Category: Tupelo Schools

artificial intelligence (AI)

All the knowledge of humans can be saved and stored for algorithms to take advantage of and to control the very needs of human survival. The quest for better quality and more efficient use of energy and resources is always continuing improvement. What is local government doing to improve its efficiency and lower cost of its services? Will machines be controlling humans? Why are we accepting the same old ways of doing things when AI is passing the backward humans?
Who is responsible for improving government operations?

How about higher human intelligence? Maybe eugenics? Gene manipulation? Implants in the brain? Where are poor decisions taking humanity? We can do better with better parenting skills.

How would humans keep AI from taking over and destroying humanity?

The bottom line is power corrupts so be careful who or what you allow to have power.

Support Freedom and Liberty

Should the government regulate emotions? Many people have different views and the founding fathers have defended freedom of speech short of slander as an American right worth fighting for. Sticks and stones can break bones but names do not harm me. Our education system has forget how to teach emotional control. The people of MS voted to keep the historic flag and it will continue. Because some have not learned emotional control they want to take freedoms away from the majority of mature citizens. No attempt to rob the freedoms fought for, change the responsible from demanding those freedoms. The U.S. has done many ugly things to maintain power including killing millions in a civil war. This must not be forgotten especially in textbooks laced with political propaganda. This is coming from a yankee.

School Busing

Mandatory school busing for racial integration was one of the more controversial policies in American public education. Although busing was necessary for dismantling dual school systems in the south, this unpopular policy drove many middle class and white families away from city school systems, thereby contributing to greater segregation between city and suburban school districts. Were the costs both human and economic worth it and justified?
There is a relatively common finding that African American student achievement is enhanced by less segregated schooling…. the earliest studies tend to focus on the effects of court ordered desegregation, and therefore, to combine the impacts of racial composition per se with various policy actions.

The community and children lose when they have to spend time being transported. Countless hours on buses by children rob them of other beneficial experiences they can have walking to school. Behavior problems on buses create a negative start of the school day. Cultural differences take teacher time away from learning. Children are forced to leave school at the same time not allowing after school help and tutoring. Parents are taken away from neighborhood relations with other parents. The social structure collapses and isolates members of the community. Different learning styles and levels are mashed together to benefit no one.

All for some utopian idea that everyone has and equal I.Q. and abilities? What can be done to improve public education for all children and what can be done to prevent children being born into poverty to parents that do not have parenting skills?

Can the U.S. afford to pay huge sums to drivers, corporations, to fleet a pollution causing transportation that has never been proven to improve education?

Educationism

For those who are less educated due to their disadvantaged background, they face a subtle but pervasive bias. A new report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology named the term “educationism” and for the first time found clear evidence for what Fusarelli and many others have long suspected: educated people are implicitly biased against the less educated. And this has unfortunate, unintended consequences that often stem from the gap between the rich and poor.

Active thinking has to give up time to accommodate those with less cognitive ability. Having abilities in common is a natural way people discriminate. Society or government can not force people to be the same. The gene lottery and the family lottery ends up making people not equal.

Cell Phones and Health

“In a surprising move this week, however, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) weighed in on the debate, warning people, especially kids, to stay away from cellphones whenever possible. The agency also issued guidelines on how to reduce exposure to radio frequency energy.”“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cellphones,” Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer, said in a statement. Aside from brain and head cancer, the guidelines note, radio frequency energy has been suspected of causing infertility, headaches, and memory or learning problems.

Everything has risks so weight them against the benefits. Do we always need instant communication?

EXCITONIUM

PHYSICS BREAKTHROUGH: NEW FORM OF MATTER, EXCITONIUM, FINALLY PROVED TO EXIST AFTER 50-YEAR SEARCH.

This is not taught in H.S. physics because the teachers are not qualified and the system is controlled by government standards. The best learning is when the unknown is confusing not when students are forced to memorizes facts. If we want better STEM students we need better teaching and move away from standards.

Excitonium

The feeing of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver. It is truly one of the things that makes life worth living.

Gentrification

Gentrification is a sore subject in many parts of Denver, as an influx of people moving to the city from elsewhere and a surge of new development drives up rents and homes prices and forces some longtime residents to consider moving from neighborhoods they have long called home.

Tupelo government is trying to upgrade poverty areas. This move has winners and losers. To climb out of poverty people need skills and a business to use them. The city can renovate housing but lacking opportunity and people with the cognitive ability to take advantage of it will result in the same old trap Tupelo is historically known for. Increasing menial low pay employment does not solve the drug and crime problems.

The big question is what do the city leaders do with the number of people that do not have the skills and ability to better themselves? Mississippi is famous for taking Federal government handouts they did not earn. How do we improve and create a state that exports more than it imports? That includes intellectual property.

Better family education would be a improvement of the way many spend their time rather than on entertainment.

I am just pointing out subjects that many politically correct leaders are embarrassed to discuss in public. Please understand we must solve these problems to survive.

Cultural Fashion

What role does eye candy play in our culture of consumption? When I came to Tupelo the thing I was told was the furniture industry is a fashion industry. Most of the commercials on TV are about how things look and not how they work. Nothing of what they are made of or who makes them. What makes one product better suited for the application than another? The auto sales pitch is a prime example. It is all about your emotions and how much others admire your purchase. The sales pitch is all about savings. You save nothing when you consume and spend money. The concept they use, as a ploy about savings, is how much less you pay from the imaginary retail price. Keystone is setting the retail price at double of what the retailer pays the manufacture for it. In cars the price is keep from the customer by bate and switch tactics. The dealer price is not what the car cost the dealer. There are holdbacks and other dealer incentives to make more dealer profits. Then the advertised price is not what it is going to cost you. They did not mention the cars they have are not the base cars as they have options. Then there is several dealer add ons such as cleaning, inspecting, marketing costs, sales tax, and the list goes on.

Why do we consume more than what it takes to survive a comfortable life? Most of it is status and how we look to our peers. We are a trained people to consume from the time we are born. The system requires growth to cover debts. Psychological manipulation has us working and buying. Planned obsolescence has us buy more and replace what we already have. We even pay to go places to be marketed to. The local home show is an example of that. Many people are not educated Engineers able to ask the right questions about the quality of the product. The sales man could not answer them anyway. What role does art play? Do collections bring happiness? In a finite world that sells tomorrow for a bit of fashion today, the total number of consumers plays the biggest role in humanity’s survival.

Doing Something Is Better Than Doing Nothing

That depends on many factors. First is it talking about one particular issue or just the fact that having nothing in mind is bad. Is clearing your mind bad? What is the default of doing nothing? What is the probability of the default? Is the default a bigger problem than the first problem? How do you know the future? Cause and effect?

Many times doing nothing about the problem is the best solution as we have time to learn more or not need a solution. Many times acting on limited information gets us bigger problems. Acting on emotions can even kill us if we do not take time to think. Life is never simple enough to act on simple slogans.

Eugenics

Not forced eugenics but rather voluntary manipulation of your genetic code to promote health and better human beings. I understand the religious resistance in Mississippi against things like cloning but what if we could eliminate birth defects? There is no doubt humans being biological, that selective breeding could result in designer humans. There are many questions our children are going to face as morals and ethics always change.

The more we know what genes do and we have the ability to edit them, eggs can be fertilized grow to 8 cells and then decode the DNA and decide if it should be implanted to create a child. It will not help to put our hands over our eyes and ears and make believe that this is not available now and only be improved in the future. Life was never simple.

Dansette