Mental Illness: Schizophrenia-causes, prevention, treatment, etc…?

NIMH » Schizophrenia – National Institute of Mental Health nimh.nih.gov
What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, it can be very disabling. Approximately 7 or 8 individuals out of 1,000 will have schizophrenia in their lifetime.

People with the disorder may hear voices or see things that aren’t there. They may believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. This can be scary and upsetting to people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated. It can also be scary and upsetting to the people around them.

People with schizophrenia may sometimes talk about strange or unusual ideas, which can make it difficult to carry on a conversation. They may sit for hours without moving or talking. Sometimes people with schizophrenia seem perfectly fine until they talk about what they are really thinking…”

Schizophrenia – Types of Schizophrenia – Symptoms – Mental Health … mentalhealthamerica.net

“..Contrary to public perception, schizophrenia is not split personality or multiple personality. The vast majority of people with schizophrenia are not violent and do not pose a danger to others. Schizophrenia is not caused by childhood experiences, poor parenting or lack of willpower, nor are the symptoms identical for each person..”

CAUSES

Causes of Schizophrenia By Steve Bressert, Ph.D. psychcentral.com
“..Scientists do not yet understand all of the factors necessary to produce, but all the tools of modern biomedical research are being used to search for genes, critical moments in brain development, and other factors that may lead to the illness…”

PREVENTION

Preventing Schizophrenia – Risk Reduction Approaches schizophrenia.com
“..

Research conducted in the past decade indicates that schizophrenia is due to a genetic predisposition and environmental stressors early in a child’s development (during pregnancy and birth, and/or early childhood) which lead to subtle alterations in the brain that make a person susceptible to developing schizophrenia. Additional environmental factors and stresses later in life (during childhood, adolescence and young adulthood) can either damage the already vulnerable brain further or lessen the expression of neurodevelopmental defects and decrease the risk of schizophrenia…”

-Studies

Colorado Researchers Break New Ground In Schizophrenia Prevention January 21, 2013 6:06 PM denver.cbslocal.com
“..The supplement was choline, an essential nutrient similar to vitamin B. It’s found in meats, fish, nuts and eggs.

“This is really an idea that’s been hatching for a very long time,” Dr. Randy Ross at the University of Colorado School of Medicine said….

Right now researchers aren’t recommending all pregnant women take choline supplements because it’s very early in the study and it will be years before they know for sure if choline is effective.”
Folic Acid and the potential prevention of schizophrenia: Dr Roffman – MQ Annual Science Meeting


“Published on May 20, 2015

In this video MQ Fellow, Dr Joshua Roffman, discusses his research investigating whether folic acid exposure in the womb is a critical factor in the brain development affecting schizophrenia risk. Dr Roffman’s work capitalises on the introduction of folic acid fortification in the United States in the late 1990’s, and uses MRI scans from children whose mothers were pregnant in the US during this time. His work will determine whether exposure to folic acid impacts the neural signatures of schizophrenia risk.

Find out more about the MQ Fellows Award at http://www.joinmq.org/research/pages/… or see more at http://www.joinmq.org.”

TREATMENT

-Healing

Andrew Goodwin (Ex-schizophrenic) on Revelation TV, 2012


“Uploaded on Feb 22, 2012

Website: https://www.ex-schizophrenic.com
Email: andrew@ex-schizophrenic.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Ex-schizophr…”

Bipolar/Schizophrenia Healing, Help, Recovery? GOD! JESUS! (P1) from youtube.com
“Uploaded on Jan 31, 2010

Bipolar/Schizophrenia Healing, Help, Recovery? GOD! JESUS! (Part 1 of 4)

Hear the Word of The LORD Spoken to THIS Modern Generation @:
http://www.TrumpetCallofGodOnline.com”

Schizophrenia sufferer’s mind clears after prayer – John Mellor Healing Ministry , from youtube.com
“With God Nothing is Impossible”; Healed of Mental Illness from youtube.com
“Published on Aug 28, 2012

From mental patient to church pastor; NOTHING is impossible with God. This woman has been completely delivered of Schizophrenia, an incurable affliction according to the doctors. She has been perfectly well and free of all medications for 25 years. ONLY BY FAITH IN THE GRACE AND POWER OF GOD!”
*see Health: Mental-How to “fight” mental illness? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

Documentaries

Out of the Shadow
“..What’s it like as a child?

To have parents with serious mental health issues…The unspoken addendum to Out of the Shadow is about the survival of the children and the effects of childhood trauma. How do kids cope with having unfit parents? What is developmental trauma? How neurofeedback can resolve early trauma allowing for a healthy adulthood. Susan speaks firsthand from the neuro-developmental perspective.…
..”

Watch Out of the Shadow (2004) Free Online ovguide.com

Out of the Shadow

Release Date: 2004 Duration: 67 min

Out of the Shadow is a grassroots documentary film by Susan Smiley concerning her mother, Mildred Smiley. Mildred Smiley is a middle-aged woman who has battled schizophrenia for over twenty years. The documentary chronicles her journey from psychiatric wards, nursing and group homes in Illinois,… Show More”

schizophrenia & family: ‘Out of the Shadow’ trailer


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Neutral Perspective: Housing for Mental-Physical Challenged “Wasteful” or NOT?

NPR : People with Mental Illness, Who Needs Housing, Housing First npr.org
“..But in 1998, 283,800 people with mental illnesses were incarcerated in American jails or prisons – four times the number in state mental hospitals, according to the Department of Justice. “These days, the largest single provider of housing for people with severe mental illness is the criminal justice system,” says Sperling. ..

Today’s reality falls far short of the vision of four decades ago, when the deinstitutionalization movement was born. In theory, people were to move from mental hospitals into community mental health care systems, and be reintegrated into towns and neighborhoods where they’d get services and shelter. Several studies have shown the idea can work, and thousands of Americans with mental illness have benefited — but thousands more have failed to get adequate follow-up, treatment and assistance.
..

The supportive housing model also saves taxpayers money, experts say. Researchers at Berkeley University’s Goldman School of Public Policy examined the consequences of providing supportive housing for 250 people with mental illness. Before moving in, the participants had made frequent use of emergency rooms and hospitals, costing thousands of dollars per person annually. Once the people were placed in supportive housing, the study found a 58 percent decrease in emergency room visits, a corresponding drop in hospital stays, and virtual elimination of their use of residential mental health facilities. …

Approximately one-third of the nation’s homeless have a severe mental illness. Many others with mental illness end up living nomadically, moving among the homes of parents and other family members. Outside the family, group homes are the primary housing option for people with mental illness, but they often face stiff resistance from neighbors: “There are huge NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) battles about establishing a four-person home for people with depression,” says Allen. ..”

Maine

Our View: Maine government puts group homes at risk by cutting rates Posted December 11, 2016 pressherald.com

Families are right to be worried about the loss of services for adults with disabilities.
The Editorial Board
“..Mary Mayhew, Maine’s health and human services commissioner, wrote a Dec. 8 column in the Portland Press Herald, accusing the paper of “needlessly frighten(ing) families and vulnerable individuals,” because it reported how cuts to reimbursement rates were undermining the system of community-based services for people with developmental challenges. (“Maine used to be a leader in caring for adults with intellectual handicaps. What went wrong?” Dec. 4)..”

Minnesota

1 person, 1 home, millions of dollars By: Jeff Baillon Posted:Feb 02 2017 07:11PM CST fox9.com
“…One person lives in the three bedroom home and state employees come and go around the clock. There are at least three per shift and they are hired to support the needs of the lone occupant.

“They really don’t need a house this size for one person,” neighbor Bob Krahn said.

The Fox 9 Investigators discovered it is costing taxpayers almost a million dollars a year.

An 18-year-old man, whose initials are W.O., was placed in the home last summer.

W.O. is a ward of the state, has intellectual and developmental disabilities and a history of difficult behavior.

“Handled the right way it’s a good thing for a neighborhood because we need to see people of all abilities,” Lemoyne Corgard, a neighbor, said.”

Part 2: Alone and at risk in Minnesota’s group homes Story by Chris Serres and Glenn Howatt • Photos by David Joles • Star Tribune StarTribune.com NOVEMBER 9, 2015 — 12:00AM
Set up to be safe havens, some group homes for the disabled have become remote “prisons,” where residents are vulnerable to violence and neglect.

“..Remote clusters

Minnesota’s reliance on group homes dates to the late 1970s, when it led the nation in shutting down large state hospitals that housed people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. The state encouraged small, private group homes as a more humane and cost-effective alternative, and subsidized them through Medicaid and other programs…”

And though group homes were meant for people needing 24-hour care, such as patients with severe mental illnesses, many accept just about anyone with an intellectual or developmental disability. Records show that even clients who need just basic assistance with daily activities — like cooking meals or catching the bus — can wind up in group homes that cost up to $80,000 per person per year….

New York

GROUP HOMES OVERPAID Posted on Jun 30, 2015 11:00am PDT nyrealestatelawblog.com
“.. The state’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities’ Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office (DDSO) skirted state procurement laws for more than 1,400 purchases worth more than $1 million, gave one vendor an unfair advantage in obtaining the state’s business and overpaid for hundreds of household items, according to an audit recently released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“The state’s procurement process is intended to ensure fair competition, guard against favoritism, and protect taxpayers,” DiNapoli said. “By failing to follow the state’s procurement requirements, Finger Lakes DDSO wasted taxpayer dollars and gave an unfair advantage to one vendor. This cannot continue, and our recommendations should be implemented immediately.”

The Finger Lakes DDSO is responsible for coordinating services for approximately 1,500 persons with developmental disabilities living in 150 group homes across eight counties. Employees at each group home routinely purchase food and household items necessary to keep the homes operational.

The DDSO purchased food and household items through a centralized contract with Palmer Distributing until the contract expired in June 2012. Thereafter, the DDSO should have purchased items that met their needs first from preferred sources (which are established in state law), then from other centralized contracts, and, last, through a formal competitive process to ensure a fair procurement…”

Children-Youth

Congress to Consider Scaling Down Group Homes for Troubled Children by Joaquin Sapien ProPublica, May 20, 2015, 11:47 a.m. propublica.org
At a hearing in Washington, a renewed call for addressing the violence and neglect that plagues group homes for foster youth.
“..”There is tremendous momentum and truly bipartisan support for this right now, so hopefully we’re at a real turning point,” said Rob Geen, director of policy reform and advocacy for the Casey Foundation. “There are far too many children being separated from their families and being placed in what is available instead of what is best for them. Now we have an agreement that there is a problem and a growing consensus on how to fix it.”

According to the report, 40 percent of children living in group homes don’t have a diagnosis that warrants such a placement. The report suggests that children are often sent to the homes because there is nowhere else for them to go…

Grüber, the former foster child who testified at the hearing, said she certainly would have preferred staying with a family member as opposed to living in a group home for two years.

In an interview, she told ProPublica that when she was first removed from her biological parents’ home at age 15, she was placed with her uncle and his three sons in a three-bedroom home. She wanted to stay there. But she said that the Connecticut Department of Children and Families moved her to a homeless shelter and then into a foster home based on a technicality: that there weren’t enough bedrooms for all the children living in her uncle’s home.

“If I had stayed with my uncle, I would’ve had more stability. It would’ve been so much better to feel more involved with my family. My uncle is very involved in the church. He’s really strict, but I think that would’ve been helpful to me. I needed that structure,” Grüber said….

Kari Sisson, executive director for the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, told ProPublica that Australia closed its residential programs in the 1990s because foster care was cheaper. In time, she said, foster parents got overwhelmed and quit. Many youngsters ended up homeless or in jail. And Australia had to reopen the homes with more intensive therapeutic services in the mid-2000s.

“The conversation is fair, but it’s not informed,” she said. “I worry that they are making decisions that will seriously affect children who need therapeutic residential treatment. I’ve been a foster parent for many years and there are a lot of kids in the system that can’t live in my house, because it’s not safe for us and it’s not safe for the community. They need a lot more intensive care than a foster parent can offer. It’s very challenging.”

Sisson was not called to testify…”

Greed?

Maryland

Nonprofits reap generous perks April 11, 2005|By JOHN B. O’DONNELL AND JONATHAN D. ROCKOFF articles.baltimoresun.com
Children in private group homes may be shortchanged in care, but the owners can profit handsomely
“..Despite all the gaps in financial accountability, state officials say they don’t plan any major changes. DHR Secretary McCabe says that while department auditors should look at group homes’ financial statements, inspectors lack the expertise to ferret out improper spending. “Our licensing unit is not necessarily designed to do that,” he said.

Diane Coughlin, a health department official, also argues that inspectors lack the skills to police inappropriate spending, even if limits were put on salaries, rent and other non-care items.

“We’d never be able to enforce it,” said Coughlin, director of the Developmental Disabilities Administration, a health department unit that has licensed 35 group home companies with 115 facilities.

“But having said that, do we expect people to spend tax dollars wisely? You’re darn tootin’ we do.”

About the series

In an investigation of state oversight of group homes going back a decade, The Sun found that:

Mistreatment of children has gone unpunished.

People with criminal convictions can – and do – work at group homes.

Taxpayers’ money is often wasted on poor care, denying youths a range of services.

Maryland subsidizes high salaries and perks…”

New York

Reaping Millions in Nonprofit Care for Disabled By RUSS BUETTNERAUG. 2, 2011 nytimes.com
“..Medicaid money created quite a nice life for the Levy brothers from Flatbush, Brooklyn.

The brothers, Philip and Joel, earned close to $1 million a year each as the two top executives running a Medicaid-financed nonprofit organization serving the developmentally disabled.

They each had luxury cars paid for with public money. And when their children went to college, they could pass on the tuition bills to their nonprofit group.

Philip H. Levy went as far as charging the organization $50,400 for his daughter’s living expenses one year when she attended graduate school at New York University. That money paid not for a dorm room, but rather it helped her buy a co-op apartment in Greenwich Village.

The rise of the Levy brothers, from scruffy bearded social workers in the 1970s to millionaires with homes in the Hamptons, Sutton Place and Palm Beach Gardens, reveals much about New York’s system for caring for the developmentally disabled — those with conditions like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and autism…”

Homeless Shelters

State Seeks To Move Homeless From Hotel Rooms To Group Homes Rupa Shenoy
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting February 23, 2014 news.wgbh.org
“..Sixteen months ago Espada’s family became homeless, and she applied to the state for help. But Massachusetts has no room left for homeless families. The state’s 2,000 shelters filled up during the recession as parents who lost their jobs, got foreclosed on, got sick, or just couldn’t earn enough became homeless along with their children. So, like roughly 2,000 other families, Espada is living in a hotel paid for by the state…”

Solution-Models?

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme youtube.com


“..Published on Sep 22, 2016

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), is working across Ireland to reduce disadvantage. SICAP is open to people and groups from different walks of life.

• Are you looking for a job or want to improve your skills?
• Could you benefit from an education or training opportunity?
• Are you in a community group which is working for changes locally?

If yes to any of these, SICAP can help you! To empower yourself or your community, find out more at http://www.pobal.ie..&#8221;

Others:

What abilities do you have?..Don’t focus on your “dis-abilities, but your “abilities”! goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
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This is such a BIG on-going social issue, so all the article above that I found are just “some” of the challenges and have yet to re”search” the “positives” going on with group homes. Feel free to share any (both negative and bad)..

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Spotlight: Celebrity-Carrie Fisher’s “success”!

After watching-reading the news of “celebrities” that have died recently that I looked up to growing-up, I pondered this question-“Can celebrities have success?” Success can be defined in many ways, but I’m referring to success as battling our “life challenges”. My first “spotlight” is Carrie Fisher…

Carrie Fisher seem to successfully beat her “bi-polar” mental illness by completing treatment in the mental hospital. She still had challenges, but she overcame (eg. drugs) them successfully though her one-act Broadway show (“Wishful Drinking”), wrote a book (The Princess Diarist ) , etc… she was gifted with words!

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher : The Documentary

Inside Carrie Fisher’s Difficult Upbringing with Famous Parents by Julie Miller December 27, 2016 9:15 pm vanityfair.com
Her father, Eddie Fisher, left her mother, Debbie Reynolds, for Elizabeth Taylor—and that was only the beginning.
“..And in a 2009 interview, Fisher told Vanity Fair how sharing her stories—which had an atypical, wry perspective on Hollywood’s usual trappings: stars, addictions, and broken marriages—played a large role in her mental health…”

Movie: Star Wars Series Reflections goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Nothing captures Carrie Fisher’s rise to fame like this 1977 interview shortly after the release of ‘Star Wars’ Bustle Emma Lord, Bustle Dec. 27, 2016, 4:52 PM
“..Though Fisher became a household name through her portrayal of Princess (and later General) Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, she was also a celebrated writer and mental health advocate. But before her rich and multitalented career took off, she was a 19-year-old unknown — and nothing quite captures her rise to fame like this old Carrie Fisher interview from 1977…”
Carrie Fisher’s 9 best non-‘Star Wars’ roles | cleveland.com
Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill on Late Night, Spring 1983 , from youtube.com
*watched towards the end for the Star Wars trivia
Carrie Fisher’s full 1990 CNN inteview , from youtube.com
“..Published on Dec 27, 2016

In a 1990 interview with CNN’s Larry King, Carrie Fisher opens up about being the daughter of Hollywood royalty, her battles with addiction and life as an author after “Star Wars.”..”
“Talking with someone in interviews is therapy”-Carrie F. (paraphrase)
Carrie Fisher: I didn’t want to be famous (2009) cnn.com
“..In a 2009 interview with CNN’s Campbell Brown, Carrie Fisher says she did not want to go into show business because she saw what happened to parents Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Source: CNN.”

“It scared me..a celebrity..your not going to stay in a fantastic time..it’s going all away…all these people are going to love you..it’s attention”-Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher on Charlie Rose, 2009


How Carrie Fisher Came to Terms With Having a Mental Illness | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN , from youtube.com
“..Published on Dec 28, 2016

When Carrie Fisher was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her 20s, she didn’t believe the doctor. At the time, Carrie jokes, she thought that people who had bipolar disorder were “nuts” rather than seeing it as something that could happen to anybody. For more on #oprahwinfreyshow, visit http://bit.ly/1ODj0x7

Find OWN on TV at http://www.oprah.com/FindOWN …”

Fight Against Mental Illness For Carrie Fisher | MSNBC


“..Published on Dec 28, 2016

The late Carrie Fisher used her celebrity status to fight the stigma associated with mental illness. Columnist Michael Musto nad MSNBC’s Craig Melvin discuss…”
-Faith

Star Wars’ Princess Carrie Fisher’s Religion worldreligionnews.com
“.. Carrie Frances Fisher, the American actress, producer, writer, and humorist better known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie series died Tuesday at age 60. Fisher was born to actress Debbie Reynolds (a Nazarene) and singer Eddie Fisher (a Jew). She was born in Beverly Hills, California. Fisher’s paternal grandparents were Jewish Russian immigrants. Fisher was raised a Protestant. However, her father’s religion influenced her so much that she later started identifying as Jewish. According to Fisher, it was her father singing in the synagogue that impacted her spirituality. In an interview given to JWeekly, a San Francisco-based Jewish newspaper, Fisher said that she and her daughter often used to attend Jewish services and take part in Shabbat meals. Lighting candles have a certain loveliness to it, so have saying thanks to a lovely week. She expressed Judaism by singing the song Hearts and Bones, that has lyrics expressing the freedom of Jews, a song that was written by her ex-husband Paul Simon.

…Fisher blasted the UK cinemas for preventing to show a 60-second advert that featured the Lord’s Prayer before showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in which she reprises her role as Princess Leia…”
Pastor Todd Fisher: My Mom, Debbie Reynolds, Wanted To Be With Carrie Fisher 11:30AM EST 12/29/2016 Jessilyn Justice charismanews.com
“…Todd became a charismatic church leader shortly after Carrie’s catapult to fame with the Star Wars franchise. He started his own church in his mother’s studio in the ’80s, but the congregation rapidly outgrew the space.

