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Brexit was not about the EU. It was about Britishness 26.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Ideological arguments over Brexit, the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, which passed with 52% of the vote on June 23rd, have been mainly at odds on the classical right/left political ...
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Three Strategies to Beat the NRA 25.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Peter Dreier

On Wednesday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero, led a sit-in of fellow House Democrats on the House floor to demand action on gun control legislation. Lewis strode to the lectern and called on his colleagues to “occupy this floor.” Soon, about two-dozen lawmakers gathered around him as he spoke. As more Democrats came into the House chamber, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, they joined him, sitting with their legs crossed on the blue-carpeted floor.

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Dartmouth Ruminations: On Land, Liberty, and Liberalism 25.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The standing joke in New Hampshire is that the only thing Dartmouth students use for birth control is their personalities. I profess nothing about their bedroom behaviors, but will at least vouch for their spunkiness in the classroom. I was invited to speak about ranching to a group of kids (my God, did I just call them "kids"?) at a political science gig at The Big Green, offering them the kind of curve ball Jeffersonian agrarian pitch needed to keep them on their toes. It's a decidedly left-leaning school (as they all are), so it's hardly surprising that the talk was, to put it charitably, 'provocative.' The "kids" were enthusiastic and well informed, rising ardently to my challenge to their worldview--so ardently, in fact, that I suspect their romantic reputations have been profoundly maligned. Leaving their passions aside, what shocked me most was how deeply entrenched the myth has become for them that government stands in benign counterpoise to private enterprise. This is nowhere more evident ...
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Deaf teacher’s quest for armed service inspires students 25.6.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Four teens in camouflage fatigues march briskly around a brick plaza at the Maryland School for the Deaf, silently marking their cadence in American Sign Language: “Left!” ”Left!” These members of the school’s Cadet Corps aspire to military service, but their path is blocked. Deaf people are barred from joining the […]
Growing medical marijuana could mean big business in Maryland. Here’s who wants in. 25.6.2016 Washington Post
Growing medical marijuana could mean big business in Maryland. Here’s who wants in.
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Datebook: Portraits of adolescents, retyping famous books, an L.A. painter at 90 25.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A photographer takes on teen girls. A performance artist rewrites famous novels. And a longtime Los Angeles artist shows that creativity still flows at 90. Plus: A show about boundary-pushing prints and a screening about labor in Tijuana. Here are five events to check out in the coming week:

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Racist undercurrent alleged in UK vote to ditch EU 25.6.2016 Washington Post: World
Some leading British politicians and academics are interpreting Britain’s choice to abandon the European Union as a deliberate decision to sacrifice economic stability in exchange for the right to stop the flow of immigrants — a decision, they say, that was partly driven by racism.
Is Trump helping or hurting brand? 25.6.2016 CNN: Top Stories
As Donald Trump fielded reporters' questions from the 9th hole of Trump Turnberry Friday, the neatly manicured greens and nearby club house adorned with dazzling chandeliers and gold-plated fixtures imparted a sense of déjà vu.
New funding formula will mean cuts at some community colleges 25.6.2016 Seattle Times: Local

A new state formula for community colleges will lead to cutbacks, as well as changes in the types of courses the schools will offer.
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Energy from sunlight: Further steps towards artificial photosynthesis 25.6.2016 Environmental News Network
Chemists from the Universities of Basel and Zurich in Switzerland have come one step closer to generating energy from sunlight: for the first time, they were able to reproduce one of the crucial phases of natural photosynthesis with artificial molecules. Their results have been published by the journal Angewandte Chemie (international edition).Green plants are able to temporarily store electric charges after the absorption of sunlight by using a so-called molecular charge accumulator. The two research teams were able to observe this process in artificial molecules that they created specifically for this experiment.
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Shelby v. Holder – Three Years Later 25.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Three years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Shelby v. Holder, nearly dismantling the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The court ruled that 16 states no longer needed to pre-approve their voting changes with the federal government.  These were the states with some of the longest and continuous histories of voting discrimination. Since then, our nation has witnessed the greatest assault on voting rights since the Jim Crow era. 
 
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UC Threatened Under Proposed Censorship Bill 25.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Days before the California Senate Judiciary Committee votes on AB2844 (anti-Boycott, Divestment Sanctions/BDS against Israel), its authors, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), are amending their bill to threaten funding to the University of California, Cal State University, and non-profit programs that help the homeless, disabled, and hungry -- should they engage in what these lawmakers term a discriminatory protest or boycott against the state of Israel. AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) must be smiling at the new version of the bill. The latest iteration of AB2844 creates a new crime of perjury for businesses, non-profits, and private incorporated individuals (receiving $100,000 or more in state funding) who swear in writing that they're not discriminating on the basis of race, nationality, etc., yet boycott or even protest Israel "under the pretext of the First Amendment." Student bodies and church committees that vote to divest ...
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Researchers discover oldest evidence of 'farming' -- by insects 24.6.2016 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil evidence of agriculture -- not by humans, but by insects.The team, led by Eric Roberts of James Cook University along with researchers from Ohio University, discovered the oldest known examples of "fungus gardens" in 25 million-year-old fossil termite nests in East Africa.The results are published today in the journal PLOS ONE.Some termite species cultivate fungi in "gardens" in subterranean nests or chambers, helping to convert plant material into a more easily digestible termite food source.
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We Will Not Waver in Our Political Revolution 24.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
RoseAnn DeMoro

