Friday, August 4, 2017

Master the Tools of Persuasion



Thank You for Arguing is now in its 3rd edition with updated examples to go with the bestselling text.  Get the effect of reading Aristotle and Cicero without struggling with translations of the ancient texts.  Heinrichs presents a "Cliff Notes" or "Schaum's Outline" version of the classic rhetoricians!
This enjoyably educational guide to the art of winsome persuasion is one I highly recommend to homeschoolers, teachers, politicians, marriage counselors--pretty much anyone who interacts with other human beings.  Read it. Enjoy it. Savor it. Use it!

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Understand the Math that Rules Your Universe



As a person with an engineering degree from Purdue, I am well-versed in the use of math.  Of course, anything that can be used can also be misused.  In Weapons of Math Destruction Cathy O'Neil exposes the pain and suffering caused, sometimes unintentionally, by the mathematical models that pervade our society. 

Any time a person interacts with a system--financial, educational, medical, etc.---a model is determining or limiting possible outcomes.  From your loan interest rate to college acceptance to landing that job interview, know that nobody is looking at you as a unique individual.  Instead, they are letting a computer fit you into an algorithm and either accept you for further processing or deny you access before you even speak to a human being.

This frightening and enlightening book must be read even by the math-averse.  You don't have to be an engineer to be affected by math--or even destroyed by it.

I received a free review copy of the e-book for my honest opinion.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sunday, November 13, 2016

What Needs Fundamental Change?


Eight years ago a man promised to "fundamentally change" America. To change means to make something different from what it was, so let's look at what America was before Obama got hold of it:

  • a constitutional republic (holding on by the skin of its teeth)
  • a population consisting of hard-working people supporting an ever-growing population of dependents 
  • a struggling economy burdened by oppressive regulation
  • a country with almost no border security
  • a country where most everyone knew who was male and who was female
  • a country with improving race relations, although pockets of trouble persisted
  • a country where women could kill their babies up to the moment before birth with no legal penalties
  • a country with declining academic achievement proportional to federal interference in the process.
I could go on, but this is enough for starters.  Now, what did he change? Now we have:
  • a constitutional republic in need of CPR while all three branches of government kick it in the face or stand by and do nothing 
  • a population of hard-working people supporting an ever-growing population of dependents while working multiple part-time jobs because Obamacare destroyed so many full-time jobs
  • a struggling economy burdened by even more regulation
  • a country with almost no border security and a government admitting hostile "refugees" who want to wage jihad and rape infidels in the communities where the feds resettle them.
  • a country where most everyone knows who is male and who is female, but nobody is allowed to say so
  • a country with rapidly deteriorating race relations, with riots and chaos as well as assassinations of police officers
  • a country where women can kill their babies up to the moment before birth and celebrate the event on Twitter while their abortionist sells the spare parts for a handy profit.
  • a country with declining academic achievement proportional to federal interference in the process.
You know what really needed to change? We didn't need to fundamentally change America; We needed to fundamentally change Washington, D.C.

  • Each branch of government needs to hold the other two accountable for adhering to the constitution
  • Hard-working people are not the problem. Washington needs to set them free to take care of their own families by drastically reducing regulations affecting workers
  • Americans are innovative and productive, even in the face of crushing regulation. Lift the burden and set genius and creativity free!
  • Without borders, a nation does not exist. Consistent enforcement of existing laws and a rebuke of so-called "sanctuary cities" is needed. Refugees must truly be seeking an American life, not the destruction of the American life.
  • People who believe in biology should not face fines, penalties, or even complete ruin of their businesses. Neither should those who embrace thousands of years of biology be forced to sacrifice privacy, safety, or dignity to accommodate those who insist upon defining their own "reality." 
  • Free people will naturally look on others with good will as others reciprocate. Free people are often generous people. Free people will not/should not tolerate lawless destruction of life and property.
  • Washington should respect the millions of Americans who want no part in the killing of innocent, defenseless human life, especially after viability and especially through vicious torture.  Forcing kind and decent people to pay for sacrifices to Molech is wrong, period.
  • Washington has no constitutional role to play in education. Just get out and stay out! Parents and states can handle it.
We didn't need to change America fundamentally. The fundamentals were strong. Washington had simply interfered so much that the foundations were crumbling under burdens they should never have had to bear.  Remove the unnecessary weight and shore up the foundations.  The American people will take it from there. 


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Writing: An Important Tool for Those Who Value Freedom

From my Education Blog: Set Yourself Apart: Avoid Common Writing Mistakes...: In the age of blogs and social media, bad writing is all too common. Thus, the person who writes well stands out from the crowd.  You can be such a person....

Thursday, April 21, 2016

STEM Education as a Path Out of Poverty

Check out this organization which seeks to free people from poverty by educating more girls in developing countries in math and science:



Hog on Ice: Books and Independent Learning: Promoting STEM Education in Developing Nations: I recently became acquainted with the Benignant STEM Innovation Foundation , which promotes education in math and science...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Will Wonders Never Cease? Democrats for Economic Growth?

In line with my previous book review post, looks like some Democrats are trying to save their party from the French Revolution-like "equality" crowd.  Check out James Petohoukis' article.  Apparently there are still Democrats in favor of innovation/wealth creation rather than just wealth redistribution. Is it too much to hope they might prevail over the Marxists in their party? Let us hope not.  I'd like all voters in all parties to have some good choices within their parties.