Crazy stuff and kids

First this recent column from the Post's Ombudsman:

 Once a week, the KidsPost page carries a dozen or more photos of area
children with their names, birthdays and hometowns. To the youngsters
and their parents, it's exciting to be featured in a newspaper read by
friends, relatives and hundreds of thousands of others.

But to some, it's worrisome. By providing even this minimal personal
information, they argue, The Post is putting the kids at risk.

"There is no shortage of predatory pedophiles who troll obsessively,
online and off, for potential child victims," Grier Weeks, executive
director of the National Association to Protect Children, recently
wrote to The Post. "Giving them a virtual database of information on
local children — including photographs, names, locations and dates of
birth — is a very unsafe practice."

Please!!  Get a grip.  The ombudsman debunks this nonsense– I'm not going to waste my time doing so.

And, for even more nonsense, it's hard to beat a school "zero tolerance" policy.  From the Times:

Zachary’s offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife,
fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the
Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials
concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons,
and Zachary was suspended and now faces 45 days in the district’s
reform school.

He's 6.  What's even more ludicrous is the morons defending this policy.  To wit:


Charles P. Ewing, a professor of law and psychology at the University at Buffalo Law School who has written about school safety issues, said he favored a strict zero-tolerance approach.

are still serious threats every day in schools,” Dr. Ewing said, adding
that giving school officials discretion holds the potential for
discrimination and requires the kind of threat assessments that only
law enforcement is equipped to make.

Right.  It takes a trained law enforcement officer to determine whether a 6 year old with a spork is a genuine threat.  So glad to know that Mr. Ewing is teaching law school.  This stuff gets me so annoyed.

Wind Power

Matt Yglesias recently had this semi-interesting post on wind-power.  Short version: we've got plenty of wind, but aren't smart enough to have a power grid to transfer it from the places where the wind blows to the places we need the power.  So, why am I blogging on this?  Because I love the wind map!


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Lubbock (out in the TX panhandle) is quite clearly in America's high-wind corridor.  Getting from the yellow into a bit of the orange.  The constant wind was probably my least favorite part of Lubbock.  A 60 degree day in March is actually no longer pleasant when the wind is blowing 20mph all day.  Also interesting for me to see that Columbus, OH is notably windier than where I've lived in VA and NC. 

Quick hit (DADT)

I've got a lot of stuff to write about in the blog queue and a lot of work to get done this afternoon, so, for now, just read this terrific first-person account of a gay man who was harrassed and basically run out of the Navy despite all he did to "don't tell." 


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