22 July 2009

Lewis Black destroys GOP talking points on health care

Of all the people in the media, once again, the best rebuttal to the numerous GOP talking points on health care has come from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Last night, Lewis Black was on in his "Back in Black" segment to discuss health care. He laid out just about every single main right-wing talking point against real health care reform, and showed their utter stupidity and nonsense one by one. This is a must-see video, and should be used as a primer when talking with conservatives against health care reform.


01 July 2009

It was bound to happen - Traffic School thoughts, recommendations

Do you have friends? Do they have cars? Do they occasionally speed or roll through stop lights? Good, that means your friends are humans (no offense dog lovers ... well not lovers, but ... um ... awkward). Those friends may one day need to go to traffic school. They should do it on-line because it's faster and cheaper.

But which traffic school?

Here's the list, divided up by county, of approved traffic schools (also available on each county's website):
http://www.ntsa.us/homestudy.html

Choose a course which:
(1) Is cheap - they're mostly the same, no reason to pay more for one over another. Most also offer price matching.
(2) Has pages you can search - ctl + f is your friend, open tabs for the answers and the question page then search for the key phrase you need when you're unsure of the answer.
(3) Can open several pages in different tabs / windows - this will allow the timers for each page to pass if required and allow you to see the materials while testing.
(4) Excludes useless info - why read extra material for this, even if it's barely funny car jokes?

Quick recommendations based on Yelp reviews/comments, ask.metafilter.com, and the Berkeley Parents Network:

(1) Finishfast.com - $15, they mail in the results for you, pages are searchable and viewable while taking tests (open in different tabs/windows). You can repeat each section as many times as you need to.

(2) www.toolazyfortrafficschool.com - $19.00 and they'll price match anyone. As above, pages are searchable and viewable while taking tests (open in different tabs/windows). You can repeat each section as many times as you need to.

(3) www.abettertrafficschool.com - $16.95 + price matching. As above, pages are searchable and viewable while taking tests (open in different tabs/windows). You can repeat each section as many times as you need to.

These should take less than 3 hours to complete and their prices are reasonable. There are also "comedy" courses but they're more expensive and tend to just have car related humor rather than using humor to improve your retention of relevant information.