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How Ranking Republicans Is Like Ranking College Football Teams 1.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In college football, loudmouth legacy programs climb to the top, the easy-schedule teams try to avoid controversy, and the underdogs claim they belong in the big leagues. The Bowl Championship Series  system and various “polls” try to put them in order. But really, there’s no definitive way to rank the teams or decide who goes to the championship game. The same could be said of trying to rank the now 17 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Since 17 people answering questions is way too many for one stage, Fox News is  splitting the field for its Aug. 6 debate -- the first of the primary season. The top 10 ranked candidates get prime-time. The rest get a much less favorable time slot. The problem is that Fox is using polls to make the cut, and that's as questionable as the pre-playoff BCS bowl selections . The top 10 candidates will be determined by averaging their support among Republicans in the last five Fox-approved national polls. But with 17 candidates, the numbers are pretty close ...
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We Gon' Be Alright: Black Love, Black Resistance and Black Liberation 31.7.2015 Truthout.com
Participants in the Cleveland convening of the Movement for Black Lives take part in an impromptu dance and drumming circle on the campus of Cleveland State University. (Photo: Movement for Black Lives, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn) At this month's convening of the Movement for Black Lives in Cleveland, we experienced the power of Black people coming together across different ideologies and experiences. We need to build our strength throughout the country to sustain this reinvigorated Black liberation movement. Participants in the Cleveland convening of the Movement for Black Lives take part in an impromptu dance and drumming circle on the campus of Cleveland State University. (Photo: Movement for Black Lives, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn) Coming together across different ideologies, generations, geographies and experiences, participants in the Movement for Black Lives have the potential, the brilliance and the power to get free and to stay free. More than 1,500 Black people came together in Cleveland, Ohio, ...
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Headlines for July 31, 2015 31.7.2015 Democracy Now!
Cincinnati: Officer Ray Tensing Pleads Not Guilty, Freed on $1 Million Bail, Greenpeace Removed from Portland Bridge After Delaying Shell Ship, American Psychological Association Urged to Adopt Ban on Interrogations, Israeli Settlers Firebomb Palestinian Home, Killing 18-Month-Old Baby, Jerusalem: Ultra-Orthodox Man Stabs Six During Gay Pride Parade, Taliban Names New Leader After Confirming Mullah Omar's Death, Afghanistan: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 20 Suspected ISIL Militants, Judge: Gitmo Suit Denied Since U.S.-Afghanistan War "Has Not Stopped", Hawaii: TPP Negotiators Push for Deal by End of Day amid Protests, India: Yakub Memon Hung for Role in Deadly 1993 Mumbai Bombings, Island Nation Leaders Talk Climate Change at Top-Level U.N. Meeting, Republicans Lawmakers Push to Defund Parenthood Parenthood, PR Faces $58 Million Debt Deadline as Hedge Funds Push for Austerity, Beijing to Host 2022 Olympic Games After Other Cities Dropped Out
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The Americans With Disabilities Act Is a Model for the World - Literally 31.7.2015 Truthout.com
July 26 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Its passage harkens back to a bygone era when Americans with disabilities could count on bipartisan efforts in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. Congress passed the ADA in 1990, and President George H.W. Bush signed it into law. Some years later, in 2008, President George W. Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act into law, seeking to restore the drafters’ intentions against a judicial onslaught that had effectively gutted the law. Breaking with this bipartisan tradition, the Senate could not garner enough votes to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2012. The first human rights treaty of the 21st century, the CRPD is also the first legally binding international instrument with the power specifically to protect the rights of the world’s largest minority: the 1 billion persons with disabilities. The Senate voted down the treaty against the advice of two esteemed World War II veterans who ...
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As China Awakens, America -- And Pakistan -- Should Take Note 31.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BEIJING -- "When [China] wakes, she will shake the world." Napoleon's famous comment on China has had China-watchers scratching their heads for two centuries as to what exactly he meant. Was it a warning to Europe of a potential threat from the East? Or was he reflecting upon the fascination of his time with Chinese culture and its silks and ceramics? We may know the answer soon. China is awake and stirring. News of building projects and economic initiatives across the globe, including in its remote areas, are a testimony. So are some of the statistics. Take these at random: a Chinese billionaire is said to be created every week ; China's space program is aiming for Mars ; China has over 20 million students in higher education and some quarter of a million students in the United States. It can even boast the ultimate sign of wasteful conspicuous consumption -- Chinese students in the U.S., children of the elite, driving luxury cars . On the surface no two peoples are so different. . . Every American ...
