Category Archives: Other Topics

The Great War Of Our Time

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A Charlie Rose interview with Michael Morell on his new book The Great War Of Our Time.

Amazon Review:
Called the “Bob Gates of his generation” by Politico, Michael Morell was a top CIA officer who played a critical role in the most important counterterrorism events of the past two decades. Morell was by President Bush’s side on 9/11/01 when terrorists struck America and in the White House Situation Room advising President Obama on 5/1/11 when America struck back-killing Usama bin Ladin. From the subway bombings in London to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Morell always seemed to find himself on the cusp of history.

 

Schooling – A Different Approach

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One of Joy Hakim’s many wonderful books.

Joy is one of the best authors of school books.

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You can visit her website by clicking Joy Hakim.

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La Academia is one of the best schools in Denver.

If more schools operated as they do we would all be better off.

They use Joy Hakim’s books. Click image below to view site…

La Academia
 

A New way of Teaching Math

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A new approach on how tho teach math that makes sense. We will end up
with for more students knowledgeable in mathematics, most useful in today’s world

 

Muslims Europe – It Could Happen Here

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The catastrophe looming in Europe that we have to keenly aware of.

The article is too long to display here. To download click Muslims.

Below is a video of the Islam world demographics, including the US

 

Exam – You will be Suprised

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Exam
You only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass.

Islam – For What it Is

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This is an article that stems from some emails between friends.
Below are the emails:

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Vince is a friend of mine. Doug is a Brit friend of his. The point of this article is that until the western leaders recognize and acknowledge the fact that the Islamic extremists are not “perverting” Islam but, rather, are following the violent elements of that religion, then we cannot effectively deal with the 15-20% of Muslims who gravitate to those elements of Islam. It emphasizes that the other 80-85% focus on the peaceful elements of Islam and that rationalizing the violence has always been a problem for them. But now that the extremists are acting out their violent beliefs in western countries, it has become a problem for all of us.Watch movie online Get Out (2017)

Interestingly, his hypothesis is that the motivation of Obama, et al is to prevent a backlash against the 80% of peaceful Muslims among us. His thesis is that, because there is no hope that westerners and the 80% can work together to counter the 20% until there is an open discussion about the violent aspects of Islam, this denial by western leaders could eventually put the 80% Muslims living in the west in even greater danger.

The article is too long to display here, to download click Islam

 

Remind Us Of The Way We Word

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For some of the older boomers this will bring back fond memories
By: Richard Lederer (A remarkable local Linguist)

About a month ago in this space, I illuminated old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included don’t touch that dial, carbon copy, you sound like a broken record and hung out to dry. A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige:

Computers – Machine Learning

School Testing

How this approach is going to change the world dramatically very soon.

 

How To Understand Others

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A TED Video on empathy. You will have a different perspective after viewing.
Every Washington politician and would be Washington politician should watch this.

 

Bon Mots

Some clever comments by Mark Twain

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.”

“Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

 

Bernanke & The Fed

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How the Fed Flubbed It
An excerpt from The Atlantic by Sebastian Mallaby

On November 8, 2002, on the occasion of Milton Friedman’s 90th birthday, Ben Bernanke took a day off from his job as a governor of the Federal Reserve Board. Escaping the marble corridors of the Fed’s Washington redoubt, he journeyed to the University of Chicago to pay tribute to the great economist, and particularly to his work on the Depression. “You’re right,” Bernanke conceded, alluding to Friedman’s conclusion that the Fed’s foolishly tight policy had been responsible for the appalling hardships of the 1930s. “We did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.”

The article is too long to post here, however, to download it click Bernanke

 

Financial Crisis – Another One coming

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This TED video tells it like it is.
Send this to every politician you know. Ask for a response

 

Condos

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Signs of a Slowdown in Luxury Condos

Manhattan real estate agent Lisa Gustin listed a four-bedroom Tribeca loft for $7.45 million in October, expecting a quick sale. Instead, she cut the price by $550,000 in January. “I thought for sure a foreign buyer would come in,” says Gustin, a broker at Brown Harris Stevens who is still marketing the 3,800-square-foot apartment. “So many new condos are coming up right now. They’ve been building them for the past few years, and now they’re really hurting the resales.”

The Meaning of Human Existence

An interview with Edward O Wilson on his new book
The Meaning of Human Existence
It will probably alter you philosophy


 

Antarctica – It has To Be Saved

A most inspiring TED  Video on Antiartica
You will be impressed and have your children watch it
as they are the ones that will save it.

 

Very Unusual Photography

Boats full of United States troops waiting to leave Weymouth, June 1944

Left click and hold on each photo, and then drag your mouse gently from

left to right on the original photograph and it will become a photo of the

exact same location and view today – drag it back to the left and you are back in 1944!

Use scroll bar to see additional photos

To view photos click View Photos

 

Checklist Manifesto

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In his latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.

Everyone should read this and have their doctors read it. There is a TED video in the Videos category of Other Topics.

The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industry—in almost every realm of organized activity. And the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people—consistently, correctly, safely. We train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies, and still we fail. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can’t, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds. And the insights are making a difference. Already, a simple surgical checklist from the World Health Organization designed by following the ideas described here has been adopted in more than twenty countries as a standard for care and has been heralded as “the biggest clinical invention in thirty years” (The Independent).

 

Teaching – What’s Wrong

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A TED video on Teaching Science

A lesson to be learned by all teachers and text book publishers

 

When Lions Roar – The Churchills & The Kennedys

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For those interested in these two prominent families, they will enjoy the book
When Lions Roar by Thomas Maier.

Below is a fairly long You Tube video with the author.

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Schools – Creativity

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A TED video on what is wrong with our school system>
Probably one of the most sensible critiques ever