Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Via JMG: Languages Map

Spanish is #2 in 43 states, French is #2 in four. More maps. (Tipped by JMG reader Win)

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Reposted from Joe Jervis

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

French economist Piketty takes on inequality in 'Capital'

Via PBS: Antarctic ice sheet past 'point of no return'

V Animals Australia: Prepare to have your heart melted.

Video via TheHumpyObserver

Because they bring us joy.
Because they are at our mercy.
Because they teach us kindness.
And compassion.

And understanding.
Because they are voiceless.
Because they wish us no harm.
Because they are our companions.
And because we are all animals.
We will never stop being a voice, for them.

Help us create a kinder world for animals:

Via Occupy Wall St. / FB:

Via Occupy Wall St./ FB:

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

From The New York Times, [Front Page], Sunday, May 11, 2014.
By Matt Richtelmay

MILL VALLEY, Calif. - Seven-year-old Jordan Lisle, a second grader, joined his family at a packed after-hours school event last month aimed at inspiring a new interest: computer programming.

"I'm a little afraid he's falling behind," his mother, Wendy Lisle, said, explaining why they had signed up for the class at Strawberry Point Elementary School.

The event was part of a national educational movement in computer coding instruction that is growing at Internet speeds. Since December, 20,000 teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade have introduced coding lessons, according to, a group backed by the tech industry that offers free curriculums. In addition, some 30 school districts, including New York City and Chicago, have agreed to add coding classes in the fall, mainly in high schools but in lower grades, too. And policy makers in nine states have begun awarding the same credits for computer science classes that they do for basic math and science courses, rather than treating them as electives.

There are after-school events, too, like the one in Mill Valley, where 70 parents and 90 children, from kindergartners to fifth graders, huddled over computers solving animated puzzles to learn the basics of computer logic.

It is a stark change for computer science, which for decades was treated like a stepchild, equated with trade classes like wood shop. But smartphones and apps are ubiquitous now, and engineering careers are hot. To many parents - particularly ones here in the heart of the technology corridor - coding looks less like an extracurricular activity and more like a basic life skill, one that might someday lead to a great job or even instant riches.



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Via Media Matters for America / FB

If you missed this must-read The New York Times editorial on "the Benghazi kangaroo court, also known as the Select House Committee to Inflate a Tragedy Into a Scandal", you can read it in its entirety here:

Via FB: Acho vai ser um Copa do Mundo Inesquecível!

Via Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau /

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