January 29, 2014
Unreal… when I went thru high school in the 70s a history teacher stated we were going to skip WWII since it had been “done so much”. Only after reading Eisenhower’s biography did I get a clue as to how huge the war was. Add to that the Berlin Air Lift following the war – unbe-freaking-lievable.
The report — “Education or Reputation?: A Look at America’s Top-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges” — found that within those top 29 colleges, not a single institution except for three military academies requires a “foundational, college-level course” in American history or government.
via America’s top liberal arts schools skip U.S. history, report finds | Fox News.
January 26, 2014
Don’t trust online reviews! A fifth are left by people who have NEVER tried the product | Mail Online.
Problem: Total equals 131%.
So I’m one of those people who always checks reviews before buying things, on-line or otherwise. And I realize some reviews are not to be trusted for whatever reason. But I discount that I try to filter for information that would be true.
For instance, all positive reviews without specific details are overlooked. Same with negative reviews that lack specifics.
Sometimes you can spot a “professional” reviewer by how polished the review is – reviews from real people are often written in conversational tone, as opposed to proper grammar and syntax.
After spending enough time and acquiring experience purchasing items I’m confident that the information gleaned from reviews is reasonably accurate.