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NET NEUTRALITY NEUTERED??

Feel free to use any part of this as a template, but for maximum effectiveness, (and if you wish to be taken seriously) please:
1. “sign it” at bottom with your name and email address per old fashioned letter protocol …
2. use your recipient’s correct title


Dear President Trump,

RE: proposed FCC changes to net neutrality schedule December 2017

Please re-consider the negative consequences of the steps under consideration, ostensibly to enhance services.

These proposed changes will monetize and add opportunity for future administrations and non-voting entities to MANIPULATE what is has been a very even playing field.

Current “net neutrality“ is the closest we have to a “Free Market” environment where worldwide popularity will test and “make-or-break” a website or business or New Idea.

The decision before you is analogous to giving “MORE free speech” to some – and thereby “LESS free speech” to others: contradicting the meaning of “free speech”.

There is nothing broken here to fix – only the temptation to tax, divide and break an engine that has already provided unparalleled revenue.

They already have and currently use their ability to increase bandwidth by subscription “paywalls”.

Please

1. Reject these proposed changes

2. Enact laws that will ENSURE net neutrality and shield it from future attempts to change it directly and indirectly.

Respectfully yours,

Kim’s Heartfelt Probe of North Korea

Last Year’s News Resurfaced in August 2017 with Nuclear Brinkmanship… a timely “must read” news item from North Korea

Without You, There Is No Us”:

My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim


Random House:

Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang


National Public Radio

Kim’s reporting turned into the book Without You, There Is No Us, which — much to her dismay — was marketed as a memoir. She wrote in The New Republic recently that the book was not only miscategorized as a North Korean Eat, Pray, Love — a memoir of self-discovery by the writer Elizabeth Gilbert — but it was also trivialized. Kim argued that her investigative reporting would not have been confused for a personal narrative account were she not Korean or a woman.

Continue reading Kim’s Heartfelt Probe of North Korea

Chancellor to Censor Racist Algebra?

A July 19, 2017 NPR  interview attributes this logic to  (California community college) Chancellor  Eloy Ortiz Oakley:

Algebra .. is also the single most failed course in community colleges across the country. So if you’re not a STEM major (science, technology, engineering, math), why even study algebra?

The Chancellor later uses Bob Moses’ success as an excuse to remove internediate “absract” algebra as an requirement – an illigocal step which is the OPPOSITE of Moses’ path. Bob Moses , the civil rights activist, started the Algebra Project, teaching concepts of algebra to black students in the South. He saw the teaching of math as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.

The Chancellor continued:

Rates of failure in algebra are higher for minority groups than they are for white students. Why do you think that is? Do you think a different curriculum would have less disparate results by ethnic or racial group?

First of all, we’ve seen in the data from many of the pilots across the country that are using alternative math pathways — that are just as rigorous as an algebra course — we’ve seen much greater success for students because many of these students can relate to these different kinds of math depending on which program of study they’re in. They can see how it works in their daily life and how it’s going to work in their career.

In the next paragraph the chancellor, almost as an aside, correctly identifies the statistics also exists for poorer non-minorities… Which suggests he may be just throwing up incendiary verbiage to attract some media frenzy to his campaign.

The second thing I’d say is yes, this is a civil rights issue, but this is also something that plagues all Americans — particularly low-income Americans. If you think about all the underemployed or unemployed Americans in this country who cannot connect to a job in this economy — which is unforgiving of those students who don’t have a credential — the biggest barrier for them is this algebra requirement. It’s what has kept them from achieving a credential.

An eruption in social media followed, in which  an agitated near-nanogenarian critic opined:

Is Racist Algebra the only culprit? Are Evil grammar, diabolical Debate and Elitest Rhetoric in the same hit list?

Algebra is a very structured, even “simplified” form of language-like (read as “English-like” for American students) communication. Hence the dreaded “story problems”. If this eraser-head Academic has his way, then grammar will be the next neo-racist culprit to be banned from education.

This fellow is the “big bad wolf**” of RACISM disguised as a “loving grandma” when he spouts “minorities can’t do math”.

(does he or his favorite minority know what a **metaphor is? I don’t. I get them mixed up with similes and allegories. Then should these abstractions  also be ripped from textbooks as federal hate crime concepts?)

I wonder what Benjamin Banneker, George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, Katherine Johnson or Angie Jones would say to this?

Didn’t even Rev Jessie Jackson1 resist similar LOGIC that argued relevant Ebonics should replace elitest and obsolete English in minority classrooms?

The racial statistics the Chancellor sites exposes failure to recruit quality teachers to low pay in dangerous neighborhoods – NOT their students’ ability to learn

LinkedIn example of a young (minority) industrial-expert who teaches people of all races and age groups

This is not the first time Academics Patrons have demonstrated their “noblesse oblige” to carve out safe space (scholastic ghetto?) for their pet constituents:  1Jesse Jackson and Maya Angelou   both resisted this temptation to cull English that the chancellor seems to embrace for Algebra.

Oakland Scratches Plan To Teach Black English – NYTimes.com
The poet Maya Angelou said ”the very idea that African-American language is a language separate and apart” could encourage young black students not to learn standard English. The Rev. Jesse Jackson warned initially that the plan could undermine efforts to preserve the opportunities available to black men and women in affirmative-action programs.

CONCLUSION:
Community colleges help people specialize in intermediate middle-class careers.

The Chancellor stumbles over, yet misses the wonderful idea to turn advanced abstract algebra into workable solutions for every class. Instead of making classic and  “alternative [math] pathways” into enemies, he should bolster and encourage an academic standard.

Intermediate algebra” is obviously an intermediate and very necessary step. Therefore the Alternate and the Standard should not be politically divisive, nor mutually exclusive – just as  “abstract” Axioms and practical “story problems” are side-by-side  in every High School algebra textbook.

ALSO SEE:

“REAL-to-REEL” compares Reality with the Script

 

Teen-ventor Solves Worldwide Household Problem 

Young Benjamin Stern of Florida has something YOU want, need and will save you money! And will change how millions around the planet will wash their hair and bathe!

Nohbo” bottleless shampoo invention

I saw my mom using laundry detergent tablets and, ‘Eureka!’, the idea came to me that hair products and body washes could be delivered the same way. … I asked myself, ‘Why can’t I create it?

  • How many shampoo bottles do you have around your bathtub or shower?
  •  Ben has patented and brought to market solution that promises to:
    1. remove costly chemicals, distribution and disposal.
    2. Save consumer money, cut environmental impact, and pollution….


Benjamin Stern, an 18-year-old from Melbourne, Florida, invented a novel way to package and dispense shampoo without using plastic bottles. Each year in the US alone, almost 1,200 football stadiums worth of shampoo bottle waste flood our oceans and landfills.

“This constant buildup of plastic material is incredibly unsustainable, and lethal to the mammals and soil around us,” explained Stern. “It’s disheartening to see this damage done to my home, and I want to help in any way I can. If that is changing an age old industry, so be it.”


Stern’s  bottleless shampoo invention, called “Nohbo” balls, has been a significant undertaking, requiring a time commitment and focus unusual for a high school student. Stern’s inventive process has gone through several stages, particularly in preparation for Nohbo’s debut last year on ABC’s Shark Tank.


Kidbacker Excerpt

KidBacker: Please tell KidBacker readers how Nohbo got started.
Benjamin Stern: After watching a documentary covering the ins and outs of the plastic bottling industry, I saw my mom using laundry detergent tablets and, eureka, the idea came to me that hair products and body washes could be delivered the same way. I did research and realized there wasn’t anything like that on the market. I asked myself, ‘Why can’t I create it?’

I was originally thinking of this as a regular consumer product, but then I took a trip and stayed in a hotel. I immediately thought, ‘My product would be perfect for this place.’ It will be cheaper to produce than the little bottles they have and it’s environmentally friendly. Hotels are increasingly aligning with environmental messages, like asking guests to reuse their towels during their stay to save energy and water, so I felt there would be a good fit.


Japan may push citizens into Radioactive zone

Sources: Greenpeace,  RT.com, UK Mirror

High radiation risks in Fukushima village as government prepares to lift evacuation order – Greenpeace | Greenpeace International

re-reported by RT.com as Japanese govt pushing Fukushima evacuees back to high radiation areas – Greenpeace Published time: 21 Feb, 2017 18:25


Fukushima survivors are being urged to return to the nuclear disaster site by the Japanese government despite radiation levels similar to Chernobyl, say Greenpeace.

Officials are planning to slash housing support for 6,000 people from the village of Iitate on March 31, when the evacuation order is due to be lifted just six years on from the reactor meltdown, reports rt.com.
The risk to health is on a par with the exclusion zone around the former Soviet reactor Chernobyl in what is now Ukraine – more than 30 years after it spewed plumes of killer fission, say Greenpeace Japan.

 

Greenpeace has some superb idealists, but not renown for conservative reporting- Can any Commentor  add any  corroborating or dissenting news reports? 

 

 

 

Fred Korematsu v. United States

Fred Korematsu – a single voice against a Fearful Government

Never again? Google’s celebration of Korematsu is a timely reminder to the US grass roots and their new President Trump … Mr. Korematsu used the Separation of Powers, the Supreme Court and the Press to OVERTURN the flawed law, rather than be paralyzed by anger at the author of one Executive Order.

 

“Justice Robert Jackson issued a vociferous, yet nuanced, dissent. “Korematsu … has been convicted of an act not commonly thought a crime,” he wrote. “It consists merely of being present in the state whereof he is a citizen, near the place where he was born, and where all his life he has lived.” The nation’s wartime security concerns, he contended, were not adequate to strip Korematsu and the other internees of their constitutionally protected civil rights.

In the second half of his dissent, however, Jackson admitted that ultimately, in times of war, the military would likely maintain the power to arrest citizens –…. Nonetheless, he resisted the Court’s compliance in lending the weight of its institutional authority to justify the military’s actions, and contended that the majority decision struck a “far more subtle blow to liberty” than did the order itself: “A military order, however unconstitutional, is not apt to last longer than the military emergency. … But once a judicial opinion rationalizes such an order to show that it conforms to the Constitution, or rather rationalizes the Constitution to show that the Constitution sanctions such an order, the Court for all of time has validated the principle of racial discrimination. … The principle then lies about like a loaded weapon ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of urgent need.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Korematsu

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Korematsu” redirects here. For the Supreme Court case, see Korematsu v. United States.

Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu (是松 豊三郎 Korematsu Toyosaburō?, January 30, 1919 – March 30, 2005) was one of the many Japanese-American citizens living on the West Coast of the United States at the onset of World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War and his military commanders to remove all individuals of Japanese ancestry from designated “military areas” and place them in internment camps in what is known as the Japanese American internment. When such orders were issued for the West Coast, Korematsu instead became a fugitive. The legality of the internment order was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States, but Korematsu’s conviction was overturned decades later after the disclosure of new evidence challenging the necessity of the internment, evidence which had been withheld from the courts by the U.S. government during the war.

To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist, the “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” was observed for the first time on January 30, 2011, by the state of California, and first such commemoration for an Asian American in the US. In 2015, Virginia passed legislation to make it the second state to permanently recognize each January 30 as Fred Korematsu Day.[1][2][3]

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute was founded in 2009 to carry on Korematsu’s legacy as a civil rights advocate by educating and advocating for civil liberties for all communities.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korematsu_v._United_States

 

Korematsu v. United States323 U.S. 214 (1944),[1] was a landmark United States Supreme Court case concerning the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066, which ordered Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II regardless of citizenship.

In a 6–3 decision, the Court sided with the government,[2] ruling that the exclusion order was constitutional. Six of eight Roosevelt appointees sided with Roosevelt. The lone Republican appointee, Owen Roberts, dissented. The opinion, written by Supreme Court justice Hugo Black, held that the need to protect against espionage outweighed Fred Korematsu‘s individual rights, and the rights of Americans of Japanese descent. (The Court limited its decision to the validity of the exclusion orders, adding, “The provisions of other orders requiring persons of Japanese ancestry to report to assembly centers and providing for the detention of such persons in assembly and relocation centers were separate, and their validity is not in issue in this proceeding.”) During the case, Solicitor General Charles Fahy is alleged to have suppressed evidence by keeping from the Court a report from the Office of Naval Intelligence indicating that there was no evidence that Japanese Americans were acting as spies or sending signals to enemy submarines.[3]

The decision in Korematsu v. United States has been controversial.[2] Korematsu’s conviction for evading internment was overturned on November 10, 1983, after Korematsu challenged the earlier decision by filing for a writ of coram nobis. In a ruling by Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted the writ (that is, it voided Korematsu’s original conviction) because in Korematsu’s original case, the government had knowingly submitted false information to the Supreme Court that had a material effect on the Supreme Court’s decision.

¿Stellar Sign Hidden in Plain Sight?

Isn’t it too late to argue? Look at the date on your European and US coins?
Conjunction (multiple planets) align Comet or Nova or Supernatural
Planets align, ungroup, re-align (elusive?)

Using astronomer Johannes Kepler’s map of the solar system, Josephus’s calendaring system and Imaginova’s state-of-the-art Starry Night® software, Larson pinpointed the year of the Star’s appearance. While most astronomers researching the Star only look to the sky, Larson took his findings a step further …


And the UK Daily Mail uses actual photos and video of a RECENT EXAMPLE to rub your face in their click-bait

Comet! Dramatic, unavoidable?

Comet: NBC news! Friendly

Agnostic? (extraneous?)

Others postulate but do not decide:
Joe Rao of New York’s Hayden Planetarium:  (this seems the MOST informative, covering all possibilities AND how contradictory dates became popular)
(reported by both Space.com  and CNBC)

Ultimately, the projector was brought to a halt on Feb. 25 in the year 6 BC with the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars forming a triangle low in the western sky.

OZ teaches Children Asian Languages in Virtual Classes

Children Learn Asian Languages in Virtual Classrooms from prwire.com.au

Excerpt below as public service – click link above to full article. (Emphasis below is from this editor.)

 Australian children have now the added option to learn Asian languages under the guidance of a teacher through live virtual classrooms, aside from ‘traditional’ learning at school or via foreign language apps. 

SYDNEY, Australia – 26 January 2017 – Despite some parental concerns that exposing young children to a second language can cause first language delay, experts have shown that children learning a second language actually enjoy improved academic performance, including better first language skills. Bilingual children also possess enhanced cognitive flexibility and a broader world view.

Learning a second language should not solely be seen as an academic pursuit. As a matter of fact, learning a second language can be a very enjoyable extracurricular activities for children that improve their experiences and creativity. For that reason, children who are not interested in learning a second language for academic reasons can attend private classes to learn useful foreign language skills. Learning through virtual classrooms is a plus for saving time on commuting and finding a language school near you.

Understanding the language learning needs of children in Australia, Asian Language School have created language programs in Chinese and Japanese for students age six to seventeen years old. Curriculum is divided for primary school children and secondary school children. The program for children age six to eleven teaches Japanese for three years and Chinese for four years from term one to term four, providing these young learners with year round exposure to the second language and clear learning objectives. Meanwhile, the program for teenage children are more flexible whereby students can enrol in any level throughout the terms. The language programs for teens are created to enable students to achieve fluency at the completion of their study, including speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Classes are taught by native-speaker teachers who are long-term Australian residents and are familiar with Australian culture. The school also enables parents to join the first few classes to accompany their children learning. Tuition fees are affordable at around $200 per term. Children learn in a virtual classroom with two to three other students under the guidance of a teacher. There are options to learn either once a week or twice a week.

