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  • Investigator: Co-pilot flew AirAsia jet

    01/28/2015 10:55:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    cnn ^ | January 29, 2015 | Kathy Quiano and Madison Park,
    The plane was in good condition and the crew were all certified, said Mardjono Siswosuwarno, the chief investigator for Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee. ... Investigators have submitted their preliminary report into the crash, officials said Tuesday, but it's unclear when it will be released fully to the public. Co-pilot Remi Emmanuel Plesel, 46, had less flying time than the captain with 2,275 hours with AirAsia Indonesia. He was also president of a French pilot association. The captain of the ill-fated airliner, known only as Irianto -- as many Indonesians go by one name -- had more than 20,000 flying...
  • NASA, Boeing and SpaceX to Launch 1st Commercial Crew Ships to Space Station in 2017

    After a hiatus of six long years, US astronauts will finally launch to space in a revolutionary new pair of private crew capsules under development by Boeing and SpaceX, starting in 2017, that will end our sole source reliance on the Russians for launching our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Two years from now, crews will start flying to space aboard the first US commercial spaceships, launching atop US rockets from US soil, said officials from Boeing, SpaceX and NASA at a joint news conference on Monday, Jan. 26. The human rated spaceships – also known as ‘space...
  • 66 Unvaccinated Students Barred From Returning To Palm Desert High For 2 Weeks

    Parents of the students being barred from campus will get a phone call from the district’s nursing staff and a letter and phone call from the county health department, district officials said. Parents also were advised to watch for symptoms in their children, including fevers or rashes.
  • Huis Ten Bosch theme park to get hotel staffed by robots

    01/28/2015 9:42:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | January 28, 2015
    NAGASAKI – A hotel with robot staff and face recognition instead of room keys will open this summer in Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture, the operator of the theme park said Tuesday. The two-story Henn na Hotel is scheduled to open July 17. It will be promoted with the slogan “A Commitment for Evolution,” Huis Ten Bosch Co. said. The name reflects how the hotel will “change with cutting-edge technology,” a company official said. This is a play on words: “Henn” is also part of the Japanese word for change. Robots will provide porter service, room cleaning, front desk...
  • Budweiser’s ‘Lost Puppy’ Super Bowl Ad Will Make Football Fans Cry in Their Nachos

    01/28/2015 9:24:20 PM PST · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    Yahoo TV - The Wrap ^ | 1/28/15 | Tony Maglio
    Football fans might want to start pretending there is something in their eye now in advance of Sunday’s big game, because if Budweiser’s newest Clydesdale commercial has anything to say about it, viewers will be bawling by halftime.
  • Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo: We would like to take this opportunity to separate fact from fiction:

    01/28/2015 9:13:21 PM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 10 replies
    We would like to take this opportunity to separate fact from fiction: There was never a Muslim prayer – or a prayer of any specific religion at the Stock Show this year. Because the Stock Show is an annual community event that attracts many visitors from around the world, country and state each year, last spring, we established a faith-based committee consisting of a wide range of local clergy. We based our decision on and selected our participants from the Mayor’s Faith Cabinet Directory. We invited each participant to provide a one-minute prayer to include the safety of the contestants,...
  • GOP leaders turn on voters, will work to give president fast-track trade power

    01/28/2015 7:24:38 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 23 replies
    1/28/15 | johnwk
    SEE: Critical of Obama’s past actions, GOP now wants to give him more power on trade ”Republicans have consistently railed at President Obama’s exercise of his executive authority, disparaging him as “an emperor” who has ignored Congress on immigration, climate and Cuba. Now that they fully control the Congress, those same Republicans critics are on the verge of handing the president expansive new powers to circumvent those who want to stand in his way on trade. GOP leaders in both chambers are close to introducing legislation that would grant the administration broad authority to finalize one of the largest free-trade...
  • Samsung Reports Lowest Annual Profit In Three Years Due To Lagging Smartphone Sales

