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Will Saudi Arabia Follow The Lead Of The Child Prince?

The Saudi royal family can no longer keep the price of oil up where they want it. Actual market forces have taken control away from them. They don’t want to give up their opulent life styles and the certainly don’t want to become irrelevant. What to do?

One plan is to have a thirty year-old Crown Prince come up with hare-brained ideas for ways to spend a couple trillion bucks. The plan is to make Saudi Arabia the center of Islam.

Yippee.

The oil people think it’s a wild gamble that’s destined to fail. If it fails, what next? This is the kind of thing that starts wars.

“The $2 Trillion Gamble That Saudi Arabia Cannot Win”

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 30, the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia laid out his vision for Saudi Arabia on Monday in a plan called “Vision 2030.” He wants to get Saudi Arabia off its oil dependence in only 4 years, by 2020, and wants to diversify the economy into manufacturing and mining.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, the prince said the future of the kingdom would be based on:

1. Its possession of the Muslim shrine cities of Mecca and Medina and the “Arab and Muslim depth” that position gave the kingdom

2. The kingdom’s geographical centrality to world commerce, with 30 percent of global trade passing through the 3 major sea routes that Saudi Arabia bestrides (not sure what the third is, after the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf).

3. The creation of a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund through a sale of 5 percent of shares in Aramco, the world’s largest oil company.

Prince Muhammad said Monday that he thought these assets would allow the kingdom to cease its dependence on petroleum in the very near future.”

More at Oil Price.com

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Donald Trump’s ‘Woman Card’

Scott Adams draws the ‘Dilbert’ cartoon. He also comments on politics on his blog.

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Adams has concluded that Trump will most likely get the GOP nomination and he has ten reasons why, including why he will beat Hillary.

10. Trump rolled out the “woman card” attack on Clinton. Expect lots of backlash and hollering about sexism. Also expect that 100% of the voting public knows that the “woman card” accusation is a persuasion death blow to Clinton’s campaign. And Trump is the only candidate alive who would dare say it out loud.

Trump’s “woman card” strategy is weapons-grade persuasion. It is a “high ground” maneuver with an “identity” angle. Either one of those approaches can be a kill shot. But together?

Holy sh*t.

I’ve not seen anything like it. The engineering is superb.

Trump will probably win with men for all the obvious reasons. But winning with women has until lately seemed impossible. So the “woman card” kill shot is aimed at women voters, not men. And what it does is flip the framing, as Trump likes to do.

Clinton framing: It is time for a woman president.

Trump framing: Gender is not a job qualification

I remind you that this is the year 2016. Trump’s message recognizes that gender should not be a hiring criteria. That’s the high ground. You can’t get higher.

And it gives women an identity choice. Do they pick the leader who says the “woman card” is a qualification for a good job? Or do they pick the leader who has a long record of promoting and mentoring women because he thinks gender should not be a qualification?

Landslide.”

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Bernie Sanders Supporters Are Getting Desperate

From Salon:

“Please, FBI — you’re our last hope: The Democratic Party’s future rests upon your probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at Cuyahoga Community College Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at Cuyahoga Community College Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Columnist and Bernie Sanders supporter states his case in an open letter to FBI chief James Comey”

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“How To Move To Canada (If Trump Becomes President)”

Presented with almost no comment.

I thought he was going to play the guitar.

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Unhappy Snowflakes Scream At Free Speech On U Mass Campus

NSFW Language warning.

Christina Hoff Sommers, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Steven Crowder were invited to speak. They are all conservatives which was too much for some to bear.

“UMass Amherst students throw temper tantrum at free speech event”

“When one demonstrator complained about being treated like a child, Hoff Sommers told her to “stop acting like a child”

More at Campus Reform

Deliciously, Crowder got angry with the children and told them off:

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Worker’s Paradise Venezuela Institutes Five Day Weekend

Socialism is not working – Again.

“Venezuela declares a 2-day workweek because of dire energy shortages”

In a desperate attempt to save electricity, drought-stricken Venezuela has introduced a new concept to the workplace calendar: the five-day weekend.

