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The real Chuck Norris exposes the privacy violations and government data collection in “Common Core”

by 1389AD ( 111 Comments › )
Filed under Education at December 2nd, 2013 - 2:00 pm

AmmoLand has the story:

Dallas, TX – -(Ammoland.com)- After months of the feds doing everything they could to distance themselves from the origin and launch of the controversial Common Core State Standards, more and more of Washington’s tentacles are surfacing through public rage, implementation revelations and the White House’s own foot-in-mouth disease.

After Education Secretary Arne Duncan cast bigoted blame on “white suburban moms” for nationwide resistance to CCSS — an oops from which he still is reeling in public humiliation and maternal fury — White House spokesman Jay Carney dodged Duncan bullets by claiming ignorance to his statements. But then Carney buried the White House in federal ownership of CCSS by saying,

“I can just tell you that the secretary of education and everybody on the president’s team dedicated to this effort is focused on making sure that we do everything we can, working with states and others.”

“Everybody on the president’s team dedicated to this effort”? Thanks, Mr. Carney. It’s about time the feds ponied up to their place on the CCSS playground.

In the first part of my series on CCSS, I revealed how the feds spent $350 million of taxpayer money, funding and giving grants and waivers to muscle and bribe states and local school districts to accept CCSS.

Last week, I showed how feds are injecting their progressive agenda into curricula taught to U.S. kids in elementary, middle and high schools via their influence in standard directives and posting educative minions in academic arenas and among CCSS curricula creators.

Today I will begin to give you the third piece of evidence of the feds’ collaborations and entanglements within CCSS — namely that they are creating and expanding a national database to store, access and peddle your kids’ private information obtained through a technological project within CCSS.

Sound crazy or like sci-fi socialism? Maybe, but it’s all real, true and coming soon to a school near you, if it isn’t there already.

It all started in the third month of President Barack Obama’s reign in 2009, when the Department of Education initiated the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, which — under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — awarded “governors approximately $48.6 billion … in exchange for a commitment to advance essential education reforms … including: college- and career-ready standards (aka CCSS).”

Under that umbrella, the feds further bribed the states into building and expanding longitudinal data systems “to capture, analyze, and use student data from preschool to high school, college, and the workforce.”

Robert Swiggum, the Georgia Department of Education’s chief information officer, explained to PolitiFact that his state’s system “collects data points in about 10 categories,” including “a student’s name, grade, gender, ethnicity, birth date, attendance, enrollment history, test scores, courses taken and grade received, and any subgroup (example: English language learner, retained, economically disadvantaged).” PolitiFact added, “Each of the categories has dozens of data points that can vary.”

Bottom line: lots of personal information.

In a White House press release dated Jan. 19, 2010, Obama and Duncan stated that the purpose of expanding the longitudinal data systems was to make the massive amount of information “more accessible … to key stakeholders.”

Wondering who the “key stakeholders” are? Let’s just say I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a 2012 White House budget sheet for the Department of Labor also mentions grants being offered to expand the workforce information side of the data system coin. The grants “support the development of longitudinal data systems that integrate education and workforce data to provide timely and accessible information to consumers, policymakers, and others.”

Did you catch that? “To consumers, policymakers, and others”? And what or — more appropriately — whose information are the feds providing (or peddling?)? So much for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the federal law established to protect the privacy interests of students. I guess the Department of Education, which maintains FERPA, decided it really liked this statement in it: “Schools may disclose, without consent, ‘directory’ information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.”

U.S. Department of Education press secretary Dorie Turner Nolt explained in June, when she was with the Georgia Department of Education, that the data in the state’s longitudinal data system are computerized but that the students’ information is, in PolitiFact’s words, “not shared beyond the student’s teachers and school administrators.” She needed to add the word “yet.”

Don’t ever forget the White House’s words in its own memos: for “key stakeholders,” who, at the very least, include “consumers, policymakers, and others.” And guess who gets to define “others.” (Now you’re getting the picture!)

You don’t think the feds gave away billions of taxpayer dollars to states and public schools without expecting anything in return or to be included in the informational mix, do you?

It’s one big happy federal and state communication merry-go-round with your family’s private information from the school cradle to the federal grave!

In Part 4, I will show further evidence from the feds themselves that the longitudinal data systems and new Common Core State Standards are intricately intertwined and going to be used by the federal government and state governments to tap your children’s personal information and to leverage significant educational change.

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Citing privacy concerns, Google Glass drops facial recognition (for now)

by 1389AD ( 70 Comments › )
Filed under Technology at July 23rd, 2013 - 11:30 am
Google's Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass
Google’s Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass [source]

1389 Blog has discussed Google Glass and privacy issues before.

Forbes has the story:

Google is ducking, for now, some of the most profound questions about privacy and Google Glass with its decision not to include facial recognition in the device. “As Google has said for several years,” Project Glass said in a Google+ post, ”we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.”

This is probably the first, or at least smartest, PR-conscious move Google has made with Glass. From the beginning, except for tech enthusiasts, most consumers have looked askance or at least dubiously at Google Glass.
Basically people don’t get Google Glass or if they do get it they don’t see why it is relevant to them. And if they do think Google Glass could be relevant, or at least a fun toy, they don’t entirely trust Google to deliver the experience in a consumer-friendly way. Leaving aside the $1,500 price tag, which will inevitably drop and the dorky way Glass makes even attractive people look, what seemed to faze people was the creepy ability to call up any information about any one on the street identified via facial recognition technology.

Tone Deaf

In the past Google has proven to be tone deaf about such things. For example from all accounts, Google was astounded two years ago when people were furious with its first iteration of Buzz, its first big foray into social networking. In that version not only did Google automatically activate Buzz from people’s email accounts, but it also went ahead and created a list of contacts to follow and a list of people who would be following the user’s updates–all without permission, all on the premise developed somehow by Google that this would be welcome.

I was talking to Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group about this a few weeks ago and his take on it was particular astute I thought. Basically Google doesn’t seem to get humans, Enderle said, at least humans outside of Silicon Valley.

“Now Google Glass is a beta product and the point of doing it was to learn about the market and requirements as well as evolve the product into something that is acceptable,” Enderle said. “But the process they are taking is turning the market against the entire class because they aren’t managing the perceptions surrounding the trial well.”
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NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls, reading email and texts without warrants; where are our Senators?

by 1389AD ( 135 Comments › )
Filed under government, Technology at June 18th, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Words fail me.

CNET has the story:

National Security Agency discloses in secret Capitol Hill briefing that thousands of analysts can listen to domestic phone calls. That authorization appears to extend to e-mail and text messages too.

The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed “simply based on an analyst deciding that.”

If the NSA wants “to listen to the phone,” an analyst’s decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. “I was rather startled,” said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.

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The Hill: Senators skip classified briefing on NSA snooping to catch flights home

A recent briefing by senior intelligence officials on surveillance programs failed to attract even half of the Senate, showing the lack of enthusiasm in Congress for learning about classified security programs. [WATCH VIDEO]

Many senators elected to leave Washington early Thursday afternoon instead of attending a briefing with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and other officials.

The Senate held its last vote of the week a little after noon on Thursday, and many lawmakers were eager to take advantage of the short day and head back to their home states for Father’s Day weekend.

Only 47 of 100 senators attended the 2:30 briefing, leaving dozens of chairs in the secure meeting room empty as Clapper, Alexander and other senior officials told lawmakers about classified programs to monitor millions of telephone calls and broad swaths of Internet activity. The room on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center is large enough to fit the entire Senate membership, according to a Senate aide.

The Hill was not provided the names of who did, and who didn’t, attend the briefing.
Many senators claimed they were never briefed on the NSA’s surveillance programs when the British newspaper The Guardian caused a media firestorm by reporting their existence earlier this month.

