11 April 2014 News

D'oh!

D’oh!

First off, a correction:Yesterday’s link regarding the slaughter of Christians might be a fake. Sorry, just learned about that. However, here’s a link to something real, from one of the most credible people on the planet.

 

Related: Brandeis disgraces itself with its treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Kinda related: Is it me, or is Walid Shoebat starting to lean a bit Catholic? Look a this blog, and find the entries written by Walid Shoebat. . .

Capitol Hill Doings:

Lois Lerner Found in Contempt of Congress. Well, du~uh, and long past time for it tooDeansmile. Not that it’ll do much, but I appreciate the gesture. Although, I gotta say, everytime Trey Gowdy opens his mouth, I swoon like a teenaged girl meeting Jensen Ackles. ..

Sebelius resigns. She was given a crap job and no support, did the best she could with a turd sammich, tried to polish it nice for her d-bag boss. . . Truth be told, I ain’t gonna miss her, but I do have a bit of repect for the terrible position she was in.

The Bundy Ranch Seige

Attack Dogs and Tasers

Calling on the Sheriff to Arrest the Federales

The Next Waco (or Ruby Ridge, for that matter)

Bundy Ranch Blog (this goes right to the donation page)

There is word that the Militias are startign to arrive in numbers, now. I’ll try to post when I have something more solid.

Other updates:

09 April 2014 News

Here’s a good way to take advantage of our overload of lawyers. Sue the schools that abuse our children.

If there is only one thing you read today, read about these amazing, heart wrenching efforts to save children from sex slavery rings.

[While we’re on the subject, let me just note that I hate the term “Human trafficking”. Even if it’s technically correct, it seems to me to be a politically correct softening  of the term “Slavery”. That’s what this is, plain as day. We should name it with the ugliest terms we have. We should be absolutely clear what we’re talking about. This is slavery. The people who do it are slavers. Those who support it in any way are supporting the slave trade.]

LuciMy favorite actor of Lucifer calls out Obamacare over its attack on freedom of conscience. Turns out, he’s a bit of a libertarian. Who knew?

Also inappropriate: Strippers at nursing homes. Really? Ugh. Like Mrs. Scalia, I’m not comfortable with strippers in general as it is, for pretty much the reasons  she notes. How crass and insensitive do you have to be to call them into a nursing home?

This is gonna make my job even more tedious. Let’s just add more red tape. That’ll help women. . .

 

08 April 2014 News Posts

I’m working on a series regarding current science. In the meantime, I need to get back to posting these. A lot going on out there that folk aren’t hearing about. Gotta do my part to change that.

An Excellent Summation

H/T Wraith: Learned Helplessness and Operant Conditioning

Sometimes, in my writings, I mention that my writings are a vehicle by which I am trying to overcome the brainwashing of my youth. Melody Byrne describes what I’m talking about pretty exactly in the article linked above. I think I’m about the exact same age as her, given we entered high school and graduated from it at about the same time.

 I was lucky, in that my father never gave up trying to wake me up to Truth, and that I wasn’t always in the public school system. Note, though, that private schools must be accredited, and accreditation standards are often written to ensure that the brainwashing and conditioning of public schools is at least somewhat reflected in the private institutions. For this reason, my high school which was very rigorous intellectually, while not furthering the conditioning or brainwashing all that much, also didn’t do much to counter it. What conditioning I’d received remained to be re-inforced again once I went to college (of which very, very few are not awash in the conditioning programs).

Seismic Watch Feb 9-13

One thing I’ve been tracking are some interesting theories regarding seismic activity. There are some clever people out there making some excellent videos, showing what data they’re using, and publically making predictions and then noting results compared to the predictions. I’m going to start posting these vids as they’re interesting, and I’m starting to think that these people are on to something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V11_PUsdj0

In his commentary on YouTube, he writes:

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There are Stars in the Night

[This was first posted at The Last Refuge. I’ve been meaning to repost here, but the time never seemed right. Good Friday is a good day for Confessions, so here goes. . .]

I must start by admitting that I don’t know exactly why I’m writing this. All I know it that since reading Dagny’s Women’s Voting piece, I’ve felt the need. Nagging, pressing, annoying. That usually means there’s some manner of Divine impetus behind it. Maybe somewhere in this story is something one of you needs to read. Maybe I just need to tell the tale to some people who haven’t actually met me personally. Maybe between the telling and the reading, some measure of clarity or understanding is offered. I really, really don’t know.

What follows is a partial autobiography at least to this point in my life, an attempt to explain why I approach certain topics from some rather strange angles. Many details will not be shared. Sometimes I may seem to go off onto a tangent—if so, it is only because I am trying to prevent at least some of the seemingly inevitable misunderstandings. Many of you will find some of these experiences strange—I will be as clear as I can and, if you ask questions, I will answer to the best of my ability. But that’s no guarantee to understanding—much I don’t even understand myself.

Please, bear with me. And yes, when I figure out what the point to all this is, I’ll let you know.

The fact of the existence of God was never a problem for me. From my earliest memories, the fact of God was as apparent as the clouds in the sky, or the fact that water was wet. “Du~uh, of course God’s real, dummy!” This has never changed, though to my great joy, my relationship to that Truth has changed a great deal over the years. No, my problem in my earliest years was that fact meant nothing to me. One might say: the brain knowledge was not connecting to the heart. Continue reading

Let’s Connect a Few Things

The Left is fond of proclaiming “We’re all connected!”, and then proceeding to behave as though every person and action were entirely independant and unrelated. I’ve noticed over the past few days a fair number of stories that do connect. some of which only from certain perspectives. Just look at them in context with each other, that’s all I ask.

Many of the links that follow are stories that were covered by The Conservative Treehouse, or by the commentors at that site in various threads. Most of the credit for finding these things goes to them.

Set 1, Of Political import

iPhone is watching you: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383876,00.asp
Police scanning phones at traffic stops: http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/34/3458.asp
Encrypt your iphone data: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-encrypt-iphone-location-data-2011-4

Set 1b (related from a certain perspective to Set 1):
More Military being shipped overseas: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/04/19/hey-whos-up-for-an-even-bigger-us-military-presence-in-europe/

The Soros-Muslim-Brotherhood Takeover: http://grendelreport.posterous.com/very-important-analysis-on-the-sorosmuslim-br

Obama and Holder Playing polititcs with DoJ: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/did-obama-and-holder-scuttle-terror-finance-prosecutions/2/

From Ann Barnhardt (go to her blog, scroll down. There’s no handy direct link. And while you’re there, read the rest of everything she’s written. It’s good for you):

GEORGE SOROS/GAVILON AGGRESSIVELY BUYING ELEVATORS
POSTED BY ANN BARNHARDT – MARCH 29, AD 2011 9:23 PM MST
SOROS ALERT. My cash grain broker source sent me notification while I was in Oklahoma that the evil man who is actually controlling the White House (with and through the twin witches Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama) has purchased another HUGE grain elevator company and SOROS is now the THIRD LARGEST grain company behind only Cargill and ADM. Here is the text of the Reuters story:
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Gavilon to buy Union Elevator PNW grain elevators

* Gavilon acquisition allows it to support PNW export mkt
* Elevator purchase equates to 8.4 million bushel capacity
CHICAGO , March 24 (Reuters) – U.S. grain firm Gavilon Grain said on Thursday it will buy Union Elevator and Warehouse’s 16 grain elevators in the Pacific Northwest , the company’s second big purchase of U.S. grain facilities in the last six months. Privately held Union Elevator, where employees own a significant share of the company, approved the transaction on Wednesday, with sale expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2011.
The purchase of 16 elevators at 12 locations in eastern Washington will expand Gavilon’s grain capacity by 8.4 mbu.
“The addition of Union Elevator’s grain facilities and origination capabilities position us well to support the growing Pacific Northwest export wheat market and serve the Columbian Basin feed grain market,” Greg Konsor, VP and GM of Gavilon Grain, said in a statement. The PNW is the No. 1 wheat export terminal in the United States .
Omaha, Nebraska-based Gavilon — a commodity trading firm formed in 2008 when ConAgra Foods sold it to investors — purchased grain handler DeBruce Companies last year, making it the third-largest U.S. grain storage network behind ADM and Cargill Inc.
(Reporting by Christine Stebbins; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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This is BAD, BAD NEWS, kids. George Soros is Gavilon. As I say over and over again at my schools, he who controls the FOOD controls EVERYTHING. And George Soros is rapidly maneuvering to control the food in this country. Everyone remember the name GAVILON. I promise that it is just a matter of time before he makes a move for cattle feeding capacity. ANY CATTLEMAN OR FEEDLOT WHO SELLS OUT TO GAVILON/SOROS WILL BE A TRAITOR TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ITS CONSTITUTION AND ITS PEOPLE. Let’s see who the first one is. I have some educated guesses . . .

Set 2, Of Social Import

University Prof. Bullies Students: http://theiowarepublican.com/home/2011/04/20/university-of-iowa-professor-tells-college-republicans-to-%E2%80%9Cf%E2%80%9D-off

Stay Classy, Wonkette: http://theconservativetreehouse.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/uber-classy-liberal-website-relentlessly-mocks-palin%e2%80%99s-son-with-downs-syndrome-%e2%80%94-update-papa-johns-huggies-pull-their-ads-from-wonkette%e2%80%a6/#more-6442

Two Teens Suicide: http://www.patheos.com/community/theanchoress/2011/04/20/teen-suicide-media-excess-palin-and-bullies-again/

Wrapping kids in bubble wrap: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Freeze-Tag-Red-Rover-Deemed-Dangerous-in-New-Summer-Camp-Regs-120195644.html

Toddler Terrorist Prevention: http://theconservativetreehouse.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/follow-up-napolitano-backs-6-year-old%e2%80%99s-pat-down-%e2%80%98done-professionally-according-to-the-protocols%e2%80%99/

Have sex, kill babies! Fun times!!
http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2011_0420site_no_stigma_in_abortion_critics_blast_state-funded_sex-ed_web_site/srvc=home&position=0

Each set has stories that relate to each other, even if not obviously. Put these things together, please. What you see is not the architectural blueprints for the Kingdom of Heaven. Think about that for a little while.

Classic, Metal

Yesterday, AceofSpades linked to this wonderful article, wherein a classical voice teacher critiques several metal singers. I loved this article because it so delightfully breaks the artificial boxes people place around their favorite music genres. It’s refreshing. It’s somethign that has irked me for years.

I majored in Vocal Music Education, and the thing about the vocal music world, especially in universities, was the attitude that the only music worth studying was classical “Art Music”. I spent every moment I could challenging this view. When other girls were studying Scarlatti and Donizetti, I was tossing Gershwin and Carmichael into the mix. When in Theory people were analyzing Handel, I tossed some U2 into the ring (and very publically threw the curve, much to my classmates’ ire). When in Orchestration people were  orchestrating folk songs, I threw in some Linkin Park. When my classmates had recitals along the lines of “A Night of Italian Songs and Arias” (All ruffles and lace), 3/4 of my recital was written post 1900, angsty and dark and, yes, ending with some U2.

Every semester I insisted that my voice teachers allow me one sing from my Billie Holiday Sings the Blues songbook. They indulged me, as I generally allowed them to choose everything else. So long as I had the one jazz piece.

I realized the flaw early, I think, when listening to the Pavarotti and Friends benefits for charities like WarChild. Meatloaf, Sting, Bono, Simon leBon, they all sounded fairly decent when singing opera. Pavorotti singing outside his genre sounded ridiculous. Him singing Duran Duran just. . . Mm, not quite. It’s why, I think, Bono and Edge wrote a part in Miss Serajevo specifically for him, for an operatic voice– because while a rock star can do a passable job at Nessun Dorma, and Opera singer shouln’t even try Stairway to Heaven.

This vexed me– that the so-called “pros” were less versatile than the “untrained, ignorant ‘pop-stars'”. . . The Bel Canto method was, while good, clearly incomplete. If all your years of vocal training means you only sound good in Italian, what good is it? If Ella Fitzgerald’s virtuosity taught no one anything, we’re useless. Yes, Bel Canto is important, it teaches projection, focus, support, beautiful legato. But . . . if it ain’t got that swing, what’s it mean?

Not a thing.

So happy to see someone breaking out of these false barriers. Metal and Opera should be lovers, not rivals.

Part of why current education is so pitiful

I got my bachelor’s degree in education, which is why I’m now a bureaucrat.  Of the many “education” classes I had to take, only one was good and useful– Choral Education Methods, taught by  the choir conductor. This class covered the idiosyncrasies of choral education, but Dr. H was also very smart by including classes dedicated to things like “Classroom discipline” and “What to do and not do if a student develops a crush on you.”  Dr. H will always have my admiration for tackling actual, substantive and important issues in that class, the only professor to have done that in my entire career as a student.

Aside from that, in all the other classes I had, the only solid concepts that seemed of any importance were Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and the various intelligences and the difference between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Even in my dumb college days, I took even these relatively grounded concepts with a grain of salt: Maslow seemed a little too “New Agey”  (even to my esoterically-trained self) if taken to logical conclusions and they kept adding intelligences.  But they were at least concepts I could put to some use, which was far better than the rest, which were so useless and moronic that even my useless and moronic college-self immediately tossed it out of my brain.

However, thanks to Instapundit, two links today undermine even these ideas for me. (gee, thanks Prof. Reynolds. . .)

From the NYT: Research Upends Traditional Thinking on Study Habits

and from Megan McArdle: Confirmation Bias

From the first, a key (for me) excerpt:

Take the notion that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners” and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.” In a recent review of the relevant research, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of psychologists found almost zero support for such ideas. “The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing,” the researchers concluded.

Mind, on the same page I see a link to Tasty Vegan Food? Cupcakes Show It Can Be Done, which is clearly utter nonsense. Good cupcakes demand both eggs for the cake and butter for the icing. So who knows how trustworthy the article quoted is– if the journal PSPI is in any way related to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, you’ll have to be on your guard. Still, read the whole thing, if you’re interested. Its something to think about.

From the second link, mostly about Confirmation Bias (a thing from which this entry clearly suffers but, seeing as I’m a Slytherin, it does come with the territory), has this quoted from Keith Humphries:

Maslow was influential because he was very smart, wrote well, and had many good ideas. But he was also influential because his theory told many of the cultural elites of the era that they were objectively more mental healthy and more psychologically developed than were their opponents. Flattering poppycock, and also dangerously undemocratic.

. . .Maslow did what Kolhberg did in his theory of moral development and Rollo May and all the existentialist psychiatrists did in their theories: He asserted that the objectively highest state of human development was to be like him and like people he admired.

Again, read the whole thing. I’ve found that many “Spiritual Paths” are taught and led by people who fall for the same thing that Maslow did. So often, you read about the steps of spiritual progress, and you figure out pretty quickly that you are really reading the authors autobiography, and that you will have attained spiritual enlightenment when you understand and see everything in the same way they do. The is true among many of the Western Occult teachers, teachers of Buddhism, teachers of Whathaveyou, etc. . .

It makes the emphasis on humility in the Judeo-Christian tradition quite refreshing. The Catholic Church will never definitively say that any specific person has gone to Hell, and before declaring anyone a saint, they insist on three miracles (my father expressed it as the requirement for God’s Vote). No one living on Earth is considered truly enlightened, because anyone still living is prone to sin. Only those who have passed on to Heaven are seen in such a light, and only after the miracles. No matter how beloved Blessed Mother Theresa was, until there are three miracles, human fondness means very little– God must have His Definitive Say.

So, all that said, it looks like, aside from Dr. H’s class, everything else was a waste of time. I likely could have told you that then, but I’d have had nothing to back that opinion up. Now that I’m out of education, of course I see these articles.