    01/28/2015 6:14:35 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 25 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 1-28-15 | Cathrine Shu
    Samsung Electronics reported its lowest annual profit since 2011 during its earnings call today as its smartphone sales continue to suffer from increasing competition. In 2014, the company’s profit was 25 trillion won, a 32 percent drop from a high of 36.8 trillion won in 2013. Its 4Q2014 net profit fell 27 percent to 5.3 trillion won year-over-year, in-line with Samsung’s earning guidance earlier this month. The Korean tech giant reported that its mobile unit’s earnings dropped 64 percent year-over-year to 1.96 trillion won, marketing its fifth quarterly decline in a row. Mobile sales accounted for just 58 percent of...
  • Wikileaks slams Google ‘attack on journalism’

    01/28/2015 6:07:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 27 Jan 2015 10:50 GMT+01:00
    A controversial Spanish former magistrate slammed Google in Geneva for handing over emails from Wikileaks staff to the FBI without informing the whistleblowing website. At a press conference in the Swiss city on Monday, Baltasar Garzón, who heads the legal team working for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, accused the American internet search engine of an “attack on journalism” by providing the emails of three Wikileaks journalists to the U.S law enforcement agency. He told the Geneva Press Club that the staff members had only been informed in December that the contents of the accounts had been handed over to federal...
  • Famous Imam praises ISIS and Condemns Me to Sharia Death ON-AIR!

    01/28/2015 6:02:10 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 20 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 01/28/15 | Steven Crowder
    This week, we had Imam Choudary on the show. A famous Imam and leader in the Islamic community, what you’ll hear in this full-length interview is flat-out shocking. Some highlight quotes from the video CROWDER: “Who carries out Shariah in the world most closely to your beliefs? Which country?” CHOUDARY: “Well I don’t think any of them do quite frankly but I believe that what is the project in Syria and Iraq and places in Moli, Somolia, etc are doing quite well.” Moving on into the conversation, I challenged him on the ideas of freedom and how they work with...
  • 1 in 3 on Disability Have Mental Disorder; 42.9% in D.C.

    01/28/2015 6:00:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 27, 2015 - 9:54 AM | Ali Meyer
    One in three, or 35.2 percent, of people getting federal disability insurance benefits have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to the latest data from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Washington, D.C., the seat of the federal government, ranked in the top-ten list of states where disabled beneficiaries were diagnosed with mental problems. In 2013, the latest data from SSA show there were 10,228,364 disabled beneficiaries, up 139,625 from 2012 when there were 10,088,739 disabled beneficiaries. Disabled beneficiaries have increased 49.7 percent from a decade ago in 2003 when there were 6,830,714 beneficiaries; and the number is up 14.3...
  • France told to repay €1 billion in EU farm aid

    01/28/2015 5:34:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 27 Jan 2015 15:22 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    France must repay the EU €1.07 billion ($1.2 billion) in agricultural aid paid to farmers due to fraud and mistakes over a four-year period, the European Commission said on Tuesday. The money, about 2 percent of the €40 billion that France has received from Brussels between 2008 and 2012 under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, must be repaid in three installments up to 2017, a European source said. France was penalized for failing to check farmers’ claims for subsidies, especially on environmental issues and calculating the area of arable land. …
  • Spying 101-#2 Soviet Spy Training Towns

    01/28/2015 5:21:54 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    T.A. MacLagan Debut Author ^ | January 21, 2015 | T.A. MacLagan
    So here it is…drumroll…spying factoid #2…Spying was big business during the Cold War and was deemed important enough by the Soviets for them to construct exact replicas of small U.S. towns within their borders in order to properly train their spies. One such town was Vinnytsia in what is now Ukraine. In these towns, spies in training would buy groceries from a 7-Eleven, watch U.S. television and talk only in English. Once their training was complete, many would head to places like Finland to see if they could pass as Americans before finally being stationed in the States. From my...
  • I was hung up on by a Republican Fundraiser who called me from RNC

    01/28/2015 5:21:29 PM PST · by nycteacher · 42 replies
    vanity
    After answering a brief survey of 3 questions I was asked an open ended question of what the Republican leaders should do. All I said was that the Republicans need to get new leaders who will stand up to Obama and it appeared to me that Speaker Boehner was a drunk. Click.
  • Fight breaks out between 2 women visiting same Washington Parish Jail inmate

    01/28/2015 5:04:46 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | January 26, 2015 | Jonathan Bullington
    Two women who went to visit a Washington Parish Jail inmate on the same day ended up facing their own legal troubles after authorities say they attacked each other during the visit.
  • The DeflateGate Anthem: Soft Balls (AC/DC Parody)

    01/28/2015 5:00:01 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    The folks up at our sister station WBLM in Portland have created their own DeflateGate anthem. We wanted to share it with you and honor our New England Patriots.
  • Red Nightmare (1962)

    01/28/2015 3:12:16 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Oct 3, 2011 | Department of Defense / Warner Brothers
    Jack Webb (Dragnet) plays a Rod Serling-like role as he introduces us to Jerry Donovan -- an average guy who shrugs off his inconvenient, civic responsibilities. Jerry "wakes up" in a communist-controlled town, where he's the only American left. This film was produced for the Defense Department by studio mogul Jack L Warner and stars many Warner Brothers stock actors -- including Jack Kelly (Maverick), Robert Conrad (Wild Wild West) and Andrew Duggan. At the time, Jack L. Warner was very staunch anti-Communist, even though he released a pro-Communist feature film, Mission to Moscow, in 1943. Producer: Department of Defense...
  • Nominee Loretta Lynch won't condemn the gov't drone-striking a citizen on American soil

    01/28/2015 3:09:35 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    http://www.FreeRepublic.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    During today's confirmation hearing for Loretta Lynch as DOJ Attorney General, Ted Cruz asked some incredibly poignant questions one of which should send chills down every American's spine. Cruz asked one question the answer of which SHOULD be quick and obviously "NO!". The question is as follows: "Is it constitutional (for the U.S. gov't) to use a drone's lethal force against an American citizen ON AMERICAN SOIL who doesn't pose a threat?" Loretta Lynch failed to answer with 'no' just as Eric Holder also once failed to answer 'no'. There should be NO debating or pondering the answer to this...
  • African Golden Cat Attacks Monkeys in Rare Camera Trap Footage

    01/28/2015 3:06:16 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies
    livescience.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Megan Gannon
    African golden cats are hardly ever photographed in the wild. In their rare, camera-trap cameos, the cats are usually seen licking their spotted fur or innocuously inspecting the unfamiliar lens. But recently, scientists captured a much more dynamic scene: a golden cat crashing a party of red colobus monkeys in Uganda.
  • Charles Townes, 99, inventor of laser, dies

    01/28/2015 2:20:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | 01/28/2015 | Gregory Bull
    BERKELEY, Calif. - Charles Townes, professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the laser died Tuesday, according to Berkeley's website. Townes, 99, had been in failing health and passed away en route to the hospital. "The passing away of Professor Charles Townes today marks the end of an era," said astrophysicist Reinhard Genzel, a colleague and professor of physics at UC Berkeley. "He was one of the most important experimental physicists of the last century." In 1951, Townes was seated on a park bench in...
  • Senator presses Air Force chief on A-10 ‘treason’ comments

    01/28/2015 2:18:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/28/15 | Martin Matishak
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on Wednesday pressed a top Air Force official about comments a major general reportedly made that airmen who have spoken to Congress about the retirement of the A-10 committed “treason.” During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Ayotte pressed Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh if he found comments attributed to Maj. Gen James Post “acceptable.” "I support any airman's right to discuss anything you'd like to discuss with them,” Welsh replied. Welsh also said that there is an ongoing investigation, overseen by the Defense Department’s inspector general, into the matter. “My job is...
  • Tesla P85D Insane Mode Launch Reactions Compilation - Explicit Version

    01/28/2015 2:17:28 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/25/15
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpaLgF1uLB8
  • How to Fight for the “Fight for Space” Documentary [No bucks - no Buck Rogers]

