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Old 05-10-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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RegalSin,

Your radical ideas won't fly down here. We have legalized casinos, and they are more trouble than they are worth, with all the social ills they have brought (bankruptcies, broken families, draining money from those already poor, etc.)
Man! Ain't it the bleeding truth!?

We stopped for lunch at the casino on US 49 where it crosses the river. There weren't all that many people there and the ones that were - by all appearances - should not have been. I wish they wouldn't put those dang casinos in rural areas like that.
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:08 PM
 
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Exactly what kind of people are you trying to bring into the state????
I forget, it has to do with the same people who decides to leave. It becomes a problem, over time. However most people do not
care about this problem.

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cannabis
I was thinking about it, like a plant enthusiast. You make the product valueless, then nobody wants it. Like in some nations, they have wild chickens, and eat pigeons. Or some places eat, what we call vermin.
Like the low-cost internet is practically destroying the media market
( video, animation, videogames, imagery, informational, relics ). Nobody wants to pinch a penny for these products anymore.

In fact I believe we should make high speed internet service, and wireless phones go up by $100-$200 dollars. This way people who are unable to afford these services will have no choice but to purchase the actual products. This is the complete opposite effect of planting every single kind of drug related, plant all over the place. Just make it illeagal to use.

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you want to restrict freedom of speech?
In various schools they bann the teaching of adam and eve, in place of the evolution rule. However for a very long time from the mid 1990's, they have been implimenting ways to make non-heterosexualism reasonable, and understandable. From innocent resources like Disney, to peace talks in schools. I just feel that any implimentation of pro non-heterosexualsim should be avoided. If the topic comes up, it should not demoted but never, ever promoted.

It is an old topic, that has alot of red flags, and should not be mentioned. However as times goes by it is implimented. Whatever.

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need for a Playboy subscription,
Some libraries do carry those books, in stacks and collections made for libraries. You can order those yourself, I don't know where, but I have seen it before. All magazines are collected.

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the local jurisdiction should be allowed to decide which books they purchase using their money. I wouldn't call this a "ban".
I am suggesting that we should prevent any book as being banned to protect freedom of the presses. Once people start to bann one book, they can do it, over and over again, until the right of freedom of press is taken away, forever. This is not radio, or television we are talking about. These are books, the ultimate media treasure. Only books can be used without electricity, or an outside fuel source, asides a candle light.

Think about those Kindles, and Ipads. That is what they are trying to achieve. If you think it is just a gimmick, it is not. Soon our press will be banned, and the only thing buyable will be childrens books.

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What exactly ARE you talking about?
Over the years people have been blaming media for their disfunctional
actions. Crimes ranging from murders, killings, abducations, endangerment, and kidnappings. People need to stop blaming media, and take responsibilities for their own actions.

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And there's where your post just goes into lala land. Mandatory tattoos, an arcade museum, monorails, and a floating city, all suggestions from the same person, all suggestions for ways to improve the state?
In Cuba, and some other nations they put the people with Aids/hiv, into one specific area. So we just put tattoo's on AID/HIV victims. However this will cause anothe problem. Since 2005 in Africa people have been slaughtering womens bodies part to mark them as unusable. A simular issue in the Orient regions.

About arcade museum. I do not think it has been done before. Like a 70's club ( which has been done forever ), but those arcades that filled the rooms, wide and far. I would think that people would like to enjoy a whole room of pinball machines, and various games they grewed up, or saw in images. Or a game club/museum with access to almost any kind of game. Maybe this one is out there a little bit.

The floating city, was part of Oceania's plan. MS being in the area that it is in, people keep talking and talking about the entire area being flooded in the future. So it might be good to plan ahead, instead of fighting nature?
Remember New Orleans.

