I’m tired of us. Let’s return to 2021 and look abroad to my favorite comprehensive school, which is in St. Petersburg! Ballet is Russia’s national honor. I prefer watching exams over performances while waiting for a 2022 update.
I googled a certain phenomenon and got lies from mainstream news media, which I no longer watch, and then I visited worldwide Quora. The question was framed this way: “Why are there so many black people in commercials? They're 12% of the population but seem to be in 90% of commercials.”
The answers were truthful. I did not comment, but I will add an explanation here. Before I proceed, let me say that I have received communion and absolution from the hands of men born in the Philippines, Argentina, Poland, Nigeria, Ireland, and the US. That is more leveling than anything anyone can say to me.
Television reflects the connection between the federal government and big business. A while back I was a writer analyst in the state tax division of Wolters Kluwer. One of my friends was in the government contracts department. It was small, but he spent 100% of his time writing and editing content for the Government Contracts Reporter publication.
His work, which I read occasionally, highlights this fact: the federal government makes almost nothing. It contracts out work to corporations from all over the US and the world. If those companies want contracts, they must be on good terms with the federal government, which means complying with superabundant regulations and practices imposed on them by the federal government. (Lobbying is a separate category about which I know very little.)
Hence, big corporations hire big advertising agencies to make big commercials filled with black people to remain on good terms with the present federal administration’s wokeness. A TV show entitled, The Kings of Napa, is about a black family and its winery in Napa, CA. The show trailer glorifies wealth and does not present good role models for young people. I lived in the Napa Valley for fifteen years. There are several black-owned wineries, but the black population of Napa County is 2%. Warner Brothers is just another big business.
This leads me to what I want to say about school.
Government has a monopoly that reaches even into private schools. One of my students applied to several private high schools in San Francisco. The BLM logo is on one school website. One of my parents expressed surprise that Americans have so little knowledge of life under Marxism. I told her indoctrination begins very early in the schooling of an American.
She is worried that college admissions racial quotas, which are disgraceful, will disadvantage her US-born son. I told her that her son is gifted and will find a way to success. She also made me aware that illegal immigration has pushed other people farther back in the line, and COVID has added two more years of delay for those seeking citizenship by legal means. Fortunately, her son is a citizen, and he is now homeschooled.
Baroque music, art, and architecture emerged as the Catholic response to the protestant revolt and invincible ignorance. Baroque is elegant and intricate, classical and bright, visual and cerebral. The artists received the patronage of the Catholic Church and Catholic royalty. The significant event inaugurating it all was the Council of Trent 1545-1563.
Perhaps, something like Baroque will emerge from the current attempt in the Vatican and a parallel attempt in the Western world to destroy truth, beauty, and goodness. Sadly, many Catholics are unaware and want to stay dumb, and they could be described as ostriches (see the entry on Strauss). There is hope that exceptional Catholics will emerge. See the entry on new Catholic schools.
Listen to Vivaldi (1678-1741) while you view pictures by Baroque painters: Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, Nicolas Poussin, and Rembrandt van Rijn. (I went to school with a boy named Peter van Rijn in complete ignorance of his famous last name.)
Note: Vivaldi was violin master at an orphanage called the Pio Ospedale della Pietà, Devout Hospital of Mercy, in Venice. He taught music to the girls and did most of his composing there. In 1709, the board of directors dismissed him, but he returned the following year. Remember, all of history is present to God the Father. It does not come and go as we do.
1595-6 Basket of Fruit, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Caravaggio - Own work, user:Lafit86, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10478675
1613-4 Venus at the Mirror, Peter Paul Rubens - Liechtenstein Museum, Wenen, particuliere collectie Vorst van Liechtenstein, Vaduz
1618 Vieja friendo huevos (1618, English: Old Woman Frying Eggs). National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Diego Velázquez - Google Art Project: Home – pic Maximum resolution
1640 A Dance to the Music of Time, Nicolas Poussin, Wallace Collection, London
1660 Titus as a Monk, Rembrandt van Rijn, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The artist portrayed his 19-year-old son Titus, with whom he had an especially close relationship, as a Franciscan monk.
