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Palestinian Statehood Bid: How Countries Will Likely Vote At The U.N. General Assembly (INTERACTIVE MAP)

Palestinian Statehood Bid: How Countries Will Likely Vote At The U.N. General Assembly (INTERACTIVE MAP)

Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 09:47:53 in World

“This isn't an issue of who's president. The US has been against Palestinian statehood for years. Learn some history.”

Honest-Frank on Sep 16, 2011 at 11:15:57

“I also remember that Obama himself said that he was for a Palestinian statehood. Of course he is backing away from those comments.”

CubnKira on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:17:25

“Actually, even Netanayu is willing to have a Palestinian state, but one that must not practice the terror tactics that they do and recognize Israel as a Jewish state which they have refused to do since Israel's birth in 1947-48.”
The Least Rigorous Colleges: Daily Beast List

The Least Rigorous Colleges: Daily Beast List

Commented Sep 2, 2011 at 10:04:55 in College

“I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to make of this list. High freshman retention rates and low student to faculty ratios makes a college "less rigorous?" Less rigorous than what? A university where half of the freshmen don't make it past their first year and the students struggle to get a moment with a professor?

Maybe the creators of this list need to go back to school and learn to use a dictionary because I don't think "rigorous" was the word they were looking for.”
Library Workers Step In For Teachers In Atlanta Amid Budget Shortfall

Library Workers Step In For Teachers In Atlanta Amid Budget Shortfall

Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 14:15:36 in Education

“If we were smart, we would use this as an example of how standardized testing takes away from real education.”

ohiotechie on Aug 6, 2011 at 14:47:09

“Bingo”

Knothare1230 on Aug 6, 2011 at 14:39:03

“F&F but . We, collectively, are not smart.”

sagmann on Aug 6, 2011 at 14:36:46

“Absolutey, Mars! F/F (and I badged you 'insightful)”

pychicfakes on Aug 6, 2011 at 14:16:30

“Amen”
Library Workers Step In For Teachers In Atlanta Amid Budget Shortfall

Library Workers Step In For Teachers In Atlanta Amid Budget Shortfall

Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 14:14:37 in Education

“I don't think those are bad or even simple questions. They're pretty standard reading comprehension questions. They might seem simple to adults and even more so to educated adults, but I think a lot of children would struggle with them because they require some thought. In that case, it isn't a matter of teaching for the test or of poor teachers; it's a matter of our educational system not taking the time to teach critical thinking skills.”

Joe Blow 100 on Aug 6, 2011 at 14:53:17

“In all the arguments I've heard against NCLB it is people complaining that students have to be taught "to the test" and NOT how to think.

Whereas these examples of questions seem like they test a students ability to critically think.”
7 Revolting Things About American Culture (PHOTOS)

7 Revolting Things About American Culture (PHOTOS)

Commented Jul 24, 2011 at 15:05:25 in Books

“Men wearing skinny jeans is revolting? To me that opinion just points to the double standards we hold men to in our culture. Women have (nearly) total clothing rights, whereas men must fit in a certain standard in order to be considered masculine and therefore to be taken seriously.

I like reading about culture but I think I'll skip your book, Mrs. Ingraham. While I do sometimes look at things like Ke$ha and muffin tops and shutter, I also believe that regressing into some backwards ideal of "tradition" is not healthy for a civilization that has already moved in to the 21st century.

To quote Charles Bukowski: "I grow tired of 18th century moralities in a 20th century space-atomic age."”

WHTrout on Aug 3, 2011 at 12:05:21

“Thanks, Mars! Anyone who can quote Charles Bukowski is A-OK in my book! :-) (faved)”

peacefulgolfer on Jul 26, 2011 at 09:56:28

“Excellent Bukowski reference...glad to see it”
Thomas Roberts: Michele Bachmann Would 'Extinguish' Gay People (VIDEO)

Thomas Roberts: Michele Bachmann Would 'Extinguish' Gay People (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 23, 2011 at 17:26:26 in Media

“A) Nothing lasts forever so it seems futile to make laws that would somehow predict the infinite future and thereby ensure the US was around "forever."

B) It seems as though giving citizens freedoms is better for a civilization's longevity as it would cut down on fighting between the citizens.

C) I have never heard about or witnessed a society where "everyone was gay," but I think I would enjoy it.”
Aaron Pace Says Indiana Blood Center Rejected Him For Appearing Gay

Aaron Pace Says Indiana Blood Center Rejected Him For Appearing Gay

Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 20:20:55 in Chicago

“And I would hope "ducks" can form a better sentence than supposed "non-ducks."

