Trump administration let nearly $11 million in student aid go to unaccredited for-profit colleges
Trump administration let nearly $11 million in student aid go to unaccredited for-profit colleges
Angel was 13 when her mother forced her to marry and start a family. “I felt like a slave,” she says of her childhood.
While countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and El Salvador have recently banned child marriage, it remains legal in the US – and half of states have no set minimum age below which you cannot get married.
There are hundreds of thousands of child brides in AMERICA where kiddie weddings are still legal… despite even being banned in Zimbabwe
Child marriage remains legal in the US and half of states have no set minimum age below which a child can’t get married.
At 16 I had 6 children
American child bride cases chronicled in shocking BBC documentary: ‘We have to think about these girls’
A ‘Knocker-up’ was hired to ensure that people would wake up on time for their jobs. Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers’ windows in East London in the 1930s
A 'Knocker-up' was hired to ensure that people would wake up on time for their jobs. Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers' windows in East London in the 1930s pic.twitter.com/ilJ2UlnKVN
— 41 Strange (@41Strange) September 9, 2019
But who woke the knocker-up?
The knocker-up only went to bed after they’d woken everyone else up. They slept during the day. Worse for the people being woken up at 4AM to go out to work in the cold!
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ETHICS — There isn’t a single school district with a K-12 CPO. In fact, it is still extremely rare for districts to hire even one full-time employee dedicated to privacy.
Student Privacy Bill Protection : No Parental Consent Needed for Data Mining
Anyone who tells you they don’t need privacy because they “have nothing to hide” is a sheep that will enable a total surveillance state. Just don’t do it. Privacies protect our basic human rights.
Report: K-12 Schools Experienced 122 Cyber Attacks in 2018
A new report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center says a U.S. school district falls victim to a cyber attack as often as every three days.
Google has secret webpages that feed your personal data to advertisers, report says – CNET
“COPPA can collect $42,530 per violation (which basically is per person it affected). $170M is fractions of pennies of a full fine. Those feels when @google has violated individuals’ privacy so many times it gets a comparison chart for fines against it:
“This is the third time since 2011 that the FTC is sanctioning @Google for privacy. The FTC’s $136 million penalty makes for a great headline, but @Google will still pull in a profit for violating children’s privacy on @YouTube
Welcome to the K-12 Surveillance State – The New York Times
YouTube under federal investigation over allegations it violates children’s privacy https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/06/19/facing-federal-investigation-youtube-is-considering-broad-changes-childrens-content/
“The $170m @YouTube @FTC settlement is impressive as far as it goes, but I am concerned that it does not go far enough to ensure that child-directed content on YT will be treated lawfully under COPPA, so I dissented:
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I know the award winning and statewide respected journalist, Charlie Kratovil, who was invited to attend a charter school conference in New Jersey this week at which White House correspondent April Ryan keynoted, who was forcibly ejected during Ryan’s speech after his camera was seized. Another local journalist who retired from a career with a major newspapers when it downsized, reported on this event – which is both mysterious and highly disturbing as it reeks of media suppression.
Jersey journalist roughed up at session sponsored by charter school groups
An independent New Jersey journalist was roughed up, his video camera was seized, and he was ejected from a New Brunswick conference sponsored by a number of pro-charter school organizations.
The incident involving Charles Kratovil of New Brunswick Today at last Saturday’s session of what was billed the “Fourth Annual New Jersey Parents Summit” was caught on tape. Kratovil said he was injured during the scuffle and will file criminal charges against a security guard for radio journalist April Ryan, a speaker at the conference. The tape shows Ryan assenting to the guard’s action against Kratovil shortly after she began to speak.
Another internet-based news organization– news franchise TAPInto–apparently did not consider interfering with the work of a journalist at a public event newsworthy. TAPInto reported on the speech that was interrupted by the incident involving Kratovill but did not mention the scuffle.
TAPInto has refused comment on its role (or lack of one) in the incident, apparently witnessed by its New Brunswick editor Chuck O’Donnell whose byline appears on that outlet’s account of Ryan’s speech. Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), also refused comment.
Ryan, also a paid analyst for CNN, achieved considerable notoriety last year when she was criticized by President Donald Trump. According to The New York Times. Trump said:
“You talk about somebody that’s a loser; she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise or a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty. And she shouldn’t be. She shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.”
Ryan says she has had to hire security guards because of death threats that followed her run-in with Trump. She did not mention that at Saturday’s meeting when she apparently had Kratovil removed.
It’s not clear why Kratovil was singled out for attention.
The videotape–just as Kratovil’s camera was seized– shows her explaining she does not allow videotaping of her public comments because she “like(s) to have an unfettered discussion.” The website of the conference sponsor, however, carries a videotape of remarks she made at a different session of the two-day meeting.
Kratovil, who publishes New Brunswick Today, is a well-known journalist in New Brunswick. He considers his media outlets–a website, a Twitter account, a You Tube channel, and an infrequent hard-copy newspaper–to be part of journalism’s “hyper-local” movement, replacing the many defunct or stripped-down local newspapers that once served New Brunswick and the surrounding area.
Despite his proclivity for occasionally making news–he ran for mayor and often speaks at public meetings–Kratovil is a professional journalist and has won awards for his work.
The 33-year-old journalist covers a wide variety of aspects of life in the university town–personal, political, and educational. He explains he was not especially interested in the topics covered in the conference, including charter schools. He wanted to meet a White House correspondent and introduce her to his followers.
“It’s just not every day a White House correspondent comes to New Brunswick,” he says. “I wanted to get it on videotape and run it on our YouTube channel.”
He says he never intended to write a story about the conference or the conference sponsors. New Brunswick Today published only one story about charter schools in the last few years–and his outlet has not taken an editorial position on them.
Kratovil provides a service and a product needed in a city like New Brunswick. In providing that service, he should not be mistreated by anyone–especially not another journalist. No journalist should.
While much is known about Kratovil, less is known of the “Fourth Annual New Jersey Parent Summit.” The conference was organized by an entity called “Project Ready,” founded and operated by Shenell McCloud, the state “director of advocacy” for KIPP Schools, a chain of charter schools that flourished in Newark under state control during the tenure of former GOP Gov. Chris Christie.
The conference program and website suggests the meeting was aimed at parents active in urban school districts. Several pro-charter speakers were listed in the program.
Organizers said about 300 people attended the weekend conference, about 200 of whom apparently purchased tickets to the affair–or had tickets purchased for them; the rest were invited guests, including state and local politicians and US Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th), who introduced Ryan. Pro-charter members of the Newark school board did speak, according to the program.
The roster of sponsors included the New Jersey organizations most active in the privatization of public schools–the New Jersey Charter School Association; Better Education for Kids, Inc (B4K); JerseyCan; KIPP-NJ; iLearn Schools; Parents for Great Camden Schools; the BRICK Education Network, and others.
“It was a little odd,” says Kratovil. “Obviously, there were many people there who seemed to be involved in charter schools, including a lot of parents whose kids attend but there wasn’t actually much talk about charter schools.”
From what he says and from the descriptions on organizational websites, the point of the conference was to introduce local parent organizers to local politicians, primarily from New Jersey’s major cities.
MIek DuHaime–his firm cooperated with Kravotil, gave no hint of trouble to come.
But–none of this explains why Kratovil was so unwelcome. The journalist posted e-mail exchanges with the public relations firm hired to create media interest in the conference, Mercury Public Affairs, LLC, a political consulting firm. One of its best-known partners is Mike DuHaime, the chief strategist for Christie’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.
The Mercury publicists were happy to have Kratovil at the conference.
New Brunswick Today had published an advance article on Ryan’s appearance–an event that drew no interest from mainstream media. On Saturday, Mercury employee Will Herberich helped him set up his video camera.
“Everyone was very polite,” says Kratovil. “I was too. I made sure my camera didn’t get in anyone’s way. I had no idea something like this was going to happen.”
He had taped about 90 minutes of the conference when Payne rose to introduce Ryan and Ryan began to speak.
It immediately became clear something was wrong. Ryan and an unidentified man clearly were troubled by Kratovil’s camera. The man, later identified only as out-of-state “security” for Ryan, heads toward the camera.
The camera obviously is forcefully removed. Audio from the scene depicts the argument between the man and Kratovil.
In a series of tweets posted on his Twitter account, Kratovil recounts in detail–with photos–how someone grabbed the camera and took it out of the room, followed by Kratovil demanding the man stop what he is doing. You can see the entire thread here:
Kratovil had every right to be where he was. Ryan, who has complained about the way the Trump White House treats her, did to Kravotil what Trump tried to do to her.
Worse, really–no one physically touched Ryan, no one took away her tape recorder, no one ejected her from the White House. Trump just criticized her–and that certainly hasn’t–and won’t–hurt her career.
She’s a hero to the press. Or was.
Last April, she was awarded a “Freedom of the Press” award from the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Maybe the committee will give the same award to Kratovil next year. Ryan should nominate him. And he deserves it.
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American Library Association blasts LinkedIn for intrusive ToS changes
Library goers will now have to use or sign up for a LinkedIn account when viewing Lynda.com courses at public libraries.
By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 23, 2019 — 15:00 GMT (08:00 PDT)
The American Library Association has put LinkedIn on full blast after the tech giant announced a planned change to its terms of service for the LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) platform.
The upcoming ToS change would force library-goers to give up on their privacy and register a LinkedIn account to have access to video training courses. Previously, they only had to provide a library card number to access such resources.
This is a big deal for ALA, which is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with over 57,000 members, mostly based in the US.
Many libraries don’t just provide access to books anymore. Modern libraries also grant patrons access to e-books, audiobooks, DVDs, 3D printers, but also technology training courses, which ALA said have become very popular.
For the latter, many libraries use public funds to purchase access to online video training courses from various platforms. LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda.com and acquired by LinkedIn in 2015, is one of the most popular services used by libraries.
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Exclusive: For yrs ES&S, top voting machine maker in US, has been saying its vote tabulators and election-management systems are not connected to the internet. That appears not to be true. Researchers say they found what appear to be 35 online.
A Researcher Found a Bunch of Voting Machine Passwords Online
This is the power of music & voice raised in song. When spoken word fails, the singing voice can succeed. Do you know Estonia’s history of choral groups & its “Singing Revolution?” They sang the Soviet Union out of the Baltics. Music is power. Watch.
More than thousand HKers sing Les Miserables' 'Do you hear the people sing?' at HK international airport with their calls for free election and democracy. Here is the Ground Zero in the war against authoritarian rule. That's the reason for us never surrender. pic.twitter.com/1MkTp4BkVg
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 (@joshuawongcf) August 10, 2019
Central Banks Are in Panic Mode — for Good Reason
On July 30, 2019, the day before the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, cut interest rates by one-quarter of one percent, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note closed the day at 2.06 percent.
Peter Thiel says FBI, CIA should probe Google – Axios
Alphabet Playing Both Sides
There’s no denying Alphabet is engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the U.S. military, but it’s well known BigTech on both sides of the world work with their governments actively as well. Google is a divided international tech nation, both politically and ethically on these battle lines.
In 1973, Barr’s father Donald, the headmaster at Manhattan’s Dalton School, hired Epstein as a calculus and physics teacher. Epstein’s mathematical skills caught the eye of Bear Stearns’ chairman, Alan “Ace” Greenberg, whose son attended the Dalton School. Greenberg hired Epstein as an options trader and the former teacher was able to amass a fortune.
Described by prosecutors this week as a “man of nearly infinite means,” a 2011 SEC filing has provided a window into the registered sex offender’s elite Wall Street links, according to the Financial Times.
So, Acosta, according to himself, backed off on prosecuting Epstein back in 2007, despite the possession of ample evidence proving his guilt, because he “belonged to intelligence.” Whose intelligence, exactly? is the first of many questions that arise here.
L Brands’ Lawyers Have a Lot More to Worry about than just Jeffrey Epstein By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 8, 2019
Leslie Wexner, Chairman and CEO of L Brands
The Chairman and CEO of L Brands, Leslie (Les) Wexner, came out yesterday with a statement accusing Jeffrey Epstein of swindling “vast sums of money” from Wexner and his family.
How Jeffrey Epstein Lost $80 Million in a Hedge-Fund Bet Gone Bad
‘It’s our dark corner’: Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Pedophile Island’ no secret on St. Thomas https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/10/jeffrey-epstein-pedophile-island-no-secret-st-thom/
Leon Black kept Jeffrey Epstein as charity director after plea deal https://nypost.com/2019/07/09/leon-black-kept-jeffrey-epstein-as-charity-director-after-plea-deal/
Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of disgraced British publishing mogul Robert Maxwell and Epstein’s girlfriend for a brief period in the ’90s. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1365733/How-Prince-Andrew-shared-room-Epsteins-Caribbean-hideaway-busty-blonde-claimed-brain-surgeon.html
Robert Maxwell, born Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch. He was a Flamboyant, larger than life character in Britain’s publishing world, as owner of the Daily Mirror.
Wolfgang Mieder, an international proverb scholar, stands amidst his lifelong collection of proverb books at the U. of Vermont.
He learned that many of the proverbs people treasure are traceable to Greek and Roman antiquity (“Time flies.”) or to religious texts (“Pride comes before the fall.”) or to an era in which Latin was the lingua franca (“Not everything that glitters is gold.”). Then there are proverbs that are indigenous to specific cultures. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” and “Go big or go home” are quintessentially American, Mieder says.
Proverbs are not absolute truth, Mieder says, since the wisdoms they impart often don’t align. Yes, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” But also, if you’re “out of sight,” you’re “out of mind.”
“Proverbs are as contradictory as life,” he says.
To many, quippy sayings like “Time is money” are synonymous with the Founding Father. People think Franklin thought them up. But Wolfgang Mieder, one of the world’s leading proverb scholars, knows better.
Mieder and a colleague traced the saying to a short, anonymous text published in a London-based newspaper, Free Thinker, in 1719. In fact, many of the sayings commonly attributed to Franklin actually come from English proverb collections, said Mieder, a professor of German and folklore at the University of Vermont.
Tracking down the origins of proverbs is “detective work,” he says. “You kind of feel like you’re discovering things.” He has researched and written about cultural wisdoms for nearly five decades and, in the process, amassed a one-of-a-kind scholarly library. It includes about 9,000 books (including 252 that Mieder has written, co-authored, or edited) and 6,500 photocopied articles and dissertations, all about proverbs. He doubts anything like it exists, anywhere.