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Re: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

Arabs are Caucasians since they have the same origins as Europeans. It's also important to note that Caucasians evolved in the Middle East (near the Caucasus, north of Iran).

The ''Caucasians'' include: Arabs, North African (Berbers), Iranians, Indian Subcontinental people, Europeans etc. The predominant racial type in all those areas is Caucasian. Even though all these Caucasian groups have some non-Caucasian admixture to some degree (including Europeans) they are still more genetically closer to each other than to non-Caucasians.

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Posted by more cowbell on 10/16/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

Metro requires all of the Middle Eastern kids to use the White category

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Posted by ELL advocate on 10/16/2014 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘I Feel Sorry for Me’

Ashley, you are a national treasure. The hardest I laugh all week is reading your genius recaps. They are the beer after my shot. Having been a background singer on many tours, and on many tour buses, you nailed that bus business down. Thank you.

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Posted by llama991 on 10/16/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Metro Pulse Dissolved After 23 Years

Not that thinking is a strong point of yours, Moost, but Scripps bought the paper to appeal to that part of the population which wasn't receptive to the form of journalism practiced by the News-Sentinel. Down the line, someone eventually decided that there was "efficiency" to be found in combining the Metro Pulse with the rest of the N-S. I have no idea what the financials of either the Metro Pulse or the News-Sentinel look like, but if they're like most other papers, the Metro Pulse isn't losing much money or making much money, and the N-S is a legacy publication that is way in the red, but which Scripps decided they have to keep running to maintain their stake in the market. They figured they couldn't fold the N-S into the Metro Pulse, so it went the other way.

On the bright side, there is now a mile-deep hole in the Knoxville media market that can and will be filled with someone who wants nothing to do with the kind of crap that the likes of Scripps pull.

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Posted by Ben P on 10/16/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

From Diatribean!!: "MNPS exists to educate all students to their potential."

I don't think this is even possible, nor ever actually been the reason for MNPS to exist. What sort of measurement could be used to assess whether potential had been reached or not?

" public schools' as codified in the TN Constitution (Article XI, Sec 12) is a long way from ' their potential.

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Posted by Kay Brooks on 10/16/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

"By 2040, the plan expects Nashville's population to grow by roughly a million people."

It's the Nashville region, not just Nashville/Davidson County, which will grow by a million persons by 2040.

"although many Middle Eastern families mark their children as white, for lack of a more specific category."

The Middle East is part of Asia and Middle Eastern families should mark themselves and their children as Asian.

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Posted by Anon on 10/16/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

I am discussing the language you used, not actual teaching. Hence, the word "strive."

What are you striving for when you seek to address an achievement gap?

The language is mushy and it pits groups (of children and, thereby, their parents) against each other.

Closing an achievement gap can be done a couple different ways:

(1) We can increase achievement for the bottom-performers faster than the increase for top performers.

(2) We can decrease achievement for the top performers faster than the decrease for the bottom performers (or there can be increase for bottom performers).

To the extent that school-based resources are allocated disproportionately to bottom-performers to achieve #1, that is inequitable. MNPS exists to educate all students to their potential. #1 should be seen as an unacceptable *goal.*

#2 should be unacceptable as a goal; that is, anticipating a decrease in achievement for one group just so another may benefit should be unacceptable.

#1 is an acceptable *result.* Presumably (and it is stated in the Scene's cover article this week), there is low-hanging fruit w/r/t achievement that, when addressed, may lead to #1. And, that is a pretty good result - raising the bottom performers up. However, if you set out to do that with the express intention to give short shift to the higher performers, there will be problems.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/16/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Men may live in fear of vasectomies, but if they get one they won't shut up about it


Last year we started World Vasectomy Day to bring attention to the importance of men's role in family planning. Over 100 physicians in 25 countries did close to 1000 vasectomies and the media covered the story in over 100 countries. It is clear that engaging men in this most critical conversation resonated far and wide.

On November 7th, WVD will celebrate second year with over 200 physicians in 30 countries performing over 1000 vasectomies. But more than the numbers done are the quality of the conversations we help launch. As an organization dedicated to celebrating the role and increasing the responsibility of men in society, we are hoping you will spread the word to your members.

To learn more about what we're doing please go to our website...

We would also love to hear your stories and if you could send out the attached press release, we'd be on the moon with joy! thank you and let's join forces and make a difference.


Jonathan Stack
+1 9173643467




Media Contact: Zan Dubin Scott, ZDS CommunicationsO: (310) 392-1130 C: (310) 383-0956 @zandubinscott

New York, NY, October 16, 2014—World Vasectomy Day is asking men whose families are complete to sign up for vasectomies on Nov. 7, 2014. The World Vasectomy Day goal is to inspire 250 doctors in 30 countries to perform 1,500 vasectomies in 24 hours.

