Tidbits on July 15, 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?

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Tom Lehrer on Mathematical Models and Statistics ---
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A Visualization of the United States’ Exploding Population Growth Over 200 Years (1790 – 2010)

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

Human Population Over Time on Earth ---

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A friendly, autonomous robot that delivers your food
Jensen Comment
I really don't want to be negative here, but what happens when the home invader (or worse) robots look and act exactly like the food delivery robots? High tech criminals are marvels at turning good technology into dangerous technology.

The Sunset Hill House Hotel (near our cottage) ---
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Lee Greenwood's New Rendition of Being Proud to be Amercian (warning this video is patriotic)

The Film Music of Ennio Morricone (RIP) Beautifully Performed by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra ---

Quirky Music --- https://jborden.com/2020/06/29/music-monday-revisiting-wote-walk-off-the-earth/

Three Dog Night --- https://jborden.com/2020/07/13/music-monday-three-dog-night/

Meatloaf Mainia --- https://jborden.com/2020/07/06/music-monday-meat-loaf-mania/

Sweet Sounds of Summer --- https://jborden.com/2020/07/01/the-sweet-sounds-of-summer/
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The World's Most Beautiful Churches ---

The Atlantic's Images of the Pine Tree State (Maine) ---

Scenes from the Antarctica ---

Bisa Butler’s Beautiful Quilted Portraits of Frederick Douglass, Nina Simone, Jean-Michel Basquiat & More ---

The Locust Swarms of 2020 ---

Portugal's 'Blue Island' is covered in blooming hydrangeas and the photos are stunning ---

Explore the Beautiful Pages of the 1902 Japanese Design Magazine Shin-Bijutsukai: European Modernism Meets Traditional Japanese Design ---

Artland Exhibitions --- https://www.artland.com/exhibitions

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An Immaculate Copy of Leonardo’s The Last Supper Digitized by Google: View It in High Resolution Online ---
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Political Quotations on July 15, 2020

Compilation on Curriculum and Assessment (free download from Inside Higher Ed) ---
Bob Jensen's Threads on Assessment ---

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering ---
Chapter 30 Download (You and Your Research) ---

Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software ---

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell

Bob Jensen's threads on this oligopoly that loves to rip off college libraries with outrageous subscription fees ---

A group of 239 scientists says there’s growing evidence covid-19 is airborne ---

MIT is down on being indoors in in public (that includes classrooms and work places) ---
If the coronavirus is really airborne, we might be fighting it the wrong way ---

Jensen Comment
Of course if everybody avoids indoor places we might as well kiss the economy goodbye.
Some risks are necessary for the survival of the planet.

Large List of Financial Calculators ---

Bob Jensen's long-neglected site for calculators ---

Ex-Beverly Hills Stockbroker Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Role in $215 Million Portfolio-Pumping Stock Manipulation Scheme ---

Plagiarism and Translation:  The case of the stolen journal ---

In north Michigan woods, feds raid an alleged upscale art forgery factory ---

FBI Nabs Decadent Nigerian Scammer 'Hushpuppi' for Massive Cybercrimes ---

Three First NBC Executives Indicted For Fraud against Failed $5 Billion Bank ---

Bob Jensen's blog called Fraud Updates --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm


Harvard to Implement Online Learning for All Students, Tuition Remains $50,000
(For families who earn between $65,000 and $150,000, the expected contribution to tuition, fees, and room&board is between zero and ten percent of your annual income)

Harvard University has announced it will implement online learning for all courses during the coming academic year, while tuition for the Ivy League school will remain about $50,000. Up to 40 percent of undergraduate students will be cleared to live on campus this fall, including all incoming freshmen, according to a statement posted Monday on Harvard’s website. All Harvard seniors will be allowed to return to campus in the spring semester, with freshmen returning home. However, even those students who choose to live on campus will be required to take part in online instruction.

The majority of Georgia Tech professors, including some the university’s most acclaimed faculty members, have launched a revolt over reopening this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic ---

Dartmouth reverses course on letting freshmen postpone enrollment. Spelman offers discount for remote instruction --

College Fall 2020 Plans And U.S. News Rankings: Higher Ranked Schools Are More Likely Online, Lower Ranked Schools Are More Likely On-Ground ---
Jensen Comment
The higher ranked schools are apt to get a superior incoming class whether they are online or onsite --- what Harvard students want most is the name "Harvard University" on their diplomas and the grade inflation assurance that they most likely will graduate from Harvard with a cumulative gpa of A- or higher whether their classes were online or onsite.

Lower ranked schools are most apt to get is a better incoming class if they promise nearly all onsite courses.
Reasons are complicated, but students seeking an on-campus experience in a lower-ranked university are not after the prestige name of the university as much as they're after all things they can get only on campus --- getting away from home, a face-to-face social life, a love life, and (alas) student parties.

What are they sacrificing by choosing a lower-ranked university?
That prestigious name on the diploma and assurances of that A- graduation gpa. And they're losing that powerful alumni club provided by the Ivy League universities where old alumni lean toward hiring new alumni or admitting new alumni into their prestigious graduate programs.
In the Ivy League it's still pretty much of an alumni club.

I know one applicant accepted by both Harvard and Texas A&M who chose Harvard because it was easier to be a 4.0 graduate from Harvard where the median grade averages of all graduates is A-
Professor Mansfield gave two grades to every student who took his Harvard course. One was an A for the student's transcript. The other was a secret grade to let the student know about actual performance in the course.


As of 2018 nearly a third of all Russia’s medical facilities had no running water and more than half lacked hot water. Around 40% lacked central heating and in 35% the sewage (removal) didn’t work.
Jensen Comment
But the Russians led the way in hacking USA's computer networks and elections. Much depends upon the setting of priorities by political leaders. These leaders probably defend their decisions by saying that destroying the USA and capitalism in general have longer-term benefits than hospital hot water and sewage removal.

Who decides which books to burn?

When the Great Scorer comes to write against your name, one unforgiveable sin (racial profiling) outweighs all the good you've done in life.
(No that's not quite right)

Woodrow Wilson (the 28th President (a Democrat) of the USA) ---


During his academic career, Wilson authored several works of history and political science and became a regular contributor to Political Science Quarterly, an academic journal.[55] Wilson's first political work, Congressional Government (1885), critically described the U.S. system of government and advocated adopting reforms to move the U.S. closer to a parliamentary system.[56] Wilson believed the Constitution had a "radical defect" because it did not establish a branch of government that could "decide at once and with conclusive authority what shall be done."[57] He singled out the United States House of Representatives for particular criticism, writing, divided up, as it were, into forty-seven seignories, in each of which a standing committee is the court-baron and its chairman lord-proprietor. These petty barons, some of them not a little powerful, but none of them within reach [of] the full powers of rule, may at will exercise an almost despotic sway within their own shires, and may sometimes threaten to convulse even the realm itself.[58]

Wilson's second publication was a textbook, entitled The State, that was used widely in college courses throughout the country until the 1920s.[59] In The State, Wilson wrote that governments could legitimately promote the general welfare "by forbidding child labor, by supervising the sanitary conditions of factories, by limiting the employment of women in occupations hurtful to their health, by instituting official tests of the purity or the quality of goods sold, by limiting the hours of labor in certain trades, [and] by a hundred and one limitations of the power of unscrupulous or heartless men to out-do the scrupulous and merciful in trade or industry."[60][page needed] He also wrote that charity efforts should be removed from the private domain and "made the imperative legal duty of the whole," a position which, according to historian Robert M. Saunders, seemed to indicate that Wilson "was laying the groundwork for the modern welfare state."[61]

His third book, entitled Division and Reunion, was published in 1893.[62] It became a standard university textbook for teaching mid- and late-19th century U.S. history.[51] In 1897, Houghton Mifflin published Wilson's biography on George Washington; Berg describes it as "Wilson's poorest literary effort."[63] Wilson's fourth major publication, a five-volume work entitled History of the American People, was the culmination of a series of articles written for Harper's, and was published in 1902.[64] In 1908, Wilson published his last major scholarly work, Constitutional Government of the United States.[65]


President of Princeton University

See also: History of Princeton University § Woodrow Wilson

In June 1902, Princeton trustees promoted Professor Wilson to president, replacing Patton, whom the trustees perceived to be an inefficient administrator.[66] Wilson aspired, as he told alumni, "to transform thoughtless boys performing tasks into thinking men." He tried to raise admission standards and to replace the "gentleman's C" with serious study. To emphasize the development of expertise, Wilson instituted academic departments and a system of core requirements. Students were to meet in groups of six under the guidance of teaching assistants known as preceptors.[67][page needed] To fund these new programs, Wilson undertook an ambitious and successful fundraising campaign, convincing alumni such as Moses Taylor Pyne and philanthropists such as Andrew Carnegie to donate to the school.[68] Wilson appointed the first Jew and the first Roman Catholic to the faculty, and helped liberate the board from domination by conservative Presbyterians.[69] He also worked to keep African Americans out of the school, even as other Ivy League schools were accepting small numbers of blacks.[70][a]

Wilson's efforts to reform Princeton earned him national notoriety, but they also took a toll on his health.[72] In 1906, Wilson awoke to find himself blind in the left eye, the result of a blood clot and hypertension. Modern medical opinion surmises Wilson had suffered a stroke—he later was diagnosed, as his father had been, with hardening of the arteries. He began to exhibit his father's traits of impatience and intolerance, which would on occasion lead to errors of judgment.[73] When Wilson began vacationing in Bermuda in 1906, he met a socialite, Mary Hulbert Peck. Their visits together became a regular occurrence on his return. Wilson in his letters home to Ellen openly related these gatherings as well his other social events. According to biographer August Heckscher, Wilson's friendship with Peck became the topic of frank discussion between Wilson and his wife. Wilson historians have not conclusively established there was an affair; but Wilson did on one occasion write a musing in shorthand—on the reverse side of a draft for an editorial: "my precious one, my beloved Mary."[74] Wilson also sent very personal letters to her which would later be used against him by his adversaries.[75]

Having reorganized the school's curriculum and established the preceptorial system, Wilson next attempted to curtail the influence of social elites at Princeton by abolishing the upper-class eating clubs.[76] He proposed moving the students into colleges, also known as quadrangles, but Wilson's Quad Plan was met with fierce opposition from Princeton's alumni.[77] In October 1907, due to the intensity of alumni opposition, the Board of Trustees instructed Wilson to withdraw the Quad Plan.[78] Late in his tenure, Wilson had a confrontation with Andrew Fleming West, dean of the graduate school, and also West's ally ex-President Grover Cleveland, who was a trustee. Wilson wanted to integrate a proposed graduate school building into the campus core, while West preferred a more distant campus site. In 1909, Princeton's board accepted a gift made to the graduate school campaign subject to the graduate school being located off campus.[79]

Wilson became disenchanted with his job due to the resistance to his recommendations, and he began considering a run for office. Prior to the 1908 Democratic National Convention, Wilson dropped hints to some influential players in the Democratic Party of his interest in the ticket. While he had no real expectations of being placed on the ticket, he left instructions that he should not be offered the vice presidential nomination. Party regulars considered his ideas politically as well as geographically detached and fanciful, but the seeds had been sown.[80] McGeorge Bundy in 1956 described Wilson's contribution to Princeton: "Wilson was right in his conviction that Princeton must be more than a wonderfully pleasant and decent home for nice young men; it has been more ever since his time".[81]

. . .

Historical reputation


Wilson is generally ranked by historians and political scientists as one of the better presidents.[2] More than any of his predecessors, Wilson took steps towards the creation of a strong federal government that would protect ordinary citizens against the overwhelming power of large corporations.[328] He is generally regarded as a key figure in the establishment of modern American liberalism, and a strong influence on future presidents such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.[2] Cooper argues that in terms of impact and ambition, only the New Deal and the Great Society rival the domestic accomplishments of Wilson's presidency.[329] Many of Wilson's accomplishments, including the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission, the graduated income tax, and labor laws, continued to influence the United States long after Wilson's death.[2] Wilson's idealistic foreign policy, which came to be known as Wilsonianism, also cast a long shadow over American foreign policy, and Wilson's League of Nations influenced the development of the United Nations.[2] Saladin Ambar writes that Wilson was "the first statesman of world stature to speak out not only against European imperialism but against the newer form of economic domination sometimes described as 'informal imperialism.'"[330]

Notwithstanding his accomplishments in office, Wilson has received criticism for his record on race relations and civil liberties, for his interventions in Latin America, and for his failure to win ratification of the Treaty of Versailles.[3][330] Sigmund Freud and William Christian Bullitt Jr., an American diplomat, collaborated in the 1930s on a psychological study that was published in 1966. [331] They argued that Wilson resolved his Oedipus complex by becoming highly neurotic, casting his father as God and himself as Christ, the savior of mankind.[332] Historians rejected the interpretation. Diplomatic historian A. J. P. Taylor called it a "disgrace" and asked: "How did anyone ever manage to take Freud seriously?"[333]

Many conservatives have attacked Wilson for his role in expanding the federal government.[334][335][336] In 2018, conservative columnist George Will wrote on The Washington Post that Theodore Roosevelt and Wilson were the "progenitors of today's imperial presidency."[337]

In the wake of the Charleston church shooting, during a debate over the removal of Confederate monuments, some individuals demanded the removal of Wilson's name from institutions affiliated with Princeton due to his administration's segregation of government offices.[338][339] On June 26, 2020, Princeton University removed Wilson's name from its public policy school due to his "racist thinking and policies."[340] The Princeton University Board of Trustees voted to remove Wilson’s name from the university’s School of Public and International Affairs, changing the name to the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. The Board also accelerated the retirement of the name of a soon-to-be-closed residential college, changing the name from Wilson College to “First College.” However, the Board did not change the name of the university's highest honor for an undergraduate alumnus or alumna, The Woodrow Wilson Award, because it is the result of a gift. The Board stated that when the university accepted that gift, it took on a legal obligation to name the prize for Wilson.[341]

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Princeton Strips Wilson Name From School, College
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/06/29/princeton-strips-wilson-name-school-college?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=33ab119ab6-DNU_2019_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-33ab119ab6-197565045&mc_cid=33ab119ab6&mc_eid=1e78f7c952 \

Princeton University on Saturday removed Woodrow Wilson's name from its School of Public and International Affairs and a residential college. Wilson was a Princeton alumnus and president of the university. Christopher L. Eisgruber, the current president, wrote to the campus, where protests in 2015 (and before that) called for removal of the name. In April 2016, a campus committee "recommended a number of reforms to make this university more inclusive and more honest about its history. The committee and the board, however, left Wilson’s name on the school and the college," Eisgruber wrote.

