Kids are sick of Zoom too—so their teachers are getting creative – MIT Technology Review

Kids are sick of Zoom too—so their teachers are getting creative – MIT Technology Review
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I’ve Changed My Mind

“the practice of reading the early church fathers has a notorious track record for causing Protestants to convert to Catholicism, so much so that some Protestants discourage reading them altogether”

Three things happened on October 31st:
  • On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg, initiating the Protestant Reformation.
  • On October 31st, 2007, I was induced by a friend of a relative to “accept Christ,” thus marking the beginning of my eleven year journey into Evangelical Protestantism (you can read all about that story here)
  • And now, on October 31st 2018, that journey has reached its end. Today, I am announcing that I am returning to my original childhood faith, which is Catholicism.
All right, now that that’s out, I’m sure many of you reading this right now are surprised. If you met me anytime during the last eleven years, you would know me as someone with a knack for doing Christian apologetics, since I’ve written many articles, given many presentations, and even participated in three Christian-Muslim debates. You would…

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A Bygone Era

Celine Lockie and I collaborated to evoke the feel of post-Flapper style.

“Summer in the city”

Summer in the city

“A bygone era”

“In the park”

“At the resort”

“In the garden”

“Vintage Hollywood”

Timeless elegance

Apple has released Time Capsule and AirPort updates for KRACK vulnerabilities

“All users with AirPort Base Stations or Time Capsules should download and install these as soon as possible”

The Eclectic Light Company

Apple has today released firmware updates for Time Capsules and AirPort Base Stations which address the vulnerabilities known as KRACK.

Firmware update 7.6.9 is available for AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsules with 802.11n; 7.7.9 is for AirPort Extreme and Time Capsules with 802.11ac.

All users with AirPort Base Stations or Time Capsules should download and install these as soon as possible, using AirPort Utility for macOS or iOS. If you cannot obtain the update, check that you are running the current version of the utility. The macOS version is installed with macOS updates, but for iOS it is available in the iOS App Store.

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Mary Did Know, Yes, She Totally Knew

“Yes, Mary knew, and we should love her even more because she did.”

Amazing Nearness

It’s almost that time of year again, when Protestants roll out the statues of saints (nativity scenes) and sing about Mary. Well, actually just one song about Mary. The ever-popular Mary, Did You Know.   So let’s just clear things up right now so no one can claim ignorance; Mary, Did You Know is heretical nonsense. Seriously, stop singing it and pray for the poor soul who wrote it.

Apparently, some explanation is warranted as I can already hear the music being cued up in every Baptist church in town. Yes, dear friends, it is heretical for both Bible-Only Christians (most Protestants) as well as, and especially, faithful Catholics.

Sola Scriptura Christians are fairly quick to demand chapter and verse support for every Catholic teaching (yes, they do exist, all of them in fact). The Bible they claim is the only authority and source of truth, overlooking of course that…

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Calgary Herald discredits itself by publishing absurd claims not based in fact

And people still wonder why the mainstream media is so untrustworthy?

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I can’t decide whether the media is just lazy in their failure to do proper research or whether they are deliberately deceptive in how they are framing Bill 24.

Either way, they discredit themselves and should be ashamed by their blatant disregard for providing accurate information to the public.

Here is an excerpt from a Calgary Herald article called “Stumble on GSAs could come back to haunt Kenney” (originally titled “Misrepresenation (sic) of GSAs muddies debate, traps UCP”), followed by the personal message I sent to its author Mr. Rob Breakenridge and the Calgary Herald Managing Editor.

There was one UCP amendment voted down last week. Yet that motion merely proposed addressing a bizarre conspiratorial hypothetical about GSAs potentially teaching sex ed curriculum and then doing so without parents’ awareness.

Even Kenney himself suggested GSAs are teaching curriculum and even raised the prospect of five-year-olds being…

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The deception of Premier Rachel Notley as NDP pushes through secrecy law

“As it stands now, Bill 24 – which would legally forbid schools from sharing information with parents about their own child – includes no age restrictions.”

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Albertans deserve better than a premier who blatantly lies to them or is so incompetent that she can’t get her facts straight, especially when it comes to the care of children in Alberta schools and the dangerous amendments proposed by Bill 24.

Here is an excerpt from yesterday in the Legislature (see Hansard for Nov 8th, page 1845):

[Ms Notley:]…The fourth objection that was brought forward, Madam Speaker, by the new leader of the party of the members opposite was that somehow this bill will mean that children as young as five will form GSAs. Now, it’s hard to know where to begin with that claim. We know already that Mr. Kenney did not consult with young adults and teenagers who are members of the LGBTQ community. It is clear as well, apparently, that he’s never actually spoken to a fiveyear- 

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Bill 24: NDP seek to control schools and isolate children

“It is essential the parents of Alberta stand against the bullying tactics of the Ministry of Education to reclaim their position as the primary caregivers and educators of their children and insist that schools be given the freedom to partner with parents to ensure the highest standard of safety and care for all Alberta students.”

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*This message is being shared with permission from a Parents for Choice in Education email/blog article

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On Thursday November 2nd, Minister Eggen introduced Bill 24, which would – if passed – enforce secrecy, strip professional decision-making authority, remove sexual content opt-out provisions and replace a parent’s loving care with the strong arm of the state, all under the coercion, consultation and supervision of a select few.

After reading the proposed legislation, we have identified the following five key concerns.

1) Enforced secrecy with no stated exceptions

Bill 24 states that parent notification would be limited only to the fact that a club will be established or an associated school-wide activity will take place:

(6) The principal is responsible for ensuring that notification, if any, respecting a voluntary student organization or an activity referred to in subsection (1) is limited to the fact of the establishment of…

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Will you support politicians who fundraise for organizations that provide sexually graphic material to kids?

“Politicians who openly fundraise for organizations that provide such horrendously inappropriate material to K-12 students should be held accountable.”

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Let’s recap a series of events from several months ago.

In March 2017 I published a blog article exposing how the GSA Network website, organized by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) at the University of Alberta, included many community support links for K-12 children that led directly to sexually graphic material.

There were links to buy sex toys, images of naked men being tied up and flogged and advice to “pay for porn” – all easily accessible with 1-2 clicks from the government-funded and recommended site.

Following massive public outrage, the government ensured links were removed.

However, despite the fact that iSMSS severely violated the public trust and endangered the safety of children, the government still entrusts them with a tremendous position of trust, authority and direct access to K-12 students in Alberta schools.

And even more alarming is that politicians continue to flock…

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