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  • Off the Cuffs: Cuddly creatures for crushed collegians

    12/07/2016 4:03:21 AM PST · by \/\/ayne · 13 replies
    Cecil Whig ^ | Dec 4, 2016 | Ed Okonowicz
    ELKTON — Cuffs’ booth in the back of Elkton’s North Street Hotel was overflowing with piles of comforting, cuddly creatures. Passers-by stopped to gaze upon an assortment of friendly frogs, bouncing bunnies, grinning goats, happy horses, contented cows, soothing skunks, tender teddy bears, calm cats and tranquil dogs.
  • College Food Pantry

    12/06/2016 4:50:07 PM PST · by Macoozie · 21 replies
    CNN/MONEY ^ | December 6, 2016: 10:11 AM ET | Katie Lobosco
    Montclair State University's food pantry is tucked away down a maze of hallways in the student center. Like the hunger problem on campus itself, the pantry is not quite out in the open.
  • Texas A&M president denounces Richard Spencer ahead of white nationalist's speech tonight

    12/06/2016 1:27:01 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/6/16 | Lindsey Ellis
    COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M University President Michael Young said Tuesday he is most concerned for student safety in light of white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech on campus this evening. Hundreds of people have indicated they will protest at an outdoor plaza near the Memorial Student Center, where Spencer is slated to speak at 7 p.m.
  • Prager University Video: "Born to Hate Jews"

    12/06/2016 12:51:41 PM PST · by wtd · 3 replies
    PragerU/YouTube ^ | Dec 5, 2016 | PragerU
    PragerU: Born to Hate Jews How do devout Muslims born in the West feel about Jews? How do they feel about Western values in general? Kasim Hafeez, who was raised a devout Muslim in England, explains.
  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson's on-air war with elitism

    12/06/2016 9:22:32 AM PST · by NohSpinZone · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/5/16 | Oliver Darcy
    “I hate the mainstream media, but I'm not against the idea of the mainstream media. I am for it, actually. I think it would be nice if there were news organizations that in the end, everybody agreed were on the level.”
  • Looks Like Microsoft’s New Chatbot, Zo, Is Already Turning Into a Right-Wing Misanthrope

    12/05/2016 10:14:16 PM PST · by jcon40 · 17 replies
    heat street ^ | Dec 5, 2016 | William HIcks
    Microsoft’s first attempt at a chatbot that learns from conversations on the Internet was a total disaster. It did not take long for “Tay” to become a bigoted online edgelord thanks to suggestive conversations with the folks at 4chan and 8chan. Big tech companies are trying to create the bot of the future will eventually be able to help run our lives like something out of a sci fi movie. Bots like Tay learn from conversations with real people and will spit back out information its learned. This has given trolls an opening to mess with the bot and teach...
  • Small but feisty group calls for sanctuary status for Boston, state

    12/05/2016 8:38:25 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Universal Hub ^ | December 5, 2016
    About 250 demonstrators - split between BPS and college students - marched from the Common to the State House and City Hall today to urge Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh to formally declare sanctuaries for not just undocumented immigrants but other minority groups, including lesbians, gays and transgender people as we move into the Trump era.
  • Who is funding + organizing today's students walkout protest of Trump?

    12/05/2016 11:26:17 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 29 replies
    various ^ | 12/05/16 | daniel1212
    Boston students plan class walkout to protest Trump Hundreds of Boston Public Schools students are planning to walk out of classes Monday in protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s “inexcusable statements” and “harmful policies,” with the end goal of building a “student-led resistance against the Trump administration,” organizers said... More than 540 people have indicated, as of last night, on Facebook they plan to participate in the walkout, Boston Public Schools responded to news of the walkout with an automated call to students and staff warning that students missing class time will be marked absent... “It has come to our attention...
  • Political Correctness Run Amok — Literature Must Not Be a ‘Safe Space’

    12/04/2016 3:12:33 PM PST · by JayGalt · 32 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/ ^ | 12/4/2016 | Adrienne Ross
    Adrienne Ross: Political Correctness Run Amok — Literature Must Not Be a ‘Safe Space’ The inclination to coddle young people and protect their fragile sensibilities is growing by the day, and now, it has hit home in a way that bears further criticism. We are traveling down a road in which anything that is politically incorrect, deemed dangerous, or simply makes one uncomfortable must be eliminated. Add race to the mix, and we lose our collective minds. A dangerous mindset it is, and as it has affected a Virginia school district, leading to its decision to ban two American literary...
  • A Short History of Democrats, Republicans, and Racism

