A Strange Story

The author is writing this because there seems to be nothing about it on the internet.

In roughly May of 1987, there was a party in Danville, Illinois. It was at the end of the school year, perhaps after prom. It was an informal party at a house. Many high school students came. There were drugs and alcohol. I believe all the people were whites.

During the party, a senior guy had sex with a freshman girl in front of everyone. Word has it that while they were having sex, other boys masturbated on the girl. After that, a few of them wrote all over the girl’s body with pens, creating fake tattoos, etc.

Supposedly another guy filmed the entire thing on video.

It was all very rock-and-roll. Unfortunately, it was also probably a rape. The girl was 14 or 15, so by age alone it would be considered statutory rape.

They were never prosecuted.

This story was confirmed to me by 3 or 4 people. I have names. I hesitate to publish names because of unintended consequences, but boy do they deserve it.

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

Is Tuition-Free Education And Single-Payer Healthcare ‘Radical?’

Is tuition-free education a radical idea? Ask a German citizen. Ask a French, Swedish, or Brazilian citizen. Is single-payer healthcare a radical idea? Ask anyone, anywhere in the world.

At the Democratic Forum on Fusion TV on Monday, Bernie Sanders discussed free college tuition and “socialized medicine.”

More:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32821678

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-gilbert/adventures-with-bernie-sa_b_8963690.html

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

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

Big anti-nazi march in Germany

Re-posted from Dear Kitty. Some Blog. Anti-Nazi demonstration in Germany draws 5000.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/30/german-pro-immigrant-protest-welcomes-asylum-seekers-to-dresden

Dear Kitty. Some blog

A demonstrator in Dresden, Germany holds a sign that reads ‘refugees welcome’ on Saturday. Photograph: Oliver Killig/dpa/CorbisFrom AFP news agency:

German pro-immigrant protest welcomes asylum seekers to Dresden

Anti-Nazi Alliance organisers estimate 5,000 people took part in march through Pegida stronghold in response to rightwing protests against migrants

Sunday 30 August 2015 01.05 BST

Thousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Saturday to send a message of welcome to refugees after a string of violent anti-migrant protests in the region.

Led by protesters holding a huge banner that read “Prevent the pogroms of tomorrow today”, the crowds marched peacefully through the eastern city under the watch of police in riot gear.

“Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here,” they chanted.

Police said 1,000 people took part in the protest, which was called by the Anti-Nazi Alliance, while organisers put the numbers at 5,000.

Dresden is the stronghold of the anti-Islam Pegida movement, whose demonstrations drew up…

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5 Reasons AIPAC Is Dead Wrong about the Iran Deal | The National Interest

In Saner Thought

Thanx to the cash that Israel and its lackey AIPAC have spread around the media outlets the American people are losing confidence in the Iranian nuke deal……

As usual their disapproval is not based on any fact but rather on misinformation and lots of cash is available for just that purpose…………

Even retired generals see the benefit of approving this deal…….

In a new open letter, three dozen retired US generals and admirals have endorsed the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran as the “most effective means” to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and called on Congress to vote in favor of the pact.

The letter echoes sentiment from current Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, who said that resolving the dispute with Iran diplomatically “is superior than trying to do that militarily.”

But what do generals know about the situation?  Their rationale does…

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6,000 Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria: A Look At the Numbers – ABC News

Re-post from In Saner Thought.

The military coalition against ISIS has launched has conducted 5,946 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria — 2,657 of them in Iraq and 2,289 in Syria. The cost of U.S. military operations there has risen beyond $3.2 billion, state sources.

In Saner Thought

For over a year we have been hitting ISIS with everything we have from the air……….and what has it accomplished?

Let’s look at the numbers shall we?

Now ask yourself……has it been money well spent?

6,000 Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria: A Look At the Numbers – ABC News.

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