Vivaldi, Seasons (Summer): III Presto

  
Thinking about summer

To be precise, thinking about Summer:III Presto 

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Vivaldi, Seasons (Summer): III Presto

Holy Shit (abridged)

To answer my other question, you calculate speed relative to the planet of departure and relative to other planets.

However, the galaxy is apparently in motion, how do we know how fast it is moving (given available equipment) and how does that change the speed of the object relative moving from planet to planet?

Im drunk cut me some slack

 

 

 

Holy Shit (abridged)

Education, Racism, Foreign Policy & the Annual Military Budget

Mark Wood/Texas Skype Call

The ignorance and indoctrination necessary to justify racism will simply never go away entirely.  And that is not an observation made from hopelessness or laziness, it’s an observation made from the simple fact that at any point in time there are about 7 billion individual conscious people with the unconscious habit of looking desperately for patterns in everything.  In spite of that, we do have options and abilities that can significantly minimize the risk of prejudice gestating in the minds of children.  This is not a call for censorship, censoring hate speech will not end racism, accelerating young people’s web of knowledge will.  This is a demand for education.

Many factors go into determining what “makes” a person a racist, ranging from religion to genetics to an economic disposition.  But arguably, education is the primary factor in determining whether or not a person will develop prejudice.

Racism in contemporary society is a primarily an issue of Social Conservatives.  Studies have, in fact linked individuals with higher emotional and lower intellectual reactions with being racist and consequently socially conservative.  Mind you, that is not to say anyone who is socially conservative is racist, as it is not to say that social liberals cannot be racist, but it is to say that conservatism is a socio-political perspective that does not explicitly condemn racism.  It is also to say that there is something primal and reactionary to racism that has not yet ascended to the ideal level of modern intellectualism.

The fact that public education does not have a universal standard wherein inner city children are able to learn and achieve in the same manner that other students are, is evidence enough for a call to action.  We are also seeing national testing scores drop substantially since 2014.  The point is, children are not being taught as well as they could be and it’s partially because of how states spend their annual education budget, to exclude certain poverty level areas (white, black and hispanic alike).  A lack of education will undoubtedly bring prominent rise to issues like racism, sexism, xenophobia, etc.

Opinion:

We have an approximate annual military budget of about $600 billion.  We have an approximate annual education budget of about $140 billion.

America has been at war 93% of it’s existence, since it’s inception in 1776 and only a few of these could be considered “good wars” whereas others come with shady implications.

Arguably most of the wars we’ve been involved in have been the result of poor foreign policy.

Perhaps, we ought to focus on managing our foreign policy in a manner that will keep us from diving into every opportunity to go to war.  There may be some benefit to no longer depending on foreign oil or fossil fuels at all.  If the military budget can be managed through good and effective foreign policy, perhaps we can increase our Education expenditures and ensure that our students are learning and growing in a contemporary progressive society.

 

 

 

 

Education, Racism, Foreign Policy & the Annual Military Budget

Cecil Taylor, Jazz Music

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If you’re desperately looking for some new tunes, I suggest checking out the album Unit Structures by Cecil Taylor.

It’s a jazz album from 1966 that veers into experimental jazz and is no easy horse pill to swallow, but it is pleasant after a few listens and understanding the structure of his music.  The man was a genius and a remarkable musician.  It is the gift that keeps on giving, enjoy.

Cecil Taylor, Jazz Music