Daily Archives: November 27, 2013

Modern education in Greenwich


As taught to you by the Board of Education

As taught to you by the Board of Education

Central Middle School held an indoctrination education day on Wednesday.

Called “Human Dignity Day”, the kids were yanked out of class for the entire half-day session and forced to hold hands, sing kumbaya and otherwise learn how to be proper sheeple.  Ostensibly it was about bullying and gee, who could object to an entire day of school being devoted to that, but it seems to have devoted much of the day to socialist claptrap and anti-war propaganda. Gee, what’s on the agenda here?

In the workshops, students learned about important social and political issues, including agricultural workers’ rights.

“One of the teachers was telling us that grapes are one of the hardest crops to pick, and they take a ton of time, and these people are getting paid like 5 cents to get a pound of grapes,” eighth-grader Alex Litt said. “I don’t think people should be treated like that.”

While they participated in the workshops, students also delved into the historical context of their activities. Sixth-grader Nyle Garg recounted that while making paper cranes he learned about Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who survived the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Diagnosed with a radiation-caused leukemia, she set about making 1,000 paper cranes. She died in 1955 at the age of 12 before reaching her goal, but her life story has endured as an inspirational narrative.

“And many students are keen to participate in a Human Dignity Day sequel next year.

It’s ironic that while we’re wasting a day of class time discussing “human dignity” with middle school children, their older siblings are preparing to jet off to Cuba to toot tubas. If I thought the Cuban trip would be used as a pedagogical tool to show kids what human dignity looks like when it’s abused and trampled by a communist dictatorship I’d think it was money well spent. Instead, they’ll learn about the heroic sugar cane workers who give their all so that, as Central Middle School students have been told, “others can be happy”.



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It’s rude to lift another blogger’s entire post but in this case

Only Glenn Reynolds can do this justice (the comments are his)

YEAH, I’D LISTEN TO HER ADVICE TO GROW THE ECONOMY: Silicon Valley Isn’t a Meritocracy. And It’s Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs.

“In a cultural context where idealists have linked social media to democracy, egalitarianism, and participation, the tech scene in Silicon Valley considers itself to be exceptional. Supporters speak glowingly of a singularly meritocratic environment where innovative entrepreneurs disrupt fusty old industries and facilitate sweeping social change.

But if the tech scene is really a meritocracy, why are so many of its key players, from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs, white men?

Why, indeed? Maybe because they don’t write stuff like this:

For instance, in her study of entrepreneurs, Helene Ahl found that in business discourse 70 percent of words used to describe entrepreneurs were male-gendered — these included “self-reliant”, “assertive”, “forceful”, “risk-taking”, “self-sufficient”, “leader”, “competitive”, and “ambitious”.

If you think “self-reliant” or “ambitious” are “male-gendered” then your prospects are poor . . . .

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Minimum wage at Walmarts didn’t stop this guy

Walmart-march-6-30-12-320x212New CEO started as loading dock worker as a teen, went on to college, returned as a sales trainee and now, at 47, has been tapped to lead the company.

But unlike many CEOs of massively profitable companies, McMillon started out at the very bottom of the company he’s going to lead. And not as an intern or management trainee. The Arkansas native spent two summers as a teenager unloading trucks at a Wal-Mart distribution center.

Here’s a look at McMillon’s journey from Wal-Mart’s loading dock to its next CEO.

After attending college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, McMillon returned to the company in 1990, working in a store in Tulsa, Okla., as a buyer trainee in the athletic department while getting his MBA at the University of Tulsa. A year later, he made the move to its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.

Obviously not a typical story, nor is McMillon an unskilled, illiterate person, but to label all minimum wage positions as “dead end jobs” overlooks what the talented and energetic use them for: a chance to gain work experience and show their employer what they can do.


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Sales reported

Five of them, in all price ranges

76 Winding Lane

76 Winding Lane

76 Winding Lane, started off at $14.950 in 2010, eventually dropped to $11.750 million, went to contract in August and just closed at $10,832,000. Nice house, you like this size.

2 Cary Rd

2 Cary Rd

Smaller than Winding Lane’s 10,600 sq. ft., 2 Cary Road, listed originally at $475,000, sold after 420 days for $410,000. Somewhere, there’s a compromise between Winding’s capacity and this one’s.

