a national hero
a national hero
Responding to the extremist group Americans for Prosperity, funded by the Koch brothers, the Kansas state legislature enacted legislation that strips teachers of due process and expands “school choice” (aka privatization of public schools and their funding). In the future, teachers may be fired without a hearing.
The legislature used the pretext of a court ruling to equalize funding to enact proposals that align with the far-right ALEC organization.
Destroying due process is called “reform.” Teachers may be unjustly accused and fired without a hearing. They may be fired because they taught both sides of a controversial issue or expressed a controversial view. They may be fired because the principal doesn’t like the way they look or doesn’t like their race or religion. No reason is needed because there will be no hearing.
Without any right to a fair hearing, you can be sure that the word “evolution” will never be heard in many districts, nor any reference to global warming. Nor will many classics of American literature be taught. Books like “Huckleberry Finn,” “Invisible Man,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” are risky and controversial. Now is exactly when the children of Kansas and the U.S. should be reading “1984″ and “Brave New World.”
“The bill is potentially a big victory for conservative Republicans because it gives them some educational reforms they have sought while putting more money into schools.
The reforms would:
• Foster school choice by allowing corporations to make tax-deductible contributions to scholarship funds so children with special needs or who come from low-income households could attend private school.
• Make it easier to fire teachers by eliminating their due-process rights.
• Relax teacher licensing when hiring instructors with professional experience in areas including math, science, finance and technical education.
“As the final bill was negotiated, lawmakers jettisoned an idea to block funding for Common Core academic standards.
“They also shed a plan that would have provided property tax relief for parents who home-school their children or send them to private schools. Lawmakers questioned whether the property tax break was constitutional and whether they knew its real cost.
“Urged on by conservative special interests such as Americans for Prosperity, Republican leaders pressed hard to eliminate due process rights for teachers.
“They say the proposal is intended to ensure that school administrators are free from regulations that would keep them from firing substandard teachers.
“If you talk to administrators, they want this,” said Sen. Julia Lynn, an Olathe Republican. “They want really good teachers to thrive. They don’t want to be in a position to protect those teachers who are under-performing.”
“State law had required administrators to document conduct and provide a hearing for teachers they want to fire after three years on the job.
“The bill means terminated teachers would no longer be able to request a hearing.”
The teacher-hating GOP extremists backed by ALEC/Koch Brothers are destroying education in this country.
They are destroying the whole country, one issue at a time…
And we are stupid enough to keep voting them in office and letting them do it.
We get what we deserve.
The Last Unicorn was a really creepy kid’s movie.
Australian possum vs American possum 画
I had this exact conversation with an Australian friend. She was startled and said that oh, she must have just heard a possum outside her window.
Me: “OH GOD CLOSE YOUR WINDOW RIGHT NOW D:”
After an amusingly long circular conversation where she thought I was irrationally scared of the adorable little animal on the left, we figured out that we were discussing two very different animals. She sent me a picture, I awwed. Then I sent her a picture.
"WHAT IS THAT THING?!"
The last time I saw one that wasn’t roadkill, it was hissing at me from the shadows of a dark driveway I was walking past and I just bolted for a good hundred feet or so out of reflex.
This may be the only time the US wins in a head to head competition for scarier animals with Australia.
the one marsupial we do have, and it’s this fucking thing
So I used to work for a bookstore. Pretty big bookstore in the US. I loved my co-workers, I loved the company, but our store manager sucked. We had two other store managers (one was promoted, the other moved across the country for her husband’s job) so I know it’s not the company but her. She had the brilliant idea that it would help sales if we bombarded customers with questions at point of sale.
I not only had to ask the customer if they had a member card. I had to explain the benefits of the card if they didn’t have one and calculate how much they’d be saving if they purchased a member card (yes, you have to purchase it…).
That was only the first question.
Then I had to ask if they wanted any gift cards. If they said no I had to explain the benefit of gift cards.
Then I had to ask (if they weren’t a member) if they wanted to receive e-mails and what they could save in the future if they receive e-mail coupons.
Then I had to ask if they had our e-reader. If they didn’t, I had to explain why they should check it out (I had to give 3 benefits of our e-reader versus the competition’s).
She would stalk the registers, and if I (or anyone else working the registers) missed one of these questions she would scold us even if customers were very clear that they didn’t want to be asked any more questions, they just wanted to buy their damn stuff and go home.
One time I had a lady approach the register and said flat out, “If you ask me if I have one of those cards I’m leaving.” My store manager was standing 5 feet away and I looked at her and she gave me that look so I proceeded to say to the customer, “Well, we really ask just to make sure you can get the discount if you have a card.” The customer threw the book at me and left the store. My store manager told me that I could’ve turned that incident into a sale by explaining the benefits of the card.
In conclusion, overloading customers with questions is going to drive them away.
PEOPLE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT THE HUNGER GAMES IS ABOUT WEALTH DISPARITY I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU ARE MISSING THE CENTRAL THEME OF THE STORY
LIKE WHAT THE FUCK EVEN ARE YOU I KNOW SO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE ~FISCAL CONSERVATIVES/THINK REAGONOMICS IS A THING THAT *WORKS*/ THE MAINTAINING OF THE…
There is literally nothing better than a sexy, badass lady.
CHING MOTHERFUCKING SHIH
This lady was such a badass, I can’t count the ways, but let’s try.
She got married to an already successful pirate, Zheng Yi, and took over when he died. She was crazy strict to keep an iron fist over her fleet of pirates, and the punishments for stepping out of line were brutal. If you stole or looted from a town that provided assistance or tribute to the pirate fleet, Ching would chop your fucking head off with a battle axe and dump your lifeless body in the ocean. If you stole from the pirate treasury, or she thought you were stealing from the pirate treasury, Ching would chop your fucking head off dump your lifeless body in the ocean. Raping any captured female prisoners was punishable by immediate death. Fuck, if you had consensual sex while on duty you got your head chopped off and the woman was chucked off the boat no matter where they were at. Ching wasn’t fucking around, and she wanted to make damn sure you weren’t fucking around when you should have been working.
Two years after she took over, she got so notorious for ransacking towns and taking taxes on them that she pissed off the entire Chinese government, and sent out a massive fleet to bring her in line. Most pirates probably would’ve said this was out of their pay grade and taken off to hide out or ransack some other country.
Ching Shih said fuck that.
She not only faced them head on, she wiped the floor with them, killing hundreds and capturing sixty-something ships from the Imperial Fleet. Prisoners were given the choice of joining up or being executed on the spot. The Admiral of the Chinese navy, Kwo Lang, was so afraid of being captured by her or going back to admit he’d been beaten by her that he committed suicide.
For the next two years, Ching Shih not only kept on pirating, she fought off Chinese forces as well as Dutch and British warships that the navy called in to help. Finally the government gave up and offered her amnesty as well as amnesty for her then SEVENTEEN THOUSAND crewman. Ching Shih got to keep all her plunder, so she retired to the countryside where she opened up a brothel and lived until she was 69.
tldr: I’ve come to terms with the reality that I’ll never be as terrifyingly badass as this woman was.
i will be as badass as she
You know, I heard of her, but I’d either forgotten or never heard that she grew old and retired having never been brought down or defeated ever.
She won being a pirate.
She got history’s high score.
OH GAWD NO