January 21st, 2011

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NHS upheaval could have been avoided, leading GPs say
By Nick Triggle Health reporter, BBC News


Hospital nurse A bill is due to be published to pave the way for an overhaul of the NHS

Fears are being raised about the NHS shake-up in England with GPs branding the scale of the changes unnecessary.

Ministers will publish a health bill this week that will pave the way for GP consortiums to take over management of the NHS from primary care trusts.

Prime minister David Cameron has said "fundamental changes" are needed in the NHS.

But doctors leaders believe that GPs could simply have taken charge of PCTs instead - and got the same results.

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and other intresting links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12177084 a bbc Q&A on the plans

the PM said he would not peform any top down reorganistion of the nhs in his manifesto. and i think in the collalition agreement. opps
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MICHAEL STEELE VS. RACHEL MADDOW IN BARE KNUCKLE, STEEL CAGE, CIVIL CONVERSATION.

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STARE AGAPE as Michael Steele and Rachel Maddow engage in a white knuckle duel of politeness and geniality about how the RNC operates!
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Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Says



E-mails between a client and attorney are no longer considered privileged and confidential if the client writes the messages from a work e-mail account, a California court of appeals has ruled.

The 3-0 decision Thursday by the Sacramento Third Appellate District means that if you intend to sue your employer, don’t discuss the suit with an attorney using company e-mail. The company has a right to access it and use it against you in a court.

“… [T]he e-mails sent via company computer under the circumstances of this case were akin to consulting her lawyer in her employer’s conference room, in a loud voice, with the door open, so that any reasonable person would expect that their discussion of her complaints about her employer would be overheard,” (.pdf) the court wrote.

Case law on electronic privacy in the workplace is slowly evolving, and not always for the best.

The U.S. Supreme Court in July ruled that a police officer’s texts on department pagers were not private. But that ruling was based on grounds other than the Ontario Police Department’s policy that said text messages on work pagers were not private.

The New Jersey Supreme Court said e-mail messages on a personal web-based e-mail account accessed from an employer’s computer were private. But that decision was contingent on the fact that use of such an account was not clearly covered by the company’s policy, and the e-mails in question contained a standard warning that the communications were personal, confidential, attorney-client communications.

In this most recent California appeals case, a secretary claimed her small-business employer became hostile when it found out she was pregnant shortly after being hired in 2004.

The company, Petrovich Development of Sacramento, California, introduced the e-mail at trial “to show Holmes did not suffer severe emotional distress, was only frustrated and annoyed, and filed the action at the urging of her attorney,” the court noted. On appeal, Holmes claimed the lower courts erred in allowing the e-mail into the case, which the developer had won.

The appeals court said Gina Holmes’ e-mails to her lawyer were not confidential because her employer had a written policy that company e-mail was not private and subject to audit.

The court said Holmes “used her employer’s company e-mail account after being warned that it was to be used only for company business, that e-mails were not private, and that the company would randomly and periodically monitor its technology resources to ensure compliance with the policy.”

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Oregon sues Johnson & Johnson for leaving flawed Motrin on store shelves

Lynn Walther was bothered by his instructions to secretly buy up faulty pain relievers from Salem-area stores.

So in June 2009, he faxed his employer's orders to Oregon pharmacy regulators. "Something was wrong," Walther said.

He never heard back from them, but the Oregon man's whistleblowing fax triggered a federal investigation into health care giant Johnson & Johnson.

This week, Attorney General John Kroger sued the conglomerate and two subsidiaries, claiming they left eight-capsule packets of Motrin on Oregon store shelves for months after learning the product was defective.

Citing e-mail traffic from the company and federal regulators, Kroger charged that the company deliberately withheld word of the defect from retailers and the public.

The pharmaceutical giant discovered at the end of 2008 that its Motrin caplets didn't dissolve properly and thus were ineffective in relieving pain, the suit says. But instead of ordering an official recall to alert consumers, the company hired a contractor to scour stores across the country and buy up the defective Motrin.

The company finally conducted a formal recall, but more than a year after discovering the faulty batch and then only under pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Oregon complaint accuses the company of 787 violations of state trade law for packets sold to consumers, and another 27 violations for having retailers stock the product. Kroger didn't seek a specific penalty, but state law provides a fine of up to $25,000 per violation. Johnson & Johnson could be liable for more than $20 million.

Kroger last summer sought the company's voluntary compliance and a settlement of $725,000, but no deal was struck.

Johnson & Johnson officials said through its subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare that "there was no health or safety risk to consumers associated with this limited recall." McNeil officials said Kroger's complaint had "no legal basis."

William Weldon, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, admitted in congressional testimony last September that the company had conducted a "phantom recall." He said the company didn't tell federal regulators it was buying its own product off the shelves.

"That was a mistake we made," Weldon testified. "We firmly admit that."

Congressional records and Kroger's complaint say the trouble started at a manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico. The company learned in November 2008 that a batch of Motrin tablets didn't dissolve as fast as expected, impairing how much ibuprofen a consumer would get. According to Kroger's complaint, the company reported to regulators that while this posed no health risk, consumers could experience "a worsening of pain, fever or inflammation."

The Oregon distributor, unaware of the problem, continued shipping the Motrin tablets for another four months, until March 2009.

That same month, McNeil officials notified federal regulators in a "field alert report" that the questionable Motrin tablets weren't "available at the store level." They said if a check at stores found the product, "a recall of these Motrin batches will be recommended."

The Oregon complaint cites e-mail traffic showing company officials worked to keep the top FDA official in Puerto Rico from triggering a full recall. Word that no national recall would be ordered led company officials to declare "great job" in one e-mail and a "major win" in another.

Kroger said the company then planned to "surreptitiously" remove Motrin tablets still in retailers, such as convenience stores and gas stations. Contractors were hired to send buyers into stores to identify by code any faulty batches and buy them.

One subcontractor said 33 stores in Nevada wouldn't be checked because secret shoppers there had to be licensed private detectives. Kroger said in a notice last August to Johnson & Johnson that the record wasn't clear whether the company "unlawfully shopped" in Nevada or "simply left remaining eight-packs on store shelves."

According to the complaint, 787 faulty Motrin packets were sold in Oregon. Secret buyers bought another 41 packets, checking 27 stores throughout the state.

Lynn Walther was one of those secret buyers, working for WIS International.

The Salem resident told The Oregonian he was assigned to go into local stores, look for certain batch numbers, and buy the offending packets with a credit card provided by his employer.

"Usually, the instruction sheets tell you what to do. They don't very often tell you what not to do," he said.

In the Motrin buys, he was told to keep his true purpose secret. On June 23, 2009, he faxed the instruction sheet to the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. The board released a copy to The Oregonian Wednesday.

It said: "You should simply 'act' like a regular customer when making these purchases. THERE MUST BE NO MENTION OF THIS BEING A RECALL OF THIS PRODUCT! "

Walther said he brushed aside questions from store clerks who quizzed him about the volume of his purchases.

Pharmacy Board officials forwarded the instruction sheet to the FDA.

By July 2009, federal regulators pressed Johnson & Johnson for a full public recall. Kroger's complaint said the company didn't do so until February 2010, notifying retailers then about an "urgent" drug recall.


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Holocaust fiction works best when it fosters understanding

The Holocaust movie is an inexhaustible genre it seems. Still in living memory, the Shoah is a totemic source of stimulation and backdrop for artists wishing to explore extremities of human nature. It is irresistible yet dangerous territory for many writers and movie-makers, with few contributions able to meet the approval of more than a simple majority.

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Notes on “Heavy.”

I don’t normally write about TV shows. In fact, I purposely avoid watching TV shows about nutrition, fitness, and weight loss because they annoy me, and my yelling at the television then annoys my husband.

But when I saw the advertisements for A&E’s new show Heavy (in between advertisements for Hoarders and Intervention, in case you were wondering about the tenor of the show), I really wanted to watch it. And, this time, to avoid yelling at the television, I decided to yell at the internet instead.

Episode one, “Tom and Jodi,” opens with this quote:

“Nearly 100 million Americans suffer from debilitating obesity.”

And here’s our first fact-check, before the show even properly begins. While 1/3rd of Americans are “obese” by the BMI (BMI of 30 or greater), only 5.7% are considered “extremely obese” (BMI of 40 or greater. I’m one of them. Hi!) The people featured on Heavy are in this weight category — it’s the highest one. Tom weighs 638 pounds and has a BMI of around 94. Jodi weighs 367 pounds.

