Saturday, December 22, 2018

Feds: UM animal researcher shared bestiality, child porn

Michael Zeidler
Detroit — A University of Michigan researcher who works with animals was charged in federal court Tuesday with distributing child pornography, including some that involved bestiality.
Michael Zeidler, 48, of Ann Arbor also was accused of installing a hidden camera in his bathroom and secretly filming exchange students who lived in his home since 2012.
Zeidler, a research lab specialist who works with gene edited mice and rats, was charged after FBI agents searched his university lab and home.

Betsy DeVos cancels $150 million of student loan debt after losing court battle

The Department of Education said it will cancel $150 million of student loan debt, impacting about 15,000 people whose schools closed.
The Obama-era borrower defense relief program – which essentially ground to a halt under Education Secretary Betsy Devos – provided a path for people to seek forgiveness for federal student loans if a shuttered school violated specific laws or misled students.
DeVos was highly critical of the program, reportedly calling it a “free money” giveaway, and sought to change and delay the program. However, she was sued, and a federal judge ruled in September the program needed to “go into effect.”
Those eligible for loan forgiveness must have been enrolled at the school when it closed and not enrolled at another Title-IV school within three years of the previous school’s closing, according to the Education Department.
PLUS loans – which parents took out on behalf of children – could also be eligible for discharge.


  • A Department of Education program funds colleges to teach about the Arab world, but upcoming payments are going to colleges that have received millions of dollars from Arab countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, data shows.
  • One critic said that coupling the program with the foreign funding is “a back-door route to Saudi influence.”
  • Some of the universities employ faculty or have hosted guests who made anti-semitic remarks.
Universities funded by the Department of Education to help shape the way U.S. K-12 schools and colleges portray the Middle East and Israel are simultaneously bankrolled by $600 million tied to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Muslim-majority countries, a Daily Caller News Foundation data analysis found.
One critic called the payments “a back-door route to Saudi influence over America’s K-12 curriculum.”

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Corbett Report: History Is Written By The Winners

Episode 350 – History Is Written By The Winners

 • 12/14/2018 • 8 Comments
Who gets to write the history textbooks? Where do the history teachers learn about history? What documents are allowed into the historical record, and what documents are excluded? These are not merely academic questions, they go right to the heart of the question of history itself. Join James Corbett for today’s edition of The Corbett Report and an in-depth exploration of the formation of the historical record about World War One.
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