Today, he wrote, "the tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshard Brooks drew renewed attention to the long and damaging history of racism in America."

He added that the board acted because "Wilson’s racism was significant and consequential even by the standards of his own time. He segregated the federal civil service after it had been racially integrated for decades, thereby taking America backward in its pursuit of justice. He not only acquiesced in but added to the persistent practice of racism in this country, a practice that continues to do harm today. Wilson’s segregationist policies make him an especially inappropriate namesake for a public policy school."

Jensen Comment
I started this thread module with the following:

When the Great Scorer comes to write against your name, one unforgiveable sin (racial profiling) outweighs all the good you've done in life.

That's not entirely true. Hypocritical scholars will forgive you if you had sufficient political correctness like Flannery O'Connor ---

The New Yorker:  How Racist Was Flannery O’Connor?
Jensen Comment
Hypocritically her defenders pardon her for being a racist of her time while being unwilling to forgive George Washington, Thomas Jefferson for being slave owners, albeit kindly slave owners, of their time. But then scholars are often hypocritical in defending their own for sins that they rant about in others.

Like Woodrow Wilson, Flannery O'Connor's racism was mixed with both bad racism and good things for Blacks. Wilson for example, fought against child labor and better working conditions for workers of all races with "a hundred and one limitations of the power of unscrupulous or heartless men to out-do the scrupulous and merciful in trade or industry." Woodrow Wilson must be erased from history.

Flannery O'Connor in her personal life was a racist. But in her many writings liberal scholars point out that there are some of her memorable words for fighting against racism ---
Flannery O'Connor must live on.

Liberal scholars will praise her political fight against racism whereas they will tear down all the good things Woodrow Wilson did for Blacks and other minorities. Hence the following:

When the Great Scorer comes to write against your name, one unforgiveable sin (racial profiling) outweighs all the good you've done in life unless you were sufficiently in political correctness.
Bob Jensen

I doubt that any university will remove any awards or praises to Flannery O'Connor like they are in the process of removing all awards and praises of Woodrow Wilson. .

And guess who gets left in the curriculum --- Wilson or O'Connor?

Who decides which books to burn?

Franklin Pierce Biographer Urges Consideration Of 14th President's Progressive Civil Liberties Record Before Removal Of His Name From UNH Law School ---
No chance

Black Student Union Demands Lincoln Statue Come Down ---
Seems a bit ungrateful for the leader freeing the slaves in a civil war that cost trillions and inflicted suffering almost beyond belief to free the slaves

Bob Jensen's threads on political correctness ---

Bucky the Bookkeeper Is Now Worth a Lot of Bucks ---

Gauss to Schumacher on July 12, 1831:
"I protest against the use of an infinite quantity as an actual entity; this is never allowed in mathematics. This infinite is only a matter of speaking, in which one properly speaks of limits to which certain ratios can come as near as desired, while others are permitted to increase without bound."

Supreme Court's LGBT Discrimination Ruling Forces Harvard To End Ban on Single-Gender Clubs ---

Pew Center Report: Majority of Americans Say Parents Are Doing Too Much for Their Young Adult Children ---
Jensen Comment
It's very difficult to discuss "too much" since needs of adult children are so dependent upon circumstances. Understandably there's more need to help many adult children during the 2020 pandemic. But even before the pandemic there was a rise in adult children returning home to live so they could afford their cars and put off having full-time jobs even in years like 2019 when the nation's unemployment was relatively low.

I recently watched a mother fox protectively caring for her new puppies. She fed and protected them 24/7. But at some point she kicked them out. I don't know where the younger foxes ended up while their mother continued to live alone under our outside studio ---
Adult children often hang around a lot longer than fox puppies.
A  enormous
patriarch crow sits on our house daily (we named him Fred). Each spring he's joined by what appear to be his most recent brood of children. However, it doesn't take long for those children to just disappear somewhere over the course of the summer. Fred, however, stays on with us year after year in all seasons.

One phenomenon in the recent decades is the rise in single parenthood. This was accompanied by greater need for various types of grandparent support ranging from housing to childcare to need for parental financial support (car payments, rent, child care, etc.).

On the other side of the coin there's been a decline in dependence of the older generation for financial and physical support of their parents. The enormous change comes from Medicaid. In the past adult children had to lend support of various kinds (financial, housing, home care, etc.) for their low-income parents. Now those low income parents are shoved off into nursing homes courtesy of Medicaid. Even if the grandparents were not poor when they retired it's common for heirs to bleed out their savings until those grandparents qualify for Medicaid support for nursing homes.

In recent years there's also less need for parents to take care of their disabled adult children at home. One of my cousins has a severely autistic grandchild who lived at home until around the age of 18. Since that time he's lived in a small home with around five other disabled adults. He's now lived in such small homes for over 25 years courtesy of support from the Social Security Disability Program and the State of Iowa ---
In 1956 and earlier he would've most likely continued to live with his parents or grandparents without government financial support.

How to Mislead When Swimming in Statistical Heterogeneity ---

How to Mislead With Statistics

California's Energy Regulations Hurt the Poor, While 'Green' Subsidies Benefit the Rich ---

Jensen Comment
Recall that California, while desperately in need of new housing and new jobs, also requires that new buildings have relatively expensive solar roofs.
This is a classic illustration of negative economic externalities. Regulations requiring solar roofs means less new construction of buildings.

Another issue is whether discouraging universities from partnering with corporations harms all earthlings (rich and poor) in the long-run. For example, having Big Oil fund R&D for low-carbon energy solutions may be much more important to the planet than more solar panels and windmills.

Universities divesting themselves of endowment investments in Big Oil companies have their heads in the sand since some Big Oil companies are becoming huge investors in alternative energies (think windmill farms. Investors should work toward channeling more Big Oil resources into alternative energy developments.


How to Mislead With Statistics

New York Is Having a Violent Summer, But It's Not Because of Bail Reform ---

Jensen Comment
This article is misleading because it fails to mention the effect of bail reform on lesser crimes, particularly shoplifting. To the extent that bail reform essentially legalizes shoplifting it can do great harm to areas where shoplifting is heaviest. For example, in the poor parts of Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and Baltimore having no punishments for shoplifters means that stores in those poor parts will close up giving less shopping alternatives (think grocery stores, pharmacies, Walmarts, Targets, etc.) to the poorest residents of the cities.

If you want more stores in the ghettos you have to prevent shoplifting in most every way possible, including punishing the shoplifters.


How to Mislead With Statistics

Surprising study: Urban density doesn’t cause more COVID-19 infections, even promotes lower death rates ---

Crowded city streets, subways, and buses have been considered the most likely places to become infected with COVID-19 over the past few months. Surprisingly, however, a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concludes that densely populated spaces aren’t actually linked to higher infection rates.

Even more confounding, the study’s analysis indicates that crowded, dense locations are associated with lower coronavirus death rates.