If your BMI is 30, do you consider yourself debilitated by your obesity?

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Citadel

Report: Facebook bullying leads high school freshman to commit suicide

Sadly, another teen suicide to report.

Kameron Jacobsen, a 14-year-old freshman at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, N.Y., died Tuesday after taking his own life. Sources report that Kameron was was tormented by Facebook bullies who taunted him because they thought he was gay.

Kameron’s death is the second teen suicide in less than 2 weeks by a Monroe-Woodbury student. On Jan. 9, 16-year-old Justin Dimino also took his life, although there have been no reports of bullying related to Justin’s death.

At the high school they both attended, students tried to make sense of the incomprehensible — that two teens with everything ahead of them seemed to find life too painful.

Principal David Bernsley said the sense of loss is excruciating and that they are doing their best to cope.

“Our hearts go out to the families,” said Principal David Bernsley. “We’re devastated as a community.”

Facebook issued this statement about the incidents, according to WNYW:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of these students, and our hearts go out to their family and friends. These cases serve as a painful reminder of how people can help others who are either bullied or show signs of distress on Facebook. We encourage them to notify us, and we work with third party support groups including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to reach out to people who may need help.”

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ONTD_Political's PotD: January 20, 2011.


An uprising in Tunisia | Beginning in December of last year, a series of ongoing protests in the streets of Tunisia escalated to the point where President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali - who had ruled the country for 23 years - at first declared he would not seek re-election, then fled the country on January 14th. An interim government was assembled, but protesters remain in the streets, demanding removal of all traces of Ben Ali's old RCD party. Protesters' frustrations with high unemployment, inflation and corruption drove them to the streets after a pivotal event, when a young Tunisian vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire after police confiscated his produce cart. Bouazizi died of his injuries days later. Collected here are images of the turmoil in Tunisia over the past couple of weeks.
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Abraham Lincoln was a Sekret Atheist-Socialist-Commie-Jacobin!

Colorado Springs Declares War on Boulder: Damn You, Hippies!

Idaho Lawmakers Cite Founder Of Neo-Confederate Hate Group To Justify Plan To Nullify Health Reform

One of the worst examples of the right wing’s contempt for the Constitution is the bevy of unconstitutional proposals state lawmakers have introduced attempting to nullify the Affordable Care Act
. The Constitution expressly states that Acts of Congress “shall be the supreme law of the land…anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding,” so our founding document specifically denies the states a veto power over federal laws.

Nonetheless, a group of Idaho lawmakers are drawing inspiration for an unconstitutional nullification bill from an unusual source — a co-founder of a neo-Confederate hate group:

Though a 1958 U.S. Supreme Court decision reaffirmed that federal laws “shall be the supreme law of the land,” Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is promoting the nullification idea, too. In his January 10 State of the State speech, he told Idaho residents “we are actively exploring all our options — including nullification.”

Sen. Monty Pearce, an Idaho GOP lawmaker who plans to introduce a nullification bill early next week, wanted to be the first one to give Otter a recently published book on the subject, “Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.”


But Otter beat him to the punch.

“I took that copy and tried to give it to the governor,” he said, pointing to a copy on his desk. “He already had a copy.” . . .

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., author of the 2010 book “Nullification” that Otter and Pearce have in their Idaho Capitol offices, argues states have the final say on issues as grave as when the government forces citizens to spend their hard-earned money.

Woods is, to say the least, a questionable source of counsel for a sitting state governor and state senator. One of the founders of the neo-Confederate League of the South, Woods once published an article declaring the Confederacy to be “Christendom’s Last Stand.” In it, he endorses the view that the Civil War was a battle between “atheists, socialists, communists, red republicans, jacobins on the one side and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other,” and he concludes that “[t]he real watershed from which we can trace many of the destructive trends that continue to ravage our civilization today, was the defeat of the Confederate States of America in 1865.”

