Friday, 23 August 2013

Miss Bradley

Private Manning, now to serve thirty-five years in an Army prison....says now, that he wants hormone treatment....to become Chelsea Manning (a male-female of sorts).

As explained yesterday....he thinks that such treatment will help him, and fulfill his life's dream.  The Army response was that they aren't in the business of such hormone treatments, and you tend to get plain simple medical care at a military prison.

Adding to the Army's frustration with this announcement.....they tend to worry about the safety of their guards, and the safety of the convicted folks there at the facility.

Having some nutcase walking around and talking up hormone gimmicks and sexual awakening....well, it doesn't sit well with most convicts or thugs in prison.  You end up being a target, and it's an unpleasant mess for a guard to handle.

Court action will likely be required because the Army just won't cooperate with this hormone business.  You can imagine some military judge having to step into this mess.  The odds of a Army judge approving it?  One chance out of fifty, if you ask me.  Going up to some civilian court?  I doubt that the Army would accept any federal order unless the Supreme Court stepped in.

The whole agenda?  There are two possibilities.  One....Chelsea Manning is a nutcase, and was that way from the day he joined the Army.  They screwed up on clearing him for security, and he should have been tossed out by the end of basic training.  Second: Chelsea Manning has a plan....to get himself sent into a federal facility instead of a military prison.  Playing this hormone game would get him into a friendlier situation.

The neat thing about this story?  It basically guarantees that no TV network will ever make a movie over it....because Private Manning looks like a nutcase.

Another Rating Story

It wasn't much of an announcement.  The President says he's all pepped up and ready to push forward a national rating system onto public colleges. He says this would be used as a tool, to reward, and punish....colleges by their ratings.  You can sense the comical nature of this episode.

The deal would evaluate colleges on tuition cost, the percentage of low-end income of students, the graduation rate, and the debt of graduates.

What he says.....with the government threatening to take away federal funding....colleges would see the 'incentive' to fix their ratings, and thus look better.

The problem in getting to this solution?  Well.....you have to go through Congress and the Senate.  On a list of the top three hundred problems that either might be willing to tackle and work on.....this rating gimmick is likely around number 362.

How would you track the true debt of graduates?  It'd require another thousand IRS analysts to come to some reliable number.  How would know the percentage of low income students?  Again, another thousand (probably two thousand) IRS analysts....digging into your own private and personal data....to give the government some conclusion.  The graduation rate?  University after university would realize they need to get some dimwit through....to get better rates....so they invite class requirements that are easy to achieve, and just grin as the numbers look great.  Tuition cost?  Well....you just start inventing fees....unrelated to tuition, and get around being noticed for excessive fee cost.

We presently are working with the NCAA rating system, which is supposed to give us the two best football teams in America. This calculated rating?  It's probably the most corrupted ratings system that one could possible create.  No one truly believes that it works as intended.

So this is mostly all a chance for the President to appear in public....give a speech....and get twenty minutes of dedicated time on some Sunday talk show with his 'hocus-pocus-team' in full turbo.  Everyone will stand there....mostly talking woeful chatter about college.....and wondering why people borrow so much money.  The audience?  Well....the vast majority are watching other shows, and the few who do watch this.....kinda wonder if any of the chat folks live in the real world.