On Removing Splinters.

On another topic that is related by cause and effect:

SOUTH CAROLINA SPENT $9 BILLION TO DIG A HOLE IN THE GROUND AND THEN FILL IT BACK IN

The boondoggle, which was covered widely in the Palmetto State press but got little attention nationally, sheds light on just how much money is genuinely available for an industrial-level energy transformation, if only the political will were there.

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NeoLib ConservaDem to me!
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in that panel. They earned their day's pay. = ) I think I saw the one women smile as she saw the nets closing in.

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Thanks, first time I got a 'better feeling' for her.

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that this quizzing of the panel was not planned; that it was a spur of the moment thing. I do not know if that is a fact, but either way, it looks like the New York voters are going to get something of worth out of their elected official. I don't think many of us can say that.

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If you leave a redwood splinter in your finger, it grows a new tree. hah That's an "old wive's tale" from when I was growing up among redwoods. There used to be redwoods all along the Redwood Highway but they cut them down and trimmed them up, so no homeless could congregate in those naturally sheltered areas. D-Values of course.

On one hand, I really dig AOC talking like that on the record. On the other hand, I guess the citizenry has become so stupid, so idiotic, that representatives must couch analogies inside a game show thought box. I'm sorry. Hopefully her words will lead to a law, some passed legislation to reign in and punish her corrupt cow-orkers. HOPE

Enjoy the kabuki, it's good theater the Ds are presenting for 2020. They have completed the Psychology 101 and Beginner's Hollywood classes, moving up to making some "really good guy" Book Tour cashola soon enough. Make good money and see the world why not. lol

The GND people think growth will prevent the coming disasters, with a new TVA I am not kidding. I watched a vid with Cenk and some guy talking about "unleashing the power of the TVA" nationwide. Well go on and good luck. drill baby drill

"There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy. There's only you and me and we just disagree." smallest violin

Dave Mason - We Just Disagree (Audio)

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@eyo
What is tva please

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@magiamma @magiamma thanks for asking. It's pretty cool, I did a written report on it a long time ago, elementary school lint trap. We own it, it works well, why not use it all over: tva.gov

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

For years I had this little cardboard signage that said "We're San Geronimo Valley We Do Our Part", from the National Recovery Act times. I grew up on a hill in that valley. Edit: fixed a word, self-censored the rest.
https://www.britannica.com/topic/National-Recovery-Administration

National Recovery Administration (NRA), U.S. government agency established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to stimulate business recovery through fair-practice codes during the Great Depression. The NRA was an essential element in the National Industrial Recovery Act (June 1933), which authorized the president to institute industry-wide codes intended to eliminate unfair trade practices, reduce unemployment, establish minimum wages and maximum hours, and guarantee the right of labour to bargain collectively.


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The Green New Deal Is Already Possible

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lol that's what I thought but that was so long ago I thought maybe there we something new I had missed out on. but your info here is new and good to know. think tank funded to 10K per month by 5$ donations. very cool. thanks eyo..

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@eyo

at least since Reagan, maybe before (from your link):

The NRA was an essential element in the National Industrial Recovery Act (June 1933), which authorized the president to institute industry-wide codes intended to eliminate unfair trade practices, reduce unemployment, establish minimum wages and maximum hours, and guarantee the right of labour to bargain collectively.

With Clinton putting the final nails in the coffin.

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For the link. Interesting history. From wiki:

Even by Depression standards, the Tennessee Valley was economically dismal in 1933. Thirty percent of the population was affected by malaria, and the average income was only $639 per year, with some families surviving on as little as $100 per year. Much of the land had been farmed too hard for too long, eroding and depleting the soil. Crop yields had fallen along with farm incomes. The best timber had been cut, with another 10% of forests being burnt each year.[5]

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have a tree hanging off your hand, not to mention inconvenient.

In a culture where "reality tv" is mistaken for real life are you truly surprised that someone has to resort to teaching through fifth grade tactics?

