News Roundup

Like a post-Christmas Day hangover, here we go again with the “news”.

were the Neolithic tribes Black?  I think we should be told.

so they’re saying that only White people can do math ?  Isn’t that rayciss?

But just to the south:

and about damn time too, say I.

the only way this headline could have been any worse is if it had been with a puppy.

Then again:

and to think they outlawed public flogging.

Some better news:

let’s hope that a host of others (e.g. rappers) follow his lead, and make it sooner.

alas, it’s satire — but then again, so is ex-Senator Maojacket.

no doubt the Justice Department will want to prosecute the wall’s builder.

as long as there wasn’t an iPhone among them



And right on time, here’s Kelly to make us feel all warm and snuggly for the season:

If you have the week off, well done.  If your evil bloodsucking scumbagbastard of a boss is making you go to work this week… I’m so sorry.


  1. Geek Advocating for the Devil here:

    FWIW, cursive is entirely obsolete.

    It made sense when running an enterprise or an empire depended upon standardized, legible handwriting using technology descended from quill and ink that required a continuous motion flow.

    If you want to impart rigor, focus, discipline and fine motor control, teach handgunnery or Kung-Fu. At least those skills are useful. Or if you must, make it a part of the art curriculum under calligraphy.

    1. Except as Cursive writing goes the way of the Palmer style and the Spencerian style, a handwritten note seems to be a beloved, warm, personal touch. And when your writing resembles, as mine does, the marks on paper evidencing a struggle for control of the pen between you and a playful puppy, people tend to ask you to type.

  2. I agree. Except that I would never describe cursive as “legible.” In my experience, virtually all cursive writing is unreadable chicken scratch.

    I prefer clarity, so I stopped using cursive the moment my schoolteachers quit forcing me to use it. If I have to write something out by hand, I print it as clearly and legibly as I can. I haven’t written anything in cursive (other than my signature) for over half a century. And no one has ever objected.

    1. I agree. I myself, like most engineers switched to block hand print using mechanical pencil for stroke consistency. It really is a tech thing. Once the ball point pen was perfected, it was all over but the screaming for cursive.

      I have to believe though that simply not having a large quantity of cursive to read is a factor with our perception of legibility. Our cognitive pattern recognizers simply aren’t loaded with enough data. We are also entirely spoiled by having amazing font rendering and printing technology hidden away underneath it all. Anti aliased sub pixel font rendering has a lot more deep magic in it than most people realise.

  3. “four women who had children with the same man 5,700 years ago” Perhaps they were the first Mormons?

    1. …were the Neolithic tribes Black? I think we should be told.
      SOTI, I read that DNA from a female skeleton found in the Cheddar region had dark skin and hair but light eyes.
      Sounds like it to me. Of course the Mormon theory also seems supported by the data.
      The science, doncha know.

  4. I want that panel of racial math judges to go to surgeons who were taught by instructors who could not pass the MCAT or anatomy. You know, all those icky non-diverse Latin words ‘n stuff nobody uses.

    They can live in buildings and drive over bridges designed by those non-math qualified but diversity-qualified black “engineers” too.

    That decision is absolutely criminal. Who will stand for the liability in those *spit*diversity*spit* only qualified “professionals’ work?

  5. I like cursive for certain purposes such as a handwritten note or even a more rare letter.

    Throughout engineering school and after, I did switch to printed capitol letters for clarity but good penmanship in cursive is a beauty to itself. It’s a shame that folks don’t appreciate beauty anymore and opt for cold, drab and adequate writing.

    Years ago, as diversity (all hail diversity) was gaining a foothold, college professors were being required to include topics of diversity in their course work. A math professor protested by stating the obvious, that the subject isn’t part of mathematics at all. I believe he got reprimanded, sent to a re-education seminar and had to rewrite his course description and syllabus.



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