Tidbits on May 30, 2005
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

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Music for Memorial Day:  God Bless America ---
http://www.dayspring.com/movies/view.asp?moviename=GBA2movie.swf

Train of Life (Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline) ---  
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/singingman7/TOL.htm
  

Memorial Day History --- http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

A moving tribute to Memorial Day and the American veteran from the American Revolution to modern times ---
 http://home.ptd.net/~nikki/memorial.htm

Soldier, rest!
Thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking.

~Sir Walter Scott




Sweet smell of $10.6 million
"A former top-ranked radio host, who claims she was sickened by a colleague's use of a perfume described as 'romantic, sensual, emotional,' won $10.6 million in a federal court lawsuit Monday," the Detroit News reported on May 24, 2005 --- http://www.detnews.com/2005/business/0505/24/A01-191461.htm .


"Reforming Journalism Education," by David Epstein, Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/05/27/carnegie

Five universities and two foundations on Thursday announced a collaborative plan to bolster journalism education. Some leading journalism educators who are not involved in the effort, however, question whether it is pushing in the right direction.

Normally competitors, the institutions using $4.1 million from the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation over the next two years to join forces will be the journalism schools of Columbia University, Northwestern University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Southern California and Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy. The universities have already pledged another $2 million in the third year to continue the collaboration.

Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation and former Brown University president, brought representatives from the universities together beginning in 2002 to discuss the crises facing journalism, including surveys that show declining public trust, and apathy from the young audience. “School teachers and journalists are the most important professions to make democracy safe,” Gregorian said. “And yet journalism schools do not have the respect or standing they need within the university.” He added that of 400 journalism programs in the country, only 100 are accredited.

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A Day at the Brain Spa Coming soon to a mall near you
At a Dana Foundation conference on neuroethics last week at the Library of Congress, University of Pennsylvania neurologist Anjan Chatterjee declared that we are already well advanced in the enhancement era of neuropharmacology.  As evidence, Chatterjee offered a scenario in which a high level executive who works 80 to 100 hours a week comes to clinical neurologist for help. His wife has just divorced him because he was never home, and he's feeling down, which is affecting his work. The executive asks for something to brighten his mood so he can function effectively at work once again. The neurologist prescribes one of the anti-depressant selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac or Paxil. A few weeks later, his colleagues find him more pleasant and cooperative than he's ever been and he soon gets another promotion.
Ronald Bailey, "A Day at the Brain Spa Coming soon to a mall near you," Reason Magazine, May 18, 2005 --- http://www.reason.com/rb/rb051805.shtml
 


Personal Investing Advice

From Jim Mahar's blog on May 27, 2005 --- http://financeprofessorblog.blogspot.com/

Great advice from Free Money Finance I am excited about this-- A new finance web site by a football fan and a serious cyclist. It is a total given that I am going to link to it and mention it. What makes this even better is that the site is really good!

It is Free Money Finance. Free Money Finance --- http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/

It is not an academic finance site, but it is excellent for those of you looking for solid information about your personal finances.

The advice is dead-on! I especially suggest you all read the Best Financial Advice series.

A quick taste:

From Lesson 2: "Spend less than you earn. Successful financial planning really stems from that simple statement. If you retain a portion of your current income, youÂ'll soon ask yourself a question: what should you do with that money? And that question is the beginning of wealth creation."

Great stuff!!! In fact I am going to cross post this on the FinanceClass blog as well.

Bob Jensen's investment bookmarks are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob1.htm#Finance


Accentuate the Obvious
Not every scientist can discover the double helix, or the cellular basis of memory, or the fundamental building blocks of matter. But fear not. For those who fall short of these lofty goals, another entry in the "publications" section of the ol' c.v. is within your reach. The proliferation of scientific journals and meetings makes it possible to publish or present papers whose conclusion inspires less "Wow! Who would have guessed?" and more "For this you got a Ph.D.?" In what follows (with thanks to colleagues who passed along their favorites), names have been withheld to protect the silly.
Sharon Begley, "Scientists Research Questions Few Others Would Bother to Ask," The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2005; Page B1 --- http://online.wsj.com/article_print/0,,SB111715390781744684,00.html
Jensen Comment:  Although some of the studies Begley cites are well-intended, her article does remind me of some of the more extreme studies that won Senator Proxmire's Golden Fleece Awards --- http://www.taxpayer.net/awards/goldenfleece/about.htm
Also see http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/G/GoldenF1l.asp
Accounting research in top accounting journals seldom is not so much a fleecing as it is a disappointment in drawing "obvious" conclusions that practicing accountants "would not bother to ask."  Behavioral studies focus on what can be studied rather than what is interesting to study.  Studies based on analytical mathematics often start with assumptions that guarantee the outcomes.  And capital markets event studies either "discover" the obvious or are inconclusive.

Bob Jensen's threads on academic research versus the practice of accounting are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen//theory/00overview/theory01.htm#AcademicsVersusProfession 


Evidence that psychopaths are born, not made
Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, in London, are not shy about tackling controversial topics. One of them, Terrie Moffitt, was responsible for studies that showed how different versions of the gene for one of the brain's enzymes resulted in different predispositions to criminal activity. Another, Robert Plomin, found the first plausible candidate for a gene that boosts intelligence. Now, Dr Moffitt and Dr Plomin have been helping two other researchers, Essi Viding and James Blair, with an equally high-profile study—one which asks whether psychopaths are born that way, or are made so by their upbringings. That, of course, is rather a crude way of putting it. After decades of debate, biologists have come to understand what was blindingly obvious to most laymen—which is that rather than being shaped by nature or nurture, most behavioural traits are the result of an interaction between the two. Nevertheless, one or the other can still be the dominant factor. And the study in question, to be published in June's edition of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, suggests that in the case of psychopathy, the genetic side is very important indeed.
"Original Sinners?" The Economist, May 26, 2005 ---
http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4008792


Social Security's Sham Guarantee:  They are not guaranteed legally because workers have no contractual or property rights to any benefits whatsoever
How many times during the recent debate over Social Security reform have you heard someone refer to Social Security's "guaranteed benefit"? The AARP says "Social Security is the guaranteed part of your retirement plan." Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House, touts the system's "guaranteed retirement benefit." The liberal activist group ProtectYourCheck.org, headed by former Clinton chief of staff Harold Ickes, is running ads calling Social Security "a guarantee you earned." But Social Security benefits are not guaranteed. They are not guaranteed legally because workers have no contractual or property rights to any benefits whatsoever. In two landmark cases, Flemming v. Nestor and Helvering v. Davis, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Social Security taxes are not contributions or savings, but simply taxes, and that Social Security benefits are simply a government spending program, no different than, say, farm price supports. Congress and the president may change, reduce, or even eliminate benefits at any time.
Michael Tanner, "Social Security's Sham Guarantee," Cato Institute, May 29, 2005 ---
http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=3785


 Problems facing Social Security and the solvency of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
Against the backdrop of rising concerns over both public and private pension systems in the U.S., industry experts convened at a recent Wharton conference to debate ways in which retirement programs can be better managed. Participants discussed such topics as the problems facing Social Security, the solvency of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., and the consequences of an increase in defined contribution plans like 401(k)s along with a corresponding decline in defined benefit plans. The conference was titled "The Evolution of Risk and Reward Sharing in Retirement."
"Retirement Programs Face an "Aging-Population Tsunami"," Insurance and Pensions at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania --- http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewArticle&id=1205


What is "Intelligent Design" and is it the outgrowth of religious fanatics?
While the events in Dover have received a good deal of attention as a sign of the political times, there has been surprisingly little discussion of the science that’s said to underlie the theory of intelligent design, often called I.D. Many scientists avoid discussing I.D. for strategic reasons. If a scientific claim can be loosely defined as one that scientists take seriously enough to debate, then engaging the intelligent-design movement on scientific grounds, they worry, cedes what it most desires: recognition that its claims are legitimate scientific ones . . . First of all, intelligent design is not what people often assume it is. For one thing, I.D. is not Biblical literalism. Unlike earlier generations of creationists—the so-called Young Earthers and scientific creationists—proponents of intelligent design do not believe that the universe was created in six days, that Earth is ten thousand years old, or that the fossil record was deposited during Noah’s flood. (Indeed, they shun the label “creationism” altogether.) Nor does I.D. flatly reject evolution: adherents freely admit that some evolutionary change occurred during the history of life on Earth. Although the movement is loosely allied with, and heavily funded by, various conservative Christian groups—and although I.D. plainly maintains that life was created—it is generally silent about the identity of the creator. The movement’s main positive claim is that there are things in the world, most notably life, that cannot be accounted for by known natural causes and show features that, in any other context, we would attribute to intelligence. Living organisms are too complex to be explained by any natural—or, more precisely, by any mindless—process. Instead, the design inherent in organisms can be accounted for only by invoking a designer, and one who is very, very smart.
H. Allen Orr, "DEVOLUTION:  Why intelligent design isn’t," The New Yorker, May 30, 2005 --- http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/050530fa_fact


"Long Tails in Higher Education," by Saul Fisher, Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2005/05/27/fisher

Education experts often wonder whether bestseller status among college courses might provide lessons about educational markets and planning, just as popularity shapes entertainment and cultural products. Such speculation has grown with the advent of online education. Some argue that by making the most popular courses virtual, colleges can slash costs, helping to pay for low enrollment courses.

