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  • Teen Genius Solves College Loan Conundrum that So Baffles President Obama

    05/22/2015 12:03:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/22/2015 | Charlotte Hays
    A brilliant young man has single-handedly solved the problem of college loan debt. It was a daringly simple maneuver! Tennessee high school senior Ronald Nelson, Jr., who is a National Merit Scholar, star athlete, sax player, SAT high scorer, and student body president, turned down acceptances from eight Ivy League colleges and will instead attend the University of Alabama this fall. Young Ronald seems to have absorbed at an early age a lesson that eludes many youths (and those who have long since left youth behind): avoid going head over heels in debt. This is not to denigrate an Ivy...
  • Who is interrogating the WACO MC members arrested? (Vanity)

    05/22/2015 8:46:40 AM PDT · by Tarasaramozart · 16 replies
    I am new, however, have been monitering this site and others regarding WACO. None of the pressers, blogs, news sites that I have found discuss the status of the arrested MotorCyclists. Are they all still in WACO? Have they attorneys? Have family access to them? Who are the LE's interviewing them, etc. Is it the local LEs or BATFE, FBI, or another federal agency, including military.
  • Why Are Palo Alto Kids Killing Themselves?

    05/22/2015 7:23:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/22/2015 | Maggie Gallagher
    This week, San Francisco Magazine published an anthropological incursion by Diana Kapp into the lifestyles of the most privileged teens in the nation in order to ask: Why are the kids of Palo Alto killing themselves? A cluster of teen suicides at Palo Alto high schools in 2010 was followed this year by another four suicide victims from the wealthy and achievement-blessed Henry M. Gunn High School. Fifty-two of its 1,900 students were treated for suicide ideation this past school year. By Kapp’s account, the suicidal cases are only the tip of a very large iceberg of kids who,...
  • This is why obama is still in the oval office

    05/21/2015 10:58:35 AM PDT · by The_Republic_Of_Maine · 33 replies
    Web | 21 May 2015 | Self
    the order of succession: 1. Vice President of the United States2. Speaker of the House3. President pro tempore of the Senate4. Secretary of State5. Secretary of the Treasury6. Secretary of Defense7. Attorney General8. Secretary of the Interior9. Secretary of Agriculture10. Secretary of Labor11. Secretary of Health and Human Services12. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development13. Secretary of Transportation14. Secretary of Energy15. Secretary of Education16. Secretary of Veterans Affairs17. Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Parents say NLV teacher barred using Bible verse in homework

    05/20/2015 8:00:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2015 | Kimberly Pierceall
    Parents of a sixth-grader at a public charter school in North Las Vegas want an apology after they say a teacher barred their daughter from using a Bible verse in an assignment. Nonprofit legal group Liberty Institute, representing Tim and Kate Frasier, sent a letter Wednesday containing their demand for the apology to the Somerset Academy's Losee campus. The Fraisers said their daughter Mackenzie was told she couldn't use the Bible verse John 3:16 for a technology class assignment called "All About Me" that involved creating a PowerPoint presentation and including an inspirational saying on a slide.
  • Four Things That Can Replace Common Core

    05/20/2015 4:08:41 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 29 replies
    Return to Order ^ | Posted on May 16, 2015 | by John Horvat II
    Progressive educators have an obsession for results, especially test scores. Higher scores supposedly prove children will be more “career and college ready” after graduation. Uphold Marriage and the Family; Uphold Society: Sign the Return to Order Petition For this reason, these educators are forever coming up with all sorts of one-size-fits-all programs like Common Core that they believe will solve the problem of flagging test scores. Since new schemes are always appearing, it would seem that they are not working. Educators should look at those things that work. If scores are the ultimate indicators of success, then it would stand...
  • Law journal publishes special issue examining ‘Breaking Bad’

