frankilin roosevelt

It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 at 2h 10m 30s

My Thoughts about teaching for today -- with special guests

The idea of standardization is so that computer and textbook companies can make a lot of money by selling standardized products to TFA 3-year teachers. TFA is "Teach For America" which is a Temp Agency of teachers that various and sundry school districts can hire or "pay" TFA to have for a 3 year cycle, after which the teachers are gone. The idea is to take recent college graduates and have them do a 3 year stint to say ... pay off their enormous college debt and then they can enter the work force or job pool after their "service". Which is ridiculous, because 70% or more of these TFA teachers move on to another career, and so all that money is wasted ... BECAUSE TEACHERS ARE AN INVESTMENT. TEACHING IS AN ART AND NOT EVERYBODY IS AN ARTIST. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE PAY FOR ART.

If you hire a good teacher, the "standards" will be taught. Micro-management is what businesses do in order to intimidate the lower rung employees and have them compete against each other. Education is about cooperation. If we create cooperation the "problem" of student's learning a minimum of curricula will solve itself.

The movement for standardization is a bait and switch. They sell you on the "we just want to ensure students are getting a minimum" so they can implement the standardization. Then they hold the standardization over your head and constantly move the yardsticks while beating you over the head with unrealistic expectations. This movement is not about education.

My curriculum & instruction teacher was not necessarily teaching standardization as she was allowing us young teachers to find our own methods and means of achieving the most beneficial learning environment for the maximum amount of children. You nurture the flower to find it's own beauty.

Or as my long-time teaching friend and comrade Alyssa Jenkins says :

Teaching isn't paint-by-numbers any more than great art is paint-by-numbers.

Amen sister. Preach it.

Friday, 20 February 2015 at 1h 6m 15s

Lesson from a Dandelion

The will to produce art, do your own thing, and/or be an exemplar of beauty is difficult and beset on all sides by hardness and irrational cracks in the cosmos of human potential. Be strong. Stay strong. Find consolation in the bigger picture. Seek truth in circumstances. Have faith in your own inner strength. Never give up.

Take a lesson from this dandelion.

Friday, 13 February 2015 at 2h 7m 18s

School is not a business

School is about raising and teaching children. It is not about spreadsheets or profit margins. School is about instilling children with self-confidence and leadership skills. It is not about becoming an employee or being managed by a boss to do a required task for the job that you are paid to do. School is about love and learning. It is not about top-down management or following business procedures and protocols.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 at 2h 19m 3s

Another stupid post

I almost have 1,000 posts (892). So this is a stupid post to get closer to 1,000.

When I was younger (2001 - 2003) I had this goal of reaching 1,000 posts in my mind.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 at 1h 53m 49s


Common core sucks. I will not speak easy about corporate America trying to destroy real education and our wonderful public system of schools in this country because they misrepresent statistics and data and are well funded by voracious ideologues who could care less about the long term damage to our nation that this will create. I love my country. I love public education in the United States. Therefore I will resist and detest all efforts that do anything at all to harm or destroy the things I love. Simple.

Sunday, 8 February 2015 at 19h 21m 2s

Today's Winter Storm

Notice the counter clock-wise spiral. Notice how all the rain drags on the back side of the spiral.

Hopefully this will improve our snowpack. But the rainless January brought the April 1st average DOWN to 14% of normal. According to California Department of Water Resources.

There's probably more rain tomorrow and later in the week -- another counter-clockwise cell is coming West of Hawaii. But we need at least 6 more storms of rain before we even get that average close to 70% of normal. That's how serious this drought is folks.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 at 3h 48m 1s

Get Your Trillions Back America

I hate this commercial. More than 50% of Americans can easily do their taxes, and not have to pay a middle man to figure it out for them --- just so that they can get "their billions back".

Oh and now that we are talking about the subject of "BILLIONS". Hows about the "TRILLIONS" that are protected by the caymen island psuedo corporation loophole. Get your TRILLIONS BACK AMERICA. Force corporate profits and filthy rich people to pay their fair share of taxes. They are not investing it in jobs or creating a diverse economy. They are just simply putting it in tax shelters and using their stash to live lucrative wasteful self-indulgent lives. Which is fine really. Honestly, if that's how they want to spend their money, they have that right. But they also have the right to pay their fair share of taxes, and they are NOT doing that.

This video erks me because it makes it seem like their are so many "BILLIONS' out there for average everyday Americans, when actually, these people are just predators taking a few squid from such average everyday americans for something they can do themselves, and in the bigger picture really has such a tiny miniscule impact when compared to the immense savings if our government ever decide to enforce the tax laws on corporations and the filthy rich.

Because everyday Americans would pay half the amount of taxes if corporations and the filthy rich would ever pay their fair share !!!!

But no .... you average everyday ordinary Americans gotta pay an immensely profitable corporate called "H.R. Block" to know the insights and secrets on how to "get your billions back".

Do you realize that we are unique in the entire world on how taxes are collected? In other first world nations, the government does your taxes for you. In other nations, if you disagree with your taxes, you get to have an interview where you have the right to prove otherwise. In the USA however, your money has already been taken, and therefore you have to find someway to finagle the loopholes and tell the government how much they still owe you so you can get a check. It's a pervertion leftover from the evolution of our government system in which government spending was really a means of supporting a political party system .. akin to Tammany Hall in New York City. So the collection of taxes has to become franchised to for-profit institutions, lawyers, and accountants. A whole industry has sprawled around this dysfunctionalism.

This is not true in other nations. There is no middle man pretending to do you a wonderful service by charging you money for doing what you could do for yourself if ... a) you did a small amount of research , or b) if the government did your taxes for you.

But in the USA we have commercials and advertising to brainwash the citizens. And that's why this perversion of economic common sense thrives.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 at 4h 4m 10s

My take on Abortion

A mother will always have the choice to do whatever the mother decides to do. The issue is not really about morality. The issue is about statistics. If you have a society that is open about abortion, and does not penalize women who make this choice in their lives, THERE WILL BE STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANTLY LESS ABORTIONS .. 75% LESS IN SOME CASES.

Education, information, free services for female needs, and if necessary the right to choose abortion, actually results in less abortions. THAT IS A FACT THAT HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME, AND WAS THE WINNING ARGUMENT IN THE SUPREME COURT CASE "Roe versus Wade".

This is another false argument the elite use to divide our nation into warring morality issues. It's sad. I'm crying as I type, because it never was an issue until it got promoted in the 1970's by the ideological elite, stirring the middle class up to do battle among themselves while they take over the government and dole out the national treasury for themselves.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 at 2h 53m 54s

Global warming residues

Do you see that rotating cell near Alaska at the top of this wind map of today?

Of course you do. That cell got created due to the effect of colder Northern air mixing with Warmer Southern air. Right now the Arctic ice is diminishing so fast that the Arctic has less than half the ice it used to have. Thus the colder air is more Northern than in the past. So that cell you see, the one that spins the rain onto the west coast of North America, is about 1,000 or so miles more North than it could be, would the Arctic ice not be less than 50%.

Hence, California now gets beset by the effect of the warm equatorial winds, which strongly blow East to West and dominate the Lower Northern Hemisphere wind patterns South and West of Baja California. (Did you realize how long Baja California is? )

The result is that California gets clockwise wind cells now from January onward. The winds blow down and force the rain up into Oregon, Washington, and Canada.

If we don't get any more significant rain before May, California is in serious trouble. We are at 16% of the April 1st average right now -- according to the California Department of Water Resources.

All the life-long Californians that I know (some of whom are older than 60), all of them confess to this current drought being worse than they have ever seen in their lifetime. Friends of mine coming back from Tahoe recently, were "shocked" at how little snow there was where there had been plenty -- even as late as last year.

But don't worry, Global Warming is just a myth y'all.

Monday, 19 January 2015 at 2h 20m 30s

Behold the great mirror of thine self

I have never had a problem with someone holding my face to a mirror ... because I figured that this means either one of two things :

  1. they are correct, and I should be thankful for their willingness to attempt to help me out with my own personal bullshit; or,
  2. they are completely off-base and are projecting themselves on me, in which case, they are also doing me a favor, actually letting me know who they are themselves, in the guise of them saying it's all about me.

LOL. It's a win-win as far as I'm concerned.