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Tidbits Political Quotations
To Accompany the November 15, 2017 edition of Tidbits          
Bob Jensen at
Trinity University

USA Debt Clock --- ubl

In September 2017 the USA National Debt exceeded $20 trillion for the first time ---

How Your Federal Tax Dollars are Spent ---

To Whom Does the USA Federal Government Owe Money (the booked obligation of $20+ trillion) ---
The US Debt Clock in Real Time --- 
Remember the Jane Fonda Movie called "Rollover" ---
One worry is that nations holding trillions of dollars invested in USA debt are dependent upon sales of oil and gas to sustain those investments.

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 ---

How Americans Get Health Insurance ---


Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side because it's been fertilized with more bullshit.


Shoot for the space in between, because that's where the real mystery lies.
Vera Rubin


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Margaret Wheatley
Even conversations that are not politically correct.

Why, we grow rusty and you catch us at the very point of decadence --- by this time tomorrow we may have forgotten everything we ever knew. That's a thought isn't it? We'd be back to where we started --- improvising.
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Act I)

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.

Babe Ruth, Historic Home Run Hitter
What's sad is to witness what Syria has become because nobody will give up.

And "because they're nonstate actors, it's hard for us to get the satisfaction of [Gen.] MacArthur and the [Japanese] Emperor [Hirohito] meeting and the war officially being over," Obama observed, referencing the end of World War II. 
President Barack Obama when asked if the USA of the future will be perpetually engaged in war.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. 
Joseph Campbell

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking. 
George S. Patton

If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there.
Yogi Berra

Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
Henry David Thoreau

Late Night Comedy Has Become Hate Speech ---

Leading Western Publisher Bows to Chinese Censorship ---
Great Firewall of China ---

Why China is Pulling Ahead of the West ---

The US has more citizens who are illiterate - some 16 million people - than many of its developed counterparts. Why is that?
Jensen Comment
Even if they can't functionally read and write, the tragedy is that many of our high school graduates get their diplomas, especially in large urban school systems like Detroit.

Trump's Biggest Flaw:  He's Dumb ---

Leading the Green Revolution:  Libraries inspire their communities through green initiatives ---

India will rapidly develop in the next 10 years but it’s unclear if it will use clean energy or fossil fuels to do so. Its choice affects the whole world ---

And, interestingly, Haulk found several of the (teacher)  highest-paying districts, and some paying well above average, are not in wealthy areas --- 

CNN Told Hosts to Discredit Donna Brazile Over Clinton-DNC Revelations ---

New York Times:  Living, Loving, Dying in Church
by a former computer specialist at Trinity University (who is now a pastor)

IRS Seeks To Tax Disabled Vet's Forgiven Law School Loans ---

Cuba Libre ---
What Rum and Cokes Have to do With War ---

NY Times: Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Stanford, Texas & USC Are Among Colleges Using 'Blocker Corporations' To Avoid Taxes On Endowment Income ---

Behind the Publication Gender Gap ---

California's government workers have a whole range of ways to game the pension system ---

The Washington Post:  The New York Times marked the same anniversary in a different way: by running a series of articles extolling the virtues of communism ---

Street Smart Ain't Academic Smart
13 Baltimore City High Schools, zero students proficient in math ---

This Is the Most Lucrative Master’s Degree (on average starting salary) ---
Jensen Comment
Top graduates from prestigious MBA programs of course often do better, especially those accepting offers from well-known international consulting firms.

Energy researcher sues the US National Academy of Sciences for millions of dollars ---

What Donna Brazile's New Book Really Reveals ---

New York Times: Vast Indigenous Land Claims in Canada Encompass Parliament Hill ---

The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have a historic rivalry. But after several weeks of NFL National Anthem protests even Soldier Field in Chicago was half empty today ---
Jensen Comment
Remember when some fans had to pay high prices for scalped tickets to see the Bears play the Packers even when temperatures plunged close to zero.




They say that patriotism is the last refuge
To which a scoundrel clings.
Steal a little and they throw you in jail,
Steal a lot and they make you king.
There's only one step down from here, baby,
It's called the land of permanent bliss. 
What's a sweetheart like you doin' in a dump like this?

Bob Dylan

Well, the rifleman’s stalking the sick and the lame
Preacherman seeks the same, who’ll get there first is uncertain
Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain
False-hearted judges dying in the webs that they spin
Only a matter of time ’til night comes steppin’ in

Bob Dylan

Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son
And what did you see, my darling young one
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Bob Dylan

Hear Bob Dylan’s Newly-Released Nobel Lecture: A Meditation on Music, Literature & Lyrics ---

Patti Smith Sings Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rains Gonna Fall” at Nobel Prize Ceremony & Gets a Case of the Nerves ---

Who Pays USA Taxes?

USA Debt Clock --- ubl

The Washingtn Post:  The New York Times marked the same anniversary in a different way: by running a series of articles extolling the virtues of communism ---

The Trump administration marked this week’s 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution by declaring a National Day for the Victims of Communism. The New York Times marked the same anniversary in a different way: by running a series of articles extolling the virtues of communism.

The irony of the series’ title, “Red Century,” seems lost on the Times’s editors. The 20th century was “red” indeed — red with the blood of communism’s victims. The death toll of communism, cited in “The Black Book of Communism,” is simply staggering: In the USSR, nearly 20 million dead; China, 65 million; Vietnam, 1 million; Cambodia, 2 million; Eastern Europe, 1 million; Africa, 1.7 million; Afghanistan, 1.5 million; North Korea: 2 million (and counting). In all, Communist regimes killed some 100 million people — roughly four times the number killed by the Nazis — making communism the most murderous ideology in human history.

Never mind all that. University of Pennsylvania professor Kristen R. Ghodsee writes that Communists had better sex: “Eastern women had twice as many orgasms as Western women . . . [who] had less sex, and less satisfying sex, than women who had to line up for toilet paper.” She has tough words for Joseph Stalin because he “reversed much of the Soviet Union’s early progress in women’s rights — outlawing abortion and promoting the nuclear family.” Yes, that was Stalin’s crime. Not the purges, not the gulag, but promoting the nuclear family.

In “How Did Women Fare in China’s Communist Revolution?” Helen Gao recalls her grandmother “talking with joyous peasants from the newly collectivized countryside” and writes that “for all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big.” Mao’s revolution killed tens of millions of Chinese — not counting the millions killed under China’s brutal “One Child” policy, which led to widespread female infanticide. Those Chinese girls never got a chance to dream at all.

In “Lenin’s Eco-Warriors,” Yale lecturer Fred Strebeigh writes that Lenin was “a longtime enthusiast for hiking and camping” who turned Russia into “a global pioneer in conservation.” He fails to mention that Lenin was also a mass murderer who executed more of his political opponents in the first four months of his rule than the czars had in the entire previous century. In one telegram, reproduced in “The Black Book of Communism,” Lenin orders the Cheka (a predecessor of the KGB) to “Hang (I mean hang publicly, so that people see it) at least 100 kulaks, rich bastards, and known bloodsuckers.” (The telegram concludes with an eerie “P.S. Find tougher people.”) Maybe he was camping when he wrote it.

Berkeley professor Yuri Slezkine explains “How to Parent Like a Bolshevik,” noting that “At home, the children of the Bolsheviks read what they called the ‘treasures of world literature,’ with an emphasis on the Golden Ages analogous to their own” and that “Soviet readers were expected to learn from Dante, Shakespeare and Cervantes.” He does not say whether they were also expected to learn from Orwell. In another piece, “Love Lives of Bolsheviks,” he notes that for Russia’s Communists, “revolution was inseparable from love.” Except of course, when the KGB arrived in the middle of the night to separate them from their loves by hauling them off to the gulag.

While all of the articles are not this bad, the series goes on. Vivian Gornick writes about “When Communism Inspired Americans.” Palash Krishna Mehrotra writes how “arrival of a Soviet Book Exhibition” made his Indian town “come alive.” John T. Sidel mourns the lost “promise of Muslim Communism.”

The Times’s series is in the tradition set by former Times Moscow bureau chief Walter Duranty, who wrote glowing reports on Stalin’s rule that included repeated denials of the mass starvation from Stalin’s engineered famine in Ukraine. “Any report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda,” he wrote, while millions starved to death. And besides, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.”

Now, after a century of slaughter, the Times is back at it, portraying communism as a noble cause, the murders carried out in its name simply aberrations. Never mind that there is not a single example of a country where communism was tried and it did not result in terror, purges, massacres, starvation and totalitarian misery. Yet take any of the opinion pieces above and replace the word “Communist” with “Nazi,” and then try to imagine that anyone would publish them, other than perhaps the Daily Stormer.

Continued in article

"The Disillusionment of Samuel Moyn The Yale historian has become a prominent critic of liberalism. But what’s he for?" by Jon Baskin, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 27, 2013 ---

Samuel Moyn looks suspiciously like a teenager. The impression is momentarily belied by his impressive résumé: At the age of 45, Moyn is teaching his first semester as a professor of history and law at Yale University, following appointments at Harvard and Columbia. Moreover, even for an adult scholar, Moyn has well-informed views on a startling diversity of topics. Slumped across a chair in jeans and Converse in his Harvard law office last winter, he ricocheted from the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (the topic of Moyn’s dissertation and first book) to theories of political economy — something Moyn has devoted more attention to since the 2008 financial crisis — to Jonathan Littell’s 2009 novel The Kindly Ones, which Moyn called "intentionally sickening and an unquestionably brilliant success" in a review for The Nation.

On the other hand, Moyn has a social-media habit rivaling that of most teenagers.

"It’s more important for you to see Moyn’s Facebook page than the interior of his house," says Thomas Meaney, a former student of Moyn’s at Columbia. "He basically lives there. It’s like he publishes his own magazine."

On a recent visit to the page, links could be found to an editorial on the ACLU’s defense of white supremacists in the wake of Charlottesville, an abstruse law-review article on global political economy, and a conversation between the New Yorker editor, David Remnick, and the intellectual historian Mark Lilla about Lilla’s new book, The Once and Future Liberal. The comment sections under each serve as a forum for discussion among people who seem to know each other, by byline if not by face, from the middle reaches of academe and publishing. As is common on social media, the discussions tend to converge toward a self-congratulatory consensus, to such an extent that Moyn’s occasional refusal to signal where he stands on controversial articles can be a cause of consternation ("Sam, is this one of those fyi posts? Or an endorsement?" asked one commenter, nervously, under his link to an excerpt of Lilla’s book). Yet Moyn’s range of interests, his volume of activity, and the unusually high erudition of his followers make the page destination reading for an increasingly prominent community of left-liberal scholars.

It’s also a good place to start understanding Moyn’s growing influence. At the time we met, Moyn was putting the finishing touches on Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (Belknap). Due out in the spring, the book promises to cement his reputation as one of the most trenchant critics of "liberal humanitarian" foreign policy. Yet Moyn’s reputation is also tied to his status as a model and magnet for a generation of younger historians and public intellectuals, many of them former students or mentees, who drifted into his orbit during his time in the Columbia history department from 2001 to 2014.

The list includes Meaney, whose writing has appeared in the London Review of Books and The New Yorker; Timothy Shenk, an editor at Dissent and a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis; Stephen Wertheim, a historian of international relations at the University of Cambridge; Ana Keilson, a scholar of dance and politics who teaches at Harvard; James G. Chappel, an intellectual historian at Duke University; Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, a philosopher of religion at Yale; and David Marcus, the literary editor of The Nation.

"It’s difficult to think of a teacher in American academia whose students have made a greater contribution to leftist thought over the past decade," says Yascha Mounk, a lecturer in political theory at Harvard, who audited a class with Moyn in 2005.

At first glance, Moyn’s impact is difficult to explain. Although energetic and unfailingly responsive — he rarely takes more than 10 minutes to respond to an email — he is not strikingly charismatic, in writing or in person. His eagerness to speak seriously about ideas and politics, in magazines and newspapers big and small, casual conversation, and on social media, surely makes him a good fit for a time when strictly scholarly writing has begun to seem like gig work. But Moyn’s appeal also resides in another kind of versatility, one of particular interest to a generation that came of age during the Iraq War and the 2008 financial crisis, and that now finds itself confronting the presidency of Donald Trump: the ability to balance an uncompromising critique of liberalism with a refusal to settle comfortably into any of the usual ideological alternatives.

In the first half of Moyn’s career, there was little indication that he was on his way to becoming a public intellectual, or a prominent critic of American liberalism. His first two books, both published in 2005, were based on research he’d done as a student of Martin Jay, a professor of history at the University of California at Berkeley. In Origins of the Other (Cornell University Press), Moyn tracked Levinas’s intellectual development against the spread of Protestant theology and Cold War political theory in postwar Europe. And in A Holocaust Controversy (Brandeis University Press), he examined a 1970s debate in France over what had happened in the Treblinka concentration camp. Moyn then embarked on a study of Claude Lefort, a left-wing French political philosopher perhaps best known for his controversial interpretations of his teacher, Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Twelve years later, Moyn says he still plans to complete his book on Lefort, once he is finished with the "detour" that began when he reviewed Inventing Human Rights (Norton, 2007), by the University of California at Los Angeles historian Lynn Hunt, for The Nation. It is for this detour, which led to the publication of his own history of human rights, The Last Utopia (Harvard University Press, 2010), that Moyn is best known today.

His shift to writing about human rights can look anomalous, but Moyn had a prior relationship with the topic. In the summer of 1999, motivated by his "romance" with the idea of a human-rights-driven foreign policy, Moyn interned on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. America was then engaged in a military intervention in Bosnia. "I was someone who is a pretty common figure in my generation," Moyn told me. "I came of political age in the 1990s. It’s at the peak intellectually and culturally of Holocaust memorialization, and so this is abetting the sense that our agenda is institutionalizing the moral imperative ‘never again.’ Kosovo was pivotal because it was the time when finally action was taken."

. . .

It’s an inspiring injunction, and one that speaks to Moyn’s appeal for those convinced that the "realistic" political options are "not enough" — not ambitious enough, or thoughtful enough, or humane enough — to address the consequences of decades of liberal moralism and mismanagement. It also leaves Moyn, in the cluttered slipstream of the Trump presidency, vulnerable to a powerful counterargument. "So long as the liberal international order was very strong, it made sense to point to its many flaws and hypocrisies," says Yascha Mounk. "But now that Donald Trump is attacking its most basic elements, there is a real danger that international rules will soon be set by China, Russia, and Iran. Any leftist who ignores this danger is committing a huge act of self-sabotage."

Over the summer, the case for manning the liberal barricades received support from an unlikely source. Moyn’s former adviser Martin Jay, famous for his history of the Frankfurt School, argued in The Nation that, while he sympathized with those dreaming of an alternative to liberalism, it was "for the moment … more prudent to defend what is increasingly under threat."

Moyn responded in a Times op-ed, co-written with David Priestland, a historian at the University of Oxford, and given the incendiary title, "Trump Isn’t a Threat to Our Democracy. Hysteria Is." Comparing liberal "anti-Trumpism" to the anticommunist politics of the early 1950s, Moyn and Priestland contended that "Tyrannophobia" would only reinforce the "status quo ante of free markets and social conservatism," while obscuring the urgent need "for new direction." Coming the same weekend as the white-supremacist marches in Charlottesville, the column sparked rebuttals, even from quarters usually supportive of Moyn’s ideas.

The op-ed, however, was no surprise to anyone who followed Moyn on social media. "One of Marxist thought’s greatest historians allows himself to be terrorized by Donald Trump into embracing his inner defensive crouch liberal," read Moyn’s Facebook preface to Jay’s essay. Below, in the comments section, a cavalcade of left-liberal intellectuals heartily seconded the judgment.

The commenters would probably not be able to agree on where to go next. Like Moyn and his students, however, they appeared united in their conviction that it was time to deflate the ideological configurations that had stranded us here.

Continued in article

What 1992 Supreme Court decision prohibits states from collecting sales taxes from out-of-state retailers?

37 Tax Professors Urge Supreme Court To Overrule Quill v. North Dakota ---

NY Times: Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Stanford, Texas & USC Are Among Colleges Using 'Blocker Corporations' To Avoid Taxes On Endowment Income ---


List Of 140 Colleges With Endowments Greater Than $100,000 Per Student That Would Be Subject To GOP's Proposed 1.4% Tax On Investment Income ---

The following chart shows the 200 private institutions with enrollments of 500 or more, ranked by the value of their endowment per student. Institutions marked in yellow would have endowments subject to taxation:



Endowment value (2014)

Full-time enrollment (2015)

Endowment value per student

Princeton University




Yale University




Harvard University




Stanford University




Pomona College




Amherst College




Swarthmore College




Massachusetts Institute of Technology




Grinnell College




Williams College





. . .

Trinity University (Tex.)




University of Chicago




Hamilton College (N.Y.)




Duke University




University of Pennsylvania




Northwestern University




Berry College




Middlebury College




Wabash College




Vassar College




Colby College




Haverford College




Carleton College




Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion




Columbia University




Reed College




Davidson College




Denison University




Whitman College




Macalester College




Harvey Mudd College




Vanderbilt University




Brown University




Mount Holyoke College




Lafayette College









Bob Jensen's health care messaging ---

Democrats:  Are You Sure You Want Medicare (plus universal "free" nursing care) for All?
Jensen Comment
If done well it will cost more than the entire USA Federal budget with exploding future inflation expenses.

Harvard:  5 Ways U.S. Hospitals Can Handle Financial Losses from Medicare Patients ---

Surprise! How Obamacare is beginning to look a lot like Medicaid ---



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Current and past editions of my newsletter called Fraud Updates ---

Enron ---

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American History of Fraud ---

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

·     With a Rejoinder from the 2010 Senior Editor of The Accounting Review (TAR), Steven J. Kachelmeier

·     With Replies in Appendix 4 to Professor Kachemeier by Professors Jagdish Gangolly and Paul Williams

·     With Added Conjectures in Appendix 1 as to Why the Profession of Accountancy Ignores TAR

·     With Suggestions in Appendix 2 for Incorporating Accounting Research into Undergraduate Accounting Courses

Shielding Against Validity Challenges in Plato's Cave  ---
By Bob Jensen

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

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


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