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  • Abducted student, 15, was forced to hide from teacher, 50, after he began showing up to her.....

    03/27/2017 12:53:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 27, 2017 | Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Abducted student, 15, was forced to hide from teacher, 50, after he began showing up to her work unannounced reveals her tearful sister in emotional family interview The family of a 15-year-old Tennessee high school student who was last seen on March 13 shared shocking new claims about the girl's relationship with her teacher in an emotional interview with Good Morning America. The sister of Elizabeth Thomas fought back tears as she revealed that Tad Cummins, 50, had begun showing up unannounced at her sister's work shortly before the pair disappeared together, and that his last visit had...
  • Charlotte schools drop plan to teach book about a boy who wears dresses after sparking a furious...

    03/27/2017 12:44:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 27, 2017 | Chris Summers For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: Charlotte schools drop plan to teach book about a boy who wears dresses after sparking a furious backlash from protesters who claimed they were indoctrinating children A picture book about a boy who wears dresses has been dropped from the curriculum of schools in North Carolina after it triggered a stream of protests from concerned parents. Schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area were due to teach Jacob's New Dress, by Sarah and Ian Hoffman, to first-graders as part of a lesson designed to discourage bullying. In the book teachers encourage children in a classroom to put on costumes and...
  • Tennessee law could protect suspected kidnapper of Elizabeth Thomas

    03/26/2017 11:42:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    whnt ^ | march 27, 2017 | Chelsea Brentzel
    COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A Tennessee District Attorney told WHNT the man believed to have kidnapped 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas could walk away with only a misdemeanor. Investigators have repeatedly said it doesn't matter if the teen willingly left with 50-year-old Tad Cummins. However, Tennessee law doesn't necessarily reflect that statement. In fact, whether or not she went willingly will play a huge role in determining whether or not the District Attorney can prove kidnapping.
  • Day care worker accused of slamming 4-year-old to ground

    03/26/2017 3:13:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    abc7chicago ^ | march 26, 2017 | STAFF
    SPRING, Texas -- A day care worker has been charged after allegedly slamming a young girl to the ground at a Texas day care. On Wednesday, a parent notified the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable's office that her child had been injured at the Children's Lighthouse Daycare on the 2800 block of Waterbend Cove. Investigators said they have uncovered video footage showing Gregory Diglin grabbing a 4-year-old girl by the arm and slamming her to the ground. According to the video, the child's face hit the floor and she immediately began to scream in pain. He then took the child...
  • Cover-up? Did kidnapper’s wife, an admin assistant at school office, know of pervy husband’s.....

    03/26/2017 9:23:31 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    crimeonline.com ^ | march 22, 2017 | Leigh Egan
    FULL TITLE: Cover-up? Did kidnapper’s wife, an admin assistant at school office, know of pervy husband’s indiscretions with student? AMBER Alert teen, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, is still missing and likely with her former teacher, Tad Cummins, 50. Jill Cummins, Tad’s wife, was apparently working an administrative assistant at the school district’s central office when her husband was reprimanded for having an inappropriate relationship with Elizabeth. Jason Whatley, lawyer for Elizabeth’s father, Anthony Thomas, revealed that even after Tad Cumming was written up for having an inappropriate relationship at school with Elizabeth, he continued to work at the Culleoka Unit High...
  • Filmmakers Set Bait Bikes and Film Results - Incredible Street Justice Video

    03/26/2017 8:39:30 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 23 replies
    This was a dangerous thing to do, and taking the law into one's own hands is never a good thing to do, but there is some incredible street justice here. Especially good are the exploding air bags and electric dog training shock collars inserted into the seats of the bikes the perps are trying steal.
  • No Short Hair, University in Saudi Arabia Tells Female Students

    03/25/2017 5:14:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Gulf News ^ | March 14, 2017
    Students Who Violate the Rules Will Be Suspended ImmediatelyA Saudi Arabian university has warned its female students of immediate dismissal for imitating men’s haircuts and outfits, a local media report said on Tuesday. According to the report in the Okaz daily, the Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh sent the warning messages on Monday, while the decision will be enforced starting next month. The university stressed students who violate the warning will be suspended immediately, Xinhua News Agency quoted the report as saying. The decision covers women with very short haircuts which are considered by conservative Muslims as...
  • Missing teen went on field trip with her alleged kidnapper

    03/25/2017 10:54:36 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    WSMV ^ | march 24, 2017 | Carley Gordon
    COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) - The Maury County Public School district is promising better communication as it copes with the disappearance of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. nvestigators believe Thomas was kidnapped by her teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins, last Monday. Channel 4 has uncovered new information about where Thomas and Cummins were allowed to go together after they were allegedly caught kissing in a classroom.
  • President Duterte speech

    03/25/2017 10:30:15 AM PDT · by knarf · 13 replies
    My FB page ^ | March 25, 2017 | knarf
    I receive daily videos of President Duterte because of our interest in the Philippines.
  • Ex-Penn State president convicted of child endangerment for failing to protect Jerry Sandusky's....

