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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Then Fox News... (27 comments)

Actually, that would be Canada's prerogative. And Canada is taking steps to enhance its presence in the Arctic Circle . . . precisely because they are concerned that Russia plans to lay claim to the emerging shipping lanes there.

And Obama has never seen "Ice Station Zebra": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

4 hours ago
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Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

PolygamousRanchKid Get a dog (41 comments)

Dogs always give you the feeling that they care about you. The wagging tail, the dumb look in the face, the tongue hanging down to the ground . . .

Forget cats, though. You could sink in quicksand if front of a cat, and it will barely give you a glance the entire time.

5 hours ago
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FBI Drone Deployment Timeline

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Ron Paul was never a Senator (33 comments)

Perhaps you meant his son Senator 'Rand' Paul?

. . . or father John Paul II . . . ?

. . . or former Texas Senator H. Ron Peron . . . ?

. . . or even, . . . stretching it . . . , L. Ron Hubbard . . . ?

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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

PolygamousRanchKid The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (240 comments)

"Well, you’re obviously being totally naive of course", said the girl, "When you’ve been in marketing as long as I have, you'll know that before any new product can be developed it has to be properly researched. We’ve got to find out what people want from fire, how they relate to it, what sort of image it has for them." The crowd were tense. They were expecting something wonderful from Ford.

"Stick it up your nose," he said.

"Which is precisely the sort of thing we need to know," insisted the girl, "Do people want fire that can be fitted nasally?"

"And the wheel," said the Captain, "What about this wheel thingy? It sounds a terribly interesting project."

"Ah," said the marketing girl, "Well, we're having a little difficulty there."

"Difficulty?" exclaimed Ford. "Difficulty? What do you mean, difficulty? It's the single simplest machine in the entire Universe!"

The marketing girl soured him with a look.

"Alright, Mr. Wiseguy," she said, "if you're so clever, you tell us what colour it should be."

2 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

PolygamousRanchKid Re:If I have kids... (351 comments)

. . . I don't know who they are.

2 days ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Betteridge's Law sez "Nope." (157 comments)

So why choose some of the world's most expensive real estate?

Because rich folks live there, with more money than brains. If you note what they said:

where our backers can of course pay us a visit.

So it seems they are going after rich investors, who want to go by a see a prototype of the toy that they are helping to build. Maybe even sit in the cockpit/driver's seat! So it is more of an entertainment expense, as opposed to a serious investment.

As a non-rich, non-investor, not living in Silicon Valley, all I have to say is . . . have fun.

3 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Problem is overrated (431 comments)

Honestly, the article was published in a WAZ group newspaper. They are conservative and opposed to this learning concept.

+1 Informative. I read the article, and it to a swipe at "children of immigrants" who are part of the problem.

Go figure.

4 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

PolygamousRanchKid Re:No. (431 comments)

I'll fix that for you:

Nein.

See? Our German is slipping already here on Slashdot!

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

PolygamousRanchKid Re:WHAT? (728 comments)

There is a massive cache of existing technology which can be repurposed to rebuild society. Whos gonna do it if not Slasdotters?

There was a Discovery show about this scenario: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

One of the most interesting challenges was finding new uses for all the old technology laying around. Like, fixing it up to do something new, that was necessary for survival.

5 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Something from nothing? (594 comments)

Millions of college students writing empty 500-word essays

Students don't write anymore . . . they cut & paste from the Web . . .

about a week ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

PolygamousRanchKid Re:What does it mean to divest? (214 comments)

They are a school for the rich, by the rich.

Which makes me wonder where the "Why is this on Slashdot!?" crowds are. This is about some political posturing by some rich folks, like: "Heidi Klum refuses to wear fur from cute dead animals!". This is TMZ stuff. Rich folks can afford to do some very strange things with their money. What do I care if George Clooney invests in Beanie Babies or Bitcoins, and divests of companies selling sweet, sugary, fattening drinks?

Also, what it the point of divesting in oil companies? They see themselves as "energy" companies anyway. You can bet your hairy ass that Exxon is working on alternative sources of energy income for the time when oil runs out. Those Big Oil folks will find another way to grab us by the balls. We'll be charging our cars at their service stations in the future.

Unfortunately, all these political posing hissy fits seem to drown out the actual science and serious discussion about what to do about climate change. Whenever a climate change topic gets posted to Slashdot, it degenerates into a political baboon shit-slinging festival:

"U R Denier!"

