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Comment: For very limited (South) values of United States (Score 1) 227

Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

They're only interested in Southern or Southernized states, which is not representative of the US. That is, they're only interested in places with a well-defended "know thy place" mentality where labor is rendered servile.

Any deviance from said philosophy is severely punished, whether it be by individuals or corporations. In the case of individuals, it is measured in legally-friendly terminations, designed to break support. In the case of corporations, especially the precedent-setting Volkswagen, interest groups will threaten to take out tax incentives or otherwise hobble the company.


A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls 501 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-against-the-wall dept.
meghan elizabeth writes: Temple physicist Rongjia Tao has a utopian proposal to build three massive, 1,000-foot-high, 165-foot-thick walls around the American Midwest, in order to keep the tornadoes out. Building three unfathomably massive anti-tornado walls would count as the infrastructure project of the decade, if not the century. It would be also be exceedingly expensive. "Building such walls is feasible," Tao says. "They are much easier than constructing a skyscraper. For example, in Philadelphia, the newly completed Comcast building has about 300-meter height. The wall with similar height as the Comcast building should be much easier to be constructed." Update: 06/28 04:14 GMT by T : Note: originally, this story said that Tao was at Drexel rather than Temple -- now corrected

Comment: Only in certain regions of the US. (Score 2) 519

by sethstorm (#47210145) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Why not simply let the [overused libertarian bromide]?

If not for how private schools operate, you might have a point. On the other hand, not everyone has the option of being accepted at van der Snoot Academy or affording it - which is how you see the ugly side of private schools and how they don't work.

In the South, tenure is more related to union/protectionism than to academic freedom by virtue of cultural norms.

Fixed that for you.

Comment: The South would like to have a word with you... (Score 1) 519

by sethstorm (#47210105) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

The administrator doing that would be sued into oblivion and never work in education again

Only if they're in a sane part of the US that doesn't recognize any conflict with religion and evolution (read: not the South).

Now if you were talking about the Deep South, they'd be sued into oblivion and blackballed for not firing someone.

Comment: Except that what you say isn't so. (Score 1) 519

by sethstorm (#47210081) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

At the time a teaching position was a super sweet patronage position that a politician awarded his friends.

If you take a look at the South and their regressive remake of education, especially North Carolina, you'll find that old system returning.

but the reasons that necessitated tenure are long gone, and all teachers are protected under the standard laws for hiring and firing, which cover us all.

...which are being eroded away by organizations like ALEC. Thankfully there are sensible states like Ohio that figured out how to get rid of these kind of groups.

They also have a strong union that will ensure protections.

I assume you're not a resident of any state in the South, inter-mountain West as well as not being a resident of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, or Pennsylvania.

So there's no need for special laws that give teachers more advantages than everybody else at the expense of their students.

There's no need to abandon tenure when you can establish the very "van der Snoot" academy that you always wanted.

Comment: They have forgotten the purpose of tenure. (Score 1) 519

by sethstorm (#47210003) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

It's designed to prevent about everything you see being proposed after it is removed. Hopefully this can be strung out long enough so that this ruling can die off for lack of standing.

As for the people that think it has no place below post secondary level, consider that it protects from regression in curriculum (such as known in Kansas and Tennessee) as well as indirect threats to employment (such as done with North Carolina's permatemping mandate for teachers).

Comment: Banning Glass is out of pure envy. (Score 1) 376

by sethstorm (#47209929) Attached to: Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Just because you couldn't get Glass doesn't mean nobody should be able to use it. Never mind trying to get rid of the inevitable and wide-spread use of facial recognition also being a Luddite move as well.

That aside, the unmentionable place banning Glass is like Ryanair stating that they'll charge for restroom use on their airplanes. In both cases, they're going for sensationalism.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg