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Saturday, December 21. 2019
Photo from Family shocked by “moving ornament” in Christmas tree
A memorable tree for them. Poor bird is far from home, though.
CNN Anchor: Trump Should Listen When Women Tell Him We Have ’12 Years’ Until the World Ends
Shouldn't the media report how bad previous climate change predictions have been instead of participating in the indoctrination?
History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin - It’s underwater
Bipartisan Congress showers health care industry with multi-billion victory after wagging finger at it for much of 2019
Bottom line: Don't eat or drink
British Academic Wants To Ban The Insults "Nerd" And "Geek" As Hate Crimes
As an ex-nerd, or current nerd, can I call her an idiot a-hole, or is that hate crime too?
Bill Gates' educational plans don't work
NAS Commends President Trump’s Executive Orders: No More Law by Dear Colleague Letter
The Fracking Decade
Economic Inequality—Populism’s Rallying Cry
Make the wealthy poorer - statistical problem solved. If you have more than one house, let the gummint take the others. Then your IRA. Why not, if equality is sacred?
Chris Hayes’ Mini-Rant About Whiteness of House GOP Ends Badly After People Point to MSNBC’s Lineup
The Vindication of Sean Hannity - A relentless pursuit of the truth.
CA Dem Gov. Newsom Lashes Out At Trump, GOP For Not Helping Solve California’s Homeless Crisis
That's the feds' problem? I don't think so. It's local.
AG Barr: James Comey is a Serial Liar
Wow. Saint Comey?
" The Horowitz report makes clear that multiple news cycles over the past few years were dominated by reports that were either incorrect or lacking factual foundation."
True, only chumps believe the news
Trump-branded properties lost value since the 2016 election, study shows
Predictable. Honey Badger don't care.
When Hate Becomes an Agenda - Trump so infuriated his opponents that, rather than find arguments to convince a majority of Americans that the president’s policies were flawed, his enemies instead sought to destroy him.
Haters gotta hate on something
Will Washington media expose the liars who spun the Trump-Russia hoax?
6 Reasons Pelosi’s Senate Obstruction Gambit On Impeachment Articles Is A Disaster
How Trump Won 2019 - Column: Thank his opponents
Democrats are making a farce of impeachment
Merry Impeachmas’ — Washington Post Reporters Appear To Celebrate Impeachment
Trump-Obsessed German Media Cheer Impeachment: ‘Huge Success for the Democratic Party’
In Haiti, UN Peacekeepers Fathered Hundreds of Children and Abandoned the Mothers
They always do that
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British Academic Wants To Ban The Insults "Nerd" And "Geek" As Hate Crimes" When our son now in his mid forties was in high school he was on the competitive intelligence team, the name of which escapes me now. The kids called the team "Nerd Bowl" when they went to competitions. No hate involved.
But woe to the person of non-pallor who tries to join in, lest he be labeled "acting white." No hate there, either.
My two oldest wear the name "nerd" proudly, now that they are adults.
I was going to say that the MSM will characterize Hannity's accuracy something other than having to do with any skill or hard work on the part of his team, but that's actually fanciful because they will surely ignore Hannity, Solomon, Carter, et al. Just like they will ignore their obvious bias and thirst for peddling anything negative about Trump that was told to them as actual news. And just as they have continued to forget about all the lies Schiff has told for three years. And just as they have already forgotten that the Nunez memo was right and the Schiff memo was wrong (even though Nunez and Schiff had access to the same information).
There are no excuse for the MSM just like there are no Pulitzers for Solomon.
"Trump-Obsessed German Media Cheer Impeachment: ‘Huge Success for the Democratic Party’"
DW, France24, SkyNews suffer from the same TDS as US MSM.
Bottom line: Don't eat or drink. Just think of all the money you'll save...for your heirs to enjoy.
"...to try to help low-income minority (LIM) students. "
I honestly believe that the biggest impediment for "LIM" students is people like Al Sharpton, the NAACP and politicians and activists who keep the entire race baiting scheme alive and well. Imagine yourself a young "LIM" student with all the adults around you telling you that you can't succeed and it's not your fault and you need to hate this other racial group. You would grow up in that hate and reject any opportunities offered to you. It is a common phrase in the "LIM" community that you don't want to "act white". That is you don't want to study, do what society and the teachers expect of you and plan to succeed in life. After all, why would you because Al Sharpton and his ilk have convinced you that everyone hates you and he is working hard to get you more free stuff anyway so why work hard to succeed?
