Mar 27

Before reading this, please do be aware that this is very sensitive material and may not be in the best interest to read if you are easily offended. I am by no means attempting to harm anyone by writing this. I am simply stating my views on this very subject.

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Since the beginning of school, there has always been the debate of which subjects should be taught and which should be left out for the students to find out on their own. Recently, there has been an explosion of attention to a particular subject that has not only resurfaced but has been debated for decades: Sexual Education. The debate is not on whether it should be taught in full depth or not, but rather should it even exist?

To begin to comprehend why this is a very delicate subject, you may ask ¨what is Sexual Education?¨

In the US primarily, Sexual Education is the course of where the student will learn about the human body and what sexuality is, ranging from the basics of it, such as relationships and why you feel the way you do, to the more intense factors of it, such as sexual intercourse and the associated Sexually Transmitted Diseases, or STD´s. While this seems to be a given for the human race to learn about what makes our own body tick and why we feel the way we feel when we see that special person, many believe that it is a counter-productive or counter-intuitive course and should not be taught. The reasons why people are split on this subject boils down to the age-old debates that have been burning bright ever since they were ever proposed, such as Religion, Abortion, and the LGBTQ Movement.

The debate of religion is one that deserves its own article nonetheless, but it does spill into this category for a good reason. There have been many attacks on Sexuality in Schools by religion and some do make sense, others do not. Likewise, those who are not religion have retaliated on these attacks by attacking the religions that conducted them, but that has gotten us to stalemate them. The religion that shows the absolute most hostility against this is the Christian Religion. The reasoning of why children should not be taught this according to the Christian Faith is because of the want to protect the Innocence of the Children and their allegiance to God, as well as wanting to prevent the abandonment of God through Science. While these are valid points and these do pertain to why they are in fear, the protection of innocence cannot be done forever. There will come a time where the child must be let go of to discover the world on their own, and if they do not have the proper skills to, they will suffer greatly. It can be argued that Sexual Education is not a required skill for the child to survive, but like knowing how to ride a bike or how to drive a car, they may come to your aid when you need them. As for abandonment, this is the same fear that parents have when their child leaves for college or university; essentially that they will never come back. Quite simply argued, and quite simply rebutted: If the child was taught the Bible and taught that God exists well enough to know that He very well may, they will never abandon Him as it is a part of their childhood.
The other major reason for why Sexual Education is not advocated for is the rise of abortion rates. Because a part of Sexual Education includes the topic of Abortion, and since this is looked down upon by many factions, the topic of Sexual Education is closely if not directly linked to this. For those who do not know, Abortion is the process in which the fetus is “killed” before it is born while it is still in the womb of the mother. This does seem like a very solid claim, but according to a study conducted in all fifty states, the abortion rates have dropped significantly. While some states have a minor drop, the State of Hawaii has seen a Abortion Rate Drop of 30% since 2010. This number is staggering, but this is said to be the direct effect of the Sexual Education plans implemented into the Hawaiian Curriculum. These plans, called SRR (Sex Risk Reduction) and SRA (Sexual Risk Avoidance) are credited with this drop and the supporters of it are insistent that this backed with the current Sexual Education Plans in schools across America will help teenagers know what to do before sexual activities and help put an end to unwanted teenage pregnancies.

While the two reasons above are very clear in the world today, there is one major reason that is commonly looked down upon, and this is that Sexual Education helps LGBTQ Youth discover themselves and what they are rather than letting them wander freely and live thinking they are something else. It is overwhelmingly clear that LGBTQ Youth are unheard in the mainstream world and are not paid attention to as much as the two reasons above are. The introduction of the knowledge to the youth of America would help everyone express themselves much better. This would also allow for the information of these types of people to spread and raise awareness for the problems that occur around the world due to these subjects not being adequately covered with the information available to them. While the LGBTQ Community has been under attack by Religion, primarily the Christian Faith, they still soldier on and have made tremendous change and are helping for the push of Sexual Education.

While this is a very shaky subject and it will not be able to be clear for many years to come, the exploration of the Human Sexuality is something that should be advocated for in order to help in the learning process of teenagers or youth barely beginning to discover themselves. While this may strip them of their innocence and it will cause a major stir for the Religious Community, the overall effect does have the notion to be positive as it will help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and thus reduce abortion rates while increasing the awareness of such movements such as LGBTQ and SRR/SRA.

Mar 21

 

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In the world today, there stands a virtue that has since been upheld by so many, and still stands in the cracked and corrupted world today. This virtue is handed down from generation to generation in any culture and is made to teach the people of the world that we are united as one, not divided as many. This virtue is called Brotherhood, and it is the pinnacle of human survival to this day.

