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  1. saywhatwhat commented on Chan Lowe 3 months ago

    and dosen’t want to pay for what the government does for him/her.

  2. saywhatwhat commented on Candorville 3 months ago

    The “dent” is no problem. PC keyboards are cheap. Shut down computer, unplug old keyboard, plug in new one and re-start computer.

  3. saywhatwhat commented on Chan Lowe 3 months ago

    Defense contractors don’t grin. They just smile on the inside.

  4. saywhatwhat commented on Chan Lowe 3 months ago

    The real underlying motivation is North Sea oil. People in Scotland think they are going to get to decide things for themselves when if they separate from England, when in truth, democracy itself is being stolen around the world by corporate interests… OH, but it’s OK!! Corporations got Religion.

  5. saywhatwhat commented on Walt Handelsman 4 months ago

    I’m actually against most forms of top down standardized testing. A basic CORE in Math and English is not a bad idea (this one was initiated at the State level) but teachers should be encouraged to spend more time teaching and not more time preparing for yet another standardized test fostered on an unsuspecting public by corporate interests.

  6. saywhatwhat commented on Walt Handelsman 4 months ago

    Good link; you should try reading it for understanding and not just examples of what you already believe. It’s not about history.

    But what can you expect from someone who confuses “can do multiplication table in my head…” with understanding math.

    Reading a little farther: "Q: What are the Common Core State Standards?

    A: The standards spell out, grade by grade, the reading and math skills that students should have as they go from kindergarten through high school. For example, a first-grade reader should be able to use a story’s pictures and details to describe its characters and then in second grade, be able to compare and contrast two versions of a story like Cinderella. In math, a first-grade student should be able to add and subtract, and in third grade do multiplication and division. The Common Core is not a day-by-day curriculum that dictates teachers’ lessons.

    Q: What’s different from the old standards?

    A: The new standards are considered more rigorous because they require students to think and reason more. The English standards rely on a more even mix of literary and informational texts, such as the Declaration of Independence. The math standards focus not only on the how, but the why, of problem-solving. As a result, standardized tests designed to track students’ progress are more involved than the typical fill-in-the-bubble exams, translating to delays between test day and results, as well as higher costs to pay graders to reach short-answer responses."

  7. saywhatwhat commented on Wizard of Id 4 months ago

    It takes more than a bunch of blue fingers to make a democracy. If Bush hadn’t brought “regime change” to Iraq, it may have taken 100 years for them to find democracy on their own. Now it might take a thousand years.

  8. saywhatwhat commented on Pat Oliphant 5 months ago

    Except Martians don"t exist.

  9. saywhatwhat commented on Pat Oliphant 5 months ago

    Jews were not really hated in the middle east until they (and others in the wake of WWII) had that “bright idea”. But it’s useless to argue with people who think they are the chosen of God… be they Jews, Muslims, Hare Krishnas or Baptists…. the list goes on.

  10. saywhatwhat commented on Nick Anderson 6 months ago

    " what if a family runs a business and incorporates? Do they give up their rights? "
    No, the individual family members have the same rights they had before. But a corporation is set up to limit certain types of personal liability. There must indeed be a limit to personal discretion when acting for the corporation tied to that freedom from accountability.