“I’m pretty good about attending meetings; I don’t remember being briefed,” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) told reporters on June 6, when the public learned the extent of the NSA’s collection of telephone metadata.

He voted for the Patriot Act, but said he did not intend to grant blanket authority to collect millions of phone records.

Isakson attended the Thursday afternoon briefing and declined to comment to reporters afterward.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the chief critics of the surveillance programs, was spotted leaving the briefing.
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Don’t surf the web in the nude!

by 1389AD ( 80 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, government at June 14th, 2013 - 9:00 am

PJM: Your computer is bugging your house

Homer Simpson naked and terrified in Treehouse of Horror III

The computer you are sitting at right now probably has a microphone. It probably also has a camera looking at you this moment. Is it sending sound and pictures from inside your house to the PRISM program at NSA?

Who knows? But one thing is for sure — the technology is sitting there, on your desk. Welcome to Winston’s world.

Yesterday we crossed a line. What once seemed kooky is now happening. I figured this would be a fight for a future generation, but it is ours. The frightening future has arrived.
But no war, no threat, no nothing justifies the National Security Agency obtaining a direct pipeline to the Skype chats of every American. What possible justification is there for the government watching granddad talk to his grandkids in real time back in Laurel, Maryland?
More here.

Think it can’t happen? It already has.

Obama with huge ears: 'As for the Verizon records...It's not like we're listening in or anything'

John Sexton on Breitbart asks: What if it is not just metadata the NSA is collecting?

The claim being made in public right now is that the NSA used section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect metadata on phone calls. However there is some evidence that the NSA is actually recording the content of phone calls.

Last week I published a clip of actor Shia LaBeouf claiming, on the Jay Leno show, that an FBI consultant on the movie Eagle Eye had played him a 2 year old clip of a private phone conversation. I noted at the time that this claim had to be taken with a grain of salt given that LaBeouf was on TV to promote a film about government monitoring of communications. But given that secret information sometimes leaks to Hollywood before the rest of us, it seemed worth mentioning.

But LaBeouf is not the only person who has made this claim about the NSA having access to private calls. Just last month former FBI counter-terrorism expert Tim Clemente appeared on the Erin Burnett show on CNN to discuss the Boston marathon bombing. The discussion turned to the possibility of charges against Tsarnaev’s wife. Burnett wondered if it would be possible to prove complicity given that there would be no way to know what they talked about on the phone. Here’s the exchange (audio is faint so you may need to turn it up)…
More here.

But that’s not all.

Even the most innocent, commonplace snapshots that you take with your smartphone can contain metadata that reveals personal information about your family.

“Smart appliances” including electrical meters, automotive systems such as OnStar, and other devices with embedded computers can be used to collect and extract information about your activities.

How about making sure that the politically disfavored classes will freeze in the dark? Bureaucrat-controlled thermostats are on the way.

Nakedsecurity urges computer users to log out of their profiles when finished with their activities. And don’t have the computer store your passwords. If you’re afraid you’ll forget a password and lock yourself out, you can always write your passwords on a piece of paper and lock it up in a safe that you own.

Then there’s Google Glass (h/t: Gramfan). Dry Bones shows how the device will work in the real world. Just what we need, another tool for cyberstalkers and government snoops!

Dry Bones takes on Google Glass

Nudists beware: Spy drones can see what you’re wearing (or not wearing) from 17500 feet.

Living in a rural area won’t keep you safe from totalitarian spying. Twitchy has the story on that:

Room for one more scandal? Senators probe EPA’s leak of farmers’ personal info

Having so many different Obama administration scandals demanding the public’s attention all at once almost works in the administration’s favor; before the full implications of one scandal sink in, another one erupts. While the NSA has managed to bump the IRS from the headlines this week, it’s worth noting that the Environmental Protection Agency is busy doing its part to erode what’s left of the public’s trust in the government.

