Monday, August 31, 2009

Flu Shot

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Kite Runners

Those of us that teach junior high and high school boys should see ‘The Kite Runners’.
It is available from If you think that what you will see doesn’t happen here; you are wrong. You must become aware of it before you can prevent it. After that, you need a plan and be willing to quickly execute it.

Begin by watching the movie or reading the book. The book is available from Amazon.  I hope you are not too busy or disinterested.

What you will see, IMO, is more about domination and control rather than sexuality.

Quote of the Week:

Courage is what it takes to stand up & speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~W. Churchill

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Just Wondering

Did someone who controls what you teach, administrator college professor, tell you not to read this blog or visit I have reason to think that his is the case.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Flu shots

This morning it was reported on Channel 10 that the regular flu vaccine is now available. Later the swine flu vaccine will be available. That vaccination will require 2 injections. The second 3 weeks after the first.

The report assured us that millions of injections were being quickly made and would soon be available. Has it been tested? NO! We have been assured that if there is a problem, injecting will stop. Will the stop before or after you are injected? Sometimes the effect is not known for months or even years.

They eject millions of us and afterwards some percentage of us gets a reaction that kills children, friends, and us. Is that the price we pay for being safe? This whole thing just isn’t right. There is something rotten and it stinks.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Natural History of Stupidity, Paul Tabori

Only rarely does such a provocative theme, treated so daringly and written with outrageous wit, given to us. The author believes that the greatest enemy of mankind is man’s own stupidity. I agree with that and think that you should talk to your students about it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cash for Clunker

Did you take advantage of the clunker for cash offer? Did you get somewhere between $3,500 and $4,500? I’m wondering if you thought about the income tax consequence of accepting that offer. It wasn’t tax-free. Depending on your income tax bracket, that amount will be expected back April 15th by the IRS.

What happened to your critical thinking skill?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Quote of the Week

Perseverance is not a long race, it is many short races one after another. ~ Walter Elliott

Watching Football with Petros at the Lime-n-Coconut.

Saturday was a slow night.  Mainly just me and Petros watching a football game from the bar. Petro is a relative of the owner. A pleasant Greek boy.  I comment that the football players are stupid jocks. He then told me that they are rich. I agreed. Then followed by telling him that they are over paid stupid jocks.  Then he told me that since he cannot be a professional football player, he will settle for being smart. What blocks him from being that is that he has no formal education beyond high school.

Petros is intelligent with the potential of being smart.  However, he will never become that without studying for many years. I plan to talk to him about that.

Lime-n-Coconut Twitter

Friday, August 21, 2009

Swine Flu

I heard on the news a few days ago that the swine flu vaccination will require two injections. This morning I heard that only one injection will be required. A few weeks ago a creditable source stated that three injections would be required. Also, this morning it was reported that we should expect shortly an explosive increase in swine flu infections, lasting two to three weeks before leveling off. Then there is the preparations for swine flu riots in high schools.

I have lived long enough and have ample education to be able to recognize, most of the time, what is true and what is not. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with what is not true. My skepticism saves me.

What are our youth to do when they try to understand what they hear and act upon it? The reliable sources they should be able to rely on are their teachers. Hopefully, they have taught them to be skeptical.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Twitting in the Classroom.

What are you going to do about that?

Twitter is 40% ‘Pointless Babble’: Report

Twitter followers are more likely to hear about what people are having for their lunch than read anything actually interesting or worthwhile, according to Pear Analytics. Read the full report at this link.

I twit. I happen to think that my twits are worth ready if you are interested in me. I likely would not like your twits either. Think of me as being a twitter too. LOL

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Swine Flu to a Fever Pitch

Every year since I moved to Florida back in the 70's flu has been an issue. There were many years when I skipped the flu shot. Now, I have been getting a yearly flu shot for a few years and there has never been a complication. This year the hype is more intense then it has ever been. I read that we will now be required to take a series of three shot rather than just one. At first, I didn't think that this would be a problem. It is, you have to take your child or your students somewhere three time at a predetermined interval that has not been disclosed yet. Think about it.

I have know about germ warfare for a very long time. Is this the source of this problem? Is this problem created the military or some federal agency that is distracting us from some problem they don't want us to think about? I don't know the answers. These answers are eventually disclosed over a beer with someone that wants to disclose when there isn't any consequences.

I over heard Paul B., retired CIA, tell Trevor that if he answered that question, he would have to kill him.

Quote of the Week

I put the relation of a fine teacher to a student just below the relation of a mother to a son. ~Thomas Wolfe

Saturday, August 15, 2009

How can you survive the end of the world?

A Jehova's Witnesses flyer asked that question. The answer is, "The world is not going to end for billions of years." The Jehova's Witnesses will be gone by then and so will I. Both will be a good thing.

If we were performing as educators effectively the Johova's Witnesses and other groups like them would fade away. They are not, that should give you something to think about or to be thankful for depending on your belief system or lack there of having one.

Could the people we thought we educated be this stupid?

Why our country is in trouble. A DC airport ticket agent offers some examples of 'why' our country is in trouble!

1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)

2. I got a call from a Kansas Congressman's (Moore) staffer (Howard Bauleke), who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, and then he interrupted me with, ''I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts .'' Without trying to make him look stupid, I calmly explained, ''Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa ''his response -- click.

