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  • Why Our Day Is Far More Religious Than The Middle Ages Was

    09/24/2018 5:10:16 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 20, 2018 | David Breitenbeck
    Why Our Day Is Far More Religious Than The Middle Ages WasAn educated man of the postmodern age can only repeat what he’s been told must be true and assume you are in some manner a bad person if you question it. By David Breitenbeck The Middle Ages are often described as “the Age of Faith.” But surely, if any age deserves that epithet, it is ours.True, the Middle Ages were the age of Christianity, but hardly the age of faith. If we take faith in the common, though oversimplified sense of blind belief in that which is not seen...
  • Ford has to have asked for immunity from prosecution...

    09/23/2018 7:05:29 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 164 replies
    News and Logic | 23 September 2018 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    It is beginning to be obvious that Ford has asked for immunity from prosecution (for perjury) as it is becoming apparent that she is lying. SEVERAL supposed witnesses have no recollection of the party. She has to have asked for immunity from prosecution for what she is trying to do.
  • Memory Distortion and False Memory Creation

    09/23/2018 2:58:54 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 17 replies ^ | Loftus, Elizabeth (1996)
    Types of Repressed Memory Cases At the heart of repressed memory cases is a fundamental set of assumptions: That people routinely banish traumatic experiences from consciousness because they are too horrifying to contemplate; that these forgotten experiences cannot be recalled by any normal process but only by special techniques; that these special techniques produce reliable recovery of memory; that before such recovery, these forgotten experiences cause miserable symptoms; that healing is possible only by digging out and reliving the forgotten experiences. In point of fact there is no cogent scientific support for this repression folklore, and and ample reason to...
  • NYT: Kavanaugh Has No Right to Presumption of Innocence, ‘Politics’ Should Decide His Guilt Instead

    09/22/2018 5:01:44 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 35 replies ^ | Chris Reeves Posted: Sep 22, 2018 11:45 AM
    “It’s natural to place this sort of accusation within a criminal-justice framework: the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt; the presumption of innocence; the right to confront and respond to an accuser. If Judge Kavanaugh stood criminally accused of attempted rape, all of that would apply with full force. But those concepts are a poor fit for Supreme Court confirmation hearings, where there’s no presumption of confirmation, and there’s certainly no burden that facts be established beyond a reasonable doubt.” emphasis added So if due process traditions should not inform how Senators evaluate the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh,...
  • Scientists Discover How to 'Upload Knowledge to Your Brain'

    09/21/2018 5:00:21 PM PDT · by Boomer · 40 replies
    Sci-TechUniverse ^ | 9/20/2018
    Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe. Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter amount of time, comparing it to “life imitating art”. They believe it could be the first steps in developing advanced software that will make Matrix-style instant learning a reality. In the neo-noir sci-fi classic, protagonist Neo is able to learn kung fu in seconds after the martial art is ‘uploaded’ straight to...
  • PN2259 — Brett M. Kavanaugh — Supreme Court of the United States

    09/21/2018 3:35:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies ^ | 9/21/2018 |
    Actions: PN2259 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) Date Senate Actions 09/07/2018 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held. 09/06/2018 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held. 09/05/2018 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held. 09/04/2018 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held. 07/10/2018 Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  • De Blasio kills admissions standards in bid to diversify Brooklyn school district

    09/21/2018 9:14:22 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 20, 2018 | Selim Algar and Ruth Brown
    Mayor de Blasio and new Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Thursday approved a controversial plan to scrap admissions standards in one of the city’s top districts as part of their crusade to diversify student bodies. Effective immediately, the 11 middle schools in Brooklyn’s District 15 — which spans Park Slope into Sunset Park — must ditch education-based entrance criteria for a weighted lottery system that reserves roughly half of their seats for kids who are low income, homeless or learning English.
  • Brooklyn performing-arts school drops auditions in diversity push

    09/21/2018 8:59:39 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 20, 2018 | Noah Bressner
    Brooklyn’s District 15 isn’t just barring middle schools from selecting students based on their grades — the area’s lone performing-arts middle school is now forbidden from holding auditions. Entry into New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts in Sunset Park will now be determined solely by lottery — with no pirouettes or piano-playing required.
  • Ohio State academic misconduct cases on the rise

    09/21/2018 7:21:23 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 7 replies
    The Lantern ^ | September 19, 2018 | Zach Varda
    The temptation to cheat is as old as the idea of administering exams and writing essays. As technology continues to evolve, cheating has become easier through the use of group chat apps like GroupMe and websites like Course Hero that let students share course materials. As a result, more Ohio State students are giving in to the temptation. A Lantern review of annual reports and statistics compiled by Ohio State’s Committee on Academic Misconduct reveals a large spike in the number of reported cases of cheating over the past four school years.
  • Third Witness Says It Never Happened

    09/21/2018 6:20:23 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 45 replies ^ | STEVEN ERTELT SEP 20, 2018
    When California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford made the allegations in a letter to pro-abortion Senator Diane Feinstein that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh supposedly sexually assaulted her, she said four people were allegedly at the party where it happened. Ford made the allegations in a letter to pro-abortion Senator Diane Feinstein. The abortion activist held the letter since July from Ford detailing an alleged attack on her by Kavanaugh when they were in high school three decades ago. Suspiciously, Feinstein remained silent through the confirmation process and hearings until just days before a scheduled vote on his nomination. Kavanaugh...
  • Super cheap earth element to advance new battery tech to the industry

