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Over 400 Examples of Critical Thinking and Illustrations of How to Mislead With Statistics --

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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 ---

Online Video, Slide Shows, and Audio

The American Dream:  Kurdish Immigrant Becomes a Billionaire ---
TED Talk:  Hamdi Ulukaya: The anti-CEO playbook  ---
Jensen Comment
This video is not as anti-business as it sounds, and the fact that Ulukaya became a billionaire as a CEO entrepreneur proves it. But he did in a socially responsible way with hiring of refugees and local workers and the sharing of corporate equity with employees.
Some things are overlooked in this otherwise inspiring video. Firstly, employees that have their savings invested in their employer's company need, at some point like retirement, to liquidate their holdings. In other words, they need some kind of market for their shares that have increased in value on paper but not necessarily in liquidity. One way of achieving liquidity is the cursed IPO when private corporate shares are going public to get into a cash market for those shares. Then investors start asking questions like what are the profits and what is the financial security of this investment?
The bottom line is that this is a pro-capitalism video, and seemingly anti-socialist if you watch it closely. But it's socially responsible capitalism to a point of where employees and Ulukay himself (a billionaire on paper) want to cash in on their shares.
The other thing to note about Ulaukaya's yogurt business is that this is a labor-intensive business relative to more capital-intensive businesses (think electric cars and pharmaceuticals) that need to justify "profits" or "anticipated profits" to get investors to put money into the business.
Hence it's a great video for a business case where there's a lot to debate like keeping wages relatively low by paying in ownership shares.

Video:  Economic Mobility in the USA

The Creative Life of Jim Henson Explored in a Six-Part Documentary Series ---

The Absolute Best Historically Accurate Westerns When Hollywood got It right. ---

Flash Forward Podcasts (science fiction) --- https://www.flashforwardpod.com/

Jackson Crawford's Old Norse Channel --- www.youtube.com/channel/UCXCxNFxw6iq-Mh4uIjYvufg

The Inn on Sunset Hill (just down from our cottage) ---


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 

Smithsonian Music --- https://music.si.edu/

Fascinating Algorithm: Dan Tepfer's Player Piano Is His Composing Partner ---

New Web Project Immortalizes the Overlooked Women Who Helped Shape Rock and Roll in the 1950s ---

Pink Floyd Songs Played Splendidly on a Harp Guitar: “Comfortably Numb,” “Wish You Were Here” & More ---

Bob Jensen's Links to Free Music

Photographs and Art

Creative Commons Officially Launches a Search Engine That Indexes 300+ Million Public Domain Images ---

National Geographic: Photo Ark (animal photographs) --- www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/photo-ark

The Strikingly Beautiful Maps & Charts That Fired the Imagination of Students in the 1880s ---

A New Archive Transcribes and Puts Online the Diaries & Notebooks of Women Artists, Art Historians, Critics and Dealers ---

Bees Are Beautiful --- https://www.vox.com/2016/6/21/11989588/world-bee-day-bees-photos

Living Oceans Foundation: World Reef Map --- https://maps.lof.org/lof

Some Plant People and other photos from the Atlanta Botanical Garden ---

Linda Hall Library Digital Collections (science, engineering, and technology) --- http://lhldigital.lindahall.org/

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



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 May 29, 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

"Deliver Us’ From The Evil Of ‘Straight White Men’ And ‘Fossil Fuels"
Baptist Pastor Dan Freemyer Gives Benediction Prayer At Baylor Graduation
Watch the Video ---

Critical Thinking:  A Free Course

Udacity Online Courses --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udacity

Udacity Course:  Web Accessibility by Google ---

Bob Jensen's threads on MOOCs and other open-shared courses --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI


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

R Programming --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_(programming_language)

Jim Borden Completed His First Coursera Course (R programming) ---

A few weeks ago I signed up for my first Coursera course – Introduction to Probability and Data, and today I was informed that I had successfully passed the course.

The course is part of a five-course Certificate, Statistics with R Specialization (R is a computer language focused on statistical analysis);

The other four courses are:

·         Inferential Statistics

·         Linear Regression and Modeling

·         Bayesian Statistics

·         Statistics with R Capstone

I came away quite impressed with the course and the Coursera platform.

The courses are taught by faculty at Duke University and use high-quality videos to explain the course concepts. There is also an online textbook (free) that can be used with the course.

The first course was broken down into five, one-week modules, with quizzes at the end of each module as well as a computer project. To move onto the next module, you need to pass the quiz and the computer assignment.

It was nice taking the course at my own pace; when I had time, whether it was early in the morning or later in the day, the course was always there for me to work on. If I had a busy week, I could take some time away from Coursera and focus on my other responsibilities. In fact, if you fall behind, you can reset the deadline to a future date so that you are not stressed by the deadline.

One of the features I liked was the occasional motivational message posted to your account.

The first message popped up almost instantly when I signed up for the course:

·         Learners who start within an hour of enrolling complete 28% more items than the average learner. Take less than 4 minutes to get started now and watch the first lecture!

How could I ignore such a statement; it was a course in stats, and it was using stats to encourage me to strike while the iron is hot, and I did.

I received another message as I was about to take one of the end of module quizzes:

·         Only 45% of learners pass this exam on their first try. Though difficult, it’s a great way to build and apply your new skills. (Based on data from 18.4k learners)

Again, how could I ignore such a challenge, and it made me study a little bit extra so that I could be part of the 45%

One other message I received related to the final project. The final project required the student to come up with three of their own research questions related to a large data file compiled by the U.S.Government.

I had been breezing along in the course, a little bit ahead of schedule, and then I encountered the final, which was a bit more challenging than I expected. I kept putting it off, and then I started seeing messages like the following:

·         You’ve already completed 89% of your course! Reset your deadlines so you can finish, the rest!

I decided to follow the recommendation, and reset my deadline so that I could give myself ample time to complete the module.

A unique part of the course is that the final project is peer-reviewed, by other students who have completed the course. In addition, as part of the final project, I had to evaluate three student projects.

The project was a good way to tie together some of the course concepts and to enhance my R capability.

The course has had over 127,000 students take the course, with a 4.7 (out of 5.0) rating, based on nearly 3,000 ratings. Not too shabby!

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Coursera Has Both Free and Fee-Based Courses from Prestigious Universities ---

Bob Jensen's threads on MOOCs and other open-shared courses --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI

55 clever and practical gifts for dad under $50 ---

A Sociology Professor at Notre Dame: 

Higher Education Is Drowning in BS

And it’s mortally corrosive to society

Thank you Ed Scribner for the heads up.

China just tested its 'nuclear option' in the trade war ---

Jensen Comment
The USA's booked national debt (excluding $100 trillion in unbooked entitlements) stands at over $22 trillion ---
The big difference is that interest is currently being paid on the $22 trillion in booked debt such that the full "nuclear option" of China could be a total disaster for the USA annual budget. But China would also be shooting itself in the foot.


Political Correctness in China
Wikipedia blocked in China in all languages ---
Jensen Comment
It's absolutely certain Big Brother has access.

Turkey also banned Wikipedia ---

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scholarly_Publishing_and_Academic_Resources_Coalition

SPARC (Scholarly Open Sharing) Landscape Analysis ---

Creative Commons Officially Launches a Search Engine That Indexes 300+ Million Public Domain Images ---

New SAT Score: Adversity ---

Jensen Comment
I like the idea, but I'm leery of self reporting data that are not audited. If families will cheat to get students admitted into prestigious schools why won't there be a lot of cheating on self-reported data? Of course universities can investigate further, but will they really do much investigating?

US News Strips the University of Oklahoma of Its Academic Ranking
Oklahoma Gave False Data for Years to 'U.S. News,' Loses Ranking

Jensen Comment
Oklahoma is consistently outstanding in athletics --- that's what matters most

Citing unsustainable price increases, leaders at Louisiana State University have decided to walk away from their comprehensive subscription deal with Elsevier ---

Bob Jensen's threads on ripoffs from oligopoly for-profit journal publishers ---

A Commencement Speaker Pledges to Pay Off an Entire Class’s Student Loans ---

Jensen Comment
I think there are various ways the donor can get a tax advantage from this gift such as having his charitable foundation make the $40 million gift. However, making donations to particular individuals is tricky in the tax code as opposed to making donations to tax-exempt organizations.

I suspect recipients have a loan-forgiveness income tax to pay, although those having a low post-graduation income this year will probably not pay much in 2019. Nearly half the people who file income tax returns in the USA don't pay any income tax because the USA income tax laws are very progressive ---

In any case this is a very good deal for graduates.

Probably the biggest deal in evaluating research is the importance of replication by different researchers in both the same and varying circumstances.

How to Mislead With Statistics
Battle for the thermostat: Gender and the effect of temperature on cognitive performance ---

Jensen Comment
I don't know if this is a misleading conclusion or not, but I'm dubious for a number of reasons.

Most importantly, psychology is under suspicion in research due to lack of replication. First there are replications that are as exacting as possible in terms of settings and tasks. For example, even for studies in the same location (Berlin) there are differing circumstances regarding time of the year that can affect how men and women dress, type of temperature control (e.g., forced air heating versus baseboard heating), variations in heating over different parts of large rooms, etc.

Second there are related studies under varying circumstances and tasks. For example, are there studies regarding gender and job performance relative and temperatures regarding other tasks such as job performances.

The bottom line is that the conclusions of this research are extremely tenuous until there are more replications over wide-ranging conditions and other researchers. And the conclusions are tenuous until medical science comes up with theories to be tested on the physiological reasons for such gender differences under varying temperatures.

Cognition is so dependent upon major factors such as motivation (some tests are just more important than others), variations in factors affecting preparation and alertness, variations in the tests themselves and how much they rely on short-term versus long-term memory, etc. Somehow, I don't think variations in test-taking temperature are as critical as a myriad of other things affecting cognition.

Bob Jensen's threads on the absurd lack of replication in academic accountancy research are at

The Michael Milken Project:  How did a 70-year-old ex-con barred for life from Wall Street become one of its most respected men?

Jensen Comment
After being released from prison, one of Milken's pet projects was for-profit education ---

Milken and his brother Lowell founded Knowledge Universe in 1996, as well as Knowledge Learning Corporation (KLC), the parent company of KinderCare Learning Centers, the largest for-profit child care provider in the country. He is currently chairman of the company.

