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<!doctype html><html lang=en-us><head profile=http://www.w3.org/2005/10/profile><link rel=icon type=image/ico href=https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/favicon.ico><meta charset=utf-8><meta name=viewport content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1,shrink-to-fit=no"><meta name=generator content="Hugo 0.71.0"><link rel=icon href=/logo-small.png><title>Battle Scars
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/02/2019-02-01-battle-scars-by-ghost-girl/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/juan-davila-221687-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of:"></a><div class=article-post><p><span style=font-weight:400>These walls</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Feel like a prison</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>This box I hide myself in</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>It’s collapsing</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And I can’t find the door to get out</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>The room is filled with invisible doubts</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Fears and emotions that I only know one way</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>To get them to stop screaming at me</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>I am not proud of it</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>I am downright terrified</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>The people I call friends</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Help me so much</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>But I still worry that</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>One day they will hate me as much as I do</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>I don’t eat and nothing is easy anymore</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Living every day is a pain</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>But I do it and to me</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>I am stronger than any girl of steel could ever be</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>My life has changed</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>My field of daisies and flowers</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Has died and I just can’t do it</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Live every day like nothing is wrong</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>When everything is wrong</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>When the walls of society don’t exist anymore</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And I just float in that black void</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Between belonging and popularity</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>The one candle that lit that dark void</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Is gone, snuffed out like it was nothing</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And in this dark void is a tempting offer</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Like the devil is asking me to sell my soul</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>But then the demon raging in my head fades</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And that one part of me that is still human</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Wonders why would I put the people I love through this</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>But then the demon takes hold once again</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And tells me that no one loves me</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Over and Over day after day</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And to be honest</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>He’s right and sure</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>You just think I am crazy and ranting</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>But to me this is the next best thing</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>This might not mean anything to you but</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Five months, five months without a new scar</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>But without a new scar I realize that</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>The voices in my head get stronger</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>I can hardly stop my hands from shaking</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And just like that my beautiful God given gift</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Is torn away from me</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>But that doesn’t even come close to</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>The pain I feel 24/7</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And as a reflex I have started calling</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>These marks of pain  my “battle scars”</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>What battle was I in you may ask</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>I have one answer for you</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>I am losing a war with myself</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And I won that tiny trivial battle</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>But it doesn’t matter now</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Because I hurt so much</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>And there is nothing</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>That anyone can</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Do about</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>It</span></p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>403
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There are no specific factors to being cool other than being confident with who you are.</span></p><p> </p><p><em><span style=font-weight:400>I’m feeling sad and I don’t know what to do about it can you guys help me?</span></em></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Sadness is a normal part of life and is an emotion we have all dealt with. If this feeling of sadness is persistent and overwhelming, then it would be a good idea to seek professional help. Seeking help may sound scary but you’ll be glad you did it in the long run. If there are things that make you feel better, do them. Talk to friends, engage in your hobbies, but most importantly seek help if your sadness starts holding you back.</span></p><p> </p><p><em><span style=font-weight:400>I am feeling depressed and I don’t know what to do.</span></em></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Depression is a serious thing that can be treated. Know that help is always available. Here at school we have a Licensed Professional Counselor in room 305 who can help you figure out what’s going on. It’s important to reach out for help even if you’re feeling helpless. You can also try to find something to occupy your mind with like writing, playing with a pet, etc. Know that you are not alone, and there are people who can and want to help you. If you would like to talk to a peer, you could contact someone in newspaper club. You can contact us through Instagram @btw_news or email: </span><a href=mailto:bookertnews@gmail.com><span style=font-weight:400>bookertnews@gmail.com</span></a></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>1 800 273 8255 – this is the national suicide hotline available 24/7.</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>918 744 4800- this number is a crisis line you can dial if you are in need of immediate help</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>918 394 2256-  this number directs you to the Calm Center here in Tulsa that provides you with immediate help in time of crisis.</span></p><p> </p><p><em><span style=font-weight:400>How do you find the right people to be friends with, so how do you find your new friend group as a freshman?</span></em></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Freshman year can be a rough and confusing time for anyone. Finding new friends isn’t always an easy thing. Making friends takes time and effort, especially making good friends. You don’t necessarily have to build a whole group of friends immediately, you can start by just making one or two friends. If you enjoy someone’s company, then you should pursue that friendship. Don’t be afraid of someone thinking you’re annoying for trying to pursue a friendship (they most likely don’t). If you had a friend group in middle school, reflect on how you made those friends and put those skills to work. There are other people out there in your same position, everyone’s just trying to find their place. You aren’t alone no matter how much it may seem that way.</span></p><p> </p><p><em><span style=font-weight:400>I need help with procrastination. Can you guys help me?</span></em></p><p> </p><p><span style=font-weight:400>I think we’re all guilty of procrastination more than we care to admit. No one really wants to spend time doing work now when you could do it later, but eventually later will be now. You have to remember that if you complete your work on time you won’t have to go through the stress of it all piling up on you last minute. Doing work last minute also means it may not really reflect your best abilities and you could get a lower grade on it. To avoid procrastination you should get rid of distractions like electronics, and think about all the stress you won’t be going through later.</span></p><p> </p><p><em><span style=font-weight:400>How do you kiss a girl well- Al Kaholic</span></em></p><p><span style=font-weight:400> </span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Bring her Hershey’s kisses instead.</span></p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/other>#other</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/column>#column</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>694
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/02/2019-02-01-january-by-baylee-mcdonald/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/tomas-malik-1278452-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of:"></a><div class=article-post><p>This year I vow, I say to myself. This year I vow to throw away the mask I wear for everyday deception. This year I vow to, like many others, start healthier habits in my daily life. This year I vow to work on quieting my mind. This year I vow to continue to work hard and recognize my growth. This year I vow to believe in myself. This year I vow to use my time and be functional. This year I vow on progress, and not perfection, because last year all I gave myself was empty promises, fake smiles, and unnecessary tears shed. This year I vow, because tomorrow isn’t promised and I’d like to start living for today. This year I vow to be better that the me I was before.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>133
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/02/2019-02-01-january-hornet-highlight-quentin-williams/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/IMG_4345-2.jpg alt="Image of:"></a><div class=article-post><p id=m_-4401724411593131882gmail-docs-internal-guid-1fdc9635-7fff-e9eb-bed8-8c998133b322 dir=ltr>Quentin Williams is a freshman here at the Hornet Hive. If his name rings a bell, you probably know him as the amazing Freshman Board Vice President. Quentin works very actively to make sure that his fellow freshman classmates have a strong and respectable voice in Student Council. While talking with Quentin, he continued to put emphasis on his love for his school.</p><p> </p><p>When asked what his favorite part about our school is, he says:</p><p dir=ltr>    <em>“That’s a very hard question. I think if I had to choose one thing I would say the school spirit. This school has so much love for each other, and I don’t think you can find that anywhere else. I feel very grateful to be among all of these people every single day of my life. I feel even more grateful that I get to make sure that every one of them have an equal voice at this school.”</em></p><p dir=ltr>    You can also find Quentin sprinting on the track team as well as being a member of the Speech and Debate team.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>176
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/02/2019-02-01-lets-move-on-by-tevin-nguyen/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/james-douglas-2077-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of: Sunset on the horizon"></a><div class=article-post><p><span style=font-weight:400>To change is to be one with yourself. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>To know your choices in life if they have been good or bad. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>To know what to choose.</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>To know what to change. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>Life is all about changing. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>So it’s okay to change who you are.</span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>Even if others don’t want you to. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>Focus on a you and a better you. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>Die knowing you have changed as a person born on earth. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>Even if you have committed a sin. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>It’s never too late to change for the better and live on. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>To grow wings and fly from the past. </span><span style=font-weight:400><br></span><span style=font-weight:400>To sprout like a deciduous tree.</span></p><p> </p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>101
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min read</p></span></div></div><p></p><div class=article-post><p><span style=font-weight:400>Same old essay situation—twelve-hundred words, full citation;</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>So this time I may find elation, if I avoid procrastination.</span></p><p> </p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Yes, this time my sole fixation lies within the whole creation</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Of my dull assigned dictation within this week’s short duration.</span></p><p> </p><p><span style=font-weight:400>With this sudden inspiration—this completionist inclination,</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Which finds itself amid temptation—laziness will meet cessation.</span></p><p> </p><p><span style=font-weight:400>This time I’ll terminate the frustration—the stressed induced aggravation—</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Quote me on this acclimation: Last Minute and I have cut relation!</span></p><p> </p><p><span style=font-weight:400>But, maybe if I save this work for later, my wisdom must then be greater.</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Still, other names may fit the cater, but I am surely no procrastinator.</span></p><p> </p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Surely, if I save this work for later, the pressure will be an accelerator.</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>I’m no prior-promise-violator, just a simple progress-vindicator.</span></p><p> </p><p><span style=font-weight:400>Last-minute pressure is an actuator; it’s simply a better activator;</span></p><p><span style=font-weight:400>It may seem like I’m some speculator, but I am certainly no excuse-fabricator.</span></p><p> </p><p><span style=font-weight:400>So, I’ll do it later.</span></p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>151
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min read</p></span></div></div><p></p><div class=article-post><p>Through the eyes of anxiety…</p><p>I come in the dark, when you least expect me and never asked for me. I come in the hushed whispers, telling you you’re never going to be good enough. I come because I know you’ll never need me the way I so desperately need you. How I feed off your fear. Your insecurities. Your mood. How I need you in the ways I quicken your breath and the shaking of your voice. The panic in your heart and the utter feeling of no control. I need you in selfish ways because nothing I ever say is true, but because you’ve known me for so long you blindly let me take the wheel. I come to scare away your friends because in the end you’ll always have me. I come to tell you how you’ll never be enough, I take your hope and I shatter your dreams because it’s only fair that you share your reflection with me. You’ll see me in the way your lips trimble as you look in the mirror, noticing every imperfection. You’ll hug me close when you crumble on the bathroom floor in a puddle of regret and miscommunication. You’ll shake my hand when the semester starts and I introduce my friends. Procrastination waiting outside your door, depression falling on your floor, anger and pride will shake the walls. I’ll shove you in a corner then run and hide, we’ll play a game, us against you. And when you finally break, when your mind is numb and you’ve got nothing left for us to take, we leave you alone. Alone in your mind, killing yourself a thousand times; because you’ll never truly be rid of me. I’ll always creep back in when you least expect it. You can lock your doors and cover your windows but you can never shut off my voice playing on repeat. Laughing and calling you fat, ugly, stupid, worthless. My friends will join in and you’ll drown all over again, because in the end, don’t I always win?</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>343
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/04/2019-04-prom/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/Prom/IMG-4439.jpg alt="Image of:"></a><div class=article-post><p><em>This year, prom was held at Caine’s Ballroom on Saturday, April 6th. It was planned and made possible by the class of 2020 and their sponsor, Ms. Walker. The theme was an Enchanted Gala.</em></p><p>Prom. One word, big meaning. When you hear it, what do you think of? Do images of velvet dresses and pristine suits dance across your mind? Do you look at your wrist and picture a flower corsage wrapped around it? Maybe you envision yourself arm in arm with your best friend or significant other, stepping through the floral entryway and into a world where time seems to tick slower, smiles seem to glow brighter, and songs seem to play louder.</p><p>​Or, maybe you’re one of those people who see themselves sitting in a corner, shifting through their phone as the music drones on, hoping that the movies got it wrong—that this isn’t the best night of your life. To you, prom is a night that washes over you and leaves you much the same as you were before. Watching those around you become completely drenched, you wonder if maybe… maybe there was something you missed. You like the music, you like getting dressed up, you like seeing your friends jumping up and down and singing off key. But, altogether, these things are an overwhelming sensation that barely gives you time to catch your breath. Feeling lost in a faceless crowd, letting the pulsating throb of people and sound pick you up and keep you suspended like a cloud. Watching everyone beneath you and wondering: Is this the night of their lives?</p><p>​Prom is an experience. It is a mark of high school that one carries with them after graduation, something they reminisce about once they turn thirty. It is not the defining moment of one’s high school career. It does not have to be the most important event of one’s teenage years. In a world full of Hollywood glamorization, prom has become this generation’s pinup model, an idealization of the perfect high school life. To a young, clueless freshman it is something to dream about and anticipate over the next four years. It is a dream that takes on many guises. Something to be held in reverent awe and yet, something to be feared.</p><p>​To those of you who danced at prom, sang your hearts out, and left the night laughing into the morning, I raise my glass. You found enjoyment in what should be enjoyed, happiness in a time free of worry, and memories in a year worth remembering. I admire you and your spirit of celebration. You took your dreams with you and carried them onto the dance floor. You left with a sadness that these high school days are coming to an end, a love that burned out too quickly. But, as you let go of those dreams you brought with you, new ones begin to form. Taking them by the hand, you walk forwards, searching for the next big thing that lies beyond.</p><p>​To those of you who sat on the benches, hummed quietly to yourself when a song you knew began to play, and swayed gently by yourself in corner, I raise my glass as well as my heart. For in all of you, I found a secret society of people who want to experience life and all of its flaws. I found a family who understands the sanctity of trying for the sake of trying. To you, prom was a dive into deep waters. It was a badge of honor showing that you survived these past four years, made it through to the next stage in life. Now, you can kiss these years goodbye with a smile on your face because you did it. You will not look back and wish for these moments; you will think of them and grin, glad that they happened but happier still for what came after. Kudos to your intrepid self.</p><hr><p><img src=https://hugo.thetaliaferrotimes.org/uploads/2019/Prom/IMG-4443.jpg alt="one student standing"><br><img src=https://hugo.thetaliaferrotimes.org/uploads/2019/Prom/IMG-4444.jpg alt="three students posing"><br><img src=https://hugo.thetaliaferrotimes.org/uploads/2019/Prom/IMG-4445.jpg alt="four students standing on grass"><br><img src=https://hugo.thetaliaferrotimes.org/uploads/2019/Prom/IMG-4446.jpg alt="one student posing"></p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>657
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/04/2019-04-rwandan-genocide/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/maxime-niyomwungeri-455213-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of: Kigali, Rwanda"></a><div class=article-post><p>Twenty-five years ago, one plane was shot from the sky, the blue openness tinged by the red flame of the explosion. This tragedy, however, meant not only the political assassination of Rwanda&rsquo;s President, but the eminent massacre of 800,000 innocents. 800,000 Rwandans. Women, men. Boys, girls. Sons, daughters. Husbands, wives. Parents, siblings, grandparents. Dead.</p><p>Three months was all it took. Almost 10,000 people a day.</p><p>But how many of us even know of it?</p><p>Rwanda, in 1994, consisted of three primary ethnic groups: the Hutu, the Tutsi, and the Twa. The Hutu were the majority, consisting of 85% of the population. The Tutsi were 14% of the population. The Twa only 1%. It was a time of struggle. Economic disaster, political tension, and the rise of extremists plagued the people. Then, in April, the Hutu president&rsquo;s plane was shot down. Immediately, violence broke out as Hutu extremists, blaming a Tutsi rebel group for the tragedy, sought to completely wipe the Tutsi from the face of the Earth. For three months, the Hutu extremists carried out a pre-organized and deliberate genocide. Lists of Tutsi were given to soldiers, thousands killed mercilessly with the swipe of machetes, and teenage Hutu blocked roads as the Tutsi desperately tried to flee.</p><p>Where was the United Nations? The United States? France? Britain? Belgium? Where were those that had promised to protect those who could not protect themselves? The presence of UN Peacekeepers was useless as they were ordered to either withdraw or avoid fighting at all. Rwanda is the definition of international failure. Resources were at hand to save hundreds of thousands of lives, yet we watched.</p><p>Many students, after learning about the Holocaust because of its place in mandatory curricula, believe that the world has emerged into a peaceful world. A world without the unjustified and systematic murder of millions. Yet, in 1994, Rwanda.</p><p>Booker T. Washington, great though we may be, is no exception to this pattern of ignorance. In an informal survey, The Taliaferro Times found that most students had no idea that the Rwandan Genocide occurred. The few that did know were most often vague in their details, and only one student remembered ever being taught about the Genocide in a school environment.</p><p>Schools and teachers should make intentional efforts to teach about genocides beyond the Holocaust. A simple look at the Wikipedia page, &ldquo;Genocides in history&rdquo;, reveals the horrific fact of so many millions murdered.</p><p>Students, in our role as learners, ought to have known about such terrible truths. After all, knowledge is not just an empty cloud which floats in our brains, but also a path towards a brighter future.</p><hr><p><em>Photo by Maxime Niyomwungeri on Unsplash. Pictured: Kigali, Rwanda.</em></p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/international-news>#international-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>450
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/04/weekly-digest-04-02/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/trifon-yurukov-625128-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of:"></a><div class=article-post><p>Wow! It&rsquo;s been a while since I&rsquo;ve had the opportunity to put one of these out. This one is full of content from the last few days, and I encourage you to read everything I&rsquo;ve linked to.</p><p>You can <a href=https://eepurl.com/giEz1L>subscribe</a> to the email newsletter.</p><h2 id=booker-t-washington>Booker T. Washington</h2><p><strong>Student Council:</strong></p><p>We have a whole new student council. Unfortunately, there are serious problems with this year&rsquo;s election. There was only <em><strong>one</strong></em> position which was contested between two candidates. In other words, we gave ourselves no choices when it came to 80% of the Executive Board. Next year, you should run!</p><p><strong>Spring Spirit Week:</strong></p><p>Dress up every day:</p><table><thead><tr><th>Day</th><th>Dresswear</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Wednesday</td><td>Pajama Day</td></tr><tr><td>Thursday</td><td>Throwback</td></tr><tr><td>Friday</td><td>Fancy/Formal</td></tr></tbody></table><h2 id=news>News</h2><h3 id=international--national>International & National</h3><p><a href=https://wsj.com/articles/kremlin-clamps-down-on-internet-11554213601>Russia is cementing their hold on the Internet - The Wall Street Journal</a></p><p><a href="https://nytimes.com/2019/04/02/opinion/turkey-erdogan-election-defeat.html?emc=rss&partner=rss">The Turkish Elections & President Erdogan - The New York Times</a></p><p><a href="https://reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane-faa/boeing-to-submit-737-max-software-upgrade-in-the-coming-weeks-idUSKCN1RD36L?feedName=topNews&feedType=RSS">Boeing: How they are fixing their 737 MAX - Reuters</a></p><p><a href=https://bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47783137>India just tested a weapon on a satellite in space: What could go wrong? - The BBC</a></p><p><a href="https://nytimes.com/2019/04/01/opinion/egypt-sisi-trump.html?emc=rss&partner=rss">How Egypt&rsquo;s President might just stay in power - The New York Times</a></p><p><a href="https://nytimes.com/2019/04/01/us/politics/trump-border-closing-economy.html?emc=rss&partner=rss">President Trump closing the Southern border would mean problems for your avocado addiction - The New York Times</a></p><h3 id=interesting>Interesting</h3><p><a href="https://nytimes.com/2019/04/01/smarter-living/how-to-make-your-phone-limit-your-screen-time-for-you.html?emc=rss&partner=rss">How you can stop using your phone so much</a></p><p><a href="https://nytimes.com/2019/04/01/smarter-living/stop-asking-kids-what-they-want-to-be-when-they-grow-up.html?emc=rss&partner=rss">Stop asking kids what they want to be when they grow up</a></p><p><a href=https://eff.org/deeplinks/2019/04/faulty-ruling-threatens-gut-groundbreaking-privacy-statute-calecpa-must-be>A California court is already trying to reduce the privacy protections of a recent law</a></p><p><a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019/04/02/708876202/when-computers-collude?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr">A lot of the prices you pay for products online are determined by&mldr; computers</a></p><p><a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/02/707842736/enter-title?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr">The latest about drug-resistant diseases</a></p><h2 id=creative-writing>Creative Writing</h2><p><a href=https://newyorker.com/magazine/2017/06/26/before-the-internet>A wonderful piece in The New Yorker: Before the Internet</a></p><hr><p>This week&rsquo;s photo: an tree in bloom.</p><p>Photo by Trifon Yurukov on Unsplash</p><hr><p><a href=https://eepurl.com/giEz1L>Subscribe to newspaper updates and The Weekly Digest</a></p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/international-news>#international-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/national-news>#national-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>289
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You <strong>must</strong> afford students the right to express themselves, even if you disagree.</p><h2 id=news>News</h2><p>A little something more local. This article describes an environmental fight over using water from the Kiamichi River to supply Oklahoma City. My opinion? Not a good idea. <a href=https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/state-and-regional/group-cites-endangered-species-act-lapses-in-suit-against-kiamichi/article_1bdaf801-87ee-5b04-bfe3-10d8036c8120.html>Your weekly Oklahoma news - Tulsa World</a></p><p>The government has released its financial report for fiscal year 2018. It might be a bit of a bore, but this funding is a clear representation of what we value here in the United States. Do the proportions of our spending look correct to you? Also in the news: budget fights are already starting up in Congress. I&rsquo;ll let you look that one up yourself. <a href=http://fiscal.treasury.gov/reports-statements/financial-report/current-report.html>See information here - The Treasury Department</a></p><h3 id=international--national>International & National</h3><p>What&rsquo;s happening in Africa??? This article is possibly the best (intro) explainer for the current crises in Libya, Algeria, and Sudan. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/08/world/africa/arab-spring-north-africa-protesters.html?partner=rss&emc=rss">Freedom is the universal desire of all - The New York Times</a></p><p>Hong Kong activists have been convicted for their civil disobedience and free speech. There are seemingly endless reminders of how China is becoming a technological dystopia. <a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yoUAYPR8ZUo/hong-kong-protest-leaders-vow-to-continue-democracy-fight-ahead-of-verdict-idUSKCN1RL04V>Read and cry - Reuters</a></p><h3 id=interesting>Interesting</h3><p>With all the recent news about environmental problems, the Green New Deal, and more, it is vital that we explore all options for how to save the world. Did you know that if the United States had continued the rate of nuclear plant creation that we once had, we would already be able to provide <strong>all</strong> of the USA&rsquo;s energy carbon-free? The concerns of the few are limiting the life of the world. And by the way, the Green New Deal does not use nuclear energy at all. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/opinion/sunday/climate-change-nuclear-power.html?partner=rss&emc=rss#commentsContainer">Learn more - The New York Times</a></p><p>Doctor Problems: There is a scary shortage of doctors qualified to deal with infectious diseases. From what I&rsquo;ve read, and it&rsquo;s mentioned in this article, the problem has its roots in finances. These doctors, important as they are, are paid less than almost any other doctor. This problem lies in the way our health system is set up (insurance, payments, prices, etc.). <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/09/opinion/doctors-drug-resistant-infections.html?partner=rss&emc=rss">Give it a read - The New York Times</a></p><h2 id=creative-writing>Creative Writing</h2><p><strong>A Personal Haiku</strong></p><p>Why am I sleeping?</p><p>When I could work constantly?</p><p>I can&rsquo;t really think.</p><hr><p><em>This week&rsquo;s photo: A blue hummingbird in honour of Spring&rsquo;s arrival.</em></p><p><em>Photo by Andrea Reiman on Unsplash.</em></p><hr><p>IMPORTANT:<br>Did you know you can follow a feed of articles that are selected to be included here in the Weekly Digest as Nate reads them? This includes most, but not all URLs I link to. This <a href="https://rss.thetaliaferrotimes.org/public.php?op=rss&id=-1026&key=tbw0ej5cad2f53d72c1">link</a> is for ones that are upcoming (reset after I send the Weekly Digest). 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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/09/2019-09-newspaper-creativity/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/riccardo-annandale-7e2pe9wjL9M-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of:"></a><div class=article-post><p>To kick off the new 2019-2020 school year, the newspaper decided to write some poetry and short stories! Three minutes were given to each person to write something up and share it at our first meeting on August 30th, 2019. This is a small selection of the whimsical, joyful, conscious, and saddened results!</p><hr><p><strong>A haiku</strong> <em>by Nathaniel Ijams</em></p><p>With just one year’s time</p><p>What can one do to be free</p><p>Me, my friends, Hong Kong</p><hr><p><strong>Website</strong></p><p>I can’t stop thinking about how I volunteered to help run a website. I lay in bed each night shivering, fearing the newspaper elders. One day Nate will graduate, and I’m not sure what wild intellectually confusing substance of a website will be left for me to mismanage.</p><hr><p><em>Inspired by the Amazon Fires and Climate Change</em></p><p>Fire blazing up bark</p><p>Everything left dark</p><p>Stop eating cows</p><hr><p>The night is young,</p><p>Full of dazzling stars,</p><p>But no one to look with from afar.</p><p>The cold wind fells very lonely,</p><p>Kind of like a sad tone in an old, cold poem.</p><hr><p><strong>Mac ‘an Cheese</strong> <em>by Ian Benway</em></p><p>I had three minutes to write this poem</p><p>So this was just from the top of my head.</p><p>But whether it’s good or whether it’s bad</p><p>I’d rather be making mac & cheese instead</p><hr><p>Roses are red</p><p>Violets are blue</p><p>I’m illeterate</p><p>And so are you</p><br><p>But together we’ll change</p><p>And learn how to do</p><p>Things a normal kid can</p><p>At least, I hope to</p><br><p>With our education</p><p>We can change the world</p><p>So let’s get some learnin’</p><p>Let’s give it a whirl</p><hr><p>Voices echo throughout the darkened structures, the hall so vacant of light that the shadows practically leap out to eat the man who stands within. Some audible phrases reach out to him, “help me!” cries the whispered tone.</p><hr><p>It was raining out</p><p>Blurring my concentration</p><p>I don’t miss the sun</p><hr></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>314
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/09/2019-09-shelley/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/09/josh-applegate-9raVaLGvDGc-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of: diet coke in hand"></a><div class=article-post><p>When the soul of Earth ignited fire,</p><p>The heavens faintly spoke,</p><p>With a furtive background choir,</p><p><em>Let there be Diet Coke.</em></p><br><p>In that instant all was rid</p><p>Of disingenuous flame,</p><p>And a farewell I had bid</p><p>To a life bar aspartame.</p><br><p>Upon this notion I&rsquo;d construed</p><p>A beauty through refraction,</p><p>But its veracity I renewed</p><p>Upon my satisfaction.</p><br><p>For when I came across my love</p><p>Constrained within the plastic,</p><p>It took a force from up above</p><p>To assuage the craze so drastic!</p><br><p>Upon the cap that I had clenched,</p><p>While breaking its fixation,</p><p>I found myself&mdash;my soul&mdash;yet drenched</p><p>With russet-brown elation.</p><br><p>The bottle ceased not rapid fizzing,</p><p>As it sat in condensation,</p><p>So I found my heart still whizzing,</p><p>Mind quicker than its palpitation.</p><br><p>Upon a taste my lips felt numb,</p><p>Entangled in its presence,</p><p>And I, with couth, had thus become</p><p>A man of effervescence.</p><br><p>Addiction is a word of slander,</p><p>For I can stop at will,</p><p>But, to me, my mouth may pander</p><p>For a quick refill.</p><br><p>And though I find my heart besotted</p><p>With caffeine and strife,</p><p>I still permit some time allotted</p><p>For Coca-Cola Life.</p><br><p>So thus my heart may wander</p><p>From the drink that I have known,</p><p>But my dreams, of which I seem to squander,</p><p>Will employ Diet Coke alone.</p><br><p>The throne of cans I sit atop</p><p>Where, in deep reflection,</p><p>I often find it hard to stop</p><p>This adamant affection.</p><br><p>I only fear a day convening</p><p>My love within a cloak,</p><p>For all my life will lose its meaning</p><p>Without my Diet Coke.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>260
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@@ 13,7 13,7 @@ You ignore me,"><meta name=keywords content="Tulsa,The Taliaferro Times,newspape
min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/09/2019-09-timebomb/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/09/markus-spiske-tyfI3RGqL7Y-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of:"></a><div class=article-post><p>The world is on fire,</p><p>I&rsquo;m told to sit quieter—</p><p>Don&rsquo;t talk back,</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got this under control.&rdquo;</p><p>You ignore me,</p><p>Berate me for crying,</p><p>Tell me to grow up,</p><p>Then treat me like a child.</p><p>The world is on fire,</p><p>It&rsquo;s time for us to stand up,</p><p>You laugh and tell me I should shut up,</p><p>My rally sign won&rsquo;t bring any change,</p><p>I can&rsquo;t do anything that would really change the game,</p><p>So shut up,</p><p>Sit quiet,</p><p>Watch the city burn to the ground.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s big corporations that need to change,&rdquo;</p><p>But little things add up,</p><p>And my voice may be small but I won&rsquo;t shut up,</p><p>I&rsquo;ll yell and I&rsquo;ll paint the picture of our home crumbling down,</p><p>And when people stand with me,</p><p>Our voices grow loud.</p><p>You can&rsquo;t ignore us,</p><p>While we sink and we drown,</p><p>Earth is in trouble,</p><p>Which includes you and me.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>150
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This year was no different. He was just as bored as I was, and one day we were sitting together, watching some game show I can’t remember the name of, when he turned to me and asked:</p><p>“Hey, have you ever been in those woods around the place?” I turned to him, my right eyebrow cocked in a questioning expression.</p><p>“What?” I asked at first, not paying attention to what he had said. He repeated himself,</p><p>“Have ya ever been in the woods ‘round here? Like the ones outback?” I leaned back into the cushion of the couch and thought for a moment. Surprisingly, in all my years of living, I had never been in the woods, just at the edge of the property. I shrugged as I looked back at him, and that sufficed as an answer to him. He responded by standing up and stretching before looking down at me.</p><p>“Do you want to?”</p><p>Curiosity took hold of me, and I stood up with some eagerness. Soon, we found ourselves out in the backyard walking towards the green woods that expanded across the horizon, never seeming to stop. The sun beating down on us directly overhead, the bugs buzzing and nipping at our skin. As we grew closer to the forest&rsquo;s edge, I stopped, something came over me, and I just felt wrong. I stared deep into the woods at a tree that seemed off to me in some way; I was entranced by the structure, maybe it was the way it bent in some places, the way the branches hung, maybe it was the color.</p><p>“What’s up?” Michael’s words brought me back to reality, and I turned towards him, breaking my gaze from the tree in the process.</p><p>“Huh? Yeah yeah, I’m fine, let’s keep going.” With that, we continued on downhill towards the edge of the forest. When we reached it, I looked up past Michael towards where I saw the tree, only to not be able to find it. I shrugged it off at the time, not thinking much of it.<br>The contrast between the green field and the darkened woods was staggering, breathtaking almost. The trees cast shadows that loomed over the forest floor, the branches letting in small streams of light that lit up the ground like a Christmas tree. Michael and I began to walk through it all, being completely absorbed at the serene beauty of the place.<br>We walked for a few moments before we spotted an old, rusted out frame of what I could only guess was at one point a car. The rust-red coloration, contrasting the patch of green grass on which it sat, broke through the vines, which wrapped themselves around the frame like snakes constricting prey. Some of the vines seemed to take on the rusted coloration of what remained of the metal. Michael, in his infinite wisdom, climbed onto the roof and stood tall and proud.</p><p>“This place is awesome!” he exclaimed, then proceeded to scream at the top of his lungs, the sound echoing throughout the forest before he climbed back down.<br>We continued to walk, making jokes to each other while wondering to ourselves how far the woods went. We hopped over a small stream before finding a clearing, a hill in the center of it with a dead tree at its peak. Michael ran ahead of me, beginning to go up the hill at a quick pace before stopping suddenly and standing cold. I stopped and stared up at him, wondering what made him stop, and followed him up the hill.<br>I stopped dead in my tracks as I looked out at the horizon; the sky was streaked with red and the sun more than halfway down. I suddenly scrambled to pull out my phone and check the time; the digital clock slowly blinked as I stared directly at the number 8:27. Michael looked at me pointing down at his watch, it was the same time.</p><p>“No way…” I muttered to myself.</p><p>“We only left at, what, around fifteen till two right?” Michael asked with a hint of worry in his voice. I nodded. There was no way we could have been out that long—at most we had only been out for around thirty to forty-five minutes. Michael shook his head before looking away. He stopped again and began the color drained from his face, and I could hear his breathing increase. After getting him to calm down, he pointed in the direction in which we came. When I turned my eyes went wide with shock and horror.</p><p>The woods didn’t end.</p><p>It was as if we were surrounded by an ocean of foliage and wood that stretched for miles on end, we couldn’t even see the house from here. Suddenly a feeling swept over me, a feeling of unease like we were being watched. I searched around for what could be the cause of it and my eyes locked with an object on the edge of the tree line to our left. The strange tree, only this time it was out in the open, and I could see why it was different from the others.</p><p>Its bark was smooth.</p><p>No, no, it wasn’t even bark, it was smooth and glistened in the sun. It was skin. And I realized there had been only two outwardly stretching limbs and no leaves.</p><p>As these realizations came to me, my eyes widened with horror as I turned to Michael and told him to run. Not long after I was already near the treeline, adrenaline pumping, head pounding, and I refused to stop.<br>I turned to see if Michael was behind me, and in that split second, I saw what that tree was. A blur of a slender frame towering almost twenty feet in the air, the light of the setting sun glistening off of its skin as it reached with an outstretched limb. It was running, too. And fast. Michael and I ran even harder than before, the heavy crunches growing closer and closer behind us. My head was pounding even more; as if someone took a jackhammer to my skull, the pain was overpowering even with the adrenaline coursing through my veins.<br>I wasn’t paying attention and nearly ran into the rusted out car, barely dodging it and continuing forward. I could hear Michael telling me not to stop, and as soon as the words left his mouth, I heard the crunching and snapping of metal. I looked back for a moment to see the damn monstrosity lifting its foot from the remains of the car. It can’t be much farther now, I thought.<br>It was gaining on us, but we weren’t letting up. Michael picked up the pace and hopped over the creek, and I hopped over myself. Right as my feet touched the ground I heard the loudest snap I had ever heard in my life. I turned to my right just in time to see a tree crash down nearly half an inch away from me. It’s long slender fingers that looked like branches wrapped around the base of the trunk.<br>Michael screamed again in front of me, and when I looked forward I saw him reaching the dense forest edge he nearly leapt through it. As he passed through two trees close together, it was like he just disappeared. Before I could think much of it, the creature let out a deafening bellow, like a slowed down air ride siren. I could hear the trees being hit to my left, and with every ounce of my being, I leapt through the two trees and found myself falling face-first into the field. I crawled for dear life to where Michael was standing and turned back to see the creature&rsquo;s outstretched arm grab hold of the edge of a branch.<br>Slowly, its arm withdrew back into the dark of the forest, but we couldn’t hear it walking away.<br>Michael helped me to my feet, checking the time on his watch.</p><p>“2:15,” he whispered, as the sweat glistened on his forehead in the afternoon sun.</p><p>For several days after that, Michael and I barely left the house. I couldn’t even sleep—all I did was look out the window towards the woods in a feeble attempt to make myself feel safer. Some nights I’d see the trees sway, and I’d break into a cold sweat. Others, I’d hear nothing at all, which made me even more unnerved.</p><p>Near the final days of my stay in Minnesota, my family had a barbeque out front. I was out eating with Michael telling him about school or something when my grandfather approached us.</p><p>“Did you boys go into those damned backwoods?” he asked in the sternest voice I’d ever heard the man use. He was a sweet, soft-spoken man, so this caught us off guard.<br>When Michael and I asked what he meant, he asked again, &ldquo;did you, or did you not?” Michael turned to me, a look of concern on his face, and we turned back and nodded slowly to Grandpa. “God damn it boys…” he began, rubbing his brow softly, “don’t speak of what you saw out there, and, for God’s sake, never go back.” And with that, he went back to socializing with the rest of the family.<br>To be fair, he didn’t even need to tell us, Michael and I were scared shitless just being outside. And before I knew it, it was the end of my trip, and I was on my way home. Michael and I swore to never speak of it again, but I just couldn’t get it out of my head. What was with the forest? What about the time? Just what the hell was that <em>thing</em>? I’m terrified of going back, but a part of me wants to know.<br>Fall is coming, the leaves are falling. Strangely enough, though, there is this one tree near my neighbor&rsquo;s yard that’s already bare. And I always find myself looking at it at dusk.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>1822
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</code></pre><p><strong>IV</strong>. Duplication of harmful animal experiments is in<br>principle unacceptable. The term describes cases where there is<br>insufficient scientific justification for the repetition. It occurs<br>primarily when the scientist does not know that another has carried<br>out the experiment or test in question. Otherwise, duplication might<br>be intentional.</p><h2 id=further-review>Further Review</h2><h3 id=introduction>Introduction</h3><p>The International Baccalaureate writes:</p><blockquote><p>Our standards for work in schools should also be more stringent than<br>those of university and research and development committees as we are<br>not carrying out essential, groundbreaking research. Practical work in<br>schools has other purposes such as reinforcing concepts and teaching<br>practical skills and techniques. Even in a practically based extended<br>essay the work will not be fundamental, ground-breaking research.</p></blockquote><p>In this limited situation, the ethical solution is clear. As an<br>educational environment, and in accordance with the ideals of Booker T.<br>Washington High School when it comes to integrity, honesty, and ethical<br>uprightness, all students and teachers with the ability to discourage<br>unjustified experimentation on animals ought to work towards its<br>elimination.</p><h3 id=point-i>Point I</h3><p>Animals may only be used for research if there is no other way of<br>obtaining the results anticipated from the experiment.</p><p>Unfortunately, the results anticipated from this experiment are well<br>known. Anticipated results have been found in countless other similar<br>experiments and through experimentation in this laboratory from previous<br>classes. Thus, there is no justification for the use of animals.</p><h3 id=point-ii>Point II</h3><p>From the perspective of moral justification, it is insufficient to<br>consider only those alternatives which are practically available at the<br>time of considering animal use.</p><p>There are alternatives to this experiment which could be performed to<br>create the same sort of process and learning experience for students in<br>the course. Simply because these might not be feasible at the time, for<br>example due to budgetary constraints, cannot morally be used as<br>justification for the continuation of the animal experimentation.</p><h3 id=point-iii>Point III</h3><p>The Three Rs</p><p>The Three Rs are the primary statement of ethical principle when the use<br>of animals is required. Try to replace them, reduce the number of<br>animals needed, and refine how you use them. In addition, the<br>International Baccalaureate Organization&rsquo;s &ldquo;Guidelines for the use of<br>animals in IB World Schools&rdquo; requires schools to carry out a discussion<br>of the 3Rs.</p><p>The IB writes:</p><blockquote><p>Any investigation involving animals should initially consider the<br>replacement of animals with cells or tissues, plants or computer<br>simulations. If the animal is essential to the investigation refinements<br>to the investigation to alleviate any distress to the animal and a<br>reduction in the numbers of animals involved should be made. Experiments<br>involving animals must be based on observing and measuring aspects of<br>natural animal behaviour. Any experimentation should not result in any<br>cruelty to any animal, vertebrate or invertebrate. Therefore experiments<br>that administer drugs or medicines or <strong>manipulate the environment or<br>diet beyond that which can be regarded as humane</strong> is <strong>unacceptable</strong> in<br>IB schools.<sup id=fnref:1><a href=#fn:1 class=footnote-ref role=doc-noteref>1</a></sup></p></blockquote><p>As an example, instead of having each student do a microcosm experiment,<br>facilitate a class/group project to allow the same conclusions to be<br>made without using more than one animal.</p><h3 id=point-iv>Point IV</h3><p>Duplication</p><p>See Point I.</p><h2 id=notes>Notes</h2><p>Inspiration and ethical grounding for this paper are taken from &ldquo;The<br>Ethics of Research Involving Animals&rdquo;, a study by the Nuffield Council<br>of Bioethics, and the IBO&rsquo;s guidelines on the use of animals in IB<br>schools.</p><p><strong>Citations</strong>:</p><p>International Baccalaureate Organization. &ldquo;Guidelines for the use of<br>animals in IB World Schools&rdquo;. 2015,<br><a href=https://library.tedankara.k12.tr/IB/ee2016/Animal-experimentation_policy.pdf>library.tedankara.k12.tr/IB/ee2016/Animal-experimentation_policy.pdf</a>.</p><p>Nuffield Council of Bioethics. &ldquo;The Ethics of Research Involving<br>Animals&rdquo;. 2005, London,<br><a href=nuffieldbioethics.org/wp-content/uploads/The-ethics-of-research-involving-animals-full-report.pdf>nuffieldbioethics.org/wp-content/uploads/The-ethics-of-research-involving-animals-full-report.pdf</a>.</p><p><strong>Comments</strong>:</p><p>Have a question? 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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/10/2019-10-monsters-mountain/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/10/daniel-leone-v7daTKlZzaw-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of:"></a><div class=article-post><p>There once was a village of small creatures who lived together in peace. The creatures looked unlike anything that had existed before—small, with big yellow eyes that glow in the dark and silky blue fur ranging from the palest of ice to the deepest of midnight. They almost resembled bears in their physique, except they were much smaller. The Tarulu village was deep in the mountains, hidden in a valley where the sun shined bright in the day but where the violent winds were blocked at night. Their houses were small, made of stone or wood with tall thatched roofs where they hung their beds. Most wildlife was sparse in the area because of its obscure location, but that didn’t bother the Tarulu because they didn’t really like deer or wolves or rabbits. These meats were too tough for the little Tarulu’s teeth to chew. Humans also didn’t visit the village often, mostly because of its remote location, and the people who did stumble upon the village always mysteriously disappeared off the face of the planet soon after.</p><p>Once a group of hikers found the village and were very curious about the small, adorable creatures that welcomed them. The Tarulu were not afraid of the hikers because they had encountered their kind before, and actually preferred them to all other creatures. The Tarulu welcomed the humans into their village and fed the tired hikers roast vegetables and sweet water before showing the satisfied humans to the sleeping shelter the Tarulu always kept ready for guests. Little did the humans know, the food was cooked with a sleeping herb that knocked the foolish humans unconscious as soon as they lay down. There was something else in the food that took longer to work and that was grown by the elders of the Tarulu community, an herb they called Sweet Death. This herb sweetens food for the Tarulu, but is lethal to most other creatures. In the morning the Tarulu go to the ‘guest’ hut to gather their prey as they always do after humans arrive. This time, they were surprised to see one still breathing, one of the younger females, who was crouching in the corner away from the corpses of her companions. The woman was crying and didn’t notice the Tarulu enter at first, but when she did, she tried to flee out the entrance through the Tarulu, underestimating their strength. They grabbed her and bound her hands and feet with thick vines. She watched as what her friends had thought were cute animals dragged her companions out of the hut on large leaves and piled them near the cooking fire.</p><p>The woman was filled with grief and disgust as some of the Tarulu were assigned to guard her. The transfixed woman watched as some of the larger Tarulu prepared her companions’ bodies as if they were steak and left them to cook. Another of the creatures brought her some food like that of the previous night. She was skeptical and refused to eat it, but they forced it down her throat until the bowl was empty. Soon after, the woman began to feel funny. She thought that she was dying, but to her surprise, she began to shrink and grow fur similar to the Tarulus. At this point her bonds were removed and the transformation was complete. As she stood up and saw the world for the first time, all the memories of her human life flew away. A few of the creatures greeted her warmly, as if she was family. She followed them over to the fire and sniffed the air. Something cooking smelled delicious.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>607
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/10/2019-10-technology-classroom/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/10/feliphe-schiarolli-hes6nUC1MVc-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of:"></a><div class=article-post><p>In 2019, it has become impossible to keep technology outside of the classroom. Schools have been forced to adapt to it. We use programs like Google Classroom, TurnItIn, USA Test Prep, and Amplify just to turn in and complete assignments. Even some standardized tests are now taken through computer screens. Entire curriculums have been developed around “adaptive learning” technology which aims to teach a student while assessing what the student already knows. Websites like Khan Academy provide virtual instruction, including entire courses on hundreds of topics. Without a doubt, technology has followed us into the classroom, but is it helping us learn?</p><p>A recent paper published in educational psychology wrote, “Exam performance was poorer for material taught in classes that permitted electronic device use both for students who did and did not direct attention to an electronic device for a non-academic purpose during those classes” (Glass & Kang 2018). As a high school student in 2019, I notice that all of my peers struggle with reading comprehension as well the ability to score high when tests are offered online. Some of my peers also have a difficult time when they are not around electronics because they have become very dependent on them. In this day and age, many adolescents have addictions to screens. A common debate among educators is whether or not screen time should be allowed in the classroom as part of the learning process.</p><p>As more teens are constantly surrounded by electronic devices at home, how will more screen time impact their brain development and, as a result, how will it impact their learning? Does an increased emphasis in electronic learning have a positive or negative impact on teen learning? How does excessive screen time exposure impact the teen brain’s development? Should curriculum be different for teens with varying exposure levels to electronics? And, is it even possible to design a curriculum for teens who have lots of screen exposure?</p><p>The debate of how much screen time should be available in the classroom has been ongoing for the past couple years now; however, now that screens are in the classroom, they don’t look like they are leaving soon. Educators and parents are now reflecting and trying to figure out how it will affect students in the future. Since screens haven’t been around for that long, we don’t have much information on this.<br>I interviewed a local college professor, who asked to remain anonymous. The professor has noticed many students with an apparent dependence on electronic devices can struggle in the classroom. Based upon her personal observations, she believes that some students now rely too heavily on the ability to quickly find an answer using technology. There seems to be less of a focus on truly learning material and critical thinking. “It’s like they’ve never been taught how to learn,” she says. “They don’t know how to read a textbook, study for a test, or think critically about a topic. Many of them simply want to use their devices to locate the answer to the question and move on to the next question or assignment.”</p><p>She also questions, “Are screens the reason why her students struggle in the classroom?” “Is this happening in every classroom?” With phones at most student’s’ fingertips, they are able to access millions of websites and virtually infinite information online, including answer keys. Because they are relying on the answers found online rather than reasoning through the problems and solutions on their own, students struggle to retain the information.</p><p>On the other end of the spectrum, some kids don’t have access to technology at home and can be left behind. This “digital divide” can create one set of students who are overly dependent on technology and another who are completely unfamiliar with technology. It has become normal for teachers to assign homework through Google Classroom or other online learning websites, and, although teachers make efforts to make those resources available to students without technology at home, it can sometimes be difficult to provide those resources to all students. This becomes its own barrier in learning.</p><p>Considering how rapidly the classroom has changed in the last 20 years, one has to wonder what will the classroom of 2040 would look like? It seems that technology, regardless of the problems it might create in learning, will likely be a part of the classroom.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/other>#other</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/report>#report</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>726
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/11/an-orion-point-thanksgiving/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/11/patrick-fore-hoxqcGUheeo-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of: pumpkin and other plans on black wood background"></a><div class=article-post><p>Orion Point has been a team for many years. They had been through some ups and downs in many different seasons, but they never expected to be placed in the Forage Sector during the oddly named <em>Turkey Day</em>. Mia wasn’t quite sure what a turkey was or why people enjoyed eating it, but from what she gathered from her childhood books, a turkey was a flightless bird that people ate on a special day known as Thanksgiving. Along with the turkeys there were trees with beautiful red, orange, and golden leaves that made the world beautiful. But there were no longer many trees left, except for in a few places, like the Forage Sector. Mia had lived on rations her entire life and had never had a fancy meal, nothing extravagant like the Sector heads got. But then again, who ever got what the elites got?<br>“Earth to Mia!” Caden said, waving her hand in her face. Mia snapped back to the dull roar of the road and distant sounds of gunfire. Caden was charming, with light brown skin and short curly hair, all accentuated by her deep brown eyes flecked with gold. She was a few years older than Mia and was married to Cameron, a black man with no hair (he claimed it was a fire hazard but everyone knew it was because he couldn’t grow it out) and emerald green eyes.</p><p>Mia looked at Caden. “What? I was thinking!”<br>Cameron snorted, not looking up from cleaning the barrel of his gun, and Caden elbowed him in the ribs as she turned her attention back to Mia. “G2 says we are almost to the camp. And he also said that he drew a mustache on Max.”<br>Mia sighed, knowing what G2 had used to do it. She stood up and stuck her face in the divider between the front and the back of the truck. “G2, you need to stop using your oil for childish purposes!”<br>She chided the robot as firmly and kindly as she could muster; G2 just fixed her with two glowing optics, one blue, and the other green. Mia had tried to do her best at patching him up after the explosion a year ago, using old equipment she had been able to find at Servicebot Citadel for dirt cheap. Mia was honestly shocked at the advancement of the robots, originally generalizing the existence of all of them to be identical but coming to realize the diversity of their usage and character. Of course, they ended up exploding the oldest building in the city square before being chased out by powered people as they overtook the Citadel.<br>“Hey Mia, have you seen the trees? The leaves are like we always imagined them to be, and so much more!” Max called over the roar of the dirt road they were driving on. That’s another thing about the Forage Sector—it was a farming community because it was one of the few places that still had good soil.<br>“No, I haven’t,” Mia said, looking at Max who was trying to rub the oil mustache off his face. He grumbled something under his breath about “disabling that bloody bot.” Max was handsome in many ways, with his dark brown hair and almond colored eyes. Not to mention his dark brown (almost black) skin. He had a scar on the inside of his nose that was overly conspicuous. Mia knew exactly when he got that scar: it was from the first year they were deployed. He had taken a knife to the face, and Mia had to stitch him up.<br>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ll go look now. And Max, if you disable G2 you are going to be in some hot water. He&rsquo;s bloody ancient and trying to put him together is going to be a pain,&rdquo; Mia said with a smile as she turned back to the opening in the back of the truck. Trees like she had never seen before lined the dirt road and the scents that filled Mia&rsquo;s nose were unlike anything she had ever smelled. It was the scent of things that were living, the scent that made you believe that maybe things could change, one day.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s beautiful, isn&rsquo;t it? I remember when almost everyone in my little neighborhood had trees. Granted, they lived in fear but the beauty remained, like a light in the darkness. But now&mldr;I don&rsquo;t know how much longer this war is going to go on for,&rdquo; Caden said with a faraway look in her eyes.</p><p>Mia smiled at the thought of a young Carson trying to raise a young, headstrong, independent Caden. The comm unit in the ears of the Unit sparked to life and Carson&rsquo;s voice could be heard. He was sitting back at the camp, having been injured the year prior in the explosion.</p><p>&ldquo;This is Stronghold T-10 requesting verification. State your unit’s designation.&rdquo;</p><p>Cameron was the new group leader so he was the one that answered. &ldquo;This is Unit Orion Point, transporting Designations Cameron and Caden Jax, Max and Mia Delgado and Buzzerbot abbreviation G2. Requesting permission to enter camp.&rdquo;</p><p>Mia swore she could hear the older man&rsquo;s smile as he responded.</p><p>&ldquo;Designation accepted. Prepare to be searched and have your Buzzerbot inspected upon your arrival. Welcome to your new home, Orion Point.&rdquo;</p><p>The comms shut off as a cluster of buildings came into view, surrounded by a barbed wire fence. Two men in camo with GT39&rsquo;s, the standard war rifle, slung over their chests. One of them checked the back of the truck, asking to see dog tags and identification tattoos, while the other checked G2 over.</p><p>&ldquo;Who&rsquo;s your mechanic? He must be brilliant to keep this Buzzer in such good shape.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;<em>She</em> is one of the best.&rdquo; Max said, putting emphasis on the ‘she’ part. The man looked taken aback as he finished diagnostics on G2</p><p>&ldquo;Sorry mate, honest mistake. Your &lsquo;bot looks fine and your identities have been checked. Continue on through the village to the building on your right. You will be scanned for any signs of powers and asked a couple personal questions to verify that you&rsquo;re you and not a shapeshifter.&rdquo;</p><p>Max nodded and shifted the covered truck into gear and through the power dampening gates that made up the camp and tiny village. Mia peered out the back, her feet hanging over the bumper as she let the wind blow through her hair. Max pulled the truck into the warehouse he was directed to and the constant vibrations of the truck died down as Max powered the car off. He got out and walked to the back, gathering his rifle and helping Mia down. A man greeted them and took them one by one to answer questions, before returning everyone to the hanger and raiding Carson who showed up a few minutes later leaning heavily on a cane.</p><p>&ldquo;Welcome home Orion Point. And Happy Thanksgiving! Tonight you get to experience a smaller version of what Thanksgiving used to be.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Dad, if they are fattening you up, we can take a few of them out and get you out of here.&rdquo; Caden said in a whisper shout with a wink at her dad. Carson just laughed and led Orion Point to a main building that was decorated in dull orange Christmas lights. The building was like a large farm house with a wraparound porch and peeling bright yellow paint. Chairs were scattered around with kids weaving in and out of them, parents watching from a porch swing. As the unit stepped up to the porch the kids stopped running and gawked at the unit, who were by no means clean. After months of being on the front lines, you kind of forget that you are covered in dirt and blood. Carson pushed open the old fashioned screen door.</p><p>&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t let that slam,&rdquo; he said as Mia passed through and she grabbed it, easing it shut. The living room was scarce of furniture and what was there was very old. A couch and two rocking chairs surrounded an old coffee table and a threadbare rug. A fire was roaring in the fireplace and from what Mia could see of the dining room, a large table was set up for a large dinner. Carson led them up a set of creaky old status and to your small bedrooms all near one another.</p><p>&ldquo;Shower and put on the clothes laid out on the bed. I know they are not much, but Lina and Oliver wanted to do something nice for you all seeing as how this is your first thanksgiving. So don&rsquo;t take too long, hot water runs out quickly. And just come downstairs when you&rsquo;re done.&rdquo;</p><p>Mia smiled a little as she walked into the room Carson indicated and grabbed the dress off the bed. She hopped into the shower and washed away all the grime that was caked under her nails and behind her knees and elbows. As she got out and got dressed she heard a knock on the door. She quickly ran a comb through her long hair and strode to open the door. She came face to face with an elven looking woman with delicate features and flame red hair. She had startling silver eyes that didn&rsquo;t match her appearance.</p><p>&ldquo;Hello, my name is Lina. I thought I would come by and see about washing your clothes for you.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;No, thank you, I will wash them myself. I don&rsquo;t want to be a burden, you&rsquo;ve already loaned me such a beautiful dress,&rdquo; Mia said, indicating the green and yellow sundress dress she was wearing. She still had on her combat boots and the gold heart necklace she never took off.</p><p>&ldquo;No no it&rsquo;s no problem, I assure you. But if you don&rsquo;t mind, you could repay me by watching my two young children…&rdquo;</p><p>Mia&rsquo;s eyes lit up like someone getting a toy for Christmas. She loved children and hoped that one day, when the war was over, she could have children of her own.</p><p>&ldquo;I would love to help you. Has anyone else gotten out yet?&rdquo;</p><p>Lina shook her head and Mia sighed, a little miffed at what was taking them so long. She followed Lina down the stairs and she saw two young children, a boy and a girl, both with flame red hair, playing with wooden swords in the living room, Carson watching with amusement from a rocking chair.</p><p>&ldquo;Ruby! Carter!&rdquo; Lina said, calling over the children who stopped fighting each other and ran over, grabbing onto Lina’s legs.</p><p>&ldquo;Mama! Help! Carter is trying to slay me! He says I&rsquo;m a powered person and that he wants to kill me!&rdquo;</p><p>Even through the playful tone in the child’s voice, Mia could see the all-too-familiar fear in the girl’s eyes. Mia crouched down next to the girl and held out her hand.</p><p>&ldquo;Well, I am sure you are perfectly normal. You and your brother both. Besides, I have seen a lot of powered people and you seem way too nice to be one,&rdquo; Mia said with a soft and comforting smile. Ruby detached herself from her mother&rsquo;s leg and looked at Mia.</p><p>&ldquo;Are you one of the nice people coming to stay with us for a while?&rdquo; Carter asked, and Mia chuckled a little.</p><p>&ldquo;Yeah I am. And I am going to watch you for a little bit to make sure you don&rsquo;t get into trouble,&rdquo; Mia said, bopping both Ruby and Carter on the nose as she straightened out. Ruby squealed with delight and grabbed one of Mia&rsquo;s hands while Carter grabbed the other and drug her outside. Lina mouthed sorry and Mia just shook her head saying it was no big deal.</p><p>-o0o-</p><p>Ruby and Carter had been called in to wash up for dinner not too long ago, leaving Mia alone in her thoughts for a bit before Max appeared. He hugged her from behind before letting her go and talking to her.</p><p>&ldquo;Lina says dinner is almost ready. And to be thinking of something you are thankful for, we&rsquo;re going to be sharing at dinner.&rdquo;</p><p>Mia smiled. &ldquo;Well I&rsquo;m thankful to be here, to be alive, for you, for Caden and Cameron and Carson, and that G2 is still functioning, just to name a few.&rdquo;</p><p>Max chuckled, a look of mock surprise on his face. &ldquo;I am thankful for the same things,&rdquo; he said as Lina called for dinner. Max looked deep into Mia&rsquo;s eyes for a little bit longer.</p><p>&ldquo;And to think I was going to kiss you…&rdquo; He trailed off.</p><p>&ldquo;Why not?&rdquo; Mia said, standing on her tiptoes and planting a kiss on his cheek. She dragged him inside as the smells from Lina&rsquo;s cooking filled the air. It was the first ever Orion Point thanksgiving, and one that the members would not soon forget&mldr;</p><hr><p><em>Correction:</em> A printed excerpt from this article spelled the author&rsquo;s name as Megan Webber instead of Megan Weber.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>2160
