EDUCATION

Oct 30 21:50

Teacher Poses as Student and is Shocked by What She Discovers

Waking Times

Have you ever considered why so many grade-school students are stressed, bored or uninspired when it comes to learning? Perhaps they enjoy school, but it is often for reasons such as friendships and extracurricular activities, and rarely because of academics. Perhaps if teachers had a better understanding of the learning experience from the students’ perspectives, they might want to revisit how they approach teaching. One teacher, Alexis Wiggins, who works for a private American International School outside of the US, conducted an experiment that did just that – it put her in the role of a student as she shadowed two high-school students for two days. What she learned was shocking.

Oct 30 14:13

Christian Pastor files complaint against Jewish teacher wearing Star of David necklace.

http://www.jesuswasnotajew.org/east-pennsboro-school-is-violating-the-...

Teacher wears Star of David, Christian student files complaint.

Jewish teacher violates a law barring teachers from wearing religious jewelry identifying their faith or lack of.

A child who is anti-Judaism files a complaint, this has now become an 1st and 14th Amendment violation against the student.

The Jewish teacher refuses to remove the cross.

The teacher could be fined, suspended and School Directors could be charged with misdemeanors.

Oct 30 12:34

Growing unease among parents, lawmakers over RFID biometric tracking of students

The relatively new tracking technology allows schools to more accurately follow student attendance, lunch purchases and students who ride buses, but lawmakers in many states have banned specific types of student data collection over privacy concerns, Governing.com reports.

"This year, Florida became the first state to ban the use of biometric identification in its schools. Kansas said biometric data cannot be collected without student or parental consent. New Hampshire, Colorado and North Carolina said the state education departments cannot collect and store biometric data as part of student records.

Oct 30 08:39

For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government

For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.
Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs.

Oct 29 22:32

The Invention of the Jewish People

“His latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel’s biggest taboo.” Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera

Oct 29 06:06

USDA: 1 million children quit school lunches

It was just a week ago when an Oklahoma teen’s picture of her school lunch went viral on social media. -- It turns out that student is not alone in grumbling about school lunches, an investigation by the Washington Bureau discovered

Oct 28 08:20

US college students face high debt, shattered dreams

Tuition in the United States at public and private colleges has risen steeply over the past 10 years. Even worse, private for-profit colleges have proliferated around the country, with enrollment growing by 225 percent from 1998 to 2008. These colleges prey on low-income students, leaving many deep in debt, without a degree and in low-paying jobs that bear little resemblance to the descriptions in for-profit college’s recruitment pitches and late-night television ads.

Oct 28 07:07

Jakarta International School: Teachers and staff at top international school accused of raping students as young as five

The school says they had agreed with the parents to keep the case confidential to protect the child, and were surprised when Thomas and Ria shared the details with other parents, and then organised a press conference, to reveal what had happened. Thomas and Ria say they weren’t satisfied with the response of school officials, who they say had advised them against reporting the assault to the police.

Following the claims, six Indonesian cleaners, five men and a woman, were arrested. One of them died while in custody; the police say he committed suicide. The four other men all admitted to the crime, but have since retracted their statements, saying they were obtained under torture. Their lawyers also argue the medical examinations of the boy do not show evidence of rape. Their trial began early September.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are descended from the apes, but apparently not that far!

Oct 27 08:30

Police impose checkpoints, deploy drones at high school football game

Fans were startled by the heavy presence of police officers, drone surveillance, and warrantless checkpoints upon entry at the local high school football game.

The prison-like security at Summerville High School was called “the reality of the world we live in today.” As students and fans filed into the homecoming football game on Friday, October 24th, 2014, they were forced to place their belongings in a bin for police examination, then walk through a metal detector. Stadium-goers were restricted from bringing certain items into the stands.

Fans also were quick to notice the conspicuous presence of police officers mixed among the crowd and perched on the rooftops, surveillance drones whirring overhead, and even SWAT team members ready for action.

The security bonanza was imposed because school district officials had allegedly been tipped off that rival gangs might fight at the game, WCIV reported. No incidents of violence were reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have precisely two words for the parents and the students who were "treated" to this behaviour, courtesy of their local police: home schooling.

Oct 24 16:28

SWAT Training Drill During Marysville School Shooting?

Marysville shooting occurs less than 2 weeks before Washington voters decide on new gun control measures

Activist Post

Doesn't there always seem to be funny business with these alleged school shootings? The latest is the Marysville, Washington active shooter event taking place today...

Oct 24 13:31

TMI! Outrageous Homework Assignment Wants to Know What's In Parents' Medicine Cabinets

And the parent's response is priceless!

What would you do if your child came home with this homework assignment?

Oct 24 10:40

What's in YOUR Medicine Cabinet? Nosy Teachers Want to Know!

A homework assignment that was given to middle school students in Utah has some parents concerned.

From Fox 13:

Students at a Mapleton Junior High School in Utah County were asked to take inventory of the things inside their family medicine cabinet and then turn that list into their health teacher.

Say what?

Let’s get this straight. A teacher asked CHILDREN to go nosing through their family’s medicine cabinet – where potentially deadly drugs are kept – and write details down on a chart?

Oct 24 06:12

College police across the US armed with military-grade weaponry

The deployment of police bearing military hardware against the population of Ferguson, Missouri in August shocked the world. But the paramilitary equipment and tactics used by police in Ferguson is only the most visible expression of the militarization of police that has taken place throughout the United States.

This process has even extended to college campuses. At least 117 campus police departments have been recipients of surplus war materiel from the Defense Department under the 1033 equipment transfer program, according to a report published last month by the Chronicle of Higher Education....

Oct 23 18:39

Universities 'packing in too many students': Academics say standards are slipping because institutions are admitting more undergraduates than they can cope with

Standards in universities are slipping due to a ‘rack ‘em, pack ‘em and stack ‘em’ culture which has seen rising numbers of undergraduates squeezed into lecture halls, it has been claimed.

Academics say that institutions are undermining standards by admitting too many students and over-marking work to satisfy ‘money obsessed’ senior staff.

Oct 23 08:48

Young Jews are fed up with censorship of critical voices

Over the weekend of October 11-13 over 300 young Jews, as well as some Palestinians, convened at Harvard for the inaugural conference of ‘Open Hillel’. Open Hillel is a movement of Jewish students on campuses across the United States to demand that Hillels (campus Jewish organizations) refrain from preventing critical discussion of Palestinian rights from happening amongst Jewish students and the rest of the campus community.

Oct 23 08:05

NukeMap!

Visualize the effects of a nuclear explosion anywhere on Earth with NukeMap and NukeMap 3D.

Oct 22 09:49

Public Records RC §149.43 Phone Call with Summit Cty. Clerk of Courts on Reimer Arnovitz IOLTA Account.

