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  • Vocational Education and America’s High Schools

    08/12/2017 9:11:17 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | 09 August 2017 | Paul Beston, Steven Malanga
    Paul Beston joins Steven Malanga to talk about the history of the American high school and making high-quality career training central in today’s high schools. This 10 Blocks episode is the second based on City Journal’s special issue, The Shape of Work to Come. In 1910, less than 20 percent of America’s 15-to-18-year-olds were enrolled in high school. By 1940, that figure had reached nearly 75 percent. The phenomenon became known as the American high school movement, and the impetus for it came from local communities, not from federal, or even state, government. Today, however, high school diplomas poorly prepare...
  • ISIS fanatics given houses and jobs on Syria return as part of 'Hug a Jihadi' campaign [Denmark]

    08/12/2017 9:09:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 13 replies
    Express ^ | Aug 10, 2017 | VINCENT WOOD
    Police in the city of Aarhus, Denmark introduced the scheme after 36 young men travelled to Syria to join jihad, with 19 returning back to the country. But the policy has been criticised by Danish MPs, with Naser Khadeer – a Muslim member of the Conservative People’s party – calling for a hardline approach to foreign fighters. Speaking on the Australian news programme Dateline, he said: “What I have criticised when it comes to the Aarhus model is when you have been in Syria and you come back, it is wrong in my opinion to reward whoever has been in...
  • Mueller’s Targets Face Financial Strain

    08/12/2017 9:01:48 AM PDT · by yoe · 43 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 12, 2017 | Betsy Woodruff Betsy Woodruff
    [snip]Manafort isn’t the only person facing financial challenges because of the legal costs of responding to Mueller’s probe. Michael Flynn, the retired general and deposed National Security Adviser, is struggling mightily with his mounting legal bills, according to a source familiar with his situation. The expenses has put his family’s finances under significant duress, the source said, and it’s expected he will soon create a legal defense fund to keep from going bankrupt. Hiring the high-powered Washington lawyers necessary to respond to a deep-dive Justice Department investigation can be extraordinarily costly. And Manafort—despite his past lucrative contracts with foreign governments,...
  • Why Facebook should pay us a basic income

    08/12/2017 8:48:05 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09 August 2017 | John Thornhill
    Like other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Mr. Zuckerberg believes that thousands of jobs are going to be swept away by new technologies, such as driverless cars. In such a world, he says, we need to invent a new social contract. Basic income could be part of the answer. Some argue that Alaska is a special case as it has just distributed the fruits of an oil bonanza. But it may be possible to find other sources of revenue to fund similar schemes elsewhere. Some have suggested a land value tax. Others have argued for a financial transactions tax. But there is...
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  • Emails Supply New Evidence of Hillary Clinton Pay-to-Play Scheme, Watchdog Argues

    08/12/2017 8:44:25 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 17 replies
    AMAC ^ | August 11, 2017 | The Association of Mature American Citizens
    Former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin used her personal email account to transmit classified documents and coordinate favors for Clinton donors, according to emails obtained Wednesday by the watchdog group Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch obtained the documents as part of a lawsuit filed after the State Department failed to respond to a March 2015 Freedom of Information Act request. The newly obtained documents include 91 email exchanges involving Clinton when she was secretary of state that were not turned over to the State Department, the group said.
  • Compromising Computers with Synthesized DNA, Privacy Leaks, and More

    08/12/2017 8:17:29 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 7 replies
    e 2017 USENIX Security Symposium ^ | 8/10/2017 | P Ney, K Koscher, L Organick, L Ceze, and T Kohno
    The rapid improvement in DNA sequencing has sparked a big data revolution in genomic sciences, which has in turn led to a proliferation of bioinformatics tools. To date, these tools have encountered little adversarial pressure. This paper evaluates the robustness of such tools if (or when) adversarial attacks manifest. We demonstrate, for the first time, the synthesis of DNA which — when sequenced and processed— gives an attacker arbitrary remote code execution. To study the feasibility of creating and synthesizing a DNA-based exploit, we performed our attack on a modified downstream sequencing utility with a deliberately introduced vulnerability. After sequencing,...
  • Dean Heller Says He’s ‘Pleased’ Obamacare Repeal Failed

    08/12/2017 8:15:51 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 46 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | AUGUST 12, 2017
    Republican Sen. Dean Heller said Friday that he’s “pleased” the Republican effort to repeal portions of Obamacare ultimately failed. “I feel real pleased at the way this thing turned out and we’re turning the page now to tax reform” the Nevada senator told a local CNN affiliate, KRNV, of the failed Obamacare repeal bill.
  • The FBI Says ISIS Used Phony eBay Listings to Funnel Cash to US Operative

    08/12/2017 8:00:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 08/11/2017 | Jennings Brow
    The alleged US operative, Maryland-based Mohamed Elshinawy, was charged with attempting to support ISIS in December 2015. Federal agents believed he was selling computer printers on eBay as a front for receiving funds via PayPal from the terrorist organization, the Wall Street Journal reports. The funds allegedly came from Siful Sujan, who was killed in a 2015 drone attack. The $8,700 Elshinawy received from Sujan was allegedly intended to help fund a terrorist attack. Elshinawy was convicted after investigators reviewed his Western Union and PayPal records. Investigators subpoenaed eBay, which provided Elshinawy’s account and transaction information.
  • Jury orders blogger to pay $8.4 million to ex-Army colonel she accused of rape

    08/12/2017 7:51:32 AM PDT · by ptsal · 106 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 11, 2017 | Tom Jackman
    Col. David “Wil” Riggins, after a highly decorated Army career that included multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was on the verge of promotion to brigadier general in July 2013 when he got a phone call at the Pentagon from the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division to come in for a meeting. Once there, he learned that a blogger in Washington state had just accused him of raping her, when both were cadets at West Point in 1986. An investigation was underway.Then, Riggins sued Shannon for defamation, claiming that every aspect of her rape claim on the West Point campus was...
  • Trump calls governor of Guam, assures him ‘tourism will go up ten fold’

    08/12/2017 7:49:51 AM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8.11.17
    President Trump phoned the governor of Guam on Friday to assure him all the residents of the Pacific Island are safe.
  • N. Korea 'on standby to launch,' state-run paper says in response to Trump's latest warnings

    08/12/2017 7:49:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    North Korea took its turn Saturday in the country’s escalating, back-and-fourth with President Trump with the state-run newspaper saying leader Kim Jung Un’s revolutionary army is “capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants.” The assertion was made in an editorial that also states the Paektusan army is now “on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack." The editorial in North Korea on Saturday also said the U.S. "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK. This is tragicomedy of its...
  • Berkeley Teacher Filmed Punching Neo-Nazi Arraigned In Sacramento

    08/12/2017 7:36:49 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | August 10, 2017
     A Berkeley teacher says assault charges against her should be dropped. She was in court today for her role in a riot that broke out at the state capitol. Yvette Felarca was caught on video punching a neo-Nazi demonstrator. But she says, standing up to fascism should not be a crime. -snip A video shows Felarca repeatedly punching a man. The man had both hands up, walking to a line of police officers for help. Felarca and others dragged the man down and kicked him -snip Felarca said, “Standing up against fascism and the rise of Nazism and fascism in...
  • Irishman arrested by horseback mountain patrol in Montana seeking to enter US illegally

    08/12/2017 7:24:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Irish Central ^ | August 11, 2017 05:04 AM | Irish Central Staff
    A 47-year-old Irishman has been arrested by Border Patrol agents in Northwest Montana for attempting to enter the United States illegally. Agents encountered the Irishman, carrying a large backpack, along the international border near the northeast section of Glacier National Park. He had previously overstayed his US visa and was prohibited from re-entering the United States for an extended period, according to Michael Rappold, public affairs officer for the Havre Sector Border Patrol Station. According to the authorities, the Irishman entered the United States from Canada by walking southbound, through the woods, to avoid detection. Rappold told the press he...
  • Back to supporting our enemy (Saturbray)

    08/12/2017 7:23:47 AM PDT · by bray · 7 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 8/12/17 | bray
    What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV Oh how refreshing, to see the Three Pillars of Propaganda (Academia, Media and the DNC) back to supporting our enemy as their treasonous self. Stay tuned for numerous reports of Crazy Kim being misunderstood and a victim of American Imperialism as he courageously tries to rally his...
  • Far-right protesters gather at University of Virginia

    08/12/2017 7:13:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 238 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 8/11/2017 | Max Greenwood
    University of Virginia police dispersed a gathering of far-right protesters on the Charlottesville, Va. campus Friday night ahead of a planned demonstration by white nationalists, white supremacists and alt-right groups on Saturday. Police arriving on the scene declared the protest on Friday an "unlawful assembly" and told demonstrators to disperse, video footage of the gathering shows. Unlawful assembly declared at @UVA pic.twitter.com/y3UvphNYH3 — Allison Wrabel (@craftypanda) August 12, 2017 Protesters holding torches clustered on the campus in an apparent lead-up to a Saturday demonstration protesting Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
  • Korea and the Democrats' Deep Psychological Fear that Trump Is Right

    08/12/2017 7:01:23 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 11,2017 | Roger L Simon
    One of the unspoken 'indications' in the medical sense of the ever-metastasizing Trump Derangement Syndrome is that the sufferers have a deep conscious/unconscious fear that Trump is right. What if the man they have excoriated unremittingly as a barbarian-racist-xenophobe-homophobe -misogynist-nitwit turns out to have been on the correct side of a fair number of issues on which they have failed, sometimes miserably, for decades? Talk about personality disintegration — it would be hari-kari meets the Wicked Witch of the West. Well, emotionally anyway. The current North Korea crisis is a perfect case in point. Susan Rice — has this woman...
  • Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

    08/12/2017 6:56:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/11/2017 | Paul Driessen
    Whatever the reason, far too many people have a pitiful grasp of reality: natural climate fluctuations throughout Earth history; the intricate, often fragile sources of things we take for granted; and what life would really be like in the utopian fossil-fuel-free future they dream of. Let’s take a short journey into that idyllic realm. Suppose we generate just the 25 billion megawatt-hours of today’s total global electricity consumption using wind turbines. (That’s not total energy consumption, and it doesn’t include what we’d need to charge a billion electric vehicles.) We’d need more than 830 million gigantic 3-megawatt turbines! Spacing them...
  • Liberty Cannot be Wrapped in a Hijab

    08/12/2017 6:52:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    Everything is a point of contention now that the two political parties have become so polarized on nearly every issue. The annual art contests hosted by Congressional representatives have turned into another contentious hot-bed of politicized controversy. Earlier this year, Congressman William Clay’s art contest featured a police/riot/social upheaval scene, including police officers depicted as pigs. This painting was too much for two Congressmen—Dana Rohrabacher and Duncan Hunter Jr. of California—and they took down the offensive portrait and returned it to the Congressman’s office. The art contest feud spread throughout the Twitter-verse for a week. Finally, the Architect of the...
  • Oregon school board votes to remove 'Lynch' from the name of three schools [tr]

    08/12/2017 6:51:36 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10 August 2017 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    ... over the negative association with lynching - even though the schools were named after a family (full title) An Oregon school board voted on Wednesday to remove the name 'Lynch' from three elementary schools in Portland. Lynch Meadows Elementary, Lynch Woods Elementary and Lynch View Elementary were all named after a local family who donated land to the school district in the late 1800s. In recent years, school officials say they have received complaints from people who are concerned about the name's connotation with lynching.