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James
Posted on: Nov 12 2008, 05:12 PM


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You're right. I'll go now.
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Posted on: Nov 12 2008, 06:44 AM


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QUOTE (Billy @ Nov 10 2008, 12:51 PM) *
So how do you plan on teaching critical thinking and reasoning skills to 40 kids all at once? There are not enough teachers for the one on one treatment students need to learn everything they need to learn. So they are doing the best we can with what we have.

And I do not want to go back to "what the founding fathers envisioned". For the longest time, America was a third world country.


Missed this one. Show me a school that has 40 kids in a general education classroom. Think the most you can have to a classroom is 25:1 or 30:1. Depends on the state laws. I'm pretty sure 40:1 is not allowed. Also, there are some that fall under the school of thought that teachers don't teach critical thinking but they facilitate it and don't suppress it. Unfortunately, by the time they get to me, it's too far suppressed and they want to be spoonfed answers still. It's a very difficult process to reverse. Very difficult. I'm sure I've lost more than one year on my life for each year I've been teaching.
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Posted on: Nov 11 2008, 09:45 PM


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You're surprised?
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Posted on: Nov 11 2008, 12:20 AM


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QUOTE (FORSAKENR320 @ Nov 10 2008, 09:59 PM) *
i mean no offense, but i don't really consider you a poster child for creative thought processes

What qualifies you to make that judgement? Honestly, I imagine you lack any such qualifications which makes your opinion hollow and it's understandable why offense wouldn't be taken.
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Posted on: Nov 10 2008, 05:05 PM


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QUOTE (Watchman @ Nov 10 2008, 12:47 PM) *
I think we need education but not in the state it's in today. Today's schooling kills the natural curiosity of the student and their will to learn. Students are taught to memorize answers for tests and not actual critical thinking and reasoning skills. I could have condensed all four years of my high school into two and learned a whole lot more and been whole lot better off.

I didn't say to get rid of all government, but to invert it. The most power should rest with the local government and the least power should rest with the Federal government. Nowadays it's reversed. The Federal government's only tasks should be to coin money and protect the country from outside threats. We need to go back to what the founding fathers envisioned.

I can assure you that any teacher that has started out having illusions of developing critical thinking and reasoning skills had the truth revealed within the first year. I don't think I have a single student that can memorize facts, let alone piece together facts to come up with a new idea. It's extremely frustrating.
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Posted on: Nov 10 2008, 06:03 AM


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QUOTE (FORSAKENR320 @ Oct 20 2008, 05:38 PM) *
it says "handicapped" over to the right... but what about wheelchairs?


Obviously the people capable of going to the gym are capable of this: http://everything2.com/e2node/How%2520to%2...%2520wheelchair
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Posted on: Nov 10 2008, 05:47 AM


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He's still on the sidelines. I saw him on the tv yesterday.
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Posted on: Nov 10 2008, 05:45 AM


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Post. Two. Years. Old.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
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Posted on: Nov 9 2008, 05:24 PM


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Honestly, I'd be all for it being a forbidden word in my classroom, too. Too much of my class time is wasted when students try to talk politics. I wouldn't mind if I were teaching a content that was effected by politics, but math is the universal truth and is not concerned with who's running what countries.
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Posted on: Nov 7 2008, 07:24 PM


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Yes, trucks definitely put more wear on the road, but roads, such as interstates, are designed to take the continual load, much like your aluminum cylinder takes the 50 MPa load forever. When they rebuild an interstate in Texas, they do so such that it can last 30 years. So I guess the real question is how much of that mileage is on interstate vs non-interstate? How many of those miles are with loads above deform/fail levels? For that, I don't see any data and if there is, I definitely don't want to pick it apart.

The thought of taxing the trucking industry more doesn't sit well because they're not going to just sit down and shut up; they're going to raise prices and pass it on to the consumer or they're just going to stop moving goods. Neither sounds appealing to me.
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Posted on: Nov 7 2008, 07:10 PM


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I see. Revised as follows:

Damage factors:

Passenger cars - 93,684,460 psi*Mmiles
DOT vehicles - 11,263,369 psi*Mmiles

Pcar / Dot Damage ratio ------ 8.3 x more stress on roadways due to passenger cars than DOT rigs.

Not as much, but still in more.

The later numbers are definitely accurate for 2006. I'm sure everything's gone up for 2008, including the ratio of diesel tax to gas tax since the price difference is so great.
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Posted on: Nov 7 2008, 07:04 PM


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Not sure what numbers you used for total mileage, but to be consistent with my tax values, suggest using 2,784,085,000,000 miles driven by "Passenger" vehicles versus 223,037,000,000 miles driven by "Trucks".
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Posted on: Nov 7 2008, 07:01 PM


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QUOTE (Billy @ Nov 7 2008, 06:36 PM) *
Heavy trucks damage the roads far greater than light cars. Simple fatigue analysis. Any engineer can you tell you that. Not only that, but roads and bridges have to be designed for the greater weight of trucks, thus increasing the cost of building roads.

Here's some perspective: Average weight of a car: 4500 lbs
Average weight of one our manifolds that we ship via road: 145,000 lbs.

But the little passenger cars have to pay much more than they should have to so that the roads can handle in excess of 145,000 lbs.


And how much does that manifold lower the fuel efficiency of the truck hauling it? So how much more fuel does it consume on that trip compared to the fuel it would consume on a trip with a "normal" load?
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Posted on: Nov 7 2008, 06:30 PM


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QUOTE (Billy @ Nov 7 2008, 05:56 PM) *
Just the citizens? I don't know of many citizens that transport extremely heavy, extremely large equipment which causes incredibly more wear and tear on our roads and bridges than any vehicle a normal citizen drives. Yet citizens pay for most for our roads and bridges through gas tax. I don't know of many citizens that dump large amounts of waste into our natural bodies of water. Yet citizens pay for clean up through water recycling and chemical filtration for our drinking water. Industry taxes our infrastructure quite a bit. And yet you expect only the citizens to pay for it all?

A good tax system is a system that burdens its citizens the least, yet providing the most amount of service to its people. It doesn't do our country or its people any good to tax the group with the least to give. I agree with taxing Google more. I think that is one solution. But you can't just tax Google more. You have to tax everyone like Google more. And now you run into the problem of "Why tax us?". Everyone is going to ask that question "why tax us?". And the simple answer is this: because you'll hurt the least.


Say what?! When I saw that, I immediately stopped reading and hit up the Internet. "Say it ain't so," I thought.

Know what I found?

It ain't so!

QUOTE ("http://www.factsonfuel.org/gasoline/index.html#2pricefactors")
Taxes add a significant amount to the price of motor fuel and vary widely by state. For the first quarter of 2008, the average state gasoline tax is 28.6 cents per gallon, plus 18.4 cents per gallon federal tax making the total 47 cents per gallon. For diesel, the average state tax is 29.2 cents per gallon plus an additional 24.4 cents per gallon federal tax making the total 53.6 cents per gallon. See map below for more details.


Ok, so what we have here is diesel fuel, the fuel of choice for the trucks you refer to, being taxed more than regular fuel - 47 cents to 53.6 cents. Not much, but perspective will help us appreciate this more.

According to the Bureau to Transportation Statistics, passenger vehicles consumed a total of 75,204 million gallons of fuel in 2006 (http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_04_11.html) while trucks consumed a total of 9,843 million gallons of fuel in 2006 (http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_04_13.html). Man, that's a lot. $35,345,880,000 in collected taxes for passenger fuel consumption versus a mere $5,275,848,000 in collected taxes for truck fuel consumption.

But wait! There's more cars than there are trucks, of course they're going to be charged more. How much is it per truck then? Well, if we look at the same tables provided by BTS, we see that trucks average 1480 gallons of fuel per year while passenger vehicles average 554 gallons of fuel per year. So trucks pay $793.28 in fuel tax per year while cars only pay $260.38 in fuel tax per year. That doesn't seem fair.

It was said trucks use the roads a lot more though. 80,331 million miles for trucks versus 1,682,671 million miles travelled by passenger cars. Trucks account for 4.6% of total mileage on roads yet pay 13.0% of the total fuel taxes.

I just don't know Billy. Do you really know what you're talking about?

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EDIT @ 6:35: Revising my numbers since the table names were misleading. BRB

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EDIT @ 6:55

Data revisement:

Passenger Vehicle Total Fuel Consumption - 135,866,000,000 Gallons ($63,857,020,000 in taxes)
Truck Total Fuel Consumption - 37,918,000,000 Gallons ($20,324,048,000 in taxes)

Trucks pay 24.14% of total Fuel Taxes

Passenger Vehicle Total Mileage - 2,784,085,000,000
Truck Total Mileage - 223,037,000,000

Trucks drive 7.42% of total Miles.

Cuh-razy. Numbers are still in my favor.

Source: http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_t...ion_statistics/

I combined tables 4-11 and 4-12 for "Passenger Vehicles" and tables 4-13 and 4-14 for "Trucks".
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Posted on: Nov 6 2008, 06:25 PM


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Obama - President of the World

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/11/06/na...resident-world/

Anti-Christ indeed.
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Posted on: Nov 6 2008, 06:09 PM


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lol. nice find. that's my new facebook/myspace pic.
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Posted on: Nov 2 2008, 01:03 PM


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QUOTE (Psykopath @ Oct 28 2008, 03:32 PM) *


Yup. It was funny given its intended audience and purpose.
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Posted on: Nov 2 2008, 09:23 AM


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Write-in: None of the above
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Posted on: Nov 2 2008, 02:03 AM


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I don't see a problem with it. They declare their affiliation publicly instead of hiding it from the world. They are still lawmen and have a duty to uphold the law without bias. If you feel they're not capable of doing so, then don't vote party lines. Only difference between the elected official and their subordinates is you know the party affiliation of the official while you know nothing of the subordinates - the ones that are out working the streets. No, the elected officials do not always hire based on party affiliation, either.
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Posted on: Oct 29 2008, 05:31 PM


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Ah. didn't see that. Good catch.
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Posted on: Oct 27 2008, 07:00 PM


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It's not delivery. It's Techsans.
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Posted on: Oct 27 2008, 06:52 PM


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I can't tell if that's for real or not...surely not??
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Posted on: Oct 13 2008, 05:26 AM


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QUOTE (Psykopath @ Oct 12 2008, 09:49 PM) *
What!?!?!?

WHY???

Yeah. And ouch. I've seen it on TLC before. Looks very painful. Embrace the baldness!
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Posted on: Oct 13 2008, 05:19 AM


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Colorado Jim is apparently going around to any forum with the mention of StubHub, registering, and posting his blog. Commendable effort, but lame goal; makes it look like there's a huge problem when it's the same guy reporting it at many different places.
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Posted on: Oct 6 2008, 04:30 AM


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Wow. You made Impala quit? ohmy.gif
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