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The Gates Foundation: Doing Great Good, Doing Great Evil…

A friend recently shared a link to an article by Bill Gates about lessons he’s learned from his work in India trying to eradicate polio. Here’s my response:

Interesting article, and yes, some lessons that might be drawn from their great work on world health… And I am glad Bill & Melinda are putting hundreds of millions into world health, great to see that wealth doing good.

Cover of Diane Ravitch's book, The Death and Life of the Great American School SystemHowever, if I may now climb on my soap box for a moment, it’s very sad to know that the Gates Foundation is one of a small handful of very wealthy foundations who are also actively engaged in a concerted attack on public education, on the so-called “reform” movement which is not really about helping improve public schools or help kids, it’s about privatizing education, wringing profits out of the public education “sector” by diverting public funds into private charters, and destroying public pension funds and unions in the process. Bill & Melinda’s cohorts in this are none other than the Waltons (Walton Foundation = Wal-Mart $$$) and the Broad Foundation.

See as a couple starting points:

Cover of Diane Ravitch's book, Reign of Error I’d love to talk about these issues with anyone interested, and if you are interested, I highly recommend Diane Ravitch’s last 2 books, and/or her blogs. In 2010 she came out with The Death and Life of the Great American School System, which is a thorough history of how we got to where we are now with this privatization attack on public education. Just last month she came out with Reign of Error, which more directly challenges and disproves so many of the current claims of these “reformers” —she cites lots of data where they just pontificate w/o evidence to back their claims— and then she offers solutions for what will actually help improve schools and help kids.

OK, I’ll climb down from the soap box now. Thanks for letting me vent. (This is an issue dear to my heart and of great concern to me and many others.)

Cambridge with the McCarters

A fun couple of days in Cambridge – Boston area, visiting Cheyenne and Harris McCarter and their lovely daughters Savannah and Catalina.

Catalina's first-ever paycheck!

Catalina’s first-ever paycheck!

Home in New England

Ted & Jody on the airplane flying to Boston

Ted & Jody on the airplane flying to Boston

I don’t mean to knock Santa Cruz; it’s a lovely wonderful place and it is home… but in my heart and memory —and I feel it in my bones— New England is home home, my roots.

Jody and I flew a red eye to Boston, arriving 7:30 am. Got the rental car (Ford C-Max hybrid) and meandered north, visiting Salem and Danvers for some “witch history” since Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Esty —2 of the women hanged— were my aunts… I’d been to Salem a few times before, but never to the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, a few miles away in Danvers, MA.

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the house from across the alfalfa field

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the house from across the alfalfa field

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the house

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the house

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the cooking fireplace on 1st floor of the house

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the cooking fireplace on 1st floor of the house

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the fireplace in the 2nd floor bedroom

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the fireplace in the 2nd floor bedroom

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the original windows were probably built from glass and lead brought from England and in this style with diamond-shaped panes.

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, the original windows were probably built from glass and lead brought from England and in this style with diamond-shaped panes.

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, a shelf in kitchen showing typical ceramic and metal articles.

Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead, a shelf in kitchen showing typical ceramic and metal articles.

 

This model of the Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead shows the various parts of the house that were added on over several centuries, to the original 1630s home.This model of the Rebecca Towne Nurse Homestead shows the various parts of the house that were added on over several centuries, to the original 1630s home.
Rebecca (Towne) Nurse Homestead, Danvers, MA
Rebecca (Towne) Nurse Homestead, Danvers, MA
Jody loves these New England "Thickly Settled" signs

Jody loves these New England “Thickly Settled” signs

This bookstore was just amazing, with its 8' tall stacks of books

This bookstore was just amazing, with its 8′ tall stacks of books

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Love it! Gotta love the Unitarian perspective.

Love it! Gotta love the Unitarian perspective.

1629!

1629!

Lobster Dinner 7/5/13

Lobster Dinner 7/5/13

 

Rev Tedarino Wants to Marry You!

That is to say… I would be honored to officiate at your wedding! I have recreated the “Rev Tedarino” page I had before I lost my whole site… and now I get to add to it a post-Prop 8 overturn announcement that I can’t wait to perform legal gay and lesbian weddings! At last!

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And today is July 1, Jody’s and my 24th anniversary! Yeah love!!!