The alternative has been to raise revenues for low-enrollment courses by adding enrollment. This “add seats” approach has become more attractive in the new world of online education. Which alternative makes more sense for colleges considering online versions of some courses?

Cost-cutting advocates suggest that great efficiencies may result from delivering online a small set of popular undergraduate courses. Courses such as Chemistry 101 or Introduction to European History would have large enrollments and “basic” curricula. These popular courses illustrate the “80-20 rule” — 20 percent of a resource typically generates 80 percent of the possible benefits. Popular courses may not even constitute 20 percent of the catalogue’s contents, yet they often represent 80 percent of enrollments. If that 80 percent can be served through automated, virtual means, that should release tremendous savings, offsetting the cost of courses that don’t lend themselves as easily or cheaply to virtual delivery.

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Bob Jensen's threads on distance education program costs are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/distcost.htm

Bob Jensen's threads on distance education alternatives are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/distcost.htm

Bob Jensen's threads on education technology are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/0000start.htm


Going to Church May Improve Mental Health
People who regularly attend church, synagogue, or other religious services are less likely to suffer from depression and other psychiatric illnesses than those who don't.
Charlene Laino, "Going to Church May Improve Mental Health," WebMD, May 26, 2005 --- http://my.webmd.com/content/article/106/108248.htm?z=1727_00000_5024_hv_03


Faculty Demographics
Asian faculty members hold three times the number of positions of black faculty members at public doctoral universities, but black faculty members outnumber Asian faculty members at community colleges, according to new Education Department data. The data, released Thursday, show that white faculty members hold the vast majority of full-time positions in all sectors of higher education. But the proportion of jobs differs from sector to sector. Private bachelor’s degree colleges had the largest percentage of white faculty members (85.7). At private doctoral universities, in contrast, 78.2 percent of faculty members are white.
Scott Jaschik, "Faculty Demographics," Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/05/27/stats


Photos to Fight Phishing?
In a bid to stave off phishing attacks, Bank of America is offering a new service that allows online customers to verify that they are indeed at the bank's official site by displaying an image that the customer supplies in advance. The service, called SiteKey and developed by Passmark Security of Redwood City, Calif., lets customers pick any image they have, then write a brief phrase and select three "challenge questions." When the customer next visits bankofamerica.com and enters a username, clicking on the SiteKey button displays their chosen image, embedded in the bank's site. Customers are prompted to answer one of the challenge questions if they want to access their account from a different computer . . . Bank of America says it has the most online banking customers of any bank in the nation -- roughly 13.2 million of them. But that magnitude has also made it an attractive target for phishing attacks. Just last month, the company was the victim of a particularly sneaky exploit that leveraged a design flaw in bankofamerica.com to redirect victims to an identical but fake site operated by scammers waiting to steal login data.

Brian Krebs, "Photos to Fight Phishing?" The Washington Post, May 26, 2005 --- http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/?referrer=email


British Union Abandons Boycott
Britain’s main faculty union, bowing to pressure from within its own ranks and from American scholarly groups, on Thursday abandoned a boycott of two Israeli universities. The Association of University Teachers issued a statement after a closed-door meeting stating: “After a lengthy debate involving deeply held views on both sides of the argument, AUT’s special council has today voted to revoke all existing boycotts of Israeli institutions.” The union said it would work to provide “practical solidarity to Palestinian and Israeli trade unionists and academics” and also uphold “a long and proud tradition of defending academic freedom.” The British faculty group in April announced the boycott of Bar-Ilan University and the University of Haifa, saying that the two institutions were complicit in Israel’s denial of rights to Palestinians. This month, the faculty group announced that its members would get another chance to vote on the issue, which they did on Thursday.
Scott Jaschik, "British Union Abandons Boycott," Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/05/27/boycott


