Tuesday, February 21, 2006


by John Taylor Gatto

“The second premise of Prussian schooling [which the United States subsequently borrowed] is that intellectual training is not the purpose of state schooling - obedience and subordination are. In fact, intellectual training will invariably subvert obedience unless it is rigidly controlled and doled out as a reward for obedience. If the will could be broken all else would follow.”

Twenty-six years of award-winning teaching have led John Gatto to some troubling conclusions about the public schools.

A seventh-grade teacher, Gatto has been named New York City Teacher of the Year and New York State Teacher of the Year. Praised by leaders as diverse as Ronald Reagan and Mario Cuomo, he's a political maverick whose views defy easy categorization.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

link to knowmore.org

here's a link to a corporation-watch website. check it out.


what is "Critical Mass"?

What is Critical Mass?

Critical Mass is a worldwide movement to promote the use of bicycles as a viable means of transportation. It has arisen in response to what many call the “car-culture:” an overdependence on the private automobile. It is, more than anything else, a reclaimation of space, a demonstration to show that the city belongs to people and not machines.
How did it get started? It started in August 1992 in San Francisco when a group of bicycle commuters decided to ride home together.

Why is it called “Critical Mass?”
The name “Critical Mass” comes from Ted White’s bike-umentary Return of the Scorcher. This video shows intersection crossing etiquette in China’s big cities. Cross bike-traffic waits until it has enough riders, i.e., a critical mass, to push its way through the intersection. The strength of the Mass is in its close-knit unity as an organic body. It is sometimes necessary to ride through traffic lights in order to maintain this unity. It is actually safer. Otherwise, car traffic is tempted to weave in and out among small groups of riders.

A rally was held on Nov.2 in Eureka California in solidarity with other rallies nationwide in opposition to the Bush regime. Critical Mass bicycle riders left Arcata to ride to Eureka on the highway (7miles) and found the California Highway Patrol waiting for them.
The CHP stopped all traffic on the highway (critical mass left one lane open on the 2 lane in each direction divided highway) and attacked bicyclists, injuring and arresting several.
A police helicopter circled overhead for the duration of the ride.

Indybay.org http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/11/1780250.php



IBM and the Holocaust is the stunning story of IBM's strategic alliance with Nazi Germany -- beginning in 1933 in the first weeks that Hitler came to power and continuing well into World War II. As the Third Reich embarked upon its plan of conquest and genocide, IBM and its subsidiaries helped create enabling technologies, step-by-step, from the identification and cataloging programs of the 1930s to the selections of the 1940s.

Only after Jews were identified -- a massive and complex task that Hitler wanted done immediately -- could they be targeted for efficient asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, enslaved labor, and, ultimately, annihilation. It was a cross-tabulation and organizational challenge so monumental, it called for a computer. Of course, in the 1930s no computer existed.

But IBM's Hollerith punch card technology did exist. Aided by the company's custom-designed and constantly updated Hollerith systems, Hitler was able to automate his persecution of the Jews. Historians have always been amazed at the speed and accuracy with which the Nazis were able to identify and locate European Jewry. Until now, the pieces of this puzzle have never been fully assembled. The fact is, IBM technology was used to organize nearly everything in Germany and then Nazi Europe, from the identification of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and ancestral tracing programs to the running of railroads and organizing of concentration camp slave labor.

IBM and its German subsidiary custom-designed complex solutions, one by one, anticipating the Reich's needs. They did not merely sell the machines and walk away. Instead, IBM leased these machines for high fees and became the sole source of the billions of punch cards Hitler needed.
IBM and the Holocaust takes you through the carefully crafted corporate collusion with the Third Reich, as well as the structured deniability of oral agreements, undated letters, and the Geneva intermediaries -- all undertaken as the newspapers blazed with accounts of persecution and destruction.

IBM founder Thomas Watson cooperated with the Nazis for the sake of profit. Only with IBM's technologic assistance was Hitler able to achieve the staggering numbers of the Holocaust.


Thursday, February 02, 2006

comments from post deleted because of sick-o

The original post about the North Coast Journal article was removed by an editor of this blog because somebody posted a link to a yucky website in the "comments" section and I don't know how to get rid of it. So I reposted the post and also reposted the comments here.
"comment moderation" has also been "enabled."
Sorry for any inconvenience.


Anonymous said...
YUO=FAGOTYour blog sucks.
Saturday, January 28, 2006 2:43:24 PM

noel adamson said...
YOU not "YUO", FAGGOT not "FAGOT" and this blog does not suck regardless of it's author's sexual orientation. Or yours.On topic, I only found this site because of the NCJ's article and checked it out because of their negative slant, a good reccomendation.
Sunday, January 29, 2006 2:41:47 PM

Anonymous said...
anything so hated by hank sims and kevin hoover has to be doing some good!
Sunday, January 29, 2006 5:42:45 PM
Anonymous said...

Hank's heads above Hoover. Hoover would never do an expose on local blogs because he'd be too worried they'd expose him for the shitbag he trully is.
Sunday, January 29, 2006 10:36:42 PM

Anonymous said...
I saw an advertisement for The Plazoid in the Arcata Eye -- donated by the newspaper! Hated, huh? The Eye has a funny way of demonstrating its hatred.
Monday, January 30, 2006 7:18:08 AM

the PLAZOID said...
hey, we here at the Plazoid would love to see the "advertisement," which was not ok'd by anyone I know. I haven't seen it, no one I know has seen it, and I am suspicious. Yes, Kevin Hoover makes money (maybe) selling newspapers and police-log books (?), but I have not seen an "advertisement."Which issue and pgae number - I'll find it - thanks.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006 4:26:10 PM

"all things schwag"? North coast Journal coverage

"all things schwag"?
The North Coast Urinal's scimpy coverage of theplazoid.blogspot.com has me wondering if Hank actually took anytime to look at the blog that he was writing about.
Tad has very few postings on the blog, but is mentioned right away, after the "schwag" comment. It seems that some people would like to believe (and lead others to believe) that Tad is the only one who holds these opinions. What a spin-job.
Then there's the thing about the chamber of commerce - is the chamber of commerce ever even mentioned on this blog?
Totally absent from Hank's article is any mention of the documentation of police misconduct on the blog. Remember the "taser incident"? The Plazoid covered it before the Arcata LEye, the North Coast Urinal, or any other media that I am aware of.
Other documented incidents of abuse by the police that are recorded on the blog aren't even covered at all anywhere else.
Also missing was the coverage of the Homeless Task Force meetings. Without The Plazoid, the Arcata public had only Kevin Hoover's extremely biased coverage to rely on.
And TOTALLY absent was any mention of the PRINT version of the Plazoid! The zine started in print and only went online as an afterthought - to make the documentation more widely available.
Also, the Plazoid is not only about homelessness issues. Jeez. Thanks for the pigeon-holing, dude. What about the tasers? Or the HSU issues? Or the pharmacueticals information? Anyhow, it was nice to see the blogspot mentioned in print.