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  • A Stroll through the Beautiful Ruins of American Public Education

    05/18/2018 1:52:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 33 replies
    Renew America ^ | March 7, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    K-12: Q&A with Bruce Deitrick PriceQ: What is your main feeling about K-12 education today?A: Sadness. There is a perennial waste of energy and money, both taken in great quantities from millions of citizens. Instruction, if logical and systematic, can teach a great deal in a timely way. Instruction, if incoherent, will leave students worse off than when they started. That is why McKinsey and Company, circa 2007, concluded that American students are measurably worse each additional year they remain in the public schools. Our #1 job is stopping this waste. Q: So what is the big sin?A: The Education...
  • Classifying frog calls for fighting climate change

    05/18/2018 7:27:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 18, 2018
    The sounds of amphibians are altered by the increase in ambient temperature, which, in addition to interfering with reproductive behaviour, serves as an indicator of global warming. Researchers at the University of Seville have used artificial intelligence to create an automatic classifier of the thousands of frog and toad sounds that can be recorded in a natural environment. One of the consequences of climate change is its impact on the physiological functions of animals, such as frogs and toads. Their mating calls, which play a crucial role in the sexual selection and reproduction of these amphibians, are also affected by...
  • Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn

    05/18/2018 7:23:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2018 | by Damian Carrington, Environment editor
    Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis. Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the scientists warn. Their research shows that, even with all the carbon cuts already pledged by nations so far, climate change would make almost half of insect habitat unsuitable by the end of the century, with pollinators like bees particularly affected. However, if climate change could be limited to a temperature rise of 1.5C - the very ambitious goal included...
  • Climate change is one of Australia's biggest national security risks

    05/18/2018 7:17:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 18, 2018 | by Rosie Perper
    Climate change poses a "current and existential national security risk" to Australia, according to a Senate inquiry report released Thursday. The report, compiled by the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade References Committee, reviewed the implications of climate change on Australia's national security and the insights are startling. Sherri Goodman, a climate security expert and a former deputy undersecretary of defense in the Clinton administration, told the committee that climate change poses a "direct threat to the national security of Australia," and also creates a "global existential risk." "We know that the storms that you've been experiencing in your part...
  • The Hate Agenda of the Left

    05/17/2018 4:43:41 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 15 May, 2018 | Matt Margolis
    Last week, the New York Times published an opinion piece by Gerard Alexander, an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia, titled, “Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think.” The piece is an intriguing analysis of how liberals are hurting their own cause by presuming their mental and moral superiority, and thus, are inviting significant backlash against their favored agenda. The prime example is how liberals use their virtual monopoly in the media and the entertainment industry to ruthlessly bash Trump. They're very protective of this monopoly as their goal is ideological segregation. Any signs of diversity...
  • Four socialist-backed candidates win Pennsylvania legislative primaries

    05/16/2018 3:24:28 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 32 replies
    the hill ^ | 05/16/18 | Y AVERY ANAPOL
    Four Democratic candidates backed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) won primary elections for legislative seats in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. In the Pittsburgh area, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, Democrats who are both members of the DSA, won primaries for state House Districts 34 and 21. Lee and Innamorato defeated state Reps. Paul Costa and Dom Costa, both Democrats. They do not have Republican opponents in the general election. In Philadelphia, Democrats Elizabeth Fiedler and Kristin Seale won legislative primaries for House Districts 184 and 168. Fielder does not have a GOP opponent in the general election, while Seale...
  • How the rich fuel climate change

    05/17/2018 8:44:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | May 17, 2018
    From private jets to overspending, the planet’s wealthiest may be contributing the most to its changing climate, an Oxford professor argues. Income inequality is one of the most significant challenges we face in the 21st Century. But one professor argues that it will have an adverse effect in a surprising way we may not yet have considered: the world’s wealthiest could be some of the biggest contributors to climate change. Danny Dorling, a geography professor at the University of Oxford, believes economic disparity - the gap between rich and poor - is extremely damaging for the environment. Listen to his...
  • Socialism is going mainstream, and Millennials are the cause

