Undergrads: Build a Portfolio, Not a Career | Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty

“You can and should cultivate multiple options in your personal and professional lives in the internet-powered world of today.”

Source: Undergrads: Build a Portfolio, Not a Career | Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty

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Help! Send money right now, says Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society!

Refugee Resettlement Watch

It is “an unprecedented crisis!”

Mark Hetfield, CEO HIAS

I suspect all of the nine federal refugee resettlement contractors*** are doing this—end-of-year appeals for money for 2018.  I just happened to see HIAS’s appeal yesterday.

Because fewer refugees (paying clients) are expected to enter the US in the coming year, and because (if it’s true) the tax law changes are such that it’s less attractive to make charitable donations in 2018 and beyond, we are seeing the big push here.

This is what Mark Hetfield, CEO of HIAS, said in an urgent e-mail:

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Screenshot (1225) These are screenshots so links are not hot! Don’t miss that Hetfield is blowing their horn (#3) about suing the President!

How are they doing financially?

Because I haven’t checked lately, I figured it was time to see how HIAS’s latest tax filing looked. This is their Form 990(filed September 25, 2017).

I like to look…

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What do parents raise their children for? – Vietnam’s cultural conflict

A sophomore university English student accurately portrays the conflict between traditionally Eastern collective society vs. the Western individualist mentality that is emerging in Vietnam.

The heartfelt video story demonstrates this conflict using fictional characters, while the blog article explains the details of this conflict.

“The biggest conflict of Vietnamese parents is that they  want their children to become independent individuals, which is proved by the fact that they spend lots of money sending their children to life skills courses, in contrast, they tend to take care of their children too much even when the children have grown up. Although the tendency of extended family is less popular in Vietnam than in the past, a new trend that parents and children live nearby in order to take care of one another illustrates part of that tradition.”

Student’s blog article continues here: What do parents raise their children for? – HuynhChau

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The Independent perpetuates anti-Biblical #FakeNews

In a sloppy periodical piece, Ian Johnston of the Independent attempts his hand at evaluating Biblical history, while either ignorantly or deceptively propagating #FakeNews that appears to damage the historicity of the Biblical text.

The Destruction of Sodom and Gommorah by John Martin (1852), oil on canvas

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by John Martin (1852), oil on canvas

The title of his hit-piece says it all: “Bible says Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon”. This classic straw-man fallacy leads to an unwarranted assumption that the Bible is historically incorrect for stating the Canaanites were wiped out, whereas in fact, it is explicitly stated in the Biblical text that they were not wiped out.

A 30-second Google search returns the Biblical map of the kingdom of Israel surrounded by several Canaanite people they did not conquer. A 30-minute speed read through the Bible’s books Joshua and Judges explains that they did not “wipe out” all of the Canaanites. The most famous of the Biblical Canaanites were the Philistines, who are today’s Palestinians.
If the Independent is looking for a consultant in Biblical and early church history, my CV is available on LinkedIn. But I doubt they’re interested in accuracy. Multiple readers have commented on this article showing Ian Johnston’s error. I attempted to contact him via social media without any response.

Ian’s article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/bible-canaanites-wiped-out-old-testament-israelites-lebanon-descendants-discovered-science-dna-a7862936.html

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Dig Supports Biblical Story of Jerusalem’s Destruction | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

Rosette seal on jar handles (credit: Eliyahu Yanai, Courtesy of the City of David Archive)

A recent archeological dig lends credibility to the Biblical account that Jerusalem was burned and its residents taken into captivity by Babylon some 2,600 years ago. This marked the end of the kingdom of Judah. Researchers sifting through charred ruins uncovered an official seal used at the end of the First Temple period.

Small ivory statue (credit: Clara Amit, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority)


The current excavation also indicated Jerusalem’s residents possessed a degree of wealth and sophistication beyond what had earlier been thought. Researchers uncovered several ornamental artifacts among the cinders. In particular, a small ivory statue of a woman with an Egyptian hair style displays the “high caliber of the artifacts’ artistic level and the skill par excellence of the artists during this era,” states the IAA.

Videos of the dig at: 



Dig Supports Biblical Story of Jerusalem’s Destruction | Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

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What is The Best Route For my Future?

A 9th grader expresses thoughts on college education plans…


“If I pay for 100% of my college education, would I be better off if my parents will give me a college graduation present: half of the money they presently plan to pay for my college costs?”

College is expensive.  Most people attend college to please family or get a degree to ensure a job, there is also a majority that attend college for the “social experience.” Very few actually attend college to improve themselves academically.  Whether you are going to get a degree to ensure a job, or whether you actually crave the education colleges offer, there is not a reason to pay the full retail price.  There are strategies that allow you to finish college faster, learn better, and pay under $15,000 for your full college education.  These strategies are not obvious to the public, but they are allowed by most colleges and they are legal.  Aspiring college…

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Using Music and Rhythm to Develop Grammar

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are studying how music and rhythm activities could help children who struggle with grammar and language development.

Gordon is director of the Music Cognition Lab in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She studies the connections between rhythm and grammar, and how rhythm and music training might help children with atypical language development.

Gordon has previously published research showing a correlation in children between good rhythm skills and a good grasp of grammar. She found children who can detect rhythmic variations in music have an easier time putting sentences together.

Source: Using Music And Rhythm To Develop Grammar : Shots – Health News : NPR

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