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"Report: Obamacare's '80/20' rule has led to nearly $4 billion in savings" | examiner.com

"Report: Obamacare's '80/20' rule has led to nearly $4 billion in savings" | examiner.com | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
As "Obamacare" continues to be one of the most controversial pieces of legislation ever implemented, a new report shows that Americans saved nearly $4 billion i
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"Still, here’s what it seems is about to happen: millions of Americans will suddenly gain health coverage, and millions more will feel much more secure knowing that such coverage is available if they lose their jobs or suffer other misfortunes....


So yes, it does look as if there’s an Obamacare shock coming: the shock of learning that a public program designed to help a lot of people can, strange to say, end up helping a lot of people — especially when government officials actually try to make it work"

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"Liberia and Elsewhere" | New York Times Pictures of the Day | 08/20/14

"Liberia and Elsewhere" | New York Times Pictures of the Day | 08/20/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Photos from Liberia, Gaza City, Japan and India.
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....another day in pictures from around the world!

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"Media Day at Wallops for NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission" | NASA | 08/20/14

"Media Day at Wallops for NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission" | NASA | 08/20/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
As the Atlantic Ocean's hurricane season hits its peak, media are invited to visit NASA's latest airborne hurricane research mission using remotely piloted aircraft on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
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......#NASA, I need to borrow your remote control aircraft.  I have some mapping to do....

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Watch live event on Ancient Earth & Habitable Planets at 5:30pm ET | Tweet from @NASASocial

Watch live event on Ancient Earth & Habitable Planets at 5:30pm ET | Tweet from @NASASocial | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Watch live our event on Ancient Earth & Habitable Planets at 5:30pm ET today: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv Q? #askNASA pic.twitter.com/fYT66Lxytk
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......will definitely break from yard work to watch this!

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"Good news for Obamacare: Health coverage is soaring, but prices aren't" | Vox | 08/20/14

"Good news for Obamacare: Health coverage is soaring, but prices aren't" | Vox | 08/20/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Health care prices are growing slowly. Here's why that matters.
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...."In June, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that total health care spending had declined during the first three months of 2014. This was a big deal: the inexorable climb of health expenses has plagued the nation for decades, and remains the primary culprit behind the nation’s projected long-term fiscal problems. June's report marked the largest decline we’ve seen in over 30 years."

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"Half of black men in the US have been arrested by age 23" | Vox Conversations | 08/19/14

"Half of black men in the US have been arrested by age 23" | Vox Conversations | 08/19/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
A study suggests that a shockingly high proportion of men of all races are arrested by age 23, and that black men are targeted most of all.
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......I stopped at a gas station in Wrens, GA yesterday to use the toilet.  What else did I see other than two young black men being harassed by police. Ferguson is America for Black Men!

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"In Ferguson, Photographs as Powerful Agents" | NY Times Pictures of the Day | 08/19/14

"In Ferguson, Photographs as Powerful Agents" | NY Times Pictures of the Day | 08/19/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The history of black representation has resonated with the types of images now prevalent in social media. Whether in 1950s Mississippi or Ferguson today, the camera has served as witness, provocateur and agent of change.
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.....Citizen Journalists are key to 'racial justice' in digital era! They are many times the only way to have "instant capture' of an unfolding event.

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"90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested During Ferguson Protest" | Huff Post | 08/19/14

"90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested During Ferguson Protest" | Huff Post | 08/19/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown, KMOV reports.

Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri &...
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....I'm with Hedy! I to have been doing this since I was a teenager and it looks like I will still be doing it when I reach 90!

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"Contrasting Terrains on Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 19

"Contrasting Terrains on Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 19 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Contrasting Terrains on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Image Credit: ESA / Rosetta / MPS for OSIRIS Team; MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Explanation: Where should Philae land? As ESA's robotic spacecraft Rosetta circles toward Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a decision must eventually be made as to where its mechanical lander should attempt to touch-down. Reaching the comet earlier this month, Rosetta is sending back detailed pictures of the comet's unusual nucleus from which a smooth landing site will be selected. Pictured above, near the image top, the head of the comet's nucleus shows rugged grooves, while near the image bottom, the body shows a patch-work of areas sometimes separated by jagged hills. Some of the patch-work areas apparent on both the head and body seem to have fields of relatively smooth terrain. In the connecting area called the neck, however, visible across the image center, a relatively large swath of light-colored smooth terrain appears, punctuated occasionally by large boulders. Rosetta is scheduled to release Philae toward the dark mountain-sized comet nucleus with an anticipated landing date in November.

