New Revelations Detail How The NSA Scans 75% Of The Internet Through Telco Partnerships


Big brother is definitely out there, aren’t you big guy?

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Tuesday the Wall Street Journal reported the existence of several NSA programs that were either previously unknown, or little was known about. Meet Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium and Stormbrew. The programs allow for far greater surveillance than the government has admitted to, and, importantly, detail how the government forces Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over raw data.

The programs have the ability to “reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic,” according to the Journal, “including a wide array of communications by foreigners and Americans.” That content includes the writing of emails – not merely their metadata – and touches phone calls placed inside the U.S. that use digital telephony.

Back in 2006 when it was discovered that the NSA had installed equipment at an AT&T facility in San Francisco, it became widely suspected that the NSA was directly, or indirectly, being fed huge amounts of raw Internet data…

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PBS Blog: Common Core Has Fatal Flaw


Only nine percent of the workforce will need to be able to factor polynomial equations and other higher math skills included in Algebra 2 of the new nationwide common core curriculum.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

On the PBS blog, economist Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute and American University expresses skepticism about the one-size-fits-all academic nature of the Common Core.

Lerman strongly supports youth apprenticeship programs.

Lerman is skeptical of Common Core for two reasons: One is that it lacks any evidence. In other words, as I have written repeatedly, Common Core has never been field-tested and we have no idea how it works in real classrooms, and how it will affect the students who are currently struggling.

The other is the dubious assumption that college and career skills are the same.

As he writes:

“…Two issues concern me about the debate. One is the lack of solid evidence about the effects of the curriculum on students. Education research, long a backwater of social science, has become more rigorous in recent years, backed in part by the federal government’sInstitute of Educational Sciences and its…

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Traditional Seven Period Schedule verses 4×4 Block Schedule


Interesting blog comparing block schedules versus the traditional school schedule.

Originally posted on

The debate over the traditional six or seven period day verses variations of the block schedule has been around for years. In order to determine the schedule that best suits your school, certain questions have to be answered.

When students are not successful or fail a course, which schedule provides more opportunities to catch up? If students are expected to earn 23 credits to graduate, both the seven period year long schedule and the 4X4 block schedule have built in opportunities for students to catch up if not successful in one or more courses. The seven period year long schedule a student has the opportunity to earn 28 credits. In the block schedule a student has the opportunity to earn 32 credits. Even though the block schedule has four more opportunities for students to take additional courses, the argument for the block schedule is not paramount if students are only…

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