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23 New 'Geniuses' Pushing The Boundaries Of Art And Science Today 22.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
From a 44-year-old microbiologist to a 32-year-old long-form journalist to a 67-year-old jewelry maker, the 2016 class of MacArthur Fellows is a diverse selection of the sharpest minds in America today. The  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  announced the recipients of its annual MacArthur Fellowship ― commonly referred to as the “Genius Grant” ― early Thursday morning. Dianne Newman, Sarah Stillman and Joyce J. Scott are just three of those recipients, earning themselves a $625,000 stipend and a spot in the history books next to previous fellows like writer Susan Sontag, astrophysicist Joseph Taylor, and artist Carrie Mae Weems. The MacArthur Fellowship dates back to 1981, created to acknowledge and celebrate high-achieving individuals in disciplines as diverse as sculpture, chemistry, human rights law and engineering. What was once a $50,000 award has since grown into a six-figure prize, awarded to American citizens and residents with a “no strings attacked” policy to enable them to pursue ...
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Defeating Trump Will Take More Than An Electoral Victory 22.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If you're like me, you have probably been exhorted in every possible way to vote for Hillary Clinton: We are told that we have a moral obligation to support her--some even say that we must vote for her in states where the election isn't even close. It is suggested that it is not enough for Donald Trump to simply lose; instead, he must lose by a wide margin--and, we are further told, that if this sort of defeat of Trump does not take place, it is our fault and not the fault of Hillary Clinton, the Clinton campaign, or the Democratic Party. This narrative is both dangerous as a theory of social change and deeply wrong. Clinton supporters are right that many people ought to vote for Hillary Clinton--at least, those in swing states. But they are wrong in thinking that it is enough to prevent the election of Donald Trump, even by a large margin; we must counter Trump with a social movement of our own. Our moral obligations run two ways this election--voters in swing states must vote for Clinton, but Clinton ...
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Privilege Isn't An Effective Argument For Clinton 22.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Over the course of this election cycle, the concept of privilege has been oft-invoked in support of Hillary Clinton's candidacy; accusations of support for other candidates coming from a place of privilege were first levelled at supporters of Bernie Sanders, and even Bernie himself , and now have been targeted at those contemplating a vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein or other Left third party candidates. Notwithstanding the substance of the argument, its use as a tool to convince supporters of Left candidates to support Clinton exemplifies a serious misunderstanding of the rationale for voting for Sanders or Stein: The distinction between Left voters and Clinton voters is not necessarily a matter of policy, but rather one of ideology, the lens through which they view the world; broadly speaking, Left voters embrace a class politics, while Clinton voters embrace an identity politics. As a result, the language of identity politics will not likely persuade many supporters of either Sanders or Stein ...
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After Grassroots Activists Expose Scam, Elizabeth Warren Tells ‘Gutless” CEO John Stumpf to Resign 22.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Peter Dreier

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was on the hot seat Tuesday when he faced Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and other angry lawmakers at a Senate Banking Committee hearing designed to investigate the bank’s widespread rip-off of its customers.

Warren told Stumpf, who earns $19 million a year: “You should resign...You should be criminally investigated.”

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Leaked Powell Emails Detail Ties to Key For-Profit College Investor 22.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The hacked emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell have been widely noted because of Powell's candid remarks about topics including Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and nuclear weapons. But Republic Report is intrigued by a series of exchanges about the for-profit college industry between Powell and Jeffrey Leeds , a key private equity investor in, and advocate for, schools that have been sued by law enforcement agencies for defrauding students and taxpayers. The email messages capture Powell and Leeds not only musing about politics but also addressing unfavorable media coverage of their joint involvement with the for-profit colleges, discussing possible acquisition of campuses of disgraced Corinthian Colleges, flagging business opportunities with Bill Gates and investors in Kazakhstan, and contemplating how they could persuade perceived kindred spirits in the Obama Administration to end the government's supposed "war" on their schools. Powell, Leeds, and for-profit colleges Last time I had ...
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Tiering up over tuition fees 21.9.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
This fall, tuition fees in Canada are set to increase by 2.8 per cent to a weighted average of $6,373. That's a smaller increase than in previous years, but (as always) averages can mask some important details : in this case, the plethora of options provinces are pursuing to address the optics of rising tuition fees, and what that looks like on paper (and on balance sheets). (Note that these figures do not include additional compulsory fees which are much more deregulated and can add anywhere from $250 to $1,000 to the total annual cost, depending on the university you attend and the program in which you're ...
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Warren Tells "Gutless" Wells Fargo CEO To Resign 21.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was on the hot seat Tuesday when he faced Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and other angry lawmakers at a Senate Banking Committee hearing designed to investigate the bank's widespread rip-off of its customers. Warren told Stumpf, who earns $19 million a year: "You should resign...You should be criminally investigated." Warren's verbal assault on Stumpf generated considerable publicity. But this issue wouldn't have surfaced in the first place without the hard work of grassroots community and labor organizations - especially the Committee for Better Banks -- that first brought the scandal to the attention of the media, elected officials, and regulators. Warren also demanded both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission criminally investigate Stumpf for the bank's practice of pressuring its low-level employees to create over 2 million unwanted checking and credit-card accounts without consumers' knowledge or permission in order to grow the ...
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Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival 21.9.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area. During that time, they've been a key species in intricate, interconnected coastal ecosystems, bringing nitrogen and other nutrients from the ocean and up streams and rivers to spawning grounds, feeding whales, bears and eagles and fertilizing the magnificent coastal rainforests along the way. For as long as people have lived in the area, salmon have been an important food source and have helped shape cultural ...
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Cultural Diversity and the 2016 Vote 21.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On my birthday, I spoke about U.S. culture and the 2016 election. I addressed a group of Global Scholars at Chattanooga State Community College on the societal trends in this election year through the lens of cultural anthropology. Chattanooga is experiencing major cultural shifts as globalization transforms the South's demographics. We are very much in need of a new generation with global leadership skills and multicultural expertise. We explored a sustainable template for understanding our cultural shifts and applied it to the 2016 election cycle. Given our loud, raucous, colorful, and unpredictable politics, the magnitude of this challenge is mind-boggling. I began my talk by sharing why the old English term "mind-boggling" comes so naturally to me. Moving from British colonial Bermuda to Long Island, New York gave me a good understanding of culture clash. I arrived at public school wearing my Bermuda HS for girls uniform. I used English spelling and quoted Shakespeare, referred to the U.S. as the ...
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Making every vote count isn't enough. We need to name what kind of electoral reform we want. 20.9.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Back in 2007, I thought, for sure, Ontario's referendum on electoral reform would pass . I was just starting my fourth year at Ryerson and was a vice-president at the student union. We put all our effort into campaigning for electoral reform. Everyone we talked to agreed with the recommendation of the Constituency Assembly. We were all down with MMP (mixed-member proportional). Everyone we knew would be voting to change the system. It was a sure bet! The referendum, of course, did not pass. Aside from the student movement, there was no popular campaign that did the broad organizing necessary to convince people to take the plunge into a new electoral ...
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Mining Leaves a Wisconsin Tribe's Hallowed Sites at Risk 19.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News

Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago.

“I was in a van and when we drove by the White Rapids I looked over and saw an elder sitting on a dam, in full Indian regalia,” Reiter says. “He flagged me down, I climbed the dam, and he started talking to me in Menominee.”

Menominee is the language of Reiter’s tribe, the Menominee Indians of Wisconsin. The dam is on the Menominee River, where the history of the tribe begins.

