A threat of nuclear war? As Yogi Berra would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Headline: BREAKING: NORTH KOREA CLAIMS IT HAS DETONATED A HYDROGEN BOMB

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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake in North Korea early Sunday was likely the result of the country’s sixth nuclear test, media reports said.

North Korean state media claimed early Sunday that the blast was a test of a hydrogen bomb. The test was estimated to have a yield of 100 kilotons, meaning a blast that was four to five times more powerful than the explosion in Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.
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A local fellow active in a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) told me my postings on the subject of emergency preparedness are scaring people. Well, I hope this is true. My goal is to go beyond scaring you to motivate you to adopt an emergency-preparedness mindset.

What damage can we anticipate the detonation of a single 100-kiloton nuclear bomb? Consider the following magnitudes of distance from ground zero.

1 – the fireball would measure 3.6 miles in diameter
2 – the deadly 500 rem radiation dose would encompass an area 9.3 miles in diameter
3 – the thermal radiation (heat) would cause third-degree burns and widespread mortality throughout an area 95.76 miles in diameter

In the years of my youth, Civil Defense was the agency that promoted emergency preparedness throughout the USA. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the threat of nuclear annihilation was greatly lessened. Governments fell into complacency.

The family of nuclear nations has grown to include Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India, Russia, China, the USA, and North Korea. Last on this list is the current threat.

Disasters disrupt all manner of services from electrical power to water resources, from motor fuel shortages to empty grocery shelves. and even down to hospitals unable to care for patients.

Personally, I have no fear of chubby-cheeked Kim Jong-un and his nuclear arsenal. I fear the inevitable chaos, anarchy, and shortages of basic things to support day to day life.

Surely, you read news stories from Houston about armed looters that emptied stores and even fired upon rescue workers. Houston PD couldn’t even begin to answer calls for help.

What would you do for short-term food and water? How would you come to the aid of injured family, friends, and neighbors?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the contemporary version of the old Civil Defense. FEMA provides a wide array of educational resources that are used to train citizens to come to the aid of fellow citizens who are victims of disasters. Trained citizens make up Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Rockwall CERT will be hosting a two day FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Class will be held on September 23rd & 30th. The class iscity of rockwall CERT logo conducted on two consecutive Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, and includes hands-on indoor and outdoor training. Course curriculum includes disaster preparedness, fire safety, controlling utilities, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, introduction to the incident command system, disaster psychology, and terrorism response.

Sign up for CERT training by clicking on this link: http://www.rockwall.com/FireDepartment/cert.asp

Next, click on the icon that says Register Now!
or use this link directly – http://bit.ly/2iRTVZd

Being prepared isn’t just for the Boy Scouts.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Thirteen Other Reasons Why Schools Are Creating a Lost Generation

This article was originally published on FEE.org

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Netflix’s recent announcement that it would be producing a second season of Thirteen Reasons Why has raised new questions about the disastrous state of the US public school system and its effects on the economy.

“Hey, it’s Hannah Baker,” says the show’s protagonist, played by a stunning Katherine Langford in the opening episode. “Get settled in. Because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended.”

Today’s high school graduates emerge with few skills, little education and a sanitized view of the world.

The Thirteen Reasons’ portrait of how a stifling, bureaucratic system progressively cuts this teenage girl to pieces, eventually driving her to death, provides a dramatized, insightful reflection on (another) emerging lost generation.

The statistics are grim: a third of 18- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. live at home according to the US Census Bureau. Homeserve USA finds that nearly one in three Americans can’t come up with $500 to fund an emergency. As if that were not enough, according to the US Congressional Budget Office, governments have saddled today’s young with more than $100 trillion worth of pension and healthcare debts.

The harder truth depicted in Thirteen Reasons Why is that today’s high school graduates emerge with few skills, little education and a sanitized view of the world. In short, they are totally unprepared to take on the challenges they face.

Following are Thirteen Reasons Why:

  1. Thirteen years in jail

In Thirteen Reasons, Hannah, the bullied protagonist has no way to escape a toxic environment. Her helpless position progressively worsens and eventually drives her to suicide.

Because education is compulsory in the United States, Hannah lives in a de facto prison. She cannot change schools or classes without parental approval and undergoing a humiliating bureaucratic process.

