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  •  Can we stop calling this a science experiment? (16+ / 0-)

    A science experiment is something you do when you don't know the outcome, and want to find out. I'm sure anyone mixing toilet cleaner and aluminum foil in a plastic bottle has seen the results on one of the numerous YouTube videos, and the question is not, What Will Happen? but Can I Do That?

    Now, the Can I Do That impulse is pretty much universal, and strong in kids that age who really are wondering what they can and can't do, but it's a coming of age thing rather than a science thing.

    Kiera made a loud noise happen on her school campus. She put gas into a plastic container until the pressure built up enough so the container popped with a loud noise. The only real difference between what she did and blowing up a balloon until it pops is the container holds more pressure than a balloon, so the pop is louder when it finally happens.

    This device isn't a weapon or a firearm. There are no explosive materials involved. As for destruction, well, the plastic bottle broke, and I suppose if she'd put it in a paper shopping bag, the paper bag would have been shredded. But if placed near a wall, the wall would still be standing, unmarked. The ground it sat on had no crater blown out of it, no windows broke. It made a loud noise when it popped.

    That's it. Kiera made a loud noise happen on her school campus. Exciting? probably. Interesting? absolutely. Disruptive? I suppose so, since it was a surprise to the adults around.

    But criminal? You've got to be kidding me.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:53:00 PM PDT

    •  Great post. nt (4+ / 0-)
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      jrooth, Lujane, fhcec, Orinoco

      I see what you did there.

      by GoGoGoEverton on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:00:14 PM PDT

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    •  Intellectual curiosity must be stopped! (0+ / 0-)

      because it is more important that our high school graduates pass a test, not think for themselves.  Much of the Zero Tolerance is based on this premise.  If Faux Noise is going to succeed, if the right wing is going to win, if the corporations and banks wish to continue their theft of the commonwealth, then it is imperative that we stop smart children from thinking.  Toss them all in privately held corporate jails!  Jesse Lava compares this to an accidental shooting, but that is comparing apples and oranges.  

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