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Quote from: spork on Today at 04:56:12 PM
Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on Today at 01:58:56 PM[. . .]

To your second point, is it Yale's fault that one of their graduates is ignorant about space? Lots of well educated people are ignorant about lots of things.

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Given the words coming out of her mouth, she's not well-educated, she's just plain dumb. Or stupid. Or cognitively impaired. Whatever term you want to use. It's Yale's fault for admitting her, or, barring that, letting her graduate. Same for UVA Law.

Eh, maybe she was a great student, writes well, argues well, studied hard at the topics that she specializes in. Someone can be very good at one set of things - good enough to graduate from a top school, while being utterly ignorant about some other things. I know quite a few professors like this, as I imagine we all do. She was a political science student at Yale - should the professors in her political science department have failed her over her command of physics or astronomy?

I'm not really wanting to defend this woman. I had never heard of her until yesterday - maybe she is really not bright. But people calling her cognitively impaired or functionally illiterate based on being ignorant about the composition of the moon might want to take a deep breath, as may folks indicting Yale for her having studied there in the 1970s.
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Quote from: ciao_yall on Today at 07:13:27 PM
Quote from: dismalist on Today at 01:45:54 PMThere is nothing strange here. 

To once upon a time get sidelined by leadership? F├╝herprinzip is not preferable.

We vote for people who are good at getting elected! As usual, the problem is us.

I just learned a new awesome German word.

Oh, shit, there's an r missing. Do you know where it goes? :-)
#3
Quote from: dismalist on Today at 01:45:54 PMThere is nothing strange here. 

To once upon a time get sidelined by leadership? F├╝herprinzip is not preferable.

We vote for people who are good at getting elected! As usual, the problem is us.

I just learned a new awesome German word.
#4
General Discussion / Re: The Tax Man Cometh!
Last post by jimbogumbo - Today at 06:10:51 PM
Ours were filed two weeks ago, and we have the Federal refund. Waiting on state.
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Research & Scholarship / Re: April Research Thread
Last post by Parasaurolophus - Today at 05:51:59 PM
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on Today at 09:50:12 AMLooks like I won't have much time today, so just going over T1. Unless I have a chance to start writing my report.

Well, managed a bit.
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General Discussion / Re: The Tax Man Cometh!
Last post by Puget - Today at 05:03:19 PM
Did them last weekend and already got my refund!
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Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on Today at 01:58:56 PM[. . .]

To your second point, is it Yale's fault that one of their graduates is ignorant about space? Lots of well educated people are ignorant about lots of things.

[. . . ]

Given the words coming out of her mouth, she's not well-educated, she's just plain dumb. Or stupid. Or cognitively impaired. Whatever term you want to use. It's Yale's fault for admitting her, or, barring that, letting her graduate. Same for UVA Law.
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General Discussion / Re: The Tax Man Cometh!
Last post by clean - Today at 04:28:36 PM
It is the Friday before Tax Day!
I bought TurboTax this morning.
My weekend plans seem to be made now! 

Are your taxes done?  If not, will you file an extension or will you get it done??
#9
General Discussion / Re: April 8th eclipse and scho...
Last post by Larimar - Today at 02:24:31 PM
Does anyone know why the horizon would be gold like a normal sunset during totality, even though the sun was clearly elsewhere in the sky? I thought that was curious.
#10
Quote from: financeguy on April 11, 2024, 11:45:08 AMI'll spare the summary which you can find elsewhere but Shelia Jackson Lee, sitting member of congress and former member of the Science and Space Committee said some truly insane things in a recent eclipse related speech to grade school students. I don't care what side of the political fence you're on, none of us should support someone with cognitive ability this low having any input on what a scientist of any kind does. (I use cognitive ability rather than education as a point of departure since she is a YALE GRADUATE.)

I know some people will point out MGT or any nutjob on the right who spout religious beliefs. That's somehow less problematic since we all know those are...beliefs. This is not the first time Lee has made questionable comments, at one point implying that Armstrong placed a US Flag on Mars. I guess I'm just angry that no one seems to have a problem with this. It's just easier to nod along than for any public academic to call out the fact that a blithering moron who thinks the moon is made of gas and that some solar systems are smaller than the earth is in charge of science related policy in any way. I'm out to go take a walk in the sun, which Lee would remind us is a "mighty powerful heat." 

Quote from: financeguy on Today at 01:22:32 PMI'm a bit less concerned that she's a "no name member of the house" than the fact that she's a Yale graduate and UVA law alum. At some point, credentials need to reflect some basic standards. We're already comfortable with people "earning" a high school diploma who are functionally illiterate and lacking in other very basic knowledge, but one of our best institutions?

You seem to be most concerned that this is not getting as much attention in the media as MTG or some other conspiracy moron on the right. From my perspective (1) both are bad, but one is much more dangerous for our society than the other and (2) we should marginalize dim wits and extremists on both sides, not let them dominate the news cycle.

To your second point, is it Yale's fault that one of their graduates is ignorant about space? Lots of well educated people are ignorant about lots of things. Her degree from Yale is in political science, not astronomy or geology or physics, and it was awarded more than 50 years ago, so I'm not buying this as a major indictment of the university or its instruction today.