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"Understanding" The Rebel Confederate Flag

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[Activists]
Here's my take on the rebel flag controversy... I think people on both sides of the issue have some valid points, BUT the points are not equal in terms of pros/cons.

My first impression when I heard news that there was talk to outlaw the flag was, "Great, this will come in handy the next time someone kills nine people with a rebel flag. :/

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Students In "Intro To Congress" Class At Harvard Caught Cheating

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[Edumakashun]
More than half of the roughly 125 Harvard University students investigated by the college’s disciplinary board for cheating on a take-home exam last spring were forced to temporarily withdraw, school officials announced Friday.

The disclosure, communicated in an e-mail to the Harvard community from Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, was the most extensive accounting of what is being called the Ivy League’s largest cheating scandal in recent times.

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Archeologist Debunks History Channel's "Ancient Aliens"

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[Pseudo-Science]
One of the archaeologists at Bad Archaeology lambastes the History Channel for its series Ancient Aliens and treating its nonsense as though it were fact.

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Miss America 2011 Finalists: Should Evolution Be Taught To Kids?

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[Edumakashun]
The 2011 Miss America finalists were asked the question, "Do you think evolution should be taught in schools?" Here are there answers state-by-state.

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A Primer On The Nature Of "Growth"

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[Science]
We interrupt this web site to bring you something that's likely more educational than what we usually provide, but it's worth watching...

Do you understand the nature of the figures people give you every day about "growth rates?" Want to understand why prices change the way they do, why scientists say natural and other resources may run out much sooner than you think? Check out this amazingly informative and important video.

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Researcher: Moses Was Tripping When He Wrote The 10 Commandments

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We all know that Moses was high on Mount Sinai when God spoke to him, but were the Ten Commandments a result of divine inspiration alone?

An Israeli researcher is claiming in a study published this week the prophet may have been stoned when he set the Ten Commandments in stone.

According to Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, psychedelic drugs formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times.

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Kansas still stuck in 1940.

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[Sports]
[Edumakashun]
If they were to remake The Wizard of Oz today, I think we'd find one of Dorothy's most famous lines would change. "Thank goodness we're not in Kansas any more, Toto." It seems many people it Kansas still want to repress women as they were in the 1840's, 100 years before this movie first came out.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas activities officials are investigating a religious school's refusal to let a female referee call a boys' high school basketball game. The Kansas State High School Activities Association said referees reported that Michelle Campbell was preparing to officiate at St. Mary's Academy near Topeka on Feb. 2 when a school official insisted that Campbell could not call the game.

The reason given, according to the referees: Campbell, as a woman, could not be put in a position of authority over boys because of the academy's beliefs.

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McDonald's: We Don't Own Your Children... Yet

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[Edumakashun]
Corporate marketing departments are essentially chock-a-block with evil geniuses. They put most government propaganda machines to shame and could make a blind man buy contact lenses. Few folks have the audacity to put their company in every spotlight available (and making some up so they can be in those, too) like McDonalds. Check out their latest campaign.

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Dilbert Creator Waxes Sarcastically About Iranian President

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[Edumakashun]
Scott Adams writes, "I was happy to hear that NYC didn't allow Iranian President Ahmadinejad to place a wreath at the WTC site. And I was happy that Columbia University is rescinding the offer to let him speak. If you let a guy like that express his views, before long the entire world will want freedom of speech..."

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US Army 1943 Guide To Iraq

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In 1943, The US Army published a guide to Iraq to help soldiers during World War II.
You have been ordered to Iraq (i - RAHK) as part of the world-wide offensive to beat Hitler.

You will enter Iraq both as a soldier and as an individual, because on our side a man can be both a soldier and an individual. That is our strength—if we are smart enough to use it. It can be our weakness if we aren't. As a soldier your duties are laid out for you. As an individual, it is what you do on your own that counts—and it may count for a lot more than you think.

American success or failure in Iraq may well depend on whether the Iraqis (as the people are called) like American soldiers or not. It may not be quite that simple. But then again it could...

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Bush Blindsided By Socially-Conscious High School Students

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[Edumakashun]
While meeting with a group of high school seniors from the Presidential Scholars program in the East Room of the White House, President Bush received an unexpected surprise: a letter signed by 50 of them urging Bush to halt "violations of the human rights" of terror suspects held by the United States.

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Religion, Politics and the End of the World - A Debate

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Sam Harris and Chris Hedges have engaged each other in a videotaped debate on the state of the world. We have the whole thing right here, sponsored by Truthdig..

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NewsFlash: Television Makes You Stupid

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[Television]
[Edumakashun]
The results are in from a 20-year study: Teenagers who watch several hours of television a day do worse at school and are less likely to graduate than their peers.

The good news is, this isn't a bad thing. Maybe I can get my fries a little faster with more of you guys working at McDonald's?

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The History Of Religion

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Here's an entertaining, informative, interactive presentation of religion and history.

How has the geography of religion evolved over the centuries, and where has it sparked wars? This map gives us a brief history of the world's most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Selected periods of inter-religious bloodshed are also highlighted. Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds?

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Evolution Isn't "Fair" Says The "Fair Education Foundation"

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[Edumakashun]
Hey, did you know that the Earth doesn't revolve around the sun? Yep. According to yet another important-sounding PAC called the "Fair Education Foundation". This group is in the news this week for working with Georgia Republicans to draft a memo that was distributed to lawmakers demanding that a law requiring only "facts" be taught in school and not this idiotic "theory" of evolution. Oh and also, evolution is apparently the invention of some archaic, Jewish sect according to these people.

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Hiroshima In Pictures

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With all this talk of nuke-u-lar this and that, it might be worth looking at these rare pictures of the aftermath of the atomic bomb in Japan.

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The Politically Incorrect Alphabet

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[Art]
[Edumakashun]
A guy in the UK spends his spare time drawing up little pictures for a politically incorrect alphabet. This contains images that might have once graced illustrations of the alphabet, but have since begun to be considered "inappropriate"--like illustrating the letter I with an Indian. (They're Native Americans now, dontcha know?) Hey, remember when "Little Black Sambo" was considered fine literature for kids?

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Wash. Area Schools Prohibit Showing Of "An Inconvenient Truth"

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[Edumakashun]
After a parent who supports the teaching of creationism and opposes sex education complained about the film, the Federal Way School Board on Tuesday placed what it labeled a moratorium on showing the Al Gore film "An Inconvenient Truth" which showcases a plethora of evidence on global warming.

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Showtime Takes Control Of Smithsonian Archives

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[Movies]
When two filmmakers recently tried to gain access to archives of the famous Smithsonian Institute museum and were denied, it came to light the institution has engaged in a 30-year contract with soft porn-peddling cable channel, Showtime, giving them almost exclusive access to the nation's largest museum.

Stay tuned for Showtime's latest original movie: Xaviera goes to the Air and Space Museum!

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Sam Harris' Top Ten Myths About Atheism

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Several polls indicate that the term "atheism" has acquired such an extraordinary stigma in the United States that being an atheist is now a perfect impediment to a career in politics (in a way that being black, Muslim or homosexual is not). According to a recent Newsweek poll, only 37% of Americans would vote for an otherwise qualified atheist for president.

Atheists are often imagined to be intolerant, immoral, depressed, blind to the beauty of nature and dogmatically closed to evidence of the supernatural.

Even John Locke, one of the great patriarchs of the Enlightenment, believed that atheism was "not at all to be tolerated" because, he said, "promises, covenants and oaths, which are the bonds of human societies, can have no hold upon an atheist."

That was more than 300 years ago. But in the United States today, little seems to have changed. A remarkable 87% of the population claims "never to doubt" the existence of God; fewer than 10% identify themselves as atheists — and their reputation appears to be deteriorating.

Given that we know that atheists are often among the most intelligent and scientifically literate people in any society, it seems important to deflate the myths that prevent them from playing a larger role in our national discourse.

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Millions Of Previously-Classified Documents Now Available

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It will be a Cinderella moment for the band of researchers who study the hidden history of American government.

At midnight on Dec. 31, hundreds of millions of pages of secret documents will be instantly declassified, including many FBI cold war files on investigations of people suspected of being Communist sympathizers. After years of extensions sought by federal agencies behaving like college students facing a term paper, the end of 2006 means the government's first automatic declassification of records.

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Park Service Considers Geology, Noah Both Plausible

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[Science]
It would seem that the National Park Service (NPS) isn't really SURE how old the Grand Canyon is. Despite vigorous protests from both Park Service scientists and leading geological societies, a book approved in 2003 for sale in National Park bookstores--which takes the somewhat unscientific view that the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's Flood--is still available despite an official promise to perform a high-level policy review of the issue. Apparently three years was not long enough to accomplish such a review, or even to begin one or make a formal internal request for one. (Hmm, sounds a bit like those "studies" of global warming that always need a follow-up study, except that those studies at least actually take place.)

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Faculty & Students Protest Proposed Bush Library

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The New York Daily News reported last month that President Bush and “his truest believers” are launching “their final campaign — an eye-popping, half-billion-dollar drive for the Bush presidential library.”

Bush is attempting to raise $500 million to build a library and think tank at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the alma mater of First Lady Laura Bush. “The more [money] you have, the more influence [on history] you can exert,” one adviser said. Much of the money will be used to build a “legacy-polishing” institute:

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What Have We Learned From History: Trojan Horses

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An enterprising group of Aussies have asked the question: What have we learned from history? Specifically in the case of the Trojan War, where the Greeks managed to get their army past the gates of Troy.

So have we learned anything? Let's find out...

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A Truth About Thanksgiving

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[So-They-Say]
Have you ever wondered where the origin of Thanksgiving came from? Do you think maybe what is taught in schools isn't completely accurate? You're not alone. Read one person's account based on in-depth research into the history of thanksgiving.

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Noam Chomsky on the Iraq War

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[Terroir-ism]
Here's a good video of a Noam Chomsky lecture in Colorado in 2003 which outlines a lot of insightful information regarding the United States and the invasion of Iraq

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I'll Take "Why Do Kids Like The Internet" for $50 million

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[Media]
The independent grant-making MacArthur Foundation will spend $50 million (that's a 5 with seven zeroes after it) on a five-year initiative to study how and why young people use the Web, games, and gadgets to "learn, play, and communicate." Their opening hypothesis? "[T]he richest environment for learning is no longer inside the classroom but…online and after school." So they think young folks are getting online because it makes it easier for them to LEARN?! WRONG--Young folks are getting online to express how stupid everyone but them is on their MySpace blog, watch the latest inane video on YouTube, download free music, and (primarily) to scour the internet for thousands of hours of sweet, sweet porn. There, I've saved them 5 years and $50 million.

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Canadian University Distances Itself From Ivy League "IQitude"

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[Edumakashun]
[Beating Dead Horses]
Emblazoned with a picture of George W. Bush (who graduated from Yale in 1968), Lakehead University in northern Ontario has set up a web site which states, "Graduating from an Ivy League university doesn't necessarily mean you're smart." as part of their new recruitment campaign.

I can appreciate what they're trying to do, but I don't think college students these days go to universities to "get smart." (On the other hand, if you're a dumbass and you think going to college will make you the most powerful man in the country, that could be quite a draw) Maybe it is more effective and less humorous in Canada? By the way, I just made up "IQitude"... Stephen Colbert eat your heart out!

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Richard Scarry Child's Book Made Politically Correct

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[Sociology]
Recognize the book? Maybe from your childhood? Well depending upon how old you are you might notice some differences between the 1963 version of "The Best Word Book Ever" and the 1990s version, namely the elimination of any reference to native indians, the old west, or other colorful characters, the complete androgonization of pronouns and career titles, and dad doing the dishes. There's a neat web site that details the changes this revered children's book has undergone in the last few decades.

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"Students For Academic Freedom" Push Neocon College Agenda

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Right away, my BS detector goes off when I hear of ambiguously-sounding organizations like "American Freedom Coalition" or "Heritage Foundation". This latest incarnation of bogus non-argumentative pseudo-PACs is the "Students for Academic Freedom" - a Republican-funded college-based set of cell groups trying to push legislation through Congress to shut down so-called liberal professors and leftist points of view on college campuses.

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Catholic School Principal: Students Blogging Get Suspended

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When students post their faces, personal diaries and gossip on Web sites like Myspace.com and Xanga.com, it is not simply harmless teen fun, according to one Sussex County Catholic school principal.

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Rosa Parks... R.I.P.

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Rosa Parks, whose act of civil disobedience in 1955 inspired the modern civil rights movement, died Monday in Detroit, Michigan. She was 92.

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First Lady Forgets Hurricane Name

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Laura Bush on CNN, making an appearance to "Educate kids displaced by Hurricane Katrina" can't even seem to remember the actual name of the hurricane, twice. Aren't you glad our leaders are so on top of this hurricane situation?

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Reality Suppressed: Then and Now

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[Military]
As the world prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Saturday, some American media experts see uncomfortable echoes between the suppression of images of death and destruction then and coverage of the war in Iraq today.

As author Greg Mitchell lays out in an article in Editor & Publisher this week, in the weeks following the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, U.S. authorities seized and suppressed film shot in the bombed cities by U.S. military crews and Japanese newsreel teams to prevent Americans from seeing the full extent of devastation wrought by the new weapons.

Some of this footage is set to air on the Sundance channel starting Saturday.

