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Animated  Visualization of the United States’ Exploding Population Growth Over 200 Years (1790 – 2010) ---
A Visualization of the United States’ Exploding Population Growth Over 200 Years (1790 – 2010)

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

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

Human Population Over Time on Earth ---

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Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information ---

A Virtual Time-Lapse Recreation of the Building of Notre Dame (1160) ---

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Video:  Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe (climate) --- 

Video:  Joe Biden Drops Out Of 1988 Presidential Race Apologizes For Plagiarism And Lying About Grades ---
Jensen Comment
I respect Biden's "coming clean" admissions. In my opinion
, his best strategy would be to make the theme of his 2020 campaign "Achievable Goals" that make his opponents look like fantasyland dreamers buying votes.

Watch a plane land that has a wingspan longer than a football field ---
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The Inn on Sunset Hill (just down from our cottage) ---

Free music downloads --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/music.htm
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A Virtual Time-Lapse Recreation of the Building of Notre Dame (1160) ---

'This Is Our History, and It's Burning.' Photos From Paris Show Notre Dame Devastated by Fire ---

Discover Islamic Art --- http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/

Street Art for Book Lovers: Dutch Artists Paint Massive Bookcase Mural on the Side of a Building ---

Intersecting Ojibwe Art Curriculum --- https://intersectingart.umn.edu/

Bob Jensen's threads on art history ---

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Political Quotations on April 26, 2019

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

Compilation on Teaching in a Digital Age ---

Billy Collins Teaches Poetry in a New Online Course ---

Existence of God --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existence_of_God

150 Renowned Secular Academics & 20 Christian Thinkers Talking About the Existence of God ---

The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (a great book) ---

Tobacco company Philip Morris starts life insurance firm that offers discounts to smokers who quit ---

Jensen Comment
This is a little like the huge oil exporting country Norway's plan to become internally oil-free while continuing to sell oil in world markets ---

It's also a little like Tesla's forthcoming Tesla automobile insurance plan. Tesla vehicles are very expensive to insure with third parties since Tesla is so slow about sending replacement parts (it can take weeks to get a new fender or door or windshield). Tesla intends to insure its own vehicles at cheaper rates for collisions. What's not yet clear is whether this will cover other drivers for liability and rental cars while waiting for parts and costs of getting damaged Teslas to repair locations.

Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information ---

Mapped: The median age of the population on every continent ---

NYT:: Everyone’s Income Taxes Should Be Public

Jensen Comment
This might be an interesting topic for students to debate. Hopefully listing of reasons for and against will accumulate. Some nations (I think Norway) make tax return information public. However, those nations are likely to be quite different in that they do not have the vast $2+ trillion underground economy where employers and employees do not pay any income or payroll taxes.

There will be a lot more IRS whistle blowing rewards. For example, suppose that your neighbor reports a very low income and collects rather than pays taxes under the earned income tax credit and reports have six dependent children. You might get a whistle blower reward for reporting that this neighbor has a vastly higher standard of living than can be afforded under what is reported on the tax return. My point here is that making income taxes public could be both a huge boost for law enforcement and a huge weapon against the underground (illegal) economy.

Making tax returns public could give a huge boost to tax collections. People who save taxes by itemizing deductions would be discouraged from itemizing if such things as charitable deductions and  medical expenses were made public. For example, the recent tax return revelations of 2020 presidential candidates reveal that Elizabeth Warren is quite generous when it come sot giving to charities whereas Beto O'Rourke is a real skinflint ---

Of course the drawback of more and more standard deductions means that charities probably will receive less and less when people fear having their charity deductions made public, something that can be avoided by not itemizing deductions.

For job applicants who report medical expenses, prospective employers can investigate health payments of job applicants.

Curious people who really want to know how well business owners are doing can dig into Schedule C details of public-disclosed tax returns.

There are many, many other reasons for (think fraud detection and whistle blowing) and against (think privacy invasion) tax return disclosures. This could certainly change the dating scene for all age groups. You could view the tax returns in advance for every blind date. You might even discover that your next blind date is married and has three children.

Personally, I all for this progressive idea. Let's start a grass roots effort to blow the whistle on all tax cheats including (possibly) Donald Trump. However, I can't imagine the IRS let Trump cheat big time since his tax returns have been closely audited by the IRS for decades. What is more apt to be revealed is that he used legal tax shelters to a fault.

Over past 18 months, the White House, federal agencies and Congress have all signaled concerns about theft of sensitive academic research by foreign competitors. Here's what's been happening ---

Tension between national security and science -- by its nature open and international -- is nothing new. But over the past year and a half, national security agencies, federal granting agencies, the White House and members of Congress have all signaled their increasing concern about international students or scholars who might seek to exploit the openness of the U.S. academic environment for their own -- or their nations' -- gain. And they’re signaling that when it comes to the balance between scientific openness and national security -- and, to add a third dimension, economic competitiveness -- they’re not happy with where that balance is being struck, especially when it comes to China.

Over the past year and a half, there has been a steady drumbeat of developments out of Washington on this issue. To summarize:

§  In December 2017, the White House released a national security strategy that floated for the first time the possibility of restrictions on visas for STEM students from certain nations to prevent the transfer of intellectual property to competitor countries.

§  In February 2018, Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray told the Senate intelligence committee that China is exploiting America’s open research and development environment and that the intelligence threat from China would require “a whole-of-society response” involving not just the intelligence sector, but the academic and private sectors as well.

§  Congressional hearings with names like Scholars or Spies: Foreign Plots Targeting America’s Research and Development followed. In June, the State Department moved to restrict Chinese graduate students in certain high-tech fields like aviation and robotics to one-year visas, instead of the usual five.

§  Programs run by foreign governments aimed at recruiting diasporic or international academic talent -- most notably China’s Thousand Talent program -- have also come under federal scrutiny. Speaking at a House armed services committee hearing last June, Anthony M. Schinella, the national intelligence officer for military issues in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said these talent programs "facilitate the transfer of foreign technology, intellectual property and know-how to advance China’s science, technology and military modernization goals."

§  An amendment to the defense spending authorization bill last year would have barred Department of Defense funding for any researcher “who has participated in or is currently participating in a foreign talent or expert recruitment program” operated by China, Iran, North Korea or Russia. Although the amendment wasn’t included in the final bill, the version of the bill that was signed into law in August includes language calling for further study of foreign talent recruitment programs and the development of relevant regulations.

§  More recently, in January of this year, the Department of Energy, which funds research related to nuclear energy, issued a memo restricting employees and grantees from participating in foreign talent recruitment programs operated by countries deemed by the agency as “sensitive.” A DOE official said the policy, which would affect talent programs operated by China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, has not yet been put in place.

Moreover, it’s not just international collaborations in research funded by the Defense and Energy Departments with their obvious national security implications that have come under increased scrutiny over the past 18 months. Foreign collaborations in the biomedical sciences have, too.

In August, the executive director of the National Institutes for Health, Francis S. Collins, sent a letter to grantees saying the agency “is aware that some foreign entities have mounted systematic programs to influence NIH researchers and peer reviewers.” The letter outlined three main areas of concern: “diversion of intellectual property (IP) in grant applications or produced by NIH-supported biomedical research to other entities, including other countries”; “sharing of confidential information on grant applications by NIH peer reviewers with others, including foreign entities, or otherwise attempting to influence funding decisions”; and “failure by some researchers working at NIH-funded institutions in the U.S. to disclose substantial resources from other organizations, including foreign governments, which threatens to distort decisions about the appropriate use of NIH funds.”

The NIH has reportedly sent letters to dozens of research universities asking them to provide information on specific researchers believed to have undisclosed links to foreign governments, and Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, shared in February that the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General had been referred a number of cases involving allegations that principal investigators on NIH grants had failed to disclose foreign affiliations. An NIH working group on foreign influences on research integrity comprised mostly of university leaders came out with a report in December with a series of recommendations for both the agency and universities to improve disclosure, training and communication, peer review, and monitoring processes.

Bound up in all of this is a broader scrutiny of U.S. universities’ collaborations with China and their acceptance of funding from Chinese government agencies or companies. This scrutiny manifests most prominently in calls from lawmakers for universities to close their Chinese-government funded Confucius Institutes. A wave of U.S. colleges has announced closures of the institutes, which typically focus on Chinese language education and cultural programming, as pressures for them to do so have increased.

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U. of Tulsa Has a Billion-Dollar Endowment for Just 4,000 Students. Why Is It Cutting Programs?

Beyond the Skills Gap:  Tools and Tactics for a Career-Ready Education ($200)

Conversation With Margaret Atwood ---

**How to mislead with statistics and rankings

The Worst Jobs in America ---

Jensen Comment
This is a perfect example of missing variables, especially focus of pay without examining benefits. For example, enlisting in the military is ranked as the fifth worst job in the USA. Granted the job entails danger and stress in combat zones with low pay. However, only a small proportion of enlisted military end up in combat zones. What the article fails to mention are the great benefits such as retirement pay for life after 20-30 years, often with great job skills because of the free training and experience from pilot training to computer skills to medical training. Not mentioned is free college education even for those who only serve four years. Not mentioned is the possible free medical insurance for yourself and your spouse for an entire lifetime without having to wait for Medicare.

This is another one of those highly misleading rankings in other respects. Think about it for a minute. Many 18-year old high school graduates go into the military and retire with a pension, job skills, and free medical insurance for life after they retire at the relatively young age of 38. That's not to say their aren't drawbacks. Although most enlisted personnel do not end up in combat zones, most end up with lots and travel and job relocations that are tough on young families.

My Latest Web Document
Over 400 Examples of Critical Thinfking and Illustrations of How to Mislead With Statistics --

Beatrice Cherrier: Is Economics too Mathematized?
Jensen Comment
We might ask the same question about academic accounting. The main problem arises in the assumptions needed to satisfy the mathematical economics/accounitng analysis and resulting lack of robustness when underlying assumptions are violated ---
Mathematical Analysis in Plato's Cave ---
Conclusions become misleading when extrapolated to the real (very complicated) world!!!

The Ten Greatest Films of All Time According to 358 Filmmakers ---

1. Tokyo Story - Yasujiro Ozu (1953)
= 2. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick (1968)
= 2. Citizen Kane – Orson Welles (1941)
4. 8 ½ - Federico Fellini (1963)
5. Taxi Driver – Martin Scorsese (1976)
6. Apocalypse Now – Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
= 7. The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola (1972)
= 7. Vertigo – Alfred Hitchcock (1958)
9. Mirror – Andrei Tarkovsky (1974)
10. Bicycle Thieves – Vittorio De Sica (1949)


MIT calls this blatantly stupid ---
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Is this like removing plastic bottles from the oceans?
Porn will be age-blocked across the UK on July 15

Jensen Comment
I have a couple of questions.

If the UK can block porn sites from teenagers why can't it block bomb-building tutorials from teenagers?

Since much of the porn is broadcast by Russian Websites how can the UK stop the Russians and punish Russian porn sites? The UK might discourage Web payments, but Russia might retaliate by flooding the UK with free porn.

This raises the entire question of how to block Internet sites within a nation without blocking the global Internet and its Dark Web ---

This, in turn, raises another point. I repeatedly mention that oligopolies (think Facebook and Google and Exxon and Boeing) don't pay fines and taxes. They collect fines and taxes from their customers. The EU gloats at the moment that it's collect billions in fines from Facebooka nnd Google. It's time to do research on the EU cost trends in advertising on those sites. My guess is that EU advertising price increases cover those fines and taxes. Advertising expenses in turn are factored into product and service prices. The bottom line is that the EU bureaucrats in the netting out are collecting those fines and taxes from EU consumers.

This raises the question of about Wikipedia and other hugely popular sites that don't advertise. If the EU tries to fine and tax Wikipedia it just might find itself without Wikipedia --- if that's possible since Wikipedia, like a Russian porn site, is a global Internet service.

I don't have the answers, but I do have the questions!

It’s 2019: Academic Papers Should Be Free

New Details on Test Fraud in Admissions Scandal ---

The Big Fail: Why Bar Pass Rates Have Sunk To Record Lows ---

NYT:  NY Times: Although Trump Cut Taxes For Most Americans, Democrats Convinced The Public That They Paid More Taxes ---

Jensen Comment
I had lconversation with a surgeon last week who complained that he normally gets a tax refund of about $2,000 but this year was hit with a $15,000 shortfall. I did not get into details about his finances. But it would seem that the main culprit is the $10,000 limit for property tax deductions that were previously fully deductible on his expensive home and vacation home. High earners in other states (think Vermont) were also hit by caps on state income tax deductions. Everybody makes a big deal on how high income folks benefited most from the tax changes. That is not necessarily the case for all high income folks.

Next year many older taxpayers will be hit harder after the 7.5 percent limit before medical expenses (think supplemental Medicare insurance and out-of-pocket costs of medications) kick in making it harder to convince the older generation that Trump lowered their taxes. Next year that limit is 10%.

It's Not Typically Due to Low Grades:  Women Leaving Premed Track More Than Men

More than 5,550 women intended to pursue medicine in their first year in college, the study showed. But only 194 of them took the MCAT; for men, about 2,690 men reported they were premed and 262 took the MCAT.

Jensen Comment
What this article does for me is show the proportions of men and women intending to become physicians at the start of college change their minds about becoming physicians. Reasons are complicated, and I'm not enough of an expert on this to begin to comment other than point out where I would look for answers. Early on in college students hear rumors (not necessarily false rumors) about such things as probabilities of being accepted into medical school, costs of medical school, the long ordeal of mastering the crafts of physicians, and the tough (burn out often happens) and sometimes boring life (perhaps a lifetime of unchanging weekly routines) of being a physician. Add to this the cost of malpractice insurance and current threats of a 70% income tax rate and you have a lot of possibilities why first-year men and women change majors from premed early on in college.