I have documented proof in courts of law and from my own experience that Ohio Foreclosure Mill Reimer, Arnovitz Chernek & Jeffrey have been telling lies since 1977. I also have substantial reason to believe that the odds are good that the goods are odd when it comes down to their IOLTA accounts as noted in prior videos.

I am now going to receive copies of canceled checks from the Summit County Clerk of Courts regarding the close out foreclosure files. From what I understand Reimer's clients are now demanding strict accounting because of ethical concerns.

Oct 21 15:56

School Inoculates Third Grader in ‘Vaccine Pilot Program’ without Parental Permission

A mother in Meridian, Idaho is speaking out after a school nurse administered a flu vaccine to her 8-year-old child without her permission. -- The West Ada School District, which is running a flu vaccination pilot program, allegedly vaccinated the third grader by mistake according to school administrators.

Oct 21 09:04

Strategic Relocation Guide: How To Position Yourself To Survive A Major TEOTWAWKI Event

We will cover in detail how to first decide where your location should be and then how to select the right property using a few basic criteria that all survival properties should have.

Oct 20 15:49

The Survival / Homesteading / Preparedness / Sustainability PDF Page!

Nearly 3000 survival books, manuals, guides and more in one place. Topics include: - Natural Disaster Survival - Food and Water Prep - Navigation - General Urban and Wilderness Preparedness - Gun Manuals - Evasion Techniques - and much more!

Oct 20 08:36

The Truth About Federal Anti-Hoarding Laws

In 1994, former President Bill Clinton released an executive order that lumped together a number of laws that could go into effect in the event of a declaration of martial law

Oct 20 08:04

These Countries Do the Exact Opposite of What America Does When It Comes to Higher Education

Germany made international news last week when they decided to eliminate college tuition entirely (before this, it was less than €1,000-- the equivalent to $1,300-- per year). Meanwhile in the United States, the average per-year tuition cost was $8,655 for an in-state 4-year public college, $21,706 for an out-of-state 4 year public college, and $29,056 for a private 4-year college. The average American college student will graduate with more than $27,000 in debt, and college costs in the U.S. have gone up more than 1100% since 1978 with little sign of leveling off.

In light of Germany's actions, we decided to highlight 5 countries whose approaches towards financing higher education put ours to shame.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In those other countries, education is just that, education. In the US, education has become just another scam to ensnare the people into banker debt.

Oct 20 07:11

Five coaches suspended in New Jersey sexual abuse and hazing scandal

NJ Advance Media, citing interviews with victims, has reported that the freshman players were held down while other players inserted fingers into their rectums and then their mouths.

Oct 19 09:33

ACADEMIC FREEDOM Vs FREEDOM

I am going to use this space once again to talk about the despicable un-hiring of Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois (I wrote about the Salaita case and what I called The Incivility of Palestinians, last month as well).

I am going to do this because, despite the fact that the academic boycott of the University of Illinois continues apace (there is even, it seems, the rise of a progressive Jewish-identified contingentchampioning Salaita), facile comparisons of Salaita’s case and circumstances with those of various unsavory others are also proliferating.

These comparisons are so thick-headed, so tin-eared, so ham-fisted, that they nearly defy imagination.

Oct 18 06:10

Students Reprimanded for Handing Out U.S. Constitutions Outside “Free Speech Zone”

Last week, four students at Southern Oregon University were told by administrators that they must stop handing out copies of the United States Constitution on campus, or else the Police would be called, and disciplinary action would taken against them.

The administrators confronted the students, who were affiliated with Students for Concealed Carry, and reprimanded them, due to the fact that they were handing out literature, in an area that was outside of the university’s designated “Free Speech Zone.”

Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a nonpartisan student organization that promotes students’ rights to carry concealed weapons on campus. One member of the group, Stephanie Keaveney, told Campus Reform that administrators alleged that the four representatives from SCC had caused an “immediate panic for the safety of students in the face of gun violence, or the promotion of such.”

Oct 17 12:48

Liberals Sign Petition to Bring Ebola Patients into US & House Them

While many have slammed the CDC and the federal government for refusing to impose a flight ban on travelers from West Africa entering the United States, some liberals who signed the petition agreed that it would be “racist” to do so and that Ebola victims should be allowed to roam free across America.

Oct 16 08:58

Student’s photo of skimpy Michelle O school lunch sparks outrage

Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower qualified as lunch in Chickasha Public Schools Monday.

Chickasha lunchStudent Kaytlin Shelton took a photo of the skimpy lunch and showed it to her parents.

“It makes me want to take that and take it to the Superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” the girl tells Fox 25.

“I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it,” her father, Vince Holton, says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aaaaaaaaaaand ... what is Michelle having for lunch, I wonder?

Oct 15 12:19

'Frustrated Parent' Jeff Severt With Engineering Degree Lashes Out Against Common Core

“I have a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications,” he wrote. “Even I cannot explain the Common Core mathematics approach, nor get the answer correct.

“In the real world, simplification is valued over complication,” he added, signing the letter as a “frustrated parent.”

Some parents and teachers are divided on the initiative, with one commenter writing on KSDK’s Facebook page: "I can't help my third and fifth graders with their homework because they have to follow ten extra steps to come up with an answer that I was taught how to do in two steps.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goal of Common Core is to trick children into thinking they are educated but without allowing them to develop skills of critical thought and analysis which would enable them to more easily see through the obvious lies and indoctrination of the government.

Oct 15 11:10

University officials threaten students passing out U.S. Constitution VIDEOS

Oct 15 10:10

NE School Banning Teachers from Saying “Boys & Girls”

Nebraska Watchdog has discovered new training documents that have been given to Lincoln, Nebraska middle school teachers that are meant to train teachers to avoid using gendered terms such as “boys and girls.”

One document, entitled “12 easy steps on the way to gender inclusiveness,” tells teachers to never “use phrases such as ‘boys & girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention.” It also suggests a few “gender neutral” alternatives for teachers to use such as “campers,” “athletes,” or even “purple penguins.” (Yes it actually says purple penguins in the training document)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Raising a generation of politically correct morons!

Oct 15 07:06

University officials threaten students passing out U.S. Constitution

Oct 14 09:48

Honor student who brought pocketknife to school suspended for the year

The Dearborn Heights District 7 Board of Education chose a less severe punishment for the honor student who was initially expelled after a pocketknife was found in her purse at a football game.

On Monday, after two hours of deliberation, the board voted 6-0 to allow Atiya Haynes to take online classes. She then will be able to graduate with her class in 2015.

The decision still came as a blow to college-bound Haynes, who participated in numerous extracurricular activities including sports.

School officials discovered the knife as she was exiting a bathroom at the game when they searched her purse.

