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  • 'Dr. George' Fischbeck dies at 92; popular weatherman at KABC-TV

    03/25/2015 3:12:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 25, 2015 | Valerie J. Nelson
    George Fischbeck, a science teacher turned weatherman who joined KABC-TV in 1972 and spent nearly two decades exuberantly delivering the local forecast, has died. He was 92. Fischbeck, who was known as "Dr. George," died of natural causes early Wednesday morning at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills, his daughter, Nancy Fischbeck, said. A trained meteorologist, George Fischbeck was so enthusiastic about his subject that he sometimes forgot to talk about the next day's weather.
  • The 20 US colleges with the most conservative students

    03/25/2015 8:41:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/25/2015 | Lauren Browning
    As part of its annual college rankings, The Princeton Review ranks the US colleges with the most conservative students. While a few of the schools on the list are big sports and party schools, 20% of the colleges in the ranking are military schools. Over half of the most conservative colleges on the list also appeared on the Review's lists of the most religious students, students who are stone cold sober, and students who don't smoke. A whopping 17 of the 20 schools were ranked on The Princeton Review's list of future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution. Texas,...
  • Why Two Mommies Cannot Replace Daddy

    03/25/2015 7:24:29 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3/24/2015 | Judi McLeod
    Orlando, FL - Heather Barwick, who was raised by two lesbians, shared her compelling story and why she opposes same-sex marriage. Married to a man and raising four children, Heather has come to realize why same-sex marriage is wrong and why it harms children. In her powerful story, Heather wrote in The Federalist: “Growing up, and even into my 20s, I supported and advocated for gay marriage. It’s only with some time and distance from my childhood that I’m able to reflect on my experiences and recognize the long-term consequences that same-sex parenting had on me. And it’s only now,...
  • I have AN answer to the teacher's pension problem

    03/24/2015 7:46:21 PM PDT · by knarf · 11 replies
    self | March 24, 2015 | knarf
    Every legitimate American child has a SS number, and ......
  • TURN, the new characters are introduced -- 4-13-15

    03/24/2015 5:54:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    New characters to appear in the upcoming season of TURN are introduced tonight on the TURN AMC website. Series starts Monday, April 13, 9 Eastern, 8 central.
  • Can you read me? Boy Scouts send a message with a new merit badge.

    03/24/2015 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 35 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 23, 2015 | John Kelly
    Eventually, everything comes back. Young men are wearing beards again, just as they did in Victorian times. Vinyl albums — thought to have been killed by CDs and MP3s — are so trendy that record-pressing plants are working round-the-clock to satisfy hungry hipsters. Coffee used to be bad for you. Now it’s touted for its miracle properties. I wouldn’t be surprised if doctors start promoting cigarettes for “lung health.” John Kelly writes "John Kelly's Washington," a daily look at Washington's less-famous side. Born in Washington, John started at The Post in 1989 as deputy editor in the Weekend section. The...
  • Privileged Species with Geneticist Michael Denton Gets Its Online Premiere; See It Now!

    03/24/2015 2:06:17 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | March 24, 2015 | News
    Privileged Species with Geneticist Michael Denton Gets Its Online Premiere; See It Now! Evolution News & Views March 24, 2015 3:43 AM | Permalink Finally, the stirring and profound documentary with geneticist Michael Denton, Privileged Species, is available to see now, free online. Dr. Denton extends the argument for intelligent design to the ultra-, ultra-fine-tuning of the cosmos for carbon-based life forms like ourselves. You cannot watch these 33 minutes without coming away with the very powerful conclusion that the universe was designed with us very specifically in mind.The documentary investigates the special properties of carbon, water, and oxygen that...
  • US Fraternities lobby for reduced powers for universities to investigate and punish rape allegations

    03/24/2015 12:54:22 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | March 24, 2015 | David Glovin, Bloomberg News
    College fraternities and sororities, concerned that students accused of sexual assault are treated unfairly, are pushing Congress to make it harder for universities to investigate rape allegations. The groups’ political arm plans to bring scores of students to Capitol Hill on April 29 to lobby for a requirement that the criminal justice system resolve cases before universities look into them or hand down punishments, according to an agenda reviewed by Bloomberg News. “If people commit criminal acts, they should be prosecuted and they should go to jail,” said Michael Greenberg, leader of 241-chapter Sigma Chi, one of many fraternities participating...
  • Lexington, Mass. High School Vetoes Dance Theme For Being ‘Too American’

