Yearly Archives: 2013

221: Home Trivium Roundtable (With Laurette Lynn and Justin Arman)

"...the truth is that you can't homeschool. You can't. Nobody can do school but school. However, the good news is that you are not supposed to do school. You are supposed to do life." - Laurette Lynn Topic: I join Laurette Lynn (Unplugged Mom) and Justin Arman (Parents For Liberty) to discuss the incorporation of the trivium into home education, flexibility in the learning environment, and how to coexist with people who don't seem to mind living in an authoritarian world. Laurette Lynn Justin Arman Look Closer: Laurette's Website - http://www.laurettelynn.com/ Gatto: The Underground History of American Education - http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/chapters/index.htm Don't Do Drugs, Stay Out of School - http://www.laurettelynn.com/book/DDDSOOS_Sample.pdf Parents For Liberty - http://parentsforliberty.org/ Trivium Education - http://www.triviumeducation.com/ Please Support ...

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After School Sucks Special 5-16-13

Jeff Bliss update - the dangers of sugar-free candies - Shameless - names that are ruined forever by the people who had them - corn substitutes - low-carb pita recipes - interactions with the chat Related PostsAfter School Sucks Special 8-2-1392Fielding questions from the chat...Tags: chat, sucks, special, school, a/vHacky Sack 8-24-1390Tags: a/vPre-Show 7-26-1290The line of obedience.Tags: a/vPre-Show 9-13-1289Show prep and 9/11 talk.Tags: a/vPre-Show 8-2-1289Preparing for the idea of doing a solo show.Tags: a/v

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220: Is the Internet Giving People ADHD?

No. And I have a few problems with that question. Recorded live 5-16-13 with Osborne and Andre (NotesForRobots.com). Topic: Our discussion grows out of a video called Why Our Brains Get Addicted to the Internet (and How to Avoid It). We spend the live portion of the podcast evaluating our issues with and strategies for focusing while working online. Brett's Introduction: (START - 18:21) When ADHD has Nowhere to Hide - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/culturally-speaking/201305/when-adhd-has-nowhere-hide Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201203/why-french-kids-dont-have-adhd INVENTOR OF ADHD'S DEATHBED CONFESSION: "ADHD IS A FICTITIOUS DISEASE" - http://www.worldpublicunion.org/2013-03-27-NEWS-inventor-of-adhd-says-adhd-is-a-fictitious-disease.html Live Portion: (18:21 - 73:29) MEMORY CONSOLIDATION - http://www.human-memory.net/processes_consolidation.html Self-regulated Learning - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-regulated_learning SSRI Stories - http://ssristories.com/ Carb Nite! - http://carbnite.com/ Non-Live Addition: (73:29 - END) How to ...

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Full Video – 220: Is the Internet Giving People ADHD?

No. And I have a few problems with that question. Recorded live 5-16-13 with Osborne and Andre (NotesForRobots.com). Topic: Our discussion grows out of a video called Why Our Brains Get Addicted to the Internet (and How to Avoid It). We spend the live portion of the podcast evaluating our issues with and strategies for focusing while working online. Brett's Introduction: (START - 18:21) When ADHD has Nowhere to Hide - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/culturally-speaking/201305/when-adhd-has-nowhere-hide Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201203/why-french-kids-dont-have-adhd INVENTOR OF ADHD'S DEATHBED CONFESSION: "ADHD IS A FICTITIOUS DISEASE" - http://www.worldpublicunion.org/2013-03-27-NEWS-inventor-of-adhd-says-adhd-is-a-fictitious-disease.html Live Portion: (18:21 - 73:29) MEMORY CONSOLIDATION - http://www.human-memory.net/processes_consolidation.html Self-regulated Learning - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-regulated_learning SSRI Stories - http://ssristories.com/ Carb Nite! - http://carbnite.com/ Non-Live Addition: (73:29 - END) How to ...

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Outtakes From Podcast #220 (MP3/36 minutes)

(A/V CLUB) With Osborne and Andre. Racism in porn - Kokesh's March - History Questions - Political debate stories - Job Requirements...and more. Related PostsPre-Show 9-13-1291Show prep and 9/11 talk.Tags: a/vPre-Show 7-26-1291The line of obedience.Tags: a/vPre-Show 5-31-1291Joy and PainTags: a/vHacky Sack 8-24-1391Tags: a/vPreshow 9-20-1290-Celebrity impressions -Discussing I am FisheadTags: a/v

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Pre-Show 5-16-13

Moving sucks - Plato's Cave - Human Race Classifications? - Game of Thrones Updates - ADHD and Adderall Related PostsPre-Show 5-9-1395We discuss Adam Kokesh and the armed march on Washington, Osborne's trunk full of guns, and HBO's Game of Thrones.Tags: game, thrones, pre-show, a/vPre-Show 5-31-1294Joy and PainTags: pre-show, a/vPre-Show 9-13-1294Show prep and 9/11 talk.Tags: pre-show, a/vPre-Show 7-26-1294The line of obedience.Tags: pre-show, a/vPre-Show 8-2-1293Preparing for the idea of doing a solo show.Tags: pre-show, a/v

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219 (Live Show): Reaching Out To A Mentally Ill Childhood Friend

Or at least the story of how I tried... Topics: -How would mental illness be addressed in a voluntary society? -How is it being addressed today? -Condominium collectivism and authoritarianism -SSRIs and depression -positive social media campaigns -FBI terror setups This is an edited version the 4-4-13 live show. School Sucks is live on UStream Thursdays at 6:30pm EST. Co-Hosts: Cory Look Closer: The Appeal To Authority (Defined) http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/appeal-to-authority Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I. - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/terrorist-plots-helped-along-by-the-fbi.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Rich Paul is facing 81 years rather than become an FBI informant - http://www.examiner.com/article/rich-paul-is-facing-81-years-rather-than-become-an-fbi-informant

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After School Sucks Special 5-23-13

Bitcoin talk - Esperanto vs. Klingon - Marc Maron - Errol Flynn, MGM and other movie trivia - TED Talk: Why You Should Love Government - the future of Game of Thrones - a review of Star Trek: Into Darkness - Lil' Dicky Related PostsAfter School Sucks Special (mp3) 5-23-1396Unplugged Mom and the trivium - careful with petitions - terror teens update - teen sex - Bitcoin talk – Esperanto vs. Klingon – Marc Maron – Errol Flynn, MGM and other movie trivia – TED Talk: Why You Should Love Government – the future of Game of Thrones –…Tags: talk, trivia, ted, love, movie, government, flynn, mgm, errol, futurePre-Show 5-9-1392We discuss Adam Kokesh and the armed march on Washington, Osborne's ...

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Pre-Show 5-23-13

Appetizers - IRS - Kokesh updates - JFK admired the Nazis? - Caligula vs. Joffrey Baratheon - What's Bad Quaker all about? I want to collaborate Related PostsPre-Show 9-13-1293Show prep and 9/11 talk.Tags: pre-show, a/vPre-Show 7-26-1293The line of obedience.Tags: pre-show, a/vPre-Show 5-31-1293Joy and PainTags: pre-show, a/vPre-Show 5-24-1292Enemies of Tarrin TupoTags: pre-show, a/vPre-Show 8-9-1292The Wheels Off Liberty theme song.Tags: pre-show, a/v

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Outtakes From Podcast #219 (MP3/60 minutes)

Sixty minutes of additional discussion from podcast #219 (Live Show): Reaching Out To A Mentally Ill Childhood Friend With Cory, recorded 4-4-13 Related PostsPre-Show 5-31-1291Joy and PainTags: a/vPre-Show 1-12-1391First 7 minutes only. The rest is the unedited footage of the the math show.Tags: minutes, a/vPre-Show 9-13-1291Show prep and 9/11 talk.Tags: a/vPre-Show 7-26-1291The line of obedience.Tags: a/vHacky Sack 8-24-1391Tags: a/v

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218: School Vs. Education – With Jeff Bliss

My conversation with Jeff Bliss, the Duncanville High School sophomore who spoke out against the spirit-crushing and mind-numbing monotony of public schooling. Covered: -Jeff Bliss imposters? -The history and agenda of public school -John Dewey -Ron Paul and media manipulation -John Taylor Gatto -the proper Alex Jones dosage -collectivism and using "we" -the futility of reform -the GED and college Bumper Music: Geto Boys, "G Code (Instrumental)" Look Closer: Jeff Bliss Video: Texas High School Student Demands An Education - http://www.policymic.com/articles/40959/jeff-bliss-video-texas-high-school-student-demands-an-education http://TragedyandHope.com - http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING - http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto (Chapter 12 - The Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede, Section 15 - The General Education ...

