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WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14

WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
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....it's on my PBS Station GPB right now!! Are you watching it on  your local PBS Station??

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WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14 - http://sco.lt/6SInNB
....it's on my PBS Station GPB right now!! Are you watching it on your local PBS Station??

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WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14 
Are you watching it on your local PBS Station??

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Early voting begins in Georgia with long lines, high turnout

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Race is one of the strongest predictors of how long a person waits in line to vote, research shows.
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NBC News | Early voting begins in Georgia with long lines, high turnout | 10/12/2020

 

"Race is one of the strongest predictors of how long a person waits in line to vote, research shows."

 

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"Whistle-Blower Brian Murphy Says D.H.S. Downplayed Threats From Russia and White Supremacists" | The New York Times - U.S. Politics | 09/09/2020

"Whistle-Blower Brian Murphy Says D.H.S. Downplayed Threats From Russia and White Supremacists" | The New York Times - U.S. Politics | 09/09/2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Brian Murphy, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence division, accused senior leaders of warping the agency around President Trump’s political interests.
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"Whistle-Blower Brian Murphy Says D.H.S. Downplayed Threats From Russia and White Supremacists" | The New York Times - U.S. Politics | 09/09/2020

 

INSIGHT:  Top officials with the Department of Homeland Security directed agency analysts to downplay threats from violent white supremacy and Russian election interference, a Homeland Security official said in a whistle-blower complaint released on Wednesday.

 

Brian Murphy, the former head of the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence branch, said in the complaint that he was ordered this spring by Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary of the department, to stop producing assessments on Russian interference and focus instead on Iran and China. That request, Mr. Murphy said, was routed through Mr. Wolf from Robert C. O’Brien, the White House national security adviser.

 

Mr. Wolf later told him not to disseminate a report on a Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s mental health because it “made the president look bad,” said Mr. Murphy, who warned that the actions in their totality threatened national security.

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Trump and OSHA: putting workers at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic

Trump and OSHA: putting workers at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
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USA TODAY - Opinion | "Trump and OSHA: putting workers at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic" by Josiah Rector and Christopher Sellers Opinion contributors | 09/07/2020 - https://bityl.co/3Oc6
 
INSIGHT: This Labor Day, a holiday intended to celebrate workers’ contributions to our economy and society, will also be a day of mourning. Tens of thousands of workers who care for the sick and elderly, pick and process food, bag groceries and perform other essential tasks, who are disproportionately people of color and women, have been hospitalized or died from a virus they contracted at work.
 
As outbreaks surge because of employers’ negligence, and rampant labor abuses surrounding COVID-19 go unpunished, only a handful of states have moved to compensate COVID-afflicted workers, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has largely been missing in action. Republicans in the Trump administration and Congress are now insisting that the second round of COVID-19 stimulus shield employers from liability related to the pandemic.
 
NOTE: Josiah Rector (@JosiahRector) is an assistant professor of History at the University of Houston. Christopher Sellers (@ChrisCSellers) is a professor of History at Stony Brook University and a member of the Environmental History Action Collaborative, a working group of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.
 
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The Root - Politics | Nse Ufot: "A Love Letter to Black Women, Who Have Always Labored for Our Democracy" | September 7, 2020

The Root - Politics | Nse Ufot: "A Love Letter to Black Women, Who Have Always Labored for Our Democracy" | September 7, 2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
My Fellow Black Women,
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The Root - Politics | Nse Ufot: "A Love Letter to Black Women, Who Have Always Labored for Our Democracy" | September 7, 2020
 
EXCERPT: "My Fellow Black Women,
It’s a new day. A Black, South Asian woman is the vice-presidential candidate on the 2020 Democratic ticket. It’s a historic moment. With the celebration, discussion and dissection of partisan politics, I reminisce on the countless strides made by the thousands of Black women who laid the groundwork for this moment.
 
But first, I take a moment for myself—and encourage you to do so, too. In honor of Labor Day and our literal work to improve our democracy, be gentle to yourself, and be kind. It is your genius that has gotten to where we are today. Know that you have always been a key leader of the caring culture of our country.."
 