An education system that prioritized learning would put students at the center, leaving them free to choose their schools, classes, teachers and programs.

  1. American kids can’t vote

The challenges facing American kids are exacerbated by the fact that they aren’t allowed to vote. They thus have little stake in the system, no sense of responsibility and adopt a de facto poise of helplessness.

  1. Students come last

None of the dozen studies reviewed for this article assessed the US public education system based on students’ needs.

Governments prioritize public education based on its effects on national competitiveness. Businesses focus on getting skilled workers (whose training they don’t want to pay for). Teachers’ unions focus on salaries and working conditions.

The upshot is that students’ interests come last.

  1. Bloated administrations

America spends more per student than any other country yet ranks 14th in terms of results, behind Russia. Must of this is due to legions of highly-paid administrators that clog the system with rules, regulations and forms, few of which prioritize education.

  1. Kids taught to worship government; shun individual responsibility

The young have always been concerned with social causes. It’s thus hardly surprising that teachers would encourage students to prioritize government’s role in healthcare, welfare and environmental regulation.

However today’s public schools offer essentially no counter arguments about individual responsibility.

High school graduates thus emerge as easy prey for politicians who claim that near-unlimited government spending and borrowing are the cure for the nation’s problems. ( See the Krugman con ).

  1. Public schools teach no marketable skills

The greatest indictment of the public-school system’s actual performance relates to the fact that students graduate with no marketable skills.

If America’s kids emerged from schools able to read, write, do basic math, type, work as a team and use a half dozen common software packages, they would have something to show for their 13 years in the slammer.

  1. Banning Ayn Rand and Huckleberry Finn

Socrates’ motto at the Agora was to “question everything.” However public schools prioritize politically correct doctrine that consciously excludes key ideas and concepts.

Ayn Rand, the most important philosopher of the 20th century, is essentially banned from the public system, as is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, which Hemingway cited as the root of American literature. History teaching in America, as Niall Ferguson has noted, is sanitized to the point of rendering it almost counterproductive.

  1. State-directed curricula: one size fits all

Students vary as do the communities they live in. However a disproportionate amount of teaching is dictated by bureaucrats. This leaves teachers little flexibility to adjust based on students’ needs.

These differ based on whether the school in located in poorer neighborhoods where many students come from single family homes, or in upper middle-class professional communities where traditional family structures are more common.

  1. Kids graduate clueless about finances

Public schools teach essentially nothing about managing money, likely the single most important life skill a kid could have. Students graduate thus thinking that borrowing is fine.

This leaves them prey to America’s biggest predatory lenders: big universities, which have managed to saddle youth with $1.2 trillion worth of debts, many of whom have little to show for it .

  1. “Hoop jumper” worship: drives out the talented and curious

One of the biggest weaknesses in public and private schools is their collective worship of “hoop jumpers,” – that universal collection of the obsequious sorts that clutter Dean’s lists and other “Top Students” awards.

Students who challenge conventional thinking are smiled at and given a B.

This wouldn’t be a problem if schools were able to correctly identify top performers. However heavy state-defined curricula force teachers to “teach to the test.”

This leads to the advancement of drone-like students who are able to recite mindless data, massaged concepts and formulas, and more dangerously: with the need to guess and kow-tow to what teachers want them to say.

Worse, in two centuries of public schooling, teachers still fall for that old trap of giving the best marks to kids with nice hand-writing or to math students who get the wrong answer but manage to “show their work.” Students who challenge conventional thinking are smiled at and given a B.

The upshot is the students with drive, curiosity and creativity are quickly driven out.

The number one students – like John Maynard Keynes, the father of modern economics, who taught that the best way to get rich was to spend more than you earn – rocket through the system, and now run the nation’s central banks and university economics departments.

You get the picture.

  1. Powerful unions

In a world in which students are stuck in de facto prisons, teachers, who spend more time with them than their parents do, ought to be their biggest backers. They aren’t.

Teachers thus need to accept the lion’s share of the blame for the disastrous state of American schools.

That blame starts with the fact that teachers’ first priority has been to band into powerful unions, which put salaries, benefits and vacation time first and students’ interests last.

