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Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History | ThinkProgress -
"An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"In August last year, the Republican National Committee blasted the Advanced Placement U.S. History test, claiming it “deliberately distorts and/or edits out important historical events.” The RNC said a new framework for the exam “reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.” The College Board countered that the framework had not been changed since 2012." - Andrew C (✔)
"Efforts by conservative school board members in Colorado to make the Advanced Placement U.S. History course “more patriotic,” prompted a walk-out by students. Under the changes proposed in Colorado “students would only be taught lessons depicting American heritage in a positive light, and effectively ban any material that could lead to dissent.” In South Carolina conservatives asked... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Why are Conservatives so enamored with ignorance? One is forced to wonder if they might fear the effect of (legitimate, comprehensive) education on their election prospects... - Bren from iPhone
But what about Ad placement in U.S. History? That could be a moneymaker. - Ken Morley
I don't even understand how one could teach, say, the civil rights history of the US without including the negative stuff. - Andrew C (✔)
Well, you wouldn't teach that. - Todd Hoff
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Mathematician Employs Shadows and 3D Printed Sculpture to Help Visualize 4D World - -
Mathematician Employs Shadows and 3D Printed Sculpture to Help Visualize 4D World -
"As if we weren’t functioning well enough with high-tech progress in our 2D world, along came 3D design and 3D printing as we outdid ourselves—and continue to do so—with a multitude of inventions and indeed, a new world of technology and a revolution ushering in a new industrial age. That’s not enough though. And as we head into the fourth dimension, science lovers can certainly only give thanks for infinity and the possibilities for a never-ending platform of dimensions. And what innovations will they usher in?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
This hurts my brain. Mapping stereographic projections doesn't make a lot of sense to me. - Todd Hoff
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What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic -
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
"The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Very interesting! - Eivind
I still think like the situation with Israel I'll never really understand all this. There's just too much outside my tiny sphere of experience. - Todd Hoff
I'm currently wading through a tome to acquire more background, but, yeah, I'm far from the orientalist authority on all things Middle East - Eivind
Isn't it a bit like trying to understand love by reading about it? - Todd Hoff
More like marriage, perhaps. - Eivind from Android
Where each has their own story of what the marriage is like. The kids have their own story. So does the dog. Even the gold fish swimming in circles in their tank have their own version of the story. - Todd Hoff
Yes, a book about the history and different cultural implementations and understandings of marriage would not give me a complete understanding of how everyone who's ever been in contact with the phenomenon experienced it. - Eivind from Android
That was deep. - Brian Johns
As deep as the fish bowl, the dogs water dish and the agape love between Isaac and Ishmael. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
See this: [What The Atlantic Gets Dangerously Wrong About ISIS And Islam] - Sean McBride
I look forward to the next article: What ThinkProgress Gets Dangerously Wrong About The Atlantic - Todd Hoff
Martin Luther toy becomes fastest selling Playmobil figurine of all time - Europe - World - The Independent -
Martin Luther toy becomes fastest selling Playmobil figurine of all time - Europe - World - The Independent
"A figurine of a Protestant Reformation minister has become the fastest selling Playmobil toy of all time. The unexpectedly popular Martin Luther figure, equipped with quill and German-language bible, sold out its first edition run of 34,000 within 72 hours, confounding the toymaker. “That absolutely the fastest we’ve ever experienced,” spokesperson Anna Ermann told DW. Martin Luther, credited as the founding father of Germany’s Protestant Church, challenged the authority of the Roman Catholic Church when he translated the bible from the traditional Latin to German. The educational toy is being sold in the run-up to the 500 anniversary of the Protestant Reformation next year." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Really? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The church should get back into the merch business. Indulgences were profitable, but that's so old school. - Todd Hoff
Given the timing, I'm not super-surprised. - Jennifer Dittrich
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Chicago woman's brakes cut because she violated parking dibs? Of course that's too far but maybe don't steal a spot.
Chicago woman's brakes cut because she violated parking dibs? Of course that's too far but maybe don't steal a spot.
There are no dibs for parking spots - Todd Hoff
Dibs are fair during snowstorms IMO. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
This is a cultural difference, Todd. In areas that get that much snow, there *are* dibs because people have to go to the effort of shoveling the parking places & keeping them usable. However, I only know this because of media stories. It's a big cultural difference and I can imagine strangers from warmer climes are ignorant of it. - Spidra Webster
A town in MA has gotten rid of dibs because people wil leave lawn chairs in them for hours. That's not cool. But if you spend a long time shoveling a spot and go to get your car, someone shouldn't just grab it. - Heather
Hours? Hun we leave them for days, weeks even. Two people have died shoveling snow this year. We're serious about parking spots. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
There's no dibs culture where I live. But there's plenty of digging out snow. - Micah from FFHound!
Cutting of breaks can cause collateral damage. :/ Just bust her windows or something. :P - Alix May
Just pour water over the door hinge/keyhole or something, right? Or shovel the snow back on top of the car. ⛄ - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Damn! I've also heard that Vaseline on the windshield is devious too. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Once I decided deliberately not to put "dibs" objects in a space I cleared out. Somebody else then put their lawn chairs in. When I needed to park I moved their lawn chairs out. They didn't do anything to my car. - Bruce Lewis
‘Guy Took My Spot ... So I Put the Snow Back’ - - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
What is the oldest city in the world? - The Guardian
Er... - Pete
Um - Todd Hoff
My odds are on Leisure World, Seal Beach. - Micah from FFHound!
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Africa Kitchen Revolution | Elke Cole -
Africa Kitchen Revolution | Elke Cole
Africa Kitchen Revolution | Elke Cole
"The three stone fire is used in most kitchens in Cameroon, both urban and rural to prepare daily meals for the family. In Cameroon 73.5% of the population are using wood as fuel for cooking?  Only 16% use improved cook stoves. (source: I have had many conversations with women who wish to use a better stove; the barriers I saw are: large, heavy pots that are commonly used don’t get enough heat and are poorly supported on readily available energy-saving cookstoves even when a gas stove is present, these large pots are inefficiently heated and therefore this option is too costly women are not familiar with improved cook stoves" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Comment: You have a second brain in your gut, and it wants cake | SBS News -
Comment: You have a second brain in your gut, and it wants cake | SBS News
"Finally, after a multi-organ transplant gave her a new liver, pancreas and small bowel when she was 15, Smith tentatively ate a banana. The slight 24-year-old has since become a "bottomless pit" for food, according to her mother, Ann. Even with a working digestive system, it took a long time for hunger to develop. She only started feeling it in the last six months. With only a few months' experience of hunger, she's not always sure what the feeling is. (She has also struggled with cutlery, having never learned how to use it as a child, the concept of time—with no clear mealtimes as anchors—and chocolate, because of its texture). Her story is told in one of the exhibits and she was on hand at the show's opening." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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No wonder they dress so well - Lack of Taste | The Scientist Magazine® -
No wonder they dress so well - Lack of Taste | The Scientist Magazine®
"Scientists pinpoint how penguins may have lost their ability to sense sweet, umami, and bitter flavors." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @neiltyson: I wonder if Accountants feel the urge to represent negative Temperatures in parenthesis.
