Closing Thought–17Feb22

After another book has been banned in a Southern school it got me to think about the whole ideas of book banning….what is it all about.

I posted on the latest attempt to deny students from learning…..

Closing Thought–01Feb22

What possesses an educational group to want to ban a book?

According to a new American Library Association report, there were 330 “book challenges” in the fall of 2021, an uptick from the same periods in recent years. “Parents, activists, school board officials and lawmakers around the country are challenging books at a pace not seen in decades,” the New York Times reported last month.

Viewed in a broader national context — there are roughly 99,000 public K-12 schools in the US — these numbers are still far too low to describe as a national crisis. But free speech advocates insist the new campaigns are worth paying attention to — and worrying about.

The rise of book bans, in their view, is the tip of a deeper iceberg: a growing movement on the right to use the levers of local and state governance to control teachers and push an ideologically slanted vision of what children should learn about American culture, society, and history.

“You’re seeing really powerful movements under way to constrain expression. It’s not about discussing ideas objectively. It’s about not discussing them at all,” says Jeffrey Sachs, a professor at Acadia University who tracks free speech in education.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22914767/book-banning-crt-school-boards-republicans

My thought is….my mother never told me what I could read then I will not allow some overweight slug of a politician to do so.

For more thoughts on the damn silly issue of banning books….

Demonic influences. The bad stuff. Burn ’em to ashes, then burn the ashes.

The Obscene and the Innocent: Book Bans in Schools 

This issue of book banning seems to be the most powerful in the South….the least educated region of this nation.

God forbid that students learn something…..they are much easier manipulated when they are stupid….and the voter IQ in the South illustrates just how ignorant and easily manipulated they truly are.

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Those Damn Oligarchs!

Almost daily we here about all those Russian ‘oligarchs’….those rich individuals that have all the power in a government…..to include Putin…..those corrupt individuals that thrive on corruption.

But first what the Hell is an oligarchy?

The political term, oligarchy, comes to English from the Greek with its meaning intact — a form of government run by a small number of people such as wealthy landowners, royalty or powerful military figures. If you say that you can’t fight the oligarchy, you mean the leaders of such a place. Sometimes the word refers to the few powerful people in charge of a large company or system. A financial oligarchy might try to block reform.

With that definition then Russia is a prime example.

Something to think about……

What about our gang of oligarchs?

Yes Irene we have a pack of oligarchs.

Ever hear of Bezos or Zuckerberg or Musk and the rest of the influence peddlers in our beloved country.

“American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s “news” media),” he writes. “The US, in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious ‘electoral’ ‘democratic’ countries. We weren’t formerly, but we clearly are now.”

“Functioning democracy means that there’s a correlation between the will of the people and the policies that affect them,” the American-Swiss historian pointed out, saying that whereas “you let the politicians do whatever they want to do” in the United States.

The system, he explained, “may call itself democratic, but in essence, it’s an oligarchy,” in which political power effectively rests with a small, elite segment of society.

The opinion echoed what former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said in 2015 that the United States is “an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery.” A study from Princeton University and Northwestern University in 2014 also concluded that the U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful.

The rich have unlimited amount of political influence through their cash fed into ‘campaigns’ as donations.

Stop pretending that the US is anything but an oligarchy…..maybe we should replace the stars on our flag with the true controllers of the nation…..

(Image from American Conservative)

And you think you are in control of this country….it is to laugh…..you are told you are in control and you believe the BS…..and that makes us some of the biggest suckers on the planet.

Make no mistake….this country is controlled by oligarchs….from government to news to food supply…..we can point and condemn Russia all we like…but as the old saying goes..’when you point remember there are fingers pointing back’.

The Russian oligarchs are no worse than ours.

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”