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Comment Re:Post-religion Tithe (Score 1) 596

I feel sorry for you if you saw what I said as carrying a chip and whining. I suspect you see in others what is inside of you. Give up your hate and maybe you can succeed too.

Better feel sorry for me too, and probably most everybody who read your post:

...I was homeless, but the Salvation Army would not help me. I guess I had to be an alcoholic or a drug addict...I am well off now. My sister can get as much help or charity from me as she wants. Fuck everyone else...Am I a scrooge for saying zilch? I do not care. You can call me whatever you want. You did not help me when I was down.

Comment Re:': Look out! Here comes an 's'! (Score 1) 111

A test is a class assignment. A paper is a class assingment. Turing notes into a class assignment--and especially mandating a specific format for notes--is counter-productive: it prevents students from taking notes in a format conducive to their learning. Notes are not a paper or a test: they're things for the student's reference.Requiring that a student takes notes is rarely harmful--I've known a few people who do can't focus on the lecture and take notes at the same time, but most people would surely benefit--but mandating that they take notes in your format hinders students in taking notes in a way most beneficial to the entire point to taking notes.Your analogies completely miss the entire purpose of taking notes, and so did the professor. Complaining that the professor should be fired was definitely an immature way of dealing with it, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the requirement was very misguided.

I've had a couple classes where the professors wanted to see students' notes, just to make sure we were taking them and paying attention. I provided the notes, but with a warning to them that my notes are going to be filled with the occasional shorthand, foreign word, or unexplained reference. If the professor needed me to rewrite my notes in a readable format, that meant an extra writing assignment for each day of class, as I couldn't take notes that are both legible to others and useful to myself fast enough by hand (and at the time I had no laptop). Demanding that I write notes in their format in class would be tantamount to demanding that I don't pay attention to half the lecture. How is that sane?

Comment Re:An Application? (Score 1) 264

I mean its cool and all, but I'm not sure I see where this is going.

That's how basic research works. You don't know where it's going to lead until suddenly you discover germs, or electricity, or proteins, or vitamins, or x-rays. Or just a better understanding of how the universe works--that's pretty valuable in its own right.

Comment Re:antivaxxers on slashdot (Score 1) 292

How can you have a positive slant vaccine article?

"Man gets immunized, doesn't get the sniffles..."

You expand the scale. You report on where's being hit by the targeted disease (and there are many) or not being hit hard--whether it be at the national level, state level, city level, or school level--and look at the immunization rates in these places.

Since the general population hates math and prefers personal stories, you can always focus on a particular unvaccinated child who died as a result. Report on how some kids can't be vaccinated (and on whom the vaccine just doesn't take) and are at risk because other kids who could be vaccinated weren't.

Vaccinations are a social responsibility. If you don't vaccinate your kid, you're putting everyone's kids at risk (and adults, of course, but mostly kids and old folks).

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