In three momentous days June 17-19, 3,000 activists gathered in a People’s Summit in Chicago to embrace a continuing resolution to building a broad, bigger progressive movement to transform the nation and the planet.

From the speakers podiums to discussion tables and workshops to trainings on everything from building independent politics to the digital political revolution to how to carry out civil disobedience, it was evident there was overwhelming unity of vision and a common commitment to solidarity in creating change.

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Volcanoes get quiet before they erupt! 24.6.2016 Environmental News Network
When dormant volcanoes are about to erupt, they show some predictive characteristics--seismic activity beneath the volcano starts to increase, gas escapes through the vent, or the surrounding ground starts to deform. However, until now, there has not been a way to forecast eruptions of more restless volcanoes because of the constant seismic activity and gas and steam emissions. Carnegie volcanologist Diana Roman, working with a team of scientists from Penn State, Oxford University, the University of Iceland, and INETER* has shown that periods of seismic quiet occur immediately before eruptions and can thus be used to forecast an impending eruption for restless volcanoes. The duration of the silence can indicate the level of energy that will be released when eruption occurs. Longer quiet periods mean a bigger bang. The research is published inEarth and Planetary Science Letters.
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Second Baltimore Officer in Freddie Gray Death Cleared of Depraved-Heart Murder & Rough Ride Charges 24.6.2016 Democracy Now!
A second police officer in Baltimore has been acquitted on all charges for his role in the arrest of Freddie Gray, who died of spinal injuries last year after he was arrested and transported in a police van. Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., who was driving the van, faced the most serious charges of all officers involved, including second-degree depraved-heart murder and three additional charges of manslaughter. Prosecutors contended Goodson gave Gray a "rough ride," failed to ensure his safety, and should have called for a medic. We get reaction from Doug Colbert, professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law, director of the Access to Justice pretrial clinic and founder of the Lawyers at Bail Project, as well as Joshua Harris, Baltimore’s Green Party candidate for mayor.
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Three Strategies to Beat the NRA 24.6.2016 American Prospect
On Wednesday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero, led a sit-in of fellow House Democrats on the House floor to demand action on gun control legislation. Lewis strode to the lectern and called on his colleagues to “occupy this floor.” Soon, about two-dozen lawmakers gathered around him as he spoke. As more Democrats came into the House chamber, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, they joined him, sitting with their legs crossed on the blue-carpeted floor. They carried picket signs with photos of the victims of gun violence and sang “We Shall Overcome,” changing the words to include “We shall pass a bill someday.” Some members cried. The protest lasted 25 hours. By sitting down, they were standing up to the National Rifle Association.  House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to shut down the insurrection, even going so far as to declare a recess to cut off the official television feed. But the protesters used Twitter’s Periscope service to film the rebellion and fed it to C-SPAN, which in defiance ...
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We Will Not Waiver in Our Political Revolution 24.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
RoseAnn DeMoro

In three momentous days June 17-19, 3,000 activists gathered in a People’s Summit in Chicago to embrace a continuing resolution to building a broad, bigger progressive movement to transform the nation and the planet.

From the speakers podiums to discussion tables and workshops to trainings on everything from building independent politics to the digital political revolution to how to carry out civil disobedience, it was evident there was overwhelming unity of vision and a common commitment to solidarity in creating change.

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Women's rights groups in Niger push forward on gender equality 24.6.2016 Washington Post
Women's rights groups in Niger push forward on gender equality
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If You Don't Get Why Campus Rape Is A National Problem, Read This 24.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For many people, reading the  Stanford University sexual assault victim's powerful letter to her assailant was an entry point into the complicated, unjust realities of reporting and punishing sexual assault. While the attention the case -- and similar ones at  Baylor  and Vanderbilt  Universities -- received is unusual, the attacks are not. Here are some of the most important things you need to know about the scope of sexual assault on college campuses.   Around 1 in 5 women may experience sexual assault at college. An average of 21 percent of female undergraduates told researchers they'd been sexually assaulted since starting school in a Bureau of Justice Statistics-funded study of nine unnamed U.S. colleges and universities published earlier this year. At some of the schools, the rate of sexual assault was as high as 1 in 2.  These results echo those of similar research, including studies by  Mary Koss in  the 1980s , a BJS-funded paper released in 2000 , and surveys conducted by  The Washington Post ...
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