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  • What the Declaration of Independence Really Claimed

    07/04/2015 8:16:42 AM PDT · by unlearner
    Washington Post ^ | 7/4/2015 | Randy Barnett
    Today, while all Americans have heard of the Declaration of Independence, all too few have read more than its second sentence. Yet the Declaration shows the natural rights foundation of the American Revolution and provides important information about what the founders believed makes a constitution or government legitimate. It also raises the question of how these fundamental rights are reconciled with the idea of “the consent of the governed,” another idea for which the Declaration is famous. When reading the Declaration, it is worth keeping in mind two very important facts. The Declaration constituted high treason against the Crown. Every...
  • (NJ) Teacher from Lyndhurst accused of sexually assaulting student

    07/03/2015 5:47:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 06.19.15 | JIM NORMAN
    A 32-year-old Lyndhurst woman, a second-grade teacher, has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a 15-year-old girl from the Jersey City school where the woman is employed, authorities said Friday.Bergen County John L. Molinelli said Lauren H. Mitchell was arrested after an investigation by his office’s Special Victims Unit and the Lyndhurst Police Department.Molinelli said several teachers at the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School in Jersey City observed what they believed was inappropriate behavior between Mitchell and the girl during a class trip and reported what they had seen to school...
  • Gun safety instruction OK in public elementary schools, new Louisiana law says

    07/03/2015 3:26:13 PM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/1/15 | Emily Lane
    When school starts this fall, public schools in Louisiana will have the option to instruct elementary students on gun safety. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday (July 1) signed a bill into law that permits cities, parishes and local public school boards to provide students with "age and grade appropriate" firearm accident prevention and safety instruction. A suggested curriculum includes the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program, developed by the National Rifle Association.(snip)The bill received full passage by the Legislature, by a vote of 94-3 in the House and 38-1 in the Senate.
  • The Declaration of Independence Reminds us to Put Tyrants on Notice

    07/03/2015 1:52:37 PM PDT · by righttackle44 · 13 replies
    Action Institute Power Blog ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ray Nothstine
    Perhaps the most enduring legacy of the Declaration of Independence is that it sought to overturn the long abuses and powers of tyrants. It revealed the truth of self-government and that power is inherent in the people. In the second introduction of the document, Jefferson declared: …That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and...
  • NFL Lineman and Math Genius vs. Average 23-Year-Old

    07/03/2015 10:58:55 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 14 replies
    youtube | 7-1-15 | John Urschel
    John Urschel plays football for the Baltimore Ravens. He's also a published mathematician. How does he stack up against the average millennial?
  • A Video Featuring Snoop Dogg Has Caused Uproar Among a Religious Group in India

    07/03/2015 6:28:17 AM PDT · by odds · 4 replies
    TIME ^ | 5.008 AM ET | Time Staff
    Members of the Parsi Zoroastrian community in Calcutta have filed a petition in a local high court against the music video for the song “King” by Amitis featuring Snoop Dogg, calling it blasphemous and disrespectful toward their faith, the Times of India reports. Zoroastrianism is a millennia-old faith with roots in ancient Persia and a flourishing community in India; its scripture emphasizes the sanctity of nature and the duality of existence. Amitis is an Iranian-born singer who now lives in Atlanta; “King” appears to be her entrance into the realm of Western pop. Snoop Dogg is Snoop Dogg — in...
  • Political correctness 101: Praising America, virtues of hard work dubbed ‘micro-aggression’ on…

    07/02/2015 10:21:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 02, 2015 | Kyle Rothenberg
    Simply asking someone “Where are you from?” or calling America "the land of opportunity” is now considered offensive at some colleges and universities, where such “micro-aggressions” are detailed in training programs and seminars for new faculty and staff. Other examples of “offensive” statements include, “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” “Affirmative action is racist,” Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough,” When I look at you, I don’t see color,” and “I don’t believe in race.” A full list of these “offensive” statements can be seen here. The newly forbidden terms were...
  • BRISTOL: Choosing Humiliation Over Convenience: “The Five” Comes to My Defense

