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Well, if you allow leniency on the format you're basically letting some students insert more content than others. If my essay has 4 four lines per inch and yours has 3, I'm getting more words per page, which makes it unfair for all other applicants.


Also, "apply some common sense, people!" is the dumbest reasoning you can ever have when dealing with law, especially law that grants people money.


Except it was a college administrator that failed, not students.

I don't see how that affects my point. Just replace "students" with "administrators".
1. A word count is likely part of it, thus your argument is irrelevant since more words would fail you anyway, formatting being irrelevant.


2. Formatting is not so you have precise word count.  Part of it is legebility.  Most of it, like all rules of grants, is to deny them.


Normally, when you have to award a grant but have limited funds, you make up rules to use in deciding between two equally valid groups.


However, if an organization has been doing the grant for decades, does it make sense that suddenly they'd be denied?  Unless there was a sudden surge of exceptional programs that forced the department to cut out a very successful one with decades of history, this screams funding cuts.


As I said, the formatting rules are for deciding between close competitors.  And it wasn't just one organization awarded either.  So call me paranoid but this looks exactly like a "deny any you can with any technicality".




But we won't know until we get the award list.  But I am sure either not all the money was given out or it was given to new programs that are more in line with DeVos's ideology.

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Well, if you allow leniency on the format you're basically letting some students insert more content than others. If my essay has 4 four lines per inch and yours has 3, I'm getting more words per page, which makes it unfair for all other applicants.


Also, "apply some common sense, people!" is the dumbest reasoning you can ever have when dealing with law, especially law that grants people money.


Except it was a college administrator that failed, not students.

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http://www.chronicle.com/article/Dozens-of-Colleges-Upward/239895

I know a rule is a rule but come on... if there was an example of "Deny it any way you can" this would be it.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 28, 2017, 03:37:58 PM »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/i-was-all-set-to-terminate-inside-trumps-sudden-shift-on-nafta/2017/04/27/0452a3fa-2b65-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html?utm_term=.579ef86185c4

yeah weird it's almost as if he never had a clue what he was talking about and just told people whatever they wanted to hear to get their votes.

HA!

The Trump Presidency is proof that there are no simple solutions, no matter how popular they are.

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Technology & Information / Re: Soooo, I may have broken my laptop
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:00:02 AM »
Yeah... any repair shop would charge you closer to $500.
Really? For (probably) re-soldering a power connector? Either the American market really sucks, or you got hella ripped off at some point, Dave.
Ever see the prices at Best Buy?  If they can't fix it at the shop (ie. anything that involves replacing hardware more than a HDD) they send it to a warehouse shop.

I may be exaggerating but it's certainly not gonna be less than $200.  Especially since they aren't gonna be like "Well, let's just re-solder this." They'll replace the whole damn main board.  Heck, level 1 data recovery is like $200.  (level 1 is "I deleted it by accident or formatted my drive")

(Small shops are few and far between so I can't say what they'd charge.)

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 28, 2017, 05:46:13 AM »
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-100days-idUSKBN17U0CA

I chuckled.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/330925-spicer-blames-obama-for-flynns-security-clearance
Eh, he's got a point.  Obama's administration did renew his security clearance.  Sucks for Trump that he hired him though.

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Technology & Information / Re: Soooo, I may have broken my laptop
« on: April 27, 2017, 09:53:40 PM »
$250?  Yeah... any repair shop would charge you closer to $500.

Get a new one, swap the HDDs and call it a day.

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Technology & Information / Re: Soooo, I may have broken my laptop
« on: April 27, 2017, 06:25:21 PM »
Ok so good news is, it's not dead if it works on battery power.

Bad news is, it sounds like you crossed some wires so all that voltage going into the laptop plug is fucked up.

Good news is that if that really is all it is, you could (if you have the skills) fix it.  Getting a replacement part might not be easy though.

Of course, you should check your power cord first.  Stick a volt meter to it and make sure it's outputting the voltages and the polarity correctly.

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considering the date, I'm gonna guess it was an early joke.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:29:14 AM »
Based on what I've seen so far I will benefit from this tax plan. No surprise there really; sometimes I feel like I'm the only liberal left who remembers how awesome taxes were under GW.

Now if he would do away with that pesky Consumer Financial Protection Bureau like he promised...


I, however, will not benefit.  By removing the tax deduction on student loan interest paid, I'm not likely to have anything back.


Of course, I currently have no income so its a moot point for now.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:32:35 PM »
Well... gotta say, that is actually a good outline.  I especially like removing all but 3 tax deductions.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:48:17 AM »
His tax plan(if that is it) is contradictory to his "America First" plan.


Lowering taxes lowers government revenue.
Using only American made items (like steel) for public projects will increase the cost of the projects.




He wishes to increase costs while decreasing revenue.  All while attempting to balance the budget.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 25, 2017, 04:00:39 PM »
In OTHER trump news:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/18/presidential-executive-order-buy-american-and-hire-american

I applaud this.  This is the kind of economic policy we need.  It'll take years before the effects create jobs, of course, and the costs will never go down, but this is what America needs.  They need to understand just what "Made in America" means cause it sure as hell doesn't mean cheaper.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/25/525512179/trump-administration-to-impose-20-percent-tariff-on-canadian-lumber

Also pissing off Canada but again, better to use our trees than theirs, am I right?  With any luck, his next order will require all gasoline to be American made and all oil to be American pumped.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:57:03 AM »
Gotta agree with Trekky.

Take what Trump said during the election and unless Stoltenberg suddenly changed HIS opinion once Trump was elected (which is unlikely) then Trump changed his to match Stoltenberg.

So really, Stoltenberg isn't agreeing with Trump, Trump is agreeing with stoltenberg.  A classic case of "Now that I read up on it, I realize I was wrong" but without the whole admitting he was wrong thing.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:00:34 PM »
Sounds like Stoltenberg was basically saying:

"Terrorism is bad and we're trying to fight it."
and
"We need more money."

No where does it even imply that NATO hasn't been trying to fight Terrorism, it just hasn't gotten to the point of a unified front. 

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 24, 2017, 06:12:31 PM »
Then maybe he should look up the definition of Obsolete cause I think the word he should have used was "ineffective" or maybe just say "They should be focusing on Terrorism..." instead of using a word that means "No longer useful as newer things have replaced it's function/it's function is no longer required."

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:05:46 PM »
Yeah, I had to stop around a quarter of the way.
He's a Terrible speaker.  He constantly pauses, uses filler words, repeats himself every few lines...

Yeah, great, he saved money.  I'm happy for him.  But ya only need to say it once or twice, not 10 times.

But hey, at least he understands that you shouldn't insult leaders if you want their help.  So... you know... progress.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 23, 2017, 06:03:00 PM »
Because he is so fragile nowadays that he can't stand to be roasted.

Trump's rallys are actually televised speeches to the american public to communicate his progress and intentions. That seems to me to be a lot more valuable, and a better use of his time, than attending some dinner party.

How nice for you that you think that.  Trump obviously doesn't agree as he has done such things as attend one of his hotel's openings instead of doing his job.  I think it is more likely that he is not attending because he could not stand the roasting.
He'd literally argue with every joke.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: April 23, 2017, 04:46:25 PM »
Because he is so fragile nowadays that he can't stand to be roasted.

Trump's rallys are actually televised speeches to the american public to communicate his progress and intentions. That seems to me to be a lot more valuable, and a better use of his time, than attending some dinner party.
If he didn't spend nearly every weekend golfing, I might want to believe you. 

And attending a dinner party to mend fences with the press is a very valuable use of your time if you spent the better part of a year insulting them.  You know, the people whose job it is to get your message out to the majority of people? 

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: 8values
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:12:18 AM »

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