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Indeed. We watched funds get squandered in a Northern California district once. AFAIK they're still putting the same $20M bond request on the ballot and every year it's been shot down for maybe the last 10. People remember this sort of thing, and they don't let it happen again for a long time.
So wait, you're in the hole
"... the district faces a $640 million shortfall and some schools persistently rank among the nation's lowest performing."
and you want to build
"With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation's most expensive public school ever."
to what... teach your students what NOT to do when you're out of money?
My school (University of Advancing Technology) did this 2 years ago (google for UAT Near Space). Not sure why NASA would be surprised it could be done on the cheap.
The more publicized someone can get a product, the better.
And the more controversial the product, the more that the people want to see what's up with it. Bam! Sales!
And that's the American Way.
Well, the effectiveness of this "intentional leak" can be measured in my response. I was going to buy the game. Now I am not.
I liked how the leaky person took no effort to hide himself from the screen glare induced reflection making him pretty easily identifiable. I hope he didn't work directly for blizzard...
Leaking IP is bad behavior too.
However what is at issue here is what if you walk up to your neighbor and say "Hey don't you think maybe you should have a door on that house? Someone could get in you know..." He then sends you the bill for the door, lock, security bars, and exterior gate.
I like the mission statement of the Pirate Party. I will be watching this favorably. I expect their philosophy and full plank would flow in logical progression from their already stated goals. If it is well thought out it will not philosophically contradict itself (like the parties that currently exist do - repeatedly). If that is the case, this is a party that might contain individuals for whom I could vote.
I think it is time there was a party in the United States that ran under a unified philosophical approach instead of broad spectrum polling data in their target demographic markets.
Will it happen? Only time will tell. The Hegel/Marx spiral continues to march toward inexorable disintegration.
Pick some conventions that fit your interests and head there. Make contacts and follow up. Never know what could happen.
"The following is not for the weak of heart or Fundamentalists." -- Dave Barry