  1. Millionaire teachers

Many of the best teachers decline towards mediocrity as their careers advance.

True, teachers perform one of society’s most useful functions. However during a time of strained public finances students’ needs must come first – not teachers’ salaries.

The teachers’ unions have been hugely successful. Median compensation for US workers is $28,900. Teachers earn $58,000, almost double that amount .

The gap between teachers and those communities they teach in is exacerbated by the fact that gold-plated, state-guaranteed pensions mean that public school teachers generally retire as millionaires.

If teachers were paid at market rates, there would be more money available to fund students’ needs such as smaller class sizes, libraries and computers.

  1. Mediocre teachers that can’t be fired

Teachers begin their careers ranked among most socially-committed of any professionals. But as with any human beings, a change takes hold of teachers once they acquire tenure and can no longer be fired.

Office hours and volunteer activities shrink, emails from students and parents are returned slower, if at all. The upshot is that many of the best teachers decline towards mediocrity as their careers advance.

This piece appeared first at SprottMoney

Peter Diekmeyer


Peter Diekmeyer
Peter Diekmeyer is a business writer/editor with Sprott Money News, the National Post and Canadian Defence Review. He has studied in MBA, CA and Law programs and filed reports from more than two dozen countries.

Ignorance is NOT bliss; ignorance of economics is perilous to your person and to your soul

What time do you invest in your knowledge about economics?John Adams
 
What is money? Is it not proof you have served God’s other children?
 
In the formative years of our Republic, while organized as a confederacy, before ratification of the Constitution, representatives of the thirteen states unsuccessfully quibbled over this or that trade policy.
 
At the Constitutional convention of 1787, founding father John Adams pointed to the central issue: widespread ignorance of economics fundamentals, saying, “All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in the Constitution or Confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.”
 
Benjamin Franklin observed, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
 
The common American ignores economics until it bites him where the sun doesn’t shine. And when he or she feels the bite, anger erupts.  Anger, when properly directed is good. God invented anger to motivate us in the right direction.
 
A great chasm of ignorance of economics divides liberals and conservatives. The first subscribes to Marxist socialism; the other (generally) to principles of free-market capitalism.
 
How are the two thoughts different? Socialism is an economic theory. Why a theory? It shall forever remain an economic theory BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER AND CAN NEVER BE PROVEN.
 
Capitalism, by contrast, is a natural system of economics. It is the exchange of goods and services among a free people. By natural, I mean this is God’s idea of economics. Examples?
 
Proverbs 20:10 “False weights and unequal measures — the Lord detests double standards of every kind.”
 
1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Stay away from every kind of evil.”
 
Leviticus 25:14 “When you make an agreement with your neighbor to buy or sell property, you must not take advantage of each other.”
 
Learn how freedom and capitalism are inextricably linked to your personal success. Learn from this 3-minute video titled “An Introduction to Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom – A Macat Economics Analysis
For the more industrious among you, learn even more from this 10-minute video titled “Economic Schools of Thought: Crash Course Economics #14
John White
Rockwall, Texas

Transgenderism – Legalized Child Sexual Abuse

Transgender Travesty

After thousands of years of human history, progressives like Barack Obama strive to redefine human sexuality. By means of a recent letter to all independent school districts in the nation, this sitting president either ignorantly or with malice aforethought defends his ‘school bathroom rule’ by claiming his religious faith guides his response.

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Supporters rally outside the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh on Monday in support of a law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity. (Gerry Broome/Associated Press)

What religion does he follow? He has claimed to be Christian. His actions and preference for Islam suggest he is Muslim. However, neither Christianity nor Islam condones homosexuality, including transsexualism. His statements strongly suggest his true religion is probably atheism.

Clinical science and medical experts agree: the practice of promoting or supporting transsexualism for American youth is tantamount to child abuse.

Facts in evidence unmistakably prove the sex ratio of female to male births is 49:51. Not even one singular birth certificate records the birth of a boy born with female chromosomes or a female born with male chromosomes.

The highest authority is the Author of Life.

