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REAL SOLUTIONS FOR EDUCATION

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I was in New York Tuesday and could concentrate on the votes that were going down in the House and I'm afraid people may have missed a vote on Eric Swalwell's H.R. 1022, the Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act. The Boehner/McCarthy/Ryan clique that's still fighting to control the House Republican Caucus, felt it had the votes to suspend the rules and pass the bill with a 2/3 majority and no amendments. They should have asked their own chief vote-counter, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana extremist, who was opposed to it. Although every Democrat but right-wing nut Nick Rahall voted yes and the Boehner/McCarthy clique delivered 78 Establishment Republicans, the healthy majority wasn't quote healthy enough. With 29 Members absent or not voting, 260-143 does not ...
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A scientist loads DNA samples onto a gel while searching for variations in genetic samples on Aug. 18, 2005. [AFP]
By Ian Sample, The GuardianFriday, July 25, 2014 0:03 EDT   TweetIan Sample, The Guardian More than 90% of human DNA is doing nothing very useful, and large stretches may be no more than biological baggage that has built up over years of evolution, Oxford researchers claim. The scientists arrived at the figure after comparing the human genome with the genetic makeup of other mammals, ranging from dogs and mice to rhinos and horses. The researchers looked for sections of DNA that humans shared with ...
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Illustration photo shows a 220-million-year-old amphibian fossil found in a quarry north of Sydney on February 14, 1997 via AFP
By ReutersThursday, July 24, 2014 23:57 EDT   TweetBy Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – Scientists will begin excavation early next week of an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare bounty of fossil remains of prehistoric animals, such as mammoths and dire wolves, preserved in unusually good condition, researchers said on Thursday. The two-week dig, set to begin next Monday under the direction of Des Moines University paleontologist Julie Meachen, marks the first exploration of Natural Trap Cave i...
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Rachel Maddow 043014 [MSNBC]
By David FergusonThursday, July 24, 2014 23:51 EDT   TweetOn Thursday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow showed how a group of Democrats in the U.S. House on Thursday mocked Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)’s lawsuit against President Barack Obama over the Affordable Care Act by adding a series of amendments to the House resolution. In doing so, she explained, Democrats made the GOP go on record as supporting the waste of taxpayer money, the lining of the pockets of lobbyists and law firms with ...
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Ted Nugent with guns and a guitar (TedNugent.com)
By David FergusonThursday, July 24, 2014 21:59 EDT   TweetA Tacoma, Washington casino run by the Puyallup Native American Tribe announced Wednesday that it is canceling two scheduled concerts by 70s-rocker-turned-conservative-firebrand Ted Nugent. Seattle’s Channel 5 reported that the Emerald Queen Casino canceled Nugent’s Aug. 2 and 3 shows, citing his history of “racist remarks.” “The First Amendment gives people the right free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here,” P...
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Isn't this a better look for Senate Minority Leader "Miss Mitch" McConnell? Even with the still-clenched body language, doesn't he seem worlds kinder and gentler?by KenSo this morning on the radio they were playing clips from the Senate dialogue on a bill that I gather is intended to increase transparency in political contributions. So there was Maine's Independent senator, Angus King, saying that you couldn't get up and speak at a town meeting, perhaps our truest form of democracy, with a bag over your head. After all, he went on, who you are is an important part of the package of comment you're delivering; listeners need this information to help evaluate the comment.Interesting, no?Then there was "Miss Mitch" McConnell, declaring in that repulsive lying drone we've come to know and hate ...
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Bill Maher 042914 [MSNBC]
By David FergusonThursday, July 24, 2014 20:18 EDT   Tweet“Real Time” host Bill Maher penned a column for the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday in which he imagined what would happen to his career and HBO show if Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch were to succeed in his plan to buy Time Warner, Inc. “To no one’s surprise, I’m against Fox taking over Henhouse. I mean, Time Warner,” Maher began. “And, I must admit, I never saw it coming. So many ways for a guy like me to lose his job, but I never dre...