The exiting from premed is not a new phenomenon.
I was an accounting professor and can tell you that it's always been rare for students to enter their first year of college wanting to major in accounting. Accountancy has a laughing image among high school graduates (yeah you've heard a lot of the jokes about us).  But it usually does not take long for quite a few students to change their minds about accounting in the first two years of college. It was not true 50 years ago, but across the USA more women than men now graduate after five years of college (five years are required to take the CPA exam) and more women than men are hired for top starting jobs in accountancy.

Although I was a tenured  accounting professor at four universities, the last 24 years were spent at Trinity University in Texas. Trinity is heavily endowed and has roughly 2,500 mostly undergraduate students and a very limited number of masters degree programs. It always seemed to me that there were over 50% (just a guess) of entering students wanting to become physicians and an epsilon number of entering students wanting to become accountants. A goodly number of students later wanting to become accountants transferred out of the premed program. Every story behind this career-track change is unique, but I can tell you that virtually all those students entering accountancy from premed had very good grades. Students having grade troubles usually changed into something other than accountancy. Why are students attracted to accountancy in increasing numbers. I attribute a lot of this to the rise in possibilities to work a lot online at home even if you are a employed by a large firm. This is great for parents of young children.

I think shift out of premed at Trinity is very, very common in most top colleges having premed programs. A larger proportion change into other business majors (think finance, marketing, and management) than the proportions changing to accountancy. Of course, a goodly proportion premeds across the USA change into such medical careers as nursing, pharmacy, and biological science.

If the USA adopts a Medicare-for-All health care system by whatever name, the one thing that is a 100% certain is that there will be an even larger shortage of physicians. Free or nearly free health care for maybe 350+ million people is a perfect example of the Tragedy of the Commons ---

It won't take long for Congress to realize that in order to meet the needs of physicians on the commons there will have to be a vast increase in medical school capacity and that medical schools will have to virtually free. This alone, however, will not solve the main discouragement of becoming a physician. There's no easy answer to the years of ordeal it takes to master the crafts of medicine.

And it will be very difficult for congress to single out exemptions for physicians from those 70% income tax rates on the horizon.

And since there are so many lawyers in Congress it will be very difficult to eliminate punitive damages in malpractice lawsuits even thought punitive damages have been deleted in Canada and Europe. In the USA Congress wants 70% of a physician's income and the lawyers want 50%. Oops that's over 100%.

And yes accountancy can also be boring, but relative to physicians there are usually more opportunities for change. The typical path for an accounting major is to work for a CPA firm for 5-10 years and then shift into one of the vast variety of clients served by CPA firms. A relatively small percentage of those experienced accountants go to work for government (think FBI, CIA, and IRS). And a small percentage become the highest paid professors on college campuses.

Why is there such a shortage of accounting professors? Because so many premed majors want to change majors.

The retail apocalypse has claimed 6,000 US stores in 2019 so far, more than the total number to shut down in all of 2018 ---

Earther:  The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries ---
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Video:  Joe Biden Drops Out Of 1988 Presidential Race Apologizes For Plagiarism And Lying About Grades ---
Jensen Comment
I respect Biden's "coming clean" admissions. In my opinion
, his best strategy would be to make the theme of his 2020 campaign "Achievable Goals" that make his opponents look like fantasyland dreamers buying votes.

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

How the Joint Venture of Tesla and Panasonic Works in the Nevada Gigafactory and the Risks of Sabotage ---

Jensen Comment
This is a nice summary of how battery production works in Tesla's Nevada gigafactory. The article is stresses the production waste and accident risks at this huge plant.

What struck me is how vulnerable the plant is to sabotage from disgruntled workers to Al-Qaeda..

Jensen Comment
This suggests a new line of research for both managerial and financial accounting --- the risks of accidents and sabotage.

One risk is putting crucial production in one plant. Oil companies and automobile companies typically protect themselves with multiple plants rather than concentrating the plant in one place. Electric companies are part of a grid of multiple production sources. Tesla seems to have put all its battery eggs in one basket.

Student used ‘USB Killer’ device to destroy $58,000 worth of college computers ---
He's paying a steep price for remaining in the USA at free room and board

How to mislead with statistics
Harvard Research: When Airbnb Listings in a City Increase, So Do Rent Prices ---

Jensen Comment
The article itself pretty well points out how this correlation can be misleading due to missing variables

Mind-blowing facts about Russia's economy ---
Jensen Comment
Given the serious decline in population why doesn't Russia offer to take in more immigrants (think Latin American families).

