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  2. Eugene ('Gene') Kranz (1933-) was a NASA flight director for the Apollo 11 lunar landing and head of the Tiger Team for the successful return of Apollo 13; he was memorably portrayed, wearing his trademark white waistcoat, in the Tom Hanks film of the ill-fated third moonshot. After receiving a BS in aeronautical engineering from Parks College of Saint Louis University (1954), Kranz was commissioned in the US Air Force and flew high-performance jet fighters. In 1960, he joined the NASA Space Task Group at Langley and was assigned as assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He served as a flight director for all the Gemini missions, was appointed division chief for flight control in 1968, and continued his duties as flight director for the Apollo and Skylab programs before being assigned as deputy director of flight operations with responsibility for spaceflight planning, training and mission operations, aircraft operations, and flight crew operations. In 1983, Kranz was promoted to director of mission operations with added responsibility for the design, development, maintenance, and operations of all related mission facilities, as well as the design preparation of the Space Shuttle flight software. After retiring from NASA in 1994, he was involved with consulting, motivational speaking to youth groups, and lecturing on manned spaceflight. He also served as flight engineer on a B-17 Flying Fortress that performs at air shows throughout the United States. His autobiography, Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, was published in 2000.
  3. Supts make a ton. High powered programs pay a ton for their AD’s. Not saying it’s not warranted but at the end of the day school is for learning. Lots of money goes towards the newest and latest curriculums. Whatever the reason, they better fix it. Not many young people are going into the profession. Why would they? Terrible pay coupled with wild kids and uppity parents isn’t very appealing.
  4. 13 Lesser-Known Historical Facts about China: 1. The Great Wall of China stretches over 13,000 miles and took centuries to build. 2. The Terracotta Army, buried with China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang, consists of over 8,000 life-sized soldiers. 3. Paper, one of China's Four Great Inventions, was invented during the Han Dynasty around 105 CE. 4. The Forbidden City in Beijing, a massive palace complex, served as the imperial palace for over 500 years. 5. The Silk Road was a major trade route connecting China with Europe, facilitating cultural and economic exchange. 6. Confucius, a philosopher from the Spring and Autumn period, significantly influenced Chinese culture and society. 7. The Song Dynasty saw the first use of gunpowder in warfare and the invention of the compass. 8. The Grand Canal, stretching over 1,100 miles, is the longest man-made waterway in the world. 9. The Tang Dynasty is often considered a golden age of Chinese culture, art, and literature. 10. The Ming Dynasty constructed the majority of the existing Great Wall and built the Forbidden City. 11. The Chinese invention of movable type printing during the Song Dynasty revolutionized the dissemination of knowledge. 12. Zheng He, a Ming Dynasty explorer, led seven naval expeditions reaching as far as Africa and the Middle East. 13. The Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) was a decade of political upheaval aimed at enforcing communism in China.
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  6. Corsicana is notable for being the first location where oil was discovered west of the Mississippi River, as well as becoming the first Texas oil “boom town.” By 1900, five hundred oil wells operating within the city limits were producing an annual 800,000 barrels of crude oil. - Editor From Texian Pride: The Corsicana Oilfield was accidentally discovered in 1894 while drilling for water. It was the first in Texas to produce oil and gas in significant quantities, with about 44 million barrels of oil produced in its first century of operation.
  7. I think it's a spending prioritization problem, partially. If 7.8% of the school funding is going to teachers, where's the other 92% going?
  8. Who has the toughest pre-district schedule? Garrison is playing up a notch or two in all their pre-district games ....
  9. I agree with @BarryLaverty on this issue. Teachers are woefully underpaid. Anyone on here that has a spouse or another family member in education knows this. I’m partial to her, but my wife works circles around me or anyone in the private sector. Huge supply problem with teachers. Basic economics teaches the law of supply and demand and how it sets the market. It applies to everything except teachers for some reason.
  10. He’s a commie. I think provinces are their word for what we call territories. Lol. Glad to see you back.
  11. Tunguska Event's Experimental Cause Background: The Tunguska event occurred in 1908 in Siberia, where an enormous explosion flattened 2,000 square kilometers of forest, yet no impact crater was ever found. This event is generally attributed to the airburst of a meteor or comet, but the exact nature of the object and the explosion remains a topic of scientific debate. Mystery: What if the Tunguska event was caused by an experiment with Nikola Tesla's wireless energy transmission that went catastrophically wrong? Could this have been an early, uncontrolled release of energy from an experiment meant to be a new power source? What do you think?
  12. THE NEW TESTAMENT PLAN OF SALVATION (anything else is in vain) HEAR: [Romans 10:16-17 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? [17] SO THEN FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. BELIEVE [John 8:23-24 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. [24] I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for IF YE BELIEVE NOT THAT I AM HE, YE SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS. REPENT [Luke 13:3-5 I tell you, Nay: but, EXCEPT YE REPENT, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH. [4] Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? [5] I tell you, Nay: but, EXCEPT YE REPENT, YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH. CONFESS JESUS AS LORD [Matthew 10:32-33 WHOSOEVER THEREFORE SHALL CONFESS ME BEFORE MEN, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. [33] But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS [Acts 2:37-38 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? [38] Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, AND BE BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. REMAIN FAITHFUL [Revelation 3:4-5 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. [5] HE THAT OVERCOMETH, THE SAME SHALL BE CLOTHED IN WHITE RAIMENT; AND I WILL NOT BLOT OUT HIS NAME OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, BUT I WILL CONFESS HIS NAME BEFORE MY FATHER, AND BEFORE HIS ANGELS. OVERCOME TEMPTATION [James 1:12 BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT ENDURETH TEMPTATION: FOR WHEN HE IS TRIED, HE SHALL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE, WHICH THE LORD HATH PROMISED TO THEM THAT LOVE HIM.
  13. This is part of that equity and equality that they want, right? Right?? https://notthebee.com/article/the-senate-armed-services-committee-wants-to-begin-registering-women-for-the-draft-starting-next-year-according-to-their-executive-summary
  14. I like people like this. Joe Manchin for example. I would never vote for him duE to his stance on some of my hot topic items, but the guy was never afraid to tell the DNC “no.”
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