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LOL isn't funny anymore

LOL isn't funny anymore | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it

John McWhorter: 'LOL' no longer 'means' anything. Rather, it 'does something' -- conveying an attitude -- just as the ending '-ed' doesn't 'mean' anything but conveys past tense. LOL is, of all things, grammar.


Via Luca Baptista
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LOL was never funny.
I agree that texting has lowered American's grammer and writting skills in the past ten years. I personally do not like acronyms in texting, I think it is lazy, I especially dislike LOL. I do think texting is postive for the most part in communicating quicker, but peoples face to face social skills have decreased dramaticly, it is crazy how unsocial some people are now a days, especially the younger teenagers and newer generation.

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U.S. safety board proposes tougher drunk-driving threshold

U.S. safety board proposes tougher drunk-driving threshold | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally intoxicated should be lowered to 0.05, federal safety officials said Tuesday.

Via Cbaker02
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I think this is a good idea to keep drunk drivers off the road. I think that people who have been drinking should not be allowed to drive, and this will help lower the amount of those drivers. It will help keep those who have been drinking off the road and having safer roads.

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Michael Holm's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:43 AM

I think this is a great way to keep drunk drivers off the road.  

allie krings's comment, May 16, 2013 8:56 AM
I support this decision to lower it. If someone chooses to drink and drive, they are not only harming themselves, but potentially other innocent people. It is only fair to lower it to help deter them from getting into a car and driving while intoxicated. This may also help raise awareness of drinking.
Drew Fuchs's comment, May 19, 2013 6:07 PM
I agree, the level is to high and they need to reduce the risk of having more drunk right now is too high and lowering it will decrease the amount of drunk drivers and people will watch how much they drink.
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'Proud' Minn. gays and lesbians wonder: What's after marriage vote?

'Proud' Minn. gays and lesbians wonder: What's after marriage vote? | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
Same-sex couples who've been together for years will soon have the option of getting married if the Minnesota Senate, as expected, passes legislation today legalizing same-sex marriage and recognizing out-of-state marriages.

Via MsHaeussinger
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I am very excited that Minnesota will (hopefully) pass gay marriage. I think they have the right to have the same benifits as other married couples, why shouldn't they? I can see if they move to a state that has not passed the law for gay marriage they may not have the benifits, but if they are living in a state that allows gay marriage then they should be able to get benifits.

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Brian Burroughs's comment, May 19, 2013 8:09 AM
I am all for gay rights, but does this mean they are going to start getting more money for college and getting accepted into college more easily because they are a part of the sexual minority like the people of racial minorities are? Better not.
Riley Hanson's comment, May 20, 2013 12:27 PM
I am very happy this passed, People have the right to love and to be with whoever they want, you cannot take away people's happiness.
Riley Hanson's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:29 PM

This will be very good for Minnesotans, people will no longer have to go to another state to get married, they can stay right here in Minnesota.  If only this passed awhile ago....

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The online learning revolution - Atlanta Journal Constitution

The online learning revolution - Atlanta Journal Constitution | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
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Alan Wells, manager of DeVry University-Atlanta's Academic Success Center, helps student Donna L. Stewart, a computer information systems major.

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I think online learning is great for people! You are able to work and go to school at the same time, and if you are a slower learner, or the classroom is not for you, you are able to go at your own pace. The only thing about online learning is that you have to motivate yourself to work and get your things done.

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khodge55's comment, May 7, 2013 7:05 AM
I don't think online learning would work for me, but if it works for others than it should definitely be used. If you can get yourself to actually want to work on the computer than more power to you, but I don't think that I would not be able to get myself to be focused enough to work online.
Michael Holm's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:51 PM

I think online learning is a great way to learn, and I almost would take online learning over in class learning.  

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Pentagon Report Declares More Than Half The US Military Is Overweight

Pentagon Report Declares More Than Half The US Military Is Overweight | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
But it's all muscle, really!

Via Brynne Stellner, Cbaker02, Michael Holm
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I was actually shocked to find out that over half of the US Military is overweright! I imagine them working out all the time and getting fit. I think that if the military can't be average weight, that is a problem for the United States and that everyone needs to get into a better shape. I am not saying that people have to be skinny, but they should be healthy.

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Cbaker02's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:24 AM

HAHAHAHAHA woops!!!! how do those guys pass the running test that they have?

Michael Holm's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:29 AM

I think that it's fascinating that half of military members are overweight... I don't get how they can pass the physical tests they do. 

MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 8:11 AM
Great story, very interesting! The military has mandatory physical fitness requirements, or at least, they used to?
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Minnesota Bill Would Define All Marriages as Civil Unions

Minnesota Bill Would Define All Marriages as Civil Unions | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
Minnesota lawmakers are proposing a bill that would treat straight and same-sex couples equally by defining all marriages as civil unions.

