States With the Best (and Worst) Schools

Why are there no red lights and sirens going off based on these statistics?
This rating system is as stupid as the administrators that run the stupid public fools system……no wonder why America is going downhill fast! There should be no way, why a super power like the USA is not in the top 5 or top 10 in the globe for education.

PA is #8, yet their graduation rate is #6 in the country!

FL is #7, yet their graduation is #17 worst in the country!

The new definition of success… 47.2% is the 3rd highest ranked in the USA…! Err that would mean that 1 out of every 2 students is not proficient at math. The only thing left to ponder is the definition of ‘proficient.’
For a while the Inquiring mind, we thought that the standard being achieved was mediocre at best… the new definition is abysmal!
Please note that PA is spending 4K more per year than most of the states reported at 14K per year. Wow they are stealing so much Property Tax money…
Apparently that extra 4K bridged the gap in the reading category between the haves and the have nots…
Sample reading material to demonstrate reading proficiency…

See spot run…
http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/01/14/states-with-the-best-and-worst-schools-2/2/

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How the Government Manipulates Your Thoughts Online

Abby Martin talks about journalist Glenn Greenwald’s report, regarding the intelligence community’s use of subversive and manipulative online tactics to destroy the reputations of businesses and individuals.

“…no government should be able to engage in these tactics: what justification is there for having government agencies target people – who have been charged with no crime – for reputation-destruction, infiltrate online political communities, and develop techniques for manipulating online discourse? But to allow those actions with no public knowledge or accountability is particularly unjustifiable.”

– Glenn Greenwald

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Unvaccinated Children Refused Treatment by Pediatrician with God Complex

Let’s talk about the meaning of a “god-complex”. Wikipedia defines a “god complex” as

“an unshakable belief characterized by consistently inflated feelings of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility. A person with a god complex may refuse to admit the possibility of their error or failure, even in the face of complex or intractable problems or difficult or impossible tasks, or may regard their personal opinions as unquestionably correct.”

Many parents can find a living, breathing example of a person suffering from a “god complex” as close as the family pediatrician’s office.

One such example is the anonymous pediatrician who wrote this essay, which was published by The Daily Beast.

I always ask if the children are vaccinated, or if the parents intend to vaccinate once the child is born. If the answer is no, I politely and respectfully tell them we won’t be the right fit. We don’t accept patients whose parents won’t vaccinate them.

When I read the essay, I had to check to see if it was satire. Unfortunately, it’s legitimate. That a doctor that you are paying to care for your child feels so omnipotent is simply mindblowing. That a person who swore an oath to do no harm would feel so strongly about imposing his will on parents speaks volumes about his high opinion of himself, even though he says that isn’t the case:

The physician-patient relationship, like so many other human relationships, requires an element of trust. I certainly neither want nor expect a return to the paternalistic “doctor knows best” mindset of bygone years, but I do need to know that patient’s parents respect my training and expertise. Refusing an intervention I desperately want all children to receive makes that respect untenably dubious.

All over the country, doctors are now refusing to treat children who are unvaccinated. This, in my opinion, is just another bullying tactic to try to force a parent’s hand. It pushes them to worry about well-child visits, about what you’ll do if your child becomes ill and needs surgery, about how you would acquire needed antibiotics for a routine ear infection. And with Obamacare, you can be assured the push for standardization of care and for vaccines is going to become even more aggressive.

The pediatrician who wrote this, who is apparently sheepish enough about his views that he used a pseudonym for his essay, pushes the mainstream propaganda with this paragraph (links to his sources are embedded):

There are few questions I can think of that have been asked and answered more thoroughly than the one about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine does not cause autism.

The HPV vaccine is safe.

There is no threat to public health from thimerosal.

In response to this, I supply my own links:

Finally, he wraps it up, and I have to say, I’d be thrilled to be kicked out of his office because I do think he is misguided. I sincerely think he believes what he is pushing, but I also think he has been brainwashed, not educated.

