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Drain the swamp

13 May 2018 - 10:00 AM

Lol, yeah right

WASHINGTON Members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned or instructed to focus on other matters, according to current and former employees.

The unwinding of the team has effectively killed investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top hires of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, had previously worked.

During the final months of the Obama administration, the team had expanded to include a dozen or so lawyers and investigators who were looking into advertising, recruitment practices and job placement claims at several institutions, including DeVry Education Group.

The investigation into DeVry ground to a halt early last year. Later, in the summer, Ms. DeVos named Julian Schmoke, a former dean at DeVry, as the teams new supervisor.

https://mobile.nytim...pgtype=Homepage

You guys pissed at being duped yet?

Matt Patricia indicted on aggravated sexual assault in 1996

10 May 2018 - 07:50 PM

With the #MeToo movement still in full force, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia has landed in the middle of a scandal  not for any recent actions, but for an alleged 1996 sex assault.

According to Texas court records, Patricia was charged in 1996 with aggravated sexual assault, but he was never prosecuted for it. The case was quickly dismissed.

According to records in Cameron County Circuit Court, Patricia was indicted in August of 1996. The case was dismissed five months later, in January 1997.


https://www.usatoday...ault/597170002/

Yeesh aggravated sexual assault? Thats just straight up rape. Very serious charge and usually for an indictment that means a grand jury found probable cause.

Then again it was dismissed and its 22 years ago.

Lions and Patriots say they were not aware.

Guess Volty and TBBOM’s score

08 May 2018 - 01:35 PM

BEIJING (CBSNewYork)  China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave.

But there are consequences if a score gets too low, and for some thats cause for concern, CBS2s Ben Tracy reported Tuesday.

When Liu Hu recently tried to book a flight, he was told he was banned from flying because he was on the list of untrustworthy people. Liu is a journalist who was ordered by a court to apologize for a series of tweets he wrote and was then told his apology was insincere.

I cant buy property. My child cant go to a private school, he said. You feel youre being controlled by the list all the time.

And the list is now getting longer as every Chinese citizen is being assigned a social credit score  a fluctuating rating based on a range of behaviors. Its believed that community service and buying Chinese-made products can raise your score. Fraud, tax evasion and smoking in non-smoking areas can drop it.


https://www.google.c...rustworthy/amp/

Ecological suicide

05 May 2018 - 08:40 AM

Very interesting article:

For simple single-celled organisms, microbes often can seem as civic-minded as an Amish barn-raising crew.

They cooperate to mince unwieldy complex carbohydrates into bite-size pieces for all to enjoy. They share the artisanally crafted molecules needed to extract essential iron from their surroundings.

They jointly construct a kind of slimy tarp, a biofilm, on a convenient surface like a pond rock or your teeth, under which the microbes then safely hide. Through teamwork and constant chemical communication, microorganisms shape the world on which we macro-organisms preen.

Yet scientists have discovered that just as a big holiday sale can quickly crush the wisdom of a human crowd underfoot, so can a microbial village be infected with mass stupidity, to devastating effect.

Jeff Gore, a biophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his colleagues Christoph Ratzke and Jonas Denk, report that when a sample of Paenibacillus sp., a soil bacteria, is fed a diet of glucose and nutrients in the laboratory and allowed to grow at will, the microbes end up polluting their local environment so quickly and completely that the entire population soon kills itself off.

In essence, the researchers said, the microbes commit ecological suicide. The study was published in April in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

The effect is so dramatic, Dr. Gore said. You have an exponential growth of the population followed by exponential death. Within 24 hours of the onset of the death spiral, he said, no viable cells were left in the entire culture.

Its not that the microbes had exhausted their resources: Food remained to feed on. But in gorging heedlessly on the glucose bounty, each bacterium had secreted a steady flow of acidic waste into the culture medium, until the ambient pH level had plunged lethally low.


More at the link: https://mobile.nytim...pgtype=Homepage

Stupid slayings

23 April 2018 - 07:23 PM

Ill go with the Viet Cong.

Killed a million of em and what did it amount to? :dunno: