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  • Students say they don't know what 'trivial' means in exam question fiasco

    11/16/2018 10:52:42 AM PST · by Simon Green · 62 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/15/18 | Ealanor Ainge Roy
    New Zealand high school students have demanded examiners ignore that they don’t know what the word “trivial” means, after it appeared in a final-year exam and left many confused. Some students who took the year 13 history exam claimed the “unfamiliar word” was too hard, and the exam should now be marked according to each student’s different understanding and interpretation of “trivial”. The exam asked for students to write an essay on whether they agreed with a quote from Julius Caesar which reads: “Events of importance are the result of trivial causes”. An online petition claims the word trivial “caused...
  • Trump Considers Terrifying New Policy to Eliminate Transgender Rights

    10/21/2018 11:34:47 AM PDT · by libh8er · 70 replies
    The Cut ^ | 10.21.2018 | Opheli Garcia Lawler
    According to a report by the New York Times, the Trump administration is again looking at ways to attack the rights of transgender people in the United States. A memo released by the Department of Health and Human Services showed an effort to narrow the definition of gender to male or female, and for that assignation to be unchangeable from birth. “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” read the memo. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a...
  • U.S. deports Mexican wife of American Marine veteran

    08/04/2018 6:38:10 AM PDT · by gattaca · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 3, 2018 | Joey Roulette
    The U.S. government deported a Mexican woman on Friday who had lived in the country illegally for nearly two decades despite efforts by lawmakers to keep her in Florida with her husband, a Marine Corps veteran, and her two American children. Alejandra Juarez, 38, was joined by her family and her congressman, Darren Soto, at Orlando International Airport for tearful farewells before her flight back to Mexico.
  • How the Midlife Crisis Came to Be

    06/12/2018 12:50:54 AM PDT · by Cronos · 36 replies
    the Atlantic ^ | 29 May 2018 | Pamela Druckerman
    The midlife crisis was invented in London in 1957. That’s when a 40-year-old Canadian named Elliott Jaques stood before a meeting of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and read aloud from a paper he’d written. Addressing about a hundred attendees, Jaques claimed that people in their mid-30s typically experience a depressive period lasting several years. Jaques (pronounced “Jacks”)—a physician and psychoanalyst—said he’d identified this phenomenon by studying the lives of great artists, in whom it takes an extreme form. In ordinary people symptoms could include religious awakenings, promiscuity, a sudden inability to enjoy life, “hypochondriacal concern over health and appearance,” and...
  • Dramatic rise in suicides is "more than a mental health issue," CDC says

    06/07/2018 3:50:32 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 71 replies
    CBS ^ | June 2018 | Ashley Welch
    Just days after the tragic death of fashion icon Kate Spade, new government research sheds light on a disturbing increase in suicides in the United States. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide rates have risen dramatically across most of the country in the past three decades. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise. The rate of suicide in the U.S. rose nearly 30 percent between 1999 and 2016. In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or...
  • Please, no more threads about Trump, Kardashian, and Alice Johnson [vanity]

    06/06/2018 11:44:00 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 54 replies
    June 6, 2018 | self
    There are already 3 threads on this - enough, already.
  • Outraged Progressives Share Images Of Immigrant Children…From 2014

    05/28/2018 3:33:24 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 28 May 2018 | John Sexton
    Twitchy called this the greatest “self-own” in Twitter history and I agree. Yesterday, a group of outraged progressives began tweeting around a photo of two children at a border patrol holding facility sleeping behind a chain link fence. Former Obama speechwriter and current podcast resistance leader Jon Favreau wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “Look at these pictures. This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible.” including Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour: And the man who recently spread the...
  • Comey blasts Trump's FBI claims: 'How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?'

    05/23/2018 7:43:18 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 102 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/18 | Avery Anapol
    Former FBI director James Comey on Wednesday slammed President Trump's recent claims about the FBI, accusing him of “lying” about the bureau's work. Comey’s tweets comes as Trump has intensified his attacks on the agency in recent days, claiming without evidence that the FBI placed an informant within his campaign for political purposes. "Facts matter. The FBI’s use of Confidential Human Sources (the actual term) is tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country. Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country. How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?""Dangerous time when...
  • The Face Of Addiction

    05/22/2018 8:27:51 AM PDT · by OneVike · 113 replies
    The Courier-Tribune ^ | 5/20/18 | Annette Jordan
    On May 1, Jason Bigelow’s body was discovered in an abandoned house near High Point. He had been missing from his Asheboro home for a week, and while the autopsy results are still pending, his wife, Anna, has no doubt what the cause of death was. On April 30, the day before he was found, she posted this on Facebook in one angry, anguished burst: “My husband is missing and no one has heard from him in 6 days. Even in his darkest of times he would have not gone that long without communication. It’s hard to know what...
  • Father of Santa Fe Shooter – My son is the victim here

    05/22/2018 1:58:45 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 94 replies
    Tribunist ^ | 05/22/18
    There’s a new wrinkle in the aftermath of the shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday. The family of the shooter, the boy who killed 10 people, are speaking out. They’re claiming that their son, the one who shot his classmates and teachers, should be seen as a victim. They claim the boy was bullied and “mistreated” by his classmates. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is being held on capital murder charges. Pagourtzis has admitted to killing 8 students and two teachers. The shotgun and .38 revolver he brought to campus both belonged to his father. That man, Antonios Pagourtzis, is...
  • 'White people can be exhausting': How black dignity perseveres in a world made for whiteness (vomit)

    05/20/2018 10:22:13 AM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 136 replies
    White people can be exhausting. “It’s work to be the only person of color in an organization, bearing the weight of all your white co-workers’ questions about Blackness. “It’s work to always be hypervisible because of your skin — easily identified as being present or absent — but for your needs to be completely invisible to those around you. “It’s work to do the emotional labor of pointing out problematic racist thinking, policies, action and statements while desperately trying to avoid bitterness and cynicism. “Quite frankly, the work isn’t just tedious. It can be dangerous for Black women to attempt...
  • They led a national march. Now Parkland students return to a school they say 'feels like jail'

    04/02/2018 9:10:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    CNN ^ | April 2, 2018 | Dakin Andone
    Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School return to class Monday, their first day back since organizing one of the largest youth-led protests in US history. But these teenagers won't be returning to a normal high school experience. Instead, they'll be met with strict security measures which are intended to protect them from another mass shooting but have some students feeling as if they'll be learning in a prison. "Going to school is really so hard, and now it's going to be so much worse," said Isabelle Robinson, a senior. "A lot of the people I've talked to are dreading...
  • Aziz Ansari Accused of Sexual Assault

    01/14/2018 11:36:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 14, 2018 | Linda Massarella
    Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who said she is speaking up because she resents him wearing a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globes, according to a reports in Babe and TMZ. The still unnamed woman — who produced text messages between her and the 34-year-old actor — claims she went on a date with Ansari last year and ended up in his Tribeca apartment. The woman, who said she was 22 at the time, claims he kissed and fondled her before undressing her and then went in search for a...
  • White House Bars LGBT Journalist From Attending Christmas Party

    12/22/2017 7:37:57 AM PST · by fwdude · 83 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/30/17 | Christianna Silva
    The White House, in all its Christmas cheer, decided not to invite Chris Johnson to their annual holiday party which is, the reporter said, “just kind of consistent with the policy of the administration to exclude LGBTQ people." Chris Johnson is the chief political and White House reporter for the nation’s oldest LGBT paper the Washington Blade.
  • Hillary Clinton on Trump’s Election: “There Are Lots of Questions About Its Legitimacy”

    11/19/2017 6:53:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 74 replies
    motherjones.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2017 | ARI BERMAN
    In an exclusive interview with Mother Jones, Clinton says Russian interference and GOP voter suppression efforts may have cost her the presidency.A year after her defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton says “there are lots of questions about its legitimacy” due to Russian interference and widespread voter suppression efforts. In an interview with Mother Jones in downtown Manhattan, Clinton said Russian meddling in the election “was one of the major contributors to the outcome.” The Russians used “weaponized false information,” she said, in “a very successful disinformation campaign” that “wasn’t just influencing voters—it was determining...
  • The US has been home for nearly 20 years. Now Trump is expelling these Nicaraguans

    11/18/2017 10:10:51 AM PST · by SMGFan · 69 replies
    MSN/Miami Herald ^ | November 18, 2017
    MIAMI — For nearly 20 years the Nicaraguan man worked long hours cleaning homes and buildings in South Florida. He started his own cleaning business 11 years ago and now employs half a dozen workers. He thought he could soon begin to enjoy the fruits of his labor. But now all of that is at risk. Like many Americans approaching retirement age, the 62-year-old planned to retire next year and start collecting his benefits. But the Trump administration announced bad news a week ago: It's ending an immigration protection for him and 2,500 other Nicaraguans. "I worked so many years...
  • Britain’s exit from the EU will cost Germany billions: EU report

    11/10/2017 10:31:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 November 2017 10:16 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    According to a study by the EU, which has been published by the Funke Mediengruppe, Germany will have to increase its contribution to the EU budget by €3.8 billion annually after the UK leaves. The additional costs will add up to a 16 percent increase in Germany’s annual contribution to EU finances, the report predicts. “Brexit doesn’t just increase the financial weight on the other 27 EU members; it also changes how the contributions will be divided up,” the report continues. Germany, along with the Netherlands and Sweden currently benefits from a reduction in its contributions, which were agreed along...
  • Journalists Retell Their Election Night Horror Stories ('People were throwing up. People were....)

    11/06/2017 1:11:18 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 164 replies
    Journalists Retell Their Election Night Horror Stories 'People were throwing up. People were on the floor crying' BY: Andrew Kugle November 6, 2017 2:32 pm Reporters, editors, and other members of the media are reliving their election night horror stories in a new exclusive detailing what journalists and figures in the presidential campaigns themselves experienced on the night of Nov. 8, 2016. Esquire interviewed 40 people who either covered or worked on one of the campaigns during the 2016 presidential election. The individuals gave their personal stories about the unexpected election of President Donald Trump and the defeat of Hillary...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Cries and Apologizes While Taking Stand in Sentencing Hearing

    10/30/2017 1:34:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 82 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 30, 2017 | by SHAUNA WILLIAMS and ELIZABETH CHUCK
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — In an unexpected move, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl took the stand in his sentencing hearing Monday, breaking down several times and apologizing to those who were wounded while searching for him after he abandoned his post in Afghanistan. "I was trying to do something good and it turned bad," Bergdahl said, reading from a statement at the beginning of his testimony. "My words alone can't relieve the pain. ... I think about what I did every day for the last eight years." Aside from when Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, it...
  • REVEALED:The day Frank Sinatra told Trump to 'go f* himself'(trunc)

    10/08/2017 9:25:34 AM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 129 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/8/17
    Frank Sinatra told Donald Trump to 'go f*** himself' after the business mogul complained that he was paying too much to feature the singer at the opening of his Atlantic City casino, according to a new book. In 'The Way it Was', due to be released on October 24, Elie Weisman, who managed the Chairman of the Board from 1975 to 1998, recounted the incident, which occurred 1990. Sinatra had planned to perform at the opening of Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, along with fellow Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr and vocal duet Steve and Eydie, reported the...