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  • Last century: Western nations lost an average 14 IQ points

    06/20/2017 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | May 23, 2013 | UPI
    BRUSSELS, May 28 (UPI) -- Since 1889 to 2004, IQ declined 14.1 points among those from Western nations, researchers in Europe say.
  • About half of all U.S. retail jobs could vanish due to computerization, analysis finds

    06/01/2017 5:41:40 PM PDT · by Signalman · 16 replies
    kansascity.comk ^ | 6/1/2017 | Dianne Stafford
    Consider this before you assume you can have a long or lucrative career in the retail industry: Up to half of all current jobs in the retail sector are likely to vanish because of e-commerce, automation of jobs and the closing of brick-and-mortar stores. Millions of retail jobs — as we now know them — are going the way of gas station attendants. Just as ATMs replaced many bank tellers, automated check-out stations are supplanting retail clerks. And have you watched in-store “shoppers” who do Amazon price checks while they’re standing in the aisles? Have you noticed how many of...
  • Microsoft glasses could one day tell you when to stop eating (Augmented Reality Patent)

    05/13/2017 7:16:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 41 replies
    KIRO 7 (Seattle News TV) ^ | May 10, 2017 | KIRO 7 News Staff
    Microsoft won a patent for augmented reality glasses that would provide a guiding voice at mealtime – whispering for you to consider grabbing a salad for lunch, rather than a greasy burger. The patent claims a device with image data would use a sensor to detect foods – and then provide feedback information to the user on the food's nutritional information. “A see-through, head mounted display and sensing devices cooperating to provide feedback on food items detected in the device field of view,” the patent abstract reads. “Feedback can include warnings based on personal wearer needs, general nutrition information, food...
  • ‘Who should survive?’: Common Core assignment mixes race, religion and lifeboats

    10/19/2013 7:35:16 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 44 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/19/2013 | Twitchy
    Here’s another bizarre school assignment to add to the pile, courtesy of Wisconsin-based talk show host Vicki McKenna. Students are asked to work in groups to choose seven people to save from a shipwreck. To help in their decision, they are given some rudimentary information about each passenger, such as race and religious views. Mr. Blake, for example, is a Mormon who “sympathizes with anti-black views,” while Mr. Newton is a “black power advocated” [sic] who is “suspected of homosexual activity.” You can see the educational value, especially when you take into account Father Frans, a priest who is “often...
  • Oroville Dam Reviews

    02/19/2017 5:41:37 PM PST · by exDemMom · 46 replies
    Google Maps ^ | Variable dates | Multiple authors
    "Pretty, but not very solid. Cement walls could be higher/more reliable. C'mon dam, you had one job."--Noah Lantz, one star "I here the spillway is great right now for white water rafting. Watch out for street poles down stream though"--David Lansing, five stars "I give this dam 5 stars, because it's a shining beacon of the kind of California doctrine that they want for the rest of the country!"--Richard Howell, five stars "Dam does a great job at showcasing American ingenuity, the advances we have collectively made in water management, materials science, and our fundamentally negligent attitudes towards maintenance and...
  • Sir Mick Jagger becomes dad for the eighth time aged 73

    12/09/2016 3:07:29 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 8 December 2016 | bbc
    Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger has become a father again at age of 73, his publicist has confirmed. The singer already has seven children whose ages range from 17 to 45 and he became a great-grandfather in 2014. His 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a boy in New York on Thursday, the singer's publicist Bernard Doherty said.
  • Mick Jagger welcomes baby no. 8

    12/08/2016 6:14:30 PM PST · by ARGLOCKGUY · 42 replies
    Papa was a Rolling Stone. Mick Jagger is set to welcome his eighth child, according to Billboard. The 72-year-old rocker and his 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick are said to be expecting. The pair began dating in 2014. Jagger has seven children ranging in ages from 45 to 17 and in 2014 became a great grandfather when his then 21-year-old granddaughter Assisi Jackson gave birth to a baby girl.
  • Mick's a daddy... AGAIN! Jagger becomes a father for the EIGHTH time at the age of 73 as his

