Monday, June 13, 2011


Franklin the Turtle is a boy.

Shame on him.

He, and all the other dominating sexist boy animal characters in children's books, are warping the minds and hearts of little girls everywhere.

These are the conclusions drawn in a 227-page study led by sociologist Janice McCabe of Florida State University.

Poor Janice.

Poor family and friends of Janice.Link
Just another excellent argument for more children staying out of University and going into auto mechanics and plumbing - regardless of their gender.

This is what is funded?

This is scholarship?


motorcycleguy said...

I am uncertain of the intent of your comment about auto mechanics and plumbers. The connotation is that one cannot possibly cultivate an appreciation for the world outside one's daily life unless enlightened by a university education. The world is better off with a few skilled people that can somewhat read, write and share experiences....rather than a lot of people that read and write very well, yet are not able to contribute to maintaining the very infrastructure (be it on a farm, in the city or out in the wilderness) that allows us to live as we do. I think it makes for too many politicians.

David Berner said...

Dear Motorcycle Guy,

My intention is exactly the opposite.

I agree completely and in fact I am scheduling one of my next TV shows to say this precisely.

Best wishes,

motorcycleguy said...

Great to hear that.....looking forward to your broadcast. I am saddened by the loss of support for our very well equipped high school shops and labs. That is over-simplifying, hopefully you can expand. It is not just the loss of hands on training, but the loss of the instructors that used to teach. These instructors often turned to teaching after a successful career in the real is not just the technical knowhow that is passed on, but a lifetime of experiences, ethics, morals and inspiration to continue to higher levels in ones field of interest. They made it clear it was also fine to stay at whatever level we were comfortable with, as long as we contributed to society in a positive way. These people could do the things they taught and encouraged innovation. It is a satisfying experience to add value and be appreciated for it. Male or female was irrelevant, so was the day or month. I believe someone who adds value in the course of their daily work has more respect for the Peter Principle and tends to not profess knowing something they don’t. More often than not an error would lead to something getting broken or someone getting hurt. Mistakes become quantifiable in short order. I am certain you will find a way to articulate this better than falling back on a cliche like “Zen and the Art of ..........” as true as it may be.