Brotherhood is the fundamental part of the human mind, as it helps us to remember that no matter how distant we are, we will always have our brothers here by our side. As said by many, the notion that we are all connected and that we are all one is something that everyone must know and everyone must understand. We live in a world where we will be with one another until every last one of us dies. As Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous I Have A Dream speech: “The Hopes of a livable and secure world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to Justice, Peace, and Brotherhood.” There is another form of brotherhood that does stand true to this day, and that is the Military. To this day, and even to many who are not in the Military but a sub-category of them such as the Police or Fire Department follow the same four lines: “My brother to my left, My brother to my right. Together we stand, Together we fight.” The Military rely on this form of brotherhood to help them get through the war together and protect one another. The Police rely on brotherhood for the same reason as the Military do: Safety in Numbers. Their dangerous jobs are very costly when a fellow officer is killed, so the virtue of brotherhood is instilled in them to protect one another against any attack. The Fire Department also uses Brotherhood to help in protecting their firefighters against the harmful wrath of Mother Nature. The Military, Police, and Fire Department all rely on what is known as “The Buddy System”, which is where your brothers beside you will assist you as long as they think it is safe. Once the safety feeling is gone, they will tell you to extract in order to escape injury or worse. The two firemen below are using the Buddy System as one operates the hose and the other spots him to make sure he does not get too close.

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Brotherhood exists in two forms: Blood Brotherhood and Emotional Brotherhood. As the name suggests, the form of Blood Brotherhood is where the connection lies between two brothers who came from the same mother. No matter what kind of brothers they are, nor how many there are, the amount of brotherhood will be the same. I myself, among many who may read this, have an older brother whom I look up to for emotional and intellectual support. He has taught me many things as many brothers do, and he continues to shape me to who I am to this day. If you are an older brother to someone else, it is in the best intention to treat your brothers with respect. Brothers will stay with you for life even if you live thousands of miles away. The connection between brothers is unbreakable, and no matter what happens brothers will be there for one another even if a deep hatred exists. The second form is where the two people in question do not have a correlation of parents, but have a connection strong enough to be considered brothers. I myself have a very close friend whom I consider my brother as I can talk with him about anything and everything without fear that he will judge me or retaliate against me in any way. Many people do have one like I do, and I say to keep them by your side as long as you can. These people are crucial to your life if you are able to develop them this early Like the examples given above, the connection between your colleges if you are in the Military, Police, or Fire Department is where these two may converge. On many occasions, Blood Brothers are also Emotional Brothers as they work alongside one another, protecting one another, and standing by to defend all who they see from the harm of the world.

Like many things that do exist in this world, there are unfortunately two types of brotherhood: Helpful and Harmful. The helpful Brotherhood are shown above, as the Police, Fire Department, and Military as their brothers are here to help and not to harm us. The other form is unfortunately present in the world to this day and their intent is to only spread their message of “false brotherhood”, otherwise known as Racism and Hatred. A well known example of this would be the Nazi Empire of 1920’s Germany even to today. These men preach to only have Aryan descendants to have a pure brotherhood while excluding all others. While this is what brotherhood is to some extent, the term of brotherhood is to have a shared connection with all who you are with and protect these men as you would your own family, your own brothers. These men are some of the many that undermine the concept of what Brotherhood is and what it stands for in the world we live in today.

Despite all the efforts to undermine it, the strength of the brothers in the world will never be matched by the hatred and corruptness of the world. Together we are unstoppable, and together we will rise. Let no one stand in our way and if they do, ask them to join you. Arm in arm we will go, and together we shall live in harmony as the brothers we once were, the brothers we were destined to be.

 

Feb 12

A note before reading this: This Article contains very intense dialogue and may be unsuitable for all readers. Reader Discretion is Advised: This Article is made for Expository Purposes only and is not made to harm or make anyone uncomfortable. All examples may or may not be true. This is largely based on speculation.

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We’ve all seen the movie The Lion King and the famous song from the beginning, “The Circle of Life”, but we never truly understand what is meant by the circle of life until the end of the movie where Simba takes over the Pride Lands from his father, Mufasa, who was killed by stampeding Wildebeests. However, the connection can be made here in the physical world as well as we too have a circle of life, from the moment we are conceived in our mother’s womb to the moment we take our last breath of air.

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The Image above shows the main stages of life, but I personally believe there are ten stages, each ranging in importance from the very beginning to the very end, and those being Conception, Newborn, Infant, Toddler, Child, Teenager, Young Adult, Adult, Senior, Elderly, and finally Termination. of the Ten listed, they can all be grouped with the four silhouettes above, being the baby can be Conception to Toddler, the small child can be child to teenager, the man can be Young adult to Senior, and the hunched man can be Elderly to Termination. Each of the ten stages can be ranked with age as well as their status, being: Conception is day 0, Newborn can be from approximately week 35 to week 52 or year 1, Infant can be from year 1 to year 2, Toddler can be from year 2 to year 4, Child can be from year 5 to year 12, Teenager can be from year 13 to 19, Young Adult can be from year 20 to year 24, Adult can be from year 25 to year 65, Senior can be from year 66 to year 74, Elderly can be from year 75 to approximately 90 years, and Termination is the only one that can range from Day 0 to Year 90.

The Baby: The moment the Human is conceived is when the parents of the child have sexual intercourse and the male ejaculates semen into the woman’s vaginal cavity. If the semen is fertile and reaches the cervix, the semen is then sent through the uterus, into the Fallopian tubes, and is sent to the awaiting eggs. When a single sperm penetrates the outer layer of the egg and combines it nuclei with the nuclei of the egg, the Human is conceived. Once conceptions occurs, the many stages of the egg are completed and the fetus is then created and the human begins to grow and develop. After approximately 34 weeks of pregnancy, the child is then ready to be born and has the finishing touches added to itself. Anywhere from Week 35 to Week 45 can the child be born, which is why Newborn has a wide margin. Once the fetus has been born, the stage of Newborn is achieved. At this point, the newborn is still adjusting to life outside of the womb and has very close attention paid to it to prevent accidents or fatalities from occurring. Once the newborn has been outside of the womb for approximately 12 weeks, it now transitions into Infant. Human Infancy is where the mind begins working and where the main parts of the human body begin to become accessible to the Infant. After a year of Infancy, this stage is completed and the infant transitions into Toddler. When a toddler, the Human is able to access gross motor skills, very basic thought, and gains a small understanding of their five main senses, being Sight, Taste, Touch, Smell, and Hearing. Once this stage is completed, the Human begins to ascend further and further on the ladder of evolution from a helpless being to a semi-self efficient and aware being.

The Small Child: The moment from where the Infant grows to be a Child is a truly amazing time. During Early Childhood, the Child will begin to have a small education, become more aware of their surroundings, be able to tell safety from danger while still being quite reckless, will be able to achieve improved gross motor skills, have the onset of fine motor skills, begin to read and write, and can start to ask questions and wonder about the world around them. During Medial Childhood, the child will have improved fine motor skills, have a more improved education, become more self-aware, begin to grasp concepts such as Self-Esteem, Self-Control, and Self-Appreciation, and have an improved mental status, ranging from intelligence to emotional connections. During Late Childhood, the child will reach the peak of gross motor skills, have improved fine motor skills, have a more improved education, have a new grasp on sensitive and perplexing information, begin to develop rational and logical thought, begin to develop irrational and illogical thought, begin to develop abstract thought, and will begin to discover themselves as people. Once the stage of Late Childhood is reached, they transition into the Teenager Years. During Early Teen, the teenager will begin to go through the preliminary stages of Puberty, will gain a deeper insight on the world around them, will be able to develop a more rational thought pattern, and may or may not have the onset of sexual desire or sexual exploration. During Medial Teen, the teenager will have a more advanced education, will have more freedom based on the ideals of the parents, will become more self-aware and begin to grasp who they are and what they aspire to be, and they will go through the secondary stages of puberty. By Late Teen, the teenager has fully developed and has the hold-over of puberty, their education is advancing rapidly, and they as people are advancing to become who they want to be. Once these stages are completed, the human has completed the “Training Course” and is now ready to go into the world as an adult, with only a few more years of definitive training left.

The Man: The Teenager has now fully aged and is almost ready to go into the world. By this point, the body is fully developed, the mind is still reaching its peak, the mental and emotional status of the human are complete and are awaiting final edits, and they are experiencing the highest level of education they are capable of having during this time. After this time, they are finishing up all changes to their mental and emotional areas while their physical body has been locked in and their psychological area will continue to grow indefinitely. Once they reach the age of year 25, their mind has completely developed and the Human is now ready to go into the world as a full fledged adult. During this time, no significant changes are made, but fine motor skills are refined to a peak, gross motor skills are refined at their peak, rational thought is peaked, logical thought is peaked, and abstract thought is also peaked. All skills learned previously are peaked and refined throughout the years, and their body begins to break down from extensive use. Once they reach a certain age, usually around the ages of 55 to 65, they are then classified as seniors, and they will experience a reversal of the many skills that were acquired above. As we age, we tend to become more forgetful, begin to lose control of our body, and begin to break down as a result of heavy usage through the many years we were alive. Our fine and gross motor skills begin to decline, our rational and logical thought begins to slowly deteriorate, our body begins to slowly shut itself down, and the process slowly but surely intensifies as the years rack up.

