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"Computers are the new primary conduit of communication and learning for this generation."
As a teacher I am amazed at how inept most kids are with computers. I did a simple ctl-c and cmd-tab and ctl-v. Just a simple copy and paste. Students looked at me as if I had just done voodoo.
These are not students new to computers. They were high school seniors who have had 1-to-1 laptop program since 7th grade.
The amount these students do not know is amazing. I taught a college level class as an adjunct. The college students could not use the computer.
The best part of the computer is writing papers. I get longer and better edited papers that are word processed.
Of course the students can get on facebook, games, and other such toys. Real work not really.
I am so happy that I am now a banned author. Time to add that one to old resume.
The NYC subway system was built when it was cheap(er) to do it. It would never ever be built today. The lawsuits alone would kill the project.
LA in comparison has mostly adobe in the ground making it very expensive to dig in the area. The cost of lawsuits and then federal govt. regulations make such an undertaking impossible. Look at how much the govt. interferes with just about everything that goes on in world today.
Which in turn takes money out of the private sector making it more and more difficult for a real recovery. Keep in mind the average time for an economic down turn is 18 months. We are at what?
We tried this in 2009, what was result? I believe little to nothing. Even the president laughed about the idea of shovel ready jobs. Take the money out of somewhere else.
Dare I mention environmental regulations. It would never get done with the EPA alone.