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U.S. Requests Snowden's Extradition From Hong Kong - John ...

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White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon confirmed the extradition request to CBS News on Saturday afternoon, saying he feels that the U.S. government has a "good case" against Snowden, and expects Hong ...
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Could China's growing influence in Hollywood affect Christian-themed movies? - Fox News

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Could China's growing influence in Hollywood affect Christian-themed movies? Fox News LOS ANGELES – Last year, China surpassed Japan as the second-largest box office in the world – with theater earnings up 36 percent from the previous year.
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US: Syria used chemical weapons, crossing "red line" - CBS News

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Too Much Prozac Turns Minnows Into Killers - ABC News

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Fish swimming in water with a trace of the anti-depressant Prozac did not adopt a cheery disposition. Instead, they became edgy, aggressive and some even killed their mates.
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Facebook says it can disclose more information on user surveillance - CBS News

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France says sarin gas used in Syria - CBS News

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ABC News France says sarin gas used in Syria CBS News "The U.N. Commission accusing both sides of war crimes confirms the U.S.
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Carey: Gay marriage 'risks polygamy'

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Former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey courts controversy by suggesting legalising same-sex marriage could pave the way for siblings to get married.
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Common painkillers 'pose heart risk'

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Some common painkillers, including ibuprofen and diclofenac, may slightly increase the risk of heart problems if taken in high doses for a long time, data suggests.
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Suarez refuses to commit to Liverpool future

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Suarez refusing to commit future to Liverpool amid Real Madrid links (RT @Goalcom: #soccer #news Suarez refusing to commit future to Liverpool amid Real Madrid links http://t.co/F2wdgZyx5B)...

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Genetic engineering: It's a technology, not an ideology - FoodNavigator.com

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FoodNavigator.com Genetic engineering: It's a technology, not an ideology FoodNavigator.com Genetic engineering shouldn't be a political issue, no matter how much sci-fi-sensitive individuals might be reminded of the plot from The Day of the...

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England midfielder Michael Carrick upbeat over World Cup chances

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is convinced England are in a strong position to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, despite their indifferent form in recent matches.

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Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls up for sale - Fox News

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Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls up for sale Fox News JERUSALEM – Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale -- in tiny pieces.

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Blame this on madness...not Muslims

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Terror on our streets: Russell Brand's call for calm THE news cycle moves so quickly now that often we learn of an event through other people’s reaction to it.So it was when I arrived in Los Angeles to find my Twitter feed contorted with posts of fear and confusion. I caught up with the sad malice in Woolwich and felt compelled to tweet in casual defence of the Muslim community who were being haphazardly condemned by a few people on my time line. Perhaps a bit glibly (but what isn’t glib in 140 characters) I put: “That bloke is a nut. A nut who happens to be Muslim. Blaming Muslims for this is like blaming Hitler’s moustache for the Holocaust.” As an analogy it is imperfect but I was frightened by how negative and incendiary the mood felt and I rushed. I am not proposing we sit around trying to summon up cute analogies when Lee Rigby has lost his life in these horrific circumstances. I simply feel that it is important that our reaction is measured. There is something about the arbitrary brutality, humdrum High Street setting and the cool rhetoric of the blood-stained murderer that evokes a powerful and inherently irrational response. When I heard the word “beheading” I felt the atavistic grumble that we all feel. This is inhumane, taboo, not a result of passion but of malice — ritualistic. “If this is happening to guiltless men on our streets it could happen to me,” I thought. Then I watched the mobile phone clip. In spite of his dispassionate intoning the subject is not rational. Of course he’s not rational, he’s just murdered a stranger in the street, he says, because of a book. In my view that man’s severely mentally ill and has found a convenient conduit for his insanity — in this case the Koran. In the case of another mentally ill and desperate man — Mark Chapman — it was The Catcher In The Rye. This was the nominated text for his rationalisation of the murder of John Lennon in 1980. I’ve read that book and I’ve read some of the Koran, and nothing in either of them has compelled me to do violence. Perhaps this is because I lack the other necessary ingredients for extreme anti-social behaviour — mental illness and isolation, either economic, social or both. After my Hitler tweet I got involved in a bit of back and forth with a few people who said stuff like: “The murderer said himself he did it for Islam.” Although I wouldn’t dismiss what he’s saying entirely, I think he forfeited the right to have his views received unthinkingly when he murdered a stranger in the street. Someone else regarding my tweet said: “Hitler’s moustache didn’t invent an ideology that sanctions murder.” That is thankfully true but Islam, when practised by normal people, is not an advocacy for violence. “People all over the world are killing in the name of Islam,” someone added. But this is the most tricky bit to understand. What I think is that all over our country, all over our planet, there are huge numbers of people who feel alienated and sometimes victimised by the privileged and the powerful, whether that’s rich people, powerful corporations or occupying nations. They feel their interests are not being represented and, in many cases, know their friends and families are being murdered by foreign soldiers. I suppose people like that may look to their indigenous theology for validation and to sanctify their — to some degree understandable — feelings of rage. Comparable, I suppose, to the way that homophobes feel a prejudicial pang in their tummies then look to the Bible to see if there is anything in there to justify it. There is — a piddling little bit in Leviticus. The main narrative thrust of The Bible though, like most spiritual texts including the Koran is: Be nice to each other because we’re all the same. When some football fans smash up shops and beat each other up that isn’t because of football or football clubs. It’s because loads of white, working-class men have been culturally neglected and their powerful tribal instincts get sloshed about in riotous lager carnivals. I love football, I love West Ham. I’ve never been involved in football violence because I don’t feel it’s my only access to social power. Also, I’m not that hard and I’m worried I’d get my head kicked in down the New Den. What the English Defence League and other angry, confused people are doing and advocating now — violence against mosques, Muslims, proliferation of hateful rhetoric — is exactly what that poor, sick, murderous man, blood-soaked on a peaceful street, was hoping for in his desperate, muddled mind. The extremists on both sides have a shared agenda, cause division, distrust, anger and violence. Both sides have the same intention. We cannot allow them to distort our perception. The establishment, too, is relatively happy when different groups of desperate people point the finger at each other as it prevents blame being correctly directed at them. Whenever we are looking for the solution to a problem we must identify who has power. By power, I mean influence and money. The answer is not for us to move further from one another, crouched in opposing fortresses constructed from vindictive words. We need now to move closer to one another, to understand one another. If we can take anything heartening from this dreadful attack it is, of course, the actions of the three women — it’s always women — that boldly guarded Lee Rigby’s body as he lay needlessly murdered. These women looked beyond the fear and chaos and desperation and attuned instead to a higher code. One of virtue, integrity and strength. To demonstrate defiance in the face of this sad violence we must be loving and compassionate to one another. Let’s look beyond our superficial and fleeting differences. The murderers want angry patriots to desecrate mosques and perpetuate violence. How futile their actions seem if we instead leave flowers at each other’s places of worship. Let us reach out in the spirit of love and humanity and connect to one another. Perhaps we will then see what is really behind this conflict, this division, this hatred — and make that our focus.
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Obama climate plan faces early resistance ahead of rollout - Fox News

