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Real Politics – Tyranny versus Anarchy
Monday, August 27th, 2018 | Author:

May 16, 2016

The real nature of our society is not about political parties as much as it is about where we operate on the continuum of Tyranny versus Anarchy.  For example, how we live is based on the inherent support for an individual’s liberties versus defined control by a centralized authority — Where does a nation, state, or city fall on this range of possible positions?  As indicated in the chart below, we don’t want to fall into the chaotic world of anarchy where each individual citizen makes their own rules and behaves without regard for others. At the other end of the spectrum, we don’t want to live in a world of government tyranny where a despotic ruler is dictating every facet of our lives…

Political Range Continuum

The chart illustrates where the various political and economic ideologies fall on this continuum of tyranny versus anarchy.  Naturally, the extreme ends of the spectrum (despotic fascism at one end and the lawless “wild west” at the other) are typically not desirable for the majority of the population in any society.  More importantly, the chart highlights the position of the United States versus Europe, and the fact that the success of America has been based on providing more individual liberties…  Of course, the trend of the last eight years has been to push the United States to imitate Europe and move further towards the Tyranny side of the continuum.

 

Update

A great article at the Coyote blog, where he writes about the changing cycles of Government:

First, he believed that governments followed a cycle from one-man rule to aristocracy to democracy and back.  Second, and perhaps more interesting, he believed that each of these three forms of government had a good and bad form, and that the good form was inherently unstable and always degenerated into the bad form.

This pattern recognizes the movers from Tyranny to other forms of control… but it often turns back to tyranny again.

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Earth, Wind & Fire in Dayton
Sunday, August 26th, 2018 | Author:

We recently attended the sold-out, live concert featuring Earth, Wind & Fire at the Fraze Pavillion.

I became very familiar with EWF in the 1980s when I started hearing many of their songs on the radio.  Similar to the band, Chicago, their music is more interesting than most rock bands with the inclusion of a brass section (trumpet, trombone, and saxophone) in most of their songs.  They have a 12-member band with very talented musicians.  There are 3 original members of the 45-year-old band actively playing; most importantly they still have Philip Bailey singing falsetto.

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Progress with the Garden
Sunday, August 19th, 2018 | Author:

Update

We’re now rolling into August and there has been plenty of rain to water the lawn and flowers.  We’ve had a bountiful harvest of raspberries and watermelon, and the morning glories are still blooming (see photos below).

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June 27, 2018

In mid-April, I planted a couple of thousand seeds in my portable greenhouse.  With a bounty of germinating seeds, I transplanted most of the emerging plants into larger pots in early May.  As we are now in late June, we’re starting to see some major progress in the garden.

The first photo shows my 36-year-old model sitting in the midst of our ‘Gatsby Garden’.  You can see hibiscus, sun flowers, cucumbers, moon flowers, petunias, coachella, geraniums, marigolds, begonias, tomatoes, watermelon, verbena, vinca, etc… quite a variety of hardy plants that thrive in the Ohio climate.

The second photo shows our 8-foot tall morning glory plant that is situated on our driveway between the garage doors.  With the morning sunlight, this plant is thriving with all of the UV light bouncing off the concrete.

The third photo shows the watermelon plants that I am attempting to grow vertically this year (so far, so good).  You can see the watermelon plant growing up the stake in the right of the photo.  The fourth photo shows a close-up of one of the ‘pregnant flowers’ that is the start of a watermelon fruit.

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Cincy Tennis 2018
Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 | Author:

We spent a couple of days in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open watching some first-class ATP tennis.  We saw some great matches including Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Jeremy Chardy, Ryan Harrison, etc.

 

Note: we watched all of 0 minutes of WTA tennis

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The Most Important Factors Impacting Education Results?
Wednesday, August 08th, 2018 | Author:

A recent article in the Dayton Daily News entitled “6 factors that contribute to the black achievement gap at Dayton schools” promotes the usual well-worn tropes of the black school achievement problem: the teaching material is not relevant to black kids; schools are too segregated; black kids are unfairly disciplined, etc.

Since most of these superficial factors have been bandied about for more than 30 years, one can take issue with the validity of many of the author’s assertions.  More importantly, however, is the fact that they still do not identify the the most important root cause as one of the key ‘factors’: the relative lack of a 2-parent family that actively promotes the importance of getting an education.

Ensuring that children get an education is not the sole responsibility of the teachers and administrators.  It’s a partnership between the school and the family.  When children don’t have parents available to help with that education (helping with homework, reviewing the multiplication tables, etc.) , it’s a challenge to excel in learning. Frankly, this challenge is independent of race, ethnicity, and religion.

If a child doesn’t have someone at home to provide mentorship, it’s like taking a written test blindfolded.

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