Don’t stop believing (in structural reform and austerity)

From:            Gue Frank [mailto:frank.gue@cogeco.ca]
Sent:              Tuesday, April 19, 2016 3:01 PM
To:                   letters@economist.com
Subject:         Don’t stop believing (in structural reform and austerity), Apr. 9

 

Dear Editors:

 

Most would agree that properly directed stimulus and

properly directed austerity are both good things.

Then why is there a “debate” between them?

 

It’s because many – perhaps most – politicians don’t

understand “properly directed” .

 

Example:  Expenditure is mistaken for stimulus,

which must be directed toward productive ends.

What is sometimes called “stimulus” is often

merely a process of scattering currency to the

winds.  Any “stimulating” government must ask the

question:   What improved tooling, process, or

product can be financed with my “stimulus”?

 

There is a direct link from this question to the

current handwringing over the steadily falling

numeracy in the Western economies.  Many

politicians now in high office were victims of

so-called “Progressive” education.   Starting

in the 60s, this has turned out grown adults

some of whom cannot even count, much less

do arithmetic, less yet understand discounted

cash flow and similar analyses that tell a private

firm whether some project is productive or not.

 

Modern education systems like “Discovery”

math actually train students to become

innumerate and to hate math.  When this

can be corrected, the debate between

“stimulus” and “austerity” will vanish.

 

F.

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“wildly inaccurate health care apps”

Date:              17 April 16
By:                 Frank Gue, B.Sc., MBA, P.Eng.,
                      Burlington 905 634 9538
For:                Editors, Macleans
Re:                 “Wait, there’s not an app … “ Apr. 18

Dear Eds:

This problem of “wildly inaccurate” health care apps is the tip of
an iceberg.  Information found on the Web ranges from life-
threateningly wrong to life-savingly helpful.
Examples:
The in-flight stability of an aircraft is explained by someone listing
himself as an Engineering PhD.  His information is simply wrong.
Anyone home-building an aircraft using his information could
kill himself in it.
On the other hand, information from the Mayo Clinic was used
by a layman to diagnose, months before the doctors did, a
case of bladder cancer which is said to be “relatively easy to
treat if caught early.”
Thus a user of the Web must understand that information there
can be dangerous and must be used with good judgment and
much patience, cross-checking, and re-checking before it
is used for any important purpose.
Frank Gue

More Math instruction for Ontario

April 10, 2016

ONTARIO TO SPEND $60M MORE ON MATH INSTRUCTION

(Media, April, 2016)

It is utterly beyond me why good people will obstinately stick to bad teaching.  “Discovery” and “Constructivism” models have been discredited thoroughly for decades (try Googling Sweller and  Clark, which is perhaps the best of many “discovery” debunks).  To say as some do that it’s a people problem is a copout and escape mechanism.

“Get out a calculator” is simply horrible advice.  It ignores the important problem (what is the question you are trying to solve?) and concentrates on the relatively trivial problem of solving it (use a calculator).  The wise advice from a textbook on computer system design applies fully here when it says on p. 1, paragraph 1, “Step 1: Turn off the computer.”

Two tidbits from my experience:

1.  A student of mine showed me his answer to a physics problem in which he had not known the difference between a comma (a separator) and a dot (a decimal point), and had gotten the wrong result.  He had no “number sense”, which comes with practicing arithmetic problems and estimating results.

2.  A 10-year-old girl I was trying to help with her homework on which she had wasted an hour without results burst into tears when she couldn’t remember the “next step” in the stupid finger-multiplying method she had been taught. SHE WAS BEING DELIBERATELY TAUGHT TO HATE MATH!

Frank Gue, Burlington ON

International conspiracies and greed

GA, all.
The Makow letter below describes a vast international conspiracy that runs the world politically, economically, and socially.
Vast international conspiracies require more management and co-ordination than is humanly possible.  I don’t believe in them.  And unfortunately the evils described  in the Makow document can easily be accounted for in one short word:
GREED.
 
Here’s how it goes:
 
Any organism’s first drive is survival (Maslow’s hierarchy).  Self-actualization is the final desired state, per Maslow.  But for a significant percentage of the population, self-actualization is not enough.  He wants more.  More.  More.  Self-actualization degenerates into pure greed.
When two greeders (yes, there is such a word, cuz I just invented it) find that their greeds coincide in related fields, they will automatically collaborate; there is no need for a vast organization directing them to do so.  A classic of this process was the Climategate incident, in which this collaboration unintentionally was made  public thanks to the Internet.
Probably the biggest such collaboration yet is among governments,  banks, and corporate monopolies like Big Pharma.  There is no need for a holding company called the Govbank; they are all driven by greed, they understand each other 100%, they need each other, and each knows where the others fit.  They have mechanisms like the Government-Bank-Corporations Managers’ Revolving Door to ensure co-operation and co-ordination.  All this is backed up by laws (made by governments) that ensure that none of the actors can be held personally responsible for their results, and that not too many of the customary multi-million-dollar salaries and customary multi-million-dollar bonuses are threatened.
The flawless example of this greed-driven collaboration is staring us in the face.   Governments stole trillions of dollars from us serfs in order to bail-out the banks when their habitual greed-driven raids on our household budgets got out of hand and degenerated into a recession that the financiers probably didn’t intend.  This is continuing under names like “stimulus” and “control of interest rates” and “monetary easing”.  True, some US banks failed, but all were minnows in the financial ocean and could be sacrificed to the big financial sharks like the Federal Reserve Bank.
The fact that the worst of this fiasco happened in the US didn’t leave Canada unscathed, as we know too well.
So never mind international conspiracies: just remember that it is all accounted for by
GREED.
 
Have a nice day.
F.
 

 

On Apr 3, 2016, at 7:05 AM, Gary Reid <cgreid70@rogers.com> wrote:




These quotes make it quite clear that we are in the NWO now.