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This Man Was Sentenced To Die In Prison. Now He Wants To Fix The Law That Put Him There.

This Man Was Sentenced To Die In Prison. Now He Wants To Fix The Law That Put Him There. | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
“WASHINGTON -- Reynolds Wintersmith wasn't supposed to be here. Not in front of the White House, or in the halls of the Justice Department, or meeting with reporters and congressional staffers in a crowded room of an office building on Capitol Hill.”
Manda Pahl's insight:
As just a teenager, Reynolds Wintersmith was sentenced life in prison for just selling crack. For such a little nonviolent crime, this was a huge sentence. However, Wintersmith was commuted by President Obama along with several other inmates with similar charges. I think these punishments are too much for the crime at hand, and these things are being debated. I feel like Wintersmith would never had the chance to turn his life around if it weren't for Obama releasing him, and so far he seems to be taking his steps in the right direction.
Nick Sigrist's comment, May 23, 2014 1:52 PM
I agree, that at such a young Ge, a non-violent crime like selling crack should not be grounds for sentencing a person to DIE in prison. They need to rethink this law and give even those people a fair chance to live their life.
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Missouri Inmate's Hopes Rest With Supreme Court

Missouri Inmate's Hopes Rest With Supreme Court | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
A Missouri inmate with a rare condition that affects the blood vessels was handed a reprieve less than two hours before his scheduled execution, but the state may end up killing him later Wednesday if the U.S.
Manda Pahl's insight:
Ever since the recent death penalty disaster, it seems that states have been playing it safe in death penalties. This article talks about Russel Bucklew, and inmate sentenced to the death penalty. However, Bucklew has a rare blood vessel condition which causes a weakening of his blood vessels. This condition could make the execution extremely painful. Whether or not Bucklew's execution will occur lies in the Supreme Court' hands. I hope they find a solution to this problem and that Bucklew won't get out of the death penalty because of a medical condition. He had done some terrible things to multiple people and I don't believe he deserves anything less than a death penalty.
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'I will sell them,' Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls

'I will sell them,' Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
“Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish when the leader of the Islamist group that kidnapped them said he'll sell them.”
Via Seth Dixon
Manda Pahl's insight:
This article talks about a recent kidnapping of over 200 girls by a terrorist group called Boko Haram. The leader recently announced that he will sell them. This is a terrifying situation for both the parents and the girls. Support is being given all over the world.
Madison Blazing's comment, May 9, 2014 3:54 PM
This while scenario is very tragic and frightening. I can't imagine what these girls and their families are going through, hopefully all the attention this is gaining will be able to help find these girls. Unfortunately the article talked about how many of the families are too fearful to talk to media or cooperate with outside sources for fear of risking the girls safety. I really hope that these girls will safely be returned home soon and the people responsible will be caught and prevented from continuing this situation.
Nick Sigrist's comment, May 12, 2014 9:31 AM
That is crazy that someone is making money off of stealing innocent girls from their parents and then selling them. I'm sure they feel like nothing less than abused objects, and that goes to show that we should worry less about ourselves on our isolated continent, and give more support to the affected individuals by such situations in other countries.
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Honda's ASIMO robot is now surprisingly human

Honda's ASIMO robot is now surprisingly human | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |

Honda has been working on the ASIMO humanoid robot for almost 30 years, and it shows.

Manda Pahl's insight:

Its crazy how we have come with technology. For almost 30 years, Honda has been working on a humanoid robot and has been making remarkable progress. The robot moves much like a human would. In fact, in the video it seems like a human in a robot costume. This is a huge step in technology and this kind of advancements could help us in many aspects as life whether it be to help a disability or improve efficiency in industries.

Madison Blazing's comment, April 20, 2014 1:40 AM
This was extremely cool, and I find it amazing how far in technological advancements our society has come within recent years. This robot seemed way more lifelike than I was expecting it to be, and I definitely agree that this is a giant step that opens up numerous possibilities in the future.
Nick Sigrist's comment, May 2, 2014 8:55 PM
That's really neat to see, and the fact that it's taken 30 years is amazing. Our technology is advancing even quicker than we think it is, and faster than it shows just in our communities and cities. I think robots in general, humanoid or not, are a huge step for our tech industry and innovation in general.
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What is Digital Citizenship?