Haynes says the pocketknife was a gift from her grandfather who gave it to her for protection because her summer job required her to ride her bike from southwest Detroit to Dearborn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the "educators" are going to wreck this kid's life over a self-defense weapon? Was she a hardened criminal with a record of violent behavior? On what grounds did they presume to search her purse?

I would like to remind everyone that the Second Amendment reads "The right to keep and bear arms." It does NOT say "The right to keep and bear firearms." The Second Amendment reserves the right to the American people to keep and bear not only guns, but knives, swords, spears, or anything else. The United States Supreme Court ruled in United States versus Miller that the Second Amendment specifically refers to arms as carried by the uniformed military, and the uniformed military do carry knives!

Oct 14 05:59

Obama administration now building schools for illegal aliens

On Monday, classes began for about 200 children at the Artesia Family Residential Center (AFRC) in New Mexico. The children, ages 4 to 17, were brought here illegally by their parents during the recent surge of humanity from Central America and Mexico.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is currently building 12 more classrooms to better accommodate the children, according to an ICE press release.

Courses in science, social studies, mathematics, physical education and English are being administered by private contractors. A basketball court and soccer field have also been built at the facility which sits on the campus of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Oct 13 14:30

PARENT ALERT! NSF Awards Grant for Data Mining Children

The National Science Foundation has awarded grants of $4.8 million to several prominent research universities to advance the use of Big Data in the schools.

Benjamin Herold writes in Education Week:

"The National Science Foundation earlier this month awarded a $4.8 million grant to a coalition of prominent research universities aiming to build a massive repository for storing, sharing, and analyzing the information students generate when using digital learning tools."

Oct 13 14:15

The United States Is Number 1 -- But in What?

American politicians are fond of telling their audiences that the United States is the greatest country in the world. Is there any evidence for this claim?

Oct 13 12:37

Report: Toronto's Trump condos could become future slum

TORONTO, Canada (Financial Post) Glass panels have been falling off newly built Toronto condos, including the luxury Shangri-La and Trump towers and a dozen or more lesser-known buildings across the city. New buildings suffer from water leaks and poor insulation, making them ill-suited to Canadian weather.
...
“The life cycle is clear. They are okay for the first five years, they gradually deteriorate by year 10 … and don’t even reach year 20 before significant remedial work needs to be done. In 50 years these buildings may well become an urban slum.”
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“It’s all about timing. We advise most clients to get out before that five-year mark,” said Roy Bhandari of Sage Real Estate, which notched nearly C$50 million in Toronto condo sales in 2013, with clients typically from China, Eastern Europe, or the Middle East. “It’s the magic number because after five years the warranties are expired.”

Oct 12 20:41

Dodging the Tuition Debt Bullet

Waking Times

In the US, a college education is so insanely unaffordable that only the wealthiest students from the wealthiest of families, or the ones fortunate to have been granted full scholarship, can afford to go to the school without racking up tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Some – for example PhDs and medical students – will enter the work force with the burden of a six-figure student loan debt. As a result of high tuition fees in the US, the student loan debt stands at about $1.2 trillion and is the second-highest form of consumer debt in the country. The US Institute for College Access and Success reports that two-thirds of today’s students will leave college in significant debt, estimated to average at $26,600.

Oct 12 07:49

Illinois chancellor who fired Salaita accused of serial self-plagiarism

Chancellor Phyllis Wise, the top administrator who fired Steven Salaita from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after complaints from pro-Israel donors, is facing allegations from academic peers of unethical conduct that may stretch back two decades.

Evidence has emerged of several instances of duplicate publishing – a widely condemned form of unethical behavior sometimes called “self-plagiarism.”

It occurs when an author publishes the same research or the same or substantially similar paper in multiple venues without acknowledging the fact, in effect passing off the old research as something new.

Oct 11 07:57

Why Are Police Using Military-Grade Weapons in High Schools?

Michael Davis' block in Los Angeles used to have huge trees on both sides of the street, so big they created a canopy. "They were beautiful," says the 17-year-old high school senior. "They covered the whole top of the block." But recently, he says, the trees were cut down. In their place, there are now bright lights and security cameras. Davis is a youth leader with the Community Rights Campaign and its student club Taking Action, which organize around the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of black and brown communities in Los Angeles. Having the trees on his block replaced with cameras and lights was just one sign of what Davis describes as a nationwide trend of police militarization against communities of color.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are these school districts out of their collective minds?!?

This has nothing to do with education, and everything to do with indoctrination of children into the US's "new normal", where weapon-wielding officers are the norm, to get kids "used to it", as this kind of surveillance/instant punishment goes mainstream.

Were I a mom of a kid in a school where this was being done, I would pull my kid out of that school so fast, the principal's head would spin.

Oct 10 17:29

Get Ready for BioSurveillance of Your Preschooler's Health

University of Michigan research shows web-based system could help improve detection and response to spread of illnesses.

Joe Wright
Activist Post

There is growing trend toward the use of "biosurveillance" - Web-based systems to track public health, many times with an added predictive model. A familiar sales pitch is employed to assert that the only way to keep the public safe is through pervasive surveillance ... now including preschoolers...

Oct 10 10:47

The University of Phoenix got $3.7 billion from taxpayers in one year. University of Phoenix’s parent company has been the chairman of the House Committee on the Education and the Workforce largest campaign contributor.

More than 100 for-profit colleges are so dependent on taxpayer money that they would be violating a law designed to prevent profiteering if not for a loophole that excludes GI Bill funds and Department of Defense tuition assistance to active duty military.

Oct 10 09:16

Germany offers tuition-free college to all American students

Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.
All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.

Oct 09 09:48

United States is more evil than ISIS: Harvard University

A conservative watchdog group that monitors liberal-left bias and extremist indoctrination on university and college campuses in the United States released a report and video on Tuesday that shockingly revealed that students at one of the nation's most prestigious and influential institutions of higher learning believe their own country is more evil than a terrorist army marching through Iraqi and Syrian cities and towns killing, torturing and enslaving thousands of people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Harvard students!

Oct 09 09:47

How The NSA Plans To Recruit Your Teenagers

Kids across America no longer have to wait until college to plan on being a part of the National Security Agency. In fact, they could start preparing for their NSA careers as early as age 13.

The NSA has began sponsoring cybersecurity camps for middle and high school students, agency recruiter Steven LaFountain told CNBC’s Eamon Javers in a recent interview. Six prototype camps launched this past summer, and the NSA hopes to expand the program to some 25 schools and, eventually, to have a presence in schools in all 50 states.

The camps, LaFountain told CNBC, teach “low-level programming… where most cybersecurity vulnerabilities are” and sponsor activities like a “wireless scavenger hunt” in which 10th graders were dispatched to hunt down “rogue access points.” The general idea is to eliminate “threats out there on the Internet”

“The students are really, really into it,” LaFountain added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem here, is what does the NSA consider a "threat"?!?

