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BREAKING NEWS: Kansas Eliminates Due Process for Teachers, Expands Privatization

eviltessmacher:

justinspoliticalcorner:

The teacher-hating GOP extremists backed by ALEC/Koch Brothers are destroying education in this country. 

They are destroying the whole country, one issue at a time…

And we are stupid enough to keep voting them in office and letting them do it.

We get what we deserve.

I hate humanity. :I

The Elephant in the Room

loladelphia:

It’s time to have a serious and honest conversation about the violence that occurs in Philadelphia’s schools. For the last two weeks, multiple stories have appeared on Philly.com discussing the despicable acts of recorded violence that have taken place at Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia. It has been common knowledge for a long time that our city’s schools have a serious issue with violence, and are known more for that than what is going on academically. 

The truth and sad reality when it comes to violence in our city’s schools is that it happens because we as a city have allowed it to happen, and accepted violence as part of the urban educational experience. Everyone looks to blame someone—the teachers, the administrators, the parents, or the students themselves, but no one ever thinks about the kind of culture we have cultivated in our city. Look past all the beauty and positive things in Philadelphia and you will see a layer of grit and grime that is hard to scrub away. Our city’s government is corrupt, so much so that people just accept it as a way of life. We’ve had issues with violence in certain areas of the city, and it’s just looked at as something one should expect and tolerate, not something to be pissed off about. Some people even take pride in that sort of thing. Our city’s schools have been allowed to decompose into underfunded warehouses that lack basic things such as a nurse and librarian, and people just sit back and allow our kids to fall even further behind their suburban counterparts.

While we’re on that topic, the purpose of this isn’t to pit suburban against urban or vice-versa, but it’s pretty insulting when people who don’t live or work in Philadelphia post articles about Philadelphia schools talking about how grateful they are that their kids don’t go to a school like Bartram. Good for you, but think about the parents who HAVE to send their kid to a school like Bartram. Or, better yet—think about the kids at Bartram who care about their education and have a dream about maybe going to college or trade school, but all that valuable education time is being taken away from them because their schools are in such bad shape.

Our schools are being shut down, the ones that remain are painfully underfunded. It’s not surprising that a school with chronic issues such as Bartram are having these type of issues. Philadelphia deserves better than this nonsense. Philadelphia will never cast aside the sins of its past unless we as a city start standing up for what we know is right, and what we know is wrong—especially when it comes to our city’s kids. I know it sounds crazy, but the culture of…

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ourtimeorg:

Ever miss the old days?

Sad. Just sad.
Half of my local news is now dedicated to sports & celebrity gossip and promoting prime time programming. The other half is weather, sports, and crime. Sports reporting has gotten ridiculous.
Any politics is given a quick gloss-over with absolutely no useful information whatsoever.. If you want to stay informed, you have to sift through volumes of worthless trite.

ourtimeorg:

Ever miss the old days?

Sad. Just sad.

Half of my local news is now dedicated to sports & celebrity gossip and promoting prime time programming. The other half is weather, sports, and crime. Sports reporting has gotten ridiculous.

Any politics is given a quick gloss-over with absolutely no useful information whatsoever.. If you want to stay informed, you have to sift through volumes of worthless trite.

We’ve got to be careful not to let #Bridgegate become our #Benghazi

If we don’t keep things in perspective, we risk being as foolish as those right wing hoo-hahs who beat the Benghazi scandal into the ground before all the facts were in.

Christie is ultimately responsible for his staff, and I encourage all those negatively effected by this to seek civil suits, but let’s not get carried away.

There are important issues that need our attention.

While we’re wasting time and energy with these side show scandals, the GOP is happily at work dismantling our education system, social security, unemployment insurance, and myriad other programs designed to keep this great country afloat.

In the meantime, enjoy this mental image of Governor Christie flip flopping like a beached whale.

theymightbeclippy:

In the first one, notice that Oscar is ORANGE.  Also, Ernie’s shirt changes later in the show to the one he wears today.

The actor playing Gordon, Roscoe Orman, is actually the 4th actor to do so, and the one who has stayed in the role the longest. One actor was in the test show,  Matt Robinson was in the early seasons, followed by Hal Miller. The character was named for photographer Gordon Parks, and when he needed a surname, they chose “Robinson’ for Matt Robinson.

Matt also did an album with the Roosevelt Franklin character.

In the 2nd photo, Caroll is still wearing his Big Bird legs. :)

Richard Hunt (in the striped shirt) played Scooter, Beaker, Ernie, Don Music, Placido Flamingo, Twiddle Bugs, Junior Gorg, and Forgetful Jones. He worked Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and The Muppet Show. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1992.

loosetoon:

Early 70’s behind the scenes of Sesame Street with the Muppets.

I waited until December 1st to reblog this to illustrate the senseless loss of humans from HIV/AIDS. Richard Hunt brought education and joy to millions of young people.  Who knows what might have been had he survived?
These people had value. They are not just statistics on a ledger, a number to be tallied. They were (ARE) important!

