Today’s students are idiots

An interesting but troubling story in today’s SF Chronicle about
students, although internet savvy, can’t distinguish fake news stories
from the real facts. You can read it at
An excerpt:

When presented with a big, colorful chart sponsored by the oil company
Shell versus a screenshot of an article from the Atlantic, high school
students overwhelmingly argued that Shell’s post was the more reliable
of the two “because it provided more data and information” than the
article did. Only about 15 percent of students noticed the paid post
was sponsored by Shell and said the science article was the more
trustworthy source.

This inability to evaluate information persists even after students
are accepted to major colleges and universities — including Stanford,
Wineburg said.

The “great majority” of college students tasked with evaluating
information from the American College of Pediatricians, a conservative
advocacy group that has been named a hate group by the Southern
Poverty Law Center for its vehement opposition to women’s and LGBT
rights, were unable to suss out the group’s bias, even when given the
chance to independently check the group’s credentials. Some even cited
the professional-looking website of the organization as reason to
trust its pseudo-science.


Manufacturing Jobs Aren’t Coming Back


[T]he total inflation-adjusted output of the U.S. manufacturing sector is now higher than it has ever been. That’s true even as the sector’s employment is growing only slowly, and remains near the lowest it’s been. These diverging lines—which reflect improved productivity—highlight a huge problem with Trump’s promises to help workers by reshoring millions of manufacturing jobs. America is already producing a lot. And in any event, the return of more manufacturing won’t bring back many jobs, because the labor is increasingly being done by robots. via DuckDuckGo for Android

Fox News Had To Explain To Trump’s Attorney Why Killing Megyn Kelly Would Be A Bad Thing, Politically

Trump supporters unleashed a barrage of death threats at Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly. The Trump campaign didn’t seem interested in stopping the threats until . . .

“What Bill Shine [an executive vice president at Fox] said to Michael Cohen [Trump’s top lawyer and executive vice president with the Trump Organization] was, ‘Let me put it to you in terms you can understand: If Megyn Kelly gets killed it is not going help your candidate.’”

Source: Fox News Had To Explain To Trump’s Attorney Why Killing Megyn Kelly Would Be A Bad Thing, Politically

The Bitemaster predicts

Here’s your chance to match your prognosticating skills against the Bitemaster!

I predict:

  • The EPA gets eliminated
  • The Department of Education gets eliminated (liberals hate Common Core; conservatives want more Jesus in the curriculum)
  • There will be big changes in Social Security. The question is what those changes will be. Conservatives want to privatize it. The Bitemaster would have raised the eligibility age, raised the $118,500 cap, and means-tested the payout.
  • Tax cuts — you betcha!
  • Obamacare — gone
  • The Great Wall of Trump. The wall would cost ‘way more than any Republican wants to spend. They’ll build a fence instead.
  • Muslims — Bigots of every stripe are already feeling empowered, but the section on “Muslims” has been scrubbed from the Trump campaign website.
  • Defense spending — goes up.
    • We’ll need it as we become more isolationist
    • Trumpers are xenophobic
    • And every Member of Congress wants more defense spending in their district
  • Infrastructure spending — Trump loves it and the unions (remember them?) love it, too.
  • Abortion rights — kiss ’em goodbye.
  • Transgender bathroom rights — Gone; even the Bitemaster had problems with this one.
  • Protectionism — centerpiece of Trump’s plan but big business and many Republicans hate it. Hard to predict this one.
  • Trump’s enemies list — He’s promised to prosecute, sue, or deport tons of people from Mexicans to Hillary to journalists. It’s only a matter of time before you’re on the list.
  • Internal surveillance — all governments love it. Obama was horrible on privacy rights. Trump will be worse (hey, what have you got to hide?).

Donna Brazile is an idiot

Donna Brazile, a former CNN commentator and current interim Democratic National Committee chair, appears to have informed Hillary Clinton’s campaign about a question to expect at a primary debate that the network was hosting in Flint, Michigan, the following night.

The email, which WikiLeaks posted Monday, is the second released this month indicating Brazile may have tipped off the Clinton campaign about questions they could anticipate coming up at CNN events during the primary fight against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Brazile apparently sent an email to campaign chairman John Podesta and communications director Jennifer Palmieri on March 5 with the subject heading, “One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash.”

Leaving aside whether it’s not cricket to leak the questions to one side of a debate, doing so in an email is just plain stupid.

Source: Donna Brazile Appears To Have Sent CNN Debate Question To Clinton Campaign | Huffington Post

Virginia newspaper endorses North Carolina Governor because bathroom bill is sending jobs to Virginia

The Roanoke Times has endorsed North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) for re-election because his anti-LGBTQ law, HB 2, is driving business out of his state and into Virginia.

Which candidate would do the most to help our local economy? That’s easy. It’s Pat McCrory, the Republican governor of North Carolina. . . North Carolina panicked and made a spectacle of itself by passing HB 2, its so-called ‘bathroom bill.’ In response, various companies and even sports leagues pulled events from the state. Three of those have wound up in Salem ― the NCAA Division III men’s and women’s soccer championships, as well as the Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championship. That’s money in the bank for us.

Hat tip to the Huffington Post.