I often wonder why a parent who believes vaccines are harmful would want to bring their children to a medical doctor at all. After all, for immunizations to be as malign as their detractors claim, my colleagues and I would have to be staggeringly incompetent, negligent or malicious to keep administering them.

If vaccines caused the harms Jenny McCarthy and her ilk claim they do, then my persistence in giving them must say something horrifying about me. Why would you then want to bring your children to me when you’re worried about their illnesses? As a parent myself, I wouldn’t trust my children’s care to someone I secretly thought was a fool or a monster.

It’s not merely that I don’t want to have to worry that the two-week-old infant in my waiting room is getting exposed to a potentially-fatal case of pertussis if these parents bring their children in with a bad cough. It’s not just that I don’t want their kid to be the first case of epiglottitis I’ve ever seen in my career. Those are reasons enough, to be sure. But they’re not all.

What breaks the deal is that I would never truly believe that these parents trust me. Giving kids vaccines is the absolute, unambiguous standard of care, as easy an answer as I will ever be able to offer.

If they don’t trust me about that, how can I hope they would if the questions ever got harder?

It is my right as a parent to make the best choices possible for my children – choices that are based on my personal beliefs, my religious beliefs, and the research that I have diligently searched out. Medicine should not be a dictatorship, where you go in and submit your child to the doctor’s decisions. I want a doctor with whom I can partner in my child’s care, not an arrogant, all-knowing, inflexible authoritarian in a lab coat.

If you have a pediatrician who treats you condescendingly, who refuses to abide by your wishes for treatment for your children, or who refuses to consider your concerns as valid, maybe if that doctor refuses to treat your child, it is the best thing that could happen.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading wellness expert, an osteopathic physician and a board-certified family medical doctor, sums it up:

It goes without saying that when you choose a physician, that physician is working for you. It is an oxymoron that a pediatrician is able to “fire” a patient; more accurately, you have a choice as to whom you trust to provide health care for you and your children.

So you can always FIRE your doctor. It is YOUR right and YOUR choice to take control of your health and your family’s health and you should NEVER allow any doctor to interfere with that right. That said, there are reports of pediatricians ostracizing patients that disagree with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) one-size-fits-all vaccination schedule. Some pediatricians will even resist answering your vaccination questions or concerns.

I find it interesting, though, that one of the most salient points raised in the Time magazine article came not from the author but from her 4-year-old daughter, who asked after receiving five vaccines:

“Why I got to get shots to make me healthy?”

 

90 Percent of Europe Doesn’t Fluoridate Their Water – Why Do We?

 For over 60 years, governments have been adding fluoride to drinking water supplies all over the world. Since then, we’ve seen a dramatic reduction over time as communities have come together to stop water fluoridation within select areas. Examples in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, 90 percent of the UK, Spain, Scotland, Norway, Switzerland and many more. It’s become more obvious everyday thatindustrial byproducts do not belong in our water. 

Just to be clear, we’re not talking about the natural element of fluoride here. Over 90 percent of Europe doesn’t fluoridate their water. (4)(5) It’s not just Europe, other countries like Japan, Israel and a number of communities in Australia and Canada have followed suit as well.

It was thought that small amounts of natural fluoride in drinking water would help with tooth formation, but these claims were always referring to the naturally occurring fluoride, never industrial toxic waste.

Despite being dubbed “one of the top ten public health achievements of the twentieth century,” and praised by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, it’s clear that we’ve been subject to manipulation of truth yet again. The United States has more people drinking fluoridated water than the rest of the world combined. Most industrialized nations do not fluoridate their water.

Water fluoridation started many years ago, when asbestos, PCB’s and DDT were all deemed safe. These chemicals have been banned since, when the people woke up, and it seems that water fluoridation will follow the same route. Opposition to water fluoridation has existed since its inception. 

In point of fact, fluoride causes more human cancer deaths than any other chemical. When you have power you don’t have to tell the truth. That’s a rule that’s been working in this world for generations. There are a great many people who don’t tell the truth when they are in power in administrative positions. Fluoride amounts to public murder on a grand scale. It is some of the most conclusive scientific and biological evidence that I have come across in my 50 years in the field of cancer research. (2)  – Dr. Dean Burk, Biochemist, Founder of Biotin, and Former Chief Chemist at the National Cancer Institute of Health.

What Exactly Are We Drinking?

So what exactly are we drinking? The substance added to our drinking water is called hydrofluorosilicic acid. It is a toxic waste substance created from the creation processes of aluminum, fertilizer, steel and nuclear industries. It’s not the natural element of fluoride, again, it’s industrial toxic waste.

For example, in the Phosphate Mining & Production Industry, much of the hydrofluorosilicic acid occurs from strip-mined rock. The rock is broken up, placed in giant vats where sulfuric acid is also added to get rid of whatever phosphate (and other contaminants) are in the rock. While the phosphate is extracted, the contaminants used to be released into the atmosphere. This was creating more pollution, and killing animal and plant life. (See video below)

How Clean is Your Water?  Test it with the Drinking Water TestEnvironmental regulations were put in place where pollution control devices were set up in order to capture the contaminants, like arsenic, lead, mercury, silicofluoride and more. Included in the pollution control device is hydrofluorosilicic acid, so toxic that one needs to wear a full body suit and mask to be around it. These contaminants are then taken out of the chimneys (scrubbed off with the acid) and stored in “open-air cooling lakes,” which are further exposed to airborne contaminants. (See video below) 

 In regard to the use of fluorosilicic acid as a source of fluoride for fluoridation, this agency regards such use as an ideal environmental solution to a long-standing problem. By recovering byproduct fluorosilicic acid from fertilizer manufacturing, water and air pollution are minimized (1)(3) - Rebecca Hanmer – Former Deputy Assistant Administrator For Water, US Environmental Protection Agency

Industrial practices produce millions and millions of gallons of this liquid hazardous waste. Because it costs these corporations thousands and thousands of dollars per ton to neutralize and dispose of (hydrofluorosilicic acid), they instead sell it to the population as a ‘product.’ How ridiculous is that? Hydrofluorosilicic acid is shipped to your local drinking water supplier. 

 If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing.(1)(3) Former VP and Senior Chemist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  Headquarters

Here is a five-minute video by Abby Martin from RT news breaking it down for us. Please read the article and watch the video before commenting. Sometimes many questions and concerns in the comments section are already answered within the article and/or video.  To view more articles on water fluoridation by Collective Evolution, click here.

One thing that’s become abundantly clear within the past few years, is the fact that the majority of people across the world do not want to have fluoride added to the water supply. Most communities around the world have removed it, but many large cities within North America still remain fluoridated. One example is Toronto, where I’m from. We are currently trying our best to remove it, and will continue to do so. Industrial byproducts do not belong in our water. 

Below you can watch our short documentary titled Fluoride, The Hard To Swallow Truth.

90 Percent of Europe Doesn’t Fluoridate Their Water – Why Do We?

by Arjun Walia

For over 60 years, governments have been adding fluoride to drinking water supplies all over the world. Since then, we’ve seen a dramatic reduction over time as communities have come together to stop water fluoridation within select areas. Examples in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, 90 percent of the UK, Spain, Scotland, Norway, Switzerland and many more. It’s become more obvious everyday that industrial byproducts do not belong in our water. 

Just to be clear, we’re not talking about the natural element of fluoride here. Over 90 percent of Europe doesn’t fluoridate their water. (4)(5) It’s not just Europe, other countries like Japan, Israel and a number of communities in Australia and Canada have followed suit as well.

It was thought that small amounts of natural fluoride in drinking water would help with tooth formation, but these claims were always referring to the naturally occurring fluoride, never industrial toxic waste.

Despite being dubbed “one of the top ten public health achievements of the twentieth century,” and praised by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, it’s clear that we’ve been subject to manipulation of truth yet again. The United States has more people drinking fluoridated water than the rest of the world combined. Most industrialized nations do not fluoridate their water.

Water fluoridation started many years ago, when asbestos, PCB’s and DDT were all deemed safe. These chemicals have been banned since, when the people woke up, and it seems that water fluoridation will follow the same route. Opposition to water fluoridation has existed since its inception. 

In point of fact, fluoride causes more human cancer deaths than any other chemical. When you have power you don’t have to tell the truth. That’s a rule that’s been working in this world for generations. There are a great many people who don’t tell the truth when they are in power in administrative positions. Fluoride amounts to public murder on a grand scale. It is some of the most conclusive scientific and biological evidence that I have come across in my 50 years in the field of cancer research. (2)  – Dr. Dean Burk, Biochemist, Founder of Biotin, and Former Chief Chemist at the National Cancer Institute of Health.

What Exactly Are We Drinking?

So what exactly are we drinking? The substance added to our drinking water is called hydrofluorosilicic acid. It is a toxic waste substance created from the creation processes of aluminum, fertilizer, steel and nuclear industries. It’s not the natural element of fluoride, again, it’s industrial toxic waste.

For example, in the Phosphate Mining & Production Industry, much of the hydrofluorosilicic acid occurs from strip-mined rock. The rock is broken up, placed in giant vats where sulfuric acid is also added to get rid of whatever phosphate (and other contaminants) are in the rock. While the phosphate is extracted, the contaminants used to be released into the atmosphere. This was creating more pollution, and killing animal and plant life. (See video below)

How Clean is Your Water?  Test it with the Drinking Water TestEnvironmental regulations were put in place where pollution control devices were set up in order to capture the contaminants, like arsenic, lead, mercury, silicofluoride and more. Included in the pollution control device is hydrofluorosilicic acid, so toxic that one needs to wear a full body suit and mask to be around it. These contaminants are then taken out of the chimneys (scrubbed off with the acid) and stored in “open-air cooling lakes,” which are further exposed to airborne contaminants. (See video below) 

 In regard to the use of fluorosilicic acid as a source of fluoride for fluoridation, this agency regards such use as an ideal environmental solution to a long-standing problem. By recovering byproduct fluorosilicic acid from fertilizer manufacturing, water and air pollution are minimized (1)(3) - Rebecca Hanmer – Former Deputy Assistant Administrator For Water, US Environmental Protection Agency

Industrial practices produce millions and millions of gallons of this liquid hazardous waste. Because it costs these corporations thousands and thousands of dollars per ton to neutralize and dispose of (hydrofluorosilicic acid), they instead sell it to the population as a ‘product.’ How ridiculous is that? Hydrofluorosilicic acid is shipped to your local drinking water supplier. 

 If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing.(1)(3) Former VP and Senior Chemist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  Headquarters

Here is a five-minute video by Abby Martin from RT news breaking it down for us. Please read the article and watch the video before commenting. Sometimes many questions and concerns in the comments section are already answered within the article and/or video.  To view more articles on water fluoridation by Collective Evolution, click here.

One thing that’s become abundantly clear within the past few years, is the fact that the majority of people across the world do not want to have fluoride added to the water supply. Most communities around the world have removed it, but many large cities within North America still remain fluoridated. One example is Toronto, where I’m from. We are currently trying our best to remove it, and will continue to do so. Industrial byproducts do not belong in our water. 

Below you can watch our short documentary titled Fluoride, The Hard To Swallow Truth.


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Know Your Rights and Stay Out of Jail – Infographic

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Do you know what to do if you are pulled over or confronted by law enforcement?  This detailed infographic from Online Paralegal Programs shows you how to handle everything from standard traffic stops to refusing a search.

Know Your Rights

Source: Online-Paralegal-Programs.com

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Is Twitter making you STUPID? Social networking sites are making it hard for people to think for themselves

  • Twitter and Facebook could be lowering your ability to think analytically
  • Research from Dr Iyad Rahwan suggests prolonged use of social networks erodes our common sense
  • The University of Edinburgh and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology researcher asked people a series of trick questions
  • The study concluded that our addiction to social networks leaves us little time to work things out on our own

By FIONA MACRAE

They have become a quick and easy way of learning about everything from world affairs to the affairs of friends.

