I shot a video during the eclipse yesterday. You’ll just have to wait for that. Wasn’t quite as dark as I thought. Anyway, here’s Newsweek’s Pictorial from across America.
Even Trump sported the cheap, cereal box, 3-D movie-looking shades…
Melbourne, Australia takes the honor for the highest quality of life – the seven year in a row. Good on ya!
Melbourne, Australia ranks as No. 1 for the seventh consecutive year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 10th annual “Global Livability Ranking” of 140 cities around the world. It was followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg. The first American city to make the ranking was Honolulu at No. 17, followed by Washington, D.C. (No. 20), Boston (No. 34), Chicago and Miami (joint No. 38) and Pittsburgh (No. 41).
Over the past decade, there’s been a European currency crisis, anti-austerity riots, civil wars in Europe and the Middle East, a refugee crisis, mounting terror attacks and, most recently, civil unrest in the U.S. marked by the white supremacist marches. The average global livability score fell to 74.8% in 2017 from 76.1% in 2007. But 12 cities registered improvements in livability compared with just six that registered declines, said John Copestake, editor of the survey.
Log in and see where your town stands.
Gary North, architect of the Ron Paul Curriculum (K-12) asks: Why Is There No Free Online Catholic Education?
It certainly makes sense to ask. The traditional schools slowly close due to this and that reason yet millions of families still favor the religious education over the government schoolhouse alternative.
North sees a possible inter-denominational bidding war for the attention/enrollment of young Christian scholars. It could all start Catholic:
What about the Southern Baptists? If they thought the Catholics were going to do this, there would be a bunch of Southern Baptists who would give it a shot. It would appall them that the Catholics would do it without a challenge from Southern Baptists.
October 31 is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg church. If Missouri Synod Lutherans thought the Catholics were about to offer a free online K-12 curriculum, they would organize to match them, course for course.
Presbyterians are the scholars of the Protestant world. If conservative Presbyterians thought that the Catholics were going to do this, they would form a study committee in each Presbyterian splinter denomination. Within five years, there would be a decision to start a curriculum by reach group. Within less than a decade from this decision — though not much less — there would be at least five Presbyterian curriculums online.
Then the Dutch would match them. The Dutch would not tolerate American Presbyterians horning in on Calvinist private schools run by school boards dominated by parents.
Then “word of faith” cable-TV Pentecostal pastors would see a profit opportunity: Holy Ghost-directed education. They would organize online programs. Their ministries would own the programs.
What we need is interdenominational competition. We need denominationally committed Christians who will not tolerate any of those other denominations getting away with this. Obviously, they’re not willing to fight the public schools. They are all perfectly willing to let the public schools steal their kids’ minds. This has been true in the United States ever since the 1840’s. But the thought that the Roman Catholics were going to do this would outrage Protestants.
Therefore, I call on some mother superior to leave a legacy behind. I call on some Catholic bishop to get his act together, educationally speaking. Get that free online curriculum up and running! Show those Protestants a thing or two!
If 20 million families then pulled their kids out of tax-funded schools, maybe a majority of voters would start voting “no” on school bond ballot propositions. Would that be so bad?
A very interesting idea and concept. More than rebuilding American education, this might just help the churches save themselves – from themselves.
BTW, if you and your kids are tired on the local K-12 experience, consider the RPC.
Thanks and thanks again, Dr. North.
NASA put together a guide for the phenomenon next Monday afternoon.
I run a few websites now and update a related daily App. Sometimes this involves a wee bit of what might be called “coding.” That’s a lot for a guy who might be best described as a “luddite…”
Anyway, it’s always refreshing to learn your skills are shamed by a octogenerian:
When 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya first began working she still used an abacus for maths — today she is one of the world’s oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for the elderly.
Frustrated by the lack of interest from the tech industry in engaging older people, she taught herself to code and set about doing it herself.
The over 60s, she insists, need to actively search out new skills to stay nimble.
“As you age, you lose many things: your husband, your job, your hair, your eyesight. The minuses are quite numerous. But when you learn something new, whether it be programming or the piano, it is a plus, it’s motivating,” she says.
