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  • What phrases commonly used today are derived from obsolete technologies?

    05/05/2016 5:46:04 AM PDT · 31 of 160
    StayAt HomeMother to amigatec

    The earliest known citation I know of for ‘the whole nine yards’ is from 1907, which disproves any WWI or II origin. From The Mitchell Commercial (an Indiana newspaper) 2 May 1907:

    “This afternoon at 2:30 will be called one of the baseball games that will be worth going a long way to see. The regular nine is going to play the business men as many innings as they can stand, but we can not promise the full nine yards.”

    The same paper a year later, 4 June 1908:

    ...Roscoe went fishing and has a big story to tell, but we refuse to stand while he unloads. He will catch some unsuspecting individual some of these days and give him the whole nine yards.

  • OMG! I am not ready for the adoptive daughter to find us!

    01/15/2016 8:08:44 PM PST · 65 of 117
    StayAt HomeMother to EBH

    You wrote, “Her history goes far beyond her birth father.... To Continentals Armies and Vikings... LOL...She is so much more than...her bio-father.”

    Can you simply give her that, let her know who her paternal grandparents and great (etc) grandparents were?

  • The Death Of The American Middle Class Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

    12/16/2015 3:48:16 AM PST · 13 of 86
    StayAt HomeMother to expat_panama

    Perhaps the government defines poverty too broadly. According to https://k12.niche.com, 51% of all public school student in this country are receiving “Free or Reduced Price Lunches.”

  • Locals Shocked as Nazi Banner Unfurled in Nice

    09/29/2015 2:48:31 PM PDT · 13 of 25
    StayAt HomeMother to nickcarraway

    If I remember correctly, decades ago the same thing happened when “The Sound Of Music” was filmed and the local residents were not pleased by the (re)appearance of Nazi flags.

  • Family of Doctor Who Treated Lincoln Assassin Visit Prison

    07/28/2015 7:17:48 AM PDT · 19 of 20
    StayAt HomeMother to nickcarraway

    For a light, highly fictionalized, mystery about Fort Jefferson and Dr. Mudd, combined with a modern day mystery, try “Flashback” by Nevada Barr.

  • How the English language became such a mess

    06/10/2015 7:00:41 AM PDT · 99 of 143
    StayAt HomeMother to SMGFan

    Yes, “The Story of English” was fascinating. No book could do it justice because the program allowed the audience to hear the fine distinctions in pronunciation. For example, one episode about the Scots-Irish demonstrated how not only words and accents but also music and dance migrated “across the Pond” then down the Wagon Road to the western Carolinas and then to the Ozarks.

    Has anyone found this series online anywhere?

  • Genetic study reveals 30% of white British DNA has German ancestry

    03/19/2015 3:10:27 PM PDT · 43 of 55
    StayAt HomeMother to Eska

    For Y-DNA (father’s father’s direct line), FamilyTreeDNA is your best bet.
    For finding cousins and traditional genealogy, I recommend Ancestry.com.

  • Genetic study reveals 30% of white British DNA has German ancestry

    03/19/2015 1:58:01 PM PDT · 33 of 55
    StayAt HomeMother to blam; SunkenCiv

    Those who tested a decade ago should upgrade. Amazing progress has been made since then. For example, autosomal DNA testing finds cousins (up to about fifth cousins, and less reliably back to about tenth cousins) along all lines, not only fathers father’s father’s line (Y-DNA) or mother’s mother’s mother’s line (mtDNA).

  • Genetic study reveals 30% of white British DNA has German ancestry

    03/19/2015 1:16:09 PM PDT · 27 of 55
    StayAt HomeMother to Eska

    It costs less than $100 (perhaps plus shipping) to have your DNA tested by any of the big three American genetic testing companies, (Ancestry.com, 23and Me, and FamilyTreeDNA). However, many people who have been tested by more than one company have found their “ethnic heritage” predictions vary greatly. It is NOT an exact science. Part of the variation is attributable to ancestors moving around – your ancestral line may have been in Rome 2000 years ago, then in Saxony 1500 years ago, and in what is now Germany 1000 years ago prior to moving to England and finally to the US.

  • Apple starts free repair program for glitchy MacBook Pros

    02/20/2015 6:53:25 AM PST · 68 of 82
    StayAt HomeMother to Swordmaker; Utilizer; esoxmagnum; bolobaby

    As a Freeper for about 12 1/2 years and a monthly contributor, thanks again, Swordmaker, for keeping all us Apple users up to speed on all things Apple.

    MANY of us appreciate all your help over the years, so please ignore those critics who seem to think we should spend more time of surfing computer-related sites and less time FReeping.

  • Mother Of Slain Student Pushes To Expand DNA Databases

    01/30/2015 3:21:26 PM PST · 5 of 33
    StayAt HomeMother to Secret Agent Man

    Once DNA has been tested by ancestry.com, 23and Me, familyTreeDNA, and similar companies, at no cost you can upload your results into GEDMatch.com. One of the features at that site is to predict your eye color based on these second-hand DNA results.

    If eye color can be predicted, why not hair and skin color? And perhaps an estimate of height?

    And if physical features can be predicted from a small DNA sample, shouldn’t law enforcement use such tests to produce a pretty fair description of wrongdoers?

  • Former St. Louis police officer reunited with baby he rescued in 1963

    01/23/2015 9:01:46 AM PST · 12 of 12
    StayAt HomeMother to jmaroneps37

    I agree with all jmaroneps37 wrote about quizzing older relatives to begin your family tree, keeping careful notes, and not being derailed by minor spelling differences.

    Genetic genealogy can support traditional genealogy research. It costs less than $100 and it is exciting to find a somewhat distant cousin whose research into mutual ancestors confirms or supplements yours.

    Yet this is a case of “Don’t ask the question if you can’t stand the answer.” Genetic testing can also provide surprises. For example, you may your legal father or grandfather is not your biological ancestor. In such cases careful analysis of your DNA results might still take you on an amazing journey. Once you locate genetic fifth, fourth, third, second, or even first cousins, discussions with these close genetic matches can lead you to your genetic ancestors.

  • Former St. Louis police officer reunited with baby he rescued in 1963

    01/22/2015 10:03:59 AM PST · 2 of 12
    StayAt HomeMother to Morgana

    People who want to learn who their biological parents are can get a tremendous lead by taking a DNA test. They are offered by several companies, including 23AndMe and FamilyTreeDNA, but the best site for linking DNA results to family trees appears to be ancestry.com.

  • Young America's Foundation - Top Conservative College List

    12/07/2014 7:36:55 AM PST · 5 of 22
    StayAt HomeMother to married21

    Do you consider the military academies to be conservative engineering schools?

  • No, Egg Freezing Won’t Let Women Have It All

    10/23/2014 8:52:24 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    StayAt HomeMother to Slyfox

    I also do a LOT of genealogy. When women married a second time it was usually because the first husband died in a work-related death or as a soldier.

    In contrast, many women died in childbirth. Having younger siblings always created the risk that the earlier children would lose their mother. Many times widowers left with young children married a second time to have someone raise the first batch, and also to create a few more.

    Of course, both sexes die of disease. In any case, bIology dictates it is far more common for men to have lots of children, and often well past 50.

  • Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer dies at 84

    09/20/2014 1:09:02 PM PDT · 9 of 64
    StayAt HomeMother to jmacusa

    She played the wife of Navy officer Pug Henry, also played by Robert Mitchum, in 1983’s “The Winds of War” and the 1988 sequel, “War and Remembrance.” By then Mitchum, especially, was rather old for the role, but both actors were excellent in these mini-series.

  • What Killed The Romantic Comedy?

    07/12/2014 12:55:51 PM PDT · 59 of 80
    StayAt HomeMother to ottbmare

    ottbmare,
    Do you think we might be able to get our own Outlander thread running? Kind of like the “Survivor” threads?

    In the meantime, those who are not familiar with the series can get an introduction on this video, which has a bit of risqué humor at the end.
    http://outlandertvnews.com/2014/07/new-outlander-featurette-book-to-series/

  • What Killed The Romantic Comedy?

    07/12/2014 9:49:38 AM PDT · 39 of 80
    StayAt HomeMother to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    There must be other “Outlander” fans out there in FReeperdom. These well-written long novels by Diana Gabaldon have lots of romance and humor and history and time travel and battles and heroism and sex and violence and something for just about everyone. The series begins in post WWII Scotland, goes back to the highlander era, and eventually moves to colonial and revolutionary-era America.

