Day 61/67: Five Month GED, Language as a Function of Context, & Functional Adult Decision-making

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

     Our language varies based on the context in which that language is used.  Mathematical language always has a very specific meaning and a precise context: css_equilibrium_as_function_of_time_for_the_s26p500_index_aug_2020 the mathematical context. 

     We use words everyday that have different meanings, precise meanings, in different contexts.  An Adult must understand the specific meaning of a given word before making decisions that will affect anyone, including  just themselves, since our decisions never really affect only ourselves, do they?

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Today’s reading starts looking at functions as applied in our physical world:

force F as a function of time. …”

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 Week 17/18
Day 61 Lesson Plan
Essay Writing -Continue working on your concluding paragraph
math: Identifying and evaluating functions
Science reading:
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 61’s Exit Tickets
(Day 60 … Day 62)

My earlier College Algebra class plan on Functions vs. Relations may also be helpful.

Action Prompts:  

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Goddess Of Mud And Flesh

Weekend Stories by Trishikh

It was a cold and shivering night on the last day of December in Anno Domini 1980. A young and frail woman in tattered clothes stood at the edge of the water of the Kumortuli Bathing Ghat on the banks of the River Hooghly in India’s Calcutta city. Close to her tormented bosom, she held tightly her three-day-old newborn baby. Ragini had taken the cruel decision of leaving her infant girl on the riverbank at the mercy of the Mother Goddess Ganges. She believed that a tortured and bonded prostitute should never raise a girl child. She thought that it was perhaps better for her baby to die in the river than grow up on the streets of Asia’s largest red-light district.

Located on the eastern banks of the River Hooghly in North Calcutta, between Sovabazar and Beadon Street, with hundreds of multi-storey brothels housing over fifty thousand Nepali, Assamese…

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Texas Newspaper Slams GOP AG Paxton After He Urges Mike Lindell Followers to ‘Harass’ Judges

A prominent Texas newspaper’s editorial board published a scathing article on Friday slamming the southwestern state’s Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, after he urged followers of My Pillow founder Mike Lindell to “harass” judges that had ruled against him.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals—the top court for criminal cases in the state—issued an 8 to 1 opinion on December 15, finding that Paxton could not unilaterally prosecute election cases. Paxton, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, has been a key promoter of baseless claims that the 2020 election was rife with widespread voter fraud.

In response to the GOP-dominated court’s ruling, Paxton appeared on Lindell TV and right-wing strategist Steve Bannon‘s War Room podcast earlier this month and urged viewers and listeners to pressure the court’s conservative justices. “Call them out by name,” Paxton told Lindell TV on January 17. “I mean, you can look them up. There’s eight of them that voted the wrong way. Call them, send mail, send email…”

Source: Texas Newspaper Slams GOP AG Paxton After He Urges Mike Lindell Followers to ‘Harass’ Judges

Second world war veteran twice denied absentee ballot under Texas voting law | Texas | The Guardian

…Kenneth Thompson, who served in the US army in Europe, told Click2Houston, a Harris county news outlet, he had voted in every election since he was 21 and even remembered paying a 50-cent poll tax in the 1950s.

“I’ve been voting many, many years and I’ve never missed a vote,” he said, adding that he considers voting a duty.

But under a voting restriction bill known as SB1 and passed last August, Thompson could be unable to meet the state’s 31 January voter registration deadline for an absentee ballot.

According to the new law, Thompson is required to submit a social security or driver’s license number that matches state or county records. When Thompson registered to vote decades ago, however, such requirements were not in place.

“He registered to vote in the 1940s and they didn’t require that,” said Delinda Holland, Thompson’s daughter…

Source: Second world war veteran twice denied absentee ballot under Texas voting law | Texas | The Guardian

Farmers flourish under Biden, see recovery from Trump-era trade wars

…”Well, certainly the difference between 2019 and 2021 is the differences in administrations,” Montana Farmers Union President Walter Schweitzer said in an interview. “In 2019, our administration was at war with all of our customers.” Under Biden, he said, the nation is “rebuilding our relationships with our customers.”…

Source: Farmers flourish under Biden, see recovery from Trump-era trade wars

Peston: Sue Gray report complete and will be ‘very uncomfortable reading’ for Boris Johnson | ITV News

…The investigation, led by civil servant Sue Gray, has now concluded according to Political Editor Robert Peston, and it is likely to be published on Wednesday or Thursday.

The Metropolitan Police launched its own investigation on Tuesday morning after ITV News revealed a birthday party for the PM was held in June 2020, while the country was under Covid-19 lockdown rules.

“It will, I am told, be a report that will make for very uncomfortable reading for the PM and Tory MPs,” Peston said.

He later added that he expects the document to be published in full “with no cuts, no censorship, no redactions” and it will be made public just “hours” after the PM receives it…

Source: Peston: Sue Gray report complete and will be ‘very uncomfortable reading’ for Boris Johnson | ITV News

Book Banning

Take him to court – he can’t do that.

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Will public libraries be targeted next for book banning?  Even the thought is reprehensible.

Mississippi mayor withholds library funds over LGBTQ books

 

RIDGELAND, Miss. — The director of a Mississippi library system says a mayor is withholding $110,000 from his city’s library because LGBTQ books are on the shelves.

Tonja Johnson, executive director of the Madison County Library System, told news outlets that Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee received citizen complaints about a handful of books that depicted members of the LGBTQ community.

“Funding for this year was being withheld until we removed what he called ‘homosexual material’ from the library,” Johnson told WAPT-TV. “His reasoning that he gave was that, as a Christian, he could not support that, and that he would not release funding until we remove the material.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Sympathizer”: "....those who seek…

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