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A Ship of Fools

The ship of fools I am referring to is Harvard University.This ship is crewed by the administration, faculty and captain'd by student whims. In an eye opening opinion piece from today's Wall Street Journal, Heather Mac Donald makes a case for the disaster that results when one drinks from the cocktail mixture consisting of (equal parts) of identity politics, the consumerist model of education and victimhood ideology. "In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper." (Proverbs 23:3)

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Posted by Art Flickinger

Just The Truth

I just finished reading the Forum section from Sunday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette entitled: "Think Like A Libel Lawyer." I found it to be a very interesting and thought provoking article. David McCraw, a libel lawyer and the author of this piece, is employed by The New York Times, as a press lawyer, who pre-empts possible lawsuits against the paper for libel (in essence a fact-checker). One method he uses is reading the article as if he is the subject of it and constructing possible arguments that an opposing lawyer could make against the paper. He is interested in the facts only: “Just the facts M'am,” as Sergeant Joe Friday use to say on "Dragnet." Because of a variety of factors, The New York Times and other papers have re-oriented their journalistic view to embrace a "reader-centered" perspective. What this means is you write for your base. Like statistics, facts can be twisted and omitted to construct a false narrative (called spinning).This makes it much easier for a journalist to spin the truth to fit their readership's ideology. It's like throwing red meat to hungry wolves. They will tear into it and look for more meat or, in this case, more newspapers to consume. Everything will be factual, thanks to Mr. McCraw, our libel lawyer, but the truth is lost. Unlike Sergeant Joe, our retort should be, "Just the truth, man!" Maybe they would sell more papers.

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Posted by Art Flickinger
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Parents of Children Take Note

Cynthia Ulrich has been in the teaching business for over 30 years. A Christian mother of twin boys, she has been a high school teacher, in law enforcement and now private practice. She has been teaching people of all ages how to discover and use their natural inborn learning style strengths to succeed in anything they do. She is a popular author, speaker and her seminars are in demand in the business world, education and churches throughout the U.S. and internationally. She has appeared as a guest on many radio and television programs. Her latest endeavor is a book entitled: Middle School: The Inside Story: What Kids Tell Us, But Don’t Tell You

Posted by Art Flickinger

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