May 31st 2011 2:43PM Chuckle! Riiiiight! "Raised genderless!" As if that were possible. Kinda like saying, I'm gonna raise my kid to be a toadstool rather than human.
Ya know, no social creature except human beings are ever told or shown their gender but somehow nearly all figure it out around mating time.
However, there are always a few social animals that somehow don't figure it out, like ducks or geese when something like a wagon, a chicken or a train rather than their mommies move in front of them during the short imprinting process right after they are hatched.
So when those ducks like all the other ducks are activated by their inevitable naturally occuring biological processes during the mating phase they try to mate with wagons, chickens, and trains instead of other ducks.
An experienced observer might come to the conclusion that those sort of ducks seem a bit confused about what they are doing and what their behavior is really all about.
But "au contrare" the Strange Duck Rights group would disagree. Assert that these Ducks are not confused but instead enamored of wagons, chickens and trains since birth and was thus, born a strange duck and should be respected as such.
Confused yet? Yeah it doesn't take much.
The only thing that is likely to occur in these parents pitiful attempts to raise their child "genderless" is a little or a lot of confusion later on and that usually self corrects in a couple of generations. Either the child won't figure it out and its gene line will end with it - more likely if it is a boy. Or another very gendered child will figure it out for them and their genes will be passed on - somewhat likely if its a girl.
Just another set of confused parents (aren't we all) thinking they have the power to determine exactly what the child will or will not become eventually.
Apr 13th 2011 8:12PM Time to transform American education from an ineffecient, ineffective, extraordinarily expensive and archaic government/labor run system to a market driven high speed, highly effective, highly efficient, low cost system that produces students at least up to par with the students from the 17 other nations that do a lot better at educating children than the U.S. does.
Time to tell government educators goodbye.
Educators need to be helping parents to get each faimily's children educated not stuggling with parents over the contents of home made lunch baskets and struggling with families through children over home based value systems.
Educators should serve the educational needs of families not dictate or even comment on what a family's needs or values should be. Public educators would be wise to understand the children in their classrooms are not theirs, that "in loco parentis" is just a legal devise and really does not make educators real parents in any sense of the word.
Feb 15th 2011 12:03AM It is called perceptual readiness and hypervigilance: or folks are always looking diligently for things that confirm their view of the world, and are especially ready to perceive what they generally believe in every less than perfectly clear situation even if the clarity of what they think they saw could have been improved with simply a more focused look.
What we think we see often tells us more about ourselves than it tells us about the reality of things we have seen.
So.....what does Whoopi's reaction tells us about her view of the world? ........ Yep!
Feb 12th 2011 3:20PM Depends on how much influence fundamental Islamist organizations have on the new government and culture in Egypt.
If Sharia Law is imposed - forget it.
If the fundamentalists detroy the "idols" left over from ancient Egypt as the Islamic fundamentalist did those left over from the ancient Bhuddist culture in Afghanistan - nope.
If the fundamentalists begin to drive out Christians and burn churches - uh uhh!
If internal fundamentalist or sectarian violence or bombing increases - of course not.
If Egypt allies itself with Iran, Hamas or any other Islamic radical groups in the Middle East - No!
If Egypt begins to express a great deal of anger toward westerners or the United States - negative.
If Egypt breaks its peace treaty with Israel - not a place I would like to visit.
If Egypt shuts down the Suez canal or restricts the flow of oil to the West or to Israel - H--- NO!
If Egypt transforms itself into a secular Democracy favorable to the US and the West, and forms constitutional structures that guarantee, free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, a right for all Egyptians to petition their government for grievences, womens right to vote, freedom to own property and a business, and equal legal status for all Egyptians - I'll make a special trip if for nothing else but to honor such a miracle.
Jan 20th 2011 4:42PM Yeaaaah! Bag of performance enhancing "drugs"......you mean stuff like vitamins in pill form rather than right out of "natural foods"? Caffeine in supplement form rather than out of a "natural" soft drink or a cup of coffee? Perhaps an anti-inflamatory or other pain killing "drug", rather than using purely "natural" endorphins manufacture in one's own brain?" How about all those minerals in artificial pill form like calcium, potasium, iron, magnesium rather than getting them all from natural food sources like bananas, beets and milk? And what about those "enzyme replacing" performance enhancing ingredients found in things like Gatorade rather than just drinking good ole pure, natural H2O? Or perhaps all those "performance enhancing "drugs" found in protein supplements, L glutamine, arganine or Lance's own personal favorite that artificial mitochondial multiplying drug Quercitin that cuts down on initial training time? Then there's all the "pre steroidal" supplements that aren't quite artificial steroids but somehow are supposed to encourage the body to produce more of its own "natural" steroids.
