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Library books on a Saturday, with money from far, far away…

This is one book that should be both in every library, and required reading for every person:

It’s finally the end of Sukkot 5781, time to get back to writing for change.

Here is a review of one of the too many books I read and lost notes which I found later, while doing my phd work on what the economic fuss is all about:

Money: Whence It Came, Where It WentMoney: Whence It Came, Where It Went by John Kenneth Galbraith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

-p.8 –Finally! A reputable/academic/economist citing del Mar: (2) Alexander Del Mar, History of Monetary Systems (London: Effingham Wilson, 1895; New York: Augustus M. Kelley, 1969), pp. 1-2.’

…’In time it would be asserted that the debauchment of the currency caused the downfall of Rome. This historiography – the tendency to attach vast adverse consequences to monetary behaviour of which the observer happens to disapprove – is one which we will find frequently to recur. It should, needless to say, be regarded with the utmost suspicion.”‘
-I still agree with delMar and Keynes that the coincidence is too much to be accidental.

…'”Though willing to have banks for the purpose of deposit, Thomas Jefferson strongly opposed their issue of notes. Writing to John Taylor in 1816, he agreed that banking establishments were more to be feared than standing armies.”‘
–I have yet to find the full source for this in the Jefferson Archives (UVA), despite seeing it quoted widely as authoritative.

…”Most dangerous of all would be democracy. …none forsaw that farmers and workers would one day have the power that would make governments unwilling to impose these hardships even in so righteous a cause as defence of the currency. …the interests of the rich in these mattes could differ from those of others.”
–I contend that democracy (if $ is distributed fairly) is not a danger to fiscal discipline.

…quotes Ricardo: “He [the farmer], more than any other class of the community is benefited by the depreciation of money, and injured by the increase of its value.(20)”
—presumably by the higher ratio of land value to coin/money value? Back to H. George again…

p.53 Maj. CH Douglass predated by MD colony in issuing cit. div. (worked very well); p. 56 The Land Bank Manufactury Co. bank notes outlawed retroactively from London under the Bubble Acts; ended colonial banks

p. 60 gold == morality
p. 66 assignats backed by land worked until not backed at all… (financed Fr. Rev.)
p. 70 US Bank Finan. war (Am. Rev.) but w/hyperinflation (too bad, imnsho, that “the notes of the bank went out to a borrower at an interest rate that duly and directly rewarded the owners of the bank.”)
p. 80 re: The Money War Ch. 7: led up 2??? (on Bank paying off members of Congress to vote or make nice speeches about certain things…)
p. 94 “hard money morality”
p. 102 ‘Gilded Age’: gold==univ. money system
p. 105 #3 (Hildreth, ‘Banks, Banking, and Paper Currencies’ Boston: 1840 in Samuel Rezneck Business, Depressions and Financial Panics NY:Greenwood Pub. 1968): speculation good when succeeds, crime only if fails
P. 109 be happy and the money will follow (confidence==self-fulfilling proph.)

P. 111 a bank failure: 1. Hurts ppl w/$ in that bank, and also: 2. hurts (reduces and tightens simult.) the money supply overall

P. 117 #3(Samuelson, pp 272-273): Fed. Res. Open Mkt Com: ‘most powerful group of private citizens in America’; FDIC;
P.118 ref.#5: Fed=”purpose of the System is to foster growth at high levels of employment, with a stable dollar…” -failed miserably

p. 117 JKG -> ‘The Money Masters’ (see that cd on “The Creature from Jeckal Island” -via Altruists.org??) –says same thing re. creation of the Fed.; Also agrees that Fed. made Gr. Depression worse.

p. 118 “P is as p does”; ref.#5: BoGovs of Fed, The Fed Res Sys: Purposes and Functions (DC ’63), p2.; “Belmont Syndrome”
p. 127 varied defs. of ‘elastic money’ big problem: small banks left out of “club of the great and the strong.”
p. 128 ‘inflation could occur on a solid gold standard’
p. 132-133: Fed. is for big $

p. 145 –reminds me of Polanyi and his ‘Long 19th century’ as he and Galbraith end gold age in 1914
p. 147 -The 20’s: much of wrld gold had come to US, France had some gold: none left the US-> inflation and boom

p. 168: Churchill’s ’25 decision->Miners’ Strike; p. 175 Fed. caused Gr. Dep.: 1 July ’27 (imnsho);
P. 186 Austrian School economists all migrated to US just in time not to do anything about the Gr. Depr. for fear of non-existent inflation just because they saw hyperinflation in Germany under totally diff. circums. !!

