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guest author: Thousand Sons in Discarded Lies - Hyperlinkopotamus:
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
21st century education: brainpop.com gets a .co.il
BRAINPOP is a science education website that approaches science like a children's adventure, and embraces a parent-teacher learning style. We ain't seen nothing yet, but this is a nice start for the homeschoolers of the future. Check it out. via To The Point News...
I first became away of brainpop.com when a friend said she’d be sure I’d like to see the site. Her children has learned more about science from the site (in her case the Hebrew version) than they ever did in their classes.

I suspect you’d like your children to frequent it as well.

Between five and six million children in the US log on every day to brainpop.com, the on-line educational site founded six years ago by Israeli-born physician Dr. Avraham Kadar. This week, Kadar arrived in Israel to launch the Israeli version of the site, brainpop.co.il, which became operative last month.

The character-based Web site stars a boy called Tom and his robot friend, Moby, who together explore hundreds of different scientific subjects.

In the US the site is in use in many and an ever growing number elementary schools, and more than 20% of them are subscribers. In England the site is among the 30 most visited on-line sites.

While some teachers use the site to review subjects studied in class, others use it as a bonus promised at the end of the class, or assign a visit to it as homework.

According to Kadar, the tens of thousands of e-mails the site receives every day from American children enables him to be the first to know what is on their minds - be it anthrax, hurricanes, or bird flu.

Kadar is adamant about the site remaining privately owned, and will not advertise on it or provide any links to other sites.

Despite the tremendous brand recognition it has among American children, he said, he has consistently refused all offers to buy the site, invest in it, or create related products for children. While the Israeli site is currently free, in the future it is likely to be available for a nominal subscription fee as it now is in the US.

One of the purposes of the site is for parents and children to use it together as a shared activity.
The site is especially conducive to children with learning difficulties, because it is easily accessible and offers a rewarding process of discovery that can restore their confidence in their ability to learn.

The site, which is designed for elementary school children, will soon be expanding to add material for both older and younger children.

Eliat Azran, a science teacher at Harel elementary school in Ashdod, experimented with a pilot version of the Hebrew site in her science classes. Although she liked the site overall, Azran pointed out that most of the children she teaches do not have computers at home, and many of those that do are not connected to the Internet.

Nevertheless, the site can act as a great equalizer. Once they do have on-line access the content is available to everyone.

Mati Alper, who teaches at Derby University in Israel and who studies educational computer programs, was impressed by brainpop's Israeli site.

"It's very refreshing and well-designed," he said. "It shows a lot of investment as well as a true understanding of how children use computers, because if the site doesn't move quickly enough they will tend to abandon it very rapidly."

Israeli education officials, however, are slower to catch on, even though the company is in touch with various educators responsible for developing educational programs.

To The Pointers don’t have to wait for union bureaucracy to fascinate their children with science. Go to the site, pay the small fee, and watch your children’s interest in science blossom.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
C'est La Zone
Read Theodore Dalrymple's essay, The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris. It was written in 2002 but it's just as relevant today if not more so.
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sine in The People's Diner:
You can't eat an exploding pumpkin!
Exploding Pumpkin, Do Not Eat.

Exploding Pumpkin

Okay, this stuff you can eat:


CURRIED PUMPKIN SOUP

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH, RED GRAPES, AND SAGE

MEATLOAF

LEMON FLAN WITH AUTUMN FRUIT COMPOTE
(Marine Momma, just dump some chocolate syrup on it, okay?)

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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Hamas goes cave-shopping
MIDDLE EAST: HAMAS EYES NEW HOST COUNTRY
Damascus, 4 Nov. (AKI) - Militant group Hamas has reportedly asked Egypt and Jordan if either would be prepared to host the organisation's headquarters, Tel-Aviv based daily Haaretz reported on Friday. Hamas fears that Syria - where it and rival Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad's political leadership are currently based - may force the groups to leave, in an effort to ease international pressure on Damascus involving an ongoing UN probe into the murder of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Both Egypt and Jordan have refused Hamas' request, according to Haaretz.
Syria's current crisis is affecting relations between the political leadership of Hamas - classified a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union - and its operatives in the territories, who receive instructions and money from the group's headquarters. In recent months, the Damascus offices have changed their modus operandi to lower the profile of their relationship with operatives in the West Bank and Gaza.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad now just set guidelines, such as the general timetable for an attack or the general area where it should it take place, Haaretz said. This makes it more difficult to trace contacts between bombers and headquarters in Damascus, and distances the Syrian government from accusations of direct involvement in terrorism. It also makes it harder for Israeli intelligence to obtain advance warning of an attack.
Hamas's relative restraint in the past week, despite Israel's slaying of one of its operatives, Fawzi al-Qara, is a sign of Syria's desire to avoid escalation right now, Haaretz said.
Hamas was headquartered in Jordan until 1999, when King Abdullah expelled several senior organisation officials from the country, who were relocated to Syria and Qatar. Egypt maintains close ties with Hamas, partly to maintain its role as chief mediator between the Palestinian Authority and Islamic organisations.
I bet they move to Iran.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Assad's Military Turns On His Senior Officials
Either Assad or a top Ba'athist with a better self-preservation instinct is getting ready to turn over their top criminals to the UN, it looks like. The fact that they had to use the military, rather than simply ordering them to surrender themselves, means that this was a very contentious decision and more "suicides" may be ahead-maybe even a coup attempt.
Unconfirmed reports in the past 24 hours spoke about military movements around the Damascus houses of senior Syrian officials mentioned by U.N. chief investigator Detlev Mehlis in connection with the assassination former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The Beirut-based An Nahar reported on its Thursday's front-page that "These reports have raised questions on whether these movements were precautionary measures or for other purposes."


This story came after a TV network, owned by Rifaat Assad, the Syrian president's uncle and rival, who is in exile, reported that Syrian forces besieged Wednesday evening the offices of Syrian President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law, Asef Shawkat, in Damascus.

Shawkat heads the Syrian army intelligence and is considered to be Assad's closest aide. Shawkat is suspected of being involved in Hariri's assassination.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
America's UAV roadmap: no Architecture Astronauts allowed
Joel Spolsky is my favorite writer on software because he's practical, funny, and wise. He explains user interface design in terms of his experience working in an Israeli bakery, for instance. Not the kind of guy who gets too lost in his own fog of bullshit. But he does know fogs of bullshit when he sees them. Here's Joel talking about a certain class of people he calls "Architecture Astronauts":
When great thinkers think about problems, they start to see patterns. They look at the problem of people sending each other word-processor files, and then they look at the problem of people sending each other spreadsheets, and they realize that there's a general pattern: sending files. That's one level of abstraction already. Then they go up one more level: people send files, but web browsers also "send" requests for web pages. And when you think about it, calling a method on an object is like sending a message to an object! It's the same thing again! Those are all sending operations, so our clever thinker invents a new, higher, broader abstraction called messaging, but now it's getting really vague and nobody really knows what they're talking about any more. Blah.

When you go too far up, abstraction-wise, you run out of oxygen. Sometimes smart thinkers just don't know when to stop, and they create these absurd, all-encompassing, high-level pictures of the universe that are all good and fine, but don't actually mean anything at all.

These are the people I call Architecture Astronauts. It's very hard to get them to write code or design programs, because they won't stop thinking about Architecture. They're astronauts because they are above the oxygen level, I don't know how they're breathing. They tend to work for really big companies that can afford to have lots of unproductive people with really advanced degrees that don't contribute to the bottom line.
I was delighted to read about the Pentagon's new roadmap for unmanned aerial systems/vehicles, because unlike a lot of Pentagon advanced-weapons development plans, it contains lots and lots of practical admonishment to the agencies developing the next generation of UAVs, and not too much fogheaded claptrap. For one thing, it's focused on the needs of the warfighters of now:
In the foreword, senior officials report that the roadmap is aimed at guiding the Defense Department toward a systematic migration of UAS mission capabilities, focused on the most urgent warfighter needs.
More encouraging signs of clear-headed thinking at the top:
First, they say, UASes have matured to the point where they are no longer to be considered for “niche missions" but can be applied across the range of military activities. “Instead of asking, ‘Can we find a mission for this [UAS]?’ one will ask, ‘Why are we still doing this mission with a human?’?" the authors say.

Second, the authors seem ready to rely on commercial initiatives to meet future requirements; to accept capability that is delivered in installments, rather than all at once; and to think of UASes as disposable—which, so far, has not been the case.

“A 50 percent solution tomorrow is often better than a 70 to 80 percent solution in three years and better than a 95 percent solution in 10 years," say the study’s authors. “Commercial solutions avoid using defense development dollars, which provides the opportunity for other developments," such as thinking of UASes as short-term, “consumable" systems.

Rather than buying UASes in large lots, they might be bought in barely sufficient quantities and replaced or augmented a few years later with new and improved models. The authors make the analogy to TVs, DVD players, and desktop computers—items often cheaper to replace than to repair.

The authors want a thorough understanding of the mission to be performed before developing UASes to meet it, since they believe that UASes can be tailor-made with precisely the amount of capability needed—and not more.

“Do NOT," the authors warn in capital letters, “make a [UAS] and then find a mission for it ... [or] design a low observable aircraft and then try to figure out how to make it do a strike or suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) mission."



Give these guys a promotion! They should be in charge of all military procurement and technology development roadmaps, because they know exactly what they're doing.

UPDATE: forgot the damn link. D'oh!
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Political Psychiatry
China has 25 Ankang hospitals, where people are being "treated" for activities such as shouting political slogans, making anti-government speeches in public and expressing their political opinions. China plans to increase the number of psychiatric hospitals to 70, one for every city of more than a million people. The following is the story of a Tiananmen protester who spent 13 years in the Beijing Ankang hospital.
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Carrot and Stick Diplomacy
First, allow IAEA inspectors to access decoy nuclear installations on the surface while somewhere else the constructions are going on deep in the ground.

Then in the same time, order the thugs to bomb Tehran's British Airways office.
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