    05/20/2015 3:35:41 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 19, 2015 | Mike Bush
    The New Mexico Law Review is devoting its entire spring issue to eight contemporary legal issues – as seen through the entertaining but nonetheless very serious lens of a “Breaking Bad” perspective. Eight articles and essays include analyses of criminal procedure, a hypothetical arrest of Walter White, attorney-client communications, police practices, the war on drugs, and morality and the law. The Law Review, edited by University of New Mexico School of Law students, is due out Friday. An electronic version already has been posted online at lawschool.unm.edu/nmlr/current-issue.php. The Law Review’s faculty adviser, Professor Dave Sidhu, described the issue as creative...
  • Shedding new light on 175-year-old principle: New class of swelling magnets ... energize the world

    05/20/2015 11:06:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Temple University
    A new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting, has been discovered by researchers at Temple University and the University of Maryland. The researchers, Harsh Deep Chopra, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Temple, and Manfred Wuttig, professor of materials science and engineering at Maryland, published their findings, "Non-Joulian Magnetostriction," in the May 21st issue of the journal, Nature. This transformative breakthrough has the potential to not only displace existing technologies but create altogether new applications due to the unusual combination of magnetic...
  • Harvard discriminates against Asians as it once did to Jews

    05/20/2015 7:30:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Betsy McCaughey
    If you’re applying to Harvard and your last name is Wong or Liu, changing it to Lopez or Luciano might just make the difference you need to get in. Harvard routinely rejects “Asian” applicants in favor of whites and sought-after minorities with lower test scores and grades. Enrollment data reveal that Harvard limits Asian-Americans to a flat 15-18 percent of the student body, year after year, though they increasingly dominate the top of the applicant pool. To smoke out ethnicity, Harvard requires applicants to provide their parents’ place of birth, mother’s maiden name and whether their family has ever changed...
  • Student turned down all 8 Ivies to go to a state school, and we should celebrate it

    05/20/2015 4:47:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/20/2015 | Mary Katherine Ham
    First, I should note I am a proud state-school grad. (Go Dawgs!) In a sea of Ivy-League degrees in Washington, it has never seemed to limit my opportunities, and it gives me a special camaraderie with the other state-school grads in the business. But I applaud Ronald Nelson Jr., not just because of my personal affinity for state schools, but because he’s a really smart young man who made a really smart decision.Nelson is a phenom— a sky-high GPA and SAT scores, a talented alto sax player, student body president, National Merit Scholar, among other honors. And, he was...
  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/19/2015 10:33:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 226 replies
    New York Times Disunion ^ | May 19, 2015 | Don Doyle
    Even while the Civil War raged, slaves in Cuba could be heard singing, “Avanza, Lincoln, avanza! Tu eres nuestra esperanza!” (Onward, Lincoln, Onward! You are our hope!) – as if they knew, even before the soldiers fighting the war far to the North and long before most politicians understood, that the war in America would change their lives, and the world. The secession crisis of 1860-1861 threatened to be a major setback to the world antislavery movement, and it imperiled the whole experiment in democracy. If slavery was allowed to exist, and if the world’s leading democracy could fall apart...
  • Michigan’s one-room schoolhouses make one last stand

    05/19/2015 5:05:13 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 11 replies
    Bridgemi.com ^ | 19 May 2015 | Mike Wilkinson
    HARBOR BEACH ‒ Most elementary and middle schools fairly buzz with noise just before the school day starts, as a stampede of students put away coats, take seats and share boasts over video game exploits or exchange giggles about young romance. But one of the first things you notice at the Eccles School along rural stretch of Michigan’s Thumb is the quiet shuffle as students move from door to desk to computer station, creating a low-level hum until the Pledge of Allegiance. After which, there’s an exchange of news about soccer, a puppy and one student’s gig as bat boy...
  • Suppose you're wealthy. Do you feel SAFER knowing most people are dopes?

