A part of me is still back there on 6 April...
Now that I have seen it come down written in stone from Mt. Sinai itself accompanied by thunder and lighting and earthquakes (translate: I heard Owen say it on a stream), I have to give you a big thank you for all your work in setting this website up and the labor of love it must be to keep it going (or you have a government job that doesn't keep you busy - I spent 12 years overseas and at least that much working in the Washington DC area where I grew up - so you see how people in the DC area think - he can't be a nice guy, he must be bored at his job!). Well I don't know, so I will grant you your constitutional rights of being considered a nice guy.
I did want to go over your reply "pernt by pernt" as the GOOD people say in some parts of the country. Much of my use of CAPITALIZATION below is for humorous effect.
Of course the first thing is always to pray and try to listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say. The next and usually harder is to do what the Holy Spirit has to say. But as I heard a Christian teacher from a while back say "the Holy Spirit is a gentlemen", and I think those are wise words to remember.
FAFSA - I hate filling out this sort of government crap, so part of writing this is sort of a reminder to myself to do it. In my state and county as someone on disability, I receive free tuition at my community college. So partly, this is a self-reminder. But also, it seems that God himself (O.K. I am jokingly referring to Owen here, I apologize God for the disrespect) has encouraged people to take up trades. I think it was Marco Rubio was talking about Welding in the 2016 campaign. I also heard the Big Bear himself talking about people learning to make guns. Something like machining which is offered in a lot of community colleges would be a good start for that (or working in a machine shop). To study trades, you can use the FAFSA process to get these things called Pell GRANTS! Not loans, GRANTS! My best friend in college was getting his tuition plus in Pell grants each semester. Whether or not you can receive depending on income, assists, how much your parents make, whether you live with your parents and how long, how many kids your parents have etc. etc. etc.. My thinking was, rather than listening to Roswell Rachel Madcow on MSDNC, why not fire up the trusty HODALIDADIL, get on the darn INTERWEBS, fill out the darn FAFSA, and PULL YOURSELF UP BY YOUR BOOTSTRAPS, and MAKE SOMETHING OF YOURSELF, like I did when I ROWED THAT BOAT ACROSS THE OCEAN WITH DAN ERICKSON, all the time KEEPING OUR SOCIAL DISTANCE, and ALL THE TIME LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN WE COULD GET TO AMERICA AND ON TINDER WHERE IT WOULD BE SAFE TO HAVE SEX WITH STRANGERS. OK, well FAFSA, kind of got F****d up pretty fast.
STEM: Let me break this down into it's components.
Science: A lot of what Owen talks about on his streams is science. Flat earth, whether nuclear bombs exist, is the Wuhan virus a hoax (that falls in the medical field as well). As I am typing this, I just realized that the "M" stands for Medical as I have alternated thinking that it stood for Mathematics as well. Christians studying science can blow down this whole evolution house of cards that has been built by a bunch of biologists who never studied math or statistics. 300 Million years are you kidding, you would see mutations walking around all the time! Dogs would be breeding with cats etc.. It is just not mathematically possible. Even if you don't believe in flat earth, scientists have determined that the chances of having the conditions for life on earth are 1 in 10 to the like 157 power (which means a 1 and then 157 zeroes). Which is pretty clear evidence for a Creator. The chances are so slim that the Atheist scientists have come up with an infinite alternate universe theory. They say imagine if you have an infinite amount of alternate universes (based on absolutely no evidence), eventually you would have one that would have the conditions for life on earth. Catholic Philosopher Alan Plantinga (sp?) has compared this to a guy playing cards in a Western saloon who keeps getting four aces in his poker hand. When he is inevitably accused of cheating, he says "imagine that there are an infinite amount of alternate universes...". I don't think that cheating gambler will live very much longer unless he is really, really good with his six gun. Now to be honest, I think that you really have to do Graduate work, especially a PhD from a good school to get anywhere in this field. However, an undergraduate degree in Science (I especially recommend those based on Math, stay away from Biology unless you are going into the Medical field) can be a good stepping stone into Technology (I.T./Computers) or Engineering (this basically applied Mathematics, so no bulls**t Astronomy degree, I am sure that there are all kinds of Astronomy degrees - I'm just saying if you are planning on going into Engineering afterwards you better have your Math down pat). Talk to an ENGINEERING advisor, not a Bulls**t get in touch with your inner diversity studies feelings advisor. Just remember that there is a reason that the Communist Party of China is sending hundreds of thousands of students here to study just these subjects. That should be reason enough for you. Stay at home. Go to your in-state school, commute, get in-state tuition. If you can't get the STEM courses you need, just take one course a semester. You should eventually get priority for the courses you want. Don't let yourself get put in debt to get brainwashed by some leftist indoctrination mill. Think about Math and Foreign language - how bad can those commie professors mess those up? In those subjects truth is truth, and they can't twist it around.
Technology: Coding you can learn on your own. See MOCC or MOOC (Massive Online Course CHOODALIDADIL). You can also learn coding inexpensively at a community college. Certifications are a little bit of a racket, but you have to play the game. Just find out which certs employers want and which tests you think you can pass. Certification test software when you think you are almost ready to test are worth every penny and then some. This is for low-end entry level stuff. Then you can go up to Graduate work at the top Universities. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese coming here to study Artificial Intelligence among other things - enough said.
