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    • October 19, 2014 7:02:40 PM PDT
    • I had a hard time in high school but did better in community colleges and hope to do even more at the university level. To answer the question I don't know about the legality.

    • October 19, 2014 5:44:32 PM PDT
    • I personally have placed the entire paradigm under question. :p

    • October 18, 2014 8:42:23 PM PDT
    • My parents are really upset with my sister's grades.

      Sure, they aren't the best, but they aren't terrible either.

      She have two As, one B, and one C.

      She is a 16 year old junior in high school.

      She's been working hard, but she's been a bit arrogant and not asking for help when she should have.

      She has learned to admit that people make mistakes and ask for help so she can get a better grade.

      But that's not what we're upset about. We're upset that they may force her to drop out of high school if her grades remain the way they are right now.

      Yeah, they may have her drop out of high school AGAINST HER WILL.

      Is that legal?

      Because if it is, then employers better not blame her for something that she literally had no choice in at all!

    • October 17, 2014 10:25:23 AM PDT
    • Hence the title, I've been a life-long American who wants to become a British citizen someday.

      I can't stand my country at all and I want get out as soon as I can.

      When I was a teenager, my family and I spent a week in Europe and visited England. Two years later, we spend another week in Europe and visited England again. I loved it!

      But that doesn't mean I'm an expert, obviously.

      I don't know everything there is to know about the UK vs the US.

      That's why I am here.

      I want to be warned ahead of time about what to expect from the UK.

      For those who have lived in UK: what is the UK like?

    • September 16, 2014 2:27:14 PM PDT
    • Out of Mao's Shadow - The Struggle for the Soul of a New China by Philip P. Pan 2008: This is a complex book that is broad in scope. I am enjoying reading it. The legacy of Communist leader Mao Tse Tung has endured for decades. I must emphasize the difference between theoretical Marxism and military Leninism.
      Although Joseph Stalin's strong-arm era of cultural and economic dominance in what was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has passed, and the so-called Bi-Polar, hot & cold dilemma of the Cold War is dissolved, there yet remain large portions of the globe and human population that are living under military Leninism.
      This, military, authoritarian, control of economy and culture reflects a desire to equalize previous disparities between haves and have-nots. The same could be said about the French Revolution from about 1796 to the first years of the 1800's. The need for economic competition or the rewarding of the builder of the better mousetrap is essential to the evolution of technology, industry and the elimination of scarcity. The same goes for the universal availability of quality education, food, housing and health care. Another issue, I believe, in post-Maoist China is the freedom of information, speech and the declaration of political opinions in public and private. It has been some years since the clap-down of the democratic, student protests in Tiananmen Square. I remember seeing the tanks deployed on TV. This demand for representative, democratic elections and a multi-party, democratic governmental system was unsuccessful. However the seeds of freedom have been sown in China. Our information technology and the distribution of ideas will prove essential to the emergence of true democracy in China. China has come leaps and bounds in the last century. I believe they are finishing the world's largest dam (an energy-generating facility). And millions of field workers and villagers continue to move to the cities for industrial training and the hope for a better future. Another amazing accomplishment by China in recent years is the success of the Jade Rabbit. It was a lunar probe that landed on the moon and collected scientific, empirical data.
      A key step in the boosting of the social and economic power of China on the global marketplace is the establishment of contemporary, competitive factories and infrastructure. Solid infrastructure would include highways, universities, hospitals and modern housing. I am really enjoying Out of Mao's Shadow. I hope that China and North Korea explore the prospect of fair, representative democratic elections and governmental systems sooner rather than later. China has a fascinating cultural heritage that spans thousands of years. I understand that throughout China groups of people that speak vastly different dialects are able to communicate in writing via traditional Chinese characters. Considering the magnitude of the population that exists there, this is an amazing feat of literacy and information dispersion. I hope censorship ends, the free exchange of ideas increases and with it the dawn of a new age beyond the militarism of Mao.

    • September 1, 2014 10:55:41 PM PDT
    • I am a free spirit who is liberal-leaning and thinking. I was more of an artist in my young adulthood but am now more of an art promoter or advocate. I'm definitely more "J" for judging and less "P" for perceiving than I used to be. I believe that artists should be compensated financially and encouraged socially for the quality work that they do. I heard somewhere that it is up to the individual to build his or her own box, rather than just think outside the box. This, I believe, is the gist of integral and post-integral consciousness. That is to say, these days, individuals are challenged existentially to participate in community and regional activist programs that they believe will induce positive spiritual and political growth in themselves and progress in the institutions and infrastructure that support the cause of lifelong development. Developmental psychology used to be restricted to the stages of childhood development and socialization into the adult world. Now there is a rapidly advancing, post-industrial, information-based economy that demands perpetual learning, weighing of values and objectives and pro-active involvement in the ever-changing tasks-at-hand and movements-to-support. I don't advocate a "liberals only" club. My NF/dolphin temperament just demands mutual respect for the feelings of others. This post-post modern era of thinking and feeling requires local and topic-oriented conflict over sweeping generalities. Dialogue and cyclical enlightenment via technology and face-to-face are necessary to keep up on things. Sometimes it is not enough to say "a-ha" now I know. It is better to say I enjoy knowing or wish to stay in the know. It takes work and vigilance and is truly a lifelong developmental psychology or nurturing of the psyche. It is important to think/work/vote from the heart and the head. Maybe this is what Dennis Merzel is getting at with his idea of Big Mind meditation.

    • May 27, 2014 6:20:57 AM PDT
    • <<<Secure/sexual moderate-ish, independent-ish type here.

    • April 4, 2014 5:04:25 AM PDT
    • And the sexuals are..... Anarchists? ;)

    • September 19, 2012 6:46:51 AM PDT
    • Well I'm probably more of a middle-to-conservative libertarian...not too keen on identifying myself as a republican as much of them these days (at least ones in office) are not very conservative at all. Either way, democratic and republican idealogies are largely just different sides of the same business-as-usual, grow-government-at-any-cost coin. I would rather have the whole two-party system be done away with and just let politicians stand on their own merits and have organized debates and whatnot based on practical things related to running this country (i.e. not personal moral stances) instead of popularity contests that are hugely expensive and exclude potential candidates who would not be able to raise enough money regardless of their abilities where the media decides who is favorably shown, but that won't happen since most people are apathetic about it and just go along with whatever blue or red figurehead is around at the time because that's easier and then they don't have to look into what each candidate is actually all about, what their voting record is, who they affiliate with, their management experience, education, and so on. People just don't care to be informed about what is going on, they care more about their own little world and anything that benefits them directly and follow any popular movements/rallying cries that strike their fancy. I'm no political guru and don't like discussing politics much with anyone, but I try to keep up with things from time to time, sift through all the misinformation and b.s. as best as I can; it's admittedly rather tedious, but worth it so I can figure out if there is anyone actually worth voting for.

    • August 19, 2012 4:46:41 PM PDT
    • I have a feeling that the Secure-Socials are the quintessential Republicans while the Social-Sexuals are your picture-perfect Democratics. Anyone else sense this?