He established K12 Inc., a publicly traded education management organization (EMO) that provides online schooling, including to charter school students for whom services are paid by tax dollars, which is the largest EMO in terms of enrollment.

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However, Milken badly overestimated how corporations would "eat the lunch" on traditional (including prestigious) colleges ---
In general the profit model has not panned out in higher education. Reasons are very complicated, but to date for-profit experiments did not attract top faculty or top students. Even when investing in a few  top faculty, the for-profit experiments could not overcome the attractions of top students for prestigious colleges and universities.

US stocks have crushed their European peers by 76% over the past decade. Here's what Goldman Sachs says needs to happen for Europe to flip the script ---

Jensen Comment
The stock market, along with pension savings in funds like CREF and CalPERS, will be crushed by proposed $100 trillion in new taxes to fund  green initiatives, free medical care, free medications, forgiveness of student debt, free college, guaranteed minimum income for all residents of the USA (including non-citizens), reparations for African and Native Americans, and on and on and on without an end to spending.

Bill Gates Recommends Five Books for 2019 Summer Reading ---

The Four Factors Behind Newark’s Education Turnaround (December 5, 2017) ---

. . .

Hire educational leaders unafraid to buck the system

I’m referring, of course, to Cami Anderson. The state appointed her in June 2011, and by September she had replaced 17 principals, cut 120 central office positions, and closed six schools. One of her most important accomplishments was starting Newark’s universal enrollment system, “Newark Enrolls,” which allows families to rank public school choices in order of preference, including most of the city’s popular charter-school sector. This collaborative approach has reduced the pro-charter/anti-charter tug-of-war that seizes many urban districts. It also has empowered parents who in times past had been afraid to voice their dissatisfaction with Newark’s traditional educational offerings.

Oh, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Then-candidate-now-mayor Ras Baraka won his campaign by turning the election into a referendum on Anderson’s personality. Teacher union leaders were irate and demanded her resignation. School board meetings, which Anderson started boycotting, were gladiatorial; the board gave her a vote of “no-confidence.” In 2015 Anderson left and the state replaced her with its former Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, who deftly smoothed ruffled feathers while strengthening Anderson’s reforms and adding some of his own. Very much like Michelle Rhee-Kaya Henderson in Washington, D.C. Hire a change-agent to serve as a lightning rod for pushback, then follow up with a unifier to buttress reforms and focus unyieldingly on student growth.

Strengthen teacher effectiveness

Uncompromising as Anderson was, she used diplomacy to win important changes to teacher evaluations. With support from the AFT’s Randi Weingarten, she managed to allay teacher union leaders’ fears and come to terms on an innovative contract that enables the district to retain 95 percent of effective teachers (partially through generous merit bonuses) and usher less effective ones out. It’s worth noting that, of Zuckerberg’s $100 million, almost $50 million went to teachers, both to settle up on retroactive pay and to award those bonuses.

Raise standards and expectations

Newark was an early-adopter of the Common Core and, unlike their richer suburban neighbors, parents adapted quickly to new aligned state tests called PARCC. I spend a lot of time talking to parents and am often struck by the lack of the “Honesty Gap” in Newark. In suburban communities it can be sacrilege to confess misgivings about student growth and achievement. But there’s no pretense in Newark. Parents, many of whom graduated from Newark schools themselves, accept the need for change; if different ways of doing math and more rigorous annual tests move the needle, they’re all in.

“I understand that sometimes testing is too much, I get all that. But we need to raise the bar,” said Newark father Charles Love. “When I see PARCC, I see it as something that can level the playing field, that can give brown and black kids an opportunity to become a part of the American dream.”

Embrace school choice

The city’s charter-school sector, dominated by the high-performing KIPP and Uncommon networks, currently enrolls 34 percent of Newark’s 50,000 students, with 12,000 on wait lists. During Newark Enrolls cycles, 50 percent of parents typically list charters as their first choice. No wonder. Stanford’s CREDO reported that “on average, students in New Jersey charter schools learned significantly more than their virtual counterparts in reading and mathematics.” Research conducted by the Center for Reinventing Public Education shows that among 50 cities studied, only eight percent of public schools “beat the odds,” but in Newark that figure soared to 40 percent, solely due to the educational advantages afforded to charter-school students.

Another form of school choice is just as popular: Newark magnet schools. Unlike charters, Newark’s magnets have restrictive admissions requirements, yet they enroll 37 percent of Newark students. This diversified landscape — magnets, traditionals, charters — encourages innovation and, at long last, the beginnings of collaboration: a new report from the New Jersey Charter School Association profiles Uncommon’s North Star Academy, which, with a nudge from Superintendent Cerf, opened its professional development sessions to district teachers.

Here in Newark, school choice also promotes student achievement. (Warning: nerdiness ahead.) Newark’s 2016-2017 PARCC scores reveal that proficiency rates have gone up significantly over the past five years, outpacing 37 other New Jersey districts with similar socio-demographics. Within this group, Newark rose from the 42nd percentile to the 83rd in math and from the 44th percentile to the 81st in English Language Arts. When the state first took over Newark in 1995, only 54 percent of high school students graduated; this year the graduation rate was 77 percent. Projections are that it will rise again this spring.

This good news — academic improvement after a century of failure, higher standards for students and educators, parent empowerment through public school choice — signals hard-won cohesion for a fractured district in a fragmented state. Can Newark continue the trend? All of us who closely follow this city are hopeful, of course, but much rides on the ability of the school board and other elected leaders to resist the pull of the past and preserve this new, child-centered culture of achievement that is driving Newark’s reforms.

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Jensen Comment
What's not clear is how Newark, unlike Chicago, made schools safe from drug gangs and free of administrative corruption. That's a tough issue when drug gangs and administrative corruption are entrenched like in Chicago. It's one thing to have a goal of hiring leaders who will buck the system versus actually finding leaders who will truly buck the system.

How a renowned researcher beat the roulette odds, stumped casino owners around the world, and walked away with a fortune ---

. . .

Though roulette was considered by many to be purely a game of chance, Jarecki was convinced that it could be “beat.”

He noticed that at the end of each night, casinos would replace cards and dice with fresh sets — but the expensive roulette wheels went untouched and often stayed in service for decades before being replaced. Like any other machine, these wheels acquired wear and tear.

Jarecki began to suspect that tiny defects — chips, dents, scratches, unlevel surfaces — might cause certain wheels to land on certain numbers more frequently than randomocity prescribed.

The doctor spent weekends commuting between the operating table and the roulette table, manually recording thousands upon thousands of spins, and analyzing the data for statistical abnormalities.

“I [experimented] until I had a rough outline of a system based on the previous winning numbers,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald in 1969. “If numbers 1, 2, and 3 won the last 3 rounds, [I could determine] what was most likely to win the next 3.”

Jarecki’s approach wasn’t new: Joseph Jagger, thought to be the “pioneer” of the so-called “biased wheel” strategy, had won hefty sums this way in the 1880s. In 1947, researchers Albert Hibbs and Dr. Roy Walford used the technique to buy a yacht and sail off into the Caribbean sunset. Then, there was Helmut Berlin, an ex-lathe operator who, in 1950, hired a team of cronies to track wheels and made off with $420,000.

But for Jarecki, it wasn’t about the money: He wanted to perfect the system, repeat it, and “beat” the wheel. It was a matter of man triumphing over machine.

After months of collecting data, he scraped together $100 (his rainy day savings) and hit the casino. He’d never gambled — and though he trusted his research, he knew he was still up against “the element of chance.”

In a matter of hours, he flipped his $100 into $5,000 (~$41,000 today). And with this validation, he turned to much higher stakes.

Breaking the odds


In the mid-60s, Jarecki moved to Germany and took up a post at the University of Heidelberg to study electrophoresis and forensic medicine.

He’d recently won a highly prestigious peace prize (one of only 12 awarded worldwide) for his work on international cooperation in medicine, and, as a result, had gained entry into an elite group of doctors and scientists.

But Jarecki had his eyes on a different prize: The nearby casinos.

. . .

In the decades following Jarecki’s dominance, casinos invested heavily in monitoring their roulette tables for defects and building wheels less prone to bias. Today, most wheels have gone digital, run by algorithms programmed to favor the house.

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Jensen Comment
This illustrates one of the major flaws of statistical analysis --- assuming randomness that is not random. Lottery officials must these days must be especially concerned with maintaining randomness.

When the IRS Decides the Future of News ---

Jensen Comment
Whereas billionaires helped save newspapers like The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, newspapers in small towns to big cities are in deep trouble due to advertising revenue shifts from local newspapers to digital media like the shift in advertising from newspapers to popular Websites. The biggest loss is the salary support of reporters such as reporters who cover such things as school board meetings and city council meetings as well as investigate town hall corruption.

I'm all for saving local news reporters. But its not clear how making them employees of non-profit newspapers is going to generate enough revenue to keep them going. It makes them charities at time when charities are struggling under a new tax code that's clobbering itemized deductions. It makes them compete for local gifts such as gifts to a local hospital versus gifts to a local newspaper. It makes them less independent of religious groups, labor unions, etc..

How to Mislead With Statistics
RANKED: Every state in the USA by the strength of their public education system ---

Jensen Comment
When performance is a multivariate phenomenon, virtually all rankings can be misleading. because of arbitrary weightings of criteria (e.g., graduation rates versus college admission scores versus education of handicapped students).---

Having said this there are some notable outcome among the Top 10 states out of 50 states in the above study.

Firstly, we might note that three states without income taxes made the Top 10 (Florida, New Hampshire, and Washington). However some states that tax everything imaginable also made the Top 10 (e.g., Taxachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont).

Secondly, we might note that some states in the Top 10 are mostly white with little diversity (e.g., Vermont and New Hampshire). However, some states in the Top 10 have a lot of diversity (e.g., Florida, New Jersey, and Massachusetts). Whitish states like Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota did not make the Top 10. Very diverse states like California and New York did not make the Top 10.

Thirdly, states with the USA's largest cities tended not to make the Top 10. School performances in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, .New York City, Detroit, St. Louis, Phoenix, San Antonio, etc. probably tended to pull their state averages downward. However, there were exceptions for Boston, Miami, and Omaha.

Heavily Hispanic states like Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California struggle with graduation rates. However, Florida appears to be an outlier in this regard.

Poverty hurts as evidenced by performance of West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Alabama.

Teachers Unions probably can't find a whole lot to brag about in this ranking. Granted the Number 1 state (Massachusetts) is a very pro union without exception. But not so much in New Hampshire. Heavily unionized states like Rhode Island, Illinois, California, and Michigan did not rank highly.

I tend to think that the most important "cause" of high education system performance has little to do with education systems per se. I think education performance depends most upon families. High ranking nations like Finland have low divorce rates and strong family bonds. I did not investigate, but states in the above study that have relatively low rankings perhaps rank highly in terms of single-parent homes. There will of course be exceptions.

Google dramatically severed ties with Huawei — here's what that means for you ---

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

Baltimore ransomware nightmare could last weeks more, with big consequences ---
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Police and 911 systems are independent and not affected.

How to mislead with statistics
Schools ranked by student/faculty ratio
This link also suggests why low ratios are expected to help learning.

The first thing to note is that very low student/faculty ratios often are associated with specialty colleges like seminaries and other specialty college that have increasingly hard times attracting students.

Secondly, many of the best (lowest) ratios are in heavily endowed universities (think Ivy League). But this can be somewhat misleading in terms of exclusion of some graduate programs from the calculations. For example, Harvard has a low 7/1 ratio overall but certainly not in the MBA or law school programs that are cash cows with very large classes with high student/faculty ratios.

Thirdly, class sizes are sometimes skewed giving rise to misleading student/faculty ratios. In flagship universities it's very common to have very, very large classes for basic core courses in order to have much smaller classes for majors in junior and senior years. Thus a flagship state university does not necessarily have very large classes uniformly across the campus. It's extremely common these days for colleges to have faculty shortages in majors that are the most popular with students. For example, the many humanities departments may be rich in faculty numbers relative to the number of majors in humanities such that seminars may only have three or four students. But the business school having many more majors may end up with senior-level courses with 100 or more students because of severe shortage of faculty in the business school.

Fourthly, it's very difficult to conduct studies on the impact of student/faculty ratios when comparing universities because there are so many confounding factors such as admissions standards and grading rigor. Add to this the impact of varying use of distance education. Distance education is unique in that students online often have more intense learning relationships with both teachers and other students. Student/faculty ratios may be less revealing in online courses.

Fifthly, low student/faculty ratios say nothing about the quality and dedication of the faculty to teaching. Some colleges and universities have 90% or higher tenure rates giving rise to job securities that are more independent of teaching performance than in schools having much lower tenure rates with faculty being more intensely evaluated as to performance along various criteria, including teaching.

Sixthly, universities with low student/faculty ratios may be smaller universities that just do not have many faculty or students. For example, the Computer Science Department at Cactus Gulch College may only have 12 majors and two faculty members. Flagship State University may have 800 computer science  majors and 40 faculty in computer science. Where would you like your daughter to major in computer science? Chances are Flagship State has many more curriculum options and specialty courses in computer science leading to much better job prospects relative to Cactus Gulch computer science graduates.

Lastly, low student/faculty ratios are not always best. The Harvard Business School has very high student/faculty ratios, but most any Harvard MBA graduates will tell you they learned more from other students than they did from faculty. This, in part, is due to the Socratic pedagogy of the Harvard Business School were most courses focus on cases where students rather than faculty solve the cases in class or in teams of students outside the classroom. Socratic learning is intended for students to learn more from each other than from faculty who do not lecture under the Socratic pedagogy --- often faculty who do not even reveal best answers. Often the cases are so complex there are no "best answers." My point here is that having higher student/faculty ratios may be better under the Socratic Pedagogy ---

The bottom line here is that the "best" place to go to college is extremely complicated and multivariate in terms of so many things that student/faculty ratios can be meaningful in some contexts and extremely misleading in other contexts. The Harvard Business School and the Wharton Business School (Pennsylvania) have relatively high student/faculty ratios. But graduates of those programs end up on uniquely fast  tracks to Wall Street employment or corporate employment that overwhelm almost any other criterion in terms of students wanting to get on those same employment tracks. At the same time having a 1/1 student faculty ratio in the classics might be very ideal at Oxford University if you hope to teach classics at Cambridge University or Harvard University.

And "size" does matter in many ways, including the non-academic aspect of college life. The University of Texas at Austin affords many opportunities for great learning, but when it comes to dormitory living Jester Hall is so enormous it has two zip codes. Many young people leaving home for the first time do not want that kind of "bigness." Cactus Gulch may not have all the computer science opportunities of UT-Austin, but living and learning and extracurricular life at Cactus Gulch may be better in combination for many students. You don't have to be NFL material to participate in varsity football at Cactus Gulch. You may become relatively close to every student living in your Cactus Gulch dorm.

And when you encounter a Cactus Gulch professor while walking on campus that professor might actually know your name. Don't count on this at UT-Austin.

And you might enjoy the quiet of you Cactus Gulch dorm, a quiet that never happens at Jester Hall 24/7 with its fast food joints and all the stereos blaring and residents/non-residents who live by night rather than day amid the police sirens.


