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my descent into awareness

How does one go from being perfectly normal to occupying the fringe I find myself in? Credit my oldest daughter … though I may well have found another route here had that one not come along, but I remember the turning point she brought home. In primary school she and her best friend shared the scholastic top of their class. The friend’s dad struck it rich, and she went off to an exclusive private high school for ninth grade. My daughter’s Dad couldn’t afford that, so she went to government high school. The next year a full-ride scholarship was offered to my girl, so she rejoined her best friend where they resumed their academic excellence positions. * This school was […]

10 Most Devastating Impacts Of Homeschooling Your Kids

This is another good guest contribution to the Babylon Bee , and from there to here. It comes courtesy of The Tuttle Twins publishers. These are books written to explain liberty, integrity, open markets and similar concepts to children. If you know of children or have a library in your community, consider getting these publications into their hands. – Ted –     Brought to you by:          So– you wanna homeschool your kid, huh? Well, it might not all be as great as you think. Read on for a list of reasons homeschooling may completely ruin your kid.  1. Homeschooling makes your children much more likely to grow up to become cisgender: Is that what you want, […]

9 Ways To Survive As A Non-Leftist On A College Campus

The Babylon Bee hits a home run with this article. It was contributed to them by long-time friends of mine the Advocates for Self Government. – Ted – It’s not easy being a non-leftist on a college campus these days. How do you remain true to your beliefs while being successful in a place run by people who want to cancel you forever? Here are 9 tips for survival:  1. Leave immediately: Leave. GET OUT while you still can! These people are completely insane. Become a union pipe-fitter. They make more than college graduates anyway. You’re welcome. 2. Hide all your Thomas Sowell and Milton Friedman books in a secret compartment in your dorm: Hide them behind your alcohol and illegal drugs, where your […]

What does “economics” mean to you?

This nice little three-minute video is a great introduction to the basics of economics and the relationship between real economics and liberty. Mises is a university, a publishing house, a public library. a research institution and a beacon of enlightenment removing shadows of flim-flam that dominate our public institutions, media and politics. Below is their overview of this video and why they produced it. – Ted Economics for Beginners is our continuing series of short animated videos designed to help students of all ages begin to think like an economist. The next installment takes a look at the ever more relevant topic of socialism. This three-and-a-half-minute video addresses a variety of economic problems that arise in a controlled economy, […]

Pre-Bait

A high school senior I know who has demonstrated strong academic performance has been offered $1,000 towards tuition at the college she currently plans to attend. Upon hearing about that I coined the term “PRE-BAIT”. Today’s teens are on track to know nothing about economics … just like everyone else. A thousand bucks sounds pretty exciting in their small world. It is going to take them more than four years to catch the bigger picture of the destination this track takes them to. The standard now is a four-year degree in soft-core education with no commensurate income enhancement; a $100,000 college debt to be paid off over the next 50 years working their way up from table-wiping, through burger-flipping […]

arguing using facts and logic is quite often a waste of time, thought and energy

“A religion is sometimes a source of happiness and I would not deprive anyone of happiness. But it is a comfort appropriate for the weak, not for the strong—and you are strong. The great trouble with religion—any religion—is that a religionist, having accepted certain propositions by faith, cannot thereafter judge those propositions by evidence. One may bask in at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak uncertainty of reason—but one cannot have both,” ? Robert A. Heinlein, Friday In my post card from California I marveled at the fictions the left-coasters hold onto with a death grip whilst judging those of other wisdom to be inferior. The one thing they of the other persuasion have […]

Do not call it “education” … it is anything but

John Taylor Gatto, New York City Teacher of the Year and New York State Teacher of the Year has been exposing the indoctrination system for what it is and offering alternatives to parents willing to put some time and effort into raising their children themselves. He is in good company with Ron Paul, Mises.org and others who have created curriculums for home schooling and alternative schools. It is easier now than ever to defend your offspring from the indoctrination centers. Ah, but what am I talking about? I share a video and link to an article that explains further. How To Protect Your Children From Indoctrination Authored by Linnea Johnson via The Organic Prepper blog, Do you look on with […]

crushing American exceptionalism

In October 2007, my small-town community of Grangeville had a shot at breaking out of stagnation. Sadly it devolved into the same old “community leaders” making sure nothing changed. BUT that isn’t what I’m writing about here. That 12 year old post is here: Idaho Liberty.com – Community Vision. The numbers may have changed slightly; were I betting I would say for the worse. A startling revelation came to us from the facilitator at those meetings and stuck with me: 40% of American 12-year-olds expected to create their own businesses; to be self-employed and even employers as adults. That number drops to 4% by high school graduation. You and I can see it happen. We may not know his number […]

big picture planning

A good friend was rambling on about his latest knowledge seeking topic. He is a major fan of YouTube learning, often following a particular subject down whatever rabbit holes they lead to. He is very intelligent, retaining near-encyclopedic knowledge on an impressively wide range of topics. But he does lose focus on his own priorities from time to time. Yesterday evening was one of those. So I brought my white board into play. I scribed and organized while he gave me his list and quantified the items there. His list is not the subject I want to share with you. I encourage you, on the other hand, to go through the process occasionally. White boards, chalk boards, super-sized computer displays […]

book publishing industry

Books were determined to be crucial in shaping opinions of cultures. Consolidation, control and guiding of the industry became a key part of the long-term molding for The New World Order. Their success is amazing. Give this video a few minutes. It quickly became enthralling to me. The book initiative is a foundation for their desired culture shift, but the efforts to control thoughts and feelings of the non-book reading masses goes much farther and deeper than most of us can imagine. The video below gives us a tour down that rabbit hole. The synchronization of our information is much worse than coincidental. The future if they get their way is ugly. They recognize the Internet threat to total control […]

the teenager baby egg project

I caught wind of a teenage girl toying with getting pregnant as a real concept. I mean, “Maybe I’ll get pregnant.” Like that would be interesting. It reminded me of a project from decades ago where the adults in the high school (yes, there used to be some) required the girls to carry a raw, chicken egg for a month. Not just during one period, during a particular class, but 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a month. Your responsibility, girls, is to keep this egg warm, safe, secure and cared for all day, all night, every day for the next month. You bring it here safe and sound 30 days from now. I do not see […]

California leads the nation … to what?

. I spent my first 50 years in Northern California. That is as different from the population center of that state as the whole is from the rest of the nation. Seeking like minds and a community I could embrace led me to Montana. There they are – at opposite ends of these charts. Yep. Seems about right to me.