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What Is Wrong With US Schools?

A major problem is that some school administrations are total morons, like the one in Irving, Texas.

If you have seen the picture put out by the Irving PD, that is not what the student brought to school. He built his clock and had it inside the pencil box. He never said it was a bomb, so I don’t understand why the police arrested him. It was the teachers and administrators who said it was a bomb which constitutes a ‘bomb hoax’.

This is an international story with the BBC reporting Ahmed Mohamed’s huge invite list – Facebook, White House, Twitter.

Bombs with timers are extremely rare this century, with cellphones, and remote controllers the choice of terrorists and other people of ill intent. If you called in the police for every student with a cellphone, a garage door opener, or a remote key for a car, you would empty the high schools and fill up the jails.

The school district has refused to admit they screwed up and have given Ahmed a three-day suspension. I doubt he cares at this point because he has already indicated that he isn’t going back to that school, nor does he need to.

[You really need to check out the BBC article because the snark is strong among the reactions to this situation.]

September 17, 2015   4 Comments

Tropical Depression Nine – Day 2

Tropical Depression NinePosition: 17.3N 45.3W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: North-Northwest [330°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [ 55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 45 mph [ 70 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1007 mb ↑.

Currently about 1070 miles [1720 km] East of the Lesser Antilles.

Nine isn’t forecast to do much.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 17, 2015   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Nine – Day 2