In all, COVID-19 infection and death rates were assessed across 913 U.S. metropolitan counties. After researchers accounted for additional factors like race and education, the population density within each county was not significantly linked to infection rates. As mentioned, denser counties, as opposed to more rural, sprawling areas with smaller populations, were associated with lower death rates. The study’s authors speculate this is because denser, urban areas often offer better healthcare services.

Instead, higher coronavirus infection and death rates seem to be linked to a metropolitan area’s size, not its density. So, cities that are very big and stretch across multiple counties that are “tightly linked together through economic, social, and commuting relationships” appear to be most at risk of high coronavirus infection rates

Continued in Article

Jensen Comment
I think the populated density issues are more complicated than density per se (think population per square mile). For example, the above study concludes that "densely populated spaces aren’t actually linked to higher infection rates". However, I contend that the most dense populations vary greatly  in terms of lifestyles. Los Angeles differs greatly from New York City in many ways, including the LA's relative lack of public transportation relative to NYC. Also in NYC it's extremely common for workers to move out of NYC when they retire. And if they retire in a another dense area like Miami or LA their lifestyles change because they are no longer commuting daily over long distances in crowded public transportation to get to and from jobs. The public indoor places of Manhattan and San Francisco are crowded many hours of each day relative to the public indoor places of Miami, LA, and Houston.

My point here is that population density as a predictor of Covid-19 infections and deaths confounds many other issues like demographic differences of residents, lifestyle differences, etc. But density should not be eliminated as a contributing factor to the multivariate set of interactive causes.

Both the risks of infection from Covid-19 and the risk of dying when infected are multivariate and interactive.
Except for age I don't think we can factor out any one variable (like population per square mile) from all the other interactive causes.
And density is a continuum. Southern New Hampshire is much less densely populated than Northern New Hampshire. And Southern New Hampshire is very much less densely populated than New York City.

New York State has a population of 19.5 million out of which over 8.2 million live in NYC. New Hampshire has a population of 1.4 million out of which 110,000 live in Manchester, NH.

As a retired total recluse living on food and drink ordered from Amazon, your odds of testing positive for Covid-10 are probably about the same in NYC or New Hampshire's Manchester or Littleton in the north. If you're a patrol cop or hospital worker your probability of testing positive is much higher in dense NYC or Manchester. However your probability is even lower in Littleton relative to Manchester and points along I-93 leading toward Massachusetts.

Now consider the following map of New Hampshire where the state's highest population density is skewed toward the southern part of the state ---
Note that "50+" in the color coding includes such large numbers as 500 and 800.

In the middle of New Hampshire my guess is that nursing home residents contributed to nearly all of the  6, 7, AND 16 numbers shown on the map below.

I contend that the Covid-19 infection rates along the southeastern boundary are relatively high because this is where NH workers commuting to Massachusetts (think Boston) are most likely to live in NH. These NH state line residents most likely were infected due to working in Massachusetts (think NH medical professionals who work in Massachusetts hospitals)

Contrary to the conclusion of the above "Surprising Study," the one thing I'm certain of is that people who move from New York City to northern New Hampshire at the present time ceteris paribus have lower probabilities of becoming infected unless they live like a recluses before and after the move.

2008 Recession (that commenced before 2008) --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Recession_in_the_United_States

There was a dramatic negative structural break in college graduates’ employment rates, beginning around the 2005 entry cohort, that shows no sign of abating ---

I study cohort patterns in the labor market outcomes of recent college graduates, examining changes surrounding the Great Recession. Recession entrants have lower wages and employment than those of earlier cohorts; more recent cohorts’ employment is even lower, but the newest entrants’ wages have risen. I relate these changes to "scarring" effects of initial conditions. I demonstrate that adverse early conditions permanently reduce new entrants’ employment probabilities. I also replicate earlier results of medium-term scarring effects on wages that fade out by the early 30s. But scarring cannot account for the employment collapse for recent cohorts. There was a dramatic negative structural break in college graduates’ employment rates, beginning around the 2005 entry cohort, that shows no sign of abating.

Jensen Comment
It used to be that a significant difference between college graduates in Canada versus the USA was that Canadian graduates tended to be more underemployed in jobs that did not require college degrees, and Canadian graduates also had higher unemployment rates. This article suggests that the USA is catching up. Employment rates for Year 2019 may look unattainable for years to come after this pandemic.

The data varies greatly by major and skills level. Even within a discipline there is considerable variation. For example, accounting graduates seeking auditing or tax jobs tend to find more entry-level jobs than graduates seeking managerial accounting jobs. This is because auditing firms and the IRS often do not require experience whereas jobs available for managerial accountants usually require more experience.

The term "underemployed" can be misleading. For example, K-12 teachers are likely to find teaching jobs when they graduate except in certain tight local markets like SMALL college towns. However, advancement in compensation and job duties is a struggle compared to many other professions. I once considered becoming a high school teacher, but I think my CAREER advancement was much better as a college professor. It was well worth the extra years of graduate school and a lucky choice of major.

How to Mislead With Spurious Correlation

Police with lots of military gear kill civilians more often than less-militarized officers ---

Jensen Comment
This is a perfect example of spurious correlation. The largest police forces are the ones with the most military gear. I don't know of a single instance where this military gear was used to kill civilians except maybe sniper rifles (that aren't exclusively military gear).

The largest police forces provide public safety to the largest cities.
The largest police forces kill (usually in self defense) the largest number of civilians

Thus civilian kills are most frequent in the largest police forces, and this has (to date) had nothing to do with military gear except very indirectly such as when a helicopter helps locate and may shine a floodlight on an armed criminal.

The rate of kids sports and recreation-related emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries declined 32% from 2012 to 2018, after more than a decade of increasing rates, a new study finds ---
As fewer kids played football and/or played with improved rules and equipment

How to Mislead by Ignoring Job Task Differences

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

Salesforce's former chief recruiter says arrogance is the biggest red flag in hiring. Here's how the company spots it during the interview process ---
https://www.businessinsider.com/how-salesforce-spots-arrogance-in-the-interview-process-2019-11?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BIPrime_select&utm_campaign=BI Prime 2020-07-01&utm_term=BI Prime Select

·        Salesforce is adamant about hiring based on its four cultural tenets: trust, innovation, equality, and customer success.

·        The major red flag that a person doesn't embody those values is arrogance, according to Ana Recio, the company's former executive vice president of global recruiting.

·        A clear indicator during the interview process is if the person doesn't mention the team that helped them achieve a goal. Essentially, Recio said, those applicants use the word "I" too much.

·        But it's not just about the answers. Salesforce also wants to hear questions from candidates that seek to "understand the definition of success from the customer's lens versus from an engineering lens," Recio said. 

Jensen Comment
This ignores circumstances where people that perform best may sometimes be the most arrogant. Sometimes our best scholars, writers, musicians, actors, athletes, mathematicians, scientists, investors, etc. are also the most arrogant in their disciplines. For some great performers it's hard to be humble.

It would seem that if Salesforce wants to hire the best technical performers (think programmers) then arrogance maybe shouldn't not be a rock solid criterion for employment rejections.

There are tasks for which arrogance is probably dysfunctional. But there are other tasks where arrogance must be tolerated if you want the very best. Of course arrogance sometimes mellows with age, experience, and circumstances. Arrogance may also be faked to cover up other issues.


