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Religious extremists

Nothing says “doing God’s work” quite like spitting on little girls, does it?

Toxic

We can expect a lot more of this sort of thing as businesses push their employees to cut costs. Corners will be cut, safety will be compromised.

And so it goes.

Closing stores

Kmart and Sears, 120 stores. Man, I hate to hear that. All those people out of work…

TMI

You know that metallic taste you get in your mouth and jaws right before you throw up? That’s what I feel all the time now. Just sayin’!

Yep

What Avedon said. Go read.

Newt

Dumped his first wife because she “wasn’t pretty enough to be First Lady.”

Cool

Some time ago, MIT began to offer much of its course material online, for free. Now they’re going to offer MIT certifications, also for free:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a new program that will expand the university’s free online courses and allow would-be students to earn official certificates from a program called MITx.

The Internet courses will not only present course materials but will also offer student-to-student communication, interactive features, and online laboratories. Perhaps most interesting is that this program will not be limited to the United States. Anyone on the planet with an Internet connection will be able to take the courses, which are slated to begin in the spring of 2012.

“MIT has long believed that anyone in the world with the motivation and ability to engage MIT coursework should have the opportunity to attain the best MIT-based educational experience that Internet technology enables,” MIT president Susan Hockfield said in a statement. ” OpenCourseWare’s great success signals high demand for MIT’s course content and propels us to advance beyond making content available. MIT now aspires to develop new approaches to online teaching.”

‘Australia’ (Happy Boxing Day)

We’ll surf like they do in the USA
We’ll fly down to Sydney for a holiday
On sunny Christmas Day…

In other eras there were dream destinations for young people with no money or job prospects. Where do they go now? California? Florida? Hoho. More here.

Flakes

My face is peeling like a bad sunburn, probably from the antibiotics. Nice!

From here;

MADISON — The University of Wisconsin System will have to cut another $46.1 million over six months, on top of a previously approved $250 million two-year reduction, under a detailed budget-balancing plan Gov. Scott Walker’s administration released Friday.

The new cut to UW was part of $123.2 million in additional reductions ordered to be made across state government. The amount in cuts was approved under the budget passed in June but not specified until Friday.

These are cuts made into a budget that’s already running; contracts signed, people hired.

This bit makes me laugh;

Walker’s Department of Administration ordered agencies to make the cuts without layoffs, if possible.

Semi-related, and verging into a rant –

From “Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence,” through a forwarded email;

Sexual Assault Service Providers (SASPs) were recently informed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that their SAVS grants will be reduced by 42.5% in 2012.

These cuts stem from three developments. First, the SAVS program was cut 10% in the 2011-13 state budget. Second, as a result of department lapses contained in the state budget, SASPs were informed last month by DOJ that an additional cut of 5.2% would be made to the SAVS program. Finally, revenue from the Crime Victim and Witness surcharge that funds SAVAS has been declining in recent years.

It isn’t pieces of paper that provide support for victims of sexual assault; it’s people. Federal funding is down, too (wonder why?). Local food shelf (serves three counties) is down $30G in funding and donations; they’ve cut hours of operations.

Tell me exactly how jobs won’t be cut, fuckhead.

(To be honest, I don’t think I even had this level of contempt for GW.)

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