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August 09, 2017

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 narciso.

How is that different than say MSNBC on the subject

Captain Hate

Levin was skewering all Trump's predecessors who brought us to this point, including JOM RINO fave, Condoleeza Rice.

 narciso.

Atomics level snarl is authorized
https://mobile.twitter.com/omriceren/status/895115867826139136?p=v

Janet the expert 🚬

I guess he shoulda used Dem words like cockholster or teabagger...& then thrown in some okie-dokes & a hundred or so if,if, if, if, if, if, if,.....

Now THAT would be classy, erudite statesmanship.

Janet the expert 🚬

A real leader....

Okey doke: Obama struggles with his words when tackling Donald Trump in a speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-66xJLd6Z0

Dave (in MA)

If, if, if, if, if, if, if, if, if North Korea makes any more threats to the United States they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen, okie doke.

Janet the expert 🚬

or, or, or, or, or, or,or,or, or...I'll send them pallets of cash.

 narciso.

This day in Doha danegeld:

The torygraph throws the propaganda file.

Ralph L

offweing is better
Much better than onweing

Ralph L

The article about D Donuts experimenting with a new name shows the old one. This story at Breitbart isn't about that but shows the new sign.

Ralph L

Where is the Night Shift?
The men's room needs cleaning.

David, Internet Deplorable

While we're speaking of musician jokes, not sure if it was here I heard this or not, but actually, I don't care, because I am going to inflict it on you anyway.

How do you keep a banjo player from drowning?

A: Take your foot off his head.

David

Miss Marple

Well, I see nothing has blown up yet.

Back after I get some coffee.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

The Daily Caller‏Verified account @DailyCaller

Jeb Bush Says Trump’s Presidency Has Been ‘Exhausting’ http://trib.al/XaIXMXd
===============
Baby Goat Alliance‏ @AceofSpadesHQ 6h6 hours ago

Low-Energy Jeb admits he's exhausted

Miss Marple the Deplorable

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/09/french-soldiers-hit-vehicle-paris/

Six French soldiers deliberately mowed down by a BMW. Two seriously injured.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/08/09/more-granules-friends-with-benefits-quiet-activity-appears-after-phone-calls/#more-136950

This is an interesting discussion of President Trump's use of trade as a negotiating tool in foreign policy.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/court-slams-epa-rule-key-to-obamas-climate-agenda/article/2630923

Miss Marple the Deplorable

I have to tell you, my opinion of Mike Huckabee has improved tremendously.

Gov. Mike Huckabee‏Verified account @GovMikeHuckabee 59m59 minutes ago

Wake up! I will be on all 3 hrs w/ @MariaBartiromo on @FoxBusiness from 6-9am ET. Not talking, but serving coffee and pastries to guests.

anonamom

Could all this helicopter traffic over the lake the past week is related to the stuff I'm reading about?
Anybody got decent military ties?

Wonder if the guy with the beer shop in town would know anything...

rse

MM-the ozone depleting scam was essentially a test drive for the desired global cooperation that would be key to what kyoto pushed 5 years later.

And to go back to my discussion with cboldt yesterday and my most recent post, they were all engineered by elites who knew full well that the Berlin wall would be coming down and that it was the west that really needed perestroika. Plenty of confessions of all this exist.

Adding to the sight reading music discussion, the diva learned taking piano from an early age and then when she started doing all-state chorus she got much better at it. In high school though, if you cannot sight read it gets increasingly difficult to make all-state. So she tries to teach her friends to read music and literally is having coaching sessions at my house.

She didn't understand why it was so hard for them. I had to explain that since I taught her to read phonetically she always grasped that letters were symbols for sounds. That was the logic I always stressed--"letters do not have sounds so much as sounds have letters and there are about 42 sounds in the English language, even in the South."

Her friends had largely learned to sight read words so they couldn't simply grasp the symbols of music as another code for sound. It was an interesting discussion because how you are taught to read does rewire the brain which is actually a primary reason whole language was invented. She thought at first I was criticizing her friends and she takes the ability to read anything for granted.

My point is that between how reading is now taught, the increasing rarity of band and chorus in elementary schools, and the cost of private lessons with other things in the budget reading music can only become even more rare.

rse

I am sitting in this rain pocket in atlanta where 3 to 4 inches must have come down in the last two hours. What a tragically messy commute this will be.

