I spent the day in and out of Bill’s blue screen of death, as his program incorrectly labeled an “operating system” failed to live up to the promise of its title. Beyond flaky operation, the impact of deliberately shoddy software on the lives of billions brings associated costs.
It is my desire now to inspire a class action lawsuit against Gates’ MicroSoft for the billions upon billions of man hours wasted across the world owing to inferior quality control and what Gates lovingly refers to as “Bloatware.” If the computer users of the world turned on Gates and Co. and voiced enough disgust, flung enough high-grade poo his way, things might begin to change.
Ba’al is the “Lord” of hell, pretty much the place where users of Windows reside. A variant of Beelzebub in the myths, Ba’al had his own cult for a while. And similarities don’t end there. Gates’ hell is our Windows, that dysfunctional operating system that has glaringly never, ever corrected common bugs across version after version after version. The same easily-fixed errors I saw in the 90s are with us today as if they are desired, preferred even.
The Mac peanut gallery can yuk it up at this point of the program. Fine. I’ve heard rumors though. You boys and girls have your own creeping digital claws to contend with.
The demon Ba’al – excuse me – Bill finally had enough pleasure spreading inferior, error-riddled software across planet earth, and so now he’s turned his Sauron gaze in the direction of rewiring the minds of America’s youth. Taking it upon his own bank account to show America how and what to think, Gates’ latest mega-fiasco has been met with confused shock and horror by teachers, parents and kids wherever his handiwork is implemented.
Common Core is being received more as Common Commination. Teachers are circling the wagons, but the grunts who actually deal with children are no match for Gates’ infinitely deep pockets and political clout.
One teacher, who lacks the minimum $75 million ponied up by Gates in order to influence public policy in his image, said:
“Government attempts to improve education are stripping the joy out of teaching and doing nothing to help children.”
In a statement on the Gates-initiated debacle, the Chicago Teachers Union wrote that it will,
“lobby the Illinois Board of Education to eliminate the use of the Common Core for teaching and assessment; and be it further and will work to organize other members and affiliates to increase opposition to the law that increases the expansion of nationwide controls over educational issues. “
Tax money is being redirected from classrooms to testing corporations. So says the New York State Principals Association. The system is being rigged from the top down to benefit politically-connected players. This focus on end-of-year testing will leave students “adversely affected.” Priorities are misaligned on the standardized tests.
But these bogus Common Core “standards” are not legitimate standards at all, according to Diane Ravitch, because they were developed completely isolated from common protocols for developing such standards, those of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI):
The Common Core standards cannot be considered standards when judged by the ANSI requirements. According to ANSI, the process of setting standards must be transparent, must involve all interested parties, must not be dominated by a single interest, and must include a process for appeal and revision.
…The Common Core standards were not developed in a transparent manner. The standard-setting and writing of the standards included a significant number of people from the testing industry, but did not include a significant number of experienced teachers, subject-matter experts, and other educators from the outset, nor did it engage other informed and concerned interests, such as early childhood educators and educators of children with disabilities. There was no consensus process.
That should render it dead on arrival, but alas this is Bill’s world. We just live in it. As the Telegraph reported, America is an oligarchy. A million teachers can fight all night and day against a single billionaire, and the billionaire would still win.
The standards were written in 2009 and adopted in 2010 by 45 states and the District of Columbia as a condition of eligibility to compete for $4.3 billion in Race to the Top funding. The process was dominated from start to finish by the Gates Foundation, which funded the standard-setting process. There was no process for appeal or revision, and there is still no process for appeal or revision.
What Ba’al did to your flaky PC he wants to do to your children, their children and the world in perpetuity!
“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
-The Other Bill, Shakespeare
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