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"Black America and A New Freedom Budget" | Truthout News | 09/12/13

"Black America and A New Freedom Budget" | Truthout News | 09/12/13 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

The authors of a new book demonstrate how we need immediate, radical change as the lives of the majority of Americans become more insecure and less hopeful every day.

 

The following essay is adapted from our book, A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2013).



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This is a 12 Point Program that America needs to adopt yesterday!

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"Are You Ready To Vote? Check Here!" | GeorgiaDemocrats.org | 09/23/14

"Are You Ready To Vote? Check Here!" | GeorgiaDemocrats.org | 09/23/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Are you ready to vote?Register to vote onlineCheck your voter registration statusCheck your mail-in application and ballot statusFind your polling placeFind your Early Voting locationsFind your Elected OfficialsView sample ballot for the upcoming electionWhat ID must I bring to the polls?Would you like to vote by mail?A voter who requests an absentee ballot by mail is not required to provide a reason why he or she is voting absentee.Download an absentee ballot application here.Complete the form and submit it to your county board of registrars’ office.Absentee ballot requests can be made as early as 180 days prior to an election.Need to register to vote or change your address?Download a voter registration application on the Secretary of State’s website here.To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a citizen of the United States; a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote; and at least 17 ½ years of age.To register, you must fill out and submit a voter registration application to the Secretary of State or your county board of registrars’ office.You may also obtain voter registration forms from your county board of registrars’ office.Voters can also register through the Department of Driver Services when renewing or applying for driver’s license or ID.

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....Get Ready and Let's Turn Georgia BLUE!!

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"East Carolina is everything North Carolina was supposed to be" | NewsObserver.com | 09/20/14

"East Carolina is everything North Carolina was supposed to be" | NewsObserver.com | 09/20/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The Pirates embarrassed the Tar Heels for the second straight year, even worse this time in a 70-41 victory that affirmed East Carolina’s superiority and raised questions about the direction of the North Carolina program under Larry Fedora.
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.....I never thought that I would get a chance to say this. Them Pirates beat the 'Tar' out of them Tarheels!!  #GoPirates, #WeBelive!!

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"Georgia governor concocts conspiracy theory about unemployment" | Vox | 09/19/14

"Georgia governor concocts conspiracy theory about unemployment" | Vox | 09/19/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal decided today would be a good opportunity to spin a conspiracy theory about unemployment rates, when faced with new BLS data showing that his state now has an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent — the highest in the country:

 

"It's ironic that in a year in which Republican governors are leading some of the states that are making the most progress, that they almost, without exception, are classified as having a bump in their unemployment rates," he said in a clip circulated by the Democratic Governors Association. "Whereas states that are under Democrat governors' control, they are all showing that their unemployment rate has dropped. And I don't know how you account for that. Maybe there is some influence here that we don't know about."

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.....Looks like Governor 'No Deal' needs to get on that bus and go back to 'Truth School'!!

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"ONLINE POLL: Would you vote on Sundays if polls were open?" | UnionRecorder.com | 09/18/14

"ONLINE POLL: Would you vote on Sundays if polls were open?" | UnionRecorder.com | 09/18/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

ONLINE POLL: "Would you vote on Sundays if polls were open"

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....I just voted "YES" in this Online Poll! Please VOTE and shared with family and friends.  Let's show Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp what the 'CITIZENS' really want!!

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"The Hidden Cities of World War I" | NY Times Pictures of the Day | 09/16/14

"The Hidden Cities of World War I" | NY Times Pictures of the Day | 09/16/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Quarries and connecting trenches were nothing less than small cities, where the walls bear witness to the people who fought – and died – in World War I.
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.....Some very interesting historic photographs of World War I!

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"Aurora over Maine" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 September 17

"Aurora over Maine" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 September 17 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Aurora over Maine
Image Credit & Copyright: Jeremy P. Gray

Explanation: It has been a good week for auroras. Earlier this month active sunspot region 2158 rotated into view and unleashed a series of flares and plasma ejections into the Solar System during its journey across the Sun's disk. In particular, a pair of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) impacted the Earth's magnetosphere toward the end of last week, creating the most intense geomagnetic storm so far this year. Although power outages were feared by some, the most dramatic effects of these impacting plasma clouds were auroras seen as far south as Wisconsin, USA. In the featured image taken last Friday night, rays and sheets of multicolored auroras were captured over Acadia National Park, in Maine, USA. Since another CME plasma cloud is currently approaching the Earth, tonight offers another good chance to see an impressive auroral display.

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...All My Sky Watching Social Networking Friends should be on alert tonight for more auroras from another CME plasma cloud.  Pictures please for us Southerners.