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Reagan's Dirty Legacy: Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, Hussein and More

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[Terroir-ism]
Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan, has a very insightful photo essay about the history of the creation of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, America's training of Bin Laden, support for Saddam Hussein's gas attacks on Iranians, Saudi involvement and much more. It's a concise time-line of how the United States created the very enemies that are attacking us. One year these people are "Freedom fighters", the next they're "terrorists." One minute the U.S. is funding them; the next they're making back-room deals with their former allies' enemies and leaving them to die. Very interesting stuff. This isn't editorial -- these are the details that are regarded as factual issues leading up to the current situation.

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Government Slashes Budget of Public Broadcasting

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[Television]
Apparently citing the perfection that is commercial television, our politicians have decided that public tv and children's education is a low priority.

A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster."

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Kansas Seeks To Redefine "Science" To Discredit Evolution

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Six years after Kansas ignited a national debate over the teaching of evolution, the state is at it again, poised to redefine the meaning of "science" in an effort to discredit Darwin and the theory of evolution and pave the way for creationism and religion to be fundamental principals in the state's educational system.

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Revised Number of the Beast: 616

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A newly discovered fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament indicates that, as far as the Antichrist goes, theologians, scholars, heavy metal groups, and television evangelists have got the wrong number. Instead of 666, it's actually the far less ominous 616.

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Berkely Grads Identity Information Stolen

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A laptop was recently stolen from the Berkely campus that contained personal information (including SSN) for more than 98,000 graduate students (or people that applied to grad school) at the college. What's more interesting about this latest heist is that this is primarily being made public because California is one of the only states in the country which has a law requiring companies to notify the public if they have a security breach. We'd never know about these things in most other parts of the country.

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13 Science Mind Benders

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[Science]
[Edumakashun]
We interrupt the world's distraction by the Michael Jackson trial and the horrendous issue of a few baseball players on steroids to call attention to an interesting article by New Scientist, 13 Things That Do Not Make Sense. With a little luck, maybe our next batch of young scientists can tear themselves away from the Playstation long enough to accomplish some scientific breakthroughs? We can dream can't we?

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U.S. Was "One Word Away" From Nuclear War

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Historians have long noted that the United States and the Soviet Union came within a whisper of nuclear war during the 13-day standoff after the United States discovered that Moscow had secretly installed nuclear missiles in Cuba. However, what was discovered last year (and apparently not widely covered in the media) was that Russia was in the process of approving a nuclear strike, but one of the three submarine commanders involved decided to not go along with the order.

The information came to light during an assembly of U.S. and Russian authorities for an event commemorating the 40th anniversary. Interesting that the mainstream media last year didn't think that coming so close to world destruction was newsworthy?

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Chemical Companies Flunk History

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In an unprecedented move, the U.S. chemical industry is attempting to discredit two historians who have detailed the industry's efforts to hide links between their products and cancer. Attorneys for Dow, Monsanto, Goodrich, Goodyear, Union Carbide and others have subpoenaed and deposed five academics who recommended that the University of California Press publish the book Deceit and Denial - The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution.

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University professor denied tenure due to outspoken nature

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Dr. Ignacio Chapela, whose research revealed contamination of native Mexican corn with genetically engineered DNA, taught his last class at University of California, Berkeley. Chapela was denied tenure at Berkeley, despite "overwhelming support from his own department and from his academic peers," GM Watch founder Jonathan Matthews writes. Chapela had also been a critic of a $25 million research deal between UC Berkeley and the Swiss biotechnology company Novartis (now Syngenta). Chapela supporters believe he is being retaliated against for his criticism of the biotech industry.

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Carolina school promotes "simple pleasures" of slavery

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Students at one of the area's largest Christian schools are reading a controversial booklet that critics say whitewashes Southern slavery with its view that slaves lived "a life of plenty, of simple pleasures."

Leaders at Cary Christian School say they are not condoning slavery by using "Southern Slavery, As It Was," a booklet that attempts to provide a biblical justification for slavery and asserts that slaves weren't treated as badly as people think.

This joins other fine books in the school library including, "How the Germans perfected oven technology", and "KKK in Mississippi: pioneers in linen and outdoor lighting".

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Online University That Gave Cat Diploma Sued For Fraud

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[Edumakashun]
[Dubious Research]
An online university that supposedly granted a graduate degree in business to a pet cat was sued Monday for consumer fraud by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. Rumor has it the cat immediately got a job with Arthur Anderson.

Obviously, the tip-off was a cat with an MBA. They should have limited their student body to dogs and hamsters and nobody would have been the wiser.

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Pirates & Emperors

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Do you ever wonder what the difference between good guys and bad guys are? If any? This short and incredibly entertaining film, done in the "Schoolhouse Rock"-style sheds a lot of light on world history, conquest and politics.

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