And Woods’ pet issue — nullification — isn’t just unconstitutional, it’s also a terrible idea. In 1830, when Vice President John C. Calhoun was stoking a Nullification Crisis that nearly led to an armed conflict between South Carolina and the United States, James Madison wrote that allowing nullification would “speedily put an end to the Union itself” because it would allow the states to simply ignore any law they want. And Madison was right. Simply put, nullification is nothing less than a plan to remove the word “United” from the United States of America.
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Limbaugh Mocks Chinese President's Untranslated Speech

From the January 19 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: Eh, never mind. We're not gonna gyp Fox. I wanted to gyp it because the -- well, the -- Hu Jintao, he was speaking, and they weren't translating.

They normally -- you have some translator every couple of words. But Hu Jintao was just going [mocking Chinese speech].

Nobody was translating. But that's the closest I can get.


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Murasaki Shikibu
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Blackwater founder trains Somalis

Blackwater founder trains Somalis

Erik Prince, whose former company Blackwater Worldwide became synonymous with the use of private U.S. security forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, has quietly taken on a new role in helping to train troops in lawless Somalia.

Prince is involved in a multimillion-dollar program financed by several Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, to mobilize some 2,000 Somali recruits to fight pirates who are terrorizing the African coast, according to a person familiar with the project and an intelligence report seen by The Associated Press.

Prince's name has surfaced in the Somalia conflict amid the debate over how private security forces should be used in some of the world's most dangerous spots. Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, became a symbol in Washington of contractors run amok after a series of incidents, including one in 2007 in which its guards were charged with killing 14 civilians in the Iraqi capital.

A U.S. federal judge later threw out the charges on the grounds that the defendants' constitutional rights were violated. Last year, Iraq's Interior Ministry gave all contractors who had worked with Blackwater at the time of the shooting one week to get out of the country or face arrest for visa violations.

Though Somali pirates have seized ships flying under various flags, most governments are reluctant to send ground troops to wipe out pirate havens in a nation that has been in near-anarchy for two decades and whose weak U.N.-backed administration is confined to a few neighborhoods of the capital. The forces now being trained are intended to help fill that void. They will also go after a warlord linked to Islamist insurgents, one official said.

In response to requests for an interview with Prince, his spokesman e-mailed a brief statement that the Blackwater founder is interested in "helping Somalia overcome the scourge of piracy" and has advised antipiracy efforts. Spokesman Mark Corallo said Prince has "no financial role" in the project and declined to answer any questions about Prince's involvement.

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Initial reaction: Yikes.
Reaction after reading all of it: Yikes.
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News round-up: Tony Blair called to Chilcot Inquiry; Coulson resigns; Johnson out, Balls in

Tony Blair 'deeply and profoundly regrets' Iraq dead


Tony Blair has said he "regrets deeply and profoundly the loss of life" during and after the 2003 Iraq war.

The former prime minister said his refusal to express regret for the decisions that led to war at his first appearance before the committee had been misinterpreted.

But his words were met with cries of "too late" from the public gallery.

Mr Blair also repeated his warning about the "looming" threat from Iran during the four hour session.

Asked whether the coalition's actions in Iraq had made the risk from Iran and other countries developing nuclear weapons worse, rather than better, he said: "I don't think so."

Mr Blair, who is now a UN Middle East peace envoy, said there was "a looming and coming challenge" from Iran.
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What a month for Rio =(

400 missing in Brazil slides; Toll hits 763



Brazilian officials say about 400 people are registered as missing after mudslides last week that killed 767 people.

The Rio de Janeiro public prosecutor's office is tallying the list.

The death toll from slides triggered by deluges in mountain towns just north of Rio ticked up Friday as recovery teams reached isolated areas and slowly dug out victims.

Roads and bridges are washed out across the region, hampering the ability to get heavy machinery into the areas to speed up the recovery of bodies.

The slides are the deadliest natural disaster to hit Brazil since flooding killed 785 people four decades ago.


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Brazil rescue effort helicopter crashes


Brazil's flood rescue effort faces new challenges after a military helicopter crashed while assisting in the search and rescue of victims.

Local TV channels showed the dramatic footage of the crash which occured in Rio de Janeiro state. The pilot survived the ordeal.

The pictures included shots of an SOS sign, drawn using wheat and stones, by a desperate family calling for the attention of rescue workers.

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Tornado scares the population of Rio de Janeiro


RIO DE JANEIRO state – Between the evening of Wednesday, January 19 and early hours of Thursday – 20, a low intensity tornado caused strong winds. The population stood scared.

The phenomenon took off roofs of houses and suspended the supply of electricity in the western area of the city of Rio de Janeiro and Baixada fluminence, city of Niteroi. It appears that suddenly, the destroyer force of Nature remembered that Brazil exists.

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Brazil to create disaster alert system: science minister

Brazil will put in place a national disaster-prevention and early-warning system before next rainy season, the country's top science official said on Thursday.

The early-warning system being developed was designed to protect lives from major natural disasters, said Minister of Science and Technology Aloizio Mercadante.

"The system we want to implement may not put an end to disasters, but at least deaths will decrease. Nothing is more valuable than lives," he told state radio reporters.

Following the worst natural disaster ever recorded in Brazil's history that killed more than 750 people in mountain towns north of Rio de Janeiro, the government Monday announced the creation of a national system to prevent and alert natural disasters.

According to Mercadante, the system will be composed of 15 radars and a recently purchased supercomputer to help forecast heavy rainfall and other extreme weather conditions, giving authorities enough time to evacuate people from high-risk areas.

The most critical areas will be given priority to install the alert system which is expected to be fully operational in four years, given the time to conduct a geological survey, he added.


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Vets and Volunteers Tend to Pets Affected by Brazilian Mudslides



While many seem to concentrate on the hundreds and hundreds of human lives lost, there are thousands of pets who too have lost their owners, their lives, their homes and their balance in life by the mudslides that slipped down the mountains surrounding Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo after days of rainfall.

Six days and counting, rain, flooding and mudslides have taken a rising tolls on the cities of Teresopolis, Petropolis and Nova Friburgo, Brazil. Thousands of pets have survived the cascade and been left homeless. A group of veterinarians and teams of volunteers have stepped up to take care of them by patching their wounds, cleaning and feeding them.
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Older post, with pictures (some are very graphic).
Post about possible impact of La Niña.

I guess this year began before Carnaval.
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Poll Shows Most Americans Hate Taxes Until Cornered By Logic

Poll Finds Wariness About Cutting Entitlements
By JACKIE CALMES and DALIA SUSSMAN
Published: January 20, 2011

As President Obama and Congress brace to battle over how to reduce chronic annual budget deficits, Americans overwhelmingly say that in general they prefer cutting government spending to paying higher taxes, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Yet their preference for spending cuts, even in programs that benefit them, dissolves when they are presented with specific options related to Medicare and Social Security, the programs that directly touch the most people and also are the biggest drivers of the government’s projected long-term debt.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans choose higher payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security over reduced benefits in either program. And asked to choose among cuts to Medicare, Social Security or the nation’s third-largest spending program — the militarya majority by a large margin said cut the Pentagon.

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Heartless Tea Bagger Wants Giffords' Seat Now: It's Such a Waste of a Good Seat

"But dont Tell Anyone, Otherwise I Would Look Like an Asshole!"

Giffords’ GOP Challenger: So, Can I Run Again Already?
Gabrielle Giffords may soon walk again ... and her 2010 Republican opponent seems ready to run again

As you might expect, if you visit the website of Jesse Kelly, the ex-Marine Tea Partyer who challenged Gabrielle Giffords in last November's election, you will find a simple message expressing sympathy for the congresswoman and her family. And, also as you might expect, if you ask Kelly's spokesman, as the Los Angeles Times did, you'll hear that he's interested only in his former opponent making a full recovery. (What's wrong with that sentence? Look closely)

But behind the scenes, the story appears to be a little different. Per Ben Smith, Arizona Capitol Reports, a subscription-only insider newsletter, reported this week that:

Attorney Lee Miller, who serves as legal counsel for the Arizona Republican Party, told our reporter Kelly’s campaign contacted him earlier this week to find out how the seat would be filled if Giffords couldn’t serve.... Likewise, Dem sources say a handful of people in the minority party began looking at their options in the immediate wake of the shooting....

That item apparently caused a stir in Arizona political circles, because the newsletter followed up the next day with this:

"Yesterday’s item about Jesse Kelly exploring a special election for the CD8 seat in the wake of Giffords’ shooting created waves in Tucson political circles, one source from south of the Gila said today. 'I think Jesse Kelly has more problems than just dealing with a Yellow Sheet story. It’s probably going to be picked up by Politico,' said the source.

