As a simple statistic, this cannot help but inform us poignantly of a profound illness which often accompanies modern life, Equally significant and startling, white males are more than ten times more likely to kill themselves than their female, African American counterparts.
One example of the other side of this coin, equally extraordinary, is behavior exhibited by the State of Florida proposing a bill replacing the long cherished tradition of local control for tax collection, school budget, fire, police and all municipal services giving absolute power to the governor and state legislature; yet another iteration of immanent collapse, of the individual and the culture as a whole. Though once one of the greatest cities in the United States, Detroit's bankruptcy is a comprehensible though an unintended outcome of recession.
High American labor rates, poor quality control, dysfunctional union rules and the engineering excellence displayed again and again by Asian and Middle European countries are some of the recognizable proximate and external causes contributing to the cities failure. Notwithstanding the collapse of the economy, that a United States city would allow a state or court appointed bankruptcy lawyer to take control of civic government, terminate the peoples right to elect their own representatives, make decisions about if and whether to pay for schools, firemen, teachers or garbage collection is a disenfranchisement of natural rights of self control of such magnitude and consequence as those put upon black slaves by the pre-Civil War White man or Women and minorities, to this day, denied healthcare or the right to vote.
What must be one of the sociological consequences of such emasculation, depriving the poorest and hardest suffering of even a right to vote, will clearly lead to the disintegration of the individuals who inhabit this now fragmented community.
And the ensuing helplessness inevitably leads to a higher degree unnatural self destructive behavior; manifest in the extreme by suicide. Suicide largely believed to arise only as a behavioral adaptation of a species preparing for or being in the midst of a scarce allocation of life supporting food or resource; lemmings with a shortage of flies, mosquitoes and small critters; running of cliffs, in mass to leave enough food for the birthing young is, at best, unnatural.
Alternatively, how, if the absolute and unambiguous imperative of life, is to procreate, persevere, populate and propagate is suicide anything but one of, if not the most, dysfunctional and metastasized pathological behaviors any organism may undertake or exhibit and execute. Withal, when the whole the Congress of the United States can mobilize the resources of the whole of the populous for the various interests in the 'gun control' debate, to further the interests of the gun manufacturers or diminish the unintended deaths of 30, annually, how, if the homicide rate is a small fraction of suicide, does the extensive and burgeoning rate of suicide go so unnoticed for so long by so many.
And at the end of the day, how clearly, albeit frighteningly, does it speak of our priorities as a country and culture and community of the commonwealth of man and the degree of our thoughtful preparation for the future. Continue reading.
Is $3, , , , Enough To rebuild Infrastructure for Free - Kindle edition by Guy Herman, Christina Davis, Digital rohynadispu.cf Download it once and. Results 1 - 16 of 41 Borrow for free from your Kindle rohynadispu.cf Amazon Prime . Is $3,,,, Enough To rebuild Infrastructure for Free. 8 Sep
There are no Mistakes in History. Anyone can make one: For better or worse, anyone can write a blog post about anything they want. Everyone has a voice and the best voices will rise to the top. The writer can show their personality: In blog posts, the writer has more leeway to add in their voice and personality than other types of writing. Blogs are a great form of mass communication: You can help people, learn new things, entertain your audience—the possibilities are endless and amazing.
All of us talk about the uninsured. Evidence can and must be used to make these decisions. Secepat kilat dirobeknya baju penjara yang melekat pada tubuh sang ustadz. Located at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the National Education Policy Center aims to provide high-quality information on education policy. Amazon's Kindle doesn't allow borrowing eBooks from libraries.
Blogging opens up all of these to a very wide audience. You can make money: Get the right blog going and you can make a lot of money through advertising and sponsored posts. You can establish a community: Blogging allows you to connect with other individuals who share the same interests.
