Category Archives: Education

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of stories that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Sweden, Local: “Day Care Rapist Identified”

I assume it was not one of the customers.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Government Gives Ok To Circumcision”

Ouch!

China, China Daily: “Answer Call To Pray”

If not, duck the thunderbolt from up on high!

UK, Independent: “Leave Them Teachers Alone”

They first have to fill out reports, then if have some time, they will teach children.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Right To Cry Over Spilled Milk”

In America under Republican rule, the poor will even drink the milk that was spilled.

UK, Guardian: “What Else Is In His Head?”

If a member of the Republican party the answer is easy–Nothing!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Bush Paints Putin”

I assume much better than he did the situation in Iraq.

America In 2014 In The World

The President gave his State of the Union address three months ago, but what would it sound like if presented in April? Thomas de Maziere is a member of the German government which deals with issues of national security. He was recently interviewed by Der Spiegel concerning his attitudes towards the United States of America. Like most people in the world, the issue of American surveillance of their lives ranks high on the list of “what I do not like about the American government.” Ten years ago the invasion of Iraq would have secured the top spot on why to despise the American government. He commented that when it came to surveillance, “they are being implemented in a excessive boundless fashion.” He went on to note that “approval ratings for Americans in Germany are lower right now than they have been in some time.”

We all recall how Barack Obama was going to ensure people in the world the era of senseless invasions was at an end. He promised to restore American prestige, but his main thrust is to make George Bush come across as a fighter for freedom! What ever happened to the man who promised so much for so many??

Verge Of Civil War?

Russian President Vladimir Putin called German leader Angela Merkel to express his concerns regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine. He expressed his fear the Ukraine was “on the verge of a civil war” and since he is a man who believes in peace, this gentle spirt who displays care and concern for all humans wants to avoid any possibility of violence. After all, in Russia the state only resorts to violence when “militants” take to the streets to protest things like arguing for gay rights or the right of freedom of speech. How else can one respond to such provocative demonstrations of violence than with violence. Merkel informed Putin there was no evidence of possible violence unless men dressed in Russian uniforms, carrying Russian arms somehow wound up in the Ukraine. Putin was shocked, horribly shocked by such violent talk by the head of a nation about peaceful Putinland.

There is no doubt Putin wants violence which would provide the excuse of resorting to violence in order to end violence that he created. We offer some sensible ways to end this tragedy in the making.

Have the UN organize a referendum in eastern Ukraine in which people are offered several options:

1. Becoming part of Russia
2. Remaining part of the Ukraine
3. Greater power to regions but still part of the Ukraine.

All polls indicate that only 30% of the population of eastern Ukraine favors becoming part of Russia.

Anyone Made A Suggestion About You?

The United States government recently informed the government of Australia there is reason to believe that some time last year, two citizens of Australia who were in Yemen died in a drone attack. One, whose name was Christopher Harvard, went by the name of Abu Suhaib al-Australi and was most probably in a camp with other “suspected militants” when a drone came from up high and blasted away down below. The “suspected militant” died due to “collateral damage.” After all, no one can expect a drone to always be perfect. Sometimes, the bad guys must be killed, and if a few innocent ones die in the process. just bad luck. After all, Mr. Harvard could have been driving his car to the supermarket in order to purchase a steak when another car killed him in a crash. No different scenario than being blasted to pieces by accident.

The report given to the Australian government contains statements such as: “suspected militants” or “there was a suggestion they were involved in kidnapping Westerners for ransom.” It is unclear who or what led to “the “suggestion” or exactly what is a “suggestion.” But, someone “suggested” these two men were Muslim militants and since they were in Yemen, the suggestion must have been correct. After all, if someone “suggests” to the police that I robbed the bank it only stands to reason they would arrest me or even shoot me since they had a concrete “suggestion.”

Protecting Voter Rights

There is scant doubt the most important issue in America for those of the Republican party is–fraud in voting. I realize some might regard jobs or unemployment or health care or our disintegrating infrastructure as things to worry about, but to the Republican party THE paramount issue in America is: VOTER FRAUD. Latest figures prove that of the 120,000,000 people who voted in the last presidential election at least 100 illegal votes were cast! Imagine, over 100 people lied about their right to vote. Can you imagine how many elections were changed by those 100 people? Anyway, the Republican party wants to ensure that no one who lacks voter ID can or should vote. Oh, many senior citizens no longer have or need ID, but, what the heck. If a single person who is not qualified to vote does vote, that is the end of American democracy.

VOTER ID SOLUTION: Each person who receives a Social Security card will be able to have their face placed on the card. Since just about everyone has a Social Security card, this ensures poor or middle class or the wealthy will have a voter ID. End of problem.

Oh, Them Muslims!