But Twitter and Facebook may be eroding our ability to think.

Researchers believe speed, volume and ease with which information is shared through social networking sites may be making it more difficult for us to think analytically.

Is Twitter making us less intelligent? New research suggests we prefer to seek answers from the masses rather than work things out for ourselves
Are Facebook and Twitter making us less intelligent? New research suggests we prefer to seek answers from the masses rather than work things out for ourselves
Is Twitter making us less intelligent? New research suggests we prefer to seek answers from the masses rather than work things out for ourselves
The warning comes from Dr Iyad Rahwan, an honorary fellow at the University of Edinburgh, who said that while the popular sites may appear to be making us smarter, any improvement in intelligence is merely superficial.

The computing expert studied how being part of a network of people affects how we learn.

Dr Rahwan began by asking a group of 20 people three trick questions over and over again.

For example they were told that and bat and ball cost £1.10 in total and that the bat cost £1 more than the ball, and then they were asked to work out how much the ball costs.

The intuitive answer is 10p but the correct answer is actually 5p.

Despite being repeatedly asked the questions, people tended to stick with their original answers and only got them correct around a quarter of the time.

The study asked volunteers to work out the cost of a bat and ball if together they cost £1.10 but the bat was £1 more expensive than the ball. Dr Rahwan says social networks our destroying our ability to think analytically and answer 'taxing' questions like this
The study asked volunteers to work out the cost of a bat and ball if together they cost £1.10 but the bat was £1 more expensive than the ball. Dr Rahwan says social networks our destroying our ability to think analytically and answer ‘taxing’ questions like this

Dr Rahwan then gave the same questions to a second group of people.  They first answered the questions alone but then were put in groups and able to see each other’s responses.

Given the first question, the men and women quickly realised when someone else in their social network had the right answer and changed theirs accordingly.

However, they did no better initially on the second question, or the third.

This surprised Dr Rahwan, who said it suggests that the volunteers were copying the answers without putting any real thought into what they were doing.

By not computing that they shouldn’t rush in with their first answer but take time to think the question over, they fell into the same trap each time.

Dr Rahwan, who is based at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, said: ‘We think people are unwilling to reflect more because it takes time and effort and in daily life we don’t have the luxury of time to verify everything.’

He said that while we have long learned from others, there is a danger that the rise of information-sharing websites such as Twitter and Facebook will make us rely more and more on the opinion of others.

This could erode our ability to think critically and make us lazy because we assume that there will always be someone else who knows the answer.

And while much of the information we glean will be helpful, there is a chance we will believe dangerous advice.

Finally, while we may seem smarter because we have lots of information at our fingertips, any boost to intelligence is purely superficial, the Journal of the Royal Society Interface reports.

The researcher, who has a Facebook account but hasn’t used it for months, advises that we take more time to stop and think for ourselves and that we carry out detailed research on important topics.

Dr Rahwan has focused on Twitter and Facebook because, like his study, they involve information being shared through networks of people.

But previous research has blamed internet search engines such as Google for making it harder for us to remember facts.

A study published in the journal Science found that we are more likely to forget things if we think we can find them again online.

We are also better at remembering where to look for something on the internet than we are at storing the information itself.

 

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Perfection is here now

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”

 

Eckhart Tolle

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Peek a boo. I hear you…

Just to be clear, this is really corrupt.

How the NSA is tracking people right now:

Documents obtained by The Washington Post indicate that the National Security Agency is collecting billions of records a day to track the location of mobile phone users around the world. This bulk collection, performed under the NSA’s international surveillance authority, taps into the telephony links of major telecommunications providers including some here in the United States.

http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/how-the-nsa-is-tracking-people-right-now/634/

Snowden documents show NSA gathering 5bn cell phone records daily:

The National Security Agency is reportedly collecting almost 5 billion cell phone records a day under a program that monitors and analyses highly personal data about the precise whereabouts of individuals, wherever they travel in the world.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/04/nsa-storing-cell-phone-records-daily-snowden

 

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ACA, green eggs and uncle sam…

Curiosity of the Amish

 

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