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Sinéad O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus

Sinéad O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
Sinéad O'Connor: The full text of Sinéad O'Connor's blog warning Miley Cyrus that she is being 'pimped' by the pop industry
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This blog post is a great example of the op-ed genre, as it's clear, forthright, and addresses an issue that the writer clearly feels is important and overlooked.

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Jessica Zepeda's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:51 PM

I think this needed to be said by someone. I like how she's straight forward withthe truth but doesn't belittle her. She makes it known that her behavior is ridiculous nonetheless her music and records are great. I also like how she's all for women empowerment and trying to ive women a better image.

 

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Flight attendant tells how she learned to recognize human trafficking and what you can do

Flight attendant tells how she learned to recognize human trafficking and what you can do | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
It’s time for the Super Bowl and for most that means football, big screens, chips and chili. But with this big event ...
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What ISIS Really Wants

What ISIS Really Wants | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
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Did the media ignore the Beirut bombings? Or did readers?

Did the media ignore the Beirut bombings? Or did readers? | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
Media outlets covered the attacks in Beirut as well as Paris. Why do readers think they didn't?
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University of Kansas Case Exposes Koch Campus Strategy | Seth Shulman

University of Kansas Case Exposes Koch Campus Strategy | Seth Shulman | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
Documents released last month in the settlement of a lawsuit at the University of Kansas offer a revealing window into an underreported Koch brothers' strategy: targeted, politicized funding on college campuses.
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The shocking racial epithet hurled at USC’s student body president - The Washington Post

The shocking racial epithet hurled at USC’s student body president - The Washington Post | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
"'Indian piece of s---' was a verbal assault on my identity," said Rini Sampath, the student government president at the University of Southern California.
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Can we stop slut-shaming and attacking the looks of women that we disagree with?

Can we stop slut-shaming and attacking the looks of women that we disagree with? | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
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This isn't a very in-depth piece, but it's a good example of the op-ed genre, as it takes a look at an issue that many people would already be aware of, and makes a connection to an overlooked viewpoint.

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Oliver Sacks on a motorcycle in 1961

Oliver Sacks on a motorcycle in 1961 | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
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Because how do you not love this picture, which does so much to refute stereotypes about scientists?

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Why Republicans Reject the Iran Deal — and All Diplomacy

Why Republicans Reject the Iran Deal — and All Diplomacy | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
Conservative hostility to this agreement is nothing new. G.O.P. hardliners denounced Nixon and Reagan’s diplomatic achievements too.
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Look at this later as an op-ed example.

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Jeff Bezos and Amazon Employees Join Debate Over Its Culture

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The company’s chief told employees that he didn’t recognize the “soulless, dystopian workplace” that he said was depicted in a New York Times article.
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Black Lives Matter vs. Bernie Sanders, explained

Why activists are interrupting Bernie Sanders events to challenge the candidate and his supporters to keep racial justice front and center
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I wonder if Hillary Clinton's campaign is experiencing these interruptions, as well, or if the  activists are trying to point out that even the most progressive white candidate is still out of the loop. Or, maybe Clinton's policies are more specifically trying to address race issues. I kind of doubt that, but I guess I should read her positions more closely.

 

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Fertility clinics destroy embryos all the time. Why aren’t conservatives after them?

Fertility clinics destroy embryos all the time. Why aren’t conservatives after them? | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
The difference in legal treatment between IVF and abortion is mostly about who’s making the choices.
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Excellent question.

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Black Lives Matter vs. Bernie Sanders, explained

Why activists are interrupting Bernie Sanders events to challenge the candidate and his supporters to keep racial justice front and center
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WATCH: British reporter in Ferguson finds whites openly carrying rifles and peaceful blacks being arrested

WATCH: British reporter in Ferguson finds whites openly carrying rifles and peaceful blacks being arrested | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
Kylie Morris of Channel 4 in Britain visited Ferguson on Tuesday and tried to explain to the British people why white “Oath Keepers” were allowed to openly carry firearms on the street while peaceful black protesters were arrested. “The men, calling themselves Oath Keepers, only added to the already simmering tensions,” a Channel 4 anchor noted before tossing to Morris for a live report from Ferguson. Morris told her British audience that the commemoration of …
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Does this make any sense?

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The Stubborn Cycle of Massage Parlor Trafficking

The Stubborn Cycle of Massage Parlor Trafficking | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
Less than a mile from quaint downtown Powell, the women were living in a storefront massage parlor. Not by choice, police say, but by coercion. They bathed there, cooked there and slept on massage tables that by day were used for men who expected more than a shoulder rub. As the January bust that shuttered Amsun Spa and others showed, Asian massage parlors are more than tasteless punch lines. They are real, they are here, and they are both home and prison to the women forced to work in them.
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This issue is one that deeply troubles me. Of course, it troubles me by how pervasive it is - there are three massage parlors within four blocks of my house - but more importantly, because of how little attention it gets when it's right out in the open. Do we not care because the women who "work" there are so often Asians? Asian women are frequently stereotyped as docile sex objects. Is that why this epidemic exists quietly in our midst?

 

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You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
Abd al-Wahhab argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. The list of apostates meriting death included the Shia, Sufis and other Muslim denominations, whom Abd al-Wahhab did not consider to be Muslim at all. There is nothing here that separates Wahhabism from ISIS.
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Ignoring Sexual Abuse in Afghanistan - The New York Times

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The American military cannot allow sexual assault of children on its bases or give the impression that it is condoned.
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This is an excellent example of an Op-Ed

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50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration - The Atlantic

50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration - The Atlantic | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this system, it's time to reclaim his original intent.
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We Need to Be Able to Call Out Kim Davis’ Bigotry without Slut-Shaming or Hillbilly-Shaming

We Need to Be Able to Call Out Kim Davis’ Bigotry without Slut-Shaming or Hillbilly-Shaming | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
Kim Vose's insight:

Piggybacking - and adding to - an earlier point made by another op-ed type piece, this is a good example of the genre: pointing out an overlooked viewpoint.

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Kota Edgell's curator insight, September 10, 2015 3:10 PM

Kim Davis is famous for her denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, yet infamous for her hypocrisy and bigotry concerning interpretations of biblical ideals and defying a court order.  Many feel that we should be able to point out the injustice she enacts without making fun of her past. 
As a homosexual male, I was very elated to hear that the Supreme Court ruled the refusal of marriage licenses to same-sex couples unconstitutional. Bigots like Kim Davis offend me, yet I feel for her. Even the holiest of us make mistakes, and we should not attempt to make her feel discriminated against in the way she does to others.

I agree with the author's view because, despite our differences, we're all human, and we all deserve respect. We should not judge an entire group of people or protect prejudiced stereotypes because of one woman's immoral choices. 

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Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

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I am now face to face with dying. But I am not finished with living.
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A lesson in how to continue appreciating a life well lived, even as the guaranteed end nears.

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Ventura County Reporter - Hillside development planned in Ventura

Ventura County Reporter - Hillside development planned in Ventura | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it

This aThe alternative Web site for Ventura County. News, features, fashion, gossip, arts, opinions, classifieds, personals, entertainment listings, restaurant reviews.

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This article on the proposed Regent Properties development on the hillside in Ventura would be an excellent starting point for an exploration of an issue related to development, as well as an opportunity to explore who  the various  stakeholders are, and how being a stakeholder influences the rhetoric around the issue.

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Every county in America, ranked by scenery and climate

Every county in America, ranked by scenery and climate | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
The most beautiful places in America (and the ugliest too).
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Ventura County, baby!

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Imagine a 'President Bernie Sanders' - CNN.com

Imagine a 'President Bernie Sanders' - CNN.com | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
On a slew of issues, from campaign finance to putting brakes on Wall Street to taxing wealth, Bernie Sanders' proposals are wildly ambitious. Could he deliver?
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Funny how the "no way" candidate is looking increasingly possible.

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30 percent of California's forest firefighters are prisoners

30 percent of California's forest firefighters are prisoners | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
About 4,000 inmates battle blazes in the Golden State's woodlands.
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Fascinating.

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The Bail Trap

The Bail Trap | What's going on in the world? | Scoop.it
Every year, thousands of innocent people are sent to jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, putting them at risk of losing their jobs, custody of their children — even their lives.
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An issue well worth further examination.

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