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Comment Re:What are we doing to our children? (Score 1) 217

The quote was from Nasaw's book and was therefore his selection.

Which should be enough to cast doubt on his entire premise. The guy deliberately pulled a quote that was immediate followed by the statement that educated people are the least likely to put up with bullshit. As direct a contradiction of his thesis as it gets.

The thrust of the whole passage--indeed the whole letter--is that the educated workers are more virtuous and hygienic and, in sum, that they do what they're told.

That's spin. There is no doubt the the writer is happy about the quality of educated employees, but to frame that as "docility" is to trivialize the situation. It is akin to saying that the reason people are required to pass a driver's license exam is not to make them better drivers but to make them more meek drivers.

Comment Re:What are we doing to our children? (Score 1) 217

The intent to make the populace manageable could not be clearer than we find it in the first publications of John D. Rockefeller's General Education Board:

That quote too is out of context - it had absolutely nothing to do with industry. The document the partial quote came from was purely about rural education - making better farmers. The document is "The Country School of To-morrow" - subtitled "In which young and old will be taught in practicable ways how to make rural life beautiful, intelligent, fruitful, recreative, healthful and joyous."

See for yourself: http://books.google.com/books?id=QzhDAAAAYAAJ

Comment Re:What are we doing to our children? (Score 1) 217

You are doing that selective quote thing:

"The manufacturers were unanimous in proclaiming that those workers with schooling were, as Mann had suggested they might be, "more orderly and respectful in their deportment, and more ready to comply with the wholesome and necessary regulations of an establishment.â

The rest of the quote says,

"And in times of agitation on account of some change in regulations or wages, I have always looked to the most intelligent, best educated, and the most, moral, for support, and have seldom been disappointed. For, while they are the last to submit to imposition, they reason; and, if your requirements are reasonable, they will generally acquiesce, and exert a salutary influence upon their associates. But the ignorant and uneducated I have generally found the most turbulent and troublesome, acting under the impulse of excited passion and jealousy."

That's an entirely different take - its not about being docile its about having an accurate perspective.

Comment Re:It's just business (Score 2) 365

Q: What do you when you have enough money?
A: Anything you want, including discarding the trash you used to get to the top.

That can be read at least two different ways:

(a) trash = scummy politicians who took your bribes
(b) trash = idealists who believed your promises

I think that the closer you get to having "enough money" the more the definition of "trash" changes from (a) to (b).

Comment Re:What are we doing to our children? (Score 1) 217

By the same token, rolling out fingerprint scanners on middle- and highschools, and irisscanners here, are as much a test of the technology as, if not moreso than, any benefits for the administration('s political squabbles).

Its about crony-capitalism. Check out the people responsible for making the decision to deploy these systems. historically they have always been connected to the companies that won the bid to do it. Lots of times the link is as straightforward as the CEO being on the school board.

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Comment Re:Suspicious (Score 5, Interesting) 266

It simply needs to be recorded that he was *aware* of specific allegations and refused to act.

I'm too lazy to hunt down a citation but my understanding is that the previous pope was put in charge of the committee to handle all of the internal allegations of pedo-priestiality long before he was made pope. So, basically all of the foot-dragging and cover-ups on that front leading up to the public lawsuits is on his head. I don't think his involvement was a secret though.

FWIW, it seems like this new pope is actually pretty saintly - avoiding much of the ostentatiousness of the office, washing the feet of a poor muslim woman instead of a priest on Maundy Thursday (a triple break with tradition) and being conciliatory to atheists (immediately disclaimed by the church PR office but not by the pope himself). All of the good stuff he's been doing makes me wonder if there is more to the story of this change in the laws, I am inclined to give the guy the benefit of the doubt pending better reporting.

Comment Re:What are we doing to our children? (Score 1) 217

(much like the modern parallel FWD.us has an interest in promoting certain kinds of immigration policies)

No, absolutely NOT like FWD.us - thats a PAC that has absolutely no redeeming public value. They are 100% self-interest and 0% public interest. Public education is a literal public good - as in a rising tide lifts all boats.

The rest of your explanation is, as the AC pointed out, working backwards from (some) results to divine intent. That is the stuff of conspiracy theory.

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