Monthly Archives: January 2014

Louisiana Teacher Allegedly Tells Buddhist Student to Convert or Get Out Because Bible is “100% Truth”

Sabine Parish: source Wiki

The ACLU of the state of Lousiana has filed a suit against the Sabine Parish School Board on behalf of a Buddhist family who says that their son suffered from racial discrimination at his school. The boy’s teacher told other students in his class that Buddhists were “stupid” and encouraged the other children to laugh at him. – See more at:

The person figuring most prominently in the suit is Negreet High School teacher Rita Roark. Roark teaches students that evolution is “impossible” and that the Bible is “one hundred percent true.”

Scott Lane, the step-father of the boy “C.C.”, who has been a Buddhist all his life, told the ACLU this about his son’s experience at the Louisiana high school:

On a science test, their teacher had included a fill-in-the-blank question: “ISN’T IT AMAZING WHAT THE _____________ HAS MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” When my stepson didn’t know the answer (“Lord”), she belittled him in front of the entire class. When he wrote in “Lord Buddha” on another exam, she marked it wrong. As she was returning that exam to students, one student proclaimed aloud that “people are stupid if they think God is not real.” In response, my stepson’s teacher agreed, telling the class, “Yes! That is right! I had a student miss that on his test.” The entire class broke out in laughter at my stepson.

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Working for a Non-Living

Home Health AidA friend and I were discussing jobs and wages over breakfast the other day. My friend is becoming a certified home health aid. She has a master’s degree in special education. A master’s degree in environmental law. She has been a home companion working privately for decades. HHA jobs are skyrocketing with the aging of baby boomers and the growth of populations with afflictions such as autism, dementia and cancer.

But what do these jobs pay? Usually minimum wage, or not much above. It would take several years to come up to what our county deems is a ‘living wage’. Read more

The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages

One of the more telling elements to this lawsuit is the role played by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, who emerges as the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the wage-theft scheme. It’s almost too perfectly symbolic that Lucas — the symbiosis of Baby Boomer New Age mysticism, Left Coast power, political infantilism, and dreary 19th century labor exploitation — should be responsible for dreaming up the wage theft scheme back in the mid-1980s, when Lucas sold the computer animation division of Lucasfilm, Pixar, to Steve Jobs.

As Pixar went independent in 1986, Lucas explained his philosophy about how competition for computer engineers violated his sense of normalcy — and profit margins. According to court documents:

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Almost Freezing

image Jeepers – it’s almost freezing outside. I mean it’s almost UP to the freezing point. Don’t worry though, it will be minus 5 again tonight. I won’t do anything silly like shutting the water down. This morning it is beginning to look a lot like I will wish I had started the snow blower yesterday. Maybe I should move my car down to the end of the drive. On the other hand, up here I get a running start down the hill. The weatherman is only calling for an inch of snow,  so maybe this storm will blow through. I’m supposed to meet a friend for lunch and I need to get out to Agway to get food and bedding for the bunny, some simple hardware, and to get recommendations on a good chimney person. If worse comes to worst, I could go into town then, so I can be at work later this afternoon. Why am I so nervous? For almost thirty years I regularly went back and forth to work in the middle of the night, on roads that drifted like crazy. This should be a piece of cake (with cold white icing).

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