Saturday, August 27, 2016

Immigrants Are America's New Hope

It is troubling that immigrants in America have been facing a new wave of hateful verbal attacks from Republican sources led by Donald Trump and his surrogates. It is even more troubling that these same immigrants will turn out to be America's last grasp at greatness. Troubling because the Trumpers want to deport all 11 million immigrants... up to this writing.

To begin with, immigrants pump some 90 billion dollars into the American economy each year. Much of this money is paid into Social Security, which is depended on by a majority of white Americans many of whom are the same ones against immigrants and their presence here. There are more white Americans using Social Security services than any of the minority groups. But this is not the problem.

There is a bigger problem looming in America that no one seems to have noticed, and no one is talking about it, in America. This larger and increasing threat to America comes in the form of education and the dwindling resource it threatens to become... this is where immigrants and their children,  may well turn out to be America's greatest hand to play. 

Be assured the rest of the world is well aware of this issue as America sinks ever lower in the list of well educated countries that can equip their citizens with needed skills, and embrace the challenges of a growing technological global marketplace.

America's problem stems from the new fad that seems to be increasing every year. Parents are opting out of properly educating their kids and that is holding these brilliant kids back. I wrote about this for the past two years and it is increasing. 

When parents follow each other and resist having their kids do common core or standardized testing, they set a lower educational trajectory for their kids and ultimately their kids come out of school at a lower level than others who did the hard work... these others ultimately end up being the immigrant children, who then are the ones left with the responsibility of moving America forward, competing in an ever growing technological global marketplace.

No matter how good the parents' intentions are, even children who are home schooled are missing out on things they should experience while growing up, and this may pose a challenge for the child later on. I have heard that some home schooled kids do well academically, but I hasten to add that most home schooled children are the ones who are distracted by other things that are injected by the parent, and thus they still may not realize their full potential.

CNN... 'In New Jersey, lawmakers recently approved a measure that would require schools to accommodate parents who opt out of testing by providing alternative activities such as independent reading for their children.
And in Indiana, the state's 2015 superintendent of the year recommended that parents home-school their children during the testing weeks instead of having them take the tests.'

Immigrants have one focus, to educate their children, as they are taught that education is the only way for their kids and their families to get out of poverty. Everything else is second to that. 

So while some children are kept back by their parents, immigrant kids are going through these same school systems snubbed by the American parents, and they , the immigrant kids end up winning. They win because there are limited spaces available in advanced classes at all schools, and if American kids aren't competing for those spaces, they are being filled by immigrant kids more and more.


It is not that the American kids don't want to fill the space in the advanced class, it is that they are prevented from being competitive...by their parents, so they lose out. Advanced kids get into advanced colleges, their trajectories are higher.... from CNN '...  the New York State Allies for Public Education -- 156,000 students refused to take this week's English exam, and that's with just from 50% of the districts reporting their numbers....With approximately 1.1 million students eligible to take the tests in grades 3-8 in New York, that means at least 14% of students are projected to sit out this year. According to the state education department, last year about 49,000 (4%) didn't have a known valid reason for not taking the English test and 67,000 (6%) didn't take the math exam.'


The end result is the immigrant children end up getting high five figure and even six figure jobs right out of college while many American children fall by the wayside or graduate into a lower paying job... or settle in to a manufacturing or construction job. I see this in the larger cities, where immigrant kids are graduating from specialized high schools and are thriving, in the spaces left by American kids.

Immigrant children go on to take up the challenges of the global marketplace in an effort to keep America from descending into the global market abyss and keep America strong, competitive and in the higher echelons of the marketplace.

America is now being sold on the idea of bringing back manufacturing jobs to America, these jobs will be low paying jobs and may be enough for families to stay afloat, but if parents do not keep their kids focused on higher education, then America may end up becoming some third world manufacturing low wage hub... soon 'Made in America' may carry as much weight as made is China, or Taiwan, or Bangladesh...

There is a new uproar now, to get rid of the Sanctuary cities that accomodate large numbers of immigrant families. If this is done, the only loser wil be... America.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Donald Trump.



