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  2. There is good reason to think it exceeds 90%. In 2012, maybe a little before, the Education Department said they were going to institute a new requirement on for profit schools that receive government aid. At least 10% of a schools revenue must come from sources other than government backed loans and Pell Grants. I gather they didn’t put a date on the implementation, just a vague soon. In 2012 Barney took control of a non-profit foundation – the Center for Excellence in Higher Education – and transferred all his schools to the foundation, making them, nominally, non-profit schools. When accused of trying to avoid the upcoming requirement he said his timing was just a coincidence. The transformation in name only didn’t do him any good. The Education Department said that because he was in complete control of CEHE they would not recognize the schools as non-profit. Then in 2017 the Education Department said they were delaying implementation of the requirement indefinitely.
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  4. Still not convinced. Seems you’re pretty desperate to interact with me. But I don’t want to interact with you. Got the hint yet? Seriously, you need help. You actually believe Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been dead for over 5 months? Replaced by an imperfect look-alike? Lay off the guano.
  5. The continuing existence of these toxic and illigitimate products of crony statism is immoral and intolerable. “The new antitrust inquiry is the strongest signal yet of Attorney General William Barr’s deep interest in the tech sector, and it could ratchet up the already considerable regulatory pressures facing the top U.S. tech firms. The review is designed to go above and beyond recent plans for scrutinizing the tech sector that were crafted by the department and the Federal Trade Commission. The two agencies, which share antitrust enforcement authority, in recent months worked out which one of them would take the lead on exploring different issues involving the big-four tech giants. Thoseturf agreements caused a stir in the tech industry and rattled investors. Now, the new Justice Department review could amplify the risk, because some of those companies could face antitrust claims from both the Justice Department and the FTC.”
  6. I'd say it becomes forced and artificial, earlier, when another fitting individual is *denied* access to the role. (on grounds of "equality", 'group' representation, etc.) That's a grievous interference in rational, self-interested choices between two free agents, too. Then - as effect - you'll get less capable, maybe disinterested individuals unsuited to the position who are given the "role"..
  7. Puerto Rican Deep State going down. Search warrants being executed.
  8. The Ruth Bader Pedoburg scam continues. Sloppily faked video of her at Stevens’ funeral ... Link to the analysed video: #JusticeStevensMemorial #DeepFakeVideo #RBGIsDead The video showing "proof of life" for RBG at Justice Stevens memorial is a deep fake. Three people out walk through two security guards, the velvet robe and in the one foot space between the coffin and the justices. 2:17 156.4K views 4:33 PM · Jul 22, 2019
  9. By all means let us quibble endlessly about the ethics of exploiting govt education meddling. The man rose to the top of an organization now being brought down for horrific abuse and human trafficking. “The Church of Scientology presents a façade to the outside world to disguise what in reality is nothing more than a cult built on mind control and destruction of the independence and self-control of those drawn into its sphere,” the lawsuit states. “Members are isolated from the outside world, their access to information is heavily monitored and controlled, and they are subject to physical, verbal, psychological, emotional and/or sexual abuse and/or assault.” Read more here:
  10. Agreed, of course, nothing forced or artificial about those statements to boys and girls. The forced and artificial part is when your second paragraph comes to life because we demand a 50/50 distribution regardless of statistical gender differences in aptitudes and interests.
  11. There is nothing forced or artificial about saying to young girls "you could be a CEO" and then in the next breath saying to young boys "you could be a stay-at-home parent." It only becomes artificial and forced when you attempt to fit an individual into a role that she or he doesn't want or isn't suited for.
  12. The supermarket getting funds from people on welfare is a clever metaphor. The one that comes to my mind for Barney, however, is "welfare queen." Michael
  13. We are all living in the sea of government money, aka the mixed economy. Some activities are legitimate (Walmart), some not (IRS agent). Got that from Rand. --Brant
  14. The Objective Standard: "First, to criticize a private college for accepting students’ funds that come from government loans and grants is almost as absurd as criticizing a private supermarket for accepting customers’ funds that come from government welfare programs" (link). Biddle flippantly implies they are near equivalent. But are they? Let's compare them. 1. I calculated that during Walmart's latest fiscal year about 2.5% of it's revenues come from food stamps. I don't know of any Walmart that assists its customers in applying for food stamps. Most large grocery stores would have a lower percent than Walmart. 2. I don't know what percent of Barney's for-profit colleges' revenues are attributable to government-backed student loans. But suppose it's 50%. I also assume that, like most colleges, they have a financial aid unit that is very actively involved in helping its students obtain government-backed student loans. Are #1 and #2 anywhere near equivalent?
  15. As I'm understanding the issue, the core of it is that the students weren't getting what Barney was being paid for. Barney was taking advantage of the existence of student loans in order to collect money from students, leaving them to repay the loans and without an education to show for it. It's the ripping off of the students which is the issue. The defenses putting the emphasis on "government loans" are smokescreens (in some cases inadvertent ones by people who aren't understanding that the students were ripped off). Ellen
  16. Um: "NEW expurgated edition, mildly entertaining character sketch of an elderly retired author and the middle aged vixen who steals his heart. No third act. They both live forever, and it doesn't matter what really happened, because it offended and disgusted my pal Tom. Priced 20 cents above production cost because the guts and heat were ripped up and thrown away. Swell way to end a career, mutilated. As far as I'm concerned, Cocktail no longer exists." Sounds like the purpose of the ad copy is to prevent sales.
