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Friday, January 06, 2017

The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs last year, 3,027 more than 2015.

According to an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think tank, the majority of the bombs were dropped in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. leads an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group in both countries and has carried out air operations in attempt to reduce the area controlled by the terrorist organization.

Nearly the same amount of bombs were dropped in Syria (12,192) and Iraq (12,095) last year.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thirty-five people were killed and 40 wounded in an attack in a nightclub early Sunday as they were celebrating the new year, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said. Sahin called the incident "a terror attack." The attacker, who has not yet been identified, opened fire inside the high-end Reina nightclub in the busy Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul, according to Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu. read more


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Western politicians, "experts" and journalists are going to have to reboot their stories over the next few days now that Bashar al-Assad's army has retaken control of eastern Aleppo. We are going to find out if the 250,000 civilians "trapped" in the city were indeed that numerous.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said recent findings by the CIA that the Russian government tied to influence the U.S. presidential election should be investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Calling the allegations of Russian meddling "disturbing," McConnell said the intelligence panel should take the lead, dismissing calls by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and others for a special select committee to review the matter. He said the Intelligence Committee is "more than capable of conducting a complete review of this matter." read more


Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Washington Post reported last week that a "secret" CIA report found that Russian hacking during the 2016 election was intended specifically to help Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton.

But sources on Capitol Hill told the Washington Examiner that the CIA has not established that connection and that the information leaked to the Post was inaccurate.
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And access via alternate methods set records every year, while media companies post record profits. They, clearly, aren't hurting. Why is it so important to you to pretend they are?


You confuse earnings with viewership, which the was the point of his post.....

Also, define "media companies."

Every eye ball is more important each year for "old school" media dinosaurs, since viewership is flat, even as the population increases. Advertising pricing is growing faster than ratings decline, hence the profitablility
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2015 Regal 6.9 percent increase in revenue, 8.5 percent drop in attendance.
Gannett saw a 21% dive.
TimeWarner was off $200 Million
ViaCom down 7%
Disney up....

Its really clear people are not going to movies or viewing TV, like they once did.
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The "alternative" methods are YouTube and others, and its not watching oldschool Hollywood "produced' content. YouTube pulled in $9 Billion, 4 times what Disney the number 1 old school media company.

#39 | POSTED BY MUSTANG

You are getting there... but your perspective is from a white privileged PoV. The white culture today has devolved, and is such that in minorities we have a majority of children being born out of wedlock. There is no double income per household.

There is a huge gap between races/cultures, but we have not raised other cultures but deviated downward. There is such a large gap in test scores between racial groups, what seems like the US getting dumber is actually the huge influx of immigration over the last 30years, the growing of . If you think I believe whites are superior, you would be mistaken the test data indicates American subcultures that value education do the best.

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The gap is most pronounced in Blue states...
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We know in California that the gap is driven by race (culture) and not class.
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I will be called a racist for this post, but the data and statistics can't be denied, I don't view it as racial thing, but more the cultures of those races themselves. So I give our relation to the RoW....

Internationally..
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Pragmatist,

You and I beleive agree on alot of the issues regarding our education system. I agree we need a DOE, a common core to makes alot of sense. I do have some issues in common core such as "number binding", which IMO takes away from a teachers ability to give individual instruction. Anyhow below are some of my difference in opinion.

Note: Education is NOT a business.

It is a business, which is why books are so expensive. I have "A practical mans", three books on mathematics from 30-40's and nothing has fundementally changed, there is no reason to re-write these books. But every year there's a new teaching method for math. Why new history books?

We spend money on rewritting/purchasing these books that really doesn't need to be done.

Students are NOT widgets.

I agree there are differences, but do teachers not mold minds? Do schools not have "grades" or progression, aka WorkInProgress?

Quality control is NOT all about numbers (standardized test scores).

Yes it is, teachers give tests/grades based around numbers, some tests are their own, some the districts, some the states, some the countries.

I don't understand your perspective that we should have a "standardized" common core, but not a standardized test.

The Common Core State Standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level so they can be prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.

I understand teachers worry about teaching to a test, but they can't argue in the next breath they want to teach to a standard.

I call it carpetbagging.
#29 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

Thats not quite carpetbagging ... but the move to NYC is associated with opportunism and exploitation by Clinton an outsider. The purpose, which only a fool would deny, was to gain access to WallStreet funding and bundling, which no doubt Bill and Hillary cultivated when Bill was President.

And to your credit NYMag did call it carpetbagging...
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But since you brought it up, the voters of New York had a chance to decide what they thought of her move there. They elected her to the U.S. Senate twice.
#31 | POSTED BY RCADE

Doesn't make his statement false... Using Bills coattails anything was possible....

It figures someone like you would hate Bobby Kennedy.
#30 | POSTED BY HANS

Well he was a homophobe...

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