( from the June 2016 Newsletter)

Many people over 30 can remember when there was no internet, no Ipads, no cell phones. Or at least when these devices did not dominate the daily lives of most people. Was life poorer then? Were we missing anything?

Back then it wasn’t necessary to document every mundane event of daily life, rushing to Share every silly detail with the entire world. All that “extra’ time could be used for actual living.

Since Political Correctness had yet to be defined, one advantage of the Pre-Linked age may have been a much wider range of thought and expression. People could actually react to a given situation without first checking with their programming to see how they were supposed to feel.

Remember that?

Not that we were all necessarily smarter and better educated back then. But the spectrum of opinions and personalities was certainly broader, less homogeneous, less crafted by the incessant barrage from viewscreens everywhere, displaying the monodimensional pop narrative. Which has today become set in concrete as the One World mind.

Where did it come from? Who cast the mold?

The One World Mind was no accident, but rather the result of decades of planning. Under the tutelage of Edward L Bernays, since 1910 the public relations industry evolved into the very sophisticated science of global media, steadily improving its consistency and exclusivity. ( The Doors of Perception [2].

    It took until 1860 for world population to top 1 billion.

    By 1930 there were 2 billion people on earth.

    By 1974, 4 billion.

    Today there are 7 billion.

Does that mean that human life has less value today than ever before?

It was inevitable that educational course content and curricula should be affected by the new One World monolith, with the gradual imposition of rigid controls.

All those minds need to be herded, right?

What is the primary objective? Control. A leveling effect on every child’s minds, to instill an identical view of history, geography, political correctness, party affiliation, academics, normal behavior, US hegemony, world literature, approved views on science and medicine, science as religion, etc. The whole package of Orwellian flattening.

Anyone with an opinion that strays from the fold is branded a conspiracy theorist, racist, sexist, terrorist, homophobe, xenophobe, capitalist, extremist, etc. – pick one from the list of marginalizing labels provided by the One World monkeys. Anything that says He’s Not Like Us.

Now the vehicle for introducing this philosophy into American schools is called Common Core.

It’s not even controversial that in the past 2 decades, children have been getting dumber and dumber academically, particularly in math, reading, and writing. {1}

By the 2000s, when the % of literate high school graduates was around 50%, the solution of the ‘educators’ was to lower the standards of the exit exam so that it looked as though kids were smarter than they really were. Educators did this several times between 2003 and 2011 at the national level, actually giving it a name: “re-centering.”

The stage for Common Core was then set: it was decided that we’re just expecting too much, to ask that kids be able to read, write, and do math by the time they’re 18. Or know that there are 5 continents or that the Civil War was fought between the North and the South, or that the Bill of Rights even exists… Or the formula for the area of a parallelogram…

Since 2009 then, the glider-like downward trajectory of educational curricula has come to be codified and specifically elaborated by Common Core standards. This dismaying agenda is being unrelentingly forced on schools all across the country in an effort to homogenize and cap off not just the academic levels of school achievement, but kids’ values and attitudes as well.

Why? Big surprise: it’s about money. Obama’s handlers, along with Bill Gates’ foundation, have laid out over $4.3 billion in order to install Common Core as the educational standard in all US primary and secondary school systems. [1.]

Very simply, Common Core is the carrot-on-a-stick for any state that wants federal funding for education. Which is now 45 out of 50. In other words, if you states want our federal money, you have to agree to use Common Core academic standards and handbooks, in place of traditional textbooks and methodologies. Exclusively.

We’ll pay you to worship at our altar. Just agree to participate in data mining and biowristbands and gait monitoring for the kids, and whatever else we come up with. It’s easy.

Common Core is problematic by definition. To begin with, it’s illegal. Federal control of schools is against federal law:

USC § 1232a – Prohibition against Federal control of education

    “No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials by any educational institution or school system..”

Look at the textbooks and courses demanded by Common Core. Where are the liberal arts – US history, World history, classical history, geography, English composition, languages, trigonometry, chemistry, physics, science that is independent of CDC or the computer industry?

These are college subjects of course, but traditionally there was at least an introduction to them in primary and secondary curricula. No more. No more You Can Be Anything You Want To Be. Now it’s – You Can Be Any of These 8 things…

Where do vaccines fit into this brave new agenda? Those few enlightened parents opting out of vaccines by choosing Home Schooling may be hit with a double-edged sword:

    1. They were cheated out of an education for their children, to which they were entitled from years of paying high property taxes

    2. The advantages of Home School curricula are de-valued by the final tests home school graduates must pass, which are based on Common Core standards.

How did the 2016 election factor into this dialog?

Parents may be surprised to find their home-schooled children suddenly in a far superior academic environment, learning at much higher levels than at public school. Yet when it comes time to take tests for their equivalent diplomas, those exams are restricted to Common Core protocols and course materials.

How did the individual presidential candidates regard Common Core, how committed were they to enforcing this radical new experiment in retrograde education. Leave No Child Behind, limit achievement to lowest common denominator, etc. Did we really choose this path?