Via Pete
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I think that it is great that Minnesota is pushing to allow gay marriage. I just do not understand all the fuse with it, why does it matter who someone loves? I do think that they should call it a marriage still instead of a civil union. Why can't people be married to who they love rather than call it a civil union?

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Michael Holm's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:38 AM

I think its great that Minnesota is proposing a bill that would treat same-sex couples as equal as straight couples. 

Brian Burroughs's comment, May 1, 2013 5:07 PM
They can get married in church. Marriage is a religious/ cultural decision and has nothing to do with the government. That's why they are getting rid of it and just having both hetero and homosexual couple get civil unions.
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Florida man breaks into zoo, frees animals (VIDEO)

Florida man breaks into zoo, frees animals (VIDEO) | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- A Bonita Springs man, Steven Trew, frustrated that the Everglades Wonder Gardens will soon close, broke into the zoo sometime early Monday morning, cut the locks on almost every cage and set many animals free, according to employees at the gardens. 

 

One deer was killed on Imperial Parkway, one deer is missing, but the rest of the creatures never left the zoo property and were returned to their cages by zoo staff. 

Employee Jack Wollman arrived at the Everglades Wonder Gardens at 5 a.m. Monday and found the back gate sawed open. When he got inside he noticed deer, pigs and birds were out of their cages. 

 

Wollman held the suspect, 58-year-old Steven Trew, until deputies from the Lee County Sheriff's office arrived. Trew has been arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and charged with burglary of a dwelling and damage to property with criminal mischief...

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khodge55's comment, April 23, 2013 4:50 PM
This is crazy and a little extreme. If this guy was upset that a zoo was closing he should have done something about it sooner. Not try to set all of the animals free, but tried to raise money for the animals or something of the sort. It's sad that an animal died in this mess and I hope that they find the other deer safe and sound.
Drew Fuchs's curator insight, April 24, 2013 8:38 AM

If you are crazy enough to free wild animals into the world, you need some help. Also, you are putting everyone in the area in danger as well as him. Did he really think he was going to get away with this without gettting in trouble? 

 

MsHaeussinger's comment, April 24, 2013 12:16 PM
Always a great idea to break/enter, free wild animals, and endanger the public. If my sarcasm wasn't evident, please note that I am not actually condoning this!
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Council Seat, Tax Spending Amendment on DC Special Election Ballot - CBS Local

Council Seat, Tax Spending Amendment on DC Special Election Ballot - CBS Local | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
CBS Local Council Seat, Tax Spending Amendment on DC Special Election Ballot CBS Local Voters will also decide whether to support an amendment to the district's charter that would give the city the freedom to spend local tax dollars without...
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slecy81's comment, April 23, 2013 9:36 AM
INSIGHT!: If this passes it is just saying that the city would be able to spend their tax money how they please. I think that is fair because I feel like D.C. just does what it wants, and so far it is doing pretty well in my opinion.
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Column: Wolves belong to the people and should not be hunted | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Column: Wolves belong to the people and should not be hunted | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it

Column: Wolves belong to the people and should not be hunted

Wolves “belong” to the public. Most of the public, whatever color, do not want them hunted — again. I feel that the position of the tribes and tribal people, as well as 370 or so members of the North Wolf Alliance has been ignored by the leadership of St. Louis County.


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Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's curator insight, April 11, 2013 9:49 AM

"Wolves “belong” to the public. Most of the public, whatever color, do not want them hunted — again." - Reyna Crow

slecy81's comment, April 15, 2013 2:01 PM
I believe that wolves should not be hunted unless they are being harmful. If they are not harming anything or anyone, they should not be hunted. They are not like deer where there are hundreds of them. I also do not think that wolves belong to the public, they belong to the land, and should not be hunted.

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Lauren Timm's comment, April 17, 2013 3:37 PM
I feel like wolves are more scarce then many other animals that are hunted, so I think that wolves should be left alone. But I do not really want Bambi being shot either! :(
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Sneak Peek: Babblr Readies A Real-Time Chat Client For Tumblr | TechCrunch

Sneak Peek: Babblr Readies A Real-Time Chat Client For Tumblr | TechCrunch | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it

If Tumblr is more of a social network than a blogging platform, then Babblr may be just the thing that its users are clamoring for: It's an integrated chat client for the platform that lets you communicate with your Tumblr friends and followers...

 

... After authenticating with Tumblr, the Babblr interface shows you a list of followers and those you’re following, and lets you initiate instant messaging-like chats with others on Babblr. You can also organize your followers into groups, which is useful for those with larger communities, or who just want to have more directed conversations. The messaging app is designed to be family-friendly, too, as it censors curse words by turning them into silly or nonsense phrases like “fudge this” or “schmeggs.” (The F word and S word, respectively.)

 

The Babblr team has been working on the client for about six months, and as of two months ago, they allowed people to discover it on their own through search and other posted links, in order to try it out....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 6, 2013 12:16 PM

If you're on Tumblr, you'll want to explore Babblr.

slecy81's comment, April 10, 2013 11:16 AM
I found this rather interesting because I love tumblr, and I think it would be fun to communicate with your fallowers rather than messaging them.
Jeff Domansky's comment, April 10, 2013 11:32 AM
Totally agree SL. It's always better to connect directly where possible.
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What the Hell Is Going on with Amanda Bynes: A Treatise

What the Hell Is Going on with Amanda Bynes: A Treatise | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
If you're not following Amanda Bynes on Twitter right now, you are missing out on some truly macabre cabaret.

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slecy81's comment, April 10, 2013 11:18 AM
I used to love Amanda Bynes back in the day, like in She's the Man and The Amanda Show, now she has gone a bit overboard. I feel as though she grew up as a child star and that has brought on problems for her adult life. I believe after this stage of her life she will go back to her old self.
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Jury finds abortion doc guilty of murder, lawyer claims racism - msnNOW

Jury finds abortion doc guilty of murder, lawyer claims racism - msnNOW | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
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The lawyer for the Philadelphia abortion doctor found guilty Monday of murdering three infants says his client is the victim of racism.

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I think this is crazy for him to do abortions this way, and I agree that he should be guilty of murder. He may have thought he was helping the ladies, but this is beyond help, it is murder. If the ladies were tis far along he could have helped them by getting them help after the child was born. I think that he should be guilty of murder for these children.

 

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Lauren Timm's comment, May 19, 2013 4:28 PM
This is so wrong. Why would anyone even think of doing this? He obviously needs some help mentally because this is just not normal.
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Deadly giant snail found in Houston

Deadly giant snail found in Houston | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
Residents of a Houston neighborhood are being warned to stay away from giant African land snails after a woman found one in her garden and snapped a photo of it.

Via Max Zamzow, Michael Holm
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INSIGHT: I am very glad these do not live in Minnesota. I would not enjoy finding these giant snails in my house. These snail are going to be hard to get rid of by how much they reproduce and live. 

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Brian Burroughs's comment, May 12, 2013 7:16 AM
Yikes!
Drew Fuchs's comment, May 12, 2013 9:03 AM
I think it is insane how big they are and what kind of damage they can do. And for how much they reproduce is outrageous.
Anna Zamzow's comment, May 19, 2013 10:58 AM
These are disgusting. I could not handle living where there are such huge snails that carry menengitis.
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Supreme Court Justice Breaks Silence – Rips Into Media and Barack Obama - The Ulsterman Report

Supreme Court Justice Breaks Silence – Rips Into Media and Barack Obama - The Ulsterman Report | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it

This exceptional Black man  made it to the Supreme Court through hard work ..No affirmative action needed. He met the criteria on his own with hard work. No one lowered the bar for him..

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It does not matter the color of your skin, if you work hard it usually pays off. Just because Obama didn't grow up with as much racism as others does not mean he did not work just as hard to become President. The article talks about how he is for everyone, not just African Americans, shouldn't a president supoprt all? I think this man just wanted to start drama. He is not the only one who worked hard to earn where he is right now.

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LOL isn't funny anymore

LOL isn't funny anymore | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it

John McWhorter: 'LOL' no longer 'means' anything. Rather, it 'does something' -- conveying an attitude -- just as the ending '-ed' doesn't 'mean' anything but conveys past tense. LOL is, of all things, grammar.


Via Luca Baptista
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LOL was never funny.
I agree that texting has lowered American's grammer and writting skills in the past ten years. I personally do not like acronyms in texting, I think it is lazy, I especially dislike LOL. I do think texting is postive for the most part in communicating quicker, but peoples face to face social skills have decreased dramaticly, it is crazy how unsocial some people are now a days, especially the younger teenagers and newer generation.

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US congressman cites biblical flood to dispute human link to climate change | Guardian.co.uk

US congressman cites biblical flood to dispute human link to climate change | Guardian.co.uk | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it

The Texas Republican Joe Barton stands out even among his fellow conservative Republicans who have made it an article of faith to deny the existence of a human component to climate change.

 

On Wednesday, Barton cemented that reputation by citing the Old Testament to refute scientific evidence of man-made global warming, drawing on the story of Noah's ark.

 

"I would point out that if you are a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the great flood was an example of climate change," Barton told a congressional hearing on Wednesday in a video first shown on the Buzzfeed website. "That certainly wasn't because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy."

