Yearly Archives: 2011

114: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Four) – Greenspan’s Gobbledygook

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith a focus on the bizarre dialect of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, I discuss the fourth form of doublespeak: Gobbledygook and Bureaucratese. Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak Greenspan describes Greenspeak, Fedspeak ...

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113: Punished By Elves?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadI try to record an installment of School Sucks At the Movies, and fail completely. Enjoy the results! What derailed me? The story of a new Christmas craze: The Elf On the Shelf Bumper Music: "Reading Time With Pickle" Regina Spektor Look Closer: Lesson 28: Elf on the Shelf -- Innocent Holiday Whimsy or Dangerous Informant? by Jenny Lawson http://thestir.cafemom.com/big_kid/130507/lesson_28_elf_on_the/ Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/pdf/Punished%20by%20Rewards.pdf The Magic of Pronouns: Tips For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals (...and Ron Paul)

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SCHOOL SUCKS: Pronoun Magic! Tips For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals

"We" is a powerful and dangerous word.  And peaceful people should avoid using it when talking about the actions of violent strangers. Imagine you lived in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang... What if you started using first-person plural pronouns, like "we," "us'" and "our" when discussing the gang and their activities, even though you were not in the gang, you didn't know anyone in the gang, and no one in the gang knew or cared about you? Is it possible this linguistic programming could eventually lead you to identify with the gang and accepting their activities? Or resistance to the idea that what they were doing was wrong?  What if everybody in the neighborhood started doing this? Based ...

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112: Guns and Robots – My Trip To Plymouth State College

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today I recap my recent trip to Plymouth State College on Friday, December 9th, 2011. I attended a demonstation organized by two Free-Staters, one former police and another former military, aiming to raise awareness about the illegality of the university's gun prohibition policy. Although the student reaction was mixed, I had several thoughts stemming from my observation of a "silent protest" in favor of the policy, and gun prohibition in general. Topic: College professors and their minions. Bumper Music: "Good Times, Bad Times (Cover)" Phish, Live In Granville, OH 12/1/92 School Sucks Links: WATCH: I Could Just Murder You: A History of Government on Earth SUBSCRIBE: School Sucks Podcast You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/schoolsuckspodcast ...

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SCHOOL SUCKS: I Could Just Murder You (A History of Government on Earth)

A rapid-fire look at the various threats, myths, excuses, promises and threats (again) the power-hungry relied upon throughout history, and how they were mostly laughed into non-existence by an increasingly rational civilization. Taken from School Sucks Podcast Episode 041: The Natural State? From the series, American History F'ed http://edu-lu-tion.com/podcasts/series_american_history_fed All Podcasts: http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/

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111 (School News #7): Community Outraged By Teacher Who Tells Kids the Truth

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrom the New York Post (which is not a good newspaper): Elementary School Teacher Tells Kids There's No Santa Claus By Todd Venezia and Jennifer Bain Even the Grinch wouldn’t be this mean. A sourpuss teacher in Rockland County ruined Christmas for a class full of second-graders this week, when she told them that there is no Santa Claus during a lesson about the North Pole. The evil educator even told the youngsters — mostly 7- and 8-year-olds — that the presents under their trees were put out by their parents, and not St. Nick. Read More here... Video:

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110: School Sucks At the Movies (#1) – The Cartel

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we'll discuss sound, the f-word in Christmas songs and a documentary called The Cartel. This film looks at various levels of corruption in the government school system, primarily using New Jersey as a case study. The filmmaker, Bob Bowden supports voucher programs and the expansion of charter schools. Although I have always opposed vouchers as a "solution" to a "problem," the stories in the film got me thinking about this issue in new ways. However, I am still not a proponent of vouchers. Look Closer: The Cartel Website Home An Unfavorable Review of The Cartel http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2009/10/the_cartel_movie_review_docume.html $700 Billion Bank Bailout was Secretly $7 Trillion http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/q42011/700-billion-dollar-bank-bailout-was-secretly-7-trillion571/

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109: Homeschool Oversight and Regulation?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLaurette Lynn and I discuss homeschooling with Professor Robert Kunzman. From unpluggedmom.com: Dr. Robert Kunzman, associate professor at Indiana University teaches courses related to secondary education curriculum and instruction, including an ongoing seminar in the Community of Teachers Program. Professor Kunzman has conducted independent research on homeschooling. You can review his work on his website. Professor Kunzman’s book Write These Laws On Your Children is also available. While he supports home education as a reasonable option, he does still feel that home ed families should be supervised and subject to standards and regulation by the board of education. It’s for the protection of the children. Now anyone familiar with me and Unplugged Mom already ...

