Tidbits on March 31, 2020
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Over 400 Examples of Critical Thinking and Illustrations of How to Mislead With Statistics --

Excellent, Cross-Disciplinary Overview of Scientific Reproducibility in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy ---
[Researchers] are rewarded for being productive rather than being right, for building ever upward instead of checking the foundations.---
Decades of early research on the genetics of depression were built on nonexistent foundations. How did that happen?

Bob Jensen:  My take on research validation or lack thereof is at

Tom Lehrer on Mathematical Models and Statistics ---
You must watch this to the ending to appreciate it.

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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

A Short, Animated Film Shows How a Scientific Article Gets Published: “Excitement, Baby Steps and Reams of Rejections” ---

Mind Field (video about the human mind) ---

The “Feynman Technique” for Studying Effectively: An Animated Primer ---
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The Sunset Hill House Hotel (near our cottage) ---
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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 

Believe it: Orchestra plays Beethoven 9th from their homes ---

Symphony In The Age Of Coronavirus ---

The Met Opera Streaming Free Operas Online to Get You Through COVID-19
A friend of mine says that he's too dumb for opera and too smart for NASCAR

Musical version of the new Bohemian Rhapsody ---

Berlin Philharmonic --- https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home

Bob Jensen's Links to Free Music

Photographs and Art

Take a Virtual Tour of 30 World-Class Museums & Safely Visit 2 Million Works of Fine Art ---
Think of things you can do with your children at home while watching this. For example, make up some trivia questions about some artists that you can ask when observing their works.

Thousands of Virtual Museums --- https://hyperallergic.com/547919/2500-virtual-museum-tours-google-arts-culture/

North Dakota ---

Bob Jensen's threads on art history ---

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

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

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

The National Emergency Library Makes 1.5 Million Books Free to Read Right Now ---

Audible Providing Free Audio Books to Kids & Teens: Introducing the New Service, Audible Stories ---
Bob Jensen's threads on free children's books ---

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 March 31, 2020

Coursera (online courses from prestigious universities) ---

Coursera Providing Free Access to Its Courss to Universities Impacted by COVID-19 ---

The 9 most popular online courses people are taking on Coursera from Stanford, Yale, and Princeton ---

Jensen Comment
My reading is that Coursera will allow free access to its courses to students taking classes at colleges who adopt these courses as part of their emergency online curricula. The courses, however, are not free to the general public, although Coursera prices are relatively cheap given the quality of its courses.

Bob Jensen's threads to millions of open sharing (free) courses ---
Open Sharing Courses --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI
For example it's become popular for students contemplating MBA programs anywhere to view the Wharton School's MBA core courses at the University of Pennsylvania free online before those students actually enroll in some MBA program anywhere in the world. The reason is to give them a leg up when actually having to take similar core courses.

My favorite other example is the remote Tibet student who viewed so many free MIT online science and engineering courses that he got a scholarship to go to MIT for a Ph.D.

Many of the courses used by Coursera are free, but for a fee Coursera provides academic testing and resume certificates of accomplishments.

The Coronavirus Has Pushed Courses Online. Professors Are Trying Hard to Keep Up ---

Jensen Comment
I have a paid subscription to read this article. But the stingy Chronicle of Higher Education is putting it behind a paywall, thereby extorting some faculty free access to an article intended to help them in time of need. Shame on the Chronicle.

The article also does not allow comments from professors who might have helpful advice.

Bob Jensen's free access to Tools and Tricks of the Trade ---

Oregon Closes Online Schools!!!

A Fantastic Graphic on the History of Pandemics ---
Thank you Paula Ward for the heads up

Jensen Comment
It's tricky to make clever graphics of multivariate phenomena.
This is an illustration of one of the best graphics I've ever seen.

Reply from Paul Myers

I agree that it’s a great graphic! However, you have to scroll down the linked page to see that their use of visual perspective makes the initial picture highly misleading! I kinda wonder why they did that!

Thanks for the link and frequent updates, Paul

Bob Jensen's Threads on Visualization of Multivariate Data (including faces) --- 

Lockdown, what lockdown? Sweden's unusual response to coronavirus ---

Scandinavia has reported the most cases of coronavirus per capita of all multi-nation geographic regions in the world ---

Jensen Comment
I'm guessing here, but contributing to this may be a better testing regimen in Scandinavia. But I suspect it's more complicated than that. I read (but did not verify for fake news) that a lot of the test kits in Asia were giving false negatives. I also read that in February China stopped documenting mild cases.

NYT:  Global Map of the Average Number of New Cases Per Day ---

NYT:  Coronavirus Deaths by U.S. State and Country Over Time: Daily Tracking (log-scale graphs) ---

Governor Tom Wolf’s ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19 ---

Jensen Comment
What is a non-life sustaining business? One of our sons in California is still working as a diesel mechanic in California. His labor helps prepare the Caterpillar tractors to work the farm fields in California. I guess in a roundabout way his work is life sustaining in the food supply chain of the USA.

What about the other mechanics and vehicle dealerships. For example, do you want to shut down the car dealers who sell parts and repair vehicles such as police cruisers, farm trucks, and big rigs delivering food to grocery stores and pharmacies? Also up here in the mountains we need our cars to get us to grocery stores and pharmacies and vehicle inspection mechanics who replace our stickers that are about to expire.

Another of our sons is a technician at a small hospital in Maine. That hospital depends heavily on elective surgeries and has never has a COVID-19 case. Since elective surgeries are on hold the hospital has to lay off some nurses and other staff. Our son has not been laid off and plans to put his entire $1,200 stimulus check from Washington DC into savings. For the staff laid off this $1,200 won't be nearly enough for the laid off staff to live on.

