(A Savage Comment) REALLY: Turn Your Children Into Lab Rats?

REALLY: Turn Your Children Into Lab Rats?

 

I simply have a question for you folks, how do you feel about your own children and grandchildren being used as lab rats? My youngest child is 26 so I no longer have school age kids but I do have 7 grand kids yet not all of them are still in school. Oddly enough though 3 of the 7 are Seniors in high school this spring so their Senior year celebrations are a bit hazy to say the least. 3 Of the others are in lower grades so their lives are being messed with also. I am also blessed to have one College Professor and a Grade School Teacher in my direct family so they as well as their Spouses lives are also being jumbled about because of the government orders to have the schools closed.

 

This note to you today is only about our Schools and our Children and this Virus it is not really about the other aspects of differing levels of shutdowns around the Nation. Today I am wanting to be specific in zeroing in only on the children themselves, on their health and their lives. I do think that this virus will have to become part of the human DNA makeup, much like the Mumps and the Measles. I do believe that these shutdowns will have to be opened back up again but outside of the food production chain I personally don’t think the Nation should open back up before June first. The main thing about June first is it also means that for this school year, it is over for the kids. I do not want our Children to be used as Lab Rats by throwing them into the Petri Dish of a class room. I will finish this note to You today with this one Total Truth to You. Anyone who has raised any children who have gone to public schools know that the best times for germs/viruses to enter Your Home is at the beginning of the school year and after Christmas and Easter/Spring breaks. All of the Children bring all of the Viruses from their homes to their School Class Rooms, mingle them all together with what the other kids brought from home and at the end of the school day the kids go back home and they give their own family all the new Viruses they picked up in the Class Room.

 

You may be saying, well I don’t have any kids and being that You only care about Yourself that You don’t really care what the Kids do or even if they live or die. Have you Ice Bitches thought of the extended realities of not caring about what happens to Our Children? Things like all of the Parents and Grand Parents who you come into contact with many times each day? This Virus and others yet to come will say hello to each of us and yes, they will always cull out some us, a sad reality of Nature itself. We will all be meeting people who have had direct contact with a Child whether at Your job, the local gas station/convenience store, grocery store, or even the Hair Salon or Golf Course or Beer Joint. The point is, we are all effected by what happens to the Children of Our Nation, Our State, and Our Communities. None of us live in a noninclusive bubble, Children effect and infect us all! That is unless, YOU actually do live in or wish to actually live in, a plastic bubble? Now, the question is, do WE ALLOW or want to allow Politicians at any level to “Turn OUR CHILDREN Into Lab Rats?”

5 Resolutions Every Avid Traveler Should Make for Earth Day

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5 Resolutions Every Avid Traveler Should Make for Earth Day

We know there are questions around travel amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read our note here.

April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Since the annual event was first celebrated in 1970, people around the globe have participated by hosting environmental cleanup projects, planting trees, or speaking to lawmakers about how to protect the planet. But what about travel? “The Independent” reports that tourism is responsible for one-tenth of the planet’s carbon emissions. What can travelers do to decrease their carbon footprint and make their global excursions more eco-friendly? Here are five resolutions you can make for your next trip in honor of Earth Day.

Bring Your Own Water Bottle

Bring Your Own Water Bottle

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Staying hydrated when you travel is a must. It can help you battle jet lag and ward off illnesses while on the road. How you stay hydrated can have a big impact on the planet though. “The Guardian” reported in 2017 that people buy one million plastic bottles every minute. While the materials that make those bottles are mostly recyclable, fewer than half of the bottles get recycled and approximately 7% of them get used to make new bottles.

So what can you do to stay hydrated? Switch to a reusable water bottle. While you might have limited packing space, you can buy plastic, metal, or glass reusable water bottles with a carabiner clip on them. This will allow you to easily attach the bottle to your backpack, purse, or suitcase so that you have it wherever you go. You’ll find a lot of places to fill it up too. More public places are offering free water bottle refills to encourage the use of refillable containers.

Eat Local When You Can

Eat Local When You Can

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Trying new foods is part of the adventure to a new destination. What, how, and where you choose to eat, however, could have a negative impact on the planet. A study published by the University of Sheffield found that sweets, alcohol, and restaurant food were actually worse for the environment than meat consumption. Eating out contributes to an average of 0.8 tons of carbon in the environment each year, while meat consumption contributes an average of 0.3 tons.

While you’ll probably have to eat out when traveling, you can commit to making smarter choices about how you do it. First, ditch the fast-food chains. They typically have to ship in their food items from farther away, which increases the carbon footprint. Plus, most chains wrap their food in single-use items, which are bad for the environment. Choose to dine at restaurants that have a recycling policy and source their products locally as much as possible. Not only will you be making better choices for the environment, but you’ll also be eating more locally authentic meals. If you stay at an Airbnb or somewhere else with kitchen access, make some of your meals there too. You’ll cut down on waste and your travel costs.

Treat Your Hotel Like Home

Treat Your Hotel Like Home

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According to the United Nations (UN), the hotel industry is responsible for 1% of global carbon emissions. Things like energy consumption, water consumption, and single-use plastics are all major factors in how hotels are harming the planet. The UN is encouraging hotels around the world to adhere to guidelines that will help reduce their carbon emissions and waste.

How can travelers help? By treating their hotel like they would their own home. That means doing simple tasks like hanging up and reusing towels after a shower. While it used to be customary to get clean towels every day, hotels can cut out water and energy waste when guests choose to keep their towels for a few days. You should also turn off lights and air conditioning when you aren’t using them to keep the energy usage down in your room. These are small things you’d do in your own home, so continue to do them at your hotel. Also, don’t use the hotel’s shampoo and conditioner. Those single-use bottles get tossed into the trash — even if you only use a little bit of product.

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Use Public Transportation

Use Public Transportation

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When it comes to the environment, public transportation is a good thing. When you hop on a bus or a train, you minimize your carbon footprint — unlike when you use a personal car or a taxi. The “BBC” reports that using public transportation is the key to a cleaner environment. It gets people out of their cars and helps control climate change. The rapid growth of car usage is one of the main contributing factors to climate change.

Instead of renting a car on your next trip, head for the bus station. You’ll end up seeing a more authentic side of your vacation destination when you are traveling the way the locals do. Plus, it’s a lot more cost-effective for your travel budget. In most places, you can hop on a bus for a few dollars and travel without worrying about directions, gas prices, or where to park when you get there. Google Maps is a great source for helping you decipher bus routes.

Commit to Traveling Slowly

Commit to Traveling Slowly

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The element of travel that contributes the most to carbon emissions is traveling itself. “The New York Times” reports that the airline industry’s contribution to global emissions is growing faster than anyone expected — jumping 32% from 2013 to 2018. Concern over how much damage flights are doing to the planet have led to flight shaming, according to “Forbes.” Some activists are swearing off airline travel in favor of other methods. For the average traveler, however, flights are the only option for getting from point A to point B.

To cut down on how much your flying habits are contributing to pollution, then simply slow down. Instead of hopping from destination to destination during your next two-week vacation, opt to spend the entire time in one place. If you still want to move around, look for overground transportation options like trains and buses. Slowing down your travel allows you to immerse yourself in the culture instead of rushing to complete a busy itinerary. You might find you actually end up getting more out of a slower schedule.

(Theology Poem) What We See, But Also, What We Don’t See

What We See, But Also, What We Don’t See

 

We were all in the Womb, so what did we know and when

So, what did we see with our first memory, of anything

What did we know when we first remember seeing the Sun

How many folks have we seen through our heart, for a while

When did we each say, here I am, and remember that memory

 

There is always a time when we look right through our life, like a grind

We all walked past the Daily Hurdles life so kindly keep twirling at us

Did we notice and remember the people who slid in and out of our daily life

Stages of how you and I now look in the memories of others we have cared about

Grades at every step, in deed we’re prodded and Rated, but what were we taught

 

Those around us who we know, how many of those folks don’t even recognize us

Yet how many wonderful people have we walked by because we didn’t see them

One side is irate cause the memories they see were far from being great ones

With Gray Hair we understand better what our senses of youth were blind to

When we understand that only by the Grace of God, have you or I, ever been

 

(A Savage Comment) Creationism AND Evolution: Both Of Them, Are True

Creationism AND Evolution:  Both Of Them, Are True

 

I am a devout life long Christian yet I have for most of my adult life debated how Christians (for the most part) are so oblivious to reality and to the Truths that are shown us in the Bible. So many people who believe in the Bible as the Holy Spirit Inspired Word Of God (as I also do) tend to read the Bible with ‘Church Doctrine’ blinders on. Back in the time of the Apostles and the time that Jesus walked the Earth when they taught in the Synagogues the people studied the Scriptures to see if what they were being taught was the truth or not. Just because your Preacher or a Church Elder, Bishop, or if you are Catholic, even the Pope, tells you something it is your Christian obligation to search out the Scriptures to see if what you are being told is Biblical truth.

 

Reality is that the ignorance of Christians/Churches have convinced millions if not billions of people throughout history to turn their backs on the Jewish and the Christian faith. Right from the very first book of the Bible (Genesis) Christians and Jews do not understand what we are so plainly being told. Yes the world and all in it were created in six days, but those six days are not, were not, human days, they were God’s days. I nor any other human knows what one of God’s days represent compared to a human day but Scripture tells us over and over again that God’s days are not our days yet humans keep trying to make that be so anyway. Even in our own solar system every single planet that circles the sun has a different amount of our hours in one of their days. Some will, through their ego’s say, well why didn’t Moses just lay it all our for us so we could know exactly everything? Folks, almost all of the humans that were alive about 3,600-3,700 human years ago calculated time through their own ancestors which normally only traversed back 3, 4, or 5 generations at best. Do you honestly think if Moses had started teaching them of thinks that happened 3 or 4 billion years ago that these people would have listened to him? What if Moses had started laying out the lineage of Dinosaurs, what do you think they would have done? My guess is that the people would have shunned him for being a crazy man.