So God created human beings[a] in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 NLT

He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human.” Genesis 5:2

Regardless the labels whether queer, homosexual, sodomite, pedophiles, transgender, LGBT, LGBTQ, the movement seeks to lure young people into a life of unnatural sexuality. The movement has gained political traction in the Democrat party and among Hollywood elites. Federal judges have yielded to self-deception, as evidenced by the Supreme Court opinion that same-sex marriage is ‘constitutional’ in the case titled OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL.

The majority opinion states, “Well into the 20th century, many States condemned same-sex intimacy as immoral, and homosexuality was treated as an illness.” But, with the stroke of a pen, five liberal supreme court justices ignore the facts: homosexuality is immoral and it is a mental illness.

Finally, the actual size of the LGBTQ-homosexual-whatever population is estimated between .2% and 1.8%. An important fact is God’s opinion. He says all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. His handbook for life, the Bible, explicitly states such practitioners will not be allowed into Heaven.

It has been our practice and custom that the majority rules, not the minority. This sitting Democrat president and his hand-picked leftist Supreme Court justices have turned this principle on its head. We now live under the tyranny of the minority.

May God have mercy on America.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Citations of Medical, Psychological, and Legal Experts

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University

After forty years of studies on transgenderism and sex-reassignment surgery, Dr. McHugh finds the condition as “mental illness” equivalent to “collaborating with madness”.

Source: CNS News – Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Support of Transgenderism and Sex-Change Surgery Is ‘Collaborating With Madness’ | June 2, 2016

American College of Pediatricians

This august body of pediatricians lay out 8 factors that identify transgenderism as child abuse that is unnatural and psychologically harmful to children.

Source: ACPEDS.org – Gender Ideology Harms Children | April 6, 2016

1.   Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder.

2.   No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one.

3.   A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.

4.   Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.

5.   According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender-confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.

6.   Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke, and cancer.

7.   Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries.

8.   Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.

The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Source: Suicide Attempts among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adults – FINDINGS OF THE NATIONAL TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION SURVEY | January 2014

Excerpt from the Executive Summary

The prevalence of suicide attempts among respondents to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality, is 41 percent, which vastly exceeds the 4.6 percent of the overall U.S. population who report a lifetime suicide attempt, and is also higher than the 10-20 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults who report ever attempting suicide. Much remains to be learned about underlying factors and which groups within the diverse population of transgender and gender non-conforming people are most at risk.

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National Public Radio – Your Health

Morning Edition: Why Are More Baby Boys Born Than Girls? | March 30, 2015

This news story cites scientific evidence on the ratio of males to females. Males and Females. Nothing in between.

Personal Testimony of a man who regrets transgender surgery and treatments to transform him into a woman.

CARGO Rockwall Gun Club meets Thursday, 2-11-16

February 6, 2016

Where: Soulman’s Bar-B-Que next to Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas

When: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Directions: Google Map to 690 I-30, Rockwall, Texas

Go through the serving line, then join us in the private dining room. We have several topics to cover, including more on Open-Carry.Bring your featured firearm for show-and-tell. Remember: all firearms for display must be unloaded and cased before bringing them into the meeting place. Our designated Safety Officer will check all weapons for safe condition.

Bring your featured firearm for show-and-tell. Remember: all firearms for display must be unloaded and cased before bringing them into the meeting place. Our designated Safety Officer will check all weapons for safe condition.

If you have elected Open-Carry, what holster(s) have you selected and how well does it work for you?

Our meetings are always open to the public and children are welcome to our family-friendly atmosphere. There is never a charge to either members or guests. We are a group of citizens serving our fellow citizens.

IMPORTANT: If you have on your person either a loaded concealed-carry handgun or a loaded open-carry handgun, do not at any time remove it from its stowed position as this would be a violation of the law.

We will be introducing our new liaison officer from Rockwall PD, Lt. Joseph Florance. We very much appreciate the services of our former liaison, Lt. David Valliant.

Come hungry. Come prepared and eager to learn.

Send your questions to CARGO.Rockwall@gmail.com 

Also, upon request, we can add your email address to our monthly email announcements.
Thanks,

John White

What is on Obama’s agenda for 2017? Education of the Next Generation.