GPT is Generative Pre-trained Transformer, created by OpenAI, located in San Francisco and co-founded by Elon Musk. It can create computer code and write books. I became aware of GPT-3 (GPT-4 is the next release) when a question appeared on Quora: “How we will be able to tell the difference between GPT-4 writing and writing from an actual person?” If you want to read more about GPT, here is the Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPT-3
“…Honestly, the number of atheists and agnostics I talk to who deny the remotest possibility of a relationship with God and then ask, in a somewhat timid, casual tone, ‘Can people who aren’t Catholic go to confession?’ is both ridiculous and wonderful…Yes, just become Catholic beforehand.”
Dubious positivity is found in the statement, “If you stay positive, you will overcome any obstacle.” This prevalent bromide tends to invalidate natural emotions. In a movie I watched several times, one person pats another person on the back after a disappointment. That is one reason I prefer in-person tutoring over online: I can be present when we fall short of an expectation.
God promised the Jews a messiah, and they were expecting someone to overcome their troubles and sufferings. The Epiphany was the moment the Messiah was revealed to the Magi. He did not offer bromides, and some were disappointed. A modern version of a great little story, “The Gift of the Magi”, is here …
Make sure you know how to read and write well because you must
upload your language. Learn how to speak well because you will
make presentations to venture capitalists.
If the Earth rotates with 1600 km/h and planes fly at 600-700 km/h, how do they manage to fly eastwards?
Robert Frost, Quora contributor, Instructor and Flight Controller at NASA, answered the question on Feb 2, 2020, first by quoting Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion: “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
My conclusion: force would be the jet engine.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia, and submitted material undergoes a process of review. Encyclopedias must be objective, and I have found wikipedia.com to be objective. I know that many, including schools, are critical of Wikipedia. I do not seek perfection in subject material, just what I can understand, examine, and verify. Guidelines https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Contributing_to_Wikipedia
Quora is a collection of worldwide experts in various fields. I am a contributor to The Writer’s Review because I was accepted. The moderator asked for a submission. Once it was reviewed and accepted, I was qualified. I do not consider myself an expert, but I spend time tutoring writing and keeping my blog/diary correct, grammatically and syntactically.
YouTube is a way to communicate, and I pick videos that are accurate and entertaining. YouTube has a set of community standards I do not fully understand. Censorship of bad language is a puzzle. Although parents have controls at their disposal, they cannot oversee everything children will see. Still, YouTube is a useful means to an end.
Social media is a net loss.
I am watching a Twilight Zone marathon. How many episodes of the 1960s warned of mind control? Turn on, tune in, and drop out. Let us take apart the second part of the hippie slogan - tune in. What does tune in mean? High school was six blocks from the Haight. My biological father was president of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council in 1970, and that was the year my informal education on tuning in to the dangers of mind control began.
Video from 1968 https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/218469
The mayor’s son was in my class. His father authorized the formation of a tactical squad in late 1967 after the advertised “Summer of Love” had drawn people from everywhere. The mayor was forced to quell violent protests that were occurring at the same time that the drug culture was emerging in the Haight Ashbury and protests were erupting at San Francisco State University. It all seemed like an ordinary day to a high schooler. Haight St https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/218468
In the 60s, my siblings and I were sequestered, silent observers in Catholic schools. One of the schools was directly across the street from the action. My sisters wore school uniforms, and my brother and I had a dress code to follow, so the people in the street video violated norms set at school and at home. Both my sisters were beautiful girls in their uniforms. Photo courtesy of Frank Dunnigan, friend/author from high school.
My priest said that success as an author is possible if it is conducive to my salvation. Mary Kaye had moderate success. She had a lovely contralto voice, perfect for this moderately melancholic song. Ignore the background. It is not San Fran, but she does pronounce San Francisco correctly.
You might be omnipotent for now, but you are not omniscient. You probably received many degrees, from the wrong universities, and you are free to make choices in your personal life, even wrong ones. However, your rights do not come before parental rights. Parents are the chief educators. Only when their behavior has been truly criminal, may society intervene. Each one of us has a soul and a body, and you, dear teacher, may not interfere with God’s plan for that soul and that body. Someday, when you meet God face-to-face, you will pay a debt of justice. If you cannot accept this order of life and death, quit teaching, stay home, and clean your toilet.
From the California Family Council: “This is only the latest in a string of disturbing incidents involving the LGBTQ agenda in California, and again highlights the danger it poses to young, impressionable children. Video footage has shown the mother of this student speaking out at a Spreckels Union School District meeting last week.” The elementary school is located just south of Salinas, which is in central California. You will hear a mother, Jessica, speak out against gender, name, and email changes made by the school to her daughter’s records without parental consent. I and the parents of the students I tutor will protect children from criminals.
Did Aristotle know that he’d have students far in the future? Thomas was one of them. He wrote Summa Theologica, which would take a good reader 51 hours to finish. There are three parts, and the second is divided into two parts, with 512 Questions, 2,669 Articles, and about 10,000 objections and replies. Overall, this monumental accomplishment contains about 1.8 million words, nowadays nearly 6,000 pages of Latin.
I tried to come up with a figure for the number of words I’ve written. My best guess is 200,000 words in 1) publishing (tax law headnotes, semi-journalistic stories, and editorial); 2) seven news and feature stories for a daily; 3) novel, short stories, and true stories; and 4) blog/diary. In addition, as a patrol officer, I wrote hundreds of reports, not published! Nevertheless, all of it is a puny amount compared to Thomas.
His branch of philosophy is called Thomistic. Before Aquinas died at age 49, he wrote numerous other treatises. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle lived in Athens for most of their lives. Socrates taught Plato, who taught Aristotle, who left a body of work for Aquinas.
All of history is present to God the Father, and it matters.
For more about Aquinas, see https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Thomas-Aquinas/Years-at-the-papal-Curia-and-return-to-Paris
Thomas Aquinas by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo / Amulay, Wikimedia Commons CCO
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Elon talks about his beginnings, getting punched in the nose, Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, Artificial Intelligence, entropy, and aliens. He mentions The Great Filter, which is a great ten-minute video on YouTube. I would like my genius student, who turns 8 in two days, to see the interview. Alexander thinks there are aliens. Elon says there is no evidence. There is some adult content in the interview; thus, I must forgo watching it with Alexander. Elon has seven children and would like to talk to Cleopatra. The interview got 215,000 views in one day.
“Cut him off when he said, ‘Yes.’”
For Josef, my Austrian friend and tutor: The man will be a gemütlich host, welcoming all his guests warmly on Christmas Day. Cheerful!
Entry today for a dear friend, Les, from high school days. We have not seen each other since and communicated over the last number of days via text and email. He is faithful.
Thaze attends a Catholic school in San Francisco, and his older brother is friends with Altan, one of my students who attends a different Catholic school and also plays with the Glens, and so do two of my grandnephews. All these boys are excellent students and athletes, and they are socially aware.
Two new missions were added this Fall 2021 – teaching at both the elementary and high school levels in Manhasset, NY, and Waco, TX. Now serving as teachers and administrators in 14 elementary schools, 14 high schools, and three universities, more than 80 Sisters are passing on the Catholic Faith to thousands of students and their families. They are the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, located in Ann Arbor, MI, a young community where the average age is under 40. In Northern California, the schools are Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Elementary School (co-ed) and St. Francis High School (girls) in Sacramento and Marin Catholic High School (co-ed) in Kentfield.
A wise man says nothing. A student posited a high number called googillion (google). I have published many words. Does each day take me farther away from wisdom? The wisest man and my student are bound to be disappointed at any number of words. God probably is scratching His head.