Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Obama on LBJ

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Fairgoers cheer for Sarah Palin while she appears on the Sean Hannity Show at the Iowa State Fair, August 12, 2011
Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources. Sure, they are, but do we still want them? It doesn’t look to me as if we do. The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit. 

An educated, well-informed population, the kind that a functioning democracy requires, would be difficult to lie to, and could not be led by the nose by the various vested interests running amok in this country. Most of our politicians and their political advisers and lobbyists would find themselves unemployed, and so would the gasbags who pass themselves off as our opinion makers. Luckily for them, nothing so catastrophic, even though perfectly well-deserved and widely-welcome, has a remote chance of occurring any time soon. For starters, there’s more money to be made from the ignorant than the enlightened, and deceiving Americans is one of the few growing home industries we still have in this country. A truly educated populace would be bad, both for politicians and for business. 

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From  Diane Ravitch's blog [A site to discuss better education for all], Tuesday, April 8, 2014. See
WOW! WOW! WOW! Los Angeles Times Education Editorial Writer Opts Out Her Daughter!

By Diane Ravitch

Karen Klein, who writes editorials for the Los Angeles Times about education (and other topics), told her 16-year-old daughter she could opt out. [SEE,0,4198942.story#axzz2yL8dJ6Db ]

Like many other parents, Klein reached the breaking point where the tests didn't make sense any more. After years of complying with the testing regime, she realized that this test was pointless. She even envied home-schoolers, who could take their children on field trips and explore what interested them. Imagine that!

Most touching was her story about the teacher who offered poetry teas. By the time her child was old enough to take the class, the poetry teas had disappeared. Test prep.

And then there was this event: "After one of the earlier versions gave a low score to my eldest on reading comprehension, my husband and I shrugged and knew there had to be something wrong with the test. That's the daughter who is now finishing off her dissertation for a doctorate in literature.

The Los Angeles Times has been a reliable supporter of the new era of corporate reform, with occasional deviations (I recall an editorial scoffing at the parent trigger).

High-stakes testing is one of the Golden Calves of the Corporate Reform movement.

Karen Klein's defection, rooted in her experience as a parent, not a think tank ideologue, suggests that there is hope for the future, that the patina of certitude attached to the standardized testing regime may in time crumble as more parents realize how flawed, how subjective, and how limited these tests really are.

She says, "Take that, world of Scantron."

We say, "Right on. Welcome to the fight against the status quo. If it's right for your child to opt out, it's right for other people's children.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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We are human beings.
We live on a living planet with other living beings.
We have infinite worth and infinite ways of expressing our worth.
We must no longer sacrifice our boundless potential to profit.
We are told we are worth what we are paid.
We are told we are just consumers.
We are told there is no other way but capitalism.
We live in a toxic system based on greed and inequality.
A system where the majority of benefits go to the fewest people, while more than 20% of our kids live in poverty.
We are told to follow rules. We must conform. We must work longer hours for less pay.
We must serve the markets as if that’s what makes sense.
We are told lies.
We are told more lies.
We are not for sale.
We are not machines for the making of money and buying of things.
We are not consumers.
We are creators.
We are human beings with dignity.
We have had enough.
We are taking over.

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Rio 2: All Trailers (11/04/2014)

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Via Think Progress:‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Duped Into Narrating Film That Says The Sun Revolves Around The Earth

CREDIT: From the YouTube trailer

The newly-released trailer for The Principle promises film audiences commentary from prominent scientists and features the recognizable voice of former Star Trek: Voyager star Kate Mulgrew narrating. But while the onetime Starfleet captain announces that “everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,” it appears that everything she and several of the world’s top cosmologists thought about the film was also incorrect: they now say they were tricked into participation in a film on the widely-debunked geocentrism theory (that the Earth is, in fact, the center of universe and that the sun really revolves around it).

On Monday, Raw Story reported that the film, funded by noted geocentrist and Holocaust skeptic Robert Sungenis, featured narration by Mulgrew — a staunch Democrat and a star of the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black

Soon, it became clear that the trailer — if not the film itself — was a misleading cut-and-paste job, relying on out-of-context clips and contributions by people who were not aware of the film’s true point. 

Tuesday morning, Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss of Arizona State University tweeted that he had not consented to participate in the film and strongly opposed its message: “For all who asked: Some clips of me apparently were mined for movie on geocentricism. So stupid does disservice to word nonsense. Ignore it.”

Two other experts used in the film told ThinkProgress that they were mislead into participating. Dr. Max Tegmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology explained, “I was told that this would be a science documentary by independent filmmakers who wanted to increase public appreciation for science. I should clearly have asked for more details in advance! These geocentric arguments are about as unscientific as things get.”

