“I don't think Robert Heinlein would agree with you. Obama would have brought the Civil Service and the VA into the 21st century if he had been given decent support (and he is managing to draw attention to it in a way that is going to make Congress spend the money to get it done...just like he has outmaneuvered them on immigration, and drones and NSA and Gitmo and marijuana). He is a great administrator, so saying EW would be like that is a great support for her.”
“problem is that the states who want to secede have lots of people who don't want to...I would almost vote for a special area without laws where those who wished to secede could go...someplace like SOMALIA.”
“Actually, unless you consider rape not to be CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT, you probably would think that the states have an obligation to protect inmates anyway...without a federal mandate, but since they haven't...TA-DAH, a federal mandate.”
“LIberals want corporate welfare exposed and stopped...
As far as wages are concerned, the lack of jobs is a result of not only outsourcing but job killers like Mitt Romney who bankrupted companies to raid their pension plans and pay lower effective tax rates on wages than the rest of us.
Supply and demand is totally skewed by the manipulated markets and boom/bust cycles instead of fair trade markets. The corporate plutocrats write the regulations that stop others from competing in their monopoly of network airwaves, and interlocking corporate boardrooms, one sided news media that passes as NEWS, and ridiculously long copyrights and patents on life forms. We liberals want the cake not to be held hostage by people who cheat the system with unethical loopholes and hidden kickbacks and corporate jets that cost CEO's less than coach prices.”
“Yes, yes, yes and yes again. I really hated the Ninja.The child-proof/adult-proof seals were outright outrageous. I have not used my NB for nuts or seeds much yet, but will also be using sprouts/greens soon.”
“I disagree about the NB...I prefer that to the Ninja I returned...having several cups and even two blade bases is so much better...the NB cups are just perfect for using one and saving another smoothie for later, and only having 3 main pieces to deal with (I know...the handle/rims are separate)”
“So you are saying that i am wrong...that people should have to work 100 hours per week to earn $3000 a month and that businesses have the right to pollute the air and water and land and just take the profit and run? You're not a platinumputter...just a putz.”
Platinumputter on May 20, 2014 at 15:25:45
“I'm saying that in our society, there is no equality for income. You are paid what you are worth. If you have to work "100 hours per week" to earn a living, then you're skill set isn't worth very much to your employer and you should either learn a different skill set by learning a trade or continue your education to move on and up the income ladder. You liberals want the cake without having to pay for it.”
“Did you look at what you wrote? People are supposed to work 100 hours per week because they offer nothing to the bottom line????? I propose that you spend 100 hours a week cleaning toilets or repairing AC units or plumbing lines or waiting tables or cleaning hotel rooms and then come back and say that work doesn't have value.”
“more like MOURNING in America, sigh. He started the idea of permitting the plutocrats to manipulate the workforce by paying lower and lower wages while leaving bigger and bigger ecological messes and driving bigger and bigger tax advantages to come to a city or state to rip off the economy.”
“Sounds like we need fewer investment bankers, oil barons and others who rip off the economy while either adding nothing of value or hiding the true cost of their energy with subsidies and tax loopholes while keeping renewable energy more difficult to develop.
Sounds like we need to invest in the roads and rail and bridges and energy efficient dwellings and offices instead of paying Mitt Romney to destroy companies and raid their pension plans and paying taxes at a lower rate than the rest of us.”
Blunderusunder on May 19, 2014 at 12:40:30
“Thanks for your post. F & F (Common sense IS so unusual. For example, Joe Anpat.)”
“the plutocrats realize they need to permit about 10% of the population to retain some modicum of comfort...the few remaining middle or upper middle class people buy the hogwash that people are lazy if they don't work 100 hours per week at minimum wage to earn $3000 a month and that the wealthy are entitled to pollute the air and water and strip the world of its resources, and they can profit, but don't have to clean up the messes they make...privatize the profits and socialize the losses.”
Platinumputter on May 20, 2014 at 14:07:09
“I was just checking with my library and they said that you've checked out Mein Kampf and have had it for weeks now....”
amaboss52 on May 19, 2014 at 13:04:29
Buggs R on May 19, 2014 at 12:04:14
“Well 3000 a month is 36K a year should be setting aside at the very min 5 K of that in savings . 100 hours a week normal work week for those that offer nothing to the bottom line of the company”
“so you think that survival depends on getting CHARITY? and who decides who gets the charity? do you have to pretend to believe in a particular religion? or do you get less charity if you are ugly or mentally challenged? The entire purpose of GOVERNMENT welfare programs is to keep people like you from deciding who gets to live or not.”
“Actually, your dad lived in an era where that was possible...today, you go to college and end up with $30,000 in debt. The rules have been changed to protect the guilty!
When I first worked the minimum wage of $1.35 per hour was a LIVING WAGE...today if you work 100 hours a week at minimum wage, you earn less than $3000 a month and even at ten bucks an hour, 40 hours is about $20,000 a year AND you have to pay income tax on TEN GRAND...the income tax was never meant to be applied until you reached a LIVING WAGE.
Check your facts before you claim that people who are working two jobs in order to survive aren't working hard enough for you.”
“There are a couple items I find disturbing...When people say they are living at the poverty level and still paying on their student loans, they need to check into IBR or income based repayment plans (I realize some people got roped into loans that don't qualify for this, but it is worth a try) and saying they are too poor to file for bankruptcy is also not true...the FILING FEES (about 300-400 bucks) can be waived for people who are poor and there are places that can help people fill in the bankruptcy paperwork. The key to that is making as much as possible EXEMPT, but from what I have heard, usually the creditors aren't interested in small ticket items...just be sure to list them as virtually zero value (YARD SALE PRICES are usually nickels and dimes for clothing and household items)”
“You are blaming the common core (which is totally open about HOW to teach the standards) for the terrible tests...Blame PEARSON for poorly worded or ambiguous questions...As a teacher, it always amazed me how students managed to misinterpret test instructions or questions...until the test has been used a time or two, and the problems ironed out there will be problems.
What you call extremely weird word problems are not so weird if the kid paid attention and followed along in class or asked questions in class. Part of the stuff that you find challenging is that the problems tend to give EXTRANEOUS information, because in the real world there is frequently data that doesn't apply, and kids used to struggle because they didn't know how to do problems unless all the organization had already been done. Now they are (PROPERLY) teaching students how to figure out what is needed in order to set up the problems and solve them.
However, I agree that testing too much and for too high a stake is counterproductive. PORTFOLIOS showing the student's accomplishments are much better indicators.”
colts13 on May 19, 2014 at 17:26:25
“I would say at the end of the day, that would be my ultimate point! A child shouldn't feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders... they should be able to enjoy being a child! Not pushed to the brink as if he/she is a member of the labor force!”
May 19, 2014 at 09:55:37
“When you couple the improvement of the brain when meditating and the improvement of the brain by BREATHING during a fight or flight situation, it becomes pretty scary that more teachers are not teaching meditation techniques in school. I know the kids loved the exercises we did to prepare or wind down from our music classroom activities. Just the fact that they were permitted to CLOSE THEIR EYES improved their mood and their clarity.”
May 17, 2014 at 20:18:57
“Ever hear of self-fulfilling prophecies? The major problem with our society today is that people have accepted the idea that life is scraping and clawing instead of cooperating and collaborating. We do not live in a world where scarcity (if resources were used sensibly) is true. There are some distribution problems (I am not talking about stealing from the rich so much as questioning their title to the resources they claim not only in acquisition but in unethical practices to keep them) and the idea that having so many of the world's people living in abject poverty for the benefit of a few is going to continue until the poor are able to communicate (and that is happening now)”
Marc Shakter on May 18, 2014 at 06:30:45
“With human society it should be cooperating and collaborating, in nature it's not. What makes us different from all the other animals on earth is that we pulled ourselves above that with technology. I agree with you. People living in poverty is totally un-necessary. It's an archaic throwback to the days where humans gathered around the carcass and fought for the scraps and who is in charge like animals still do.”
“You will probably appreciate this CORE CONCEPT that I used to teach adding fractions, conversion from one unit to another and to explain why dividing a negative number by a negative number is a positive number. All of them use the idea that any number divided by the equivalent number is ONE...4/4, 622/622, 1,000,000/1,000,000 all equal one...so -1/-1 is ONE...I cannot tell you how many students felt secure with that example because it is so immediately obvious. Also, 1 cup/8 oz is ONE...and they all know that you can multiply anything by ONE and not change the value...the bonus to this (I calculated the distance in inches to the nearest star by doing a chain of calculations starting with a light year and converting it step by step to inches...multiplying by ONE at each step...kids don't care at all if you actually multiply out the results, because they UNDERSTAND the concept...
4.3 light years * 365 days/year * 24 hours / day * 60 minutes / hour * 60 seconds/minute * 186,000 feet / second * 12 inches/foot...if you notice...all you do is take the unit in the NUMERATOR, put it in the DENOMINATOR and find the equivalent number. So in this case all the units cancel out but the final INCHES and you multiply 4.3 * 365 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 186,000 * 12 and that is how many inches it is to the nearest star.”