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CREDIT: YouTube/Screenshot The Ohio State University Marching Band has racked up millions of views on YouTube, national acclaim, and even a spot in an iPad advertisement, for its elaborate formations. This one, celebrating Hollywood blockbusters, has garnered over 15 million views: But a report released Thursday by Ohio State reveals that, behind the music, there was a pervasive culture of sexual harassment. The university said the band director, Jonathan Waters, should have done more to stop it, and fired him. Among the findings of the report, which was prompted by a complaint from the parent of a band member, is that students were routinely given highly-sexualized nicknames including Jewoobs (given to a Jewish student with large breasts), Ballsacagawea, Sugar Bush and Twat Thumper. The...
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Orange County porcelain doll via screencap
By David FergusonThursday, July 24, 2014 18:31 EDT   TweetEight families in a California neighborhood awoke on Wednesday to find that someone had left porcelain dolls in front of their homes. According to KTLA, the 11 dolls were styled to resemble girls who live in the targeted homes, all of whom are around 10 years old. The families live in a San Clemente subdivision called Talega and many of the girls attend the same elementary school, said the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Department spo...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock This week in climate science denial mockery: “I don’t want to get into the debate about climate change. But I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.” —Kentucky state Sen. Brandon Smith (fact-check: the average temperature on Mars is -81 degrees). — Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (!) scholar, on “Mainstream Extremism” “I accept that changes in climate are causing ocean updrafts that draw killer sharks into the atmosphere and then drop them on populated areas, but I don’t believe human activity is the cause.” ...
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Air Algerie jetliner via AFP
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 17:39 EDT   TweetOuagadougou (AFP) – The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Ouagadougou said. “We have found the Algerian plane. The wreck has been located … 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the Burkina Faso border” in the Malian region of Gossi, said General Gilbert Diendiere of the Burkina Faso army. A witness had earlier r...
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Man in hoodie holding knife via Shutterstock
By David FergusonThursday, July 24, 2014 17:14 EDT   TweetA Seattle man was arrested and charged with a hate crime after he allegedly harassed a gay man and a lesbian and threatened them with a knife in a QFC grocery store. KOMO News reported that the two shoppers were accosted by the 29-year-old suspect around 1:00 a.m., when he “leered” at the lesbian woman and told her she was “very sexy.” The woman’s friend intervened, admonishing the man for being disrespectful. The suspect, wrote Detective D...
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Rick Scott, Don Gaetz, Will Weatherford
CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Cannon A 474-mile natural gas pipeline could run from Alabama through Georgia and into Florida as early as 2017, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott owned stock in the company that’s set to build it. BrowardBulldog.org revealed this week that a review of Scott’s financial records show investments of several million dollars “in the securities of more than two-dozen entities that produce and/or transport natural gas” including in Spectra Energy, the company in charge of building the Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline — as well as other companies with ties to Florida. His stake in Spectra, according to the financial records, was worth $53,000. Scott’s office says the governor didn’t know of the investment because it was part of a blind...
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Hawaii's primary is August 9, a week from Saturday. Saturday? Sure, that's how to encourage voter participation in a democracy-- have the elections when people aren't working. Conservatives are generally terrified at the prospect of more people voting-- especially working class people-- so they tend to block legislation like Hawaii's. Hawaii is a pretty progressive state, first to mass a $10.10 minimum wage, first to start the process of marriage equality. The Republican Party is pretty moribund there and the Democratic Party has been in charge since 1962. In recent times Bill Clinton won twice, George Bush lost twice and Obama won twice-- with over 70% both times. There are no Republicans in federal office, only one Republican state senator (out of 25) and only 7 Republicans in the 51 mem...
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PETA
CREDIT: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Detroit residents are struggling to pay their water bills at such an alarming rate that the city’s utility announced a few months ago that it would cut off water for between 1,500 and 3,000 people every week. The situation has gotten so bad that the United Nations has had to step in and tell the city that such massive water shut-offs are a violation of human rights. People are desperate just to keep their taps turned on, as about half the city has fallen behind on its bills. As a resident recently told ThinkProgress, “when half of the city can’t do something, it tells you it’s a systemic problem.” Now, an unlikely group seems to think it can step in and solve this systemic problem. PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, announced i...