    03/25/2017 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 24, 2017 | STAFF
    FULL TITLE: Ex-Penn State president convicted of child endangerment for failing to protect Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse victims Penn State University's former president Graham Spanier has been convicted of child endangerment over his handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. A jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, found Spanier guilty of one count of child endangerment. They determined that he was responsible for victims who were sexually assaulted by former Penn State assistant football coach Sandusky in a school locker room shower in 2001. Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, was convicted of abusing 10 boys in 2012. He is behind...
  • About half of Detroit can't read

    03/24/2017 10:39:29 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 76 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 23 March 2017 | Andrea James
    America's public education system is failing the citizens of Detroit, where the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund reports that 47% of people in Detroit are illiterate. In nearby suburbs, up to one-third are functionally illiterate. The report, titled "Addressing Detroit's Basic Skills Crisis" makes the problem seem as intractible as the Flint water crisis that is about to hit its third anniversary. Director Karen Tyler-Ruiz described that level of illiteracy to WWJ: "Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should...
  • Wellesley profs call engaging with controversial arguments an imposition on students

    03/24/2017 10:30:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    FIRE ^ | 21 March 2017 | Alex Morey and Samantha Harris
    In an email to fellow faculty yesterday afternoon, a committee of Wellesley College professors made several startling recommendations about how they think future campus speakers should be chosen. If implemented, the proposals by the faculty Commission for Ethnicity, Race, and Equity would have a profound impact on the quality and quantity of voices Wellesley students would be permitted to hear. FIRE has obtained the email, sent by one of the signatories to a faculty listserv, and republished it in full below. While paying lip service to free speech, the email is remarkable in its contempt for free and open dialogue...
  • Hundreds of hate messages target Maryland high school at center of rape case

    03/24/2017 8:22:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    wtvr ^ | march 24, 2017 | cnn wire
    The alleged rape of a Maryland high school student by two schoolmates — one an undocumented immigrant — has prompted a torrent of threats and hate messages to the school and the school system, a county school spokesman said Thursday. Hundreds of hate-filled emails and calls have been received by Rockville High School and the Montgomery County Public School District, Derek Turner said. The calls and emails came after police said two students, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian and 17-year-old Jose Montano, had been arrested and charged as adults with first-degree rape.
  • Word for the Day, Friday, March 24, 2017 - Svengali

    03/24/2017 6:19:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    Wiktionary.org ^ | 03-24-2017 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- svengali (plural svengalis) One who manipulates or controls another as by some mesmeric or sinister influence; especially a coach, mentor or industry mogul. Etymology: Named from the hypnotist character in George du Maurier's novel Trilby ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Amuse me, entertain me, inform me, use a link...
  • Teacher fired for ‘bullying’ student who didn’t stand during pledge |

    03/23/2017 7:58:57 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 23, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    An Illinois teacher was fired for reprimanding a student for not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance, according to a report. Vince Ziebarth, a driver’s ed teacher at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Ill., was axed March 16 for making “inappropriate comments” to 15-year-old Shemar Cooper, the Chicago Tribune reported.
  • 5 high school girls charged in brawl (video)

    03/23/2017 12:34:51 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    WYFF.com ^ | 3/23/2017 | Carla Field
    GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — Five students have been charged in connection with a brawl Monday at an Upstate high school. Three 17-year-olds and one 19-year-old were charged Tuesday, according to arrest warrants. Alisha Sarrose Freeman, 17, and Breann Lillian Gaylord, 19, both of Greer, are charged with third-degree assault and battery. Natajah Seless Cruell and A’Maya Frenecia Davis, of Greer, and N’Kerah Yanaja Martin, of Taylors, all 17, are charged with public disorderly conduct. Martin and Davis were in custody Thursday morning, and Greer police were working with Greenville County to pick up the other three. The warrants say that...
  • Missouri teacher accused of sexual misconduct faces 20 felonies

