Daily Archives: Tuesday, 20-May-2003

NeuroCranial Restructuring

If a doctor tells you he can relieve all of these problems:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism
  • Attention Deficit Disorder, dyslexia, hyperactivity and other learning disabilities
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Concussion and other head injuries
  • Depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Dystonia
  • Ear infection and deafness
  • Glaucoma, double vision and other vision problems
  • Headaches, head pressure, migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Low energy, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue
  • Muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain
  • Organ functioning
  • Orthodontic stress and bruxism
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s disease and tremors
  • Phobias
  • Poor concentration and focus
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sciatica, kyphosis (hunchback), lordosis (swayback), scoliosis (spiral spine), military spine & other back problems
  • Seizures
  • Sinusitis, sleep apnea, snoring, other breathing and sinus disorders
  • Strokes
  • Tinnitus
  • TMD, TMJ (mouth, head and jaw pains)
  • Vertigo and other balance problems
  • Whiplash Syndrome
  • Wrinkles (NCR replaces a face lift)

by shoving a balloon up your nose and inflating it I think there is more than just a little reason to get a second opinion.

RedFlagsOfQuackery

Testing and Education

Doc Searls has some interesting things to say about education and testing. The fact of the matter is that tests don’t reveal what a student has learned and taking a test does nothing to teach the subject matter. Unfortunately, testing is the only way educators have found to measure their effectiveness as teachers and judge whether or not a student has mastered the curriculum.

I’ve got a son who tutors other students in his language arts class but his own grade in the class is bordering on failure. Why does he do this? He knows the subject matter and has demonstrated his mastery of all the concepts in classroom discussions so the teacher asks him to help those students who are struggling to understand but he doesn’t do well on the written tests and he doesn’t complete all his assignments in the class. I’ve had talks with his teacher and with him and I’m satisfied that he has mastered the subject matter so what does his grade really tell me.

Standing on its own I would summise that his problem is with the subject itself but in reality the problem is with his attitude towards doing the work in this class. Other classes he’s doing fine in, A’s and B’s,… or is he. I’m doubting the value of the grade in one class where the grade is showing he’s doing poorly why should I trust the grades that are telling me he is doing well?

For now I suppose we are stuck with what we have but a lot of effort ought to be going in to finding a suitable replacement.

Liberal Talk Radio Next Big Thing?

Thom Hartman believes that we are seeing the waning of right wing talk radio and the dawn of progressive or liberal talk radio. I hope he’s right but while a pompous right wing talker is entertaining a pompous right wing talker just leaves me flat. I have yet to hear a left wing talker who didn’t try imitating the same attitude of the right wing talkers. It works with conservatives but not with the liberals.

He does seem to have a point, though. He points to Clear Channel’s Gabe Hobbs who says that liberal talk radio has to stand on its own. In the past liberal talk radio has been sandwiched in between conservative talk radio shows. The audience for the two shows aren’t the same. He says a talk radio station has to either go conservative or go liberal, doing otherwise would be like mixing country with urban. At any rate, with it looking like Clear Channel committing to all-liberal/all-day formatting with their stations facing competition from conservative talk radio stations in their market maybe we’ll see if liberal talk radio can fly.

Microsofts Licenses Unix

Earlier today when I read about Microsoft entering into a licensing agreement with SCO Unix I didn’t know what to make of it. While their claim was that they were doing so in order to be able to work on interoperation with Unix systems without the fear of violationg SCO’s IP that didn’t quite wash with me. The timing of this just seemed too coincidental with SCO’s warning letters to industry over the use of Linux and their lawsuit with IBM.

This afternoon I came across this article by Bruce Perens that made me slap my forehead and say, “Of course.” SCO Group is a failing company who is being used by Microsoft to push their message of Open Source being a threat to IP rights. I don’t know that SCO is being paid off by Microsoft to do what they are doing but I’m sure Microsoft is using this licensing agreement more as a way of promoting their message than they are seeing it as something necessary to provide interoperability.

I really get tired of all this drama in the industry at times. I don’t mind a company keeping their source closed and requiring restrictive licensing to use it I just wish they would accept that other companies and individuals have the right to license their works in what way they see best suits them. I also get tired of hearing the Open Source crowd bash Microsoft. Maybe one of these days a company can be judged just by the software it delivers and not on their gamesmanship.