We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As far as the street urinals in France, the guys can't even hit the target if that one picture is accurate, the guy is standing in a puddle of piss!
As for Omarosa, has anyone one else seen or heard about her time in the White House under Gore and Clinton. Funny all the terrible news about unfair treatment goes after Trump.
Concerning the contract grading system, we used that in 8th grade science all the way back in 1981! I was an A student and signed up for a A at the beginning of the school , and as if by magic, I received an A at the conclusion of the class!
We had the contract grading system in some classes back in 1972 at my new high school. I didn't like it. It was so ambiguous I didn't know what was expected. Math, chemistry, life sciences and physics were not done that way.
China in the South China Sea is the next war. They are coming for Australia and New Zealand and for the rest of South China including the Philippines. It is just a matter of time until a shooting war breaks out there.
Obama totally ignored the China threat throughout his administration (like everything else). China has now taken control of the South China Sea. I don't think they want to go as far as you say, but they want cotnrol over SCS for their belt and road policy. Then I predict they will try to reassert control over Taiwan, and then maybe into southeast Asia.
Starbucks could have solved its public relations problems and virtue signallng identity, by installing these stand-up facilities outside their coffeehouses, while claiming them as the latest in French-european elite chic. Or, maybe the French could solve their piss-in-the-street problem by promoting a virtue-signalling Starbucks restroom facility on every block?
Looking back, Theoretical Mechanics and Differential Equations were hard work. Just picking an A plus for a few courses like these would have saved a lot of work, and made me feel much better about myself and my resume with A plusses in these courses instead of what I actually earned.