Beyond the Cusp

April 22, 2019

Terror Strikes Sri Lanka

 

Already the death toll has been reported to be approaching three-hundred and is likely to exceed that number when the final count is known plus approximately five-hundred have been wounded after three churches and three hotels were targeted with explosions this Sunday in Sri Lanka. The hotels struck were the Shangri-La, Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand; all of which are high end luxury hotels favored by tourists, specifically European and other Western nations. The churches attacked were St Anthony’s Church in the capital, St Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, and local media has also reported a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province (maps posted below). The targets are obvious, western tourists and Christians attending Easter Mass. We pray that these are the last of such on this day so holy to much of the world. Yet another attack has been reported at a house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda which caused an ensuing fire.

 

Sri Lanka Map Displaying Terror Strike Locations

Sri Lanka Map Displaying Terror Strike Locations

 

 

Central Colombo and Terror Bombing Locations in the Capital City of Sri Lanka

Central Colombo and Terror Bombing Locations in the Capital City of Sri Lanka

 

There is no mystery to why terror strikes holy places on the most holy days of the year. In military jargon, these are target rich environments, when your main two goals are to murder as many infidels as possible and causing fear around the world for as many people as possible. The next question would be, why Sri Lanka. One reason is that the terrorists have easy access and another is these attacks will make the news across the world potentially causing some to forgo Easter Services this year. To some in Islam, this would prove a lack of faith and devotedness by Christians thus proving to them that Islam is the superior religion, the more powerful religion.

 

There have been signs that the Arab and Islamic world, the ones the mainstream media always adds the classification of extremist or other denotation implying that they are not “real” Muslims. But Muslims are encouraged to attack non-Muslims, specifically Christians and Jews (some fatwas include Buddhists and Hindus as well as any idolater, agnostic, atheist or any unbeliever essentially as they have expanded definitions in the Quran over the years broadening the areas and regions which are to be brought under Islam. Eventually, Allah has promised that Islam will be the only religion practiced on the Earth. We found these definitions explaining the difference between offensive Jihad and defensive Jihad and under what conditions each is practiced. Assuming we read them correctly, every Muslim leader is required to employ offensive Jihad against the Kuffar such that there would never be the need for defensive Jihad as the Muslims would always be the aggressors which would so terrorize the Kuffar that they would live in abject fear too frightened to attack the Islamic regions because of their greater strength. From what we read, the Muslims are either performing offensive Jihad to sufficient levels, otherwise they will face defensive Jihad. This would imply that Islamic nations which border any non-Islamic nation, they are either to make periodic attacks, at least once or twice each year, so as to place the fear of the Jihadists to such a point that these nations would never even consider attacking their Islamic neighbors. What if their neighbors had no intention of ever attacking their Islamic nation? This would be interpreted as proving any offensive Jihad was working exactly as in the Quran and the Hadiths. This is a self-fulfilling set of prophesies as if an Islamic is attacked, it is punishment for not being forceful enough in their offensive Jihad and if they are not attacked, that is because they have fulfilled their required offensive Jihad.

 

The terrorist attack in Sri Lanka is not an isolated case. Across the world there have been a consistent number of terrorist attacks mainly on Churches, Synagogues and Temples. There is the ongoing war waged by Boko Haram against the Christians and Animists in the regions centered on Nigeria but spreading across the entirety of the African Transition Zone (see map below). It was in response to these attacks that the French deployed troops to Mali to assist in preventing an Islamic takeover of that nation by force. The problems in Somalia are threatening of spreading into Kenya and there is still ongoing violence by the Sudan against the breakaway nation of South Sudan. Many of these internecine wars have existed for years and have simply become more intense over time. This violence is in addition to the tribal warfare still going on across Libya. And the violence between Islam and the rest of the world is not limited to Africa.

 

African Transition Zone

African Transition Zone

 

Terror has become a worldwide epidemic reaching into virtually every nation. In France over five-hundred churches have been firebombed or otherwise attacked since 9/11. The number of attacks worldwide is absolutely astonishing as depicted in the map below. We believe the yellow dots are domestic terror attacks such as the referenced “lone wolf” terror attacks while the red are parts of international terrorism. The numbers of attacks are indicative of where Islam is targeting. Currently the concentration has been in the Western world, specifically the regions under Judeo-Christian influence and the regions neighboring Muslim countries. Watching the news, one does not get much of a feel for the frequency and near universal direction where these attacks have targeted. The media attempts to cover up terrorism by downplaying the attacks. Often, as soon as such violence is perpetrated the media and the applicable law enforcement agencies including, or especially, the FBI immediately claiming that the attack definitely is not terror related. Then, after a few days when the news of the attack is all but forgotten comes the admission that it was indeed a terrorist attack. This is already counted as old news as the attack was days ago and the media has moved on thus the admission becomes back page news buried deep in the paper.

