The Intercept: Increase In Defense Budget Would Pay for Free College Tuition

According to the organization the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges, and it was $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.

According to CNBC, more than 44 million Americans have taken out student loans to pay for school, and their debt totals $1.4 trillion. The average debt for 20-year-olds is $22,135, and for 30-year-olds, it’s $34,033, and will increase.

This is a disaster.

Sources state that there are several countries where college tuition is free or virtually free.  The writer of this blog post was able to study in Germany, and tuition was indeed almost free. (At the time, there was a fee of around 70 Deutschmarks a semester.)

Tuition costs in France are not free, but they are very inexpensive.  Studyineurope.eu reports that bachelor’s programs cost 189.10 EUR per year (roughly $224), and engineering degrees have a tuition fee of 615.10 EUR per academic year (or about $729).

CNBC writes that the total cost of tuition for a degree at a public university in the U.S. could be $250,000 eighteen years from now.

America is no stranger to the concept of free tuition, because public high schools are free.

Where would the money come from?

As it so happens, the website The Intercept reports that the recent increase in the military budget alone is enough to pay for free college.

On September 18th, the U.S. Senate approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, to $700 billion for the year 2018.  However, USA Today estimates that the tuition costs at all 4-year colleges and universities is roughly $70 billion a year, which is less than the increase in defense spending.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/17/in-18-years-a-college-degree-could-cost-about-500000.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/10/29/7-countries-where-americans-can-study-at-universities-in-english-for-free-or-almost-free/?utm_term=.f4fc9e6d4bbb

https://www.salon.com/2014/11/02/7_countries_where_college_is_free_partner/

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/18/senate-passes-700-billion-defense-policy-bill-backing-trump-call-for-steep-increase-in-military-spending.html

Bernie Sanders issues bill to make 4-year colleges tuition-free

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/18/the-senates-military-spending-increase-alone-is-enough-to-make-public-college-free/

https://www.marketplace.org/2015/03/31/education/learning-curve/how-german-higher-education-controls-costs

http://againstausterity.org/wsst

Fake News Troll Dies At Home

 

Paul Horner, a purveyor of pro-Trump fake news died recently at his home in Phoenix, AZ.

He claimed that he made thousands of dollars a month from ad revenue from fake news, and he wrote stories claiming Barack Obama was a gay Muslim and the protesters at Trump rallies were fake.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/infamous-fake-news-writer-paul-horner-dies-at-38/

https://www.google.com/amp/nypost.com/2017/09/26/fake-news-writer-who-thinks-he-got-trump-elected-found-dead-in-bed/amp/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/17/facebook-fake-news-writer-i-think-donald-trump-is-in-the-white-house-because-of-me/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.9e883093ddad

 

 

Israel Tries To Ban Al Jazeera News

On Sunday, Ayoub Kara, Israel’s communications minister, announced that Israel plans to revoke the media credentials of Al Jazeera and close the network’s office in Jerusalem.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/israel-seeks-close-al-jazeera-ban-journalists-170806130215616.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/al-jazeera-statement-full-responding-israel-170807035217337.html

Scientists To March On Earth Day, April 22nd

A “March for Science,” which is to be modeled after the January 21 Women’s March, has been gaining interest.

The date will be April 22nd, Earth Day. The main march will be held in Washington D.C., but organizers say they are expecting dozens of satellite marches in other cities on the same day.

https://www.marchforscience.com/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/02/03/scientists-plan-to-march-on-washington-but-where-will-it-get-them/?utm_term=.06e4ebad50f6

http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/for-science-supporters-an-earth-day-march-on-washington/

300 FBI Investigation Documents on Hillary Clinton Supposedly Released

According to Wikileaks and other sources, on January 8th 2017, the FBI released 300 documents on their Hillary Clinton “e-mail” investigation.

http://archive.is/PBVpZ

http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/fbi-dumps-another-300-clinton-email-investigation-documents-without-warning/

file:///C:/Users/nbfloorpublicaccess/Downloads/Hillary%20R.%20Clinton%20Part%2005.pdf

Click to access Hillary%20Clinton%2005.pdf

El Mio Speed Trap

In the town of Farmer’s Branch, just outside of Dallas, Texas, there is a motel called El Mio on the west side of I-35E.  Farmer’s Branch is just beside the town of Carrollton.

On Friday, November 18th, the author saw four cars get pulled over within the span of an hour at the motel. It was between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.  Below are the videos.  The first vehicle pulled over was a red moving van.

This video shows the second car, a white SUV.

On this tape, the policeman pulled over the third vehicle, a white sedan.

In this video, the police pulled over a red Hyundai.

Later, the author (me) was at the El Mio Motel at night when he saw two police cars that had stopped someone. That was on November 23. The speed limit in front of the El Mio is 35 m.p.h., but on most service roads in the area it is 50 m.p.h.

South Carolina Woman Suffers Burns, Loss Of Sight After Boyfriend Dumps Tar On Her

A Summerville, SC, woman suffered from burns and loss of sight after her boyfriend dumped tar on her, reportedly for waking him up.

Summerville officers responded to a home in reference to a domestic disturbance, writes kxxv.com. When officers got to the front door they found a woman covered in a black liquid.

The woman was crying and saying,”It burns” repeatedly. The woman told the officers that her boyfriend had assaulted her.

According to the woman, the incident started when she went to wake Owens from a nap.

A police report states the boyfriend punched the victim in the face and threw roofing tar on her. The victim reported that she started to lose vision and couldn’t see.

According to the victim, Owens also threw her into a wall and a television during the fight.

An officer said there was a brief moment when the victim was able to open her eyes and the officer could see the victim’s eyes were “swollen, watery and bloodshot.”

Police said other injuries included a cut on her arm which was consistent being cut by a sharp object, a contusion above her left eye, multiple contusions on her right arm and shoulder.

The victim reported that she felt a burning sensation on her face and body.

Boyfriend pours tar on woman after she wakes him up