    12/04/2016 12:51:13 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 13 replies
    russp.us ^ | 2011 | Russ Paielli
    The following are a few basic historical facts that every American should know. Fact: The Republican Party was founded primarily to oppose slavery, and Republicans eventually abolished slavery. The Democratic Party fought them and tried to maintain and expand slavery. The 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, passed in 1865 with 100% Republican support but only 23% Democrat support in congress. Why is this indisputable fact so rarely mentioned? PBS documentaries about slavery and the Civil War barely mention it, for example. One can certainly argue that the parties have changed in 150 years (more about that below), but that does not...
  • Trump Thank You Tour Full Speech at Ohio Rally 2016

    12/02/2016 9:21:07 PM PST · by thesligoduffyflynns · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 2016 | YouTube
    runs 1 hour 26min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGQRiAc5iJI
  • Marine Corps Veteran Claims He Was Forced to Drop Out of College Yoga Class for Saying 'Go Trump'

    12/02/2016 7:35:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12/2 | Jodi Hernandez
    Marine Corps combat veteran Stefan Meza says he literally put his life on the line to preserve and protect our freedoms. But after serving three tours of duty in two different wars, the aspiring police officer now believes his own rights were violated at Santa Rosa Junior College over something he said to a friend in class. Go Trump. It was those two words Meza said that got a sharp reaction from his yoga teacher who had been taking roll. "She told me not to make political comments in class and I said 'Yes, ma'am. It won't happen again. My...
  • Empire of the Sea

    12/02/2016 12:57:05 AM PST · by Fai Mao · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2014 | BBC
    This is a really well done documentary series on naval history. It is rather long but worth watching. Empire of the Sea (pt 1 of 4)
  • Ohio State Knife Attacker Abdul Artan Was Taking a Class About Microaggressions

    12/01/2016 12:10:07 PM PST · by PROCON · 41 replies
    reason.com ^ | Dec. 1, 2016 | Robby Soave
    Before he was shot dead while attempting to murder a bunch of people with a car and a butcher's knife, Ohio State University student Abdul Artan—a Pakistani immigrant who reportedly became radicalized after learning about injustices committed against fellow Muslims—was enrolled in a class called "Crossing Identity Boundaries." In fact, he had a group project on "microaggressions" due later this week. The assignment, worth 15 percent of his grade, required students to find a dozen examples of microaggressions on social media and explain which identity groups were the victims, according to the syllabus. The purpose of the class is to...
  • What WAS North Texas Thinking?

    12/01/2016 7:05:12 AM PST · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 43 replies
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com ^ | 01DEC2016 | FoundOnWebz
    I'm thinking that UNT didn't think this one through?
  • Record cold coming to ‘almost entire USA’ – Low temperature records set to be SHATTERED

    12/01/2016 5:58:05 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 46 replies
    ventcore.com ^ | 11/30/16 | Paul Dorian
    Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. announced: 'I cannot recall last time I have seen such a cold anomaly forecast across almost entire USA.' While we end November on a warm note here in the eastern US, there are changes unfolding across the Northern Hemisphere that will likely bring a widespread very cold air mass into the US next week. This cold air mass is first going to arrive in Alaska this upcoming weekend with some spots in that state plunging to 40 degrees below zero and way below normal for early December. After that, the cold air dives into the...
  • Utah denies it has anti-gay school laws

    11/30/2016 11:46:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 30, 2016 6:49 PM EST | Lindsay Whitehurst
    The state of Utah has denied it has anti-gay school laws as it defends itself from a lawsuit challenging restrictions on talk about homosexuality in the classroom. The case quotes selectively from state law and school rules, which don’t contain the phrase “anti-gay laws,” state attorneys said several times in court documents filed Tuesday. They say the state school board is immune from a lawsuit and ask for the case to be dismissed. The National Center for Lesbian Rights argues the ban on so-called advocacy of homosexuality stigmatizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. …
  • Feds ask Louisiana to ban paddling in school

    11/30/2016 3:54:28 PM PST · by BBell · 33 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 11/30/16 | Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The federal government has cast a spotlight on corporal punishment in schools this year. Updated statistics came out this summer, and Education Secretary John B. King Jr. chose as one of his final moves to urge Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Education Superintendent John White and the leaders of 21 other states to ban paddling Nov. 22. Though all districts in metro New Orleans have abolished the practice, it's still strikingly common statewide: More than 1 in 5 Louisiana schools paddled students in the 2013-14 school year, according to federal data.Look up the schools in our database.Nationally, corporal punishment is...
  • SANTA CLAUS BANNED FROM OREGON CLASSROOMS

    11/30/2016 1:59:49 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 42 replies
    http://abc11.com/ ^ | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | ABC11
    HILLSBORO, Ore. (WTVD) -- A school district in Oregon is joining many others around the country in a controversial decision to ban holiday symbols and decorations from the classroom. KATU reports Santa Claus is no longer welcome in Hillsboro Schools, outside Portland. The district told staff who wished to decorate offices or doors to refrain from religious-themed decorations or images, including Santa. The students are not allowed to wear anything Santa-themed, either. "It really went out as a notification to staff, not even parents, just to make sure they are being sensitive and thoughtful as they enter the holiday season,"...
  • Black man tried to intimidate me for money yesterday

    11/30/2016 7:35:02 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 250 replies
    Personal experience | 30 November 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    It has never happened to me like this before. Yesterday, I stopped at a little taqueria just east of Austin to get something to eat. As I was waiting, a big, stocky black guy holding a roll of paper towels under his arm came up to me and asked me if I wanted my windshield cleaned for $1. I said, "No, I'm good." He kept on, saying "Hey, just give me $1. Can't you see I'm trying to work to get money for a taco?" I politely declined, telling him my finances were tight due to car repairs and trying...
  • French school pupils ranked 'worst at maths' in all of EU

    11/29/2016 4:31:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 29 Nov 2016 15:44 GMT+01:00
    French school children have seriously under performed in an international maths and science testing, according to a new report. […] The study, carried out by education research group TIMSS, revealed that French 10-year-olds were bottom of the class in Europe when it comes to maths, and second last to Cyprus in science. In math, the French students finished the test with an average score of 488, below the EU average of 527 (the international average was weighted at 500). Some 13 percent of these French children didn’t reach the score of 400, a fact the Education Minister said showed that...
  • 85 languages spoken in Buffalo schools as 'New Americans' enter classrooms

    11/29/2016 11:56:52 AM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    buffalonews.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2016 | Jay Rey
    The two young Somali sisters sat at a table in the central registration center signing up for what would become their next big challenge in their journey to America – school. They came to enroll in the Buffalo Public Schools at an old building on Ash Street, an Ellis Island of sorts for thousands of immigrants and refugees entering an education system that has struggled over the years to keep up with their growing numbers. Many show up speaking no English. Others may have had little formal education in their home countries. Most encounter vast cultural differences. The City...
  • Germany's 'Mr Flirt' teaches refugees how to pick up women

    11/29/2016 11:27:35 AM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 28, 2016 | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER
    DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — The subject was pickup lines, and Germany's "Mr. Flirt" offered a few examples to his class of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. "I really love the scent of your perfume," he suggested. "You have a beautiful voice." He invited his students to take a stab. Essam Kadib al Ban, 20, raised his hand. "God created you only for me," he said, then tried another: "I love you. Can I sleep over at your place?"
  • Trump is right about the flag. Do NOT disrespect it in public

    11/29/2016 7:58:20 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 56 replies
    News and Twitter | 29 November 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Seem Mr. Trump correctly pointed out that folks in this country who feel the need to disrespect our flag in any form or fashion need to refrain from doing so, at least publicly. He is correct. Countries garner respect for defending their territory, their culture and their language, all of which make a country a country. We seem to be failing on all counts. In Mexico, if you trash their flag in public, you will be beaten and/or killed by the public who sees you doing so BEFORE the police can even get there. Or, in Thailand, do something to...
  • J.K. Rowling Sends 7-Year-Old Aleppo Fan Harry Potter Books

    11/29/2016 2:46:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 27, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    Author J.K. Rowling has provided a welcome diversion for a 7-year-old girl living in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, sending her eBooks of the entire Harry Potter series. Bana, a young Syrian girl with over 100,000 followers on Twitter, said she likes to read “to forget the war.” She regularly posts videos that capture the sound of bombing, appealing for help as the Syrian regime steps up its assault on the besieged city. More than 300 people have been killed in Aleppo’s eastern districts since the regime resumed heavy bombardment last week, in what rescuers have called the most intense bombing since...
  • Mr. Trump, PLEASE do something about corruption in major cities (i.e. Chicago, Memphis, etc.)

