Tidbits on June 28, 2017
Bob Jensen at Trinity University

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Tidbits on June 28, 2017
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Bob Jensen's Tidbits ---

For earlier editions of Fraud Updates go to http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm
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Bookmarks for the World's Library --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob2.htm 

Bob Jensen's past presentations and lectures --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/resume.htm#Presentations   

Bob Jensen's Threads --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/threads.htm

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Google Scholar --- https://scholar.google.com/

Wikipedia --- https://www.wikipedia.org/

Bob Jensen's search helpers --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/searchh.htm

Bob Jensen's World Library --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Bookbob2.htm

USA Debt Clock --- http://www.usdebtclock.org/ ubl

Online Video, Slide Shows, and Audio

American Archive of Public Broadcasting Lets You Stream 7,000 Hours of Historic Public TV & Radio Programs ---

How to Meditate:  An Animated Guide ---

Free music downloads --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/music.htm
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 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/music.htm 

Joni Mitchell Sings an Achingly Pretty Version of “Both Sides Now” on the Mama Cass TV Show (1969) ---

Langston Hughes Creates a List of His 100 Favorite Jazz Recordings: Hear 80+ of Them in a Big Playlist ---

Willie Nelson & Ray Charles Sing a Moving Duet “Seven Spanish Angels”: A Beautiful Bridge That Crosses Musical & Racial Divides ---

Herbie Hancock to Teach His First Online Course on Jazz ---

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) --- www.pandora.com
(online music site) --- http://www.theradio.com/
Slacker (my second-favorite commercial-free online music site) --- http://www.slacker.com/

Gerald Trites likes this international radio site --- http://www.e-radio.gr/
Songza:  Search for a song or band and play the selection --- http://songza.com/
Also try Jango --- http://www.jango.com/?r=342376581
Sometimes this old guy prefers the jukebox era (just let it play through) --- http://www.tropicalglen.com/
And I listen quite often to Soldiers Radio Live --- http://www.army.mil/fieldband/pages/listening/bandstand.html
Also note
U.S. Army Band recordings --- http://bands.army.mil/music/default.asp

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

Photographs and Art

24,000 Vintage Cartoons from the Library of Congress Illustrate the History of This Modern Art Form (1780-1977) ---

Google Creates a Digital Archive of World Fashion: Features 30,000 Images, Covering 3,000 Years of Fashion History ---

Art21 (contemporary artists) --- https://art21.org

The Bowery Boys: New York City History --- http://www.boweryboyshistory.com

ARLISmatters (art archives) --- https://arlismatters.wordpress.com

Bob Jensen's threads on art history ---

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

Online Books, Poems, References, and Other Literature
In the past I've provided links to various types electronic literature available free on the Web. 
I created a page that summarizes those various links --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/ElectronicLiterature.htm

Bob Jensen's threads on libraries --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob2.htm#---Libraries

The Review of Reviews of Literary Magazines --- http://www.thereviewreview.net

Omni Archive (science fiction articles) --- https://omni.media/channel/omni-archive

The Homer Multitext Project --- http://www.homermultitext.org

Free Electronic Literature --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/ElectronicLiterature.htm
Free Online Textbooks, Videos, and Tutorials --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/ElectronicLiterature.htm#Textbooks
Free Tutorials in Various Disciplines --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Bookbob2.htm#Tutorials
Edutainment and Learning Games --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/thetools.htm#Edutainment
Open Sharing Courses --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI

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Political Quotations on June 28, 2017

USA Debt Clock --- http://www.usdebtclock.org/ ubl

To Whom Does the USA Federal Government Owe Money (the booked obligation of $19+ trillion) ---
The US Debt Clock in Real Time --- http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 
Remember the Jane Fonda Movie called "Rollover" --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollover_(film)

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 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Entitlements.htm

Bob Jensen's health care messaging updates --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Health.htm

Malthusianism --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malthusianism

UN:  The world's population will grow by a billion people in the next 13 years and will be almost 10billion by the time we reach 2050 ---

The world's population will grow by a billion people in the next 13 years and will be almost 10billion by the time we reach 2050, the United Nations predicts. The current population of 7.6billion is expected to balloon in the coming decade, driven largely by high birth rates in Africa, according to a new UN report. India will surpass China as the most crowded inside the next seven years, while Nigeria will overtake the United States and become the world's third most populous country shortly before 2050, research suggests.

Meanwhile Europe, which currently has a birth rate of 1.6 children per woman, is set to see a decline in population in the coming decades. 

The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division said roughly 83 million people are added to the world's population every year. The upward trend is expected to continue even with a continuing decline in fertility rates, which have fallen steadily since the 1960s, the authors wrote. John Wilmoth, director of the Population Division, said that the report includes information on the populations of 233 countries or areas of the world. 'The population in Africa is notable for its rapid rate of growth, and it is anticipated that over half of global population growth between now and 2050 will take place in that region,' he said.

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Precision Farming Increases Crop Yields
Urgently needed to sustain explosive population growth predicted by the United Nations (another billion people added in 13 years)

MIT Experiments With On-Campus Student Choice:  Onsite or Online (via a for-credit MOOCs) ---

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s catalog of publicly available massive open online courses is typically marketed toward the non-MIT public. Last fall, however, the university experimented by offering the MOOC version of a popular class for on-campus students, for credit, in an attempt to help students facing scheduling issues.

A recently released study of the class found students not only performed well but also -- at an institution known for its rigor -- reported feeling less stress and having more flexibility.

MIT’s circuits and electronics class was offered in a MOOC format, supplemented by a private discussion forum specifically for enrolled students, both semesters this academic year. Some professors across the university use the MOOC format to supplement in-person classes, but this course was the first of its kind in the sense that the MOOC model completely replaced the in-person model.

Students in the fall MOOC -- which the study notes was taught by a different instructor than the in-person course, with “different styles and/or topics of focus” -- reported the circuits and electronics class was “significantly less stressful” compared to their various in-person classes, according to the study. While the study on the spring session isn’t completed, the study on the fall class has MIT administrators thinking about what can be done to create a more flexible, digitally enhanced learning atmosphere for students and professors. The MOOC pilot came about after students reported frustration with scheduling conflicts.

“As you can imagine, MIT students are a very active bunch,” said Sheryl Barnes, director of digital learning in residential education. “And they expressed frustration they couldn’t resolve scheduling conflicts by having more flexibility.”

The course itself was a good benchmark to use for an experiment because of its history at the university and as a MOOC, Barnes said.

“The class itself is quite significant,” she said. “MIT and the faculty have invested a lot in the class, and it’s been refined through this [online] delivery. A lot more students have taken it and experienced it -- that refinement had some benefit.”

The study’s sample size is small -- 31 students started the class, and 27 students completed it -- and there were slight differences in the homework and exam format compared to the in-person class, but the study reported that the difference in the distribution of final grades wasn’t statistically significant between the in-person and MOOC groups. The MOOC homework sets and exams allowed for multiple tries on a question if the student got it wrong, although that also meant that questions were all-or-nothing, with no partial credit. MOOC students were also unable to review graded exams to figure out where they had strayed off course.

MOOC students did have opportunities to meet with professors and the TA, although the study reported “few opted to attend office hours.”

One of the students quoted in the study said the instant feedback of the homework was a key to lowering stress.

“I really like just getting the instant feedback of knowing that after the homework is done I know I’m done now, and I don’t have to worry about, like, ‘Oh, but what if this question was wrong?’ And then you’d have that in the back of your mind, and so you turn it in,” the student said. “That’s stressful, and it was nice just getting that feedback.”

The study notes that instant online feedback for homework is available to students who take in-person classes that use MIT’s MOOC system as a supplement, so its use is not necessarily unique, although it was a factor for every student in the circuits and electronics class in this study.

The same student also identified the instant feedback of the homework as being helpful for learning. To protect their privacy, students were anonymous.

“Another thing that I really liked is just getting the answers right away, so if I tried a question, and I’m like, ‘Oh, whoa, I got that, but I don’t really know exactly why this worked,’” the student told researchers. “I could go back instantly when I’m involved with a question, and it’s still fresh in my mind, and, like, look at the solution, and be, ‘OK, that’s how they did it.’”

The study comes just after a Brookings Institution report, created with data from DeVry University, cast doubt on how well less prepared students do with traditional online classes. The Brookings study and the MIT study are both full of caveats -- they use data limited to one university each, and MIT’s study was done on a MOOC course, not a traditional online course. But MIT’s study seemed to support another finding in the Brookings study, which was that well-prepared students don’t suffer the same negative effects from taking online classes that less well-prepared students do.