There is one consistent aspect of the American story from day one of creation of this nation. We have always sought a group to depict as “the enemy.” Originally, the Indian was “the savage” who was brutal and had to be exterminated and driven from the land. It required a few hundred years, but eventually they were driven onto reservations and thus ended, “the Indian menace.” Next, came the Catholics with their Pope driven religion, and refusal to accept the Protestant religion. It was not until the election of Catholic John F. Kennedy in 1960 that the era of hating Catholics finally came to an end. Of course, the “Jew” always loomed large in American minds as an evil, Communist or Socialist or blood sucking criminal preying on young girls. It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that Jews were accepted into mainstream America.

Since 9/11, the MUSLIM has become the most prominent evil character in our lives. The New York City Police Department even established a special Muslim unit whose task was to infiltrate Muslim groups, their mosques, their phones, their mail and so on. Muslims were photographed, arrested on “suspicion,” lured by secret agents to make anti-government comments and their clergy threatened with punishment for daring to make a comment not approved by the FBI or the CIA. Finally, the courts of America have cracked down on dragnet approaches to surveillance of Muslims. The New York City Police Department under William Bratton have just announced the special “Muslim unit” is no more.

As of this date, exactly how many “Muslim terrorists” have been identified? Check with the special unit. But, there has not been any significant bombing in New York City since 9/11.

Sex Education For Students

Many years ago a great American educator, John Dewey, argued the best form of learning was by hands on approaches. He argued one learns by doing much better than by listening. Over the years, the ideas of Dewey have increasingly been ignored by those who believe rote memory and testing are the ways to educate children. Along has come a female teacher, Ms. Carson Blanton, who seeks to educate children in a meaningful manner. She wants young boys to learn, to learn about their bodies, and, along the way to learn a few things about the female body functions. After all, the basic Conservative issue is the importance of family life. I assume Ms. Blanton is a dedicated member of the Tea Party and seeks to ensure her male students become decent Americans.

She decided to send pictures of herself removing garments and then dancing around in the nude. However, that was not enough for a young boy. She then depicted how one engages in sex and urged her male students to practice, practice in order to get an ‘A’ in the subject. For some strange reason, police are investigating this exercise in hands-on learning!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

The enemy within is the most dangerous enemy.

A trip through life is one in which there are valleys and hills.

Humans constantly clean dirt in order to obtain new dirt.

People starve and Republicans worry about birth control.

I so enjoy the act of stretching a leg.

Moment of shock seeing thin person working in fast food place.

We shiver at cold, but not when our heart acts with coldness.

I wonder why gold became so precious to humans.

End of family stores ended sense of local community.

There is one rendezvous never to make–with Death.

Do not be the captain of your fate, be the General.

Calendar is half price by January 15.

I wonder how most Americans would survive without the Dollar Store.

To be unemployed in 2014 is to live in fear.

Quandry: does mom or daughter take lead into Restroom.

To describe life is to explain life.

All too often we seek the hardest the thing needed the least.

To be lost in thought is not a Republican weakness.

Fewer ceremonies these days for the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Some place hands on thigh while walking.

I am only able to nudge what is my fate.

Who Me??

I confess to never having worked for Rupert Murdoch or any of his wonderful media outlets like Fox News or News of The World in England. Therefore, I have to plead ignorance as to what those with executive positions in the Murdoch empire actually are taught about the laws of most modern nations. Andy Coulson, former editor of the English News of The World is on trial for the crime of allowing his reporters to hack into phones. I do understand the act of hacking into phones is relatively rare in the modern world and, thus not well known to those in authority. Heck, just check with President Obama who, apparently, has no idea if anyone in his government hacks into mail or phones or whatever. So, why should anyone question the honesty of Mr. Coulson when told that hacking into phones was a CRIME! Oh, my God, imagine that hacking into a phone is not legal!

Coulson told the court that as far as knowing about phone hacking, “I was aware of phone hacking in very vague terms in 2002. It was gossiped about.” Ok, so this innocent man added, “That is was a breach of privacy, and I would have thought it was lazy reporting.”

So, how could any court find this man guilty. Rupert Murdoch never told him that phone hacking was a crime. He did not know his reporters were phone hacking. His wife did not know phone hacking was a crime, and his children certainly did not know that. So, how could he be blamed for something that he did not know about!!

Action In Ukraine

I can hear the sound of one shoe hitting the floor which indicates the Ukrainian government has finally decided to confront terrorists who seek to create violence in hope that having a few killed or wounded would open the door for President Vladimir Putin to send in his troops in order to restore law and order, Russian style, that is. Members of the Ukrainian army and special forces drove Russian backed terrorists from an airport and soon will drive them from buildings that have been seized in eastern areas of the country. Naturally, President Putin expressed his outrage at this “anti-constitutional action” by a government to take over a building owned by the government. This from a man who sends to jail on trumped up charges dozens of Russians whose only crime is not licking his boots!

So, what might happen:

Scenario One: Putin will send his troops across the border to “protect Russian citizens who happen to live in the Ukraine”

Scenario Two: Putin will go to the UN demanding action to protect Russian citizens.

Scenario Three: Putin will send in troops but deny he sent them in while insisting they were Russians who voluntarily rode their tanks and helicopters into the Ukraine to protect Russians.

Scenario Three is very likely.