Om friskoler og politiske realiteter

I forbindelse med regeringens forslag – og bagefter opgivelse af samme – om at sænke tilskuddet til friskolerne kom jeg til at tænke på om der ikke er sket noget radikalt i forhold til skolerne i Danmark.

Friskolerne har en blandet baggrund i den danske historie men indtil for relativt få år siden var de et alternativ for de få; dem der ville have deres børn i et bestemt undervisningstilbud.

Men da kommunernes skolelukninger begyndte at tage fart ændrede det sig; friskolerne blev et alternativ, ikke til kommunernes skoler, men til skoler i landdistrikterne og de mindre byer.

Det gælder selvfølgelig langt fra alle friskoler men det har ændret det politiske landskab – friskoler er pludselig blevet nødvendige for lokalsamfundene.

Og dermed har friskolerne fået en bred politisk opbakning som gør det svært at røre dem.

Jeg mener principielt at det er forkert at friskolerne er blevet nødvendige for lokalsamfundene. Det burde være de kommunale skoler der var det men kommunerne er ude af stand til at løse den opgave og den er derfor faldet til de frivillige og forældrene.

Der kommer en ændring i hvordan friskolerne får støtte fra staten på et tidspunkt, og med ovenstående politiske realiteter så vil det nok være i form af at de friskoler der er tætte på større byer eller eksisterende kommunale skoler får mindre. Det bliver interessant at se hvordan det bliver udformet.

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No more CO2 will not lower the temperature

There is no doubt that we need to get to a net zero CO2 emissions world at some point. It can’t be a surprise that this will take a very long time and unfortunately we do not have the technology to do it now and feed everyone on the planet.

Since any reasonable person will accept that we need to feed everyone on the planet, we need to get to a technological level where it will be possible while having net zero CO2 emissions.

And then we need to get to negative “emissions”.

Because the global temperature rise will only stabilise if we don’t take some the CO2 back, not fall back to pre-industrial temperatures.

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Labour promising a Tory dream

For my British friends: Labour promising to nationalise broadband is a true Tory dream, not nightmare.

On the surface, this is classic left-wing, socialising a utility to provide equal access for all. I think there are good arguments for ensuring a solid infrastructure in a nation that goes beyond left-wing politics, but of course one-solution-for-all tends to be a poor solution. Should we give them the benefit of the doubt?

Then, in a few years the Tories will be back in power and will now have complete and absolute control access to all logs, all DNS requests and all meta data of every single Briton on the internet. That porn block they had to scrap? No problem, the government now controls all electronic communication.

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Leaving well enough alone

Apparently, on Disney+, the original Star Wars movie, A New Hope, has a fourth version of the Han-shooting-Greedo scene. This version was made 7 years ago by Lucas, before selling the films and the franchise to Disney and the question is, correctly, why?

I have found Lucas’ re-edits infuriating as they seem unnecessary, often in lower quality than the original film was shot and worst of all, undercuts the character development of the movies.

I also think about famous movie-critic Roger Ebert’s take on the many versions of Blade Runner, that if that movie is so great why do they keep going back and changing it?

To me the best version of Blade Runner is The Final Cut version from 2007 and the best Star Wars version is the unofficial Adywan edit.

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Facebook accidentally accessing your camera

At this point, why bother?

Facebook users, who really should reconsider their life choices right about now, are noticing that Facebook’s iOS app is accessing their iPhone or iPad camera while they’re doing completely unrelated things, like skimming their FB feed to catch up on what friends are posting.

I’ll remind you:

Facebook will continue to abuse the trust people place in them; they exist to exploit other people’s private information, it is the only reason they exist and not doing so would require the company to be rebuild from the bottom up.

Yes, it might be a bug, but would anyone truly be surprised if it turned out it wasn’t?

I’ll second the need for a hardware indicator on phones, tablets and computers that indicates that the wireless, camera, microphone or location is accessed and on iOS, it should be in the secure enclave, so it can’t be turned off by apps.

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Cautious with precaution

Scientific articles have some of the best headlines: “Be Cautious with the Precautionary Principle: Evidence from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

But the article is serious, and the abstract is clear about this:

This paper provides a large scale, empirical evaluation of unintended effects from invoking the precautionary principle after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. After the accident, all nuclear power stations ceased operation and nuclear power was replaced by fossil fuels, causing an exogenous increase in electricity prices. This increase led to a reduction in energy consumption, which caused an increase in mortality during very cold temperatures. We estimate that the increase in mortality from higher electricity prices outnumbers the mortality from the accident itself, suggesting the decision to cease nuclear production has contributed to more deaths than the accident itself.
(my emphasis)

Economics are real and for poor people higher prices can be a question of life and death. The authors also point out that the fossil fuels caused a drop in air quality, another thing we know causes shortened lifespans.

The article is behind a paywall on the official site but can apparently be read for free here.

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It’s a serious mistake. We’ve made mistakes too, right, with self-driving […] So I think that people make mistakes. It doesn’t mean that they can never be forgiven

Sometimes CEO’s should only speak via emails that has been vetted by their PR and legal departments. Of course, that would seriously restrict their opportunity to appear in media.

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Trophies always just gather dust

From this story about Gawker, but I think the statement is correct. I have a few sort-of-trophies and I now think I should reconsider their place in my home and in my life. If I can’t use them for anything but gathering dust, I should get rid of them. The victories will still be mine.

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Chappelle and the critics

I know I am a bit late to this, but I finally got to watch Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones. I wasn’t actually going to do it, because I didn’t quite feel in the mood and also, I haven’t really got anything for Dave Chappelle.

But it is one of those shows that a certain group of people really dislike and other people really like, and I remembered how Chappelle had been one of the earliest celebrities who had denounced Cosby; I thought, I’ll give him credit for that and give it a shot.

This spot on The Joe Rogan Experience helped convince me:

I thought it was really funny. It may have been edgy but I am not all that clear about where boundaries are supposed to be these days in USA, but it was funny and I think he still managed to bring some issues into the spotlight.

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Netflix, a suggestion









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