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Paul Ryan
CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Helber Paul Ryan’s newest proposal to address poverty in part by defunding existing federal programs to help the poor hasn’t earned him any endorsements from the left. But scroll down to the bottom and there’s something in there for progressives. On criminal justice, Ryan quietly shifted his position to endorse bipartisan, progressive reform including moves to reform draconian drug sentences, and policies that ease re-entry from prison. In his proposal, Ryan acknowledges a dramatic link between criminal justice and economic mobility, noting that a criminal record can be an onerous hurdle to employment — one that is racially skewed. He endorses several sentencing reforms, including a bipartisan bill to ease draconian drug prison terms, and to ...
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CREDIT: Shutterstock Women own nearly 30 percent of the country’s businesses and represent the fastest growing segment. But they’re doing that without getting much financial support. Only 4.4 percent of the money given out through small business loans goes to women business owners, according to a new report from the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Another way to put it is that just $1 in every $23 loaned out to small businesses goes to women. In terms of the number of loans they get, women receive just 16 percent of conventional small business loans and 17 percent of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Twenty years ago, the government set a goal of giving 5 percent of federal contacts to women-owned businesses, but it hasn’t ever met it....
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CREDIT: shutterstock On Wednesday, The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it’s considering a ban on recreational and commercial fishing of Pacific bluefin tuna. After years of large-scale fishing and rising demand in the sushi industry it is estimated that as few as 40,000 adult Pacific bluefin tuna remain in the wild, around four percent of the fish’s historic average. With catches dropping dramatically recently and up to 90 percent of those caught qualifying as juveniles, this initial step by the federal government could result in the fish being added to the list of imperiled species that must be released immediately if caught. “The initiation of this important process provides a glimmer of hope in a sea of bleak news f...
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Villagers caught in the crossfire of South Sudan's civil war wait for aid from Doctors Without Borders.
Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. Villagers caught in the crossfire of South Sudan’s civil war wait for aid from Doctors Without Borders. CREDIT: AP Images Researchers in South Sudan are warning that the spread of AIDS threatens to pose a serious national security threat, but civilians and international organizations are being left in the dark because of the difficulty of tracking the disease and spreading awareness in the midst of the country’s ongoing civil war. Already beset with impending famine and rival leaders who would rather ground humanitarian flights than participate in peace talks, an AIDS epidemic could push the world’s youngest nation over the brink. The Sudd Institute, an independent research organization based in South Sudan’s capita...
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CREDIT: Flickr Creative Commons via Stephen Melkisethian The GOP is working hard to rebrand its “War on Women” image, particularly after the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Hobby Lobby has given Democratic candidates even more ammunition to wield reproductive health as an election issue. And as the New York Times reports, the right-wing players involved in that effort are working on reclaiming “women’s health” as a set of policies the GOP can actually get behind. Birth control, abortion, and sexual violence are out. Osteoporosis — a bone disease disproportionately affecting women that can lead to fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist — is in. “Women’s health issues are osteoporosis or breast cancer or seniors living alone who don’t...
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TEPCO workers near the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town (AFP)
By Agence France-PresseThursday, July 24, 2014 15:35 EDT   TweetUS nuclear plants must better prepare for the risk of natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and floods, said a report Thursday on lessons learned from Japan’s Fukushima crisis in 2011. Current approaches to regulating nuclear safety “are clearly inadequate for preventing core-melt accidents and mitigating their consequences,” the report said. As of now, US safety regulations are based on making sure nuclear plants can withstand ...
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Food truck blast (Screenshot)
By ReutersThursday, July 24, 2014 15:33 EDT   TweetBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A mother and daughter have died from burns they suffered when a propane tank exploded in the family’s food truck in Philadelphia earlier this month, authorities said on Thursday. Jaylin Landaverry Galdamez, 17, and her mother, Olga Galdamez, 42, each were burned on more than 50 percent of their bodies from the explosion on July 2, authorities said. They died just days apart, the mother on July 20 and the da...
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Honduran migrants deported from the United States walk on a tarmac of Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa (AFP)
By ReutersThursday, July 24, 2014 15:26 EDT   TweetBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – Images of protesters trying to stop buses loaded with illegal immigrants may dominate the news, but in the heart of Texas, one county judge is taking on friends and foes by trying to find shelter for child migrants flooding across the U.S. border. Dallas Judge Clay Jenkins, 50, offered federal authorities empty buildings to house 2,000 children from Central America in a risky political move as he faces re-elec...
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El Nino map via NOAA
By Climate CentralThursday, July 24, 2014 15:20 EDT   TweetOriginally published at Climate Central Every month since March, when the first El Niño Watch was issued, forecasters, government officials around the world, and yes, even those in the media, have been watching with bated breath to see whether various climate agencies would officially pronounce the arrival of that infamous climate phenomenon. So far, no clear-cut El Niño has been declared, but that hasn’t stopped the continual updates and d...
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People talk from a window above the Naouri market which was set alight after a protest against Israel's Gaza offensive clashed with police
Shannon Greenwood is an intern at ThinkProgress. People talk from a window above the Naouri market which was set alight after a protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive clashed with police CREDIT: AP Photo/Thibault Camus In the suburbs of northern Paris, dozens of masked youth descended the streets of Sarcelles on Sunday, ransacking Jewish-owned businesses, targeting synagogues and setting fire to cars and bins and anything in between. The Parisian suburb, known as “little Jerusalem,” has been the epicenter of anti-Israel protests, and the fate of its large Jewish population have become intertwined with the ongoing conflict in distant Gaza. Eighteen people were arrested following Sunday’s riots adding to the 30 arrested Saturday afternoon in Sarcelles when a simil...
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CREDIT: Sunswift The Sunswift eVe solar-powered car broke a 26-year-old land speed record for electric vehicles on Wednesday at the Australian Automotive Research Center in Victoria. While the record still has to be ratified by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, it would make eVe the fastest electric car to ever compete a 500 km set distance course by a significant margin, Gizmodo reported. The previous record, set in 1988, was an average speed of 73 kilometers per hour; the Sunswift eVe reached 100 km per hour average over the 500 km course. Sunswift eVe, designed and built by students at the University of New South Wales, seeks to overcome the traditional obstacles that have impeded solar-powered cars, namely, offering both speed and range in the same vehicle. “Ther...
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Share Tweet Congressman Paul Ryan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Paul Ryan’s fellow Republicans are quick to dismiss Elizabeth Warren as too radical, too progressive, too populist. But Ryan is trying—a bit clumsily, but trying all the same—to borrow a page from the Massachusetts senator as he seeks to remake himself in anticipation of a potential 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination. He’s talking about poverty, about inequality, about shifting the focus away from meeting the demands of corporations and toward meeting the needs of Americans. Mitt Romney’s running mate is abandoning Romneyism for populism—or what former Secretary of Labor Robert ...
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Displaced Christians pray at a church on the outskirts of Mosul.
Will Freeman is an intern with Think Progress. Displaced Christians worship at a church on the outskirts of Mosul. CREDIT: AP Images Last week, the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) forced 10,000 Christians living in the Iraqi city of Mosul to pack up their belongings and flee. The mass exodus of Christians comes as the largest forced displacement in the region since the Ottoman Empire drove tens of thousands of Armenians out of modern day Turkey during the nearly 100 years ago. ISIS has been targeting Christians ever since it first got started. As a militant group fighting against both the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups in Syria’s civil war, ISIS wreaked havoc on Syrian Christians, torching churches in the historic ...
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A boy at Eric Garner's vigil
A boy at Eric Garner’s vigil CREDIT: AP A man in a New York City subway station was put into a choke-hold and repeatedly punched in the face by NYPD officers, according to a video uploaded on YouTube that was first found by DNAInfo. Ronald John had been stopped for jumping a turn-style in the station. The incident came just three days after an asthmatic man, Eric Garner of Staten Island, was put into a choke-hold by NYPD officers and then collapsed and died. The choke-hold move is banned in New York. Spokespeople for the city have confirmed that they are investigating both the incident involving Ronald John and that of Eric Garner. In fact, just this week the department announced it would be looking over the more than 1,000 choke-hold complaints that have been lodged against the ci...
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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!

O’Reilly is just one of the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoini...