- “Oh crap! More ammo for the ‘ban body armor’ people.” Something on the lighter side from Y.B. ben Avraham.
- And exactly who here terrorized and abused those free-range kids?
- Just another example of why people are fleeing the biggest nanny states.
- Schadenfreude is so very ignoble. Still, it’s a delightful thing to see some of the greatest supporters of Obamacare getting skewered by it.
- This is one of those things you might have intuitively perceived but never quite believed: we recall better (especially recall concepts better) when we write notes by hand rather than type on a keyboard.
- Those “racketeering” teachers and administrators really got what was coming to them. No wrist slaps here.
- Wow, looks like those girls got a two-for-one when it came to being assaulted by authority figures. (Via Codrea)
- Okay, back to the lighter side. The 13 cuddliest dog breeds. (H/T PT)
Archive for the ‘Homeschooling’ Category
Young woman takes to YouTube to bemoan her total lack of government ID and ask for aid from the public. She says her parents will not help her get the government docs that will enable her to work, fly, bank, file taxes, etc..
Her F*c*b**k page, with updates.
Parents deny her assertions about them. But much moon-battery and creepitude appears to be involved.
The family seems amazingly messed up, which means a sideshow becomes the main attraction.
The real question, of course, is why anyone requires such lifelong “official” recognition from government merely to function in everyday life. That’s the gigantic, trumpeting woolly mammoth in the room that everyone’s managing to ignore.
Good luck to Alecia Faith and her family. Good luck to us all.
(H/T to D.A.)
- I’ve been watching the Elio with lots of anticipation though I still can’t decide whether it’s all hype or something gonna-be cool. Might be time to start watching the Local Motors Strati, too. 3D printed car.
- “The Myth of Washington Gun Rights Groups.” a monster take-down of Gottlieb’s newest
sock puppetproxy, the “honorable” Adina Hicks.* (Via Mike V. who asks “where’s her bow tie?”)
- One year after: Colorado and pot are doing well.
- The Obama administration’s idea of cool-and-groovy solidarity: Sweet Baby James Taylor.
- The nanny state picked the wrong family to hassle this time.
- 10 reasons the Mafia is better than the state.” :-) (Via Wendy McElroy)
*The article gets JPFO’s name slightly wrong and says I was an employee when I was always an independent contractor. Minor details, but I couldn’t find a way to contact the author to give him a non-public heads-up. Very good article nevertheless.
A.G. dropped this fantastic unschooling article into comments. I’m bringing it forward because this is fabulous, fun, and encouraging. Well-written, too.
The fact that it’s running in Outside magazine is even better. Non-political ‘zine; lots of open-minded readers who might get wild new ideas.
The article is excerpted from the upcoming Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World by Ben Hewitt, father of two untrammeled boys. The book looks like an absolute must-read for freedomista parents — and heck, even freedomista non-parents.
If you haven’t visited Earthineer in a while, you might want to take a new look.
Dan Adams has recently added the long-awaited marketplace and barter sections where members can trade with each other. Though they’re still new and smallish, he’s got something quite promising there both for “rural engineers” and for foodies. Earthineer is a labor of love for Dan and it shows in the quality of the presentation.
Among other things, he’s planning to build privacy into the trades, so only the parties involved will have long-term records of their transactions.
Also, Dave Duffy has assigned me an article on Earthineer and I’d love to hear some opinions and questions other than my own.
- Starting off with a smile: The Swiss Reaper.
- Not so funny: Bovard on the “soft racism” of setting lower expectations for minorities in the classroom. Ugh.
- Heck, if they were going to ban the poster, it should have been for stupid gun handling, not the shadow of a nipple. (Mildly NSFW.)
- Suit says V.A. cops stomped on an old vet’s head because he was tired of waiting for treatment. Well, that’s one way to get rid of pesky, resource-consuming patients. You don’t even have to take the time for “death panels.”
- The Shawshank Residuals. Well deserved.
- When Earth had two moons.
Oh, now that’s just mean …
- Apparently neither the Fourth nor the Second Amendment apply when it’s for your own good. (H/T PB from comments.)
- The real problem, of course, would be solved by getting rid of government schools and all their rigid one-size-fits-allism. Still, this short video is an interesting analysis of what’s being done to boys. And to society’s future. (H/T MJR)
- Related to the story Gunny alerted us to the other day, the intended target in that Texas case has been ordered to recant her statements to the press. As a condition of parole. Can you spell “First amendment abuse”?
- What if female bodies in classical paintings were photoshopped as they are in modern ads? Ugh! (Amusing, but still ugh. Also: naked lady alert. But it’s okay because it’s Art.)
- So you think nobody’s manipulating the metals markets? Here’s a known case where Barclays (remember them from the Libor manipulation scandal?) deliberately screwed with the gold market to cheat one of their own customers out of $3.9 million. Braaaazen.
- Oh, so that’s what that new “trigger warning” BS is all about. Been hearing that phrase and wondered if it was some new antigunnery. Nope. Just more politically correct, infantilizing silliness from the crowd who believes their widdle feewings should never be hurt. No doubt, though, that anything more dangerous than a plastic spork will “trigger” some poor soul’s hysteria.
- What Americans are really afraid of. Hint: It’s not terrorism. Anybody else notice that four of the top five and five of the top eight basically amount to the same thing? Or are at least as closely related as the Dionne Quints?
- Well, it appears that Albuquerque residents have seriously had it with their thrill-killer cops.
- Churches. Being converted into pubs.
- Did you know … that “dog whisperer” Cesar Millan came to the U.S. as an illegal immigrant? (Tip o’ hat to PT)
- Another reason for drug warriors to suspect and harass you: having a Colorado license plate. (Will having a Washington state license plate be the next sure sign that you’re a monster possessed by Reefer Madness?)
- This writer asks why “we” make children sit still in class. But she dodges the answer. That’s curious, because John Taylor Gatto and many others have addressed that question in books and articles. “We” make children sit still in school (and obey bells, and associate only with those of the same age, and study each individual subject as if it’s unrelated to any other) because our government school system is based on a Prussian model designed to produce obedient little drones.
- Well, look at that. Here all these years you thought Microsoft products were just buggy. But where the NSA and MS are concerned, those aren’t bugs; they’re features. (H/T H)
- New: Prism-Break.org. Products to use instead of the Usual Suspects.*
- One of those is StartPage, of course. And while you’re in the position of having to take their word for it, this is a pretty good statement of principle.
- Why skipping college could be a good idea. And UnCollege.org.
- Jim Bovard (that is, Mr. Bovard, according to the WSJ bio; have I been too informal all these years?) on the virtues of AmeriCorps.
- “The Soul-Rape of Bradley Manning.” This superb piece by Wendy McElroy has already and deservedly gotten a lot of electron time. I’ve been meaning to base a think piece of my own on it, but since I haven’t quite gotten there, I thought I’d just add one more link to the masses it’s already received.
- I’ve been kind of sorry that the local Big City has only a Home Depot, not a Lowes. I like ‘em both, but always liked Lowes a little better. But damn, the co-founder of Home Depot has him some style and some guts.
Some are highly tested and reliable; others less well vetted. Some are open source; some maybe not. But considering the alternatives …
… who are denaturing science as they’re trying to denature everything else … a Microsoft nerd put a nuclear reactor in his garage and invited smart kids to come play with it.
The project aims to reimagine what science class might look like, and nudge dozens of kids into careers in science and technology.
It started with a guy named Carl Greninger, and his realization that tight budgets and fear of lawsuits have pushed out much of the fun, dangerous stuff from high school science labs, leaving “nothing sharper than silly putty.
“I walked into a classroom and I saw a science teacher. And he had a string and a paper cup. And he says, well, we’re studying physics, and I looked back at the kids and I saw the word ‘lame’ tattooed across their foreheads. And I said, I can do better than this in my garage” ….
