You are not logged in.

  • Facebook: pages/Shred-Of-Truth/126655477409755
  • Twitter: shredotruth
  • YouTube: shredoftruth
  • Technorati: shredoftruth
  • RSS Feed: Shred Of Truth
Donate $10 or more and receive an ads-free annual membership!
Receive updates and newsletter?


Receive HTML?

REAL SOLUTIONS FOR EDUCATION

death and life of education

Recent blog posts
michaelsam
CREDIT: AP Michael Sam, the St. Louis Rams defensive end who is trying to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, was back in the news this week thanks to nothing of his own doing. Instead, Sam was garnering headlines because of the comments of former NFL coach-turned-NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy, who said in a recent interview that he wouldn’t have drafted Sam because he would create distractions in the locker room. “I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy told the Tampa Tribune. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth . . . things will happen.’’ After a day of backlash, Dungy tried to clarify those comments, saying that he believes the NFL is a place where spo...
Hits: 5 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in News
A Syrian doctor treats a wounded man across the border in Lebanon.
Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. A Syrian doctor treats a wounded man across the border in Lebanon. CREDIT: AP Images Chilling new findings released Wednesday reveal that May was the deadliest month yet for medical workers attempting to help the sick and wounded in Syria’s ongoing civil war. Along with revelations that Syria just experienced some of the bloodiest days of its conflict to date, with over 700 dead in just 48 hours, news that doctors are increasingly being targeted goes to show that the war tearing Syria apart is leaving no one unscathed. The nonprofit human rights organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said that 30 health professionals were killed in May: the highest toll in any month yet in a war that has frequently seen doctors become the vi...
Hits: 4 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
10403503_830092120334274_4847013471121801459_n
CREDIT: Hice for Congress Facebook page Republicans in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District voted in Tuesday’s runoff election to nominate Baptist pastor and right-wing radio show host Jody B. Hice. While it will be difficult for run to the right of the seat’s outgoing occupant, Rep. Paul Broun (R), a review of Hice’s record and position suggest he may be uniquely positioned to do so. Broun, who has spoken out about the dangers of science and boasted of being “the first Member of Congress to call” President Obama “a socialist who embraces Marxist-Leninist policies like government control of health care and redistribution of wealth,” is generally considered one of the most conservative members of Congress. But Hice’s stated anti-women,...
Hits: 4 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Women men board meeting
CREDIT: Shutterstock Women and people of color in executive positions who push to make more diverse hires and promotions get penalized on their performance reviews, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado. White men, on the other hand, get rewarded for valuing diversity. The researchers looked at 362 executives, from CEO to director, and found that those who were ranked in the top 15 percent on a scale measuring their dedication to diversity got an average performance rating of 3.76. But those ratings improved the less women and people of color were seen to be promoting more nonwhite, female hires. A woman with an average dedication to diversity got a performance rating of 3.98, but a woman in the bottom 15 percent got a rating of 4.15, which represents a 1...
Hits: 6 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill
In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill CREDIT: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File Giving gay men a daily pill to prevent HIV transmission doesn’t lead them to take fewer safety precautions when they engage in sexual activity, according to the results from a large new study published in the Lancet. Those findings should help ease the concerns of some critics of the pill, known as Truvada, which is emerging as a new tactic in the global fight against AIDS epidemic. The public health community is increasingly optimistic about Truvada’s potential to prevent future HIV infections; both U.S. health officials and the World Health Organization have officially endorsed the daily use of the pill for people at the greatest risk of contracting the virus. However, ...
Hits: 4 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in News
Wind turbines stand  behind houses of the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany.
Wind turbines stand behind houses of the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany. CREDIT: AP Photo/Michael Sohn The European Union has introduced an energy savings goal of 30 percent by 2030, a goal that goes beyond the EU’s current energy efficiency target of 25 percent by 2030. Now, EU member countries will decide whether or not the goal will be implemented at a country-wide or EU-wide level. The EU’s new proposed goal of 30 percent energy efficiency by 2030 builds on the union’s current goal of 20 percent by 2020, a goal the EU says can be reached as long as all member countries fully implement agreed-upon climate legislation. A higher goal by 2030 will save EU consumers money and help wean member countries off fossil fuels, the Commission said in a release. For every 1...
Hits: 5 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in News
Brandon Bell, a cast member in
Brandon Bell, a cast member in “Dear White People,” at a screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival. CREDIT: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP THIS JUST IN: “Dear white people: the minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, but your weed man, Tyrone, does not count.” For the uninitiated, Dear White People is the debut film of writer-director Justin Simien. What started as a concept trailer inspired by Simien’s time at Chapman University led to a Twitter account, @DearWhitePeople and ultimately a full-length feature. The movie takes place at a fictional Ivy League school, Winchester University, where a militant biracial film student hosts a radio show, “Dear White People,” that sounds like a kind of...
Hits: 5 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Many schools, like Neshaminy High in Pennsylvania, still use the
Many schools, like Neshaminy High in Pennsylvania, still use the “Redskins” nickname. CREDIT: AP Dahkota Franklin Kicking Bear Brown can’t remember a time when he didn’t look forward to high school football games. But every year, there is one game on the annual Argonaut High School football schedule that Brown doesn’t enjoy. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve always gone to my high school football games, and once I got into high school, it made it that much more fun being on the field,” Brown said Tuesday. “But there has always been one game I dreaded going to. One of our school’s biggest rivals is the Calaveras Redskins. Calaveras has always had an obscene amount of school pride, but little do they know how damaging their rou...
Hits: 11 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Fox News' morning program questioned a Texas official about providing emergency services to undocumented migrants, asking whether 911 calls from immigrants must be answered "even though for the most part, when you get there, you realize they're not even American citizens." On July 23, Fox & Friends centered a discussion on how undocumented immigrants in Brooks County, Texas are "bombarding" the police department with 911 calls. Host Brian Kilmeade set up an interview with the Texas county's chief deputy by claiming that "illegal immigrants are learning the hard way there's a deadly cost to crossing the border." Kilmeade suggested Brooks County emergency response services might be strained because, "not only are they understaffed and lacking resources, now they've got to deal with illeg...
Hits: 6 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in News
Crude oil train
Crude oil train CREDIT: AP Photo Bloomberg reports the Obama Administration will propose new rules for transporting crude oil by rail Wednesday, aimed at reducing speeds and requiring sturdier tanker cars. The rules are a reaction to a spate of derailments and explosions that have plagued the rail transportation of crude oil in North America recently, as the drilling and tracking boom has driven the amount of crude oil hauled by train to new heights. While the specifics remain unknown, two unnamed sources told Bloomberg that the rules will include slower speed limits for trains to reduce accidents, and thicker hulls for the tanker cars to provide more protection should a derailment occur. They also said the new rules would apply to the rail shipment of ethanol biofuel. Members of the indu...
Hits: 5 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in News
National Review Online editor-at-large Kathryn Jean Lopez praised an organization that practices discredited "ex-gay" therapy techniques, urging gay men and lesbians to choose the path of "conversion and renewal." In a July 22 review for NRO, Lopez lauded Desire of the Everlasting Hills, a documentary about three Roman Catholics who left gay relationships to pursue lives of celibacy. As Lopez noted, the documentary was a project of Courage, a Catholic organization that aims to help people with "homosexual desires" to lead "chaste lives." Hailing the documentary as a potential "game changer," Lopez wrote that Desire of the Everlasting Hills could help viewers "make sense" of our "fallen world" and point audiences in the direction of "alternative conve...
Hits: 9 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Texas Colonia
EDINBURG, TEXAS — The recent detention of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist-turned-advocate, Jose Antonio Vargas, in the border down of McAllen, Texas, made clear that border patrol agents remain indiscriminate in arresting undocumented immigrants. Vargas had flown into McAllen to visit a group shelter that’s currently housing migrants who fled violence in Latin American, but had not known that he would have to prove his legal status to immigration enforcement officials when he left town. His detention made it evident that undocumented immigrants can enter the Rio Grande Valley, but are unlikely to leave past the dozens of border checkpoints without risking arrest, or worse, deportation. These border checkpoints affect not just recent border crossers, but also those who ha...
Hits: 1 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
image
A new commentary video from the National Rifle Association suggests we can live up to the Founding Fathers' ideals by creating "gun-required zones," and making gun training for children "necessary to advance to the next grade." In a July 21 NRA News video titled "Everyone Gets A Gun," NRA News commentator Billy Johnson said, "We don't have a U.S. gun policy. We have a U.S. anti-gun policy" that is based on "the assumption that we need to protect people from guns" and "that guns are bad or dangerous." Instead Johnson wondered what gun policies the United States would have "if we designed gun policy from the assumption that people need guns -- that guns make people's lives better." Johnson then made the following recommendations that would "encourage" and might "reward" people "to keep and b...
Hits: 7 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Jon Stewart 121213
By Arturo GarciaWednesday, July 23, 2014 0:32 EDT   TweetDaily Show host Jon Stewart challenged Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to a “wrong-off” on Tuesday following McCain’s dismissive remarks about the comedian during an interview with Fox News. “You come on the program loaded down with your ‘Jon Stewart was absolutely wrong’ file,” Stewart said. “And I’ll see if I can perhaps dig up one or two things you’ve been mistaken about.” Stewart’s dare came about in response to an interview this past Sunday betw...
Hits: 11 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
image
You maybe be aware that we also have a travel blog-- and we cover eating in strange places-- whether the bacon craze in Jersey City, the raw food craze in London, how to eat healthy in Bali and Bangkok or even the best eatery in Mali. And we always try to alert readers to problems with food safety-- contaminated bottled water here, filthy food there and... well an article by David Sedaris prompted us-- precisely 3 years ago-- to ask the question How Important Is Food In Determining Where You Travel? Hygiene? Everything is clean and even pristine in Japan, he asserts, but not in China. I'll skip the parts about the toilets-- but feel from to hit the link and read it all--and head right off to the a restaurant he ran across called Farming Family Happiness: As far as I know there wasn't a m...
Hits: 9 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Jorge Ramos 072214 [Fusion]
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 22:31 EDT   TweetFusion anchor Jorge Ramos once again called for the U.S. to reform its immigration law while advocating that the country take in the thousands of young people making their way into the country from Central America in a commentary released by his network on Tuesday. “Here we are, with thousands and thousands of Central American children arriving alone,” Ramos said. “What do we do? First, we treat children like children, as if they were our own....
Hits: 9 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
' Young Boy In A Field Looking Through Binoculars' [Shutterstock] http://tinyurl.com/p5qldoo
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 21:23 EDT   TweetA Border Patrol agent allegedly held a member of an Iowa Boy Scout troop at gunpoint while another threatened another boy with arrest and a 10-year prison term for taking a picture of him, KCCI-TV reported. The incident reportedly took place while members of Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 and volunteers traveling with them were attempting to drive through the border between Canada into Alaska. Troop leader Jim Fox told KCCI that the group was de...
Hits: 7 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
image