p. 206: Keynes “Roosevelt is magnificently right” ref. 13, Schlesinger p.223
p. 209 on I. Fisher: equation of exchange (rules Quant. of money theory) and prices; warm praise-Keynes

p. 220 nixed Keynes won: 1.Say’s Law, 2. mkt. equib. w/out full empl. is possible
p.223 Hobson prev. fr. teaching to ‘question the virtue of unlimited thrift’ is ‘sin’
–JKG on Keynes: 1. must *enforce* spending 2. made it ok to contradict Says Law or discuss ‘oversaving’ as a problem
p. 230 “common sense…always been believed” but not nec. right

P. 255 (Ch. 18 Good Years: The Preparation) —imho he’s wrong about Keynes being ==Bretton Woods. I’ve read Keynes lost to the Ameri. delegation on most of his ideas (i.e. Bancor)

p. 262 censoring Keynes name out of JKG’s article review for Forbes…
p. 267 says Keyserling’s lost push for full-empl. led to/prep. way for later gains (else wouldn’t have even tried for more later…) –so always persevere…

p. 270 again confidence -> self-fulfiling economic pred.
p. 276 “in practice intervention was essential” for full employment… but economics myths tend to win out
p. 278 Keynsian antidote to inflation=taxes. Esp. on rich. hard to do –Ricard’s ‘monied men…’
p. 279 “rich prefer inflation” -imho because infl==higher prices->hjigher profits; Fed’s mon. policy makes it worse
P. 280 rediscount rate and open-mkt ops mythology still rules; -mon. pol. more convenient -fiscal pol.. M. Friedman saw Fisher’s (quant. eq.) as best option; GNP <- M (one of M-M4, take your pick dep. on whether counting savings as money, etc.) but !=Fiscal pol.
p. 283/4: but if infl. target == q. no infl. -> no price incr. -> no bus. expansion

P. 284 “archeology” of economics 🙂
p. 289 “reputation of capitalism” –this is important??
p. 299 OPEC embargo luchy: had inflation to help the OPEC nations (i.e. w/out infl. embargo wouldn’t have worked…)
p. 300 Prof. Richard N. Cooper at Pres. Ford’s Summit Conf. on Inflation in autumn, ’74:
1. “surrogate tax” -back to JFKennedy’s cursing U.S. Steel re.Guideposts 2. admits that he didn’t see it at first, either

P. 302 “good tailor” better than curiosity

—WHY on earth does he keep linking corp.s and unions together as having so much power??!! Oh:
P. 303: ‘union and corp.’ power i.e. monopolies vs. Cesar Chavez (who actually used to report Mexican illegals
(one artificially keeps prices up; other artif. raises wages; both are outside normal market forces, unlike smaller players…)

p. 304-307 Afterword: in 1975 currencies already outside national ability to control, much more now w/internet: mon. policy can’t control so must use fiscal policy; imho need more progressive tax on rich to gain revenues from luxury items and keep down inflation (which only hurts the poor, since wealthy put money in other curr/comm. to protect it); JKG says Fed should stop mon. pol. (i.e. int. rate fidling) and do Lender of Last Resort (stop bank failure) work, control speculation. Notes M can’t be measured or controlled.
(ref. 1: A. Hayes ‘Testing Time for Monetary Policy’ address NYstate Bankers Asso. NYC Jan. 20, ’75…); Must be firm on raising taxes.

This guy was certainly no socialist.

Last sentence: In other words, ‘those who yearn for the end of capitalism should pray for…’ Alan Greenspan!

Read, Write, Run, Teach !

ShiraDest
17 February, 12016 HE

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Interesting how, just a year or two ago, I recall feeling guilty for being angry with the US Navy for burying this particular gr. gr. grandfather with honors, while my other gr. gr. grandfather was accused of suicide and his family chased off of their land in OK.  Guilty for having to believe that this man who was honored by the military did not deserve what the other grandfather did deserve, but never received.  And yet neither family prospered: the two families met and members married and died during the Gr. Depression of TB.

Yes, we can do better than this.

  More on my continuing striving with family of choice next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different reasons to study your thoughts.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, if you feel safe enough.

3.) Share your thoughts a book from your GoodReads reading list on self-reflection,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that explores, tells a good story, or otherwise makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Preptober on an intermediate Sukkot Wednesday: Day 7 (from Edana Ülf’s NaNoWriMo 2020 Prep #7 prompt): World Building

So I just saw that there is a structure to this prep month of October, before NaNoWriMo, apparently, though I’ve still not found the origin, nor the rest of the (31, presumably) prompts (?). I’m still not sure if pushing myself to start writing my Rough Draft while I’m still outlining is a great idea, but I know that I’m getting sick of outlining, so why not?

So, like Edana, I am going to write for 15 minutes on a specific aspect of my story’s society and/or culture.


My WiP is set in 1838, mostly in Baltimore, but also will move for about 13% of the scenes (6/46 of my total scenes) down to Ann Arundel county (near Annapolis, the state capital).  Since my MCs are mostly Colored workers, slavery figures prominently in the story (especially since my protagonist is an escaped slave), but I also have to deal with differences between Baltimore City and the surrounding counties of northern MD vs those of the Chesapeake Bay, like Ann Arundel, where my protagonist, his wife, and his son, are from.  Since he was high status on the plantation from which he fled his depraved master, he does not fit in well in Baltimore, where though most Black folks are free at this time, most came from lower positions on plantations further south, and are darker skinned, so despite the relative lack of skin-color barriers (according to the author of Freedom’s Port), there is still discomfort for him, as a light-skinned man.

There is also a rising level of anti-free and anti-Black & MU sentiment among the white population of Baltimore city, since the 1831 uprising in VA, and also due to increased immigration of mostly Irish but also German immigrants, taking semi-skilled jobs that had earlier been available, like caulking, from the colored workers.  So friction is growing in this previously liberal city, and most of my characters are on the lookout for the increasing danger of being kidnapped and sold (whether free or not). 

Religiously, oops, next time…

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources on slavery in the late antebellum (last three decades before the Civil War) period.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet expanding your thoughts on the above, or a story that tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

3rd day Chol HaMoed Sukkot, 5781

Preptober, 2020, aka: 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Wonderous Greek Wednesdays during Sukkot?

Here is where I am in my study of modern Greek this week!  No sukkah blowing down in the cold rain of the DC/Baltimore area these days, but this year, with Covid-19, no ‘Sukkah-hopping’ either, alas.  I never particularly liked candy, but I always enjoy the pun on the phrase ‘LaShev(et) baSukkah’ as we sit down in a chair to make the brachah (blessing) over some bit of mazonot (non-meal food, like a snack) and drink: LaShevet   means both to live and to sit, literally, hence the joke!  🙂

Coming back to Greek!  (oops!)  My notes thus far (I hope to get back to adding the Septuagint again in the next few weeks, after NaNoWriMo…):

October 6, 2020 –
page 1
 
1.1% “Read transcript for first video, which is very easy: a simple introduction with formal and plural explained.”

 

 

So, it turns out that The Hellenic American Union (HAU, this particular file available at: https://www.hau.gr/?i=learning.en.video-lists) has both videos and podcasts, both with written transcripts, for learners of modern Greek.

  More on my continuing striving with Greek next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to translate the word “How are you?” into Greek.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a modern Greek word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Sukkot (Chol HaMoed day 2) 5781

October, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Turkish Tuesdays

Here is where I am in my study of spoken Turkish, this week!

 

My notes from my favorite (I think?) Turkish TV (Hakan: Muhafiz, aka The Protector) show re-watch thus far:

 

ShiraDest Jns Hall Mayo West Manzilla Porter Faxio (@ShiraDest) twitteó a las 8:06 p. m. on sáb., oct. 03, 2020:
@HakanMuhafizTv  #HakanMuhafız  #TheProtector s1:e6, 7:18 “Hayatta bir secemedigin bir de secebildigin ailen var.” Iyi.
“In life you have unchosen and  choosable family.”. Nice.
(https://twitter.com/ShiraDest/status/1312589849367638016?s=03)

 

 More on my continuing striving with Turkish next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy  that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources on Turkish history.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Turkish word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

Chag Sameach l’Sukkot!

(and in desert parts of the US, just as in ancient Israel, the Water ceremony at the end of this holiday is completely appropriate…)

ShiraDest

Sukkot, 5781, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

National Public Libraries: Learning languages to bring books, literacy, and possibility to others: …

The National Library of France, aka La Bibliothèque nationale de France, provides online access to classic books which are in the Public Domain. Assuming that one has access to the internet, and also has a device on which to read the eBook, this can be a huge boost to literacy, and also to hope. Hope for education, and hope for young women, who see a strong and highly intelligent role model in the heroine of 1001 Nights, who weaves stories within stories intriguing enough to save both her life, and the lives of the young women of her kingdom.

Reading novels in general builds empathy, which builds hope, and helps people to pull together in mutual aid.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of the 1001 Nights,

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

5 October, 12020 HE

French Friday: Learning languages in a Booth! (Chag Sameach l’Sukkot! Happy Sukkot!!)

I love the stories that were original from the 1001 Nights, and it’s funny how out of theme and out of place the stories added by Antoine Galland sound: they clearly match European hero tropes far more than the ‘story as payment’ tropes in the original frame.

I’m scheduling this post ahead of time, since this coming Shabbat is the start of Sukkot, (aka The Feast of Tabernacles…). That means that most of the coming eight days should be spent eating and studying in a small booth/tabernacle outdoors, hoping that it doesn’t rain!

-This week’s updates, from September 25th to October 1st:

September 25, 2020 – 35.0% “je n’ai pas eu le temps, au jour d’hui, de lire/écouter l’histoire d’Amine, soeur de Zobéîde. Je meurs de savoir pour quoi elle a des cicatrices…

I’ve had no time today for the story of Amine, Zobéïde’s sister. Dying to know why she’s got scars…
(35% LVIII nuit au eBook…)” September 25, 2020 – 37.0% “Zobéïde having finished her story and been rewarded by the Caliph, we now hear the start of Sinbad the Sailor’s 7 voyages, which does not start off nearly as interestingly as the previous stories, imho.” September 25, 2020 – 37.0% “Now I know what bothers me about Sinbad: rich kid wastes his twenties then takes his remaining money, which he was born with, to start a business and has the nerve, the gall, to preach to a poor man that he made his own money himself.” September 29, 2020 – 38.0% “Sinbad sounds like a spoiled rich kid telling a story where he is the hero, rather than the previous stories, which all involved humble people (even when Princes/esses) exchanging stories for their lives.

Prudish (yes slave-owning, as only the upper classes had time & education enough to read novels) French readers demanded the extraction, after about night 65 (at the start of the Sinbad story) of Dinarazad waking..” September 29, 2020 – 44.0% “Sindbad only worries about himself being buried alive, not about his poor wife!!” September 30, 2020 – 44.0% “Chapitre 11, Histoire des trois pommes. En fin terminé avec Sinbad !
Ch. 11, story of the three apples. Finally done with Sinbad’s story.” September 30, 2020 – 48.0% “Now you how each story is building with some innocent person killed, and then the killer repenting of the deed. she is stretching out the stories and the time to give the king time to get over his pain and to understand his Injustice.” October 1, 2020 – 49.0% “Histoire de trois pommes : autre fois, la vie se paye avec une histoire. Cette fois ci d’une presque innocent…
This time of an almost innocent…
The three apples: Again, a life is bought with a story…” October 1, 2020 – 50.0% “99: excellent !! Les Djinn ont changé ent les hommes !;.
Excellent, the genies swapped men!!” October 1, 2020 – 50.0% “99: excellent !! Les Djinn ont changé ent les hommes !;.
Excellent, the genies swapped men!!”

I have now listened to several stories that were mysteriously edited out of the written version, whose updates on all of my daily reading you can see here, if you are rather bored.

