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  • Juvenile had bomb materials at Covington school: police

    04/25/2018 1:48:29 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 4/24/18 | Bob Warren
    Covington police said Wednesday (April 25) they have arrested a juvenile in connection with a "chemical incident'' at a junior high school. Police said the chemicals were "consistent with materials commonly used to manufacture a bomb." The juvenile suspected of bringing the materials to the school, a 13-year-old, was charged with manufacture and possession of a bomb and was booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center in Robert, police said.Authorities from the Covington Police Department, Covington Fire Department and St. Tammany Sheriff's Office responded Tuesday to reports of a chemical spill of some sort at William Pitcher Junior High...
  • Giant, Intact Egg of the Extinct Elephant Bird Found in Buffalo Museum

    04/25/2018 6:36:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    www.smithsonianmag.com ^ | 04/24/2018 | By Brigit Katz
    Fewer than 40 such eggs are held in public collections today (The Buffalo Museum of Science, BSNS Q 257) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ hen humans first arrived on the island of Madagascar around 1500 years ago, they encountered an array of remarkable species that have since gone extinct: gorilla-sized lemurs, giant tortoises, tiny hippos and a huge, long-necked, flightless bird that lumbered through Madagascar’s forests and laid the largest eggs of any known vertebrate, including dinosaurs. The eggs of the Aepyornis, also known as the elephant bird, were a highly valuable food source for Madagascar’s human settlers. With a volume roughly equal to...
  • K-12: How Our Schools Make Monsters

    04/24/2018 3:08:54 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 17, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Lots of people who study K-12 education end up looking for a metaphor, a parallel, to explain the unnecessary stupidity of our public schools. Don't bother. Ayn Rand has run ahead and done the job. In 1970, Rand published a long [17k words] essay titled "The Comprachicos" (which roughly translates to the child-buyers). It lovingly examines a bit of history mentioned in a Victor Hugo novel. He wrote about vicious exploiters who mutilate and transform children into all sorts of freaks, dwarfs, gymnasts, and novelties. The techniques are analogous to those used by bonsai masters. You cut, twist, break, deprive...
  • Paul Krugman: We Don’t Need No Education

    04/24/2018 7:42:00 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 34 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | April 24, 2018 | Paul Krugman
    Matt Bevin, the conservative Republican governor of Kentucky, lost it a few days ago. Thousands of his state’s teachers had walked off their jobs, forcing many schools to close for a day, to protest his opposition to increased education funding. And Bevin lashed out with a bizarre accusation: “I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them.” He later apologized. But his hysterical outburst had deep roots: At the state and local levels, the conservative obsession with tax cuts has forced the G.O.P. into...
  • Oregon principal posts video stating bullied kids ‘tend to annoy people’

    04/24/2018 7:34:25 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Fox12 ^ | Apr 19, 2018 | Marja Martinez
    An Oregon school principal is being accused of “victim shaming” by some parents. Some parents of children at Centennial Elementary School in Scio say recent remarks by the principal on bullying are offensive. In a YouTube video, Luke Zedwick stated victims of bullying tend to provoke bullies and must be taught to be “less annoying.” Zedwick has a YouTube channel full of parenting advice. On April 10, he acknowledged that what he was about to say was controversial, and then in a six-minute video he made statements including, “In my experience the kids who get bullied are not really good...
  • Penn State's 98-Year-Old Outing Club Is No Longer Allowed to Go Outside

    04/23/2018 6:46:31 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 37 replies
    Reason ^ | 04/22/18 | Lenore Skenazy
    What's more dangerous: rugby, or a walk in the woods? At Pennsylvania State University, the administrators apparently think it's the latter. The student "Outing Club," which has gone backpacking, kayaking, and hiking in state parks over the course of its 98-year-existence, will no longer be allowed to host outdoor events after administrators conducted a risk assessment, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The types of activities in which [Penn State Outing Club] engages are above the university's threshold of acceptable risk for recognized student organizations," according to an official announcement. A key issue for administrators was that the Outing Club frequently...
  • State comes out with new LGBTQ curriculum (Massachusetts)

    04/23/2018 6:02:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 23, 2018 | Kathleen McKiernan
    Bay State schools will be able to try a new curriculum with LGBTQ-themed history, English and health this fall that proponents say is an effort to help all students see themselves reflected in classrooms. The curriculum, developed by a team of teachers with Massachusetts Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, will be released this summer. It will feature lessons on the 1969 Stonewall Riots and writings by gay and lesbian authors such as Langston Hughes and Willa Cather. It will also feature lessons like how Nick Carraway’s love for Jay Gatsby may have...
  • Space mining set to produce world’s first TRILLIONAIRE in galactic gold rush

    04/23/2018 10:12:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 98 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | Published 22nd April 2018 | By Rachel O'Donoghue
    A galactic gold rush has been predicted for some time, with experts saying teams will race against each other to collect precious metals from space rocks. Earlier this year, physicist Michio Kaku described asteroids as “flying gold mine[s] in outer space” that could replenish any metal shortage on Earth. Examples of valuable asteroids include one rock measuring 3,000ft across that contains $5.4 trillion worth of platinum. And now it is predicted the first trillionaire will make their fortune in outer space. PRICELESS: One asteroid contains $5.4trillion worth of platinum __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: “The first trillionaire there will...
  • It's too risky for Outing Club to go on student-led trips, Penn State decides

    04/23/2018 2:10:53 AM PDT · by BBell · 41 replies
    http://www.pennlive.com/ ^ | 4/19/18 | Barbara Miller
    After logging enough miles to hike around the world more than four times, Penn State has decided it's too risky for the campus Outing Club to go on student-led outings. A risk assessment by the university led to the decision, says a statement on the Outing Club's web page. The club's outings were deemed to be "above the University's threshold of acceptable risk for recognized student organizations," said the statement. This spring, campus recreation, a division of student affairs, decided to evaluate its 79 student-led programs, said Lisa Powers, Penn State spokeswoman. It found 20 clubs had "elements of risk,"...
  • How to (legally) protect a small inheritance from the IRS?

