Yes, The Country IS Full of Hysterical C****

Since when did old-fashioned bro humor change the course of a country?
Oh yeah.
Since the country became full of hysterical cunts.

Voting is pointless, but I get where CH is coming from. Tucker says a lot of good stuff and makes us feel a little better, but it’s not going to change anything. He’s hated because he’s a white guy who would bow and scrape (so far). Good for him.


Animal’s Hump Day News — Animal Magnetism

Oh, the horror! The Imperial Department of Education faces a 10% funding cut in President Trump’s proposed 2020 budget! Excerpt: The plan, titled “A Budget for a Better America, ” requests $62 billion for the Department of Education, or $7.1 billion less than the agency’s allowance in 2019. The budget eliminates subsidized student debt, in […]

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Dammit, Animal! I’m trying to get some work done today!

College Admissions Scams – Hollywood Edition

Update 3/12/2019 2:54PM EST: It was also disclosed that Willkie Farr & Gallagher Co-Chairman Gordon R. Caplan has been charged. Caplan, described in the complaint as “an attorney and the co-chairman of an international law firm based in New York”, is reportedly said to have donated $75,000 to the brokering entity in question in order to have SAT test administrators correct his daughter’s answers after she finished it.

Update 3/12/2019 1:46PM EST: The complaint alleges that Ex-Pimco CEO Hodge “agreed to use bribery to facilitate the admission of two of his children to USC as purported athletic recruits” and, according to Bloomberg, he “sought to enlist the support of a cooperating witness to help a third child gain college admission”. Hodge declined to comment to Bloomberg when reached on his mobile phone, reportedly only saying, “I can’t talk right now.”

Update 3/12/2019 1:14PM EST: Ex-Pimco CEO Douglas Hodge was also named among those charged in the scheme. Hercules Capital also fell in intraday trading when it was revealed that its CEO and largest holder Manuel Henriquez was named in the DOJ affidavit.

Federal prosecutors announced that they were charging dozens of people, including famous actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in an alleged scheme to help students get admitted to colleges under false pretenses on Tuesday. They are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. 38 people have reportedly been arrested thus far.

Prosecutors are alleging that the individuals charged tried to bribe college entrance exam officials in order to cheat on admissions tests and that some conspired to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as “recruited athletes”. Athletes can sometimes get preferential treatment.

I am completely confused by this. Why is this kind of bullshit even necessary? Hasn’t it always been a time-honored tradition that rich people wrote fat checks to schools to admit their other-wise unworthy kids? That famous young people got into Ivy schools because they were famous? Does anyone really care? I mean, really? WTF?

Lori and her husband broke laws to get their girls into USC? Does anyone think USC is a great school? Again, WTF?

P.S. Damn, I really wanted to bang Lori Loughlin back in her prime days. What a cutie she was, and she’s held up real well from what it looks like. She got some hot daughters too.

Lefty looks like a real bitch, but I’d still do her. Righty is pretty, but doesn’t have her mother’s charms from when she was young.



Steve Sailer is also puzzled by this nonsemse:

It is bizarre that parents are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their kids admitted at mid-range colleges as athletes in sports they don’t play. I mean, I could imagine some super competitive sideline dad whose kid is pretty good at a sport bribing a coach to admit his kid so he can brag to his brother-in-law that you didn’t think it would pay off, but now my boy is USC’s pole vaulter.

That could be a pretty funny 1970s-1980s sports movie: a grizzled old college coach decides he needs a nest egg to retire, so for his last season he recruits the worst rich kids whose sidelines dads will pay him huge amounts of money to get their sons on the field. In fact, I’m surprised that movie wasn’t made a generation ago.

But, back to the subject at hand, I haven’t seen anything else about affirmative action fraud, which is an awfully interesting subject, going back to Soul Man a third a century ago. I imagine you could make a lot of money off parents just by acting like you know what you are talking about, since nobody else seems to have any credible information on the subject (I’ve looked).

This notion of bribing coaches to use their pull with the Admissions committee to get some kid admitted who doesn’t even play the sport seems both brilliant and way too triple-banshotty. Why not bribe somebody on the Admissions committee itself? As far as I can tell from reading books on the subject, staffers usually get to let in some underqualified kid who reminds them of themselves. (As Richard Armour said, the Admissions committee is in charge of admitting the college’s mistakes.)

I think he meant “triple-bankshotty”.

Socialism Fails Again, As It Always Must

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

The government of Finland collapsed Friday due to the rising cost of universal health care and the prime minister’s failure to enact reforms to the system.

Prime Minister Juha Sipila and the rest of the cabinet resigned after the governing coalition failed to pass reforms in parliament to the country’s regional government and health services, the Wall Street Journal reports. Finland faces an aging population, with around 26 percent of its citizens expected to be over 65 by the year 2030, an increase of 5 percent from today.

It’s not just Finland experiencing such problems with its socialist policies.  Other Nordic countries, also touted by American socialists and communists as the model America should follow, are suffering similar economic burdens directly related to their socialist policies.

