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Starting December 5, 2022, Golden Hills Elementary School in Tehachapi, north of Los Angeles, will host an After School Satan Club.
From among several reports, I chose the one from the San Francisco Chronicle because it would be viewed as unbiased.
Quotes from the San Francisco Chronicle:
For years, the Satanic Temple, a group The Washington Post describes as a “nontheistic religious organization advocating for secularism and scientific rationalism,” has been launching these clubs in public schools where evangelical Christian groups — namely, the Good News Club — have their own meetings.
The group says that in club meetings it is “not interested in converting children to Satanism” and that sessions “will focus on free inquiry and rationalism, the scientific basis for which we know what we know about the world around us.”
This statement from the Satanic Temple must be taken with a heavy dose of skepticism. The group describes itself as a sect that advocates for secularism. Secularism is what it is – anti-religion and, specifically, anti-Christian, and everyone knows it.
There is nothing irrational or unscientific about Catholicism, just as there is nothing irrational about Aristotle or unscientific about Copernicus or Galileo. Aquinas (A.D. 1225-1274) incorporated Aristotle into Catholic philosophy. Copernicus, a Catholic canon, and Galileo, a Catholic with daughters in religious life, influenced Francis Bacon, an Anglican and the man credited with formalizing and popularizing the scientific method.
Moreover, the Satanic Temple will never produce great art and music.
How can we measure the speed of light? Answered by Quora contributor Matthew Talia, Theoretical Particle Physicist, Warsaw, Poland
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You can do it in the comfort of your own home! Do you have a microwave and something that melts rather easily, let’s say a chocolate bar?
The next thing you will need to know is the frequency of microwave radiation. There is a good chance it is written somewhere on your microwave oven. The standard is usually 2.45 GHz (gigahertz).
Remove the turntable first, place your chocolate bar in, and after microwaving for a bit, take your chocolate bar out and measure the distance between two melted spots.
Multiplying this distance by 2 will give you the wavelength of microwave radiation interference inside the microwave oven.
The product of the oven wavelength [what you measured] and frequency [usually 2.45, as he stated] should give you the speed of light.
I think I might try this with Alexander, who turns nine in a month.
A federal judge on 11/11/22 invalidated a Biden Administration rule that directed the Department of Health and Human Services to make sex change procedures and hormone therapy available to children. The judge argued that it was improper for the Biden administration to interpret Title IX to encompass ‘gender identity’ and that it could not be changed unless Congress introduces legislation to that effect or the US Supreme Court makes a different decision.
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS, AMARILLO DIVISION, Susan Neese, et al., Plaintiffs v. Xavier Becerra in his official capacity as the Secretary of United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al., Defendants
High school civics class
The legislative branch makes laws.
The executive branch enforces laws.
The judicial branch interprets laws.
I learned a valuable lesson from the CEO and the VP of Campus Safety at the Academy of Art University, two blocks from Twitter, that you keep to yourself any disagreement (of which I had but one, over an expulsion, a theft I had investigated) and express it to the boss privately. I kept quiet. AAU had 2,000 employees at that time. I remained loyal to Elisa and Mike, and they were loyal to me. Funny thing, I delivered the AAU newspaper to Twitter thrice, and then they told me to scram. They thought it was advertising: yes, advertising for 18K students many appreciated.
Utah supplies almost 2/3 of the world’s beryllium. The world’s annual beryllium production of 220 tons is usually manufactured by extraction from the mineral beryl. Beryllium is used industrially in three forms: as a pure metal, as an alloy with copper, aluminum, magnesium, or nickel, and as beryllium oxide. Beryllium oxide is an important component of certain sensitive electronic equipment. Beryllium is #4 on the periodic table of elements: Be. One of my students collects mineral rocks.
beryl left, bertrandite right, screenshots courtesy of chemistrytalk.org
Natural gas, an odorless mixture of hydrocarbons, predominantly methane, is not to be feared. Methane is about 5% of Titan’s atmosphere, the rest about 95% nitrogen, with small amounts of carbon-rich compounds. Natural gas is 32% of energy used in the US. https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/us-energy-facts/
I had to listen to this argument twice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAqvYrOqY28 Did you? The lawyer representing before the US Supreme Court contradicts himself. He says the University of North Carolina (UNC) considers race but does not give a bonus point for race. What is consideration of race but a bonus point? This lawyer needs to return to math class: positive one and negative one equal zero, a whole number, a zero sum, a zero sum game. Some lawyers like to play word games. “Mr. Lawyer, ‘wholistic’, as you use it, is not ‘whole’ when applied to Asian American students. Their race is a negative factor, and other students get a positive factor. -1 x +1 = -1.”
