Although the outlet in which this appears is owned by the Saudis, the perspective is still worth examining.
Apparently Hays wants to start a mandate for “Teach the Controversy” chapter III… (Evolution Denial, Climate Change Denial, and now Historical Revisionism)
A Florida state senator plans to introduce a bill that would make Dinesh D’Souza’s docudrama, America, required viewing for most teenagers in the state, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Friday.
Republican Alan Hays said he’ll introduce in November his one-page bill that simply states that students in the 1,700 Florida public high schools and middle schools are to be shown the film unless their parents object….
…”The most dreaded disease in America today is political correctness. We need to inform our students of our whole history, and teach them how to think, not what to think,” Hays said. “Let them talk with their teachers, their peers and their parents, then draw their own conclusions. But they need both sides, and this movie shows a side they just aren’t seeing.”
Third version of the movie trailer for “America.”
You should watch the video above to get a sense of what this movie is like and what it is about. It is nothing more than a collection of simplistic apologetics for anything in America’s past that anyone might claim to be less than ideal.
Basically the premise is to interview anyone willing to espouse a very negative view of America’s past actions (the more extreme the better) and then “refute” them with “Yeah but if it wasn’t for America the Nazis would have won,” or “The USSR would have taken over the world if it wasn’t for us.”
While I admit that it is sensationalized jingoistic propaganda at its very finest (James O’Keefe should take notes from this movie if he can get over his jealousy for long enough), its relationship to historical study is somewhat nebulous. Mandating that it be shown to all Florida high school and middle school classes is just a way to force the exposure of a young and less informed captive audience to this Right-Wing propaganda. :(
(EDIT: The sad part is that with Florida’s current Republican dominated legislature this bill will probably pass easily when Hays brings it to the floor.)
Ever year, Adam Savage walks the floor of Comic-Con incognito, hidden in plain view wearing one of his elaborate cosplay costumes. This year, Adam debuts a costume he has been working on for almost a decade: a perfect replica of the environmental space suit from Ridley Scott’s Alien.
A 74-year-old Long Island man has been arrested, accused of mailing a letter containing anti-Semitic remarks and a white powdery substance to an office building, police say.
Authorities say Leslie Feher mailed a letter containing anti-Semitic remarks and some type of white powder to an office building at 622 Stewart Ave. in East Garden City around June 13.
Brooklyn Cabbie Recalls Trip to Long Island With Accused Killer
When a woman in the office opened the letter, the powder got on her fingers, and she called police.
Jungle perform Time at Glastonbury 2014.
For more exclusive videos and photos from across Glastonbury 2014, go to the BBC Glastonbury website: bbc.co.uk
The stark disparities among regions of the country, where some wait months while others, if they survive, wait years for a liver, has kept a national debate simmering over how best to give all patients a more equal chance.
That debate appears ready to boil.
A committee report by two organizations responsible for managing the nation’s transplant system has been circulating through the transplant community this summer. It suggests ways to equalize access to donor livers across the country.
Redesigning the distribution system would mean more donor livers would end up being flown to distant transplant hospitals and patients on average would be somewhat sicker when those livers were transplanted.
But overall, the changes would save more than 550 lives over five years.
The report, which could lead to proposed policy changes early next year, is being applauded by many in the transplant community. But it’s raising red flags at some transplant programs, like KU’s, that are doing well under the current system.
I first heard John Fahey’s solo acoustic guitar playing on an album when I was a teenager. I liked his strange, minimalist, visually and emotionally evocative instrumental compositions, performed in open tunings in an alternating-bass fingerpicking style.
I found his guitar playing accessible and was able to figure out how to fingerpick from his record “Amerika”.
For my 17th birthday my sister took me to New York City to see him play at a club called Max’s Kansas City.
He walked on stage, sat down on a wooden chair, put a large mug of red wine and a towel on the floor next to him and played a continuous improvisation for 30 minutes or so.
Then he stopped, wiped his face with a towel (it was quite hot that day and there was no air conditioning), downed the entire mug of wine, scanned the audience briefly, and played another rambling improvisation for another half hour.
Then he left the stage.
More: John Fahey: A Tribute
Climate Change Is Causing Spread of Diseases, Sewage, Invasive Insects
Wingnuts at the border are worried about diseases from refugee children but their unwarranted fears of brown kids are laughable compared to what’s really going on.
Parasites invade the Arctic—and your brain
Warmer temperatures in typically cold regions is causing both rare and common diseases to spread further. Cases of malaria and dengue fever—mostly found in Africa and the Asia-Pacific—are expected to rise as warming temperatures attract mosquitoes, which transmit the diseases, to formerly cold regions. The largest international authority on climate change, the IPCC, said in its 2013 report that “even modest warming may drive large increases in transmission of malaria, if conditions are otherwise suitable.” Certain rare parasites could spread, too. Scientists are still studying the water-borne Naegleria fowleri, known as a brain-eating amoeba, but say its movement farther north could be due to climate change. There were only 34 known cases in the U.S. in the last decade, but it kills nearly 100 percent of the time—including a 9-year-old girl in Kansas last week. Before 2010, half the cases were in southern states, but it’s since been found as far north as Minnesota, Scientific American noted. Other parasites, like the Toxoplasma gondii, carried by animals and known to harm humans with weak immune systems, have moved into even colder areas as far as the Arctic
We’ve mentioned Southern Baptist pastor Jody Hice once before, addressing his lunatic theory that gays as a community recruit and sodomize young children. Evidently the constituents in Georgia’s 10th district not only don’t have a problem with his lunacy but actually endorse it as Hice won the Republican primary, and will likely win the election this coming fall.