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Misc Monday – June 21

06.21.10 | Comment?

“In the last 30 years, the teachers’ unions have contributed nearly $57.4 million to federal campaigns, an amount that is about 30 percent higher than any single corporation or other union.” The linked article is long but well worth reading. Interestingly, Governor Good-Hair decided that Texas would not compete. “Perry stood next to Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott and representatives of teachers’ unions and said taking the money would force the state to adopt national education and testing standards and result in Texas losing its autonomy in educating children.”

And, We’re too Broke to be this Stupid. “In one-sixth of British households, not a single family member works. They are not so much without employment as without need of it. At a certain level, your hard-working bourgeois understands that the bulk of his contribution to the treasury is entirely wasted. It’s one of the basic rules of life: if you reward bad behaviour, you get more of it. But, in good and good-ish times, who cares?”

I’m sure you’ve seen Soaring Costs Force Canada to Reassess Health Model. Yeah, the one we apparently want to emulate.

Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket recently had a successful test launch. Couple that with Bigelow Aerospace’s planned private space stations, and commercial space exploration is looking up even as NASA’s manned budget is being reduced.

Here’s an interesting look, from an engineering perspective, of the BP oil spill and the technical hurdles in capping it. There’s also some commentary (3rd article down) about the absurdity of BP’s “plan”. To be clear, cleanup “blamestorming” aside, BP’s actions leading up to the blowout appear quite negligent. Meanwhile, regular folks on the coast sum it up best. “This is the biggest damn mess I’ve ever seen.”

Into photography? Buy a Canon.

Remember what Mark Twain said about lies? Here’s another case of lies, damn lies, and statistics. In this case it’s Census job numbers.

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