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  • Portland Public Schools 'rap music' ban sparks allegations of racism

    08/26/2016 6:23:23 AM PDT · by suthener · 28 replies
    The Oregonian/OregonLive ^ | August 24, 2016 | Bethany Barnes
    Portland Public Schools officials are rethinking a district ban on rap music on buses after allegations of racism. The district had banished hip-hop from its buses, deeming the genre "inappropriate." Teri Brady, senior director of transportation at Portland Public Schools, sent a directive to bus drivers in March forbidding "religious, rap music, or talk show programs." The memo included a list of acceptable stations, broken down into three genres: pop, country and jazz. Parent Colleen Ryan-Onken obtained a copy and it circulated in August among outraged parents, prompting the district to walk back the directive in statements released Wednesday.
  • Dozens of schools bent rules for online classes, credit recovery

    08/27/2016 8:25:58 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 26, 2016 | Yoav Gonen
    Some top-rated schools were among 36 that the Department of Education found bent the rules on “credit recovery” and online courses — potentially giving their students an undeserved leg up, The Post has learned. They include the NYC iSchool in Soho, which was offering online courses that weren’t “aligned to DOE expectations,” and six so-called “consortium” schools whose students are exempt from the requirement that they pass all five Regents exams to graduate.
  • Alabama student arrested for attacking teacher with stun gun

    08/27/2016 7:47:08 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 14 replies
    Al.com ^ | August 26, 2016 | Jonece Starr Dunigan
    A Mary G. Montgomery student who pulled a stun gun on a teacher during a fight on Thursday is facing a felony charge. Mobile County Sheriff's Office said a video of the altercation shows the female suspect trying to fight another female around 1 p.m. When a teacher tried to break up the fight, the teen used the stun gun and ran off. Sgt. Joseph Mahoney said deputies were able to catch the girl and placed her under arrest. She was taken to the Strickland Youth Center and charged with felony assault for attacking the teacher and misdemeanor assault for...
  • The Boeing KC-46A Tanker: Refuels Military Aircraft Using 3D

    08/27/2016 6:04:21 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/27/16
    The new Boeing KC-46A Refueler.  This is a great Ad Boeing did.  Think Freepers may enjoy this 2 minute video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThbmESQTZrU        
  • Mizzou Renames ‘Unisex’ Restrooms Because Term Isn’t Inclusive Enough

    08/27/2016 12:00:54 PM PDT · by PROCON · 88 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Aug. 27, 2016 | Blake Neff
    The University of Missouri (MU) is renaming its “Unisex” restrooms on campus in response to complaints that the current label isn’t inclusive. Henceforth, restrooms intended for use by both men and women will simply be labeled “toilet.” The change is apparently meant to accommodate student complaints that the “unisex” label, intended to encompass everybody, is actually exclusionary and hurtful. “Unisex is just such an uncomfortable and outdated word,” MU student Sterling Waldman told the Columbia Missourian. The word, Waldman said, excludes people who identify as neither male nor female. Waldman serves as the social justice chair in MU’s student senate,...
  • Hate speech or free speech? One campus leader balks at being 'PC'

    08/25/2016 2:09:35 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 8/25/16 | Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The administration of the prestigious University of Chicago has drawn a line in the sand on one of higher education's hottest topics: whether what some students see as protection from hate speech trumps the traditional right to free speech. In a letter to incoming students, Dean of Students Jay Ellison cast the university's stance as a matter of "academic freedom." The letter has been circulated widely. "We do not support so-called 'trigger warnings,' we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat...
  • Living Under The Patriot Act: Educating a Society

    08/25/2016 8:54:36 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 2 replies
    http://amzn.to/2blwi29 | 03-09-2007 | Paul Ibbetson
    I wanted to share my comprehensive, reader friendly book on the Patriot Act. It is on sale for the first ever for .99 cents for Kindle at Amazon. Portions of the book are taught in five law school across the country. The books covers the different sections of the law in detail. The history of enemy combatants and Guantanamo Bay are discussed. Sources and comments of groups in support and in opposition are provided starting at the beginning of the law's creations. The book covers the first renewals and a whole lot more. I hope my many friends here enjoy...
  • University to Freshmen: Don’t Expect Safe Spaces or Trigger Warnings

    08/25/2016 7:32:40 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 28 replies
    The Chicago Maroon ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Pete Grieve
    "WE DO NOT SUPPORT SO-CALLED 'TRIGGER WARNINGS,’ WE DO NOT CANCEL INVITED SPEAKERS BECAUSE THEIR TOPICS MIGHT PROVE CONTROVERSIAL, AND WE DO NOT CONDONE THE CREATION OF INTELLECTUAL ‘SAFE SPACES.'"
  • Inspirational Frogs

    08/25/2016 3:24:46 AM PDT · by Revski · 2 replies
    YouTube Ministry (o7jimmy ^ | 8/25/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This is a video of, Old Fashion Revival Singing and Church, with imaginative animation of frogs that have been inspired and singing a short version of the hymns, "Jesus Love Me" and "Revive Us Again". The instrumental in this video is, "Revive Us Again. James 1: 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow for turning.
  • Child Thanks Police With Lunch For ‘Kindness Day,’ Becomes Honorary Officer

    08/24/2016 4:51:05 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist
    CBS 3 PHILADELPHIA ^ | 24 AUGUST 2016 | CLEVE BRYAN
    WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — 5-year-old William Evertz decided with his family to make this “Kindness Day.” William’s been doing chores and earning money so he can help other people. “We watched a video of someone helping the homeless and next thing you know it kind of took off,” says his mother Tara Evertz. He started “Kindness Day” by dropping off lunch to his heroes at the Winslow Township Police Department.
  • Appropriate Foreign Policy

    08/24/2016 9:42:14 AM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 4 replies
    Retired Navy Pilot Bud ^ | August 23, 2016 | Anon
    Quote from a WWII veteran overhearing someone say that `You can't > bomb an ideology.": > > "The hell you can't. Because we did it. These Muslims are no > different than the [Imperial] Japanese. They had their suicide > bombers > too. And we stopped them. What it takes is the resolve and will to > use > a level of brutality and violence that your generations can't > stomach. > And until you can, this shit won't stop. It took us on the beaches > with bullets, clearing out caves with flame throwers, and men like > LeMay...
  • Former East Longmeadow High School athlete charged with sexually assaulting unconscious.....

    08/24/2016 9:40:31 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    masslive.com ^ | August 22, 2016 | Sean Teehan
    FULL TITLE: Former East Longmeadow High School athlete charged with sexually assaulting unconscious classmates sentenced to probation PALMER — A former East Longmeadow High School star athlete who was charged with sexually assaulting two unconscious classmates received two years probation in a decision out of Palmer District Court last week. "He can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender," said attorney Thomas Rooke, who defended David Becker, 18, in court. "The goal of this sentence was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and...
  • Baltimore Co. Public Schools revises grading system, factoring out homework and behavior

    08/24/2016 9:39:22 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | AUGUST 22, 2016 | JOY LEPOLA
    Baltimore County Public Schools has adopted a new philosophy as the foundation for its grading system for the first time in 20 years. Many teachers just learned about the policy change when they returned to school last week. Under the new system, a student’s behavior is factored out of his or her grades. The school system also now recommends that teachers do not factor homework into overall grades or give students marks below 50%. Community Superintendent for Zone 2 George Roberts says low marks can damage a student's feeling of self-potential. “The power of the zero is extremely powerful and...
  • Jehoram - King of Judah - "He died to no one's regret...."

    08/24/2016 8:55:12 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 4 replies
    Bible | 24 August 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Jehoram King of Judah 2 Chronicles 2:4 When Jehoram established himself firmly over his father’s kingdom, he put all his brothers to the sword along with some of the officials of Israel. 5 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. 6 He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 7 Nevertheless, because of the covenant the Lord had made with David, the Lord was not willing to...
  • My Public School (Mis)Education About Islam

    08/24/2016 3:11:12 AM PDT · by Benny Huang · 10 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | August 24, 2016 | Benny Huang
    Does it matter what our kids learn about Islam in public schools? Jenny McKeigue of Olmsted Falls, Ohio thinks so. This small town mother has battled her local school board for about four years to get them to remove parts of the curriculum that seem to promote Islam. In 2012, McKeigue learned that her son had been shown a video in his seventh grade social studies class that she considered to be blatant Muslim propaganda. The video, an episode of the discontinued "30 Days" reality TV series, featured a "regular American" (the host's terminology, not mine) spending thirty days immersing...
  • Video Confession: UNM Official Confirms that Aborted Baby Brains Were Dissected by High School...

    08/23/2016 5:40:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    Operation Rescue ^ | August 23, 2016 | Cheryl Sullenger
    FULL TITLE: Video Confession: UNM Official Confirms that Aborted Baby Brains Were Dissected by High School Students Albuquerque, NM — A new video interview has surfaced that confirms allegations made by the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives, that staff from the University of New Mexico used brains of aborted babies for dissection by high school students at a summer camp. Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and dean of the School of Medicine, was questioned by Marcie May after a UNM meeting where the disposition of human fetal remains was apparently...
  • You could fit the entire human race into a sugar cube — and 13 other facts...

    08/23/2016 10:34:57 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Ali Sundermier
    The universe is a crazy place... It's full of exploding stars and immortal jellyfish and it's been kicking around for almost 14 billion years. Here are 14 awesome facts to put it all into perspective. If you unraveled all of the DNA in your body, it would span 34 billion miles, reaching to Pluto (2.66 billion miles away) and back ... 13 times.Source: Business InsiderIn fact, your body contains cosmic relics from the creation of the universe. Almost all of your hydrogen atoms were formed in the Big Bang, about 13.7 billion years ago.Source: PBSAnd when you tune your TV...
  • Md. school district: Don’t tell parents of transgender males bunking with daughters on field trips

    08/23/2016 10:21:15 AM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    A Maryland school district is instructing teachers and administrators not to tell parents if their daughters are bunking with male transgender students on overnight field trips. Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for the Anne Arundel County public school system, says in a training video on how to accommodate transgender students that privacy issues prevent the district from informing parents about such arrangements. “So, many of you might be asking yourselves, ‘So I’m at an overnight field trip, and I have student who’s biologically a male, identifies as a female, and we’ve worked with that student and her family, and that...
  • 1902 Fannie Farmer opens cooking school

    08/23/2016 8:50:50 AM PDT · by Jolla · 32 replies
    History Channel ^ | 8/23/2016 | History today
    On this day in 1902, pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer, who changed the way Americans prepare food by advocating the use of standardized measurements in recipes, opens Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston. In addition to teaching women about cooking, Farmer later educated medical professionals about the importance of proper nutrition for the sick.
  • Does Homework Help

    08/23/2016 7:33:07 AM PDT · by rey · 39 replies
    From a post below, a Texas teacher is not assigning homework http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3462049/posts She claims they are unable to prove homework improves performance. This is hard to believe. Repetition and further study doesn't improve performance? Somebody better tell major league athletes and professional musicians. Just because you can perform something right once does not mean that performance is ingrained or repeatable. I know professional musicians who are studying, practicing, refining 8-14 hours a day, same with athletes. Why would my friend earning his pro card drive bucket after bucket of balls down range if homework did not help? Why would actors...
  • KFC Launches New Fried Chicken-Scented Sunscreen

    08/22/2016 5:53:34 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 41 replies
    http://www.chewboom.com ^ | Bob Miller | August 22, 2016
    They Didn’t! Yes they did. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) just dropped a limited run of Extra Crispy fried chicken-scented sunscreen. But we really shouldn’t be surprised, back in May, KFC Hong Kong introduced fried chicken flavored edible nail polish. If you’re feeling courageous, and would like to slather your body parts in KFC Fried Chicken-Scented Sunscreen – act fast – because KFC is only making 3,000 bottles of SPF 30 Extra Crispy Sunscreen available online on Monday, August 22, 2016. You can order a bottle for free by visiting www.ExtraCrispySunscreen.com and completing the request form. The free sunscreen is only...
  • Mother Outraged as Angry Teacher Berates her Seven-year-old Daughter for Penning her Name in ....

    08/22/2016 3:12:22 PM PDT · by Cecily · 106 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 22, 2016 | Valerie Edwards
    A seven-year-old student was reprimanded for writing her name in cursive. Alyssa, who was only identified by her first name, turned in a homework assignment that focused on vowels. In return, her teacher wrote in red pen at the top of her lesson sheet: 'Stop writing your name in cursive. You have had several warnings.'
  • Reaganomics V Obamunism

    08/22/2016 12:04:15 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 5 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbsIdQt3E0A The best clips of the 1980 Debate between Reagan and loser president Jimmah Cartah! I think this illustrates the differences between capitalism and socialism and shows that Reagan is not to blame for the problems of the 80s but inherited the problems from the left. I wish there were more documentaries on how terrible things were in this country before Reagan took office. Sick of know nothing millennials and Generation X'ers and commie baby boomers who know nothing of how bad things really were and nothing about how things work posting lies on Youtube and elsewhere!
  • This Day In History: Aug 22, 1776 - British Invasion Of New York

    08/22/2016 5:10:38 AM PDT · by ETL · 34 replies
    various sources
    On August 22, Howe’s large army landed on Long Island, hoping to capture New York City and gain control of the Hudson River, a victory that would divide the rebellious colonies in half. On August 27, the Red Coats marched against the Patriot position at Brooklyn Heights, overcoming the Americans at Gowanus Pass and then outflanking the entire Continental Army. Howe failed to follow the advice of his subordinates and storm the redoubts at Brooklyn Heights, and on August 29 General Washington ordered a brilliant retreat to Manhattan by boat, thus saving the Continental Army from capture. At the Battle...
  • Occasional Birdy Thread

    08/21/2016 3:14:07 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 60 replies
    self ^ | Aug 21, 2016 | Me
    It's been 2 1/2 months since the last birdy thread was posted. Florida is a bit too hot for this old man to get out and shoot much in high summer. However, today I had a visitor. A little blue heron was feeding on my front lawn. That seemed a tad unusual. There was also a flock of white ibis. This time of year the ibis begin to gather in larger and larger flocks preparing for their winter migration. I got a face shot of this youngster. Their eyes are cool Several weeks ago I saw a family of Florida...
  • WHY NO ONE BELIEVED EINSTEIN

    08/20/2016 12:22:18 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 57 replies
    JSTOR Daily ^ | 19 Aug, 2016 | MATTHEW WILLS
    WWith hindsight, it seems as though scientific breakthroughs sweep quickly to universal acceptance. A paper is published and everybody says, “Eureka!” But that’s not necessarily the case. Sometimes scientists have too much invested in the status quo to accept a new way of looking at things. This was certainly true when Albert Einstein‘s 1905 paper on “special relativity” first challenged the British conception of ether. Einstein argued that space and time were bound up together (something he would elaborate on in his theory of general relativity of 1915, adding gravity to the mix of space/time), a complicated idea that contradicted...
  • Zika cases jump to 170 in California, sparking travel warnings

    08/19/2016 10:14:53 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 8/19/2016 | Susan Abram
    California health officials on Friday urged travelers returning home from the Olympics as well as countries where Zika is spreading to continue to wear insect repellent and to practice safe sex for several more weeks, to help prevent the spread of the virus in the Golden State. While Zika is spread primarily through the bite of the black-and-white-striped Aedes mosquito, the virus also can be passed through sex, health officials said. They are mostly concerned with people returning home from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, because Brazil has been hit hard by the virus. “Continue using insect repellent to...
  • Time for "Mid-Majors" to re-align.

    08/19/2016 1:23:16 PM PDT · by dangus · 25 replies
    vanity | 2016-08-16 | dangus
    I'm not delusional enough to think that the Big East realigned because I suggested it. I didn't even suggest adding Creighton and Butler. But in case somewhere out there IS reading: Here's a proposal for the next great realignment. First an explanation: The NCAA has rescinded the corrupt and stupid rule that a conference needs to have 12 teams in order to have a highly profitable football conference championship game. Also, the AAC is the big loser in the new playoff system; whereas most football conferences will make a LOT more money, the ACC will lose almost half of their...
  • Why More California Schools Start in Early August

    08/18/2016 11:00:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    In Los Angeles County, 22 school districts started school this week, and only four of the county’s 80 districts do not have an August start date, according to the Los Angeles County Office of Education.For some children in Los Angeles County, the first day of school has seemed to move earlier and earlier into August. That change has left some parents wondering what happened to school typically starting after Labor Day? In Los Angeles County, 22 school districts started school this week, and only four of the county’s 80 districts do not have an August start date, according to the...
  • (NJ) Union Catholic goes wild watching Sydney McLaughlin advance at the Olympics (VIDEO)

    08/18/2016 7:44:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    nj.com ^ | August 16, 2016 | Jim Lambert
    After seeing teen star Sydney McLaughlin place 5th in her heat in the opening round of the women's 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games, many of the close to 1,000 people that jammed themselves into Union Catholic's gym to watch the race began to head for the exits.  For some, the heat inside the gym was beginning to take its toll, but many others left feeling that the 17 year-old McLaughlin, a rising senior at Union Catholic, had probably come up short in her attempt to advance to the semifinal round at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But not brothers...
  • Fourth brain-eating amoeba case of the year being treated ( Florida )

    08/18/2016 11:54:23 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/18/2016 | Debra Goldschmidt
    An unidentified patient in Florida is being treated after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba last week, according to the Florida Department of Health. It is the fourth known case this year of infection by the parasite Naegleria fowleri. "We believe that the individual contracted the infection after swimming in unsanitary water on a single private property," said Mara Gambineri, the health department's communications director, noting that there is no risk to the general public. The parasite is almost always deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1962 and 2015 there were 138 known cases of...
  • Scientists find a salty way to kill MRSA

    08/18/2016 10:20:21 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 15 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 8/16/2016 | Angelika Gründling
    Scientists have discovered a new way to attack Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The team, from Imperial College London, have revealed how the bacteria regulates its salt levels. The bacteria are a common source of food poisoning and are resistant to heat and high salt concentrations, which are used for food preparation and storage. The team hope to use this knowledge to develop a treatment that prevents food poisoning by ensuring all bacteria in food are killed. They are also investigating whether these findings could aid the development of a treatment for patients that would work alongside conventional antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus bacterium...
  • Zika infection may affect adult brain cells

    08/18/2016 9:56:28 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 19 replies
    medicalxpress ^ | August 18, 2016 | Joseph Gleeson & Howard Hughes
    Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice from scientists at The Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology suggests that certain adult brain cells may be vulnerable to infection as well. Among these are populations of cells that serve to replace lost or damaged neurons throughout adulthood, and are also thought to be critical to learning and memory. "This is the first study looking at the effect of Zika infection on the adult brain," says Joseph Gleeson,...
  • Whirlpool Put Laundry Machines In Some Schools And Increased Attendance By 90%

    08/17/2016 1:30:56 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 75 replies
    scarymommy.com ^ | 10 Aug 2016 | MEREDITH BLAND AUG 10, 2016
    Last year the good people at Whirlpool created the Whirlpool Care Counts Program and donated seventeen pairs of washers and dryers to school districts in St. Louis and in Fairfield, California. The schools then invited kids with attendance problems to bring in their laundry to be cleaned while they were in class. The results were astounding: over 90% of participating students increased their attendance that year, at-risk students attended almost two more weeks of school, and each student got approximately 50 loads of laundry done at school.
  • DC Public School Official: 15.3% of Students Identify as LGBQ

    08/17/2016 5:22:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 16, 2016 | 5:19 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    An official for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) told a U.S. Department of Education bullying summit on Friday that 15.3 percent of high school students in DCPS identify as either gay, lesbian, bisexual or “questioning” — i.e. not sure of their sexuality. DCPS Health and Wellness Director Diana Bruce cited statistics from a 2012 survey which also found that “6.2% of D.C. middle school youth identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual” and “8.9% of D.C. middle school youth identify as questioning or not sure” regarding their sexual identity. …
  • Toll roads in Austin, Texas are discriminatory

    08/17/2016 5:02:55 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 109 replies
    Office conversation | 17 August 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    People at work were talking about getting to work and back home the other day. In the conversation, they mentioned the toll roads in Austin, Texas and the cost thereof. I was in shock. The amount per month spent on toll roads for people ranged from $300-600 per MONTH. Then it hit me! The poor can not afford to pay those charges. So, the regular roads in Austin are in bumper-to-bumper traffic overload. The well-to-do go to and fro with great convenience while the lower classes suffer pretty badly with some having a 2-hour trip EACH WAY from home to...
  • Charlotte schools tell staff: Don't call students 'boy' or 'girl'

    08/16/2016 6:24:40 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    Life Site ^ | Aug. 16, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    A North Carolina school board has issued recommendations for faculty and staff to stop calling male children "boys" and female students "girls." The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools gave a presentation to principals and counselors entitled “Supporting Transgender Students” that focused on "bully prevention." Among the various means of preventing bullying is eliminating all references to boys or girls. Instead, the policy instructs staff to call boys and girls "students" or "scholars." The presentation explained a new set of guidelines for faculty and staff to follow regarding transgender students. For instance, teachers will be required to "work with students" to help them determine...
  • Cognitive offloading: How the Internet is increasingly taking over human memory

    08/16/2016 4:05:14 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 37 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/16/2016 | Taylor & Francis
    Our increasing reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource available online is affecting our thought processes for problem solving, recall and learning. In a new article published in the journal Memory, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign have found that 'cognitive offloading', or the tendency to rely on things like the Internet as an aide-mémoire, increases after each use. We might think that memory is something that happens in the head but increasingly it is becoming something that happens with the help of agents outside the...
  • See it:Oklahoma homeowner displays group of nooses along highway to discourage potential thieves

    08/16/2016 7:44:41 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 55 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 16 Aug 2016 | David Boroff
    Oklahoma drivers were stunned this weekend when they saw a group of nooses displayed along the side of a highway.... ..."If you think of a noose in America, it doesn't represent anything but what used to happen to African Americans," Terrance Reed told the station. "He got the right to do what he wants to do, he’s got a right to feel what he wanna feel, but I got a right to be angry about it too, and I’m angry."
  • With manifest apologies to Jeff Foxworthy... (Vanity)

    08/16/2016 7:08:44 AM PDT · by Montana_Sam · 15 replies
    8/16/2016 | myself
    Are you dumber than a doper? (With manifest apologies to Jeff Foxworthy)
  • It’s Easy to Be an Atheist if You Ignore Science

    08/16/2016 6:51:56 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 19 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | August 10, 2016 | Rabbi Moshe Averick
    It’s Easy to Be an Atheist if You Ignore Science Although the general public is disconcertingly unaware of it, it is a fact that scientists do not have even the slightest clue as to how life could have begun through an unguided naturalistic process absent the intervention of a conscious creative force.Here are just a few well-chosen statements on the Origin of Life: (2016) “[There is] collective cluelessness…those who say this is well worked out, they know nothing, nothing about chemical synthesis…Those who think that scientists understand the details of life’s origin are wholly uninformed. Nobody understands…when will the scientific...
  • The Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal

    08/14/2016 7:39:27 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 30 replies
    For centuries, Buddhist nuns have been banned from practicing the deadly martial art of kung fu, but a few years ago the Druk Amitabha Mountain nunnery in Nepal became the home of the world’s first first order of kung fu nuns. Traditionally, the inherently patriarchal Buddhist monastic system has nuns performing only the most meanial of domestic tasks, while the monks can lead prayers and occupy powerful positions. Nuns are perceived as inferior to monks and usually spend their time working in the kitchens and gardens of Buddhist monasteries. Learning ancient martial arts is definitely off limits for them, so...
  • Request for non-white roommates sparks uproar at Claremont Colleges in California

    08/14/2016 8:51:50 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 59 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | August 14, 2016 | Jason Silverstein
    A collective of colleges in Los Angeles suburb has been in an uproar for the past week over Facebook posts from students with one request for housing: No white roommates. A Facebook post from Karé Ureńa, a junior at Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges, asked for fellow students to join an off-campus house for the upcoming school year. “POC only,” she wrote, using the abbreviation for “people of color.” Ureńa, who is black, added, “I don’t want to live with any white folks.” The post, first reported by the Claremont Independent student magazine, sparked outrage from the campus and...
  • Ca legislative leaders agree to compromise on oppressive LGBT anti-religion bill

    08/11/2016 8:08:54 PM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies
    massresistance.org ^ | 08/11/2016 | n/a
    Legislative leaders in the California Legislature have agreed to modify Bill SB 1146, which has been called the most oppressive LGBT anti-religious bill in the country. The move was praised by leaders of major Christian colleges in California, who say they will now support it. But state pro-family activists warn that the compromise still keeps in some terrible parts of it. They are perplexed that church leaders would agree to it. They vow to keep fighting to kill the bill completely. The re-draft was announced yesterday in a Los Angeles Times article yesterday by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ricardo Lara,...
  • Schools Failing Taxpayers at More Than $18,000 Per Year (i.e. per student)

    08/10/2016 9:51:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 10, 2016 | 4:28 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In Philadelphia, where the Democratic Party held its national convention, the public schools spent a total of $18,241 per student in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. In Detroit, where Donald Trump gave a speech on his economic policies this week, the public schools spent a total of $18,361 per student that year. In Washington, D.C., where the federal government makes its home, it was $23,980. What did these schools produce while spending more than $18,000 per student? Not well-educated children. […] (I)n the 2011-2012 school year, according to the Digest of Educational Statistics, the...
  • Illinois college defends 'blacks-only' course offerings

    08/09/2016 7:58:12 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 43 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 8/8/2016 | Rob Shimshock
    An Illinois college has restricted certain sections of a mandatory introductory course to black students.“While helping my son register for college at Moraine Valley Community College, we noticed that the required course College 101 has two sections limited to African-American students," one concerned parent told The Chicago Tribune. "He wants to know why there are not two sections limited to Asian-American students? How about Native American students?"This segregation of students by race seems odd, especially considering the course’s emphasis on diversity.But Jessica Crotty, Moraine’s assistant director of communications, made the case for segregation, saying the school periodically reserves certain course...
  • Blacks with college experience more likely to say they faced discrimination

    08/08/2016 6:17:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | July 27, 2016 | Monica Anderson
    A majority of black Americans say that at some point in their lives they’ve experienced discrimination or were treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity, but blacks who have attended college are more likely than those without any college experience to say so, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. About eight in ten blacks with at least some college experience (81%) say they’ve faced discrimination or been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity, compared with 59% of blacks who have never attended college. These differences also extend to more specific incidents of racial discrimination. For...
  • Barack Obama is not seeking "legacy"

    08/08/2016 10:01:10 AM PDT · by Mier · 22 replies
    http://www.renewamerica.com ^ | October 26, 2015 | By Sylvia Thompson
    To the many gullible souls out there who truly think that Barack Obama is "legacy building" in his all-out assault on America, I implore you to bow out of the conversation because you are not seeing clearly.
  • Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

    08/07/2016 9:10:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Anonymous Mags ^ | August 7, 2016 | Anonymous Mags
    Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study report. The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them. “These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have...
  • We can not allow politics to divide us - please read

    08/06/2016 9:45:09 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 19 replies
    Love of God | 6 August 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    God calls us to bear with one another. Lately, I have been allowing myself to follow the game plan of the liberal leftists who are trying to divide and conquer in the United States so they can win and implement their completely Socialist program which will allow them to tell everyone below the level of top positions what to think and say, what to do for a living, where to live and whether you get healthcare or not. In their game plan, we begin to attack ONE ANOTHER instead of the source of the conflict, them. With that strategy and...