Month: May 2014

Sadly, it looks like I’m too late

More email fun. I’ll try anything to get a reaction.

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(the original message)

Hello My Beloved One.

I greet you with the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, It is true that this letter may come to you as a surprise. Nevertheless, I humbly ask you to give me your attention and hear me well.

My name is Mrs Elizabeth Johnson from Germany. I was brought up from a motherless babies home in my country and was married to my late husband Dr. Abelerd Johnson who worked with our Embassy here in South Africa for a period of 8years before he died. We were married for 22 years without a child before he died in a fatal car accident. Since his death I decided not to remarry due to my religious belief .I am 59 years old, and am suffering from a long time cancer of the breast which also affected my brain from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for the next two months this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$5.6m(Five Million Six Hundred United State American dollars ) with a Bank here in South Africa. Presently this money is still in the custody of the Bank in South Africa. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next two months due to cancer illness.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this money to Churches, organizations or good person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want you to use this money for Churches, Charity organizations, orphanages, widows and other people that are in need. l took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money . Moreover, my husband relatives are not close to me since I develop a Cancer problem and it had been their wish to see me dead in order to inherit his wealth since we have no Child. These people are not worthy of this inheritance. This is why I am taking this decision.

I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my ill-health. As soon as I receive your reply I will give you the contact of the Bank in South Africa where this money is deposited. I will also issue a letter of authorization to the bank that will prove you the present beneficiary of this money. I also want you to always put me in prayer.

Please reply to me at my email address at elizabethannajohnson400@hotmail.com.

Any delay in your reply may give me room to look for another good person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.

Hoping to receive your response soonest at my private email address at elizabethannajohnson400@hotmail.com.

Thanks and Remain blessed yours sister in the Lord,

Mrs Elizabeth Johnson

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(my reply)

Hi Elizabeth,

I hope this message has reached you in time and you have not succumbed to the “Big C” as we sometimes call it over here. I know it’s nothing to make light of, but “black humor” sometimes helps us all cope with uncomfortable situations.

I’m pleased that you recognized me as a good person, although just how you came across my name mystifies me. Perhaps my reputation precedes me, as they say.

I’d be happy to help you out, but the only problem is your requirement that the money go to churches, charity organizations, orphanages, widows and other people in need. I’m all for charity and helping widows and orphans and the like — I know a few of both varieties myself. Like me, they are good people and could use all the help they can get.
But as an atheist, I can’t help you out on the church part because, first, churches don’t need your money to further line their greedy coffers. Have you ever heard the phrase “They have more money than God”?
Since there is no God, that’s a true statement, no matter how you want to look at it.Second, I wouldn’t want to enable an organization that cares more about protecting the reputations of their sex abuser priests than the lives of the innocent children they rape and sodomize. What kind of God would let that happen? I bet you can’t come up with an answer.

Anyway, if you still want me to handle your money, that’s great. Happy to do it. I’ll split it up among the orphanages, and charity houses, maybe even start a foundation in your name — The Elizabeth Johnson Foundation, how does that sound? But not a penny to the church. I’d rather spend it on hookers and blow.

So, that’s the deal. Are we good?

Sincerely,
Your beloved friend

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(almost instant reply)

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

     elizabethannajohnson400@hotmail.com

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain hotmail.com by mx1.hotmail.com. [65.54.188.126].

The error that the other server returned was:
550 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable

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Conclusion: 
Damn! I must be too late. Poor Elizabeth kicked the bucket.
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The SAT and social equity

Richard Greggory JohnsonHigh schools often report their students’ SAT score averages as a badge of honor—and with good reason; high scores are perceived as the mark of a good school. In fact, a recent news article about Pennsylvania’s Plum School District reported efforts by administrators to help students score higher than the national average (1500) on the SAT. The district has launched a multi-part action plan that includes analyzing test performance data, identifying ways to incorporate the SAT format into current courses, and giving students additional practice tests and study resources.
Board members say they want current freshmen and sophomores to be ready when the revamped SAT is administered in 2016. Among other things, the new test will feature fewer obscure vocabulary words and make essays optional.
But University of San Francisco associate professor Richard Greggory Johnson III, who focuses on social equity and human rights, says the same problems that have historically plagued the test will remain in the updated version, and that the exam really isn’t needed at all.

There’s been a lot of buzz about the revamped SAT. Will that make educators’ jobs easier as they prepare students for these tests?
From my vantage point, I don’t see a great deal of difference between what they are doing now and what they’ve done in the past. It’s seems as though a cycle happens every three years or so of the SAT board wanting to do something different, and they call it the revamping of the exam. I don’t really believe that to be true.
I’m sure that, from their perspective, these changes are big and will be effective. I don’t really see that though. As far as I’m concerned, I’d really like to see the entire test eliminated for a number of reasons.

What are some of those reasons?
The SATs are not particularly culturally competent. That’s one of the biggest things. These exams are not geared toward families that are low income or limited income, certainly conveniences of color. That has always been the issue with SAT. This is why a number of universities and colleges are getting away from using the SAT as an indicator of college success. The data is showing that there is little correlation between how a student scores on the SAT and how they will perform in college.
The main point here is cultural competence. If you have students from an inner-city Bronx school, for example, and they take the SAT, they may not fare well on it, compared to students in, say, Dalton in Manhattan, where they have the resources to really prepare their students. The parents are also more likely to have the resources. This is why I remain a critic.
A recent study from the National Association for College Admission Counseling showed virtually no difference between people who use the test and don’t use the test.
Exactly. I think just anecdotal evidence would suggest that. You have students who don’t take the SAT at all and go to a community college, for example, and do well at a community college and transfer to a four-year school. There’s virtually no university or college system in the U.S. that doesn’t have an articulation agreement with a community college system.
Therefore, students going to a community college, without taking the SAT or the ACT, can do well and still be able to transfer to the four-year school of their choice.
What the SAT does is demonstrate whether a student can test well or not test well. I just don’t believe that it has been a reliable indicator of how well a student will perform in college.

So why do high schools still place so much importance on it?
That’s a great question. Part of it, certainly, is that it’s a money maker, although people would not argue that as such. But when you look at the SAT, the money that it costs to take the SAT, the prep classes for the SAT and so on—we’re talking about large sums of money. That’s one aspect of it.
The more important aspect is that the SAT remains the vanguard of a number of colleges, particularly the elite universities that can point to this exam and say that if a student doesn’t score X, Y and Z on it, then we’re not going to consider them. There are a number of universities that say they rely less on the SAT, but I also know that there are many universities where, if the student doesn’t reach a certain benchmark score, their admission is pretty much settled at that point.
Regardless of the revamping of the SAT, it is still seen as a great indicator and a way to identify the students that will be admitted or not to a particular university based on their scores.

Bard College in New York has replaced SAT scores—and even GPAs—with a series of five essays, totalling 25,000 words, that they believe more accurately demonstrates a student’s ability to comprehend and impart knowledge.
I absolutely agree with this approach. There are, in fact, a small number of universities that are getting away from scores and GPAs. Instead they do an assessment of students’ performance via evaluation.
We’re beginning to see that in a number of schools around the country. If more of the elite universities went this way of eliminating the SAT, then perhaps the rest of the colleges would follow.
I honestly don’t know why more universities are not getting away from the SAT, given the criticisms. This is not new. I took the SATs in the 1980s and there was great criticism even then.

Students go through the K12 system being tested for everything. It seems the SAT is a continuation of that system, and they can’t get rid of it.
You come up in K12 knowing about the SAT from an early stage. It’s just this huge, horrific thing that you are prepping for from middle school on up. The perception of the SAT is that it is an exam that you have to do well on to get into college.
I don’t see the K12 institutions as having a strong impact on whether or not the SAT stays or goes. I believe they feel their mission is to help the students prepare for that test as much as possible. But, again, I have to go back to social class. If you go to, say, Gompers High School in the South Bronx, I don’t necessarily think that they feel their mission is to really prepare students for college. If they go, that’s fine. Not to pick on Gompers, but I think they see it as more important to get the students out to get jobs.
In other words, I don’t think a lot of high schools—again, in the inner cities like New York’s South Bronx, Los Angeles and Chicago—I don’t think they have a huge dog to fight in this SAT game, because a lot of their students are not going to be taking the SAT because they are not going on to college. Social class is a huge issue when we talk about the SAT, whether it is revamped or not. It has long been one of the key criticisms of this test and it remains such.

