Railway Age: USDOT repeals ECP brake rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Dec. 4 repealed a 2015 Federal Railroad Administration rulemaking requiring freight railroads to employ electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes on certain trains hauling hazardous flammable commodities such as ethanol and crude oil in DOT-117 tank cars.

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Fee: The Lyceum Scholars Program Is Changing Higher Education at Clemson

“American higher education is increasingly defined by an aimless mishmash of courses on trivial topics that present no clear view of what a human being must know in order to be considered liberally educated. The result: the liberal arts have been gutted and repackaged to serve various ideological and political interests. With the exception of a few “Great Books” colleges, the overarching vision of higher education that once sustained the West for centuries seems all but dead.”

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Federalist: Rwanda Is Making A Post-Genocide Comeback, But Speech Restrictions Increase Its Instability

“In 1994, 13 weeks in Rwanda saw the massacre of between 800,000 and one million people. Ethnic resentment toward the Tutsi population among the Hutu majority, gradually stoked since Rwanda’s colonial period, exploded into massacres across the country. These campaigns were dependent on widespread citizen participation, with Hutu paramilitaries and civilian patrols carrying out most of the killing.”

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Fee: An Insider’s Account of the War on Work

“In Pasadena, CA in the 1970s, a married mother of two in my neighborhood began a daycare service out of her house. What was interesting at the time was that not long after starting her business she was visited by local government officials. It seemed she needed a license if she wanted to continue operating.”

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Fee: Public Schools Were Designed to Indoctrinate Immigrants

“Humans tend to romanticize the past. In many ways, it helps us see the good in what has been and what is now, but in other ways, it disguises the truth.

The history of American public schooling is a notable example of viewing history through rose-colored glasses. In my college and graduate school education classes, I read books and articles about how American public schooling was intended to be a great equalizer, to provide opportunity and social mobility to every child regardless of background. But I also learned that the rosy stories I had been taught about American history, from Christopher Columbus to Thomas Jefferson, had a darker side not often revealed. Did the origin of American schooling have a similar shadow?”

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Fee: My Surprising Career as an Amazon.com “Fake” Reviewer

“Everyone likes the convenience of online shopping, and no online store is more popular than Amazon.com. Now imagine if you could get just about anything on Amazon.com for free. How would your life change? This has been my life for the past two months after I became a professional undercover Amazon.com reviewer. In the process, I gained a lot of insight into how global markets work, why everything seems to be made in China and applied what I learned in school about game theory scenarios to my new career.”

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WSJ: The Power of the Presidential Tweet

By Scott Adams

“Trump’s online missives make his supporters laugh and even his opponents think past the sale.

As a trained hypnotist and a lifelong student of persuasion, I’m often impressed by how much “work” President Trump gets out of his tweets. Most of them are harmless retweets about whatever is going right, and they tend to be forgettable. The good ones are something entirely different, and many are gems of persuasion.”

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