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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

DarKnyht Here's an easy fix (553 comments)

There is a reason that our family is going back to the Charlotte Mason method of teaching for our home schooling. The Charlotte Mason method is based on Charlotte’s firm belief that the child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just his mind. So a Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.” The home environment is a contributor to a third of a child's education. The ideas that rule your life as a parent will be absorbed by them. Discipline, as in cultivating good habits, will make up another third of their education. Life, or giving kids living thoughts and ideas and not dry facts, makes up the final third of their education.

The problem is that modern education wants to proclaim that the home environment doesn't matter, the state can provide everything. That money, connections, and results matter; and discipline, integrity, and hard work doesn't. We also stress comfort over adversity (can't let them fail), so that when adversity inevitably enters their life they don't know what to do. And all we need to do is fill them up with useless facts without letting learn how to apply them.

about a month ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

DarKnyht Re:Yeah, but they are their own problem. (482 comments)

I understand the definition of the word, but it is ceases to be the definition of the word you chose when they no longer fully predict what the results of their "practicing", or experimenting if you prefer, will reasonably be. They decided to inject a modified version of the vaccine into millions of people in the name of efficiency (and doubtlessly I would guess there is a corporate profit somewhere in there) with no way of knowing or predicting that 12 years down the line that it would cause this.

Most doctors these days unfortunately don't and only blindly follow what the latest salespeople tell them to do (based on profit margins) or what the government prescribes based on short term studies (that have no way of predicting the long term ramifications of their decisions). How many medical class-action suits have there been over bad medication (and vaccines) prescribed before we wake up and realize that the system we blindly believe is protecting us is failing in it's mission (or that's it's mission has changed without our knowledge)?

Where we used to have conversations with doctor's and had a say in our actual care we instead are treated to a factory style healthcare that operates and treats people like a machine.

about 8 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

DarKnyht Re:Yeah, but they are their own problem. (482 comments)

It was not just that article, but many others that pointed out that the issue came about most likely because they decided to tweak the vaccine in question (using parts of the virus instead of a single whole and dead version. The New Yorker version was just the first of the stories in a list of them.

about 8 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

DarKnyht Yeah, but they are their own problem. (482 comments)

They claim the skeptics are just crazy, but then things like this (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2014/02/the-return-of-whooping-cough.html ) happen.

I am not anti-vaccine, but I am cautious around people profess to "practice" on me and think everything can be solved with a pill or needle. For example, I think there is a problem with our healthcare system when we end up as a nation (USA) consuming 80% of all painkillers prescribed worldwide.

about 9 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

DarKnyht Re:tl;dr (712 comments)

And the moral we should learn from this is that credit, when used irresponsibly, is bad. Be that personal, business, or goverment credit/debt.

about 9 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

DarKnyht Re:Some possible ways (745 comments)

Yeah, there is also that part where we are told that "All mankind are sinners and guilty before God" and from the start Adam and Eve are told that the penalty rebellion against God (sin) was death too. So all you are stating is that God exercised His divine right to pass a holy and just judgement on guilty people instead of extending further grace (not getting what you deserve) to them. So technically God is free to do the exact same thing to us, as everyone on earth stands before God guilty.

Hence why the life Christ lived and the substitute death/resurrection of the cross are such big deals in Christianity. Christianity's foundation is that you are saved not because of what you did or do, but because of what Christ already has done for you.

Granted, that part tends to be unfortunately buried in all the 3 step sermons on "Health, Wealth, and Prosperity" that seem to be preached abundantly in churches (and oddly contradictory to Christ's own words).

about 9 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

DarKnyht Re:Where is the opinion survey ? (2219 comments)

If I recall, the last redesign offered multiple choices to the community and then we voted and gave feedback as to which one was preferred. This time, it looks like what a bunch of students cobble together when they wake up after the frat party and realize it is an hour before the final is due.

about 9 months ago
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Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

DarKnyht Re:Get Ready (383 comments)

Or the Statler and Waldorf M-76. You can hit a performer from the highest balcony with little effort.

about 10 months ago
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Science Museum Declines To Show Climate Change Film

DarKnyht Re:In the USA (398 comments)

Actually they are just really good at land speculation. Today's swamp will be tomorrows beachfront haven.

about a year ago
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Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

DarKnyht Re:hrm (730 comments)

Yeah, that was sort of the concept behind the Senate over here, but some populist jerk managed to sell the country on the idea of opening it up to a democratic vote. British people should beware.

about a year ago
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Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release

DarKnyht Re:What's the point? (147 comments)

Mostly because they shut all the internet enabled channels with the exception of the Wii Shop Channel. The Wii Mini removes all that from the menu along with the network adapter.