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BBC News Obama climate plan faces early resistance ahead of rollout Fox News President Obama's soon-to-be-unveiled national plan to reduce carbon pollution is running into early opposition from lawmakers concerned over the plan's potential economic...
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Obama: I don't have a problem with NSA surveillance - CBS News

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Obama: I don't have a problem with NSA surveillance CBS News (CBS News) President Obama continues to defend government surveillance programs overseen by his administration this week.
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Why 'I Have Nothing to Hide' Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Why 'I Have Nothing to Hide' Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Opinion | Scoop.it
Many don’t understand why they should be concerned about surveillance if they have nothing to hide.

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For instance, did you know that it is a federal crime to be in possession of a lobster under a certain size? It doesn’t matter if you bought it at a grocery store, if someone else gave it to you, if it’s dead or alive, if you found it after it died of natural causes, or even if you killed it while acting in self defense. You can go to jail because of a lobster.

If the federal government had access to every email you’ve ever written and every phone call you’ve ever made, it’s almost certain that they could find something you’ve done which violates a provision in the 27,000 pages of federal statues or 10,000 administrative regulations. You probably do have something to hide, you just don’t know it yet.


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Edward Snowden: Whistleblower or double agent? - Fox News

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While some initially championed Edward Snowden, the 21st century mole holed up in Hong Kong, as a martyr, there also appears to be a growing backlash against the former NSA contractor.
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PM: UK must be at EU top table

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David Cameron says the UK must be at the top table of international institutions where "many of the rules of the game are set on trade, tax and regulation". (PM: UK must be at EU top table: David Cameron says the UK must be at the top table of i...
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Breaking News: German Cup: Treble-chasing Bayern take tilt at ‘immortality’

Having smashed a plethora of records left and steamrollered the likes of Barcelona and Juventus, all-conquering Bayern Munich can crown their season by becoming ..
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Justice Department tries to force Google to hand over user data

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Secret lawsuit in Manhattan filed last month asks judge to force Google to cough up user data without a search warrant. A different court has already ruled that the process is unconstitutional. Read this article by Declan McCullagh on CNET News.
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Last Living Man Born in 19th Century Likely Has Genes to Thank

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Jiroemon Kimura, the world's oldest living man, celebrated his 116th birthday last Friday. Photo credit: Kyotango City Government/Getty Images Jiroemon Kimura, the oldest living man, celebrated his 116th birthday this past Friday.
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Venice Biennale Mixes Russian Gold, U.S. Scrapyard

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The first impression is that this 55th edition of the Venice Biennale is very political. (RT @artnet: The first impression of this year's #VeniceBiennial ? It's very political.

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Don't Confuse Technology With Teaching

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Though universities are rushing to embrace online courses, true education requires one mind engaging with another.

 

Educators are coaches, personal trainers in intellectual fitness. The value we add to the media extravaganza is like the value the trainer adds to the gym or the coach adds to the equipment. We provide individualized instruction in how to evaluate and make use of information and ideas, teaching people how to think for themselves.

 

Just as coaching requires individual attention, education, at its core, requires one mind engaging with another, in real time: listening, understanding, correcting, modeling, suggesting, prodding, denying, affirming, and critiquing thoughts and their expression.

 


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Akilade Ayotunde's comment, June 24, 2013 6:27 AM
The material and spiritual go hand-in-hand, but the material has proven origins(the "big bang") and as such may have an inescapable end(annihilation), but will the spiritual survive its boon companion, the material?
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Educators are coaches, personal trainers in intellectual fitness. Πάλι Καλά...!

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All the new-fangled gadgets need a teacher's or a parent's input.

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TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter

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TwitLonger is the easy way to post more than 140 characters to Twitter (#TweetAsks:Charice has been the subject of controversy but lezbihonest: does her sexuality really matter?

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As Sweden burns, is it time to rethink our immigration policy

As Sweden burns, is it time to rethink our immigration policy | Opinion | Scoop.it

FOR the past 20 years it has been Utopia for immigrants, the country in Europe that best epitomised the famous plea, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York.But Sweden was a nation in flames last week as tensions over immigration flared after the death of a 69-year-old man shot by police as he brandished a machete in the immigrant dominated Stockholm suburb of Husby. Sweden's great multicultural experiment is in jeopardy as Swedes question whether they are paying the price for having one of the most generous welfare systems in Europe. Asylum-seekers are offered new, furnished homes in an area of their choice and an average family could net as much as £1,700 a month, claims the National Democrat Party. As many as 15 per cent of Sweden's residents are foreign-born, the highest proportion of any Nordic country. In suburbs like Husby 80 per cent of the 11,000 inhabitants are first or second generation immigrants. Many Swedes argue that allowing sprawling ghettos to develop has led to a "Balkanisation" effect, with virtual no-go zones. Party chairman Marc Abramsson says: "We are facing a situation where plumbers, delivery men and even firefighters are greeted with suspicion and resentment when they enter some of these neighbourhoods. "Sweden has tried harder than any other country in Europe to make integration work. We have invested virtually billions from taxpayers' money and we have tried everything that the scientists have presented. If it doesn't work here, what does that tell you?" Critics warn that many of the problems seen after immigration from developing countries can now be seen with EU economic migrants too, which will heighten British fears about a possible wave of such migrants from Romania and Bulgaria when work restrictions are lifted in time for January. These fears are hardly alleviated by remarks last week from the European Union Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom. She said: "I don't want to stigmatise countries and say there will be an increase in criminal activity or people who come and live off benefits. That's just not fair." A largely discredited Foreign Office report claims that the impact on the UK is likely to be modest, but many believe that, as with Sweden, Britain's generous welfare system, lack of domestic controls and the advantage of speaking English is highly likely to make it the first choice for many Romanians and Bulgarians. The UK remains the only EU15 member to offer types of unemployment benefit that are not conditional upon whether an individual has ever paid National Insurance. "The downside with being a generous nation to your own population is that Brussels says you have to be just as generous to EU migrants," said Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Ms Malmstrom insisted Europe needed more migration to offset an ageing population, although she specified those with talent and qualifications. However there is a tendency for European nations with generous welfare systems to attract more unskilled workers, according to Dr Jan van de Beek of the University of Utrecht. In Sweden, for instance, unemployment among those born outside the country stands at 16 per cent, compared with six per cent for native Swedes, according to the OECD. Dr van de Beek says: "Countries with extensive welfare provisions, such as the Netherlands, Sweden and Britain, attract more lowskilled workers and there is a higher risk that these will become unemployed and turn into welfare recipients. "The feeling is that freedom of movement would have been accepted if it had just applied to Western Europe but opening up EU membership to nations with very different economic situations causes great problems." The Netherlands, torn in two over the choice to worry about immigration or embrace the EU dream, is not the only nation to bridle. German Chancellor Angela Merkel can no longer ignore the pressure of mounting unease. The country's newest political party, Alternative For Germany, which advocates leaving the euro and taking back powers from Brussels, has gained 10,476 supporters in barely three months, 1,000 from Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats. We are facing a situation where plumbers, delivery men and even firefighters are greeted with suspicion and resentment Marc Abramsson, party chairmanFrance last year expelled 10,000 Roma gypsies, in a blatant breech of EU law, while Italy houses them in refugee-style camps. Spain, once Europe's largest absorber of immigrants, is now so ravaged by recession that hundreds of thousands are leaving the impoverished country each year. Denmark's new left-wing coalition government scrapped tougher border controls last year. It is now flagging so desperately in the polls it is likely to be ousted in 2015. Morten Messerschmidt, MEP for the Danish People's Party, says: "No one objects to foreign workers but they must be paid Danish wages. East Europeans are happy to work for £7.30 an hour. Danes who pay high taxes just can't survive on this." In Britain, Migration Watch disagrees with Foreign Office reassurances and warns 250,000 Bulgarians and Romanians could come here over the next five years. Ukip deputy leader Paul Nuttall said: "With the most easily accessible benefits, who can blame them?"

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