Is it a coming from a Christian pacifist (like myself) who believes that wars are a really lousy way of resolving geopolitical differences, and that good faith negotiations are always preferable to people getting killed or maimed for life?!?

IS it people who tell the truth about what a bloated, corrupt instrument of power and control, which always looks out for the monied, this Federal Government has become?!?

The NSA wants business to continue as usual for the major corporations and the wealthy, with never a logical thought about how much better life would be if people were exposed consistently to the truth, in order to have the power to make intelligent, rational choices in their lives.

Oct 07 07:29

New report alleges $30 million in fraud and abuse connected to PA charter schools

A new report charges that Pennsylvania charter school operators have engaged in fraud and abuse amounting to about $30 million.

It was released today by several non-profit groups including the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), Integrity in Education, and ACTION United. The report is called, Fraud and Financial Mismanagement in Pennsylvania’s Charter Schools.

The report claims that within the past 17 years, charter school operators in Pennsylvania have abused the system of at least $30 million. It also asserts that state agencies, charged with overseeing charter schools, are not up to the job of weeding out fraud and abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be a hatchet job by the government, which views charter schools as a significant threat to the public system of indoctrination children are otherwise forced to submit to.

Oct 07 06:45

Retired CUNY Professor Gets $560k/Year Pension: 'Darn Right I Deserve It'

McManus, who has written groundbreaking books on slavery, retired in February 2012 after teaching history and constitutional law for more than 50 years. His final salary was $116,364. “They don’t pay you much when you’re working, but the pension is certainly good,” McManus told The Post. “Darn right I deserve it.”

Oct 04 10:17

Call of Duty Director: US Troops Should Occupy Public Schools

A former writer and director behind the successful Call of Duty video game franchise recently expressed his desire to see American soldiers patrolling the hallways of public schools in the near future.

On Wednesday, nonresident fellow Dave Anthony at a recent meeting with the globalist Atlantic Council said it was necessary to have the military stationed at schools to combat the threat posed by Islamic terrorists, whom he claimed could already be working inside America.

“It could be that you have 100 of these guys who may be on our soil right now, who may even be U.S. citizens, who could legally walk into whatever gun store they choose, buy some assault rifles, and start attacking soft targets,” Anthony said, adding a jab at the Second Amendment.

“The threat now, the invasion, comes from within,” Anthony told the Council, adding he envisioned “the soldiers could operate like air marshals on commercial flights,” according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely not!!

The "cure" for this would be massive numbers of Americans deciding to home school their kids, and this is an outcome which I think would be very reasonable if these protocols are adopted nationally.

I would also like to remind to Mr. Anthony that the vast preponderance of school shootings have been done by people on - or just trying to get off - antidepressants, so there are chemical triggers to this behaviour which need to be addressed.

Oct 03 11:11

NYU prof talks about media, propaganda and the use of "conspiracy theory" lable to stifle debate

"Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University,and the author of the several books. In this discussion he talks about the media, propaganda, and the use of the weaponized term “conspiracy theory” to marginalize those who speak out on issues like the 9/11 controlled demolition evidence."

Listen to interview here (1hr): http://noliesradio.org/archives/89386

Sep 28 07:25

You Won’t Believe How Much Money Michelle Obama’s Ridiculous School Lunch Program Wastes On A Daily Basis

According to a WCPO report, Michelle Obama’s new school program is costing American taxpayers $4 million. And that’s not over the course of an entire year. That is how much it is costing American taxpayers on a daily basis. That’s right; $4 million each day.

A whopping 81 percent of schools have seen an increase in the number of lunches that now end up in the trash. The report also “shows that 60 percent of fresh vegetables and 40 percent of fresh fruit are being thrown away.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would you be comfortable with your doctor's spouse operating on you? How about riding in a passenger jet where the controls were in the hands of the pilot's significant other?

Being the first lady does not mean Michelle is competent at anything (other than her ability to seduce and marry Obama). And just as you do not allow a doctor's spouse or a pilot's fiancee to take over their duties, nor should the first lady be accorded any authority over our lives merely because of who she married.

Sep 27 08:03

Israeli Reservists “Operate” In US Colleges

Tel Aviv knows it can count on the ongoing financial, political and military support from the United States, but wants to get US campuses to topple any move that aims at divesting from Israeli and international companies that invest and benefit from the illegitimate Israeli occupation and its settlements.

Many reserve soldiers, especially those who graduated from American Universities, have been asked to “go back to school” in order to operate on preventing any move that calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions, and to try to encourage students’ support to Israel.

Sep 25 07:43

In Colorado, a Student Counterprotest to an Anti-Protest Curriculum

A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard against educational materials that “encourage or condone civil disorder.” In response, hundreds of students, teachers and parents gave the board their own lesson in civil disobedience.

On Tuesday, hundreds of students from high schools across the Jefferson County school district, the second largest in Colorado, streamed out of school and along busy thoroughfares, waving signs and championing the value of learning about the fractious and tumultuous chapters of American history.

“It’s gotten bad,” said Griffin Guttormsson, a junior at Arvada High School who wants to become a teacher and spent the school day soliciting honks from passing cars. “The school board is insane. You can’t erase our history. It’s not patriotic. It’s stupid.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside." --Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

In other words, you are kept slaves not by force, but by making sure you are unaware of alternatives to the imposed reality.

There is nothing new in erasing from the curriculum knowledge the government and the money-junkies do not want you to have. The prime cause of the American Revolution, according to Ben Franklin and many of the other Founding Fathers, was King George III's Currency act, which forced the American colonists to conduct all commerce using bank notes borrowed at interest from the Rothschild-owned Bank of England. This practice plunged the working classes of America into the same crushing poverty as working people in Britain of the same time. In 1913, when a corrupt Congress and a corrupt President sold us back into the slavery of the very same system of banking, the public schools stopped teaching about the Currency act and presented the American Revolution as being about the Stamp Act, tea in Boston Harbor, and so forth, so that generations of Americans, believing they were educated, were ignorant of the fact that this nation was started and did quite well using an entirely different system of national economics.

Today the government doesn't want children growing up aware that there even was a revolution, given that we now suffer many of the same evils that prompted the first one. I am proud of these students and teachers for taking a stand against manufactured history!

Sep 24 08:59

Jewish fraternity “fearmongering” against campus Palestine activists

A fraternity with dozens of chapters on campuses across the United States has sent an email to its members insinuating that actions by Palestine solidarity activists planned for today may include violence against Jews.

The email from Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT), which describes itself as “the world’s first Jewish fraternity,” appears to be the latest attempt by a pro-Israel organization to stoke tensions between Jewish and other students in an effort to discredit criticism of Israel following the recent massacre in Gaza.