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217: A Smorgasbord of Topics With Dan Carlin

A long-awaited and frequently-requested discussion with Dan Carlin, the host of the Common Sense and Hardcore History podcasts. Dan was one of the first podcasters I ever listened to on a regular basis. Some of what we discussed: -What happened to the media? -Narrow-casting -Dan's transition from radio to podcasting, how did that happen? -The process for producing Hardcore History -Is history shaped more by philosophy/prevailing ideologies or by accidents/wildcard events? -The dreaded Nazi questions: could happen here? Is it happening here? -An American way to fascism? -Civil Libertarianism vs total libertarianism (personal and economic) -Can we expect to maintain civil liberties with stricter economic controls? -What kinds of people are attracted to political power? -The problems with and politics ...

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After School Sucks Special 5-3-13

Brett is accused by a listener of being in the CIA - celebrities who stand up and speak out - Bill Maher calls the USA a police state - Kerry Gold Related Posts[BONUS] Drive Journal - Day 3579(AUDIO, 43 minutes) -From Ardmore OK to Memphis TN (Recorded while we were leaving Mena AR) -A very sketchy visit to the infamous Mena airstrip that CIA used in 80s cocaine trafficking -Clinton conspiracy theories from the Arkansas day through the present -The wisdom of the Frankfurt School? Click HERE…Tags: brett, school, sucks, cia, a/v

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Terror Teens? (New Studio Test Show 5-3-13)

(A/V Club) Cory and I discuss the recent (and very questionable) arrests of two teens, and take some thoughts from the chat. Related PostsAfter School Sucks Special 4-18-1375Brett's grammar embarrassment - NJ high school students in the chat - misplaced modifiers - Apple devices vs. Android - Boston Marathon bombing - InfoWars - "Why Libertarianism Is So Dangerous" video - 4ChanTags: chat, terrorism, a/v

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Full Video – 216: Assassinations, Bad Weather, Psychedelic Rye and Other Wildcards of History

There's a lot here that didn't make it into the podcast. Recorded live 5-9-13. The one-year anniversary of the School Sucks Live Show Topic: This live show was recorded immediately after my 90-minute discussion with Dan Carlin (coming soon), and the gears of my brain were really turning in different ways. I wanted to discuss methods and theories for examining and interpreting history. Often history is a story told through the "Great" Man Theory, opposed to the Trends and Forces Theory. Reflecting on a series of shows I did about the Nazis, I realize that there is considerable synthesis between the two. This conversation is derailed by silliness a couple of times and also contains non-live portions. Were the Salem ...

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216: Assassinations, Bad Weather, Psychedelic Rye and Other Wildcards of History

Recorded live 5-9-13. The one-year anniversary of the School Sucks Live Show Topic: This live show was recorded immediately after my 90-minute discussion with Dan Carlin (coming soon), and the gears of my brain were really turning in different ways. I wanted to discuss methods and theories for examining and interpreting history. Often history is a story told through the "Great" Man Theory, opposed to the Trends and Forces Theory. Reflecting on a series of shows I did about the Nazis, I realize that there is considerable synthesis between the two. This conversation is derailed by silliness a couple of times and also contains non-live portions. Were the Salem Witch Trials the result of a community-wide psychedelic accident? Bumper Music: ...

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Pre-Show 5-9-13

We discuss Adam Kokesh and the armed march on Washington, Osborne's trunk full of guns, and HBO's Game of Thrones. Related PostsPre-Show 5-16-1395Moving sucks - Plato's Cave - Human Race Classifications? - Game of Thrones Updates - ADHD and AdderallTags: thrones, game, pre-show, a/vPre-Show and After School Sucks Special 5-9-13 (mp3)94PRESHOW: We discuss Adam Kokesh and the armed march on Washington, Osborne’s trunk full of guns, and HBO’s Game of Thrones. AFTERSHOW: Carb Night! - Levi calls (great call!) - Institutionalized "care" - Prescription drugs and kids - My experience working with troubled kidsTags: thrones, game, discuss, adam, kokesh, armed, full, guns, trunk, marchAfter School Sucks Special 6-6-1393Nick form Australia and the “myth” of multitasking – video editing – what ...

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214: Logic Saves Lives Part 11 – Why Logic Alone Is Not Enough (With James Corbett)

Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: A conversation about the importance of defining terms, checking premises and monitoring emotions in the pursuit of truth. -Common logical errors -Free Will vs. Determinism -The Trivium and "pre-packaged" grammar -Pentagon media manipulation -Are humans logical? Look Closer: Free Will: Why Sam Harris needs to read more Philosophy - http://aphilosopherstake.com/2012/07/29/free-will-why-sam-harris-needs-to-read-more-philosophy/ Compatibilism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compatibilism Logical Fallacies Handlist - http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/fallacies_list.html Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will? By EDDY NAHMIAS - http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/is-neuroscience-the-death-of-free-will/ Free Will - Ayn Rand Lexicon - http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/free_will.html 130: Logic Saves Lives (Introduction) – Empowerment and Self-Defense - https://schoolsucksproject.com/130-logic-saves-lives-introduction-empowerment-and-self-defense/ Corbett Report - Episode 239 – ...

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Video: Why Logic Alone Is Not Enough (With James Corbett)

A conversation about the importance of defining terms, checking premises and monitoring emotions in the pursuit of truth. Look Closer: Free Will - Ayn Rand Lexicon - http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/free_will.html 130: Logic Saves Lives (Introduction) – Empowerment and Self-Defense - https://schoolsucksproject.com/130-logic-saves-lives-introduction-empowerment-and-self-defense/ Corbett Report - Episode 239 – Logic Is Not Enough - http://www.corbettreport.com/episode-239-logic-is-not-enough/

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213: Do I Have Aspergers Syndrome?

Picture: Did George Orwell have it too? Recorded live 4-25-13 with Osborne and Tony (the School Sucks Project webmaster). Topic: Our discussion grows out of an Aspergers questionnaire we all took before the show. Tony and I both scored in the Aspergers range and Osborne came in just below it. We spend the show going through the questions and evaluating our related patterns of behaviors and thoughts. Bumper Music: "Uptown Anthem (Instrumental)" Naughty By Nature "Airplane" Widespread Panic "Lonestar" Norah Jones Look Closer: Is Asperger's Overdiagnosed? - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-diary/201202/is-aspergers-overdiagnosed Aspergers and SSRIs? - http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt121964.html Asperger’s History of Overdiagnosis - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/opinion/aspergers-history-of-over-diagnosis.html?scp=1&sq=asperger&st=cse Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles - http://www.mindtools.com/mnemlsty.html The Nature of Educational Systems and Their Psychological Effects on the Learner, ...

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Full Video – 213: Do I Have Aspergers Syndrome?

Recorded live 4-25-13 with Osborne and Tony (the School Sucks Project webmaster). Topic: Our discussion grows out of an Aspergers questionnaire we all took before the show. Tony and I both scored in the Aspergers range and Osborne came in just below it. We spend the show going through the questions and evaluating our related patterns of behaviors and thoughts. Bumper Music: "Uptown Anthem (Instrumental)" Naughty By Nature "Airplane" Widespread Panic "Lonestar" Norah Jones Look Closer: Is Asperger's Overdiagnosed? - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-diary/201202/is-aspergers-overdiagnosed Aspergers and SSRIs? - http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt121964.html Asperger’s History of Overdiagnosis - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/opinion/aspergers-history-of-over-diagnosis.html?scp=1&sq=asperger&st=cse Felder and Silverman's Index of Learning Styles - http://www.mindtools.com/mnemlsty.html The Nature of Educational Systems and Their Psychological Effects on the Learner, by Wes Bertrand, 2000 - http://logicallearning.net/learnerdrivened.html Self-regulated ...

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212: A Modern History of Youth Bashing – With Mike Males

Author, sociologist and outspoken youth advocate Mike Males joins me share his insights on the social, political and cultural problem of blaming, shaming and framing youth. I have referenced his work several times in the past, and it was a pleasure to have him on the show. Questions/Discussion topics: -Genesis and purpose of your work: -Have you examined this problem of scapegoating youth in other cultures? -Trends you've noticed? Ebbs and flows? Is this attack on youth getting more intense? -Is a lot of this problem attributable to the win-lose environment of politics? -The generalized fear of change -The selfish and myopic Baby-boomers -Loss of empathy for their child self -"age-dualism" -How does your political outlook inform your work? -profitability ...

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