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Comment: Re:edu-babble (Score 1) 175

by TarPitt (#49557727) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

If you really tried to educate the masses they might start questioning the 'statu quo'.

The masses *were* starting to question the status quo some 4-50 years ago. Initiatives like this have been very successful in putting a stop to all that questioning. On top of it, the generation doing the questioning is now berated as a bunch of pot smoking hippies.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 360

by TarPitt (#49555981) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

There are plenty of women who are fans of classical literature and baroque music. They just tend to cluster in occupations that do not intersect those of the typical Slashdot reader.

And as a side, those who consider a college degree in humanities or fine arts a waste of time should not be surprised when their co-workers spend time discussing the Kardashians or Honey Boo Boo.

Comment: The only pure English is the language of Beowolf (Score 4, Interesting) 667

by TarPitt (#49264763) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

Before a bunch of French speaking Vikings invaded in 1066, before Nordic speaking Vikings degraded the language.

Ða wæs on uhtan mid ærdæge
Grendles guðcræft gumum undyrne;
a wæs æfter wiste wop up ahafen,
micel morgensweg. Mære eoden,
æeling ærgod, unbliðe sæt,
olode ðryðswyð egnsorge dreah,
syðan hie æs laðan last sceawedon,
wergan gastes; wæs æt gewin to strang,
lað ond longsum!

THAT is proper English!

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 2) 307

by TarPitt (#48947483) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

The 65 and older generation were Vietnam era draft bait. Knowing the government could pull your 18 year old ass out to die in the jungles of Southeast Asia tends to color your perception a bit.

People here like to mock the boomer generation, but having 50,000 of your cohort die in that war does give you a different prospective on things.

Comment: Re:ALL politicians in power sound the same (Score 1) 562

by TarPitt (#48842763) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

This has been true at the local level as well. Police departments made a practice of maintaining files based on surveillance of local politicians and had no qualms about letting their targets know they were being watched.

For example:

The commendation resolution, which several council members said they acted on without paying attention, gives no hint of Paul's role in the controversial PDID. The unit was accused of keeping files on elected officials considered hostile to the LAPD and of infiltrating liberal organizations.

The PDID was disbanded by the Police Commission in 1983 and replaced by an anti-terrorist division after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit accusing the unit of spying on 131 law-abiding citizens and organizations. The lawsuit was settled in January, 1984, when the city agreed to pay $1.8 million in damages.

Before the suit was settled, an LAPD internal investigation found that Paul had stored confidential PDID files in the garage of his Long Beach home and had provided sensitive information to a private, right-wing organization. Paul was suspended, but a police trial board later found that his activities had been sanctioned by his supervisors, and he was reinstated with back pay.

The controversy over the PDID activities lasted for months, grabbing headlines regularly and prompting widespread criticism of the department.

"This is outrageous," Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU said upon learning of the council's action Tuesday. "Jay Paul betrayed this city; he disgraced the Police Department."

Comment: First Fridays - Los Angeles Natural History Museum (Score 2) 131

Drinks, food, talks by naturalists, guided tours of exhibits, followed by bands playing in the Hall of Mammals (nothing like seeing a band like Deerhoof in front of a mastedon) :

Been going on for a number of years and is very popular.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.