I swear a lot, and I’m polite, so I found these cholorpleths interesting:
I grew up in Buffalo in the 80’s, and I think it was a lot swearier than they show it to be. And, my first (professor) job was in Alabama; I actually got negative comments on my evaluations that I had sworn in class. Both these things make me think the map is somehow inaccurate.
FWIW: When I was a young slacker I had a summer job as laborer in a high school. The head custodian made up new swear words. One time he was calling me out in front of the whole crew for some problem with a painting job. And he screams "You paint like a dogfuck!" That wasn’t even one of his better ones, but it got to me, and I started laughing uncontrollably. He tried yelling more, but eventually he started laughing too and just walked away shaking his head.
It’s hard to get across to students and laypeople that there often isn’t very much deep motivation for what government does. Instead, what we see is repeated patterns of behavior whose justification is that they’ve always done it this way.
Two cases in point:
The NSA spies, and has always spied (somewhat) on Americans.
The FDA approves what it likes, and bans anything it doesn’t (rather than just letting sleeping dogs lie).
At the same time that the NSA is secretly and illegally obtaining information about Americans the FDA is making it illegal for Americans to obtain information about themselves.
You can’t make stuff like this up. The FDA is banning — immediately — home collection kits that allow you to have your genetic material tested for genes that have been linked to disease.
… The FDA wants to regulate genetic tests as a high-risk medical device that cannot be sold until and unless the FDA permits it be sold.
The reasoning violates the First Amendment:
Reading an individual’s code is safe and effective. Interpreting the code and communicating opinions about it may or may not be safe–just like all communication–but it falls squarely under the First Amendment.
But, of course, the FDA isn’t about the First Amendment. It’s about banning things. It always has been.
And, this all relates to a second point from Why Is Macro So Hard: discouraging the collection of data that might be useful:
The FDA also has the relationship between testing and clinical validity ass-backward. The FDA wants to say no to testing until clinical validity is established but we are never going to discover clinical validity until we have mass testing.
Both are intended to give K-12 teachers more time out of the classroom … for all things they do outside the classroom that are more important than the kids in the classroom: “… Because there is so much pressure placed on educators as the result of legislative mandates and board rules”.
This new policy was passed at a little-attended school board meeting over the summer. I’ve yet to meet a single person not on the board who knew this was coming (including more than one principal).
vX acquaintance Pete Akins makes an excellent point:
[Superintendant] Dulaney said the school day for the district’s high schools and middle schools would begin later every Wednesday to make time for the teachers to have their collaboration time in professional learning communities. …
Dulaney said in schools with high-functioning professional learning communities, policies and decisions are made mutually by all stakeholders, which includes students, teachers, paraprofessionals and families. …
After providing a brief outline of the plans for implementing late-start days at each secondary school in the district, parents and teachers weighed in on the subject.
Parent Pete Akins shared his concerns on how the proposed schedule changes could impact families.
He cited Dulaney’s statement that in high-functioning professional learning communities, all decisions and policies are made by stakeholders.
“If this decision has already been made, but has not been made with all of the stakeholders … it’s difficult to believe that all further policies would include all the stakeholders,” Akins said. [emphasis added]
Pete should take a run around the bases for that one … although its pithiness will matter little to the bureaucracy.
Of course, as I re-read this, it occurs to me that perhaps the superintendent doesn’t really intend her professional learning communities to be “high-functioning” at all. If she was just talking figuratively about the abstract, then she’s in the clear not to consult stakeholders at all … which is pretty much what they did this past summer.
Interesting research: 1) people who are likely to have cheated on a self-reporting experiment are more likely to find a government job desirable, and 2) people with government jobs who are more corrupt are likely to cheat in the self-reporting experiment in the same way.
What does this mean?
The corrupt are attracted to government?
Government attracts those who are already corrupt?
Penalties for corruption are lower in government?
It does not seem to suggest that it is government itself that is corrupting.
Basically, all traffic crosses to the “wrong” side of the road as you go onto the bridge, and the crosses back to the “right” side of the road as you leave the bridge.
In modest traffic around 8:30 PM, the crossover went so smoothly that I was done before it registered on me. And then I was in a large, uncongested area, with an easy left turn onto I-15.
There was definitely a holy cow, how the heck did that magic trick work feeling to the whole thing.
They replaced something that worked like this: Note the intersections of arrows at the bottom right and top left. Those were handled with signals that had to cycle through 3 directions and 2 left-turn lanes.
The new interchange looks like this:
There are still two signals on either side of the bridge. But now they cycle through 2 directions instead of 3, and there are zero left turn lights.
Where I grew up this was all handled with cloverleaf interchanges. Of course, those are much larger. But further, you can’t retrofit an interchange for cloverleafs without using eminent domain to remove some of the properties built up around the interchange.
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