Having said this I admit to not enjoying being around my faculty colleagues that I viewed as arrogant. I still respected them if they were truly great at their trade. I just did not like being around them.

Arrogance may also be confused or equated with temperament or unfriendliness that is usually more dysfunctional for team tasks. I'm a great admirer of a famous actor named Robert Mitchum who sometimes was viewed as arrogant. But his co-workers claimed he was also the most professional actor on the set who showed up reliably, knew his lines perfectly, and was somewhat intolerant of unprofessional co-workers. That usually made them strive toward Mitchum's professionalism.

One of my favorite interviews to watch is Dick Cavett's interview with Robert Mitchum ---
I really miss Dick Cavett and Robert Mitchum

How to Mislead With Statistics

College Majors With the Lowest Unemployment

Jensen Comment
Note that this ranking is based upon pre-pandemic data. Much has changed since Covid-19. For example, education budgets are a way down after the pandemic and graduates in education (at all levels) face a bleak job market compared with before the pandemic.

Secondly, beware of small denominators. For example, there are relatively few zoology majors such that unemployment rates are badly distorted. Also zoology is not the best career choice if you want wide choice on where to live. The number of cities and towns hiring zoology majors is very limited.

Thirdly, many careers having high unemployment rates are also relatively low paying with little chance of advancement.

How to Mislead Without Statistics

Reparations --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reparations_for_slavery_debate_in_the_United_States

"Black reparations and the racial wealth gap," ---

A pair of Brookings Institution scholars suggest that African nations can put pressure on the U.S. to implement reparations (and start mending the racial equity gap) by barring corporate entry into their countries until amends are made. While the idea seems wild, the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent already explicitly stated in a 2016 report that the U.S. owes reparations to its Black citizens. And such tactics would be similar to Americans promoting divestment in corporations from South Africa during the apartheid era. One of the scholars is William Darity (pictured), who has already pushed a federal jobs guarantee into the mainstream.

Jensen Comment
How can one possibly evaluate such a proposal without knowing much more details (such as the amount of the reparations paid and the dependency of each African nation upon the USA that does not pay reparations)?

For example, at one extreme the USA is not likely to pay $900 trillion a year ad infinitum to save relations with African nations. At another extreme those nations are not likely to agree to reparation payments of $1 million per year ad infinitum.

The proposal becomes much more complicated in a global world. Will the EU, for example, go along with near ruination of the USA economy since doing so may well ruin their own economies (especially if China and/or Russian use the ruination of the USA to take over the world?

Will Blacks in the USA vote for sacrificing the USA economy for themselves and/or Africa?

The Most In Demand Jobs As Lockdown in Lifted ---
Thank you Sharon Garvin for the heads up

1.    Software Engineer

2.    Nurse

3.    Salesperson

4.    Driver

5.    Supermarket Department Specialist

6.    Certified Public Accountant

7.    Project Manager

8.    Store Associate

9.    Supply Chain Associate

10.        Food Service Worker

 Jensen Comment

One of the reasons accounting is a relatively popular college major is that demand for accountants is relatively high in both economic upswings and downturns. Reasons include the economic cycle steadiness of the needs for financial statement auditing, accounting system maintenance, and requirement to file tax returns in good times and bad times. In comparison, demand for graduates in management, marketing, finance, and engineering is more cyclical. Demand for Ph.D. graduates in accountancy is high mainly because of current and projected shortages in academe. However, demand for doctoral program graduates may be temporarily down due to pandemic upheavals and unexpected budget shortages calling for increased use of cheaper adjuncts without doctoral degrees.

Salesperson listed above is too broad to have much meaning. Automotive sales persons are not in high demand due to lowered demand for vehicle purchases. Salespersons for malls are most certainly in oversupply as malls stores continue to close. Phones aren't ringing off the hooks for real estate sellers. Sales may pick up with white flight from cities.

Specialized salespersons are in increased demand such as food sellers, farm equipment sellers, alternative energy sellers, medical supply sellers, and some technology salespersons.

Not included above are police officers, onsite teachers, musicians, construction workers, oil drillers, road builders (think of plunge in road tax revenues), STEM graduates (except for nurses), etc. Factory workers will be in oversupply as the pandemic and increased taxation will shut down factories. It's not a good time to seek careers in professional sports.

Military recruiting will plunge as America pulls back from being the free world's police force.

Demand for most types of medical doctors, especially mental health specialists, will increase in 2021 as victorious Democrats bring on Medicare-for-All and wider coverage of mental health.

Demand for debt collectors will plunge as victorious Democrats forgive most indebtedness in 2021.

Demand for social workers will soar. especially the ones willing to replace police responding to 911 emergency calls.

Demand for coroners and undertakers will soar as more and more police are defunded.


How to Mislead With Statistics
The 25 best high-paying jobs in America for 2018 ---
Jensen Comment
By now you may be weary of my repeated criticisms of job rankings based on compensation. But there are a few new twists in my criticisms below.
I would be less critical if these were starting salaries. But one does not become a "Manager" immediately after graduation. Becoming a manger nearly always requires years of experience. You must accordingly throw in years of experience into the other job categories in this study you run into all sorts of problems. One is the problem of profit sharing. Usually partners or shareholders in a LLC corporation have profit sharing that makes compensation comparisons with salaries very misleading. For example, a partner in a law firm is compensated much differently than an experienced lawyer who has not yet been admitted to the partnership. And partner compensation varies a great deal based upon specialty and rewards for bringing in and maintaining clients. And there are huge issues regarding deferred compensation of various types. Doctors and lawyers for example may take lower salaries than others while letting the values of their shares in the partnership increase annually by larger amounts.

My point here is that professionals commonly have equity interests in their firms such that there are choices regarding how fast equity values increase versus how fast they deplete the value with current "salaries."

In the above rankings physicians are the big winners but it's not clear how some expenses are factored into the comparisons. Some physicians (especially surgeons and anesthesiologists) must pay their own enormous malpractice insurance premiums whereas others have those premiums paid by others (such as hospitals or employers). And those premiums vary a great deal in different parts of the nation such as in Mississippi having very high premiums and in Texas having very low premiums due to a constitutional amendment capping punitive damages.

Some job categories have much more statistical variance and kurtosis than other job categories. For example, the variance in compensation for financial advisors is enormous. Much of it depends upon the wealth of clients and established reputations of employers.

My point here is that a college student who chooses to track into a financial advising career faces enormous income uncertainty relative to a student who tracks into most any physician specialty.

This idea of variance is extremely important in terms of upper limits of success. Sure a nurse anesthetist may have a median salary of $160,270, but I don't know of any nurse anesthetist who make over $2 million per year like some lawyers.

The outcome for political scientists surprised me in the above study since political scientists in academe (where most of them are employed) are not usually paid notably more than other social scientists, physical scientists, computer scientists, and business professors. There is also an enormous variation in academic salaries between professors in prestigious universities versus those thousands of colleges further down the line that struggle to meet payroll expenses.

I could carry on with my other canned complaints about compensation rankings in general, but I think you catch my drift. I think that rankings on the basis of median compensation without added disclosures of sampling populations, variances, and kurtosis are highly misleading for young people choosing careers.