To find out more about the children language program with Asian Language School, please visit https://www.asianlanguageschool.com. For media enquiries, please contact Asian Language School at +61 2 9152 8740 or via email at info@asianlanguageschool.com.

You can connect with [them directly] via Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/chineseforkidsonline or https://www.facebook.com/japaneseforkidsonline

艾偉德 Gladys Aylward 147cm

See Bibliography below:

The movie, released in 1958, was taken in large part from the book The Small Woman by Alan Burgess. One reviewer of the book said that the written material was more action-packed than the movie. The reviewer described Aylward as one “who had to deal with unbelievable conditions and reconcile her actions with her religious beliefs.”the small woman book

“a well-produced, heartwarming movie starring the great actress Ingrid Bergman – it was a thorn in the side of Gladys Aylward. She was deeply embarrassed by the movie because it was so full of inaccuracies. Hollywood also took great liberties with her infatuation with the Chinese Colonel Linnan, even changing him into an Eurasian. But Gladys, the most chaste of women, was horrified to learn the movie had portrayed her in ‘love scenes‘. She suffered greatly over what she considered her soiled reputation.”

http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/73.html (alternate renditions say she and 100 orphans trekked the mountains for 22 days)

She met and became friends with “General Ley,” a Roman Catholic priest from Europe who had teken up arms when the Japanese invaded, and now headed a guerilla force. Finally he sent her a message. The Japanese are coming in full force. We are retreating. Come with us.” Angry, she scrawled a Chinese note, Chi Tao Tu Pu Twai, “Christians never retreat!” He sent back a copy of a Japanese handbill offering $100 each for the capture, dead or alive, of (1) the Mandarin, (2) a prominent merchant, and (3) Ai-weh-deh. She determined to flee to the government orphanage at Sian, bringing with her the children she had accumulated, about 100 in number. (An additional 100 had gone ahead earlier with a colleague.) With the children in tow, she walked for twelve days.

  • Bibliography from bdcconline.net/en/stories and others
    • Latham, R. O., Aylward, Gladys. One of the Undefeated: The Story of Gladys Aylward as Told by Her to R. O. Latham (1950).
    • Swift, Catherine. Gladys Aylward: The Courageous English Missionary (1989).
    • Thompson, Phyllis. London Sparrow (1971).
    • The work of Gladys Aylward was memorialized in a 1959 film, The Inn of the Sixth
    • Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman. Most of the material for the film was derived front Alan Burgess, The Small (1957).
    • Aylward’s letters are in the archives at the SOAS, University of London.

Aint I a Woman! 1851

Sojourner Truth

Women Suffrage and Abolition Movements were linked, but the link became uncomfortable: some wanted to disengage the two. The issues were hotly debated. Sojourner TruthHere an historical figure, ex-slave, and the first black to win a lawsuit in the US, reminiscent of Abigail and Deborah, quickly eviscerated sophistry of the religious elite.

And she pointed her significant finger, and sent a keen glance at the minister who had made the argument. The cheering was long and loud.

“Then that little man in black thar, he say women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wan’t a woman! Whar did your Christ come from?”

Rolling thunder couldn’t have stilled that crowd, as did those deep, wonderful tones, as she stood there with outstretched arms and eyes of fire. Raising her voice still louder, she repeated,

“Whar did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothin’ to do wid Him.”

Oh, what a rebuke that was to the little man.

Turning again to another objector, she took up the defense of Mother Eve, I cannot follow her through it all. It was pointed and witty, and solemn; eliciting at almost every sentence deafening applause; and she ended by asserting, “If the fust woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women togedder [and she glanced her eye over the platform] ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let ’em.” Long continued cheering greeted this. “Obliged to ye for hearin’ on me, and now ole Sojourner han’t got nothin’ more to say.”


Courtesy of www.sojournertruth.org