    03/24/2015 6:19:44 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 20 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Mar 23, 2015 | Heather Laskin
    Lexington, Mass. The place where the “shot heard round the world” was fired, the birthplace of the American Revolution, and now, the home of a high school whose administration has vetoed an “American Pride” dance theme because it is “too American.” Students on the dance committee at Lexington High School voted on the theme for their junior/senior dance and chose “American Pride,” a seemingly appropriate theme for a school whose mascot is the Minuteman. Their decision was quickly vetoed, however, when the powers that be decided the theme was not inclusive enough. “Given the diverse demography of our community,” Assistant...
  • LA Teacher Accused of Using N-Word, Making Racist Stereotypes in Classroom

    03/23/2015 5:54:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | Asher Klein and Ted Chen
    Dozens of parents and students are defending the eighth-grade teacher after he was removed from the classroom pending a review of the accusations.The school district said the teacher named in the suit had been removed from the classroom, but did not comment on the lawsuit. It accuses administrators of brushing aside the concerns of the student, who is half white and half black, and her family. "District policy is adamant that all students are to be treated with respect. The safety of students is L.A. Unified’s highest priority," an LAUSD statement read. LAUSD Aims to Be Safe Haven for Immigrant...
  • Indiana Leads the Way in STEM Education

    03/23/2015 3:18:45 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-23-15 | Lindsay Russell
    March 14 was Albert Einstein’s birthday, a scientific legend known worldwide whose name has become synonymous with the word ‘genius.’ How many Einsteins are growing up in America’s public schools today but are hindered from reaching their full potential due to poor education policy? Today, some states are leading the way in improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to keep this from happening. Indiana, one of America’s highest performing states regarding educational options and student achievement, has prioritized and fostered STEM education for years. Under the leadership of Governor Mike Pence, Indiana has implemented new academic standards at...
  • Students Choose a Patriotic Theme For Dance…So Their School Cancels It Because It’s ‘Offensive’

    03/23/2015 12:29:28 PM PDT · by massmike · 50 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 03/23/2015 | CONOR SWANBERG
    A Massachusetts high school is having a serious debate over the theme of a scheduled dance. According to WHDH, students at the school in Lexington said that the school administration canceled their ‘American pride’ dance because it may exclude other nationalities. The ‘American pride’ theme received the most votes from the Lexington High School dance committee. Despite this, the administration is standing behind its decision, saying it’s are willing to tweak the theme in order for ‘everyone to be included.’
  • Night at The Museum 3

    03/23/2015 11:22:13 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 7 replies
    today | Me
    Watched the movie over the weekend and it is a very GOOD example of what libs think the world would be if they could have it their way.
  • White Slaves in Colonial America

    03/23/2015 9:28:55 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 68 replies
    My Research | March 23 2015 | Me
    I am certain we never heard this in school. The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World. His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves. Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white....
  • Colonial Statue Triggers Race Debate in South Africa

    03/22/2015 9:26:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 21.03.2015 | Eva Wulke
    University of Cape Town students have called for the removal of a statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes from university grounds. The event reveals deeper discontent with South Africa's state of affairs.Controversy has erupted at the University of Cape Town (UCT) following vandalism of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes - a British-born mining magnate and South African politician active in the late 19th century. A group of students threw a bucket of excrement over the statue and later wrapped it in garbage bags. They also staged a protest on campus. The demonstrators are calling for the statue's removal...
  • Moment of Neti-zen: ‘Wolf Dad’ Refuses to let Baby Boy Wear Clothes

    03/22/2015 7:08:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Global Times ^ | 3-18-2015
    'Wolf Dad' refuses to let baby boy wear clothesA man in Chengdu, Sichuan Province has been dubbed "Wolf Dad" by media for insisting that his 15-month-old son remain naked all year round in order to toughen him up. Tan Juncheng, 41, said he has not dressed his son in a shred of clothing since he was six months old following an accident that scalded the boy's skin. The tough dad gives his son two baths in cold water a day to "boost the boy's health," West China Metropolis Daily reported on Tuesday. Tan and his wife, both sanitation workers, nicknamed...
  • (August 31, 2011) The 1979 6-Year-Old: Less Reading, More Range (This first-grade readiness checklis

    03/22/2015 3:57:54 PM PDT · by bgill · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | August 31, 2011 | KJ Antonia, Slate
    Is your child ready for first grade? Earlier this month, Chicago Now blogger Christine Whitley reprinted a checklist from a 1979 child-rearing series designed to help a parent figure that one out. Ten out of 12 meant readiness.... "Can he travel alone in the neighborhood (four to eight blocks) to store, school, playground, or to a friend's home?" It's amazing what a difference 30 years have made.
  • “Angle of Attack” is a short film looking at a day of carrier landing qualifications...

    03/22/2015 9:29:47 AM PDT · by Doogle · 23 replies
    biggeekdaddy.com ^ | unknown | biggeekdaddy
    Naval and Marine Corps Aviators are without a doubt some of the most skilled pilots in the world and if you don’t believe me then just ask one. Pretty cool vid..makes ya proud
  • Horse Therapy Helps Local Kids With Special Needs

    03/22/2015 12:46:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    WGEM ^ | Mar 21, 2015 | Valeree Dunn
    The local chapter of Horses with Wings is helping area kids with special needs develop their skills while having some fun. The program is kicking off its third year here in the Tri-States, and local organizers received training with the Spirit Horse International Therapeutic Riding Center in Texas. Horses with Wings President Terri Houser says they learned that riding horses helps build neuropathways, helping kids with physical or mental disabilities do things they can't ordinarily do. She says kids who aren't able to walk have seen improvement through the horse therapy program and one boy was even able to overcome...
  • The Culture of Entitlement: Somebody Else Should Pay for My College Tuition!

    03/21/2015 10:54:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/21/2015 | Michael Walsh
    The headline on this op-ed piece in the Washington Post says it all: College applicant: I got in! But I can’t afford it. Was all my hard work for nothing? The author of the piece is a high-school senior in Lousiana who just got admitted to Tulane, so let’s cut her some slack here. But what does it say about the success of President Obama’s constant yammering about how college should be “free” (incrementally, of course, beginning with community college, but we’ve all seen this leftist movie before and know where it’s going)? A lot, is what: I am...
  • The Not "So" Dark Ages

    03/21/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 28 replies
    A Reassessment of the Medieval TimesThe Medieval era is perhaps one, if not the most misunderstood times in history. Ask people what they know of the medieval times, and most will tell you that they were a time of mere superstition, rampant barbarism and wars, oppression of women and minorities, scientific ignorance, totalitarianism, and a host of many other things.Nothing could be further from the truth, not in an era were reasonable thinking with scholasticism and Thomism were present, or the development of education, including that of the university system. An era were scientific development was starting out, and were...
  • Medieval Education and the University

    03/21/2015 10:07:12 AM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 5 replies
    The foundation of Education and the University during the Middle AgesAnti Catholic HistoryIt is the main point of this section to point out some of the contributions which the Catholic Church made specifically in regards to education and the University in the Middle Ages. Before I start this section I think it would be good to point out two simple facts regarding this time period. The first one is simply the fact that much of the history regarding this time period (at least until recent scholarship) was vehemently anti-Catholic which Hilaire Belloc points out in his book Europe and the...
  • Leopard Kills A Baboon, Discovers Her Baby And Then Protects It! Very Emotional!!!

    03/21/2015 8:05:31 AM PDT · by seantruet · 23 replies
    albasun ^ | seantruet
    Mercy in Nature, but no Mercy in Humanity, Somethings wrong...
  • John Urschel, Ravens Offensive Lineman, Publishes Math Paper

    03/20/2015 11:27:44 PM PDT · by gasport · 48 replies
    NPR ^ | 3/21/15 | Krishnadev Calamur
    John Urschel is an offensive lineman for the NFL Baltimore Ravens whose Twitter handle is @MathMeetsFball. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in math, both with a 4.0 grade-point average. ... We should note, this isn't Urschel's first published math paper. He's also an avid chess player and hopes to be titled.
  • School bans pupils from watching the eclipse for 'cultural and religious' reasons

    03/20/2015 10:39:54 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 43 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jenny Awford
    Pupils at a primary school were banned from watching today's once-in-a-generation eclipse because of 'religious and cultural reasons', it has emerged. Parents of children at North Primary School in Southall, London, said they were 'outraged' by the decision and claimed it showed a triumph of 'religious superstition' over scientific education. Phil Belman, whose seven-year-old daughter goes to the school, met with headteacher Ivor Johnstone who said he was unable to elaborate on the decision because of 'confidentiality'. [snip] The headteacher said: 'The school made this decision when we became aware of religious and cultural concerns associated with observing an eclipse...
  • THIS is why we're screwed

    03/20/2015 10:22:58 AM PDT · by knarf · 37 replies
    FaceBook ^ | March 20, 2015 | knarf
    Found this frightening clip, and considering the rebellious and dangerous obama administration ...
  • Two Shades of Dismay: The Perverse Bondage Wrought by Liberalism and Islam

