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The Mainstream Is Media Create Their Own News

When someone wants to find out about what is taking place around them, there is the chance that they will look towards the mainstream media. This is because this source will be seen as being trustworthy and reliable.

And when one wants to find out about what is going on, they could end up turning their TV on. This can then mean that they will sit back and believe everything that this source tells them about what is going on in the world.

A Number of Ways

Alternatively, they might prefer to go online and to see what is taking place on a certain website. Or, if this is not the case, they may have a number of different sites that they tend to visit.

And, if one has some kind of device, they are going to be able to do this no matter where they are. Therefore, it is going to be a lot easier one to take this approach than it will be for them to watch TV.

No Excuses

It could then be said that if one doesn’t know what is taking place, it will come down to the fact that they don’t want to know. What they need to know is always going to be a few finger taps away.

Naturally, there are going to be moments when one is too busy to see what is going on a around them, but this is going to be different to having absolutely no interest in what is taking place. So compared with their ancestors, one is going to be in a far better position when it comes to what is taking place in the world.

Staying Up To Date

And while one can have the desire to find out about what is going on in the world, they can also have the need to be informed about something in particular. For example, if an election is about to take place or if a country is being attacked, one might not want to miss out on anything.

What is taking place in the world could end up consuming them, and it will then be a challenge for them to think about anything else. Or, one could put it to one side when they are at work, for instance, and end up thinking about it when they finish.

The Truth

But if the mainstream media didn’t exist, it would be a lot harder for them to find out about what is actually taking place around them. It would then be down to them to find out for themselves.

Naturally, this would take a lot of time and energy, and it would be down to them to work out if something is true or not. Based on this, one should be grateful that the mainstream media exists.

In The Middle

One way of looking at it would be to say that the mainstream media simply passes on what is taking place in the world. This is then similar to how if one needs something delivered to their house from a supermarket, a van will bring it over.

The van won’t do anything to the food; it will simply allow them to have what they need without having to leave their house. This van, like the mainstream media, is there to make their life easier.

Let Down

However, if something was to happen to the food during this journey, it would be normal for one to get angry. What would also cause problems is if they ended up with food that they didn’t even order.

If something like this was to happen when it comes to the mainstream media, it would be the same as this source passing on information that doesn’t reflect what actually took place. Or, it would be the same as them creating their own news.

Back To Reality

Yet, if one believes that the mainstream media only exists to inform people, they might believe that this would never happen. They could believe that there is no reason for them to deliberately misconstrue what takes place, or to talk about things that haven’t even happened.

At the same time, they might realise that this source of information doesn’t always talk about what is actually taking place. But as for this source of information creating their own news, this might be too hard to believe.

A Completely Different Purpose

So if the mainstream media doesn’t exist to inform people, why does it exist? It could be said that this source of information has their own agenda, and the people behind the scenes are the ones who define what this agenda is.

At times, this will mean that they will put their own spin on what has taken place and, at other times, it will result in them talking about something that has even taken place. If one had a friend who treated them in this way, it would be clear that they don’t have their best interests at heart.

The Ultimate Betrayal

The very source that is supposed to exist to keep the masses informed is secretly taking them for one hell of a ride. Fortunately, there are plenty of people who are only too aware of how duplicitous this source is.

What has made a big difference here is the fact that people can now look towards the alternative media. This is not to say that this source of information can always be trusted, but it makes it easier to see when the mainstream media is lying.

Conclusion

When it comes to who controls the mainstream media, there are a number of different people and organisations that could be mentioned. Nevertheless, what is clear is that the people behind this source of information are not interested in a peaceful world.

So, if one does pay attention to this source of information, it will be vital for them to question what they are told. If they don’t do this, they will be making it easier for the people behind the scenes to implement their grand plan.

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In Easter and the Best Fake News Story Ever

People put up fake news to sway others with their opinions and hopefully to destroy the ‘norm’. During the USA elections it was rife. Social Media sites like Facebook along with videos, and the media in general all promoted it. Some of the things I read and watched were shocking and more so if they were true. The shock scenario is what brings about a reaction and then once swayed people tend to love the alternative.

The Truth is the victim and even when they hear it those who are brain-washed into the other are virtually impossible to redeem. We have all heard the adage that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ so why don’t we examine the latter more closely.

Good blood-thirsty stories are generally what turns the public on. Violence, wars, and over-throw by dictators and murderers loom large on television and gain the greater audiences. By contrast true stories are often considered boring or too old-hat and boring to watch.

As Easter approaches the best fictional story around is that of the death of one Jesus Christ and the rise up of a small persecuted group called Christians. The story is as fake as anything on the media at this time and yet it will grip everyone who is interested with passion.

The real God is the Great Spirit of the Universe and it has never produced a son, let alone one whom men have killed. The idea behind the story is to state how great men are who can not only kill ‘god’ but then have it resurrect and state that what they do is God’s will.

Following my reincarnation and with a commission to destroy the lies and tear down the wall of confusion that hides the truth the Spirit led me back in time to discover the roots of Easter. It is a term derived from ‘eye-star’, which happened at the equinox.

In a vision the Spirit showed me the rising sun’s rays passing through a hole made in a stone held aloft on a prop. Watching were a mass of people who had ‘marched’ to the hill-top where they witnessed the event.

The rays dispersed into the wonderful rainbow-coloured rings of motion and central to the sight appeared the right-angled cross. This image is visible everywhere when light is refracted due to a shiny substance, such as glass, or the rays penetrate an object or pass behind a mountain peak.

The ‘star’ created is awesome and the people in the vision fell to their knees to worship it. It was named ‘ma-r-I’ or ‘mary’ which means ‘mother’s powerful eye’. A crowd of people on the move is called a ‘ma-r-x’ or ‘march’ which means ‘mother’s powerful cross’ and the time was called the month of March. (The letter [x] and [ch] are interchangeable linguistically).

Mary stylised into a woman was first evidenced by images from the city of Babylon and it prompted this passage in Revelation 17:5.

“BABYLON THE GREAT, MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”

The religion practiced here was and is Islam. The occupiers of the city were the Amor who later built Roma (reverse Amor). One of their number was Constantine who established the Catholic Church based on the same principles. He put Mary into it as the Mother of God and invented Jesus Christ. He built the first Christian churches and the Vatican, which stands over the temple of Jupiter (Peter in English). He is identified as 666 in Revelation 13:12-18

Following this event Jerome was appointed by the Vatican to produce the New Testament and he did that based on the Islamic religion. He took the festivals, calendar, instruments, costumes, order of service, and the law, from that source to format the Church and the Book of Matthew refers to those laws.

Easter is, therefore, the greatest story of fiction around. There is no heaven or hell and the idea tha men could ‘kill God’ is absurd. Space craft and photos beyond earth prove that the universe is huge and the Great Spirit not only fills all of space but is within us leading and guiding us through life.

The truth is that only some can respond in a positive way to the Spirit while others are simply led by what the beasts of Revelation put out there. We are fast approaching the end of the day of the lord, who has served God’s purpose to bring it about. Every festival and worship of fake gods brings more disasters and brutality connected to the time.

Info An Increasing Problem in Schools

Attendance is one of the ways children show they can meet their obligations. In many cases, a child’s attendance depends on his/her parents’ ability to help him/her be on time. Parents can teach their children organizational techniques that will help them get out of the house faster, such as packing their bags and laying out their clothes the night before school.

But parents who drive their children must also remember to be punctual and responsible. After all, you are the primary role model for your kids. Definitely, you have to show your kids that you are actually doing what are you saying. Meaning, you practice what you preach.

The increase in school tardiness is most disturbing. Schools considered this a significant problem that affects school performance. Students depend on the structure of the day. They know where they have to be and when to be in school. When students are repeatedly tardy, these routines are disrupted.

Part of the child’s education is learning to be responsible. The school teaches children how to meet expectations. Learning responsibility in school is a precursor to functioning in the working world. But it is not the sole duty of the school. Discipline starts at home. Even if it is a real challenge, but the bottom line is how parents respond to the negative behavior of their children especially in terms of tardiness. They might get used to it.

Arriving late to school can also mean that students miss out on activities designed to build connections with their peers, potentially impacting their social interactions and creating a greater sense of alienation from their classmates. Punishment or positive reinforcement? So, how can teachers tackle the issue?

Instructional time lost due to tardiness is likely to significantly affect the capacity of the student to meet rigorous academic standards. If teachers respond to the educational needs of late students by reallocating regular class time, then other students are adversely affected and classroom instruction is slowed by this disruption.

With tardy students entering the school day at abnormal times and potentially missing a large number of cumulative instructional hours, teachers must divert their attention away from regular teaching time and towards remediation.

Tardiness in schools, if left unchecked, can create serious systemic problems. Indiscipline will also increase. Administrators must lead by example. This would encourage more students to be punctual. Recognizing and rewarding students for punctuality would also be useful.

The tardy policy must be communicated to everyone and enforced methodically. All classes should have time to complete their syllabi.

When parents focus on punctuality, students learn that not coming to a meeting or event on time is disrespectful of other people’s time and that they miss out on important information. It’s a priority of which many high school students are acutely aware.

Information Merits and Demerits of Provision of Free Public Transport

To begin with, provision of free public transport decongests the city center. Many people who own cars leave them at home to avoid traffic jam and payment of parking fees. In the long run, reducing congestion within the city center ensures that there is also growth of businesses in the suburbs and away from the city center. This leads to collection of more revenue in form of taxes paid to the government and attempts to lead to uniform distribution of available resources. This also reduces cost of maintaining roads within the city center.

Secondly, zero-fare transport ensures people-entrepreneurs in this case- to move easily from one area to another hence spreading business ideas leading to rapid rise in the living standards of people. The government therefore saves money and invests it in other projects that are of great economic value or importance.

The free transport also ensures that there is faster and cheaper movement of people and goods. This favors the companies within the city as people widely move from one part of the city to the other. Employers are also able to access a large labor pool at lower or no transport costs. The growing of industries implies the growing of the economy.

However, provision of zero-fare transport may also perhaps be a bad idea. The zero-fare transport may turn out to be strenuous to the government. All the money needed to improve and maintain the public transport sector comes from the government unlike where people pay fares, even at a subsidized rate, because the money to cater for public transport comes from the users themselves hence helping the government to cater for the transport.

The free service leads to overcrowding of people at the stations. This leads to slow transport. Moreover, this would lead to idleness amongst people hence leading to slow-paced economic development. The economy thus drops.

Some people also don’t find the public transport convenient for them probably or are not being served by public transport. It would be lack of fairness to such people since they are also taxpayers in the country which would mean that they pay for what they don’t use since the zero-fare transport is catered for by the public purse.

Provision of free public transport would also negatively impact the car industry. More usage of public transport implies less usage of cars. Taxi providers and car manufacturers would suffer losses or even go out of business.

Apparently, provision of free public transport has merits and demerits to the people and their governments.

Remember Suicide Is Not an Escape Route for Problems

Suicide is about people willingly, intentionally or deliberately planning to end their lives on this earth plane for now, for reasons best known to them.

The reason may be physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, financial, marital, educational or social.

But, there is life after the so-called dead. When we die or pass through transition, we are sure to come back to this earth in order to continue from where we stopped.

Please, reflect on the above statements and either agree or disagree with me. You have the right.

Karma, reincarnation, the law of sowing and reaping, etc, are some of the natural laws some of us have little or no knowledge about. Let me confess, I am still a student of life.

People who hang themselves, jump into the lagoon, slice their throats or drink poison think this is the best way to end their lives here on earth.

They may think it is the best way to escape from the problems they are facing in life.

On the face value they may be right. But, in reality, they are dead wrong.

Do not believe what I am writing here. Make your own independent research and investigation in order to be convinced.

Poverty, frustrations, hopelessness, loneliness, rejection, hatred, depression, joblessness, marital failures, financial loses, dead of loved ones, etc, should not be the reason for you to take your life. However, most of these reasons are created by us.

There is a definite relationship between our past, present and future lives here on earth.

Therefore, our present life is a manifestation of the past and the future, a reflection of the present.

Those who commit suicide may either be weak, incapable of facing the many and seemingly endless problems of their lives, setting high standards for their lives, extremely materialistic, with no contentment or simply frustrated.

It is also possible that by the thoughts, words and deeds of our past lives, we have a karmic debt in this present life to face the consequences of our actions and inactions in our past lives.

So, suicide is not an escape route for the problems you are facing. It is in fact a burden.

When a person commits suicide, he or she may be thinking that his earthly problems are over. Again, dead wrong.

Immediately after the act, the person will suffer severely and regret his or her actions in the next world.

It is like a person who is traveling from Lagos to Abuja in Nigeria by road suddenly stopping on the way without reaching his or her destination.

The person is postponing his or her “evil days” and refusing to take responsibilities and solve whatever problems he or she is facing in order to grow.

This world is a school and we are here to learn, sort out our karmic records and go back after many years of coming and going.

So, instead of committing suicide, take a pause and reflect on your life. Pray for guidance and inspiration to face whatever problem you are presently going through. This is the natural way to grow.

About Hunger Is Real

Sometimes in anger, in fear, in haste, or maybe while being intoxicated, or consumed by infatuation, we speak, write, or through body language communicate to others a distorted version of what our true thoughts, opinions, or intentions are.

Distortion happens to all of us and we suffer, usually through embarrassment, as a result. It’s one of the many attributes which, for lack of a better label, makes us human. “I didn’t mean that.” “That’s not what I said.” “That’s not what I meant.” It’s almost a sure bet that you have uttered, firmly stated, or perhaps shouted one of the aforementioned quotations. No matter.

Slipping up when speaking never seems to be a mistake which is defeated by age, education, or faith. It just happens. I pose this question: What if your words or the words spoken about you were twisted by an individual or entity (media) and the sole purpose of this twisting was simply to add a little spice, awe, or head-shaking to what would otherwise be ho-hum?

Let me add this bit of information to give you a hint of where I’m going with all of this. I spent a block of my adult working life in the employment of a very large broadcast news organization. I was on-air talent as it’s called, and, as a result, I gained a “certain perspective” about the news media.

As a phrase, label, or headline, Fake News has existed, in my opinion, since the day news reporting began back in the stone age. Come on, admit it to yourself: Doesn’t everyone like a good story?

Getting the story is the toughest part of reporting the story. In college, in journalism class, they taught the mechanics of the interview, but not the reality. The reality is being under a time-gun, a deadline, dealing with a producer, or a news director. The clock is ticking and you have a story to get and you need it, now! And it better be good, because fresh college grads are lined-up and ready to take your place constantly.

So, let’s take our reporter, on any given day, with an assignment to get the story about Mr. Jones.

Back to day one of journalism class: The professor asks, “What is news?” And shocking, kick-in-the-head, almost comical answer is; Whatever the reporter makes it. That’s a pretty powerful position, wouldn’t you agree?

Back to our scenario. However, Mr. Jones cannot be located. The reporter has gone around, pounded the pavement and a few doors and there is no finding Mr. Jones. There’s still a deadline and all the rest of the pressure to produce a story. What’s the reporter to do?

Think fast. If you are a reporter, you have no choice but to think fast. The answer to this conundrum is to interview someone who knows Mr. Jones, which could be an immediate family member, neighbor, co-worker, former spouse, or how about that former employer. And the clock goes tick, tick, tick.

The reporter locates Mr. Smith, a good friend of the missing in action Mr. Jones. This puts Mr. Smith in what could be called an uncomfortable position. Feeling trapped and uneasy, Mr. Smith figures that he had better try and do his best to not embarrass himself or his good friend Mr. Jones. After all, once cornered for the interview, if Mr. Smith told the reporter that he had nothing to say about Mr. Jones there could be a problem.

The reporter, tick, tick, tick, could very well report that he asked Mr. Smith, a good friend of Mr. Jones, but Mr. Smith refused to answer any of a dozen questions and the reporter would take that nothing and intrigue his listeners, viewers, or readers with the speculation as to why Mr. Smith was tight-lipped about speaking about Mr. Jones. Remember, whatever the reporter makes it, is news.

Remarkably, no story becomes a big story based on the fact that there is no story to tell, but once a reporter knows that no answers are being volunteered by Mr. Smith, it opens the floodgates for the listener, viewer, or reader to draw their own conclusions. This sort of thinking can be applied even if the most preposterous questions are asked by the reporter on a deadline, e.g., Does Mr. Jones speak to aliens? When was the last time you witnessed Mr. Jones losing his temper? Is he rude to people less fortunate? Does he act differently around the Holiday Season? You get the picture. Not speaking can be worse than saying something.

This same thought crosses Mr. Smith’s mind, so he reluctantly and nervously agrees to an interview with the reporter who has been hounding him all day.

Face-to-face with the reporter Mr. Smith does his best to wear a smile while telling the reporter that Mr. Jones is always in a good mood and liked by friends and neighbors and impresses everyone he meets, because he has such a positive attitude. No clouds in Mr. Jones’ life, just sunshine the whole day through. He gives one hundred ten percent of his energy to his industry and prides himself in his work. Devotion to family is a testament to his character and all that he reaps he bestows on his wife.

Mr. Jones sounds like the Man of the Year to the reporter, but the reporter has to appeal to the listener, viewer, or reader, so it’s gotta have some kinks and some around-the-water-cooler good old-fashioned gossip attached, because without that, the listeners, viewers, or readers will be looking for greener (dirtier) pastures on which to graze.

Remember, whatever the reporter makes it. Time for the Fake News apparatus to be applied to this story. Pull out the seasonings and let’s spice this baby up. Start the twist party! And so, the interview is filed by the reporter.

Mr. Jones isn’t the serious type and has a salesman’s way about him that tells him which buttons to push to get people to like him. He devotes so much time to his job that you could label Mr. Jones a slave of the workforce in his industry and finds no time for devotion to anything that doesn’t benefit him personally. One habit he repeats at every turn is spoiling his wife, perhaps out of fear of losing her to a more well-rounded man.

Just think of the frustration Mr. Jones will have when he gets wind of the interview which Mr. Smith gave about him. Mr. Smith has nowhere to hide and I suspect that Mr. Jones will morph into an out-of-character clone of himself as he confronts Mr. Smith.

The reporter makes it seem credible by quoting a source, or in what has become more and more common, an anonymous source, or a source close to, or the Russians!

Now that you have read this piece, perhaps you’ll remember that news is whatever the reporter makes it and shock value is on the rise.

Information Polycarbonate Fabrication

Polycarbonate is the most common fabrication material being used by many companies these days. It is a sort of plastic that can be used to produce a variety of materials; specifically in items that are impact resistant and transparent in nature. It is a sort of plastic named as thermoplastic or engineering plastic due to their transparency and impact resistance. These plastics are used extensively in many products such as eyewear lens, in medical devices, automotive components, protective gear, greenhouses, Digital Disks (CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray) and exterior lighting fixtures.

The Polycarbonate’s heat resistance combined with flame retardant material makes them more popular among many business houses which are into manufacturing of fabricated products. The impact resistance capability of Polycarbonate fabrication is much higher when compared to the other sorts of plastic. Like aluminum sheet metal, the Polycarbonate fabrication can be formed at room temperature. This flexibility of transition is the major reason for using Polycarbonate over other plastic materials by many companies.

Especially in industries where high impact resistance and transparency is required, the Polycarbonate fabrication is used extensively. Some applications where Polycarbonate is used over other sorts of plastic are clear windows on prototype models, color tinted translucent prototypes, clear tubes for sports equipment prototypes, diffusers and light pipes for LEDs, clear molds for urethane and silicone casting, 3D printed models for high heat applications when ABS is not an option and machinery guards. Apart from these, tinted Polycarbonate is used even to reduce the glare in LEDs. There are numerous varieties of Polycarbonate available for serving different purposes of the companies.

Different types of Polycarbonate sheets are manufactured by different entities basically; varying in the manufacturing formula. The variance in the Polycarbonate fabrication among different entities lies in the amount of glass fiber they contain and the variance in the melt flow. Some Polycarbonate fabrications consist of additives such as ultraviolet stabilizers that protect the sheets from long time exposure to the sun. Though there are certain types of Polycarbonate fabrications which are hazardous in contact with food they are equally safe and protective.

The hazardous Polycarbonates are generally avoided by the manufacturers; keeping in view the safety of the clients. You can order for customized Polycarbonate fabricated sheets if you are into manufacturing of a large lot of products. Fabrication by using Polycarbonate has become a most common process for many companies which are into manufacturing of heat resistant and high impact products.

It is Time to Dump the Elitist Term Expat

The majority of expats are white. That said, the term may be extended to well-heeled others – Blacks, Arabs and Asians — who speak English well, and have professional jobs with white friends who include them in their social circles. Africans? Sorry, no.

So what, exactly, is the difference between expats, immigrants and migrants? The answer is virtually nothing – except the elitist perception of the term.

What are the definitions?

Immigrants are defined as those who move to another country and plan on staying. Think of the people crammed into a boat trying to make it across to Europe. Or the refugees from Syria wading through snow at the Canadian border to escape from the United States before they get deported. “They” don’t want to go back to where they came from. And they” are often perceived as poor, uneducated and desperate.

Expats, on the other hand, have status. They may be married to a local or have plans of starting a business. And, yes, they do take jobs that might otherwise go to a national.

How about the migrants? They are people who move from one place to another in search of work. Migrants are the Mexicans who pick fruit in California and then go back across the border, the nannies from the Philippines who have work contracts or the laborers in Saudi Arabia who return to Thailand when their manual skills are no longer needed.

Expats, however, go from one contract to another in different countries or return “home” with a good bank balance.

In short, being an expat is desirable, exciting, and appealing. Being an immigrant or a migrant is not.

Why should I care about it?

The issues of prejudice, discrimination, classism, sexism, and racism need to be exposed at all levels.

When I went to work at the University of Waikato as a lecturer, for example, I wasn’t an immigrant. Instead, I was simply a Canadian who had moved to New Zealand.

When I crossed over to Australia, a “permeant visa” was stamped into my New Zealand passport at customs.

In both countries, I blended in with people, many of whom had come from England or other European countries. We never referred to — or thought of — ourselves as expats, or immigrants or migrants. Why should we have? We lived in cultures that didn’t question us because we were white.

Historically, the majority of people in North America, Australia and New Zealand were economic immigrants or migrant workers. As they took over the countries, however, they didn’t invite the indigenous peoples, the Blacks or the Mexicans to join them. Instead they marginalized these people. So even if a Mexican family has lived in the United States for a couple of generations, they are still thought of — and treated — as immigrants.

What is my situation?

I am a migrant who wants to become an immigrant in Colombia. Since I left Australia at the end of 2008 I have lived in Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Cambodia, Colombia and Peru. The periods of time vary from four to 18 months. I support myself my teaching and writing. Although I prefer the latter to the former we are all prostitutes when it comes to work. But that is a topic for another article.

I am currently living in Medellin where the locals refer to me as la gringa de Boston – the name of the barrio – as there aren’t any other foreigners here. Or if there are, they are in hiding.

Although I want to become an immigrant, the visa rules hamper the process as I can only stay in the country for 180-days per calendar year as a tourist. The choices to change my status are limited. The first is to marry a local. Even though I had a number of friends volunteer, it could become complicated and there is no absolute guarantee.

The second option is to invest 200KUSD – cough, cough – and start a business or buy real estate. Another possibility is to pay hideously expensive fees and study Spanish for five years at an approved university. The least attractive option is to teach 48-hours a week for ridiculously low wages at a school that will help English-speakers get visas.

In the other countries, the rule for migrants like me was that I had to leave the country every 90-days and then re-enter. The exception was Cambodia where I could have stayed forever and a travel agency could have arranged my visa for a year at a time.

When I lived in Morocco, for example, I once crossed the border at Ceuta in the entry line, and then walked across to the exit line. I had only been outside the country for 15 minutes, but it was good enough a 90-day stamp.

But the only reason I could do it because I was white and considered an expat. The immigrants and migrants from Africa were not accorded the same treatment and were often turned back.

What next?

Generally, I avoid people who call themselves expats. However, from time to time I will attend an InterNations event to remind myself of why I don’t do it more often.

From now on, when I encounter westerners, I am going to ask them if they are an immigrant or a migrant.

I suspect the inquiry won’t be terribly well received as it questions the romantic illusion of “living the dream.”

If you agree that the word expat needs to be dumped, please feel free to use the question. It may get some people to start thinking about narrowing the divide between “them” and “us.” And in the end we are all either “immigrants’ or “migrants.”

American People Panic

Politics naturally involves debate, disagreement, and differences of opinion. It’s the backbone of our democracy. Each of us has a right to express our opinion on topics as far ranging as immigration reform to the best point guard in the NBA. Up to a year ago, most people could argue about politics without insulting each other. Few disagreements were personal or caused deep resentment. This has changed drastically over the past year, and now differences over politics has become personal. Lifelong friendships have ended abruptly because of differing opinions on Trump. We, as a nation, appear to be suffering from an acute anxiety disorder over the current Presidency. Regardless of where people fall on the political spectrum, too many Americans believe their political opposition will destroy America, either through a dictator bypassing the Constitution or the political elite’s corruption and soft stance on immigration and terrorism.

What is causing this panic? Why are so many people angry and afraid about the future of our country? Examining the primary concerns of Americans who support Trump and those opposed to him provides insight into this heightened level of anxiety.

People who voted for Trump did so because they felt our current political system was corrupt, controlled by the elite and not inclusive of every day Americans. Trump was an “outsider” who would fix the corruption. They also want our government to protect them from terrorists and believe that immigrants and large government programs, including ObamaCare, are responsible for their high taxes. Trump’s primary election promises were to secure our borders, deport illegal immigrants and build a wall.

On the other hand, those opposed to Trump believe he will turn the Presidency into a dictatorship, using his power to limit freedoms and bypass the Constitution in order to rule without opposition. This group is concerned that Trump’s bullish behavior, inexperience, and “thin skin” will result in foreign policy blunders that could lead to a 3rd World War. Many of Trump’s opponents also fear that his fiscal policies will benefit the rich at the expense of the poor and the middle class.

After listing these concerns, the only common denominator I can find amongst these opposing groups is Donald Trump himself. It seems that America’s greatest hopes and worst fears are tied exclusively to Donald Trump. Regardless of his intent, Trump has created a cult of personality in which his supporters believe he can do no wrong and his opponents are worried he will transform our democracy into Nazi Germany. Supporters and detractors seem to focus less time advocating for policy and more time either attacking or defending Trump. No wonder there is so much anxiety amongst our fellow citizens. Too many Americans have forgotten they have the power to determine policy in a democracy. Trump is certainly a vain man with an ego as big as his mutt cut, but most Americans are feeding this ego by minimizing their importance to our political system and surrendering their power to the Presidency.

One of the most common symptoms of anxiety is a feeling of losing control. This can only be treated if more Americans step away from the social media memes and regain some control by getting involved in policy at the local, State, and Federal levels. I imagine these opposing groups – with so much anger towards each other today – could even find some common ground if they worked together to advocate legislation that benefits all of us, such as a bill supporting the War on Cancer. We have the power to treat this anxiety and decrease the tension that is dividing our country. A daily dose of Effexor for the Donald couldn’t hurt either.

Info Child Welfare Schemes in India

Children are the most important section of the population of every country. 39% of India’s population consists of children and of them, 29% are between the age of 0-5 years. Being home to the largest number of children in the world (United Nations), India has many child welfare schemes to take care of its precious next generation.

Over the years, the allocation of funds to social sector programmes have gradually increased. Unfortunately, a major chunk of the population remains unaware of these beneficial programmes. And these are people who really require the kind of assistance provided by government welfare schemes. High child mortality rates, poor sanitation, malnutrition, lack of access to quality education and other issues can all be combated with the help of welfare schemes.

Specialised welfare schemes have been set up targeting the most vulnerable sections of the society like pregnant women, infants and underprivileged children.

You too can make a difference either by donating towards the welfare schemes or by spreading awareness regarding these schemes by volunteering with many NGOs in India. All you need to do is research on the existing welfare schemes and how to avail them. Head to the nearest urban slum or village and help children benefit from these welfare schemes.

Here’s a list of some of the most important child welfare schemes run by the government and a short note regarding their functions:

1. Integrated Child Development Scheme

The main objective of this nation-wide scheme is to focus on the nutritional and health status of children between 0-6 years. It also provides supplementary nutrition, ensures immunisation for children across the country. Credited as being the world’s largest welfare scheme project, ICDS has been effective at decreasing the rate of child mortality and malnutrition in the country.

2. Immunization Program

This massive program ensures the immunisation of all children below 0-5 years. Every year, this scheme covers more than 166 million children on every National Immunisation Day. Other immunisation programs include Hepatitis B, DPT etc. The number of polio cases drastically reduced once this scheme was implemented and over the years, India has been declared a polio free country. It is important that every child receive the protection that immunisation provides.

3. Mid-day Meal Scheme

This scheme has impacted children enrolled in many government schools. By providing one healthy and nutritious meal, malnutrition can be reduced. The other benefit has been that drop-outs have enrolled back into school and parents have also been encouraged to provide children with schooling to take advantage of this scheme. You can encourage children in your locality who are working as child labourers or are from poor families to take benefit from this scheme.

The above schemes have contributed significantly over the years towards ensuring that the future generation has a healthy start to life. There are various NGOs in India working to ensure that children are benefited by these schemes and more projects are put into place to address various issues. It is crucial that we create awareness regarding these schemes and help make a difference in the lives of thousands of underprivileged children in India.