Friday, September 12, 2014

Watch Professors Read Their Own Reviews on Rate My Professors

Watch Professors Read Their Own Reviews on Rate My Professors

Watch Professors Read Their Own Reviews on Rate My Professors

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 11:36 AM PDT

Taking a nod from Jimmy Kimmel, who likes to torment celebrities by making them read mean tweets about themselves, Lehigh University had some of their professors sit down and read some highlights (and some lowlights) of their reviews on Rate My Professors, a websites where students write their honest opinions of teachers. Not surprisingly, the professors seemed unmoved by evaluations accusing them of “rambling about relevant topics” or being “awefull”—yep, that’s how one student spelled it.

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Despite Scandals, The NFL Always Wins

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 11:27 AM PDT

Last night was the true test. A nation was disgusted with the NFL. At best, the league’s leader, Roger Goodell, was wholly incompetent in his handling of the Ray Rice mess. At worst, he’s lying about the way the NFL conducted the Rice investigation. No matter what, the world had just seen one of the league’s most prominent players punch his fiancée on video. And Rice played for the Baltimore Ravens, the team featured on CBS’ first Thursday night NFL broadcast. The Ravens hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And those Ravens, remember, had been tone-deaf to the horrors of domestic violence. Whether or not the team saw the tape of Rice’s assault before Monday — in a pre-game interview, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told CBS that he hadn’t — the team knew, months ago, that Rice struck Janay Palmer during their February altercation. Most employees would have been fired after committing such an offense. Instead, the Ravens staged a press conference with Rice and Palmer, and tweeted out that Palmer– now Rice’s wife — “deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident.” After the NFL suspended Rice for a mere two games in July, Ravens coach John Harbaugh called Rice a “heck of a guy.” A Ravens PR staffer went out of his way to sing Rice’s praises.

So if there was any night for the American public to shun the NFL, it was last night. Ravens-Steelers.

But now, the returns are in. And as always, the NFL wins.

And wins big. “THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” ON CBS AND NFL NETWORK MORE THAN DOUBLES OPENING NIGHT RATINGS FROM A YEAR AGO, screamed a Friday press release. The twofold ratings increase of the Steelers-Ravens game, compared to the New York Jets-New England Patriots game on September 12, 2013, is impressive, though somewhat misleading. This year’s Thursday night game was shown on both CBS and the NFL Network, while Jets-Pats was only broadcast on the NFL Network. Double the channels, double the ratings.

What’s more salient: the game gave CBS its best Thursday prime-time numbers since May of 2006.

The NFL has failed leadership. The NFL has behavior problems. The NFL enjoys a federal tax-exemption it doesn’t deserve. The NFL milks the public out of money for stadiums. The NFL turned its back on concussions. It may have enabled painkiller abuse. The NFL supports a racist team nickname.

But the NFL is no political entity, no leader. The NFL is a beloved product. The NFL has passes and catches and tackles and gambling and fantasy leagues. The NFL spurs parties and beer-drinking and man caves.

Roger Goodell may get booted. More players will likely break the law. But these developments won’t affect the NFL one bit. Because even during one of the league’s worst hours, the votes kept rolling in.

They won’t stop.

Mandy Moore to Play a Doctor on Red Band Society

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 11:21 AM PDT

Mandy Moore will be appearing regularly on FOX’s upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced teen-hospital-dramedy Red Band Society, The Wrap reports.

The A Walk to Remember and Tangled actress (and singer) will play Dr. Erin Grace, the chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, in the show, which follows patients in a pediatrics wing.

Red Band Society premieres Sept. 17 at 9:00 p.m.

5 Grains That Will Overthrow Quinoa

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 11:18 AM PDT

This article originally appeared on Food & Wine.

FWx can’t pinpoint when exactly it happened. One day people pronounced quinoa as KWEE-no, and the next day everyone’s mom was plating up a dish of KEEN-wah. Quinoa, the Andean pseudo grain (it’s actually a seed), is so popular that some of the farmers who grow it can no longer afford it. How popular is it? So popular the UN declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa.