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Sunday, May 15, 2016

New Drugless Approach To Diabetes

I have recently discovered a new drugless approach to diabetes and how we can better understand the disease and possible cure. First of all, after seeing what Dr. Jacob Jung and other doctors have been achieving with diabetic patients and the positive results they seem to be getting, I am very excited as to the future. 

I now think of the disease more in tune with that of a condition... a condition that can be reversed and maybe even extinguished like a bad blaze. I will let the good doctor explain...





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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Donald Trump's Secret Wish.

Donald Trump has been in the public's view his whole life. We have all seen the ups and downs of his life play out in the public eye from day one. The public has seen the start of his career, the building of his empire and his rise to fame and fortune over the years.

As with all billionaires, you develop an attitude over the years that always includes narcissism, and if your inclination is to feed that beast, it is sure to best you in the end. Billionaire narcissists tend to keep a low profile generally but as their close friends and relatives will tell you, many if not most, are not so warm and fuzzy behind closed doors... being quite eccentric at heart.

Donald has fed his narcissism for decades and this brings up a particular problem for him, the same old has now become old. The thrill of being the 'it' guy, the center of attraction has faded. Donald now has to elbow his way through the other billionaires just to be noticed. At the country club he is not special anymore, he is just one of the many. His beast hungers... his ego needs sustenance.

He caught a break with his TV show, and that calmed his ego beast for some years, but alas, this too has passed. 

Donald has the foresight needed as a businessman to understand the new opportunity when it presents itself, hence his presidential bid. Donald has to acquire something the other billionaires don't have, and the distinction of being addressed as 'Mr. President' by everyone, including the other billionaires is the crowning achievement. This will feed his narcissistic beast for a long time... maybe even forever, he hopes.

Does Donald care that he will have to actually do the job now and again? Well, he has a solution for that, he will simply delegate the groundwork to his staff and simply make an appearance when the work is done,  like all good bosses do. It's that simple.

This approach of delegating most if not all the jobs to surrogates is different from other Presidents in that the others actually went in themselves and was part of the whole process. Donald does not have the time and patience for that.  Donald can't be sympathetic, empathic and dedicated to solutions that serve others, because Donald's upbringing did not allow him the space to develop this mindset. 

He simply can't feel what he needs to feel, as poor people and poor nations do.  He has always been on the other side of the fence... being the vulture, taking advantage, cannibalizing and profiteering from these poor people, companies and nations. His confession of using the system to file bankruptcies in the past, thereby wreaking havoc on smaller companies and thousands of their workers bears this out.

For him as the leader of a nation to start developing feelings of sympathy and empathy so late in his life and in just a few months after being elected to the office, is something not even he can do. It takes years to understand and develop sympathy and empathy, quick and empty words are not enough. Donald is not interested in being a community organizer, he never was and never will be, it is beneath his status, as a billionaire.

Donald's only wish, is not to hold office, but really to acquire the title, so he can prove himself above the growing mountain of other billionaires, as the thrill of everything has already worn off and is now boring to a long in the tooth billionaire. The other billionaires being made to unwillingly address him as 'Mr. President' is the only thing that will stroke his narcissism one more time... for the Don...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Stupid Parents Make Stupid Kids.

The US has a Global ranking of 16th in literacy and 27th in Math as of 2015. That is not good.

There are thousands of inexperienced parents across America allowing their kids to opt out of testing this week and every year now it seems, with all sorts of reasons ranging from the testing being too rigorous, to it's too time consuming for the kids, to the idea that someone is making money off the testing. 

Now the bad news... next to your kids' classroom, there is another classroom filled with kids the same ages as your kids, who are doing a gifted or advanced class. These kids are not smarter than your kids... 

This is the class you want to get your child into, because these kids will have different entities, non profits, and fortune 500 corporations offering to pay fully for their college costs, with the after college possibility of going to work immediately for the corporation or being placed in a job immediately upon graduation. All for free.


