PLASTIC-IN-THE-ENVIRONMENT SOLUTION(S)?

Might there be a glimmer of hope for the environment and our species longterm survival on this planet, now that MacDonalds has finally acknowledged a plastic-in-the-environment crisis of epic proportions? While MacDonalds starting to implement a program to eliminate the use of single-use-plastic-straws in the U.K. and Ireland, might not seem like much- given the magnitude of the underlying problem- it's at the very least a beginning, which makes me wonder why we all can't- individuals and businesses- do things similar on this side of the Atllantic and around the world?

IS AUSTIN BEUTNER'S LACK OF EDUCATION BACKGROUND HIS GREATEST ASSET AT LAUSD?

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In the selection of Austin Beutner as the new Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) permanent superintendent last Tuesday, it seems that those against his choice found his biggest deficit to be the fact that he didn't have an education background. But on the contrary, could this not actually be his greatest potential asset in heading up LAUSD and finally turning around its entrenched and incestuously corrupt LAUSD bureaucracy? Up until now this dysfunctional bureaucracy has only allowed those from within the public education establishment to "succeed" at LAUSD by their vowing to find no fault with anything they were asked to do by those above them in the LAUSD feeding chain of dysfunction and corruption.

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05 2018

NONE OF THE ABOVE

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One of the fundamental constitutional rights that in at least theory clearly distinguishes us from a totalitarian society is having a free press. It exists and is rightfully highly protected under the Constitution in fulfillment of the public's right to know in this yet putative democracy. Thus, the press has been able to publish virtually anything that is not deemed pornographic under the Miller Test or which does not create a clear and present danger of grievous bodily harm by doing something like "yelling fire in a theater."

ONLY PROACTIVE LEGAL OFFENSIVE WILL FINALLY STOP LAUSD's CLEARLY ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR

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For years now, literally thousands of teachers and other certificated and classified staff that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and other public school districts like it around the state and around the country have unjustly and illegally been targeted and terminated from their careers without being given their fundamental constitutionally guaranteed rights to basic due process of law from an independent entity, where the conclusion of their guilt was not an already foregone conclusion.

Terrorism?

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Could somebody explain to me why acts like the unprovoked and senseless attack by Salman Abidi in 2017 on an audience of predominantly innocent children watching an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England is denominated terrorism, while the same kind of government sanctioned and group organized systematic, continuing, unprovoked, and senseless attacks on predominantly innocent children in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and elsewhere is not denominated terrorism, but rather "collateral damage"?

LAUSD: AN 800lbs GORILLA THAT NOBODY SEEMS TO SEE?

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For anybody that bothers to look- since school districts like LAUSD literally make no attempt to hide it- there is and has been a clearly illegal seige upon, and removal of, literally thousands of more expensive high seniority teachers from coast to coast in this country on clearly fabricated charges. This for the sole real reason of their being more expensive for school districts, which are themselves in dire financial straits due to their own avoidable malfeasance.

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04 2018

BUYING YOUR WAY INTO COLLEGE...AND DEPRESSION

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While I have written extensively about our yet purposefully segregated and inherently inferior public education system in de facto segregated school districts like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where literally no attempt is made to educate predominantly minority students with the critical thinking skills they would need to get a post secondary education or well paying job, I had always assumed that the expensive private schools did not suffer from this same self-inflicted malady- I was wrong.

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04 2018

PROFESSOR AMY WAX: RACIST OR TRUTH TELLER OR AN AMALGAMATION OF BOTH?

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So when University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Amy Wax "made disparaging remarks about the school's black students and suggested that some of them should not be at the school," political correctness demanded that she be denounced as a racist. But what if what she said was true? Is there another way of reconciling Black lack of achievement with their equality with the rest of the world's homo sapiens?

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04 2018

DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS- LAISSEZ FAIRE CAPITALISM ON STEROIDS

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In her book Democracy in Chains, Professor Nancy MacLean of Duke University in North Carolina.clearly lays out the now more than 40 year master plan that the Koch brothers and other mega rich oligarchs have funded to dumb down the American electorate to the point of their now literally being incapable of understanding what she is talking about. This is because they no longer have the requisite critical thinking skills necessary to do so. These skills have been systematically removed from our public education system as this country in 2018 regrettably realizes the orwellian newspeak world so presciently described in George Orwell's novel 1984.

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03 2018

USING ARTS EDUCATION TO CHANGE THE PUNITIVE MOLD OF JUVENILE "JUST US"

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(Mensaje se repite en EspaƱol) Last Thursday at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena guests Fabian Debora - community connection director, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network; Kim McGill - organizer with Youth Justice Coalition; and Dave Mitchell - deputy director, L.A. County Probation Department of Residential Treatment Services Bureau gave an inspired presentation on how their using an Art's education program has been very successful in breaking a pattern of what has up until now been a dysfunctional and punitive model of hyper expensive and often lifelong incarceration and criminal recidivism.

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03 2018

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