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  • Speaker: My People,

    To me the obvious approach is to try and get the smartest most creative most “productive” children – rather than simpler more children.

    Perhaps those smartest most creative productive children can be any child.

    Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, founded in 1993 by a couple of frustrated young teachers, Michael Feinberg and David Levin, in Houston’s inner-city schools. By 2008 there were sixty-six KIPP schools coast to coast, with 16,000 students. KIPP takes children who seem headed for mediocrity or failure — who have little or no hope of ever making it out of the slums — and turns them into exemplary scholars with bright futures.

    Taken from here(which was a strange article to find it in.)

    KIPP website is here


    Nice new website. And I'll keep my talk of death to a minimum.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: My People,

    Thought this thread was about children , but OK you want to mention us old farts.
    How about we have a conversation about death. And the dumb arse christian notions which still hold sway over the feeble minded health bureaucrats and all to often disempowers the actual person dying.
    Sorry, I don't shrink in fear from death and if anyone finds that offensive, yes that's my middle digit telling you exactly how I feel about your squeamishness.
    And I am excluding those with dementia.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: My People,

    Some bring treasures with them. Others are never seen again.

    Oh Ben you gloss over so much with a little statement like this, which appears to give balance.
    That wobbly middle ground again.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: My People,

    Worth remembering that the most populous country on the planet is now also the most productive (industrially). Humans are resources, at some level.

    Yeah but would you move there (to Changzou say) as a lifestyle choice. And dont pretend you are a poor farmers child with no other choices or give me this, yeah if I had to for work or some other bullshit.

    actual figures on what this planet can support with real confidence because we don't know the future of technology.

    Figures .....you want figures .......We could all live like monks. Well I do any way so doesnt bother me. And I suppose we could send a few million to live in the desert. With the aid of technology Im sure their lives could be made reasonably comfortable. Of course they would have to pay for it.

    We currently only receive a minuscule fraction of the energy roaring past us from our local fusion reaction.

    Dont you mean use not receive. And whys that then?

    Humans are resources, at some level.

    Everything "at some level" is a resource to something. But I'd rather be a resource as wormfood that a "resource" in mass numbers in a massive city in a system that seems to care little about me, except as a "resource" to keep its GDP ticking over.
    But then that just me.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Unreasonable people vote,

    After yer jaunt you'll feel refreshed and thirsty for knowledge.
    There's this, this, and this
    and then a relaxing laugh.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: New Old Left?,

    Stalin = a megalomaniac
    the Shining Path = Maoist
    the Red Brigades = Marxist/Leninist
    or the Great Leap Forward = Maoist

    Well one out of four aint bad.
    But anyway that's by the by anyway.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Unreasonable people vote,

    Is John Lennon in there?

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Unreasonable people vote,

    Heh, or longer, depending which prophet you read.

    Now you should know I dont go in for that stuff 'cos I weened myself off it. Pity I cant say the same about other folk.

    And just cos I can.... "dont you get fresh with me young man!"

    I lack perspective, being earthbound.

    Easily solved, when your ready!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Unreasonable people vote,

    I like to think I can still be surprised. It's happened dozens of times in the last decade, I can't think why it couldn't continue.

    Hey don't grab all the pleasure for yourself. Cause now I have to play catch up. People always surprise me sometimes not in a good way, sometimes in astoundingly positive ways. But I love this planet, and everything on it. And I want generations after me to do the same. Till its heat death whenever that is. Mebbe some descendants will watch it from space - well not of mine 'cause I wont be having any thanks very much for asking. But someones.

    The Third World will get more of it, which means less for the First World. Which means harder times for those of us in the First World. It's a hard idea to get used to because we are not accustomed to seeing our wealth in the context of the poverty of the rest of the world, and can delude ourselves into thinking we had a winning formula that could have become universal, rather than simply having seized a bigger piece of the pie than everyone else long before we were even born.

    This was apparent oooooh, about 40 years ago. And many in a generation put their hand up to say 'Hey we'll take the hit'. But their parents weren't about to let their children become urchins - or so they thought. The echo back - as it was never verbalised - was 'bloody ungrateful little sods, we fought and died for this so you bloody well better keep on with it'.

    But I wish I could live to see you succeed where others have failed.
    Ah the optimism of youth, you have my support, for what its worth.

    Now the Third world will just take what it wants, and if the developed world suffers. They'll just say "Them the breaks" or whatever those sayings are in other cultures.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Unreasonable people vote,

    Unfortunately this is not a movie.
    And the FX well, when you get to my age your've seen 'em all before.

    Yes, I know, we are educated, and like to think we are all unique and different (and we are in a lot of ways) and I'd hate to "rain on anyone's parade" (enough qualification for you).
    The sameness or false dichotomy is becoming oppressive.
    Not that I really care, I probably have a lot less years on this planet than you, I've tried but change just doesnt come quickly, not with this many people on a rock. And our leaders full of flowery language and not much else. Our future "leaders" are trained via pseudo warfare or ball games. Or with the SAS now it seems.
    We need to fight for a future, not just squabble over who gets what and who's getting in our way, and if you miss out. Well its probably 'cause your useless and no good anyway.

    And we insist on raising buffoons with motormouths onto a pedestal.
    In my blacker moods ...well that enough for now.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1448 posts Report Reply

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