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2018-02-09 01:34:55 PM  
The professor, who has a PhD in philosophy

Thus continuing the circle of "why bother?"
 
2018-02-09 01:37:30 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: Smelly Pirate Hooker: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.

These nations are also technically "American" (North American), usage has devolved to calling only the residents of the United States of America, Americans.   But being called a United Stater doesn't have the same ring to it.


United Statian ?
United Statianite ?
United Statierite ?
United Statist ?
 
2018-02-09 01:38:57 PM  

dbrunker: America isn't just a country, either.



You're right.  It's THE COUNTRY.

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2018-02-09 01:41:08 PM  

UsikFark: Dewey Fidalgo: Smelly Pirate Hooker: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.

These nations are also technically "American" (North American), usage has devolved to calling only the residents of the United States of America, Americans.   But being called a United Stater doesn't have the same ring to it.

The correct term is Usonian.


Frank Lloyd Wright.   That's what I think of when I see that.
 
2018-02-09 01:42:54 PM  

capt.hollister: Dewey Fidalgo: Smelly Pirate Hooker: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.

These nations are also technically "American" (North American), usage has devolved to calling only the residents of the United States of America, Americans.   But being called a United Stater doesn't have the same ring to it.

United Statian ?
United Statianite ?
United Statierite ?
United Statist ?


At this point, I think it's actually "The assholes down south who elected a farking idiot as president" or "Those pendejos who elected the Orange Asshole." We deserve that.
 
2018-02-09 01:48:29 PM  

FLMountainMan: The_Sponge: FLMountainMan: I'm shocked that a sociology professor at an online college would be so oblivious to basic geography.


Yes. but does Florida really have mountains?


/I know...I know...Sugarloaf Mountain.
//But it looks like a hill, damn it.

Splash Mountain
Thunder Mountain
Mt. Dora
Mons Venus

C'mon, this is basic geography.



I LOL'd and I will also admit defeat.
 
2018-02-09 01:53:37 PM  

SansNeural: OK, I know as a person who's trying to become a nicer person I shouldn't pick on individuals, so, uh...

I'ma ask a question about the plucking of eyebrows... why to people do it and, if they think it's so important to do, why don't they do it very carefully, as such an important task should warrant?  Or maybe this is just a one-day mishap in the repainting of thoroughly plucked brows?

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She has a slight smirk, as is evident in her mouth.  Some people smirk across their whole face, including eyebrows.
 
2018-02-09 01:57:10 PM  

wxboy: [YouTube video: Whose Line is it Anyway- Africa is A Continent]


YES! That's the first thing I thought, too.
 
2018-02-09 01:59:05 PM  

guestguy: Now Canada on the other hand....


With all their hockey hullabaloo.
 
2018-02-09 02:00:27 PM  
The professor, now known as "Skarkfood", will be treated to a tour of the beaches of Queensland and New South Wales, unless the pilot can't find a place to land in this imaginary country.

He will be tethered to the board members and president of SNHU.
 
2018-02-09 02:04:14 PM  
And now you know what a Philosophy degree is worth
 
2018-02-09 02:11:25 PM  

Z-clipped: Destructor: Oh, so "islands" are part of continents nowadays. Is that how it works? Oh, and we have submerged continents? I'm afraid that would revise what I've been taught and graded on.

The word "continent" is a bit fuzzily defined and can mean different things in different contexts.  To a geologist, yes, some islands on the same plate separated form a main landmass by a relatively shallow expanse of water are considered to be on the same continent.  Which is why Papua New Guinea is on the Australian continent, and New Zealand is on its own continent.


A friend of a friend was asked in a job interview how many oceans there are. I always wondered if the were looking for the interviewee to answer one
 
2018-02-09 02:11:53 PM  
I occasionally hang with a guy who's a PhD prof in philosophy. He and the other profs always have meetings at a local bar to just hang and flap at each other. One time they were complaining about the quality of teaching from another prof. I said it reminded me of the old saying: you don't have to know how to teach to be a college professor. They all went silent for about a minute and I could see the inward contemplation. It was glorious.
Most of them are a bunch of assholes.
 
2018-02-09 02:14:17 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Dewey Fidalgo: Smelly Pirate Hooker: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.

These nations are also technically "American" (North American), usage has devolved to calling only the residents of the United States of America, Americans.   But being called a United Stater doesn't have the same ring to it.

Yeah, I get it, but that doesn't change the fact that all 3 countries are part of the continent of North America. It could have just as easily been called New Canadia or New Mexia, but as Americans, we (typically) think everything is all about us.


Point of order:  The American continents were named by a German map-maker who never even came here.  If he hadn't been trying to piss of Christopher Columbus, it's most likely that they would have been called North Columbia and South Columbia.

/not our fault
 
2018-02-09 02:16:54 PM  
of
off, goddamnit
 
2018-02-09 02:26:02 PM  

The_Sponge: a scientific baby chicken: Bowen: feckingmorons: Five bucks says it is an adjunct.

I know someone who went to SNUH (when it was still called New Hampshire College).

Five bucks says she's a 17 year old from Bangalore.

Most of the people who write college textbooks are Ukrainian, so I figured some kind of slav...


They are?

/Half Ukie.


They are? 100%* so suck it. *at least 50%
 
2018-02-09 02:26:10 PM  

Destructor: Oh, and we have submerged continents?


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2018-02-09 02:31:32 PM  

gonegirl: So . . . there's an opening for an adjunct position?


There always is an opening for adjunct.  You need to have a Ph.D. several letters of recommendation and it'll be a small surcharge of $500/month; $3500 a month if you want insurance too.  Oh, and you don't qualify for a parking space.

Salary?  We told you.  It'll be $500/month.  We take cash or money orders.
 
2018-02-09 02:31:46 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Besides this, my only real exposure to SNHU is their commercials.

But this response is pretty solid by them:

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Except the poor student has to retake the course, pretty sure her B+ is worthless, since the professor probably never turned in final grades.

// Lived in Australia (the country AND the continent!) as a kid.
// daughter had trouble at the DMV, because the clerk refused to accept her [District of] Columbian license...
// ...a supervisor was called, and broke down laughing.
 
2018-02-09 02:33:40 PM  
Australian Philosophy:

Bruces Sketch - Monty Python's Flying Circus
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2018-02-09 02:34:59 PM  
I have two kids in college and the one thing tell them is that you need to challenge every test, quiz paper grade you feel is not appropriate.
Your professor is not god and if you don't agree with them go to the department head, then the dean, the academic dean and  so forth.
Also GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!
 
2018-02-09 02:37:39 PM  

Loose_Cannon: FlashHarry: Jesus farking Christ. This Trumpian inability to admit fault is just insane.

Sorry, I read the entire article, but failed to see the correlation between this brain dead professor and Trump.

Besides Trump Derangment Syndrome, which has apparently seized the minds of the left so badly they Trump at fault for this instructors misunderstanding of a pretty well known fact, do you have any other evidence?


"Trumpian" is an adjective describing how strongly this person clings to her incorrect position.
No-one (except you) is suggesting that he is the cause of it.

He's more of a poster child for that sort of behavior; hence the adjective.
 
2018-02-09 02:38:09 PM  
In elementary school, we had a spelling test and I had used the British spelling for a word instead of the American version. My cousin was the TA for the class as part of a co-op program for her high school and she marked it as wrong.

This is how lasting family feuds begin.
 
2018-02-09 02:39:03 PM  
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Translation:
Let me find a random 'resource' on the internet that backs up my claim that Australia is not 'exactly' Country.  After that I will make your grade worse.
 
2018-02-09 02:40:03 PM  
When I was in grad school the department had to fire a TA (A Ph.D student) who was teaching a first year bio lab about the biological difference between males and females. One of her key points was that females are missing one rib.

/The same person was trying to do RNA electrophoresis and was treating her gel rigs with DEPC then autoclaving them. The gel tanks obviously melted in the autoclave which is a rookie mistake that anyone can make. What was worrying is that she did the same thing three days in a row and couldn't figure out what was wrong.
 
2018-02-09 02:41:58 PM  
Decades ago on a class visit to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, my eighth-grade science teacher closed a vigorous dispute between a classmate and myself by judging a penguin to be a mammal. I never really forgave that. Maybe he thought we meant The Penguin, from Batman.
 
2018-02-09 02:42:39 PM  

Destructor: Hollie Maea: It's amazing how many people think the country of Australia and the continent of Australia are "the same". No, they have the same name. The country of Australia is one of three countries on the continent of Australia.

Oh, so "islands" are part of continents nowadays. Is that how it works? Oh, and we have submerged continents? I'm afraid that would revise what I've been taught and graded on.

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If they are connected by the continental shelf, then yes they are.