NOTE: Nse Ufot is a lawyer turned top voter engagement strategist on a mission to reshape the political landscape in Georgia, one voter at a time. She is CEO of the New Georgia Project and the New Georgia Project Action Fund, where she leads an ambitious effort to register new voters of color and young people, cultivating civic engagement through an innovative blend of technology, art, and culture.
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DHS to label white supremacists as the 'most persistent and lethal threat' to the US: report

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to label white supremacists as the most serious terror threat facing the United States.
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The Hill | DHS to label white supremacists as the 'most persistent and lethal threat' to the US: report | September 4, 2020

 

INSIGHT:  In three draft reports reviewed by Politico, DHS says the threat posed by white supremacists is more significant than the immediate danger from foreign terrorists.

 

“Foreign terrorist organizations will continue to call for Homeland attacks but probably will remain constrained in their ability to direct such plots over the next year,” all three documents say.

 

Russia “probably will be the primary covert foreign influence actor and purveyor of disinformation and misinformation in the Homeland,” the documents add.

 

“Lone offenders and small cells of individuals motivated by a diverse array of social, ideological, and personal factors will pose the primary terrorist threat to the United States,” the earliest draft reads. “Among these groups, we assess that white supremacist extremists – who increasingly are networking with likeminded persons abroad – will pose the most persistent and lethal threat.

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"Voter registration efforts hit Augusta college campuses" | News - The Augusta Chronicle | 09/25/2018

"Voter registration efforts hit Augusta college campuses" | News - The Augusta Chronicle | 09/25/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
National Voter Registration Day included local voter registration drives and a statewide campaign launch to encourage voting by mail.
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"Voter registration efforts hit Augusta college campuses" | News - The Augusta Chronicle | 09/25/2018

 

INSIGHT: "National Voter Registration Day included local voter registration drives and a statewide campaign launch to encourage voting by mail."

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UPDATED - Abrams Leads Both Republicans in First General Election Poll | GeorgiaPol.com - 2018 Elections | 05/31/2018

UPDATED - Abrams Leads Both Republicans in First General Election Poll | GeorgiaPol.com - 2018 Elections | 05/31/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The Stacey Abrams campaign’s first internal poll has Abrams winning over both Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp. (The full memo is below) Her numbers are: 48-43 over Cagle and 49-40 over Kemp. Fred Yang with Hart Research, the Abrams’ campaign pollster, said the poll was conducted statewide with 601 likely voters last week. He said their …
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UPDATED - Abrams Leads Both Republicans in First General Election Poll | GeorgiaPol.com - 2018 Elections | 05/31/2018

INSIGHT: The Stacey Abrams campaign’s first internal poll has Abrams winning over both Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp.

Her numbers are: 48-43 over Cagle and 49-40 over Kemp.

Fred Yang with Hart Research, the Abrams’ campaign pollster, said the poll was conducted statewide with 601 likely voters last week. He said their sample was 45% Trump voters in 2016 compared to 43% Clinton supporters.

“Given all the evidence we’re seeing in 2018,” Yang said “I think the more likely scenario is the sample on election day will be more Democrat than the sample I polled last week.”

“We’re seeing a surge of Democratic turnout,” he added coupled with “muted Republican turnout”. 

Some other information Yang provided: 

  • Abrams has 76% statewide name identification Cagle and Kemp are at 79 and 77
  • Abrams has 44% positive recognition and 16% negative while Cagle and Kemp are 28% positive/21% negative and 33% positive and 21% negative respectively
  • Abrams has two-to-one favorability with independents while the Republicans are “more even”
  • The poll’s independents said they voted for Trump by 20 points and as Yang noted “these independents have a better view of the Democrat 
  • Yang said the Democratic turnout in November “could be higher than in past elections”
  • “The electorate in Georgia is much more focused on the issues of the economy and healthcare than other issues” Yang said
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"FBI issues formal warning on massive malware network linked to Russia" | The Hill - Policy | 05/25/2018

"FBI issues formal warning on massive malware network linked to Russia" | The Hill - Policy | 05/25/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The FBI on Friday issued a formal warning that a sophisticated Russia-linked hacking campaign is compromising hundreds of thousands of home network devices worldwide and it is advising owners to reboot these devices in an
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"FBI issues formal warning on massive malware network linked to Russia" | The Hill - Policy | 05/25/2018

EXCERPT: "The FBI on Friday issued a formal warning that a sophisticated Russia-linked hacking campaign is compromising hundreds of thousands of home network devices worldwide and it is advising owners to reboot these devices in an attempt to disrupt the malicious software."

