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Alvin Brinson
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Trump is the ultimate politician, and everyone is falling for it.

Someone said, a politician will say anything to get elected. If that's the definition of a politician, then Trump is the ultimate politician. He will lie to your face, tell you it's good because he says it is, and then 30 seconds later tell you the opposite lie and that is good too.

The latest is that he wants to increase energy production, conserve our resources (apparently at the same time), reduce US dependence on foreign energy, and increase imports of Canadian oil (apparently at the same time), reduce regulations by allow local jurisdictions to craft their own regulations (which tends to be bad for business by making compliance a nightmare)....

People can't seem to see that he's talking out both side of his mouth.

Just like countless women in his life, the American Public is falling for the $$$ signs and the bravado. Just like countless women in his life, the American Public will wake up one day and realize they're married to a pathological liar and a psychopath and want a divorce. Let's just hope someone speaks up before we have to forever hold our peace and end up bound to this guy.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/05/donald-trumps-energy-plan-everything-but-the-pet-unicorn/
We'll preserve our natural resources while extracting them as quickly as possible.
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I think he's going to get beaten like a drum. But then I remember W.
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5 or 6 years of Google+ and my circles had gotten ... cluttered. A lot of folks who quit and don't post any longer, and a lot who post about things I am not interested any more, or never was interested in.

Deleted a bunch. May be following some new.

Google+ is a shell of what it was, Google took something that was actually working and tried to overcook it, THEN hamstrung it. Thanks Google!
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I haven't fully given up on G+ yet.....
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People forget the human element in their rush to hate the "other". Here's a story of one person to remind us.

When the actress was 14, her parents, undocumented immigrants from Colombia, were detained and deported.
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I'll just plug in my new rice cooker and have dinner in a few minutes.

So I thought.

I forgot how seriously the Japanese take their rice cookers. This is so much fancier than my old $15 cooker. Plus a full time recipe book that could have been called Every Japanese Food Item You Can Make In a Rice Cooker for Dummies.

Now to figure this thing out.
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if the water turns white, you should rinse the rice a bit.

We get through lots of rice, a function of where I live I guess. I wouldn't go as far as 1.5, but the guage up the side we always put a bit over the number of cups. (Typically we use 4cups and maybe 4 1/4? water)
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Current photos & attempt at soundtrack of the Abarth. 
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I must be getting old. I come home. I play some of my favorite Youtube channels. Then I fall asleep in my chair during the videos. Then as soon as the videos are over I wake up and go about my evening. WHY??????
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Because you're correct in your premise lol
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"Before I look at that grave," I said, "tell me, Spirit, are these things that will happen, or are they things that may happen?"

The spirit just continued to point at the grave without speaking. I crept towards it and, trembling, read: AMERICA.

"No, no!" I cried, clutching the spirit's robe. "I am not that nation! I will not be that nation! Isn't there any hope for me? Can I change what you have shown me?"

(Apologies to Dickens). 
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Does anyone know of a way to lock my computer's primary screen WITHOUT blanking the secondary (projector) display? I need to have things projected on the screen as students come into class, but not have students able to mess with the mouse/keyboard or do anything on my computer.
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I don't think so.
If you had two computers, you could use a VNC to control the projector from the desktop and lock that...
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The more I read political news here in the US, the more I wish I didn't have financial commitments and could just up and move to another country.

I enjoy teaching ESL. There are countries I could do that where there is no Donald Trump.


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+Alvin Brinson That means you have experience which certainly trumps the naivete and energy of youth.

Perhaps you should migrate to The Great White North, because with global warming, by the time you retire, polar bears and moose will be going naked.
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Gotta love eBay. My tablet dings an alert and I pick it up immediately. It tells me that the item I'm watching on eBay will be "ending soon" so I immediately click on the notification... And..... the auction is already closed 2 minutes earlier. So basically I got the warning 1 minute and 45 seconds AFTER the auction closed.

Good thing it wasn't something I really wanted.
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Douglas Adams once pegged "42" as the answer to life, the universe and everything.

Well, I've been 42 years old for a few months now, and let me tell you - It ain't the answer. If it was the answer, I would no longer need questions. The biggest question always remains without an answer: What will happen next? As soon as we think we've grasped the answer, we realize the question itself has changed - slipped into the present, while the answer has fallen to the past.

My thoughts ruminate and wander, as they do. In my time, the world has changed in ways I couldn't have imagined. In 42 years, one gets some perspective. This is normal for the self-reflective types as we age. Nothing new under the sun, it seems.

Yet, everything is new. Always. The life I live now bears no relation to what I expected when I was a child. The world we live in today is not the world we lived in as youths. For me, it's an alien concept to imagine what it was like before. Before internet. Before mass communications. Before the fall of American credibility. Before now. To live in an isolated condition, connected only by thin threads to the outside world. To seek knowledge and find it only in the rare pages of a book or in the confines of human interaction, and to be able to absorb every bit of knowledge I could find. To be confident in the knowledge that I was blessed to live in the best country in the world, in the best state in the country, and that I was special.