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"Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Renewables" | Think Progress | 09/16/14

"Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Renewables" | Think Progress | 09/16/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The 42,000 people living in Burlington, Vermont can now feel confident that when they turn on their TVs or power up their computers they are using renewable energy.
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.......America! We can break our 'fossil fuel addiction', Burlington, Vermont did!!

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"Iraq and Elsewhere" | NY Times Pictures of the Day | 09/15/14

"Iraq and Elsewhere" | NY Times Pictures of the Day | 09/15/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Photos from Iraq, India, Mexico and Romania.
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.....A 'photographic' trip around the World, from war Iraq to floods in India to hurricane in Mexico...

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"Milky Way above Atacama Salt Lagoon" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 September 16

"Milky Way above Atacama Salt Lagoon" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 September 16 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Milky Way above Atacama Salt Lagoon
Image Credit & Copyright: Alex Tudorica (AIfA, U. Bonn)

Explanation: Galaxies, stars, and a serene reflecting pool combine to create this memorable land and skyscape. The featured panorama is a 12-image mosaic taken last month from the Salar de Atacama salt flat in northern Chile. The calm water is Laguna Cejar, a salty lagoon featuring a large central sinkhole. On the image left, the astrophotographer's fiancee is seen capturing the same photogenic scene. The night sky is lit up with countless stars, the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies on the left, and the band of our Milky Way galaxy running diagonally up the right. The Milky Way may appear to be causing havoc at the horizon, but those are just the normal lights of a nearby town.

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......What a great reflection in the lagoon!

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"Denounces Potential Voter Suppression Efforts in Georgia" | Rep. John Lewis | 09/15/14

"Denounces Potential Voter Suppression Efforts in Georgia" | Rep. John Lewis | 09/15/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

"It is unbelievable to me that the Governor Nathan Deal and a State Senator Fran Millar would advocate legislative action that would make it harder and more difficult for any person to vote. And it is not right for the Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to suggest something is wrong with voter registration efforts that encourage Democrats or minorities to vote. These public officials are proposing to engage in a deliberate systematic attempt to suppress the vote in our state...."

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.....The "Conscious Of The Civil Movement" speaks the Truth!!

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"Solar Halo Over Pego Do Altar, Portugal" | Earth Science Picture Of The Day | 09/15/14

"Solar Halo Over Pego Do Altar, Portugal" | Earth Science Picture Of The Day | 09/15/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Photographer: Filipe Correia -- The photo above shows a partial 22 degree solar halo and its reflection as observed at Pego Do Altar, Portugal. In order for halos to form most of the hexagonal ice crystals that compose the cirrostratus clouds seen in this sky must be similarly oriented. Sunlight enters one of the columnar-shaped crystal’s side faces and exits at a 22 degree angle through an alternate face. Make sure to always protect your eyes when looking toward the Sun. Photo taken in April 2013.

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.....Just breathe taking!!

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"M27: The Dumbbell Nebula" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 September 12

"M27: The Dumbbell Nebula" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 September 12 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
M27: The Dumbbell Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Bill Snyder (Bill Snyder Photography)

Explanation: The first hint of what will become of our Sun was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier's list, now known as M27 or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the type of nebula our Sun will produce when nuclear fusion stops in its core. M27 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky, and can be seen toward the constellation of the Fox (Vulpecula) with binoculars. It takes light about 1000 years to reach us from M27, shown above in colors emitted by hydrogen and oxygen. Understanding the physics and significance of M27 was well beyond 18th century science. Even today, many things remain mysterious about bipolar planetary nebula like M27, including the physical mechanism that expels a low-mass star's gaseous outer-envelope, leaving an X-ray hot white dwarf.

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.....The bad news! Our Sun's nuclear fusion will stop one day.  The Good news!  It could be 1,000s of years or more away....

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"The iPhone 6 Is Actually A Lot Like A 2012 Android Phone" | Huff Post Tech | 09/11/14

"The iPhone 6 Is Actually A Lot Like A 2012 Android Phone" | Huff Post Tech | 09/11/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Calm down, Apple fans. Your beloved iPhone 6 may not be all its cracked up to be. In fact, it's a lot like an Android phone ... from 2012.

It may be shiny and new, but you could look at the iPhone 6 as a time warp to two years ago, as Ars Technica Reviews Editor Ron Amadeo points out in the following graphic.

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......I guess this makes my point exactly.  The iPhone has  met its match....'The Android Phones'!

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Tony Pham's curator insight, September 14, 9:49 PM

other competitors of the technology is taking advantage for advertising and marketing strategy from the New technology model (Iphone 6 and 6 plus) there are many feature that similar or already approach in the markets share.     