Jensen Comment
This reminds me of the important SCALE experiments at the University of Illinois in the 1990s where, for over five years, students were assigned to onsite versus online sections of a course taught and graded by the same instructor across 30 courses across the campus. In those days of early education technology this was one of the first significant experiments on asynchronous versus synchronous learning. All students in a course took the same examinations and had the same writing and homework assignments. ---

Of course there was variation across performance tests according to instructors, students, and disciplines, but one of the main conclusions drawn was that in the online sections many B students became A students and many C students became B students. There was a less dramatic improvement among D and F students, suggesting that poor students remained poor students onsite or online ---

Student comments are quoted at

Years later when the first MOOC in the world (a course in artificial intelligence at Stanford University) where students taking the course live on campus were given a choice (to skip classes as view the MOOC videos when they felt like it) between online or onsite, many preferred the online option. Of course this outcome is very hard to extrapolate over other courses and other instructors.

One of the huge problems with MOOCs for off-campus students is that the MOOCs often become overwhelming when the students are only part-time with other obligations such as tending to young children, working full times at jobs, etc. Also students who are only observers taking the MOOC for no credit do not have quite the same motivators as students being graded for transcript credit.

edX Micro-Masters: Instructional Design and Technology --- https://www.edx.org/micromasters/instructional-design-technology

Python (Computer Programming Language) --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_(programming_language)

MIT:  Introduction to Python, Data Science & Computational Thinking: Free Online Courses from MIT ---

Data Analysis:  Open source clustering software (free) ---

Doing Bayesian Data Analysis ---

Also see

From David Giles (Econometrics)

Unit Roots & Structural Breaks ---

The open-access journal, Econometrics (of which I'm happy to be an Editorial Board member), has recently published a special issue on the topic of "Unit Roots and Structural Breaks". 


This issue is guest-edited by Pierre Perron, and it includes eight really terrific papers. You can find the special issue here ---

This Special Issue deals with problems related to unit roots and structural change, especially the interplay between the two. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: testing for a unit root allowing for changes in the trend function, testing for structural changes allowing the noise to be integrated or stationary, improvements of and/or analysis of existing leading unit root procedures; testing for cointegration allowing breaks in the trend function, testing for co-trending among processes with a non-linear (e.g., broken) trend, the problem of non-monotonic power of some classes of structural change tests including possible solutions, tests for change in persistence (e.g., I(1) versus I(0) or I(1) versus explosive), how neglected structural changes affect common inference problems, structural change versus fractional integration.

The issues mentioned above have proved to be of importance to devise procedures that are reliable for inference and forecasting. Several important contributions have been made. Still, there is scope for improvements and analyses of the properties of existing procedures. The aim is to provide contributions that follow up on what has been done and/or offer new perspectives on such issues and related ones.


There are a ton of secret settings only Google Chrome power users know about — here's how you can find the best ones

Jensen Comment
Note how to increase the speed of downloads.

The use of (CTRL, F) keys to search is not really a "secret setting." Those two keys can be used for searching in most any Web browser.

Review: Microsoft's First Laptop Is Beautiful, But Has One (Fixable) Flaw ---

Jensen Comment
I'll stay loyal to Dell for my laptop purchases. Since I live in the mountains away from service centers, I really like Dell's in-home service warranties. I also like Dell tech support over the phone even if the phone helpers mostly live in India. I've never found good tech support from Microsoft on anything.

I use the Edge browser most of the time, but I occasionally have to go to another browser to copy text and graphics. Not all browsers are alike when it comes to copy and paste. I still like Chrome, but Chrome seems now to open large sites very slowly. Maybe it's a secruity issue. Firefox makes handling of cookies very difficult for dummies like me.

I also hate the updated tabs on Edge screens that take up way to much space. There must be a way to regain that space, but I've not yet found the magic bullet.

Harvard:  Conflict-of-Interest Rules Are Holding Back Medical Breakthroughs ---

Jensen Comment
Interestingly, there does not appear to be overwhelming objection to having medical schools conduct the clinical trials for new drugs and medical devices, trials of patented drugs and devices owned by companies in the private sector such as big pharmaceutical companies.

But when it comes to discovery of new drugs and devices all sorts of ethical issues arise for academic researchers working with and being paid for by grants from the private sector.

Media History Digital Library --- http://www.mediahistoryproject.org

Harvard:  Hospitals Are Dramatically Overpaying for Their Technology ---

For critically ill patients on breathing machines, a simple step drastically improves their survival chances by almost 10% — from 60% to 70%. It involves programming the machine to deliver enough life-sustaining breaths, but not so much that it damages their lungs by overinflating them. Given that this intervention could prevent more suffering than many wonder drugs, one would expect that there would be zero market for a breathing machine that didn’t make lung-preventive ventilation as easy as possible. But in health care, few things work as expected. Fewer than half of patients, and in some hospitals fewer than 20%, receive this life-saving intervention.

One big reason why is that hospitals purchase technologies without requiring that they communicate with each other. The optimal air flow is based on a straightforward calculation using the height of the patient. Height data, however, resides in the electronic medical record, which typically does not communicate with the ventilator. As a result, physicians must retrieve this information from the medical record, perform the calculation (sometimes on paper), and enter the order. A respiratory therapist then takes the order and types it into the ventilator, often relying on memory.

If the ventilator and medical record communicated with each another, calculating the ideal air flow would be automated and clinicians would only need to verify the correct settings. Instead, they waste time on nonproductive work, filling the gap between these two systems. Because similar gaps exist between dozens of other hospital technologies, and clinicians are asked to perform hundreds of steps each day to deliver evidence-based care, unnecessary errors occur, and providers’ productivity has fallen, even while spending on technology has ballooned.

Health care’s safety and quality challenges are exacerbated by its procurement problem. For years, hospitals have invested in sophisticated devices and IT systems that, on their own, can be awe-inspiring. Yet these technologies rarely share data, let alone leverage it to support better clinical care.

How did we get here? First, the number of devices that work well with others is small. Manufacturers have been slow to embrace interoperability, which would allow health care technologies to share data with one another. In recent years, there has been movement to change that. More companies have pledged to open their data, giving innovators everywhere the chance to mine that data and use it to drive better care. But we are far from where we should be.

Second, despite significant work, health care lacks widespread adoption of interoperability standards that govern formats and elements of data shared between different systems. Without such standards, data cannot be shared and understood among devices. An accelerated effort is needed to create mature standards and expand their adoption by manufacturers. At Johns Hopkins, we are leading development of a report for the National Academy of Medicine that will identify the barriers to widespread interoperability and suggest opportunities to overcome them, such as policies, requirements, standards, and purchase specifications.

Part of the solution must involve hospitals. If they truly want technologies that save lives and boost productivity, they will need to exert their considerable pressure as purchasers, requiring that manufacturers embrace openness and interoperability, and only purchasing devices that support this. Too often, hospitals treat equipment and IT procurement in a siloed way, focusing on price without looking at how those devices will work as part of a larger system. For example, many new hospital beds come with a sophisticated array of sensors that can track such information as whether a patient is at risk of developing a bedsore, based on data about how often they move in bed. Such sensors may be 30% of a bed’s costs. Yet at one of our hospitals, that data is unusable — it’s in a format that our system cannot read.

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People Are Bothered By Economic Unfairness, Not Economic Inequality ---

MIT:  Apple is Being Criticized for Letting Quality Control Slip ---

Rewriting American History
Professor Walter E. Williams

Chaired Professor Wages Court Battle Against Tenure ---

Rethinking Tenure, Dissertations, and Scholarship
Academic Publishing in the Digital Age


Bob Jensen's Threads on Tenure ---

College Majors With the Highest and Lowest Unemployment ---

Jensen Comment
Business majors (including accounting majors) seem to be neither here nor there in the above rankings.

 It's a myth that nearly all business majors get mouth-watering job offers.
Personally, I think for business majors much depends depends upon having a graduate degree in business, including accounting. In accounting it's now required in nearly all states to have 150 credits to sit for the CPA examination. This requirement is most commonly met by getting a masters degree in accountancy. For business the most common graduate degree is an MBA where top jobs go to graduates of relatively prestigious business schools. By "relative" I mean a top MBA program or at least an MBA program in a flagship state university that is not necessarily high in the US News MBA Program rankings.  The best job offers go to high gpa graduates, but there is affirmative action for African Americans and Native Americans. Business majors often choose accounting because it has a high probability of employment among the various business majors.

The top MBA programs according to US News are

Among all college graduates the highest salary offers are not necessarily the best job offers. Always consider what the job offers in other respects such as high-level training, experience, fringe benefits, travel requirements, living costs (you may have to live in your car while starting out at $100,000 in Silicon Valley), and a raft of other things pointed out at

Always evaluate a job offer in terms of the long term.
For example, employment in the largest international CPA firms is extremely popular among accounting graduates even though chances of being admitted to the partnerships after ten years is relatively low. This is because of the outstanding training and experience in those firms leads to better opportunities to jump ship along the way, especially in terms of job offers from clients of those CPA firms. It's extremely common for new employees in large CPA firms to not really want long-term careers in the firms that trained them.

I always advised my students to obtain skills outside the major, including skills in a second language (e.g., Spanish or Chinese), computer coding, and advanced financial literacy. These days computing and networking skills can pay off big time when seeking a job. Advanced financial literacy can help you become more financially independent so you don't live from paycheck to paycheck.

Another thing to consider is boredom of a career. It amazes me how young people sometimes choose careers that can become extremely boring doing the same thing year in and year out. I'm really glad I became a professor with lots of time independence rather than being a physician, therapist, pharmacist, airline pilot, hotel and restaurant manager, etc.

Hong Kong --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong

My friend Paul Pacter years ago complained of rent prices in Hong Kong (he had a pretty nice apartment with a view)
But the cost of Hong Kong parking takes the cake
Someone just paid over $600,000 for a parking spot in Hong Kong ---

Jensen Comment
Of course public transportation is quite good, albeit crowded, in this former British Colony. But wealthy folks don't like waiting for a bus.

I'm told that in Tokyo you aren't allowed to own a vehicle unless you have proof of a parking space. As in Hong Kong, Tokyo parking places are not cheap. Is the price of parking in San Francisco a bargain?

Slack --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slack_(software)

Amazon might buy Silicon Valley darling Slack (a team communication tool)  for $9 billion — here's why it would be a smart move ---

Is an unhackable Internet feasible for the future?
Space calling Earth, on the quantum line
A successful quantum communication network will rely on the ability to distribute entangled photons over large distances between receiver stations. So far, free-space demonstrations have been limited to line-of-sight links across cities or between mountaintops. Scattering and coherence decay have limited the link separations to around 100 km. Yin et al. used the Micius satellite, which was launched last year and is equipped with a specialized quantum optical payload. They successfully demonstrated the satellite-based entanglement distribution to receiver stations separated by more than 1200 km. The results illustrate the possibility of a future global quantum communication network.

Chicago Tribune:  The average 65-year-old couple retiring in a year can expect to spend $404,253 in today's dollars on health insurance and other health care costs ---

Jensen Comment
Erika and I spent more than $400,000 on health care in the first 10 years of retirement. Firstly, Medicare is not free in retirement even though we both paid into Medicare during our working years ---

Secondly, the premiums for our Medicare Supplemental insurance can be much greater than the Medicare premiums. I recommend buy a quality supplemental

Thirdly Medicare D only pays a portion of our annual prescription drug costs, especially after Erika and I hit the donut hole every year ---

Fourthly, there are many medical expenses not covered by Medicare, including all the non-prescription medications and such things as my hotel expenses in Boston when I wanted to be near Erika during her surgeries and therapy sessions.

Don't think that I'm complaining since Medicare has paid out over a million dollars for Erika's multiple spine surgeries and therapies and medications. My point, however, is that retirees should not really count on much on discretionary spending from Social Security payments since there are ever so many medical expenses for many seniors on Social Security.

And most importantly, Medicare does not pay for nursing services (such as the enormous monthly costs of nursing homes) when folks are no longer able to care for themselves. Erika and I are not at that point, but all people should plan ahead to save for the time when they might need very expensive long-term nursing care. I'm not an advocate of expensive nursing care insurance, but everybody should consider this and other alternatives in planning ahead for the possibility of needing long-term nursing care.

The Atlantic:  The top 5 percent of Americans who spend the most on health care account for 50.3 percent of all health care expenditures in the USA
.This critical five percent of the U.S. population is key to solving the nation's health care spending crisis.  ---
This article is not free

On November 22, 2009 CBS Sixty Minutes aired a video featuring experts (including physicians) explaining how the single largest drain on the Medicare insurance fund is keeping dying people hopelessly alive who could otherwise be allowed to die quicker and painlessly without artificially prolonging life on ICU machines.
"The Cost of Dying," CBS Sixty Minutes Video, November 22, 2009 --- 
National health care plans such as those in Canada, Denmark, Germany, and the U.K. spend a lot less (proportionately) on keeping dying patients alive

Former prof  fudged dozens of images, says university ---

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

Iowa State University Political Science:  Academic Integrity That Wasn't ---

Starbucks:  In collaboration with Arizona State University (ASU), we’re offering all part- and full-time benefits eligible U.S. partners full tuition coverage for every year of college to earn a bachelor’s degree ---

Jensen Comment
I've commented upon this before, but there may be interest in reading about it at the Starbucks Website. There are other large chains that offer tuition coverage fringe benefits (such as Wal-Mart), but Starbucks is unique in offering tuition support to a university with a highly recognized and respected reputation.

Bob Jensen's threads on distance education and training alternatives ---

From the Scout Report on June 16, 2017

BlueGriffon --- http://bluegriffon.org

Web pages can be difficult to write for non-technical users. The myriad of content management systems (Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla) can help, but these systems need server-side support to work. In contrast, the BlueGriffon web content editor produces standards-compliant websites without server-side support. BlueGriffon provides an intuitive What You See Is What You Get interface. Behind the scenes, it uses the same HTML rendering engine as Firefox. BlueGriffon complies with W3C standards and can edit pages in HTML 4.01, HTML 5, XHTML 1.1 or XHTML 5 mode. Millions of users from institutions of all sizes use BlueGriffon. It is also the official recommended web authoring tool for the French government. Many commercial extensions for BlueGriffon are also available for purchase. These extensions add features like ePUB support, MathML editing, site templates, and more. BlueGriffon is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Calibre --- https://www.calibre-ebook.com 

Calibre is a popular and full-featured ebook management system. Currently its website reports 2.9 million active installs in 237 countries. Calibre is able to create, edit, and read ebooks in many common formats, including EPUB and Kindle MOBI. It can synchronize books across devices and convert between formats (within DRM restrictions). Cailbre can download books from free providers like the Internet Archive and Project Guttenberg. Metadata for ebooks can be integrated from sources like ISBNdb.com, Goodreads, and LibraryThing. It can also download articles from any site that provides an RSS feed. Examples are included to incorporate articles from The Economist, BBC News, Scientific American, and many others. Calibre is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Phytoplankton <i>Emiliania huxleyi</i> turn the Black Sea and Bosphorus
Strait Turquoise
'Plankton explosion' turns Istanbul's Bosphorus turquoise

Phytoplankton Have Turned The Bosphorus A Stunning Turquoise

Turquoise Swirls in the Black Sea

Plankton Portal

Pan genome of the phytoplankton Emiliania underpins its global distribution

Art Meets Science in a Book Called Bloom

From the Scout Report on June 23, 2017

Cyberduck --- https://cyberduck.io 

With the proliferation of services to store files online (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) has come a proliferation of client software for interacting with those services. Cyberduck is a file manager that supports the most popular file storage services. It also supports common protocols like FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV. In addition, Cyberduck can make use of an external editor to provide editing of remote files (e.g., to edit a static website). Users of Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) will find integrated support for the extended features of S3 like file versioning, bucket lifecycles, access control lists, and multi-part uploads. Cyberduck's integrated support for Cryptomator encryption can encrypt files before uploading them to cloud storage for additional security. Users of multiple services may appreciate Cyberduck's bookmarking feature. Cyberduck is available for macOS and Windows.

Discord --- https://discordapp.com 

Discord is an internet voice conference system originally designed for video game enthusiasts. It strives for low resource usage so that it can run in parallel with other software. Discord uses the Opus audio format, an open standard designed for low latency and efficient for encoding speech. This lower latency can make conversations more natural and help avoid multiple speakers talking over each other. In the Discord application, users can individually adjust the volume of each speaker. Beyond voice conferencing, Discord also supports text-based group chats and direct messages. These messages can include images, videos, and links. Most common image and video formats will play directly in the Discord application. Discord desktop clients are available for macOS, Windows, and Linux. Smartphone clients are available for iOS and Android. Users who do not wish to install additional software may also use Discord's browser-based version.

Ancient DNA Shows How Domesticated Cats Spread throughout the World
How cats conquered the ancient world

Cat Tale: Ancient DNA Reveals How Your Kitty Came to Be

How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World

The paleogenetics of cat dispersal in the ancient world

Are Cats Domesticated?

TED-Ed: Tony Buffington: Why do cats act so weird?

