“The invaders who murdered Hampton, Virginia resident William Cooper swiped about $900 in cash. They seized his gun collection. They took the Lexus from his driveway. By some oversight they neglected to extract the gold fillings from his teeth. While they made off with a decent haul, the robbers were doubtless disappointed that they couldn’t locate the large stash of illicit prescription drugs they had expected to find. They had the luxury of tossing the home at leisure without worrying about being interrupted by the police – on account of the fact that they were the police.”—The Drug War’s Einsatzgruppen by William Norman Grigg (via jonathan-cunningham)
“If you’re one of these women don’t worry: the (Supreme) Court says it’s still okay for you to sue Wal-Mart — just be sure you hire the best legal team an eight-dollar-an-hour cashier can buy. Because thanks to the Supreme Court, you will have to sue them as an individual — but the $420 billion corporation gets to fight you as a team.”
I just bought the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou soundtrack from iTunes. Twenty songs for $9.99. Not bad. AND I was weak, so I also bought The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions with Seu Jorge. That one has sixteen songs.
“The point of public relations slogans like “Support our troops” is that they don’t mean anything… That’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody’s going to be against, and everybody’s going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything. Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something: Do you support our policy? That’s the one you’re not allowed to talk about.”—Noam Chomsky (via lusciouschaos)
My presentation went well. I realized I wasn’t signing “married” exactly right, but it was close. It was fun to watch the other folks present. A lot of it was over my head (some of these people are taking the first class for the second time), but every now and then I would understand a sentence and it was awesome!
It’ll be three weeks before I go to my next class. Bummer.
ejj22 does! She’s studying ASL at Gallaudet right now and I’m sure she’d love to give you feedback! :)
Thanks! I haven’t made a video of it yet. Still practicing. I’m wondering how to sign “pharmacist.” Would it be “pharmacy” + “agent” or would it be better to just spell it out? That’s the last thing I think I need to figure out before I’m all done.
I’m learning ASL. I’m hearing, but I’ve always been fascinated by sign language. When my little girl was born, my mom started teaching her some words in ASL. I started watching the Baby Signing Time videos and a few weeks ago I decided to stop talking about learning ASL and actually get to it.
There’s a continuing education class offered at UGA and I signed up. Tomorrow will be my third class. We’re supposed to make a very short presentation about ourselves. If I’m brave, I might make a short video of it and share it with y’all before I actually present it. Do any of you know ASL? I’m sure I’ll make a few mistakes and I’d love feedback.
Saw Lera play this song Thursday night at the Flagpole Awards. Love her.
Athens seems to have a fantastic music scene. I’m jealous. Her voice is lovely.
Oh, it’s great here! Music, art, and we’re starting to have a pretty great comedy scene too! This year was the second year that LaughFest has kicked of Athfest. Athens is like an island in the middle of a repressive, backwards, right-wing, fundamentalist sea of crap. You’ll have to visit sometime! I’d recommend next year in late June for Athfest 2012!
27 :) A few of these states I haven’t spent much time in (lunch, short sight seeing, etc). BUT I enjoyed my time there, so i included them. There are also a few others I’ve driven through but left off… Wyoming, for example. Most insignificant state ever.
I forgot Missouri. How could I forget Missouri? Went to a wedding there. Spent an entire weekend in St. Louis. Sheesh… So, 17. And we’re heading to Vermont in July! At this rate…
You’ve got the whole southern part of the U.S. covered. Yeah, I think I’m with you on some of those states out West. After Colorado, I think I’d rather just skip over to the left coast.
A few minutes ago, I got a phone call to interview for a FIRST GRADE position tomorrow. I’m super excited about the interview and about the possibility of having a job next year after being budgeted out of my previous position. However, first grade makes me extremely nervous! There is such a huge distance in terms of development between a 1st grader and a 4th grader.
I’ve had so much experience with grades 3-5 and very little with K-2. While the first thought that went through my mind was, “Well, I guess I’m going to have to get some new jokes…” in all reality I am freaking out about having to actually teach phonics. I know that probably sounds completely ridiculous since I’m licensed to teach K-6. I should know how to teach phonics. But guess what, I don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to phonics. I grew up royally screwed with the whole language approach. In my reading classes in college, I just kind of guessed when it came to phonics. PHONICS IS HARD FOR ME. It’s as simple as that. I’ve never hoped for a school district to have a Basal Reader more than I am hoping right now.
What I’m asking is that I need some serious advice about not only teaching phonics, but also teaching first grade to at least make it look like I know what I’m talking about by tomorrow afternoon. If I get the job, then I will be spending the rest of my summer making sure I understand this business.
I was in a similar situation a few years ago. Prior to getting my Library Media Specialist certification, I was a fifth grade teacher for three years and a fourth grade teacher for two years before that. I was offered a media specialist position in a primary school and I was very worried that it’d be a huge adjustment. It wasn’t bad at all. I missed reading chapter books and having the types of discussions I had with my older students, but there are so many things I appreciate about the wee ones now. They’re excited about school, inquisitive like you wouldn’t imagine, smarter than you’ll guess they are, much better at being friends, and far less likely to give you attitude. At least, that’s my experience.
Sorry I don’t have any advice regarding phonics or interviews, but I hope you get the job! Good luck! Anyone else have advice for lessonsfroma4thgrader?
Employers and Corporations did not feel generous and decide to give you two days off every week to have a social/personal life. (We now call them weekends). Corporations did not just feel like being nice one day and give their employees paid vacations. CEOs didn’t get together in a board room and say “Let’s give our employees more rights at work” or “Maybe there should be laws to limit our power over an employee”.
Virtually ALL the benefits you have at work, whether you work in the public or private sector, all of the benefits and rights you enjoy everyday are there because unions fought hard and long for them against big business who did everything they could to prevent giving you your rights. Many union leaders and members even lost their lives for things we take for granted today…
All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
Pregnancy and Parental Leave
The Right to Strike
Public Education for Children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
Remember everything organized labor, unions and collective bargaining have done for you the next time you hear someone pretending that unionization is a drain on the American economy: I’m sure we’d have a higher GDP if corporations were allowed to work their employees 80+ hours per week.
This is exactly why when anyone tells me they’re anti-union my jaw hits the floor. How can you be anti-union when everything you take for granted was earned by the blood and sweat of union members? How?