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Betsy DeVos has no idea what the difference between proficiency and growth is

  • Department of Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos’s Senate confirmation hearing was Tuesday. 
  • Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) described an experience contrasting proficiency to growth and used that to ask DeVos for her views on the debate. DeVos couldn’t answer the question. Read more

Betsy DeVos cites danger of “grizzlies” as reason to allow guns in schools

  • Also during her confirmation hearing, DeVos cited grizzly bears as why the federal government not to take action against guns in schools.
  • DeVos said in Wyoming, “I’d imagine there’s a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies.”
  • One Wyoming teacher explained to Mic that fences and bear spray are used to ward off bears. Read more

Teachers union chief says Betsy DeVos “is a trainwreck waiting to happen”

  • Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, said in an interview that DeVos is unqualified and has the wrong vision for the nation’s schools.
  • “I don’t think you will find one human being who could actually point to something who could say, ‘Because she did this, it really improved those traditional, neighborhood public schools,” Garcia said. “What you’re seeing here is a trainwreck waiting to happen.”  Read more
Do you like Killing Stalking? Then read these!

I promise this is a 99.99% KS content blog, but I want to take a moment to gush about my favorites in the psychological/horror genre (some which might be even more fucked up than KS even).

1. DEAD TUBE (ongoing)
This is one of my all-time favorite ongoing manga. It. Is. BLOODY. There’s gore everywhere and there’s always someone losing some limbs or dying. 
There’s this site called… you guessed it: Dead Tube. It’s like Youtube or Vine but about a million times ‘WTF’. The aim is to create videos that will shock as many people as possible. People will murder, torture, do sexual acts, take unsolicited videos of other people, and pretty much do every single fucked up thing imaginable on the list. Once you’re trapped in the game you can’t get out. If your videos don’t get many views, you get killed. Every single character in the manga is batshit crazy. There’s extreme violence, gore, and nudity every chapter. KS is probably ten times tamer, so if it’s your limit, I suggest you at least tread lightly at first. (NSFW pictures under cut). 

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Al Franken sends a letter to Jeff Sessions explaining why his excuses don’t add up

  • In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ office on Thursday, Sen. Al Franken detailed exactly why the attorney general’s claims don’t quite make sense.
  • First, Franken took on the meeting between Sessions and Kislyak on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in July 2016. 
  • “The notion that this conversation, which took place during your party’s nominating convention, would not have touched upon issues related to the campaign strains credulity,” Fraken wrote.
  • Then Franken went on to raise similar concerns about Sessions’s second meeting with Kislyak, which took place in Sessions’ private Senate office in September.
  • “A Justice Department official is quoted as saying ‘[t]here’s just not strong recollection of what was said’ during that exchange. However, a Justice Department spokesperson also claimed that the meeting was in no way related to the 2016 presidential election. The fact that these statements are at odds with one another only raises suspicion about the content of your conversations.” Read more (3/3/17 8:53 AM)

Sen. Al Franken On Comedy, Trump And The ‘Curdling’ Of Washington

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has the distinction of being the only former Saturday Night Live cast member to serve in the U.S. Senate. It’s a singular career trajectory, but it’s also not particularly surprising given Franken’s deep interest in politics and comedy.

It all started in high school, when Franken began writing satire with his friend (and later SNL writing partner) Tom Davis.

“One of the first things we wrote was a local newscast the night of the day of World War III,” Franken says. “It was … 'Well, it happened. World War III. The stock market closed today — for good.’ ”

Franken was a writer and cast member on SNL from its inception in 1975, and he performed off and on until 1995. Throughout it all, Franken maintained his interest in politics, and in 2008, he won a seat in the Senate.

Despite his penchant for humor, the Democratic senator is quick to note that his gut reaction to the Trump administration isn’t levity — and that his colleagues on both sides of the aisle feel similarly.

“It’s clear that this guy is outside the norm in many ways,” Franken says of the president. “That rightly frightens and makes nervous all of us.”

Franken looks back on his life in comedy and politics in his new memoir, facetiously titled, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.