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Training and Development: 4 Ideas to Build a Culture of Critical Thinking | Critical Thinking

Training and Development: 4 Ideas to Build a Culture of Critical Thinking | Critical Thinking | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In an organizational context, middle managers are the glue that binds strategy at the top with execution on the floor. The role of middle managers is very
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From Identity Politics to Academic Masturbation

From Identity Politics to Academic Masturbation | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
How did we arrive at this moment where university learning means parroting incoherent political rhetoric?
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Puerto Ricans and Ultrarich “Puertopians” Are Locked in a Pitched Struggle Over How to Remake the Island

Puerto Ricans and Ultrarich “Puertopians” Are Locked in a Pitched Struggle Over How to Remake the Island | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Six months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans are designing a recovery that defends their island. Politicians and bitcoin billionaires have other ideas.
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The Price We Pay for Unnecessary War - Major Danny Sjursen

The Price We Pay for Unnecessary War - Major Danny Sjursen | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Violence begets violence. The empire, it seems, always comes home … eventually.

No doubt, Albert Wong, who shot up a Veterans’ Home in California last week, was an anomaly. There is no excuse or justification for this sort of horrific act of murder. Still, Americans must grapple with one inconvenient fact: Wong was a combat veteran. In fact, we both served in Afghanistan in 2011-12—not a pleasant period in that ongoing disaster of a war.

What are we to make of Wong’s act and his status as a veteran? Certainly not that all, or even most, vets will take such extreme actions. Murderous outbursts such as his remain, thankfully, exceedingly rare. That said, this heinous event should spark some debate and raise uncomfortable questions about the social cost of creating millions of new “Global War on Terror” (GWOT) veterans.
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The Mindset Controversy: Is It Time to Give Up? |Education & Teacher Conferences

The Mindset Controversy: Is It Time to Give Up? |Education & Teacher Conferences | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A recent meta-analysis deepens the Mindset controversy, suggesting that interventions don't help students learn much better. Despite this glum news, teachers should remember that other large studies have shown real benefits. And, even small changes in student motivation can produce meaningful results.
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America's Nuclear Contradictions, Hypocrisy and Absurdities

America's Nuclear Contradictions, Hypocrisy and Absurdities | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"An Allied correspondent stands in the rubble of Hiroshima, Japan, a month after the United States exploded the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare. The bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. (Stanley Troutman / AP)"


"Officially, the U.S. insists on a zero-tolerance policy regarding nuclear proliferation—the spread of nuclear weapons technology. In reality, the world has nine nuclear-armed powers today, and the U.S. accepts or objects to these weaponized powers on a case-by-case basis. And guess what? We’re not always consistent.

The first five nuclear powers are the victorious nations in World War II: the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China. 


These countries also hold permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council. The U.S. doesn’t object to France and Britain, of course. They’re longtime allies. Russia and China are scarier, but after 50 years we’ve learned to live with them as nuclear-armed powers. 


Then there’s India and Pakistan. These two South Asian regional powers are more disturbing, since they’re mortal enemies with significant arsenals pointed at each other. The U.S. is concerned about Pakistan’s so-called Islamic bomb, because Pakistan is a Muslim-majority country (and those are scary) and it has had a nuclear scientist—A.Q. Khan—collude with al-Qaida in the recent past.

The final two, I call the “rogue” nations. The first is North Korea. That’s an obvious one. The other? Israel. 


That’s right. Controversial as that’s certain to be, Israel refuses to confirm or deny whether it has nuclear weapons (it does) and insists on remaining the only nuclear power in the Middle East. All the while, it illegally occupies sovereign Palestinian territory in contravention of international law.

Here’s where the hypocrisy starts to creep in: Officially, the U.S. deplores all nuclear proliferation. Unofficially, we look the other way when “friends” and “allies” break the rules and develop an arsenal of their own. 


That’s why Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger looked the other way when Israel developed nukes (I’ve read their declassified meeting minutes), and President George W. Bush actually signed a nuclear agreement with India. Well, we like India and Israel. North Korea (and dare I say, Iran) not so much.

