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Posted on April 23 at 6:12 a.m.

You may wish to proofread, master the it's/its distinction before weighing in with "educator" expertise. As other comments have noted, CC is mostly surface flash and largely political in nature.

On Understanding Common Core

Posted on April 21 at 5:41 a.m.

Read the article in the NYRB , JarvisJarvis (or is it "JabbaJabba" with that twisted syntax of yours?) Warning: It's long and contains many BIG words.
One of your Putinistas is quoted about the goal of "recreation of a Russian state that would eventually take in everything that had once belonged to pre-revolutionary, imperial Russia. That would mean most of modern Ukraine and the three Baltic states." There, I did your work for you, but read the article anyway. You may learn something not found in two paragraph, simplistic summaries found in your usual news sources on the web.

On Use of Force in the Ukraine

Posted on April 20 at 8:48 p.m.

My critical thinking skills are fine, billclausen, and I (sort of) understood your point. However, my point is that most of your comments seem somehow to work in your personal peeves: children, the local wine industry, and your somewhat fuzzy take on income inequality, the last a real issue at least, but you come across as a three-note crank. Hopefully, the kids at Centinela Valley HS weren't organizing their fund raising with wine tours and tastings!

Back on topic:
The NYT just published a short, but very nice piece about Kuznia and his former cohorts at the Daily Breeze.

On Fired News-Presser Wins Pulitzer

Posted on April 20 at 7:51 p.m.

Judah's reports on Ukraine are always worth reading and this latest one that DavyBrown references is particularly alarming with regard to the expansionist sentiments expressed by Putin's minions in the Russian-controlled regions.
The dangers of further escalation and an eventual proxy war between Russia and the West (in some ways similar to the one now underway in the Middle East between those backing Sunni vs, Shi'a factions) are very real.

On Use of Force in the Ukraine

Posted on April 20 at 7:39 p.m.

Yeah, biilclausen, those "children" are always out to get the childless grumps who somehow feel threatened by "children."
Maybe you somehow skipped that stage in your own development?

Congrats, indeed, to Kuznia whose writings on education in the N-P were always informative, well-written and solidly researched.

On Fired News-Presser Wins Pulitzer

Posted on April 18 at 7:15 p.m.

Exhibiting some DKE of my own, The Russell quote is from his essay collection Mortals and Others in
"The Triumph of Stupidity" (10 May 1933), pp. 203–204

Makes even more sense and a big derp to me.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes and all that...

Getting awfully hard to log on and use this site these days.

On UCSB Scientists Find Resilience in Exposed Shelled Plants

Posted on April 18 at 6:20 p.m.

Yeah, but let's give credit where credit is due:
"The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt"
- Bertrand Russell, "Christian Ethics" from "Marriage and Morals" (1950), quoted from James A. Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief.

When one finds something on one of those "wise thoughts of the day" type calendars, the source is often spurious. I'm not even all that much of a Bukowski fan, but that surely didn't "sound" like anything he'd have written or said.
That said though, it does sound like a pretty good partial example of the Dunning-Kruger effect, something that plays a part in so much Internet debate these days

On UCSB Scientists Find Resilience in Exposed Shelled Plants

Posted on April 16 at 5:53 a.m.

Certainly there's plenty of shameful opportunism to go around among all the would-be candidates so far, Gee, I wonder who the "influential Santa Barbara Democratic woman/women" who are urging the younger Capps to run and are also offended by Schneider's announcement might be? Schneider even "out-Dased" the ever-waiting-in the wings, perpetually climbing Das!
Hopefully, Laura Capps will rethink her "life decision" and not further damage her mother's already significantly tarnished reputation.

I may have to throw my vote away on a fringe candidate this time around. What a disgraceful joke the local political scene has become.

On The World After Lois

Posted on April 9 at 5:46 a.m.

If "Todd" is indeed Capps' son, he's embarrassing himself here even more than inveterate serial-poster JJ (whose daily spew has contributed to the ruination of this site.)

Seems unlikely to me that JJ is affiliated with the NP or any other newspaper unless he's deliberately writing garbled, often-ungrammatical comments to disguise the fact. Then again.....

However, "Todd" needs to get a grip. If indeed he feels compelled to defend "mom," surely there's a better forum in which to do so. Maybe he should "tweet" his love and support. Seems to be all the rage these days.

On Capps Announces She Won't Seek Reelection

Posted on April 9 at 4:12 a.m.

Shameful political opportunism, but no shortage of that locally, Despite the ill will that Schneider garnered locally in recent years, she'll likely be a viable candidate, Will be interesting to see whom the Capps machine ultimately supports.

On Mayor Helene Schneider Announces Run for Congress

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