    07/02/2015 1:54:00 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 112 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Bristol Palin
    Thank you to “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld for calling out the media for their absurdity! The Daily Caller reports: “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeldblasted Bristol Palin’s haters Tuesday after her pregnancy announcement, saying they “would have been more supportive” if she simply had an abortion. The Fox News personality went on to praise the daughter of Sarah Palin for choosing “humiliation over convenience,” adding that she “took the pain, for it was more humane.” “I get it, of course, the media would have been more supportive if she had an abortion. But then if she had, they never would...
  • First comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome completed

    07/02/2015 1:34:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 07-02-2015 | Provided by University of Chicago Medical Center
    The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt to life in the arctic. Credit: Giant Screen Films © 2012 D3D Ice Age, LLC ======================================================================== The first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome reveals extensive genetic changes that allowed mammoths to adapt to life in the arctic. Mammoth genes that differed from their counterparts in elephants played roles in skin and hair development, fat metabolism, insulin signaling and numerous other traits. Genes linked to physical traits such as skull shape, small ears and short tails were also identified. As a...
  • Pro-life campaign outside NEA convention over abortion

    07/02/2015 12:16:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    lifedynamics.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | life dynamics
    Today, dozens of concerned pro-lifers in Orlando, Florida are conducting an awareness campaign outside the NEA Teacher’s Union Convention to expose their support of abortion. According to Bob Pawson, director of Pro-Life Educators of America, who heads up the annual campaign, pro-Life teachers, parents, and students from the greater Orlando area hope to educate the 10,000 delegates about the NEA’s stand on abortion as they arrive for the National Education Association’s annual convention in Orlando. “This demonstration is somewhat unique,” said Pawson. “Usually, NEA itself does the picketing— presenting demands in front of schools or school board buildings in towns...
  • Virginia School Board Votes to Teach Seventh Graders about ‘Gender Identity’

    07/02/2015 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 2, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    Beginning in seventh grade, public school students in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington, D.C., will be taught about “sexual orientation terms,” including heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality—“and the gender identity term transgender,” according to a newly adopted sex education curriculum. The Fairfax County School Board voted last week to adopt the controversial new “Family Life Education Curriculum.” The meeting was crowded with angry parents, many of whom spoke out against the sudden changes. …
  • Wrestler Matt Brown Named Capital One Division I Academic All-America® of the Year

    07/02/2015 9:35:57 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    gopsusports.com ^ | 7-2-15 | n/a
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nittany Lion wrestling national champion Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah) has been named as the 2014-15 Capital One Division I Academic All-America® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brown is the second Penn State student-athlete to be selected as an Academic All-America® of the Year and joins former Nittany Lion wrestler, Dr. Jim Martin, who received the honor in 1988-89. Dr. Martin won a national title in 1988 and was a four-time All-American at Penn State A criminology and international politics major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Brown...
  • Rep. candidate: They're raping us! Dem. candidate: Pretend you like it so they vote Democrat!

    07/01/2015 8:22:43 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 3 replies
    1-7-2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    A Republican candidate: They're raping us! A Democrat candidate: Pretend you like it so they vote Democrat!
  • Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance

    07/01/2015 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 1, 2015 9:22 PM EDT | Sophia Tareen
    Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts—including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation—to the nation’s third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn’t afford. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said schools would still open on time in the coming school year and class sizes wouldn’t be affected. He put the blame on state legislators for worsening the situation and said a property tax increase was up for consideration. The district had to borrow and factor in the cuts to make the pension payment by Tuesday’s deadline because legislators,...
  • FAIL - Americans Don't Know Why We Celebrate 4th of July!

