From the daily archives: Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Toledo Blade has an interesting article today about students at a Toledo charter school demanding fair treatment for their teachers.

Their school, like many other Ohio Charter schools, has been horribly mismanaged and the school is in debt.

As a result, the school cancelled teachers’ health insurance, and cut back the hours of other teachers.

The students are demanding that they be able to attend their school next year (i.e. the school won’t be closed) and that their teachers be paid through the summer.

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Another shocker: only a tiny fraction of cases filed by DHS are terror-related.

Despite repeated claims by high officials of the Bush Administration that fighting terrorism has been the central mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since it began operating, the data show that in the last three years a claim of terrorism was made against only 12 (0.0015%) out of 814,073 individuals against whom the DHS has filed charges in the immigration courts.

Government rhetoric is about how the threat of terrorism requires vigilance in monitoring our borders. In fact, that canard is often thrown […]

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Despite what many wingnuts might lead you to believe, human brains are wired to reward generosity.

Neuroscientists Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman of the National Institutes of Health say experiments they conducted have led them to conclude unselfishness is not a matter of morality, The Washington Post reports.

Rather, the two say altruism is something that makes people feel good, lighting up a primitive part of the human brain that usually responds to food or sex.

Grafman and Moll have been scanning the brains of volunteers who were asked to think about a scenario involving either donating a […]

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In honor of our beloved Matt Naugle – so that he might learn to feel more comfortable around the brothers. Don’t be skeered Matt. Don’t be skeered! Tho some dees on dat bitch!

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