There was a comparison made between Rainbow Gathering and Burning Man (2004 started yesterday). One big difference is that Burning Man is, well, organized: entrance is controlled and costs money. If you still want to go, tickets are $350.00. The encampment does indeed cause ecological damage, which the Bureau of Land Management as acknowledged Desert ecologies are incredibly fragile.
Oh, and the real meaning of Burning Man? Wouldn't you know that somebody has an answer?
Why is the Burning Man growing in popularity? There is an ominous answer. Billy Graham declares, “Lucifer, our archenemy, controls one of the most powerful and well-oiled war machines in the universe. He controls principalities, powers, and dominions. Every nation, city, village, and individual has felt the hot breath of his evil power. He is already gathering the nations of the world for the last great battle in the war against Christ—Armageddon.”
Those Masons are at it again! Teaching kids with dyslexia how to read! What will they think of next? I can't say enough good things about the 32-degree Masonic Learning Centers--they use techniques that have been proven to work, they know it takes a lot of time and are up front about it, they reach out to teachers in public schools, and they
DON'T CHARGE PARENTS A DIME
This time the story is in Michigan, where there are three learning centers: Bay City, Grand Rapids and Detroit.
I'm all anxious over the about to be "world class" changes at one of my homes-away-from-home. . I am supposed to be all reassured because "experts" are consulting on the changes. But the project manager has never built a damn thing, and I am supposed to be reassured? Guess what, building stuff--even little stuff like barns--is rocket science. Oh, and horse keeping has some wrinkles to it too.
On high stakes testing once out into the workworld:
The next “Progressive” that tells me how necessary and important it is to have the government protecting the public from the vicious side of capitalism will be surprised to find a 22 ounce waffle-headed framing hammer sticking out of his ear. I have 20 years of experience in the construction industry, and I can tell you for a fact that the whole rigmarole of licensing doesn’t protect the public from squat.
The testing and continuing education is a joke. It doesn’t protect you, Gentle Reader, from anything. Plenty of dishonest, lazy, incompetent, know-nothings can pass the initial licensing test.
Scroll down to the part where he talks about his first boss not being able to pass the test. (Thanks, Joanne.
Yesterday William Booth (who lived in Dover, MA) was competing in Open Novice (typically fences below 36 inches), when his horse stopped at a stone wall fence. The news reports says it was in the woods--moving from bright light to shade is one of the questions commonly asked in events, as you can see in the above photo.
Booth came off at the stop and was pronounced dead at the scene.
What do I think? Horses stop. Some are "dirty" stops--the horse isn't trying. The photo of the refusal looks like the mare just couldn't figure out how to get safely over, and the rider went flying. (She's fine, as you can read if you go to the source below.)
All horse sports are risky. Most of the other fun stuff I do (and Al does) is risky. I am sorry for Mr. Booth's family--he was a young man of 50. But if I had a choice, I'd rather buy the farm from a horse fall than some pileup on the freeway.
And John's remark brought back to me something more general that I have been thinking about for some time concerning middle and high school. Below is a short list of some things that I feel I really needed to know (still need to know, in some cases) in order to be a functioning human being in a modern society.
I also disagree with his response to the young woman's comment. I often feel that way about half-done housework. A little is better than none, and that's all you're getting today
'to do science is to search for repeated patterns' (MacArthur, 1972)
For science to work, the patterns need to have lots of parts--including the reports that well, we couldn't prove our hypothesis. Two journals, one in ecology and evolutionary biology, the other in psychology, restrict their accepted publications to those which come to that conclusion.
I am waiting for similar journals from the new age folk, from the interventions-for-learning-disability folk, and a few more....
It's not that the scientific method does not produce mistakes, it is that it is at base a self-correcting mechanism.
(Forgotten what the scientific method entails? This brief article for home schooling parents will refresh your memory.)