News article: Twitter accounts really are echo chambers, study finds When it comes to politics and the internet, birds of a feather really do flock together, according to research confirming the existence of online echo chambers among the most politically engaged Twitter users. A study of 2,000 Twitter users who publicly identified as either Labour, Tory, Ukip or SNP supporters has found they are far more likely to interact with others from the same party and to share articles from publications that match their views. Ukip supporters are also far more engaged with “alternative” media outlets, including Breitbart and Infowars, two US-based sites identified with the alt-right that have been regularly accused of publishing misleading or false stories. The research was carried out by the thinktank Demos, which looked at the tweets sent between May and August last year by 2,000 people who have publicly stated their political allegiance on their profiles and who had at some point addressed a member of parliament in their tweets.
Astrophysics Astrophysics People have gazed at the stars, given them names, and observed their changes for thousands of years. NASA joined the ancient pursuit of knowledge of our universe comparatively recently. Goals The science goals of Astrophysics are breathtaking: we seek to understand the universe and our place in it. We are starting to investigate the very moment of creation of the universe and are close to learning the full history of stars and galaxies. Atlantic City Press If some state legislators get their way, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy could bring an end to one Jersey Shore tradition — the beach badge. State Sen. Michael Doherty, R-Hunterdon, Warren, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland, have introduced legislation requiring any town that accepts state or federal aid for rebuilding its beaches to provide beach and restroom access for free. “A beach fee is another word for tax,” Sweeney said Monday. “I just don’t agree with it. ...
Listen, learn and teach English with podcasts in English for upper intermediate learners and teachers There are more vocabulary activities related to these podcasts on the 'extras' page. 124 British icons: Yorkshire. Join Pam and Jackie in one of the nicest parts of the UK. (18 Feb 16) ► Download (2MB, 4min 13 sec) ► Transcript (pdf 53KB)► Worksheet & Answers (pdf 147KB)► Vocabulary tasks (pdf 119KB) You can see how wonderful Yorkshire is when the Tour de France started there: ◼ Stop video
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say Editor’s Note: The Washington Post on Nov. 24 published a story on the work of four sets of researchers who have examined what they say are Russian propaganda efforts to undermine American democracy and interests. One of them was PropOrNot, a group that insists on public anonymity, which issued a report identifying more than 200 websites that, in its view, wittingly or unwittingly published or echoed Russian propaganda. A number of those sites have objected to being included on PropOrNot’s list, and some of the sites, as well as others not on the list, have publicly challenged the group’s methodology and conclusions. The Post, which did not name any of the sites, does not itself vouch for the validity of PropOrNot’s findings regarding any individual media outlet, nor did the article purport to do so. Since publication of The Post’s story, PropOrNot has removed some sites from its list. Watts’s report on this work, with colleagues Andrew Weisburd and J.M.
Blog post: Twitter is the New Bus In November, the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) released the executive summary of a study they had worked on for the past eighteen months. I've included the results in a few presentations lately and it keeps reminding me of a lesson I co-taught with a student teacher from my school back in 2012. Here are a few of the slides I use to reference the SHEG study in my presentations. Pixnary - Visual Vocabulary for CAT "Coleridge was evidently one of those people who abase themselves excessively in the hope of never having to hear their faults expressed on the lips of others." "What would possess anyone to take such blessings and abase them with dollar signs?" "Where the people are Catholic and submissive to the law of God, as declared and applied by the vicar of Christ and supreme pastor of the church, democracy may be a good form of government; but combined with Protestantism or infidelity in the people, its inevitable tendency is to lower the standard of morality, to enfeeble intellect, to abase character, and to retard civilization, as even our short American experience amply proves." "The human spirit is fashioned in the likeness of the Creator: it is improper to abase that spirit to some other component of the Creation."
Cronkite News From sink to garden: Gray water systems catching on in Tucson Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Since 2008, Tucson has required plumbing in new homes to allow homeowners to set up gray water systems to reuse water from bathroom sinks, showers and tubs as well as washing machines to water plants and lawns. But the systems have yet to catch on in the Valley. Grammaire de l'anglais Vocabulaire / Vocabulary Le corps humain / The human body L'habillement / Clothes Citizens for the Republic “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” The Sunlight Project’s mission is to ferret out corruption that wastes taxpayer dollars and continually undermines the American people in favor of the powerful and profitable. Each of these sectors has one thing in common: they all receive favorable treatment from the government thanks to political contributions, cronyism, and a revolving door of executives who become government officials.