5 Martin Dale

5 Martin Dale

5 Martin Dale sold for $2,925,300. I don’t care that the seller paid $3.525 for the place in 2007 and did a cheap and hasty rehab job, this was no bargain.

43 Glenville St

43 Glenville St

43 Glenville, basic shelter, sold for $635,000.




3 Hearthstone

3 Hearthstone

And 3 Hearthstone, new Riverside construction, asked $3.125 million, sold quickly for $3.120. Smart pricing: kudos to Gary Cunningham, builder, and Shore & Country, listing broker.


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Usually, a “trial marriage” doesn’t put the trial afterwards.

Wedding gift returned to donor

Wedding gift returned to donor

Montana bride of eight days pushes blindfolded hubby off cliff at Glacier National Park.

Prosecutors allege that 22-year-old Jordan Graham was unhappy in her new marriage and deliberately shoved her blindfolded husband of eight days off a rock ledge during an argument while hiking a steep trail on July 7.

[The 22-year-old initially told police her husband, 25, had gone missing after telling her he was going for a drive with a friend. But she subsequently admitted she had lied, and described how a cliff-top row turned to tragedy.]

Her attorneys have …  scolded prosecutors for labeling their client a sociopath.

Well ….


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This is kind of neat


Wrapping him in a cocoon and bleeding him hasn't seem to have helped, Doctor

Wrapping him in a cocoon and bleeding him hasn’t seem to have helped, Doctor

Germ killing “Nano-surface” rips bacteria apart. Useful in hospitals, restaurants, perhaps. With bacteria growing increasingly resistant to drugs, a mechanical barrier makes sense.

AFP – Imagine a hospital room, door handle or kitchen countertop that is free from bacteria — and not one drop of disinfectant or boiling water or dose of microwaves has been needed to zap the germs.

That is the idea behind a startling discovery made by scientists in Australia.

The germ-killer is black silicon, a substance discovered accidentally in the 1990s and now viewed as a promising semiconductor material for solar panels.

Under an electron microscope, its surface is a forest of spikes just 500 nanometres (500 billionths of a metre) high that rip open the cell walls of any bacterium which comes into contact, the scientists found.

Last year, the team, led by Elena Ivanova at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, were stunned to find cicada wings were potent killers of Pseudomonas aeruginsoa — an opportunist germ that also infects humans and is becoming resistant to antibiotics.

Looking closely, they found that the answer lay not in any biochemical on the wing, but in regularly-spaced “nanopillars” on which bacteria were sliced to shreds as they settled on the surface.

Smooth to the human touch, the surfaces destroyed two categories of bacteria, called Gram-negative and Gram-positive, as well as spores, the protective shell that coats certain times of dormant germs.

The three targeted bugs comprised P. aeruginosa, the notorious Staphylococcus aureus and the ultra-tough spore of Bacillus subtilis, a wide-ranging soil germ that is a cousin of anthrax.

The killing rate was 450,000 bacterial cells per square centimetre per minute over the first three hours of exposure.

This is 810 times the minimum dose needed to infect a person with S. aureus, and a whopping 77,400 times that of P. aeruginosa.

If the cost of making black silicon is an obstacle, many other options are around for making nano-scale germ-killing surfaces, said the scientists.

“Synthetic antibacterial nano-materials that exhibit a similar effectiveness… can be readily fabricated over large areas,” they wrote.


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Just this morning, Dollar Bill announced that the “media coverage of ObamaCare is shifting” -guess he got the memo from his masters

No hope, bad change

No hope, bad change

‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories

With the roll out of Obamacare being as disastrous as possible for the Obama administration, one group was given a $1 million grant to help lead a rebranding effort with hopes of salvaging the law in the eyes of the American people.

Families USA (FUSA) — an organization that describes itself as a “national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans” — was given a $1.1 million grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on October 4, 2013, to gather “success stories” of Americans dealing with Obamacare and distribute them to the media who often refer to them as an “independent” group. This is part of a greater upcoming effort to bolster the perception of the lowly health care law.