“Once you’ve achieved your professional life, you should return to school. In the era of the internet, if you stop learning, it has consequences for your daily life,” Wakamiya explains during an AFP interview at her home near Tokyo.
She became interested in computers in the 1990s when she retired from her job as a bank clerk. It took her months to set up her first system, beginning with BBS messaging, a precursor to the internet, before building her skills on a Microsoft PC, and then Apple’s Mac and iPhones.
She asked software developers to come up with more for the elderly, but a repeated lack of response led her to take matters into her own hands.
Wakamiya learned the basics of coding and developed ‘Hinadan’ one of Japan’s first dedicated app games for the over-60s — she is now in such demand that this year Apple invited her to participate at their prestigious Worldwide Developers Conference, where she was the oldest app creator to take part.
Congratulations, lady. It’s never too late. Or too early. Or something.
Vastly more advanced than Perrin. Yahoo News.
Seems the Civil War just won’t go away.
In Maryland the problem isn’t the crime, the unemployment, the illiteracy, the illegitimacy, or the false sense of entitlement. No, it’s a 17th Century Coat of Arms.
“When the General Assembly in 1904 adopted a banner of this design as the state flag, a link was forged between modern-day Maryland and the very earliest chapter of the proprietorship of the Calvert family.”
But the red and white part of the flag, known as the Crossland arms, was also the design flown by Marylanders who sympathized with the South in the Civil War, according to state records.
“During the war, Maryland-born Confederate soldiers used both the red-and-white colors and the cross bottony design from the Crossland quadrants of the Calvert coat of arms as a unique way of identifying their place of birth,” the records say. “Pins in the cross bottony shape were worn on uniforms, and the headquarters flag of the Maryland-born Confederate general Bradley T. Johnson was a red cross bottony on a white field.”
During the slow process of reconciliation after the Civil War ended in Union victory in 1865, a “flag incorporating alternating quadrants of the Calvert and Crossland colors began appearing at public events” in the state.
By extension of this “logic” all state flags are Confederate in nature – all states share the same hemisphere with those former CSA states once in rebellion…
Better tear down some monuments. Riot or something. Blame someone.
This is “racist.”
Seeing as how so many are obviously unhappy in 21st Century America, maybe it’s time they depart. To anywhere.
Most writers are saturated with humility, especially those who actively submit their work and courageously collect rejections. Accepting this lack of reinforcement as an inevitable aspect of the writing life, they reveal a maturity that is literarily unpretentious. On the other hand, there are some who publicly tout the most modest of accomplishments as great […]
I must say I’m ready for it to go. It’s generally a down month on the web and this one has been really down. It wasn’t a total collapse in readership but it was close enough.
Usually, when we hit some new milestone, I thank and herald all of you for the success. So this month, with the blame I’ll … just file it away.
The good news is:
It was the second best July ever here (barring some crazy clicking later today);
Bad months invariably are followed by boom months; and
August marks the arrival of the fall season – the very best traffic time of the year.
So, come on August!
And thanks, one and all.
Please read the whole thing at the Unz Review. All of it, about the movie and about the … shift in England, is interesting and/or quote worthy. The pertinent, angry part:
“People Should be Hung from Lampposts, They Should be Burned Alive, for What They’ve Done to Britain.”
Yes they should. In America and in the Continental nations too.
As a writer few things are as irritating as hearing more and more people say something to the effect of: “I haven’t read a book in years. Who reads?!” It’s so bad that I actually find it difficult sometimes to explain to certain people what I do.
Saying one is a writer won’t do as it generally begets only stares and stupid questions. Further explaining how letters are shaped into words, those words forming sentences, etc., with the final product landing in a magazine, a book, or a blog doesn’t always help either. Again, “Who reads?!”
I’ve toyed with the idea of just telling those 2 or 3 (4? 5??) SD south that I’m a wizard, using powerful magic to do things they can’t understand. In reality it’s kind of the truth anymore.
And it’s not so much a problem of sheer stupidity as it is one of ignorance. People just don’t know because they’re no longer educated. Otherwise useful minds sit idle because they lack the spark plugs the schools were supposed to install. Today the mechanics have another agenda.
We’re now two or three generations into the new education. The results are disastrous.
Yesterday, via a VD post, I pointed out that, nationally, college IQ scores have dropped nearly a whole SD in the past half century. I checked the comments on Vox’s post later and found this:
This from USA Today:
In 1998, the number of high-school graduates with A averages was 38%.
In 2016, the number had risen to 47%. That’s nearly half of all graduates.
Curiously, SAT scores over the same period fell 24 points.
More students than ever, nearly a slight majority, earn “excellent” grades even as the whole IQ slips and SAT scores fall? Huh?
This is the dumbing down in action as expressed through the grading metric. The schools are cognizant of the fact of their failure and so they compensate by adjusting marks upward. And they have failed, by and large.
Back to my original gripe: they don’t even teach real language comprehension or use anymore. Linda Schrock Taylor explains:
Literacy failures continue to compound with each generation as mis-educators focus on everything except the core problem: The Devastation of Language and Literacy.
The vast majority of Americans no longer Hear, Speak, Spell, Read, or Write English with competency, let alone with skill. The destruction of Americans’ ability to precisely understand and use their own language is at the root of every problem that faces our nation: school failure; dearth of general knowledge; limited horizons; shallow, inaccurate thought processes; poor communication skills; unemployability; criminality; and the development of this shallow, polarized society in which we live. Still teachers are wasting precious educational time, and damaging young brains, with flashcards and sight word memorization.
We have no reason to expect any noticeable change, whether a Hobby Educator, or a Degreed Educator, is at the helm of the money wasting, regulation imposing, U.S. Department of Education. The True Educators have mostly died off or been spiritually beaten into silence. Thus far, no one in power has been willing to 1) accurately identify the Core Problem and its breadth, 2) agree to fund only proven traditional methods, and 3) demand absolute use of successful teaching methods. Only by doing these three things can America solve the Core Problem at each level and thus RESET the learning and intellectual abilities of all Americans: Preschool; Elementary; 6-12th Grades, and Adult.
If the kids (and adults) don’t know the language, they can’t read. If they can’t read, they can’t learn. Schools were supposed to be about learning. They’re not, not now. And God help the overly intelligent child trapped in one:
There is little room for intelligent, independent thinkers in today’s public educational system. The toll taken by Collectivist agendas on these Individualist types of children and adults is simply too profound; too damaging. Public education has lost sight of the goal of education. Educators rave on about how the STATE needs to make sure that children have their basic needs met before they can be expected to learn; all the while forgetting that historically children arrived, often underfed and poorly clothed, at drafty one-roomed schoolhouses where uncertified teachers educated individuals who would create and build one of the truly great civilizations on Earth. Now it is questionable whether most graduates are capable of understanding that which they have been bequeathed, let alone have the competencies and knowledge to restore and maintain America.
Once parents understand the dangers of, and the agenda and history behind, state schooling, many will refigure their budgets, reassess their priorities, and remove their children from a system where puppet masters with invisible strings pull all people and all policies towards Collectivism. The only hope is that the remaining Individualists will fight all attempts by the collective to ensnare their children and attempt to teach them to: share; hold back; fail with the group, underachieve; then willingly work to clothe and feed the lazy and the elite few at the top.
I detect in Taylor’s assessment a great optimism that the damage done may yet be reversed. I hope so. That was why I purchased Out of the Ashes, by Esolen, yesterday. I’m the introduction and the first chapter into it – haven’t even made it to the education section(s) – and it’s incredible.
In writing this I was thinking about including a quote from that but, honestly, every sentence is quote-worthy. It also hints at a latent optimistic appraisal of the situation.
For now, I suggest you get a copy. It’s well worth it. I’ll have more, and a review, once I finish reading the whole book. Reading: what a great thing.
*The foregoing criticism obviously does not directly concern this audience.