What about the hardware and other stores that supply plumbing and electrical parts for home and business and essential government offices and hospitals?

Tonight the forecast up here in the mountains predicts the temperature will almost go below 0 F. If my furnace quits I certainly want get a plumber out here before my pipes freeze.

What about the road builders who repair the roads and bridges for first-responder vehicles and farm supply vehicles?

There are some businesses like beauty salons and barbershops that are not life-sustaining, but so many businesses are life-sustaining in roundabout ways. For example, my cable company delivers my TV and cable services and frequently has to restore services after storms. The majority of this service is not essential to my life, but bringing me announcements about the pandemic is in many ways essential such as the announcements at the homepage of our local hospital.

My point is that the Governor Wolf's order is way too vague and possibly dangerous, especially for rural folks.

Illinois Governor Lists Gun Stores as ‘Essential,’ Exempts Them from Forced Shutdown ---
Homeowners need guns, especially in or near Chicago

How Do You Spell Relief?  Liquor stores in New York are considered 'essential' businesses by the state and will remain open during the coronavirus shutdowns ---

Jensen Comment
In these times of home confinement this policy has a negative externality. Home confinement is bad enough when it comes to domestic violence, and liquor will only aggravate the problem.

Another negative is that cash is tight for workers who are laid off. Spending for liquor in many instances will deprive families of enough food money.

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

On 13 February 2020, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were recommended by a South Korean task force for the experimental treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).[32] In vitro studies in cell cultures demonstrated that hydroxychloroquine was more potent than chloroquine against SARS-CoV-2.[33][34]

On 17 March 2020, the AIFA Scientific Technical Commission of the Italian Medicines Agency expressed a favorable opinion on including the off-label use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.[35]

A randomized controlled trial by Chinese researchers showed no positive effect with hydroxychloroquine at a dosage of 400 mg per day.[36] A study from Marseille, France, showed a reduction in viral load at a dosage of 600 mg a day, however the study was criticized for its methodology.[37] The people were not randomized and three from the treatment group that were transferred to an intensive care unit and one who died were excluded from the analysis.[38]

Anthony Faudci (director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Fauci

Nevada's governor plays doctor in defiance of recommendation of Dr. Fauci
Nevada’s Democrat Governor Issues Emergency Order Barring Use of Anti-Malaria Drugs For Coronavirus Patients ---

Jensen Comment
On CBS News the other night Dr. Fauci stressed that even though tests of Hydrochloroquine are still largely anecdotal that recommendation of use by a qualified physician for the coronavirus should be a professional and personal matter between doctor and patient. Among other things that doctor should take the patient's allergies into account. Instead Nevada's governor is taking on the role of Big Brother in taking away physician discretion.

Some patients may actually leave Nevada because of this governor's dictate. Of course that may well be what the Governor is really hoping for.

The Nevada governor is inviting civil lawsuits if its later shown that Hydroxychloroquine could've saved their lives. I for one hope the courts stick it to him.


American Library Association ALA welcomes LinkedIn Learning’s (formerly Lynda,com) changes to terms of service ---

Stimulus bill would create a tax break (only for 2020) for employer-paid (think PwC) student loan benefits ---

Among some of the colleges that moved classes quickly from onsite to online, I'm getting all sorts of raves about "Keep Teaching" temporary remote teaching software ---

Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start ---

The coronavirus has colleges and universities swinging into action to move courses online. In the coming weeks, we’ll find out just how prepared (or not) academe is to do this on a large scale. Those of us in online teaching and educational technology have moved quickly to help, too, and it’s astonishing how many helpful resources have already been pulled together.

Even just a few weeks into the crisis, and really only a few days since class cancellations started to become a reality, there are top-quality guides free for the taking, created by people who really know their stuff. I will make no claim to have read all or even a fraction of them, but there are several that are clearly share-worthy:

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The 6 Best Free Video Conferencing Apps ---

Bob Jensen's long-time threads on asynchronous learning ---

Bob Jensen's threads on education technology in general ---

Bob Jensen's threads on Tools and Tricks of the Trade ---

From Paul Caron on March 21, 2020

Some Tips to Improve Online Teaching and Learning

The Coronavirus Survival Guide, Nat'l Jurist, Spring 2020:

Despite never having built a working product, Theranos accumulated hundreds of patents. These patents are now the only thing of value left but the patents aren’t valuable because of breakthrough science, the patents are valuable because they can be used to force people who do breakthrough science to cough up part of their return ---

Chatbot --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/thetools.htm#Chatbots

How a hospital chain's use of chat bots to speed up urgent care highlights the importance of adopting AI tools in a time of crisis ---
https://www.businessinsider.com/why-health-centers-tech-overhaul-was-key-coronavirus-plan-2020-3?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BIPrime_select&utm_campaign=BI Prime 2020-03-18&utm_term=BI Prime Select

Times of crisis like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic can be a major roadblock for investments that companies make on digital transformations. 

But at Providence St. Joseph Health, a nonprofit healthcare system that operates in seven states, the epidemic is proving why those efforts are so critical. And it's even helping to accelerate the ongoing tech overhaul. 

"If we hadn't made the progress we made over the last 12 months on this digital transformation, we would be in severe jeopardy right now," chief information officer B.J. Moore told Business Insider. "We've had a couple hundred other pet projects that people insist we continue work on. It's given us the room to shut those down."

When Moore came onboard from Microsoft, he embarked on a "back to basics" mission that focused on seven core areas, including a pivot to the cloud from physical data centers and consolidating its electronic health records to one provider.

Those initiatives remain ongoing during the coronavirus crisis and employees working on them continue to travel to Providence's 51 hospitals. This is despite other projects falling off and the spread of the disease forcing other firms to prohibit non-essential travel. 

Like other tech leaders, Moore warned that halting projects could actually be more detrimental in the long term. Instead, he advised others CIOs to use the situation as a way to realign to the overall goals of the transformation.

"Use this as an opportunity to create focus on those vital few [projects]," he said. "Use this as an opportunity to shut down the 500 other non-critical activities we are asked to do."

The coronavirus outbreak has also given Moore the result he needed to justify to leadership the investments made so far and the need for those to continue. 

Several of the milestones his team already hit are proving critical in helping the company respond to the pandemic.

The adoption of Microsoft Teams, the software giant's workplace chat platform, and other Office 365 productivity tools (along with improvements to the network infrastructure) made it possible for more employees to work remotely.

The hospital chain also created an online chatbot that is helping to field many initial questions from potential patients, which is reducing traffic to the hospitals and allowing those with the most urgent cases to get faster access to care.

The situation is even quickening the pace of the transformation.

"Things that we were going to spread out over the next two to three months, we're accelerating to the next four to six weeks," Moore said.

The chatbot, for example, had been in the works for six months. Once the coronavirus started to emerge, it went into production within a week.

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Chatbots --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatbot

Chatbots 101 ---

Jensen Comment
I think chatbot technology is perhaps the most important learning technology ever.
Here's a good place (not free) to start learning about their use in education ---

When I was still teaching (now I'm retired) I made over 100 Camtasia short videos to teach technical modules in my courses. If I were still teaching my next move would be to develop chatbots.
Bob Jensen

Case studies on how three insurers are using chatbots to boost customer acquisition, slash claims processing times, and increase staff productivity ---

MIT:  Google says its new chatbot Meena is the best in the world ---

Bob Jensen's threads on chatbots ---

Required reading: These are the books (some) top professors at some of the top MBA programs in the country are having their MBA students read
None of the books are in accounting, but then again accounting professors are not even quoted in this article
https://www.businessinsider.com/books-mba-professors-business-school-harvard-stanford-kellogg-recommend?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BIPrime_select&utm_campaign=BI Prime 2020-03-18&utm_term=BI Prime Select

Below I merely list the books. In the article, the professors briefly discuss reasons for their assigning or recommending each book. Many of these professors focus their classroom discussions on cases not mentioned below.

"Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer" by Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell,

 "Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value" by Bill George,

"True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership" by Bill George and Peter Sims,

"Living Into Leadership: A Journey in Ethics" by Buzz McCoy,

"Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best ... and Learn from the Worst" by Robert Sutton,

"The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz, 

"Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life" by Spencer Johnson.

""Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most" by Douglas Stone,

"George Marshall: Defender of the Republic" by David Roll,

"Loonshoots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries" by Safi Bahcall,

"Grace Will Bring Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness" by Jennifer Berry Hawes,

"Red Plenty" by Francis Spufford,

"Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty" by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson,

"The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph" by Albert Hirschman,

"How Much Land Does a Man Need" by Leo Tolstoy,

"O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather,

"Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help" by Larissa MacFarquhar,

"Factfulness: 10 Reasons We're Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think" by Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling Cochran,

"Thinking Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman, 

"Kellogg on Branding in a Hyper-Connected World" by The Marketing Faculty of The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University,

"How to Wash a Chicken — Mastering the Business Presentation" by Tim Calkins, 

"The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life's Work" by Nicholas Pearce,

"From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership" by Harry Kraemer,

"Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership" by Harry Kraemer,

"Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive" by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, and Robert Cialdini,

"The Choice Factory: 25 Behavioural Biases That Influence What We Buy" by Richard Shotton,

"Perfect Pitch: The Art of Selling Ideas and Winning New Business" by Jon Steel,

"Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are" by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz,

"The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them" by Antony Lewis,

"Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't" by Simon Sinek,

"Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science" by Charles Wheelan,

"Unscaled: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future" by Hemant Taneja with Kevin Maney,

"Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals" by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic,

"Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds" by Carmine Gallo,

"The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business" by Clayton Christensen,

"Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers" by Geoffrey Moore,

"Smart Business: What Alibaba's Success Reveals about the Future of Strategy" by Ming Zeng,

"Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers" by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur,

"Where to Play: 3 Steps for Discovering Your Most Valuable Market Opportunities" by Marc Gruber and Sharon Tal, 

"Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" by John Carreyrou, 


Jensen Comment
If I were teaching an MBA accounting course, my book recommendation would depend greatly upon the intended content of the course. But for a very general accounting course I would consider the following

"Warren Buffett Accounting Book: Reading Financial Statements for Value Investing" by by Stig Brodersen and Preston Pysh,

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition)" by Benjamin Graham , Jason Zweig , et al.,

"The Tax and Legal Playbook: Game-Changing Solutions to Your Small Business Questions" by Mark J. Kohler,


If I were teaching an economics course my recommendation might be the following:

"Freakonomics Revised and Expanded Edition: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (2020)" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

Type 1 (Alpha) and Type 2 (Beta) Errors in Statistical Inference ---

Why is Type 2 error seldom computed in practice?

The probability of a Type II Error cannot generally be computed because it depends on the population mean which is unknown. It can be computed at, however, for given values of µ, 2 σ , and n .

Engineers frequently are able to construct Operating Characteristic (C) curves for routine tests in quality control ---

Jensen Comment
I don't know of a single accounting research study or auditing firm that has ever measured Type 2 error other than on hypothetical data. I also have never heard of a study in economics and finance that measured Type 2 error.

However, when I took Engineering Statistics 100 years ago we derived OC curves from real world quality control and vehicle traffic data using known means and variances.

There are numerous tutorials on how to compute Type II error with known means and variances. One of the more popular is provided by the Khan Academy ---

GM discounts Chevy Bolt EV electric car up to $10,000 for limited time ---
And in most states you won't have to pay a penny for road and bridge repairs. That bill goes to buyers of gasoline and diesel fuel.

Environmental Protection vs. Starvation:  Africa's Latest Locust Plague ---

Jensen Comment
Nations of Europe and North America and Asia could commence larger food transports to Africa, but this is less likely to amount to much amidst the current pandemic and trillions in budget deficits. World leaders realistically are faced with the choice between a rock and a hard place --- environmental protection vs. greater starvation

How to mislead with statistics

Here's how much flight attendants in 10 airlines say they make ---

Jensen Comment
You cannot compare all hourly wages workers without being misleading in terms of what what extra hours it takes to get hours that pay. For example, an hourly factory worker typically gets eight hours of pay for each working day, but there are no extra unpaid hours required as long as you do not count commuting time that varies with choices of where to live outside of work. Flight attendants, on the other hand, often put in extra hours for which they are not paid such as when a flight attendant puts in ten hours on a flight to London and then has to wait 14 hours for a return flight for pay. Sure there's discretionary personal time in the 14 extra hours, but it's not the same discretionary time as time at home with family. And then there are the days of not being paid while waiting for an opportunity to catch a paying flight. A flight attendant supposedly making $35 per hour may in reality be making less per week than an hourly worker having steady work eight hours per day at least five days per week every week.

Gig workers paid by the job can have even more misleading "hourly wages." An adjunct professor earning $4,500 for teaching a course that meets for 45 hours per term is seemingly is getting $100 per hour. But when you add in the time it takes to prepare a course, grade papers and exams, and communicate (think office hours and email) with students outside of class the pay rate is probably much less than $100 per hour. And then there are the unpaid days between classes and between terms.

It's very hard to compare compensation for different lines of work. You can compare annual wages on W-2 tax forms, but that form does not compare the differences in working time versus discretionary time. A teacher may report $65,000 to the IRS while an accountant may also report $65,000 to the IRS. But the accountant may put in 40 hours per week for 50 weeks of the the year. The teacher has several months of free time for summers, holidays, term breaks, etc.

My point here is that it's very difficult to compare compensation levels for differing careers. For example, when I was a college student it seemed like my professors were "working" less than 15 hours per week. However, these professors were also responsible for working hours that I never observed such as study and research time, service time on campus, service time off campus, etc. When I became a professor I was often working more than 60 hours per week and was unable to find the time I wanted for my family.

How to Mislead With Statistics

Delta Air Lines Says It's Harder to Become a Delta Flight Attendant Than It Is to Get Into Harvard ---

Jensen Comment
Comparisons of the rates of acceptance for flight attendant jobs with the rates of acceptance at Harvard are misleading because of denominator effects. The denominator (number of applicants) is relatively small for Harvard because the overwhelming majority of high school graduates in the USA do not bother to apply to Harvard, because they suspect there is zero chance for them to be selected. Most applicants for flight attendant jobs are more optimistic about being accepted.

The fact that there are such a large numbers of applicants for flight attendant jobs begs the question of why so many more people apply for lower-paying jobs as flight attendants who make much less per year than so many skilled trades (think jet engine mechanics) earning much higher salaries per year. I think the answer, in part, is that flight attendants think they will be working closely with a higher class of people. Maybe I'm overly influenced by a neighbor down the road who married a United Airlines Captain. This woman is now a grandmother who admits that her main reason for becoming a flight attendant was to increase the odds of marrying a pilot, and a retired pilot is now her long-time husband. Maybe if she'd become a jet engine mechanic she'd have also married a pilot, but the odds are much lower than for flight attendants.

I'm not saying that marrying a pilot is the leading reason for becoming a flight attendant. I once attended a lecture given by then retired General Colin Powell. A question asked from the audience was about what former General Powell missed most about being active in the military. His response, which I think was more than facetious, instantaneously was the "the uniform." The world takes a lot of notice of a general in uniform. I think the military wants active military at all ranks to wear uniforms on commercial flights to influence children about future careers as well as get the approving nods of so many other passengers on flights. In wartime men and women in uniform often are applauded in air terminals. I was never applauded as an accounting professor in airline terminals, and not many kids aspire to be accounting professors.

I think uniforms, including those of flight attendants, have more influence on young people than we would like to admit. Of course there are ugly uniforms like those that Oxford Dons wear around campus and shapeless coveralls worn by jet engine mechanics.

How to Mislead With Statistics

What you need to know about hydroxychloroquine, Trump’s new favorite treatment for Covid-19 ---

Jensen Comment
I have numerous illustrations of misleading articles based upon anecdotal evidence and exceedingly small samples ---

Scientists are rarely, if ever, satisfied with anecdotal evidence. However, they often find such evidence extremely important.

In the case of hydroxychloroquine and Covid-19 early evidence there are now more scientific studies taking place. Also the early positive evidence led to Bayer's donation of over one million units to hospitals around the world for more experimentation.

But always beware of false hopes from anecdotal evidence. I'm reminded of the well-known actor Steve McQueen's reaction when he was pronounced to be terminally ill with cancer. He quickly went down to Mexico for treatments of an entirely unproven regimen that supposedly might save his life. As is so often the case, his hope was a false hope.

Let's hope that the tentative hope for hydroxychloroquine is not a false hope. And let's hope there is continued effort to find even more effective alternatives

How to Mislead With Political Slight of Hand

Congress Could Raid an Unused Campaign Fund to Help Pay For Coronavirus Relief ---

Jensen Comment
Time Magazine leads us to believe that this fund just sits full of cash waiting to be spent. In reality there is no fund full of cash waiting to be spent. If Congress elects to spend this on Coronavirus relief the funds will have to be appropriated just like funds must be appropriated for any other new spending. This account was "funded" by taxpayers electing to "designate" $3.00 on their annual tax returns. However, taxpayers did not provide a penny for this fund with their tax dollars if they so designated. Those designations are nothing more than a taxpayer's vote that Congress will appropriate another $3.00 for the fund if candidates elect to use this funding option ---
The amount a taxpayer owes each year does not change whether or not that taxpayer designates $3.00 for a presidential campaign fund, and taxpayers cannot designate which candidate will get the funding.

It's not clear that Congress has the authority to fill this fund and then use it for some purpose other than to provide public financing for presidential candidates. In my humble opinion it only authorizes Congress to appropriate funds for candidates who want to fund their campaigns under the rules specified when the "fund" was created. Funding for Coronavirus relief will have to be newly raised with or without this fund.

I can't imagine Time Magazine's editors believed this fund was brimming with cash to be spent for any purpose.

The fund is not like Social Security and Medicare funds where dollars are continuously received for Trust Funds from taxpayers. Those Trust Funds were funded until Congress elected to remove Trust Fund dollars and replace them with IOUs promising to appropriate funding if needed by deficit spending on dollars received each year over benefit spending each year ---
Read the last sentence of the above article.

Government accounting is mostly smoke and mirrors.

Zoom Videoconferencing --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoom_Video_Communications

Zoom parties! In the Age of Coronavirus, teens and college students are flocking to the videoconferencing platform Zoom — and not just for class ---

The NFL and NBA are offering temporary free access to their streaming services to past games---
It's a good time to bet on the outcomes

Free Online Drawing Lessons for Kids, Led by Favorite Artists & Illustrators ---

The National Emergency Library Makes 1.5 Million Books Free to Read Right Now (for children and adults) ---

Audible Providing Free Audio Books to Kids & Teens: Introducing the New Service, Audible Stories ---

Bob Jensen's threads on free children's books ---

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NPR:  Publisher Macmillan Backs Off Policy Restricting E-Book Sales To Libraries ---

Online academic resource JSTOR has clarified that much of its database is accessible free during the widespread closure of universities across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic ---
Jensen Comment
Most college library database services provide free access to JSTOR and other fee-based journals. However, this will make JSTOR access an easier one-step process for students, staff, and the rest of the world.

JSTOR Homepage --- https://www.jstor.org/

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Travelers with flights they no longer want to take should consider waiting to cancel. If the airline cancels the flight, the passenger can get a refund ---

US Tax Day is delayed to July 15 ---

Oops From Belgium:  Mechanic ‘Accidentally’ Fires Vulcan Cannon & Obliterates F-16 Sitting on the Runway ---

The McDonald's Monopoly Game Was Rigged for Years. One Employee Helped Bust a Crime Ring to Save the Company ---

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

She Bilked Japan’s Banks in the Run-Up to the Lost Decade ---

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

How to Mislead With Rankings

What Makes the People of Finland So Happy?

Jensen Comment

Hi Jim,

There are some negatives from the standpoint of progressives. First, Finland is a highly capitalist economy opposed to socialism. Second, Finland hates diversity and quickly closed its borders to refugee immigration while such immigration was causing troubles in neighboring Sweden. Immigrants that sneaked into Finland were re-routed to the Swedish border. Finland across the years has never welcomed immigration ---
One of the things that makes Finland so happy is that it's 98.4% white and reluctant to allow immigration to make it more diverse
The majority race in Finland overall is white at 98.4% of residents.


Third, Finland’s single-payer medical system has been deemed non-sustainable and recently led to the overthrow of the government. Four, even before the pandemic Finland had a relatively high rate of unemployment.

Five, like most wintry nations Finland has a problem with alcoholism. I was once lecturing in Finland on May Day that is a celebration day, especially among college students. The entire downtown area was closed to traffic, and when I got up the next morning the streets were lined with fallen students that were still passed out. The good news is that nobody drinks and drives in Finland. Doing so leads to an automatic year in jail, although jail time in Finland is more or less a discretionary come-and-go type of thing for non-violent offenders.

Six, sex with partners is on the decline in Finland —

Seven, unlike Denmark Finland is not a particularly welcoming nation when it comes to tourists (strangers) on the streets. Finns tend to avoid eye contact and making greetings even with one another unless they know each other. My university hosts, however, were very warm and friendly. I was invited into their homes for nightly dinners.

Finland did not stay 98.4% white without building a wall against immigration.
You can't even become a non-citizen resident unless you have an acceptable job beforehand, and that alone is only one of many very difficult hurdles to residency and citizenship.

There's growing sentiment in Finland to grant jobs only to citizens ---

The bottom line is that Finland is a very happy white (98.4%) society.

