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Comment Re:professors (Score 2) 73

Most professors are hired not for their ability to teach but rather their ability to do research. In fact, some of the "best" professors are horrible teachers -- they may be experts in their fields, but aren't necessarily the best teachers. As such, I would guess that the role of professors will remain unchanged. If anything, it will free up the professors from teaching responsibilities and they will merely provide "support".

Plus, I think that is the way it should be -- some of my best professors have been those who've encouraged my interest in the subject and with whom I've taken classes for research credit. They haven't been great at teaching me, but they've been great to collaborate with on research and just give me a broader perspective on their fields of expertise.

I have since sold my soul to the corporate world, but I am looking forward to going back to school one of these days.

What I would really like universities to do is provide opportunities for part-time PhD programs for those of us who are interested in research, but cannot leave our jobs and relinquish family commitments and responsibilities.

So, here is my question for Professor Anant:

I would absolutely love to do a PhD part-time, but why is it that universities deter this practice? I have found that I accomplish more when I love something and do it out of passion, my other commitments and responsibilities notwithstanding. In many subjects, hobbyists and amateurs have made significant contributions -- so why isn't there an increased focus on encouraging more "virtual research"?

From an academic perspective, you get sufficient education in most master's programs anyway, a lot of which can be completed part-time (and increasingly online). So, why not support research that can be done remotely?

As an erstwhile grad student who decided to not complete the PhD route, I met with my advisor perhaps once a week, and the only time he really cared was during conference deadlines. So, why can't PhD programs be made available part-time and online? With the exception of some subjects (e.g. chemistry, experimental physics, or biology), there are a lot more that can be pursued virtually (e.g. computer science, math, economics, theoretical physics etc).

Wouldn't there be increased enrollment of students in doctoral programs if there were the case? You do not even need to lower the standards -- you can still keep the same standard of admissions, qualifiers, and research criteria. You can provide residency requirements, but support doing the doctoral research at your own leisure. Why is this not the case?

It almost seems like an entrenchment of academic elites to keep the vicious cycle of "doctorate --> post doctorate --> professor --> tenure" going, and minimizing the number of doctoral candidates.

Comment Re:Designer Prescott Harvey... (Score 1) 376

The problem is the story line, with respect to Episodes I-III and VII-IX isn't about the frontier. Episodes IV-VI could be about the frontier, because that was the story line- the time after a civil war, when nobody could afford anything new, and all the good guys had to hide from the big bad evil empire.

Unless they blow up Coruscant in Episode VII, they're going to be stuck with having to incorporate urban planets into the New Republic.

Comment Re:How do people make such a big deal...? (Score 1) 9

It's the apps.

For instance, I am a musician and do recording. This (full size) iPad replaces a 19" rack of effects and recording tools, a giant amplifier and speaker cabinet. It is stage-manageable, unlike a laptop. Then? The whole studio setup are available anywhere, anytime.

Android will compete with this? Yeah. Like Linux competes with Mac for performers and recorders. LOL. I actually do a lot with my Linux box for recording - but there are 1 or two great tools for me. Apple has a workshop full.

Comment Re:Poignant (Score 4, Interesting) 168

In many ways we get all up an arms about Governments and Corporations "spying" or "profiling your information" however the internet wasn't ever really meant for private information. It design doesn't make private information easy. Sure we have came up with encryption and other crazy hacks to try to make us more secure, we are still communicating on a public network, to systems that we shouldn't fully trust.

Encryption and other privacy methods are akin to putting a lock on the door (Good enough to stop most casual attempts to poke around), often not enough to be rally secure, against any group that really wants to get it.

Remember this fact if you are going to choose a SaaS or Cloud solution. Not that using such systems are Bad or Evil like RMS likes to claim, however if you are going to trust your information to an outside source, you better be sure that you could handle a breach.

Comment COPY WHOLE THREAD (Score 1) 245

September 27, 2013

Hersh On The Osama Raid

What does Seymour Hersh know that we do not know?

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media

Don't even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends "so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would" – or the death of Osama bin Laden. "Nothing's been done about that story, it's one big lie, not one word of it is true," he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.



  Posted by b on September 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM | Permalink


That's great, SH, but at this rate the world will have an intelligent and honest discussion about the false flag attacks of 9/11 in say about 2065.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Sep 27, 2013 11:48:12 AM | 1

Here's what I believe, have believed since 2003: we got Bin Laden at Tora Bora. But that was too quick and we needed him to hang around for a while to justify our continued GWOT (global war on terror). The U.S. would put out tapes, reputedly produced by Bin Laden whenever the Bush Admin needed a little "spice" to keep people focused. Obama comes along and decides to "kill" Bin Laden as he is no longer useful; at leaast he can get a boost in the ratings - one last gift the Bin Laden legacy could provide before putting that story to bed. Seriously, where was the body? Where are the photos of the body? We had no problem showing photos of a hanged Saddam, or a tortured Qaddafi, but we wanted to show Bin Laden some respect and dump him in the ocean?? Puhlease...