Since I live with one, I'll ask, though we don't ever see negative temps around here :-) - Todd Hoff
نمیرسید به گاف میرفت، دیگه باید همونجا میموند 5 میلیون سال دیگه نفت میشد لای اون درختا :دی - ووووزلا
That's just crazy. - Todd Hoff
احتمالا زیاد تمرین کرده بوده :) - Mahdi
That 3D rendered Line Rider is so amazingly realistic! ;-) - Amit Patel
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Nationally, it's been one of the warmest winters on record -
Nationally, it's been one of the warmest winters on record
"How warm? So far this month, there have been 4,074 records set for warm temperatures —- mostly in the West — and only 236 records for cold temperatures, the NCDC reported. Records for warm temperatures have been set in Seattle, San Jose, Las Vegas, Reno, Salt Lake City and Butte, Mont. In Salt Lake City, the average temperature in February is a whopping 16.4 degrees above average, AccuWeather said. Other warm spots include Boise (12.2 degrees above average) and Phoenix (8 degrees above average). The lack of cold and snow is exacerbating California's severe drought. California's snowpack (snow water equivalent) is currently only 27% of normal, according to the California Department of Water Resources." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Same. - Eivind
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Hear Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 84 Classic Radio Dramas from CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) | Open Culture -
Hear Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 84 Classic Radio Dramas from CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) | Open Culture
Hear Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 84 Classic Radio Dramas from CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) | Open Culture
Years ago I would have attended a CB Radio Workshop. - Mike Nencetti
It's a little tacky, but not bad. - Todd Hoff
Theatre of the Mind, they have lots of different shows. I'll be listening to many of them. I've always loved old time radio. - Todd Hoff
They used to play old time radio shows on the Armed Forces Radio station when I was a kid. I liked the detective stories the best. "The Shadow Knows....." - DB, Lil LB's Dad
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Inside the Anglo-Saxon Classroom | History Today -
Inside the Anglo-Saxon Classroom | History Today
"Schoolboys forget their books, lose their pens and laugh at dirty jokes. This was true even in the rigorous atmosphere of the Anglo-Saxon classroom." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Before-and-After Weight Loss Pic You'll Never Forget (PHOTO) | Fitbie -
The Before-and-After Weight Loss Pic You'll Never Forget (PHOTO) | Fitbie
The Before-and-After Weight Loss Pic You'll Never Forget (PHOTO) | Fitbie
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Interesting. And gutsy. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff - our Lifetime Earnings Are Decided in the First 10 Years of Your Career
"First, starting with the first moment, we find that average earnings growth over the life cycle varies strongly with the level of lifetime earnings: the median individual by lifetime earnings experiences an earnings growth of 38% from ages 25 to 55, whereas for individuals in the 95th percentile, this figure is 230%; for those in the 99th percentile, this figure is almost 1500%.3 Second, turning to the third moment (postponing the second moment for now), we see that earnings shocks are negatively skewed, and this skewness becomes more severe as individuals get older or their earnings increase (or both). Furthermore, this increasing negativity is due entirely to upside earnings moves becoming smaller from ages 25 to 45, and to increasing “disaster” risk (the risk of a sharp fall in earnings) after age 45. Although these implications may appear quite plausible, they are not captured by a lognormal specification, which implies zero skewness. Third, studying the fourth (standardized)... more... - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
The Tree of Earthworms - Teaching Biology -
The Tree of Earthworms - Teaching Biology
"This is, to my knowledge, the most extensive and robust phylogeny for the Lumbricidae done to date, analysing the relationships between 86 species from 28 genera. It does both a molecular phylogeny and a morphological one, although external morphological characters proved to be too homoplastic and unreliable, so only the molecular phylogeny is considered here." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
A Brief Chat With a Woman Who Made Yogurt From Her Vaginal Secretions - Jezebel
I suppose it's all straightforward microbiology and biochemistry but I am still agog. Or perhaps aghast. - Victor Ganata
"Westbrook says she expected that the whole idea might not have been very healthy, a fact confirmed by the FDA." - Victor Ganata
I've seen stories about people who've also made bread via much the same mechanism. It weirds me out as well. - Jennifer Dittrich
There's also the guy who makes beer from stuff in his beard. - John (bird whisperer)
"I was actually surprised to know that we really don't know a lot about vaginal flora. There's really been only one or maybe two big studies and interestingly, most of the information that we do know about is from white women, which suggests that there might be some indication that people from different ethnic backgrounds might have different flora. I was surprised about how much we didn't know." - Victor Ganata
I will say, though, that I'd be more likely to try yogurt made from vaginal secretions than beer made from beard yeast, if for some reason I had to choose between the two. - Victor Ganata
... uhm... - MoTO Boychick Devil
If I had to choose between vagina yogurt and beard beer, I'd guess I'd been kidnapped by the provisional wing of Heston Blumenthal - Pete
*reads thread and pukes in mouth a little* - Big Joe Silence
You could always freeze the vagina yogurt and use it with the beard beer to make a vagina yogurt beard beer float... - Hookuh Tinypants
If you like this you might also like my toe jam. Only small jars are available. - Todd Hoff
Knitting and now yogurt making join a growing list that could become a coffee table book called "Bejazzlin' All the Things". - Micah from FFHound!