Sharing ideas and opinions within your community helps establish yourself as a thought leader. Good for SEO: Keeping content on your site fresh and relevant, you can use your blog to boost the search engine ranking SEO of your site and your business. Kevin Allen: Labor bills and union protesters drew most of the attention at the Indiana Statehouse last week, as Democrats in the House of Representatives walked out and headed to Illinois to block Republicans from conducting business. But the other half of the stalemate is over wide-ranging education reform that could change where Indiana children go to school, how their teachers are evaluated, and the formula for funding the system that uses about half of Hoosiers' state tax dollars.
Democrats say Republicans are trying to dismantle public education. Republicans say Democrats are just protecting teachers unions. Fernanda Santos The guests sipped wine and nibbled sushi, guacamole and Gruyere - lawyers, bankers, preschool teachers, managers and consultants of various kinds, bound together by the anxious decision they must confront in the months ahead: where their 4-year-olds will go to school in the fall. Downstairs, a flyer by the doorman's desk had greeted them with a provocative question: "Why should you have to spend college tuition on kindergarten?
Moskowitz , a former City Council member who runs a network of charter schools in Harlem and the Bronx, delivered a tantalizing sales talk. But Moskowitz is trying to expand her chain into a whole new precinct of the city, the relatively well-off Upper West Side. And outside the parties she has organized to drum up interest, the reaction has been anything but warm from the neighborhood's stridently anti-charter political establishment.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: This is your chance, Wisconsin taxpayer, to cut the state budget to fix the deficit. To answer, you need to know what are the most expensive programs. Once you know that, you can set your own priorities. Is aid to public schools more important than health care spending, for example, or aid to local governments?
On Tuesday, you can see how your cuts compare to those that Republican Gov. Scott Walker will recommend.
According to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the most state tax funds not including federal and other funds are spent on these programs. And if you cut state aid for Medicaid, you must also cut some care or pay less to medical professionals who provide that care, which could prompt them to no longer take Medicaid patients. Related: Wisconsin's redistributed state tax dollars for K public schools has grown significantly over the past few decades.
Clifford Mass: IF our state Legislature takes no action this session, Washington state will drop its new, improved math standards for an untested experiment: Common Core "national" standards that have never been used in the classroom and for which assessments have yet to be developed. And there is a high price tag for such a switch, an expense our state can ill afford.
Surprisingly, one of the most profound changes in U. Until two years ago, our state had some of the worst math standards in the country, rated "F" by the Fordham Foundation, and lacking many of the essentials found in standards used by the highest-performing nations. That all changed in , when under the impetus of the state Legislature, a new set of standards, based on world-class math requirements, was adopted.
Steven Livingston: My daughter's college applications are all in, and now we can quietly go nuts while admissions fairies from coast to coast get busy, as Andrew Ferguson wonderfully puts it, "sprinkling pixie dust and waving wands, dashing dreams or making them come true. It's an apt metaphor because, as anyone who's been in it knows, the family caravan to collegeland is magical and terrifying: You begin wide-eyed and innocent, skipping along with outsized hopes, only to shrink before the fire-breathing ogres of the SAT, the essay, the deadlines, the costs.
In "Crazy U," Ferguson invites you to join him on the dream-mare that he and his son endured. The book is both a hilarious narrative and an incisive guide to the college admissions process. Ferguson, a senior editor at the Weekly Standard, has done his research, poring over mountains of published material and interviewing admissions officers, college coaches, academics and the guy behind the U.
Tom Still: During his Tuesday night "fireside chat" about Wisconsin's budget woes and his plan to dramatically curb the influence of public-sector unions, Gov. Scott Walker aptly referred to public employees as the state's "partners in economic development. It was an important point, and it suggests a path out of Wisconsin's nationally watched showdown between Walker, the Republican-led Legislature and the public-employee unions.
Simply put, could public employees become fuller "partners" in Wisconsin's economic revival if they had more skin in the game? That question should be asked as the budget-repair bill moves to the Senate, where majority Republicans and boycotting Democrats should aspire to find at least a toehold of common ground. The dominant private-sector view about unionized public employees is that they're disconnected from the reality of the state and national economy.
