Re: bad item
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- From: Rick Parkany <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 06 May 2003 12:15:37 -0400
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Yes, Art...that leaving th' good ol' USNA... ... ...
Remind me, if I forget to thank another great Moralist and Moralizer of
several generations, ex-head of the WorldBank, and GM whiz-kid
industrial-military apologist, Robert MacNamara (now, here's a guy who
postulated that you could *meter* a war to an enemy--just enough to do th'
job, inventory-on-demand as applied to logistics (Mark I ), BTW: has anyone
EVER seen just a *little bit of war*? like this jackass thought?), REMIND
me to thank this Rogue Sec'y of Defense (the first and, certainly not last
in a long line of such) for using the Fleet with such sedititousness in the
Gulf of Tonkin Lie that IT RUINED MY CAREER. I chose moral clarity over
career sfaety--I suppose I still do <sigh> ...
Yep! in the top 7% of my class I was, my sophomore year @ USNA, whaddYa
know! there I was: sittin' on The Wall of St. John's a year after my
resignation of my commission, watchin' th' Corpse of Midshipmen march on
by, wavin' *Howdy* to my ex-classmates totin' guns, marchin' and whippin'
me the flag (out of formation, indeed, they!) on out to Navy Stadium, while
I sat there w/my brother gettin' ready to see the Navy/Maryland game he got
us tickets for a senior then @ UMaryland, he then...as I can recall...we
were THE least legal things in Ann Arundle County at the time, we feared.
Yep! Art, those were th' days...
...and what I say concerning the Sun/Pluto's relationship in physical
dynamics makes possible a refinement in Navigation via GPS technologies
such as we never had thinking that relativity was all *one-way* and that
the satellites ONLY went around the EARTH; if our science didn't take into
account the FACT that the EARTH is also revolving around the SATELLITE, and
they BOTH, TOGETHER form a closed rotational system, rotating around their
*postulated* center of gravity...and IF I am thinking beyond your head,
tight now, don't worry, go back to Newtonian Empiracism and, by all means,
stay away from Leibnitz! without HIS thinking we'd still be using
triangulation and dead-reckoning in the desearts of Iraq.
But what does THIS math teacher know about the non-math, anyway, Art? ;-}
Art Burke wrote:
> Thank goodness you left the Naval Academy before you were commissioned
> as a Navigator. Art
> >>> firstname.lastname@example.org 05/06/03 08:44AM >>>
> Was I the first and only one who--as a boy being taught this
> Revolution against Tolomeic Cosmology for the first time--realized for
> absolute (or is it relative?) FACT that, IF so, THEN the Sun revolves
> Pluto, as well???
> I was never an easy student in class.
> When I mentioned later on some decades after that expeience, while
> writing a
> dissertation in the Philosophy Dept. @ Tulane (right off-Burbon
> that it is up to we more *knowing* to complete this Copernican
> Revolution by
> returning *The Earth* to the Center of All Things, and our place in it,
> well...I was mocked by the more ignorant and slothful thinkers in the
> seminar and was encouraged to frame my dissertation w/this thesis by
> Oh! and BTW: I learnt more MATH & SCIENCE, once I got into the
> Department, than I EVER did, even while studying Admiral Rickover's
> curriculum while @ USNA!
> Oh well...YOU do th' philosophy and first principles! ;-} rap.
> Art Burke wrote:
> > A child who understands the concept of plantets revolving around the
> > should have no trouble with the concept of "none of the above." Art
> > >>> PAVURSOL@aol.com 05/05/03 07:51PM >>>
> > When my now seventh grader was in third grade, he came home to tell
> > about
> > a bad test item on the science SOL test. The question was
> > (paraphrased) "how
> > long does it take the sun to go around pluto? A. 1 week b. 1
> > c.
> > 100 years d none of the above.
> > Evan was scoffing at the silliness of the question (he was a walking
> > planet
> > factoid machine at that time; he could name all the named moons of
> > of
> > the planets - for fun, mind you). "Mom," he said. "Everyone knows
> > that the
> > sun doesn't go around pluto. Pluto orbits around the sun (and then
> > launched
> > into a description of the way it goes around the sun which is
> > apparently more
> > of an oval)." I told him that there really was an answer and to
> > about
> > it. He mouthed the question to himself and then said there was
> > no
> > answer. I told him the answer the test makers wanted was "none of
> > above." He looked at me like I was nuts. "Mom," he said. "Listen
> > the
> > question: HOW LONG does it take the sun to go around pluto? HOW
> > How
> > long does it take the sun to go around pluto? None of the above
> > doesn't even
> > fit with the sentence."
> > Since I didn't see his test, I don't know what he actually bubbled
> > I know
> > he got it wrong.
> > Mickey
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> Richard A. Parkany: SUNY@Albany
> Prometheus Educational Services
> Upper Hudson & Mohawk Valleys; New York State, USA
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Hat dir selbst das Feld bereit',
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Richard A. Parkany: SUNY@Albany
Prometheus Educational Services
Upper Hudson & Mohawk Valleys; New York State, USA
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