Hope needs to be backed up by action. Citizens...you, me, the person over there...need to let elected officials know how we feel about this, not just expect one person to carry the torch. AOC put it out there; the people are the only ones who can make changes happen.

Do you remember 2015? The season began with five candidates. It took one debate to lose two of the Dem candidates and the third dropped after the second debate. The Reps dragged on and on with their 17 candidates which only dwindled slowly. Many of the Dem candidates now will drop pretty quickly, I think. Hopefully enough so there can be decent debates about policies rather than a pageant.

I don't watch TYT any more so have not seen the video that you mentioned. I think when AOC uses the TVA, it is an example of how the government can work for the people.

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"It may all be
kabuki theatre,
but at least it is being
verbalized in public." – Raggedy Ann
@eyo

Couldn't agree more.
AOC takes crap from 'The Left' no matter what she does.
But, here's the thing... she's out there flapping her gums. Which is ten times more than Fancy Nancy or any of the other Dims are doing. And, if that's All AOC accomplishes she alread has done more in 'Getting the Word Out' to what's going on out there in the real world than any of the other 200 Dims. Combined.

Will it amount to anything?? I guess that's most of The Left's objection to "fake progressive" AOC. "yeah, but she's all talk... " Well I would argue "all talk" is better than no talk. If nothing else she's got Fox viewers undies in a bunch about the "new Socialist on the block."
She's getting the word out. Fifth grade lingo or not. She's getting the word out. When's the last time anybody on The Left got the word out?? And my bet is she gets a lot more done than that before she's done. Some reps on "the left" might want to order some Negan $h!ttin' Pants™, becuz she ain't playing. They'll be looking at "being Primaried." Nancy, I'm looking at you.

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kabuki theatre, but at least it is being verbalized in public. I had watched the video the day before, but yesterday, I was out to breakfast with girlfriends and one of them whipped her phone out and played the interview for the group. Only her and I had seen the vid, the two others were delighted by aoc's performance, as was I when I watched it. I was happy she shared it. This is how word gets out.

Like her or not, she's 29 and putting herself out there. She's going to stumble and fall, it's inevitable as we are all fallible human beings, but I'm going to cheer her on as long as her actions work on behalf of the people. Time will tell whether she allows herself to be corrupted by the corrupt system in which she now operates. I'm willing to give her that time, as I am willing to keep an open mind and give anyone that time who is willing to put themselves on the line for the people. I've done it, myself. I'm in "we'll see" mode.
Pleasantry

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(I forgot where I read it although it might have been in The Intercept)

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I heard that civics is not being taught in schools any more. It was required for graduation when I grew up.

Wouldn't it be nice if this video beat the number of shares that the brown egg got?

All heroes have feet of clay (found somewhere in the bible). That does not mean that whatever good they have done should be dismissed or that they cannot continue to do good. What it means is that they are human.

Some interviewer will ask her questions about Russia soon. It is bound to happen becasue the media has seen that progressives and Democrats come unglued when politicians, especially ones they have respected, respond to the questions. The media knows how to drive a wedge.

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@WindDancer13 thanks, because you said you heard "civics is not being taught in schools any more", I wondered what happened since I had to pass at least one Government class to get the certificate, that was where I learned Checks and Balances and all that technical blah blah blah. The Constitution, blah blah blah etc.. The Bill of Rights, these are things all citizens should have the working knowledge. Eh?

"sonoma county required classes high school graduation" was what I searched for, and a wall of charter schools, and online schools, and every kind of school except a public school was on the first page. But then I spotted Elsie Allen from Sebastopol. Sh don't say there's a sister city in Russia or I'll think Putin did it. lol Srsly, Elsie Allen is a famous Pomo basket weaver, she is in all our history books.

Elsie Allen is now owned by a charter school corporation: http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/

Are you frustrated with failed change efforts at your school or district? Are you tired of the same old, timeworn programs - built upon and within an obsolete paradigm of education? We have the solutions! Choose from several new programs/communities created by 21st Century Schools! Become a member of a global community of like-minded educators. Receive workshops, coaching, support, resources galore, and more!

