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Appropriate: 200 Taliban recruits nabbed from sheep trucks in north of Afghanistan
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Britain
Declining Quality In British Universities Blamed On '€˜Forced Diversity'
[Daily Caller] British universities are becoming less competitive among the world’s elite, and experts say government regulations to force diversity on campuses are part of the problem.

Britain’s two most prestigious universities, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, both dropped two spots on The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings released Tuesday. Two of the countries other top universities, Bristol University and Durham University, fell out of the top 100 list altogether.

While UK universities are still over-performing relative to the country’s size, experts say the trend should be seen as worrying. Particularly, they say new regulations to force diversity quotas on the institutions appear to have compromised quality.

"[The government's] current policies are causing universities to take their eye off the ball of recruiting the best to comply with government demands to increase the proportions entering and graduating from state schools, ethnic minorities and post codes from which in the past few students have come," Alan Smithers, professor of education at the University of Buckingham, told The Daily Mail.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2016 03:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In other news and updates on Diversity, be sure to view the cadet 'Raised Fist' West Point story.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2016 3:35 Comments || Top||

#2  America has it's own problems with higher education.
Starting with artificially high tuition. These public schools have no incentive to manage their finances responsibly, effectively eliminating the middle class from being financially able to afford an education. In the Americans' place they enroll up to 20% foreign students, 50% in the medical colleges. It's pity a kid with a 30 ACT, +4.0 GPA, honors student can't get into The Ohio State University.
Posted by: jvalentour || 05/06/2016 8:10 Comments || Top||

#3  No written skills
No books
All Computers
All teaching material sanitized dumb=ed down
Political correctness
Massive brain washing
Lower passing grades
All Crap

Posted by: Jumbo and Company6924 || 05/06/2016 8:28 Comments || Top||

#4  It's not like 'diversity' hasn't had a negative impact here either.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/06/2016 8:36 Comments || Top||

#5  It's pity a kid with a 30 ACT, +4.0 GPA, honors student can't get into The Ohio State University.

That's because many of the kids with 4.4 GPAs are sensibly choosing Ohio State in these troubled times, instead of spending $40-60,000/year for a private university. The trailing daughters chose the University of Cincinnati instead of Ohio State or a name private school, because Ohio State offered National Merit Scholars only free tuition and an honours program, while UC offered them the honours program, a full ride, plus money to buy a good computer. Both preferred to save their college funds for a name graduate school later, because it's the grad school that matters... and grad school is more expensive.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2016 9:48 Comments || Top||

#6  I have spent a lot of money at UC.
Posted by: jvalentour || 05/06/2016 10:20 Comments || Top||

#7  :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2016 10:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Anytime you force institutions (or businesses) to bring in less qualified people for any reason, you will get a declined quality product as the standards will have to slip to keep the failure rate from becoming unsustainable.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/06/2016 11:13 Comments || Top||

#9  U.of C. recently had an issue reporting on fracking that they didn't want to release because it didn't fit the narrative. All in all..not a bad school for the money. Almost went there since that's my hometown area...Went to Miami University (yes..not the one in Fl.) instead. Tuition was $3K/year..just shows my age. Go Bearcats!
Posted by: Warthog || 05/06/2016 14:36 Comments || Top||

#10  TW, my point is that the universities are accepting more foreign students in the place of locals in order to increase revenue and keep the prices high.

20 years ago honor students with strong ACT's would have no problem getting into any state school, or private school for that matter.
Posted by: jvalentour || 05/06/2016 14:51 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
The Despicable David Brooks
[TheOtherMcCain] Once upon a time, David Brooks Fisking Day was celebrated here every Tuesday. The New York Times‘ token “conservative” column was so predictably wrong about nearly everything — his political instincts are so bad — that I had to lash him around every week just to relieve my system of the excess bile generated by reading his pretentious bulls–t. At least twice, circa 2007-2008, I walked out of events where Brooks spoke; the experience of being in the same room with him was intolerable. Once, a fews years ago, I found myself in a discussion with Jonah Goldberg as to which New York Times columnist was worse, David Brooks or Thomas Friedman. Goldberg insisted Friedman was worse than Brooks, and I suppose it’s a matter of opinion, but in my opinion, Goldberg is wrong. Friedman may be demonic, but David Brooks is Satan.

“Brooks should never be argued with — he should be mocked, and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Why do I hate David Brooks so much? Because I am a populist, a Jacksonian who believes that the American people deserve a government that serves their interests, and not the interests of a decadent elite. All elites eventually become decadent and corrupt. This is what history teaches, and our country is being ruined by the sort of people David Brooks rubs elbows with during his annual pilgrimages to Davos, deracinated cosmopolitans with no loyalty to anything, devoted to no principle except the increase of their own wealth, status and power. The comprehensive wrongness of David Brooks eventually became so glaringly apparent — about the time he expressed his admiration of Barack Obama’s pants creases — that everyone realized he is Satan. Once his diabolical wrongness was universally acknowledged, everybody with a blog got in on the Brooks-fisking game, and I lost interest in the sport. Nowadays, it takes a really spectacular exercise in Brooksian douchebaggery to get my attention, and he delivered such a specimen earlier this week:
More at the link
Posted by: badanov || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He's not Satan - he's just full of shit.
Posted by: Raj || 05/06/2016 12:09 Comments || Top||

#2  He's not Satan - he's just full of shit.

Mr. McCain (the Other) tends to froth at the mouth at times.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/06/2016 15:10 Comments || Top||

#3  It seemed like a funny article to me because I know people like David Brooks. I just love watching their faces as they struggle to comprehend.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/06/2016 16:19 Comments || Top||

#4  There's not enough heft to Brooks for him to be Satan.

He's simply a homonculus made of poop.

A poopmonculus.
Posted by: charger || 05/06/2016 21:51 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Torture: systemic issue
[DAWN] NEWSPAPERS have reported that the DG Rangers has admitted that Aftab Ahmed was tortured in jug. The Sindh Rangers have suspended the personnel accused of being involved in the incident and an inquiry has been ordered.

The Rangers had initially said that Aftab Ahmed had died of a heart attack. Later, when pictures of Aftab Ahmed’s badly battered body started making the rounds, the DG Rangers admitted to torture but is reported to have said that Aftab Ahmed died of a heart attack. The post-mortem report might clarify the issue. It might indeed be the case that Aftab Ahmed’s heart gave out. But this could very well have been due to the stress his body was put under during the torture he underwent.

The DG Rangers also said that involved personnel had overstepped the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and this would be looked into during the inquiry.

There are larger questions that the death of Aftab Ahmed raises. This is not the first time a person has died in the custody of law-enforcement agencies and it is not the first time evidence of torture has come to light. Incidents of torture in cop shoppes are regularly reported. Cases have also been documented against other law-enforcement and security forces including the army and the intelligence agencies of the country. It is hard to believe law-enforcement agencies when they say that torture is not SOP for them.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan



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Two weeks of WOT
Fri 2016-05-06
  Appropriate: 200 Taliban recruits nabbed from sheep trucks in north of Afghanistan
Thu 2016-05-05
  Somali commandos raid ISIS base,12 fighters killed
Wed 2016-05-04
  IS Kills U.S. Service Member in Northern Iraq Attack
Tue 2016-05-03
  Key Taliban group member Qari Zubair killed in Badakhshan
Mon 2016-05-02
  Drones hit Daesh bomb factory in Syria
Sun 2016-05-01
  Bangla: IS claims second murder in a week
Sat 2016-04-30
  Taliban’s most senior Quetta Council member dies of cancer, reportedly in Pakistan
Fri 2016-04-29
  ISIS crucifies and executes captives in ‘video game killing’
Thu 2016-04-28
  Ninevah Nightmares: 235 die
Wed 2016-04-27
  Turkish artillery shells missile launchers, kills 11 ISIL militants
Tue 2016-04-26
  Islamist militants behead Canadian man in Philippines
Mon 2016-04-25
  Top Taliban leader killed in a special military operation in north of Afghanistan
Sun 2016-04-24
  Islamist militants suspected in slaying of professor in Bangladesh
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  Mali arrests suspected criminal mastermind of hotel terror attack
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