Friday, January 2, 2015

TED Curator Chris Anderson On The "TEDification of Education"

Quoting ReasonTV: "Learning needs to be joyful," says Chris Anderson, curator of TED Talks and TED Ed. "TED's mission is 'ideas worth spreading'," explains Anderson, "and the most important part of that mission, logically, has to be kids."

Started in 1984, TED (Technology, Education, Design) is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, typically through short lectures with noted thinkers. Videos of these talks, which started appearing online in 2006, have been viewed over one billion times. In 2011 TED developed TED Ed, an educational resource for teachers and students "to capture and amplify the voices of the world's greatest educators."

Reason managing editor Katherine Mangu-Ward recently sat down with Anderson to talk about the future of education and the use of technology in the classroom.

...."learning needs to be joyful" the son of a school teacher, I couldn't agree more; one of the problems w/education today is that we've made it so austere through testing and such items that we've forgotten that one of the core purposes of education is learning...

Founder's Quote, 2 Jan. 2015

Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of divine and moral government. - John Adams, draft of a Newspaper Communication — 1770

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Klavan & Whittle: Race War or Battle of Elites vs. the American People?

...quoting PJ Media: PJTV viewer EWTHeckman asks Andrew Klavan & Bill Whittle about whether America is in the midst of a race war. Klavan rejects the idea of racial differences and race wars, and sees instead a conflict between liberal elites and the people. Hear why. 

...for what its' worth, I agree w/Mr. Klavan on this one: I think, after years & years of liberal elites trying to foment discontent amongst the masses across America, the average America - regardless AND irrespective of race - is beginning to look around and say, "No more," and they're beginning to focus that anger towards the liberal elites (and the Left in general). There was a comment in the comments section below the video over on the Youtube that I agree with....quoting:
(in response to another comment denigrating black individuals) Name ONE All-White city that was safe and prosperous, in 1150. I could go the exact same route. Back in those days, the Arab World was on top of the world, and it would be idiotic for an Arab to assume that Whites were inherently inferior due to the poverty and illiteracy which existed in Europe AT THAT TIME. Name ONE Asian city that was safe and prosperous, in 1850. Exact same analogy. This is an infantile argument and you know it. Countries and Nations develop at different paces. I can look at a black country like Barbados, which is very safe and prosperous. The same goes for a Black country like Botswana, which has a very high per-capita GDP and is fairly prosperous. Before you say such things, I suggest you think before you speak. Please.
 That's very true there, that quote above...go back in history and look up where the successful parts of the world were at any specific time and you'll find some different places, thus it is very pointless for someone to cherry-pick this and that. Its' also important to pint something that Bill Whittle says towards the end of the video and that is that, back at the height of the Jim Crow-era South, it wasn't students at the segregated University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa but students at the Tuskegee Institute who were better educated and better aggregate statistics in terms of family structure, culture, etc.,etc. Now there's something you likely wouldn't see nowadays and its' principally because the liberal elites and the Left in general have fostered a culture of dependence w/in communities of color in this country that has, in some ways, has led us to where we're at as a society now.

Founder's Quote, 1 Jan. 2015

It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship. - John Adams, Thoughts on Government — 1776

Seared Music Double Shot.."Frank Sinatra: New York" & "Auld Lang Syne"

Since its' just turned midnight and 2015 is upon us, I thought I'd offer a New Years' doubleshot of Seared Music....first, one of my favorite old-school songs: Frank Sinatra's "New York"...

...and of course, what New Year's isn't complete without that eternal classic, Auld Lang Syne:

....from Western North Carolina, here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a joyous & successful 2015! ...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Double Standard Much?

Interesting article over at Patriot Post concerning the continuing double standards in use by the media and the Left, especially following the recent allegations that incoming House GOP Whip Steve Scalise met with & spoke to a white supremacist group in the early 2000's. Now, let's assume that he comeback to the Left would be (among other things):

I could go on, but the question remains and should be asked at every opportunity: why the double standard?

Founder's Quote, 31 Dec. 2014

His Example is now complete, and it will teach wisdom and virtue to magistrates, citizens, and men, not only in the present age, but in future generations, as long as our history shall be read. - John Adams, message to the U.S. Senate — 1799

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Seared Music: Dead Kennedys - "California Uber Alles"

...what makes this song so damn good - and thought-provoking - is that it reminds us how power addition, the lyrics are a subtle dig at the Left in that, underneath all the niceties and veneers of liberalism, there is an almost fascist undercurrent that runs through their political views, one that screams 'either follow us or else'....

Big Brother On The Loose?

Quoting PJ Media: Depressed? Confused? Then watch this episode of Trifecta as Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Stephen Green discuss the next generation of vending machines. The Luce X-2 vending machine can recognize your face, and even talk to your smart phone. Will this technology help consumers, or turn them into helpless automatons? Hear more as the men of Trifecta examine the next wave of candy machines that could make your decisions for you.

...oh, that's all we need: machines to take the place of others in the Nanny State? What next, are they going to make us go through daily Two Minutes Hate political sessions as well?

Founder's Quote, 30 Dec. 2014

Besides, to lay and collect internal taxes in this extensive country must require a great number of congressional ordinances, immediately operation upon the body of the people; these must continually interfere with the state laws and thereby produce disorder and general dissatisfaction till the one system of laws or the other, operating upon the same subjects, shall be abolished. - Federal Farmer, Antifederalist Letter — 1787

Monday, December 29, 2014

Seared Music: New Order - "Blue Monday"

....its' been over 3 decades and this song's still the biggest-selling 12" single in music history...impressive, huh? 

ObamaCare Fines To Increase In 2015...

...and if you didn't have healthcare insurance in 2014, be prepared to pay:
Don't have health insurance? Get ready to pay up. The ObamaCare-mandated fines for not having insurance are rising in 2015 -- and for the first time, will be collected by the Internal Revenue Service. 
The individual requirement to buy health insurance went into effect earlier this year. But this coming tax season is the first time all taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had health insurance for the prior year. 
The fines for the 2014 year were relatively modest -- $95 per person or 1 percent of household income (above the threshold for filing taxes), whichever is more. But insurance scofflaws face a sharp increase if they don't get covered soon. The fine will jump in 2015 to $325 or 2 percent of income, whichever is higher. By 2016, the average fine will be about $1,100, based on government figures. (Fox News)
...and people still think the ACA was a good thing? Here's a question: given how unpopular the IRS is at present, what are the odds that they'll go after anyone who is required under the law to pay up? Anyone want to gamble on those odds?

At the very least, someone should give a tip-of-the-hat to the Supreme Court from their 2012 decision affirming the ACA as law, for it was the Court that said that the individual mandate penalty was a valid use of the Constitution's General Welfare Clause (a/k/a the Taxing & Spending Clause) which now puts Americans in the position of either having to purchase health insurance or paying the IRS a nice sum for not having it. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place....

Founder's Quote, 29 Dec. 2014

The great leading objects of the federal government, in which revenue is concerned, are to maintain domestic peace, and provide for the common defense. In these are comprehended the regulation of commerce that is, the whole system of foreign intercourse; the support of armies and navies, and of the civil administration. - Alexander Hamilton, remarks to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The New Barbarism

...once again, Bill Whittle hits it out of the park in regards to recent events in Ferguson, Mo. and how certain elements in American society have fed the fires of barbarism in an effort to fundamentally change things in America...and how the American Left not only tolerates these actions but also perpetuates these events for their benefit...