"resources galore, and more!" spidey sense tingle
Yes, civics is still a requirement and I have no idea what their game is:

High School Graduation Requirements:
Core Curriculum Requirements
English -- 4 years
Math -- 3 years
Science1 -- 2 years
Social Science2 -- 3 years
World Language -- 2 years
Visual/Performing Arts -- 1 year
Physical Education3 -- 2 years
Total Credits to Graduate: 220
Notes:
One year each of a Physical Science and Biology
One year each of World History, US History and Government/Economics
Up to 10 P.E. credits can be earned through participation in an Elsie Allen Team Sport.

The Cemetery Method is another article over there:

In his book, To Sell is Human, Daniel Pink defines the 21st century workforce. He provides some interesting statistics:

  • The U.S Census Bureau estimates that the American economy has more than 21 million "non-employer" businesses, and they constitute the majority of businesses in the United States.
  • 30 percent of American workers now work on their own, and by 2015 the number of nontraditional workers worldwide will reach 1.3 billion.
  • Entrepreneurs will become a majority of the American workforce by 2020.

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wtf? huh
good luck

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The curriculum that you posted gives students a choice between a government class or an economics class. When I was in high school, an economics class meant learning how to write a check, balance a checking account and create a household budget. (Oh, wait! Students ARE learning about checks and balances.)

The Elsie Allen blurb sounds like it was written by an ad agency. "Community of like-minded educators" is very dangerous idea. Whatever happened to the diversity of ideas? Or even a balance of ideas?

If you are interested, this segment gives some idea of the growth of charter schools and who they serve:
The History Behind Charter Schools, 1955-2015

Note: About half way through, an ad for the full course is thrown across the video, just click to the side of the page and it will continue.

From a 2012 study: Civics Education Testing Only Required In 9 States For High School Graduation: CIRCLE Study

In the current school year, 21 states require a state-designed social studies test — a significant decrease from 2001, when 34 states conducted regular assessments on social studies subjects. Only nine states require students to pass a social studies test to graduate from high school: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Georgia’s will be phased out, but Maryland and Florida are slated to add high-stakes tests.

Although 39 states require at least one course in American government or civics, only eight states administer statewide, standardized tests specifically in civics/American government: California, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Of those, Ohio and Virginia are the only ones that require students to pass said test in order to graduate from high school.
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“Social studies courses such as history, civics, and economics provide students with the necessary civic skills and knowledge to be effective 21st century citizens,” the report concludes. “However, since the passage of No Child Left Behind, many states have shifted focus away from social studies and have dramatically reduced the number of social studies assessments.”

According to a poll conducted from June 22-July 2, 2012 by CIRCLE for the Youth Education Fund, 80 percent of the young voters surveyed were either unable to answer or were incorrect about their state’s early registration rules — suggesting a lack of emphasis given to current events and voting in state civics requirements.

The study comes on the heels of a Roper survey that indicated many college graduates are lacking in American History literacy. Two viral videos from earlier this year also suggested current students do not possess a basic understanding of current events and political figures.

Edited to add: I just found this quote from one of my educators' mailing lists:

Public schools are at the center of the manufactured breakdown of the fabric of everyday life. They are under attack not because they are failing, but because they are public. Henry Giroux

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has been cut from public education. We, the people, might learn how to overthrow our gummit or sumthin'.
Dash 1

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learn that the government is supposed to work FOR the people.

I find it interesting that recently, Pelosi has taken to reminding the citizenry that Congress is an equal entity with the presidency (something, I think, even Congress had forgotten), not subordinate to him/her. This would have been something that a civics class would have addressed. If states are not going to teach civics, maybe they can substitute that class with a How to Wield a Pitchfork class.

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but I read the NY Dems are going to eliminate her district. Can you say Kuchinich?

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No crucifix though...yet.

I think they can redraw a district, not eliminate. Boils down to about the same thing though in most cases. However, that does not mean that the voters won't surprise the ones who do dastardly deeds like this.

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