He murdered his uncle for political reasons and doesn't want everyone to know about it
That's not the official line, but unofficially you'd better believe that he wants everyone to know it. This is young Kim saying to other high level elites, "Don't even think about trying to stage a coup to overthrow me because if I'm willing to kill a family member to make a point, just imagine what I'll do to you." A bit crude and heavy handed perhaps, but effective none the less.
as the calculators get routinely erased and reset.
You mean you never wrote the fake reset program on your TI? That was classic although the newer ones support mini SD cards so a student could keep the programs on the cards and switch cards after wiping the programs stored in the onboard memory.
I dare say he's doing well enough now not to have to make a few bucks more by screwing his fellow citizens.
It's not about money for these Silicon Valley types. Oh sure, they want enough for their lifestyle, gadgets and projects but beyond a certain point money doesn't satisfy them. Money to those guys is a means to an end and the end which they seek is power to meddle in the lives of others. People like Zuckerberg want to remake the world as they see fit. They consider themselves to be superior to the rest of us and have no qualms about using unsavory methods to achieve their "enlightened" goals. I would much prefer that they simply took their money and enjoyed it in private, without involving those of us who aren't willing to participate, but no they have to spend it on meddling with the "imperfect" society. Mark and his H1-B supporters can go to hell as far as I'm concerned. Let them move to India if they want cheap workers, but I'll be damned if I'd vote for anyone who supported Zuckerberg and his H1-B ambitions.
I can understand Zuck, et al, spouting propaganda to get out of their personally horrid underprivileged conditions
Underprivileged? Zuck was the very definition of privilege and advantage when growing up. His background was upper middle class at the very least.
what they really need to teach in schools is critical thinking.
That doesn't suit the purposes of the ruling class and so is not taught. The last thing they want is for the future peons of America to think for themselves critically instead of believing all of the marketing, advertising and bullshit that the elite and their corporations plan to dump in their laps.
It's admirable, but it isn't what they're claiming it is.
You're dealing with Silicon Valley types here, hype and hyperbole are second nature to these people. Most of these guys have their heads so far up in the clouds that they forget what they sound like when talking to ordinary people who live outside their bubble world. Mostly, they're full of shit but the average person doesn't seem to recognize this and so the public eats their crap up because they don't know any better.
the idea that computers can be tools that do what we tell them to do, and not just magic black boxes for mindless content consumption.
Unfortunately, this new interest comes at a time when the big players in the industry, like Apple, are well along in the process of doing away with the general purpose computer and replacing it with walled garden tablet like devices who's primary purpose is mindless consumption. In very real ways programming is becoming ever less accessible to the average person or at least less open to the sorts of spontaneous discovery and experimentation that attract new people into the field. For example, it's difficult now to have the sort of VIC-20, Commodore-64 or Apple II experience that inspired well know programmers like Linus Torvalds and many others to become interested in computing and programming at an early age.
Spotify is the worst culprit, since it PAUSES the commercial if you lower your system volume.
What you need is audio output to a dedicated hardware amp and mixer that controls volume beyond the ability of any software running on the system to detect or interfere with it.
Be inspired to code by dressing really slutty and letting a bunch of geeks you'd never go out with ogle you.
Have you seen what your teenage daughter and her friends are wearing these days by their own choice? This is already happening so she might as well be inspired by it.
No. I disagree with the notion that all insurance is fraud. Insurance is all about paying a small amount of money now to offset the risk of a catastrophic loss at some future date. The basic concept of insurance is economically sound, but health "insurance" here in the United States is peculiar in that it pays for costs which are neither uncertain nor catastrophic in nature. This has the result of creating a system in which the consumer neither knows nor cares about the prices of routine goods and services and providers of those goods and services likewise have no incentive to reduce prices or even improve quality because their customers are paying only part of the bills and indirectly at that. The health insurance market doesn't have to be corrupted, it's stupid and ill conceived government regulations that make it so in the United States.
Actually, most teacher's unions would just prefer the money be spent on hiring more teachers.
Yes, that's true but more education spending is always desirable from the liberal point of view, even if it's earmarked and cannot be used to hire more teachers, because spending begets more spending and larger budgets in future years which translates into more political power for their constituencies, namely the teachers unions and their fellow travelers in the Democratic Party.
What does this have to do with liberals?
Education has been a battle ground in the culture wars for decades in the United States, especially in California where education and government policy regarding it has been the source of much strife between those who favor parental choice and private education and those who favor government control, higher taxes and limitation of private options. In California we spend over half of the entire annual budget on education and hardly an election goes by without school bond measures and other education related initiatives on statewide ballots. In California education is a political issue and the left has used it as a lever to advance other goals of the long term liberal project, not least among them indoctrination of children into a leftist world view.
I consider myself left of center
Which would make you a liberal. To the extent that I'm right of center, I'm a conservative.
My wife is a teacher with a masters degree and she makes $42K. That is not an obscene pay.
No it's not. In fact she should probably be earning more. If we had more private education and less government bureaucracy then not only would children receive a much higher quality of education, but your wife would be receiving a salary more commensurate with her abilities as a teacher (read higher). Charter schools and vouchers work and they increase quality of education substantially wherever they are tried, even in poorer inner city areas, but they're anathema to those on the left who oppose vehemently any attempt to loosen the grip of government control over our schools.
yet technology is being forced on the schools by private companies looking to secure extra taxpayer money
Whenever the government loosens the strings of the public purse there are always scores of petitioners looking for ways to get their piece of the government largesse. In private schools, you don't see these sorts of wasteful spending because there are market incentives to either turn a profit or in the case of parochial schools (usually catholic) a religious obligation to provide quality education to the greatest number of students at the lowest average price. The only way to do either of these things is to maximize efficiency. There's no comparable mechanism in public schools funded by the government to enforce fiscal discipline and efficiency, particularly in administration.
Moreover the parents largely approve of these private companies and support increasing technology in the classroom.
They support them because they're not asked to pay for them directly but rather indirectly through taxes which encourages a wasteful attitude towards the spending. I wonder how many of these parents would continue to support iPads for every student if they were required to pay even some of the cost, say $100, directly out of their own pockets. At the very least, they would view the proposed technology purchases with a more critical eye towards cost benefit if they where being asked to shell out their own money for the devices.
The problem is that everyone wants to blame the government or teachers instead of taking personal responsibility and acting as parents for their kid.
But that's just it. The government and the teachers unions make it difficult or impossible for many parents to exercise the control and discretion necessary to take on that responsibility. Most parents want what's best for their children, in their judgment as parents, but the government and the teachers unions are often standing on their shoes or acting against the interests of parents and children when it comes to reform and change.
It's not a flaw at all, that's how socialized medicine works.
Except that's not how it was sold to the American people. The Democrats tied themselves up in knots arguing that the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) was NOT socialized medicine and that it wasn't a tax. When you lie to people and trick them, regardless of your intentions, they get angry with you because most people naturally perceive lying and cheating as hostile acts. Lying to people "for their own good" has been the excuse of tyrants throughout history and usually it hasn't ended well for the people who were sold the big lie.