'Madness': Oklahoma bill would empower parents to remove books from school libraries
From our President:
Our SPARTA Executive Committee met today and made the decision that as much as we’ve enjoyed the three in-person meetings we were able to have in 2021, we must renew our efforts to stay safe and healthy in the New Year. We have made the difficult decision to cancel the meeting scheduled for Jan 10 at Park Ridge Family Restaurant. Several members have expressed concern and our speaker has canceled because of COVID precautions! As far as we know now, we will plan to meet March 14 at our usual place and time! Stay safe, everyone, and here’s hoping for better times in 2022!
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan, 1995, page 25-26.
"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time--when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few; and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudo-science and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance."
Link to Carl Sagan on Johnny Carson
From the Daily Kos: www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/10/26/2060374/-Judge-in-Rittenhouse-case-says-defense-can-t-call-his-victims-victims-but-can-call-them-looters
On August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Joseph Rosenbaum is definitely dead.
Deluged as we are with outrage after outrage, it's hard to pick one out to note. This, however, proves that there's no bottom to the black hole that we've fallen into.
Read more about this at Pharyngula:
From the Daily Kos:
[T]he entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy. Trump has transcended the party that produced him. His growing army of supporters no longer cares about the party. Because it did not immediately and fully embrace Trump, because a dwindling number of its political and intellectual leaders still resist him, the party is regarded with suspicion and even hostility by his followers. Their allegiance is to him and him alone.
For the whole article, link here:
Wow! This comes as a surprise:
(CNN)Despite all the scientific and medical advances of the past 103 years, the Covid-19 pandemic has now killed more Americans than the 1918 flu pandemic did.
File this in the category of "We Put the Children First."
Our picnic/meeting was held in Plover's Heritage Park. The weather was comfortable, the company wonderful. It was great to be able to socialize once again. A shout-out to Sherrilee for organizing the food. We were excited to learn of a great opportunity that the Historical Society has been offered.
“The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity .…They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.” — Vice President Henry A. Wallace, April 9, 1944.
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WREA and WEA are NOT the same organization. WREA’s main purpose is to protect the pension system and support public education. WEA is/was the union. Being a member of one doesn’t equate to being a member of the other. Many of us are life members of both.
There is an early start to people paying their dues for the coming financial year. SPARTA dues remain at $12 and WREA dues at $60. If $60 sounds like a lot, just check out your pension checks from ETF. THAT'S what your $60 has brought to you.
These people are paid for the 2021-2022 year:
It's been awhile. I deeply apologize. It's not that we haven't been busy with SPARTA stuff. In the last two months we've sold off much of our book inventory, moved the remainder to storage, moved bookcases to the Inclusa facility, and shut down our place at the children's museum.
It is true that I haven't been maintaining this site as it should be. The feeling from the Executive Board is that we should have a FaceBook page. We'll need someone to set this up and maintain it. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please contact Santha or me.
In the meantime, we hope to see you at the picnic on Monday, July 12 at Heritage Park.
Just a reminder that the BAG SALE starts June 1. The schedule for the next two weeks follows. We are asking that you share this schedule with friends, family and share on facebook if you have an account. Cost is $5 a bag.
From Santha's hometown newspaper, a little dated, but still funny:
From The Community Scoop, published weekly in Lost Nation, IA, April 8, 2021
1. New monthly budget: Gas $0, Clothes $0, Groceries $2,500, Wine $3750.
2. Breaking News: Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended- not so much to stop COVID, but to stop eating.
3. WHEN THIS QUARANTINE IS OVER, let's not tell some people.
4. Not to brag, but I haven't been late to anything in over 16 weeks.
5. It may take a village to raise a child, but I swear it's going to take a vineyard to homeschool one.
6. You know all those car commercials where there's one vehicle on the road?....it doesn't seem so unrealistic these days.
7. The spread of Covid-19 is based on two things: 1. How dense the population is. 2. How dense the population is.
8. People keep asking : "Is COVID 19 REALLY all that serious? Listen y'all..., churches and casinos are closed. When heaven and hell agree on the same thing, it's probably pretty serious.
9. Home School Day #1. I'm trying to figure out how I can get this kid transferred out of my class.
10. The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner.
Well, there's been lots of action since the last posting. The good news is that we've found another home for our books. Details will be forthcoming, but it's Christmas in Spring for us. It almost seems too good to be true, but as one who's always expecting the sky to fall it really does seem to be happening.
From our President:
We at Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association are reaching out to ask if anyone in the community knows of or has a place where we can collect our used books and hold our semi-annual used book sales. For the past five years we have had space and a wonderful relationship with the Children’s Museum downtown. The building has been sold and the new owner has other plans for the space, so we need to relocate.
As you probably know, SPARTA has been iconic in the area for these sales. In 1991 we were offered the opportunity to take over the book sales from the American Association of University Women, and we happily assumed this service. Profits from sales are donated back to community organizations in the form of grants and scholarships. Priority is given to causes which support our young people, and second to causes which support our elderly. We are able to pay a modest amount of rent and to work with anyone generous enough to support our efforts.
Because of the COVID crisis, we were not able to hold book sales in 2020, and thus were not able to support the organizations we have in the past. Scholarship funds have been saved in an account with the Community Foundation set up for that purpose, so we are able to continue that. However, if we are not able to find a new site for our books and sales, we will probably be unable to fund our community outreach for a second year.
If you have any suggestions or ideas to help us, please call and discuss them with our president Santha Bickford (7153405501) or our Book Committee Chairperson, Nancy Kemmeter, (7153405627}. Please feel free to pass this information on as you see fit! Many thanks!
Male white suprematists trying to protect their power.
Meanwhile, State Rep. Park Cannon, a Black woman, was arrested and accused of obstruction after protesting a bill that makes it harder for Georgians to vote. Her crime? Knocking on the door while this photo op took place. From Huffington Post
I've had mixed feelings about our national anthem, but was mostly won over by the Whitney Houston performance in 1991: Whitney at Super Bowl 1991
Now, I know this isn't fair, since Whitney is incomparable, but did you catch the offering at CPAC last weekend? Oy vey, and a cappella at that: CPAC National Anthem Watch it to the end, it only gets worse.
Just to put a period at the end of this sentence, this is a Canadian audience at Maple Leaf hockey game helping out when the microphone cut out: Canadians Help Out. How can you not love Canada?
Yes, the crazies are predicting that March 4 is the date that the "real" president will take office. What's the plot? Everything from Biden being a robot with human-like skin to T returning in victory. For the details, check out this article from Alternet: March 4 Victory
From the website Huffington Post:
Integrity and honesty all over the place.
We're all bound to move on from this life, hopefully sometime in the distant future. One thing you can do for yourself and for your family is to wrap things up before then. It's important to make sure that things are done the way you want them done. I made my own estate planner when I was in my 40s. I update it every few years, and when the time comes, my niece should have all the information she needs to settle everything.
There are all sorts of places to find a format to use for your information. My lawyer suggested a book form Amazon, Peace of Mind Planner. It's very good, and only $12. I would suggest ripping it apart and putting it into a three-ringed binder. That makes updates easier, and you can also delete sections that aren't relevant.
My own is a three-ringed binder with dividers. The sections are:
From the website Crooks and Liars:
Blaming problems on the victims was a honed into an art form by a certain European group during the thirties. After one particularly brutal night of arson, vandalism, assault, and murder committed on the victimized group, a certain Mr. H.G. was upset by all that property destruction. All that lovely property should have been confiscated instead. Mr. H.H. came up with the brilliant idea that the victimized group be fined the cost of the destroyed property. Problem solved! They may not have invented the concept of "blame the victim", but they certainly perfected it.
Politicians have learned that lesson well. Lately, the GOP and its social media and journalistic sources have done nothing but. Covid-19 making a mess of our schools. But don't take responsibility for the inaction and deliberate misinformation spread by our "president" for most of a year; instead it's those greedy, powerful teachers who don't want to work and are doing all they can to corrupt and ruin the children they teach. Selfish, lazy teachers!
noun (pl. coups |ko͞oz| )
1 (also coup d'état)a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government: he was overthrown in an army coup.
Well, called that correctly. There's so much to say about events of January 6, 2021. These say it well:
From The New York Times:
The American Abyss by Timothy Snyder
A historian of fascism and political atrocity on Trump, the mob and what comes next.