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Comment: Re: Debtors Prison? (Score 2) 467

Sure, if you go to court and get the debt discharged. If you just don't bother returning borrowed property it is just theft.

Actually, if you don't return borrowed, rented, or leased property, it is called conversion, not theft. The difference is that in the first case, you initially had the property legally in your possession, while in the case of theft, there is never legal possession. Conversion can occur without criminal intent as in, "I didn't return the library book, because I lost it." As with most things, laws vary widely by state. Since this is South Carolina, the woman will probably do hard time especially if she is poor and/or black.

Comment: Re:Classic Slashdot (Score 1) 463

My desktop machine can boot into three different operating systems; I switch between Gnome, Unity, and KDE in Linux depending on need; I instinctively use keyboard shortcuts in vi, ed, pico, WordStar, Word Perfect, and MS Word; but I'm having a major freakout because a particular website is changing its format? Excuse me? When did techies become so change averse? Sheesh! Change happens. Embrace it.

Comment: Re:well i'm reassured! (Score 1) 393

by Kozar_The_Malignant (#46128723) Attached to: Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

No redneck, no Jew, no mountain man has been permitted to display a beard while in uniform.

You have obviously forgotten that beards were allowed in the US Navy while Admiral Zumwalt was Chief of Naval Operations. The world did not end and no ships were lost because of this. Admiral Zumwalt also permitted beer dispensing machines in barracks (not shipboard.) A great man IMHO. As I recall, the Coast Guard also permitted beards for a time.

Comment: Re:In California (Score 4, Informative) 715

by Kozar_The_Malignant (#45942273) Attached to: How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Your statement that California pends over 10k/student is incorrect. Most schools are funded on what is called the revenue limit. It varies by school district from nearly 10k to about half of that. A very few school districts are funded on what is called basic aid and are considerably richer and spend 13 to 15k per student. Teacher salaries vary widely from roughly 32k to 90k+ depending on the district. Salary is only part of the cost to the district to hire a teacher. Districts also pay benefits, retirement, workers' compensation insurance, medicare, social security (district option - some are in; some not), state and federal payroll taxes, etc.

Other costs that the district must bear are facility costs, which are always considerably higher for high schools than elementary schools; transportation costs, property and liability insurance, utilities, etc.

Since the implementation of class size reduction funding, class sizes are generally 22-24, not the 30 you allege.

Now to your list:

1. In my experience this is simply not true. Public schools generally have much better computer equipment that charter schools. I have never seen a charter high school with any decent laboratory science teachers, labs, or materials.

The rest of your list of items 2-10 are individual subject areas that the district board of trustees can fund to a greater or lesser levels depending on that amount of money they have and their priorities. However, they must provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for ALL of their students. That means that the district must pay for athletic equipment, uniforms, including cheerleader uniforms, field trips, books, and all of the other things you list, without charging the students and their families. If they tell your daughter or son that she or he must pay for cheerleader or athletic uniforms, they are in violation of California law and you should contact your local ACLU chapter, as they are very active in seeing that FAPE is enforced.

Another huge cost that public schools incur that charter schools largely dodge by one means or another is special education. California schools are required to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education to even the most profoundly developmentally disabled student through age 22. One child can cost a district as much as $250,000 per year, not counting legal costs if the parents are litigious, which many special ed parents are.

As to your last question, school district budgets are public documents. Most districts post them on their websites. Inaddition, each district is required by law to have an annual, independent financial audit, which is also a public document. If you want to know where the money goes, it is easy to find out.

Comment: Re:Ethanol is a crock nobody wants (Score 1) 330

by Kozar_The_Malignant (#45444521) Attached to: Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

Notice how consumers aren't given the choice of buying "pure" gas, as opposed to E10. I'm pretty sure that if we had the choice we'd be buying the good stuff, not the corn crap.

You can buy it, you just can't put it in your car to drive on the highway. You can buy it at specialty fuel paces that sell to race car folks and at cardlock type places. You have to sign that you won't put it in your car. I buy it at my local CFN dealer to use in my chainsaw, lawnmower, etc. Definitely worth the extra cost to run it in your small engines; more power and none of the damage you get from ethanol.

Comment: Re:Toy guns and fabric softener? (Score 1) 279

You are beginning to see things correctly Comrade Citizen. Have you considered applying for a career position here at the Ministry of Truth?

From the film version of Dr. Zhivago where Strelnikov is interrogating Zhivago on his armored train:

Strelnikov: You put your knife with a fork and a spoon and it looks quite innocuous. Perhaps you travel with a wife and child for the same reason.

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. -- Confucius