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  • The News IQ Quiz

    10/25/2014 4:34:02 AM PDT · by upchuck · 23 replies
    Interesting quiz. How's your knowledge of current events? What do you know about the news?Test your knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,002 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national survey conducted September 25-28 by the Pew Research Center. When you finish, you will be able to compare your News IQ with the average American and compare responses across demographic groups.
  • Evolution and the Ebola Virus: Pacing a Small Cage

    10/24/2014 3:07:29 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | October 24, 2014 | Michael Behe
    Evolution and the Ebola Virus: Pacing a Small Cage Michael Behe October 24, 2014 2:23 PM | Permalink I received a request to comment on the evolution of the Ebola virus. The best, most recent work, which sequenced and compared 99 entire virus genomes, was published in Science last month: "Genomic surveillance elucidates Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak." It came at a very high cost -- five co-authors actually died of Ebola in the course of the work. The paper is mostly concerned with tracing the timing and spread of the virus. The authors show that...
  • New Book Discusses Scientific and Theological Problems with Darwinian Evolution

    10/24/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 11 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | October 22, 2014 | Casey Luskin
    New Book Discusses Scientific and Theological Problems with Darwinian Evolution Casey Luskin October 22, 2014 4:22 PM | Permalink A new book, More Than Myth?, features contributions from various pro-ID authors discussing the scientific and theological problems with Darwinian evolution. The editors include Paul Brown, a professor of chemistry, biology, and environmental studies at the evangelical university Trinity Western, and Robert Stackpole, a Catholic theologian. Their vision for the book was to show that both Catholics and Protestants can agree that there is scientific and theological evidence showing that intelligent design -- rather than Darwinian evolution -- is the best...
  • OR High Schools Adding ‘13th Grade’ to Boost State's On-Time Graduation Rate

    10/24/2014 11:52:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | Joseph Perticone
    (CNSNews.com) -- Some high schools in Oregon are creating an optional “13th grade” in order to provide students with another year of academic support while boosting the state's on-time graduation rate. Starting with the Class of 2014, hundreds of students who have completed four years of high school but have not received their diplomas will be considered “graduates" for statistical purposes. At 69 percent statewide, Oregon had the second-lowest graduation rate in the nation for the Class of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Why Advocates of Intelligent Design Owe Atheist Neil deGrasse Tyson a "Thank You"

    10/23/2014 4:44:03 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 14 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | October 23, 2014 | David Klinghoffer
    Why Advocates of Intelligent Design Owe Atheist Neil deGrasse Tyson a "Thank You" David Klinghoffer October 23, 2014 3:10 PM | Permalink Why Advocates of Intelligent Design Owe Atheist Neil deGrasse Tyson a "Thank You" David Klinghoffer October 23, 2014 3:10 PM | Permalink From living in Manhattan as I once did, I remember many taxi rides listening to the popular news station 1010 WINS with its slogan, "You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world." And they did. The producers offered a picture in miniature not only of whatever they regarded as the top stories around the...
  • Preparing for retirement

    10/22/2014 2:53:18 PM PDT · by A Cyrenian · 72 replies
    Any Freepers preparing to retire in the next 5 to 10 years? What are you plans? What are you doing to get ready to enter the next level of your life? I'm considering retiring in 3 - 5 years and I feel like I don't have all my ducks in a row. Know what I mean? I'm not asking about financial advise, but would like to know what one should do to be ready to sleep in the first day of retirement.
  • Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek

    10/22/2014 2:15:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    www.centnews.com ^ | 2014-10-22 18:00:08 | Richard INGHAM
    France - Scientists said Wednesday they had unravelled the oldest DNA ever retrieved from a Homo sapiens bone, a feat that sheds light on modern humans' colonisation of the planet. A femur found by chance on the banks of a west Siberian river in 2008 is that of a man who died around 45,000 years ago, they said. Teased out of collagen in the ancient bone, the genome contains traces from Neanderthals -- a cousin species who lived in Eurasia alongside H. sapiens before mysteriously disappearing. Previous research has found that Neanderthals and H. sapiens interbred, leaving a tiny Neanderthal...
  • The 600 Smartest Colleges In America