Engineering: Hundreds of thousands of Chinese coming here to study. These departments were rife with foreign students when I was in school. We even had this Greek guy named Isosceles who keep talking about some Math theory.
Medical: Up until the middle of the Bat Stew Flu I would have said that the medical field was golden. Now I realize that these Stalinist Governors are making it so that tens of thousands of medical personnel have been laid off. Of course, that will spring back in a hurry. And my hip replacement will be part of the reason - six million dollar man - here I come. We can put him back together, make him better than he was. I'm better looking than Lee Majors though. I have found that women make great general practitioners, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants. For two reasons, they listen much better, and they give a f***ing d***. I wouldn't encourage anyone to go into the medical field right now unless they are going to be one of the above (and female), an RN Nurse, or a specialist doctor (I think this means like ten years or more of school plus a residency - so I would recommend this more for men).
The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. I mentioned this partly because I wished I had a copy of this when I was getting out of high school (I that is what I gave one of my nieces when she graduated from high school - not sure she appreciated it). While I have not in my relatively longer "then the average Bear" life seen it to be 100% correct, I would have to say more in the 85%-90% range. But in the tech fields I don't know that they count the number of H1B, and H2B visas. And I think that they undersell the attractiveness of the trades.
Foreign language - I am not saying any foreign language. Let's say for argument's sake that I went to the Defense Language Institute to learn the Arabic language 15 years ago. That would not be looking so valuable now. But what if I had learned Mandarin Chinese? or Korean? Hindi? I'm sure glad I didn't learn Russian, the FBI would be hot on my tracks 😉 ! Ain't that right General Mike? Spanish is kind of the other end of the extreme, if you have a landscaping or construction or import/export enterprise Spanish might be right up your alley. I found out the hard way that everyone in the German and Scandinavian countries speaks English so don't waste your time learning those languages. Look at the countries with the big booming economies (East Asia). East Asians can read English great, they can't speak or understand it for s**t. India has a booming economy, but they have like 200 different languages. So if you want to learn an Indian (dot not feather) language you need to figure out which provinces have the booming economy and match the language.
The way (the only way in my opinion) to learn a language is to live in the foreign country for at least a year. If you want to learn an East Asian language, you can go an get paid with travel, room and board on top of it as an English teacher. You need to take a short course (probably online now) and probably take a test to get certified as a TOEFL (Teacher Of English for Foreign Learners hOODALIDADIL). I am sure that it is mostly grammar, but may take some more study than you think.
Military: I was just talking to the father of an Army soldier on Monday. I was telling him that when I was in the Army in the mid 1990s that the racial composition was roughly 30-35% black, about 15% Hispanic and the rest white. When I went in the Maryland National Guard in 2002 it was mostly white and got whiter until I got out in 2008. I am talking 95-98% white when I got out. Now it could have been the type of unit I was in and probably was partly. But partly I think it was a certain amount of street smarts coupled with a "I'm in it for what I can get" cynical type of attitude that many of the soldiers of color, at least those joining up or in the lower ranks had. Now if President Trump can get us out of Asscrackastan, and keep the "all hat and no cattle" sort of big mouths like Linsey Grahm from starting a war with China. After a couple of years of peace, the military might be an attractive place again. Again, I can't recommend those two books entitled "Counterinsurgency" by Galulu and Kilkullin (sp?) enough. We never should have gone into Iraq, we never should have stood down the Iraqi army. George W. Bush is a f***in idiot who should have stayed in Texas. Cheney might have actually made a good President, but was too smart to be "W"'s VP. Rumsfeld was a good man who was over his head. Powell was a politician who couldn't make up his mind whether to run for President or not and ended up being a half a**ed Secretary of State.
If we hadn't gone into Iraq, we could have done a much better job with Afghanistan. If you read Galulu's book on Counterinsurgency, he says that the only successful counterinsurgency campaigns in history have taken from 10 to 40 years. If you are in a Democracy, and the majority of the people aren't ready to have a small professional force fighting for 10 to 40 years THEN DON'T START A COUNTERINSURGENCY CAMPAIGN! And one of the tenets of Counterinsurgency (COIN) is to have the host nations forces do most of the work (fighting, more like security). So when I say SMALL professional force, I mean it. Galulu also talks about the insurgents committing atrocities in Algeria like raping and killing white French women, not necessarily because they were bad guys (they were). They mostly committed the atrocities so that the French Foreign Legion (mostly ex-Nazis at that time probably, not exactly nice guys either hiding out in the Fremde Legion) or the regular French Army would go back and commit atrocities against the Algerians. I think that we are starting to see some of that here in our Blue/Red divide over the 2A, lockdowns etc.. That is why it is important to win the hearts and minds of people "in between". Comedy is a great way to do that in this country. I can't recommend those two books enough to the "Bear" community while they are available.
Wellp, as Forest would say: my buttucks hurts.
Most of the above was directed to the community at large and not at you Delta. Thanks again for the good work.