Dr. George Ellis of the University of Capetown in South Africa said that the film was “not presented” as geocentrism to him. “Obviously I don’t agree. Not sure how anyone can hold that view these days. Must live in a timewarp. Like Lawrence, my advice is to just ignore. There is no point whatever in responding – it just gives the film recognition and publicity.”

Tuesday afternoon, Mulgrew posted on Facebook that she too was duped into participation:
MULGREW: I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE. Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary. I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused.
This is not the first time scientists have been taken out of context to advance a far-right political agenda. In 2008, Ben Stein’s Expelled was panned by participants who were made to believe they were doing an entirely different film.
A fourth scientist, British physicist Julian Barbour, told ThinkProgress: “I was alerted to the existence of the film about 10 days ago. I never gave permission to be included in the film and certainly do not agree with its thesis.”

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Via DailyKos: President Carter Tells Thom Hartmann: 'I Don't Think George W. Bush Won'

Liberal talk show host, Thom Hartmann, interviewed President Jimmy Carter briefly, and asked about the legitimacy of several recently 'elected' Republican presidents. Hartmann brings up the fact that President Carter had to deal with Republican misconduct during Carter's run with Ronald Reagan as well.
Thom Hartman "I'm wondering, have we had a legitimately elected Republican president since Dwight Eisenhower?"
Carter chuckles and says he thinks so, but wouldn't want to comment on that, and then sort of backs off the question. Carter does make a point to say: "I don't think that George W. Bush won the election in 2000, against Al Gore, because I think that he probably lost Florida and also nationwide. But the Supreme Court rules in our country - that's what we have to accept."
Though President Jimmy Carter is being much kinder than many of us would be if broached with the subject of George W. Bush, the 2000 election, and the U.S. Supreme Court, it's still good to hear a former president confirm what most of the country has known. What's hard to take in is that had the election been legitimate, and had Al Gore won, our country may have never been bombed on September 11, 2001, and it's doubtful we would have ever gone to war with Iraq. The stolen election not only cost Al Gore and Americans the presidential election, it took the lives of over 100,000 civilians and troops and instigated torture and war crimes. That is what's so unbearable to keep in mind when hearing President Carter's statement. Hartmann goes on to talk about more corruption revealed in the recently released public conversations between former President Lyndon B. Johnson and Everett Dirkson. LBJ accuses former President Richard Nixon's of 'treason,' for trying to block LBJ's peace talks with South Vietnam - until after the presidential election.
LBJ in a phone conversation with Dirksen: "Here's the latest information we got. The agent says that she just, they just talked to the boss in New Mexico, and that he says that you must hold out, just hold on until after the election. We know what Thieu is saying to them out there. We're pretty well informed on both ends. Now I'm reading their hand, Everett. I don't want to get this in the campaign. And they oughtn't be doing this. This is treason."
Some would call it treason, others would call it mass murder allowing a war to continue where lives were being taken when peace could have been called. Here is the short video of both conversations:

This is one of the perks of writing. Sometimes, it's like a taking a class. I was too young and carefree to know what was going on in politics during the Nixon era, other than hearing he was a liar and seeing him forced out of office in shame. I didn't learn about him in history, because at the time, he was history in the making. The more I write, the more I realize so much of politics is cyclical. Election corruption will continue, especially after the Supreme Court's latest McCutcheon v. FEC decision. Thankfully, we see a positive step forward, as we did in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. The question remains, how bad will campaign corruption get before we lose democracy? How bad will it get before the people rise up, not only to demand easier access to the polls, but to demand our votes are what determine the elections, not the Supreme Court and not the highest bidder.

Special thanks to Thom Hartmann for being a leader in Liberal radio/TV/podcasts. With his truth, passion, and civility, he helps counter the ever-spewing Conservative hate radio
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The Brave Little Toaster

Via JMG: The End Of Windows XP

Microsoft has announced that as of today it will no longer support its Windows XP operating system.
"It's an old operating system," said Tom Murphy, director of communications for Windows. "Think of the cellphone you were using in the late '90s compared to what you see today. XP doesn't do the things we expect from our PCs or devices today." Maybe so, but getting consumers and small businesses to dump XP has been a bigger chore than anyone could have predicted. As recently as February, nearly 30% of all PCs in the U.S. were still running on Windows XP, according to Web analytics firm Net Applications. PCs running on Windows XP will still function as they did before. But Microsoft says it's unlikely that your PC will be secure, even if you're running anti-virus software. It's not only consumers who are vulnerable. Businesses have also been slow to upgrade. According to Softchoice, a supplier of information technology to businesses, about 40% of enterprises of all sizes still use Windows XP to some degree. In 7% of those firms, XP runs on more than 80% of devices.
Businesses and consumers are advised to visit Am I Running Windows XP to check which operating system is currently in use. Microsoft is offering a $100 gift card to those wishing to upgrade.

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via JMG: This Week's New Yorker Cover

This week's New Yorker cover teases Republicans about Obamacare by depicting President Obama spooning out medicine to Sen. Mitch McConnell as Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sen. Ted Cruz wait their turns.  House Majority Leader John Boehner appears to be exiting to the right.

Reposted from Joe Jervis

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Via JMG: Fran Lebowitz On Spelling

"Spelling. I am probably the worst speller in the world, so I am constantly looking things up. Every time I sit at my desk, I look at my dictionary, a Webster’s Second Unabridged with nine million words in it and think, All the words I need are in there; they’re just in the wrong order." - Fran Lebowitz, quoting from her Paris Review interview on her Facebook page. (Via JMG reader Brett)

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From EDDRA2 listserve, Friday, April 4, 2014.

From EDDRA2 listserve, Friday, April 4, 2014.

The 2014 round of standardized exam administration got underway in several states this week. As predicted by FairTest and our Testing Resistance & Reform Spring (TRRS) allies, opt-out campaigns and other forms of protest exploded in many communities. In just the past three days, we've seen so many great news clips that we could not wait until our normal Tuesday distribution date to circulate them nationally.

Check out these stories about local activities around the nation and the great commentaries about why to protest, then go to the TRRS website -- -- and post your own events to show allies, the media and policy-makers the ever-growing strength of our movement.

Opt Your Children Out of State Testing: Don't Feed the Machine

Mistreating Students and Teachers in the Name of Higher Test Scores

Delaware Teachers Seek Indefinite Moratorium on Test-Based Evaluations

One Simple Sentence Can Opt Students Out of Iowa Standardized Exams

Cyber Attacks Paralyze Kansas Testing

Maine Educators Seek Moratorium on New Standardized Tests

Bill to Delay Test Use for Teacher Evaluation Heads to Maryland Governor
Maryland School Encounters Technical Problems With Common Core Field Test

Nashua, New Hampshire School Board Pushes to Delay Common Core Assessments

New Jersey Parents Must Push Back Against Test Overuse: Letter

New York Boycotts Protest Harmful Effects of Testing

At Least 30,000 New York Students Sit Out Standardized Exams

80% Opt Out at One Brooklyn School -- Parent Calls Movement "Common Sense"

Is Testing Taking Over Schools; Entire NYC Faculty Says Yes

New York "Teachers of Conscience" Refuse to Administer Common Core Tests

New York Won't Punish Schools Where Many Students Opted Out

Why Our Son Won't Take North Carolina's End-of-Grade Tests

Oklahoma Computerized Exams Experience Technical Problems

Rebellion Against Standardized Testing Spreads to Pennsylvania

Tennessee Advances Bill to Bar Linking Student Test Scores to Teacher Licensing

Parents in 30 Texas Districts Submit Opt-Out Letters

Congressman: Federal Testing Reform Would Empower Local Schools

Rep. Gibson's Bill to Reduce Federal Testing Mandates

Federal Auditors Fault State Test Security: Many Unusual Score Gains Not Investigated

The High Stakes of High-Stakes Testing

Testing Experts Say: Time to Evaluate Teacher Evaluations

Some Politicians Still Ignore Parents . . . . at Their Peril

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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Melissa May - "Dear Ursula" (WoWPS 2014)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Capitalism Defined | TZM Defined Book

By the 16th century, the “handicraft” industry common to feudalism had been transformed into a crude mirror of what we know today, with the outsourcing of labor, singular ownership of production, along with many finding themselves more and more in the position of being “employed” rather than producing themselves. Eventually, the logic surrounding monetary profit began to be the core, deciding factor of overall action in a systemic way and the true seeds of capitalism took root.

Capitalism as we know it in specifics today, including not only its economic theory but powerful political and social effects, emerged in form, as noted, rather slowly over a period of several centuries. It should be stated upfront that there is no complete agreement amongst economic historians/theorists as to what the essential features of capitalism really are. We will, however, reduce its historical characterization (which some will likely find debatable) to four basic features.

1) Market-based production/distribution: Commodity production is based around rather complex interrelationships and dependencies that do not involve direct personal interactions between producers and consumers. Supply and demand is mediated by the "market" system.

2) Private ownership of production means: This means that society grants to private persons the right to dictate how the raw materials, tools, machinery, and buildings necessary for production can be used.

3) Decoupling of ownership and labor: In short, a constant class divide is inherent where on the top level, “Capitalists”, by historical definition, own the means of production, but yet have no obligation to contribute to production itself. The capitalist owns everything produced by the laborers, who only own their own labor, by legal authority.

4) Self-maximizing incentive assumed: Individualistic, competitive and acquisitive interests are necessary for the successful functioning of capitalism since a constant pressure to consume and expand is needed to avoid recessions, depressions and other negatives. In many ways, this is the “rational” behavioral view held where if all humans acted in a certain assumed way, the system would function without inhibition.

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