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Monday, April 23, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Times are Changin’ Again


It is appropriate and correct that young people are once again in the forefront of a major shift in the politics of America. In 1968, we changed the world with our anti war protests. Today students are once again protesting against violence, gun violence. I also find it serendipitous that the students leading this protest are from a school named after a woman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who in her day lead protests and eventually helped save the Everglades, with her 1947 masterpiece, The Everglades: River of Grass. Just as the class of 1968 made a difference, I hope the class of 2018 makes a difference in America. I will be supporting them in Washington DC on Saturday, March 24.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shed the NRA like a bad habit


Shed the NRA like a bad habit. Remember it’s about honor, morality, and common sense. We don’t want all guns just the automatic guns that are meant for killing and nothing else. Citizens shouldn’t have these kinds of military weapons. We now have a Military and have no need of a militia, which isn’t well regulated, BTW. The guns our Founding Fathers knew of weren’t AR-15 type of weapons and they surely would deem them military not civilian weapons. Get your priorities straight and shed the NRA. You’ll sleep better and be able to look kids in the eyes and let them know you do care, instead of lying. The NRA doesn’t care about life, they care about guns, the arch enemy to human life. We need common sense and I’m so proud of these students. As a teacher of forty years, I have been waiting for them to get their cause as we had in the 60’s. We had the draft, now they have guns. It seems like same reason, death at too early an age by violence and guns. We need adults in the room and it seems as if the kids are showing us the way. Find your independence and shed the NRA hold on our politics. Vote the bums out who don’t support common sense about assault rifles, killing tools. Take the bad guns away from Americans since they aren’t well regulated and too many Americans have mental health issues, apparently.  Stop Americans killing Americans with the same energy and vigor with which you are trying to get rid of good Americans via jingoistic Immigration ideas. Apply this hate to guns and we’ll be much better off.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

That's not a Preposition at the end of that sentence.


I’m not worried about ending a sentence with a preposition, because it’s not possible. The word some may think is a preposition at the end of a sentence is actually an adverb. Words can be used as different parts of speech. A word like “ride” can be a noun, a verb, an adjective, depending on use and context. “Google” has become a verb, too. The definition of a preposition is a word that precedes a noun or pronoun to create a phrase that modifies another word in the same sentence. So if a word at the end of a sentence can’t be a preposition by definition, what is it? It is an adverb, because it answers the adverb questions of “when, how, where, in what way, to what extent?” Words aren’t pigeonholed into one part of speech and the preposition has been misused and abused by too many for too long. Stop with the idea that a sentence can or cannot end with a preposition It is not a preposition if it ends a sentence, it is an adverb.

Friday, February 23, 2018

GIGO


Twitter and/or Face Book. GIGO.
Information must be purged by each individual and not merely accepted. Information must be digested stripped of all its bits of fact, verifiable, before it is passed on. Take time, do research, seek other opinions, and find corroboration, before drawing and espousing a conclusion. Opinions should be constantly shifting and realigning. Before publicly publishing ideas, write a draft and read it, edit it; then rewrite it, polish it. Let it sit like a good wine or leftover food.
I miss the bibliography that helped keep track of all the resources, so I could cite them in my work. When I moved from atoms to digits, the bibliography became hyperlinks.
There is a moral obligation to be responsible with our right of free speech. Creating or perpetuating incorrect information is not responsible. I try to verify what I say, so as not to speak lies. Right now the platforms currently used for us to communicate are out of our control and in the control of bots. There’s too much and it is coming too fast for anyone to intelligently digest and formulate sound conclusions.
Right now we are in trouble because we have lost our intelligence. We need to Make America Smart Again and that means each of us must step back and explore each piece of information we get and follow it as we did when doing those research papers. What we learned in school about research has been lost to this chaos of information.
Rule one: GIGO.