These stories are so well framed for both complication of listening (presumably because people who were in the habit of listening to stories were accustomed to holding many bits of information in their minds at once, which I think we’re forgetting to do, in the modern world).

Some good stories seem to have been left out of the eBook version from Project Guttenberg that I am reading as I listen to the LibreVox/AudioBooks version being narrated. I see that there are illustrated versions that I never noticed, on the PG site, so maybe a few new scans have been made!

So far, most of the stories are stories within stories, which can become a bit complex to keep in mind. This must be how people trained their minds, before Sudoku! I suppose that if one were not sufficiently educated to know of these tales, as my Freedmen and escaped but still technically enslaved WiP characters are, then mere survival was enough to exercise the brain.

I am very very thankful that we have libraries, the internet, Project Gutenberg, and kind people who lend their time and talents to teach us and encourage all of us to learn and to wonder. Please join me in wondering, and in learning to build a more hopeful world.

Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by Antoine Galland, who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible! 🙂

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

written in September, 12020 HE

Libraries and Language learning on Moody Mondays, from FORTRAN to Python! And may we all be Inscribed for a Good New Year, 5781. Shannah Tovah (Happy New Year 5781)

Ask Tamar, Ruth, and Scheherazade.  Even ladies in the Bible had to learn new languages, and sometimes, languages as ancient as FOTRAN or old Hebrew, to as new as Python or modern Arabic, hold the key to successfully charting a course in new waters.

רֶגַע… Rega… Wait, you say:
Scheherazade is not in the Bible, she is from the Thousand and One Nights, originally in Arabic, or maybe partly in Persian, but certainly not in Hebrew;
This, you remember!

Ok, point taken, her book was not in Hebrew, but Arabic is a sister language.  More on this shortly…

Tamar was a Canaanite woman, and so had to learn Hebrew, or Judah’s dialect of Hebrew at the very least.
Ruth, a native of Moab, had to learn the Hebrew of the time of her mother-in-law, Naomi.
Scheherazade, at the palace, had to learn the hardest languages of all: the languages of heartbreak, of story, and of love.

So, you see, returning to those sister languages, Scheherazade’s story, in one Semitic language, really is the same as that of her Biblical sisters, in another Semitic language: she was a clever lady faced with a survival situation in a man’s world. And she, like her sisters, had to learn a language in order to survive.

Each one of these ladies had to live by her wits in difficult times, and to use the tools available to her at that time. Nowadays, they would surely go together to the Public Library to learn to use the power of modern tools like computers and smartphones, especially using Unix to navigate this new world.   In the here and now, any one of us can learn a bit of a language to pass on to another young woman, helping her to succeed.  Any language will do, whether it is a natural language, like Hebrew or Arabic, or a programming language, like FORTRAN or Python.   Either way, libraries, online or physical, are a key of help and hope for finding this information.  And as they succeeded then, so could we all succeed again, using adaptability, daring, and hope.

Hope for us all.

Action Item:

1.)  Check out a book on coding in any language from your Public Library,

2.)      …find the first “Hello World” page, and  try it out yourself, and then

3.)      …share it with a friend!

4.)  … or, just write a story about a strong lady who has to learn some new skill in order to adapt to difficult or dangerous circumstances?  🙂

Let’s #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare , and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !


#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

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Day 18, 5 Month High School: futures.org and Radical Assumptions, 12020HE (Holocene Era)

Wondering what assumptions about learning (like the need for an enslaved carpenter to learn square roots so he could build a loom with a hidden drawer to help his wife escape before she is sold as a Fancy Octoroon?) were made in 1836 Baltimore…

(See further down, or see the Day 18 PDF, for Futures.org…)

Day 18, Monday, March 4th, 12019 HE Capitalizing (Use CHROME browser for this site) Exponents, part 2 The Radical Square Root!! Day 18 ExitSlips

