Finally, after years of flaccid flailing, haters of teachers and teachers' spouses finally have a blog forum to spew their invective. After being pushed off the local Hudson ontheborderline.nut blog by a band of flea-infested, snuff-juice-dribbling, fruitcake-loving, black-helicopter-fearing gun fornicators, the teacher haters have finally put down the foundation on which they will build the tower of drivel.
Click here to enter i hate teachers and their spouses.blogspot.com
at 10/20/2006 Posted by Sunny Badger
at 10/20/2006 Posted by EastWing
"I often hear people say with absolute certainty that whoever they are in favor of is obviously going to do well because they haven't talked to 'anyone' who supports the other person" in the election. She rolled her eyes and said, "Oh yeah, sure! That is a good argument."
Duke University sociologist
Why all the bloggers at OTBL think alike
Experts call it homophily, we call it birds of a feather — and it explains the bitter partisanship of our times
BY SHANKAR VEDANTAM
Thinkers from Plato and Aristotle onward have observed that people seem to be drawn to others like themselves. Sociologists call this phenomenon homophily, a somewhat grand word to describe the idea that birds of a feather flock together.
With a midterm election less than three weeks away, homophily is playing a powerful, but largely invisible, role in politics.
Studies show that most people interested in politics associate nearly exclusively with others with similar political beliefs. In fact, research by sociologist David Knoke at the University of Minnesota shows that if you know whether a person's friends are Republicans, Democrats or independents, you can predict with near certainty that person's political views.
Homophily may help explain some of the bitter partisanship of our times — when your friends are drawn exclusively from one half of the electorate, it is not surprising that you will find the views of the other half inexplicable.
Read more @ Pioneer Press.
at 10/20/2006 Posted by Sunny Badger
Hudson's Public Edcuation Critics announced today that in an attempt
brighten their tarnished public image of being "anti-edumacation" they have
adopted a new identity. The group formerly known as skunks have launched
a new public relations campaign under the banner of http://www.ihateteachersandtheirspouses.blogspot.com/
The group said they would double their efforts to be sure that teachers recieve
lower wages and benefits while working longer hours with more difficult and
unruly students. "As taxpayers, we demand our pound of flesh from the socialist
freeloaders and we aim to get it." We demand year long school 6 days a week and
want teacher pay to be based on competition with real entrepeneurs like Wal-Mart
One member of the group who refused to by identified stated. "Johnny can't learn
cause teacher's have Cadillac Healthcare and want to teach in the Tajmahal."..
"The Halls are crowded because there's too many students traipsing throughout the school."
"We demand that the teachers switch classes and the students stay put, just like when
I went to High School back in 1907."
The group will also be selling buttons promoting their cause at Dick's Bar
school nights until midnight. More promotional events will be announce later............
Join in the fun. Be aTeacher Hater.
at 10/20/2006 Posted by Mikhail Ivanovich
Everyone thought that the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in the United States. I know better. I dare say that all socialism involves slavery. The insidious growth of social programs from everything from A to Z over the last several decades has created a new class of slave. One of the characteristics of slaves is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another’s desires. There are many different
degree’s degrees to what coercion is forced upon him, but he is a slave none the less nonetheless. Our new overseer is government. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. So how much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit?
As we have evolved into an ever increasing statist society, some say down a path from which we cannot return, the influences of socialistic statist ideologies are becoming prevalent and are inching towards dominance in the persona of mainstream life. State intervention into the simple matters of everyday life is tightening the shackles with which we now have to bear. Why is it that people now look to government as a solution instead of the problem?
One of reasons has been the formation and implementation of a government controlled and monopolistic institution we call mandatory education. The consequences have been to produce a uniform conformist education, with faculties and staff ultimately dependent for their jobs on the government, and so developing an economic interest in professing and teaching a statist, pro-government, and socialist ideology. The tendency of government-supported education then becomes one that is
self fulfilling self-fulfilling in that it is in its best own interest to try and affirm its falsly falsely earned intellectual superiority and to quelch ( no such word )all who do not acquiesce to their mindset.What course then does the average citizen have to descent? .............................
Somebody needs a good PUBLIC EDUCATION.
at 10/19/2006 Posted by Petty Red Pen
"Only 31% of those polled approve of Mr. Bush's job performance and 68% believe the United States is worse off today than it was before Mr. Bush became president."
"On handling the issue of rising gas prices, Mr. Bush's performance rating dropped four percentage points from what it was a month ago (from 17% to 13%)."
"Congressional Republicans get an eviscerating review in this poll. The GOP gets a favorability rating of 37%, exactly 20 percentage points lower than where it was in 1994. Inversely, Democrats in Congress had a favorability rating increase of 11 percentage points over what it was in 1994."
"The overall approval of Congress' performance has diminished vastly since 2001; only 23% approve now while 67% did in 2001."
Read the rest of the Good News
The Do-Nothing Congress
"A CBS News/New York Times poll finds 75 percent of voters can't name one thing Congress has accomplished. "
at 10/18/2006 Posted by Andy Rand
"I think it's very important for everyone in America to realize right now the state of our country, not just on this issue but on a lot of issues, that it is time to get active again. People have just sat back and just sort of said, oh, let somebody else do it for a long time, and we're seeing what's happening to the country, even freedom of speech. It's not going well. So I think this is a real opportunity for people to see, yes, if you do get out and you do get active, there are other people there. You just have to seek them out."
Read more: Mary Steenburgen
at 10/18/2006 Posted by EastWing
This fall, the marked slowdown in hiring only adds to the economic worries of a middle class already burdened by record amounts of debt. Families, however, are not alone in their debt woes. The federal government continues to amass mammoth budget deficits while the trade deficit continues to run at a high level. These debt burdens jeopardize future economic opportunities and contribute to a slowing economy.
Check out the stats @American Progress.org
at 10/17/2006 Posted by Sunny Badger
Homeschool activists are raising alarm about a controversy in Germany involving church, state and school they fear could have long-term repercussions affecting parents' rights to educate their children in the United States.
In September the European Court of Human Rights denied an appeal of a fundamentalist Christian family who sued the German government for the right to educate their children at home.
They are among seven Baptist families in the northwest state of Westphalia boycotting public schools they view as humanistic and godless.
In January a court in Westphalia sentenced a mother to six days in jail, followed by six days for the father, because they would not pay a fine for refusing to let their children attend a Christmas play based on the 1812 Grimm's fairy tale "King Thrushbeard," which they considered to be blasphemous.
Another family, in the case decided by the European court, said school teaching in Paderborn conflicted with their religious beliefs, such as promoting superstitions like witches and dwarves in fairy tales and in sex education.
The European court upheld German laws requiring compulsory education and agreed with lower courts that requiring children to attend school did not violate the parents' rights to privacy or religious freedom.
Read more @ Ethics Daily.com
at 10/17/2006 Posted by Sunny Badger
How Many Startup Employees Does It Take Change A Light Bulb?
It depends on the type of startup employee. Here are some possible responses:
Business Type: We looked at the service market for changing light bulbs as a possible go-to-market strategy. But, we determined that the necessary gross margins to sustain our business and demonstrate an attractive return for our investors did not exist in this market. We plan to revisit this opportunity at some later date.
Project Manager Type: We’re still working on the alpha version of the software which doesn’t support changing light bulbs yet. This is scheduled for beta build B4, codename “Phoenix”.
Developer Type: Well, it should only take one, but our founder insisted on using Python instead of Ruby On Rails to build the product and so it’s going to take four people to add the “change a light bulb” feature. Wait, wait, I found this new open source project called “Python on Prayers” which lets the two environments interoperate. I think I can bang out the code this weekend. You go now. (starts typing away at keyboard).
Marketing Type: Like any significant technological change, of which changing a light bulb is one manifestation, it takes the wisdom of crowds to actually address the needs of the long tail. The minimum crowd required is the set of early-adopters of technological change as represented by the current list of TechCrunch subscribers.
Sales Type (written on Blackberry): Shit! I told those moronic software engineers to focus on the “flush the toilet” feature. I’ve got 5 customers that are ready to buy NOW if we can just get that freakin’ feature added. Forget the stupid “change a light bulb” thing. Nobody cares. We need “flush the toilet” yesterday!
Finance Type: Well, looking at our fully burdened FTE (full time employee) costs, we can afford about 2.7 FTEs to get the light bulb changed. We’d also need to make sure that the contract explicitly states that all consulting services in the scope of the CALB project are non-refundable so we can recognize the revenue in Q2 in term of GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
Software Architect Type: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hold your horses. Before you even start to think about changing a light bulb, we need to make sure we’ve got a scalable architecture. First step is to pick a relational database that supports transactions and rollback/commits. The last thing we need is for a light bulb to almost be changed. It should either be changed or not be changed. That’s just the beginning. Then we’ve got to figure out
Strategy Type: Forget the light bulb. We need to stop skating to where the puck is, and skate to where the puck is going to be. In five years, there will be no light bulbs to change. I’m going on an executive retreat next week and plan to return with a vision statement that articulates how we will leverage our core competencies to erect a formidable barrier to entry in the $1 billion market for LaaS (Light As A Service).
Read more @ OnStartups.com
at 10/17/2006 Posted by EastWing
A major research institution has recently announced the discovery of
The heaviest element yet known to science. The new element has been named Governmentium. Governmentium (Gv) has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198
assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.
Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take over four days
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 4 years; It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's Mass will actually increase over time, since each
reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration.
This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium - an element which radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.
at 10/16/2006 Posted by EastWing