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Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index | Video on TED.com

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people.
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Very impressive comments and worth your time. Maybe it's time to change our thinking.

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NSA And FBI Fight To Retain Spy Powers As Surveillance Law Nears Expiration

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Homeland Security logo reflected in the eyeglasses of a cybersecurity analyst at the agency’s secretive cyber defense facility in Idaho.  (AP/Mark J.
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New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research

New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The New York Times and Fox News have made exclusive agreements with a conservative author for early access to his opposition research on Hillary Clinton, a move that has confounded members of the Clinton campaign and some Times reporters, the On...
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Hacked Sony Emails Show Major Democrat-Turned-Lobbyist Urging Support for Republicans

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    Former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd attends the world premiere of the movie “Fury” in Washington, D.C., in late 2014.
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Obama’s Trade Agreements are a Gift to Corporations

Obama’s Trade Agreements are a Gift to Corporations | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
On Thursday, legislation moved forward that would give President Obama authority to negotiate two contentious trade deals: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Now Entering the United Police State of America

Now Entering the United Police State of America | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A philosophical look at police states, and what can be done to resist them. Read more →
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Becoming Madison: A Conversation with Author Michael Signer

Becoming Madison: A Conversation with Author Michael Signer | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
James Madison's method to guide political discussion is to politics as Lao Tze's ?Art of War? is to battle tactics. His passion and preparedness completely neutralized the fiery orators such as Patrick Henry. Madison was even more amazing considering he wrestled with debilitating anxieties that manifested into physical infirmities. Nonetheless, as debates roared among the Founding Fathers, a building calm would settle-in as they all paused to hear what Madison will say. This book is not just a w
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FBI Lab Overstated Hair Analysis Evidence For Decades: Report - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

FBI Lab Overstated Hair Analysis Evidence For Decades: Report - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Education, Education, Education! Wake Up America We Have a Problem! - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

Education, Education, Education! Wake Up America We Have a Problem! - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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The Latest Big-City School Testing Scandal Exposes Everything That's Wrong with the Standardized Approach

The Latest Big-City School Testing Scandal Exposes Everything That's Wrong with the Standardized Approach | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
It's not surprising that educators would cheat in order to meet goals that are impossible to achieve.
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Fairport opt-out rate at 56 percent

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More than half of Fairport students in grades 3-8 will refuse the state math and English language arts exams the next two weeks, Interim Superintendent Bill Cala said Friday.
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Opinion: PARCC Is Part of the Problem, Not Part of the Answer for NJ Schools - NJ Spotlight

Opinion: PARCC Is Part of the Problem, Not Part of the Answer for NJ Schools - NJ Spotlight | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Complex online tests can’t address chronic school underfunding, segregation, and poverty
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Finally, some movement on NCLB with Nebraska in the discussion : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

Finally, some movement on NCLB with Nebraska in the discussion : Lincoln, NE Journal Star | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
On the heels of Nebraska’s application for a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements, U.S. senators this week took what could be a first real step toward revising the
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FBI Admits Elite FBI Forensic Unit Lied In Court For Decades

FBI Admits Elite FBI Forensic Unit Lied In Court For Decades | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C. (TFC) – The Justice Department and FBI have released a statement formally acknowledging that for over two decades, every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit offered false testimony in almost every trial in which they offered...
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Lexington farm family excited about its reemergence producing industrial hemp

Lexington farm family excited about its reemergence producing industrial hemp | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
LEXINGTON – Seventy years ago, the Graves family of Lexington was one of the top growers of hemp in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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VIDEO: Without Warrant, Cops Block Cannabis Oil Activist Shona Banda from Entering Her Own Home

VIDEO: Without Warrant, Cops Block Cannabis Oil Activist Shona Banda from Entering Her Own Home | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Last week, BenSwann.com obtained an exclusive interview with Shona Banda, a cannabis oil activist and Crohn’s disease survivor whose 11-year-old son was
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The Senate’s shabby treatment of Loretta Lynch

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The confirmation battles of the past several years have harmed the country.
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FBI Admits Elite FBI Forensic Unit Lied in Court For Decades

FBI Admits Elite FBI Forensic Unit Lied in Court For Decades | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Many incarcerated may still not have resource or recourse to appeal the wrongful convictions.Read more →

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People Over Profit: No TPP/No Fast Track - Art Killing Apathy

People Over Profit: No TPP/No Fast Track - Art Killing Apathy | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Press release at the bottom of this post from Populism 2015:       Washington, DC – More than 1,000 protesters from across the country gathered to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and so-called “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addressed the crowd, saying “The TPP is another corporate-backed agreement that is …
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Becoming Madison: A Conversation with Author Michael Signer

Becoming Madison: A Conversation with Author Michael Signer | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
James Madison's method to guide political discussion is to politics as Lao Tze's ?Art of War? is to battle tactics. His passion and preparedness completely neutralized the fiery orators such as Patrick Henry. Madison was even more amazing considering he wrestled with debilitating anxieties that manifested into physical infirmities. Nonetheless, as debates roared among the Founding Fathers, a building calm would settle-in as they all paused to hear what Madison will say. This book is not just a w
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Ignoring the Terror from Within - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Some parents choose to opt out of state's Common Core testing

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A new report out this week shows security breaches at a lot of the country’s major airports. Two airports that many of us use make the list.
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Main Line district sits for PSSAs with 20x increase in opt-outs — NewsWorks

Main Line district sits for PSSAs with 20x increase in opt-outs — NewsWorks | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Parents in some suburban Philadelphia school districts are opting out of standardized tests in previously unseen numbers One test the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments PSSA started Monday
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Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York

Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Black and Hispanic teaching candidates have been passing an exam at lower rates than white applicants, prompting concerns of decreased diversity among teachers.
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School counselors speak out about standardized testing

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Administering standardized tests is a part of a school counselor’s job description. But several Taos counselors say the volume of testing has forced them to give up their primary jobs — addressing the ever-changing emotional, social and behavioral needs of students.
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