Educate Questions Information Answers http://educateqia.com All things about education Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:32:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This Water Stream Leaking From A Pool Looks Frozen Solid http://educateqia.com/awesome/this-water-stream-leaking-from-a-pool-looks-frozen-solid/ http://educateqia.com/awesome/this-water-stream-leaking-from-a-pool-looks-frozen-solid/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:32:08 +0000 http://www.iflscience.com/physics/this-water-stream-leaking-from-a-pool-looks-frozen-solid/ Its not often a leaking swimming pool is interesting, but this is extremely cool. Reddit user Namaqq posted a GIF on the subredditOddlySatyfingthatshows water streaming out of a plastic swimming pool. At first glance, it looks like it’s a still image or perhaps even frozen solid, but after he puts his hand in front of […]

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Its not often a leaking swimming pool is interesting, but this is extremely cool.

Reddit user Namaqq posted a GIF on the subredditOddlySatyfingthatshows water streaming out of a plastic swimming pool. At first glance, it looks like it’s a still image or perhaps even frozen solid, but after he puts his hand in front of the flow, hereveals it was flowing all along.


So whats going on here? Other than witchcraft, the best explanation isa phenomenon in fluid dynamics known as laminar flow. Essentially, this is where fluid travels in a regular path, whereby velocity and all other flow properties remain constant at allpoints in the fluid.

The opposite of this is turbulent flow, where different points of the fluid are moving at different velocities. Thisresults in an irregular path of flow, which reflects light irregularly, andis what occurs when the guy sticks his hand in the seemingly motionless water stream.

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The Anti-Nazi History of the Molotov Cocktail http://educateqia.com/awesome/the-anti-nazi-history-of-the-molotov-cocktail/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:34:39 +0000 http://mashable.com/2014/08/19/history-molotov-cocktail/ An anti-government protester ‘Red Shirt’ throws a Molotov cocktail toward Thai security forces as the violence in central Bangkok continues on May 16, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.Image: Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images In their tear-gassed standoffs with police in Ferguson, Missouri, some protesters have retaliated with that centuries-old weapon of urban revolutionaries and improvisational militaries alike: the […]

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An anti-government protester ‘Red Shirt’ throws a Molotov cocktail toward Thai security forces as the violence in central Bangkok continues on May 16, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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In their tear-gassed standoffs with police in Ferguson, Missouri, some protesters have retaliated with that centuries-old weapon of urban revolutionaries and improvisational militaries alike: the Molotov cocktail.

Easy and cheap to make, the Molotov cocktail is thought to have been invented during the Spanish Civil War, where it was used by the Republicans against Nationalist tanks. The original design was a mixture of tar, ethanol, and gasoline in a beer bottle, creating a substance that’s both sticky and flammable; either an oil-soaked rag or a long, wind-proof match is inserted into the bottle’s mouth to act as a wick. When the “bottle bomb” hits its target, the sticky mixture of fuel and flame ignite, causing a large fireball and coating whatever it hits with fire.

But why is the weapon named after Vyacheslav Molotov, the Soviet foreign minister who signed the secret 1939 Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact that heralded World War Two?

The answer comes from Finland.

The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact divvied Europe up into “spheres of influence,” carving Poland into Nazi and Soviet territory, while ceding Finland to the Soviets, who had previously controlled it under the Russian Empire.

In the winter of 1939, after seizing eastern Poland and leaving the country’s west to the Third Reich, the Soviets invaded Finland. Molotov (“Hammer” in Russian) then said in a speech, “Tomorrow we will dine in Helsinki!” After Soviet bombs began to fall on Finnish troops, Molotov insisted that the Soviets were dropping food and drink instead. Exhibiting a keen wit, the Finns thus dubbed Soviet cluster bombs “Molotov bread baskets” (the food) and named the improvised weapons that they were using against Soviet armor “Molotov cocktails” (the drink).

The Finnish Alko corporation, a liquor conglomerate, mass-produced 450,000 Molotov cocktails during the war. The weapon proved instrumental in halting the Soviet advance toward the Finnish capital. The use of Molotov cocktails spread during the war, among Allied and Axis forces alike. In 1940, as Nazis threatened to invade the United Kingdom, the British armed home guard units with the weapon as a form of civil defense.

So Molotov, the war-mongering Bolshevik, ended up lending his name to a bomb known for its popularity in anti-Communist protests behind the Iron Curtain.

Fast forward to today in the United States. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms considers Molotov cocktails a “destructive device” under the National Firearms Act. This does not mean that the weapon is banned—only that you must register your Molotov cocktail with the ATF.