Posted by: skuppers | Sep 27, 2013 12:01:18 PM | 2

great article on hersh. thanks!

Posted by: james | Sep 27, 2013 12:43:12 PM | 3

Watch for Hersh's sudden and mysterious demise.Hope he prints it quick.

                                    And of course there was some kind of scam,as this whole WOT is a scam.

Posted by: dahoit | Sep 27, 2013 12:43:24 PM | 4


Every level/incident of America's War on Terror has been found to have been based up whole-cloth lies and fabrications - every one - yet we are told to believe that The Event that got everything rolling is the God's honest truth and the mainstream parameters of our discourse are strictly modeled according to said tenet. Humanity can slowly keep peeling the onion for years and years - all the while ever newer layers of incidents/lies accrete and the criminals peacefully die off in their beds - or it can take a huge leap forward and start framing the entire War on Terror - including/beginning with 9/11 - as the largest act of aggressive war since 1939.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Sep 27, 2013 12:45:44 PM | 5

Think about it;From no air defense to tails 1 half? mile away from fuselage,to the twin towers falling exactly? on their footprint,to miraculous passports,to dancing Israelis,24 hr picts of alleged perps,building seven,airline futures,radio screwups,command center screw ups,wreckage shipped to China,the zero in charge,who was warned repeatedly,made a hero,lies about Iraq,Jessica Simpson,Abu Ghraib,Afghan,Iran,Syria,Pakistan,Somalia,Kenya,Sudan,Guantanamo,the list is endless.


Posted by: dahoit | Sep 27, 2013 12:52:03 PM | 6

The article is good.

  So are many of the comments, like the one of which this is a part:

"...Operation Mockingbird was a secret campaign by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence media. Begun in the 1950s, it was initially organized by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles, it was later led by Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA. The organization recruited leading American journalists into a network to help present the CIA's views, and funded some student and cultural organizations, and magazines as fronts. As it developed, it also worked to influence foreign media and political campaigns, in addition to activities by other operating units of the CIA. (Wiki)

"Operation Mockingbird has grown immensely and now the NSA and CIA have complete control of US media. Firing the editors will have no effect as the entire media has been captured. For example, the New York Times would not report the Guardian story that the US shares Americans' raw data with Israel without legal restrictions. Nor would the Wall Street Journal or ABC, CBS and NBC. The entire media exists only for propaganda.

Journalism in the US began to die with Operation Mockingbird and now exists as pure propaganda of a secret, fascist police state that spies on all its politicians, judges, academics .. in fact, everybody. It spies on all journalists too and everyone has some skeletons in their closet.

Here is the WSWS critique of the New York Times which has traditionally represented the best in US media. The NY Times has mastered the art of converting news into propaganda to serve its masters:

"In a front-page article Tuesday, the New York Times reported that a United Nations report released the day before on the August 21 chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus “strongly implicated the Syrian government.”

"In fact, the report did no such thing. The story’s headline, “UN implicates Syria in using chemical weapons,” is a cynical distortion of reality tailored to meet the needs of the US government for war propaganda.


"On Monday, the Times public editor Margaret Sullivan was compelled to respond to a barrage of emails from readers demanding to know why the newspaper had failed to write one line about the secret NSA documents released by Snowden showing that the agency was funneling raw data, including the telephone calls, emails and other online communications of American citizens, to Israeli intelligence...."

It is interesting too that the following comment appears to be from the political "right"

"...Thank you for your post. We live in the twilight zone.

I wish more of my fellow #TeaPartyers who believe the government is way to big would side with whistleblowers like Hersh, Snowden, Assange, & Liz Warren but instead, listen to Rupert Murdoch et al's "Divide and Conquer" song and dance..."

Posted by: bevin | Sep 27, 2013 1:07:40 PM | 7

@ 4. Watch for Hersh's sudden and mysterious demise. Hope he prints it quick.

You already know why that won't happen, even if you're not conscious of it.

Hersh is 100% certain to have left a time-bomb marked "Open only in ???? circumstances".

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Sep 27, 2013 1:47:54 PM | 8

Hersh is a just a convenient conduit for some faction within the CIA - it's very obvious when you view his work as a whole.

He tells us what his CIA contacts tell him. His CIA contacts tell him what they want us to know. that is all.

Certain types here will of course immediately put him on a pedestal, because that seems to be what they need to do - create and praise cartoon "heroes"

And Bin Laden wasn't in Tora Bora in 03.

F'n no one was in Tora Bora,

That's what annoyed the Brit Military so much about Tora Bora 03.

so much so that they started giving Press statements that almost came out and said that the whole Tora Bora story was a just a piece of stupid theatre, from start to finish

Posted by: hmm | Sep 27, 2013 2:01:08 PM | 9

You already know why that won't happen, even if you're not conscious of it.

it won't happen because Hersh has protection - he's a front man for a faction

Posted by: hmm | Sep 27, 2013 2:02:21 PM | 10

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