School Board Member Asks Muslims Simple Question, Guess What Happened

A prominent figure in a Virginia school district decided to ask a simple question in a post on her personal Facebook wall, and you’ll never guess what ended up happening as a result.

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Chesapeake School Board Chairwoman Christie New Craig merely shared a meme to her personal wall last month, which she fully acknowledges, but she never made any further comments about it. However, that didn’t stop an outrage from ensuing within her community, according to PilotOnline. Craig said she wasn’t out to offend anyone with the meme, but that didn’t seem to be enough for members of the Muslim community, who are upset that a member of the school board would ever post something so horribly “offensive.”

“I did not post that maliciously,” she said, before adding that she doesn’t take exception with any particular religion or group. “I’m not racist. I wasn’t raised that way.”

So what did the meme say? It was a cartoon that listed several things that Muslims dislike, then asked why it is they want to come to America so badly when we have all these things. A screenshot of Craig’s post is below:

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It reads, “Muslims hate pork, beer, dogs, bikinis, Jesus, and freedom of speech. My question is, what the hell do they come to America for?”

The president of the Muslim Community of Tidewater, Mohammed Abdous, doesn’t think that Craig should have exercised her First Amendment rights in such a way, which is rather ironic, given the meme actually lists freedom of speech as one of the things Muslims hate, wouldn’t you say?

“I found it saddening and disappointing that kind of language came from someone involved in educating children,” Abdous said.

Abdous is demanding that Craig apologizes for the meme, but her problems don’t end with him. Of course, nothing Muslim-related can happen without the known terror group the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) getting involved, and they’re quite upset over Craig exercising her freedom of speech. The Washington-based branch of the group sent out news releases recently, decrying Craig’s actions and demanding the Chesapeake school district conduct a thorough investigation into the post.

In a written statement to the district, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper didn’t mince words when expressing how he felt about it, and he accused the district of supporting “anti-Muslim bigotry” if they didn’t take swift action:

The Chesapeake Public Schools Board’s silence on this issue will inevitably be viewed as acceptance and approval of anti-Muslim bigotry. We therefore formally request that the board take up this important issue at its next meeting on Monday, September 14. The board must send a message to students and parents of all faiths and backgrounds in the district and the state that they deserve equal respect and support.

Only by addressing this issue can the board uphold its stated commitment ‘to the principle of equal opportunity for all and does not permit discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.’

Despite the negative backlash that Craig has received, she’s offering to sit down with anybody who is concerned and have a chat. However, she’s still amazed that a Facebook post, of all things, has received so much attention.

“I merely shared it. I did not make a comment, and I’m just shocked with everything going on in our country – police officers are losing their lives, people are homeless and people don’t have jobs – that a political cartoon would cause this much stir,” Craig said, according to WAVY News.

As of this writing, Craig has retained her position with the district, which she was elected to in 2010. However, the next board meeting comes on September 28, and things could quickly go downhill for her, as I’m sure most of you already expected.

I can’t help but see the irony in this entire situation, considering what the original meme had to say. We watch daily as Muslims around the world try to limit others’ free speech rights, so that they’re not offended, then when a woman shares a meme pointing it out, Muslims step in and demand that she be punished for exercising her right to free speech.

To think, we let nearly a million of these people into the nation annually, and liberals want to bring in even more. As it is, they’re already trying to encroach on our freedoms, so imagine what it’s going to be like as their population grows.

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Taller Screens Are Realy Usefull: Good Reviews By Users

Bigger screens don’t cut it anymore. Now, we need taller screens. I’ve been playing with the LG G6 for the past 24 hours. In many ways, it is just another phone. But the company is trying something new with a 2:1 aspect ratio display — essentially a normal 16:9 display that can fit a few extra lines of text at the top and bottom. And it makes a big difference.

I’ve played with the G6 for the past 24 hours. At first, I was quite skeptical about this new format. For instance, if you watch a video, there are narrow black bars on each side of the video. And I’m sure many games haven’t been optimized for this aspect ratio. But in real life usage, the taller screen makes a big difference.

My main phone is currently the iPhone 7. While I’m always impressed with the iPhone 7 Plus, it’s just too big for me. It doesn’t fit in my pocket, it’s hard to type with one hand as the keyboard is too large. I understand why people love those devices. But I have tiny hands and this kind of phablets is not for me.

The G6 is roughly as wide as my iPhone 7 with Apple’s case. It’s just a tiny bit taller. But when you turn those phones on, LG’s phone feels much bigger just because the screen takes over the front of the device.

When you read an article, when you browse your inbox or when you look at a map, you can fit more content on your display. It just feels like a more efficient device with less wasted space.

Sure, the camera is also better, the chip is faster, the body is waterproof, and there are a few nifty software features that take advantage of the display. But nobody cares about specs anymore. People are just going to remember one thing — the G6 has a taller screen.

While LG is the first one coming up with this new format, LG isn’t an outlier. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will also have a 2:1 display — essentially two squares on top of each other. And rumor has it that the iPhone 8 will also have a taller display without necessarily making the phone significantly bigger.

In other words, it’s time to get rid of the bezels. There will always be a tiny bezel for the selfie camera, but there’s no reason to keep those thick bezels in your current phone.

It makes it much more comfortable to hold a phone with a large screen because it’s still quite narrow. I’m excited that I finally feel comfortable using a phablet.

LG didn’t necessarily come up with the most exciting phone of the year. But the company is paving the way for a new generation of phones, educating users and app developers about taller screens. And I can say for sure that these new aspect ratios are the way of the future.

3 New Great & Upcoming Auto Technology Cars

Hydrogen filling stations owned by FirstElement Fuel, a startup headed by former GM and Hyundai marketing guru Joel Ewanick. And it’s at the center of an effort by automakers and regulators to develop the infrastructure to support the growing number of fuel cell vehicles on the market.

Eighteen months ago, FirstElement announced plans to build 19 stations in California in 2015. Hurdles such as permitting and equipment issues have slowed that timeline, but not Ewanick’s enthusiasm.“These issues happen,” Ewanick told Automotive News. “If we were opening a Starbucks we’d still have issues.”

FirstElement has 13 True Zero stations in operation now, mostly clustered in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas. Ewanick hopes to have the rest of the 19 done by early next year. That would give True Zero a dominant share of the market in California; there are just six other retail hydrogen stations not owned by the company.Ewanick: “These issues happen.” The timing is important because the vehicles are already here. Toyota has sold 210 Mirai sedans in California and Hyundai has about 100 fuel cell Tucsons leased to customers. Honda’s second-generation Clarity FCV goes on sale this year.While those numbers barely register on the green-car scales, automakers such as Honda and Toyota are keen to do what they can to ease their customers’ experience with hydrogen — just as Tesla did with its network of Supercharger stations.

“For automakers, what they get is a reliable consumer experience,” Ewanick said. “The last thing they want to do is put these cars on the road and have an experience that reflects poorly on the brand.”Honda and Toyota have provided $13.8 million in loans to spur construction of True Zero stations. FirstElement has also received $27.6 million in grants from the California Energy Commission and another $2 million in grants from regional air-quality management districts.Ewanick doesn’t want to stop there. He plans to raise more capital in the next 12 months, likely through an equity sale.The True Zero stations, with sleek design, are installed in existing filling stations. That’s cheaper than developing sites from scratch, easier from a permitting perspective and more amenable to new hydrogen customers.

FirstElement “really focused on the retail experience,” Tyson Eckerle, deputy director of zero-emission vehicle infrastructure in California’s Office of Business and Economic Development, told Automotive News. “Their attention to detail and what it’s like to be a customer has been absolutely transformative and their network really changes the whole value proposition.”

Now Technology Hand: Info About ColorWare Paint

White AirPods are fine. I guess. If you like boring. But for the rest of us, ColorWare is now offering its aftermarket painting service for Apple’s wireless earbuds and there’s a multitude of color options. The company will even paint the case for an extra few dollars.

ColorWare has been around since the early 2000s. These folks know what they’re doing, offering a variety of different painted gadgets and have long catered to Apple owners. The company was one of the first to give iPod owners different color options.

All this comes at a price, though. Painted AirPods start at $289, or a $130 premium on top of the retail cost of the headphones. For that price ColorWare offers 58 different shades including metallic options. Throw ColorWare an extra $30, and the company will paint the case.
The company says it takes about six weeks to process the order and as of writing, ColorWare is showing the customized AirPods as out of stock — apparently there’s a good amount of people who want custom AirPods no matter the cost. Apple is probably paying attention. It’s a safe bet Apple will soon offer the AirPods in different color options.

LIFESTYLE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

So what will be the key focus of lifestyle technology in the coming years? Millionaire magazine looked into the future with a group of leading technology experts – Kjaer Global was one of them.

Q: WHAT ARE THE EMERGING KEY TRENDS IMPACTING OUR WORK / LIFE?

STRATEGIC BIG DATA: The Internet of Things is already here and, by 2020, over 30 billion things will be connected. As data flow increases Big Data meets ‘Social’ data and becomes more strategic and manageable as new software and tools emerge to predict behaviour and buying trends.

CROWD-FUNDING PLATFORM: Globally CFPs are accelerating with a growth of 60% since last year. Crowdsourcing.org breaks these down into four categories: Donation-Based, Reward-Based (majority), Lending-Based and Equity-Based. Soon, we will all be able to own a share in the startups we buy from.

EDUCATION 4.0: MOOCS (Massive Open Online Course) and Social media coursework at universities will be the norm. Mobile Education will lead to a major transformation of the education landscape with mEducation products and services representing a $38 billion market opportunity by 2020. >>
E-HEALTH: Healthcare Apps, Mobile Diagnostics and Intuitive Bio Feedback will explode, with healthcare professionals becoming involved in design and monitoring. By 2020, chronic diseases could account for almost 75% of all deaths worldwide: ischaemic heart disease (IHD), stroke and diabetes is set to increase in developing countries.

Top Reasons Why Education is Extremely Important

You may be knowing your A’s and B’s and C’s, but are you educated or just literate? No rolling your eyeballs please, there is a difference. Literacy is knowing how to read and write. Education is to be able to reason, to use your ability to read and write to your benefit and to be able to gain your spectrum of knowledge by trying to surge deeper into the literate knowledge imparted to you.  We’ve had debates innumerable about why is it important for every country to increase the literacy rates of its citizens, but is merely doing that enough? No, we do not need just literate citizens, but educated ones too. We do not want to be a group of people who can read and write but make nothing out of it. Wondering what education makes of us? It makes us human, a robot can read and write to, but reason? Here are reasons why education is extremely important.

Do you know that the societal segments were based more on your education than economic worth, just economically better off could afford better education too. Women were the aliens of the already alienated because they weren’t seen as able to mingle in a society where reasoning happened. It is extremely important that you be at par with the knowledge database to be able to mingle in a certain societal setting without being made to feel embarrassed or an outcast. Education helps you broaden that spectrum of knowledge and hold your own mind and reason.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN ENGLISH QUICKLY ?

Embarking on any new language can be a daunting task. It’s taking on a fundamental life skill – a skill most of us can barely remember learning the first time around. The entire process of learning a language is complex and fraught with difficulty – and English, supposedly, is particularly difficult for non-native speakers, with its inconsistent rules and idiosyncrasies.

No language can be learned overnight, and there is no magic fix. But with a few straightforward steps, and a dedicated attitude, it’s entirely possible to be competent and conversational within a few months. Learning English quickly needn’t be a headache.

Why learn English ?!

English is the true lingua franca, the world’s global language. It is the most widely used language in the world, spoken by well over a billion people in every continent. Significantly, in addition to almost 400 million native speakers, there are as many as a billion non-native speakers, suggesting that English as a second language is a vital skill for much of the world.

This is reflected in where you find English. It is a dominant language in business, science, I.T., aviation, seafaring, diplomacy, medicine, the internet, and many other industries. In an increasingly globalised world, English is expected as a basic requirement on any respectable CV – and bilingual speakers can enjoy much better employment prospects than those who speak only one language.

Learning English opens you up to masses of entertainment and arts.  It’s the language of centuries of culture: of Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen; of Byron, Shelley, and Wordsworth; of Hollywood, the Beatles and Britpop.

It’s an official language of some of the largest and most important countries and organisations in the world, including the UN, the EU, the US and the UK. And as the one language to unite the world, it breaks down cultural barriers and acts as a common tongue for native and non-native speakers alike.

Learning English is a crucial step to becoming a truly ‘global citizen’. It’s a means of communicating in any country, in any part of the world.

5 tips for staying healthy in the workplace

Carry healthy snacks
Workplaces are notorious for cheap and fluffy carbohydrates (i.e. donuts, bagels, cupcakes). It is far easier to grab a bagel off the table and eat it than it is to burn it off in the gym. An easy way to prevent overeating and snacking on these refined carbohydrates in the workplace is to bring healthy snacks and have them on hand. A healthy snack is one that has both protein and fiber (i.e. Greek yogurt and raspberries, cold cut turkey and high fiber crackers or one slice of whole grain bread with almond butter). These snacks will provide your body with sustained energy and will help combat those mid-day crashes.

Find a healthy-buddy
Eating a salad during the office party may be more enjoyable if a friend is eating one as well. Dieting and exercise partners keep motivation high. Considering that typically 8-10 hours per day are spent in the workplace, a large chunk of the health decisions are, therefore, made at work. Social influences have huge effects on health behaviors, and having a close friend involved in ramping up a healthy lifestyle will not only lead to success, but may make the road to health more fun! Also consider running an office health challenge and get everyone on board.

Keep a water bottle on the desk
Without a constant reminder to drink water or without water readily accessible, people can go an entire day without fluids. Having a water bottle stationed on the desk serves not only as a reminder to drink water, but also as a visual for the amount of water consumed throughout the day. Aim to purchase a large 32 oz. water bottle, and fill it up at least twice throughout the day. This will ensure water needs are being met even if fluid intake at meals is lacking.

Create a pocket motivation reminder
As the day progresses, thoughts of health can easily slip the mind. Having a note on your desk or computer screen can help maintain focus. Examples of a “pocket motivation reminder” may be a favorite motivational quote or an old picture where a person felt happiest and healthiest. Keeping this reminder on hand, and somewhere where you will easily see it throughout the work day can be crucial during times when unhealthy decisions are appealing and simple.

Prioritize time for exercise
When employees are overworked, exercise can quickly go on the back burner. An important way to maintain an exercise regimen is to set aside the same time every day for fitness. Allow the hour of fitness to be an escape from other responsibilities. Set the time to something realistic and achievable. For instance, if a person is more nocturnal, setting a 5am workout goal is unachievable. Time and location parameters are also critical to planning. For instance “I will work out for 30 minutes by running outside” is a more efficient goal than “I will exercise more.” Specific goals demand more accountability. For many people, finding a gym that is close and accessible or prepaying for some workout classes can be the difference between achieving fitness goals and failing.

CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER SAYS SHE FEARED USING GUN WHILE BEING BEATEN

A Chicago police officer who is hospitalized after she was severely beaten said she was afraid to use her gun because of the scrutiny she would have faced, Supt. Eddie Johnson said.
On Wednesday morning, police responded to a car crash at Roosevelt and Cicero on the city’s West Side where officers encountered a man that police allege was violent and under the influence of drugs.

Three officers were hospitalized in the incident. One officer who was severely beaten told Supt. Johnson she was afraid for her life and afraid to use lethal force with all of the attention on the police department’s previous actions and fatal incidents.

“She thought she was going to die. She knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to, because she didn’t want her family or the department to have to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” Supt. Johnson said.

A nearby business captured surveillance video of the incident. The owner didn’t see the incident firsthand, but saw how the incident unfolded on the surveillance video.

“It is terrible. It is total disregard for law enforcement. They put their lives forward every day for us and to see somebody do this, to pummel the police officer is terrible. It is a terrible thing,” business owner Louie Rainone said.

ABC7 reached out to the Fraternal Order of Police but did not get a comment.

The Importance of Learning to Learn

It’s safe to say that most people want to be an educated person.Last night I was asking myself these two questions: Who is an educated person? What does someone have to know in order to be considered an educated person? Look at the following: Do you need to have an advanced degree in order to be considered well-educated?
Does it mean being prepared to join the work force, are there certain books that you have to have read?
I did some research in order to be able to answer these questions. After reading several lists of the characteristics of an educated person—including Harvard and Princeton University’s lists–I came up with the following list of the 50 characteristics of an educated person:

1. An educated person has the ability to think clearly and independently.

2. An educated person has good judgment.

3. An educated person knows how to learn.

4. An educated person knows how to acquire desired skills by identifying and utilizing available resources, deconstructing the process required for learning a particular skill, and experimenting with potential approaches.