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

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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

 

 

Who Is Sebastian Gorka?

The heads of four caucuses in the House are calling for the firings of three of President Trumps staffers, including Sebastian Gorka.

Let’s take a look at Gorka and some of his history and ideology.

Gorka currently serves as “deputy assistant” to the President.  Years ago, following the September 11th attacks, Gorka became a public figure in Hungary as a television counterterrorism expert.

Gorka and his family relocated to the United States in 2008, and he was hired as administrative dean at the National Defense UniversityFort McNair, Washington D.C.

Two years later, he began to lecture part-time for the ASD(SOLIC)-funded Masters Program in Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism as part of the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program.  In 2014 Gorka assumed the privately endowed Major General Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University Foundation.

A letter from seven members of Congress calls for Gorka to be fired states that Gorka “has extensive ties to anti-Semitic hate groups.”

Sebastian Gorka has been associated with the group Vitézi Rend, a far-right Hungarian association that is reportedly on a U.S. State Department watch list.

Research by the website The Forward states that Sebastian Gorka’s use of a special lower-case “v.” insignia in his signature, which the Vitézi Rend allows only sworn members to use, goes back much further than previously known.

In articles he published in 1998, when he was 28 years old, and then in 1999, Gorka signed his name “Sebestyén L. v. Gorka,” using the Hungarian honorific abbreviation for “Vitez,” which is reserved exclusively for sworn members of the Vitézi Rend order.

Vitezi Rend was labeled by the State Department labeled as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II.  The group reportedly collaborated with Hitler during the war.

http://forward.com/news/369683/exclusive-sebastian-gorkas-ties-to-nazi-allied-group-stretch-back-decades/

http://forward.com/fast-forward/380086/members-of-congress-call-on-trump-to-fire-bannon-miller-gorka/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/katharine-gorka-life-after-hate_us_59921356e4b09096429943b6

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/