    07/01/2015 7:06:04 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/01/15 | Mark Dice
    Media analyst Mark Dice asks beachgoers in San Diego, California some basic questions about America's 4th of July Independence Day celebration and their answers are quite disturbing.
  • Gleichschaltung

    07/01/2015 10:51:36 AM PDT · by knarf · 30 replies
    history on the web ^ | July 1, 2015 | knarf
    As a totalitarian regime the Third Reich developed its own language, a perversion of the German language. The control of hearts and minds, to which totalitarian political systems aspire, necessitates such a perversion of the normal use of language. Meaning is twisted and distorted in such a way that the citizens of a totalitarian state can no longer distinguish truth from falsehood. They are reduced to such a state of confusion and impotence that they can be fully manipulated by the dictatorial government.
  • "Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor".

    06/30/2015 7:25:27 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2-13-13 | Paul Harvey
    A great video by Paul Harvey to forward to everyone this Independence weekend.
  • Parents, don’t be fooled: The sex-ed agenda is more sinister than you know

    06/30/2015 4:34:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jun 30, 2015 | Jonathon van Maren
    It's a rare, if not historic pushback—tens of thousands of people across the Canadian province of Ontario are announcing loudly that they oppose the new sex education curriculum proposed by the province’s premier, Kathleen Wynne. Large numbers of protestors have made their voices heard in front of Wynne's office, in front of the provincial legislature at Queen's Park, and at the offices of Members of Provincial Parliament across the province. Harking from every culture and ethnic group, the protestors are demanding one thing: Let kids be kids. The entire phenomenon is startling for a number of reasons. First of all,...
  • Scientists name the deepest cave-dwelling centipede after Hades—the Greek god of the underworld

    06/30/2015 1:48:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-30-2015 | Provided by Pensoft Publishers
    The newly discovered Hades centipede. Credit: J. Bedek An international team of scientists has discovered the deepest underground dwelling centipede. The animal was found by members of the Croatian Biospeleological Society in three caves in Velebit Mts, Croatia. Recorded as deep as -1100 m the new species was named Geophilus hadesi, after Hades, the God of the Underworld in the Greek Mythology. The research was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Lurking in the dark vaults of some of the world's deepest caves, the Hades centipede has also had its name picked to pair another underground-dwelling relative named after...
  • Spiky monsters: New species of 'super-armored' worm discovered

    06/30/2015 9:59:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-29-2015 | Provided by University of Cambridge
    Collinsium ciliosum, a Collins' monster-type lobopodian from the early Cambrian Xiaoshiba biota of China. Credit: Javier Ortega-Hernández A new species of 'super-armoured' worm, a bizarre, spike-covered creature which ate by filtering nutrients out of seawater with its feather-like front legs, has been identified by palaeontologists. The creature, which lived about half a billion years ago, was one of the first animals on Earth to develop armour to protect itself from predators and to use such a specialised mode of feeding. The creature, belonging to a poorly understood group of early animals, is also a prime example of the broad variety...
  • Australian School Phone Message

    06/29/2015 12:24:32 PM PDT · by econjack · 8 replies
    video ^ | June 29, 2015 | unknown
    While there's no way I can verify this, I like the message regardless. The Aussies have it right on most issues. Listen at: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pwghabw4N80?rel=0
  • Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

    06/29/2015 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1:56 pm ET Jun 26, 2015 | By Amir Mizroch
    Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week: Human: Tell me the definition of morality. Machine: I don’t have ethics. Human: Look, I need help; I need to know...
  • 12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals Against Liberals

    06/29/2015 10:31:49 AM PDT · by proust · 41 replies
    Right WIng News ^ | April 2012 | John Hawkins
    When conservatives stop playing defense...
  • Enemies