Kelly, if you don't already know, has been taking heat since Giffords' shooting for sponsoring a campaign event last year in which supporters joined him in shooting a "fully automatic M-16." "Get on target for November. Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office," the event's announcement read.

It's true that the M-16 event had no direct connection with Giffords' shooting, and claims that it indirectly helped create a "climate" conducive to the shooting are dubious at best. Still, to many people, Kelly is now best known as the guy who encouraged supporters to shoot M-16s in the name of defeating a member of Congress who was, several months later, nearly shot to death. Politically, the association is toxic, and Kelly faces a formidable -- maybe impossible -- task in repairing the damage.

Thus, stories about him quietly looking into whether there might soon be a special election for Giffords' seat are particularly damaging for him. Sure, the inquiry his campaign apparently made wasn't actually that unreasonable. There were, after all, reports earlier this week that Arizona state law requires that Giffords' seat be declared vacant if she's incapacitated for more than 90 days. All Kelly may have done is make a discreet inquiry about whether this is true. (It isn't; only the House itself can declare a seat vacant.) But, especially in the wake of the M-16 controversy, it looks terrible for Kelly to be seen making political calculations right now.


We need a "Stay Classy, You Asshole" tag
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Idaho schools chief outlines aggressive education reform plan

BOISE, Idaho -- Public schools chief Tom Luna outlined an aggressive plan for education reform, calling for more technology in the classroom and a pay plan for teachers based on merit, not seniority.

Luna detailed his proposal Wednesday for Idaho lawmakers on the House and Senate education committees, saying it may be difficult for "the adults" in public education but will benefit students.

Among the highlights of Luna's plan:

  • All ninth-grade students will be given laptops and required to take two online courses.
  • Idaho would implement a plan to pay teachers based on their performance, which will include student achievement, and eliminate tenure for new teachers instead offering them two-year rolling contracts.
  • Teachers would be able to receive bonuses for taking on hard-to-fill and leadership positions.
  • Teachers' collective bargaining agreements with school districts will expire at the end of each fiscal year and will be limited to salaries and benefits.
  • Idaho colleges and universities would be allowed to operate charter schools.

 

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Tom Luna was voted in even though he has no background in education whatsoever. I can say from experience that forcing students to take online classes is a terrible idea on many levels - I've taken a class with the online education system in Idaho, and it was useless, especially with how it was run. Plus the new infrastructure needed would be incredible, since most schools couldn't handle the sudden need for bandwidth and electricity with that many new laptops. There's a lot of problems with online education (lack of teacher-student interaction, loss of communication, etc). And teaching jobs are hard enough to find as-is, meaning that there will be 700 more college students graduating with an education degree they can't use.

The other issue is the merit-based pay - the only way to judge "merit" would be through testing, which is a bad system for determining student education and isn't fair to teachers.
Martha

Parents Television Council Calls For Federal Investigation Of US Skins

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MTV executives have a new hit drama on their hands, featuring the sexual and drug-fueled exploits of misfit teenagers. They also have something else — a fear that coming episodes of the show may break the law.

In recent days, executives at the cable channel became concerned that some scenes from the provocative new show “Skins” may violate federal child pornography statutes.

The executives ordered the producers to make changes to tone down some of the most explicit content.

They are particularly concerned about the third episode of the series, which is to be broadcast Jan. 31. In an early version, a naked 17-year-old actor is shown from behind as he runs down a street. The actor, Jesse Carere, plays Chris, a high school student whose erection — assisted by erectile dysfunction pills — is a punch line throughout the episode.

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In terms of media law, it's rare for child porn laws to be executed without proof that the minor was coerced or proof that the minor lied about their age before the material was produced. Also too, keep in mind that the PTC has been known to file bullshit claims with the FCC just to protest content they don't like.
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Photo highlights: State Dinner with President Hu of China.



Jackie Chan and Yo-Yo Ma help welcome China's leader

Friday, 21 January 2011 | For Chinese-Americans in Washington, the only party in town on Wednesday night was the state dinner at the White House. The courtiers from the Chinese embassy and Hu Jintao's entourage from Beijing were joined by the glitterati of Chinese-American society.

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