Nov 4, 2012 at 13:50:03
“Balance the budget with "massive cuts" to high speed rail and particularly the Bakersfield segment. I notice that there are no trigger cuts for high speed rail, just education. Apparently educating children deserves only conditional funding and high speed rail that may produce a usable train 30 years from now deserves unconditional funding. Yet California educators gush over Brown and the democratically controlled legislature, even as educators are abused with annual pink slips, the nation's largest average class sizes, and education funding per pupil that is fourth worst in the nation. California's educational funding per pupil is about half of that spent by the state of Wyoming for its pupils.”
grod805 on Nov 4, 2012 at 14:31:38
“Can you imagine how the Bay Area would be without BART?
“Most power in NY is produced using petroleum, natural gas, and coal. This outage may be a good rehearsal for what could happen with any sort of disruption in such finite power generating fuel. I'm not sure that living in a densely packed mass of humanity totally dependent on imported fossil fuel energy for survival is the best plan for the future. If I had to live under such circumstances, I'd want to be pretty thoroughly personally prepared.”
tnjr on Nov 2, 2012 at 17:23:56
“You are right. Imagine if NYC was powered by solar energy. The sun wasn't out for three days and they would have needed that backup fossil fuels. Just like they needed to do in Texas last year.”
“Hitler found them quite practical and accommodating, and their education and acumen didn't seem to disrupt his plans for them. We will find out how long "never again" lasts and how soon it will be replaced with something more practical.”
“Just read an interview with William Bennett. If what he says is right, there isn't a lot to tlak about: "The research on this is fascinating: There's a ton. . . . It's the quality of the adult in front of the classroom. . . . If you take kids from the 50th percentile in the third grade, and you give them a teacher everyone regards as excellent, in two years they'll be at the 85 percentile. You give them a teacher everyone regards as not very good, in two years they'll be in the 35th percentile. What more do you need to know about evaluating teachers and rewarding excellence? "”
PEIGOLFER on Sep 10, 2012 at 17:12:21
“BEST arguement AGAINST the Teacher's Union I've heard !!!”
shirleyoujest on Sep 10, 2012 at 17:08:31
“He is being very selective about the research. It assumes equalizing factors that are created by socioeconomic background. Meaning, teachers can't overcome extreme home factors which are quite common in many of our neighborhoods.”
YoungWarthog on Sep 10, 2012 at 17:03:02
“Evaluation systems already exist, especially in states with strong teacher unions.
No union ever gave any teacher "tenure".
That is given by the administration, after a 3-year period of close observation and consideration. Even after that, tenure is only a guarantee of due process. The teacher can still be terminated.
If there is a lousy, long-time teacher, then admin is not doing its job.”
TrueChicagoan on Sep 10, 2012 at 16:50:46
“Exactly, you only get excellent teachers with excellent pay. In Finland teachers are almost 100% in unions and they earn over 100% of what their peers in the private sector earn. Finland has the best educated students in the world.”
kisskins on Sep 10, 2012 at 16:44:15
“Most of our qualified teachers are underpaid, and many of our paid teachers are unqualified. LBJ”
“There are lots of cars in garages. There is an amazingly high correlation between being a car and being in a garage. But if I go into a garage, it will not cause me to turn into a car. It won't cause me to turn into a car even if someone writes lots and lots of articles on how great a correlation there is between cars and garages.”
bernikitty on Aug 19, 2012 at 10:06:45
At least use quotation marks and give credit for the quote, even if you are paraphrasing.”
“Actually, better go back to college and get a better science education and learn the difference between correlation and causation. And that correlation does not necessarily equal causation. People who graduate from college tend to have higher IQ's to start with, than people who don't ultimately graduate. People who have higher IQ's make more money whether or not they graduate from college. That fact that college graduation correlates with higher earnings does NOT mean that college graduation causes higher earnings. Control for IQ in your supposed statistics and then get back to us.”
Indygrl76 on Aug 18, 2012 at 16:11:03
“If you are trying to assert that formal education is not important and IQ is then it is clear that you are deficient in both...”
“Technology has made information and its dissemination and transfer very inexpensive. Yet the cost of obtaining a college education has risen faster than the rate of inflation. The availability of student loans seem to be the major factor allowing this otherwise unaccountable increase.
If I want to take in, say, a chemistry lecture, I can sign up for an expensive course at a brick and mortar institution and listen to a third rate lecturer. If I miss something during the lecture, I'm cooked. In the alternative, I can obtain a video lecture by the one of the best chemistry lecturers in the world, and if I miss something, I can replay it until I understand it.
