All cable companies should offer digital service. All of the advantages of satellite television should be availed with digital service provided by any cable company, even if service costs must be reasonably incremented. Satellite dishes are not only somewhat archaic and tawdry in appearance, when they are improperly installed, .i.e. chords ran beneath windows, they create security risks for homes and/or apartments. They also attribute to heightened utility costs, considering that windows under which cable wires are ran are partially hoisted. It would also be beneficial for all cable companies to offer digital service considering that satellite dishes are banned by some apartments and other rental communities.
I, like most people, I’m sure, have been very disturbed by the horrible bombing in Paris by ISIS… Masses of innocent victims of war should not suffer for acts of a few deranged individuals, however. I hold to my belief and the fact that the displacement of persons everywhere in the world, including homeless persons in our own country, should be declared a state of emergency, and treated accordingly, though, of course, precautionary measures should be taken to screen refugees, some of whom might actually be terrorists.
There is absolutely no reason that screening processes should be delayed for years, however. Thorough screenings can be conducted on the spot to make certain that refugees are not in possession of weapons. Refugees fleeing conflict typically arrive with nothing but the clothing on their backs. Screening processes should not be very difficult for this reason…
All refugees should be immediately processed, i.e. fingerprinted and photographed for tentative identification until their identities can be officially verified. To further ease the fears of nations that are now leery of accepting refugees into their countries, refugees should be placed in remote localities where any attacks by terrorists disguised as refugees could not cause massive destruction and harm to local citizens of countries into which they are taken. Shelters for refugees should also have tightened security to protect innocent refugees.
The cardinal issue that should be addressed is the tyrannical behavior of the few extremist leaders who incite or condone uncivilized wars that send droves of their citizenry fleeing to other nations. Why not remove those individuals from power and replace them with those who are socially equipped to lead…
All schools should, for safety purposes, implement use of fingerprint identification systems for student, staff, and public entry into school buildings. Fingerprint identifiers should also be placed in each classroom and all students should be required to scan either their thumb or index finger to officially register attendance…
All students, parents/guardians, and school employees should be required, once for all times, to submit either an index finger or thumb print, which would be saved to student and staff information systems that would be synced with remote entry systems for the purpose of identifying those seeking entry into school buildings…
This would require some structural changes to Aiphone and/or other remote entry systems. Whenever a student, parent/guardian, or school employee who has been entered into the system presses the button to Aiphone or whatever remote entry system a subject school is utilizing, the photograph that the school has on file for the individual seeking entry would appear on the surveillance monitors that are synced with the Aiphone or other remote entry system juxtapose the live visual of the individual.
The Ideal Arrangement of School Entrances
It should be structurally impractical for visitors to access school buildings prior to checking in with the front office. Indoor gates should be placed before school entrances that would require each individual seeking entry into a school building to identify themselves.
Identification at this point could also be acquired via scanning of thumb or index fingers, noting that the scan here could supersede print scanning via Aiphone or the initial entry point.
Scanning of any and all bags and walking through of metal detectors should occur after fingerprint scanning; bag scanners and metal detectors should be equipped to not only exemplify potential contraband, but to electronically label each item and/or point out to officers what or where they should check…
Identified students and staff would be granted entry into school buildings after providing their thumb or index prints. Others would be coaxed to the front office via indoor barricades that would extend from the indoor gate to the office.
Another indoor gate that would be controlled by administrative staff would separate one half of the area before the office desk from the other half that could avail access to the school.
Entrance into the building would be permitted once clearance is properly acquired. This would considerably improve school security and potentially save lives, and similar arrangements should be incorporated into other public buildings.
All schools should have front semi-circle or similar driveways to facilitate student drop-off and retrieval. In each instance, parents and other appointees would be capable of dropping students off and picking them up within very close proximity to the front entrance door of their respective schools.
Each school’s semi-circle driveway should be spacious enough to allow the vehicles of those who have already retrieved or dropped students off to drive around those that are parked in the semi-circle.
Semi-circle or similar driveways would curtail need for parents and/or others dropping students off and retrieving them to drive past schools and/or drive out of the way for the purpose of turning around to let students out on the school side of the street, which has caused several preventable accidents.
Enabling student drop-off and retrieval within close proximity to school entrances further improves student safety in that reporting and dismissal processes can be better monitored.
All forthcoming/newly manufactured vehicles should be crafted with a built-in towing feature, which would essentially be a small device that would be powered by a small generator that would move an automobile’s wheels at adjustable speeds when it cannot crank or is otherwise immobile. This feature would be activated by pressing a tow button from inside the vehicle. The device, which would also operate with a remote control that would come with equipped vehicles, should be manually activated while the vehicles are securely parked by pressing an activation button beneath the car in the event of a malfunction of the internal activation button or remote control device, or in the event that the batteries in the remote control are weak or the remote control is misplaced…
Individually purchasable Autow Device
Autow devices, which would perform the same functions as the prescribed built-in vehicular towing devices, could be contrived and purchasable for use on any vehicle. The Autow would also operate and come with a remote control. The Autow [and built-in towing devices] could optionally be activated via a mobile or tablet app and/or via OnStar…
The Autow, which would be covered by a warranty, would come with an installation manual that would also list a web address to a video of installation procedures, though they’d preferably be installed by trained/certified professionals…
Automobile manufacturers should incorporate an automatic tire inflation feature into forthcoming vehicles. This would require placement of tire stems on the flip side of tires. A short inflation hose could be connected to the rim of each tire, which would be permanently connected to each tire stem. The hose would be connected to a sensor and to a device that would suction air…from the outside and inflate the tire(s) when an auto tire inflate button is pressed from inside the car for the deflated tire, for which a warning light would appear on the dashboard specifying which tire is affected…
Tires with manual inflation attachments
Tire makers should make tires with manual inflation attachments that would be clamped to and extend from behind the rim of each tire for use during deflation. These attachments would also function by suctioning air…from the outside and inflating the tires by manually connecting them to the tire stems…
Manual tire inflation attachments
Manual tire inflation attachments could be contrived that would work similarly on any tires. The attachments would be sold in sets of four and would come with the very simple instructions for attachment to the rim of each tire. A web address to a video of instructions would also be listed in the manual.
A built-in automatic tire rotation and changing feature would store spare tires beneath the bottom of newly manufactured vehicles, where they would be secured by sensor-activated latches into a groove. The spares would rotate to replace the deflated/damaged tire by pressing of a tire rotation/change button from inside the vehicle…
At least one spare would be situated above the front wheels and one above the back wheels. The stored spare tires could be either already inflated or rimless. Manufacturers could experiment with options and implementation methodology, and, of course, select only those options that would be safe.
The noted device could also be utilized to generally rotate vehicular tires.
Internal Automatic Jack…
An internal automatic jack would extend from the bottom of and lift the vehicle for tire rotation. The subject vehicle would be securely parked at this point with the emergency break lifted.
Storage/Replacement of Damaged Tires
Once the damaged tire is changed it could be automatically rotated, lifted into, and stored into the spare groove until it is replaced by a new tire, or it could be removed and discarded of. Adding a new spare tire or tires would be simple and safe by following instructions provided in subject vehicular manuals…
Most if not all instructors, particularly those who distribute syllabi to students/parents, articulate a weighted grading scale, or percentage values for categories of assignments in their classes. Amusingly, many do not appear to utilize the weighted scale for determining students’ grades. Some, perhaps, are not really familiar with how to utilize the weighted grading scale, and rather average students’ grades by giving all assignments equal weight, or they utilize the weighted scale and neglect to add all grades that comprise the whole of students’ averaged grades. For example, an instructor neglects to add quiz grades and bellwork that should comprise roughly 30% of students’ grades, and the students receive only 70% of what their actual grade should be.
If there are any actual instances where any components of weighted grades are obsolete because those particular assignments are not given, instructors should carry the worth percentile of those particular assignments over to another category. For example, if students were not given quizzes or bellwork, the percentile worth of the quizzes and bellwork could be carried over to the classwork category, so that the students receive 100% of their grades, whatever that actual grade might be.
It is also important to know/note that typically the weighted grading scale is not utilized in averaging students’ cumulative grade point averages for all of their classes as a whole, or Math would not comprise 10% of a student’s grade and each other subject a different percent. Students are neither typically graded on a 5.0 scale versus a 4.0 scale, unless they are or have been enrolled in honors or advanced placement (AP) classes… Rather, or in most cases, each individual grade for each class should be a wholesome weighted average, with the average grade for each individual class carrying equal weight with all others...
The Network would be a global chain of social clubs and convention centers that would be co-owned by social media providers like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Linkedin, etc., and shareholders, and would provide social media subscribers facilitated opportunities to meet and greet both old and new friends, followers, and professional acquaintances…
Professional Networking Opportunities
The Network social clubs would provide wonderful professional networking platforms and opportunities, from blogging/internet marketing and other conferences to gatherings of all genres.
They would also provide an ideal platform for charitable and other events, like private parties, etc., for which the facility would essentially serve as a conglomeration of rental spaces.
Trade Shows & Other Business Ventures
Trade shows via which entrepreneurs would promote and market their products would be one of the cardinal functions of The Network. They would provide a very ideal platform for entrepreneurs with tangible business products to give their fans and other prospective clients the opportunity to sample and purchase their products on the spot, particularly those who already promote their businesses via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Linkedin, etc. They would also avail the opportunity to acquire new fans/clients.
