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  1. Mizzou

    Having no Homeworks on Weekends: Agree or not?

    This reminded me of my experience in grade school and first year of junior high. They weren't consistent with addressing the different skill levels of students from year to year and it created some problems, at least for me. In the later part of elementary, they started separating math classes by the skill level of the students. I was always placed in the higher level class and we ended up in a year ahead of the other students by the end of 6th grade. In 7th grade, they decided to put students in 'teams' where everyone took the same core classes. I was a new thing for when the district would open the middle school for 6th and 7th grade. I was bored stiff in math class until the last quarter of of the year when they finally covered new material for me. The next year, the teacher recommended that I skip pre-algebra (which I would have been in if it wasn't for the upcoming changes for middle school) and go straight to algebra. I did just fine in the class and at least I felt like I was being challenged. The main thing is it can be difficult to adjust the material and work load based on the skill level of the students. What one student thinks is too much and too hard another might be bored with cause it's too easy.
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    Having no Homeworks on Weekends: Agree or not?

    Debates about whether schools give too much or not enough homework have been going on for a long time. Personally, I think younger kids shouldn't have as much homework as older kids but not allowing any homework over the weekend seems a bit much. It seems more reasonable to limit the amount of homework. As for homework providing time with family members...that would work if parents helped their kids with home but in reality that doesn't happen all the time. If you think it is difficult going from elementary to high school with the work load, wait until college. Weekends and holidays usually meant time to catch up on homework. The biggest issue that I have with education is the difference between the amount of effort that is needed and what people are willing to do. It seems like a lot of people aren't willing to put in the effort but still want the high grades.
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    Favorite Sat. Morning Cartoon Character

    It's hard to pick just one favorite Saturday morning cartoon. I really enjoyed the Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, and Animaniacs. I also remember watching He-Man and She-Ra but I wouldn't call them my favorites. @Klaus: Calling Lion King, Mulan and Aladin classics suddenly made me feel old. Personally, I consider the ones from early 80s (when I was born) or earlier as the classics.
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    Every day changes your life...

    I'm ever so slowly making progress on my dissertation today. I still have months worth of work ahead of me but at least I'm being productive today. @Yuri: Why would you drink that much coffee if you've never had it before? I drink it regularly but no more than 2 cups a day. Maybe if you tried it in moderation, you wouldn't get so sick from it.
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    My People and My Country - Our History

    What's funny, though, is that all Natives I've spoken to refer to themselves as Indians xD It's only everyone else that really calls them Natives or Aboriginals! It seems to be the opposite where I live. While some do call themselves Indians, most of the ones I know call themselves Aboriginal, Native, or First Nation. I know some that don't like being called Indian and take offense to it. It just depends on the person.
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    Flaming on sites

    It seems like a lot of what you see online and in the news are those who are most vocal even if they are in the minority. People also say things online when they can do it anonymously, whether they would do it in person is another story. I wouldn't worry too much about it and just ignore it. You're just wasting your time if you get all worked up about it.
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    I've never heard of it before since I don't download movies but it looks like it might be a scam. Just do a Google search on it, you'll find some info on it.
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    My People and My Country - Our History

    @Yuffie: The common terms for 'indians' that are used now are Native Americans in the US and First Nations in Canada. I used the term "status & non-status Indian" in my previous post since that's still the legal term used by the federal government. I didn't explain that in the previous post since I didn't want to confuse people.
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    My People and My Country - Our History

    I just want to clarify this statement since there's a lot of misunderstanding about it and it's not as straight forward as that. Aboriginal people in Canada include status & non-status Indians, Metis, and Inuit. It's only status Indians who receive federal funding for post secondary education and even then not everyone who is eligible for it receives it. The federal government provides money to bands council who allocate it to students through a selection process since the money is limited. Also, it doesn't cover all the costs for getting an education so technically they don't "get free post secondary." As for the tax part, personal property on reserve is tax except, and there's no sales tax on items purchased on reserve. Taxes on personal income on reserve is a little more complex since it depends on the location of the work and the residence of the employer and employee.
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    Man Finishes First on Interstate (Newsletter)

    People talking on cellphones and driving used to be a bigger problem here but they banned the use of handheld and texting at the beginning of the year. You still see people using it but not as frequently. Though even the hands-free one can cause problems since it's still a distraction. One of the biggest problems that I notice is people not looking where they're turning. I haven't owned a car for the last few years since I'm a poor grad student and I walk every where (it's great exercise). I don't know how many times I've almost been hit by someone turning either right or left. They check to see if any cars are coming but don't bother to look where they are going. Whenever I cross the street, I'm constantly keeping my eye out cars. Looking both ways before crossing isn't always sufficient.
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    Man Finishes First on Interstate (Newsletter)

    I wish I didn't have so many stories of drivers and stupidity. The most recent one I have was someone who didn't know what a blinking red light meant (same as a stop sign for those who don't know). One of the main streets in town was closed off for a street festival so the oncoming travel had to turn left onto the side street (it's a T-section so no turning right, obviously). The lights at the intersection were all flashing red so drivers were supposed to stop before turning. The intersection was also a common place for pedestrians to cross. My boyfriend and I were crossing the street on our way to the festival and while we're in the middle of the street, a car speed through the left turn and had to slam on his brakes to keep from hitting us. He stopped just a few feet from us. My bf yelled at him that he's supposed to stop, it's a flashing red. The driver obviously missed the point and yelled a few choice words that I can't repeat here along with "I don't have it stop, it's a blinking red!" Sadly, he isn't the only driver to speed through the turn and pedestrians have been hit there before.
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    Teeth pulling... Weeeee...

    I've only had my wisdom teeth pulled about 10 years ago. I was knocked out for it so obviously I didn't feel a thing and didn't have any complications from it. The only part I didn't like was not being able to eat anything the day before the surgery. I was so hungry afterwards and couldn't wait to eat solid food again. The dental procedure that I did't like was getting a filling. I got a filling for the first time this summer. The dentist numbed the area so I didn't feel anything but I didn't like the sound of the drilling on the tooth. Also, I wasn't a fan of my lip being numb for a few hours afterwards.
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    That's another common scam that I've heard about, though sometimes people will hack an individual's facebook account and post messages about being stranded somewhere and needing money.
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    Would an Amaranthia meetup be a good idea?

    Even domestic travel can be too difficult, depending on the route it can sometimes be much cheaper to fly international than domestic. Meetup would be fun idea if there several members in the same general area but personally, I wouldn't be willing to travel for one. I barely travel to even visit family because of the cost.
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    World Cup

    I wasn't impressed with the final. The Germany-Uruguay game was much more interesting. I was amused when the crowd booed every time the one Uruguay player got near the ball. From what I saw most of the yellow cards were warranted, quite a few were for late tackles, dissent or wasting time. If anything there could have been a few more yellows and reds given.
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    World Cup

    So did anyone watch the two quarter-finals today? I was a bit surprised that Brazil lost but hey, that's how it goes sometimes. Though, the end of the Uruguay - Ghana game was painful. Ghana was so close but couldn't make the PK (that handball was a cheap shot) and lost in the shootout.
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    World Cup

    nazi discussion? seems to be getting way off topic.... Anyways, here's two videos that are more World Cup related that made me giggle. - love the description on this one
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    World Cup

    nazi discussion? seems to be getting way off topic.... Anyways, here's two videos that are more World Cup related that made me giggle. - love the description on this one
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    Fairy circle

    Where do I make the fairy circle? I have all the mushrooms but I can't figure out where to go now. Edit: Never mind, I figured it out.
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    World Cup

    Using that logic, then no one should referee. Referees are human, they make mistakes even the competent ones. Good luck trying to go 90 minutes , making hundreds of decisions, and not make ONE mistake. Unfortunately, some are worse than others. But speaking from my own experience and from others that I know, the more experienced referees do put in a lot of time and effort to improve their skills but even then mistakes still happen from time to time and most of them do feel bad about it when it does. I'm not totally against the use of technology for refereeing, it's more about the extent that it will be used, if it is (FIFA has agreed to reconsider its stance). In some aspects, it could work but in others, not so much. It needs to be incorporated in away that fits with the style of game and not because 'that's how another sport does it so they should too' (that was the reason the high schools wanted whistles and more signals). Besides, with technology or not, you still need people who are making the calls. Re the new ball, there's generally been complaints about the new balls for the World Cup, so I'm not that surprised that there are complaints with this one. Whenever they make changes, it can affect how the ball moves. The ball seems to be getting faster with the changes.
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    World Cup

    @KTC: I didn't notice that you said this before but it made me laugh. Sure FIFA can change the rules but rarely do they make drastic changes, especially regarding the roles of the referees. Also, a lot of the referees that I've worked with don't like big changes. It reminded me of the times when the local high school league tried to make some changes to how the referee run the game like replacing the assistant referees' flags with whistles or requiring the referee to sign the exact type of foul (tripping, pushing, hitting, handball, etc) along with the standard blow the whistle and indicate the direction. Needless to say it did not go over well.
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    World Cup

    I've been rooting for Germany or Argentina, though I'm torn since they'll be playing each other in the quarter-final. I know about the filter for the computers but I usually watch on the TV while using my computer for work. As much as I want to watch the games, I still need to get work done. As for the channels that filter it, don't have any. Now if only they would filter out those annoying sports commentators.
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    World Cup

    The appeal and disciplinary process isn't really a 'video replay' for the game, it's after the game is over.
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    Post Your Picture!

    @Aeternus: I'm kind of late but congrats on graduating. I went to McMaster for my MA but I graduated a few years ago...now I just have to finish my PhD. *sigh* I really liked McMaster but wasn't a big fan of Hamilton.
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    World Cup

    @Argoyle: I think if video replay is ever used in soccer, it would be an EXTREMELY limit basis, like whether or not the ball crossed the line and ONLY assist the referees when they're in doubt, kind of like how it is used in hockey. The referee can review a play when the puck is in the net but a team cannot ask for a review. I really don't see it being used so a team can make a challenge since it could be seen as challenging the role of the referee. The actual wording in the rulebook states that the referee has "full authority" and it often uses the term "in his [the referee] opinion", definitely not 'in the opinion of a video camera' or 'in the opinion of the team that just got scored against.'