    11/27/2016 10:24:28 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 30 replies
    News | 27 November 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Mr. Trump, PLEASE as one of your tasks, set up a DOJ task force to completely shut down corruption in major cities across the United States. Chicago is one and we all know it. Memphis is so bad, you're likely to be robbed on the street, shoot the thug and end up in court in front of a judge who was related to the thug. New Orleans isn't much different. Detroit is a complete hellhole, third world country experience. Please do something about the corruption! Make America great again!
  • U.S. colleges feared backlash over Trump win — so they removed flags and banned USA-themed parties

    11/26/2016 3:57:18 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    National Post ^ | Nov. 26, 2016 | Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph
    He campaigned on a promise to end political correctness and bring pride back to the United States. And yet in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, American universities have taken political correctness to the extreme — with one removing the U.S. flag from their campus, and another speaking out against a “party in the USA” themed celebration, in case students were offended. Trump’s campaign and his surprise victory has undoubtedly energized extreme elements. The Southern Poverty Law Center said that it has received over 700 reports of hate crimes since the election, with 40 per cent of them in schools...
  • German private schools 'violating constitution'

    11/24/2016 11:26:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.23.2016 | Ben Knight
    Germany’s private schools are violating the constitution by picking students according to their parents’ wealth, a new study has found. The result is increasing social segregation and elitism, the authors say. German state governments are allowing schools to disregard an article of the country’s constitution designed to ensure that a mixture of social classes are able to attend private schools, according to a new study by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). Article 7, Paragraph 4 of the “Basic Law” guarantees the right to establish private schools as an alternative to state schools — but only subject to their approval...
  • Trump's military school roommate: Our goal was 'to lead America'

    11/23/2016 8:20:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 09.13.15 | Brent Johnson
    Anyone seeking to understand the psyche of Donald Trump might want to visit a nearly century-old packaging company just off Route 19 in Paterson. There sits Levine Industries, an operation owned by three generations of the same family — most recently by Ted Levine, a 68-year-old businessman who has a few similarities to the billionaire real estate mogul who is now the front runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He doesn't look like Trump. But his personality? "We are going to have the best product that ever existed," Levine exclaimed Friday while discussing an innovative alternative to the hazardous...
  • Driver in Tennessee School Bus Crash That Killed 5 Children Had Left Designated Route: NTSB

    11/23/2016 3:49:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | November 23, 2016 | Alex Johnson
    The driver of the school bus that crashed this week in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing five young pupils, deviated from his designated route before the bus swerved off the road, investigators said Wednesday. The driver, Johnthony Walker, 24, is charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, as well as reckless endangerment and reckless driving, in the crash Monday afternoon, when his bus smashed into a mailbox, a utility pole and a tree on Talley Road. According to the arrest report, witnesses told investigators that Walker was driving "well above" the 30-mph speed limit with 37 children from Woodmore Elementary School on...
  • Chattanooga school bus driver tests negative for alcohol, drugs

    11/23/2016 3:45:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    cnn ^ | November 23, 2016 | Holly Yan, Natisha Lance, Martin Savidge and Ray Sanchez,
    Chattanooga, Tennessee (CNN)No traces of alcohol or drugs were found in the blood of the school bus driver involved in a fatal accident that killed five children, Chattanooga, Tennessee, police Sgt. Austin Garrett said Wednesday. The accident in which the bus flipped on its side Monday was actually the second time in two months that driver Johnthony Walker crashed a school bus. Garrett said investigators had obtained warrants for all data devices on the bus and were reviewing video of front, back and side views of the vehicle.
  • Is Thanksgiving Racist?

    11/23/2016 12:47:50 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 42 replies
    Freerepublic | 11/23/2016 | Jan Sobieski
    The 400 year history of Thanksgiving as a holiday of thankfulness for God’s mercy to our founding forefathers and Natives has been replaced with a new motif on our omniscient college campuses: Thanksgiving is Racist! This new postmodern narrative says that Thanksgiving represents racism, crimes against Native Americans, exploitation, evil colonization, theft of native lands, and genocide (with no examples of course). Adherents even maintain that there is no evidence that the Thanksgiving story actually occurred (despite libraries of evidence written by men and women who were there). Yes, this all knowing generation has taken the mantle from their omniscient...
  • Chattanooga school bus driver......and only got his license to drive the vehicle in April

    11/23/2016 12:00:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 45 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | November 23, 2016 | Khaleda Rahman For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Chattanooga school bus driver was involved in another collision just two months ago - and only got his license to drive the vehicle in April The school bus driver charged after a crash that killed five children was involved in another collision just two months ago – and only got his license to drive a school bus in April. Johnthony Walker, 24, was arrested and charged after with five counts of vehicular homicide after the collision in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday. Five Woodmore Elementary students - three fourth-graders, a first-grader and a boy in kindergarten – died in...
  • Teacher Breaks Up Student Fight With Impressive UFC Style Chokehold (video)