These are minors. At the school where I worked, a woman walked into the bathroom, and I thought I was in the wrong bathroom. I can deal with it, but no 14-year-old should be under this kind of pressure. School is for learning reading, writing, and math, etcetera, and that's enough pressure.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday regarding college race-based admissions related to the University of North Carolina and Harvard. Beverly A. Pekala@Pekalalaw states: “In polling by Pew Research, 75% of Americans, incl. majorities of every racial group, say race/ethnicity should not be factors in admissions.” For the sake of all the students I have tutored, I oppose race-based admissions. One of my students is the subject of research on brain development conducted by Stanford University Medicine. His parents are keeping me informed.
Did you know that people have tongue prints as unique as fingerprints? According to interestingfacts.com, “Where fingerprints can be altered, eyes affected by astigmatisms or cataracts, and voices changed just by the all-too-common cold, the human tongue is relatively protected from external factors.” I wonder if tongue prints will ever be used in law enforcement. Nay to digital IDs (human biometric authentication): the IDs collect information that vastly exceeds what is on microchip implants for dogs.
I keep learning from Quora scientists. So glad I subscribe.
Question: “How come the sun’s rotation around earth is something scientifically not possible?”
Answer: […] it’s not impossible for the Sun to orbit the Earth – it would just require the Earth to be a lot more massive than it is now. If the Earth were magically turned into a neutron star or a black hole, the Sun would orbit it quite nicely, but we’d all be dead.
“In astronomy, the barycenter (from Ancient Greek βαρύς (barús) ‘heavy’, and κέντρον (kéntron) ‘center’) is the center of mass of two or more bodies that orbit one another and is the point about which the bodies orbit. A barycenter is a dynamical point, not a physical object.”
The barycenter of the Earth-Sun system is about 450km away from the center of the sun. That’s completely negligible (we’re talking less than a 10th of a percent of the sun’s radius). Seems entirely accurate to me to say the earth orbits the sun.
Indeed, the barycenter of the Sun-Saturn system is about halfway between the center and surface of the sun.
Thank you, Wes Sneider and Brian Rost.
We need a president with lots of young, homeschooled children. It tells us he loves his children, which is the first step on the ladder of leadership. We have them at St. Stephen. I ran into one dad Sunday. I talked with all nine of his that day … I think.
drawing courtesy of Quora contributor Krishna Moorthy, budding astronomer
Why do we always see the same side of the Moon?
“The moon keeps the same face pointing towards the Earth because its rate of spin is tidally locked so that it is synchronized with its rate of revolution (the time needed to complete one orbit). In other words, the moon rotates exactly once every time it circles the Earth.” Source - Scientificamerican.com
The longitudinal center of gravity is lower for a woman than a man. That's why she floats more easily.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
I was out walking last night and noticed a twinkling star.
courtesy of mocomi.com
The same turbulence also causes stars to appear to change colors rapidly. Refraction is the shift of light when it passes through a medium leading to bending. Reflection is the bouncing back of light when it strikes a medium, such as Sun to Moon to Earth.
Our liberal arts are so lacking now that one must be self-educated. See the entry, “Latin Monks, English & French.” It is better to be educated by traditional Catholic monks. Because there are so few traditional Catholic monasteries in the US, one must go abroad or online. I must say at this point that nontraditional Catholic monasteries are a colossal waste of time and offer little value. I won’t name them.
Here is a traditional monastery in New Mexico whose prior was ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre: https://www.ourladyofguadalupemonastery.com/
I hope more young Catholic men enter this way of life so that they can establish new monastic foundations in the US, hopefully in California, which has zero. Finding the right books is also a problem. The monks have their own libraries; perhaps, one can ask them by email how to obtain copies.
Imagine all the pope could be doing in the area of education, and he has done utterly nothing. I call him out for those priests whose voices are muffled by obedience as a destroyer who must be resisted every day in every way.
The best outcome would be for monasteries to crop up everywhere in California and become an integral part of the life of a Catholic and an integral part of the education of young Catholics, especially boys. Homeschooling is fine, but it is almost impossible to replace the experience of being together with other boys and a monk.
Is it wishful thinking or hoping for the impossible? No. When I am dead and hopefully in Heaven, I will be praying there for this outcome on Earth.
I see some ferromagnetic items in the pinball machine. What do you see? The most expensive thing ever engineered is the International Space Station (ISS). It cost $100 billion. The ISS was launched in 1998 and was created by five space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada). The ISS, which can be seen without the aid of a telescope, enables experiments to be conducted in microgravity and zero-gravity.
My engineer confrère from St. Stephen says, “Engineers must deal with stubborn things: facts, i.e., the Real World. We cannot wish our way around them. We are tasked to solve the problem at hand within the constraints imposed by Nature (including the cost budget). Every day brings new puzzles to solve.” Those are the same the rules that authors who write realism obey and Catholicism teaches.
September 30, 2022. Miss Koshkaryova, 17, made one counting error, but she performed a difficult Tchaikovsky ballet very well.
High school students are not kids. Kids are goats.
Is it perfectly fine for an atheist to proselytize children in your school? You hired him, ma'am, so you would know. I would not want my son to be taught by a man with tattooed fingers. I would not want my son around someone who smokes marijuana (and you know he does), or lives in some dank basement with satanic symbols on the walls, or has a girlfriend with black lips and black fingernails. I don't object to them living like that; I just don't want him exercising any authority over anyone I love.
You see, ma'am, you have a contract with parents. So do your teachers. Under that contract, one of your duties is to protect their children from revolutionaries. Revolutionaries incite children. Your teacher incites. You seem to have a rudimentary understanding of that, because you keep saying that there is no woke agenda at the high school. The teacher has one. You and the teacher have broken the contract.
Why are there any cell phones in the classrooms, ma'am? I do not bring a computer or phone to tutoring, because electronics steal the stage. I am not tutoring computer or phone skills. The lesson is prepared beforehand, which means that I rarely have to look up something on my phone, and sometimes I will look up something at home after the session is over and report by e-mail. Any texting I do usually refers to an e-mail and is to be used judiciously. They are minors. I am not their friend.
Is that your school picture? If so, it is no wonder your students dress poorly and have no respect for adults. Respect is earned not only by what you say, ma'am, but also by how you present yourself.
What a contrast between you and the nuns of the 1950s and 1960s. They all looked so beautiful.
Your voice would lead me to believe you are a woman. However, after listening to your shrill voice and laughter, and discourteous remarks about others, I am afraid I must come down hard on you, Madame Principal. Your grade is F.
Epiphany, San Francisco
Compline is night prayer, the last prayer of the Office, Latin. I chose the SSPX seminary because the singing is exceptional and they have the most videos, and I chose night prayer because Mass is long and, at least for me, better appreciated in person. The other traditional orders are FSSP and ICKSP. Seminary is another name for school and was used prior to the 20th century for a variety of institutions. Now it describes schools for training priests, ministers, and rabbis. St. Thomas is in Virginia. The 2021 photograph shows the size of the student body and teaching staff.
Marysville Middle School in the state of Washington forced a teacher to take down the Thin Blue Line flag in her classroom. Maximus and Alba, Latin students, exit stage right. Alexander and I did two Mel Science experiments last week. There are plenty of non-academic, group activities waiting for you, too. Max and Alba, you will discover that homeschooled boys and girls are confident, honest, and unspoiled.
PM Liz Truss faces leftist interviewer’s drivel.
The interviewer is a worn-out weather balloon. I’m surprised the heavy makeup stays on her face as the surface of a balloon is slippery. A balloon is a flexible bag that can be inflated with gas, smoke, water, sand, flour, or rice and can be made of rubber, latex, polychloroprene, or nylon fabric. Early balloons were made of dried animal bladders, such as a pig bladder. (Source – Wikipedia.com)
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! is an edited collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman. The book was released in 1985 and was recommended to me for its explanations of math. I decided to check out Feynman on Wikipedia.com and was not too impressed, so don’t look there. Instead, I will ask my eight-year-old student if he wants to read it. Alexander is a genius, so if he wants to read it, then I will. Some things are bigger than ourselves, than our egos.