Craigslist, Amazon.com, Ebay… Market Exchanges
The Network or select localities could also consist of Craigslist, Amazon.com, Ebay, and/or other market exchanges via which sellers could make items that they advertise on these and/or other similar websites readily available for purchase…
The said exchanges would charge reasonable fees, of course, that would be based upon the value of the accepted products. Once the items are sold the original owners would be paid, via either direct deposit into their PayPal and/or personal or business checking accounts, or by cash with proper identification…
The Network Stores
The Network Stores would consist of products like tech gadgets (i.e. smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.), and accessories. They would also include like t-shirts depicting endorsed causes, persons, etc. and other popular clothing items, shoes, etc…
They would also consist of magazines, music CDs, and other approved products from entrepreneurial contributors, i.e. those with Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin, and other fan pages.
Digital Signage, i.e. oversized smartphones, etc. would be exhibited throughout The Network social media clubs that would stream live feeds from Twitter and other platforms. They could also stream social media stock updates, etc.
Music and Live Concerts
The Network would stream popular and uninterrupted music/videos from either of a variety of online or internet radio stations, like iHeart, Pandora, AOL, etc. in common areas of the clubs.
The Network would or could also stream live concerts via digital signage, i.e. Yahoo’s Live Nation. Live, in-person concerts, which would be designed to give artists greater visibility, fan acquisition, and pay per click income, would also regularly occur at The Network social clubs.
Other features of The Network would or could include restaurants and bars, night clubs, movie theaters, gyms, in-door beaches, arcades with live versions of virtual games that are available via Facebook, etc. The possibilities are endless.
The Network Hotels
The Network Social Clubs, or select localities would or could also consist of onsite hotels for patron convenience. As a courtesy, The Network Hotels could provide transportation for patrons from and to approved localities.
The Network Social Clubs would literally bring social networking platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin, etc. to life by providing a high quality meeting place for business professionals and their clients, and for socializing with old and new friends.
While visiting my son’s school the other day to deliver some course items that he needed, another young man was brought into the office who’d been sentenced to suspension for an impropriety of some sort. I asked a school administrator if the young man would actually not be permitted to attend any school during that time or if he’d be sent to an alternative program. The administrator informed me that for a suspension of less than ten days, which is what this young man had been sentenced to, students were not sent to alternative programs.
I went on to ask if the young man would be required to complete his school work during his out-of-school suspension. The administrator replied that the school could not require him to do the work, though his parents could.
The problem here is that most parents probably do not acquire work for their children during suspensions because it is not traditionally offered by schools, though it certainly should be. Most likely assume that a physical suspension is automatically an academic suspension, which, of course, is not true.
Schools should make it clear to students and parents that physical suspensions are never academic suspensions, or should not be, and students should be required to submit their course work to their instructors during suspensions, whether the suspension is less than ten days or an entire school year.
It should be standard protocol that whenever students are suspended for any period of time that they are required to daily complete and submit their course work, either electronically via student email or in person, escorted by a campus safety officer, who’d also escort them out of the school building once they’ve delivered their course work (Delivery would, preferably, be via email, however)…
Instructors of suspended students should be required to complete a Suspended Student Course Work Requirements Checklist, unless the instructors have created and distributed a course syllabus* with a schedule of all assignments and relevant due dates, which would be the most efficient method of providing suspended and all students with a comprehensive list of course assignments (*Instructors should also upload their course syllabus to their class websites, to which students could resort in the event that they lose the printed versions distributed to them). The referenced and linked Suspended Student Course Work Requirements Checklist form is ideal for brief suspensions, i.e. less than one week.
Parents/students could retrieve some assignments via Parent Connect, though Parent Connect is less detailed than a syllabus with an assignment schedule, and is really designed to more so exhibit to parents how students have performed on specified course material.
Student Resource Centers for Suspended & Other Students
Though students suspended for less than ten days are not and would not be permitted stay in their classrooms during their suspensions, they should be permitted use of student resource centers where they could acquire assistance with course work that they must complete. The noted resource centers, which would ideally be located on school board campuses or within provisions at regional offices, would consist of things like computer labs with printers, scanners (for the purpose of scanning some assignments for electronic submission), and other supplies that serviced students would need to complete assignments that their parents might not be able to afford…
In addition to completing all of their course work, suspended students should actually be punished, i.e. home confinement or very limited or no outside time during the suspension, at the least, or by other reasonable methods.
Disciplinary actions should never alleviate students of requirements to complete course work. Students confined to juvenile facilities should also be required to complete their course work and graduate.
Even adult prisoners who lack high school diplomas should be required to acquire them and employability skills prior to release from prison, seeing that the lack of education is a demonstrable threat to public safety.
Re-evaluating the Merit of Out-of-School Suspensions
Schools should always evaluate whether or not any manner of suspension is really merited, or if other interventions would suffice. If suspensions are merited, schools should consider whether or not students would benefit from in-school suspensions, during which they should be required to complete all of their course work from designated localities within their schools, rather than out-of-school suspensions…
Traditional suspensions during which course work is not ordinarily completed/submitted makes already troubled students more susceptible to failure and dropping out of school altogether. They, accordingly, contribute to a culture of crime and social upheaval; and this simply should not be…