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ISIS’ embrace of technology now includes drones

Wow. Things get even more scarier…using drones to scout your target’s whereabouts, the equipment they have, the layout of their surroundings…etc…
~~as a side note, I have a question: when do we ordinary peaceful citizens have our own drones to shoot the other ones down? Or do we now have to cover our homes with camouflage netting to protect our privacy and potential attack by those with dark motives?

Ebola – nothing more than my ramblings

I would add that many will die because we have been so brainwashed to believe that cures come in pills instead of good, organic food in its original form (not processed), grain-free; clean water, and fresh air to breathe. And that cures can come in the form of dandelions, plantains (the weed, not the fruit), etc….


So the WHO have published a roadmap to stopping worldwide Ebola transmission in the next six months. $490m is all they’re estimating is needed! That’s about half of what we paid for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, or a third of the Edinburgh tram system. And its all relatively straight forward. That’s the thing. The public health nerd in me loves that this is so understood. That there is best practice waiting to be rolled out. And as a nurse, that I have a very limited knowledge of Ebola, yet the treatments that can make such a massive difference to patient outcomes are providing basic nursing care (I don’t mean the experimental antibody serum which has been given to four so far, but the hygiene measures and symptomatic treatment such as rehydration, pain control and coagulation support that is available locally).

My alarm bells went off reading about the…

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Video: My Six-minute WWL-TV Appearance Against Common Core

An important post by Mercedes–she touched on something I suspected–that there was a race issue involved. It does not surprise me that $$$ white conservatives are behind it…playing on their emotions with the promise of ending racism. Makes me sick.


On Saturday, August 23, 2014, I participated in a six-minute WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News segment on the controversy surrounding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Louisiana. The link to the segment can be found at the end of this post.

The segment was scheduled to precede the Tuesday’s pro-CCSS “forum.”

I was the only individual against CCSS out of three.

The other two participants want to keep CCSS in Louisiana. One is State Representative Walt Leger.

The other, Kenneth Campbell, is president of the national group financing the pro-CCSS lawsuit: the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO).

I wrote about BAEO in my book detailing individuals and organizations exploiting public education, A Chronicle of EchoesYou will want to read about this supposed “choice” group bankrolling Louisiana’s pro-CCSS lawsuit. In this July 2014 post, I offer readers the opportunity to read my chapter on BAEO…

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The Inequitable Texas School Funding System Is Declared Unconstitutional

The new equality…what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine…

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This has the potential to be big. A District Court judge has ruled that the system that the state of Texas is using to finance its school system is systematically inequitable and unconstitutional.

From what I’ve heard from Texans at the Network for Public Education meeting this past vernal equinox, Texas for years had a system where kids in poor working-class and/or Latino or Black towns or neighborhoods had much less spent on their education, so much that the school facilities and so on were markedly — even shockingly — different from the facilities and so on in more wealthy towns and regions.

The link to the decision is here.

I would assume that the current governor Rick Perry (whose gifts to comedians just keep on coming) and the rest of his administration will appeal to the state supreme court, and if they lose again there, they will probably…

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Friday Giggle

Okay…I have to say that it’s sad that the Dad is not paying attention to his baby, but on the freaking internet…


“Fathers in today’s modern families can be so many things.”
Oliver Hudson

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Famous Tim Hortons moose calf dies in Sudbury refuge centre

Global News

SUDBURY, Ont. – An orphaned moose calf that was rescued by a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Sudbury has died.

The baby moose named Oliver had been cared for by staff at the Wild at Heart centre since late May, after the mother of the two-day-old calf was fatally struck by a vehicle.

Staff say the young moose broke his leg on the weekend while in the centre’s outdoor paddock and that he died while undergoing surgery to repair the injury.

WATCH: Ontario man finds moose calf, takes it to Tim Hortons
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The rehab centre says most wildlife don’t handle anesthetics well and it was while Oliver was under anesthesia that he went into cardiac arrest and died.

Staff say the calf had been progressing well at the centre until he broke his leg.

They are now trying to raise money to build a new, larger enclosure for rescued…

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Teaching – and the Wonder of Life in a Blade of Grass

This is such a stirring post–a good teacher is not measurable by any standards, despite what NCLB and Race to the Bottom say…
Carol addresses the Native American belief of taking only what you need so that we may all share the resources. This ties into my post the other day on food scarcity and population growth–if we all only took what we needed, and didn’t waste food, there would be more to go around. And if we chose carefully on the size of our families, that, too, would address the problem. But when we have “reality” shows that glorify a family of nineteen kids…well, that sends the wrong message. It’s irresponsibility in my view. And it’s an ego trip for the parents who can’t possibly give each child the needed attention their individual psyches need to develop into their own unique selves bringing their own unique gift unto the world….

Voices from the Margins

Carol A. Hand

Although I didn’t realize it at the time, Sister Lorita, my undergraduate advisor from St. Xavier College for Women in Chicago, taught me more than botany. Through example, she taught me what it means to teach. Students made fun of her because of her weight and because of her enthusiasm for her subject, a subject they found boring. One day when we were meeting, Sister Lorita looked at me and said, “I know students laugh at me, but I don’t care if people make fun of me. It’s worth it to me if they learn to see the wonder of life in a blade of grass.”

“The wonder of life.” Isn’t that the most important thing we can learn? Although I was a chemistry and biology major at the time, my life took a different path. Instead of science, I teach students how to work with people…

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