Friday, January 12, 2018

Refuge form North Korea

My article is about a man named Charles. He was born October 1 st, 1994. He grew up without out his parents. His father left at five years old and his mom passed away six years later of starvation. Eventually he was on the streets and had to battle starvation, beg for food, and try get through the freezing weather. But one day this changed and his stepfather came and took him for awhile. When he was 14 he was brought to China to live with his father. Life was better in child and he thought he would never have to think about starvation, food, and a place to think. But nine months later he and his family were arrested by the Chinese police. They were kept in a Chinese jail for two weeks.

Charles was then sent back to North Korea. This is when he realized that happiness no longer existed for him. The happiness was only temporarily. The North Korean government questioned him, abused him, and made him work as punishment. At this time he was only sixteen years old. The only thing he ate was a piece of corn. Eight months later he was released and was almost starved to death. 

He had no money so he had to find work. He worked at a coal mine which allowed him to buy rice. He knew this was very risky because he could lose their arms and legs. He actually saw people lose there arms and legs. He realized he couldn't stay in North Korea anymore and had to figure out to escape. He knew this was going to be extremely hard to do, especially because he had no money or food. He also knew that he could be killed but he was willing to take the chance. 

The first part of his journey was he boarded a train to take him closer to the North Korean and China border. He was able to keep himself hidden but at one part he was caught without a birth certificate by the train security. They locked him in a room and had plans to kick him off at the next stop. The train slowed down and he realized that he might be able to escape. He opened the window as planned and escaped. But the journey wasn't over yet. He worked for hours and eventually boarded a second train which brought him to the border of North Korea and China. He now had to go across the Tumen River. Around the river was constant of security and if caught he would be shot. He waited until dark to swim and was halfway across. He almost fell and screamed. A guard screamed and said "come back here or will shoot you." He made to the other side but still his journey was not over yet. 

He traveled by foot, van, bus, motorcycle, and boat. There were many days when he wanted to give up. He cried many days until he couldn't cry anymore because he was too dehydrated. When he arrived at his fathers he expected him to welcome him but instead he wasn't happy. He beat him and asked why he came. He sent him away with his first wife and together they escaped police officer eyes. Eventually he made it to Southeast Asia and was safe there. He was kept in a refuge embassy camp and then an international refuge camp where he was helped to come to the united states. Charles is now attending community college and pursuing his own coding project.

My opinion is this is an amazing story and I'm so glad he made it out alive. I hope he is doing well and enjoying his life in the United states. He resettled in the US in 2012.
















The beggining of ( Band of Brothers)as a primer on good military leadership

     Band of Brothers is a miniseries by HBO about the exploits of the soldiers of E Company 2/506 PIR(PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT) and incase any one is wondering what E stannds for Easy company. The miniseries is about the regiment starting from training before the war and till the end of world war two . The miniseries came out in the summer of 2001. And it focuses on the main charecter army officer Dick Winters.
   However that is not true in episode one they all train with the mean captain Sobel . Wich forces them to run noutorious  runs up a hill called Currahee and its a six mile run. And  you are not allowed to drink from your water . Sobel makes soldiers march accross the border just to show off how easy company can ovethrow other companies by fitness .
     The question people are asking is Why ? Dose this show demonstrate good military leadership.
Well here is the answer ? There is one quote from Winters that states “Never put your self in a position where you can steal from these men”. That demonstrates what people respect out of  a good leader. And how a good leader should control his people in certain situations .Overall this miniseries states that a good leaders work will payed off reflecting on the younger people and encouraging them.    
    My opinion is that I agree with this type of reasoning .I also think that this miniseries shows the value of freindship in critical situations . And the conclousion is that Band of Brothers is a miniseries that teaches you life lessons and the value of teamwork and freindship .
       My sources are forigenpolicy.com
        And wikipedia.


















The Story of Tonya Harding

You may have heard of the 1994 scandal of professional ice skater Tonya Harding one or two times before. However, I'm here to tell you the bigger story.

Tonya Harding was born in November 19, 1970 in Portland, Oregon. She was born to LaVona Fay Golden and Albert Harding. Her activities included hunting, drag racing, and learned automotive mechanics. However, she has been skating since she was three.

Tonya had a hard life. She was abused at home, mentally and physically, by her mother. Her mother has admitted to spanking her and hitting Tonya at an ice skating rink. Tonya dropped out of high school sophomore year to commit to skating.

In 1991, she performed at the World Championships and performed a triple axle, which got her to place second behind Kristi Yamaguchi and in front of Nancy Kerrigan. In the 1992, she came forth in the Winter Olympics and came sixth in the World Championships. In 1993, she failed to earn a spot on the World Championship team. Now, this is where things get rough.

In 1994, a scandal happened. A man by the name of Shane Stant attacked Nancy Kerrigan while practicing on the ice. He struck her with a 21 inch telescopic baton. Even though her leg was only bruised, she was forced to withdraw from the national championships. However, Kerrigan won a silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics and Tonya placed 8th because of a problem with her skates.

You may be asking, what does this have to do with Tonya? Well, it turned out that her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and her bodyguard sent Stant to attack Nancy, and many people think Tonya had something to do with the attack. Even though she has denied this many times, many people believe she is lying. A 2017 movie, "I, Tonya", where Margot Robbie plays Tonya, has brought up the scandal again. However, what really happened?

Hundreds of BART Cars Just Became Short People Friendly

Have you ever been in a BART car? Well I have, and it was horrible. I almost got separated with my parents. People push other people and trample them. They also trap you in a corner. Nowdays, BART officials are making BART trains more friendly.

One of the latest improvements in BART trains is that they have longer straps easier for smaller-sized people. These hand holding straps have been installed in 187 cars with seating plans, BART announced Thursday. The new carriages include one row of seats until new BART cars are out. Ellen Miller said, "Thank You, I'm sick of having to stand on my toes."

 There is more to come because BART cars are near the end of there useful lives. The new BART cars are going to be quieter, cooler, more comfortable and easy to use. The seats are going to be padded,  routes are going to be color coded, cooling systems will be put in, and micro-plug in doors will help seal out noise.

My opinion is that I think it's great how they did it for smaller people because they can't reach the straps. I'm so glad they did this and I think it's cool that they are changing there BART cars with new ones.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Bomb Cyclone

In the past week, we have heard of the new bomb cyclone over on the East Coast. Everyone in the East Coast has been taking pictures how they are spending their time with the bomb cyclone. Not only is it happening in the East Coast, but the whole entire country. States like Florida who haven't seen snow in their state are showing what it is like there.

Even though many people are making jokes of the storm by making snow angels, many do not have power because of this storm. Also, the weather is worse in the night than in the day. While it is in the tens during the day, it is below zero during the night time on the East Coast.

Other places have also had chilly weather. In Los Angeles, one of the sunny cities, it is around 54 degrees. And since the storm is coming into the US from the north, some parts of Canada like Toronto are in the negatives as well.

In conclusion, this week is one of the coldest weeks in about 100 years. Some places are even colder than it is in Alaska. Some places in Florida have even been issued warnings because of the storm.
However, Saturday is predicted to be the coldest day this week, so bundle up with some hot cocoa and hope it gets warmer!

Credit: Variety.com

                           

Avengers Infinity war

My article is about the upcoming movie Avengers Infinity War. It will be released May 4,2018. This isn't just an ordinary superheros movie, it is a mixtures of all of the marvel super hero's you have seen sense the first Marvel movie Iron Man which was released in 2008. This move will be part one part two will release in 2019. I don't when part two will come out unfortunately. 