Politically Correct Big Brother Will Not Allow Free Speech in USA Colleges
Williams College plans to revise its policies after a faculty petition to adopt free speech guidelines enraged student activists ---

April 2019:  Politically Correct Middlebury Still Cannot Keep Conservative Thinkers Safe ---
Jensen Comment
What conservative would want to join this faculty or join the student body?
Is Middlebury so against diversity?

From the Past
The (Political Correctness) Mob of Students at Middlebury

A mob tries to silence Charles Murray and sends a prof to the ER.

Once again a scholar invited to speak at a university has been shouted down by an angry mob clearly unable to challenge him intellectually. On Thursday at Middlebury College, allegedly an institution of higher learning, a crowd of protesters tried to run Charles Murray off campus. Mr. Murray is the author of many influential books, including “Coming Apart,” which the kids might read if they want to understand their country and can cope without trigger warnings.

Amid the shouts, Mr. Murray was taken to another location where he was able to speak. But a Middlebury professor escorting Mr. Murray from campus—Allison Stanger—was later sent to the hospital after being assaulted by protesters who also attacked the car they were in. As if to underscore the madness, the headline over the initial Associated Press dispatch smeared Mr. Murray rather than focusing on the intolerance of those disrupting him: “College students protest speaker branded white nationalist.”

Middlebury President Laurie Patton apologized in a statement to those “who came in good faith to participate in a serious discussion, and particularly to Mr. Murray and Prof. Stanger for the way they were treated.” While she believes some protesters were “outside agitators,” Middlebury students were also involved—and she said she would be “responding.”

Mr. Murray tweeted: “Report from the front: The Middlebury administration was exemplary. The students were seriously scary.” Let’s hope President Patton follows through with discipline to scare these students straight.

Harvard and Princeton Leading Scholars Protest the Middlebury Political Correctness Incident ---

Stylistically and politically, Robert P. George and Cornel West don’t have much in common. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, is one of the country’s most prominent conservative intellectuals. West, a professor of the practice of public philosophy and African and African-American studies at Harvard University, is a self-described “radical Democrat” who, in addition to many books, once released a spoken-word album.

So when George and West agree on something and lend their names to it, people take notice -- as they did this week, when the pair published a statement in support of “truth seeking, democracy and freedom of thought and expression.” It’s a politely worded denunciation of what George and West call “campus illiberalism,” or the brand of thinking that led to this month’s incident at Middlebury College, where students prevented an invited speaker from talking and a professor was physically attacked by some who were protesting the invitation.

“It is all too common these days for people to try to immunize from criticism opinions that happen to be dominant in their particular communities,” reads the statement. “Sometimes this is done by questioning the motives and thus stigmatizing those who dissent from prevailing opinions; or by disrupting their presentations; or by demanding that they be excluded from campus or, if they have already been invited, disinvited.”

Sometimes, it says, “students and faculty members turn their backs on speakers whose opinions they don’t like or simply walk out and refuse to listen to those whose convictions offend their values. Of course, the right to peacefully protest, including on campuses, is sacrosanct. But before exercising that right, each of us should ask: Might it not be better to listen respectfully and try to learn from a speaker with whom I disagree? Might it better serve the cause of truth seeking to engage the speaker in frank civil discussion?”

All of us “should be willing -- even eager -- to engage with anyone who is prepared to do business in the currency of truth-seeking discourse by offering reasons, marshaling evidence and making arguments,” George and West wrote. “The more important the subject under discussion, the more willing we should be to listen and engage -- especially if the person with whom we are in conversation will challenge our deeply held -- even our most cherished and identity-forming -- beliefs.”

Such “an ethos,” they conclude, “protects us against dogmatism and groupthink, both of which are toxic to the health of academic communities and to the functioning of democracies.”

George said in an interview Wednesday that signatures for the statement were flowing in at rate of several per minute, and that the names reflect all points of the ideological spectrum. “We’re gratified,” he said, adding that the statement aims to “encourage -- put the courage in -- people to stand up for themselves” and for the values of the academy.

“The goal is a heightened sense among faculty, administrators and students -- all three categories -- that they must refuse to tolerate campus illiberalism,” George said. “It’s a shared responsibility of everybody to not only refuse to participate in it but to refuse to accept it. In order for colleges and universities to fulfill their missions, there has to be an ethos, an atmosphere, an environment, in which people feel free to speak their minds -- where people are challenging each other, and thus learning.”

The immediate impetus for the statement was indeed the shouting down of Murray, author of the controversial book The Bell Curve, at Middlebury; the professor who was injured at the protest is the next signatory, after George and West. But the authors say they’ve long been concerned with a turning tide on colleges campuses that’s led to the shouting down and disinvitation of invited speakers, and other forms of what is arguably intellectual censorship. They’ve been trying to model the kind of civil dialogue they’re advocating for several years, teaching and speaking together publicly about the benefits of a liberal arts education -- including recently at the American Enterprise Institute.