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/11/before-i-run/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/11/martins-zemlickis-NPFu4GfFZ7E-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of: people running on street"></a><div class=article-post><p><em>This weekend I will be running a half marathon. As the race date gets closer, I grow to be more anxious. So here I am, writing down my thoughts before I run.</em></p><p>It was about two months ago when I started to feel disconnected from my body. Once again, I began to struggle with simple daily tasks. I knew that I was capable of taking care of myself, but I was frustrated that I was struggling to do so. In response, I impulsively signed up for a half marathon. Running was starting to grow on me, always giving me a sense of strength and capability. I’ve never been great at running, but it has always given me a reason to make sure I was eating, sleeping, and taking care of myself. As I began to slip away from that reason, I brought it back to me. Training for a half marathon has been a reminder of how powerful our bodies can be when treated with care.</p><p>I’ve been known to be the complainer of the running group, constantly protesting workouts and trying to opt-out of them. People have always asked me why I even joined the cross country team when I constantly told them I hated running. Even I asked myself why I was still apart of something that I supposedly didn’t like. As much as I grew to dislike running, some part of it always drew me in.</p><p>Just months ago I had a breakthrough. I was running a race and instead of zoning out or complaining to myself, I reflected on why I was so drawn to running. I felt grateful to be able to have a body that allows me to run and carry myself. I felt angry at myself about the times where I felt hopeless and I wanted to change the body that I was born with. The anger fueled the fire I had in myself and, on that day, I ran a personal record.</p><p>Everyday I grow to love exercise. I feel extremely grateful to be able to have a working body. I am grateful for the opportunities it has given me and the opportunities that it will give me in the future. As I grow older, I learn more and more about how important it is to take care of yourself.</p><p>In the final week, as I prepare for this race, I plan on focusing on mental preparation since there is not much physical work I can do the week before the race. This week I will lower my mileage and come up with a strategy. And of course eat lots of pasta!</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/other>#other</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>440
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/11/bradford-pear/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/11/joshua-michaels-FOgxRVxjGSs-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of: Bradford Pear tree branches in autumn"></a><div class=article-post><p>Over the summer, my family and I sold the house we were living in and moved out to a fairly small lot just inside Osage county. We are currently living on five acres of tame field, but that was not always the case. </p><p>During the month of July, we bought our little lot from the Lyons, our neighbors. As soon as we signed a contract for it, we started working on it. Our lot had a rundown, little house that hadn’t been lived in for twenty or so years, so it was pretty overgrown when we got here. There were a lot of Bradford Pear trees all over the property. Dad had a friend of his come out and brush hog the land for us so that we could get to the trees and trim them. As soon as all the thick brush was cut back, we grabbed the pruning shears and got to work. </p><p>Isaac, my mom, and I began trimming the first Bradford pear tree. Mom raised her shears to the lowest and thickest branch and closed them right where the branch met the trunk of the tree, causing it to fall to the ground. As soon as Isaac’s hands closed around the fallen limb, he hollered and quickly drew his hand back. He looked closer at the branch, then carefully picked it up and showed it to us. It was covered in thorns. Not little thorns, like you’d find on a rosebush. These were three inch long thorns. </p><p>When I stepped on one of the branches, the thorn went all the way through the tread of my boot and poked my toes. While trimming, I accidentally dropped a branch on my mom. One of the thorns dug into her arm and snapped off at the tip. You can still see the scar. </p><p>Another time while I was trimming, I forgot to tell my mom to move before the branch fell, and it hit her. She claims it almost poked her eye out, but I think she was exaggerating. Every time I mow around one of these monster trees, its spiky branches reach out like claws and entangle my hair into their thorny mess. I am rendered motionless as I cry for my mom to come help me. We had never, ever dealt with these trees before, so we decided to find out where they came from:</p><hr><p>Callery pear trees put off beautiful white flowers in the spring, and turn vibrant red in the fall. They’re hardy trees that will grow in most any soil, and are resistant to a lot of diseases. On top of that, the Callery pear’s flowers are sterile and will not pollinate, meaning the trees will not put off messy fruits. For these reasons, it was brought over from China for hybridization experiments to improve disease resistance in our local pears. </p><p>During the 1950s, the Bradford Pear tree was widely used as an ornamental tree in landscaping. As they developed more types of these pear trees, they began planting trees of different genotypes in close proximity, and they cross pollinated. The supposedly self-sterile Bradford Pear tree began producing fruits. The birds and squirrels ate these fruits and distributed them across the land. Bradford Pear trees quickly began to pop up everywhere, and have begun to take over our native wooded areas. They will outcompete the native trees, grow into dense thickets, and shadow out the native wildflowers trying to grow beneath them. Because of this, the Bradford Pear tree is now regarded as an invasive species.</p><p>I believe that these trees are worth the hassle of trimming every year to make them look nice. And I think the beautiful autumn colors they become are worth getting a few scrapes and cuts. But these trees need to be maintained, and new ones trying to grow should be cut back to prevent any further harm to our native woods. </p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/report>#report</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/other>#other</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>654
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/11/hornets-hunger/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/11/hah-1.jpg alt="Image of: Hornets Against Hunger volunteers at game"></a><div class=article-post><p>Hornets Against Hunger: “a club that works towards the alleviation of food insecurity in Tulsa, by running the food pantry in Booker T. and working in other local non-profits”; their mission summed up by President Anna Hartshorne. Having had the opportunity to speak with her, I received greater insight into one of the most popular clubs at school.</p><p>Having joined her freshman year, then a group of about seven students, Hartshorne has been able to see and experience the growth that has taken place since becoming president her sophomore year. She states that back then, “Hornets Against Hunger was a club that met a few times a year and volunteered once a month at the food bank.” With a majority of the members being seniors, Anna was bestowed the reigns for the following school year. The following October, it became apparent that this was a project she felt passionate about and wanted to continue into high school. That year, she ran the club on her own, but junior year she added a board of current senior girls. Together, they have produced the club we know today.</p><p>When deciding their range of operation, the school’s food pantry became an area of interest. Seemingly unadvertised, there was never a defined audience that utilized the pantry. Therefore, it became clear they wanted to make food more accessible for Booker T. Washington students.</p><p>This past week they hosted a canned food drive. In alliance with their mission, its purpose was to restock the food pantry. These items are used as groceries then given to Booker T. families as packages for the weekend or long school breaks: Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring break. Each is composed of four vegetables, four proteins, three grains, and two fruits for the use of one person. For example, if there is a family of four, then each individual would receive a box.</p><p><img src=https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/uploads/2019/11/hah-3.jpg alt="Food packaged"></p><p>On Friday, during activity period, they were to begin a new program in which students will be set up in an assembly line and fill bags with necessary food items. This is similar to the Backpack Program organized by the Food Bank where students take home nutritious foods in their backpack for the weekend. Hartshorne believes club membership has grown because students are now able to see the physical items that will be distributed to classmates, classmates that remain anonymous to them, but, nevertheless, they will have left a lasting impact. She continues to say that making it a “student to student service” helps create the desire to help a fellow classmate in the Booker T. Washington community.</p><p><img src=https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/uploads/2019/11/hah-2.jpg alt="Volunteers at lunch"></p><p>At the end of our interview, I asked Anna whether there was ever an ultimate goal she wanted to achieve with the club by the time of graduation; in response, she replied, “with the satisfaction in knowing that Hornets Against Hunger will continue once I leave… ultimately, that was the goal for me: to create something that, when I left, it didn’t matter that I was going to be gone, it was going to be able to stand on its own, and I think we have gotten to that point, which is really cool.”</p><p><strong>Food Pantry</strong>: Mr. McCracken&rsquo;s Room<br><strong>Food Bank</strong>: 1304 N Kenosha Ave, Tulsa, OK 74106<br><strong>Hornets Against Hunger</strong>: Activity Period - Ms. Mejia&rsquo;s Room</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>547
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And some may say they&amp;rsquo;re utterly all bad.</description></item><item><title>Sylvia! - A Review</title><link>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/sylvia-a-review/</link><pubDate>Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:00:00 +0000</pubDate><guid>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/sylvia-a-review/</guid><description>The school production of Sylvia left good impressions and a newfound feeling of appreciation. The good line delivery, perfect character development, and even just the transitions were all key factors in making this production a success on numerous levels, and I found myself frequently resisting applause.</description></item><item><title>Before I Run</title><link>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/before-i-run/</link><pubDate>Mon, 18 Nov 2019 06:00:00 +0000</pubDate><guid>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/before-i-run/</guid><description>This weekend I will be running a half marathon. As the race date gets closer, I grow to be more anxious.</description></item><item><title>Hornets Against Hunger For Hornets</title><link>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/hornets-hunger/</link><pubDate>Mon, 11 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000</pubDate><guid>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/hornets-hunger/</guid><description>Hornets Against Hunger: “a club that works towards the alleviation of food insecurity in Tulsa, by running the food pantry in Booker T.</description></item><item><title>Improve Our Tulsa: Vote Tuesday!</title><link>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/improve-our-tulsa/</link><pubDate>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000</pubDate><guid>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/improve-our-tulsa/</guid><description>Tomorrow morning, Tulsans head to the polls to vote on the Improve Our Tulsa project. The proposal would allocate $639 million to projects on transportation, streets, capital improvements, and emergency funds.</description></item><item><title>The Pursuit of Peace</title><link>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/pursuit-peace/</link><pubDate>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000</pubDate><guid>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/pursuit-peace/</guid><description>Peace Peace can be thought of as many different things, whether that be freedom from civil disturbances, freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts and emotions, or simply harmony in personal relationships.</description></item><item><title>The Weekly Digest: November 11th</title><link>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/weekly-11-11/</link><pubDate>Sun, 10 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000</pubDate><guid>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/weekly-11-11/</guid><description>Around the World Armistice Day is celebrated today, November 11th, around the world. It marks the 101st anniversary of the day the First World War ended with the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany.</description></item><item><title>Sylvia!</title><link>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/sylvia/</link><pubDate>Sat, 09 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000</pubDate><guid>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/sylvia/</guid><description>Several days ago, I had the opportunity to interview some of the cast of the upcoming play Sylvia! If you have not heard already, Booker T students will be performing the play beginning at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 13th.</description></item><item><title>Joe Mama</title><link>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/joe-mama/</link><pubDate>Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0000</pubDate><guid>https://thetaliaferrotimes.org/2019/11/joe-mama/</guid><description>Faithful stars light faithless things,
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min read</p></span></div></div><p></p><div class=article-post><p>This story was originally published by ProPublica. It is reproduced here under the terms of the <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/>Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)</a> You can find the original story <a href="https://www.propublica.org/article/inside-purdue-pharma-media-playbook-how-it-planted-the-opioid-anti-story?utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=majorinvestigations">here</a>.</p><hr><p><em>ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for <a href=[https://go.propublica.org/bigstory-20180905-CC](https://go.propublica.org/bigstory-20180905-CC https://go.propublica.org/bigstory-20180905-cc")">The Big Story newsletter</a> to receive stories like this one in your inbox</em>.</p><div><p>In 2004, Purdue Pharma was facing a threat to sales of its blockbuster opioid painkiller OxyContin, which were approaching $2 billion a year. With abuse of the drug on the rise, prosecutors were bringing criminal charges against some doctors for prescribing massive amounts of OxyContin.</p><p>That October, an essay ran across the top of The New York Times’ health section under the headline “<a href=[https://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/19/health/policy/doctors-behind-bars-treating-pain-is-now-risky-business.html](https://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/19/health/policy/doctors-behind-bars-treating-pain-is-now-risky-business.html "https://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/19/health/policy/doctors-behind-bars-treating-pain-is-now-risky-business.html")>Doctors Behind Bars: Treating Pain is Now Risky Business</a>.” Its author, Sally Satel, a psychiatrist, argued that law enforcement was overzealous, and that some patients needed large doses of opioids to relieve pain. She described an unnamed colleague who had run a pain service at a university medical center and had a patient who could only get out of bed by taking “staggering” levels of oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin. She also cited a study published in a medical journal showing that OxyContin is rarely the only drug found in autopsies of oxycodone-related deaths.</p><p>“When you scratch the surface of someone who is addicted to painkillers, you usually find a seasoned drug abuser with a previous habit involving pills, alcohol, heroin or cocaine,” Satel wrote. “Contrary to media portrayals, the typical OxyContin addict does not start out as a pain patient who fell unwittingly into a drug habit.”</p><p>The Times identified Satel as “a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and an unpaid advisory board member for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.” But readers weren’t told about her involvement, and the American Enterprise Institute’s, with Purdue.</p><p></p><p>Among the connections revealed by emails and documents obtained by ProPublica: Purdue donated $50,000 annually to the institute, which is commonly known as AEI, from 2003 through this year, plus contributions for special events, for a total of more than $800,000. The unnamed doctor in Satel’s article was an employee of Purdue, according to an unpublished draft of the story. The study Satel cited was funded by Purdue and written by Purdue employees and consultants. And, a month before the piece was published, Satel sent a draft to Burt Rosen, Purdue’s Washington lobbyist and vice president of federal policy and legislative affairs, asking him if it “seems imbalanced.”</p><p>On the day of publication, Jason Bertsch, AEI’s vice president of development, alerted Rosen to “Sally’s very good piece.”</p><p>“Great piece,” Rosen responded.</p><p>Purdue’s hidden relationships with Satel and AEI illustrate how the company and its public relations consultants aggressively countered criticism that its prized painkiller helped cause the opioid epidemic. Since 1999, <a href=[https://www.cdc.gov/rxawareness/about/index.html](https://www.cdc.gov/rxawareness/about/index.html "https://www.cdc.gov/rxawareness/about/index.html")>more than 200,000 people have died</a> from overdoses related to prescription opioids. For almost two decades, and continuing as recently as a piece published last year in <a href=[https://slate.com/technology/2018/03/pill-limits-are-not-a-smart-way-to-fight-the-opioid-crisis.html](https://slate.com/technology/2018/03/pill-limits-are-not-a-smart-way-to-fight-the-opioid-crisis.html "https://slate.com/technology/2018/03/pill-limits-are-not-a-smart-way-to-fight-the-opioid-crisis.html")>Slate</a>, Satel has pushed back against restrictions on opioid prescribing in more than a dozen articles and radio and television appearances, without disclosing any connections to Purdue, according to a ProPublica review. Over the same period, Purdue was represented by Dezenhall Resources, a PR firm known for its pugnacious defense of beleaguered corporations. Purdue was paying Dezenhall this summer, and still owes it money, according to bankruptcy filings.</p><p>Purdue funded think tanks tapped by the media for expert commentary, facilitated publication of sympathetic articles in leading outlets where its role wasn’t disclosed, and deterred or challenged negative coverage, according to the documents and emails. Its efforts to influence public perception of the opioid crisis provide an inside look at how corporations blunt criticism of alleged wrongdoing. Purdue’s tactics are reminiscent of the oil and gas industry, which has been accused of promoting misleading science that downplays its impact on climate change, and of big tobacco, which sought to undermine evidence that nicotine is addictive and secondhand smoke is dangerous.</p><p>Media spinning was just one prong of Purdue’s strategy to fend off limits on opioid prescribing. It <a href=[https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/opinion/opioids-lawsuits-purdue-pharma.html](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/opinion/opioids-lawsuits-purdue-pharma.html "https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/opinion/opioids-lawsuits-purdue-pharma.html")>contested hundreds of lawsuits</a>, winning dismissals or settling the cases with a provision that documents remain secret. The company paid leading doctors in the pain field to assure patients that OxyContin was safe. It also funded groups, like the <a href=[https://www.propublica.org/article/the-champion-of-painkillers](https://www.propublica.org/article/the-champion-of-painkillers "https://www.propublica.org/article/the-champion-of-painkillers")>American Pain Foundation</a>, that described themselves as advocates for pain patients. Several of those groups <a href=[https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/REPORT-Fueling%20an%20Epidemic-Exposing%20the%20Financial%20Ties%20Between%20Opioid%20Manufacturers%20and%20Third%20Party%20Advocacy%20Groups.pdf](https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/REPORT-Fueling%20an%20Epidemic-Exposing%20the%20Financial%20Ties%20Between%20Opioid%20Manufacturers%20and%20Third%20Party%20Advocacy%20Groups.pdf "https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/report-fueling%20an%20epidemic-exposing%20the%20financial%20ties%20between%20opioid%20manufacturers%20and%20third%20party%20advocacy%20groups.pdf")>minimized the risk of addiction</a> and fought against efforts to curb opioid use for chronic pain patients.