Three decades into the HIV/AIDS pandemic and counting.

World AIDS Day: A brief conversation with my friend Sam.

“There will never be a cure! Big Pharma is making too much money stringing me along from one treatment to another.” – Sam W.

In order to help keep AIDS awareness in the minds of people around me, I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences, and how HIV/AIDS has affected people in my life. The following is pulled together from casual conversations with my friend Sam, whom I’ve known for almost two decades. I’ve entered direct quotes as I remember them. Everything you read here is fact. 
Sam, quoted above, has been living with AIDS for a little over twenty years. He tested positive in 1991. His survival, he says, is a double edged sword. He feels fortunate to be alive but, like many LGBT folks our age, most of his close friends are gone. “There’s no one left!” he says. “In the early 90s my friends were dropping like flies, one after the other. I thought I was next. My doctor told my parents to make my final arrangements. I was prepared to die.” Sam told me that when he didn’t die, he went into a depression. Psychologists call it Survivor’s Guilt.
Though ten years younger than Sam, I can easily empathize. At the height of the pandemic, AIDS took most of my friends. But the friends that I lost were relatively new friendships. Sam had known most of his friends for ten, fifteen years. You’re not supposed to lose so many friends at such a young age.
Sam says his biggest lament is the cost of survival. He was fortunate enough to have had a decent enough employer who provided him with healthcare, and who was understanding enough to alter his work schedule as needed. He worked for as long as he could, but by the mid-nineties his health had so declined that he had no choice but to go on Social Security Disability and wait for death. Then Protease Inhibitors came along.
The new drugs that saved his life cost a small fortune. Sam takes three Anti-HIV pills which cost about $900 per bottle, and a handful of medications to handle side effects that cost between $20 and $150 per bottle. And that doesn’t include regular blood tests, doctor visits, and medical procedures.
“Remember the assisted suicide controversy in the 90s?” he asks. “All those conservatives wanted to hang Dr. Kevorkian! Now they want to cut my benefits! (Social Security, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare) Where’s their compassion for the sick and dying, now?? If you don’t want to help me live, then allow me to die!”
Sam assures he doesn’t really want to die. He’s understandably frustrated by a system that has failed him. It would be difficult for him to go back to work. He couldn’t even afford a part time job. If he went back to work, he’d lose his healthcare. If he lost his healthcare, he’d get sick again and most likely die.
In a perfect world, Sam could rejoin the workforce, keep his healthcare, and maybe pay an affordable percentage of his salary back into Medicare. The trouble is the cost of prescriptions. As long as he has to take those expensive medications, he can never leave Social Security.
I reminded him of the recent advancements in developing a vaccine. “There will never be a cure!” he says ” Big Pharma is making too much money stringing me along from one treatment to another! It’s a scam, and the American people are too blind to see it!”
Though careful what I say to him, I can’t help but think perhaps he’s right. There’s no money in cures. The money is in treatment. If you cured cancer tomorrow, all those Cancer Treatment Centers would go bankrupt within months. Susan G Komen would cease to exist. I hate to sound pessimistic, but I have little faith in a system that values money over people.

The best I can offer is try to educate people around me and hope that they pay attention.
AIDS (Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome) has been around for three decades. Some of the biggest myths about AIDS that still persist today include, “It’s a gay disease” “It can’t happen to me” and “There’s a cure”. AIDS is not a “Gay” disease. It CAN happen to you. There is NO cure.
Treatment has it’s own issues. Side effects of Anti HIV medication include, fatigue, neuropathy, fungal infections, liver damage, heart disease, kidney disease, body fat re-distribution (buffalo hump), chronic headaches, nausea, vomiting, vision loss, blindness, high cholesterol, diarrhea, constipation, dementia, calcium deficiency, loss of bone density, death and more.
Sounds fun, right? Especially when you consider prevention is as simple as proper condom use. 
And ladies, because men are so reluctant to wrap it up, there’s a condom designed just for you. – Introducing… The Female Condom!
Knowing all of this, would you rather protect yourself and your loved ones, or spend the rest of your life at a doctor’s office?
To learn more about HIV/AIDS, check out the NIH AIDS info page.  http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/

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World AIDS Day: A brief conversation with my friend Sam.

“There will never be a cure! Big Pharma is making too much money stringing me along from one treatment to another.” – Sam W.

In order to help keep AIDS awareness in the minds of people around me, I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences, and how HIV/AIDS has affected people in my life. The following is pulled together from casual conversations with my friend Sam, whom I’ve known for almost two decades. I’ve entered direct quotes as I remember them. Everything you read here is fact.

Sam, quoted above, has been living with AIDS for a little over twenty years. He tested positive in 1991. His survival, he says, is a double edged sword. He feels fortunate to be alive but, like many LGBT folks our age, most of his close friends are gone. “There’s no one left!” he says. “In the early 90s my friends were dropping like flies, one after the other. I thought I was next. My doctor told my parents to make my final arrangements. I was prepared to die.” Sam told me that when he didn’t die, he went into a depression. Psychologists call it Survivor’s Guilt.

