"The Babadook" started out creepy and atmospheric enough, but by the midpoint, it telegraphed its punches so clearly that I knew both (a) what was going to happen in the second half, and (b) not to worry too much. Maybe the "child in peril" angle scares parents more than it does those of us who have opted to remain childless. It's a *good* movie all right, mostly thanks to Essie Davis's performance, but I was expecting more based on the critical hype it received.
A friend pushed this crap on me before we went to the gym one day. Something in the back of my mind said I didn't want it and I couldn't remember why, but decided to humor him. It tasted like cough syrup.
Three hours later, after my heart couldn't go below 2-3 beats per second, he drove me to the hospital, where my BP was 190/130. Among other things, they gave me a nitrogiycerin pill to cool things down. Another nasty taste in my mouth, like chili peppers mixed with chemical waste.
The emergency room fee was $75. I made him pay it.
I'm always baffled by people who complain about "Career Politicians" in ads that declare their intention to start a new Career as a Politician.
What a chowderhead. Everyone knows it's pronounced "PUH-sway-do-nim."
Bob T. - Huppenthal was not taken to court over anything, it was simply pointed out that the IP addresses of those messages were the same, and he 'fessed up. Whoever owns a service like that is perfectly within their rights to monitor their server logs to see if something funny's going on. The police have to get a subpoena for those logs in most cases, but I don't know all of the legalities so there may be exceptions to that rule.
Anyone who hosts a message board (and anyone who receives a packet of data from your computer) can determine the IP address of the poster. By itself, the address proves nothing-your ISP may assign yours randomly and switch them out periodically, and even if it didn't, there's no indication of *who* was at the keyboard when they sent the message. Proxy servers exist that can hide the originating address, if it's a concern.
This is no more sinister than noticing the phone number on your caller ID is the same, even if the person on the other end gives a different name each time.
@SonoranWinds: that is the most short-sighted interpretation of keeping money "local" I can think of. Information is not a localized commodity the way, e.g., food is. Putting it on the web means it is accessible world-wide (the first two "w"s in "www"), which is simultaneously local AND global. You might argue that having an online reading resource (which will be made available free of charge to schools in need, by the way) is ineffective; I don't know enough to say, one way or the other. But to promote an "us vs. them" mentality about the locality of reading instruction is unproductive, at best.
You should be highly suspicious of any so-called information coming out of Prager "University". It's a propaganda platform founded by right-wing pundit Dennis Prager, and has no academic accreditation. That said, public education has seemingly always been a "one size fits all" situation, so it wouldn't surprise me that what fits well with girls, doesn't do so well with boys.
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