Mornin’ Coffee: May 31, 2019

…a review of Kettle Moraine Publications

Price: Use your medicine at home, Rudi
Rudiger Dornbusch, M.I.T. professor of economics and advisor to the World Bank and the I.M.F. has been giving us a sermon with a lot of truths on how to run a country: “Time and again, governments try to deliver an artificial prosperity with overvalued currency, using the money printing press and debt; sooner or later they fail.”

Rudi should be worrying about his own country and giving this advice to his government. Let’s take a look a some facts about disorder in the U.S.A., which has reached staggering proportions… (Continue to full article)

Beware: The Ide(a)s of ‘Rare Coin’ Dealers
If you are not familiar with gold and silver or the so-called ‘Rare Coin’ market (which is loosely aligned with it), nor some of the reasons why these goods are sought after all over the world, then this column will have little meaning to you, however it is our intent to educate you as to the pitfalls of what some call, the Industry. What follows is a response to to an inquiry from a then prospective client.

An expose’ of the Pirates of the precious-metals underworld and how you can truly protect your ass-ets – from them!… (Continue to full article)

You become what you eat!
Diets high in cheeseburgers and fries and low in whole grains and veggies account for over 80,000 cancer cases a year.

We now know without a shadow of a doubt that eating highly processed foods lacking in nutrition is not just bad for our waistlines, but for our cancer risks… (Continue to full article)

Cancer Town: ‘It’s been killing us for 50 years‘
Residents of the town on the banks of the Mississippi River have watched as family members and neighbors have been lost to cancer. Official figures show the risk of cancer from toxic air is 50 times higher in Reserve than the national average. Feeling neglected by politicians, they are fighting back against the chemical plant has been emitting chloroprene into the air for half a century… (Continue to full article)

California couple who developed the same cancer after using Roundup weed killer on their property for 30 years are awarded $2 BILLION in Monsanto trial
The company faces a slew of over 13,4000 lawsuits over the product, which uses glysophate, a pest-killing chemical that may raise cancer risks – a risk that three courts in a row have now ruled the company failed to warn consumers of… (Continue to full article)

The ADHD Overdiagnosis Epidemic Is a Schooling Problem, Not a Child One
Childhood exuberance is now a liability. Behaviors that were once accepted as normal, even if mildly irritating to adults, are increasingly viewed as unacceptable and cause for medical intervention. High energy, lack of impulse control, inability to sit still and listen, lack of organizational skills, fidgeting, talking incessantly—these typical childhood qualities were widely tolerated until relatively recently. Today, children with these characteristics are being diagnosed with, and often medicated for, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at an astonishing rate… (Continue to full article)

The History and Results of America’s Disastrous Public School System
While it’s almost universally understood that the American school system is underperforming, “reform,” too, is almost universally prescribed as the solution. Yet in other walks of life, bad ideas are not reformed—they are eliminated and replaced with better ones. Our school system is rarely identified as a bad idea.

The system is reflexively left alone while the methods are the bad ideas that get cycled in and out: open concept schools, multiple intelligences, project-based learning, universal design for learning, merit-based pay, vouchers, charters, and most recently, educational neuroscience. Every decade or so we are told by the pedagogic experts that they have found an answer to our school’s problems. The trouble is, they’re looking right past the problem… (Continue to full article)

Restructuring American Education
There are times when Metropolis Café finds it beneficial to take a time machine back some years – just to study how our Public Education system was being looked upon at that time. The following was written in early 2002. How far we have fallen – and the same questions are being asked 17 years later…. (Continue to full article)

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