</p><p>Purdue’s campaign may have helped thwart more vigorous regulation of opioid prescribing, especially in the decade after the first widespread reports of OxyContin abuse and addiction began appearing in 2001. It may also have succeeded in delaying the eventual reckoning for Purdue and the billionaire Sackler family that owns the company. Although Purdue pleaded guilty in 2007 to a federal charge of understating the risk of addiction, and agreed to pay $600 million in fines and penalties, the Sacklers’ role in the opioid epidemic didn’t receive widespread coverage for another decade. As backlash against the family swelled, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September.</p><p></p><p>“Efforts to reverse the epidemic have had to counter widespread narratives that opioids are generally safe and that it is people who abuse them that are the problem,” said Caleb Alexander, co-director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who has served as a paid expert witness in litigation alleging that Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin misled doctors and the public. “These are very important narratives, and they have become the lens through which people view and understand the epidemic. They have proven to be potent means of hampering interventions to reduce the continued oversupply of opioids.”</p><p>Satel, in an email to ProPublica, said that she reached her conclusions independently. “I do not accept payment from industry for my work (articles, presentations, etc),” she wrote. “And I am open to meeting with anyone if they have a potentially interesting topic to tell me about. If I decide I am intrigued, I do my own research.”</p><p>As for Purdue’s funding of AEI, Satel said in an interview that she “had no idea” that the company was paying her employer and that she walls herself off from information regarding institute funders. “I never want to know,” she said. She didn’t disclose that the study she referred to was also funded by Purdue, she said, because “I cite peer-reviewed papers by title as they appear in the journal of publication.”</p><p>The sharing of drafts before publication with subjects of stories or other interested parties is prohibited or discouraged by many media outlets. Satel said she didn’t remember sharing the draft with Rosen and it was not her usual practice. “That’s very atypical,” she said. However, Satel shared a draft of another story with Purdue officials in 2016, according to emails she sent. In that case, Satel said, she was checking facts.</p><p>Satel said she didn’t remember why the doctor with a patient on high doses of painkillers wasn’t named in the Times story. The draft she sent to Purdue identified him as Sidney Schnoll, then the company’s executive medical director, who defended OxyContin at public meetings and in media stories. In an interview, Schnoll described Satel as an old friend and said her description of his patient was accurate. He left Purdue in 2005 and now works for a consulting company that has Purdue as a client, he said.</p><p>Purdue, in a statement, said it has held memberships in several Washington think tanks over the years. “These dues-paying memberships help the company better understand key issues affecting its business in a complex policy and regulatory environment,” it said. “Purdue has been contacted over the years by policy experts at a variety of think tanks who are seeking additional context on industry issues for their work. Our engagement has always been appropriate and aimed at providing a science-based perspective that the company felt was often overlooked in the larger policy conversation.” The company declined to discuss specific questions about internal documents and emails reviewed by ProPublica.</p><p>A spokeswoman for the Times, Danielle Rhoades Ha, said in an email that the company doesn’t know the details of how the Satel story was handled because the editors who worked on it are no longer employed there. She noted that the Times labeled the article as an “Essay” and cited Satel’s connection to AEI. Currently, she said, Times editors “generally advise reporters not to share full drafts of stories with sources in the course of fact-checking,” but there is no formal rule.</p><p>Purdue launched OxyContin in 1996, and it soon became one of the most widely prescribed opioid painkillers. By 2001, it was generating both enormous profits as well as growing concern about overdoses and addiction. That August, a column in the New York Post opinion section criticized media reports that OxyContin was being abused. The piece — headlined “Heroic Dopeheads?” — mocked a “new species of ‘victim,’ the ‘hillbilly heroin’ addict.” The real victims, the article contended, were pain patients who may lose access to a “prescription wonder drug.”</p><p>At 5:17 a.m. on the day the article was published, Eric Dezenhall, the founder of Washington, D.C., crisis management firm Dezenhall Resources, sent an email to Purdue executives, <a href=[http://www.oag.ok.gov/Websites/oag/images/Documents.pdf](http://www.oag.ok.gov/Websites/oag/images/Documents.pdf "http://www.oag.ok.gov/websites/oag/images/documents.pdf")>according to documents</a> filed by the Oklahoma attorney general in a lawsuit against opioid makers.</p><p>“See today’s New York Post on OxyContin,” he wrote. “The anti-story begins.”</p><p></p><p>Purdue had hired Dezenhall Resources that summer. Dezenhall’s hard-nosed reputation fit the blame-the-victim strategy advocated by Purdue’s then-president, Richard Sackler. “We have to hammer on the abusers in every way possible,” Sackler wrote in a 2001 email quoted in <a href=[https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5716943-Massachusetts-AGO-Amended-Complaint-2019-01-31.html](https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5716943-Massachusetts-AGO-Amended-Complaint-2019-01-31.html "https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5716943-massachusetts-ago-amended-complaint-2019-01-31.html")>a complaint by the state of Massachusetts</a> against the company. “They are the culprits and the problem. They are reckless criminals.”</p><p>Purdue <a href=[https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/30/the-family-that-built-an-empire-of-pain](https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/30/the-family-that-built-an-empire-of-pain "https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/30/the-family-that-built-an-empire-of-pain")>later followed this approach</a> to fend off a New Jersey mother who was urging federal regulators to investigate the marketing of OxyContin. Her daughter had died while taking the drug for back pain. “We think she abused drugs,” a Purdue spokesman said without offering evidence. Purdue later apologized for the comment.</p><p>However, pain patients with legitimate prescriptions for OxyContin and similar painkillers can and do become addicted to the drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <a href=[https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/prescribed.html](https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/prescribed.html "https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/prescribed.html")>warns</a> that “anyone who takes prescription opioids can become addicted to them,” and that “as many as one in four patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggles with opioid addiction.” <a href=[https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmra1507771](https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmra1507771 "https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmra1507771")>A review article</a> in The New England Journal of Medicine reported rates of “carefully diagnosed addiction” in pain patients averaged just under 8% in studies, while misuse, abuse and addiction-related aberrant behaviors ranged from 15% to 26% of pain patients.</p><p>Although Dezenhall Resources was working for Purdue until recently, it rarely has been linked publicly to the company. Purdue paid Dezenhall a total of $309,272 in July and August of this year and owes it an additional $186,575, according to bankruptcy court filings. The total amount paid to Dezenhall since 2001 was not disclosed in records reviewed by ProPublica.</p><p>Dezenhall Resources has also defended Exxon Mobil against criticisms from environmental groups and former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling as he fought against fraud charges, according to a 2006 BusinessWeek profile of Eric Dezenhall that called him “The Pitbull of Public Relations.” (Skilling was later convicted.) It reported that Dezenhall arranged a pro-Exxon demonstration on Capitol Hill to distract attention from a nearby environmental protest, and that the company discussed a plan to pay newspaper op-ed writers to question the motives of an Enron whistleblower. “We believe a winning outcome can only be achieved by directly stopping your attackers,” Dezenhall Resources states on its website.</p><p></p><p>ProPublica reviewed emails to Purdue officials in which Dezenhall and his employees took credit for dissuading a national television news program from pursuing a story about OxyContin; helping to quash a documentary project on OxyContin abuse at a major cable network; forcing multiple outlets to issue corrections related to OxyContin coverage; and gaining coverage of sympathetic pain patients on a television news program and in newspaper columns.</p><p>“Dezenhall has been instrumental in helping with the placement of pain patient advocacy stories over the last several years,” Dezenhall Executive Vice President Sheila Hershow wrote in a 2006 email.</p><p>Eric Dezenhall told ProPublica that he does not confirm or deny the identity of clients. While declining to answer questions about Purdue, or comment on the BusinessWeek article about him, he said that his company acts appropriately and seeks fair and truthful coverage.</p><p>“We regularly work with experts and journalists, including Pro Publica, to ensure accuracy in reporting and persuade and dissuade them regarding various storylines with facts and research,” he wrote. “Ultimately, these journalists and experts decide how to use the information provided.”</p><p>One of Dezenhall Resources’ first moves, after being hired by Purdue, was to cultivate Satel. In July 2001, Hershow reported to Purdue officials that she and Eric Dezenhall had lunch with Satel and the doctor was “eager to get started.” Hershow said Satel had read a “debunking package” and was “interested in doing an opinion piece on the medical needs of patients being sacrificed to protect drug abusers.”</p><p>Satel said that the meeting with Dezenhall was not unusual, and that “I often talk to people who have interesting stories.”</p><p>Satel was raised in Queens and has an Ivy League pedigree. She attended Cornell University as an undergraduate before going to medical school at Brown University. She was a psychiatry professor at Yale University for several years and then moved to Washington. For a little over a decade beginning in 1997, she was a staff psychiatrist at a methadone clinic in the city.</p><p>She has become an influential voice on opioids, addiction and pain treatment. Her writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, Slate, Health Affairs, Forbes, Politico and elsewhere. She frequently appears on panels, television shows and in newspaper articles as an expert on the opioid crisis and pain prescribing guidelines. “We’ve entered a new era of opiophobia,” she recently told The Washington Post.</p><p>Satel has been a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute since 2000. Among the notable figures who have spent time at AEI are the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former Trump national security adviser John Bolton. Current fellow <a href=[https://www.aei.org/profile/scott-gottlieb/](https://www.aei.org/profile/scott-gottlieb/ "https://www.aei.org/profile/scott-gottlieb/")>Scott Gottlieb</a> returned to AEI this year after serving as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which approves and regulates prescription drugs like OxyContin.</p><p>Purdue said its annual payments of $50,000 to AEI were part of the institute’s corporate program. That program offers corporations the opportunity to “gain access to the leading scholars in the most important policy areas for executive briefings and knowledge sharing,” according to the institute’s website. Corporations can choose between three levels of donations: At $50,000 a year, Purdue was in the middle level, the “Executive Circle.” Besides the annual payments, Purdue has also paid a total of $24,000 to attend two special events hosted by the institute, according to a company spokesman.</p><p>Internal emails show the main Purdue contact with AEI was Rosen, the drugmaker’s in-house lobbyist based in Washington. In one email, Rosen described the leaders of the think tank as “very good friends” and also noted that former <a href=[https://www.fda.gov/node/356611](https://www.fda.gov/node/356611 "https://www.fda.gov/node/356611")>FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan</a> ascended to that job after a stint at AEI as a scholar. Rosen also organized a group of pain reliever manufacturers and industry funded groups into an organization called the Pain Care Forum. It met to share information on government efforts to restrict opioid prescribing, according to records produced in litigation against Purdue.</p><p>Veronique Rodman, a spokeswoman for AEI, said the institute does not publicly discuss donors. She said that the <a href=[https://www.aei.org/aeis-organization-and-purposes-2/](https://www.aei.org/aeis-organization-and-purposes-2/ "https://www.aei.org/aeis-organization-and-purposes-2/")>institute does not accept research</a> contracts, and that its researchers come to their own conclusions. “It makes sense” that Satel would be unaware of AEI funders, she said.</p><p>Dezenhall’s courting of Satel soon paid off. A month after the lunch with Dezenhall and Hershow, Satel <a href=[https://sallysatelmd.com/articles/2001/keeping-oxycontin-out-of-the-wrong-hands/](https://sallysatelmd.com/articles/2001/keeping-oxycontin-out-of-the-wrong-hands/ "https://sallysatelmd.com/articles/2001/keeping-oxycontin-out-of-the-wrong-hands/")>defended Purdue’s flagship drug in an article</a> for the opinion page of The Boston Globe.</p><p>“Something must be done to keep OxyContin out of the wrong hands, but the true public health tragedy will be depriving patients who need it to survive in relative comfort day to day,” she wrote.</p><p>In February 2002, <a href=[https://www.aei.org/events/the-oxycontin-crisis/](https://www.aei.org/events/the-oxycontin-crisis/ "https://www.aei.org/events/the-oxycontin-crisis/")>AEI held a panel discussion</a> at its headquarters to answer the question, “Who is responsible for the abuse of OxyContin?” The panel of experts included Satel, a Purdue executive and a Purdue lawyer. Covering the event, Reuters Health reported that the panel “mostly agreed that Purdue Pharma should not be viewed as the culprit in the problem of the abuse of its long-acting painkiller OxyContin.”</p><p>Two months later, Purdue approved spending $2,000 to pay for Satel to speak to the staff of a New Orleans hospital about addiction, according to internal company records. Satel said she had “absolutely no memory of speaking at a hospital in New Orleans.” The physician who organized the planned event said he doesn’t recall if it took place, and the hospital no longer has records of medical staff talks from that period.</p><p></p><p>In 2003, a Dezenhall staffer recommended Satel as a guest to a producer for “<a href=[http://dianerehm.org](http://dianerehm.org "http://dianerehm.org")>The Diane Rehm Show</a>” on NPR. The firm and Purdue executives, including Vice President David Haddox, helped prep Satel for the appearance. Haddox passed along what he called “interesting intel for Sally” that Rehm’s mother suffered from chronic headaches. “Thanks for helping us get her up to speed for the show,” Hershow replied.</p><p>A spokeswoman for WAMU, the NPR station in Washington that produced the Rehm show, said there was no policy to ask guests about funding of their organizations, or if there was a financial connection to the show’s topic. “For most segments, the producers would try to bring as many perspectives to the table as possible so that listeners would be better able to make their own informed judgment of the topic at hand,” wrote the spokeswoman, Julia Slattery.</p><p>ProPublica was unable to reach Haddox for comment.</p><p>Also that year, when conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh revealed that he was addicted to prescription painkillers, Purdue declined a request from CNN for a company representative to discuss the news on the air. Instead, Purdue recommended Satel, who <a href=[https://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0310/13/wbr.00.html](https://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0310/13/wbr.00.html "https://www.cnn.com/transcripts/0310/13/wbr.00.html")>assured viewers</a> that OxyContin was a “very effective and actually safe drug, if taken as prescribed.” Dezenhall’s Hershow told Purdue executives in an email that she was “very glad Sally went on.” Hershow, a former investigative producer at ABC News, declined comment for this article.</p><p>In September 2004, <a href=[https://www.forbes.com/forbes/2004/0906/048.html#2c7a7c956e36](https://www.forbes.com/forbes/2004/0906/048.html#2c7a7c956e36 "https://www.forbes.com/forbes/2004/0906/048.html#2c7a7c956e36")>Forbes magazine published</a> a Satel article under the headline, “OxyContin doesn’t cause addiction. Its abusers are already addicts.”</p><p>“I am happy this morning!” Purdue’s then general counsel, Howard Udell, emailed other company executives and Eric Dezenhall with the subject line “RE: Forbes Article.” Three years later, Udell and two other Purdue executives would plead guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor criminal charge related to misleading patients and doctors about the addictive nature of OxyContin.</p><p>As part of that 2007 settlement, Purdue admitted to acting “with the intent to defraud or mislead” when it promoted OxyContin as less addictive and less subject to abuse than other painkillers. In <a href=[https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB117919700801902935](https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB117919700801902935 "https://www.wsj.com/articles/sb117919700801902935")>an article for The Wall Street Journal</a> headlined “Oxy Morons,” Satel defended the company. “The real public-health damage here comes from the pitched campaign conducted by zealous prosecutors and public-interest advocates to demonize the drug itself,” she wrote.</p><p>After Purdue and Dezenhall launched their “anti-story,” media reports of OxyContin addiction and abuse declined for several years. In 2001, there were 1,204 stories that included the words “OxyContin,” “abuse” and “Purdue” published in media outlets archived on the Nexis database. The number plummeted to 361 in 2002 and to 150 in 2006.</p><p>Purdue’s counterattack against an ambitious investigative series about OxyContin abuse may have contributed to that drop. An October 2003 series in the Orlando Sentinel, <a href=[https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2003-10-19-0310190446-story.html](https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2003-10-19-0310190446-story.html "https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2003-10-19-0310190446-story.html")>“OxyContin Under Fire,”</a> found that Purdue’s aggressive marketing combined with weak regulation had contributed to “a wave of death and destruction.”</p><p></p><p>The series, however, was marred by several errors that were detailed in a front-page correction nearly four months later. The <a href=[https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2004/02/23/daily37.html](https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2004/02/23/daily37.html "https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2004/02/23/daily37.html")>reporter resigned</a>, and two editors on the series were reassigned. While acknowledging the mistakes, the newspaper did not retract the series, and its review upheld the conclusion that oxycodone was involved in a large number of the overdoses in Florida.</p><p>Dezenhall Resources, in an email, took credit for forcing the newspaper to issue the corrections. “Dezenhall’s efforts resulted in a complete front-page retraction of the erroneous 5-day, 19-part, front-page Orlando Sentinel series,” Hershow wrote in a 2006 email summarizing Dezenhall’s work for Purdue under the subject line “Success in Fighting Negative Coverage.”</p><p>Purdue officials and the company’s public relations agencies came up with a 13-point plan to generate media coverage of the errors. It included getting a doctor to talk about how the series “frightened and mislead (sic) the people of Florida” and having a pain patient write a newspaper opinion column on the subject. The Sentinel series, one Purdue official wrote to other company executives and Dezenhall’s Hershow, was an opportunity to let the country know about “all of the sensational reporting on OxyContin abuse over the past 4 years. The conclusion: this is the most overblown health story in the last decade!”</p><p>In the six years after Purdue challenged the Sentinel’s findings, the <a href=[https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6026a1.htm](https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6026a1.htm "https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6026a1.htm")>death rate from prescription drugs</a> increased 84.2% in Florida. The biggest rise, 264.6%, came from deaths involving oxycodone. The state became a hotbed for inappropriate opioid prescribing as unscrupulous pain clinics attracted out of state drug seekers. The route traveled by many from small towns in Appalachia to the Florida clinics was nicknamed <a href=[https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703961104576148753447131080](https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703961104576148753447131080 "https://www.wsj.com/articles/sb10001424052748703961104576148753447131080")>the “Oxycontin Express.”</a></p><p>In 2017, 14 years after the Sentinel series was published, the <a href=[https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/orlando-sentinel-opioids.php](https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/orlando-sentinel-opioids.php "https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/orlando-sentinel-opioids.php")>Columbia Journalism Review described it</a> as “right too soon” and said it “eerily prefigured today’s opioid epidemic.”</p><p>Purdue couldn’t hold off restrictions on opioid prescribing forever. Since 2011, a growing number of states, insurers and federal health agencies have adopted policies that have led to annual declines in prescribing. Advocates for pain treatment have complained that this turnabout has gone too far, and the <a href=[https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s0424-advises-misapplication-guideline-prescribing-opioids.html](https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s0424-advises-misapplication-guideline-prescribing-opioids.html "https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s0424-advises-misapplication-guideline-prescribing-opioids.html")>CDC recently advised</a> doctors against suddenly discontinuing opioids. Still, the U.S. remains far and away <a href=[https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/09/09/opioid-prescriptions-in-the-u-s-are-down-but-it-still-leads-the-world/](https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/09/09/opioid-prescriptions-in-the-u-s-are-down-but-it-still-leads-the-world/ "https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/09/09/opioid-prescriptions-in-the-u-s-are-down-but-it-still-leads-the-world/")>the world leader in per capita opioid prescriptions</a>.