Sunday, November 30, 2014

Getting the Last Drop

A student who was studying at MIT, Dave Smith, came up with a product that can literally get all of the ketchup out of the bottle: LiquiGlide. On a molecular level, he created a substance that is permanently slippery. Actually, it's two layers of substances; the first solid layer designed to hold the second liquid layer. This is simply inserted to any container. By having this second liquid layer always be on the inside of a container, the product, such as ketchup, would always be moving.  


This technology can be used on other products, such as hair gel, mayonnaise, tooth paste...pretty much anything. Subbaraman even says, "All the coatings are extracted from edible products you encounter in a grocery store." This make it safe, because the material in which the coating is made of is edible, so if it gets into the product, it won't be detrimental to the consumer's health. 
LiquiGlide can also be applied to airplane wings and power lines and can prevent ice from forming. So, not only is this invention one for casual ketchup problem, but can also help society's safety. 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/10/12/liquiglide-story-innovation-through-ketchup-toothpaste-hair-gel-and-airplane-wings/5yvcEc8MIyLOSSTTuTkOfI/story.html

MS is a harsh disease.

 MS standing for multiple sclerosis, is a disease that affects many  humans. It touches home because my cousin deals with the disease everyday. Though it should hold her back it doesn't. She has went on to accomplish being the fastest woman on a motorcycle! Her efforts inspire me. When reading an article on Kayla Montgomery it reminded me of my cousin. Kayla is an incredible runner, she is one of the top ranked young long distance runners in the U.S., which is amazing. After every race Kayla collapses due to MS. The disease leaves her unable to feel her legs at the end of the race. Kayla story has been documented on ESPN. Her story is touching and it reminds a person that you can accomplish anything. I enjoy the fact Kayla and my cousin both don't get down about their disease, they don't let it define them. That is an inspiring message. To read more on the article click the link below.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/21/kayla-montgomery-runner-teen-with-ms_n_6200754.html?utm_hp_ref=teen


How Dogs Understand Us



I don't know about you, but I love teaching my dog new tricks. Usually she picks up on them very quickly, but there are some that she doesn't seem to enjoy, like rolling over. While teaching her how to high-five, I remembered back to when I was a child and I thought it would be very cool to talk to animals and for them to talk right back to me. Yes, my dog could pay attention and learn what I was saying to them, but how did it actually work? An article that I found told me in a journal Current Biology, it was reported that dogs do pay attention to our words. They process what we are saying in a different part of the brain than where they comprehend emotional parts of speech. Studies suggest that a dog's brain breaks up how they hear us into two parts; the meaning of words and the emotional tone. It's interesting that dogs can actually learn many different words, either by the word itself or by the tone in what we say it in.


Here's a link to the article I found if you're interested in learning more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/11/28/367092004/how-dogs-understand-what-we-say

Monday, November 24, 2014

Buffalo snowstorm

As many people know there has been a hug snow storm that had happened in Buffalo New York.  It has cause quite the catastrophe in Buffalo.  Inmates have been helping the police officers load sand bags to help with the ice melting.  Also the national gaurd had been doing the same thing. Car were left on the free ways during the snow because the weather was so bad.  Fire fighter have had to ride around on atvs to help people out and make sure everyone is doing alright.  They were not very prepared for this snowstorm at all.  People have been shoveling out there cars because the snow was so deep.  One persons car got filled with snow it was that bad. There had also been an evacuation from a health center and the patients had to be evacuated out.  This snow storm had caused a log of bad things.  Sick people were moved from there care. Any roofs had caved in, people have had to shovel off there roofs to prevent damage or further damage that could be done.  One man carried he's grocery a in a sled from the grocery store because it was so bad.  Rescue boats are ready in case of flood. This snow storm was very serious for people's safety. They need to be better prepared next time.



