• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Global Warmings and Global Coolings!

 

Just before the global catastrophe known best as the Biblical Flood, vast herds of wooly mammoths, buffalo, and rhinos, roamed the plains below the Arctic Circle. At the same time, there is evidence that the Antarctic was covered by a rain forest. The Earth’s crust has to have moved, to push most of the northern land mass that is now located in the Arctic Circle, to that area, flash freezing all those large animals, while covering them in mud. At the same time, the entire Antarctic continent was moved so that it was covered in ice and snow, burying it’s rain forest. It was AFTER the Flood, that most of the glaciers formed. It took around 6,000 years, from 10,500 to 4,000 BCE, for the Earth to recover enough for man’s first civilizations to be created. The Flood had nothing to do with global warming. It was caused by the passage of a celestial body, about the size of Neptune/Uranus, passing between Earth and Mars, which is yet to be identified. We recently had a visit from a much smaller celestial object that was determined to have originated from outside our Solar System, which means it is possible other outsiders have visited our System, and that one of them could have been quite large.

18,000 Years Ago Much of North America Was 1,000 Feet Under Glacial Ice. THANK GOD FOR GLOBAL WARMING!

GLOBAL TEMPERATURES: WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING?

by John Hinderaker  at  PowerLine:

Liberals wax hysterical about global warming, mostly because it provides an opportunity for graft: politically connected businessmen make billions by manufacturing and selling wind and solar products that exist only because of government mandates and subsidies. These corrupt businessmen, in turn, donate many millions to the campaigns of politicians who vote for mandates and subsidies, who are mostly (but not entirely) Democrats. Meanwhile, the rest of us–those who consume electricity–pay through the nose to subsidize left-wing causes.

Does this make sense? There are many reasons why the answer is No, but let’s start at the beginning: is the Earth actually warming according to the predictions of the warmists’ models? No, it isn’t.

The surface temperature record is so corrupt as to be useless. Most of the temperatures that go into the surface database are not even recorded–they are interpolated based on temperatures at other sites. And the records have systematically been “adjusted” to make temperatures from earlier decades, like the 1930s, lower, and today’s temperatures higher. This is all done for financial and political purposes. Many billions of dollars flow into the bank accounts of scientists who are willing to “adjust” according to the political winds.

There is only one reliable, publicly available and publicly vetted temperature data set. It is maintained by the University of Alabama at Huntsville, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Dr. John Christy and Dr. Roy Spencer. These satellite data track temperatures where it matters–in the atmosphere, where global warming is alleged to occur. They show that the steep temperature increases predicted by the alarmists’ models are not occurring.

Temperatures were below the baseline until the late 1990s, and since then have been up and down, but mostly slightly above average–a high of a little over .8 of a degree, most recently around 0.2 degree. Temperatures have been going up and down, often by much larger amounts, for millions of years. The salient point here is that the Earth’s temperatures, as most reliably measured, are not rising consistent with the doomsday predictions of the liberals’ models. Here are the data in graphic form. Click to enlarge:

So the models, and therefore the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory, are wrong.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/01/global-temperatures-what-is-really-happening.php

THERE’S AN ADULT IN OUR AMERICA…..”HIS NAME IS DONALD TRUMP!”

Did the Media Care When Obama Fired General Mattis?

By Daniel John Sobieski  at American Thinker:

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Defense secretaries come and go.  President Obama had four of them in eight years, who had some unkind things to say about his leadership or lack of it.  There was no talk of chaos or of the only adult in the room leaving.

Suddenly, the media are in a meltdown after “Mad Dog” Mattis announced his departure from the Cabinet after President Trump announced our departure from Syria:

Foreign Policy Pentagon reporter Lara Seligman wrote the press corp [sic] is contemplating suicide over Mattis’ resignation, “I think I speak for all national security reporters tonight when I say I’m about ready to jump off a cliff. But at least I already wrote the “who will replace Mattis” story two months (only two months?????) ago[.”]

Democrats who won’t defend our southern border and who slept as Obama drew red lines with vanishing ink worry about an ISIS Obama created by a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq regaining strength and reforming in Syria and Iraq.  The general Obama fired is suddenly a man of principle whose leadership was indispensable:

House Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was “shaken and “concerned”. “General Mattis was a comfort to many who were concerned about the path the Trump Admin would choose to take. His resignation letter is defined by statements of principle – principles that drove him to leave the Administration. All of us should be concerned at this time.”

There was no such concern when Obama relieved Mattis as commander of CENTCOM without so much as a phone call, a factoid typical of Obama’s disdain for the military, its missions, and its heroes.

[Thomas E.] Ricks says Mattis was fired because:

Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way – not because he went all “mad dog,” which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran.  Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable.  Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe?  What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf?  He kept saying, “And then what?”

There is also a belief that Mattis and Obama differed on Iran.  “A particular point of disagreement was what to do about mischief Iran is exporting to other countries.  Mattis is indeed more hawkish on this than the White House was,” writes Ricks in yet another post.

Mattis is probably more hawkish than Trump as well.  Mattis and Trump disagree on strategy.  Obama and Mattis disagreed on goals and consequences.  While a liberal uproar greeted the former, utter silence greeted the latter.

No doubt, our Syrian withdrawal was a factor in Mattis’s decision.  I don’t agree with it, but to compare it with Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq when he snatched defeat from George W. Bush’s victory, as many conservatives are doing, is a tad disingenuous.

President Trump destroyed the ISIS caliphate as originally constituted in Syria and Iraq.  Obama watched it grow and facilitated its growth through inaction and indifference.  ISIS is a cancer that has spread but is currently in remission. If it comes back in force, we can deal with it.  But it is not dangerous isolationism for Trump to consider Iran the main threat and to focus on it.

It is Iran that wants its nukes to be an existential threat to Israel, Europe, and the United States.  It is Iran that is trying to build a corridor of terror from Tehran through Syria and Iraq to its Hezb’allah puppets in Lebanon.

Iran is the head of the snake.  Syria and ISIS are the tail.  Strike at the head, and you kill the snake.  President Trump is doing that by nixing Obama’s nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions, including prohibitions on Iranian oil exports.  That, arguably, is a better way to deal with a very real threat than chasing random jihadis through the Syrian desert.

Critics of our Syrian withdrawal forget that under President Trump, American-backed forces liberated the ISIS capital of Raqqa.  They forget the hundreds of Russian mercenaries killed in clashes with U.S. forces.  They forget the cruise missile strikes against Syrian targets under the nose of Vladimir Putin.  Trump’s moves in Syria were hardly under a white flag.

Obama, by contrast, didn’t want to win anywhere and waged his own war against the U.S. military, purging it of generals, admirals, and commanders who dare to talk of victory.  President Obama began a military purge not dissimilar to those routinely conducted by third-world despots, with the goal of eliminating voices that might oppose his withdrawing from the world stage.  As Investor’s Business Dailyeditorialized:

[W]hat has happened to our officer corps since President Obama took office is viewed in many quarters as unprecedented, baffling and even harmful to our national security posture.  We have commented on some of the higher profile cases, such as Gen. Carter Ham.  He was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi[.] …

From Breitbart.com’s Facebook page comes a list of at least 197 officers that have been relieved of duty by President Obama for a laundry list of reasons and sometimes with no reason given.

Retired four-star general and Fox News analyst Jack Keane, architect of the Iraq surge that produced the victory Obama threw away, recently spoke on Kilmeade and Friends about Obama’s ongoing purge of the military of officers who oppose his isolationist and defeatist policies.

It’s also a fact that a number of our general officers, not all of them but a number of them, were asked to leave before what would normally be accepted as the routine tenure for that particular position, and General Mattis is a case in point who had very strong views on Iran.  Most of us agree with those views but I know the administration did not agree with them.  General Flynn, who you know very well and had on your show, was an outspoken proponent for understand[ing] radical Islam, how dangerous this particular threat was and was trying to communicate that, he was not able to serve out his full tenure.  So yes, that’s another fact that we can substantiate, that there were generals who did leave earlier than what their tenure would be and the characteristic they all shared together is they did disagree with the administration on various points.”

General Mattis is an old-school warrior known for his colorful rhetoric and his commitment both to his men and to his mission.  He, along with other generals like David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal, did have a problem with Obama’s quest for a substitute for victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As the New York Post reported:

Officially, the administration offers a nothing-to-see-here explanation for Mattis’ departure, noting that his tenure in the crucial job was about average for the post.  Maybe.  But politics is at play here as well.  The brusque Mattis apparently fell afoul of National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, an Obama apparatchik.  Why?  Because Mattis says things the Obama team doesn’t want to hear, especially about what might well become the next theater of operations – Iran.