"U R Tree Hugger!"

. . . etc.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (639 comments)

seven of nine

She was always "38 of D" to me . . .

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Let's just say.... (230 comments)

The NSA has a whole department occupied with the investigation of the existence of God.

Because if He does exist, they want to spy on him.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

PolygamousRanchKid Re:In other news (230 comments)

But he did say that the infrastructure allowing this to happen had been built

By IBM! /insert ww2 corporate references

So you mean we'll be forced to play Jeopardy to death in these camps . . . ?

about two weeks ago
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Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Win Truth-Telling Award

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Which just goes to show (123 comments)

Everyone in the US armed forces is without honor.

Is that you, Fred "Westboro Baptist Church" Phelps . . . ?

I thought you were dead.

about two weeks ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (312 comments)

the Kennedy assassination tapes

Kennedy shot himself. Stanley Kubrick had already been secretly contracted to film the moon landings at Area 51, and so he was just instructed to fake an assassination tape on the side.

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Probably due to spin (392 comments)

tell me something in terms an idiot would understand

Richard Feynman answered that question with something like:

"I can't explain it in terms that you would understand, because I can't understand it, in terms that you would understand."

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Because you think Google is any better? (218 comments)

And ironically, replace "Facebook" with "Hollywood" in the summary above.

And comically, replace "Facebook" with "Slashdot" in the summary above.

Or "Obamacare" . . .

about two weeks ago
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Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

PolygamousRanchKid Re:Wood IS fuel (112 comments)

Apply heat and O2 to complete fire triangle.

Well, you’re obviously being totally naive of course. When you’ve been in marketing as long as I have, you'll know that before any new product can be developed it has to be properly researched. We’ve got to find out what people want from fire, how they relate to it, what sort of image it has for them.

Do people want fire that can be fitted nasally?

If you're so clever, you tell us what color fire should be.

about two weeks ago

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To reduce the health risk of barbecuing meat, just add beer

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about two weeks ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Grilling meat gives it great flavour. This taste, though, comes at a price, since the process creates molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which damage DNA and thus increase the eater’s chances of developing colon cancer. But a group of researchers led by Isabel Ferreira of the University of Porto, in Portugal, think they have found a way around the problem. When barbecuing meat, they suggest, you should add beer.

The PAHs created by grilling form from molecules called free radicals which, in turn, form from fat and protein in the intense heat of this type of cooking. One way of stopping PAH-formation, then, might be to apply chemicals called antioxidants that mop up free radicals. And beer is rich in these, in the shape of melanoidins, which form when barley is roasted."

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Obama to unveil new manufacturing institutes in Chicago, Detroit

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 2 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "President Obama plans to announce on Tuesday the opening of two new manufacturing institutes in the Chicago and Detroit areas as part of a larger plan to use public-private partnerships to advance his agenda despite opposition from Republicans in Congress. Several federal agencies will join forces with companies and universities to run the institutes, which will be devoted to bridging the gap between applied research and product development, according to an administration official familiar with the plans.

Each institute will function as a “teaching factory,” the official said, and will provide training for workers while also helping companies get the expertise and equipment they need to offer new products and manufacturing processes. The government will put up $140 million to match the more than $140 million promised by the private sector leaders involved with each project, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss the plans before the official announcement next week. The federal government will devote $70 million to each of the two institutes.

The selection of Chicago to host a new institute drew praise from elected officials who have lobbying for it for months."

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Fatwa forbids Muslims from traveling to Mars

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 2 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "The Khaleej Times of Dubai reports that a fatwa committee has forbidden Muslims from taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet. At the moment, there is no technology available that would allow for a return trip from Mars, so it is truly a one-way ticket for the colonists, who may also become reality TV stars in the process. The committee of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates that issued the fatwa against such a journey doesn't have anything against space exploration,Elon Musk's Mars visions, or anything like that. Rather, the religious leaders argue that making the trip would be tantamount to committing suicide, which all religions tend to frown upon.

Professor Farooq Hamada, who presided over the committee, explained, "Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." Hundreds of Saudis and other Arabs have applied to Mars One, and the committee suspects some may be interested in the trip "for escaping punishment or standing before Almighty Allah for judgment," according to the Khaleej Times.

The committee stood firm in its belief that this approach would be a waste of time and one very long trip: "This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything.""