 

Most all of us know some about the story of Adam and Eve from the first two chapters of Genesis but my question to everyone is, just how well have you read it? Have you just taken the word of the Church you attend as to what the Scripture actually is telling us all? Please reread the first two chapters. If you will notice in the first chapter Adam was created but before His creation God created ‘men and women, and, God created He them’. After God had created multiple ‘men and women’ God created Adam. Now in the first chapter, after God did all of His creating of those ‘Six Days’, God rested from His work on the 7th day. Then after all His work was done and He had created the first group of people (the Gentiles) and Adam, then in chapter #2 God then created Eve to be a help mate for Adam. Folks, the ‘promised one, the Messiah, Jesus The Christ’ lineage is traced back through the ‘Royal Blood Line’ to Adam, actually to Eve. There were two human creations, the gentiles, and the Royal Blood Line of Adam. Adam and Eve were about 5,500 human years ago yet humans were on this planet many thousands of years before this time. Jesus Himself referred to us Gentiles as “people before this time whom were not a people”. Jesus was pointing out that before His time here on Earth, before His Resurrection that salvation was only to the Jews and to no one else. So, people who were not a people, Gentiles! These are simple truths laid out in writing for us all to see yet we choose to remain blind. Think about a few things we are told here in the beginning of Genesis. After Cain had murdered his brother Able God banished Cain to the East of Eden in the land of Nod. God put a mark on the forehead of Cain so that “all who find him would not kill him”, folks, all of who? There were only 3 people left on the planet right, just Cain, his Mom Eve and his Dad Adam, so all of whom? Then after Cain had been banished he took a wife, wait a minute, where did she come from? Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible/Torah through the guidance of God’s Spirit, whom we tend to call the Holy Spirit from the New Testament. The Truth of the Scriptures are right before our eyes, but we have been trained not to see the real Truth. We have been taught Church doctrines instead which has run many millions of people away from God’s teachings.

 

If Moses had told the people of his time that the world was about 4-5 billion years old and that the planet we call Earth had started with a big interstellar bang what do you think the people would have done to him? At the very least they would have thought him to be crazy and no one would have paid him any mind. To my Christian and Jewish brothers, yes there were such things as dinosaurs and there has been life on this planet for several hundred millions of human years. I did not say that there has been human life here on Earth for hundreds of millions of our years, just life itself. God does not want us to be ignorant for ignorance begets death, physical and spiritual. Science has pretty much discovered/proven that human life has been on this planet for hundreds of thousands of years, not just the 5,000-5,500 years since Adam and Eve. I am not an archaeologist even though I am a huge fan of history. I know that science has been looking for the so-called ‘missing link’ between Primates and Humans for longer than I have been alive. This is like trying to find that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, it doesn’t exist folks.

 

Evolution, is there such a thing? Of course there is folks. As an example I would like to use the people science calls Neanderthals. For most of my life time scientist have wondered what happened to them, why did they go extinct? Just like the people before them who bred with them the same thing happened to them, they were bred out of existence. You can breed cattle with buffalo and you get what is called beefalo. You can take oranges and breed them with tangerines and you get a product called tangelos. In Scripture the ‘House of Israel’ was forbidden to mix blood with any of the Gentiles, if they did then they were counted as not being pure. Humans did not crawl up out of the oceans and even though we have many of the same molecules of other creatures we did not derive from them and they did not derive from us. Today science can create a form of a human being through cloning and some would call this evolution, that we have evolved into a more pure condition but they are ignorant of reality. Science can play God, but they are not God. Just as if I could make an android and give it a human name like George, George is still not a human. The difference in these two creations of science and a real human being is that science can not create ‘a Soul’. It is the Soul that makes the conscientiousness that makes one human and only God can create the Soul. Is there such a thing as evolution, of course there is, just not to the extent that some scientist believe and or are trying to find or create.

 

Science has some things wrong, yet they do have many things correct. Churches have many things correct, yet they have many things wrong. It is the job of the Churches to teach the whole Truth but first the Churches must open their eyes to what the Scriptures actually say and to forget about ‘Church doctrines’. The Earth is a special place for it is designated to be “God’s Footstool”. Earth is where Jesus will reign from once the New Jerusalem comes down from Heaven to replace the current city of Jerusalem once it has been totally destroyed after the Second Advent. Now, Christians, wake up to reality about other planets. Do you honestly think that if God is the Creator of all things in the Heavens and on the Earth that He created billions of planets for no purpose or reason at all? To the best of my knowledge I have never seen an alien yet I totally believe that they exist, it would be difficult to honestly believe other wise. Then again there is the issue of, what does an alien actually look like? Personally I have no idea, but I do doubt that they look like humans. Personally I believe in the existence of Angels, I also believe that I have seen and spoken with at least two in my lifetime. I also believe in the existence of Satan and of His Angels, to me, to not believe in both is Biblical ignorance. I personally do not know if I have ever spoken directly with any Demons but I think that there is a very good chance that I have several times. I know that I have experienced being in places and in the presence of a few people where the feeling of pure evil was like a stench in the air, you could feel it, you could almost taste it. Remember, if you spend your life trying to be good and trying your best to be the best follower of Christ that you know how to be, you make yourself a target for the hate of evil ones, humans and otherwise.