Plus a promise of thoughts-to-come about James Garner Yes, justice is supposed to be blind, in the sense of being impervious to outside influences. Unfortunately, the two right-wing crusaders on the District Circuit Court of Appeals who channeled their hostility toward the ACA aren't blind, they're dumb and dishonest.by KenYou've no doubt already heard that, as the washingtonpost.com headline put it this afternoon, "Federal appeals courts issue contradictory rulings on health-law subsidies." Which was at least an improvement over the earlier headline, before the announcement of the second ruling: "Federal appeals court panel deals major blow to health law," which spawned pithy broadsides like this blurb on a washingtonpost.com post: "The decision to strike down tax subsidies in federal-ex...
Hits: 8 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
REUTERS DO NOT REUSE
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 20:13 EDT   TweetBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the troubled agency plagued by healthcare delays and accusations of mismanagement and fraud. Bob McDonald, the former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co, the world’s largest manufacturer of household products, told the Senate Veterans Affa...
Hits: 9 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Jar Jar Binks [Wikipedia Commons]
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 19:52 EDT   TweetCongress’ approval ratings are low enough that they trail even the least popular character in the Star Wars franchise, the Huffington Post reported. A survey by online pollster Nate Silver’s site FiveThirtyEight.com determined that Jar Jar Binks, who appeared in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was disliked by 37 percent of respondent, compared to 29 percent who said they had a “favorable” view of the character, resulting in a net rating of -8. ...
Hits: 10 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Paul LePage speaks to WMTW
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 18:43 EDT   TweetBOSTON (Reuters) – Maine Governor Paul LePage blasted the White House on Tuesday for placing in his state eight children who tried to cross the border illegally. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has been struggling to find shelter for the wave of unaccompanied child immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that have been arriving at the Mexican border, which is expected to reach 90,000 people by September. “It is wrong fo...
Hits: 11 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Chrysler [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 18:36 EDT   TweetWashington (AFP) – Chrysler on Tuesday said it would recall up to 792,300 sport utility vehicles to fix an ignition-switch problem, the same part involved in the massive General Motors recall. The automaker, a subsidiary of Italy-based Fiat Chrysler, said it was issuing the recall “out of an abundance of caution.” Chrysler took the move because ignition keys can be moved unintentionally from the “on” position, causing engine stall, redu...
Hits: 11 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Militia groups on the rise (YouTube)
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 18:18 EDT   TweetJim Gilchrist, one of the founders of the Minutemen Project militia group announced plans to recruit at least 3,500 “non-member volunteers” to take part in a May 1, 2015 anti-immigration effort along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Southern Poverty Legal Center (SPLC) reported. Gilchrist said on the group’s website that “Operation Normandy,” as he called it, needed that many volunteers to successfully cover the “porous areas” between San Diego, Ca...
Hits: 11 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
A man lights a marijuana joint during a demonstration demanding a new law on cannabis in Montevideo, on May 8, 2013. (AFP)
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 17:34 EDT   TweetBy Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – An initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday. Only two U.S. states, Washington and Colorado, currently allow recreational marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Oregon’s proposal will come before voters just two years after they rejected a similar measure. “This is a moment we’ve been wa...
Hits: 11 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
image
Yesterday's NY Post found some nicely dressed young people who don't get drunk or get arrested for violent crimes and who knew how to use iPhones and dubbed them the next generation of Republicans, "throwbacks-- spurning drugs, crime and disorder, being sexually responsible and making sound choices about education. They might be the least disaffected, least rebellious kids since the Kennedy years. And that might have surprising political implications down the road." [Obviously The Post is clueless-- and this is the real future of the Republican Party-- but let's play along for a minute.] Absolutely... if Republicans just stop being the party of bigotry and hatred-- and kids never figure this economic stuff out-- they will have a chance to win the votes of these kids. Can they become pundit...
Hits: 21 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
The 604-foot-long Hong Kong oil tanker
The 604-foot-long Hong Kong oil tanker “Torm Aalborg” is guided by the tugboat “Andrew McAllister” at right, through the gap under the Casco Bay Bridge, Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, in South Portland, Maine. The port will continue to be used to ship oil to Canada; Monday’s vote blocks the possible reversal of the pipeline’s flow. CREDIT: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty On Monday evening, the city council in South Portland, Maine made a small change to a commercial zoning law that had much larger international repercussions for the fossil fuel industry and the climate. The council stopped another “Plan B” to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by voting 6-1 to pass an ordinance that bans the bulk loading of crude oil onto ships from the town’s wat...
Hits: 11 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
FL Gov. Rick Scott (R) on CNN 121912
By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 17:17 EDT   TweetMembers of several civil rights groups held a last-minute demonstration against Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) outside the $10,000-a-plate fundraiser that was mocked by comedian John Oliver earlier this week, New Times Broward Palm Beach reported. Scott’s appearance at the Boca Raton home of GEO Group CEO George Zoley was reportedly protested met by members of Florida For All, immigration rights group Dreamers Moms and the Dream Defenders. “I th...
Hits: 9 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
temperature anomalies
Chart of global temperature since 1950 showing the phase of the El Niño-La Niña cycle. Via NASA. A new study finds that when climate models factor in the temporary warming and cooling impact of El Niño and La Niña, they accurately predict recent global warming. And that is consistent with recent studies that led one climatologist to say, “Global temperatures look set to rise rapidly.” GLOBAL WARMING CONTINUES TO ACCELERATE A study last year found that global warming has accelerated in the past 15 years, especially in the ocean. As scientists had predicted, 90 percent of that warming ended up in the oceans. And we reported that Greenland’s ice melt increased five-fold since the mid-1990s. Another study that month found “sea level rising 60% faster than projected....
Hits: 7 0 Comments
0
Continue reading

