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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon May 10th 2010, 03:53 AM
The Gulf: A kaleidoscope. Pale green and gently choppy in a 42-year old photo of a 5 year old girl, being held tightly by her dad who didn't want her to drown. The dad is long gone, but she still has the photo. Stormy and a tide coming in, on the one and only schoolday skipped in high school. Two high school seniors begin the long trek back from the tip of Honeymoon Island. Each hour precious, they hadn't wanted to leave, but the Gulf is threatening to overtake a landbridge, about to leave t...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Mar 07th 2010, 08:08 AM
How useful it was to the "great industrialists" to oversee the transformation of citizen-based-education to worker-as-a-product education, where children are subjected to sorting for the first 12 years of their self-conscious lives. "Alpha children wear grey They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfuly glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work as hard." Children are being taught that they are "in a race" all the time, that they must "compete globally". ...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Sep 30th 2009, 09:41 AM
You've talked about how your mother taught you English at 5:30 in the morning and read to you about the American civil rights movement in the evening. If the Indonesian schools had an extended school day, would you still have had time to learn English and hear your mother's stories? You lost her at a young age, but at least you were an adult. What about kids who lose a parent when they are still young -- do you know how precious, how irreplaceable that time with family can often be? Will your e...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri May 29th 2009, 05:20 AM
Reading about UAW workers at GM prompted me to start wondering, why have union auto workers been vilified so much? One sometimes hears that unions are corrupt and that union top leaders (through history) end up taking money.. but America tolerates and even admires plenty of scammers. One hears that union workers are overpaid but we live in a society where major league players and stock brokers can make millions. Of course much of the current sentiment against unions is the product of well-funded...
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Posted by lostnfound in Political Videos
Mon Apr 20th 2009, 08:38 AM

 
Watering down the curriculum and handicapping kids for the rest of their lives so that they are incapable of learning -- that is a separate part of the Bush plan. We have a tiered education system where a majority are taught watered down useless trivia combined with rudimentary skills; a smaller number are taught powerpoint presentations (in middle school, here) and how to write well enough to function as middle management; another group are trained to be technocrats; and a rigorous classical ...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Mar 30th 2009, 03:17 AM
Tim Geithner is on Meet the Press as I write this, saying that 'we are a nation of laws' as a reason why the multimillion dollar bonuses must be paid to Wall Street even though they are receiving bailout funds. You the reader probably see the hypocrisy of this, for we are not a nation of laws when it comes to enforcing the laws that were broken by Cheney & Bush when they authorized the use of torture. The extent to which our government prefers property over people -- whether in selective prosecu...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Mar 14th 2009, 06:35 AM
"Those white parents who just didn't want their kids in desegregated schools" -- I tend to think that such people would have been ineffective up until the time that their agenda was determined to be useful by political or ideological elites. There were think tanks writing up papers and making speeches about charter schools and building tuition tax credits into their platforms. Because the idea coincided with a corporate profit motive and served a (narrowly) useful ideological goal, it was pick...
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Posted by lostnfound in Homeschooling Group
Wed Oct 01st 2008, 04:58 AM
I sometimes take it as a creative challenge to explain complicated issues in ways that he can understand. On the drive to school yesterday, we talked about what it means to say that 'history doesn't repeat himself, but it does rhyme alot'. "bear, bear, bear, bear" and "bear, care, dare, fare, hair" Then we talked about how my dad was raising a young family back in the 1930s, times were hard, because the banks had suddenly run out of money and the country went into a depression, and many people l...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Apr 22nd 2008, 10:54 PM
A young man. He keeps his eyes open to watch TV. His eyes seem to be listening intently when his wife talks about what their new baby is doing. His hand on occasional will squeeze a yes or a no. On good days, with the right wide-awake-drugs, he might have a few hours of seeming wide awake, and will work to vocalize. His baby gets lots of attention from the nurses on the floor. His wife is amazing. She and the baby are there most of the day, every day. She brushes his teeth, checks his eye medi...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Apr 19th 2008, 08:30 PM
Even if you know about the coup in Chile, even if you know about Argentina's runaway inflation, even if you know about Guatanamo, even if you knew about the CIA experiments on unwilling people with drugs and sensory deprivation in the 1950s, even if you mourned the response in New Orleans, fear the proliferation of Blackwater, revile the neocons and neoliberalism..read it anyway. Naomi Klein puts it all together in an amazing flow. AND -- what was done to Chile and Argentina is BEING DONE TO US ...
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Posted by lostnfound in Education
Sun Apr 13th 2008, 08:56 AM
I am sorry that you had this sad news, but underneath your sorrow you are glad that at least you and yours have known such a beautiful bond. I believe that deep grief is always a sign of a deep and beautiful gratitude. My son is about to enter 2nd grade, and I want him to start a new school also, because at the moment, the school that he is assigned to, supposedly one of the best in the city, seems to be full of "test scores and authoritarian regimes", practically discourages harmonious social...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Apr 09th 2008, 07:41 AM
An eloquent now in GD bemoans the current state: "Another “dogs with stars and elected ponies’ show” today, all with straight faces. Another bunch of multi-millionaires commenting on it, all with straight faces...Who believes those who say they believe? Who says the truth without calculating the risk to their jobs, to their way of life?" It got me to thinking once again about The Passive American. The Passive American. Witness the evolution of American childhood and see how our behavior is bei...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Feb 24th 2008, 07:01 AM
Whatever good, well-meaning ideas get adopted, the bad guys co-opt them, distort, deplete, complicate, turn inside out, and use them for their own purposes. Want a program to help poor women support their kids? They turn it into an excuse to allow the police to rummage through dresser drawers looking for drugs and boyfriend's clothing. Want free education for all? They turn it into a tool of indoctrination and authoritarianism -- a way to instill fear, to homogenize the consumers, and to devel...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Feb 01st 2008, 05:32 AM
What is a good citizen? Many people I know who aren't politically knowledgeable (including many Republicans) nonetheless think it's important to vote. So elections become popularity contests or "personality politics", vague undercurrents of biases and identities magnified and further distorted by the media to its own advantage. Voting is an obligation like brushing your teeth. Even worse, an underlying skepticism or suspicion is directed at those who are more involved or who want to ruffle feat...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jan 24th 2008, 06:07 AM
I love your posts, Orwellian_ghost. And "The Corporation" was worth seeing. Consider also looking hard at the interplay between corporatism and schooling -- not just the incursions of commercialism, but the historical roots and the intentional similarities in structure. TWELVE years out of each person's life. While schools do teach the mechanics of reading for a couple of years, the main lesson that is taught is obedience to the system. It is a 12 year sentence in a factory or prison, and g...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jan 11th 2008, 06:46 AM
Our health care system is usually faulted for those who DON'T get treated, or who go bankrupt because of medical bills, etc. These things are terrible. But another especially cruel aspect of American health care is what it imposes on those who are facing terminal illness. How would you want to spend your last few months on Earth? When health care is tied to a particular job -- throughout that particular stage of life -- you lose your freedom when it matters most. Every hour is not the same. Pe...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Dec 10th 2007, 06:11 AM
ought to read the jaw-dropping and eye-opening book "The Underground History of American Education". Ever ask yourself: "why is our society so passive in the face of authority and authoritarianism?" Are you very aware of such aspects of American society as - the class system - the propaganda system - the 'media bubble' (is there also a 'school bubble'?) - corporatist takeover of government - the march toward totalitarianism (of the corporate capitalist variety)? If so, this book will give you a...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Nov 07th 2007, 01:15 PM
I'm halfway through 'Underground History'. It's a fascinating perspective. The very structure of schools -- to a great extent, regardless of actual content -- has acclimated us to the insidious expansion of fascism and top-down, centralized power. Where once a few years of schooling prepared people for a lifetime of independent thought and independent livelihoods, kids today in the better schools are prepped to be serfs-in-suits with laptops and powerpoint presentations, and in the inferior scho...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Aug 03rd 2007, 12:53 AM
Today, a microcosm: a single floor in a single workplace. Seven years ago, their salaries were steadily growing, and gas was less than $1.50. "I keep the heat off in the winter and wear sweaters and blankets, and leave the car parked in the driveway all weekend." Since then, pay cuts, almost no raises, gas is around $2.90, and co-pays have climbed. "He doesn't want anyone to know this but he had to file for bankruptcy." A little shift in the economy, a little shift in management styles, a l...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Apr 14th 2007, 06:00 AM
The stifling small-town world of yesterday, for all of its many faults, had one advantage in that you largely knew "who you were dealing with" and pretenders could be identified. Prejudice against newcomers was both a tragedy and a defense. Left-wing groups have a dilemma: how to be open to newcomers while not being open to destruction by infiltrators who mean harm. I see it often. Local activist groups become hotbeds of discontent and anger when a deceptive individual begins to spread lies or ...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Feb 28th 2007, 12:12 AM
