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An anonymous reader writes ""It was not a coincidence that the 9/11 attacks took place right after
then President George W. Bush declared the US rivalry with China."

" The switching of strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region is
inevitably introducing gaps in the attention paid to international
terrorism, which is the real threat. We simply want to point out the
loopholes of the US diplomatic strategy out of goodwill to help it avoid
another 9/11."

  — Major General Luo Yuan, deputy secretary general with the PLA Academy
of Military Sciences


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Comment: Re:Me too! (Score 1) 276

by cs668 (#45490915) Attached to: Project Rescue Expert Todd Williams Talks About (Video)

It is also interesting that given the amount already spent they still have 60% of the system to build. They don[t have any way to distribute the funds yet , they made the front end without building the parts that would actually pay for the services.

Comment: Re:Not unlike a big-bang private sector project... (Score 1) 429

by cs668 (#45191217) Attached to: DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Issues

The problem isn't that it was the lowest bidder. The problem was that it was probably the company that gave the most $$ in backroom deals to secure the contract with no sanity check on whether or not they could actually deliver!!

Here is the scenario. You go talk to a lobbyist about getting access to XYZ congress critter because you want to pitch your company for a federal contract. Next thing you know you are told that if you donate X hundred thousand here and Y hundred thousand there and show up to these 3 parties the contract is yours. You don't know the Washington ropes so you bow out and some company that does know the ropes gets the contract, but they don't have the tech chops to pull it off because they are better at backroom dealing than getting the job done.

Comment: Re:If I... (Score 1) 1255

by cs668 (#44757901) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil


So free lunch and breakfast makes up for ~$1200 per child. That still leaves a lot larger expenditure per pupil in MPLS. I guess all that I am trying to say is that $$ can not solve the problem. If kids are not taught to value education they won't, and if they are not asked about their homework every night they won't do it!

The schools can not parent the kids, but we expect them to. If we can't get the parents of the kids in MPLS to make school a priority then it will not be for the kids either. No amount of $$ will fix that, and no one is even willing to talk about that for fear of being branded a bigot.

PS I immigrated to the US when I was in the 3rd grade. I didn't speak the language and there was no ESL at the time - so I do understand that it can be challenging. But, I also get tired of it being an excuse.

Comment: Re:If I... (Score 1) 1255

by cs668 (#44735139) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

I think the problem is it varies district by district. In some districts each room has a $8000 smart board and each student is given an ipad. The teachers get decent pay, but have a ton of time off. If you pro-rate for how much time off a "normal" worker has they make a very fair wage. They usually have a pension and great benefits. So, if you live in one of those districts and hear a teacher complain you don't have much sympathy.

Then you have rural school districts where the teachers really are very underpaid. The problem is that the way education is funded creates such a huge imbalance.

Comment: Re:If I... (Score 2) 1255

by cs668 (#44735097) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

So out of curiosity I looked up the $ per pupil spent in our inner city schools of Minneapolis and compared it to what is spent in the well to do city of Edina. Just for fun I have included what my school district spends.

In 2011:

14,404 Minneapolis
9,699 Edina
8,510 Waconia

The majority of the difference in funding between Minneapolis and Edina is state aid. So even though I do not live in Minneapolis, I pay to make sure that they can spend more per pupil than one of the richest school districts in our state.

Sort of makes me think that $$ doesn't have everything to do with education, and that we need to start having some honest conversations about parental and community involvement. If the parents do not stress the importance of education and raise their children, the schools cannot educate them.

Work is the crab grass in the lawn of life. -- Schulz