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Joining Mensa has never been easier!

We know what you’re thinking. “How do I join?”, right?

Maybe, “I’m not sure that I’ll qualify.” or “I never made good grades in school.”

The truth of the matter is that, in the U.S. alone, more than six million people qualify for membership — that’s really one person in every 50. Most don’t realize that they qualify and haven’t considered membership. You’ve at least considered membership, or you wouldn’t be reading this now.

So how do you join? It’s easy. You can become a member of American Mensa in one of two ways:

  • And anyone can submit evidence of prior testing in the form of scores from a supervised, standardized test like the Stanford Binet, the Miller Analogies Test or the GMAT.

In either case, if you’ve scored in the top 2 percent, you’ll qualify for membership in American Mensa. Then it’s just a matter of paying your annual dues!

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Network with the World

When you join the U.S. Department of State as a student intern, there’s no limit as to how far it can take you. Here, you’ll have an exciting opportunity to connect with the global community, gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, explore new career avenues and most of all, acquire lifelong skills as you represent America to the world. Are you up for the challenge?

The U.S. Department of State offers internships for students of all levels, including opportunities for:

High School Students
Undergradute Students
Graduate and Post-Graduate Students

Spotlight On

StateRead about this month’s feature post: Amsterdam (pdf, 689 kb).



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Choose from the list on the left sidebar for main categories – each subject area will provide a list of courses available online to choose – any or all . . . It is very, very nifty. My favorite place to learn new things and re-learn old things I should’ve remembered.

– cricketdiane


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Online Forums

Welcome to the Department of State’s online interactive forum. This forum allows you to interact with the Secretary of State during special events, as well as with U.S. Ambassadors and other State Department officials around the world. When a “chat” is announced, questions submitted online will be answered by the Secretary of State, State Department officials, and Ambassadors as appropriate, and will be posted to the website so that others may also benefit from the discussion.
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US Department of State – US State Department – Secretary Clinton, agncy hd

Facebook Page – look for interactive elements – filled with lots of good info



Objectivism and the Ayn Rand Society – “Atlas Shrugged” and Fountainhead

Questions or comments may be sent to ars@aynrandsociety.org



‘Last man standing’ at wake for a toxic town

  • Story Highlights
  • Former residents of toxic lead-mining town gather to say farewell
  • Picher, Oklahoma, is one of oldest, largest most polluted toxic-waste sites in U.S.
  • A government program pays people to leave the dangerous area
  • Mines leave the surface prone to collapse and stain a local creek orange


updated 10:45 a.m. EDT, Tue June 30, 2009



Black Adder – Black Adder – accountant? – that came from a joke re-told on the Bob and Tom Show or whatever it was on WGN tonight when I flipped over on a channel surf – okey, dokey – maybe I would need the rest of the words to go with it before the delivery would work – still, it was funny and the talk about punch cards which I had been trying to tell my daughter about yesterday and just as unsuccessfully a couple weeks ago. I don’t think she believes me exactly, that punch cards were used. Apparently there is a museum in Cupertino, Calif. which have old computers, the talk show hosts were describing – I’ll have to take her there and show her . . .

– cricketdiane

And wasn’t the Black Adder, that guy on the BBC show who played smart in the midst of the stupid in the war zone of World War II trenches? I loved that show. Still do, when I can find it.