Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Sweden – Been there, done that!

After all these years, too few people look at history. Even recent history. With 2,000 years of human history, does anyone believe we are likely to face a problem that has never occurred before? If you think so, then name two. Odds are they are variations of a theme or close but not quite the same. (Warning – bodily function metaphor will get your attention. She does not explain how she came to this knowledge. No doubt that is another story.)

YouTube Preview Image
Share

Any of this sound familiar?

From 1985 but it seems like our real threat was domestic and not foreign.

How To Brainwash A Nation

YouTube Preview Image

Has Glenn Beck seen this?

Share

Government is much to large

Want a sure sign? Job one for Congress, since 1974, is to create a budget for the fiscal year that begins the first of October every year. Yet they have only met the deadline three out of the last twenty years. Why? Because government has been insidiously injected into every aspect of the economy. Often with good intentions but once the government is involved, organizations hire lobbyists. Half are working against an issue while the other half works in favor. No one ever asks whether the whole issues shouldn’t just be dropped, or that perhaps government should not even be involved. Also note that the President proposes but any surplus or deficit is solely the responsibly of Congress. Repeat this to anyone who uses terms like Reagan deficits or Clinton balanced the budget. In both cases, it was Congress who was to be blamed or credited. Congress is perfectly happy to let everyone think the fiscal health of the nation is the responsibility of the executive office.

Read the rest of this entry »

Share

Good Job!

The broadcast last night went very well. You are all to be commended. No doubt more will watch as the word gets out. But even if you drop the live broadcast, you can always stream the event the next day but would loose the chat. And good audio is more important than real high quality video. Unless live stream can offer low-res and high-res, it takes high bandwidth to do top notch video.

So congrats to all those who worked to make the forum a successful reality. It will be interesting to see what kind of press and feedback you get concerning the event.

To the critics, well you can sit and complain, accept the current status-quo because it is so marvelous, or you can do something to improve our state and country. After months of both parties ignoring the Tea Party movement, they are starting to take notice. Much of the media has also ignored the movement, and routinely make jokes about the participants. We will see if they are laughing after 2 Nov 2010.

Share

Climategate and how we got here

According to a Michigan State University researcher:

“A slightly higher proportion of American adults qualify as scientifically literate than European or Japanese adults, but the truth is that no major industrial nation in the world today has a sufficient number of scientifically literate adults…”

Approximately 28 percent of American adults currently qualify as scientifically literate, an increase from around 10 percent in the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to Miller’s research.

To be classified as “scientifically literate,” Miller said one must be able to understand approximately 20 of 31 scientific concepts and terms similar to those that would be found in articles that appear in the New York Times weekly science section and in an episode of the PBS program “NOVA.”

This might explain why the people of the US are much more skeptical of “Global Warming” than the Europeans. But only NYT and PBS? How about Discovery and History channels? Two recent series were excellent – The Universe and How the Earth was Made. Here is a good place to start – A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. One thing is certain, most journalists and politicians don’t know jack about science and even many environmentalists have a rather limited knowledge. Too often they can not name the most common flora and fauna of their own local habitat. But they are absolutely certain that humans are causing the earth to warm. This of course also means they fail the first rule of statistics. Correlation does not mean cause and effect.

Read the rest of this entry »

Share

Merry Christmas to Copenhagen Climate Attendees

Greg Gutfeld of Redeye, extends Christmas greetings to the attendees of the Copenhagen climate conference. Slight language alert. Redeye, 3am Eastern, is often described as “edgy” but in this case it could also be called “in your face”.

http://www.patriotsteaparty.net/Videos/Climate/122309_red_greg_B1200_1m57s.flv

(Copyright: 2009 FOX News Channel – Go here to see the full segment ~8m vs. clip of ~2m. The Greg-alogue text here.)

Read the rest of this entry »

Share

The One Hundred “Best” Books For an Education

Will Durnat first published his list in The American Magazine (December, 1929). He repeated the list in Chapter 4 of his The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time. “Let me have seven hours a week,” Durant says, “and I will make a scholar and a philosopher out of you; in four years you shall be as well educated as any new-fledged Doctor of Philosophy in the land.”

You can see or download a list (PDF) of his 100 books. At today’s prices, 100 books could well rival the cost to attend your state university for a year. Not to worry. Since the Internet is the greatest library on earth, someone has found the books, or books of equal subject and quality when necessary, free on the Internet. So you can have the knowledge of a BA in Liberal Arts degree, or even a Phd, that will rival any of the most prestigious institutions; you only have to invest seven hours per week for four years.

Want something of a more prestigious heritage? How about the Harvard 5-foot bookshelf here and here – also free.

Share