Lucklucky: Once again they fail to understand what these kids are. They do not notice the elephant in the room. The students are not coddled, they are not afraid of anything, and they don’t care about safe spaces. Those are only Orwellian newspeak tools as a way to get power. They are tyrants and Marxist ones at that. They are revolutionary guards.
Space Nookie: The officer may have (mistakenly) thought he had a pistol and thus when he fell on his right side with right hand outstretched towards the officer it looked like he was still trying to shoot.
Bomag: Good grief. We have gone so far down the road that we have to count bullets to see if it was a “good shoot”. The Laquan McDonalds of the world are troubling. We’ve invested a fair amount on his behalf: school, I presume, and the various social programs we all use, and programs for the less fortunate. But what we received was a knife wielding, PCP fueled criminally aggressive young man who is cheaper to us dead than alive. That is almost too cruel to consider, and economics...
Bomag: There still seems to be some selection bias, in that they followed participants in lotteries for selective charters. The winners did better than the losers, apparently, but it appears to be a group more motivated to improve themselves in a new setting.
Bomag: How about the adult enablers of these children? We’ve loaded up ranks and ranks of administrators who just love making themselves useful by wringing out one more drop of danger from Life™. Not to mention all the liability concerns; insurance regulations; malpractice, blah, blah, blah. Kids are anxious to please, so they please adults by being fearful; thus making the adults feel useful when they “save the children”.
Bob Sykes: The Buran is still sitting in a hangar somewhere. Some Russians want to restart the program. Maybe China would fund it.
Slovenian Guest: I actually didn’t know until today that the Soviet Buran orbiter was the first space shuttle to perform an unmanned space flight, including landing in fully automatic mode. Via spaceflightnow (with pics): The sleek-looking white space plane, bearing a remarkable outward resemblance of NASA’s space shuttle, only flew once and never took off with cosmonauts on-board. After two trips around the world, the Buran re-entered the atmosphere, gliding back to Earth and withstanding...
Scipio Americanus: This is no mean feat in and of itself, however as Slovenian Guest points out it is not really comparable to what SpaceX is trying to do.
Slovenian Guest: Slashdot commenters are unimpressed: “The real difference between this and SpaceX is that in order to get a payload into orbit you need enough thrust to move the fuel required to get you there. This means powerful engines. This rocket had a small engine that is capable of hovering. On an orbital class rocket your engine will have too much thrust making it impossible to hover. That is what SpaceX is trying to do. Land using a thrust to weight greater than one. This is much more...
Slovenian Guest: Add the loss of privacy into the mix and you get perfect marks, not adults. Foreign intelligence agencies must be wringing their hands in evil glee… But to quote Al Fin 2101: “Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too early or too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.”