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  • Australian School Phone Message

    06/29/2015 12:24:32 PM PDT · by econjack · 8 replies
    video ^ | June 29, 2015 | unknown
    While there's no way I can verify this, I like the message regardless. The Aussies have it right on most issues. Listen at: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pwghabw4N80?rel=0
  • Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

    06/29/2015 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1:56 pm ET Jun 26, 2015 | By Amir Mizroch
    Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week: Human: Tell me the definition of morality. Machine: I don’t have ethics. Human: Look, I need help; I need to know...
  • 12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals Against Liberals

    06/29/2015 10:31:49 AM PDT · by proust · 41 replies
    Right WIng News ^ | April 2012 | John Hawkins
    When conservatives stop playing defense...
  • Enemies

    06/29/2015 8:05:41 AM PDT · by Leto · 5 replies
    Fourmilab Blog ^ | 4-15-2011 | John Walker
    Opponents or Enemies? In any conflict, it is a deadly error to mistake or underestimate the adversary's capabilities, will to employ them, or ultimate goals. Around the globe, what was once confidently deemed “Western civilisation” is in an end-stage battle with champions of a collectivist and statist ideology which, over the last century, has enacted programs of redistributive taxation, borrowing, and spending whose unsustainability has now become self-evident and which, unless the present course is altered, will collapse in at most ten years. Further, the second- and higher-order effects of these policies have led to demographic collapse in the societies...
  • Boy Scout killed in flash flood at Philmont Ranch

    06/28/2015 8:07:31 AM PDT · by SZonian · 28 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 27 June, 2015 | Nicole Perez
    One Boy Scout died and three others were rescued after being swept away in a flash flood early Saturday, according to the New Mexico State Police. A group of eight Scouts, ages 14 to 17, three crew leaders and one adult ranger were on the two-week trek across the Philmont Scout Ranch, a popular Boy Scout ranch near Cimarron. They were camped near the North Ponil Canyon, 15 miles northeast of the training center. Rain started falling early Saturday morning, flooding parts of the ranch property, according to a news release posted on the ranch’s website. Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday,...
  • Oxford English Dictionary makes ‘Masshole’ official

    06/27/2015 2:44:19 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 64 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/25/15 | Stephanie McFeeters
    The Oxford English Dictionary added the word Masshole to its roster on Wednesday, formalizing a term well known to frustrated drivers throughout the Northeast. A piece of “coarse slang” defined as “a term of contempt for a native or inhabitant of the state of Massachusetts,” Masshole was one of nearly 500 words added to the dictionary on Wednesday, along with twerk, sext, hyperlocal, freegan, fratty, and fo’ shizzle.
  • Audacity - The Movie

    06/26/2015 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen
    From Living Waters, creators of the award-winning TV program “The Way of the Master” and the hit movies “180” and “Evolution vs. God,” comes the powerful film “Audacity.” Executive produced by TV co-host and best-selling author Ray Comfort (Hell’s Best Kept Secret, Scientific Facts in the Bible), this film delivers an unexpected, eye-opening look at the controversial topic of homosexuality. Peter (Travis Owens) is an aspiring comedian encouraged by his friend Ben (Ben Price, Australia’s Got Talent finalist) to perform at the local comedy club. But stage fright isn’t Peter’s only fear. When confronted with one of today’s most...
  • Crime in America

    06/25/2015 11:06:24 AM PDT · by chuckles · 6 replies
    vanity | June 25 2015 | chuckles
    Well, here we go, one more time. Someone is murdered and the usual suspects get dusted off and taken from the closet to be regurgitated back and forth making sound but accomplishing nothing. Of course the first thing is always gun control, but this time race was the watchword singled out because everyone knows gun control won’t get to first base with Congress. No one mentions the black on black crime that is murdering more people than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The Second Amendment is a well established part of our Constitution from the very beginning of...
  • Undergraduate discovers new firefly species [CA]

    06/25/2015 8:46:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-25-2015 | Iqbal Pittalwala & Provided by University of California - Riverside
    The Entomology Research Museum at the University of California, Riverside today announced the discovery of a new species of firefly from Southern California, collected by an undergraduate student as part of his semester's insect collection. Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist, said the student, Joshua Oliva, obtained one specimen of the new species while collecting near Topanga, Calif. "He wasn't 100 percent certain it was a firefly, and brought it to me for confirmation," Yanega said. "I know the local fauna well enough that within minutes I was able to tell him he had found something entirely new to science. I...
  • Newly found ring of teeth uncovers what common ancestor of molting animals looked like

    06/25/2015 8:35:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-24-2015 | Provided by University of Cambridge
    Hallucigenia sparsa from the Burgess Shale (Royal Ontario Museum 61513). The fossil is 15 mm long. Credit: Jean-Bernard Caron A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago - a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail - has definitively identified its head for the first time, and revealed a previously unknown ring of teeth and a pair of simple eyes. The results, published today in the journal Nature, have helped scientists reconstruct what the common ancestor of everything from tiny roundworms to huge lobsters might have looked like....
  • School Board Committee Votes To Ban “Dixie” Song & Rebel Mascot At Southside High School (AR)

    06/25/2015 1:46:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    KFSM, CBS 5, Fort Smith, AR ^ | 10:36PM, June 23, 2015 | Zuzanna Sitek and Aubry Killon
    A Fort Smith School Board committee passed a motion Tuesday (June 23) to ban the “Dixie” song during the 2015-2016 school year and to replace the rebel mascot for the 2016-2017 school year. The motion passed five to zero. Susan McFerran, a member of the school board, said the decision comes after the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and a recent class reunion. “There was a 30 year class reunion this weekend,” she said. “It came to our attention that the public has been pretty upset about the Confederate flag, which has already been removed, the rebel mascot [and]...
  • California school backtracks on Common Core opt-out punishment

    06/25/2015 12:28:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A California high school where a majority of juniors opted out of Common Core testing has backed off of plans to ban the students from using the school’s parking lot and from taking part in senior class activities after parents and education groups raised a fuss. C.J. Foss, principal of Calabasas High School in Los Angeles County, last week sent an email to seniors-to-be announcing that certain privileges would be withheld from students who skipped the controversial test, which detractors say is an attempt to nationalize America’s public education system. Although the test, which critics say dictates curriculum, is widely...
  • Kids Create Salt Black Markets in Cafeterias Due to Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules

    06/24/2015 2:04:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 24, 2015 | by Elizabeth Harrington
    Children are creating their own black markets to trade and sell salt due to First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules. During a hearing before the House, a school administrator told Congress of the “unintended consequences” of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. “Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne. “Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” Payne said. “More students bring their lunch, and a few parents even ‘check out’ their child from...
  • A Confederate flag does not divide us; leftist ideology does

    06/24/2015 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Taxman · 22 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | 06/24/15 | Sylvia Thompson
    If Governor Nikki Haley thinks that removing a flag from a capitol building will do anything to alleviate the racial hatred fomented by Barack Obama over the past several years, and the Left throughout the country's history, she is sadly mistaken. Not only Governor Haley, but every conservative thinker who follows her lead have fallen into the web of deceit that the Left always uses to entrap the gullible. I recall over the years having seen white supremacists with American flags flying. Their position is that America is being taken away from them by foreigners and people who had no...
  • What is REALLY needed is a ban on the display of the MEXICAN flag in the United States

    06/24/2015 4:11:54 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 24 replies
    24 June 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    It is time for State governments as well as the National government to ban display or sale of the Mexican Flag in the United States since Mexicans in general are prejudiced against blacks (fact).
  • Causality

    06/24/2015 10:12:38 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 10 replies
    The Universe | 6/24/2015 | blueunicorn6
    Causality is the relationship between cause and effect. This thing (cause) made this happen (effect). Now, I am not a Southerner. I have no vested history with the ConfederateFlag/Battle Flag of The Northern Virginia Army. What I find galling about this issue is the deliberate ignorance of Causality by too many. Did Dylan dispshirt kill nine Americans of African descent (effect) as a reaction to the flag (cause)? Or, did Dylan dispshirt kill nine Americans of African descent (effect) so he could be famous (cause)? It is disingenuous in the extreme, and intellectually lazy, to assert that a flag caused...
  • Isolated Sightings of the Extinct Dodo Bird Have Spartans Concerned Over an Eerie Trend

    06/24/2015 10:11:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.tapinto.net ^ | June 4, 2015 at 12:37 AM | By BEN INSLEY
    A new phenomenon is sweeping across Sparta as more and more students come forward claiming to have encountered the flightless Dodo bird. Caught somewhere between a pigeon and a dove with its gray feathers and unmistakable yellow scowl, the Dodo bird stood at an intimidating one meter tall back in the 17th century when it became extinct--barely a century after its discovery. The Dodo bird was not known for its impact on this planet while it lived, but, rather, remains a point of contention and activism because of its death. The extinction of this bird has been overwhelmingly attributed to...
  • Jawbone Lifts Lid on Human-Neanderthal Sex

    06/24/2015 6:50:32 AM PDT · by Sopater · 39 replies
    Newser ^ | Jun 23, 2015 9:50 AM CDT | Arden Dier
    (Newser) – A jawbone found in Romania more than a decade ago provides the first genetic evidence that humans and Neanderthals knocked boots in Europe before the latter disappeared between 35,000 and 40,000 years ago. Scientists who came across the bone of one of the earliest modern humans in Europe in a cave known as Pestera cu Oase noticed it had both modern human and Neanderthal traits. Now, a study of the bone's DNA—made possible by recent technological advances—explains why. "The sample is more closely related to Neanderthals than any other modern human we've ever looked at before," Harvard researcher...
  • Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

    06/23/2015 11:00:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2015 1:23 PM EDT | Carolyn Thompson
    The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not. So curriculum director Tammy Baumann and her team took the books apart, literally. Then they rearranged lessons, filled in holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the K-2 math curriculum in the fall at her district in East Lansing, Michigan. It was a time-consuming but necessary response, Baumann said, to what appears to be a near-universal lament of teachers as they page through textbooks and websites: a lack of high-quality teaching materials aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards that have been adopted by most...
  • VANITY: Symbols of the Several States of the United States of America

    06/23/2015 10:45:11 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 31 replies
    Cletus | 23JUN2015 | VANITY of Cletus
    The current attempt to direct the symbols of South Carolina leads me to believe that there may an ultimate goal -the repeal of 2ndA-. Maybe "we" as patriots can discuss and provide discussion as to why the separate states should be able to present symbols as appropriate to our location. As an example; The State of Illinois, in legislation, has designated the Cardinal as their State bird. Is this not a tacit acceptance of religion and the Roman Catholic church as the preferred religion of Illinois? I wonder, how many of the 13-colony states have firearms in their flag? I...
  • A "Sixth Mass Extinction"? Here's Why No One Trusts Science Reporting Anymore

    06/22/2015 1:39:27 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 14 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | June 22, 2015 | Wesley J. Smith
    A "Sixth Mass Extinction"? Here's Why No One Trusts Science Reporting Anymore Wesley J. Smith June 22, 2015 12:19 PM | Permalink You may have read in the media that humans are causing a sixth mass extinction on the planet. You may also have noted that one of the sources of the claim is Paul Ehrlich -- author of the hysterically wrong The Population Bomb. But for the most part the articles that have reported on the paper by Ehrlich and Anthony Barnosky (in Science Advances) do not mention that infamous book or Ehrlich's history of hyperbolic ecological fear mongering....
  • 8 Million Dog Mummies Found in 'God of Death' Mass Grave

    06/22/2015 1:25:16 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | June 18, 2015 08:07am ET | 8 Million Dog Mummies Found in 'God of Death' Mass Grave by Laura Geggel, Staff Writer
    In ancient Egypt, so many people worshiped Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death, that the catacombs next to his sacred temple once held nearly 8 million mummified puppies and grown dogs, a new study finds. The catacomb ceiling also contains the fossil of an ancient sea monster, a marine vertebrate that's more than 48 million years old, but it's unclear whether the Egyptians noticed the existence of the fossil when they built the tomb for the canine mummies, the researchers said. Many of the mummies have since disintegrated or been disrupted by grave robbers and industrialists, who likely used the...
  • So, Just How Good Are You At Puzzles?

    06/22/2015 12:18:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Popular Science ^ | Posted June 19, 2015 | By Chandra Clarke
    Put your jigsaw puzzle skills to the test with this archeological treasure Project: The Pictish Puzzle The Picts were a group of people that lived in Scotland during the Late Iron Age. You're probably familiar with their signature artwork: highly stylized animals, beautiful spirals, and intricate knots, all carved into stone, or worked in metal. And it's one of the most famous and beautiful Pictish stones that National Museums Scotland wants you to put back together. The Hilton of Cadboll Stone was carved between 700 and 800 AD. On one side (shown above) you can see a hunting scene. On...
  • Genetic analysis of 40,000-year-old jawbone reveals early modern humans interbred with Neandertals

    06/22/2015 8:57:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    PHYS.Org ^ | 06-22-2015 | Provided by Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    In 2002, archaeologists discovered the jawbone of a human who lived in Europe about 40,000 years ago. Geneticists have now analyzed ancient DNA from that jawbone and learned that it belonged to a modern human whose recent ancestors included Neanderthals. Neanderthals lived in Europe until about 35,000 years ago, disappearing at the same time modern humans were spreading across the continent. The new study, co-led by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator David Reich at Harvard Medical School and Svante Pääbo at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, provides the first genetic evidence that humans interbred with Neanderthals in Europe....
  • OLD MACDONALD

    06/21/2015 12:17:44 PM PDT · by knarf · 7 replies
    self ^ | June 21, 2015 | knarf
    I learned old macdonald had a farm as a series in a memory song ...
  • HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, DAD

    06/21/2015 3:28:30 AM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies
    Dad's loins ^ | June 21, 2015 | knarf
    I'm not far in age when he died .... it's a weird and wonderful day
  • NC School District Okay With Gay Marriage Fairy Tale for Third Graders

    06/20/2015 12:04:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 19, 2015 | 12:57 PM EDT | Emily Richards
    A public school district in North Carolina is allowing the use of a controversial fairy tale about gay marriage to be read in its elementary schools despite widespread community opposition. Omar Currie, a former 3rd grade teacher at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, read King & King—a book about two gay “princes” who fall in love and get married—to his third grade students in April after he said one student teased another by calling him “gay” in gym class. Currie resigned this week after the parents of three students filed written complaints to the school media review committee. Meg Goodhand, the assistant...
  • Obama: Low-income Kids Do Worse in School at Month’s End Partly Because They’re ‘Getting Hungry,’…

    06/19/2015 8:28:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 19, 2015 | 5:15 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Kids in low-income communities statistically do poorer in terms of school performance near the end of each month, in part, because “they start getting hungry” as their food stamps “start running out,” said President Barack Obama at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Santa Monica, Calif., on Thursday. “Too many of our kids still go hungry in this country,” said Obama. “I was looking at some statistics, because we're looking at policies around hunger and the SNAP program, and the performance of children in lower-income communities in school dips at the end of the month in a statistically significant way,”...
  • Clay Target Shooting In Minnesota, The Hot High School Sport

    06/19/2015 7:52:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 6/19/15 | AP
    Kalley Johnson was hunting with her father by age 4. She had a bow and arrow in hand two years later. She once shot a zebra on a productive big-game trip to Namibia. Who knew those skills would earn her varsity letters? “Sometimes if I tell a random person I’m on the trapshooting team, they kind of look at me funny like, ‘You’re a girl. You can do that?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, we do it all the time,'” said Johnson, a just-graduated senior at Delano High School. “But it’s definitely getting better. The first year it started, there were only...
  • A teaspoon of sugar: Many college kids are depending on sugar daddies to pay for their tuition

    06/19/2015 4:55:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Economist ^ | 06/18/2015
    NEARLY three-quarters of the graduates now leaving America’s colleges are saddled with debt. On average, they owe $35,051. By comparison, roughly half of all graduates carried debt in 1995 and it averaged less than a third as much, says Edvisors, which tracks student aid (see chart). As the cost of university has risen, so has the number of “sugar babies” who pay for it by selling companionship and sex to wealthy older men. Monthly pay for this is typically about $3,000, though some “sugar daddies” offer much more. According to SeekingArrangement, a firm based in Las Vegas, two-thirds of sugar-baby...
  • Einstein saves the quantum cat

    06/19/2015 7:37:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 063-16-2015 | Provided by University of Vienna
    Einstein's theory of time and space will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. Even today it captures the imagination of scientists. In an international collaboration, researchers from the universities of Vienna, Harvard and Queensland have now discovered that this world-famous theory can explain yet another puzzling phenomenon: the transition from quantum behavior to our classical, everyday world. Their results are published in the journal Nature Physics. In 1915 Albert Einstein formulated the theory of general relativity which fundamentally changed our understanding of gravity. He explained gravity as the manifestation of the curvature of space and time. Einstein's theory predicts that...
  • Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes (anti-fracking barf alert)

    06/18/2015 4:43:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2015 7:27 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. An unprecedented recent jump in quakes in America’s heartland can be traced to the stepped up rate that drilling wastewater is injected deep below the surface, according to a study in Thursday’s journal Science that looked at 187,570 injection wells over four decades. It’s not so much the average-sized injection wells, but the supercharged ones that are causing the ground to shake. Wells that pumped...
  • Bryson's last update

    06/18/2015 1:32:17 PM PDT · by knarf · 23 replies
    self ^ | june 18, 2015 | knarf
    Bryson went in for his last surgical procedure Wednesday, the 17th
  • Engineers find a simple yet clever way to boost chip speeds

    06/18/2015 12:01:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-17-2015 | Provided by Stanford University
    A typical computer chip includes millions of transistors connected with an extensive network of copper wires. Although chip wires are unimaginably short and thin compared to household wires both have one thing in common: in each case the copper is wrapped within a protective sheath. For years a material called tantalum nitride has formed protective layer in chip wires. Now Stanford-led experiments demonstrate that a different sheathing material, graphene, can help electrons scoot through tiny copper wires in chips more quickly. Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a strong yet thin lattice. Stanford electrical engineer H.-S....
  • Rabalais: vanity

    06/18/2015 9:04:54 AM PDT · by waterhill · 3 replies
    Do What Thou Wilt;because men that are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth them unto virtuous actions, and withdraws them from vice, which is called honour. Those same men, when by base subjection and constraint they are brought under and kept down, turn aside from that noble disposition by which they formerly were inclined to virtue, to shake off and break that bond of servitude wherein they are so tyrannously enslaved; for it is agreeable with the nature of man to long after things forbidden and to desire what is...
  • Does Harvard Teach Law Anymore?

    06/18/2015 6:42:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/18/2015 | J. Christian Adams
    Harvard is to law what Winchester is to bolt actions. Powerful, dependable, well engineered and the mark of a serious craft, at least that’s what I was told.These days, Harvard graduates probably don’t know much about bolt actions, unless they are a member of the Harvard Law School shooting club. A stroll through the Harvard Law School course catalog also makes you wonder how much they know about the real practice of law.The course catalog from Harvard Law School hints that the answer might be — not as much as we thought.The Harvard Law School course catalog frequently reads...
  • High School Graduates 'Shake It Off' Flash Mob-Style to Taylor Swift: Watch

    06/18/2015 2:59:39 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Billboard ^ | June 17, 2015
    Graduating high school is a big deal, so you might as well make a big deal out of it. The seniors at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H., did just this, with some help from Taylor Swift. No, Swift didn't show up. But her hit "Shake It Off" sure did, as the graduating class performed a flash mob-style dance to the mega-hit that had everyone out of their seats grooving. At the class valedictorian's closing words of his speech, "All you have to do is shake it off," the fun got going — first with hand moves and then full...
  • I self identify as British royalty

    06/17/2015 8:21:43 PM PDT · by Drango · 50 replies
    me | today | me
    I self identify as British royalty. I'm tired of the FReepers who refuse to address me as SIR Drango and my wife as LADY Drango. Stop microaggressing me. Now.
  • Bart Starr participating in stem cell trial for stroke

    06/17/2015 3:40:52 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 12 replies
    WISN.COM ^ | 17 JUNE 2015 | WISN.COM
    The Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr says the QB has been accepted into a clinical trial using stem cell therapy. The Green Bay Packers issued a news release Wednesday saying that Starr returned home Friday from the first of two treatments. Starr's wife, Cherry, said in October that Starr suffered a ischemic stroke Sept. 2, followed by a hemorrhagic stroke and mild heart attack on Sept. 7.
  • Wis. city bars use of kangaroos as service animals

    06/17/2015 3:38:34 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 30 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | 17 JUNE 2015 | KARE 11
    BEAVER DAM, Wis. - Beaver Dam officials have changed the city's rules on service animals after a woman took a baby kangaroo into a McDonald's restaurant. The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports the city's Common Council voted 14-0 Monday night to define a service animal as a dog or miniature horse, but not a kangaroo. Police can cite people who try to use other animals.
  • 3,800-year-old statuettes found in Peru

    06/17/2015 2:42:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Jun 09, 2015 | Staff
    Researchers in Peru have discovered a trio of statuettes they believe were created by the ancient Caral civilization some 3,800 years ago, the culture ministry said Tuesday. The mud statuettes were found inside a reed basket in a building at the ancient city of Vichama in northern Peru, which is today an important archaeological site. The ministry said they were probably used in religious rituals performed before breaking ground on a new building. Two of the figures, a naked man and woman painted in white, black and red, are believed to represent political authorities. The third, a women with 28...
  • Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery In The Mediterranean, The Barbary Coast And Italy