What is Digital Citizenship? | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
For more videos like this, please visit: This is a simple guide to help parents and educators understand why digital citizenship is the first step towards media literacy, ...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Manda Pahl's insight:

This video explains digital citizenship and how it would benefit schools. Digital citizenship is similar to drivers ed classes where students learn the ropes of the internet and how to safely browse it. Since many young students are allowed ipads and other devices at school, these courses may be necessary and effective later down the road. 

Luke French's curator insight, April 16, 2014 9:05 PM

This is an article that explains the concept of digital citizenship, It also goes on to explain how digital citizenship is the first step towards media literacy. 

Alex Salazar's comment, April 20, 2014 1:20 AM
This is interesting, I never really though about digital citizenship.
Madison Blazing's comment, April 20, 2014 1:35 AM
This was very interesting and it helped me understand the concept of digital citizenship much better. I have to agree that considering the fast paced growth of technology advancements in our society, having informational courses about how to safely navigate these devices may be beneficial. I would not be surprised if these classes do become implemented in the nearby future as more schools begin to adopt more policies that allow more freedom with these devices in the classrooms.
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One Thing Drug Companies Won’t Do On Social Media

One Thing Drug Companies Won’t Do On Social Media | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
Tweet this: As drug makers experiment with the use of social media to engage consumers, they are decidedly reluctant to use these tools to bolster their efforts in designing and developing clinical trials, according to a new survey.For example, while only one in 10 clinical trials run by drug makers have recruited participants through social media channels, the majority have yet to try it. Why? Concerns range from protecting patient privacy to equally sticky issues such as patients who publicly distort adverse event experiences or introduce research bias by sharing treatment information online with others.“Like it or not, social media communities as a forum for interaction and engagement are here to stay,” says Ken Getz, the director of sponsored research programs at the Tufts University Center for the Study of Drug Development, which queried 17 drug makers and three contract research organizations.“And patient centricity is about engaging patients. But there is a decidedly low level of adoption today when it comes to using social media in clinical research… Its use is really quite minimal. Most companies have yet to develop a set of core policies and procedures.”For instance, none of the companies report using social media to design clinical trial protocols. Further underscoring the issue, Getz adds that of the 20 companies that participated in the survey, only 13 provided data about their use of social media in trials. The reason is that some drug makers still do not have any formal activity to report, reflecting what the Tufts survey describes as fragmented and uncoordinated use.The problem has festered, he explains, because the FDA has yet to issue guidelines on social media use in drug development. The agency, in fact, is deliberately taking a piecemeal approach to disseminating guidance on all social media usage but, in the process, has left drug makers unclear about some rules.As a result, only one in five companies that use social media directly interacts with patients for various purposes, according to Tufts. Most outsource patient engagement to third parties or use what was described as more passive approaches, such as banner ads on social media sites.Such hesitancy reflects not only anxiety over regulatory compliance but, in general, a loss of control over the social media content generated by consumers, an ongoing lack of familiarity with social media and difficulties in trying to quantify a return on investment, according to a recent report from IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.Nonetheless, drug makers are making increasing use of social media for patient recruitment – an estimated 11 percent of all trials now do, according to Tufts. Of the companies queried, nine of 14 say they plan to increase adoption to recruit in the U.S. and five of 12 expect to do so in Western Europe.More specifically, 12 of the 13 companies with quantifiable data reported using social media to track the number of leads generated for trial participants and 10 of those 13 said they tracked the number of patients screened, while eight companies tracked the rate at which participants were randomly placed in trials.Indeed, there is increasing awareness that social media can be put to good use, notably gaining patient insights for improving study designs, according to Craig Lipset, who heads clinical innovation at Pfizer and has championed social media as a key drug development tool.But for some companies, adopting social media for clinical trial work is very much a work in progress. “A lot of these initiatives are using unplanned or unmarked dollars,” says Tufts’ Getz. “These are still off the larger grid and will take time before they’re embraced.”
Via Plus91
Manda Pahl's insight:
This article talks about the use of social media for drug companies. Though growing at a slow rate, drug companies are beginning to use social media to recruit participants for clinical trials. Some companies don't want to because they are concerned that it may violate patient privacy or information being shared to create bias. Another issue is that the FDA hasn't set any guidelines on social media use in drug development.
Madison Blazing's comment, April 10, 2014 3:48 PM
At first I was surprised that more drug companies do not take advantage of the many opportunities available to them through the use of social media. The article continued to discuss how many companies have expressed concern that too readily connecting with clinical trail patients through social networks may lead to problems. After considering this, it makes much more sense to me as to why these companies are hesitant to utilize these connections as a means of finding clinical trial patients. Many of the people who could be found through social media would likely be younger and probably would be more likely to leak confidential information through social media if they are frequent users. If the drug companies do decide to turn towards social media I larger proportions in the future, hopefully they will be cautious and make an effort to eliminate as much bias as possible.
Nick Sigrist's comment, April 13, 2014 1:25 PM
I'm very surprised that drugs can be advertised at such a high level, as social media covers the entire world. I believe they should stick with local and national communication such as radio and/or television, but I believe social media advertising ranged too widely and will cause conflict, like you said, with bias and patient privacy.
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Pc screamed 'stop, stop, stop' as arrested accountant shot himself dead

