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  • The K-12 Joke: “The Heck You Can’t”

    07/23/2016 2:38:19 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    religion.Rantrave.com ^ | July 6, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    It's a joke widely told. This guy goes into a hotel restaurant and instructs the waitress: "Please bring me one tiny glass of frozen orange juice diluted until you can see through it. Two cold and burned pieces of toast. One infinitesimal and frozen pat of butter. Scrambled eggs that look like they were cooked the day before yesterday. And one piece of bacon cooked so long that, when you try to cut it, it splits into 37 different pieces." "Hey, what is this?" the waitress complains. "We can't make you a breakfast like that." "The heck you can't," says...
  • Vanity--Hillary: The secret history of the Democratic Party

    07/23/2016 6:56:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    vanity | 7-23-16 | self: vanity
    I'm interested in the opinions of anyone who saw Dinesh D'Souza's new documentary at its opening yesterday. It was very well done, but it filled me with sadness in that I live in a very Republican area and the theatre had just a smattering of patrons. The small audience was enthusiastic, but we were too few for this high quality offering. I knew about half of the people there! D'Souza's message was delivered to the choir.
  • Rauner email: Half of CPS teachers 'virtually illiterate'

    07/22/2016 9:24:00 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    Chicongo Tribune ^ | 22 July 2016 | John Chase
    "The good news and bad news is that dell/gates/broad have wasted close to $1 billion on public school improvement while we have only wasted less than $200 million in Chicago," Rauner wrote. "We should be seeking their advice and coordination now — with our great mayor and solid management team, we should be aiming for world-class transformation."... "That means CPS is paying more than $25K per person to train them," Lisa Schrader wrote in an email to Swanson, as well as then-Emanuel senior adviser David Spielfogel and Matt Hynes, another top mayoral aide at the time. "That's a pretty hefty...
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA ROSS

    07/22/2016 5:44:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 1 replies
    Tara Ross ^ | July 22, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1893, a professor stands atop Pikes Peak in Colorado. She is struck by the beauty around her and is inspired to write a poem. Her poem is later set to music. Today, we all know that song as “America the Beautiful.”
  • De Blasio angers UFT with latest relaxation of school discipline

    07/22/2016 12:39:39 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 21, 2016 | Selim Algar
    The de Blasio administration rolled out new set of relaxed disciplinary reforms for schoolchildren on Thursday that even managed to roil a recent ally, the head of the teachers union. Along with the Department of Education, de Blasio announced a total ban on suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade claiming the current disciplinary tactics disproportionately affect students of color and those with disabilities.
  • Hungary's Orban says 'obvious connection' between terrorism and migration

    07/21/2016 8:24:26 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 4 replies
    reuters / Yahoo (Canada) ^ | July 21, 2016 | [Reuters] Marcin Goettigs
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday there was a clear link between illegal immigration to Europe and terrorist attacks on the continent. "It is clear as two and two makes four, it is plain as day. There is an obvious connection," Orban told reporters after a meeting of the Visegrad Four group of central European leaders in Warsaw. "If somebody denies this connection then, in fact, this person harms the safety of European citizens," he said through an interpreter.
  • Norwegian school permits burkini in swimming classes

    07/20/2016 7:22:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 14 Jul 2016 11:48 GMT+02:00
    Students at Finnsnes School in Troms will be allowed to take part in swimming lessons wearing full-body covering swimsuits — also known as burkinis. The arrangement was the result of dialogue between parents and teachers at the school, who held meetings with representatives from Norway’s Refugee Board (flyktningetjenesten) and interpretors, according to Nordlys. […] A swimming club in neighboring Denmark recently hit headlines after introducing separate swimming sessions for Muslim girls. The director of the club in Copenhagen called the move a “recipe for integration” after membership numbers soared. …
  • Case Western U closes this week since students fear cops from GOP Convention (snowflake alert)

    07/20/2016 5:47:23 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/19/2016 | Aleister
    Due to a tremendous need for security at the Republican convention this week, policemen from all over the country came to Cleveland to work the event.An arrangement was made to house many of these police at Case Western University, but students complained that they wouldn’t feel safe with all those cops on campus. So the school cancelled all activity for the week. Campus Reform reported last week: Cleveland students protest ‘mere presence’ of cops on campus for RNC (snip)Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) will close down most campus activity next week as administrators fear rioting outside the RNC may spill...
  • The Latest: Man who smashed Yale window returning to work

    07/19/2016 8:17:09 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 30 replies
    tulsaworld ^ | 19 july 2016
    Corey Menafee says he destroyed the window inside Calhoun College in New Haven, Connecticut, last month because he found it offensive. The name of the residential college has sparked protests because it honors former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an 1804 Yale graduate and an ardent defender of slavery. Menafee apologized for breaking the window. Yale said it was willing to let him return to work next week.
  • Vanity: The Law & Order Candidate should run Photo's of the Men and Women in Blue...

    07/19/2016 4:15:51 PM PDT · by DAC21 · 4 replies
    Myself | 7-19-2016 | DAC21
    Honor the fallen
  • Muslim Student Association

    07/18/2016 12:41:47 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    With nearly 600 chapters -- including roughly 150 affiliated chapters -- located n the United States and Canada, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) is the most visible and influential Islamic student organization in North America. As reflected in the extensive information presented in this dossier, MSA has gained legitimacy on American campuses as a benevolent collegiate faith club; however, under this moderate veneer MSA advances a different agenda among impressionable college students. Through conferences and events, publications, websites and other activities, MSA has disseminated and promoted militant Islamic ideologies on college and university campuses throughout North America. This dossier is...
  • Kepler confirms more than 100 planets in single trove

    07/18/2016 10:38:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 18, 2016 | Provided by: W. M. Keck Observatory
    Image montage showing the Maunakea Observatories, Kepler Space Telescope, and night sky with K2 Fields and discovered planetary systems (dots) overlaid. An international team of scientists discovered more than 100 planets based on images from Kepler operating in the 'K2 Mission'. The team confirmed and characterized the planets using a suite of telescopes worldwide, including four on Maunakea (the twin telescopes of Keck Observatory, the Gemini­North Telescope, and the Infrared Telescope Facility). The planet image on the right is an artist's impression of a representative planet. Credit: Karen Teramura (UHIfA) based on night sky image of the ecliptic plane by...
  • False Flags & the End of Secularism in Turkey (video)

    07/18/2016 7:16:10 AM PDT · by libertarian27
    YouTube ^ | July 18, 2016 | Black Pigeon Speaks
    False Flags & the End of Secularism in Turkey. Video Link above.
  • LGBT history lessons heading for California classrooms

    07/15/2016 6:30:01 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Lisa Jeff
    n second grade, California students will learn about families with two moms or two dads. Two years later, while studying how immigrants have shaped the Golden State, they will hear how New York native Harvey Milk became a pioneering gay politician in San Francisco. The State Board of Education unanimously approved those changes in classroom instruction Thursday to comply with the nation's first law requiring public schools to include prominent gay Americans and LGBT rights milestones in history classes. The updates are part of a broader overhaul of California's history and social science curriculum. During four hours of public testimony,...
  • Chiefs of 5 public colleges paid more than $1M, study finds

    07/17/2016 3:40:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2016 at 6:29 PM | Collin Binkley
    Pay for public college presidents continued to climb in 2015, and a growing number of chiefs topped the $1 million mark, according to results from a new study. The median total pay for public university presidents reached $431,000 in the 2015 fiscal year, an increase of 4.3 percent over the year before, according to an annual survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Five presidents were paid packages of more than $1 million, up from two presidents in the previous year and three in 2013. Topping the list was Renu Khator, who was paid $1.3 million to serve as both...
  • University Football Player Cory Batey Raped White Woman As Revenge For Slavery …

    07/16/2016 4:45:18 PM PDT · by orchestra · 117 replies
    Down Trend ^ | 7/16/2016 | V. Saxena
    When Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey and three of his buddies raped a 21-year-old white woman on June 23, 2013, he said this to her: “That’s for 400 years of slavery, you bitch!” Speaking at Batey’s sentencing hearing this Friday, the unnamed victim described how even after the sexual assault, the football player continued to abuse her by degrading her with more hateful speech and urinating on her face, according to The Tennessean. “Something permanent snapped that day,” she said. “I felt myself detach from my body. Now, I feel like I’m walking around in the shell of someone...
  • A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give [from July, 2010]