Even if it's not widespread the pocket is on and close to the 400/285 interchange so the snarls will affect areas not getting this level of rainfall.

a'mom-what are you reading? I have connections but mutes are more forthcoming with my intuiting skills from just a bit of info.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

rse,

Both of my children learned to read before entering kindergarten. My son was self-taught watching Sesame Street and Bill Cosby's old "Electric Company" back in the early 70's. He put together what he learned on TV with what he observed and soon was reading signs on stores, newspaper headlines, etc. I also took him to the library constantly, so by the time he entered kindergarten he was reading at about 5th grade level.

Daughter was also taught phonetically, although I did it myself. We read books like Richard Scarry and I would show her how to sound out words. She also was well above grade level in reading when she started kindergartenl.

With my daughter I was REALLY glad I had done that, because I went to a parents' day program and discovered they had gone back to sight reading! I was horrified!

Both of my children read for entertainment and I am so thankful I did that. My son was also a good musician and could both sight read on the piano and French horn.

Captain Hate

Levin to McTurtle: By this time in 1981 Reagan's tax cuts were passed with a Democrat controlled House.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4772680/Amazon-s-audiobooks-DOGS-calm-home-alone.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline

I always just left talk radio on.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

http://nypost.com/2017/08/08/mormon-church-leader-excommunicated-for-first-time-in-decades/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow&sr_share=twitter

This is decidedly odd.

Janet the expert 🚬

https://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2017/08/09/how-did-the-dems-it-scandal-suspects-get-here-n2366294

"Who sponsored these young foreign techies and chose them to do work in our nation's capital doing a job that countless young Americans are qualified to do?"

rse

How many people recognize the seemingly innocuous word 'resilience' as code for politically engineered racial equity imposed at the local level?

http://www.100resilientcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Boston-Resilience-Strategy-Reduced-PDF.pdf

Jack is Back!

Keep eyes on Guam, Anderson AFB in particular as well as any movement of B1B Lancers out of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, and Dyess in Texas. Big tell tale is B2 movement out of Whiteman in MO. If agentJ was still around he could tell us since he lived in its flight path.

Carrier groups and subs already in place. But it will be B2's and F117' s first in. Then all hell breaks loose. Very surgical.

But it won't happen. China can't afford it.

Threadkiller

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2017/08/licenses-id-cards-sold-illegal-aliens-corrupt-state-workers-used-voter-fraud/

If they had a Whitehouse Xerox Multitask Workcenter, they could have made legitimate images of a purported ID.

Threadkiller

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764208/Child-miners-aged-four-living-hell-Earth.html

I'm considering printing out a single page version of this to place under windshield wipers in the eco-fruitcake part of town.

Buckeye

But it won't happen. China can't afford it.

The US media wishes Trump was never elected. President Xi really wishes Trump was never elected.

Threadkiller

https://m.townhall.com/tipsheet/laurettabrown/2017/08/08/gorka-explains-use-of-term-radical-islamic-terrorism-to-msnbc-you-dont-call-cancer-the-flu-n2366212

The dummies essentially say that he shouldn't call it what he calls it because it doesn't matter.

If it doesn't matter they why do they care?

#RadicalizedMedia

Tom Maguire

If - IF - Trump can convince Chinese leadership that the risks of their current path have been misunderestimated they may change course.

The deal that would work for them doesn't include a unified democracy under SoKo leadership on their border.

So let them orchestrate regime change - the Divine Mr. Kim out, some sensible generals in.

As to the power structure in NoKo and whether anyone has the resources (including intel) to pull that off, who knows? But if it can be done the Chinese are the ones who can do it.

Of course, an alternative Chinese strategy is to persuade their US counterparts that regime change is not do-able. Then we all find out whether anyone is bluffing.

Buckeye

TM, If the Divine Mr. Kim wakes up dead soon, you can assume Xi blinked.

Ralph L

WRT Paris, a decade ago, the EU instituted pedestrian crash standards for automobiles. I hope it helped.

Clarice Feldman

Figure this one out-https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/08/donald-trump-exchanged-private-messages-special-counsel-mueller/547917001/

We have no idea what's going on--we are prisoners in the cave watching what's projected on the wall, I think.

sbw

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the USS Pueblo just slipped its moorings and drifted out to sea.

