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(Class forced to crawl on track) Junction investigates 'uncalled for' school punishment


Junction investigates 'uncalled for' school punishment
Class forced to crawl on track

By Jennifer Rios
Posted May 4, 2012 at 7:06 p.m.


SAN ANGELO, Texas — Parents of Junction Elementary School fifth-grade students thought twice about sending their children back to school this week.

Their children came home Wednesday with scraped knees and palms, injuries they told their parents were the result of punishment meted out by teachers who forced them to crawl 100 meters — slightly more than the length of a football field — on the school running track.

The parents took their complaints to the school as well as local law enforcement authorities.

...snip

Parents said their children told them the punishment was in response to an incident earlier in the day when a few fifth-graders "meowed," making cat noises after being told by their teacher to be quiet.

More: http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2012/may/04/junction-investigates-uncalled-for-school/


Michael Moore - The Times They Are A-Changin'

http://soundcloud.com/occupy-this-album/01-michael-moore-the-times

I had no idea he had it in him.

Here's a copy of his email:

A Little Treat ...from Michael Moore

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Friends,

Here's a free song for you.

It's my contribution to "Occupy This Album", a compilation CD (99 songs!) featuring David Crosby & Graham Nash, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, Ani DiFranco, Third Eye Blind, Immortal Technique and Jackson Browne to be released Tuesday, May 15th. All proceeds from this album will go to fund the Occupy Wall Street movement (all the musicians and songwriters have donated their time and music).

They asked me if I'd like to record a poem or maybe make a music video of some of the songs. I said, "I could just sing a song."

When the laughter died down, I recorded this.

I hope you enjoy my first try at this new profession (though I have no intention of giving up my day job).

And thank you, Bob Dylan, for your contribution, and for approving this, my debut.

Enjoy!

Michael Moore
MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com
@MMFlint
MichaelMoore.com

New chip tracks smart-phone locations down to the inch, even indoors


New chip tracks smart-phone locations down to the inch, even indoors

By Kathleen Hickey
Apr 26, 2012

In 2010, GCN’s Kevin McCaney speculated that soon everyone would have a Marauder’s Map, the magical parchment that allowed Harry Potter and his friends to see in real time the location of everyone on Hogwarts school grounds.

That fantasy — dreamed up by J.K. Rowling over a decade ago — could now be a reality. Broadcom Corp. has begun shipping a new smart-phone-tracking microchip, Broadcom BCM4752, which aims to pinpoint a user’s location down to a few centimeters — even indoors. It also tracks your vertical position, so it can tell which floor you are on in a building.

By combining sensor technologies, wireless protocols and multiple satellite feeds in a small, low-power chip, Broadcom, the largest supplier of Global Positioning System chips to cell-phone manufacturers, claims the BCM4752’s speed and accuracy are 10 times better than competing products.

The chip uses a range of sensor technology — Wi-Fi (including recently announced 5G Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, Near Field Communication and radio — for indoor tracking.

More here: http://gcn.com/articles/2012/04/26/broadcom-gps-tracking-chip-precise-to-the-inch.aspx

The Guy that Shoulda Won (political ad)

Disclosure: My daughter did this for a school project. The wind is blowing really hard in the beginning and messes with the sound, but I thought the video was great overall.

It ain't easy being a liberal in west Texas.

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A million Texas children are without insurance

A million Texas children are without insurance
Emergency room primary source of care for many


By Chris Tomlinson Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — More than a million Texas children remain without health insurance, and those kids are not getting the care they need.

The startling condition of the state's children came into vivid focus last week with the release of the annual Kids Count survey. The analysis of official state and federal data by the nonpartisan Center for Public Policy Priorities found that 1.2 million Texas children have neither private nor public health insurance.

Almost 40 percent of Texas mothers received little or no prenatal care and one in seven babies were born premature, statistics show. The difference between being insured and uninsured is stark: 90 percent of insured kids are healthy, while only 58 percent of kids without insurance are considered healthy.

It comes as no surprise that the percentage of children covered by health care is directly related to the employment rate and the parent's economic status.

With 25 percent of Texas children living in poverty, a rate that consistently runs 5 percent above the national average, Texas ranks 41st in the nation in number of uninsured kids, even though the unemployment rate is lower than the national average.

More: http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2012/apr/08/a-million-texas-kids-without-insurance/?partner=popular

Finally a flying car... no kidding!

This new toy is riced at $279,000, and deliveries begin by the end of the year.



Terrafugia Transition, the world's first street-legal airplane


Like other modern street-legal vehicles, the Terrafugia Transition includes such safety equipment as air bags for the driver and passenger, energy-absorbing crumple zone construction, a collapsible steering column, auto-tensioning seatbelts with force limiters, and a back-up camera.

But unlike most other street legal vehicles, the equipment list also includes a stowable floor-mounted control stick, an antiservo tab, electric pitch trim, and, patented, electro-mechanical folding wings. That's because the Terrafugia can fly, but the developers would prefer you not call it a flying car. It is billed as the world's first practical street-legal airplane.

And practical it is, with a sensible 100-hp engine said to be good for 35-mpg on the highway, disc brakes all around, a storage compartment big enough to swallow up a set of golf clubs, and a built-in airframe parachute.

The reason behind not wanting it called a flying car is that the Transition is designed not so much to be a car that flies, but as an airplane that can be driven to its destination if thunderstorms pop up. Its creators are quick to point out that because bad weather and small planes don't get along, this innovative ability vastly increases its practicality and makes an argument for having a personal aircraft in one's garage. And yes, the Terrafugia can fit in one.

Woburn, Mass., based Terrafugia chose the New York International Automobile Show to show its new plane because, they figured, it was likely to draw lots of attention from the media, the public, and those all important potential investors. And if the crowds elbowing each other for a better view during media days are any indication, they made the right call. The Transition was drawing more crowds than almost anything this side of the new SRT Viper. Of course, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aerospace engineers behind Terrafugia are pretty smart folks. You don't always encounter actual rocket scientists at a car show.



Link is at Consumer Reports: http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2012/04/video-terrafugia-transition-the-worlds-first-street-legal-airplane.html

WTF: Under Pressure From Bishop, Anna Maria College Rescinds Invitation to Kennedy’s Widow

Under Pressure From Bishop, Anna Maria College Rescinds Invitation to Kennedy’s Widow

March 30, 2012, 12:54 pm

Anna Maria College, a Roman Catholic institution in Paxton, Mass., has rescinded its invitation to Victoria R. Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, to speak at its May commencement and receive an honorary degree. According to The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the move followed a complaint from Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, who said Ms. Kennedy was an unacceptable choice because her views in support of gay rights, abortion rights, and contraception insurance defy Catholic teachings.

Ms. Kennedy, who is Catholic, said in a written statement quoted by the newspapers that “I have not met Bishop McManus, nor has he been willing to meet with me to discuss his objections. He has not consulted with my pastor to learn more about me or my faith. Yet by objecting to my appearance at Anna Maria College he has made a judgment about my worthiness as a Catholic.”

In a press release, Anna Maria said that, “as a small, Catholic college that relies heavily on the good will of its relationship with the bishop and the larger Catholic community, its options are limited.” College officials said they had apologized to Ms. Kennedy.

Link: http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/under-pressure-from-bishop-anna-maria-college-rescinds-invitation-to-kennedys-widow/41873

Poor dental health has been associated with increased risks of oral, esophageal, and gastric cancer

Specifically, she was talking about the plaque they clean off of our teeth. I had no idea! I've been slack in going to the dentist, but never again if I can afford it.

I just got of the phone with my dentist office. I had called to pay a bill by phone and was asking questions about insurance and we were chatting about insurance and she mentioned this. I googled while on the phone with her. She was just as pissed at our poor insurance as I was and was saying things won't change until the public demands it. We have Humana dental insurance and she was telling me how piss poor they are. They pay something like 19 dollars for pulling a tooth and can come back up to 18 months later and take that back and then the office has to try to collect payment from the customer. Crazy!

What do we need? Health care for all. When do we need it? Now!

Background: Poor dental health has been associated with increased risks of oral, esophageal, and gastric cancer and may also be associated with pancreatic cancer. In addition, Helicobacter pylori has been found in dental plaque and has been associated with periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer.

http://www.ajcn.org/content/78/1/176.full


"Our study provides the first strong evidence that periodontal disease may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer," said Dr Dominique Michaud of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who led the research.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/60995.php

21-day Vegan Kickstart

starts today. Looking for some good recipes? Have a look. I did this kickstart sometime last year and still make some of the recipes.

http://www.pcrm.org/kickstartHome/messages/
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