The new sound meter I ordered arrived today. It connects to a PC and has graphing capabilities and can also export data in spreadsheet format.
Above shows a vehicle that went by outside – somewhat loud but nowhere close to some of the really loud ones that pass.
The blue line shows the sound level and the red line is the max value. The max value gets set any time a new record high sound occurs. When the loud vehicle went by you can see that it set the max value to a new high.
Another thing to note – this meter records data points for every second of time. Not sure how it actually calculates the value for each interval of time, whether it is an average or a max value from a sample over the time period or just a brief slice from somewhere in the period.
You can see that the noice inside my apartment – the meter is about 15 feet from the windows – registered around 61 dBA, about 16 dBA above the baseline background level which is around 45 dBA. This occured after midnight. Think of all the people affected by this one driver.
It would be interesting to do big data analysis of sounds like this. Imagine having many graphs like this at different locations, but then also imagine that every vehicle has an ID tag on it and along with the ID is information about the driver. So for example you could analyze the data and find out what percentage of abusive noises are caused by illegals vs. citizens. Or data about what are the most common makes of vehicle that produce abusive levels of noise. Density of noise events during the course of the day/week/month/year. Correlations with weather and/or events. Correlations with how many prior tickets or convictions drivers have. Etc.
You could also compare this data against state and local laws and against law enforcement databases to see what percentage of abusive noises actually get ticketed, and whether there are any correlations between times of enforcement vs. times that noises occur.
It’s kind of funny – many cities have no compunction against putting up red light cameras. As a bicyclist I’m actually in favor of most of them. But think how easy it would be to have red noise cameras. Automatically detecting and pinpointing sources of loud vehicular noise emissions is clearly something that could be done as easily as red light cameras. But of course it’s never a fucking priority of the powers that be to actually give a fuck about citizens or to protect them.
Half the time I think the rancid punks driving these loud vehicles are the kids of the authorities running the city which is why they never do shit about it.
Basically people are stupid but because they’r black or hispanic it’s discrimination.
The literacy test was among four assessments introduced in the 2013-2014 school year as part of an effort to raise the level of elementary and secondary school teaching in the state.
Leaders of the education reform movement have complained for years about the caliber of students entering education schools and the quality of the instruction they receive there. A December 2016 study by the National Council on Teacher Quality found that 44 percent of the teacher preparation programs it surveyed accepted students from the bottom half of their high school classes.
The reformers believe tests like New York’s Academic Literacy Skills Test can serve to weed out aspiring teachers who aren’t strong students.
But the literacy test raised alarms from the beginning because just 46 percent of Hispanic test takers and 41 percent of black test takers passed it on the first try, compared with 64 percent of white candidates.
A federal judge ruled in 2015 that the test was not discriminatory, but faculty members at education schools say a test that screens out so many minorities is problematic.
“Having a white workforce really doesn’t match our student body anymore,” Soodak said.
This says it all.
Kate Walsh, the president of National Council on Teacher Quality, which pushes for higher standards for teachers, said that blacks and Latinos don’t score as well as whites on the literacy test because of factors like poverty and the legacy of racism.
“There’s not a test in the country that doesn’t have disproportionate performance on the part of blacks and Latinos,” Walsh said.
But she said getting rid of the literacy test would be “a crying shame.”
In implementing the exams, she said, New York had become “light years ahead of other states” in its teacher certification regimen.
“New York put together a suite of testing products that really got at the lack of rigor in teacher prep,” Walsh said.
Ian Rosenblum, the executive director of the New York office of the Education Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for high achievement for all students, called the literacy test “a 12th grade-level assessment” — something a high school senior should be able to pass.
Reading about a new study which has shown that part of the brain in people driving with the aid of GPS is switched off.
I cannot say for other people, but I know for myself the changes which occur via using GPS to navigate are extremely positive ones. Instead of being anxious and preoccupied with looking for street signs and where to turn and which way I’m heading, when using GPS I can just chill out and relax. I can actually be much more aware of the actual scenery around me and I’m generally in a much better state of mind.
Sometimes I like to have GPS on even when I know a route to where I’m going, because it just makes it that much easier to not have to worry about missing a turn or looking for signs. There’s something very reassuring about driving with GPS and knowing, for example, that two miles before you need to take an exit ramp off a highway, you will be notified.
When Deputy Public Defender Kathleen Natividad’s client, who has lived in the U.S. for 20 years after arriving here from Guatemala, was arrested for a DUI in 2015 by San Francisco police, the case had the potential to get him deported.
An illegal alien from Guatemala who most likely cannot read nor write and probably cannot speak English either, should never have been able to nor allowed to enter the United States. The fact that he has been in the United States for 20 years itself is an outrage. That alone shows that we do not have an immigration system nor even a meaningful border. Any fuckwit came come in and stay in. But the story get’s better:
That’s because immigration law says that a DUI conviction can impact one’s status, according to Public Defender’s Office lawyers. With that in mind, the Richmond carpenter and father of three — who is undocumented — and his lawyer came up with a compromise: he would plea to a wet-reckless charge and agree to the same fines and punishment as a DUI.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. First of all, when this guy was pulled over for a DUI they should have realized he is in the United States illegally and that should have been it. At that point he should have been deported.
Second, what the fuck is a public defender – on the taxpayer dollar – defending this person? That is very wrong and that is basically a violation of the law. This is public officials acting in violation of federal law – conspiring to circumvent it.
Third – this fuckwit has three children. That’s outrageous. These fuckers come to the US and have babies at taxpayer expense. These people are illiterate and they are stealing jobs from US citizens. Often these are jobs that people on the margins use to survive, and while we have tent cities and huge problems with poverty and unemployment, our politicians are faciltating this.
With three kids that means 4 jobs stolen and countless other opportunities and public resources wasted. While American citizens are hard at working studying for advanced degrees and pursuing their careers, putting off having kids, these fuckwits enter the country and have kids – usually they intentionally have kids in order to anchor themselves here. It’s outrageous and the kids need to be deported as well. Society should not be providing incentive for this bullshit but should be stopping it!
But the prosecutor would not agree, and now the case is heading to trial, which could end in a conviction and possibly deportation because such an outcome would make him an enforcement priority for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Let’s hope there is sanity an he is deported as quickly as possible. Every dime of taxpayer money spent on this is an outrage and a waste.
Last year, a state law took effect that instructs prosecutors to consider the impacts of plea bargains on immigration status.
That is completely fucked. That basically amounts to the government of the State of California having been subverted by foreign governments, and failing in its basic function as a government to protect and serve its citizens. Every politician responsible for this is guilty of a crime and should be proseccuted.
What the fuck has happened to California. It’s government is fucking outrageous. It has been flooded with tens of millions of illegals and rather than stop it the government is facilitating it. This is a crime.
President Trump, please help. Send in federal marshals or the FBI and start arresting politicians. Make a clean sweep. And send all illegals back including their kids who are not US citizens.
… devastating for the unsustainable Ponzi-scheme which includes the state continuously being flooded with massive swarms of illiterate illegals and the funding of huge populations of lawless thugs who have 0 percent chance of participating meaningfully in the economy without major props …
This news elates me. Donald Trump is starting to clusterfuck California’s Ponzi-scheme from multiple angles. When people like Chiu scream you know good things are happening!
The attorney general for Hawaii said that an executive order issued by the federal government to deny entry to people from certain cultures is religious hostility.
That is very wrong and, for someone in a position of responsibility like him, is a critical mistake. It is based on a logical error and whether this is deliberate or not I cannot say although I suspect that in many similar cases it probably is deliberate.
The error is this: There is the basic premise of the US Constitution that it’s bad or wrong to discriminate against any religion. Thus it says that the government cannot engage in religious discrimination. “Religious discrimination” becomes a bad word – add it to the list of all these other words that can be called off-the-scale words because once they are levelled it amounts to something like an ad hominem attack that is intended to be some kind of absolutist pronouncement and halt all other discussion and thinking about a topic.
It’s funny too because of all the people that frequenty are criticizing our president and saying things like “shut it down” – this tactic of throwing out off-the-scale words is definitely an attempt to shut down – to shut down thought, to shut down discussion, and the process of consideration.
But getting on with the issue, the core problem is this: What do we really mean by saying for example that we are going to ban Muslims? Are we actually referring to a religion?
Let’s put it another way – in a person’s own private life, does anyone actually give a fuck who they bow down to? To what deity(ies) they have an altar? To what book they read or prayers they say?
Basically it’s a non-issue, because basically no one gives a fuck what another person does. But isn’t that mostly what “religion” is? I put quotes around it becuase this is the crux of the problem: If someone is going to throw out this weighted term “religious persecution” then don’t you think it’s important to be damn sure what the hell is actually meant by “religion”.
What I’m getting to here is this: Maybe it’s not about perseucting a religion. Maybe it’s about something else. That something is: Culture.
That’s the problem. We are not talking about religion, but culture. They can say it’s religion. It might be a common phrasing to state Muslim as referring to a religion, but it clearly – very clearly – is not what anyone is thinking when they are thinking of a travel ban. They are thinking of a culture.
And our government has every right – in fact it has a duty and obligation – to ensure that any cultures which are inhospitable or incompatible with our own culture – with our own basic values about things like freedom and human rights – to make sure that we deal with those cultures very carefully which means, in some cases, yes imposing bans on immigration. Absolutely.
Anyone found guilty of insulting the Prophet Muhammed, or Islam in general, risks being sentenced to death, and the country is keen to track down offenders both at home and abroad.
The report estimated that 1,400 children had been sexually abused in the town between 1997 and 2013, predominantly by gangs of British-Pakistani men. Abuses described included abduction, rape, torture and sex trafficking of children.
Remember that the real scandal was the lies and coverup of such extensive, major abuse.
As of 18 March, the Cologne Public Prosecutor reported 1,139 crime complaints filed during New Year’s Eve, 485 of which were sexual offences. By 6 April, the number of reported crimes in Cologne was 1,529. A total of 1,218 victims were involved, 529 of which were victims of sexual offences. In July, it was estimated that more than 600 women had been assaulted in Cologne.
The real story was the lies, the coverup by the media.
The media and our governments are not there to protect us. They are there to subjugate us.
Oh, and in America you’re not allowed to talk about this kind of thing, which happens all the time. You’re not allowed to discuss how integration has failed and maybe the United States needs to seriously rethink the past 150 years of its history. People are victimized in myriad ways and we should not be forced to lose the cities, the cultural centers which our ancestors built for the sake of some pathological altruism which causes suffering.
See the thing I don’t get: If you hate whites so fucking much, why the fuck don’t you move to a non-white country, of which there are plenty in the world? In fact, globally, whites are a minority at only about 20%. Why do you have to fuck up our society because of your bullshit??
We built great cultural centers, created computers and mobile phones, sent people to the Moon and landed probes on planets millions of miles away. If you think we’re so fucked up, why don’t you live in one of the countries of your poor “victims” and see how far they’ve gotten with culture in the past few thousand years?
I wonder if the guy burning the sign is even capable of reading what it says.
Breaking down a lot of what’s happening. Behind all the accusations, rhetoric, etc. is one fundamental question. It is based on this: Does consideration of whether any human being is “good” or has some inherent value relevant for the sake of determining laws of a country?
First of all, I’m not talking about local laws. Local laws are more related to community, family, and neighborhood issues and often are much more lenient.
But I’m talking about a country’s laws. A country is not and cannot be run like a community. It is an entirely different matter.
If someone enters a country illegally and commits a crime, even if that person can be said to be inherently a good person or a person of value – of course almost all people have inherent value – I might exclude people who perpetrate heinous crimes from that – is it appropriate that that person be deported?
The answer is yes. It has to be yes. The alternative is a breakdown of society – a breakdown of civilization – and chaos. Guess what? There’s a hell of a lot of chaos.
The way I look at it is this: Think of it as being another country. Just create an example country in your mind and then imagine that country existing and there are people in it, and that country has laws. It has a border. It has an immigration policy. The purpose of that immigration policy is to benefit the people of the country. Any other type of immigration policy is betrayal of the people of the country and means something is severely wrong – for example it might be that the country has been so infiltrated by people of another country that the country’s policies are now going against it’s own people in order to benefit those from another country. It is a basic fact that every country’s government should always act to benefit its citizens.
If someone comes into the country and commits a crime – anything from basic petty theft of a candy bar and up – they should be kicked out. This is basic stuff. It would be the same if someone were to be a guest in your home. If they came as a guest into your home and stole a few minor items it would still be very serious. It absolutely should not be excused and it should be taken very seriously.
That is the same issue with a country. People coming into a country are like guests in a home. By coming into a home and breaking any law, they are doing something very serious. It is simply not excusable.
From a community viewpoint it might seem harsh, but you absolutely can not run a country based on policies for a community.
Yes, a country should be, and must be, strict.
People who come into a country should be on their best behaviour, to a higher standard than if they were in their own community in their own country. That’s how we define what a country is. People who don’t understand that shouldn’t be in government.