Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day524 Saturday 02/04/12

ran 2.2 miles
According to a story from TheGuardian, written by Tania Branigan, China recently cut off Internet connections and mobile phone signals with the simple flip of a switch on a specific thirty-mile area in Sichuan. This area in Sichuan was the site where two Tibetan exiles were shot and killed during a protest. As a result, an uprising is surfacing that the Chinese government would like to quell. The Chinese government claims that Tibetan monks were attacking the Chinese police and that they responded in self-defense. However, the monks claim they were holding a peaceful protest.

I tend to believe the monks. The reason I am sharing this story is because I think it is important to realize that this sort of thing can happen to us right here in America. Remember Egypt? The beginning of the Arab Spring? The Egyptian government flipped the switch on the Internet to prevent its people from organizing through social networking. As you read these words our American government is discussing numerous forms of Internet censorship and our president also has a kill switch for the Internet. As issues continue to escalate around the world and right here in our own country, it is frightening to imagine waking up one day in the middle of a science fiction novel like “1984” or “Brave New World”.

If you have ever read George Orwell’s “1984” then you are familiar with the formula 2+2=5. If have not read the book, and I highly recommend it, "2+2=5" is a conclusion that the books fictitious government convinces the lead character, Winston, to understand and accept as a logical sum of two and two. As ridiculous as that sounds, the novel was far ahead of its time, as science fiction tends to be, but here in reality, in the year 2012, here is an explanation from the mind of a government proving in their eyes that two plus two can indeed equal five.

These are some quotes from CMP (Connected Mathematics Project) textbooks. These textbooks are not widespread but they have been in circulation since the nineties and they are the product of the "New World Order" that our government and many other governments have slowly been working toward since the first Bush. The Agenda 21 story you may have heard about represents an effort to create a global village in which constitutions and history are done away with and the entire earth is governed by one united entity. Their vision is one where everything is miserably fair and oppressively equal. One of the first things necessary to perform a task of this gravity is to dumb-down an entire generation of human beings; hence, Connected Mathematics.

"They learn that mathematics is man-made, that it is arbitrary, and good solutions are arrived at by consensus among those who are considered expert."

Basically, humankind arrives at a state of idiocracy in which they do not have the desire to question how two apples in one hand and two apples in the other hand make five apples, but experts, or their government, tell them there are five and they simply nod.

"Because the curriculum does not emphasize arithmetic computations done by hand, some CMP students may not do as well on tests assessing computational skills...We believe such a trade-off in favor of CMP is very much to students' advantage in...the world of work."


Here is another example of two plus two equaling five.

"Generally, more highly educated people, who have higher incomes, consume more resources than poorly educated people, who tend to have lower incomes. In this case, more education increases the threat to sustainability."

Global sustainability. Global equality. Global utopia. This stuff sounds farfetched but it has been permeating through the cracks of our American pride and beliefs for two decades and we are beyond the point of simply closing our eyes and just hoping that it goes away.

I can tell you this. Freedom, liberty, and capitalism have never been the result of a human conditioning process. They do not require textbooks, propaganda, or convincing. I'd venture to say they are human elements. They are inherent and instinctive. Yet, right before our eyes, we all apparently need to be re-educated.

477.6 miles to go.

Here is what happened one year ago on Day159.

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