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  • Frustrated college graduate tries to sell her college diploma on eBay for $50,000 - [tr]

    08/27/2015 10:53:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 27, 2015 | Carly Stern
    One recent college graduate is so frustrated with her lack of job prospects that she's attempting to sell off her college degree - for $50,000. Stephanie Ritter, a 26-year-old Florida State University alum, has listed her diploma on eBay for the staggering sum to cover the 'actual cost' of attending the school. Now $40,000 in debt and living in Southern California, Stephanie is fed up with being unable to find a job in her field, despite having a Bachelor's degree - so she's come up with a drastic solution to pay off her loans and 'validate my use of time...
  • Please validate my use of time': Frustrated college graduate tries to sell her college diploma

    08/27/2015 10:53:55 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 13 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | August 27, 2015 | Carly Stern
    One recent college graduate is so frustrated with her lack of job prospects that she's attempting to sell off her college degree - for $50,000. Stephanie Ritter, a 26-year-old Florida State University alum, has listed her diploma on eBay for the staggering sum to cover the 'actual cost' of attending the school. Now $40,000 in debt and living in Southern California, Stephanie is fed up with being unable to find a job in her field, despite having a Bachelor's degree
  • The top ten most unexpected words added to the online Oxford dictionary

    08/27/2015 4:07:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucy Clarke-Billings
    The online Oxford dictionary has added 1,000 new words to its database. The latest additions have been announced, highlighting the things British people have been talking about in the summer of 2015, such as inconsiderate commuters, solidified waste and unacceptable service charges. Here are ten of the most unexpected words on the list: manspreading (noun): the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seat awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent bants (noun): playfully teasing or mocking remarks...
  • A school deemed this Wonder Woman lunchbox as too violent

    08/26/2015 2:04:09 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 55 replies
    MeTV ^ | AUGUST 26, 2015 | Brent DiCrescenzo
    An anonymous Reddit user named twines18 took to the Reddit Pics page and Imgur to share the above images of a Wonder Woman lunchbox. He titled his post: Letter a friend of mine's daughter received from school today. Her Wonder Woman lunchbox features a violent super hero that does not comply with the school's dress code. Pictures of the lunchbox are also attached. According to twines18, a private elementary school, the name and location of which remains unnamed, barred a student from carrying this super cool yellow lunchbox with red and blue stars. The lunchbox depicts Wonder Woman smiling and...
  • Starkist Tuna Class Action Settlement Means Customers Get $25 In Cash Or $50 In Tuna

    08/25/2015 10:36:05 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 82 replies
    consumerist ^ | August 25, 2015 | Laura Northrup
    Two and a half years ago, a man who eats tuna filed a class action lawsuit against Starkist, a tuna company. His allegation was that the company was deliberately under-filling each can by a few tenths of an ounce. That might not make a difference to one consumer making one tuna salad, but would add up over millions of cans. While Starkist doesn’t admit fault, the case has been settled. If you’re a resident of the United States and bought at least one five-ounce can of any of these tunas from Starkist between February 19, 2009 and October 31, 2014,...
  • FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD (Freeper Must-See - Now Free)

    08/24/2015 11:30:21 AM PDT · by Hostage · 54 replies
    Give yourself a break from politics and crashing markets. This is one of the most outstanding, most entertaining and most educational films of the century (no exaggeration). Many of you are likely to have seen Joe Cross' film (he's also now produced Part 2) but now that it's FREE I wanted to pass it on to everyone especially Freepers. Your life will be changed by it guaranteed. And it is so easy to watch because it is so entertaining and informative. Bring the whole family especially your kids. He's won numerous awards around the world for this film and it...
  • VIDEO: Genesis the Mermaid Proves Swimming is 99% Mental

    08/24/2015 10:20:32 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 24, 2015 | PJ-Comix
    This VIDEO of my 6 year old niece, Genesis the Mermaid, proves that swimming is 99% mental. As recently as this past May, she could barely swim. Years ago I tried to teach her older brother, Kenneth, how to swim at age 8 but it didn't work out too well. He didn't really learn to swim until he was at least 12. Therefore, I took a completely different tactic with Genesis. First of all, I only barely showed her the swim strokes. Instead I worked on her mind by getting her comfortable with being underwater to show it was no...
  • Why We Have More Than 40 Million Functional Illiterates

    08/24/2015 7:00:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/24/2015 | By Bruce Deitrick Price
    Hundreds of websites still casually assert what is probably the most destructive sophistry in the history of education: The Dolch Sight Words [created in the 1940s] are a list of the 220 most frequently used words in the English language. These sight words make up 50 to 70 percent of any general text….Dolch found that children who can identify a certain core group of words by sight could learn to read and comprehend better. Dolch's sight word lists are still widely used today and highly respected by both teachers and parents. These sight words were designed to be learned and mastered by the third grade....
  • Why a Virginia principal refuses to take down her school’s Confederate flags

    08/23/2015 11:17:19 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2015 | Peter Holley
    As students entered Hurley High School in Hurley, Va., for the first day of classes this week, they passed through a set of bright red doors on which the Confederate battle flag is boldly painted.
  • Double Bonus Round: Worker checks for gas leak with match, blows up Bronx public school

    08/22/2015 6:28:52 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 51 replies
    DNAinfo.com ^ | 08.21.2015 | Murray Weiss
    THE BRONX — A worker who lit a match to check if gas was coming out of a fuel line in a science classroom sparked the blast that destroyed part of a Bronx school Thursday night, officials suspect.
  • The Daily Caller Proudly Presents: The DUMBEST College Courses For 2015

    08/22/2015 4:02:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/15 | Emma Colton
    America’s elite colleges offer plenty of ridiculous courses. Many are taught by hilariously leftist professors straight out of central casting. Other classes transcend politics and exist on their own fabulous plane of stupidity. Many of them cost a ton of money.For The Daily Caller’s list of pathetic college classes for 2015, the course descriptions are reprinted here exactly as they appear in the colleges’s course manuals.Brown University, English: On Being Bored. “This course explores texts/films that represent and formally express states of non-productivity or non-desire. Beginning with the Enlightenment and romantic periods, we will reflect on narratives with neither progress...
  • "YOU'RE FIRED"

    08/21/2015 7:19:28 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 11 replies
    5-21-15 | Me
  • Academic Fascism II: Exposing the Worst Colleges for Free Speech

    08/21/2015 7:15:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/20/2015 | Walter Williams
    Last week's column highlighted college campus absurdities and the ongoing attack on free speech and plain common sense. As parents gear up to fork over $20,000 to $60,000 for college tuition, they might benefit from knowing what greets their youngsters. Deceitful college officials, who visit high schools to recruit students and talk to parents, conceal the worst of their campus practices. Let's expose some of it. Christina Hoff Sommers is an avowed feminist and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She's spent a lifetime visiting college campuses. Recently, upon her arrival at Oberlin College, Georgetown University and other campuses,...
  • Fake but Accurate: Leading science publisher retracts dozens of papers for fake peer reviews

    08/20/2015 7:52:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/20/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Springer Publishing, one of the world’s leading publishers of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) books and journals, issued an announcement this week that 64 different professional articles, primarily in the medical field, had been retracted. It turns out that the vaunted peer review process, designed to ensure that multiple sets of experts evaluate the quality of the work before it hits the presses, had fallen apart. The peer reviews in some cases were found to be “highly suspicious” with bogus email addresses and questionable credentials. Springer confirms that 64 articles are being retracted from 10 Springer subscription journals, after...
  • J Street U elects Muslim student as president

    08/20/2015 1:40:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 20, 2015, 1:17 am | (JTA and Times of Israel Staff)
    The campus arm of left-wing pro-Israel group J Street elected a Muslim-American student to serve as president of its national student board. At its “Summer Leadership Institute” in Washington this week, J Street U elected Amna Farooqi, a senior at the University of Maryland who is of Pakistani descent, Haaretz reported. Farooqi co-wrote a blog post for the Times of Israel in March on Hillel President Eric Fingerhut’s decision to withdraw from a commitment to speak a the J Street National Conference. […] A native of suburban Washington, D.C., Farooqi grew up in a “fairly religious Muslim home” with “a...
  • The Massively Popular Facebook Post Of A Totally Fake Map And The Tribes Who Were Obliterated By It

