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+ - SPAM: Racism: It's Not Just For White People Anymore.

Submitted by Scarred Intellect
Scarred Intellect (1648867) writes "An article in the Porland Tribune of Porland, OR explains how the peanut butter sandwich is a device of the ruling white and demonstrates white privilege. Or something.

The principle at the local K-12 school states that, in response to a teacher's lesson involving B&J sandwiches: '“Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.” ' because "...Somali or Hispanic students...might not eat sandwiches."

Comparing ethnicity to race or...country origins? Smart lady. Americans aren't a race.

The article goes on to discuss how it's OK to have a Latino and black boys' drum class but we need to avoid anything that emphasizes the white privilege. Gutierrez, the principle, "vehemently rejects any suggestion that it is discrimination to offer a club catering to minority boys."

She brings this program of Courageous Conversations from California (which probably explains everything).

While further down in the article Gutierrez has seemingly made some impressive improvements in the quality of education, she seems desperately misguided in saying that '“When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem?” says Gutierrez, 40, an El Paso, Texas, native whose parents were Mexican immigrants. “Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.”'"

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+ - Co-op hydro-power at risk under new DOE scheme

Submitted by Scarred Intellect
Scarred Intellect (1648867) writes "A new proposal by US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will alter the mission of Power Maketing Administrations (such as Bonneville Power Administration, which administrates electricity between multiple dams, wind farms, and natural gas plants throughout the Northwest) and threaten electricity costs.

Sec. Chu served notice that PMAs would serve as laboratories to test various energy initiatives. These energy initiatives will increase the cost and could adversely affect the reliability of power provided by the PMAs.

Electric cooperative members, will pay the additional cost of these energy initiatives while consumers elsewhere would receive any benefits.

I seem to recall hearing about news of this sort of research from several DOE laboratories. It's almost like we already have a National Renewable Energy Laboratory and programs at various other locations."
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+ - Best second major for a mechanical engineer 3

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Scarred Intellect
Scarred Intellect writes "After attending DigiPen Institute of Technology and deciding that I liked the idea of programming more than programming itself (I still do enjoy it a bit); after getting my AA at a community college with no direction; after much tinkering with engines growing up; after 4 years of service in the US Marine Corps infantry; I have finally decided what I want to do when I grow up: mechanical engineering.

The reason is simple, I believe our automobiles can be a lot better (in terms of engine/propulsion) than they are now. The technology exists, there's more technology to develop for them. I've taken an intense interest in biodiesel and other clean alternative energy sources (fuel cells being one of my favorite, second is solar, with wind being last) and enjoy simply making things work. So I figured mechanical engineering. It'll give me a broad understanding of the more specific engineering disciplines, and I think that is what I need.

My uncle, also a mechanical engineer (Master's degree) suggested I get a second major in computer science to complement ME. Sounds like a good idea to me, I could mate mechanical processes with computer controls pretty effectively.

I've currently got my AA and all the humanities out of the way, but the program will still take me 3 or 4 years to complete due to scheduling and pre-requisites and such, so I'll be have to plan more to maintain a full schedule (to keep the full benefits of the GI Bill).

So what does the Slashdot crowd think? ME + CS? Or ME + something else? I'll almost definitely have a math minor coming out of this."

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