Study: Recess Before Lunch Promotes Healthy Eating By School Children

school playground photoA study published in Preventive Medicine, showed a simple no-cost way to increase school children consumption of fruits and vegetables, hold recess before lunchtime.  Seven schools in Utah participated in the study.  Researchers counted how many servings of fruits and vegetables were thrown out.  The schools with recess before lunch increased consumption of fruits and vegetables by 54% and increased the eating of at least one serving of fruits or vegetables by 45%.

The study does not conclude why children who have recess before lunch eat more fruits and vegetables.  But a reason could be children are not eating as quickly to increase the amount of time at recess. Scheduling recess before lunch would release pent-up energy improving cafeteria behavior and increase food consumption.   Students would enter the cafeteria calmer and hungry.

 

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German Islamasation Of The West PEGIDA Cancels Rally In Dresden Over ISIS Threat

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Germany’s anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement said it has cancelled a planned march on Monday, citing a death threat against organizers from the Islamic State jihadist group.

“Cancelled! Dear friends, unfortunately we must cancel our 13th meeting due to security concerns,” the group “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” said on its Facebook page on Sunday.

“What in police jargon is called an ‘abstract threat’ has changed to a ‘concrete death threat’ against a member of the organising team. IS terrorists have ordered his assassination.”  France24

The treats prove PEGIDA’s point.

Atlanta’s Mayor Fires Fire Chief Over His Christian Beliefs On Homosexuality

Fired-Atlanta-Fire-Chief-Kelvin-CochranAtlanta’s Democratic Mayor Kasim Reed sacked fire chief Kelvin Cochran for expressing his personal religious beliefs in a Bible study publication.  He gave a few copies of his book to friends in the fire department, someone gave a copy of his book  to Alex Wan, an openly homosexual Atlanta City Councilman.  The investigation   found no evidence that Kevin Cochran had mistreated homosexuals. Mr. Cochran said he was fired “for no reason other than my Christian faith.”

“I did not single out homosexuality,” Cochran said. “I simply spoke to sex being created by God for pro-creation and He intended it to be between a man and a woman in holy matrimony – and that any other sex outside of that is sin.”

He also said Christians have the right to freedom of speech. Continue reading “Atlanta’s Mayor Fires Fire Chief Over His Christian Beliefs On Homosexuality”

George Soros Spent $33 MILLION Bankrolling Ferguson ‘Protesters’

georgesorosGeorge Soros, a Hungarian-born American business mogul foundation Open Society  made huge donations, at least $33 Million, to organizations to protest in Ferguson, MO.  The professional agitators were bused in from New York, Illinois, and Washington D.C.  The different organizations helped keep the ‘protest’ events at the top of the news.

“The billionaire’s fortune was made from speculating on financial markets, most notably making more than $ 1 billion in the 1990s helping cripple the British financial system by speculation on the pound sterling.” DailyMail

Soros has given to many liberal causes.  He gave $6.1 million to liberal groups linked to pressure the IRS to target conservative nonprofits.  Soros funded groups make huge donations to Democratic candidates.

There’s a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement. No, it’s not victim Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. It’s not even the Rev. Al Sharpton, despite his ubiquitous campaign on TV and the streets.

Rather, it’s liberal billionaire George Soros, who has built a business empire that dominates across the ocean in Europe while forging a political machine powered by nonprofit foundations that impacts American politics and policy, not unlike what he did with MoveOn.org.

Mr. Soros spurred the Ferguson protest movement through years of funding and mobilizing groups across the U.S., according to interviews with key players and financial records reviewed by The Washington Times.

In all, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations. Washington Times

Two Killed, One Arrested In Belgium Police Anti-Terror Raid

belgian-police-terrorismraidsIn the eastern city of Verviers, Belgium police killed two men, wounded one, and arrested another on Thursday night during a counter-terrorism raid against a group federal prosecutors said was about to launch “terrorist attacks on a grand scale”.  The suspects had recently returned from Syria.

Coming a week after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris, the incident heightened fears across Europe of young local Muslims returning radicalised from Syria. But prosecutors’ spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt said the Belgian probe had been under way before the Jan. 7 attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

A third man was detained in the eastern city of Verviers, where police commandos ran into a hail of gunfire after trying to gain entry to an apartment above a town centre bakery. All three were citizens of Belgium, which has one of the biggest concentrations of European Islamists fighting in Syria.

Other raids on the homes of men returned from the civil war there were conducted across the country, Van Der Sypt said, adding that they were suspected of planning attacks on Belgian police stations. Security had been tightened at such sites.

“The searches were carried out as part of an investigation into an operational cell some of whose members had returned from Syria,” he said. “For the time being, there is no connection with the attacks in Paris.”

Describing events in the quiet provincial town just after dark, he said: “The suspects immediately and for several minutes opened fire with military weaponry and handguns on the special units of the federal police before they were neutralized.”


Online:  Two killed, one arrested in Belgian anti-terrorist raid

ISIS Territory Has Nearly Doubled In Syria Since Airstrikes Began

The U.S. airstrikes in Syria have been a farce and a failure.  Since the airstrikes began ISIS has nearly doubled its territory in Syria.

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ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 airstrikes in the American-led campaign to break its grip there.

At least one-third of the country’s territory is now under ISIS influence, with recent gains in rural areas that can serve as a conduit to major cities that the so-called Islamic State hopes to eventually claim as part of its caliphate. Meanwhile, the Islamic extremist group does not appear to have suffered any major ground losses since the strikes began. The result is a net ground gain for ISIS, according to information compiled by two groups with on-the-ground sources.

In Syria, ISIS “has not any lost any key terrain,” Jennifer Cafarella, a fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War who studies the Syrian conflict, explained to The Daily Beast.

Even U.S. military officials privately conceded to The Daily Beast that ISIS has gained ground in some areas, even as the Pentagon claims its seized territory elsewhere, largely around the northern city of Kobani. That’s been the focus of the U.S.-led campaign, and ISIS has not been able to take the town, despite its best efforts.

Other than that, they are short on specifics.

Online: Daily Beast Exclusive: ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite U.S. Strikes

A Revolutionary Speech By Egyptian President Sissi

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt’s president opened the new year with a courageous call for a “religious revolution” in Islam to reform interpretations of the faith entrenched for centuries, which has made the Muslim world a source of “destruction” and pitted it against the rest of the world.

In a speech to an audience of religious scholars on the birth of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad , Sisi addressed the religious clerics honestly for a “religious revolution” in Islam that would purge the religion of extremist ideas of intolerance and violence that fuel violent jihad groups.

It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma[Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world.  Impossible!..

Is it possible that 1.6 billion people (Muslims) should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is, 7 billion people—so that they themselves may live?  Impossible.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a Muslim, will not say that Islam is the cause of the majority of terrorist acts in today’s world, but he does say that the terrorist acts are related to the texts of Islam.

That thinking [that is responsible for producing “anxiety, danger, killing and destruction” around the world] — I am not saying “religion” but “thinking” — that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world.  It’s antagonizing the entire world.

The source of the Muslims grievances is not cartoons, movies, Israel, …it is “their own hands.”

I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.

The impetus for change in Islam has to come from the Muslim clergy whose interpretations of the texts of Islam fuels the violence of jihad, the holy wars waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty.

By making such a speech Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi  has much to lose, including his life.

US Consulate In Jerusalem Arming Palestinian Guards In Violation Of Agreement With Israel

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Earlier this month several consulate officials with guards went to a Samaria village without following protocol of coordinating with the IDF and the police. An argument erupted between the consulate convoy and the community’s security. At least one of the American guards allegedly pulled a handgun and a M16.

Consulate officials need local protection when traveling to some areas outside consulate grounds.  Before the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem had Israeli guards but are now training and arming Palestinian’s to use as guards in violation of a 2011 agreement with Israel.  What could possible go wrong?

The US Consulate in Jerusalem is training a force of 35 Palestinians from East Jerusalem to serve as armed guards, particularly for consular trips to the West Bank’s Area A, which is off-limits to Israelis, it was reported on Wednesday.

The arrangement violates a 2011 agreement between Israel and the consulate, the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth stated, whereby only IDF combat veterans would be authorized to carry arms as consulate guards.

“The consulate was authorized to keep roughly 100 handguns for security staff, on condition that they be either American diplomats or Israeli army veterans,” the paper’s Itamar Eichner wrote.

Additionally, Israeli guards at the consulate alleged that the Palestinians were being trained with firearms in Jericho at a Palestinian Preventative Security base and in the United States.

Regional Security Officer Dan Cronin, Israeli guards claimed, “is in effect setting up an armed Palestinian militia in the consulate. They are being trained with weapons, in Krav Maga, and tactical driving. It’s irresponsible. Who can guarantee that such weapons in the hands of Palestinians won’t spread to terror?” TimesOfIsrael

Oxford University Press Bans Use Of Pig, Sausage Or Pork To Avoid Offence

pig_cuteOxford University Press (OUP), one of the biggest education publishers in the world has warned its authors not to mention pigs, sausages, or anything that could be perceived as pork-related in their children’s books  to avoid causing offence. This is ludicrous and offensive.

The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children’s books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims.

The existence of the publisher’s guidelines emerged after a radio discussion on free speech in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, presenter Jim Naughtie said: “I’ve got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people.

“Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: Pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork.

“Now, if a respectable publisher, tied to an academic institution, is saying you’ve got to write a book in which you cannot mention pigs because some people might be offended, it’s just ludicrous. Telegraph UK

“A spokesman for the Jewish Leadership Council added: ‘Jewish law prohibits eating pork, not the mention of the word, or the animal from which it derives.” DailyMail

So what culture is OUP concerned about offending?

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Bill Whittle: Terrorist Nation

Bill Whittle looks at the what drives the Palestinian cause.  “From the murder of the Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972, through the murder of 5 rabbis at prayer in 2014, the Palestinian cause has been driven by TERROR. In his latest Firewall Bill Whittle discusses their domestic front — Students for Justice in Palestine.”