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Thoughts on Dept of Ed’s desire to link SS#’s to student records


My High School Records | MAINE CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION

via My High School Records | MAINE CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION.

An excerpt:

Remembering this incident makes me particularly worried about the Department of Education’s decision to create a database linking student records to social security numbers and sharing the database with other agencies. Would the disciplinary incident in my records have affected my life in a larger way if everyone in the world knew about it when I was 18, or if my employer’s had access to it now? And what about students that have more incidents like mine, who perhaps made poor choices when they were 14, but learned from their choices and improved over time? Should their childhood haunt them through their careers?

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How about some REAL news please?


This was born of a discussion on Facebook.

It is important for the people who live in the White House (whoever they are) to be able to take a break, just like everyone else. They work harder than us, have more responsibility than us, and more stress than us – their vacations should reflect that. Mrs. O said that we should visit the gulf-while she was there, so ‘yet they go to Maine’ isn’t really relevant they were there, and do you think that was really relaxing for them? {Not to mention the fact that they got grief for that trip too click here for that story} Being in the gulf shows the effort to make that connection – no, and I mean NO government official has anything in common with the ‘average’ American, they live differently, they have to in the case of the first family’s case.

And the Bush’s don’t own the part of Africa that the American people paid for Laura and daughters took a safari in 07′ That seems ‘insensitive’ in a time of war to me.

Where is/was the outrage over the lack of sensitivity over declaring “Mission Accomplished’ when it was so obviously not? Where is the outrage when Palin spend inordinate amounts of campaign money on clothes? Where is the outrage when the Repub’s were creating un-needed fear by making up ‘death panels”? Where is the outrage over denying rights to gay and lesbians? Where is the outrage over all the ridiculous party of NO? Stop acting like children please elected officials (on both sides, though the right seems a bit more belligerent about it) and work together!

With all the other issues going on in our country and the world Mrs. O’s trip to Spain is NOT NEWS – it is an opportunity (and Repub’s can’t seem to pass them up, no matter how trivial) to criticize. If the same effort was put into legislating I bet we could get a lot accomplished.

RELATED LINKS

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129084360

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100805/pl_yblog_upshot/first-lady-under-fire-for-her-glitzy-spanish-vacation

Spill Baby, Spill


Click the image to watch the live feed of the oil gushing out of the sea floor.

This is incredible in the “I can’t believe this is really happening” sort of way. The ecological and economic impact that this is having and will continue to have is immense.

What really gets me is that people want more wells drilled. No amount of regulation or fines will keep accidents from happening and the risk and cost is just too great. Alternative energy is the buzz, let’s do something, please. Don’t put more money into R&D for oil wells, put it into making solar and wind power widely available and less cost prohibitive to install. Eventually the oil will be gone, that is the fact. If we keep up the oil production and consumption, we may change the planet so much that solar and wind power may not be feasible anymore.

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Puddle thinking


“Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!” This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.”

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Participating in Democracy


I had the opportunity to attend and be a part of an in district meeting with Larry Bliss and MPA. My wife is interning at MPA and invited me. Before I get to the meeting itself I have to say that Jennie was very impressive with her knowledge of the healthcare issues going on in Maine now and her succictanty in discussing it. I asked about increasing state revenue, especially in the face of cuts to education and social services. These two areas receive the bulk of the state budget (as they should) and are the first to go up to the chopping block when money needs to be ‘saved’. Anyway it was a very interesting experience that I have my wife to thank for including me in. Thanks wife!

Oooooohh – Socialism!


Did I scare you?

I love language. It is a powerful tool and can be a devastating weapon, when used correctly and by one skilled in its use. If you have been listening to the Obama critics, the word they are using to stir up fear is “Socialism”. The problem is twofold: First, the definition:

Socialism:–noun 1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

To me this puts power into the hands of the populus, isn’t that one of the cornerstones of the Republican party? Less government? The reasoning tactic behind this is simple, socialism conjures up images of the former Soviet Union, our arch-enemies of days gone past. The actual definition of the word and, theoretically, the practice of Socialism seems like something the R’s should be for. Am I wrong on that?

Fear is another powerful tool and weapon, often used by the weak and those with no real solid argument to make. Sad really, even sadder is the people who just blindly follow party line and don’t think about what they are saying or have any means to back up what they think or say.

Six states ban Athiests from holding public office


Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, and North Carolina  ban, in their state constitutions, atheists from holding office. This is directly at odds with the UNITED STATES of AMERICA constitution. This is at the very basic level of the seperation of church and state.

Here is Rachel Maddow explaining and exploring this issue as it has come up in North Carolina:

What do you think about this?

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