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The Soviets dumped nuclear waste all over the place, so

    if there was a peculiar release of iodine-131 into the atmosphere, it is much more likely to have come from the nuclear wasteland that the Soviet Union created, or from operational reactors in the region, and not from some sort of clandestine atomic testing. That doesn't mean it is impossible, just highly unlikely. There is even a possibility that it didn’t come from Russia at all, and was leaked by a reactor in Europe or elsewhere. Still, with the Arctic likely becoming a key battleground of the future—a reality that has been spurred by Russian military expansion into the region—and considering Moscow's great change in geopolitical tone and military stance over the last few years, suspicions surrounding Russia's true intentions in the region are at an all-time high.

I was homeschooled in Texas. I'll try to answer your questions.

    How exactly does homeschooling work? […] What does the federal law says about education?

Federal law says children must be educated. The details are up to the States. There are requirements stated must meet to get federal funding for schools, but homeschooling isn't funded and therefore the federal requirements don't apply.

State requirements vary. Here is a Wikipedia article that lists some of them. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeschooling_in_the_United_States

    Do you have to apply somewhere?

Some states require notification, many don't. As far as I know, only Massachusetts and Rhode Island have an approval process to determine whether a child can be homeschooled, everywhere else just has notification paperwork, if anything. Texas, where I grew up, has no notification requirement.

    Are there literally no requirements to teach your kids?

Again, this varies. Several of the strict states require homeschooled kids to meet the same requirements and take the same yearly evaluations as public school students. This prevents parents from pretending to homeschool their kid, but of course ha the same problems as standardized testing does everywhere in the US.

Other states have much more lax requirements. For example, Texas requirements that "every student receive education in reading, mathematics, literature[etc, etc,], whether public or private." But they have a different rule which prevents the state from evaluating any private school that doesn't voluntarily join their accreditation process, and homeschools are unaccredited, and therefore not evaluated.

My parents did have us take some assessments near the end of elementary school times just to check on our progress, but it wasn't required, and they didn't have to submit the results to the state.

As far as college admissions: in the US, it largely depends on class rank, SAT/ACT test scores, and essays. All of the homeschools students I know that applied to colleges got in based on SAT or ACT scores and writing skills, and lack of class rank or grades from an accredited school went an issue.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Trump's News Conference

My working theory:

He thinks/acts on a smaller time scale. He doesn't think about strategies or tactics, only about right now, and only about what will make the next minute better.

This results in taking both sides of any issue. It results in an apparently idiotic stream of decisions and lack of direction. It also results in an endless supply of short clips his supporters will love.

I think he is brilliant at the "right now" time scale. When there are reports of power struggles, unfound light switches, and bathrobe wandering, how can ge slow the talk of disarray? Send an angry minion to disavow all bathrobe lies!

Because the spectacle will draw attention:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/06/politics/donald-trump-bathrobe/

https://www.yahoo.com/news/photos-trump-bathrobe-flood-twitter-072403094.html

And according to "Morning Joe" a spokesman for Gorsuch confirmed that Blumenthal's statement was accurate. Haven't found a written source for that yet though.

There was a large enough group of Republicans in the senate to prevent the issue from even being put to a vote. They didn't vote him down, they refused to give him a hearing at all.

I actually proposed to my wife while we watched the Perseids. A weird kind of romantic maybe, but nobody accuses me of being normal.

Well from skimming Wikipedia they both seem to have multiple definitions depending on who is using the terms.

What is globalism anyway? Most of the time it sounds like people mean "anything intentional I think is bad."

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

I liked "Good Eats." I liked how he spent more time explaining how processes change the ingredients than any other show I'd seen or cookbook I had used at the time.

But the guy is nothing if not obsessive. In an interview he described a painstaking quest of making biscuits exactly the same as his grandmother's. He took notes, he did experiments, he watched her make them, he mage her watch him make them, he used her own ingredients in her own kitchen, but they were never quite right. It wasn't until much later and after his grandmother died that the key came to him - he was kneading the dough the right number of times at the right speed, but he had young hands his grandmother had stiff arthritic hands. So he kneaded his biscuits with stuff hands and finally made his grandmother's biscuits.

If he can tell the difference between stiff and flexible fingers for his biscuits, good for him. But he's got some issues - no clue where good enough is.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

    Hopefully getting back into lifting for fun again.

I've been thinking about what motivates people to exercise recently. What makes so you find fun about lifting? What motivates you?

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

It's been two weeks and I still haven't abandoned the "exercise a lot more this year" plan. My wife and I are doing it together, which helps a bunch, but it isn't without strain. We approach work and misery very differently. My approach is to just act like I enjoy the misery of the workout, because otherwise it's just miserable. And I'm motivated by the feeling of accomplishment that I just completed a good hard workout. She's not at all on board with the "enjoy the misery" approach and I'm not really sure what motivates her about working out.

So I've got to be encouraging without being a sadistic ass, which rules out my instinctive approach.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 11, 2016

I've been working out again - my wife and I made a new year's resolution to. We have been running and a small amount of free weight stuff. I'm excited about it - I enjoy running. My wife is only glad we're doing this on rest days.

She found a bunch of old books she had in middlegle school, we've been reading some of them for nostalgia's sake. In the middle of the not lighthearted murder-mystery I've ever read.

Been listening and reading some on both sides of news, but been avoiding sharing my own Donald-related opinions. Hyperbole and unconfirmed claims on the fringes of the Left, and spreading steadily. The right of either busy contradicting itself in favor of Donald or rabidly accusing the left of every evil thing the right has ever been accused of.

Which is why I've been spending all my personal time on a solo playthrough of Terraria. It brings the fight between obsessive order and just-do-anything-and-see-what-happens to the front and center. I'm about to fight the WoF and trigger hardmode.

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