Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Maybe it'll be LCTV next year ...

U.S. free-speech advocates on Tuesday gave their annual "muzzle" awards to violators including police who charged a woman for swearing at her overflowing toilet, and a motor vehicles department that deemed a "GETOSAMA" license plate offensive.

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression said police in Scranton, Pennsylvania had no right to issue a disorderly conduct citation to Dawn Herb, who "let loose a tirade of foul language" directed at her toilet. A neighbor who was an off-duty police officer made a complaint.

The charge was dismissed by a judge who concluded that Herb’s words, though "offensive, vulgar and imprudent" to some, were nonetheless protected under the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, the Jefferson center said.

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[edit 9:52 p.m.] I’ll be interviewing Robert O’Neill, the director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression at 10 a.m. Thursday on WECK for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Aunt Eunice ...

Many of you may have recalled over the course of the past few years that I’ve mentioned "Aunt Eunice."

I went to Niagara Bible Camp growing up and Aunt Eunice was one of the lovely women who ran the camp.

I learned recently that she passed away.

For those that knew her, I wanted you to know.

Evolution of math ...

Got this email from a friend ... had to pass it on.

Fifty Years of Math 1958 - 2008 (in the USA):Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried. Why do I tell you this?

Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950’s:

1. Teaching Math In 1950’s:A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1960’s:A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In 1970’s:A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In 1980’s:A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost ofproduction is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990’s:A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it’s ok. )

6. Teaching Math In 2008:Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?