As a step towards better relations.

--
Democrat timeline:
LBJ - USS Pueblo
Bill Clinton - Agreed Framework and Sunshine Policy = toleration of NK military first
Obama - Strategic Patience = anything goes

In the middle, GWBush tried UN sanctions.

Captain Hate

Weekly Tammy:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/9/caitlyn-jenner-hat-crime-draws-internets-ire/

Old Lurker

Truest words in a long long time, from Clarice:

"We have no idea what's going on--we are prisoners in the cave watching what's projected on the wall, I think."

henry

OL, and none of the projectors have any access to reality... or simply reject reality for their own reasons.

 narciso.

Maybe o'dowd is not keyed in to the grander strategy. I got nuthin.

rse

Social construction of Reality as Peter Berger's book put it on how people can be made to believe and act on things that are not true.

Berger also was the co-author of the Mediating Structures Project, but those write-ups rarely mention some of his other writings lest someone grasp we are looking at a wall of deliberately manipulated images.

Congress and Mike Lee in particular have been trumpeting Mediating Structures recently while leaving out the parts of the story that would let us recognize what they have been doing to the lenses we are supposed to be using.

henry

Skinner boxes through narrative. look at Google

James D.

So here's a question: can the Google guy sue CNN for defamation?

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/tom-blumer/2017/08/08/cnn-reporter-lies-about-and-smears-now-fired-google-engineers-echo

Since the full text of his actual document was freely and easily available for the CNN "reporter" to read, the fact that she chose to distort and lie about what he said would seem to me to easily fit the definition of actual malice.

And if it doesn't, then maybe we really do need to "open up the libel laws" as President Trump has mentioned on occasion.

rse

It can also happen in the reverse where when I locate a particularly revealing phrase and google takes me to sources the insiders are using with a different phrase because the search engine knows they are equivalent terms.

Skinner never understood constructivism or that his colleagues like jerome bruner were going inside that box. He kept a diary on the 1962 trip APA trip to the USSR. It is very revealing and frequently he seems unaware of what his descriptions are actually.

I love it when I find things like that on the intertubes and it says confidential and do not copy.

BariJerry

Ohhh music jokes!!

How do you get a drummer off your front porch?

Pay him for the pizza!

Jack is Back!

We have no idea what's going on--we are prisoners in the cave watching what's projected on the wall, I think.

Posted by: Clarice Feldman | August 09, 2017 at 08:45 AM

Keep 'em guessing, Donald.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Here is the link to President Trump's Twitter feed. There are 7 tweets this morning. It is instructive to look at what he has retweeted, including the Fox video of his "fire and fury"
statement yesterday. I will copy two original tweets that come at the end.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

Buckeye

Last night after listening to the chatting class on the news speculating about a nuclear attack on the US, Mrs. Buckeye asked "do you think we should get a bunch of cash out of the bank?"

My reactions was to inspect my ammo stash to make sure it is cool and dry.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago

My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before....

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago

...Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!

BariJerry

What do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?

A singer!! (Ba-da-dum! Try the veal...)

henry

Manafort home raided by FBI.

DrJ

What's the definition of a male quartet? Three men and a tenor.

JM Hanes

sbw:

"In the middle, GWBush tried UN sanctions."

GWB insisted on multi-party talks which included China, for which he took a lot of heat. He understood that China & NoKo were the only beneficiaries of the whole "bilateral talk" scam, something that Trump clearly gets. GWB actually managed to drag China, kicking and screaming, to the table for awhile, but I think he basically just gave up on everything but salvaging Iraq during the last two years of his presidency. He ultimately caved to the usual career professionals who brokered the usual can-kicking arrangements in which NoKo got food for the usual empty promises or something. It was a real disappointment.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

I don't think anyone can underestimate the grave harm Hillary Clinton did to attacking Libya and letting (or causing, if you ask me) Ghadaffi to be murdered AFTER he had voluntarily given up his nuclear weapons.

We are in a situation in which the Clintons:
1. Allowed North Korea to get nuclear weapons and
2. Made it unlikely that Kim would voluntarily give them up.

Could anyone have made a worse set of decisions in foreign and military policy?

maryrose

Henry:
You predicted this ala Chisholm.
Are these Obama FBI guys or Those of President Trump.

sbw

MM at 10:12.

+1

henry

Mueller's guys presumably. They grabbed the Don Jr "Russia" meeting notes among other things (leak to WaPo*).

*Our Chitown Lurking friend thinks this is Mueller leaking (a standard move of his). I think it might be a Manafort "send pardon now" message. tbd.

Threadkiller

We have no idea what's going on--we are prisoners in the cave watching what's projected on the wall, I think.

But we do know that the Meerkat YouTube projectionist verified to the afterbirthers that 9 layer cave art should be trusted.

Jane (Stand against the Coup)

Clarice,

My guess is that the Trump communication with Mueller was to offset the rumors of firing him. Bad idea, whatever it was.

Clarice Feldman

jmh--welcome home!

Threadkiller

Sessions will have his hands full when the swamp traders hit the floor.

Is Manafort worth a dropped LoLy-pop?

BariJerry

Definition of Perfect Pitch?
Throwing an oboe in the trash can without hitting the sides!

Difference between an orchestra and a bull?
The bull has horns up front and the ass in the back!

Threadkiller

LOL, BariJerry!

JM Hanes

rse:

Phonetics are great, right up until you start teaching children to write. My daughter could spell anything phonetically, which meant that she had to learn to write all over again, in order to actually communicate effectively on paper. In order to spell correctly and read at speed, especially in English, you very quickly end up needing to recognize whole words, instead of individual letters (one of the reasons we can read right over typos) and then blocks of words on sight. Yes, letters are symbols for sounds, but over time and geography, the sounds also often change while the letters do not. My kids learned to read in very different ways, and I think it's misguided to argue that it's an either or proposition.

 narciso.

Hey Jm how have you been,

JM Hanes

Thanks, Clarice! Am working on getting all my photos processed...

Captain Hate

How was Scotland, JMH?

DrJ

CH, I got your message. Shall I call you at the 7998 number?

JM Hanes

Hey narciso! The kids and I discovered that things in the Scotland are farther away than they seem on a map, so our "road trip" was in actual fact, very much a road trip! Lots of fun, though, and fortunately, with a 10 day forecast of nothing but rain, we only had one inclement afternoon. I must say, I came home understanding why our great great greats etc. left Lewis. Rocks, rocks, rocks and peat, peat, peat. GREAT seafood though, although it's not like all of western Scotland isn't great seafood country.

Captain Hate

Yes, DrJ!

Tom Maguire
I don't think anyone can underestimate the grave harm Hillary Clinton did to attacking Libya and letting (or causing, if you ask me) Ghadaffi to be murdered AFTER he had voluntarily given up his nuclear weapons.

Which reminds me of the classic scene from "A Few Good Secretaries of State":

"Hillary Clinton caused harm to our national interest."
"Grave harm?"
"Is there any other kind?"

I might be misremembering slightly.

But yes, everyone should remember Hillary's fine decision making there.

Ralph L

It wasn't all heather and rocks before the '45!

Pretty sure all my people were lowlanders.

rse

jmh=I think you and I are using the term phonetically differently. When I teach the child is reading anything fluently in a matter of months and then it is not in the way of writing. It's just an initial tool that becomes unconscious. It is that fast acquisition that stunned the experienced Pre1st teachers every time and they would ask me to come in and explain what I had done.

Whole heartedly agree though on learning differently as to different children. Red wanted to see words as a whole in a different way than her brother or sister. I use to tease her to slow down so she'd be able to read books about dinosaurs with weird names.

Even if you want to see whole words, getting the underlying logic is important and none of the schools, public or tony private, were doing that in the mid 90s here in atlanta.

Buckeye

Catching up from last night's music discussion.

I learned to read music at a young age. My mother was a violinist and played in the local symphony (no biggie, a town of 50,000). She taught all of us to play piano and then violin very early, starting about 5 in my case.

The town we lived in had a very active string program in elementary school, run by a guy who played viola in the same orchestra with my mom. He had his "eye on me" from the get go. In 5th grade he ask me to switch to cello, as the school had a limited number of instruments, and wanted them to go to those that presumably had some talent.

I found making the transition to focusing on the bass clef initially a challenge.

Brain needed reprogrammed.

rse

One more point is that even as they were learning to read, we kept reading great stories on the side so my kids always saw reading as a tool so they would be able to read their favorite books to themselves. That made it worth the effort.