    01/28/2015 1:44:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    “This is a unique space documentary, as it covers the space program from a policy perspective,” Hildebrandt said, “looking at the detailed reasons why the NASA budget has been cut over the years, why certain decisions were made, and what the future of our human space flight effort looks like.”
  • As DeflateGate video leaks, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Seahawk's Richard Sherman feud

    01/28/2015 1:41:39 PM PST · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    NYDailyNews.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | Ralph Vacchiano
    PHOENIX — The New England Patriots owner and Seattle Seahawks cornerback were trading insults while the NFL was reportedly reviewing video of a Patriots employee going into the bathroom with a bag of footballs. Just when you thought Super Bowl Media Day couldn’t get any more bizarre... Thanks to DeflateGate, though, there seems to be no limit to this theater of the absurd, which took yet another twist as the Patriots and Seahawks met a mass of reporters at the U.S. Airways Center on Tuesday. The backdrop was a report that the NFL had video of a Patriots locker room...
  • A Voyage through Time on the Canal du Midi

    01/28/2015 1:35:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    France Today ^ | October 19, 2014 | Florence Derrick
    ...Pierre-Paul Riquet, the man behind one of the 17th century's greatest works of engineering -- and some say, works of art -- remains in Vauban's shadow, despite his life's accomplishment, which was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. This 150-mile long waterway was once known as the Canal Royal en Languedoc, for good reason. French revolutionaries may have removed the 'royal' from its title in 1789, yet this is a canal which remains fit for a king. Dappled sunlight streams onto its emerald-green water from between the leaves of the 42,000 plane and oak trees which line...
  • New York lawmaker wants children banned from gun shows

    01/28/2015 1:32:57 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 41 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | January 26, 2015 | Sam Rolley
    One New York state lawmaker believes that allowing children younger than 12 to attend gun shows increases the possibility that the youngsters will be future perpetrators of firearm crimes. Concerned that the firearms industry is making firearms and shooting sports too appealing to children, Hell’s Kitchen-area New York state lawmaker Linda Rosenthal wants to ban children from entering gun shows. “As the gun industry prepares a public campaign to broaden the appeal of guns, it is important that we establish reasonable age limits for admission to gun shows by children,” the lawmaker said in a memo attached to her proposal....
  • Heather Mills Comes Clean: Love, Marriage, Divorce, Wings, Yoko, and More

    01/28/2015 1:31:03 PM PST · by wbarmy · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Wendy Geller
    Excerpt, Few celebrities have weathered as many extreme ups and downs as Heather Mills. On one hand, the ex-Mrs. Paul McCartney is known by such tags as “Mucca” or “the most hated woman in Britain”; on the other hand, she has managed to carve out a wide-ranging career including lauded charity work, stints on reality TV, and Alpine ski racing — Mills, who lost her lower leg in an 1993 accident, is a multi-medalist for the British Paralympic ski team. Still, the 47-year-old’s acrimonious 2008 divorce with the Beatle has remained, publicly at least, the centerpiece of her life. In...
  • How to reduce the amount of air in a football without letting any air out

    01/28/2015 1:26:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 42 replies
    Watts Up with That? ^ | January 28, 2015 | By Alec Rawls
    Just fill the ball with warm humid indoor air, then when it temperature-equalizes with the 25°F cooler outdoor air on your AFC Championship playing field some of the water vapor in the ball will condense into water, leaving less air in the ball, solving the great mystery: how did the footballs used by the Championship winning New England Patriots show 12.5 psi of inflation pressure in the official pre-game check but only 10.5 psi when checked at halftime? There is also a decrease in pressure due to the cooling of the molecules that remain gaseous. Those air molecules are not...
  • Former soldier was sane when rapper was shot dead in Harvey, doctors say

    01/28/2015 1:23:55 PM PST · by BBell · 8 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/28/15 | Paul Purpura
    Devin Bonilla, the former Louisiana Army National Guardsman who says his combat experience in Iraq caused a stress disorder, was legally sane when authorities say he killed an aspiring rapper in Harvey a year ago, court-appointed doctors have concluded. Their report, which was filed in court Wednesday, contradicts Bonilla's insanity defense and means a trial jury might be asked to sort out conflicting mental health opinions. Bonilla, a 25-year-old Harvey resident, is scheduled to stand trial April 6 on a charge of second-degree murder in the Jan. 18, 2014, killing of Bowie Richard, 21. Richard, who used the stage name...
  • Inside South Africa's whites-only town of Orania

    01/28/2015 12:37:36 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 84 replies
    BBC News Africa ^ | Oct 6th...2014 | Pumza Fihlani
    In the sparsely populated Karoo desert in the heart of South Africa's Northern Cape, the spirit of apartheid lives on. I spent a few days in Orania, a town established in 1991 where no black people live. I was part of a BBC crew, including Zimbabwean journalist Stanley Kwenda, who were accredited to visit.
  • Three things I envy about Windows Phone 10, as an Android user

    01/28/2015 12:25:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    PocketNow ^ | 01/28/2015 | Joe Levi
    Microsoft sure does like to change the way things are named! Windows CE gave way to Handheld PC and Palm PC, then to Palm-Sized PC, then Pocket PC was replaced by Windows Mobile Standard, Professional, and Classic. Windows Phone came along when Microsoft rebooted the platform in the wake of competition from Apple and Android. Windows Phone 7 was followed by Windows Phone 7.5, then 8.0, and most recently 8.1. Did I miss any? Are you confused yet? Then again, one could argue whether or not Microsoft’s naming has been more or less confusing than Android’s “sweet tooth” classification (it...
  • iPhone Astrophotography: How to Take Amazing Images of the Sky with Your Smartphone Tonight!

    01/28/2015 12:09:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 28, 2015 | David Dickinson
    Got a smartphone and a telescope? It’s a sight now common at many star parties. Frequently, you see folks roaming through the darkness, illuminated smartphone aimed skyward. Certainly, the wealth of free planetarium apps has done lots to kindle a renewed interest in the night sky. Inevitably, after peering through the eyepiece of a telescope, the question then arises: “Can I get a picture of that with my phone?” The short answer is yes, with a little skill and patience. Now simply aiming a camera at the eyepiece of a telescope — known as afocal astrophotography — and shooting without...
  • Water Company Tells Gardena Residents Black, Smelly Water Is Fine To Drink

    01/28/2015 11:59:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Representatives from Golden State Water Co. insist that Morita’s predicament is isolated. They also say they flushed the pipes last week and, since then, the water has been clear. Morita collected the water in a jar but Golden State says they couldn’t test the sample because it has to be collected in special containers. “The water meets all drinking water standards, so it should be considered safe to drink. I understand the concern, though. I was concerned when I saw the discolored water,” said Kate Nutting, the general manager of Golden State Water’s southwest division
  • DO YOU REMEMBER THESE MEN?

    My generation grew up watching, being entertained by and laughing with so many of these fine people, never really knowing what they contributed to the war effort.
  • With innovators from around the globe digging in, moon travel may be only 20 years away

    01/28/2015 10:45:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Five teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE have just been awarded a combined $5.25 million for meeting significant milestones in developing a robot that can safely land on the surface of the moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send mooncasts back to the Earth. A tiny startup from India, Team Indus, with no experience in robotics or space flight just won $1 million of this prize. ... What has changed since the days of the Apollo moon landings is that the cost of building technologies has dropped exponentially. What cost billions of dollars then...
  • Zombie Cat in Tampa Rises from the Grave

    01/28/2015 10:23:25 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 30 replies
    CBS News - local ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | CBS Miami
    Bart the cat should be renamed zombie cat after he was hit by a car, buried and then crawled out of his grave five days later. According to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, they’ve seen many cases at their clinic but “this situation may take the cake!” They are now caring for a 2-3 year old black and white cat named Bart who was found by his owner after being hit by a car. The cat appeared to be lifeless and his owner, Ellis Hutson, buried him in a shallow grave. Five days later, the cat showed up in...
  • ‘Blasphemous’ artwork removed from Paris exhibition (Islamic Hecklers Veto)

    01/28/2015 10:12:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2015 | David Chazan
    An artwork depicting high-heeled shoes on Islamic prayer mats has been removed from an exhibition after a Muslim group warned of possible violence in the wake of the Paris attacks. The French-Algerian artist, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, withdrew the work from an exhibition in a northern Paris suburb with a large Muslim population after an Islamic group told local authorities it could provoke “uncontrollable, irresponsible incidents”. It is considered disrespectful to step on Muslim prayer maps with shoes.
  • Tom Brady Has A Cold

    01/28/2015 10:08:39 AM PST · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    CBS - Boston ^ | January 28, 2015 11:49 AM | Staff
    BOSTON (CBS) — You may have noticed that Tom Brady didn’t look himself at Tuesday’s Media Day. No, it wasn’t his bed head. And it wasn’t from a lack of sleep thanks to an early morning fire alarm at the team’s hotel. As he prepares for the biggest game of the season, the Patriots quarterback is battling a cold. And if you thought he looked rough on Tuesday, he looked a bit worse on Wednesday as he addressed the media at the team hotel in Chandler, Arizona. “It’s been lingering,” Brady told reporters as he held court for nearly 45...
  • Cost Of Victoza

    01/28/2015 9:57:47 AM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 14 replies
    I hope this question is not too personal. Does anybody have Medicare Part D and take Victoza and if so how much does Medicare Part D cover????
  • What the difference between Xerox, Apple and Microsoft reveals about PopCon

    01/28/2015 9:56:29 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Crossroad.to ^ | 12/1/2013 | Unknown
    System Customers Approach Xerox PARC None. "The Suits' imagination thought there was no market for Windows with a Mouse." Apple Personal How you would make it for yourself if you could have anything you could possibly want. Microsoft Business How you would make it for your subordinates if you had to answer to a Accounting Department for every penny. World Population Control The Ultra Wealthy Bill & Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet are suddenly real nice people who so kindly want to dictate the unfolding of billions' of peoples' most intimate relationships, those with their progeny.
  • The Georgia Vision Project A Vision for public education

    Executive SummaryEarly Learning and Student Success Immediate Steps Create early learning collaboratives in every county in the state Adopt a state-wide public engagement initiative (annual summit) Long Range Steps Provide opportunity for all 0-5 to participate in full year educational experiences Adopt pre-k - 3 non-graded education model for children ages 4-8 Teaching and Learning Immediate Steps Develop challenging curricula (common core state standards may be basis for robust curricula). Culture, Climate, and Organizational Efficacy Long Range Steps Establish each school as the center or hub of the community it serves Financial Resources Immediate Steps Initiate process for evaluating local...
  • On 29th anniversary of Challenger disaster, NASA's day of remembrance

    01/28/2015 9:26:48 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    A wreath-laying ceremony was planned at Arlington National Cemetery, to be followed by remembrance events at several NASA locations, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The tributes also honor the three astronauts -- including the first American spacewalker, Ed White -- who were killed on Jan. 27, 1967, when a fire broke out in the Apollo 1 capsule during a pre-launch test, and those aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, which in 2003 broke apart upon reentry from space and streaked across the sky over Texas engulfed in flames. The seven members...
  • Loretta Lynch, in Confirmation Hearing, Defends Legality of Obama Immigration Action

    01/28/2015 8:55:22 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    ny times ^ | 1-28-2015 | CARL HULSE and MATT APUZZO
    Loretta E. Lynch, the nominee to become attorney general, on Wednesday defended the legality of President Obama’s immigration policy at the start of a confirmation hearing in which the new Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee promised tough questions. Republicans have been particularly critical of the president’s decision last year to unilaterally ease the threat of deportation for millions of unauthorized immigrants. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. approved the legal justification for that action. Some Republicans have said Ms. Lynch’s views on the subject will determine their votes, and Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the new Republican chairman of the committee,...
  • Vote Against Al Gore on Apple's Board

    01/28/2015 8:50:05 AM PST · by bukkdems · 16 replies
    Jan 28, 2015 | Bukkdems
    If you own Apple stock, you can vote today for the Board of Directors. Please take the time to vote against Al Gore.
  • Jewish leader implores politicians to prevent another Auschwitz...