Of course, you will be prosecuted for hurling one at a police car.

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State Of Emergency Declared In U.S. City After High Levels Of Lead Detected In Children’s Blood http://educateqia.com/awesome/state-of-emergency-declared-in-u-s-city-after-high-levels-of-lead-detected-in-childrens-blood/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:34:51 +0000 http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/high-levels-lead-children-s-blood-provokes-state-emergency-us-city The number of children in Flint, Michigan, with higher-than-average levels of lead in their blood has almost doubled since last year, prompting the citys mayor to declare a state of emergency. Residents first began displaying symptoms associated with lead poisoning shortly after the city switched its water supply from the Detroit system to the Flint […]

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The number of children in Flint, Michigan, with higher-than-average levels of lead in their blood has almost doubled since last year, prompting the citys mayor to declare a state of emergency. Residents first began displaying symptoms associated with lead poisoning shortly after the city switched its water supply from the Detroit system to the Flint River.

The use of the river as the citys main source of water was originally introduced as a temporary measure while a new pipeline connecting Flint to Lake Huron was being constructed. However, soon after the switch was made in April 2014, increasing numbers of people in Flint began complaining of ailments such as hypertension, hair loss, skin rashes, and depression all of which can be caused by high levels of lead in the blood.

It wasnt long before residents began connecting these symptoms to the citys water supply, which reportedly gave off a strange odor and was cloudy in appearance.

However, these fears were not confirmed until September of this year, when a report by the Hurley Medical Center revealed that the proportion of children under the age of five with levels of lead in their blood exceeding five micrograms per deciliter the maximumsafe level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had risen from 2.1 percent to 4 percent.

Lead poisoning can cause mental impairment, and is particularly dangerous in children, whose brains are still developing. In severe cases, it can cause irreparable damage, leading to a number of cognitive complications such as learning difficulties, decreased IQ, and attention deficit disorder.

In a statement released earlier this week, Flint mayor Karen Weaver called for an immediate Special Meeting of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, in an attempt to find a solution to what she calls a manmade disaster.

This statement from Flint mayor Karen Weaver calls for swift action in response to the increased levels of lead poisoning in young children. Twitter/Dave Bondy

Though the city stopped drawing its water from the Flint River in October, switching back to the Detroit water system, many residents are concerned that their children may have already suffered permanent damage. They have therefore filed a lawsuit against a number of city governors and public officials, accusing them of not doing enough to protect local citizens from the dangers of lead poisoning.

According to the lawsuit, for more than 18 months, state and local government officials ignored irrefutable evidence that the water pumped from the Flint River exposed the Plaintiff and the Plaintiff Class to extreme toxicity.

While moderate lead poisoning can be treated with chelation therapy which uses a chemical called edetatecalcium disodium(EDTA) to bind to the excesslead in a persons blood and ensure it is excreted from the body severe cases are not treatable. For this reason, Mayor Weaver has stated that the recent crisis is likely to result in an increased need for special education and mental health services, as well as foster and adoptive parents.

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Five Women Awarded $1.3 Million In UConn Sexual Assault Settlement http://educateqia.com/awesome/five-women-awarded-1-3-million-in-uconn-sexual-assault-settlement/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:35:56 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/five-women-awarded-13-million-in-uconn-sexual-assault-settle The school settles federal lawsuit but did not admit any wrongdoing. View this image › Via commons.wikimedia.org On Friday, both sides of the federal lawsuit against the University of Connecticut announced a settlement of $1.3 million in favor of the five women who claimed the school mishandled their sexual assault complaints. In December, after seven […]

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On Friday, both sides of the federal lawsuit against the University of Connecticut announced a settlement of $1.3 million in favor of the five women who claimed the school mishandled their sexual assault complaints.

In December, after seven women filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights in October 2013, the school was put under investigation for potential Title IX violations. This investigation will continue, which could result in the college losing federal funding.

The Associated Press reported Silvana Moccia will receive $900,000 from the settlement. Moccia is a former hockey player for the school who said she was kicked off the team after she reported being raped by a male hockey player in August 2011.

Kylie Angell, another one of the plaintiffs in the case, said in a news conference last October that when she was raped by a classmate in her dorm, a campus police officer responded to her by saying, “Women need to stop spreading their legs like peanut butter or rape is going to keep happening until the cows come home.”

UConn “repeatedly defended its policies for responding to sexual assault complaints” and “did not admit any wrongdoing,” according to the Associated Press.

Gloria Allred, the attorney for the former students, will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET on Friday with four of the women.

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5. At the press conference held by Gloria Allred, the four plaintiffs said they were satisfied with both the UConn administration and their experiences with the legal process.

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Lead complainant Carolyn Luby speaks first after Atty. Allred. Luby: “I am glad to see Has taken our cases seriously.

7. “I am optimistic that these steps will make a meaningful difference for all students,” Rosemary Richie said.

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5 Reasons Why Young People Become Terrorists http://educateqia.com/awesome/5-reasons-why-young-people-become-terrorists/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:32:37 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/reasons-why-young-people-become-terrorists 5. They are looking for an identity. View this image › Stringer / Reuters Many young people often join terrorist organizations because they are looking for an identity for themselves. A 2010 study from the United States Institute of Peace found that among “2,032 ‘foreign fighters’” who joined al-Qaeda, being a so-called “identity seeker” was […]

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5. They are looking for an identity.

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Many young people often join terrorist organizations because they are looking for an identity for themselves. A 2010 study from the United States Institute of Peace found that among “2,032 ‘foreign fighters’” who joined al-Qaeda, being a so-called “identity seeker” was the largest reason to join a terrorist organization.

Like many young college students, high school students and adolescents, potential terrorists are looking to answer the question “Who am I?” Having a traumatic experience as a youth in particular is a motivating factor in deciding to become a terrorist — and terrorist recruiters recognize this.

“The personal pathway model suggests that terrorists came from a selected, at risk population, who have suffered from early damage to their self-esteem,” said psychologist Eric D. Shaw in a 1986 paper.

American-born al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn, shoe bomber Richard Reid, American Taliban John Walker Lindh, Puerto Rican dirty bomber plotter Joe Padila, and underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab have been cited as prime examples of this.

4. They have a need for belonging.

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Terrorist organizations often grow their ranks by recruiting youths who have a need for belonging. Randy Borum, a professor at the University of South Florida, argued in a 2004 paper that future terrorists find “not only a sense of meaning, but also a sense of belonging, connectedness and affiliation” in terrorist organizations.

Since terrorists often attempt to recruit those most vulnerable in society, becoming involved in terrorist activities, whether as a passive supporter or an active supporter, may represent the first true meaning a terrorist has had in his or her life.

Borum added in his 2004 paper that for some, this strong sense of belonging for the first time in one’s life is the main reason for staying in the terrorist organization and becoming an active supporter engaging in terrorism rather than a passive supporter simply sympathizing with the cause.

3. They want to correct what they believe is injustice.

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Righting what a terrorist perceives as a wrong is a major factor in youths deciding to engage in terrorist activities. This is particularly true of the “lone wolf” scenario.

Georgetown professor Bruce Hoffman has said that recruiting based on perceived injustices, especially by saying that the West is hostile toward Islam, is a point terrorist recruiters drive home. Hoffman added that these recruiters will argue jihad against the West is only option to correct this, while the Hoover Institue says that righting perceived wrongs is a major terrorist motivation.

Stanford professor Martha Crenshaw has written, “One of the strongest motivations behind terrorism is vengeance, particularly the desire to avenge not oneself but others. Vengeance can be specific or diffuse, but it is an obsessive drive that is a powerful motive for violence toward others, especially people thought to be responsible for injustices.”

2. They are looking for a thrill.

According to the United States Institue for Peace, so-called “thrill seekers” accounted for 5% of the “2,032 ‘foreign fighters’” they interviewed in 2011. This small group of individuals often were attracted to violent video games and stories glorying jihad and war. The study mentions that this type of future terrorist “often came from a middle- or upper-class family and joined out of boredom.”

Borum also cited boredom as part of the process by which youth become radicalized, saying, “They follow a general progression from social alienation to boredom, then occasional dissidence and protest before eventually turning to terrorism.”

According to research conducted by the Library of Congress, instances of joining out of boredom are often found in the Gaza Strip, especially among those with little education.

“Those with little education, such as youths in Algerian ghettos or the Gaza Strip, may try to join a terrorist group out of boredom and a desire to have an action-packed adventure in pursuit of a cause they regard as just,” reads a 1999 report conducted by the Library’s research division.

1. They sympathize with a group and self-radicalize via the internet.

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Many youth often make the jump from a passive supporter and sympathizer of terrorists to active supporter actually engaging in terrorist acts through the internet. The internet can instruct future terrorists how to build bombs, join an organization, fund terrorism, and share information. In many ways the internet serves as a virtual training camp.

Much like the way non-terrorists use social media, the internet has “become a virtual ‘echo chamber’ — acting as a radicalization accelerant,” according to a United States Senate Committee.