  17. 9th in the kind of thinker who will become more confident there are no mice in the cupboards after you show him the dead ones in the traps you set.
  18. 9thdoctor would know better than that if he read some of the many allegations of fraud against Barney and his CEHE. The allegations have the ring of truth, especially since Barney's manner reeks of phoniness. The fact that the taxpayer would be paying for the fraud makes it worse but it would be bad even without government involvement. 9thdoctor is “Respondent A” in Response to Barney Revelations
  19. Ivanka bought a new dog. It's white. The left is going apeshit saying this is proof of her racism. This is a humor thread, so as a joke, that's pretty lame. However, it's true. And that's what makes it funny. Michael
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  21. Rep. Jim Jordan publicly taunts Rep. Adam Schitt this morning ... Rep. Jim Jordan‏Verified account @Jim_Jordan FollowFollow @Jim_Jordan More Inspector General Horowitz is a professional. He’s conducting a crucial investigation into FBI and DOJ misconduct. But @RepAdamSchiff said his investigation is “tainted.” What’s got Schiff worried? 10:57 AM - 22 Jul 2019
  22. In earlier discussions I came out as a Barney defender, since I felt Mark's attacks had a lot of unfairness in them. But I don't have the time or energy for a rehash. It's out there on older threads, and it looks like Biddle is covering the rebuttals well enough. A sample: First, to criticize a private college for accepting students’ funds that come from government loans and grants is almost as absurd as criticizing a private supermarket for accepting customers’ funds that come from government welfare programs. Note to any ARIan readers: think of this as payback for James Valliant. Think you've got the high ground? Review The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics. If you've never been to Figlmuller, and you're up for the best Wiener Schnitzel, seek it out.
  23. I wonder if Mueller will be asked about this when he testifies to Congress in two days. 😆 I can already hear Rep. Gaetz chuckling, struggling to finish his one and only question: 'Mr Mueller, when did you realize that your blackmailed pedo plant in the administration was worthless to you after all, because the administration always knew your plant to be your plant?' 😆 — In 1984, Nader was indicted for possessing child pornography in D.C. — In 1990, again at Dulles, law enforcement caught Nader with films featuring minor boys. Nader pleaded guilty the following year. — 2003 conviction in the Czech Republic on charges of abusing minors, including a charge of transporting of a minor boy to the U.S. for sexual purposes. Federal prosecutors said Nader has had “hands-on contact with more than a dozen minor boys.” — 2018 possessing and transporting child pornography. Authorities stopped him at Dulles in January of that year and questioned him about his time working with the Trump team. Soon after, Nader began cooperating with Mueller, and in the spring of 2018 he departed for Dubai, where he lived until he attempted to re-enter the U.S. last month [June 2019].
  24. Mark, Thanks. I'll look into the references you cite when I get a chance. (I'm in Vienna, just arrived today. There's a super nifty math/physics conference at the University of Vienna later this week themed on Kurt Gödel's work and getting into Gödel's relationship to Einstein.) I'm much in favor of the development of educational paths (including cyber routes) as alternates to the current educational structure. However, the indicators I get re Barney are that he was conning. I'm curious, but I'm so far out of touch with ARI doings these days, I don't have contacts I can ask for their impressions. (Thanks, too, for the clarification re "Dr.") Ellen
  25. Michael, No, I'm not including you among Barney's supporters. I'm talking about the ARI people Mark's talking about in his opening post and in subsequent posts on the thread. Ellen
  26. Why is the National Security Administration regaling us today with historical examples of conspiracy and treason? NSA/CSS‏Verified account @NSAGov FollowFollow @NSAGov More #OTD in 1806 A. Burr was finally in the room where it happens. In a cypher letter to his associate Gen. Wilkinson, Aaron Burr (Sir!) discusses a conspiracy to invade Mexico, leading to treason charges in 1807. Photo Credit: National Archive 11:24 AM - 22 Jul 2019
  27. I shouldn’t have put the “Dr” title in quotes or even mentioned the title. Hurd didn’t use any title in his comment on Biddle’s article, just “Michael Hurd.” What I was thinking is that psychotherapists shouldn't be called doctors. For one thing the course of study takes a fraction of the time and effort it takes to get an M.D. For another, "doctor" suggests physician and that type of doctor deals with the physical aspect of people not the mental. Anyway, scratch that part of my post. Hurd's comment on Biddle's article isn’t the first time he’s sung the praises of Carl Barney. In 2015 he wrote The Massively Underappreciated Virtue of Egoism in Business which quotes Barney then comments on what he says. I discovered it soon after “Who Is Carl Barney?” went online in 2017. At the time, I wrote Hurd about my article using his website’s “Contact Me” page but he never replied. The Objective Standard denies that his colleges are doing anything wrong and they’re quite self-righteous about it. (They're self-righteous about everything.) The Times Smiles and Sneers at Carl Barney, Ayn Rand, and Private Colleges defends Barney against the accusations reported at the end of Patricia Cohen’s first New York Times article on Barney. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Biddle collaborated on writing this, which gives no author: The Colorado Attorney General’s Assault on CollegeAmerica The URL seems to indicate it was uploaded in 2015 but it looks like it was 2017 because David Halperin’s review (search for “unhinged” in “Who Is Carl Barney?”), which came out in 2017, calls it “a new document that has surfaced online... .”
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