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Aug 19 07:01

Feds Spend $438,699 Studying If ‘Gender Norms’ Make LGBTQ People Get Drunk

The National Institutes of Health is spending over $400,000 studying whether gender norms of masculinity and femininity lead LGBTQ individuals to drink too much. Trying to find the "meanings of intoxication" of sexual and gender minorities is the central question of a study that was awarded in late July.

Aug 18 10:22

1 In 7 New York City Public-School Students Is Homeless

Despite promising to do everything in his power to improve the quality of life for New York City’s most economically vulnerable residents, Mayor Bill De Blasio has instead presided over one of the largest expansions in homelessness in New York City history.

Aug 17 20:08

Very few girls took computing A-level

A worrying statistic for the tech industry was revealed in freshly-released A-level data - only 9.8% of those completing a computing course were girls.

It comes amid a storm in Silicon Valley over the number of women employed in the tech industry.

Aug 17 11:46

Smart people need to check their “cognitive privilege”

There’s a new kind of “privilege” in town, and if you suffer from it, you can’t help it any more than you can help your skin color or your gender. (Although, of late, gender seems to be completely open to debate and have nothing to do with biology.) If you are an intelligent person, you have “cognitive privilege” according to an op-ed in the Daily Iowan.

Aug 16 08:07

DSA backs boycott as campuses fight Israel’s censorship

A recent vote by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) overwhelmingly endorsed the 2005 Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel.

At the DSA’s annual convention in Chicago on 5 August, the organization resolved to respond to Palestinian civil society’s call by “fully supporting BDS,” as well as affirming that “any political solution to the ongoing crisis must be premised on the realization of basic human rights, including all rights outlined in the BDS call.”

“It was important to me to see that [the resolution] was very unwavering in saying that it is apartheid; this is our support against an anti-colonial struggle,” Rawan Tayoon, a Palestinian activist with Young Democratic Socialists, told The Electronic Intifada Podcast.

Aug 15 09:50

No reverse on 6.1% student interest rate

The government is not shifting on plans to increase interest charges on student loans in England - which will rise to up to 6.1% from the autumn term.

Aug 14 22:01

Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg & Hollywood As A Weaponized Tool Of Manipulation

On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes to the broadcast researcher, comedian, and author Jay Dyer. The two of them have a very in depth conversation about some of the topics, films, and people Jay discusses in his book titled ESOTERIC HOLLYWOOD: SEX, CULTS, AND SYMBOLS IN FILMS. A more fitting description could not be found of the book than that of the author himself. To quote Jay, “There is not another book out here like it, a book that tries to combine philosophy; geopolitics; comedy; conspiracy; satire; and metaphysics all into one package.” And that he does extremely well ladies and gentlemen.

Aug 14 11:49

15 Examples of Illuminati Doublespeak

People who turn reality upside-down must also
turn language on its head. Black is white and white is black.

In the Illuminati's hands, language is mind control,
part of their satanic dispensation, i.e. the NWO.

They hide their pernicious agenda by accusing their victims
of the very things they are guilty of: hate, anti-Semitism and racism.

1. A "Terrorist" - is anyone who does not have an air force.

Aug 12 17:00

Teachers Drag 7 Yo Autistic Boy Through School In Shocking Video (VIDEO)

Two teachers are facing disciplinary action after they were caught dragging a seven-year-old autistic boy by the legs in school surveillance footage.

Corbin Kemle was reportedly misbehaving on the playground before the incident occurred at Crestline Elementary School in Ohio in May.

His mother, Bonnie McKean, released footage of the incident on Thursday, after the county prosecutor decided against pursuing felony charges on Wednesday.

Aug 11 10:52

Baltimore School With Zero Students Proficient In Math Has Highest Graduation Rate

Baltimore’s community is absolutely stunned after ‘Project Baltimore’, an investigative reporting initiative, which was launched in March 2017, by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. asked this question: How can a high school with zero students proficient in math, have one of the highest graduation rates in Baltimore City?

Project Baltimore is investigating Northwood Appold Community Academy II, or NACA II, after teachers “contacted us saying grades are being changed so students can graduate”. The school is located in East Baltimore City, Maryland where nearly 1/3 of African Americans have zero net wealth.

The identities of the teachers who contacted Project Baltimore have been masked because they fear retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!

Those teachers who changed the grades, to allow kids who, at the end of day, learned utterly nothing, but were allowed to graduate, as though graduation was a "participation trophy", should be sacked immediately, and barred from teaching for the rest of their lives.

Aug 10 09:46

Children As Young As Five Expelled From Schools For Sexual Misconduct, Charity Warns

Children as young as five have been either expelled or suspended from school in Britain for sexual misconduct, an investigation has found.

Aug 10 09:16

OH! JEEZ!: 'Lynch' removed from name of two Centennial schools

Oregon has lost it.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Centennial School Board voted to change the names of three elementary schools in the district Wednesday night over concerns of offensive language.

The change will remove the name "Lynch" from two schools.

Lynch Wood and Lynch Meadows elementary schools will be known temporarily as Wood Elementary and Meadows Elementary, pending new names for both schools. Lynch View Elementary will be permanently changed to Patrick Lynch Elementary school.

Aug 10 08:36

Muslim Professor at CA University: “Genocide” of White Racists “Morally Required”

Mohammed Abed, a California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) tenure-track professor of ethics, social & political philosophy, and classical Islamic philosophy believes that genocide of white racists is “morally required”.

Mohammed Abed claims that sometimes you just have to commit genocide to save the world from the evil people…like white racists.

Aug 10 06:56

Student fakes being black to get into college

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Indian got into med school with 3.1 GPA by pretending to be black.

Watch the interview, this guys is a red pill dispenser!

Aug 09 13:05

Devastating Toll of Hunger on US School Children

Hunger is a growing problem for US children and increasingly affects their performance in school, making it more difficult for them to focus on their classes or do homework. It also contributes to behavior and discipline problems.

This was the finding of a report issued last week by the anti-hunger charity Share Our Strength, based on a survey of 500 low-income parents and their teenage children in public schools. Some 325 teachers were also interviewed. “Low-income” was defined as at or below 185 percent of the official poverty line, or $45,417 a year for a family of four.

Among children in low-income families, 59 percent said they had gone to school hungry. In the richest country in the world, with the largest concentration of billionaires, one in six children faces hunger, some 13 million in all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is so horrifically, morally wrong on so many levels, I hardly know where to speak. And yet, local and national politicians seem pathologically impotent to fix the problem.

Kids need proper nutrition to be able to learn; that's just a science fact.

IF you can find a food bank program in your communities, please volunteer food, time, and money, if you can; where we can help people out always comes back a thousandfold to you.

Aug 09 09:37

"TEACH Russia Election Hacking in SCHOOLS??" Tucker Can't Believe this CA Democrat

Aug 08 09:53

HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS STILL FACE BIAS IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS, EVEN WHEN THEY MEET REQUIREMENTS

Even as many colleges have taken to recruiting homeschooled students because they tend to outperform their public-school counterparts, homeschoolers still face discrimination in postsecondary education.

As evidenced by a recent case handled by the Home School Legal Defense Association, cosmetology schools are a surprising locus of bias against the homeschooled clients of the association’s attorneys.

It’s a sweeping change from HSLDA’s work during the Clinton administration, when colleges of all kinds routinely denied admission to applicants whose parents personally instructed their education, staff attorney Darren Jones told The College Fix in a phone interview.

Yet even as the frequency and severity of cases has subsided, one enormous university system has stubbornly resisted the trend of colleges treating homeschool students on an equal footing.

Three years of college, ignored

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely insane, and must be fixed, state by state, because the Federal Government doesn't want this bias against home-schooled students fixed.

The Federal Government wants "manageable" students, hooked on SSRIS and God only knows what ever other kinds of prescription drugs,who will never fully understand the lessons of history; understand logic; and never use critical thinking to attempt to evaluate and repair what is going wrong in this country.

Aug 07 13:59

Professor Encourages Students To Choose Their Own Grades To ‘Reduce Stress’

According to online course syllabi for two of Dr. Richard Watson’s fall business courses, he has introduced the policy because “emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved.”

“…this policy might hinder the development of group skills and mastery of the class material…” Tweet This

As such, if students feel “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course,” they can “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation” being required.

Aug 05 13:38

Planned Parenthood’s Gender Identity Guide For Preschoolers Says Some Girls Have Penises

The nation’s largest abortion provider just released guidelines for parents instructing them how to talk to their preschool-aged children about gender identity.

Aug 05 12:18

Smartphones and Social Media Causing Mental Health Disaster with Children

Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.

Aug 03 05:57

Elementary Education in the World

School stages, School types, Legislation, Specifics.

Aug 01 11:09

Cambridge Student Investigated Over ‘All Whites Are Racist’ Tweet

Cambridge student Jason Osamede Okundaye, 20, is reportedly being investigated by police over claims he tweeted that all white people are racist and praised anti-racism protesters who clashed with police on Friday.

Aug 01 09:22

UPDATE: Not Being Stupid Is ‘Cognitive Privilege’ Now, Which Is Just Like White Privilege

The University of Iowa’s student newspaper has announced the discovery of a special privilege which intelligent people acquire as an accident of birth. This new privilege — called “cognitive privilege” — functions in essentially the same way as white privilege.

The Daily Iowan revealed the discovery of this new privilege earlier this week.

