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The Lost Story from Fort Hood

Recent US engagement in Libya has reminded me of something strange about one of 2009’s biggest stories. On November 5, 2009, a U.S. military psychologist, Major Hassan, entered the Fort Hood military base in Texas and opened fire, killing 12 and wounding 31 more before he was shot multiple times and taken into custody. At […]

When Ethics Committees Kill

Excellent piece on Bad Science about how ethics committees lead to real deaths of real patients due to delays and status quo effects.

The Number One Sign of Trouble in Japan

Political philosopher H. L. Mencken said “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins.” However, politicians do not want people to get so alarmed that they panic, stop going to work, riot or try […]

8 Ways Universities Disrupt Social Mobility

In a free society, being born poor should not stop an intelligent, capable, hard-working person from becoming prosperous. Social mobility refers to the capacity for people born in a lower social class to transition to a higher social class during their lives. Industries that have historically improved social mobility include professional sports and universities. These […]

7 Ways to Reclaim Manliness in the Age of Feminism Run Amok

Loyal readers know that feminists irritate me. Not the right-to-vote, equal-pay-for-equal-work, cook-your-own-damn-dinner feminists – I like those. I’m talking about the breaking-down-gender-roles, anti-pornography, all-sex-is-rape radical feminist lunatics. This kind of ideology has fueled the ongoing feminization of culture to mixed effects. On the upside, men have gotten better at expressing their emotions, women have gotten […]

7 Most Important Things to Know Before Beginning a PhD

Are you thinking of pursuing graduate degree? The Internet is rife with advice on how and whether to proceed. Most of this advice is wrong. Today I am officially “Dr. Wolfe.” Here is what I wish I knew when I started. 1. Find a Reasonable Supervisor The single most important part of a PhD is […]

Minor Catastrophe – Still recovering

Dear Reader, Apparently my hosting provider hijacked the blog and sent all my traffic to some scam/spam site. Please be patient while I recover the site over the next few days. In other news, stay the hell away from NoAdsFree.com. It’s a scam. -KW

Apologies for Down Time

Dear Reader, My apologies for the recent downtime of the War on Bullshit blog. The traffic from my last post (12 Bonehead Misconceptions of Computer Science Professors) blew my bandwidth allocation and I didn’t notice until yesterday (thanks Michelle!). Just my luck that one of my posts would get popular just when I’m ignoring my […]

War on BS on Hiatus until New Year

Dear Readers, I have not been updating lately due to some important projects that have been consuming all of my time. I believe it best, at this point, to stop pretending I’m going to get a post up any time now. I’ll be back to my regular schedule starting the second week of January. Until […]

12 Bonehead Misconceptions of Computer Science Professors

The poster-child for what’s wrong with postsecondary education is the computer science program. Despite the enormous need for competent programmers, database administrators, systems administrators, IT specialists and a host of other technical professionals, computer science programs seem to explicitly ignore the professional skills of which western society has growing deficiency and proceed with materials and […]