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Idiocy of the Education System

Posting on behalf of occasional contributor Quorri Scharmyn...

Here’s what’s wrong with education: people are idiots, parents are worthless, and there are too many kids in classrooms. Stop throwing money at specialists and curriculum packages, stop thinking that if we plan and sit through more meetings things will change, and stop cramming as many students as you can into a classroom. While you are at it, force parents to give a crap about their kids and then, I promise you, we will have smarter and more capable children graduating more often with more productive and satisfying lives.

Idiocy abounds in public education and I’m not sure why. You’d think there would be more intelligent people drawn to the professions that support intelligence, but you’d be thinking wrong. It’s my first career so I guess it’s possible that there are this many idiots in every sector of the populace, but it still blows my heavy mind. The counselor who is supposed to support students in receiving the services…

Republicans Want More Restrictions and Reduced Funding for Abortions

The republicans are at it again. This time around House Speaker John Boehner has on the table a proposed law - The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. "The act seeks to establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal subsidies for abortion and for healthcare plans that cover abortion"

Fine, some pro-lifers don't want the government to pay for abortions, but this law really doesn't want anyone paying for abortions.

This proposed bill would prevent private insurance companies, that people pay for with there own money from paying for abortions.

So think about it like this pro-lifers:

You might not be for abortions, but what about in cases where if the woman doesn't get one she could die? But at least the baby would live, and you get the joys of raising the new bundle of joy all by yourself.

How about if your 12 year old daughter was brutally raped and got pregnant in the process? The way the republicans are wording the bill, you would have to pay for your…

Revolutionary Shot

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Washington State Budget Priorities

The Washington state government this week passed a budget that cuts about $222 million dollars from the budget. Most of the cuts are in the area of education and health care.

What's interesting about his budget is the areas that don't get cut. In reading the story on the Seattle PI there is no mention of cutting road construction project. Yet when I drive past some road project that isn't really needed, I see a bunch of guys in orange standing around watching the one or two guys working.

They are reducing teachers, yet there is no mention of construction. I was on the Everett Community College campus the other day and noticed a new building, and another one in the process of being added on to and remodeled. Next door was a brand new grade school. The Alderwood High School was just torn down and moved to another location. And these are just around me, I can only imagine the building construction going on elsewhere around the state. How about this lawmakers - no new constructi…

Tea-Party Okay With Cutting the Military Budget

Anyone who has read this blog knows what I think of the tea-party and the Republican candidates who cater to them. But, for once they have said something I agree with. A tea-party spokesperson has said that all budgets should be on the block for making cuts, including the military.

Read more here…

Eisenhower Warns of The Military-Industrial Complex

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It was 50 years ago when Dwight Eisenhower made a speech using the phrase "military industrial complex," when warning us of the dangers in a ballooning military budget and the U.S. desire to maintain such a large military. He warned of a "permanent arms industry of vast proportions."

If anyone would have been knowledgeable on military budgets and size, it would have been the man who lead the U.S. invasion on D-Day, and commanded the military to win the war in Europe.

Prior to WWII and Korea, there weren't many industries that were solely dependent on the military. For example when we needed Jeeps so Ford stepped in and helped produce them. When we needed aircraft there were multiple companies to build them, besides building commercial planes. But as time went on, the cost of supporting the military went up, and business was built around that purpose alone. So that now, when we cut the military budget those industries are hurt, and American jobs are lost. And with…

Results of Right-Wing Rhetoric and Fear-Mongering

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Of course all the news this week has been about the shootings in Arizona and the possible culpability that the right-wing media might have in it. Was Jared Loughner influenced by the loudmouth pundits spouting off hatred and violence on talk shows? It's possible, but it's also possible that it wasn't the case, and the guy is just a wacko who would have done the same thing anyway. Yet, how many people out there are actually influenced by the right-wing rhetoric and fear-mongering that comes from the mouths of people like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin? Even if Loughner wasn't influenced by those hate-spewing publicity whores, how many people in this country are influenced by them? And how long will it be until some nutcase actually does harm someone thanks to these people?

Rush Limbaugh has a top rated radio show which he regularly fills with fear-mongering and hate rhetoric for his audience to take in each day.

Glen Beck has joked about put…

Hawks Pounce The Saints

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It was pointed out to me that most of my posts lately have been downers and a little depressing. So, today I'm going to post on the news over the weekend. Yep, that's right, the Seattle Seahawks, the first team to go to the playoffs with a loosing record beat the New Orleans Saints, the team who won the Super Bowl last year.

Even though the Saints were down a couple of players and they were playing in Seattle, it still wasn't expected that the Seahawks who have stank it up most of the season would beat the Saints. But they did. Do we think they are going to beat Chicago? No of course not, this is Seattle after all. They get our hopes up, then show up for the game, throw a bunch of interceptions, drop balls, and don't run for a crap. But at least we have this win, and we can always hope that a miracle will happen again on the 16th. After all they did beat Chicago last time they played each other, and that was in Chicago.

If anything it gives me an excuse to sit at the ba…

Google Map of Animal Deaths

Since it has been getting so much news lately, someone actually took the time to create a google map and plot the locations of the recent mass animal deaths.


View Mass Animal Deaths in a larger map


Maybe they should plot all the locations that humans have been slowly slaughtering and forcing animals into extinction… Oh wait, that would be everywhere. No map needed.



Bluefin Tuna Sets Record for Sale

Need further proof that we are over fishing our oceans. One way to tell is the price of product. The fewer fish to choose from, the higher the price for what remains. The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna will most likely be extinct by 2012, at the current rate of fishing. And due to its reduction in populations the Bluefin is setting record prices. One single Bluefin Tuna just sold for 32.49 million yen in Tokyo, roughly $400,000. That's right, four hundred thousand dollars for a single fish.

Read more on BBC News


The End of Days… For Birds

Birds are dying all over the place, fish are dying, and even more birds are dying in mass numbers. Is in the end of the world? Is the 2012 prophecy prepping us for next year? Who knows. My vote is the birds are just hitting a point that the locusts known as mankind has had such a negative impact on this planet that we are seeing more results of animals dying off due to there inability to withstand the human caused destruction of the environment.

But, I'll leave it up to the scientist to figure out before I start stock piling my bomb shelter.



Animal Cruelty Around the World

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Very regularly I'm disgusted with the human race and our ability to callously inflict pain on life forms we consider worth less than ours.

Photographic essay after the jump