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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

14 February -RSS SnapShot! Pt I

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Why Reformers Misunderstand Their Own Research

The students current test score trajectories are based on the sum of their in-school and out-of-school experiences, not just that teacher's skill. The human observers are just trying to evaluate that teacher's instruction, and it constitutes only about 15 to 20% of the students' outcomes. The question which the TNTP should ask is whether the test score trajectories of students from the entire district provide evidence for evaluating the value-added of teachers in schools where it is harder to raise student performance.

Secondly, why would the TNTP think that such a finding has anything to do with the policies they advocate? The question is whether test score growth models are valid enough for high stakes decisions. 

Why would an educator commit to the toughest schools if he or she faced a 20% or a 10% or 25% chance EACH YEAR of being subject to humiliation, constant stress, and perhaps dismissal due to circumstances beyond their control? How many teachers per hall need to be inaccurately charged as ineffective before the morale of the entire building is compromised?


BBC are Corporate-Paid Propagandists

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) "will today apologise to an estimated 74 million people around the world for a news fixing scandal, exposed by The Independent, in which it broadcast documentaries made by a London TV company that was earning millions of pounds from PR clients which it featured in its programming."

BBC's "Secret Pakistan," for example, literally attempted to rewrite 10 years of history where Pakistan, rather than Al Qaeda or "Bin Laden" was retrospectively made responsible for the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and the death of Western troops.

( I'd love some Pakistani intel on this one....having the old belly laugh that Land Destroyer is bitching about the Beebs ditching the old Al Qaeda and Bin Laden disinformation scams and showing itself for a continual liar. Why complain? They are framing lies being debunked, after all.

Nowhere in sight is the story of corporate connections and foreign government paid mercenaries - oops, contractors - assassinating people and blowing things up. Libya should have made things so much clearer. Not to mention Western troops might not be shot at if they belonged there.  Their presence alone is an incitement to violence - and wearing uniforms affects that not at all except to heighten their differences. )

Alex Jones - on raw milk, adulteration of foods....and false flag attack to come in Strait of Hormuz as pretext for wider war

And I hadn't bothered exMI for a while 

No really? I'm shocked!

A new classified report leaked to the BBS (sigh, that really shouldn't happen) reports that the Taliban is receiving support form the ISI in Pakistan. And this is big news why? Despite the Pakistani objections that has been clear since day one. I knew it back when I was interrogating people in Afghanistan. Every Afghan sheepherder, thief, and insurgent knew it. Hell the commanders of the US forces knew it. but can anyone do anything about it? No......

And people wonder why Iran wants nukes too.

opit said...
"And people wonder why Iran wants nukes too."

That's an often cited factoid. Problem is, I see negative support for the proposition.

When I was a boy, the Cuban Missile Crisis had the world on edge. Where today the U.S. wants to site missiles where the Soviet Occupation of Europe was stopped amid assurances that this would not happen, back then nukes were in Turkey. The Soviet, of course, counter deployed the same in Cuba ( Yes, it had already started at the time of the Blockade. )
Forward almost 2 decades. Ex playground of United Sugar Cuba is under sanctions still. Former CIA installed dictator the Shah of Iran leaves the country and heads to hospital out of the country. Reagan arranges for the subsequent occupation of the U.S. embassy in Iran to drag on, embarrassing Carter and throwing the U.S. election. ( Subsequently we learned of the Iran Contra arms trading scheme. )
And suddenly the U.S. tosses its bought and paid for arrangements to supply several nuclear power generation systems to its star colony. Iran - like Cuba - turns to Russia for assistance.


Here's where things turn severely sideways. Think Tank Rand comes out with a foreign policy to demonize pacifists and disarmament proponents by systematically turning a convention to limit proliferation against its signatories - which include Libya,Iran,Iraq and North Korea.

Check out my comment after "One Month to Act" http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2011/04/4-april-morning-op-eds.html

CASMII has many accounts of the constant lies about the danger of Iran. Never mentioned is Russia's determination to protect its client state from harassment and its interest in selling reactors.
The deal with India, for instance -outside the NPT - started as an offer of 1 reactor. Russia offered 4, and Indians were gung-ho. Arms sales were included in the confirmed deal for 2 reactors from the U.S.

Let's look at it. Iran is making up for being screwed around on power plant purchases while the U.S. puts sanctions on oilfield maintenance equipment. And Russia is supposedly incapable of making sure it does not create a threat in its back yard.
Iran is scary : it might make a nuke !
The Onion : Iran is afraid the U.S. will make its 8500th nuke !

I can't top that.



So why hasn't the West intervened in Syria? Well there are a lot of different reason but the biggest in probably fear. Not fear of what Syria could do to them but fear of the chaos that could, and probably would, erupt all over the area. Add tot hat the rather serious logistical problems and the simple fact that more nations are interested in continued stability than they are in keeping some protesters alive and you have a potent mix of "Stay Away!"

opit said...
Notes I'm reading suggest Turkey is tapped for the operation. And worries about destabilization are almost funny.Do you recall that document from the NSA on Post Saddam Iraq : Desert Crossing wargame ? Or have you completely managed to ignore the plain statement of intent on the website of Program for a New American Century ? i.e. Decapitation of governments in an arc of oil bearing nations in the Middle East.
Rewriting the Map of the Middle East is old news. It is happening now.

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