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    I guess everybody has seen that "drowning doesn't look like drowning" text going around every summer, but now here's a video that illustrates the point:

    http://mariovittone.com/2011/07/video-of-instinctive-drowning-response/
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2012 edited
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    Not to fixate, but 60K A SEMESTER???? I went to a really expensive school and it STILL cost less than that for a whole year! And that's including the cost of living!

    EDITED TO ADD: Seriously. That's such a rip off that I'm wondering about how valid the institution is. I mean, I went to a fucking Ivy League school. Those are notoriously expensive. I'd seriously question any program that charged that much. I mean, looking it up on the interwebs, the most expensive undergrad program in the country is still hovering a little over 50K/year. And that's likely with room and board.
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    To add to the shock at 60K a semester; I've just payed my last semester fee of 3'300 Australian dollars, over the last three years I've basically payed a total of 18'000 dollars, give or take.

    American students should be rioting more I think.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2012
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    I want to stress that's not normal. Like I said, the MOST expensive private college in the US is 58K (Sarah Lawrence) but that's for a full year with room and board. The US does actually have a really solid network of public universities in state (better in some states than in others) that are substantially cheaper. In fact, some of the best medical schools in the country are some of the state universities. They're good, they're cheap, and so there is a lot of competition.

    Besides, a number of the top schools have instituted really REALLY good financial aid policies. If you're interested in going to a top school and your parents don't make a lot of money, a lot of those schools have instituted loan free financial aid. You don't have to pay back anything.

    The trick isn't that all American schools are too expensive (though there are certainly those that are, and to say they're cheap is wholly inaccuate). The trick is that American students aren't taught to properly research their aid options. The trick is that the American public school system, on the whole, (there are exceptions, of course) does not adequately help students select schools that they can afford, with or without aid.

    Sorry, this is something I feel very strongly about. Including that the aforementioned 60K/semester program is a load of shit.

    I'm done totally pulling this discussion off topic. Apologies!
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2012 edited
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    Yeah, I'd like to see a citation to back up that 60K per semester claim.

    There are thousands of colleges and universities in the United States, both public and private, that have wildly different tuitions. Dork is absolutely right, you can get a phenominal education in the US for very little money if you are willing to do a little research and not hung up on a prestigious name, You can even attend top ranked schools for very little with scholarships, etc. Even if you decided to NOT try to get any kind of scholarship or financial aid, and paid right out of pocket for the highest ranked schools, I very much doubt you would be paying anything close to 60K a semester.

    Harvard = $36,305
    Yale = $42,300 (get's closer to 60K if you include room and board)
    MIT = $20,885

    These are not "semester" costs, these are full year costs.

    Lets remember that this is the internet before using some second hand hyperbole to jump on the "Americans are getting ripped off" bandwagon.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2012 edited
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    Alright, I probably should have looked into the claim a little more before posting about it. I can admit when I'm wrong. It looks like the most expensive colleges are a little under $60k a year.

    I assume my friend meant $60k for a year rather than a semester (maybe a year/8 months is considered a full semester some places?), and was probably including board. It's still pretty ridiculous though, I think.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2012
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    Totally. Here's a pretty neat Q&A that someone did on this. First question should be relevant to your friend. Not technically news since it was put out a while ago and not ... really... a news piece... NOTHING TO SEE HERE except a neat perspective on paying for grad school/whether one single program & their name matters.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012 edited
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    ACTA: Controversial anti-piracy agreement rejected by EU
    The European Parliament has voted to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).
    The proposed agreement sought to curb piracy, but internet campaigners said it posed a threat to online freedoms.
    The rejection vote followed a failed attempt to postpone the decision because of ongoing investigations into Acta by the European Court of Justice.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012 edited
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    Which Beloved Comedian Likes to Force Female Comics to Watch Him Jerk Off?

    Some lady on twitter claims to know who it is from a reliable source, but offers no proof (but then, how could she?), see here, here, here, here and here.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012 edited
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    @ Wood

    The twitter woman. The "paused filmmaker" thing makes me wonder, but otherwise, this is apparently a doctoral candidate at Harvard, not a bored fourteen year old at his mom's computer.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012
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    And that guy is actually a lady. Edited my post.

    She's not afraid to make that claim under her actual name, so there's at least that.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012
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    @Wood That headline sounds exactly like the setup for a Neil Hamburger gag. Though I must stress that America's Funnyman would never do such a thing himself.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012
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    Russian punk band Pussy Riot goes on hunger strike

    Three members of a punk rock group announced a hunger strike yesterday, in a case that is causing growing outrage in Moscow's creative and cultural circles. The decision to go on a hunger strike came after a Moscow court told them they must prepare their defence by Monday.
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    This is a really interesting endeavor/find...

    'Britain's Atlantis' found at bottom of North sea - a huge undersea world swallowed by the sea in 6500BC

    "Doggerland, a huge area of dry land that stretched from Scotland to Denmark was slowly submerged by water between 18,000 BC and 5,500 BC."

    Secondary link, as I'm aware that Dailymail is a fairly mixed bag when it comes to certain topics:

    8,500-Year-Old Lost Civilization Doggerland Discovered At Bottom Of North Sea
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2012
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    I just wonder about "Dogger Land". It brings up images of Neolithic couples going to car parks for public sex.
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    The comic Mezolith is set in doggerland. This is just off my patch. But the articles are misleading. This area hasn't just been discovered by divers, but has been extensively researched by various teams eg
    http://www.britarch.ac.uk/news/090327-doggerland

    and the work just announced by St Andrew's university team is the result of 15 years of research