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Posted on March 22 at 11:10 p.m.

As higher ed expert Bob Samuels has pointed out, there are many problems with implementing this idea, such as who will monitor and ensure the quality of privately offered courses, if students pay for them for UC credit, who will get the revenue, and if bottlenecks are removed from gateway courses, where will the already bottlenecked upper level courses find the space to accommodate even more students?
http://changinguniversities.blogspot....
The problem is a lack of funding of higher education--that is where the bottlenecks come from. Online ed is not panacea, offering neither great cost savings nor much improved "efficiency." It can offer convenience and flexibility over traditional courses, but those are not the biggest problems we are facing now.

On Graduating on Time, Virtually

Posted on January 9 at 11:32 a.m.

Your comment about listening for the bird sounds (which I also do--and esp. enjoy the relatively tame great blue heron who inhabits the area between Goleta Beach along the 217 bikepath), suggests to me another topic: What do people listen to while biking?

The only thing that made car commutes had over biking for me was that I could listen to radio or audiobooks in my car. Then I discovered podcasts, for which I modified earbuds by cutting the 5' cable down to 3' and soldering both ear leads into the right earpiece. This leaves one ear open to hear traffic, and I have my personal radio feed in the other ear, with a tiny & light sansa clip on my waistband. Only downside: descents above 25mph the wind noise drowns out the audio.

So how do others deal with this?

On Birding While Biking

Posted on December 7 at 9:51 a.m.

From Reuters (and confirmed from the BJOG abstract):

"They found that about 85 percent of the women who were encouraged to have sex did follow the doctor's advice, while 80 percent of women in the other group also had sex.
Women in the group advised to have sex also had it more frequently for the remaining duration of their pregnancies - three times versus two."

What they did NOT do was look at the 15% and 20% who did NOT have sex, and compare their induction rates to the 80-85% who did (sounds like those Malaysians didn't need too much encouragement!). And no info on sex close to delivery, the study looked at sex in the last 1-3 weeks.

So guys, there is still hope.

On Sex Won’t Induce Labor (Even If Your Husband Says So)

Posted on August 20 at 11:05 a.m.

So McCain has Romney's tax returns--too bad that info is not in the posted document. Wouldn't it be nice if McCain leaked those too...!

On Internet: Your Go-To News Source

Posted on May 28 at 2:04 p.m.

Holly, why do you think bicyclists don't pay taxes? Not only do most of us also drive (and thus pay gas taxes), but we have jobs--pay income taxes, and I for one voted for measure D, which goes much more to YOUR roads than MY bike lanes. Which are of course for ALL of us.

You had bad experiences with a couple of cyclists on the sidewalk. How many times have car drivers cut me off (as a pedestrian as much as as a cyclist) by crossing the sidewalk exiting parking lots, turning right on red across a crosswalk, etc. Did calling in a license plate ever deter them? Not hardly.

I think registering and license plates would be a great idea, but suspect that the difficulty of keeping them secure and the costs of maintaining/enforcing such a system (compared to the cost of a bicycle) are prohibitive.

Relax, live and let live, don't let a few bad eggs spoil a whole movement!

On Student-Led Pedal Power

Posted on March 30 at 10:30 a.m.

I love Starshine's columns--she has a gift with words that can make me laugh out loud.

On Mommy Porn

Posted on February 12 at 12:49 p.m.

2x4 says
"And frankly I'm not buying the Mental Disorder crap! Clearly the guy is nuts, I mean, don't you have be to go and firebomb any place, especially a cop house??? Yes, it's clear this guy is a full bubble off center, but so what? he is still a menace to society and has no business walking free."

There are lots of people out here with Serious Mental Illnesses who are dealing with them successfully most of the time, and who are making great contributions to society. One slip-up in their support system and they can do some pretty whacky things. Does that mean they need to be isolated from society in a prison? Or in an institution with completely non- or dysfunctional SMI compatriots?
I think not--what a waste of great potential. But of course you may disagree.
Discrimination? Two very similar individuals, one who has a solid support system (including daddy's wallet, as some commenters have put it), the other who has nothing--as a judge I'd be more likely to release the first one, fair or not. Wouldn't it be nice if we as a society could provide for all equally, without regard to income?

On Isla Vista Firebomber Released Bail-Free

Posted on January 2 at 2:10 p.m.

What kind of antisemitic bullcrap is this, contactjohn? Your timeline website is a good example of conspiracy theorist fantasies like Glenn Beck's, connecting anything to anything and getting many of the facts twisted or wrong.
The Rothschilds may not be worth defending, but neither are any of the other corporate kleptocrat families, Carnegies, Rockefellers, Duponts, Roosevelts, Koches, etc.

Great article though, really makes the way money works crystal clear.

On What Is Money?

Posted on August 5 at 10:59 a.m.

Right on! As long as the wealthy can siphon off wealth without contributing their proportionate share to our education and physical infrastructure, this state (and the US) is on its way down the tube.

On A Distressing Question

Posted on July 13 at 1:47 p.m.

Great idea for a new column!
Maybe include photos next time? Web space is cheap...

On Working Bicycles

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