When you refuse to have your child do the tests, they will not be accepted into a gifted or advanced kids program. You are forcing your child to stay in a regular class and miss out on the extra help that the advanced kids receive. 

Firstly, why are you helping your kids? If they pay attention in class , ask questions and do research, you will not need to help them. I couldn't understand my kids' homework because I was not in their class... I was at work. So they are the ones to do the homework, not me.


These well meaning, inexperienced parents are dumbing down America, by dumbing down their kids. Many if not most of these parents are first timers and are just now having their first experience at getting their kids ready for college and the global job market. 

Many are called 'Helicopter parents' for a reason and a little less of that hovering could prove to be a lot more helpful to their kids ... and the US as well. Unfortunately while they are hearing from all sides about the issues they and their children face in preparation for college, many are listening without hearing certain things.... 


As an experienced parent, I would like to add my voice. My experience comes from having one child enter the job market and the other finishing her last year of college in 2016. I have been there through the years, I understand the fears parents have. 

The question is where do you want your child to enter the job market? Would you want your child to make below 65k or above 75k, when they are fresh out of college at 22 or 24yrs old?. So... At what stage do you want your kids' eventual level of education and qualification to be? Do you want to get them to their flipping burgers stage or to the rocket science stage? 


When they go to middle school, they have a very limited number of years in which to learn certain things and they will have no time in High School to re-learn what they missed in those prior years. I remember my kids telling me that in their specialized high school (Stuyvesant)... they were told that their choice is simple.... sleep or study.

Neil Degrasse Tyson said in an interview on WNYC   that reverse engineering something could have be done years ago because we were doing physics, but today we are using nanotechnology and Quantum Physics ... 

That statement alone reveals a stark reality...With a global marketplace we need to have a student that has a more global standard of education, as there are no more borders with the advent of the internet. 

CNN had some interesting interviews on this topic which parents should watch for themselves. Just click the CNN link.

As Melinda Gates mentioned in one interview, trajectory is important to a child. I would even say trajectory is everything to a growing mind. Parents must realize that a child's brain is a muscle... a muscle that needs exercise and challenges to grow, or they will get bored easily in class. Set your childs trajectory to a high level because that is really what they are capable of.

First rule in class... pay attention. Learning is or should mostly be done in class. Homework is just an opportunity to reaffirm what you learned in class and revise, and expand on it... having already gotten the basics in the classroom. Don't be afraid of having them take extra lessons after school to catch up in what they are lacking. I did that myself 40 years ago.

I know there are parents with kids who have certain disabilities, these tests will identify those kids so they can get the individual help they need without slowing down the rest of the class, the future depends on that. 

These standardized tests that kids are being allowed to opt out of are the building blocks of a great education, which gets them into a great High school and then a great College and an even greater job. The tests are their foundation blocks for the educated self that they are building.
 The more they face the challenges of preparing for each test, they are putting the building blocks in place. If they opt out they have damaged that building process and it will impact them severly in their later years. 

When they get into high school, they will do so in a diminished capacity and they now have a limited number of years to learn everything from foreign languages and programming to rocket science, they can't slow down to try to catch up on anything they missed out in their earlier years. 

Same idea applies to middle school, they will be slowed down if they are allowed to not prepare for testing in their earlier years.

Testing and preparing for the tests, is their greatest opportunity for their next step, whether that next step is Middle school, High School, or College. Testing is an opportunity they simply can't afford to miss out on, and the preparation for these tests are priceless.

From the CNN article..."It's really a way of making children think for themselves and have teachers speak less and students become more responsible for their learning," said a teacher and a mom of two who didn't want to be identified. "I feel the teaching has become better because of what's expected. Where we go wrong is understanding that the Common Core is a guideline and we still have to meet the needs of the students where they are academically."
She also said parents -- rather than educators -- too often are the ones putting too much stress on students about the test."


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Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Largest Glacial Calving Ever Filmed, By ForestEthics (Video)

This is what right wingers can't understand... the unfolding death of Maya

Please click this link to their Video

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Right Wing Still Misunderstands Terrorism And Religion.

