Monthly Archives: April 2014

Major scandal underway in Pgcps.

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The all powerful current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell 

We won’t repeat all the details here for now, but there are a few facts that probably will not be reported elsewhere. However, Prince George’s County has long history and a reputation for questionable ethics.

On this note, is one man responsible for the sins of another? Can one politician be held accountable when another acts outside the scope of that politician’s control?

This certainly wasn’t the case when Jack Johnson, the Democrat County Executive of Prince George’s County, was arrested for bribery. Maryland Republicans didn’t hold the Maryland Democratic Party responsible for his crimes, only for how they dealt with it afterwards. When Paul Schurick, the Bob Ehrlich campaign aide who engaged in phony phone calling on Election Day, was arrested and tried for his activities, we didn’t hold then-Maryland State GOP chair Audrey Scott responsible. The same goes for when the Anne Arundel County executive was accused for a variety of transgressions.

We have previously expressed fear on this space that corruption is making a big-time comeback under the Rushern Baker regime.

Buccaneers of Thomas Addison Elementary School infamy have been trolling the corridors of power with renewed swagger, after having been banished to the sidelines once the scandal blew up in County Executive Rushern Baker’s face.

All manner of shady wheeler-dealers offering their unique skills have been welcomed with open arms by the movers and shakers in the Rushern Baker government in preparation for a Casino coming up west of Largo in the Washington National Harbor.

These wheeler-dealers have easy access to all the important offices, and it has again become the norm for investors from various parts of the country, the world and anywhere else looking entry into Prince George’s County not to find open doors unless they go through the briefcase intermediaries. However, that’s a story for another day. Stay tuned with this blog. Featured below is information received recently from Nehemiah Vision in order to keep elected officials accountable.  As you can see from the reports, Ms. Monica Goldson played a major role in the transfer Thomas Addison Elementary School saga.

A significant amount of time has passed since the first post regarding the Board of Education’s (BOE) vote to transfer Thomas Addison Elementary School to the local government for use by MGM casino. Since that time, the BOE had The Thatcher Law Firm prepared a response that did not address the issues raised in the appeal by the Executive Director of Nehemiah Vision, but was in our opinion a poor attempt to have the appeal dismissed in an effort by the Thatcher Law Firm to avoid answering for BOE’s failure to comply with the law. Should we prevail with this appeal, it will send the much needed message to our elected officials that they will be held accountable to their constituents and they are not above the law. The documents filed with the State Board of Education are attached below.

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell whom we advocated for and the highest levels of PGCPS leadership are implicated in a mega corruption involving the current regime. Dr. Maxwell was indirectly a subject of the Maryland legislature in the last session. (Read more)

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Ms. Monica Goldson – Chief Operating Officer for Prince George’s County controls millions of dollars on behalf of  other conspirators. She is the Architect of mismanagement involving public funds currently underway in Prince George’s county Public schools which is facilitated by ASASP Union (the union)  fueling the fire.  

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Dr. Segun Eubanks (Courtesy of the National Education Association)…is identified with weak financial controls within Prince George’s county school District and has been laughing all the way to the Bank for the last nine (9) months. (Read more)

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  • When you see these gentlemen and others next time, ask them with love how does it feel to be in power without checks and balances? if you are uncomfortable, don’t say anything but look at them closely.
  • If they are your friends, Challenge them with love and positive intentions if they are being the best they can be.
  • Ask them too whose interests are they serving? is it personal or for larger good?
  • Find out the reasons for retaliating against innocent employees who helped them get their current positions.
  • Inquire further why they ignored some of our recommendations. (see them here)

As a movement, we have made it clear that philosophy and substance are far more important than party identification. If we truly believe that, then we need to support and elect honest leadership to lead Prince George’s county in the right direction many years to come.

There are more series of highlights coming up in the next several months unless major adjustments involving Executive staff and others in PGCPS are made…. stay tuned!

We have had enough. Enough is enough.

We are fortunate to have you guys (our followers) in our lives. You make the world a better place!

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“Our times demand a new definition of leadership – global leadership. They demand a new constellation of international cooperation – governments, civil society and the private sector, working together for a collective global good.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Speech at World Economic Forum Davos, Switzerland (29 January 2009)

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White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos).

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The American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is a large aquatic bird from the order Pelecaniformes. It breeds in interior North America, moving south and to the coasts, as far as Central America and South America, in winter.

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White Pelicans in flight

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Status and conservation

This species is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. It has the California Department of Fish and Game protective status California species of special concern (CSC). On a global scale however, the species is common enough to qualify as a Species of Least Concern according to the IUCN.

Habitat loss is the largest known cause of nesting failure, with flooding and drought being recurrent problems. Human-related losses include entanglement in fishing gear, boating disturbance and poaching as well as additional habitat degradation.

There was a pronounced decline in American White Pelican numbers in the mid-20th century, attributable to the excessive spraying of DDTendrin and other organochlorides in agriculture as well as widespread draining and pollution of wetlands. But populations have recovered well after stricter environmental protection laws came into effect, and are stable or slightly increasing today. By the 1980s, more than 100,000 adult American White Pelicans were estimated to exist in the wild, with 33,000 nests altogether in the 50 colonies in Canada, and 18,500 nests in the 14–17 United States colonies. Shoreline erosion at breeding colonies remains a problem in some cases, as are the occasional mass poisonings when pesticides are used near breeding or wintering sites.

Cool Facts

The White Pelican does not dive for fish as the Brown Pelican does. Instead, it dips its head underwater to scoop up fish. Several pelicans may fish cooperatively, moving into a circle to concentrate fish, and then dipping their heads under simultaneously to catch fish.

Habitat

Breeds mainly on isolated islands in freshwater lakes, forages on inland marshes, lakes, or rivers, favoring shallows. Islands used for breeding are often 30 or more miles from foraging areas. During the nonbreeding season, American White Pelicans favor shallow coastal bays, inlets, and estuaries.

Food

The American White Pelican forages mainly on fish in shallow wetlands; crayfish, tadpoles and salamanders are also eaten. Researchers have found regurgitated fish hooks and lures in colonies, suggesting that pelicans also take game fish that have been injured or slowed by anglers.

Nesting

The nest is a shallow depression with a low rim that the bird forms while it is sitting, by raking up gravel, soil, or nearby vegetation with its bill. The nest bottom consists of the same material, and vegetative insulation or lining within the nest is rare.

Nest placement

 Nests in colonies on islands that aren’t subject to regular flooding. The eggs are typically laid on bare gravel, sand, or soil with little vegetation in the immediate area. In forested regions, the American White Pelican sometimes will nest under either deciduous or coniferous trees.

Predation

Occasionally, these pelicans may nest in colonies on isolated islands, which is believed to significantly reduce the likelihood of mammalian predation. Red foxes and coyotes readily predate colonies that they can access, the later being the only known species to hunt adult pelicans (which are too large for most bird predators to subdue). Several gulls have been known to predate pelican eggs and nestlings (including Herring, Ring-billed and California Gull), as well as Common Ravens. Young pelicans may be hunted by Great Horned Owls and Bald Eagles. The pelicans react to mammalian threats differently from avian threats. Though fairly approachable while feeding, the pelicans may temporarily abandon their nests if a human or other large mammal closely approaches the colony. If the threat is another bird, however, the pelicans do not abandon the nest and may fight off the interloper by jabbing at them with their considerable bills.

Behavior

The American White Pelican is a graceful flier, either singly, in flight formations, or soaring on thermals in flocks. They soar in different portions of thermals for different distances: wandering flights in lower portions of a thermal, commuting flights at middle heights, and cross-country flights in the upper reaches of thermal columns. They are skilled swimmers, but they do not plunge-dive for prey like their coastal relatives the Brown Pelican. Instead they make shallow dives from the surface of the water or just plunge their heads underwater. They often hunt for food in groups in shallow water.

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Royal Tern (Sterna maxima)

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The Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus, syn. Sterna maxima, see Bridge et al., 2005) is a seabird in the tern family Sternidae. This bird has two distinctive subspecies, T. m. maximus which lives on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the North and South America. The slightly smaller T. m. albididorsalis lives on the coast of West Africa. The Royal Tern has a red-orange bill and a black cap on the top of its head during the breeding season, but in the winter the cap becomes patchy. The Royal Tern is found in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean islands. The Royal Tern lives on the coast and is only found near salt water. They tend to feed near the shore, close to the beach or in backwater bays. The Royal Tern’s conservation status is listed as least concern.

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Royal Terns are colonial nesters. Colonies are usually situated on islands where predators are scarce, and nests are nothing more than shallow scrapes densely packed. By laying their eggs at the same time (above), all the Royal Tern pairs reduce the chances of their eggs and young being eaten by predators, which have a greater choice of nests to prey upon.

Physical characteristics

Second in size after the Caspian Tern in the tern family, the Royal Tern has a slender body, pointed wings and notched tail like other terns of smaller size. However, its bill is much wider and more powerful. Wings and back are pale grey, and underparts are white. In breeding plumage, top of head shows a black crown, which disappears partially in winter. However, crest on rear head remains in all seasons. Orange-red bill is long, pointed and wide. Short legs are black and thick, and feet are webbed. Both sexes are similar.