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Four great reasons to switch your career and become an accountant ---

Jensen Comment
The "Pay is Great" Reason 2 is misleading. Except where accountants own their own firms they are not likely to receive high-end compensation as spectacular as many other professionals like physicians, architects, etc. The incomes of lawyers are difficult to compare, because there is such variance in lawyer earnings.

And starting salaries of accounting graduates are generally lower than those of actuaries, engineers, computer scientists, and pharmacists. Students are drawn to accounting by the availability of entry-level jobs not requiring prior experience. More importantly they are drawn into those jobs because of the valuable training and experience received and the ability to then branch off into so many, many specialties in both the private and public sectors. Years ago I read where, due to an increase in white-collar crime, the FBI hired more experienced accountants than experienced lawyers. That may have changed today due to the FBI's needs for experienced technology experts.

Accounting is also one of the best tracks to the executive suites. CEOs and CFOs often rose up from accounting degrees. In many of these instances, however, accountants took on other specialties, especially finance and marketing, along the way up.

Accounting, like law and medicine, is attractive due to both rural and urban opportunities. Graduates in computer science and engineering may find slim pickings for careers in small rural communities. However, those communities still need teachers, nurses, physicians, lawyers, tax accountants, and small business accountants.

And because of supply versus demand new accounting Ph.Ds are often the highest-paid $125,000+ new faculty on college campuses ---

How is the Old Microsoft like a USA university?

Microsoft Corporation --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft

Satya Nadella --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satya_Nadella

Meet 14 top Microsoft execs and other power players who left the company since Satya Nadella took over as CEO — and where they are now ---
https://www.businessinsider.com/significant-microsoft-executive-departures-satya-nadella-2020-3?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BIPrime_select&utm_campaign=BI Prime 2020-07-11&utm_term=BI Prime Select

Under Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Microsoft teams were warring factions and the company's leaders promoted a "star culture" that valued the smartest person in the room. 
Nadella has tried to make Microsoft more collaborative, both internally and with the company's competitors – and part of that effort included cultivating new talent, even as much of Microsoft's old guard departed for greener pastures.

Some of executive shifts started immediately. Less than a month after Nadella became CEO, he announced two executive departures and made it clear he expected an "'all in' commitment as we embark on the next chapter for the company" from Microsoft senior leaders. Others took time, and unfolded throughout reorganizations.

Jensen Comment

In the opinion of many experts, Satya Nadella saved Microsoft's butt with new products (think clouds), revamped products (think Windows rentals rather than purchases), and changed management style.

How Are Universities Somewhat Like and Unlike the Old Microsoft (under Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer)?

In my opinion universities, like the Old Microsoft, promote and reward "star culture." The difference is that, because of tenure, universities cannot replace either old stars or old losers.
One of the enormous problems with tenure in colleges is that faculty who do not adapt well to changing times are nevertheless settled in for life.

The pandemic in some ways is good in that it gives luddite tenured faculty little choice in changing times.

Professors who used to loudly brag that you would never find them teaching online are now teaching online.

Professors who used to enjoy warring with the top administration are now cooperating since the future of their employers is in doubt due to failing enrollments and finances.

How to Use Microsoft’s “Windows File Recovery” on Windows 10 ---

Russia discloses new details of electromagnetic pulse cannon ---

Jensen Comment
Tanks and helicopters can be useful in guerilla warfare, especially in and above large cities. The wars of the future will not be face-offs between high tech armies. Wars of the future might entail guerilla type tactics among one or more sides of fighters hiding behind adult civilians and their children. But more likely than not wars of the future will be chemical or biological.

Magnificent new long range cannons are dead ducks just like aircraft carriers are dead ducks in if the shooting actually begins.

Weapons of the future will be long-range sniper rifles and possibly economy-ruining pandemics disguised as accidents.

US News Rankings of Top MBA Programs (Where Harvard now ranks Number 6)---

How to Mislead With Statistics

The hiring policy at McKinsey, one of the world's most elite management consultancies, is defined by one thing: Harvard
https://www.businessinsider.com/mckinsey-hiring-policy-2013-9?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BIPrime_select&utm_campaign=BI Prime 2020-07-08&utm_term=BI Prime Select

·        McKinsey & Co. is one of the most elite management consultancies and has more than 30,000 employees worldwide.

·        It has built a culture of hiring young college graduates from elite universities and business schools.

·        Data indicates that MBA grads at McKinsey can make an estimated base salary of $165,000, and that doesn't include a $30,000 signing bonus and $35,000 first-year performance bonus.

·        Headhunters who have a proven track record of placing candidates at McKinsey, Bain, Boston Consulting Group, and other elite management consultancies, told Business Insider that the best to get a job at the firm was through an elite school.

·        Here's how that started.


In 2018, the consulting firm hired 8,000 people out of 800,000 applications, the company told Business Insider. The firm steadily brought in another 8,000 in 2019. Over 12% of the 2019 hires came from MBA programs. 

The 94-year-old firm sets the bar high. Like other top-notch consultancies, such as Bain & Co. and Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey has a reputation for bulk hiring MBA students. These three companies alone are responsible for hiring nearly 30% of this year's MBA class from INSEAD, a business school in France. A McKinsey spokeswoman recently shared that about 40% of the firm's employees have graduated from business school.  

Skimming the best from the world's elite universities has become a common practice at top firms — especially McKinsey. In fact, the pathway between Cambridge and McKinsey was so well trodden it's been referred to as "McHarvard."

To wit, a full 21% of Harvard Business School (HBS) 2019 graduates entered the consulting field, and 16% of students in class of 2020 are pursuing consulting internships. 

The link between Harvard and its peers and McKinsey is one of the quizzical corridors of the American elite. It's one of the lynchpin places where power is ratified and money is made.

Take former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, for example.

Before dropping out of the Democratic race on March 1, Buttigieg faced pressure to share more information about his three-year employment at McKinsey, which has since come under increasing scrutinyThe New York Times previously reported that Buttigieg's experience at the consultancy has served as a ladder for him to reach the top tier of the 2020 Democratic primary presidential contest.

Today, McKinsey maintains a global reach in 133 cities and 66 countries with more than 30,000 colleagues. Though the firm shared that it's diversifying its hiring strategy by recruiting from 325 universities, McKinsey's original business model focused on training fresh-out-of-college graduates from America's most elite schools. These MBA hires can make a base salary of $165,000, a $35,000 performance bonus, and a 50% MBA tuition reimbursement for returning interns. And for HBS graduates who had entered the consulting field — a $165,000 base salary is only its median pay

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Jensen Comment
What is potentially misleading here is to put too much praise on what elite business schools do that is more magical than what lower-tier MBA programs do not do. Success of the the top-tier MBA programs has  less to do with magic that happens in those programs as it does to to what happens before students arrive. Success of these elite schools is heavily do to a process of filtering applicants to admit some of the best of the best applicants in the world.

The same thing happens in science. I don't think what Cal Tech does for students is nearly as important as what Cal Tech has done to attract the best applicants in the world to study at Cal Tech.

Then there's a halo effect that gives greater opportunities to graduates of the very elite schools. A top graduate of the Harvard Business School may not be any better than a leading graduate of Cactus Gulch's MBA Program, but the HBS graduate will land a job at McKinsey and be given a better chance to perform than the Cactus Gulch graduate that was passed over by McKinsey. The same thing happens to Cal Tech Ph.D. graduates relative to the Ph.D. graduates in science at Cactus Gulch.

For years a Gold Medal has been awarded to the top USA performer on the current CPA Exam. On many occasions a Cactus Gulch graduate has won that award. On many, many other occasions graduates of elite accounting program hires were passed over for partnership promotions by CPA firms in favor of Cactus Gulch graduates these firms took a chance on when hiring new graduates.

Perhaps McKinsey should at least recruit at the Cactus Gulch MBA program.

Twelve affordable online MBA programs that will help you land a 6-figure job after graduation ---
https://www.businessinsider.com/affordable-online-mba-programs-six-figure-job-business-school-2020-7?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BIPrime_select&utm_campaign=BI Prime 2020-07-08&utm_term=BI Prime Select

01 Carnegie Mellon University
02 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
03 University of Southern California
04  Stevens Institute of Technology
05 Auburn University
06 Villanova University
07 George Washington University
08 Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Lake Forest Academy
09 Rutgers University
10 Hofstra University
11 George Mason University
12 University of Maryland, College Park

Jensen Comment
Personally, I don't agree with some of the 12 choices above, and would instead put in more of the flagship state universities. I would place such more affordable schools as the Brigham Young, Cornell, University of Texas, Texas A&M, Iowa, Michigan, etc. well ahead of all the universities ranked above (with the exception of Carnegie and USC).


Trump's Medicare chief has a big decision to make over whether doctors should be paid for phone calls and video visits. Here are the 3 biggest concerns she's weighing over the future of healthcare ---

The Trump administration's Medicare chief is presiding over a major healthcare overhaul during the coronavirus pandemic, where millions more people are seeing doctors over phone and video.  

·        The move to virtual care happened because of temporary changes pushed by Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, overseen by Seema Verma. The changes caused a huge jump in telemedicine use. Before the pandemic, about 13,000 people on Medicare saw a doctor over telehealth in a week. By the week ending April 25, 1.7 million patients had these visits, according to figures from CMS.

·        But in the months ahead and ultimately once the pandemic is over, policymakers will face big decisions about how much virtual care should continue, how much to pay for it, and who gets it.

·        "I think that it is crystal clear that we need to continue telehealth," Verma told Business Insider. "I think in what capacity, how we do reimbursement, determining in what types of medicine it works best in — all of that is going to continue to evolve. But the case for telehealth is clear." 

·        CMS will have a major influence, but the agency can't go at it alone: It's up to Congress to decide which providers can use video visits and whether patients can see a doctor from home.

·        Still, CMS has the power to change a slew of regulations. Both state and federal lawmakers will watch what happens with the temporary telehealth changes in Medicare, which reaches 40 million seniors, to decide whether to make them permanent and whether to overhaul rules on private health insurance. 

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2020’s Plague of Locusts Spreads to Indian Subcontinent and South America ---

Toilet paper and tissues are major drivers of deforestation in Canada’s boreal forest, according to a new report ---

How PwC is using VR to shake up bias trainings and get employees to think about their hidden prejudices

 .       PwC and tech startup Talespin have teamed up to train employees on implicit bias using virtual reality. 
·        VR-based implicit bias training immerses its participants in scenarios where they learn to make inclusive hiring decisions and point out instances of discrimination.
·        Studies have shown VR learners required less time to learn, had a stronger emotional connection to the training content, were more focused when learning, and were more confident about their takeaways from the training. 
·        It comes at a time of public reckoning that current corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives aren't doing enough, especially when it comes to implicit bias during the hiring process. 

Virtual reality could permanently alter the way businesses approach diversity and inclusion trainings.

Despite spending billions of dollars on D&I initiatives, US companies are more segregated now than they were 40 years ago, and implicit bias in hiring remains one of the biggest culprits. Implicit bias refers to the unknown assumptions people make about others based on their gender, ethnicity, age, or minority status, rather than their professional qualifications.

Some companies are exploring new options for diversity trainings. PwC is one of them.

The professional-services firm is working with software company Talespin to implement VR-based implicit-bias training programs —and it could be a new frontier for how companies approach diversity, equity, and inclusion training. 

The Big 4 consulting and tax firm completed a pilot with Talespin last year, and it has since used virtual reality programming to train over 4,000 employees on implicit bias.

How the VR training works 

The training places employees in simulated office settings designed after actual PwC offices, where they speak with virtual characters through a head-mounted display. During the five-to-seven-minute training modules, they are prompted to make decisions about who to hire and promote, and must use inclusive leadership practices introduced prior to the simulation.

Kyle Jackson, CEO of Talespin, told Business Insider that PwC employees using the VR tool are trained on how to recognize unconscious bias when hiring. They have to think about how even a candidate's name on a résumé can stir up implicit biases, he said. 

Studies have shown, for example, that résumés with names that sound "white" get more call backs than those that don't. Employees using the VR training are asked to formulate responses if these biases are expressed in a hiring meeting by a colleague, or a senior partner.

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From the Scout Report on July 3, 2020

COFFEECUP EDITOR --- www.coffeecup.com/free-editor 
The CoffeeCup HTML editor is an award-winning website creation system. It includes a library of responsive themes and layouts to jump start the creation of new websites. Its Components Library feature allows users to create reusable blocks of code that are kept synchronized across all the pages on which they appear. This is helpful for toolbars, menus, and other such components. In addition to directly editing HTML, CSS, and Javascript, CoffeeCup also supports generating sites from Markdown files. Features such as syntax highlighting, automatic code completion, and support for building a reusable library of code snippets can help streamline the site maintenance process. The CoffeeCup HTML editor is available for Windows computers running Windows 7 or newer.

MELD --- http://meldmerge.org/
Meld is a graphical tool for comparing different versions of files and folders. While it is primarily written for developers working with folders of source code, it can also be used to compare any other text-based format (such as HTML, XML, and JSON). It provides both two-way comparisons (version A vs. version B) and three-way comparisons (versions A and B against a common ancestor), along with tools to merge sets of changes together. When applied to folders of files, Meld can quickly highlight which files have been modified and how they have been changed. Meld may also be used as a GUI front end for several popular version control systems including Git, Subversion, and others. Windows users can download a Meld installer directly from the Meld website. Linux and BSD users can locate Meld packages in their system's package repositories. MacOS users can install Meld using MacPorts, Fink, or Brew

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June 29, 2020

·        Almost 180,000 U.S. COVID-19 Deaths by Oct. 1

·        U.S. Infections Likely 10 Times Higher

·        Texas Gov. Pauses Economic Reopening

·        Herd Immunity Threshold Could Be As Low As 43%

·        Rethinking Youth Suicide Prevention During COVID

·        NBA to Use High-Tech Rings to Help Detect COVID-19

·        Pandemic Hits Primary Care Practices Hard

·        Need Better Sleep? Get a Partner

·        Cities Brace for ‘Collision’ of Heat and COVID-19

June 30, 2020

·        Hardest-Hit States See Long COVID-19 Testing Lines

·        Texas Governor Regrets Early Bar Reopening

·        Poll Shows More Americans Now Fear the Virus

·        U.S. Rural Areas Also See COVID-19 Increases

·        Fauci Urges Mask Use, Says Young at Great Risk

·        Can’t Sleep? Behavioral Therapy May Ease Insomnia

·        Studies Detail Syndrome in Kids Linked to COVID

·        COVID-19 Fallout: Tons of Trash

·        Rising Cases Sparks More Face Mask Requirements

July 1, 2020

·        An HIV Drug You Only Take Twice a Year?