Sep 22 12:16

Mexico looks to quadruple number of migrants in U.S. basic education programs

Mexican government representatives have launched a literacy drive that aims to quadruple the number of adult migrants participating in a Mexican-developed basic education program in the United States.

The campaign unveiled Friday seeks a four-fold increase in the number of learners incorporated into basic literacy, elementary and middle-school education programs and a two-fold rise in the certification of those programs, according to sources with the Mexican Consulate-General in Los Angeles.

Officials with Mexico's Public Education Secretariat and National Institute for Adult Education, or INEA, launched the enrollment, accreditation and certification drive in that California city and will later extend it to other parts of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but... are these for LEGAL or ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS?

And who please is supposed to pay for this, with both the Federal, and State governments broke?!? These seem to be questions the writer of this article worked very hard to evade.

Sep 22 08:39

FTC shuts down $11M online diploma mill

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday pulled the plug on an online high school diploma mill that allegedly raked in $11 million since opening its virtual doors in 2006.

The FTC says the mill generally charged between $200 and $300 for its “diplomas.” Let’s call it $250. That means 44,000 individuals had “graduated” from this “school” since 2006.

Sep 18 06:47

Public university required students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action

Clemson University is requiring students to reveal how many times they’ve had sex in the past month and with how many partners.

In screenshots obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, the South Carolina university is asking students invasive and personal questions about their drinking habits and sex life as part of what they’ve billed as an online Title IX training course.

“How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks one question.

“With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks another.

Sep 17 12:52

Occupy group abolishes nearly $4 million in student loan debt

On the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, an offshoot group announced that it has erased $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt.

Sep 17 11:39

PDF of "report" on anti-semitism being sent to US colleges and universities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Following up on the termination of Steven Salaita and the leaked email from ADL demanding US colleges and universities suppress pro-Palestinian groups and activities, we find this document which is being circulated to those institutions of higher learning indoctrination which defines as anti-semitism areas of intellectual inquiry that would be considered protected free speech under the First Amendment. Pay attention in particular to Appendix 3, which includes as anti-semitism any discussions as to whether the official story of the holocaust has been exaggerated!

Under these guidelines, students mentioning that the Aushwitz museum revised downward the number of people who died there of all causes by 2.5 million would be declared anti-Semitic and subject to official silencing by the school.



From this document, it should be obvious that the real enemy of the American way of life is not Al Qaeda, not ISIS, not Russia, not China, but the state of Israel!

Sep 17 08:57

LEAKED EMAIL FROM THE ADL REVEALS THEIR ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY ACADEMIC FREEDOM

The ADL email is another indicator that there will be no let up this fall in Israel lobby efforts to use all repressive means available to stigmatize and punish, if not shut down altogether, campus criticism of Israel’s crimes.

It was sent by From: Brysk, Seth [mailto:SBrysk@adl.org] … you can write to him and tell him what you think.

Sep 16 07:20

Feds to parents: No lunches from home without doctor’s note, school lunch only

As a family, we have made the decision to avoid a host of ingredients that are all found in abundance in school lunches. We don’t consume:

-GMOs
-Pesticides
-Artificial colors and flavors
-Preservatives
-Hormone laden meat and dairy

But this week at my daughter’s school, the offerings are:

Corn dog or chicken nuggets, tater tots
Beef tostada boat or PB and J on white bread
Pepperoni pizza or fish sticks with roll
Pretzel sticks with cheese sauce or chicken teriyaki
Cheeseburger or breaded chicken patty with seasoned fries

There is not one thing on that list that falls into our normal diet. Add a side of rBGH-filled milk and a corn-syrup laden “fruit cup” and you have a complete nutritional disaster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the kids are conditioned to think of the corporate-produced mush as "food" as they grow into adulthood and that is all that matters!

Sep 15 10:07

Lethbridge student suspended for dealing banned Pepsi from locker

A Grade 12 student in Lethbridge, Alta., was suspended last week for dealing Pepsi to fellow students out of his locker.

Keenan Shaw was suspended for two days by Winston Churchill high school for selling the soft drink to students, violating a school policy that only permits diet pop on the premises.

Shaw says he was told the sales violated the nutrition and marketing policies, and that he was operating a business without a licence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the schools are forcing the kids to drink aspartame?

Sep 15 09:38

ZIONISM Vs ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Zionist group publishes target list of “anti-Israel” US professors

Sep 15 08:09

Public Schools Are Making BILLIONS Off ADHD Scam

Sep 15 07:20

De-hired Professor Steven Salaita Is a University's Worst Nightmare

Steven G. Salaita, whose job offer was rescinded after he posted vitriolic anti-Israel tweets during the recent Gaza war, made clear not long ago that he wants his position reinstated. At a September 9 press conference he dismissed reported efforts the university has made to reach a financial settlement instead. Meanwhile, at a meeting on September 10, the UIUC trustees soundly defeated a proposal to reconsider their withdrawal of the tenured position Salaita had been due to take up this semester

With the debate over the controversy brewing in university corridors, academic publications and in online discussions, pressure on the UIUC administration to reinstate Salaita has been growing. Five departments have voted no confidence in Chancellor Phyllis Wise, a handful of scholars have canceled planned lectures and events at UIUC, and several large academic organizations have issued statements condemning the decision not to hire Salaita.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Salaita was kicked out of his job, not for comments he made in a classroom, but comments he made as a private citizen that are protected by the First Amendment. Everyone who supports the termination of Salaita or of anyone for comments they make in private shows themselves to be an enemy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and everything America is supposed to stand for.

Sep 15 07:02

Zionist group publishes target list of “anti-Israel” US professors

The Amcha Initiative, the Zionist organization that has repeatedly intimidated, spied on and harassed students and faculty, appears to be escalating its campaign by publishing what amounts to a target list of “anti-Israel” professors.

Amcha says that the list is made up of “218 professors identifying themselves as Middle East scholars, who recently called for the academic boycott of Israel in a petition.”

Sep 12 09:10

Student debt over $50K is on the rise

Almost 19% of student loan borrowers owe more than $50,000, according to a report published last week by the Federal Reserve. Only 6% of borrowers had that much in 2001. Student loan debt now outstrips credit card and auto loan debt in America.

Sep 10 12:33

BEX ALERT - Failure To Adopt Common Core Would Cause 'Mass Chaos' According To Supporters

Sep 10 09:50

SALAITA BREAKS THE SILENCE ON HIS SILENCING

Steven Salaita broke his silence today for the first time since administrators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) fired him from a tenured position in the American Indian Studies program more than a month ago.

Sep 10 07:58

Zionists try to close down Palestine solidarity group at Philadelphia university

Members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have sought legal advice after being falsely accused of anti-Semitism.

The accusations, made by a right-wing Zionist student and Israel-aligned media, have prompted an investigation by the university’s administration that could result in punishment of the Palestine solidarity group.