The Department of Homeland Security has cited three ways that young people find sites to become radicalized: browsing for entertainment; searching for a community to belong to; and looking for information related to heritage, traditions, or ideologies associated with a particular radical group.

A relevant case study of this is the example of American Colleen LaRose, although not a youth, better known as “Jihad Jane.” LaRose found herself going through a tough time. After attempting to kill herself, she converted to Islam. Using the internet, she went from a passive supporter of terrorism to and active supporter, and she was enlisted by an al-Qaeda operative to fly to Sweden and kill the author of a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog. She was arrested when caught by the FBI in 2009.

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Physiology – Course Preview | Medical Education Videos http://educateqia.com/video/physiology-course-preview-medical-education-videos/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:56:25 +0000 http://educateqia.com/?p=6904 Want to know more about physiology? Check out our course trailer or start watching the course for free. Course physiology: Lecturio offers high-quality USMLE video lectures, taught by our elite professors (from Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and more…). Lecturio provides students with a unique combination of in-depth training and high-yield content that they will use […]

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Community Post: 7 Of The Best Airports To Be Stuck In http://educateqia.com/awesome/community-post-7-of-the-best-airports-to-be-stuck-in/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:32:20 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/larap2/7-of-the-best-airports-to-be-stuck-in-aati 1. 1. London Heathrow Airport (LHR) View this image › Via redleafretail.com Feeling like Italian food? Maybe Indian? Or maybe you’re just trying to find something gluten free? LHR is the place for you. So. Many. Options. Still have time after you eat? Check out the fantastic shopping that is LHR. There’s even a Tiffany […]

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1. 1. London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

Feeling like Italian food? Maybe Indian? Or maybe you’re just trying to find something gluten free? LHR is the place for you. So. Many. Options. Still have time after you eat? Check out the fantastic shopping that is LHR. There’s even a Tiffany & Co. Still have some time left? People watch. LHR hosts more than 70 million travelers a year.

2. 2. Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)

This airport has continuously been noticed for its cleanliness. Able to accommodate 90 million passengers annually, people watching will certainly be available. Tons of shopping, food, and an OBSERVATION DECK. Still not satisfied? Eight more gates, new parking, and a new hotel are scheduled to open in March of 2014.

3. 3. San Francisco Airport (SFO)

Feeling antsy? Take a ride around the Skytrain. There are two different lines that you can take around the airport. These are free. Next, head on over to check out some of the museum quality exhibits featured around the airport. If you have an insane amount of time to kill, buy a cheap ticket for the BART and head into downtown SF for a couple of hours. It won’t break the bank and there are stops every 15 minutes or so. If your flight delay is making you uneasy you can also check out their private yoga room. Namaste.

4. 4. Zurich Airport

First and foremost, Zurich Airport was expanded majorly in 2003 adding on an underground AND automated train called Skymetro that will shuttle all travelers around. But even better? Zurich Airport is only a 10 minute train ride from the city center of Zurich with trains leaving EVERY 10 MINUTES! With efficiency like that, it won’t be too hard to explore Zurich while your flight is delayed. With some of the best city tours, museums, and food in the world- splurge on a train pass for the day and see the sights. You won’t regret it.

5. 5. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)

I wouldn’t even worry if you get stuck at Hong Kong international, there’s so many things to do to fill your time you won’t even know how to choose. Of course there’s a number of amazing and fancy shops to spoil yourselves or others. There’s no shortage of food choices, either. There’s the finest Asian cuisine, fast food choices, western restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and cafes. But if you’re really looking for something different, check out their IMAX THEATRE. Yes, a theatre. If you aren’t in the mood for a movie, you can always expand your brain in the Dream Come True Education Park. Technically it’s for children but hey- I’m not ready to grow up.

6. 6. Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

It’s just like Las Vegas! Except it’s not. But hey, they have a casino. Kill some time by trying your hand at poker. Maybe you’ll win enough to schedule a returning flight for next year. After the stress of the casino, you can head on over to one of their many spas for a relaxing massage. Or check out the airport library to do some light (or heavy) reading. If nothing else, quickly find a mate and get married in the airport with one of their four available themes; “Ready For Takeoff,” Fly Away to Yesterday,” “Say Yes and Go,” or ” Ticket to Paradise.” While in Amsterdam….

7. 7. Singapore Changi Airport

There’s no shortage of sights to see at Singapore Changi Airport. The entire airport was designed with the purpose of reducing the stress of travel. There are OSIM leg massage stations scattered all over the airport for your use. If that doesn’t satisfy, the airport also features a Fish Spa where you can treat yourself to foot reflexology, shoulder kneading, and unlimited dipping into a pool of Turkish fish that will eat that dead skin right off your feet. This airport also features an entire area of gaming, a free movie theatre, and six gardens. Some of these gardens even feature BUTTERFLIES. For the cherry on top of the perfect day, there’s a 4 story slide. Go on my friends, go slide.