President Nicolás Maduro will furlough the country’s public employees — who account for a third of the labor force — for the bulk of the week, so they can sit through rolling blackouts at home rather than in the office.

“The public sector will work Monday and Tuesday, while we go through these critical and extreme weeks,” he said on his regular presidential broadcast.”

More at the Washington Post

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“Dear @TedCruz – Fight To The End”

Professor William Jacobson posts an open letter to Senator Cruz. Here is Mark Levin reading it on the air:

If Trump is the nominee, one-third of the Party walks. If Cruz or someone else is the nominee, one-third of the Party walks.

Ted, don’t capitulate to the new media narrative that we have a presumptive Republican nominee, because that is capitulating to disaster.

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A Trump versus Hillary general election is lose-lose.

So fight on Ted. To the end.”

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Sharyl Atkisson Talks About Astroturf, Wikipedia, Snopes, And Other Misinformation

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Republican Is the New Democrat

Ms. Bruce sounds like she is in favor of the defections. What does it really mean? The RNC is further to the left nowadays than the DNC was just a few years ago. We thought it was an indicator that people like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are the leaders of the party. We were right – but not quite correct enough. The party is being remade by Donald Trump and hundreds of thousands of Democrats.

Tammy Bruce

Tammy Bruce

This is from just one state, Pennsylvania:

“Trump Effect in PA: “61,500 Dems Have Become GOP So Far This Year””

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There are many reasons why the GOP nominee will win the White House, and this is one of the big ones: enthusiasm. The Republicans are excited and the Democrats, well, not so much. They’re so depressed, that even with the Bernie voters, turnout is down almost 20% from 2008. According to Breitbart, almost 4.5 million fewer Democrats have voted in the 2016 primary season so far than at the comparable time in 2008.

Now, we find a 145,000 increase in GOP registration in Pennsylvania since the Fall of 2015, with 61,500 of those being Democrats who switched to the GOP already this year alone. This is not the first time we’ve seen this, it appears to be a trend. Remember this post from February: Trump Surge? Nearly 20K Mass. Voters Quit Dem Party; 3500 Switch to GOP.

Now it’s one thing to win on enthusiasm by bringing out more of your own base, but then add in massive defections from the opposition party and you have a movement which is undeniable and will prevail. These are the “Reagan Democrats” coming to the fore again. Last time they appeared, 49 of 50 states went red in the general election.”

From Tammy Bruce

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New York Times Is In Serious Trouble

Really, the dissemination and consumption of news has changed dramatically. There was a time when newspapers were sought eagerly by commuters on trains, subways, and ferries. They helped to pass the travel time and provided in-depth coverage. That has all changed with digital sources. It’s cheaper to subscribe to digital sources than to but printed papers. Also, the way consumers read has changed. We have learned to scan articles briefly, getting the gist of the story. No longer do we want analyses – or if we do we can google up the story and read every side if we want. Printed news doesn’t offer that.

Also, if it’s a slow news day and we get bored with what we see we can have a game of solitaire, watch a video, or some porn. Paper sources don’t offer those.

There is really only a couple of things that digital news sources don’t offer. You can’t wrap the garbage in them nor can you line the bird cage.

From Fortune:

“Managing the Decline of Print: The New York Times Looks to Cut Costs”

The paper has to figure out how to grow and shrink at the same time

The paper has to figure out how to grow and shrink at the same time

The yin and yang of the traditional media world can be seen in two recent announcements from the New York Times. In the first, the newspaper said it would invest $50 million over the next three years in a project called NYT Global, an international expansion plan to gain new readers. In the second, the Times said it would shut down its print operations in Paris and that about 70 people would lose their jobs.

The point of both of these announcements should be fairly obvious. Readership and advertising is moving to digital, and the New York Times very much wants to be a global media property, so investing in a digital expansion in Europe makes sense.”

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Northwestern University: “Life Begins At Conception”

Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion groups have been proven wrong.

“Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg”

Eggs flash as they meet sperm enzyme, capturing the moment that life begins CREDIT: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Eggs flash as they meet sperm enzyme, capturing the moment that life begins CREDIT: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.

