End of the Age News
By Vince Stegall
Damaged Brain Structures For Tv Watchers?
According to a new study, if your child watches too much TV it is possible that the structure of his or her brain could change for the worse.
A Japanese group put the study together of 276 children between five and 18 years old who watched anywhere from zero to four hours per day. MRI brain scans revealed that the ones spending more hours watching television had more grey matter in the frontal lobe. This is a negative thing because it is connected with lower verbal intelligence.
The authors said the impact of watching TV on the ‘structural development’ of the brain has never been investigated. ‘In conclusion, TV viewing is directly or indirectly associated with the neurocognitive development of children.
Far Rockaway School Not Educating Students
Kids at PS 106 in Queens have not received math or reading and writing books for Common Core curriculum, according to one source. Also they don’t get gym class or art class, but they watch movies everyday. Furthermore, they have 40 kindergartners who don’t have a classroom in the three-story brick building.
To add to the mess, the principle, Marcella Sills, is regularly absent. In a report by the New York Post last week they found that she only showed up one day over a weeks time. According to those familiar with her schedule, she rarely comes in before 11am.
PS 106 is allocated $2.9 million to serve a low-income population. It’s a Title 1 school, so it gets extra federal funds, but community members say they’ve never seen a budget tracking the income or spending.
Iran Sanctions Bill Could Draw America Into War
The White House propelled an attack on supporters of a Senate bill that will execute sanctions on Iran, hinting that it will lead us to another Mideast war.
If supporters “want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American people and say so,” Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said in a statement. “Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to choose between military options or allowing Iran’s nuclear program to continue.”
United Against a Nuclear Iran pushed back. “It is wrong for the White House to continue questioning the integrity and motives of anyone who supports more sanctions,” said Mark Wallace, chief executive of the group. “It is nonsensical and out of bounds to say that a bipartisan majority of U.S. senators secretly wants war with Iran.”
Advocates for the bill contend it will increase the likelihood of a successful negotiation by building further economic pressure on Iran. The critics maintain it would torpedo a deal by setting conditions that Iran would never accept. One section, for example, says Obama can temporarily hold off sanctions only if he certifies that Iran “will dismantle Iran’s illicit nuclear infrastructure.”
“While Iran may agree in the end to dismantle some of its nuclear infrastructure, there is no realistic chance that it will dismantle all of its uranium enrichment capability,” Edward Levine, a longtime Senate Intelligence Committee aide, wrote in an analysis for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, an advocacy group.
A final showdown on the bill could come by the end of the month, some lobbyists believe. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who was not committed himself on the measure, appears willing to hold off a vote long enough to give the White House a full opportunity to build support. But he may allow a vote by the end of the month.
More than two-thirds of lawmakers in the Iranian parliament have signed on to a bill that would accelerate Iran’s nuclear program if the Senate bill is adopted.