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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Rollercoaster derailed at Strathclyde theme park

"At least 10 people are thought to have been injured when a rollercoaster derailed and crashed into a children`s ride at a Scottish theme park..."

"Eyewitnesses say it crashed to the ground leaving a number of people trapped inside - while a group of heroic dads attempted to free them..."

"Chief inspector David Bruce said `A joint investigation by Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive is now under way,` reports the Daily Record..."

"Richard Lyle MSP, whose constituency includes Strathclyde Country Park where the theme park is situated called for a `full investigation` into the incident."

"He told STV: `I`m totally concerned and horrified at this terrible accident`..."

"M & D`s theme park has suffered a number of incidents since 2011, it has been claimed."

"The Tsunami ride, which today crashed to the ground and landed on a children`s ride first operated in Spain and France before coming to the UK in 2003 at the Hull Fair."

"The Italian-built ride was then transported to the Millennium Dome in London, where it spent the Christmas season before being dismantled and transported north to M & D`s at Strathclyde Park in 2004..."

"It is still not known what caused the rollercoaster to derail."

Student challenges history professor and is threatened with expulsion

"A Native American student at Cal State Sacramento University was told by her history teacher that there was no genocide against the indigenous population of North America. When the student, Chiitaanibah Johnson, took issue with this claim and challenged him, she was ejected from the class and expelled."

"The professor said he didn’t care for the term `genocide` as he didn’t think it accurately describes what happened in relation to Native American history."

"U.S. History Professor Maury Wiseman accused Johnson of `hijacking` his class when she challenged him on this. He also pointed out that he was very offended at her accusations that he was a `bigot` and `racist`..."

"By the end of the week, he had expelled her from the class, according to Vincent Schilling, writing for Indian Country Today Media Network."

"`The whole thing started on Wednesday,` Johnson said in an interview with ICTMN. `He was talking about Native America and he said the word genocide. He paused and said ‘I don’t like to use that word because I think it is too strong for what happened’ and ‘Genocide implies that it was on purpose and most native people were wiped out by European diseases`."

"At first, even though she was outraged at the professor’s comments, she decided against responding… So she wrote what he said down."

"`I wrote it down. I was enraged for what I felt were obvious reasons. I didn’t say anything [on Wednesday] because I knew that if I didn’t have anything specific to back it up in terms of tangible or solid evidence that he would not take my comments into consideration`."

"But on Friday, after the teacher’s discussion on the Iroquois Confederacy and the Portuguese expeditions, she confronted him she had no other choice..."

"So she stood up and began reading from an article by the United Nations that defined the term as `the deliberate killing of another people, a sterilization of people and/or a kidnapping of their children`."

"Humiliated in front of the class, the professor stopped her and he said,`that is enough`."

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Learning for the 21st century

It`s different to what was required in the 20th century because you don`t have to actually know anything. So they say.

Here`s Learning and the Brain:

"In an age where so much knowledge is easily found on Google, there is little advantage in carrying a lot of information in one’s own mind. What is valuable is the ability to ask critical questions, synthesize information to develop opinions and work with diverse others to achieve broad goals. But our educational systemat the prekindergarten through college levelfocuses on giving students knowledge rather than training them to be thinkers."

So they are going to study our brains while emptying our minds, all the better to manipulate us.

I think the recent emotional responses to the Brexit vote exposes how far the global educators have come. Few people interviewed felt it necessary to back up their opinions with facts.

Anger at police using dead children`s identities

"Bereaved parents tell inquiry of ‘emotional turmoil and anger’ at police using dead children’s identities to create alter egos."

"Bereaved parents have demanded that police reveal whether the identities of their dead children were stolen by undercover officers who spied on political groups."

"One of the parents told a public inquiry on Wednesday she had been left `quite sick` by the uncertainty over whether police had used the identity of her son who had died at the age of 15-months. Another parent whose son had died at two-days-old said she had suffered profound emotional turmoil and anger."

"In a practice that was kept secret for decades, undercover officers stole the identities of dead children to help develop the fictitious personas that they used when they spied on political groups. This was done without the consent or knowledge of the parents."

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"In 2013, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, gave a general apology for the `shock and offence the use of this tactic has caused`."

"However police have refused to tell any of the parents that their children had been used in this way. Their refusal is being challenged at a public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of hundreds of political groups since 1968."

"Lord Justice Pitchford, who is leading the inquiry, held a hearing to consider whether police have a duty to disclose to parents that the identities of their dead children had been stolen by undercover officers. He is due to publish a ruling at a later date."