Garden-variety white privilege “is an important topic that deserves a public discussion,” the op-ed on “cognitive privilege” explains, but it is also “prudent to at least mention the wider concept contained therein: that of privilege itself.” (RELATED: Smoking Marijuana And Not Getting Killed By Cops Is WHITE PRIVILEGE Now)

Privilege in general is “the receipt of certain benefits wholly through accident of birth and it is “undeniable that privilege itself is a reality,” the student newspaper explains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

And hasn't "Common Core" been dumbing our kids down so brilliantly, as to nearly prevent this from happening?!?

Being bright should not be considered any kind of privilege; it should be considered both a gift, and a motivation, for making the best life for yourself you possibly can, because you are making good choices that will serve you well later in life.

Aug 01 08:32

The real reason so many millennials still live with their parents

Recently, a U.S. Census report confirmed something many millennials like me know all too well: As of 2015, one-third of 18- to 34-year-olds still lived at home—beating out all other living arrangements, including cohabitating with a partner or living alone, for the first time.

Older generations like to attribute this to laziness or entitlement, saying we lack ambition or are coddled by our parents—but that’s a clouded argument. There are some lazy kids in every generation, but a third of us? Sorry, but no.

As a millennial who’s in this category, I’m setting the record straight on the real reasons we’re still living at home.

We’re shouldering serious student loans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To all parents out there whose kids are juniors in high school this fall; please seriously talk with your kids about what jobs which pay well without a college education.

The debt trap in which so many millennials live, thanks to that college education, and the debt burden it brings, is avoidable, but they are going to have to think their way around believing that a college education is "the only way" to get a decent job.

High paying jobs you can get without a college degree

Best jobs you can get without a college degree

17 jobs that don’t require a college degree and pay over $70,000 a year

The old model of a college degree being the only way to get higher paying jobs doesn't make sense in this part of the 21st century. And there are respected on-line colleges which allow you to take college at your own pace, and can either enhance your chances of promotion at work, or give you the classical education you have wanted, whether it enhances your upward financial mobility or not.

But before kids think about college, and until there is universal, free higher education in this country (a number of enlightened countries in Europe have been doing this for decades), they need to ask themselves; is this the only way to a good-paying career?!? And if they check out their options, they will see that this is absolutely not the case.

Jul 30 08:39

Ivy League Reputation Damaged? Harvard Professors Publish 'Fake News' on Russia

Harvard's reputation as one of the most prestigious universities doesn't seem to prevent its faculty members from spreading false information when it comes to Russia. Just recently, two Harvard professors posted blatantly unreliable statements about Russia on their Twitter accounts, which were immediately retweeted and reposted on social networks.

The fact that neither of the scientists deleted the messages containing false information even after they received feedback from their followers pointing at their mistakes shows that when it comes to any assessments and statements about Russia, information is rarely checked before making headlines.

Jul 28 14:23

Interview with author of 'The Vanishing American Adult".

This is a 40 minute interview, every parent, young person should hear as it discussed as to what went wrong and how to reverse it on an individual basis every parent can apply:

The guy who wrote the book
'The Vanishing American Adult" talks about how to raise functioning adults and also talks about what made America exceptional.

Jul 26 09:14

'Shine is coming off!' Farage in massive sideswipe at Corbyn as student fee row rumbles on

NIGEL FARAGE blasted Jeremy Corbyn saying the gloss was coming off the Labour leader’s image with the young after the student debt fiasco.

Jul 25 13:10

Algebra Is Racist According To California College Chancellor! It Is A Civil Rights Issue

The chancellor of California’s community college system said he wants to abolish the college algebra requirement and called it a “civil rights issue” in a Wednesday interview.

Jul 25 09:25

The Failed MMR Vaccine Policies on College Campuses

By Michelle Goldstein

Most states have enacted laws requiring college students to obtain the MMR vaccine in order to attend their universities. This vaccine allegedly offers protection against the diseases measles, mumps and rubella. The effectiveness of Merck’s MMR vaccine against mumps has been questioned by many scientists.

Meanwhile, the past five years have witnessed skyrocketing increases of mumps outbreaks across college campuses, among those students vaccinated, providing further evidence of the MMR vaccine’s failure...

Jul 24 12:39

Florida’s Education System—The One Betsy DeVos Cites As A Model—Is In Chaos

The K-12 education system in Florida — the one that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos likes to praise as a model for the nation — is in chaos.

Traditional public school districts are trying to absorb the loss of millions of dollars for the new school year that starts within weeks. That money, which comes from local property taxes, is used for capital funding but now must be shared with charter schools as a result of a widely criticized $419 million K-12 public education bill crafted by Republican legislative leaders in secret and recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott — at a Catholic school.

Jul 24 08:56

How Schooling Crushes Creativity

In 2006, educator and author Ken Robinson gave a TED Talk called, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” At over 45 million views, it remains the most viewed talk in TED’s history.

Robinson’s premise is simple: our current education system strips young people of their natural creativity and curiosity by shaping them into a one-dimensional academic mold. This mold may work for some of us, particularly, as he states, if we want to become university professors; but for many of us, our innate abilities and sprouting passions are at best ignored and at worst destroyed by modern schooling.

In his TED Talk, Robinson concludes:

Jul 22 16:41

SCAM WARNING: Website is tricking students out of thousands in fees

Newcastle University has put out an alert over a website calling itself “Newcastle International University” which has copied its branding, colours and fonts as well as animation, blogs and photos as well as details of dozens of courses.

The site appears to target unsuspecting students to hand over online their course fees as one section allows people to apply and pay for courses with requests for their personal information and passport and bank details.

The warning from the real Newcastle University said: "We have been made aware of an unofficial website which is fraudulently using the Newcastle University brand and accepting credit card payments to apply for courses.

"The website 'newcastle international university' is in no way associated with the University and we are advising anyone who finds the website not to submit any personal details. All students should use our official website http://www.ncl.ac.uk/."

Jul 22 10:50

Ramses II was King Solomon

Very few equivalences in ancient times are so certain as the equivalence of Ramses II with King Solomon. Indeed, no mainstream scholar has been able to present even the most minimal requisite evidence necessary to rebut my challenge to current chronology as posted at https://listhost.uchicago.edu/pipermail/ane/2003-July/009941.html

Egyptologists, Oriental and Biblical scholars do not like to be confronted with facts - rather, they continue to build their nice little houses of cards as if facts contrary to their ill-conceived theories and chronologies simply did not exist. The closed-minded majority of Egyptologists seem to have a limited capacity for critical thinking.

Just how long did Ramses reign? They assume it is 67 years of sole regency, but the evidence is against them.

It is quite clear that Ramses did not rule alone for 67 years but like Solomon only ruled 40 years as a sole regent.

Jul 22 08:26

School in crisis as all the teachers quit over ‘impossible’ workload

Sixteen teachers, including an acting head, cover staff and a number of staff with more than 20 years’ service, have left Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Bristol, since the start of the academic year last September.

The final seven walked out yesterday on the last day of term.

A union representative blamed the “impossible” workload imposed by executive head Louisa Wilson.

Jul 22 07:06

The Government Owns All Your Children

The state is deciding who is fit to be parents, keeping parents from treating their sick kids, and arresting parents if their kids skip school. Oh but don’t worry about that smart device in the home. All that info it’s collecting on your kids could never fall into the wrong hands.

Jul 21 12:24

Royal Privilege? Princess Eugenie Given University Place Despite Low Grades, Claims Lecturer

The Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, was offered a place at Newcastle University thanks to her royal status rather than her academic abilities, it has been claimed.

The princess applied for a BA in English literature at Newcastle in 2009, but was rejected as her application was deemed “not good enough.”

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 09:55

"A biological girl must use a locker room for girls" --- a Missouri appeals court ruled

Girl Must Use Girls Locker Room: Rejecting eight years of “gender identity” politics under President Obama, a Missouri appeals court ruled

Jul 21 07:29

California College Chancellor Wants To Abolish Algebra Requirement, Calls It A ‘Civil Rights Issue’

The chancellor of California’s community college system said he wants to abolish the college algebra requirement and called it a “civil rights issue” in a Wednesday interview.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California Community Colleges, made the argument while speaking with NPR. He pegged algebraas overly burdensome due to the disproportionate rate at which it prevents students from graduating from community colleges; nearly 50 percent of community college students do not complete their math requirement.

“This is a civil rights issue, but this is also something that plagues all Americans — particularly low-income Americans,” said Oakley. “If you think about all the underemployed or unemployed Americans in this country who cannot connect to a job in this economy — which is unforgiving of those students who don’t have a credential — the biggest barrier for them is this algebra requirement. It’s what has kept them from achieving a credential.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... it's your civil right to be stupid?!?

Jul 20 08:03

"White People Are Not Allowed To Speak" Tucker Carlson On The State Of College Campuses

Jul 20 07:39

The Student Loan Bubble and Economic Collapse

The inevitable collapse of the student loan “market” and with it the takedown of many higher educational institutions will be one of the happiest and much needed events to look forward to in the coming months/years. Whether the student loan bubble bursts on its own or implodes due to a general economic collapse, does not matter as long as higher education is dealt a death blow and can no longer be a conduit of socialist and egalitarian nonsense for the inculcation of young minds.

Jul 19 15:05

No Single Ethnic Group Must Dominate In Schools, Says Head Teacher

Legislation to stop one race prevailing over another in British schools has become the “only answer” to stop pupils being segregated along ethnic lines, a Bradford ‘superhead’ has said.

Sir Nick Weller, the executive principal at Dixons Academies, which runs a number of schools in the west Yorkshire city, warned that different ethnic communities in Bradford are leading separate lives.

Jul 19 12:09

Royal Privilege? Princess Eugenie Given University Place Despite Low Grades, Claims Lecturer

The Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, was offered a place at Newcastle University thanks to her royal status rather than her academic abilities, it has been claimed.

The princess applied for a BA in English literature at Newcastle in 2009, but was rejected as her application was deemed “not good enough.”

Jul 19 10:58

Black Lives Matter cost University of Missouri millions

College campuses have long been ruled by big government-loving socialists.

When Donald Trump announced his candidacy, these institutions became the epicenter of anti-Trump protests.
But now, one major university is facing the consequences, and it comes with a hefty price tag.
The University of Missouri made national headlines in 2015 when the campus erupted in Black Lives Matter protests.

Now, reports show that freshman enrollment dropped 23% from 2015 to 2016.

It just dropped another 16% for the coming 2017 fall term and overall enrollment at the Columbia campus is at its lowest in nearly a decade.

Some reports estimate the drop in enrollment could cost the school as much as $14.5 million.

The Kansas City Star reports:

The University of Missouri expects to cut 400 positions, possibly including nearly 100 layoffs, to manage significant losses in state revenue and tuition dollars.

Jul 18 14:12

Feminist Geographers Encourage Colleagues Not To Cite Research Of White Men

Two feminist geographers are encouraging their colleagues to be more mindful about citing the research of White males because doing so contributes to “the reproduction of White heteromasculinity of geographical thought and scholarship.”

Jul 18 09:51

Student loan tsunami on the horizon:  Of $847 billion in Direct Loan program, only $535 billion is actually being paid back at the moment. 

The amount of student debt continues to grow like a skyscraper reaching for the clouds. There seems to be an unlimited amount of student debt that college students are willing to take. As of today, there is $1.44 trillion in student debt outstanding. But how much of this is being actively serviced? After all, if you take out a mortgage or auto loan you start paying on it right off the bat. You will be surprised at the small amount of student debt that is actually being paid back at the moment. Young Americans that are already cash strapped are going to get even more budget tightening once they graduate and need to pay back the large amounts of loans they have taken on.

Jul 18 08:25

How 1,000s Of Student Loans Worth Billions Are Getting Erased On A Technicality

Now, ordinarily when a student defaults on their loan, NCF simply files a lawsuit in local or state court as a means for negotiating a settlement or payment plan with the borrower. Often times, NCF wins these cases automatically as the borrowers don't even bother to show up for their court date. In cases like that, NCF can use their court victory to garnish wages and/or federal benefits from entitlement programs like Social Security which can haunt borrowers for decades (we actually wrote about it here: Baby Boomers Increasingly Having Social Security Checks Garnished To Cover Student Loan Payments).

That said, NCF is increasingly finding that, much like the subprime mortgage debacle from 10 years ago, student lending institutions apparently had a really hard time keeping tracking of paperwork over the years and/or processed deeply flawed contracts with incomplete ownership records and mass-produced documentation (who can forget that whole robo-signing catastrophe).

Jul 18 07:54

High School Enacts ‘Digital Detox’ On Students

Officials at a British school announced they will implement strict rules on the technologies students are allowed to use during the day to help stymie addiction to social media, the Guardian reported Monday.

Jul 17 20:28

SouthFront Maps and Conflicts Database

A good place to follow conflicts on a daily basis

Jul 17 14:43

High School Enacts ‘Digital Detox’ On Students

Officials at a British school announced they will implement strict rules on the technologies students are allowed to use during the day to help stymie addiction to social media, the Guardian reported Monday.

Jul 17 11:05

Anti-White Fever Grips English University

Kings College London, one of England’s most famous educational institutions, is to replace busts and portraits of the university’s founding fathers with ‘a wall of diversity’.

Jul 17 10:25

Trinity College clears professor who advocated letting white people die

A professor who openly advocated that emergency first responders should “let [white people] die” has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the college that employs him. Professor Johnny Williams’s online conduct—some of which was anti-white up to and including an implicit demand that medical officials “let [whites] fucking die”–was “protected by academic freedom and did not violate Trinity College policies,” according to a statement released by Trinity College president Joanne Berger-Sweeney.

Jul 17 09:53

Earth’s Economy Glorifies Waste, Exploitation, Debt, Expediency and Magical Thinking

Humanity appears to default to magical thinking when faced with untenable situations that demand systemic change.

How would extraterrestrial anthropologists characterize Earth’s dominant socio-economic system? It’s not difficult to imagine their dismaying report:

“Earth’s economy glorifies waste. Its economists rejoice when a product is disposed as waste and replaced with a new product. This waste is perversely labeled ‘growth.’

The stripping of the planet’s oceans for a few favored species of edible fish is also considered ‘growth’ as the process of destroying the ocean ecosystem generates sales of the desired seafood.

Even more perversely, the resulting shortages are also causes of rejoicing by the planet’s elites, as their ability to purchase the now-scarce resources boosts their social status and grandiose sense of self-worth.

This glorification of waste is the same dynamic that destroyed the civilization on Zork.

Jul 17 07:44

Union Demands Teachers Undergo Compulsory ‘Gender Diversity’ Training

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has called for compulsory ‘gender diversity’ training for sixth form college and further education (FE) teachers, warning staff who refer to ‘non-binary’ persons using ‘incorrect’ pronouns could face legal action.

Jul 16 13:51

In the UK, 77% of 2017 university grads will never fully repay their student loan debt

Because of the UK's dramatic shift from student grants to loans, a startling report from the Institute for Financial Studies predicts that 77.4% of university graduates in the UK's class of 2017 will not repay their full student loan obligations. This is up from 41.5% just six years ago in 2011.

Jul 16 08:17

REVEALED: Why you’re more likely to be a criminal if you’re born in the 70s

Researchers at Princeton University and Brown University uncovered a link between exposure to lead in peoples’ younger years and criminal behaviour.

The material was a key component in paint during the 1960s and 1970s, before it was banned from house paint in 1976.

Leaded gasoline was also phased out between 1979 and 1986.

Exposure to lead in preschool years significantly increases the likelihood children will be suspended or incarcerated during school, the study found.

They correlated falling rates of antisocial behaviour with the decline in lead paint used over the past few decades.

Researchers discovered children aged up to six-years-old who had been exposed to lead showed displayed more aggressive behaviour, had trouble paying attention and exhibited poorer thinking skills and impulse control.

Links have been established between getting into trouble in school and going on to be involved in crime as adults.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to wonder if this kind of exposure leads to the utter craziness we see on display in Washington DC these days!!

Jul 15 05:41

3 Examples That Show How Common Core Is Destroying Math Education In America

Whenever you let federal bureaucrats get their hands on anything they are probably going to ruin it.  During the Obama administration, the Department of Education spearheaded a transformation of American education that was absolutely breathtaking. 

Jul 14 11:18

Top UK University Plans To Open German Campus Post-Brexit

A leading British university is considering a new campus in Germany as response to Brexit.

King’s College London (KCL) may be the first British university to open a campus in Europe as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Jul 14 10:15

The High Cost of “Free” College

Jul 14 08:27

£500k-a-year boss of small university is accused of 'setting an example of greed' as it emerges 67 staff are on six-figure salaries

The highest-paid university boss in England was yesterday accused of 'setting an example of greed' as it emerged that dozens of her staff earn more than £100,000 a year.

Dame Glynis Breakwell, who earns almost £500,000 in pay and perks as vice-chancellor of the University of Bath, has 66 senior colleagues on six-figure salaries – with 13 of these earning more than £150,000 a year.

Jul 13 13:10

The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
George Orwell

All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.
George Orwell ......

Jul 09 08:11

How teachers, firemen and college endowments ended up enriching America’s hedge fund billionaires

Public pensions and college endowments are some of the biggest investors in hedge funds, investment vehicles that have made their managers some of the wealthiest people in the world.Middlemen funnel this public money into the hedge funds, as do funds of funds. All of them collect fees.Pensions could have been better off investing in cash than in hedge funds, largely because of the high fees investors pay hedge fund managers. Hedge funds haven’t met the expectations for endowments over the past several years, either.

Jul 08 15:58

The dumbing of an age: America’s public schools are failing, and here are the facts to prove it

When compared with other countries in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the United States has abysmal scores. This cross-national survey gauges the knowledge and skills of 15-year old students in the country, and going by the most recent results from 2015, they’re lagging behind their foreign counterparts. Out of 71 countries, the U.S. ranked 38th place in math and 24th place in science.

The aforementioned figures are nothing short of depressing, especially when you consider that education is the most expensive item in 41 state budgets, and that the Department of Education has an annual spending budget of $73 billion. Just as saddening is the fact that, when adjusted for inflation, the amount of money being spent on each student in American public schools has increased by a staggering 663 percent.

Jul 07 09:48

18 States & DC Sue Dept. Of Education Over Delay Of For-Profit College Loans Rule

A group of 19 Democratic attorneys general have banded together to sue Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after she delayed the implementation of an Obama-era federal rule designed to protect students from predatory loans offered by for-profit colleges.

Jul 06 17:00

14 Facts That Prove That America’s Absolutely Pathetic System Of Public Education Deserves An ‘F’ Grade

One thing that almost everyone can agree upon is that our system of public education is broken. We spend far more money on public education than anyone else in the world, and yet the results are depressing to say the least. Considering how much we are putting into education, we should be producing the best students on the entire planet, but it just isn’t happening. Personally, I attended public schools from kindergarten all the way up through law school, and the quality of education that I received was extremely poor. Even on the collegiate level, most of the courses were so “dumbed down” that even the family dog could have passed them. And of course millions of other people all over the country would say the same sorts of things about their own educations. Many refer to what is happening to our society as “the dumbing down of America”, and if we don’t get things fixed the United States is on course to become a second class nation.

Jul 06 06:12

14 Facts That Prove That America’s Absolutely Pathetic System Of Public Education Deserves An ‘F’ Grade

One thing that almost everyone can agree upon is that our system of public education is broken.  We spend far more money on public education than anyone else in the world, and yet the results are depressing to say the least.

Jul 05 17:28

How College Freshmen Can Prepare to Handle Their Own Finances

As you enter your freshmen year of college, you embark upon a fun and exciting time. However, it can also be a difficult and confusing life change.

While this may not be the case...

Jul 04 15:21

Reflecting on My Generation's Social-Conditioning

This is counter to contemporary you-can-be-anything conditioning.

Jul 03 13:02

Why Young People Need Diverse Books

Finding children’s books with characters that look like her daughter has not been easy for Felisha Burleson of Dallas, Texas. Burleson says trips to the library with 9-year-old Niyah, who’s Mexican and African American, are often discouraging. Like many parents of color, she rarely can find books featuring people like them.

Jul 02 17:50

Baltimore has turned into a Democratic wasteland with six schools that can’t even produce a single student proficient in English or math

An investigation by Project Baltimore found that five high schools and one middle school in the district should pretty much be shut down at this point because they’re serving no useful purpose whatsoever. Booker T. Washington Middle School, Frederick Douglass High School, Achievement Academy at Harbor City, New Era Academy, Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High, and New Hope Academy all failed to pass even just one student that met the minimum requirements for exceptional proficiency in either of the two subjects.

Frederick Douglass High School had the worst results out of all six schools. With 185 students in total, a shocking 165 of them achieved a 1/5 on the proficiency scale, with 1 indicating that these students in no way met proficiency expectations. Nineteen students partially met expectations ranking at 2/5, but were still considered to be not proficient. Only one student scored a 3/5 for “approaching expectations,” though even this one was dubbed not proficient.

Jun 29 15:25

Student Debt Means Fewer Public Servants — And More Bankers

Cum laude, my diploma reads — “with honor.” But cum debitum, “with debt,” is a bit more accurate.

Collectively, America’s student borrowers owe $1.7 trillion. On average, each graduating senior this year is beginning their life around $37,000 in the hole.

Jun 29 14:13

Kentucky Governor Approves Bible Study In Public Schools

A bill signed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin will bring the Bible front and center in the state’s public schools. Students will soon be able to learn about Jesus Christ, walking a fine line constitutionally, as the ACLU watches on.

Jun 29 13:04

12-Year Old Child Reveals One of the Best Kept Secrets in the World

12-year old exposes the immorality of the global banking system and why sound money is essential to freedom and stopping the spread of misery on this planet.

Shame everybody into watching what this bright girl discovered and we ALL must understand and then demand that this practice be ended where ever this kind of banking fraud is practiced.

Jun 27 12:19

How college can ruin your life

Jun 27 10:31

UCLA Releases 'Resistance' Handbook; --- Defines Trumpism As "White Supremacy, Misogyny, Xenophobia..."

America's bastions of higher indoctrination (a.k.a. "Universities") have become nothing more than training grounds for future generations of social justice warriors

Jun 26 09:01

'Boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn't use your white privilege card': Black college professor is fired in wake of heated Fox News interview where she made racially insensitive comments

A New Jersey community college has fired an adjunct professor after officials say she made racially insensitive comments on Fox News.

Lisa Durden was axed from Essex County College as the adjunct communications professor on Friday - roughly two weeks after she appeared on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'.

Essex County College's president Anthony Munroe announced the decision Friday and said officials at the school had received complaints about her heated interview with Carlson.

Jun 25 17:12

UCLA Releases 'Resistance' Handbook; Defines Trumpism As "White Supremacy, Misogyny, Xenophobia..."

There is little doubt that America's bastions of higher indoctrination (a.k.a. "Universities") have become nothing more than training grounds for future generations of social justice warriors. The war for America's college campuses has become so heated that liberal administrators, the same people who used to pride themselves on challenging their students to step outside their comfort zone and open themselves up to dissenting opinions, have taken to shutting down free speech when it doesn't perfectly align with their 'enlightened' world view.

Jun 25 05:35

Turkey to stop teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in high schools

TURKEY will stop teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in high schools, deeming it controversial and difficult to understand, a senior education official says.

Critics say President Tayyip Erdogan and the Islamist-rooted AK Party are undermining modern Turkey’s secular foundations by pushing a conservative agenda, including tighter regulation of alcohol and other restrictions, since coming to power in 2002.

A chapter entitled Beginning of Life and Evolution will be deleted from the standard biology textbooks used in schools and the material will be available only to students who go on to university studies from age 18 or 19, Alparslan Durmus, head of the national education board said in an online address this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American comedian Ron White has a one-liner which absolutely applies here: "You can't fix stupid."

And this ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid move has obviously been done to dumb down Turkish high school students by people who utterly do not understand the incontrovertible science of evolution.

Jun 23 08:41

Cut GCSE subjects to five to ease pressure on stressed-out pupils, says top headteacher

GCSE exams should be slimmed down to just five subjects to ease pressure on stressed-out pupils, according to a top private school head.

Jenny Brown, head of St Albans High School for Girls, said it was 'insane' to make 16-year-olds sit exams in 10 or 11 subjects.

Jun 22 15:03

School's Interpretation of the constitution

The constitution itself is not the basis for our freedoms and liberties. The constitution itself is just a "reminder" of the god given or natural rights we the people have. As for government giving you rights? Government does not give us rights, it inherently takes rights away, as the founding fathers warned ad nauseam.

Jun 22 09:43

Shut the front door! 7 Percent of Americans think brown cows produce chocolate milk

Making chocolate milk is easy. All you need to do is mix chocolate powder with regular milk, add some cocoa and sugar, and then you get to enjoy your drink. However, several million people say you don’t need ingredients at all — you get your flavorful chocolate milk treat straight from the cow itself. Apparently, seven percent of American adults — yes, adults, not little toddlers who think that the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus are real — believe that brown cows make chocolate milk. And no, this is not a joke. There are people who believe in the existence of magical cows from whose udders gush Ovaltine.

Jun 21 13:00

June Solstice: Longest and Shortest Day of the Year

The June solstice is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice the Southern Hemisphere

'Solstice' (Latin: 'solstitium') means 'sun-stopping', because the point where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day

June Solstice in Universal Coordinated Time was on
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 04:24 UTC

Jun 21 08:15

Israeli soldiers harass students during SJP event on US campus

University of California, Irvine is once again investigating the school’s Students for Justice in Palestine group

But members of Students for Justice in Palestine say they are the ones who endured days of harassment and intimidation by Israeli soldiers invited to campus to give a panel discussion about the Israeli army.

Jun 21 07:32

‘F*** free speech’: Evergreen State students double down, want to ‘weed out’ those who oppose them

As documented in a new video by Vice News/HBO, students at the Olympia, Washington, school are doubling down, saying they want to “weed out” those who oppose them. As one student bluntly put it, reacting to outside threats: “F*** free speech.”

Jun 20 11:17

Apple want mandatory coding lessons in schools

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told President Donald Trump Monday that he should consider making computer coding classes mandatory for schools.

Jun 20 07:53

Trigger warning added to famous musical after offended Native American high schoolers walk out

Native American high schoolers attending a weeklong summer program at the University of Wyoming — designed to give them an initial feel for college life — apparently got a rude awakening last week.

Jun 19 20:17

Social Justice Indoctrination: Colleges To Offer Degrees In SJW Activism

A recent research has concluded that more than 100 colleges and universities are now offering students, both undergraduate and graduate, the option of studying “social justice” as a major or minor degree, or earning a “concentration” or “certificate” in the subject.

Jun 19 16:33

High Schools Drop “Valedictorian” Distinction Fearing Lower-Ranked Kids May Feel ‘Triggered’

Life is competitive and your relative performance versus your peers will ultimately determine your success in life irrespective of how “triggering” that fact may be. The sooner you realize that fact, the sooner you’ll be able to move out of mom’s basement.

Jun 18 16:16

What does it take to move from pseudo-democracy to real participation?

Graham Peebles considers the illusion of democracy in countries that consider themselves democratic, and argues that only with mass participation, and an electorate well informed by a truthful media, can there be real democracy.>>

Jun 18 09:34

IN RHODE ISLAND, STUDENTS AND PARENTS MUST LET SCHOOLS SPY ON THEM DAY AND NIGHT THROUGH THEIR LAPTOPS

A majority of the Rhode Island school districts with "1-1" programs where each student is issued a laptop have a blanket policy of spying on the students and everything they do on their laptops, during, before and after school hours, on or off school premises, without any evidence (or even suspicion ) of wrongdoing.

The schools analogize this to school locker searches, in which students are denied any Fourth Amendment protections. But that (very dubious) principle is being stretched beyond the breaking point, as school lockers are in schools, whereas these laptop searches are being carried out remotely, everywhere, anywhere.

This isn't so different from the policies asserted by employers who require workers to take devices home, then assert the right to spy on them using those devices, installing their own certificates so they can stage "man-in-the-middle" interceptions of private sessions between employees and their email providers, financial institutions, etc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How "1984" of Rhode Island!!

Were I a parent with a kid in school where these devices are mandatory, I would immediately pull that kid out of that school, and put them in a private school where such policy does not exist.

Failing that, because of the cost, I would "vote with my feet", and move to another state where this policy is not pursued.

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