December 23, 2015
While in Ireland, Obama called for an end to Catholic schools. http://ow.ly/WfVXM

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Meanwhile, here in our country, families flee public school systems in ever greater numbers as public school administrators and overseers kowtow to atheists, homosexual activists, and Muslims who wish to banish all vestiges of Christianity from public school classrooms.

All across America new private schools spring up along with home-school families and home-school cooperatives to provide solid, traditional Christian education. At the most recent annual meeting of the Texas Home School Coalition, we were given a history of the movement from a time when home-school parents were harassed and even arrested for daring to educate their own children.

Yes, there are naysayers who believe home-schools cannot possibly compare with public schools. Is this our history?

All four presidents whose sculpted faces adorn Mt. Rushmore were products of home-school education.
All four presidents whose sculpted faces adorn Mt. Rushmore were products of home-school education.

Consider these U.S. Presidents who were home-schooled: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, James Garfield, William, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, James Polk, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington. Seventeen signers of he Constitutional Convention of 1787 were the products of home-school training, perhaps most notably John Witherspoon, James Madison, George Mason and Benjamin Franklin.

Abraham Lincoln wisely stated, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

If this flagitious fascist president and his Democrat teamates can successfully further revise public education, this nation shall become but a miserable footnote to history. Yes, we must call out those Republican-in-name-only establishment politicians who are complicit in Obama’s agenda to “fundamentally transform America”, as he threatened in 2008 http://ow.ly/WfYdg.

freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction

According to an ABC News poll in July of this year, 83% of your fellow citizens say they are Christians; 13% claim no religious affiliation, leaving only 4% affiliated with other religions. Take note that Muslims are in the 4% bracket. Source: http://ow.ly/WfYFx

What’s the cure? Americans who refuse to become involved in their respective communities are the reason evil triumphs. However, I point to Houston, Texas where Christians were motivated by an unholy “bathroom ordinance” to force the homosexual-led city government to nullify and repeal that onerous ordinance that permitted men to enter women’s restrooms.

All we need is for YOU to take ownership of your community.

“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin, inventor, philosopher, Constitutional Delegate and product of home-school education

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Public University Education in Black & White

December 12, 2015 ADcap and gown

Regarding Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s remarks on the UT race-based admissions system.

Justice Scalia, with respect to university admissions given to scholastically low-ranking black students over others, he is correct. This also applies to scholastically low-ranking white, brown, yellow and red students.

State-funded university education has been dumbed down to the lowest common denominator in order to get as many students as possible from the admissions office to graduation day diplomas.

Time was when universities were truly institutions of higher learning. Today, I work with university graduates, mechanical engineers, who don’t know the physics of air and water.

It seems to me (this is my opinion, in other words) state-funded universities bloat tuition to fund far-left educators for whom the mission is to indoctrinate students in all manner of illogical, immoral leftist values. Is this not evident to the most casual observer?

Safe zones? Free-speech zones? Sexual identities? Really?

For the first six decades of my life and for the first two hundred years of our nation’s life, we followed God’s “sexual identities”. For a refresher, let’s read Genesis 5:2 which says, “He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.”

Is homosexuality a new “gender identity”? No, it first appears in recorded history in Genesis 9:20. Roughly 3,000 years later on, the Apostle Paul reaffirmed the wickedness of homosexuality in Romans chapter 1, verses 26 and 27.

“…their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

Prohibitions against “sexual relations with an animal” (Exodus 22:19) tell us bestiality was always a deviant sexual behavior.

Sin has been with mankind from the time of Adam and Eve and sin will be our nature until the day of Jesus Christ.

Public University students are now taught that sexual deviancy is the new “normal”. Corrupt, ungodly, atheistic college professors now tell public university students there are 22 “sexual identities”.

I told you the bad news. Here’s the good news: God sent his only natural-born son, wrapped in burial cloth, birthed in a barn, lived a sinless life, sacrificed his own life so you can have eternal life and so you can have the grace of God in your present life.

I take opportunity to encourage parents to seek Christian universities for their soon-to-be high school graduate children. One great resource is CollegePlus.org.

Meanwhile, I applaud Justice Scalia’s frankness and encourage public dialog around the Biblical models of righteous male and female roles.

John White
Rockwall, Texas