Monday, September 25, 2017

It's not an education industry,

it's a 'Loot students and parents to pay for pensions' industry.
As parents and students start writing checks for the first in-state tuition hike in seven years at the University of California, they hope the extra money will buy a better education.

But a big chunk of that new money — perhaps tens of millions of dollars — will go to pay for the faculty’s increasingly generous retirements.

Last year, more than 5,400 UC retirees received pensions over $100,000. Someone without a pension would need savings between $2 million and $3 million to guarantee a similar income in retirement.
Bad enough, right? 
But wait!  There's MORE!
The number of UC retirees collecting six-figure pensions has increased 60% since 2012, a Times analysis of university data shows. Nearly three dozen received pensions in excess of $300,000 last year, four times as many as in 2012. Among those joining the top echelon was former UC President Mark Yudof, who worked at the university for only seven years — including one year on paid sabbatical and another in which he taught one class per semester.

So, how'd it get this bad?  I'd say because a bunch of people figured "We can always scr- ah, make the students pay for it."
UC’s pension problem, while not unique, is distinctly self-inflicted. In 1990, administrators there stopped making contributions for 20 years, even as their investments foundered, leaving a jaw-dropping bill for the next generation — which has now arrived.
Kids, you want to fix this?  Screw college, get a job in the skilled trades.  Yeah, you'll get hot and dirty in some of them, but you know what? 

Dirt and sweat wash off.  And when you've cleaned up, and go out somewhere, your money spends just as well as that of someone stuck in a cubicle farm, and you'll have much more of it than some multi-degreed barista.  AND you'll have the pleasure of not paying for hundreds of thousands in student loans to support the parasites running the colleges.

If you're not sure how to get started looking for that kind of training and work, I suggest get hold of this guy.

Them Egyptians was busy folks,

was they not?
The new evidence shows that thousands of laborers transported 170,000 tons of limestone along the River Nile in wooden boats built with planks and rope.

The 2.5-ton blocks were ferried through a system of specially designed canals before arriving at an inland port built just yards away from the base of the Great Pyramid.
So the first thing built was canals and a port.  And when the pyramid was done, all that apparently filled in.  Damn.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Toon & pic clearing

And here I am without a passport and a pile of spare cash...

I've mentioned before, one thing I'd like to see is an erupting volcano, and this would be a good place to do that.

Of course, I'd prefer it not be in "OhGodohGodrunforyourlife!" circumstances.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Another Saturday night, and I ain't got nobody..

(musical reference)

But there is data.

Play stupid games,

Shaman Suprianto died after a suspected crocodile attack in Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia. 

Jumping into the water, he was attempting to use his ‘powers’ to locate the body of another victim, a man called Arjuna.

If this is true, then New Orleans has the choice of telling these people to go to hell, or of the whole damn place going there.
The day before Mitch removed Robert E. Lee from Lee Circle, Suber emailed Mitch more plans to carry out. It’s so insane it needs to be printed in full:
Mr. Mayor:
The next things to do are below:
1) Remove Lee statue
2) Remove Jackson statue
3) Rename Jackson Square after black hero lke Rev, Al Sharpton
4) Increase taxes on all white-owned businesses (can be called reparations)
5) Eliminate homestead exemptions for all white-owned property

Can be accomplished through City Council – no vote is needed.
— Malcolm Suber
A fine demonstration of just why the leftists want control of the tax system: they want to use it to punish people.

Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi
I remember the screaming when this first came out.

Ah, the German green energy project.  Still not getting there.
Short version:
"It's expensive as hell, hurts the poor most, and we're having to burn more coal because we're closing those clean reactors."