New solar system found to have 7 Earth-size planets

Humanity is in deep trouble. It is lost and it is being destroyed at an alarming rate. The greatest problem which the world is facing right now is refugee crisis, human trafficking, environmental damage and cultural degeneration. Our children will inherit this world that is broken. People who care should reflect on the present reality and make every effort to turn the tide. The mankind, the earth, and the culture is severely damaged.

There is a major propaganda which attempts to distract the people from these problems and also instill a false sense of hope for the future. Science community continually report that they have discovered planets which may possibly be habitable. Unsuspecting people are led to think that mankind can leave the earth at some point in the future and start our civilization all over in a brand new planet. Unfortunately, anyone who studies cosmology knows that the probability of finding another beautiful and habitable planet like the earth within one universe is impossible. Cosmologists who have honestly accepted this fact therefore believe in the theory of multiverse. It means that there are multiple, endless number of universes. The reason they believe in such an absurd theory is because it opens up the probability of the existence of another earth-like planet. If there are infinite number of universes, it is mathematically possible that even a planet that looks just like the earth can exist somewhere….. This of course is pure nonsense.

Earth like planets found

Recent discovery of a new solar system which has 7 earth-size planets were enthusiastically reported by the media all over the world. It was also discovered that 3 of them may even orbit in “Goldilocks zone”. Sciencenewsforstudents.org like many others reported the following:

“Astronomers have just identified a nearby solar system hosting seven Earth-sized planets. Most intriguing: Three planets that orbit its central star — known as TRAPPIST-1 — may even be within a habitable zone. That means they fall within a region that could support life as we know it. As such, these newfound worlds are good sites to focus a search for alien life.”

earth like planets found

“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”

This supposedly promising solar system is 40 light years away from the earth. You may believe in endless advancement of technology which can reach the levels of Star Trek, but even if we can teleport ourselves to another spot in the universe, the probability of finding another planet which is like the earth is nearly non-existent. The truth is that the earth is the only habitable planet in the universe. There are no aliens. And there is only one universe.

Just as we are given one life to live, we are given one planet as our home. Contrary to fantasy end of the world scenario of Hollywood, the earth will not be destroyed by aliens, catastrophe, or God.

The Rainbow

The rainbow, according to the book of Genesis in the Bible, is a sign of promise from God. A long time ago, God saw what mankind has done in the world and said to Noah, “The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” The flood destroyed all of humanity except for Noah and his family. They repopulated the earth and we are their descendants. God said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, even though man’s inclination is evil from his youth. And I will never again strike down every living thing as I have done.” He placed the rainbow in the sky to serve as a sign of a new covenant with Noah and all future generation (Genesis chapter 8 & 9).

cali rainbow

God also promised to given eternal life to those who would believe that Jesus is the Son of God, meaning he is the manifestation of God in the flesh. Jesus is the Savior of the world. He alone is the Savior of humanity. God came and walked on the earth about 2000 years ago. He was wrongfully punished and crucified on the cross. He died on the cross like a criminal even though he committed no sin. He died to receive the punishment of all people’s sin. Since the sin of mankind was placed upon him and God’s wrath was poured out on him, God is justified in forgiving the sin of anyone who would believe on Jesus, the only begotten Son of God.

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1994 World Cup and Roberto Baggio

Many Americans cannot fathom what is the big deal about a sport that often ends in 1-1 tie or even 0-0. As 2010 showed again and again, when a team loses the match that ends their WC run, most players break down and cry like a baby. When you watch NFL Superbowl or NBA finals, you just don’t see that. Like all sports, it doesn’t matter how other people describe the sport to be great. YOU have to watch and witness a delirious moment in person and fall in love with the sport. Such an event happened to me in 1994 World Cup.

I loved playing soccer since I was a kid. But it was not until I saw one soccer player which led me to become a fan of World Cup soccer. It was the match between Italy and Spain in 1994 World Cup knockout stage. I was fascinated with hairy looking Italian men jumping up and down and running the field. I am an Asian American and there is something exotic about Italians. Then I saw one Italian man who stood tall above everyone else. Roberto Baggio, who was actually short and had a ponytail, dribbled the ball like a magician blowing past the Spanish defenders, dodged the goal keeper who came out to stop him and made a goal that looked extremely difficult from the right side of the post.  After rolling on the ground and standing up, Baggio blew kisses with both hands to the crowd. End of the magic show. I was mesmerized

In 1994 World Cup, Italy was considered a mediocre team and wasn’t expected to accomplish much. But Baggio single handedly led Italy all the way to the final match against Brazil. I missed most of this match because I was outside, but by the time the game ended 0-0 even after overtime, I saw the penalty shootout. Italy was behind in the penalty points by one and Baggio was the last Italian to shoot. He missed this famous shot and Italy lost to Brazil. The image of Baggio’s disappointment became a famous portrail of 1994 World Cup. Baggio almost led Italy to the World Cup trophy. Many people distinguish winners and losers by the final result of a game. In my eyes, Baggio was a champion and a hero. I am not even an Italian. His goal against Spain and his miss against Brazil basically describes what watching World Cup soccer is like. In 1998 World Cup, Baggio would have a good day and he made a penalty kick during a match against Paraguay. This time, he happily celebrated. In 2006, after Baggio’s retirement, Italy would go on to win their fourth World Cup trophy.

When soccer players miss the crucial penalty kick as Baggio did, it is absolutely devastating. In games like soccer, there is only one winning team. The other team must suffer the loss and cry in their locker room. Human life is so. There is no promise to win. Not everyone will win. Some people suffer through earthquake and others suffer through deadly disease like Ebola and AIDS. And still, many suffer through war and separation from their family. Where is the consolation in all this? There is none, except from God.

While modern people may scoff at the ancient practice of worshipping God and trusting in deity, it is still the greatest resource for finding answers to life. The Bible tells us that God is our heavenly father and he wipe away all the tears of humanity.

Education

One  of my life experiences I am proud of is having had the opportunity to teach middle school students in a public school.  President Obama is following the footsteps of George W. Bush to improve the failing public school system of America by holding teachers and schools accountable. No Child Left Behind, initiated by Bush, absurdly requires 100 percent of American students to be proficient in math and reading by 2014. Not only is this impossible, but it is wrong to pressure teachers and schools to produce such a miraculous result. Of course, the idea is to challenge teachers to accept no defeat. But heart of the problem goes deeper than simple attitude improvement.

Yes, there are good teachers and bad teachers. But fundamental problem is American culture itself. Americans don’t take education seriously. There is hardly any appreciation of education. I object to the idea of pressuring teachers when the main problem rises from a culture that does not support education.

Education happens when students have vision and discipline. Many “bad” students come from homes where parental discipline is lacking. It is simple as that and there is a limitation as to how much teachers can do. In Hull Middle School where I taught, teachers had to come early or stay late to give extra lessons for failing students. Some teachers even used lunch time to give extra help. Even with that kind of effort, some students just don’t improve much. Teachers are definitely important, but parents play much more crucial role in determining the success and failure of a student.

Next problem lies with teacher’s union, which protects so called bad teachers to keep their jobs. My state has virtually no teacher’s union so it has been saved from the ill effects of corruption. But I have spoken with teachers from states where teacher’s union is an indestructible force. Yes, teachers should be protected like any other professions. But there is a clear problem when states like New York cannot discipline hundreds of teachers who are accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct. Yeah, that’s right. Sexual misconduct and they still keep their job. If I lived in New York, you can bet that I will NOT send my precious little daughter to a public school.

Finally, if Americans are serious about education, we would raise teacher’s pay level. One of my students once said, “Mr. Hong, you inspired me to become a teacher when I grow up.” When he grows up and finds out how much teachers make, he will most likely not pursue that vision. Keep in mind that this was a male student, and money is a highly motivating factor for many men. Many teachers became teachers simply because they want to teach. But there are many people who choose to skip this influential profession because it just does not pay enough. Higher pay level will attract more talented and dedicated people to pursue the career of teaching in public school system. Higher competition will naturally weed out bad teachers. Money talks. It really does. Americans pay millions of dollars to movie stars, athletes, and doctors because we are serious about entertainment and health. Americans in general do not consider teaching as a “real job”. Until teaching becomes an enviable profession in this country, 100 percent of American students will not become proficient in EDUCATION.

In reality, teachers will never get paid much. BUT in countries like Korea, teachers are respected. The society as a whole revere teachers. There is a cultural homage paid to teachers and it is felt everywhere you go.

Just in case Mr. Obama is reading my blog, I came up with a name for a new government program. No Teacher Left Disrespected.