Juvenile resembles non breeding adult, with smaller pale yellow bill, some dark spots on back and darker wingtips.

Range

North America, Latin Americatin America, Africa : coasts

Habitat

Royal Tern lives in coastal bays, lagoons, harbours and sandy shores, but it may sail up a river outside of breeding season. It nests on off shore islands.

Reproduction

Royal Tern nests in large and noisy colonies, up to several thousands pairs. These colonies often are mixed or close to those of Caspian and Sandwich Terns. Pairs perform courtship displays in a nearby area, male flying slowly and soaring to the ground, and offering a prey to female. Once pair formed, both mates choose a free place to establish the nest, and circle widely several times over the site. Then, they scratch a shallow depression, adding sometimes some shells.

Male and female take turns to brood the single egg, but they can abandon it sometimes and for several hours. Both parents raise the young covered with brown and buff down.

On the American continent, chicks leave the nest 24 hours after hatching and gather into large crches when they are two or three days old.

In Africa, they remain at nest during one week, and take part to a crche at about 15 days after hatching.

Young remain within these crches until their first flights, and parents feed only their own young, recognizing it by its call.

Although the young tern is able to fly at one month, it remains dependent from its parents during five to eight month, for protection and feeding.

Feeding habits

Royal Tern feeds mainly at mid-tide, in the early morning and in late afternoon, but it also fishes at night during breeding period.

It flies at about 5 to 10 metres above the water, along the beaches, searching for fish and other preys. Royal Tern fishes alone or in pairs, but sometimes in flocks too. These groups may contain up to 150 birds.

Usually, it remains at about 100 metres from the shore, but when it searches for food for the chick, it may flies away up to 65 km from the colony, along the coast.

When a prey is located, it hovers just above this one, with bill pointed downwards. Then it dives vertically and catches the prey with its bill. Royal Tern feeds mainly on small fish, but it also consumes crabs, shrimps and squids. It also follows fish boats, in order to eat the debris ejected out of the boat.

Conservation

This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 100,000-1,000,000 km2. It has a large global population estimated to be 280,000-310,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2002). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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Royal Tern Distribution map world wide.

Inspiration for the ages.

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How Is Your Love Life? From his earliest days in politics, United States President Abrahim Lincoln had a critic who continually treated him with contempt, a man by the name of Edwin Stanton. Stanton would say to newspaper reporters that Lincoln was a “low cunning clown” and “the original gorilla.”

He said it was ridiculous for explorers to go to Africa to capture a gorilla “when they could find one easily in Springfield, Illinois.” Lincoln never responded to such slander, and never retaliated in the least. And when, as President, he needed a Secretary of War, he selected Edwin Stanton. When his friends asked why, Lincoln replied, “Because he is the best man for the job.”

Years later, in the early morning of April 15, 1865, an assassin’s bullet murdered the president in a theater.  Lincoln’s body was carried off to another room in downtown Washington DC. After Abraham Lincoln had drawn his last breath, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton came, and looking down upon the silent, rugged, face of his dead President, he stated simply and solemnly  through his tears, “There lies the greatest ruler of men the world has ever seen.” “He belongs to the ages.” Stanton’s animosity had finally been broken. How? By Lincoln’s patient, long-suffering, non-retaliatory  love.

Since that time, Lincoln has been the subject of more than 15,000 books, and has been studied as thoroughly as any figure in world history.

In 2005, Doris Kearns Goodwin published her seminal work on the 16th President titled Team of Rivals. Goodwin spent 10 years on her book and Steven Spielberg even called on the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian to consult on the script for his just-released movie “Lincoln.”

Harvard Business Review senior editor Diane Coutu interviewed Goodwin a few years ago and asked her about what current business leaders can learn from the great President who served almost 150 years ago. Here are the highlights of Goodwins’ comments:

He picked the best team for the good of the country

“Lincoln surrounded himself with people, including his rivals, who had strong egos and high ambitions; who felt free to question his authority; and who were unafraid to argue with him. He had the intelligence, and the self-confidence, to know that he needed the best people by his side, people who were leaders in their own right and who were very aware of their own strengths. That’s an important insight whether you’re the leader of a country or the CEO of a company.”

He shared responsibility for success as well as failure

“You also have to be able to figure out how to share credit for your success with your inner team so that they feel a part of a mission. Basically, you want to create a reservoir of good feeling, and that involves not only acknowledging your errors but even shouldering the blame for the failures of some of your subordinates. Again and again, Lincoln took responsibility for what he did, and he shared responsibility for the mistakes of others, and so people became very loyal to him.”

He communicated clearly, humbly and persuasively

“History also shows that it’s essential to know how to connect to the larger public, whether that’s through radio, in the case of Franklin Roosevelt, or in Lincoln’s case, through speeches that were filled with such poetry and clarity that people felt they were watching him think and that he was telling them the truth.”

He knew how to rest and rejuvenate

“As a leader you need to know how to relax so that you can replenish your energies for the struggles facing you tomorrow. Lincoln went to the theater about a hundred times while he was in Washington. And although he suffered from a certain melancholy, he had a tremendous sense of humor and would entertain people long into the night with his stories.”

The stakes and the pressure were unbelievably high for a young nation in peril, yet Lincoln was able to meet the challenge with perseverance, patience and high emotional intelligence. Inspiration for the ages.

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Major scandal unfolding in PGCPS.

Scheme of the matter involves the Prince George’s county Public schools.

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Mr. Rushern Baker – Current County Executive Prince George’s County and the scandal involving Dr. kevin Maxwell plus the highest levels are implicated in the current regime.

We have received credible information of a major scandal which is unraveling in the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) System. The newly appointed CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell is implicated in the whole scheme of this matter which is evolving and we will keep you informed of all the developments in the near future. Despite all the effort to bury and make the story disappear, all the higher up in the highest levels are implicated in the current regime.

This blog plans to leave no stone unturned in pursuit of truth and justice. This will be an expose you don’t wanna miss. It’s explosive, intriguing, captivating and disheartening. Once you realize how the current regime is involved in mismanagement of the tax payer money, you will be outraged. We have credible information to make things straight and shame the devils. Already we have witnessed issues of concern and everyone must speak up against the mafia like administration. Reform Sasscer Movement is very disappointed with Mr. Baker who reached out to us directly for the take over of the county school system only to be disappointed.

The actions of this administration not only affects you the tax payer but strikes at the core of our justice and sense of fair play. We will not stand idly by and watch the Baker administration follow in the footsteps of corrupt and discredited William Hite Jr and former County Executive Jack Johnson.

Enough is enough. Take a stand and say No. Stay tuned.

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Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus).

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The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is a large bear, approximately the same size as the omnivorous Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi). A boar (adult male) weighs around 350–700 kg (770–1,540 lb),while a sow (adult female) is about half that size.

Although it is the sister species of the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet.Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea. Their scientific name means “maritime bear”, and derives from this fact. Polar bears hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present.

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 Polar bears roam the Arctic ice sheets and swim in that region’s coastal waters. They are very strong swimmers, and their large front paws, which they use to paddle, are slightly webbed. Some polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles from land—though they probably cover most of that distance by floating on sheets of ice.

Polar bears live in one of the planet’s coldest environments and depend on a thick coat of insulated fur, which covers a warming layer of fat. Fur even grows on the bottom of their paws, which protects against cold surfaces and provides a good grip on ice. The bear’s stark white coat provides camouflage in surrounding snow and ice. But under their fur, polar bears have black skin—the better to soak in the sun’s warming rays.

These powerful predators typically prey on seals. In search of this quarry they frequent areas of shifting, cracking ice where seals may surface to breathe air. They also stalk ice edges and breathing holes. If the opportunity presents itself, polar bears will also consume carcasses, such as those of dead whales. These Arctic giants are the masters of their environment and have no natural enemies.

Females den by digging into deep snow drifts, which provide protection and insulation from the Arctic elements. They give birth in winter, usually to twins. Young cubs live with their mothers for some 28 months to learn the survival skills of the far north. Females aggressively protect their young, but receive no help from their solitary male mates. In fact, male polar bears may even kill young of their species.

Polar bears are attractive and appealing, but they are powerful predators that do not typically fear humans, which can make them dangerous. Near human settlements, they often acquire a taste for garbage, bringing bears and humans into perilous proximity.

Polar Bear Status Report

Biologists estimate there are 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears. About 60% of those live in Canada. Polar bears are also found in the U.S. (Alaska), Russia, Greenland, and Norway (Svalbard).

In May 2008, the U.S listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, citing sea ice losses in the Arctic from global warming as the single biggest threat to polar bears. Polar bears depend on sea ice for hunting, breeding, and in some cases, denning. In recent years, summer sea ice losses in the Arctic have been accelerating.

The IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group also lists sea ice losses from a warming Arctic as the biggest threat to polar bear survival. At their 2013 meeting, scientists reported that of the 19 subpopulations of polar bears:

4 are declining
5 are stable
1 is increasing
9 have insufficient data

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Polar bear distribution map world wide.

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“Global warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no longer a future threat, no longer a threat at all. It’s our reality” ~ Bill McKibben