    05/18/2015 5:19:51 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 16 replies
    Religion.rantrave ^ | April 27, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    More and more, I see that this is the essential question. There are definitely people at the top of this society working together so that the average person is kept illiterate and ignorant. Why? Obama talks about students being made career-ready and college-ready. This is laughable. We have millions of students who are being made welfare-ready. The statistics show that half the kids in eighth grade are not reading at a "proficient" level. In other words, they can read a McDonald's menu and that's about it. Ask yourself the obvious question. If the school system were serious about educating children,...
  • C Santa Cruz Professor Develops HIV Vaccine

    05/18/2015 4:31:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    For 30 years, UC Santa Cruz professor and vaccine developer Phil Berman has been chasing a moving target — the insidious, ever-changing HIV virus — and now, finally, he thinks he has it cornered. Berman’s lab has developed an experimental vaccine he believes will guard against HIV and AIDS. The model is expected to go to clinical trial within three years. When Berman was a Genentech scientist in the 1990s, he invented the world’s first vaccine to show any success against HIV. When it was tested with another vaccine in a 2003 to 2009 large-scale trial involving 16,000 people in...
  • Asian-American groups accuse Harvard of racial bias in admissions

    05/18/2015 6:59:20 AM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies
    usatoday | May 16, 2015 | Yamiche Alcindor
    Linky only.
  • NBC News comes to Cochise County

    05/18/2015 6:18:34 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    The Chiricahua Community Health Center’s mobile clinic has been a boon for the region in recent years since it’s designed to treat rural and low income areas like those found in Cochise County. The clincs are empowered by grants from the national Children’s Health Fund, which made possible the story that NBC News will tell the world this week about Buena rising sophomore Efrain Gonzalez II. The mobile clinic treats Gonzalez for Type 1 Diabetes, which allows him to backpaddle into pass coverage just like any other defender in one of the Colts’ last football practices of the school year.
  • Heads or Tails: The Problem of Evolving Animal Body Plans

    05/18/2015 6:16:43 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 7 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ann Gauger
    Heads or Tails: The Problem of Evolving Animal Body Plans Ann Gauger May 15, 2015 3:17 AM | Permalink Nearly all the animals we know have bilateral symmetry at some stage of their lives, meaning they have right and left halves that are mirror images of each other. These animals also have a head and a tail, a top and a bottom to them. The technical terms are anterior/posterior (A/P) and dorsal/ventral (D/V) axes (plural for axis, not the wood-chopping instrument). The exceptions are things like sponges, jellyfish, sea anemones, and small creatures like the Volvox I wrote about last...
  • Special Prom for Hundreds of Teens Who Battled Cancer

    05/17/2015 10:30:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 15, 2015 | Stephanie Bertini
    More than 200 teens battling cancer attending the prom Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. From the limo ride to the red carpet entrance to the dinner and dancing, it was a special night filled with dancing, smiles and a good time for all. A night that means so much to this special group of teenagers, because they've been through a lot. "It's indescribable," said Emma Ruiz. Special Prom for Hundreds of Teens Who Battled Cancer[MI] Special Prom for Hundreds of Teens Who Battled Cancer More than 200 teens battling cancer attending the prom Friday night at the...
  • The 10 smartest countries based on math and science

    05/17/2015 8:27:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/13/2015 | Matthew Speiser
    Singapore is the smartest country in the world, followed by Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Netherlands and Canada rounding out the top 10. The BBC says this is the conclusion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an economic think tank that outlined its findings in a new report ranking countries' school systems based on students math and science test scores. The report – which the BBC received early access to – will be formally presented at the World Education Forum in South Korea next week. Of the 76 countries ranked, the top half...
  • Teacher assails practice of giving passing grades to failing students

    05/17/2015 1:58:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 85 replies
    WAPO ^ | May 17, 2015 | Jay Mathews
    Caleb Stewart Rossiter, a college professor and policy analyst, decided to try teaching math in the D.C. schools. He was given a pre-calculus class with 38 seniors at H.D. Woodson High School. When he discovered that half of them could not handle even second-grade problems, he sought out the teachers who had awarded the passing grades of D in Algebra II, a course that they needed to take his high-level class. There are many bewildering stories like this in Rossiter’s new book, “Ain’t Nobody Be Learnin’ Nothin’: The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools,” the best account of public...
  • Shocking video shows American schoolkids running in terror as teacher whips....with belt

    05/17/2015 9:48:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 101 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | 10:13 EST, 17 May 2015 | Alexandra Klausner For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Shocking video shows American schoolkids running in terror as teacher whips 'unruly' children with his belt A group of four boys fighting in their classroom were brutally halted when their teacher took off his belt and started hitting them with it. In shocking cell phone video posted to Live leak on Friday, likely recorded in an American classroom, children can be heard shrieking as the unidentified teacher whips them about three times with his belt. Chairs and tables are overturned, what appear to be middle-school aged boys and girls scream in fear and let out nervous laughter as...
  • Too Many Black Students Suspended Leads Oakland Schools to Stop Punishment

    05/17/2015 2:40:14 AM PDT · by dennisw · 122 replies
    truthrevolt ^ | 5.15.2015 | Trey Sanchez 294
    Board members of California's Oakland Unified School District unanimously voted on Wednesday to cease suspending students for what they call "willful defiance." Those behaviors can include swearing/yelling at teachers, refusing direct orders, texting, and storming out of class, to name a few. The reason? Concern that too many black students are being suspended for willful defiance. One sophomore student, Dan'enicole Williams, told the San Francisco Gate, "They never take time out, if someone is sleeping in class, to ask what’s wrong. They may be acting that way because they didn’t eat the night before.” "We’re getting pushed out of schools,”...
  • Middle School Principal Bought Jewelry with School Credit Card

    05/16/2015 10:52:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, May 15, 2015 | ony Kovaleski, Liza Meak and Mark
    Sources from Oak Grove School District in San Jose want the superintendent to do something about a middle school principal with what they say are questionable spending habits. The sources came to the NBC Bay Area Investigative after they say the Superintendent’s office didn’t do enough to address their concerns about Bernal Intermediate School Principal Kristina Clecak. “Someone has to listen. Someone has to look at this,” said a district employee who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. “Our job is to protect the public’s money to educate these children.” In October, the Investigative Unit requested Clecak’s expense...
  • Lou Holtz: Undergraduate Commencement Address 2015

    05/16/2015 1:43:22 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 4 replies
    "Thank you. I'm indeed humbled and honored . . ."
  • Harvard accused of bias against Asian-Americans

    05/16/2015 5:48:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    The complaint, filed by a coalition of 64 organizations, says the university has set quotas to keep the numbers of Asian-American students significantly lower than the quality of their applications merits. It cites third-party academic research on the SAT exam showing that Asian-Americans have to score on average about 140 points higher than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students and 450 points higher than African-American students to equal their chances of gaining admission to Harvard. The exam is scored on a 2400-point scale. The complaint was filed with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. “Many studies...
  • Belcampo Meat Co. Launches Meat Camp

    05/15/2015 5:01:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri, May 15, 2015 | Mary Ladd
    If memories of awkward pre-teen angst and gnarly, grey food on a cafeteria tray are what you remember from camp, the ability to trek to Meat Camps offers an adult chance to at least eat better. Picture grilling over a wood fire and glamping in Shasta Valley with sustainable meat operator Belcampo Meat Co. Belcampo just announced that it would offer two camps for this summer: women’s meat camp (August 6-9) and gay men’s meat camp (August 13-16). Both are billed as a way to “create a community through food,” with how-tos on knife skills, meat cutting, the intriguing sounding...
  • Analysis of bones found in Romania offer evidence of human and Neanderthal interbreeding in Europe

    05/15/2015 1:52:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-14-2015 | Bob Yirka
    A Neanderthal skeleton, left, compared with a modern human skeleton. Credit: American Museum of Natural History DNA testing of a human mandible fossil found in Romania has revealed a genome with 4.8 to 11.3 percent Neanderthal DNA—its original owner died approximately 40,000 years ago, Palaeogenomicist Qiaomei Fu reported to audience members at a Biology of Genomes meeting in New York last week. She noted also that she and her research team found long Neanderthal sequences. The high percentage suggests, she added, that the human had a Neanderthal in its family tree going back just four to six generations. The finding...
  • Showdown: House to Vote on ‘Community Schools’ that Conflict with Texas Values

    05/15/2015 10:09:01 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 5 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 05/13/2015 | by Merrill Hope
    “Community schools” is not a widely-known term, but today representatives in the Texas State House will vote on House Bill 1891, entitled “Relating to Texas Community Schools” – legislation that would, if passed, fundamentally change the role of public education in students’ lives, in ways that conflict with Texas values. HB 1891, written by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), defines a “community school” as any K-12 public school that “partners with one or more community-based organizations to coordinate academic, social, and health services.” Community schools are not the usual workforce-ready education reform. “The vision of a community school must be at...
  • Was I really this young once

    05/15/2015 7:33:17 AM PDT · by knarf · 190 replies
    e-mail | May 15. 2015 | knarf
    I feel so old ...
  • Demanding appropriate dress at the high school prom is now “slut shaming”

    05/15/2015 5:24:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This probably looks like an unusual topic for Hot Air, but the rather frivolous nature of the subject speaks to some deeper societal questions which cross all sorts of boundaries. In Connecticut, one high school issued guidelines for proper attire at the prom this year and it has some of the teenagers up in arms. (And a lot more than just arms are visible in some cases.) Shelton High School sent out a memo letting families know that their daughters should not show up looking like Lady Gaga on the red carpet when prom night comes. This is apparently...
  • Mark Twain & Helen Keller’s Special Friendship: He Treated Me Not as a Freak, But...

    05/15/2015 1:08:06 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 24 replies
    "Open Culture" ^ | 5/13/15 | "Josh Jones"
    Mark Twain & Helen Keller’s Special Friendship: He Treated Me Not as a Freak, But as a Person Dealing with Great Difficulties Sometimes it can seem as though the more we think we know a historical figure, the less we actually do. Helen Keller? We’ve all seen (or think we’ve seen) some version of The Miracle Worker, right?—even if we haven’t actually read Keller’s autobiography. And Mark Twain? He can seem like an old family friend. But I find people are often surprised to learn that Keller was a radical socialist firebrand, in sympathy with workers’ movements worldwide. In a...
  • Students at Catholic Univ. Reject Catholic Cardinal as Graduation Speaker (Dolan)

    05/14/2015 11:18:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 14, 2015 1:27 pm
    Students at Le Moyne College in upstate New York are calling on the school to cancel the upcoming commencement speech by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. More than 600 people have signed the Change.org petition, which criticizes the leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York for, among other things, his stance on “sexual violence.” The petition states that Le Moyne “does not, in any way, support sexual violence.” …
  • This Little USB Necklace Hacks Your Computer In No Time Flat

    05/14/2015 5:42:34 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 28 replies
    TechCrunch via Hacker News ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Sami Kamkar
    Quick! The bad guy/super villain has left the room! Plug in a mysterious device that’ll hack up their computer while an on-screen progress bar ticks forward to convey to the audience that things are working! It’s a classic scene from basically every spy movie in history. In this case, however, that mystery device is real. Samy Kamkar — developer of projects like that massive worm that conquered MySpace back in 2006, or SkyJack, the drone that hijacks other drones — has released a video demonstrating the abilities of a particularly ridiculous “necklace” he sometimes wears around. Called USBdriveby, it’s a...
  • The Vatican Against the Jews [Numbers 23]

    05/14/2015 11:19:44 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/14/2015 | Giulio Meotti
    It is since 2012 that the Vatican, under Pope Benedict XVI, spoke of the “State of Palestine” in its official documents. So the decision of the Holy See to recognize this non-existent state should not be a surprise. But the treaty is the first legal and bilateral document in which the Vatican speaks of the “State of Palestine” and no more of the “Organization for the Liberation of Palestine” (PLO): it is, in fact, an official recognition. A symbolic and historic breakthrough. When the Vatican recognized Israel, at the beginning of the Nineties, it happened within the framework of Oslo...
  • At This College, ‘Hurtful Statements’ Are Now Reportable to Authorities

    05/14/2015 8:16:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/14/2015 | Rick Moran
    I wonder if any college level literature courses teach George Orwell’s 1984 anymore. They evidently don’t teach it at the University of Colorado-Boulder, judging by a new campaign launched by the school to urge students to report the names of those responsible for any “bias-motivated incident” via an online form.The Campus Fix: The “Bias Incident Reporting” effort aims to “address the impact of demeaning and hurtful statements as well as acts of intolerance directed towards protected classes,” CU Boulder’s website states.Examples of bias, according to a corresponding poster campaign highlighting the reporting system, include calling people names or making...
  • Union hosts teacher training day about pushing homosexuality in elementary schools

    05/13/2015 1:40:32 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 05/13/2015 | Pete Baklinski
    Canada’s largest union of elementary teachers is hosting an event next week aimed at training teachers on how to push homosexuality in kindergarten through grade 8 by creating Gay-Straight-Alliance (GSAs) clubs in schools. “Attend this symposium to find out what others are doing and how you might begin or continue your own school’s GSA journey,” states the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in its brochure about the May 22-23 event. Teachers attending the event will learn about “LGBTQ community resources and how to use them” in the classroom as well as how to “raise awareness” among children from the...
  • Prepper Fest & Survival Expo - HELP! (Unabashed Vanity)

    05/13/2015 1:01:51 PM PDT · by dware · 83 replies
    Self ^ | 05.13.2015 | dware
    I am organizing the first annual "Prepper Fest & Survival Expo" in Grand Junction (Western Colorado), July 25th and am in need of some assistance. Specifically, I am seeking presenters who can present on a variety of Prepping, Homesteading, Sustainable Living, and general Survival topics. The presentations will be done in a classroom setting @ the venue, complete with A/V setup and PC/Projector. We will have the equipment necessary to do remote presentations, so this is not necessarily limited to those available to be @ the show. Each presentation should last approximately 45 minutes, and include an additional 15 minute...
  • Classical Mythology Now Too Much for Sensitive College Students

    05/13/2015 12:33:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 5.13.15 | Emily Zanotti
    The good news for my generation is that we finally make up a controlling portion of the working population. The bad news is, that there probably aren't enough blankies and nap rooms to accomodate all of us as we graduate into the real world. At least, as some of us graduate into the real world. Others of us have too many things to do to take time out of our day to cuddle stuffed animals and gripe to each other about the cultural appropriation and microagressions typically associated with the Patriarchy. Thankfully, college students have no such demands on their...
  • 4 charged in theft of more than $870,000 from Chicago Public Schools

    05/13/2015 11:45:40 AM PDT · by fungoking · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/13/15 | Jeremy Gorner
    Law enforcement authorities have charged four people in connection with the theft of more than $870,000 from two public schools in Chicago through a fraudulent billing scheme, records show. Named in arrest warrants were: Jermaine Robinson, 36, of Chicago; Sidney Bradley, 46, of Chicago; Albert Bennett, 49, of Carpentersville; and Paul Simmons, 55, of Calumet City, according to Cook County court records. All four were charged with felony theft of government property, court records show. Cook County Judge Nicholas Ford on Tuesday set bail at $400,000 for Robinson and $200,000 for Bradley, Bennett and Simmons. Bennett and a fifth man...
  • Education Secretary Backs Public Boarding Schools: ‘Certain Kids We Should Have 24/7’

    05/13/2015 9:08:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 12, 2015 | 3:03 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday proposed the idea of public boarding schools, saying there are “just certain kids we should have 24/7.” “One idea that I threw out … is the idea of public boarding schools,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “That’s a little bit of a different idea—a controversial idea—but the question is do we have some children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home? There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe...
  • GOP Elephant Pin

    05/13/2015 7:54:46 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 23 replies
    ETSY ^ | 5-13-15 | me
  • No God but Allah

