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16 Students in Texas Catch Ebola? Panic and a Hoax at the Grocery

“I swear I am never going to get a flu shot again,” said the young bagger at the grocery store tonight. “My arm is going to fall off, it hurts so much.”

“Sorry it hurts,” I said. “Thanks for getting a shot, though. A lot more people die of flu every year than have ever […]

Private-Sector Success? 1 out of 4 Kaplan Students Default on Loans within 3 years

Some Americans are gung-ho about the private sector. They like to say that anything the government can do, business can do better.

How do we then explain the fact (taken from statistics maintained by the Department of Education) 1 out of 4 students at Kaplan University, one of the three largest private for-profit universities in […]

The Can Kicks Back Campus Grassroots Effort: Dried Up

“The Can Kicks Back” depicts itself as a social movement of young people who all “individually” decided in 2012 taxing more poor people, taxing corporations less, and cutting social programs is a keen idea, then joined together in a grassroots firestorm sweeping the nation in a grand populist melange of mixed metaphors. That’s the story […]

Cheating Cheaters and the Cheaters who Cheat Them

Now that it’s possible to complete an entire college degree online, and with the rise of for-profit “universities” that don’t bother to proctor online exams, dozens of websites are offering to do absolutely all the classwork for lazy, incompetent and morally damaged students. Why study at all when you can lay down $800 to have […]

49 Senators Vote to Double Student Loan Rates (Are Your Senators on the List?)

51 members of the United States Senate voted yesterday for S.1238, a bill to keep the interest rate for undergraduate loans at an annual rate of 3.4% rather than double the student loan rate to 6.8% per year. That’s a bare majority in favor of keeping a university education more affordable for Americans. Low student […]

The Kids are Alright: Student Activism Continues at Ohio University

So you say that the youth of today is complacent, accepting, quiescent. Not like you were back in the day?

Naw. It’s just that on the television channels you watch, everyone’s heaping attention on schmucks who set off bombs. In the meantime, Ohio University students staged a protest against tuition increases, getting arrested in the […]

The Unpopularity of The Can Kicks Back, Part II: Campus Chapters

“The Can Kicks Back” depicts itself as a movement of young people who all “individually” decided that taxing more poor people, taxing corporations less, and cutting social programs was a keen idea. The operation is actually one of a constellation of political corporations funded by the billionaire soak-the-poor advocate Peter G. Peterson, sharing funding streams […]

Anything Government Does, Business Does Better? Try the University of Phoenix

In the SBR Forum, “John Galt” writes:

“Is there anything that the Government does better than the Private Sector?

I ask this question because I honestly can’t think of anything. I do realize there is a need for Government and I’m very happy for some of the things that the Government provides. Such as… our […]

350.org Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Hits American Campuses (at least on the Internet)

In the 1980s, nearly two hundred colleges and universities across the United States agreed to divest — that is, stop investing their endowment funds — in businesses involved in the deeply racist Apartheid regime of South Africa. In this decade, the Fossil Free movement is organizing students and faculty on college campuses, who are in […]

Irregular Times International Donation: Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda

Every time someone buys one of Irregular Times’ sweatshop-free shirts, we set aside a dollar to send overseas to help communities in other countries with problems they may face. One of the many problems Uganda faces is education. Uganda ranks 127th in the world in per-capita public spending on education, and only 66.8% of the […]

Say Yes to the Future, No to Bank-Run America: Protest in Times Square May 15

I note in this morning’s Bangor Daily News that Governor Paul LePage and his Republican allies intend to cut funding for Head Start programs, despite solid empirical evidence that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, nearly nine dollars in economic benefit to society is generated.

I note two excerpts from yesterday’s New York […]