As the kids say, "I can't even..." - Brian Johns
That's the yeast of her problems. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
^^^lol - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
I realize not everyone is a fan of summer weather and this is definitely going to wreak further havoc on water supplies, but I'm not too mad about it being 86°F on a February day.
kind of nuts out there today, melty hot - Steve C, Team Marina
Here too - Todd Hoff
Apparently the West Coast funneled away what little remaining heat we have here on the East Coast. ;-p - rönin
If I was in LA today I would be probably furious at the heat. - Andrew C (✔)
My blog stats mystify me. I get why 19 people are reading the thing I posted today. But why are 12 people reading my AFI Fest 2010 preview?
It could be search engines. They are always crawling deep into sites. - Todd Hoff
Bots.. its all bots - Me
Bots...why'd it have to be bots? - Spidra Webster
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Is it cruel to kick a robotic dog?
Do robotic sleeping dogs lie? - Kevin Johnson
Do Robotic Dogs Dream of Chasing Electric Bunnies? - Bren from iPhone
Not yet. - Eivind
It's along the same lines to me of: should cartoon child porn be illegal? The cruelty is on the soul of the perp which must leak out in other ways somehow. - Todd Hoff
I think I agree with the last part, so I guess you could be cruel to a current robot dog if you've thoroughly caninopomorphized it :) - Eivind from Android
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Rondam Ramblings: The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics -
Rondam Ramblings: The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics
Rondam Ramblings: The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics
"I was noodling around with some graphics code the other day to try to produce some schematic representations of water waves for a book that I'm working on.  I wanted to produce a little animation of what happens when you throw a stone into a pond.  It didn't have to be very flashy, I just wanted it to be qualitatively correct, that is, I wanted to produce a drawing of a wave that spread out from a central source and decreased in amplitude with time and distance from the source.  So I started out with the venerable sin(x)/x function:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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I'm thinking of going full code-hipster and learning Tcl | Hacker News -
Wow, I used Tcl a gazillion years ago. Good see it's still in use. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Still easy to find in the hardware design world. - Kevin Johnson from Android
I used it on a contract to control something or other over a terminal emulation session. Worked well enough as I recall. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
How Hot Peppers Can Ease Pain | The Scientist Magazine® -
How Hot Peppers Can Ease Pain | The Scientist Magazine®
"The initial pain-dulling sensation occurs when capsaicin activates heat-sensing transient receptor potential vanilloid 1(TRPV1) ion channels on sensory neurons. Prolonged stimulation with the compound results in desensitization of these neurons. “This is one of the underlying mechanisms of capsaicin’s numbing effect, but TRPV1 is a heat sensor, so how it affects mechanical pain was not known,” said Tibor Rohacs, an associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who led the study. Rohacs and his colleagues uncovered a link between the heat-stimulating function of capsaicin and its ability to relieve mechanical pain including neuralgia (pain from damaged nerves), neuropathy, and muscle and joint pain. Capsaicin’s activation of TRPV1 ion channels in turns inhibits mechanical force-sensing ion channels called Piezo1 and 2 by depleting phospholipid signaling molecules, phosphoinositides, in the cell membrane. “What is unique in this study is how... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
So I guess it's not just a diversion. - Todd Hoff
Mark H
‘How to Undress in Front of Your Husband’: The exact opposite of a feminist film -
‘How to Undress in Front of Your Husband’: The exact opposite of a feminist film
‘How to Undress in Front of Your Husband’: The exact opposite of a feminist film
‘How to Undress in Front of Your Husband’: The exact opposite of a feminist film