Trump Is Trying To End All Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

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As student debt continues to climb, President Donald Trump on Monday released a budget for 2021 that would slash many of the programs aimed at helping borrowers.

Student loan spending would be cut by $170 billion in Trump’s plan, titled “A Budget for America’s Future.” The reductions include “sensible annual and lifetime loan limits” for graduate students and parents and the end to subsidized loans, in which the government covers the interest for borrowers who are still in school or experiencing economic hardship.

It would also reduce the number of repayment options for borrowers and nix the popular, if challenged, public service loan forgiveness program.

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That program, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007, allows not-for-profit and government employees to have their federal student loans canceled after 10 years of on-time payments. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that up to one-quarter of American workers are eligible.

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“The Trump Administration already has a reputation of being anti-borrower,” said Mark Kantrowitz, a higher education policy expert. “This just takes it further.”

In all, Trump’s proposal would request $66.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Education, trimming the budget by $5.6 billion, or nearly 8%. The proposed cut is less steep than last year, when he called for a nearly 10% reduction in spending for the department.

Still, any cuts to student loan relief programs are unlikely to sit well with many voters.

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Eighty percent of Americans agree that the government should make it easier for people with student debt to repay their loans, a study by The Pew Charitable Trusts found. Another poll found that nearly 60% of registered voters said they would support a plan to cancel all existing student loan debt.

Meanwhile, leading Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail are vowing to cancel the majority or all of the country’s outstanding student loan debt.

Bernie Sanders has proposed wiping out the country’s $1.6 trillion outstanding student loan tab.

Elizabeth Warren’s plan would cancel $50,000 in student debt for borrowers with household incomes of less than $100,000. People who earn between $100,000 and $250,000 would be eligible for forgiveness on a sliding scale.

Trump And Pence Both Lying About School Safety Budget

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Fact Checker | Has the administration obtained $2 billion for ‘school safety’?

President Trump and Vice President Pence have been touting their commitment to school safety, but the numbers don’t add up. 

“Thanks to the president’s leadership, we’re already providing nearly $2 billion more in help to local governments to ensure security at our schools and the safety of our students. It represents the single largest investment in school safety in American history.”
— Vice President Pence, in remarks in Indianapolis, May 18, 2018

“I recently signed legislation that includes more than $2 billion to improve school safety, including the funding for training, and metal detectors, and security and mental health.”
— President Trump, in remarks to the National Rifle Association, Dallas, Texas, May 4

We first spotted Vice President Pence’s claim of “nearly $2 billion” in funding for school safety but then realized that President Trump had offered a more grandiose statement of “more than $2 billion” during his speech to the NRA.

With yet another deadly school shooting, this time in Santa Fe, Tex., it seems appropriate to figure whether these numbers are real. Pence touted it as the “single largest investment to school safety in American history” and attributed it “to the president’s leadership.”

The Facts

The funding is contained in the omnibus spending package signed into law in March — a bill that the president said he was “unhappy” with. He threatened a veto and then signed it anyway, but promised he would “never sign another bill like this again.”

The vice president’s office directed us to the White House Office and Management and Budget for a detailed explanation of “nearly $2 billion” in funding. An OMB senior adviser provided a list of programs that added up to $1.7 billion, which means that according to the White House’s own accounting the president was exaggerating when he said “more than $2 billion.”

But upon inspection, the vice president is exaggerating too. The biggest part of the figure — $1.1 billion — is for a school grants program that is only tenuously connected to school safety.

The program, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE), is a block grant, also known as Title IV-A, signed into law by President Barack Obama, with an authorized level of $1.6 billion a year. At least 20 percent of the funds are supposed to be used for “safe and healthy students,” which ranges from school-based mental health programs and suicide prevention to better health and safety practices in athletic programs.

This is what is supposed to represent “school safety” and “security at schools.” At best the administration could claim $220 million of the $1.1 billion appropriation for school security, but frankly that’s a stretch.

Under the law, the grants are also supposed to be used for “well-rounded educational opportunities” — such as bolstering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education — and “effective use of technology” in increasing academic achievement. No more than 15 percent of the money can be spent on buying “technology infrastructure.”

Indeed, language in the House Appropriations Committee report and the omnibus explanatory statement published in the Congressional Record shows that Congress expected that much of this money would be spent on STEM education, especially computer science training for “underrepresented students such as minorities, girls, and youth from families living at or below the poverty line.”

That doesn’t sound like school security at all.

The OMB official defended attributing all the money to school security because the Education Department estimates “a significant majority of the districts will receive under $30,000, meaning they will have no restrictions on how they can allocate funds.” He added: “The program was designed to be very flexible with the intention of meeting local needs. Since we do not know if districts intend to seek waivers, we have stated that ‘up to $1.1 billion is available for school safety needs.’”

Kirsten Stewart, director of public policy at advocacy group Futures without Violence, a member of the Title IV-A Coalition, says other estimates indicate a “a good percentage” of school districts will exceed the $30,000 threshold, requiring guidelines to be followed. She said it is not clear how the money has been spent in the past because schools are only due to receive 2017 funding by September. The money in the $1.1 billion appropriation will not reach schools until September 2019.

There’s another fishy aspect to Pence and Trump bragging about the SSAE grants. The Trump administration has repeatedly insisted the program should be eliminated, even just weeks before the passage of the omnibus legislation in its 2019 budget proposal. In 2018, SSAE received funding of almost $400 million, but Trump proposed to zero it out, arguing “it duplicates activities that may be supported by other Federal programs as well as state, local, and private funding.”

Congress simply ignored the administration’s objections and even boosted the annual funding by $700 million.

A tip-off that the administration was not happy about this development is that in its official Statement of Administration Policy on the omnibus bill, issued March 22, the OMB made no mention of the SSAE grants when it applauded money in the bill to improve school safety. Instead, it mentioned the inclusion of the STOP School Violence Act, which earned a $75 million appropriation in 2019, and a few other programs in the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Justice.

(The $75 million for the STOP School Violence Act came from funds already appropriated for the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, a program developed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, that the Trump administration also sought to end funding for in 2019.)

Note that Pence claimed the funding was “thanks to the president’s leadership.” That’s akin to a student on a group project in high school who repeatedly badmouths the group’s agenda, even to the point of refusing to do any work — and then tries to claim credit after the project earned kudos from the teacher.

The other items on the OMB list are a grab-bag of items totaling about $500 million, such as $71 million for Project AWARE, to increase awareness of mental health issues among youth, $94 million for peer-to-peer mentoring of at-risk youths and $24 million to prevent gang violence.

There’s also $90 million for “school safety national activities,” but that’s mostly aimed at training teachers on how to improve student behavior. That’s also higher than the administration requested; for 2019, the administration wants to cut the funding to $42 million and turn the focus on the opioid crisis.

We would argue that some of these programs have little to do with school security, especially in the context of school shootings. But in any case, even under the most generous accounting, it doesn’t come close to $2 billion.

The OMB did not respond to repeated questions about how it determined this was the largest investment in school safety in U.S. history. Given how the other numbers were fudged, this is also rather dubious.

The Pinocchio Test

On either side of $2 billion, Pence and Trump have been rather misleading with the funding for school security in the omnibus bill. More than 60 percent of the money comes from a pot that is mostly devoted to a well-rounded education or technology, not school safety — and it’s an Obama-era program the administration wanted to zero out. The administration’s spin earns Four Pinocchios.

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Nine-year-old child genius to graduate university

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Nine-year-old child genius to graduate university

Laurent Simons pictured here in 2018.

(CNN)child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of nine.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.
Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.
He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.
His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.
“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.
Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.
While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.
But Lydia has her own theory.
“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.
The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.
“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, in a statement.
“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”
Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”
His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.
“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.
“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”
While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.
However, unlike most nine-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.
In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.
Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

Revelation Chapter #5

Revelation Chapter #5

 

Chapter #5 is in the time frame that will be after ‘the Rapture’. During this chapter the Church is in Heaven with Jesus Christ. Also this is during the time of the very beginning of the ‘Great Tribulation’. Yet the Tribulation will be covered during chapters 6-18. Chapter 5 has a total of 14 verses in it. In verses 1-4 we will discuss the Book with Seven Seals. In verses 5-10 we will discuss Jesus Christ which is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and He is also the Lamb of God who was slain as the Blood Sacrifice for all of us. In verses 11-12 we find the Multitude of Angels who are singing songs of praise and redemption to the Lord. Then the last two verses 13-14, there is universal worship of the Savior of the universe.

 

Now if you will, lets go through these 14 verses of chapter #5 that the Apostle John wrote at the direction of Jesus Christ. “And I saw the right hand of Him that sat upon the Throne a Book written within and on its backside which was sealed with Seven Seals”. “And I saw a strong Angel proclaiming with a loud voice, who is worthy to open the Book and to undo the Seals thereof?” “And no man in Heaven nor in Earth, neither under the Earth was able to open the Book, nor to look thereon”. “And I (John) wept bitterly because no man was found worthy to open and to read the Book, nor to look upon it”. “And one of the Elders said unto me, weep not: behold. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome and can open the Book and is able to undo the Seven Seals thereof”. “And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the Throne and of the Four Beasts and in the midst of the Elders, stood a Lamb as if it had been slain, having Seven Horns and Seven Eyes, which are the Seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the Earth”. “And He came and took the Book out of the Right Hand of Him that sat upon the Throne”. “And when He had taken the Book, the Four Beasts and the Twenty-Four Elders fell down before the Lamb, everyone of them having harps and golden Bowls full of Incense which is the prayers of the Saints”. “And they sang a new song saying, You are worthy to take the Book and to open the Seals thereof. For You were slain and You have redeemed us to God by Your Blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation”. “And You have made us unto our God, Kings and Priests. And we shall reign on the Earth”. “And I beheld and I heard the voice of many Angels round about the Throne and the Beasts and the Elders. And the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands”. “They were saying with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessings”. ” And every Creature that was in Heaven and on the Earth and under the Earth and those that were in the sea and all that are in them I heard saying, blessings and honor and glory and power, be unto Him that sits upon the Throne and unto the Lamb for ever and ever”. “And the Four Beasts said, Amen, and the 24 Elders fell down and worshiped Him that lives for ever and ever”.

