Teenagers now look favorably on torture because the media taught them it was morally acceptable

Over at the Daily Beast, Daniel Stone dives into a study on torture conducted by the American Red Cross, reports the Huffington Post. “Americans’ opinions on torture seem to have fractured,” the report said, “largely on generational lines.”

So, who are the biggest supporters of torture? “A surprising majority — almost 60 percent — of American teenagers thought things like water-boarding or sleep deprivation are sometimes acceptable,” the study found. Overall, teens are “significantly more in favor of torture than older adults.”

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F-Bombs and ‘Jorts’: Craziest college rejection reasons

In the toughest college admission season on record, acceptance rates plummeted at many schools, including the Ivy League. Kristina Dell explores some of the arbitrary and whimsical reasons that applicants were rejected, reports the Daily Beast. For high-school seniors, the stress level of the past two weeks hit an all-time high last Wednesday when Ivy League decisions came out. You’ve probably heard by now that for many schools, this year was the toughest college admission season on record. Take a look at the grisly acceptance rates: Harvard, 6.2 percent; Columbia, 6.9; Yale, 7.4; Princeton, 8.4; Brown, 8.7; Dartmouth 9.7; University of Pennsylvania, 12.3; and Cornell, 18. Even a school like San Diego State—best known for its beer and basketball-loving student body–saw its acceptance rate plummet to a jaw-dropping 10 percent…

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10 college admissions trends

The toughest college admissions year on record is reaching its apex this week as nervous seniors obsessively check their email or a website to discover their fates, reports the Daily Beast. The hotter-than-ever Ivy League schools, which all had a record number of applicants this year, will notify the lucky ones at 5 p.m. Wednesday. It has been an especially stressful process this year. The weak economy and a wider acceptance of the common application—Columbia used it for the first time this year and had a 32 percent jump in applicants over last year—has meant the competition is steeper than ever. Over the past five years, applications to the eight Ivy League schools plus MIT and Stanford skyrocketed from just over 200,000 applications to almost 300,000 early and regular applications, for a total increase of more than 40 percent, according to Michele Hernandez, president of Hernandez College Consulting…

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