The world is full of ambitious people who have the drive but not the resources. I know I could’ve had a PhD or two under my belt but couldn’t even afford to get an Associate’s degree. (2 complete years). In the USA, you have a SMALL window of help: Age 18-23, approximately. After that, help dries up and life moves on. Gotta work. Had your chance, etc. I don’t regret it because the US is a class based system, mostly hinging on family community status and provable family income. Even with assistance, if your family couldn’t have afforded tuition, it also means you won’t be able to afford to avail yourself of opportunities that come only to those with sufficient connection and family (not personal) income. I didn’t have that and it’s ok. I like my life and glad for the choices I made out of what was available and my capabilities and drive. But I feel for those who DO want more, strive for it, have the intelligence but get little of the assistance (for lack of family community status and family income). If you pry behind the stories of the “self made successes”, you’ll usually find big helpers along the way that “lift” them up and continue to, often political in some way.

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13-year-old Elijah Lishing shot and killed 11-year-old Caleb Lishing with their grandfather’s .357 Magnum which was locked in a gun cabinet that Elijah pried apart to get. Elijah Lishing attended Bio-Med Science Academy – a public STEM+M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) school. 344 students total. Their parents were out at the time and there was a babysitter. Police consider the act premeditated. Race isn’t mentioned but Streetsborough, a city of 16,000, is 95.39% White but this is conjecture to assume.. Motive unknown at this time.

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I know. The leaks are almost a COMPLETELY avoidable situation. Some damn engineering standards, modems every [x] distance with dipsticks. shit. One of my jobs way back was helping HQ at Jersey Central Power & Light set up the modem calling (dialup!) for oil tank inspection sensors and write a stupid script to automate monitoring… way back in the early 90s. It was temp job. Fun at first, but way underpaid and I was stuck there too long. This one makes laugh and cry simultaneously.

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What drive science and what drives spirituality is identical. A common error is mistaking engineering or technology or math with science. They play well together but science is distinct from them. One nice definition I found for science is: “Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.” Now lets switch: What fits and what doesn’t? “Spirituality is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.” Ok, it’s not quite the same. Let’s get rid of a word: “Spirituality is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of explanations and predictions about the universe.” Close. More: “Spirituality is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes self-knowledge in the form of explanations and predictions about the universe.” Close. More: “Spirituality is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes self-knowledge in the form of participation and predictions about the universe.” There. How’s that?

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