    10/22/2014 8:25:22 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 21, 2014 | JONATHAN WAI
    Schools are constantly being ranked on everything from student happiness, campus beauty, success of alums, and professor prestige. But where should you go if you want to be among the most intelligent students in America? Exclusively for Business Insider, Jonathan Wai, a Duke University Talent Identification Program researcher, calculated a ranking of America's colleges and universities based purely on smarts, as reflected by the school's average scores on standardized tests. These tests are often criticized, but research shows that both the SAT and ACT are good measures of general cognitive ability; and the average scores that schools report to U.S....
  • Amal Clooney should back off. Lord Elgin was a hero who saved the marbles for the world

    10/21/2014 4:44:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10-21-14 | Dominic Selwood
    In February 2014, while promoting his World War Two film, The Monuments Men, Hollywood A-List actor George Clooney declared that Britain should send the Elgin Marbles back to Greece. Despite claiming they came from the Pantheon in Rome rather than the Parthenon in Athens (and also that they had been taken by Lord "Eljin"), he felt that returning them was now appropriate. This was fiercely controversial territory. However, once the furore had died down, most people wrote it off as a kooky PR stunt. Until last week, when it emerged that George Clooney’s new wife, Amal Clooney, a lawyer specialising...
  • Math is on life support. Can we save it?

    10/21/2014 11:03:48 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When is the wrong answer the right answer? Now. Today. Reality alert: we have entered an alternative universe, thanks to Common Core. As people once scorned wrong answers, we will now learn to scorn right answers. Answer-getting (that’s the new jargon) will be held up for contempt, and slowly eliminated. That’s the plan. This is not marginal nonsense. No, it is already mainstream nonsense. Phil Daro is one of the three principal writers of the Common Core Mathematics Standards. A 17-minute video about his ideas is promoted this way: “Phil Daro goes into detail on the problems of ‘Answer-getting,’ one...
  • Chances are your teen is looking at porn. But it’s worse than that.

    10/21/2014 10:05:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 78 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 10.20.14 | Jonathon van Maren
    I live in a quiet subdivision in rural Ontario. I mean very quiet—all summer long, I rarely saw any kids outside biking or playing street hockey or running flimsy lemonade stands or just roughhousing around outside. Then, the day school started, I was shocked when I left my house in the morning and I saw kids everywhere, backpacks in tow, heading to bus stops and walking to the nearby school. This many kids live in my neighborhood? I thought to myself. Where were they all summer? There are a number of possible answers, of course. Some were probably on vacation....
  • Revolutionary Biology

    10/21/2014 6:58:05 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 29 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | October 20, 2014 | Jonathan Wells
    Revolutionary Biology Jonathan Wells October 20, 2014 11:36 AM | Permalink It is not surprising that for thousands of years people thought the Sun and stars revolve around the Earth. We see it with our own eyes every day and night. In 1543, however, Nicolaus Copernicus proposed that the Earth revolves around the Sun and thereby revolutionized our conception of the solar system and the universe. A century and a half later, Isaac Newton proposed laws of motion and gravitation to explain the behavior of all material bodies -- not only on the Earth but also in outer space --...
  • Cornell gives deer tubal ligations, everything goes wrong (hilarious liberal lunacy alert)

    10/20/2014 2:19:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 15, 2014 | William A. Jacobson
    We previously wrote about the deer sterilization program run by the Village of Cayuga Heights, NY, which borders the Cornell University campus and has large deer and faculty populations. After years of bitter debate, Cayuga Heights decided that the deer population would be controlled through sterilization at enormous expense: NY Town spends $2,984 per deer in sterilization programBecause Reproductive Health Care Is A Cervine Right The Cayuga Heights deer control was mostly a failure because, you know, deer move around, so sterilizing deer in Cayuga Heights didn’t prevent new deer from coming into the area. And so on. As far...
  • Yik Yak Wants To Be A News Hub, But It Needs To Grow Up First