1 year,15 days
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TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

DarKnyht Re:Sounds ominous, but... (437 comments)

You mean you guys found our free market, because I am pretty sure we lost that back in the 1920's. Poor thing probably is starved half to death. Please feed it some monopolies, few oil baronies and maybe a railroad tycoon or two and it should perk right back up.

1 year,29 days
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Full Screen Mario: Making the Case For Shorter Copyrights

DarKnyht Re:Some people with hold roms from emulators (361 comments)

Let's see so far Super Mario Bros. has been released on: NES, FAMCOM Disk System, SNES as part of Super Mario All-Stars, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Emulated in Animal Crossing on Game Cube (requires a Game Shark to unlock), Nintendo Wii (both as a virtual console and part of the Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Collection Disc), Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a Demo. And is currently available on Virtual Console for Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U.

Most people that complain about this in regards to Nintendo, usually are just mad that Nintendo only releases their games on their systems. Sort of how people whine about Apple no releasing their software for Windows. In both cases, their software exists to move the hardware.

about a year ago
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The NSA Is Collecting Lots of Spam

DarKnyht Re:A Herring? (159 comments)

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." As you said, privacy is not listed in the Constitution or it's amendments thus it is a power left in the hands of the States and/or the people. The Federal Government has no authority doing unwarranted searches on everyone in a giant dragnet to capture data under such poorly defined concepts such as "Terrorism".

about a year ago
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The NSA Is Collecting Lots of Spam

DarKnyht Re:A Herring? (159 comments)

When most of the population (both US and World) collectively say, "That is an ridiculous and unreasonable abuse of power!!!!" I am fairly sure it is covered by the fourth amendment.

Simply put, if they want to search a citizen's property (digital or physical), then they need to get a warrant for that specific search. Otherwise, you end up with entrapment and a bunch of other abuses because law enforcement officers operate under the assumption that everyone is guilty of something, we just need to find it.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

DarKnyht Re:Redundant keys (665 comments)

Frequently use when I am typing. It is easier than taking my hand off the keyboard to reach for the mouse to do something I cannot remember the shortcut key for.

about a year ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

DarKnyht Re:Proud? (1233 comments)

Dear Not-quite-so Educated Citizen:

From the Encyclopedia Britianica:

"Although many of the Founding Fathers acknowledged that slavery violated the core American Revolutionary ideal of liberty, their simultaneous commitment to private property rights, principles of limited government, and intersectional harmony prevented them from making a bold move against slavery. The considerable investment of Southern Founders in slave-based staple agriculture, combined with their deep-seated racial prejudice, posed additional obstacles to emancipation."

"When the last remaining Founders died in the 1830s, they left behind an ambiguous legacy with regard to slavery. They had succeeded in gradually abolishing slavery in the Northern states and Northwestern territories but permitted its rapid expansion in the South and Southwest. Although they eventually enacted a federal ban on the importation of foreign slaves in 1808, the enslaved population continued to expand through natural reproduction, while the growing internal domestic slave trade led to an increase in the tragic breakup of enslaved families."

The issue wasn't that they necessarily liked or supported slavery, it was they wildly disagreed how to solve it or if it was a federal issue to be solved. Some advocated releasing the slaves (like Washington), others colonization elsewhere in the belief the races couldn't co-exist (like Jefferson), and others saw no problem (those of South Carolina and Georgia). So the simple thing we can take from it was that it was just as complex an issue then as it was when the Civil War broke out.

Yours,
Someone with 5 minutes to consult an encyclopedia.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

DarKnyht Re:Worse (572 comments)

May I suggest a Cat 5e cable from said router to your console. I know it isn't as cool as bits moving through space, but it is a whole lot more reliable and not subject to the whims of neighbors.

about a year and a half ago
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Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

DarKnyht Re:Another outbreak of common sense! (984 comments)

Show me functional Public Mass Transit in my area and I will use it. The systems in most cities are barely functional lip service to say that they do something about a problem they have no intention of fixing.

about a year and a half ago
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Racism In Online Ad Targeting

DarKnyht Re:The solution you don't want to hear :) (474 comments)

Because throwing money at the problem fixed Africa and other third world countries where first world countries dumped money on them after World War II. Just like dumping American corn and produce solved world hunger and did nothing those countries' economies.

about 2 years ago

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Pirate Party may undercut Copyleft efforts

DarKnyht DarKnyht writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DarKnyht (671407) writes "Ars Tecnica brings us the following story: The Swedish Pirate Party's goal of reducing copyright duration to five years is facing scrutiny from an unlikely critic. Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, fears that reduced copyright terms will undermine copyleft licenses."

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