Betsy DeVos: Warrior For Education

Betsy DeVos is a well-known education activist, philanthropist, and businesswoman. She grew up in Michigan where she went to Holland Christian High School and received her undergraduate degree from Calvin College. Betsy was brought up in a religious household and is still active in the Mars Hall Bible Church in Grand Rapids. Belonging to one of the wealthiest families in the state, Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, heir to Amway. Her family has been major donors to both political campaigns and social causes. Betsy served as a local precinct delegate of the Republican Party in Michigan in 1982 and as a Republican National Committeewoman for the state from 1992 to 1997. From 1996 to 2000, the Michigan Republican Party elected her chairwoman. She personally raised over $150,000 for Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004, helping add to the amazing $17 million total donated to politics from the DeVos family since 1989.

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Betsy has spent her life dedicated to various causes. Alongside her husband, they founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. This foundation is motivated by faith and focuses on cultivating leadership and transformation by supporting organizations that focus on community, arts, justice, leadership, and education. The DeVos Foundation donated an estimated $11.6 million in 2015 alone. The couple’s charitable giving has been totaled to be over $139 million over their lifetimes, placing them 24th on Forbes’ list “America’s Top Givers.” In 2004, Betsy was appointed to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ board of directors by President Bush, where she served until 2010. While there, she helped fund a center that teaches boards of directors and arts managers how to properly fund-raise and manage their institutions. In 2010, Betsy and her husband donated a cool $22.5 million to help continue that endeavor, which was rightfully renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Managements.

DeVos has always been an activist in the education field. She believes that the country should be open to for-profit charter schools, allowing parents an increased choice. Betsy DeVos is also a fierce advocate of school vouchers that would allow students to attend private schools using public funding. She has led the All Children Matter PAC and has served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice. The All Children Matter PAC promotes school vouchers and tax credits to businesses that donate private school scholarships. She has been a member of the board of directors for the Education Freedom Fund, the Advocates for School Choice, and the American Education Reform Council. She has been chairwoman at the Great Lakes Education Project and Choices for Children. She also leads the American Federation for Children, an organization that advocates for school vouchers and tax credits, promoting school choice. Follow Betsy on Twitter.

Investment of Sale for FreedomPop

The FreedomPop brand is growing in popularity across the world as the data bundles offered by the company are seen as the future of mobile device usage by many. FreedomPop is now one linked to many major networks across North America, including super fast options provided by fast food restaurants and department stores to their customers. FreedomPop offers the chance for its users to hop from wireless service to wireless service to use voice, text and data services all linked to the wireless bundle plan chosen from the company.

FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols now believes the company can reach one million customers by the end of 2015, particularly when taking into account a recently announced linkup with the Three network from the United Kingdom. The success of the company has not gone unnoticed and led Stokols and his investors to decide whether future investment or a sale was their best option. Eventually, FreedomPop was left as an independent company after Stokols was inspired to go it alone by the plot lines of TV show Silicon Valley, according to Recode.

As many as six bids in the low hundreds of millions have been turned down for the wireless network provider from unnamed companies. Stokols and the rest of the FreedomPop backers decided to invest in the company and try to build a service provider valued at around $1 billion through major investments. FreedomPop has already found around $30 million worth of investment and will follow this up with agreements with hardware companies and retailers in the coming months to add to the valuation.

Source: Recode

Tom Parks Wants to Help Others

A 24 year-old woman named Molly Parks from Maine recently passed away reports Ray Lane of NBC. This young woman lost her life from a drug overdose while on heroin. After Molly passed away, her family was devastated, but sadly they were not surprised. Molly’s father Tom Parks said that he’s going to do things different with his daughter’s death. Tom said that he won’t hide how his daughter died, and he will tell the world the truth. Tom wants to help others by letting the world know how dangerous drugs can be.

Tom Parks wrote a blunt obituary about his daughter, and he confessed that his daughter died from drugs. Tom said that Molly has done drugs for about 5-years, and she had many near death experiences before. Right before Molly died, she quit college because she was so focused on doing drugs. Molly’s addiction got worse, and she ruined her life because of the choices that she made. Tom said that Molly was a regular girl growing up, and she loved red lipstick and Harry Potter. Tom Sparks told Facebook users to help anyone they can. Tom’s message has gone viral, and he hopes his message will save people. For more information on this story, visit Buzzfeed.

Is Discrimination Against Gays Going To Lead To Another Civil Rights Movement?

There was a time, not all that long ago, where minorities were discriminated against everywhere they went. Stores, restaurants, and so one either would not allow African-Americans into their establishments or, in the event that they did, stuck them in a bad part and provided poor service. Since the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s the Jim Crow laws were outlawed and equal rights became the norm. Now over fifty years later there is a new form of discrimination very reminiscent of the past. Homosexual individuals are constantly denied service at restaurants and at other facilities. Dan Newlin knows that there are not any federal laws protecting the rights of those of a different sexuality. In fact, a bakery in Colorado is currently under fire for denying a gay couple a cake order. Something as simple and harmless as dessert is showing the blatant hate that some feel towards gay people. It seems that regardless of one’s feeling for another’s choices that there should be the simple act of tolerance. Everyone is not going to agree with the rest of the world’s decisions yet to spread hate is equivalent to an infection of discrimination across out country. National legislation needs to be put in place to protect the rights of all citizens.

