> I teach English to international students. One of them is a shy 9-year-old who has been here for four months. One day she wore a T-shirt to her class that said, "Don't hate me cuz I'm beautiful. (And in larger, bolder print) [Expletive] me cuz I'm HOT."
@Cerberus no, they precisely don't, and anyway, it's irrelevant, because convicted pedophiles who have children in my daughter's class are probably not going to be signing up anyway. It's only the people who don't have criminal records who are likely to be a threat. And given that they have no anonymity or plausible deniability they are not likely to engage in anything untoward.
@Cerberus I just think it's incredibly unlikely that a convicted pedophile would be in the position of being the parent at the daycare who is volunteering for a field trip. Most pedophiles are restricted from even going to a daycare and probably don't have access to their own children.
@Cerberus sure, there are repeat offenders. And they're not always convicted, etc, etc. But we're talking about known pedophiles among the group of parents whose children are going on the field trip. what are the odds? It's ridiculous.
@Cerberus for employees, I would agree that it couldn't hurt. For parents on long trips it's probably not necessary. My parents volunteered on lots of trips, including some overnight ones, and never had anything like a background check.
I mean, out of all the field trips ever taken by students, have there ever been cases where students were abused by a parental volunteer, and the abuse started on that trip? What is the percentage? And most importantly: would any of those cases have been prevented with a police check? I bet maybe zero cases would have been prevented, out of almost zero occurrences.
Suppose the children are 6 years old, the children sleep in single bedrooms, there is no way to see what's happening at night, and children go to and from their rooms all the time during the day, and you have twenty adults walking around too.
@MrShinyandNew安宇 Perhaps. If that is so, and the trip is no different from those average trips, then it wouldn't make sense, of course.
Some children needs their medicines at various times. Others need bandages, comforting because they are homesick, etc. etc.
@Cerberus Yes, you can concoct a situation where the parents are being placed in a high level of trust and there is great potential for abuse, then it might make sense to consider the possibility. But there are so many precautions you can take, like never having two adults alone, or never having the children alone, or whatever.
But again, you are only going to catch the volunteer parents who have already been caught in the past.
Aaaaaaaaaanyway, I shouldn't have bothered posting, but I thought "surely this clear and straightforward explanation will illuminate this gentleman", but then he was ignoring what I wrote, making up new shit, twisting everything I said, and being rude, so I eventually gave up. But also, I'd already posted a couple replies on that one post when I read some of his other posts and I realized that I'd made a huge mistake in even coming to this blog.
> I was raised as a non-practicing Lutheran by my adopted parents and I converted to Judaism at age 16. This blog as a rule follows the teachings of the Lithuanian rabbinical seminaries of the 1920s and 1930s. Specifically, I have been very influenced by the recordings and writings of Rabbi Avigdor Miller obm.
BTW, it may interest you to know that Leonidas' famous reply to Xerxes demand that the Spartan surrender his weapons (Μολών λαβέ) has been put onto bumper stickers by gun nuts here in America. Surprisingly literate for rednecks, IMO. Well, we're talking Massachusetts rednecks.
@Cerberus Pretty free, but it should have "horse" and "water" in it, I should think.
I spent my chinese class this evening discussing lego minifigs with the teacher and the other student. It's rather amusing. My teacher is an old, gay, white, American, who doesn't really understand why his two adult students buy lego minifigs.
In Greek mythology, Asterion ("starry", "ruler of the stars") denotes two sacred kings of Crete. The first Asterion (Ancient Greek: ) or Asterius (), the son of Tectamus son of Dorus called by the Greeks "king" of Crete, was the consort of Europa and stepfather of her sons by Zeus, who had to assume the form of the Cretan bull of the sun to accomplish his role. The sons were Minos, the just king in Crete who judged the Underworld; Rhadamanthus, presiding over the Garden of the Hesperides or in the Underworld; and Sarpedon, likewise a judge in the Afterlife. When he died, Asterion gave hi...
I would have thought that our resident greek-o-phile would know all this stuff
Is it possible to replace "acquaintances of his" with something like "his acquaintances" in the following sentence? "In Citizen Kane (1941), the story of Charles Foster Kane is told by five different acquaintances of his, each with varying opinions of the character"
Merriam-Webster lists "disfunction" as a variant of "dysfunction"
dys- is a Greek prefix meaning "bad", "abnormal", "difficult", or "impaired".
dis- is a Latin prefix with none of the above meanings.
dys- has the right meaning, but "function" is a Latin word. Hence the confusion.
Of course. In fact you can just repost pretty much the same thing as a quote with attribution.
Something similar happened to one of Carlo's questions just the other day.
It was a nice question, actually. But he went off on a tangent for which he used a verbatim quote from The Phrase Finder with no attribution. That was doubly silly, because it added nothing and in fact distracted from the question at hand. The question itself could have been summed up in one sentence. Instead there were like five paragraphs, one of them stolen.
Can I run a test-question past you before I post to the main site, incase it's OT here?
It's about uses of footnotes, particularly in online sites (such as Wikipedia or even StackExchange). When should references be provided in-line, and when should they be given a footnote so the reference is found at the end of the content? Is that on-topic for this site?
I'm mostly curious about what format to use when posting answers / questions in SE sites really, so trying to find out the correct rules for the use of footnotes.
It might even belong on MetaStackOverflow rather than here, tbh.
Nah, what I'm saying is once you're in rage you stop counting.
I'd probably stop or even freeze after the first stab or two. But once I've stabbed nine times, I may as well stab another ninety.
So one makes sense (that's when your brain stops you) and ninety makes sense (that's when you're just physically exhausted), but nine is neither here nor there — it's a figure you arrive at when you get interrupted from the outside.
I just wonder how they can tell that he stabbed her 91 times. Where there 91 individual wounds? You stab one spot enough times and you end up with something that resembles hamburger rather than an incision
@RegDwightΒВB Oh, I know they're experienced. I just wonder how accurate their technique is at distinguishing the 89th cut from the 90th, then deciding that "91" was the actual total instead of "over 90" or "OVER 9000"
@RegDwightΒВB sigh obviously. conservative, yes, but significant digits, man! If you say "90" that implies one significant digit. If you say 91 it implies two. So it's just odd that they say she was stabbed 91 times instead of "over 90", as if they precisely know that it was 91, no more, no less. It doesn't matter, I just find it odd.