    When Book 8 in the series was released a few weeks ago, it beat out the Hillary Clinton book for the top spot on the NYT Best Seller list.

    Book One is currently being filmed as a sixteen episode television series for Starz. First episode will be televised in August.

  • Tom Selleck’s “Blue Bloods” Reflects the Conservatism of its Star

    04/05/2014 12:10:45 PM PDT · 32 of 81
    StayAt HomeMother to JoeProBono

    Those weekly dinners with family are some of the best scenes of the series. The characters debate their feelings (both liberal and conservative) yet at the same time the adults shelter the kids through non-explicit discussion.

    A current, minor, plot thread is how the youngest cop will get a “normal” promotion without any appearance of nepotism. An episode from a previous season included a scene that illustrated the whole family is aware they have targets painted on them - one of the characters “hit the deck” when a code phrase was uttered.

    I also like the Jessie Stone movies. They are, in my opinion, a rare case where the movies are better than the books.

  • Philanthropist Willard Hackerman remembered as supporter of Catholic education

    02/12/2014 2:40:41 PM PST · 2 of 3
    StayAt HomeMother to Welchie25

    Remember the widow’s mite? Look up Iowa farmer Bud Skalla. He left hundreds of acres of farmland worth an estimated $10 million to thirteen Catholic churches throughout Iowa. The bequest is four times the annual budget of some of the churches. They plan use the money for building upgrades, endowments, and missions.

  • Inside the military pension cutback

    12/28/2013 3:21:37 PM PST · 12 of 13
    StayAt HomeMother to mr fish

    I agree, “Don’t compare active and guard pensions.”

    “Department of Defense actuaries have discovered significantly higher mortality rates among active duty retirees compared to reserve retirees. […] looking at populations of non-disabled military retirees age 60 and older, the death rate for active duty enlisted retirees is 20 to 25 percent higher than for reserve enlisted retirees. Active duty officer retirees who are 60 and older die in numbers roughly 10 percent higher than retired reserve peers. […] In 2004, for instance, 60-year-old active duty enlisted retirees had an average life expectancy of 19.6 years. That was nearly two years short of life expectancy (21.5 years) for reserve enlisted retirees.”

    Source: http://www.fra.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=7501

  • Why is veterans' advocate Arnold Fisher angry?

    10/21/2013 7:32:37 AM PDT · 1 of 3
    StayAt HomeMother
    The Fisher family is wonderful at helping wounded vets and their families.
  • Haunting photographs of the dead taken in Victorian age shows fad for relatives posing alongside....

    10/09/2013 6:41:39 AM PDT · 8 of 53
    StayAt HomeMother to C19fan

    My own mother ordered me not to take a photo of my sleeping baby with flowers in the background because it would look like one of these memorial photos.

    These days many hospitals encourage mothers of stillborns to hold their baby and the staff often take photos, in case it would help the mother process her grief.

  • Wildfire near Prescott, Arizona continues to grow

    06/20/2013 8:30:29 AM PDT · 16 of 32
    StayAt HomeMother to All; Brad's Gramma
    Come on, FReepers! This is Brad’s Gramma who wrote, "I'm closer than this." She, of all of us, is among the most deserving to feel our support.

    [So, BG, how are you doing today? Are you in the potential evacuation zone?]

  • Textbook price-check tool met with doubt - as campus bookstores "run the risk of insolvency"

    08/25/2012 6:16:54 AM PDT · 28 of 42
    StayAt HomeMother to Cincinatus' Wife

    Auburn University Bookstore already does this, including Amazon.

    Simply go to
    http://auburn.verbacompare.com/
    I just looked up the first course and section [ACCT 2110]. The bookstore is currently sold out, but students can RENT it OR order it from Alibris, AbeBooks, Amzon, etc new or used. Prices range from $57 to $197.
    Very convenient!

  • It's National Pretzel Day!

    04/26/2012 8:26:25 AM PDT · 12 of 20
    StayAt HomeMother to Daffynition

    The article states, “We found out the pretzel came to America from Europe in the 19th century.”

    Another example of flawed journalism. The “Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink” reports the story that in 1652 baker Jochem Wessels was making pretzels in what is now Albany NY - and was hauled into court for using good white flour to do so.