An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.

Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.

Not only is it an incredible spectacle, highlighting the very moment that a new life begins, the size of the flash can be used to determine the quality of the fertilised egg.

Researchers from Northwestern University, in Chicago, noticed that some of the eggs burn brighter than others, showing that they are more likely to produce a healthy baby.”

Read the rest at the UK Telegraph. There is video at the link.

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Danish Greens Promote Warm Beer For Only $369 – Plus The Cost Of Installation

Notice they say ‘Cool’, not ‘Cold’.

“Save the world. One Earth cooled beer at a time”

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Cools your conscience

Do something great for yourself and the environment. The earth cooler is intended for the man who has everything. It’s easy to install in the garden or terrace, and uses no electricity. With the eCool you can always drink a cold beer with good conscience.”

Here is the Ecool website

H/T Moonbattery

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Yep. Greens Say Everything Is Bad.

It kills me. Really. Some greens like Willie Nelson have been touting biodiesel as the Earth-friendly way to power your tour bus. Now some Euroweenie has made a ten minute name for himself by writing an article that says the stuff is worse than regular diesel.

“Biodiesel worse for the environment than fossil fuels, warn green campaigners”

Soy biodiesel at a US service station.

Soy biodiesel at a US service station.

Instead of reducing them, using biodiesel in transport will increase polluting emissions by 4%, the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020, green campaigners have said.

Biodiesel is touted as one way to decarbonise the EU’s transport sector. But, according to NGO Transport and Environment (T&E), using it is actually worse for the environment than traditional fossil fuels.”

More here

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BBC: “Rise in CO2 has ‘greened Planet Earth'”… And That’s Bad

The writer starts with an incorrect premise:

“Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants.”

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A new study says that if the extra green leaves prompted by rising CO2 levels were laid in a carpet, it would cover twice the continental USA.

Climate sceptics argue the findings show that the extra CO2 is actually benefiting the planet.

But the researchers say the fertilisation effect diminishes over time.

They warn the positives of CO2 are likely to be outweighed by the negatives.”

Read the rest of this crap at BBC

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She’d Be On My Short List, Too

But there would be others on it as well.

“Cruz Campaign Vetting Carly for VP”

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Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is vetting Carly Fiorina as a potential running mate, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned.

According to a spokeswoman for Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and one-time presidential candidate is being vetted by Cruz’s campaign.

“Normal stuff,” said Sarah Isgur Flores, who served as deputy campaign manager during Fiorina’s bid, when asked about the process. She added that Fiorina has met with members of the Cruz campaign and has given them financial disclosures and other documentation. Flores added that “no offers” have been made.”

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New York Post: “The mayor is going down!”

The NYP writer, Michael Goodwin, may be a bit premature in saying Hizzoner is ‘Going Down’. The Mayor still has a lot of control in the city. But, he has made a lot of enemies, perhaps most notably, NYC’s police officers. Their union bosses are supporters of him but not the individual cops. He has made their jobs impossible with his politically correct rules of engagement and the fact that he supports BLM thugs over his police force.

Someone is likely to talk.

“In corruption probe, it’s guilty until proven innocent”

NYC Mayor DeBlasio

NYC Mayor DeBlasio

There is no way to sugarcoat the facts: De Blasio is in trouble. Maybe very big trouble.

His City Hall is being depicted as the seat of a criminal enterprise. And so far, he offers nothing resembling a convincing ­denial.

As bad as it is, the election report covering the 2014 state Senate races is just the start. The endgame involves the more ­lethal issue of whether de Blasio sold government favors to donors. That is what federal prosecutors are looking for, and I believe they will find a mother lode.”

More at the New York Post

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Just What Did “Lyin’ Ted Cruz” Lie About?

Donald Trump says, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz”, several times during each speech. But I haven’t heard what he thinks Cruz lied about. He likes to say he ‘Cheated’ in places like Colorado but he did not. The trouble is Trump didn’t pay attention to the rules there, didn’t have the ground game, Cruz did, and when Cruz took the state’s delegates Trump calls it unfair.