While the right wingers are distracted from the real issue of terrorism and religious idealism, the race is being won by the terrorists we ourselves produce,  who want to and surely will, do us harm in the future... if the right wingers have their way.

Firstly we have to ask, how are the right wingers wrong, and if so, then what is the correct way to address the terrorism issue? 

Well, first thing that may surprise right wingers is the fact that terrorists may change their minds and vice versa, good people may decide to become terrorists. 

The right wing is concerned that Syrian refugees, Mexicans, and all Muslims around the world need to be stopped from entering the US because they are potentially terrorists, this is just a strawman argument. It has teeth, just not sharp ones. Compared to the two potential terrorists that sneak into the US, we create a thousand potential ones, in our backyard.

The bigger picture is for decades we have been creating our own terrorists without any help from the Muslim community, they are made in our prisons and in our streets. We have the largest prison population this side of the Milky Way. Not all terrorists manufactured in the US prison system are brown and Middle Eastern in nature.... they are blacks and whites.

Many of our home grown terrorists are white and come from a non Middle Eastern background, while others are black and come from the inner cities where there is little hope of ever having a meaningful life, and once you have been dragged through the Justice system, which just takes kids who have their lives ahead of them, chew them up and spit them out without any hope of them being able to pick up and move on... we create potential terrorists by the thousands. 

We make this happen in larger numbers than the number of terrorists that can migrate here.

When would-be terrorists see a nation that will nurture their children and do our best to educate, love and protect them, that alone can change one's mind for the better and thereby help someone to not go off the deep end and perform terroristic acts. 

The San Bernardino shooters left their child here, with the Grandmother, to become a meaningful and productive part of a great society... the same society they had rebelled against, for their own reasons. Their parental love and best wishes for their child was bigger than whatever reason fooled them into taking their lives down that darkened path.

Like many other criminal organizations, once you join you are not allowed to leave, it may have been the same for these parents. After they got to the US and started a family, they realized their mistake, but could not stop the terroristic plan because usually, the group will kill all your family, so in effect, they had just given their lives to save their child and family members here and abroad.

When a kid who did a stupid thing is thrown to the wolves in a terrible prison system, there is little hope for him or her to come back into society without hate and anger coarsing through their veins... this is the easiest way to create home grown terrorists, who become gangbangers, school or workplace shooters and religious idealists with a special propensity to act out against society in general... and Planned Parenthood offices. 

American history is littered with groups and incidents that fall within the confines of terrorism, from the early 1900's to San Bernardino and the Planned Parenthood shootings recently.

Our politicians are not stupid even though they pretend they are, by adopting the worst and most heinous policies, which are not geared toward Nation Building, but instead is geared toward tearing down all the programs that are needed to help impoverished individuals receive Federal help to turn their lives around... even defenseless children are made to suffer with the cutting of school feeding programs by the right wing politicians.

Those who raise the argument that Federal dollars are not for use in Nation Building are absolutely wrong, this is the best use of our tax dollars. Revitalizing our communities will make us a stronger country, a safer country.

Anyone can decide to become a terrorist, for whatever reasons they choose, so by prohibiting one religious group, the Muslims, from traveling to America, the right wing is still not addressing the issue. We simply have to have a more intelligent discussion and approach to terrorism. Home grown terrorism can result in larger numbers than immigrant terrorists sneaking in.

It is no secret that people become radicalized in our prisons and our impoverished communities at a much higher rate than any amount of terrorists that will sneak in within the crowds of refugees. Anyone can decide to become a terrorist, so it is impossible to see a terrorist from the outside, and we can't read their minds. We have many terrorist events in the US that are not committed by those of Middle Eastern descent.... and they are not brown in color either. 

We have even had some that are not religious in their terroristic acts, such as Tim McVeigh's bombing of a Federal Building.

I think if we take proper care of our prisoners and make sure they have a productive life to return to, we will face one million less terrorists, and the few dozen that we do otherwise encounter, will seem a whole lot less scary to right wingers.

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