Nephew’s in 8th grade in a very Trump-y Florida school. [since 7th, he’s made it a point to look at all the voting registrations of his teachers. About 80% Republican, 10% Indy, 10% Democrat, mostly women who talk politics freely in class, argue with students, etc. He likes pointing out that they’re not supposed to talk politics, which eventually stops the worst of it for a while, but they always go back. Two days ago, two class periods in a row one teacher argued with a student about transgender and school sports, having the “only correct opinion” of course, “We Should Not Criticize Our President” — she’s a living meme of typical Trump-y talk] Anyway, this one particular teacher lives directly across the street from a gun range and the kids suspect she gets her anger out about the students by shooting off a few rounds before and after school, but that’s just kid speculation. So, with all that said, Florida’s arming our teachers. With many Florida public schools ALREADY modeled after prisons (architecture, probably the same “preferred builders” that are probably cousins of big politicians too — and mentality)… … I know she’d GLADLY be a prison guard… I mean an armed teacher. All the students will know she’s packing heat and with her temper, it’s not threats from the outside that’s a worry. Our schools recently had a BIG outflow of teachers to a county offering better cost of living, so they’re busy hiring temps. I think some that are left behind are angry they couldn’t take advantage of moving (mortgage, church, partner and kids can hold you from freedom of movement, so you just have to shut up and take it). So, all I know is: It’s only rosy in a theoretical picture. Knowing real kids that are now LAB RATS in an artificially constructed political social experiment that could result in their termination from within the cage is a bit harrowing. But, politicians gotta play, and there’s big $$$ for them to make.

Nephew’s in 8th grade
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The author of this portion, I love. “The version of the paradox above is anachronistic, because it presupposes the definition of the ordinals due to John von Neumann, under which each ordinal is the set of all preceding ordinals, which was not known at the time the paradox was framed by Burali-Forti. “

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Part of the trouble with showing the real you, is knowing what that is. I believe fully in the importance of “be yourself!”. But I also know there are social and practical limitations to that. I think a lot depends upon how you interpret “the real you”. Is it urges and whims? Or is that more “animal side”? Is it giving opinions? That can get you in trouble quickly, especially if you express an opinion (“what I REALLY think”) that you don’t hold TOO strongly but will cause irreversible social damage such as loss of trust in you. Is it sharing your deepest feelings and “craziest ideas”? That may be safer and probably a bit closer to what I think of as showing “the real you”. But that carries a danger of your own heart being broken and your enthusiasm crushed. I think it comes to this: Whenever you communicate, you’re putting what you say in a vulnerable position: and that is, of being judged. Being judged can be shallow – such as based upon what you say – or deep, judging your worth as a human being. So, that’s why I think of “the real you” instead as “vulnerable mask”. It’s a facet of yourself that you keep hidden or obscured in some way. Yet, I think it’s possible to be “as transparent as possible”, with whatever code you’re communicating in. Right now, for example, I’m talking in the “code” of an “authority on a subject”. It encourages those who read this to think, “Hey, he’s pretty smart”. Is this a mask? In a sense, it is. Actually, yes, it is a mask. But it’s also transparent as I’m expressing what I want to say but through a code that I think will be readily accepted.

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Hell 01070407n is semantically closest to The mind 02n Oaths 02080701n is semantically closest to Society 03n I love the classification used by the “Historic Thesaurus” as it is based upon semantic similarity. I’m analyzing it (using Excel of course) to find which categories are FURTHEST AWAY from their PARENT category and CLOSEST TO the next PARENT category.

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I dare anyone to strip away the Zig Ziglar-esque / AA / corporate proverbial wisdom — none of which is awful in itself THAT’S WHY IT’S ALWAYS POPULAR — from Jordan P and see what’s left over. What’s left when he’s NOT talking about cleaning your room or “fulfilling your destiny”?

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