    11/23/2016 10:55:57 AM PST · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    Crave Online ^ | 11/17/2016 | Cory Dudak
    "Step off or you're gonna go to night-night.""The following incident involving two high school kids duking it out in the classroom starts like so many before it. The rage builds to a boiling point between the pair until one finally snaps. A shoving match soon turns to fisticuffs, and then it’s time to hit the floor. I’ll be honest, the scuffle goes on entirely too long before any sort of intervention takes place. Once it does, however, it’s game over — or “night-night” as the teacher puts it.Why no fellow students tried to step in and end this brawl isn’t...
  • Teen accused of throwing explosive glue stick at teacher

    11/23/2016 6:00:33 AM PST · by EinNYC · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 23, 2016 | Associated Press
    AKRON, Ohio — An Ohio teen who police say threw a lit firecracker hidden inside a glue stick at a teacher in retaliation for issuing him a suspension has been criminally charged. The 14-year-old Akron boy is facing a charge of inducing panic for the Oct. 12 incident.
  • Grieving mother of three bus crash victims says she REPEATEDLY warned school that the arrested....

    11/23/2016 3:31:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 111 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | November 22, 2016 | Khaleda Rahman and Valerie Edwards For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Grieving mother of three bus crash victims says she REPEATEDLY warned school that the arrested driver would 'drink on the bus, cuss and speed' The heartbroken mother-of three children who were victims in a school bus crash has spoken out about her attempts to report the bus driver for reckless driving. Jasmine Mateen said that since the school year started in August, her children have come home each day complaining about their bus driver. 'I have been calling complaining about this bus driver since August,' she told NBC News. Mateen said she called the Board of Education and...
  • Human head transplant doctor will use VR to prepare patients for new body

    11/22/2016 7:19:41 PM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    techspot.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2016 | Rob Thubron
    You may have heard about the Italian Neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero, who plans to carry out the world’s first human head transplant next year. Having secured a volunteer for the operation, the professor has just unveiled a virtual reality system that will hopefully “prepare patients for life in a new body,” an experience that could cause unexpected psychological reactions. Professor Canavero is determined to perform the operation in 2017 on wheelchair user Valery Spiridonov, who runs an educational software company in Russia and suffers from the muscle-wasting Werdnig-Hoffman disease. Assuming the complex transplant take place, Spiridonov will have his head nearly...
  • Donor pulls funding for UH arts after Trump protest

    11/22/2016 6:32:00 PM PST · by LadyBuzz · 13 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | 11/13/16 | Bruce Asato
    A donor to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Arts Department pulled his funding after the chairwoman of the department organized a sign-painting party for an anti-Trump rally in Waikiki on Nov. 13.
  • School Bus Driver Charged in Deadly Chattanooga Crash

    11/22/2016 1:12:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 54 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | November 22, 2016 | jonathan mattise
    A school bus driver who authorities say was speeding along a narrow, winding road when he wrapped his vehicle around a tree was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of five children. The wreck Monday afternoon plunged the city of Chattanooga into mourning, with parents stricken by the news and people lining up to donate blood. "The most unnatural thing in the world is for a parent to mourn the loss of a child," Mayor Andy Berke said. "There are no words that can bring comfort to a mother or a father. So today, the city is...
  • CNN and others, QUIT telling our leaders what to do...we voted for them to tell YOU what to do

    11/22/2016 11:23:39 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 21 replies
    MSM News | 22 November 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    CNN and others, QUIT telling our leaders who to denounce or silence, etc. because we didn't vote for these people so YOU could tell them what to do and negate the results of the election. We voted to get something done about illegal immigration and their involvement and voting in our elections, which is something no other country would tolerate, not soft pedal it. We voted for a ban on muslim immigration and severe restrictions on what they can do while living here and the influence they can have (they hate us). We voted for fiscal responsibility. We voted for...
  • Two Americas

    11/22/2016 3:53:56 AM PST · by Macoozie · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 21 at 8:52 PM | By William Wan, Tanya Sichynsky and Sandhya Somashekhar
    "... Should one stay angry and resist at all costs the idea of normalization? Or should one reach out, listen and understand ... "
  • Education Secretary King calls for end to paddling students

