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  • Student Loan Debt: The Only Debt You Can’t Discharge in Bankruptcy

    09/30/2014 1:59:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    San Diego Free Press ^ | 09/30/2014 | John Lawrence
    Today’s students are being crushed with John Bunyan’s proverbial burden on their backs – student loan debt. Until relatively recently this debt could have been discharged in bankruptcy. Then all that changed when Sallie Mae, the Student Loan Marketing Association, was privatized in 2004. Albert Lord, the new CEO, and his lobbyists went to work to change the laws so that student loans could not be discharged in bankruptcy. Today the cumulative student loan debt is more than $1 trillion. While a generation ago a high school diploma was considered sufficient for a decent middle class entry level job, today...
  • School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

    09/30/2014 1:14:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 1:00 PM EDT | Josh Boak
    Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. […] Wealthier parents have been stepping up education spending so aggressively that they’re widening the nation’s wealth gap. When the Great Recession struck in late 2007 and squeezed most family budgets, the top 10 percent of earners—with incomes averaging $253,146—went in a different direction: They doubled down on their kids’ futures. Their average education spending per child jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year during the recession compared with the two preceding years—and they sustained that faster pace through the recovery. For the remaining 90...
  • Jefferson, Tibby Elementary Schools In Compton Named National Blue Ribbon Award Winners

    09/30/2014 12:38:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 30, 2014 10:59 AM
    COMPTON (CBSLA.com) — Two Compton elementary schools were named Tuesday as winners of the National Blue Ribbon School Award by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Jefferson and Tibby elementary schools, part of the Compton Unified School District, were chosen for the honor, which recognizes high-performing students and best practices in teaching. A total of 337 schools nationwide received the awards. Both schools were awarded in the category of “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools.” According to the Department of Education, both schools have a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students — 94 percent at Jefferson and 87 percent at Tibby. The U.S....
  • Professor Blames Climate Change for the Rise of ISIS

    09/30/2014 10:23:20 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 35 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 09/30/2014 | Maggie Lit and Caleb Bonham
    A professor is blaming climate change and overpopulation for the creation of the terrorist group ISIS. Charles Strozier, Professor of History and the founding Director of the John Jay College Center on Terrorism and Kelly Berkell, research assistant at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, wrote a blog piece in the Huffington Post called “ How Climate Change Helped ISIS,” where they argue that a four-year drought in Syria, from 2006 through 2010, “devastated the livelihoods of 800,000 farmers and herders; and knocked two to three million people into extreme poverty.” "If more Americans knew how glacial melt contributes...
  • School Guidance, Common Core & the Orwellian State

    09/30/2014 9:57:37 AM PDT · by armytrackgirl · 4 replies
    www.treehouseletter.com ^ | September 2014 | M.B. Shattan
    Our Middle School principal sent guidance on the topic of town safety: students are discouraged from walking into town after school. He shares the numbers and concludes: "Anyway you “do the math”, you can calculate that a large number of unsupervised middle school aged students in town is not an emotionally or physically safe situation." (See full excerpt below) Here’s the principal’s argument. Assume 3 out of 10 of the 625 upper division students walk to town: 180-190 students in town Assume 2 out of 10 of the 625 lower division students walk to town: 150 students in town Estimate:...
  • Mysterious feature on Saturn's moon baffles NASA scientists

    09/30/2014 8:38:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    theweek.com ^ | 09-30-2014 10:16am ET | Meghan DeMaria
    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered a "mysterious feature" on Saturn's moon Titan. Scientists are working to determine, what, exactly, this feature might be. NASA reports that the feature is roughly 100 square miles, and it lies in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan's hydrocarbon seas. Cassini's radar has observed the feature twice, but its appearance changed between the two sightings. Scientists suspect the feature's change in appearance could be the result of Titan's changing seasons, which Cassini's current extended mission will monitor. The feature's first sighting was in July 2013, and the radar images depicted a bright spot, which stood out...
  • Coppell ISD has lost its mind (vanity)

    09/29/2014 7:40:35 PM PDT · by Night Hides Not · 20 replies
    Coppell ISD ^ | 9/29/2014 | Night Hides Not
    I learned today that my son was directed, by TWO teachers, to throw away a granola bar because it has nuts in it. Apparently, Coppell Middle School West is a "no nuts" campus...other than the faculty and administrators, apparently. I took the extra step to see if the Coppell ISD website had any mention of a "no nuts" policy district wide. Although I was unable to find any mention of such a policy, I found the following under their "Departments" tab for Child Nutrition: Healthy Snacks Available: Don’t have time to pack a classroom snack for your elementary student? We...
  • Im tired of the liberal "professors" my daughter is forced to endure at community college.

    09/29/2014 6:34:51 PM PDT · by Smellin Salt · 66 replies
    Every year it gets worse. It seems that the community college that both my daughters have attended is steadily becoming a hotbed of liberal teachers. This time it's an America hating, military hating, obama loving history professor. Im sick of this crap and I'm making a stand. I wanted to get with the freeper brain trust to plan the best course of action. I havent done anything. I suspect if I complain to the dean nothing will happen, because I think the nut doesn't fall far from the tree. I'm sure someone out there has experience dealing with this sort...
  • Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

    09/29/2014 11:33:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/29/2014 | Dave Levinthal
    In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached. First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller. Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired. And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman—even though he told his wife he’d step down in 2009 after...
  • Darwinist Denies Human Exceptionalism in NYT

    09/29/2014 10:11:28 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 28, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    Darwinist Denies Human Exceptionalism in NYT The New York Times is consistently anti-human exceptionalism, never missing an opportunity to publish articles that seek to reduce humans to just another animal in the forest.Today, the Sunday Review section has University of Washington biology professor, David P. Barash, bragging that he works to destroy faith in his classes (“The Talk”), insisting to his students that science and religion are incompatible.That kind of ideological indoctrination is par for the disturbing course in universities, but not the one of the areas with which I grapple. However, I would be remiss not to point out...
  • How Transcendental Meditation Makes Ray Dalio Feel 'Like A Ninja In A Fight'

    09/29/2014 10:02:38 AM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies
    businessinsider ^ | Feb. 12, 2014 | Julia La Roche
    Billionaire Ray Dalio, the founder of hedge fund behemoth Bridgewater Associates, has been practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) for 42 years. "Meditation, more than any other factor, has been the reason for what success I've had." Dalio spoke at a Transcendental Meditation Town Hall last night at the AXA Equitable Building in Midtown Manhattan along with other leaders and celebrities. Money from the event, which was hosted by the David Lynch Foundation, will go toward teaching at-risk youth and veterans meditation. Dalio said he got into the Transcendental Meditation because of The Beatles. "The Beatles were doing it and so it...
  • Condoms for a Cause

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 3 replies
    The Grommet ^ | 9-29-14
    "Lack of condoms is a global problem, and Sir Richard's was founded by a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs and designers who are committed to combatting the spread of sexually transmitted infections. They’re vegan-certified, and the silicone-based lubricant doesn’t contain any spermicide, parabens, or glycerin."
  • Mom irate when 2nd grade teacher refuses vagina cookies

    09/27/2014 1:12:12 PM PDT · by tje · 80 replies
    SF Gate ^ | September 24 at 10:03am | Amy Graff
    A mother who’s being called Autumn Lily Speaker on Reddit was supposedly outraged when her daughter’s second-grade teacher refused to serve students a tray of vagina cookies. Reddit user JPStudly is friend’s with the teacher and shared her first-person account in a post published two days ago. With only a screen shot of an email and no real names or locations, the story seems far-fetched but it’s exploding on Reddit with over 4,000 comments. “Angry Feminist Vagina Cookie Mom” is quickly becoming the latest viral sensation. behaved well that week.
  • Curses, Fooled Again!

    09/27/2014 9:42:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9-26-14 | Peter Funt
    I SPENT the summer producing new “Candid Camera” shows, and among the many things I observed after a 10-year hiatus was that people are more easily fooled than ever. That may seem counterintuitive, but I’m certain it’s true. Much has to do with multitasking. When my dad, Allen Funt, introduced the show over six decades ago, he had to work at distracting people. Nowadays they do it to themselves. Many people we now encounter are fiddling with cellphones and other devices, tackling routine activities with less-than-full focus. That makes them easier targets for our little experiments, but also more vulnerable...
  • Liberia: Top Doctor Goes Under Ebola Quarantine

    09/27/2014 7:43:32 AM PDT · by Gadsden1st · 4 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | Sep 27, 2014 | JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH
    Liberia's chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola. Bernice Dahn, a deputy health minister who has represented Liberia at regional conferences intended to combat the ongoing epidemic, told The Associated Press on Saturday that she did not have any Ebola symptoms but wanted to ensure she was not infected. The World Health Organization says 21 days is the maximum incubation period for Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and is hitting Liberia especially hard. WHO figures released Friday said 150 people died in the...
  • Sandy Hook commission blames homeschooling