In 2013, 100 physicians in 25 countries did 1,000 vasectomies for the first World Vasectomy Day, which was headquartered in Australia.
“In helping to shoulder responsibility for family planning, men become heroes to their partners, to their families and to our future,” says World Vasectomy Day co-founder Jonathan Stack.

World Vasectomy Day organizers are working with the world’s leading practitioners to provide free, discounted or low-cost, high-quality vasectomies, although each practitioner will set his or her own pricing. Physicians sign up on the website

In the U.S., World Vasectomy Day will be headquartered in Florida at Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando ’s new Kissimmee Health Center, 610 Oak Commons Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34741. Urologist Doug Stein, M.D., World Vasectomy Day co-founder, is offering 25 men the chance to get their vasectomies done free of charge. Men may register on Stein’s website: .

Our vasectomy-athon will be live-streamed on the World Vasectomy Day website and will include feeds from many participating doctors, interviews with family planning leaders, and live vasectomies from around the world.

World Vasectomy Day partners include Marie Stopes International, a London-based nonprofit family planning organization operating in 37 countries and several Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Currently, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended. Roughly four in 10 pregnancies worldwide are unintended. [1] The average woman spends about five years pregnant, postpartum or trying to become pregnant, and three decades—more than three-quarters of her reproductive life—trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy.

Dr. Doug Stein, one of the world’s most prolific providers with over 33,000 vasectomies completed and co founder of WVD, has traveled to Kenya, Haiti and the Philippines on vasectomy missions. “My inspiration are men like George Mbogah, a 38-year old Kenyan father of two, who scraped together enough money for a 20-hour bus trip for his vasectomy,” Stein says. “George told me, ‘I don’t want my wife to suffer another painful pregnancy, nor my children to suffer the bitter taste of poverty.’ I was inspired to bring this opportunity to others.”

About World Vasectomy Day: The goal of World Vasectomy Day is to heighten awareness of and dispel myths about vasectomy, increase access to the procedure, particularly for the underserved, and to inspire more men to become engaged as equal partners with women in the global family planning conversation. The annual global observance, launched in 2013, is a project of World Vasectomy Day Services, a New York-based organization with nonprofit status pending. It was created by Jonathan Stack, an Emmy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, and urologist Doug Stein, M.D., who has performed over 33,000 vasectomies.

Zan Dubin Scott, ZDS Communications
O: (310) 392-1130 C: (310) 383-0956

Posted by Debbie Kay Calkins on 10/16/2014 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

Bigotry is a mindset. Like assuming all members of any group are "scumbags." As noted, if someone here posted that about a group that you liked, you would scream "bigot" as fast as you can type. The only thing 'false' in this thread is your pathetic efforts to distance yourself from your own comment.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 10/16/2014 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

Obviously. That is why I've wished ill to police officers, and have started anti-police websites, and have called for the eradication of police officers.

Too bad "false equivalence" isn't in the dictionary I got for you.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/16/2014 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

Emotion has nothing to do with is. You are a bigot by every standard you would apply to someone in a white sheet burning a cross. You just lack the character to own up to your bigotry.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 10/16/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

You're very emotional, Mark, and, as usual, about 1/3 as clever as you think you are.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/16/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Metro Pulse Dissolved After 23 Years

Headline: Another Anti-Establishment, Anti-Capitalist Alternative Weekly Folds Under Unfair Pressure To Make Enough Money To Pay Staff Wages and Benefits.

First paragraph: Blame is placed on the publishing companies which survive for being total sellouts to the minority of the population who think like they do.

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Posted by Moost on 10/16/2014 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Ah Diatribean!!, were it so simple. Alas, 'tis not.

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Posted by Mark Mays on 10/16/2014 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

You would never accept that distinction if the group were a racial minority. Your comment was hateful and suggests that you are bigoted against police.

Thanks for once again demonstrating your belief that you are not subject to the arguments you apply to others. That, I note, is another characteristic of bigots. It's always different, never bad, when you do it.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 10/16/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

This is why you need a dictionary--in order to meet the definition of "bigotry," hate is required (it feels as if I am repeating myself here).

"Biased." "Biased" is the word you're looking for, Mark, and I will willingly acknowledge that I have an anti-police bias.

Thanks for playing. We have some wonderful parting gifts for you.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/16/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

Lots of racists claim they don't hate {fill in the group} too. I never said you claimed to "hate" the police. I just said your initial comment is bigoted. You can claim whatever you want but that first statement is bigoted.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 10/16/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

Where did I say I hated them, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

*highlights "contradictory."*

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Posted by AnglRdr on 10/16/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

Forget the dictionary and just give me a 'Guide to Which AnglRdr Comments Apply When."

That way I can navigate your contradictory posts.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 10/16/2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “At Green Hills' new market and smoothie bar, the revolution will not be televised — it will be microwaved

Thanks for the review--I had not heard about this restaurant . Sounds very interesting.

Posted by tslayden on 10/16/2014 at 1:30 PM

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