There is no reason that those of us who have the intellectual capacity to engage in self-learning need what traditional brick and mortar colleges traditionally provide, the way they provide it. We can get what we need inexpensively and should get full credit for what we learn and know. It is a joke to assume that there is any meaningful professor-student interaction in the huge undergraduate classes that often predominate in the sciences.
Those who assume that college educations cause higher earnings need to learn more about scientific method, so that they don't equate correlation with causation in the absence of proof. There is a lot of evidence that intelligence, IQ, which happens to correlate with increased education, actually causes higher earnings.”
santiano on Jul 18, 2012 at 23:22:20
“A college education correlates highly with increased earnings because employers require college degrees as a condition of employment. And old boy and old girl alma mater networks are self-reinforcing. If employers required physical fitness certification as the primary requirement for employment, the country's gyms and Y's would be overflowing with government subsidy. In itself, there's apt to be close to zero correlation between a college degree and skillful performance on the job. Employers know that but continue, for now, to funnel future employees into the maw of monopolistic academia.”
Jul 6, 2012 at 14:33:23
“What is astounding is that physicians still believe that a positive small intestine biopsy is needed to determine that someone should be off gluten. This is somewhat akin to insisting on a myocardial infarction as diagnostic criteria for atherosclerosis. If a person tests positive by blood for gluten associated antibodies, it is past time to be off all gluten. Period. To wait for a positive intestinal biopsy to develop is to expose the patient to considerably elevated risk of developing a serious autoimmune disease or even cancer. The work of Kenneth Fine, MD, shows that even blood tests for anti-giadin antibodies and anti-tissue transglutatminase antibodies are insufficiently sensitive, and the stool antibody testing he has pioneered allows serious gluten damage to be avoided by early recognition of gluten sensitivity before the blood fills with antibodies.
Wheat has changed over the years to become more bioreactive and more immunogenic, and it has a host of problems as a food in even those who aren't especially sensitive. Many of these problems are detailed in the excellent new book by cardiologist William Davis, MD, entitled "Wheat Belly." Davis identifies many patients, and I've known others, who lose large amounts of excess body fat and weight by simply cutting all wheat out of their diets.”
Le Grand Fromage on Jul 6, 2012 at 15:35:54
“I recently read Wheat Belly and am attempting to rid myself of all wheat products.”
Jul 6, 2012 at 14:19:07
“Though still extremely underdiagnosed, part of the increased incidence results from factors other than better diagnosis. Long frozen blood samples from Korean War soldiers were checked for gluten antibodies against blood from modern sampling, and antibodies to gluten were found to be twice as prevalent now as in Korean War times.”
“Many should be leaving educational degree programs. Especially hokey for-profit mills that subsist on burdening student-victims with federally guaranteed debt that will keep the student in a black hole for a decade or more. If the supply of teachers weren't artificially boosted and so large, treatment of teachers would have to be better under the laws of economics.”
geewilikers on Jun 16, 2012 at 09:50:52
“Not in Texas. When faced with a teacher shortage in Math and Science fields, they passed legislation that allowed anyone who had any degree and could pass a subject matter test, was granted an "emergency" license. After taking as little as nine hours of education courses and with no on the job training, they were put to work. Often the courses were taken while they were already on the job. There were many that had been laid off from Dell and IBM that rushed to take jobs as math and science teachers. Generally, it was a disaster because just knowing your subject matter doesn't mean you can necessarily communicate that knowledge to students and make them want to learn it. They didn't really feel the calling to teach, they were just trying to make ends meet until they could get a "good" job. When you don't invest in your teachers and make sure they are properly trained, everyone suffers.”
“Much blame is placed on Proposition 13 in California, but if you take the total property tax collections for the state and divide the total by the population of California, you find that California is right in the middle of all states in terms of property tax collections per capita. Yet California also has the highest income tax and very high sales tax.
All of this then begs the question: Why does California with all these high revenues have the fourth lowest educational spending per student in the nation? Why is Wyoming's educational spending per student twice as high as California, when Wyoming has a much lower sales tax and no individual or corporate income tax?”
“Everyone in the school and many of the parents know who the bad teachers are. And certainly the school administration. The bad ones should be the first to be laid off.