 

Terrorism Attacks 1970-2015

Terrorism Attacks 1970-2015

 

Eventually, the terrorism will reach such a point that it will no longer be something which can be ignored or minimized. When the people finally call upon the government to stand up and actually act to prevent these attacks. The people will demand that the government not only address the terrorism within the national boundaries, but to attack the sources and remove the people who are behind the attacks wherever in the world they may be found. Until that point is reached, these attacks will continue and only increase in frequency and severity. When will the world finally take the spreading terrorism seriously? Not until it becomes such a problem such that it can no longer be ignored. Government seldom take care of problems when they might be easily addressed but wait until the problem becomes impossible to leave along the side of the media coverage and becomes central to the news cycle as it has risen beyond any reason. This is a growing problem that will be pushed aside and the claim that it is beyond their ability to address as the government will wait until the people are willing to accept further curtailing of their freedoms in response to the attacks. The government never wants to address problems until they can use the problem in order to gain additional power depriving the citizens of rights such that the government gains more control. The government will demand that the people grant it additional power and accept restrictions to their freedoms before they will finally act and accept that the problem exists. Some places have already reached the point where they had no choice but to address the problem such as Israel, African Transition Zone, India and a growing situation across Europe. The United States is trailing Europe by a mere five years or there about. How long before this reaches a head? We wish we could tell you but that is beyond our ability of prognostication.

 

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April 1, 2019

Israel Declares Peace While Hamas Screams War

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Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bibi Netanyahu informed the media that through mediation efforts by Egypt and others, an agreement has been reached with Hams. According to these reports, Israel will broaden generally the permissible range for Gaza fisherman, will liberalize the crossing of the border for goods, services and importantly once more building supplies intended for the rebuilding of areas destroyed in the past three wars and other confrontations. We feel a need to relay what has been the past result of these loosening of security and other restriction on Gaza. The increased range for the fishing industry makes the Israeli Navy’s job of monitoring the exercise of this profession which sometimes is augmented with monetary rewards for smuggling in weapons, rocket motors and other provisions for Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other nefarious interests within Gaza. Building supplies have often been most widely utilized for the building of tunnels and command fortifications for Hamas and Islamic Jihad improving their military capabilities whenever they push Israel to the breaking point and hostilities become unavoidable. These supplies have also been utilized for the construction of infiltrations tunnels under the border into Israel where raids would be launched in order to destroy crops, structures consisting of homes, schools and businesses. These tunnels are also utilized to kidnap Israelis, most often civilians. Much to Hamas’s and Islamic Jihad’s consternation, Israeli technology has produced a method and instruments which allow for the detection of these tunnels and Israel has been destroying them before they are put into use. Israel has also begun erecting a new border barrier which will be taller and, hopefully, a double fence above ground and below ground barrier which reaches hopefully deep enough to prevent further tunneling.

 

Still, Israeli officials are touting this great peace arrangement as the prevention of an unnecessary war. Let us hope that they are correct but they should stand knowing that once Hamas receives their next few hundred million or even few billion dollars from Qatar, don’t they have something better to do with their oil wealth than to finance terror against Israel, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the latter receiving their monies from Iran funneled through Qatar, will once more return to their violence and will disregard all promises made. Past performance in business is taken as an indicator for future performance providing the judgement of the market proves correct. The same can be stated for dealing with Gaza or the Palestinian Authority, how they have acted in similar situations probably is an accurate indicator of how they will act in the future. This is probably even more true here than it is in business where the market can change and buying habits revert to previous unexpected habits or may develop some new fixation unforeseen. In retail to the public one can see this change very easily as when Amazon first started, their future appeared rather shaky as the Internet had not reached its universal acceptance and use became more readily favorable to the average user. Within a decade, Amazon was among the largest consumer providers exceeded only by WalMart and a few other select businesses. Now even WalMart is the one facing a shaky future and Amazon is facing online competition which may in the future find a better means of serving the public and supplant Amazon as the top retailer. Back before the Internet became a household utility, everyone shopped at the mall and back in that day I had a comfortable living managing a chain outlet. Fortunately, I was blessed to return to school and find work in microelectronics repair with a specialty in medical and satellite communications electronics. After my stint in this field, I reached retirement and not a moment too soon. Now the production of medical devices and satellite communications subsystems has become so inexpensive that virtually every component system is simply discarded should it fail to meet specifications as it is far less expensive to produce additional subsystems than it is to hire a technician or engineer to repair the failed subsystems. By comparison, a subsystem test technician is paid possibly 20% above minimum wage while repair technicians could make, depending on the subsystems they were tasked with repairing, anywhere from three to ten times minimum wage. The lesson is that companies will use technological advances to replace or remove all need for those making the largest salaries whenever possible. This is why if the minimum wage were raised to fifteen dollars an hour, companies would invest all the funds required to produce an automated means of replacing minimum wage positions or would learn to do without the low end workers and reassign their duties to their other employees. This will make some technicians being tasked with an additional responsibility for cleaning the executive washrooms and emptying their trash whenever they have a few spare minutes.

 

Gazan Youth Launching Incendiary with his Sling

Gazan Youth Launching Incendiary with his Sling

 

So, perhaps we should take a look at what Hamas and Islamic Jihad are claiming while the Israeli leadership is touting this great peace being agreed upon and implemented over the coming week. First on our list is Deputy Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri who exclaimed, “This is not a peace agreement with Israel, and has no connection to diplomacy. We are interested in ceasing the fighting in exchange for [Israel] lifting the siege. We expect agreements to be signed within a few days. We expect that it will happen soon – there will be understandings of calm that will reduce the siege significantly.” This comment stands in some contrast to the barely veiled threats which were floated as the final preparations were presumably underway to bringing the violence to a close. But what is Hamas leader and top terror chief saying, as his work is what the rest will base their actions. Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza, on Saturday praised the fact that 40,000 Gazans were violently rioting along the Gaza Israel border. He was quoted stating, “Our people (the 40,000 rioters) today stuck to the basic principles, the right of return and the breaking of the siege, and they support the resistance.” His further statement included, “Our people (Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists) say en masse that they want to live in dignity and want to live, and they say: ‘O (Al-Qassam Brigades), beloved ones, bomb Tel Aviv.’” Sinwar insists that issue of the terrorist prisoners in Israel release is his most necessary demand and what he plans to work tirelessly to bring about. He stressed that the so-called “March of the Return” processions would continue until the siege is broken, the “right of return” is realized and all of Palestine has been redeemed. Make no mistake, by this he means all of Israel cleansed of its Jews and others who refuse to bow to Allah. Yahya Sinwar formerly headed the military wing of Hamas and make no mistake, he is the real deal, terrorist through and through and is completely behind the destruction of Israel no matter how long that takes.

 

 

What are we expecting and advise people to observe as things move forward. Israel will follow the steps agreed upon which are presumed to bring calm at long last. This was presumed to be a long-term settlement agreement between Israel and Hamas and by inference Islamic Jihad. Israel has stated repeatedly that as the ruling group in Gaza, Hamas is responsible for all of their groups as well as those of Islamic Jihad and other smaller groups. Despite this, Hamas will often claim that they are unable to prevent Islamic Jihad or the other groups from launching rockets or taking to other forms of violence. Hamas has also used some inventive reasons for rockets in the last few weeks such as bad weather and it was an accident always expecting Israel to accept even the dumbest excuses. We expect that there will be a decrease to the numbers gathering along the clash points along the border but this will be those who basically sat at a comfortable distance from the border but those launching explosives over the border and rolling burning tires and explosives at the fence attempting to breach the border will continue in number largely. There will be coverage by the international and other news groups around the world will mention the smaller numbers of those who treated the border riots as a picnic with entertainment. There will be no coverage of the continued level of violence along the border. Well, that is until the border violence reaches a point where it demands a response from Israel. At the point that Israel responds, it will be the “Breaking News” with the red banners and the urgent voice announcer blaring the news of the Israeli strikes on Gaza listing even the smallest damage and repeating every Hamas report of injuries or fatalities and only towards the end of the newscast will there be any mention of the violence against Israel from out of Gaza. We realize this sounds as a harsh criticism of the news coverage, but thanks to recent events in the United States and it spreading elsewhere, more people have realized that the news they receive is infected by a strong political slant. We can aid you one further and explain that the news is tainted by the causes which qualify as falling within the bounds of “intersectionality” which does not include Israel but supports the Palestinian cause to such an extent that they do not consider Hamas, Islamic Jihad or the PLO as terrorist groups but as legitimate representatives of their beloved Palestinian Arabs. They only begrudgingly admit that Hezballah is a terrorist groups, and that is solely because they were against those backed by the United States in Syria in the fight against Islamic State. We expect that slowly but inexorably, Hamas and Islamic Jihad will ratchet up the violence returning to launching rockets again within a couple of months. There is another situation which would be extremely problematic for all sides. As these riots have been nearly continuous for a full year, they may have become the new normal for many of the population, especially the youth who are the front line and the ones launching most of the explosives and incendiaries. Should this be the case and Hamas has lost the ability to control or prevent the rioting as many now see this as their way to express their frustration and get their feeling calmed, then the border rioting would require strong intervention to bring them to an end. Hamas proved with the protests within Gaza City demanding better living conditions which they put down with violence and a heavy hand. They would probably not use similar to end the border violence and would throw their hands up and tell Israel that they are unable to prevent the people from expressing their rage at the Israeli acts against Gaza. They, of course, never redirect aid from the people to their terror war efforts, well, at least not more than taking over three-quarters of the building supplies and all the money.

 

There is one wildcard in all of this, and that is Iran. Were Iran to decide, as they did last week, that by launching rockets into Israel and there not being an overt Israeli military response, that they can make Bibi Netanyahu appear impotent costing him the elections, this would result in rockets being launched into Israel at a slow but steady rate through April 9 hoping not to invoke any strong Israeli retaliation. This was the excuse last week once the truth leaked out. At least this election cycle there are no teams of Democrat Party campaign specialists here attempting to elect fellow leftists. Maybe they have finally realized that Israelis do not respond well to outside interference. Perhaps, if we can survive through the election, there might just be a period of quiet before one of the borders erupts with rockets and violent rioting or even an actual attempt at an invasion from out of Syria as Iranian leaders continue to intimate. Let us close answering the perennial question, when will there be peace in the Middle East. The first sign that peace may be coming to the Middle East will be the Arab nations plus Iran actually not fighting one another either directly or in proxy wars such as the war in Yemen where Iran is attacking Saudi Arabia under the cover of the Houthis who are taking control of the country pushing the elected government into an ever shrinking area. Once they learn to live with one another, then maybe, just maybe, they will find some means of accepting that Israel is home to stay. Until they learn to live with each other, there will be no hope of their accepting the Jewish State.

 

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February 27, 2019

Answering My Most Asked Question

 

More than any other question is one few would expect to top my readership and friend list of questions. So, with no further buildup, here it is. Will there be a civil war in the United States. The answer in a single word is more than likely not. Much of the violence which appears to have plagued the United States has been in the major metropolitan areas and a few smaller but still main cities. These are areas which, even those in the most conservative states, are largely blue regions, also known as largely liberal and leftist areas where the Democrats basically rule the roost. As far as anti-fa instigated violence, it is mostly committed within cities and often against easily recognized chain stores such as McDonalds, Starbucks, the Gap and other smaller unit stores. They usually do not target major chain stores such as Sears, IKEA, Nordstroms or other stores which have security as the anti-fa people are interested in causing unopposed damage and violence with the exception being their attacking conservatives at Second Amendment, Republican candidate or similar rallies where they expect to be opposed by largely unarmed people. When the main people behind the violence are carefully choosing their targets in order to minimize the chance of real pushback then there is little if any possibility for any confrontation to escalate into that vital flash-point from which general violence would result. But this diagnosis holds solely through the next elections which will be Presidential Elections.

 

With the next Presidential elections, there will probably be additional violence above and beyond these elections. But that will still not escalate beyond the cities in which the problem will continue to exist. The real problem could come, if there is to be any problematic escalation, after the elections should President Trump win reelection carrying the Electoral College but losing the popular vote by a more than what people on the left believe reasonable margin. This has occurred before with Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876 losing the popular vote by about 4% but winning the Electoral College by 19 votes, Benjamin Harrison in 1888 winning the Electoral College by 65 votes while losing the popular vote by 90,596, and George W. Bush in 2000 where he won the Electoral College by a slim five votes after a contentious series of recounts and hanging chads in Florida and Al Gore won the popular vote by 543,895 votes. There are stories that President Trump also lost the popular vote but there are also stories which claim he won the popular vote once all votes had been tabulated so it is safe to say that it was very close. The thing is a President can win the Electoral College by winning a number of smaller states as well as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Michigan or Wisconsin by narrow margins while the Democrat had a healthy showing while losing Texas and took over two thirds or three quarters of the popular vote in California, New York, Oregon, Washington and across most of New England thus having a very large popular vote victory. This is close to what happened in this past election except the margin in the Democrat victories in the high population states was closer to 55% to 60% and not too overwhelming. But if the above were to occur, it would be possible for the elected President under the Electoral College to lose the popular vote by tens of millions which would cause an uproar, especially in the high population states and in virtually every major city breaking out in rioting and worse. How serious such might become would depend heavily on the actions of the mayors as if they, as happened in the riots in Baltimore after the unfortunate death of a person in police custody, decided to order the police to simply attempt to contain the rioting while allowing the riots to play out, that could cause the President to use federal power to end the riots which would appear to be completely out of control. That might cause an even greater amount of disruption as it might be interpreted as being overt and being used to punish the people who did not support them in the election causing even greater violence. Where such might lead is anybody’s guess.

 

We still doubt that a civil war is likely in the United States unless a President decided to impose martial law and suspend elections, then there would be people fearing an end to the democratic base of government and an end to the Republic. As long as government continues under normal operation, the majority of the American public would continue to have faith that the system was still functioning, and only if the electoral system appeared to be being ignored or completely suspended would there be sufficient cause for universal upheaval. The reason there would not be a civil war in the United States short of a President usurping power by such actions as suspending the Congress or dismissal of the Supreme Court replacing these Constitutionally established institution with the rule of the President, the one person, then the concept of a nation ruled by law and not man would be turned upside down replacing it with a nation ruled by a person and not the law. This is something most of the American people would not stand by and allow to happen. Also, should a President suspend the powers of the people provided by the Bill of Rights, this too would be going a step too far and likely to cause a general upheaval from the population. Were such to be done in a slower series of measures limiting freedoms through slow steps using laws and the legal system to end freedoms, then it might be possible to bring an end to elected governance and have a dictatorial takeover of the United States. Such an erosion of freedoms might begin with laws against ‘hate speech’ which could be utilized to shut down expressions which were against the sitting government and thus allow only those supporting the strict policies of those in power to be expressed. This could be followed by restricting assembly of groups where such speech and positions which opposed those in power from occurring. Then, should those in power have such a control over the powers of government on all levels including almost every state and large city, the people who hold opinions which might unseat those in power could be brought up on charges of holding hateful positions and even begin to have criminal charges brought against opponents for having hateful thoughts. Once it can be established that people can be arrested and charged with thought crimes, then nobody would be safe and those in power would have complete and total power. They could move against the opposing party starting with their representatives in the Congress and on the Supreme Court replacing them with only people having the approved opinions and now you have a hierarchy where a select group of people holding what is defined as correct thought are the sole holders of power. This is something which would have been inconceivable in the United States just ten to twenty years ago. The problem on the horizon is that an ever-growing number of youth coming from many of the major colleges when queried if hate speech should be illegal, agree and say that free speech should only come with limitations and restrictions. This is a frightening reality which if it should continue signals the end of the American Experiment. Such a series of events starting from this and spreading to all corners of political power would cause a civil war with uncertain results.

 

Should sufficient officers be selected, as Generals need be approved by the Senate as they are selected presumably by the President or at least the executive branch, hold the same beliefs that free speech need not be a total right and that only certain approved speech should be free, then there has started a slippery slope to a dictatorial governance. This would not be the kind of dictatorship where one person was chosen and no further elections were held, this would be a form of dictatorship where all government positions, even elected positions, would be restricted to those who were the most correct in their ideas and thoughts. This is the opposite of what the Founding Fathers had envisioned but by simply adopting limitations of freedom of thought could come into existence. By restricting thoughts and expression through speech to a certain set of politically approved ideas and concepts, then one has also subjugated the media and limited even what religious leaders would be permitted to preach. From that point, it would be a short jump before people would be rounded up and sent for additional schooling, otherwise known as reeducation camps. Soon after such has taken place, we can predict what the next step would be, and that would be limitations on religious thought and then practice. The first ones to be selected for eradication would likely be the same as has always been the first religion for subjugation or attempted for eradication, the Jews. They may be selected along with other groups such as Evangelical Christians has been one such group which some claim would be included with the Jews should the United States turn to the dark side. The reasoning on these predictions are predicated on the belief that as the mainstay of Judeo-Christian ethos, these two groups could be considered the largest threat to be the mainstay against far leftist ideology and these theories all believe that such a thought based governance would be extreme leftist styled fascism. As such, those against abortions on demand, euthanasia, open borders, no corporate profits over half a percent, open work hours, fixed incomes, extending public lands, elimination of private vehicles, elimination of fossil fuels and whatever else one could conceive from the far-far-far-left on top of free speech as long as it agrees with the government and a similarly restricted media, after all, don’t we all love Big Brother, and doing away with privacy and full surveillance would also be implemented just to detect even the slightest indication that one was outside of group-think policies, this is where such would eventually lead. This could only be established slowly over about two decades, and that is about all that would be required as the job has been half way to accomplished with the ideas supported by far too many college graduates. The nerds would be tolerated as long as they simply quietly made everything work and minded their manners and were not too obviously nerdy.

 

Many people think that such an end for the United States is so far from being the America of the past two and a half centuries that it would be impossible and might be surprised if they were to become aware of what is taught in the finest of higher education, and that is slipping ever so slowly but inevitable into high school and even further. Eventually, the concept which has already begun in some region where they are not teaching children to read independently but only of approved readings. How, you ask? They are not teaching phonics and sounding out words from their spelling but whole word recognition, which works fine for words such as enough, but for most words that would not be the preferred means of reading new words. But they do not desire your reading new words because words represent ideas and ideas are very dangerous. Thoughts lead to ideas and if a child can read anything, then they can have thoughts which are uncontrolled and then they might have uncontrolled ideas which lead to undesired conclusions which then may cause difficulties, especially if they are able to express them and spread these concepts. Thus, through this new age teaching methods using whole word recognition, children grow up with limited vocabularies and thus have free thought stolen from their lives. They have a new form of math that they teach. They teach children to solve equations the way a computer might be good at but which leaves the child with no ability to ever learn algebra, let alone calculus and higher mathematics. They are taught to guess and then make another guess and if that second guess comes closer to the desired answer, go further until they guess and are further from the answer and then reverse direction. I can think of numerous problems where this method might drive a child insane. This also only works well for equations with one variable, as soon as you add a second variable the number of answers could easily become infinite as it is for the very difficult equation where y=x3-4×2+6 which has a strange graph and uncountable correct answers (see graph below). For any value of y from -3 to +6 there are multiple answers for x which makes guessing rather difficult. That was not even a difficult equation as there are trigonometric equations where there would be multiple solutions or no solution depending on the values for x and y such as circles and ovals. But this is not as earthshakingly important as what they do not require and in too many schools do not teach at all. That is our next stop on this tour de force.

 

Graph of y=x3-4x2+6

Graph of y=x3-4×2+6

 

History is not required for a high school diploma. Not just world history, but they do not teach American history and even recent history such as the study of the two World Wars or the American Civil War. They no longer require a civics course or a course that includes and explains the make up of the American government. They do not study the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or the Declaration of Independence, so do not even bother to ask about the Magna Carta. When they did finally have a single six-week course in American history and government, these were all placed together, they never studied the Founding Fathers or any of the so-called old white men outside of the great emancipator who was included with Fredrick Douglass as they were mostly studying the Native Americans and Americans of color. In English, they read largely the writings of people of color and none of Shakespeare, Dumas, Dickens, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Louisa M. Alcott, Mary Shelly, Dostoevsky or any of the classics because those had been taught already and it was necessary that the youth be introduced to writers of color. Perhaps the school district where my kids were educated was more progressive than most, or maybe they were just fortunate to have enlightened teachers, all I know is the teachers would dismiss my questions as ignorant and lacking depth and I just did not understand their new methods. This was nowhere more true than the mathematics teachers who basically told me that the methods I had been taught were the reason mathematics was so difficult and children hated it so much because the old ways just were not fun and they were not going to turn children off from math. One even said that if they got the wrong answer but could explain their reasoning, then they would get full credit. That included the reason of I guessed and it seemed close enough, as I actually asked that I was so frustrated by the eighth grade with the mathematics teachers. They are no longer educating the children and because of their unions, a teacher is next to impossible to fire once they have taught and received tenure. I can only try to imagine how future education will be and can only hold out hope that there will be machines teaching which realize that educated humans are easier for them to deal with and as such, they will actually educate children. Perhaps this education or lack thereof has been designed such that when everything falls apart, nobody will know any better and it will all appear to be normal and orderly no matter how discombobulated governance becomes.

 

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