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Thamsanqa Jantjie, the man accused of gesticulating gibberish, has a history of violent schizophrenic episodes, which Mandela memorial organizers were unaware of.
Many will take a brutal holiday hit thanks to unemployment benefit cuts set to take place, but John Boehner doesn’t seem to care. Rev. Sharpton calls him out.
The most undercovered story in America this month: the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s sprawling investigation into U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Lately infamous for the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal, the ATF now has the dubious distinction of bankrolling even-more-questionable behavior, which my colleague Andrew Cohen details here. The newspaper leads its latest investigative article with a headline-friendly anecdote about Aaron Key, a mentally disabled 19-year-old who started hanging out with the guys who ran a smoke shop near his house, taking them for friends. As it turns out, they were undercover ATF agents. And they paid the troubled teen and a friend $150 apiece to tattoo the fake shop’s emblem on their necks.
But digging into the story, it’s evident that undercover employees were engaged in far more objectionable behavior.
In cities around the United States, the ATF set up fake stores—often but not always pawn shops—set up surveillance cameras, conducted lots of illegal business over many months, and arrested various customers at the end of the sting. Normally federal law-enforcement agencies don’t set up operations guaranteed to mostly snare low-level individual criminals operating at the local level.
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The public library in my hometown has been closed and undergoing reconstruction since 2011. This hasn’t much affected me, because somewhere around the time that I acquired a taste for coffee, I began eschewing libraries in favor of retail bookstores. Browsing at Barnes & Noble with a latte in hand is more pleasurable; ordering from Amazon seems more efficient.
But a Pew Research Center report released Wednesday reveals, somewhat surprisingly, given stories about the “death of print" as well as the scant resources sometimes devoted to these establishments, that the majority of Americans strongly value their public libraries. When asked whether the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their communities, 90 percent of American adults (ages 16 years and older) said yes, it would, and 63 percent said the impact would be "major." When asked if library closures would affect them and their families personally, only 32 percent responded the way I would have—with a "no."
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Senior Grad Night: Did you miss the announcement about the 2014 Senior Grad night? If so, the Class of 2014 is headed to Disneyland. Students will meet at JFK and leave the night of June 13th. Spend the day at Disneyland & attend the grad night party on June 14th and arrive back at home around 10am on June 15th. Cost is $160.00 Deadline is March 1st for deposit and final balance due May 1st. Please note that there are only 150 spots available, don’t delay to reserve your spot. Remember to turn in your two forms with your deposit. They are attached. This is put on by parents, not the school. The school supports a Sober and Drug-Free Grad Night. For more information, feel free to contact Leonard Ybarra from Music Plus Events at 510-770-8787 or at www.MusicPlusEvents.com
Chaperones: Our Grad Night Committee is looking for more chaperones to attend Grad Night from June 13 – June 15. They are looking for 7 more chaperones. There is no cost to chaperone. If interested, please contact Lorna Gonzalez in the front office or Leonard Ybarra
Dont purchase the School Swag from Walmart!: Please spread the word NOT to purchase any school swag from Walmart! They do not have our permission to sell items with our name and yet continue to do so. WE SEE NOT ONE CENT FROM THEM! Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors who might be inclined to make a purchase thinking we benefit from this in some way. Thank you for supporting FUSD and not Walmart!
New Apparel: Want JFK apparel that is more adult like? Want to customize your own wear? Check out www.mylocker.com. Just find Kennedy High & start your shopping. Also we have added new items to the student store. Check out jfkhs.org
The year dawned with optimism. In Congress, Republicans and Democrats found common ground on gun control and long-awaited immigration reform. A triumphant President Obama had won reelection and his signature law would soon take effect. As 2013 closes, it’s hard to even remember those heady days. It was one of the least productive years in history on Capitol Hill. The Obama Administration was buffeted by a surveillance scandal and its own failure to smoothly implement the Affordable Care Act. Yet the year was far from inconsequential. Here are 2013’s biggest stories in politics.
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Deaf people watching the Nelson Mandela memorial were bemused and shocked by a “fake” sign language interpreter on stage whose gestures were unintelligible, activists said Wednesday.
Shortly after the earliest articles sourced to Edward Snowden appeared, Americans newly aware of the cell phones in their pockets started wondering: Would the NSA ever collect the location data that all of us generate? The possibility proved worrisome to the public and privacy experts alike. A surveillance state that routinely tracked our movement would feel dystopian and enable abuse, as various TV, web, and print commentators noted.
Even Congress seemed to be concerned. A letter signed by 26 senators declared that NSA bulk collection of phone records has a significant impact on privacy.* “This is particularly true if these records are collected in a manner that includes cell phone locational data, effectively turning Americans’ cell phones into tracking devices,” it stated. “Has the NSA collected or made plans to collect Americans’ cell-site location data in bulk?”
Now we know that the answer is yes.
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so this guy right here is one class-a asshole
he stated, as above, that he had created this artwork
after he gained 100s of RTs and favs, it appeared on my timeline and i recognised it as the work of Vince Low, who created a series of pieces in this style, paying homage to celebrities, mainly actors, with dyslexia
I read through the replies to his tweet, including “wow”s and “i’m so jealous of your art skill”s, and only spotted one other person who realised this was in fact not this guy’s art, though he completely dismissed this person’s comment saying “that guy stole my picture”……
so, me already being sick of this art theft shit, as i see it every day on the web, piped up
and you can read above (excuse the bad quality) that he completely dismissed me, saying i was “jealous”
what angers me most is that he’s getting praise from 100s of people, and they will keep praising him because they won’t see the tweets where me and the one other person pull him up on it
ALSO, I GAVE THE FUCKER PROOF THAT IT WAS NOT HIS WORK. DOWNRIGHT, PROOF FROM AN ONLINE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE THAT THE WORK WAS BY VINCE LOW, AND THE LITTLE DICKHOLE STILL DENIED IT
some may say i’m overreacting, and that i shouldn’t use such foul language, but i am completely sick of this bullshit. i’ve had this happen to me in the past, and it made me less inclined to create art to share on this site.
when you create something you’re proud of, that you put a lot of work into, and someone credits it as their own and people believe them and continue to praise them, even after they’ve been shown proof that they’re lying.. it is one of the most crushing things to ever experience, i know.
so if you experience something like this, it may not make a difference, but you need to at least try to expose the assholes and voice the truth
and please signal boost!!!
we need to try and stop this bullshit, because it is a serious issue.
it gets less better.
#DeadToysSociety with @alef79: a Memorial to Childhood Days Past
Look closely along the streets of Athens, Greece, and you might find a forgotten world of past childhoods. For Alexis Efstathopoulos (@alef79), teddy bears, cars, bicycles, dolls and miniature soldiers—weather-worn by vigorous playtime and then left to brace the elements—have all become the subjects of a forlorn but playful series of abandoned toys on Instagram.
"I accidentally came across a small plastic horse toy, which I captured with my phone," Alexis explains. "What I mostly liked in the photo was the forms in it; the horse, the pavement lines, a fence. The following days I randomly encountered other toys on the street and this became more and more intense as the days went by. Obviously the toys have always been there, on the streets of Athens, I just never had the eyes to see them."
Alexis started using the hashtag #deadtoyssociety to document and capture the abandoned toys and soon fellow Instagrammers began to contribute from across the world.
"To me this entire process acts as a memorial service in honor of the discarded toys," muses Alexis. "This project has to do not only with toys, but also with childhood, nostalgia, past, memories and reuse."
By the time you swear you’re his, / Shivering and sighing. / And he vows his passion is/ Infinite, undying. / Lady, make a note of this — /One of you is lying. ― Dorothy Parker
Edward Royzman, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, asks me to list four qualities on a piece of paper: physical attractiveness, income, kindness, and fidelity. Then he gives me 200 virtual “date points” that I’m to distribute among the four traits. The more I allocate to each attribute, the more highly I supposedly value that quality in a mate.
This experiment, which Royzman sometimes runs with his college classes, is meant to inject scarcity into hypothetical dating decisions in order to force people to prioritize.
I think for a second, and then I write equal amounts (70) next to both hotness and kindness, then 40 next to income and 20 next to fidelity.
“Oh wow,” he says.
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A Red Deer mother says her special needs son was suspended from school for sticking up for himself after months of bullying, taunts and beatings.
As provinces and school boards enact tougher anti-bullying legislation and rules, Rebecca Cromarty said her son’s case points out why these situations sometimes aren’t so simple.
She said 10-year-old Xander has Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) — a special needs classification that means he can often be difficult with authority figures. Ms. Cromarty said her son can be angry and emotional, but he’s been taught not to hit. That didn’t stop him from becoming the target of other kids, she said.
“It started 18 months ago. It started out with provocation, name calling, pushing and at first I thought it was maybe just rough play, like they were roughhousing,” the mother of five said. “Then they started calling him names like ‘retard,’ making fun of his weight. And when that didn’t work anymore, they started attacking me through him.” (Jason Franson for National Post)
Hello Titans, we have something special for you to end this year off!
We have two tickets to raffle for the Crazy for Christmas concert of Kalin and Myles. Kalin and Myles are two hip pop - hip hop and pop - artists who will be at the Regency Ballroom on December 13th on their tour. For more information on these artists go to http://kalinandmyles.com/
Rules for this Raffle:
- You must must must be attending our school, John F. Kennedy High school to enter
- When you enter this please post your name and second block class and you can only enter once!
- You must be following this blog
DEADLINE:Thursday, December 12th
Tomorrow is when we will accept your entry! Signal boosting this!