Nanotech Grows Up
Nanotechnology research and development funding almost doubled to more than $10 billion in 2004 from the previous year. Most of the increase was driven by a big jump in corporate and private funding, which grew by 160 percent, while government and academic research outlays on nanotech R&D increased by a vigorous, but less outstanding, 37 percent. Japan led the way, with expenditures approaching $4 billion; the United States, however, was not far behind, with spending of about $3.4 billion. The expected payoff for all this investment could be huge, even over the next few years. Nanotech was already a $10 billion market last year, and that is expected to triple by 2008. Much of that growth will result from new nanomaterials. By 2008, more than $100 billion in products will likely involve some type of nanotechnology. Still, only about half of Americans have heard anything about nanotechnology. Much has been made of the potential nanotech risks, from uncontrollable nanorobots to the breathing in of nanoparticles. Not surprisingly, public fears are directly correlated with the amount of knowledge that people have about nanotech: the less knowledge, the more fear.
Stacy Lawrence, "Nanotech Grows Up," MIT's Technology Review, June 2006 --- http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/06/issue/datamine.asp?trk=nl
Bob Jensen's threads on ubiquitous computing are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ubiquit.htm


Ricoeur I
Paul Ricoeur — the philosopher whose writings on hermeneutics were the cornerstone of an ambitious rethinking of the relationship between the humanities and the social sciences — died on Friday at the age of 92. By the late 1960s, American academic presses had made him one of the first French thinkers of his generation with a substantial body of work available in English. Even as an octogenarian, he was more productive than many scholars half his age. Late last year, the University of Chicago Press published Memory, History, Forgetting — an enormous study of the conditions of possibility for both historical writing and moral forgiveness. His book The Course of Recognition is due from Harvard University Press this fall. And Ricoeur himself provided the ideal survey of his life and philosophical development in Critique and Commitment, a lively set of interviews that Columbia University Press issued in 1998. At the time of his death, he was professor emeritus at both the University of Paris and the University of Chicago. “The entire European humanist tradition is mourning one of its most talented spokesmen,” said a statement from the office of Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the prime minister of France, released over the weekend. And that leads to a conundrum. It is Tuesday already, and nobody in the American media has insulted Ricoeur yet. What’s going on? Have our pundits lost their commitment to mocking European intellectuals and the pointy-headed professors who read them? At first I thought it might be that people were still tired from abusing Derrida following his death last fall. But clearly that’s not it.

 Scott McLemee, "Remembering Ricoeur," Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2005/05/24/mclemee


Ricoeur II
"Listening to the Witness." by Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2005/05/26/mclemee

On Tuesday, this column lodged the (facetious) complaint that nobody had gotten around to insulting the late Paul Ricoeur, who died last week. After all, in a discursive culture of dog-eat-dog, the index of someone’s reputation is the power to incite malevolence.

In the meantime, things have gotten worse. The little bit of discussion so far has been quiet, respectful, temperate. People even tend to express regret at not having kept up with Ricoeur’s work. (This is by contrast with all the sarcastic pieces about Derrida by people who seemed vaguely proud never to have understood, or even necessarily read, a thing he published.) Scholars are paying tribute to him, for heaven’s sake. No doubt this is all just a phase, and we’ll soon return to our regularly scheduled programming.

It’s striking how often the comments seem to echo a passage from Paul Ricoeur: His Life and His Work, (University of Chicago Press, 1996) by Charles Reagan, a scholar who was a student and friend of Ricoeur. “Above all,” he writes, “Paul Ricoeur is a teacher of philosophy. He taught us to do a careful reading of philosophical texts, to always give the most generous interpretation to ambiguous or obscure texts, and to give full credit to those we have read and from whom we have learned. His fundamental thesis as a philosopher is that virtually every philosopher, ancient, modern, or contemporary, has seen a piece of the truth. Now our task is to adjudicate among competing interpretations, each of which claims to be absolute.”

Since learning of his death, I’ve been trying to figure out what would be involved in introducing his work to someone who had never heard of Ricoeur — or even, for that matter, of hermeneutics (the label subsuming most of his work). In an interview, Ricoeur once made the rather amiable gesture of suggesting that perhaps the very term “hermeneutics” could prove a distraction. That perhaps it would be more convenient just to speak of “interpretation,” since the words effectively covered the same territory. In sketching the broad outlines of what he was doing, I’ll take some courage from the philosopher’s willingness to translate himself.

But first, a piece of background information. (Perhaps that is the first lesson in any hermeneutic primer: you never get to start from scratch, for there is always some context you have to deal with.) During the 1940s and ’50s, Ricoeur worked in the field of phenomenology — a philosophical approach developed by Edmund Husserl in the earlier decades of the century to analyze how any given mode of consciousness takes in and organizes the world.

