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katakowsj  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Elon Musk says he would reverse Twitter's permanent Trump ban

Just the dipshits waiting for the magic tweet that returns him to the presidency. :)

katakowsj  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Elon Musk says he would reverse Twitter's permanent Trump ban

Let him have his account and find he's as irrelevant as he is now on his otherP. O. S. social media attempts. I say, " Let the baby have his bottle. "

katakowsj  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘We are living in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer extreme spring heatwaves

Stuff may get ugly very quickly. @ mk@ and I were talking about the physics of climate change. He brought up the point tha t phase changes often occur rapidly in physics. Our skyrocketing C02 levels are likely to bring on a new phase change in our world's climate. I 'm afraid he's fundamentally correct.

katakowsj  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A ditty from a soft-core Italian film became a Muppett melody

I teach 8th graders in Michigan. Every year our school takes 100-200 of them to Washington DC via motor coach busses. My colleague once noticed that he could spontaneously begin a sing-along at any part of the trip by grabbing the bus mic and humming the first few bar of the ma-nah- ma-na song. No matter For over 15 years now, it works without fail, the majority of kids will join in the melody.

Everyone associates the tune with the Muppets, but no one could be any more specific.

I’ amazed of the stickiness of this obscure, but at the same time, near universal piece of American culture. (Sort of like Rick Astley)

This struck me this year,as I’m recovering from an ablation surgery I had on March1, to remove cancerous brain cells. I unfortunately must skip this year’s DC trip:(.

katakowsj  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: No One Expects Young Men To Do Anything and They Are Responding By Doing Nothing

As an 8th grade math and science teacher , I can report that I see boatloads of low expectations coming from the homes ofmy students. I do nave some boys that actively disrupt my class and are defended by Mom or Dad, as I theunfair teacher play the role of classroom referee and call foul when necessary in my classroom and apply the proper consequence.

  In the past several years,I have yet to have a parent thank me for taking the extra time to contact them over my concern for their son’s lack of progress in my class.  

Wake up people! Parent is a verb!

Thanks for posting this article. This is where we start to repair the damage done.

katakowsj  ·  71 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Twice as many people self-identified as LGBT in 2020 as they did in 2012

This is good news. The freak show religious fundamentalists may not have as much sway as so many folks believe.