Where does an entire day's worth of food come from?

The Atlantic:  An Engineering School Pulls Off an ‘Epic Trick Play’ ---

A $1 Billion Fraud:  Does Theranos Mark the Peak of the Silicon Valley Bubble?

This month, Carreyrou’s book about the Theranos saga, Bad Blood, was released. It reads like a page-turner in the finest tradition of Michael Crichton, complete with secondary and tertiary characters and finely detailed scene settings, with the tragic difference that everything in it is true. It has already been purchased—after a bidding war—by a Hollywood studio, which has cast Jennifer Lawrence as Holmes.

What is the main temptation of white collar criminals?

Answer from http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudEnronQuiz.htm#01 
Jane Bryant Quinn once said something to the effect that, when corporate executives and bankers see billions of loose dollars swirling above there heads, it's just too tempting to hold up both hands and pocket a few millions, especially when colleagues around them have their hands in the air.  I tell my students that it's possible to buy an "A" grade in my courses but none of them can possibly afford it.  The point is that, being human, most of us are vulnerable to some temptations in a weak moment.  Fortunately, none of you reading this have oak barrels of highly-aged whiskey in your cellars, the world's most beautiful women/men lined up outside your bedroom door, and billions of loose dollars swirling about like autumn leaves in a tornado.  Most corporate criminals that regret their actions later confess that the temptations went beyond what they could resist.  What amazes me in this era, however, is how they want to steal more and more after they already have $100 million stashed.  Why do they want more than they could possibly need?

See Bob Jensen's "Rotten to the Core" document at http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudRotten.htm 
The exact quotation from Jane Bryant Quinn at http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudRotten.htm#MutualFunds

Why white collar crime pays big time even if you know you will eventually be caught --- 

Bob Jensen's threads on professionalism and ethics --- 

Bob Jensen's Rotten to the Core threads --- 


ABA: Law Schools Will Lose Their Accreditation Unless 75% Of Their Graduates Pass The Bar Within Two Years, Beginning With The Class of 2017 ---

Jensen Comment
Will the law schools get better or will the Bar exam get easier?
Probably some of both.

This sort of rule would be tough to enforce in accountancy since so many accounting graduates never intend to take the CPA exam or those that fail it the first try don't try again. Graduation from an accredited school of accountancy is not required by the CPA profession. There is an AACSB special designation (called accreditation) to be a School of Accountancy, but most colleges having accounting programs don't take the effort or spend the money it takes to have an AACSB accredited School of Accountancy. It's certainly not analogous to having ABA accreditation for a law school and not a criterion to getting a license to practice as a CPA.

These are the worldwide Schools of Accounting accredited by the AACSB as business schools (and yes there are a lot of them in the USA even though its more frosting on the cake relative to AACSB accreditation of business schools) ---

There is no minimum performance average for passage of the CPA exam for accredited or non-accredited accounting programs. However, there is a time limit of 18 months for CPA exam takers to pass all four parts of the 16-hour exam that can be taken in installments ---

Keep in mind that accountancy has many tracks, and the track leading to a CPA is only one of those tracks. Some colleges have accounting programs that really don't focus on a curriculum to pass the CPA exam. In fact, some regionally accredited colleges with business and accounting programs have no added accreditation in business or accountancy.

These are many more worldwide AACSB accredited business schools (845 schools in 56 countries) than accredited schools of accountancy ---

There are other AACSB accreditation specialties such as online program accreditation.

The Academy’s New Favorite Hate-Read ---

Australia's Quillette --- https://quillette.com/


Las Vegas has become the Boring Company’s first paying customer It’ll be paid nearly $50 million to build a 0.83 mile Loop system ---

Jensen Comment
The bad news is that 0.83 miles is really good walking exercise unless you're hauling 70 lbs of casino winnings or wearing spiked heels.

Carson Gulley Cookbook Collection --- https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/humanecol/carsongulley/



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

Education Tutorials

Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse Sets (Diverse Subject Matter) --- www.loc.gov/free-to-use

The American Civil War Museum: Educator Resources ---

National Geographic: Photo Ark (animal photographs) --- www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/photo-ark

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

Linda Hall Library Digital Collections (science, engineering, and technology) --- http://lhldigital.lindahall.org/

Living Oceans Foundation: World Reef Map --- https://maps.lof.org/lof

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services --- www.ipbes.net

The Barcode of Life Data System --- www.boldsystems.org

USFWS: National Wetlands Inventory --- www.fws.gov/wetlands

Catalogue of Life --- www.catalogueoflife.org

Birds of North America --- www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZVnnAt5_5lbqaQNNg-LEPwdRbj_nf5hU&app=desktop

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

Mental Health Links from the Scout Report on May 24, 2019




MentalHealth.gov serves as a one-stop access point for information from U.S. government agencies on mental health problems and supporting resources. Written in approachable language, this project aims to educate the general public, as well as health professionals, policymakers, and school and community leaders. Here, visitors can find basic facts about mental health and information about a number of conditions, such as anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, suicidal behaviors, and post-traumatic stress disorder. This resource also provides guidance for ways to talk about psychological well-being, with advice targeting a variety of audiences including parents, educators, young people, and those with mental health problems. Additionally, this site provides links to numerous ways to get help, including resources for veterans, information regarding health insurance, and phone numbers for immediate help. Launched in June 2013, MentalHealth.gov was created as part of the federal government's effort to initiate a national dialogue on the subject. Multiple federal agencies contributed to the content in this resource, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This site is also available in Spanish. [JDC]



