Hrmph. I put part of the blame on the Shrub and Obummer, Clinton, and GHW and the Federal Reserve Board for 100 years of inflation and for 25-50 years (or maybe it's 125 years) of excessive importation of cheap, young, pliant, low-skilled foreign labor with flexible ethics. It's driven down the economy, and it's driven down morality, while in the past the ethical people in a field could simply refuse to do unethical things at work.
So, the prices of copper and brass are up, employment is down, while population and over-crowding are up... and the governments (local, state, federal) are more power-mad and corrupt than ever in the USA.
June 20, 2014 at 10:09 a.m.
"The FBI wouldn't provide about 2K hours of recordings"
What!?! The judges there can't issue warrants and sub poenas?
Or is this a sign of more corruption local, state, and federal? ("Sure, we've recorded without warrants every phone conversation even the meek underdog Shoeshine ever made, and regularly use such for political blackmail and extortion, but we're not going to release to the court those revealing the corruption of 'our guys'.")
June 12, 2014 at 11:19 a.m.
Way to go, Wally!... from a shack across the tracks in South Tallahassee to retail sales worker-bee, talent agent, business founder, and promoter of learning.
April 27, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.
And so the GHWBush-Clinton-Shrub-Obummer economic depression continues. Discouraged from starting businesses, from hiring actual US citizens, from building and creating, but plenty of handouts for the down-spiral of destruction, and plenty of visas to bring in cheap, young, pliant, low-skilled foreign labor with flexible ethics.
The BLS figures this month showed a close to 31.5M jobs dearth from historical periods which more closely resembled full employment (based on employment/population ratios).
April 14, 2014 at 5:58 p.m.
That looks like a typographical error. That should have been an ampersand between Fitzgerald and Kasich.
April 10, 2014 at 8:35 p.m.
Over the last 15 years, only between one-third and one-half of each year's US citizen STEM grads from universities have landed STEM jobs... (Teitelbaum, Kuehn, Lowell, Salzman several studies) and it gets worse in the years after graduation (Steve Richfield, IEEE USA unemployment survey 1998; NSF and Census bureau 1998; CS professor Norm Matloff; Margie Wylie "Signal 2 Noise" _CNET_.)
We have about 2 million degreed US citizen STEM pros who can't get STEM jobs. (Camarota based on BLS data)
Unemployment rates for STEM occupations have been running 2-3 times as high as during periods of full employment (BLS quarterly & annual unemployment rates by detailed occupations through 2014Q1).
No evidence of actual shortage of STEM talent has ever been presented, though many assertions have been made by executives of STEM firms, by immigration lawyers, and by others with a personal interest in driving down compensation and working conditions in STEM fields. No economic data suggests a shortage; there is no evidence of extraordinarily high compensation, no evidence of extraordinary effort to recruit. There is evidence that managers consider US STEM professionals to be superior (based on surveys by former cross-border bodyshopper Vivek Wadhwa).
April 8, 2014 at 10:13 p.m.
Nick Crescimanno is working on the pneumatics?Kyle Thompson is programming it?
How can that be? We were just told a couple days ago that American students are all ignorant, low-intelligence, under-achievers -- nearly 70% of the locals aspiring to university requrie remedial math and English. Yet here are HS students doing real engineering and software development, and "they really do a good job".
But that probably won't stop the lobbyists for the execs, immigration lawyers, and leftists.
OTOH, the writer could use a little help with how electric motors work. The energy stored in the battery drives the DC motors (I'll grant that almost any such motor is actually a motor/generator, so you could conceivably drive it back the other way, but that's not what they're doing here).
February 19, 2014 at 7:07 a.m.
I tried a little wood-carving in Boy Scouts. It was a repeat disaster. But when I worked on CAD/CAM/CAE software I could carve out just about anything after a little careful work to draw up my design... and a few million dollars worth of super-computer and milling machine.
February 10, 2014 at 2:03 a.m.
I'm certainly impressed by the educationism establishment's ability to hatch new, euphemistic buzz-words, though: "developmental".
Teachers need the pre-tests to see each student's profile of strengths and weaknesses, areas where one is ahead and areas where he is behind, to be able to fill in and build up the foundations for continuing learning.
So, what do these students who need the remedial work look like when other correlations are run? or would that not be peeeeceeeee for those paying the bills to know?
Oh well, at least the teachers and admins weren't caught cheating as many were in Atlanta a few years back, and more recently in Philadelphia.
February 9, 2014 at 10:36 p.m.
This reminds me of the data on how much money is spent on this facet of "education" or that. Doing time is another input. Inputs don't always result in improved learning.
The output, the results, the learning should be the focus.
But this is also backwards/upside-down. Individual schools should be free to set their days and hours (and funding) as 1st, the parents, 2nd the teachers, 3rd the principals, and 4th the district supers see fit. They should then inform the county and state and federal governments what they've decided, and the county and state and federal government must accept those decisions instead of going all power-mad over it.
January 30, 2014 at 1:46 p.m.