Students Caught In Private Battle Over Public Education

The Privatization Of Public Education

Teachers in public schools—and the schools themselves—are under attack. They are fighting for their professional lives. The assault is part of a national neo-political movement that’s fighting for control of public funding on many fronts. The gold rush of mass privatization is already chipping away at our public lands, military, healthcare, corrections, transportation, and much more. Those takeovers were easy pickings. The impact on America has been costly.

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The battle for our public schools isn’t new. It’s just taking longer than some profiteers would like. That’s because our public schools represent a much more complex take-over target. Public schools are glass houses with thousands of stakeholders watching in every state. The recall of the school board in Jefferson County, Colorado is a great example of what an informed and motivated group of stakeholders can do in the face of corruption, collusion and fraud. Arizona is recalling the state’s Superintendent of Public Schools, Diane Douglas. Arizona’s Governor Ducey is reluctant to pay up on a recent court judgement that says Arizona owes public schools more than $330 million. When public servants ignore the best interests of communities in favor of greedy political agendas, they become public enemies.

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To accomplish these subversive take-overs, public schools are being thrust into crisis in an attempt to dismantle them completely. Our public schools have been converted into turf wars for the benefit of Wall Street and foreign corporations. Students, families and entire communities are caught in the crossfire. It’s an assault on democracy and it’s an assault on our children. Citizens and elected officials alike must defend our children’s civil right to public education.

As a result of the forced dysfunction, students are less prepared for college than ever. National SAT scores reached an all-time low in 2015 as public schools are being bled to death by a focus on over-testing, comparisons, vouchers, charter schools, special interests and partisan political battles.

If the crisis capitalists overthrow our public schools, a select group of private corporations can capture a multi-billion pot of gold that’s refilled every year with hard-earned taxpayer dollars.

Meanwhile, charter schools—the proposed solution—are riddled with corruption, debt and bankruptcy. Even in the face of mass favoritism, private schools are struggling to serve just a small fraction of the students served by public schools. Mass privatization is not a solution to reform. It’s merely a pathway to private enrichment. The privatization of public education under false pretenses is already causing damage to our communities, state and nation on many fronts. Our students, families and communities are being held hostage in the dysfunctional gridlock.

Public School Teachers Demonized

Even though teachers are still overworked, underpaid and buying many of their own classroom materials, they have been framed as part of the problem in our schools. Teachers are being positioned as scapegoats. They are being marginalized to silence their large political voice in the fraudulent race to reform.

Teachers and their unions represent the greatest threats to this sick form of crisis capitalism. Teachers are the largest constituency within public education. They represent a powerful voting block in every district. The privateers must neutralize this vocal voting block in every state in order to advance their agenda. As such, teachers have been marginalized, demonized and fragmented. Attempts to keep the teachers’ unions from recruiting new members have been experienced and documented. It’s old-fashioned union busting at its worst. The formula has worked very well in Wisconsin.

Stakeholders across America are being told that our students are failing in international comparisons. We are told to blame teachers and break their unions, turn more of our public education system over to private interests and rely ever more upon tests to make critical decisions. These and other tactics are designed to delegitimize and ultimately destroy meaningful public education. Subversives are bleeding schools to death and forcing dysfunction upon them. They are promoting poverty among many students, teachers and communities, while promoting corporate greed.

This movement is being cloaked as a push for accountability, competition and choice. Privatization is being sold as a path to cost containment. Those elements are nowhere to be found in the substance of this elaborate scheme. 

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Biosolids Fueling Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease The Tip Of An Iceberg

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is ravaging wildlife in many regions across North America. It’s part of a larger epidemic of neurological disease that is killing millions of people, wildlife and livestock around the world. Once again, wildlife are serving as the proverbial canary in a coal mine.

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CWD is part of an incurable spectrum disease called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is “transmissible.” Mismanagement of pathogens associated with the disease are contributing to a broader epidemic of neurological disease among wildlife, livestock and people.

Few, if any, mammals are immune to prion disease. There is no species barrier. It’s been found in dolphins, too, thanks to sewage runoff and sewage dumped at sea. It is likely contributing to the mass stranding of whales, too.

TSEs include Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease in deer. Few, if any, mammals are immune. There is no cure and there is no species barrier.

TSEs, including chronic wasting disease, are caused by a deadly protein called a prion (PREE-on). Prion disease is unstoppable. Prions defy all attempts at sterilization and inactivation. Victims can spread the disease even further via their bodily fluids and cell tissue. Victims often are contagious long before they appear sick. Their saliva, urine, blood and feces, for example, spread the pathogen further every day. Prions linger in the environment and on objects infinitely. They migrate, mutate, multiply and kill with unparalleled efficiency. Because of the dynamics, Canada has declared CWD unstoppable.

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Although there are many causes and pathways contributing to CWD and the prion disease epidemic, many pathways are being mismanaged around the globe. Thanks to sewage, biosolidsreclaimed sewage water and feedlot waste, we’re recycling the prion pathogen that causes neurological disease right back into our watersheds, which we share with deer, elk, moose, livestock and other creatures that are vulnerable to prion disease. Rain, wind and irrigation spread deadly prions further everyday. Healthy wildlife are being exposed to deadly prions through food, water, air and contact with infected animals.

Since prions are in the bodily fluids of its victims, sewage mismanagement is a top concern. Wastewater treatment plants can’t detect or stop prions. Just ask the U.S. EPA. Therefore, putting biosolids on crops and dumping sewage sludge throughout our watersheds is a very bad idea. Dumping sewage from billions of people on land and at sea creates deadly prion freeways.

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Every sewage system in the world has been used by a person, if not millions of people, with Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Sewage systems have become prion incubators. Biosolids, water reuse and sludge disposal have made them potent prion distributors. The waste from feedlots is likely contributing to the epidemic.

Although there are multiple causes of prion disease, including CWD, reckless policies are contributing to an environmental nightmare. Sick deer, elk, moose and other wildlife and marine life are just a symptom of a much bigger problem. Putting these pandora-like pathogens back in the box is impossible. Injecting them into the lifecycle is reckless and a form of bioterrorism.

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Unfortunately, misinformation distributed by government agencies about the risks associated with chronic wasting disease are reckless, incompetent and criminally negligent at best. Claiming that there is no known risk associated with handling or consuming wildlife with CWD is laughable. Just look at the guidance issued regarding mad cow disease. Just look at the guidance issued to people with the most severe form of the disease–Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

The bodies of prion victims, regardless of species, are highly toxic and contagious. Hunting knives and saws used on sick wildlife are infected forever. Processing plants that cut and grind wildlife carcasses for hunters (before CWD tests are complete) are contaminated forever. Every animal processed after an infected carcass will become infected. Pickups and trailers that transport infected animals are hopelessly contaminated. The prion pathways created by one hunting trip can explode exponentially within hours.

Hunters should just walk away from a carcass that looks suspicious and one should treat all game that looks healthy as suspicious, until proven otherwise. Hunters that kill and dress deer with CWD expose themselves and their families to prion disease in many ways thanks to misinformation from state and federal regulators.

It’s impossible to neutralize or stop prions in even the most sterile environments, including hospitals. It’s ludicrous to think that treated sewage water or biosolids are prion-free. Especially since prions from people are much more infectious than those found in other species (prions become more aggressive as they work their way up the food chain).

It’s also ludicrous to think that game processing plants are prion-free. Regulations in this arena are criminal. Thousands, possibly millions, of innocent people have been exposed to the prions from someone else’s sick deer. That’s because many are processed before testing or no testing is done at all.

According to the U.S. EPA, “Prions are extremely resistant to inactivation by ultraviolet light, irradiation, boiling, dry heat, formaline, freezing, drying and changes in pH. Methods for inactivating prions in infected tissues or wastes include incineration at very high temperatures and alkaline hydrolysis.”

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This warning applies to the sewage plants that are contaminating our favorite hunting grounds. It also applies to game processing plants. It’s impossible to sterilize either once infected with prions.

The EPA National Water Research Compendium 2009-2014 lists prions eight times as an emerging contaminant of concern in sewage sludge (biosolids), water and manure. 

The EPA issued what it calls the “Sludge Rule,” which basically disclaims any responsibility for its risk assessments regarding biosolids. The EPA reserves the right to adjust these risk assessments, however, as the test of time disproves its pseudo-science.

Prion researcher Dr. Joel Pedersen, from the University of Wisconsin, found that prions become 680 times more infective in certain soils. Pedersen’s research also found that sewage treatment does not inactivate prions. Therefore, prions are lethal, mutating, migrating and multiplying everywhere sewage and it’s byproducts are dumped.

“Our results suggest that if prions enter municipal wastewater treatment systems, most of the agent would bond to sludge, survive anaerobic digestion, and be present in treated biosolids,” Pedersen said. “Land application of biosolids containing prions represents a route for their unintentional introduction into the environment. Our results emphasize the importance of keeping prions out of municipal wastewater treatment systems. Prions could end up in sewage treatment plants via slaughterhouses, hospitals, dental offices and mortuaries just to name a few of the pathways. The disposal of sludge represents the greatest risk of spreading prion contamination in the environment. Plus, we know that sewage sludge pathogens, pharmaceutical residue and chemical pollutants are taken up by plants and vegetables.” (Now, we know that plants uptake prions, too.)

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Deforestation A Key Threat To Biodiversity

Forest conservation and reforestation are critical to a sustainable world. Deforestation is contributing to climate change, poverty and the loss of endangered species. Our goal is to help combat climate change, make communities more sustainable and resilient, protect wildlife habitat, protect wildlife–especially endangered species–and generate clean and green jobs.

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We promote forest conservation, reforestation, and urban forestry projects around the globe.

We are developing our first projects in Tanzania and Kenya now. We are working in collaboration with several local NGOs, including Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania, EnviCulture, Earth Keepers Centre, Youth Link, Megabridge Foundation and others. The scope of projects now includes most of East Africa, including Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

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Phoenix Author Discusses Alzheimer’s Disease Causes, Prevention

Alzheimer’s Causes, Prevention, Treatment

Some countries have much higher rates of dementia than others. As the following chart illustrates, not all countries are experiencing the same prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease. The North Atlantic countries of Finland, Iceland and Sweden have some of the highest rates of dementia in the world.

 

Why is Finland’s dementia rate 39 percent higher than runner-up Iceland’s? If dementia is a random or sporadic condition, there should be little or no variance in the incidence from country to country. In reality, the differences and coincidences are astounding.

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The United States and other developed countries also lead the list. The undeveloped countries across Asia, Africa and South America have the lowest incidence. What causes these regional variations? Could it be an unhealthy or contaminated diet in these countries? Could it be contaminated drinking water? Or is it another source of regional environmental contamination?

Country                    Alzheimer’s/Dementia (deaths per 100K)

Finland                   34.9

Iceland                    25.1

United States         24.8

Sweden                   21.5

Netherlands           21.4

Switzerland            20.0

Cuba                        19.6

Chile                        19.6

Andorra                  19.4

Spain                       18.7

Norway                   18.6

Uruguay                 17.5

Denmark                17.4

United Kingdom   17.1

France                     16.6

Canada                    16.0

Australia                 15.3

New Zealand          15.2

Belgium                   14.6

Pakistan                  14.3

Bhutan                    13.4

Malta                       13.0

South Korea           12.0

Ireland                    11.8

Hungary                 11.5

On a localized basis, the same variations are observed. For example, in the United States, the death rate from Alzheimer’s disease is highest among residents of Washington State (a coastal state). In fact, it’s almost double the national average at 43.6/100,000.

These regional variations seem to indicate that the death rate from Alzheimer’s is not random, but one influenced by environmental and/or dietary factors. Regional spikes also could reflect the infective nature of Alzheimer’s and other forms of prion disease once they have a foothold within a population.

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Denver Advertising and PR Firm Expands To Phoenix

Crossbow is a strategic communications firm that can help you influence public opinion, public policy and business decisions around the globe. We can help you build your brand, your bottom line and a better world.

The communications landscape is changing faster than ever. The quest for greater online visibility and influence is driving the integration of marketingpublic relations and public affairs, which puts a premium on strategic planning and opportunism. Those changes will accelerate as information technologies continue to converge and new channels fragment the media world even more. Harness these powerful trends and turn your most challenging issues into valuable opportunities on Main Street, Wall Street and Capitol Hill. Put public opinion and public policy to work for you.

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The PR firm has vast experience in multiple industries and with numerous cases, including:

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Sustainable Cities Are Healthier Cities

Phoenix PR Firm Leading Initiative For Sustainable, Resilient Cities

Cities around the world are home to about 50 percent of the world’s population and they generate 80 percent of our planet’s greenhouse gases – the primary human contributor to climate change. Meanwhile, many communities are bracing for the increasing threats of fires, droughts, floods, severe weather, population displacement, and others. Community leaders and citizens around the world must be informed, motivated and empowered to become part of the solution.

Sustainable cities are vital to the sustainability of life as we know it. In fact, by definition a city that isn’t sustainable is doomed. Therefore, the sustainability movement witnessed around the globe are real.

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“Cities must take responsibility for our contributions to global climate change,” said former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Unfortunately, few local communities have the ability to engage their citizens in developing a common vision around this issue. Some need guidance on a collaborative process to achieve consensus. Others need help outlining the spectrum of actions that they can take to cut pollution, save energy, conserve water and promote health and sustainability. Other communities around the world already are in contingency mode and need help mitigating the impacts of climate change on their homes and businesses.

Many community leaders need coaching to bring all stakeholder groups to the table to discuss opportunities, threats, resources, and priorities. As communities begin planning, they need comprehensive guidance regarding the full range of possible actions to consider in their plans. Many communities are limiting their sustainability visions to the energy efficiency of city buildings and vehicle fleets. They need to learn from other cities that have embraced a broader spectrum of possible actions such as investments, tax policies, water use, tree management, open space, expanded recycling efforts, and many others.

To help promote and accelerate the sustainability process, Crossbow is launching Greener Cities — an international awards program and an online portal with tools, resources, best practices, case studies and more.

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Earth News A Pioneer In Environmental Journalism

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Earth News is an internationally syndicated environmental news service profiling the positive environmental efforts of individuals, organizations and corporations around the world.

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The syndicated column has been published around the globe since 1991. In addition, the company and its founders have written and published eleven books, so far, including:

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