Yet college illiberalism continues to grow, in their view. Just recently, for example, George said, Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton, who has argued in favor of abortion and euthanasia for severely disabled infants in some instances, was interrupted by disability rights protesters throughout an appearance via Skype at the University of Victoria in Canada.

George blamed the phenomenon on a campus culture of rightful inclusion that has been somehow “corrupted into the idea that people have the right to be free from hearing positions they disagree with.” That’s exacerbated, he said, by an emergent “consumer model” of education, in which colleges and universities competing for enrollments don’t want to offend their “customers,” even if the product -- higher education -- is supposed to be “challenging students’ deeply held convictions and helping them to lead examined lives.”

Singer announced on Twitter that he’d signed the petition. George pointed out that Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, who is anti-abortion and in many ways Singer’s ideological opposite, also signed on.

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The Not-So-Smart Harvard Library Thief
He Stole the Gutenberg Bible, Then Became Porn’s Weirdest Star ---


Although she was not a thief, Texas A&M once housed the phantom of the library who secretly lived there 24/7 ---

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone ---

Belt and Road Initiative --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belt_and_Road_Initiative

Capitalist Switzerland signs Belt and Road deal with China ---

Will China capture the main benefits from Belt and Road?

‘Search for inspiration’ lands too close to plagiarism, forcing retraction of grief paper ---

Bob Jensen's threads on professors who plagiarize or otherwise cheat ---

Brown University Reduces Annual Faculty Teaching Load From 4 Courses To 3 Courses ---

Jensen Comment
Seems like some choice is being taken from faculty, especially in the trade-off between teaching and publication. When faculty are hired it seems that teaching loads should be left to negotiation, and perhaps a computer science incoming professor should possibly have a different load relative to a chemistry or physical education or economics incoming faculty member.

Brown is one of the notorious universities having lack of faculty turnover with the resulting absence of tenure track openings in most departments. Surely Brown, like virtually all other universities, has some senior faculty that have more or less dropped out in terms of research and publication, especially those lifetime associate professors with tenure. On occasion those lifetime associate professors redeem themselves with great scholarship and teaching to a point where teaching performance earns them some performance rewards other than promotion to full professorships.

The study assumes teaching will improve with less teaching. This may be true in some instances and very doubtful in other instances ---

Presumably Brown now has a one-size fits all teaching load where performance will be evaluated more on the basis of research publications for nearly every tenured faculty member.

There's also a class-size controversy that Brown avoids because it has no business school and no law school. Most prestigious universities have law schools, and many have both graduate business and law schools (think Stanford and Harvard). It's almost unheard of in those professional schools to not have some very large classes (think 90 or more students). At Harvard and most of these top universities the professors must read examinations and term papers for grading purposes such that there's a huge difference between teaching a law school class with 120 students versus a law school seminar with 10 students. It would seem that class size must be taken into consideration when setting faculty teaching loads. The three-course one size fits all just doesn't work here.

Rather than one-size fits all, I think faculty should negotiate teaching loads. Professors who bring in lots of research funding should  be able to "buy out" of some teaching duties. Faculty heavy into service (internal or external) should be able to negotiate teaching loads. Professors who love teaching should also be able to negotiate heavier teaching loads.

In this era there's also the enormous difference between online versus onsite teaching (of both in the case of MOOCs). When done right online teaching is more intense with sometimes daily or even hourly communications day and night with online students. Online faculty should be able to negotiate teaching loads more than onsite faculty.

What Brown has done is to further divide faculty bourgeoisie from faculty proletariat in universities across the USA.

College Wouldn’t Cost So Much If Students And Faculty Worked Harder ---

An Oxford philosopher who's inspired Elon Musk thinks mass surveillance might be the only way to save humanity from doom ---

Why Doctors and Librarians Make Great Partners ---

Notre Dame was supposed to take 30 years to fix. After the fire, it could be rebuilt in a mere five ---
Jensen Comment
There's more urgency without a roof and more money thanks to wealthy donors and the funding intended by current leaders in France. But France's taxation contributions may be less then intended since so many yellow-jacket protesters are objecting to taxation in general and especially taxation to rebuild a Christian landmark. No doubt it will be rebuilt given the pouring in of funds from outside France. One worry is that it will become a choice target of ISIS and related anti-Christian extremists once it's rebuilt. The rebuilt version should be more fire resistant.

A Phoenix woman is facing charges after punching her 7-year-old son for being a bad lookout for his shoplifting grandmother ---

Ever Thought of Building Off-Grid? --

Jensen Comment
There are important things to consider. First and foremost the building codes must be met, and these vary with communities. For example, you might consider a chemical toilet or a worm toilet being pushed by Bill Gates. But toilets are not the only consideration, especially when there's gray water waste from other sources. Then there's the cost of a well if theirs now town water supply, and wells pumps need power.

If you live up north where temperatures drop to below zero, not having a basement is a bad idea.

And if you don't connect to power poles for electricity, you still might want cable connections from those poles.

And family life should be considered. Personally I think every child should eventually have a private bedroom. Then if you add the desire for a family room, den, and storage space you're talking about a much, much bigger home than is envisioned in the above article.

My experience is that you can never get enough storage space.
I have both an outside studio and an outside barn for all my books, winter storage (think deck furniture), luggage, freezers, extra refrigerators, lawn mowers, lawn tractor, trimmers, snow throwers, edgers, leaf blowers, and garage space for at least two cars (digging out a car from a three-foot snow storm is a pain), rakes, shovels, hoes, hoses, planters, snow stakes, extra wood scraps, chain saws, bags of dirt, bags of fertilizer, boats, camping gear, skis, bicycles,  etc.

The pretty little houses pictured in the above article make nice playhouses for the kids and the family dog.

What Should I Read to Understand (Urban) Zoning?

Should Walt Whitman's works be burned and his name never mentioned again on politically correct college campuses?

Should Walt Whitman's works be burned and his name never mentioned again on politically correct college campuses?

Why Economists Love Property Taxes and You Don't ---

Jensen Comment
California's Proposition 13 putting a cap on tax valuation for longer-term residents enables folks to remain in their homes.. Otherwise most would've been forced to move through no fault of their own. Without such relief folks in the other 49 states are often forced to move, and many choose to leave states like NY, NJ, Connecticut, Illinois, and elsewhere, thereby depriving those states of income taxes, estate taxes, sales taxes, etc.

Property taxes discourage building new homes or making improvements to existing homes.

The article above discusses other aspects of property taxes that are now used in many states like New Hampshire and Vermont for funding of schools. Property taxes work better in New Hampshire because home owners find tax relief by not having to pay income taxes and sales taxes. Property taxes don't work well in Vermont due to Vermont's taxes on everything imaginable, taxes that discourage moving into the state and encourage moving out of the state. This is creating a crisis for economic development and retaining a work force in Vermont. Exhibit A is the exit of physicians who set up practices just across the border in New Hampshire. On any given day I see as many or more Vermont license plates as NH license plates in NH parking lots. Those Vermont folks come to NH for shopping, medical services, etc.

There is also a lot of cheating. I had a conversation in a barbershop with a man who claims residency in a modest dilapidated house in Woodsville, NH just across the Connecticut River that separates Vermont from New Hampshire. He says his neighbor collects his mail while he and his wife live in  more of the year in an expensive retirement home on the Vermont side of the river. For both homes he pays property taxes, but by declaring NH residency he avoids paying Vermont income tax in his retirement. His Amazon purchases are sent to NH to save on sales taxes.

From the Scout Report on April 12, 2019

SystemRescueCd --- www.system-rescue-cd.org
SystemRescueCd is a bootable live environment for administration and recovery of computers after especially messy system crashes. Included in the environment are utilities for repairing damaged partition tables, accessing and debugging errors on common filesystems, recovering data from failing storage devices, creating disk images, performing hardware diagnostics, and more. Some familiarity with basic UNIX concepts and command-line tools will be helpful to make use of the tools on the SystemRescueCd. The manual on the project website includes a number of introductory articles and a quick start guide for users who may be less familiar with these sorts of tools. Also included are step-by-step guides such as "Backup data from an unbootable Windows computer," "Secure deletion of data," and "Repairing a damaged Grub" (Grub is the most common Linux boot loader). As it is a Linux-based live environment, SystemRescueCd can be run on nearly any computer with an Intel or AMD processor. Instructions are provided for creating a bootable CD or a USB stick.