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US blames Russia for leak of undiplomatic language from top official

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 2 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "America's new top diplomat for Europe seems to have been caught being decidedly undiplomatic about her EU allies in a phone call apparently intercepted and leaked by Russia. "Fuck the EU," Victoria Nuland apparently says in a recent phone call with the US ambassador to Kiev, Geoff Pyatt, as they discuss the next moves to try to resolve the crisis in Ukraine amid weeks of pro-democracy protests which have rocked the country. The call appears to have been intercepted and released on YouTube, accompanied by Russian captions of the private and candid conversation.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that if the Russians were responsible for listening to, recording and posting a private diplomatic telephone conversation, it would be "a new low in Russian tradecraft."

So . . . Russians spooks are spying on US diplomats . . . which you would expect them to do. But American spooks are spying on Americans citizens . . . and the State Department has the gall to call the Russians "low" . . . ?"

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It's icebreakers . . . all the way down . . .

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 3 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "A U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker left Australia for Antarctica on Sunday to rescue more than 120 crew members aboard two icebreakers trapped in pack ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge, officials said. The 399-foot cutter, the Polar Star, is responding to a Jan. 3 request from Australia, Russia and China to assist the Russian and Chinese ships because "there is sufficient concern that the vessels may not be able to free themselves from the ice," the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre, which oversaw the rescue, said the Polar Star, the Coast Guard's only active heavy polar icebreaker, would take about seven days to reach Commonwealth Bay, depending on weather. Under international conventions observed by most countries, ships' crews are obliged to take part in such rescues and the owners carry the costs."

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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Should YouTube subsidize le cinéma français? France’s audiovisual regulator thinks so. In a report this week, the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) says that video-sharing websites should be subject to a tax that helps finance the production of French films and TV shows. Although the CSA report says that videos posted online by private individuals should not be subject to taxation, it contends that video-sharing sites increasingly have become “professional” content providers.

Separately, France is considering a tax on smartphones, tablets, and other devices as another source of revenue for cultural subsidies. The proposed tax would raise an estimated €86 million annually that would be used to finance the “cultural industries’ digital transition,” France’s Culture Ministry said at the time."

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GM's CEO rejects repaying Feds for bailout losses

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "The General Motors bailout may have cost the government $10 billion, but GM CEO Dan Akerson rejects any suggestion that the company should compensate for the losses. He says Treasury officials took the same risk assumed by anyone who purchases stock.

Akerson said that GM repaid all the debt issued by the government beginning in December 2008 when George W. Bush was still president and extending into the first year of Barack Obama's presidency. He added that it was the Treasury's decision — though one he clearly supported — to take an ownership stake in the form of company shares.

Asked whether GM should pay the difference between the amount the government provided the company and the return from the sale of the shares, Akerson said the "die was cast" by Treasury when it decided to take shares. For GM to make up for any shortfall could result in lawsuits from other shareholders."

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Thousands of Germans threatened with €250 fines for streaming porn

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Thousands of German users that have used a porn website to stream shows have received threatening letters from a local law firm demanding €250 ($344) per certain watched clips, Chip.de reports. Apparently, a Swiss-based firm that owns the content hosted by porn site Redtube has tasked a law firm with collecting fines for each of its shows that was streamed online in the region. The law firm has apparently received a go ahead from a local court, and as many as ten thousand warnings may have been set to users, for porn shows watched in August.

However, the court in Cologne may have issued a wrong verdict, German online publication Stern says, allowing the lawyers of U+C to go forward and ask ISPs to disclose names and addresses associated with the IPs which allegedly streamed the porn shows.

More importantly, it’s unclear how their IPs were actually shared with the law firm sending out the warnings in the first place, but their privacy has clearly been violated in some sort of way. Chip.de suggests that these users may have been targeted with malware that harvested their IP addresses in order to be later used in such legal proceedings."

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U.S. Accuses Germany of Causing Instability

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 6 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "As punishment for Germany's NSA spying complaints . . . ?

The United States Treasury singled out Germany for criticism in a report released on Wednesday that said Berlin’s reliance on exports was holding back its struggling partners in the European Union. The document, the Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies, outlines the practices of America’s top trading partners over the first half of 2013, concluding that none “met the standard of manipulating the rate of exchange between their currency and the United States dollar” in order to gain an unfair trade advantage.

Yet Germany was a focus of particular — and unusual — scolding from the Obama administration, which said that Berlin’s “anemic pace of domestic demand growth and dependence on exports have hampered rebalancing” and hurt its ailing European Union partners. For decades, Germany’s manufacturers have produced more than its residents demand, sending more of its relatively low-cost goods into the international market than what it imports.

