January 23 2013

. January 23, 2013.
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Humorless education 

Ok last week I posted a story about a California teacher that was terminated because of her past dabbling in porn. Well, this week Melissa Cairns, a teacher from the AK-Rowdy (Akron, OH) battles to keep her job for posting a picture on Facebook of some of her students with duct tape across their mouths with the caption: "Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!" No, she wasn't implementing some cruel punishment, the middle school students did it to themselves as a joke and no child was injured or harassed in any way. The Akron Board of Education is bureaucratically approaching this, handcuffed by political correctness and the hypothetical threat of litigation, placing Ms. Cairns on unpaid administrative leave for potentially violating students' privacy on social media. She has an upcoming hearing with a referee present to state her case. Have we lost our sense of humor? 

http://gma.yahoo.com/teacher-posted-facebook-photo-students-duct-tape-141840410–abc-news-topstories.html

 

"I Don't Think You're Ready For This"

So did Beyonce lip synch or didn't she? This is the biggest question stemming from President Obama's second inauguration. The dazzling diva performed the "Star Spangled Banner" for the freezing crowd of dignitaries, congressman, celebrities and the general public that filled the national mall on Monday. She was clearly having audio problems and quickly afterwards reports popped up all over the net that she actually lip-synched. A lot of people have come out and expressed their support for Beyonce, including the following article with Aretha Franklin. But, if she did lip-synch, isn't that cheating? She's supposed to be America's quintessential voice, hence her performing the national anthem on the biggest stage. She is glamorized in dozens of ads, her records sell millions and she inspires little girls everywhere. Making sure it sounds just right for recording undermines the reason for being called to perform live. Lip-synching would mean her walking up in front of the president, taking the breaths as if in preparation, and appearing to belt out the high notes was all an act—a lie! With cheating in the news as of late, i.e. Lance Armstrong, shouldn't we expect more from those we idolize?

http://gma.yahoo.com/aretha-laughed-beyonce-lip-sync-controversy-034034595.html

 

Planet of the Apps

Everyone on the internet has an iPad except for me! Babies, cats, private school kids and now orangutans! Smithsonian's National Zoo gave out the tablets to the apes to keep them occupied. "It's about changing up the day-to-day lives of our animals," says a zookeeper. Whatevs, soon you'll go to the zoo and see monkeys disengaged with the world around them, playing Angry Birds or checking their Facebook status. You know at least one of them will be constantly posting pics of bananas at feeding time! 

http://news.yahoo.com/apes-ipads-national-zoo-150122086.html

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