Pup ---  https://github.com/ericchiang/pup
Pup is a command-line utility fox extracting, filtering, and printing parts of HTML documents. It was inspired by the popular jq utility that can perform similar tasks for JSON documents, which was previously covered in the April 27, 2018, Scout Report. Users select parts of pages using CSS selector syntax. Pup includes support for complex syntax like attribute selectors, pseudo classes, and selector chaining. The full list of implemented selectors can be located in the PUP readme. In addition to just outputting the selected HTML, pup can also display the element text, element attributes, or a JSON serialization of the HTML information. The pup readme contains a quick start that demonstrates how to generate a JSON format list of articles currently on the front page of Hacker News. Pup executables can be downloaded from the releases page for a variety of systems including Windows, macOS, Linux, and several BSDs. Pup is free software, distributed under the MIT license, with source code available on GitHub


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

Education Tutorials

Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information ---

SkillsCommons Vocational --- www.skillscommons.org

Online Accessibility Resource Documents (how to make your course materials accessible)  ---

Flipping Physics Courses -- www.flippingphysics.com

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

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

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy --- www.cidrap.umn.edu

Our Planet --- www.ourplanet.com/en

Video:  Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe (climate) --- 

Flipping Physics Courses -- www.flippingphysics.com

NYT:  Gene-Edited Babies: What a Chinese Scientist Told an American Mentor ---
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/14/health/gene-editing-babies.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage

electricityMap --- www.electricitymap.org

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seafood Watch --- www.seafoodwatch.org

The Future of Birds in Our National Parks --- www.audubon.org/climate/national-parks

National Park Service: Pollinators --- www.nps.gov/subjects/pollinators/index.htm

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

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy --- www.cidrap.umn.edu

Hyperallergic (radically left artists and journalists have a home)  --- https://hyperallergic.com/

electricityMap --- www.electricitymap.org

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seafood Watch --- www.seafoodwatch.org

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

Caselaw Access Project (Law History) --- https://case.law/

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

Math Tutorials

A Math Teacher's Life Summed Up By The Gifted Students He Mentored ---

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

A History of the Bible: The Story of the World's Most Influential Book ---

National Museum of Australia: Harvest of Endurance --- www.nma.gov.au/explore/features/endurance_scroll/harvest_of_endurance_html_version/home

Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources --- http://dmnes.org/

The Atlantic (magazine: Life Timeline --- www.theatlantic.com/timeline

Italian Renaissance Learning Resources --- www.italianrenaissanceresources.com

DigitalNZ (30 million items about New Zealand) --- https://digitalnz.org/

Discover Islamic Art --- http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/

Intersecting Ojibwe Art Curriculum --- https://intersectingart.umn.edu/

'Extraordinary' 500-year-old library catalogue reveals books lost to time ---

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

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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Freakonomics: The Story of Bananas ---

Humor for April 2019

26 funny and inexpensive Mother's Day gifts that are guaranteed to make her laugh ---

Forwarded by Paula
Old Automotive Adds --- https://imgur.com/r/mildlyinteresting/KOaSt37

Forwarded by Don Van Eynde

An aphorism is a statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty manner.

The term is often applied to philosophical, moral and literary principles.


 I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?


♦I find it ironic that the colours red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.


 When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body. Men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.


♦Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?


 America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.


♦You know that tingly little feeling you get when you love someone? That's your common sense leaving your body.


 My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that!


 I think my neighbour is stalking me as she's been Googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.


 Money talks ... but all mine ever says is good-bye.


♦You're not fat, you're just easier to see.


 If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of payments.


♦I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters. Do they just give you a bra and say, "Here, fill this out?"


 I can’t understand why women are OK that JC Penny has an older women’s clothing line named, "Sag Harbour."


♦Denny’s has a slogan, "If it’s your birthday, the meal is on us." If you’re in Denny’s and it’s your birthday, your life sucks!


 The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can go in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.


♦I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.


 Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!


♦The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.


Now, don’t you feel better knowing what an aphorism is?

Humor April 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q2.htm#Humor0419.htm

Humor March 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q1.htm#Humor0319.htm

Humor February 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q1.htm#Humor0219.htm 

Humor January 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q1.htm#Humor0119.htm   

Humor December 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q4.htm#Humor1218.htm  

Humor November 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q4.htm#Humor1118.htm 

Humor October 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q4.htm#Humor1118.htm

Humor October 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q4.htm#Humor1018.htm   

Humor September 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q3.htm#Humor0918.htm 

Humor August 2018 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q3.htm#Humor0818.htm  

Humor July 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q3.htm#Humor0718.htm 

Humor June 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q2.htm#Humor0618.htm

Humor May 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q2.htm#Humor0518.htm

Humor April 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q2.htm#Humor0418.htm

Humor March 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q1.htm#Humor0318.htm 

Humor February 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q1.htm#Humor0218.htm

Humor January 2018--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book18q1.htm#Humor0118.htm 

Humor December 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q4.htm#Humor1217.htm

Humor November 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q4.htm#Humor1117.htm

Humor October 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q4.htm#Humor1017.htm

Humor September 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q3.htm#Humor0917.htm 

Humor August 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q3.htm#Humor0817.htm

Humor July 2017--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book17q3.htm#Humor0717.htm

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

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