 

This chapter is only 14 verses but it does tell us quite a lot of information. Now, lets break it down to help make sure that we are all on the same level of understanding. Here in chapter #5 Jesus Christ is The Lion and the Lamb of God the Father. We must not lose reality of the fact that Jesus is THE central figure of not just this chapter but also of this entire Book of Revelation.

 

In verses 1-4 the Book with 7 Seals is the subject matter of this discussion. “And I saw in the Right Hand of Him that sat on the Throne (this is God the Father) a Book written within and on the backside, Sealed with 7 Seals”.  At the time of this writing (Apr 95 A.D.) most all of the known world was under Roman domination. At that time, Roman law required a Will to also be sealed 7 times. Though it may be a bit interesting, that correlation, Scripture does not otherwise mention it. Scripture does not tell us exactly what the name of this Book is called I know that many Bible Scholars believe it to be the Book of Judgement. Many others also believe it to be like a ‘Title Deed’ to the Earth and that Jesus Christ is the owner of it. If you would, please read from the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament Chapter 7: 13-14. This Scripture strongly suggests that what is being handed over to Jesus from the Father is in deed the Title to this world we all live in.

 

In verses 2-4 it speaks of how no one is worthy to open this Book but in verse 5 we find that there is one, the Lamb of God, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ. In verse 6, Jesus is the Lamb of God, it is through His blood that we humans are redeemed, washed clean. Folks, we are all bought with a price and that price is the Blood that Jesus spilled to save us. When these passages speak of the four Beasts, Jesus is not the Beast but they portray the four characters of the Christ which is Jesus.

 

In verse 7 Jesus came and took the Book out of the Hand of the Father who sat upon the Throne. In verse 8 after Jesus had the Book the four Beasts and the 24 Elders fell down before the Lamb (Jesus). Also in verse 8 it is said that the Elders had Bowls full of Incense which are the prayers of the Saints. Before this time the Lord was the Intercessor for the Church. But now the Church is in Heaven with Him. It is at this time that the Lord changes from Intercessor to Judge. This transformation is important as the Tribulation Period begins.

 

For those here in this life who are prejudice/racists they need to take note of the following Scripture, 5:9. Simply put it reads, Jesus was killed and He redeemed us to His Father by His own blood. (Of every kindred, of all people, of all languages and from every nation) There is no one skin color nor any one nation on Earth that is exalted or excluded from being the ‘bought and paid for Children of God. Now, please take notice of verse 10. “And He (Jesus) has made us (everyone) to be unto our God Kings and Priests.”

 

Please also take notice of the last sentence in verse 10. “We shall reign On The Earth.” This seems to be something that Church Leaders just can’t seem to get through their brainwashed heads. From the first Book of the Bible (Genesis) through the Book of Revelation Scripture makes it very plain that Heaven is not the eternal home of humans. The eternal dwelling place for those who are faithful unto death (believers and doers of God’s will) will be here on God’s remade Earth. Not the Earth as we know it today. Nor will the Earth even be in this Galaxy as all things of this Earth will be melted away, cleansed. The “New Jerusalem” will come down from Heaven to “A New Earth” with Jesus Christ who will Rule all the world from His Throne upon the Temple Mount in this’New Jerusalem’.

 

In verses 11-12 it speaks of the multitude of Angels that John saw who were singing praise to the Lamb of God. John used terms of thousands of thousands and tens of thousands of Angels simply because there was an amount beyond his counting. In verses 13-14 John speaks of all the Creatures in Heaven, on Earth and under the Earth who were also singing praise to the Lamb of God who lives for ever and ever.

 

I hope that this break down was of some help to some of you for increasing your understanding of it. Hopefully, shortly we will be able to study chapter six together.

Iranian Students Set to Start at U.S. Universities Are Barred From Country

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES)

 

Iranian Students Set to Start at U.S. Universities Are Barred From Country

The students, who were mostly headed to schools in the University of California system, had visas in hand when they were blocked from their flights this month.

ImageNima Abdollahpour had planned to study electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis.

At least a dozen Iranian students who were set to begin graduate programs in engineering and computer science say their visas were abruptly canceled and they were barred from their flights to the United States this month.

The sudden batch of visa cancellations, which came at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, set off a scramble by university officials, lawmakers, the students’ union and Iranian-American advocates to figure out what had happened.

The State Department said that there had been no change in policy regarding student visas, and higher education officials say that visa problems arise every fall for some of the hundreds of thousands of international students who travel to attend American colleges and universities.

But the students, most of whom were headed to schools in the University of California system, say their visas were revoked at the last minute, without any warning or explanation. Most were prevented from boarding flights in Iran, and others from boarding connecting flights in the Persian Gulf. One was detained at Boston Logan International Airport and then turned back.

Many of the students said that a State Department webpage showed their visa cases had been updated around Aug. 30, and they were prevented from boarding in early September.

All of that came before a Sept. 14 attack on two key Saudi oil installations, which has escalated a standoff between the United States and its ally Saudi Arabia against Iran.

[President Trump announced a new round of sanctions against Iran on Friday.]

A law enacted in 2012 under President Barack Obama requires the United States government to deny visas to Iranian students whose coursework would prepare them to work in the energy or nuclear sectors in their home country. Consular officials have wide discretion on how to interpret the statute and put it in place, said Jamal Abdi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, a Washington-based group.

Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, also based in Washington, said he appreciated that the 2012 law had sought to prevent knowledge gained in the United States from being used in the service of the Iranian government.

But he pointed to the difficulty in predicting how students would use technical skills that are widely sought after and applicable in many industries. He suggested a more radical approach: to overturn the Trump administration’s travel ban and require Iranian students in sensitive fields to stay in the United States after graduation.

Most Iranians cannot obtain visas to travel to the United States because of the travel ban on visitors from their country, as well as from Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela. But there are narrow exemptions, including for students. Most of the students who were barred had been given single-entry visas, and were prepared to go years without seeing family members who would not have been able to visit them.

In phone interviews and emails, the students said they were crestfallen. Some had left high-level jobs or sold their homes, or had turned down opportunities in Europe or Canada. Most said their studies had been fully funded, and many had been slated to begin teaching or research positions in addition to their studies.

“I feel I’m damaged emotionally, financially, academically,” said Peyman, 23, who was supposed to begin a degree in electrical engineering at the University of California at San Diego. He asked to be identified only by his first name because he did not want to jeopardize his chances of getting another visa.

Peyman said that he had been barred from a connecting flight in Qatar this month and that an airline employee had scrawled “CANCELLED” across his visa in pen, saying the instructions to do so had come from the Department of Homeland Security.

The State Department does not release data on visa revocations, and the department said it could not release information about individual cases.

Mr. Abdi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, said the group normally hears about visa denials, not last-minute revocations. But new vetting procedures — including reviewing social media information from visa applicants — have been “a black box,” he said.

The student workers in the University of California system are represented by the United Automobile Workers Local 2865. Its president, Kavitha Iyengar, said in a statement that her members “do not deserve to be discriminated against.”

She said that the union often helps members who have visa issues, but that she had never seen a problem of this scope.

John A. Pérez, the chairman of the University of California system’s Board of Regents, said the university would stand with its international students “no matter where they were born — and protect them in any way we can from the unpredictable actions of this administration.”

The university’s media relations office said in a separate statement that it was working with government agencies and lawmakers to resolve the issue. It also noted that other Iranian students in the science, technology, engineering and math fields had arrived on campus before September.

A spokesman for Customs and Border Protection reiterated that there had been no change in policy. He added that the agency had the authority to cancel visas but also had policies in place “to ensure multiple layers of review when adjudicating a denial of admission.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a question about whether visa policy had been changed.

At a time when the Iranian economy is in dire condition, hobbled by American sanctions, many Iranian students pay out of pocket to visit the American embassies in Armenia or Turkey for visa interviews, in addition to paying for plane tickets and other arrangements.

Nima Abdollahpour, 23, completed his bachelor’s degree at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, which is often called the M.I.T. of Iran, and had planned to study electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis.

He said he and other students had grown frustrated as they were directed from one government agency to the next.

“I am a student who will lose another year or two of my life to find another program, as well as tons of money and energy,” he said.

Chinese scholars have also faced restrictions on visas to the United States amid tensions between the two countries, prompting educators to voice concerns about the possible impact on innovation and on researchers already in the United States. Last month, nine Chinese undergraduate students enrolled at Arizona State University were detained at Los Angeles International Airport and sent back to China without explanation.

In a statement on Thursday, Michael M. Crow, the president of Arizona State University, criticized Customs and Border Protection’s handling of the student visa process.

“They are unevenly and inappropriately making determinations that have no factual basis and that they have no experience making,” he said.

“If C.B.P. and D.H.S. do not take this problem seriously,” Mr. Crow said, “all universities need to seek review by Congress and the courts.”

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Karen Zraick is a breaking news and general assignment reporter who writes frequently about race, gender and civil rights. She has also worked as an editor on the International desk and in news curation. @karenzraick

China: Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI CHINA NEWS AGENCY ‘SHINE’)

 

Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

Shi Xiaojing came to school early on September 2, the first day of a new semester. She arrived before 7am to make sure that all preparations were done. Then she walked to the front gate of the school to greet the students.

Shi has been at the gate every school day since 2005 when she was appointed headmistress of Minhang Qizhi School, a special education facility for mentally handicapped students.

There are 202 students registered at the school, all of them are low-functioning, with IQs below 50. The average IQ of normal people varies from 85 to 115.

This year on opening day, she wore a red dress with a polka-dot shirt on top.

“I want to look bright to them,” she said.

About the same time, Binbin arrived at the school.

The bulky 20-year-old has worked as a librarian there for two years. His job on the first day was to prepare printed documents for teachers and take care of the delivery of new books for the library.

When the flag-raising ceremony began at 8 am, Binbin had just finished carrying the last box of books in. His blue shirt was soaked with sweat.

Shi walked over to Binbin.

“Look at you, all wet,” she said, patting his shoulder. “Go change into your other shirt. You know where I put it.”

Unlike other employees here, Binbin is graduate of Qizhi. He is autistic.

“He enrolled in the school the same year as I came when he was 5,” Shi said, recalling how he stumbled around as a boy. “I used to teach normal middle school kids. I had no clue nor even the self-confidence to deal with these special children.”

Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Shi Xiaojing, the headmistress of Minhang Qizhi School for mentally handicapped students, greets children in the classroom on September 2, the first day of a new semester.

When Shi first became the headmistress, she ran into a student in a shopping mall. The student yelled at her, and people around her stopped and stared. She maintained her cool and attempted to calm the student.

“Later I learned that the student’s mother was blind,” she said. “He was at the mall to help his mother with some banking business. At that moment, I told myself there is nothing to worry about. These are all just innocent souls.”

Each child has different symptoms. Many have nervous tics. Some are prone to violent fits. Most can be difficult to reach.

“There is no formula when communicating with them,” Shi said. “Each one of them is unique.”

When Shi came to Qizhi School, there were only five teachers with majors in special education; the rest were all amateurs like her. She spent all her spare time reading books and essays about special education.

Teachers at the school have felt their way through the curriculum. One of Binbin’s teachers, surnamed Wang, gradually noticed that drawing would calm the boy down during a fit of anger. So Binbin was encouraged to go to the blackboard to draw whatever he wanted whenever he became stressed.

Over time, Binbin started to understand the instructions from the teachers. More importantly, he learned to express himself in a way that could be understood by others.

“Despite their different symptoms and conditions, they share similar problems,” Shi said. “Delayed and deviant language development and poor athletic ability.”

Shi has evaluated each student individually to ascertain the best way to teach them to communicate. Throughout the years, she and her staff have published more than 350 papers on special education for the mentally handicapped.

Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Students from Minhang Qizhi School have their first class of a new semester on September 2.

The mental state of students wasn’t Shi’s only concern. She also had to worry about the mental state of teachers.

In 2006, she received a letter from a teacher.

“I think I’m going crazy,” the letter began.

The teacher’s class had eight students, five of them autistic. The young teacher just couldn’t cope.

“I immediately asked her to withdraw from the class and tried to offer her a new position,” Shi said. “But she left the school anyway, the only teacher to do so.”

Teachers face more than mental stress. Zhang Li, a physical education teacher at the school, was once bashed by a student.

“You think you are strong enough when you major in sports,” Zhang said. “But my chest ached for days.”

Such violent incidents are common at the school. Shi organized psychological counseling for all teachers and initiated lecture sessions for them on how to communicate with special students.

“Unlike many teachers in general education, who can proudly recall students who went on to become distinguished, special education teachers can never feel that level of satisfaction,” Shi said. “These students express their love and gratitude in other ways, and those ways can make you feel that all your efforts are worthwhile, frustrations notwithstanding.”

Haohao is a fifth-grade student at Qizhi. His mother died when he was only three months old. When he was one, Haohao was diagnosed with autism. He was raised by his grandparents and had never called anyone mama.

“You can imagine how surprised we were when Haohao came home and told us things about his ‘mama’ headmistress,” said Wang Tongfen, Haohao’s grandmother. “Though he is autistic, the headmistress noticed his craving to perform and express himself.”.

Wang and her husband are both over 80, and they worry about what will happen to their grandson when they are gone.

“Unfortunately, most mentally handicapped children have to stay at home after they leave school,” Shi said. “What we have to do is to create a future where they can find their place in society.”

Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The students of Minhang Qizhi School gather on the playground to attend the flag-raising ceremony.

Since 1993, when Qizhi School first opened, more than 300 students have graduated. Only a small proportion of students managed to find stable jobs.

“Many of them had worsened conditions after they left, and there was no choice but for them to remain at home,” Shi told Shanghai Daily. “Even though my job has won me titles and awards, those things don’t matter as long as these children and their families are still struggling to make their way in life.”

The situation is improving. Of the 20 students who have graduated since 2017, about half have found jobs.

During the summer break, Shi said she visited the now online celebrity Menggongfang Café, where most of the staff are mentally handicapped. (Read Shanghai Daily’s story about the café on https://www.shine.cn/news/metro/1907218817/)

“It is a good sign that the public is now paying more attention to the plight of the mentally handicapped,” Shi said. “Yet I keep thinking that we can do more than simply offering jobs to a handful of these young people.”

Shi envisions other workplaces where special students can work for a few months to learn useful skills and learn to blend in with society.

As she outlined these plans to a Shanghai Daily reporter, Binbin returned, with his shirt changed.

“Are you doing an interview?” he asked. “Please make sure mama headmistress looks pretty in the photos.”

Shi bent over in laughter, and Binbin laughed too.

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