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Modern education…

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…at one school in New York apparently consists of  throwing out  all textbooks as being antiquated,  no matter how recently published,  and encouraging teachers to use worksheets and employ classwork to avoid actually teaching anything.   Little wonder Johnny can’t read.   Pretty soon he won’t even recognize a book.

 

 

 

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April 30, 2017 at 11:52 pm

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Underwater waterfall?

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Not really,  but it’s certainly a striking  optical illusion,  isn’t it?   You can find it on  Mauritius,  an altogether fascinating nation on an island in the Indian Ocean.

 

 

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April 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm

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How humiliating….

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How embarrassing must it be that your  spy ship  has collided with another nation’s livestock transport vessel and then sinks?   And the Turkish coast guard has  to rescue  the Russian sailors from their sinking ship?

Do you worry that your military and intelligence services are  falling down on the job?

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April 29, 2017 at 12:31 am

Fruit juice flood…

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Part of the roof of a PepsiCo plant in the Russian town of Lebedyan,  south of Moscow,  collapsed and   loosed millions  of liters of fruit juices into the streets.

 

 

 

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April 27, 2017 at 10:42 am

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Media bias writ large…

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ABC,  CBS and NBC on Monday and Tuesday found plenty of time to drool over the return of His Oneness to public speaking,  but devoted not one millisecond to  Politico senior investigative reporter Josh Meyer’s alarming discovery  Obama released three times the number of Iranians originally claimed, and that most of them were being held for far more serious crimes than claimed.   It was,  as is so often the case,  left to FOX News to feature Meyer.

 

 

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April 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm

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Kate O’Beirne, R.I.P.

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I never had the opportunity  meet Kate  O’Beirne,  but I did hear her speak in person once,  and she was most impressive.   Judging by all the reminiscences  of her,  she was as kind and beloved in her personal life as she was engaging and ferocious on air and in print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 25, 2017 at 1:58 pm

World Book Day 2017…

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This gives you a  unicorn party  view of the event,  which actually was yesterday,  but it does offer some creative ideas,  even if it is sponsored by UNESCO,  the laughably misnamed United Nations Educational,  Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Predictably,  Amazon made some  nice corporate  PR off the event.   But you should read  —  it’s  good for  your brain,  your education and your success in life.   I prefer the feel of a book in my hands,  to be picked up and put down at my convenience,  but I don’t care if you choose a Kindle or your smart phone.   If you can read and understand words you will have an advantage over the rest of the pack.  Even we doddering moldy oldies can figure out most emojis eventually, but a shocking number of millennials and younger don’t deal well with words and can’t even sign their names in cursive.   If you also write decently,  you’ll do better in school and career,  unless you’re a conservative in a liberal environment,  in which case you’ll have to stiffen your spine to prepare for never-ending battle.   That was sometimes the case for me in college,  but the first professor who tried to intimidate me had the attempt backfire on him when I pointed out that unlike him,  I was a published poet.

 

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April 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm

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