    03/23/2017 8:57:32 AM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    fox2 ^ | march 23, 2017 | AP
    MAYSVILLE, Mo. (AP) _ A suspended northwest Missouri teacher has been charged with sexual misconduct with 10 teenage students. Thirty-nine-year-old Rodney Thomas, of Cameron, was charged Tuesday in DeKalb County with 20 felonies, including statutory sodomy and sexual contact with a student. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.
  • Let Them Eat Steak and other gender norms I hate

    03/23/2017 6:46:46 AM PDT · by pabianice · 52 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 3/22/17 | Rigo
    As a man, I want all the things that men are supposed to want. I want to be a gym-rat, eat steak for every meal, drink a raw egg, crack open a beer on a Sunday and watch the Patriots with my guy friends, etcetera, etcetera. Except, I hate all the things that men are supposed want; all of them. Growing up, I was always a little overweight. I’m pretty sure the last sport I played was tee-ball, which I quit before I even entered the second grade, and my middle and high-school careers were full of the arts and...
  • 4 Year Old Uses Mom's Thumb To Unlock Her Phone And Call For Help

    03/22/2017 10:55:01 AM PDT · by bogusname · 14 replies
    A 4 year old boy, Roman, in Croydon, south London used his mom's thumb to call for help. He can be heard saying: 'Hello I'm Roman.' The call handler asks for his address - which he provides - and then asks him to go to his mother. He says: 'She's not waking up.' The woman on the phone then says to shake 'mummy' to wake her up, but Roman replies 'it's not working.' Paramedics were able to give life-saving first aid to the woman and she was taken to hospital after regaining consciousness at the home. She has since been...
  • Married Teacher Who Allegedly Had Sexual Relations With 17-Year-Old Student Grins in Mugshot

    03/22/2017 5:26:35 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 93 replies
    International Times ^ | 3/22 | Maya Chung
    A married Texas teacher who allegedly had a sexual relationship with a student grinned in her mugshot after her arrest. Sarah Fowlkes, 27, a former teacher of anatomy and physiology at Lockhart High School, was arrested on Monday for her alleged contact with a 17-year-old student.
  • Principal accuses Wisconsin girl of selling sex toys at school

    03/22/2017 1:00:21 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    ktnv ^ | march 22, 2017 | Julia Fello
    RACINE -- A Racine, Wisconsin family says their principal accused their child of selling sex toys at school. The 12-year-old girl's father has been trying to clear his daughter's name ever since she was suspended for three days from Trinity Lutheran School on Geneva Street in Racine. Parents may recognize the toy in question. They are called "water snake wigglies." The girl claims she had permission from a teacher to sell the children's toys.
  • Cancer Cure Found In Australia 2016! EBC-46

    03/21/2017 6:07:00 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/24/16
    Share this video with anyone and everyone   EBC-46 is an experimental drug candidate being studied pre-clinically by the Australian company Ecobiotics (specifically its drug discovery subsidiary Qbiotics). It was discovered through an automated screening process of natural products by selecting increasingly purified fractions of plant extracts, based on their ability to produce the desired activity profile. This is then followed by artificial synthesis of the isolated compound to confirm its chemical structure. EBC-46 is a phorbol ester which, along with other related compounds, acts as a protein kinase C regulator.   The initial lead came from observation that...
  • Pennsylvania junior sues his school district because he felt ‘embarrassed’ after seeing a.....

    03/21/2017 4:28:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 21, 2017 | AP
    FULL TITLE: Pennsylvania junior sues his school district because he felt ‘embarrassed’ after seeing a transgender teen change in the boys’ locker room A Pennsylvania high school student on Tuesday sued his school district, saying its transgender-friendly policy constitutes sexual harassment and a violation of privacy. The action, filed Tuesday with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court, comes a few weeks after the Trump administration rescinded Obama-era regulations that had instructed schools to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms in line with their expressed gender identity as opposed to their sex assigned at birth. In October, the...
  • Timeline of the alleged kidnapping of Tennessee student Elizabeth Thomas

    03/21/2017 3:01:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    abcnews ^ | march 21, 2017 | Michael Edison Hayden
    Tad Cummins, a 50-year-old married former high school teacher and Elizabeth Thomas, his 15-year-old former student, have been missing for more than a week -- without any sightings. Here's a timeline of the alleged abduction and the events leading up to it:
  • The Supreme Court is Not a Super-Legislature

