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Why not reward academic performance? Athletic performance is glorified on so many levels. Why not give some reward and recognition to the smart kids? Our school has athletic banquets for each sport, and the high achievers get plaques and trophies. No one even questions that these are good things. But isn't that making the sports-challenged kids feel bad? This whole controversy is hog-wash. We no longer care about excellence, we care about conformity. Especially when it comes to intellect. All kids do not have the same potential, intellectually. Some kids are going to struggle to get Cs, because that is the limit of their potential. Just like I can never run a 5 second 40 yd dash, there are some that will never grasp algebra. That doesn't mean that we can't recognize those who do.
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Alcohol vs. Marijuana (Part 1)

Richard20 Wrote: Jan 28, 2014 1:23 PM
Chuck, I generally enjoy reading you, and agree with you on many things. But I think you are on the wrong side of this - perhaps a victim of the culture that attributed various evils to "potheads" that were fabricated out of whole cloth. Alcohol Prohibition did not work, and became a greater social ill that that which it was designed to combat. So has Marijuana Prohibition. I'm not saying that there is no harm in it's recreational use, just that the societal harm created by trying to prohibit it is excessive.
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Chill Out

Richard20 Wrote: Jan 22, 2014 7:03 AM
Nuclear power will see its rise when the generations scared silly by the bomb have passed from the scene. For those who kneeled under desks during drills just the word "nuclear" is enough to instill a implacable negative response.
"No, arctic sea ice has not recovered to "normal" levels, there has been a rebound since 2012 levels but that year was a record low. The overall trend is still showing a loss of ice." What is the "normal" level? Didn't the Vikings establish colonies on Greenland? What was the level of Arctic Sea ice then? Or was 1900 the idyllic state and any variation from that is dangerous? So you say it's getting warmer. If true, so what? People can't adapt? Aren't there advantages to warming as well as the doom and gloom prophesies? The AGW crowd's horror show is starting to become a little pathetic.
Fantastic article. You nailed it.
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Our Fragile Planet

Richard20 Wrote: Dec 11, 2013 8:24 AM
He is putting the real effect of humans on this earth into perspective. He also stated that the eruptions accounted for more CO2 introduced into the atmosphere than in all of human history. If that is true, then why wasn't there an incredible spike in temperatures immediately (after the sky cleared) afterwards? We have been told time and again CO2 causes warming. Shouldn't we have seen it after these events?
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When Football Was Not Violent Enough

Richard20 Wrote: Nov 27, 2013 11:24 AM
My, my, my. I'm guessing that you were picked on in school.
Please don't tell me the stood there and took it? "Lethal force not be used", indeed! How preposterous. When given the order to stop and ignoring it, they have become invaders onto the sovereign soil of the United States, and should be repelled by any and all means necessary. If this is a common occurrence, the military needs to be involved.
LMAO. I appreciate the parody. Thanks!
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The Punishment Is the Crime

Richard20 Wrote: Nov 20, 2013 9:47 PM
Ok. You have two felonies - felonies are not small time crimes - and you then go out and commit another. That to me is an perfect example of the word incorrigible. At what point do you say enough?
That just p*sses me off. I used to think that lawyers and insurance men should be the first against the wall. Anymore, I think it should be the educators.
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