Saw this one on Facebook. It even got a laugh out of my wife, so I thought I’d pass it on:
My wife asked me why I carry a gun everywhere, even inside the house.
I answered, “Decepticons.”
She laughed. I laughed. The toaster laughed.
I shot the toaster.
If you’d like to see the whole video, with some normal humans giving it a try, you can see it here.
So the New Yorker magazine does an article about the recent Atlanta school system standardized test cheating conspiracy: Wrong Answer. This used to be the thing that would inspire hours of research and writing to create an überpost, but I’m going to resist that. Instead, I’m just going to quote this little excerpt:
“Without even reading the question, I could tell you just by the shape of the graph, ‘Oh, my kids know that,’ ” (Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta) told me. He put the test in his fireplace once he’d confirmed that he had taught the necessary concepts. But he worried that his students would struggle with questions that were delivered in paragraph form. Some of his seventh-grade students were still reading by sounding out the letters. It seemed unfair that the concepts were “buried in words.”
Seventh grade. They’re 12-13 years old, assuming none had been previously held back.
And some can barely read.
But the tests are at fault.
UPDATED TO ADD:
In reference to this comment below, is it really “bestiality” if both species are intelligent, self-aware and consenting?
Inquiring minds and all that….
It is training and doctrine that have stripped people of the power to reason to a moral conclusion on their own powers. They are forbidden to think, this is why they now exist on the same moral plane as abject animals.
From a Facebook comment to this story about police shooting dogs, but it’s applicable pretty much to all “Zero Tolerance” and other “RESPECT MAH AUTHORITAH!” B.S. foisted on us by our “Civil Masters.” The Book says “Do X,” so that’s what they do. They can’t get in trouble for doing what the book says, and it’s easier than thinking.
This year I didn’t repost my usual (In)Dependence Day piece because of my parent’s 60th anniversary. However, Wirecutter wrote one that’s much more in-depth and up to date.
What he said.
Happy Independence Day!
But that’s not the point of this post. Today is the 60th wedding anniversary of my parents:
Here’s wishing you and yours as much happiness as they have had.
From another discussion over at Quora.com:
The NRA seems to care about the constitution more than public safety and the future of the nation.
To which I responded:
Uh, wow. That single sentence contains so much that is descriptive of the issues that it’s almost meta.