    07/16/2016 7:20:02 AM PDT · by upchuck · 13 replies
    dennisprager.com ^ | July 23, 2010 | Dennis Prager
    If every school principal gave this speech at the beginning of the next school year, America would be a better place. To the students and faculty of our high school:I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.First, this school will no longer honor...
  • Personal Communication from Dr. Sircus on Muslim terrorism

    07/16/2016 6:35:08 AM PDT · by dennisw · 4 replies
    Dr Sircus ^ | July 15, 2016 | Dr Sircus
    This actually started as a dear IMVA letter but evolved into an open question, which I am struggling to resolve. The International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA) was started in 2004. Veritas is Latin for truth and I have done my best to represent that in the world of medicine. I have kind of a built in truth meter in my mind/heart, which has served me well in my personal and professional life.My Natural Allopathic Medicine protocol has matured into a potent map for the treatment of disease but in the future, I will be writing more about health-care then...
  • New AP European History framework ignores religion, snubs Churchill, whitewashes communism: REPORT

    07/15/2016 10:57:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 29, 2016 | Kate Hardiman, University of Notre Dame
    The new Advanced Placement European History framework has received a makeover that eliminates religion’s influence on the development of Western Civilization, ignores Winston Churchill, whitewashes the evils of communism, and lauds the welfare state, according to David Randall with the right-of-center National Association of Scholars. […] Virtually all mention of religion in the 19th century is removed, and several key figures such as Christopher Columbus and Winston Churchill are not mentioned in the College Board’s framework, Randall said. […] The College Board’s new AP European History examination, which debuted last year, “turns Europe’s history into a foreshortened, neo-Marxist, generic narrative...
  • We ARE at war with islam HERE. Why Dallas Police used the robot with explosives, a theory.

    07/15/2016 5:16:31 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 33 replies
    News | 15 July 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    The Dallas Police used an explosive device to kill Micah X. Johnson, one of the shooters at the BLM protest. Later in the news, it was reported that he had weapons and explosives and obviously information in the house to show that he planned something far larger. After the incident in Nice, it becomes obvious that there are muslim operatives who apparently are sleepers or sleeper cells who are wreaking havoc there, and, there are some who have done the same thing here. As more muslims are brought in (by plan), we are going to see far more killing of...
  • Online English Vocabulary Size Test

    07/14/2016 4:28:16 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 138 replies
    arealme.com ^ | July 12, 2016 | http://www.arealme.com/
    Ever wonder about your vocabulary size? Even if you are a daily English speaker or a native English speaker, you still might find this test challenging! We conducted academic research and looked at online resources to design the model of this quiz. We believe we've prepared the best quiz for you!
  • Yale Employee Smashes Historic Stained Glass Window Because ‘It’s 2016’

    07/14/2016 11:28:17 AM PDT · by massmike · 119 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 07/14/2016 | Blake Neff
    A Yale University employee is out of a job, and the school is out a window, after he used a broomstick to smash a stained-glass window he complained was racist. Until recently, Thomas Menafee worked as a dishwasher for Yale. But he says he grew enraged that, while working at Yale’s Calhoun College, he had to see a stained glass window which shows black laborers harvesting cotton. The window, he said, was an offensive portrayal of slavery, and so on June 13 he impulsively decided to eliminate it by force. “I took a broomstick, and it was kind of high,...
  • Trivia #2: The Poker Playing Skill of What Former Hamburger Stand Operator Almost Got Him Killed?

    07/14/2016 10:37:10 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 47 replies
    Self | July 14, 2016 | PJ-Comix
    The Poker Playing Skill of What Former Hamburger Stand Operator Almost Got Him Killed? The only clue I will give today is that you have ALL heard of this person. If nobody gets the correct answer today, I will give a new clue tomorrow and a new clue on each subsequent day that no one guesses the correct answer.
  • Vanity Post

    07/14/2016 8:37:53 AM PDT · by MissEdie · 42 replies
    7-14-16 | MissEdie
    I need some help from my Freeper friends. My doctor has advised me to try the Mediterranean Diet. I have tried searching online for a cookbook but I do not have time to go through the 48,000 results I have gotten. Have any of you tried this diet and if so do you have a cookbook you could recommend??
  • MOOCHELLE Said Blacks Should Vote Democrat

    07/14/2016 6:11:29 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 31 replies
    Michelle Obama has said blacks should vote democrat, and Barack tips his hat to BLM, But BLM are just becoming an intimidation arm of the democrat party the same as the KKK were, and they are sold out for socialism the same as the Nazis. On top of that all of the aforementioned depend on justifying the hatred of a group or groups and unifying others on that hate and anger and motivate with the us against them mentality to achieve their insatiable goals.
  • Second suit filed against Blue Creek Academy (West Virginia)

    07/13/2016 6:26:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    wvgazettemail.com/ ^ | July 13, 2016 | Ryan Quinn , Staff Writer
    A second former Blue Creek Academy student, along with one of his parents, has filed suit against the now-closed Kanawha County Christian boys boarding school, its leaders and its sponsor, Bible Baptist Church, over allegations that he was starved and physically abused there. The minor’s lawsuit, filed late last month, also alleges that he was sexually abused by a school staff member’s son due to “lack of supervision and other improper standards utilized by the facility.” The ongoing suit against the same defendants filed by a separate minor in May 2015 alleges sexual abuse by another student, but doesn’t specify...
  • Open Carry in Dallas

    07/13/2016 8:41:14 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 25 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7-13-16 | Unkown
  • ‘I wouldn’t change places with you’: 8th grader’s ‘white boy privilege’ poem goes viral

    07/12/2016 9:44:57 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 42 replies
    Global News ^ | July 12, 2016 | Emanuela Campanella
    Royce Mann, an eighth grader from Atlanta, Ga., took the Internet by surprise with his poem called, “white boy privilege” that he wrote and recited at his school’s poetry slam contest in May. In the video recently posted by his mother on YouTube, 14-year-old Mann expresses his thoughts on race, gender and equality issues. He began the poem by saying how grateful he was to have been born a white male and said that he loved his “white boy privilege.” “Dear women, I’m sorry, dear black people, I’m sorry… Dear everyone who isn’t a middle or upper class white boy,...
  • Astronomers discover new distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune

    07/12/2016 10:41:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 12, 2016 | Provided by: CFH Telescope
    Discovery images of RR245. The images show RR245's slow motion across the sky over three hours. Credit: OSSOS team ================================================================================================ An international team of astronomers have discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. The new object is roughly 700 kilometers in size and has one of the largest orbits for a dwarf planet. Designated 2015 RR245 by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, it was found using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Maunakea, Hawaii, as part of the ongoing Outer solar system Origins Survey (OSSOS). "The icy worlds beyond Neptune trace how...
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA

    07/12/2016 10:00:33 AM PDT · by knarf · 25 replies
    This Day In History With Tara ^ | July 12, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1780, Americans win the Battle of Williamson’s Plantation (or Huck’s Defeat) in South Carolina. Wait until you hear what one brave woman did, despite the fact that an irate British officer was literally in her face! The battle took place shortly after the surrender of Charleston and the massacre at the Battle of the Waxhaws. Those two battles had been demoralizing for the Patriot cause. The British were beginning to think that they’d squashed resistance in South Carolina. Perhaps worse, many Americans feared that they were right.
  • I'm not like everybody else...

    07/11/2016 11:41:00 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 8 replies
    Kinks ^ | 7-11-16 | osag orange
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFkYoT5Gezo
  • Ammo Background Checks

    07/11/2016 6:55:30 PM PDT · by Randy Larsen · 37 replies
    7/11/16 | Randy Larsen
    How much will we pay?
  • Rio 2016: N.J. (Catholic) high school phenom McLaughlin aims to make Olympic Team on Sunday

    07/10/2016 8:22:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    NJ.com ^ | July 10, 2016 | Jim Lambert
    Sydney McLaughlin, New Jersey's 16 year-old sensation, will attempt to become one of the youngest U.S. track and field Olympians when she competes in the finals of the women's 400-meter hurdles at Sunday's U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. McLaughlin, who turns 17 on Aug. 7, needs to finish in the top three in her race to make the Olympic team, which will compete in the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 400 hurdles race is scheduled for Sunday at approximately 7:03 p.m. EST. and will shown on NBC. McLaughlin, who will be...
  • I think the plan is going to be obama vs the police

    07/11/2016 2:02:05 PM PDT · by knarf · 21 replies
    self ^ | July 11, 2016 | knarf
    I just read about two bailiffs and a shooter, all dead because of gunshots in a courthouse.
  • List: The tenure of every FBS head coach

    07/11/2016 12:51:31 AM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    CoachingSearch.com ^ | July 06, 2016 | Chris Vannini
    Earlier this week, CoachingSearch looked at the longest-tenured assistants in FBS. Now, here’s a look at the tenure of every FBS head coach. Illustrating the amount of turnover in the profession, 108 of the 129 FBS head coaches have been hired since 2010, and 88 have been hired in the past four years. That means more than 2/3 of all head coaches have been hired since 2013.Some veteran coaches who left the list this offseason included Frank Beamer (1987), Gary Pinkel (2001), George O’Leary (2004), and Steve Spurrier (2005).First, the longest tenured coach in each conference:AAC: Ken Niumatalolo (Navy) -...
  • The One-Stop Shop Guide to Lumber

    07/10/2016 8:54:19 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 66 replies
    Art of Manliness ^ | March 4, 2015 | Staff
    As I’ve mentioned in previous posts over the years, while I’m not the handiest or craftiest guy, I do make an effort to expand my DIY skills when I can. One thing that often leaves me scratching my head is purchasing lumber whenever I take on a project that requires it. You’d think lumber would be simple; it’s just going and buying a piece of wood, right? But it’s surprisingly complex. There are so many choices that, even with a supply list in hand, I often find myself wandering the lumber section at the home improvement store for 20 minutes...
  • Kiss the Nice Fist

    07/10/2016 7:24:24 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 10 Jul, 2016 | Baron Bodissey
    The graphic at the top of this post is derived from the logo of the Socialist International. The original image — which can be seen on the left side of my adaptation — is vaguely repellent. A clenched fist holding a rose — what is that supposed to mean? Is it going to punch me in the face to make me accept the socialist state, and then hand me a flower as a consolation prize? Or is it maybe a kinder, gentler version of the upraised clenched fist, the venerable symbol of World Revolution? That image was brought to mind...
  • Heather McDonald "War on Cops" on C-Span2 Right Now

    07/09/2016 7:04:48 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ · 18 replies
    C-SPAN2 | 9 July, 2016 | Intolerant in NJ
    McDonald's book was highlighted on the Limbaugh show yesterday as containing up to the minute stats and analysis on what has become the war on police in the US, confirmed by the Dallas attack on Thursday - the interview with McDonald started at 10:00 PM EDT and continues for an hour....
  • Theodore Roosevelt's Pen and Phone

    07/09/2016 11:12:13 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 21 replies
    On Jaunary 14th, 2014, President Obama declared: "We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone." Who was the first president armed with a pen and a phone? Who was the first president to issue over 1000 executive orders? Of course, it was America's first dictator. America's first progressive president: Theodore Roosevelt. Who else did you expect? It's nearly always TR at the root of modern executive malfeasance. Now, in addition to issuing over 1000 executive...
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA

    07/09/2016 7:18:13 AM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies
    This Day In History ^ | July 9, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1755, a young George Washington becomes the “hero of the Monongahela.” Only one year earlier, he had been given an early command, but then forced into a disgraceful surrender. Now he finally had a chance to redeem himself.
  • John Derbyshire nonblack talk (He was let go from national review for this column.)

    07/08/2016 1:55:23 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 52 replies
    Taki mag ^ | John Derbyshire
    There is much talk about “the talk.” “Sean O’Reilly was 16 when his mother gave him the talk that most black parents give their teenage sons,” Denisa R. Superville of the Hackensack (NJ) Record tells us. Meanwhile, down in Atlanta: “Her sons were 12 and 8 when Marlyn Tillman realized it was time for her to have the talk,” Gracie Bonds Staples writes in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Leonard Greene talks about the talk in the New York Post. Someone bylined as KJ Dell’Antonia talks about the talk in The New York Times. Darryl Owens talks about the talk in...
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA

    07/08/2016 5:32:10 AM PDT · by knarf · 2 replies
    Tara Ross ^ | July 6, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1777, a group of retreating Americans arrives at Fort Edward. The prior two days had been tough! They’d fought multiple battles and skirmishes. They achieved a few successes—and also suffered a few defeats. The flight of these Americans came in the wake of an unfortunate retreat from Fort Ticonderoga. (See July 6 history post.) The British had managed to fortify a strategic high ground overlooking the fort, leaving American Major General Arthur St. Clair with limited options. He decided to order the fort’s evacuation in two parts: One group of men took a route over Lake...
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA ROSS

