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REAL SOLUTIONS FOR EDUCATION

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by KenOkay, so this morning I had an e-mail from Amazon hawking a bunch of books, and right there at the top is this book called No Place to Hide Glenn Greenwald. To be honest, I hadn't even been aware that anyone was trying to hide Glenn G, or for that matter that anybody was looking for him. (I often find myself kind of out of the loop.) Still, I figured that this whole business of finding, or at least looking for, lost stuff is right up my alley, and maybe I could help.However, let me make two things clear at the outset:(1) I don't know who it is who's trying to hide Glenn G, or why. It sounds goofy to me, but --(2) I'm not here to quarrel with or judge this (to me) peculiar mission. I'll say flat-out that I don't understand it, but there are a lot of things I don't understand, and none...
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Gov. Deval Patrick speaking at the Democratic convention
By Arturo GarciaMonday, July 21, 2014 18:58 EDT   TweetMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced a proposal on Friday for two military facilities to serve as host sites for some of the thousands of undocumented Central American immigrants who have come into the U.S. in recent months, saying the move falls in line with the country’s tradition of helping children in need. “We have rescued Irish children from famine, Russian and Ukrainian children from religious persecution, Cambodian children fr...
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By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 21, 2014 18:45 EDT   TweetBeef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a study out Monday. Beef requires 28 times more land than the average total needed to produce either dairy, eggs, poultry or pork, said the research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Raising beef also requires 11 times more irrigation water than other proteins, according to researchers...
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By Zoe Williams, The GuardianMonday, July 21, 2014 18:39 EDT   TweetUS clinics now provide escorts for patients attending women’s centres to protect them from militant protesters, whose tactics now threaten to infiltrate the UK It’s not yet 7 o’clock on a Saturday morning in New York and I’m confronted by a group of people standing in front of a nondescript doorway, waving four-foot high placards and shouting: “They murder babies here!” There are already a dozen anti-abortion protesters outside the...
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By Ian Black, The GuardianMonday, July 21, 2014 18:35 EDT   Tweet‘We don’t want to see any more civilians killed’ says Barack Obama as IDF attacks intensive care unit in day of bloodshed A hospital was shelled, killing and injuring staff and patients, and up to 28 members of one family died in an air strike as Gaza endured another day of relentless bloodshed on Monday . As heavy shelling and fighting on the ground continued, the US president, Barack Obama, restated his call for an immediate ceasefi...
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Center for Immigration Studies analyst Stephen Steinlight [RWW]
By Arturo GarciaMonday, July 21, 2014 17:49 EDT   TweetA senior analyst for the conservative Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) expressed support for the idea of not only impeaching President Barack Obama during a speech to a Florida Tea Party group, but also for his public execution, Right Wing Watch reported. “We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy, alright?” Stephen Steinlight told members of the Highlands Tea Party. “And I wouldn’t stop. I woul...
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Texas Gov. Rick Perry CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh Faced with an uptick in children crossing the U.S.-border alone from several unstable Central American countries, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Monday he will send 1,000 members of the National Guard to the border. “I will not stand idly by,” Perry said in making the announcement. He told CNN, “the first thing you have to do is stop the flow [of migrants into the United States].” But other lawmakers are questioning what role the National Guard could play. The influx of unaccompanied children whose border crossing have been tallied are already being intercepted by border patrol agents, which is how they are later processed and sheltered in the United States during legal proceedings. The law requires that these mi...
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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, the same sort that crashed in Ukraine, takes off from Los Angeles International Airport
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, the same sort that crashed in Ukraine, takes off from Los Angeles International Airport CREDIT: AP Photo/JoePriesAviation.net In less than a week since Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in Ukraine airspace, people have pilfered the crash site for the victims’ personal affects including laptops and credit cards, sparking fraud concerns. According to a Mashable report, “death hunters” have been trolling the crash site of the 283-passenger Boeing 777 in eastern Ukraine for valuables such as jewelry, cash and credit cards. Ukrainian MP Anton Gerashchenko warned in Facebook post that the victims’ credit cards could be passed on for fraudulent use by the separatist rebels in Russia or Ukraine. “My humble request to th...
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By ReutersMonday, July 21, 2014 16:53 EDT   TweetBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) – A judge in the Florida Keys rejected an emergency motion filed by a gay couple hoping to wed, effectively allowing Florida’s state’s same-sex marriage ban to remain in effect while it is appealed, likely all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The couple had filed the motion on Monday morning seeking to reinstate the judge’s ruling last week which struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. On Thursday Circuit Judge Luis...
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Palestinians try to comfort Hassan al-Halaq, weeping over the graves of his wife Samar, 29, his mother Souad, 62, and his sons Kenan, 5, and Sadji, killed Sunday by an Israeli strike at their house in Gaza City, during their funeral
Palestinians try to comfort Hassan al-Halaq, weeping over the graves of his wife Samar, 29, his mother Souad, 62, and his sons Kenan, 5, and Sadji, killed Sunday by an Israeli strike at their house in Gaza City, during their funeral CREDIT: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis The Israeli ground operation in Gaza extended on Monday, as international calls for a cease-fire mounted and the death toll continued to increase. While Israel lost several soldiers in the last day, the number of those killed during the latest iteration of the war between Hamas and Israel has been disproportionate, with the vast majority of the dead being both Palestinian and civilian. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) publishes a daily snapshot of the crisis, pulling together ...
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CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Over 100 people are expected to join a protest rally in Tallahassee on Monday ahead of hearings before Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) that could see the state’s energy conservation programs slashed by up to 93 percent. The rally is being organized by the Sierra Club and the Sunshine State Clean Energy Coalition — groups which say that the cuts put forward by some of Florida’s largest utilities will hurt ratepayers and the environment. “In the long term, peoples’ power bills are going to go up… there won’t be any relief to prevent them from going up,” Sierra Club spokeswoman Jenna Garland told the Bradenton Herald. “The utilities are proposing cutbacks to these energy-saving programs. This is a hu...
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President Obama signing the executive order protecting LGBT workers.
President Obama signing the executive order protecting LGBT workers. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin President Obama followed through on his promise Monday morning to sign an executive order protecting the LGBT employees of all federal contractors — which employ 20 percent of the American workforce — from discrimination in the workplace. The order has been lauded for not including any exemptions that might have allowed religious organizations to continue discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, but it could put LGBT people of faith in a new challenging position to defend their intersecting identities. The new executive order does leave intact a specific religious exemption created in an executive order by President George W. Bush. That exemption specificall...
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Last month was the warmest June since records began being kept in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Monday. That follows the warmest May on record. Land and sea surface temperature percentiles in June 2014. Hot spots in red. CREDIT: NOAA As the map shows, the oceans were particularly warm. In fact, NOAA reports: The June global sea surface temperature was 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.5°F), the highest for June on record and the highest departure from average for any month. Another worrisome piece of news from NOAA: “Parts of Greenland were record warm during June. According to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Kangerlussuaq in southwestern Greenland recorded its record highest maximum June temperature ...
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Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. CREDIT: AP Images The small South American nation of Uruguay might be forced to pay a heavy price for trying to curb smoking and avert a public health disaster. The country is currently embroiled in a high stakes legal battle with Phillips Morris, the world’s largest cigarette manufacturer. The industry giant, whose annual profits outsize Uruguay’s entire yearly GDP, is suing the government of Uruguay over a 2009 law that requires cigarette packs to be 80 percent covered by health warnings. Until Phillips Morris decided to punish Uruguay for its anti-smoking campaign, the country’s efforts to combat tobacco use looked like a success story. In 2006, Uruguay became the first Latin American nation to ban smoking in enclosed ...
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Nancy Skinner during the 2006 Michigan 9th District  race.