High schools would probably be relieved to eliminate tests like the SAT. Is there a fair and feasible replacement for it?
I see no value in standardized exams at all. I see much more value in assessing a student based upon their grades and their writing ability. You mentioned essays before. I think that is a fair assessment. You are grading a student on a certain question, but you are allowing them to have flexibility and to bring in their backgrounds to answer this question or these sets of questions.
I think, first, this leads to more creativity, and it relates to more analytical skills. One of the things that I struggle with as a university professor is a student’s lack of analytical skills. That’s the case at both the undergrad and the graduate level. One would think that by the time a student has advanced to graduate school that they would have learned to analyze. But they can’t, because all through K12 students basically learn how to regurgitate. If the teacher says the sky is blue, well, you say the sky is blue, as opposed to being able to analyze this data and say, “Well, the sky may not be blue, and this is why I think that’s the case.”
The SAT, as far as I’m concerned, is just another instrument that keeps us from advancing as a society, because there’s nothing analytical about the test. Again, you learn how to answer the questions and you learn that through a series of mechanisms, whether through SAT practice tests, study programs or whatever the case may be. But you are basically regurgitating information.

Do you think we’ll ever reach a critical mass of people opposed to these standardized tests—SATs and others?
The SAT has been around since the 1920s, and there hasn’t been a huge outcry to eliminate the test because it is so ingrained. I honestly don’t know. The admissions departments rely on it. Ironically, there’s often a disconnect between the admissions department and the faculty. As far as I can determine, there’s never been any true collaboration between faculty and admissions on what faculty feel they are missing from the students.
I don’t know what it would take to have this test eliminated. But what I do believe is that, as time goes on, we will have more and more universities and colleges not using it or using it less and less as an admissions indicator.

How college sports has led to an ‘arms race’ in which there are more losers than winners

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Howard L. Nixon

College sports has long had its share of scandals, including rape charges against players and coaches, illegal payments to athletes, academic fraud and point shaving, to name a few. More recently, a pair of high-profile cases—an antitrust suit against the NCAA by players seeking compensation for the use of their likenesses for commercial purposes and the National Labor Relations Board ruling that Northwestern University football players could form unions—has many wondering, once again, whether the time has come to rethink the purpose of college sports.
None of this surprises Howard L. Nixon, whose book The Athletic Trap: How College Sports Corrupted the Academy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) examines how amateur college sports got this way and how it may ultimately save itself. Nixon, a professor of sociology at Towson University, says it’s up to college leaders and trustees to rein in an out-of-control system. “People say, ‘The presidents and trustees—surely they all understand this,’ ” Nixon says. “Well, for some reason, they get it but they don’t deal with it. They don’t say what’s on their mind until they step down. That’s when it’s safe.”

A central theme of your book is the Intercollegiate Golden Triangle. What is that?
It’s the network of power and status and, of course, money in big-time college sports. This network lures presidents and other university leaders into the trap—an athletic arms race that promises institutional enhancements, higher enrollments, improved alumni loyalty, more financial contributions and higher prestige. So the purpose of relating to sports has less to do with the love of sports than with the chance to make money.
I always tell my students, “Remember, always look at the bottom line.” Then you understand the Golden Triangle. You understand the commercialization of modern sports, including the college sports business.
This is the driver. It has all the lure that draws presidents, trustees, athletic directors, coaches and others into the athletic trap. It’s the promise of all that money, the promise of all that attention, branding opportunities, and so on. I call it “the grand illusion,” because it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be for a lot of institutions.

As far as revenue?
Yes. People think there is a lot of money to be made from sports, but that’s true for relatively few schools. In Division I sports, only 23 out of the 228 programs could cover their costs without subsidies. Interestingly, 16 of the 23 that could cover the costs still got subsidies. What we’re talking about mainly here are student fees, institutional subsidies and sometimes state funds.
I recoil a bit when people talk about surpluses in programs that have a very substantial amount of the budget covered by mandatory student fees, for example. How can you talk about a surplus? And then when you talk about deficits, it’s like a double deficit. You are already paying for these programs and, then, on top of that, you are still not meeting your budget.
There is over a billion dollars in ad money for March Madness, for example, and the money gets distributed, but it still doesn’t enable these schools to generate a surplus—I resist saying “profit” because these are supposed to be not-for-profit enterprises.
There is money, but then you have the “Star Wars” arms races—the escalating salaries for top college coaches and athletic directors. And there’s also a facilities arms race. Universities do the same thing with amenities to attract students, with fancy climbing walls and food courts and dorms and things like that. You get the best athletes when you have the best facilities, so you keep making better facilities, and that means that you have big capital cost expenditures. Yes, there is big money involved but, no, it doesn’t mean that schools are going to be putting a lot in the bank. Very few do.

That describes the difference between what you call the collegiate model and the commercial model. The commercial model is relatively small but it’s driving the bus, so to speak.
Absolutely. There’s a kind of class warfare taking place in college sports. The relatively few schools that are big-time and do well—the big names that we all know about—are getting greedier and greedier. They don’t want to share the resources and they don’t want to have the decisions affecting their wealth-share in the NCAA affected disproportionately by smaller schools.
I have this idea of a partition, based on something John Lombardi, former president at the University of Florida and the Louisiana State University System, once talked about. It’s called the super conference partition.

What is that?
We’d create university football corporations. You could do the same in big-time men’s basketball programs. You make them like university hospitals. They would operate semi-autonomously. They have to pay all their own costs—no scholarships. There is this loose attachment to the universities. Everybody else operates in a new NCAA sector—more like Division III than anything else. Athletics gets completely incorporated into the existing university infrastructure. There’d be no athletic department.
So, these big-time programs would truly be self-supporting. And if they can’t be, then they have to revert to the other sector, the other partition.
And in that other sector you don’t have problems with conflict of interest because the compliance people would work in the university legal office. The trainers would work in the university health department, and so on. Then the non-revenue sports would be able to survive. Those sports become the casualties when they are part of the same athletic department as the big-time sports, and the big-time sports are looking for more money.
The reason that’s often given for cutting programs is Title IX, but I don’t believe it.

Why not?
At Towson, as at other schools, we have a disproportionate number of women on campus. We do our best to comply with Title IX, and the question had come up about dropping men’s soccer and baseball. But in a public forum on the issue, we learned that Towson was already in Title IX compliance. So how do we explain cutting the programs? My explanation was that the athletic director, whose career hinged on success in football and men’s basketball, needed more money in those programs. He was already running up bigger deficits because he was bringing in a lot of his people—beefing up the coaching staffs and so on in these sports.
Where is he going to find the money? By cutting a couple of men’s sports. Title IX was a smokescreen. I just don’t see the evidence there.

In your section on reform you wrote: “If presidents are to have clout on their own campuses in trying to introduce reforms, the trustees will need to begin specifying that authority and oversight and responsibilities in their contracts.” Is that wishful thinking?
Well, it’s happened in a very spotty way and it’s fairly rare. None of this can happen without the support of the trustees. There is the case, for example, of Nancy Zimpher and Bob Huggins, both formerly at the University of Cincinnati.
Huggins was a longtime, very successful basketball coach there. The fans loved him—and you have to remember, the fans often are people who couldn’t care less about what happens academically on campus. But Huggins had done some things that were not good for the image of the university and his players performed poorly in the classroom.
When Zimpher came in as president, some of the trustees told her, “We
want you to clean this up.” That’s a very unusual thing.
So Zimpher gave Huggins an ultimatum that he couldn’t accede to and he quit. But he was really on the verge of being fired.
That’s so rare. But look at cases where trustees have not stepped up to the plate. My book is oriented toward the status of presidents and trustees. It’s actually meant to be kind of a primer for trustees who really don’t get this exactly. Not that they don’t understand how organizations are run, but they are caught up in the honor of being a trustee and sometimes they really don’t understand their responsibilities. That’s what led to the situation at Penn State, for example, where this horrible thing happened and the trustees were complicit in it because they weren’t getting the information. You would think they would want to know, that they’d want to have these things under control.

The O’Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA is now in its fifth year. Do you think athletes will ever be compensated for the use of their likenesses?
I think they may figure out a way to do this but maybe not call it direct compensation. But you can’t help tying that case to the recent NLRB ruling that said football players at Northwestern were employees of the school and could form a union. Both of them relate to the idea of amateurism. And both of them are necessarily going to disrupt the current commercial structure of big-time college sports.
The underpinning of NCAA sports is the idea of the amateur athlete—the athlete is not an employee. Well, it’s pretty hard to maintain that if these various efforts, legal and regulatory, are successful. How can you keep talking about the amateur athlete, and how can you fail to then provide adequate compensation?
But you make your bed and you lie in it, if I may be trite. That’s the world in which you put yourself. That’s what the athletic trap is about, too. You’re in that world and you have to figure a way out of it, or you will pay the consequences.

I know you will fall in love for this game why?

An apptdescription from today’s mail…

 

The world war 3011 has came to an end and all nations have put a ban on nuclear technology even for energy. This was the only energy resource to power the world after the ban, BioSys found a new energy resource called whight which is being extracted from the earth’s core, and has become the sole energy provider of the world. Money has corrupted them and they are keep extracting the energy which is weakening the earth’s core and can end in the destruction of the whole planet. This is not it, but BioSys is into making artificial virus called M5 which is turning the living into monsters. Alexa an underground researcher finds this out and went on an action packed mission to put an end to BioSys doing evil. The day has come and Alexa has to capture all the high tech super weapons and bionic suites from BioSys to save the earth.
I know you will fall in love for this game why?

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A few of my favorites

These apptdescriptions are two of my favorites…

Drive the coaster! Drive the crazy coaster!

From handloft, we come the newest and most exciting world-evil advanture! One day, the world is swallowed by the darkness and filled with devil. Seven young people find they are the last men. They come together, drive the coaster, and begin the venture to find the secret in the dark. Crazy Coaster is an action and adventure game. The brave young men as drive the crazy coaster and avoid the cliff! Travel through portals to visit evil world, ghosts, witches, devils, demons, vampires, bats, spiders and more! Nothing can block their way! Instantly playable and simple to control, tap, tap, and tap! Run as far as possible along the way to amass high scores and collect awards. Upload your best runs to the Openfeint leaderboards, twitter or facebook. Drive the coaster! Drive the crazy coaster! The game features: * Unlimited distance, drive as far as possible you can

I just say “chill, skirt!!”

I had no idea how women work, but Now I know that if one gets to be talking out off line, I just say “chill, skirt!!” this app makes me so happy!!, if you are hesitant to buy this app, here’s some of the genius insight into the female mind you could get!! “chuckle to yourself as you relozr that she wont EVER be safe around you again” wow…

This application is the information about meet or get the girl without trying extra effort. How to get Girls into bet without trying. Explain, how to get the girl. Tips & information. And also finally conclusion.

More classic “apptdescriptions”

A few more from my now-defunct “apptdescriptions” blog.
All typos, grammar and punctuation–or lack thereof–are taken verbatim from the originals.
And remember: “Doondoong’s speed is faster”

How they reaction?

There are many interesting sounds in this app. Suppose, when people around you on the bus hear the sound. How they reaction? Frightened or embarrassed? When you are in your office, at the rest time ,you use your phone make fun of your colleagues. Imagine his face!;

Is this legal?

A little savage playing with watermelon. Just teased it up,all the way out. Enjoy it.;

Seek abuse Ferrari Artist

Test your friends are thinking about the problem. For example like: Become superman The hero saves a beauty Seek abuse Ferrari Artist;

Doongdoong’s speed is faster

Bananarace game is originated from the best Doongdoong episode Bananarace series. There are 5 levels. If you want to go next level, you have to gain banana asking for each level. Whenever you pass the levels, you can get new episode movies. Higher level, touch control is getting harder and Doongdoong’s speed is faster.;