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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.”

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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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