Despite attempts to grow the grain in America, it still exists here mostly as a South American import. The US takes more than half of the Andeans yield, which was well over 5,000 tons in 2012.

But all trendy foods must eventually be replaced by something newer, hotter and more interesting. We scoured the markets for what we think will be the grains of the future.

1. Sorghum
Sorghum looks and tastes like Israeli couscous. It’s a round and chewy grain that can hold up to stews or sauces. This is an ancient grain that’s been a staple for centuries in Africa, India and Asia. It’s completely gluten-free, a major consideration for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Besides containing high levels of beneficial fiber, sorghum is also cholesterol free, which is good for just about everyone. The grain has an edible hull, so it retains the majority of its nutrients because you eat the whole thing. The best news for US farmers is that it’s drought tolerant, requiring far less water than other crops.
What’s unique about it: Sorghum—which farmers in the Midwest commonly call milo—can be popped like popcorn.

2. Teff
Gluten-free and the size of a poppy seed, this ancient grain is a long-time staple of Ethiopian cooking. You might already know it as the grain that goes into the spongy injera bread that you tear apart with your fingers. The flavor is earthy and nutty and, like quinoa, it can go both sweet—cook it on the stove to make a porridge–like breakfast cereal, or savory––add it to a stew to thicken it up.
What’s unique about it: The grain is a good source of vitamin C.
Here are some tips for baking with teff.

3. Millet
Here is yet another gluten-free option. The name millet actually refers to several different tiny grains from one big family. It grows as tall grass, and then forms ears like corn. The most common version is pearl millet. Although predominantly used in India, Africa, and China, the US is beginning to recognize this grain as a nutritious alternative. If you like tabbouleh, which is traditionally made with bulgur, you can make an almost identical version with millet and impress even your pickiest eaters.
What’s unique about it: If you have a beanbag chair, it just might be filled with millet.
Feeling like a little millet risotto?

Read the full list HERE.

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Police: Zimmerman Accused of Threatening Driver

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 11:10 AM PDT

(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Police say a driver has reported that George Zimmerman threatened to kill him after a confrontation on the road.

Police are investigating two reports involving the driver and 30-year-old Zimmerman, who was acquitted last year of a second-degree murder charge for shooting an unarmed teenager.

Police say that on Tuesday, the man called police after a truck pulled up next to him and the driver yelled, “Why are you pointing a finger at me?”

Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillett says the man recognized the truck driver as Zimmerman. The man says Zimmerman asked, “Do you know who I am?” and threatened to kill him.

Two days later, the man says he saw Zimmerman in his truck outside his work. He called police but declined to press charges. His name hasn’t been released.

#AskTIME Subscriber Q and A: Michael Crowley

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 11:01 AM PDT

Welcome to TIME Subscriber Q&A, with TIME's Foreign Affairs Correspondent Michael Crowley, who has spent the week traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry to Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The logistical challenges that resulted from his travels prevented this post from being published at 1 p.m. as scheduled.

To read the full post, you need to be a subscriber. It's not too late to sign up.

yogi asks, Turkey has reportedly refused to allow US to use their airbases to attack ISIS. Why does Turkey feel they don't need to be apart of the fight against ISIS when they have been one of the countries leading the charge against Assad and support of rebels in the Syrian civil war?

Hello and thanks for the question. I am actually in Ankara right now with Secretary of State John Kerry, who has come here for meetings on this issue. This is a delicate situation for Turkey. You may also have noticed that Turkey attended the Gulf Cooperation Council meeting led by John Kerry in Jeddah yesterday — but that it did not sign the group’s communiqué pledging a unified effort against ISIS. Administration officials insist that Turkey is helping, although they’d like to see more progress. Why so delicate? Primarily because ISIS is holding 49 Turkish diplomats and security officers hostage — all captured the group captured the Iraqi city of Mosul and overran the Turkish consulate there in June. The Turks are obviously hope to get the hostages back alive and are trying not to provoke ISIS in a way that might lead to their harm. Officials say that Turkey has taken steps to stop foreign fighters from flying into the country and crossing the border into Syria. Six thousand have been denied entry to the country and another thousand have been deported, according to a State Department official. But Washington wants to see more progress on that front. The U.S. is also asking Turkey to crack down on ISIS oil smuggling over its borders which is bringing the group significant revenue. How much the hostage situation will complicate those efforts remains to be seen. In fact, just as I was about to send this, John Kerry visited the press here to make a statement. He is standing ten feet away from me now, declaring that “Turkey and the United States will stand together against any challenges within the region — including all terrorism.”

deconstructiva asks, Michael, do you see Kurdistan going independent soon? (I asked Jay Newton-Small a similar question during her Q+A, now it's your turn!) I think they will thanks to growing differences with Iraq and better relations with Turkey, not to mention their oil. It is interesting that oil can play a key role in a region's potential independence, in this case for both Kurdistan and Scotland.

Rob Ford Withdraws From Toronto Mayor’s Race

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 10:56 AM PDT

Embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford has ended his bid for re-election after doctors found a tumor in his abdomen.

“I’m unable to continue my campaign for re-election as your Mayor,” Ford said in a statement released Friday afternoon. “With the advice of my doctors I know I need to focus on getting better.”

“People know me as a guy who faces things head on and never gives up, and as your Mayor I have done just that. I derailed the gravy train, cut unnecessary spending and made government more accountable. I did this by facing these challenges head on,” Ford added. “Now I could be facing a battle of my lifetime.”

Ford family representatives rushed to file papers ahead of the 2 p.m. deadline Friday to allow Rob’s brother, City Councillor Doug Ford, replace him on the ballot, the Toronto Star reports. Doug Ford will now run for mayor of the city in Rob Ford’s stead. Rob Ford will, in turn, run for Doug Ford’s Ward 2 City Council seat, a seat Rob held until Doug’s election in 2010. The Fords’ nephew Michael, who had been in contention to fill the Ward 2 seat being vacated by Doug, is expected to pull his name from consideration.

Ford was admitted to a hospital Wednesday after complaining of stomach pains. Doctors found a “fair size” tumor in his abdomen but can’t know for sure if it is cancerous for at least a week.

The news marks a dramatic watershed in Ford’s tumultuous and scandal-plagued term in office during which he was censured by the City Council after revelations of drug use followed by repeated instances in which he made graphic and off color remarks in public.

Rooney Mara to Star in Musical Movie Ziggy

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 10:50 AM PDT

Australian writer-director Diesel Shwarze, a Baz Luhrmann protegé, is developing an original musical feature film called Ziggy. The plot revolves around a hunchback escape artist who moves to New York in the 1920s and falls in love with the fiancée of a media mogul.

Shwarze worked with Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge and is teaming up with music producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid to develop the music. Kid has worked with Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Dr. Dre.

Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is attached to the picture, as is Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

Union: Prison Learned of Escape Plans Day Earlier

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 10:50 AM PDT

(LIMA, Ohio) — The union representing Ohio guards says prison officials were warned about an escape the day before three inmates scrambled over a fence for a few hours of freedom before being recaptured.

The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association says one inmate was put in segregation as a result of the discovery of an escape plan on Wednesday. The union says that inmate was housed in the same unit as the three who escaped.

The union says prison officials did not take additional steps to secure the unit.

A message was left with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The three escaped prisoners, including convicted school shooter T.J. Lane, were captured within a few hours of their Thursday evening escape.

The union says the state eliminated some security posts at the prison five years ago.

The “Apparently Kid” Is Doing Commercials Now, Apparently

Posted: 12 Sep 2014 10:49 AM PDT

The so-called “Apparently Kid,” Noah Ritter, made his commercial debut today in a TV ad for Freshpet, a pet food company.

‘Apparently this is my first ever TV commercial,’ he announces at the beginning of the clip, before going on to play with puppies, talk about dinosaurs, and explain why he likes dogs better than cats (“They like to lick your face.”)

Noah, who gained internet fame from his adorable appearance on the news last month, has also appeared on Ellen. So apparently he’s a pretty big deal now.


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