August 10th, 2012

  • chaya

Gingrich Admits There’s ‘No Proof Today’ Of Claims Made In Romney Welfare Reform Ad

Newt Gingrich has spent the last two days doing interview after interview to discuss the Romney campaign’s disingenuous attack claiming that the Obama administration is out to “gut welfare reform.” But during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Gingrich was presented with the actual text of the Department of Health and Human Services regulation that the administration is adopting, and had to acknowledge that the directive, as written, doesn’t gut welfare. “None of us believe them,” was all Gingrich could say.

Gingrich made a similar admission Wednesday night, when he all but all but admitted to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that a Romney campaign ad about welfare reform has no evidence behind it:

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School's Out Forever: Parents Who Don't Believe in Education

According to a philosophy called "Radical Unschooling," children shouldn't be forced to study -- not to mention brush their hair, eat their vegetables, or keep their clothes on. A homeschooling mother decides to take a closer look.

In the beginning, much of education came easily to my daughter, Alice, as it had come to me. I started reading at an early age and it came to pass that Alice, too, read on her own before she set foot in a formal classroom. But sadly, the universe isn't made up of only letters and words. Whatever distaste Alice felt for addition, subtraction, and multiplication was dwarfed by her loathing of long division and its hellish spawn, remainders.

Eventually, her reading and mathematics levels were several car lengths' apart, and I saw her academic future. Something told me we'd try school after school and Alice would be the first person to ever graduate from high school without finishing elementary school math. Or we could homeschool Alice, trusting the transformative power of her parents' deep love, a curriculum tailored specifically for her and certain indifference to math-related emotional outbursts.

When September rolled around again, we were in the education business. We galloped through English, talked a couple of decades of history and did some art. After lunch, I brought out the math workbook and opened to the second section: fractions. Alice scowled.

Ten minutes later, I found her in her bedroom with a cat on her lap, reading.

I stood there in the doorway, completely flummoxed. I had made a terrible mistake. I walked into the laundry room and sat on the floor. After a minute or so, there was a knock on the door.



"Do your mother a favor. Please shut the door and go back to the kitchen. Get a small paper bag from the cupboard and slide it under the door to me."

So when you're me and you've spent the past several weeks accounting for every second of your child's intellectual development, what starts to sound damned good? Unschooling! That's what.

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In which we have lots of feels about the TSA

Surprise Gallup Poll: People Think TSA Does A Good Job

Surprisingly, despite all of the negative Internet commentary and Congressional complaining about the Transportation Security Administration, the majority of U.S. travelers have a positive opinion of the agency.

Not only that, but people who fly, and who are exposed to TSA screening, have an even more positive opinion than people who rarely or never fly.

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But not everyone is buying it:

Gallup TSA poll biased?

A recent Gallup poll was reported in Politico and other sources saying that most Americans believe that the TSA’s procedures are effective.

From Politico:

About 54 percent of Americans say the Transportation Security Administration is doing an excellent or good job while another 30 percent said TSA is doing a fair job, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday afternoon. Twelve percent of respondents said the security arm is doing a poor job.

Ironically, this comes on the day when two more TSA screeners in Atlanta were indicted for drug trafficking, bringing the total number of TSA workers charged with smuggling contraband through security to 12 in 20 months.

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HuffPo and Politico also have articles on the poll. And last but not least, here's the poll itself.

I took the liberty of bolding the one paragraph in the Forbes article where they address criticisms of the TSA. Somehow I'm just not surprised that a media organization devoted to rich white ablebodied cis straight men doesn't have a problem with the TSA.

Basically I wanted to gather up the data and articles in one place so everyone can dive in and decide for themselves.
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  • tnganon

No More Skipping Your Medicine -- FDA Approves First Digital Pill

The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a device that is integrated into pills and let’s doctors know when patients take their medicine – and when they don’t. Adherence to prescriptions is a serious problem, as about half of all patients don’t take medications the way they’re supposed to. But with patients doctors now becoming big brother, that statistic could change drastically.

The device, made by Proteus Digital Health, is a silicon chip about the size of a sand particle. With no battery and no sensor, it is powered by the body itself. The chip contains small amounts of copper and magnesium. After being ingested the chip will interact with digestive juices to produce a voltage that can be read from the surface of the skin through a detector patch, which then sends a signal via mobile phone to inform the doctor that the pill has been taken. Sensors on the chip also detect heart rate and can estimate the patient’s amount of physical activity. More than just a way for doctors to look over their patients’ shoulders, it will allow doctors to better assess if a person is responding to a given dose, or if that dose needs to be adjusted.

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Scientist Salarian :: Mordin Solus

LGBTQ high school kicks off first full school year in midtown Phoenix

LGBTQ high school kicks off first full school year in midtown Phoenix

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By Alicia Canales

Q High, a LGBTQ-friendly high school, will open on Tuesday for their first full year of classes. One n Ten, a LGBTQ youth program in Phoenix, will sponsor the online high school.

Johnny Hernandez cut class to the point that her former school told her not to come back. While meeting with another high school, the 16-year-old was told she had to change her clothing in order to register.

Her clothes met the dress code requirement — the school’s issue was that Hernandez is a male and wears women’s clothing.

“In my head I feel like I’m a girl,” Hernandez said. “I’m just not in the right body.”

At the same meeting, Hernandez heard about Q High, a high school that opened this year near Third Street in midtown Phoenix. The new high school is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students along with straight allied youth.

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‘Son of Sam’ laments gun violence, prays for his victims

A notorious serial killer who once shot and killed six people in New York City, laments the recent spate of gun violence and now prays for his victims.

In an exclusive interview with the New York Daily News, David Berkowitz, also known as "Son of Sam," said, "Society has to take the glory out of guns. Young people have no business carrying a gun."

Berkowitz shot 13 people during a 13-month shooting spree in the 1970s, killing six. He stalked and preyed on young women from July 1976 until his arrest in August of 1977. He later said a neighbor's dog told when to kill. Spike Lee's 1999 film "Summer of Sam" is based on those serial murders.

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