    05/17/2018 8:41:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/17/2018 | Rick Moran
    A headline in The Hill captures a significant moment in American history: "Four socialist-backed candidates win Pennsylvania legislative primaries." The Democratic Socialists of America supported all four candidates, who will almost certainly win in November, given their lack of GOP opponents. The DSA itself thinks socialism's time has come: The DSA hailed the legislative victories as a huge moment for the socialist movement.  Arielle Cohen, co-chair of the Pittsburgh DSA chapter, told HuffPost that she feels a "monumental shift" after the victories, noting DSA's growing membership since President Trump's election. "We won on popular demands that were deemed impossible.  We won on health care for...
  • What a 'Reproducibility Crisis' Committee Found When It Looked at Climate Science

    05/17/2018 8:31:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | May 17, 2018 | by Francie Diep
    The scientific community is working to make its predictions more accurate, but there's still a long way to go. As debate in Washington heats up over climate change and transparency in science, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine held a quiet meeting last week to discuss just how consistent the results are across climate studies. The verdict, for those who follow the science, wasn't too surprising. They are still seeing a wide range of results. "The spread has gotten tighter, but it hasn't gotten super tight," is how NASA climate researcher Gavin Schmidt puts it. Scientists have several...
  • Could reviving Woolly-Mammoth genes fight the effects of global warming?

    05/17/2018 8:21:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 17, 2018 | By Yasemin Saplakoglu
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Woolly mammoths have been extinct for more than 4,000 years, but with new gene-editing techniques, they could help mitigate the effects of a modern problem: climate change. Most of the hype so far has focused on bringing these shaggy beasts back to life using their permafrost-preserved DNA. But this time, scientists aren't aiming for a "Jurassic Park" scenario - they're not trying to bring back entire mammoths exactly as they were in the last ice age. Rather, they're hoping to mingle some of the mammoths' ancient genes with those of today's Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), to...
  • Socialist-backed candidates score primary victories across Pennsylvania

    05/16/2018 9:08:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 16, 2018 | by Joseph Weber
    Four candidates backed by the Democratic Socialists of America won primary races Tuesday night for Pennsylvania’s legislature, sparking supporters to declare the movement is on the rise. “What we did … tonight across the state is a HUGE deal,” the group’s Pittsburgh chapter tweeted. “The establishment's scared.” All four winners were female candidates running as Democrats for state House seats, including two from the Pittsburgh area, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato. Lee and Innamorato defeated incumbent Democrats in the heavily Democratic districts southeast and north of Pittsburgh, respectively, and are running unopposed by Republicans in the November elections. The democratic-socialist...
  • UK must secure billions in investment to meet climate targets, MPs warn

    05/16/2018 6:02:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 16, 2018 | by Fiona Harvey
    Investment in the UK’s low-carbon economy has fallen dramatically, endangering jobs and putting in doubt the government’s commitments on climate change, an influential committee of MPs has warned. Funds going into renewable energy, the mainstay of the low-carbon economy, fell more than 50% in 2017, having dropped by 10% in 2016, bringing annual investment in the sector to its lowest since the financial crisis in 2008. The MPs also said the government was failing to implement policies to cut emissions from transport, heating and industry, and called on ministers to consider raising a “sovereign green bond”, as other countries have...
  • Venezuela seizes Kellogg cereal factory after closure

    05/16/2018 5:49:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    BBC ^ | May 16, 2018
    Authorities in Venezuela have seized a plant owned by the American cereal manufacturer Kellogg. It comes after the firm announced it was pulling out of the country because of the worsening economic situation. President Nicolas Maduro, who has previously accused the US of waging economic war against his government, called the closure "absolutely unconstitutional and illegal". He said the factory had been handed to workers and would continue production. Earlier, workers had said they had been prevented from entering the plant in the central city of Maracay on Tuesday. The announcement comes ahead of Sunday's presidential elections. "We've begun judicial...
  • Metra Overtime Soars To $119 Million From 2013 To 2017; One Mechanic Earned $366,000 [Chicago rail]

    05/14/2018 12:21:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | May 10, 2018 at 10:20 pm | Brad Edwards
    A Metra track inspector and two mechanics have been paid a total of $1.2 million in overtime in the past five years. That payout, one lawmaker tells 2 Investigator Brad Edward, is out of control. “There’s excessive overtime being paid,” says State Rep. David Olsen (R-Downers Grove). “That creates mistrust from taxpayers.” In all, Metra’s overtime costs soared above $119 million from 2013 to 2017, according to interviews and records. 2 Investigators counted 351 employees who earned at least $100,000 in that span. Topping the list is a mechanic who earned more than $366,000 in overtime. “I think that …...
  • Liberal ideas move from fringe to front-burner for Democrats

    05/14/2018 9:14:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | May 14, 2018 | by Benjy Sarlin
    From legal pot to guaranteed jobs, progressive ideas are drawing more attention from Democratic lawmakers — especially potential 2020 contenders. Freed from the constraints of power, Democrats are becoming a progressive ideas factory. On issues like health care, immigration, jobs, and crime, once-fringe policy proposals are gaining traction with lawmakers, activists, and wonks as they debate the party’s path out of its current wilderness. HEALTH CARE This is the biggest shift. Top-tier Democratic candidates around the country, including some in conservative-leaning districts, are running on a promise of universal access to Medicare. JOBS The hottest new topic in progressive circles...
  • Professor Warns of Climate Change’s Effects on Recreation

    05/14/2018 7:54:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    The Flathead Beacon ^ | May 13, 2018 | by Brett French
    BILLINGS — Mild-mannered Cathy Whitlock is blunt when she talks about climate change in Montana. “Spoiler alert,” she said. “The climate is getting warmer, and we’re going to have to deal with it.” Whitlock is in a position to know. As a professor at the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University she’s spent decades analyzing mud core samples drilled from lakes around the world to examine climate and fire going back thousands of years. She also recently co-wrote the 2017 “Montana Climate Assessment” report. What the assessment revealed is that the climate is continuing to get a little...
  • California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

    05/14/2018 7:48:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 14, 2018 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    In 1988 – the same year Nasa’s James Hansen warned Congress about the threats posed by human-caused global warming – water expert Peter Gleick wrote about the wet and dry extremes that it would create for California: "California will get the worst of all possible worlds – more flooding in the winter, less available water in the summer." Three decades later, California has been ravaged by just this sort of weather whiplash. A study published last month in Nature Climate Change found that these wet and dry extremes will only worsen in California as temperatures continue to rise. In short,...
  • A Promise So Big, Democrats Aren’t Sure How to Keep It

    05/13/2018 3:05:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 11, 2018 | Annie Lowrey
    Jawan Thompson still sounds incredulous at his luck: He has a job, and a good job. “My first time being incarcerated, I was 15 years old,” he said. “Since then, I’ve been incarcerated maybe four or five times—you know, getting out, being around bad influences and not making positive choices.” After he was released from his latest spell inside a few months ago—his charges over the years have included armed robbery, burglary, and drug dealing—a community corrections officer told him that there was a program that would help him out with a paying gig. “I was like, ‘Nah, it’s too...
  • What “Capitalism” Is and How It Affects People [TEEN VOGUE]

    05/13/2018 7:49:51 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 63 replies
    TEEN VOGUE ^ | APR 11, 2018 | KIM KELLY
    What it is, how it works, and who is for and against it. Capitalism is defined as an economic system in which a country’s trade, industry, and profits are controlled by private companies, instead of by the people whose time and labor powers those companies. The United States and many other nations around the world are capitalist countries, but capitalism is not the only economic system available; throughout history, other countries have embraced other systems, like socialism or communism, so it’s important to explore what capitalism actually is. CNN recently reported that 66% of people between the ages of 21...
  • Leading Dems Take Aim at Right-to-Work Laws [semi-satire]

    05/13/2018 10:24:57 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 May 2018 | John Semmens
    Aiming to bolster their credentials among the leftist lunatics that now control the Democratic Party, projected 2020 presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (Vt), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Elizabeth Warren (Mass) and Cory Booker (NJ) have jointly drafted legislation that would prohibit states from enacting right-to-work laws. "Allowing states to pass so-called right-to-work laws tramples the right of unions to fulfill their role as representatives of the working class," Sanders maintained. "This stifles their ability to lead workers toward the overthrow of the capitalist system as Marx predicted in the Communist Manifesto and as the Russian Revolution of 1917 proved could be...