    12/08/2016 9:35:16 AM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/8/16 | Sam Tonkin
    full title.........Mick's a daddy... AGAIN! Jagger becomes a father for the EIGHTH time at the age of 73 as his ballerina girlfriend, 29, gives birth to a boy (who's younger than the singer's great-grand-daughter) ..........................Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger has become a father again at the age of 73, his publicist said. The singer and 29-year-old ballerina Melanie Hamrick welcomed a son, Sir Mick's eighth child, in the latest addition to his brood. A statement said: 'Melanie Hamrick and Mick Jagger's son was born today in New York and they are both delighted.
  • Hillary Clinton jokes she 'regrets' 'Between Two Ferns' interview with Zach Galifianakis

    09/23/2016 1:39:52 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 48 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 22, 2016 | staff reporter
    Hillary Clinton sat down with actor Zach Galifiankis for her web series "Between Two Ferns." Halfway through the interview, Clinton said, "I really regret doing this." The "Hangover" star asked Clinton questions like "As Secretary, how many words per minute could you type? And how does President Obama like his coffee? Like himself? Weak?"
  • Why Spanking Does Not Work | Elizabeth Gershoff and Stefan Molyneux

    09/03/2016 8:24:21 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 184 replies
    YouTube ^ | Published on You Tube on September 3, 2016 | Stefan Molyneux
    New studies have failed to find even a single positive benefit to spanking children and a near endless amount of horrible effects. Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss her latest study, refuting the common pro-spanking arguments, why social justice warriors have nothing to do with less aggressive parenting, associating love with physical abuse and ending the escalating cycle of violence in relationships. Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff is a developmental psychologist, in addition to being a Faculty Research Associate and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at University of Texas at Austin. She recently published a revolutionary new...
  • Freedom Bridge in Santa Clara faces demolition despite bicyclists' protests

    08/28/2016 3:09:00 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 8/27/16 | Scott Herhold
    <p>A couple of long blocks north of Highway 101, bicyclists whiz up and down the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, one of the best bicycle paths in the valley. At the property of tech giant Intel, a few of them cross to the east side of the creek on a wooden bridge called "The Freedom Bridge."</p>
  • Hillary And Kaine’s White Minority Plan, “Whites Need To Learn Their Lesson”

    08/16/2016 8:19:15 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 121 replies
    TRUTHFEED ^ | 8/13/2016 | AMY MORENO
    In what can only be called a colossal Freudian slip, Hillary’s vp nominee admitted on Thursday that Democratic policies are harmful to white Americans. Kaine was speaking to a group of black Baptists in New Orleans when he suggested that in order to have “equity” between the races, white people must submit themselves to a state of repression similar to what black Americans have experienced.
  • Cokie Roberts: Trump Calling Clinton Unhinged Is Code for "We Shouldn’t Elect a Woman"

    08/07/2016 4:22:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 183 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8-7-2016 | Josh Feldman
    As far as ABC’s Cokie Roberts is concerned, Donald Trump attacking Hillary Clinton as “unhinged” is basically a gendered attack. Trump has recently taken to calling Clinton “unhinged” and “unbalanced,” implying she’s “not all there.” On ABC’s This Week this morning, Sara Fagen said that’s not the issue people have with Clinton, so that won’t be a particularly helpful line of attack. Then Roberts said, “‘Unhinged’ and ‘she doesn’t look presidential’ is totally code for ‘we shouldn’t elect a woman.’ That’s exactly what that is.”
  • Ex-McDonald’s CEO says raising the minimum wage will help robots take jobs