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Secretive Turkish Movement Buys U.S. Influence http://educateqia.com/awesome/secretive-turkish-movement-buys-u-s-influence/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:32:02 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/secretive-turkish-movement-buys-us-influence The movement associated with Turkey’s Fethullah Gülen is making inroads in U.S. politics. View this image › Fethullah Gülen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pa., last September. Reuters HOUSTON — The secretive religious and political movement inspired by the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen has become a potent, and surprising, force in a set […]

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The movement associated with Turkey’s Fethullah Gülen is making inroads in U.S. politics.

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HOUSTON — The secretive religious and political movement inspired by the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen has become a potent, and surprising, force in a set of obscure races for the House of Representatives, as Gülen sympathizers around the country donate tens of thousands of dollars to an overlapping set of candidates.

The movement, whose leader draws intense interest from Washington to Ankara from his compound in rural Pennsylvania, has long involved itself in American life, organizing in particular around a group of charter schools and Turkish community institutions. Started in Turkey as a moderate Islamic movement in the secular 1960s and 1970s, the movement — also known as Hizmet, roughly meaning “service” in Turkish — runs schools, businesses, and media outlets around the world. There is no formal membership: Affiliates say they are “inspired” by Gülen and many groups aligned with him deny any official affiliation.

But the movement’s agenda, in Turkey, has clarified in recent months. Gülen — who left Turkey for the Poconos in 1999 following charges that he was attempting to undermine the Turkish state — broke bitterly with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year over a corruption investigation that has rocked Erdogan’s party and that the prime minister has blamed on Gülen and his followers.

Here in the United States, meanwhile, Gülen’s allies have been stepping up their involvement in U.S. politics, emerging as a force in districts from South Texas to South Brooklyn. Liberal Democrats like Yvette Clarke, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Al Green, and conservative Republicans like Ted Poe and Pete Olson have all benefitted from donors affiliated with Gülen in one way or another.

Leaders in the movement deny that there is any top-down organization of the donations (or, indeed, that the Gülen movement has any organization at all), but the patterns of giving suggest some level of coordination in a community beginning to flex its political muscle. Gülen himself reportedly told followers in 2010 that they could only visit him in the Poconos if they donated to their local congressman, according to the Wall Street Journal, though Gülen has denied the comment.

The donations, taken together, comprise significant totals for some U.S. House members in relatively safe seats. For instance, people connected to the Gülen-inspired charter schools donated $23,000 to Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in October 2013 — a large sum considering Jackson Lee has raised just more than $130,000 this cycle in individual contributions, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. The state of Texas is home to Harmony Public Schools, the Gülen-inspired network of charter schools that have inspired some controversy; the Harmony schools, and other Gülen-related educational institutions around the country, have been accused of abusing foreign worker visas and of using taxpayer money to favor Turkish businesses over others. And Houston and its southwest suburbs are a hub for the movement in the U.S. Many Turkish immigrants who live there work for Harmony or for other organizations with ties to the Gülen movement, such as the Texas Gulf Foundation, the Raindrop Foundation, or North American University, a relatively new STEM-focused school that sits on the side of a desolate highway in north Houston. Other Houstonites affiliated with Gülen groups gave to Rep. Henry Cuellar, Rep. Pete Olson, Rep. Ted Poe, Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine, and others. Though bundling political donations is common, Gülen-affiliated Houstonites said there was no top-down coordination of the donations. For instance, Metin Ekren, a Harmony educator who gave $2,000 to Sheila Jackson Lee in 2012 and $1,500 to her in 2013, said that Harmony did not tell its employees to donate. Ekren said he and “friends in the office” discuss such things, but that “usually Sheila Jackson Lee has a kind of donation meeting” and that’s how he had donated. He said he gives to other Democrats as well, though records show he has mostly given to Republicans, including Poe, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker. Erdal Caglar, Harmony’s chief financial officer, gave $1,500 to Jackson Lee in October 2013 at a fundraiser, he said. “She has been always a supporter of our schools,” Caglar said. “She has attended all major events that Harmony organized. And she expressed — you know, Harmony’s STEM, and she’s supporting STEM education.” Caglar said that Jackson Lee was helping Harmony’s effort to open a charter school in Washington, D.C. “As an educator, we support whoever supports our mission and vision and supports our activities,” Caglar said. Jackson Lee has taken an interest in charter schools recently, appearing at a school choice rally with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in January. Her campaign manager did not return requests for comment. Gülen sympathizers in Brooklyn, N.Y., have also begun to involve themselves in American political life, according to publicly available campaign finance documents from the last two election cycles. Many of New York’s Gülenist donors are based in Sheepshead Bay, a working-class neighborhood on the southern edge of Brooklyn that is home to a tight-knit Turkish community. Several members of the community said the Gülen movement operates out of the local branch of the Turkish Cultural Center, and that it counts many prosperous business owners as sympathizers. (An official from the center told BuzzFeed that many of the center’s organizers are “inspired” by Gülen, but that the organization itself is independent from him). Several local Gülen sympathizers told BuzzFeed that they feel attracted to the movement because of its tolerant religious ideas and its center-right, pro-business politics. Many of them have donated sums to the same U.S. politicians — including Rep. Yvette Clarke and Rep. Ed Towns, both New York Democrats, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas.

Nonetheless, several Gülen supporters said that the movement played little role in their decision to give money to candidates. “We want to show the American people that Turkish-Americans care,” said Gokhan Karakollukcu, the owner of the Rocca Café on Emmons Avenue and a frequent donor to Clarke. When asked whether people affiliated with the movement had ever tried to influence his giving, Karakollukcu insisted that he had made his own choices and donated his own money. He likes Clarke, Karakollukcu said, because his wife is Jamaican and the congresswoman “does a lot for Caribbean issues.” Selahattin Karakus, who owns and operates Masal Café, said that he has donated to both Democratic and Republican candidates. When asked to name a Republican to whom he had donated, Karakus was unable to remember any of their names. When asked why he had decided to donate to Cuellar, a Democrat who represents a district in Texas several thousand miles away, Karakus said that he had “friends” in Texas and that he wanted to support candidates with strong pro-immigrant stances. (Cuellar introduced a bill with Republican Sen. John Cornyn that would allow the expedited deportation of the tens of thousand of undocumented minors who have recently arrived in the United States). Karakus also said that he supports the movement and that he regularly attends holiday dinners at the Turkish Cultural Center. He said that many of his political choices had emerged from discussions at the center, but was quick to add that nobody had forced him to donate to anyone and that he had only been given “advice” and “suggestions.” The money he donated, he said, was his own. The Gülen movement “doesn’t have any money to give anyone,” he said. “We have to give them money.” Officials at the Turkish Cultural Center in Sheepshead Bay echoed Karakus’ statements, telling BuzzFeed that they do not endorse candidates, solicit donations, or engage in any kind of political fundraising. “We are a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization,” said Suleyman Aydogan, the vice president of the Brooklyn branch of the center. “That would be illegal.” But Aydogan, who said he supports the movement and has personally met Gülen, also said that he has done fundraising for New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and for Sheepshead Bay Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz. He said that his role in the Turkish Cultural Center, his sympathies for Gülen, and his work as a political fundraiser were completely separate from one another.

When asked whether the Turkish Cultural Center does any kind of political work, Aydogan said that it extends to inviting politicians to speak at dinners and other events. He suggested that donors might have met politicians at these dinners, or perhaps at the convention that the Turkic American Alliance, the center’s parent organization, holds every year in Washington, D.C. “We invite everyone, but not everyone shows up,” Aydogan said. “That’s how we know who supports the Turkish community.” Spokespeople for the members of Congress who have been on the receiving end of Gülenist largesse said they weren’t aware of any connection between their members and the movement. Cuellar, for example, is one of the main beneficiaries of Gülen-affiliated money, receiving donations from nearly 30 people connected to the movement in the 2014 election cycle. Cuellar has taken an interest in Turkish affairs and is a member of the Caucus on U.S.–Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans. Donations from people connected to the Gülen movement to Cuellar came not only from Texas, but also New York and Illinois. Cuellar’s campaign manager said that the campaign wasn’t aware of any particular fundraising efforts targeting the Gülen movement. “I’m not aware of a specific effort that we made” with the group, Cuellar’s campaign manager Colin Strothers said. “We raise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and it comes from all over the place. We notice every check and every online donation that we get.” Strothers said these kinds of donations typically come from fundraising events where “we show up and they’ve invited friends and co-workers and peers and things like that.” A spokesman for Olson, who raised thousands from several people connected to the movement in September 2013, has appeared at events for the Turkic American Alliance and the Gülen Institute, and whose chief of staff traveled to Istanbul and Ankara on the Turkic American Alliance’s dime last year, said Olson had no particular connection to the movement. “Congressman Olson is honored to represent one of the most ethnically diverse counties in America,” said his campaign consultant Chris Homan. “As such, he meets with people to discuss free trade, improving economic relationships between Texas and overseas markets, and strengthening U.S. partnerships with nations who share our national security concerns. His commitment to stronger economies and stronger democracies has earned him broad support from across the district. We are not aware of any connection to the groups you mentioned.” The Turkic American Alliance, the umbrella group that encompasses a number of U.S.-based Gülenist organizations, held a plush iftar dinner attended by lawmakers and their staffs on Capitol Hill last week. Green, Jackson Lee, and Clarke, as well as Reps. Andre Carson and Joe Garcia attended. Attendees filled about two-thirds of the Cannon Caucus Room; when a reporter arrived, staff asked her to sit near the front since it was looking a little thin. Members of Congress spoke, and then a video about Ramadan played before the breaking of the fast with soup and fried fish at sunset. Faruk Taban, the president of the alliance, told BuzzFeed in an interview that his organization does not organize members of its groups for political donations. “We don’t do that kind of stuff, we’re a 501©(3),” Taban said. Their focus is more on building relationships with members of Congress by, for example, taking them on paid trips to Turkey and Azerbaijan; the Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians and the Council of Turkic American Associations, both TAA member groups, have taken members including Cuellar, Clarke, Jackson Lee, Poe, and Rep. Steve Stockman on such trips in the past two years. Taban is planning another trip to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in September. Taban attributed the clusters of donations to the tight-knit nature of the immigrant communities they come from. “Like any diaspora communities they have strong ties among them,” he said. “So if anything happens, it’s word of mouth; they have friends and go to the same ethnic restaurants, they shop at the same ethnic restaurants.” The movement’s involvement in U.S. politics, he said, began in 2007, when Turkish immigrants lobbied to squash an Armenian genocide recognition bill.

“After that it’s kind of got the momentum,” he said. The major Gülen organizations, he said, play a role in helping people from local communities get involved in DC, but that’s it. Gülen himself is “a very shy person” and is not personally involved in asking his followers to contribute, Taban said. Asked how young teachers at the charter schools could afford to give maximum donations in congressional races, Taban said, “Turkish people are very generous” and that “a lot of business people in the community reach out to other people.” The alliance, he said, is more focused on state legislatures. And Taban “doesn’t necessarily see the correlation” between the political strife in Turkey and the political giving in the U.S. But in “all kind of activities we are growing,” Taban said. “The scope and the size and everything else, we try to do more.” Aylin Zafar contributed reporting.

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For The Love Of Freud: 4 Comments Psych Majors Are Tired Of Hearing http://educateqia.com/awesome/for-the-love-of-freud-4-comments-psych-majors-are-tired-of-hearing/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:32:15 +0000 http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/4-things-people-stop-saying-psychology-grads/855081/ Théo Gosselin Nothing is as annoying as having to explain yourself a million times to well-meaning people who don’t know a thing or two about this “crazy” field called psychology. Although we’ll admit that the general public’s opinions on psychology are pretty amusing, it’s high time these myths be addressed in order to prevent the new […]

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Nothing is as annoying as having to explain yourself a million times to well-meaning people who don’t know a thing or two about this “crazy” field called psychology.

Although we’ll admit that the general public’s opinions on psychology are pretty amusing, it’s high time these myths be addressed in order to prevent the new generation of psychology students from turning insane.

“OMG, so can you read my mind? Like, right now?”

This is a deal-breaking statement; it annoys us on all levels. No, we cannot read your mind, and we sure as hell don’t want to for fear of stumbling into awkward fantasies and dirty laundry (nah, just kidding).

Psychology teaches us about the human mind, which does give us a glimpse into the inner workings of humans, but every individual is unique. Therefore, we cannot “read your mind” and tell you about yourself based on your lip twitches and eye movements.

And, no, we do not “hypnotize” people and cause them to reveal any hidden secrets or repressed fantasies, nor are we psychics who can see into your future.

Is everyone clear on where this whole mind-reading thing stands? Good!


“Guess what? I’m 99 percent autistic according to this quiz on Buzzfeed!”

The very fact that you exclaimed such a statement probably suggests 1) you’re not autistic, and 2) you must be senseless to believe a non-clinical test.

The World Wide Web is not lacking resources on psychology quizzes and brain teasers, but that does not mean they’re credible.

To get diagnosed, you’ll need to see a certified, practicing clinical psychologist who will test you on a relevant scale. Mind you, most people with psychological disorders don’t know they have a disorder.

So, the next time anyone tells you he or she is bipolar because the Internet said so, be sure to scoot off in the opposite direction.


“So, this means you’re going to work with crazy people?”

Truth be told, there are crazy people everywhere (including the one beside you while reading this).

It’s a terrible misconception that psychologists deal with “crazy people” when psychology is a vast field stretching from clinical/medical to industrial-organizational and even educational sectors.

It is partially true that clinical psychologists have more exposure to clinically “crazy” people. However, let’s not forget that industrial and organizational psychologists probably encounter more crazy people dressed as normal, nine-to-five, degree-holding executives.

To be honest, I don’t know which is scarier.

Since you’ve probably stayed with me up to this point, let me bring you to the final phrase that drives us nuts:


“Can you even get a job with this degree?”

Yes, yes and YES. While not all psychology graduates go on to get their masters degrees and become certified psychologists/therapists, many have climbed the ladder in other areas like advertising, public relations, human resources, business, education and publishing.

Psychology is a vast field, and the exposure to different fields in the study of the liberal arts helps shape a wide range of individuals. Since most universities offer minor- or double-degree options, there are other areas of work in which psychology graduates can flourish.

As much as these statements can become exasperating, we do have to admit, there is quite a dose of humor and comfort in knowing that our specialization brings curiosity to many.

But, please, when you do encounter psychology freshmen or recent graduates, for the love of Freud, don’t ask them to read your mind!

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9 people who put a human face on the student debt crisis http://educateqia.com/awesome/9-people-who-put-a-human-face-on-the-student-debt-crisis/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:32:11 +0000 http://www.upworthy.com/9-people-who-put-a-human-face-on-the-student-debt-crisis?c=tpstream AJ+ recently released a video aimed at showing the face of student debt in America. It features nine diverse stories from people with degrees ranging from fine arts to law. $1.2 trillion. That’s how much outstanding student loan debt exists in the U.S. It’s an incredible, terrifying number that can sometimes be hard to even […]

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AJ+ recently released a video aimed at showing the face of student debt in America.

It features nine diverse stories from people with degrees ranging from fine arts to law.

$1.2 trillion. That’s how much outstanding student loan debt exists in the U.S.

It’s an incredible, terrifying number that can sometimes be hard to even conceptualize. I mean, it’s
larger than the economy of several small countries.

And over the past 10 years, it has more than tripled.

Which is why the video is so important it helps humanize the problem.

The video consisting of a short series of interviews depicts student debt as the burden it can be, not just on short-term finances, but in terms of career goals, personal relationships, and overall outlook on life.

GIF via AJ+.

A college degree is still seen as valuable, but justifying the amount spent these days can be a challenge.

In a
recent Gallup poll, 93% of people polled said they believe it’s necessary to have a college degree in order to land a good job. Still, in recent years, experts have clashed on the question of whether college is still worth the investment.

Whether it winds up being a good investment or not,
more than 40 million Americans currently have outstanding student loans, with the average debt hovering around $30,000 per person.

GIF via AJ+.

People are protesting and pushing back on loans, but that’s not exactly a new phenomenon.

The cost of college keeps rising, and borrowers find themselves without much leverage. As long as popular belief tells us that college is necessary to get a decent job, prospective students will more or less be strong-armed into taking out that hefty burden of credit.

So what can they do? They can try to get the government to help out. And so they protest.

These protesters in Los Angeles called for the cancellation of student debt in 2012. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images.

While the government has gotten involved from time to time, the problem hasn’t exactly gone away.

In 2010, President Obama pushed for Congress to pass the
Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which made a few tweaks to the recently-passed Affordable Care Act and helped make things a little easier for future student borrowers in terms of Pell Grants and setting a cap on repayment requirements.

“Let’s tell another one million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years,” Obama said in a 2010 speech. “And forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service because in the United States of America,
no one should go broke because they chose to go to college.”

Last year,
the president signed a memorandum designed to help another 5 million existing borrowers.

President Obama signs a memorandum on June 9, 2014. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

Presidents
Bush and Clinton also made efforts to help solve the student loan crisis, but it hasn’t exactly had the long-term success anyone hoped for.

There may be a solution. But until we figure it out, telling our stories is one way to make a big difference.

Like Sam, who is $81,000 in debt, at one point lived out of his car, and wasn’t even able to complete his degree. Or Derrick, who isn’t able to find a job in his field, but finds himself saddled with around $180,000 in loans that he guesses won’t be paid off for decades.

GIF via AJ+.

These stories are evidence of the true burden that student loans can have on so many of us. They’re also evidence that telling your story might be one of the best ways to create change.

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