And then there are the rankings of the Finland education system as the very best in the world. However, much of the credit goes to a factor outside the education system --- interaction of fathers with children
Finland is purportedly the only nation of the world where fathers spend more time with school-aged children than mothers ---

Nearly half the children in the USA now have experienced single-parent homes ---
Lack of interaction of fathers with children is an enormous problem, even in two-parent homes, in the USA relative to Finland.

'Work is never going back to what it once was:' Veteran tech CEO Bill McDermott says the coronavirus crisis is turbocharging the rise of the digital workplace ---
https://www.businessinsider.com/bill-mcdermott-coronavirus-digital-transformation-workplace-2020-3?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BIPrime_select&utm_campaign=BI Prime 2020-03-24&utm_term=BI Prime Select


·        The veteran tech leader Bill McDermott, the CEO of the cloud giant ServiceNow who once led SAP, said the coronavirus crisis would bring a dramatic shift to a digital workplace.

·        "What we're seeing now is a massive realization that work is never going to go back to what it once was," he told Business Insider. "The reality is this is a new reality. This is one of those major moments where everything is going to change."

·        He said businesses and governments that have embraced digital tools to give their employees more flexibility in the way they work would fare better than those that have not.

·        "What's fascinating is productivity has actually gone up from home," he said. "It actually surprised me."


The veteran technology executive Bill McDermott thinks the coronavirus crisis is a shock event that will turbocharge the rise of the digital workplace.

"What we're seeing now is a massive realization that work is never going to go back to what it once was," he told Business Insider. "The reality is this is a new reality. This is one of those major moments where everything is going to change."

McDermott is the CEO of ServiceNow, which offers cloud tools to automate a business' workflow and operations. He took on the role only recently after stepping down as the longtime chief executive of the business-software giant SAP. 

The pandemic has forced a dramatic shift in the way people work with millions of employees who are required to work remotely to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. McDermott said the situation underscored the importance of digital systems and tools that give people more flexible options in their work.

Throughout the world, companies and public agencies are turning to different digital platforms, such as ServiceNow, Zoom, and Slack, to connect with employees.

"If you think about all the internal meetings that take place, people flying to different locations, not just the health and safety risks associated with that but also the cost risk associated with that, all those things that are going to now be viewed in a different lens," he said.

McDermott said the shift quickly became evident to him as his team responded to the crisis, including fielding inquiries from customers.

"Many of the meetings that I've done myself in the last couple of weeks have been done with video teleconferencing technologies," he said. "Sometimes the customer is enabled for that, and sometimes they aren't."

Businesses and government agencies that have embraced new technologies are clearly adapting faster and easier to the drastic change, McDermott said. Businesses "that are wedded to nondigital business models or that have not digitized their workflows" will likely face more challenges in this time of crisis, he said.

Continued in article

Jensen Comment

An added well-known trend that will change work is robotics combined with points made in the above article. So many job tasks that we never thought would be affected by robotics are now being performed by robots. Use of robots will greatly increase under increased price inflation for labor --- minimum wages will probably increase dramatically after the pandemic.


Another thing that will change profoundly will be higher education and even parts of K-12 education. The best of online learning discovered in our pandemic online learning will carry on after the pandemic is over. However, for some students and colleges things won't change as much. Where students are able to live on campus life may return pretty much to normal, because living on campus offers so much more than just academic learning. There are huge demands for athletic and social interactions served by residency.


The negative from the pandemic will be inflationary price rises that accompany trillions in helicopter cash government bailout spending as a result of the pandemic economic desperation ---

Families that are not protected with inflation hedges will find it harder and harder to pay for the luxury of sending their children to campuses offering dormitory living.

Education may change more dramatically for non-resident campuses such as most community colleges. Life may not return as much to normal after the pandemic experience with online learning.


A Comparison of Living Standards across the States of America


47 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2020

Elena Falcettoni

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Vegard Nygaard

University of Houston

Date Written: March 13, 2020


While a large literature has examined how welfare, or living standards, vary across countries, much less is known about how welfare varies within a given country. We use an expected utility framework to examine how living standards vary across the United States and how each state’s living standards have evolved over time. Our welfare measure accounts for cross-state variations in mortality, consumption, education, inequality, and cost of living. We find that per capita income is a good indicator of living standards, with a correlation of 0.80 across states. Living standards in most states, however, appear closer to those in the richest states than their difference in per capita income would suggest. Whereas high-income states benefit from higher life expectancy, consumption, and college attainment, low-income states benefit from lower cost of living. All states experienced positive welfare growth, and hence rising living standards, between 1999 and 2015. The annual welfare growth rate, however, varied from 1.38 to 3.76 percent across states due to varying gains in life expectancy, consumption, and college attainment, with life expectancy accounting for 50.3 percent of the variation. Finally, the growth rate of per capita income is a poor proxy for how fast living standards are rising in a particular state since the correlation between welfare growth and per capita income growth is only 0.38, and deviations are often large.



Keywords: Welfare comparison; Expected lifetime utility; States of America

JEL Classification: D63, I31, O50, R13

The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs since the Wheel ---


Jensen Comment
Some of my favorites have been left off. These include DNA, nuclear power (think submarines and grids), jet engines, satellites, a moon landing, and nuclear warheads. In my humble opinion nuclear warheads prevented super-power wars that might have evolved under conventional weapons. With breakthroughs, however, come risks such as WMDs that might cause Armageddon.

Of course I would mention capitalism in spite of its limitations and dangers. Note a summary of its history at ---

And as an accountant I have to mention double-entry bookkeeping that preceded capitalism ---
There's much debate over whether capitalism would've evolved without it since double-entry bookkeeping  that was started by an unknown inventor, Ironically, some might argue that double-entry obsession is now preventing better accounting systems.

