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Weird spellcheck error
Apr 12th, 2011 by Ken Hagler

It’s quite common to see the wrong word being used in a document on the Internet where someone who couldn’t spell relied too much on their spellchecker. Sometimes, though, the substitutions can be quite strange. For example, I was just reading a story that used “comity” instead of “committee.” I can see someone making the opposite mistake, but I’d be very surprised if even five percent of the American people know there is such a word as comity. How does someone manage to use it in place of a far more common word?

Shocking news: employees work harder than slaves!
Apr 10th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?. theodp writes "Harvard economist Roland Fryer Jr. did something education researchers almost never do: he ran a randomized experiment in hundreds of classrooms in Chicago, Dallas, Washington and New York to help answer a controversial question: Should Kids Be Bribed to Do Well in School? He used mostly private money to pay 18,000 kids a total of $6.3 million and brought in a team of researchers to help him analyze the effects. He got death threats, but he carried on. His findings? If incentives are designed wisely, it appears, payments can indeed boost kids' performance as much as or more than many other reforms you've heard about before — and for a fraction of the cost."

[Slashdot]

I should think that it would be obvious that paid employees will always perform better than unpaid slave laborers. But then, I suppose it’s not obvious to people whose knowledge of history comes from the public schools.

More news that makes the Nobel Peace Prize look bad
Nov 20th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

How NOT to Win the Nobel Peace Prize. Enough has been said of this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. I’m not going to talk about him. Instead, I want to publicly acknowledge someone who did not win but who I think deserves to be on voluntaryists’ and other pro-freedom folks’ radar. Ostensibly, Peace Prize nominees’ names are kept secret for 50 years after they are nominated. However, we have teh Intarwebs now, and it’s a little tougher to keep a lid on information like that. Word has been out for a while now that Greg Mortenson was one of the nominees for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Mortenson’s work for nearly the last two decades has consisted largely of raising funds much of the year and spending a couple of months each year doing field work in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he helps communities, often extremely remote and poor, build schools and train teachers among other things. Not only did he make Korphe’s school a reality, but he has since established or helped support more than 130 schools in these countries serving upwards of 58,000 students, both boys and girls, and providing an alternative to extremist madrassas that promote hatred and war more than providing an education to their students. [Fr33 Agents]

Clearly Mr. Mortenson’s complete lack of war crimes makes him unqualified for the Nobel “Peace” Prize.

Americans are very ignorant
Jan 29th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

US officials flunk test of American history, economics, civics. 33-question quiz here [inessential.com]

Their average score on the civic literacy test is 44%, compared to 49% for those who have not held an elected office.

I got 97%, missing one due to carelessness. Clearly I’m totally unqualified for an elected office in the Evil Empire.

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