All joking aside, you're wrong. I know there's no changing your mind, but you're wrong. Gender does not exist on a strict binary. To put it simply: gender and sexuality are not black and white, but many shades of gray.”
Aaron Pace Says Indiana Blood Center Rejected Him For Appearing Gay

Aaron Pace Says Indiana Blood Center Rejected Him For Appearing Gay

Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 20:17:39 in Chicago

“Actually, I believe gay men aren't allowed to give blood in Iceland either, and we generally think of Iceland as being fairly progressive (they did after all vote in a lesbian prime minster a few years ago.) And if gay men can't give blood in Iceland, I would assume other countries have equally stupid laws.

But I still agree that this is really not a surprising article, given most Americans' understanding of gender/sexuality and our love of hypocrisy in this nation.”
Jane Fonda: QVC Canceled My Appearance Because Of Vietnam Protest Boycott By Conservatives

Jane Fonda: QVC Canceled My Appearance Because Of Vietnam Protest Boycott By Conservatives

Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 14:15:06 in Entertainment

“I don't think she was complaining about the people threatening the boycott. Her criticism was really towards QVC for caving in to them.”
Drinking 8 Glasses Of Water A Day Is 'Nonsense,' Doc Says

Drinking 8 Glasses Of Water A Day Is 'Nonsense,' Doc Says

Commented Jul 15, 2011 at 08:11:22 in Healthy Living

“Tap water is in fact far more regulated than bottled water. It's one thing to filter your own tap water (although I still think this is a waste of time, energy, and money), but the suggestion that tap water is somehow dirty was really created by the bottle water industry in an attempt to turn people on to their products.
And anyway, the federal government requires tap water to be tested an unbelievable number of times a month. In large cities tap water is tested hundreds of times a month, so often that it is really tested every few hours every day. On the other hand, the FDA relies on the bottled water industry to test it's own products, which of course is never a good idea.”
Huffington Post Readers Reveal: Books They Hated That Everyone Else Loved

Huffington Post Readers Reveal: Books They Hated That Everyone Else Loved

Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 20:22:41 in Books

“Hamlet. Yeah I said it. (And yes, not a book but still a literary work I hate that everyone else at least pretends to love.)

And I 100% agree on The Great Gatsby. I don't like any of Fitzgerald's writing.”
South Sudan Independence: United States Recognizes New Nation

South Sudan Independence: United States Recognizes New Nation

Commented Jul 9, 2011 at 14:13:10 in World

“And can we go ahead and give most of the western U.S. back to Mexico while we're at it?

Isn't U.S. history fun?”
Sudan Refugee Boat Sinks Off African Coast, Killing Nearing 200 People

Sudan Refugee Boat Sinks Off African Coast, Killing Nearing 200 People

Commented Jul 5, 2011 at 17:26:11 in World

“Wow. Maybe you should actually work with refugees before you say something like that. I've been working with refugees in the States for four days and I can already see that they are some of the bravest and hardest working people I know.

Besides that, they don't "live for free." They have three months (at least in Georgia) to get it together, and for some that means learning English even though they have never held a pencil before. And they certainly don't live the American dream. They live in apartments, ride the bus, and have to take jobs in factories even if they had better jobs in their native countries.

And yet people like you wonder why the rest of the world looks at Americans with disdain...”

Mainenah on Jul 5, 2011 at 17:30:35

“yeah, umm, they get like three minutes to live in Maine and then, english or not, it's hand-out city.....we're pretty sick of it here.”
The WEIRDEST College Classes

The WEIRDEST College Classes

Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 14:07:05 in College

“I would love to take historical sewing techniques. I think that the loss of sewing skills (and other things that were so normal to our great-grandparents) is one of the sadder things about modern life.

But really, I can see the academic importance of all of these classes. University education is not just about memorizing and regurgitating facts; it is (or should be) about interacting with the world through a scholarly lens.”
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Vancouver Riots 2011: Fires Rage As Canucks Lose Stanley Cup (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 16, 2011 at 08:23:58 in Sports

“I lived in Canada for eight months. It's not a stereotype, Canadians really do only care about hockey and beer.”