Posted by on in News
norway memorial
Tuesday is the third anniversary of the day Anders Breivik ignited a car bomb in downtown Oslo, then slaughtered 69 people, many of them children, at a summer camp on the island of Utøya. To commemorate the 2011 attacks in Norway, the country is building what basically everyone agrees is an incredibly moving tribute memorial on Utøya, designed by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg. It won’t be so much ‘built’ as removed: a piece of earth literally cut away to signify the absence that those deaths impressed on the country: CREDIT: Jonas Dahlberg As Dahlberg recounted in his project description of his visit to the site, “Although we stood directly on the very place where many people had lost their lives, nature had already begun to obscure all traces…. With more time and with the upcomi...
Hits: 8 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Newark Police
CREDIT: AP Photo/Mel Evans Police had no apparent constitutional basis for at least three-quarters of pedestrian stops in Newark, New Jersey, a three-year U.S. Department of Justice review concluded this week. That finding was just the top line of a report that also found gross racial disparities in those stops, a pattern of excessive force, retaliation against suspects, and officer theft from suspects during stops. “Our investigation uncovered troubling patterns in stops, arrests and use of force by the police in Newark,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The findings come almost a year after a New York federal judge found that city engaged in unconstitutional racial profiling in its stops and frisks. Under the Fourth Amendment, officers are permitted to stop individuals if ...
Hits: 8 0 Comments
0
Continue reading
Banner
Latest Comments

Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep the faith!

O’Reilly is just one of the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoini...