But of course there are some schools where kids are held to higher standards. The teachers' unions of cities with those kinds of programs are universally opposed to them, regardless of whether they are public or private, because it proves everything they say about education to be completely and hopelessly wrong.
Besides that, the teachers' unions don't want to educate children. What they want is to indoctrinate--to teach the children to be leftists--because that way they'll vote Democrat and elect politicians who funnel money to teachers' unions. A child that grows up to be able to reason for himself is not someone who can be fooled by leftist propaganda. Education is what they get paid for; but it's not what they do.
They make frequent use of the final resort for leftism, the cry of "racist!", which is employed in just about every situation but especially when inner-city children fail to do well in school, whose parents don't care about them getting an education, and who themselves never cared about being educated, all of whom exist in a subculture which regards ignorance as a virtue and learning as "acting white". That's "institutional racism" in action, of course; somehow it's whitey's fault that inner-city subculture thinks "education" is a dirty word. And saying so is "blaming the victim".
It's "blaming the victim" when your horse dies of dehydration even though you led it to water.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, things are scarcely better than in NYC and the reasons are the same. Teachers' union is balking at a "paltry" 14% raise. There is literally not enough money in the world to satisfy America's socialized educational system's greed; NYC spends $18,000 per student per year--and recall that after George W Bush signed the single largest expansion of federal education, giving Teddy Kennedy everything he asked for...and once it was signed Teddy Kennedy said, "That's all well and good, but it's not enough!"
About his own bill.
Chicago is broke, of course, though the new mayor is trying to put the blame for that on the police department.
But the city is flush enough that her predecessor found $1.3 billion to give away. There's always money for Democrats to give away to their cronies, though.
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So, file this under "poor grasp of the basics". Apparently there is a new wave of performers--I cannot call them "comedians"--who do not want to be funny.
The entire purpose of being a stand-up comic is to make people laugh. When you're a comedian, your job is to get up and tell jokes, and everyone laughs at the jokes. (Or most everyone, because not everyone will find the same jokes funny. Some people are just sourpusses. Etc.) This has been the basic formula for stand-up comedy acts since they were invented; some acts made fun of people in the audience and some acts told jokes about the President, and so on and so forth. But the aim of all those people standing on the stage was getting people to laugh. And that's because people like to laugh. They laugh when they're having a good time, and they have a good time when they laugh.
So what these new acts amount to must be some person standing on stage and scolding people for not being leftists, or something...?
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Your new employer is not going to look kindly on attempts at unionizing and always remember they don't have to operate that plant in the USA if it becomes fiscally inconvenient.
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NASA is no stranger to putting cheap wins ahead of safety. Funny how they're not talking much about "first married lesbian in space", though, at least not until her contentious divorce led to the "FIRST CRIME IN SPACE!" headlines.
You let someone like, oh, Gordon Cooper, prior to his Mercury flight, have a messy divorce, and see what that would have done for him. The optics would have been horrific, and he would have been yanked from the flight schedule faster than you could say "I'm going to Reno!" Let alone get there in a T-38.
The fact is that space travel is still a dangerous business. Safety and reliability--and comfort--are improving but ISS is not a hotel; it's a scientific outpost at best. Karl Dennginer points out, "Mistakes, inattention and mental instability kill in space and since your environment isn't just yours the odds of same killing everyone on the station (or in the ship) at the time at quite high if something goes wrong."
There's a scene in Apollo 13--probably apocryphal--where Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) puts a label over a switch reminding him not to throw it: LEM JETTISON. It's because none of them has slept at all since the oxygen tank exploded, and he knows that he's exhausted, and exhausted people make mistakes. And throwing that switch prematurely (before they were all in the command module and the access tunnel sealed) would kill them all.
I'd like to think that ISS is built to a less-experimental standard, that it makes allowances for mistakes--but you'd be surprised at what can kill you in orbit if you're not paying attention. Something as stupid as leaving a water valve partly open--on Earth that causes a drip until you close it. But in orbit it could be disastrous, filling the lifesystem with huge, floating, undulating globes of water that will short out any electrical equipment they contact.
...so being distracted by a messy divorce should ground an astronaut. And the fact that this woman pulled a typical "woman in a bitter and contentious divorce" move demonstrates why.
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President Trumps a useless climate meeting. Good for him!
