Take the A7RII guts with all the new features. Shove it inside of an A99 body with a weather sealed metal FE mount. Have a modified Alpha-FE mount where it mates, not with the f-mount pins, but with a set of reverse set A-mount pins, so the lens talks directly to the camera using A-mount signals and voltage levels. No SPI/I2C/serial conversion.
This way, we get a nice comfortable full sized A99 body with the fully articulated LCD screen on the back. We get the short flange distance of the E/FE mounts so I can use the old school glass easily via the *-to-E-mount. And I can natively use the Alpha glass I have without the Alpha-to-E nonsense that slows down the AF due to serial conversion and voltage levels.
Oh, and use the larger batteries... please.
That looks VERY much like a Printrbot Simple Wood.. scaled down greatly, of course. does your design file licenses allow for what looks very much like a derived work?
The article seems to indicate that corporal punishment is the norm in that school. That there is an issue with respecting authority.
To be quite honest, I don't see a picture of one student having an issue, but rather, a whole classroom that lives in quiet fear of the authority. And when the authority uses force like that, then it would be normal to disrepect authority.
If your sense of authority is backed by the use of force, then the only possible outcome is a response in force.
The reason for her being treated in this manner? Refusal to leave after being cited for using her phone in the classroom. WTF.
As a teacher, you could have removed the phone from the student's possession or made it mandatory to bar devices from the classroom. But instead, you setup a situation where people get to be made examples of.
I want to say that if I were that young woman's parent, I would sue. However, given how much support of the corporal punishment system that community seems to have, it would most likely be a lost cause. Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina... this kind of becomes the image of your school, town, and community: that you're okay with violence against children as a means of disciplining them. That giving schools the prison treatment is the solution. The children don't think anything of it because they are raised in that environment.
There are many ways to reinforce authority and to discipline. Was she pulling a knife or gun? Was she cursing out the officer? No. She was using her phone and refusing to leave the classroom. The response was disproportionate to the situation. What's scary is that so many commenters indicated that was the right course of action.
I guess this is the modern day "paddle in the classroom" for some communities. Some are saying this is because of bad parenting, but how is it good parenting to have the community to rely on police officers to discipline their children like criminals?
However, I would point out that even use of force that is allowed under the law, does not necessarily mean that it wasn't murder. Just because something is legal doesn't always mean that it is right. It used to be legal to "own" another human being in the United States. It was legal to do so and it was legal to treat them how you wished. But that didn't make it right. If you killed your human chattel, you were perhaps fined, like you would if you had mistreated your bovine chattel.
I have great respect for the individuals within the police force who stand by the letter and spirit of the law. Who truly do protect and serve the communities that they have sworn to. I respect the hard work that the police face, having grown up in SoCal and watched the gang wars play out in Los Angeles on television. But I also saw the Rodney King beatings. The resulting riots, looting, and vandalizing.
The probe into, and the deep deep rooting of the bad elements from LA Rampart. The hard hard work done by the police there to regain the trust and rebuild the relationships with the community.
But bad actors everywhere. Within the community at large. Within the police force. Within the policy makers. History keeps repeating itself because there is this strong sense of "US vs THEM".
This concept of "you don't understand" isn't new. One hears it in reference to people who return from war. Or who grew up in abusive situations or in environments of violence. But the thing about understanding is that people need to talk. They need to share their experiences, their thoughts, their point of views... with each other and with the other side. With the "THEM(s)". Otherwise, you're just circling the wagons and putting up walls to hide behind.
Each group always bands together to defend one of their own. Whether it's a parent defending their child. A team covering for the mistakes of one of their own. A gang retaliating for a wrong done against one of their own. Or the brothers in blue watching each others' backs. That protective group mentality is what keeps you strong and bound together. But it also makes you overlook mistakes and behaviours that snowballs into something worse. Habits become ingrained into the culture of the group. The group starts developing a routine/habit when it deals with situations. Those habitual observations become truths that become codified in the training and eventually into law. That happens in each group/culture. Neither badge, title, nor clause makes anyone immune to that.
And everyone needs to step back and look within and REALLY ask themselves, is this how we all want to move forward? Is the answer really to beat sense into the other side? Because we only need to look a few decades back to see where that road leads.
There ARE problems in all levels and groups of society. And while these problems are deep rooted and emotionally charged, they are problems that are resolvable if people can step out from behind their respective masks and shields and talk and come to a mutual understanding.
And if people can't do that. Can't lay down their pride long enough to have a meaningful discussion and airing out of their concerns and come to an understanding... then what is being protected? Not people. Not the community. Just selfish pride and the right to say, "you are wrong, we are right". And regardless of which side you are on, when you are saying that, but your hands are covered in blood, words like "right" and "wrong" ring empty.
Wow. Just... wow.
The Forest (R) - horrific suicide and hallucinations in a cursed Japanese forest, featuring dead bodies hanging, hands dragging people into pools.
Paranormal Activity Ghost Dimension(R) - oh look, more ghost horror, scare-tactic, and freak out movie preview.
The Revenant(R) - Dad gets mauled by a bear and the group of men decide to kill and bury him, then kills his son. He climbs out and starts tracking down and murdering people. Yep. Another Rated-R preview for a PG-13 film. WTH.
Crimson Peak(R). - Wow, haunted mansion with ghouls, undead, bloody corpses, disembodied hands grasping, watching the protagonist descend down into terror and madness. Yes, this falls into the WTF category again.
Not only were these previews completely inappropriate for the rating of the feature film, but they were inappropriate for the subject matter. Thankfully, we had something to distract our daughter from the child in-appropriate content on the scream, but we certainly couldn't block out the death screams that were pumping out at high volume.
I've reached out to MPAA's media contact and got a form letter response indicating that the individual was out and had limited access to email. I ping'd AMC Cupertino Square 16 via Facebook, Twitter, and via email to their corp contacts. So far, I've only gotten back a twitter response that they would look into it.
Still pissed. And quite frankly, the near non-existence of any kind of response is just making it worse.
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