Though ten years younger than Sam, I can easily empathize. At the height of the pandemic, AIDS took most of my friends. But the friends that I lost were relatively new friendships. Sam had known most of his friends for ten, fifteen years. You’re not supposed to lose so many friends at such a young age.

Sam says his biggest lament is the cost of survival. He was fortunate enough to have had a decent enough employer who provided him with healthcare, and who was understanding enough to alter his work schedule as needed. He worked for as long as he could, but by the mid-nineties his health had so declined that he had no choice but to go on Social Security Disability and wait for death. Then Protease Inhibitors came along.

The new drugs that saved his life cost a small fortune. Sam takes three Anti-HIV pills which cost about $900 per bottle, and a handful of medications to handle side effects that cost between $20 and $150 per bottle. And that doesn’t include regular blood tests, doctor visits, and medical procedures.

“Remember the assisted suicide controversy in the 90s?” he asks. “All those conservatives wanted to hang Dr. Kevorkian! Now they want to cut my benefits! (Social Security, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare) Where’s their compassion for the sick and dying, now?? If you don’t want to help me live, then allow me to die!”

Sam assures he doesn’t really want to die. He’s understandably frustrated by a system that has failed him. It would be difficult for him to go back to work. He couldn’t even afford a part time job. If he went back to work, he’d lose his healthcare. If he lost his healthcare, he’d get sick again and most likely die.

In a perfect world, Sam could rejoin the workforce, keep his healthcare, and maybe pay an affordable percentage of his salary back into Medicare. The trouble is the cost of prescriptions. As long as he has to take those expensive medications, he can never leave Social Security.

I reminded him of the recent advancements in developing a vaccine. “There will never be a cure!” he says ” Big Pharma is making too much money stringing me along from one treatment to another! It’s a scam, and the American people are too blind to see it!”

Though careful what I say to him, I can’t help but think perhaps he’s right. There’s no money in cures. The money is in treatment. If you cured cancer tomorrow, all those Cancer Treatment Centers would go bankrupt within months. Susan G Komen would cease to exist. I hate to sound pessimistic, but I have little faith in a system that values money over people.

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The best I can offer is try to educate people around me and hope that they pay attention.

AIDS (Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome) has been around for three decades. Some of the biggest myths about AIDS that still persist today include, “It’s a gay disease” “It can’t happen to me” and “There’s a cure”. AIDS is not a “Gay” disease. It CAN happen to you. There is NO cure.

Treatment has it’s own issues. Side effects of Anti HIV medication include, fatigue, neuropathy, fungal infections, liver damage, heart disease, kidney disease, body fat re-distribution (buffalo hump), chronic headaches, nausea, vomiting, vision loss, blindness, high cholesterol, diarrhea, constipation, dementia, calcium deficiency, loss of bone density, death and more.

  • Sounds fun, right? Especially when you consider prevention is as simple as proper condom use.
  • And ladies, because men are so reluctant to wrap it up, there’s a condom designed just for you. – Introducing… The Female Condom!

Knowing all of this, would you rather protect yourself and your loved ones, or spend the rest of your life at a doctor’s office?

To learn more about HIV/AIDS, check out the NIH AIDS info page.  http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/

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Asshole Of The Day: Is Chris Christie Asshole of the Day (again)?

assholeofday:

Is Chris Christie asshole of the day for yelling at that teacher?

Tomlinson, who had been carrying a sign and handing out fliers from her Badass Teachers Association, asked Christie why he’d called New Jersey schools “failure factories.” Christie rounded on her, blurting out that he was sick of “you people.”

"This story—oh really? They have more money now than they’ve ever had before. This is an old story from you folks, and they fail because you guys are failing in those schools. Have you ever sent your child to one of those schools?

"You portray us as the bad guys," said Tomlinson.

"Guess what, this is the most money the school has ever spent on education in the history of this state," said Christie.

"It is not," said Tomlinson.

"$9 billion in education!" yelled an onlooker.

"Yeah, and it’s down 0.1 percent," said Tomlinson.

"And it’s never enough for you," said Christie.

"All I want is money for my students and my school," said Tomlinson.

"Do your job," said Christie, turning away and heading into the bus.

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http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/11/04/behind_that_photo_of_chris_christie_wagging_his_finger_at_a_teacher.html?wpisrc=assholeoftheday.us

Most people commenting on the photo have gotten the details right, but I’ve noticed some (occasionally rude) remarks about the expression on Christie’s wife’s face. Mary Pat Christie smiled through the entire talk-off. Why? Because a local NBC News camera was facing her, capturing the scene. Two days later, I don’t see any trace of the video online.

Education should be America’s NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!

A strong America depends on the health and education of it’s citizens.

America cannot compete in a global economy if our citizenry is not educated.