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  •  Secret life of leopard cubs..... (7+ / 0-)

    ... the guide, James, said that for reasons know only to herself, the mama left two cubs alone. It was around dawn, and he said that if we waited the sun would rise and they would play. We did wait, and they did play. Looked so much like domestic kittens. One climbed a tree. Magic!

     photo IMG_6855.jpg South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, August, 2014 by divineorder

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:00:58 PM PDT

  •  I used to always think it was backwards! (11+ / 0-)

    My toddlers and preschoolers were up at the crack of dawn - so why not make them start school at 7:15 am.

    •  work harder, not smarter (5+ / 0-)

      Younger children do tend to get tired earlier, go to be earlier, and though often sleep longer wake earlier than adolescents.  It makes sense for them to go to school from around 7 to around 3.  It is easy enough to arrange 2-3 hours of day care to keep them penned up until their parents get off work.

      It makes little sense to do this with older kids.  This is a general problem with the US school system in general.  Much of the educational research is done on kids younger than 10 or 11, in contained classrooms, and then extrapolated to older kids in more flexible settings.

      The research coming out of the science community tends to tell a different story for young people around their teen years.  We have known for years that these young people have a change in their Ciradian Rhythm, so they tend not get naturally sleepy until around 11, as opposed to younger kids who might get sleepy around 9.  TV certainly uses this phenomena to limit adult themes before 9.

      What is newish is the research that actually shows student performance increases in school that start at 8:30 and let out around 3:30.

      There are really two things that are fighting against such common sense solutions.  One is the drive for longer school days, supported by those who thinks that learning increases linearly with a longer school day and those who think teachers work too few hours.  We all know that working longer does not necessarily lead to better results, and that teachers need time to process the day and the next day.  A 7:30-4:00 day where no breaks are given is too long for most adults, not to mention most kids.

      The other, frankly, are the teachers who do not want to be in traffic and want the afternoon to do errands.  If one is fortunate enough to still be in a school that lets out a 3, there is time for a doctors appointment, or such, that will not require taking the entire day off and lose a day of learning.

      There is also athletics who travel to other locations.  If one can leave the school by 4, get somewhere by 5, play a game, and get everyone home by 9.

      She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

      by lowt on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:34:36 PM PDT

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      •  Athletics is a big factor. As it is, for many s... (1+ / 0-)
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        Athletics is a big factor. As it is, for many schools, kids leave early to travel to a game.

        Another factor for high school students is that some people want their kids to work, and an earlier end of day time facilitates that.

        That said, I think school should be HS kids' job and I think the later start time makes more sense. Definitely not before 8 am.

      •  My local district (0+ / 0-)

        looked into starting the school day later for high school students. In spite of concluding that it would be better for most students to start later, the district admitted that it wasn't changing times primarily because of how a later dismissal would impact after school athletics.

  •  #Ferguson PD... (5+ / 0-)

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:09:18 PM PDT

  •  SAVE THE TANNINS! (8+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:12:34 PM PDT

  •  I found a somewhat (5+ / 0-)

    larger quake-damage estimate, up to four billion dollars.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:17:13 PM PDT

  •  wish the pediatricians spoke up sooner (10+ / 0-)

    middle school was the beginning of misery for me, always tired and more prone to colds and sickness when the earlier mornings started.  I remember a lot of students tired and falling asleep during high school as well.  

    you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

    by red rabbit on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:17:33 PM PDT

    •  Our kids' district had the (5+ / 0-)

      middle and high schoolers starting at 7:45 and the elementary students at 9.  The HS principal has argued for years that it should be reversed.  Perhaps, this will provide him with more ammunition.   Too late for my two, however, who graduated in June.

      Anyone arguing that there's no difference between the parties is a fucking moron who can simply go to hell. -- kos

      by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:28:36 PM PDT

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    •  Graduated high school in '74. (0+ / 0-)

      (God, that seems like a long time ago now.)

      There wasn't an internet or video games. Not even Pong.

      I was able to get all my homework done before prime time tv aired. In high school, bed time was 11:00. I usually crashed before 10:00. Got up at 6:00.

