Bill Gates writes about two historically Black colleges which take low-income students and students with poor grades. These two schools, Johnson C. Smith University and Delaware State University, give their students the support and remediation that they need in order to succeed in college.
But here’s what struck me:
Both institutions collect and analyze huge amounts of data to track students throughout their college careers. If a student taking a psychology quiz gets a failing grade, it triggers an email or phone call from a counselor to find out what went wrong and how to get that student back on track.
Gates was impressed that both schools are using data analytics to improve the quality of the education that they provide. The other thing he liked is that both schools are innovative.
So we learn what catches Bill Gates’ attention: innovation coupled with rigorous data analysis.
Source: Meeting Students Where They Are | Bill Gates | LinkedIn
Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war .
It’s something of an open secret that the Bitemaster is not very knowledgeable about foreign policy, but then neither is the U.S. government.
Source: In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA – LA Times
“O God, puhleeze let Dick Cheney bring his shotgun to Quicken Loans Arena (where the Republican convention will be staged) so he can shoot some more Republican donors.”
Source: Thousands want GOP to let angry voters bring guns to Republican convention in case of ISIS attack
Rudy Giuliani Says Hillary Clinton ‘Could Be Considered A Founding Member Of ISIS’
Sure, why not? Of course Giuliani could be considered the Godfather of al-Qaeda, since their greatest victory was achieved while Giuliani looked on. For that matter, the Bitemaster could be considered a Ponzi schemer since he was in New York City on the day that Bernie Madoff was arrested. And the Easter Bunny could have been responsible for the 1916 Easter Rebellion.
In the past, the Bitemaster was actually overheard saying the occasional nice thing about Giuliani. He is so ashamed.
Source: Rudy Giuliani Says Hillary Clinton ‘Could Be Considered A Founding Member Of ISIS’
The Bitemaster thinks that Bachmann could be right: that God is indeed humiliating Obama through terror attacks in Paris and Brussels. Of course, God also elevated Obama to President — twice! — in a display of Divine approval. God even showed displeasure with Bachmann in 2012 by engineering Bachmann’s stunning failure in the Iowa caucuses that year.
The confusing thing is why God would choose to rain terror down on the United States on September 11, 2001, during George W. Bush’s presidency. I can only say that She works in mysterious ways.
Source: Michele Bachmann finds common cause with ISIS: God using terror attacks to humiliate Obama
In his speech Wednesday calling for civility in politics, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) dramatically backed away from his own past rhetoric against people on welfare — which to many people seemed like the foundation of his entire political agenda for many years.
Rep. Paul Ryan’s “I’m Not an Objectivist Tour,” which began in 2012, is still going strong. In each city he visits, he gives speeches denouncing his past allegiance to Ayn Rand and calling on his followers to accept Thomas Aquinas as their personal savior. Michael Rapino, President of Live Nation, the country’s largest concert promoter, said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. I thought the last Guns ‘n’ Roses tour was huge, but it was nothing compared to this. Ryan’s been doing this for four years now and shows no sign of slowing down. It’s amazing.”
Source: Paul Ryan shrugs off Ayn Rand? Speaker renounces his past ‘makers and takers’ talk as ‘just wrong’
A highly-placed source at NYCHA — the New York City Housing Authority — tells us that the Authority plans to privatize the management of some of their public housing buildings.
My first thought was: cool! Now De Blasio can say that the inevitable NYCHA screw-ups aren’t his fault, they’re the fault of the management company!
But what’s in it for the management company? Our source hints that they’ll jack up the rents. And who will pay those rents? The city taxpayer, of course.
Ronald Reagan would be proud.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is suspending the head of the Veterans Benefits Administration for allowing two lower-ranking officials to manipulate the agency’s hiring system for their own gain.
Acting Veterans Benefits Administration [what the fuck is that?] chief Danny Pummill will be suspended without pay for 15 days for his role in a relocation scam that has roiled the agency for months.
If I am reading this story correctly, Pummill looked the other way while two of his people, Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens, forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves.
Grave, Rubens and Pummill have all received slaps on the wrist.
But here’s the fun part: Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says, “. . . this dysfunctional status quo will never change until we eliminate arcane civil service rules . . . ” What Miller fails to mention is that, without civil service rules, this kind of abuse will explode all over the federal bureaucracy. Miller is an idiot and he can BITE ME.
Source: Veterans Benefits Administration chief suspended in relocation scam
Gottfried was surprised when the GOP candidate’s momentum didn’t peter out.
Source: Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Says Trump Is ‘Hitler Without The Warmth’
Citizens of the world’s most prosperous nation, they face challenges — of course — but no true calamities.
It’s nice to see conservatives laying into White people the same as they do to Blacks.
But to claim that there are no outside forces crushing these folks is an outright lie. Modern ports and efficient container shipping means we import cheap goods and export expensive jobs. Reagan’s “tax reforms” mostly benefited the already-wealthy. A 30-year war against unions has pushed the blue-collar middle class back down the economic ladder.
If the White underclass were to ask my opinion, I’d tell them that the Democrats screw them because the Democrats are incompetent. But the Republicans screw them because the Republicans like screwing them.
Source: Working-Class Whites Have Moral Responsibilities — In Defense of Kevin Williamson, by David French, National Review