Access to Capital, Cell Phones, and China – 3 C’s Changing the World

In this podcast, I go over how access to capital via crowdfunding or micro lending will bypass the large banks. The bank official used to be the blockage to the fulfillment of an idea, but now those days are over. With the internet allowing the changing of the guard with regard to getting an idea up and running, the free market will flourish, and the gatekeepers will no longer be able to control the flow and growth of ideas.

A huge thanks / hat tip to Gary North.

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School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. – Einstein

“School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. The teachers behaved like Feldwebel (sergeants). I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam.” _- – – – Einstein and the Poet (1983)

http://www.biographyonline.net/scientists/albert-einstein.html

Einstein was not only not a fan of school, he was late to speak, and the authorities of the day were sure he was what today would be called “special ed.”

Everyone learns at his own pace.  People have individual interests. Being good or bad in school does not correlate directly with success – wealth or otherwise.

My message has always been this.  You can do better at school and use it as a tool to advance, but it isn’t something that locks you in or determines your future.

Why do people say there is only one way?

Who are these people?

Phonebloks – Someone with an idea for a product / service and little technical skill….

This video has gotten an unreal number of views: 21 million.

If you’ll notice, the guy with the Phonebloks idea wasn’t technically savvy.  His site crashed.  He asked for help via Twitter – and got it.

I think this is a great idea.  I was talking about entrepreneurship with some students 8th period yesterday – coincidentally about cellphones.  This guy had a good idea and because there is a www he was able to get his message out there.  15 years ago this would have been impossible. There are many permutations to ideas, social media, information movement and speed, knowledge of the web.  This is counter to the idea that ‘the good ideas are all taken, or ‘I don’t have any tech skills so I am doomed’.

No you’re not.  Here is the update.  What’s your idea or product or service you’d like to sell?  Perhaps you can get involved with these people via social media and learn from them?

Revisionist History is not Conspiracy Theory – Antarctica proves this.

I introduce a lot of history in my English class. I think it’s impossible not to cover the basic history, especially the time period in which the author lived. The days and events are important things that shaped the work.

This era is an era of historical disconnect. Especially with the advent of the world wide web, there is a gap that exists between students and teachers. The teachers have been trained by the textbooks and professors from a pre-internet era. The information hasn’t changed a ton, but the accessibility has changed exponentially.

Here’s an example and it has to do with Antarctica and the issue of discovery. According to wikipedia, Antarctica was discovered in 1820. Watch the first 5 minutes of this video, and you’ll not only learn about an interesting story about the race to the South Pole, but that Antarctica was discovered in 1820. There is a problem however, and you’re not supposed to ever find out about it. Much like much of Establishment History, the story is false, almost to the point of being fraudulent.

If it wasn’t ‘discovered’ until 1820, how do you explain the Piri Reis map from 1513?

Graham Hancock, by the way, has been called a ‘pseudohistorian’ by the Establishment.

Not only that – how do you explain the Oronteus Finaeus map from 1531?

These questions, and this evidence, will cause much chortling, giggles and bad explanations about “conspiracy theories” from the adults who are supposed to be about the free exchange of ideas. I used to think that the professors and the teachers were people with honor, who would welcome debate and new thoughts. I was so wrong it isn’t even funny.

I think it’s time that the young people out there stop taking a back seat. There are times when it’s time to step up. We saw this in the 1960’s when people stepped up and demanded real change and and ending of idiotic wars. It wasn’t a permanent but they got their point across. They scared the Establishment, which, in my opinion, stepped up the propaganda war and the sped up the dumbing down of the US.

The revisionist historians of today are yelling from the rooftops for help. Your instructors are not evil beasts intent on warping your brain. Their paradigm was built in a different era – one of limited information exchange and blind trust for one’s college professors. If you want to rattle the chains, these topics will do it:

  • FDR intentionally screws with Japan to provoke WWII.
  • The absurdity of the official JFK assassination story.
  • The Council on Foreign Relations and its influence.
  • The attempt to crush the Wright brothers after they figured out manned flight – the gov’t’s guy didn’t do it first.
  • The Federal Reserve and its founding.

There are many more topics to discuss – most of them deal with fraudulent government action. As faith in government has replaced faith in God, the revisionist ideas get tossed down the memory hole.

Gary North shows you how it’s done here:

College Dropout Has 26 Million Students – and No Teacher’s License!

Each year, I have between 80 and 150 students.  This is called ‘having influence over young people’.

In NY State, you need at least 18 ‘education credits’, a BA and then an MS/MA from a University.

Then you need to take a Content Specialty Exam (CSE), the LAST (a liberal arts exam), and an ATS-W (teacher theory / jargon) exam.

The State has implemented more exams to take for people who went through the system after I did.  Each one of these exams has a fee attached to it.  It must be a great moneymaker for NY state government and colleges – seeing all the people going to college to become teachers.

I’ve mentioned code.org and seattleclouds.com.  Here is another site run by a guy with 26 million students.  He dropped out of college.  This means he doesn’t have a teaching credential.  Just like Salman Khan over at khanacademy.org.  How many millions of young people use khanacademy?  It is, according to Alexa, 694th most popular in the US and 1700th in the world.  This is a huge amount of traffic, seeing that there are millions of websites around the world.

From the article: “Zach Sims, a college dropout founded Codecademy, a website which enables users to learn six popular programming languages, via a simple interface, for free. Codecademy is three years old now, and Sims has 26 million students.”

Does this mean college is useless?  Of course not.  It also doesn’t mean all of your certified teachers are morons.  Now that we’re past 7th grade it’s clear there are no absolutes, that there are always exceptions.  But here’s what you’re told, and what I was told, and what is still told to students nationwide: “go to college, get a diploma, and if you want to become a teacher get certified and then get a job”.  This is what we’re told – repeatedly – in schools.  I hear it every day, and see signs in the hallway saying it as well.

Place that quote next to what the article says, under the subheading ‘Relevant Skills‘: “”We were spending our days learning about Greek mythology, and our nights studying thick financial modelling textbooks.  We figured if students at Columbia – a top five school in the country, can’t find jobs when they graduate, there was probably a problem.”  So Zach started to teach himself to code. “We built the first version of Codecademy for me,” he explains, and with the help of a friend, Ryan Bubinski, he expanded the site. Mr Bubinski became co-founder and together they launched Codecademy, in August 2011.  In the first weekend more than 200,000 people used the product – “it gave the ability to send emails to all those people who said the market size was limited,” Zach quips, unable to suppress a smile.

There’s never just one way.  Perhaps in the hard sciences, engineering and high order mathematics the top tier university route is the way to go.  I have a suspicion that your top intellect peers, coupled with a few amazing professors will really be the goldmine you’ll find at that level – not the ‘credential’ you’ll get.

People told these young men that the ‘market size was limited’.  Did they listen? No.  The market for your skills is out there.  Think of what you do well, what relevant skills you have, and sell them to the market.  If you fail, fail quickly and start over.

The internet is moving faster than the dinosaurs in your school.  They are going extinct, and some of them will give you advice that will make your job prospects extinct.

http://www.codecademy.com

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30960562

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/education-moment-man-with-26-million.html#lVhy1Y6dJeyquYiT.99

With Isaiah “Elite Buckets” Rhodes

We discuss the Josh Smith release, along with the shocking state of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and some other aspects of the NBA. Intelligent commentary only – if you want screaming and empty analysis, you must go elsewhere.

The Decline and Fall of the ARC, and the Entrepreneurial Skill of Mike Dolce

The ARC is no more, not that it ever was anything to speak of – just the usual farce of school. Mike Dolce shows you how to do something entrepreneurial that ‘has been done before’. A lesson in entrepreneurship.

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