 

Barton was speaking at a house subcommittee hearing called by the Republican leadership to promote a bill that would allow Congress to fast-track a controversial pipeline that would pump crude from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries on the Texas coast.

 

The Texas congressman began by reiterating his support for the Keystone XL pipeline. He went on to say that he did not dispute the existence of climate change – just any connection to human activity, such as the greenhouse gas emissions produced by the burning of fossil fuels.

 

"I would point out that people like me who support hydrocarbon development don't deny that climate is changing," he said. "I think you can have an honest difference of opinion of what's causing that change without automatically being either all in, that's all because of mankind, or it's all just natural. I think there's a divergence of evidence."

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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I do not think that congress should be allowed to use religions as their reasons why things are happening. Not everyone believes in the same thing and some people might take offense to it. I also do not think that the flood and climate change is from the Bible, it just is happening.  I do think that congress should spend money on to clean up our country, but more for the animals and environment.

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U.S. employees set to be forced to give bosses their Facebook PASSWORDS

U.S. employees set to be forced to give bosses their Facebook PASSWORDS | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
A last minute alteration to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act that would make it illegal for employers to require prospective employees to disclose social media passwords has failed.
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slecy81's comment, April 23, 2013 9:43 AM
INSIGHT!: I think this is an invasion of privacy, why should you have to give your boss your password? Your life outside of work is different, facebook included. If you do well at your job, and like to have fun on the weekends, why does it matter? It is not affecting your work. If your boss creeps on you on facebook and finds something, then that is your fault, but giving your boss your password is crossing the line on privacy.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 7:55 AM
Good point, however, it should be interesting to see how this plays out. For years employers have been asking for this information as a condition of employment
Lauren Timm's comment, April 28, 2013 12:47 PM
I think this a total invasion of privacy. There should be no need for someone to have to check your facebook. The things that people do in their free time does not need to always be brought up at work.
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Financial crisis caused by too many bankers taking cocaine, says former drugs tsar - Telegraph

Financial crisis caused by too many bankers taking cocaine, says former drugs tsar - Telegraph | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
David Nutt, the former Government drugs tsar sacked after claiming that horse riding was as safe as taking ecstasy, has said that the banking crisis was caused by too many workers taking cocaine. (@JaumeBarbera !

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slecy81's comment, April 15, 2013 2:19 PM
I do not think that all the bakers were on drugs and that is why the banks fell through. What if the risks they took did well, what would happen to cocaine? I do agree with that scientist should look into drugs because some may be more beneficial than what we think.
khodge55's comment, April 15, 2013 6:25 PM
Obviously, not every single banker is on cocaine. Yes, some may have been, but blaming banks falling through on cocaine is crazy to me.
jean lievens's comment, April 15, 2013 11:13 PM
Yes, just as it is crazy toblame UFO's (irony wasn't perhaps very clear in my first comment)
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Maryland's Second Amendment Nightmare: Coming Soon to a State Near You? - American Thinker

Maryland's Second Amendment Nightmare: Coming Soon to a State Near You? - American Thinker | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
Maryland's Second Amendment Nightmare: Coming Soon to a State Near You?
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If you want to see how firearm sales can be effectively banned, look no farther than the so-called "free state" of Maryland.
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slecy81's comment, April 15, 2013 1:47 PM
I think the new handgun laws are dumb. A lot of businesses are losing money. People should go through a background test, and maybe do one class about safety and rules about guns. I personally enjoy shooting and I didn't have to take any classes, but I am capable to using a gun properly. I feel as though the government is doing this for them, and not for the people.

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North Carolina Tea Party Republicans File Bill To Establish Official State Religion | The New Civil Rights Movement

North Carolina Tea Party Republicans File Bill To Establish Official State Religion | The New Civil Rights Movement | Gov & Law - Sydney L | Scoop.it
In a direct assault on the U.S. Constitution, two North Carolina state Tea Party Republican lawmakers have filed a bill to allow the state to establish an official state religion.

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Lauren Timm's comment, April 10, 2013 4:32 PM
I think that having an official state religion is a good idea in some aspects, but then again we are a country filled with other cultures and religions. We could offend many people with the passing of this bill.
Drew Fuchs's comment, April 14, 2013 8:13 AM
I think that reducing the amount of religions in our world is a bad idea because it will reduce the different cultures our nation has. Also, I agree that this bill won't go very far and be anywhere near being passed.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 12:07 PM
North Carolina could do this, but it wouldn't be Constitutional and it could never be enforced. Separation of church and state because of the 1st amendment prohibits the government from mandating religion. It could be a symbolic gesture, but not enforceable.