Lesson Plan, 6-9pm, Monday, March 4th, 12019 HE HE
In our Learning Toolbox: this thought:
Vocabulary:
Copy into your notes, and Mind Map each word:
Reading Comp.
Vocab.
Grammar Vocabulary Math Vocabulary Test-taking Skills
Review: facts,
assumptions,
observations, opinions
and conclusions
Capitalization, part
three of three: the
pronoun “I”
Radicals Organizing your
information/choices/forms
of data or expression/pros
and cons (T-Charts…)
Various Common Nouns Radical Observing details
Varied Proper nouns Fractional Exponent Translating problems
Varying Brand name variable Equivalent forms
Variety Titles Square root Checking answers
To Vary I Principal square root Various ways to solve…
6pm: Spend one minute imagining life without computers.
Write one or two sentences explaining: What you could do with a discounted
computer from the San Diego Futures Foundation.
6:02 Continue on work from your folder (on Reading/Literature/Science/Social Studies).
7pm: Stand up & Stretch, if you wish…
7:00 to 7:07 Reading Comprehension
7:07 to 7:15 Grammar lecture, using the passage below.
7:15 to 7:25 Math lecture, also using this same passage.
7:25-7:30 We do 1st question/problem from each online worksheet together, then you finish
the online activities from all lectures individually on the classroom computers.
Mathematics work online and/or in books from 7:45 until 8:45.
7:00-7:07:
Reading Comp.: What is a/an … ? How can you understand the xyz? Would making a
Mind Map help you remember, and would making an outline help to organize your possible
choices?
Today’s Passage:
in march 1917, a revolt by Russian workers toppled the old russian government under
Czar (Tsar) nicholas II. Deaths probably increased exponentially. later that year, a brutal
government arose which eventually included about 9 million mi² (or the square of three
million miles on each side…) of territory with a large variety of cultures and languages.
(Today’s reading adapted from P. 286 in Peterson’s Master the HiSET, 2nd Edition…)
What is one assumption in this reading?
Why does it seem to be an assumption?
Where are the Grammatical errors?
7:07 Grammar lecture: Capitalizing: i want to learn! (What’s wrong here??)
Rule: Always capitalize the proper pronoun “I.”
Practice: Please write one sentence describing how you use the public library.
(Grammar exercise source:
https://www.ereadingworksheets.com/languageartsworksheets/free-grammar-worksheets/capitalization-worksheets/
Extra help on capitalizing:
https://www.ereadingworksheets.com/free-grammar-worksheets/capitalization-lesson.mp4)
Now let’s do a Grammar exercise question from
https://www.ereadingworksheets.com/free-grammar-worksheets/capitalizatio
n-practice-1/
7:15 Mathematics Topic: Radicals
What is the solution to x = 32
?
What is the solution to x = -3
2
?
What is x called, in the above question?
Let’s do the first question of:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-exponents-radicals/pre-algebra-exp
onents/e/exponents-in-expressions
How do we write the square root of any number x in mathematical language?
Now, let’s do the first online math worksheet problem together:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/rational-exponents-and-radicals/alg1-radicals/e/squa
re_roots
7:30
1.) Please do the rest of our online grammar worksheet:
https://www.ereadingworksheets.com/free-grammar-worksheets/capitalizatio
n-practice-1/
and
2.) Please do the remainder of both online math worksheets:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-exponents-radicals/pre-algeb
ra-exponents/e/exponents-in-expressions
and
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/rational-exponents-and-radicals/alg1-radicals
/e/square_roots
8:40 Exit Questions: 1. Please write one sentence explaining why it is important to
understand how exponents work.
2. What is a variable?
3. What is the San Diego Promise program?
4. What is a proper pronoun?
8:45 Turn in Exit Slip, Dismissal

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to translate the word “Hello” into Greek.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Greek word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Teach and Learn !

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

Great Greek Wednesdays, in European Spanish

Since I’ve been a bit lacking on my study of written Greek this week, I must fall back on my study of modern Greek, via video!

So, now my spoken modern Greek is progressing, but I’m still struggling to find films that are slow enough to understand at the very early levels of modern Greek.  I did find some materials by the Hellenic American Union, which I’ll have to dig through my paper notes to get, so if there are interested replies in the comments here, I’ll post that material for next Wednesday.

My notes thus far:

Someone asked how to form the infinitive in modern Greek, since, well… there is none!

-Una pregunta, Juanjo. Si en griego moderno no existe el infinitivo, ¿cómo podría traducir del español un verbo que actúa como sujeto al griego? Por ejemplo, si quiero traducir “el caminar es bueno” o “fumar es malo para la salud”, ¿cómo sería?

Tienes dos opciones: puedes usar el verbo dirigido a una persona o usar un sustantivo. Por ejemplo, para “el caminar es bueno” puede decirlo… – Το να περπατήσεις είναι καλό (Literalmente, El que tú andes es bueno), siempre dirigiéndolo a alguien. – Το περπάτημα είναι καλό (Literalmente, El hecho de andar/la acción de andar es buena). Una de las ventajas del Griego Moderno es que puedes crear sustantivos de prácticamente todos los verbos. Pero básicamente la estructura del infinitivo es esa.

 

So, even the comments, it turns out, are interesting, in Juanjo’s videos!   More on my continuing striving with both LXX and modern Greek next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to translate the word “Hello” into Greek.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Greek word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Let’s #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail and support these four key parts of our #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

Day 17 of High School in 5 months, ILL, 1838 Baltimore, and: How much Djinn Gold do you want? 12020 HE (the Holocene Calendar)

The Djinni’s Offer:  see below…

Day 17, Thursday, 28 February, 2019

Caps, Part 2 online worksheet Multiplication Tables: Square Numbers/Radical Diagonal Review of yesterday’s intro. Khan Academy continuing Exponents online worksheet Day 17 ExitSlips

Lesson Plan, Day 17
In our Learning Toolbox:
San Diego Public Library system  (was there a public library in 1838 Baltimore?)
(1. ordering books, 2. InterLibrary Loan, 3. Reference Librarians)
Vocabulary:
Copy into your notes, and Mind Map each word:
Reading Comp. Vocab. Grammar Vocabulary Math Vocabulary Test-taking Skills
Identifying the
author’s conclusion
Capitalization, part
two of three:
Exponents, part 2 of
2:
Reading comp. lecture
sentences
Contemplate Proper noun repeated addition Diagonal on times table
Reflect upon Noun repeated multiplication Squares
Consider Specific Exponential form Cubes
Nationalism Particular perfect squares Consecutive, even
Turn of the century individual Square numbers context
6pm: Spend one minute contemplating nationalism.
Write one or two sentences explaining why you think nationalism is either
important, or dangerous, or both.
6:02 Continue on work from your folder (on Reading/Literature/Science/Social Studies).
7pm: Stand up & Stretch, if you wish…
7:00 to 7:07 Reading Comprehension
7:07 to 7:15 we will have our Grammar lecture, using this passage
7:15 to 7:25 we will have our math lecture, also using this same passage.
7:25-7:30 We will do the first question/problem from each online worksheet together, then
you finish the online activities from all three lectures individually on the classroom computers,
on your laptop or, on your smart phone.
7:00-7:07 Reading Comprehension: What conclusion has the author drawn and
why?
“Nationalism sparked intense competition between European nations. by the turn of the
twentieth century. a fierce rivalry had developed among Europe’s most powerful countries.
Those countries were Germany, Austria-Hungary, Great britain, Russia, Italy, and France. In
June 1914, World war I began.” (Today’s reading comes from P. 285 of Peterson’s Master the HiSET, 2nd Edition …)
Where are the proper nouns in this passage?
Is there any lack of capitalization in this passage?
Where are the missing capital letters in this passage?
Where are the other Grammatical errors?
7:07 Grammar lecture: Capitalizing proper nouns
Rules:
Capitalize the titles of
high-ranking government
officials when used with or
before their names. Do not
capitalize the civil title if it is
used instead of the name.
Examples:
The president will address Congress.
All senators are expected to attend.
The governors, lieutenant governors,
and attorneys general called for a
special task force.
Governor Connelly, Lieutenant
Governor Martinez, and Senators
James and Hennessy will attend the
meeting.
Capitalize a title when used
as a direct address even
when the person is not
named.
Examples:
Will you be holding a press
conference, Madame President?
Please give us your opinion of this
latest development, Senator.
We need your response quickly, Mr.
President.
We need your response quickly,
President Obama.
Will you help me with my homework,
Dad?
When you use the
complete names of
departments, capitalize. You
may also capitalize a
shortened form of a
department. Do not
capitalize when these words
are used as adjectives or
Examples:
the United Nations General
Assembly
the General Assembly
Congress
a congressional committee
generically.
Capitalize civil titles only
when used with the name
following or when