    08/19/2015 7:49:16 PM PDT · by absentee · 11 replies
    Rabble Writer ^ | 8/18/15 | Caleb Howe
    Education in America is bad and deficient. I hear that all the time. Unless you live in the woods or are a dead person come back to haunt my blog posts, you have also heard it time and again. Politically, both the left and the right make this claim, but obviously for different reasons. On the right, the complaints are usually that no one teaches about the founding fathers or the greatness of America anymore, that teachers are too leftist and liberal and teach social justice, and of course, COMMON CORE!!!!!!!! On the left, the complaint is that schools just...
  • New safety measures in place at Arizona State University

    08/19/2015 4:05:03 PM PDT · by donna · 6 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Justin Pazera
    TEMPE, AZ - The Arizona State University Police Department is ready for this year’s round of students. More than 80,000 start classes Thursday and police want them to stay safe. This year students can request a security escort from their cell phone on the school’s Live Safe app. Friends and family can also track a student’s steps with GPS. “It kind of leaves bread crumbs as you can see them walking to their location,” says Sergeant Daniel Macias with ASU Police. “In addition, what happens when you get there, you press one button and that says I’m home.” Macias says...
  • Arkansas College Accused Of Racism For Trying To Ban Saggy Pants

    08/19/2015 12:36:25 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 23 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | Tue, August 18, 2015 | By Brendan Kelly,
    Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, is facing accusations of racism after attempting to crack down on people wearing saggy pants on campus. The college has not officially banned saggy pants in its dress code, as the school has no official dress code, but signs warning that saggy pants will not be tolerated have gone up around campus and in the student center, the Daily Caller reported. A spokeswoman for the college, Tonya Smith, said that the signs, which also warn against profanity and rude behavior, were intended to discourage disruptive behavior on campus. “Our faculty in particular had experienced...
  • Carol Everett Jan 2012 (Pro Life Speaker)

    08/19/2015 10:59:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Life Dynamics Inc/youtube ^ | Uploaded on Jan 18, 2012 | Life Dynamics Inc
    Carol had an abortion in 1973 shortly after the landmark decision for Roe v. Wade. Lured by the substantial income and driven by the subconscious desire to justify her own abortion decision, Carol spent 6 years selling abortions to other women in four abortion clinics in Dallas/Fort Worth. After 35,000 abortions, the death of one woman and surgery on 19 other patients, God brought Carol to a crossroads. Carol's life changed when she came to know the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ in 1983. Carol realized that her work was hurting women, not helping them. Answering God's call,...
  • Note to Former Pres. Jimmy Carter: Please Boycott Israeli Products & Technology

    08/19/2015 10:34:38 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    Dear Editor, I am Jewish, and therefore forbidden by my faith to rejoice in someone’s misfortune, even for individuals like Jimmy Carter, the worse (sic) president in the history of our beloved country. This peanut-grower sold his rotten soul to the enemies of the United States and Israel, Carter is an avowed anti-Semite who has no love for me or my people. By my own admission, I’m a fair man who hates no one (although I may dislike some people) but I will take this opportunity to remind the cancer-stricken Carter to follow through with the boycott of Israeli products....
  • Kremlin TV Backing “Bolshevik Bernie” for President

    08/19/2015 10:16:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 8/19/2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Thom Hartmann, a paid agent of the Russian government’s main propaganda channel, Russia Today (RT) television, is strongly supporting career politician and socialist Bernie Sanders for U.S. president. “Bernie Sanders could be the next FDR,” he says. But it might be more accurate to say that Sanders could be another Alger Hiss, the Russian agent who served FDR as his top aide and helped create the United Nations. Before examining the curious history of “Bolshevik Bernie,” as analyst Trevor Loudon calls him, Hartmann’s service to the Kremlin is worth a look. Hartmann praises Sanders for trying “to get money out...
  • Hillary v. Old White Guys

    08/19/2015 8:49:05 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 12 replies
    8-19-15 | me
    Observation---Hit-lery was once the top DNC person to be elevated to the possible position of POTUS. But now that her server is being rectally-probed it seems that the WHITE guys of the DNC are throwing down and getting in the race.But I put to you that those white guys running against her will soon be pushed aside. They are there to take the HEAT off of her, a distraction of you will. But if there is no further investigation or FBI probe she will once again be elevated to top tier status.It is funny to see that what the DNC...
  • Need Some Naval History Help

    08/18/2015 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Crapgame · 22 replies
    Freepers I am turning to you all for assistance in preparing a class lecture on the importance of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Specifically I was hoping one of you well read Freepers can direct me to a good, excerpt or summary of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Something I can hand out in class. I have read his many articles but none of them seem to cover the major points of his theories succinctly. So I am wondering now if there is a good excerpt of his major work that you all could...
  • Video: Steeler star rejects participation trophies for sons

    08/17/2015 5:59:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/17/15 | Ed Morrissey
    It started with this Instagram post, and turned into a national conversation on our obsession over self-esteem. James Harrison certainly has earned his share of trophies and accolades … but that’s Harrison’s issue with the trophies his sons received just for showing up. Harrison, who fought to find a place on an NFL roster before beginning his future Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison, who came back to the Steelers after a season in Cincinnati and a brief retirement to resume his dominating presence, wants his sons to understand that trying is not the same as succeeding,...
  • Ruling to allow college athletes to unionize is thrown out (by NLRB)

    08/17/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 17, 2015 4:14 PM EDT | Michael Tarm
    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday blocked a historic bid by Northwestern University football players to form the nation’s first college athletes’ union, dealing a blow to a labor movement that could have transformed amateur sports. In a unanimous decision, the board said the prospect of having both union and nonunion teams could lead to different standards at different schools—from the amount of money players receive to the amount of time they can practice—and create competitive imbalances on the field. The ruling dismissed a stunning decision in March 2014 by a regional NLRB director in Chicago who said football...
  • Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Autism Research Fraud at the CDC [Book Review]

    08/17/2015 7:44:59 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 17 replies
    Amazon ^ | 8/20/2015 | Esq. Kevin Barry, Dr. Boyd E. Haley
    Vaccine Whistleblower is a gripping account of four legally recorded phone conversations between Dr. Brian Hooker, a scientist investigating autism and vaccine research, and Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist in the vaccine safety division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thompson, who is still employed at the CDC under protection of the federal Whistleblower Protection Act, discloses a pattern of data manipulation, fraud, and corruption at the highest levels of the CDC, the federal agency in charge of protecting the health of Americans. Thompson states, “Senior people just do completely unethical, vile things and no one...
  • Most LGBT-Friendly Colleges 2015: Princeton Review Ranks Emerson College Tops For Gay Students

    08/15/2015 7:36:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 08/15/2015 | Julia Glum
    The Princeton Review recently named Emerson College in Boston was recently named the most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly college in the U.S, while Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, was named the most unfriendly campus for that demographic of students. Getty Images The Princeton Review released this week its annual rankings of the 380 best colleges and universities in the U.S. But the test prep company did more than just crown party schools, it also broke higher education institutions down into 62 lists measuring everything from dorms to food. It also looked at demographics and compared schools...
  • BYU, other Christian schools ranked among the least LGBT-friendly campuses

    SALT LAKE CITY – Brigham Young University remains one of the most hostile campuses in the country for gay and transgender students, according to an annual college ranking list. But the private university does not top the list of LGBT-unfriendly schools. In fact, it came in sixth in a list of 10, mostly religious, schools. Grove City College (Grove City, Pa.) a Christian liberal arts school of 2,500 students. and Hampden-Sydney College, an all-male liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Hampden Sydney Va., came in first and second. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches...
  • Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 with Apple Music Improvements

