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November 11th, 2005
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Odd fact for the day
There seems to be an urban legend making the rounds. It says something to the effect that California's teacher-tenure-lengthening Proposition 74, should it have passed, would have also made membership in the Communist Party grounds for firing. (First heard of this one via supergee.)

I am pleased to report that California teachers did not have to fear that from the proposition.

California teachers don't have to worry about any proposition passing that language, actually. Because it's already part of the state Education Code -- Sec. 44932.a.10.

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Current Music: Ayahuasca - "Heliotropic Twist"
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From:holophote
Date:November 12th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
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I don't have that compilation album (the one that Ayahuasca came from) anymore, and I'm feeling nostalgic. Could you pass along the files sometime over IM? I'll trade you some other goa from around that period...

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From:baxil
Date:November 12th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)

Digital Alchemy, right?

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Why ... share music? That would be wrong and ... and evil and ... Communist! As a loyal citizen certain of the principles of American capitalism and a fervent believer in the RIAA's collective right to make a profit, since corporations have the same personhood and rights as the rest of us, I must take a bold public stand to refute your outrageous request.

That does remind me, though, that you ought to (*cough*) drop me a line next time we're both online.

(Look! I'm getting good at this Republican thing!)
From:holophote
Date:November 12th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)

Re: Digital Alchemy, right?

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Yes! We should get together and discuss the virtues of not sharing music!
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From:roaminrob
Date:November 12th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)

Re: Digital Alchemy, right?

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That reminds me ...

If we do get our Marathon net session going, we should consider a few other, more modern games too.

Don't worry about buying them, I know a good place for serials.
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From:baxil
Date:November 12th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Digital Alchemy, right?

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I guess we could. Although honestly the only FPS I've played since then that has been as much multiplayer fun is Counterstrike (did you have any specific games in mind?), and I'm not sure that the Mac port of it will work on all of our aging computers.

Unless you meant games other than shooters?
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From:baxil
Date:November 12th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
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And, whoops. Post fixed to correct swapped artist/song title.
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From:thrames
Date:November 12th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
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What about being sympathetic toward the Commie Party? Is that grounds for firing? The SEC isn't showing up for me, so I can't check. :(
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From:thrames
Date:November 12th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)

Re: The passage in question

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'Cause we don't want them damn Commies to be subvertin' the schoolchildren, now do we?
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From:sashajwolf
Date:November 12th, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
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German schools used to have that rule too - you couldn't be a teacher if you were a member of any party that was "hostile to the Constitution", which basically meant Communists and fascists. I don't know whether it's been changed since unification - the former East German Communist party still operates quite legally under a different name, but they may just have decided that only the old West German Communists are officially "hostile". So much of politics depends on polite fictions.
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