    03/21/2017 12:45:09 PM PDT · by ckinv368 · 14 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 3-21-2017 | Cameron Kinvig
    Due to the unfortunate passing of Justice Scalia in February of 2016, the United States Senate recently began confirmation hearings for President Trump’s pick to take his seat on the Supreme Court—Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit. Judge Gorsuch has received almost universal acclamation from those on the Right. He is admired for his even temperament, his common sense, his dedication to originalism and textualism, and his belief that judges shouldn’t employ an “outcome based” judicial activism. Despite being unanimously confirmed to his post on the 10th Circuit by the Senate in 2006, the Left is now opposing his...
  • Tuesday Morning Vanity - The Good Guys Win... In the End

    03/21/2017 5:48:51 AM PDT · by George Rand · 4 replies
    Myself | 3/21/2017 | George Rand
    Among my conservative friends, they are split roughly down the middle on their opinion of Alex Jones from InfoWars. I myself believe his mind tends to be in the right place, but he goes off on tangents. I rarely watch him, but tune in every now and then to see what he has to say and I must admit he has hit right on target many times. I was turned onto a long interview of him by Joe Rogan, another talk-show personality. I don't watch Joe but I have heard of him. In this 3 hour interview, they talk about...
  • Modern Educayshun

    03/21/2017 4:47:21 AM PDT · by RegulatorCountry · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 9, 2015 | Neel Kolhatkar
    Modern Educayshun delves into the potential dangers of a hypersensitive culture bred by social media and political correctness.
  • Julia, a Girl Muppet With Autism, Makes the Move to TV’s ‘Sesame Street’

    03/20/2017 11:47:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
    Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes – and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, which too often is the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang. Look: On this friendliest of streets (actually Studio J at New York’s Kaufman Astoria Studios, where “Sesame Street” lives) Julia is about to play a game with Oscar, Abby and Grover. In this scene being taped for airing next season, these Muppet chums have been challenged...
  • On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

    03/20/2017 6:52:34 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 13 replies
    Dave Grossman ^ | 1-11-33 | Dave Grossman
    On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs - Dave Grossman By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of "On Killing." Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? - William J. Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval...
  • Coco Official US Teaser Trailer (Disney/Pixar's Celebration of Mexican Culture)

    03/19/2017 9:31:49 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 22 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3-15-2017 | Disney-Pixar
    Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history
  • ICYMI: Harvard Thinks Reading Chaucer Together is Lit

    03/18/2017 5:26:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | MAR 7 2017 | Brandon J. Dixon
    You ever have one of those days when you can’t quite tell if something is satire or not? That’s what we’re going through right now. Normally you can check the source’s url—if it’s the Onion or some other funny-sounding publication, you can write it off as a joke and move on. But what happens when the source is the most prestigious university in the world? In case you missed it, the College’s Implementation Committee for the Policy on Membership in Single Gender Social Organizations (oh god we’re never writing that again) released its recommendations today. If you’re looking for a...
  • When Islam Was Synonymous With Knowledge and Erudition

    03/18/2017 4:23:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | Andrew Lycett
    Christopher de Bellaigue stresses how, over the centuries, many Muslim leaders have been paragons of enlightenmentChristopher de Bellaigue, a journalist who has spent much of his working life in the Middle East, has grown tired of people throwing up their hands in horror at Isis, Erdogan and Islamic terror, and declaring that the region is backward and in need of a thorough western-style reformation. As he argues in this timely book, the Islamic world has been coming to terms with modernity in its own often turbulent way for more than two centuries. And we’d better understand it, because it’s an...
  • Occasional Birdy Thread (In memory of Swampsniper)

    03/18/2017 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 101 replies
    Photos ^ | March 18, 2017 | Self
    A few recent shots from around home. If you have bird shots, please share 'em. Mr Tricolor enjoys his breakfast. Common gallinule or marsh hen Our national bird. Love these amazing raptors Coots in the sunrise. Lake Jackson is just a block east of us. I have to look at this each morning as I leave home for work.
  • Dinesh D'Souza goes UNCHAINED at Trinity University

    03/18/2017 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 14, 2017 | Dinesh D'Souza
    In another #onlyatYAF lecture, Dinesh D'Souza blasts the left for their fascist roots and anti-minority bigotry, two things they have become adept at throwing at the right. In fact, the history of the Democratic Party is a history of corruption, bigotry, and totalitarianism. Dinesh D'Souza is UNCHAINED at Trinity University. Watch to see more!
  • Snowflakes 101: University of Arizona distributes 20-page booklet on how to deal with........