Temple University announced that it has sent the results of their investigation — which have not been made public — to the local district attorney’s office last week.

A Zionist student aggressively confronted and made racist comments to SJP members who were tabling during a large student organization information fair on 20 August. A student unaffiliated with SJP then slapped him in the face.

The Zionist student, who is also a fellow of CAMERA on Campus (a project of the right-wing, anti-Palestinian media watchdog group CAMERA) claimed that the students taunted him with an anti-Semitic slur.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli student clearly provoked the confrontation, but the university wants to punish the Palestinians. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, but only to Israel.

Sep 10 07:56

Why aren’t we talking about racism and colonialism in the Salaita affair?

Systemic racism and colonialism extend far beyond (and in fact do not require) any conscious, willful intent to be racist or a colonizer (although they often do); rather, they simply need to produce outcomes that reinforce an entrenched historical pattern in which people of color and/or the colonized are disproportionately marginalized or harmed.

As such, these systemic injustices can be produced through any number of actions that are nominally colorblind and/or contain only unrecognized biases. Furthermore, because systemic racism is primarily a trait of a social system, rather than of individuals, it can actually be perpetuated by people of color, including Chancellor Wise and others on the University of Illinois’ board of trustees. In fact, systemic racism often benefits from and seeks out the inclusion of “multicultural diversity” because it helps to deflect attention and blame from ongoing racist outcomes.

Sep 08 09:13

SPEAK NOT AND FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE

“Civility” is the Israel lobby’s new
weapon against free speech on US
campuses

Sep 08 07:19

Why we love to hate conspiracy theories: 911 Truth as threat to the intelligentsia

What ever happened to “war is a racket” and “follow the money”?

In rigorous compliance with the true meanings of “academic freedom” [2] and “freedom of the press” virtually no academics or mainstream journalists have made it their research to find truth or to radically (at the root) question the establishment version.

Indeed, all the major and considered-radical academic pundits such as Noam Chomsky and Ward Churchill, have actively avoided the possibility that the 911 attacks could have been known or aided from within the finance-corporate-military complex.

What keeps them from crossing that line? What makes them demean attempts to cross that line? [3]

Sep 06 09:00

The Pentagon Is Giving Grenade Launchers to Campus Police

In 1968, students at Columbia University staged a mass uprising other college campuses in protesting not just the war in Vietnam, but their school’s collaboration with the Institute for Defense Analysis, a Defense Department affiliate that researches weapons technologies. Today, weapons produced by that institute are used by the US military throughout the world—and by campus police forces across the country. The war has come home.

The Pentagon’s 1033 program, which allows the Defense Department to unload its excess military equipment onto local police forces, has quietly overflowed onto college campuses. According to documents obtained by the website Muckrock, more than 100 campus police forces have received military materials from the Pentagon. Schools that participate in the program range from liberal arts to community colleges to the entire University of Texas system. Emory, Rice, Perdue, and the University of California, Berkeley, are all on the list.

Sep 05 09:19

Common Core Teacher Takes Nearly a Minute to Solve 9+6=15

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Common Core is intentionally teaching young people slow and inefficient ways to solve problems, to limit their ability to figure out what the government is up to!

Sep 02 07:28

Student debt becoming a larger albatross for economic growth: $1.2 trillion in student debt is outstanding and many college graduates working in jobs that don’t require their degree.

There was a time when going to college made sense in every feasible way. It made sense professionally, economically, and many college graduates have a wonderful time in the process of completing their degrees. Most would argue that learning is vital in growing and moving forward. Yet students need to ask whether their return on investment is really worth it? Many people go to college in a compulsory fashion. This is simply the next step after high school. This was an easy decision to make during a time when the costs of going to college were affordable. Today, many schools charge $40,000 and $50,000 per year for a basic undergraduate degree. That is problematic. A large number of recent graduates are now working in positions that don’t require their specific field of study. In other words, they are employed in a field different from their undergraduate degree but still carry forward with mounds of debt.

Sep 02 06:24

Coming to a campus near you: ADL recruits student politicians for Israel trips

As the school year starts, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) director of Campus Initiatives, Naomi Mayor, has sent personalized invitations to elected members of student government inviting them to participate in an all-expenses paid trip to Israel.

Aug 29 11:37

Cambridge Mace's Lane Middle School Teacher on Administrative Leave

He's a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.

Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace's Lane Middle School had several aliases. Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country's history set in the future. Now, Patrick McLaw is placed on leave.

Dr. K.S. Voltaer is better known by some in Dorchester County as Patrick McLaw, or even Patrick Beale. Not only was he a teacher at Mace's Lane Middle School in Cambridge, but according to Dorchester Sheriff James Phillips, McLaw is also the author of two books: "The Insurrectionist" and its sequel, "Lillith's Heir."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight: this man was arrested for writing books of fiction that might be construed as criticizing the US government?!?

Involuntarily sent to a mental ward?!?

This man's career in education is now in ruins.

When this is all over, his professional martyrdom at the hands of the Dorchester County Public Scholl District may well propel him to a larger audience for his fiction.

Welcome to Amerika, folks.

Aug 28 09:33

iFail: Why John Deasy's Risky iPad Gambit Crashed and Burned at LAUSD

Aug 27 10:47

Cambridge Mace's Lane Middle School Teacher on Administrative Leave

He's a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.

Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace's Lane Middle School had several aliases. Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country's history set in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those are not aliases, those are pen names, and many authors use them. "Mark Twain" was not his real name. Does that make it an "alias", with all the sinister connotations?

Aug 24 08:17

Students take demand to rehire Salaita directly to Univ. of Illinois trustees

The students are demanding the “immediate reinstatement” of Salaita, who was fired by university administrators from a tenured position in the American Indian Studies Program at the university’s Urbana-Champaign campus, following a media campaign targeting him because of his criticism of Israel.

Aug 13 12:16

Illegals Bring Disease Risk As Schools To Open

When will the US Government have mercy on its OWN, US, CITIZENS?
The nightmare continues and will worsen when US schools open this month. All it takes to spread insect borne diseases like Chikungunya, Dengue, Dengue Hemorrhagic, Yellow Fever, Malaria, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, etc is for a mosquito to bite an infected illegal then that same mosquito bite a noninfected person, or classmate.

It is even easier to spread Influenza, Ebola, TB (all types) even totally resistant TB, and any other airborne or minimally airborne disease of which I believe Ebola to be.

Aug 12 07:27

Fired professor voiced "legitimate outrage" over Gaza attack, say University of Illinois colleagues

Professors from within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have called on the college to rescind its firing of Steven Salaita over the academic’s Palestine solidarity activities.