“We preach the truth, and if that means poking fun at some of the traditions—well, hey, that’s just part of it. Jesus spent his career exposing the Pharisees and Sadducees because they weren’t worshipping God, they were worshipping traditions. Those people are still with us today,” he told People in 1984.

Todd appears to be the most outspoken about his faith in the family trio.

Carrie described her faith: “I love the idea of God, but it’s not stylistically in keeping with the way I function. I would describe myself as an enthusiastic agnostic who would be happy to be shown that there is a God.”

Please pray for the Reynolds-Fisher family during this heartbreaking time. ..”
Debbie Reynolds’ Son, Pastor Todd Fisher, Says Mom Wanted to Be With Daughter, Carrie By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor Jan 1, 2017 | 11:27 AM christianpost.com
‘..She went to be with Carrie. In fact, those were the last words that she spoke this morning,” Todd, co-founder of Hiding Place Church in California, told E! News. “More specifically, she said that she really, she was under a lot of stress.”

Todd added, “She held it together beautifully, obviously, for the last couple of days but she was under a lot of emotion and stress from the loss [of Carrie] and it’s pretty much what triggered this event.”

Reynolds didn’t get to see her daughter “as Carrie was on her way back from England and none of us really got to see her other than in the hospital,” Pastor Fish..

Her son, Todd, became a Christian in 1980, and was later ordained as a minister. He founded Hiding Place, along with musician Henry Cutrona of Christian country rock band Gentle Faith. A non-denominational, charismatic congregation, the church first met in North Hollywood at his mother’s DR Studios. After outgrowing that location, the church was moved to Beverly Theater in Beverly Hills. By 1986, the church had relocated to Emerson Middle School in Westwood, Los Angeles, with an average Sunday attendance of 1,000…”

17 Carrie Fisher Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success and Happiness By Peter Economy
The Leadership Guy@bizzwriter inc.com
Actress, author, and screenwriter Carrie Fisher was an inspiration to millions of people around the world.

Carrie Fisher Remembered: The Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Actress

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Any other “memorable” memories of Carrie Fisher that you would like to see added above? Thoughts, feedback, comments, etc..?

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Deep Thought: What can “we” do to help Veterans with P.T.S.D.?

I decided to do this blog on this increasing growing topic after meeting a Vet that openly shared about this P.T.S.D. this morning. I was coming out of the local fitness center (R.F.C.) and as I was about to bike off after unlocking my chain, this “older” gentlemen (with a beard and a cane-thought he was blind as he held on to the rails along the wall. He appeared to be going to the P.E. Center to watch a local high school basketball game as he was wearing a West Central Knights jacket) wandered towards me to chat.

We talked about the nice sunny weather as a popular “Minnesota” topic. Somehow he asked where I was from, which I told him my parents are from the Philippines. He then told me he has had bad memories of being there? He then told me he was stationed there in the army. I then asked, “where-Subic Bay?”. He said, “yes..have you been there before”. I replied “yes too and told him I was there back in 2012 for vacation”. He openly (like many vets has had with me in the Morris area) shared he was in Vietnam. I then quickly replied, “thank you for serving”. He then replied, “not many people agreed when we returned home from Vietnam”, which I can agree with him from my history lesson. I then thought in my mind that it wasn’t his or any of the soldiers fault as I “blame” the “U.S. Government” (based on research I found). Anyways, he appeared to not want to chat more on this topic as he slowly walked away and went inside the RFC. I quickly prayed in my mind for him and thought about other Vets I know and have met.

Below are some notes I’ve collected on this topic on my facebook pic..

Veterans statistics: PTSD, Depression, TBI, Suicide.
http://www.veteransandptsd.com/PTSD-statistics.html

19% of veterans may have traumatic brain injury (TBI)
-recent sample of 600 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan found: 14% post-traumatic stress disorder; 39% alcohol abuse; 3% drug abuse. Major depression also a problem.
-in times of peace, in any given year, about 4% (actually 3.6%) of the general population have PTSD (caused by natural disasters, car accidents, abuse, etc.)
-Oddly, statistics for veteran tobacco use are never reported alongside PTSD statistics, even though increases in rates of smoking are strongly correlated with the stress of deployment and combat, and smoking statistics show that tobacco use is tremendously damaging and costly for soldiers.
*see
https://www.facebook.com/groups/123846551128031/

Shocking PTSD, suicide rates for vets Released: June 05, 2013
– See more at: http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/the-true-price-of-war-in-human-terms#sthash.7fiu03jh.dpuf
http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/the-true-price-of-war-in-human-terms
More British soldiers commit suicide than die in battle, figures .
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10178403/More-British-soldiers-commit-suicide-than-die-in-battle-figures-suggest.html

Good News Death
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->Misc

Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war | Sebastian Junger



TED

=>Music

Metallica – One

*see Heavy Metal Music

RESOURCES

-Civilians

Wes Moore: How to talk to veterans about the war


“Published on May 23, 2014

Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the the paratrooper and captain—who went on to write “The Other Wes Moore”—explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it’s just not sufficient. It’s a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories — and listen.”

Questions NOT to ask:
“Did you shoot anybody?”

Questions to ask?
“How are you doing?”
“What was your experience like?”
“Thank you for your service!….(then listen)..

-Families

Army wives take Battling BARE pledge in support of soldiers suffering from PTSD
Written by Melody Harstine Foster – June 28th, 2012 – 2
http://twitchange.com/army-wives-take-battling-bare-pledge-in-support-of-soldiers-suffering-from-ptsd/
Military Marriages: The War of a Broken Heart at Home
http://marriagemissions.com/military-marriages-the-war-of-a-broken-heart-at-home/
Wives of PTSD Vets and Military
https://www.facebook.com/WivesofPTSDVets

=>Good News Family
https://www.facebook.com/groups/537041852992814/

American Combat Veterans Need You
http://www.cru.org/military/veterans-day-ptsd.htm
Ministering to Soldiers and Their Families
http://www.crcna.org/chaplaincy/ministering-soldiers-and-their
Military Bible wants to help soldiers suffering with PTSD
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/military_bible_wants_to_help_s.html
Military Chaplain Association
http://mca-usa.org/ministry-forum/wounded-healer/
Wounded Warrior Project
https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Veterans’ PTSD Project
https://www.facebook.com/veteransptsdproject

Good News Ministry
https://www.facebook.com/groups/313230752154108/

more..
http://military.goodnewseverybody.com/

Movies

Navy Seal Chris Kyle: Most Americans Don’t Understand War


“Published on Mar 27, 2012

Former Navy Seal and the man who is recognized as the most lethal sniper in U.S. Military history, Chris Kyle talks about his book American Sniper in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. Kyle also discusses why he felt compelled to write the book as a way to honor the sacrifice of servicemen and woman and their families.”

PEACE
https://www.facebook.com/groups/639527079395556/?ref=br_tf

PRAYER

Scriptural Prayers for People Suffering from PTSD
http://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2012/09/scriptural-prayers-people-suffering-ptsd/

Man Healed of PTSD


“Published on Jan 22, 2013

An Army veteran is healed of PTSD on Wednesday night at the School of Healing and Impartation in Redding CA”
Veteran Testimony , from youtube.com

=>Good News Prayer
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NEED YOU NOW (How Many Times) by Plumb (LIVE)

HEALING

Combat Faith Home Page
http://www.combatfaith.com/AttnCombatVets.html
A Military Chaplain’s War with PTSD
http://www.guideposts.org/faith/outreach-ministries/faith-helped-military-chaplain-cope-with-ptsd
PTSD Spirituality-Healing Souls Wounded by PTSD
http://www.ptsdspirituality.com/about-dr-z/

=>Stories

-Iraq

Overcoming PTSD – Josh Lund Kelsey Baker17 May, 2017Sermons 05/06/2017 – Overcoming PTSD – Josh Lund morrischurch.com

“Soldiers’ Stories” Q&A: Iraq War Veterans and PTSD

I’ll Die Before I Quit… a Navy Seal Testimony | Wingmen.org


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About Chad Williams:
Having been a featured guest on Fox News Channel, CNN News Room, Anderson Cooper 360, TBN, Daystar, Hour of Power, CBN 700 Club and more; former U.S. Navy SEAL Chad Williams draws on his experience as a combat veteran SEAL to yield an exclusive perspective rooted in teaching of Jesus of Nazareth.

Prior to entering SEAL training Chad was mentored by U.S. Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston. Just days before Chad headed off to Navy bootcamp, Helvenston took a brisk opportunity to serve his country once again in Iraq.

Shortly thereafter, Chad turned on a television one morning to learn first hand how precious and costly freedom is as his eyes met a screen that portrayed a smiling still image of his mentor followed by Scott’s birthdate separated by a *dash* March 31, 2004. What immediately followed was graphic video footage of Helvenston being mutilated and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Finally he was hung upside-down from the Euphrates River Bridge while an enraged Iraqi mob repeatedly chanted in Arabic, “Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans” and set him on fire.

Steeled in his resolve to walk in his Helvenston’s footsteps and become a SEAL in honor and memory of his good friend, Chad entered the military’s most grueling and difficult training known as BUD/S. BUD/S Class 254 started out with 173 sailors vowing they would die before they ever quit the rigorous training (which requires ringing a brass bell three times and surrendering their class helmet on the asphalt grinder). By graduation day there would only be 13 of those original sailors still standing there and Chad was among them.

Serving his country proudly as a Navy SEAL, on Teams One and Seven, Chad came into contact with the horrors of war first hand, even fighting his way alongside his Team through a premeditated ambush in Iraq, near the location that took Helvenston’s life in a similar scenario.

Today Chad is the author of SEAL of God and an in demand guest speaker, taking the principles and ethos learned as a U.S. Navy SEAL to better communicate the Gospel. As a gifted evangelist, Chad’s message is captivating and eye-opening as he relates to the audience the price of freedom that was not only paid for in the blood of our soldiers on battlefield but most importantly the blood of our Savior at the cross of Calvary.”

-Afghanistan

Soldier talks about his struggle with depression and PTSD


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Soldier talks about his struggle with depression and PTSD. How his struggle lead him to some destructive behavior and finally to seek the help he needed to cope with his emotions. Video by Gilbert Telles | Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office | Date: 08.15.2013

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http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2013/October/Wounded-Warriors-Find-Path-to-Healing-in-Alaska
http://www.onewithchristministries.org/about-us-1/william-s-testimony/
“….I did not know what to do, I was afraid to go to sleep in fear the enemy (VC) Viet Cong would hurt my family. I decided the only way out where the enemy could no longer hurt me or my family was to take a lot of medication and to commit suicide. I began taking medication and took about 26 or so pills the day of January 17, 1991. I knew that by taking that much medication it could possibly kill me, I was ready to stop living. …n my last breath of air, I just put both of my hands toward heaven and said to God, “DO SOMETHING WITH ME NOW OR TAKE ME HOME”. I took my last breath. The next thing that I remembered wad seeing white and my arms were still stretched toward heaven, I was numb all over and could not move, and was so hot inside, but I felt a peace in my mind. As I looked up toward heaven I heard these words, “WILLIAM YOU MUST NAME ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU HATE EVEN ALL OF THE VIETNAMESE THAT YOU HATE AND ALSO THE ONES THAT YOU THINK THAT YOU HATE, AND THEN ASK ME FOR FORGIVENESS. I said Lord I don’t hate anyone anymore, “AND GOD SAID NAME EACH PERSON.” So I started to name the ones that I hated and then ask God for forgiveness….”

“…Just take some examples: The veterans – men and women – who are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Here we are talking about more than a million vets. Simply coming back and resting for a while doesn’t heal their wounds. Our friend, Rev. Nigel Mumford is a veteran of English military who saw fellow soldiers killed and personally experienced healing for PTSD. He is now planning “Welcome Home” programs for wounded vets and is in touch with the Pentagon and UK military leaders for prospects on future programs. This is a huge need and requires experience and time that most healing ministries simply do not have. For instance, Judith and I spent an entire weekend ministering to a Vietnam vet who hadn’t been able to sleep in a bed for 20 years, but after prayer was able to sleep through the night for the first time in 20 years. And there are millions more who need prayer because human sources of healing are good as far as they go, but they don’t reach down into the very depths of the souls of vets who have been wounded or have seen friends die…”
http://www.christianhealingmin.org/current-issue/202-magazine/2006-2010/hl-articles-2010-3

http://ministry.goodnewseverybody.com/healing.html

“…ck to that moment to relive it again and again. So what is the answer?
One of the ways to defuse the memories is to expose them. I’ve heard it said that you are only as sick as the secrets you keep but revealing is healing! When you bring the event into the light, darkness loses its power!! The enemy would have you keep the memory under lock and key in the fortress of your mind. But Paul tells us that light and darkness can’t coexist. Darkness loses its power when you turn on the light! Exposing it and releasing it allows Jesus to restore your soul!
The word restoration in itself means to be put back together to its original state. We can infer that this means “before the trauma.” And if it’s before the trauma, then those memories aren’t going to continue to wreak havoc on your soul. You may still remember that place, but it won’t be so painful. I think of it much like a scar reminds you of a past wound or surgery. You see the reminder…but it doesn’t hurt anymore….”
http://www.overcomepanic.com/PTSD.html

Books

Book Report: “About Face- Finding Peace Within the Battle” goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

BIBLE

Military personnel find hope and help for PTSD
https://www.mnnonline.org/news/military-personnel-find-hope-and-help-for-ptsd/
Psychiatry is Junk science
No scientific data that Psychiatry works!
http://www.bible.ca/psychiatry/psychiatry-junk-science-post-traumatic-stress-syndrome-PTSD-critical-incident-stress-debriefing-CISD-myth.htm

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Celebrities

-Montel Williams

Veterans statistics: PTSD, Depression, TBI, Suicide.http://www.veteransandptsd.com/PTSD-statistics.html19% of veterans may have traumatic brain injury (TBI)-recent sample of 600 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan found: 14% post-traumatic stress disorder; 39% alcohol abuse; 3% drug abuse. Major depression also a problem.-in times of peace, in any given year, about 4% (actually 3.6%) of the general population have PTSD (caused by natural disasters, car accidents, abuse, etc.)-Oddly, statistics for veteran tobacco use are never reported alongside PTSD statistics, even though increases in rates of smoking are strongly correlated with the stress of deployment and combat, and smoking statistics show that tobacco use is tremendously damaging and costly for soldiers. *seehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/123846551128031/more..Good News Mindhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/556119821134734/Shocking PTSD, suicide rates for vets Released:  June 05, 2013- See more at: http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/the-true-price-of-war-in-human-terms#sthash.7fiu03jh.dpufhttp://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/the-true-price-of-war-in-human-termsMore British soldiers commit suicide than die in battle, figures .http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10178403/More-British-soldiers-commit-suicide-than-die-in-battle-figures-suggest.htmlGood News Deathhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/108262006010983/RESOURCES-FamiliesArmy wives take Battling BARE pledge in support of soldiers suffering from PTSDWritten by Melody Harstine Foster - June 28th, 2012 - 2 http://twitchange.com/army-wives-take-battling-bare-pledge-in-support-of-soldiers-suffering-from-ptsd/Military Marriages: The War of a Broken Heart at Homehttp://marriagemissions.com/military-marriages-the-war-of-a-broken-heart-at-home/Wives of PTSD Vets and Militaryhttps://www.facebook.com/WivesofPTSDVets=>Good News Familyhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/537041852992814/American Combat Veterans Need Youhttp://www.cru.org/military/veterans-day-ptsd.htmMinistering to Soldiers and Their Familieshttp://www.crcna.org/chaplaincy/ministering-soldiers-and-theirMilitary Bible wants to help soldiers suffering with PTSDhttp://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/military_bible_wants_to_help_s.htmlMilitary Chaplain Associationhttp://mca-usa.org/ministry-forum/wounded-healer/Wounded Warrior Projecthttps://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Veterans' PTSD Projecthttps://www.facebook.com/veteransptsdprojectGood News Ministryhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/313230752154108/more..http://military.goodnewseverybody.comPRAYERScriptural Prayers for People Suffering from PTSD http://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2012/09/scriptural-prayers-people-suffering-ptsd/=>Good News Prayerhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/609542502392314/HEALINGCombat Faith Home Pagehttp://www.combatfaith.com/AttnCombatVets.htmlA Military Chaplain's War with PTSDhttp://www.guideposts.org/faith/outreach-ministries/faith-helped-military-chaplain-cope-with-ptsdPTSD Spirituality-Healing Souls Wounded by PTSDhttp://www.ptsdspirituality.com/about-dr-z/http://ministry.goodnewseverybody.com/healing.htmlBIBLEMilitary personnel find hope and help for PTSDhttps://www.mnnonline.org/news/military-personnel-find-hope-and-help-for-ptsd/Psychiatry is Junk scienceNo scientific data that Psychiatry works!http://www.bible.ca/psychiatry/psychiatry-junk-science-post-traumatic-stress-syndrome-PTSD-critical-incident-stress-debriefing-CISD-myth.htm=>Good News  Biblehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/289838404478292/

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Fort Hood Shooting: Soldier With ‘Mental Health Issues’ Kills 3, Self April 2, 2014
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/shooting-incident-fort-hood/story?id=23166944
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/02/us/fort-hood-shooter-profile/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
“…Authorities looking into Lopez’s combat experience in Iraq “so far … have not discovered any specific traumatic event, wounds received in action, contact with the enemy or anything else specific that he may have been exposed to while deployed,” Milley said Friday.
However, Lopez “self-reported” suffering a traumatic brain injury while deployed, Milley said….”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/05/us/fort-hood-gunman-facebook/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
Another post dealt with his time in Iraq: “Celebrating life. It has been exactly 1 year and 2 days since left Iraq seeing in Fallujah the most brutal explosion… I was left paralyzed and started a discussion over the radio… I was only focused on breathing deeply so that I don’t lose focus and continue the mission. [Those] were hours of agony waiting for an attack by the insurgency but we were able to exit Fallujah all alive. I was in vehicle #6.The worst was that #5 was a diesel truck, the perfect target. And I was only thinking about getting back with my family.”

Lopez added: “To be in the line of fire is f—– up but even more f—– is the suffering of the families.”

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the post’s commanding general, said Lopez did not experience direct combat in Iraq.

Salvation Prayer
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WARS

-WWII

Psychopathology and psychiatric diagnoses of World War II Pacific theater prisoner of war survivors and combat veterans.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8422074
“…METHOD:

A group of 36 POW survivors and a group of 29 combat veterans, all of whom had seen fierce fighting and heavy unit casualties, were compared approximately 40 years later on psychological instruments assessing psychopathology constructs, negative mood states, and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and on the computer-administered National Institute of Mental Health Diagnostic Interview Schedule…”

Motivation

Transition to Civilian Life

My journey from Marine to actor | Adam Driver from youtube.com
“Published on Jun 21, 2016

Before he fought in the galactic battles of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was a United States Marine with 1/1 Weapons Company. He tells the story of how and why he became a Marine, the complex transition from soldier to civilian — and Arts in the Armed Forces, his nonprofit that brings theater to the military. Because, as he says: “Self-expression is just as valuable a tool as a rifle on your shoulder.” Followed by a spirited performance of Marco Ramirez’s “I am not Batman” by Jesse J. Perez and Matt Johnson. (Adult language)

Sports

Amputee veteran, BT Urruela, coping with PTSD, becomes VetSports co-founder, model, inspiration #The


“Published on Feb 12, 2015

What happens when an American Hero comes home from war? What happens when that person is required to assimilate themselves back into civilian life; meantime, coping with what they heard and saw while in the midst of battle.

The ABC Action News app brings you the latest trusted news and information.

ABC Action News is Taking Action For You with leading local news coverage, “Certified Most Accurate” weather forecasts, and award-winning I-Team investigations.

ABC Action News, WFTS, covers local news in Tampa Bay and Florida. “
Veteran Brian Taylor Urruela Helps Other Vets Heal Through Sports By Caitlin Keating•@caitkeating Updated September 23, 2016 at 9:40pm EDT people.com
“Two days before he was to leave Iraq in 2006, Army Sgt. Brian Taylor Urruela s Humvee hit a pair of roadside bombs, killing his commanding officer and severely injuring him and his comrades.

After 35 unsuccessful surgeries, the life-long baseball player from Tampa, Fla., made the agonizing decision to have his mangled right leg amputated. He thought the worst was behind him, but a new kind of suffering soon began.

“When I got out of the military, all the support was gone,” says Urruela, 27, who was diagnosed with PTSD. “I was drinking away the pain.”

With therapy and a hefty dose of determination, he pulled himself out of that hole and now he is lifting up others with him.

In August 2012, Urruela and a fellow vet founded VETSports, a sports league with 100 players in several cities.

“Sitting home when you re having a bad day is the worst you can do,” says Urruela, who lives with his girlfriend and is studying sports management in college. His work is so inspiring that readers voted him one of 30 everyday heroes through PEOPLE and Major League Baseball s Tribute for Heroes campaign. ..”

Theatrial

“Now, After” (PTSD From A Soldier’s POV) [contains graphic imagery]


“Uploaded on Dec 2, 2010

I went to film school at USC after returning from Iraq. This is what life was like for me then, and this is 100% a true story. Hopefully others – especially those who’ve lived it – can get something out of this film. It was one of the first I ever made…

by SSG Kyle Hausmann-Stokes
US Army, Infantry, OIF 07-08

Disturbing images and haunting flashbacks plague a young soldier recently returned from the war in Iraq. Re-adjusting to his former life as a college student proves to be more difficult than he ever imagined – connecting with veterans of wars past may be just what he needs.”

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Neutral Perspective: Our nation (U.S.A.) needs to make stricter gun laws or we have the right to bear arms?

Need to Make Stricter Gun Laws

Will School Shooting Lead to Stricter Gun Laws


“Published on Dec 16, 2012

Even after one of its members was shot and nearly killed last year by gunman Jared Loughner, Congress did not enact legislation to make it more difficult to buy or carry a gun.
In the immediate wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it’s too soon to know whether federal or state governments will enact new restrictions on gun purchases or ownership. It’s also too early to foresee whether Congress or state legislatures will enact new policies to deal with mentally ill Americans.
For better or worse, the new policies would need to be determined in the political arena, with electoral accountability, and most members of Congress have shown no interest in going beyond the last major legislation to regulate gun purchases or ownership in 1994.
President Barack Obama’s initial comment Friday afternoon at the White House suggested that he wishes the policy decisions could be made above or aside from politics. “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” Obama said

Shooting in Oregon: 11 essential facts about guns and mass shootings in America By Max Ehrenfreund October 1 at 3:33 PM 2015 washingtonpost.com

8. States with stricter gun control laws have fewer deaths from gun-related violence.
“…Higher populations, more stress, more immigrants, and more mental illness were not correlated with more deaths from gun violence. But one thing he found was, perhaps, perfectly predictable: States with tighter gun control laws appear to have fewer gun-related deaths. The disclaimer here is that correlation is not causation. But correlations can be suggestive:

“The map overlays the map of firearm deaths above with gun control restrictions by state,” Florida wrote in 2012. “It highlights states which have one of three gun control restrictions in place – assault weapons’ bans, trigger locks, or safe storage requirements. Firearm deaths are significantly lower in states with stricter gun control legislation. Though the sample sizes are small, we find substantial negative correlations between firearm deaths and states that ban assault weapons (-.45), require trigger locks (-.42), and mandate safe storage requirements for guns (-.48).”..”

NEUTRAL

-Debate

Megyn Kelly Panel Clashes Over Stricter Gun Control To Prevent Mass Shootings -Heated Debate

“Published on Dec 21, 2012

Megyn Kelly Panel Clashes Over Stricter Gun Control To Prevent Mass Shootings -Heated Debate
On Friday afternoon, Megyn Kelly’s panel — comprised of pro-gun advocate John Lott and pro-gun control advocate Lori Haas — debated how effective gun control legislation would be in quelling the string of gun violence the country as seen. What effect, Kelly asked, would gun control laws really have?

Lott, who’s made his case before, reiterated his argument that gun-free zones give criminals incentive to attack areas they know are vulnerable. “Let’s say, God forbid, a criminal was stalking you or your family,” Lott said. “Would you feel safer putting a sign on your home that said, this home is a gun-free zone?”

To the contrary, Haas, of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, offered a much different perspective, having been directly affected by such incidents. About five years ago, Haas’ daughter, Emily, was shot twice in the back of the head when a gunman opened fire on Virginia Tech’s campus. He was using a high-capacity magazine clip, Haas said — and state police said when they were banned, the use of those clips in crime was down. But when the ban expired, the incidents of those clips in crimes increased.

“It’s unacceptable in America we allow this to happen to our children and that we see the answer to gun violence as more guns,” Haas argued.

“Guns make it easier for bad things to happen,” Lott said. “But they also have benefits in terms of protecting people in terms of protecting people who are being threatened by crime.”

To Haas’ point, Lott argued that he has yet to see evidence that banning certain high-capacity magazine clips has had any benefit. As Kelly turned the discussion to the gunman, Haas went on to argue the mental health aspect of the problem, asserting that people who are mentally ill or have violent tendencies should have more difficulty getting guns.

-Other

Every mass shooting over last 20 years has one thing in common… and it’s not guns m.disclose.tv
“The following is a republishing of an important article written by Dan Roberts from AmmoLand.com. It reveals the real truth about mass shootings that bureaucrats and lawmakers are choosing to sweep under the rug: psychiatric drugs. If you want to know the real reason why mass shootings are taking place, this is the “inconvenient truth” the media won’t cover.

As part of a collective grassroots effort to defend the Bill of Rights against usurpers and tyrants, Natural News (and now, Waking Up Wisconsin) is republishing this article without asking for permission first. When it comes to fighting tyrants and defending liberty, the unstated agreement across the entire liberty-loving grassroots community is, “Use our articles; help spread the word!” Every article I write here on Natural News, for example, may be reprinted with credit and a link back to the original source article on NaturalNews.com…

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We Have the Right to Bear Arms!

Right to Bear Arms
constitutioncenter.org
“Passed by Congress September 25, 1789. Ratified December 15, 1791. The first 10 amendments form the Bill of Rights..”

Ben Stein: Stricter gun laws won’t cut shootings – CBS News


“Published on Dec 18, 2012

August 19, 2012 – Issues are presented here that are just basic truths.. the results of gun control are varied. Generally the culture surrounding the areas have more to do with the outcomes than the specific laws imposed. It is a complicated subject to say the least. The title here is misleading as stricter gun control laws do in fact reduce shootings in some cases.. however this is not universally true.

source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-&#8230;

-Shootings

{Archives}

-Las Vegas
*see Deep Thought: Prayers for Las Vegas Shooting Concert Victims Affected goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

It’s all FAKE folks! Crisis actors EXPOSED

-Louisiana

29-Year-Old Black Male Dead After Killing 3 Cops, Wounding 3 More In Baton Rouge “Cowardly” Ambush
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by Tyler Durden
Jul 17, 2016 7:57 PM zerohedge.com

“…Authorities initially believed that two other assailants might be at large, but hours later said the dead gunman was the only person who fired at the officers. However, a state police spokesman said investigators were unsure whether he had some kind of help from others. “We are not ready to say he acted alone,” Major Doug Cain said…”

-Dallas

The Mainstream Media Is Not Real “News”: Explosive Evidence of the Dallas Police Shootings Being A False Flag
July 13, 2016 / Jeff Berwick / 12 Comments dollarvigilante.com
“Americans need to understand that virtually nothing of importance that is shown on mainstream media programming is real or factual.

All major events are scripted or are covered with a massive propaganda bias.

This shouldn’t be news to anyone who is paying attention.

According to Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award winning journalist, CNN is routinely paid by the US government and foreign governments to selectively report on certain events.

I’ve personally met with the White House Press Corp who told me that they are actors not journalists.

And the CIA has admitted to using the mainstream media for propaganda purposes:…

THE TELEPORTING GUNMAN

There were no shots fired from the garage in the initial melee

Dallas police Chief David Brown stated that Micah Johnson, the alleged lone gunman, was killed with a bomb-carrying robot on the 2nd floor of the Bank of America Parking Plaza, which is south of Main Street from the El Centro College complex…

Many media reports have tended to focus on the garage as the source of the shooting, but this is highly misleading. All of the initial gunfire, which happened just before 9:00 PM, in fact came from Lamar Street where a man parked an SUV and began shooting with what was reported to be an SKS rifle. There were no shots from the garage at this time.

Multiple angles from various pieces of amateur footage allow for the location of the shooter to be determined.

The first vantage point (red V1 in image above) was taken from a parking lot looking northwest towards the intersection of Lamar and Main. Squad cars which had been parked at that intersection for the protests can be seen, along with officers who have been struck and are lying on the pavement. Notice that the one officer is ducking behind his car to shield himself from bullets travelling south along Lamar.

Another vantage point, V3, was taken from the 2nd level of the Bank of America Parking Plaza, the same level where Micah Johnson is alleged to have been bombed by police. Once again you can see the same squad cars and officers ducking from gunfire which is originating from behind the SUV. In the video, you can see the gunman step out from behind the SUV, fire several shots for cover, and then duck behind a pillar of the El Centro College building.

…DIRECT EVIDENCE OF A 2ND ACCOMPLICE

Who is bag man?

