My Best Teaching Is One-on-One

一対一が僕のベスト

Of course, I team teach and do special lessons, etc.

当然、先生方と共同レッスンも、特別レッスンの指導もします。

But my best work in the classroom is after the lesson is over --
going one-on-one,
helping individual students with their assignments.

しかし、僕の一番意味あると思っている仕事は、講義が終わってから、
一対一と
個人的にその課題の勉強を応援することです。

It's kind of like with computer programs, walking the client through hands-on.
The job isn't really done until the customer is using the program.

まあ、コンピュータプログラムにすると、得意先の方に出来上がった製品を体験させるようなことと思います。
役に立たない製品はまだ製品になっていないと同様です。

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Characterization Chapters of My Economics 101 Novel Are Getting There

Practically a tweet.

I found myself all tangled up in the plot of my on-line novel, Economics 101.

So I wrote a bunch of chapters trying to show how they got there. I've finished the first draft of those chapters, and I think I made it fit together:

Characterizations



Monday, August 15, 2016

Walking is dangerous. 歩くのも危ない。

Got hit by a car on the way in to the station for work today.
今朝の出勤のために駅に向かってる途中に、車にひかれた。

Fortunately, it was just the side mirror hitting my arm below my elbow.
幸いに、肘の下の腕のところにサイドミラーが当たるに済んだ。

And it was an auto-retracting mirror, so I barely felt it.
サイドミラーは自動収縮(自動屈み? :-p )あまり意識しなかった。

Just a bump, and thinking it was odd as I watched the car pass me.
バタンという感じで、不思議に思いながら車が横に通るのを見送っていた。

When it was about ten meters in front of me, I noticed the side mirror was folded in, and began to realize what had happened.
およそ十メートル先に走ったところ、サイドミラーがたたんた状態になっていることを見て、なにがあったかに気がついてきた。

No time to get excited or angry.
怒るも興奮する隙もない。

When it got to the station about a hundred meters in front of me, I watched a young girl, maybe high school or college age, get out of the back.
その自動車が僕の百メートル先に駅に着いたら、高校生か大学生ぐらいに思った娘らしい人が後ろの席から降りるのを観ました。

And the car drove on.
そして去って行った。

Am I misogynistic to think the driver was probably the girl's mother?
運転手はそのお母さんだったと思うのが女性不信の症状ですか?

Odds about 60% - 80%, I'd say.
確率6割〜8割と思う。

Anyway, the driver didn't wait for me, did not come back to apologize.
どっちだったにして、待ってくれなかった。戻って、詫びてくれるにも至らない。

Just drove on.
去って行っただけ。

Probably got home and wondered why the mirror was folded in.
その家に着いたら、サイドミラーがたたんだままになっているのを見て不思議に思うぐらいでしょう。

I need to be more careful when I walk to the station, walk a little further in on the left shoulder.
駅までの徒歩はもっと注意深く歩いた方がいいかな?もっと左路肩に沿って歩いたほうがいいでしょう。

The world is not completely safe.
完全に安全な世界ではなかった。な。

Was never meant to be.
そんな目的に設計されていなかったし。

Monday, August 8, 2016

For Japanese Listening Practice


People ask me how I study Japanese.

The real question seems to be how they can study Japanese or English.

Cultural immersion.

It is really difficult to motivate yourself to do the mental heavy lifting when you are not immersing yourself in the culture.

One thing I do not recommend as a means of cultural immersion is cross-cultural marriage. That topic deserves a separate blog post or four. (Or more. Have I not blogged about that, yet? Hehehehnoheh.)

But, obviously, if you are marrying into the target culture to learn the target language, you are either lying to yourself (a bad start for a marriage) or you have your priorities exactly backwards (even worse).

Don't do that. It hurts.

Get your priorities straight and be honest with yourself, or you don't have a chance.

Marriage is hard enough when you do it right. Doing it out of your culture and getting the fundamentals wrong is just going to be a load of hurt that you and the other person don't need to be carrying in addition to the usual burdens. If you are going to insist on marrying outside your culture, at least be honest with yourself, and if your priorities are not helping your partner find happiness, back out of it while you can.

And if you can't back out, change your priorities. NOW!

(Marrying cross-culture is hard enough when you do it for good and valid reasons.)

Likewise, I do not really recommend working in the culture. It's also painful, unless you can get an internship or similar arrangement where you know that most of the people you are working with will be resigned to you're not being able to keep up.

Or if you have a specialty that none of your foreign culture co-workers have, and they are not interested in fighting with you about it.

I don't recommend against working in the foreign culture, but I have to warn you that it gets painful at times. Really painful.

This was about recommending something for listening practice.

I don't watch TV. I can't stand it, and my wife is not particularly fond of it anyway.

If you can stand watching Japanese TV, it can help with the listening.

(Ditto, English/American/etc. TV for people study English.)

On the one hand, the visual helps the comprehension. On the other hand, it can get you to one plateau, but after you get to a certain level you start depending on the visual instead of using your ears.

Reading in the target language helps immensely. Without the written language, you don't really learn what you should be listening for.

Newspaper is good, but difficult, and somewhat stilted towards, well, news format.

Scriptures are good if you have some, but tend to focus on religious language.

Novels are great, if you can stand the plot. If you are in a target country, find a nearby library and browse from the stacks. If you think you might find one interesting, borrow it.

If you can't finish it in by the due date, maybe it's not interesting enough to drive you past the temptation to look up every other word. So, definitely don't recheck it out more than once.

Novels are great specifically because you have the target words and phrases in context.

[JMR201608080940:

I could have sworn I had blogged about having read コスプレ幽霊 紅蓮女 (Kosupure Yuurei Guren Onna) when preparing to take the JPLT.

Hmm.

]

(... Not counting certain avant garde novels in which the author deliberately subverts the context. Those take a fair amount of skill and you aren't wondering how to study if you have that kind of skill.)

Grammar books are terrible. Well, if they provide one-page readings and longer, that's an improvement over raw lists of vocabulary, of idiomatic expressions, or even of sentences out of context.

Those kinds of books are easy to write, so lots of people write such books and lots of companies publish them. They aren't completely useless, but they are not very useful. And if you don't quickly get yourself beyond them, they become worse than useless. They drag you down.

(Apologies to unnamed friends, but that's how it is.)

I have seen one set of such collections, done correctly, by a professor named 田尻 (Tajiri), if I remember right. It's not perfect, by any means, but it is first, short, and second, illustrated. A short list of English words and phrases is reasonably easy to absorb. Appropriate illustrations can give enough context to remember the words and phrases by.

(Yes, the above paragraph is dense and incomplete. There's a lot of learning theory packed into it, and I did not really intend to talk about theory here.)

Radio.

My wife is an avid listener to talk shows. When she was staying with my cousin (Hi, Cuz!), she used to turn on a talk show before she went to bed. She'd wake up and turn it off after an hour. At first, it was incomprehensible to her. After about a month, she woke up to turn it off, and was thinking, what a stupid thing to waste time talking about. And then it hit her. Her listening comprehension had significantly improved over that month.

Sure, radio was not all she was doing, but it does help.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on my attitude that day), her custom of listening to radio talk shows is deeply embedded in her daily habits.

That means we listen to Dojo Yozo and his friends every morning, five days a week.

Sometimes I get really sick of it. It can really interfere with family communication. But it's good for my Japanese, and it keeps me somewhat current on the news. (I used to read slashdot, but I don't have time to stay that current, not any more. Oh, well. And that also interfered with communication. :-/ )

She mixes in the NHK language programs, too, which is not just useful for her and the kids, but also helps my Japanese comprehension. Try it sometime, you may see why.

ABC Radio Osaka, which is the company that runs Dojo Yozo's program, has (temporarily, I understand) picked up a new daily radio drama.

It's fairly tame.

One problem with either radio or TV is that the producers of the show, in their efforts to draw an audience, often reach to things that shock and offend. Not just stretch the mind, but shock and offend.

Another problem, maybe just for me, is that once you have read, seen, and heard a certain amount of popular literature, you get sick of what it's selling.

I'm not talking about the commercial messages or the buried commercial references. I'm saying that I don't appreciate the tastes of the editorial boards that select popular literature for publishing.

Anyway, ABC Radio has picked up a radio drama called Nadeshiko Desukara.

The story is basically about a girl named Nadeshiko. (... After the soccer team or the flower, maybe? -- If you can't read the Japanese, the Japanese wikipedia article on dianthus has a link to an English article. Once you are on wikipedia. The soccer team should be easy to look up in English, if you are not already familiar with them.)

