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Middle School Kids: Stuck in a Home School Rut? Try a bit of Code.Org

Every day, it seems more and more kids in the crucial middle school years are in the middle of a home schooling situation. Are you one of those kids? Maybe it’s because your parents are so zealous that they don’t want you to hear about ideas outside the family religion. Maybe it’s because you left [...]

Voting for President: All About Limiting the Damage?

Since Peregrin Wood explained this Spring why he would no longer support a run by Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in 2016, I’ve been thinking about whether I agree and why. Peregrin felt that Sanders went one step too far by voting to confirm David Barron to a prominent position in the [...]

As it Becomes Clear Nobody Wants Smith, We Need Smith Quietly Removes Follower Count

“We Need Smith is a movement to support new leaders and new ideas from outside the broken Washington system.”

A movement? From outside the broken Washington system? So says the the Facebook page for the political corporation called We Need Smith.

Anyone who bothers to look a little behind the scenes will quickly figure [...]

After the Sale of $400 Bulletproof Whiteboards to Schools … No One Has to Actually Use Them

In June of this year, I noted that military contractors like Hardwire Armor Systems LLC have decided that with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, they need a new market for their armor technology — and so they’ve been convincing school districts and universities that their teachers need bulletproof whiteboards.

Given that the [...]

Barack Obama’s Broken Promise on Edward Snowden Petition: 452 Days and Counting

On June 22 2013, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures every day since, reaching 162,720 signatures today. The Obama administration promised to respond to any petition gaining more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days or less. The petition to [...]

TeaParty.org: Congress Helps [cash] Obama declare [money] Martial Law [gimme money]!!!

An outfit calling itself TeaParty.org sent us the following hilarious e-mail message yesterday. I’ve replaced all actual links with the text “[LINK],” because I don’t want to reward TeaParty.org with SEO link juice. All I want to do is mock the ludicrous message:

 

BREAKING NEWS! Corsi Predicts Obama to be Impeached if GOP Takes [...]

Essiac Tea: Miracle Cure or Just Another Shameless Cancer Hoax?

Here at Irregular Times we’ve been writing about hoaxes in general, and cancer hoaxes in particular, for some time now. This month, the relevance of the hoaxsters hit home. My wife was diagnosed just a few weeks ago with an apparently incurable and deadly cancer. Since I’ve found out, I have myself felt the desperation [...]

LePage, Education and the NEA: Why Mischaracterize to Criticize?

When I picked up copy of the latest NEA Higher Education Advocate, I came across this snippet regarding Maine Governor Paul LePage in an article titled “The 10 Worst Governors:”

The placement of LePage’s quote next to a description of education cuts suggests a particular meaning for the quote: that Governor LePage wants kids [...]

How Could Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Contain the Phrase “Afro-American”? The Answer…

Believe it or not, in 2014 there are still people out there who are obsessed with the idea that Barack Obama is a secret foreigner who from the date of his birth has been swept up in a conspiracy to bring a non-American into the presidency so he could… well, generally disappoint? The conspiracy theories [...]

What is this Religious Claim doing in my Kid’s High School?

At high school orientation for my son this evening, I saw this professionally-produced poster hanging in a hallway, posing the question, “What is Religion?”. Apparently the answer is that religion is misunderstood by the poster maker, because the maker’s answer begins by describing religion as “something that human beings have always felt a need [...]

Emaze: The Animated Gif of the 2010s

If you are old enough to remember Bob Dole, you’re old enough to remember the 1990s, when the latest thing to have for any website was an animated GIF:

Until their recent resurgence as a form of ironic retro behavior in an era of high bandwidth, animated GIF graphics were a laughingstock, derided for [...]