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About dfitzo53

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  1. Huh? I hear this complaint a lot. What is it that you don't like about the common core, and why do you think it punishes kids who understand "real math principles"? For context, I'm a middle school math teacher with a decade of experience.
  2. I just want to throw out there that special ed encompasses a wide range of things, only a subset of which are about low IQ. There are plenty of people who "belong in special ed" who can successfully run large ventures, influence people skillfully, etc. It's way past time we stopped stigmatizing it. More to the original point of the thread, as PeterMP said these findings are not necessarily consistent with other research. It's also the kind of question that would be very tough to tease apart even if we did know. For example, we know for a fact people are getting less sleep than they used to. We also know that reduced sleep translates to lower cognitive functioning. Is it possible that people are performing poorly, but are not necessarily less intelligent in terms of their potential had they received sufficient rest? Could be, but that would require more research/experimentation.
  3. All Things Star Wars Thread

    I assumed Luke was going to be a force ghost in 9.
  4. I think it's for the best. It's time to put this one to bed and let another show get a shot.
  5. I'm trying to understand how someone with an assault weapon and a desire to kill people is going to be stopped (or even slowed down) by a metal detector.
  6. With part time gigs in retail it's not always quite that simple. But then again, if you're taking a part time job in retail, you're probably understanding you'll have to work some Saturdays.
  7. Some More Cops Who Need To Be Commended

    Not even 10 mins from my house. So sad. What a waste in so many ways.
  8. I don't see how Flake has the standing to preach on spinelessness.
  9. The Grilling and Cooking Thread

    Around the lip of the lid where it meets the kettle so you can clamp it down as tight as possible to minimize air loss.
  10. The Own3d Thread.(Keep it clean)

    In the comments on the deadspin article one of the users said, "Horton, Here's a Poo!"
  11. All Things Star Wars Thread

    Fair enough, but I think there's a happy medium where the situation is dire enough that Luke is needed to turn the tide, but not so overwhelming that the idea of a successful resistance seems ludicrous. They overshot that mark in my opinion.
  12. All Things Star Wars Thread

    We just watched TLJ last night with the kids. Over the past few weeks we've watched the OT and 7 and 8 with them on Friday nights. The wife and kids loved TLJ. I thought it was so-so. I don't regret watching it, and the action scenes are good, as they have been with all the new movies, but that's about the best they have going for them. I recognize that even in ANH the idea of a ragtag band of rebels destroying the Death Star pushed the limits of what was reasonable to believe, but they never took it anywhere near as far as they did in TFA and TLJ. A planet (Starkiller Base) that eats up suns and uses that energy to destroy multiple star systems at once from across the galaxy? That's just a bit much, and there's no reasonable way to believe that a resistance movement that's down to a couple cruisers' worth of troops has any way of resisting an entity with that level of resources. Don't get me started on Poe single-handedly destroying all the laser batteries on a single ship without the First Order already having launched TIEs. Or these weird WW2-era bombers that require a crew member to push a button on a remote control? Come on... TLJ also just dragged on. It didn't need to be as long as it was. At least 30 minutes could have been cut out of the middle of the movie here and there. As some others have pointed out the writing was also pretty cheesy in places, but if we're honest with ourselves that's been true about Star Wars from the beginning. On the other hand, I thought Luke's character development was decent. The scenes between Rey and Ren were good. The action scenes were fun to watch.
  13. The Grilling and Cooking Thread

    Yep pretty much the same story for me in terms of vents. Just open barely enough so the coals don't go out.
  14. The Grilling and Cooking Thread

    I have one, I can confirm it works beautifully. I've used it for chicken and ribs. Edit: I don't know exactly what they mean by unattended. I was checking periodically to monitor temps of course, but I didn't have to add charcoal or anything.