Nadeshiko, the protagonist, gets herself hired by a fictional radio program. (Think Mary Tyler Moore in Japanese? Maybe.) And she has a romance.

Fluff. Cotton candy.

But if you are needing listening practice material, that's all to the good. Lots of stereotyped cultural references and simple ways to talk about them.

Simple, with context. And you know in advance that it is over-simplified and unrealistic, so you don't have to fight the value judgments too much.

[JMR201608120635:

Thinking about over-simplifying TV shows --, not just Mary Tyler Moore, but All in the Family, Mash, Married with Children, Dharma and Greg, The Simpsons, Peanuts (in its day), Singing in the Rain, Zanadu.... This deserves its own rant sometime, when I have more time.

"Fluff" is not, strictly speaking, a pejorative.

Stereotyped literature can help us figure things out.

Today's episode touched on a deep problem in Japanese society that they are trying to get a grip on -- lifetime career security vs. people's needs to live their own lives separate from the company.

]


You can get the previous week's programs on the official channel, linked from the program's home page.

(And, don't tell anybody, but someone is uploading the episodes to youtube. You should be able to find them with a simple search. Maybe they'll publish the whole program as a CD collection or on iTunes/Amazon/whatever, but, for now, they are accessible and you can listen again to pick up the stuff you miss the first time through.)

[JMR201608080945:

Oh! Wait!

I just checked again. You don't have to go to youtube. At least, not right now.

All of the past episodes are currently on the official channel page.



Might be useful.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Teaching English in Japan -- Good job? Bad job?

My sister passed a question on to me from someone she knows at church. Maybe it's time I wrote this post:

He asked me about a particular company who had apparently initiated negotiations with him about one kind of job and then switched to talking about English teaching jobs.

At least, that's the way I read her question.

Bait and switch? Maybe.

Or he may have already failed the first stage evaluation for the job they were initially talking about, and now they are (as they see it) offering him an alternative.

Is there a difference between that and bait-and-switch? Maybe.

Lack of communication can make other problems worse.

So I sent him a link to some company evaluation sites that had comments on that company and some English language pages for the company he was talking with.

I won't link them here.

If you are interested, use your imagination in your web searches and you should find a few such evaluation sites pretty quickly.

Well, not necessarily. My initial tries led me other places. But I found this tidbit that you might want to read:

http://www.nippon.com/en/currents/d00151/

The interesting part is about the laws concerning "non-regular" workers.

Side-tour on working in Japan in general:


The reform mentioned in that article has not immediately improved things. At present, it's just making more rules and hoops to jump through.

That's Standard Operating Procedure for institutionalized "solutions", of course.

From the moment you say the word "system", at best, the solution can only work properly for the non-existent average target individual. That principle holds true at least as much in Japan as in other countries.

Japanese society seems to be particularly good at fostering "systematic" solutions, which people then pervert to their own needs. What makes this all work is that no one really complains unless the abuse of the system becomes particularly bad.

And, somehow, most Japanese people are willing to look for a way to make the best of things and make things work. It's part of their everyday lives -- Red tape that you have to find your way through is just another fact of life.

Further side-tour:


As a foreigner working in Japan, you should expect both glass ceilings and glass walls, limits you don't understand that get in the way of moving in any interesting direction.

When you work outside your culture, you should expect limits you can't understand.

Borrowing that metaphor, doors through the glass walls are there, but you have to feel your way around to them and hope they lead in a useful, or at least interesting direction.

Attempts to break through the walls are viewed with amusement and interest. Sometimes they try to help you, but be pleasantly surprised if they actually do. But don't be surprised if you then find yourself in a twisty passage with walls you can't see and no clue which direction will take you closer to your goal.

Attempts to break the walls down are not taken kindly. If the walls fall down, so do the glass ceilings, and they think that's dangerous.

Opportunities for foreigners to work in Japan should be considered "glass boxes" that they have made a bunch of. And they are expecting to find foreigners willing to jump into those boxes, stay there for the duration of the contract, and leave politely when they are done.

If the foreigner does anything especially productive while he's there, that's great. Unless the productivity threatens them in their own glass box. The most important thing is that the box is left clean, ready for the next foreigner to jump into.

I guess that's too much metaphor.