Control of information extends far beyond the walls of our schools, of course. It oozes out of every screen you see, all day long, from smartphone to iPad to desktop TV screen – even at the gas pump. Consistent and inescapable.

We are becoming more like monkeys and apes again. For lower primates, if they don’t see something, they don’t know about it. The ability for abstract thought defined homo sapiens. That’s what we’re losing.

Today we are all being tracked. Your responses, all your digital interaction, your tastes in web-browsing, anything you buy, even your gait patterns … it’s recorded and collated up at the million square foot facility outside Salt Lake City: the NSA Utah Data Center. The all too real meta-science of Data Mining.

Alexa, play theme from V For Vendetta.

The myths and slogans and shortcuts to thinking that define average consciousness – most of them are reinforced and inculcated visually. On screens. All day, every day. Along with scripted, approved soundtracks. Hypnopedia.

It would be fine if the objective were to be an introduction to the subject matter, which would motivate one to further investigation.

But what we have today is that the superficial soundbytes and 3 second clips have themselves BECOME the total content. Rational discourse, critical thinking, research below the surface, looking for independent sources, investigative journalism, thinking about a topic for more than 60 seconds – are not only rare, but trigger suspicion that we might have — a Doubter. Uh-oh, somebody asking questions. Red alert!

One arena where the one-dimensional collective conscious is clearly evident is the comedy channels. That’s right, comedy. Most contemporary comedians have no content to start with and just recite banal accounts of their recent adventures at a fast food restaurant, or in their backyard perhaps, with just enough bad language to make them seem ‘outrageous’ or ‘zany’… But listen to a few of them, one after the other, and notice how parochial, how identical their values, expressions, education, field of experience, vocabulary, fear of being accused, how they’re all stamped from the same cookie cutter. No more Robin Williams or Bill Hicks or Sam Kinison coming down the pike any time soon, that’s for certain. Lowest end Common Core-approved comedy only, from here on out. The triumph of mediocrity.

Why is Google now among the top ten lobbies in Washington, spending some $350 million per year? For what? Influence. The right to influence. The power to keep One World views in the forefront of all education and media, and to marginalize anyone who strays from the fold on the proscribed list of enemies.

But always with lip service to free speech, open dialog, upholding science’s living mandate to follow the unvarnished data wherever it may lead…. Masterfully covering its tracks, the One World Mind erases all evidence of coercion to fit into the mold, pretending that anyone is welcome to join the open discussion.

Like the phony ‘open platform’ of Wikipedia, with its committees of invisible proofreaders behind the scenes, who guarantee that any discussion having the slightest bearing on corporate big money issues will not contaminate the pre-assigned point of view.

No legitimate teacher in any school accepts Wikipedia links as references for any research work whatsoever. Why? It’s the epitome of bias and op ed propaganda.

Google is worse. For those who can remember, when they first started out back in the 90s, Google was very efficient with quests for information. That was in the days of the true Boolean search – remember those? When you could search for exact words and exclude others from the search, and it actually worked?

Today it’s hard to even find the Advanced Search option at all. What happened to its icon on the upper right? Too risky. Too much chance that an original, spontaneous thought might emerge, without pre-authorization. Or that an unfiltered fact might be uncovered, at odds with the approved view.

No, today we’re going to give you a million pasteurized references to your searchword in .4 seconds, the top 5 being straight off wikipedia. And today’s search algorithm won’t even combine the keywords you typed in– any one of them is good enough. So the results come up in an almost random order, practically useless.

The finished work based on these random sources becomes increasingly pointless and ill-informed. The clueless writer started nowhere, had no particular premise, and ends up nowhere.

All this reinforces the declining intuition and cognition ubiquitous throughout the culture. No wonder movies are now made for the retarded by the inarticulate. Nothing else will sell. Vaxxed can’t make it into multiplexes, not because it isn’t authoritative enough, but because it requires a little analytical thinking that challenges the Common Core of What Everybody Believes. It’s a new idea. Makes you think about something you thought you’ve known the answer to all your life. Why would anyone want to re-evaluate?

Like with the Coen Brothers masterpiece Hail Caesar. It was too good to succeed, the humor too subtle. People want to watch Adam Sandler or Jack Black make us even dumber.

So follow up. Some of you already know much more than this about Common Core and understand exactly what is being hinted at here. But for those of you who do not, let this be an invitation to investigate further the latest sinister betrayal of the human spirit, intellectual freedom, and the esthetics of literature. Common Core – a threat to the future of human intelligence, to the time when your kids will be your age.

“I am gross and perverted
I’m obsessed ‘n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I’m the tool of the Government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can’t look away
I make you think I’m delicious
With the stuff that I say
I’m the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I’m the slime oozin’ out
From your TV set

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don’t need you
Don’t go for help . no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

Well, I am the slime from your video …”

    – composer Frank Zappa (now de-composing)
    I Am The Slime


1. Durden, T Dumb and Dumber

2. The Doors of Perception: Why Americans will believe almost anything

3. Beck, G . . Education in America, Part III: Common Core

Education in America Part III: Common Core