But really if you want to talk about "artificial" performance enhancing stuff that is used by atheletes how bout those "artificial" man made, super light alloys which go into modern racing bikes, or the "artificial" man made materials that reduce drag and weight and increase cooling by wicking off moisture in the clothing and helmets that biking competitors "use" to gain an "artificial" advantage in races.
Point is: we are a very long way from purly "natural" in most modern atheletic competetion and although I believe some things like "rockets" attached to bikers helmets and many chemical substances should be banned from competition, I also believe the "purely natural" "nitpicker crowd" in their efforts to achieve some unreal "level playing field" would be wise not to look too closely at all the "artificial" "performance enhancing" stuff that is used by every modern athelete in training and competitions. Cause every modern athelete usually carries a "bag" of "performance enhancing" stuff across lots of borders every time they compete.
Jan 12th 2011 2:34AM Wonder if Obama got a visit from any Department of Justice thugs using their authority to insure freedom of the press against any Executive abuse of power to see if Obama's similar remarks toward Sean Hannity of Fox News was veiled Executive intimidation or simply jest
Naaaah! Of course not! "Equal justice" doesn't apply to tyrants.
Jan 1st 2011 1:42AM Bob, I concur 'schools have been dumbed down but it has far more to do with the peculiar American educational concept that somehow maintaining "self esteem" is infinitely more important than actual performance, and not simply dumbed down to obfuscate assumed performance differences between the ethnic majority and some lesser performing ethnic minorities. The proof is in data that reveals the ethnic majority in this country is NOT the highest performing ethnic group when it comes to academics.
If you cannot read or comprehend the above paragraphs thank state and federal teachers unions and the colleges of education from which we have developed our largely erroneous theories and ineffective methods of teaching American youth the basics of language, math, science, history, geography and etc,
Dec 30th 2010 4:39AM Students in the United States rank dead last among the industrialized nations of the world in Math and Science and they are not on top of the list in some not so industrialized nations. U.S. industry and business have to import massive numbers of foreign educated engineers because there simply aren't enough qualified engineers educated within the US to fill the need. 1/4 of all U.S. high school graduates cannot pass the basic U.S. military service examinations much less qualify for any of its moderate to highly technical military occupational specialties and another 1/4 cannot pass the basic military physical fitness tests, criminal background checks or weight requirements for entry into any of the military services.
We've got growing numbers 30+ year olds living in their parents homes cause they simply don't have what it takes to be self sufficient or they aren't quite through their extended childhood, aren't fininished "playing" and aren't ready to decide what it is they want to do when they grow up.
And we are asking isn't 2 hours of homework a night for 9 months out of the year way too much stress on kids, and when do they get to hang out with their friends and play.
We've put idealistic carefree image of childhood upon too high a pedestal and its crippling them when they reach an age when it would probably be beneficial for them to be able to take care of themselves while managing the extraordinary set of demands that usually comes with adulthood
Dec 5th 2010 2:24PM Most of us look at this scene slowed down 700 times and think cool and some might think if we saw it at the original speed we would see practically no movement at all from the folks in the train station.
Albert Einstein looked at this phenomen as he rode in a steetcar and peered at the folks he passed and at the folks going the other way in another streetcar and thought relativity. This is the phenomenon that led Albert Einstein to his Theory of Relativity and to the calculation that time slows down the closer we approach the speed of light.
Aug 8th 2010 9:24PM Amen, jveyera! LITHIUM is the name of the electric car game. And if you think carbon based fuels are in short supply ya oughta try this element on the periodic table.
Lithium batteries aren't cheap now and world demand hasn't even begun. If there is ANY sizable worldwide increase in demand for electric cars demand relative to supply for Lithium will skyrocket off the charts in record time and the price of an electric car won't be 35K but 100K even calculating the usual increasing efficiencies related to scale, increased production and technological progress.
If folks are worried about the strategic disadvantages associated on our self imposed dependence on foreign oil, especially in countries that don't like us, it might be wise for them to look up an economic geographic illustrating where all the lithium in the world is located. That picture should scare the be gee sus out of even the strategically illiterate among us.