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Enhancing Our Human Infrastructure 31.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
"Enhancing Our Human Infrastructure " Rev. Peter E. Bauer Two summers ago in Portland, Or I couldn't help but notice all of the homeless young people downtown clutching their nap sacks and bedding. They looked like a twenty-first century version of " Les Miserables " They were occupying the Portland Park Blocks and congregating in Pioneer Square just outside Nordstrom's. I thought why isn't anyone doing anything about this situation? On this particular summer evening, I was scheduled to facilitate a presentation on "Healing The Soul After War" at First Congregational Church. I arrived early and so I walked down Broadway to Pioneer Square and at the corner of Broadway and Alder , I saw evidence of the trauma resulting from the economic and psychological war involving homeless youth. There were young men and women dressed in work shirts, bandanas tied around their heads, cargo shorts, sandals and green knapsacks. Several folks were playing hacky sack . I thought that this is one thing if you do this on a ...
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Peter Kareiva, Transformative Conservation Scientist, to Lead UCLA Institute 31.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Phil Hampton and Alison Hewitt, UCLA Newsroom Peter Kareiva, a leading environmental scientist and vocal advocate for using multiple disciplines to inform conservation, is the new director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability . Kareiva, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has published more than 100 widely cited papers on a range of topics and co-authored a textbook on new approaches in conservation science. He will be a professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology in the UCLA College. Prior to joining UCLA, Kareiva was chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, where he developed and carried out conservation programs for the world's largest environmental non-profit organization and forged partnerships with government, non-profit and private-sector partners. In a career spanning more than 20 years, he also has directed regional fisheries conservation programs for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
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WEB Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb 30.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Vincent Intondi When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. announced his strong opposition to the war in Vietnam, the media attacked him for straying outside of his civil rights mandate. In so many words, powerful interests told him: "Mind your own business." In fact, African American leaders have long been concerned with broad issues of peace and justice —and have especially opposed nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, this activism is left out of mainstream corporate-produced history textbooks. On June 6, 1964, three Japanese writers and a group of hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) arrived in Harlem as part of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki World Peace Study Mission. Their mission: to speak out against nuclear proliferation. Yuri Kochiyama , a Japanese American activist, organized a reception for the hibakusha at her home in the Harlem Manhattanville Housing Projects, with her friend Malcolm X . Malcolm said, "You have been scarred by the atom bomb. You just saw that we have also been scarred. The bomb that hit us was ...
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Second Chances Vital to Criminal Justice Reform 30.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Just days before my visit to Goucher College's Prison Education Partnership at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, I had the honor of chairing my first meeting of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council -- a group comprised of representatives from more than 20 federal agencies that works to align and advance reentry efforts across the federal government with an overarching aim to not only reduce recidivism and high correctional costs, but also to improve public health, child welfare, employment, education, housing and other key reintegration outcomes. It was a privilege to sit beside my colleagues from across the government to discuss the pressing issues before us. And given President Obama's recent commutations and his visit to El Reno Federal Correctional Institution to highlight these critical issues, the meeting provided a timely opportunity for us to share information about recent accomplishments, and more importantly, discuss upcoming ...
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The Coming-Out Memoir That Became a Hit Broadway Musical 30.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
I know you I know you AMY GOODMAN: The musical is based on the 2006 best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. The memoir is a poignant exploration of family, memory, first love, coming out and a daughter's relationship with her father. The title comes from the Bechdels' nickname for their family business: a funeral home. Throughout the memoir, Alison Bechdel, the artist and protagonist, sketches out her hazy memories of growing up in rural Pennsylvania and coming to terms with her own sexuality as she tries to make sense of her father's suicide. Her father was secretly gay and took his life shortly after Alison came out as a lesbian. Incidents are told and retold in light of new information, each panel painstakingly drawn in black line art with a grey-green ink wash. In the musical, Bechdel is depicted by three actresses at different stages of her life. Before Fun Home, Bechdel was best known for her long-running comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For. Last year, she won ...
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The Water for Food Institute and Jain Irrigation launch joint research and education program 30.7.2015 ENN Network News - ENN
LINCOLN, Neb.,— Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. of India and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska have announced a joint international research and education partnership.
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Headlines for July 30, 2015 30.7.2015 Democracy Now!
Ohio: Jury Indicts White Police Officer for Murder of Sam Dubose, Kurdish Residents Flee Homes After Turkish Airstrikes Hit Village, Egypt: Verdict in Trial of Al Jazeera Journalists Postponed Again, White House: Reports of Mullah Omar's Death are "Credible", FBI Arrests Florida Man After Supplying Him with Explosives, Tunisia: New Law Allows Detention for 2 Weeks Before Access to Lawyer, Bernie Sanders: We Must Fight "Institutional Racism in United States", California: 2-Mile-Long Oil Slick Appears Off Coast of Santa Barbara, Planned Parenthood Website Attacked, Taken Offline for Hours, Graduates of UVA Sue Rolling Stone as Managing Editor Steps Down
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Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home": The Coming-Out Memoir That Became a Hit Broadway Musical 30.7.2015 Democracy Now!
In a Democracy Now! special, we look at the acclaimed Broadway musical "Fun Home," which swept the Tony Awards last month. Composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Lisa Kron made history as the first female duo to win a Tony Award for Best Original Score. "Fun Home" is also the first-ever Broadway musical to feature a lesbian protagonist. The musical is based on the 2006 best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic." The memoir is a poignant exploration of family, memory, first love, coming out and a daughter's relationship with her father. The title comes from the Bechdels' nickname for their family business: a funeral parlor. Throughout the memoir, Bechdel -- the artist and protagonist -- sketches out her hazy memories of growing up in rural Pennsylvania and coming to terms with her sexuality as she tries to make sense of her father's suicide. Her father was secretly gay and took his life shortly after Bechdel came out as a lesbian. We speak to Bechdel, Kron and Tesori, and ...
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Water At Some Olympic Venues In Rio Reportedly Contain Virus Levels On Par With Raw Sewage 30.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites. Brazilians officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes. But the government does not test for viruses. Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where the majority of sewage is not treated. Raw waste runs through open-air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites. As a result, Olympic ...
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Water At Some Olympic Venues In Rio de Janeiro Reportedly Contain Virus Levels On Par With Raw Sewage 30.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites. Brazilians officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes. But the government does not test for viruses. Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where the majority of sewage is not treated. Raw waste runs through open-air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites. As a result, Olympic ...
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Candidates Ignore the Role Race Plays in Determining Who Thrives and Who Struggles 29.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Earlier this month, presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley were booed and heckled by liberal activists at a town hall discussion at the Netroots Nation annual conference. Why would attendees at a gathering of left-leaning progressives commandeer the microphone on stage and shout down Democratic White House contenders? Because Sanders and O'Malley, like the rest of the candidates, have built political platforms that largely ignore race. The activists at the Netroots meeting were angry because Sanders and O'Malley have failed to respond to racial criminal justice issues, largely ignoring recent high-profile cases – such as the death in police custody of Sandra Bland – and police misconduct involving blacks. Instead, the candidates have focused on economic reforms. But those platforms ignore race too. Sanders eventually denounced the circumstances surrounding the Sandra Bland arrest and has called for police reforms, and Hillary Clinton now appears to have embraced the Black Lives Matter ...
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Universities Canada turning a blind eye on Palestinian cases 29.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
No one wants their mother to be a "case." But that is what happened to our friend Yafa Jarrar. Her mother, Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, was arrested by a force of Israeli troops from her home in Ramallah. She has so far been denied bail or clear knowledge of the charges against her. Sadly, the "case" of Khalida Jarrar is not unusual. There are 5,820 Palestinian political prisoners detained in Israeli jails, including student union heads, community organizers, members of the Palestinian National Council and children. For Palestinians, simply speaking up for basic rights is enough to bring Israeli troops to the ...
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Rouge Park deserves the same protection as other Canadian parks 29.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Wall Street's Solution to Puerto Rico Debt Crisis? Shutter Schools, Fire Workers 28.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Cows Are Way More Intelligent Than You Probably Thought 28.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When we think about our most intelligent friends in the animal kingdom, species like orangutans, dolphins, elephants and octopuses are likely to come to mind.  Dairy cows probably don't make the list. But research, including a new study conducted by an undergraduate student in Australia, suggests these farm animals may be smarter than we give them credit for.  Alexandra Green, a 21-year-old student at the University of Sydney , developed a test that provides evidence of cows' sophisticated cognitive abilities. Green found that dairy cows could follow sound through a maze in order to find food, suggesting heightened executive function and decision-making abilities.  These capabilities shouldn't be surprising to us, says zoologist Dr. Daniel Weary, a professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia .  "These are highly developed mammals that have been solving problems for a long, long time," he told The Huffington Post. "If anything, it reflects poorly on us that we're ...
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