Persistent Issues in the Wave Equation for Piling for Both Forward and Inverse Methods

As a slight departure from the usual subjects of this blog, we offer this paper for discussion and consideration: This article is an overview of the current state of both forward and inverse analysis of wave propagation in piling. It begins with a summary of the typical acceptance procedure for the wave equation as applied …

When the Fence Went Away, So Did the American Dream

I recently noted an article about how the American Dream has downsized.  The decline of our society as "aspirational" is one of the biggest shifts in attitude that has taken place in my lifetime, and is one I have noted on many occasions.  But in the middle of the article, a survey was taken with …

The Best Way for the Church to Restore the Family–and Itself–is to Be One

Standpoint's Mary Eberstadt hits the nail on the head: Specifically, because the churches need vibrant families — including families that reproduce themselves, as secular people tend not to do — they must also understand that strengthening the natural family is the first order of business in bringing people back to God. As has been amply documented by the British …

In Facing Terror, Like Business, You're Washed Up When You Start Believing Your Own Lies

That, unfortunately, is where our government is at: In his State of the Union address to the American people earlier this year, Barack Obama declared that he was "confident" of achieving "our objective of defeating the core of al-Qaeda". Although he acknowledged the need to pursue the "remnants" of the terrorist group and its affiliates, …

When the Government Has To Approve Repairs to Your Church

In Palm Beach, where else? In its unanimous approval of the repair project, the board also gave Smith permission to replace wood transom windows above the front doors with bronze windows in a style that would closely match the door pattern. Smith plans to replace the church’s announcement sign with a slightly smaller bronze-framed case …

Americans Aren't Capable of the Debate on Same-Sex Civil Marriage the French Are Having

The Witherspoon Institute is hopeful: The international press was shocked on November 17, 2012, when hundreds of thousands of French citizens took to the streets to fight against a parliamentary bill redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships and legalizing same-sex adoption. Less than a decade ago, France symbolized all that American conservatives despised and all …

Some More Thoughts, and a Response, on STEM Education

My last post on STEM education in Florida has gotten an extensive response from Charles Richardson.  This is a topic very much in vogue and deserves further treatment, although some of what I have to say in response to him--and others who don't find my strong position on the subject to their taste--I've covered in …

Do We Really Need GenEd to Make Thinking People?

That's part of the underlying assumption behind the pushback against Florida Gov. Rick Scott's latest STEM initiative: A crusade by humanities professors against Florida governor Rick Scott may be, contrary to their intentions, another sign of the suicide of American education. Scott has proposed lowering tuition rates for students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, …

When a Little Darwinian Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

Every now and then an article on a supposedly "obscure" subject leaps at you.  One of those was "Children Who Disappeared in Britain" by Deborah Cohen of Northwestern University.  It chronicles the history of the Normansfield Training Institution near London, from its opening to its ignominious end in 1997.  It's significant because it follows the …

The Core Issue Isn't Gun Control, But Government Distrust

That's Scott Rasmussen's idea, and he asks a lot of nosey questions: If people trusted the government, there would be no reason to be concerned about background checks, but only one-in-five voters believe the government currently has the consent of the governed. Half the nation views the federal government as a threat to individual liberties …

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