He’s really going to blow a gasket now.

“Ted Cruz, John Kasich join forces to stop Donald Trump”

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Ted Cruz and John Kasich are joining forces in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination.

Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements late Sunday saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy — something the two campaigns have been working on for weeks — is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.”

From CNN

Trump has already started his attack:

“It’s War! Trump Strikes Back at Cruz and Kasich Collusion”

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It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination.”

There is a lot more whining from him at PJ Media

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Good Ad For Cruz

Hillary’s War Room.

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What’s Inside A Rattlesnake Rattle?

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Araminta Harriet Ross Tubman

The woman now remembered as Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Harriet Ross in 1820. She was born a slave. She died on March 10, 1913 at the age of 93 from pneumonia.

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In her early years she was called ‘Minty’. Later she adopted her middle name, ‘Harriet’. Her friends had nicknames for her including ‘Moses’ for leading her people to the promised land.

She was born on the Eastern shore of Maryland. She married John Tubman, a free man in 1844. She escaped to free Pennsylvania in 1849. Her husband chose to stay behind. She returned to Maryland many times to help other slave escape to freedom in northern states.

In 1858 she met abolitionist John Brown and took part in the raid on Harper’s Ferry.

There is no accurate record of just how many slaves she helped to freedom but it is generally accepted that the number was ‘More than three hundred’.

In 1859 Senator William Seward, the man who is credited with buying Alaska from Russia, sold Tubman some land near Auburn, New York where she lived for most of the rest of her life. In Auburn she donated land on which was built The Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged. It opened in 1908 where she died five years later.

Nowhere in historical writings can I find a reference to her political preference but considering the rest of history it is safe to assume that she was, or leaned toward, the Republican party because Democrats were the party of slavery.

Tubman was a true American hero. She devoted her life to improving the lives of others.

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Where Did All The Money Go?

This is a big deal. One by one the alternative energy companies that were touted by Democrats are going belly-up. This one fell in less than a year. That does not happen without help from someone. Like Solyndra earlier, Sun Energy was riding high until all the money disappeared. Where did it go?

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“Clean energy poster child SunEdison files for bankruptcy”

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As recently as last July, SunEdison was still flying high, with its shares trading above $33. They began to collapse soon after and are today worth just 34 cents. Trading was halted Thursday minutes before the bankruptcy filing. (Today their website lists the shares at twenty-two cents a share.)

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There is also controversy surrounding SunEdison management. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether SunEdison management misled the public over the company’s dire financial straits, the Wall Street Journal reported.”

More at CNN Money

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There’s Only One Way To Avoid A Revolution In Venezuela…

… Do the same thing they did in Russia: Make really cheap vodka available.

“Venezuelans Face a New Threat – a Beer Shortage”

A worker at the production line of beer brewery Polar in San Joaquin, Carabobo state, 100 miles West from Caracas. Polar Group is the largest private corporation of Venezuela, and also the largest supplier of food and drinks of the country. Photographer Diego Giudice/Bloomberg News

A worker at the production line of beer brewery Polar in San Joaquin, Carabobo state, 100 miles West from Caracas. Polar Group is the largest private corporation of Venezuela, and also the largest supplier of food and drinks of the country.
Photographer Diego Giudice/Bloomberg News

Venezuelans, already frustrated by repeated power cuts and water restrictions, may soon suffer a new ignominy — a beer shortage.

Empresas Polar SA, the country’s largest privately-held company and biggest brewer, said Wednesday that it will be forced to stop producing beer because it can’t get the foreign currency it needs to purchase malted barley.

“We haven’t been able to replenish inventory, and we only have malted barley until April 29,” the company said in a statement published on its website. “Because of that, we’re obligated to suspend the production of beer until we get access to the foreign currency necessary to procure the material.”

Read the rest at Bloomberg

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Size Matters

With the quakes in Japan, Ecuador, and the Pacific islands, there is more interest in seismology. Here is a story in the UK Daily Mail about the possibility of another major temblor occurring on the US pacific coast.

