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  • Wheaton College professor put on leave for God remarks to quit in deal

    02/07/2016 9:24:50 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 2-6-2016 | Katlyn Smith
    Wheaton College said Saturday the evangelical school and professor Larycia Hawkins have "found a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation" and "have reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways" after they disagreed over her remarks that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. "Wheaton College sincerely appreciates Dr. Hawkins' contributions to this institution over the last nine years," Wheaton College President Dr. Philip Graham Ryken said in a statement posted on Wheaton College's website and also released by Arise Chicago on behalf of Hawkins. "We are grateful for her passionate teaching, scholarship, community service and mentorship of...
  • China Builds Schools in Tanzania as Sino-Africa Ties Deepen

    02/06/2016 9:16:36 PM PST · by piasa · 24 replies
    Xinhua ^ | February 4, 2016
    ARUSHA, Tanzania, Feb.3 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese influence in Tanzanian soil is increasingly becoming big and bold. This can be seen after the Asian nation built two ultra-modern primary schools in Tanzania. The schools have been built in Tanzania's University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and University of Dodoma (UDOM) campuses. China built the two schools under the Sino-Africa Friendship Primary Schools Project worth 3.23 million U.S. dollars. The schools are fully furnished with all modern teaching and learning facilities, and students enrolled in those schools will have chance of learning Chinese language and culture from Standard One to Standard...
  • Soviet Female Snipers of WWII

    02/06/2016 2:20:31 PM PST · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    IMGUR ^ | February 6, 2016 | mukappadelta ·
    Soviet Female Snipers of WWII by mukappadelta The Red Army had over 2,000 woman snipers during WW2 Roza Shanina (1924--1945) Roza Georgiyevna Shanina was a Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with 54 confirmed kills, including 12 snipers during the Battle of Vilnius. Praised for her shooting accuracy, Shanina was capable of firing precise semi-automatic shots on moving enemy targets. She volunteered to serve as a marksman on the front line. She died from wounds at age 20. She served part of the time in an all-woman sniper unit. Before the war she worked as a kindergarten teacher....
  • Henry VIII’s erratic behavior was likely caused by an NFL-style injury, argue Yale researchers

    02/06/2016 1:17:28 PM PST · by beaversmom · 71 replies
    Phys ^ | February 3, 2016 | Bill Hathaway
    Did Henry VIII suffer same brain injury as some NFL players? February 3, 2016 by Bill Hathaway Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology. Traumatic brain injury explains the memory problems, explosive anger, inability to control impulses, headaches, insomnia—and maybe even impotence--that afflicted Henry during the decade before his death in 1547, according to a paper published online the week of Feb. 1."It is intriguing to think that modern European history...
  • Boy, 8, Tried to Rob West Palm Beach Store at Gunpoint: Police

    02/05/2016 2:53:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    An 8-year-old boy was detained after he was caught on video allegedly trying to rob a West Palm Beach store with a loaded gun, police said. The incident happened Wednesday evening at the King Foods and Meat Bazaar and was caught on the store's surveillance camera, according to a report from WPTV. Video showed the boy, who was wearing a motorcycle helmet, approach the cashier and point a gun hidden underneath a sweater. He allegedly told the cashier "give me the f---ing money," the report said. The clerk was able to take the gun from the boy and hold him...
  • Why was a 9th century Viking woman buried with a ring that says ‘for Allah’ on it?

    02/05/2016 12:57:25 PM PST · by beaversmom · 87 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2015 | Adam Taylor
    By Adam Taylor March 18, 2015 Follow @mradamtaylor (Statens historiska museum / Christer Ahlin) In the modern-era, Scandinavian countries have become known for their sometimes awkward embrace of migrants from the Arab and Muslim world. But the history behind that relationship goes back far further than you might expect.Consider the case of a ring discovered in a Viking grave in Birka, a historic trading center in what is now Sweden. The woman in the grave died in the 9th century and was discovered around a thousand years later by the famous Swedish archaeologist Hjalmar Stolpe, who spent years excavating...
  • If Bill Gates really wants to help education…..

    02/05/2016 10:22:34 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies
    linkedin.com/pulse ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Bill Gates is one of Americas greatest business geniuses. But when he turned to education, his magic touch vanished. He is now known as the man who squandered several billion dollars trying to foist Common Core on a combattive public. Indeed, Common Core is so unpopular that its very mention quickly doomed Jeb Bushs presidential campaign. Today, Donald Trump casually promises that he will get rid of it forever; and audiences cheer. Why Bill Gates felt he should promote this thing is a major mystery. Here is a possible theory. When a tycoon decides he wants to help public schools,...
  • School books CAN call D-Day 'invasion': Berlin court

    02/05/2016 10:15:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Feb 2016 14:22 GMT+01:00
    A parent demanded that a book taught at his son's school which described the Second World War D-Day landings as an invasion be taken off the curriculum. A Berlin court disagreed. The history book taught in his son's school described the Normandy landings, in which the Allied forces made the biggest amphibious landing in history on France's Atlantic coast, as an "invasion". This was both inappropriate and an insult to the soldiers who died in the assault, said the Kreuzberg parent. The Allies could not be seen as invaders because they were liberating an occupied land, he argued. ...
  • He threw a tantrum. She ignored him.

    02/05/2016 4:56:59 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 77 replies
    The Week ^ | February 3, 2016 | Annabbel Monaghan
    I saw a woman leaving the YMCA recently with a baby strapped to her chest. She had a second, slightly larger baby in a stroller. And she had a tantrum-throwing three-year-old holding her hand. She was infested with small children. I couldn't help but stare... The three-year-old was trying to make a scene. I say "trying to make a scene" because he was waging war against his mother, and she was refusing to participate. With a steady gait and an even expression, she ignored him. It was the most spectacular moment in parenting I have ever seen. This woman, who...
  • Wild new theory says Earth may actually be two different planets

    02/04/2016 10:21:30 AM PST · by Smittie · 64 replies
    BGR News ^ | 02/03/2016 | Chris Smith
    A new theory says Earth is made of two planets, rather than just one. Apparently, our planet is the result of a collision that helped map the course of both Earth as we know it and the moon. According to new research from the University of California, Earth and a hypothesized early planet called Theia collided, and the two planets fused together 4.5 billion years ago. That impact also formed our moon, Science Alert explains. The initial working theory was that the Earth and Theia only side-swiped each other, sending the moon into orbit and then flying away into space....
  • A Tale of Two Professors: How Colleges treat pro-Israel and pro-Islamist professors

    02/04/2016 9:53:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/04/2016 | Noah Beck
    To understand just how depraved today's college campuses are, compare the treatment of two professors -- one defending a Western, pro-American democracy (Israel) and the other suspected of supporting this century's most gruesome Islamist terror organization, the Islamic State ("ISIS"). Julio Pino, an associate history professor at Kent State University, is currently under investigation by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security for potential ties to ISIS. Pino's jihadist leanings include possible threats against the U.S. government and virulently anti-Israel rants. In 2002, he praised a teenage Palestinian suicide bomber who had killed two people in Jerusalem, saying...
  • Illegal alien Mexicans and taxes

    02/04/2016 5:31:53 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 25 replies
    Information directly from the Illegal Alien community in the U.S. | 4 February 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    This is to inform folks. In Mexico, a man (Juan Gomez) and a woman (Maria Torres) marry. They go to the municipal office and register to marry. They are told, "Okay, you are now Juan Gomez and Maria Torres de Gomez." She is not required to change her Social Security name to show her legal married name because neither he nor she have Social Security numbers. No where are they required on documents to show their legal married names. So, whenever she chooses, she can just give her name as Maria Torres. Flash forward to the United States. Now, it's...
  • Is Zika Virus Or The Tdap Vaccine Causing Birth Defects In Brazil?

    02/03/2016 2:04:04 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    Your News Wire ^ | 1/28/2016 | Carol Adl
    The Zika virus has been known to infect people in Africa, South and Central America and Asia for more than 70 years without causing any birth defects. The Brazilian government declared an emergency in December after 2,400 babies were found to be born with shrunken heads and brain defects believed to be linked to mosquitoes carrying the Zika Virus. The number of babies born with the defects has been rising significantly since then. But could there be a link between the introduction of the Tdap vaccination that women in Latin America were urged to get before they were 22 weeks...
  • Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead?

    02/03/2016 11:22:43 AM PST · by dennisw · 83 replies
    zdnet ^ | February 3, 2016 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    My buddy David Gewirtz recently wrote about the question of whether you should move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or a Mac. I have another suggestion: Linux. Specifically Linux Mint 17.3, Rosa, with the Cinnamon desktop. Linux Mint 17.3 is a great replacement for Windows 7. In fact, it's a great desktop operating system period. sjvn Yes, I'm serious. I use all the above desktops -- yes I'm a Windows 7 and 10 user as well as a Linux guy -- and for people I think Mint 17.3 makes a great desktop. I've been using Mint as my main...
  • The Case Against Women in Combat

    02/03/2016 10:59:57 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | 3/15/2011 | Thomas Clough
    Imagine your seventeen-year-old daughter fighting for her life in hand-to-hand combat with battle-hardened enemy soldiers. How long would she survive? Two minutes? One minute? There is a resurgent movement to push female military personnel into ever more intimate contact with hostile forces. The few arguments mustered in support of doing this focus narrowly on manpower issues or misplaced feminist vanity. In all the literature on this subject that I have collected over several years, not once have I found a proponent of women in combat who would speak honestly about the consequences of thrusting our daughters into man-against-woman festivals of...
  • The Good News in American Higher Education: A number of hopeful, emerging trends

    02/03/2016 7:42:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2016 | By Bonnie Snyder
    There are a number of significant challenges in higher education today, including rising costs, diminishing returns, and the stifling effects of runaway political correctness on academic inquiry. That being said, it’s not all bad news. In fact, there are a number of hopeful, emerging trends that promise to create new and expanded opportunities for students while fostering a healthier campus intellectual climate: 1. Declining Number of Applicants – The number of college applicants peaked in 2009… around the same time the number of jobs for graduates bottomed out. What a disaster! Since then, due to demographic realities, the number...
  • UConn building 'black-only' living space to promote scholarship

    02/02/2016 6:07:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 02, 2016 | Cody Derespina
    Faced with alarmingly low graduation rates for black males, the University of Connecticut is trying something it calls bold -- and critics call segregation. The school's main campus in Storrs has launched a program slated for fall in which 40 black male undergraduates live together in on-campus housing. Proponents believe the students can draw on their common experiences and help each other make it to commencement. But others cringe at the idea of black-only housing, saying it turns decades of hard-fought racial progress on its head. [...] ScHOLA2RS House -- which stands for "Scholastic House of Leaders who are African...
  • Jersey City school could be named after Barack Obama

    02/02/2016 3:03:16 PM PST · by SMGFan · 36 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | February 2, 2016
    JERSEY CITY — A new state lawmaker wants to name a Greenville public elementary school after President Obama. Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, D-Jersey City, said a constituent came to her with the idea, which McKnight said would offer a "positive inspiration" to the pre-K through five school's students.
  • I Want To Give A Thanks To FR Homeschoolers (vanity)

    02/01/2016 7:37:59 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 19 replies
    I just want to send a thanks to everyone who was helpful on this thread. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3349192/posts We are homeschooling, now, and I do appreciate the support and advice. Finding out what what is NOT being taught. It's disgusting.
  • Rather Have Jesus, Nothing But The Blood

    02/01/2016 10:30:52 AM PST · by Revski · 10 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 2/1/16 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    With my mandolin I play and sing the hymn, (I'd Rather Have Jesus), the music for that hymn was composed in 1939 by George Beverly Shea, the renowned gospel singer. and ending hymn, (Nothing But The Blood), by Robert Lowry. Madolin and singing covered by me, o7jimmy.
  • The Life of a College Student [Pictorial]

    02/01/2016 6:10:23 AM PST · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    IMGUR ^ | January 31, 2016
  • SF Startup Creates $15 64-Bit Computer

