by Abigail Quackenboss
Immigration is typically a topic that is considered particularly polarizing. However, as Laura Meckler from the Wall Street Journal reported on June 8, 2014, immigration is not having as big of an impact upon primary races as one might suspect. While there certainly are…
The Obama administration will recognize the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah before the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order Monday effectively halting the practice in that state, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday.
This is what our government was meant to do today.
Pakistan’s prime minister announced Friday that a teenage boy who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber who wanted to attack his school should be honoured with the nation’s highest civil award of bravery.
Aitzaz Hasan, 17, died Monday in a remote village in Hangu, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Pakistanis have praised the boy since his teacher told police that he saw Hasan chasing the bomber, who detonated his explosives, killing the teen.
Aitzaz’s friends had urged him not to confront the bomber but he ignored their pleas.
On Friday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif praised the boy in a statement, saying his “brave act saved the lives of hundreds of students and established a sterling example of gallantry and patriotism.” (Photo: AP Photo/Abdul Rehman)
Strange how kids get it and adults don’t.
Can plants think? Also see the excellent and pause-giving What a Plant Knows.
Surely, the oldest plants in the world, having witnessed life for thousands of years, must know a whole lot more about it than we do.
(HT The Dish)
So I guess we need a PETA for plants?
Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson promised to “strike at the causes, not just the consequence” of persistent poverty in America. His War on Poverty, he told a joint session of Congress, would do more than alleviate immediate economic needs; it would “strike away the barriers to full participation in our society.”
Americans may have tired of Johnson’s war, but the struggle is far from complete. Not only does poverty persist across the United States today, but American democracy itself has become impoverished. The two are more entwined than is commonly thought.
As the foregoing articles in this series have shown, tens of millions of citizens, and would-be citizens, are struggling to earn their keep and keep their faith in a democratic system from which they are excluded. Millions more low-income citizens have a hard time making it to the polls for reasons that are partly within and partly beyond their control. Making matters worse, the politicians on whom they rely do not rely on them: a tiny fraction of wealthy Americans and special interest groups lobby the federal government, and a fraction of one percent of citizens provide the lion’s share of campaign funds.
However you slice and dice the numbers, people in poverty are at a serious, structural disadvantage when it comes to making their voices heard and having their interests represented in Washington. They are far from equal citizens in the public square.
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The retailer disclosed that the hackers stole a broader trove of data than originally reported, including mailing and email addresses, phone numbers and names.
That’s up from 70 million in earlier reports.
Price of digital progress. Now, who’s willing to give up you phone, tablet, pc, etc…