Classroom Mental Health



Educators may be interested in Classroom Mental Health, a resource developed by the University of Michigan Depression Center with the help of high school teachers and administrators. This site is designed for teachers to be "a toolkit you can turn to for mental health information and classroom-tested ideas which you can use to promote a healthier, more productive classroom for you and your students." Visitors to this project will find a variety of guidelines, strategies, and exercises that can be used to help support and encourage psychological well-being among their students. Some are aimed at establishing a mental health-friendly classroom climate, such as ways to normalize discussion of the subject by building it into ordinary lessons. Other tools address how to support individual students, including a list of signs that may indicate a student is struggling with their mental health and guidelines for talking to students one-on-one. Additionally, this site includes self-care tips that may be helpful to everyone as well as ways to work with families to support a student's psychological health. While Classroom Mental Health was created with high school teachers in mind, educators at other levels and parents may also find this site's content helpful. [JDC]



Wellcome Library Digital Collections: Mental healthcare



Readers interested in the history of mental health care may want to check out this large collection of archival material that has been digitized and made publicly available by the Wellcome Library in London. These archives, which total more than 800,000 pages of material, date from the 18th to 20th centuries and consist of documents "relating to psychiatric institutions, mental health organisations and individuals in the UK." Here, visitors can find a variety of materials, such as photographs, patient records, data on hospital staff, and administrative documents. As of this write-up, fifteen separate collections make up these archives, including papers from Ticehurst House Hospital in southern England, Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Scotland (originally named the Glasgow Lunatic Asylum), and the Retreat in northern England, as well as personal archives from figures such as psychiatrist William Walters Sargant and psychiatric social worker Robina Addis. In addition to the archival material, readers will also find links to Wellcome's relevant blog posts featuring stories and articles drawn from the archives. [JDC]



The State of Mental Health in America

Social studies


The nonprofit organization Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association; see the 1-20-2006 Scout Report) has produced annual reports on the State of Mental Health in America since 2015. These reports compile publicly available data across all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Among their diverse goals, these reports aim to "provide a snapshot of mental health status among youth and adults" and to "track changes in the prevalence of mental health issues and access to mental health care." Here, readers will find the organization's most recent report (as of this write-up, the 2019 compilation). This report summarizes and maps survey data ranking states on the rates of mental illness in adults and youth as well as on the accessibility of psychological care. Among the report's findings for 2019, more than 44 million adults in the United States have a mental health condition, and roughly 20 percent of those adults report a psychological care need that is currently unmet. In addition to viewing the current report's contents online, readers can also download printable versions of the current and previous reports as PDFs. [JDC]



The Mental Illness Happy Hour



The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a long-running weekly podcast hosted by stand-up comedian Paul Gilmartin, former host of the TBS series Dinner and a Movie. Gilmartin started the podcast in 2011 when he realized that, despite his years of experience as a therapy patient, his depression had unexpectedly returned. Since then, the Mental Illness Happy Hour has grown into an acclaimed and cherished series of intimate, empathetic conversations normalizing discussions of mental health, and in 2018 Gilmartin received a Webby Award for Best Host in the Podcast category. Recent guests include licensed therapist and advice columnist Lori Gottlieb, comedian and podcaster Keith Kingbay, and entrepreneur Elle Huerta, who created the Mend app. As the podcast notes, "It's not a doctor's office. Think of it more as a waiting room that doesn't suck." Visitors may also want to check out the site's blog featuring mental health-related posts by guest authors and Gilmartin, as well as the podcast's online community forum. Those interested can download all of the episodes released in the past year at the link above, and listeners can also subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and other platforms. [JDC]



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

Social Science and Economics Tutorials

A New Archive Transcribes and Puts Online the Diaries & Notebooks of Women Artists, Art Historians, Critics and Dealers ---

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

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

Math Tutorials


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

Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse Sets (Diverse Subject Matter) --- www.loc.gov/free-to-use

A New Archive Transcribes and Puts Online the Diaries & Notebooks of Women Artists, Art Historians, Critics and Dealers ---

Jackson Crawford's Old Norse Channel --- www.youtube.com/channel/UCXCxNFxw6iq-Mh4uIjYvufg

The Absolute Best Historically Accurate Westerns When Hollywood got It right. ---

The Strikingly Beautiful Maps & Charts That Fired the Imagination of Students in the 1880s ---

The American Civil War Museum: Educator Resources ---

Carson Gulley Cookbook Collection --- https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/humanecol/carsongulley/

Derivative Financial Instrument (e.g., options, futures, forwards, and swaps and all sorts of complicated combinations for hedging)  --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivative_(finance)
The opening of a canal in 1848 led to the birth of modern financial derivatives, and the early demise of some of the men who traded them ---
Bob Jensen's tutorials on derivatives --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/caseans/000index.htm

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

Jackson Crawford's Old Norse Channel --- www.youtube.com/channel/UCXCxNFxw6iq-Mh4uIjYvufg

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

Music Tutorials

Smithsonian Music --- https://music.si.edu/

How Computers Ruined Rock Music ---

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/

May 16, 2019

·           Tattoo Inks Recalled Over Bacterial Contamination

·         Study: Curbing a Skin Oil Might Help Reduce Acne

·         Lyme Disease Now a Threat in City Parks

·         App Could Spot Kids' Ear Infections

·         Valium, Xanax Could Raise Miscarriage Risk

·         Trans Women on Hormones Have More Breast Cancer

·         Comedian Tim Conway, 85, Dies of Brain Disorder

·         Will Climate Change Cause Food Sources to Dwindle?

