Archive | August 30, 2013

11 Year Old, Admitted to College to Study Quantum Physics*

11 Year Old, Admitted to College to Study Quantum Physics*

Placed in the 8th grade at the age of 5, Huey-You was accepted to TCU when he was 10.  He doesn’t live on campus.  He can’t even drive there.  But an 11-year-old is among the new class of undergrads at Texas Christian University – adjusting to college life, finding the right buildings, settling in for those easy core classes – the youngest person to attend the school in history.

“I’m taking calculus, physics, history and religion.  Those are my four classes,” Carson Huey-You told CBS 11 News.

Carson is taking a full load of college courses this semester — and studying to become a quantum physicist. He is the youngest student the university has ever had.

“It’s fun because it’s basically just like high school, but in a big campus…with a lot more people,” says Carson of his college experience.

Carson was co-valedictorian of his senior class, scored a 1770 on his SAT, speaks Mandarin Chinese and plays the piano, according to the campus newspaper.

His mom, Claretta, says her son had intense focus as an infant.  By the age of one, he could read.  By five, he was doing pre-algebra.  Calculus, he says, relaxes him.

“Whenever you are like ‘Oh, that makes sense now,’ just kind of after going at it, going at it, it’s just kind of like that one moment of thought,” Carson explains.

Though he’s much younger than his classmates, his professors say when Carson is in the classroom, he’s just another student.

“He’s definitely very talented and also he’s very serious about his work and he really enjoys it.  And that’s the best that a professor can hope for his students, right?” says associate math professor Qiao Zhang.

If he graduates as his parents expect, in four to five years, Carson will have a college diploma before or at the same time he gets his driver’s license.

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Katrina: A Reason to be Angry*

Katrina: A Reason to be Angry*

By Jessica Desvarieux

TRANSCRIPT:

Jessica Desvarieux, TRNN Producer: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It also marks the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. And a new report found that African-American New Orleans residents continue to be disproportionately affected by high unemployment. Nearly half of them are unemployed. And, also, African-American households are earning 50 percent less than their white counterparts. Meanwhile, much of the city public education and housing has been privatized or demolished. That’s from the Katrina Pain Index of 2013 by Bill Quigley.

Now joining us to talk about this is Greg Palast. Greg Palast is a BBC investigative reporter, and he investigated for Democracy Now! the real causes behind Hurricane Katrina in a film called Big Easy to Big Empty.

Thank you for joining us, Greg.

Greg Palast, BBC Investigative Reporter: Glad to be with you.

Desvarieux: So, Greg, what is the connection between this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina?

Palast: Plenty. For those who know Greg Palast is an investigative reporter–most people know that I uncovered that Katherine Harris knocked tens of thousands of people off the voter rolls of Florida in the 2000 election, thereby handing the election to George Bush. People were illegally called felons when their only crime was voting while black. It was an ethnic cleansing of the voter rolls.

When Martin Luther King stood up before the Washington Monument 50 years ago this week, he said, I have a dream that black folk in Alabama and Mississippi and in the South will be able to cast a ballot. Well, 50 years later, we’re still asking that question. Of course, we’ve eliminated the white sheets and the Ku Klux Klan as a threat. It’s now spreadsheets and ethnic ethnic cleansing.

Now, I did the investigation of the ethnic cleansing of the voter rolls of Florida. And, by the way, that spread to Louisiana and Georgia. But I also look at the ethnic cleansing of another town, New Orleans, for Democracy Now!. And what I found was just stunning. You have to put these two things together. You have to put the ethnic cleansing of the voter rolls of Florida together with the ethnic cleansing that happened and is going on in New Orleans and Louisiana, with Hurricane Katrina just a cover, an excuse. That’s all it is.

And what you take away from this is that King’s dream was announced 50 years ago, but eight years ago in New Orleans is when the dream drowned. And here’s what I mean. I’ve discovered that Louisiana State University’s Hurricane Center sent an emergency request to the White House more than a year before the levees broke, before Katrina, and Dr. Ivor van Heerden, the deputy of the Hurricane Center, contacted George Bush’s senior counsel at the White House. They had a long discussion. He said, New Orleans is going to drown–not maybe, not will. We don’t even need a hurricane. And, by the way, Hurricane Katrina never, never touched, never touched New Orleans. It went 30 miles east. It was simply a storm surge. And he said, we cannot handle even a storm surge in New Orleans. The levees are too low. The levees are built wrong. And not only that, but we have–but you built a canal for the oil companies which is bringing the Gulf of Mexico right to our doorstep. This city is going to drown unless you bring in the Army Corps of Engineers to correct this. But the Army Corps of Engineers, remember, in 2004 was in Iraq. They weren’t there for the American people. They were there, you know, to blow up bridges and then rebuild them over the Tigris River. Read on>>>

  • Eight years after Katrina – The Katrina Pain Index 2013
  • Nearly 100,000 people never got back to New Orleans
  • A million people were displaced. More than 1,000 died.
  • There are 86,000 less people on the Census
  • the city’s job base has declined 29%.
  • 53 % of African-American men in the New Orleans area are employed now
  • An African-American male in New Orleans earns on average $31,018
  • A white American male in New Orleans earns on average $60,075
  • Whites have experienced an 8% increase in middle- and upper-income households
  • Blacks have experienced a 4% decline in middle- and upper-income households
  • Renting a place to live in New Orleans has risen 43%
  • Poverty rate in New Orleans is 2% compared to the national average of 16%
  • Rate f imprisonment in New Orleans is 912 per 100,000 – four times higher than the national average of 236 per 100,000
  • 84% of those imprisoned are African-American
  • New Orleans area lost 948 square miles of coastal wetlands.

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WWIII: Guns A-ho but there’s a Spanner in the Works

WWIII: Guns A-ho but there’s a Spanner in the Works

As the Delta IV Heavy rocket was launched with a $1 billion spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) …

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The Russian and Chinese officials walked out of the U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday, August 28, after U.S. Permanent Representative Samantha Power had called for an immediate action in Syria.

The permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – Russia, Britain, China, the U.S. and France – had been invited to the closed meeting called by Russia. An hour later the Russian and Chinese diplomats left the meeting and headed to the Security Council’s main conference room where debates on Haiti was taking place.

Western countries may, until the end of the day, submit to the Security Council a draft resolution that will give the green light to an armed operation in Syria. Russia and China, which have the right of veto in the Security Council, have spoken up strongly against the use of force.

However Western countries have made it clear that they might take measures without waiting for the U.N. Security Council’s decision as they did in 1999 in Kosovo. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said this would be a gross violation of international law, but that didn’t stp them attacking Libya and claiming it’s Central Bank.

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AP reports:

An intercept of Syrian military officials discussing the strike was among low-level staff, with no direct evidence tying the attack back to an Assad insider or even a senior Syrian commander, the officials said.

So while Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that links between the attack and the Assad government are “undeniable,” U.S. intelligence officials are not so certain that the suspected chemical attack was carried out on Assad’s orders, or even completely sure it was carried out by government forces, the officials said.

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Turkish police caught US-backed Al -Qaeda rebels attempting to sneak sarin gas into Syria in May 2013. On August 23, Russia Today published an article titled “Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident. Militant cells with links to Jabhat al Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham were found in both Iraq and Turkey with sarin and other chemical weapons materiel in their possession

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Egypt’s Genera El-Sisi has prevented any any US military chartered tanker to enter the Suez Canal in order to hit Syria, due to a joint defense agreement between Egypt and Syria.

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UK MP’s revolted. Labour leader Ed Miliband has been labelled a ‘f****g c***’ by a government source after his decision not to back David Cameron in today’s vote on Syria.

Mr Miliband withdrew his support for a motion backing military action in a telephone conversation with the prime minister at around 5.15pm yesterday.

The Labour leader’s action, and the threat of a Tory backbench rebellion, forced Mr Cameron to amend the motion to stipulate a second vote directly authorising military action would be needed. – Metro

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U.S. Military Revolt

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The US government is due for shutdown unless Congress can pass a new Continuing Resolution (a budget) as US trade gap widens 13.3% in July to $39.1 billion

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An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Syria planned for 2000 GMT on Tuesday has been canceled after Russia withdrew its request for the closed-door session, the Australian ambassador to the UN says. – Press TV

Sources:

Greaves, P Syria: Obama’s Pretext for War? The “Rebels” are in Possession of Chemical Weapons http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-obamas-pretext-for-war-the-rebels-are-in-possession-of-chemical-weapons/5347335

Massive Spy Satellite Launched On Biggest Rocket Ever http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/08/28/vandenberg-set-for-launch-of-largest-rocket-ever/
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