For most of the country, the colder months mean preparing garden beds for their winter dormancy. Down here in the South Florida tropics, however, folks are preparing their garden beds for winter planting. Crazy, I know. We are frost-free year-round in Zone 10a, and living right on the water means we would not have much … Continue reading A remarkably easy way to construct a sturdy trellis
Long-time followers know that I am not much of a fan of social media. However, sometimes you learn some interesting things from participating in Facebook homeschooling groups. Today, I responded to a woman who was ranting on Facebook about Memoria Press's history curriculum. Specifically, she wanted to know why Memoria Press "deified" the Founding Fathers … Continue reading How “Christian” homeschooling publishers like Memoria Press are selling out during the school choice boom
FAAMG = Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google The performance of the largest tech companies since the 2008 Financial Crisis: Data courtesy of Goldman Sachs.
For those that wish to follow me on Twitter, my new username is @seatripper1. You can pretty much expect to see the same kind of content you see here - enjoying the great outdoors, being a lifelong learner, and occasional rants on finance, economics, and public policy. Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!
A few days ago, two top officials at the Federal Reserve suddenly decided to retire. I'm sure most Americans do not care about the comings-and-goings of Fed officials, but this was a truly unprecedented situation. The Fed officials retired after they were caught front-running important announcements regarding monetary policy. That is to say, they profited … Continue reading The stunning corruption at the Federal Reserve gets even worse
You can file this phenomenon under "the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer" in financial crises. Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers with massive online presences would have loved for the coronavirus lockdowns to carry on indefinitely - sure, millions of Americans were thrown into poverty, but they were rolling in the dough, and … Continue reading As the supply chain collapses, shipping lines post record profits
I am not the only person freaking out about how China's energy crisis and the government directive to start hoarding commodities is going to play out. Economist Stephen Roach, former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and one of the world's top authorities on China, is predicting a stagflation crisis in the United States, beginning with … Continue reading “One supply chain glitch away from stagflation”
I have not felt inclined to write for a while, as we've been dealing with a lot of crazy stuff over here. Both of my fully vaccinated parents became very seriously ill with the delta variant. We had an incredible struggle trying to get them into a place where they could get monoclonal antibody treatments … Continue reading Our delta variant experiences, China, the supply chain, and inflation
Engineering Lessons, Activities and Textbook for Middle and High Schoolers Here are nine resources, mostly for middle and high school students, that teach Engineering principles and concepts, including several engineering activities developed by NASA. These will help with learning this important aspect of applied science and math by using real-life examples and by students creating […]Engineering … Continue reading Engineering Lessons, Activities and Textbook for Middle and High Schoolers — Best Ed Lessons
As promised... Here is a curriculum for introducing middle school-aged kids to topics in law and politics. (I'm planning to work through this material with our daughter next year.) It starts off with a general overview of political systems and how they have evolved from ancient times. It then gets into a discussion of how … Continue reading A politics and law homeschool curriculum for middle school-aged kids