The big bad of this movie is named Thanos. Who is Thanos? I am 99% sure that he is one of the most if not the most powerful character in the Marvel cinematic universe. He will be stronger than any of the villains that we have seen before. The producers have been setting this villain up ever sens Iron Man one. I can already tell that the minute the movie comes out, everyone will want to go see it. And not just because there big Marvel fans but because this movie will be the hugest superhero's movie.

Now your probably wondering what this movie about. This movie is mainly about Thanos. What he is doing he is trying to collect all of the infinity stones. The infinity stones are separate little stones that can be gathered into the infinity gauntlet which could destroy anything. All of the infinity stone are found through out the galaxy. There's six infinity stone. These stones are called the space gem, reality gem, power gem, mind gem, time gem, and the soul gem. If I am correct we have only seen five. I'm not sure which ones. When he destroys the avengers, I'm not sure what he will do next.

My opinion of this movie is that I'm really excited for it. I'll see it Saturday a day after it releases. Hopefully it is a little more than two hours long. Also Marvel will have competition because DC will be releasing movies too.
                   falling iguanas in Florida

      Beware the falling iguanas in South Florida.
When temperatures dip into the 30s and 40s, people from West Palm Beach to Miami know to be on the lookout for reptiles stunned — but not necessarily killed — by the cold. They can come back to life again when it warms up.
In Boca Raton, Frank Cerabino, a Palm Beach Post columnist familiar with the critters, stepped outside and saw a bright green specimen by his pool on Thursday morning, feet up.
“It’s one of those ethical things: What do you do?” he said in an interview.
Iguanas, which can be as long as six feet, are not native to South Florida. They have proliferated in the subtropical heat, causing headaches for wildlife managers — and occasionally popping up in toilets. It took a prolonged cold spell to significantly reduce their population in 2010. (The same cold snap also resulted in the deaths of many invasive Burmese pythons.)
Iguanas climb up trees to roost at night, said Ron Magill, communications director for Zoo Miami.
“When the temperature goes down, they literally shut down, and they can no longer hold on to the trees,” he said. “Which is why you get this phenomenon in South Florida that it’s raining iguanas.” (Including on windshields.)
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“Even if they look dead as a doornail — they’re gray and stiff — as soon as it starts to heat up and they get hit by the sun rays, it’s this rejuvenation,” he said. “The ones that survive that cold streak are basically passing on that gene.”
he suspected he they couple of decades, iguanas will creep north because they will be able to withstand colder climates.
On Thursday, Mr. Cerabino poked at the animal with his pool skimmer, hoping to wake it up. In a previous backyard encounter with a paralyzed iguana, he said, picking it up with a shovel did the trick.
But no luck this time.
“He didn’t move,” Mr. Cerabino said. “But he’s probably still alive. My experience is that they take a while to die.”
So he opted for leaving the iguana where it was, “and dealing with it when I come home.”
“He’ll either get enough sun where he’ll revive himself and get himself up the tree, or he’ll continue to freeze and turn dark brown — almost black — and I’ll know he’s dead,” Mr. Cerabino said.
The iguana lived.

Why Sitting Is Bad for Your Heart

   We all know that sitting for extensive periods of time is bad for your health. But why is it bad for your heart? Sitting demands so little from your heart. Well, I’m going to explain why and how.

   We all heard that sitting on end is unhealthy. People who sit more than 9-10 hours are prone to get diabetes and other heart problems. Even if we exercise, the risks still remain high. Excessive sitting has also been assosiated with heart failure, a condition in which the heart becomes weaker and can’t pump enough blood to support the body. As I mentioned, sitting demands so little from the heart. Well, a group of cardiologists proved that.      
   
   A group of cardiologists decided to test this out. They pulled about 1,700 healthy participants with no heart symptoms.They checked their blood samples for Torponis-proteins produced by cardiac muscle cells. When they are hurt or dying, the heart releases troponis into the blood stream. They checked how much people sat and the experiment showed that no matter how much the people moved, the sitting was associated with unhealthy troponin.p.
                         
  Side note: if you want more info check out from Gretchen Reylonds New York
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Protests in Iran

Right now in Iran there are protests about prices going up and younger people are using guns. The Iranian government has turned off Telegram for a day for leaks of protests going out. Trump  posted on Twitter the people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth being stolen on terrorism.Media and newspapers all over the world are flooded  with pictures. One picture is a picture of a woman raising her fist in defiance of tear gas fired at protesters Saturday in the University of Tehran.

After four days of rare protests in Iran the President Hassan Rouhani tried to calm the nation  on December 31,2017 , saying people had the right to protest and acknowledging public worries over the economy and corruption. He told Iranians not to resort to violence. The protests are the first major demonstrations in Iran since 2009.

Two troublemakers were reported killed in recent days in the city of  Dorud, and dozens arrested across Iran.Iranian authorities started blocking Telegram for a day. The  crowds were chanting death to dictator and clerics should get lost as the article mentions.

My opinion is that people are basically giving there  lifes away by shooting people and just saying a sentence. I think that this is stupid that people shouldn't give there lifes away.i also think that the president should do more and I think that people should calm down.

The Pentagon's secret UFO program

  The New York times just released information on the Pentagon's secret UFO spotting program that started in 2007 and supposedly ended in 2012 so that the multimillion dollar program's money could help with today's problems. Though the New York times reported that this project is still up and running.

   The insane thing about this project is they have reports of UFOS and people have actually seen them at their office at the Pentagon. People think this is a waste of time and money whereas others see this as patriotism and protecting the US. America is ahead of the game so we need to start answering the questions instead of denying them completely.

   

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Facts about North Korea

There are two parts of Korea. There's the north and the south. Many people say that the south is better than the north. North Korea's first leader was Kim ll-sung. He was born April 15, 1912. He had one son Kim Jong-il who would be the next leader. Kim ll-sung said he wanted to live until 100 but died at age 82. He died July 8, 1994. Kim Jong-il was born February 16, 1941. He had three sons Kim Jong-un,Kim Jong-nam, and Kim Jong -chul. Kim Jong un is the current leader of north Korea today but Kim Jong-nam was supposed to take the throne because he was the first born. He wasn't interested so that's why Kim Jong-un is the leader. I don't know why Kim Jong-chul isn't the leader.

Kim Jong-nam died February 13, 2017. Cause of death was a chemical weapon attack. He has children but they're not really important.  Today North Korea is considered a threat because of their dangerous nukes. There's also a bridge that connects the two Koreas, which is called the Freedom Bridge. And just recently a troop member from North Korea escaped and the South Koreans helped him once they got him. That's all I'm going to talk about, if you want to learn more just go online.

Some Glee Stars Now!

Glee was one of the most popular shows ever made. It first started in 2009 but ended after six seasons in 2015. However, most of the stars of Glee are starting new projects or have already done projects and are continuing with them. Before we get into what the stars are doing now, let me tell you what the plot of Glee is.

A Spanish teacher named Will Schuester starts a new glee club at William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio, and is called the New Directions. At first, he has a hard time finding students who are interested in this club, but students gradually start to sign up. When he has enough members for his club, they head to different competitions to compete against other show choirs in the state and country. Throughout the series, the glee club goes through hard times like the schools cheer leading coach trying to destroy the glee club and dreams being destroyed. However, the glee club sticks together through all of the hard times

The lead in the show, Lea Michele, plays a girl named Rachel Berry who has a big dream of being a big Broadway star like her idol, Barbra Streisand. In real life, Lea Michele actually started out on Broadway before being a star on Glee. She was in productions like Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof. However, the actress is now on the show The Mayor that just started about a month ago. She also released her album, Places, in April this past year.

Another lead in the show, Chris Colfer, plays a boy named Kurt Hummel who also has a dream to go to New York and be in Broadway with Rachel. Right now, Chris Colfer is working on his book series, Land of Stories, that he started in 2012. He has six books out and is continuing the series.

There are so many other actors like Darren Criss who is going to be in the new season of American Crime Story which comes out January 17, 2018 and Melissa Benoist who is in the hit show, Supergirl and is playing the lead. And even though most of the stars are doing other projects and are busy with their work, hopefully they all get together again and do a reboot.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is normally a very busy time of year .Last year my mom experimented with many new foods.(not all of them were good)Mashed celery and no cornbread!!!!!!This year we are going to so many people's houses that we are only eating two dinners at my house .My schedule is so busy that I don't even know when and where my dinners and lunches are. But I am excited for my grandpa's honey ham!   I am going to see many old friends and beloved family. And I might eat my Weight in turkey. Now if you'll excuse me I need to nap because I'm tired just thinking about it!!!         



                                Chloe

Thursday, November 9, 2017

More art (kelidoscopes)

In art today we are making kaleidoscopes. Here is some history and some general knowledge! In 1648 an experiment was conducted by athanasiu kricher with two mirrors which sparked another experiment by sir David Brewster conducted on light polarization. He forgot about the results but noticed the beautiful reflections . This triggred experiments to find semetricaly perfect conditions. The next step was conducted with colored glass which created the kaleidoscope.

kaleidoscope

In 1816 a Scottish inventor named David Brewster invented the kaleidoscope while studying physical science and the properties of light. While looking at objects at the end of two mirrors he realized that there could beautiful, colorful, different patterns to be formed. Sir David Brewster named the kaleidoscope after a Greek word meaning beautiful form watcher.

Kaleidoscopes became popular during the Victorian age as a parlor division. Sir David Brewster specialized in many light and optical advances and invented many lenses for lighthouses.

My opinion on kaleidoscopes is that they're not very entertaining. Maybe a couple centuries before they were more entertaining but with computers and phones the  kaleidoscopes become easily old.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Art

Today in art we let our creative spirits free!!!! Here is an interview with my freinds and a few pictures to. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Spirit Day!

    For those who don't know what Spirit day is, it is a day when anyone can wear purple to show their support to the young LGBTQ community and to go against the bullying of people because of who they are.

   To put this into a bigger picture, let's view the percentages. Around 85.2% of LGBTQ students have reported that they have been verbally harassed because of their identity. However 57.6% have not reported the bullying because they doubted that there would be an intervention.

   Even though Spirit Day was October 19, you can still spread the word about bullying the LGBTQ youth community and donate to https://www.glaad.org/spiritday#how to help spread the word and donate.


Before execution, Alabama inmate defiant with words, actions

An Alabama inmate, who was currently in the middle of suing the state for its lethal injection death penalty. The state claimed that it had to move fast because it would not like to get sued.

The inmate was convicted of killing a police officer, whose name was Gordon, or more commonly known among his coworkers as "brother," and had two daughters, a wife, and a brother.

Before the inmate was executed he proceeded to show two middle fingers to the police, and said "I hate you."

The inmate, McNabb, appeared to be breathing for 30 minutes of the 45 minute procedure.

Kitten Finds its Mamma and Home

My cousin decided to keep the kitten. I will tell you the heart touching story. On Friday October 13th at about 10 am, a cat jumped up on my cousins window sill and it started staring at the kitten . About ten minutes later the cat started nursing the kitten.When my cousin tried to shoo her away she wouldn't leave. Then my cousin realized it was the mamma of the kitten. So my cousin decided to keep the family together.😺❤️😺 💕

What failed-and why?

A deadly disaster on the scale of the Wine Country wildfires needs a probing examination. How it started is unclear, though wind snapped power lines are a prime suspect. Lives were lost, homes burned and businesses destroyed. It'll be up to the state Public Utilities Commission to take matters farther. PG&E has paid hefty fines in the past for cutting back on maintenance that led to blazes.