Archive for April 7th, 2011

April 7th, 2011 - 8:34 pm § in Misc.

Expand ‘virtual’ schools, say lawmakers

A pair of lawmakers and  Jeb Bush push to grow Florida’s online schools by letting private providers offer classes. from Miami Herald By Patricia Mazzei More students could learn from a laptop in their bedroom rather than a whiteboard in a brick-and-mortar classroom under a pair of proposals in t[...]

April 7th, 2011 - 2:35 pm § in Uncategorized

BREAKING NEWS: After Sleeping In at WA Capital Rotunda

For latest news from the protest use this link. from earlier” from Publicola: Protesters Stay in Capitol Building All Night     1. This week’s PubliCola ThinkTank asked if there was a lesson from Wisconsin for Washington State. It looks like about 50 people who object to the recent[...]

April 7th, 2011 - 2:12 pm § in China, Politics

UPDATE: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei arrested in latest government crackdown

      UPDATE April 7: Jon Huntsman, US Ambassador to China — saluted Ai, jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and others who “challenge the Chinese government to serve the public in all cases and at all times”. “Ai Weiwei is under investigation on suspicion of ec[...]

April 7th, 2011 - 2:00 pm § in Politics

Arkansas: Court Strikes Down Law Banning Gay Adoption

Arkansas Court Strikes Down Law Barring Gay Adoptions from CNS news: Thursday, April 07, 2011  By Jeannie Nuss, Associated Press Little Rock, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a voter-approved initiative that barred gay couples and other unmarried people living toget[...]

April 7th, 2011 - 1:55 pm § in Uncategorized

Epidemic of Atherosclerosis Hits Upper Class Ancient Egyptians, Scientists Wonder Why this is Not Mentioned as a Biblical Plague?

Written by Egypt News Monday, 04 April 2011 Researchers have long known that ancient Egyptians suffered from plaque build-up in the arteries that supply the heart, but the latest finding suggests that the syndrome may be more prevalent, and mysterious, than previously thought.  “Commonly,[...]

April 7th, 2011 - 10:41 am § in Misc.

Will Obama Veto Republican Extremists?

Breaking News at HP: WASHINGTON — President Obama promised on Thursday to veto a House Republican bill that would keep the government open for one extra week and cut $12 billion in spending, while also funding the military through the remainder of the fiscal year. If this were war time (and th[...]

April 7th, 2011 - 10:04 am § in Schools & Colleges

Falwell’s University goes Online, Receives $445 Million in Federal Student Aid

“Ramping up on-line courses will likely mean higher revenues for Liberty, because such courses can bring in hefty federal financial aid and student tuition payments at low institutional cost.” from Campus Progress: Liberty University, based in Lynchburg, Va., is famous for the fact that [...]

April 7th, 2011 - 9:25 am § in America, Schools & Colleges

UPDATE ON WGU: The Miracle of WGU Indiana!

Ed.  I just heard that WGUI is accessible under Indiana’s FOIA!  Anyone who has ideas about this is welcome to send them to me. This is the new website for what Mitch Daniels, the Republican Governor refers to as Indiana’s “eighth state university.” The miracle of WGUI is t[...]

April 7th, 2011 - 9:15 am § in Schools & Colleges

Of the 50 highest compensated faculty members, only five appeared to be in the black and earning their keep. The rest were crimson.

Ed. This story is important for two reasons. First, Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense, is also a former President of Texas A&M and rumored to be a candidate for the job of UW President. Second, in my experience, salaries at universities are  low if we compare them with comparable salaries [...]

April 7th, 2011 - 9:13 am § in Uncategorized

Potiche: A French farce with feeling

Judith Godreche, director Francois Ozon, Catherine Deneuve, Fabrice Luchini and Karin Viard pose at the premiere for Potiche. Photograph: Claudio Onorati/EPA Venice is this year becoming a festival notable for high drama and high camp, and so it proves again with this enjoyable, farcical French pict[...]