Red wanted to be able to read Ursula LeGuin's Catwings series. We kept at the 398.2 books too for years so there was an element of aligning their spoken vocabulary and then the first time they deciphered an unknown word only to realize it was part of their spoken vocabulary. They always thought that was funny and I have a mahogany dictionary stand in my breakfast room to look up words that were not even in their spoken vocabularies. Yet.

DebinGA

Open Court Headway Reading Program, which teaches reading/writing independence by the end of first grade, is available free on-line. I used it with our children, my oldest with our 3 grandkids, and Marva Collins had phenomenal success using it with Chicago's poorest kids.

Eric in Boise

Pay him for the pizza

And what's the difference between said drummer and said pizza?

The pizza can feed a family.

DrJ

What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend? Homeless.

cathyf
But if it can be done the Chinese are the ones who can do it.
Ok, let me run this by you folks and see what you think...

I have maintained all along that Demography Is Destiny, and in China sex-selection abortion and infanticide has engineered a huge shortage of women -- as in 100 million women short. North Korea has women.

So the Red Army invades North Korea, and more importantly has a long occupation. The invasion kills off a chunk of North Korean men. The occupation results in a nice supply chain of food and other supplies flowing into North Korea, which is under control of the Red Army, which China has chosen carefully to be almost exclusively single men.

Let nature take its course.

Within a few months, if not weeks, virtually every Red Army soldier has a North Korean girlfriend, whom he naturally wants to take care of, as well as making sure that her family is ok. Some couples move back to China when the soldier musters out, some stay in North Korea and form the backbone of a reasonable North Korean economy.

Does this sound legit? It solves a global problem for which the world will be extraordinarily grateful to China, but it also solves a big Chinese problem, and in a way that makes the Chinese money...

Dave (in MA)
Manafort home raided by FBI.

Posted by: henry

I wonder if he's suspected of having transphobic thoughts.

Stephanie Puppy Pincushion extraordinaire

What's the definition of a male quartet? Three men and a tenor.

Since our choir was always short tenors and long on altos, I got to sing tenor...

guess that makes me a trannor.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Hey, Stephanie, I sang tenor, too, when I was a Methodist. Same reason!

Ralph L

When O was leading from behind Hillary, I doubt he could see what was happening, but he still gets the blame for Libya.

Ralph L

My sister sang tenor with a community chorus, and she's a soprano (and better than the ones they had, IMO, when she made the effort).

Ralph L

Cathyf, didn't the Japanese finally apologize for doing something similar in their Manchurian invasion? We'd like to think they'd be war brides, but ethnic diversity isn't big in Asia.

daddy

Speaking of Sexism...Brigitte Macron 'will not become France's First Lady', after 280,000 people sign petition to block her

Gee Man

"F.B.I just executed a search warrant on Paul Manafort's home."

just = 2 weeks ago. The day after he voluntarily testified to the Senate. Senate didn't get any dirt so send in the FBI to gather old electric bills and family photos. Oooo, scary. Two weeks later and no leaks regarding docs = nothing found. Plus Manafort, like Hillary, was buds with the Ukrainians (not rooskies). Witch hunt fails again. Waa Waaaaaaa.

JM Hanes

Speaking of phonetics and North Korea….

Great swaths of the world, of course, rely on entirely non-phonetic writing systems, thus allowing the Koreans, for example, to use Chinese characters to represent their own language. It would be interesting to contemplate how that might affect brain development, as Chinese characters have a kind of multi-layered symbolism, depending on how the ideogram is constructed, that simply doesn't exist in a purely phonetic system. Reading was exclusive to the Korean ruling classes (who had the necessary time and considerable instruction it took to learn), until King Sejong the Great invented a purely phonetic alphabet for masses in the 1440s. It's introduction was incredibly controversial at the time, and even today, especially in academic works, you will apparently often find a sprinkling various Chinese characters for various commonly understood conceptual purposes (and in public signage as well).


rse:

"...the underlying logic is important and none of the schools, public or tony private, were doing that in the mid 90s here in atlanta."

I had the opposite experience in NC, where phonetics was emphasized at the ultimate expense of writing skills — all (ironically) in the name of encouraging students to express themselves without having to worry about "correct" spelling. That piper eventually has to be paid, of course, and the longer you put it off, the harder it becomes, imo. I suspect that one of the biggest differences, aside from innate abilities, is the reading-to-your-kids part.

daddy

Good Morning!

So we do pre-Dawn raids on Manaforte but not on the Awan Brothers.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

JM Hanes,

I coached the Spell Bowl team at my grandkids' grade school for 8 years. Spelling in English is an art and I developed several ways to help them master the word list.

One of these was to understand that many English words are derived from foreign words. Thererfore, those words cannot be spelled phonetically. So when my kids were given the word "Chihuahua," they had learned that it was spelled like 'chee-hooah-hooah". Worked like a charm, especially with French derived words, which were always the hardest.

We would usually go over the French derivation words separately, because the list put out by Purdue often had words like filet mignon, crepes suzette, etc. (Helped them if they ever had to read a menu, too.)

Indiana schools emphasize spelling, which many think is archaic due to auto-correct, but as many here have learned, can get you into all sorts of trouble.

maryrose

Daddy:
My thoughts exactly.plus they find 2000 dollars over the limit in the wife's possession and just wave her on through.
They are buying land or having funeral expenses,
Whichever story passes muster to the Feds.
I was in choirs throughout my life and sang alto or soprano.
I cannot read music and had to memorize my parts.
We have a Messiah sing in at Trinity Cathedral every December .
It is wonderful to lean back and get the reinforcement of voices with perfect pitch.

rse

JMH-Red was the only one I later did dictation with when she was about 8 and I would read a passage from Prince Caspian or another book at about the same level and have her write down the words she heard. That and story tapes we would listen to driving to and from Florida got all of them to align what they wrote, read, and spoken language.

I have always thought red would have been at risk for dyslexia if I had not made the logic so explicit or if she had not wanted to read so much. She had been asking me starting at the age of 4 and I told her I would teach her when she started pre1st. She was the youngest with a may b'day so we started that late august. she also wanted to learn to play the piano. I said let's learn the reading first.

In january she announced she could read now and could we find her a piano teacher. We did and later the private school's veteran teacher retired and the new 1st grade teacher tried to tell her she should not be able to read fluently yet and tried to slow her down. Then I had to go visit the school librarian because she wanted her reading books that the other kids were reading. I had to tell her to let her check out whatever she wanted to read.

Then other kids teased her because they assumed she carried thicker story books to show off. We left that school the following year as they were also trying to slow down her older brother as they eliminated ability grouping.

That mentality was not worth what I was paying.

All of my kids say I will be teaching their children too so this is not a traumatic way to teach reading, but then I like languages.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Maryrose,

My technique exactly. I can go off-key if I hear running water. LOL!

I used to position myself next to the guy who sang with the Purdue Glee Club and had perfect pitch. He was loud enough that I wouldn't get lured off-key by the altos.

maryrose

JMH:
Welcome back from your Scotland trip!
I agree with your assessment wrt reading skills .
My sister was a 4th grade teacher for over 30 years.
She says phonics is important as well as spelling and all children learn in different ways.

sbw

the bass clef initially a challenge

Um. It still is. My cello doesn’t like it.

Ralph L

Cathyf adores a minuet, the Ballet Russe, and Crepe Suzette.
But Marple likes to rock and roll, a hot dog makes her lose control. What a crazy pair.

henry

Science is doomed. NCI scientist hid a study showing weed killers do not cause cancer.

maryrose

MM:
My strategy exactly.
I stood next to my best friend who sang professionally.
Singing against competing voices was a challenge especially when we sang combined pieces with. visiting Men's choirs.
Xavier University before it went co-ed, would sing with us.
We even took a road trip in Pennsylvania to sing with other college groups.

Texas Liberty Gal

Speaking of Libya & Hillary Daniel Silva makes a good point in his newest novel - HOUSE OF SPIES

“And what did we do? Did we flood Libya with money and other forms of assistance? Did we hold its hand while it tried to make the transition from a tribal society to a Western-style democracy? No,” said Rousseau, “we did none of those things. In fact, we did almost nothing at all. And what happened as a result of our inaction? Libya became yet another failed state, and ISIS moved into the void.”

Silva, Daniel. House of Spies: A Novel (pp. 115-116). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

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