    06/29/2015 8:05:41 AM PDT · by Leto · 5 replies
    Fourmilab Blog ^ | 4-15-2011 | John Walker
    Opponents or Enemies? In any conflict, it is a deadly error to mistake or underestimate the adversary's capabilities, will to employ them, or ultimate goals. Around the globe, what was once confidently deemed “Western civilisation” is in an end-stage battle with champions of a collectivist and statist ideology which, over the last century, has enacted programs of redistributive taxation, borrowing, and spending whose unsustainability has now become self-evident and which, unless the present course is altered, will collapse in at most ten years. Further, the second- and higher-order effects of these policies have led to demographic collapse in the societies...
  • Boy Scout killed in flash flood at Philmont Ranch

    06/28/2015 8:07:31 AM PDT · by SZonian · 28 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 27 June, 2015 | Nicole Perez
    One Boy Scout died and three others were rescued after being swept away in a flash flood early Saturday, according to the New Mexico State Police. A group of eight Scouts, ages 14 to 17, three crew leaders and one adult ranger were on the two-week trek across the Philmont Scout Ranch, a popular Boy Scout ranch near Cimarron. They were camped near the North Ponil Canyon, 15 miles northeast of the training center. Rain started falling early Saturday morning, flooding parts of the ranch property, according to a news release posted on the ranch’s website. Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday,...
  • Oxford English Dictionary makes ‘Masshole’ official

    06/27/2015 2:44:19 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 64 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 6/25/15 | Stephanie McFeeters
    The Oxford English Dictionary added the word Masshole to its roster on Wednesday, formalizing a term well known to frustrated drivers throughout the Northeast. A piece of “coarse slang” defined as “a term of contempt for a native or inhabitant of the state of Massachusetts,” Masshole was one of nearly 500 words added to the dictionary on Wednesday, along with twerk, sext, hyperlocal, freegan, fratty, and fo’ shizzle.
  • Audacity - The Movie

    06/26/2015 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen
    From Living Waters, creators of the award-winning TV program “The Way of the Master” and the hit movies “180” and “Evolution vs. God,” comes the powerful film “Audacity.” Executive produced by TV co-host and best-selling author Ray Comfort (Hell’s Best Kept Secret, Scientific Facts in the Bible), this film delivers an unexpected, eye-opening look at the controversial topic of homosexuality. Peter (Travis Owens) is an aspiring comedian encouraged by his friend Ben (Ben Price, Australia’s Got Talent finalist) to perform at the local comedy club. But stage fright isn’t Peter’s only fear. When confronted with one of today’s most...
  • Crime in America

    06/25/2015 11:06:24 AM PDT · by chuckles · 6 replies
    vanity | June 25 2015 | chuckles
    Well, here we go, one more time. Someone is murdered and the usual suspects get dusted off and taken from the closet to be regurgitated back and forth making sound but accomplishing nothing. Of course the first thing is always gun control, but this time race was the watchword singled out because everyone knows gun control won’t get to first base with Congress. No one mentions the black on black crime that is murdering more people than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The Second Amendment is a well established part of our Constitution from the very beginning of...
  • Undergraduate discovers new firefly species [CA]

    06/25/2015 8:46:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-25-2015 | Iqbal Pittalwala & Provided by University of California - Riverside
    The Entomology Research Museum at the University of California, Riverside today announced the discovery of a new species of firefly from Southern California, collected by an undergraduate student as part of his semester's insect collection. Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist, said the student, Joshua Oliva, obtained one specimen of the new species while collecting near Topanga, Calif. "He wasn't 100 percent certain it was a firefly, and brought it to me for confirmation," Yanega said. "I know the local fauna well enough that within minutes I was able to tell him he had found something entirely new to science. I...
  • Newly found ring of teeth uncovers what common ancestor of molting animals looked like

    06/25/2015 8:35:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-24-2015 | Provided by University of Cambridge
    Hallucigenia sparsa from the Burgess Shale (Royal Ontario Museum 61513). The fossil is 15 mm long. Credit: Jean-Bernard Caron A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago - a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail - has definitively identified its head for the first time, and revealed a previously unknown ring of teeth and a pair of simple eyes. The results, published today in the journal Nature, have helped scientists reconstruct what the common ancestor of everything from tiny roundworms to huge lobsters might have looked like....
  • School Board Committee Votes To Ban “Dixie” Song & Rebel Mascot At Southside High School (AR)

    06/25/2015 1:46:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    KFSM, CBS 5, Fort Smith, AR ^ | 10:36PM, June 23, 2015 | Zuzanna Sitek and Aubry Killon
    A Fort Smith School Board committee passed a motion Tuesday (June 23) to ban the “Dixie” song during the 2015-2016 school year and to replace the rebel mascot for the 2016-2017 school year. The motion passed five to zero. Susan McFerran, a member of the school board, said the decision comes after the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and a recent class reunion. “There was a 30 year class reunion this weekend,” she said. “It came to our attention that the public has been pretty upset about the Confederate flag, which has already been removed, the rebel mascot [and]...
  • California school backtracks on Common Core opt-out punishment

    06/25/2015 12:28:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A California high school where a majority of juniors opted out of Common Core testing has backed off of plans to ban the students from using the school’s parking lot and from taking part in senior class activities after parents and education groups raised a fuss. C.J. Foss, principal of Calabasas High School in Los Angeles County, last week sent an email to seniors-to-be announcing that certain privileges would be withheld from students who skipped the controversial test, which detractors say is an attempt to nationalize America’s public education system. Although the test, which critics say dictates curriculum, is widely...
  • Kids Create Salt Black Markets in Cafeterias Due to Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules

    06/24/2015 2:04:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 24, 2015 | by Elizabeth Harrington
    Children are creating their own black markets to trade and sell salt due to First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules. During a hearing before the House, a school administrator told Congress of the “unintended consequences” of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. “Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne. “Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” Payne said. “More students bring their lunch, and a few parents even ‘check out’ their child from...
  • A Confederate flag does not divide us; leftist ideology does

    06/24/2015 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Taxman · 22 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | 06/24/15 | Sylvia Thompson
    If Governor Nikki Haley thinks that removing a flag from a capitol building will do anything to alleviate the racial hatred fomented by Barack Obama over the past several years, and the Left throughout the country's history, she is sadly mistaken. Not only Governor Haley, but every conservative thinker who follows her lead have fallen into the web of deceit that the Left always uses to entrap the gullible. I recall over the years having seen white supremacists with American flags flying. Their position is that America is being taken away from them by foreigners and people who had no...
  • What is REALLY needed is a ban on the display of the MEXICAN flag in the United States

    06/24/2015 4:11:54 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 24 replies
    24 June 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    It is time for State governments as well as the National government to ban display or sale of the Mexican Flag in the United States since Mexicans in general are prejudiced against blacks (fact).
  • Causality

    06/24/2015 10:12:38 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 10 replies
    The Universe | 6/24/2015 | blueunicorn6
    Causality is the relationship between cause and effect. This thing (cause) made this happen (effect). Now, I am not a Southerner. I have no vested history with the ConfederateFlag/Battle Flag of The Northern Virginia Army. What I find galling about this issue is the deliberate ignorance of Causality by too many. Did Dylan dispshirt kill nine Americans of African descent (effect) as a reaction to the flag (cause)? Or, did Dylan dispshirt kill nine Americans of African descent (effect) so he could be famous (cause)? It is disingenuous in the extreme, and intellectually lazy, to assert that a flag caused...
  • Isolated Sightings of the Extinct Dodo Bird Have Spartans Concerned Over an Eerie Trend

    06/24/2015 10:11:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.tapinto.net ^ | June 4, 2015 at 12:37 AM | By BEN INSLEY
    A new phenomenon is sweeping across Sparta as more and more students come forward claiming to have encountered the flightless Dodo bird. Caught somewhere between a pigeon and a dove with its gray feathers and unmistakable yellow scowl, the Dodo bird stood at an intimidating one meter tall back in the 17th century when it became extinct--barely a century after its discovery. The Dodo bird was not known for its impact on this planet while it lived, but, rather, remains a point of contention and activism because of its death. The extinction of this bird has been overwhelmingly attributed to...
  • Jawbone Lifts Lid on Human-Neanderthal Sex

    06/24/2015 6:50:32 AM PDT · by Sopater · 39 replies
    Newser ^ | Jun 23, 2015 9:50 AM CDT | Arden Dier
    (Newser) – A jawbone found in Romania more than a decade ago provides the first genetic evidence that humans and Neanderthals knocked boots in Europe before the latter disappeared between 35,000 and 40,000 years ago. Scientists who came across the bone of one of the earliest modern humans in Europe in a cave known as Pestera cu Oase noticed it had both modern human and Neanderthal traits. Now, a study of the bone's DNA—made possible by recent technological advances—explains why. "The sample is more closely related to Neanderthals than any other modern human we've ever looked at before," Harvard researcher...
  • Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

    06/23/2015 11:00:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 23, 2015 1:23 PM EDT | Carolyn Thompson
    The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not. So curriculum director Tammy Baumann and her team took the books apart, literally. Then they rearranged lessons, filled in holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the K-2 math curriculum in the fall at her district in East Lansing, Michigan. It was a time-consuming but necessary response, Baumann said, to what appears to be a near-universal lament of teachers as they page through textbooks and websites: a lack of high-quality teaching materials aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards that have been adopted by most...
  • VANITY: Symbols of the Several States of the United States of America

    06/23/2015 10:45:11 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 31 replies
    Cletus | 23JUN2015 | VANITY of Cletus
    The current attempt to direct the symbols of South Carolina leads me to believe that there may an ultimate goal -the repeal of 2ndA-. Maybe "we" as patriots can discuss and provide discussion as to why the separate states should be able to present symbols as appropriate to our location. As an example; The State of Illinois, in legislation, has designated the Cardinal as their State bird. Is this not a tacit acceptance of religion and the Roman Catholic church as the preferred religion of Illinois? I wonder, how many of the 13-colony states have firearms in their flag? I...
  • A "Sixth Mass Extinction"? Here's Why No One Trusts Science Reporting Anymore

    06/22/2015 1:39:27 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 14 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | June 22, 2015 | Wesley J. Smith
    A "Sixth Mass Extinction"? Here's Why No One Trusts Science Reporting Anymore Wesley J. Smith June 22, 2015 12:19 PM | Permalink You may have read in the media that humans are causing a sixth mass extinction on the planet. You may also have noted that one of the sources of the claim is Paul Ehrlich -- author of the hysterically wrong The Population Bomb. But for the most part the articles that have reported on the paper by Ehrlich and Anthony Barnosky (in Science Advances) do not mention that infamous book or Ehrlich's history of hyperbolic ecological fear mongering....
  • 8 Million Dog Mummies Found in 'God of Death' Mass Grave

    06/22/2015 1:25:16 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | June 18, 2015 08:07am ET | 8 Million Dog Mummies Found in 'God of Death' Mass Grave by Laura Geggel, Staff Writer
    In ancient Egypt, so many people worshiped Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death, that the catacombs next to his sacred temple once held nearly 8 million mummified puppies and grown dogs, a new study finds. The catacomb ceiling also contains the fossil of an ancient sea monster, a marine vertebrate that's more than 48 million years old, but it's unclear whether the Egyptians noticed the existence of the fossil when they built the tomb for the canine mummies, the researchers said. Many of the mummies have since disintegrated or been disrupted by grave robbers and industrialists, who likely used the...
  • So, Just How Good Are You At Puzzles?

    06/22/2015 12:18:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Popular Science ^ | Posted June 19, 2015 | By Chandra Clarke
    Put your jigsaw puzzle skills to the test with this archeological treasure Project: The Pictish Puzzle The Picts were a group of people that lived in Scotland during the Late Iron Age. You're probably familiar with their signature artwork: highly stylized animals, beautiful spirals, and intricate knots, all carved into stone, or worked in metal. And it's one of the most famous and beautiful Pictish stones that National Museums Scotland wants you to put back together. The Hilton of Cadboll Stone was carved between 700 and 800 AD. On one side (shown above) you can see a hunting scene. On...
  • Genetic analysis of 40,000-year-old jawbone reveals early modern humans interbred with Neandertals

    06/22/2015 8:57:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    PHYS.Org ^ | 06-22-2015 | Provided by Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    In 2002, archaeologists discovered the jawbone of a human who lived in Europe about 40,000 years ago. Geneticists have now analyzed ancient DNA from that jawbone and learned that it belonged to a modern human whose recent ancestors included Neanderthals. Neanderthals lived in Europe until about 35,000 years ago, disappearing at the same time modern humans were spreading across the continent. The new study, co-led by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator David Reich at Harvard Medical School and Svante Pääbo at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, provides the first genetic evidence that humans interbred with Neanderthals in Europe....
  • OLD MACDONALD

    06/21/2015 12:17:44 PM PDT · by knarf · 7 replies
    self ^ | June 21, 2015 | knarf
    I learned old macdonald had a farm as a series in a memory song ...
  • HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, DAD

    06/21/2015 3:28:30 AM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies
    Dad's loins ^ | June 21, 2015 | knarf
    I'm not far in age when he died .... it's a weird and wonderful day
  • NC School District Okay With Gay Marriage Fairy Tale for Third Graders

    06/20/2015 12:04:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 19, 2015 | 12:57 PM EDT | Emily Richards
    A public school district in North Carolina is allowing the use of a controversial fairy tale about gay marriage to be read in its elementary schools despite widespread community opposition. Omar Currie, a former 3rd grade teacher at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, read King & King—a book about two gay “princes” who fall in love and get married—to his third grade students in April after he said one student teased another by calling him “gay” in gym class. Currie resigned this week after the parents of three students filed written complaints to the school media review committee. Meg Goodhand, the assistant...
  • Obama: Low-income Kids Do Worse in School at Month’s End Partly Because They’re ‘Getting Hungry,’…

    06/19/2015 8:28:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 19, 2015 | 5:15 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Kids in low-income communities statistically do poorer in terms of school performance near the end of each month, in part, because “they start getting hungry” as their food stamps “start running out,” said President Barack Obama at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Santa Monica, Calif., on Thursday. “Too many of our kids still go hungry in this country,” said Obama. “I was looking at some statistics, because we're looking at policies around hunger and the SNAP program, and the performance of children in lower-income communities in school dips at the end of the month in a statistically significant way,”...
  • Clay Target Shooting In Minnesota, The Hot High School Sport

    06/19/2015 7:52:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 6/19/15 | AP
    Kalley Johnson was hunting with her father by age 4. She had a bow and arrow in hand two years later. She once shot a zebra on a productive big-game trip to Namibia. Who knew those skills would earn her varsity letters? “Sometimes if I tell a random person I’m on the trapshooting team, they kind of look at me funny like, ‘You’re a girl. You can do that?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, we do it all the time,'” said Johnson, a just-graduated senior at Delano High School. “But it’s definitely getting better. The first year it started, there were only...
  • A teaspoon of sugar: Many college kids are depending on sugar daddies to pay for their tuition

    06/19/2015 4:55:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Economist ^ | 06/18/2015
    NEARLY three-quarters of the graduates now leaving America’s colleges are saddled with debt. On average, they owe $35,051. By comparison, roughly half of all graduates carried debt in 1995 and it averaged less than a third as much, says Edvisors, which tracks student aid (see chart). As the cost of university has risen, so has the number of “sugar babies” who pay for it by selling companionship and sex to wealthy older men. Monthly pay for this is typically about $3,000, though some “sugar daddies” offer much more. According to SeekingArrangement, a firm based in Las Vegas, two-thirds of sugar-baby...