    09/27/2014 4:54:30 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 20 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    ... According to a report in EAG News, a chief recommendation coming out of the state panel that was “charged” with “making recommendations to reduce the risk of future tragedies” has concluded that more oversight of homeschoolers will accomplish that goal. The report’s “chief recommendation” is “tighter scrutiny of homeschoolers … to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Elementary School in Newtown,” EAG said. ...
  • Museum Day Live: Free admission at Participating Museums Saturday

    09/26/2014 9:55:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 9/27/2014
    The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free. Click here to view the list of 2014 participating museums. Read about some of the participating museums here.
  • Black Lady Describes How Speaking Properly Shouldn't Be Viewed As "Talking White"

    09/26/2014 5:17:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 58 replies
    Live Leak ^ | Sep-26-2014 | Live Leak
    Video Link Here
  • Spring ISD Student Punches Substitute Teacher [WATCH]

    09/26/2014 2:45:46 PM PDT · by Arrowhead1952 · 10 replies
    NEWS 92 FM ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | ALICIA ALANIZ
    (SPRING, TX) — A Spring Independent School District student was arrested Thursday after he allegedly struck a substitute teacher. The incident happened at Westfield High School. The teacher did not appear to be seriously hurt. See the Vine Video Below… Spring ISD released a statement, saying the student accused of striking the teacher was arrested for assault of a public servant. The Latest News Headlines, Traffic and Weather: “Safety and security is our number one priority for creating a conducive learning and work environment for students and staff members,” the statement read. The district says it is committed to take...
  • First grade girls at Toronto Catholic school forced to share bathroom with boy

    09/26/2014 12:41:53 PM PDT · by massmike · 43 replies
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/ ^ | 09/26/2014 | Pete Baklinski
    Girls in first grade in a Toronto Catholic school will be sharing a washroom this year with a biological boy whose lesbian parent has chosen to identify him as a “girl.” A mother whose young daughter attends the school in the Toronto Catholic District School Board is concerned about the implications of allowing a biological boy to share her daughter’s washroom and changing room, especially as the boy moves into puberty. The mother, under condition of anonymity, shared her concerns with Phil Lees, president of Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity (P.E.A.C.E.), who published a report on his website. When...
  • Drunk Female Guests Are The Gravest Threat To Fraternities

    09/24/2014 8:25:57 PM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies
    Cache of Forbes.com ^ | 9/23/2014 | Bill Frezza
    I realize this headline is click-bait, but I believe it to be true. Let me explain. I am the president of the alumni house corporation of my MIT fraternity. One of my responsibilities is working with our young brothers to identify and manage risks that could lead to a tragic loss of life, the bankruptcy or loss of our chapter house as a result of a legal judgment, or forced dissolution after serving MIT students for over 125 years. A recent incident at MIT’s Lambda Chi Alpha chapter in which a drunk female student apparently danced her way out of...
  • Colorado Teacher's Union Uses Students As 'Political Pawns' In Teacher Salary Dispute

    09/24/2014 6:26:10 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/24/2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Dozens of students walked out of classes in Jefferson County, Colorado high schools Friday, but likely not for the reason they were apparently led to believe. According to the Associated Press, students were protesting “a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, providing a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay." Ken Witt, Jefferson County Board of Education president, however, told Breitbart News the real issue is a salary dispute with the teachers’ union, a situation that began during last year’s annual union negotiations....
  • Will Miss America Kira Kazantsev be forced to relinquish crown in wake of sorority hazing scandal?

    09/24/2014 2:54:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/24/2014 | Diana Falzone
    Just a week into her reign as Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev has had to answer questions about a three month internship at Planned Parenthood and getting kicked out of her Hofstra University sorority for abusive hazing. “Under the broad definition of hazing, yes, I was involved,” Kazantsev told "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. “At the time, unfortunately, that was just the culture of the university, and I was hazed, and I was kind of brought up through the organization thinking that is appropriate behavior.” While the story made headlines and forced Kazantsev to explain her actions on national television,...
  • Raiders (Raiders of the Lost Ark - silent, and in black and white)

