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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us. herculogical@verizon.net
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website: http://herculodge.typepad.com/
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Essay Assignment Support, refute, or complicate Jason Brennan’s argument that American democracy is too dominated by hooligans and trolls to achieve positive outcomes, and therefore democracy should be replaced by an epistocracy in which greater political powers are granted to the vulcan class. Be sure to include a counterargument section... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Critical Thinker
Last I checked, Amazon sells the 909x. I ended up getting a Degen 1103 DSP because my 12-year-old Degen died and I want to compare FM reception between the old and the new. Eventually, I may get the 909X and the PL-880.
Essay #4 Options from Contemporary & Classic Arguments in which you will use the Toulmin Argument Option One. In the context of the essays in Chapter 5, support, refute, or complicate the argument that the death penalty is a moral abomination that must be abolished. Option Two. In the context... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Critical Thinker
"Our Baby, Her Womb" by Arlie Russell Hochschild One. What is a typical surrogate mom situation? A woman hits about 40 because she's worked during that time, she has a lot of financial resources, and she realizes she's too old... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #3 Options with 3 Sources Due 10/30 One. Refute, support, or complicate Asma’s assertion that green guilt is not only a relative to religious guilt but speaks to our drive to sacrifice self-indulgence for the drive of altruistic self-preservation... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
2018 Spring English 1C Syllabus McMahon Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Office: H121P; extension 5673 Office Hours: M and W: 2:45-3:45 and 5:30-6; T and TH 12:15-1 and 3:30-4:15 Students with Disabilities: If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible. Course Catalog... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
McMahon 2018 Spring English 1A Syllabus Office H121P; Phone Extension: 5673 Office Hours: Mon and Wed: 2:30-3:45; Tues and Thurs: 12:15-1 and 3:30-4:15 Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Course Catalog Description: This course is designed to strengthen the students’ ability to read with understanding and discernment, to discuss assigned readings intelligently, and to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
I love field radios. The Tecsun S-8800, according to Jay Allen's fine review, gets high marks for FM reception, but its speaker is not as rich as the Grundig S350 and it has birdies on AM. At its $270 price... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Herculodge
“Animal Liberation” by Peter Singer Essay Assignment #3 Options from Contemporary & Classic Arguments in which you will use the Toulmin Argument (Due 10-24-17) Option One: Support, refute, or complicate the argument that Garrett Hardin’s analogy in “Lifeboat Ethics” makes an effective argument against traditional liberal approaches to helping the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Use Cooked and Man's Search for Meaning for 1A and 1C. The students won't need other sources; however, they will need to use six different types of signal phrases and use direct quotations, summary, and paraphrase for their essay. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Faulty Cal Newport's claim that the Passion Hypothesis is deleterious to our career goals is convincing when we consider that passion is rare, passion is ephemeral or capricious, passion naturally does not exist in the young, and the Complicated Success... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Assignment #3 Options from Contemporary & Classic Arguments in which you will use the Toulmin Argument (Due 10-24-17) Option One: Support, refute, or complicate the argument that Garrett Hardin’s analogy in “Lifeboat Ethics” makes an effective argument against traditional liberal approaches to helping the poor. Option Two: Support, refute,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Critical Thinker
“Prudence or Cruelty?”, 172 "Cutting Food Stamps Will Cost Everyone," "The Economic Case for Food Stamps," "How America's Welfare System Hurts the People It's Supposed to Help" “Prudence or Cruelty?” by Nicholas Kristof (172) One. What are the current statistics... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Assignment #3 Options from Contemporary & Classic Arguments in which you will use the Toulmin Argument (Due 10-24-17) Option One: Support, refute, or complicate the argument that Garrett Hardin’s analogy in “Lifeboat Ethics” makes an effective argument against traditional liberal approaches to helping the poor. Option Two: Support, refute,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay #3 Options with 3 Sources Due 10/30 One. Refute, support, or complicate Asma’s assertion that green guilt is not only a relative to religious guilt but speaks to our drive to sacrifice self-indulgence for the drive of altruistic self-preservation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Assignment #3 Options from Contemporary & Classic Arguments in which you will use the Toulmin Argument (Due 10-24-17) Option One: Support, refute, or complicate the argument that Garrett Hardin’s analogy in “Lifeboat Ethics” makes an effective argument against traditional liberal approaches to helping the poor. Option Two: Support, refute,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay #3 Options with 3 Sources Due 10/30 One. Refute, support, or complicate Asma’s assertion that green guilt is not only a relative to religious guilt but speaks to our drive to sacrifice self-indulgence for the drive of altruistic self-preservation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #3 Options with 3 Sources Due 10/30 One. Refute, support, or complicate Asma’s assertion that green guilt is not only a relative to religious guilt but speaks to our drive to sacrifice self-indulgence for the drive of altruistic self-preservation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Assignment #3 Options from Contemporary & Classic Arguments in which you will use the Toulmin Argument (Due 10-24-17) Option One: Support, refute, or complicate the argument that Garrett Hardin’s analogy in “Lifeboat Ethics” makes an effective argument against traditional liberal approaches to helping the poor. Option Two: Support, refute,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay Assignment #3 Options from Contemporary & Classic Arguments in which you will use the Toulmin Argument (Due 10-24-17) Option One: Support, refute, or complicate the argument that Garrett Hardin’s analogy in “Lifeboat Ethics” makes an effective argument against traditional liberal approaches to helping the poor. Option Two: Support, refute,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Essay #2 Due 10-9-17 Choice A In an essay of appropriate length, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport’s argument from his book excerpt (available online) So Good They Can't Ignore You that the Passion Hypothesis is dangerous and should be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #2 Due 10-9-17 Choice A In an essay of appropriate length, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport’s argument from his book excerpt (available online) So Good They Can't Ignore You that the Passion Hypothesis is dangerous and should be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Using Critical Thinking to Criticize Policies: The Use of Satire: Funny or Die skewers secrecy of health care bill. Essay Assignment (Choose One): Due October 3 Option 1: In a 1,000-word essay, typed and double-spaced, support, defend, or complicate Adam Alter’s assertion that morally dubious, entrepreneurial technocrats are imposing addictive... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Critical Thinker
Paragraph Transition List Transition List 2 Transition Words and Phrases Agreement / Addition / Similarity The transition words like also, in addition, and, likewise, add information, reinforce ideas, and express agreement with preceding material. in the first place not only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer