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  • Anyone Else Having Andriod Phone Problems?

    08/17/2018 6:19:52 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 51 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Since shortly after last Thanksgiving, my wife and I been pulling our hair out over this phone issue. The batter drains like crazy, and at about 15%, the battery dies. Then it takes like 10 minutes to restart the phone while watching the screen say: "Optimizing App 1 of 1". You can image in an emergency, the phone suddenly becomes useless. This morning, for the 2nd time, it decided to lock up at about 63% power, then restart. It takes about 8% of power to start up in these conditions. But if your battery's dead, I need to charge it...
  • The University of Virginia in an Uproar Again—Over a Single Faculty Hire

    08/17/2018 4:16:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | August 17, 2018 | John Rosenberg
    With the memory of last August’s violent alt-right protest and counter-protest still raw, the University of Virginia is again under siege. The new invasion actually began a few weeks ahead of schedule. “As grim anniversary nears,” the Chronicle of Higher Education began its coverage in late July, and Inside Higher Ed also emphasized “the approaching one-year anniversary of the white supremacist march on Charlottesville.” Nor has attention been limited to academic circles, with both Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo, for example, reporting objections to the “unconscionable” new invasion. Unlike last August, however, when hundreds of white supremacists, many of...
  • Poster Boy/Girl For Public Education

    08/16/2018 5:20:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 8-16-18 | MOTUS
    Yes, there is something worse than socialists winning elections in America: socialists so uneducated/stupid they don’t even know they’re socialists. Christine Hallquist, after winning Vermont governor primary: “I’m Not Sure I Even Know What Socialism Is.” “So I just don't have the background to answer that question.” I don’t blame Christine – who’s running on a socialist platform of universal health care and free public college – for not knowing he’s a socialist, heck, he doesn’t even know what gender he is.But come on, people of Vermont, you can still tell the difference, right?Christine: poster boy/girl for universal public education....
  • ‘Social Justice’ is Overrunning the University of Texas

    08/15/2018 6:23:10 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | August 15, 2018 | Mark Pulliam
    The latest racket in higher education, evident at my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, is the disturbing proliferation of “social justice” as a degree program, a course topic, an academic emphasis, and even as a prerequisite in campus job descriptions. “Social justice” is a seemingly innocuous term with no established definition. Many members of the general public construe it as a harmless synonym for “fairness.” But to progressives—who dominate the academy these days—“social justice” is a colloquial expression with a specific meaning: economic equity (the redistribution of wealth), “sustainability” (a pre-industrial environmental ethos), and the elimination of...
  • MIT offers online certificate program for Additive Manufacturing ("3D Printing")

    08/14/2018 10:51:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    3D Printing Industry ^ | August 14, 2018 | Beau Jackson
    After a successful run earlier this year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will offer another session of its online Additive Manufacturing course, led by Professor A. John Hart.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Learn how to design for additive manufacturing Additive manufacturing (AM) has applications across manufacturing, and Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design aims to help learners understand how AM will transform the way products are designed and delivered. The syllabus is designed to prepare professionals for implementing 3D printing processes in their own organizations, bridging the gap between the opportunities enabled by AM and the skills necessary to implement it across multiple industries. The...
  • which part of the brain controls balance

    08/13/2018 8:21:42 AM PDT · by satinder91 · 12 replies
    The brain is a soft mass of supporting tissues and nerves connected to the spinal cord. Some nerves in the brain go straight to the eyes, ears and other parts of the head. Other nerves connect the brain to other parts of the body through the spinal cord to control the personality, senses, and functions of the body from breathing to walking.Read more
  • Emails Show MA High School Teachers Refusing to Hide Anti-Trump Bias

    08/13/2018 6:20:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 13, 2018
    Report: teachers balked at increased objectivity. A group of history school teachers in Massachusetts pledged to reject teaching objectivity while they conspired to hide their anti-Trump prejudice, emails show. The Federalist reported that the Newton North High School teachers were instructed by the principal to show their students different perspectives on issues like gun laws and immigration. Teacher David Bedar accused the president and his supporters of “nativism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc.” and wrote that he found it difficult to teach other perspectives in early 2017. "Personally, I’m finding it really difficult in the current climate to teach kids to appreciate...
  • Orban Government Bans Gender Studies In Hungary

    08/11/2018 6:28:17 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 13 replies ^ | 8/11/18 | L Todd Wood
    Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government in Hungary has decided to ban ‘gender studies’ in the Central European nation of Hungary, citing lack of jobs available for graduates of the programs. At the beginning of the week Hungarian universities received 24 hours from the Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI) and the Ministry of Justice (IM) to comment on a proposed amendment, which declares that no gender studies courses can be launched in the future, reported on Friday, reported The Hungary Journal. The Ministry of Human Capacities told later today that there is absolutely no interest for gender studies graduates...
  • No, the World Doesn’t Need More Humanities PhDs

    08/10/2018 5:02:10 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | August 10, 2018 | Rob Jenkins
    In May, The Chronicle of Higher Education asked four academics from across the country to weigh in on the “adjunct crisis.” The results were predictable, with most of the blame directed at the usual suspects: bean-counting administrators, complacent, tenured faculty members, tight-fisted state legislators, and, of course, those evil Republicans. Solutions generally involved pressuring colleges and universities to fork over more money for tenure-track positions—irrespective of enrollment and at the expense of students and taxpayers. Here’s an idea that wasn’t considered: What if we awarded fewer PhDs? A scarcity of humanities PhDs, rather than a glut, would create more demand,...
  • The McAdams Case Ends in Victory for Contractual Rights and Academic Freedom

    08/08/2018 7:45:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | August 8, 2018 | George Leef
    At last, McAdams v. Marquette University is over, and the outcome is heartening for Americans who cherish free speech and adherence to contracts. Conversely, it has those who believe that speech that ofends any politically correct sensibilities must be punished gnashing their teeth. The Martin Center has been covering this case since it broke nearly four years ago, first with this piece by one of McAdams’ colleagues, Howard Kainz. To briefly recount the facts of the case, Marquette banished from campus and sought to revoke the tenure of a political science professor and terminate his employment merely because of a...
  • The Myth of Campus Diversity

    08/06/2018 7:15:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/18 | Dr. Sam Clovis
    A complete lack of intellectual diversity on most college campuses around America For 20 years or so, I had the good fortune of being a college professor. I started out as an adjunct instructor in 1996 teaching in an evening adult education program for a prominent Colorado private university. From that humble beginning, I eventually found myself, at various stages of my academic career, an assistant professor, a department chair, a center director, a tenured full professor and a dean. I plied my wares on many campuses and in various modalities, but for the most part I took my turn...
  • Rex Murphy: Laurier, trading 'free speech' for 'better speech,' proves unspeakably clueless still

    08/05/2018 5:45:37 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | 8-3-2018 | Rex Murphy
    It’s only when progressives lose control of an issue that they agree to even have it discussed. This is then called a conversationThe president of Wilfrid Laurier University recently published a statement on free speech at Laurier and in the academy generally. It was a sad effort. She built a Giza-sized pyramid of clichés and virtue-speak about something she was pleased to call “better speech” — as opposed to that decayed old concept, hustled by the likes of John Stuart Mill, Voltaire, and the framers of the American Constitution, known as “free speech.” Amid the vast waste of anodynes, platitudes...
  • Sarah Jeong is Nothing Special

    08/04/2018 5:10:21 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 21 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) Here’s what you need to understand about the disgusting racist, cop-hating Sarah Jeong and why the New York Times refuses to reverse its decision to hire her to be part of its editorial board: She’s boring. She’s passe’. She’s nothing special. She is in fact par for the course when it comes to what passes for thought among the young, radical left these days. This is why the people at the Times were no doubt shocked that there was the slightest controversy over her hiring – in there bubble, there’s nothing controversial...
  • From Palos de la Frontera, Westward Bound

    08/03/2018 7:23:10 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 3, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On August 3, 1492, Cristoforo Colombo (yes, you non-Italians spell it Christopher Columbus) set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain, with three ships – the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria – headed for Asia. And he might have made it, too, eventually… if the Western Hemisphere hadn’t been in the way. As it was, he gets the credit for discovering the Americas (even if a clever cartographer named Amerigo Vespucci grabbed up the naming rights first). Would some other European eventually have had the same idea, twenty, fifty or a hundred years later? Certainly. Eventually, the Europeans...
  • The New Racism, Part 1: How ‘Race and Ethnic Studies’ Made Color Blindness a Bad Thing

    08/03/2018 5:21:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | August 1, 2018 | John Staddon
    Like most Americans, I have always assumed that color blindness is our ideal. Not any more: color blindness is now become the new racism. So much for a 70-year struggle to fulfill Martin Luther King Jr.’s wish that his children be “judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” So much for the noble aim to treat people as individuals rather than as representatives of an identity group. How is color blindness not a virtue? Is it really racist now? Where on earth does such an idea come from? The answer seems to...
  • Chill your outrage. Parents should hire 'Fortnite' tutors.

    08/01/2018 10:14:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mashable ^ | August 1, 2018 | Adam Rosenberg
    Maybe it's time we stopped with the pearl-clutching over video games. Fortnite was big news on Tuesday, when the Wall Street Journal published a feature looking at parents who hire tutors to help their kids (and themselves) get good. The article itself is a fine example of non-biased journalism: There's no agenda, and the story works to inform and help people understand this growingly frequent practice without casting any judgments. But the response has been something else. In 2018, folks are still freaked out by video games. The revelation that parents hire video game tutors has prompted a mixture of...
  • Ohio State places Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave

    08/01/2018 3:48:24 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 50 replies
    Eleven Warriors ^ | August 1, 2018 | Dan Hope
    Ohio State has placed coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave, and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will serve as acting head coach during Meyer's absence, the university announced in a statement on Wednesday night. "The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations," Ohio State associate vice president for university communications Chris Davey said in the statement. "During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave. Ryan Day will serve as acting head football coach during the investigation. We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible." Meyer also...
  • College offers course advocating ‘wages for housework’

    07/31/2018 11:56:56 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 48 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | July 30, 2018 | Toni Airkasinen
    Eugene Lang College (NYC) is offering a course this Fall predicated on the belief that women should be paid for housework, emotional labor, and other forms of “invisible labor.” Taught by author Macushla Robinson, the “Love and Currency” course is based off the 1975 Silvia Federici essay “Wages Against Housework,” a landmark manifesto that urges women to demand cash compensation from husbands for all household work. “Wages for housework is only the beginning,” Federici wrote during an era when nearly 40 percent of women didn’t work outside the home, adding that husbands “have to pay us…not one wage, but many...
  • More Science Deniers

    07/31/2018 4:42:54 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 18 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 7-31 | MOTUS
    File  under “child abuse”  Course disputes idea that heterosexual sex is 'natural' Eugene Lang College is offering a "Queer Ecologies" course this fall devoted to countering “heterosexist” explanations of animals and nature. According to the instructor, common scientific practices like using the terms "male" and "female" when describing reproduction among plants and animals contributes to the perception that "queerness" is "unnatural." And do you know what else is unnatural? – post normal science (PNS). Once there was modern science, which was hard work; now we have postmodern science, where the quest for real, absolute truth is outdated, and "science" is...
  • After Janus: Vindication and Hope

    07/25/2018 5:21:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 25, 2018 | Charles Baird
    Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court took a significant step toward restoring individual liberty for all government employees, including faculty in public universities and colleges, with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME. Faculty members will no longer be forced to pay any labor union any fee for any purpose as a condition of continued government employment. Janus overturned the Court’s 1977 decision in Abood v. Board of Education against which I and thousands of fellow liberty-loving public higher education faculty have long struggled. Abood prohibited unions from charging faculty for their explicit political advocacy but permitted them to charge faculty...