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Comment: Re:This is the latest in a long unfortunate evolut (Score 1) 188

by Tablizer (#48283127) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

A liberal arts or pure science education is not meant to be a professional degree. It's a way to learn a lot about a particular topic, independently of whether that directly helps your employment chances or not...Historically,...But it had the unfortunate side effect of starting the thought in people's minds that universities are vocational institutions, rather than institutions of higher learning...

The "culture wars" is at play here. Since Uncle Sam is handing out these loans, many tax payers want a good monetary return on their investment (or lowest loss).

Typically Republicans want their tax money going to direct job creation rather than what might be called general enlightenment. They view general enlightenment education as less useful, the job of religion instead of college, and/or "liberal indoctrination". Thus, they are against anything outside of (directly) providing jobs to the loanees.

I'm not trying to pick sides here, but rather convey the conflicting political views that are at play.

Comment: "Leadership" meme getting old (Score 1) 188

by Tablizer (#48282921) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

The administration missed an opportunity to issue a strong rule, to take strong executive action and provide real leadership on this issue

I'm tired of politicians & pundits saying somebody didn't display "real leadership" when they don't get exactly what they want. Politics usually involves compromise: you rarely get exactly what you want. (Republicans typically push back on what they see as "excess regulations" of schools.)

"Mom didn't display real leadership by giving me 3 cookies. Instead she gave me 1 cookie and a banana."

Comment: Re:Nostradamus (Score 2) 124

by Tablizer (#48274831) Attached to: New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

How about we give points to both sides:

Points to GOP: The Earth's temperature is volatile such that man-made changes to it are not really anything new or unique*.

Points to Dems: Increases in CO2 provably cause the temperature to rise.

* Sub-counter-point: The changes will f$ck over human society either way.

Never make anything simple and efficient when a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.