Degree inflation doesn’t pay

I was chatting with a guy at the Budget Rental desk at LAX. He was talking about his college degree, and I was surprised that someone handing out car keys had a college degree. He said that Budget was requiring all of their desk workers to have a Bachelor’s Degree. 

I guess you have to do something with that English / History / Psychology / Sociology / Women’s Studies / …. degree. 

Now that unemployment is down, employers may think twice about degree inflation, writes Preston Cooper inForbes. They can’t afford to be too picky.

“Employers are seeking a bachelor’s degree for jobs that formerly required less education, even when the actual skills required haven’t changed or when this makes the position harder to fill,” reported Burning Glass in 2014.


Via Joanne Jacobs

Math is a Gatekeeper


Old joke: 

A math professor was explaining a particularly complicated calculus concept to his class when a frustrated pre-med student interrupts him. “Why do we have to learn this stuff?” the pre-med blurts out.

The professor pauses, and answers matter-of-factly: “Because math saves lives.”

“How?” demanded the student. “How on Earth does calculus save lives?”

“Because,” replied the professor, “it keeps certain people out of medical school.”

Via Math With Bad Drawings

Federal nullification bill heads to Idaho House floor

Pull out the 10th Amendment! 

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. 

All Idaho has to do is to tell the federal government: you do not have the power given to you in the US Constitution to make homosexual marriage legal; or to make abortion legal; or to say that someone has to make a cake for someone; or what animals can graze on our lands; or …



No one testifies against move to allow Legislature to block laws, rules, decisions

Legislation that ostensibly gives Idaho lawmakers a way to nullify federal laws, rules and court decisions advanced to the House floor on a voice vote Wednesday.

The House State Affairs Committee, which includes several of the most conservative members of the House, discussed the bill for eight minutes before giving it a do-pass recommendation.

The measure was sponsored by Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins. It allows members of the Legislature to introduce bills challenging the constitutionality of “any executive order, federal law, federal regulation, federal court or U.S. Supreme Court decision.” Should the bill then be approved and signed into law, the federal actions in question would be declared “null and void and of no effect in this state.”
Shepherd said the basic intent is to assert states’ rights and emphasize the states’ role in providing a necessary check on federal power.

“I think we desperately need a way to call them (federal entities) out when they’re unconstitutional,” he said.

Blue Cross submits plans to comply with Idaho insurance requirements

NewImageLooking for an affordable, free-market, choice option for healthcare in Idaho? 

Oh, and did I mention its a ton cheaper than Obamacare? 

  • For the $4,000 deductible plan, premiums start at $89.91 (compared to $237.60 on Obamacare). 
  • Premiums for a family of four – ages 8, 12, 30 and 39 – start at $435.58 compared to Obamacare’s $933.05

Blue Cross of Idaho submitted to Idaho insurance regulators a set of health insurance plans that it hopes to sell under Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s executive order.

Blue Cross submitted its five plans Tuesday after the executive order required Idaho insurers to create “state-based” health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Blue Cross is the first to file its plans, which could be approved to go to market as early as next month, the Idaho Statesman reported.

“We’re excited that they’ve filed,” said Dean Cameron, director of the Idaho Department of Insurance. “Obviously, we’re going to review their application carefully and review their rate carefully to make sure they meet our state guidelines, but we’re excited for Idaho consumers, because now they’ll be given a choice.”

Blue Cross estimates the pool of possible customers is 110,000 strong – uninsured middle-class Idahoans.

The new plans are similar to what Blue Cross is selling on Idaho’s health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho.

Deductibles range from $2,000 to $10,000. They cover all of the “essential health benefits” that the Affordable Care Act requires, Blue Cross officials said.

The plans also cover preventive care with no co-pay.

Arctic Brrrrreaking Cold Records

NewImageRemember: record colds and record ice levels are due to global warming <tongue firmly implanted in cheek>

When temperatures drop below -60 C, just about everyone will stay home and not risk going outside and expose skin. Schools in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, on the northwestern shore of Hudson Bay, have therefore remained closed for the past few days.

“I don’t remember the last time we actually closed due to weather. This is a bit of an extreme,” said Mike Osmond, chair of the Rankin Inlet District Education Authority. Temperatures are running almost 15 degrees colder than normal.

Temperatures are getting to –40 C (-40 F) before the windchill and when the winds are factored in, it feels colder than –60 C.

“You’ve got blustery winds with some of the coldest temperatures that people have ever experienced,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada.

Via Churchill Polar Bears

Record 2018 snowfall continues increasing snowfall trends showing UN IPCC AR5 report is flawed

If they cannot predict what’s going to happen within this decade, how do they think they can predict what will happen this century? 

The record snowfallsof 2018 that are sweeping across the Northern Hemisphere and continuing the growth trend in winter snowfall levels provide yet more compelling evidence that the UN IPCC AR5 WG1 climate report and models are flawed because this report concludes that future snowfall level trends will only decline.


NOAA Northern Hemisphere snowfall recorded levels in the last 10 or more years show increasing trends in winter snowfall over the prior such period in both North America and Eurasia with 2018 snowfall records likely further adding to these trends.


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