    11/21/2016 9:20:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 22, 2016 12:05 AM EST | Carolyn Thompson
    Education Secretary John B. King Jr. is urging governors and school leaders in states that allow student paddling to end a practice he said would be considered “criminal assault or battery” against an adult. King released a letter Tuesday asking leaders to replace corporal punishment with less punitive, more supportive disciplinary practices that he said work better against bad behavior. More than 110,000 students, including disproportionate numbers of black and disabled students, were subjected to paddling or a similar punishment in the 2013-14 school year, said King, citing the Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection. Corporal punishment is legal in...
  • Beloved 'Lester the Moose' Reunited With Minnesota Family

    11/21/2016 7:15:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Fox9 ^ | 11/21 | Maury Glover
    Every family has stories and traditions that are handed down from generation to generation. For the Engers, many of those stories revolve around "Lester the Moose" and his long, strange journey back into their possession. This tale of moose and men began in 1909 when Melvin Enger hopped on a train with nothing but his rifle and a backpack to go moose hunting up north.
  • Working Earthquake Prediction Model?

    11/21/2016 2:00:26 PM PST · by pa_dweller · 2 replies
    http://www.koat.com/article/video-earthquake-researcher-uses-sun-to-make-predictions/8299193
  • Students Organize ‘S***-In’ Protest for Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

    11/21/2016 1:09:36 PM PST · by Morgana · 46 replies
    BREITBART ^ | November 21, 2016 | Tom Ciccotta
    Students at the prestigious University of Massachusetts, Amherst, are participating in a week-long “s***-in” demonstration, occupying restrooms in an administrative building to demand more gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. The “s***-in” was led by Amherst’s Gender Liberation Union, a campus group that successfully gathered over 220 students to occupy bathroom stalls in the school’s administrative building. Justin Killian, a gender and sexuality major at Amherst, organized the protest event. Kilian, speaking to The Huffington Post, argued that Massachusett’s transgender bathroom legislation only does so much. “We have legal protections in Massachusetts that allow people to use any bathroom they feel comfortable...
  • A Comprehensive Guide on How to Suck Less at Life

    11/20/2016 2:09:46 PM PST · by jcon40 · 29 replies
    Heatst.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2017 | David Mercheese
    The Cleveland Indians, Florence Foster Jenkins’s singing career, my attempts to drive stick are three examples of prolonged, profound failure. And yet, in an age when we can so fastidiously craft the public narratives of our perfect lives — who even believes someone’s immaculately curated Instagram account anymore? — I find myself increasingly inclined to talk about these sorts of instances of being bad at stuff. Not only that, but I feel more eager to try new things that I am likely to do very, very badly. For example: stop-motion animation. Despite an utter lack of visual aesthetic sense, I...
  • Chicago school supervisor accused of forcing two students to fight in class

    11/20/2016 11:21:18 AM PST · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    kron4 ^ | November 17, 2016 | Vince Cestone
    CHICAGO (KRON) — Two elementary school students in Chicago were caught on camera fighting, but it wasn’t the fight that caused concern. It was that students say the fight was encouraged by an adult supervisor. Throughout the 3 minute video, there’s an adult voice, not just egging the boys on, but ordering them to fight.
  • Bronx deli worker saved after armed robbery suspect's gun jams(Video-Victim Prays to Allah for Help)

    11/20/2016 7:04:59 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11-14-2016 | News Hour
    Bronx deli worker saved after armed robbery suspect's gun jams.
  • Fired as a teacher for political commentary to students and this guy lectures Pence? Oh, hell no...

    11/19/2016 8:52:28 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 8 replies
    Life Experience | 19 November 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    I know a teacher who was fired for political commentary to STUDENTS in a public school setting. And this guy Dixon believes he has the right to lecture a VP-elect, or President, for that matter? Oh, hell no... this can not be allowed to stand. You can NOT have your cake and eat it too. If someone would fund this teacher, he would sue every school system that did that to him and use this "Hamilton" case as a precedent to win.
  • New York City ATMs Are As Disgusting As You Thought

    11/19/2016 6:42:42 PM PST · by jcon40 · 23 replies
    Heat street.com ^ | Nov. 16, 16 | Drake Bear
    Probably the best reason to wash your hands regularly is that the world is covered in feces. New York City is particularly gross, and some of the most shared surfaces of this spend-friendly city are automated teller machines. Quite appropriately, the good scientists at New York University tested them for microbes. The study, published in the journal mSphere, included a hundredsome samples from eight neighborhoods across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, ranging from midtown to Flushing to Inwood to Ozone Park. “ATM surfaces, potentially retaining microbial signatures of human inhabitants … are interesting from both a biodiversity perspective and a public...