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Pet Peeves January 10, 2009

Starting off, the phrase ‘pet peeves’ bothers me.  It is one of the most annoying in the English language.  When I the words ‘pet peeve’, I almost want to slap the person whose mouth it came out of.
That isn’t the only phrase that ticks me off.  What I hate are people in class who give an answer and upon discovering it is wrong, say “I was just kidding’.  It is quite obvious that they were not kidding and really did think is was the right answer.  Same with people who follow the answer with ‘Oh, I lied’.
There are so many things in this world that I cannot stand.  Here are some of them;

I hate how during lock down everyone seems to talk but me.  Even the quiet girl who rarely talks has something to say in a lock down drill.
When people physically switch the desks around so they can rest their feet in a basket.  Perhaps what I hate more is the gum underneath the desk I feel as I am putting it back.
People who throw a piece of paper in the trash when the recycling bin is right next to it.  It doesn’t take that much energy to walk an extra step.
I hate having to cheat off my friend on a test and still failing.
Wet ink rubbing off on my pinkie as I write.  Not to mention the smudges a pencil leaves behind.
I hate being called a teenager, young, a student, even though deep down I know I am.
Seeing people not wash their hangs after they go to the bathroom.  I understand there is barely any time between classes.  I also understand, and have experienced, the chance of being late by the small amount of time it takes to wash your hands.  Even when people do wash there hands, it seems the paper towel dispenser is either empty or broken.  You end up walking out of there shaking your hands furiously.
People improperly using the word ironic.  Ironic means ironic. It does not mean unfortunate, coincidental, or any of the other adjectives that you confuse it with.
When you find a really cute piece of clothing on the rack and they have like twenty in size XS, two in size 3X, and not a single one in your size.
When someone leaves their phone number at the end of a long message and they say it so fast you can’t understand it and have to listen multiple times to figure it out.
When someone is writing on a chalkboard and then they erase it to write something new, but they don’t erase all of it, so you still see half of a letter here and there.
When you’re with a group of people and you think nobody saw that you just tripped, and you think you’re in the clear. But the one person who did see it points it out to everybody else.
I hate people that are…
Hypocritical, Two-Faced, Stubborn, Conceited, Shallow, Self-Centered, Obnoxious, Rude, Self-Absorbed, Ignorant, Closed Minded, Wanna-Be’s, Indecisive, Insensitive, Back-Stabbers, Overly Optimistic, Naive, Overly Sensitive, Egotistical, Posers or Users.
To sum it all up, I hate people that are breathing.

 

Abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sex education December 31, 2008

Debate: Abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sex education – Debatepedia.

Abstinence-only education in our schools continue to gain momentum, despite increasing evidence that the programs are doing little to alleviate the extraordinarily high rates of teenage pregnancy in the United States.  The Bush Administration were vocal advocates of abstinence-only education.

Though studies show more than half of teenagers between the ages of 15-19 are sexually active (Moore, Driscoll and Lindberg, A Statistical Portrait of Adolescent Sex, Contraception and Childbearing, 1998), more than $100 million is spent by the federal government in programs that censor information about safe-sex practices.

These abstinence-only programs teach religious ideologies and stereotypes as scientific fact .Every reputable sexuality education organization and the American Medical Association have denounced abstinence-only education.

Abstinence-only is not effective at reducing teen sex rates. Abstinence-only does not help decrease STD infection rates. Abstinence-only wrongly bashes all non-marital sex.

The use of virginity pledges in these course often are useless, as the prevent nothing and are frequently broken.

Abstinence-only sex education is immoral, scientifically inaccurate, wasteful, and just plain wrong.

 

(Un)Intelligent Design December 30, 2008

Can Intelligent Design (ID) be a Testable, Scientific Theory?.

In my opinion, no it can not.  It is irresponsible for schools to teach their students this.  The truth is evolution.

Now, all the these religious people had to do was say “Yes, God has given us the power to change.”  But no, they had to fight over obvious facts.

Evolution is a scientific THEORY.  To be a theory, it has to be tried and tested by A LOT of scientists, who then except it as fact.

 

Teacher Falls Off Grading Curve December 9, 2008

Extra credit was awarded to Will Goodman yesterday after he solved the recent disappearance of his biology teacher. Ms. Mendel, who had been missing since last Thursday, was found at the bottom of Grading Curve. “I don’t have much of a social life,” said Goodman to reporters, “so, naturally, I was at Grading Curve.”

Grading Curve is the local hot spot for teacher’s pets and the like. It contains a diverse range of specimens for study, along with a clear view of the night sky for astronomical calculations. Ironically, it is located on the opposite side of town as ‘Romance Road’, the local make-out site. Ms. Mendel is in fine condition.

When asked how she made it five days alone in the wildernes, docters reponded, “It is survival of the fittest out there. I guess she just had what it takes to compete.”