    09/24/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    (Note: This posting is for educational purposes only.) I’m assuming the phrase “staging” came out of the theatre world, but it’s equally at home (and useful) in the movie world, since the term (roughly defined) refers to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated. In movies the role of editing adds something unique: the opportunity to extend and/or expand a visual (or narrative) idea to the limits of one’s imagination—a crazy idea that works today is tomorrow’s normal... So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging,...
  • BlazeTV: Truth about Israeli/Palestinian Conflict - Arab End Game

    09/24/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 6 replies
    TheBlazeTV ^ | 9/18/2014 | Glenn Beck
    From TheBlazeTV: Glenn Beck breaks down the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the possible Arab end game (from The Glenn Beck Program 9/18/2014). Note: No chalkboards were harmed during this presentation. Video: Truth about Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Video: Arab End Game
  • Following Report on Stress, Freshman Serenity Room Opens (at Harvard)

    09/24/2014 7:03:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | September 24, 2014 | NIKKI D. ERLICK and BRIANNA D. MACGREGOR
    Dozens of freshmen gathered in the basement of Grays Hall on Tuesday night to celebrate the opening of the Serenity Room, a space created to help address stress on campus, with fresh fruit and free massages. The space, which will be open 24 hours a day, is the first of its kind in the Yard, modeled after similar rooms devoted to relaxation in several of the upperclassman Houses. The creation of the room, spearheaded by the Freshman Dean’s Office with the assistance of a grant from the Dean of the College, was a response to a recent report on the...
  • Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today

    09/23/2014 5:15:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
    Better Ed ^ | Annie Holmquist
    I recently dug up a 1908 curriculum manual in the Minnesota Historical Society archives. It provided instructions on everything from teacher deportment to recommended literature lists for various grades. As a book lover, I was especially interested in the latter! With the exception of a few textbook-like anthologies, the chart below lists the recommended reading material for Minnesota 7th and 8th graders in 1908:
  • Make sure your child is learning to read.

    09/23/2014 4:14:20 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 44 replies
    linkedin.com/pulse ^ | August 8, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Another school year is about to start. Let’s cut to the chase: if your kid comes home with list of sight-words to memorize, you better get involved right away. Reading is the single most important skill a kid needs to have. Our Education Establishment seems to have a cruel tendency to use the wrong methods, thereby guaranteeing that millions of children remain semiliterate. Don’t let your kid be one of them. There are hundreds of books on this tricky subject, but I’m going to boil it down to a few words: English is a phonetic language and it must be...
  • Texas high school running back delivers epic message of inspiration

    09/23/2014 3:59:02 PM PDT · by Raymann · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Miller | Joshua
    A Texas high school football player secured his place in the post-game interview hall of fame after delivering a motivational speech that would make even the crustiest coach's heart swell and eyes water. Apollos Hester and the East View Patriots defeated the Vandegrift Vipers 42-41 on Friday and the senior’s infectious personality quickly showed during an interview with TWC News Austin. “Yeah, they had us the first half, I'm not gonna lie, they had us,” a wonderfully animated Hester said, his voice rising. “We weren't defeated, but they had us. But it took guts, it took an attitude — that's...
  • Illegal Aliens, Students Seeking Extra Credit Participate in Climate March

    09/23/2014 7:53:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 22, 2014 - 3:24 PM | Eric Scheiner
    Thousands of people took part in the People’s Climate March in NYC on Sunday. Among them illegal aliens, people who want to “stop fuel” and some students earning extra credit from their public school teacher. “I’m actually here with ‘Culture Strike’ and we’re a national network of artists, musicians that focus on migrant justice,” Sonia Guiñansaca told Democracy Now! television. “A lot of undocumented artists were actually part of this. We’re designing the birds, the puppets—so were here loud, screaming out loud visually.” …
  • Growing Number of Schools Ban Homework to Lessen Stress

    09/22/2014 10:08:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Sep. 22 2014 4:18PM
    A growing number of schools across the country are banning after-school assignments to lessen stress on children and families. Some educators and parents say homework has become too time-consuming and support the lighter workload, but others are concerned it might hurt kids in the long run. …
  • Wesleyan Tells Frats They Must Admit Women by 2017

    09/22/2014 5:57:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 22, 2014 | Chris Caesar
    Connecticut’s Wesleyan University told campus fraternities Monday that they must support co-educational membership by 2017 or lose their official recognition at the school. “With equity and inclusion in mind, we have decided that residential fraternities must become fully co-educational over the next three years,” administrators told students in a campus-wide email. “If the organizations are to continue to be recognized as offering housing and social spaces for Wesleyan students, women as well as men must be full members and well-represented in the body and leadership of the organization.”
  • Woman, 21, claims to have paid $20,000 to surgically add third breast

    09/22/2014 4:16:01 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 60 replies
    mail online ^ | 22 September 2014 | Mia de graaf
    However, Tridevil claims she found a surgeon who agreed to carry out the unusual operation on the grounds that she kept their name a secret
  • Naturalism: A Rule That No One Needs or Obeys

    09/22/2014 1:49:02 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 18 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | September 22, 2014 | Paul Nelson
    Methodological Naturalism: A Rule That No One Needs or Obeys Paul Nelson September 22, 2014 11:47 AM | Permalink Recently, BioLogos posted the concluding Parts 3 and 4 of Robert Bishop's review of Darwin's Doubt. Although the discussion at BioLogos is winding down, Bishop's review raises issues calling for a reply, because the underlying premises of his position are shared by large numbers of science and philosophy faculty at both secular and religious universities. It is likely that, left unchallenged and unexamined, these faulty premises will continue to influence the debate.One issue in particular deserves extended comment: the standing of...
  • Atlas Shrugged part 3 in Theaters (find one near you)

    09/21/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 25 replies
    atlas shrugged movie ^ | 9/21/2014 | freeAtlanta
    Atlas Shrugged - the movieFind Theater near you
  • Mother: Autistic child handcuffed at south Charlotte high school

    09/20/2014 9:21:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    wsoctv ^ | Paige Hansen
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A mother said her autistic son will not go back to Ardrey Kell High School after he was handcuffed at school last week. Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials said they have to protect the safety of both the student and school staff. But the outraged mom told Eyewitness News reporter Paige Hansen, she can't imagine any reason where handcuffs would be necessary. "It breaks my heart for him because he doesn't know. He's trying and that's autism," said Kim Riley.
  • 15 Things That Are Harder To Get Into Than Harvard

    09/20/2014 6:28:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/20/2014 | CHRISTINA STERBENZ AND BEN WINSOR
    Harvard is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, school accepted just 5.9% of roughly 34,000 applications for its class of 2018. As Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust recently said, "We could fill our class twice over with valedictorians." The school seeks out students who not only have high grades, but also have outstanding achievements under their belts — from overcoming homelessness to starting their own nonprofits. The students who manage to catch the attention of admissions officers overcome exceptional odds, but they should maintain some perspective. Many things in life — like landing a...
  • 5th grader finds Dead Kennedys CD at school library. Writes diary entry about it

    09/19/2014 9:19:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 38 replies
    Imgur.com ^ | 18SEP2014 | 5th Grader
  • eating popcorn reading all these headlines

    09/19/2014 7:49:06 PM PDT · by jyro · 80 replies
    you really wonder just how screwed up this world can get.
  • Ole! Louisiana Will Offer Common Core ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Test In SPANISH

    09/19/2014 10:37:33 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/19/2014 | Eric Owens
    In March, when public schools across Louisiana will administer the state’s Common Core-aligned standardized tests, students will be able to take the tests in either English or Spanish. The computer-based tests, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), have two portions: Math and, of course, English language arts and literacy. The computer-based tests, developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), have two portions: Math and, of course, English language arts and literacy. The new policy is a response to a recent flood of illegal immigrant students into Louisiana....
  • Time To Stop The Sob Stories About Student Loan Debt

    09/19/2014 7:29:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/19/2014 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    The media and advocates for income redistribution are creating a continual stream of stories about the student loan crisis. We are inundated with sob stories about people suffering under a crushing debt burden. The New York Times alone has had stories on how student loan debt is now a problem for senior citizens, how young people’s lives have been ruined, and how a whole generation will be unable to buy homes because of their student loan debt. Luckily, these stories are based simply on a few scattered cases. In reality, there is no student loan debt crisis and it is...
  • How to Spell the Rebel Yell

    09/19/2014 7:00:00 AM PDT · by condi2008 · 11 replies
    Longreads ^ | 09/11/2014 | Elena Passarello
    First Manassas. In the 90-degree heat, the Union fords Bull Run and then busts through line after line of Confederate troops, aiming for the railroad to Richmond. Under the grassy shield of Henry House Hill’s western slope, the Confederates scramble for reinforcements. Somebody overhears General Bee comparing Colonel Jackson to a “stone wall.” This either compliments Jackson’s steadfastness or jeers the corporal’s languor. No one will ever know for certain, since Bee is shot dead shortly after the quip leaves his lips.
  • I can't hear the dialogue (VANITY)