I was thinking on a beserk scale. These are things, that I have seen being used around the world, from time to time. I read about them, in various magazines, textbooks, the news, and of course the internet. I am old enough to remember how normal things were before smart phones, and flatscreens. I prefer things to remain that way.
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What are Mississppi's current strenghts and weaknesses?
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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My husband and I are young professionals, and we are moving to MS this summer for jobs for the both of us, and also for my husband to pursue his PhD. My husband was also offered full tuition-remission, which is a big draw for us. We're pretty excited about him graduating debt-free with his PhD.
General remark. Almost everybody and his dog gets tuition reimbursements + small assistantship to cover living expenses if he's enrolled to a sci&eng etc. grad school in any state. The lower rank of university, the more assistanships are distributed among grad students (mostly foreigners from poor countries). Honestly, put your excitement aside and look at this "pleasantry" as a big red flag. They don't shower medical, pharmacy, law, business, dental (or any undegrads for that matter) with free tuition and stipends. So why sci&eng grad students are so "special"? After all if a grad degree in sci&eng is so lucrative, they would jack tuition up to capitalize on the financial success of their graduates (the way law, medical, etc. schools do). There is big ugly side to this grad school "generosity". Make a wild guess.
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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RegalSin,

Again, your ideas won't go over in Mississippi. Most of us are, for better or worse, not going to grab onto any "futuristic" or "out of the box" ideas to pull our state up from its financial woes. The reason is that the future isn't always better than the present or the past.
There are plenty of sources on the Internet to learn about Mississippi. Where are you from?
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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General remark. Almost everybody and his dog gets tuition reimbursements + small assistantship to cover living expenses if he's enrolled to a sci&eng etc. grad school in any state. The lower rank of university, the more assistanships are distributed among grad students (mostly foreigners from poor countries). Honestly, put your excitement aside and look at this "pleasantry" as a big red flag. They don't shower medical, pharmacy, law, business, dental (or any undegrads for that matter) with free tuition and stipends. So why sci&eng grad students are so "special"? After all if a grad degree in sci&eng is so lucrative, they would jack tuition up to capitalize on the financial success of their graduates (the way law, medical, etc. schools do). There is big ugly side to this grad school "generosity". Make a wild guess.
RememberMee,

Do you have evidence that our state's universities (at least the "Big Three" - Ole Miss, Miss. State, and the Univ. of Southern Miss.) - rank at or near the bottom in their science & engineering programs?

God bless,

CKB
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: North Jackson
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Do you have evidence that our state's universities (at least the "Big Three" - Ole Miss, Miss. State, and the Univ. of Southern Miss.) - rank at or near the bottom in their science & engineering programs?
US Engineering School Rankings 2012

Miss State - 84th out of 138
Ole Miss - 138th out of 138
SMU - unranked (no engineering program?)

Not impressive, to say the least...
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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US Engineering School Rankings 2012

Miss State - 84th out of 138
Ole Miss - 138th out of 138
SMU - unranked (no engineering program?)

Not impressive, to say the least...
To say the least! The point being made is, Universities will evidently pay students to attend otherwise dead school programs.

There are only 161 graduate engineering students at Ole Miss, and 607 at State.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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US Engineering School Rankings 2012

Miss State - 84th out of 138
Ole Miss - 138th out of 138
SMU - unranked (no engineering program?)

Not impressive, to say the least...
Interesting list, and I agree Mississippi's results are far from impressive. But as with all "generic" lists like this, I always ask what criteria was used to generate it. Percentage of students who graduate within "n" years? Number of graduates who get a job? Overall GPA? Number of good pizza joints near campus?

Is it the undergrad program, grad program, or combined?

Also, this appears to envelope the overall Engineering School, but there are vast differences between the different programs (Civil, Nuclear, Electrical, Mechanical, etc). MS State went through an accreditation process when I was there, and I got access to a little inside information. At that time one engineering program was on the verge of losing accreditation, but another was one of the highest ranked in the nation (this was 20ish years ago). Not related to this, a few years later the entire graduating Aerospace Engineering Senior Class consisted of a grand total of 4 students. Only 3 graduated; the fourth finally transferred to another program. Other programs were thriving with more people applying than there was room to put them.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Hattiesburg, MS
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General remark. Almost everybody and his dog gets tuition reimbursements + small assistantship to cover living expenses if he's enrolled to a sci&eng etc. grad school in any state. The lower rank of university, the more assistanships are distributed among grad students (mostly foreigners from poor countries). Honestly, put your excitement aside and look at this "pleasantry" as a big red flag. They don't shower medical, pharmacy, law, business, dental (or any undegrads for that matter) with free tuition and stipends. So why sci&eng grad students are so "special"? After all if a grad degree in sci&eng is so lucrative, they would jack tuition up to capitalize on the financial success of their graduates (the way law, medical, etc. schools do). There is big ugly side to this grad school "generosity". Make a wild guess.
Not really.... My wife earned her PhD from a top 5 school in her area of study - she only paid for books. Quality research institutions are able to obtain grants and scholarship funds that allow them to fund candidates' educations. Plus, in addition to simply going to class, candidates are also working to earn those stipends. Universities offer various positions as teaching assistant, research assistant, instructor, etc. to offset the cost of tuition.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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Not really.... My wife earned her PhD from a top 5 school in her area of study - she only paid for books. Quality research institutions are able to obtain grants and scholarship funds that allow them to fund candidates' educations. Plus, in addition to simply going to class, candidates are also working to earn those stipends. Universities offer various positions as teaching assistant, research assistant, instructor, etc. to offset the cost of tuition.
I'm quite amazed that future scientific elite cannot connect simple facts in a coherent picture of the higher education & research industry it must navigate to get fed. Yup, that's true that assistantships are abundant for 20+ years at least (that's what I said in my original message), but why? Simple, universities (and to lesser degree governmental lab) almost discarded entire group of research workers - salaried, full benefits technicians (and lecturers) who did bulk of mundane research & teaching in the past. Those were secure, above average paying jobs for people with HS, associate and BS diplomas.

It's simple sweatshop economics of research. Replacing career 40hrs/week technicians with hordes of eager to work 24/7, disposable, no benefits graduate students makes perfect economic sense (even after counting in a spike in waste and broken equipment). Unfortunately, all those grad students are less lucky (on the average). Let's say university X needs to replace 20 technicians etc. with grad students. Does it mean that "marketplace" magically created 20 new jobs requiring that Ph.D. of yours? Nope, the number of jobs that does require that Ph.D. remained unchanged yet the number of people with a Ph.D. is mushrooming as we speak. Do I need to explain more?

In the light of what I said, getting a Ph.D. from a second rate program is not only useless (on the average), it may very well have a negative (no kidding) value. As research labor market is being glutted, 2nd & 3rd tier Ph.D.s are more of a liability than an asset. Hint, a Ph.D. from a top notch school limits your employment options automatically. That's the point of a Ph.D. - it opens few doors, it closes many more. A Ph.D. is good only for certain jobs and it disqualifies you from "lesser endeavors" (even if you are starving for a job or you are simply starving). However, 2nd tier and down degrees don't open that many doors, but they do close a lot. Therefore, even "conscientious" 2nd tier schools (if any) that don't desire to replace technicians with grad labor, must provide plenty of assistantships to lure in modestly competent crowd to fill their classrooms (and keep all those research grants and subsidies coming in). After all, they peddle a high risk, low return educational products that few half-brained "natives" are willing to buy.

God Bless Chinese comrades with their inexhaustible supply of bookish poindexters "willing" to take a chance on the most obscure educational institutions that can come up with a modest stipend. For Chinese etc. even an obscure grad school is a chance of their lives. Actually, some secondary schools do NOT have a single "native" enrolled to their sci&eng Ph.D. programs. It's either Chinese or Indians sprinkled with Eastern Europeans etc.. This "foreign" dominance of 2nd (and down) graduate programs somewhat "helps" to cover up less than rosy employment picture. Freshly minted foreign Ph.D. who couldn't find a job (or a postdoc) just return to their home countries (unless they get lucky to marry some chunky broad who is too stupid to realize that a Ph.D no longer automatically implies big bucks).

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