Okay, maybe Mattis was saying things Trump didn’t want to hear about tactics and strategies, but we have only one commander-in-chief at a time, and the one we have now is trying to rebuild the military, so we can win wars, not letting the military atrophy while generals who want to win are purged.

We have not only ISIS jihadis to worry about.  We have the Iranian nuclear threat, an expansionist China with sub-launched nuclear missiles capable of hitting U.S. cities, and a belligerent Russia developing hypersonic missiles we might not be able to stop as it negotiates with a crumbling Venezuela to base its nuclear-capable bombers on an island not far from Caracas.

So chill out, Chicken Littles of the left and right.  There is an adult in the room.  His name is Donald J. Trump.

 

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/did_the_media_care_when_obama_fired_general_mattis.html

Why You Should Be Nationalist!

Why You Should Be a Nationalist

by Yoram Hazony  at Prager University

It’s undeniable: Around the world, nationalism is on the march, and the media and reigning political elites would have you believe this is a dangerous disaster in the making. So, why is Yoram Hazony, author of The Virtue of Nationalism, unafraid? Watch to understand.

Please click below for Lesson WHY YOU SHOULD BE NATIONALIST!

 

https://www.prageru.com/videos/why-you-should-be-nationalist

Today’s “Reality”

The Great Awokening: How The Social Justice Faith Produces Miserable Manipulators

Andrew Sullivan wrote a piece last week expanding on his previously expressed view that intersectionality and social justice are a substitute religion, one currently undergoing substantial growth or as he calls it “the Great Awokening.”

For many, especially the young, discovering a new meaning in the midst of the fallen world is thrilling. And social-justice ideology does everything a religion should. It offers an account of the whole: that human life and society and any kind of truth must be seen entirely as a function of social power structures, in which various groups have spent all of human existence oppressing other groups. And it provides a set of practices to resist and reverse this interlocking web of oppression — from regulating the workplace and policing the classroom to checking your own sin and even seeking to control language itself. I think of non-PC gaffes as the equivalent of old swear words. Like the puritans who were agape when someone said “goddamn,” the new faithful are scandalized when someone says something “problematic.” Another commonality of the zealot then and now: humorlessness.

And so the young adherents of the Great Awokening exhibit the zeal of the Great Awakening. Like early modern Christians, they punish heresy by banishing sinners from society or coercing them to public demonstrations of shame, and provide an avenue for redemption in the form of a thorough public confession of sin. “Social justice” theory requires the admission of white privilege in ways that are strikingly like the admission of original sin. A Christian is born again; an activist gets woke. To the belief in human progress unfolding through history — itself a remnant of Christian eschatology — it adds the Leninist twist of a cadre of heroes who jump-start the revolution.

But while Sullivan is looking at this phenomenon from the outside, author Conor Barnes is writing about what it was like to be on the inside. Barnes became part of the radical community by the age of 18 and was for a time a true believer. He now considers himself an apostate (for reasons explained below) from a faith designed to make its adherents miserable and isolated. From Quillette:

When I became an anarchist, I was a depressed and anxious teenager, in search of answers. Radicalism explained that these were not manageable issues with biological and lifestyle factors, they were the result of living in capitalist alienation. For, as Kelsey Cham C notes, “This whole world is based on f**king misery” and “In capitalist systems, we’re not meant to feel joy.” Radicalism not only finds that all oppressions intersect, but so does all suffering. The force that causes depression is the same that causes war, domestic abuse, and racism. By accepting this framework, I surrendered to an external locus of control. Personal agency in such a model is laughable. And then, when I became an even less happy and less strong person over the years as an anarchist, I had an explanation on hand.

There is an overdeveloped muscle in radicalism: the critical reflex. It is able to find oppression behind any mundanity. Where does this critical reflex come from? French philosopher Paul Ricœur famously coined the term “school of suspicion” to describe Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud’s drive to uncover repressed meaning in text and society. Today’s radicals have inherited this drive by way of Foucault and other Marxo-Nietzscheans.