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108 (Supplemental): Free Radical Radio With John Kurtz

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrom freeradicalorlando.com: Free Radical Radio with John Kurtz and Whitcomb Kincaid, Broadcasted Monday thru Friday at 7PM on 810 AM WEUS Orlando’s Real Talk is one of the most unique and informative talk-radio shows on Central Florida Radio. Premiering in September of 2011, this refreshing program breaks away from the typical Conservative – Liberal Paradigm and discusses the issues of the day in a truthful, no holds barred approach. The program has grown a very large following with its in depth and firsthand knowledge and experiences of its hosts, providing an entertaining yet thought provoking radio experience. Free Radical Radio is one of the most active and interactive local Orlando talk shows with a ...

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106: A Young Person’s Guide To Politics (Appendix A) – Ron Paul, The Final Fantasy

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOver two years ago, we discussed the futility and the dangers associated with believing in the possibility government solutions to government problems. Today, there are two growing movements that may lure young people into the cage match of political participation. Critical Thinking Question: How are we going to get all of the corruption, and abuse, and predation out of our government? Followed by some other questions that make equally as much sense (none). Topic: Stephanie Murphy and George Mandrik join me to discuss their experiences and lessons learned from the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential Campaign. We also ruminate on what motivates people to participate in politics in the first place. Bumper Music: "Angry Young ...

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Wheels Off Liberty #95

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe guys find a hidden recording of Mike's Little Book About Liberty and then they talk about the presidential debate. Jamie then decides to endorse snuff dipping for young children. Related PostsWheels Off Liberty #9397Jamie and Brett review Tarrin Lupo's children's book and then talk about the debt ceiling and the failed drug war.Tags: talk, book, jamie, liberty, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9097The guys talk about a bunch of nonsense before addressing the fan that died watching the Texas Rangers game and people loosing their minds demanding new laws for safety.Tags: talk, guys, liberty, wheels, crane, jamieWheels Off Liberty #9196The fellas review a few of the calls they received praising their new cleaner format ...

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Wheels Off Liberty #94

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrett and Jamie have a call from Marcus Bachmann. They then discuss drug testing for welfare and the media ignoring Ron Paul. Related PostsWheels Off Liberty #9298The guys talk a bunch of non-sense before they discuss military donations to Ron Paul, a town in Arkansas that prohibits people from talking about government and some kids getting arrested by big bad cops in OKC.Tags: liberty, discuss, paul, ron, wheels, crane, jamieWheels Off Liberty #9379Jamie and Brett review Tarrin Lupo's children's book and then talk about the debt ceiling and the failed drug war.Tags: drug, jamie, liberty, brett, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9578The guys find a hidden recording of Mike's Little Book About Liberty and then ...

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Wheels Off Liberty #93

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJamie and Brett review Tarrin Lupo's children's book and then talk about the debt ceiling and the failed drug war. Related PostsWheels Off Liberty #9197The fellas review a few of the calls they received praising their new cleaner format then talk a bit about Ademo Voluntaryist Freeman and Pete Voluntaryist Eyre before rambling like idiots about the debt ceiling.Tags: ceiling, debt, review, liberty, talk, wheels, crane, jamieWheels Off Liberty #9597The guys find a hidden recording of Mike's Little Book About Liberty and then they talk about the presidential debate. Jamie then decides to endorse snuff dipping for young children.Tags: liberty, jamie, talk, book, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9097The guys talk about a bunch of ...

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105: Two-Year Anniversary/Unplugged Mom Roundtable

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday School Sucks is two years old! Or it enters the "terrible twos" as parents who don't like hearing "no" to their commands, declarations of self-ownership, or questions about their authority usually call it. This morning I participated in a round table on Unplugged Mom Radio. Laurette Lynn was commemorating the one-year anniversary of her show today. From Unplugged Mom: Join Laurette Lynn and the eclectic panel of voices to commemorate one year of the Unplugged Mom Show! Strong voices in Home Ed and Ed reform join us for this informative and fun show covering a range of topics and issues related to how we learn, how society is affected by education and all ...

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104: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Three) – Legalese v. Curiosity and Critical Thought

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMarc Stevens, author of Adventures In Legal Land and host of the No State Project, joins me to illuminate the dark and bizarre world of the so-called justice system. With this focus on law and the courts, we discuss the second form of doublespeak: jargon. Marc also explains his Socratic approach to defending against the doublespeak of lawyers, judges and tax collectors. "Doublespeak is not lying, nor is it merely sloppy language. It is the intentional use of euphemisms, synonyms, jargon, and vagueness which pretends to communicate but really does not, or implies the opposite of what it would appear to communicate." -Metta Winte Bumper Music: "One Million Lawyers" Tom Paxton Look Closer: The ...

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Wheels Off Liberty #92

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe guys talk a bunch of non-sense before they discuss military donations to Ron Paul, a town in Arkansas that prohibits people from talking about government and some kids getting arrested by big bad cops in OKC. Related PostsWheels Off Liberty #9498Brett and Jamie have a call from Marcus Bachmann. They then discuss drug testing for welfare and the media ignoring Ron Paul.Tags: ron, paul, discuss, liberty, jamie, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9078The guys talk about a bunch of nonsense before addressing the fan that died watching the Texas Rangers game and people loosing their minds demanding new laws for safety.Tags: people, talk, guys, liberty, bunch, wheels, crane, jamieWheels Off Liberty #9578The guys find ...

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103: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Two) – The Cacophemism

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith a focus on the intellectually insulting tactics of the mainstream media, I discuss an often overlooked form of doublespeak: the cacophemism (aka malphemism or dysphemism). In language, dysphemism (from the Greek dys δύς "mis-" and pheme φήμη "reputation"), malphemism (in Latin malus "bad"), and cacophemism (in Greek kakos κακός "bad") refer to the usage of an intentionally harsh word or expression instead of a polite one. -Wikipedia Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what ...

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102: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part One) – The Euphemism

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith a focus on the misleading and manipulative language of the military, I discuss the first form of doublespeak: the euphemism. Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak Government by Euphemism, by Sheldon Richman ...

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Wheels Off Liberty #91

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe fellas review a few of the calls they received praising their new cleaner format then talk a bit about Ademo Voluntaryist Freeman and Pete Voluntaryist Eyre before rambling like idiots about the debt ceiling. Related PostsWheels Off Liberty #9397Jamie and Brett review Tarrin Lupo's children's book and then talk about the debt ceiling and the failed drug war.Tags: ceiling, debt, talk, jamie, liberty, review, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9596The guys find a hidden recording of Mike's Little Book About Liberty and then they talk about the presidential debate. Jamie then decides to endorse snuff dipping for young children.Tags: liberty, jamie, talk, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9096The guys talk about a bunch of nonsense ...

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101: Unschooling Liberty – The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKelly Halldorson from unschoolbus.com joins me to discuss her family's unschooling awakening. Kelly and her husband Jeff are the parents of three unschooled teenagers. We also cover the reactions and judgements of others, the challenges, travels on the Unschool Bus and the successes of liberty-minded parenting. Correction: Northeast Unschooling Conference, not New England Unschooling Conference Look Closer: unschoolbus.com http://kelly.halldorson.com/blog/ Northeast Unschooling Conference http://www.northeastunschoolingconference.com/ porcfest.com Homepage

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Wheels Off Liberty #90

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe guys talk about a bunch of nonsense before addressing the fan that died watching the Texas Rangers game and people loosing their minds demanding new laws for safety. Related PostsWheels Off Liberty #9597The guys find a hidden recording of Mike's Little Book About Liberty and then they talk about the presidential debate. Jamie then decides to endorse snuff dipping for young children.Tags: liberty, jamie, guys, talk, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9397Jamie and Brett review Tarrin Lupo's children's book and then talk about the debt ceiling and the failed drug war.Tags: talk, jamie, liberty, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #9196The fellas review a few of the calls they received praising their new cleaner format then ...

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100: Brett Sucks Podcast (Outtakes, Discarded Rants, and Failures From the First 100 Episodes)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWARNING: Explicit Content While the title is self-explanatory, this is a somewhat symbolic show. Most of this material was originally discarded because I found it to be too negative. At this point, I'd like to turn another corner, and start producing a generally more positive and constructive product. In the first 100 shows, with regard to criticism of the state and its schools, few stones were left unturned. We've covered these problems in great detail, often with a very negative tone. This show represents a purging of that negativity, a purging of the spotlight on problems, and a transition to a greater focus on the important work that still lies ahead: to redefine "education." ...

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Remedy Radio Episode 007 – Brett Veinotte

Remedy Radio Episode 007 - an interview with Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project and School Sucks Podcast http://SchoolSucksProject.com In this interview, we discuss the nature of the compulsory school system, and why it shouldn't be reformed, but scrapped and replaced with something completely different. Be sure to visit Remedy Radio's partners and affiliate sites! http://Farmaseed.com http://TragedyandHope.com http://PeaceRevolution.com http://HijackingHumanity.com http://DVCMediaGroup.com http://GnosticMedia.com And listen to or download this episode as an MP3 at http://RemedyRadio.com

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