·        Trauma of Racism Fuels High Blood Pressure Among Black Americans: Study

·        COVID-19 Blood Test Might Predict Who Will Need a Ventilator

·        Contact Tracer Teams Growing Amid New Challenges

·        FBI: Beware of Scammers Selling Fake COVID-19 Antibody Tests

·        Pilgrim's Pride Chicken Nuggets Recalled

·        New Swine Flu Poses Possible Pandemic Risk

·        'Window Closing' on Chance to Control COVID-19

·        COVID-19 Drug Remdesivir Will Cost Insured $3,120

July 3, 2020

·        Stroke Appears 8 Times More Likely With COVID Than With Flu

·        Fireworks Take the Backyard as Public Shows Cancel

·        How Safe Is it to Use A Public Bathroom?

·        As Cases Jump, Are We Better Prepared for COVID?

·        Biases Mean Men Dubbed 'Brilliant' More Often Than Women

·        MS Patients Turn to Marijuana, Other Alternative Treatments

·        Scientists Find Source of COVID Clots

·        Alaska Airlines “Yellow Carding” Some Passengers

·        National Mask Mandate Could Save Economy

July 7, 2020

·        Blood Pressure Meds May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

·        Does Having a Dog Make for Well-Adjusted Kids?

·        Pennsylvania Orders Mandatory Masks in Public

·        U.S. Reports One-Day Record of 50,000 COVID Cases

·        Texas Gov. Reverses Course, Mandates Face Masks

·        Former GOP Candidate Cain Hospitalized

·        COVID Claims Life of Broadway Actor Nick Cordero

·        Brain-Eating Amoeba Case Confirmed in Florida

·        Bubonic Plague Confirmed in Herder, China Says

July 11, 2020

·        CDC Not Revising School Reopening Guidelines

·        Antivirals Tied to Heart Issue in COVID Patients

·        Delirium Can Strike Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

·        Study: Coronavirus May Pass From Mom to Baby

·        Wait Times Increase for COVID-19 Test Results

·        As Cases Surge, No Clear Answers on School Reopening

·        Study: Sterilize N95 Masks With a Microwave

·        'Broken Heart Syndrome' Has Risen During Pandemic

·        Hip Replacement May Also Ease Back Pain

July 14,2020

·        Wife Busts Suds to Visit Husband at Nursing Home

·        COVID-19 May Spike Blood Sugar, Raising Death Risk

·        Arizona, Florida, Texas Face Hospital Capacity

·        U.S. Faces ‘Very Serious Problem’ With COVID-19

·        ‘Things Will Get Worse,’ Texas Governor Says

·        Trump Wears Mask First Time Publicly

·        Disney World Reopens as Florida COVID-19 Cases Soar

·        CDC Releases Data on COVID-19 Deaths

·        Gilead Releases Data on Remdesivir for COVID-19

·        What Jobs Are Toughest on the Knees?

·        Tough Decisions as COVID Delays Cancer Surgeries

·        Squirrel With Bubonic Plague Found in Colorado

·        White House Tries to Discredit Fauci's Warnings

·        WHO Warns More Lockdowns May Be Needed

·        A Day of No Deaths in NYC, A First Since March

·        Fauci Shares His COVID Predictions and Concerns

·        New York Offers to Help Atlanta Fight COVID

·        California Rolls Back Business Reopening



Humor for July 2020


Burger King is debuting a new Whopper made from cows that burp and fart 33% less ---
Makes me wonder how this affects the health of the cow as well as the meat's flavor, nutrition, and cholesterol?
Makes me wonder what 100 grams of lemongrass daily will do for us old farts?

Forwarded by Paula

Back in the early 1950s, when my aunt and uncle came to visit from New York, my aunt ordered a "black and white" soda at a soda fountain. "Sorry, we don't mix them here in Roanoke," was the soda jerk's reply. FYI, a "black and white" was a common name for a chocolate soda with vanilla ice cream.

Forwarded by Tina

Tomorrow is the National Home-school Tornado Drill.  Lock your kids in the basement until you give the all clear.  You’re welcome!

     I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone.  He asked me what I was wearing. 

     2019: Stay away from negative people.  2020: Stay away from positive people. 

     The world has turned upside down.  Old folks are sneaking out of the house, and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors! 

     You think it’s bad now?  In 20 years, our country will be run by people home-schooled by day drinkers. 

     This virus has done what no woman had been able to do…cancel all sports, shut down all bars, and keep men at home!!! 

     Do not call the police on suspicious people in your neighborhood!  Those are your neighbors without makeup and hair extensions! 

     Since we can’t eat out, now’s the perfect time to eat better, get fit, and stay healthy.  We’re quarantined!  Who are we trying to impress?  We have snacks, we have sweatpants – I say we use them! 

     Day 7 at home and the dog is looking at me like, “See? This is why I chew the furniture!” 

     Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands??? 

     I never thought the comment “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6 foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are! 

     Me: Alexa what’s the weather this weekend?  Alexa: It doesn’t matter – you’re not going anywhere. 

     Can everyone please just follow the government instructions so we can knock out this corona virus and be done?!  I feel like a kindergartner who keeps losing more recess time because one or two kids can’t follow directions.  

     I swear my fridge just said “what the devil do you want now?” 

     When this is over…what meeting do I attend first…Weight Watchers or AA? 

     Quarantine has turned us into dogs.  We roam the house all day looking for food.  We are told “no” if we get too close to strangers.  And we get really excited about car rides


Humor June 2020 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book20q2.htm#Humor0620.htm

Humor May 2020 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book20q2.htm#Humor0520.htm

Humor April 2020 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book20q2.htm#Humor0420.htm   

Humor March 2020 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book20q1.htm#Humor0320.htm  

Humor January 2020 --- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book20q1.htm#Humor0120.htm

Humor December 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q4.htm#Humor1219.htm

Humor November 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q4.htm#Humor1119.htm

Humor October 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q4.htm#Humor1019.htm

Humor September 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q3.htm#Humor0919.htm 

Humor August 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q3.htm#Humor0819.htm 

Humor July 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q3.htm#Humor0719.htm

Humor June 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q2.htm#Humor0619.htm

Humor May 2019--- http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/book19q2.htm#Humor0519.htm

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   

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

More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories

Click here to search Bob Jensen's web site if you have key words to enter --- Search Site.
For example if you want to know what Jensen documents have the term "Enron" enter the phrase Jensen AND Enron. Another search engine that covers Trinity and other universities is at http://www.searchedu.com/

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

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

The Cult of Statistical Significance: How Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives ---

How Accountics Scientists Should Change: 
"Frankly, Scarlett, after I get a hit for my resume in The Accounting Review I just don't give a damn"
One more mission in what's left of my life will be to try to change this

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

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


Bob Jensen's threads on accounting theory ---

Tom Lehrer on Mathematical Models and Statistics ---

Systemic problems of accountancy (especially the vegetable nutrition paradox) that probably will never be solved ---


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of Bob Jensen's Tutorials

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/


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