Sunday, November 23, 2014

MS Doesn't Hold Her Back

 
         Eighteen year old high school senior at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, NC, Kayla Montgomery, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) three years ago. She has since turned herself from a lagging junior varsity runner into one of the fastest young long distance runners in the country. Not letting MS hold her back is not easy. MS is an incurable disease that attacks the nervous system and spinal cord. For Kayla, it starting with numbness in her feet while playing soccer. Then, it escalated to the loss of feeling in her entire legs, particularly in the presence of heat. So, as she runs and warms up her legs go numb. This leads to many struggles as a runner.
          Due to the fact that she cannot feel anything below her waist while running, Kayla cannot pace herself like other runners. Many people think she has an advantage because she can't feel her legs, but she certainly feels all the other pains of running include fatigue. She also cannot control herself when she's trying to stop once they've gone numb. Therefore, as she crosses the finish line, her coach Patrick Cromwell, must catch her as she collapses and carry her off the track. He and her parents immediately put ice on her legs to cool them down so she can regain feeling. Kayla hates the attention and wishes no one saw her need to get carried off. She's been called a wimp for it, but she doesn't let insults hold her back.
          As soon as she found out that she had MS, she was determined to become the best runner she possibly could. She had to give up soccer due to it being a contact sport, but she now can focus solely on running. People often asks why she runs if it ends so badly, but she does it because she loves to run and doesn't want the disease to hold her back. She feels good running, and to her it is well worth the crash. She doesn't know how much time she has left running, as the disease will have her wheel chair bound eventually, but she wants to run until the day she can't anymore.
          Kayla Montgomery's story is truly inspirational and it shows how you can't take anything for granted. It also shows the power of the mind over the body. You can do anything you set your mind to. It is your mind that sets your body's limits.
Watch her cross the finish line:

To learn more about her story, visit Kayla Montgomery.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Philea Mission

On November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency's craft, Philea, landed on comet 67P. After being released into space 10 years prior, the ESA's goal seemed extremely difficult, but that didn't have any affect on the way the mission was carried out. Philea made a solid landing after a few slight hiccups, to the joy and celebration of the ESA.
The mission of Philea is to trasmit data back to the ESA to gather information about what the chemical composition of the comet is.
When the craft first touched the comet, it bounced, then bounced again (due to the harpoons on the craft not
firing to secure itself against the comet), but all in all, it was a success!
To be honest this is just amazing to me, It's unbelievable, maybe in the future there will be space tourism! We could go up there whenever we pleased, and explore the far reaches of space.

This is the comet 67P, what is also very interesting about this comet is that it emits a sound that cannot be heard by human ears.
Although if you raise the frequency to levels that the human ear can hear, it sounds like a soft and quick clicking noise. Here is a clip of the sound wave.



Trouble in Jerusalem

Two cousins in Jerusalem attacked worshipers at a synagogue with meat cleavers and guns during their early morning prayers. This is just one of the many terrorist attacks Jerusalem has had recently. The attack left five dead, one being a police officer. The others were rabbis, three with dual citizenship to the United States and one to Great Britain. Tensions have been rising in Jerusalem, however, not only on this occasion. Violence has erupted in the country over a "key holy site revered by the Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and Jews as Temple Mount. The violence was traced back to when a Palestinian teenager was burned to death by Jewish assailants which was revenge for the abduction and deaths of three Jewish teens by Palestinians in the West Bank. President Obama spoke publicly about the attacks saying that they have gone on for far too long and that it is unfortunately not the first incident of lost lives in the dueling countries. The attacker's homes were immediately demolished after the attacks, yet the attacker's families have spoken out that they are angry about what people are saying about what they did and that it was a valiant act for what they believed in.



To read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/deadly-jerusalem-synagogue-attack-puts-israel-close-to-brink/ar-BBew8qH

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Country Awaits the Verdict

     On August 9, 2014, a young African American male, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Darren Wilson was responsible for the shooting of this boy. Following the shooting, violent protests and riots broke out all over the city, and lasted for quite a  long time. Today, the governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency in Ferguson, and called in the National Guard. The upcoming jury verdict has people in Ferguson, and people all over the nation on edge, and the governor wants to make sure when the verdict is read, the city doesn't erupt in chaos.

