Obama's speech

I had a number of people ask me.
Yes, my school did show Obama's speech. We recorded it, and let students watch it during their social studies class.
Yes we sent a permission slip home ahead of time, if parents said no then their students were not shown the speech.
Yes we had parents opt out - about 4 of them in the entire school.

Most of the opinions were this- Regardless of what they may think of the President, any role model telling your 11-13 year old to stay in school, is a good one.

from "Electoral-Vote.com"

After several days of saying it would not bail out the nation's largest insurance company, A.I.G., the government bailed out A.I.G. risking $85 billion of the taxpayers' money. In return, the government got 80% of the now near-worthless stock. In other countries, when the government effectively buys (nearly) all of a company's stock, it is called nationalization. Who would have thought that the Bush-Cheney administration would go Marxist-Leninist in its waning hours? Treasury secretary Henry Paulson was clearly afraid A.I.G.'s demise would take out too many other big players and wreak massive damage on the economy. The move will be very controversial since it risks public money to protect bad investments made by A.I.G. management. The political fallout will be immense.

This nationalization poses an especially large challenge for John McCain, who is now railing against corporate greed and lack of government regulation of the financial industry. What he doesn't talk much about is how deregulation happened. It was the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that repealed the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act and thus eliminated the depression-era walls between between banking, investment, and insurance that made this crisis possible. Glass-Stegall erected walls between banking, investment management, and insurance, so problems in one sector could not spill over into the others, which is precisely what is happening now. The primary author of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act was none other than McCain's economic advisor, former senator Phil Gramm (who thinks the country is in a "mental recession"). McCain fully supported the bill and has a decades-long track record of opposing government regulation of the financial industry. His new-found conversion to being a fan of regulation is going to be a tough sell as Obama is already pointing out that McCain got what he wanted (deregulation) and this is the consequence.


AT&T has been working on the phone lines down the street, and we have had intermittent phone/internet service for the last 10 days.  I have been checking the messages pretty regularly, but there wasn't anything there according to my service.  Yesterday I went and checked and found 15 messages, from the last 10 days....  I am sorry, I didn't know I wasn't getting the messages people were leaving. I didn't mean to ignore you.


PMOG is something I read about in this last months School Library Journal. Basically it is a different way of browsing the net. PMOG stands for Passive Multiplayer Online Game, and it is kind of interesting.
Signing up for it allows me to follow "missions" others have created about a certain topic. I also get the chance to loot treasure, lay mines, and design missions for myself.

I like it because I can see uses in my school.  I could say set up a mission about Martin Luther King, and have students follow the pre-set linked webpages all about MLK.   It is similar to a social bookmarking site in that it allows me to view and use what others have created/seen, as well as add my own. 

It is a new way to browse/surf the net, and is interesting.  (Yes right now it is full of early adopters and techno-enthusiasts, and it has some issues, but I see such *possibilities*)

If you are interested in more, here are some links.