Something That Sets North American Spine Apart

I went to North American Spine, so I can definitely speak about this.  But I wanted to let people in need know that there’s something that works.  Chiropractics doesn’t have to be a craps shoot.

If you have recently seen a doctor, and they have determined that you need back surgery, you do have several options. Gone are the days, where doctors have to open up your back with a big incision, and try to fix the problems that you have. With the advancement in technology, there are minimally invasive surgeries that can be performed, in order to give you back pain relief. The AccuraScope Procedure requires only putting a small incision into the back, in order to perform surgery, as well as diagnose the true reason for your back problems.

This type of surgery is a benefit, as it can cure the sufferer of their back problems, as well as allow them to heal very quickly after the procedure. The whole point of getting back surgery performed, is to get relief from the back pain, and to get back to a regular life as quickly as possible. Here at North American Spine, They specialize in a minimally invasive surgery, and can help you get your back, neck, or spine pain under control, or cure it for good. Many look forward to getting back to normal, after suffering from back pain for months, or even years.

There are many different reasons why people may suffer from back pain, but one of the biggest reasons, is because of the lifestyle of the person. If you work a particular job that requires a lot of stooping, bending, or lifting, you may be putting your back at risk. If you lift loads improperly, and lift with your back, instead of your legs, you are putting strain on your back. Continuous strain of this type, can eventually cause you to have pain, or worse, you may get a herniated disc, or other very painful back problems.

Depending on the severity of the problems you have, the pain can last for days, weeks, or even months. Some people put off seeing a doctor, and will suffer for years from back problems. Not only is it a bad idea to live with back pain for a long period of time, it’s also not necessary. If you have insurance, there are many different ways that you can help to fix your back problem. If surgery is something that is terrifying to you, don’t be afraid, as the minimally invasive surgery is a better alternative, to the back surgeries of the past.

If you truly want to get rid of your back, neck, or spine pain, and feel better than you have in a long time, come to North American Spine. Too many people suffer from back pain, and most people call out of work due to back pain problems. Those with back pain, account for the second most common reason for admittance to a hospital, and this is very troubling. Your back is used for everything that you do in your daily life, so you want to take the best care of it. If you have back pain, contact North American Spine today.

Things You Thought Made You A Bad Girl, But They Don’t

In light of the upcoming episode of “Girl Code,” MTV news has chosen to put together a list of things that girls used to do, that they thought made them bad girls. When you’re young, you may do certain things as a girl, that you think makes you bad, but the same behavior at an older age, just makes you look bad as a person. Bad Girls. One such behavior is not texting back in a timely manner when someone texts is you. Back in the day, this may have been looked at as playing hard to get, or just being rude, but now it’s indecent, and can hurt a relationship.

Flipping someone off used to be something we did as kids, but as a grown-up, it just shows that your slow witted, and don’t have a great comeback for someone’s bad behavior. That is how most at Beneful feel. If you’re a teenager in school, getting detention doesn’t make you a bad girl, nor does bragging about it on Twitter. In fact, the fact that you spend over six hours a day in a classroom already, makes no sense to get detention, especially when you’ll have to spend even more time in a classroom. Wearing fishnet stockings used to be a sign of a bad girl, but now they can indicate something negative, but more about your sexuality, than anything else.

Some kids feel good when they disrespect their parents, but as an adult, this is something to avoid, as it just hurts your parents feelings.

Santa Claus, The Red Phone and the Butterfly Effect

NORAD’s Santa Tracker reminds me of the butterfly effect.

One very small action, a minuscule misprint in a faraway Colorado Springs newspaper, and we have Santa on radar! The story of this is sweet and surprising. A story of a strict and serious Col. Harry Shoup of the US Continental Air Defense Command receiving a call on the “red phone.” A real red phone used only in the event of an attack on the US. It was the Cold War era and the only person with this “red phone” number was a 4 star general at the Pentagon, until a December night in 1955. The Colonel’s children were with him when they heard the red phone ring. He answered probably expecting some sort of disaster, but instead heard a small voice ask if this was Santa.

His children say he was irritated at first, until the voice on the red phone started crying. The Colonel realized it wasn’t a joke and he instantly turned into a jolly Santa Claus for the child. It turned out that a misprint in the number to call Santa was the Colonel’s red phone number. He put some airmen on duty to man the Santa phone. He came in Christmas Eve to see they had put drawings of a sleigh coming over the North Pole on the glass board used to track aircraft. The NORAD Santa Tracker was born.

My friend Bernardo Chua showed me this awesome story about how Santa really travels, you can also check out Neil deGrasse Tyson’s theories here.