Pc screamed 'stop, stop, stop' as arrested accountant shot himself dead | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
Stewart Page, 60, who was terminally ill, ignored the cries of Pc Jonathan Miller and took his own life in a hotel car park in Norwich, inquest hears

Via stevebatch
Manda Pahl's insight:

This is an unfortunate article about a terminally ill accountant who committed suicide in front of a police officer just as he was getting arrested. Page was being arrested for a 4,000 pound bill on his ex-wife's credit card and while the police's back was turned, Page put the gun to his head. It is very sad that it had happened and I couldn't imagine what it had done to the police officer.

Madison Blazing's comment, March 16, 2014 8:17 AM
This article is very sad, and it seems really depressing that the man who committed suicide felt there was no other option for himself. It sounds as though the man may have been suffering from some type of mental impairment that could be a result of his terminal illness. While it sounds like the ex-wife of the man was aware of his state of mental instability, the police may have not understood the full extent of the man's unstable condition. The officer in the article stated that he had not searched the man for weapons, and that he was caught off guard when the man pulled out the gun. I also agree with Manda that witnessing this man commit suicide has probably been traumatic for the police officer.
Nick Sigrist's comment, March 23, 2014 11:43 PM
That is really sad to see, about how the man can feel so helpless that he feels suicide is the only way out of this world. Although much of it could be caused by a mental disorder, anybody suffering from such a disease should be able to find help for their troubles.
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Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches - Los Angeles Times

Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches - Los Angeles Times | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court set the stage for an important 4th Amendment ruling Friday, announcing it will decide in this term whether police may inspect a suspect's...
Manda Pahl's insight:

The Supreme Court is debating on whether or not officers can search cell phones without a warrant. If pulled over, officers can search through a person's car for drugs or weapons, but the question at hand is whether or not this violates the 4th Amendment. Police need a warrant to search one's house which has many valuable and personal items inside, which is protected by the 4th Amendment. Similar to a person's phone, it also contains many personal texts, emails, or other information. I believe that police should have a warrant in order to search a persons phone since this violates the 4th Amendment.

Lakin's comment, May 1, 2014 3:38 PM
This violates the 4th amendment and I believe we should more privacy rights. Its not fair to us how our lives are almost becoming a reality show n
Lakin's comment, May 1, 2014 3:38 PM
because we have no privacy and everyone seems to know everything.
Brian Bertram's comment, May 3, 2014 10:05 AM
True, random searches may violate some rights, but in the long run they could actually be saving lives. They might discover a bomb that the sensors didn't detect or some illegal drug that could kill someone. In the end, the safety of the public is more important to me.
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The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism

The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
“ The Department of Justice had a historic opportunity to say that since the people of these states had spoken, as long as what happens in Colorado stays in Colorado, they wouldn't make a federal case out of it.”
Manda Pahl's insight:
This article addresses the legalization of marijuana throughout America. Since each state is separately legalizing marijuana, federalism isn't being followed. Marijuana is illegal by the federal law, meaning that all the states should abide by the federal law. Federalism was created so states would create their own communities with their own laws. But every state must follow the federal law, which isn't happening. Though the Department of Justice can swoop down and fix the problem at any time, no actions have taken place.
Madison Blazing's comment, February 23, 2014 2:05 AM
This article seemed to address an interesting flaw in the system of federalism. While the ideal intentions of federalism may be to ensure that the smaller branches of government underneath the national government are adequately able to address specific needs they may have, there is a problem with this hierarchy. In this case dealing with marijuana legalization, the federal government can at any time override the decision of specific states to legalize marijuana. I think that federalism is designed so that this ability of power ensures the overall well being of the nation. As long as the federal government does not overstep their boundaries and allows the states to abide by their separate laws if they are just, this system seems like a good model of government.
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Rand Paul Sues Obama on Behalf of 'Hundreds of Millions' -

Rand Paul Sues Obama on Behalf of 'Hundreds of Millions' - | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
“ The Florida College System's low-cost, workforce-oriented degrees could serve graduates just as well as a liberal-arts diploma from a public university.”
Via Teresa Herrin
Manda Pahl's insight:
This article is about Rand Paul suing President Obama. He claimed that the NSA violates the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment basically says that a person should not be violated unless for a probable cause. The NSA can monitor phone calls without warrants which blatantly disregards the Fourth Amendment. It's odd to see the President being sued, but I agree with Rand Paul that the program violates the amendment.
Madison Blazing's comment, February 15, 2014 2:44 PM
This article was very interesting to me. While I can understand the basis of why Rand Paul is upset by the security measures of the NSA, I don't think that he considers the full picture in this article. The Fourth Amendment does ensure the right of privacy of all citizens, but these security measures may go above and beyond the concerns of privacy. After reading Rand Paul's reasoning, I wonder if a big part of his motivation behind suing the Obama administration is for the publicity he will receive. The phone calls and other media that is monitored by the NSA is kept confidential unless under the case that suspicious material is found. In this case, it is able to be investigated and hopefully prevent things such as terroristic threats to the nation. In a world where the usage of technology is growing at such a fast pace, I think that increased surveillance is justified. The security of the nation needs to keep pace with the growing media use in the nation. While I can understand how some people find these measures upsetting, I feel like surrendering some privacy to ensure safety on a larger scale is a justified trade off for the benefit of the country.
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West Virginia families, billed for smelly water they didn’t use, bill water company right back | The Raw Story

West Virginia families, billed for smelly water they didn’t use, bill water company right back | The Raw Story | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |

Via Jack Hansen
Manda Pahl's insight:
This article talks about a water company in West Virginia that inappropriately charged citizens for extensive water usage. Because of contaminated water, Charleston residents were directed to flush their systems which uses a great sum of water. The water company promised to give the families credit for the water used, but when they received the bills, no credit was given causing astronomical bill costs. It is shocking to see that a water company promise was not followed through. It may have been an error in the system, and hopefully they won't need to pay for the costs on their bill.
Madison Blazing's comment, February 15, 2014 2:54 PM
This articles seems to reflect a serious problem. Not only are the citizens of West Virginia unable to safely consume the water that they are obligated to pay for, but they are also then left with the extra costs of buying bottled water and the cost of transportation to get this necessity. One woman said she estimated this ordeal has cost her approximately $290 in excess fees. This is a large number and especially concerning for low income families who may already struggle to pay the standard bill. An especially shocking part of this article to me was that the company instructed their consumers to flush their pipes for a considerable amount of time. They were ensured they would be reimbursed for the cost of this water usage, however, they were denied the exemption of these costs. This topic is concerning and seems unfair, and hopefully someone ensures that these people are adequately compensated for all of the problems the contaminated water has caused.
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American drones scour Nigeria for kidnapped schoolgirls, but US law makes search difficult

