CJ Pearson

I was immensely honored to be named to Daily Dot’s “20 under 20″! As a part of the package, the Daily Dot staff drew up this really cool piece of artwork!

Australian Schools Tell Parents: We’ll Help Your Kids Swap Gender Without Your Consent

Australian Schools Tell Parents: We’ll Help Your Kids Swap Gender Without Your Consent

Almost 300 Australian schools have signed up to a policy saying they will consider helping children switch genders even if their parents object.

The group of institutions in the state of Victoria, some of which educate children as young as six, have all signed up to a lengthy “Safer Schools” policy on handling gender identity in schools.

It includes a section which notes that they do not consider parental consent to be a necessary ingredient if children want to transition.

The guide says: “It may be possible to consider a student a mature minor and able to make decisions without parental consent.”

It does not specify at what age this could be appropriate.

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"Massive" Ransomware Attack Goes Global: "This Is Huge"

"Massive" Ransomware Attack Goes Global: "This Is Huge"

We earlier reported in the disturbing fact that hospitals across the United Kingdom had gone dark due to a massive cyber-attack. The situation has got significantly worse as The BBC reports the ransomware attack has gone global.

Screenshots of a well known program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been shared online by parties claiming to be affected.

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It is not yet clear whether the attacks are all connected. One cyber-security researcher tweeted that he had detected 36,000 instances of the ransomware, called WannaCry and variants of that name.

 
 

"This is huge," he said.

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ANOTHER RANT: Maxine Watters This President Needs To Be Impeached

ANOTHER RANT: Maxine Watters This President Needs To Be Impeached

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Takes ABC News' Jon Karl to the Woodshed

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Takes ABC News' Jon Karl to the Woodshed

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Student Loans Just Got A Lot More Expensive For Our Snowflakes

Student Loans Just Got A Lot More Expensive For Our Snowflakes

Snowflakes looking to take out massive student loans for next year to fund the $50,000 price tag of their liberal bastion of choice, and maybe the occasional binge-drinking trip to Cancun for Spring Break, are about to get a little price hike.  But, don't worry, you won't have to start paying on those loans for at least 4 years.

Beginning in July, interest rates on new federal student loans are set to rise by 0.69%, per data published by the Treasury, which would drive the interest cost of new undergraduate loans up to 4.45% from 3.76% for the academic year ending in June, a nearly 20% increase off an historically low base. Meanwhile, rates on some graduate loans are set to rise from 5.31% to 6% and rates on loans to parents and guardians are due to jump from 6.31% to 7%.  As an example, the cost of a $10,000 loan would increase by about $400, according to an online calculator maintained by Bankrate.com.

Of course, these higher borrowing costs shouldn't be that big of a deal as some 44 million Americans only owe $1.4 trillion on their student loans, or a modest average of only $32,000 per borrower. 

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As Bloomberg points out, the Obama administration changed the methodology for calculating student loan rates in 2013 to link them to then sinking 10-year Treasury rates.  And while that helped to lower rates for students for the past several years, now that the Fed is in rate-hiking mode, it's having the opposite effect.

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