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  • Nazi-Themed Cartoon Assignment Upsets Suburban Parents

    12/08/2017 11:02:04 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    WGN ^ | DECEMBER 7, 2017
    Parents are raising questions about a controversial homework assignment about Hitler at a suburban school. "Everyone in the class was given the paper and it tells you all the directions and requirements," said Michael Masterton, an 8th grader at Woodland Middle School in Gurnee. He said students in his language arts class were given the assignment this week called “If You Give Hitler a Country,” with instructions to “create a comic strip for little kids that exemplifies Europe’s appeasement towards Hitler.” Michael’s mother, Kelly Masterton, said she was “flabbergasted” when she saw the assignment. He turned in comic strips featuring...
  • Asteroid that could’ve obliterated NYC skimmed past Earth – and NASA didn’t notice

    12/08/2017 9:25:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | 12/08/2017 | By Rachel O'Donoghue
    A MASSIVE asteroid that could have destroyed New York City skimmed past Earth – and NASA had no clue. The large space rock – dubbed 2017 VL2 – passed the planet on November 9 at an astonishing distance of just 73,000 miles, which is considered tiny in space terms. Space boffins think that if the rock measuring between 16 and 32 metres had hit, it could’ve wiped a major city such as New York off the map. The rock belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and was first seen at ATLAS-MLO observatory in Hawaii a day later. It was...
  • The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone

    12/08/2017 4:46:13 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 48 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2017-12-07 | Bryan Caplan
    I have been in school for more than 40 years. First preschool...Thanks to tenure, I have a dream job for life...Yet a lifetime of experience, plus a quarter century of reading and reflection, has convinced me that it is a big waste of time and money.... How, you may ask, can anyone call higher education wasteful...those with a bachelor’s degree earn, on average, 73 percent more than those who have only a high-school diploma, up from about 50 percent in the late 1970s. The key issue, however, isn’t whether college pays, but why.... Educators teach what they know—and most have...
  • House Roll Call: Impeachment

    12/06/2017 4:40:06 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 37 replies
    Bristol HeraldCourier ^ | December 6, 2017 | Self
    The 364-58 roll call Wednesday by which the House killed a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump. A "Yes" vote is a vote to kill the resolution.Voting yes were 126 Democrats and 238 Republicans. Voting No were 58 Democrats and 0 Republicans. X denotes those not voting. Present denotes those who voted they were "present" at the time of the vote but did not vote yes or no on the issue. There are 2 vacancies in the 435-member House. ALABAMA – All Yes ALASKA – Yes ARIZONA – All Yes ARKANSAS – All Yes CALIFORNIA – Dems who voted No:...
  • My Proposal for Student Loan Reform

    12/06/2017 12:22:05 PM PST · by Brian Griffin · 30 replies
    12/6/2017 | Brian Griffin
    There is a college affordability crisis. My university charges over ten times as much for tuition as when I first went there in September 1975. I know many academics and loan originators will provide vehement arguments why their feed bowls should't get rationed, but unless college loans are restrained to reasonable amounts there will be Democratic demands for "free" college education that will eventually cost many of us and most future college graduates dearly. BANKRUPCY BAR For loans issued after July 1, 2018, only the principal amount(s) borrowed a. from the federal Department of Education (DoE) b. to refinance, with...
  • Ancient human ancestor 'Little Foot' makes public debut

    12/06/2017 8:25:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:47 AM ET, Wed December 6, 2017 | By David McKenzie
    The Little Foot fossilized skeleton could date back 3.67 million years. ============================================================================================ Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN)South Africa's Cradle of Humankind, an expanse of farmland and rolling hills outside Johannesburg, has already unlocked some of the great mysteries of evolution. The unveiling of a near-complete fossil hominid skeleton dating back 3.67 million years will only solidify the importance of the region. "Little Foot" is the oldest fossil hominid skeleton ever found in Southern Africa, the lead scientist examining the discovery said on Wednesday. The fossil skeleton takes its name from the small foot bones discovered by scientist Ron Clarke in 1994...
  • Brookings Report Finds Women Have Sharper Tech Skills Than Men

    12/05/2017 12:44:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | NOV 29, 2017 | Janet Burns
    As the relative lack of women in tech jobs increasingly gains public attention, a new report suggests that women workers are primed to change those numbers for good. A report released this month on the digital abilities of U.S. workers found that women are slightly ahead of men when it comes to developing tech skills needed for employment. Created by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, the report "Digitalization and the American Workforce" examined Americans' progress in adapting to a rapidly more tech-heavy job market, and gave women an overall score of 48 in this area, while men received a...
  • French school children ranked worst at reading in Europe

    12/05/2017 10:15:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies ^ | 5 December 2017 12:06 CET+01:00 | Evie Burrows-Taylor
    French school children aged 9 to 10 have been ranked the worst in Europe for their reading skills, marking a steady decline in levels since 2001, a new study has revealed. It’s not good news for French schools. The study by PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study), which has been carried out every five years since 2001, ranks the reading skills of school children aged 9 to 10 in 50 countries. Thousands of French school pupils took part in the study in the spring of 2016, answering a series of comprehension questions on literary and informative texts. And the...
  • Bill Whittle: How the Critical Theory Ruined a Generation

    12/05/2017 8:46:34 AM PST · by Robert DeLong · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 31, 2017 | Bill Whittle
    William Alfred "Bill" Whittle (born April 7, 1959) is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, and author. In this segment, he talks about the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and how they created a form of neo-marxism.
  • Sign language interpreter delivered gibberish at Seminole Heights serial killer news conference

    12/05/2017 5:30:50 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 28 replies
    Lakeland Ledger ^ | 12/4/17 | The Associated Press
    <p>Hearing-impaired people tuning in to a news conference about the arrest of a suspected serial killer last week in Florida got a message of gibberish from an American Sign Language interpreter.</p> <p>As Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan announced the arrest of Howell Donaldson Wednesday night, interpreter Derlyn Roberts was there beside him, making signs that made no sense.</p>
  • Cincinnati Student Government Appropriates Funds for ‘Comfort Kits’

    12/04/2017 4:45:41 PM PST · by caww · 29 replies
    FreeBeacon ^ | December 4, 2017 | Rachel Frommer
    The University of Cincinnati student government has appropriated funding for a workshop next semester to teach students how to make "comfort kits" that include items such as worry stones, putty, fidget toys, paintbrushes, journals, and nail polish. According to the bill passed on Wednesday, the kits will "provide support and comfort to survivors of gender-based violence and others who feel like they need it," the independent student newspaper, the News Record reported.
  • Children as young as THREE are being read books questioning their gender (tr)

    12/03/2017 8:21:40 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 3, 2017 | SEBASTIAN MURPHY-BATES
    Nurseries are encouraging children to question their gender by reading them stories that challenge male and female stereotypes. Books including characters who believe the are the wrong gender will be read to children as young as three after LGBT inclusion group Educate and Celebrate put them on nursery and primary school reading lists. One features a teddy bear named Thomas, who says 'in my heart, I've always known that I am a girl teddy', according to The Sunday Times. Educate and Celebrate, which was funded by the the Department for Education, has backed dozens of schools in adopting gender-neutral toilets...
  • Negotiable Documentary Service Fee

    12/03/2017 9:52:20 AM PST · by fireman15 · 3 replies
    Documentary Service Fees: A 2009 change to state law increased the documentary service fee from $50 to $150. In order to charge a documentary service fee, the dealer must include a disclosure about the fee in its advertising. Absent proper disclosure of the fee in print, radio and television advertisements, a dealer cannot charge a documentary service fee of any amount. A dealer may use in its advertisements the statutory language, “a documentary service fee in an amount up to one hundred and fifty dollars may be added to the sale price or the capitalized cost of a vehicle” or...
  • Why couldn't Washington out law slavery at the state level?

    12/03/2017 6:25:07 AM PST · by Jonty30 · 60 replies
    I'm just trying to understand the relationship between the United States and the individual states on the issue of the legality of slavery at the state level. I know after the Civil War, the federal federal law trumped state law, but what about prior to the Civil War? Somebody told me the federal government was always the primary government when federal laws and state laws conflicted. So, why couldn't the federal government just outlaw slavery at the state level instead of launching a civil war against the states?
  • Stanford’s elite business school caught cheating — by one of its own MBA students

    12/02/2017 2:52:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 2, 2017 | Ethan Baron
    Fellowship grants were used to rank students according to their value to the schoolHalf the students at Stanford University’s elite, $70,000-per-year business school receive fellowship grants. For years, the school has made it clear that the money goes to those who might otherwise be unable to attend, or who might be forced — against school recommendations — to work part-time during the Master of Business Administration program. ”All fellowships are need-based,” says promotional material from the Graduate School of Business. “It’s important to understand that we do not negotiate fellowship amounts or eligibility.” But now, thanks to a huge breach...
  • Fact or Fiction or Foolishness????

    12/02/2017 1:51:18 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 42 replies
    email from a friend | 12/2/2017 | unknown
    If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. (Hardly seems worth it.) If you passed gas consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb. (Now that's more like it!) The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out of the body to squirt blood 30 feet. (O.M.G.!)   A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. (O.M.G.!!!) A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy) (I'm still not...
  • Change Your Mind on Darwinism, Get Expelled

    12/02/2017 12:14:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Creation Evolution Headlines ^ | 12/02/2017 | by Jerry Bergman, PhD
    I have written three rather lengthy books about discrimination against scientists who dared to question the validity of Darwinism, more commonly known as Darwin Dissidents.[1] C.S. Lewis predicted that Darwinists would become totalitarians when he was alive, and history has proved him correct.[2] One recent case is that of the distinguished paleontologist, Dr. Günter Bechly, a world expert on fossil insects, who was forced to resign [a tactful way to say he was fired] as curator for the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany. Then, as a result, he was censored from Wikipedia. The editors at Wikipedia attempted...
  • Republicans proposing revamp of federal student aid programs

    12/01/2017 6:43:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 1, 2017 7:38 PM EST
    House Republicans are proposing to revamp federal student loan programs by putting caps on how much students and parents can borrow even as they call for simplifying the application process. The student aid provisions are part of a massive rewrite of higher education legislation introduced by Republican Reps. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, chair of the House Committee on Education, and Brett Guthrie of Kentucky, chairman of the panel’s higher education subcommittee. “Unfortunately, today’s chaotic maze of federal aid programs, requirements and red tape has driven up college costs and made pursuing and finishing a postsecondary education unworkable for far...
  • Mexican music over the radio. Austin area and more...

    12/01/2017 6:12:27 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 76 replies
    107.1 FM - Austin, Texas | 1 December 2017 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Fellow Freepers, I have posted before and will post again, the music coming over the Spanish-language stations in the United States is largely intolerable in its content. You need to get a fluently bilingual friend to listen to the Norteno-type "country" Mexican music and report what is heard. Just this afternoon, driving home from work, the music coming from a station in Austin, 107.1 FM, was so bad that I wanted to shut the station down immediately. If such music were produced in the English language with the same messaage towards the Spanish-speaking community as they sing out over our...
  • STL CC trustees approve faculty cuts over protesters' shouts-kids lay of floor yelling

    12/01/2017 10:32:23 AM PST · by fungoking · 6 replies
    St Louis Public Radio ^ | 12/1/17 | RYAN DELANEY
    St. Louis Community College’s workforce will shrink again as the institution tries to combat what administrators say is a looming budget crisis. The college’s board of trustees approved a budget reduction plan Thursday during a raucous meeting that included a lengthy delay by protesters. The budget cuts include the second buyout package this year — plus layoffs of full-time teachers and staff. The plan also increases employee health care costs and eliminates other staff benefits. Depending on the result of the buyout, the college could lay off up to 70 professors and another 25 staff members. The college currently employs...