An astrologer, an astronomer, and someone writing a love poem might all look at the same object in the sky and call it “the moon.” But there is a sense in which each of them is living in a different universe from the other two. Each constitutes the world in a different way. Husserlian phenomenology offers conceptual tools for describing the structure of each such world. Ricoeur translated one of Husserl’s most important works, and also published a volume of essays called Husserl: An Analysis of His Phenomenology (Northwestern University Press, 1967) that is still one of the best handbooks on the topic.

It would be fair to say that phenomenology was an extremely thoroughgoing effort to follow through on Descartes’ principle of stripping everything down to “I think, therefore I am” and then rebuilding the world from there. Ricoeur’s work begins to come into its own when he challenges the idea that we can create an adequate philosophical anthropology (that is, account of the nature of human beings) by starting out from “I think.”

After all, nobody is a pure cogito. We act, as well as think. Besides cognition, there is will. The cogito is absolute and certain. But the will and the power to act, alas, are not. For one thing, much of our circumstance — including major aspects of our identity — remains beyond our power to control. My activity is conditioned by my circumstances, some aspects of which are involuntary. Nobody chooses to be born in a particular place and time, but those factors shape the range of one’s possible actions.

Does this sound vaguely multiculturalist in its implications? With hindsight, I suppose that it does. But in the form in which Ricoeur originally presented his argument, it was much closer to a kind of utterly secularized notion of original sin. It is an acknowledgment that the human condition is defined by a yearning for power and absolute self-definition — but also by a tendency to fail. (As Saint Paul puts it, “That which I would not do, I do; and that which I would do, I do not.")

Ricoeur’s later work on hermeneutics — his sometimes . . .

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Washington Post trivia on May 26, 2005
Microsoft is working on a new Windows-based operating system designed to help companies make older machines run better. What's the software's code name?

A. Cerberus
B. Eastwood
C. Eiger
D. Hemlock

Washington Post trivia on May 25, 2005
The U.S. Business Software Alliance says the rate of global computer software piracy was virtually unchanged last year. Which country tops the BSA's list of nations with the highest percentage of pirated software?

A. China
B. Indonesia
C. Ukraine
D. Vietnam
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Washington Post trivia on May 24, 2005
Wal-Mart is closing its online DVD rental business and will direct its customers to Netflix. How many people subscribe to Netflix?
You can read about this at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/19/AR2005051901783.html 

A. 13 million
B. 8 million
C. 3 million
D. 750,000

Washington Post trivia on May 23, 2005
What percentage of goods and services swapped on eBay's U.S. site go through the online auction giant's Internet payment subsidiary, PayPal?

A. 90
B. 75
C. 50
D. 30

 


It's More Than Us They Hate
That is not as true elsewhere: Disgusted German voters severely rebuked Chancellor Gerhard Schröder last weekend. The French electorate prepares to embarrass President Jacques Chirac this weekend. The Dutch argue bitterly over Europe and Muslims in their midst. Arabs and Afghans riot over a specious Newsweek item about the Koran, even as Saudi authorities quietly confiscate and destroy Bibles brought into the kingdom. And through all this, the Greek prime minister has the nerve to be cheerful, optimistic and even soothing about Turkey, the Balkans, Greek-American relations and other subjects that have provoked verbal thunderbolts and mass marches in Athens in the past.
Jim Hoagland, "It's More Than Us They Hate," The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2005 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB111714428751544456,00.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep


States with the dubious honor of having the dumbest drivers
The GMAC Insurance National Driver's Test found that nearly 20 million Americans, or about 1 in 10 drivers, would fail a state driver's test if they had to take one today. GMAC Insurance is part of General Motors' finance subsidiary, GMAC. More than 5,000 licensed drivers between the ages of 16 and 65 were administered a 20-question written test designed to measure basic knowledge about traffic laws and safety. They were also surveyed about their general driving habits. Drivers in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states did worst. Twenty percent of test-takers failed there. The state of Rhode Island leads the nation in driver cluelessness, according to the survey. The average test score there was 77, just eight points above a failing grade. Those in neighboring Massachusetts were second worst and New Jersey, third worst.
"Survey ranks states with dumbest drivers," CNN.com, May 27, 2005 --- http://www.cnn.com/2005/AUTOS/05/26/drivers_study/index.html




Forwarded by Betty Carper

LETTER FROM A FARM KID,

NOW AT PARRIS ISLAND MARINE CORPS RECRUIT TRAINING PLACE.

Dear Ma and Pa, I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled. I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food plus yours holds you til noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.

We go on "route marches," which the drill instructor says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A "route march" is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. The country is nice but awful flat The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6" and 130 pounds and he's 6'8" and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,
Mary Pearl




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