    09/20/2018 8:32:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 09/20/18 | by Kayla Wiles, Purdue University
    Most of today's batteries are made up of rare lithium mined from the mountains of South America. If the world depletes this source, then battery production could stagnate. Sodium is a very cheap and earth-abundant alternative to using lithium-ion batteries that is also known to turn purple and combust if exposed to water—even just water in the air. Worldwide efforts to make sodium-ion batteries just as functional as lithium-ion batteries have long since controlled sodium's tendency to explode, but not yet resolved how to prevent sodium-ions from "getting lost" during the first few times a battery charges and discharges. Now,...
  • A top Cornell food researcher has had 13 studies retracted. That’s a lot.

    09/20/2018 7:15:00 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 55 replies
    Vox ^ | 20 Sept 2018 | Brian Resnick and Julia Belluz
    Cornell says Brian Wansink “committed academic misconduct,” and is leaving the university. He’s a cautionary tale in bad incentives in science. Thirteen of Wansink’s studies have now been retracted, including the six pulled from JAMA Wednesday. ...To date, 13 of his papers have been retracted. And that’s stunning given that Wansink was so highly cited and his body of work was so influential. Wansink also collected government grants, helped shape the marketing practices at food companies, and worked with the White House to influence food policy in this country.
  • The Curse of America’s Illogical School-Day Schedule

    09/20/2018 8:56:22 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 78 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 19, 2018 | Joe Pinsker
    The world does not revolve around you, teens are often told. Indeed it doesn’t, as they are reminded every school-day morning when disabling their alarms. The average start time for public high schools, 7:59, requires teens to get up earlier than is ideal for their biological clocks, meaning many teens disrupt their natural sleep patterns every school day. The world, apparently, does not revolve around parents either. Their lives also tend to be mismatched with school-day schedules, which usually end a good two hours before the typical American workday does. As Kara Voght recently wrote in The Atlantic, that leaves...
  • Harvard requests its past history of anti-Semitism be ignored in Asian-American discrimination case

    09/20/2018 7:01:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 20, 2018 | Staff
    Harvard is trying to make sure that its past history of anti-Semitism isn’t going to affect its present as it faces charges of discrimination against Asian applicants. The Harvard Crimson reported that Students for Fair Admissions, the group that filed an ongoing lawsuit alleging Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants, intended to bring at least 12 exhibits “related to past anti-Semitic discrimination at Harvard.”
  • Hardly anyone majors in English anymore. Scholars debate why.

    09/20/2018 7:00:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 20, 2018 | Staff
    The English major is shrinking at an alarming rate. This according to a recently published report by the Association of Departments of English. The report, published in July, states that approximately two-thirds of English departments that responded to a survey reported either a decline or sharp decline in the number of undergraduate English majors.
  • The 6th Amendment's Confrontation Clause Kavanaugh - VS Ford

    09/19/2018 9:49:26 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 20 replies ^ | 1789 (rev. 1992) | Constitution
    The 6th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution sets out many rights for defendants during a criminal prosecution, including the right of the accused to confront their accusers. The relevant text of the Confrontation Clause of the 6th Amendment reads as follows: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to be confronted with the witnesses against him. The 14th Amendment has made the 6th Amendment's right to confrontation applicable to state court as well as federal court. The confrontation clause guarantees criminal defendants the opportunity to face the prosecution's witnesses in the case against them and dispute the...
  • Humane restaurant in mean to get lobsters high on marijuana smoke before killing

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — These lobsters are going to pot in more ways than one. A Maine lobster pound is banking on using marijuana to try to make cooking the crustaceans a little more humane. The business, Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, is owned by a registered medical marijuana caregiver.
  • El Paso Gunsmith

    09/18/2018 8:18:50 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 20 replies ^ | March 8th 2018 | Do not know
    Just watch....
  • Why college students don’t vote absentee? They don’t know where to buy a postage stamp

    09/18/2018 10:13:39 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 35 replies
    WTOP ^ | 08/18/18 | Max Smith
    Vote or die.” Unless, it’s too hard to find a stamp. A Fairfax County focus group this summer found many college students who have gotten an absentee ballot simply fail to send it back because a U.S. Postal Service stamp seems to be a foreign concept to them. “One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to get stamps,” Lisa...
  • I just had something interesting happen to e on Facebook.

    09/18/2018 12:21:04 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 67 replies
    I was a Facebook friend of Desmond Ford. To those who are not familiar with him, he was disfellowshipped from the SDA church his disagreeing with the Sanctuary doctrine. The church believes that Christ separately went into the temple in Heaven to individually declare us saved or unsaved. His position something along the lines of that happening at the cross, which I agree with. The whole Jewish system of sacrifice, laid out step by step, was all done at once at the Cross. So, anyways back to my interesting event. We were discussing the ordination of wonen, of which I'm...