As radicals, we lived in what I call a paradigm of suspicion, one of the malignant ideas that emerge as a result of intellectual in-breeding. We inherited familial neuroses and saw insidious oppression and exploitation in all social relationships, stifling our ability to relate to others or ourselves without cynicism. Activists anxiously pore over interactions, looking for ways in which the mundane conceals domination. To see every interaction as containing hidden violence is to become a permanent victim, because if all you are is a nail, everything looks like a hammer.

The paradigm of suspicion leaves the radical exhausted and misanthropic, because any action or statement can be shown with sufficient effort to hide privilege, a microaggression, or unconscious bias.

Barnes says the nature of radical communities tends to attract a lot of genuinely compassionate people who feel the injustices of the world deeply and have a sincere interest in making it a better place. But the radical community they join celebrates illegal and often violent behavior. And intersectionality leads not to a classless society but to the creation of an alternative pecking order, one where the most afflicted are the most revered. That combination, a rejection of social norms combined with a call-out culture based on a pyramid of victimization, can easily be exploited by abusive personalities to dominate and destroy others.

The accountability process is a subcultural institution whereby survivors can make demands of perpetrators and the community must hold them accountable. Radicals are hesitant to report abusers and rapists to the police, for fear of subjecting comrades to the prison system. But turning victims into judge and jury and shared friends into executioners is a recipe for injustice that satisfies no one. And in light of the instant truth-value given to claims of abuse, accountability processes are an oddly perfect weapon for actual abusers. As one writer for the zine the Broken Teapot says, “The past few years I have watched with horror as the language of accountability became an easy front for a new generation of emotional manipulators. It’s been used to perfect a new kind of predatory maverick—the one schooled in the language of sensitivity—using the illusion of accountability as community currency.”

Entanglement with such an individual is what finally broke me from my own dogmatism. Having somebody yell at me that if I didn’t admit to being a white supremacist her friends might beat me up and that I should pay her for her emotional labor, was too much for my ideology to spin. The internal crisis it induced led to gradual disillusion. In the end, however, this was the greatest gift I could ask for.

I’d like to hear more details about the encounter that shook Barnes’ faith. What had he said to prompt such a response? You get the impression that in these communities, where every interaction between individuals is seen as part of a political struggle between identity groups seeking power, anything could be deemed problematic. For the accused, there is no way to argue the point without immediately proving oneself guilty of the privilege they are denying.

Barnes appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show this week to talk about his time in the radical community.

 

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/12/15/great-awokening-faith-social-justice-produces-miserable-moralists/

OUR DITSY HUMAN FEMALE ANIMAL AND THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY FOR THE SAKE OF PROFIT

Civilized life in our America has been in free fall for about a half of century by now.   Today’s American human female animal has left motherhood for the sake of…..well, what?  Notoriety?  Equality? Power?  Freedom to remain Ditsy Democrat forever?

Today’s American human male animal is programmed to step aside to cede his God-given  responsibilities to his feminist “equal” and learns in college to become more feminized himself for better understandings of feelings  now brain-washed  at today’s school and  university  from coast to coast  to  replace his natural curiosity  to seek Truth,  solve problems, protect his family and defend his neighborhood and nation.

As I look back at my own public schooling Kindergarten to High School graduation, (1939-1952) teaching knowledge, community respect and cultural decency were top priorities in our St.Paul, MN public schools.   Until the end of The War, all of my teachers were old maids, ages 40 to 65,  very, very learned in their fields, very skilled and confident in their teaching techniques.   All of the students, average 40 per class,  were obedient because we had to be.   All of us had a Mother at home seven days a week.  Only about half us had a Father at home, for it was wartime until fall 1945.   We all attended some Church….mostly Roman Catholic at the time, and four or so Jewish kids per class went to Hebrew School 2:30 on Tuesday afternoons.  Protestant kids had Church Schooling on Sundays.

I loved learnings.  I really liked these old ladies….even witchy Belle Swanson, my ancient second grade teacher who never smiled and never called on me as she did other students…..except the day in October she announced to the entire class, “Children, Glenn Ray has finally decided to write his Rs correctly!  Isn’t that amazing!”