Nancy Skinner during the 2006 Michigan 9th District race. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gary Malerba DETROIT, MICHIGAN — Congressional candidate Nancy Skinner is taking a novel approach when it comes to the issue of climate change: she’s running on it. Skinner, a Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 11th district, is making climate change a central part of her campaign, hoping her focus on an issue that so many other politicians have shirked or denied will make her stand out in the race, whose primary election is August 5. She told ThinkProgress that taking action to address climate change is particularly pertinent in Michigan, due to the state’s history in and capacity for manufacturing. The state could be a hub for the production of renewable energy, she said, and could help...
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Abortion Anniversary
CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are already gearing up for a big fight in Tennessee this fall, preparing to pour millions of dollars into a campaign regarding an abortion-related ballot measure up for consideration in November. The issue at hand, which is related to one paragraph in Tennessee’s constitution, isn’t necessarily on most Americans’ radars. But the outcome of that fight could actually have big implications for women living in other states. Essentially, when voters in Tennessee cast their ballots on Amendment 1, they’ll be deciding whether to give their state the power to restrict abortion more stringently than it currently does. Thanks to a 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that defined abortion as a...
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By Katie HalperMonday, July 21, 2014 15:56 EDT   TweetThe Israeli-Palestinian conflict is, indeed, complicated, complex, charged, overwhelming, tragic, confusing and other things that, to quote C&C Music factory, make you go hmmm. Some people see the issue with an enviable clarity and simplicity, with views ranging from (a) Ayrabs won’t rest until they’ve killed all Jews to (b) all Jews/zionists/israelis won’t rest until they have killed all Palestinians. But I, personally, like my world-view l...
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Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Warden Burl Cain
By David EdwardsMonday, July 21, 2014 15:28 EDT   TweetThe warden of America’s largest prison said that he was considering letting a Louisiana inmate out of solitary confinement for the first time in decades so that he could participate in religion-based rehabilitation programs. Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore has spent 35 years in what officials call closed cell restriction since being sentenced to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for second-degree murder in 1977. Whitmore, who has been in solita...
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Men pray on the street before the start of the American Muslim Day Parade in New York (AFP:Getty Images:File, Spencer Platt)
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 21, 2014 15:27 EDT   TweetThe FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday. “Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats,” said the report by Human Rights Watch. Aided by Columbia Univers...
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Dolores Leonard, 79, who lives in Detroit zip code 48217.
Dolores Leonard, 79, who lives in Detroit zip code 48217. CREDIT: Photo by Heather Rousseau, courtesy of CircleofBlue.org DETROIT, MICHIGAN — On Saturday morning, Dr. Dolores Leonard sat in front of a small crowd of people, watching a video about ZIP code 48217, the most polluted area of Michigan. The stories of odors, sickness, and constant clouds of dark particles were nothing she hadn’t heard before. She’s lived in the famed southwest Detroit ZIP code for nearly her entire adult life. Looking at my community I wanted to cry… But for one reason or another, something about the video got to her. “Looking at my community I wanted to cry,” Leonard, now 79, said. “Sometimes you just get so tried of fighting.” The 48217 ZIP code is in an area of...
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CREDIT: Robb Cohen/Invision/AP Westboro Baptist Church is famous for being hateful, but there is one thing that the Westboro Baptist Church really, truly loves. The WBC loves picketing. Picketing for hate. On July 17, the WBC recorded a parody of Panic! At The Disco’s 2006 song, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Their parody was an ode to homophobia called “You Love Sin What A Tragedy.” A few days later, the WBC announced plans to picket Panic! At The Disco’s Kansas City, MO show. WBC, of all the places in all the land, you’re going to take your hatefest to the Midwest? The Midwest is America’s Kindness Capital. But I digress. The band members of Panic!, lead by frontman Brandon Urie (who has spoken before about his fluid sexuality), responded w...
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Shanesha Taylor at a press conference announcing the agreement
Shanesha Taylor at a press conference announcing the agreement CREDIT: The Arizona Republic Shanesha Taylor, a mother living in Scottsdale, Arizona, was arrested in March after leaving her children, ages six months and two years old, in the car while she went to a job interview. But on Friday, Maricopa County announced a plea agreement that would drop the charges against her if she completes classes and establishes trusts for her children. Taylor, who was homeless at the time, got a job interview with Farmers Insurance to be an insurance agent, which would have paid $39,000 with the ability to earn much more. That would have been a significant step up, given that she was making $1,232 a month including food stamps to cover $1,274 in expenses. But even though she had arranged for a babysit...
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By Travis GettysMonday, July 21, 2014 15:06 EDT   TweetThree “sovereign citizens” from South Carolina were sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for their roles in a bogus debt-elimination scheme. James Dew, Jerry Hartsoe, and Mark Shannon were each convicted in April on eight counts of mail fraud in connection with their Eden Gifted Properties, which offered to pay clients’ debts – for a fee – using phony government documents. A fourth man, Ronald Kevin Hayes, pleaded guilty in January to failin...
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By Tom BoggioniMonday, July 21, 2014 14:58 EDT   TweetThe leader of a New Age consciousness and enlightenment school, who channels the voice of a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior when speaking to her followers, is suing two former students after they posted a drunken rant by her saying Jews have enough money to “have paid their way out of the goddamned gas chambers by now,” and Mexicans breed “like rabbits,” among other slurs. JZ Knight, a 65-year-old former rodeo queen and cable TV saleswoman who ...
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By ReutersMonday, July 21, 2014 14:52 EDT   TweetBy Scott Malone and Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Monday found a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts by removing a backpack containing fireworks shells from the suspect’s dorm room. The friend, Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov, was found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice for going to suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev...
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Rick Perry speaks to CNN
By ReutersMonday, July 21, 2014 14:46 EDT   TweetBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry was expected to announce plans on Monday to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security, according to local media, a move that could pile pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama. Perry, seen as a possible Republican Party candidate in the 2016 presidential election, planned a news conference at 2 p.m. local time (1900 GMT), to speak about immigrati...
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Media and TEPCO employees visit the suppression chamber area in the basement of the Number 5 reactor building at the Fukushima power plant on March 10, 2014 [AFP]
By The ConversationMonday, July 21, 2014 14:06 EDT   TweetBy Jonathan Bridge, University of Liverpool Engineers at Fukushima nuclear power plant have been trying to create a £185m ice wall to isolate contaminated water from mixing with groundwater. However, there has been a steady stream of news articles reporting on problems associated with the work so far. They are simply adding to the sense of despair and distrust that has hung over the clean-up operation since the disaster occurred at the site ...
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By The ConversationMonday, July 21, 2014 14:05 EDT   TweetBy Tim Heath, University of Nottingham and Yiming Shao, University of Nottingham The 21st century has seen rapid urbanisation and the global population is now expected to grow to more than 8.3 billion by 2050. Currently, 800m hectares – 38% of the earth’s land surface – is farmed and we’ll soon need to give over another 100m hectares if we continue to use current agricultural methods. That’s not additional fertile land that actually exists t...
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By ReutersMonday, July 21, 2014 14:01 EDT   TweetBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order did not include new exemptions for religious organizations, a move that was welcomed by gay rights activists. For a long time the White House has resisted issuing such an executive order, preferring instead to push for legislation in Congress th...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin CREDIT: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service For days now, the United States has been building the case against Russia’s claims that it had nothing to do with last weeks downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine. But any slim chance that Moscow would voluntarily admit that it played a role in the MH17 crash seemed to vanish on Monday, as the Russian Defense Ministry angrily assigned blame to the Ukrainian government. All this leaves the U.S. forced to confront just what steps — if any — it can take to retaliate should Russia’s part in the crash be confirmed as fact. As has been the norm throughout the crisis, the Kremlin has been saying one thing and then almost immediately contradicting itself i...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep the faith!

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