American drones scour Nigeria for kidnapped schoolgirls, but US law makes search difficult | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
A Nigerian government official said all options were open — including negotiations or a possible military operation with foreign help — in the effort to free the girls.
Manda Pahl's insight:
The recent kidnapping of 300 plus schoolgirls has provoked a large response from people around the world. To help, the US sent drones to fly around Nigeria in hopes they would find the girls or any hint of their whereabouts. However, a US law halts the search. This law called the Leahy Amendment prevents the US from working with militaries accused of chronic human rights violations. Hopefully, the US can still find a way to help Nigeria in the search for these girls.
Madison Blazing's comment, May 22, 2014 10:32 PM
The whole situation regarding the kidnapping of these girls is very tragic. While it seems that the United States is doing what it can to assist in saving these girls, our country's assistance is somewhat limited due to the large uncertainty regarding the location and other details of the kidnappers and the safety of the girls. I agree with Manda, hopefully the Leahy Amendment reconsidered so these girls can be located and rescued as soon as possible.
Nick Sigrist's comment, May 23, 2014 1:57 PM
It's very sad to begin with, how THAT many girls are kidnapped and held against their will without knowing what is happening with their families, and even more so not knowing whether or not they will be alive a day from now. We all hope the US can help even facing these obstacles.
Michael Watts's comment, May 25, 2014 2:49 AM
It is really sad that these girls can't be found. There has to be a way for the U.S to get around the Leahy Amendment to help. Even if the U.S can't help, I hope someone else can.
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Minimum Wage Increase Would Have Mixed Effects, C.B.O. Report Says

Minimum Wage Increase Would Have Mixed Effects, C.B.O. Report Says | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
“ The analysis provided instant fuel for both supporters and critics of raising the federal minimum wage.”
Via Luke French
Manda Pahl's insight:
This article talks about the effects of a minimum wage increase. In a report by CBO, they found that an increase to $10.10 would result in a loss of 500,00 jobs. At the same time, this increase could also potentially raise 900,000 people over the poverty level. Congress should take these findings into consideration before making a decision.
Madison Blazing's comment, May 15, 2014 12:16 PM
I agree with Manda that all of the aspects of raising minimum wage must be carefully considered before any final decision is made. Personally, I believe that raising minimum wage would end up benefiting more people than it would harm. However, it is very unfortunate that so many people could lose their jobs as a result of this raise. Hopefully the government finds a rate that would result in the least amount of harm while also providing the largest amount of benefits.
Nick Sigrist's comment, May 18, 2014 2:03 AM
I agree, as well. They should truly take everything into perspective before passing a bill that could have so many negative and positive effects on our economy, with so many being unknown. I think it could be an important step for our economy, but we also have to keep in mind that we strive equality in our nation.
Michael Watts's comment, May 19, 2014 6:08 AM
I also agree, because people never really considered the side effects of this. There are good and bad things about it, and it hurts and helps people at the same time
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4 Robots That Teach Children Science and Math in Engaging Ways - Scientific American

4 Robots That Teach Children Science and Math in Engaging Ways - Scientific American | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
"Robots can capture a child’s imagination like no other tool by creating a fun, physical learning process. With robots, kids learn programming via interactive play by moving a robot in various sequences and using intuitive, visual programming on a computer screen. The children also learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by watching and interacting with robots that demonstrate the practical results of the day’s lesson. “Kids recognize when they are learning something themselves—robots give them that,” says Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, a research organization that specializes in educational technology. Robots are proving to be valuable educational tools from the lower grades all the way up to graduate school. “Building and programming these devices is part of becoming a creative science and engineering kind of person,” he adds."
Via John Evans
Manda Pahl's insight:
This article explains four different robots that are us for educational purposes. Two robots that stood out to me were the Play-I and EZ-Robot. The Play-I is better suited for younger children and is modeled to look like a toy. The Play-I reminded me of educational children's shows, where kids can have fun while they are learning. The EZ-Robot would be better suited for older kids. These robots come with mix and match parts where you can basically create your own robot. Since computer science is quickly becoming valuable, this robot pack teaches kids how to assemble and program their own robot to do what they want it to do.
Madison Blazing's comment, May 9, 2014 4:00 PM
These robots seem like a giant step forward I'm education. The robots this article discussed are capable of teaching younger children many things that other typical toys are not able to do. By allowing children to become acquainted with technology at a much younger age, they will likely be much more efficient with it as they grow up. These robots remind me of how fast paced and technologically reliant our society has become, and although this is extremely cool I also hope that these robots don't replace other social activities such as playing outside with friends for these children.
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UK government pays Microsoft £5.5m to extend Windows XP support

UK government pays Microsoft £5.5m to extend Windows XP support | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
Netherlands also signs separate deal as countries’ public sectors seek more time to migrate from 12-year-old operating system. By Samuel Gibbs
Manda Pahl's insight:

A little while ago I had scooped an article about how widely used Windows XP is and how support for it was to end on April 8th. Since this operating system is so widely used, especially in the government, UK and Netherlands have paid Microsoft millions of dollars to keep the Windows XP support going. In a way, I think that it is silly that these countries would pay so much for a 12 year old system, but at the same time it is what they are used to and have been using for so long.

Madison Blazing's comment, April 20, 2014 1:44 AM
I agree that its kind of crazy these countries are so adamant about using such an old system when there are so many better updated versions available. It does seem reasonable that some of these less technologically developed countries might have difficulties adapting to a new system. However, at some point they will have to begin using a newer version once the current version they are using becomes too out of date to properly function or be compatible with other devices.
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Windows XP support ends today. But it’s still used everywhere from governments to ATMs. |

Windows XP support ends today. But it’s still used everywhere from governments to ATMs. | | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
After 12 long years, today is D-Day for Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. Starting today, free support and updates for the software will stop. But who is still using an operating system released over a decade ago?Turns out, a lot of people. While estimates vary, XP consistently ranks as the second most popular operating system worldwide. Analytics firm StatCounter says that nearly 17 percent of desktop, tablet, and console users are on XP, while Net Marketshare puts the desktop use even higher at nearly 28 percent.As the Post reported in March, the U.S. government is among the Microsoft customers who just couldn't let go. At the time "despite a recent rush to complete upgrades," an estimated 10 percent of several million government computers were expected to miss the upgrade deadline. That estimate includes thousands of computers on military and diplomatic networks that secure classified information, U.S. officials told Craig Timberg and Ellen Nakashima.On the local level, reports suggest state and city governments around the country are still playing catch up too.Click headline to read more--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Manda Pahl's insight:
After 12 years, Microsoft Windows XP operating system updates and support will stop. Though this operating system is 12 years old, it is still widely used all around the world. Ten percent of the US Government uses XP. Even more so, 95% of Americas ATMs use this operating system. Even folks in China are still hooked on Windows XP. I found this shocking that such an old operating system is still widely being used.
Nick Sigrist's comment, April 13, 2014 1:21 PM
That's crazy, I can't believe they will let down their past customers like that. Many people are unable to afford updated, more modernized computers, but that doesn
Nick Sigrist's comment, April 13, 2014 1:21 PM
't mean they should abandon just-as-loyal customers. Although it is a dent in their budget, I'm sure, they should be able to support it at least until the number of XP users dwindles a bit more.
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Immigration Messages For The President And Congress: Do Any Of Them Work?

Immigration Messages For The President And Congress: Do Any Of Them Work? | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
“A compilation of some of the best signs from a rally organized by immigration activists who want the President to stop deportations.”
Via Carlos Batara
Manda Pahl's insight:
Immigration activists gather in a rally to make the President stop deportation, since America has reached 2 million undocumented immigrants deported. This article shows the multiple signs that were made of this rally in hopes the President will respond. The President has shown signs of him listening to the activists when he asked the Department of Homeland Security Secretary to approach deportations more "humanely."
Madison Blazing's comment, April 13, 2014 8:52 PM
This article makes me feel for all of the people who may lose their family and friends due to deportation. I didn't realize the exact number of immigrants who have recently been deported, but two million is a lot more than what I had expected. I think it is good that President Obama has asked for more "humane" approaches to these deportations after seeing all of the stories of immigrants and their families. After looking at all the pictures of different people, I found some of the signs people had made to be very creative and a good way to voice their feelings through peaceful means.
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History Song: 5th Amendment-Sky Full Of Silence

5th amendment song.

Via Sara Harb
Manda Pahl's insight:

Though the actual video has nothing to do with the song or the 5th Amendment, this song explains the rights protected by the 5th Amendment through auto-tuned voices. The song also features many cases in which the 5th Amendment was used. Though the video wasn't very appealing, I couldn't manage to take my eyes off of it for the full 5 minutes.

