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a boy named sue [1] From a book review

“Studies showed that children with odd names got worse grades and were less popular than other classmates in elementary school. In college they were more likely to flunk out or become "psychoneurotic." Prospective bosses spurned their résumés. They were overrepresented among emotionally disturbed children and psychiatric patients.”

“The authors also interviewed adults today who had survived names like Candy Stohr, Cash Guy, Mary Christmas, River Jordan and Rasp Berry. All of them, even Happy Day, seemed untraumatized.

"They were very proud of their names, almost overly proud," Sherrod said. "We asked if that was a reaction to getting pummeled when they were little, but they said they didn't get that much ribbing. They did get a little tired of hearing the same jokes, but they liked having an unusual name because it made them stand out." ”

“But even if a bad name doesn't doom a child, why would any parent christen an infant Ogre? Sherrod found several of them, along with children named Ghoul, Gorgon, Medusa, Hades, Lucifer and every deadly sin except Gluttony (his favorite was Wrath Gordon).”

Of course, a child with an seriously demeaning and ridiculous name can always be advised to solve the problem by refusing to respond to any name but Janet (or whatever name the person should prefer).

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  1. “My daddy left home when I was three
    And he didn't leave much to ma and me
    Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
    Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid
    But the meanest thing that he ever did
    Was before he left, he went and named me "Sue." ”

    “And he said: "Son, this world is rough
    And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough
    And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along.
    So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
    I knew you'd have to get tough or die
    And it's the name that helped to make you strong." ”

    “I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
    And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
    And I came away with a different point of view.
    And I think about him, now and then,
    Every time I try and every time I win,
    And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him
    Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!”

    [Lyrics from azlyrics.com]
A boy named Sue by Johnny Cash

A boy named Sue
by Johnny Cash

Audio CD album [20 tracks]
$10.49 [2006 reprint]
amazon.co.uk [1999 edition]


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spitzer and wife - the disgusting and irrational behaviour of the leftist fossil media

Several idiocies from the media harpies.

Idiocy one: you’d think he had enough at home.

Typical foolishness of irrational ‘feminists’. What do they think they are offering - an interchangeable hole?

That is the logic of such expostulations. All women are just holes. Who would want to change one for another?

Change one for another? No, it is natural human curiosity and the seeking of different company, a different friendship. Females are not just holes, as these harpies suggest. They are different people, with different ideas and experiences to offer.

These leftist media harpies actually seem to hate women, or wimmin.

The harpies appear ignorant of natural male drives and economies that are highly different from those of females. And even so, 10-30% of children are not fathered by the alleged daddy.

Idiocy two: why is she standing by his side? “I wouldn’t”, or alternatively, “he should go up in public by himself”

What do these harpies think ‘marriage’ is? A one way street where the females are there for all the good times and the billionaire lifestyle, but come a bit of hassle the wife should be allowed to go off and hide?

Thank the good lord that Silda [Spitzer] has higher ethical standards than these media blowhards.

Idiocy three: ‘prostitution’ should be/is ‘illegal’

What is this? Iran? Saudi Arabia?

As if adults cannot make their own decisions and enter into the contracts that suit them.

Any woman with more than half-a-brain knows that any man with more drive than a sheep is liable to such behaviour. So, if they want a real man, they take the problems as part of the package.

Hillary and Silda clearly have far more sense, courage and ethics than the leftist media harpies of both indeterminate sexes.

Idiocy four: “this is a great tragedy” for his kids, wife, family etc

It is not “a great tragedy”. It is just more of life’s rich pattern.

The family and kids will learn from the experiences.The family remains immensely wealthy. Doubtless, the children go to high-grade schools where sane discipline is habitual.

‘Tragedy’ is complete abuse of language.

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robots in japan - the end of drudge work is coming

Rice-planting robot working in a rice paddy. Image: National Agricultural Research Center of the National Agriculture and Bio-oriented Research Organization“While robots are a long way from matching human emotional complexity, the country is perhaps the closest to a future — once the stuff of science fiction — where humans and intelligent robots routinely live side by side and interact socially.

“Robots are already taken for granted in Japanese factories, so much so that they are sometimes welcomed on their first day at work with Shinto religious ceremonies. Robots make sushi. Robots plant rice and tend paddies.”

“ For Japan, the robotics revolution is an imperative. With more than a fifth of the population 65 or older, the country is banking on robots to replenish the workforce and care for the elderly.

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something done a long time ago - us presidents’ iq ratings

The first figure is assessed from childhood and early youth.
The second is from young manhood.