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ICE Shackled 92 Somalis for 40 Hours on a Failed Deportation Flight. That Was Just the Start of the Abuse.

ICE Shackled 92 Somalis for 40 Hours on a Failed Deportation Flight. That Was Just the Start of the Abuse. | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"FOR A BRIEF moment in December 2017, the international spotlight shined on the case of 92 deportees who were on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement-chartered flight to Somalia. Most such flights unload their human cargo once they land, but this flight, for logistical reasons, returned home — and brought witnesses back with it.  

The Somalis told of abuse on the flight, saying they were shackled with chains on their wrists, waists, and legs for more than 40 hours; forced to urinate in bottles or on themselves; and that ICE officers beat and threatened some passengers. (ICE has denied that it mistreated detainees on the flight.)"

"“As the plane sat on the runway, the 92 detainees remained bound, their handcuffs secured to their waists, and their feet shackled together,” the complaint — filed by a team of lawyers from the Immigration Clinic at the University of Miami Law School, Americans for Immigrant Justice, the James H. Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School, and Legal Aid Service of Broward County — reads. “When the plane’s toilets overfilled with human waste, some of the detainees were left to urinate into bottles or on themselves. ICE agents wrapped some who protested, or just stood up to ask a question, in full-body restraints. ICE agents kicked, struck, or dragged detainees down the aisle of the plane, and subjected some to verbal abuse and threats.”"

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Pharmacare Hits the National Stage | The Agenda - TVO.org

Pharmacare Hits the National Stage | The Agenda - TVO.org | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Pharmacare Hits the National Stage


"The 2018 federal budget, announced on Feb. 27, included the appointment of former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins to lead a study into the implementation of a national pharmacare program. Health care expert Helen Stevenson, herself a veteran of the Ontario health ministry, joins The Agenda to discuss the benefits, costs, and challenges of extending prescription coverage to all Canadians."

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Iona Craig Won a Polk Award for Her Investigation of a SEAL Team Raid That Killed Women and Children in Yemen. Here’s How She Did It.

Iona Craig Won a Polk Award for Her Investigation of a SEAL Team Raid That Killed Women and Children in Yemen. Here’s How She Did It. | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The Intercept journalist, wearing a niqab, crossed remote areas held by Al Qaeda and Islamic State, reaching a Yemeni village decimated by the U.S.
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How meal-delivery apps are hurting your favourite restaurants | TVO.org

How meal-delivery apps are hurting your favourite restaurants | TVO.org | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The convenience that food apps bring to consumers comes at a high cost to merchants, who pay upwards of 35 per cent commission on every sale.
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The gift and power of emotional courage

The gift and power of emotional courage | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility. A talk to share.
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Climate Denial Will Kill Us

Climate Denial Will Kill Us | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
It’s not too late to avert environmental catastrophe, but we must act fast or risk human extinction.
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The surprisingly charming science of your gut

The surprisingly charming science of your gut | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Ever wonder how we poop? Learn about the gut -- the system where digestion (and a whole lot more) happens -- as doctor and author Giulia Enders takes us inside the complex, fascinating science behind it, including its connection to mental health. It turns out, looking closer at something we might shy away from can leave us feeling more fearless and appreciative of ourselves.
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Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers on the Backs of the Young

Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers on the Backs of the Young | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Higher education has been transformed from a public service into a lucrative cash cow for private investors.
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Walking with Marita Growing Thunder and the Revolutionaries Among Us

Walking with Marita Growing Thunder and the Revolutionaries Among Us | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
For 80 miles across Montana, the 19-year-old college student marched to raise awareness of the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women.
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Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations.

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations. | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Krasner’s mass incarceration memo outlining criminal justice reforms is a dream come true.
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'The Gig Economy' Is the New Term for Serfdom

'The Gig Economy' Is the New Term for Serfdom | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The capitalist elites want everyone else to be temp workers trapped in demeaning, low-paying, part-time, service-sector jobs without job security or benefits. For a prime example of this, check out what Uber and Lyft have done to taxi drivers, and their own drivers, in New York City.
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The Empty Piety of the American Press - Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The Empty Piety of the American Press - Chris Hedges, Truthdig | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
What we are offered by broadcast and print news outlets is great entertainment. It is great for ratings. It is great for profits. But it is not moral, and it is not journalism.
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Stormy Daniels Beats Trump at His Own Game

Stormy Daniels Beats Trump at His Own Game | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Thanks to Daniels, her lawyer and an unforced error by [White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee] Sanders, the story Trump has tried so hard to squelch is out. Take a minute and think about it. The personal lawyer of the president of the United States, days before the election, paid $130,000 to apparently buy the silence of a porn star. Said porn star credibly describes an affair she had with the president and the ham-fisted attempts by his lawyer to keep her from talking about it. All of this unquestionably speaks volumes about the president’s character and morals.


Republicans who regarded Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky as the end of civilization as we know it are serenely untroubled. Evangelicals who rail against sin and cloak themselves in piety offer nothing but a worldly, almost Gallic shrug. Daniels has taught us much about their character and morals, too."

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Naomi Klein: How shocking events can spark positive change | TED Talk

Naomi Klein: How shocking events can spark positive change | TED Talk | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Things are pretty shocking out there right now -- record-breaking storms, deadly terror attacks, thousands of migrants disappearing beneath the waves and openly supremacist movements rising. 


Are we responding with the urgency that these overlapping crises demand from us? 


Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments use large-scale shocks to push societies backward. She shares a few propositions from "The Leap" -- a manifesto she wrote alongside indigenous elders, climate change activists, union leaders and others from different backgrounds -- which envisions a world after we've already made the transition to a clean economy and a much fairer society. 


"The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better," Klein says. "But first we need to picture the world that we're fighting for. And we have to dream it up together.""

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Legalizing Tyranny

Legalizing Tyranny | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The U.S. judicial system routinely provides unfair trials and coerces defendants—often poor people of color, and often innocent—into accepting plea deals that call for brutally long sentences.
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Former president of Modern Language Association resigns following decision to ban debate on BDS –

Former president of Modern Language Association resigns following decision to ban debate on BDS – | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Former MLA President Margaret Ferguson has resigned from the organization following passage of a resolution banning further debate over the academic boycott of Israel. Ferguson writes, My experience in Israel-Palestine is one of the many reasons I am giving up my membership in an organization I have participated in and learned from for over 40 years—long enough to acquire the privileges of “life membership.” Those privileges are now a burden to me.
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The Price of Higher Education

The Price of Higher Education | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A fundamentally capitalist approach today seeks to sell students an entry pass into the job market while depriving them of the critical skills a university degree has historically represented.
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Ontario Hospitals on the Brink

Ontario Hospitals on the Brink | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Air Date: Jan 31, 2018
Length: 34:41

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As the flu season ramps up, it's not unusual for hospitals to see an influx of patients. But what happens when those hospitals are already at capacity? Too often, surgeries are cancelled and hallways are turned into patient rooms. The Agenda looks at hospital overcrowding and what can be done to fix the problem.

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Farming for a Small Planet - Local Futures

Farming for a Small Planet - Local Futures | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
People yearn for alternatives to industrial agriculture, but they are worried. They see large-scale operations relying on corporate-supplied chemical inputs as the only high-productivity farming model. Another approach might be kinder to the environment and less risky for consumers, but, they assume, it would not be up to the task of providing all the food needed by our still-growing global population.

Contrary to such assumptions, there is ample evidence that an alternative approach—organic agriculture, or more broadly “agroecology”—is actually the only way to ensure that all people have access to sufficient, healthful food. Inefficiency and ecological destruction are built into the industrial model. But, beyond that, our ability to meet the world’s needs is only partially determined by what quantities are produced in fields, pastures, and waterways. Wider societal rules and norms ultimately shape whether any given quantity of food produced is actually used to meet humanity’s needs. In many ways, how we grow food determines who can eat and who cannot—no matter how much we produce. Solving our multiple food crises thus requires a systems approach in which citizens around the world remake our understanding and practice of democracy.
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Are you a giver or a taker?

Are you a giver or a taker? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.
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