Why Does the Pseudo-Left Hate Grover Furr?

National Spotlight. 

This one comes to us from the east coast.

The Espresso Stalinist

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by Espresso Stalinist

Grover Furr is an American professor and author. He has taught at Montclair State University in New Jersey for over four decades, and has written essays, articles and books on Soviet history in both Russian and English. Though his body of work covers a wide variety of topics, his most famous writings study the period of Soviet history under Joseph Stalin, particularly regarding controversies around the Moscow Trials, the Katyn “massacre,” the events in Poland in 1939, the murder of Sergei Kirov, the Ukrainian famine and Khrushchev’s “secret speech.” Furr’s research on the history of communism, Soviet history and the historical falsifications told against socialism is some of the most remarkable, ground-breaking and enlightening in the world. He uses a very precise and admirable document-based approach to research that is exceedingly valuable and hard to find elsewhere.

This approach, unsurprisingly, has won him more than a fair…

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What Is Personalized Performance Learning®?

Connections LogoThe Approach that Allows Every Student to Flourish

At Connections Academy, education is personalized to each student’s individual abilities. This personal touch is what sets this program apart from the rest. When students receive the one-on-one individualized attention they deserve, there’s no telling how far they’ll go. The Personalized Performance Learning approach gives every student the best chance to flourish.

Adapting to Students’ Changing Needs

Personalizing a student’s learning program isn’t a one-time process; it’s ongoing. StudentsLearning Coaches/parents, and teachers check in throughout the year to review progress, modify the student’s program, and adjust goals as needed. Here’s a little more about how we go about personalizing a student’s education plan:

  • Reviewing Student Background and Learning Styles: Teachers, Learning Coaches, and students discuss student strengths, skills, and previous school performance to help inform and guide the best teaching and personalized online learning approach.
  • Testing Performance: Students are tested in math, reading, and English/language arts at the beginning, middle, and end of each school year. A student’s test results help us identify areas of strength and weakness, measure progress, and establish learning goals. The assessment used may vary by school due to state or board requirements.
  • Finding the Right Courses and Placement: Testing and assessments are used to identify and evaluate a student’s strengths, weaknesses, and talents. We uncover skills that may need improvement and look for ways to enhance the student’s learning potential. All of this information is then used to help select courses based on the student’s individual needs.
  • Setting Goals: Teachers and Learning Coaches work together to set goals for the student and determine a time line for accomplishing these individualized learning goals during the school year.
  • Communicating Regularly: When school starts, Learning Coaches and teachers establish a regular communication schedule for the personalized learning plan, depending on the needs of the student.
  • Scheduling Modifications and Electives (K–8): Throughout the year, teachers personalize the learning schedule. They inquire about the student’s daily routines and make adjustments to the student’s online learning schedule as needed. They also may decide to add an elective course.

SOURCE: https://www.connectionsacademy.com/online-school/students/personalized-learning

Review: Bostyx at Nampa Civic Center

By Michael Strickland

As we ponder our 123idaho message of great thoughts and great causes, what could be a better cause than bringing people together with music that has inspired generations?

I’d have given about anything for tickets to a Boston or Styx show some 40 years ago. That’s why nostalgic chills went through my spine when I learned that Bostyx featuring David Victor formerly of Boston was going to play in my home town of Nampa, Idaho. When it comes to classic rock, the songs of Boston and Styx and are legendary. Their music survives despite constantly changing musical trends.

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Victor brought an array of world-class musicians  to the Nampa Civic Center on Nov. 18.  Helping to handle the distinctive lead vocals of Styx co-founder Dennis DeYoung was multi-talented drummer and lead vocalist, Glenn Jost.  With the accompaniment of guitarist/vocalist Roby Duron, bassist Manny Aguirre and keyboardist/vocalist Victor Bender, the band reproduced Boston’s soaring guitar harmonies and lightning-fast keyboard runs. They also added the lush vocals and theatrical style of Styx, while the bassist provided a steady groove to all those thump-heavy rockers.

Bostyx opened the show with the Star Spangled Banner and an array of richly harmonized riffs. They moved into Rock and Roll Band, one of several Boston songs with the theme of making music and how music makes them feel. Then they broke into the boogie groove that persists throughout the song “Smokin.’”

Victor, who lived a “Rock Star” dream being plucked from a tribute band into the namesake band, the multi-platinum Boston; had a strong night on vocals. He adeptly handled the sounds of one of the finest rock tenors of all-time, Boston’s Brad Delp. Victor’s performance included “Don’t Look Back,” the hard rock masterpiece from Boston’s second album.

Every Bostyx band member helped provide the soaring harmonies that made those classic  anthems stand out in pop music history.  Their Styx tunes melded the power of a hard-rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, drums and keyboards.

The band’s set came packed with memorable Styx morsels, from 70s favorites “Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Come Sail Away”, “Lady” and “Renegade,” to “Foolin’ Yourself,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” and other hits. The 1981 Billboard top ten Styx anthem “Best of Times” was followed by Boston’s mega-hit, the exceedingly high-pitched mainstay “More Than A Feelin.’” From the first notes to the final falsetto cries, Victor impressively handled this very difficult vocal.