The Washington Free Beacon continues:

Reuters reports that soaring treatment costs and longer life spans have particularly affected Nordic countries.

“Nordic countries, where comprehensive welfare is the cornerstone of the social model, have been among the most affected,” according to Reuters. “But reform has been controversial and, in Finland, plans to cut costs and boost efficiency have stalled for years.”

Similar problems are bedeviling Sweden and Denmark, two other countries frequently held up as models to follow on health care. Finland’s crisis in particular comes as calls for universal health care have grown louder among Democrats in the United States.

Only idiots (and liars) believe that Socialism is workable. It always fails because it depends on a complete denial of reality. And, as we all  know, just because you ignore reality doesn’t mean that reality will ignore you.

Goodbye, Blue Monday — Animal Magnetism

Goodbye, Blue Monday!Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links! So, yesterday morning we observed the first half of our annual Daylight Savings Time stupidity, wherein we pushed our clocks an hour ahead because… reasons, including some hand-waving about extra daylight in the evenings reducing energy expenditures. Later on this year we’ll…

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Animal agrees that “daylight saving time” is bullshit. Also, “Giddy-yup!”


When Standard Practice Doesn’t Match Scientific Evidence

When Standard Practice Doesn’t Match Scientific Evidence

One kind of “medical error” we did see on occasion was when the patient’s doctors are dutifully doing the treatment that’s “standard-of-care”, but the medical literature actually shows that the standard-of-care is wrong.

There are cases where large, well-conducted studies clearly show that treatment A and treatment B have the same efficacy but B has worse side effects, and yet, “first-line treatment” is B for some reason.

There are cases where there’s a lot of evidence that “standard” cut-offs are in the wrong place. “Subclinical hypothyroidism” still benefits from supplemental thyroid hormone; higher-than-standard doses of allopurinol control gout better; “standard” light therapy for seasonal affective disorder doesn’t work as well as ultra-bright lights; etc.  More Dakka.

Interesting post and unfortunately all too common and too true.

The USPTO Enabled The Theranos Scam — Scareduck Blog

Ars Technica today reports on the USPTO’s role in Theranos’ con job. Enabled in very large part by Elizabeth Holmes’ never-reduced-to-practice patent of a “microfluidic patch that could test blood for infectious organisms and could deliver antibiotics through the same microfluidic channels”, the thing metastasized: The provisional application, filed in September 2003 when Holmes was just…

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It sure is nice to have very powerful people on your board of directors. Not only do they keep you out of jail, even though you’re guilty of 10 kinds of fraud and of actually endangering peoples lives; they’ll get the government to give you all sorts of crazy-ass patents on vapor-tech.

What’s A Master’s Degree Worth?

Graduates with their master’s, for instance, are less than half a percent more likely to be employed than those with only undergraduate educations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, although master’s degrees are associated with an average salary increase of nearly $12,000, earnings benefits vary greatly by discipline. Data from suggest that master’s graduates in some fields (such as literature and history) do not increase their earnings at all. For students in those fields, earning a master’s degree may most notably lead to a large amount of debt. The biggest boost from a master’s degree accrues for students in science and engineering fields.

While employment and earnings data do not suggest that a master’s degree boxes out bachelor’s recipients from getting jobs, master’s degrees may have different benefits beyond measurable employment data. A key advantage of a master’s degree may be helping grads boost their job satisfaction instead of salary. For example, a master’s degree could secure a history- or literature-related job for a worker even though bachelor’s graduates could have earned a similar salary doing work unrelated to their field of study. The job of a worker with a bachelor’s degree would be less satisfying to them than the one they would hold after earning a master’s degree. In other words, master’s degrees may give the same edge over fellow job applicants and entry-level employees that used to be the benefit of a bachelor’s degree.

The sharp increase in master’s degrees indicates that undergraduate degrees—once the hallmark of intellectualism and achievement—are now losing their relative value. What was once exceptional has become a basic requirement. Despite the extra expense, the growing market for master’s degrees suggests that students see value in earning one.

Yet, for the edge it gives workers during the job hunt, choosing to earn a master’s has a hefty cost: Of graduates with educational debt, those with master’s degrees owed a median of $56,049 in 2016 for their undergraduate and graduate degrees, more than double the debt of those with only undergraduate degrees. And the debt burden is increasing—since 2012, theaverage master’s graduate’s debt has gone up almost $5,000.

Outside of STEM most Master’s Degree programs are pure garbage. Nothing but cash cows for schools that only make the student debt crisis worse.

Rule Five Fake Doctors Friday — Animal Magnetism

There are, unfortunately, many more kinds of pseudo-scientific health care woo floating around out there than just Gwyneth Paltrow’s specific form of bullshit. Charlatans come in all shapes and sizes; here are some good tips on how to spot these assholes. Excerpt: The latest in a sadly recurrent theme of people posing as doctors when…

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My health care advice always starts off with:

1. Don’t get sick.

2. Stay out of the hospital if at all possible.

3. Sounds too good to be true? It is.

Damn, this pose is sexy! Not sure what it is (beyond the purdy girl), but me likey alot.