As reported previously on The Electronic Intifada, revelations from various sources have strongly suggested that the University of Illinois was lobbied by Zionist groups opposed to Salaita’s hiring as an associate professor in the Department of American Indian Studies. The sacking was condemned in an open letter by senior professors from around North America, and by the American Association of University Professors.

Now, in a statement sent to members and posted as a PDF file on its website, the executive committee for the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign has spelled out its opposition to its own management’s actions.

Aug 12 07:26

Zionist groups planned to lobby Univ. of Illinois trustees over Salaita appointment

Last week it was reported that University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Chancellor Phyllis Wise had abruptly terminated Salaita weeks before he was due to start teaching in a tenured position in the American Indian Studies Program.

This followed a media campaign against Salaita, a prominent advocate for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, over tweets he made condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza.

Wise’s move has drawn broad and forceful condemnation from heavyweight academics and organizations including the AAUP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Salaita should sue Phyllis Wise for violations of the First Amendment. Salaita has a right to express his personal opinion in tweets. Everyone who took part in this attempt to silence him is an enemy of America and all that it supposedly stands for!

Aug 10 08:15

Some 30K Unaccompanied Minors to Attend Public US Schools This Year

The feds have released more than 30,000 unaccompanied minors, all of whom entered the U.S. illegally, in various states around the nation. Assuming that most of these children will not be immediately deported, U.S. public schools be will forced to accommodate them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... along with the infectious tuberculosis, HIV, H1N1, Bubonic Plague, and possibly Ebola that have brought into the nation with them.

Aug 10 08:14

'Brilliant and ethical' English professor 'loses his job' at top U.S. university after posting a series of anti-Israel Tweets

A ‘brilliant and ethical’ professor has lost his job at a major U.S. university over his anti-Israel remarks on Twitter, it has been claimed.

Steven Salaita had been offered a role at the University of Illinois on the American Indian Studies course – and the appointment was expected to be confirmed.

But according to the Huffington Post, there have been reports that his outspoken criticism of Israel’s part in the Gaza conflict may have cost him his job.

In one Tweet he told his followers: 'It's simple: either condemn #Israel's actions or embrace your identity as someone who's okay with the wholesale slaughter of children.’

Another read: 'Only #Israel can murder around 300 children in the span of a few weeks and insist that it is the victim.'

On the same day he wrote: 'It's quite simple, really: don't support any ideology whose practice results in dead children.'

According to the Huffington Post, the university has yet to comment on why the appointment was blocked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The story is that a local Jewish group contacted the University and threatened "action" if Salaita was hired. Now they are saying that even though they did send such a message, they are not responsible for the university's decision.

What is important to keep in mind is that Salaita did not make these remarks in the classroom, but in his private life. This underhanded campaign to ruin his career is a violation of his right to Freedom of Speech under the First Amendment and everyone who took part in this fiasco is an enemy of America and what it stands for.

Aug 08 08:45

Schools use new software to monitor students’ social media posts

Officials in western Maryland’s Washington County schools will be tracking students’ social media activity while at school using new software that scans for keywords like “kill” or “bomb.”
student smart phone.

The district is using software called Social Sentinel that employs “geofencing” protocol to determine when students are on school grounds and scans their Twitter, Facebook and other social media posts for evidence of violent threats, harassment, drug or alcohol use, or similarly dangerous language, WJLA television station reports.

District officials are assuring the public that student privacy won’t be violated because the “geofencing” protocol limits tracking to when students are at school, a public place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But, of course, what will NOT happen here is the banning of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI drugs) which have a lond and sordid history of generating suicidal and homicidal behavour in the teens who have been prescribed these drugs.

Gotta keep those pharmaceutical companies happy!!

And BTW, as reported at http://marylandbiocenter.org/Bioscience%20of%20Maryland/Pages/factsand...

Maryland is home to more than 500 core bioscience companies, representing approximately 8% of the U.S. industry. This is the 2nd largest cluster (per capita) in the U.S. and 4th overall in “core biotechnology” companies (Ernst and Young, 2006-2008).

Aug 08 07:25

Jewish group that sent email promising action denies role in Steven Salaita firing

The Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation has told The Electronic Intifada it had no role in the University of Illinois’ decision to terminate professor Steven Salaita.

This is despite the fact that its director had sent an email on 22 July reassuring constituents concerned by Salaita’s social media use that “leaders in the [Champaign-Urbana] Jewish community take this issue quite seriously and are addressing this matter to the best of our abilities.”

Jul 23 10:01

Mississippi Cuts $1.3 Billion from Schools, Gives $1.3 Billion to Nissan

Mississippi has proved to us all that austerity, or the political ideology of “government living within its means,” is a farce. All austerity means is taking money away from public services, and giving it to private business. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the GOP-led legislature illustrated that perfectly in two ways.

Jul 15 07:58

District’s ‘critical thinking’ assignment led at least 50 students to conclude Holocaust never occurred

An eighth-grade English assignment that was meant to develop students’ critical thinking skills has, instead, created some 50 new Holocaust deniers.

In May, Rialto Unified School District leaders came under intense criticism after it was revealed the district’s roughly 2,000 eighth-grade students were given an in-class essay assignment in which they were asked to consider if the Holocaust was “an actual historical event” or if it might have been “a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain.”concentration camp

Students were directed to “research” the issue and take a position on it, supporting their conclusion with “textual evidence” – printouts of information culled from three websites, one of which was a Holocaust denial site.

When news of the assignment broke, Rialto Unified school officials attempted to soothe angry community members by stating that none of the students actually argued that the Holocaust did not occur.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"At the insistence of AIPAC, critical thinking will no longer be taught to American children. In fact we plan to lobotomize most of them so that they will have no choice but to believe what we tell them to believe ... for their own good, of course!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 09 06:31

"Holocaust Survivor" warns concerned schoolkids: Iran must be stopped

An alleged "holocaust survivor" named Norbert Bikales who goes around New Jersey speaking to schoolkids has warned them that Iran must not acquire nuclear power. In the past it was "nuclear weapons" that the zionists alleged Iran was making, but they appear to now have eased the requirements of preemptive war to merely "nuclear power" when acquired by potential enemies.

The Central Jersey Register-News reports: BORDENTOWN: Middle school hosts Holocaust survivor:

"When asked if there is anything going on in the world today that looks like a holocaust could happen again, Mr. Bikales said, “We need to take a serious look at the nuclear power that Iran may have. The world powers need to stop Iran from gaining nuclear power and using it."

Many schools across the United States indoctrinate their schoolkids with grossly exagerated and unsubstanciated fables of the holohoax.

Jul 07 09:53

University offers female students extra credit for not shaving their armpits

Female students at an Arizona university have been offered the chance to earn extra credit by not shaving their armpit hair for a whole semester.

The unconventional offer was made by women and gender studies professor Breanne Fahs as a way to get her students to challenge social norms.