    01/31/2016 8:13:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jan 29, 2016 | Tamara Palmer
    A San Francisco startup has created a $15 computer. Pine 64 is now taking pre-orders for its Quad core 64-Bit expandable single board supercomputer, which will ship in May. The product can be combined with a keyboard and mouse to function as a full Android 5.1 computer. The company recently raised $1,731,465 on a Kickstarter campaign that had a goal of $31,416.
  • Explaining What Hillary Has Done Wrong

    01/31/2016 3:21:02 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 29 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 1/31/2016 | blueunicorn6
    I think that a lot of Democrats don't understand what it is that Hillary has done wrong. Most Democrats don't have experience handling secret material. Most Democrats are not experts about computers or networks. They do know what Anne-mail is, but they see it in the context of what they know. They get e-mails. Hillary got e-mails. So what? Remember, they have no experience in dealing with communications security. Let's say LeBron James gets mad at an opposing player and hits him in the mouth in a game. That would be an intentional flagrant foul. LeBron would be penalized. He...
  • Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

    01/30/2016 11:04:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 6:03 AM EST | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for billions in new spending to help students learn computer science skills. Obama announced the plan in his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday. He says developing analytical and coding skills is a must for jobs in the new economy. ...
  • Free short Kindle book "The Rise of Nazi Germany"

    01/30/2016 8:12:03 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    Amazon ^ | May 3. 2015 | Charles River Editors
    Profiles the seminal events that helped Hitler rise to power and consolidate his position, including the end of World War I, the Beer Hall Putsch, the Burning of the Reichstag, and the Night of the Long Knives "I cannot remember in my entire life such a change in the attitude of a crowd in a few minutes, almost a few seconds ... Hitler had turned them inside out, as one turns a glove inside out, with a few sentences. It had almost something of hocus-pocus, or magic about it." - Dr. Karl Alexander von Mueller It is often claimed that...
  • To successfully indoctrinate a student to socialism, be sure to "excite the least antagonism"

    01/29/2016 3:53:40 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Understanding the success rate of indoctrination in colleges requires understanding just how long professors have had to perfect their craft. Enrico Ferri, who was a socialist from Italy, was one of the first to figure out how to seamlessly make this happen. Here's what was said at a Socialist International in 1901: THE PROPAGANDA WITHIN THE UNIVERSITIES. Jean Longuet outlined in a few words the significant history of the Group of Collectivist Students of Paris. The delegate of the socialist students of Budapest presented a thoughtful report analyzing the reasons why, contrary to what might have been expected from their...
  • [Vanity] A Word to Know

    01/29/2016 12:10:58 PM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    Merriam Webster ^ | ??????? | Merriam Webster
    trumpery noun trum·pery \ˈtrəm-p(ə-)rē\ Definition of TRUMPERY 1 a : worthless nonsense b : trivial or useless articles : junk 2 archaic : tawdry finery — trumpery adjective See trumpery defined for kids Examples of TRUMPERY
  • The View From Olympus: Invasion by Immigration

    01/29/2016 8:32:45 AM PST · by Pelham · 11 replies
    traditionalRIGHT ^ | September 23, 2015 | William Lind
    Were Russian tank divisions now pouring into Germany, it is safe to say Germany would be fighting back. As it happens, Germany and Europe are now suffering an invasion more dangerous than that would be. Yet all Frau Merkel can do is stand by the side of the road handing posies to the invaders. As I have pointed out for many years, in a world of Fourth Generation war, invasion by immigration is more dangerous-not less dangerous-than invasion by a foreign army. Why? Because unless the invaders are a Roman army, the enemy army usually goes home. He may permanently...
  • Fmr Marine Fed. Lawsuit: Banned fm LaPlata HS after Objecting to "Islamic Indoctrination..."

    01/28/2016 3:05:24 PM PST · by wtd · 16 replies
    Southern Maryland Online ^ | January 28, 2016
    Former Marine Launches Fed. Lawsuit: Banned from La Plata H.S. Property after Objecting to "Islamic Indoctrination of Daughter"Plaintiffs believe that it is "a sin to profess commitment in word or writing to any god other than the Christian God"CALLAWAY, Md. (Jan. 28, 2016)—The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) yesterday afternoon filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of former Marine, John Kevin Wood, and his wife, Melissa, who "refuse to allow their teenage daughter to be subjected to Islamic indoctrination and propaganda in her high school World History class." The lawsuit was filed against the Charles County Public Schools, the Board...
  • Few US neighborhoods affordable, walkable with good schools

    01/27/2016 2:34:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 4:08 PM EST | Josh Boak
    Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. - a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market. Residents of Adams Morgan enjoy a bevy of bars, restaurants, exercise studios and shopping, just steps from their row houses and condo buildings. Home values are reasonable relative to neighborhood incomes. And in general, the area schools rate as better than average nationally. Across the country, just 14 percent of neighborhoods manage to be at once affordably priced, walkable and near decent schools. And many of those neighborhoods exist in only two cities: Washington and...
  • What is an unfair question? (Vanity)

    01/27/2016 2:17:04 PM PST · by don-o · 83 replies
    Little House on Unaka | 1/27/16 | don-o
    Hannity just got on my last nerve (again). He's talking to a Trump son about "unfair questions". Hannity says he hears unfair questions from the media. He says he never asks unfair questions. But, I never hear, "What exactly is an unfair question"? What makes a question unfair?
  • Green Anole Lizard Found in (Kindergartener's) Salad Becomes Class Mascot

    01/27/2016 11:19:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 26, 201 | Daniel Uria
    A kindergartener in New Jersey discovered a green anole lizard in a package of salad greens that soon became her class mascot. The girl's mother, Sally Mabon, discovered the lizard unconscious and grey in a "cold coma" as she opened a refrigerated bag of tatsoi she bought from a local grocery store. The lizard was able to make a full recovery after receiving some warmth and moisture. Mabon then brought it in to science teacher Mark Eastburn, who believes the lizard survived due to an increased resistance to cold. "It probably has some moderate adaptation to the cold which is...
  • Winking & Blinking Are You Washed

    01/27/2016 4:57:11 AM PST · by Revski
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 1/27/16 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This 2-minute animated talking pig video, resting in the dirt, will inspire you to think on how you live in every day life. I sing a hymn, A-Capella, Are You Washed In The Blood, written by; Elisha A, Hoffman. In the Bible; Philippians 1: 18 says this; What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
  • Pink Slime, Rodent Droppings, Expired Milk in a School Lunch Line: Restaurant Inspection Results

    01/26/2016 3:12:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    PENN Live ^ | January 16, 2016 | Hope Stephan
    Many midstate restaurants are inspected each week and come through with no problems. But some restaurants in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties had violations during inspections conducted from Dec. 20 to Dec. 26. In York County, inspectors saw imitation crab meat being thawed in a pan of hot water. At a school, they found 26 expired milk cartons in the milk cooler at the serving line. In Dauphin County, old rodent droppings on the floor were observed under the shelving unit in the dry-storage room at one establishment. At another, old metal shavings had accumulated around the...
  • Private Islamic Tuition Teacher Turns to be Christian News Viral on Social Media

    01/26/2016 11:12:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, January 23, 2016 | Mahra S.
    In a strange incident, a teacher who was giving Muslim students private tuition in Islamic studies turned to be a Christian. The news went viral on social media, drawing many mixed reactions. Amal, a Kuwaiti woman said that the teacher must be punished. “It is not acceptable to cheat in religion. How can someone who is from a different religion teach these kids about Islam and Sharia?” she questioned. Sharing similar views, Seham, another Kuwaiti woman said that the religion of the private tuition teacher does not make a huge difference if he is teaching them Science, Mathematics and English....
  • Time to Seriously Boycott Fox TV? Lucifer, Exorcist Episodes Celebrate Satan. No Longer a Joke

    01/24/2016 3:35:15 PM PST · by Be Careful · 100 replies
    Celebrating Satan? While Homeschool w/ no TV really is the answer for our kids, we need to push back as hard as we can on Fox. Ideas beyond the obvious of just tuning out?
  • This teacher parodied Adele's "Hello" to beg for a snow day

    01/24/2016 1:05:10 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 8 replies
    Receiving the call that school will be closed for a snow day prompts many different emotions. For students and teachers, it's one of the best things about Winter, but for parents it means a full day huddled inside while awful conditions brew outside. We bet when the clever teacher in the video above parodied Adele's hit song "Hello" to cry out for a snow day, she didn't expect a snowpocalypse to arrive. You know how the saying goes: be careful what you wish for! So if you're dreading the arrival of Winter Storm Jonas, here's a little humor (and hours...
  • A Secret About The 1st Legal Slave Owner in America…

    01/24/2016 9:58:59 AM PST · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | Addison Riddleberger on January 22, 2016 at 8:50am
    A Secret About The 1st Legal Slave Owner in America, but the Media Does not Want To Report This Most liberals just cannot stand the sight or sound of truth. Facts go over their heads as they look for opportunities to call others “intolerant” of their worldviews, resort to logic that they don’t recognize as faulty, and stoop to ad hominem commentary because they have no foundation on which to stand. Now, just imagine if I told them that slavery in American was started by a black man — yikes. The black male I am referring to is Anthony Johnson,...
  • Deadliest battle ever on Michigan soil happened on this day in 1813 (Jan 22nd)

    01/23/2016 5:02:58 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 33 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | 1/22/2016 | Jessica Shepherd
    MONROE, MI — Michigan isn't necessarily known for its war history. That could be the reason why many Michiganders are unaware of the details of the deadliest day of war on Michigan soil. Another possible reason, according to Daniel Downing, is America doesn't love to talk about the times we lose. "It's a great American defeat and we don't like to brag about our defeats," said Downing, who serves as chief of education, interpretation and operation for River Raisin National Battlefield Park. Left without sufficient ammunition, more than 300 Americans were killed Jan. 22, 1813 during the War of 1812's...
  • Entertaining Toddlers and Tykes.

    01/23/2016 12:20:20 PM PST · by dangus · 28 replies
    Dangus
    Future parent? Recent Parent? As a fairly old first-time parent, I thought I'd share some things I hadn't known about for entertaining young kids. (I'd be thrilled if this thread was eternal because new parents share their discoveries.) My son is 3. He still seems a long way away from when he cares whether a toy was a brand name or a home made. Fantastic. Home-made entertainment isn't nearly so hard. But this isn't ONLY about home-made entertainment. Modeling clay is much better than Play-dough. Play-dough actually sucks. With a young kid, you can't control when it's going to dry...
  • Don't like Cruz or Trump? Not going to vote?...Well....

    01/22/2016 5:42:14 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 150 replies
    Imgur ^ | 1/22/2016 | Predictions
    This could be the next 4 years. No matter who the GOP nominates...just vote for em. Don't get all stiff necked and shut down just because your fave candidate didn't get picked.... It can get a whole lot worse.... < /rant
  • Who was Wilbur Scoville? The science behind what makes chillies so hot

    01/22/2016 5:00:53 AM PST · by beaversmom · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 22, 2016 | Keely Lockhart
    Hot chilli peppers have been credited with helping to lose weight, inducing labour and relieving pain. But until Wilbur Scoville, there was no objective way of measuring how hot chillies really are. Scoville, an American chemist born 151 years ago on Friday, is responsible for the "Scoville organoleptic test", a scale of "hotness" that has been the definitive rating of how spicy a chilli is for more than 100 years. On his birthday, Google has saluted Scoville with an interactive Doodle that asks visitors to assist his experiments by cooling the chillies' heat.
  • Professor requires students write 8-page ‘commitment to social justice’

    01/21/2016 11:57:42 AM PST · by massmike · 29 replies
    thecollegefix.com ^ | 01/21/2016 | Jennifer Kabbany
    A teacher at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro requires students in her class to write an 8-page commitment to social justice — pupils who take her class because it’s a required course to earn a K-12 teaching credential. An assignment in instructor Revital Zilonka’s “Institution of Education” class tells future North Carolina teachers that “by the end of the semester, you are required to write your own personal/professional commitment to social justice,” the syllabus states. The class mandates a list of feminist and Marxist readings, and students’ “commitment” is expected to be up to eight pages long and delve into...
  • Little Bird Big Words

    01/21/2016 2:20:38 AM PST · by Revski · 6 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 1/21/16 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This video is animated and created out of pictures of a small, colorful Colombian Parakeets, (Perija), that is listed as critically endangered, and threatened species, have voices of my grandchild, wife and myself, quoting scripture from the KJV Holy Bible.
  • What being a flight attendant taught me about human trafficking

    01/20/2016 5:16:50 PM PST · by free_life · 9 replies
    Mashable ^ | Jan 12, 2016 | Heather Poole
    A few years ago, on board a flight from Los Angeles to New York, a group of young girls wore nothing but jeans and T-shirts - in the middle of winter. They didn't speak English, and they didn't speak to each other the entire flight. I remember thinking it was odd, but I didn't know what to do about it. My mother, a retired flight attendant, once had a man on board a flight traveling with a teenage girl. They didn't look like they were related, and they weren't friendly with each other either. "When I asked the girl what...
  • Washington state lawmaker shocks high school pupils by asking them about their virginity..

    01/20/2016 2:31:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | January 20, 2016 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Washington state lawmaker shocks high school pupils by asking them about their virginity during Planned Parenthood meeting A state lawmaker has shocked high school pupils in Washington after asking them about their virginity during a Planned Parenthood meeting. Republican Mary Dye from Pomeroy, in rural southeastern Washington meet with six students from the Pullman area teen council chapter of Planned Parenthood. They had been visiting Dye's office with Rachel Todd, a worker from Planned Parenthood, so the politician could give them a deeper understanding of laws and advocacy. But the teenagers were left stunned when Dye asked if...
  • Top Ten Giant Discoveries in North America [Genesis 6, Luke 17]

    01/20/2016 12:10:34 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 27 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 1/18/2016 | Hugh Newman
    The Iroquois, the Osage, the Tuscaroras, the Hurons, the Omahas, and many other North American Indians all speak of giant men who once lived and roamed in the territories of their forefathers. All over what is now the U.S. are traditions of these ancient giants. Over 1000 accounts of seven-foot and taller skeletons have reportedly been unearthed from ancient burial sites over a two-hundred-year period in North America. Newspaper accounts, town and county histories, letters, scientific journals, diaries, photos and Smithsonian ethnology reports have carefully documented this. These skeletons have been reported from coast to coast with strange anatomic anomalies...
  • Nearly 10 percent of college grads think Judge Judy is on Supreme Court

    01/20/2016 7:42:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/20/2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Nearly 10 percent of college graduates think television's Judge Judy serves on the Supreme Court, according to a new report released this month. The report, titled "A Crisis in Civic Education," was based on a survey of 1,000 adults in August and concludes that "recent college graduates are alarmingly ignorant of America's history and heritage." "They cannot identify the term lengths of members of Congress, the substance of the First Amendment, or the origin of the separation of powers," the report said, referring to college graduates. The lack of civic knowledge extended to the Supreme Court, where 9.6 percent of...
  • Final Jeopardy question wipes out all contestants’ prize money (VIDEO)

    01/19/2016 9:27:05 PM PST · by windcliff · 51 replies
    RT.com ^ | 1-19-16 | unknown
    It's rare that game shows get away with not forking out at least some cash, but that's what happened on Jeopardy! when the final clue bamboozled gambling contestants. The popular US programme has been on the air since the 1960s and sees contestants answer questions based on a range of subjects, like history, current affairs, art, and literature. But on Monday the show's three contestants were not so lucky, or capable, as they bet a total of $33,600 only to lose out on a question involving school segregation. The offending clue was: "A 1957 event led to the creation of...
  • I’m Northwestern’s president. Here’s why safe spaces for students are important.

    01/19/2016 8:06:39 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 62 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 15 Jan, 2015 | Morton Schapiro
    College presidents have always received a lot of mail. But these days we get more than ever. Much of it relates to student unrest, and most of the messages are unpleasant. Our usual practice is to thank the sender for writing and leave it at that. The combination of receiving more than 100 emails and letters a day and recognizing that the purpose of many writers is to rebuke, rather than discuss, leaves us little choice about how to respond. But that certainly doesn’t mean we don’t think long and hard about the issues being raised. Some writers ask why...