    01/28/2015 8:39:53 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 19 replies
    NY Dail news ^ | 1/28/15 | AP
    Jewish leader implores politicians to prevent another Auschwitz during 70th anniversary commemoration Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, stood next to the gate of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau as he warned against the rise of anti-Semitism. BRZEZINKA, Poland — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz. Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, warned of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe. He made his...
  • Fun With Conspiracy Theories: Did the Chernobyl Disaster Cover Up Something Even Worse?

    01/28/2015 8:03:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 67 replies
    newsweek ^ | 1/27/15 at 2:17 PM | Alexander Nazaryan
    Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, the 14,000-ton military radar installation in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belorussia, has remained a mystery to outside observers, largely because it sits right next to the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station, where a reactor meltdown in the spring of 1986 rendered the surrounding area uninhabitable for the next, oh, several thousand years. Then again, a nuclear wasteland is just the sort of thing to attract a jaded 21st century tourist who doesn’t want to hear about your wild week on Phuket, and the Exclusion Zone has recently seen a drastic increase...
  • Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

    01/28/2015 7:02:32 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 1-26-2015 | Yossef Bodansky
    Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan and Yemen are not far behind. In their place there have emerged entities based on ethnic, tribal, and religious self-identities: the Sunni Arab Islamic Caliphate of the al-Jazira heartland, the predominantly ‘Alawite-Druze entity of western Syria, the Shi’ite Hizbullah land, the Maronite-Druze bloc, the Shi’ite Arab entity of southeastern Iraq, and the Kurdish land. Yemen is being torn apart between the Houthis, Hadhramautis, and smaller groups. Two major recent events — Israel’s target killing of Iranian and Hizbullah senior officers on the Golan Heights on Jan. 18, and the death...
  • The Surprising History of American Sniper’s “Wolves, Sheep, and Sheepdogs” Speech

    01/28/2015 6:45:34 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    slate ^ | 1-21-2015 | Michael Cummings and Eric Cummings
    This past weekend, American Sniper sold millions of tickets, and introduced millions of Americans to a novel turn of phrase. In an early scene set at the dinner table, Chris Kyle’s father tells him that there are three kinds of people in the world: “wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs.” The scene is a canny invention by screenwriter Jason Hall, but he didn’t come up with that analogy. The origins of this sheepdog analogy help explain why the film has resonated with audiences. The sheepdog speech comes from Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman’s book On Combat, published in 2004. (It doesn’t appear in...
  • Paramount announces reboot of The Ring will hit screens this November on Friday the 13th

    01/28/2015 6:30:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2015 | Kayla Caldwell
    Paramount Pictures announced three big changes to its horror schedule for the year, one of them being the news of a reboot for The Ring. Rings, the third film in the successful series, will now take the place originally intended for a Friday the 13th sequel. That film, along with the sixth in the Paranormal Activity series, have both been pushed back to later dates.
  • Lawrence Krauss, Eric Metaxas, and Aquinas' Fifth Way

    01/28/2015 6:24:24 AM PST · by Heartlander · 1 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | January 27, 2015 | Michael Egnor
    Lawrence Krauss, Eric Metaxas, and Aquinas' Fifth Way Michael Egnor January 27, 2015 8:31 PM | Permalink As Daniel Bakken noted here earlier, atheist physicist Lawrence Krauss has responded in The New Yorker to Eric Metaxas's recent Wall Street Journal essay "Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God." Krauss denies that astrobiology and cosmology point to God's existence. I disagree with every keystroke of Krauss's rebuttal, except, oddly, the title: "No, Astrobiology Has Not Made the Case for God." It pains me to agree with Krauss's assertion, in the following limited sense. I agree not because I doubt God's existence,...