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Virtual Onshoring has become a reality with Fiverr and other such sites. But a Virtual Onshored University will bring greater prosperity to the nation that builds it. .

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karnataka-university-statueRecently, I wrote a tad about my Open Letter to Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Regarding Virtual Onshoring.  I coined the concept of Virtual Onshoring in 2008, and to little surprise only 2 years later, Fiverr started. Fiverr has brought virtual onshoring into fruition, as it has been the perfect mechanism for entrepreneurs in developing nations to tap into the lucrative market of the United States and other more developed nations.

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March 31st, 2015 at 11:59 am

My Mixed Feelings on UNISA and South Africa

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Recently I received an email from a fellow scholar without a doctorate, who had read one of my blog entries about the University of South Africa (UNISA) and my work towards a doctorate.  I was going to just respond back to him directly, but I am one to want “more effect for the effort”, so I’m posting my current thoughts about UNISA, South Africa, and the interconnection between them.

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March 30th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Will Paul Kagame be the Lee Kuan Yew or Vladimir Putin of Africa?

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In 2008 as part of the SEVEN Fund Essay Competition, I wrote an Open Letter to Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Regarding Virtual Onshoring.  I’m unsure if he ever got or read my letter, as I didn’t win the scholarship (I will write more about this soon). But, of the many countries in Africa, Rwanda may still have the best chance of being able to quickly become a developed and prosperous nation, similar to the transformation in Singapore following Yew’s model.   But it also has the possibility of having the same downward spiral of dictatorship that Putin has wrought onto Russia.

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March 29th, 2015 at 11:30 am

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You say to-may-toes and I say to-mah-toes… You say kilo and I say kibi… A quick explanation about why it doesn’t matter too much for beginners…

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Here is a picture of a computer nerd joke about kilobytes vs. kibibytes, which is completely farcical but points out the complexity by trying to show something even more complex.   While I’d like this article to make it less confusing, the best I think I can do is to say it doesn’t really matter that much unless you are a computer nerd.  But I’ll try to explain it anyways…

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March 25th, 2015 at 6:23 am

I passed the CPACE to become a School Administrator!

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CPACE LogoIn February I took the California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE), which is a test that one can take to earn a California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. And today, I found out I passed both the video and written tests!

I already have a Designated Subjects Supervision & Coordination Credential, which is good for adult education and career technical education (and in charter schools a credential is not required).  In gaining a full Administrative Services Credential it now gives me more future options (such as principalships or directorships within a traditional school district), and brings a little more “legitimacy” to being the Coordinator of Academics with Highlands Community Charter School.

So while I’ve had to delay getting my doctorate for at least another year (due to UNISA’s bureaucracy and lack of time), this gives me an educational accomplishment for the year!

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March 12th, 2015 at 8:20 pm

The Truth about Jefferson…. He was a Politician!

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Yesterday I posted a provocative article and graphic about Thomas Jefferson, which targeted the “State of Jefferson”.  After posting this to Facebook, I had several Christian friends of mine point out some articles, including one from WallBuilder entitled “The Separation of Church and State“, and another from WND entitled “Thomas Jefferson: Deist or Christian?

And having read some of the major points within those articles, and doing some brief research into the documents they cite, I cannot say they are “outright wrong”, although the preponderance of evidence suggests that he did not believe in the supernatural portions of Christianity, and that he supported a strong separation of church and state.  So, then why is there some some evidence to the contrary?

The truth it would seem is that Jefferson and other politicians of the time (whom we call our Founding Fathers), were quite a bit like current politicians, in that they spoke out of both sides of their mouth…  When it made sense to have a treaty with Muslims, then they wrote “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” But, Thomas Jefferson, like Barack Obama, probably wanted to be seen going to church.  (And yes, there is some evidence from his Notes on Religion, that he may of had some fairly orthodox views, although many other quotes suggest the opposite.)

A clearer example of hypocrisy is that when they wanted their own freedoms, they wrote “all men are created equal”. Yet, Thomas Jefferson had slaves.  (Although one of them was his mistress and evidence suggests he did not treat her as his “property”.)

But what about the “true” belief of Thomas Jefferson?  It is hard to tell.  And my guess is that he could never fully rectify his own cognitive dissonance.  But, for my Christian friends who swear we were founded as a Christian nation, evidence is as strong against that notion (for example, see the books Nature’s God & Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an and also read about the Treaty of Tripoli) as the evidence is against a belief that Thomas Jefferson was not at all Christian.

Those interested, might also look at the Wikipedia Articles about Thomas Jefferson and Religion and the Jefferson Bible (although taking any Wikipedia article with many grains of salt!)  And also the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia’s article on Jefferson’s Religious Beliefs.

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March 12th, 2015 at 11:59 am

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The State (of Mind) of Jefferson…

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State of Mind of Jefferson - 96 dpiIn Placer County, many lawns have signs supporting the “State of Jefferson”…  I wonder how many of those who have such signs actually know what Jefferson really believed…

So I made this graphic, and am writing this blog entry to share some of the thoughts he expressed or were expressed by others, but which he shared.

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March 10th, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Posted in Political Science