How help starving Venezuela children?

How help starving Venezuela children?   How get milk and food to starving children? See various links below you can contact.

The grim reality facing mothers in Venezuela:  “They say their children cry all day and they can only give them water.  They are dying.”  So says Maritza Landaeta coordinator of Caracas based non-profit Bengoa which works to aid Venezuelans in food and nutritional needs since 2000.

In some parts of the country 50% of  the children have left school because of hunger. The website Estimulo reports that the average person in Caracas Venezuela  has lost 30 pounds since the beginning of 2016.

The Catholic aid organization Caritas Venezuela estimates that 14.5% of children under age five suffer from moderate or severe malnutrition.

Food is controlled and votes are bought.  To receive food rations Venezuelans must carry a government issued license available only to those approved by the regime.

The above is based on an article 11/20/2017 in the Wall Street Journal  by Mary O’Grady Venezuela Is Starting Its People.

Cameron Jackson   drcameronjackson@gmail.com

 

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“The Science Guy” Bill Nye on frozen heat

 

“The science guy”‘s  facts are wrong — on sex and frozen  heat

Minus 454 degrees — that’s really frozen — is ‘toasty warm’ says ‘the science guy’ Bill Nye.   Redditers were not fans of the answers Bill Nye “the science guy” gave in an AMA.

They grilled former children’s show host Bill Nye  for dodging questions and giving inaccurate answers.

Bill Nye held the AMA on Wednesday to promote his upcoming documentary. Nye says his goal is to end “anti-scientific thinking,” but Reddit users were left less than satisfied with answers “the science guy”  gave to their questions.

 

Redditers couldn’t resist going after Nye for saying science is “true whether you believe it or not.” Commenters quickly pointed to Nye’s less-than-scientific claim that gender is a spectrum, and not binary.

Right off the bat Nye got hit for saying 3 Kelvins was “toasty warm, referring to the temperature of space. One savvy commenter noted 3 Kelvins is about the same as   -454 degrees Fahrenheit.” That’s really frozen.

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Firenze Sage:   Beware global warming experts in witch hats.

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Defrocked Catholic priest Christopher Coleman trains to be Psychoanalyst

A defrocked Catholic priest trains to be a Psychoanalyst.     Per article in the New York Times, the Roman Catholic Church recently lists the  names of eight  priests, defrocked for child abuse,  who might –  as they are alive  –  pose a danger. One of them  is Christopher Coleman.

Other defrocked priests  include  James Lara who  lost his job a couple days ago  as professor at Arizona State University and Charles M. Mangini,  age 79; he is   retired and  lives in Old Bridge, N.J

On  his Twitter page,  Christopher Lee Coleman  (brchris8)  states that  he is a ‘Psychoanalyst  in Training’. On his  Linked In page, Coleman  lists  training starting  in  2012 at the  Center for Modern Psychoanalytic  Studies. A minimum of 400 hours of clinical supervision is part of the training for Psychoanalyst at the Center.   

Does   the Center for  Modern Psychanalytic  Studies    know that Coleman is a de-frocked Catholic priest?

What  image comes to mind when thinking about Freud and psycho-analysis?   For some,  a  couch comes to mind.    written by Cameron Jackson


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firenze sage—when is a corn pop not a corn pop? [breakfast cereal]

When is a corn pop not a corn pop?

 Kellogg’s will be redesigning Corn Pops cereal boxes after a complaint about racially insensitive art on the packaging.

The Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereal and snack maker said on Twitter Wednesday it will replace the cover drawing of cartoon characters shaped like corn kernels populating a shopping mall. The corn pop characters are shown shopping, playing in an arcade or frolicked in a fountain. One skateboards down an escalator.

What struck Saladin Ahmed was that a single brown corn pop was working as a janitor operating a floor waxer. Ahmed, current writer of Marvel Comics’ Black Bolt series and author of 2012 fantasy novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, took to Twitter Tuesday to ask, “Why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? this is teaching kids racism.”