  • Ethicist Peter Singer Says Don't Pay to Treat Disabled Babies

    05/13/2015 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | May 12, 2015 | Wesley J. Smith
    Ethicist Peter Singer Says Don't Pay to Treat Disabled Babies Wesley J. Smith May 12, 2015 7:16 PM | Permalink Peter Singer is a bigot. Rather than believing in universal human equality, he would invidiously measure the capacities of human beings to determine whether they are "persons." Those with insufficient capacities are to be deemed human "non-persons," of lesser moral value, and hence, potentially subject to both killing and objectification for harvesting, medical experimentation, etc. He also supports health care rationing based on quality of life. This blatant medical discrimination would victimize babies born with severe disabilities -- whose care,...
  • Record Antarctic ice: Mawson base might have to relocate

    05/12/2015 6:27:32 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 6 replies
    WUWT ^ | 5/12/15 | Eric Worrall
    The record busting growth of Antarctic ice is threatening the viability of Australia’s Mawson Antarctic research station. According to The Australian; Satellite observations show a new daily record being set for ­Antarctic sea ice every day for the past two weeks. Annual records have also been broken every year for the past three years. Rob Wooding, general manager of the Australian Antarctic Division’s Operations Branch, said expanding sea ice was now causing serious problems. Last year, fuel supplies were flown to Australia’s Mawson base by helicopter because the harbour had failed to clear. Dr Wooding said the situation was “unsustainable”.
  • More evidence that the Milky Way has four spiral arms

    05/12/2015 12:33:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-12-2015 | by Dan Majaess, Universe Today
    Astronomers have been arguing over just how many spiral arms our galaxy exhibits. Is the Milky Way a four or two-armed spiral galaxy? Astronomers had often assumed the Milky Way was potentially a four-armed spiral galaxy, but comparatively recent observations from NASA's Spitzer telescope implied the galaxy had two spiral arms. In 2013, astronomers mapped star forming regions and argued they had found the two missing arms, bringing the total number of arms back to four. The case for a four-armed Milky Way may have just gotten stronger. A team of Brazilian astronomers used star clusters embedded in their natal...
  • Madagascar divers find silver believed part of pirate stash [Captain Kidd]

    05/12/2015 12:09:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 08, 2015 | By Martin Vogl
    Divers in Madagascar have found a silver bar weighing about 50 kilograms (110 pounds) that they believe was part of the treasure of pirate Captain Kidd. The bar was presented to Madagascar's president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, in a ceremony Thursday on the island of Sainte Marie, near the country's northeast coast. The bar was found in a bay off the island, the diving team said. The team was led by Barry Clifford, an American undersea explorer who has been searching for pirate treasure for many decades. Clifford believes there could be more treasure on the bay floor where he found the...
  • Newton's Telescope and Hubble - Objectivity #16 (VIDEO)

    05/12/2015 7:44:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 4-20-2015 | Objectivity
    With the 25th anniversary of The Hubble Space Telescope fast approaching, Brady and Keith look at a priceless artefact - Sir Isaac Newton's very own reflecting telescope.
  • Exactly a Yard - Objectivity #19 (VIDEO)

    05/12/2015 7:25:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 5-12-2015 | Objectivity
    Brady and Keith look at some of The Royal Society's collection of standard weights and measures - including a particularly special one that even Keith had never unpacked before!
  • How Liberals Ruined College

    05/12/2015 7:03:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05/12/2015 | Kirsten Powers
    College should be a place of new ideas and challenging views. Instead, liberals have made it a place of fear and intimidation. The root of nearly every free-speech infringement on campuses across the country is that someone—almost always a liberal—has been offended or has sniffed out a potential offense in the making. Then, the silencing campaign begins. The offender must be punished, not just for justice’s sake, but also to send the message to anyone else on campus that should he or she stray off the leftist script, they too might find themselves investigated, harassed, ostracized, or even expelled. If...
  • Is This Real ?

    05/12/2015 3:14:12 AM PDT · by knarf · 32 replies
    e-mail ^ | May 12, 2015 | knarf
    Looks like it's legitimate, but I never saw this one before .... anyone ?