  • One armed Vet catches foul ball at Yankee stadium

    06/26/2011 10:05:19 AM PDT · 4 of 10
    StayAt HomeMother to kburi

    Attn: Walter Reed FReepers

    “The Yankees game was part of a weekend of events for the veterans, who are rehabbing at Walter Reed Medical Center and rode a bus to New York on Friday.”

  • (Muslim) Marine reservist charged in 2010 military shootings

    06/23/2011 9:58:04 AM PDT · 4 of 11
    StayAt HomeMother to tobyhill

    http://annandale.patch.com/articles/yonathan-melaku-charged-in-military-site-shootings

    “Yonathan Melaku Charged In Military Site Shootings
    Franconia man had list of ingredients for a bomb, video of him shooting Marine museum”
    By Will Sommer

    [...] Melaku, a 22-year-old Marine Corps reservist, has been charged with two counts of using and discharging a firearm in a crime of violence and two counts of injuring United States property with a firearm, and causing more than $1,000 of damage.

    If Melaku is convicted of all charges, he could receive up to 10 years in prison on each destruction of property charges and between 35 years and life in prison if he convicted on the using a firearm during a crime charges.

    An affidavit supporting the complaint against Melaku reveals that a June 17 search of his home on Sage Drive in Franconia connected Melaku to the shootings. Investigators found a videotape in a desk in Melaku’s bedroom that he filmed himself.

    In the video, Melaku allegedly drives by the National Museum of the Marine Corps and fires a handgun.

    “That’s the military building,” Melaku allegedly says on the tape. “It’s going to be attacked.”

    Melaku repeatedly exclaims “Allahu Akbar” at different portions of the tape.

    The search of Melaku’s house also revealed numerous electronic documents related to bomb-making, and a “shopping list” with the necessary ingredients for making an improvised explosive device. Several items on Melaku’s list were crossed off.

    Melaku came to law enforcement attention on June 17, when he was discovered in Arlington Cemetery after it had closed. Melaku was carrying a backpack that, according ot the affidavit, contained spent 9mm shell casings and a notebook with references to al-Qaeda and the phrase “defeat coalition and allies and America.”

    The backpack also allegedly contained ammonium nitrate, a component for homemade explosives.

  • Massive Breach at Epsilon Compromises Customer Lists of Major Brands

    04/02/2011 8:59:40 PM PDT · 4 of 49
    StayAt HomeMother to brytlea

    We just received a message from the College Board (the folks who run the Advanced Placement exams and the SATs) stating, “We have been informed by Epsilon, the vendor that sends email to you on our behalf, that your e-mail address may have been exposed by unauthorized entry into their system.”

  • Evicting a President

    03/29/2011 5:06:44 AM PDT · 17 of 21
    StayAt HomeMother to Ordinary_American
    natural born citizen can be President i.e. one born on US soil of parents both... of whom are US citizens ...

    Those born elsewhere can also qualify, including children of active duty US military, missionaries, and Stare Department personnel. Parentage, not place, is the critical issue.

  • Everyone knows that in the 1860′s Lincoln freed the slaves but…

    03/17/2011 9:01:52 AM PDT · 7 of 10
    StayAt HomeMother to CodeToad

    “Lincoln freed no slaves in practice. The 13th Amendment did that. Lincoln only freed captured slaves in the South of which he kept them in bondage. His Emancipation Proclamation did not even refer to Northern slaves at all.”

    True. This is one of those little historic details not taught in school. The day he became president Lincoln could have proclaimed the emancipation of the slaves in Maryland, for example, but he never did.

  • Incredible New Video: See the 9/11 Attacks From an NYPD Chopper

    03/07/2011 8:21:42 AM PST · 19 of 38
    StayAt HomeMother to navysealdad

    Some understandably excited comments are spoken when they realize the first tower is gone - but nothing so offensive as to keep this tape a secret. [The second tower falls in minute 12 of the tape]

    Why is this video just being made public now?

  • WHO OWNS YOUR DNA? Just 4 days to influence the decision

    12/28/2010 3:00:21 PM PST · 29 of 36
    StayAt HomeMother to WOBBLY BOB

    So will every Minnesota newborn be matched to its bio-dad? That might dramatically reduce unwed motherhood and revolutionize welfare. Might cause a few divorces as well.

  • In Entitlement America, Making Minimum Wage Has More Disposable Income Than A Family Making $60,000

    11/22/2010 8:15:46 AM PST · 31 of 47
    StayAt HomeMother to rightwingintelligentsia

    “A single person making $14K is barely scraping by, because they typically don’t qualify for many of the benefits available to families.”

    Re-define family: Make a baby but do NOT get married or you’ll lose many of your benefits.

  • From Staff Sgt. to State Rep.; the life journey of John Kriesel

    11/05/2010 8:18:26 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    StayAt HomeMother to WOBBLY BOB

    You should advised us to read the whole article! I almost missed the rest of the story, how he lost both legs in Fallujah, and his two friends, with whom he often talked about politics, did not make it. “He vowed to live his life in their honor; he was determined to walk again and return to Minnesota.”

  • Shots at Pentagon, Marine Museum From Same Gun

    10/26/2010 2:22:32 PM PDT · 9 of 15
    StayAt HomeMother to rlmorel

    http://washingtondc.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel10/wfo102610.htm

    October 26, 2010 FBI Washington, D.C.
    Contact: Public Information Office
    (202) 278-3519

    FBI Opens Investigation Into Three Shootings in Northern Virginia

    WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has opened an investigation into three shootings that have occurred in Northern Virginia since October 17, 2010.

    Investigative evidence has confirmed that shots fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, involved a single weapon. Ballistics testing is underway for an overnight shooting that took place on October 25 or October 26 at the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Chantilly, Virginia.

    The incident at the National Museum of the Marine Corps took place during the early morning hours on October 17, 2010. A similar incident occurred at approximately 5 a.m. on October 19, 2010, at the Pentagon after officers reported audible shots fired in the vicinity of the Pentagon’s south parking lot, which faces I-395.

    No further information, including a potential weapon used or the caliber of the ammunition, will be released at this time to preserve the integrity of investigative efforts.

    The FBI’s Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force (WFO JTTF) provides critical incident response in the National Capital Region for both federal investigations and the request of any law enforcement agency. ...

  • Shots at Pentagon, Marine Museum From Same Gun

    10/26/2010 1:25:03 PM PDT · 1 of 15
    StayAt HomeMother
    Note the third, possibly related, shooting, this one last night at a Fairfax VA Marine Corps Recruiting Station.
  • Chilean Miners Rescue: Live Coverage

    10/13/2010 12:39:32 PM PDT · 854 of 1,505
    StayAt HomeMother to Abigail Adams

    The CNN scroll says that’s his wife (in the blue blouse) waiting for Yonni Barrios.

  • Aerial Shot Comparison: Glenn Beck’s ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally Vs. Progressive’s ‘One Nation’ Rally.

    10/04/2010 8:55:07 AM PDT · 11 of 18
    StayAt HomeMother to Let's Roll
  • Survivor: Nicaragua

    09/22/2010 6:09:11 PM PDT · 88 of 371
    StayAt HomeMother to RummyChick

    I sure am glad I’m too old for the children’s so-called team.

  • Survivor: Nicaragua

    09/15/2010 4:42:13 PM PDT · 23 of 371
    StayAt HomeMother to EveningStar

    Thank you for taking this on!

    I mostly just lurk, but Survivor just is not as fun without FReeper FRiends.

  • 2 killed, dozens hurt in school bus crash in Mo.

    08/05/2010 2:49:09 PM PDT · 6 of 11
    StayAt HomeMother to wintertime

    Arguments against seat belts on school buses include (1) kids could flap them around and hurt each other; (2) too hard for kids to get out in an emergency like this one; (3) unlike cars, where people adjust the size of the belt relatively infrequently, differently sized kids are in the seats several times each day; and (4) little kids don’t always know how to use seat belts (their parents always do it for them).

    Thee are not unsolvable issues. Perhaps some sort of locking bar could be used on school buses, like the restraints used on amusement park rides.

    Short excerpts from AP:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38577629

    “The wreck ... happened when the pickup truck rear-ended a semi cab that had slowed down because it was nearing a construction zone, state police said. The first bus, which was carrying female band members from John F. Hodge High in St. James, slammed into the back of the pickup, then was launched on top of it after it was rear-ended by the second bus, State Highway Patrol Cpl. Jeff Wilson said. ...

    ... Wilson said the driver of the first bus moved into the passing lane to give a distressed vehicle in the shoulder more room. She was checking her rearview mirror while returning to the right-hand lane when she noticed the first impact but could not stop in time, hitting the pickup. The second bus then rear-ended the first, vaulting the first bus onto the top of the pickup, which was crushed.

    The buses were segregated by gender, with girls in the first and boys on the other, Wilson said.”

  • Ohio Man Seeks Return of His Daughter Taken in Adoption Try

    07/12/2010 2:05:52 PM PDT · 36 of 42
    StayAt HomeMother to fathers1

    “Doss and her mother arrived in Dayton on June 14, 2008, the day after Vanessa’s birth. ... ‘It wasn’t until the end of September that we got the result of the DNA testing.’ “

    When was the baby’s DNA tested and why? Was it court-ordered? When did the biological father get his DNA tested? How long did it take to get the results back?

    The questions I am getting to are: Who should have been the baby’s caregiver from June 13th to the end of September? Should the prospective adoptive mother been given custody during that period and allowed to take the baby out of state?

    Perhaps some believe babies should be taken from their adoptive parents and put into some sort of foster care as soon as a man, any man, initially states “Hold everything! It might be mine!” If so, a whole new method of legal blackmail has just been created.

    No easy answers. Other than celibacy, or maintaining a DNA registry of every male in the country and testing every baby at birth, how can cases like this be prevented?

  • Social housing in Northern Ireland does not comply with human rights standards

    06/27/2010 9:37:37 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    StayAt HomeMother to decimon

    “Approximately 57,000 tenants in the private rented sector are currently in receipt of housing benefits. This is not ideal. Rents paid into the social sector are reinvested in social housing while those paid into the private sector go to landlords. As many tenants in the private rented sector receive housing benefit, this means that tax payers’ money is effectively subsidising the private rented sector.”

    If I follow this logic, landlords should not rent to people “on the dole.”

  • Parents, teachers (in Palo Alto) give mixed reviews to new math text (Everyday Math)

    05/13/2010 2:16:09 PM PDT · 3 of 6
    StayAt HomeMother to reaganaut1

    The following quotes are from “Everyday” materials of a few years back.

    The Everyday series is written not for the student but for the teacher.
    “Perhaps the single greatest difference between Everyday Mathematics and other programs is that Everyday Mathematics is written for the teacher rather than focused on a student textbook.” (Grades K-3 Teacher’s Reference Manual, page 8)

    “It is understandable that when you see the problems on this Home Link, you may be eager to teach your child to subtract the way you were taught. But please try to wait - the introduction of a formal algorithm for subtraction will be taught later in the unit.” (2nd Grade, Home Link 6.5, Math Masters page 316)

    “In class we have begun to think about division, but we have not yet introduced a procedure for division. We will work with formal division algorithms in Fourth Grade Everyday Mathematics. Encourage your child to solve the following problems in his or her own way and to explain the strategy to you.” (Third Grade Math Masters, page 328)

    The Everyday “Opposite-Change Rule” says that to add 8+7, the students do not simply memorize the answer. Instead:
    “If 2 is added to the 8 and 2 is also subtracted from the 7, we have (8+2) + (7-2) = 10 + 5 = 15.” (Grades K-3 Teacher’s Reference Manual, page 102)

    “There is no need for students to become skilled at doing difficult pencil-and-paper computations with complicated numbers, since such computations can be performed more quickly and accurately with a calculator.” (Grades 4-6 Teacher’s Reference Manual, page 102)

    Students are never required to learn the standard long division; Everyday instead refers students to calculators. The Grades 4-6 Teacher’s Reference manual states,
    “The authors of Everyday Mathematics do not believe it is worth the time and effort to fully develop highly efficient paper-and-pencil algorithms for all possible whole number, fraction, and decimal division problems. Mastery of the intricacies of such algorithms is a huge undertaking, one that experience tells us is doomed to failure for many students. It is simply counter-productive to invest many hours of previous class time for such algorithms. The mathematical payoff is not worth the cost, particularly because quotients can be found quickly and accurately with a calculator.” (page 120)

    The fifth grade “Family Letter” about Unit 4: Division states.
    “In Fourth Grade Everyday Mathematics, students were introduced to a method of long division called the partial-quotients division algorithm. This algorithm is easier to learn and apply than the traditional division method. It relies on “easy” multiplication, and it can be quickly employed by students who struggle with traditional computation. ... Your child will have many opportunities to practice using this division algorithm - as well as others, if he or she wishes. The partial-quotients division algorithm, and another method called column division, are described in the Student Reference Book.” (Math Masters page 251)

    These passages indicates that Everyday does not believe it is worth the struggle to teach the standard long division. Instead, it offers alternatives, especially a “low stress algorithm” which,
    “Takes much of the mystery out of long division. It is a conceptually revealing alternative to the traditional U.S. long-division algorithm, which research has shown to be difficult for many students to learn and apply.” (Fifth Grade Teacher’s Lesson Guide, Volume 1, page 210.)

    And in sixth grade,
    “Do not expect all students to master addition and subtraction of mixed numbers at this time. This skill will be reviewed throughout the year for fractions with “everyday” denominators like 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. The calculator is a good tool for less commonly used fractions such as 1/7 and 2/15.” (6th grade Teacher’s Lesson Guide, p. 242)]

  • Christina Aguilera - Candyman (Andrews Sisters-esque Music Video)

    05/13/2010 8:19:52 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    StayAt HomeMother to Abin Sur

    For comparison, here are the Andrews Sisters in their version of Candyman.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=439uSYegXJ4&feature=related

  • When Divorce Isn’t the Only Choice

    03/31/2010 6:43:38 AM PDT · 3 of 21
    StayAt HomeMother to svcw; walford

    I did not see a thread on last week’s WaPo article “Estranged spouses increasingly waiting out downturn to divorce”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/21/AR2010032103139.html

    The article indicates a declining divorce rate is a bad thing, and (you guessed it!) blames Bush. Well, actually the author blames the economy:

    “In the Great Recession, breaking up is hard to do.

    With housing values depressed and jobs disappearing, divorce has become a luxury beyond the reach of some couples. There is often not enough money to pay for separate households or to hire lawyers, fight over children and go to court.

    What has always been painful is now desperate and confounding, with a growing number of couples deciding to wait out the economic storm while others take new approaches — such as living together as they separate.

    ‘I have lots of files sitting in the drawer, where people can’t move forward,’ says David Goldberg, a divorce lawyer and mediator in Gaithersburg. He has been working in family law for 44 years and says he has never seen a time like this one. ...”

  • Need a little Help, Looking for info on Natural CO2 emission and manmade.

    03/21/2010 7:21:49 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    StayAt HomeMother to jafojeffsurf

    http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/greenhouse_data.html

    A few excerpts:
    Total combined anthropogenic greenhouse gases comprise (12,217 / 370,484) or 3.298% of all greenhouse gas concentrations, (ignoring water vapor).

    Total atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) — both man-made and natural— is only about 3.62% of the overall greenhouse effect.

    Anthropogenic (man-made) Contribution to the “Greenhouse
    Effect,” expressed as % of Total (water vapor INCLUDED)”
    Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is 3.618% of “Greenhouse Effect” with 3.502% of that natural and 0.117% manmade.

    Anthropogenic (man-made) CO2 contributions cause only about 0.117% of Earth’s greenhouse effect, (factoring in water vapor).

    Adding up all anthropogenic greenhouse sources, the total human contribution to the greenhouse effect is around 0.28% (factoring in water vapor).

  • Survivor Ping List: Has anyone taken it over?

    02/11/2010 12:21:49 PM PST · 9 of 10
    StayAt HomeMother to cuz_it_aint_their_money; JillValentine

    Cuz, Jill
    Can you ping your old Survivor list to this thread?

    We don’t have a moderator for Survivor 20 but we’re still hoping someone will step up to fill your shoes.

  • Survivor Ping List: Has anyone taken it over?

    02/11/2010 10:02:28 AM PST · 5 of 10
    StayAt HomeMother to EveningStar

    Does anyone have Jill’s old Survivor ping list to invite us all to the party?

    [I’m certainly no expert on moderating a TV thread, but can we just start here and now?]