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nbcnews:

Mom convinces son he has cancer to scam money from friends, cops allege
(Photo: NBC10.com - Cydney Long)
Police have charged a New Jersey mother who allegedly lied and said her son was suffering from cancer in order to deceive friends and loved ones out of thousands of dollars.
Read the complete story.

Ripped straight from “Shameless.”

nbcnews:

Mom convinces son he has cancer to scam money from friends, cops allege

(Photo: NBC10.com - Cydney Long)

Police have charged a New Jersey mother who allegedly lied and said her son was suffering from cancer in order to deceive friends and loved ones out of thousands of dollars.

Read the complete story.

Ripped straight from “Shameless.”

Your essay must be five paragraphs long, with an introduction, three body paragraphs containing your strongest arguments, and a conclusion. You do not have a choice in your position: you must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!

The text of a 10th grade english assignment pushing students to offer their suggestions on why the Nazis were right, or as I like to call it, “instant dismissal from your teaching job.” What an awful idea. The Albany, NY school district, where the assignment originated from, is working hard to make amends to the local Jewish community as well as to students and parents; the teacher faces a reprimand and possible firing. (via shortformblog)

um. what.

(via shortformblog)

brooklynmutt:

HA

And what do you think, Kim Jong-Un?

brooklynmutt:

HA

And what do you think, Kim Jong-Un?

onaissues:

Wired reporter, Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman), conducts an interview with wanted American jihadi Omar Hammami exclusively through direct messages on Twitter in ‘There’s No Turning Back’: My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist.
The story also demonstrates another example of how national security experts are leveraging social networks like Twitter to engage security threats.

Hammami engages with American security professionals who ask him about his current views on jihad, and he jumps into their discussions of counterterrorism. There’s a notable absence of rancor, and even some constructive criticism, however inadvertent. When Hammami criticized State Department initiatives at confronting extremists like him online, he said those efforts came across as tin-eared. [J.M.] Berger and Hammami have an extended, public colloquy about the justification and the efficacy of using violence to pursue jihad. All this comes leavened with Star Wars references. Berger wonders if this sort of collegial jihadi-counterterrorist dialogue is “the wave of future, when everyone’s on Twitter.”

Read more: ‘There’s No Turning Back’: My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist | Wired.com

onaissues:

Wired reporter, Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman), conducts an interview with wanted American jihadi Omar Hammami exclusively through direct messages on Twitter in ‘There’s No Turning Back’: My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist.

The story also demonstrates another example of how national security experts are leveraging social networks like Twitter to engage security threats.

Hammami engages with American security professionals who ask him about his current views on jihad, and he jumps into their discussions of counterterrorism. There’s a notable absence of rancor, and even some constructive criticism, however inadvertent. When Hammami criticized State Department initiatives at confronting extremists like him online, he said those efforts came across as tin-eared. [J.M.] Berger and Hammami have an extended, public colloquy about the justification and the efficacy of using violence to pursue jihad. All this comes leavened with Star Wars references. Berger wonders if this sort of collegial jihadi-counterterrorist dialogue is “the wave of future, when everyone’s on Twitter.”

Read more: ‘There’s No Turning Back’: My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist | Wired.com

hypervocal:

The Rapping Weatherman returns! More here.

WEATHERVAIN.

The newspaper I used to work for, The Asbury Park Press, printed the f-word — THE ENTIRE WORD — not once, but TWICE, in its Mike Rice story. And the f-bombs are followed by anti-gay slurs.
Now, even though there is an editor’s note preceding the story warning of derogatory language, was it really necessary to print them out? I think the majority of people could guess what they are even if they contained dashes.
What do you think? Should news organizations still adhere to stringent rules about profanity? Or should it not faze us anymore? Does it even matter?
Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

The newspaper I used to work for, The Asbury Park Press, printed the f-word — THE ENTIRE WORD — not once, but TWICE, in its Mike Rice story. And the f-bombs are followed by anti-gay slurs.

Now, even though there is an editor’s note preceding the story warning of derogatory language, was it really necessary to print them out? I think the majority of people could guess what they are even if they contained dashes.

What do you think? Should news organizations still adhere to stringent rules about profanity? Or should it not faze us anymore? Does it even matter?

Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice’s Wikipedia page at some point today, in light of the video surfacing where he hurled gay slurs and balls at players.
My alma mater is never in the news for good things.

Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice’s Wikipedia page at some point today, in light of the video surfacing where he hurled gay slurs and balls at players.

My alma mater is never in the news for good things.

This NY Mag feature is super cool and interesting.

This NY Mag feature is super cool and interesting.

shortformblog:

The above piece of green rock has a very noteworthy and curious history — that is, if scientists are correct as to its origin. It is a meteorite which was found in Morocco last year, and as its peculiar color might betray, it’s a rather one-of-a-kind find — it’s believed to have come from Mercury, the first such space rock of its kind discovered on Earth. Or, if not Mercury, from a hitherto unknown body somewhere in our solar system. Their estimate of its age? A whopping 4.56 billion years. source

aliens.

shortformblog:

The above piece of green rock has a very noteworthy and curious history — that is, if scientists are correct as to its origin. It is a meteorite which was found in Morocco last year, and as its peculiar color might betray, it’s a rather one-of-a-kind find — it’s believed to have come from Mercury, the first such space rock of its kind discovered on Earth. Or, if not Mercury, from a hitherto unknown body somewhere in our solar system. Their estimate of its age? A whopping 4.56 billion years. source

aliens.

In addition to the tragic loss of her playmates, friends, and teachers, my first grader suffers from PTSD. She was in the first room by the entrance to the school. Her teacher was able to gather the children into the tiny bathroom inside the classroom. There she stood, with 14 of her classmates and her teacher, all of them crying. You see, she heard what was happening on the other side of the wall. She heard everything. Shooting. Screaming. Pleading. She was sure she was going to die that day and did not want to die for Christmas. Imagine what this must have been like.

With PTSD comes fear – all kinds of fear. Each time she hears a loud or unfamiliar noise, she experiences the fear she had in that bathroom. She is not alone. All of her classmates have PTSD. She struggles nightly with nightmares, difficulty falling asleep, and being afraid to go anywhere in her own home. At school she becomes withdrawn, crying daily, covering her ears when it gets too loud and waiting for this to happen again. She is 6.

An excerpt from a Letter from Sandy Hook mom

h/t InOtherNews

This British 17-year-old just sold his app, Summly, to Yahoo! for $30 mil. Not bad.
Summly uses an algorithm to extract key sentences from news stories, providing the user with a bite-sized version. The concept is actually very cool and attractive, but it makes me a bit boiling mad.
I just tried to get the app, but it’s not available in the U.S. yet. Booo.

This British 17-year-old just sold his app, Summly, to Yahoo! for $30 mil. Not bad.

Summly uses an algorithm to extract key sentences from news stories, providing the user with a bite-sized version. The concept is actually very cool and attractive, but it makes me a bit boiling mad.

I just tried to get the app, but it’s not available in the U.S. yet. Booo.

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