    10/20/2014 3:48:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 20, 2014 | Ellen Huet
    Yik Yak, an anonymous, location-based app that acts as a sort of local bulletin board, wants to be a serious news source. Right now, Yik Yak is home to a lot of chatter and huge with college students. That demographic is reflected in the posts found on the app, which are mostly about midterms, Netflix, food and sex. But its founders, 23-year-olds Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, have big dreams for the app. They want it to be an on-the-ground, immediate feed of what’s happening, especially during breaking news situations. On Monday, they released a new feature, Peek, that lets...
  • Transgender teen first in the state of Georgia to be elected to high school's homecoming court

    10/18/2014 8:28:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 62 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10.18.14 | Charlene Adams for MailOnline
    An openly transgender Georgia teen was elected to her high school's homecoming court in an election believed to be the first of its kind in the state. Sage Lovell, 16, of Marietta, was elected to Walton High School's homecoming court among four other women chosen out of 50 nominees at the school. 'I couldn't stop smiling,' said Lovell told CBS 46, who said she heard word of her victory while in her homeroom class. 'My entire homeroom erupted in very loud cheering. Apparently it was able to be heard from across the school.' On Friday night, the Walton High School...
  • An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words

    10/18/2014 9:51:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 10/16/2014 | Paul Anthony Jones
    October 16 is World Dictionary Day, marking the birthday of the great American lexicographer Noah Webster. Born in Connecticut in 1758, Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, in 1806, but it was his two-volume American Dictionary of the English Language published in 1828 (when he was 70 years old) that earned him his place in history as the foremost lexicographer of American English. The statistics alone speak for themselves: Webster's American Dictionary took him 28 years to complete. In preparation he learned 26 languages, including Old English, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. The final...
  • Vanity...RE: Ferguson, MO

    10/17/2014 11:12:11 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 38 replies
    myself | 08/17/14 | wheresmyusa
    I have followed all the Ferguson threads here on FR since the mike brown shooting with intensity; and restrained from comment from the plethora of opportunity, until now. My wife and 3 stepchildren are all from Ferguson, one of which still resides there with her father. I myself lived on Airport & Jackson, right on the border of what's left of Kinloch for quite some time. I'm intimately famaliar with the culture there. We've endured the criminal behaviour, and mob road blocks, and miscellaneous nefarious activities for years and years. The calls for violence against "whitey", law enforcement or civilian,...
  • Male high school students dressed like female celebrities told to go home

    10/17/2014 9:12:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    FOX31 ^ | 10.17.14 | CNN WIRE
    RANDLE, Wash. — When administrators at White Pass Jr. Sr. High School asked students to dress up as their favorite celebrities for Spirit Week, Mason Mudge and Chandler Krueger did just that. Mudge came as Miss America. And Krueger dressed up as Nicki Minaj.
  • ...Shocking moment a fed-up Baltimore teacher attacked student and slammed...

    10/17/2014 6:41:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 49 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10-17-14 | Snejana Farberov for MailOnline
    Full title: Caught on camera: Shocking moment a fed-up Baltimore teacher attacked student and slammed her into a locker yelling 'I'll kill you' after the senior hurled a book at her A Baltimore teacher is under fire after a cellphone video emerged of her fighting a 17-year-old student, slamming the girl against a locker and threatening to kill her. The beginning of the video, taken last Friday and obtained by local stations WBAL and WBFF, shows the girl shoving a chair in the teacher’s direction inside a classroom at Carver Vocational-Technical High in west Baltimore. The 17-year-old senior reportedly became...
  • Archeologists unearth 3,300 year old complex in Israel

    10/17/2014 8:17:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 10/16/2014 | Bob Yirka
    A team of archeologists working in Israel's Tel Burna dig site have unearthed the remains of a large stone complex dating back approximately 3,300 years. Information about the finding was presented at the recent European Association of Archaeologists' meeting held in Istanbul. Initial examination of the ruins suggests the site was an ancient cult complex—a rather large one at that with side walls measuring up to 52x52 feet. Thus far archeologists have uncovered mask fragments (parts that covered the nose), connected cups (their purpose has yet to be discovered), scarabs (stone representations of the beetle typically used as an amulet)...
  • Ham slices, two crackers, cheese and two cauliflower pieces the paltry Michelle Obama school lunch