</p><p>Under increasing pressure, Purdue enlisted other public relations firms known for aggressively helping corporations in crisis. Burson-Marsteller, which after a merger last year is now known as BCW, signed an agreement in 2011 to provide Purdue “strategic counsel.” Burson-Marsteller represented Johnson & Johnson as it responded to the Tylenol poisoning case and Union Carbide after the deadly Bhopal explosion in India. According to documents, it helped Purdue identify and counter “potential threats,” such as congressional investigators and the group Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. A 2013 proposed work plan between the companies called on Burson to perform as much as $2.7 million of work for Purdue. BCW did not respond to requests for comment.</p><p></p><p>Purdue also employed the services of <a href="[https://theintercept.com/2019/09/19/purdue-pharma-bp-deepwater-pr/?comments=1&menu=1](https://theintercept.com/2019/09/19/purdue-pharma-bp-deepwater-pr/?comments=1&menu=1" "https://theintercept.com/2019/09/19/purdue-pharma-bp-deepwater-pr/?comments='1&menu=1")'>Purple Strategies,</a> a Washington-area firm that reportedly represented BP after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Purdue paid $621,653 to Purple Strategies in the 90 days prior to the drugmaker’s Sept. 15 bankruptcy filing and owes it an additional $207,625, according to court filings. Purple Strategies did not respond to requests for comment.</p><p>Purdue also added Stu Loeser to its stable. The head of an eponymous media strategy company, Loeser was press secretary for Michael Bloomberg when he was mayor of New York City, and he is now a spokesman for Bloomberg’s possible presidential bid.</p><p>Soon after Loeser began representing Purdue, Satel wrote in a 2018 piece for Politico headlined, <a href=[https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/21/the-myth-of-the-roots-of-the-opioid-crisis-217034](https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/21/the-myth-of-the-roots-of-the-opioid-crisis-217034 "https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/21/the-myth-of-the-roots-of-the-opioid-crisis-217034")>“The Myth of What’s Driving the Opioid Crisis,”</a> about “a false narrative” that the opioid epidemic “is driven by patients becoming addicted to doctor-prescribed opioids.”</p><p>Loeser told Purdue executives in an email that “we are going to work with AEI to ‘promote’ this so it comes across as what it is: their thoughtful response to other writing.” His team was working to target the Satel story “to land in social media feeds of people who have searched for opioid issues and potentially even people who have read specific stories online,” he added.</p><p>Loeser said in an interview that he didn’t end up working with AEI to promote the story. 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It claims to be a freedom of &lsquo;choice&rsquo; when it has evaded the basic task of discovering who it is that chooses.”</p><p>People find peace in many different manners, such as meditation, silence, alone time, prayer, music, personal expression, or talking with someone they are close to. I talked with a friend that said “it starts with not hating yourself”. Solving inner turmoil was addressed many times when asking others how they find peace, but when asked how often they address their inner turmoil, the response was much less defined. People didn’t know how to answer this question. I believe you must observe yourself nonjudgmentally to grow. Many people, including myself, fill their spare time with distractions and worries. Whether through technology, artificial means, or pointless busy work. It takes a firm, conscious effort to break these patterns that have become habit.</p><p>Dan Zadra, an author and mentor, says, “worry is a misuse of imagination,” which is also presented as “worry is simply an unproductive use of imagination” by Michael Hyatt. Instead of worrying, have hope for the future and find peace in whatever the results may be. Peace in a moment can be as simple as being content within yourself and your life, even through all the hardships and struggles. In essence, worry and imagination are quite similar and both involve the future but the latter has a more positive connotation than the former. To have a more positive outlook on life, consider being present and not anticipating the future, or past for that matter. This new outlook makes peace seem more pursuable in our lives. Focus on what is at hand and what you are grateful for. When focussing on the future, you miss the journey.</p><p>Take a moment to think about what it would be like if everyone pursued peace verses anxiety?</p><p>How different our world would be.</p><h3 id=liminal-space>Liminal Space</h3><p>A few weeks ago I attended a conference where Susan Stabile, speaker and author of The Road Back To You, presented the idea of liminal space, or an uncomfortable threshold/barrier. It is the space between what was, and what is to be, the line between conscious and unconscious. As humans, we naturally tend to secede or find a quick solution to leaving liminal space, yet it is where we learn best. If we are constantly fleeing liminal space, we are no longer learning or gaining anything, especially peace. It is uncomfortable to us. In Susan’s speech on The 4 Mantras Of Relationships, she said “we must show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and not get attached to the results” and try to &ldquo;respond instead of react to free falling anger and anxiety”. In order to pursue peace, we have to constantly practice not reacting, but responding to outcomes, people, and situations. She believes rhythm between work and rest is necessary and that often “we miss the quiet that would give us wisdom.”</p><p>To work together, with others, and within ourselves to reach wholeness or a goal; this challenging concept presents the exile of emotions we find ourselves pulled under by daily, like anxiety and fear. Just imagine if everyone imperfectly pursued peace. The phrase “peace and quiet” could not be more on point with this concept. Peace comes through harmony, through tranquility, through quiet. How hard it can be thought to sit with silence that you haven&rsquo;t met in a while. Wrestling with the vastness of it, I find my mind trying to fill it up, to clutter it with problems and troubles. A conscious effort is required to resist these patterns.</p><p>I like to think of myself as an optimistic pessimist, or a realist. I stay positive, but tend to prepare for the worst and try to be content with whatever results I get. Personally, pursuing peace is hard but something I aspire to. You may be wondering, ‘where do I begin’? How do we pursue peace in such a busy world where we are constantly putting our toes to the flame? I believe the key is to pursue peace within little situations and within yourself first. Only then can others be affected by our peace.</p><p>Oh, how amazing it would be to be in wonder of our (and other’s) peace instead of having to focus on when we will gain it.</p><p>It’s all in the pursuit.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/other>#other</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/report>#report</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>834
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/11/software-engineering/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/11/hero-1200.jpg alt="Image of: Downtown Tulsa"></a><div class=article-post><p><strong>Are you interested in becoming a software engineer?</strong><br>Holberton is a school here in downtown Tulsa that teaches people about coding and how to think like programmers. Their goal is to empower motivated and talented people, regardless of background, age, experience, or financial ability, to succeed in their dream career.</p><p><strong>What is Holberton?</strong><br>Holberton School was founded in San Francisco by Sylvain Kalache and Julien Barbier to solve a problem they observed all over the tech world. They had noticed aspiring software engineers would devote years to studying and would still not have the skills necessary to find a job in software engineering. Sylvain and Julien decided to build a new school; one that taught students to think and learn like the best programmers, one that helped students develop soft skills to get them noticed in interviews and throughout their careers, and one with a curriculum developed to give students practical experience through a Full-Stack engineering program.<br>Holberton School opened its doors in 2016, and the world&rsquo;s most innovative companies have noticed. Graduates have found high-satisfaction jobs at LinkedIn, Google, Tesla, Docker, Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Pinterest, Genentech, Cisco, IBM, and more.</p><p><strong>Become a software engineer in just 2 years</strong><br>Imagine a learning experience that revolves around your passions, interests, and aspirations. One that challenges you to think big, and be bold. One that gives you the skills and confidence you need to succeed in the career of your dreams. That&rsquo;s the Holberton experience.<br>Holberton’s program is divided into two main parts: the foundation, which is about 9 months, and the career track or specialization, each taking about 15 months to complete. Overall, this is about 24 months of learning all the skills necessary to become a successful software engineer.</p><p><strong>The primary course</strong><br>The foundations of software engineering are taught on-site. The foundations include low-level programming, DevOps, and high-level modern languages.</p><p><strong>The next step</strong><br>After learning the foundations, a student can choose from one of two choices: the career track or learn a specialized skill.<br>The career path prepares the student for employment with the help of the school by completing a career sprint, which will better help them prepare for what is ahead, and then find employment.<br>The specialization path allows a student to learn one of four specializations: C low level and algorithms, AR/ VR, Machine learning, and Full-stack web development.</p><p><strong>Soft-skills</strong><br>Through their education, students learn the soft-skills necessary to further their success after graduation. These include interview preparation, public speaking, project management, effective communication, and more.</p><p><strong>Learning</strong><br>Rather than teaching a lot of theory and having students occasionally apply a fraction of their knowledge on a class project, Holberton does the opposite. They give their students increasingly difficult programming challenges to solve with minimal initial directions on how to solve them. As a result, the students learn to look for the theory and tools they need, how to understand them, how to apply them, and how to work as a team.<br>Coupled with project-based learning, Holberton students are encouraged to unleash their creativity and learn how to solve practical challenges by working as a team. Holberton doesn’t have formal classrooms or teachers — instead, their students collaborate, share their knowledge, and help each other.</p><p><strong>Success</strong><br>The benefits of attending Holberton are life-changing — professionally, personally and socially. Graduates discover innovative ways to realize their potential and develop interests and passions within their field.</p><ul><li>100% of their graduates have found an employment opportunity within 3 months of graduation (SF Campus - April 2019)</li><li>$107,600/ yr Median full-time salary of Year 2 graduates working in the US (SF Campus - July 2019)</li></ul><p><strong>Campus life</strong><br>Holberton schools are open daily and feature collaborative spaces enabled with the latest technology to encourage learning and conversation. Creativity can strike anywhere, and we want to make sure our students have a safe, creative space to dive into their studies. They opened their first school in the heart of Silicon Valley because Holberton wanted their students to be surrounded by a vibrant community of like-minded people. They’ve since opened campuses in three more exciting hubs of innovation to give students in other parts of the world access to our one-of-a-kind program.</p><p>There are 8 campuses around the world in total: San Francisco, California, New Haven, Connecticut, Medellín, Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, Cali, Colombia, Tunis, Tunisia, Beirut, Lebanon, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.</p><p>Pros about the school</p><ul><li>Comprehensive curriculum</li><li>Teaches modern concepts and tools</li><li>Free of charge</li><li>Don’t have to pay back the stipend if you continue to live in Tulsa for 3 ½ years after completing the program</li><li>Guaranteed job opportunities</li><li>There will be an instructor there solely to help build your resume and prepare you for jobs</li><li>The learning framework is applicable to further life learning</li></ul><hr><p>If you would like to find out more info, check out their website:<br><a href=https://www.holbertonschool.com/campus_life/tulsa>The Holberton School</a></p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/other>#other</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/local-news>#local-news</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>806
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min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2019/11/weekly-11-11/><img class="featured-image img-fluid" src=/uploads/2019/11/jayden-wong-X0-7sl9otn4-unsplash.jpg alt="Image of: chalk board with math on it"></a><div class=article-post><h3 id=around-the-world>Around the World</h3><p><strong>Armistice Day</strong> is celebrated today, November 11th, around the world. It marks the 101st anniversary of the day the First World War ended with the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany. In the United States, we celebrate today as Veterans Day. Last year was the centennial celebration. I recommend you listen to &ldquo;Christmas in the Trenches&rdquo; by John McCutcheon, a beautiful piece on the hope and memoryof an unlikely moment of peace in the chaos and violence of WWI.</p><p><strong>Iran</strong> is taking concrete steps towards complete disregard for theNuclear Deal which would, in an ideal world, reduce the risk of nuclear weapons spreading to further states. Iranian State TV reports thatactivity at Iran&rsquo;s major underground nuclear facility, Fordow, has increased rapidly. Reuters reports that the facility has now left its permitted role as a research facility to become an active nuclear plant. Earlier this week, Iran held an inspector from the International Atomic Energy Agency and seized her travel documents. Read more: <a href=reut.rs/iran-one>reut.rs/iran-one</a> and <a href=reut.rs/iran-one>reut.rs/iran-2</a>.</p><p><strong>Egypt</strong>, <strong>Ethiopia</strong>, and <strong>Sudan</strong> agreed on November 6th to work towards a deal on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project by January 15th, 2020. The risk of violence and war has increased dramatically as continued concerns about the future of water supplies become more prevalent. Egypt relies on water from the Nile river to survive, and considers the dam a severe threat. The UN estimates that two-thirds of the world&rsquo;s population could be living under water stressed conditions by 2025.</p><p><strong>China</strong> is imposing time limits, spending limits, and further restrictions on video game-playing minors. Gamers will have daily time limits and be prevented from playing overnight during weekdays. Read more: <a href=bbc.in/video-games-ch>bbc.in/video-games-ch</a>.</p><p><strong>T-Mobile</strong> has sued an insurance company, claiming that it holds exclusive rights to the color magenta. Initial German court decisions have now ordered that the company, Lemonade, stop using the color in any promotional materials in the country. Lemonade is appealing and claims that the color they use is pink. Read more: <a href=bit.ly/magenta-mobile>bit.ly/magenta-mobile</a>.</p><h3 id=around-the-country>Around the Country</h3><p><strong>Boeing</strong> continues to have problems in finding regulatory approval for the re-integration of its 737 MAX fleets to airline fleets. The FAA refused to approve recent software changes by Boeing, saying they were subpar and under-documented. Multiple airlines have announced they will continue to ground the planes until March 2020.</p><p><strong>The Centers for Disease Control</strong> (CDC) announced that a likely culprit in the surge of recent vaping injuries is Vitamin E acetate, commonly used in vaping supplies which contain THC.</p><h3 id=around-t-town>Around T-Town</h3><p><strong>Tulsans</strong> go to the polls tomorrow to vote on the Improve our Tulsa package. This paper endorses all three questions on the ballot. Go vote! See &ldquo;Improve Our Tulsa&rdquo; within.</p><p><strong>Homeless populations</strong> in the Tulsa Metro area number around 7,500.</p><p><strong>Oklahoma</strong> will begin distribution of REAL IDs in April 2020. These IDs will allow Okies to continue flying nationally without a passport or other valid form of ID.</p><h3 id=around-the-hive>Around the Hive</h3><p><strong>TU Physics Journal Club</strong> will include a special presentation Tuesday evening by Ian Benway, a senior at BTW. The event begins at 6 p.m. More information at <a href=bit.ly/physics-club>bit.ly/physics-club</a>.</p><p><strong>BTW Drama</strong> will present &ldquo;Sylvia&rdquo;, a play by A.R. Gurney on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7pm. Entry will cost $2 for BTW students and $5 for others.</p><h3 id=other-writing>Other Writing</h3><p>In honor of Armistice Day, I have copied below a poem by <strong>Siegfried Sassoon</strong>, written in 1918:</p><blockquote><p><strong>Suicide in the Trenches</strong><br>I KNEW a simple soldier boy<br>Who grinned at life in empty joy,<br>Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,<br>And whistled early with the lark.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>In winter trenches, cowed and glum,<br>With crumps and lice and lack of rum,<br>He put a bullet through his brain.<br>No one spoke of him again.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye<br>Who cheer when soldier lads march by,<br>Sneak home and pray you&rsquo;ll never know<br>The hell where youth and laughter go.</p></blockquote><p>Sassoon was a prominent anti-war poet and writer. Having been decorated for his service on the Western Front, he was later condemned to a psychiatric hospital for expressing his dissent. The poem is not meant to glorify suicide, but to express the horrors and harm of war. Also read his poem &ldquo;The Poet as Hero&rdquo;: <a href=bit.ly/poet-her>bit.ly/poet-hero</a>.</p><p><strong>Wendell Berry</strong> is well known for his novels, poetry, and essays. Below is an excerpt from his masterpiece <em>The Way of Ignorance and Other<br>Essays</em>:</p><blockquote><p>There are kinds and degrees of ignorance that are remediable, of course, and we have no excuse for not learning all we can. Within limits, we can learn and think; we can read, hear, and see; we can remember. We don&rsquo;t have to live in a world defined by professional and political gibberish.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>But&mldr; our ignorance ultimately is irremediable&mldr; Do what we will, we are never going to be free of mortality, partiality, fallibility, and error. The extent of our knowledge will always be, at the same time, the measure of the extent of our ignorance.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>Because ignorance is thus a part of our creaturely definition, we need an appropriate way: a way of ignorance, which is the way of neighborly love, kindness, caution, care, appropriate scale, thrift, good work, right livelihood&mldr;</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>The way of ignorance, therefore, is to be careful, to know the limits and the efficacy of our knowledge. It is to be humble and to work on an appropriate scale.</p></blockquote><p>Read more about Wendell Berry: <a href=bit.ly/wendell-berry-btw>bit.ly/wendell-berry-btw</a>.</p><hr><p>This week’s photo: The warmth and comfort of a fire.</p><p>Photo by Jayden Wong on Unsplash.</p><hr><p><a href=https://eepurl.com/giEz1L>Subscribe to newspaper updates and The Weekly Digest</a></p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/creative-writing>#creative-writing</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/international-news>#international-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/national-news>#national-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/other>#other</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>922
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Washington graduate living abroad and ask them about their particular experiences with the social isolation practices of their country from the point of view of a Hornet living abroad.</p><p>I’ve known Laura for a while since Laura’s parents are my neighbors. Laura is a structural engineer based in Wellington, New Zealand. She graduated in 2003 and was a student in the International Baccalaureate program. Laura was also on the academic bowl team for all four years, she played violin in the orchestra, and she was a part of Science Bowl. I met with her over Zoom on May 8th to discuss social isolation in New Zealand.</p><p><strong>SA: I know you went to Cornell and then Stanford. How did you end up in New Zealand?</strong></p><p>LW: I studied abroad in New Zealand when I was a junior at Cornell. I did a semester at the University of Canterbury, which is in Christchurch on the south island. When I got done with that, I really wanted to move back to New Zealand in the future sometime and so I started researching how to get a visa, etc. I finished Cornell and went to grad school at Stanford and life set in and I just started working in San Francisco. I was working for 8 or 9 years in San Francisco and ended up in a conference in Hawaii and met a guy from New Zealand (who is now my boss) at this conference. I was chatting with him and was like, “Oh I&rsquo;ve always wanted to move to New Zealand one day.” And he [said], “Well if you are interested, let’s talk.” I started thinking, ‘Oh that’s crazy.’ I’ve been saying I wanted to do this for a long time and if not now, when will I ever do it? It was actually kind of a good time in my life to move. I had a big project that I had been working on that was kind of wrapping up. I was just renting an apartment. I didn’t own a house. I don’t have any kids. I didn’t have a mortgage or partner so I could kind of make my own decisions. I decided that I&rsquo;ve wanted to do this for a long time and here’s an opportunity. I ended up moving down here in July of 2017. I’ve been here for almost three years now.</p><p><strong>SA: How long have you been social distancing?</strong></p><p>LW: New Zealand has different levels of lockdown. We are in level three right now. We were in level four which was complete lockdown: no restaurants were open, no takeaways, no delivery, no nothing. The only thing we could do was go to the grocery store. We were in level four for five weeks. We’ve been in level three for two weeks now. We still have to stay home but we can get deliveries and take out now. We’ve got this concept of bubbles, where we are allowed to form a bubble of a few people that only socialize with each other. I’ve got a bubble of four people. We all live alone and so we can all hang out and talk to other people now, which is nice. [We’ve been in social isolation now for] seven weeks.</p><p><strong>SA: So, what do level two and level one look like?</strong></p><p>LW: They just announced last week what level two will look like when we go to it. That’s much more open. Restaurants will be open again but you have to have distance between tables and things like that. Offices can reopen. I’ve been working from home for the last seven weeks just at a computer on my dining room table. I’m not sure whether my office will open or not. Schools are going to reopen on a bigger scale at level two. Level one will be kind of almost back to normal. We can have gatherings again. At level two we will be allowed to move around the country a little bit more. Right now we have to stay wherever we live and not leave. We can go an hour outside that area but we can’t travel around the country at all. The tourism industry is really suffering here because New Zealand’s economy is really heavily dependent on tourism. There’s been quite a lot of talk about how we get the domestic tourism market going again. Could we maybe partner up with Australia? Because Australia has been doing a pretty good job as well of controlling the disease. If we could just have a bubble that’s just Australia and New Zealand together. New Zealanders could go to Australia and vice versa. That might be able to get the tourism industry going again.</p><p><strong>SA: Are the people around you taking it seriously? In America, social isolation is fairly political, and your party affiliation kind of determines whether you will believe in the continuation of social distancing or not. Is it the same way in New Zealand?</strong></p><p>LW: Not so much. The government here has been doing a really good job of communicating science and data driven decisions. Every day they have a press conference where they give all the different statistics for the last day. They have been using those metrics to determine when to reopen and how to reopen. They have been really transparent about how they have been making the decisions. I think there is a 90% approval rating for how they have been handling it. Some of the opposition parties have been making a little bit of noise about reopening sooner and getting the economy going again but most people are saying, ‘No we don’t think that’s a really good idea. Let’s take it slow and steady.’ Everybody has been taking it seriously. There have been a handful of people who have been arrested and fined for not obeying the rules. Everyone I’ve talked to has basically said, ‘Yeah, we want to get this right. If that means staying home for an extra two weeks, let’s do that.’ That is better than reopening too quickly, getting a spike in cases, and then having to go back into lockdown. I think nobody really wants to see that.”</p><p><strong>SA: Tell me a little bit about the testing process there.</strong></p><p>LW: I don’t know too much about it. I know that they have been doing lots and lots of tests. Like tens of thousands, maybe up to hundreds of thousands of tests now. They’ve said that anybody who wants a test can get it and that’s actually true, as opposed to the US where they said that and it wasn’t true. There’s some mobile testing stations or drive-through testing stations. There’s been a lot of emphasis on testing because they’ve been really trying to chase down all of the cases in the country. They’ve been putting a lot of emphasis on contact tracing as well. [If] anybody who’s come in contact with somebody who might be sick or is later found out to be sick, [the government] goes out and tracks down those people and gets them tested. That’s going to be a big part of reopening as well. Restaurants, for example, have a log of everybody who came in and their contact details. When you go into a restaurant you have to give your name and phone number. The restaurant will record which seat you sat in and who was your server so that if later someone at table three gets sick, then they can say, ‘Okay, so this person went to this restaurant at this time and they were in ten feet of these fifteen people, let’s call all of those fifteen people and get them tested.’ Then they can really chase down and stamp out many of the infections that arise.</p><p><strong>SA: What’s a typical day like for you in quarantine?</strong></p><p>LW: I live by myself. I get up, stay in bed way too late, then I roll downstairs, make coffee, and then sit down at my computer and work for eight hours or so. [There are] a lot of video conferences with people. I try to go out for a run sometimes at lunch. We are allowed to leave our houses for exercise. I like to run down by the harbor. I have a friend who lives right next to the beach and I&rsquo;ll text her and say, ‘Hey I&rsquo;m going to be running by in five minutes.’ She’ll come out on her porch and we’ll wave at each other. I run a couple days a week and then come home, do some more work, and make dinner. I’ve been doing a few Zoom meetups with friends in the evenings. We’ll have a couple beers and chat or play a game on Zoom.</p><p><strong>SA: Everyone is binge-watching a show right now. What show are you on? Do you have any recommendations?</strong></p><p>LW: Like everyone else who is from Oklahoma, I binged Tiger King a month or so ago. It took a lot longer for people here to notice that but as soon as people started watching it, I got all these questions from people [asking], ‘Is this what Oklahoma is really like?” Shamefully, I had never watched The Wire and everyone has been telling me how good it was and so that is going to be my quarantine project: to catch up on six seasons of The Wire.</p><p><strong>SA: Okay, last question: If I could deliver a meal to you from Tulsa right now, and it wouldn’t contain COVID, what restaurant would you pick?</strong></p><p>LW: I think I would do a frito chilli pie from Ron’s or a really good burrito from Rio Verde or some Mexican restaurant. The Mexican food here is really bad.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/interview>#interview</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>1653
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Washington graduate living abroad and ask them about their particular experiences with the social isolation practices of their country from the point of view of a Hornet living abroad.</p><p>Laurène graduated in 2017 and she was a part of the International Baccalaureate program. She was also a part of Key Club, Photo Club, and French Club. Laurène studied french at Booker T. She is now a student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I met with her over Zoom on May 9th to discuss social isolation in Canada.</p><p><strong>SA: Why did you decide to apply to Concordia? What advice do you give to Booker T. students who are considering applying abroad?</strong></p><p>LS: For me my situation was a bit different because I have dual nationality, so I am also French. Coming to Quebec was good for many reasons. For one, the tuition was cheaper because France and Quebec have a partnership. I think for international students who come with an American citizenship the tuition is better than an American school overall. Also not including tuition, it is a good way to learn from a different culture. Sometimes they have different ways of doing things. If you like the culture of the country you are thinking of going to, why not go because sometimes you prefer that culture more? You can learn different types of things. There are different opportunities for classes. You learn so much from the people around you because they are usually international students too. You [are able to] learn in whole new ways. If you stay in the states (which is totally fine), everyone gets a similar education in the end.</p><p><strong>SA: What are you studying?</strong></p><p>LS: This year I am graduating in fine arts. I am doing a BFA when I finish this year specializing in photography. Next year I am starting a new degree at a new school (while still in Montreal) in Urbanism.</p><p><strong>SA: How strict are the social distancing measures there? How long have you been social distancing?</strong></p><p>LS: I’ve been in quarantine for almost two months. It has been very difficult for fine arts students because we can’t work from home. We kind of just stop school. As far as the social isolating goes, it is starting to loosen up but it is more strict than the United States. You can’t go outside unless you are doing something specific. You can’t visit your friends or visit anyone outside of your home space. For me, I’ve been lucky because I have a boyfriend here and his family. I am staying with them. I have been luckier than other international students that I know who are just isolating alone.</p><p><strong>SA: Are the people around you taking it seriously? In America, social isolation has become fairly political, and your party affiliation kind of determines whether you believe in the continuation of social distancing or not. Is it the same way in Canada?</strong></p><p>LS: I don’t really know in relation to politics but the people here take it pretty seriously overall. It is not like the states where you believe in it or not. It is just of common sense. If you are told to isolate, we are going to isolate. I don’t think it is so much political. We are just doing what we are told because it makes sense.</p><p><strong>SA: If you were to go to a typical grocery store, would most people be wearing masks?</strong></p><p>LS: They only just yesterday sent out the call that they recommend we wear masks. Before, not that many people were. We did have strict grocery rules. Only one person from a family could go in at a time. There could only be a certain number of people in those stores at a time. So let’s say only twenty people in and there would be a line to come inside. When one person left, the next person could go in. They have a handwashing station in the store so that when you walk in you can wash your hands. Not many people are wearing masks because the news was just sent out yesterday that we should wear them. Other than that, the rules are pretty strict and everyone follows them.</p><p><strong>SA: What’s a typical day like for you in quarantine?</strong></p><p>LS: I’m taking classes now so I stay home. I only go outside for walks or when we do groceries, which is, like, once a week. I take a walk everyday so we’re still outside. It is not crowded outside. It is empty so we just walk in the park alone. It is not dangerous. I just do homework or spend time with family. I cook. I call my friends and family back home.</p><p><strong>SA: Everyone is binge watching a show right now. What show are you on? Do you have any recommendations?</strong></p><p>LS: I actually haven’t been binge watching because I&rsquo;ve been doing homework. Before that I was watching Mr. Robot, which is old. I am rewatching it.</p><p><strong>SA: Okay, last question: If I could deliver a meal to you from Tulsa right now, and it wouldn’t contain COVID, what restaurant would you pick?</strong></p><p>LS: It would be from Sisserou’s. [I would get the] veggie burger.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/interview>#interview</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>903
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Washington graduate living abroad and ask them about their particular experiences with the social isolation practices of their country from the point of view of a Hornet living abroad.</p><p>Lindy Musial-Bright is a primary care physician in Berlin, Germany. Lindy graduated in 2001 and she was a part of the International Baccalaureate program and Advanced Placement program. Lindy was also on the academic bowl team and she studied German and Russian. I met with her over Skype on May 10th to discuss social isolation in Germany.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell us how you ended up in Germany</strong></p><p>LMB: Well, that was kind of a convoluted way. I took German in high school. It was mostly a hobby. I also majored in German in college; although, I was doing pre-med and wanted to go to medical school. It was just something I liked doing and invested a lot of time in, so I turned it into a major. I did an exchange semester at the Humboldt University of Berlin and about a year later they sent someone to TU (where I went to college). Anyway, I met a guy. We are now married and we just had our first baby. We’ve been together for sixteen years. He is the reason I came to Germany.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell us about social distancing in Germany</strong></p><p>LMB: We are kind of in a unique situation because I gave birth on February 22nd. I am a doctor of internal medicine and the doctor who runs my clinic is an infectious disease specialist. She recommended immediately after delivery that we go into voluntary lockdown. My husband, daughter, and I have been in lockdown for the past eleven weeks. That was even before it was “official.” It was just something we decided to do to protect our little one. The lockdown here is pretty lonely. We only leave the house to go grocery shopping or take short walks in the park. We can only meet one person from another household only outdoors. We have to maintain the six feet distance from each other. One of the things that makes the spread of coronavirus in Europe more difficult to contain is that a lot of us don’t have cars, so we rely on public transportation. We wear masks on public transportation. That is required now. [We] also [wear masks] in stores.</p><p><strong>SA: So if you were to go to a typical grocery store, everybody would be wearing a mask?</strong></p><p>LMB: Theoretically yes. Maybe about three quarters of the people are wearing masks. I think it’s a misdemeanor if you get caught not wearing a mask. It is not voluntary.</p><p><strong>SA: Is there still a lot of debate over the importance of social isolation?</strong></p><p>LMB: Yes and no. Not as much as there should be considering that we have lost a lot of our rights to assembly and demonstration. It is illegal in four of the sixteen German states. Even freedom of religion up until this Sunday. This Sunday was the first Sunday that churches could meet again. I feel like the German population have accepted these measures with surprising readiness considering how much they do go against certain constitutional rights here.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell me a little bit about the testing process there. Is it difficult to get a test?</strong></p><p>LMB: Not if you have symptoms and a plausible risk. It is symptom based testing here as in many states in America. If you are asymptomatic or if you haven’t had contact with someone with corona or to someone at high risk, then it is difficult to get a test.</p><p><strong>SA: What about the things people are panic buying in Germany? Are they the same things here: toilet paper and hand sanitizer?</strong></p><p>LMB: Yes, and masks.</p><p>i<strong>SA: What’s a typical day like for you in quarantine?</strong></p><p>LMB: With a newborn, a typical day starts pretty early after not much sleep. It is feeding, diapers, sleeping, and then restart. As I said, it is kind of a unique condition because I would already be at home a lot anyway with a newborn. It is just that people can’t come visit. That’s really the only difference between postpartum without coronavirus and postpartum with coronavirus. No one is bringing me a casserole.</p><p><strong>SA: Pretty much everyone is binge watching a show right now. What show are you on? Do you have any recommendations?</strong></p><p>LMB: I have trouble finding time to take a shower. I am not binge watching anything. Although, I am listening to the Like Trees Walking podcast with Michael J. Nelson.</p><p><strong>SA: Okay, last question: If I could deliver a meal to you from Tulsa right now, and it wouldn’t contain COVID, what restaurant would you pick?</strong></p><p>LMB: Is Viaghongs still in business? Because if so, I would take the V-13 with glass noodles.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/interview>#interview</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>835
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Washington graduate living abroad and ask them about their particular experiences with the social isolation practices of their country from the point of view of a Hornet living abroad.</p><p>April Bullard is a student at IÉSEG School of Management in Paris, France. She graduated in 2013 and was a part of the Advanced Placement program. April was also a part of the Booker T. newspaper staff. I met with her over WhatsApp on May 10th to discuss social isolation in France.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell us how you ended up in France.</strong></p><p>AB: After Booker T., I went to OSU. When I was at OSU, I studied abroad in Argentina. Then, I came back and decided to work in the city abroad office. While I was working there, I met four or five people from France. I really loved them and I didn’t know what I wanted to do yet with my life. I decided to get a masters degree in France so I could go hang out with my friends some more. Then, I started dating one of them. Now, I’m here. I’m finishing up my thesis right now. I should get my degree this summer. Then, I’ll start applying to jobs in Paris. Hopefully stay here for a couple more years.</p><p><strong>SA: What are some unique things about social isolation in France?</strong></p><p>AB: It started in March around the same time as California. It has been two months now. On March 16th, they locked everything completely except for grocery stores and pharmacies. Then they made an attestation. They had five or six things that you could do. At the beginning we had to write out a full page of stuff and check it/sign it. A few weeks in, they finally made it mobile, which is nice. It was getting annoying writing everything. We can only leave to go grocery shopping, go to the doctor, go to work if you can’t work from home (if you need to work, the work has to provide you something to), emergencies, and you can do exercise outside, but you can only do it one to two kilometers away from your house. As it went on, people started breaking the rules. They started adding fines. They started getting more strict. [Now], you can only jog before 9am and after 7pm because too many people were trying to use it as an excuse. Then they make it to where you have to put the time you leave, and you can’t be out for more than an hour. There’s lots of cops everywhere and checks. I got stopped once, it was kind of scary. They are nice, so it was fine. As long as you fill out the attestation, it is fine. People are dumb and don’t. They’ve given out almost a million fines to people. I think the fines are 135€.</p><p><strong>SA: If you were to go to a typical grocery store, would most people be wearing a mask?</strong></p><p>AB: The people working there normally have masks, gloves, and the big plastic covers. I’d say it is about fifty-fifty. I don’t have a mask. I think people who have to take transport still will wear a mask. I think people just walking don’t really wear a mask.</p><p><strong>SA: Is there a lot of debate over the importance of social isolation?</strong></p><p>AB: [My boyfriend says] most people agree with what they are doing, so debates aren’t that big. They all know they are trying to do it for their safety. They’re just trying to follow the rules to get it over with as soon as possible. All of [my boyfriend’s] friends and family agree with it. The biggest thing is that people agree but not everyone can respect it. [There are not] people are protesting in the streets like in the US.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell me about the testing process there. Is it difficult to get a test?</strong></p><p>AB: I actually don’t know. I wouldn’t think so. I was seeing newspaper articles that they had a goal to have so many tests per week, and they were shipping tests everywhere. Not from what I’ve heard, it isn’t difficult. From the english websites I&rsquo;ve seen here, it’s saying that the goal of the government was to test as many people as possible, even without symptoms. I think if that’s their goal, it wouldn’t be hard. It is more likely that people will go and get tested because you don’t have all the fees that go along with it, like in the US.</p><p><strong>SA: Are people panic buying in France?</strong></p><p>AB: At the beginning, yes. Pasta, flour, and sugar were gone for two weeks. Now, it is toilet paper too. It was only for about a week that that was happening. Now it’s fine. It is not people panic buying but there’s been problems with flour and sugar distribution. It is really hard to find flour and sugar right now. I think they are having trouble getting it distributed. They can’t keep up with it.</p><p><strong>SA: What’s a typical day like for you in quarantine?</strong></p><p>AB: I was doing an internship and it ended three days before this happened. I was supposed to start being a tour guide, [but now] I can’t do that. I literally do nothing. I wake up, watch Netflix, clean, bake, and once a week I go grocery shopping. I can only be gone for an hour, so I just go when we need food. My boyfriend works from home. His company [has been] really easy to work from home. He wakes up and just works every day. I think they’ve been really good about letting people work from home here. When I go to the grocery store, there’s no cars any more. There’s not many cars on the streets. I think most people have been able to adapt. My life’s not exciting. I was supposed to be a tour guide and now I can’t do that because the borders are closed and everything is closed. My job isn’t happening yet. Hopefully next month.</p><p><strong>SA: Speaking of Netflix, what shows are you watching? Do you have any you’d recommend?</strong></p><p>AB: We started Homeland. It is really good. I’m on the fifth season but it gets you drawn in and leaves you on cliffhangers on every episode. I’m watching Shadow Hunters too. That’s a fantasy show, but it is good too. I wouldn’t say it’s for everyone because it is a dramatized fantasy show. I know a lot of people don’t like that.</p><p><strong>SA: Okay, last question: If I could deliver a meal to you from Tulsa right now, and it wouldn’t contain COVID, what restaurant would you pick?</strong></p><p>AB: I’m going to say Mexican food because we have really crappy Mexican food here. Maybe a margarita from El Guapos and their tacos too? My boyfriend says Cane’s. He was in Tulsa for a bit and he misses Cane’s.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/interview>#interview</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>1186
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Washington graduate living abroad and ask them about their particular experiences with the social isolation practices of their country from the point of view of a Hornet living abroad.</p><p>Thaddeus Strassberger is a theatre director and designer based in London, England. Thaddeus graduated in 1994 and was a part of the theatre and drama department. He also studied Spanish, Italian, and German at Booker T. I met with him over Zoom on May 11th to discuss social isolation in the United Kingdom.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell us how you ended up in the UK.</strong></p><p>TS: There’s just a lot more work for freelance opera people in Europe in general. I was already working a lot more in Europe since 2005. I started working in Germany. I had more shows. I was sort of stopping in London with friends. I met my partner, who is British. I didn’t move here right away but I was sort of going back and forth. I was just working less in New York, less in the states, and more in Europe. From London, you can get almost anywhere in Europe for about two hours on a plane, as opposed to going to a one day meeting in Vienna [being around] thousands of dollars and three days of traveling (one day there, one day back), and then a day of meetings. It is just impractical. Now, I can wake up early in the morning in London, go to Vienna all day, have lunch in Vienna, and be back home by nine o’clock. I just ended up being in London for that reason.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell us about social distancing in the UK.</strong></p><p>TS: I’ve lived in London since around 2008. I travel all over the world. I have a place in New York too, but I am not there very often. This year was starting out to be a normal year. In the last week of February, I was in Russia for a week. Spain, Denmark, Austria, [and] Germany: these are the places I have been working in the past year. I was in Austria already a couple times this year. Then around March 4th, I decided to book all my travel. I booked all my tickets going forward. I thought, ‘In Italy, there were already a few problems but I didn’t think that a month from now we wouldn’t be able to fly.’ I bought all those tickets and then in a week (around March 6th), it was starting to get serious. It changed very fast in a couple days here. I think March 12th was the last day we went out and did anything. Then, March 13th had just started lockdown. Officially, the lockdown here didn’t start till March 23rd, but it was already pretty serious enough that most people were staying home. I had a doctors appointment on March the 6th and already there was something on the 4th (when I bought all my plane tickets) and then the 6th (when I went into the hospital for a very routine thing). In the hospital, I was kind of aware that there was heightened alert mode. We didn’t quite know what was going on because I freelance and I have a lot of people that work for me. We just started working over the computer a bit. We did a couple days of coming into the studio; taking Ubers as opposed to taking busses because in London nobody has a car. It is a bit more tricky to say, ‘Oh I’ll just go in my car and do curbside pickup.’ Nobody can get to work here without public transportation. I know in Oklahoma (talking to my family there), everybody doesn’t think it’s weird to get into your car and still go do things. You can go to the drive through bank or you can go to Reasor’s and pick up the order you ordered online. We don’t have any of those options here. Also, all the restaurants have to close because nobody can get to work. [They can’t] stay open and deliver food, everything is just closed. You eat groceries. That’s it.</p><p><strong>SA: How do you usually get the groceries?</strong></p><p>TS: We can walk. The selection is limited because normally we go to Whole Foods for nice things or we go to the ethnic markets for other things. Now, it’s a bit more limited by what you can walk to. On Sunday, I actually made a trip to Whole Foods just because it’s been two months and I needed to restock some nice things. You are allowed to take the bus. It’s not that you can’t, it is just that they are trying to discourage people from using it. The busses are all free now. You don’t have to touch, have tickets, tap in, or pay for things. I’ve taken them a couple times and it is just like no one is on them. Uber is still working. Uber is already very different in the UK, or in big cities than suburban. It’s not normal people who have a car and choose to subscribe to Uber and drive around. It’s much more a taxi service. It is illegal here to use your private car that you drive normally in as an Uber car. You have to have a special car for Uber and they only allow three brands of cars. It’s much more regulated like a taxi. In those, I have been getting updates saying they are hand-sanitizering between every passenger, [etc]. I haven’t taken an Uber in over two months. You can get groceries. We are not short on food. I was just say ‘short on selection.’ [All of the delivery services] are still operating, in theory, but they are with such limited kinds of restaurants. It&rsquo;s just some crappy fast food things that you probably wouldn’t want anyway. We tried to order a Dominos pizza (or Papa John’s or something) last night just thinking we could not be bothered to cook anymore. They had limited toppings, limited selections, [etc]. I thought, ‘This is so dumb. Okay, I’ll just go make a sandwich.’</p><p><strong>SA: How strict is quarantine in the UK?</strong></p><p>TS: No, it is actually very vague here. I think in the big cities, they are taking it more seriously in a way. Maybe because we are used to being around a lot of other people? You can be fined (given a ticket) if you are congregating with too many people too close in a public space. It actually just changed last night. They’ve sort of loosened the rules. It is strange. They are not laws, they are guidelines. It has actually been a sort of argument. The police don’t feel that the law is clear enough to know when it is a law or when it is a suggestion. We have similar problems about racial tension in different places. People are calling because their neighbors are having a barbeque. Maybe not because they are concerned about social distancing but because they don’t like the look of them. That can happen, which is really unfortunate. People have been given fines, but I personally don’t know anyone it has happened to. For example, you can leave the house. It is not like Italy, Spain, and France where you have to have a document with you and it is super severe. It is more ‘you’re supposed to stay in but if you have to go out, just don’t be a jerk about it.’ I think only if you are really acting up, really flouting the spirit of the situation, that [you could get in trouble]. The police in general here [are not] as aggressive as American police. If you were in the park laying on a blanket reading a book they wouldn’t immediately come up and cuff you and give you a $500 fine. They would say, ‘Hi. Maybe you haven’t heard? We really shouldn’t be out more than we need to be. Can you shuffle on?’ And if you do, I don’t think they would give you much trouble. What they have been saying is that you can go out for an hour a day, but you aren’t supposed to go out and eat outdoors. Old people aren’t supposed to go out if they are over 70, but if you were 60 years old and you went outside and sat on a bench, then that would be okay. [There are] lots of little rules. It is tricky because a lot of people don’t have any outdoor space in their homes. Everyone lives in apartments and very small accommodations here. I think people in Oklahoma would be shocked at what counts for the size of apartments here. Our old apartment is one bedroom, a big kitchen, a bathroom; it would easily fit into my mother’s living room. They have a five bedroom house, which by Tulsa standards is a sort of normal house. It is not so strict. I have a studio that I work in. I’ve been walking there every day but there is nobody here or nobody in. I don’t see anybody on the street. I’m actually social distancing that time. Obviously nobody has bothered me. The buses are 95% down the capacity. The 5% of people taking the buses are what they call ‘key workers’ here, which work in hospitals or things that have to happen. It is very different because healthcare is all free here. The national healthcare system works very well. I actually needed to call the doctor about something else, completely separate from this. I didn’t know how it was supposed to work. I called my normal GP’s office and they said the offices were closed. They weren’t seeing anybody but you could go online and book an internet consultation, which was never really possible. I went to my GP’s website and filled out a fairly detailed questionnaire. About three hours later, my GP called me on Zoom. We talked for five minutes and she called a prescription in. In a weird way, I [thought] this was much easier than trying to call in the morning and get an appointment. The way it normally works here (if it is an emergency appointment for something that wasn’t planned) they say, ‘The doctor will call you back. Can you come in this afternoon?’ It is kind of inconveniently weird. A big difference in why people in the UK are not panicking in the same way that Americans are panicking about being stir crazy or going on about their freedoms [is] because [the UK’s] healthcare system is not related to your employment. They are two completely separate issues. I think a lot of times when people are clammering to get back to work, it is not so much that their job and their task is so important. I think they really worry fundamentally about their access to healthcare and their insurance is through their employers. They think, ‘Dang! I need to get back to my boring office job so that my employer doesn’t decide that I am useless, fire me, and also in the age of a pandemic have zero access to my doctors and network of healthcare providers.’ That’s scary.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell me about the testing process there.</strong></p><p>TS: That is a bit more problematic. There’s not widespread testing so far. There’s been different initiatives by the government which have been inadequate. They’ve said all through April that we will ramp up to a certain number of tests, but that didn’t really happen. When they finally do these initiatives they [basically say], ‘If you are a healthcare worker, teacher, or nursery school worker you can get [one]. There’s a short list of people qualified to take it. Log onto this website in the morning and we’ll mail one to you.’ The first day they did that, in the first two minutes they were all out. Then the next day they did it, in the first twenty minutes they were all out. Then the next day they did it, in thirty minutes they were all out. They keep saying [that] there’s enough tests for everybody but they are running out of them in the first twenty-thirty minutes. The testing has been sporadic. This is why I don’t trust any of the numbers that are out there because every country, state, region, county is testing in a different way. If you say, ‘Oklahoma has 3,000 people with coronavirus. Well if you 3,000 tests and 3,000 people have coronavirus, that’s pretty serious. But are [they] only picking out people that are coughing up blood to give the tests to? If they have all the symptoms of Covid and then they test positive for Covid, you can’t [say], ‘Oh my god! Everybody is testing positive for Covid.’ You have to be doing a random sampling of people. You can’t [just] pick out the people that are sniffling, coughing, and have a fever. I’ve kind of stopped listening to the numbers every day because it almost seems like sports scores or something. If you don’t follow that sport or that team, it is irrelevant. I don’t know what it means because I don’t know what the parameters are.</p><p><strong>SA: Is there a lot of debate over the importance of social distancing?</strong><br>TS: No, actually, there’s not. From what I understand, the public generally is very accepting of it. I think the government is panicking a little bit just from the business side of things about how bad it is getting. Interestingly, it is very difficult to get fired from your job here. You can’t just be laid off. Even if you have a retail job, it is very difficult to get rid of you. The worst case scenario for the people who are doing absolutely nothing [is] they get 80% of their salary. It is paid just like your paycheck normally would be. You don’t have to go on to some antiquated website to figure out how to apply for unemployment. Most people that I know working in central London that have been furloughed, the government is paying 80% of their salary and their company is paying 20% on top. They are still making their full salary so they can keep up with their basic obligations. In general, we are not spending any money either. It is actually quite strange. You’re not going to the theater, you’re not traveling, you’re not paying for Ubers, you’re not buying fancy meals out, you’re not buying clothes, you’re not going to Home Depot or Ikea - none of that is happening. In a weird sort of way, a lot of my friends have been talking about how they feel like they have more money at the end of the month then they would if everything were going.</p><p><strong>SA: If you were to go to a typical grocery store, would most people be wearing a mask?</strong></p><p>TS: No. The mask guidance here is slightly different than some other places. They say that you need to wear a mask if you are unable to maintain social distancing. If you believe that you will be in sustained contact with somebody (closer than six feet), then yes, you should have a mask. The supermarkets (and even the smaller markets) are doing a really good job. There’s just somebody standing outside keeping people outdoors. The sidewalk is marked with six foot increments. Everybody is pretty chill about it. When you first walk up [to the supermarket] there is a line going all the way around the parking lot. [The lines] are almost moving continuously. Surprisingly when you are in the big superstore, it is very calm. There’s not big families [or] couples talking about what to get for dinner. Everybody is doing their thing. Because they’ve slowed down the entry from the outside, there’s no lines when you are ready to check out. In a way, you wait maybe ten minutes to get into the supermarket but when you are ready to check out, you are out the door. All the people working in the supermarkets have masks on. Where the check out is (at the cash register), there is a plexi glass screen with a little cut out.</p><p><strong>SA: Speaking of grocery stores, are people panic buying?</strong></p><p>TS: Not really. You would never see empty holes anywhere in the supermarket, but every once in a while, you [might notice that there are] no eggs in the supermarket. I think that has to do with supply chain things. The toilet paper thing lasted for two weeks. Now, all that is back to normal. Hand soap you couldn’t find. The baking has been a big thing. Yeast is actually hard to find. That is one thing they did kind of run out of. [However], you can now buy fresh yeast at all the bakeries. They sell their own sort of industrial yeast. There are a few things missing here and there, but I won’t say it is a disaster. The smaller markets are always stocked. The big chain supermarkets seem to have more problems.</p><p><strong>SA: Pretty much everyone is binge-watching a show right now. What show are you on? Do you have any recommendations?</strong></p><p>TS: There’s so much good stuff out there! I just started Bosch. It is a LA cop story.</p><p><strong>SA: Okay, last question: If I could deliver a meal to you from Tulsa right now, and it wouldn’t contain COVID, what restaurant would you pick?</strong></p><p>TS: It would definitely be Mexican food because we don’t get good Mexican food here. There was some place called 3 Tequilas down in Brookside. I liked Speedy Gonzales down on Memorial as well. If you could send me any of that hot, fresh, and COVID free, I would take it all.</p></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="fas fa-tags fa-fw"></i><li><a href=/%20/tags/btw-news>#btw-news</a></li><li><a href=/%20/tags/interview>#interview</a></li></ul><p><i class="fas fa-file-alt fa-fw"></i>2997
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Washington graduate living abroad and ask them about their particular experiences with the social isolation practices of their country from the point of view of a Hornet living abroad.</p><p>Zoë Kaye Pittman manages a supported living facility in London, England. Zoë graduated in 2013 and was a part of the Booker T. Speech and Debate team, Booker T. Quidditch team, and studied classical piano through the Barthelmes Conservatory. I met with her over Zoom on May 11th to discuss social isolation in the United Kingdom.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell us how you ended up in the United Kingdom.</strong></p><p>ZKP: I went to college in Portland, Oregon. [I studied psychology at] Lewis and Clark College. My final year there, I finished my degree a semester early. I still needed two international studies credits, so I figured I might as well do that by studying internationally. I went to Dublin and I really loved it. I made lots of friends there and they encouraged me to apply for a visa to move back. I ended up meeting someone and he got a job here in London, so we moved in just over a year ago now. We moved to London together. It is huge compared to Tulsa! It is very overwhelming!</p><p><strong>SA: Tell us about social distancing in the UK.</strong></p><p>ZKP: It’s a really strange mix of things. Obviously all the businesses are affected. You see everyone wearing face masks. At the same time, the weather has been getting nice. I live just by the river, so I was out on Saturday (my day off) doing some shopping. You wouldn’t have known that there was a lockdown going on. There were so many people out. I think just Londoners in general are very ‘Go go go!’ I think it has been really difficult for people to sit back and take this time to reflect, maybe slow down a little bit? We haven’t turned it into something positive. Here it is viewed very negatively and they are really pushing to get things open as quickly as possible, even if it isn’t safe. That’s been the biggest thing I&rsquo;ve noticed. People find it really hard to stop.</p><p><strong>SA: How strict is it?</strong></p><p>ZKP: I think the restrictions seem to be loosening a little bit in some areas. Public transportation is meant to just be for key workers, but on Friday my bus was packed. I’m thinking, ‘It’s one o’clock on a Friday. There’s no way everyone is going to work right now.’ It’s been a little frustrating. There are lots of restrictions in place but there is no one enforcing them. At first there were police stationed at the bus stops and the train stations to make sure that you are a key worker. That’s just totally gone away now. The buses are all free at the moment because it’s only supposed to be for key workers. The people you see take advantage of that are not key workers. That has been frustrating. The shops are still maintaining all the social distancing measures. They are only letting a certain number of people in and you have to wait outside. But then once you get into the shop, there’s no social distancing. You are just queued for an hour to just get into the shop and once you get inside, it is like nothing is wrong. In some areas it is really strict, but then in others there’s just no enforcement. That’s the biggest problem that we’re having.</p><p><strong>SA: Tell me about the testing process there.</strong></p><p>ZKP: It actually varies depending on where you are. Each borough is basically like a county. I live in the borough of Tower Hamlet. For example, my borough is totally different than the one in Camden. In my borough, the only people who qualify for testing are A) people who go into hospital exhibiting symptoms, B) key workers who are exhibiting symptoms themselves, or C) key workers who live with someone that has it. These are all pretty new. I had what I think was the virus at the beginning of April. I had a client who went off with the virus and a couple days later I woke up feeling like I got hit by a train. I had all the symptoms. There was no testing in place. I didn’t qualify. At that time, it was just for people who had to go into the hospital. I didn’t qualify to have to go into the hospital. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing if I’ve actually had the virus or not. They’re only testing people who have had symptoms in the last five days. Even though I did have symptoms and I had confirmed contact with someone, I still don’t qualify. That’s been quite frustrating. I had an employee go out two weeks ago. She had symptoms herself and she lives with two people. I ordered a test for her. They are meant to arrive within 24 hours, but here we are two weeks later and there is still no sign of it. They are saying that they are getting out testing for people who need it, but the tests aren’t showing up. If you are showing symptoms, it is too late. You’ve already infected countless other people. It has been quite frustrating. There are other boroughs who are testing everyone in a care home and everyone in a key working setting. Unfortunately, my borough isn’t one of them as of now. Hopefully that will change!</p><p><strong>SA: Is there a lot of debate over the importance of social isolation?</strong></p><p>ZKP: Less than I’ve seen in America. It seems to be a much bigger issue in America in terms of, ‘Oh. My freedoms have been violated!’ Luckily, everyone here for the most part seems to recognize the benefit whether or not they think it’s serious. Overall, here it does seem like people understand why we are doing it and that it is a good thing to do.</p><p><strong>SA: If you were to go to a typical grocery store, would most people be wearing a mask?</strong></p><p>ZKP: No. Not at all. It’s maybe fifty-fifty? But no. A lot of people I see wearing the masks aren’t wearing them correctly.</p><p><strong>SA: What’s a typical day like for you in quarantine?</strong></p><p>ZKP: Well, my partner is quarantined. He has been working from home since mid March anyway. Not a lot has changed for him. He does a lot of his work from home anyway. For me, I’ve actually gotten a lot busier. I’m the manager so it is my responsibility to make sure that all the shifts are covered. If they are not, I&rsquo;m the one who does them. My days have been quite busy. It’s been common for me to work two weeks straight without a break. There’s no one else there to do it. My staff is down to 30%. It has been quite stressful, but we are on the up luckily.</p><p><strong>SA: What do you do?</strong></p><p>ZKP: I manage a supported living facility. We cater to people with dementia. It’s 24 hour care. It’s not quite a nursing home. They’re not that progressed. We assist them with their meal prep, their personal hygiene, their activities, and their daily life. I’m the coordinator there. I coordinate their health care appointments and I manage the staff. It’s been quite busy for me. The beginning of March has been when things started to get busier. We are hiring more staff. People are realizing that the company that I work for is taking things seriously, so they don’t feel comfortable coming into work.</p><p><strong>SA: So, pretty much everyone is binge-watching a show right now. What show are you on? Do you have any recommendations?</strong></p><p>ZKP: I’ve been working a lot of late shifts and by the time I get home it is 11pm. I have been watching Gossip Girl.</p><p><strong>SA: Okay, last question: If I could deliver a meal to you from Tulsa right now, and it wouldn’t contain COVID, what restaurant would you pick?</strong></p><p>ZKP: Any Mexican restaurant. Probably El Guapo downtown. I miss Mexican food so much! I try to make it from home but it’s not the same. 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@@ 10,7 10,7 @@ Now is the time to fill out the 2020 Census. This important once-a-decade event 
min read</p></span></div></div><a href=/2020/census/census2020.jpg><img class="featured-image img-fluid" srcset="/2020/census/census2020_hu85251f58daadf4c40043d99b36e38465_519548_256x0_resize_q75_box.jpg 256w, /2020/census/census2020_hu85251f58daadf4c40043d99b36e38465_519548_512x0_resize_q75_box.jpg 512w, /2020/census/census2020_hu85251f58daadf4c40043d99b36e38465_519548_1024x0_resize_q75_box.jpg 1024w, /2020/census/census2020_hu85251f58daadf4c40043d99b36e38465_519548_2048x0_resize_q75_box.jpg 2048w" src=/2020/census/census2020_hu85251f58daadf4c40043d99b36e38465_519548_1024x0_resize_q75_box.jpg alt></a><div class=article-post><p>Respond today at <a href=https://2020census.gov>2020census.gov</a>.</p><p>Now is the time to fill out the 2020 Census. This important once-a-decade event not only is important for counting the total number of people in the United States, but is critical for:</p><ul><li>Determining the number of representatives for each State/District/County/City in various governmental organizations,</li><li>Providing a detailed historical record for researchers in the centuries to come,</li><li>Giving the most comprehensive set of demographics data to researchers now, and</li><li>Appropriating funds and resources for infrastructure (roads, hospitals, etc).</li></ul><p>It is important to note:</p><ul><li>Census information is kept confidential for at least 70 years<sup id=fnref:1><a href=#fn:1 class=footnote-ref role=doc-noteref>1</a></sup>,</li><li>Every household is required by law to respond,</li><li>You don&rsquo;t have to be a citizen: the census counts every person residing in the United States, and</li><li>Census information will <strong>not</strong> be used by law enforcement agencies like ICE.</li></ul><p>Respond today at <a href=https://2020census.gov>2020census.gov</a>.</p><p><em>Photo by Enayet Raheem on Unsplash.</em></p><section class=footnotes role=doc-endnotes><hr><ol><li id=fn:1 role=doc-endnote><p>Aggregated information will be used for critical decisions like election map re-drawing, but your personal information will not be used. <a href=#fnref:1 class=footnote-backref role=doc-backlink>&#8617;&#xfe0e;</a></p></li></ol></section></div><div class=article-post><div class=post-info><hr class=post-end><ul class=tags><i class="f