Well, what about all you devoted fans out there? That puts you on the outs. Not to mention, I got these things flying in my brain that just cannot wait to get out there. So I was thinking, my method is actually the problem. I try to construct the most brilliant blog post, with the best content, coherent theme, and snazzy title, and in doing so, fail very easily and then… nothing. It’s like I don’t live up to my title of “Grumpy Pastor.” It’s embarrassing. Anyhow… I have a new method. Grumpnotes. Grumpnotes are summations of stuff from throughout the week with some Grumpy thoughts to them. They are scattered and distended – just like my bowels. It should fix my whole lack of content thing going on.
So…. Enjoy the very first installment of Grumpnotes.
Kavanaugh’s Life is Ruined. Whatevs.
12 Angry Men…. er. Uh, I mean 325.7 Million Angry Men & Women.
There’s lots of squeamishness out there about the topics and back-and-forth about the Kavanaugh kerfuffle. I know it all makes my digestive system more uncomfortable than it already is. Besides the accusations and topic matter, there’s something under the radar I really, really don’t like. I don’t like being put in a place to be both judge and jury. But with the publicness of it all, that’s exactly what the powers that be and the news are putting upon my shoulders, your shoulders, and the shoulders of every single American. Why don’t I like this? Well for starters, I’m not qualified for the job. The job description of judge is way above my pay grade. It belongs to some guy named Jesus or something like that. Hell, I don’t even like jury duty. It’s not that I don’t have time to waste away sitting in a jury box. It’s that I just don’t like the position. That whole “Don’t judge so that you wont to be judged“ thing kind of gets to me. Second, we are an anxious tribal people. People want their friends to think like them, and if they don’t they become enemies. Ford believers want others to be Ford believers. Kavanaugh believers want other to be Kavanaugh believers. And I’m over here like… “I don’t want to be the one to say whether or not he did it. Can’t I just drink my coffee, and keep my friends? Please? No? Oh. Okay. Well, then feel free to keep shouting at me.”
Finally Some Non-Kavanaugh Stuff
Sometimes academia gets questioned a lot. Are some academic pursuits done by University persons worthwhile? Or are they just another form of under-water basket weaving? Even more so…is their research scientific, objective, valid, or reliable? Well, in perhaps one of the funniest reads/pranks in a while, some faculty have proven exactly that – that some academic pursuits are hardly scientific or worthwhile.
What they did was write fake academic research articles and submit them to refereed journals. That is, they wrote their papers and submitted it and other faculty (supposedly smart people with advanced degrees) couldn’t see through the fake jibba-jabba.
I have a strong bias. Most of the time education isn’t actually education. Institutional education produces robots and automatons. It doesn’t produce independent thinkers. And leaders often know this. This would be why there were a number of universities formed in Cuba in the 60’s and 70’s… because Castro knew education usually creates followers, not leaders.
If you’ve really studied stats and research methods, it isn’t hard to critique research when it appears in publication.Type 1 and 2 errors are all over the place. Even more so, sometimes narrative research is passed off as scientific or objective… and it isn’t. It’s not possible.
In our world, it’s not cool to be against universities. We're all supposed to be for education (which, I one can safely argue than in the past 20 years, hasn't done us all that much good). Now i’m not against universities. My critiques usually are received as being exactly that. The critiques I put out there?
-Too many students go to 4 year schools, when they should be going to either 2 year schools, apprenticeship programs, or entering the full-time workforce.
-A good chunk of students going to 4 year programs aren’t enrolling with the goal of learning. They are going to a college because it’s the thing to do and they think it will help them get a job.
No amount of fake journal articles or the critiques I lob will change higher education. It’s a train and it’s going to collapse, not unlike the housing market collapse in 2009. I just hope I have my student loans paid off when it does crash.
It’s been real. Smell ya later,