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9 Fantastic Small Foodie Towns (PHOTOS)

9 Fantastic Small Foodie Towns (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 17:49:06 in Travel

“Evanston Illinois is a Chicago suburb. That should hardly count as a "small town."”
Kara DioGuardi Molested As A Child, Date Raped: Secrets Revealed In Memoir 'A Helluva High Note'

Kara DioGuardi Molested As A Child, Date Raped: Secrets Revealed In Memoir 'A Helluva High Note'

Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 17:26:20 in Entertainment

“I wasn't there so I don't know, but the way it sounds from the story, he made a pass at her and she "froze up." Rude? Yes. Unpleasant and scary? Yes. Abuse? Well, as I said, I wasn't there. . ..”

Sunflo on Apr 20, 2011 at 05:23:42

“Are you kidding me?! How on earth does putting your hands on someone's v qualify as a "making a pass"? It's called molesting someone. Please lets not mince words here.”
Kara DioGuardi Molested As A Child, Date Raped: Secrets Revealed In Memoir 'A Helluva High Note'

Kara DioGuardi Molested As A Child, Date Raped: Secrets Revealed In Memoir 'A Helluva High Note'

Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 16:21:23 in Entertainment

“I know. I hate to be a cynic, because I am a feminist and am generally predisposed to believe people's stories of sexual abuse, but a teenaged boy feeling up a tween girl doesn't sound like abuse to me.”

MsMassachusetts on Apr 20, 2011 at 10:21:18

“You are wrong on every possible level. I sincerely hope you are not a mother, especially of a young girl.”

consequenceofsounds on Apr 19, 2011 at 17:48:52

“Well, now I can finally understand why so many women rebuke the feminist label if it's your type that is proudly wearing the hat.

So if a man feels you up without your consent, it's hardly assault, right? You are most likely just asking for it.”

Sunflo on Apr 19, 2011 at 16:52:53

“Why? Every time there's sexual contact between teens it's automatically consensual?”
Kara DioGuardi Molested As A Child, Date Raped: Secrets Revealed In Memoir 'A Helluva High Note'

Kara DioGuardi Molested As A Child, Date Raped: Secrets Revealed In Memoir 'A Helluva High Note'

Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 16:18:08 in Entertainment

“I guess music titan is a better label for her than songwriter.”
Was the Hipster Really All That Bad?

Was the Hipster Really All That Bad?

Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 16:07:41 in Arts

“Maybe the irony is that they are trying to be "unfashionable" by being slaves to fashion.”

Matthew Braunginn on Apr 19, 2011 at 17:03:09

“But thats to much for hipsters to really get. My interaction with them is that they really don't get irony. Which is ironic in it's self.”
Was the Hipster Really All That Bad?

Was the Hipster Really All That Bad?

Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 08:49:21 in Arts

“I consider myself fairly well educated with a better than average grasp of language, but can someone please explain to me the meaning of "ironic" in the context of fashion?”

LivelyLexie on Apr 19, 2011 at 09:11:46

“I always understood ironic fashion to be something hideous or out of style that you wear because it's not supposed to be fashionable, like those three wolf moon shirts.

This explains the "hipster fashion cycle":
http://flavorwire.com/101773/awesome-infographic-hipster-fashion-cycle
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Miu Miu Ad Featuring 'Slim Model' Gets The OK In UK (PHOTOS, POLL)

Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 17:32:25 in Style

“All models of all sizes and shapes promote unattainable standards of beauty. That's why they are models. Should we ban models with unusually high cheekbones, abnormally large lips or unusually glossy hair? How many deaths result from complications of plastic surgery?”
Why Do We Think Overweight Is Normal?

Why Do We Think Overweight Is Normal?

Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 12:07:56 in Home

“Yes. She was famously "36-24-36" which in today's sizes would be a 4 or a 6.”
Pia Toscano Album: Ousted 'American Idol' Finalist Getting Record Contract

Pia Toscano Album: Ousted 'American Idol' Finalist Getting Record Contract

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 14:23:26 in Entertainment

“I agree. She was technically good, but painfully boring. She would make a good vocal coach.”
Pia Toscano Album: Ousted 'American Idol' Finalist Getting Record Contract

Pia Toscano Album: Ousted 'American Idol' Finalist Getting Record Contract

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 14:19:30 in Entertainment

“Coming soon to a safeway store near you. . ..”
Pregnant Tina Fey Shows Off Baby Bump (PHOTO)

Pregnant Tina Fey Shows Off Baby Bump (PHOTO)

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 14:01:36 in Entertainment

“So you would rather you were never born? If your mom was an inexperienced overwhelmed teenager, you'd complain about that too. You play the hand you are dealt.”

logic123 on Apr 12, 2011 at 14:12:35

“True true...”
Why Do We Think Overweight Is Normal?

Why Do We Think Overweight Is Normal?

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 12:36:36 in Home

“Thank you!! I try to eat healthfully and exercise regularly. I'm not obsessive, but if my weight starts to creep up, I do something about it. I wish I had a dollar for every time someone comments on how "lucky" I am to be thin, as if there's no such thing as personal responsibility.”
'The Last Full Measure': Civil War Photographs At The Library Of Congress

'The Last Full Measure': Civil War Photographs At The Library Of Congress

Commented Apr 12, 2011 at 10:56:15 in Arts

“I have a photo of my great grandmother (and namesake) on my desk. It's one of my most treasured possessions.”
Angelina Jolie's New Arm Tattoo: Another Adoption? (PHOTOS)

Angelina Jolie's New Arm Tattoo: Another Adoption? (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 6, 2011 at 13:51:42 in Entertainment

“My brother says it's like having bell-bottoms surgically grafted onto your shins.”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 16:45:27 in Education

“Professional historians have to read original manuscripts, which are often written in cursive. Besides, it's not decoration. It's a more efficient way of writing than block printing. In fact, if anything is render obsolete by computers, I would argue that it is block printing. I don't see what the big deal is. Honestly, how much time is actually spent teaching cursive? It has been a while, but I don't seem to remember it being that big a deal.”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 16:01:31 in Education

“When was the last time you had to calculate the volume of a cylinder? Should we stop teaching geometry? I don't really need to know anything about history in my every day life, so we should probably cut that out too. In fact, let's just teach typing and MS Office. We can spend the rest of the day learning how to fill out little circles on a standardized test form.”

kankankan on Apr 1, 2011 at 16:46:28

“many problem solving things are useful in the general practice and ability to think, even if specific content is not used later in life. You may not remember all geometry issues, but doing proofs and deducing how to calculate something and learning to visualize in 3D all develop mind in ways that can be helpful in any visual career, art, architecture, engineering, design, graphics, construction. And I am not opposed to teaching well-rounded stuff that not all kids will use, I may not be good at music but I think it helped me to learn some music, be exposed, make sure the right side of my brain is not totally atrohpied. Vice versa, most people use very little math in their everyday life, and even where is helpful for them calculators, apps, and software do most of the thinking for them but I believe it is helpful for people to be to it and to give them basic idea how the tool can be used.

Also, on geometry, I tend to think it is a bit archaic too...some of it is definitely a good basics, but it is one of those things that was a huge part of ancient knowlege and was used to make calcs computers can do easier, so some of it is overboard in some curriculums too...

But cursive, come on, that is that doesn't teach thinking skills, not knew ways of visualizing, its just rote learning like multiplication tables.”

Yossarian22 on Apr 1, 2011 at 16:19:21

“Mathematics and history are actual fields of study, not ways of decorating text. There's no comparison.”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:36:45 in Education

“Thank you! I don't know why I find this so upsetting, but it isn't snobbery.”

William Sherman on Mar 31, 2011 at 15:42:11

“I promise you, I am every bit as upset as you are.

It looks like there is some hope on the horizon, http://www.educationnews.org/commentaries/insights_on_education/106583.html
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:34:17 in Education

“With the voice to text and text to voice software we have, why teach reading and writing (excuse me, printing) at all?”

Yossarian22 on Mar 31, 2011 at 16:18:17

“You really think this is a pertinent comparison? Really?

Hint: have you ever used that type of software?”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:29:12 in Education

“I don't see why they are mutually exclusive? I don't have kids and I haven't stepped inside an elementary school in over 30 years, but what exactly are they teaching? We no longer have music, art and PE, and they can't find time to teach cursive?”

lizbethwren on Mar 31, 2011 at 22:02:29

“Exactly! Why is there so much resistance to learning cursive? People here make it seem like it's the most awful thing to learn stating it's a waste of time. How much class time is dedicated to learning cursive? Even if people will only need to know it to sign their names on official documents, they must learn the basics. I don't recall learning cursive to be difficult, impossible, or unpleasant. I agree that it is a personal choice to continue with it.”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:27:09 in Education

“And cartoons?”

GlassMask on Mar 31, 2011 at 15:45:42

“Oh, noes! Though I gave up cartooning for acting quite a while back, I still read them. But while most newspaper cartoons are boring and trite, the internets have considerately offered us up thousands of wonderful creative cartoonists who have the total creative freedom to do what they want. Web comics are the future.”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:25:39 in Education

“How are the kids going to forge notes from their parents?”

jhw1999 on Mar 31, 2011 at 15:36:14

“End of discussion.”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:18:18 in Education

“I'm not a snob or even in the least bit interested in impressing anyone. I just literally had no idea that it wasn't something everyone knows. It's like saying you're a snob because you put stamps on your letters instead of using a postage meter. It's just what I've always done and had no inkling that I was being silly quaint and archaic. I drive a manual transmission, and I even have a land-line phone at home! I guess I should move in with the Amish.”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:12:56 in Education

“I'm in my 40s, and everyone I know writes cursive. This is literally the first I've ever heard that anyone wouldn't. It's like suddenly learning that everyone under 30 speaks pig-latin instead of English. I honestly had no idea.”

Tanishh on Mar 31, 2011 at 16:04:56

“What alternate dimension do you hail from?

Back when I was volunteering and collecting signed petitions, there was a pretty good mix of the 30-40+ year old people who signed who did print vs. cursive. Most of my professors and teachers have written mostly in print, and most students I know use print. The one thing I always noticed was that petition papers where the people used cursive and wrote very poorly were next to impossible to read.”

Yossarian22 on Mar 31, 2011 at 15:28:20

“I'm in my mid-20s and have only met one person(at least in the US) from my generation who writes in cursive. One.”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:09:45 in Education

“I suppose historians and archaeologists who want to read old documents will have to take upper level graduate school classes on how to read cursive. The displays at the National Archives will have to have typewritten "translations."”
Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide

Commented Mar 31, 2011 at 15:03:37 in Education

“THis blows my mind. Do people really not write at all? If I'm on the phone and want to jot something down, I don't want to type it on a computer and printing is incredibly inefficient. I'm amazed at the amount of commenters who say they never use cursive. The only time I ever print is when they make you print your name after your signature, and then I find it incredibly irritating. To each his own, I guess. I'm just really surprised to hear that this is even an issue. That's what I get for being old!”

FunctionOfTheCrisp on Mar 31, 2011 at 15:10:19

“It is generational. My mother and stepmother, who are in their sixties, write in cursive.”

tommarcella1 on Mar 31, 2011 at 15:09:56

“I have not written in cursive since second grade. Cursive writing is overrated, it is sometimes hard to read and writing in print takes about the same amount of time. I think as long as a child can sign his or her name that is all that is necessary.”
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