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"Coolest Logos Tournament: Western Carolina vs. East Carolina" | SportzEdge.com | 09/22/14

"Coolest Logos Tournament: Western Carolina vs. East Carolina" | SportzEdge.com | 09/22/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Ohhh boy, is this one going to be special. It’s a shame that these two schools have to face each other in the Sweet 16 and not in a later round, because in reality, ECU and WCU are Final Four contenders. It’s going to be tough to see one of them go.

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....If this is Aargh! State, then let's get to voting Pirate Fans!!  There's a heck lot more 4,800 Pirates Fans ready to show that they are passionate #PirateFans!!!!

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Florida Republican Calls African Americans "Animals" | AddictingInfo.org | 09/19/14

Florida Republican Calls African Americans "Animals" | AddictingInfo.org | 09/19/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Yes, we know, not all Republicans are racist. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that latent — and in this case blatant — racism is becoming the norm in the GOP as the Tea Party takes over. Yet another example rears its ugly head, in none other than Florida.

Utility Board member Steve Wade of Lakeland, Florida, in a budget meeting earlier this month described Lakeland’s black population as “animals” and claimed that all black teenage girls seem to do is get knocked up. “Here in Lakeland we’re seeing everything. Our black community in the northwest section — not just the gangs, but just a culture that has really gone backwards, almost like animals.” Instead of realizing that what he says was not only offensive, but stupid, he continued with more outrageous remarks.

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......Just another ill-informed GOP Tea Party dummy. What gets me is that in 2014 White America is still making excuses for 'Old White Men'.

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"What Nunn, Perdue have to say on rural care crisis" | Georgia Health News | 09/18/14

"What Nunn, Perdue have to say on rural care crisis" | Georgia Health News | 09/18/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

In an updated election guide, produced by Healthcare Georgia Foundation, the two candidates answer a new question about rural health care.

 

In her response, Nunn, a Democrat, calls for expansion of the Medicaid program in the state, as outlined by the Affordable Care Act. (Here’s a link to the election guide.) Expansion “would enable over 600,000 low-income Georgians to sign up for Medicaid and allow rural hospitals to receive payments for services to people who were previously uninsured,’’ Nunn says. “By not expanding Medicaid, Georgia will lose $33.7 billion in federal funding from 2013 to 2022, while our tax dollars are spent in other states.”

 

Perdue, rather than implement more of the ACA, would go in the opposite direction. The Republican candidate supports a plan by U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to repeal the ACA and embrace free-market solutions to the problems of health care.

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......I'm with Michelle Nunn! Expand Medicaid NOW!!

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"Keeping True to an Iranian Vision, Minus Big Money" NY Times Pictures of the Day | 09/17/14

"Keeping True to an Iranian Vision, Minus Big Money" NY Times Pictures of the Day | 09/17/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Newsha Tavakolian returned a 50,000-euro prize rather than see her work about contemporary Iran be controlled — distorted, she says — by the financier whose foundation selected her.
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.....The Iranian People with 'hope and vision' that forget are still there.

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"Salar de Atacama" | Earth Science Picture Of The Day | 09/15/17

"Salar de Atacama" | Earth Science Picture Of The Day | 09/15/17 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Summary AuthorFrancesco Mocellin
 
The photo above showing the largest salt flat in Chile, Salar de Atacama, was taken 34 mi (55 km) south of San Pedro de Atacama, on April 13, 2009. Salar de Atacama is the largest source of lithium active in the world today and is the lightest elemental metal in the periodic table. Lithium is used in the production of batteries as well as in soldering and for lubrication. At the horizon, the Licancabur volcano (19,400 ft or 5,913 m) can be seen.
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.....Now you know the source of your Lithium batteries.  Please recycle them to save the environment!

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"National Voter Registration Day 1 Week Away" | NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org | 09/16/14

"National Voter Registration Day 1 Week Away" | NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org | 09/16/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
National Voter Registration Day is September 23, 2014. Celebrate democracy in America by getting involved today!
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...Spread The Word! Help Us Register More Voters!!

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"SEVEN WEEKS & SEVEN REASONS - TO VOTE!" | Sulia - Liberal | 09/16/14

"SEVEN WEEKS & SEVEN REASONS - TO VOTE!" | Sulia - Liberal | 09/16/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Democratic Voter Disconnect Risks Loss of Senate to GOP - and, A Two-Year 'De Facto' Government Shutdown!

Throughout President Obama's first 6-years as President - though popularly elected (TWICE!) by clear majorities of the American Electorate - the GOP has managed to stall major pieces of critical legislation, much of which is overwhelmingly FAVORED by those same voters! - suffering from a rather delusional understanding of HOW to affect any of the change Obama promised as president...

All-too-many in the broad coalition that propelled Barack Obama to the White House foolishly believed that their work was done - and that the new president could magically achieve a popular agenda ALL ON HIS OWN!

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..."SEVEN reasons that illustrate why President Obama needs a Democratic Congress. The message is clear; It's time to pass it on and - GET OUT THE VOTE,...lest we repeat the mistake of 2010, which spawned the Tea Party - a cynical creation of the Koch brothers and the Corporate Plutocracy!"

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"Meshushim Pool" | Earth Science Picture Of The Day | 09/16/14

"Meshushim Pool" | Earth Science Picture Of The Day | 09/16/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Photographer: Menashe Davidson  -- The photo shows a beautiful Meshushim Pool, fed by the Meshushim stream, part of the Yehudiya Forest Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights. This pool, approximately 100 ft x 65 ft (30 m x 20 m) across, lies at the foot of an upright basalt cliff made of numerous basalt columns. The columns reach a height of approximately 16 ft (5 m) and a diameter of between 12-16 in (30-40 cm). Most of the columns are hexagons but some have columns with four, five and even seven sides.

Meshushim is the Hebrew term for the form of hexagon columns. While molten lava comes into contact with air, it cools, shrinks and cracks. The rock takes the shape of a hexagon because the circumference of the hexagons is smaller than other geometric forms, so less energy is needed to form it.

A closer look at the photo reveals that the columns in the upper layers are bent. Bending occurs because the lava cools on the outside first, while the inside the column stays in a liquid form slightly longer before solidifying. The flow from the interior acts to bend the column. The direction in which the column bends shows the direction of the lava flow before it hardened.

Syrian ash trees (Olive family) and Mount Tavor oaks grow on the edge of the pool. Photo taken on November 13, 2013.

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.....Oh what beauty volcanoes can create!

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"VIDEO: How Democrats can Run on Obamacare And Win" | Blue Nation Review | 09/15/14

"VIDEO: How Democrats can Run on Obamacare And Win" | Blue Nation Review | 09/15/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

"The truth makes these stories powerful. These stories demonstrate the value Obamacare delivers, because they show its direct, positive impact on Americans. They show that Obamacare not only saves people money, it’s saving lives. Obamacare is a winning issue for Democrats. All we need to do is tell these stories. In my IGNITE talk at Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit, I explained how Democrats can use these stories to win. Give me five minutes and you’ll be able to do it, too."

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.....Every Democrat running in the Midterms needs to put this video of their website!  Then they need to post videos of stories like these from their constituents on their website, Facebook Profiles/Pages and Twitter Feeds.  This is a winner Folks!!

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Bill Clinton: Republicans 'trying to get you to check your brain at the door' | The Hill | 09/14/14

Bill Clinton: Republicans 'trying to get you to check your brain at the door' | The Hill | 09/14/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
“The last thing they want you to do is think,” he said in Iowa.
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....The Secretary of Explaining Stuff needs to hit every Battleground State and tell the Democrats what's at stake if they stay home this election cycle!!

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"62 Kilometers above Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 September 15

"62 Kilometers above Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko" | Astronomy Picture of the Day | 2014 September 15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
62 Kilometers above Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Image Credit: ESA / Rosetta / MPS for OSIRIS Team; MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Additional Processing & Copyright: Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin (Alive Universe Images)

Explanation: Spacecraft Rosetta continues to approach, circle, and map Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Crossing the inner Solar System for ten years to reach the vicinity of the comet last month, the robotic spacecraft continues to image the unusual double-lobed comet nucleus. The reconstructed-color image featured, taken about 10 days ago, indicates how dark this comet nucleus is. On the average, the comet's surface reflects only about four percent of impinging visible light, making it as dark as coal. Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko spans about four kilometers in length and has a surface gravity so low that an astronaut could jump off of it. In about two months, Rosetta is scheduled to release the first probe ever to attempt a controlled landing on a comet's nucleus.

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.....We will learn much from this 'very close encounter' with a comet.

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"Cuban medical team heading for Sierra Leone" | World Health Organization | 09/12/14

"Cuban medical team heading for Sierra Leone" | World Health Organization | 09/12/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Cuba is known the world over for its ability to train excellent doctors and nurses who can then go out to help other countries in need. Currently there are more than 50 000 Cuban-trained health workers in 66 countries.
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Portside Moderator 's comment - "Cuba's Ebola Team: The Largest Sent From Any Single Country".
.......How can this be true?  You mean to tell me that Africa can get more help with fighting Ebola from the tiny Island Nation of Cuba than they can get from America and the European Countries.
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