addressing someone
directly.
Examples:
Councilman James Harris
the councilman
James Harris, councilman
How are you voting, Councilman?
President Obama
the president
If you are working on
government documents or
you are representing a
government agency, then
you may capitalize words
like City, County,
and District when they stand
alone.
Example: The County will implement
the plan approved by the voters last
June.
When you refer back to a
proper noun using a
shortened version of the
original name, you may
capitalize it.
Examples:
The District Water Plan allocates …
The Plan calls for …
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
has taken the case. The Bureau has
sent out a bulletin to other federal
departments to enlist their help in
capturing the fugitive.
However, if you are not
working on government
documents or are not
representing a government
agency, do not capitalize
generic or shortened terms.
Examples:
The county will implement the plan …
The plan calls for …
The bureau has sent out a bulletin …
sources: https://data.grammarbook.com/blog/capitaliza
tion/when-to-capitalize-peoples-titles/
https://data.grammarbook.com/blog/capitaliz
ation/capitalization-of-departments-offices-an
d-government-titles/
Please write one sentence using a proper noun (i.e. “Lincoln wrote The Emancipation
Proclamation on the back of an envelope.”)
7:15 Mathematics: Exponents, part 2/2: Anything to the 0
th & 1
st, Pwrs of 0,
Exponent expressions
Review:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-exponents-radicals/pre-algebra-exp
onents/a/introduction-to-exponents
What was my SmartAlec answer to “Express 100 in exponential form?”
So what is any # raised to the 1st power?
What might any # raised to the 0
th
power be?
How might we evaluate 23
+ 2
0
?
How about .2*.2*.2? How would we do this in fractional form? In decimal
form?
What is .2*.2*.2 in exponential form?
What do you notice about the exponent and the number of decimal places?
Let’s summarize on a chart: Arithmetic form, Fractional form, decimal form,
exponential form
Continuing from yesterday for a fun group activity: If you want to partner up
with a classmate, work together for 7 minutes to take a crack at:
The Djinni’s Offer:
“After opening an ancient bottle you find on the beach, a Djinni
appears. In payment for his freedom, he gives you a choice of either
50,000 gold coins or one magical gold coin. The magic coin will turn
into two gold coins on the first day. The two coins will turn into four
coins total at the end of two days. By the end or the third day there will
be eight gold coins total. The Djinni explains that the magic coins will
continue this pattern of doubling each day for one moon cycle, 28
days. Which prize do you choose?
When you have made your choice, answer these questions:
 The number of coins on the third day will be 2×2×2. Can you write
another expression using exponents for the number of coins there will be on the third day?
 Write an expression for the number of coins there will be on the
28th day. Is this more or less than a million coins?”
(from: https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/content-standards/tasks/532)
.
Now, let’s do the first online Grammar worksheet question together:
https://www.grammarbook.com/grammar_quiz/capitalization_2.asp
and
Now let’s do the first online math worksheet problem together:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-exponents-radicals/pre-algebra-exp
onents/e/exponents
7:30
1.) Please do the rest of our online grammar worksheet:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-exponents-radicals/pre-algebra-exp
onents/e/exponents
and
2.) Please do the remainder of online math worksheet:
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-exponents-radicals/pre-algebra-exp
onents/e/exponents
Mathematics work online and/or in books from 7:45 until 8:45.
8:40 Exit Questions: Tuesday, day 17
1. Write one sentence explaining the difference between the four
forms we used today.
2. What is nationalism?
3. Write one fourth as a fraction, decimal and a percent and in some
exponential form (i.e. 9/10*9/10=.9*.9=.81=81%)
4. Please write one sentence explaining how many decimal places an
exponent gives when multiplying decimals.
8:45 Turn in Exit Slip, Dismissal

some Action Items in support of literacy (and Gold!) that you can take right now:

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic story about djinn,

2.) Make a bet with some friends that you’ll have more gold after 30 days than they could ask for in one lump sum from the tricky Djinni!

3.) Share how the bet went: who won?

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19

ShiraDest