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Comment Sounds like a bunch of ludites. (Score 1) 310

We dont want to have to learn how to teach in a modern environment, all kids need is a chalkboard and a switch.

Its the teachers unions that could be damaging to a child's education when they protect under-preforming, under-trained, riding it until retirement, lazy bums.

That being said not all teachers are like that most I had to deal with were a pleasant help to education.

Submission + - Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did, Say Researchers (

concertina226 writes: Scientists studying the human remains of plague victims found during excavations for London's new Crossrail train line have concluded that humans spread the Black Death rather than rats, a fact that could rewrite history books.

University of Keele scientists, working together with Crossrail's lead archaeologist Jay Carver and osteologists from the Museum of London, analysed the bones and teeth of 25 skeletons dug up by Crossrail.

They found DNA of Yersinia pestis, which is responsible for the Black Death, on the teeth of some of the victims.

Submission + - Urine Trouble: Chemists Warn that Peeing in the Pool is Dangerous 1

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Everybody does it and even celebrated Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte admit they do it too. "It's kind of a normal thing to do with swimmers," says Phelps. "You know, when we're in the water for two hours we don't really get out, you know, to pee."

Now Julie Beck writes that It turns out that it's a pretty bad idea, for more reasons than just the ick factor as a new study published in the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science & Technology, has looked at the chemistry of what happens when urine meets chlorine, and it's not pretty. When researchers mixed uric acid, found in both urine and sweat, with chlorine, they found that both trichloramine and cyanogen chloride form within an hour. "We know that there are associations between some of these chemicals and adverse human health outcomes, so we're motivated to understand the chemistry behind their formation and decay," says Ernest Blatchley III.

Exposure to trichloramine has been linked to respiratory problems (PDF), and cyanogen chloride can adversely affect the lungs, central nervous system, and cardiovascular system. Another issue is if a lot of people are peeing in the pool, there's the potential for a lot of cyanogen chloride to form, depleting the chlorine in the pool. While the cyanogen chloride would normally decay quickly, less chlorine means it might stick around longer, and that could be a real problem. All of this is to say that peeing in the pool is not harmless, despite Phelps' and Lochte's claims that it's normal and everybody does it. "There's a lot of people in the swimming community who look up to these people and listen to what they have to say," says Blatchley "[Phelps and Lochte] are not chemists and shouldn't be making statements that are that false."

Comment Bullied by other children, then bullied by the Man (Score 0) 706

Sure, the school will not address the bullying that is upsetting, harming these children, you get abused by your peers and then when you vent, non violently, you get abused by the people that are supposed to protect you from the bullies. A lot of schools have zero tolerance policies for fighting. You get bullied every day you stand up for yourself.... and you get suspended and/or expelled yourself. The administrators cover their asses with "it takes two to fight". The bully gets detention(but if he is in a sport the coach comes pulls them out of detention) with you, so that when you get out of detention it gives them another chance to bully you some more. And so on and so forth, absolving the admins from any responsibility.

Now they call the cops and have you arrested, for nothing.

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