    03/18/2017 7:32:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 18, 2017 | STAFF
    FULL TITLE: Snowflakes 101: University of Arizona distributes 20-page booklet on how to deal with microaggressions - recommending the offended say 'OUCH' and the offender 'OOPS' In an attempt to create a more respectful campus environment, the University of Arizona has released a booklet on handling microaggressions. The 20-page packet discusses a number of guidelines for inside and outside the classroom for teachers and students to follow. One section titled 'Oops/Ouch' discusses one possible method to use in identifying and reacting to microaggressions in a classroom.
  • Free Enterprise vs Socialist Redistribution (Vanity)

    03/18/2017 7:26:11 AM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 13 replies
    It is long past due to educate the low information voters and our indoctrinated students about the benefits of a free enterprise system vs the failings of a socialist system. I suggest below:
  • Redneck Paradise

    03/17/2017 10:24:17 AM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 2 replies
    https://youtu.be/__HPfmvaWRw ^ | See Link | Kid rock
    It's our TIGF in Tokyo. I haven't posted anything lately, so I'm offering this up for you to enjoy on your Friday as we slip into Springtime. https://youtu.be/__HPfmvaWRw
  • Louder With Crowder #137 TRUMP HATES PBS! Sheriff Clarke and Nick DiPaolo

    03/17/2017 8:16:37 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 5 replies
    Louder w Crowder via YouTube ^ | Mar 17, 2017 | Steven Crowder
    Talking all things Trump budget, Amy Schumer lifting jokes, Playboy "toxic masculinity" and more. Special guests Sheriff David Clarke and the funniest man alive, Nick DiPaolo.
  • Woman takes home wrong child from Port Orange day care

    03/16/2017 10:15:34 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    News6 ^ | march 15, 2017 | Loren Korn
    PORT ORANGE, Fla. - What happened to one Port Orange mother last Friday afternoon is every parent’s worst nightmare. "I was seriously wondering if I was ever going to see my kid again," Holly Smith,32, said. Smith told News 6 she went to pick up her two daughters from Pathways Early Learning Center when she learned that one daughter had already left.
  • 5 Chinese Government Hip-Hop Anthems Meant to Make Communism Cool Again

    03/15/2017 10:03:45 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-14-2017 | Frances Martel
    The “Four Comprehensives” are vague government objectives intended to bring about the “Chinese dream,” Beijing’s communist alternative to the “American dream.” They are, according to The Nanfang: “to comprehensively develop a ‘moderately prosperous society,’ to comprehensively reform the country, to comprehensively enact a ‘rule of law,’ and to comprehensively root out Party corruption.” Naturally, the state outlet Xinhua saw in this fertile ground for a hip-hop anthem. “The Four Comprehensives Rap” features such catchy lyrics as “the environment will become greener and haze will disappear” and “Prosperity is the goal, reform is the drive, rule of law is the guarantee,...
  • College Removes 'Triggering' Scale From Campus Gym [Carleton U, Ottawa, Canada]

    03/14/2017 3:57:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Mar 14, 2017 2:07 PM
    A Canadian university is under fire after it removed the weight scale at its campus gym last week. Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, says the decision is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends,” according to a sign posted where the scale used to stand, according to the campus newspaper, The Charlatan. Bruce Marshall, manager of health and wellness at the gym, said focusing only on weight can have a negative impact. […] But some students disagree with removing the scale. Marko Miljusevic, a second-year computer science student, said in a Facebook message that students “can’t handle the number...
  • 3.14 essential reads about π for Pi Day ...[HAPPY PI DAY!]

    03/14/2017 2:31:37 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 56 replies
    The Conversation ^ | March 14, 2017 | staff reporter
    On March 14, or 3/14, mathematicians and other obscure-holiday aficionados celebrate Pi Day, honoring π, the Greek symbol representing an irrational number that begins with 3.14. Pi, as schoolteachers everywhere repeat, represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
  • Teens start club to make sure no student feels alone at lunch

    03/13/2017 5:12:58 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/12/2017 | Staff
    When the lunch bell rings at Boca Raton Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida, 3,400 kids spill into the courtyard and split into their social groups. But not everyone gets included. Here at Boca High and at schools across the country, someone always sits alone. “It’s not a good feeling, like you’re by yourself. And that’s something that I don’t want anybody to go through,” said Denis Estimon. When he came here in first grade as a Haitian immigrant, he says he felt isolated, especially at lunch. Now he’s a senior. He’s popular. But he has not forgotten that...
  • Alvernia University [Reading, PA] Announces It Will Change University Nickname [to something PC]

