The combination of mandatory attendance and no corporal punishment in public schools HAS ruined them. A child can be disruptive all day, getting sent to the principal's office and then bouncing right back into the classroom an hour or two later. That child will know that teachers' hands are tied and that he will face no real consequences for keeping everyone else from staying on task. Put just two or three of these kids in a classroom and that classroom will be in chaos damn near 100% of the time.
We need to either start beating schoolkids again OR make attendance optional. I favor the latter.
I don't know why he can't understand that beating me up isn't acceptable to me.
If you spread that $30M over 1000 teachers you'd get about a $30k bump per teacher. Imagine recruiting teachers at $70k/year instead of $40k/year.
So with a class size of 31, and a $30k salary bump for the teacher, that works out to spending an increased $967.74 per student per year.
That totals $11,613 over a student's 12-year public school career. Imagine if schools just gave that $11,613 to students as a graduation present: "Congratulations on graduating. Here's eleven grand and change to help you get started with your life." Any group of four graduating friends, rich or poor, would be able to pool their graduation gifts to start a business partnership with $46k in capital and no loans whatsoever .
I'm guessing most people's first reaction to that idea would be, "WHAT? JUST GIVE THE KIDS ALL THAT MONEY? They wouldn't spend it responsibly!"
Well, if the kids don't know to handle a responsibility like money by age 18, maybe there are bigger problems in the school system besides a lack if iPads.
Here's an actual court document from the prosecution arguing that "stand your ground" didn't apply to this woman's case.
What he calls "forward thinking" is actually code for "big city liberalism"...
One of my aunts recently told me that Michael Bloomberg is her hero. It broke my heart.
Immigrating to Europe is a lot easier and there are no secret courts either.
Sweden tries rape cases in secret courts.
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Certain cars are using LEDs with low refresh rate PWM (I'd estimate around 50 Hz) on their tail lights. When I'm driving at night, I'm not staring straight ahead. I scan side-to-side every few seconds to maintain situational awareness. If one of these cars is ahead of me, the act of scanning turns my field of vision into a sea of individual sets of lights making it difficult to pick apart separate cars.
OHMYGOD I hate this so much. I have noticed this for a while, and whenever I point it out to other people in my car, they say, "What are you talking about? I don't notice anything strange."
Am I especially photosensitive, or are my friends just imperceptive slobs?
With all those datacenters the town won't be that cold for long.
From TFS: "The constant, biting wind may have stunted the growth of Lulea's tourism industry..."
If they just build the datacenter a little ways outside town, I imagine the people there wouldn't notice a significant change in temperature.
to CONVENIENTLY send and receive pgp-encrypted gmail that prevents plaintext from ever reaching Google's servers.
I thought Gmail was free because Google's robots scanned the contents of your emails to determine what advertisements to display next to your inbox. If Google can't read your email, they could only show users random advertisements, or maybe ask them to complete some questionnaire to tick off their interests.
Either way, I think Google makes less money if they can't read people's Gmail messages, so I doubt we'll see it.
I visited Germany recently and enjoyed the graffiti tremendously. While there's some utter crap, I found the graffiti to be of significantly higher quality than what I typically encounter in my home country.
USian here, where graffiti is promptly removed, thankfully, because it's usually awful. But I think I know what you mean about Berlin, though I haven't been there personally. I have, however, been to Athens, Greece (around 2007). I swear, that city is just about the ideal environment for graffiti artists:
a. Nearly every building is made from concrete; my tour guide told me that there is a large concrete industry in Athens and that it is basically always the most economical building material.
b. Generally, plain concrete is irrepressibly bland, drab and awful to look at.
c. It's a "Mediterranean country", apparently; I asked a few of the locals, young and old, about the graffiti and their attitudes ranged from indifference to mild appreciation. Even the cops didn't seem to care - I asked one for directions once, and he encouraged me to check out some good graffiti a couple streets away from my destination. I was surprised at how relaxed the locals were about the whole thing.
Practically every wall of every building was screaming "I AM A BLANK CANVAS". Simple tags and anarchy signs were everywhere. Many city blocks had at least one elaborate spray-painted mural. Oddly, nobody seemed to spray-paint over one another's work; I guess there was just so much free space...
But at any rate, I took way more photos of the graffiti I encountered than of the Parthenon or any other famous landmarks. I'm glad I visited the place before all the riots started.
I've saved a lot of money by buying mid-range PC hardware and playing games that are one or two years old. Of course, this would not work so well with multiplayer games...
I think if you buy a mid-range PC a year or two after this next generation of consoles is released, you'll be set for a good 4-5 years at least.
Usually, I would establish "less safe" with video and audio recordings of the driver's inability to maintain lane and other moving violations, as well as my encounter with the driver, and the sobriety tests administered during the stop of the particular individual.
Bravo, dear sir or madam. This is exactly how it should be done.