This timeline, found in an anniversary celebration booklet, kind of bums me out. I don't want to overgeneralize, but timelines usually signify perceived progress, and this tells me someone decided after 2010 that "No, we had the right idea in 1998. Astronauts aren't scientists; he needs to be a dude with body armor and a handgun." #LEGO
The decline in sales from 1992-2004 was due in part to lack of interest in the more generic sets Lego was producing. "Story" sells these days and creating multi product tie ins have created products that kids want again. They produce sets, videos, books, video games, etc. that all link characters and plot together.
At least at our house, we still get a good dose of kids creating their own things, even if it sometimes includes Indiana Jones riding a spaceship to fight evil ninjas.
I can't top the snark in this writeup, so I won't try.
"Anyway, this lasted maybe five days before officials said it would be canceled. The city manager said the plan wasn't vetted through the city's legal department, making it sound sort of like the plan's fault. But he also semi-defended it. 'There was a general perception among many in the public that the police department was going to use this program to perform some kind of general sweeps or unauthorized searches of people's [homes] to confiscate their firearms,' he said. 'That's not what was intended.' No, they were going to ask first. We get that."
"But when you see a couple of dozen cops arrive, armed, to deal with an obviously peaceful protest, well we as a country have obviously lost the plot. When we start arming ourselves against our own citizens as a routine matter, things are pretty goddamned broken."
Some observations: The Mountain View public schools' immunization levels are high enough for herd immunity. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_immunity has a chart of herd immunity thresholds by disease). The private schools are hit or miss. At Yew Chung International School Silicon Valley day care, 70 out of 86 enrollees are not up-to-date on immunizations due to personal belief exemptions.
[This is just a repost of my previous post, which was harder to share.]