The Hunched Man: Once all the years of peak experience are exhausted, the body begins to revert itself back to its “original form”. As this goes on, we enter a stage known as Elderly, and this is where care needs to be placed back onto the human. As we slowly lose control of our bodies, the skills we learned before are reversed and the skills we still retain are slowly stagnate or begin to decline as the years go on. After a while, we are unable to care for ourselves and must be put under care to make sure we do not have an injury that would kill us in that stage, but regardless of the attempts made, the age of Termination has been reached and it is only a matter of time until your final day on Planet Earth is reached. When Termination is close at hand, the body will make a last-stand effort and will make its bearer healthier for a short while, but in doing so seems to trigger a self-destruct code, for when that time is exhausted, the body will take one final breath of air, then our life on Earth is terminated. Despite this sounding like the end, it is rather unclear of how the end of life is perceived, for some cultures view this as a very religious and/or very important event as they move into the depths of hell or the many levels of heaven, others view this as our life form moving into the life form of the next being.

While this is a traditional understanding of how the body ages and grows, be aware that this is only under ideal circumstances. There are many complications that can be faced when growing up, and there are also certain conditions that could hinder or accelerate any one or more of these stages, such as Pituitary Gland Abnormalities causing puberty to be reached a much earlier age, or the infamous Down Syndrome which could severely hinder the educational and growing capabilities of a child. There are many ways a life can be cut short as well, or accelerated well beyond 90, but in the most ideal life span with the most ideal conditions, this is how the child is expected to grow from conception to termination.

Jan 23

Ever since the advent of warfare, nations across the Globe have searched for ways to effectively destroy their enemies. From the early days, Black Powder was the ideal choice for killing the enemy because it could hurl hundreds of pounds of stones or a simple 1 pound lead ball at many miles a second. As thinking got better, so did the weapons that were created, and eventually the advent of one of the deadliest weapons of war came about: The Bomber. A Bomber is an aircraft that is designed to carry and drop explosives on a given target. The Bombers of today are huge, multi-engine powerhouses, but the Bomber was not always like this.

To understand why the Bomber was such an important asset to Warfare, we must first dwell into how this first came about. The earliest Bombers were used by the Bulgarian and German Army during the First Balkan War of World War One. Though practical, even the mighty Zeppelin Airships proved to be ineffective against smashing through enemy lines. But this was only the beginning of the Bomber, as it would soon go to become one of the most vital assets of the Second World War. During the progression of The Second World War, a conflict broke out called the Spanish Civil War. During this time, the German Empire, at the time Nazi Germany, had a large contribution to this War and this gave them a chance to try out their new Bombers. These new units proved to be very effective and were then official that the age of the Bomber had come. When the outbreak of War came on November 1st, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, they had a clear shot to put their new bomber force to use by using the Junkers Ju 87 Dive-Bomber and the Heinkel He 111 Medium Bomber.

This new Bomber Age soon spread well across the world, and soon every major nation was producing their own line of Bombers. The British Royal Air Force had begun construction on two very powerful Bombers which would soon take to the skies of Germany: The Avro Lancaster and the Handley Page Halifax. This is where the Bomber Age gathered real momentum as this is where the age of Multi-engine Bombers came about. While the British also did have ingenious aircraft such as the de Havilland Mosquito, these planes were not exclusively Bombers are cannot be added to this list. These two aircraft however were the running start for the United States, as they created a vast array of Aircraft that dominated the skies during World War Two, especially the Bomber. The most famous examples of US Bombers are the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. These three bombers would go on to become legendary in their attacks against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. With this, the true age of the Bomber had begun, and soon even more powerful US Bombers would take hold of the skies over the world.

As suggested in the previous paragraphs, there are multiple types of Bombers, each having a different purpose to serve. The German Junkers Ju 87, American Douglas SBD Dauntless and Curtiss SBC2 Helldiver, and the Japanese Aichi D3A Type 99 “Val” and Yokosuka D4Y “Judy” are all examples of Dive-Bombers. These Bombers climb to a steep angle and dive to their targets with extreme accuracy and deadliness. Dive-Bomber tactics were abandoned after World War 2. The American Douglas TBD Devastator and Grumman TBF Avenger, as well as the Japanese Nakajima B5N “Kate” and Nakajima B6N “Jill” were examples of Torpedo Bombers. These planes would fly low and slow to accurately drop Torpedoes to sink even the mighty Battleship. Torpedo Bombers saw no use after World War 2 and ended production. The final and most widely known Bomber type is the Level Bomber. These massive planes, at times, dwarfed the smaller Dive and Torpedo Bombers and were used for symbols of air superiority or intimidation. This category also has two sub-categories of Medium Level and Heavy Level. The most prominent Medium Level Bombers were the Japanese Mitsubishi G3M Type 96 “Nell”, the American North American B-25 Mitchell, and the German Heinkel He 111. These Bombers were used extensively during the Second World War, but saw no production after. The most prominent Heavy Level Bombers were the British Avro Lancaster, Handley Page Halifax, as well as the American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, and the B-24 Liberator. Heavy Bombers proved to be very useful and would continue to be upgraded and used even into today.

During the medial Twentieth Century, the US would go on to create one of the best and longest serving Bombers in history: The B-52 Stratofortress. Not long after this, the US would create two of the most sophisticated Bombers the world had ever seen: The Northrup Grumman B-2 Spirit and the Rockwell B-1 Lancer. These forces pushed the US to one of the most powerful superpowers in the World today, and they have gotten there by the usage of Aircraft, primarily the Bomber. It is staggering to think that if the idea of an aircraft that could drop bombs was not thought up when it was, how would the Age of Bombers change? And it is very staggering to think that those who first used them wrote them down as ineffective and impractical. These aircraft have accomplished so much in the many years they’ve been in service, and they are still being used and perfected to this day.

Oct 23

Earthquakes are one of the most devastating natural disasters that occur on surface of the Earth. From minuscule Magnitude 0’s that occur almost every minute to colossal magnitude 10’s that have not even been registered, these natural occurrences are an extravagant and horrifying occasion to endure. Since earthquakes can occur at any point in time, it is always a good idea to plan for them, during them, and after them.

To begin, what is an Earthquake? An Earthquake is a massive amount of energy that is released by the Earth’s crust when two Tectonic Plates rub into one another, and one slides over the other. These plates are constantly rubbing against one another, hence why they occur every minute or so, but we don’t feel them since they are so tiny. What we do feel are the larger waves, usually Magnitude 3 and above. You may also be asking what a Magnitude is, and this is the measurement that is used to rate and measure these earthquakes. There are a total of 10 magnitudes, and each one is 10 times stronger than the previous increment. For example, a Magnitude 2 is 10 times stronger than a Magnitude 1, so a Magnitude 2 is the equivalent of 100 Magnitude 1’s. Earthquakes also happen in three basic wave patterns: P waves which travel from side to side, S waves which travel up and down, and Surface waves that travel in any direction. P and S waves happen deep in the Earth’s mantle, while Surface waves occur on the surface, and since they move in any direction, they cause the most destruction and emit the most energy.

There have been many large magnitude earthquakes such as the San Francisco Bay Earthquake of 1906 which registered to have a magnitude 7.8, the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 which had a magnitude of 6.9, the Northridge Earthquake of 1994 which had a magnitude of 6.7, the Haiti Earthquake of 2010 which had a magnitude of 7.0, the Tohoku Earthquake of 2011 which had a magnitude of 9.0, and the largest Earthquake in history, which is the Valdivia Earthquake of 1960, which measured at a magnitude 9.5. These earthquakes have been recorded as being some of the most devastating natural disasters in history, and this is a reminder that we must be on our toes for an earthquake as this shows that they can occur in any year, any month, any week, any day, any hour, any minute, any second.

Preparing for an Earthquake is relatively simple as not much needs to be done except for gathering supplies. For a typical earthquake, have enough food and water to last for up to 5 days, and which rationed can last much longer. These supplies should include bottled water, non-perishable canned food, and non-perishable packaged food. It is also smart to keep a supply box with useful and medical supplies. This box should include several matchboxes, rubbing alcohol, a portable lighter, a mirror or shard of CD, and a small flashlight. The medical portion can be Hydrogen Peroxide for cleaning and disinfecting wounds, bandages and gauze to help seal up wounds, and needles with thread can be used to seal up large gashes or large cuts. There can be more added depending on what is needed by your family, such as Inhalers, Medication, or Injections. It is also useful to have heavy clothing and heavy footwear such as hiking or combat boots to cross tough terrain caused by the rubble, if there is any. Furthermore, it is important to have a small portable radio and a small fire extinguisher, preferably Class C, which is used on all fires.

When experiencing an Earthquake, the first thing you must do is follow the three step plan: Drop, Hold, and Cover, which means to Drop whatever you are doing and Drop to the ground, Hold onto any steady surface or steady table/chair legs, and Cover your neck since it is the most vulnerable area and gives you more stability. Continue holding until the shaking has completely stopped and when it does make sure that all your family members are outside with any and all essential equipment that is needed, such as the supply box mentioned earlier. It is also a good idea to shut off the water main to prevent any severe water leaks and to prevent severe water damage, and it is more important to shut off the gas main as this can rupture and cause a massive and potentially life threatening explosion. Be weary for aftershocks and plan accordingly for them as they can occur seconds after the initial earthquake or hours after.

Planning for after an earthquake can be the most difficult part as your home may be destroyed or severely damaged, and the electrical lines will more likely than not be down. The safest area to set up refuge would be away from any industrial or urban areas to prevent the flammable gases from igniting. If anyone is hurt or trapped, it is best to help them and/or heal them with whatever supplies are available. Treating cuts and gashes are simple, as all that is needed is a cotton pad doused in hydrogen peroxide covering the wound for a few minutes, then application from a bandage. For larger cuts and gashes, the same procedure, but with bandages and gauze. For very large cuts or open gashes, the same procedure of Peroxide, bandages, and gauze, but also using the needle and thread to sew the cut shut. It would also be wise to keep everything mobile in case you need to move immediately. Always be aware of your surrounding in case you need to defend your location against looters or any people who want to take your supplies or your camp site.

An Earthquake is a very devastating disaster that has no counter but to be prepared. Despite how safe you may be, it can only delay the inevitable destruction that ensues. Planning for them before, during, and after could be the difference between you getting out of an earthquake with minor cuts and bruises or you not getting out of an earthquake at all.

Oct 09

Before I begin on any information on this subject, I am well aware that this is a very delicate subject to many people and I may have a lot of backlash due to the subject I chose. I ask all who read this to be polite in responses. Thank you.

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September 11, 2001, otherwise known as 9/11, was among the darkest days in US History. A total of four commercial airliners were hijacked and flown into symbols of American Economic Power. According to the US Government and to the 9/11 Commission report, the attacks inflicted on the US were an unacceptable action on the part of the terrorists. Many in the US, however, believe that 9/11 was not an accident and was planned by the US Government. The question still looms over the US today: Was 9/11 a coordinated terrorist attack, or was it a planned operation by the US Government and US Military. There are four major areas that are brought up by many when concerning this topic, being The Planes, The Pentagon, The Hijackers, and World Trade Center 7. To support the claims of Terrorist Activity, refer to the 9/11 Commission Report . To support the claims of Government Plots, refer to the movie made, narrated, and directed by Dylan Avery: Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup

The four planes used were Flight 11, Flight 175 (which were Boeing 767-200ER Models) as well as Flight 77 and Flight 93 (which were Boeing 757-200 Models). Flights 11 and 175, being ER (Extended Range) Models, had almost twice the fuel as Flights 77 and 93. According to the 9/11 Commission Report and the US Government, the heat that was generated from the burning fuel caused the steel support beams inside the building to weaken, which caused the structures to collapse. This is supported by the many workers at the site of the collapse that saw the mangled and twisted metal from the buildings. Many of those who say against those claims argue that the melting point of steel is high above that of what burning jet fuel could reach, meaning that it was impossible for jet fuel to bring the building down, instead a series of carefully planned explosions brought the buildings down. This theory is supported as, when you see the video of the WTC Buildings collapsing, you may see small puffs of smoke emitting from the buildings, and through Loose Change you see them circled in red. This theory is also further supported by how the building goes down, being straight down and not to the sides, a characteristic of a controlled demolition that can be observed by watching Controlled Demolitions. To even further support this theory, there are many examples of where buildings were burning for hours and hours, even days, which would well reach very hot temperatures, but the steel still remained intact.