    04/22/2018 12:37:24 PM PDT · by lee martell · 160 replies
    April 22 2018 | Lee Martell
    Remember that song by Tom Jones; "I who have nothing!". That pretty much describes me. I'm near 62 y/o, working part time. I hope to keep working at least for the next eight to ten years, then start taking my Social Security. I have no savings to speak of. I will always owe the IRS something from unpaid student loans or wrongly filed tax statements. Most times I don't receive any return at all, it's simply 'absorbed' and paid out to the Govt. The one bright spot is that due to a sibling's death last year, I have received about...
  • Ten things that will disappear in our lifetime.

    04/22/2018 6:13:57 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 325 replies
    email from a friend and scioto ^ | 4/22/2018 | unknown
    Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime 1. The Post Office Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills. 2. The Check Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks....
  • Syracuse fraternity suspended over hate-filled oath including anti-Semitism [Theta Tau]

    04/21/2018 10:41:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | April 19, 2018 3:03pm
    Syracuse University has suspended a campus fraternity after a video surfaced of members using racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and ableist slurs. In the video, discovered by the Daily Orange, Syracuse’s student newspaper, a member of Theta Tau gets on his knees and repeats an oath with slurs against blacks, Hispanics and Jews, among others. The school’s administration suspended the fraternity, whose members attend the engineering school, after confirming the video’s authenticity on Wednesday. …
  • TEXAS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT KILLED ON NATIONAL WALKOUT DAY

    04/21/2018 7:33:42 PM PDT · by BBell · 57 replies
    El Paso, Texas – An 11 year old Texas middle school student was hit and killed today during the time of the National Walkout when he tried to cross the freeway – Loop 375 in northeast El Paso. Though he was not actually participating in the walkout, he and another group of 12-15 students jumped the wall and left the campus during the walkout. It was a fatal mistake. The students from Parkland Middle School took advantage of the National Walkout Day today to sneak off and do their own thing. Though a staff member was posted at the front...
  • Students attacked, threatened thousands of school employees last year

    04/21/2018 7:27:15 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2018 | Dean Balsamini, Susan Edelman and Anna Sanders
    City school kids aren’t just hitting the books, they’re smacking their teachers. More than 10,000 city school employees, from custodians to principals, and about half of them teachers, were assaulted or threatened by students last school year, The Post has learned.
  • Anyone here have a Para Ordnance Expert Carry .45ACP? Need pros and cons please.

    04/21/2018 5:27:40 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 32 replies
    Bulletin Boards | 21 April 2018 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Anyone have or has had a Para Ordnance Expert Carry .45ACP and can give information on same? Please post to this thread. Thanks.
  • Watch: Students at Paris occupation caused thousands of euros worth of damage

    04/21/2018 1:10:35 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    http://www.euronews.com/ ^ | 4/21/18 | Emma Beswick
    Watch: Students at Paris occupation caused thousands of euros worth of damage, says university presidentProtesters caused hundreds of thousands of euros in damage during an occupation of the Pierre Mendès-France Center at Paris' Pantheon-Sorbonne University, according to its President Georges Haddad. "I have trouble describing it (the site)," Haddad told CNews on April 17. "I am dismayed by the state of the centre, a real shambles. Violence, drugs, sex itself. I've been told that and I think it's true, things are happening that are shameful." Students and activists started the occupation on March 26 and were cleared out in the...
  • Boy, 12, stole mum’s credit card, booked flight to Bali and spent four days living life of..

    04/21/2018 12:26:18 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 58 replies
    mirror uk ^ | 21 APR 2018 | Tom Davidson
    Full title: Boy, 12, stole mum’s credit card, booked flight to Bali and spent four days living life of luxury after fight with parents. A cheeky schoolboy stole his mum's credit card and flew to Bali, spending four days living a life of luxury, after getting into a fight with his parents. The boy, who has not been named, booked the cheap flight after researching online which airline would allow him to travel by himself without parental permission. He managed to find a ‘cheap deal’ to the Indonesian island and booked the flight on a school day, 9news reports ....
  • 7 year old was sole student at her school to take part in a national walkout.

    04/21/2018 8:50:47 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    Twitter moments ^ | April 21, 2018
    A walkout was held across America to protest continued violence in schools and mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, but not all students wanted to take part. At her school in Washington DC, Havana Edwards was the only student who participated. She told Teen Vogue she "didn't understand" why her classmates "didn't care"
  • These Are The Students Walking Out Of School To Protest Gun Violence

    04/20/2018 3:50:17 PM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 4/20/2018 | Chris McGonigal
    Students around the country walked out of class on Friday to bring attention to gun violence in the U.S. The walkout also marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. Photos from around the country show students protesting peacefully and making their voices heard, as well as protesting silently outside the White House. See the latest images from the second round of school walkouts below.
  • Black Lives Matter: You are not Oppressed

    04/20/2018 3:49:50 PM PDT · by savedbygrace · 7 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/20/2018 | Candace Owens
    Black Lives Matter protesters showed up to my @UCLA event to protest. Here is a video clip of me smacking them down with the truth; they’re a bunch of whiny toddlers, pretending to be oppressed for attention. https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/987450257159077888