The only thing that California's teachers unions seem to have accomplished is preserving top tier salaries for the longest tenured, but not necessarily most effective teachers. California has the fourth lowest education spending per pupil in the nation. And that in a state run by Democrats. California treats newer public schoolteachers like dirt, those without long tenure, and the unions seem to be doing nothing for newer teachers so long as top tier salaries of long tenured teachers are unaffected. Wyoming, run by conservative Republicans, spend approximately twice as much per pupil as California does and treats its teachers well. The squeeze in California created between the high teacher salaries and low spending per pupil results in huge class sizes, few good books and resources, trashy temporary classrooms, and yes, not enough administration. If the state had truly effective and conscientious teachers' unions, it wouldn't have fourth lowest per pupil spending. And the worst teachers would be the first fired.”
“"The point is: teachers matter," Obama said Saturday. "One study found that a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000. A great teacher can change the course of a child's life. The last thing our country needs is to have fewer teachers in our schools."
This seems to be confusing mere quantity with quality. Maybe what are needed are better teachers and the right to weed out poor teachers or lay them off without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees in the process.”
streamstalker4 on Jun 10, 2012 at 09:28:56
“Very well said paleo F&F”
bretina455 on Jun 10, 2012 at 09:23:19
“THEN EXPLAIN TENURE - SPEECH THERAPY -RE-WRITTEN HISTORY- LACK OF ACADEMICS -AND ROTTEN TEACHERS WITH AN AGENDA”
Duppy on Jun 10, 2012 at 09:22:31
“no way to fix quality in ONLY 3 years of an Obama administration.
“So I'm standing in one spot, standing my ground on main street, and someone is going to come up and perform an abortion on me? I don't think so.”
hg wells on Apr 14, 2012 at 10:35:58
“In arizona, a syg state, fetuses are people. Women can use syg to justify abortion as it is a known fact that 32% of pregnant women will to forced to have major surgery (c-section)...and this meets the criteria for grievous harm.”
“As one whose background includes a law degree, I have seen nothing in the Zimmerman/Martin facts that have emerged that even makes "stand your ground" relevant to that situation. What "stand your ground" says is this. Charles Manson is released on parole and has procured a butcher knife and is roaming your main street looking for his next victim to butcher. Blood dripping from the knife from his last victim, Manson heads for you intending to disembowel you.
In a "stand your ground" state, you are entitled to stay where you are and use your licensed handgun to stop Manson when his assault reaches that point that a reasonable person in your shoes would reasonably conclude that your life was in imminent peril. In state without "stand your ground" you are legally obligated to "run and hide" from Manson and see if you can successfully escape and hide from him. The state of the law in each state says something about the caliber of the men there.”
wsdave on Apr 14, 2012 at 10:53:20
“"As one whose background includes a law degree, I have seen nothing in the Zimmerman/Martin facts that have emerged that even makes "stand your ground" relevant to that situation."
You are, by far, not the first to point this out. Yet so many folks want to have a knee-jerk reaction to this.”
Irantergosum on Apr 14, 2012 at 10:40:39
“I see nothing in your analogy that even remotely compares with Zimmerman-Martin. You presume an aggressor (Manson) in your argument when in fact there are serious questions as to who the the perpetrator was in this case. If you read the affidavit it says that Trayvon Martin lived in the same apartment complex as George Zimmerman did and he had every right to be where he was.
So, what is your argument, black kid armed with Skittles v. armed, non-uniformed stranger pursuing a boy on his way home looking "suspicious?"”
hg wells on Apr 14, 2012 at 10:25:09
“Deadly force could be anthing...including abortion, right?”
Mar 20, 2012 at 12:08:48
“Trayvon would be alive today if the authorities involved hadn't given Zimmerman an expungement of Zimmerman's criminal record and hadn't given Zimmerman a concealed weapons permit in view of his criminal past.
But Zimmerman wasn't the only one who killed Trayvon. Trayvon was also killed by the criminals, black and white, who are responsible for the Florida community having a crime rate that is double the national average, and who committed the previous strings of crimes in the complex in question that put everyone, including Zimmerman, on such an edge. Trayvon would be alive today if Zimmerman was disarmed as someone with his criminal record should be. But Trayvon would also be alive if criminals weren't rampantly plying their trade in the neighborhood in question. And if the complex hadn't had to turn to Zimmerman for help. The crime makes the place a lot like Afghanistan, resulting in innocent casualties, and misdirected reactions and assumptions on all sides.”
salesdude on Mar 20, 2012 at 13:17:58
“Although I understand the point you are trying to make, the premiss is a bit thin. You cannot cast the blame for one mans ill advised actions on the crime rate within the community. There are much worse areas where people live with a neighborhood watch that will simply call the police when they see suspicious activity. It is Zimmerman's actions on that single night that are in question here, not his mindset or the local crime history. The police advised him not to pursue Trayvon because he had no authority to do so. That should have been the end of the story...he had done his job as a neighborhood watch member.