UN peacekeepers fathered hundreds of children.
That is taking that expression, "make love not war a little too far".
So the federal government just passed a bill that includes family leave for 2 million or so federal workers. My question is why? I do not understand the logic in this. Yes I understand the arguments for the free stuff but I don't understand family leave. The civil service work force gets ample vacation and sick leave why not use that instead of creating another freebie? And what about the unfairness of it; that is the family leave inequality! If only those who have children (or adopt or have some other qualifying family emergency) get the leave what about all of those who do not get it? Is that fair? Let's make it fair and every time anyone gets three months paid family leave that everyone of the federal workforce gets three months paid time off. An incredibly stupid idea you say? Yes I think so too and that is why I do not understand giving anyone paid family leave.
Well, it's at least something that the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative set measurable goals to evaluate success or failure by rather than the usual vague and subjective goals that allow them to say they've achieved some limited success but more time and more money are needed to really get things going. Nevertheless, there is that alarming bit at the end wherein they suggest that possible reasons the initiative failed was that it was flawed to begin with, or maybe it wasn't given enough time or enough support, they're not really sure why things didn't work out as they hoped. Which isn't much different than the usual excuse-making for why school taxes keep going up and your child gets good grades but is still illiterate.
And then they warn that maybe there's more resistance than you think to promoting "good" teachers by the "bad" teachers and that institutional goals may conflict with teaching goals (duh, you think?) and maybe the focus on teacher evaluation fails to focus on other factors than student outcome (it should, that's your whole raison d'etre) which suggests these people are the usual over-educated idiots with lots of theoretical knowledge and zero practical knowledge in the area of their "expertise".
So, let me get this straight--What Hannity and his guests been saying for three years is that a US presidential candidate laundered money through a law firm to pay the Russians for disinformation about her opponent. And that partisan elements in the FBI, knowing that the disinformation was paid for by a candidate and that it came from the Russians through a man the FBI no longer worked with because he was unreliable, and that the information was utterly baseless nonsense, still used it to help falsify an application for a FISA warrant which was then used as a back door way to spy on the campaign of the candidate who was the subject of the Russian disinformation. And that the victim of all these nefarious shenanigans was the one who ended up being investigated for working with the Russians and eventually impeached.
It sounds like a bad episode of Get Smart, like Mel Brooks and Buck Henry just decided to call it in that week.
No wonder the media won't do a mea culpa--they're covered by the fact that a great many people find it too hard to believe something this ridiculous could actually happen!
CA Dem Gov. Newsom Lashes Out At Trump, GOP For Not Helping Solve California’s Homeless Crisis .
The only problem here is that Trump/GOP would undo most of the dysfunctional Democrat policies on the homeless. I doubt Gavin and the Democrats would agree with that. Gavin and the Democrats define "help" as "agree with whatever Democrats want to do and send us more money." We all know how "reaching across the aisle" works with Democrats: do it our (Democrat) way.
Screech Owls are native to Georgia. I have some in the woods behind my home.
"Bill Gates' educational plans don't work"
Nobody's educational plans work.
At the margin, teachers can help, and are even essential to get kids started knowing how to read. But past that, if the kids aren't smart enough to be educable, or interested in being educated, there seems to be little to be done about it. At least in our current state of knowledge.
One thing that is sure is that more money spent on it doesn't change outcomes over time.
Sometimes the truth is sad, but that doesn't make it untrue.
Repetition, Structure, and Discipline are the cheapest tools available in child education, they are also the the most effective and the least used.
Announcement: If Zachriel gets his own site and produces his own content, I promise to go read it for 14 consecutive days. I may or may not comment there.
That underwater mining business is absolutely not permissible.
Those companies will cause untold ecological damage. The dredging ships need to come out of the water immediately. I just can’t believe that the world has such stupid people. Or maybe they’re not stupid. Maybe they just don’t give a damn.