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....how cool would it be if the landing date is November 14th, my birthday!

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Klan heading to Ferguson, back shooting of ‘n*gger criminal’ | The Raw Story | 08/18/14

Klan heading to Ferguson, back shooting of ‘n*gger criminal’ | The Raw Story | 08/18/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members from three different states are reportedly traveling to Ohio to hold a two-day fundraiser for the officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, and to “guard white businesses.”

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.....It's time to Federalize The Jefferson, MO situation before it gets completely out of control Mr. President and Attorney General!!

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"Vote- Best Aquarium Nominees" | 2014 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards | 08/18/14

"Vote- Best Aquarium Nominees" | 2014 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards | 08/18/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Voting for the Best Aquarium is open! Cast your vote daily to help pick the 2014 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Aquarium.


Today is the last day to vote for Georgia Aquarium as "Best North American Aquarium" in 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest promoted by USA TODAY.

Voting ends at noon, so
Vote Now! .

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......I just Voted For The Georgia Aquarium!  You have until Noon to Vote!!

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"Star Trails Over Indonesia" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 18

"Star Trails Over Indonesia" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 18 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Star Trails Over Indonesia
Image Credit & Licence: HuiChieh (my dark sky)

Explanation: Both land and sky were restless. The unsettled land included erupting Mount Semeru in the distance, the caldera of steaming Mount Bromo on the left, flowing fog, and the lights of moving cars along roads that thread between hills and volcanoes in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java, Indonesia. The stirring sky included stars circling the South Celestial Pole and a meteor streaking across the image right. The above 270-image composite was taken from King Kong Hill in mid-June over two hours, with a rising Moon lighting the landscape.



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.....I love composite image photography!

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"Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times" | New York Times | 08/17/14

"Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times" | New York Times | 08/17/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
A private, family-requested autopsy shows that Michael Brown was shot at least six times — twice in the head — with all of the bullets striking him in the front.
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....Will someone please explain to me why the family-requested autopsy is available now and the St. Louis County's Coroners finding are nowhere in sight??

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Dyson spells it out for white people: Police won’t ‘kill your child’ | The Raw Story | 08/17/14

Dyson spells it out for white people: Police won’t ‘kill your child’ |  The Raw Story | 08/17/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
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......Next Friday I will drive my son to New York City to attend Marymount College Manhattan's Dance School.  Yes, I will worry about him being the next 'Mike Brown'!!

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"Venus and Jupiter at Dawn" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 21

"Venus and Jupiter at Dawn" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 21 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Venus and Jupiter at Dawn
Image Credit & Copyright: Stefano De Rosa

Explanation: On Monday morning, Venus and Jupiter gathered close in dawn skies, for some separated by about half the width of a full moon. It was their closest conjunction since 2000, captured here above the eastern horizon before sunrise. The serene and colorful view is from Istia beach near the city of Capoliveri on the island of Elba. Distant lights and rolling hills are along Italy's Tuscan coast. Of course, the celestial pair soon wandered apart. Brighter Venus headed lower, toward the eastern horizon and the glare of the Sun, while Jupiter continues to rise a little higher now in the sky near dawn. The two brightest planets meet again next June 30th, in the evening twilight above the western horizon.



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...That's the great thing about Montana, plenty of sky watching in Big Sky Country! 

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"The Con Artistry of Charter Schools" | Truth-Out.org | 08/20/14

"The Con Artistry of Charter Schools" | Truth-Out.org | 08/20/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Once an effort to improve public education, the charter school movement has transformed into a money-making venture.
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.....We need to get "money" and "ALEC" out of "politics" and "education" NOW!!

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"Kinloch connection: Ferguson fueled by razing of historic black town | Al Jazeera | 08/20/14

"Kinloch connection: Ferguson fueled by razing of historic black town | Al Jazeera | 08/20/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Resentment lingers 30 years after African-American area next to airport was depopulated to build runway that never was
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.....Now that the onion is being peeled back on St. Louis and St. Louis County, all sought of "historical racial injustice" is being uncovered!