The Free Beacon reported this week that 24 senators signed a letter demanding to know why the EPA leaked the personal information of more than 80,000 farms, includes names, phone numbers and personal addresses, to left-wing environmental groups like Earth Justice, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ten states caught sending the personal data recalled it for redaction and then resent it; Montana and Nebraska, however, ended up mistakenly resending the personal information.

Much more here.

The Conversation Prism - 2010
The Conversation Prism (2010 version) by Brian Solis and JESS3:
The grabbermint is watching and collecting it all

We stay tuned.

Privacy: Vote with your wallet AND with your feet!

by 1389AD ( 26 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Free Speech, Technology, Transportation at April 23rd, 2011 - 12:00 pm

I found this link about a serious violation of privacy in the State of Michigan in a worrisome Blogmocracy article about another significant threat to our electronic privacy, namely Apple iPhone secretly records owners’ every move. It followed another article, Exiting Detroit, about the endless and evidently irreversible decline and fall of the city of Detroit. It sure looks as though there are fewer and fewer reasons to visit, do business in, or live in, Michigan, and more and more reasons to avoid the entire state.

Similarly, if Apple shows so little regard for their customers’ privacy, I would suggest buying from a competitor until such time as Apple changes its ways. Vote with your wallet and vote with your feet!

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

(h/t: Da_Beerfreak)

Cellebrite cellphone snooper system

ACLU seeks information on Michigan program that allows cops to download information from smart phones belonging to stopped motorists.

The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.

ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.
A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes. The device works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections.

“Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device’s capabilities. “The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.”

The ACLU is concerned that these powerful capabilities are being quietly used to bypass Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

“With certain exceptions that do not apply here, a search cannot occur without a warrant in which a judicial officer determines that there is probable cause to believe that the search will yield evidence of criminal activity,” Fancher wrote. “A device that allows immediate, surreptitious intrusion into private data creates enormous risks that troopers will ignore these requirements to the detriment of the constitutional rights of persons whose cell phones are searched.”
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But that’s not all, folks!

Jury to decide if Pastor Terry Jones can protest outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. Last I checked, the First Amendment is not subject to jury disapproval.

Originally published on 1389 Blog.

TSA Naked Scan and Crotch Grope: Draw the Line Against Government Intrusion

by 1389AD ( 110 Comments › )
Filed under Christianity, Holocaust, Islam, Judaism, Liberal Fascism, Nazism, Political Correctness, Sharia (Islamic Law), Terrorism, Transportation at November 26th, 2010 - 10:00 am

Modesty, bodily privacy, and human dignity…

The international press and the blogosphere has been full of news items about banning the burqa in various European countries. (Phyllis Chesler offers many strong arguments in favor of banning the burqa.) This is part of the ongoing controversies regarding shari’a law and Muslim demands for the veiling, isolation, and abuse of women under the pretexts of honor, shame, and “modesty.”

Such intrusive demands for us to change our ways to accommodate Muslim gender apartheid have nothing to do with modesty as we know it in a society founded upon Judaeo-Christian principles. In fact, the Muslim idea of “modesty” is the very antithesis of ours.

For Muslims, veiling the female body to the point of anonymity with the chador, the niqab, or the burqa, becomes a denial of human dignity and a denial of the equal value of men and women in the eyes of our Creator.

For us, decent clothing for all people – including men, women, and children – is a basic requirement of human dignity. Rabbi Daniel Lapin recently appeared on the Glenn Beck show, where he said that, according to the Torah, clothing the naked is an even more meritorious deed than feeding the hungry, because clothing is essential to human dignity.

…versus totalitarianism

The news is also filled with controversy about the recent TSA “naked body scan” and “crotch grope” policies for passengers boarding aircraft in US airports.