    05/25/2016 7:17:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2016 | Matt McFarland
    A former McDonald’s chief executive has warned that raising the minimum wage will spur unemployment as companies will instead employ robots that work for less. “I guarantee you if a $15 minimum wage goes across the country you’re going to see a job loss like you can’t believe,” said Edward Rensi in an appearance on Fox Business Network Tuesday. “It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries.” The minimum wage has been a hot topic this spring, with some states and employers deciding to...
  • The Future Of America? – More Than Half Of All U.S. Adults Under Age 30 Now Reject Capitalism

    05/01/2016 8:05:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/30/2016 | Michael Snyder
    A shocking new survey has found that support for capitalism is dying in America. In fact, more than half of all adults in the United States under the age of 30 say that they do not support capitalism at this point. You might be tempted to dismiss them as “foolish young people”, but the truth is that they are the future of America. As older generations die off, they will eventually become the leaders of this country. And of course our nation has not resembled anything close to a capitalist society for quite some time now. In a recent article,...
  • Trump's Plan to Make Mexico Pay for the Wall by Blocking Money Transfers

    04/05/2016 2:33:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 5, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, usually, ladies and gentlemen, the pattern for Donald Trump during the primary season has been that when he has lost a primary, he immediately changes the narrative the next day, usually by announcing an endorsement. So you got Christie endorsing, which changed the narrative of a Trump loss. Sometimes the endorsement happens the night of a loss, usually next morning. Same thing happened with Dr. Carson after another Trump loss. Carson comes out and endorses Trump, and that changes the narrative. It's smart. Trump has no new endorsements to announce, so what he has done today...
  • Welcome to Our Post-Literate Political Culture

    03/24/2016 3:24:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 67 replies
    National Review ^ | March 24, 2016 | Ian Tuttle
    Welcome to Our Post-Literate Political Culture By Ian Tuttle March 24, 2016 Donald Trump’s decision not only to threaten Ted Cruz’s wife but, now, to double down and mock her is the most loathsome moment yet in a campaign characterized by vulgarity and bullying. About Trump’s penchant for bullying I wrote yesterday. But about his misogyny, an additional thought. The caption to Trump’s repulsive retweet reads A picture is worth 1000 words, which is generally a stupid thing people say to excuse themselves from the hard work of plumbing their mind for words. In reality, the pictures of Mrs. Trump...
  • Trump's English skills ranked worst of all candidates

    03/18/2016 7:10:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 140 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/18/16 | Anna Giaritelli
    Donald Trump's use of vocabulary and grammar is more elementary than that of other candidates, according to a new study that compared the candidates' English language skills. The New York businessman's grammar was comparable to a 5th grader's, lower than the average 6th to 8th grade levels used by Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, according to a newly released Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute study. Sanders scored highest in vocabulary, and was ranked at the level of an 11th grader. Trump was most comparable to a 7th...
  • Carl’s Jr. CEO wants to try automated restaurant where customers ‘never see a person’

    03/18/2016 7:49:09 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 59 replies
    KFOR.com ^ | 17 Mar 2016 | KFOR-TV & K. Querry
    NEW YORK – A CEO of a fast-food company is causing a stir on social media after claiming that he wants to create a fully automated restaurant. “We could have a restaurant that’s focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person,” Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider. Puzder says the automated restaurant would be cheaper since he wouldn’t have to worry about rising minimum wage. “If you’re making labor more expensive, and...
  • What Kind of Evangelicals Are Backing Donald Trump?

    02/25/2016 8:51:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 142 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 24, 2016 | Tyler O'Neil
    Tuesday night's Nevada Republican caucuses had some very bad news for Ted Cruz. Cruz, who rode a wave of white evangelical support to victory in Iowa, lost badly to real estate tycoon Donald J. Trump, even among evangelicals, and by larger margins than he lost by in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Pundits struggle to explain why self-described evangelicals support a man who cannot recall ever asking God for forgiveness, has had three wives, has boasted about sleeping around, and can't tell a communion plate from an offering basket. National Review's J.D. Vance has perhaps the best explanation for this...