Wednesday What We’re Reading (Jan. 9, 2019)

Today is an extremely grab-bag day.




  • Patreon’s censors (video) – Noting the danger megacorporations pose to free speech online is one of the least traditionally conservative positions I hold politically. I have a longer post on the issue in draft status, but it’s a hard one for me to write, probably because there aren’t any easy fixes. The main point I found compelling in the linked video is that it’s absurd that Patreon exercises editorial control, when in effect it’s content creators hiring them to do behind-the-scenes accounting.

1 thought on “Wednesday What We’re Reading (Jan. 9, 2019)

  1. Kilo Sierra

    Having received the very valuable advice to sub before jumping into a full time teaching job (I ended up getting a long term sub…then stopped going that direction) – I learned a few things:

    1) Teaching in HS wasn’t for me (and I sub’d at a wealthier school)

    2) Guns and schools – as the article alluded to (the comment by the coach), there are school staff that shouldn’t have guns. Reminds me of a comment made by some president of a teachers association after the Stoneman-Douglas shooting: she would never be able to shoot a student – even if that kid was in the midst of a mass shooting. Sorry, that kid became a threat the second he/she/it pulled the trigger – as my wife has highlighted, the military did a good job (on me) of turning threats / targets into remorseless objects. Heck, it wasn’t until I got home after a kid threatened me – that I realized that had he attacked me, I could of killed him…

    3) Equal-terms if not over-match: All the recent mass shootings have used AR style weapons, and you’re expecting school staff with a compact 9mm (or smaller) to engage / neutralize the threat? Screw that noise, I’d figure some way to secure an AR in the classroom – heck and might as well keep body armor there too. On that note, are armed school staff and/or first responders trained on how to prevent fratricide?


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