That little side tour is kind of important to non-Japanese people thinking about working in Japan.

Advice for foreigners considering working temporarily in Japan:


There are no especially good companies to work for.

Every company hiring foreigners shades the truth about the job, the responsibilities, the environment, the accommodations, etc. There is a language wall that they will use to their advantage, if they can. 

The contracts are usually transliterations from the Japanese, and the English version is going to be hard to pin them to. The Japanese version is the one that counts.

So don't expect too much. You probably won't find working in Japan to take you directly to your goals. That's also true of working in your home country, but expect truly serious side-tours. Plan to enjoy the ride on the side-tours if you come.

Choosing a company to work for is a bit of a gamble. By all means, listen to what they say and read whatever they give you to read. Find their web site and read anything you can on it.

And also read the company evaluation sites and blogs, if you can find them.

Try something like
or
for your search terms.

Take the reviews with a grain of salt, whether they are pro or con. People who post reviews are usually those whose experiences are somewhat unusual, whether for legitimate reasons or otherwise.

I used to work for a company called W5SS. They apparently got bought out and absorbed into another company, and I've lost track of them.

They weren't especially bad, and they had people who were willing to work with the employees. That may have been one of the reasons they don't exist any more.

The current economy is too cutthroat. That's true anywhere, and it's true here.

Working without the safety net of an intermediary company is also possible, but you need to be willing to spend a lot of time networking. You need friends to help you find the next job, because, no matter how well you fit in at first, the competition for the job you're doing is terrible. It seems to be a cultural thing.

If nobody is maneuvering for your job, it must be a job that nobody thinks is worth doing. And if that's the case, your co-workers are eventually going to hound management into laying you off as not performing valuable work.

Some personal observations that you might want to consider when you interpret what I wrote above:

I don't network well, and I'm seriously not into tooting my own horn. I'm allergic to tobacco smoke and I don't drink, so I don't attend the company parties where most of the publicizing the worth of the job you are doing is done.

(When I do attend them, I just make things worse for myself. I do not brag well.

And I'm sober. When drunk people talk about work, I'm not talking about what they are talking about.)

I did not grow up here. Trying to learn their culture was an exercise in returning to kindergarten as a thirty-something adult. I did not pass the class.

It would have helped if I had been interested in Japanese martial arts, wadaiko, shakuhachi, or even Nihon buyo. Actually, I was and am interested, but I've always been most driven by things no one else is interested in. That was true in the States, and it didn't change when I moved to Japan.

Bullet points, some of which I have not really mentioned above:

  • Don't expect to stay more than a few years.
  • Network! 
  • But don't party too hard. Hard drugs may be hard to find, but there are plenty of ways to destroy yourself here, and plenty of people willing to make a profit from your self-destructive tendencies.
  • Make Japan your hobby, at least while you are here. 
  • Find a particular thing about Japan to be interested in, but don't make it too obscure.
  • Try to learn Japanese, but don't waste your time trying too hard. 
  • Keep your head up. 
  • Read your contract and try to understand it. (Don't try too hard, but at least try.)
  • Expect the non-optimal. Be willing to accept small losses, and maybe even some big ones.
  • Don't expect moving to Japan to be a fix for your personal problems.
(About that last thing -- personal problems are the flip-side of talents. Working in Japan may help, temporarily, to bring the talent part to the fore. But you will ultimately have to deal with what you are, wherever you live.)

Some specific things about teaching English in Japan:


There's a huge roadblock here.

Assume that what they mean when they say "teach English" is, at some level, "entertain, but with an English or other foreign flavor".

They (the Japanese people tasked with teaching English) have this thing called English that most of them don't really understand. (Ask how many of them have read any English novels at all.)
It's hard.

Therefore the students must find it hard.

Therefore they must make it fun.

Foreigners on TV seem to make it look fun.

Therefore, we hire foreigners and "language specialists", to give the kids some fun to offset the misery.
You can work your way around this roadblock, but expect to find your best allies among the Japanese staff occasionally turning into your worst enemies. Forgive them and find something to apologize for and they'll usually still be good allies.

Don't burn too many bridges as you go.

And, this may surprise you, but that roadblock is not necessarily an evil thing. I won't try to explain here. It takes some common experience to be able to talk about it, but that roadblock can actually be useful, if you find ways around it for individual students and teachers.

If you decide to certify to teach in Japan, it may be possible. I have heard of foreigners who have done so. I was told, when I asked at age 44, that the age limit for the tests in Osaka is age 45.

8-o

If I had known at age 35 what I know now, I might have foregone trying to work in the computer industry and just tried really hard to get into a graduate program in education in a Japanese university.

But then I would have been stuck doing what the Japanese teachers have to do, which turns out to be working long hours doing the parents' jobs for them.
Why are Japanese fathers so busy working that they have no time to raise their own kids?

What am I asking? Raising the kids is what the grandparents do! And just a little bit what the moms do, except that the moms farm it off on the schools.

Silly me.
:-/

Grand summary:


If you want to work in Japan, plan on making it an adventure.

If you have family coming with you, make sure they are okay with having an adventure.

But remember that adventures are just more of a new kind of experience -- maybe there's a new kind of fun to be had, but it's mostly a lot of drudgery in a new environment.

What? Does that sound like life in Japan is pretty much like life everywhere else?

Heh.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Strange Dreams and Writer's Block

So much that you want to get perfect.

The rough draft of my novel (http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/04/economics-101-novel-rough-draft-index.html) is definitely not perfect. Things in various chapters don't match up, and all that.

The almost final draft (http://joel-rees-economics.blogspot.com/2016/06/econ101-novel-toc.html) is also not perfect. In fact, I've been thinking about just abandoning it and starting over. Or even just cleaning up the rough draft and leaving things like that.

I'm running out of time and money, and I really want to find some way to make even a little money with this novel. Maybe bundle it up and sell it in the Android Playstore or on Amazon or something like that.

And, after I had a week filled with family business last week, I have been experiencing a little writer's block.

Wanted to talk about the D&C class with Lectures on Faith (http://guerillamormonism.blogspot.com/2016/07/sort-of-uniquely-mormon-lectures-on.html), but just couldn't find a way into it. Maybe I shouldn't pick up too much doctrine in the novel. (Got quite a bit as it is. :-/ )

But I couldn't find any other way in to the third part of chapter 06, other than to add something about the class to the first two parts of the chapter.

Had an odd dream this morning.

Some kind of relativistic event happens (Reading about Lawrencium and the others before I went to bed last night?) and a building, or perhaps one floor of a narrow apartment building of the type you often see around Japan (one apartment on each floor), gets suddenly accelerated to the speed of light.

But not to worry! even though some people who are important to me are in that apartment. When it comes back around on the other side of its orbit (?), we'll catch it. (Oh, yeah!) And while it is in outer space, it will be traveling the speed of light, so there will be no time for air to escape. (Right on!)

Serious physics issues with this dream.

But the kicker is what we're going to stop it with:

A pile of old bananas.

A very big pile, but, yeah. I mean, hey, why not. All the strange stuff in this dream, might as well do instantaneous deceleration (heh) with a pile of old bananas.

But it makes a good tool for my subconscious to tell me I'm dreaming.

Waking up from this dream at about 3:40 to take my morning shower, I was rather confused. Lots of doubts about this novel I'm trying to write.

Ambient temperature too hot to maintain the shower temperature. That's okay, water straight from the tap is not really cold.

And cold water clears the brain.

Broke the writer's block just a little. Figured out what to do with the religion class so that I can use it properly in the third part of chapter 06. God doesn't require me to do an exegesis of Lectures on Faith in this novel.

Made some additions to the first part (http://free-is-not-free.blogspot.com/2016/07/economics-101-novel-ch06-pt1-second.html) and second part (http://free-is-not-free.blogspot.com/2016/07/economics-101-novel-ch06-pt2-dating.html) of chapter 06.

God has various ways of helping us. Not all of them make strict sense in the light of day. It doesn't matter. I'm moving ahead, and I may get another part of that second semester posted tonight. (It does seem to be the chapter that makes or breaks my attempt to construct the simple economic model.)

Now, if I could only think of some way to make some money with it now, so I can justify continuing to write.

Well, if you're reading it and you like it, you can tell a friend about it.
It's on-line so people can read it. If I see that lots of people are reading it, I'll feel better about digging into my savings.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Love Yourself!

Some music critics cynics have been using Justin Bieber's 2015 song as an excuse to help push the meta-semantics of "love yourself" towards something vulgar, not really appropriate to the greater meanings of the word, "love".


This is business as usual. The concept of love as a desire for someone else to be happy has been under attack since well before this world welive on was organized into a solid form out of the "waters" (hydrogen gas and other dust) of the void between the stars.

The lying spirit has always been unsatisfied with the idea that one person could desire that someone else could be happy, let alone the idea that one person could do things so that another could become happier.

That lying spirit has always wanted to consign general happiness to the domain of illusion and false shadows. It has always been jealous of that wonderful thing we call happiness, in which it could not deal without becoming that which is not a lie (and thus, according to itself, negating its reason for existence -- confusion on confusion).

So we can understand why cynics who pose as critics would try to paint Bieber's song and the meme of the title especially black.

Admittedly, both the lyrics (sung with the Biebe's usual style) and the video (choreographed and performed wonderfully by Keone and Mari Madrid) focus on certain  simpler aspects of a relationship in which both partners are focused on themselves rather than the other. It could be treated as a kiss-off, if it weren't for the Biebe mumbling something before he starts, about love being more than expecting to get things in return.

He was trying to say something important, even though we might have reason to believe he still doesn't understand. (Hey, there are some things about that I don't think I understand yet.)

And trying is an important thing.

Irony can be used intentionally, and even lack of intent does not cancel the art of irony. (This is where the cynics get it wrong. Art transcends the intent of the artist, so they're asking a question that we don't have to ask.)

And the point about this meme is that you have to love others to love yourself, and you have to love yourself to love others.

I think this is the reason the video fascinates me. Keone and Mari do a very nice job of portraying both the puppy dog and the spoiled cat approach and demonstrating that both approaches end up failing to reach beyond self. The characters they portray share the same space quite easily, but they forget to properly look at the other person's needs, and fail to look at their own needs, as well.

The puppy dog fails, for instance, to say, "Let's share that apple!" after the spoiled cat has failed to say the same thing. The puppy dog gives it up and the spoiled cat takes it all.

(One thing that might help in interpreting the video my way, if you really want to try, is considering that, in most relationships, which partner plays the puppy dog, and which the spoiled cat, is not fixed.)

Just for fun and confusion, I'll bring up the Japanese words 「慈愛」 (jiai, charitable love) and 「自愛」 (jiai, self love), and leave you to think about the implications. (It's a commonly misplayed meme among Christians.)

(And I want to re-write this in Japanese, but even the time to write this much in English is time I didn't have.)

to gil & tim @fedora.*, et. al.

Certain people on technical mailing lists use e-mail addresses from providers, but refrain from routing their outgoing mail through those providers.

Technically, this is supposed to be allowed, at least by some operational subset of the RFCs for the internet.

But the result is that the providers have no opportunity to put their stamp of approval on their outgoing mail.

According to the current efforts to control unsolicited mass mailing ("spam"), lack of that stamp of approval is supposed to be(come) one of the principle marks of unsolicited mass mailing.

Once upon a time, the internet was supposed to be egalitarian. If I wanted to run my own e-mail servers, there was no particular reason for me not to. And if I wanted to run a mailing list or a news server, if I could afford a server, I could do it.

Somebody wants to say, "NO MORE! You have to be part of the establishment to do that!" (This, in the form of paying unreasonable fees to arbitrary self-declared bureaucracies who certify "identities" based on marginal documentation rather than actual knowledge or familiarity.)

I sometimes wonder if much of the unsolicited mass mailing industry has not been supported by people who didn't want that egalitarian internet. They want everyone to be brought under the umbrella of their Internet, where they control the licenses and privileges.

I've ranted about this before, as in this post: http://defining-computers.blogspot.jp/2014/05/things-to-fix-in-e-mail-newsgroups-and.html that is now out of date because the world has headed significantly in the opposite direction.

We have to get ourselves un-addicted to official approvals.

The blame lies elsewhere. I wish I had the network and social cred to get a real movement started, away from the current faceless CA system and towards a different identity assurance system that depends on actual, existing day-to-day trust relationships.



Anyway, Tim, Gil, et. al., my spam box is about half full with your conversations from Fedora mailing lists. The anti-Monsanto campaign gets another tenth, to push the volume of false-positives over 50%.


This causes me mixed feelings, and a certain ironic amusement.