On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 3:23 PM, Michael Paul Goldenberg <email@example.com> wrote:
> All the rest aside, Kirby, a couple of points: GWB looked like an idiot most > of all because the mission clearly was not accomplished. And it is very > difficult to ignore the fact that his party and his father made a great deal > of political hay from the ill-conceived posting in a tank by GHWB's > opponent, Michael Dukakis. Turnabout does generally prove to be fair play. > But in this case, there was a real war, one phonied up by GWB and his > puppet-masters, and his posing on that ship really looked bad at the time > but horrid in retrospect. >
If this really were an opportunity to tie it off, then lets hope "getting back" for that tank story (re Dukakis) was not the whole reason for continuing to fight and spill blood.
You say "the mission clearly was not accomplished" but then what was the mission again? Roll the tape forward and GWB is on some comedy hour, crawling around on hands and knees pretending to look for those missing WMDs. Nothing here. Nope, nothing here either. Was there a laugh track? Probably.
Now anonymous officials wanna do the same trick again, even though they've admitted in advance that Iran doesn't have those WMDs, just seems too greedy for nuclear medicine (who could fight that much cancer?). Seems a funny reason to rattle for war, yet here we are once again, apparently not one iotum wiser (maybe dumber!).
I'm with Freeman Dyson (Princeton Institute of Advanced Study emeritus) in thinking our focus needs to be deeper cuts in the big arsenals, stop making bit players the issue. If IAEA needs to pay a surprise visit to Hanford, OR or Rocky Flats, CO, that should happen. An open door policy is what you'll need when you criminalize those stockpiles. This is how many scientists and engineers see the problem, including in Israel and Iran.
Anyway, lets get back to those math teachers, not sharing American heritage. If I were a student, I might be getting really antsy about that, as that's my future they're messing with. All fine and good to talk about the hypocrisy of elected officials, but what if the textbooks themselves have some hoax-like aspects, are hollow, under-nourishing. Shouldn't we holler about "fake food"? Or is this all a manufactured crisis, even the diabetes epidemic?
I'm not saying all math teachers are as willfully ignorant, plus the NCTM conference is coming right up. Lots of kite action. Lots of cool math circles out there. The winds of change are blowing strong.
Steve Holden gave me a copy of that 'Out of the Labyrinth' we've been talking about here. I put some pictures of that in my Photostream.
I'd say Python Nation is light years ahead of most math teachers, when it comes to knowing what's what. The business community isn't just slacking, and it's not some Anglophone country club either, isn't a bunch of Republicans riding golf carts. Maybe too much Michael Moore and not enough Michael Crichton, if that's how you think.
The business community has its math teachers as well, and might contribute services gratis to those public schools ready to pilot a new kind of math class. I know I've been doing a lot of that. Don't think of me as personally rich. I believe in institutional wealth, like the military does. "My" aircraft carriers and submarines don't show up on the books as my private possessions, praise Allah. Maybe some have vegan kitchens?
A lot of my travel money came from Sweden and South Africa, where concern about "dumb Americans" is off-the-charts high. That's when I was being an international consultant on the new math-computer hybrid. We got a lot done, and many reforms are underway. This new text from the Litvins is one more cool asset to flash around, amidst a lot of other content. edu-sig remains a busy list, frequented by many experts (including from both UofM and MSU if I'm not mistaken (Dr. Chuck and Bill Punch respectively)).
Pycon had the new poster session in 2010, with outreach to younger students through Vern Ceder's kind offices.
> But when you play GOP politics, replete with all the jingoism, I think you > have earned the shite you get for having weaseled out of combat when it was > your turn. >
I don't share your partisan predilections as many a Democrat has money from armaments, yet takes artful dodges to save a kid from the body snatchers.
Demonizing the opposition is just more crazy American talk, as bad as Shia / Shiite (hey, the USA had a civil war too come to think of it, maybe should look into that more deeply rather than inflict all the "drain bamage").
Sometime we should both join a list where American History and Literature are front and center, so we might compare notes in more detail. I am mindful this is a math list, so want to bring it back to that. How Mark Twain and E.J. Applewhite connect, through the Cosmos Club, could be for another session.
In echoing president Reagan in calling on the Russians to rip aside the Iron Curtain twixt math and computer topics, I'm obviously coming off as a right winger.
I was also hawkish on Gitmo, in support of Bush Jr,, thought it should be bombed to smithereens, after getting the people out, maybe saving a few exhibits for the Visitors Center. Just more Pentagon Math I suppose, all in a day's work (right up there with Supermarket, Casino, Neolithic and Martian Math -- fun heuristics we've been developing over on WikiEducator of late).
I recall all those protesters shouting "not my president, not my war" but now tables have turned, and it *is* their prez and their war. So why did the channel get changed to health care all of a sudden, like the war was suddenly over already? Are people really that optimistic? Or are they secretly colluding amongst themselves to find a way to start a new one? We know they wanna keep those bases, hear them whispering about that loudly (plus there's that "transit center" under Russian supervision).
As long as the math-teaching bureaucracy keeps suppressing American Heritage in math class, I'm thinking we'd better not trust these people. Too much "forked tongue" (hypocritical language).
I'm going to be hawkish and conservative, pointing to the Medal of Freedom that president Ronald Reagan awarded our tetrahedral accountant, R. B. Fuller in 1983. He also awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to Jaime Escalante in 1988. We need to show movies and Youtube clips about both of these great teachers, talk about their contributions to the culture.
Per other posts in this thread, I'm lobbying for these domestic international schools with counterparts overseas that give students with no special economic advantages some real opportunities to tour the world, even pre-college. Fighting xeno-phobia around the globe is a cause many sponsors find worthy, and this way of doing it is time-tested. The Linus Pauling Center for Peace is all for it (there's actually a longer name over the entrance).
If I don't champion something positive and inventive that the USA brings to the table, such as new housing solutions or global grid ideas, better pedagogy and/or andragogy, then I just won't have any clout or credibility with my community, will be "just one more American," a loud bully against the world. "How to be more fascist by making tests harder" is not going to impress anyone in Singapore or Japan.
This doesn't mean I'm betraying the Obama team however, if we wanna look at the big picture. Seems to me that his is a hard- working crew really hoping to make a difference. Rebooting with the Russians was maybe actually worth doing and looks like it's paying off. The Iran thing should calm down accordingly. Our spatial geometry, more 60-degree-informed, recognizably different, is headed to HDTVs around the world. So, in the words of Alfred E. Neumann: "What Me Worry?"