|MEGATRENDS: American Education?!|
10 comments28 Sep 2006 @ 17:34 by vaxen : Interrobang?!
A combined exclamation mark and question mark.
This punctuation mark is not yet standard, and probably never will be. It was invented in 1962 through the actions of Martin Speckter, head of a New York advertising agency. He felt that advertising people needed a mark that combined a question with a shout, that mixture any parent produces at stressful moments: "You did WHAT?!". His idea was to provide a marker for the rhetorical questions so much favoured by advertising copywriters. He asked readers of his magazine Type Talks to suggest a name for the character, and chose interrobang from among the resulting entries. It combined interrogation, for the question mark, with bang, an old printer’s term for the exclamation mark, a usage since taken over into computing (along with pling and shriek from other sources). Alas, though interrobang received some attention at first, it has never caught on, though for a brief period in the 1960s it was added to a few typewriter keyboards. However, it is not dead: its name appears in a couple of American dictionaries, it is in one Windows symbol font I know of, and it is also in the Unicode character set.
JTG's actual online book: http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm (Which you can, of course, get to by clicking the linke in the article... but, human nature being what it is, I thought this just might make it easier for you)
28 Sep 2006 @ 18:44 by jobrown : Thanks Vax!
Very good Site! If there's anything poeple have difficulties in coping with, it is that the Ed.(system) somehow made them "dum/mer"!...Yet, it happened to all of us! Hoodwinked, I guess is the word.
Heyyy, I could use that InterroBang-button on my keyboard! Love the idea of a combined Question/Exclamation -as I do it all the time, don't I ?! ; )
28 Sep 2006 @ 18:48 by vaxen : Interobanged?!
The Enlightenment "project" was conceived as a series of stages, each further leveling mankind, collectivizing ordinary humanity into a colonial organism like a volvox. The penetration of this idea, at least on the periphery of our own Founders’ consciousness, is captured in the powerful mystery image of the pyramid on the obverse of our Great Seal.5 Of course, this was only one of many colors to emerge with the new nation, and it was not the most important, an inference that can be drawn from the fact that the pyramid was kept from public notice until 1935. Then it appeared suddenly on the back of our one dollar bill, signaling a profound shift in political management. link: ibid. ibid.
5) The eye-topped pyramid. This notion is taken specifically from religious and philosophical prescriptions of Hinduism, Buddism, and Confucianism which occupied a prominent position in English thought during the last half of the eighteenth century, perhaps because major fortunes were being built through contact with the East. The mentality of oriental rulers fascinated the thrones of Europe. For instance, a Chinese court minister had propounded a strategy known as "The Policy of Keeping People Dumb." Such thinking inspired similar notions in the West. link: ibid^3 above
Utopian schooling is never about learning in the traditional sense; it’s about the transformation of human nature. The core of the difference between Occident and Orient lies in the power relationship between privileged and ordinary, and in respective outlooks on human nature. In the West, a metaphorical table is spread by society; the student decides how much to eat; in the East, the teacher makes that decision. The Chinese character for school shows a passive child with adult hands pouring knowledge into his empty head.
To mandate outcomes centrally would be a major step in the destruction of Western identity. Management by objectives, whatever those objectives might be, is a technique of corporate subordination, not of education. Like Alfred’s, Charlemagne’s awareness of Asia was sharpened in mortal combat. He was the first secular Western potentate to beat the drum for secular schooling. It was easy to ignore Plato’s gloomy forecast that however attractive utopia appears in imagination, human nature will not live easily with the degree of synthetic constraint it requires.
29 Sep 2006 @ 00:13 by jmarc : The Fire
Good stuff, jm, thankyou very much. Alma Mater?
29 Sep 2006 @ 01:27 by jmarc : lol
my alma mater was once dubbed "the bob jones university of the north" lol, though they never taught religion there. My alma mater was useless. I never used my degree.
29 Sep 2006 @ 01:33 by jmarc : fortunately
starting your major in accounting and finishing with a degree in business management, you don't encounter much in the way of the clap trap that passes for liberal arts education in todays colleges. It's hard to twist numbers into politicalindoctrinations. You learn what works. all else is clouds in the sky, and wishful thinking. I could never wear a tie though. They always felt like a noose to me.
Are you sure you aren't Israeli? Heh, heh... Well, it used to be that ''management'' in Israel really abbhored the wearing of ties. I think times have changed, though, what with the multi trillions of fiat dollars being given to Israel by the American taxpayer (that they might forever be enslaved). Not to mention all those ''phantom jets (50!)'' just prior to the Labanon debacle...
Way to go... you must be something of a rebel. Well, of course you are! ;) Bob Jones of the North can only be one place! Heh! Not!?
Interestingly enough Cornell, Ithaca N.Y. comes to mind but I know as a matter of fact that Northland Baptist Bible College has been dubbed (affectionately) with that same dubious distinction. cf: http://www.nbbc.edu/ Of course Purdue might also be listed amongst that august fraternity as well. I'm sort of kidding, of course...
30 Sep 2006 @ 00:56 by vaxen : Incidentally...
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30 Sep 2006 @ 11:11 by jmarc : sounds intriguing
but http://dtsn.darpa.mil/ixo/ is ther anything more soul sucking than a guvamint job?
I'd say that would depend on a lot of factors. However your question is intriguing in lieu of:
Persistent survellance and
information exploitation to sense
monitor and control the battlespace.
"BAA BAA blacksheep have you any wool?"
In one of my favorite movies, Absence of Malice, in its most memorable scene, Wilford Brimley established his movie career as James A. Wells, Assistant U.S. Attorney General. In a series of masterful lines of dialog, Brimley spoke these memorable words.
I'll tell you what we're gonna do. We're gonna sit here and talk about it. If you get tired of talking here, Mr Elving Patrick there will hand you a subpoena and we'll go talk in front of the grand jury. We'll talk all day if you want to. . . . Wonderful thing, a subpoena.
Come January, depending on what happens in November, there are going to be subpoenas. There will be a whole lot of subpoenas. If the witnesses catch the attention of Brian Williams, Katie Couric, and Charles what's-his-name, we are going to have an old-fashioned Texas bar-b-que. It is going to last for at least two years.
Y'all come! --- Gary North
The sequitor being? ;)
30 Sep 2006 @ 20:06 by jmarc : Don't believe the polls
The pollsters, like the FBI, are no longer untouchable. They're still asking the wrong questions. At least one democrat will likely have to turn republican in the Senate when he wins, if he wants to keep his seniority. And he may forgive, he says, but he wont forget. Given that, I wouldnt want to make any predictions for either house. Also, the phrase, " At long last Senator, have you no shame", comes to mind, should the other party gather their wits and actually win an election. I think that if they can't their party is in grave danger of sinking into oblivion. On the other hand, if they do win,they are going to have to come up with something a little bit more than subpoenas if they wish to translate that into something solid two years down the road.
More Shenanigans. I agree with you, jn, 100%. For me that monstrosity in Washington ended many, many years ago. As a flesh and blood man their legal fictions have no sway over my sovereignty. After all did they give me life? Their Birth Certificate fraud means nothing to me and their jails have never cowered me... not anywhere in this sad, old, world. I don't care what they call themselves whether that be republicam democrat, or libertarian they are all merely sham... I know who pulls the purse strings and makes of them all just marionettes. I vote to end the sham forever...
5 Jan 2017 @ 04:34 by Carlos Byrd @184.108.40.206 : bcarlos123