There's been no warming in US since 2005 anyway.
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The price of lobster has not dropped, which means that the market for lobster is still very good.
Lobster prices paid by American consumers have remained fairly steady during the trade dispute and there remain many buyers for U.S. lobster.So why is the price steady? Guess demand is steady. Hmm?
"No wonder nobody trusts the media and they're all going out of business," Borepatch concludes, aptly.
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"Mandatory gun buybacks" is nothing more than confiscation. If you are forced to give your guns up, regardless of whether or not you are compensated for them, it's confiscation.
And the answer is "No."
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Someone doesn't understand economics. So, let's say you have $109 billion like Jeff Bezos.
Divided by the 360 million people in the USA, that's...$302 apiece.
But let's say we're just going to eliminate starvation in America. Take whatever the first figure is we find--forty million people in the US suffered from lack of food last year. No regard to whose number that is or how it's generated, just accept that 11% of Americans are starving.
Let's say Jeff keeps $9 billion for his own bad self and divides the entire remainder of his net worth --one hundred billion dollars--among those starving forty million people.
Each one gets $2,500.
$2,500 will buy a lot of macaroni and cheese, that's true; but once they've spent that $2,500 on food, there is no more to be had, and they are starving again. And asshats like that woman are targeting someone else (and demanding that Jeff Bezos give up his remaining $9 billion).
So, yes--if you had Jeff Bezos' money and you wanted to give it away, that'd be your right. But it wouldn't do any lasting good; you'd be broke and there'd still be people starving.
There is literally not enough money in the world to fix poverty by giving money to poor people.
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So-called "conservatives" who want to "burn down the Republican party" and say so in so many words.
NeverTrump is not conservatism, nor is it right-wing. It is at best a moderate position--moderate to left-wing--and is based on maintaining a status quo where the Overton window creeps ever-leftward.
This is 100% accurate.
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Oddly enough, the press hates it when the right wing uses their shenanigans against them.
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I'm betting it will result in some hilarious "Engrish" but it's a step in the right direction.
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This is so tempting I can barely stand it. $85 for a 1 TB SSD, and it's an M.2 interface so it'll be fast, even faster than a SATA SSD is. But regular price is $95 and that's actually a fantastic price for a 1 TB SSD.
And Achernar has an M.2 slot.
Speaking of which--
WoW Classic went live yesterday but I didn't have a chance to try it on Achernar yet. After work yesterday I noodled around on it a bit on Floristica, but then remembered that HenSuki had a new ep out. Watched that, then was going to watch the next ep of Takagi-san but that one's not out. Ended up watching the last three eps of "Endless Eight".
The final ep of "Endless Eight" is, of course, the story written by Nagaru Tanigawa in the light novel series. The original story, all that did was tell the tale of the last loop, the 15,532nd iteration. The other episodes are extrapolations from it. The first ep of "Endless Eight" is the very first iteration of the time loop. The middle six episodes are variations on the final one.
Truth be told, I enjoy "Endless Eight" even though I sometimes think it should have been three episodes long, at most, rather than eight. But every time I watch it I see something new. This time, I saw Yuki Nagato sigh, which is something she never does.
The problem is that they had 14 episodes on order, and the movie (Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) was the next story, chronologically, after Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya AKA "Making of the Mikuru Movie". So the second season is basically "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody", followed by "Endless Eight", and then "Sigh of....", in order. Chronologically "Disappearance" is next. But movie, so--
And I have a feeling there wasn't a story they thought they could comfortably fit into five or six episodes. That's just a feeling, though; I'm not really up on all the backstory surrounding the decisions made by KyoAni during production of this stuff.
It's moot, now, anyway.
So, I'll watch the "Sigh of..." eps and call it done, having already watched the three eps from the first season that finish off the run in chronological order. After that I may or may not watch the movie again. We'll see.
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But not tonight, and not tomorrow night. Got to get up early Wed and Thu, sadly.
I was going to get up early today and cut the grass, but I kept waking up and having to hit the can; my stomach has been hurting since Monday afternoon (at least) and this morning I had absolutely zero energy. I didn't shower and only barely logged into work on time. Bleah.
So tonight I'll be in bed before midnight, I think. And try getting up early tomorrow so I can do the things that need doing. *sigh*