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This article that I got from Yahoo! news talks about how edamame, a very popular snack (which is actually a soybean) is now being grown in Arkansas. Edamame is very popular in Asian-oriented restaurants here the in the U.S. This article mentions that the owner of the edamame production in Arkansas was excited that it can become an opportunity for them to export their U.S grown edamame to China; many consumers in China are now becoming more aware of what they eat and are preferring products that come from the U.S.
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Grammar rules vs. conventions

Why is it that students never seem to learn the basic rules of grammar and punctuation, even though they take classes like English 104 and spend years in middle and high school learning about them?...

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I rescooped this article from Professor Vose scoop it page. This article  talks about the fact that yes grammar is important, but sometimes it's not looked as that important because of social media and other things. Also, it talks about that because some teachers make different parts of writing of more importance than others, different people focus on different parts of their writing. Writing should be applied in a way that it goes more with real life situations.

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Paige durand's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:57 AM

This article shows that over time people are getting lazier with their writings and punctuation is beginning to decline.  With the lack of practice of writing throughout the years people are becoming more incompetent when using grammar and punctuation since they don't have the practice. Even though since we were younger we have been taught how to write  quantity to impress the teacher rather and quality.

Lexi Chase's curator insight, February 13, 2014 8:38 PM

I think this article and made a lot of sense. Today as students the only time we are asked to actually write proper material is for school. We have adapted to texting and e-mails, which very seldom use proper grammar and we always have spell check to help us out. I think proper writing was much more prominent in generations past. It does not mean that it is no longer a useful skill. Many careers, most careers use proper formats of writing on a daily basis. It shows the basics that you are well educated in the way you present yourself in writing. "lol" and "hv" and "u" are not going to impress others. I like the idea of having students write journal articles for an audience rather than a paper to be turned into a teacher. I know that would be something I would be much more proud and enthusiastic about than an essay I turned in. 

Madison Bassow's curator insight, March 6, 2014 7:07 AM

When the author was giving the 4 reasons why she believes that basic skills are being retaught when a student enters college, I just kept nodding my head. I can think of specific examples where each of these reasons/situations have occurred in my academic career so far. In my senior year of high school my English teacher asked us to keep track of our different writing assignments in all of our other classes. Out of my 5 other classes I had 2 writing assignments over the entire year, which is so odd to me because even in english we write about different subjects like science and history, but in those courses we were never asked to or taught how to write about them. But that brings up her fourth point, what do we consider a writing assignment? I personally see anything more than a paragraph as a writing assignment. But if you wanna get technical, almost every assignment is a writing assignment, no matter the length. 

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Alert:First cases of flesh eating homemade heroin substitute reported

Alert:First cases of flesh eating homemade heroin substitute reported | What is happening around me? | Scoop.it
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: 

The first cases of a terrifying new drug called 'Krokodil' that eats flesh from the inside out, is flammable and leaves addicts with reptilian-like skin have been reported this week in Arizona - and the state fears the beginning of an epidemic.

Popular in Russia, Krokodil is homemade, is three-times cheaper than heroin and created by mixing codeine with gasoline or oil, filtering it and then injecting the rancid concoction into the users body.

Banner's Poison Control Center most likely encountered the drug when two addicts arrived in emergency rooms with their flesh hanging off their body, exposing bone or with skin resembling that of a crocodile, hence its name.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2432802/Drug-users-eaten-alive-flesh-eating-illness-caused-homemade-heroin-substitute-Krokodil.html#ixzz2g1ilugLX ;
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I got this article off of the Scoop-it page, it was originally posted by Daily mail. This article talks about a new drug called "Krokodil" that leaves addicts with "reptilian-like skin". This drug is popular in Russia and three times cheaper than heroin. This is a very scary drug because maybe not many people know the extreme side effects to it and will lean towards using it due to the cost reduction! 

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:59 PM

OMG, disgusting...another reason to keep away from drugs!

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1,140 people, including first responders, have WTC-related cancer

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With 9/11 around the corner, reading this was very surprising to me. It is sad to think that all of the people that risked their own lives to help others on 9/11 are now suffering consequences from it many years later. So far, 1,140 people have been found to have a World Trade Center related cancer, and they are still expecting that number to continue growing.

 

I found this news article on Yahoo! News. 

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Taxi driver charged foreign student $4,240 for a cab ride from airport

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Police in Chicago are trying to find a taxi driver who scammed a teenager from China out of several thousand dollars on a 150 mile cab journey to his campus.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:02 AM

What a jerk...hope they catch him.

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Miss Universe in police case over Taj Mahal photos

Miss Universe in police case over Taj Mahal photos | What is happening around me? | Scoop.it
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I found this article on Yahoo news! It is talking about the current Miss.Universe and her visit to the Taj Mahal where she did an unauthorized photo shoot. She did a shoe photo shoot on the Diana Seat and the caretaker of the place said it was disrespectful. The case was taken to the authorities and if it is found that she is guilty, she will be fined.

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Report: If You Sign Up For ObamaCare, IRS Will Seize Your Assets, Drain Your Bank Accounts, Revoke Your Drivers License For Late Payments Or No Insurance

Report: If You Sign Up For ObamaCare, IRS Will Seize Your Assets, Drain Your Bank Accounts, Revoke Your Drivers License For Late Payments Or No Insurance | What is happening around me? | Scoop.it
Excerpted from INFOWARS: A man who attempted to sign up for Obamacare online was told that a fine of over $4,000 dollars a year for refusing to take out mandatory health insurance could be taken directly from his bank account, and that his drivers...

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This article which I rescooped  talk  about how Obamacare is not as affordable to how it was portrayed to be. I believe this an interesting point of view of this problem because this is part of the reason our government is a mess right now. Hopefully Obamacare is as affordable as it was said to be because our economy is already bad as it is. 

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:50 PM

I've heard reports of this before and haven't confirmed it to be true yet but I wouldn't doubt it. Obamacare is about power and control of our health and economy, not reducing costs or providing quality care. 

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Sacramento's prison deal

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At the heart of the state's latest proposal to comply with a federal court order to reduce the prison population is a plea, yet again, for more time. If the judges say no and stick with their Dec.

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This is an editorial from the LA times. It talks about the current overcrowding problem in California's prison system. California wants additional time to find out what to do with 9,600 that there is already no room for. If additional time is not given, many of those prisoners might get released if additional housing is not found for them. 

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Kim Vose's curator insight, September 11, 2013 4:43 PM

This editorial from the LA Times Editorial board deals with a current issue - California's overcrowded prison system, and offers an endorsement of a position.

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Rim Fire at 225,000 acres as Calif. officials search for cause of massive blaze

Rim Fire at 225,000 acres as Calif. officials search for cause of massive blaze | What is happening around me? | Scoop.it
California officials searched for answers to what sparked a massive wildfire near Yosemite Park that is still only 45 percent contained after two weeks of firefighters battling the blaze.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:51 AM

Some reports say it started in illegal marijuana field...but what and who started it are undetermined...I wonder if it was jihad inspired by AQ's Inspire magazine which instructs jihadists in the US to spark wildfires and exhaust US resources and emergency units.....

 

I hear the fire is the size of several large US cities, including San Francisco, Chicago and NYC??!!

 

 

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Phony White House to Congress: Help protect Israel&Attack Syria |http://sco.lt/5DecrZ ;

 

Video:@AmbJohnBolton: Obama weakest president since Buchanan, Kerry should resign as ‘matter of principle’ http://sco.lt/5RGp0b ;

 

Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) Thinks U.S. Backing Wrong People in Syria http://sco.lt/77ZrDF ;

 

Obama gets Cold Feet -Syrian's celebrating&call admin a joke  http://sco.lt/8ULZuj

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack http://sco.lt/5ugDFR ;

 

Syrians vow to “burn America’s skies” on Obama’s Facebook  http://sco.lt/8JmIMr ;

 

A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.


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http://t.co/zloPWbJDIk

 

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Russia warns US of 'catastrophic consequences' of Syria intervention http://sco.lt/8PtJ5d

 

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On Fox News today with Neil Cavuto: Wayne Simmons frmr CIA op claims he has human evidence that the FSA is the secular/humanitarian group&the US shld help&bomb Syria air&palace...however that's contrary to other reports, including reports from victims of the attack.

 

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video evidence shows Syrian rebels using the chemical weapons in Syria  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=194084144098569&set=vb.1390539321171537&type=2&theater

 

UN Diplomat: Jihadists May Have Used Gas - Not Assadhttp://sco.lt/5YnWCX ;

Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/syrian-rebels-used-sarin-nerve-gas-not-assads-regi/

 

Liberal Hypocrisy in Iraq and Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/liberal-wmd-hypocrisy-in-iraq-and-syria ;

 

President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent, while keeping the United States out of deeper involvement in that country’s civil war, according to senior administration officials.

The timing of such an attack, which would probably last no more than two days and involve sea-launched cruise missiles — or, possibly, long-range bombers — striking military targets not directly related to Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, would be dependent on three factors: completion of an intelligence report assessing Syrian government culpability in last week’s alleged chemical attack; ongoing consultation with allies and Congress; and determination of a justification under international law.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kerry-obama-determined-to-hold-syria-accountable-for-using-chemical-weapons/2013/08/26/599450c2-0e70-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html

 

Remember Bashar the Reformer?

American officials who for ego or because of animosity toward George W. Bush did their best to end Assad’s isolation. It’s always fun to read their statements reporting Assad’s willingness to solve mutual problems.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), who took time out to tour the markets to maximum benefit for Syrian state television.Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), more John Kerry, and even more John Kerry. That second story reminds how the Obama administration once went so far as to give Syria spare parts for its planes.The late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.), at the time still a Republican, might have acted as a tour guide: His trip with Nelson and Kerry was his 16th taxpayer-funded trip to Damascus, and it was not his last.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may not have gone herself, but she used her senate colleagues’ experience meeting Assad to justify her description of him as a reformer. “There’s a different leader in Syria now,” she told CBS’s Face the Nation, explaining, “Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.”Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) spent nearly $8,000 on two trips to Damascus, while Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) spent nearly twice that, according to Legistorm.Gen. David Petraeus repeatedly asked President George W. Bush for permission to go tête-à-tête with Assad in Damascus; let’s be glad Bush said no, both because it saved Petraeus the embarrassment and denied Assad a propaganda coup.

Perhaps in this age of budget-cutting, it would be useful to ask Pelosi, Kerry, and Nelson—all of whom still serve publicly—about what in hindsight they see as the value of their trips to Syria

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/08/26/remember-bashar-the-reformer/

 

 U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime' | http://sco.lt/5MRT4j

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/war-against-islam?q=Syria

Elizabeth Pina's comment, September 5, 2013 7:11 PM
Yosemite National Park is one of California's most beautiful places to go see. It is very sad that this is happening, and hopefully the fire gets put out soon and that the area doesn't get affected more than it already has.

I rescooped this article, but it was accessed from the NBC news website.