Yeah, all those damn low-cost Porsches, BMWs and Mercedes!

Germany’s policies have also driven export surpluses in the European Union as a whole, to the detriment of the United States and other major exporters, Mr. Kirkegaard said. He said he doubted that German officials “will pay the least attention to this finger-pointing.”"

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Elop Favored by Gamblers as Microsoft's Next Chief Executive

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "A gambling website’s favorite as Microsoft Corp.’s next chief executive officer is Stephen Elop, the Nokia CEO who has presided over a 62 percent decline in market value. Elop, a former Microsoft executive, has 5-to-1 odds to be hired as Steve Ballmer’s replacement, according to Ladbrokes, the U.K.-based gambling operator. He leads a pool including internal candidates Kevin Turner and Julie Larson-Green and outsiders like Apple CEO Tim Cook — a 100-to-1 dark horse.

The betting house says Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, is the second-favorite contender for the CEO job at 6-to-1, followed by Andreessen Horowitz board partner Steve Sinofsky and Larson-Green, at 8-to-1. Tony Bates, Satya Nadella, Qi Lu and Terry Myerson are the leading internal choices to replace Ballmer, people with knowledge of the matter said. All four have odds between 10-to-1 and 14-to-1 on Ladbrokes. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings offers a 16-to-1 shot for gamblers betting on Microsoft’s expansion in entertainment.

Feeling a bit riskier? Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, T-Mobile USA Inc. CEO John Legere and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey are 40-to-1 long shots. Then there’s Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder and the world’s richest person — and a 50-to-1 bet."

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Un-un-pentium on your Periodic Table of the Elements?

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Researchers at Sweden’s Lund University have announced that they’ve been able to confirm the existence of element 115 on the periodic table. This research team isn’t the first to create element 115, which is currently known as ununpentium. The first claim that ununpentium had been synthesized in a lab was by a joint group of Russian and American researchers, who believed that they created it in their lab in 2004.

The Lund research team created ununpentium by bombarding americium(!?!?!) , which has 95 protons, with calcium, which has 20 protons. The bombardment created elements with 115 protons. The atoms were so unstable, however, that they decayed almost instantly. So to demonstrate that they had created element 115, the scientists had to actually measure the photons released by the atoms decay and confirmed that it matched what physics predicts would be the decay pattern for ununpentium."

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Will Obamacare destroy jobs?

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "More than one in ten firms surveyed by Mercer, a consultancy—and one in five retail and hospitality companies—say they will cut workers’ hours because of Obamacare. A hundred part-timers can flip as many burgers as 50 full-timers, and the former will soon be much cheaper. Opinions are furiously divided as to whether the unintended harm caused by health reform will outweigh its benefits. Republicans, who have always hated the whole package, howl that it will destroy jobs. Nonsense, say Democrats; it will promote growth and boost employment. Since the law has so many moving parts, it is hard to predict who is right. But there is a risk that a lot of workers will be hurt.

Obamacare includes a tax on generous health plans, starting in 2018, which is making some employers reconsider lush benefits. Unions, which fought for them, are livid. At the other extreme, some low-paid workers may want their employers to drop insurance, so they can receive subsidies on the exchanges.

More worrying, though, is the possibility that Obamacare may kill jobs. In 2010 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that it would shrink employment by 0.5%. The law’s many provisions would pull in opposite directions. Some would raise employment, the CBO predicted. For example, by expanding Medicaid (health care for the poor) to those with higher incomes, Obamacare would remove a disincentive to work. People who might have turned down extra work for fear of losing their Medicaid would now take it, ran the argument.

Other provisions would reduce employment. Partly, this would be because employers will cut jobs and hours to avoid being subject to the law. But mostly, the CBO thinks it would be because people will choose to work less. Obamacare’s subsidies will boost the finances of poor workers; they may therefore work fewer hours.

When the final diagnosis is done, Obamacare may have nasty side-effects."

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Obama seeks new system for rating colleges

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Targeting the soaring cost of higher education, President Barack Obama on Thursday unveiled a broad new government rating system for colleges that would judge schools on their affordability and perhaps be used to allocate federal financial aid. But the proposed overhaul faced immediate skepticism from college leaders who worry the rankings could cost their institutions millions of dollars, as well as from congressional Republicans wary of deepening the government’s role in higher education.

