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May 25, 2013

Overnight Open Thread (25 May 2013)

So when are teachers going to get the same level of attention as the military and the Catholic Church in regard to sexual assault? I know actual data is hard to come by in this regard but it is estimated that 5 to 6 million students will be sexually abused by school employees or teachers before they graduate. The best available study says 10% suffer some form of abuse. Oh I'm sure that the fact that teachers are largely unionized, liberal democrats has something to do with why they aren't talking about it breathlessly everyday like they are the military and whenever Catholic Church scandals pop up.

There is no federal clearinghouse for statistics on allegations of educator sexual abuse. Such information is frequently informally collected on an ad hoc state-by-state, or even district-level basis. Many districts and the teachers’ unions are reluctant, at best, to make such information freely accessible. Since these are state-level cases (although some repeat educator-predators do cross state lines), there are no F.B.I. files, reports or statistics specifically addressing teacher predation. Nor are such reports centrally collected elsewhere.

I wonder if anyone will call out this judge like they did the generals who changed the punishments on their cases? Judge slashes sentence for Virginia teacher who slept with student, citing diagnosis of hypersexuality. So being a nympho is an excuse?

A Virginia high school teacher who slept with a student will only spent four months of her 11-year sentence behind bars after she was diagnosed with hypersexuality.

Kathleen Cawthorne, 33, will be freed more than a decade early after a judge ruled she could not control the sudden sexual urges that took over her body.


Any takers on how this judge would've ruled if the teacher had been a man with uncontrollable sexual urges?

Grumpy Cat photo.


Pin-Up Queens

Interesting article giving you a peek into the pin-up business from back in the day. Pin-Up Queens: Three female artists who shaped the American girl. Probably NSFW as there are some boobehs way down in the article.

you might be surprised to learn that, according to pin-up art expert Louis K. Meisel, three of the most talented pin-up painters from the Golden Age, roughly the 1920s to the early 1960s, were women. “Pearl Frush, Joyce Ballantyne, and Zoë Mozert were terrific, as good as any of the men—in fact, better than many of them,” Meisel says.

Myths

5 myths about curing common injuries (that you probably believe). I still see people tilt their head back for nose bleeds. No surprise given that a majority in this country still think social security is an individual retirement account.

And speaking of wounds, science says rub some dirt in it. OK, not really dirt but clay that is rich with certain metallic ions.

It turns out that’s probably because some clays--particularly clays rich in a certain group of metallic ions--work as antibacterial agents. In their study, the ASU researchers tested a variety of different clays with similar mineral composition but ranging compositions of metallic ions against E. coli and MRSA. They found that five metal ions--iron, copper, cobalt, nickel, and zinc--could fight the two bacterial strains, both of which are increasingly difficult to kill using standard antibiotics and antibacterials.

Periodic Table Song

I have a feeling chemjeff likes this one. He'd probably like it even better if it had Argentinian Dancers (NSFW).

Texas Flying Legends Museum

Kudos to the Texas Flying Legends Museum for filling in for the Thunderbirds (grounded due to sequestration) at the graduation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy. That's going to be one hell of a flyover.

The group of volunteer pilots will bring two P-51 Mustangs, one each of a P-40K Warhawk, FG-1D Corsair, TBM-3E Avenger, B-25 Mitchell, Japanese Zero and FM-2P Wildcat for the Academy flyover, Voelkel said.

Falling Skies

Well with Game of Thrones coming to an end soon and The Walking Dead in hiatus until October, I suppose I'll give the 3rd season of Falling Skies a shot as there really isn't anything else on. That I know of anyway. The show did improve a bit last season and I don't expect a lot of filler episodes since there are only 8 episodes left so I'm expecting it to be action packed. Here's the season 3 preview.

Rare Planetary Trio

Rare planetary trio to be visible this weekend. Sunday night is the best night for viewing.

Cat Video

Tonight's ONT brought to you by a manly beard:

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