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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Creekstone Farms v. USDA
« on: April 24, 2006, 04:07:14 PM »
I think the U.S. government (through agencies such as the USDA) should set minimum safety standards for food, as in "a producer has to do X, Y, and Z" to ensure that their product is safe.  If the company supplying food to the public wants to go above and beyond those safety standards and do additional tests, for whatever reason, they should be able to do so.  Anything else smacks of politics and politicians at their worst.

As a soon-to-be former educator, I am definitly worried about today's teenagers.  I teach in the same school system that I attended school in just 14 years ago.  I am not sure about the private schools, but I know public schools in my area have gotten "worse" when it comes to the type of students you will find there.   Lazy, disrespectful, disobedient, apathetic, etc.  Of course, this does not apply to all kids, but I would say it does to 75% or 80% of the ones I have interacted with while teaching.

Unfortunately, I cannot blame the kids, as easy as that would be to do.  In most cases I blame the parents/guardians, who have not provided their children with the proper tools and attitude for dealing with the world in which they live.

[edit: I voted yes by the way  :P ]

General Off-Topic Board / Re: NFL Draft Thread
« on: April 23, 2006, 04:20:30 PM »
I am a big fan of DA BEARS.  I don't really have an opinion on who they should draft.  I only hope last season was not a fluke for them.

He is looked at as a no-miss prospect, who likely will be the next LT...  QB's are a dime a dozen, but top notch RB's are difference makers...

Yeah top notch QB's are not difference makers and like RB's are not a dime a dozen as well.  I would rather draft the next star QB than the next star RB based simply on shelf life.  Your average RB lasts bwteen 4 and 5 years in the NFL.  QB's usually last longer and suffer fewer injuries than RB's.  In addition, RB's get nicked up and that can slow them down by fractions of a second, which is the difference between being an average player and a "difference maker". 

Besides, QB's touch the ball on pratically every offensive play, whereas even the best RB's do not.  A top notch QB is worth much more to the average NFL team than a top notch RB.  I would rather have a star QB and an average RB on my team any day of the week. 

Yeah but most of the homeless in our area eat the majority, if not all of their meals, at the various relief centers.  Because there are so many relief organizations here, they have developed a system so that services are not repeated and resources wasted, so I know they are not eating dinner three or four times a day.  

Perhaps fast food is the answer, but most of the homeless seem to stay in the part of downtown that has the relief organizations and it is safe to say that there are not many burger joints in that area (actually there are not any).  At any rate, I don't know but I did already assume that most of the homeless would not be purchasing fast food on a regular basis.  Maybe they are.

You know we are getting bad off as a nation when even our homeless people are fat.

My wife works for a non-profit organization that helps provide services to the homeless in our area.  Now you would think that homeless people, not having a home and all (and usually not having a steady income), would find it hard to eat enough food to become obese.  Nope, my wife says that she has seen more than a few obese people while working at this non-profit organization.  Granted some of these "homeless" people have been displaced by natural disasters like Katrina, but many of them are chronic homeless people.  


General Off-Topic Board / Re: Whats your MOST contraversial POV
« on: April 20, 2006, 02:11:13 PM »
the electoral college was primarily meant as a compromise during the writing of the constitution between those who wanted the president elected directly by the people and those who wanted him elected by the states.  in some states the state legislatures chose the electors.

I would say that was certainly an important reason for the EC, but I am not sure it is the primary reason.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Whats your MOST contraversial POV
« on: April 20, 2006, 01:09:30 PM »
hm. that's a good point, but i still think that the bulk of the population (the majority), regardless of where they live, is suposed to decide the vote.

Why is that?  Because the U.S. is a democracy  right?  WRONG.  The U.S. was never intended to be such.  It has only shifted from a slightly democratic federation to more a fully-fledged democracy due to scheming politicians, apathetic citizens, and a horrid public education system.  

The Electoral College is one of the fews safeguards against a tyrannical majority left in the federal election system.  Its primary purpose (aside from practical/logistical matters relevant to the U.S. in the 18th century) was to help protect small individual states by providing them with a greater presence in presidential elections than their smaller populations would otherwise allow.  It forces cantidates to appeal to the interests of people from various parts of the country.  

Abolishing the EC would be yet another blow to states rights and would further undermine our republican form of government.

Financial Aid / Re: good credit score?
« on: April 03, 2006, 10:07:30 AM »
go to and sign up for one of their silly services, then you can check out your credit score.  Make sure you cancel the service within 1 month so you don't get charged for it.  

I did this and found out that my credit score is a above a 770, which places it in the 90th percentile.  I imagine a 730 is very good.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Duke, anyone?
« on: April 03, 2006, 09:26:16 AM »
I think he means the class that will graduate in 2007, not next year's entering class.

Yep that is what I meant.  :P

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Duke, anyone?
« on: April 01, 2006, 05:06:44 PM »
I think Duke aims for 200 to 220.  At the admitted students weekend they kept mentioning 200 students so...

P.S.  The class of 2007 has 219 students enrolled, according to the Fact Sheet.

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