Propaganda Machines: Dictator 101

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By Lynda Bryant-Work “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny…” Thomas Jefferson Propaganda machines are dangerous to freedom. Nearly every dictatorship or failing democracy in the world has one and generates what is conducive to attaining blind loyalty and obedience. Consider Nazi Germany Once Adolf Hitler and the Nazis succeeded in ending democracy and turning Germany into a one-party dictatorship, they organized a massive propaganda campaign to win the loyalty and cooperation of Germans…

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Check It Out: Library Blog – Who Needs School Libraries?

Empty Library Bookcases

by Oletta Branstiter Libraries & Books One of the saddest things you’ll ever imagine is a Library that might have been. To this day, historians lament the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, believed to have been destroyed by fire around 2,000 years ago. It is believed that around 295 BCE, the scholar and orator Demetrius of Phalerum, an exiled governor of Athens, convinced Ptolemy I Soter to establish the Library. Demetrius envisioned a library that would house a copy of every book in the world, an institution to…

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Revolution Through Education – Trading the Institution of Schooling for the Inspiration of Learning

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by Oletta Branstiter A New Secretary of Education The nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education caught many by surprise. Candidate Donald Trump had included the Department of Education in his wish list of cuts during his efforts to prove his Republican bona fides. Some Conservatives, who were otherwise turned off by his personality and lack of Constitutional knowledge were encouraged by his promises to reduce the role of government in their daily lives. Instead of dismantling the extra-Constitutional tax-funded money pits, former Democrat President Trump opted to nominate…

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Where is God? The Importance of Bringing God Back to America

By J. Lee     I’m sure most people have either asked or heard the question ‘Where is God’?, especially in the midst of tragedy. God is not a ‘genie in a bottle’ to go to for granting wishes. God says to come to him in prayer. It’s as simple as talking to him as we would talk to a friend. The good news is he is available to us at all times to strengthen us. His answer could be yes, no or wait. I’m sure we can all agree…

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Is Willful Ignorance Ruling Our Children?

by Oletta Branstiter “What’s wrong with kids nowadays?” This question is not just for old fogeys anymore. Educators of all ages are admitting that misbehaving students and the lack of administrative support are making their jobs unsustainable. Daryl Deino reports that, “Those who haven’t experienced what it’s like to be inside the public education system may think I’m talking about extremes that usually don’t occur. They don’t understand that many teachers who complain about the lack of support from their administrators on behavior problems find themselves in professional trouble, even…

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“Birds Don’t Lay Eggs Before Their Nest Is Ready” … Nest-Building 101 – Prerequisite Course

by Oletta Branstiter I saw a brilliant meme on Facebook recently. It was a photo of a bird’s nest, with the words: “Birds don’t lay eggs before their nest is ready.” Can I get an “Amen!”? For more reasons than I can count, this should be the motto of humans, as well.  Just look at the current news or social media debates. Why do we have nearly a million abortions per year in the United States? Because eggs were laid before a nest was ready. Why are over a million babies…

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