    03/20/2015 9:58:26 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 6 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 3-17-15 | Trevor Thomas
    In opposing the godless and bloody French Revolution, Edmund Burke, the father of modern conservatism, concluded that, “I should therefore suspend my congratulations on the new liberty of France, until I was informed how it had been combined with government; with public force; with the discipline and obedience of armies;…with morality and religion;…with peace and order; with civil and social manners. All these (in their way) are good things too; and, without them, liberty is not a benefit whilst it lasts, and is not likely to continue long. The effect of liberty to individuals is, that they may do what...
  • 30 specific tech skills that will get you a $110,000-plus salary

    03/19/2015 2:14:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/19/2015 | Julie Bort
    Being a tech professional is a good career with plenty of high-paying jobs. But it's an ever-changing job market. One day a skill is hot and the next it's not. Job site Dice.com recently published its 2015 Salary Survey, which named the highest-paying tech skills. Dice, a tech-job-hunting site, surveyed 23,470 IT professionals in the fall of 2014 to come up with this list. Of course, skills alone won't always lead to a high salary. Work experience counts, too. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ No. 30: RDBMS is worth $114,100 RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) is the full-jargon term for the thing otherwise known...
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Physicist: Computer Models Used by U.N. Overstate Global Warming

    03/19/2015 11:46:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 18, 2015 - 1:13 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A scholarly paper explaining why predictions made by climate computer models used by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tend to exaggerate global warming has ignited a political firestorm. Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, a solar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, came under attack by environmentalists after co-authoring a peer-reviewed paper explaining “the widening discrepancy between prediction and observation” in climate change models, and members of Congress soon took sides. The scientific paper, entitled “Why Models Run Hot,” concludes that the computer models overstated the impact of CO2 on the climate: “The impact of anthropogenic global...
  • Surviving a Knife Attack

    03/19/2015 9:58:24 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 24 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/19/2015
    Knife attacks from the front can be scary, many knife attacks are psychologically personal. Ryan Hoover of Fit-to-Fit Krav Maga goes over some simple principles and tactics to defend against a frontal knife attack. First Method Re-Direct/Stun Create a better angleRedirectAttack the aggressor, not the weapon Basically, Ryan’s example is with a swift slap to the aggressor knife hand and instantly running diagonally to his left at a 45 degree angle. Ryan also shows upon removing or getting off line of the knife, he delivers a quick kick to the groin and runs off. Control The second method is based...
  • Arabic version of Pledge of Allegiance at Pine Bush High School ignites furor

    03/18/2015 7:40:55 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    recordonline.com ^ | Mar. 18, 2015 | Jeremiah Horrigan
    PINE BUSH - An effort to celebrate national Foreign Language Week by reading the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic Wednesday has polarized Pine Bush High School into angry factions. The morning's regularly scheduled announcements included the Arabic reading of the pledge. According to students, the announcement was greeted by catcalls and angry denunciations in classrooms throughout the school by students who felt the reading was inappropriate. The reading became the subject of angry talk throughout the school and a cascade of tweets both from students who criticized the reading and those who supported it. The controversy has "divided the school...
  • Hoop skirts banned at UGA following Oklahoma frat video

    03/18/2015 7:06:13 PM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    http://m.onlineathens.com/ ^ | 03/18/2015 | n/a
    Hoop skirts will go the way of Confederate uniforms as special-event attire for Greek organizations at the University of Georgia — into the past. The hoop skirt ban came after UGA Student Affairs administrators met Monday with some UGA fraternity and sorority leaders, including representatives of the UGA chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Alpha fraternities, both of which have deep roots in the Southern Confederacy. The ban comes a week after the University of Oklahoma expelled two SAE fraternity members and shut down the university’s SAE chapter because of a racist video made by members. In the video,...
  • Burgeo Woman Recounts 21-Hour Ordeal With Kids in Snowbound Truck

    03/18/2015 12:14:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    CBC ^ | Mar 18, 2015 | Sue Bailey
    A Newfoundland woman and her two children who spent 21 hours in their truck stranded in a fierce blizzard are thanking rescuers who reached them on snowmobiles north of Burgeo on Monday evening. Drivers and passengers rescued on Burgeo Highway Donna Warren said they huddled inside the vehicle as wind gusts reached up to 100 kilometres an hour. "We kept the truck going every 15 minutes because, although we had lots of clothes and a few blankets, we were still cold," she said Tuesday in an email. Burgeo, on Newfoundland's south coast, is reachable by land through a single road....
  • There Is No ‘Proper English’: Ignore grammar scolds. If people say it, it’s the right way to speak

    03/17/2015 7:37:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/17/2015 | OLIVER KAMM
    It’s a perpetual lament: The purity of the English language is under assault. These days we are told that our ever-texting teenagers can’t express themselves in grammatical sentences. The media delight in publicizing ostensibly incorrect usage. A few weeks ago, pundits and columnists lauded a Wikipedia editor in San Jose, Calif., who had rooted out and changed no fewer than 47,000 instances where contributors to the online encyclopedia had written “comprised of” rather than “composed of.” Does anyone doubt that our mother tongue is in deep decline? Well, for one, I do. It is well past time to consign grammar...
  • A Cascadic...Algorithm...Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians (Urschel NFL Ravens)

    03/17/2015 6:47:36 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 27 replies
    arXiv ^ | 3-17-15 | John Urschel
    In this paper, we develop a cascadic multigrid algorithm for fast computation of the Fiedler vector of a graph Laplacian, namely, the eigenvector corresponding to the second smallest eigenvalue. This vector has been found to have applications in fields such as graph partitioning and graph drawing. The algorithm is a purely algebraic approach based on a heavy edge coarsening scheme and pointwise smoothing for refinement. To gain theoretical insight, we also consider the related cascadic multigrid method in the geometric setting for elliptic eigenvalue problems and show its uniform convergence under certain assumptions. Numerical tests are presented for computing the...
  • Is Georgia the Dumbest State?

    03/17/2015 1:44:12 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 26 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When states are ranked for their intelligence or lack of it, Georgia usually ends up in the bottom 10. What is the Peach State doing wrong? A lot. We are confronted here by a confusing swirl of lies and scandals, so let’s start with a quick summary. Georgia officials insist on using the worst theories and methods. Predictably their schools get bad results. To cover up the embarrassing results (of course, the officials would not think of adopting better methods), the schools create elaborate cheating mechanisms. This works until the truth leaks out. Scandal ensues. Cheating scandals occur throughout the...
  • Ex-Fitchburg charter school sex-ed teacher gets 2 1/2 years in statutory rape of boy

    03/16/2015 6:00:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Fitchburg (Mass.) Sentinel and Enterprise ^ | March 13, 2015 | Michael Hartwell
    FITCHBURG -- A former Fitchburg charter school sex-education teacher pleaded guilty Friday in Worcester Superior Court to a charge she raped a 14-year-old student, according to a report. Rachelle Gendron, 28, reached a plea agreement and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of prison time and 10 years of probation, according to Tim Connolly, spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
  • Two students barred from meeting at Ryerson University because they were not "racialized"

    03/16/2015 5:12:08 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 30 replies
    National Post ^ | March 16, 2015 | Tristin Hopper
    A round of public furor has centered on Toronto’s Ryerson University after two journalism students were barred from an on-campus meeting because they were not “racialized.” First-year journalism students Julia Knope and Trevor Hewitt were attempting to attend a meeting hosted by the Racialised Students’ Collective when they were asked to leave by a group organizer. “She asked them if they had been marginalized or racialized, and when they both responded ‘no,’ that’s when she said the meeting was only for those who felt they had been,” said Anne McNeilly, an associate professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism. Ms....
  • The Mini Thunder Hammer - Impact Weapon

    03/16/2015 1:22:16 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 35 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/16/2015
    There are many different types of impact weapons considered non-lethal used for self defense like kubotan, keychain, yawara stick, and mini Asp baton to name a few. Not too many people have heard of or think to carry a mini size hammer, otherwise known as the mini thunder hammer. With the added weight and design the mini thunder can be used to generate devastating impact. Doug Marcaida a Filipino Martial Arts Expert consultant for various Government agencies on “Weapons of Opportunity”. In this segment Doug demonstrate techniques and strikes with the mini thunder. What’s unique is that this demonstration isn’t...
  • 10 words we've forgotten how to pronounce

    03/15/2015 3:38:57 AM PDT · by iowamark · 184 replies
    The Week ^ | March 9, 2015 | James Harbeck
    Although English spelling is famously weird, there are at least some words that anyone learning English will easily get right — words like black, board, boat, clap, coat, cup, and hand. But put cup and board together and you get cupboard, which rhymes with Hubbard. Add kerchief to hand and you say it "hankerchif." Clearly English spelling is an evil trap devised to make the unaware look bad. "You said 'hand ker chief'? Oh. Ha ha. How terrible for you." So we learn these exceptions, and we use them often enough that we remember them. But there are some words...
  • Total Solar Eclipse & Super-Moon on March 20. Safe & Unsafe Methods to view the Celestial Dance

    03/13/2015 9:16:24 PM PDT · by knarf · 30 replies
    nsnbc international ^ | March 14, 2015 | knarf
    I got this heads-up in an e-mail
  • Controversial pastor who owns two Rolls-Royces pleads for 200,000 church supporters to donate.....

    03/13/2015 3:54:23 PM PDT · by dennisw · 10 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 13 March 2015 | Joel Christie
    Controversial pastor who owns two Rolls-Royces pleads for 200,000 church supporters to donate '$300 or more' EACH so that he can buy a $65M private jet 'to better spread the gospel of Jesus Christ' Reverend Creflo Dollar is the head of World Changers Church International The 53-year-old preaches 'that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches' and the church has about 30,000 members He has an estimated net worth of $27 million Has appealed online for 200,000 people to donate $300 so he can buy Gulfstream G650, worth $65 million and favored by billionaires Says the plane is...
  • Indian bride walks out of wedding when groom fails math test

    03/13/2015 10:35:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 3-13-15
    Link only per AP rules.
  • A Message from Tyrone Speller, Phi Delta Theta Chapter President at the University of Oklahoma

    03/13/2015 10:21:24 AM PDT · by greynolds · 14 replies
    PhiDeltaTheta.org ^ | 3/11/2015 | Tyrone Speller
    A Message From Tyrone Speller, Phi Delta Theta Chapter President At The University Of Oklahoma 03.11.2015 Oklahoma_Alpha This week, The University of Oklahoma has gone from being known as one of the most prestigious schools in the country to being unfairly characterized as a racist institution. The actions of the members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity have deeply saddened me and the rest of the OU community, though I do not feel they represent the views of the entire OU Greek community and the University. As an African American male in the OU Greek community, I was recently elected...
  • The corrugated galaxy: Milky Way may be much larger than previously estimated

    03/13/2015 7:50:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Mar 11, 2015 | Provided by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    The Milky Way galaxy is at least 50 percent larger than is commonly estimated, according to new findings that reveal that the galactic disk is contoured into several concentric ripples. The research, conducted by an international team led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Heidi Jo Newberg, revisits astronomical data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey which, in 2002, established the presence of a bulging ring of stars beyond the known plane of the Milky Way. "In essence, what we found is that the disk of the Milky Way isn't just a disk of stars in a flat plane—it's corrugated," said...
  • The Karambit Knife - Techniques

    03/13/2015 6:46:43 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/13/2015
    The karambit is a small Southeast Asian hand-held, curved knife resembling a claw. The origin is believed to have originated among the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra where, according to folklore, it was inspired by the claws of big cats. As with most weapons of the region, it was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice. Watch Filipino Martial Arts instructor Doug Marcaida a military contractor in edge impact weapons systems demonstrate some techniques using the karambit here.
  • Once In A Lifetime Math Moment On Saturday’s Pi Day, ‘3/14/15 At 9:26 a.m.’

    03/13/2015 6:16:09 AM PDT · by McGruff · 26 replies
    CBS ^ | March 12, 2015 | Brandon Mercer
    March 14th has been known as Pi Day ever since math promoters realized the fun that could be had with the date, but in 2015, Pi Day really is significant as the mathematical moment of Pi–3.141592653–will only come around once in a lifetime, on March 14th, 2015 at 9:26 a.m. and 53 seconds. It will be a moment captured in mathematical perfection for fans of the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. For those like us in the U.S. who use the Western Calendar, we can watch our smartphones and clocks tick over to...
  • Catholic school head accused of telling naughty pupils ‘I’m phoning God about you’ (Devizes, UK)

    03/12/2015 1:54:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:02PM GMT 12 Mar 2015 | (Agency)
    A primary school headmistress has been accused of “humiliating” pupils by making them lie face down on the floor while she pretends to ring God on her mobile phone to say they have been naughty. Furious parents of children at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic primary in Devizes, Wiltshire, have written to the governors and complained to education watchdog Ofsted. They say they were outraged by the “punishment” meted out by the head, Sheila Jones, and want her to resign. …
  • Consumers Digest: Top Values for Colleges and Universities

    03/12/2015 3:27:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
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    03/12/2015 12:49:36 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 54 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/12/2015 | Jan Sobieski
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