Board of Governors eliminates 46 degree programs across UNC system

Thursday morning, the Board of Governors educational planning committee voted to discontinue 46 degree programs across the UNC-System, including one at UNC-Chapel Hill: human biology. The entire Board voted Friday to adopt the recommendations voted on by the committee Thursday.

Other schools lost more programs than UNC-CH. East Carolina University and UNC-Greensboro saw eight programs eliminated each.
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2015-05-26 5:12am to the Education forum.

Masturbating men ‘will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife,’ says Muslim televangelist

After claiming that a man would meet his masturbating hand “pregnant in the afterlife” and “asking for its rights,” a Muslim televangelist has set Turkish social media aflame.
Submitted by fatwah at 2015-05-26 2:02am to the Health & Beauty forum.

Videogame Publishers: No Preserving Abandoned Games, Even for Museums and Archives, Because All "Hacking" is Illegal

The Entertainment Software Association doesn’t want anyone to restore the functionality of older videogames that are no longer supported by their publisher, because, says ESA, this is “hacking,” and all hacking is “associated with piracy.”
Submitted by A Distant Memory at 2015-05-25 23:52pm to the Video Games forum.

Unable to Recover From Tragedies, Malaysia Airlines to Be Dissolved, Recreated

After two fatal tragedies delivered a tough year to Malaysia Airlines, the company was placed in the hands of an appointed administrator on Monday, who will oversee the dissolution of the flag carrier and the creation of a new entity.

Any good assets from the existing company, Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS), will be transferred to the new company, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), on Sept. 1.

For the consumer, little is expected to change in the short run. CEO Christoph Mueller, who was ...
Submitted by Lef at 2015-05-25 19:01pm to the The World forum.

Secret Bank of England taskforce investigates financial fallout of UK leaving EU

Bank of England officials are secretly researching the financial shocks that could hit Britain if there is a vote to leave the European Union in the forthcoming referendum.

The Bank blew its cover on Friday when it accidentally emailed details of the project – including how the bank intended to fend off any inquiries about its work – direct to the Guardian.

According to the confidential email, the press and most staff in Threadneedle Street must be kept in the dark about the work ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2015-05-25 13:46pm to the The Economy forum.

Why We'd Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloo

"Come general, the affair is over, we have lost the day," Napoleon told one of his officers. "Let us be off." The day was June 18, 1815. By about 8 p.m., the emperor of France knew he had been decisively defeated at a village called Waterloo, and he was now keen to escape from his enemies, some of whom—such as the Prussians—had sworn to execute him.

Less than an hour earlier, Napoleon had sent eight battalions of his elite Imperial Guard into the attack up the main Charleroi-to-Brussels ...
Submitted by crote at 2015-05-25 11:52am to the The World forum.

Arizona woman gets 3.5 years for running over husband due to Obama victory

A Mesa woman was sentenced Thursday to 3½ years in prison and supervised probation for running over her husband with a Jeep because he didn't vote in the November 2012 presidential election.

Submitted by Disruptive Emotional-Support Pig at 2015-05-25 10:17am to the Crime forum.

Birth Control That Works Too Well

The results were staggering: a 40 percent decline in teen births, and a 34 percent decline in teen abortions. And for every dollar spent on the program, the state saved $5.85 in short-term Medicaid costs, in addition to other cost reductions and the enormous social benefit of freeing low-income teens from unwanted pregnancies and what too often follows: dropping out of school, unready motherhood, and poverty.

You would think Colorado had found the holy grail of compromise in the abortion wars: ...
Submitted by Banal Intercourse at 2015-05-25 8:49am to the Politics forum.

Mad Max: Fury Road and the Glaring Whiteness of Post-Apocalyptic Films

However, there’s another thing missing in Fury Road: people of color. Despite being set in Australia—historically an Aboriginal country—and filmed in Nambia, the world of Fury Road is eerily white. Out of 15 characters listed in the opening credits, only two are visibly people of color: Toast the Knowing, played by Zoe Kravitz (who is biracial, Black and Ashkenazi Jew), and Cheedo the Fragile, played by Courtney Eaton (who, according to Australian tabloid The Sunday Times, “credits her ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2015-05-24 16:33pm to the Movies forum.

