Author Archives: Bob Shepherd

About Bob Shepherd

interests: curriculum design, educational technology, learning, linguistics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, philosophy (Continental philosophy, Existentialism, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, ethics), classical and jazz guitar, poetry, the short story, archaeology and cultural anthropology, history of religion, prehistory, veganism, sustainability, Anglo-Saxon literature and language, systems for emergent quality control, heuristics for innovation

from Flor-uh-duh Bob’s EZ Entrepreneurial Guide to Charter Riches!

OK, if some reader is so dense as not to see that this piece is satire meant to call attention to horrific, illegal scams being perpetrated right now in the United States, it is. And if you follow any of … Continue reading

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Treasonous Conspiracy at the Highest Levels of the Trump Maladministration

I rarely share news stories on this blog, but this one is REALLY important.

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What CRT Actually Means: a Public Service Announcement

You have doubtless been reading in the news a lot about Critical Race Theory, or CRT. It’s the latest “enemy within” for Republican agitprop (propaganda used to agitate, or work up, the base). But as usual, these Republican “leaders” and … Continue reading

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IQ 45’s Arizona Rally, 1/16/2022, a Review

Trump on the stump with his chumps In Arizona today, Trump gave another of his blithering, stupid speeches, this one to kick off his campaign to win the midterms and then, again, the Presidency. If you didn’t hear this speech, … Continue reading

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Are Repugnicans an Endangered Species?

NB: All statistics in this essay are from Pew Research unless otherwise noted. Republicans face an existential crisis, but they have a plan. First, young people don’t share their ideologies (racism, ultranationalism, laissez-faire Capitalism, fundamentalist Christianity). Consider Millennials. Only 12 percent … Continue reading

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Education Reform as Religious Cultism

Numerology is pseudoscience involving numbers. Lots of Americans, for example, believe in what they call angel numbers—what you see when look at a clock and it reads 1:11 or 2:22 or 3:33, etc. Each of these repeated sequences of the … Continue reading

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What K-12 Textbooks Are Like Now: A Sample lesson on the Declaration of Independence

[Begin lesson.] We hold (Did you know that Thomas Jefferson invented an automatic letter copying device? It’s pictured here. Higher-Order Thinking: how are letters different from email?) these truths (Cross-curricular Connections–Math: Truth tables are used in logic. Al-Farabi, pictured here, … Continue reading

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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions, 2022, by Robert Shepherd, Lifestyle Reporter

–Resolved, with resolution, resolutely to do nothing in 2022 to curb the epidemic of school shootings. –The United States Congress –Petition the warden for Big Mac deliveries. –Donald Trump –Deputize and arm Citizen Militias to remove from public schools both … Continue reading

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On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity [1] | Bob Shepherd

“Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” –John 10:34 John,2 for all your skill, O master maker–singer, rhetor, builder, baker–you could not know, though multiply blest,that, choosing this name, you simply guessed,well, from … Continue reading

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And now, a little history from the near future.

Truth TimesExceptional News for an Exceptional NationMay 1, 2025 Senate Passes Election Integrity ActLenny Riefenstahl Since the stolen election of 2020, patriots have grieved over that breakdown of democratic processes and vowed to ensure that this will NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. … Continue reading

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