I should not need to remind our misguided policymakers that, even in athletic venues such as the gym and the beach, practicing Christians and Jews of both sexes and all ages cover the buttocks and genitalia, and females of all ages cover the chest. This, of course, is the minimum; in other venues, we cover a larger portion of our bodies, dressing in whatever manner is appropriate for the circumstances. We do this to preserve our own dignity as human beings created in the Lord’s own image, and to avoid distracting others with inappropriate temptations.

Despite the recent policies of the TSA, we consider staring at, touching, or groping the private parts of a stranger to be taboo. It is also taboo to peep at, or photograph, a stranger in the nude or even in his or her undergarments. If a private citizen did such things, he or she would end up in prison, and rightly so. Government employees should be under the same rules as the rest of us.

Stripping an unwilling person of his or her clothing, as is commonly done with prisoners, is a deep insult that is intended to shame and dehumanize. The person stripped naked is exposed to ridicule and abuse, and has lost control of his or her fate. Even though I suppose someone will invoke Godwin’s Law, I cannot help but be reminded of the naked prisoners in concentration camp photos from the Third Reich. Yes, there is such a thing as a slippery slope, in which we allow our government to get out of control and to become totalitarian. This is a path that we must never take.

Airline boycott?

Rep. Ron Paul has recently complained of having been repeatedly groped in a “disgusting” manner while flying on official state business, on account of the fact that he has metal in his knees. He rightly points out that this is unconstitutional. He recommends that, whenever we can, we use other means of transportation and not fly on commercial aircraft until this intrusive nude scan/crotch grope policy is discontinued. He also favors a national “opt out” day. Even though readers of this blog, including myself, strongly disagree with Ron Paul on many other things, on this particular point I concur that he is right in saying that the current TSA procedures are an unacceptable governmental intrusion into our personal modesty and dignity and our Constitutional rights.

I recognize that the current scan-and-grope TSA policy is the fault of the Obama Administration and not of the airlines. While that is true, at this point, the only effective way we have of making our anger known to the government is to refuse to participate in their totalitarian activities. Wherever possible, I plan to use other means of transportation that are not yet under this level of government intrusion.

Thanking God…and a Call for Action

by 1389AD ( 162 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-Jihad, Balkans, Barack Obama, CAIR, Election 2008, Elections 2010, Free Speech, History, immigration, Islam, Patriotism, Second Amendment, Tea Parties, Transportation at November 25th, 2010 - 8:00 pm


Above is the Allen West video cited by author Mary Grabar.

A Slovenian immigrant blogs about what has made America great, and what we must do now:

Thanking God for What Makes Us Exceptional

Being thankful that “Don’t touch my junk” is today’s version of “Give me liberty or give me death.”

November 25, 2010 By Mary Grabar

This Thanksgiving season I am thankful for small pleasures, like being able to order a Mad Happy Ale at Twain’s in Decatur, Georgia, and listen to jazz, bluegrass, and blues musicians jamming on various days of the week.

I am thankful that we ended Prohibition. I am thankful that free enterprise is working on a small scale at Twain’s, where musicians gather on their own time and play for tips, where waiters work for tips, where the brewers are free to concoct that nectar of the gods, Mad Happy Ale. I am glad that I am able to stop by there on my way home after a hard afternoon of working in that most un-free of American institutions, the university.

I am glad that the government has not yet decided to restrict which musicians can play at Twain’s or how many barrels of Mad Happy Ale Twain’s can brew or how much they can discount it on certain nights. It’s supply and demand, and I know that when I requested Mad Happy Ale last Sunday afternoon and they were out, my vote, along with others, set the master brewer brewing that hoppy ambrosia.

I am thankful that I am not flying this holiday season, and I am thankful that Americans are protesting the government’s unlawful searches. I am thankful that the American spirit still lives. “Don’t touch my junk” is today’s version of “Give me liberty or give me death.” That primitive part of our brains that instinctively reaches for a weapon against the searches of law-abiding Americans has not been bred out of most Americans.


Alexis de Tocqueville warned about this soft despotism. I am thankful that capitalists set up a foundation to pay my salary so that I can teach Tocqueville, because the university where I teach would surely frown upon my placement of Democracy in America on my syllabus. I am thankful that after showing Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech, I could show newly elected Congressman Allen West’s video to my class. He is the Patrick Henry of our day.

I am thankful for the Tea Party, that group of Americans not cowed by the long arm of the government, that group that is clinging to their guns and religion, and that helped elect Allen West. There is still much for them to learn, but I am thankful that so many ordinary Americans have volunteered their hours and dollars to preserving freedom. I am thankful that voters were alarmed and awakened this election.

I am thankful that 70 percent of Oklahoma voters voted to prevent sharia law from taking hold. I shudder at what CAIR is thinking of doing next, like taking away my Mad Happy Ale and music because it offends Muslim sensibilities.

Come to think of it, it’s good to go to a place like Twain’s and never see anyone wearing a hijab. It’s a good place to begin a revolution.


When I see a photo of Janet Napolitano I see Josef Broz Tito. Big Sis ordered her agents to be on the lookout for those like me, who place “Don’t Tread on Me” bumper stickers on their cars.

Many immigrants from Eastern European countries could not understand how Americans could have elected Obama. Well, our historical memory was wiped clean by the educationists, so that we could not see the threat in our midst.

…There is still something in the American character that shudders at the picture of a long line of docile people being herded into a transportation conveyance, while indifferent, ill-educated government employees ogle, prod, and poke their bodies. They understand what such government invasion means psychologically and spiritually, how it demoralizes a brave and free people. We may be boarding 747s instead of cattle cars, but the American spirit rebels. We know there are better ways, like arming ourselves.

There has been a “long train of abuses” over these last two years. There are still some like Congressman-elect Allen West who see these and say, “Pick up your bayonets” and “CHARGE!”

Isn’t it amazing that someone whose forebears were slaves could strike such a chord among free Americans and inspire them to elect him as their representative? It could happen in no other country. We still speak out and speak honestly. We still sit tall in the saddle. We still have our six-guns at our sides. We will not be prodded and herded along. This is American exceptionalism, what makes us different.

I thank God for that.

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Be Careful What You Put In Emails

by snork ( 121 Comments › )
Filed under Academia, Free Speech, Political Correctness at May 1st, 2010 - 1:00 pm

Here’s a story of a third-year law student at Harvard that should be a warning to us all: what you put in an email to someone who you think is a friend can come back to bite. Especially when you’re “friend” is a race nark.

Every time you put something into an email, please remember that someone you send it to may hit Forward. If your email makes the case for a biological reason for racial disparities in intelligence, someone might hit Forward and send it to Black Law Student Associations across the nation.

In context, the remarks weren’t an assertion that Blacks were genetically inferior, just pointing out that science hasn’t ruled that possibility out:

I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent. I could also obviously be convinced that by controlling for the right variables, we would see that they are, in fact, as intelligent as white people under the same circumstances. The fact is, some things are genetic. African Americans tend to have darker skin. Irish people are more likely to have red hair. (Now on to the more controversial:) Women tend to perform less well in math due at least in part to prenatal levels of testosterone, which also account for variations in mathematics performance within genders.


In conclusion, I think it is bad science to disagree with a conclusion in your heart, and then try (unsuccessfully, so far at least) to find data that will confirm what you want to be true. Everyone wants someone to take 100 white infants and 100 African American ones and raise them in Disney utopia and prove once and for all that we are all equal on every dimension, or at least the really important ones like intelligence. I am merely not 100% convinced that this is the case.

Please don’t pull a Larry Summers on me

If you recall, Larry Summers is the Obama economic advisor who was fired as president of Harvard for basically saying the exact thing about women and math and science. The difference was that Summers was an University official, and he made the remarks publicly. This was a student sending a private email to someone she shouldn’t have trusted.

Needless to say, the student was forced to apologize, and probably lost a job that was lined up over this. This is the USSA. Learn it.