The Pacific Plate closely follows much of the west coast. Unlike the San Andreas fault which gives every once in a while causing roads, fences, and things to no longer line up, the subduction faults that rim the Pacific are capable of much more destruction. One is not likely to cause California to drop off the continent as some say. It could, however, kill thousands or millions in Canada, Washington, Oregon, and California with the tsunami it would generate.

Seismologists are expecting something like this to happen in the fairly near future.

“Is America ready for a TSUNAMI? Scientists reveal plans to deal with killer waves across the Pacific Northwest”

A massive tsunami event like is said to occur every 400-600 years, and is now overdue in the region
Now states such as California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska are attempting to combat the threat

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A powerful earthquake thought to be as large as 9.2 magnitude ripped through the earth in 1700, along the 600 mile stretch of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, causing severe shaking and a massive tsunami. An animation from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center plotted the path of the tsunami as it traveled from the US to Japan.”

The San Andreas Fault in California, has a quieter, far more dangerous cousin that could make itself known at any moment. Running from Northern California to British Columbia, the Cascadia subduction zone can deliver a quake that's many times stronger than San Andreas

The San Andreas Fault in California, has a quieter, far more dangerous cousin that could make itself known at any moment. Running from Northern California to British Columbia, the Cascadia subduction zone can deliver a quake that’s many times stronger than San Andreas

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Noonan: “That Moment When 2016 Hits You”

Peggy Noonan writes a regular column for the Wall Street Journal. A lot of people think because she writes there she is a conservative. She’s not. She’s an emotional, self-important twit who was captivated by Barack Obama during the 2008 election.

In this essay she reveals that she just noticed that the 2016 election is important for the country.

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“‘I felt a wave of sadness,’ said one friend. This year’s politics have that effect on a lot of Americans.”

I looked up and saw Hillary Clinton yelling on TV and switched channels. Breaking news, said the crawl. A caravan of Trump supporters driving to an outdoor rally in Fountain Hills, Ariz., had been blocked by demonstrators. The helicopter shot showed a highway backed up for miles. No one seemed to be in charge, as is often the case in America. It was like an unmovable force against an unmovable object.

I watched dumbly, tiredly. Then for no reason—this is true, it just doesn’t sound it—I thought of an old Paul Simon song that had been crossing my mind, “The Boy in the Bubble.” I muted the TV, found the song on YouTube, and listened as I stared at the soundless mile of cars and the soundless demonstrators. As the lyrics came—“The way we look to a distant constellation / That’s dying in a corner of the sky / . . . Don’t cry baby / Don’t cry”—my eyes filled with tears. And a sob welled up and I literally put my hands to my face and sobbed, silently, for I suppose a minute.

Because my country is in trouble.

Because I felt anguish at all the estrangements.

Because some things that shouldn’t have changed have changed.

Because too much is being lost. Because the great choice in a nation of 320 million may come down to Crazy Man versus Criminal.”

Madam, you are no fighter. You are a crier and an enabler. You have no interest in saving the country. You will grieve momentarily and then praise yourself publicly for doing the right thing. You are a coward. It is people like you who have allowed this decline. You appropriated the bully pulpit that is your weekly column and showed Americans… nothing. You adopted no positions and told us that was how we should be.

Shame on you for helping weaken the will of good people.

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Sam Cooke Wrote The Anthem For Today’s Education System

Dec. 14, 2012; Patrick Deneen..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Dec. 14, 2012; Patrick Deneen..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Patrick J. Deneen teaches political theory at the University of Notre Dame.

“Res Idiotica”

My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their minds are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten it origins and aims, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference about itself.

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But ask them some basic questions about the civilization they will be inheriting, and be prepared for averted eyes and somewhat panicked looks. Who fought in the Peloponnesian war? What was at stake at the Battle of Salamis? Who taught Plato, and whom did Plato teach? How did Socrates die? Raise your hand if you have read both the Iliad and the Odyssey. The Canterbury Tales? Paradise Lost? The Inferno?

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Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system – it is its crowning achievement. Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts whom our students (and most of us) know nothing about have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings.”

The sadness continues here

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