Would you say that Manhattan is not part of North America? No, you wouldn't say that because that would be stupid.
 
2018-02-09 02:45:53 PM  

mrwhippy: I have two kids in college and the one thing tell them is that you need to challenge every test, quiz paper grade you feel is not appropriate.
Your professor is not god and if you don't agree with them go to the department head, then the dean, the academic dean and  so forth.
Also GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!


But I spent a lot of time on it! I DESERVE AN A!
 
2018-02-09 02:56:05 PM  
The professor, who has a PhD in philosophy, according to her LinkedIn

[snip]

On Friday, SNHU announced via Twitter that they had apologized to Arnold and had replaced her professor.


I'm going to guess that they looked into the credentials of this prof and found out her supposed PhD is a pack of lies. I don't believe that anyone that ignorant ever got a legit doctorate.
 
2018-02-09 02:58:58 PM  
I bet the professor has a bunch of friends and they will all support him/her and say it was an honest mistake. Stupid usually hangs out with stupid.
 
2018-02-09 02:59:37 PM  
I am wholly against objectifying women, but dear Lord, this takes the term "buns of steel" to a whole new level.

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2018-02-09 03:00:55 PM  

nanim: Australia doesn't exist.   I asked google maps how to drive there and got 'No Routes Found' !


I gave you a +1 Funny, but this is an improvement. There was a time when Google would give driving directions from New York to London. Told you specifically which pier you needed to drive off of.
 
2018-02-09 03:01:08 PM  
A few years ago, I had a polite argument with a co-worker who insisted that Sydney, not Canberra, was the capital of Australia. He had actually been to Sydney when he was in the Marines, and used that as the basis for his argument as to why I was wrong. He also argued that Andorra was the smallest country in the world, which it is not. Why do people insist on arguing over verifiable facts when they can just use the Google?
 
2018-02-09 03:01:12 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: "Southern New Hampshire University" probably should have been your first clue that the "professors" aren't top quality.


Well, it ain't Dartmouth but it's generally not that bad.
 
2018-02-09 03:01:56 PM  

Hollie Maea: Would you say that Manhattan is not part of North America? No, you wouldn't say that because that would be stupid.


Billions of years ago, when I was going to school, a continent was a continuous land-mass. Islands were islands. Not part of some strange, abstract, continent system.

Of course, it's not that abstract, and I embrace this new found learning. The point is: Don't be too hard on someone that thinks that Country Australia is all there is on (the poisonous) Continent Australia.
 
2018-02-09 03:03:03 PM  

The_Sponge: The Yattering: My college girlfriend, a PhD candidate in geology, once argued with me for over an hour that a glass of apple juice would "completely evaporate" if left at room temperature for a long time. I contended, as I still do, that the water in the juice would evaporate and leave behind sugars and whatever else makes apple juice. She tried a number of sciencey-sounding arguments and failed to change my mind.

Some time later she admitted to me that she knew she was wrong right from the start, but couldn't bear the thought of losing the argument to "a liberal arts major."


I once made $20 in college because this moron thought helium was flammable....easiest money I ever made.


How noble of you.
 
2018-02-09 03:11:28 PM  

Farabor: The_Sponge: The Yattering: My college girlfriend, a PhD candidate in geology, once argued with me for over an hour that a glass of apple juice would "completely evaporate" if left at room temperature for a long time. I contended, as I still do, that the water in the juice would evaporate and leave behind sugars and whatever else makes apple juice. She tried a number of sciencey-sounding arguments and failed to change my mind.

Some time later she admitted to me that she knew she was wrong right from the start, but couldn't bear the thought of losing the argument to "a liberal arts major."


I once made $20 in college because this moron thought helium was flammable....easiest money I ever made.

How noble of you.


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2018-02-09 03:17:47 PM  

The High Llama: A few years ago, I had a polite argument with a co-worker who insisted that Sydney, not Canberra, was the capital of Australia. He had actually been to Sydney when he was in the Marines, and used that as the basis for his argument as to why I was wrong. He also argued that Andorra was the smallest country in the world, which it is not. Why do people insist on arguing over verifiable facts when they can just use the Google?


I've never understood why anyone cares which city is the capital of anything.  See also: state bird, state motto, etc.
 
2018-02-09 03:28:39 PM  

Z-clipped: The High Llama: A few years ago, I had a polite argument with a co-worker who insisted that Sydney, not Canberra, was the capital of Australia. He had actually been to Sydney when he was in the Marines, and used that as the basis for his argument as to why I was wrong. He also argued that Andorra was the smallest country in the world, which it is not. Why do people insist on arguing over verifiable facts when they can just use the Google?

I've never understood why anyone cares which city is the capital of anything.  See also: state bird, state motto, etc.


Yeah, yeah... all that.  But Oklahoma's state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher is just a cool bird.
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2018-02-09 03:31:10 PM  

Tyrosine: When I was in grad school the department had to fire a TA (A Ph.D student) who was teaching a first year bio lab about the biological difference between males and females. One of her key points was that females are missing one rib.

/The same person was trying to do RNA electrophoresis and was treating her gel rigs with DEPC then autoclaving them. The gel tanks obviously melted in the autoclave which is a rookie mistake that anyone can make. What was worrying is that she did the same thing three days in a row and couldn't figure out what was wrong.


There were some isotopes moving in the wrong direction that day lemme tell ya!!!
 
2018-02-09 03:35:58 PM  

Bowen: edmo: Get a real degree from a real school.

This is the thing that I don't understand about places like SNUH or U of Phx - if you live in Idaho why not just get a degree from the U of Idaho? They have online courses too.


I know, from a friend's recent experience, that the traditional colleges and community colleges do not make it easy to apply and find out exactly how many of the classes you can take online.  You can take some, but not all, and if you have a work schedule or kids, you won't know if the classes are only available during your work or parenting time.

On the other hand, the online schools make it easy to sign up and take classes, nearly all of which can be done on your schedule.  Plus, their admission standards are more lenient.

This was pretty disheartening to me. Lots of the benefits to having college classes online are being ignored by mainstream institutions and it leaves the for-profits like Phoenix, Capella, and others to rake in the students and the big bucks.  My friend was rejected by the public university in her state that had an all-online program, and was told to take a few classes at the community college first to get her back up to speed.  Except community colleges didn't have the classes she needs online and she needs the alternative schedule because of work and child care.  Now she's taking classes from Capella and is amazed at how easy it has been to work with them from admission to all of the technical stuff of online classes.
 
2018-02-09 03:37:15 PM  
Here are some members of the Australian women's soccer team, the Matildas.

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That Matilda loos to have an amazing ass. You could bounce bullets off that thing.
 
2018-02-09 03:38:56 PM  
Still, the professor had another warning for Arnold as she prepares to write her final assignment: "Please make sure the date, the facts, and the information you provide in your report is about Australia the country and not Australia the continent."

Guy just won't farking give up, will he? It's like he's POTUS... He knows all, he can't possibly be wrong, and when proven wrong, he just pretends like it never farking happened, and finds a way to farking deflect.
 
2018-02-09 03:47:21 PM  

Destructor: Hollie Maea: It's amazing how many people think the country of Australia and the continent of Australia are "the same". No, they have the same name. The country of Australia is one of three countries on the continent of Australia.

Oh, so "islands" are part of continents nowadays. Is that how it works? Oh, and we have submerged continents? I'm afraid that would revise what I've been taught and graded on.

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Look up the continent of Zealandia
 
2018-02-09 03:55:31 PM  

jjorsett: The professor, who has a PhD in philosophy, according to her LinkedIn

[snip]

On Friday, SNHU announced via Twitter that they had apologized to Arnold and had replaced her professor.

I'm going to guess that they looked into the credentials of this prof and found out her supposed PhD is a pack of lies. I don't believe that anyone that ignorant ever got a legit doctorate.


Oh, my naive friend I can assure you that there are plenty of idiots with PhDs.
 
2018-02-09 04:14:51 PM  

Destructor: Hollie Maea: It's amazing how many people think the country of Australia and the continent of Australia are "the same". No, they have the same name. The country of Australia is one of three countries on the continent of Australia.

Oh, so "islands" are part of continents nowadays. Is that how it works? Oh, and we have submerged continents? I'm afraid that would revise what I've been taught and graded on.

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That's the continent of Australia. It's all connected.
 
2018-02-09 04:16:19 PM  
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2018-02-09 04:23:01 PM  
An online degree in sociology?  Yep, I don't find this surprising.
 
2018-02-09 04:26:47 PM  

Tyrosine: One of her key points was that females are missing one rib


No excuse for that level of ignorance. God took a rib from Adam to make Eve.
 
2018-02-09 04:29:53 PM  

nekom: In my mind Australia is a country on the continent of Oceania.


Nope

Australia - continent
 
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