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WORLDbytes – After Fukushima: The Fear Factor | Atomic Insights

Why is anyone who suggests that the radiation news may not be all bad, immediately labeled an apologist for the nuke industry? Hint: it has something to do with Marxism. See below the video for my answer.

In the video, Ms. Fox tells how many of the journalists that she regularly serves from the Science Media Center were being told by their editors to find more sensational ways to frame the Fukushima story. She even mentions that several respected reporters were actually pulled off of the story because they continued filing reports that were measured, balanced and not sensational enough.She describes how hurtful and insulting it was to her experts, nearly all of whom are professional academics, to be referred to as “apologists” for the nuclear industry merely because they refused to blow the story out of proportion. She tells how one of her experts is a radiation health specialist who has worked with patients undergoing radiation treatments for many years and has never had any association with the “nuclear industry.” That expert knows a great deal about the effects of radiation on the human body, both from study and personal experience. She also talked about how often radiation is used to save lives and how she cannot understand why the media believes that it is the basis for unique levels of fear.

via WORLDbytes – After Fukushima: The Fear Factor | Atomic Insights.

Scrolling to the bottom, I see the article is penned by Rod Adams, a feisty type whom I’ve come across before.

A distinctive feature of Marxist rhetoric is the grouping of people into classes. According to Marx, people think the way they do because they belong to a particular class. Marxism does not recognize individuals. If you are a member of the proletariat, you will have certain values and philosophies and opinions which are wholly shaped by your class.  Whatever you say or think will be proletarian.  There may be some truth in this, but the disadvantage (or the advantage, depending on your point of view) is that it takes away the need to discuss a person’s ideas or opinions on their merits.  Whatever you believe, you believe it because you are a member of a particular social class. There is no need to delve into the merits of what you believe, and whether or not it is believable. If you are not a member of the proletariat, whatever you say can be dismissed as “bourgeois” or worse, “capitalist” (a term invented by Marx as one of sneering contempt.)

This thinking is so pervasive these days, many people take it as a given and think nothing of it: “Oh, he’s only saying that because he’s a politician/a Republican/a Democrat/a Japanese/etc.” (take your pick of group).

The Christian writer C.S. Lewis lampooned this way back when in “The Pilgrim’s Regress” (and I see I’ve quoted this before):

Jailor: “You there… what is argument?”

Master Parrot: “Argument is the attempted rationalization of the arguer’s desires.”

Jailor: “Very good… What is the answer to an argument turning on the belief that two and two make four?”

Master Parrot: “The answer is ‘You say that because you are a mathematician’”.

Ludwig von Mises analyzed this very clearly in a chapter of his opus magister Human Action called Polylogism (Human Action is available as a free PDF download thanks to the generosity of the Mises Institute):

Human reason, [Marx] asserted, is constitutionally unfitted to find truth. The logical structure of mind is different with various social classes. There is no such thing as a universally valid logic. What mind produces can never be anything but “ideology,” that is, in the Marxian terminology, a set of ideas disguising the selfish interests of the thinker’s own social class. Hence, the “bourgeois” mind of the economists is utterly incapable of producing more than an apology for capitalism. The teachings of “bourgeois” science, an offshoot of “bourgeois” logic, are of no avail for the proletarians, the rising class destined to abolish all classes and to convert the earth into a Garden of Eden.

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Great example of a simple, professional, free “howto” video that will attract customers

Surfing YouTube for videos that would teach me how to create an eBook, I came across this one, and was impressed. It’s a very good example of a good, helpful, video that attracts customers. It’s simple, yet professional. Using free technology anyone could make a video like this.

Just because I found her video useful as well as enjoyable (her narrative sounds natural, not scripted, tho it probably is up to a point, and she keeps to the point, and illustrates everything she talks about), I visited her website. To make it even easier for me to do that, about 10 seconds into her video, she has a pop-up which says, “Subscribe to my blog Link in the description”, which means she’s also put the link into the description part of her YouTube video so you can simply click on the link and go right to her website, instead of typing the address into your browser (can you make clickable links in a YouTube video? Maybe not yet).

Here it is.

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After watching, and leaving a comment, I clicked on the link she provided and visited her blog. There I watched another video that also had something of value: “I’ve found a way to make teaching profitable (online)”. What she’s saying, tho, is that, the key motivation for her videos and website is that she likes to teach, something she’s been doing since she was a child apparently. Teaching, helping others, providing simple, effective and inexpensive guidance on specific topics, is what has led to her business success. That’s a good reminder of a basic business principle. In these days when everyone and his brothers and his sisters, and his cousins and his aunts is trying to make money in the Internet, and when most people don’t succeed at it, that is no small accomplishment.

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Well, her website is proving to be quite a treasure-trove: I just found this video demonstrating artisteer, a blogging theme/design software that I’d heard about, but watching Lisa demonstrate it I saw why it was good and why I wish I had bought this instead of the frugal theme I bought a couple of years ago. This is drag-and-drop design for dummies (like me)!

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10+ days of crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – 22 March 2010 « BraveNewClimate

Update: Detailed graphical status report on each reactor unit is available. Here is the picture for Unit 2 — click on the figure to access the PDF for all units

via 10+ days of crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – 22 March 2010 « BraveNewClimate.

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Nutshell Notes

A couple of years ago, while taking an online course on blogging – the TESOL EVO course, 2006 – I was introduced to Ed Nuhfer. He was an invited guest on a fascinating course about JiTT: Just in Time Teaching. Ed Nuhfer gave an online presentation about Knowledge Surveys. It was an interesting presentation, well backed up by data collected by Nuhfer over a number of years. It was great to be able to interact with an expert, and Nuhfer directed me to his online teacher-development newsletters called Nutshell Notes.

Today, I wanted to review some of these, particularly ones about a Teaching System. I clicked on an old link, but it came up empty. However, I typed Nutshell into the search function, and found that all of Ed Nuhfer’s Nutshell Notes have been put together into a PDF downloadable file (1.36 mb). Indexed and all. Wonderful. Ones I particularly enjoyed are issues on syllabus, teaching to elicit higher levels of thinking, rubrics, and a series about the Perry model (of university student intellectual development). Nuhfer liked to keep his Nutshell Notes to one A4 page.

Speaking of professional development for teachers, here’s another rich and thought-provoking resource I discovered, by chance, a couple of years ago: James Atherton (now retired) has a blog, Recent Reflection, which provides links to his two other main sites (static, not blogs): doceo and learning and teaching. I haven’t figured out what the difference is between the two: I’ve found practical articles on note-taking or creating handouts as well as more philosophical articles about learning styles (Atherton thinks that pandering to learning styles may be doing the students a disservice). The doceo site has a nice graphic index where you can browse just by clicking the mouse, and so does the learning and teaching site.

Visiting Atherton’s blog is fun if you enjoy serendipity. The item on the top today when I visited was this enchanting item about inflatable street art. “It’s what art is all about.” Check it out.