Mathematicians might call the invention of zero as being vital to the evolution of mathematics and science ---

Here's a much longer list of top inventions over time --- https://www.edinformatics.com/inventions_inventors/  

Many important breakthroughs not mentioned are nearly all the breakthroughs that earned Nobel Prizes.

March 28,1809 Gauss finished work on his Theoria Motus, which explained his methods of computing planetary orbits using least squares ---

A Case Study on What a Carleton College Assistant Professor Discovered That a Coding Error Nullified Her Research Findings ---

Prosecutor Frauds:  Corruption in Asset Forfeitures ---

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Uncovering the Fraud:  Was Jesus Married ---

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Rise of Scams After Coronavirus Outbreak ---



From the Scout Report on March 20, 2020

rsnapshot --- https://rsnapshot.org/
Rsnapshot is a utility that maintains a set of automatically rotated backups. For example, it can be configured to keep hourly backups for the past day, daily backups for the past week, weekly backups for the past month, and monthly backups for the past year. The specific number and timing of backups is completely configurable by the user. In creating these backups, rsnapshot makes extensive use of hard links so that space is only consumed by files that changed between backups. Files that did not change between backups all refer to the same underlying data on the disk. In addition to backing up local drives, rsnapshot is also able to back up files from any remote system reachable via an SSH connection. The rsnapshot FAQ also provides an example of how a Linux machine running rsnapshot can serve as a central backup server for a network of Windows machines. Rsnapshot is free software, distributed under the GNU General Public License, with source code available on GitHub. Users of major Linux and BSD systems can find rsnapshot in their system's package manager. Users of macOS can install rsnapshot using MacPorts, Fink, or Nixpkgs. Windows users can install rsnapshot via Cygwin.

Marble --- https://marble.kde.org/
Marble's developers describe it as a "virtual globe and world atlas." Marble uses OpenStreetMap to provide street maps, satellite maps, and topographic maps. It also pulls in data from other public sources to provide a number of data layers including real time weather, cloud cover information, earthquake measurements, real time traffic, and more. Marble can also display educational and historical maps as well as maps of other planets. It also incorporates a number of routing and navigation tools like car, bike, and pedestrian navigation with turn-by-turn directions. Marble is free software, distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, with source code available under the Developers section of the website. In the Install section of the Marble site, users can locate installers for Windows and macOS systems as well as instructions for how to install Marble on most common Linux distributions.


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February 27, 2020 reply from Jagdish Gangolly


In one of Jerzy Neyman's PhD classes, George Dantzig misunderstood two problems Neyman had written on the board as a homework problem. Neyman told him what he had achieved. A year later when Dantzig was fishing for a dissertation topic he went to see Neyman who asked him to put his paper in a binder and he would accept it as his dissertation. You can find the two papers at:

On the Non-Existence of Tests of "Student's" Hypothesis Having Power Functions Independent of $\sigma$

On the Fundamental Lemma of Neyman and Pearson



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March 18, 2020

·        Belly Fat Can Lead to an Attack of Pancreatitis

·        Millions in U.S. at Risk of Major COVID-19 Illness

·        Lab Animals Find New Homes Through Adoption

·        Self-Distancing Vital Tactic in Coronavirus Fight

·        Poll Finds Many Americans Heeding Advice on Coronavirus

·        New York Leads Race to Expand Coronavirus Testing

·        Finding Signs of Health Woes in Facebook Postings

·        Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall in U.S.

·        Living Healthier Can Help Shield You From A-fib

March 19, 2020

·        Stores Offer Special Hours for Seniors

·        Coronavirus Striking Plenty of Young People, Too

·        What to Know About Coronavirus If You Have Asthma

·        Coronavirus and NSAIDs: What Experts Say

·        Coronavirus Ravages New Orleans Retirement Home

·        Medicare Expands Telemedicine During Pandemic

·        Flu Drug Works Vs. Coronavirus: Chinese Study

·        One Joint May Cause Psychotic Symptoms: Study

·        New Coronavirus Wasn't Made in a Lab, Genomic Study Shows

March 20, 2020

·        Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 20, 2020

·        Colleges to Empty Dorms for Coronavirus Patients

·        Antiviral Drug Combo Ineffective Vs. Coronavirus

·        Hong Kong Has Spike in Coronavirus Cases

·        Calming Your Child's Coronavirus Fears

·        Coronavirus Crisis Should Delay Elective Surgeries

·        Funeral Homes Ponder Deaths In The Age Of COVID-19

·        Man Serenades Seniors During Coronavirus Lockdown

·        About Half of COVID-19 Cases Show Digestive Signs

March 21, 2020

·        China Reaches Milestone in Coronavirus Fight

·        Small Study Analyzes Italy Coronavirus Deaths

·        Italy Now Leads The World In Coronavirus Deaths

·        States Tighten Restrictions as Coronavirus Rages

·        COVID-19 & Kindness: ‘Caremongering’ Is Trending

·        Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 20, 2020

·        Colleges to Empty Dorms for Coronavirus Patients

·        Blood Type May Affect COVID-19 Risk: Study

·        Home Test Kits for COVID-19 May Be Available Soon

March 25, 2020

·        Couple Donates Flowers as Pandemic Halts Wedding

·        FDA Approved Drugs Show Promise Against COVID-19

·        Florida Students Bring COVID Back from Spring Break

·        Potential Coronavirus Drugs Already in Low Supply

·        Man Dies After Taking Chloroquine for Coronavirus

·        Multi-Level Distancing Is Best Against COVID-19: Study

·        Health Workers Get Creative With Protective Gear

·        Trump: Social Distancing Efforts Won’t Last Months

·        The Other Side of COVID-19: Milder Cases, Recovery

March 27, 2020

·        Stroke Drug Could Help COVID-19 Patients

·        CDC: Separate Moms With Coronavirus From Newborns

·        Man Recovers from COVID-19, Leaves Sweet Thanks

·        VA Health System Swamped by Coronavirus Patients

·        Zuckerberg, Gates Give Millions to COVID-19 Fight

·        Researchers Develop COVID-19 Antibody Test

·        Fauci: Don't Count on Summer Driving Virus Away

·        U.S. Now Leads World in Coronavirus Cases

·        Feeling Sick? Check CDC's COVID-19 Symptom Checker

·        Teachers Cheer Students Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

March 28, 2020

·        Stroke Drug Could Help COVID-19 Patients

·        CDC: Separate Moms With Coronavirus From Newborns

·        Shortages Looming for Respirators, Masks, Gowns

·        Man Recovers from COVID-19, Leaves Sweet Thanks

·        VA Health System Swamped by Coronavirus Patients

·        Zuckerberg, Gates Give Millions to COVID-19 Fight

·        Respirator Masks - In Short Supply

·        What Coronavirus Precautions Do You Really Need?

·        Researchers Develop COVID-19 Antibody Test

·        Fauci: Don't Count on Summer Driving Virus Away

March 30, 2020

   CDC: Separate Moms With Coronavirus From Newborns

·        Shortages Looming for Respirators, Masks, Gowns

·        Man Recovers from COVID-19, Leaves Sweet Thanks

·        VA Health System Swamped by Coronavirus Patients

·        Zuckerberg, Gates Give Millions to COVID-19 Fight

·        Respirator Masks - In Short Supply

·        What Coronavirus Precautions Do You Really Need?

·        Researchers Develop COVID-19 Antibody Test

·        Fauci: Don't Count on Summer Driving Virus Away


Rise of Scams After Coronavirus Outbreak ---

March 20, 2020:  Coronavirus in the US: State-by-state breakdown ---

The 9 most important unanswered questions (to date) about Covid-19 ---
It's entirely possible that we may have a reasonably effective cure before we have any reasonably effective preventative by vaccination.

How to mislead with statistics?
Why do nations have such differing fatality rates among people with the Coronavirus (note the graph)? ---
The comments beneath the article are a mishmash of stupid reasons and plausible reasons. In nearly all nations the fatality rates are probably understated due to non-reporting of many people who had the virus, lived on, and never reported their affliction officially. Differences in this non-reporting rate probably account for a lot of the differences in fatality rates being reported by nations. Nations with larger co-pays may have the least-accurate denominators in fatality rate calculations. Some people avoid having to wait for hours in emergency rooms (and incurring thousands of dollars in ER billings) by simply avoiding going to the ER whenever possible. The disease may be horribly under-reported for developing nations having less adequate medical facilities.

Bayer donates millions of tablets of malaria drug that could fight coronavirus to U.S. government ---

Humor for March 2020

USA Today:  100 Things to Do When You're Stuck Inside With What You Thought Was Nothing to Do ---

Forwarded by Tina

There's a plane with 5 passengers on board: Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Pope Francis, Angela Merkel, and a 10-year-old schoolboy. The plane is about to crash and there are only 4 parachutes. Trump says: "I need one. I’m the smartest man in the world and am needed to make America great again." He takes one and jumps. Johnson says, "I’m needed to sort out Britain." He takes one and jumps. The Pope says, "I need one as the world needs the Catholic Church." He takes one and jumps. Merkel says to the 10-year old boy: "You can have the last parachute. I've lived my life, yours is only just starting." The 10-year-old replies: "Don’t worry, there are 2 parachutes left. The smartest man in the world took my school bag.

People are sharing hilarious home haircut fails during coronavirus isolation ---
Jensen Comment

I bought a barber's clipper for over $200 from Amazon.

The hardest part was getting my wife to try the clipper on me --- she feared I would look like a plucked chicken. But with a lot of gentle persuasion she gave it a try.

Erika actually did quite a good job. With a little more practice on the top I think I will be able to save $20 plus gas money every two weeks from now on. The key was having a good clipper plus a good wife.

Today I'm going to reward her with lobster roll take outs from one of our more popular restaurants called 99. They're even 20% off this weekend.

Stockpiling Condoms and Toilet Paper
There may be a worldwide condom shortage as factories are forced to shut down during the coronavirus pandemic ---
Jensen Comment
Our nearby Walmart is now restricting shoppers to one of almost everything. Yesterday I brought multiple items of a few things to the cashier who then picked out my extra items, including two extra bottles of dish washing soapand two extra bottles of spaghetti sauce.

CDC Warns Against Washing or Otherwise Reusing Condoms ---
Your neighbors will probably laugh or sigh in envy if you hang them outdoors to dry.

From Beginning to End
Illinois restaurant offers free toilet paper with every takeout, delivery order amid COVID-19 outbreak ---

USA Today:  Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting ---

A guy went to the store the other day. I was only in there for about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a city cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said "Come on, Buddy, How about giving a senior a break?"

He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a name. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a worse name.

He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him the more tickets he wrote.

I didn't really care. My car was parked around the corner and this one had a "HILLARY IN '08" bumper sticker on it

31 of the Best Retirement Jokes ---


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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