When times are good, public employees generally do well. When times are bad, most public employees still do pretty well, even if private-sector workers are taking pay cuts, benefit reductions or layoffs. That view of insulated public employees isn't limited to employers and non-unionized private workers. It's not uncommon to hear from workers in the auto industry or the construction trades who wonder why their fortunes ebb and flow with the economy, yet public-sector employees seem largely immune.
Steven Greenhouse: Evaluating the success of the policy depends on where you sit. It was absolutely central to our turnaround here," Mr. Daniels said in an interview. Without union contracts to slow him down, he said, it has been easy for him to merge the procurement operations of numerous state agencies, saving millions of dollars. Such moves led to hundreds losing their jobs. For state workers in Indiana, the end of collective bargaining also meant a pay freeze in and and higher health insurance payments.
Daniels took office, though there are cheaper plans available. Earlier in his tenure, Mr. Daniels adopted a merit pay system, with some employees receiving no raises and those deemed to be top performers getting up to 10 percent. Andrea Helm, an employee at a children's home in Knightstown, Ind. State and local governments are now facing huge unfunded pension liabilities, prompting policymakers to scramble for ways to close the gap without slashing payrolls and services. But a new report from the Little Hoover Commission in Sacramento makes a more troubling point: Many state and local government employees have been promised pensions that the public couldn't have afforded even had there been no crash.
The commission's analysis of the problem is hotly disputed by union leaders, who contend that the financial woes of pension funds have been overblown. The commission's recommendations are equally controversial: Among other things, it urges state lawmakers to roll back the future benefits that current public employees can accrue, raise the retirement age and require employees to cover more pension costs.
Given that state courts have rejected previous attempts to alter the pensions already promised to current workers, the commission's recommendation amounts to a Hail Mary pass.
Yet it's one worth throwing. A bipartisan, independent agency that promotes efficiency in government, the Little Hoover Commission studied the public pension issue for 10 months before issuing its findings Thursday. Much of the page report is devoted to making the case that, to use the commission's blunt words, "pension costs will crush government. Christopher Caldwell: During the holiday break this winter, a woman in my neighbourhood was at the supermarket with her son when they ran into the son's teacher. The teacher gaily informed her she would not be back until mid-month, as she had planned a vacation in Central America.
Teachers used to content themselves with the months off they enjoy in summers and at holidays, but they have got used to more. One can understand why American public employees ardently defend their unions, and the benefits they win. But one can also understand why, in a time of straitened budgets, union-negotiated contracts might be among the first places to make savings. A fierce budget battle has been running for more than a week in Madison, Wisconsin. It goes far beyond salaries and benefits, to touch on the deeper question of whether collective bargaining has any place in government employment.
Governor Scott Walker, a Republican elected last autumn with support from the Tea Party movement, believes it does not. His "budget repair" bill not only requires state employees to contribute to their pension and health plans. It would also end collective bargaining for benefits. Democratic senators, lacking the votes to defeat the bill, fled the state, denying the quorum necessary to bring it to a vote. Mr Walker is not making a mountain out of a molehill.
The big year-on-year leap reflects, in part, the expiration of federal stimulus spending, much of which was used to avoid laying off government workers. Citizens of other advanced countries sometimes make the mistake of assuming that the US has a skeletal bureaucracy. That is wrong.
Once you include state, county and city employees, it is a formidable workforce and an expensive one. Wisconsin's difficulties are milder than those elsewhere, which means that similar clashes are arising in other states, especially where Republicans rule. The Economist: Many states emphasise abstract concepts rather than history itself. In Delaware, for example, pupils "will not be expected to recall any specific event or person in history". Other states teach children about early American history only once, when they are Yet other states show scars from the culture wars.
A steady, leftward lean has been followed by a violent lurch to the right.