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Uber Hires Former Obama Adviser David Plouffe To Take On The 'Taxi Industry Cartel' 20.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
David Plouffe, one of the key players in President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, is headed to on-demand car service Uber to help with the startup's political strategy Plouffe, who was Obama's 2008 campaign manager and later served as a senior adviser in the White House, will join the popular app-based service as a senior vice president of policy and strategy, CEO Travis Kalanick announced in a Tuesday statement. "Starting in late September, David will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts," Kalanick said. "I will look to him as a strategic partner on all matters as Uber grows around the world." In a statement accompanying Kalanick's announcement, Plouffe welcomed the opportunity to take on the "taxi industry cartel" with the San Francisco-based company. "Uber has the chance to be a once in a decade if not a once in a generation company," Plouffe said. "Of course, that poses a threat to some, and I’ve watched as the taxi industry cartel has tried ...
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Geo-Engineering in Lakes: A Crisis of Confidence? 19.8.2014 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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DOI: 10.1021/es5036267
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Headlines for August 19, 2014 19.8.2014 Democracy Now!
31 Arrested in Ferguson Protests Overnight; 2 Shot During Unrest, Brown Family Attorney: Autopsy Backs Up Witness Accounts of Fatal Shooting, Obama Raises Concerns about Police Militarization in Post-Shooting Crackdown, Israel, Hamas Extend Truce for 24 Hours; Key Differences Remain, U.N. Agency: Gaza Can't Return to Blockade Conditions, Israel Blocks Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch from Gaza, Obama Hails "Major Step" as Kurdish, Iraqi Forces Retake Mosul Dam, Islamic State Video Threatens Attacks on Americans, Ukraine, Rebels Trade Allegations of Civilian Killings, Unidentified Warplanes Strike Militias in Libya, Tens of Thousands Rally in Pakistan Anti-Gov't Protests, Nazi Resister Returns Holocaust Medal to Israel After Losing Relatives in Gaza
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Los Angeles Schools Make Discipline Less Harsh 19.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students at the nation's second largest school district will be shielded from prosecution and sent to administrators for low-level offenses as part of a sweeping reform of the way school police respond to bad behavior, Los Angeles Unified School District officials will announce Tuesday. Rather than face arrest or citations for violations like possessing alcohol or marijuana on school property, students could be referred to off-site counseling centers or sent to the principal's office — a shift that activists, educators and justice officials say will prevent students, especially minorities, from becoming mired in the criminal justice system. The change marks the latest rollback to the "zero tolerance" discipline policies that were instituted in the 1970s and 1980s and intensified in the wake of the Columbine school shooting. The trend away from strict punishments, seen in school districts from Oakland, California, to Broward County, Florida, gained ground in January when the Obama ...
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Henry A. Giroux on "The Violence of Organized Forgetting" 19.8.2014 Truthout.com
(Image: City Lights Publishers)Discussing his new book, Henry A. Giroux argues that what unites racist killings, loss of privacy, the surveillance state's rise, the increasing corporatization of US institutions and growing poverty and inequality "is a growing threat of authoritarianism - or what might be otherwise called totalitarianism with elections." Victoria Harper: Your new book has a very provocative and suggestive title: The Violence of Organized Forgetting. How does the title work as an organizing idea for the book? Henry A. Giroux: We live in a historical moment when memory, if not critical thought itself, is either under attack or is being devalued and undermined by a number of forces in American society. Historical memory has become dangerous today because it offers the promise of lost legacies of resistance, moments in history when the social contract was taken seriously (however impaired), and when a variety of social movements emerged that called for a rethinking of what democracy meant and ...
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Henry A. Giroux: The Militarization of Racism and Neoliberal Violence 19.8.2014 Truthout.com
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'Not for Shale': UK Protesters Launch Widespread Actions Against Fracking 18.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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'Is This America?': 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation 18.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Julian Hipkins III and Deborah Menkart Fifty years ago this month, Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer gripped the nation with her televised testimony of being forced from her home and brutally beaten (suffering permanent kidney damage) for attempting to exercise her constitutional right to vote. "Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings?" she asked the credentials committee at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hamer had arrived in Atlantic City on a bus from Mississippi with more than 60 sharecroppers, farmers, housewives, teachers, maids, deacons, ministers, factory workers, and small-business owners. Most were African American and many were women in the integrated delegation. They represented the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). The MFDP had followed all the rules to represent the state of Mississippi--registering members in public places, not ...
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Chicago Students Union Press Conference & March for Elected School Board & Student-Prioritized Funding! 18.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Headlines for August 18, 2014 18.8.2014 Democracy Now!
Autopsy: Michael Brown Shot 6 Times, Twice in Head, Missouri Governor Orders National Guard into Ferguson as Protests Flare, Ferguson Police Stoke Anger with Release of Unrelated Shoplifting Video, Kurdish Forces Advance as U.S. Launches Most Strikes of Northern Iraq Bombing Campaign, Iraqi Officials: ISIL Executed Yazidis Who Refused Conversion, Syrian Gov't Renews Airstrikes on ISIL, Group: ISIL Kills Over 700 Tribal Members in Eastern Syria, Netanyahu Says Israel Prepared to Renew Assault as Ceasefire Deadline Looms, Thousands Take Part in Largest Israeli Peace Rally Since Gaza Assault, Protesters Block Israeli Ship from Docking in Oakland, Ebola Patients Flee Liberia Clinic After Crowds Attack, Russia: Agreement on Aid Convoy to Ukraine, None over Ceasefire, Assange Confirms Plans to Leave Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Texas Gov. Perry Vows to Fight Charges of Abuse of Power, Coercion
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Institutional Racism in Ferguson? First Black School Chief Speaks Out After Forced Resignation 18.8.2014 Democracy Now!
As protests continue in Ferguson, we are joined by Art McCoy, who in 2010 he became the first African-American school superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District. But three years later, McCoy was suspended without explanation, setting off a controversy that led to his resignation earlier this year. At the time of his suspension, there were no African Americans on the school board, even though three-quarters of the district's students were black. McCoy is currently an adjunct professor of education at the University of Missouri, and is on the board of the Urban League's St. Louis Chapter.
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Ferguson Protests Erupt Near Grave of Ex-Slave Dred Scott, Whose Case Helped Fuel U.S. Civil War 18.8.2014 Democracy Now!
Just miles away from the scene of the protests in Ferguson lies the grave of Dred Scott at the Calvary Cemetery on West Florissant Avenue. Born a slave in Virginia, Dred Scott sued in a St. Louis court for his freedom. The case went to the Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark 1857 decision that African Americans were not citizens of the United States and therefore had no rights to sue in federal courts. The court described blacks as "beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect." The Dred Scott Decision is considered by many to be the worst decision in the Supreme Court's history. We discuss the case's significance with Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia University and founder of the African American Policy Forum.
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Work, Youth, Optimism, and the Drive Toward a Safe, Sustainable Planet 18.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As a professor directing several master's programs educating sustainability professionals and as a father of two daughters in their twenties, I think a lot about the job market and the type of employment opportunities available to our young people. I wonder if we can create a high throughput economy that provides opportunity for everyone without destroying the planet. I recognize that my Ivy League graduate students and my daughters may not be typical of all young people, but what strikes me about the world of work that stands before them is how difficult it is to understand and navigate. Naturally, I compare the world in which they are making their way to the world I grew up in, but those worlds are so far removed in time and place that I am not sure the comparison is of much value. I did not know what a resume was until I graduated from college. Today I know twelve year olds with resumes. I suppose if I had drafted a resume when I was 16 it wouldn't have looked all that bad. I worked every summer in ...
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Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs 18.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Missing in Action: AFL-CIO Should Be in Ferguson 17.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Columbia University Shuts Out Student Activists In Creation Of New Sexual Assault Policy 16.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- Columbia University unveiled a new sexual assault policy Friday, following months of criticism from rape survivors and student activists over how the Ivy League institution allegedly mishandles cases of sexual assault. But a number of students central to forcing the issue to light at Columbia told The Huffington Post the new policy came after administrators avoided meeting with them over the summer. Several students said they were explicitly told the university would not unveil a new policy before classes started. Early this week, a small collection of students was invited to a meeting with the university president's special adviser on sexual assault; at the meeting, they were informed a new policy would be unveiled this week. Students were not given copies of the policy and not provided an opportunity to give feedback, undergraduates who were present told HuffPost. "Our goals underlying the new policy are principally these: to strengthen confidence in the University’s handling of reports of ...
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Why Los Angeles Sends Failing Students On To The Next Grade 16.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When Alberto Cortes was held back in fourth grade because of low math skills, he thought his world had come to an end. “The first day of going back to fourth grade, I see all my friends with new teachers there in fifth grade,” Cortes said. “I started crying because I had to do fourth grade again and they got to go to middle school.” At first the humiliation and embarrassment of retention motivated Cortes to try hard in his classes. But by seventh grade, he was smoking and doing graffiti to impress kids and shed his reputation as the “dumb” older kid. When he was kicked out of his middle school, in the San Fernando Valley just north of Los Angeles, Cortes saw a chance to solve the problem. At the new school to which he was assigned, he asked to jump ahead a year, to eighth grade, so he could join the other kids his age. Because of his age, school administrators agreed. But by the time he got to high school -- after only a couple months in eighth grade -- Cortes was still behind academically. After a few ...
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Why is Rouhani Angry? 15.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In a speech on August 11, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani fiercely attacked his critics at home, who have been trying to block a possible agreement between Iran and P5+1 -- the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany -- over Iran's nuclear program, saying : Some people have phobia about reaching agreements with foreigners and ask why are we getting closer to others? They say foreigners are like electricity and are dangerous; do not get close to them. A gentleman (one of Rouhani's opponents) claims that whenever we negotiate with foreign powers, we are defeated... Some people chant slogans (only), but they are political cowards. Whenever there is going to be negotiations, they say we are shaking (with fear). Go to hell to stay warm. Why is Rouhani so angry? Have the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his supporters created new impediments to a possible diplomatic accord over the nuclear program? As far as we know, Khamenei has been fully supporting the negotiations with the goal ...
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Could Stronger Unions Make China More Democratic? 15.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Headlines for August 15, 2014 15.8.2014 Democracy Now!
More than 100 Cities Join Moment of Silence for Michael Brown, California: Unarmed Black Father Dies After Tasing by Deputies, Obama: Iraq Airstrikes to Continue, Humanitarian Air Drops to End, Iraqi PM Maliki Agrees to Step Down, U.S. Blocks Missile Shipment to Israel amid Alleged White House-Pentagon Spat, AP Journalist Simone Camilli Killed in Gaza, Ukrainian Officials Inspect Russian Aid Convoy, 5 Muslim Americans File Lawsuit over Terrorist Watchlist, Brazil's Socialist Presidential Candidate Dies in Plane Crash, 125,000 Call for End to Legal Action Against NYT Journalist James Risen, Maryam Mirzakhani Becomes 1st Woman to Win Top Math Prize
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