Posted on 08-05-2013
Filed Under (Science) by Rashtrakut

In April the “Science” Test below from an unnamed South Carolina school hit the web.

Science Test Page 1

Science Test Page 1

 

Science Test Page 2

Science Test Page 2

The school was unverified, and there was some hope it was a hoax.  It appears that the test was legit and the school was the Blue Ridge Christian Academy.  Sadly, even league educated governors with science degrees peddle bullshit like adding creationism to science education curricula to “teach the controversy.”   This nonsense is not going away anytime soon.

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Posted on 08-05-2013
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

The Heritage Foundation is already under fire for a questionable study asserting that immigration reform will cost trillions of dollars.  Now it is trying to distance itself from the 2009 PhD dissertation from one of the co-authors of the study arguing for lower immigration because Hispanics allegedly have a genetic predisposition to lower IQ.

Jason Richwine’s dissertation abstract asserts:

The statistical construct known as IQ can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations. The consequences are a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-IQ immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market. Selecting high-IQ immigrants would ameliorate these problems in the U.S., while at the same time benefiting smart potential immigrants who lack educational access in their home countries.

Dylan Mathews of the Washington Post who dug up Richwine’s thesis notes that Richwine believes intelligence is liked to race.

Richwine’s dissertation asserts that there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races. While it’s clear he thinks it is partly due to genetics — “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ” — he argues the most important thing is that the differences in group IQs are persistent, for whatever reason. He writes, “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”

This reeks of the racist screeds that passed as academic analysis 100 years ago and appears to be the intellectual heir of Charles Murrays “The Bell Curve” from 20 years back.

The Heritage foundation has supported “high skilled” immigration arguing that this will be of greater benefit to the economy.  Mathews notes that Richwine tries to use that policy as a cover to support his racist IQ-based selection.

How in the world did Harvard endorse this crap by issuing Richwine a PhD for this dissertation?

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Posted on 08-05-2013
Filed Under (Economics) by Rashtrakut

Jon Stewart yesterday tackled the mortgage lenders who created the mortgage clusterfuck.  They took an archaic but effective system where mortgages were recorded on paper with local county recorders of deed and came up with their own private online mechanism – MERS.  There was no paper trail, the laws of mortgage assignment were not followed (good luck if you as a debtor who did the same) and they ended up with a situation where the people foreclosing on mortgages cannot prove they have the right to do so.  Video below:

None of these assholes have gone to jail and the fines that the feckless regulators have assessed are a drop in the bucket for the amount of money they made.  And having demonstrated the perils of unregulated banking and derivatives trading these pricks have been whining at the limited regulations that have been implemented since then.  The people in charge of MERS may have been merely incompetent.  But other cases of fraud like manipulating the LIBOR rate have seen almost no individuals go to jail.  That is a real scandal. Preet Bharara where are you?

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