Let's not let the perpetrator of this horrific crime off the hook for his actions by spreading the blame to others where it doesn't truly belong. No one else [including the local criminals] had anything to do with this crime other than Zimmerman. NO ONE.”
sacmom3 on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:43:27
“Read the article again. Trayvon Martin was chased down and killed by George Zimmerman. That is the only fact that is relevant in this case. Everything else is just smoke and mirrors.”
kapalabhati on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:32:28
“I hear you, but I think you're giving Zimmerman a pass to shoot first and ask questions later.”
“The average male has double the upper body strength of the average female. A fit male has weapons on the ends of his arms - hands - that allow him to strangle, kill, virtually any woman at will. The question is not whether people will be allowed to carry deadly weapons that can kill. Until hands are outlawed, fit men will always possess weapons that can kill others at will. The question is whether women, the elderly, the disabled, or the less fit will also be allowed to carry effective weapons that can equalize things in face of a life theatening attack by a fit male. Or if only fit males will dominate and everyone else must live in fear.”
jack Winn on Mar 2, 2012 at 14:02:16
“Is that the way it works in Paleo world?
It never occurs to you that the mind behind the weapon is a critical component? Or that a smart determined thug can always adapt to defeat any firearm? (try smoke, or any deception).
It sounds to me like you're already in fear and have no clue how to deal with it, and basically want to sell firearms as security totems.”
Feb 26, 2012 at 16:34:18
“The recent killing of Montana schoolteacher Sherry Arnold occurred as a result of unarmed killers in a methamphetamine fueled rage. While human life has high value, the now deceased human in question here apparently didn't value his own life very highly. I'm not losing sleep over the loss.
While the Bay Area may not respect or support decent, capable and courageous officers such as Officer Crowell, huge swaths of the rest of the country do. My plea to him would be to come to work where we appreciate and support him, and leave the Bay Area folks to their own devices with the knife wielding meth addicts and their ilk.”
“As long as we are talking science, the testosterone level studies performed on bonobos shed some light on all this. Male bonobos have lower testosterone levels than chimps, though alpha male bonobos have higher testosterone levels than subordinate bonobo males. Female bonobos have testosterone levels that are closer to those of male bonobos. Male chimp testosterone levels are relatively higher compared to female chimps. So it is not surprising that bonobos show fewer differences across the sexes.
So for those readers who aspire to be more like bonobos, the males just need to procure chemical castration and the women just need testosterone injections.”
BookQueen on Feb 14, 2012 at 21:23:00
“That's really interesting. Has anyone speculated about why this would be true?
And were they looking at bonobos and chimps in the wild or in captivity? How big were there sample sizes?”
litwahf on Feb 14, 2012 at 15:56:52
“I do believe that is the feminist/homosexual agenda.”
fnygy on Feb 14, 2012 at 14:28:13
“All of that is addressed in the book. It's a terrific read.”
“May or may not have a bearing, but the diet in Egypt, especially for anyone with enough status to end up as a preserved mummy, was not "natural" in the period in question. Ancient Egyptians consumed grains such as wheat and barley, foods that had no place in almost all of human evolution, and that recent research is showing more and more to be deleterious to human health.”
BigBrickHouse on Jan 30, 2012 at 15:11:58
“I like beer too much to give up barley. Don't really care at all about the long-term side effects as long as the short-term effects continue to work. Nobody gets out alive~my grandparents are in their 90's and are miserable and have told us all many times that they never expected to live this long and wished they had passed on years ago. Grampa was an alcoholic for over 50 years, still living with nearly perfect health. I think it's more genetics than diet.”
“On comparison, the new diagnostic criteria proposed for autism disorders make more sense to me and appear to be tighter and less vague. Whenever a condition is in the news a lot, it seems that everyone decides that they themselves or one of their children has it. And is entitled to some sort of freebies at the expense of everyone else because of it. Some surely do have it, but given the power of the mind imagine, assume, and hope, the criteria should be tightly circumscribed.
I'd be interested in hearing from those who do really have Asperger's on this subject. Those I know of personally would fit the tighter criteria. Some have incredible talents, most seem to want to maintain their own worlds with minimal intrusion from well meaning others, and some describe the pain and discomfort of supposed behavioral "treatments" that teach them to contort themselves to pretend that they conform to the expectations of neurotypicals. The behavioral progress that everyone cheers may be at the expense of increasing and perpetual discomfort for the treated individual.”