BostyxMore Boston followed. The self-explanatory choice “Party” began with a short, slow introduction before a surprising change of pace to the fast, harder sound that persists throughout the rest of the song. “Feelin Satisfied,” an upbeat, affectionate tribute to the power of music, was the opener after intermission, filled with clear singing and fresh sounds.

The crowd would not let the band leave without an encore. The band obliged with “Foreplay”  a progressive instrumental prelude. Bender nailed the rapid triplet keyboard arpeggios, while the band joined with synthesizer-like swoops, complex bass and drums, and lead guitar at the end. The song flowed naturally into “Long Time,” with its three epic guitar solos. Their “Foreplay/Long Time” treatment was a perfect marriage of electric and acoustic sounds.

The Nampa Civic center manages to offer a mixture of close-community and  arena feel inside a space with a several hundred seats.  This night of power, grace and precision from Bostyx was convincing. With fluid expertise and the swagger of a national act, Bostyx is a must-see for anyone who wants to be transported back to the magic of Boston and Styx.

 

Wishing for Wheels: Local NAPA AutoCare Centers Join Forces

CulverBOISE, ID: In what ways could we come together and have a positive impact in our community? What could we accomplish together that we could not do alone? Those questions and others were discussed and answered at a recent meeting of the NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group. The coalition of nine auto services providers, including Garry’s Automotive, Christian Brothers, State Street Auto Repair, Dr. Floyd’s Garage, Maz-Tech Automotive, and Heritage Auto Repair, has participated in Wishing for Wheels projects in the past.

These projects look different each time, but have a common thread. “We combine our resources to reach beyond what any one of us could do alone, to help a person or group in need that could not afford the repairs required to stay on the road,” wrote Tony Zanders of Heritage Auto Repair in Meridian. Zanders was recently presented with such an opportunity. Travis Culver is a local media personality who worked for a time at 89.5FM KTSY. He was a worship pastor at a local church, and recently has been developing a cable TV program called Love Where You Live. His livelihood is directly connected to his skills as a communicator. In September, at 39 years old, he heard these words, “It doesn’t look good. It appears you have cancer.”

“As a young father and husband, Culver is now faced with the traumatic realization that the tumors found in his brain after multiple MRI’s will affect his career, his family and his very life. He has been diagnosed as Stage 4,” Zanders said.  “He has been subjected to extensive procedures, chemotherapy, and surgeries; as well as the resulting physical challenges each of those present. Last week Culver brought his truck over for service with these instructions: Let’s go ahead and fix all those things you mentioned a while ago.”

NAPA Right SizeCulver’s vehicle had multiple maintenance concerns and necessary repairs. “He wants to fix them all,” Zanders said. “Having a personal relationship with him, I asked him what his goal was for this repair.” Through tears, Culver said he just wants to take his family camping again, and not have to worry about his truck. The cost was more than $4000, and members from NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group donated all of the necessary work.

The community is also pitching in to help the Culver family:

How can you help? Donate today at the GofundMe page for Travis Culver at: https://www.gofundme.com/2s4mjpx8?ssid=805926671&pos=1. The Boise NAPA AutoCare Centers are a group of independent and family owned businesses. They co-op the cost to market together and bring you special offers available at their select autocare centers.  More information about NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group is available at http://napaautorepairboise.com/

Charities, Churches, Nonprofits: Go Mobile, Now!

by Michael Strickland

Auction Frogs LogoOnline fundraising isn’t a fad, according to Frank Barry in 15 Techniques Used by Top Nonprofits to Boost Donor Acquisition and Online Fundraising Results.

Does your church have a mobile fundraising strategy? How about your nonprofit, school, or chairity? In 2016, 17% of online transactions were made using a mobile device. This was a 21% year-over-year increase and represents a continuing shift by donors to consumer-oriented engagement channels, Barry says.

As a matter of fact, online fundraising accounted for seven-percent of total fundraising in 2016. Online fundraising has also proven to be an extremely effective donors acquisition vehicle. The surge in online giving to the ACLU—6x their yearly donations raised in one weekend— shows us the potential that exists with online giving.

Look into Auction Frogs for the best solutions:

Get rid of printing paper bid sheets and engage your guests through their own technology! Add Auction Frogs Mobile Bidding interface to your Live & Silent Event Solution, and allow guests to bid and donate right from their smartphone or tablet, all without leaving the familiarity of their friends or the comfort of their seats.

Highlights of their Mobile Bidding Solution:

  • Customized bidding environment
  • Social Media integration
  • Bid on silent items via smart device
  • Mobile Fund a Need donations
  • Custom text messaging
  • Additional ad space for sponsors
  • Invoice access from smart device
  • Line-free payment processing
  • Comprehensive reporting
  • Dedicated account support

It’s imperative that you take online fundraising seriously. Host an independent fundraiser or augment your existing gala event. With the added advantage of longer bidding times, you can reach a larger audience than with a traditional silent auction! Create an online presence for your fundraising efforts to increase your organization’s year-round support.

Discover how to simplify your next fundraiser with our Live & Silent and Mobile Bidding Solutions. Let us show you how easy it can be to host your next web-based fundraising event with Auction Frogs! Learn how Auction Frogs can help your organization save valuable time and raise more funds!

Read more: http://www.auctionfrogs.org/