“The purpose is to bridge the information gap for people who can significantly benefit from the Affordable Care Act,” Ron Pollack, the Co-founder and Executive Director of Families USA, told TIME on October 25, 2013.

However, the organization is a far cry from “non-partisan” and is extremely close to the Obama Administration and Enroll America – the group leading the efforts to sign people up for Obamacare.

The Useful Idiot squad got an early jump on the new theme, posting an article on Daily Koss last October 22, “ObamaCare off to a great start: going gangbusters!”

Shades of Geoffrey Dawson, Times of London editor during the Nazi appeasement era and the greatest media traitor England has seen, so far.


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This is what passes for legal jurisprudence in our brave new world


Stop that, right now!

Stop that, right now!

Judge shuts down Sriracha hot sauce factory on neighbor’s complaints.

Judge Robert H. O’Brien found in favor of the city of Irwindale where Sriracha recently relocated, saying sauce maker Huy Fong Foods must stop any operations that could be causing the odors and make changes to mitigate them.

O’Brien’s injunction, given in response to a lawsuit filed by the city on Oct. 21, does not specify what types of actions are required or force the factory to shut down altogether, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The judge acknowledged there was a “lack of credible evidence” linking locals’ complaints of breathing trouble and watering eyes to the factory. But he said the odor that could be “reasonably inferred to be emanating from the facility” is, for residents, “extremely annoying, irritating and offensive to the senses warranting consideration as a public nuisance.”

There was a time, and your children won’t believe this, when a lack of credible evidence caused law suits to fail. That was before illusory-park litigation and class-action suits in general made a mockery of the law.  So it goes.



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Okay, this wasn’t wise


Hands on training - priceless

Hands on training – priceless

Psychology grad, 27, dies after ingesting cocktail of alcohol, cocaine and 7 other drugs to celebrate her new job counseling drug addicts.


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Another thing my daughters needn’t fear


Dad takes the family to the beach

Dad takes the family to the beach

Do girls pay a price for their father’s rugged good looks?


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We’ll make them all beggars ’cause they’re easy to please


This means you like me, you really like me!

This means you like me, you really like me!

Obama defends doubling of food stamp recipients during his regime.

The officials oppose the GOP’s efforts to cut spending on food stamps, which has grown sharply under Obama’s economic policies amid the recession. The number of participants in the food program, dubbed SNAP, has jumped from 28.2 million in 2008 to 46.6 million in 2012, boosting the cost to taxpayers from $35 billion in 2008 to roughly $80 billion in 2012.

The Democrats’ attempted slam on the GOP came as Obama spent two days dining with wealthy high-tech and entertainment stars and executives in Hollywood and San Francisco, while he flattered them in pursuit of political donations to advance his political agenda.

[Our] nation’s success “happens because, collectively, we come together and we’re willing to work for it.”

Obama also insisted that his policies are correct. ”Most of the time, we’ve got good answers. We know what works. And what’s stopping us is a failure of our politics and a lack of ambition,” he declared.

The best thing we can hope for our country is a diminishment of Obama’s ambition to transform us, not more.


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The science isn’t settled; the politics are

If you believe it, act it: private jets deliver participants to the Bali warm air conference

If you believe it, act it: private jets deliver participants to the Bali hot air conference

Poll of U.S. meteorologists shows 48% don’t believe in man-made global warming.

Not all scientists agree that global warming is man-made. Nearly half of meteorologists and atmospheric science experts don’t believe that human activities are the driving force behind global warming, according to a survey by the American Meteorological Society.

The survey of AMS members found that while 52 percent of American Meteorological Society members believe climate change is occurring and mostly human-induced, 48 percent of members do not believe in man-made global warming.

Furthermore, the survey found that scientists who professed “liberal political views” were much more likely to believe in the theory of man-made global warming than those who without liberal views.

 Real science isn’t based on political views, it’s objective. Global warming is not real science. Duh.


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Damn it, Walt, you were going to help me with this project, and now someone’s beat us to it!

unhung_hero_poster_a_pMan makes documentary about his tiny penis, “Unhung Hero”.

I’ve lost my opportunity to stand out from the crowd and it’s all your fault, for not showing up for our working brunch  to discuss the nub of my idea. Sheesh.


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