    10/17/2014 6:17:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2014 | Jill Reilly
    A student has provoked complaints by parents after taking a photo of her paltry school meal of lunch meat, a couple crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower. Kaytlin Shelton, 17, who is eight months pregnant, took a photo of the $3 meal at a Chickasha school on Monday and showed it to her father who said it was not satisfactory. Her father Vince Holton said: 'I can go pay a dollar for a lunchabe and get more food in it. Schools are responsible for children while they're at school.'
  • Judge denies protective order for NCAA and Penn State, seeks deposition from Emmert

    10/16/2014 1:38:46 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 9 replies
    centre daily times ^ | 9-15-14 | Lori Falce
    In two separate Commonwealth Court rulings this week, Judge Anne Covey denied an NCAA and Penn State motion for a protective order and ordered the NCAA to make President Mark Emmert available to give a deposition. The NCAA and the university had asked for the order to protect confidentiality of “certain discovery materials” in the lawsuit brought by state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, and state Treasurer Rob McCord that tries to ensure the $60 million in fine money levied against Penn State by the NCAA remains in Pennsylvania. Covey declined that in an order dated Wednesday. “Defendants have demonstrated...
  • Lessons From Ebola School: How To Draw Blood, Wipe Up Vomit

    10/16/2014 9:02:53 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    wcai ^ | 10-16-2014
    Day 1: How to draw blood from a suspected Ebola patient so you can test for the disease. Make sure you have all the materials you'll need before you put on your protective suit. Always work in pairs. Assess the patient's ability to sit still. Dispose of the syringe immediately. Wash your gloved hands under 0.5% chlorine solution. Label and spray. Drop the tube in a bag. Bag it again, spray it again. Spray the outside of the second bag. Walk to the laboratory area of the hospital. Just before you hand off the bag, spray it one more time....
  • John West Explicates C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Skepticism

    10/16/2014 7:28:20 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 10 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | October 15, 2014 | David Klinghoffer
    John West Explicates C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Skepticism David Klinghoffer October 15, 2014 3:34 PM | Permalink The Christian Post has a very thoughtful and thorough account of a presentation that Discovery Institute's John West gave at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, analyzing C.S. Lewis's views on science and scientism. It's very much worth reading. One of the important and counterintuitive insights that Lewis offered was his observation that far from encouraging skepticism, the mention of "science" can call forth a perilous gullibility, not least from educated, intelligent people who should know better.Writes reporter Napp Nazworth: Healthy...
  • Undocumented Immigrant Can Come Back to Harvard After Taking Dying Mom to Mexico

    10/14/2014 8:54:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 14, 2014 | Shan Wang
    Harvard College junior and undocumented immigrant Dario Guerrero-Meneses, who had been barred from returning to the U.S. after taking his mother to Mexico last July for cancer treatments, has been granted a humanitarian visa to return to the States on Tuesday evening. The decision, handed down by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, will allow Guerrero to return to the U.S. to see his immediate family in California and soon-to-be-born child, as well as start his senior year at Harvard, according to his lawyer, Alan R. Klein.
  • The most lucrative seven-figure MBA degrees

    10/14/2014 2:29:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | 10/14/2014 | John A. Byrne
    (Poets&Quants) — What’s an MBA degree really worth? And how much more money does an MBA from Harvard, Stanford, or Wharton get you over a career than one from Texas A&M, Ohio State, or the University of Iowa?Those are questions that perplex and confound many deciding whether to get the degree and, if so, where to get it from. Not everyone can get into the most highly selective business schools. So many candidates have to face the question over whether it’s worth getting the MBA from a second- or even third-tier school.A new analysis done exclusively for Poets&Quants by...
  • Large mosaic in ancient tomb uncovered in Greece [Amphipolis update]

    10/13/2014 11:11:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 10/12/2014 | by Demetris Nellas
    Archaeologists digging through a vast ancient tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece have uncovered a floor mosaic that covers the whole area of a room seen as the antechamber to the main burial ground. The mosaic, 3 meters (10 feet) long and 4.5 meters (15 feet) wide, depicts a horseman with a laurel wreath driving a chariot drawn by two horses and preceded by the god Hermes. According to a Culture Ministry announcement on Sunday, Hermes is depicted here as the conductor of souls to the afterlife. The mosaic is made up of pebbles in many colors: white, black, gray,...
  • NARAL: The National Association for Reproducing Activist Lesbians

    10/12/2014 9:08:18 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-13-2014 | Mike Adams
    Abortion is a fundamental right. Especially if you're a lesbian. If you don't believe me then just ask Amy Schlag and Katie Peel. They are the "married" couple that controls forty percent of UNCW's five-office diversity industrial complex. Amy (the husband) runs the LGBTQIA Office. Katie (the wife) runs the Women's Resource Center. I began to get the idea that these two women were really worried about getting pregnant when Amy started to use her LGBTQIA Office to advocate for abortion. Last year, she sponsored a film that defended late term abortionists as well as the gruesome practice of partial...
  • Teachers told to stop calling kids 'boys and girls'

    10/11/2014 8:57:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    KCRA-TV ^ | Oct 10 2014 08:14:57 AM PDT
    In an effort to make classrooms more gender-inclusive, teachers at a middle school in Lincoln, Nebraska were given teaching guidelines advising them not to use "gendered expressions" by calling students "boys and girls." The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the teachers have been advised to use more gender-neutral expressions like campers, readers, athletes or even purple penguins. The teaching handout called "12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness" advised teachers to avoid separating students by gender, but instead by birth dates or preferences. For example, they could ask students whether they prefer skateboards or bikes, milk or juice,...
  • Hazwoper

    10/11/2014 12:42:53 PM PDT · by waterhill · 33 replies
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  • At Florida State, Football Clouds Justice

    10/10/2014 7:42:10 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10-10-14 | Mike McIntire and Walt Bogdanichoct
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 911 call could not have sounded more urgent: A man was beating a woman holding a baby outside their apartment as she tried to leave. “You just need to get someone out here right away because it is really bad,” the caller said, adding that the man was “punching” the mother and “grabbing the little baby around the arm.” By the time the police arrived shortly after 3 a.m. one day last January, the couple were back inside. The 19-year-old woman acknowledged that she and her boyfriend had argued, and that he had not wanted her...
  • If you could 'See The Internet' Approaching your Laptop, would in come in Waves?, Circles?, Beams?

    10/10/2014 4:57:37 PM PDT · by lee martell · 70 replies
    Oct. 10 2014 | lee martell
    Categorize this as yet another question I have about personal computers, but am too embarrassed to ask anybody about till now. That is what I wonder. I hear the web described as a 'cloud', so I suppose it one way it exists is in the form of a massive activity ball of entertwined signals. Sometimes, I'm lucky, and my connection occurs almost immediately. Does it variate in intensity and speed as would radio waves, with consistant peaks and valleys?. I've begun to wonder if the net is being sent out in the form of linear beams, almost laser like in...
  • Education: the media are afraid to tell the truth

    10/10/2014 3:18:27 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 26 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 9, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Local newspapers in the US don't cover education in any depth. Maybe they’ll tell you superficial and trivial stuff (for example, that a superintendent was hired or fired, that there will be a meeting next month of the school board). But you won’t find anything about the nuts and bolts that determine whether you child learns to read, or learns anything at all. At first glance, this non-coverage can seem to be a mystery. Everybody's interested in education, especially parents and grandparents with kids in K-12. Probably one of the most valuable things that you could tell these people is...
  • Astrophysicists Reveal Amount of Dark Matter is Less Than Previously Thought

