(the story appears to be: 21 year old male from Rotterdam died early in the morning. He was driving from Rotterdam to Gouda on the A20, lost control near exit Capelle aan den IJssel, hit the guard rails and came to a stop. The hummer couldn’t evade the suzuki and hit it at considerable speed. The story doesn’t tell how fast, but the local limit is 100 km/h)
here are some more pictures.
Like a lot of people, I read Wednesday’s New York Times editorial by former AIG Financial Products employee Jake DeSantis, whose resignation letter basically asks us all to reconsider our anger toward the poor overworked employees of his unit.
DeSantis has a few major points. They include: 1) I had nothing to do with my boss Joe Cassano’s toxic credit default swaps portfolio, and only a handful of people in our unit did; 2) I didn’t even know anything about them; 3) I could have left AIG for a better job several times last year; 4) but I didn’t, staying out of a sense of duty to my poor, beleaguered firm, only to find out in the end that; 5) I would be betrayed by AIG senior management, who promised we would be rewarded for staying, but then went back on their word when they folded in highly cowardly fashion in the face of an angry and stupid populist mob.
I have a few responses to those points. They are 1) Bullshit; 2) bullshit; 3) bullshit, plus of course; 4) bullshit. Lastly, there is 5) Boo-Fucking-Hoo. You dog.
So much for the summary of the responses, read the whole thing for the reason the answers are this way.
State education leaders forged a compromise on the teaching of evolution Friday, capping a week of impassioned debate that had scientists, teachers and textbook publishers from around the country focused on Texas.
The move represented something of a victory for pro-evolutionists, who wanted the State Board of Education to drop a 20-year-old requirement that both “strengths and weaknesses” of all scientific theories be taught.
But the board’s 13-2 vote also means students in public school will be encouraged to scrutinize “all sides” of scientific theories. That left some of the pro-evolution crowd upset.
“I think we’ve seen some classic examples of politics interfering with science education,” said Eugenie Scott, executive director of the California-based National Center for Science Education.
Critics say the requirement has been used to undermine the theory of evolution in favor of religious teachings.
The words strengths and weaknesses have become “code for creationism and (the similar theory of) intelligent design,” said board member Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands. “So by being more clear in the language and using words that aren’t seen as code words, we were able to get all of the 15 board members to agree that this is how we’ll teach all sides of scientific explanation, using scientific evidence.”
The curriculum will require that students “in all fields of science, analyze, evaluate and critique scientific explanations … including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student.”
The problem is that it doesn’t define “scientific evidence” at all, the creationists can quite easily claim to be doing “science” under their definition of the term.
EU Profiler: the authors of Kieskompas, a “Vote-O-Mat“-style tool for the undecided Dutch voter, following up on their adaptation for the US Presidential election (previously on MeFi), will launch an EU-wide version for the European Parliament elections upcoming in June.
So Europeans, urge your political parties to register! The tool itself will launch in May.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)