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"For the first time, most public school students are nonwhite" | Vox | 08/19/14

"For the first time, most public school students are nonwhite" | Vox | 08/19/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
What does that mean for how we define an integrated school?
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.....Now this explains to attach on Public Education and School Choice Movement by GOP Governors and State Legislatures. Our children don't go there so we must kill it!

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"In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 20

"In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 20 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
A different astronomy and space science
related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.
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....Interstellar Tornadoes - and we thought we had big storms on earth!

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PETITION: "Groceries, Not Guns: Send Kroger a Message" | EveryTown.org | 08/19/14

PETITION: "Groceries, Not Guns: Send Kroger a Message" | EveryTown.org | 08/19/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
A grocery store is one of the last places we should expect to see someone openly carrying a loaded weapon. But Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, has policies that allow customers to openly carry guns in its stores -- where moms and their kids shop every day.
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......Tell Kroger this needs to stop. SIGN PETITION TODAY!!

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"Trying to Contain Ebola in Liberia" | New York Times Pictures of the Day | 08/19/14

"Trying to Contain Ebola in Liberia" | New York Times Pictures of the Day | 08/19/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

John Moore volunteered to cover the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, where the risks and challenges are many. After reading reports of the Ebola virus’s virulent spread — with corpses left on the street and hospitals closing because of dangers to untrained health workers — I asked to be sent to Liberia.

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....."John Moore wearing his protective gear while photographing in Monrovia, Liberia." Credit Raymond Zarbay

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"White political domination of Ferguson is doomed" | Vox Conversations | 08/18/14

"White political domination of Ferguson is doomed" | Vox Conversations | 08/18/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
African-American disenfranchisement rests on the shaky foundations of mass indifference and low turnout. Those days are numbered.
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...What many America may find it hard to believe is the fact "The Good Old U. S. A." has many pockets of Black and Brown Majority Populations being controlled by "South African Style" local White Political Machines......"Times Up For Minority Control of Majority Populations!!"

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"Ukraine and Elsewhere" | New York Times Pictures of the Day | 08/18/14

"Ukraine and Elsewhere" | New York Times Pictures of the Day | 08/18/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Photos from Ukraine, Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq.
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.....Since I bring you the "Astronomy Picture of The Day", I'm now adding "New York Times Pictures of The Day" from around the World.

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"Will Predictive Policing Make Militarized Police More Dangerous?" | Defense One | 08/15/14

"Will Predictive Policing Make Militarized Police More Dangerous?" | Defense One | 08/15/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The China-fication of the American police force is a cause for concern. By Patrick Tucker
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.....Wake Up America! What "Predictive Policing" and "Militarized Police" fell to understand and deal with is the other "P"word..."Poverty"! We are spending billions of dollars on the wrong "P"!  We can change this America with Good Jobs that pay a "Living Wage"!

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Editorial Cartoon: "Inequality" | PoliticUsUSA | 08/17/14

Editorial Cartoon: "Inequality" | PoliticUsUSA | 08/17/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
What we are seeing on our television screens and reading everywhere is not just about Michael Brown or Ferguson, MO. It is about America. Last week alone, four unarmed black men were killed by police. From 2006-2012, white police officers killed a black person at least twice a week.
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......this is one powerful cartoon on "Inequality In America"!!

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"Jupiter and Venus from Earth" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 17

"Jupiter and Venus from Earth" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 August 17 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Jupiter and Venus from Earth
Image Credit: Marek Nikodem (PPSAE)

Explanation: It was visible around the world. The sunset conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in 2012 was visible almost no matter where you lived on Earth. Anyone on the planet with a clear western horizon at sunset could see them. Pictured above in 2012, a creative photographer traveled away from the town lights of Szubin, Poland to image a near closest approach of the two planets. The bright planets were separated only by three degrees and his daughter striking a humorous pose. A faint red sunset still glowed in the background. Early tomorrow (Monday) morning, the two planets will pass even closer -- only 0.2 degrees apart as visible from some locations -- just before sunrise.


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.....oh how optical illusions can fool the human eye!

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