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  • Yale students can now select from THREE gender options

    01/19/2019 6:56:32 PM PST · by massmike · 30 replies ^ | 01/19/2019 | Jesse Stiller
    Yale University announced through an email that students can now register to identify their gender as “non-binary,” as a result of policy changes for the school regarding transgender individuals on campus, according to the Yale Daily News. The new policy is in response to a petition, launched in November, from Yale’s LGBT community to President Peter Salovey. The petition called on the university to offer more rights for transgender students at Yale. The petition came in the wake of the Department of Health and Human Services' plans to change the rules of Title IX to refer to gender as an...
  • A Shocking Tour of K-12 Today

    01/17/2019 6:57:12 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 23 replies
    Education Views ^ | July 15, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Some of my articles generate lots of comments from angry parents who had to fight with an unresponsive school system year after year. People not familiar with how bad K-12 has become might find these comments both revealing and scary. They tell the truth about K-12, a truth-in-the-trenches you won’t find in our media. (Sad to say, our media seem to feel it’s their job to wrap academic decline in a protective silence. Shhhh, Don’t Disturb The Saboteurs!) Here are comments left on an article about reading: “I had the Sisters of Mercy. Everyone read at least at grade level...
  • Media Astonished To Learn Christian School Teaches Christian Beliefs (Satirish)

    01/17/2019 3:44:49 PM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 1/17/2019
    U.S.—News media outlets around the country were reportedly astonished to discover a Christian school at which second lady Karen Pence is teaching holds their students and staff to Christian beliefs. Expert journalists went to great lengths to uncover this story, unveiling the shocking revelation that a Christian woman teaches at a Christian school that affirms Christian doctrine on human sexuality that has been unchanged for 2,000 years. "It is the current year, and Christian schools still have the nerve to teach Christian things," said a CNN commentator. "I will now glare at the camera in silence for the remainder of...
  • Hail the Perovskite Transistors

    01/17/2019 10:56:19 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 16 Jan 2019 | 21:39 GMT | By David Schneider
    Researchers have created a field-effect transistor using a single-crystal, “paint-on” perovskite Illustration: North Carolina State University =================================================================== Transistors, and the conductive traces that connect them, are routinely created by the billions on the surface of silicon wafers, which are later cut into the individual “chips” that power our computers, phones, watches, and countless other electronic gadgets. But few people think much about how those silicon wafers are made in the first place. It’s quite tricky. Very pure sand (silicon dioxide) has to be melted, at which point a seed crystal of elemental silicon is brought in contact with the melt,...
  • So-called ‘flushable wipes’ pile up in Lexington sewers

    01/17/2019 10:11:55 AM PST · by Honest Nigerian · 30 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | JANUARY 16, 2019
    Those “flushable” wipes you put down the toilet may have to be removed by hand from the city sewage equipment they clog. The cleansing cloths, dubbed “flushable wipes,” are marketed for post-toilet use but are typically not biodegradable. They do not dissolve like toilet paper does when flushed, and once in the sewer system, they can clump together and cause problems. It’s a mess Rod Chervus, the collections and conveyance manager for Lexington’s sanitary sewer department, has been dealing with for several years, and it’s getting worse. “If it says ‘flushable wipe,’ don’t believe it. Don’t flush it down the...
  • Jerry Coyne and the Consequences of Denying Free Will

    01/17/2019 9:28:03 AM PST · by Heartlander · 10 replies
    Evolution News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Michael Egnor
    Jerry Coyne and the Consequences of Denying Free Will Michael Egnor January 17, 2019 Jerry Coyne is an atheist evolutionary biologist who denies libertarian free will. He believes that we are “biological automatons,” made of, and governed solely by, molecules, and incapable of contracausal free will. He believes that we cannot make choices that are not caused wholly by the matter in our brains and bodies. He denies the immateriality of the will. His reasons for this denial are unsound, in my view. But that is not the focus of my post. It is the consequences of free will denial that...
  • 'Where will the money come from? Rich people,' Chicago Teachers Union says as it seeks[tr]

