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  1. I agree it's hard to compare stuff for cinema vs stuff for a tv show. I don't even think it's just wokeness, I think the MCU is getting overwhelmed with the stuff they need to produce that quality has to come second. Which is sad because I thoroughly enjoy the MCU.
  2. I don't know if I'm disappointed by the fans as a whole and thought the apology was right and good. But the article I saw said someone reached out to an Oregon alumni who said it should be overlooked because the problematic fans were freshman. That does leave me wonder what they generally think.
  3. Facebook kept showing me an ad for a brewed cacao drink. I wound up ordering some today. I feel confident it's not against the Word of Wisdom, though would be up to discuss it.
  4. I don't think of my community as a small town (it's totally a suburb), but it's a third of the population of yours. I can walk the diameter of it in 45 minutes. But the access to things in a pinch is very nice.
  5. I grew up and currently live in the suburb of a mid-size city. My in-laws are all country rural folk. I like to think that gives me a decent range of experience. My job has me teaching kids virtually from all over the state and it's still been eye-opening. It's not unusual for rural families to pick this school out of convenience, but today I got a new student whose family doesn't have a functional address. Oh, there have a house, but it's basically situated in a census designated area without recognized roads and, well, it just blew my mind. The official address was a general description of where the home is relative to another area. Some of you read this, saying, well, duh. But to me it's almost like this family is now The Other. Oh, they seem lovely, but I can't comprehend the address. So if these deeply rural families are The Other to me, it's quite likely to speak of this difference between city and country.
  6. I could see where that would be annoying. My babysitter's dad is a finance guy. They're not super wealthy, just average people, but Dad believes very much in kids earning money. The kids are all homeschooled, so the older kids are financially responsible for a lot of their own homeschool supplies.
  7. I feel like the job of president should be given to someone who doesn't want it and that would be the secret of a good presidency. The fellow who does the bare essentials of the job without bias because he has to and just wants the tasks out of the way.
  8. I never understood the change. I remember reading multiple articles about the program. In one or two strokes of keys children's caloric needs were mentioned, the number of kids in poverty was mentioned, and then the caloric limit of the school meals. I'd be scratching my head. Really, if our concern these kids aren't getting enough calories is so great we're providing food, shouldn't the food contain... Calories? Would also likely make the meals taste better because calories are delicious. I have a complicated view of free school meals. On the most practical level I can't say feeding kids in poverty is a bad thing, but there have been some odd consequences.
  9. Physics lessons in the eternities are going to be awesome, that's all I know.
  10. I've asked a few friends about that because I'm still noticing it. Right now I'm still teaching online and am entirely separated from the school supplies department so I don't know what's what. Some friends are saying they're still not sending out lists. Others are saying their schools aren't supplying enough. So... who knows. I'm going to be watching for any list my kids bring home.
  11. If I had to say a standard (again, in my state the school districts kind of handle everything, so I'm going with what I remember or hear about), families are now supposed to provide the following: Crayons Pencils Gluesticks Notebooks/binders/folders Scissors Hand sanitizer Tissues (in some extreme cases toilet paper, apparently some states don't provide that for their schools or something) Calculators depending on grade Copy paper for the copiers Writing paper Construction paper So, not far off from your experience. I guess I could see where it would start adding up. I recall giving a sigh of relief when the Utah law went into effect. I effectively just ordered through the school what we needed and didn't have to worry about supply drama.
  12. This is where I am. Do I like him as a person? No, I think he's an idiot. Do I think he did a good job at his actual presidential duties? Yes.
  13. I'm posting here just because it's a generally conservative-ish group of people I trust to not be crazy with a healthy sprinkling of other view points, also from people I generally trust not to be crazy. So... school supplies. I feel like I can't go on social media or even a news site without hearing about some school supplies crisis. I'm even hearing it from my homeschooling friends as they scramble to find useful supplies. School supply drives abound, teachers are putting up wishlists on Amazon, parents are begging on Facebook, etc. I'm slightly confused to some degree as I live in Utah where state law requires schools to provide basic classroom supplies through elementary (I haven't given a supply list or seen one for my own kids in years) but having been in the classroom I also understand that can only go so far. This gets me thinking. Just whose responsbility is it to provide the school supplies? I think most private schools are pretty cut-and-dry one way or the other, and while I know some homeschooling families who apply for grants or just collect donations like anyone else, they generally seem up for getting their own stuff. But public schools seem a bit funny. I keep hearing about teachers still sending out school supplies lists, and I hear them and parents complaining about having to pay for them. Argument 1: We're already paying taxes into the school systems, so the schools should budget for all supplies. If it is needed to educate the child, the school needs to supply it. Argument 2: Parents are the ones who procreated and shipped the kids off to school. They're already getting an arguably good deal through a mass-funded public school, would it kill them to pitch in and buy some supplies? Argument 3: (Which already sort of exists). It should be up to the individual teachers. Local or state governments (or, heck, federal, why not) would give funding for classroom supplies directly to the teachers, or teachers would request what they need. Argument 4: We keep doing what we're doing and keep up with the community donations. It's charity. I just feel like there's some clash between government and personal responsibility somewhere here.