I had no idea what she was talking about, but smiled anyway.  Up to that point, I had apparently printed the capital R to my last name, RAY, backwards by habit.   I couldn’t read well either.   No one had invented dyslexia yet.

The human family in the Twin Cities was already becoming smaller in those grade school days.   The Great Depression of 1929 began that trend.   On our street of  18 families all had a child or two at home, and five had grown ups no longer living in the area.

No one had any money until the war was over.   Crime didn’t exist in the city.   Folks were churched.  Neighbors had the same neighbors for years.   No adults argued out loud.   No kids wanted to be spanked, and ALL OF US HAD MOMS WHO KNEW THE MOMS ON THE BLOCK ALL OF WHOM  HELPED US BEHAVE PROPERLY.

The work week for Fathers not young enough to be called to duty worked  six  8 hour days a week until well after the war.    My dad was a pharmacist who  had to work most Sundays totaling 55 hours per week.

No one had any money to spend.    Every penny counted.   Local bakery shops, corner drug stores, ice cream parlors, meat markets, shoe repair, camera repair, dime stores,  barber shops, beauty shops, book shops were in neighborhoods  all over the city.

Families existed then, in number and in depth.   No one was fat and piggish.  Gals dressed up to go downtown shopping and wore veils to Church on Sunday.    Working guys sweated it out sans deodorant on the street cars and buses  until well after the war.

Air conditioning hadn’t arrived yet.    No one was afraid to go outside or walk through the poverty sections of the city then.

A Personal View regarding Some Advantages of being Dyslexic!

The Advantages of Dyslexia

With reading difficulties can come other cognitive strengths

Note:  I am 84 years old.  Today, November 14, 2018 is the first time I have researched even a page of knowledge about the details of dyslexia.  It was invented, discovered about 50 years ago, but I wasn’t much of a reader so I didn’t bother to delve any  further to a field I was not involved in.

Until two years ago when I had a right knee replacement, I possessed a memory unique whether important to remember or not.  I am now slowly recovering from some of the memory loss a month of oxycodone 7 times a day caused.

My Mother was German and Germanic.  She wanted me out of her sight when at work inside our house.  Every weekday every morning around ten,  she’d listen to classical music on radio  from Chicago.  It was still depression time, pre World War II, 1938.  Think lots of static.  Every day, every morning, afternoon, and even at night I asked her endless numbers of questions…why she was doing what, where, and how those things she was  doing!   When I was four, she had had it!  That is when the punishments began….the same punishment, the same hour each day, Monday through Friday.  It followed, “If you ask me one more question, you’re going to the wall….Do you understand that…..GLENN RAY!

I understood, but I kept forgetting.  I was driven.  So, at age 4 I began my trip to soft stucco wall at the front door entryway to our living room as a punishment chamber…..60 minutes each foray; her being Germanic it was sixty minutes, not 59 or 61.

I gave her a pouted face once, only once. I was a quick learner.  I thought I could make her feel sad, even mean making me suffer by standing at that wall.   Four years old didn’t matter, however.  The pout cost me  2 hours of standing at the wall.  Pouting was never going to be my line again.

The American part of World War II broke out the December when I was four.  I had already discovered state road maps…..and could draw the map of Minnesota and Wisconsin quite accurately.   Mother bought me a Rand McNally World Atlas book of maps  that Christmas of 1941 when I was seven.

I was hooked by maps thereafter, and she knew it….She bought me  a globe of the world the next Christmas so I could follow the war more closely and spend less time at her windows.

Belle Swanson, forty going on ninety years old, was my second grade teacher.   Somewhere around mid January  that year she announced me to her class for the first time….by informing my fellow classmates, “Children…Glenn Ray has finally decided to make his “G”s and “R”s properly.  Isn’t that nice of him? …in sarcasm even I could recognize that very moment.   She approached my desk to show me her proof by comparing my yesterday’s backward G and R and today’s correct capital G and R.

I was stunned with what I saw.   She had many times carped and carped about me being obstinate by not making my capital Gs an Rs properly.   “Boys can sure make trouble”, she’d groan.  I was her proof, but without intending to do so. .

My mom did permit me to copy war zone maps from the atlas she bought me.  I’d  press the maps under the paper against the window  so I could draw islands around the South Pacific and pretend I was fighting the enemy along side my two step-uncles, age 17 and 19,  who were on ships in the Pacific fighting the enemy.