The impossible route isn’t the only gaping hole in the lone gunman theory being promoted by the police, FBI, and the mainstream media. There is direct video evidence of a 2nd accomplice…”

Orlando (Florida) Gay Club Shooting

5 Reasons to Question the Official Story of the Orlando Shooting
TOPICS:Brandon TurbevilleFBIISISOrlando Shooting

June 13, 2016 By Brandon Turbeville
“…FBI Foreknowledge, ISIS Sympathies, Taliban Ties

What may at first sound like an instance of senseless violence, brings with it a number of other questions. For instance, the FBI was already well aware of Mateen and his connections to radical jihad and terrorism. According to CNN’s article, “50 Killed in Florida Nightclub, Shooter Pledged ISIS Allegiance,” two officials tell CNN that the FBI had investigated Mateen at some point for possibly having ties to or sympathizing with Islamic extremism. A law enforcement official said there were two cases opened involving Mateen but the probes didn’t result in enough evidence to charge him with anything…
Who Controls ISIS?
… ISIS was entirely created, funded and directed by the United States, Britain, France and other NATO countries. Its actions have been coordinated by the Anglo-American Intelligence apparatus for geopolitical purposes all across the world both at home and abroad. …

*see Neutral Perspective: ISIS was created by Global terrorists or Global State governments?
Conclusion

While the right-wing media blames Muslims and the left-wing media blame guns, perhaps it would be more effective if thinking individuals would examine the possibilities that this attack was a false flag incident designed to push an agenda that would benefit those in power in some way or other. Out of this attack we will no doubt see another push for the evisceration of the Second Amendment and other civil liberties as well as increased hype regarding ISIS as a threat to the American way of life and a greater attempt at justification for foreign adventures….”

‘Craft Intl mercenaries carried out San Bernardino shooting’ Tue Dec 8, 2015 11:37AM HomeUSInterviews presstv.com

Mercenaries from the Craft International, a tactical training company for the US military, carried out last week’s false flag operation in San Bernardino, California, according to Steven D Kelley, a former NSA/CIA contractor.

On Wednesday, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29, stormed a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, killing at least 14 people and injuring 21 in the deadliest mass shooting in the US in three years. Hours later, the couple reportedly died in a fire exchange with police.

Malik had pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group, three US officials familiar with the investigation claimed on Friday. On Saturday, the Takfiri group also claimed the couple as its followers.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Monday the couple had been radicalized “for some time.”

Kelley told Press TV on Tuesday that the shooting “is just one in a long string of false flag events that I am afraid to say are not over.”

“We’ll probably be seeing several more before the end of the year, because of the events that are going on in the world, specifically with the NATO being implicated in the buying of oil from Daesh and other events,” he stated.

“So when these things happen they need to have a rapid response which requires a false flag attack. This was very obvious that this was going to happen,” the analyst added.

“The people that were on the scene and saw this happen also reported that three tall white men wearing black shirts, khaki pants and tanned combat boots were actually the shooters. The description is almost exactly what the gentlemen from Craft International, the mercenary organization that was involved in so many other false flags, actually look like. This seems to be their standard uniform,” he noted.

President Barack Obama on Sunday called the California shooting an “act of terrorism” and said the couple who launched the attack “had gone down the dark path of radicalization.”

“They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition and pipe bombs. So this was an act of terrorism,” he claimed.

Kelley said “the people that are being implicated – the couple — first of all if they were planning something, if they were radicalized as this is being said, and clearly the NSA, the FBI will be right on the top of these people all the time, but rather than stopping them from doing something, they were nurtured to be used for this exact purpose.”

“I do not suspect that these people have anything to do with the actual shooting. I suspect that these were patsies, no different than Timothy McVeigh or any of these other people who have historically been used to implement these terrorist acts,” the commentator said.

“If you look at the people that were wounded you can see clearly that bullet wounds are not real. The 223 weapon or bullets fired from AR15 – an extremely powerful weapon — would blow someone’s arm off, it is not going to make a small hole,” said Kelley, who is also a weapons expert.

“So clearly this is a very very dirty false flag. Obviously, the United States is getting very very desperate; the government here is very desperate, they need to do something immediately to disarm the United States prior to a revolution, because the people here are waking up very fast, and they are ready to shut down this evil empire. And this needs to happen very soon,” the analyst concluded.

In his televised address from the Oval Office, Obama called for tougher gun controls, starting with a ban on gun purchases for anyone on a US government no-fly list. “To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun.”

“What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security,” he stated.

Obama has said the “biggest frustration” of his time in the office has been the inability to reduce unparalleled levels of gun violence in the country.

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San Bernardino shooting has all the signs of a staged government operation or ISIS terror attack (from what we know so far) Wednesday, December 02, 2015
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger naturalnews.com
“…From what we know so far, this does not resemble in any way a “lone gunman” or an angry gun owner targeting someone he hates. The attack took place at the Inland Regional Center, a company that helps disabled people improve their lives with training, self-improvement counseling and more. No lone gunman shoots up a building full of disabled people.

UPDATE: We now know that LA police used the same building targeted in today’s attack as a stage for active shooter drills carried out every month! As they police raid began, one staffer from inside the building actually tweeted, “drill started.”

Military gear, escape vehicle and more…
According to eyewitness reports, this shooting was carried out by “three white males dressed in military gear.”

They were highly organized, too. They carried out the shooting and then fled in an awaiting vehicle which has not yet been found.

These are not the actions of a crazed, lone gunman. These are the actions of a highly trained force with a specific mission to carry out. They even got away from the scene of the crime! (So far…).

…”
Was San Bernardino Shooting a False Flag? from youtube.com
“Published on Dec 2, 2015

14 people were killed at the Inland regional center in California. The same location where in days past active shooter drills had taken place. Now the police say this shooting started because of a dispute at a party. At this point the shooters went home. Dressed in what mainstream media calls assault clothing and grabbed assault rifles. There are also reports of bombs at the scene. Which tells me that this is a premeditated attack. Nurses in the center thought today’s shooting was a drill. This occurred in a area with gun control already in place and monsters like Hillary Clinton have taken to Twitter to call for more Gun Control. The weapons used were illegally obtained, so how can more fun control counter that? This has false flag written all over it? What do you think?”
SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING EXPOSED! WAS IT A HOAX?!?!


“Published on Dec 2, 2015

Was the San Bernardino shooting a hoax?! Watch this video as it goes through how it could have been a false flag for gun control!!
At least two of the suspected killers in a mass shooting at a county mental health building in San Bernardino, California—an unidentified man and woman both dressed in black—were killed in a shootout with police on a nearby side street, the killer has been identified as Syed R. Farook they say he got in a fight at the Christmas party came back and shot up the place now they are saying he was mentally sick Syed R. Farook he was employed by San Bernardino County as an Environmental Health Specialists and was a DEVOTED MUSLIM yet CNN is reporting mental illness Obama has been pushing to take away are guns for a while on people that are mentally sick to promote gun control It is no accident that it happen at a disable center are we all seeing why this all happened!?”

BREAKING: SWAT Team Drill Turns into REAL Mass Shooting Scenario in San Bernardino, CA By Matt Agorist on December 2, 2015 thefreethoughtproject.com
“After the shooting began, San Bernardino Police Department Lt. Richard Lawhead said that their SWAT team happened to be conducting training nearby. The team was suited, “ready to roll” and responded rapidly, Lawhead said….
What makes this noteworthy is that this is not the first time that emergency drills for the exact scenario unfolding were taking place at virtually the same moment the actual terrorist attacks began.

Paris-area emergency personnel and ambulance crews were taking part in a simulated emergency exercise on the very same day the Paris terrorist attacks took place.

During the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) was in the midst of a training exercise called Vigilant Guardian, which “coincidentally” simulated planes being hijacked by terrorists.

The Free Thought Project has heard from a source on the ground, that the target inside the Inland Regional Center was a gathering of government officials. This was confirmed by KTLA and Marybeth Feild, president and CEO of the Inland Regional Center, told the Associated Press that “the incident is in the conference area” at the center rented by an outside group, which she couldn’t identify.

As of 4:15 EST on Wednesday, the reason behind these tragic shootings and the identity the shooters remains unknown. We will keep updating this article as we find new information…”

-Backup:

Training exercises dovetail with mass shootings
Nov
21
by Jon Rappoport jonrappoport.wordpress.com


Sheriff leading Umpqua Community College mass shooting response wrote anti-gun control letter after Sandy Hook
By Michael Walsh 3 hours ago (Thursday, October 1st 2015) Yahoo News
“…“Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings,” Hanlin wrote. “Any actions against or in disregard for our U.S. Constitution and 2nd Amendment rights by the current administration would be irresponsible and an indisputable insult to the American people.”

Hanlin also voiced his support in the letter for Linn County, Ore., Sheriff Tim Mueller, who said politicians were exploiting the deaths of innocent victims to try to pass laws that would prevent law-abiding Americans from owning firearms or ammunition magazines.

“The United States Supreme Court has ruled that when a Sheriff chooses to enforce an unconstitutional directive,” Hanlin said, “he is violating his Constitutional Oath. I will NOT violate my Constitutional Oath.”

Hours after the shooting Thursday, President Obama opened his address to the media and the American people by saying that he has been to Roseburg and knows that there are “really good people.” He also thanked first responders there for very likely saving lives.
..”

Oregon FF/HOAX: We Have Our Hero Narrative With Hollywood Connections


“Published on Oct 2, 2015

More evidence this event was scripted…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/…
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015…
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/…

‘Sandy Hook Truthers’ claim Newtown school massacre a hoax to spur gun control measures Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | January 16, 2013 12:57 AM ET More from The Canadian Press news.nationalpost.com
“..The Obama administration perpetrated the hoax, the conspiracy theorists claim, in order to ratchet up support for tougher gun control measures.

They call themselves Operation Terror, and many of the movement’s adherents appear to have ties to the so-called 9-11 truthers who have long held that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were an inside job by the George W. Bush administration.

Their theories on the Dec. 14 shooting in Sandy Hook appear to lack any basis in fact, reality or common sense. But Google Trends suggests the movement is gaining momentum with both a Florida college professor and a libertarian Fox News anchor in Cincinnati questioning the official narrative on the events.
..”

FBI SAYS NO ONE KILLED AT SANDY HOOK — FBI publishes crime report showing “0” murders occurred in Newtown in 2012 redflagnews.com

’80s Punk Star Exene Cervenka Claims Santa Barbara Shooting Was a Hoax

May 28, 2014 7:42 PM radio.com
“..The 58-year-old frontwoman has added herself to the list of “truthers” who believe Elliot Rodger was just another bad actor in a long line of well-produced hoaxes, which include the Boston Marathon bombings and the attack on the World Trade Center.

Calling herself a “conspiracy therapist,” Cervenka digs into Elliot Rodger’s videos and various news reports in order to find incongruities.

Several videos added to her YouTube channel playlist today that back up the theory that Rodger’s manifesto videos were filmed in a studio. “No one died and no one got hurt. The story is 100% fabricated from start to finish,” claims one YouTube truther.

Cervenka believes Rodger’s killing spree, along with the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, were designed to force stricter gun control laws — ultimately leaving citizens defenseless against the government.
..

Biblical Perspective

Why did David choose five smooth stones before going to fight Goliath? gotquestions.org

Matthew 26:52 (ASV) Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword nto its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword biblestudytools.com

I just did a quick google “search” on both sides of this issue after the shooting in Oregon (Thursday, October 1st 2015). Thoughts and prayers for all the families of the victims of this shooting and others in the past. These aren’t the best data or sources, so please feel free to share below to back-up what side you are for. Got a solution for these shootings?

Good News Sociology
https://www.facebook.com/groups/139706352858524/

What are some “solutions” to the challenges in our public schools?

I decided to write a blog on this topic after reading a post a “friend” (former high school classmate) shared on facebook concerning our former high school alma mater..

Distrust and Disorder: A Racial Equity Policy Summons Chaos in the St. Paul Schools
By Susan Du Wed., May 27 2015 at 3:00 AM
Comments (44)
Categories: Education, Longform, St. Paul
http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2015/05/a_racial_equity_policy_summons_chaos_in_the_st_paul_schools.php

Many memories from 91'-95' :) Anyone else have stories and what year?

Just from my “personal experiences” (e.g. job with physically-mentally challenged youth-adults), I personally don’t think the teacher should’ve “touched” that kid that wasn’t supposed to be walking around the hallways…

“A student walks down a Harding High hallway wearing headphones, chanting along to violent rap lyrics. Teacher Erik Brandt taps him on the shoulder. Turn it down, he gestures.

The kid stares at Brandt with chilling intensity. He points at the older man, fingers bent in the shape of a gun, and shoots. Then moves on….”

Just from my personal experiences with the work I do, I’ve learned to “try” to be seen and “verbally” gesture the individual first. Later in the article, the student replied during a
dialogue
(very important after any “misunderstanding” that could’ve led to a “physical” serious confrontation) ..

“…The boy and Brandt sat down together face to face. Brandt expressed how he’d felt disrespected. The student explained his own perception of “respect” — he doesn’t like being touched….”

I don’t know the “exact” background of this boy, but people who have been “abused” in the past don’t like this either.

CHALLENGES

10 Major Challenges Facing Public Schools
Updated March 03, 2015 | by Grace Chen publicschoolreview.com
“Are our public schools in a state of crisis? Learn about the 10 biggest problems with public schools today, both from the perspective of the administrators and the teachers…

The rank of the 10 probably varies region to region of the state, nation, or world. How would you rank the 10 the author of the blog above gives? Would you add or subtract any?



“..Identifying Numerous Challenges

There are numerous challenges threatening the stability and survival of public schools across the country. ..

Hardship and Family Issues

…One of the biggest problems though is the refusal of parents to collaborate with school administrators and teachers to provide for needs of children. ..

The Biggest Challenges Facing Students Today

*teacher role is to not teach students “what” to think, but “how”!

Challenges Facing Schools in the 21st Century

Social Issues

-Abuse of Teachers

Violence Against Teachers – An Overlooked Crisis?
By Tim Walker
February 19, 2013 • 11:16AM neatoday.org
“According to a recent article published by the American Psychological Association (APA), 80 percent of teachers surveyed were victimized at school at least once in the current school year or prior year. Violence against teachers is a “national crisis,” says Dr. Dorothy Espelage of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who served as chair of the APA task force on Classroom Violence Directed at Teachers. And yet, the issue is generally ignored or at least underreported by the media and given inadequate attention by scholars – a deficiency that has widespread implications for school safety, the teaching profession and student learning….”
Teachers experience a growing number of angry, abusive parents

September 14, 2013 kansascity.com
“..Whether they work in poor urban districts or affluent suburban ones, experts say, teachers and administrators are increasingly becoming punching bags and targets of verbal abuse by students as well as their parents…”
9th Grade Student Attacks Teacher For Giving Her A Failing Grade from youtube.com

-Abused by Teachers

When the teacher is the bully
Bullying has become a national issue. But what do you do if the school bully is your child’s teacher?

by: Jessica Kelmon greatschools.org
How Many Kids Are Sexually Abused by Their Teachers?
Probably millions.

By Brian Palmer slate.com/

-Discipline?

Violence Against Teachers and School Staff April 14th, 2008 7:09 am ET blogs.cdc.gov
“..Because of an increase in the prevalence of school-based policies aimed at reducing violence in youth and recent reports suggesting that teachers and other school staff may face daily threats of workplace violence, NIOSH was prompted to examine risk factors and prevention polices and practices for workplace violence for K-12 school staff. Recent data demonstrates that teachers experience 39 crimes per 1,000 teachers (25 thefts and 14 violent crimes) and the true rate may be much higher since most incidents go unreported. As recent media reports have illustrated, this is a troubling problem affecting school personnel in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation…

Violence in Schools Comes From Teachers Too August 20, 2014 By Samantha Cowan takepart.com
“Research has shown corporal punishment to be ineffective and even harmful, yet 19 states still allow teachers to spank students…”

Q: As a teacher, have you been “abused”? Feel free to share your story (anonymously or non)…

-Family Structure


Family Challenges: Divorce, Blended Families & Family Violence

Chapter 11 / Lesson 5 study.com
“..The following lesson covers some of the more challenging issues a growing number of families are currently facing, including divorce, blending of families, and abuse. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding…”

Health

Students Aren’t Eating Healthy School Lunches, Despite Availability; How Cafeterias Fail To Improve Student Health
Nov 17, 2014 12:00 AM By Samantha Olson medicaldaily.com
Fast Food May Be Linked to Slow Progress in School abcnews.go.com

-Immigrant/Refugee Families

Children from immigrant families ‘face significant challenges’ in UK schools theguardian.com
“…The phenomenon is illustrated by statistics in the latest Education at a Glance report, which found that 80% of children of immigrant families in the UK were being taught in schools with large numbers of other immigrant or disadvantaged pupils – the highest proportion of any country in the survey and significantly above the OECD average of 68%…”

Education challenges for Syrian refugees Andrea Mitchell Reports 12/22/14 msnbc.com
“NBC’s Keir Simmons spent months documenting the lives of Syrian refugees who’ve been displaced by the civil war, and shares more of their stories in his continuing series, “Faces of War.” Duration: 5:29

-Poverty

Combating Poverty: Understanding New Challenges for Families By: Ron Haskins Testimony | June 5, 2012 brookings.edu
“…Figure 1 shows poverty trends since the 1960s for the elderly, children, and all people. After some initial progress in the 1960s, and continuing progress for the elderly, the nation has made surprisingly little progress against poverty. The nation’s inability to reduce children’s poverty is especially troublesome. A review of the leading causes of poverty shows why trends in the economy, demography, and education make progress against poverty so difficult to achieve. ..”

-Special Ed


The Special Education Problems We Aren’t Solving

Monday, July 23, 2012 – 04:28 PM

By Laura Klein wnyc.org
“…Danny failed his state exams, which consigned him to summer school this year. In all likelihood, he has a learning disability, but without parental consent he was never formally evaluated. Our documentation of interventions and testing didn’t lead to him getting the Individualized Education Program that he likely needs.

This is a sad story, but it is a common and untold one; students who should be classified as having a disability and eligible for services that support and assist them often aren’t.

In my school, the most common reason is a lack of parental consent. And so the years go by, and students slip further and further behind, struck down daily by the barriers that have not been adequately evaluated…”

Autistic 8-Year-Old Child Arrested, Brought to Jail & Put In Straight Jacket Over School Outburst

By Cassandra Fairbanks on January 17, 2015 thefreethoughtproject.com

SOLUTIONS?

-Abused

Schools ‘failing to expel students who bully teachers’ as verbal abuse in the classroom soars by a third

By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor telegraph.co.uk

12:01AM BST 04 Apr 2015
Schools must push for “zero tolerance” policies on teachers being bullied by students, a top schools union has said
“.. “Verbal abuse is one of the most devastating things that teachers can face. It can be incredibly abusing: from swearing, to comments on their appearance and it is not being taken seriously by schools.”

She said practical steps need to be taken to tackle this form of abuse. Ms Keates said: “Every school should have a zero tolerance policy on verbal abuse. As soon as pupils abuse teachers verbally, they should be summing the parents to the school and make clear to them it could lead to permanent exclusion.

“There is only a small step from being verbally abused to being physically abused.” ..”

Bullying

How to prevent & stop bullying in schools – uTip Bully Buster from bully-buster.com
Back to School: How to Stop the Cycle of Bullying
Paul Coughlin Contributing Writer, Author, Speaker 2011 30 Aug
“…Bystanders should treat cyber bullying the same way they should treat face-to-face bullying. They should stand against it. Imagine if two or three people saw a classmate being bullied on Facebook and they intervened with assertive but non-violent words such as, “That’s wrong. Leave her alone.” Bullies aren’t planning on dealing with multiple people. They are likely to stop what they’re doing…

A Severely Bullied Child Will Inspire You With His Courage Against Bullies from saraserves on GodTube.

-Discipline

6 Start children off on the way they should go,    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2022:6&version=KJVGood News Childrenhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/562167770461262/

Family

Financial

Articles on School Fundraising for Parent Volunteers and … from afrds.org

Support (volunteer or financially donate) your local schools as “many hands makes the work easier”..

I won the Twins hat!!!Go Twins!https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.467877696691593&type=1

Sal: I started as a volunteer in 2004 at the local school (see Morris Literacy Project) where I’m at helping teach GED and ESL students, which has become a part-time job now after going back to school to get a “Teaching Certificate” for ESL.

Health

How Nutrition Affects Learning
https://youtu.be/197eUaQQkhQ
“…
• Make sure your child eats breakfast before going to school. This will give him energy to start his day and help reduce hunger throughout the day.
• Prepare a healthy lunch for him to take to school if you feel the school menu is not providing good choices for your child to maintain a healthy diet. Check the school menu daily to be sure your child will eat the choices provided. Discuss the menu with your child.
• Send your child to school with healthy snacks like natural fruits, vegetables and nuts he can eat between classes.”…

Feeding the Brain for Academic Success: How Nutrition and Hydration Boost Learning healthybrainforlife.com
“..Nutrition and hydration are part of a foundation for healthy learning. Helping students make healthier choices is an essential part of their education and well-being. What can educators do to help create an optimal internal environment?..”

Studies: Fitness Improves Kids’ Academic Performance , from
Carol Pearson

July 01, 2014 6:54 PM voanews.com
“…That’s why schools across the U.S., such as Lincoln Elementary in Redondo Beach, California, have instituted programs like the “walking school bus,” in which kids carry a large cardboard cutout of a school bus and join other kids along the way.

Parents see it as a way to get the kids exercising in the morning, while kids see it as a way to have fun and talk to their friends on the way to school.

Experts say parents and schools have to find ways to keep kids active, even if they are participating in interactive exercise programs, like the WII Fit jogging program…”

-Immigrant/Refugee Students

A Look at Immigrant Youth: Prospects and Promising Practices, from ncsl.org
“..The United States is facing an unprecedented challenge in serving immigrant youth. Today’s immigrants arrive from widely diverse source countries, and are increasingly likely to resettle in nontraditional states and in rural communities, areas that often have the least experience and/or infrastructure to help students learn English and adapt to their new schools and neighborhoods. With immigration levels sustained at well over one million arrivals per year, immigrant students are entering public schools in record numbers. This has tremendous implications for program development, curricula, and funding…
]A Resource Guide for Educating Refugee Children … p12.nysed.gov

-Misc

->Music

Music Education Improves Students’ Academic Performance, But Active Participation Is Required
Dec 16, 2014 04:00 PM By Dana Dovey

The Benefits of Music Education -Riff Academy Homeschool Music Curriculum

-Model Schools (more positive?)

Public education success story for inner-city kids
CBS NewsJanuary 21, 2015, 7:00 AM cbsnews.com
“…At the Bronx school, every student’s day begins with breakfast and a town hall meeting where students get to discuss with administrators school announcements and any issues they are having — one of many things that sets Eagle apart from other public schools….

Sheridan, the oldest of six, lives in a violent and crime-ridden neighborhood in the North Bronx. Like 67 percent of black children in America, he has grown up in a single-parent home….

Students must wear uniforms, each boy gets paired with a mentor from the community, school days are longer to avoid idle time on the streets, and the kicker:

“No girls, and it makes a huge difference,” Banks said. “I think to be able to come to a place where they don’t have to worry about competing for girls, or getting dressed up for girls, they can be very focused on their school work. Many of our young men, other schools would shy away from. But we admit all of these young men and we say we will put all of them in there together and will get everybody to the finish line.”…

New Orleans to be home to nation’s first all-charter school district, April 4, 2014 8:00AM ET Updated April 9, 2014 12:28PM ET
by Dexter Mullins america.aljazeera.com
‘…He has been teaching for two years and teaches eighth grade, working with students in a special education program. He opted to work with Teach for America — a program for recent college graduates — and the organization placed him in a charter school. He said his job would have been much more challenging if he had to work in a public school because, he said, he wouldn’t have had the same level of financial and professional support.

“The biggest difference is that the teachers [in charter schools] are more motivated and there are more resources” to get the job done, Brown said.

He acknowledged that it is common for a charter school to be allocated more money than a traditional public school, since charter schools often receive private funding from wealthy foundations or major corporations while public schools rely on funding drawn from the local tax base. He would like to see a better balance between the two systems…”

-Poverty

Model Schools empowers marginalized students — and their parents, too By: Louise Brown GTA, Published on Fri Jan 23 2015 thestar.com
Model schools are rethinking how they engage with the community to help enhance the lives of the students and their parents.

“…

Fate had dropped Palmer’s son into the TDSB’s award-winning Model Schools for Inner City program, which fills many of the gaps facing students in the city’s most high-needs neighborhoods.

“They have a medical centre on-site once a week, which is amazing when you’re on a strict budget, because sometimes you can’t afford the $10 to take your kids back and forth to the clinic,” said Palmer.

Her son signed up for free basketball, soccer and martial arts offered after school. All kindergarten students received social skills training in workshops offered by a child development agency.
..”

Prayer

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation from nbcnews.com

“..Silence isn’t something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes. ..”
Canadian School’s Solution to Daily Prayer: Just Put Non-Christians in a Separate Classroom
May 6, 2012 by Hemant Mehta patheos.com
“…They will continue to recite the Lord’s Prayer… and just segregate all non-Christians into a different classroom.

No, really….”

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A9-13&version=KJVTeachings http://smu.gs/1O6DZuZThe Gospel of Matthew - [4/26] http://youtu.be/RWOpPj9gr_w?t=6m27smore..http://prayer.goodnewseverybody.comPrayer grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/609542502392314/

School Prayer Both Sides of the Coin freepages.religions.rootsweb.ancestry.com
“…I thinks kids should continue to pray at their desks if they want. If kids want to have a pre-school prayer group, they should be allowed to. There is plenty of time before and after school for them to organize into their own groups unsolicited or unpromoted by the school system. If kids want to hear a crusade and permission slips are given by the parents I feel it should be allowed. But be prepared for religions other than Baptist and Methodist to ask for the same opportunity to reach these kids. ….
How to Get Prayer Back in Schools ebony.com
[OPINION] Jamilah Lemieux responds to critics who blame ‘lack of prayer’ for the Connecticut school tragedy
*see school Shootings
“…In all seriousness, my personal spiritual beliefs make it hard to reconcile the idea that God is launching an attack on children at school because they don’t take the time to pray as a class. People who pray, worship and serve a higher power as they see fit are often the victims of violence, illness, tragedy and strife. We can’t say that the Sandy Hook killings would never take place at a Baptist or Catholic school….
No, the teacher isn’t going to announce “Prayer time!” after recess, but your child can absolutely take a moment for personal worship during the school day. He or she may also read the Bible (or Qur’an or Torah or any other religious text) during personal free time.
If your child knows how to pray, she doesn’t need the teacher to require her to do so. In fact, many children from religious backgrounds pray throughout the school day. If you so desire that your kids take the time to do so everyday, then that should be a conversation for your household. Perhaps you can send your little ones to school with a small notebook where they keep track of their daily prayer times and/or you can pencil it in on their daily schedule organizers.

The separation between church and state is too often ignored by those who feel that the freedom of others to practice that which they take moral issue with is a violation of their sacred texts. What we must remember is that this a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, etc, etc. And even within the major religions, there is no universal agreement about how God moves or what is required of His followers. For us to peacefully co-exist in this country, we cannot waste time demanding that federal law bends to accommodate our spiritual ones. The Constitution provides you the right to worship as you see fit and protects your ability to do so. Instead of blasting our country for failing to force religion upon its citizens, be grateful that you have the freedom to practice the one of your choosing. You want prayer in schools? Teach your children how to do it.”

Special Ed

Solutions in Special Education-
Smart districts use tech-based approaches to keep special education requirements from draining staff

By:
Lisa Fratt
District Administration, Jun 2005 districtadministration.com
“…Technology-based special education management certainly improves special education; however, the next level of software implementation promises to have an even greater impact. “The most exciting part about this is where we are headed,” Dempsey says. The software gives the district the ability to link instruction to special education outcomes. If research indicates a given curriculum is a good approach for high-functioning learning disabled kids, the district can analyze standardized test results to determine how students taught with that curriculum perform compared to kids taught with other methods. As test results are linked with instructional practices the district can connect the dots and use data to deliver staff development and training and make budget decisions based on student outcomes. ..”
Learning Strategies, Teaching Solutions, Taking Learning to the Next Level: Found Here!

Top 10 Resources for Special Education Teachers online.sju.edu
“..In addition to advanced training and professional certification, there are plenty of helpful online resources for new and creative teaching tools and techniques. Here are ten of the best resources for special education teachers today:..”

Please feel free to share your thoughts, suggestions, feedback, stories, etc.. to help all of us improve our educational system locally, regionally, nationally, and globally!

*Note: This is such a long on-going topic, so information will continue to change…keep coming back for new additional resources!

Good News Education
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Folks with Signs Along the Highway Exit Ramps Part 2

I met a guy (Saturday, February 21st 2015) name Robert Sherman (name uncertain), who was holding up a sign asking for donations along the popular I-94 exit ramp on Ruth Street (St. Paul). I was walking to Firestone to see if my car (air intake valve loose) was fixed. I hesitated at first on passing by him, but I remembered a share from a friend (Bobby) from church on sharing the “Good News”. I prayed and walked across the street to hear his story. He told me that he’s been on disability. Was incarcerated and been struggling to get a job. He repeatedly shared how it’s hard to not have people label you due to your “past mistakes”. He then told me is a Christian. I tried to encourage him, that God will provide. I asked him what he was “begging” money for and he shared, he needed some money to buy a t-shirt from Family Dollar Store and sugar to make Kool-Aid for his kids. I then “preached” about the health “negative” effects of that drink. He then told me, ” I can’t do anything about it if my kids want it” (he clarified that his kids were in their 20’s..lol! I then decided to go to Aldi’s next door and buy some “healthy foods’ (bag of apples, some granola bars, and a dark chocolate bar as a dessert ‘)….

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He thanked me and I asked if I could do a short prayer for him, which he was willing to receive it after I gave him this stuff (earlier he asked for $1). He told me he took the city bus from E. 3rd St. just to get here and hopes to “make enough” $$ then he plans to go home. This happened on a Saturday morning around late teens to early 20’s (Farenheit), with sunny weather. ..

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Man shames panhandlers who refused his job offer USA Today Network Jessica Durando, USA TODAY Network 8:45 a.m. EST December 16, 2015 kare11.com
“…Standing next to two panhandlers in Iowa, one man held a sign that read, “Don’t give money.”

He had apparently offered them a job at his business and they refused.
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