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  • The Vast Majority Of Americans In Their 20s Are Unfit For Military Service

    10/17/2017 11:11:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies
    taskandpurpose.com ^ | Oct. 13, 2017 | JAMES CLARK
    Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., the Army's chief of staff, administers the oath of enlistment to 26 recruits in New York City, April 1, 2009.The military is facing a growing recruiting crisis: 71% of Americans between 17 and 24 can’t meet the minimum criteria for service, which places the burden of service on an ever-small and shrinking pool of troops with a family history of joining the military. At an Oct. 12 Heritage Foundation panel in Washington, D.C., Rep. Don Bacon, a Nebraska Republican and former Air Force one-star general told attendees “the single most important ingredient to readiness...
  • Lowering Standards in the United States Military

    11/05/2016 8:26:51 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 48 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | November 5, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter launched a sweeping review of the military's recruiting standards that may involve relaxed rules on everything from single-parent enlistees to drug use and obesity. He believes the current standards for screening new recruits are “overly restrictive” and preventing America's most talented young people from joining the ranks Carter’s proposal is the latest of his “Force of the Future” personnel reforms. Secretary Carter is concerned that Obama’s military is ill-equipped to recruit and retain the top talent needed for future missions. Of course, Carter ignores the elephant in the room; that being Obama’s social programs are not...
  • White House claims ´historic´ lowering of income inequality

    09/23/2016 1:37:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/23/2016 | Joseph Lawler
    President Obama´s economic advisers boasted Friday that he has presided over a "historic" lowering of income inequality, and presented a paper saying that Obamacare and higher taxes on the rich have reduced inequality. "Over the last eight years, President Obama has overseen the largest increase in federal investment to reduce inequality since the Great Society," the White House Council of Economic Advisers concluded in the paper. Jason Furman, the head of the council, also published an op-ed in the Washington Post making the same case. Taking into account all of Obama´s tax hikes for high earners, tax cuts for poor...
  • Better Business Bureau - Give.Org: Clinton Foundation - Standards Not Met (Measuring Effectiveness)

    08/26/2016 10:56:15 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    BBB, Give.Org ^ | May 2016 | Give.org
    Clinton Foundation - Programs: The Clinton Foundation works with businesses, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change by implementing programs, facilitating opportunities and forming creative partnerships. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) collaborates with governments and partners to increase the resiliency of communities facing climate change by creating and implementing replicable and sustainable models that foster cross-sector collaborations. The Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) develops and operates agribusiness projects that empower smallholder farmers to increase...
  • New wi-fi standard triples connectivity speeds

    06/29/2016 8:32:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 30 2016 6:57AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    The Wi-Fi Alliance standards body has added new features to its 802.11ac specification that promise up to three times the speed of existing wi-fi devices and the potential to move data faster than wired, gigabit ethernet local area networks. Named Wi-Fi Certified ac, the new specification add-ons include multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) radio aerial technology. This allows more devices to connect to the wi-fi access point and send and receive simultaneously for better throughput and responsiveness, an important consideration in enterprise and events settings. Older wi-fi access points manage connections in a round-robin fashion, with only one device...
  • Putting women on the front line is dangerous PC meddling. We will pay for it in blood

    04/06/2016 4:31:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 5, 2016 | Colonel Richard Kemp
    The Ministry of Defence admits it is reviewing military physical fitness standards in preparation for the expected announcement later this year that women will be allowed to serve in all front-line combat units, including the infantry and SAS. The MoD denies that standards will be reduced, but of course that is precisely what is going to happen. Generals – having put up a fight for many years – have been told women will join front-line units and, like the good soldiers they are, intend to make it work. The people who have demanded this change – politicians desperate to be...
  • Cruz for President Campaign Asks Radio Stations to Pull False Attack Ads Running in Iowa

    12/01/2015 4:44:21 PM PST · by Isara · 45 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 12/01/15
    Ad Makes Bogus Claim About Cruz Support for Oil SubsidiesHOUSTON, Texas - The Cruz for President Campaign today sent a letter to Iowa radio stations requesting they stop running a false ad placed by America's Renewable Future, a lobbyist group that wants to keep taxpayer subsidies going to the ethanol industry.The ad falsely claims, "Politicians like Ted Cruz support subsidies for Big Oil, but want to end support for ethanol.""It is blatantly false to suggest that Sen. Cruz wants to end the Renewable Fuel Standard while maintaining subsidies for oil," Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said. "Cruz has repeatedly stated that...
  • Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

    07/30/2015 7:26:15 PM PDT · by Maceman · 8 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 7/29/15 | ZOË SCHLANGER
    The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light. More at: http://www.newsweek.com/revised-ap-history-standards-will-emphasize-american-exceptionalism-358210
  • Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

    07/30/2015 12:38:37 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 29, 2015 | By Zoë Schlanger
    The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light. The new framework significantly pares down last year’s framework, simplifying and condensing the course’s Thematic Learning Objectives from 50 to 19, according to an official at the College Board, the nonprofit organization that administers AP exams. In the process, a new section on the concept of “American exceptionalism” has been added. Some names...
  • Percentage of African-Americans in U.S. Police Departments Remains Flat Since 2007

    05/15/2015 5:31:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Ben Kesling and Cameron McWhirter
    Percentage of African-Americans in U.S. Police Departments Remains Flat Since 2007 But police hiring of other minorities has increased, report shows By Ben Kesling and Cameron McWhirter May 14, 2015 2:43 p.m. ET 28 COMMENTS The percentage of African-Americans in U.S. police departments has remained flat since before the recession, even as police hiring of other minorities has increased, according to a U.S. Department of Justice survey released Thursday. A lack of black officers, especially in communities with large African-American populations, has been cited frequently in the wake of police-involved deaths of black residents that sparked riots in cities from...
  • Microsoft Edge: Building a safer browser

    05/12/2015 5:50:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    Microsoft Edge Dev Blog ^ | May 11, 2015 | Microsoft Edge Team
    With Microsoft Edge, we want to fundamentally improve security over existing browsers and enable users to confidently experience the web from Windows. We have designed Microsoft Edge to defend users from increasingly sophisticated and prevalent attacks. This post covers some of the advanced technologies used to protect Microsoft Edge, including industry leading sandboxing, compiler, and memory management techniques developed in close partnership with Windows. Web Security Threats While the web is predominantly a safe environment, some sites are designed to steal money and personal information. Thieves by nature don’t care about rules, and will use any means to take advantage...
  • None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through 1st round

    05/11/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 9, 2015
    None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through first round: officials BY Rachelle Blidner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, May 9, 2015, 5:24 PM The first-ever female soldiers allowed to train to be Army Rangers did not make it through the first round of the course, officials said Friday. Eight women and 101 men who made it through the first tests of the 20-day Crawl Phase will have to try again to pass the last few at one of the toughest soldier training schools, officials said.
  • Common Core State Standards aren’t so easy to replace

    12/25/2014 7:16:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/14 | Michael J. Petrilli, Michael Brickman
    **SNIP** Starting from scratch, on the other hand, pulls the rug out from under educators who have spent almost five years implementing Common Core in their classrooms. “You just get frustrated and tired with trying to appease people who really have no idea what’s going on with you day to day,” one kindergarten teacher told Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger. “It’s just really mind-blowing that this is something they’re considering doing at this point.” Teachers are all too familiar with the fad du jour. Policymakers promised them that Common Core would be different, that it would have staying power. Teachers are right to...
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to sue Obama Administration on Common Core

    08/27/2014 7:24:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-27-14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was filing a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Obama administration over alleged manipulation of grant money to force states to accept Common Core as their school standards. Mr. Jindal is also accusing the White House of manipulating the regulatory process to compel states to take the much-disputed educational program, The Associated Press reported. The U.S. Department of Education used its $4.3 billion grant program and waiver policy to press states into accepting the same educational testing and standards program. Mr. Jindal said that action “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum,”...
  • Classics radio still has a home on Western Pennsylvania dials

    08/27/2014 5:03:55 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    Pitt Trib Review ^ | 8/26/14 | Patrick Cloonan
    Some oldies fans get their fix from XM radio stations or internet streaming music like Pandora. But since WJAS (1320 AM) was sold and switched from “nostalgia” programming to talk earlier this month, fans have been searching for a new radio station to hear their favorite music. “It was a shock for them to shift to talk shows from music that a lot of people liked,” said Anne Zuza, 70, of Ross. As another ex-WJAS listener emailed: “Is there any other station that plays the classic hits of the '50s, '60s and '70s?” That depends on your interpretation of “classic...
  • 'Pink Slime' Recovers as Beef Prices Surge

    05/24/2014 7:46:59 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 13 replies
    Newswr ^ | 5-24-2014 | John Johnson
    "Pink slime" may have become the scourge of the meat industry a few years back, but time and rising beef prices can work wonders. The Wall Street Journal reports that the two biggest producers of the product they prefer to call "finely textured beef" have mostly bounced back after sales bottomed out in 2012 amid a flurry of negative media reports. "Two years ago, no one would return our calls," says an exec with Beef Products Inc. "Now some of those same people are calling us unsolicited, and we don't have the sales staff to maintain the new business." And...
  • Eros and Estrogen on the Front Line (no successful military in history has put women in combat)

    04/22/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 93 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 22, 2014 | Michael R. Shannon
    Instead woman already in the military ... will find themselves assigned to combat arms to meet a quota designed by a wide–load Member of Congress whose most strenuous activity is the Pilates class she makes once a month. Still, they won’t be seeing the elephant overnight. Right now only a handful of the 203,000 women currently in the military can pass the physical for combat infantry or Marines. When faced with the reality that women can’t pass the test, Congress and Pentagon paper–pushers will change the test until they can pass. Unfortunately, when you lower standards by definition you get...
  • Scott Walker backs revisiting Common Core standards in Wisconsin

    01/25/2014 8:56:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-24-14 | Lydia Mulvany
    Wisconsin should develop its own academic benchmarks by re-examining the Common Core Academic Standards already adopted by Wisconsin and many other states, Gov. Scott Walker said at an education conference Friday. In a speech at the State Education Convention in Milwaukee, Walker said he is working on legislation that would create a commission, chaired by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, to revisit the Common Core standards, which he said weren't high enough and were being dictated by people who weren't from Wisconsin. "We embrace high standards in the state of Wisconsin," Walker said. "There's got to be a way...
  • Cemetery withdraws approval for SpongeBob gravestones

    10/21/2013 10:38:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 hours ago | Mike Krumboltz
    A cemetery's decision to withdraw its approval for a pair of SpongeBob SquarePants headstones has sparked a controversy in Cincinnati. Sgt. Kimberly Walker was killed this past Valentine's Day. Her boyfriend, Sgt. Montrell Mayo, was charged with her murder. Walker was apparently a passionate fan of SpongeBob SquarePants. Her mother, Deborah Walker, told WLWT that they placed the Nickelodeon cartoon character in Kimberly's casket. Seeking to honor Kimberly further, the family had two 6-foot-tall SpongeBob SquarePants headstones erected. The first, dressed in an Army uniform, would be for Kimberly. The second, dressed in Navy attire, would be for her twin...
  • Robin Williams Is New King of TV...[Blatant Error in Second Sentence]

    09/28/2013 11:59:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | 9/27/13 | Roger Friedman
    Almost 16 million people watched Robin Williams’ new comedy on CBS last night. The Oscar winner and extremely funny comedian’s first TV sitcom, “The Crazy Ones,” had 15.6 total viewers. It was the second most watched show on Thursday night behind the season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory.”