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The Height of Arrogance September 24, 2011

Posted by geoff in News.

Obama talks about reforming No Child Left Behind:

“These problems have been obvious to parents and educators all over this country for years. But for years, Congress has failed to fix them. So now, I will,” he said.

Should be entertaining watching test scores plummet over the next few years. If it doesn’t lead to existential despair, that is.


1. skinbad - September 26, 2011

Well, since he’s fixed the economy, why not do education next? He has a little time between rounds this weekend. The atoms he would split with his mind can wait a day or two.

2. Lipstick - September 26, 2011

We should be so thankful that The Light Worker (Light Weight) has shown up to fix things for us.


3. Sobek - September 26, 2011

The audacity of audacity.

4. OBF - September 26, 2011

Will we ever see him do anything where he can actually have some hope of being successful?

5. daveintexas - September 26, 2011

Dreams From My Ghostwriter

6. Retired Geezer - September 26, 2011

Speaking of books; I’m reading The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan. It’s a fascinating book about the Great American Dust Bowl, very well written.
What do you think caused it?
Hint: Wheat.

7. daveintexas - September 26, 2011

Drought. Failure to rotate crops. Failure to use cover crops. Wind erosion.

8. joe buzz - September 26, 2011

fixing this problem should be cake after he fixed the rising of the seas.

9. Michael - September 26, 2011

It was actually triggered by the invention of a plow (the disc harrow) that was adapted for the Great Plains and facilitated agriculture with little water, but left the topsoil extremely vulnerable to wind. We learned the hard way that very fine preparation of the surface as a seed bed is not a good idea.

10. daveintexas - September 26, 2011

Combination of events, the plow too. Over growing in a semi-arid environment. Leaving cotton fields bare in winter.

11. OBF's Third Eye - September 26, 2011

You’re all kinda right.
Wheat was selling very high so all the farmers plowed up the deep rooted, native grasses that had sustained the Bison for eons, to plant wheat.
Glut on market… price goes down.
Farmers rip up more grass for wheat to try to break even.
I think that Bastich, Global Warming, had a hand in it also.
Or maybe it was Global Cooling, I forget.

I’m impressed by Timothy Egan’s writing. I’ll have to check out another of his books from the library.

12. Retired Geezer - September 26, 2011

Oops, sock.

I forgot about the scarcity of water.

13. daveintexas - September 26, 2011

I wonder how many tons of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, north Texas and the Dakotas wound up in the Atlantic ocean?

14. Retired Geezer - September 26, 2011

Well, no wonder the sea levels have risen.

Help me O.B. Wankanobe, you’re our only hope.

15. Michael - September 26, 2011

Dave, I’m guessing most of it ended up in the Mississippi River watershed, and ended up in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers. That dirt could have done some good by reinforcing the mangrove swamps that might have protected New Orleans from a hurricane.

16. Michael - September 26, 2011

I remember reading an article decades ago which damned the Army Corps of Engineers for their simple-minded focus on civil engineering projects, without regard for environmental consequences. Or even simple issues like silt accumulation behind dams when you interfere with natural drainage. It was a compelling indictment.

Hopefully, they have gotten smarter since then.

17. geoff - September 26, 2011

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, they’ve taken environmental impact into account since the 1930’s. I’ll bet that the foundation for the criticisms you read was developed by them in the first place.

They take on huge projects, and occasionally make a huge mistake. But I wouldn’t characterize them as careless or incompetent. I don’t think there’s another organization in the country with their expertise.

18. daveintexas - September 26, 2011

For all their woes, the Corps of Engineers have done a stalwart job managing soil erosion since then.

19. Retired Geezer - September 26, 2011

I read recently that they are thinking of removing 4 dams on the Kalamath River in Oregon and California.

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