    01/16/2019 4:22:29 AM PST · by simpson96 · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/15/2019 | Juan Perez Jr.
    Chicago Teachers Union members lodged their first demands for a new contract Tuesday — including pay hikes and a host of topics state law bars the labor group from striking over — months before negotiations will likely accelerate with a new administration.(snip) CTU officials said their proposals include a 5 percent pay raise for union members. The union is also demanding maximum classroom sizes that range between 20 and 24 students in early grades, counselors for every 250 students, and librarians and nurses staffed at every school.(snip) A union spokeswoman said the CTU had not fully tabulated the cost of...
  • Former East Bay gang member launches completely green company, hires ex-felons

    01/15/2019 6:55:26 PM PST · by NohSpinZone · 24 replies
    KTVU ^ | 12/20/18 | By Rob Roth
    Vericool is a local company that is not only completely green, but it was founded by a former East Bay gang member who now hires ex-felons who are getting out of jail. Darrell Jobe launched the company in a factory in Livermore. There, workers make packing boxes and shipping containers, but they are also helping the environment. Half the people who work in the factory have been in jail or prison. When Kyil Parker got out of jail for dealing drugs, no one would hire him.
  • Our day with Idiot Strike Teachers in L.A.

    01/15/2019 11:47:00 AM PST · by max americana · 27 replies
    max's madness | 1/15/2018 | max
    Just finished shooting the initial day for a commercial at L.A. 's subway system because we thought it was going to rain and didnt want the actors to get wet for later outside shots.. The stupid overpaid teachers were making a big ruckus and taking the trains to DT L.A to protest again. I know for a fact, these clowns would never get caught taking the subway and ride cars to work. Our director told them to nicely pipe down/shut up due to the scene and it was costing us per scene He even added he gets it but this...
  • Prof who praised 'Black English' claims Trump's typos make him unfit for office

    01/15/2019 11:13:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | February 15, 2019 | Ema Gavrilovic
    A professor recently claimed that the way President Donald Trump formulates his sentences raises concern that he may be unfit to fulfill his duties as president of the United States—all just months after he defended "Black English" as an "alternate form" of the language. John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia University, pointed out how Trump’s grammatical and spelling mistakes disqualify him from serving as commander-in-chief, in an op-ed for The Atlantic. McWhorter further stated that Trump’s informal style "betray[s] his lack of fitness for the presidency."
  • Hong Kong scientists claim 'broad-spectrum' antiviral breakthrough

    01/15/2019 10:42:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | January 15, 2019 | AFP Relax News
    Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases -- a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses. A team from the University of Hong Kong described the newly discovered chemical as "highly potent in interrupting the life cycle of diverse viruses" in a study published this month in the journal Nature Communications. The scientists told AFP Monday that it could one day be used as a broad-spectrum antiviral for a host of infectious diseases -- and even for viruses that have yet to emerge -- if it passes...
  • Trump's Shutdown Trap

    01/15/2019 8:52:14 AM PST · by Jonty30 · 33 replies
    Has Trump suckered the Democrats and deep state into a trap
  • Celebrities Tweet Support For Striking L.A. Teachers (tr)

    01/14/2019 5:01:58 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 24 replies
    Deadline ^ | January 14, 2019 | Denise Petski
    Celebrities are showing their support for Los Angeles teachers, who walked off the job Monday, the union’s first strike in 30 years. After nearly two years of talks, negotiations, talks between officials at the Los Angeles United School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles union broke down Friday over issues of wages, the expansion of charter schools, class sizes and staffing levels. Approximately 30,000 UTLA members, including school nurses and librarians as well as teachers are off the job as of today with about 500,000 students affected. Charter and private schools in L.A. are not affected by the strike....
  • Woman wrongly pronounced dead dies from hypothermia in morgue [Russia]

    01/14/2019 7:06:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | Sunday 13 Jan 2019 9:49 pm | Basit Mahmood
    A 62-year-old woman ‘came back from the dead’ in a morgue and was rushed to intensive care – only to die again several hours later from hypothermia. The grandmother had been drinking with relatives at a party in Vasilyevka, Russia, when she appeared to have passed away. A policeman then certified her as dead and took her ‘body’ in a hearse to the morgue. However, the woman was still alive – and started moving while a morgue worker tried to fit a tag to the foot of her ‘corpse’. ‘The woman came to life’, she said. The morgue worker immediately...
  • ATTN A.P.A.: America Desparately Needs Masculine Men Now

    01/13/2019 11:41:59 AM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 72 replies
    Renew America ^ | January 12, 2019 | Bryan Fischer
    Now, to make things even worse, the American Psychological Association has issued directives to counselors that they are to consider "traditional masculinity" as something that "on the whole, is harmful." By "traditional masculinity," they mean characteristics such as stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression. Of course, any normal trait can be skewed and cause harm. But that's not what the APA is talking about. They are talking about the normal masculine impulses that men experience because they are men...
  • Some Federal agency workers given unemployment forms prior to shutdown

    01/12/2019 5:50:51 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 16 replies
    Federal government employee | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    One agency that I know of gave workers unemployment forms prior to the shutdown. Also, the employee said on a past shutdown, they got unemployment pay AND got back pay without having to pay back the unemployment pay. Where is the media to investigate this? More than likely several Federal agencies are doing this. Probably no one is going with zero pay. The Democrats and the media are fabricating lies.
  • NYT’s Friedman: We Have a ‘Disturbed,’ ‘Demented’ Man as President

    01/12/2019 8:11:03 AM PST · by KC_Lion · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 11th, 2019 | Pam Key
    Friday on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman described President Donald Trump as “demented.” Friedman said, “It’s really sad. This is a party that has simply laid down for a demented man. They have been laying down for anyone who would energize their base, going back to Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, and now it’s Trump.” He added, “We’re really risking our luck here. How long can this go on? We have a disturbed man as president. That’s very clear. We have a party that is not ready to stand up to it. What worries...
  • Watch 2 adorably clueless teens, 17, baffled by a rotary phone

    01/11/2019 3:47:20 PM PST · by SJackson · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-9-19 | Frank Miles
    Kids today know plenty, whether it's how to become a social media star on YouTube or how to navigate Snapchat. (It's a snap.) And at every step, their cellphones are close at hand, part extra appendage, part security blanket. But cellphones are one thing. And rotary dial models, quite another. Two adorably clueless 17-year-olds, Jake and Kyle Bumstead of Illinois, got four minutes to dial a number on a rotary phone. It was their first time using such a relic from a bygone age. Imagine asking an English speaker to parse some Egyptian hieroglyphs. In this case, it took the...
  • Death of a Nation

    01/10/2019 8:01:09 PM PST · by oldasrocks · 7 replies
    film | unknown | Dinesh D'Souza
    If you have not watched this you need to. A well written film that will enlighten you to the real world of politics. This is a documentary that will show what is going on and why.
  • Kamala Harris birth time line

    01/10/2019 6:25:52 PM PST · by upchuck · 54 replies
    Various; see below | Jan 10, 2019 | upchuck
    Is Kamala a natural born American? Is Kamala a native born American? Doesn't matter because: Her mother immigrated to the US in 1960. Her father immigrated to the US in 1961. Kamala was born Oct 20, 1964. Reference: A person must be a resident of the US for five years before they can apply for citizenship. Reference: 1964, the year of Kamala's birth minus five years is 1959. Neither of Kamala's parents were residents of the US in 1959. Thus they couldn't have qualified for the five years of required residency before Kamala was born. Therefore Kamala could...