Male students on the Arizona State University course are also able to apply for extra credit, but to qualify they have to shave all their hair from the neck down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course such curriculum will prepare these kids to find high paying jobs with which to repay their student loans. :)

Jul 06 06:55

Bolivia Passes Law To Allow 10-Year-Olds To Work

Bolivia's Congress has passed legislation to allow children as young age 10 to work as long as it does not interfere with their education and is done independently to help the child's family make ends meet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"....as long as it does not interfere with their education", MY ASTROLABE!!

A 10 year old kid who is doing hard physical labor will be exhausted by the time they get to school, may not be able to pay attention in class, and may well get thrown out of school, because they cannot focus, and are irritable.

But hey, Bolivian corporations got precisely what they wanted from this bill, and will be doing the happy dance henceforward; child labor is back, baby!! And back with a vengeance in Bolivia.

Jul 04 11:53

The Tiny Dot

Jul 02 09:25

Free speech banned: Student group sues 4 US universities that ‘stifle dissent’

Arguing that free speech is suffering at colleges across the US, an advocacy group filed lawsuits against four universities, seeking to strengthen the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has filed lawsuits against four schools – Iowa State University, Ohio University, Chicago University and Citrus College in Glendora, California – that it says disrupt the flow of free speech in a number of ways, including the banning of particular T-shirts, for example, or by refusing to permit certain speakers address the student body on controversial issues.

According to the group’s estimate, about 60 percent of public universities and colleges have restrictions on rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Jul 02 07:51

Starting Today Interest On New Student Loans Rises By 20%

While the new quarter has started with a bang for the capital markets and those 1% who actually benefit from one after another record high courtesy of the Fed's "fairy dust", July 1 is an important date for another group of Americans: students. However, instead of more wealth, America's aspiring intelligentsia has something far less pleasant to look forward to, namely more debt, because today is when higher interest rates for education loans kick in. Starting July 1 all new loans for the 2013/2014 student year will increase from 3.86% to 4.66%, a 20% increase.

Jun 26 10:08

Facebook - BC voters supporting BC teachers and public education

It is critically important that everyone in BC understands this. The BC Liberals have demanded an "out clause" in an employment contract with the BCTF, a clause that would allow the government to ignore any future court rulings and rip up a contract affected by such rulings. This means two things for our democracy. 1. Collective bargaining, ruled a basic democratic right by the Supreme Court of Canada, would no longer be a right in BC, as its results could be torn up by government should it wish to do so. 2. The rule of law would no longer apply in BC, as the government would no longer be subject to court rulings. If you believe that demanding such a clause from the BCTF is anti-democratic and outrageous, please contact your MLA and the government. The rights of every citizen, not just of teachers, are at risk.

Jun 24 13:46

It Takes Mark Cuban Less Than 90 Seconds to Outline His Dire Prediction About the Student Loan Crisis

It is “inevitable” that the student loan bubble is going to burst sometime in the future, resulting in a “repeat of what we saw in the housing market,” according to billionaire Mark Cuban.

Jun 18 07:28

The Next Obama Debt Bomb About To Implode

A 517% increase in student debt in the last five years. Can there be any doubt this shocking imbalance in the cost of college education was not planned? Read on to learn of the stunning, and insidious numbers that reflect yet another war on America orchestrated by an administration determined to push the entire nation over the brink…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Federal Reserve system is a pyramid structure. Because all currency is loaned into circulation at interest, the system creates more debt than money with which to pay that debt.

The only way to keep the system solvent is to constantly find new borrowers which allows the creation of new money, part of which is then used to pay the interest on the old money. But the total aggregate debt will continue to outgrow the total available money supply.

We have reached a point where the bankers and the government are trying to find new ways to force people deeper into debt to keep the Ponzi scheme going, and the college students have become the latest victims of this scam, brought into debt-slavery by cutting off financial support for higher education and raising the cost of college much higher than can be explained by the rate of inflation. This forces the kids into debt to get their diplomas.

The problem is that we have reached a stage where people are being forced to borrow money, and loans handed out willy-nilly, without any regard for whether those loans can actually be paid back. Sooner or later, the rates of defaults on all these imposed loans will overtake the creation of new money from new loans and the pyramid will collapse, as all pyramids have done throughout history.

Jun 12 07:20

Mother of seven found dead in jail cell serving time for children’s truancy

Eileen DiNino, a 55-year-old mother of seven from Reading, Pennsylvania, was found dead in her cell on Saturday. She was in the midst of a 48-hour jail sentence that was meant to erase her $2,000 debt, which had built up since 1999 by her sons' truancy from a vocational school, according to the Associated Press.

Police said the cause of death has yet to be determined, but the tragedy has already infuriated much of the community and the judge who sent DiNino to the Berks County jail.

“Did something happen? Was she scared to death?” said District Judge Dean Patton, who told reporters that he has been unable to sleep in the wake of her death yet had no other option under the law than to impose the sentence.

Jun 11 09:20

Cafeteria Worker Throws Out Student's Lunch Because He's 26 Cents Short

A father is blasting his young son's school after a cafeteria worker at Kent, Washington's Mill Creek Middle School threw away the kid's lunch because he was 26 cents short.

"He gets up to the front and they say there's not enough in his account, so they take his food, and in front of him, throw it away," Jimmie Keys, the boy's father, told Komo News.

Jun 11 08:54

Indiana GOP candidate: ‘No one has the guts’ to let poor people ‘wither and die’

A northwest Indiana Republican has backtracked on outrageous comments he made on Facebook about poor people.

John Johnston, who is challenging Democratic state Rep. Chuck Moseley for the 10th District seat, said during a social media discussion on poverty that “no one has the guts to just let them wither and die.”

“The voters are the ones in charge,” Johnston said. “(H)owever when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing. consequently the dole continues.”

However, Johnston told the newspaper he didn’t advocate the end to programs such as welfare or food stamps.

“My main point is that the programs are used as political tools,” Johnston said. “Sometimes it hurts, but you might give them less to motivate someone to get a job.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Mr. Johnson, given the current state of the American body politic, the voters are absolutely NOT in charge; it is the major corporations which fund election cycles which are in charge.

By the time elections happen at the state or national level, all candidates have been thoroughly vetted by the major corporations, to make sure that they will deliver legislation which is favorable to them, first and foremost.

And as to those people on welfare who should "get a job", just what jobs are available for them, when college graduates are now earning minimum wage at discount big box stores, because the decently paying jobs have been offshored/outsourced, courtesy of those major corporations which fund election cycles?!?

Mr. Johnson, I am waiting for an intelligent answer on this, sir!!

Jun 11 07:27

California Judge Rules Tenure Laws Violate Student Rights to an Education

A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprived students of their right to an education under the State Constitution and violated their civil rights. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states.

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