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Archive for March 2nd, 2006

Do You Want This in Your School? Part II

Posted by Mark on March 2, 2006

Illinois Family Institute has released this news alert for The People’s Republic of Illinois. I don’t want my elementary child learning this:

On January 28, 2000, the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health submitted an application for funding to the Illinois State Board of Education to teach the following curricula to Illinois teens:
Focus on Kids (ages 9-15)— Youth will practice the proper way to put on a condom. Divide youth into two teams and give everyone a condom. Have the teams stand in two lines and give the first person in each line a dildo or cucumber. Each person on the team must put the condom on the dildo or cucumber and take it off. The team that finishes first wins.

And I don’t want my teenager learning this at school:

Becoming a Responsible Teen (ages 14-18)— Sometimes people don’t have a water-based lubricant handy. If you were trying to find something around the house, or at a convenience store, to use as a substitute what would be safe? Some grocery store lubricants are safe to use if they do not contain oil: GRAPE JELLY, maple syrup, and honey.

What I do want my children learning is something like this. You tell me, which one is the agenda of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU? Which curricula is likely to be pushed by the political activists of the left?

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Do You Want This in Your School?

Posted by Mark on March 2, 2006

A fascinating audio from a tenth grade Social Studies teacher. Here’s the background. Rather you agree with his statements or not, the opinions of a teacher in school should be just that opinions, not stated as facts. Teachers’ opinions carry weight to impressionable children, and should be expressed responsibly.

If this teacher wants to rant like this, he should get a room…er blog.

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The Evil Empire and the Pope

Posted by Mark on March 2, 2006

This is a fascinating story, being overwhelmed by the latest media storm.

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The Next Net 25

Posted by Mark on March 2, 2006

The Next Net 25: 25 startups that are reinventing the web is a remarkable compilation of what’s happening “out there.” I still haven’t worked my way through all of them yet.

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The Business of Space

Posted by Mark on March 2, 2006

What brought Europeans to the New World? Love of nature? A desire to “seek out new worlds, and new civilizations, to Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before?” Nope. What brought them to the New World was the hunt for gold, the dream that in this new land they could become fabulously rich.

What will drive the next push into space, into the next frontier? This:

Meanwhile, new technologies are opening up new possibilities. Consider the space elevator, which is enabled by the advent of lightweight carbon nanotubes; a 62,000-mile elevator to the heavens would reduce orbital freight costs by 98 percent and open up space just as the railroads opened up the Wild West.

The long-term possibilities are even more celestial. Ever heard of 3554 Amun? It’s a space rock about 2 kilometers in diameter that looks as if it might have fallen straight out of The Little Prince. There are three key things to know about 3554 Amun: First, its orbit crosses that of Earth; second, it’s the smallest M-class (metal-bearing) asteroid yet discovered; and finally, it contains (at today’s prices) roughly $8 trillion worth of iron and nickel, $6 trillion of cobalt, and $6 trillion of platinumlike metals. In other words, whoever owns Amun could become 450 times as wealthy as Bill Gates. And if you time your journey right — 2020 looks promising — it’s easier to reach than the Moon.

Space travel is coming. If you don’t believe, it read the rest of the article.

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