Great story. Great everyday — or maybe not quite everyday — act of helpful subversion. :-)
- The newspaper that said, “Up yours” to the Internet.
- A bit of good news from the Supremes — though (typically) it may not mean much in practice.
- This Saturday is Data Privacy Day. Though since it was declared such by Congress, it may not mean much in practice, either.
- Good one, MamaLiberty. Did those guys in the SUV really have curly earpieces, too? LOL.
- Two lessons from the Megaupload seizure. Big lessons. May God (if any) keep and preserve Glenn Greenwald.
- Simon Black echoes the sentiments.
- “Another reason to homeschool,” sez D, who sent this link. What kind of screwed-up society deliberately hides kids’ records from parents while giving access to darned near everybody else?
- “Don’t be evil.” It’s not just an empty slogan any more. It’s a bookmarklet to bypass Google shenanigans.
- In the land of the free (but certainly not the home of the brave).
Source. And just think — we’ve gotten so much freer since Russmo created this oldie-but-goodie!
(Thanks to the feeder of needy Panda bears.)
Happy New Year — even if it is already old news.
Whew. What a couple of months its been. I’ve been deadlining solidly since at least early November, and though it’s interesting work (art, mostly), I’m tired.
This week is the biggest push of all, so in a minute here I’m going to turn the blog over to MJR (who found and sent a host of interesting newsbits) and get back to work on my assignments.
But first … some more thank yous.
Thanks to JS and SC at Paladin Press, I got a photocopy of that Playboy article about Peder Lund that I was questing for in vain. Good title: “The World’s Most Dangerous Publisher.”
Even though I belong to (perhaps) the less dangerous part, I feel proud to be associated with such an entity.
Thank you to everybody who offered to send copies of the article or who went out and found clever ways I could have gotten it myself.
More thanks … When I blogged on Christmas eve, I hadn’t yet received all my gifts. Since then, I’ve gotten several more. But not one of the new arrivals came with a “from,” so I’m giving public thanks in hopes the senders will see it here.
Thank you — Secret Santa — for the beautiful book on painting light and shadow with pastels. (I also see that a pad of Stonehenge paper is on its way, which I’m guessing might be from the same mystery sender.)
And oh my. Thank you, Secret Somebody for the handmade chocolates and the unbelievable treat of California dried apricots hand-dipped in dark chocolate. Mmmmm. I know these must have come from somebody who knows my address, and I’m tempted to go randomly thanking people who live in New England. But whoever you are, know that your gift is delicious and is being savored.
Now, on to the news. Most of today’s items come coutesy of MJR, though I did manage to lift my head up from the drawing board long enough to come up with one or two.
- If you expose unsavory, inhumane, or unhealthy practices in the food industry you may be a terrorist. Does that make you the next candidate to be “disappeared” into military custody forever?
- New AT&T/NSA conspiracy theory. (ADDED: Not new; this is from 2006. Still all too relevant.)
- Just in case you’re not feeling sufficiently paranoid.
- I’m really starting to like Cenk Uygur. For a liberal and all. I might not agree with solutions he’d propose. But he’s one of the few in the mainstream who recognizes how serious things have gotten and that it’s not just about phony “left” and “right.”
- Are guns & ammo the new silver & gold? Some interesting stats …
- Anonymous publishes A Survival Guide for people who might be ending up in a revolution.
- Do you remember the Michigan woman who, last summer, faced months of jail time for growing her veggies in her front yard instead of her back yard? When JS sent a link about her, I realized there’s been no follow-up & I wanted to see what happened to her. Good news: she won — though not without more hassles.
- The veggie lady also has a fine, fine blog. And I call your attention to her very recent series, “The Confidence Game.” It’s about how we ordinary people are losing confidence in our abilities to do things that ordinary people have been doing for centuries. She begins with why people question whether we’re “qualified” to teach our own children.
Finally, another thank you. That was a great comment section on Friday’s blog dithering about going offshore. Even better than usual.