      Never seemed too tired, but then, I was probably ADD. We didn't know what it was back then. My teachers all called it "daydreaming".
      I called it being bored off my ass and hating the high school social environment.

      I did fall asleep aboard the bus a couple of times and had to walk home from wherever I woke up. (Bus driver was a wiseass, but was pretty cool. He could take back whatever he dished out.)

      Lead with Love. Forgive as a reflex.

      by Gentle Giant on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:38:42 PM PDT

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    •  Minneapolis Public High School switched to (2+ / 0-)
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      8:40 a.m. start times back in 1997. Studies show significant benefits including better attendance and students getting, on average, one hour more sleep per night than students in neighboring districts. A lot follows from an additional hour of sleep!  

      The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

      by Alice Olson on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 02:57:45 PM PDT

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      •  That is: Minneapolis Public High Schools . . (0+ / 0-)

        There were seven of them, with a total of 12,000 students.

        The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

        by Alice Olson on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 02:59:47 PM PDT

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    •  My kids' district did switch the middle schoolers (0+ / 0-)

      to the latest start time a few years ago. They start at 9:15. Unfortunately the high school kids start at 7:45. My daughter's bus picks her up at 7:00. The district considered moving the high school start time to later but decided against it because they didn't want to disrupt the after school athletic schedules.

    •  This has been known for a long time. It's just ... (0+ / 0-)

      This has been known for a long time. It's just that most schools ignore it.

  •  What are they doing to my beloved Timmy's? (2+ / 0-)
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    (That's Tim Hortons (no apostrophe), dontcha know.

    I just want to live somewhere warm. Is that so wrong?

    by lotac on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:18:25 PM PDT

  •  The unreasonably high tax on business. From ... (3+ / 0-)
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    today's LATimes, a traditional media outlet.  http://www.latimes.com/...

    Burger King is based in Miami and its earnings are subject to the 35% federal corporate tax rate in the U.S., the highest among developed nations. Tim Hortons is based in Ontario, Canada, where the federal corporate tax rate is 15%.
    Why do US tax rates have to be so much higher than the rest of the world?? We don't use the excess revenue for any good purpose.
    In July, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew wrote to congressional tax writers and urged them to act quickly to limit inversions. He called on U.S. companies to have a sense of "economic patriotism" and not try to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.
    To me, "economic patriotism" would be to stop wasting tax money on empire building.
    •  From what I understand that is not a real number (4+ / 0-)

      That may be the starting point but there are so many loopholes and exemptions that many corporations pay no where near that. (Note in the article that they say Burger King is "subject" to 35% but actually paid less than 28%.)

      The most reasonable answer would be to lower the rate but get rid of most of the loopholes, exemptions, and tax breaks that make the system not expensive but unfair. I believe that it could be done in such a way that the government would receive just as much if not more revenue.

      Unfortunately, the corporations that benefit the most from those breaks use some of the savings to lobby and buy politicians. We have a Congress with just enough people out to stall any reform because what they really want is a 0% rate.

      •  If you have the money, nothing is a real number. (0+ / 0-)

        The US Tax Code is designed to make Accountants and Tax Lawyers rich. If you can afford the best Accountants and Tax Lawyers they will make you richer.

        If paying taxes was less expensive than paying Accountants and Tax Lawyers no-one would complain about high tax rates.

        But this does not change my original point -- US tax laws are seriously effed-up.

  •  I just saw an ad against Jeff Merkeley. (3+ / 0-)
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    It was complaining that he's only got one bill passed into law in six years, and his constituents need somebody who will work for them.

    Considering the determination of the Republicans in the House to make nothing go anywhere during the Obama administration, I think one bill into law in six years is pretty good, myself.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:29:49 PM PDT

    •  Do I have this right? (2+ / 0-)
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      Most conservatives complain that government is doing too much, but they say Merkley's doing too little?

      "Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind." - Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014

      by ScottyUrb on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:37:47 PM PDT

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  •  The WTF OMG LOL Act (3+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, Meteor Blades, JeffW

    We're Totally Flabbergasted by Orangutans, Marsupials, Giraffes, Lemurs, and Orange Lollipops.

    "Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind." - Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014

    by ScottyUrb on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:35:39 PM PDT

  •  Just an unimportant question (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    for DKos Eleventy.  If The Monkey Cage is not a real National Blog Site could it be finally removed from your blogroll and maybe replaced with Thinkprogress.org which actually is a national blog site unless of course there is some kind of animus amongst owners I don't know about.

    Thank you.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:36:04 PM PDT

  •  I've been hearing about later start times... (3+ / 0-)
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    elfling, wa ma, JeffW

    ...for secondary level students for decades. I do see the logic of it, but there are many hurdles to overcome. An entire "after school" industry and much of our "household logistic culture" has grown around older students attending school earlier in the academic day. I think it can be done, but I fear the initial rhetorical inertia will be to push more online instruction as a "cheap and easy fix." My oldest child's experiences with online instruction in HS (expletives deleted) and in College (mostly positive) suggests to me that adequate time and priority management doesn't "happen" to juveniles just because it's "convenient" for the adults.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:49:44 PM PDT

    •  Minneapolis public schools changed (2+ / 0-)
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      High School start times in 1997 (to 8:40 am). My daughters loved that; dropout rates and students’ depression decreased and grades improved.

      I've always wondered why/how the change happened so quickly, because in other areas, I have experienced the school-board inertia you describe.

  •  This hotel "fee" business really ticked me off (3+ / 0-)
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    earlier this month. Though I travel a lot for business, most of the obnoxious fees have been optional and avoidable, e.g. I travel with a 3G internet service that works better than the hotel service half the time. And I don't eat or drink anything left in the room, unless dehydrated.

    It's the "mandatory" fees that only get listed in the fine print that cause me to blow a gasket. I took a personal trip to attend a workshop in Las Vegas. Every hotel within a short walk of the location charged a daily "resort fee" in addition to the room rate. (In Vegas in August I definitely want a short walk.) My hotel's "fee" covered internet, pool, and exercise room (a typical bundle). The internet sucked so I used my 3G donegal. Their pool was under renovation so you had to go next door, but I don't swim in public pools much anyway because I'm hypersensitive to chlorine. And you only have to look at me to guess I don't visit many exercise rooms.

    If the fee is separate, then I should be able to refuse it and not use the services. To me, if a fee is mandatory then it is part of the overall cost-of-running-a-hotel room rate! It's a sleazy trick to make your room seem cheaper when you sort by price on the internet travel website.

  •  Paper or Plastic ?? A question I hav'nt heard ... (0+ / 0-)

    at the Super recently. I live in Huntington Beach, Ca. Plastic bags have been illegal for some time.

    From today's LATimes, a traditional media outlet.  http://www.latimes.com/...

    There's logic missing in the battle of bags now raging in the California Legislature.

    Flimsy plastic bags are evil, we're told. They don't biodegrade. They hang around forever, fouling the environment and gagging fish. They must be banned.

    Paper bags are biodegradable. They eventually disintegrate and return to nature. Yet their use must be discouraged by charging shoppers for them.

    The preferred bags? Thicker plastic bags peddled by stores. They're reusable for awhile but also eventually pile up in landfills.

    Or maybe a store-purchased cloth bag, a combo of petroleum-based substance and water-guzzling cotton. Let's not even get into that environmental impact.

    It all just seems like another nanny-state harassment of stressed citizens.

    I was using cloth grocery bags before HB enacted the no plastic law. But having said that, "nanny-state harassment" may cost the Democrats some Senate seats.
  •  I have the opportunity to influence a non-profit's (0+ / 0-)

    banking choice.  They are currently with Wells Fargo.  I remember that Wells Fargo is bad, and I've used the search function here on DKos to try to find some documentation.  However, the tags got me to the middle of the story.  

    Does anyone have a good summary or set of links as to why an organization that tries to do good in the world would not bank with Wells Fargo?

    Thanks in advance.

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