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February 4, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: February 4, 2014

Today, top executives at Target and Neiman Marcus went in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to talk about their recent data breaches. Short version of what they said: The hackers are better at stealing stuff than we are at protecting it.

If you’re about to graduate from high school and live in Tennessee, you should probably listen up to what your governor’s talking about right now. Hint: Free tuition.

Microsoft has a new CEO, and unlike his predecessor Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella doesn’t sound completely awful.

Been in a Radio Shack lately? It’s OK; a lot of people haven’t. Anyway, they’re not doing so hot right now.

Curious about what goes into a McNugget? McDonald’s has the video for you.

23:27 // 7 months ago
January 27, 2014
inothernews:

Slate's map of where taxpayer-funded schools teach creationism is downright depressing.
As you can see there’s a full infestation of inanity in Tennessee and Louisiana.  

Simple explanation: In Tennessee and Louisiana, state law allows creationism to be taught in public schools. The other states shown mostly teach this stuff through voucher-funded charter schools. Nonetheless, what a depressing map.

inothernews:

Slate's map of where taxpayer-funded schools teach creationism is downright depressing.

As you can see there’s a full infestation of inanity in Tennessee and Louisiana.  

Simple explanation: In Tennessee and Louisiana, state law allows creationism to be taught in public schools. The other states shown mostly teach this stuff through voucher-funded charter schools. Nonetheless, what a depressing map.

10:59 // 7 months ago
October 17, 2013
I’ve largely been on my honeymoon this week in the Great Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee, and this place has a lot of kitsch—from dinner theatres to mini-golf to moonshine (OK, the last one is actually objectively awesome). Here’s my favorite single piece of kitsch that I’ve seen this week. One problem, though: I was messing with it for ten minutes and I couldn’t get it to work. — Ernie @ SFB
P.S.: Thanks to the rest of the SFB staff for keeping this place moving while I’ve been out.

I’ve largely been on my honeymoon this week in the Great Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee, and this place has a lot of kitsch—from dinner theatres to mini-golf to moonshine (OK, the last one is actually objectively awesome). Here’s my favorite single piece of kitsch that I’ve seen this week. One problem, though: I was messing with it for ten minutes and I couldn’t get it to work. — Ernie @ SFB

P.S.: Thanks to the rest of the SFB staff for keeping this place moving while I’ve been out.

19:23 // 11 months ago
February 7, 2013

Tennessean quits job after being assigned “666” for employee ID number … twice

  • 666 Is the numerical digit believed to represent the “mark of the beast” by many evangelical Christians, including Tennessee resident Walter Slonopas. Slonopas recently quit his job after tax forms revealed that his internal employee identification number was “00666.” This wasn’t the first time that the number had been assigned to Walter, who was also designated employee number “666” on his first day of work, though his employers apparently changed the designation after he complained. When asked why he didn’t simply raise the issue with his employer once more, Slonopas replied, “God is worth more than money.” source
15:55 // 1 year ago
October 15, 2012
22:10 // 1 year ago
July 1, 2012
The rest of the family members miraculously were virtually unscathed — a couple of scratches, but nothing to them. What they have is the horror of what happened to the two boys.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson Larry Ragonese • On the death of two young cousins, aged 2 and 7, at that state’s Parvin State Park very early Saturday morning. A tree fell on top of the family, which was huddled together in a single tent amidst the storm. It’s just one of the tragedies of the extreme weather seen along the East Coast this weekend, a mixture of incredibly strong storms and record heat. In Atlanta, for example, it hit 106 degrees yesterday, an all-time record for the city. Power grids remained severely damaged throughout the region, and many were suffering from heat exhaustion, which led to the deaths of two young boys in Tennessee. Just a tip to everyone: Find AC and stay inside, but don’t be jerks to each other.
11:56 // 2 years ago
June 24, 2012

No holding hands: Tennessee gets stricter on sex education

  • 48.2 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage girls aged 15 to 17 in Tennessee in 1998, around the time abstinence-focused sex education was put in place
  • 29.6 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage girls aged 15 to 17 in Tennessee in 2009, still one of the highest pregnancy levels in the country source

» And the sex-ed laws are about to get stricter: The “no holding-hands” bill would be a continuation of Tennessee’s pro-abstinence education; teen pregnancy rates dropped in the state when abstinence-focused curricula was introduced in the ’90s, but critics think they’re going in the wrong direction. ”This bill ties the hands of educators in Tennessee and will prevent them from providing the comprehensive education that students want and need and their parents expect,” said Barry Chase, president of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.