Madison Blazing's comment, March 9, 2014 8:48 AM
This is a cool video that explains the Fifth Amendment in an interesting way that is easily understood. I think these guys are very creative and they must have put a lot of time into the creation of this video. Finding more entertaining methods that can be utilize to explain the Constitution to Americans seems like a really good idea. Although this video wasn't Hollywood quality, it still provided a lot of good information in an appealing fashion.
Luke French's comment, March 9, 2014 8:40 PM
This music video leaves much to be desired, but it does get the point across very well. The video has NOTHING to do with the song, but the lyrics do a great job of simplifying the 5th amendment. It also outlines several cases where defendants have exercised their right to remain silent.
Logan Felten's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:27 AM

Although there's kind of a lot going on in this video and it doesn't really go along with the song. It discusses the 5th amendment and all the applies to it. The lyrics of the song do a great job concluding and simplifying the outlines of when the 5th amendment isn't aplicable.

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The Official Forecast of the U.S. Government Never Saw This Winter Coming

The Official Forecast of the U.S. Government Never Saw This Winter Coming | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center asks how and why its mild weather forecast was so wrong
Manda Pahl's insight:
As all of us Minnesotans know, this winter has been freezing. Last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center predicted that through November and January the temperatures would be above average. As we know, this prediction is horribly wrong. Though the prediction wasn't quite accurate, the Government is learning from its mistakes and will hopefully improve their future predictions.
Madison Blazing's comment, February 23, 2014 2:31 AM
After reading this article, I definitely noticed how much of a mistake the predictors made for this weather. Not only are we in very cold temperatures, the temperatures have reached extreme lows in some cases. When comparing our current weather to the forecast, it is apparent tat the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center made a huge mistake in the prediction. However, it is positive that this mistake has allowed the government to reexamine their system and hopefully improve their accuracy for the future. It is also interesting that the center predicted such mild weather when what we are experiencing is almost the opposite. However, this article seems like a good reminder that everyone, even professionals, make mistakes and the important part is how people choose to learn from these mistakes.
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Germany - Imgur

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This post on Imgur features 11 army rations, each from different countries. Army rations told a lot about the country it belongs to, because many of them include cultural dishes. This post sparked interest in me and I learned a little more about the countries themselves and how they differ from our own. (surprisingly, the Canadian army ration did not include maple syrup)

Airsoftshowoffs's curator insight, February 19, 2014 5:22 AM

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Madison Blazing's comment, February 23, 2014 2:20 AM
This was a very cool look into the varying cultures of different countries. It was interesting to compare the army rations to the country they were from. Some of the foods were very telling of their origin, while others I found to be a bit surprising. Something that seems so standard, such as army rations, can really reveal a lot about a country's culture in comparison to other parts of the world.
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State Legislators Advancing Article V Convention To Tackle $17.4 ... | Gov and Law - Manda Pahl |
“ Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the states to originate amendments to the Constitution. Despite widespread interest in the Article V constitutional convention process in recent years, proponents have had trouble ...”
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America is in large debt, $17.4 trillion to be exact. Through Article V of the US Constitution, legislators hope to create an amendment to solve the debt problem we have. Article V of the Constitution allows states to have a voice in amendments. Though it's a lengthy process, it is not impossible. The legislators' goal is to create an amendment that balances the budget that each state has, limiting how much they can spend. The result would hopefully be a decreased federal debt.
Madison Blazing's comment, February 15, 2014 3:07 PM
The proposition of creating a new amendment to reduce the nation's debt seems like a probable idea. While it would take a lengthy amount of time to construct such an amendment, if it could be passed and work efficiently it would be worthwhile. The already large and growing number of our country's federal debt is concerning, and I see no harm in trying to remedy it with a different approach than has been used in the past. Considering that the states must all approve this amendment, it can be assumed that this will be a very long and difficult process. However, if it can be developed in a method that satisfies the wide variety of opinions and stances on the national debt, it would be worth a try. Hopefully approaching the national debt from a different standpoint will produce positive and noticeable results.