    10/10/2014 1:00:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    SciTech Daily ^ | 10/09/2014 | Source: International Center for Radio Astronomy Research
    New research from the University of Western Australia reveals that the amount of dark matter in the Milky Way is half as much as previously thought. Australian astronomers used a method developed almost 100 years ago to discover that the weight of dark matter in our own galaxy is 800,000,000,000 (or 8 x 1011) times the mass of the Sun. They probed the edge of the Milky Way, looking closely, for the first time, at the fringes of the galaxy about 5 million billion kilometers from Earth. Astrophysicist Dr Prajwal Kafle, from The University of Western Australia node of the...
  • Bad Ideas and Bad Prose at Cornell

    10/09/2014 8:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | October 9, 2014 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Cornell University may be the only Ivy League school with a “diversity” quota for the mentally ill. Or maybe the students were sane until they got to Ithaca and started studying under the tutelage of radical professors. At any rate, the Cornell campus is swarming with lunatics: A student-sponsored event at Cornell University (CU) claimed capitalism and white supremacy are “institutions that promote rape culture” and “must be destroyed.” The event, which recognized a “National Day of Protest Against Rape Culture” late last month, took place in CU’s William Straight Hall. Bailey Dineen, one of the sponsors of the event,...
  • Andrew Klavan: What Gender Are You? (video)

    10/09/2014 1:33:14 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | 10-9-2014 | Andrew Klavan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNDJD_RRpEYI’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. Many of you may remember a time when women were tender and nurturing and modest and men were strong and protective and courtly. Actually, you might be remembering the movie Meet Me In St. Louis... but I’m sure reality also used to be great. Today, though, all across America, gender norms are coming under question, laws are being passed to allow people to choose their gender identities, and Time Magazine, always on the cutting edge of irrelevance, has declared transgenderism the new civil rights frontier. What’s it all about? Let’s get...
  • Hugh Hefner’s dirty little secret

    10/09/2014 9:42:04 AM PDT · by Morgana · 160 replies
    LIFE SITE ^ | Jonathon van Maren
    Hugh Hefner has been idolized by millions of men of dubious morals for his “Playboy” lifestyle—his huge mansion, never-ending stream of celebrity guests, and, of course, the girls. He is considered the ultimate playboy, the silk-pajamaed icon of the Sexual Revolution, the man who brought “free love” to the free market and made a killing. He’s also sexually dysfunctional. In her emotionally mauling book Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, researcher Gail Dines writes how the infamous TV show "The Girls Next Door," which started in 2005, "provides a sanitized version of life at the Playboy mansion, never showing...
  • School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclusive to Transgender

    10/09/2014 1:36:53 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 52 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10-8-2014 | Katherine Timpf
    A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead. “Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools. “Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises. The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking...
  • School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclusive to Transgender

    10/08/2014 2:38:38 PM PDT · by tje · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | OCTOBER 8, 2014 1:50 PM | Katherine Timpf
    A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead. “Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at Lincoln Public Schools. “Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.
  • F/A-18 Super Hornet • High-Speed Low-Level Maneuvers (Amazing Cockpit View)

    10/08/2014 6:50:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 10/07/14 | Lt. Ian Schmidt, Lt. J.G. Michael Hatfield
    Spectacular footage of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets as they takeoff and land aboard an aircraft carrier. Impressive footage of the aircraft as they fly at low levels above the water, conduct banking and rolling maneuvers at high speed, and make high speed passes over the carrier in tandem formation and Bombing in Syria. Filmed from the cockpit and pilot point-of-view. Film Credits: Lt. Ian Schmidt, Lt. J.G. Michael Hatfield, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King
  • New Jersey school cancels football season (Sayreville)

    10/07/2014 9:04:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2014 10:24 AM EDT
    Officials at a central New Jersey high school that has won three sectional titles over the past four years canceled the football season amid allegations of harassment, intimidation and bullying among players. […] … The district already had canceled and forfeited a game that was scheduled last Thursday between Sayreville War Memorial and South Brunswick, and announced that the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office was investigating the allegations. …
  • 5 Myths of Tarring and Feathering

    10/07/2014 7:57:28 AM PDT · by Textide · 38 replies
    Journal of the American Revolution ^ | 12/13/2013 | J.L. Bell
    1. Myth: Tarring and feathering could be fatal. Busted: The notion that hot tar caused severe, sometimes fatal burns is based on the assumption that “tar” meant the asphalt we use on roads, which is typically stored in liquid state at about 300°F (150°C). But in the eighteenth century “tar” meant pine tar, used for several purposes in building and maintaining ships. As any baseball fan knows, pine tar doesn’t have to be very hot to be sticky. Shipyards did warm that tar to make it flow more easily, but pine tar starts to melt at about 140°F (60°C). That’s...
  • American College of Pediatrics debunks the myth of “safe sex”

    10/06/2014 2:28:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Lauren Enriquez
    Late last month, the journal Pediatrics, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, released a policy statement entitled Contraception for Adolescents. The statement is an update to the Academy’s 2007 statement on the same topic. The update “provides the pediatrician with a description and rationale for best practices in counseling and prescribing contraception for adolescents,” according to the journal article. The abstract says: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians develop a working knowledge of contraception to help adolescents reduce risks of and negative health consequences related to unintended pregnancy. The American Academy of Pediatrics seems to have taken...
  • School Board Slams Michelle O Lunch Rules...(shortened)

    10/06/2014 2:08:53 PM PDT · by RetSignman · 11 replies
    Eag News ^ | Oct. 6, 2014 | RetSignman
    After taking comments from parents, “Someone in the audience made a good point.” She added, “Michelle Obama put these things into play, but her children go to private school and they don’t have to follow these standards.”
  • An eye-popping 20% of U.S. residents abandon English at home

    10/06/2014 11:29:18 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 6, 2014 | Stphen Dinan
    One-fifth of people in the U.S. speak a foreign language at home, according to a report being released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which found Arabic and Urdu — the national language of Pakistan — among the fastest-growing. The report found that nearly half of all California school-age children speak a language other than English at home, as do a third of Texans and Nevadans, according to the report, which is based on Census Bureau numbers.
  • ‘Weed lobbyists’ or Democrats? Watch these pot smokers field basic political questions

    10/05/2014 11:45:37 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | October 5, 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Marijuana is fast becoming a hot political issue around the country, so is it a really good idea to encourage more people to vote?
  • Promise of God concerning disease

    10/05/2014 7:29:50 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 5 replies
    Bible ^ | ? B.C. | God
    If we as a nation follow God, we will live in peace and good health. If not, the opposite will happen: Deuteronomy 7:15New American Standard Bible (NASB) 15 The Lord will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you.
  • The Meaning of US Citizenship

    10/05/2014 6:15:08 AM PDT · by Macoozie · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct 4, 2014 | The Times Editorial Board
    In recent years, the concept of U.S. citizenship has figured in public debate largely in connection with immigration reform. Should immigrants who are in the country illegally be given a "path to citizenship"? Should children born to parents who are not here legally be entitled to "birthright citizenship"?
  • The disturbing influence Planned Parenthood has on our schools

    10/04/2014 8:14:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Live Action ^ | Cassy Fiano
    Last month, parents were shocked to see the sex education guidelines being considered in Clark County, Nevada, schools. In a closed-door deliberation with some parents, the Las Vegas school district considered curriculum that recommends children as young as five be taught about abortion and masturbation– with pro-abortion propaganda scheduled to continue through every single grade level. The district’s proposed curriculum could be potentially crafted based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, a guide produced with the aid of members of Planned Parenthood. The SIECUS guideline is among materials that the school district could largely model its new sex-education program...
  • A Row of Ducks

    10/04/2014 2:55:28 PM PDT · by scocha · 2 replies
    Liberty Unbound ^ | September 18, 2014 | S. H. Chambers
    Have you ever thought about joining the jihad? No? Neither have I, at least not in the sense that I might be the one doing the joining. I’ve thought about others joining, though. I’ve thought about privileged American white kids who convert to Islam and join the fight to reestablish the Caliphate.