“You are correct that there have been estimates that there have been 600 million species of animal or plant in existence on planet Earth over the period living organism have evolved. Presently, I have seen journals with estimates of living orgainsms near 100 million living organisms on Earth today. The rate of extinction for living organisms on Earth before man was approximately one animal or plant per year. There have been 5 great periods of extinction on Earth and one was the extinction of the dinosaurs. We are now in the 6th great extinction era and this era is manmade. There has never been a greater rate of extinction on Earth compared to the rate in the last 150 years. Your survival of the fittest is not an appropriate idea to use because the fittest animals are not surviving because of man. So I guess you think we should have let the iconic bald eagle become extinct which it would have if it was not for human intervention. Should we let elephants, tigers, lions, whales, sharks, tuna, and other charismatic animals perish? According to you we should. Extinction rates are 100 fold presently compared to the past and if we do not intervene 50% of all animals and plants will become extinct in the next 50 years. Where is your logic Stop feeding your pets then. I have a couple of German Shepards for you to meet,will let nature take its course and see if you can adapt or die”
“Can you tell me then why the states with the strongest unions have the highest performing schools if they are the problem? Look at all the "right to work" non-union states, everyone one of them except Virginia (which has many public sector union jobs becasue of their proximity to DC,) are the poorest, most unemployed, worst performing education wise states in the USA. It is found that union teachers are the ones that push for the most for improvements because they have some power with numbers and voices. In states and citiies where teachers are not unionized, they can't speak up and politicians have the say --and say--less money for education.”
Greg34 on Feb 10, 2012 at 14:31:04
“Resigning is not the same as being terminated. hes till gets his pension and healthcare benefits. Did you read the part where it took 3.5MM in legal fees to terminate 4 teachers. That is the problem, reform your union or the people and the public will do it for you. If you want to be in a union it does not bother me but when unions makes reform and terminations this hard the unions will be held accountable to their employers...the taxpayer”
El Chingaso on Feb 10, 2012 at 13:45:18
“You're off base, man. From what data do you speak? (No, not research found on Google or Yahoo.)”
Greg34 on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:44:20
“Unions are the problem, not the teachers. Can you tell me why the sicko in california has not been formally fired a year after he fed kids his semen. Oh yea union protections, and guess what he will still get a pension and healthcare benefits. Nice job unions.”
“Anybody read the article. Principals and Administrators were the ones making out on this system. They are not teachers and are not part of the teachers union. Once again the higher ups are the ones abusing the system "Arnie Duncan" and then they insinuate that the teachers are the ones at fault.”
“I guess you feel that you can do whatever you want because you are a private citizen. Maybe you will go grope some woman because you feel like it. Lets see how far that gets you cowboy.
State law protects people against any kind of discrimination. Go back to playing "Call of Duty" or updating you facebook status to "I am a dip Sh*t"”
KrustySanchez on Jan 24, 2012 at 17:06:20
“Yes, because assault is the same as exercising one's freedom of association.”
“Nobody is celebrating this news. We are disgusted by it. These banks and investment firm companies have caused the destruction of our economy, are bailed out with taxpayer money, and then give bonuses to their employees when their businesses are losing money, it is deplorable. It is disgusting that someone can make a BONUS of $40,000.00 when the majority of the middle class workers are struggling just to make that. If their bonuses are $40,000.00, what are their salaries: $150,000.00???? Taking money out of the economy, yea right. These people are ruining the economy.”
New York has similarly struggled to deliver on its Race to the Top promises, failing to strike an agreement with the teachers union on evaluations and delaying the creation of a student data system.
That agreement is to link student test performances to teacher's employment and tenure. If one looks into the validity of student test scores to learing, it is a faulty indicator of the teacher's accomplishements with their students and an indication that these suppose reformers and politicians don't care about student learning, but only care about teaching to the test. (Illinois SB7 bill)
Race to the Top is not about helping the American student, if it was the federal government would spend more than 4.3 billion dollars in four years on teacher and adminstrator development programs and to pay companies to produce and grade state testing. They should stop cutting programs like head start programs in poor neighborhoods and slashing school budgets which cause class sizes to swell. Studies have shown that poverty and class size have more to do with student performance than any other factor, yet the federal government does nothing to alieve those two situations. Having every state in the country compete like rats for Federal school funding in economically hard times by agreeing to weaken teacher collective bargaining rights and promote the privitization of education with the introduction of more charter schools is ridiculous. Just follow the money to see who promoted Illinois SB7.”
“I read in a related article that the Ex-Mayor Daley works for the lawfirm who made over $600,000 negotiating that parking meter deal a couple of years ago. Daley probaby got a nice kick back at the time from the parking meter deal and now he reaps the benefit of being on the lawfirm's payroll for a nice six figure salary to which he willl not put a decent days work in. On top of that, Daley made sure his six figure pension was not renegotiated as the politicians are doing now with municipal pensions in Springfied presently. Daley needs a nice cell right next to Blagojevich.”
47th on Dec 14, 2011 at 22:45:37
“The law firm is Katten Muchin, and they hired Daley as a "Rainmaker" for business with the city. Instead of Blago, I would like to see Daley as a cellmate to the horniest Gangster Disciple currently behind bars.”
ejhickey on Dec 14, 2011 at 20:02:09
“It gets even better. Daley's nephew , william daley, jr., is a VP at Morgan Stanley in Chicago. Morgan Stanley was the bank that provided the financing for the parking meter deal , AFTER they got bailed out by the Federal government.
And just to add insult to injury, Morgan Stanley brought in a silent partner, the Kingdom of Abu D'habi. the Kingdom owns about 20% of this deal. So a foreign country that is not a democracy, owns a piece of Chicago's streets.
I wish I was making this up but all of the above has been documented in the chicago tribune and new york times when the deal was done.”
“12 new schools and who is going to pay for them? Mayor Rham says CPS is broke and the state cannot pay their bills, so how are they going to pay for these new schools. I had a construction supervisor friend who worked at a former CPS school that became a charter (formally Spaulding school in the West Loop) and he said that CPS spent $29 million to renovate that school before they turned it over to a charter program, so who is going to pay for the renovations for these new charter schools? Taxpayers thats who. Watch the Cook County property tax bills go up like mine did this year when my house depreciated in value. As for Rham, last year he sat courtside for the Bulls/Miami Heat game which was the hardest ticket to come by. Guess who he was sitting next to? Juan Rangel, the CEO of UNO Charter schools who by the way has a higher salary than the mayor and the CEO of CPS combined while supervising only about 10 charter schools. Juan Rangel also donated heavily to Rham's mayoral campaign. I wonder who flipped the bill for that seat. Oh by the way UNO Charter is proposed to recieve one of the 12 new charter school contracts. You have to love Chicago politics.”
vfurman on Dec 14, 2011 at 15:06:38
“On the backs of the teacher's pension fund and teachers salaries. How else?”
“FREE? These people pay taxes all the time to support the government and local municipal agencies like fire departments. Sales taxes, property taxes, ( Mobile home owners pay assesment fees to the Mobile park owner who then have to pay property taxes), taxes on gas, phones, electrical, payroll taxes, local taxes, state taxes, federal taxes--all to support these agencies in one way or the other. I hope they sue this town and fire department, and then go after the state. Expect something for free!!! Nothing is free in the US, you pay one way or another without your consent for these types of basic services and you should receive them, Residents should be entitiled to these services if they are paying any kind of local taxes which surely they are because they live in that community.”
“Hey genius. You think that is something I want to do on an airlplane and paid for as entertainment --chase and kill bugs that should not be there. Suffer the possiblity of bringing them home in my carry on. Then pay hundreds of dollars to fumagate my house becasue one roach can have thousands of progeny. What you going to smack it with---your bare hand, shoe, or magazine then get roach eggs on your clothes, baggage, or injure your hand because some airline cant do its job. Read the article. Many people saw them, so the plane was infested.”
when you are on AirTran
when you see a roach in coach.
The stewardess says
It was up to the Airtran prez.
that there was a loss in profits to serve food
So a roach is a good munch
and will go down with a crunch,
while keeping passengers in a good mood.
And a cockroach is free
because AirTran cannot charge a fee.
for those crunchy tasty insects in the airvents that were viewed”
You got to be kidding. Rogers still had exceeding scores. while the charters were no where close. It's just Rham's way of making his political buddy's (Rangel--who is in charge of UNO, the largest community based Hispanic organization in Chicago and who somehow Rahm appointed to a high paying city job) schools look better than public schools because if too any people look into the real data, they would find that most charters in low income areas are failing and contrary to Rahm's rants on them”
“How come when car companies like GM made their largest profits ever in 2004 they did it with the same union employees who everyone is villifying. Oops but then in 2008 when GM started to go on a downfall because excutives did not decide to stop making Hummers and Escalades, they blamed the downfall on the unions, but kept giving themselves 10 million dolllars bonuses even though their caompany was going bankrupt. Come on people, lets be smarter than this. Quit blaming unions.”
the only "right to work' state that is not below the 50% level in poverty and incomes out of the 50 staes is Virginia and that is because it has an abumdant amount of government jobs associated with DC which are public sector UNION jobs.”
“How can this be measured? There is not a man-made instrument that is capable of measuring these speeds. These are all theories and hypothesis, just as the math made in the formulas they use is a man-made thought. Can the speed of light really be measured by a man, No. Speed is a measure of distance to time. How can we, as humans, quantify that other than by theory. Man-made computers? Computers have a limit to processing speed. You would need a great distance to measure anything at these speeds, but humans still do not have the ability to travel at great distances in space,.let alone have the ability to get the data back from deep space. This is all human theoretical thought.
As for Eistein's theory of relativity. How would this theory disprove his thoery totally? Look at the force that a bullet produces while traveling at a fraction of the speed of light. What if a particle the size of basketball was shot at the speed of light to impact the Earth. Imagine the mechanical energy produced. Unfathomable for the human mind to conceive because that basketball traveling at the speed of light could not be seen by the human eye and the force of impact would vaporize the Earth instantly. Traveling at the speed of light----- the basketball is energy.
It is stated in the Title---Speed of light MAY have been exceeded by a sub-atomic particle.”
Quai DOrsay on Sep 23, 2011 at 10:08:05
“Read the article, friend ... If you wanna be so intellectual about this topic, it wouldn't kill u to educate yourself about The Large Hadron Collider and what it does exactly... Look it up , The info is out there... and Plenty of video illustrations about the atom smasher ...”
“Check out the September 15, 2011 article in Political Irony on why the US Postal Service is really in trouble because of President Bush passing a law to mandate the USPS into funding retirement benefits 75 years in advance!!!!!!!!!. http://politicalirony.com/
Why would a republican require funding government retirement plans when they are against these plans and all types of citizen government savings plans like Social Security?
“wstrvir Do you live in a box? My taxes on my house are $400 a month. My electric and gas bill are another $150 on average monthly. Water and phone are another $150. Damn my Mortgage is $1000 alone not counting the taxes. And that is just to live in a 1300 square foot house. Then add in a car payment, gasoline ($50 a week now) insurance on vehicle, and house? Then feed two kids. What do you eat, Ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? $1500 a mionth is below the poverty level. Come on get serious, What are you a politician or millionare disguising yourself as a frugal middle class guy but want us to live on this income, so there is more land, women, and children for you to own?”
wstrvlr on Sep 16, 2011 at 13:38:53
“I couldn't imagine living at a place where the taxes are so outrageous. Next time you might wish to research where you move to before you take a job somewhere. There are actually places where there is no property taxes, but you have to do your research to find those places. It works out great if you have a profession that allows the flexibility to work from home.
Just have regular phone service; no frills. Then your phone bill should fall to under 30-45 a month. Pay cash for everything. It DOES take a while to save up & pay things off rather than have a payment, but it's worth it to not have any payments. IF you are less than 10-15 miles from your job walk or ride a bike.
It IS costly to feed nutritious meals. Our big brood eats for less than $100 a week most of the time. We make ALL meals at home & mostly from scratch, grow our own garden, raise our meat animals, etc. EVERYONE helps & does chores. It takes a group effort to live cheaply.
Buy clothes at yard sales, thrift stores or trade with friends when their kids grow out of something or your kids grow out of them. Recycle everything you can. We are neither millionaires or politicians, just ordinary, hard working folks like many are. If we can do it then a small family or single person can too IF they shop wisely & are frugal like we”