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“I’m not your apple.”

I don’t think I have to wait for any more shows to make this decision.

I do feel like I need to ‘break up’ with Heroes because guuuuh what is this nuts script-writing that’s going on? I’m not a particularly discerning consumer of television and film. I don’t notice most plot holes or ever “call” what’s going to happen later on.

But I do have a whacked-out-behavior-(ra)dar. I’m in this for the characters and the story and no one seems to be acting ‘right’. Who are these people? They don’t seem like the people we met previous seasons.

I’m sorry, Heroes. I will probably keep hanging on for a bit, but let’s be honest about things. We’re neither apple nor tree nor pie for each other anymore. Tragic.

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Have I mentioned that the SBOE of Texas has been scaring me? Chichi mongreenus!

But things are maybe gonna be alright. The update is that the science has made it past the first vote.

Admittedly, my God-feelings are squiffy at the extended moment, but science education is science education. Onward!

From May 5, 2008 in a non-WordPress journal of mine:

This concerns none of you directly, but that holds for me, too. I needed to vent. 

From the Austin-American Statesman, though I’m sure you could find it elsewhere. 

In sum, the new head of the State Board of Education has decided to scrap the English standards that were put together painstakingly by committee over the course of a few years with something drafted overnight by a few members of the board. 

McLeroy sped through the changes and wouldn’t let the members of the board who wanted to slow down and read the thing do so. 

I am not sure when the science curriculum goes up for review.

I’m just going to write to Berlanga or any of the others who opposed this craplaunch for moral support. Since I don’t vote there. I think it is also important to note that this isn’t a Republican vs. Democrat thing. It’s more a ”why discount experts”, ”why stamp out discussion”, and ”why stick Texan children with further institutionalized disadvantages”? 

So, disclosure, I believe in a creative God. But I definitely am against taking evolution out of the science curriculum. And I am against giving more people more reasons to act like jackasses when they hear we went to public school in Texas, God forbid. 

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The internet brings me so many wonderful things, including the thoughts of people I would probably not have heard from otherwise.* I have never seen an episode of this cartoon Back at the Barnyard, but I loved this review for reasons. I love reading it either out loud or out loud in my head.** Hey, important lessons for our youth! They will probably not get to see real live cows.

Difference between “boy and girl” livestock, 26 July 2008
4/10

Author: M Reese from United States

I have an 8 yr old son whose TV viewing I monitor closely. I had never seen the movie version of “Back at the Barnyard”, but having grown up on a Dairy Farm in WI, I thought the premise was cute and could see no harm in watching an episode with him, figuring it would be fine for him to watch.

I agree that the subject matter tends to be fine and the cartoon is harmless for him to watch, but I can’t get past the fact that Otis has a male voice and female parts!!!!! Does nobody realize or care that steers &/or bulls (boys) DO NOT have udders?!!!!!! Cows (girls) have udders.

I realize that as a cartoon for kids this doesn’t matter much, but it just irks me that we have become such a lazy viewing audience that we don’t hold the creators of this cartoon to a little higher standards. Are we teaching our kids to be sloppy by not requiring minor things like the difference between boys and girls to be portrayed correctly?

*youtube comments are NOT what I mean

**Don’t know about you but I have a reading-in-my-head pace that is way too fast for sounding ‘good’ as it is for getting material, taking advantage of the eye being faster than the mouth. This is in contrast to reading in my head as if I were reading out loud. I’m not a total idiot, thanks.

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The news did its scare tactic bit of “uncovering the high prices at large discount superstores”.

What? What uncovering? Since Le Bon Marché and the fixed-price thing plus all those price tagging guns, how much uncovering is needed?

It is irritating as rock-in-the-shoe to have news be so ratings-oriented. Please, bombard me with idiocy, idiocy that will stick to me even as I stand in the supermarket, trying to push it out of my mind and remember which of the options available to me is the least likely to contribute to the (un)health conditions which I am most likely to fall victim to.

I know sorting through information and distilling it into something meaningful, useful, and true is an essential skill. It’s not only part of regular living but essentially the way I make my living. (I work at an economic, financial, and accounting consultancy.) But there is more (quantity) and more (comparative) sophisticated misinformation. [See WaPo article on generalities on the new approach of students towards research tasks.]

What do you do, then? Research everything? Unpossible!, to quote Ralph Wiggum. Pick ‘experts’ on different areas to listen to? Say ‘blurgh’ after whinging on your wordpress blog? ‘Haps.

Still, my next easy-enough-to-choose steps will be (1) to cut back on meat, (2) pick a date to visit the recycling plant [sometimes it’s hard to believe it doesn’t just get thrown away], (3) choose a topic for me to become ‘expert’ in. Then, I’m going to spend at least 10% of my time sniping down ridic newspieces and re-doing them. It will be like PSAs.

P.S. There were sirens on the television, I wasn’t sure if it was real sirens or tv sirens, and it didn’t phase me.
Ah, Baltimore.

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