Sherjay on Jun 16, 2011 at 08:39:22

“Americans only care about football and beer.”
Government Promises, Then Voids 22,000 Green Cards

Government Promises, Then Voids 22,000 Green Cards

Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 09:04:42 in Politics

“Really they just got to find out that the American dream is a nightmare before they got here.”
The Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges

The Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges

Commented May 25, 2011 at 16:17:39 in College

“I had a fish tank in my dorm my first two years of college and in my senior year I lived off-campus with my cat. I worked my harder than most people I knew and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Besides the fact that having pets is not frivolous or self-indulgent (unless there's something self-indulgent about setting aside time to clean a fish tank or getting up with my cat at 6 am every morning), I don't think there's a link between owning pets and education.”
The Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges

The Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges

Commented May 25, 2011 at 16:13:26 in College

“Seniors who lived off of campus regularly abandoned pets where I went to college. It's not an on-campus problem or an off-campus problem. It's just a problem.”
Unintended Pregnancies Cost Taxpayers $11 Billion A Year: Report

Unintended Pregnancies Cost Taxpayers $11 Billion A Year: Report

Commented May 24, 2011 at 19:58:33 in Politics

“...the liberals don't want to fix the problem of unplanned pregnancies/abortions, yet the conservatives are the ones (for the most part) cutting access to birth control and thereby increasing unwanted pregnancies, leading to more children and mothers relying on government assistance. Your logic is not really working out.

The fact is, liberals generally support handing out birth control and condoms with the long-term goal of preventing unwanted pregnancies and therefore abortions and need of government assistance. Or at least, that's the position of most of the liberals I know. Many of the conservatives I know support cutting access to birth control and abortion with the short-term goal of... but I don't actually know what their goal is.”

letsbepeaceful on May 25, 2011 at 10:24:47

“Second paragraph - Exactly.

P.S. re their goal - they are very concerned that children do not learn about sex until they are ready to get married - so no sex ed in school, no access to birth control, etc.”
Moving Home: When College Grads Face Uncertain Futures

Moving Home: When College Grads Face Uncertain Futures

Commented May 24, 2011 at 10:15:15 in College

“I've just moved back home with a degree in English Lit and I don't really feel that lost. I made the best of my college experience; I learned how to think and how to write. I grew up and I developed my own personal philosophy that makes me happy. Yeah I'm in debt and I'll be paying for college until I'm in my 30's, but I don't feel like I failed at anything.

And anyway, the "American Dream" is and should change. For most of human history, people have lived in extended families. There is no reason why everyone in their early twenties needs their own home. There's no reason why I shouldn't take a few dead-end jobs and pay off my debt for a few years until I can afford to really live on my own. Times have changed and there's nothing about changing with them that makes a person a failure.”
'Judgment Day' Believers Face Tough Questions After Unfulfilled Doomsday

'Judgment Day' Believers Face Tough Questions After Unfulfilled Doomsday

Commented May 22, 2011 at 12:00:20 in Weird News

“"I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth," That quote pretty much sums up these people. They'd rather die waiting for heaven than try to make life better on Earth while they are actually here.”
San Francisco Circumcision Ban To Appear On Ballot

San Francisco Circumcision Ban To Appear On Ballot

Commented May 19, 2011 at 08:47:35 in Los Angeles

“I'm not taking a side on this proposed law, but I love how we always want a religious exemption in America. If you don't like a law, just claim your religious has been violated and you will almost always win.”

Foxrocks on May 19, 2011 at 08:52:06

“This shouldn't be a law period, and, as far the religious exemption goes, in this case, Judaism and Islam have been around for a while.”
Horse Meat Scandal On 'Top Chef Canada'

Horse Meat Scandal On 'Top Chef Canada'

Commented May 17, 2011 at 18:29:42 in Home

“I think that the last sentence of this article makes a great point: the type of meat we find acceptable to eat is completely cultural. Why don't we eat dogs/cats/horses? Because we think of them as pets. Why do we east pigs/chickens/cows? Because we think of them as food.”

Cretius on May 19, 2011 at 12:23:01

“Totally agree! I ate horse meat that I purchased from a major chain when I lived in Holland. Strong taste but tasty.”
What Is Your College Nightmare? (SLIDESHOW)

What Is Your College Nightmare? (SLIDESHOW)

Commented May 17, 2011 at 12:42:11 in College

“I never had a "forgot to go class, now it's the final" dream. Maybe because I actually went to my classes.”

Rachel Lieberman on May 17, 2011 at 16:11:04

“Maybe you just don't carry stress. I never missed a class for anything other than emergencies, and I still had those dreams throughout and beyond college. I'm a stressed person by nature.”

HowthCastle on May 17, 2011 at 13:35:32

“Maybe it's because you just didn't care.”
Military Uninviting To Recruits With Online High School Diplomas

Military Uninviting To Recruits With Online High School Diplomas

Commented May 13, 2011 at 16:44:30 in Education

“I'm not in the military, but this was exactly what I was thinking when I read this article.

Traditional schools are not just about academics; they are also about learning social skills. Part of learning social skills is learning to deal with things and people you don't like. This isn't true for some homeschooled people I've known, but a lot of them seem to have trouble dealing with situations that make them uncomfortable and with teamwork (which of course entails dealing with people you don't like), more so than people who went through a traditional education.”
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