June 8, 2017

AP Frets That Children of Illegal Immigrants Aren’t Getting Food Stamps

During Barack Obama’s presidency, we were constantly assured by the administration and its press apparatchiks that deportations had greatly increased during his tenure. So it’s more than a little strange that the Associated Press is now worried that because of President Donald Trump’s alleged “crackdown on illegal immigration,” fewer people who are genuinely eligible for “federal food assistance” are opting out “because of the perceived risk,” which turns out to be totally bogus, that parents and guardians of eligible children and dependents will be deported.

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CNN After Claiming Comey Would ‘Refute’ Trump, Issues Weaselly ‘Correction’

CNN apparently sees part of its mission as putting out weakly sourced, anonymous and likely untrue information when it makes President Donald Trump look bad, and then weakly  ”correcting” it with no apologies when the truth becomes known. A particularly egregious example of this occurred Tuesday when the network published a story and broadcast video segments declaring that former FBI Director James Comey would “refute” Trump’s claim that Comey told him three times that he was not under investigation.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060817)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:45 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: This cloistered nun got her doctorate in aerospace engineering

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 8:40 am

From Mumbai, India:

Jun 7, 2017 / 12:05 pm

A cloistered nun in India came out of her convent for an extraordinary reason: to attend a graduation ceremony for her doctorate in Aerospace Engineering.

“I had joined the religious order after my final oral exam last year, and this was the first time I came out after that. The rules of our order forbid us from going out of the convent, but I was given special permission to attend the convocation,” Sister Benedicta of the Holy Face told Matters India last summer.

The 32-year-old nun lives in a cloistered convent Carmelite Monastery in Pune, India.

Born in Kuwait before the Gulf War, Sister Benedicta studied at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai and then earned a Master’s degree in space science from Pune University, located 90 miles from Mumbai.

She earned her PhD from the Defense Institute of Advanced Technology in Pune. According to Matters India, her doctoral work in the field of aerospace engineering involved scramjet engines, which are used mainly for hyper-sonic vehicles and space vehicles. …

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