Friday, March 23, 2012

Via JMG: Obamacare Infographic

Today is the two year anniversary of the bill's passage and Think Progress provides the above infographic.

Reposted from Joe

Via The Insanity Of U.S. Military Spending In One Chart

The United States spends almost as much as the rest of the world combined! Now imagine if we spent this money on hiring better teachers. Or providing cost-free health care. Or expanding our libraries. Or . . .

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Via JMG: Speaking of ASL...

Going viral this week is a clip in which President Obama signs back "thank you" to a deaf supporter, who writes: "The moment I will never forget was when he looked at me. He gave me a chance to talk to him. It was like he was waiting for me to say something. I took the moment and signed 'I am proud of you,' and his response was 'Thank u' in sign language back! Oh my gosh! I was like wow! He understood me after I said I was proud of him. It was so amazing."

Reposted from Joe

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Via Jerry Becker:

NOTE: The following quotations have been collected from a variety of sources ... from e-mail notes and signatures, bulletin boards, the ASCD SmartBrief and from other sources, as well, over some time. Cf. also Brainy Quotes at
"Mathematics is the Language of the Universe."

(Unknown)      [From the signature of Kathleen Smith -- Note: It is suggested by several recipients that the saying is due to Galileo, including Zal Usiskin who refers to it in The Assayer (1623)]

"He who knows only his own generation, remains always a child."
 (Cicero (in "Orator"))     [From Richard Hake's listserve]

"I intend to live forever  ...  so far, so good."
(Steven Wright)

"He who rides the tiger finds it difficult to dismount."
(Rudyard Kipling)      [From signature of Michael Paul Goldenberg]

"Of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"
(American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892))     [From signature from LERA-Dialog listserve]

"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility."
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)      [From the signature of Walter Wendler]

"Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the conquest of fear."
(George Alland)      [From George Alland]

 I walk slowly, but I never walk backward."
(Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president)

"Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy."
(Groucho Marx)     [From Rico Gutstein]

"The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer)

"99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name."
(Steven Wright)

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."
(Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer)

"Not all things measurable in mathematics education are important, and some very important things are impossible to measure."
(Michael de Villiers)      [From a colleague in South Africa]

"There is no point in plowing what you can't water."

"The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful. "
(J.H. Poincare [1854-1912), cited in H.E. Huntley, The Divine Proportion, Dover, 1970]      [From the signature of Prof. Michael de Villiers]

"Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back."
(Steven Wright)

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
(George S. Patton Jr., WWII general)      [From signature of Donna Ray]

"It's not that I feel that school is a good idea gone wrong, but a wrong idea from the word go. It's a nutty notion that we can have a place where nothing but learning happens, cut off from the rest of life."
(John Holt)      [From Holt's Vitae]

"The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up."
(Steven Wright)

"If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?"
(Steven Wright)

"The only man who is educated is the man who has learned how to adapt and change; the man who has realized that no knowledge is secure, that only the process of seeking knowledge gives a basis for security."
(Carl Rogers, Freedom to learn for the 80s (1983)).      [From the signature of Alpaslan Sahin]

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