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17:27 // 2 years ago
May 23, 2012
Random long-shot candidates doing well against Obama in the south
Last night, a guy from Tennessee named John Wolfe Jr. scored 42 percent of the vote against Barack Obama in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Who? Exactly. (If you’re curious, read up over here.) But that said, it’s not the first time that’s happened in this election. This map, thrown together by Wikipedia, shows Obama’s victories by county in the 2012 primary season. A very interesting story being told here — “uncommitted” did very well in Kentucky, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry got a solid number of votes in Oklahoma, and prison inmate Keith Judd did well in West Virginia. But Wolfe, a serious but long-shot candidate, actually did better in Arkansas in 2012 than Hillary Clinton (who, remember, is from that state) did in 2008. To be clear — Obama has this in the bag, and these are states he doesn’t need to win in November, so Wolfe doing well is symbolic at best. But still: A bizarre but fascinating phenomenon.

Random long-shot candidates doing well against Obama in the south

Last night, a guy from Tennessee named John Wolfe Jr. scored 42 percent of the vote against Barack Obama in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Who? Exactly. (If you’re curious, read up over here.) But that said, it’s not the first time that’s happened in this election. This map, thrown together by Wikipedia, shows Obama’s victories by county in the 2012 primary season. A very interesting story being told here — “uncommitted” did very well in Kentucky, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry got a solid number of votes in Oklahoma, and prison inmate Keith Judd did well in West Virginia. But Wolfe, a serious but long-shot candidate, actually did better in Arkansas in 2012 than Hillary Clinton (who, remember, is from that state) did in 2008. To be clear — Obama has this in the bag, and these are states he doesn’t need to win in November, so Wolfe doing well is symbolic at best. But still: A bizarre but fascinating phenomenon.

11:09 // 2 years ago
April 18, 2012
gifhound:

SAD. 8 months after disclosing she is suffering from Alzheimer’s, the University of Tennnessee’s Pat Summitt steps down as head women’s basketball coach, after 38 years on the job. She will remain with the Lady Vols as head coach emeritus. Summitt retires as the winningest coach in women’s NCAA history (1098 wins), and with 8 National Championships.
(Via NBC Sports)

Un-mess-with-able.

gifhound:

SAD. 8 months after disclosing she is suffering from Alzheimer’s, the University of Tennnessee’s Pat Summitt steps down as head women’s basketball coach, after 38 years on the job. She will remain with the Lady Vols as head coach emeritus. Summitt retires as the winningest coach in women’s NCAA history (1098 wins), and with 8 National Championships.

(Via NBC Sports)

Un-mess-with-able.

14:43 // 2 years ago
August 24, 2011
I just felt something was different. And at the time I didn’t know what I was dealing with. Until I went to Mayo, I couldn’t know for sure. But I can remember trying to coach and trying to figure out schemes and whatever and it just wasn’t coming to me, like, I would typically say, ‘We’re gonna do this, and run that.’ And it probably caused me to second-guess.
Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt • Describing the process that led to her diagnosis for early-onset dementia. Summitt, a 59-year-old legend who’s the winningest coach in college basketball history (men or women) doesn’t plan to hang it up despite the setback, however — she led her team to a solid 34-3 record last season, even as she was dealing with memory problems. She’s willing to change up her duties some to accommodate for the issues, but she’ll stay on the sidelines going forward. Good for her — and good luck as she keeps up the good fight. source (viafollow)
13:05 // 3 years ago