Schools put genius child in special ed, tell mom he can’t learn. Now he’s free, and he could win a Nobel Prize


Schools put genius child in special ed, tell mom he can’t learn. Now he’s free, and he could win a Nobel Prize

They said he would never learn, now he’ll teach them a thing or two…

A genius boy whose IQ is higher than Albert Einstein is on his way to possibly winning a Nobel Prize after being set free of special education programs in public schools. His mother made the decision to take him out of the programs, even after having doctors diagnose him with Aspergers and say that her son Jacob Barnett would never even learn to tie his shoes.

She describes in her book “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius” that she was afraid of trying to pull him out of school. “For a parent, it’s terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals. But I knew in my heart that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away.”


Jacob was not thriving in special ed classes. He kept turning deeper into himself and was uncommunicative with other people. His doctors prescribed medical treatment for the boy. When he wasn’t in therapy though, his mother noticed him doing amazing things. “He would create maps all over our floor using Q-tips. They would be maps of places we’ve visited and he would memorize every street.”

Jake dropped out of elementary school in the 5th grade. His incredible memory allowed him to attend university classes after he learned all of high school math in two weeks. Now he’s on track to graduate from college at age 14 and working on theories to build on Einstein’s theory of relativity.

60 minutes did a special on Jacob here.

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Good grief, does this story make your mind do some cartwheels or what?! SO good . . .

Learning –> Thinking –> Creating.

. . . UH-boom. :)

with passion & gratitude — jennifer

Church Members Mistreat Homeless Man in Church Unaware It Is Their Pastor in Disguise


Church Members Mistreat Homeless Man in Church Unaware It Is Their Pastor in Disguise

Seeded on Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:21 PM
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Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning.

He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him.

He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change.

He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back.

He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such.

When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation.

“We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.

The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with all eyes on him.

He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.

He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?”

He then dismissed service until next week.

Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk. It ought to be a lifestyle that others around you can love about you and share in.


with passion & gratitude — jennifer

Someone Attached a GoPro to an Eagle . . .


Someone Attached a GoPro to an Eagle and the Footage is BREATHTAKING

Monday, September 23, 2013

It’s a moment of extreme cognitive dissonance when the most patriotic thing you have ever seen in your American life is actually super-French.

A video featuring GoPro footage shot by an eagle soared to the top of Reddit’s video page recently, delighting all who laid eyes upon it. Before anyone watching has the opportunity to shed a tear for the purple mountain’s majesty, etc., though, a caption on the video mentions that this was shot in the Chamonix valley of France’s Mer de Glace. Is it animal abuse to weigh down such a majestic creature by strapping a camera to it? Considering how gracefully this winged treasure swoops around this scenic tableau, the answer is no.


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Princeton & Russian Scientist Reveal The Secrets of Human Aura & Intentions


Princeton & Russian Scientist Reveal The Secrets of Human Aura & Intentions

Tuesday, September 10, 2013  By: Joe Martino

A Russian scientist has been studying the human energy field and is claiming that people can change the world simply by using their own energy. While this idea is not new, not too many have taken the time to scientifically go about proving such ideas -although the field of quantum physics has shed some powerful light on the topic over the years. Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, professor of physics at St. Petersburg State Technical University, states that when we think positive and negative thoughts, each have a different impact on our surrounding environment.

“We are developing the idea that our consciousness is part of the material world and that with our consciousness we can directly influence our world,” said Dr. Konstantin Korotkov.

We cannot see energy very easily with the human eye and thus the world of unseen energy can be difficult for the mind to grasp without scientific measurements to verify what is taking place. Perhaps this is why the study of consciousness affecting our reality has been virtually untouched for so long. To help create a bridge between our physical and unseen world, scientific experiments using a technique called bioelectrophotography are being carried out. In these experiments, an assumption must be made that states the human body and consciousness is constantly emitting energy. Following this assumption, Bioelectrophotography aims to capture these energy fields seen as a light around the body. In the metaphysical world this energy emission is known as a person’s aura, while in the scientific field, it is often refereed to as our energy field.

Princeton Research

Dr. Korotkov is not the only one studying the affects of the human mind, thoughts and energy on our surrounding environment. The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Laboratory has also been trying to wrap their heads around the subject and have concluded that the mind does in fact have a subtle capacity to influence the output of devices known as Random Event Generators (REGs).

A project that initially started when a student was curious to study the effects of the human mind and intention on the surrounding environment, turned into a rigorous testing lab where Dr. Robert Jahn and his lab assistant spent many hours experimenting to determine whether or not the mind has an affect on our physical world. Jahn and his assistant were able to determine that the human mind’s interactions with the machines demonstrated a relationship that was not physical in nature. The mind was able to affect and change outcomes of the machine in ways that were beyond explainable. In essence, consciousness was having an affect on the physical world.

To determine the affects of the mind’s intention on the physical world, they built several machines called random number generators. The machine would essentially mimic a coin flip and record the results over time. The machine performed 200 flips per second and produced an average mean of 100 as one would expect. Left unattended, the machine would continue to produce results that suggested a 50/50 chance of producing either heads or tales. The interesting results came when human intention started to interact with the machine. What was once a random 50/50 chance of producing heads or tales began to deviate from expectation as the observer began to intend for the numbers to be higher or lower. While the affects of the mind over the machines was not large, it was enough that contemporary physics is unable to explain what exactly is happening. Perhaps this is where the quantum world can shed light?

The implications this research could have on humanity is quite fascinating given it could reach into the realms of creating a world of peace, healthy living and joy. If intentions and thoughts can impact something the way it has been demonstrated above, why not explore the boundaries of how far this can go? It is my belief that we create our realities with our thoughts and intentions, I feel science is starting to confirm this and in time we will realize the true power of our minds and intentions.

The video below is a very brief synopsis of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory of Princeton University, whose research into mind-matter interaction forms the foundation of Psyleron Technology.


About the Author

Joe Martino is a contributor to, a forward-thinking project looking at our collective human potential, and that which inhibits it. This article was originally posted here.



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. . . finally allowing it. <3


09.23.13 // My Mondays

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Disney & Jerry Bruckheimer to Split in 2014


Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer to Split in 2014

7:26 PM PDT 9/19/2013 by Kim Masters // The Hollywood Reporter
Jerry Bruckheimer
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Jerry Bruckheimer

UPDATED: The prolific producer tells THR his exit is not about the box-office disappointment of “The Lone Ranger,” while Disney chief Alan Horn says “this is about a long-term relationship with lots of pluses and minuses.”

Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are breaking up.

In an e-mail sent Thursday evening, the studio announced an end to its first-look deal with the producer in 2014.

Bruckheimer says the decision has to do with the types of movies he’d like to make, and is not because of the disappointing box-office returns of The Lone Ranger.

“It’s time for us to tackle all kinds of movies, not just Disney movies,” Bruckheimer tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re still working on Pirates and hopefully National Treasure, and we still have development at Disney.”

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He says he wanted to resolve his Disney deal before looking around for another, but that he’s confident he will get a deal.

“Our record stands for itself. Ten billion at the box office is not bad,” he says.

The move follows months of speculation about Bruckheimer’sfuture at the studio following the mega-failure of The Lone Ranger. The movie, which cost $250 million to make, brought in less than $50 million during its opening weekend, and has raked in only $89 million at the domestic box office.

Bruckheimer doesn’t blame The Lone Ranger for the split.

“We have a full body of work with them. It’s not about Lone Ranger. It’s more about the types of movies Disney is making, and the types of movies we want to make, in addition to Pirates.”

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He adds: “We had discussions to try to revitalize Touchstone, but they don’t want to do it.”

Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn tells THR the move is more about Disney’s supply of projects than The Lone Ranger.

“This is about a long-term relationship with lots of pluses and minuses. The Lone Ranger certainly didn’t help things, but we all have our wins and our losses, and this is an overall thing related to the company’s supply of projects from all these other places,” Horn says.

He confirms that Disney had no interest in reviving the Touchstone label, adding: “Films that fall into that wheelhouse are supplied by DreamWorks.”

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During a conference call with analysts last month, Disney said it expects to take a loss of $160 million to $190 million due to The Lone Ranger, including about an $86 million impairment charge.

Earlier this month, Disney announced that it had delayed its Bruckheimer-produced Pirates of the Caribbean 5 beyond its planned summer 2015 release date over script issues. Bruckheimer told THR at the time that the potential price tag was also a factor.

The full email from Disney is below:

The Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer have decided not to renew their first-look deal when it expires next year. Disney will continue to focus on its branded properties including Disney, Pixar, Marvel and now Lucasfilm, while Bruckheimer is looking to produce more mature films outside the scope of the Disney brand. Disney and Bruckheimer will continue working together on various projects, including the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Together Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have produced such blockbuster hits as the Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure films under the Disney brand, as well as adult action dramas likePearl HarborArmageddonCon Air, and The Rock through the Touchstone label.

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“Jerry is one of the most respected and prolific producers working in the motion picture industry, and we have had an incredibly successful collaboration over the past two decades. He is a friend to many of us here at Disney,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We will continue to work together in the future, and we look forward to seeing more of the films that have made Jerry Bruckheimer a Hollywood legend.”

“I am very appreciative of the wonderful collaboration and support I have had at The Walt Disney Company for over twenty years and the twenty-seven movies we have made together. The good news is we will continue working together on Pirates of the CaribbeanNational Treasure and other projects we have developed together at the studio,” said Jerry Bruckheimer. “I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with these amazing people at The Walt Disney Studios, many of whom have become my good friends. As we continue to make adventure films, we look forward to returning to films like Black Hawk DownEnemy of the StateBeverly Hills Cop, and The Rock.”



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John Lennon: Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.


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So, which do you allow to motivate you and your own life: fear or love?

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The Story Behind That Fiona Apple Chipotle Ad

Moonbot Studios
A still shot from “The Scarecrow” Chipotle ad 

Although it’s set in a “dystopian fantasy world,” Chipotle Mexican Grill’s animated ad aims to address the real world subject of food production.

Created by Academy Award-winning Moonbot Studios, the animated film entitled “The Scarecrow” features a straw hat wearing scarecrow rebelling against his job in big agriculture to start his own farm stand.

“We’re looking to educate people about food,” said Chris Arnold, a spokesperson for Chipotle. “We’re dealing with very difficult issues, but we want to present them through the context of entertainment.”

Add Grammy-winning artist Fiona Apple covering “Pure Imagination” (from the  1971 movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”) and the video quickly went viral. Ms. Apple’s rendition of “Pure Imagination” is available for download on iTunes.

The 3:23-minute ad, released last week, has been viewed 5.5 million times. The supplemental iOS game promoting sustainable farming, also created by Moonbot, has been downloaded 300,000 times as of noon Wednesday.

While the film has won some critical acclaim, it also has been met with some resistance in the agriculture community.

“I would be hard pressed to call it an education film,” said Charlie ArnotCEO Center for Food Integrity, a non-profit that works with farmers and restaurants to educate consumers on the American food system. “Some of it is a bit of been there done that,” he added. Chipotle’s 2011 commercial, “Back to the Start” featured Willie Nelson’s rendition of “The Scientist.”

“The Scarecrow” was the brainchild of Brandon Oldenburg and Limbert Fabian, the short’s co-directors. The duo rang up Speakeasy to discuss the two-year project, big agriculture, and their love for “Willy Wonka” star Gene Wilder.

Moonbot Studios
A complete illustration of the chicken featured in “The Scarecrow”

How did you get involved with this project?

Oldenburg: We had just finished creating the app based on our short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” [a 14-minute film that won the 2012 Best Animated Short Academy Award] and we sat there with this pregnant pause thinking, ‘are we crazy to think we can start a studio in Louisiana and be embraced by the world?’ CAA [Creative Artists Agency] was one of the first groups to reach out and they had this idea of a commercial and a game and we were blushing by then end of the first phone call. It’s a universal concept about an unlikely hero up against a big problem making a decision to do something about it.

Besides evoking “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” with “Pure Imagination,” there are several allusions to Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis.”

Oldenburg: Both of those movies had huge influences on us. I remember hearing “Pure Imagination” when I was four years old; it captures an emotional thing in the deepest part of our experience as children.

Fabian: It conjures up this beautiful cinematic moment for us, you got to look behind the curtain in “Willy Wonka” and you are doing it again now. It works so well, with the scarecrow working behind the scenes.

There’s some pretty pointed messaging in the commercial. Did that come straight from Chipotle?

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A crow illustration

Oldenburg: CAA really stepped in and worked with us as the main force, but the messaging came from Chipotle. Kudos to them for not making a commercial to sell burritos but rather to start a dialogue about the change they are trying to make. Although, it did take a while for us to figure it out, crafting the messaging. It took two years for us to develop the commercial and the game.

Fabian: There was always this idea that it was going to be one character that was going to wake up and change something. Chipotle was very clear the intent was to initiate conversation and up the ante on “Back to the Start” and really go after some of these companies. We were surprised they wanted to engage on that level and call them out. It wasn’t about the [Chipotle] food product but about the change they are trying to make …

Oldenburg: About the hidden cost of a 99-cent menu and why it seems so appealing.

How and when did Fiona Apple come in?

Fabian: We were holding onto the Gene Wilder track for the longest time and really were attached to that. We were waiting to see who and what could come close to that.

Farm apps and games are nothing new. What makes yours appealing?

Oldenburg: The more you touch it, the more you affect it. When it’s night out, it’s nighttime in the game. It picks up where the film left off and when you go and play the game leads you back to the marketplace where you can join the ranks and go back to the farm or stay in the marketplace. There are four worlds/levels and each has its own mini game.

Watch “The Scarecrow” here and take a look at our exclusive production stills. Leave your thoughts in the comments.


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. . . your thoughts . . . ?

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Novel Gene Discovery Could Lead to New HIV Treatments


Novel Gene Discovery Could Lead to New HIV Treatments

Sep. 18, 2013 // Science Daily — A team of researchers led by King’s College London has for the first time identified a new gene which may have the ability to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from spreading after it enters the body.

This image shows HIV. (Credit: King’s College London)

Published in Nature today, the study is the first to identify a role for the human MX2 gene in inhibiting HIV. Researchers say this gene could be a new target for effective, less toxic treatments where the body’s own natural defence system is mobilised against the virus.

The work was funded by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. The study was also supported by the Wellcome Trust and European Commission.

Scientists carried out experiments on human cells in the lab, introducing the virus to two different cell lines and observing the effects. In one cell line the MX2 gene was expressed or ‘switched on’, and in the other it was not, or ‘silenced’. They saw that in the cells where MX2 was silenced, the virus replicated and spread. In the cells where the MX2 gene was expressed, the virus was not able to replicate and new viruses were not produced.

The work was led by Dr Caroline Goujon and Professor Mike Malim at the Department of Infectious Diseases, King’s College London. Professor Malim said: ‘This is an extremely exciting finding which advances our understanding of how HIV virus interacts with the immune system and opens up opportunities to develop new therapies to treat the disease. Until now we knew very little about the MX2 gene, but now we recognise both its potent anti-viral function and a key point of vulnerability in the life cycle of HIV.

‘Developing drugs to stimulate the body’s natural inhibitors is a very important approach because you are triggering a natural process and therefore won’t have the problem of drug resistance. There are two possible routes — it may be possible to develop either a molecule that mimics the role of MX2 or a drug which activates the gene’s natural capabilities.

‘Although people with HIV are living longer, healthier lives with the virus thanks to current effective treatments, they can often be toxic for the body and drug resistance can become an issue with long-term use. It is important to continue to find new ways of mobilising the body’s natural defence systems and this gene appears to be a key player in establishing viral control in people with HIV.’


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by King’s College London.

Note: Materials may be edited for content and length. For further information, please contact the source cited above.

Journal Reference:

  1. Caroline Goujon, Olivier Moncorgé, Hélène Bauby, Tomas Doyle, Christopher C. Ward, Torsten Schaller, Stéphane Hué, Wendy S. Barclay, Reiner Schulz, Michael H. Malim. Human MX2 is an interferon-induced post-entry inhibitor of HIV-1 infectionNature, 2013; DOI: 10.1038/nature12542


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“She did not need much . . . “


09.16.13 // My Mondays

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. . . pretty much . . .

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