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

Education Tutorials

edX Micro-Masters: Instructional Design and Technology --- https://www.edx.org/micromasters/instructional-design-technology

DNA Learning Center: 3-D Animation Library --- https://www.dnalc.org/resources/3d/

Bob Jensen's threads on general education tutorials are at http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Bookbob2.htm#EducationResearch

Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A Century of Sex (Mis)Education in the United States ---

Bob Jensen's bookmarks for multiple disciplines --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Bookbob2.htm

Bob Jensen's links to free courses and tutorials --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI


Engineering, Science, and Medicine Tutorials

Science Gossip --- https://www.sciencegossip.org

Quantum Physics Made Relatively Simple --- http://bethe.cornell.edu

Omni Archive (science fiction articles) --- https://omni.media/channel/omni-archive

TED Talk Playlist: Insects are Awesome! --- https://www.ted.com/playlists/5/insects_are_awesome

The Civil Engineer --- http://www.thecivilengineer.org

NPR: Invisibilia (psychology and science) --- http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia

Sideways Dictionary (technology terms) --- https://sidewaysdictionary.com

Bob Jensen's threads on free online science, engineering, and medicine tutorials are at --http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob2.htm

Bob Jensen's links to free courses and tutorials --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI

Social Science and Economics Tutorials

Indigenous Literary Perspectives in Global Conversation --- http://indigenouslit.org

Kids Environment, Kids Health https://kids.niehs.nih.gov

Birds Do It, Bees Do It: A Century of Sex (Mis)Education in the United States ---

NPR: Invisibilia (psychology and science) --- http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia

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

Bob Jensen's links to free courses and tutorials --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI

Law and Legal Studies

Legal History Blog --- http://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com

Bob Jensen's threads on law and legal studies are at
Scroll down to Law

Math Tutorials

YouTube: The Math Forum at NCTM ---https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMathForum

Bob Jensen's threads on free online mathematics tutorials are at
Scroll down to Mathematics and Statistics

Bob Jensen's links to free courses and tutorials --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI

History Tutorials

Media History Digital Library --- http://www.mediahistoryproject.org

BlackPast.org: African American History: Primary Documents ---

American Archive of Public Broadcasting Lets You Stream 7,000 Hours of Historic Public TV & Radio Programs ---

National Women's History Museum Lesson Plans --- https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/lesson-plans/lesson-plans-login

Google Creates a Digital Archive of World Fashion: Features 30,000 Images, Covering 3,000 Years of Fashion History ---

Google Arts & Culture: We Wear Culture --- https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/project/fashion

The Bowery Boys: New York City History --- http://www.boweryboyshistory.com

The Homer Multitext Project --- http://www.homermultitext.org

Legal History Blog --- http://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com The Review of Reviews of Literary Magazines --- http://www.thereviewreview.net

24,000 Vintage Cartoons from the Library of Congress Illustrate the History of This Modern Art Form (1780-1977) ---

The Irish Revolution --- http://theirishrevolution.ie

ARLISmatters (art archives) --- https://arlismatters.wordpress.com

My Grandmother's Lingo --- https://www.sbs.com.au/mygrandmotherslingo

A Dose of History --- https://adoseofhistory.com

 Bob Jensen's threads on history tutorials are at http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob2.htm
Scroll down to History
Also see http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/ElectronicLiterature.htm  

Bob Jensen's links to free courses and tutorials --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI

Language Tutorials

My Grandmother's Lingo --- https://www.sbs.com.au/mygrandmotherslingo

Sideways Dictionary (technology terms) --- https://sidewaysdictionary.com

Bob Jensen's links to language tutorials are at http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob2-Part2.htm#Languages

Music Tutorials


Bob Jensen's threads on free music tutorials are at
Scroll down to Music

Bob Jensen's threads on music performances ---

Writing Tutorials

Bob Jensen's helpers for writers are at http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Bookbob3.htm#Dictionaries

Bob Jensen's threads on medicine ---

CDC Blogs --- http://blogs.cdc.gov/

Shots: NPR Health News --- http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots

Updates from WebMD --- http://www.webmd.com/

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Kids Environment, Kids Health --- https://kids.niehs.nih.gov



Humor for June 2016

ABC News:  Psychic Hit by Car Inside Restaurant Says He Didn't See it Coming ---

The Onion:  Top Benefits of Going Paperless ---

Far fewer moments where you must say the word “ream”

Can use money allocated for printing expenses to purchase more brisket

No longer haunted by the angry ghosts of all the trees you’ve slaughtered

Paper correspondence will start to be associated with special occasions, such as wedding invitations or subpoenas

  Rifling through trash can now be enjoyed as a purely recreational activity


Humor June 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q2.htm#Humor0617.htm

Humor May 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q2.htm#Humor0517.htm

Humor April 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q2.htm#Humor0417.htm

Humor March 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q1.htm#Humor0317.htm

Humor February 2017 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q1.htm#Humor0217.htm

Humor January 2017 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q1.htm#Humor0117.htm

Humor December 2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q4.htm#Humor1216.htm 

Humor November 2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q4.htm#Humor1116.htm 

Humor October 2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q4.htm#Humor1016.htm

Humor September 2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q3.htm#Humor0916.htm

Humor August  2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q3.htm#Humor083116.htm

Humor July  2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q3.htm#Humor0716.htm  

Humor June  2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q2.htm#Humor063016.htm

Humor May  2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q2.htm#Humor053116.htm

Humor April  2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q2.htm#Humor043016.htm

Humor March  2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q1.htm#Humor033116.htm

Humor February  2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q1.htm#Humor022916.htm

Humor January  2016 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book16q1.htm#Humor013116.htm


Tidbits Archives --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm

More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories


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 http://www.searchedu.com/

Online Distance Education Training and Education --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Crossborder.htm
For-Profit Universities Operating in the Gray Zone of Fraud  (College, Inc.) --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/HigherEdControversies.htm#ForProfitFraud

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 --- http://www.peterussell.com/Odds/WorldClock.php
Facts about the earth in real time --- http://www.worldometers.info/

Interesting Online Clock and Calendar --- http://home.tiscali.nl/annejan/swf/timeline.swf
Time by Time Zones --- http://timeticker.com/
Projected Population Growth (it's out of control) --- http://geography.about.com/od/obtainpopulationdata/a/worldpopulation.htm
         Also see http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/P/Populations.html
Facts about population growth (video) --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMcfrLYDm2U
Projected U.S. Population Growth --- http://www.carryingcapacity.org/projections75.html
Real time meter of the U.S. cost of the war in Iraq --- http://www.costofwar.com/ 
Enter you zip code to get Census Bureau comparisons --- http://zipskinny.com/
Sure wish there'd be a little good news today.

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

CPA Examination --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cpa_examination
Free CPA Examination Review Course Courtesy of Joe Hoyle --- http://cpareviewforfree.com/

Rick Lillie's education, learning, and technology blog is at http://iaed.wordpress.com/

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

Bob Jensen's Threads --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/threads.htm 
Current and past editions of my newsletter called New Bookmarks --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Tidbits --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Fraud Updates --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm

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 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/ElectronicLiterature.htm

Some of Bob Jensen's Tutorials

Accounting program news items for colleges are posted at http://www.accountingweb.com/news/college_news.html
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   http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/ListServRoles.htm
AECM (Educators) http://listserv.aaahq.org/cgi-bin/wa.exe?HOME
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) http://pacioli.loyola.edu/cpas-l/  (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)  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/xyztalk
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.
AccountantsWorld  http://accountantsworld.com/forums/default.asp?scope=1 
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 BusValGroup-subscribe@topica.com 
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 --- http://www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/mar2008/smart_stops.htm

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 [lister@bonackers.com]
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 http://groups.yahoo.com/taxtalk/  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 http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/TaxTalk/ 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) --- http://www.iasplus.com/links/links.htm


Bob Jensen's Sort-of Blogs --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/JensenBlogs.htm
Current and past editions of my newsletter called New Bookmarks --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Tidbits --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm
Current and past editions of my newsletter called Fraud Updates --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm

Some Accounting History Sites

Bob Jensen's Accounting History in a Nutshell and Links --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/theory01.htm#AccountingHistory

Accounting History Libraries at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) --- http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/accountancy/libraries.html
The above libraries include international accounting history.
The above libraries include film and video historical collections.

MAAW Knowledge Portal for Management and Accounting --- http://maaw.info/

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

Sage Accounting History --- http://ach.sagepub.com/cgi/pdf_extract/11/3/269

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 --- http://www.nysscpa.org/cpajournal/2005/105/infocus/p18.htm
Part II covering years 1974-2003 published in February 2005 --- http://www.nysscpa.org/cpajournal/2005/205/index.htm 

A nice timeline of accounting history --- http://www.docstoc.com/docs/2187711/A-HISTORY-OF-ACCOUNTING

From Texas A&M University
Accounting History Outline --- http://acct.tamu.edu/giroux/history.html

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

History of Fraud in America --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/415wp/AmericanHistoryOfFraud.htm
Also see http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Fraud.htm

Bob Jensen's Threads ---

More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories

All my online pictures --- http://www.cs.trinity.edu/~rjensen/PictureHistory/


Professor Robert E. Jensen (Bob) http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen
190 Sunset Hill Road
Sugar Hill, NH 03586
Phone:  603-823-8482 
Email:  rjensen@trinity.edu