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Sat Oct 18, 2014 at 09:05 AM PDT

Ebola - what's in it for you?

by DFWmom

What is it really worth to you, to stay safe from ebola?

You are the boyfriend of a labtech who has handled one blood test that tested positive last week.  Should you cancel the cruise that you saved up for for the last five years, and that will be the only vacation that you will have this year, which you have already requested and which your employer will not reschedule?  

I am sure that everyone here on DailyKos would cancel their vacation gladly, because this is DailyKos, where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average".  But, is everyone in this nation willing to make that sacrifice?  Are we willing to risk our health and safety on a stranger's generosity?

Oh, by the way, you have a slight headache -- not serious.  

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Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 05:16 AM PST

Evil Scientist Kidnaps Young Woman

by DFWmom

Follow me through the orange fog to hear a story that is scary enough to frighten children.     It definitely frightens mine.

It's a story about an evil scientist who kidnaps and tortures a young woman.  She's still there.  And, no matter how hard we try, no one can help her.

And, the villian's name is "Fink".  Really, truly!!   How poetic can it be?

Read on, for a real life horror story.

And, please sign this petition..   You could be a hero in this story.

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Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 05:21 PM PST

Schools are Getting a Free Ride

by DFWmom

When you drop your child off at school, technically, the custody of the minor child is transferred from the parent to the custody of the school.   The school can even refuse to transfer custody back to a parent in some situations, such as during field trips or in a tornado warning.    When a child commits a crime while in the custody of the school, that should raise questions of whether the school properly supervised that child.  

Schools have a job to supervise kids, and prevent them from getting into trouble.  

Police have a different job.  Their job is to look for and arrest persons who have already commited a crime.    

So, every incident of police arresting a child, is also evidence of a school failing to supervise a child who is in the school's custody.   Why are schools getting a free ride when a child in their custody is inadequately supervised, and consequently commits a crime?    Why don't we come down on that school, the way that the law comes down on any parent whose child commits a crime?

This is something that has been bothering me about the "school to prison pipeline" for some time, but reading the diaries of dsnodgrass about the experiences of their child during a drug sting in their school has helped me to drill down to what's really bothering me about this whole thing.  

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I got an email from a very close friend this morning, who said, "This happened in our back yard.  What a crock!", and provided a link to the news story.

The owners of a small organic farm in south Arlington are demanding an apology from police who raided the property in early August in search of marijuana and found no drugs.

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Eaker told NBC 5 him and the other five adults who live at the farm...were handcuffed when SWAT officers from the Arlington Police Department came to their home with weapons drawn.

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Officers mowed the grass on the property, and removed wild, cultivated plants including blackberries and okra, as well as other items including pallets, tires and cardboard that the members said they used for their sustainability projects.
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On July 30, a Texas Department of Public Safety aircraft conducted aerial surveillance .. the plants inside appeared to be consistent with marijuana, police state in the warrant.

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Eaker said that the plants police mistook to be marijuana were likely tomatoes.

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Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 09:37 AM PST

Of Mice and Men (The Chimera)

by DFWmom

Scientists have implanted human brain tissue into fetal mice, and the result is mice with brains that are more like the human brain.  

How do we define humanity?   Or mouse-ity, for that matter?   When we create chimeras, when we blend the essence of humans, human tissue or human DNA, with the essence of another creature, then how do we determine the rights to which the resulting creature is entitled?

Please follow me down the orange rabbit hole.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Here in Texas we have virtual schooling provided by various charter school districts.  

The sky didn’t fall.

Schools are not emptying out all over the state like a Randian fantasy.  On the contrary, Texas is busting out all over.   Every school is stuffed near to the brim, and we are building new schools.   The virtual charter schools actually represent a relatively low percentage of overall student population.    

There is a huge demand for more flexible schooling options for families.  Virtual schooling and other progressive educational options are not going to go away.     In fact, there is going to be greater and greater pressure to give families more options and more control over how and when our kids get educated.    And, states have a huge demand for turnkey solutions and cost efficiencies.   So, charters are not going to go away.  Rather, we will see states contract for more and more specialized services that they might have built from scratch in the past, simply because, in the past, there weren't readymade solutions available out in the marketplace.  Now, there are.  It's easier, it's faster, and the risk is lower than building something from scratch since the same solution has already been deployed successfully in other areas.   There are risks and drawbacks as there are with every solution, but these can be managed.

Michigan is proposing legislation to make it possible to roll out virtual schooling district in their state.   While there are many concerns over this legislation, it deserves consideration.  

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Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM PDT

Mitt's Brain

by DFWmom

Mitt Romney's 47% remarks provide some interesting insights into how his brain works in terms of time and in absolutes.   This is valuable information for those assessing him for his fitness to be President of the United States.  

As a programmer, I have often found that the effects of time can be a difficult concept for some people to grasp.   For example, a business user calls and complains that the data in their data entry system does not match a transaction that was processed yesterday.   We reseach the issue and explain to the customer that the data was entered after maintenance was run.  It's all there NOW, but it wasn't there when the transaction was processed.   Some people get it, and some don't.  If you don't get it, you won't last long as a programmer.  

And, you certainly won't last long as a President.

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Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 07:51 AM PDT

Hunger in the classroom

by DFWmom

Kids raise their hands all the time in my classroom and say that they're hungry, but I have nothing to give them. (Kindergarten teacher from Texas)

  This is an exact quote from my daughter's public school kindergarten teacher, from a conversation that we had this morning.  

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There's an article out in D Magazine about a conservate family who moved to Midlothian, Texas and took an interest in their schools.  They learned a lot.  They learned their school was a "Robin Hood" school, so poor it got money from other  districts.  A mysterious political group sabotaged local school board and bond elections.  There was an "economic development fund" siphoning money from their district and giving it to the concrete plants, which were pumping out massive amounts of pollution and dodging regulators.  Joe Barton (Smokey Joe) didn't want to talk about it.  And, when they became active in politics, people broke into their office and their home, and opened their mail.  

Even if you don't care about local Texas politics, it's a great article about stumbling onto the political scene.  Their sentiments about coming at this from a Republican viewpoint even reminded me a bit of Growing Up Red

This couple were also interviewed on the Glenn Mitchell Show yesterday.  A caller said it was attracting interest statewide and even at the White House.

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