President Life dates from childhood
and early youth
from young manhood
U. S. Grant (18) 1822 - 1885 110      125     
A. Jackson (7) 1767 - 1845 110      130     
J. Adams (2)

1735 - 1826

120      145     
J. Madison (4) 1751 - 1836 120      135     
A. Lincoln (16) 1809 - 1865 125      145     
G. Washington (1) 1732 - 1799 125      135     
W. Jefferson (3) 1743 - 1826 145      150     
J. Q. Adams (6) 1767 - 1848 165      165     
• Standard deviation: 16
• Number (n) in brackets:
nth President
Source: C. M. Cox, Early Mental Traits of Three Hundred Geniuses, 1926

Early Mental Traits of Three Hundred Geniuses by Catharine Morris Cox

Early Mental Traits of Three Hundred Geniuses by Catharine Morris Cox
Stanford University Press, 1926
ISBN-10: 0804700109
ISBN-13: 978-0804700108



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maths as a religion - calculating equality in the uk

‘Equality’ is a religious tenet of socialism, so there have to be ways of measuring ‘equality’.

Clearly £1 should = €1 = $1
After all, they are all ones.

And obviously a job = a job,
and a female = a male,
and a ’bus = a classroom.

To each according to his (sorry, her) ability,
and to each according to their ‘needs’. Sorry, wants.

You have to be very dumb to be a socialist, so you must learn to believe (to have faith).
Therefore, you will go to ‘school’ to learn to ‘think’ in the manner legislated by the state, or the priest/imam.

related material
the error called ‘equality’

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is there any possible link?

Link heads-up from Gaz.

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the fate of courage and the fate of appeasers

For all the attractions of appeasement, appeasers lose respect. Appeasement is a foolish and short-term ‘policy’.

George W. Bush stood against cowardice and murder. Boltneck offered appeasement.
Bush won.

John Howard, in Australia, stood against cowardice and murder.
Howard won.

Tony Bliar stood against the murderers.
Bliar got re-elected.

Gerhard Schroeder, in Germany, stood for appeasement and won marginally.
And then was roundly defeated by Angela Merkel.

Jacques Ch-irac, in France, tried to shield the murderer of Iraq.
His bitter rival, Nicholas Sarkozy won by a landslide.

Silvio Berlusconi, in Italy, stood against the murderers. Romano Prodi offered appeasement.
prodi scraped in.
Now “Silvio Berlusconi, the opposition leader [...] has a huge lead in opinion polls...” [1] and Prodi has lost control of parliament.

José María Aznar, in Spain, lied and ruled poorly.
Zapatero offered appeasement. Zapatero remains in office.

Soon the U.S.A. must take some hard decisions.

Watch this space....

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  1. Quoted from guardian.co.uk.

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chance events

Nothing on Earth has a zero probability - otherwise it would not be on Earth.

Probabilities arise in human minds. They do not arise independently.

How can the beginning and end of an ‘an event’ be defined without a human to define ‘it’?

How do you decide ‘an event’ is ‘chance’?

I am happy to grant, or take as an axiom, that events occur outside human contemplation - in the sense that the world goes on without humans to contemplate it and those events.

But it is humans who define ‘parts’ of reality as ‘events’, and it is humans who assign probabilities to those ‘events’.

This is done in two main manners:

  1. According to a prior model humans have defined/invented.
  2. In accord with the empirics of prior experience of the defined ‘events’, as counted by fallible humans.

related material
Intelligence: misuse and abuse of statistics
Cause, chance and Bayesian statistics


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a fifth of ‘new’ labour government ‘schools’ fall even below ‘new’ labour ‘standards’

“More than half a million children are being taught in failing secondary schools that risk closure by the Government.

“New GCSE league tables published today indicate that 639 of Britain’s 3,000 state secondaries have failed to meet the Government’s minimum target for 30 per cent of pupils achieving five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and maths. Last year, the Prime Minister vowed to shut down or take over schools that did not reach that level within five years.”

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“1) Best teaching practices would, from my experience, have approximately 90% of 16 year olds through 4 ‘A’ grade GCSEs at 16 years of age (currently this standard is achieved by 13.2% of 16 year olds). Best teaching practices would also probably enable at least 15% of students through a first-class science degree at 21 (at present only 5% achieve any manner of science degree). I do not include present psychology and sociology courses as science. I do include engineering.” (1999) [Quoted from Franchise by examination, education and intelligence]

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new oecd education standards assessment - britain: no figures submitted! [2004]

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