He added in a subsequent post: “yes its a tiny thing, but when you see your kid staring at this over breakfast and realize millions of other kids are doing the same…”

Kellogg’s responded to Ahmed on the social media network about five hours later that “Kellogg is committed to diversity & inclusion. We did not intend to offend – we apologize. The artwork is updated & will be in stores  soon.

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Firenze Sage writes:   Rice Krispies are anti Chinese ….  or is it cultural appropriation …. or maybe it is just breakfast?

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evil & history …. students know nothing important some say

  Students today know nothing  important some say.

According to Paglia, teachers at elite institutions are unable to see this decline in knowledge because their students often come from private schools and wealthy homes, which presumably still retain some elements of rigorous education.

The great majority of students, however, can be described in the following way:

“What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history – of any kind! No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out.

“They have no sense whatever of the destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on – and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization.

“They now have been taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!”

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Learning how to think is more important than “facts” and correctly circling the right answer on a multiple choice test.

Cameron Jackson

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Undocumented? Illegal? Go to East Palo Alto for full support services from the school district

Where to go if you are undocumented,  ‘homeless’ or need to ‘double up’ to keep housing costs down?

Go to East Palo Alto — just three miles from Stanford University.   The East Palo Alto  school district provides it all for ‘homeless’ students and their families: 3 meals a day, groceries, showers and overnight parking in a church lot.

East Palo Alto even  provides  an Uber or taxi if you need a ride to school.  

Families doubling up to keep housing costs down has long been a way of life in California.  Now, with the possibility of ICE enforcement more ‘homeless’ youth and their families  are ‘doubling up’ these days in the Bay Area.

East Palo Alto has the largest number of ‘homeless’ youth who are English language learners.

the above is written by Cameron Jackson.   Below is the complete story available in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel printed only part of its story in the print edition today, October 9, 2017.  Below is the complete story available online.

 

“The San Francisco Bay Area, with its Teslas, tech start-ups and $3,700 one-bedroom rents, is one of the most affluent regions in the country but also home to nearly 15,000 homeless children.

“Most of the students are in the urban areas, but they also live in the wealthy enclaves. They’re in Menlo Park, they’re in the San Ramon Valley, they’re even in Ross in Marin County, where the median household income tops $200,000. And they’re most certainly undercounted: parents report to schools whether their family is homeless, and they have plenty of reasons not to admit to it: fear of deportation, fear of the government taking their children away, and shame.

“According to the Department of Education, “homeless” means living in a car, motel, campsite, shelter, on the street or doubled up with other families due to financial hardship. In the Bay Area, most of those children are doubled up with other families, although in San Francisco hundreds are living on the street or in shelters.

The Bay Area has 420 school districts, charter schools and county offices of education in its nine counties, spread over 6,900 square miles from Cloverdale to Gilroy. But almost none have a higher percentage of homeless children than the Ravenswood City Elementary School District in East Palo Alto.

The Ravenswood district is less than 3 miles from Stanford University, yet has one of the highest percentages of homeless students in the state. More than 37 percent of the district’s 3,076 students are homeless, and of those, 96 percent live “doubled up” with other families, sharing a home or apartment or even a garage.

Nearly 88 percent of Ravenswood students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, and 64 percent are English learners.

The district receives some federal grant money to help these children, but “that’s just a drop in the bucket. A Band-aid,” said Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff. “Paying for these services ends up being a huge encroachment into the general fund. But we do it because kids can’t learn if they’re hungry, if they’re tired, if they’re distracted or worried. Our schools need to be a safe place where families know their children are cared for.”

The district also gets extra funding under the state’s Local Control Funding Formula, which steers money to schools to serve high-needs students, including those who are homeless, low-income, English learners or in foster care.

East Palo Alto provides the following services:   Ravenswood provides three meals a day, plus snacks, to all students regardless of whether they’re homeless and arranges for a food bank to give regular, two-week supplies of groceries to parents. The district also provides free uniforms for students, washers and dryers on school campuses, full-time counselors at every school, and arranges for families to get free showers at the local YMCA. A nearby Catholic church allows families to sleep overnight in the parking lot.

Transportation costs:   Perhaps the biggest expense, Hernandez-Goff said, is transportation. Children who bounce between homeless shelters are legally entitled to free transportation to school, so the district will send buses, taxis or even Uber to deliver the children to school every day. Homeless families tend to move frequently, and sometimes find themselves at shelters 20 miles away. By law, homeless children can continue attending the same school without having to transfer to a new school every time their family moves.

“It’s expensive, but we patch things together,” she said. “The bottom line is, the thing that has always unified this country is public education. Schools have always stepped up to address the needs of students. It’s not just about books — it’s so much more.”

In Ravenswood, most of the homeless families are Latin American immigrants living with other immigrant families. But in San Francisco, state data show, roughly half of the city’s 1,984 homeless students live on their own: teenage runaways escaping abusive homes or violence elsewhere.

No one knows exactly where these students live in San Francisco, but 300 a night sleep at the Larkin Street Youth Services shelter. Hundreds of others sleep in parks or under freeways, on friends’ couches, or trade sex for a place to sleep, according to Larkin Street’s executive director, Sherilyn Adams.

Amazingly, some find a way to get to school every day.

“A lot of these kids are not visibly homeless, and they often don’t want you to know they’re homeless,” Adams said. “Adolescence is a time of blending in, not standing out. So these kids face a lot of shame, a lot of isolation. Trying to do school work while figuring out where they’re going to sleep every night — they have a lot on their plate.”

In addition to the shelter, Larkin Street provides medical and behavioral services, street outreach and a drop-in center. Another nonprofit, Hamilton Families, contracts with San Francisco Unified to provide after-school tutoring and activities, field trips, bus passes, uniforms and other services to more than 800 children annually in the city.

In the East Bay, Oakland Unified saw its number of homeless students shoot up from 400 in 2014-15 to 635 in 2015-16 to 901 in 2016-17, largely due to the escalating cost of housing, the district’s homeless coordinator, Trish Anderson, said.

“Those numbers are real,” she said. “Rents are too high, and people are losing their homes.”

Oakland Unified provides a one-stop shop of services for its homeless families, including food, referrals to shelters and help enrolling in Medi-Cal. The district also provides immediate enrollment to homeless students, allowing them to waive much of the paperwork, and bus service to school. Like San Francisco, Oakland has a significant number of homeless youth who aren’t living with their families. Some find emergency shelter at DreamCatcher, an eight-bed shelter that provides a range of services for students as long as they remain in school.

Just north of San Francisco, San Rafael City Schools in Marin County goes to great lengths to identify homeless children and train teachers to accommodate them. In 2016-17, the district reported 625 homeless children at its eight elementary schools, one of the highest rates in the state.

As is the case throughout California, lack of affordable housing is the primary cause for the high homeless rate in the area. Immigrant parents working in the restaurant, housekeeping or landscaping sectors cannot afford to rent an apartment, so they share space with other families. Median monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Rafael is $3,080, almost three times the national average.

“We definitely have affordable housing issues. Unfortunately, that’s not something officials are moving very quickly on,” said Julia Neff, accountability coordinator for San Rafael City Schools. “But it’s the school district’s responsibility to meet these students where they are. We do what we can.”

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   The Sentinel frames their  story as one about ‘homelessness’.  It’s really a story about undocumented youth and their families.  And it’s really   a story about how CA is addressing the sanctuary city issues.  And it’s a story about borders and whether  America should  have borders. Remember that young woman killed by an illegal who had been deported 5 times from the USA.  That’s when there was a huge surge in support for control of our borders.

written by Cameron Jackson 10/9/2017     DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

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Hepatitis outbreak in CA — where do homeless people poop in Aptos & Santa Cruz CA?

Where do homeless people poop in Aptos & Santa Cruz County?  This is a major health hazard beter  managed with  easy access to  portable toilets.

But few portable toilets  exist in Aptos and nearby  Santa Cruz, CA.

Most of the time, the bathroom  doors are  locked at most Aptos churches and in  most public facilities.

Since plastic bags are now outlawed, homeless cannot readily clean up after themselves.  There are a few portable toilets  — but not many.

The California hepatitis A outbreak is on the verge of reaching statewide epidemic status, as cases have spread through homeless tent cities from San Diego north to Sacramento.

California health officials have reported that at least 569 people have been infected with the hepatitis A liver disease and 17 have died since a San Diego County outbreak was first identified in November. Cases have migrated north to homeless populations in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Sacramento over the last 11 months.

Although local and state authorities have tried to underplay the risks and severity of the outbreak, the most recent annual totals for cases of hepatitis A in the United States was 1,390 in 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). California only reported 179 cases during the same year.

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Aptos Psychologist Dr. Jackson writes:     Are portable toilets just one more thing that  taxpayers  have to pay for?  Looks like yes.   Human poop is a  major health hazard in CA.

How might  churches and other community organizations help control disease problems related to human poop?  Let’s get the issues on agendas of various Aptos and Santa Cruz community organizations.Will that really happen?  Mmmmm.

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written by Cameron Jackson   DrCameronJackson@gmail.colm

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hey mom can we go skating today? No, Trump built the rink

woolman-ice-rink-central-park-new-york Hey mom can we go skating  today in Central Park?  At the Woolman ice-rink?

No?  Why?  Because Trump built the rink.

A group of liberal moms at an elite New York City school torpedoed an annual ice-skating party.

Why?  Because Donald Trump rebuilt the  rink in the 1980s.

The picture below shows Trump in 1986 when the Woolman ice-rink in New York Central Park  opened under budget and ahead of schedule.

trump-woolman-rink-1986The Dalton School said that the  ice-skating event was shelved due to low participation.

reported anti-Trump sentiment is said to be the real reason the ice-skating caper was cancelled.  When The New York Post asked the school’s parent association president about the allegation, she refused to comment:

Dalton’s PA president, LaMae DeJongh, declined to comment — but sources said the low attendance was due to rampant anti-Trump sentiment at the elite prep school, which boasts alumni such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Trump repaired the ice-rink:  Before Trump took over the project in the 1980s, the Wollman Rink in Central Park was a symbol of government incompetence. The rink’s repairs and renovations went $12 million over budget, contractors botched the amount of concrete needed, and for six years the incomplete rink served as a lightning rod for the press to remind the Ed Koch administration how untamed things were in the city, according to Bloomberg.
When Trump finally took over fixing the Woolman rink in Central Park,  he finished two months ahead of scheduled and $775,000 under budget:
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Firenze Sage:    This is almost as stupid as boycotting a hospital wing the Koch brothers donated. Liberals are mindless  — but, oh so principled.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/10/liberals-protest-100-million-donation-to-hospital-because-david-koch-gave-the-money/

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not freezed out, Education DeVos spells freedom of educaton for blacks & Hispanics

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grandparents alienated/ estranged from grandkids, Aptos CA resources

grandparents-bulliedGrandparents are bullied?  Some relationships between grandchildren and grandparents  become alienated and estranged  for a variety of  reasons.

Come to the meetings  of the Invisible/ Alienated Grandparent Support Group. Next meeting:

Feb. 13, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos, CA   10707 Soquel Drive.    Call Pat Hanson 831 601-9195. More info below.     www.invisiblechildren.com

Whereas grandparents   frequently  stabilize, give hope,  and show grandchildren the way they have lived —  sometimes  those relationships break down.

Now there’s resources.

In the Santa Cruz CA area, the Alienated Grandparents Anonymous offers  a  support group.

The support group meets each month  — 2nd Mondays  — from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm   at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA.  Take the Freedom exit off highway #1 or take Soquel Drive and go all the way to the end, just past the CHP office.

Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 — 2016

For general  contact info@AGA-Fl.org

Pathansonphd@gmail.com   —

Pat Hanson is the  local person  in Santa Cruz County  to contact.   To contact Pat Hanson:   831 601-9195

www.invisiblegrandchildren.com  

P.O.Box 253  Aromas, CA 95004

Monerey Bay Forum

127 Jewell Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States (US)
Phone: 831 688 6002
Fax: 831 688 7717
Email: jaj48@aol.com

 

 

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