Famed 'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash, wife, killed in N.J. Turnpike crash

John Forbes Nash Jr., the brilliant Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife Alicia on Saturday in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton Junction.
Submitted by crote at 2015-05-24 14:43pm to the Off Topic News forum.

U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided

"The U.S. military today is gradually becoming a separate warrior class."
Submitted by Haystack at 2015-05-24 14:07pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Confederate flag-burning events spark outrage

A conceptual-art project that includes plans to burn and bury Confederate flags in 13 mostly Southern states on Memorial Day has drawn the ire of groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans that consider the events disrespectful and divisive.

The planned flag burnings and burials also raised concern that such a public and symbolic act would fall short of the artist’s stated goal to simply retire the flag as a “symbol of terror” and would instead serve to aggravate tensions.
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2015-05-24 14:11pm to the Arts forum.

An NBA Player Is Missing the Playoffs Because the NYPD Broke His Leg—Why the Sports-Media Silence?

The NBA Finals may be determined by an act of police violence. This is an incendiary fact, yet a curious media silence surrounds the saga of injured Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha. The nine-year pro has been absent from the playoffs after a group of New York Police Department officers broke his leg in April following a late-night confrontation outside a Chelsea nightclub. The police accounts about what took place conflict dramatically, with video that emerged of a group of officers ...
Submitted by FMonk at 2015-05-23 19:14pm to the Sports forum.

Unarmed stepbrothers shot by officer in Olympia, Wash.

Officer Ryan Donald, who is white, found the stepbrothers skateboarding near the store and believed they matched the descriptions given to police. Just moments later, he radioed his department to let them know he’d fired shots. Minutes later, he said both men had gunshot wounds to the torso.

...Their sister, Jasmine Thompson, told the Olympian she saw the shootings on her way home from a hospital visit for a work-related injury. But she thought nothing of it until she got home and saw her ...
Submitted by Your_Goddamn_Honey at 2015-05-23 16:14pm to the Crime forum.

Unusually Buff Kangaroo Moves Into Australian Neighborhood

A kangaroo with unusually large muscles has recently taken up residence in a Brisbane suburb
Submitted by vvp at 2015-05-23 16:47pm to the The World forum.

The “Eyeball with Hat” mask is the well-known symbol used on an album cover and in photographs of The Residents. It was shipped to The City from a museum in Seattle on May 5, but never made it back into the owner’s hands.
Instead, police said someone signed for it using an illegible signature while the owner of the mask was out of town.
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2015-05-23 15:08pm to the Music forum.

Pride over Ireland's same-sex marriage vote

The Internet exploded with rainbows Saturday as Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

Ireland became a worldwide trending topic on social media after voters approved the referendum by as much as 70% in some constituencies.

Among the posts, pictures and memes, a common refrain emerged: If the predominantly Catholic country can come together in support of same-sex marriage, what's stopping other countries from rethinking their stance?
Submitted by thirteen3seven at 2015-05-23 13:32pm to the Politics forum.

Oh boy, bacon emoji, just what the internet needs

Unicode said this would be ‘very popular’ and the ‘expected usage is high’.
Submitted by thirteen3seven at 2015-05-23 10:59am to the Food forum.

The Bolivian women who knit parts for hearts

The device, known as an occluder, looks similar to a top hat and is used to block the hole in the patient's heart.
Most standard occluders are made on an industrial scale - but Freduenthal's version is so small and intricate that it's technically tricky to mass produce.
So he enlisted an army of Bolivia's traditional craft knitters to make them by hand.
Submitted by owl at 2015-05-23 10:46am to the Health & Beauty forum.

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo Not Guilty

Prosecutors argued throughout Brelo's month-long trial that when other officers stopped firing, Brelo jumped onto the Malibu's hood and shot straight down at Russell and Williams. Those actions, they argued, were unreasonable and went well past his duties as a police officer.

But defense attorneys said Brelo had reason to fear for his life, and was justified in his use of deadly force because he and other officers believed that Russell and Williams had a gun and had fired shots. They also ...
Submitted by John Holmes Boxxyfucker at 2015-05-23 10:43am to the Crime forum.