Swickard: Use lottery to fund math education

© 2017 Michael Swickard, Ph.D.  Surveys on American saving and investing indicates many Americans have no investments. Their plan for old age is to win the lottery. While I agree: “No dreamer too small, no dream too big,” there are limits to what society should encourage.
            People who understand math do not believe in the lottery. It’s like someone jumping out of an airplane without a parachute with the intention of landing on something soft. An action slightly possible but not probable.
            The New Mexico Lottery, under the guise of raising money for education, preys upon math challenged people. The ads suggest riches will shower down if you buy a lottery ticket.
            The proceeds from this tax on people who don’t understand math does go to education. However, it goes to general education, in fact, anything students wants to study. The tobacco settlement has the tobacco companies funding anti-smoking campaigns.
            Likewise, the New Mexico Lottery should go directly and entirely to math education. Every dollar should be channeled to making New Mexico students the envy of the nation when it comes to math.
            The first time I voiced this position I admit I was just trying to get a rise out of people, which I did. Upon reflection, I believe I stumbled onto something. If people can buy lottery tickets with the expectation of winning, they are showing their lack of math education.
             We should take their lack of numerate ability and use it constructively so that future generations don’t end up in the same condition. That’s the tobacco settlement method and it applies to people who lack numerate ability to the point that they think buying two lottery tickets significantly improves their chances of winning.
            The operational concept most lacking in people who are not numerate appears to be the ability to think in scale, to judge two things as they relate to each other in mathematical terms. People can buy a lottery ticket occasionally if the mood strikes. But at those odds, don’t expect anything but dreams.
            Once I was flying out of Chicago on a commercial airliner. We were on the ground in a long line of jets waiting to take off. The man next to me confessed that he was petrified of flying but had to make this trip.
            I pointed out the window. “There are over a hundred jets ready to take off just right here. Thousands of airplanes are in the air.”
            “Gosh,” he said, “I hope we don’t run into any of them.”
            I continued, “The scale of airline dysfunction (I didn’t want to use the word ‘crash’) is about one plane in two million flights. Not bad odds.”
            The guy next to me brightened slightly. “But what if this airplane is the one in two million?” he questioned.
            “Then whoever has a window seat gets a good look at it coming.” That sent him back into gloom. I forgot to ask if he had a lottery ticket, but I bet he did. He needed some math education.


North Korean style journalism in America

© 2016 Jim Spence - Everyone in the malignant world of journalism was watching the testimony of James Comey this week. Sadly, instead of reporting exactly what Comey actually said and did not say, most of the propaganda ministers in the dozens of media outlets that collaborate with the Democratic Party (virtually all media outlets except Fox), decided to report what they wished Comey had said. Such is the way of the world in the U.S. these days. We live in a country where the utter failure of our public education system is put on display every single day.
The all-out assault on Donald Trump continues 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, there is so much more to the insidious ways in which propaganda ministers and opinion manipulators attempt to create fake news stories and block real news stories from being reported. There is something very strange about Democrats these days. Their compulsive desire to mask the dangers threatening the entire world by radical Islam takes on all sorts of remarkable behaviors. I’ll cite two more examples to drive home this point.
Democrats in the news media are providing a great disservice to the rights of women by not providing any measurable coverage of the first federal criminal case of female genital mutilation in the state of Michigan. It is a horror story associated with Islam that keeps getting bigger while Democrats insist on looking the other way and not reporting on it. It seems that Detroit Doctor Jumana Nagarwala has been accused of performing horrific mutilation procedures on dozens and dozens of young Muslim girls. Another Muslim physician, Dr. Fakhruddin Attar has also been arrested and charged with despicable crimes. The evidence strongly suggests that between 2005 and 2017 as many as 100 girls or more had their genitals mutilated by Nagarwala to prevent them from experiencing the pleasure of having sex later in life. This story was reported locally in The Detroit News. Apparently, the estimate of the butchering of 100 young Muslim girls is a conservative figure according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward who is prosecuting the case. Where are the feminists when you need them? They are all bashing Donald Trump instead.
Another story, this one fake, has gotten zero coverage in the media. It is a story of CNN attempting not to report the news, but to create the news. It seems that CNN clearly wants there to be news reports out there that Muslims in London abhor the acts of terrorism that have taken place there recently. No doubt there are more than a few Muslims in London that actually do hate terrorism. Unfortunately, CNN wanted to report Muslim's dislike of terrorism so much, CNN actually “staged” a Muslim protest against terrorism........so CNN could then report about it.
The problem with what happened in London this week is CNN reporters and producers were caught on videos orchestrating the entire event instead of simply reporting on it. A Youtube video taken by Claire Jordan depicts the actual scene of the “protest.” In the video, CNN employees are shown preparing alleged protesters for their on-air shot. There were actually more members of the press at this alleged protest than actual protesters. On the video CNN employees are seen handing out bouquets of flowers and protest posters to the bystanders. None of the protesters brought flowers or posters. These Muslim women are clearly shown taking the posters given to them by CNN employees, then getting instructions to cross the street, and then being choreographed by CNN producers and reporters as they set up the “protest shot” that CNN used in their broadcast. Some protest.
This practice is mindful of the films that occasionally come out of North Korea showing hundreds of North Koreans bursting into tears at the sight of their beloved Kim Jung II. Just like Kim wants to be loved by those he dictates to, CNN wants Muslim women to engage in spontaneous protests in London to express their disdain for terrorism. The trouble is Muslim women don’t organize protests against terrorism.
CNN wants Muslims to be what CNN wants them to be so much, this means CNN will 1) refuse to cover the mutilation of young Muslim girls in Michigan by their parents and Muslim doctors and 2) stage phony protests in London so they can depict Muslim women as CNN wishes they actually were.
The bottom line is in countries where Islam is the dominant religion, hatred of the west is drilled into the minds of all the children. In these same countries, young girls are mutilated and the butchering of innocent people who are not Muslim is routine. 

You wonder why Americans in the heartland don’t trust ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN? It is because all of these outlets engage in crass propaganda creation. They do it 24 hours a day seven days a week.