Reason to stop Common Core N3478


In extended form, these might be the words: 3 take 7 doesn’t go, borrow 10, payback 1 to the tens, 13 minus 7 is 6. Next column: 2 plus the paid back 1 is 3, from 4 leaves 1.

1, 6, 16.

In practice, you’d see the impossibility in the units immediately and just put a 1 up near the 3, making 13. You’d put a 1 down near the 2 in the tens column. You’d take away in the units = 6, then take 3 from 4 in the tens = 1. Simple. Even in this paragraph, the words seem unnecessarily complicated, while in practice, it would be far quicker.

For example:…


Take four copies of the number 1234. Re-arrange the digits in each number so that the four numbers add up to 9000.

For example:


Your task, of course, is to rearrange each line so that the four lines add up to 9000. [END]…

This party is moribund

Winston Churchill’s grandson MP Nicholas Soames tells fellow Tory MP to ‘f*** off you c***’ as the party’s bitter civil war over Europe intensifies

James Cleverly and I once shared bloglinks years ago when he was at Lewisham. I wish him all the best:

Sir Winston Churchill’s pro-EU grandson launched a foul-mouthed four-letter rant against a fellow Tory MP who is campaigning for Brexit, it was revealed today.

James Cleverly, the newly elected Conservative MP for Braintree, approached Sir Nicholas Soames in a Commons dining room to say he agreed with his appeal for the party to unite after June’s EU referendum and to hold off from personal attacks.

But in an astonishing response, Sir Nicholas reportedly told Mr Cleverly: ‘F*** off you c***.

Oh, it’s going to be sweet joy for a Leave vote on June 23rd, let alone that we are the very thing Cameron wants and can’t get – Dodgy wants Britain to be a major player in Europe, swaggering around.…

Man U and their back door man, bus parking way


There’s such a thing as the way something is done.

Klopp to Liverpool was always a match and though his season has been modest, most still think it’s a match. He went there with enthusiasm and [almost] no baggage and was embraced by red country.

Mourinho? Well, for a start, his bus parking style is not what ManU stalwarts have been bellyaching about, is it? It’s attacking football they want. Mourinho is a cynic who might get them a Championship and back in Champions League via a very cynical style but is it the way the supposedly greatest club in the world wants to get it?…

The single greatest obstacle [2]

In Part one, the thing which really astounds in the real and extant danger facing us is the utter lack of political will outside the blogosphere and one or two within the MSM, e.g. Delingpole.

In Germany, at least they’re demonstrating in the streets and yet Merkel sets her flint-like heart against what is so bloody clear and obvious in the land. Over here, the anti-migrant feeling is also powerful and yet if the polls are to be believed, which they can’t be, there is a substantial number who don’t see any issue whatever with what is going on.

It’s all ISIS’s fault, they’re everywhere apparently. Muslims themselves are fine, say the women, as yet another girl is brutalized by random Moroccans. Astounding that women and male leftists are taking this line.

There was a headline on Friday about many Labour voters defying Corbyn and voting Brexit. Now I’m not suggesting the Muslim problem will stop as a result but it’s certainly a start, to get the EU off our backs.…

The single greatest obstacle [1]

Refugees processed in Athens. Note all the women and children, note the rags and sackcloth they’re wearing:

refugee processing athens

My mother went to a parent teacher day at school to get a report on me and said later the teacher had said, “Asks too many questions.”

My father found that curious.

I’ve many questions today and no doubt you have a few. For a start, the 15 year old girl blinded by six Moroccans a few days back, the way Muslim gangs have taken over prisons, the way the police in Calais have had to fall back, Cologne, Rotherham – even our own gangs don’t take them on any more.…

Before the deluge

Some songs are just songs, others are anthems to an era, this is the latter. Some songs are a blend of instruments, others are dominated by one instrument, this is the latter.

In the 60s, it looked like nuclear war but this song isn’t really about that, methinks, though it became a theme of his. It was more about that protest generation which was so against exploitation of the earth for profit but then, he says, that generation lost its way, which is interesting, as the song was written for the 1974 album, so he already sees the Boomers as having lost their way?

Here are extracts from two comments which seem to me close to the mark on what this song is about:

I saw Jackson Browne at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium last night, and he closed with this song as the second encore.

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