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The Name Of Twitter Bird Is

What is the official name of the Twitter bird? Do you know? Not many of us do. (Psss. Hint.) This guy is a very popular bird was named after a popular NBA star. This bird is all over the media and he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Guessed it yet? The official name has been revealed. Click here to find out…

Now the plot thickens and not with chickens. The old bird (mentioned above) has deceased or has been euthanized. Well, actually he has been replaced. So, the question above was a trick question. Sorry. The next paragraph and link explains everything.

From the official Twitter Blog:

“From now on, this bird will be the universally recognizable symbol of Twitter. (Twitter is the bird, the bird is Twitter.) There’s no longer a need for text, bubbled typefaces, or a lowercase ‘t’ to represent Twitter.”

“Our new bird grows out of love for ornithology, design within creative constraints, and simple geometry. This bird is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles — similar to how your networks, interests and ideas connect and intersect with peers and friends. Whether soaring high above the earth to take in a broad view, or flocking with other birds to achieve a common purpose, a bird in flight is the ultimate representation of freedom, hope and limitless possibility.”

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Principles of Secondary Education

In the book written by Alex I. Inglis, Principles of secondary education, we get a rough idea of what education is really about. Was the compulsory education system designed to educate children, or was it merely a tool of the elite to control the masses? Here are six ideas from the book:

1. The adjustive function. Schools are to establish fixed habits of reaction to authority. This, of course preludes critical judgement completely. It also pretty much destroys the idea that useful or interesting material should be taught, because you can’t test for reflexive obedience until you know whether you can make kids learn, and do, foolish and boring things.

2. The integrating function. This might well be called “the conformity function,”  because its intention is to make children alike as possible. People who conform are predictable, and this is of great use to those who wish to harness and manipulate a large labor force.

3. The diagnostical directive function. School is meant to determine each student’s proper role. This is done by logging evidence mathematically and anecdotally on cumulative records. As in “your permanent record.”

4. The differentiating function. Once their role has been “diagnosed,” children are sorted out by role and trained only so far as their destination in the social machine merits — and not one step further.

5. The selective function. This refers not to a human choice at all but to Darwin’s theory of natural selection as applied to what he called “the favored races.” In short, the idea is to help things along by consciously attempting to improve the breeding stock. Schools are meant to tag the unfit — with poor grades, remedial placement, and other punishments — clearly enough that there peers will accept them as inferior and effictively bar them from the reproductive sweepstakes.

6. The propaedeutic function. The social system implied by these rules will require an elite group of caretakers. To that end, a small fraction of the kids will quietly be taught how to manage this continuing project, how to watch over and control a population deliberately dumbed down and declawed in order that government might proceed unchallenged and corporations might never want for obedient labor.

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I'll Pass On The Cantaloupe

I think I’ll pass on the cantaloupe, due to the Salmonella Typhimurium infections. A total of 141 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 20 states. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

  • Case Count: 141
  • States: 20
  • Deaths: 2
  • Hospitalizations: 31
  • From The CDC report:

    The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (7), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (17), Indiana (13), Iowa (7), Kentucky (50), Michigan (6), Minnesota (3), Missouri (9), Mississippi (2), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (1), and Wisconsin (2).

    31 ill persons have been hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.

    Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak.

    As a result of the initial investigations by the state health departments in Indiana and Kentucky, a farm in southwestern Indiana has contacted its distributors, which reach outside Indiana into other states, and is withdrawing its cantaloupe from the market place. The farm has agreed to cease distributing cantaloupes for the rest of the growing season.

    Consumers who recently purchased cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana are advised not to eat them and discard any remaining cantaloupe.

    The warning has been criticized.

    This comes after an outbreak in 2011. This certainly is bad for the cantaloupe business.