    08/13/2015 9:01:02 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    MacdailyNews ^ | August 13, 2015
    Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 with Apple Music improvements Thursday, August 13, 2015 · 1:45 pm · Apple today released iOS 8.4.1 which includes improvements and fixes to Apple Music. • Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library • Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only • Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren’t any playlists to choose from • Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices • Resolves several issues for artists while posting to...
  • Asian Movie Weekend #3

    08/13/2015 6:44:22 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 21 replies
    None | 2015 | Fai Mao
    If you'd like to see the previous post in this series FR search using the key words Asian Movies There are two movies this week. Both are free to view. I have gotten probably 15 request to put Kung Fu Hustle in one of these so here it is Kung Fu Hustle 2004 https://youtu.be/UAzHYVXUARU Stephen Chow et al Comedy Violence, nudity some strong language Also available on Netflix Notes about the film. If you dig around in academic databases you can find that couple of academic papers were written about the use and abuse of Chinese religious tradition. Notice the...
  • Muskogee County gun range posts sign saying establishment is 'Muslim free'

    08/13/2015 1:06:51 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 30 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 8-13-2015 | SAMANTHA VICENT World Staff Writer
    Muskogee County gun range posts sign saying establishment is 'Muslim free' The Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store in Oktaha, off U.S. 69 in Muskogee County, has posted a sign indicating the business is a Muslim free establishment. Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 1:45 pm | Updated: 2:49 pm, Thu Aug 13, 2015. By SAMANTHA VICENT World Staff Writer An owner of a Muskogee County gun range confirmed Thursday that his business has a sign posted on its window indicating the facility is a "Muslim free" establishment, an act that has drawn criticism and raised legal questions from a...
  • Construction project leads to discovery of ancient Jewish ritual bath with mysterious writing

    08/12/2015 1:40:30 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 7, 2015 | by Bob Yirka
    Inscriptions on the walls of the ritual bath. Credit: Shai Halevy, the Israel Antiquities Authority ======================================================================================================================================== A team of researchers has descended down into what archaeologists are calling an ancient Jewish ritual bath with mysterious writing on the walls—dating back perhaps 2000 years. The bath was found by antiquity officials checking out a site designated for a new nursery building. The bath was found when a hole was discovered in a construction site and a rock fell down into it and disappeared. Investigation revealed an underground room, with a stone staircase. What was most surprising was the writing on the...
  • Iconic Whistler's Mother On Display At The Clark [MA]

    08/12/2015 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    WAMC ^ | Jul 3, 2015 | Jim Levulis
    An iconic 19th century American painting that remains one of art’s most famous works will be on view July 4th at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. James McNeill Whistler’s most famous painting known today as Whistler’s Mother is an 1871 portrait of the woman born as Anna Matilda McNeill. Curator Jay Clarke says the image became an American icon while on a cross-country tour during the 1930s.
  • Texas A&M leads Princeton Review list of most conservative state schools

    08/12/2015 8:46:20 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 5 replies
    Chron ^ | Monday, August 10, 2015 | Matt Levin
    Young people tend to take a left turn in college. Not so in Texas. Student bodies in tune with right-wing values thrive in a few of the state's top colleges. The Princeton Review released last week its annual list of the 380 best colleges in America. Among those nearly 400 schools, the publication narrowed down a list of the most conservative student bodies. Three Texas universities figured into the top 15. Those schools -- Texas A&M, Baylor and the University of Dallas -- feature in other categories often associated with right-of-center politics. Students at all three institutions are some of...
  • A Thoughtless Age: The Liberal Arts Are Dead

    08/12/2015 7:40:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/12/2015 | Spengler
    John Agresto’s Aug. 7 essay “The Suicide of the Liberal Arts” is one of the more eloquent of the elegies for high culture that appear from time to time in the quality press. A former president of St. John’s College (Santa Fe), perhaps the best undergraduate Great Books program around, Agresto wrote in the Wall Street Journal: When properly conceived and taught, the liberal arts do not by themselves make us “better people” or (God knows) more “human.” They don’t exist to make us more “liberal,” at least in the contemporary political sense. But the liberal arts can do...
  • Why Any Male Student Should Think Twice Before Applying to Washington & Lee University