I remember my first forays onto dial-up computer systems, like man's first orbit in space, it was a small taste of what was yet to come. And then my first internet chat, around 1993 I think it was, maybe 1994. It was like mankind's first steps onto the moon. The wave of awe over the realization that I could now communicate at will with real people in other parts of the world.

Head filled with the dreams of generations of science fiction greats, I imagined the best of our future, not the worst. I imagined that what had kept mankind in conflict was the isolation in our little pockets of the world that prevented us from knowing each other. And I dreamed that once we knew each other better, we would understand each other. I thought we would stop fighting.

I was wrong. This world is nothing like what I thought.

It was too much. Such hubris. We remain stubbornly and imperfectly human. All of us, even those who strive to rise above and make a contribution. We imitate, learn and respond. We love, but we fear.

I do not know what the future holds. Any of us who think we know what happens next will be surprised. Tomorrow's world - better or worse - is not anything like what we think it will be.

I wish my students could understand this. I wish all young people could understand this. While we are worrying about today, tomorrow is creeping up, bringing whatever surprises it may. Don't be surprised. Roll with it. The end will come, but everything before then is a surprise. Never give up.
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Re-thinking the role of Authoritarianism in the classroom. Some of the training I have received is based on the work of Doug Lemov, and includes heavily ritualized classroom routines, in the name of better student performance.

Reading various articles on politics, I've realized the connection those ideas have with the rise of authoritarian leaders.

When we train our students to defer unconditionally to authority and perform ritualized behavior for the sake of compliance, then we must remember we are also training them to do this as citizens.

We should instead be training them to be conscientious and willing participants in the learning process, guiding them on how to master their own futures without unquestioning deference to authority.

I am still working on this balance in my own classroom. I initially recognized "value" in Doug Lemov's work "Teach like a Champion", as far as getting students in compliance with rules and procedures. However, his methods on a whole never felt natural to me. Certainly, some aspects are useful, such as the idea that you should greet each and every student by name and a handshake. This has worked well for me. However, in his version, the handshake and meeting of eyes is REQUIRED from each and every student every day. If you do not shake hands and acknowledge the teacher properly, you must step back and re-enter the room again until you do so properly.

I was reminded of this while reading the 1976 short story "The Wave" which is based on true events in 1967 regarding a teacher's experimentation with authoritarianism methods in his classroom.

I have never forced the handshaking on my students. Once students realize that you will meet them on their terms, they will respect you and in most cases meet you back. That is what has worked best for me - not unquestioning allegiance to authority. Some of them nod. Other fist bump. A few don't respond, but most do.

Recently, I greeted a student by name and asked him how his day was. I overheard a student going into the classroom next door, and she said "I wish my teacher would do that..." very quietly. I barely heard it. But I couldn't get it out of my head.

My goal is not to have regimented and compliant students, but to have inspired and motivated students. My best students demand my attention in a productive manner, and make ME a better teacher, not the other way around. My best students generate their own desire for learning.

I have students who do not have that motivation or desire. Forced compliance, I do not believe, will generate a desire to learn in these students. My goal is this: How to inspire and motivate my most at-risk students?

References:
http://www.thewavehome.com/1976_The-Third-Wave_story.htm
http://teachlikeachampion.com/
http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/eerie-early-warning-trumps-authoritarianism
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/09/21/peg-robertson-eviscerates-teach-like-a-champion/
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Yes, I'm highly aware of that situation. It's the same motivation behind the actions that are dismantling public schools in favor of private for-profit institutions. The "Crisis" in education that we have is a false crisis - manufactured purely to destroy a public institution and funnel money into private hands, with no concern for the education of any except those who can afford to send their children to elite schools. Others learn compliance and servitude.
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  • Stehen F. Austin State University
    BA in History & English, 2003 - 2004
  • University of Houston
    2000 - 2002
  • San Jacinto College
    1994 - 1999
  • North Shore H.S.
    1991 - 1992
  • Tarkington H.S.
    1989 - 1991
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I'm a middle-aged guy in Texas. I'm college-educated, free-thinker. I'm fascinated by so many things that I've become a tinkerer of all trades.

I am primarily of Native American / Scottish / Random English descent (Osage tribe). I am not a member of the tribe due to details about the Dawes act that would bore most of you, and the tribe apparently doesn't have any interest in helping people with that issue. Toss in a little bit of Irish & English as well, and there ya go.

I post on whatever I feel like. Follow me if you like. Don't if you don't.

Caveat Lector: I know nobody will read this but here goes: I am not here to play word games and debate trivialities. If you have something constructive to add to my more political posts, then great. If you can only make personal attacks or repeat nonsense, I can and will delete comments and/or ban. I have that editorial control over my personal space.
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