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Media scolding about 'political correctness' is baloney; hats off to MRU student who spoke out against Trump cap 19.9.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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A guide to borderland education programs 19.9.2016 Current Issue
A number of universities, especially those in border states, have programs that examine the influx of people who bring change to their new homes.
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New York City's Sustainable Dream 19.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New York City is a collection of places and neighborhoods, tied together by a few touchstone elements of cultural values, and built on century-old infrastructure that is constantly being dug up, repaired, and remodeled. I am a New Yorker and have lived here for over fifty years. I grew up in Brooklyn, on East 59th street between Avenue T and Avenue O. I went to PS 236, Junior High School 78, and James Madison High School. After high school I spent a decade in small-town Indiana, Buffalo, New York, Morgantown, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. But the center of gravity for me has always been New York, and I have worked at Columbia University in the City of New York for 35 years. The city I grew up in may be long gone, but the city I moved back to has evolved into a place that I never want to leave. From its start, New York has been a commercial place. The city that never sleeps has always been about commerce. At one time we manufactured products here: clothing, beer, bicycles, and even the Studebaker ...
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This Gay Man Is Fighting For LGBT Rights In The South And Beyond 18.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s a watershed year fraught with turmoil for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Across the American South, queer, trans and gender-nonconforming people are facing wave after wave of legislation that threatens our safety, well-being and very existence. From “ bathroom bills “ to ordinances that permit discrimination , this battle is in many ways a backlash to all of the victories our community has seen recently —including last year’s nation-wide legalization of same-sex marriage — and it serves a multitude of political and social purposes for the religious and political right. In this new series, HuffPost Queer Voices Deputy Editor JamesMichael Nichols, who hails from North Carolina himself, talks to some of the leaders, movers and shakers of the fight for queer and trans liberation in the South about their own personal experiences as activists, the current political and social climate for the LGBT community in these states and the action that we, as a community, can take to ...
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Robert Scheer And Libertarian Journalist Matt Welch Discuss Reason In America 17.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Matt Welch reason.com In this week's episode of KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence," Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks with journalist and libertarian Matt Welch about what it means to be a libertarian, how the Libertarian Party has grown during the 2016 presidential campaign and where libertarian values and progressive values overlap. Welch discusses why Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson continues to poll well as the election nears, a time when the popularity of third party candidates tends to recede, and how he believes the government continues to use any type of crisis to justify expanding its power. Welch is the editor at-large of the monthly libertarian magazine Reason , co-author of " The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America " and author of " McCain: The Myth of the Maverick ." --Adapted from Truthdig.com Robert Scheer: Hello, this is Robert Scheer with another edition of "Scheer Intelligence," where the intelligence comes from ...
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Alberta Government names five new members to Athabasca University Board of Governors 17.9.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The Alberta government has moved quietly but dramatically to begin the difficult work of fixing the serious problems at Athabasca University, appointing five new members to the financially troubled distance-education institution's board of governors. There has been no news release and no official announcement -- other than the bare-bones mention of the five appointments in the government's Orders in Council, published ...
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Florida Schools Are Forcing Students To Stand During National Anthem 17.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Florida’s Orange County Public Schools announced this week that their students must have parental permission if they want to kneel during the national anthem at football games. The move comes after students in at least one school district in the state  reportedly knelt in solidarity  with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against social injustice in America. District officials told WSBTV that they were following state law regarding the pledge of allegiance , a strict and controversial statute that requires unadulterated participation in patriotic gestures. The statute reads, in part: Each district school board may adopt rules to require, in all of the schools of the district, programs of a patriotic nature to encourage greater respect for the government of the United States and its national anthem and flag ... When the national anthem is played, students and all civilians shall stand at attention, men removing the headdress, except when such headdress is worn for religious purposes ... Upon ...
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Schools and the Election Season 16.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
by Joan Blades In theory our education system was designed to give us an educated electorate. Yet somehow among eligible voters, 18 to 24 year olds are the least likely to vote. Maybe one cause is a lack of political discussion in classrooms. And this absense is understandable, considering how hard it is for teachers to encourage talk about politics in the classroom without getting pushback. Parents don't want their children to be given biased information. Teachers don't want to offend anyone in the classroom, or create divisions among their students. Since we live in a world were we are increasingly seeing news only from either the left or right and our society seems to be more and more divided on political issues, what is a teacher to do? Good news. Teachers now have tools so they and their students can talk about politics, making sure that all sides are covered and that everyone is respected. Take a look at the new "Elections and Relationships" program by AllSides for Schools , created by ...
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Lessons From the 2006 Midterms: Will Democrats Disappoint Again? 16.9.2016 Truthout.com
(Photo: Stephen Melkisethian / Flickr ) In 2006, Democrats used a bait-and-switch strategy to get elected on an anti-Iraq War platform. This year, Democrats are poised to win control of Congress because of popular discontent over issues of economic inequality and US militarism. Will they disappoint progressives once again? With your support, we can publish more stories like this one. Click here to make a donation towards independent media now! Change is coming to Congress. The Democrats are favored to win back the Senate this November. The odds of them winning back the House are long, though not impossible. In any event, as the most recent data from the University of Virginia's Center for Politics shows,  major gains by the Democrats in the 115th Congress are expected, in part due to the influence of Donald Trump. For all the Democrats' flaws, this development will likely open a path for progress on some crucial issues. For six years, the obstructionist GOP Congress has blocked most worthwhile ...
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