My coup  in school occurred in the third grade.   Mrs. Lucille Jaeger became  my favorite teacher of all time.   I was very shy in class.  I couldn’t read anything in paragraphs. Teachers would make their students  stand and read a paragraph or two or three  out loud to the class, so I was made embarrassed over and over again when I stood up….what could I say?

I could read newspaper headlines and rotogravure picture readings beginning with the Battle of Midway, June, 1942.   Headlines, cutlines, and pictures together taught me their stories visually, collectively making me see and so, read photographically  by  memory to this day.

Mrs. Jaeger presented me with a coup in my life.   It was winter but well after Christmas, that I remember.   “Glenn Ray” she called in class.   (We had to stand up at attention when called.)  I was never afraid of her, only shocked because I was called at all!

“I understand you draw maps” she stated.  “Is that right?”

I concurred.   “Could you draw a map of the United States on the blackboard for the class to see?”   (“Do I have two feet”, I thought…but politely and shyly answered I could….for I had played drawing maps many times at home, by heart, just for fun or something to learn or simply pass the time playing games I have invented.)

I’d start at Inlet, Minnesota, that bump on top of our state’s head and draw westward to Puget Sound, draw the Sound a bit and then go South along the Pacific to San Francisco and its bay, down south to the  Mexican border to the straight lines to border Arizona to Texas and the Rio Grande, to the Mississippi Delta and a few ‘bump’s to the peninsula of Florida up the Atlantic to Chesapeake Bay and such around Northern Virginia.  It was fun drawing the Massachusetts part  into the Ocean, then to the head I called Maine and then turned West again to the Great Lakes and home, Minnesota.  It took about three minutes.

Both Mrs. Jaeger and students were shocked….but the best was yet to happen.  As my teacher was about to thank me, I asked her if she wanted me to map in the states as well?

We didn’t have the time, she said.   At the time I had no clue that I had earned a unique status in serving my third grade classes thereafter.   I was very good at drawing landscape settings.   All these pieces of art I could do were caused by my Mother to keep me from asking her questions……SUCH IS LIFE!

I have never read a novel  cover to cover beyond “1984”, which in my view isn’t a novel at all.  It is a book of leftwing horror that every human being should read and know as a political bible contrary to the Bible of our JudeoChristian believers…..the ones Leftist Fascists are replacing in today’s American culture.

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Now, what is DYSLEXIA according to the Scientific American below?

“Dyslexia is often called a “learning disability.” And it can indeed present learning challenges. Although its effects vary widely, children with dyslexia read so slowly that it would typically take them a half a year to read the same number of words other children might read in a day. Therefore, the fact that people who read so slowly were so adept at picking out the impossible figures was a big surprise to the researchers. After all, why would people who are slow in reading be fast at responding to visual representations of causal reasoning?

Though the psychologists may have been surprised, many of the people with dyslexia I speak with are not. In our laboratory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics we have carried out studies funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate talents for scienceamong those with dyslexia. The dyslexic scientist Christopher Tonkin described to me his sense of this as a sensitivity to “things out of place.”  He’s easily bothered by the weeds among the flowers in his garden, and he felt that this sensitivity for visual anomalies was something he built on in his career as a professional scientist.  Such differences in sensitivity for causal perception may explain why people like Carole Greider and Baruj Benacerraf have been able to perform Nobel prize-winning science despite lifelong challenges with dyslexia.

In one study, we tested professional astrophysicists with and without dyslexia for their abilities to spot the simulated graphical signature in a spectrum characteristic of a black hole. The scientists with dyslexia —perhaps sensitive to the weeds among the flowers— were better at picking out the black holes from the noise, an advantage useful in their careers. Another study in our laboratory compared the abilities of college students with and without dyslexia for memorizing blurry-looking images resembling x-rays. Again, those with dyslexia showed an advantage, an advantage in that can be useful in science or medicine.

Why are there advantages in dyslexia?  Is it something about the brains of people with dyslexia that predisposes them to causal thinking? Or, is it a form of compensation, differences in the brain that occur because people with dyslexia read less? Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is unknown.

One thing we do know for sure is that reading changes the structure of the brain. An avid reader might read for an hour or more a day, day in and day out for years on end. This highly specialized repetitive training, requiring an unnaturally precise, split-second control over eye movements, can quickly restructure the visual system so as to make some pathways more efficient than the others.

When illiterate adults were taught to read, an imaging study led by Stanislas Dehaene in France showed that changes occurred in the brain as reading was acquired. But, as these adults developed skills for reading, they also lost their former abilities to process certain types of visual information, such as the ability to determine when an object is the mirrorimage of another.  Learning to read therefore comes at a cost, and the ability to carry out certain types of visual processing are lost when people learn to read. This would suggest that the visual strengths in dyslexia are simply an artifact of differences in reading experience, a trade-off that occurs as a consequence of poor reading in dyslexia.

My colleagues and I suggested that one reason people with dyslexia may exhibit visual talents is that they have difficulty managing visual attention. It may at first seem ironic that a difficulty can lead to an advantage, but it makes sense when you realize that what we call “advantages” and “disadvantages” have meaning only in the context of the task that needs to be performed.

For example, imagine you’re looking to hire a talented security guard. This person’s job will be to spot things that look odd and out of place, and call the police when something suspicious —say, an unexpected footprint in a flowerbed— is spotted. If this is the person’s task, would you rather hire a person who is an excellent reader, who has the ability to focus deeply and get lost in the text, or would you rather hire a person who is sensitive to changes in their visual environment, who is less apt to focus and block out the world?

Tasks such as reading require an ability to focus your attention on the words as your eyes scan a sentence, to quickly and accurately shift your attention in sequence from one word to the next.  But, to be a good security guard you need an opposite skill; you need to be able to be alert to everything all at once, and though this isn’t helpful for reading, this can lead to talents in other areas. If the task is to find the logical flaw in an impossible figure, then this can be done more quickly if you can distribute your attention everywhere on the figure all at once. If you tend to focus on the visual detail, to examine every piece of the figure in sequence, it could take you longer to determine whether these parts add up to the whole, and you would be at a disadvantage.

These studies raise the possibility that visual attention deficits, present from a very early age, are responsible for the reading challenges that are characteristic of dyslexia. If this theory is upheld, it would also suggest that the observed advantages are not an incidental byproduct of experience with reading, but are instead the result of differences in the brain that were likely present from birth.

If this is indeed the case, given that attention affects perception in very general ways, any number of advantages should emerge.  While people with dyslexia may tend to miss details in their environment that require an attentional focus, they would be expected to be better at noticing things that are distributed more broadly.  To put this another way, while typical readers may tend to miss the forest because it’s view is blocked by all the trees, people with dyslexia may see things more holistically, and miss the trees, but see the forest.

Among other advantages observed, Gadi Geiger and his colleagues at MIT found that people with dyslexia can distribute their attention far more broadly than do typical readers, successfully identifying letters flashed simultaneously in the center and the periphery for spacings that were much further apart. They also showed that such advantages are not just for things that are visual, but that they apply to sounds as well. In one study, simulating the sounds of a cocktail party, they found that people with dyslexia were able to pick out more words spoken by voices widely-distributed in the room, compared with people who were proficient readers.

Whether or not observations of such advantages —measured in the laboratory— have applications to talents in real life remains an open question. But, whatever the reason, a clear trend is beginning to emerge: People with dyslexia may exhibit strengths for seeing the big picture (both literally and figuratively) others tend to miss.  Thomas G. West has long argued that out-of-the-box thinking is historically part and parcel of dyslexia, and more recently physicians Brock and Fernette Eide have advanced similar arguments. Sociologists, such as Julie Logan of the Cass Business School in London agree.  Logan found that dyslexia is relatively common among business entrepreneurs; people who tend to think differently and see the big picture in thinking creatively about a business.

Whatever the mechanism, one thing is clear: dyslexia is associated with differences in visual abilities, and these differences can be an advantage in many circumstances, such as those that occur in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In physics we know that an engine is capable of productive work only when there are differences in temperature, hot versus cold. It’s only when everything is all the same that nothing productive can get done. Neurological differences similarly drive the engine of society, to create the contrasts between hot and cold that lead to productive work. Impairments in one area can lead to advantages in others, and it is these differences that drive progress in many fields, including science and math. After all, there are probably many more than three kinds of mathematicians, and society needs them all.”