"The short film you’re about to take a look at is more than just a cheap, extraordinarily sexist exploitation film from 1937. Indeed, How to Undress in Front of Your Husband is most certainly that, but if you can put the stupidity of the attitudes expressed in the film aside momentarily, you’ll notice that it also happens to be surrounded by a bunch of weird, perhaps even interesting facts. Case it point: It involves the huckster distributer of Reefer Madness and his salacious screen writing wife, the film bears a mysterious similarity to a LIFE magazine article featuring photos of ex-burlesque stripper, June St. Clair made in the same year, one of the lead characters (such as there are characters) is the fourth wife of John Barrymore and the other lead character was an ahead-of-her-time suffragette." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"One of the most interesting things about this weird little piece is the appearance of former stage and vaudeville actress, Trixie Friganza. She plays the role of the not-so-sensual clothes remover; the representative of “how not to undress in front of your husband,” and the narrator says some truly vile things about her while she goes through her supposed pre-bed ritual. Really, it’s... more... - Mark H
So it's like a Japanese tea ceremony for undressing? - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
With historic snow and frigid cold, Mother Nature directs anger issues at Northeast -
With historic snow and frigid cold, Mother Nature directs anger issues at Northeast
"Interestingly, so far, February has been unusually mild across the lower 48 states as a whole. In fact, the U.S. as a whole has seen far more record highs than record lows in the past 30 days and for the year to date. This is because a northward deviation in the jet stream has allowed warm air from the southwest to move into much of the West and Midwest, bringing spring-like conditions to states such as Nevada, Arizona and Oklahoma. Record high temperatures were set this weekend all the way north into South Dakota and Nebraska." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Deric's MindBlog: Parallel brain systems regulate our pain. -
Deric's MindBlog: Parallel brain systems regulate our pain.
"Our subjective sensory experiences are regulated by defined brain areas subh visual cortex, auditory cortex,somatosensory cortex, etc., but there doesn't appear to be a "pain cortex" that directly codes our subjective perception of pain. Mano and Seymour, in a review of Woo et al., note the emerging concept that pain might emerge from the coordinated activity of an integrated brain network. Woo et al. provide evidence that distinct brain networks support the subjective changes in pain that result from nociceptive input and self-directed cognitive modulation. Their abstract, followed by a summary graphic from Mano and Seymour:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning -
Then why is the universe expanding at an accelerated rate? - Todd Hoff
There are a lot of cosmological theories with increasingly rapidly expanding universes that don't have singularities. This is just one of them. - Victor Ganata
Any examples? - Todd Hoff
It's turtles all the way down. - Steven Perez from Android
^^^^this - Kevin Johnson from Android
then where's all that background radiation and the mysterious signal coming from?? IT'S COMING FROM INSIDE CERN! - Big Joe Silence
The models that don't feature a singularity account for the CMB. The original Big Bang Theory without Inflation actually can't account for the CMB. The cold patch might be proof there are other branes floating around the multiverse, which would fit with ekpyrotic universe model. - Victor Ganata
this is when i discover i am seriously out of my depth on this topic. *shuts up and reads* - Big Joe Silence
Victor Ganata
California drought: Are rain barrels really a good idea? - KPCC 89.3 FM
Not really. They don't store much water. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
The Energy of Life | The Scientist Magazine® -
The Energy of Life | The Scientist Magazine®
"Energy is the currency of biology. By harvesting electrons from a stunning range of starting materials, Earth’s organisms produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which powers biological reactions. In the case of mammals and most eukaryotes, sugars and other organic molecules are common electron sources, the oxidation of which drives ATP production. Bacteria and archaea can use a range of other chemicals, from sulfide to iron to ammonium. Cells take up these electron-rich molecules and capture their electrons, which jump down an electron transport chain in the mitochondrial or cell membrane. As electrons move along the membrane toward a final electron acceptor, protons are pumped from the cell’s interior to the exterior, setting up a chemical gradient. Finally, protons stream back into the cell, releasing the chemical pressure and generating ATP. With each energy-requiring reaction, from flagella construction to cell division and growth, cells draw upon their ATP bank. The wide variety... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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