    08/12/2015 7:33:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/12/2015 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    This should terrify any parent whose son is about to head off to college or is presently matriculating anywhere in the Ivory Towers of academia. The fundamental lack of due process and oppressive tactics used by university administrators at Washington & Lee University (W&L) should lead any family to keep their sons from applying to the university. Male students at Washington & Lee risk serious consequences if they engage in an entirely consensual sexual relationship with a female student who later is convinced to “regret” what she did, or who becomes jealous if the male student starts a relationship with...
  • Omega-3 may block psychosis years later, study finds

    08/12/2015 5:35:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Medical XPress ^ | 08/11/15
    Omega-3, a fatty acid found in oily fish, may prevent the onset of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders long after being consumed, according to a study released Tuesday. Up to seven years after taking omega-3 supplements for 12 weeks, young people at "ultra-high" risk were less likely to have suffered the debilitating condition than a control group given a placebo, reported the study. Schizophrenia is characterized by delusions and hallucinations, including hearing voices and seeing things that do not really exist. It typically emerges during adolescence or early adulthood, either abruptly or gradually. There is no cure. Current treatment focuses...
  • HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

    08/11/2015 8:59:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | August 10, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Android biometric banks more Fort Nope than Fort Knox. Four FireEye researchers have found a way to steal fingerprints from Android phones packing biometric sensors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One Max.The team found a forehead-slapping flaw in HTC One Max in which fingerprints are stored as an image file (dbgraw.bmp) in a open "world readable" folder. "Any unprivileged processes or apps can steal user’s fingerprints by reading this file," the team says, adding that the images can be made into clear prints by adding some padding.It is one of four vulnerability scenarios in which biometric...
  • Holy Cow....Today is my 10th Anniversary on Free Republic

    08/11/2015 7:21:50 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 95 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11 August 2015 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    I can't believe I almost missed this most important day. I am privileged to be here and thank you all for the great education you have given me these last 10 years. I certainly have pissed off a few here and there but that is what is great about FR, we get up, shake hands and go on to the next thread. Thank you for that best 10 years!!!!! Oh and for the millionth time, NAPSCOORDINATOR means Naval Academy Preparatory School Coordinator......it is a prep school for a year before the Naval Academy to prepare students for the rigors of...
  • How One Hedge Fund Is Betting Against The $1.2 Trillion Student Loan Bubble

    08/11/2015 3:10:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/11/2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Monday, we got some color on Hillary Clinton’s $350 billion plan to make college more affordable. Students and former students across the country owe more than $1.2 trillion in college loans, and as Bill Ackman so eloquently put it earlier this year, "there’s no way they’re going to pay it back." The fact that America’s student loan bubble is the focus of what may well end up being one of Clinton’s most expensive policy proposals speaks volumes about the urgency of the problem. Of course there are some other folks who understand how quickly the situation is deteriorating. Chief...
  • Here are some of the hardest questions 3rd-graders had to answer on New York's statewide math test

    08/11/2015 3:05:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/11/2015 | Peter Jacobs
    The New York State Education Department released a sampling of questions from statewide math and reading tests this week, showing the kind of problems elementary- and middle-school students have to grapple with. As The New York Times notes, New York is generally considered to have some of the hardest tests in the country. Only 36% of students passed the math exams in 2014; reading scores were even lower. Along with some of the questions that appeared on each test, NYSED included the percentage of students statewide who answered the question correctly. Scores of individual schools will be released later this...
  • National Center for Science Education Whitewashes Scientific Racism

    08/11/2015 1:15:17 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 8 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 11, 2015 | Michael Egnor
    National Center for Science Education Whitewashes Scientific Racism Michael Egnor August 11, 2015 10:54 AM | Permalink When I was a medical student, I liked to go to the medical school library in the evening and browse. I loved the old books and journals, some of them from the late 19th and early 20th century. Reading them made me feel a part of the long tradition of medicine. It was heady stuff for a medical student who had wanted to be a doctor since childhood. What I found in the books struck me as odd. There were the expected chapters...
  • Was the Civil War about Slavery?

    08/11/2015 1:11:21 PM PDT · by iowamark · 723 replies
    Acton Institute, Prager University ^ | 8/11/2015 | Joe Carter
    What caused the Civil War? That seems like the sort of simple, straightforward question that any elementary school child should be able to answer. Yet many Americans—including, mostly, my fellow Southerners—claim that that the cause was economic or state’s rights or just about anything other than slavery. But slavery was indisputably the primary cause, explains Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The abolition of slavery was the single greatest act of liberty-promotion in the history of America. Because of that fact, it’s natural for people who love freedom, love tradition, and...
  • The Coddling of the American Mind

    08/11/2015 10:05:51 AM PDT · by Veto! · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 2015 Issue | GREG LUKIANOFF AND JONATHAN HAIDT
    In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health. Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. Last December, Jeannie Suk wrote in an online article for The New Yorker about law students asking her fellow professors at Harvard not to teach rape law—or, in one case, even use the word violate (as in “that...
  • Learn To Recognize Government Disinformation

    08/11/2015 7:13:30 AM PDT · by thesligoduffyflynns · 3 replies
    http://milesmathis.com/glenn.pdf ^ | March 4,2014 | Miles Mathis
    Here's pdf for anyone who wants more info on how to recognize gov't disinfo
  • Are Public Schools becoming Reeducation Camps?

    08/10/2015 6:49:36 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 38 replies
    pop.RantRave.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    K-12 schools in the United States are characterized by three outstanding traits. First of all, there's less academic activity and achievement. The general thrust of the Education Establishment is to simplify the curriculum, strip away the harder content, keep discussions airy and empty, and in general to make classrooms focused on feelings rather than facts. Second, even as facts are not taught, specific opinions are taught again and again. Global warming is the fault of human activity. Gay marriage is hugely important. Islam is a fine thing and schools should have a section on this religion and only this religion....
  • New design could finally help to bring fusion power closer to reality

    08/10/2015 1:53:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 10, 2015 | by David L. Chandler & Provided by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor. Thanks to powerful new magnet technology, the much smaller, less-expensive ARC reactor would deliver the same power output as a much larger reactor. Credit: the MIT ARC team ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's an old joke that many fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants are just 30 years away—and always will be. But now, finally, the joke may no longer be true: Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor—and it's one that might be realized...
  • That's Not Funny Today's College Students Can't Seem To Take A Joke

    08/10/2015 8:50:55 AM PDT · by OddLane · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 2015 | Caitlan Flanagan
    hree comics sat around a café table in the chilly atrium of the Minneapolis Convention Center, talking about how to create the cleanest possible set. “Don’t do what’s in your gut,” Zoltan Kaszas said. “Better safe than sorry,” Chinedu Unaka offered. Feraz Ozel mused about the first time he’d ever done stand-up: three minutes on giving his girlfriend herpes and banging his grandma. That was out. This was not a case of professionals approaching a technical problem as an intellectual exercise. Money was riding on the answer. They had come to Minneapolis in the middle of a brutal winter for...
  • This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lesson

    08/09/2015 8:31:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-8-15 | Helen Thompson
    Paintings can be a window to more than the outmoded dress and strange customs of the past — sometimes, they have modern-day science lessons to impart, too. That's the case with Giovanni Stanchi’s 17th century still life of fruit, as Phil Edwards points out for Vox — just look for the watermelons. Stanchi’s work, painted between 1645 and 1672 (and now up for auction at Christie’s), includes strange watermelons that look so foreign they could be from outer space in the bottom right corner. If watermelons looked like that in the Renaissance, then why do they look so different today?...
  • 1936 Film Perfectly Explains How a Manual Transmission Works (10 min video)

    08/08/2015 9:00:45 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 45 replies
    .popularmechanics ^ | Jul 30, 2015 @ 3:37 PM | Robert Sorokanich
    Even if you already understand the concept behind a stick-shift transmission, this 1936 film explains it so perfectly a school kid could grasp it. take a 10-minute educational break and learn the basics of what's going on inside your stick-shift transmissions. Even if you understand the concept implicitly, we're certain you'll learn something from the irrepressible Jam Handy.