Fearing a U.S. strike, Syria warns of global “chaos” – CBS News

A senior Syrian official said Monday that his country will defend itself against any international attack and will not be an easy target as the U.S. and other countries ramp up rhetoric in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack last week on a rebel-held neighborhood of the Syrian capital.

The Obama #2’s won’t be nearly as upset at Obama for going at Syria without UN Security Council support like they did with Bush.

Despite Sniper Fire, U.N. Team Reaches Syria Inspection Site – NYTimes.com

Snipers opened fire Monday on a convoy of United Nations inspectors heading toward the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, disabling the lead vehicle with multiple shots to the tires and windshield, the United Nations said, but the inspectors still managed to visit two hospitals, interview witnesses and doctors and collect patient samples for the first time since the attack last week that claimed hundreds of lives.

Ball State study: Average Ind. personal income lags behind US, on par with 1996 national level – Daily Journal

Indiana’s average personal income lags more than a decade behind the income levels enjoyed by the nation as a whole, a new Ball State University study has found.

BTW, the US Census Bureau says the 2010 salary in Indiana is over $46,000 a year.

Men and Women Can’t Be “Just Friends”: Scientific American

The results suggest large gender differences in how men and women experience opposite-sex friendships. Men were much more attracted to their female friends than vice versa. Men were also more likely than women to think that their opposite-sex friends were attracted to them—a clearly misguided belief. In fact, men’s estimates of how attractive they were to their female friends had virtually nothing to do with how these women actually felt, and almost everything to do with how the men themselves felt—basically, males assumed that any romantic attraction they experienced was mutual, and were blind to the actual level of romantic interest felt by their female friends. Women, too, were blind to the mindset of their opposite-sex friends; because females generally were not attracted to their male friends, they assumed that this lack of attraction was mutual. As a result, men consistently overestimated the level of attraction felt by their female friends and women consistently underestimated the level of attraction felt by their male friends.

Raccoon hunter, 81, accidentally shoots himself after he sneezes and falls off chair | Mail Online

Support for arrested Sheriff Finch growing – CNN iReport

Schools Struggle To Fit In Recess And Academics | News – Indiana Public Media

Schools in Indiana are facing increased pressure to fit academic requirements into the school day.

After getting over the urge to kill yourself after watching that horrendous news report, here’s some data on recess and academics.

Recess Makes Kids Smarter | Scholastic.com

ll day in the classroom kids are being told: “Be quiet. Sit still. Be quiet. Sit still,” says Nelly Torres, a parent of a first and a fourth grader in the Chicago Public Schools. “That’s because they need their recess.”

Recess Is as Important as Class Time, Pediatricians Say | TIME.com

Recess is most children’s favorite period, and parents and teachers should encourage that trend, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Recess can be a critical time for development and social interaction, and in a new policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics, pediatricians from the AAP support the importance of having a scheduled break in the school day. “Children need to have downtime between complex cognitive challenges,” says Dr. Robert Murray, a pediatrician and professor of human nutrition at the Ohio State University who is a co-author of the statement. “They tend to be less able to process information the longer they are held to a task. It’s not enough to just switch from math to English. You actually have to take a break.”

Conservatives call BS on ‘The Butler’ race-baiting inaccuracies – BizPac Review

Fox News co-host Eric Bolling noted Tuesday on “The Five” that the movie is “loosely based on facts, more based on fiction” as he points out that the “real” butler’s mother was never raped by a white man and his father was never killed by a white man.

‘The Butler’ expands its appeal at box office | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

No matter. “Butler” fended off another raft of new films this weekend, taking its second consecutive box-office crown with $17 million this weekend, according to studio estimates from Hollywood.com.

Would YOU pay not to sit next to a screaming baby on a flight? Budget airline offers upgrade away from under 12s | Mail Online

An airline is offering passengers the option to upgrade to seats in a quiet zone – where children are banned.

“The Butler” Distorts Race Relations | Hoover Institution

Born in 1919, Eugene Allen grew up in segregated Virginia, and slowly worked his way up the butler profession, largely without incident. Unlike the fictional Cecil Gaines, he did not watch the boss rape his mother on a Georgia farm, only to shoot a bullet through his father’s head as he starts to protest the incident, leading Cecil years later to escape his past for a better future.

Top 5 Inaccuracies in ‘The Butler’

The new political drama Lee Daniels’ The Butler takes its cues from a Washington Post article about a black servant named Eugene Allen who worked in eight presidential administrations.