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The Pentagon, which was hit by Flight 77, sustained massive damage to the outermost E-Ring and the damage penetrated inwards to the C-Ring. CCTV Video that was released shows a large explosion outside of the Pentagon’s E-Ring, and this looks comparable to what was shown on videos showing the planes crashing into the WTC Towers. There is not much information regarding the Pentagon Attack on the side of it being a terrorist action apart from what is given in the 9/11 Commission Report (pg. 311-315). With that being said however, there is a lot of information regarding the Government in this area. Firstly, the extent of the damage inflicted on the Pentagon was severe, but is not comparable to a massive Boeing 757 slamming into it. The one piece of evidence that clearly shows how this may have been Government intervention is the video mentioned earlier. It shows how a smoke trail is shown emitting in front of the E-Ring, and much farther away from where the crash site was. Many speculate it to be a missile that was fired at the Pentagon to further back up that the US was under attack.

The Hijackers of the planes, a total of 19 hijackers, were instructed to board the plane, take control of the plane, and fly the plane into the destination. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, all of the hijackers were of Middle Eastern Descent, and were commanded by the infamous Osama bin Laden. There are very few reports of this given in Loose Change, but there are many articles that say how the hijackers never really did hijack those planes and if they did, they were trained at US bases to be used as a scapegoat to invade the Middle East. Not much from either side is given about this subject, other than the 9/11 Commission Report shows possible preparations for attack made by the “hijackers” days or weeks before 9/11.

Possibly the most controversial and most incriminating piece of evidence that this was a Government plot was World Trade Center 7. For those who don’t know, WTC7 was a structure across the street from WTC1 and WTC2. At 5:20PM or 5:21PM, WTC7 fell at the hands of the fires that had consumed the building. According to FEMA and the 9/11 Commission Report, when the North Tower (WTC1) collapsed, the debris had caused severe structural damage to WTC7, which in turn caused many fires to break out in the building and inevitably caused it to collapse. The claims against it have many sources to point to, the most common being: If WTC1 and WTC2 collapsed at 10:28AM and 9:59AM, why did WTC7 collapse at 5:20PM, 7 hours and 8 minutes later. Video of the collapse has similarities to the WTC1 and WTC2 collapses, being the puffs of smoke and the vertical collapse. It is a possibility that the terrorist attacks and the government intervention are to blame for the collapse.

September 11, 2001 will always and forever remain one of the darkest days in US History, named to be “The New Pearl Harbor”. It is inevitable that the debate of whether or not the WTC Attacks were planned by terrorists or the government will continue to rage on as long as we are not satisfied with the answers that the Government gives us, but to find which side is right and which is not, I encourage you to do your own research and look at the sites provided to formulate your opinion. Always bear in mind however that this is an opinion and mustn’t be treated as fact, as that can cause a large string of problems.

Sep 20

Camouflage is a way that prey evade predators and how predators can get the jump on prey to get a meal. Used by almost every animal, this is evolution at its finest with a clear tactical point: Staying hidden. Many animals have ways to do this, from color schemes to intricate designs of their fur or of their body.

Camouflage, or more commonly known as Camo, are the designs or patterns of color that are used by both prey and predator to confuse the other. Mostly all animals employ some form of camouflage, whether that being a pattern or a design to mimic or blend in with an environment or with a season. Most animals have only a pattern or a color on their fur or on their skin that changes with the season or stays with them all year round, such as the Tiger or the Crab Spider. Other animals have skin that changes color to adapt to their surroundings, such as the Rock Flounder and the Golden Tortoise Beetle. The final type of camouflage is where the animal changes color and texture to adapt to its environment, most notably the Cuttlefish and Octopus.

Camouflage, while the main use is for a tactical advantage, is admired by the human race. We are captivated by the patterns and colors that make up camouflage, and the other form of camouflage that is employed by the Octopus and the Cuttlefish mainly: Texture and Color changing abilities. We are also fascinated with pictures of Camouflage in action, such as a grasshopper among the foliage or a Walking Stick among the many twigs and sticks. A perfect example of the color schemes used to blend into their environment is this Uroplatus against a branch. See if you can find it.

uroplatus Source: Hexasoft via Wikipedia

Camouflage can and is used with human beings as well, but not to evade predators or to stalk prey. Instead, we use this camouflage to hide from one another during wartime. For the American Military, the first example of camouflage was during the Second World War, where American troops would use the jungle foliage to make them less visible to the enemy military. This was also heavily practiced during the Vietnam War, where troops wore visible shades of green paint to blend in with the paint. This photo is not of an American soldier during the Vietnam war, but of an Australian solider sporting the same kind of paint job that the Americans would during the Vietnam war and World War II, both on his face and on his clothing. Note how the different shades of green and of brown resemble the patterns of foliage.

soldier-680373_1920 Source: Skeeze via Pixabay

Sep 04

 

In today’s mainstream media and in today’s social world, there is constant buzz of Confidence, Self-Esteem, and other topics of the like. To many, this is something that is not very high on our priority list, and this could easily slip the mind of many who view them as mildly important, but to many, this is a very serious issue, with the most severely affected having the possibility of the situation going from serious to deadly. Most would want to prevent that, and there are many ways you can. Talking to friends, venting it out with people or to yourself in a text or audio file, or performing heavy exercise or doing a leisure activity help out many. While they can help however, they are only aids: The progress will begin when the initiative is taken by you. Most have no idea how to start, which can begin a cycle of putting it aside and not doing anything about it, which leads to the start of putting yourself down and not knowing what to do in order to combat it. The sites listed here are a few tips and tricks on how to do so, in case you find yourself falling without any help.

A very effective way to begin your conquest to improve your Self-esteem (we will get to confidence sooner as they tie together) is to begin with yourself, or rather your outlook and certain aspects of your own personality. One of the biggest attackers of high Self-esteem is being a perfectionist and wanting to do everything correctly. Almost every website, specialist, or everyday person will tell you just that: Being a perfectionist is a very negative thing. The reason as to why is because perfectionists want everything to be perfect, hence the name. If something is not correct, they will usually feel that they are responsible for it and beat themselves for that. It doesn’t take a Psychology Major or a Psychologist to tell you that will bite back very hard, and this is often the cause of low self-esteem. Even if you are not a perfectionist, the effects of that can be experienced by you and while it can be of a lower extent, the outcome can be identical or, in certain cases, worse. The most effective counter for that is to be more accepting of your failures and defeats. It is a long and hard process to break out of a zone you are very comfortable in, but it is for the best interest to do so. This is where friends and “venting” are very useful as they are ways to let go of what you are feeling that day. While attempting to make progress, you may experience a Relapse. A relapse is when you will revert to a former state, in this case going back to having perfectionist traits. Relapses are very common, and are not always easy to recover from, but once the relapse is over, the road back to where you were is very easy and is a sign you are making progress.

Like breaking out of the perfectionist habits, another way to improve your self-esteem is to branch out and try new things. This is also very useful for boosting confidence which goes hand in hand with self-esteem. Breaking out of a comfort zone and branching out will give you a sense of power and a sense of strength as you are now trying something you couldn’t before or didn’t want to try before. If you do find that you enjoy this new hobby or new activity, then it will greatly boost your confidence as you have now found something you enjoy that you never thought you would and does greatly boost your self-esteem as well as it now gives an outlet for frustration or other malignant emotions and makes you a happier person over time. While this is useful to use, always keep in mind that this is NOT endorsing the use of illegal substances or any illegal activities as a way of branching out. Those will cause a great deal of harm and will provide little to no help. Along with what NOT to do, attempting to try any dangerous activity will also result in a greater deal of harm being dealt. If, however, the activity does have some danger but not enough for it to turn fatal or life-threatening, do so at your own risk and remember to have others there with you.

The two major ways listed above are very effective ways of going about it, but the most powerful and most effective way to boost both your self-esteem and your confidence is to trust yourself, have faith in yourself, believe in yourself; be yourself. This is a very hard thing to do, especially in today’s society where being different is often looked down on, but if you can break free of the reigns of society and the preset look, you can open up a world of wonder and a world of happiness. Many have stories and share their experiences with that, and even I do as well. I can tell you from personal experience that when I was able to become myself and embrace how I was and how I am now, I am much happier and much more giving and able to do things than three or four years ago. When you stop listening to the bars of today’s media and society and begin accepting yourself for you and start being yourself, you will be happier with you, be more willing to try different things, and begin making large jumps in destroying the iron bars that hold you back. Accepting yourself will also have very positive effects on your life and will be something that will stick with you for a long time, and something you will never forget.

The prejudice and the restraints of our world is very deeply rooted and will not leave our world very easily in the next years or even decades, but that should not stop you from being you. When you learn how to fight the bars holding you back, you come to find they only appear metal and are simply made of cardboard. The process of learning how to fight is very long, very tough, and often very strenuous. It will knock you down, pin you down, put you down, and try to break you any way it can. You will fall often, you will fail often, and you will be stretched beyond your limits. You will want to give up, but like any person who was there, and anyone who is there now, they will all tell you one thing: Never give up. When you begin learning how to fight, it will be tough and rigorous, but as the time goes on, your fighting techniques will improve and how you fight will get better. Soon you will find yourself face to face with the barriers holding you back, and you will want to turn around and go back, but you must fight on. When it comes down to it, your mind is the toughest and can smash through anything, you just have to know how to do so.

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