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VIDEO: "Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela funeral coverage Orlando, Soweto" | SABC Digital News | 04/14/2016

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VIDEO: "Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela funeral coverage Orlando, Soweto" | SABC Digital News | 04/14/2016

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"What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For" | The New York Times | 04/04/2018

"What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For" | The New York Times | 04/04/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
On Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation, basketball is about much more than winning.
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"What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For" | The New York Times | 04/04/2018

A MUST READ STORY: "On Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation, basketball is about much more than winning."

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Opinion | "Facebook Is Not the Problem. Lax Privacy Rules Are." | The New York Times | 04/01/2018

Opinion | "Facebook Is Not the Problem. Lax Privacy Rules Are." | The New York Times | 04/01/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
If we learn anything from the recent controversies surrounding the social media giant, it should be that America’s privacy laws need beefing up.
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Opinion | "Facebook Is Not the Problem. Lax Privacy Rules Are." | The New York Times | 04/01/2018

EXCERPT: There’s no need to start from scratch. In 2012, President Barack Obama proposed a privacy bill of rights that included many ideas for giving people more control over their information, making data collection more transparent and putting limits on what business can do with the information they collect. The bill of rights fizzled out when Congress showed little appetite for it. But the European Union has used a similar approach in developing its General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect on May 25.

The new European rules are not perfect — they include the so-called right to be forgotten, which allows people to ask companies to delete personal information that they no longer wish to share. That could be implemented in ways that limit free speech. But the Europeans have made progress toward addressing some of the problems that have recently been highlighted in the United States. For instance, their laws require companies to seek consent before collecting sensitive personal information, to make the request understandable, and to give users an easy way to opt in to sharing such data, rather than forcing them to opt out if they don’t want to be tracked. Further, companies that want to collect data about Europeans will have to be upfront about how they use personal data, and they cannot collect more information than they need to provide the services they are offering. The Obama bill of rights included a similar concept, saying that personal information should only be used in “ways that are consistent with the context in which consumers provide the data.”

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"Securing Facebook: Keep your data safe with these privacy settings" | ZDNet - Security | 03/21/2018

"Securing Facebook: Keep your data safe with these privacy settings" | ZDNet - Security | 03/21/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Facebook privacy settings explained: Don't let your personal information get in the wrong hands.
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"Securing Facebook: Keep your data safe with these privacy settings" | ZDNet - Security | 03/21/2018

"Facebook privacy settings explained: Don't let your personal information get in the wrong hands."

EXCERPT: To access App Settings:

  • Web: Click or tap the downward-facing triangle at the top right of Facebook.com. Select "Settings" and click or tap "Apps."
  • Android: Tap the three-line button at the top right of the Facebook app. Here you select "Account settings," and then "Apps."
  • In iOS, Tap the three-line button (bottom right of Facebook's app), then "Settings," "Account Settings," and finally "Apps."
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"A Sixth Grader Wrote a Will in Case of a School Shooting" | Teen Vogue | 03/11/18

"A Sixth Grader Wrote a Will in Case of a School Shooting" | Teen Vogue | 03/11/18 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
A sixth grader from Birmingham, Alabama recently made headlines for drafting a will in case of a school shooting.
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"A Sixth Grader Wrote a Will in Case of a School Shooting" | Teen Vogue | 03/11/18

 

EXCERPT: The national conversation about gun violence has been pretty much continuous since the Parkland, Florida school shooting that took place on February 14. All over the country, students have been mobilizing to take action and calling upon lawmakers for stricter legislation and overall change.

Sadly, the prevalence of school shootings has taken a toll on many people within education; the fear of gun violence on school grounds resonates with teachers, staff, and children of all ages. And — in a particularly heartbreaking example — one sixth grade student recently made headlines for writing a will after his school reportedly received a dangerous threat.

According to CBS affiliate WIAT, Javon Davies, a sixth grader from Birmingham, Alabama, wrote out instructions for his belongings, should something happen to him during a school shooting. The letter outlined that his Playstation, TV, cat, and Xbox should all be given to his best friend.

However, it was the message at the end that was truly gut-wrenching. Javon finished his "will" with a message to his family, writing: "I love you all. You gave me the clothes on my back and you stuck with me all the time. Love, Javon."

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"Death of Chadwick Boseman Puts Focus on Colon Cancer and African Americans" | Black Press USA - NNPA Newswire | 09/07/2020

"Death of Chadwick Boseman Puts Focus on Colon Cancer and African Americans" | Black Press USA - NNPA Newswire | 09/07/2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
NNPA NEWSWIRE — Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in America. It is the second most common cause of death related to the disease. African Americans are disproportionately impacted with a 20 percent greater rate than whites and an even greater degree of mortality.
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"Death of Chadwick Boseman Puts Focus on Colon Cancer and African Americans" | Black Press USA - NNPA Newswire | 09/07/2020

 

INSIGHT:  The death of actor Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer at age 43 has brought new attention on the disease and how it disproportionately impacts African Americans.

 

Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at 38. It later advanced to stage 4. Boseman was filming movies that included completing his own stunts while undergoing cancer treatment that included chemotherapy. The actor died on August 30. His death caught many who worked closely with him by surprise. 

 

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in America. It is the second most common cause of death related to the disease. African Americans are disproportionately impacted with a 20 percent greater rate than whites and an even greater degree of mortality.

 

Every year on average 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer with about 50,000 succumbing to the disease. For African Americans the death rates are higher.  Diets high in animal fat and low in fiber are associated with the development of colon cancer.  Cigarette smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and vitamins C and E deficiency are also contributing factors tied to colon cancer. 

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ABC News | "Black scuba divers document slave shipwrecks forgotten for generations" | 09/09/2020

ABC News | "Black scuba divers document slave shipwrecks forgotten for generations" | 09/09/2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
“It's important to know and tell these peoples' stories," one diver said. "It’s important that Black people have a role in telling their own stories.”
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ABC News | "Black scuba divers document slave shipwrecks forgotten for generations" | 09/09/2020

 

INSIGHT:  It was in the middle of December 1827 when the Guerrero, a ship crewed by Cuban pirates, sped through the waters south of Florida to Havana, where they aimed to trade their precious cargo: 561 people who had been kidnapped from their homes in West Africa.

 

As a bad storm approached, the Cuban brig and its crew were trying to avoid British ships that were enforcing a ban on the slave trade, which had been implemented 20 years prior by Great Britain.

 

Near Orange Cay in the Bahamas, a British warship called the HMS Nimble spotted the Guerrero sitting suspiciously low in the water with the weight of the captives on board. The Nimble's crew fired two warning shots at the Guerrero and the chase was on. After five hours, the Nimble had gotten close enough to engage the Guerrero, and the two ships battled with cannon and musket fire.

 

The hundreds of people held captive, crammed into the Cuban boat no more than 120 feet long, could not have known what was happening above.

 

As the sun set, the storm descended. The Guerrero tried to take off again but crashed into the Florida reef, ripping open its hull. Its masts fell. Those on the British ship 2 miles behind could hear the screams of the hundreds aboard.

 

Forty-one African souls died there in bondage. Nearly 200 years later, the brig still hasn't been found.

 

This story may have been forgotten if not for Gail Swanson, a Florida Keys historian who first uncovered a log from the Nimble in 1992, which described these events. Later, divers Ken Stewart and the late Brenda Lanzendorf took on the search for the ship.

 

The two founded Diving with a Purpose (DWP) together in 2004 with the intention of finding and documenting what is left of the Guerrero. Today, divers of all ages take part in the program, learning to identify and map shipwrecks in the Florida Keys and beyond, as far away as South Africa. Most of its members are Black.

 

Rachel Stewart started scuba diving with her late father while on a trip when she was only 13 years old. Now 24, she says, "diving is something I love doing to remember him."

 

Before she joined DWP, Stewart said she didn't know much about maritime archeology. But then she learned about the Guerrero.

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"The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-person and Online Simultaneously" | by Catlin Tucker | 09/01/2020

"The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-person and Online Simultaneously" | by Catlin Tucker | 09/01/2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Teachers all over the country are being asked to teach 'concurrent classrooms' in which some students attend class in person and others attend virtually. The teacher in a concurrent classroom attempts to meet the needs of the students in class

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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"The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-person and Online Simultaneously" | by Catlin Tucker | 09/01/2020

 

INSIGHT: Teachers all over the country are being asked to teach “concurrent classrooms” in which some students attend class in person and others attend virtually. The teacher in a concurrent classroom attempts to meet the needs of the students in class and online simultaneously. This is the most challenging scenario I can imagine in our current situation.

 

Several teachers have reached out asking for advice. I wish there was research I could point to or a collection of best practices that I could share. Unfortunately, there is a scarcity of information on this topic in the context of K-12 education. In an attempt to support teachers in this situation, I’ve been reflecting on how I would approach design, instruction, and facilitation in a concurrent classroom.

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Tanya DeClue's curator insight, September 19, 10:18 PM
This article dives into how teachers are being asked to support their students in the classroom as well as the ones online and working with them simultaneously.  Blended learning offers a few options to help with this style of teaching.  In this article she explains how she would use three of them.  Great insight and examples to help anyone who may be stuck.
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Kyle Rittenhouse and his militia defense ignores that private paramilitaries are illegal

Kyle Rittenhouse and his militia defense ignores that private paramilitaries are illegal | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse, protests and violence make a deadly mix. Where are militias and the Second Amendment in all this?
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NBC News | "Kyle Rittenhouse and his militia defense ignores that private paramilitaries are illegal" | 09/05/2020

 

"A militia operates under the authority of the president or a governor; if it doesn’t, it’s just an armed mob."

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Earth Is 'Missing' at Least 20 Ft of Sea Level Rise. #Antarctica "Could" Be The Time Bomb Corporate Media always want to create doubt!

Earth Is 'Missing' at Least 20 Ft of Sea Level Rise. #Antarctica "Could" Be The Time Bomb Corporate Media always want to create doubt! | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Some 115,000 years ago, Homo sapiens were still living in bands of hunter gatherers, largely confined to Africa. We still shared the globe with the Neanderthals, although it's not clear we had met them yet.

Via THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY, CineversityTV
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Earth Is 'Missing' at Least 20 Ft of Sea Level Rise. #Antarctica "Could" Be The Time Bomb Corporate Media always want to create doubt! | Science Alert | 02/12/2019

THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY's curator insight, February 12, 2019 7:58 AM

Here's what's really happening with all that ice.

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Opinion | "Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?" | The New York Times | 07/19/2018

Opinion | "Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?" | The New York Times | 07/19/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Lawmakers must keep the American people informed of the current danger, writes a Republican congressman from Texas.
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Opinion | "Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?" | The New York Times | 07/19/2018

 

EXCERPT: "Lawmakers must keep the American people informed of the current danger, writes a Republican congressman from Texas."

 

“Over the course of my career as an undercover officer in the C.I.A., I saw Russian intelligence manipulate many people. I never thought I would see the day when an American president would be one of them.”

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VIDEO: "Lafayette High School honored for 100 percent voter registration" | WKYT-TV Lexington, KY | 05/30/2018

VIDEO: "Lafayette High School honored for 100 percent voter registration" | WKYT-TV Lexington, KY | 05/30/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The Kentucky Secretary of State's Office says one Lexington high school stood above the rest when it came to voter registration.
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VIDEO: "Lafayette High School honored for 100 percent voter registration" | WKYT-TV Lexington, KY | 05/30/2018

EXCERPT:  The Kentucky Secretary of State's Office says one Lexington high school stood above the rest when it came to voter registration.

 

Seniors at Lafayette High School were preparing for their graduation ceremony, when Secretary of State Alison Luindergan Grimes surprised the student with the Georgia Davis Powers Award for their voter registration efforts.

A team of seniors worked with their peers to make sure all students eligible to vote were registered, totaling 770 students in the past two years.

"All of those people in that room that we just saw, all of those people are registered to vote, and if they're gonna go out to vote, they're gonna be passionate about something, and I want my representatives to know that they have opinions and they care," 2017 graduate Gabriella Epley said.

