Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

TV Post - The Walking Dead: It's not Carl's fault

Ok, maybe it is Carl's fault for being a complete and utter moron.  If he hadn't stolen Daryl's gun, and wandered off into the woods and woken a walker that followed him back and killed a cow and then killed Dale, then maybe Dale would still be alive...but come on, who's fault is it really?  Lori and Rick should be responsible for their idiot child who wanders off in a zombie infested world on his own with no repercussions.  At the very least someone should have said "Carl, where the hell have you been?  Why are your pants so muddy?  Don't you know it's dangerous out there?" but no, everyone acts like it's totally normal for the small child to be unaccounted  for hours at a time.  I don't know if it's shitty parenting/survival tactics, or just lazy writing (leaning on the latter) but this has got to stop.

The only person responsible for Dale's death is Dale for wandering off on a dark and misty night through the fields.  That's a nono.  If you want to patrol the grounds, do it in a group.  If you want to get away from the group to blow off some steam...don't.  There are ZOMBIES out there!  Frankly, I'm glad to see Dale get killed because this episode he was really getting on my nerves.  Yes, it would be great to latch onto our humanity and have a fully functioning judicial code in a post-apocalyptic-zombie world...but it's a god damn post-apocalyptic-zombie world!  The important thing is to survive.  Everything else comes second.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Racist Judge apologizes for people finding out he is a racist

As reported in the Great Falls Tribune, Federal judge Richard Cebull recently forwarded a blatantly racist email and got caught.  What's his defense?  He said "It was not intended by me in any way to become public," and that  he's sorry if anyone was offended.  It seems to me that not intending for something to become public, and being a racist are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, his racism, and specifically keeping that racism a secret, would be very strong motivators to not have this go public.

Bottom line: U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull is a racist.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Education Inequality

Today I was helping a friend out with a math problem, some algebra, and I hit a thick patch of rust in my brain.  After scratching my head a bit and then working through the problem, I decided to consult with my personal math expert, my dad.  Despite having been taught most of the math he ever learned before 1964, my father has amazingly retained all of that knowledge and is happy to share it with anyone who bothers to ask for help.  So after a quick call home, some description of the exponents in the equations and a little jotting down in my notebook, he had explained everything I in turn hoped to explain to my friend.

After hanging up the phone, I realized that this is one of the big inequalities that exist in our current educational system.  It doesn't matter how much value-added-effectiveness my teachers in school were shown to have by complex and inaccurate algorithms.  It's irrelevant how much test-prep a teacher might have run us through before an important exam.  I and many others, who are fortunate enough to have a parent who can teach and explain the things that are taught in school, learned the concepts we did, and got the grades we did because of the knowledge that our parents were able to share with us.

I had great teachers growing up.  Most of them would probably score very well on the myriad teacher evaluation schemes springing up around America.  Most of them taught a lot of students who, like me, had parents with significant education, and would end up doing well on tests.  But it doesn't matter how great those teachers were because however much time I spent sitting in my 9th grade math class with Mr. Bell, I spent a lot more time learning from my dad.  I learned what math I know from sitting at the kitchen table doing homework with my dad  within shouting distance if I got stuck on a problem I didn't understand.

Obviously, there will always be disparities in how much every child's parents know about a particular subject, and that will always be an advantage that the children of educated parents, who take the time to help them, will have over their peers.  That's fine, there's nothing (sensible) that can be done about that, but it is quite another thing to ignore that fact and judge teachers solely on the successes, or failures, of their students.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Return

Things have been really quiet over here at Putrid Pundits...too quiet really.  Now that the primary campaigns are firing on all cylinders it seems like a good time to get back into the swing of things.  Check back soon for some political commentaries on the ugliness that is today's politics.
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