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    Mark got a reaction from Greasy B in Floatin, Politiks, Hippos, And Rattlers.   
    Sorry jdmidwest, but one of my pet peeves is to hear people making blanket criticism of our public schools . As a recently retired public school teacher having worked at four different school districts and retiring from a highly performing public high school, I am confident in saying that the majority of our public schools in Missouri do a great job of educating student WHO WANT TO LEARN. Teachers can't educate students who are chronically absent, run the streets at night and sleep most of the time they are in school,  or on drugs, and parent(s) at home that don't make them go to school every day or have any personal investment in their child's education or their lives. It all starts at home.  It's a "societal problem", not an "educational problem". The kids that want to learn and have parents who take an interest in their children's education are receiving a quality education.
    Probably my biggest complaint with our current public school system is the emphasis on trying to prepare every student for college instead of teaching more trade skills. Most kids don't see being a welder or electrician as a good job.  
    Having said all that, I have seen some really smart kids who can't spell or do simple math in their heads - blame that on technology, i.e. spellcheck, calculators, etc. I also think there has to be a limit on using technology to learn. Today, every kid has a computer in front of them for most classes, and all answers are a "google" away instead of developing problem solving skills, higher order critical thinking skills, and abstract reasoning skills.
    AND KIDS (AND MORE AND MORE ADULTS) ARE ADDICTED TO THEIR PHONES!!
    Rant over and out....
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    Mark got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Floatin, Politiks, Hippos, And Rattlers.   
    LOL I noticed after I posted that this is an old thread. Sorry, I had to defend my former profession.
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    Mark got a reaction from tho1mas in Floatin, Politiks, Hippos, And Rattlers.   
    Sorry jdmidwest, but one of my pet peeves is to hear people making blanket criticism of our public schools . As a recently retired public school teacher having worked at four different school districts and retiring from a highly performing public high school, I am confident in saying that the majority of our public schools in Missouri do a great job of educating student WHO WANT TO LEARN. Teachers can't educate students who are chronically absent, run the streets at night and sleep most of the time they are in school,  or on drugs, and parent(s) at home that don't make them go to school every day or have any personal investment in their child's education or their lives. It all starts at home.  It's a "societal problem", not an "educational problem". The kids that want to learn and have parents who take an interest in their children's education are receiving a quality education.
    Probably my biggest complaint with our current public school system is the emphasis on trying to prepare every student for college instead of teaching more trade skills. Most kids don't see being a welder or electrician as a good job.  
    Having said all that, I have seen some really smart kids who can't spell or do simple math in their heads - blame that on technology, i.e. spellcheck, calculators, etc. I also think there has to be a limit on using technology to learn. Today, every kid has a computer in front of them for most classes, and all answers are a "google" away instead of developing problem solving skills, higher order critical thinking skills, and abstract reasoning skills.
    AND KIDS (AND MORE AND MORE ADULTS) ARE ADDICTED TO THEIR PHONES!!
    Rant over and out....
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    Mark got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Best wade fishing   
    Next weekend I am driving to western MO to buy a MyPod camper (teardrop). I am wanting to use the camper on the way back home (SEMO), and would like to check  out the Gasconade or Big Piney to do some wade fishing. A quick search of the Gasconade hasn't yielded much info on what the water levels are at accesses and wadeable water . I'll be travelling I44 but in no hurry and could take an alternative route home. Can anyone give me advice on a good campsite out of my vehicle and MyPod on the river where I would have a good stretch of wadeable water on the Gasconade, Big Piney,, or any other river? I've never fished any of the central MO rivers and just looking for some easy fishing for an evening and following morning before I head home. I have a 4 wheel drive truck but want an easy in/easy out spot and break up the drive instead of driving all day straight thru. Thanks in advance. Mark
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    Mark got a reaction from mixermarkb in Al Gore   
    WOW still going after 20 pages!! Give it up boys!! The Trumpers are going to believe whatever The Don tells them to believe. I'm sure they still believe Russia had nothing to do with flooding the media with the Hillary email scandal 2 weeks before the election while Trump Organization buried the Stormy Daniels affair, still believe we've wiped out ISIS, still believe everyone of Trump's people indicted or appearing before Congress is lying, or still believe North Korea is not pursuing WMDs. Heck, Trumpers probably still believe Mexico is going to pay for the Trump Wall. They believe whatever the biggest liar in the history of our country says - hook, lines, and sinker.
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    Mark got a reaction from Foghorn in Al Gore   
    WOW still going after 20 pages!! Give it up boys!! The Trumpers are going to believe whatever The Don tells them to believe. I'm sure they still believe Russia had nothing to do with flooding the media with the Hillary email scandal 2 weeks before the election while Trump Organization buried the Stormy Daniels affair, still believe we've wiped out ISIS, still believe everyone of Trump's people indicted or appearing before Congress is lying, or still believe North Korea is not pursuing WMDs. Heck, Trumpers probably still believe Mexico is going to pay for the Trump Wall. They believe whatever the biggest liar in the history of our country says - hook, lines, and sinker.
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    Mark got a reaction from Bushbeater in Al Gore   
    WOW still going after 20 pages!! Give it up boys!! The Trumpers are going to believe whatever The Don tells them to believe. I'm sure they still believe Russia had nothing to do with flooding the media with the Hillary email scandal 2 weeks before the election while Trump Organization buried the Stormy Daniels affair, still believe we've wiped out ISIS, still believe everyone of Trump's people indicted or appearing before Congress is lying, or still believe North Korea is not pursuing WMDs. Heck, Trumpers probably still believe Mexico is going to pay for the Trump Wall. They believe whatever the biggest liar in the history of our country says - hook, lines, and sinker.
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    Mark got a reaction from tjm in Al Gore   
    WOW still going after 20 pages!! Give it up boys!! The Trumpers are going to believe whatever The Don tells them to believe. I'm sure they still believe Russia had nothing to do with flooding the media with the Hillary email scandal 2 weeks before the election while Trump Organization buried the Stormy Daniels affair, still believe we've wiped out ISIS, still believe everyone of Trump's people indicted or appearing before Congress is lying, or still believe North Korea is not pursuing WMDs. Heck, Trumpers probably still believe Mexico is going to pay for the Trump Wall. They believe whatever the biggest liar in the history of our country says - hook, lines, and sinker.
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    Mark got a reaction from Terrierman in Al Gore   
    WOW still going after 20 pages!! Give it up boys!! The Trumpers are going to believe whatever The Don tells them to believe. I'm sure they still believe Russia had nothing to do with flooding the media with the Hillary email scandal 2 weeks before the election while Trump Organization buried the Stormy Daniels affair, still believe we've wiped out ISIS, still believe everyone of Trump's people indicted or appearing before Congress is lying, or still believe North Korea is not pursuing WMDs. Heck, Trumpers probably still believe Mexico is going to pay for the Trump Wall. They believe whatever the biggest liar in the history of our country says - hook, lines, and sinker.
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    Mark got a reaction from MOFishwater in Al Gore   
    I realize you all are having some fun but it does sadden me that we have polluted our planet more in the past 100-150 years than the entire previous history of mankind. The  environmental legacy we are leaving our grandchildren is sickening. What's more - I am afraid we are past the point of no return when you look at the amount of industrial pollution coming out of China and India, let alone what the US is continuing to contribute. We can debate whether climate change is man made or a natural cycle until we are blue in the faces. There should be no debating that we have to stop polluting our planet. It makes me sad because our descendants are going to rightfully blame the generations that followed the industrial revolution (our generation, our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) for destroying what God gave us to take care of for all of mankind. Laugh and poke fun, we are going to be the not so funny of a joke in the future.
     
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    Mark got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Al Gore   
    Funny stuff, Jerry! Collecting soda bottles was every kids first job - 2 cents, then 3 cents, then a nickel before aluminum cans too over.
    fishinwrench, you are correct, too, I remember all the trash in towns, shooting rats at the city dump, sewage running down the gullies to the creek, the chemicals we would dump anywhere, every factory I worked in back in the day had no regard for disposing of waste.
    liphunter - exactly right too. Too darn many people, and I believe I've read that the world pop will double by 2050. I believe Mother Nature will eventually have enough, and something like a worldwide pandemic is coming that will kill millions or billions, if nukes don't take care of it first. Don't think I will be around though.
    Hate to sound like a doomsdayer, but I do wonder what this planet will look like in 100 years, and if man don't change, it won't be pretty.
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    Mark got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Al Gore   
    I realize you all are having some fun but it does sadden me that we have polluted our planet more in the past 100-150 years than the entire previous history of mankind. The  environmental legacy we are leaving our grandchildren is sickening. What's more - I am afraid we are past the point of no return when you look at the amount of industrial pollution coming out of China and India, let alone what the US is continuing to contribute. We can debate whether climate change is man made or a natural cycle until we are blue in the faces. There should be no debating that we have to stop polluting our planet. It makes me sad because our descendants are going to rightfully blame the generations that followed the industrial revolution (our generation, our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) for destroying what God gave us to take care of for all of mankind. Laugh and poke fun, we are going to be the not so funny of a joke in the future.
     
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    Mark got a reaction from mixermarkb in Al Gore   
    Funny stuff, Jerry! Collecting soda bottles was every kids first job - 2 cents, then 3 cents, then a nickel before aluminum cans too over.
    fishinwrench, you are correct, too, I remember all the trash in towns, shooting rats at the city dump, sewage running down the gullies to the creek, the chemicals we would dump anywhere, every factory I worked in back in the day had no regard for disposing of waste.
    liphunter - exactly right too. Too darn many people, and I believe I've read that the world pop will double by 2050. I believe Mother Nature will eventually have enough, and something like a worldwide pandemic is coming that will kill millions or billions, if nukes don't take care of it first. Don't think I will be around though.
    Hate to sound like a doomsdayer, but I do wonder what this planet will look like in 100 years, and if man don't change, it won't be pretty.
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    Mark got a reaction from mixermarkb in Al Gore   
    I realize you all are having some fun but it does sadden me that we have polluted our planet more in the past 100-150 years than the entire previous history of mankind. The  environmental legacy we are leaving our grandchildren is sickening. What's more - I am afraid we are past the point of no return when you look at the amount of industrial pollution coming out of China and India, let alone what the US is continuing to contribute. We can debate whether climate change is man made or a natural cycle until we are blue in the faces. There should be no debating that we have to stop polluting our planet. It makes me sad because our descendants are going to rightfully blame the generations that followed the industrial revolution (our generation, our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) for destroying what God gave us to take care of for all of mankind. Laugh and poke fun, we are going to be the not so funny of a joke in the future.
     
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    Mark got a reaction from Haris122 in Al Gore   
    I realize you all are having some fun but it does sadden me that we have polluted our planet more in the past 100-150 years than the entire previous history of mankind. The  environmental legacy we are leaving our grandchildren is sickening. What's more - I am afraid we are past the point of no return when you look at the amount of industrial pollution coming out of China and India, let alone what the US is continuing to contribute. We can debate whether climate change is man made or a natural cycle until we are blue in the faces. There should be no debating that we have to stop polluting our planet. It makes me sad because our descendants are going to rightfully blame the generations that followed the industrial revolution (our generation, our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) for destroying what God gave us to take care of for all of mankind. Laugh and poke fun, we are going to be the not so funny of a joke in the future.
     
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    Mark got a reaction from liphunter in Al Gore   
    I realize you all are having some fun but it does sadden me that we have polluted our planet more in the past 100-150 years than the entire previous history of mankind. The  environmental legacy we are leaving our grandchildren is sickening. What's more - I am afraid we are past the point of no return when you look at the amount of industrial pollution coming out of China and India, let alone what the US is continuing to contribute. We can debate whether climate change is man made or a natural cycle until we are blue in the faces. There should be no debating that we have to stop polluting our planet. It makes me sad because our descendants are going to rightfully blame the generations that followed the industrial revolution (our generation, our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) for destroying what God gave us to take care of for all of mankind. Laugh and poke fun, we are going to be the not so funny of a joke in the future.
     
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    Mark got a reaction from Greasy B in Al Gore   
    I realize you all are having some fun but it does sadden me that we have polluted our planet more in the past 100-150 years than the entire previous history of mankind. The  environmental legacy we are leaving our grandchildren is sickening. What's more - I am afraid we are past the point of no return when you look at the amount of industrial pollution coming out of China and India, let alone what the US is continuing to contribute. We can debate whether climate change is man made or a natural cycle until we are blue in the faces. There should be no debating that we have to stop polluting our planet. It makes me sad because our descendants are going to rightfully blame the generations that followed the industrial revolution (our generation, our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) for destroying what God gave us to take care of for all of mankind. Laugh and poke fun, we are going to be the not so funny of a joke in the future.
     
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    Mark got a reaction from Terrierman in Al Gore   
    I realize you all are having some fun but it does sadden me that we have polluted our planet more in the past 100-150 years than the entire previous history of mankind. The  environmental legacy we are leaving our grandchildren is sickening. What's more - I am afraid we are past the point of no return when you look at the amount of industrial pollution coming out of China and India, let alone what the US is continuing to contribute. We can debate whether climate change is man made or a natural cycle until we are blue in the faces. There should be no debating that we have to stop polluting our planet. It makes me sad because our descendants are going to rightfully blame the generations that followed the industrial revolution (our generation, our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) for destroying what God gave us to take care of for all of mankind. Laugh and poke fun, we are going to be the not so funny of a joke in the future.
     
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    Mark got a reaction from tho1mas in Lyric's heard wrong   
    Amazed at so many anti Beatles fans. The music stands the test of time. I'm not a fanatic and always considered The Beatles and The Rolling Stones tied for the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
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    Mark got a reaction from tho1mas in Fatal mountain lion attack in Washington state   
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/19/mountain-lion-cougar-panther-attack-kills-man/626259002/
    Wowser!! I can't imagine the terror!! I saw my first and only bobcat in nature a couple years ago. She was sitting on edge of woods. I was in my car on a dirt road. I stopped about 40 yards away. We had a stare down for a good 10 minutes. She never moved and I drove off. Later a local buddy who said "Oh Yeah! Saw her too. She's been guarding her litter for a couple days". Definitely wouldn't want to tangle with her. Can't imagine a mountain lion. I believe there are a few in Missouri now, correct?
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    Mark got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in I thought I might pass this on.   
    Good story!! I often think of some of the people I grew up with - some have done quite well in life and some not so well, financially speaking. Some just never had much ambition and bounced from job to job. These guys all tend to be outdoorsman. A job is just a means to  support their hunting and fishing, and pay the living bills. A couple of them have probably never been more than 100 miles from home 20-30 times in their life. No need to - they have everything they need within 20-30 minutes of home. They look just like you would imagine a country boy outdoorsman would look.  I often think "So what!! They are happy!! And at the very end, we're all ending up the same way, and all the money in world isn't going to change that."
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    Mark got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in A Question of Ethics?   
    Should be limited to nongame fish. Shoot all the Asian carp you can!!
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    Mark got a reaction from JimmyV in Sand everywhere.   
    THIS IS AN EXCELLENT
    On youtube, the lectures from a freshman level class at Missouri Sate U entitled "OZK 150: Introduction to Ozark Studies by Dr. Blevins. There are 30 lectures of :50. Lecture 1: The Where and What of the Ozarks. Very interesting and Dr. Blevins is an awesome lecturer. I watched about the first t2 or so that takes history up to the early 1800s, my main interest, and just never got back to the rest. But one lecture covers Native Indians, one French arrival, another on venicular, - starts every lecture with Ozark Vocabulary Words of the Day - pretty funny!!
    This blew me away - He kids that the area should be called The Ozark Valleys instead of the Ozark Mts., as every hill is formed from erosion. The only true mountains with evidence of volcanic activity (which defines a true mountain) is the St. Francois Mts. specifically Elephant Rocks of granite. Missouri was a flat marsh at one time.
    I may post this under General Discussion so more people see it. Hope you all will enjoy.
     
     
     
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    Mark got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Just an average trip...   
    Geez, Al, your average day is a record day for me. Wish I had your expertise! And wish I knew more about how to fish Ozark streams. I'm clueless, but enjoy trying!! I've thought about the old wood also from watching that TV show Ax Men about the loggers harvesting the old Cyprus in the bayou for big money.
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    Mark got a reaction from MGP in Some amazing preliminary observations of the flood records   
    I know I have grown sick of politics and politicians. Politics was never intended to be a career, and definitely not a profitable career.
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