    09/19/2014 5:14:17 AM PDT · by knarf · 24 replies
    self ^ | September 19, 2014 | knarf
    The music drowns out the dialogue ...
  • Mayor: New high school won't be named after President Obama

    09/19/2014 12:25:56 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Chicago tribune ^ | John Byrne, Juan Perez Jr. and Dana Ferguson,
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed off Thursday from naming a new elite high school after President Barack Obama amid ongoing criticism from African-Americans who felt the honor inappropriate for a school slated for a wealthy, predominantly white part of the Near North Side. Instead of naming the new school after his former boss, the mayor indicated he would consider other names for the selective enrollment high school set to be built near the site of the former Cabrini-Green public housing project just northwest of downtown.
  • Need Some Help From Musical FReepers! (vanity)

    09/18/2014 9:16:14 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/18/2014 | Me
    I really need FReeper help if you don't mind. Son has a talent show coming up and we thought "Old Army Hat" would be great. Great vocal range for him because he is in JHS. The song is especially poignant for him because an older soldier who did work on our home took a liking to him and gave him his army cap. I burst with tears. He's going to wear the hat for the performance. Also, his GF (WW2 Pacific) went on Honor Flight and son still remembers it. He wants to honor them both at his performance. Does...
  • Is My Grandson Unusual? (Vanity)

    09/18/2014 1:26:51 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 67 replies
    Observation | 18 September 2014 | Me
    I'm curious how usual this is. Our oldest grandson just turned three. He's been going potty by himself for just a little more than one year, but has the most unusual method.He shuns the training potty and the little seat which keeps him from falling through the big hole. If an adult tries to help (grandparents, parents, anyone), he pushes them out the door so we have to peek in a crack to make sure he's doing it right. He climbs up on the seat, squats with one foot on each side and dangles his junk down so he hits...
  • McINNES: Universal Truth (Neil deGrasse Tyson)

    09/18/2014 4:45:08 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | 9-17-2014 | Gavin McInnes
    Puffy pedant Neil deGrasse Tyson is enduring a meteor shower of criticism over his totally unscientific obsession with how stupid everyone is. Most notably, from The Federalist, which first published, “Another Day, Another Quote Fabricated by Neil deGrasse Tyson” and followed it up with, “Did Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Try to Justify Blatant Quote Fabrication.” Turns out, Neil is a complete d*****. I told ya so. I was first annoyed by his fans in the spring of this year. To hear Chris Hardwick slobber all over the guy and talk about his “presence,” you’d think he was describing a deity....
  • School Orders Girl to Remove ‘Virginity Rocks’ Shirt

    09/17/2014 11:11:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/17/2014 | Todd Starnes
    Virginity does not rock at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. That’s the lesson 13-year-old Chloe Rubiano learned. Chloe is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going girl. So you can imagine her mom’s surprise when she got in trouble at school. Chloe showed up at school wearing a T-shirt that reads: “Virginity Rocks.” “It’s a positive message,” said Bambi Crozier, Chloe’s mom. Apparently some folks at Ramay Junior High don’t understand the concept of virginity. But school officials disagreed. They said the shirt could cause a classroom disruption and contained sexual content. Apparently some folks...
  • Apple rolls out iOS 8 to iPhone, iPad users: Here's how to get it

    09/17/2014 11:09:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 09/17/14 | Zack Whittaker
    After first displayed publicly at its annual developer conference in June, Apple has finally released iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads. Just days before the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant opens its retail stores to sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, existing smartphone and tablet users can upgrade to the latest mobile operating system.
  • Tons Of College Students Are Now Crowdfunding Their Tuition On The Internet

    09/17/2014 11:04:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/17/2014
    Courtesy of Cassie WesselyCassie on campus at Vanderbilt.People have turned to crowdfunding sites to raise money for all kinds of projects, from the latest tech gadget to recovery efforts after a tragedy.Now, college students are turning to sites like GoFundMe, Pigit, and Zerobound to raise funds to cover tuition, living expenses, books, and other school supplies. According to GoFundMe, the number of education-focused campaigns on its site has risen dramatically in recent years. The number of GoFundMe campaigns specifically mentioning "tuition" has risen 4,547% from 2011 to 2014. In 2013, 41,683 GoFundMe campaigns raised a combined $4.63 million toward educational costs. So far in 2014,...