For colleges and universities, millions of federal aid dollars could be on the line if schools are downgraded under the government rating system. There has been little consensus among policymakers on how to curb college costs. While Obama’s proposal could give colleges an incentive to slow increases, it could also add massive reporting requirements that could be a burden on schools already struggling to make ends meet.

The new rating system does not require congressional approval, and the White House is aiming to have it set up before the 2015 school year. But Obama does need support from Congress in order to use the ratings as a basis for parceling out federal financial aid. In addition to tuition, schools will also be rated on average student loan debt, graduation rates and the average earnings of graduates. Under Obama’s proposal, students attending highly rated schools could receive larger grants and more affordable loans.

The president is also seeking legislation to give colleges a ‘‘bonus’’ based on the number of students they graduate who received Pell Grants. The goal is to encourage colleges to enroll and graduate low- and moderate-income students.

I guess I'll apply to the college that the government tells me to . . ."

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Gang of Feral Cats Attacks Woman, Dog in France

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 9 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "A gang of feral cats in France attacked a woman and her poodle, forcing both victims to seek medical attention for their injuries. The cat-attack occurred Sunday (July 21) near the city of Belfort in eastern France. The 31-year-old woman was walking her dog near a wooded area when six felines set upon her, knocking her to the ground, The Independent reports.

Josette Galliot, the mother of the victim, said, "The cats jumped on my daughter and managed to knock her over. They bit her on the leg and on her arms. They even pierced an artery."

Veterinary specialist Valerie Dramard believes the cats were protecting their territory from the poodle, and the woman simply got in the way. "Cats are not new zombies of the apocalypse," Dramard said reassuringly. "They are just very territorial and unfriendly with unknown species."

Yeah, right . . . it has begun . . ."

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'Pink Mass' Has Made Westboro Baptist Church Founder's Mom Gay

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 9 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "On Sunday, July 14, the Satanic Temple, a New York-based organization that seeks to foster "benevolence and empathy among all people" through Satan, performed a ritual called a "pink mass" at the Mississippi gravesite of Catherine Idalette Johnston, mother of WBC founder Fred Phelps Jr. The aim? To "turn" the WBC founder's mom gay for all eternity.

"Upon completion of the pink mass ceremony, Catherine Johnston is now gay in the afterlife," notes the Satanic Temple website, which has the cheeky URL www.westboro-baptist.com. "Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay ... [and] if beliefs are inviolable rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay." The latter assertion appears to be a play on the WBC's own stance that their beliefs are totally infallible.

Vice reports that the idea for the pink mass came about in April, after the WBC threatened to protest the funerals of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. The website compared the the pink mass to "the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead, only much gayer.""

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Christian Right Fights Porn In The Dorm

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 9 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Supporters of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobbyist group, gathered Wednesday to discuss the organization’s latest crusade: the elimination of pornography on college campuses. A 2001 study conducted by scholars at Texas A&M revealed that while 56% of men admit to using the Internet to access sexual explicit materials, 72% of college-aged men readily say the same. The prevalence of porn on campuses hasn’t defeated Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute and Wednesday’s speaker.

Fagan compared modern American society to “pagan Rome,” claiming that the proliferation of sexual deviancy in our country is a direct threat to the “people-forming institutions” of family, church, and school. He considers the matter of paramount importance to civilization as a whole. “Sexual intercourse, like atomic energy, is a powerful agent for good if channeled well, but for ill if not.

So, sexual intercourse, like atomic energy . . . not in my backyard . . . ?

Christian organizations have pointed fingers at everything from technology to politics when it comes to porn. In a 2013 fact sheet without footnotes or citations, a Christian vendor of Internet filtering software called Covenant Eyes claims that 24% of smartphone users store pornographic material on their mobile devices. The organization says that 79% of porn performers have used marijuana, and “politically liberal people” are 19% more likely to look at porn than others.

Linda Williams, a professor film studies and rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, begs to differ. She and college educators around the country have used pornography as a teaching tool and a basis for classroom discussion. “I do believe pornography reveals a great deal about who we are as Americans,” Williams told TIME.