    03/12/2017 5:32:06 AM PDT · by foreverfree · 35 replies
    http://www.alvernia.edu/news/university-nickname/nickname-news-release.html ^ | ff heard it on WEEU on 3/9/17 | Alvernia University
    [snip]Alvernia University has announced that it will change its university nickname, which has been “Crusaders” since the 1970s.[snip]A task force appointed by the president, and representing the university, will invite students, faculty, staff, and alumni to submit ideas for consideration. President Flynn plans to announce the new nickname in June, with the new name being put into use immediately. According to Franciscan scholars, Alvernia’s patron saint, Francis of Assisi, marked a major transition in his spiritual journey when he turned away from the Crusades and pursued a life of peacemaking, including his famous trip to meet the Sultan, Malik al...
  • Calling Conservatives - Please try and get me to make sense of this retched new Healthcare Plan.

    03/11/2017 9:06:18 AM PST · by George Rand · 71 replies
    Myself | George Rand
    Hello fellow Americans, and God Bless. I've been reading up on the Healthcare plan that is being constructed, and you know, I just do not understand why Trump is not making a big deal of this. It's not all that different from Obamacare, its just obamacare light. So help me make sense of this. Why does Trump keep Paul Ryan if the guy is as useless as all get out- why does he promote this bill if it gets backlash? I understand the 4d Chess perspective, but passing something just as ineffective seems pointless. pointless. What is the end game...
  • My Daughter, Ran away from home today.*****Vanity****

    03/10/2017 9:24:55 PM PST · by Zeneta · 75 replies
    vanity | 03/10/2017 | Zeneta
    My Daughter, Ran away from home today. My little girl left this morning from her home with the clothes on her back to head out to work like every other day and she's never going back. And I couldn't be more proud of her.
  • Social media post threatens to ‘exterminate' black students

    03/10/2017 5:20:22 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 21 replies
    WSBTV.COM ^ | 11 MARCH 2017 | ROSS CAVITT
    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Dozens of parents kept their children home from school Friday over a disturbing social media threat. The angry, vile and racist post was allegedly made by a sophomore at North Cobb High School. “It was vile language and n-words and everything, but I saw a threat inside that post. When you’re talking about the genocide of a whole race of people and you’re going to go get your Glock if anyone messes with you, I saw that as a threat,” parent Kevin Hill said. The post used the n-word six times and threatened violence against African-American...
  • Transgender families press education secretary on rights

    03/09/2017 2:43:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 9, 2017 5:12 PM EST | Maria Danilova
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos watched a transgender girl eat apple sauce and draw and listened to another student’s emotional story of feeling marginalized at school, as activists pressed DeVos to make good on her promise to protect all students. Parents and activists who met with DeVos on Wednesday said they thought she was moved by their stories, but they still left with little hope that she would be a strong advocate for transgender children. […] Attending the meeting were Ellie Ford, a 5-year-old transgender girl, and high school student Grace Dolan-Sandrino, who told DeVos the middle school she attended did...
  • The oligarchy despise & hate Trump because they despise & hate us - Slave Revolt

    03/09/2017 9:57:43 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 6 replies
    News & Events | 9 March 2017 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    It is becoming obvious. The powers that be do not follow sharply delineated lines. The oligarchy running this country come from all sectors of society...liberals, leftists, GOPe folks, conservatives pretending to be for what is right and many of the ultra rich. It's all about money and the love of money. We, the people, want for things to be done with righteousness and justice. The oligarchy really cares nothing for those principles, but rather, wants to make sure the channels of income keep flowing. The Trump administration is the only entity in this nation actually trying to do things which...
  • Paul Ryan's proposed Budget cuts

    03/08/2017 12:47:28 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 38 replies
    linked in and an email recd. ^ | June 16 2016 | ev gregg
    partial list _____________________________________________________ Notice S.S. and the military are NOT on this list. These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting. It is worth reading to the end. * Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings. * Save America 's Treasures Program -- $25 million annual savings. * International Fund for Ireland -- $17 million annual savings. * Legal Services Corporation -- $420 million annual savings. * National Endowment for the Arts -- $167.5 million annual savings. * National Endowment for the Humanities -- $167.5 million annual savings. * Hope VI Program...