    06/16/2015 8:34:02 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 3 replies
    amazon ^ | 14 september 2004 | Robert C. Davis
    Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery In The Mediterranean, The Barbary Coast And Italy
  • Orange is the NEW BLack

    06/16/2015 7:08:47 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 12 replies
    6-16-15
  • 93-Year-Old World War II Veteran Gets Diploma During Stanford Graduation Ceremony

    06/15/2015 6:55:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jun 15, 2015 | Emily Bockian
    A World War II veteran walked across the stage at Stanford’s graduation ceremony on Sunday, more than 60 years after receiving his degree. With his granddaughter by his side, Bonnie "Chuck" Gould, recipient of the bronze Medal for Bravery during his WWII service, finally got the sash and the public recognition he earned decades ago. Gould, a retired teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of the Redwood City School District, graduated from Stanford with a master’s in education in 1954. But he didn’t walk in the ceremony. He called it a mistake, but not one made intentionally. “We had six kids...
  • Leftists Demand Firing of Asian Conservative College Paper Editor for “Unsafe” Views

    06/15/2015 9:21:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/15/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]It occurs to me that the people who constantly demand safe spaces are the ones making places unsafe for [2]everyone else.Duke student Jonathan Zhao wrote a column [3] on “The Plight of the Black Community” for the Duke Chronicle. It was politically incorrect, but these days what isn’t, in that it noted problems such as single parenthood and welfare dependency and suggested those were the real issues. Lastly, and perhaps paramount to all other cultural issues, is the pervasive sense of crippling victimhood within the black community. Leaders of the black community, whether nationally like Al Sharpton or locally...
  • Teacher: I Don’t Teach Shakespeare Because He’s White

    06/15/2015 9:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/15/2015 | Blake Neff
    The Washington Post has published a guest article by a California teacher arguing that American high school students shouldn’t read Shakespeare because he’s a dead, white man. Dana Dusbiber, who teaches English in Sacramento, says she avoids Hamlet and all the rest because her minority students shouldn’t be expected to study a “a long-dead, British guy” (Dusbiber herself is white). And while Shakespeare is widely regarded as the premier writer of the English language, able to timelessly portray themes central to the human experience, Dusbiber says he only is regarded that way because “some white people” ordained it and he...
  • I decided to repeat it 'cause I'm getting older ....

    06/15/2015 5:08:46 AM PDT · by knarf · 48 replies
    e-mail ^ | June 15, 2015 | knarf
    CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
  • Ł30,000 to teach pupils how to use Wikipedia: Fury after council pays IT expert to show children…

    06/14/2015 1:26:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:06 EST, 14 June 2015 | Martin Delgado
    A Ł30,000 scheme to teach schoolchildren how to use Wikipedia has been condemned as a waste of taxpayers’ money. An IT expert is being paid the sum by a council to visit schools and show pupils aged 13 and 14 how to “critically engage” with the online encyclopedia. The children will be taught how to search for entries and look for mistakes and bias in articles. The scheme is set to begin at secondary schools in Leicester later this year. Council leaders say searching for information online and evaluating its reliability is “an essential skill for all citizens”. But Chris...
  • 100-Year-Old Lessons Discovered On Chalkboards At Oklahoma School

    06/14/2015 10:13:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Here & Now ^ | Sherry Read
    At an Oklahoma City high school last week, what started out as a routine job for contractors – switching out chalkboards for whiteboards – unearthed some incredible pieces of history: hidden chalkboards with lessons from 1917 almost perfectly preserved. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Sherry Read, a math teacher at Emerson High School, where the chalkboards were discovered. Interview Highlights: Sherry Read On her reaction to seeing the chalkboards “It was just incredible. The drawings are pristine. They look like they were drawn yesterday. And just look at the beautiful colors, and the math work that was on...
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Answers a Child's Question About His Brother's Death (Video)

    06/13/2015 6:15:55 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    The Jewish Standard on Facebook ^ | The Jewish Standard
    Wow. You have to watch this earnest exchange, in which a young girl who lost her father in last summer's war asks the prime minister, who lost his brother in the Entebbe Operation, how it felt.