The passing scene: January 9, 2015

The SAT is Corrupt.  No One Wants to Know by educationrealist.

Anybody with sufficient money or sufficient computer skills can obtain answers to the questions on Scholastic Aptitude Tests.  Yet the results of these tests can determine a person’s whole future.

4 Things to Know Before Your Water Is Privatized by Rachel Dovey for Next City.

Some 50 million Americans get their tap water from private companies.  This is supposed to be a cure for poor maintenance by public systems, which is a serious problem, but the cure is not necessarily better than the disease.

NYPD’s de Blasio Protest: Why the Police Turned Their Backs on the City by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic.

Police work over the years has grown progressively safer.  Why do the American public and American police need to believe that police work under constant threat?

Book Review: Labor’s Love Lost by Andrew J. Cherlin by Kay Hymowitz for the Wall Street Journal.  [Hat tip to Bill Harvey]

Women without college degrees now delay marriage but not children, and working-class families resemble those of the inner-city poor.

Chain restaurants are killing us: Billionaire bankers, minimum wage toilers and the nasty truth about fast-food nation by Thomas Frank for Salon.

The fast food industry roboticizes the process of serving and eating food and drives down wages of food workers.  Now fast food franchises are being the plaything of Wall Street speculators, who treat them like tokens on a board game.

The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn’t still at war by Trevor Timm for The Guardian.

Ukraine Says $450 Million Was Stolen from Its Military in 2014 by Eric Zuesse for Washington’s Blog.  [Hat tip to Bill Harvey]

Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter by the editorial board of the Frederick News-Post.  [Hat tip to Anne Tanner]

The lighter side: A Frederick, Maryland, city councilman sued his local newspaper for printing his name without his permission.  Hilarity ensued.

Wait, what? Pluto a planet again? by Doyle Rice for USA Today.  [Hat tip to Jack Belli]

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One Response to “The passing scene: January 9, 2015”

  1. Holden Says:

    Regarding the link you shared on the SAT being corrupt- I’d argue virtually all standardized tests are.

    In my past job I was required complete a heavy load of Microsoft Certifications within my first two years of employment that realistically should take about five years of experience on average to complete.

    Yet, I watched kids right out of college, one after the other pass these tests with flying colors. I quickly discovered that the answers to most any test can easily be found on the internet, and usually for little or zero cost at all if you know how/where to look.

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