you when they check your incoming call - allowing users to show off, say, a new pet or an acceptance letter as they "call" the other party.

Canvas --- 

Canvas is an online collaborative tool that allows individuals to share ideas by editing documents from separate computers. The tool's utilization of Markdown sets this tool apart from other file sharing and collaborative editing devices. As a writing and notetaking tool, Markdown allows users to quickly and easily incorporate special text forms (i.e. bold or italics), bullet points, to-do lists, hyperlinks, or code blocks using only keyboard commands. (To learn more about Markdown, check out the 10-02-2015 edition of the <i>Scout Report </i>). Canvas users can invite others to view or edit their document - or "canvas" - by sending an email invitation or by passing along a security key

The Year of Rembrandt: Revisiting the Dutch Painter's Artistic Genius
A Rarely Seen Rembrandt Is Coming to the Frick

The No-Return Policy: Rembrandt's First Masterpiece Simply Intrigues at the
Morgan Library in New York

Was this painting made by Rembrandt - or Photoshop?

Did Rembrandt Use Mirrors and Optical Tricks to Create his Paintings?

Rembrandt's self-portraits

The Met: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669): Paintings

From the Scout Report on September 10, 2016

Wikiverse: A Galactic Re-Imagining of Wikipedia --- 

Wikiverse is a new tool that provides users with a whole new way to browse Wikipedia and explore topics of interest. Created by data visualization engineer, Owen Cornec, Wikiverse allows visitors to visualize and explore links between Wikipedia subjects. The size of the Wikiverse can be controlled by the user, allowing users to explore either one, two, or five percent of Wikipedia. From here, users can explore any topic and see how this topic is linked to others. A list of related topics will appear on the right hand side of the site, or visitors can view the topic as a star in a three-dimensional galaxy. Related topics appear close by and are arranged into clusters, such as Art, Biology, or Geography. As visitors click on stars, full definitions and additional links appear on the left-hand side of the screen. Wikiverse provides a riveting experience, and highlights the interconnections between topics that, at first blush, seem entirely unrelated.

When2meet --- 

For visual learners, When2meet is a free tool designed to alleviate the stress of planning a large meeting or event. First event planners select days and times that may work (e.g., Thursday between 10:00AM- 4:00PM). Participants may then be emailed or provided with a distinct URL to offer input about the schedule in question. Participants can mark half hour blocks when they are available and unavailable to meet. As participants respond, a group schedule is shaded in (the more people available to meet, the darker the shade for that time period). This allows visitors to quickly visualize the best time to meet.

FDA Bans Nineteen Anti-bacterial Chemicals from Soap
F.D.A. Bans Sale of Many Antibacterial Soaps, Saying Risks Outweigh

FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Used in Antibacterial Soap

U.S. Bans Common Chemicals in Antibacterial Soap

Review of Administrative Action: National Resources Defense Council, Inc.
vs. FDA

NOVA scienceNOW: Killer Microbe Classroom Activity

Frontline: The Trouble with Antibiotics


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From the Scout Report on September 2, 2016

The Year of Rembrandt: Revisiting the Dutch Painter's Artistic Genius
A Rarely Seen Rembrandt Is Coming to the Frick

The No-Return Policy: Rembrandt's First Masterpiece Simply Intrigues at the
Morgan Library in New York

Was this painting made by Rembrandt - or Photoshop?

Did Rembrandt Use Mirrors and Optical Tricks to Create his Paintings?

Rembrandt's self-portraits

The Met: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669): Paintings


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Why College Is a Risky Time for Students’ Mental Health ---

There’s a dangerous side-effect of over-the-counter nasal sprays ---

Humor September 1-15.  2015

Is looking for a gap between an object and its reflection a good way to distinguish two-way mirrors from ordinary mirrors?
Jensen Comment
Reminds me of the time a Texas Aggie coed wore a see-through dress and nobody wanted to

Gene Wilder Recalls the Beginnings of His Creative Life in Two Hilarious, Poignant Stories ---

11 Books by Comedians That Will Make You Laugh ---

Florida: The Punchline State ---

I completely forgot to write about jail being one of the retirement options
70-year-old says he robbed bank because he preferred jail to his wife -+--

Ex-Playboy model runs from Interpol to avoid prison for honeypot mafia-murder plot ---
Jensen Comment
You can identify her by looking for the staple scars


An Oklahoma mother and daughter are behind bars after it was revealed they had an incestuous marriage. Patricia Ann Spann, 43, and Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, 25, were married in March 2016 in Comanche County. It has since been revealed that Patricia Spann, also known as Patricia Clayton, was previously married to one of her sons, Jody Calvin Spann, in 2008
I'm My Own Grandpa ---



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Update in 2014
20-Year Sugar Hill Master Plan ---

Click here to search Bob Jensen's web site if you have key words to enter --- Search Site.
For example if you want to know what Jensen documents have the term "Enron" enter the phrase Jensen AND Enron. Another search engine that covers Trinity and other universities is at

Online Distance Education Training and Education ---
For-Profit Universities Operating in the Gray Zone of Fraud  (College, Inc.) ---

Shielding Against Validity Challenges in Plato's Cave ---

The Cult of Statistical Significance: How Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives ---

How Accountics Scientists Should Change: 
"Frankly, Scarlett, after I get a hit for my resume in The Accounting Review I just don't give a damn"
One more mission in what's left of my life will be to try to change this 

What went wrong in accounting/accountics research?  ---

The Sad State of Accountancy Doctoral Programs That Do Not Appeal to Most Accountants ---


Bob Jensen's threads on accounting theory ---

Tom Lehrer on Mathematical Models and Statistics ---

Systemic problems of accountancy (especially the vegetable nutrition paradox) that probably will never be solved ---


World Clock ---
Facts about the earth in real time ---

Interesting Online Clock and Calendar ---
Time by Time Zones ---
Projected Population Growth (it's out of control) ---
         Also see
Facts about population growth (video) ---
Projected U.S. Population Growth ---
Real time meter of the U.S. cost of the war in Iraq --- 
Enter you zip code to get Census Bureau comparisons ---
Sure wish there'd be a little good news today.

Free (updated) Basic Accounting Textbook --- search for Hoyle at

CPA Examination ---
Free CPA Examination Review Course Courtesy of Joe Hoyle ---

Rick Lillie's education, learning, and technology blog is at

Accounting News, Blogs, Listservs, and Social Networking ---

Bob Jensen's Threads --- 
Current and past editions of my newsletter called New Bookmarks ---
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Tidbits ---
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Fraud Updates ---

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 ---

Some of Bob Jensen's Tutorials

Accounting program news items for colleges are posted at
Sometimes the news items provide links to teaching resources for accounting educators.
Any college may post a news item.

Accounting  and Taxation News Sites ---


For an elaboration on the reasons you should join a ListServ (usually for free) go to
AECM (Educators)
AECM is an email Listserv list which provides a forum for discussions of all hardware and software which can be useful in any way for accounting education at the college/university level. Hardware includes all platforms and peripherals. Software includes spreadsheets, practice sets, multimedia authoring and presentation packages, data base programs, tax packages, World Wide Web applications, etc.

Over the years the AECM has become the worldwide forum for accounting educators on all issues of accountancy and accounting education, including debates on accounting standards, managerial accounting, careers, fraud, forensic accounting, auditing, doctoral programs, and critical debates on academic (accountics) research, publication, replication, and validity testing.


CPAS-L (Practitioners)  (Closed Down)
CPAS-L provides a forum for discussions of all aspects of the practice of accounting. It provides an unmoderated environment where issues, questions, comments, ideas, etc. related to accounting can be freely discussed. Members are welcome to take an active role by posting to CPAS-L or an inactive role by just monitoring the list. You qualify for a free subscription if you are either a CPA or a professional accountant in public accounting, private industry, government or education. Others will be denied access.
Yahoo (Practitioners)
This forum is for CPAs to discuss the activities of the AICPA. This can be anything  from the CPA2BIZ portal to the XYZ initiative or anything else that relates to the AICPA.
This site hosts various discussion groups on such topics as accounting software, consulting, financial planning, fixed assets, payroll, human resources, profit on the Internet, and taxation.
Business Valuation Group 
This discussion group is headed by Randy Schostag [RSchostag@BUSVALGROUP.COM
FEI's Financial Reporting Blog
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.
The CAlCPA Tax Listserv

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.

We currently have about 830 CPAs and attorneys nationwide but mainly in California.... ]

Please encourage your members to join our listserve.

If any questions let me know.

Hemet, CA
Moderator TaxTalk





Many useful accounting sites (scroll down) ---


Bob Jensen's Sort-of Blogs ---
Current and past editions of my newsletter called New Bookmarks ---
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Tidbits ---
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Fraud Updates ---

Some Accounting History Sites

Bob Jensen's Accounting History in a Nutshell and Links ---

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 --- 

A nice timeline of accounting history ---

From Texas A&M University
Accounting History Outline ---

Bob Jensen's timeline of derivative financial instruments and hedge accounting ---

History of Fraud in America ---
Also see

Bob Jensen's Threads ---

More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories

All my online pictures ---


Professor Robert E. Jensen (Bob)
190 Sunset Hill Road
Sugar Hill, NH 03586
Phone:  603-823-8482