Thursday is the new Tuesday

The SMH reports that the cheapest day for petrol has now shifted to Thursday.  No big deal – supply and demand – as people changed their habits to benefit from cheap Tuesday prices, it was inevitable.   Which makes this reaction somewhat laughable:

Motoring body NRMA wants oil companies and servos explain why the cheapest day to buy fuel has quietly changed from Wednesday to Thursday during the past three weeks.

It’s the first change to the weekly price cycle since 2004, when it moved from Tuesday to Wednesday.

What planet are these people on?

It means motorists are continuing to miss out on cheaper prices, NRMA president Wendy Machin said.

The latest shift comes as the Federal Government urged for petrol prices to be investigated.

“Something untoward is happening with the weekly price cycle,” Ms Machin said.

Changing price cycle to match demand would be considered common sense to most people… but when it comes to petrol, it’s something untoward.

Partial Credit

Is it just me, or is the world getting crazier by the day?

Pittsburgh Public Schools officials say they want to give struggling children a chance, but the district is raising eyebrows with a policy that sets 50 percent as the minimum score a student can receive for assignments, tests and other work.

The pass mark is 60 percent, so it’s still possible to fail.  The idea is, that if a students gets zero on a particular assignment or test, that they won’t have as far to catch up in the others.

At the same time, they said, the 50 percent minimum gives children a chance to catch up and a reason to keep trying. If a student gets a 20 percent in a class for the first marking period, Ms. Pugh said, he or she would need a 100 percent during the second marking period just to squeak through the semester.

“We want to create situations where students can recover and not give up,” she said, adding a sense of helplessness can lead to behavior and attendance problems.

Yeah – I’m sure students won’t be slacking off for the first semester in the belief they can cram for the second.   They’ll be much more well behaved with this system, for sure!  Ah, the benefits of public education.