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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Politician Blames Community Colleges: An article published by the Seattle Times yesterday indicates that Washington public school students are falling farther behind the rest of the nation in four-year degree graduation rates. One politician believes the community college system is contributing to that trend. "Because we have grown accustomed to a strong two-year system, we have grown lazy in our sense of obligation to push toward four-year as a central piece of our higher-education strategy," said Rep. Reuven Carlyle.

Students Demand Free Education: Montreal students continued unabashedly yesterday to fight for free university education. Earlier this year student organizations beat back tuition increases proposed by the Quebec Cabinet, but CLASSE, Coalition Large de l' Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Etudiante, still thinks free education is an achievable goal.

Government Unable to Care for Its People: A deeply debt laden Spain is no longer able to pay for prescriptions in the city of Valencia. Government subsidized medical care has dried up and most pharmacies now must charge for medicines, even to the elderly and sick.

They Should Steal Something More Portable Next Time: Three men allegedly broke into a Georgetown commercial yard to steal wire yesterday. The police responded to a burglary alarm to find one man still fenced in and another on the premise.

Were They Going to Hike Back to Seattle?: Six boys escaped from a juvenile detention center in Snoqualmie this morning after knocking out a female guard, according to King County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy West. They reportedly fled into the woods but were later discovered with the help of ground patrols, K-9 units, and a helicopter crew.

Apparently Scientists Have Depleted Stores of Willing Unpaid College Students: In Washington prisons some inmates are now assisting in ecological research. Tasks include breeding threatened butterflies, growing rare flowers, and handling endangered frog eggs.

Pacific Northwest Uncharacteristically Prays for Rain: Firefighters are on high alert for dry lightning in eastern Washington as pretty much everyone waits for the Table Mountain fire to merge with the Wenatchee fire. Air quality is getting worse as the fires now burn a total of 143 square miles.

Finally if you haven't played Mad Magazine's "Mr Burns or Mitt Romney," treat yourself this Sunday.


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Pope Peabrain 1
I don't think it's lazy, Carlyle. I think it's economics.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Your opening item wins Cheap Shot of the Week. Not sure if it sprang from a reading comprehension failure or sometihng calculated. EIther way, less of that, please, o Intern.

Wonderful long article in the NYT today about the energy inefficiencies baked into the internet right now. Great result of a yearlong investigation - well worth spending some time reading. It's the first of a series called The Cloud Factories, "about the physical structures that make up the cloud, and their impact on our environment."…
Posted by gloomy gus on September 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Four years and tens of thousands of dollars of debt for a degree that may or may not make a difference in the worst economy in generations? I'd say the kids are being remarkably practical.
Posted by Jenkitty on September 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 7
Too Many Opinions

In my opinion, graduates from a two-year school are the best ones to have an opinion on this matter. That is why I am waiting for the expert opinion from the main Slog writers. Personally, I'm withholding my opinion on the college issue, as I feel a disconnect. Post-doc work on the other hand, and I'll never shut up.
Posted by dnt trust me on September 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Obama White House male chauvinist pig sty according to these women staffers:…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on September 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM · Report this
Posted by DeaconBlues on September 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
@2, yeah it was unclear. Added a sentence to show I'm referring to grad rates.
Posted by Guest Author on September 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
originalcinner 11
@8 Yeah, I believe everything posted on "Mitt Romney TEA PARTY Supporters Page". No, really. OK, not really.
Posted by originalcinner on September 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM · Report this
I helped with ecology research as a high school student. It was hands on, physical, and you didn't need to know any theory. Nonetheless the work exposed me to working scientists and inspired me to pursue a (different) scientific discipline in college. I was a working class kid from a bad school, and the opportunity was life changing. I hope the convicts now doing this kind of work are able to benefit in the same ways.
Posted by wxPDX on September 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
MrBaker 13
We have pushed some of the high school graduation requirements into colleges and universities.
Posted by MrBaker on September 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
@10, no, what needs fixing is your inaccurate headline that Carlyle's blaming community colleges. He's not. He's saying people like him whose job is to fix the four-year system are shirking their work by hiding behind the success of the community college system.
Posted by gloomy gus on September 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
@3 would you like to comment on the failing EU states are the most religious with lower tax rates than their less religious more taxed states that are doing just fine even with propping up the failing states?
I'm going guess not, otherwise you'd know what you're talking about.
Posted by CbytheSea on September 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
Apparently, in some countries it's considered a failure of government when it cannot meet citizens' basic health care needs.
Posted by madcap on September 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM · Report this
@15 Doesn't Germany still collect a church tax on behalf of Christian churches?
Posted by madcap on September 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM · Report this
venomlash 18
@3,4: Most of the economic troubles in Europe are actually the result of austerity measures. You know, the kind of thing that the GOP wants to bring to this country.
Posted by venomlash on September 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM · Report this
@17 probably. It's not really all that different than the tax status churches get in the states. I just like pointing out that the EU countries that have done 'well' during this crisis have been much more 'socialist', or at least in a way dumb Americans think of as socialist.
Posted by CbytheSea on September 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM · Report this
originalcinner 20
#17 Yes it does, but you only have to pay it if you're a member of a church, and it goes to that church. Atheists do not pay church tax, Catholics do not pay tax that goes to Protestant churches. So it's like Mormon tithing, then.
Posted by originalcinner on September 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 21
@20 In case you haven't heard, churches now get tax money. Religion is subsidized by atheists.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM · Report this
@21 in this country. I'm not sure if all countries offer tax breaks to churches.
Posted by CbytheSea on September 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this

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