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Zora Neale Hurston: "Barracoon" Excerpt | Vulture | 04/29/2018

Zora Neale Hurston: "Barracoon" Excerpt | Vulture | 04/29/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Excerpt from Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston. In 1931, she sought to publish an important piece of American history — the story of Cudjo Lewis, the only living survivor of the final slave ship to land in America.
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Zora Neale Hurston: "Barracoon" Excerpt | Vulture | 04/29/2018

 

INSIGHT: Their Eyes Were Watching God is required reading in high schools and colleges and cited as a formative influence by Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. It’s been canonized by Harold Bloom — even credited for inspiring the tableau in Lemonade where Beyoncé and a clutch of other women regally occupy a wooden porch — but Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel was eviscerated by critics when it was published in 1937. The hater-in-chief was no less than Richard Wright, who recoiled as much at the book’s depiction of lush female sexuality and (supposedly) apolitical themes as its use of black dialect, “the minstrel technique that makes the ‘white folks’ laugh.”

 

Barracoon is testament to her patient fieldwork. The book is based on three months of periodic interviews with a man named Cudjo Lewis — or Kossula, his original name — the last survivor of the last slave ship to land on American shores. Plying him with peaches and Virginia hams, watermelon and Bee Brand insect powder, Hurston drew out his story. Kossula had been captured at age 19 in an area now known as the country Benin by warriors from the neighboring Dahomian tribe, then marched to a stockade, or barracoon, on the West African coast. There, he and some 120 others were purchased and herded onto the Clotilda, captained by William Foster and commissioned by three Alabama brothers to make the 1860 voyage.

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"When There’s More to the Story Than Basketball " | The New York Times | 04/07/2018

"When There’s More to the Story Than Basketball " | The New York Times | 04/07/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The writer Abe Streep describes his year with the Flathead Indian Reservation basketball team as they struggled with a cluster of suicides.
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"When There’s More to the Story Than Basketball " | The New York Times | 04/07/2018

SUMMARY: "The writer Abe Streep describes his year with the Flathead Indian Reservation basketball team as they struggled with a cluster of suicides."

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"Georgia distracted driving bill: What's legal, what's not?"| MyAJC - Politics | 03/30/2018

"Georgia distracted driving bill: What's legal, what's not?"| MyAJC - Politics | 03/30/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
House Bill 673 would require drivers to use hands-free technology when using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.
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"Georgia distracted driving bill: What's legal, what's not?"| MyAJC - Politics | 03/30/2018

EXCERPT: PROHIBITED

*Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device (for example, an iPod).

*Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data while holding your device.

*Reaching for a device if it means you’re no longer in a seated, driving position or properly restrained by a seat belt.

*Watching a video or movie other than watching data related to the navigation of your vehicle (i.e., your mapping app or GPS screen).

*Recording a video.

ALLOWED

*Speaking or texting while using hands-free technology.

*Using a GPS system or mapping app.

*Wearing and using a smart watch.

*Using an earpiece to talk on the phone.

*Using radios, CB radios, CB radio hybrids, commercial two-way radios, subscription-based emergency communication devices, prescribed medical devices, amateur or ham radios and “in-vehicle security, navigation or remote diagnostics” systems.

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"Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died" | Times Live - South Africa | 04/02/2018

"Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died" | Times Live - South Africa | 04/02/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela‚ a stalwart in the fight against apartheid‚ has died at the age of 81.
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"Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died" | Times Live - South Africa | 04/02/2018

EXCERPT: "Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela‚ a stalwart in the fight against apartheid‚ has died at the age of 81.

Her PA‚ Zodwa Zwane‚ confirmed the struggle veteran’s death on Monday afternoon. She said the family would issue a statement later in the day.

Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ she moved to Johannesburg to study social work after matriculating.

She met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1957 and they were married a year later. They had two children together.

However‚ her marriage life with Mandela was short-lived‚ as he was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. Mandela was eventually released in 1990."

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"Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy" | The Conversation | 03/12/18

"Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy" | The Conversation | 03/12/18 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
As part of preparing students to live in a democracy, schools should teach students how to engage in political dissent, a philosophy of education scholar argues.
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"Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy" | The Conversation | 03/12/18

 

"As part of preparing students to live in a democracy, schools should teach students how to engage in political dissent, a philosophy of education scholar argues. Teaching children how to dissent in response to a violent situation that they feel threatens their well-being is aligned with the purposes of democratic schooling. Indeed, a flourishing democracy depends on such an informed and active citizenry who will speak out when they find laws to be unjust."

 
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