3. A senior Vermont Congressman (Bernie Sanders) called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando . He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that's not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state.He replied, 'don't lie to me, I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state!'' (OMG)

4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife (Landra Reid) who asked, ''Is it possible to see England from Canada ?''I said, ''No.''She said, ''But they look so close on the map.'' (OMG, again!)

5. An aide for a cabinet member (Janet Napolitano) once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. I pulled up the reservation and noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, ''I heard Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time.'' (Aghhhh)

6. An Illinois Congresswoman (Jan Schakowsky) called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 a..m., and got to Chicago at 8:33 a.m.I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she couldn't understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went very, very fast, and she bought that.

7. A New York lawmaker, (Jerrold Nadler) called and asked, ''Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?'' I said, 'No, why do you ask?'He replied, ''Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight. I think that's very rude!''After putting him on hold for a minute, while I looked into it. (I was dying laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, CA is (FAT - Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on his luggage.

8.. A Senator John Kerry aide (Lindsay Ross) called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, ''Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii ?''

9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman, Bobby Bright (D) from Ala who asked, ''How do I know which plane to get on?''I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, ''I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them.''

10. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) called and said, ''I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola, Florida. Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?''I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, FL on a commuter plane. She said, ''Yeah, whatever, smarty!''

11. Mary Landrieu (D) La. Senator called and had a question about the documents she needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded her that she needed a visa. 'Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those.'' I double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When I told her this she said, ''Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!''

12. A New Jersey Congressman (John Adler) called to make reservations, ''I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York .''I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, ''Are you sure that's the name of the town?'''Yes, what flights do you have?'' replied the man.After some searching, I came back with, ''I'm sorry, sir, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a rhino anywhere."''The man retorted, ''Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!''So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, ''You don't mean Buffalo, do you?''The reply? ''Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.''Now you know why the Government is in the shape that it's in! Could anyone be this DUMB? YES, THEY WALK AMONG US, ARE IN POLITICS, AND THEY CONTINUE TO BREED. I don't write it, I just offer it for your consideration.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The History of Stupidity by Paul Tabori

It is important to read this book because we may be continuing our history. I was told that it is important to understand history, otherwise we are destined to repeat it. Read the book and judge for your self if we are repeating history. I think we are and I'm doing whatever I can to limit the damage to me personally. Perhaps, directing you toward the History of Stupidity will cause you to read it and benefit from the read. That is all I can do to ameliorate the predicament.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Transcendental Meditation

You should read what The Skeptic has to say about it.

I got caught up in TM when I was a college student. I was introduced to it my the son of a Michigan State University professor's son when he recruited at Delta College. I was impress, joined the group and began meditating shortly after that. I did that for about 5 years. Then I connected with Dr. Richard Alpert, psychologist. He changed his name to Ram Dass and acted like a guru. I realized later that he was mentally sick and trashed everything that I had been taught.

I live about 15 miles form the Clearwater, FL Church of Scientology. Dr. Alpert and Al Ron Hubbard have much in common.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

America's population now exceeds 307,000,000

America is on a population grow trajectory that will result in it population that will exceed 1,000,000,000 (one billion) in the near future. Learn the consequences of this by reading Juggernaut by Lindsey Grant.

U.S. Population Clock:

Friday, August 07, 2009

Defective Planning

When my uncle Richard moved to Florida he bought a powerful 42" Sports Fisherman. It had two 427 motors and two fuel takes. Each could hold 500 gallons. It was at the time of the Cuban boat lift when he chartered his boat to rescue Cubans.

His plan was to charter the Sports Fisherman, collect a large amount of money and go only a short distance toward Cuba. He planned to make the ride so wild that the Cubans would want to quickly go to port. The money was nonrefundable, after all, the goal of the plan was to get and keep their money.

He anticipated that they would want their money back. That is why he had taken a hand gun. The trip to Cuban began and quickly ended in Clearwater. It was there that a confrontation over money began. Richard pull his gun. The Cubans called the cops and Richard was arrested and put in jail. What was wrong with his plan?

You don't need to plan for the future.

All you need to do is control the present. The future will only be another now that you control. So, it really isn't necessary to plan for the future. Have you noticed that this type of person talks fast and loud. They do that in an attempt to keep their life from unravelling.

Do you think I would have created if I didn't think that planning was important? I do live in the present and I do plan in the present. And, my life unfold based upon a plan; of course the unexpected happens. I knew it would, just didn't know what it would be.

I planned to go to college when I was in high school. I did and as a result, I was able to create

You don't need to plan for the future but you should. How are you going to know what alternative to choose without a plan? I suppose you could pick one and live with the surprise.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Drawing a conclusion without knowing the reference and facts.

I needed to take grapes to share to Dancers Rendezvous but didn't have small disposable bowls. I got the grapes at one location and bowls at another. The problem developed at SweatBay. There I remembered that the cats needed food. So I pick-up a four pack of canned cat food and plastic bowls. That is all I took to checkout. On the surface it would appear that I was going to go somewhere and eat cat food. And, NO! I'm not going to serve it to anyone else.

Wednesday I'm going to be with Mike for a few hours. He without exception will jump to a conclusion with out knowing the reference and the fact and pursue it until I have to rudely challenge him. Mike has graduated from NYU with a major in Mathematics.

Mike isn't the only one that Jumps to a conclusion without knowing the reference and facts.