·         Antibiotics May Help In Complicated Vaginal Births

May 18, 2019

 E-      Cig Makers' Free Stuff Leads More Teens to Vape

·         The Unsexy Truth: Fewer in the U.S. Having Sex

·         Suicides Up Among U.S. Kids; Girls' Deaths Highest

·         LED Blue Light Poses Eye, Sleep Risks: Report

·         Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Chickens

·         Colon Cancer Increasingly Striking the Young

·         U.S. Birth Rate Lowest in 32 Years

·         Former President Jimmy Carter Out of Hospital

·         Diets High in Processed Foods a Recipe for Obesity

May 20, 2019

·         LED Blue Light Poses Eye, Sleep Risks: Report

·         Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Chickens

·         The Unsexy Truth: Fewer in the U.S. Having Sex

·         E-Cig Makers' Free Stuff Leads More Teens to Vape

·         Suicides Up Among U.S. Kids; Girls' Deaths Highest

·         Colon Cancer Increasingly Striking the Young

·         U.S. Birth Rate Lowest in 32 Years

·         Former President Jimmy Carter Out of Hospital

·         Diets High in Processed Foods a Recipe for Obesity

May 21, 2019

·                 Are There Health Benefits from Burning Sage?

·         Bill Would Raise U.S. Legal Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

·         Cholesterol Levels Improving Among U.S. Kids

·         Computers Spot Lung Cancer as Well as Doctors Do

·         Could CBD Treat Opioid Addiction?

·         U.S. Children Eating Less Seafood

·         Walking During Work Meetings Brings Benefits

·         Neck Cracking and Stroke: How Risky Is It?

·         Putting Your Child to Sleep in a Car Seat is Risky

 May 22, 2019

·             'Sesame Street' Welcomes a Foster Child Character

·         Cancer Killing Fewer, Heart Disease Killing More

·         Opioid Users' Kids May Be At Higher Suicide Risk

·         Rising Rx Costs Creating Tough Choices for Seniors

·         COPD May Strike Women Harder Than Men

·         Study: Anti-Clotting Meds OK After Bleeding Stroke

·         Women With Sleep Apnea May Have Higher Cancer Odds

·         Q Fever May Be More Human Threat Than Thought

·         FDA OKs First Nasal Spray for Seizure Clusters

May 23, 2019

·         6 Brain Surgeries Later, This Med Student Is Excelling

·         That Selfie May Be Epic, But Not Worth Your Life

·         Does Bipolar Disorder Raise Risk of Parkinson's?

·         New Gene Variations for Type 2 Diabetes Found

·         New USDA Nutrition Guidelines Will Cover Infants

·         Many 'Dehumanize' People with Obesity

·         Poor Diet Might Raise Your Cancer Risk

·         How Does Room Temperature Affect Test Scores?

·         'Sesame Street' Welcomes a Foster Child Character

May 25, 2019

·              Summer of Mosquito Swarms a Possibility This Year

·         Study: Roundup Linked to Human Liver Damage

·         Colon Cancer Screenings Rise When Medicaid Arrives

·         Half-Price Version of Humalog Insulin Available

·         6 Brain Surgeries Later, This Med Student Is Excelling

·         That Selfie May Be Epic, But Not Worth Your Life

·         Does Bipolar Disorder Raise Risk of Parkinson's?

·         New Gene Variations for Type 2 Diabetes Found

·         New USDA Nutrition Guidelines Will Cover Infants







MIT:  Gene Therapy May Have Its First Blockbuster ---

Drug firm Novartis expects to imminently win approval to launch what it says will be the first “blockbuster” gene-replacement treatment, Antonio Regalado reports.

What is it? Zolgensma is a one-time gene replacement cure to treat spinal muscular atrophy in the first weeks of life. It’s a degenerative disease that usually kills within two years.

How does it work? Gene therapy uses viruses to insert healthy genes into patients’ cells.

A reckoning: The growing success of the concept may bring a reckoning for US health care. The FDA predicts that by 2025 between 10 and 20 gene or cell treatments will reach the market each year, which could disrupt the US insurance market if costly treatments win approval.

But there’s a catch: Zolgensma is expected to cost between $1.5 and $2 million. That would make it the most expensive one-time medicine ever sold.

NBC News:  Parents are poisoning their children with bleach to 'cure' autism. These moms are trying to stop it.---




Humor for May 2019

Forwarded by Paula:  50 Strange Facts About the USA ---


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.
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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

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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