I haven't posted at DU for a while mostly because I've got 1 or 2 hours per day of "my time" and I've been digging into my ancestry a bit, and into the ancestry for a couple of friends of mine, also. But DU, you're not far from my mind. I read the Greatest page just about every day but haven't been in a position to post. Pick up one thing in the universe and you'll find it's hitched to everything else. I want to share with you where the genealogy has taken me. I don't care about being connect...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Dec 27th 2006, 09:15 AM
Before logging on to DU this morning, I flip on the TV for a few minutes, and start to be lulled into soft thinking about Gerald Ford. Awww, of all the Republican presidents in recent history, he was the best, I am thinking. At least he was reasonable. Yes, he pardoned Nixon, but at least he also pardoned the draft dodgers. He was, the FOX news caster says regretfully, "his own man". CNN touts its upcoming special about Ford via Larry King. Aha! It's 7:15 AM! I can flip to Public Access TV and ...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Dec 18th 2006, 08:43 PM
Young man, I didn't know you. I know your girlfriend's father quite well, though. More than a coworker, he's a friend or a "comrade", as we've commiserated over the horrendous decline of our government and even attended a protest or two together. Six or eight months ago, he started talking to me about you. "My daughter is dating this young man; he just got out of boot camp. He comes to pick her up, and we talk. You know what? I really like him." he said. "He's a great young man. So polite. He ju...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Dec 11th 2006, 01:34 PM
What ought to be common knowledge isn't, or James Baker would be skating on thin ice on charges of treason and fraud. I hope everyone at DU is aware of the ground-breaking report by Naomi Klein in the November 2004 issue of the Nation, that Baker was trying to convert the power of the US government into $1 billion of Saudi money for his very own Carlyle group. At that very minute he was trying to use the leverage of his role as "special envoy" of the United States in charge of negotiating away I...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun Nov 19th 2006, 03:25 AM
After reading the AMAZING set of graphs in the DU research thread "", which I HIGHLY recommend, I am pondering whether the "ownership society" much touted by Bush may well be ultimately an undesirable goal even if it were achievable across a broad section of the U.S. population. We all enjoy the thought of a luxury life funded by investments, but ultimately the income derived from capital depends somewhere, somehow on labor. But a graph at the end of that thread predicts that the "pie" of US na...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Oct 12th 2006, 07:36 AM
I fault people to the extent of their malicious intent or their '7 deadly sins' but no further -- never for gullibility. A child is born gullible and some people never grow out of that, some may not even have the mind to get beyond it, and some may mistakenly believe that innocence of worldview is as valuable as innocence of intent or action. Some may have burdens and scars too deep to take on any more emotional conflict, to accept the pain that comes with reshaping your mind in a way that con...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Aug 11th 2006, 06:29 AM
or, just mixed up: hence, "lostnfound". The last 5 years are wearing on me. How I long for clarity of worldview.
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Jul 14th 2006, 08:57 PM
Struck up a conversation with a woman whose husband is in Iraq. She's a wonderful, graceful young lady with intelligent eyes and a gentle attitude towards those around her. She says she appreciates that I "support the troops" -- because I pitched in with a few dollars to help ship some care packages to some soldiers. I feel sorry for these people so far from home, in the heat, in the fear, sent there by an idiotic president owned by certain greedy and extreme factions in our society. Recently ...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Jun 06th 2006, 09:30 AM
There's something called "Channel One" which is a way for advertisers to target the captive audience in classrooms. It's TV screens which are offered free to schools that agree to ensure that kids are present and watching them for so many minutes per day. Among other things, they have ads encouraging kids to join the Army. This is taking up school time. Textbooks are a new target for advertisers. Once free of ads, they now include advertisements as well as corporate-produced, industry-specific ...
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Posted by lostnfound in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon May 29th 2006, 10:38 AM
Poet/activist Drew Dellinger from "A COMEDY SPECIAL : Behind every terrorist there is a Bush" which was a live recording of a benefit for the International Inquiry into 9-11. (It also had David Rovics singing: Who would Jesus bomb?, and if you happen to want to hear the whole special, you can find it at (Link)) The poem seems to border on paranoid delusions at time, but the third stanza reminds me of the Paul Simon song 'The Boy in the Bubble' ('These are the days of miracle and wonder..'). We...
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