PISA rankings 2019: Four Chinese regions top international student survey – CNN

Teens from some of China’s wealthiest regions are outperforming their peers in the world’s richest countries in reading, math and science, according to new results from a global education study.
— Read on edition.cnn.com/2019/12/03/asia/pisa-rankings-2019-intl-hnk/index.html

Fewer than one in 10 students surveyed in the OECD countries could “distinguish between fact and opinion, based on implicit cues pertaining to the content or source of the information,” the report said.

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PISA scores reading math , US not performing

www.nytimes.com/2019/12/03/us/pisa-results-us.html

The test, which is given every three years, measures a 15-year-old student’s reading, mathematics and science literacy, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Results showed that, over all, Americans who took the test scored slightly above students from peer nations in reading. 

However, American students scored below the middle of the pack in math, and nearly one-fifth of the students who took the test scored so low it seemed some had not mastered the reading skills of someone far younger. American students’ results in reading and math have also been stagnant since 2000, and the achievement gap in reading between high- and low-performing students is widening.

There is no consensus on why Americans have not made much progress, and commenters, including teachers and former educators, shared their opinions on the matter.( NYT)

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Give Alberta Oil Back to the People | The Walrus

Norway has banked more than $1 trillion—all thanks to its state-owned oil company. Should Alberta follow its model?
— Read on thewalrus.ca/give-alberta-oil-back-to-the-people/

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Celebrating a Rod Carew streak that stands the test of time – La Vida Baseball

Fifty-two years ago today, Rod Carew won the Rookie of the Year Award. There’s so much more to the stat.
— Read on www.lavidabaseball.com/celebrating-a-rod-carew-streak-that-stands-the-test-of-time/

Carew stole home 17 times in his career.

Carew won the batting title in 1972 without hitting a home run.

Carew won the 1977 MVP Award batting .388 with 100 RBI and 14 HR.

Carew hit over .300 15 straight seasons.

Carew won seven batting titles (only Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Tony Gwynn have more)

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Tracking all of President Trump’s false or misleading claims – Washington Post

The Washington Post’s ongoing database of President Trump’s false or misleading claims.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/

No lie. Very interesting data and graphics . How is this psychosis going to end.

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The Netflix Docuseries “The Family”: A Review by Steven Hassan – Freedom of Mind Resource Center

This is a review of the Netflix docuseries “The Family” based upon books by Jeff Sharlet that detail this secret organization with power and influence.
— Read on freedomofmind.com/the-netflix-docuseries-the-family-a-review-by-steven-hassan/

As a true believer, I was ordered to fast with other Moon organization members for 3 days on the Capitol stairs for Richard Nixon because we were told that “God wants Nixon to be President” (despite Watergate crimes and calls for impeachment). The previous year to my fast, Sun Myung Moon was brought to meet Nixon right after the Family’s National Prayer Breakfast in early 1974. (Pictures below.) Moon was always deeply involved in the Christian right-wing, loaning money to Jerry Falwell, operating the Washington Times newspaper, buying UPI, operating a television broadcast facility in the nation’s capital that networks used. Moon became a convicted felon for conspiracy to evade income taxes and later the Moon organization was revealed to have operational ties to the Korean CIA, but his organization was and still is a player in the current corruption. naturally, they are big supporters of Donald Trump.

Jeff Sharlet points out, “Behind the scenes at every National Prayer Breakfast since 1953 has been the Family, an elite network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerful. Their goal is Dominionism, the use of wealthy and powerful people to influence politics to promote their values and vision of who should be in charge of world events. “Jesus plus nothing” is another term Sharlet heard during the time he was investigating the group as a potential believer. Their method is backroom diplomacy. The Family is the startling story of how their faith—part free-market fundamentalism, part imperial ambition—has come to be interwoven with the affairs of nations around the world.”(Hassan)

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Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web

www.nytimes.com/2019/11/24/opinion/world-wide-web.html

“The web needs radical intervention from all those who have power over its future: 

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