    07/07/2016 12:20:51 PM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    Tara Ross.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1797, Tennessee senator William Blount is impeached by the House of Representatives. But Blount was one of the signers of the Constitution! How could matters have degenerated so badly?
  • Scottish youngsters squeezed out of university by SNP cap amid warnings of post-Brexit crisis

    07/07/2016 1:01:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7 July 2016 • 5:59AM | Simon Johnson
    Scottish school leavers are being squeezed out of university by SNP government policies and the situation will get worse for middle-class children, according to an official report published amid warnings of an impending Brexit funding crisis. Audit Scotland found that a cap on places for Scottish and EU students, imposed so that free tuition is affordable to the public purse, has not kept pace with the increasing number of applications. Its report said this meant it has become “more difficult” for Scottish youngsters to win a place and warned that implementing Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to “widen access” to more youngsters...
  • Can Anyone verify the truth of this graphic? [Gun Control Debate]

    07/06/2016 2:53:28 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    7/6/16 | sff
    Just saw this graphic, but want to throw it out to people smarter than me. Is it accurate? Looks right, but want to know before I begin using it in a prolific way.
  • Is there a good alternative to Pay Pal for our charity/non-profit?

    07/06/2016 8:03:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    7/6/16 | sff
    We are opening up our non-profit home school co-op for registration and other purposes. We are loathe to use the bigoted Pay Pal, because of its hatred of keeping children safe from predators. I can "google" alternatives, but I would prefer to hear any real world recommendations my fellow freepers might have.
  • Warming pulses in ancient climate record link volcanoes, asteroid impact and dinosaur-killing...

    07/05/2016 12:04:27 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 5, 2016 | Provided by: University of Michigan
    Four specimens analyzed in this study, showing the range of sizes of different mollusc species (quarter for scale). Clockwise from the top shell: Lahillia larseni,Cucullaea antarctica, Eselaevitrigonia regina, and Cucullaea ellioti. Credit: Sierra Petersen. ================================================================================================ A new reconstruction of Antarctic ocean temperatures around the time the dinosaurs disappeared 66 million years ago supports the idea that one of the planet's biggest mass extinctions was due to the combined effects of volcanic eruptions and an asteroid impact. Two University of Michigan researchers and a Florida colleague found two abrupt warming spikes in ocean temperatures that coincide with two previously documented extinction...
  • The Oracle of Arithmetic

    07/04/2016 4:38:42 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 33 replies
    Quanta ^ | 28 Jun, 2016 | Erica Klarreich
    At 28, Peter Scholze is uncovering deep connections between number theory and geometry. In 2010, a startling rumor filtered through the number theory community and reached Jared Weinstein. Apparently, some graduate student at the University of Bonn in Germany had written a paper that redid “Harris-Taylor” — a 288-page book dedicated to a single impenetrable proof in number theory — in only 37 pages. The 22-year-old student, Peter Scholze, had found a way to sidestep one of the most complicated parts of the proof, which deals with a sweeping connection between number theory and geometry. “It was just so stunning...
  • Happy birthday, America

    07/04/2016 4:30:21 PM PDT · by mikeus_maximus · 3 replies
    vanity | 7/4/2016 | Mikeus_maximus
    As a practicing corporate attorney, one of my hobbies is teaching impressionable young minds the basic of business law at a small, Christian college. The following is an abstract of my first lecture on the foundations of American law. I'll withhold citations and research notes and simply present this portion in the hope that someone here will find it useful in keeping certain recent events in perspective. Over 200 years ago the founders had a chance to do something unique in all of human history: They took a blank piece of paper to draw up a new country in a...
  • What Will Loretta Lynch Do?

    07/04/2016 8:30:49 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 70 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 7/4/2016 | blueunicorn6
    What will Attorney General Loretta Lynch decide to do with the Hillary Clinton case? Will she prosecute? Will she bail out a fellow Democrat by not prosecuting? I guess we'll find out. Until then, "The best predictor of a person's future behavior is that person's past behavior." Loretta Lynch has put two Democrat politicians in prison. She put Pedro Espada, Jr. In prison and she put William Boyland, Jr. In prison. Our best predictor says that she is not afraid to prosecute Democrat politicians. If the evidence is there, she will prosecute Hillary Clinton.