     Shootings like this one are becoming more and more occurring, and it's a big problem. In February 2012, a young African American teen, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Just like the Ferguson case, riots and protests broke out all over the country about this, and even more occurred when Zimmerman was found not guilty. There needs to be stricter protocol, because both males were unarmed, and yet they were both shot dead without a chance. More regulation on gun control, and also law enforcement regulations, need to be adjusted, so tragedies like these won't occur.

Save them!

Many species are on the verge of going extinct. A number of species have been added to the endangered species list including recent ones such as many types of butterflies, exotic fish, an snakes.  The polluting of earth and killing animals are causing many species to be on the verge of extinction.  Without these species the ecosystem would be complete ing off balance.  The dying out with one species can affect a whole food chain including ours.  By killing animals that are endangered you could be killing yourself.  There are 22,000 animals species that are on the endangered species list.  That is way to many.  Over fishing is one big problem in the ocean ecosystem.  Over fishing is hurting species of fish from tunas to eels.  We need to increase the number of protected areas to help the endangered species.  The reason we have hunting seasons is to make it so we do not kill off all the animals such as deer.  Many people do not abide by the rules though.  There are severe consequences to not following the hunting rules. Many people should try and help all of the Animals endangered or not.  If a hand full of people try to help out with the cause it can make a difference.  Even little things like not littering could mean life or death for an animals. Start helping and you will see a difference.
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/endangered-species-food-and-fuel-pursuit-pushing-animals-to-extinction--especially-fish-9865002.html


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Goldfish Crackers?



          There has been many times in my life where I have overlooked something, whether it's because I think I know what it is, or I just think it is a waste of time and I don't need to take a closer look. But with something you buy on a regular bases and feed to the children you babysit everyday, it gets you thinking. A simple question from the kids made me do some research online about how many flavors of Goldfish crackers there were. I got more than what I was looking for. I had always thought that the Goldfish crackers were a light cracker snack you could eat on the go. What I didn't know was that the crackers were actually soup crackers, and to make matters even worse, on the packaging itself it even says "Baked Soup Crackers." And why wouldn't they, I mean, Goldfish swim, right? It makes you wonder about all the things that you don't see, yet you have looked at for hours.


Here is a link to the article I found if you would like to read more. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/12/goldfish-soup-crackers_n_6135032.html

Big Old Bears

                         In a new introduction wildlife program brown bears are being introduced to new wildlife habitats. These bears are being reintroduced to western parts of Europe.  Though this program is suppose to be helping the bears, citizens of Europe have complaints. Bears are attacking farm animals and have also had incidents with humans. Families now feel scared to walk in the woods, they are unfamiliar with the animal and they don't trust it. These citizens believe the bears don't belong there because it is to heavy populated. Maybe these people should reconsider their complaints. These bears use to roam all of Europe and North America at a time. Due to human expansion bears have been driven out of their homes. Without space to live the bear species is decreasing in population. Acts such as this, to introduce the bears to their old environments, are only trying to save the bears. They are a beautiful animal and deserve there space in nature as much as humans.
 *To check out more on the article click below:
http://news.yahoo.com/returning-bears-pose-dilemma-europe-071041513.html

Rosetta Mission

NAVCAM top 10 at 10 km
View of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken from Rosetta

On November 12, the Rosetta mission landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The signal that let Earth know of the landing's success was confirmed by many sources all over the world; from Madrid in Spain to Cologne in Germany. This Rosetta mission was funded and made by the ESA, European Space Agency, but has had contributions from other space agencies of the world including NASA. Rosetta will be the first for many space adventures, including this list from the ESA's website: 


  • Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit a comet’s nucleus.
  • It will be the first spacecraft to fly alongside a comet as it heads towards the inner Solar System.
  • Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to examine from close proximity how a frozen comet is transformed by the warmth of the Sun.
  • Shortly after its arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta orbiter will despatch a robotic lander for the first controlled touchdown on a comet nucleus.
  • The Rosetta lander’s instruments will obtain the first images from a comet’s surface and make the first in situ analysis to find out what it is made of.
  • On its way to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta will pass through the main asteroid belt, with the option to be the first European close encounter with one or more of these primitive objects.
  • Rosetta will be the first spacecraft ever to fly close to Jupiter’s orbit using solar cells as its main power source.

Due to the surface of the comet, landing is of course a little difficult. Rosetta has already had three landings, and one final landing is being planned. 

Steins in 3-D
The asteroid Steins taken by Rosetta

The name of the mission comes from the Rosetta stone, which helped translate Egyptian hieroglyphs. This mission aims to see if comets can help us determine the origins of life and/or the solar system. By studying this comet and determining its origins, we may unlock some of the questions we have about our own. 

To keep up with the progress of Rosetta, go to NASA's website here

Ebola Survivor Reunites with Her Dog

          Dallas nurse Nina Pham was the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly virus Ebola on American soil. Eight days after she was declared to be free of Ebola and released from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, she happily reunited with her two year old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Bentley, who'd been in quarantine since she left him three weeks prior. The reunion occurred on Saturday, November 1.
Nina Pham reunited with her spaniel Bentley.
          Pham contracted the virus while caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Sadly, Duncan passed away from the disease in October. A second nurse also contracted the virus from this patient. The second nurse, Amber Vinson, was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia after being declared healthy.

Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan from Liberia, who passed away on October 8, 2014.
          This story proves hope exists for those who still struggle with the virus today. It is now a fact that people can survive the virus. The big question remaining is whether or not to continue bringing over patients infected in Africa to treat them in America. Yes, we want to save their lives but Americans say it is putting the nation's health at risk for one person who is likely to die from it anyway. The controversy is likely to continue as long as America continues to bring infected patients over for treatment. The only thing I wish for is that we here more stories like Pham and Bentley's from people everywhere than of disheartening deaths.
To hear more about Pham and Bentley, read Ebola Survivor Gets Her Dog Back.
To find out more about Amber Vinson, read Nurse Amber Vinson Free of Ebola.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Vietnam Protest Anniversary


Today, November 15, marks the 45th anniversary of what is thought to be the largest peaceful protest in United States history.  In 1969, 500,000 people met in Washington D.C. in an effort to stop what was arguably the most horrific war that the United States has every fought in.  Similar to the Occupy Wall Street movement of a few years ago, this protest spawned many similar protests in cities throughout the country. Unfortunately, while this event was a notable landmark in U.S. history, it did not end up stopping the war.  President at the time Richard Nixon reportedly said that during the protest, he "watched sports on television in the White House" (NY Times).  The war was brutal up until its final days in March 1973, three and a half years after the protest in D.C.  With tens of thousands dead and millions scarred by the conflict, we can only dream what it would be like if this protest was more effective.


For more information on the protest and the war itself, go to:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Issues with the United States Secret Service

          There was an incident in September of this year, where a man named Omar Gonzalez scaled the White House fence, and got quite far into the actual house itself. He was able to get through the main entrance hall, into the east room, and to the entrance of the green room. He shouldn't have been able to make it over the fence and onto the lawn, but he managed to get pretty deep into the White House. I was on CNN and found an article that described the failures and complications of the system which allowed Gonzalez to get into the White House. The Department of Homeland Security are the ones responsible for the release of this information.
          It is said that certain alarm and radio systems weren't working properly. When Gonzalez went into the bushes, the officer that was supposed to release the canines was in a van talking on his cell phone, and he didn't have his earpiece in. Even officers with rifles didn't shoot him, because they believed that he was unarmed. How can you make that assumption when it comes to national security?
          This is obviously a big issue, if you are in charge of protecting the President and the White House, you shouldn't be on your phone. The Secret Service should keep a better hold on things like this, and be more strict. It was also said that the agents' training was lacking, and insufficient. The training program and enforcement need to be improved immensely before something bad happens.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Decreasing Gas Prices in Massachusetts

Gas prices in Massachusetts are currently at an all time low. After a high peak in June, under $3 per gallon gas calls for grateful Massachusetts citizens. Customer confidence has been pushed up an overall 1.5 percentage points, which is the most its improved in years. Gas prices are a main cause of confidence (or non confidence) in economy for the residents. Homeowners can now ration out their money according to their spending rates of more important payments, since gas is now the least of society members' worries. 
Since people now have a couple more dollars in their pockets, convenience store owners have been making a bit more on coffee and everyday items people don't normally purchase after getting gas that cost them over $3 a gallon. Economy as a whole is increasing in the sense that people can consume and buy more, since they're saving more of their money. Store owners are ecstatic seeing the new price changes along roads everywhere. Decreasing gas prices have made everyday living a tiny bit better. 


To read more, visit: 
https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/11/11/dropping-gas-prices-giving-mass-residents-more-money-spend-elsewhere/2FDgL5zWH7YEA3MYUZ0QIK/story.html

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Forty-Five Minutes Without a Pulse



         It's not everyday you hear about someone without a pulse living for longer than a few minutes, nevertheless forty-five. A few months ago, a team of medical workers has spent nearly three hours attempting to revive the mother after a "are amniotic fluid embolism." Just as the doctors were about to pronounce her dead, a tiny indication on the monitor that was connected to her pronounced a small but life-changing pattern. The mother had gone 45 minutes without a pulse. She did not even suffer any brain damage! All of the doctors were very surprised at this, as they had never heard of it before. The mother is fine now, and is not at home tending to her new baby. It is always interesting to hear stories of the unexpected, and this one held my interest all throughout the many articles that I read it on.


Here is one of the articles that was recently updated earlier today if you want to read more about it: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Florida-woman-survives-45-minutes-with-no-pulse-5881749.php 

Endangered Species!

Endangered Species

"Endangered species are those considered to be at risk of extinction, meaning that there are so few left of their kind that they could disappear from the planet altogether" (Wildscreen Arkive).
Here are some factors that seem to contribute to species becoming extinct...
  • Habitat Lose
  • Climate Change
  • Disease
  • Hunting
  • Decrease in population (Production)
  • Pollution
  • Invasive Species
There are many species that are Endangered today and are at high risk of being extinct in the Future.
-The Rhinoceros is one of the most endangered animals today (Wildscreen Arkive). Other animals that are also endangered would be the snow leopard and the polar bear.

So what can WE DO to help these poor animals from vanishing off the face of the earth in the near future??!!
-Recycle
-Conserve as much energy as possible
-Reduce amount of land taken for human use
-reduce animal consumption/hunting
By doing these things we can save the animals and help out the environment as well!!!!
#SaveTheAnimals

https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=529081778965627030#editor/target=post;postID=4406877369552789407

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Robin williams

As most of you know Robin Williams was an actor and comedian, an amazing one at that.  Earlier in the year robin had taken his own life which was tragic for all of his friends, family, and millions of fans.  Robin Williams had been in movies such as jumanji and voiced in the animated movie aladin.  He was a very humorous person that many people got joy in watching his movies .  The loss of this amazing man was very tragic for many people.  In this article it shows robin  Williams cause of death. .he commuted suicide but there was no results of illegal drugs in his autopsy.  He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and those drugs were found in his system but nothing illegal.  Robin was said to be going through depression ever since he was diagnosed with the disease., he could not function as normally as before.  His personal assistant found him dead, his wife had left the house that morning not knowing what had happened.  It was a big shocker to everyone.  Robin Williams was a role model to many people including me. I loved every movie he was in.  This taught me that you never know when someone is hurting.  He looked like the happiest guy on television, but behind closed doors he was clearly not.  Suicide happens a lot and it is a horrible thing.  Try to help boost people up when they are down. Rest In peace to the amazing actor robin Williams.
http://m.nbc12.com/nbc12/db/330650/content/Wes9Qjo7
  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Culture Clash Alert

          Currently in my AP Environmental Science class, we are learning about populations and the world growth rates. In this comes death, emigration, immigration, births, and more. When people think of population, they immediately look at China. China is known around the world as the most populated country on Earth, and I will tell you right now that it's no lie. China currently contains over 1.3 billion people. BILLION. There are only 7.1 billion people on Earth. China has a great portion of Earth's population, and in case you weren't sure, reference the map below to see that it's really not that big! There are only 300 million people in America, and we think it's crowded here. So, as I've been studying about populations and the rates at which they change, I started thinking about what life must be like in China. It can't possibly be anything like our life here in the United States. Well, after doing some research, I ended up finding out that I got easily sidetracked by an article about what not to do in China. Sorry to disappoint those who were really looking forward to hearing more about life in China, but to me this is even more interesting.
       

          What do I mean by "what not to do" in the country of China? Well, the Chinese have different morals and customs. They have different values, and essentially, a completely different culture. So, you want to go visit China to see what life is like in the most densely populated country in the world? First you should know some things. There are things we do in America that are acceptable in Western culture, but not over in Asia. For example, never get angry in public. The Chinese become uncomfortable in these situations and don't know how to react. Getting angry in public is frowned upon. The common American "road rage" wouldn't fly there. Even if you were being sarcastic walking down the street with your best friend, it is still not acceptable behavior to express upset feelings in public. Also, before you ever drink an alcoholic beverage, make a toast. In the Western Hemisphere, often toasts are only made on holidays, special family gatherings, and weddings. However, you should do it on any occasion anytime you are in the company of Chinese people becuase it shows respect. Do you want another fun fact? Chinese people use last names when addressing each other. Instead of calling people by their first names like we do in America, they call each other by their last names. There are many more things to learn before you go to China for a visit, so click the link below to learn more. For example, read about the shocking response you may hear when you tell a Chinese parent that their kid is wise or good looking.

Ten Things Never to Do in China

This is the "thank you" gesture in Chinese. Hopefully, you see this!
The lesson of this post is to do your research before you go traveling internationally. Always read up on other countries' customs and culture so you know how to act and what to expect.

Brand New Battlefield Medical Equipment


Earlier this year, the revolutionary device named XStat was approved by the FDA for use on the battlefield.  It is designed to look similar to a syringe (without a needle, don't worry) and it dispenses several pill-sized sponges into a wound.  This hemostatic device will help medics and save lives by putting pressure on bleeding wounds and stopping blood loss, and in the end saving lives.  The bullet or shrapnel that caused the wound still needs to be extracted from the body of course, so each sponge is designed with "an x-ray detectable marker" for when the foreign object can finally be removed from the body safely.  According to the maker's website, it starts expanding in just twenty seconds and is effective for up to four hour, much better than any gauze that medics would have to wrap around the wound.  This new device will undoubtedly save soldiers' lives and it would not be surprising to see this being used by EMTs in the near future.








Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Remembering Anne Frank

       As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by Anne Frank. She was a young girl who had heart and left behind a legacy. As a child that's what I wanted in life. I wanted to be remembered for my heroism such as Anne. I remember reading the Diary of Anne Frank in school and being so intrigued. Her story has so much to tell and it is sad she never got to end it happily. My actions could never amount to hers, but she was a pretty awesome girl and I looked up to her. This article featured in the New York Times proves how amazing she was. The article talks about Anne's interests; clothing, boys and Hollywood stars. These interests seem very similar to a girl in the present day. Anne was a lively girl with a bright personality. The article goes on into detail how on November 9, coming up this week, Anne's surviving friends and relatives share tidbits of Anne and their own harsh stories. Anne is an important figure who connects the world together. She is extremely influential. In memory of her this week, take time to think of the wonderful girl she was.

