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  • Justice Dept. to review NYPD over Muslim Spying

    02/29/2012 5:39:31 PM PST · by wtd · 7 replies · 42+ views
    The Iconoclast ^ | 2/28/2012 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    If Holder Does This, What Will Happen When The Wood Is Dry? "A group of Muslim students gather outside Rutgers' Paul Robeson Campus Center in Newark, N.J., Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, after the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), along with the Rutgers University Muslim Alumni Association and other groups held a news conference to address concerns about the spying conducted by the New York City Police Department on the Muslim community in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (AP) WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Tuesday that, months after receiving complaints about the...
  • Get Ready, Ladies: Leap Day Is Also Sadie Hawkins Day (From Irish Tradition to Li'l Abner)

    02/29/2012 5:09:17 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Time ^ | 02/19/2012 | MELISSA LOCKER |
    --snip-- As for Sadie Hawkins, she hit the U.S. pop cultural shores back in 1937, when Sadie Hawkins Day was introduced in pen and ink in Al Capp’s classic comic strip Li’l Abner. In the comic, Sadie Hawkins was a spinster at the age of 35, so her father set up a race for local bachelors. Whoever Sadie caught was going to be her husband. The town, and the reading audience, loved the idea and the race became an annual fixture of the comic strip, and soon spread into real-life society, spawning Sadie Hawkins Day dances.
  • Soros ex: Let’s play tapes

    02/29/2012 4:21:12 PM PST · by opentalk · 30 replies
    NYPost/Reuters ^ | February 29, 2012 | Reuters
    Adriana Ferreyr, the bombshell Brazilian ex-girlfriend of billionaire George Soros, says she has her own bomb to drop. In court papers filed yesterday she says she has “recorded conversations” with Soros, as well as with his reps, which support her claim he reneged on a promise to buy her a $1.9 million apartment. Sources say the taped conversations with Soros are “highly personal in nature.” The court papers claim Soros’ own representatives told Ferreyr, “What George had done does seem very cruel and arbitrary,” and that they were “sympathetic to [her] situation and did not know why George was being...
  • The Truth About Education?? You Can’t Handle The Truth

    02/29/2012 1:09:37 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 23 replies
    RightSideNews.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Our Education Establishment, in plain sight, is doing a second-rate job. Who, we should ask, is in charge of this train wreck, and what motivates them?  First, let’s add up the evidence. The fifty million functional illiterates. The one million dyslexics. The poor performance against international competition, despite our huge budgets. The ignorance of average Americans about basic geographical, historical, and scientific information. SAT scores slide; kids cannot multiply and divide; students reach college not knowing what six times seven is. About 65% of the children in fourth and eighth grades are reading at a level below “proficient,” that is,...
  • Elderly golfers go berserk after teen prank

    02/29/2012 12:34:53 PM PST · by illiac · 54 replies · 2+ views
    WND Diversions ^ | 2/29/12 | WND Diversions
    SHALIMAR, Fla. – When people think of winter golfing in Florida, they often think of a calm, restful experience enjoying the lush, green scenery and balmy breezes of the Sunshine State. What usually does not come to mind is a sudden blast from an air horn by mischief-minded teenagers. But such a situation took place over the weekend, prompting a pair of elderly golfers to go ballistic with a golf-ball finder.
  • 'Modesty Patrol lynched me'

    02/29/2012 9:26:49 AM PST · by Fyvush · 12 replies
    ynet news ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | Yaron Doron
    A 70-year-old ultra-Orthodox woman found herself the target of a brutal religious hate crime on Monday night, when four thugs broke into her home and beat her up before leaving her handcuffed and bleeding.
  • No jobs? Just learn to code

    02/29/2012 7:28:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ruti Polacheck
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Unemployment is at 8.9%? Well, you sure don’t feel it here in the Bay Area. For the technology-versed, there are plenty of jobs to be had. The only natural conclusion is that we need to mint more coders. Facebook is not valued at $100 billion for nothing, and it’s not the only tech company that’s growing. The CBOE Technology Index (XX:ZOC) is hovering around its 10-year high, slowly making its way back to where it was in the wake of the new millennium. The current technological growth is real. The technology market is booming, and every...
  • Motivational Music & Lyrics for Today's Times (Vanity)

    02/29/2012 7:17:17 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/29/12 | Hoagy62
    I recently started hearing a piece of music on the 'Air 1" radio network, and I thought I'd share it with all of you fine folks on Free Republic. In recent days, we've had a lot of discouragement. Between the economy, gas prices, unemployment, and politicians who are either clueless or intentionally trying to destroy the country...it's easy to get depressed. I heard this song not too long ago called "We Won't Give Up" by a Christian rock group called The Afters. They said they wrote it as kind of a "sports style" song, the kind one might play to...
  • MEET THE NEXT CEO OF MICROSOFT: Steven Sinofsky Is The Heir Apparent

    02/29/2012 6:47:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Business Insider ^ | 02/29/2012 | Matt Rosoff
    It was summer 2009. Microsoft had just shipped the final code for Windows 7 to PC manufacturers, who had begun burning it onto the tens of millions of new computers that would ship that Christmas. It should have been a triumphant moment for Steven Sinofsky. In just over three years of running Windows, Sinofsky and his team had managed to clean up the worst messes in Windows Vista, add some new features and a fresh coat of paint, and — most importantly — get it out the door on time, before the holiday season. The branding was refreshingly simple, a...
  • Santorum is right; college is overrated

    02/29/2012 6:40:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 2+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | 02/27/2012 | By Eric Ingemunson
    I was curious to see what would happen to Rick Santorum after being subjected to the harsh glare of the media spotlight, now that he's the Republican flavor of the week. It speaks highly of him that one of the worst things you can say about him is about a comment he made about college attendance. On MSNBC Monday night, Ed Shultz expressed shock that Santorum would say that President Obama is a snob for insisting that everyone goes to college. The progressive media framed his comment like this: "President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to...
  • Man Bursts Into Flames After Accidentally Drinking Gasoline, Lighting Cigarette

    02/29/2012 5:46:12 AM PST · by mmanager · 64 replies
    AP via CBS ^ | 2/29/12 | CBS
    <p>HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is dead after police say he accidentally drank from a jar of gasoline and then smoked a cigarette.</p> <p>Havelock police received a 911 call about 9:55 p.m. Monday after 43-year-old Gary Allen Banning set himself on fire. Banning was transported to UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill, where he died early Tuesday morning.</p>
  • The Dumbest Generation: Gen Y's Political Stupidity In a Single Chart

    02/29/2012 5:41:47 AM PST · by NamVet71MP · 39 replies
    reason.com ^ | 12/17/2012 | Mike Riggs
    A new survey from the Pew Internet Center confirms every suspicion I harbor about people my age: Despite unprecedented access to information, technology, wealth, and food, we are basically retarded.
  • Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Frequents Sex Clubs

    02/29/2012 3:19:45 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 70 replies · 7+ views
    Mark this in your book of bizarre celebrity sightings. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is somewhat of a regular at a Devore, California sex club, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting. According to a source who has been a member of Freedom Acres swingers club for nearly half a decade, Hawking, 70, shows up to the club with a bevy of nurses and assistants and has naked woman grind on him.
  • Found: Ancient Warrior's Helmet, Owner Unknown (Greek Mercenary Helmet, Circa 600 B.C.)

    02/28/2012 9:07:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Live Science ^ | 28 February 2012 | Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor
    Found: Ancient Warrior's Helmet, Owner Unknown A Greek bronze helmet, covered with gold leaf and decorated with snakes, lions and a peacock's tail (or palmette), has been discovered in the waters of Haifa Bay in Israel. But how this helmet ended up at the bottom of the bay is a mystery. The helmet dates back around 2,600 years and likely belonged to a wealthy Greek mercenary who took part in a series of wars, immortalized in the Bible, which ravaged the region at that time. Archaeologists believe that he likely fought for an Egyptian pharaoh named Necho II. Dredging discovery...
  • Mental Health Problems Plague Transgender Kids

    02/28/2012 8:26:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies · 1+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | 20 February 2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    Kids who are distressed because they feel their physical body doesn't match their gender suffer from high rates of psychiatric symptoms, such as depression and suicide attempts, a new study finds. In a sample of children and adolescents treated at the Endocrine Division at Children's Hospital Boston, young people who experienced distress about the "mismatch" between their body's sex and their mental gender had high rates of psychiatric complications (before any gender treatment). Kids who don't get treatment, whether for financial reasons or because their parents aren't supportive, likely have higher rates of psychiatric problems, said study researcher Scott Leibowitz,...
  • Mysterious 'Dog-Headed Pig Monster' Terrorizes Africa

    02/28/2012 7:54:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Yahoo/LiveScience.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2012 | Benjamin Radford
    Residents in northern Namibia, on the southwest coast of Africa, have reported being terrorized by a bizarre dog-pig hybrid creature. The animal is said to be mostly white and unlike anything the villagers have ever seen, with a doglike head and the broad, round, nearly hairless back and shoulders of a giant pig. The beast was spotted chasing and attacking dogs, goats and other domestic animals in this arid region not far from the Kalahari desert. As often happens when rumors of monsters spread in rural areas around the world, some locals have taken extra safety precautions, such as traveling...
  • People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say

    02/28/2012 8:11:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 28 February 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies. The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people's ideas. For example, if people lack expertise...
  • Why did they do it?

    02/27/2012 1:15:49 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 9 replies
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | February 27, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    Leave it to our current crop of mental health professionals not to understand self-sacrifice. The Denver Post recently recalled two separate murderous incidents where two women, Jaquie Creazzo and Jeannie VanVelkinburgh, unsuccessfully tried to intervene and prevent the unrelated murders of strangers. Both women were left paralyzed during their noble attempts. “Why did they do it?” is the question being pondered by experts, according to Leaf Van Boven, associate professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado. Obviously the concept of altruism is lost on many intellectuals. “They may have an acute emotionally intense feeling of right and...
  • Scott Walker: Anti Union law is working

    02/27/2012 12:18:56 PM PST · by ThinkingBuddha · 6 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 02/27/2012 | David Chalian
    Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin who is battling an effort to recall him from office, told Yahoo News that his controversial law that ended many collective bargaining rights for public-sector employees and sparked protests from labor unions and their allies one year ago is accomplishing his goal. "You've literally had tens of millions of dollars of savings all throughout the state just by allowing, through our reforms, by allowing school districts to bid out their health insurance," he said. "The law is working," he added in an interview with Yahoo News in which he said he was able...
  • Lying and deception can be justified, says climate change ethics expert ( Need the $$$)

    02/27/2012 12:06:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Bishop Hill blog ^ | Feb 27, 2012 | Bishop Hill
    James Garvey, a philosopher and the author of The Ethics of Climate Change has written a defence of Peter Gleick at the Guardian:What Heartland is doing is harmful, because it gets in the way of public consensus and action. Was Gleick right to lie to expose Heartland and maybe stop it from causing further delay to action on climate change? If his lie has good effects overall – if those who take Heartland's money to push scepticism are dismissed as shills, if donors pull funding after being exposed in the press – then perhaps on balance he did the right...