. . . maybe that doesn't apply to Hentai . . ."
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DOJ trolling for email tips in Zimmerman probe

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 9 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "From the "Just the meta-data, Ma'am, just the meta-data" department:

More than a year after an FBI report indicated there was no evidence of racial bias in George Zimmerman's history, the Justice Department is trolling for email tips on the former neighborhood watch volunteer as it weighs a possible federal civil rights case against him. Amid pressure from the NAACP and several Democratic lawmakers to pursue Zimmerman, the department has circulated an email address asking for any tips or information regarding the case. The move appears to mark an expansion of the probe, after Attorney General Eric Holder said in an address Tuesday to the NAACP that his department would "consider all available information" before deciding whether to move forward.

A Justice official told Fox News that both the conference call and the email address asking for tips and information are fairly standard procedure when dealing with a high-profile investigation such as this one. The department has used such tip lines in the past, including in a probe last year of the Albuquerque, N.M., police department.

Anonymous email tips from the Internet . . . ? That's always a hoot-and-a-half"

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The Middle East beats the West in female tech founders

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 9 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Only 10% of internet entrepreneurs across the world are women, according to Startup Compass, a firm that tracks such things. Except in Amman and other Middle Eastern cities, it seems. There, the share of women entrepreneurs is said to average 35%—an estimate seemingly confirmed by the mix of the sexes at “Mix‘n’Mentor”, a recent gathering in the Jordanian capital organised by Wamda, an online publication for start-ups.

Reasons abound, and they are not always positive, says Nina Curley, Wamda’s editor. Although more than half of university graduates in many Middle Eastern countries (51% in Jordan) are women, the workforce is dominated by men (women provide only 21% of it overall, and a paltry 16% in Jordan). The internet, however, is a new space that is more meritocratic and not as heavily male. The technology also lets entrepreneurs work from home, making it easier to raise children.

The number of women entrepreneurs in the Middle East is likely to grow, including in the least likely places. “Well-educated women in Saudi Arabia want to work, but their family often objects,” explained an entrepreneur at the Wamda shindig. “Running an internet start-up from home is the perfect compromise.”"

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The Pope criminalizes leaks

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 9 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Pope Francis overhauled the laws that govern the Vatican City State on Thursday, criminalizing leaks of Vatican information and specifically listing sexual violence, prostitution and possession of child pornography as crimes against children that can be punished by up to 12 years in prison.

But without the leaks, how would we find out about those crimes against children?

Many of the new provisions were necessary to bring the city state's legal system up to date after the Holy See signed international treaties, such as the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Others were necessary to comply with international norms to fight money-laundering, part of the Vatican's push toward financial transparency.

One new crime stands out, though, as an obvious response to the leaks of papal documents last year that represented one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times. Paolo Gabriele, the butler for then-Pope Benedict XVI, was tried and convicted by a Vatican court of stealing Benedict's personal papers and giving them to an Italian journalist, Gianluigi Nuzzi. Using the documents, Nuzzi published a blockbuster book on the petty turf wars, bureaucratic dysfunction and allegations of corruption and homosexual liaisons that afflict the highest levels of Catholic Church governance. Gabriele, who said he wanted to expose the "evil and corruption" that plagued the Holy See, was convicted of aggravated theft and sentenced to 18 months in the Vatican's police barracks.

Oh, well. I guess plugging leaks won't stop all those shenanigans, but we just won't hear about it any more. This actually makes me feel like leaking something. If the Pope says it is dirty, and a sin, it must be a whole lot of fun doing it . . ."

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US denies Ecuador extradition request

PolygamousRanchKid PolygamousRanchKid writes  |  about 10 months ago

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Joe Biden, the American vice president, has telephoned the president of Ecuador to ask him not to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. Rafael Correa, speaking on Saturday during his weekly televised address, said that the "cordial" conversation took place on Friday. "He asked that we please reject the asylum application that Snowden has made," said Mr Correa, according to Ecuadorean newspaper El Telegrafo. "But for us to be able to assess the application, Mr Snowden has to be inside Ecuadorean territory. When he is there, we can consider the application."

Mr Correa, whose Left-wing government is frequently at odds with the United States, said he told Mr Biden that Ecuador had requested the extradition of two of its citizens – a request with the US ignored. Roberto and William Isaias, who ran the collapsed bank Filanbanco, are wanted in Ecuador – having fled to Miami in 2003. They deny all allegations of corruption.

"He said to me that Mr Snowden is a fugitive of American justice and doesn't have a passport. So I replied, well, the Isaias brothers are fugitives of Ecuadorean justice, and they don't have passports, but you won't extradite them to us. The only difference is that the Isaias brothers have already been sentenced.""

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