To read the article click here

Sunday, November 2, 2014

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Over the weekend, I took a trip up to Boston to see the Dalai Lama speak at TD Garden. For those that don't know who that is, the Dalai Lama is a Buddhist monk that is the head figure of the religion Buddhism. Dalai Lama itself is a general term, and many people have been the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama website explains that,

"The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvera or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are believed to be enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity."

The first Dalai Lama was born in 1391 and the most current one was born in 1935. The respected form to address the current Dalai Lama is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, but as I learned from listening to him, he is very modest. He said himself that he does not consider himself anything higher than a Buddhist monk, and ever more generally, a human being. He claimed that in order to talk to people and relate, he thinks of himself simply as human. He said that if he thought of himself as a high, divinely person, he would be alone, and this would cause him sadness. 


Before the speaking, Elizabeth Warren introduced the 14th Dalai Lama and mentioned how important it was that he came to speak the word of peace to Boston. He even sported a Boston Bruins hat, and claimed that it was perfect because the lights were so bright. Overall, the Dalai Lama spoke about peace, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness. He believes that many humans are too stressed out, and that they need to lead a less stressful life. The speech that he gave was very enlightening and peaceful. We even found out that he has a pet cat. Richard Gere, an actor that converted to Buddhism, concluded and thanked the Dalai Lama for spreading love and speaking. 

The main thing that I got out of the Dalai Lama's speech was that you do not need to be a Buddhist to embrace the principles of Buddhism. You don't need to be Buddhist to be kind to people, or to forgive, to relate to people, or to be happy and stress free. 

http://www.dalailama.com/

However, I also noticed protesters holding signs that said stop the false Dalai Lama and telling him to stop lying. I decided to research this protest group, and found out that these protesters are actually Buddhists themselves, but they practice a form of Buddhism that the Dalai Lama frowns upon and has supposedly banned. They are angry about this obviously, because their religious practices have been attacked, but they worship a deity that the Dalai Lama believes can harm Tibetan people and Buddhism itself. 

http://internationalshugdencommunity.com/
http://www.shugdensociety.info/HHsWordsEN.html



Saturday, November 1, 2014

When Will the School Shootings End?

Recently, a 14 year old freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School opened fire in his cafeteria. He took his life, along with two others. Police investigators are running tests on the weapon used to determine where the student got it from. Four people were wounded in the shooting and the extent of their injuries is unknown. The high school was home to 2,500 students, one of them being freshman Jaylen Fryberg. He was said to be a happy, and nonviolent person. He took part in the school's athletics, being a member of the football and wrestling teams. A few days before the shooting, Jaylen got into a fight with another student, rumored to be over a girl, and was suspended from school and the football team. His funeral yielded over 1000 people, yet the names of the victims of this crime aren't released or glamorized like his. What is wrong with this picture?
School shootings have threatened students everyday existence since the earliest in 1764. However, there has been an outbreak of sorts here in the United States since the early 1990's. According to nymag.com, school shooters aren't always the loners. They constantly try to get attention and this, they think, is the only way to truly get it. They think, however, that adding a school resource officer can help improve relationships with students and prevent these tragedies. They also say that schools in "middle of nowhere" areas and exurban settings tend to be the most popular for shootings because kids need to prove themselves. In inner cities, kids have those opportunities in gangs and other ways but not necessarily in school.






If you would like to read more on the logic behind school massacres and how we can prevent them, go to  http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/06/why-school-shootings-happen-how-stop-them.html.
If you would like to know more about the Marysville-Pilchuck Shooting, go to http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/memorial-service-helps-healing-marysville-pilchuck/nhxKn/.