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  • Yoga czar for NYC schools touts meditation, pricey Berkshires retreats

    05/24/2020 7:23:47 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 23, 2020 | Susan Edelman
    While Chancellor Richard Carranza plans to cut hundreds of millions from NYC classrooms, his little-known yoga czar — the school system’s first “Director of Mindfulness” — makes nearly $200,000 a year while organizing retreats for educrats in the Berkshires. Barnaby Spring, the Department of Education’s chief yogi, is trying to expand yoga and meditation for students, staffers and execs, deeming the contemplative practices and body-bending postures like the Downward-Facing Dog as important as academics.
  • An Unsolicited Commencement Speech - Mike Rowe

    05/24/2020 4:45:04 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 22 replies
    I'm a long-time fan of Mike Rowe, and happened last night to see his recent 'Unsolicited Commencement Speech'. (I searched, and couldn't see if anyone else had posted this; apologies if someone already has):
  • There’s not much upside for Biden in attacking black voters who don’t support him

    05/23/2020 3:48:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Former vice president questioning the blackness of any black American who chooses to vote for President Trump is unlikely to persuade them to vote for him - and could hurt him with other black voters. In an interview with the Breakfast Club on Friday, the presumptive Democratic nominee ended his interview with host Charlemagne the God by saying: “If you have problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Mr. Biden said. The comment was met with ridicule and outrage from the right - from staunch Trump allies, and notably from black conservatives. Trump retweeted...
  • Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem

    05/22/2020 2:44:42 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 89 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 21 May 2020 | Ian MacLellan
    It took Lisa Piccirillo less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway. In the summer of 2018, at a conference on low-dimensional topology and geometry, Lisa Piccirillo heard about a nice little math problem. It seemed like a good testing ground for some techniques she had been developing as a graduate student at the University of Texas, Austin. “I didn’t allow myself to work on it during the day,” she said, “because I didn’t consider it to be real math. I thought it was,...
  • This Campus Will Open! Grove City College prepares for return to class in August

    05/22/2020 9:15:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    WKBN ^ | 05/22/2020
    Grove City College will open as scheduled for the fall 2020 semester on Monday, August 24 with protocols in place to protect the health and safety of students, employees and the larger community in light of the coronavirus pandemic. College President Paul J. McNulty made the announcement Monday. McNulty has assembled a cross-disciplinary Fall Return Planning Committee. They will address key campus and community concerns associated with the return of students and develop and implement a comprehensive plan that ensures an excellent academic and residential experience in the fall. “It is our intention to return to our distinctive residential program...
  • Covid-19 Weekly Time Series Maps and Charts

    05/22/2020 8:00:25 AM PDT · by loucon · 4 replies
    Covid-19 Weekly Time Series Maps and Charts Click on thumbnail to view larger image. At the end of this post is a PDF you can download and view later. Data is sourced mainly from JHU data. County Map Active Cases County Map Active Cases Per 1000 United States Daily Reported Cases Alabama Daily Reported Cases Alaska Daily Reported Cases Arizona Daily Reported Cases Arkansas Daily Reported Cases California Daily Reported Cases Colorado Daily Reported Cases Connecticut Daily Reported Cases Delaware Daily Reported Cases District of Columbia Daily Reported Cases Florida Daily Reported Cases Georgia Daily Reported Cases Hawaii Daily Reported...
  • Polls Suggest Coronavirus Shutdowns Could Mean Millions More Homeschoolers

    05/22/2020 7:46:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/22/2020 | By Michael P. Donnelly
    There are about 2.5 million homeschooling children in the United States today, but what if 8 million more kids start homeschooling in the fall? There is reason to believe this could happen.An EdChoice public opinion poll suggests that more than half of parents with school-age kids have a more favorable view of homeschooling after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. An unofficial Reason Foundation Facebook poll conducted by Corey DeAngelis suggests that about 15 percent of children could be making the switch to homeschooling in the fall. A May 14, 2020 Real Clear Opinion poll of more than 2,000...
  • University of California Will Stop Using SAT, ACT

    05/21/2020 3:43:17 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 83 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 21, 2020 | Douglas Belkin
    Admissions tests, allegedly biased against minority students, will be phased out over five years The University of California board of regents voted Thursday to stop using the SAT and ACT college admissions exams, reshaping college admissions in one of the largest and most prestigious university systems in the country and dealing a significant blow to the multibillion-dollar college admission testing industry. The unanimous 23-to-0 vote ratified a proposal put forward last month by UC President Janet Napolitano to phase out the exams over the next five years until the sprawling UC system can develop its own test. The battle against...
  • Why Should Christians Read the Pagan Classics? Reason 9: THE HUMAN CONDITION

    05/20/2020 2:45:45 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    Reason #9: HUMAN CONDITION When it comes to the human condition, we may think that Scripture is all we need. After all, Scripture does show us our true human condition in a way that the Greeks did not and could not: our relationship to God, that we are sinners, that we are a fallen race in need of redemption, that sin separates us from God, that God loves us and offers us grace and salvation. This is the good news that has been revealed by God in Scripture and in the person of Jesus Christ and nowhere else. Indeed, the...
  • Skills Check: Distance Shooting

    05/20/2020 5:59:20 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 24 replies
    NRA Shooting Illustrated ^ | Monday, March 30, 2020 | Ed Head
    Jack Wilson’s heroics were the product of practice, bravery and a sense of duty. The degree of precision he employed has many rethinking their training. As you’re reading this, the shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas happened about 3 months ago, but as I’m writing this, the shooting and the heroics of Jack Wilson took place yesterday. As you may recall, a murderer stood up in the front of the church and shot down two men with a shotgun he had concealed under his coat. Mr. Wilson, head of the church volunteer security team, drew...
  • PBS affiliates partnered with China-backed outlet to air pro-Beijing movie: report

    05/19/2020 11:56:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/16/20 | Adam Shaw
    Federally funded PBS affiliates are airing a pro-China documentary produced in conjunction with an outlet controlled by the Chinese Communist government, according to a new report. The Daily Caller reported Friday that PBS affiliates are airing “Voices from the Frontline: China’s War on Poverty” without disclosing CGTN’s ties to Beijing and that its producer has links to Chinese officials and the government. According to the Caller, PBS SoCal helped produce the movie, which praises Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-poverty initiatives and premiered this week. Other affiliates will air it in the coming days. “In the last forty years, China’s economic...
  • MUST READ! Yea, Though I Walk Through The Uncanny Valley

    05/19/2020 5:47:19 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 20 replies
    AM Greatness ^ | May 18, 2020 | By Ignatius Amadeus
    Yea, Though I Walk Through The Uncanny Valley You are being gaslit, but not by a sociopathic manipulator. Instead, the growing psychic pressure is the constricting consensus of an increasingly popular fabricated reality. You are on the business end of a casual conspiracy of complicity.
  • COVID 19 Cured in 100% of 60 Patients, 3057

    05/18/2020 1:44:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
     Report begins at 1:06.Starts at 1:47 actually.Doxycycline and Ivermectin.Antibiotic and antifungal,100% cure of 60 patients.1-4 cents per pill.  
  • Scientists divided over coronavirus risk to children if schools reopen

    05/17/2020 1:40:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/17/20 | Robin McKie, Toby Helm
    The most striking feature about the impact of Covid-19 on children is how little research has been conducted in the field. Only a handful of studies have been carried out across the world, and scientists are divided over their interpretation. As a result, politicians are now being asked to decide if they should open schools in order to protect children’s mental health and education without any clear scientific guidance about the risks of triggering a second wave of Covid-19 and infecting school staff in the process. It is known that children are less likely to become ill if infected with...
  • Potential Unintended Consequences for Progressive Minded People that Have Forced and Prolonged the Shut-Down

    05/17/2020 11:46:41 AM PDT · by week 71 · 36 replies
    Vanity | 5/17/20 | Week71
    What many whom in some ways see political advantages to Prolonging the Shut down may not have considered: 1. Americans have realized they can work from home. Potential max exodus from urban areas where people are easier to control. Housing boom in suburban and rural areas as professionals leave crowded urban areas prone to public transportation and spread of contagions and higher crime. 2. Students are not being indoctrinated with the socialist propaganda at many government schools - Many families discover they actually like teaching their own children or would prefer private schools. 3. Due to federalist principles being executed...
  • Federal workers receiving full pay during lockdown while at home not working

    05/17/2020 10:57:42 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 54 replies
    Local News | 17 May 2020 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Almost all, if not all, Federal workers are receiving FULL pay and benefits while on lockdown at home while doing no work at all. It is a fact that IRS workers are receiving full pay while most of them are at home not working at all. The media has produced almost no stories (can't find any in a search) on this subject for some reason or another.
  • Sunday Smile

    05/17/2020 8:15:12 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 17 replies
    email from friend | 5/17/2020 | unknown
    Worry about Democrats versus Republicans ?-- relax, here is our real problem. In a Purdue University classroom, they were discussing the qualifications to be President of the United States. It was pretty simple. The candidate must be a natural-born citizen of at least 35 years of age. However, one girl in the class immediately started in on how unfair it was of the requirement to be a natural-born citizen. In short, her opinion was that this requirement prevented many capable individuals from becoming president. The class was taking it in and letting her rant, and not many jaws hit the...
  • Obama criticizes virus response in online graduation speech

    05/16/2020 10:07:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2020 | Jill Colvin
    Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized U.S. leaders overseeing the nation’s response to the coronavirus, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Obama spoke on “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition,” a two-hour event for students graduating from historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. His remarks were unexpectedly political, given the venue, and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts. “More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the...
  • An inmate's love for math leads to new discoveries

    05/16/2020 6:28:23 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 33 replies
    Phys .Org ^ | 15 May 2020 | Marta Cerruti
    Havens received a 25-year sentence in Washington in 2011 after being convicted for murder. He found his love and gift for mathematics while in solitary confinement a few months after his incarceration. His journey in mathematics and research led to him publishing a first-author paper in an academic mathematics journal in January 2020. Initially, my father, Umberto Cerruti, a number theorist who was a professor of mathematics at the University of Torino, Italy, agreed to help Havens simply because we asked him. My father thought that Havens was likely one of the many cranks that fall in love with numbers...
  • OPINION COVID-19 kills the myth of the two-working-parents necessity

    05/16/2020 4:48:36 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 15 May 2020 | by Suzanne Venker
    By creating an environment where people can't spend, lockdowns are forcing families to rethink their finances and their priorities. Those who aren't out of a job are saving more, too. And with schools closed across the nation, parents are spending an inordinate amount of time with their children. Add it all up, and it just may lead to a complete paradigm shift, one in which parents realize that what they thought was necessary before the COVID-19 pandemic isn't actually necessary. For 30 years, the media have been there to tell us it's impossible for one parent to stay home with...