  14. Apparently they did an updated one some years ago that the Free-Range Kids people made a slight bit of fun of, because they made the girl's trip uber-safe and and had Mom warning her to be careful.
  15. More or less how I feel. I didn't vote for him the first time, was a bit stunned when he won (but the whole election that year was surreal). The reality is I'd likely vote third party again, but he'd at least be supported by me as Republican candidate.
  16. I suppose the question then comes down to the difference between the letter GG and spirit of the law and the opportunity to use such to cruel ends. And obviously that's the free agency stepping in. We can argue about free speech all day and ultimately I agree the importance of it. But there's just something cowardly about hiding behind free speech laws to defend indecency, intentionally or unintentionally. This may be extreme, but if Alex Jones truly believed the parents were actors in a freedom-destroying conspiracy, wouldn't h have to be in favor of harassment and even death of these people, if his conviction was that they were so wicked?
  17. While I think it's certainly prudent to be concerned about this as an attack on freedom of speech, I can't get past the personal responsibility. With great power comes such, or so they say. If you are in a position of influence, I think you must think ahead and consider possible consequences of your words. You can't stop all the crazies, but at what point do you get to deny your influence? Our free speech doesn't exist in bubbles.
  18. I just don't think he has to be intentionally deceiving to be a deceiver. From my understanding, when his listeners were shooting at and threatening the Sandy Hook parents, he didn't step in or tell them to stop. Perhaps false prophet is extreme, but his influence went very badly and he chose to present his thoughts without sufficient evidence.
  19. I used to, maybe 5-10 years ago. I call him a false prophet because it quickly became clear he was in it for the money and fame and was able to get a devoted following. Could this be his own blindness to his innate human weakness? Sure, but his actions and words led to followers.
  20. I suppose it's not inconceivable. It's very easy to get caught up in different views.
  21. I've decided that Alex Jones is absolutely a false prophet of the biblical variety. I think he knew he was spreading lies from the beginning but wanted the glory from his followers.
  22. This is often touted as one of the great blessings of the Atonement. Yet in practice, how is this done?
  23. Certainly very fair points and I agree on both. The first particularly gives me a chuckle because I've seen what some parents request to be taught--parents will never agree on any one curriculum. The NEA and similar teacher associations exist because they already have a job they want to protect. You're right we can't have public teaching positions simply to provide a job, but for all sorts of reasons society as a whole has failed to create an alternative, leaving us in a scenario where nobody maybe likes public education but also doesn't want to pay for anything else. Whenever I hear someone say how teachers ought to just go to private schools, I laugh because as it stands a majority of private schools can't afford to pay teachers a competitive salary to prevent enough from going to other careers (and I don't see how cancelling public education would magically provide families enough extra income). So it's a mess. Teachers' unions and associations will exist as long as the job exists and I don't think anyone would be any happier if they simply moved to a private system. Believe me, I'm all for alternative education options. Families should do what they will. If we continue pressing in the direction we are going, that may be the key to truly and organically dismantling all our frustrations with public education.
  24. Fair enough. Would you prefer teacher association to be more honest?
  25. Of course they're not in it for the children. I'll be honest: I'm not in teaching for the children. I'm in it because I like kids and wanted a jack-of-all-trades sort of deal. I honestly think one big part of the problem with public education was the divide between needing it to be for the children and an onslaught of bizarre expectations and curriculums. People are still desperately demanding teachers "do it for the children" while teachers have zero power over what they get to teach because the powers that be are going crazy with what they expect to be taught. The public is wanting them to "do it for the children" because they don't want to bother with the children themselves. I don't support or really like the NEA, but obviously they're not doing it for the kids but themselves as workers and the base of things that's a hard thing to fault.