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There may be good reason for your curiosity if you have ever wondered about what is really going on at the southernmost continent… With so many myths and rumors flying around about the place lately, we decided to do a little research of our own into the claims… which turned into a whole lot of research… and what was going to be a 10-minute video turned into this.

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The gunman who opened fire on his estranged wife at a San Bernardino elementary school had been married to the special needs teacher less than three months, it was revealed.

Cedric Anderson, 53, walked into a classroom at North Park Elementary School and shot dead his estranged wife Karen Smith, 53, on Monday.

After unloading his revolver, killing Smith and injuring two special needs boys standing behind her, Anderson then turned the gun on himself in the apparent murder-suicide.

Both Anderson and Smith were found dead inside the classroom and one of the students, Jonathan Martinez, eight, later died from his injuries at a hospital.

Police revealed that Anderson and Smith had just been married in late January but separated around a month ago after Smith learned that the man she married ‘wasn’t wonderful’.

Cedric Anderson, 53, opened fire on his estranged wife Karen Smith, 53, before killing himself at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, CA. on Monday. They were married in January (pictured) before they separated around a month ago
 Cedric Anderson, 53, opened fire on his estranged wife Karen Smith, 53, before killing himself at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, CA. on Monday. They were married in January (pictured) before they separated around a month ago
Smith was a mother to four adult children from a previous marriage. Anderson also had children, but it is not known how many at this time 

Smith was a mother to four adult children from a previous marriage. Anderson also had children, but it is not known how many at this time 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4400438/Gunman-opened-fire-teacher-married-January.html#ixzz4dwZ2P5Yv

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| 24 March 2017 | Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky in 2001.

Ex-Penn State president guilty after failing to report suspected Sandusky abuse

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‘George Orwell’s classic book “1984,” about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime, has seen a surge in sales this month, rising to the top of the Amazon best-seller list in the United States and leading its publisher to have tens of thousands of new copies printed.

Craig Burke, the publicity director at Penguin USA, said that the publisher had ordered 75,000 new copies of the book this week and that it was considering another reprint.

“We’ve seen a big bump in sales,” Mr. Burke said. He added that the rise “started over the weekend and hit hyperactive” on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Since Friday, the book has reached a 9,500 percent increase in sales, he said.

He said demand began to lift on Sunday, shortly after the interview Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to Donald J. Trump, gave on “Meet the Press.”’

Read more: George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Suddenly a Best-Seller

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‘The Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa has ordered schools across the country to teach only Christianity, a move censured by opponents as inciting anti-Muslim bigotry.

The order went into effect on Tuesday as the new academic year began in Swaziland and officials announced that the old textbooks would be replaced with new ones that will only mention the Bible.

The schools were also instructed to submit a list of “qualified religious studies teachers ahead of the start of term,” AFP reported.

A top education ministry official, identified in the report as Pat Muir, said primary and high schools would not offer other religions.’

Read more: Swaziland orders schools to teach only Christianity

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‘While many adults are currently looking at how to grow their own food, the future may already be in front of our eyes: One school aims to teach kids how to grown their own food as part of a nursery!

A few clever Italians have come up with an amazing proposal, and their design of an innovative nursery school just won them the AWR International Ideas Competition award. Their project, titled “Nursery Fields Forever,” reimagines what nurseries and daycares might look like if their core, central concept was farming and sustainable agriculture. Check out the plans and designs below to get a better idea for how this might work – we think it’s a pretty amazing idea!’

Read more: Farming Preschool Would Teach Kids How To Grow Their Own Food

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When you are willing to pay for global warming “research” that has a predetermined outcome, all you do is open the door for fraud.

Universities typically received about 50 percent of the money their researchers get in public funds if their investigations find positive results, making them deeply dependent upon federal funding and likely to encourage studies that will come to conclusions the government wants.

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Today’s highlighted article was published last month, but I didn’t read it at the time and I’m guessing you didn’t either.

What’s so uniquely tragic about the the intrusion of the police state into America’s schools, is it appears the parents themselves are the ones demanding it. This is in contrast to an overbearing surveillance state implemented by government in secret, as well as by private corporations via lengthy terms of service agreements nobody actually reads.

What follows are excerpts from a very important article published at The NationThe School-Security Industry Is Cashing In Big on Public Fears of Mass Shootings:

“Security was the number-one factor for me in choosing a school,” explained one of the mothers I met late last winter at a Montessori preschool in an affluent suburb of Salt Lake City. A quality-control expert at a dietary-supplement company, the woman said she vividly remembers the jolt of horror she felt when she first learned of the Columbine massacre in 1999. So when the time came to send her child to preschool, she selected one that markets itself not only as creative, caring, and nurturing, but also as particularly security-conscious.

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The long-running tragic saga of ITT Education Services, which was established nearly 50 ago and operates the ITT Technical Institutes for-profit college chain, finally came to a end this morning with both a bang and a whimper, when it announced that it is shutting down effective immediately, leaving the fate of 40,000 students currently enrolled in limbo, and some 8,000 workers without a job.

The company said the closure is due to an investigation and sanctions by the U.S. Department of Education.

“It is with profound regret that we must report that ITT Educational Services, Inc. will discontinue academic operations at all of its ITT Technical Institutes permanently after approximately 50 years of continuous service,” the company stated Tuesday. “Effective today, the company has eliminated the positions of the overwhelming majority of our more than 8,000 employees.”

As previously reported,  ITT Tech stopped enrolling new students on August 29, just a few days after it was cut off from a significant amount of federal funding by the government. ITT’s collapse was catalyzed when the Department of Education effectively killed the company two weeks ago, when it told the company on August 25 that it couldn’t enroll new students who use federal financial aid. The school accused federal officials of forcing the closure and denying it due process. The company has been the subject of state and federal probes for various reasons, including its recruitment tactics, lending practices and job placement figures.

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War Industry Muster discusses one U.S. military contract from the past week and briefly talks about its implications regarding U.S. foreign policy, government spending priorities, and overall militarism. This week, we provide an overview of the Pentagon’s relationship with U.S. academia. We name the major U.S. universities that cooperate with the Pentagon, and we briefly explain how each institution aids and abets the U.S. war industry.
Christian Sorensen is a military analyst. He focuses on war profiteering, and is based out of the Boston area. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

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As regular readers know, one of our favorite chartpacks to show “Obama’s recovery” is the one below, presented most recently just two days ago during Obama’s now almost weekly televised sermon of how the economy is great and anyone who disagrees is “peddling fiction”, which using simple Bloomerg data, summarize recent changes in key economic indicators including soaring federal debt and government dependency via food stamp use, surging healthcare costs and social inequality, plunging homeownership, income, and labor force participation, and – of course – driving it all, none of the president’s or Congress’ actions, but the Fed’s balance sheet, something even major banks admit is better known as “printing money” – money that ends up blowing one after another asset bubble unable to finds its way into the broader economy – a stigma that is now gone in a world in which helicopter money is seriously considered by lunatics in power.

 

To be sure, the charts do not in any way imply that Obama started any of these disastrous trends (with a few exceptions); they do however make it very clear that more than 7 years under president Obama, these same trends have not changed.

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Short, intense directed apprenticeships that teach students how to learn on their own to mastery are the future of higher education.

So it turns out sitting in a chair for four years doesn’t deliver mastery in anything but the acquisition of staggering student-loan debt. Practical (i.e. useful) mastery requires not just hours of practice but directed deep learning via doing of the sort you only get in an apprenticeship.

The failure of our model of largely passive learning and rote practice is explained by Daniel Coyle in his book The Talent Code (sent to me by Ron G.), which upends the notion that talent is a genetic gift. It isn’t–in his words, it’s grown by deep practice, the ignition of motivation and master coaching.

Using these techniques, student reach levels of accomplishment in months that surpass those of students who spent years in hyper-costly conventional education programs. The potential to radically improve our higher education system while reducing the cost of that education by 90% is the topic of my books Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy and The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy: The Revolution in Higher Education.

Let’s start by admitting our system of higher education is unsustainable and broken: a complete failure by any reasonable, objective standard. Tuition has soared $1,100% while the output of the system (the economic/educational value of a college degree) has declined precipitously.

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  • Mari Filer was valedictorian of her high school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • She had a high weighted GPA thanks to honors and AP classes and was offered millions in scholarships from several schools
  • The teen is taking her 24 college credits to Florida A&M University, where she has a full ride
  • Though thousands have offered her congratulations, a few trolls have accused her of lying and told her to get back in the kitchen

A teenager who was rightfully proud about her outstanding academic accomplishments took to Twitter to brag a bit about the fruits of her labor — and was met with responses from jealous trolls who tried to cut her down with sexist insults.

Mari Filer from Tuscaloosa, Alabama graduated as her high school’s valedictorian last week. She had a 4.59 GPA, was accepted to 39 colleges, and had been awarded $2.8 million in scholarships from various institutions.

But while over 83,000 people liked her Twitter post announcing what she’d pulled off, a few still had some cruel things to say — including some men who asked why she wasn’t in the kitchen.

Job well done: Mari Filer graduated as valedictorian of her school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Job well done: Mari Filer graduated as valedictorian of her school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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