Sun

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Apr

2012

White Killer Whale: Scientists Prepare To Find 'Iceberg,' Thought To Be Albino Orca (VIDEO)

A team of scientists from Russia is preparing for an expedition to track down a rare all-white killer whale that hasn't been seen since it was spotted 18 months ago.

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29

Apr

2012

Global malaria elimination is at a crucial juncture

From UN WIRE

Some 3.3 billion people are at risk of contracting malaria, a preventable disease that killed 655,000 and afflicted 216 million in 2010, primarily in the developing world. On World Malaria Day, the world is at a critical juncture in its massive effort to halt and reverse malaria in what former British Prime Minister Tony Blair calls the "most achievable" of the Millennium Development Goals.

For more see Voice of America (4/24), The Huffington Post (4/24)

 

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Sun

29

Apr

2012

In Maryland, a rare reversal of suspensions for two lacrosse players

Kim Hairston/BALTIMORE SUN -  Easton High School lacrosse players Casey Edsall, left, and Graham Dennis in May, after their suspensions. Last week, the Maryland State Board of Education expunged their disciplinary records.
Kim Hairston/BALTIMORE SUN - Easton High School lacrosse players Casey Edsall, left, and Graham Dennis in May, after their suspensions. Last week, the Maryland State Board of Education expunged their disciplinary records.

 

From the Washington Post By Donna St. GeorgePublished: April 28


The search was a surprise. The high school lacrosse team in Easton, Md., had boarded its bus when the principal and other administrators arrived, announcing that gear bags would be checked. A tip had come in about athletes carrying alcohol.

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Sun

29

Apr

2012

May Day

Noam Chomsky has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. (photo: Ben Rusk/flickr)
Noam Chomsky has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. (photo: Ben Rusk/flickr)

From Readers Supported News


May Day

Noam Chomsky, Reader Supported News   29 April 12 

 

eople seem to know about May Day everywhere except where it began, here in the United States of America. That's because those in power have done everything they can to erase its real meaning. For example, Ronald Reagan designated what he called "Law Day" -- a day of jingoist fanaticism, like an extra twist of the knife in the labor movement. Today, there is a renewed awareness, energized by the Occupy movement's organizing, around May Day, and its relevance for reform and perhaps eventual revolution.

 

 

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Sun

29

Apr

2012

With Bo Xilai’s ouster, China’s premier pushes more reform

Pontus Lundahl/AFP/Getty Images -  China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao – in his final months in office – is pushing for new reforms, including calling for a breakup China’s powerful state banking monopoly and giving foreign companies more access to governme
Pontus Lundahl/AFP/Getty Images - China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao – in his final months in office – is pushing for new reforms, including calling for a breakup China’s powerful state banking monopoly and giving foreign companies more access to governme

From The Washington Post By Published: April 26


BEIJING — Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has seized upon the ouster of his Communist Party rival Bo Xilai to reinvigorate what had until recently seemed a lonely campaign for Western-style economic liberalization and a battle against corruption.

 

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Fri

27

Apr

2012

Fighting Senate gridlock through self-restraint

Washington Post Opinions

by Carl Levin and Lamar Alexander

 

Carl Levin, a Democrat, represents Michigan in the Senate. Lamar Alexander, a Republican, represents Tennessee in the Senate.


The U.S. Senate — one-half of one branch of our government and an institution crucial to resolving serious issues before our country — is routinely described as dysfunctional, gridlocked and broken. We feel obligated to do something about it.

 

That’s why we went to the Senate floor last week to encourage our colleagues to embrace a classic virtue: self-restraint.

 


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Fri

27

Apr

2012

Chinese - English Names


FOOD; LAUGHS; MONEY
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27

Apr

2012

Borders

A very instructive series of examples of various borders:

 http://www.quackit.com/html/codes/html_borders.cfm

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Thu

26

Apr

2012

BP Blamed for Ongoing Health Problems

Truthout Saturday, 21 April 2012 11:49 By Dahr Jamail, Al Jazeera English

 

Gulf Coast residents and clean up workers have found chemicals present in BP's oil in their own bloodstreams.  For the full story press here


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Thu

26

Apr

2012

Bo Xilai scandal: China president 'was wire-tapped'

From BBC News

Bo Xilai ran a wire-tapping system that extended as far as China's president, the New York Times has reported.


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Thu

26

Apr

2012

A princeling's fall in China

Chinese politician Bo Xilai is shown during a 2007 press conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images / April 25, 2012)
Chinese politician Bo Xilai is shown during a 2007 press conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images / April 25, 2012)
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Apr

2012

Chinese Language: Money

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Tue

24

Apr

2012

How Can I Avoid Being Infected with Badware?

From Stop Bad Ware

 

Badware takes advantage of technical vulnerabilities and human behavior to find its way onto personal computers. While nothing can guarantee absolute security, the following steps can reduce your computer’s exposure to badware. At the bottom of this page, you will see links to websites with additional information.

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Tue

24

Apr

2012

UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time

Many US Native Americans live in federally recognised tribal areas plagued with poverty, alcoholism other social problems. Photograph: Jennifer Brown/Corbis
Many US Native Americans live in federally recognised tribal areas plagued with poverty, alcoholism other social problems. Photograph: Jennifer Brown/Corbis

From The Guardian

Ewen MacAskill in Washington 
Sunday 22 April 2012 12.20 EDT

 

The UN is to conduct an investigation into the plight of US Native Americans, the first such mission in its history.

 

The human rights inquiry led by James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on indigenous peoples, is scheduled to begin on Monday.

 

 

 

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Mon

23

Apr

2012

American Nuns Reject Vatican's Orders

Last week, the order came down from the Vatican. American nuns will have none of it. (photo: Addicting Info)
Last week, the order came down from the Vatican. American nuns will have none of it. (photo: Addicting Info)

From Reader Supported News 

By Wendy Gittleson, Addicting Info

23 April 12

 

Last week, the order came down from the Vatican. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization that represents 80% of the nuns in the US, was chastised for "focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping ‘silent' on abortion and same-sex marriage."

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Mon

23

Apr

2012

The Unlearned Lessons of the BP Gulf Disaster

Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. (photo: US Coast Guard via Getty Images)
Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. (photo: US Coast Guard via Getty Images)

From Reader Supported News

By Robert Weissman, Common Dreams

21 April 12

 

The BP disaster reminded the American people about some essential truths relating to corporate behavior, the need for regulatory controls over corporations, the need for effective sanctions.

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Sun

22

Apr

2012

Gulf Aquatic Wildlife Deformities Alarm Scientists

Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.


By Dahr Jamail, Al Jazeera English |

New Orleans, Louisiana - "The fishermen have never seen anything like this," Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. "And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either."

 

 

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Sun

22

Apr

2012

Culture of India by Rajs (QQ: Learning Paradise)

Rajs introduced Learning Paradise to the country of India by quoting the following:

From HubPages.com By JYOTI KOTHARI

India is a big country with diverse topography and climate that allows variety of wild life to grow. Indian province Rajasthan has multi-variety wild life because of its typical geographical conditions. There is Thar desert in Rajasthan at one side and Vindhyan track at another. Aravali, the oldest mountains in the world passes through Rajasthan. There are many sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries and National parks in Rajasthan including Ghana, Ranathambore, Sariska etc.

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Sat

21

Apr

2012

How Malawi Fed Its Own People

The New York Times

By JEFFREY D. SACHS

Published: April 19, 2012

 

President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi died on April 5 of a heart attack at the age of 78. His countrymen, suffering a massive economic and political crisis, seem to have declared good riddance. Some of his rogue allies apparently tried to hold on to power after his death, but democracy prevailed with the installation of the vice president, Joyce Banda, to the presidency. President Banda inherits an acute crisis much of which was Mutharika’s making.

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Sat

21

Apr

2012

A letter from my Senator: Carl Levin

Levin, McCain: GAO report shows China is failing to crack down on bogus electronic parts Monday,

 

March 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – A government investigative report released today provides further evidence that China is failing to crack down on the flood of bogus electronic parts making their way into U.S. military systems and endangering the safety of U.S. troops and U.S. national security.

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Fri

20

Apr

2012

'Huge' water resource exists under Africa

 

 

 

From BBC NEWS


By Matt McGrath 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a


vast reservoir of groundwater.

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Fri

20

Apr

2012

After Bo's fall, Chongqing victims seek justice

Feng Li/Getty Images -  More than 4,000 people were jailed during an aggressive anti-crime campaign that Bo Xilai launched in late 2007.
Feng Li/Getty Images - More than 4,000 people were jailed during an aggressive anti-crime campaign that Bo Xilai launched in late 2007.
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Wed

18

Apr

2012

Quotes Ra to Rz

 

Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, USA

October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962


An astute politician, dedicated feminist,

and champion of the rights of minorities


Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual,you have an obligation to be one.


Franklin D. Roosevelt 

 January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945

 

President of the USA 1933-1945 


 We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we now know that it is bad economics

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The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the
abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

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No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.

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There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

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The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation.

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It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another.  But above all, try something.

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When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.

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When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.


Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie

June 19, 1947 - 

 

British Indian novelist and essayist


   The real adventure in 'Moby Dick' is the one that happens inside Captain Ahab. The rest is a fishing tripBertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell

18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970


 British philosopher, logician,

mathematician, historian, and social critic

 and Nobel Laureate

 

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

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And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.


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Wed

18

Apr

2012

Quotes Ha to Hz

Nathaniel Hawthorne 

July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864

American Novelist and Short Story Writer


Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.



 

 Evelyn Hines

Middle School Teacher 

 


Often, when reading assigned text, students ask me what they should be "looking for. 

 

My reply is always the same:

If you already know what you're looking for, then that is all you will find.


Hippocrates

460-377 BCE

Father of Medicine

 

Walking is man's best medicine.



  Eric Hoffer
July 25, 1902-May 21, 1983 

 American writer on social issues


The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of        unhappiness.


 

Billie Holiday

   1915-1959

 American Jazz singer and Songwriter


You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave.


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18

Apr

2012

Quotes Ma to Mz

Henry Maudsley
1835-1918


American Psychiatrist,

Philosopher and Entrepreneur


The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.


 

H.L. Mencken

 1880-1956


 American Journalist, Essayist,

Magazine editor, Satirist,

Critic of American Life and Culture,

And A Scholar Of American English


Known as the Sage of Baltimore

 


Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure."


 

Michel de Montaigne

1533-1592

 
French Essayist

Was one of the most influential

Writers of the French Resistance

No matter that we may mount on stilts, we still must walk on our own legs. And on the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.


John Muir

John Muir

1838-1914


 Scottish-born

American Naturalist and Explorer, Author,

and Early Advocate of

Preservation of Wilderness

in the United States

The world, we are told, was made especially for man -- a presumption not supported by all the facts... Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation?


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Apr

2012

Quotes Na to Nz

   

 Ogden Nash

1902-1971

 American poet well known for his light verse


 I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it.


 

Reinhold Niebuhr

 1892-1971
American theologian

and commentator on public affairs


Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.


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