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  • Publishers are doing all they can to wring out more value from...
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Publishers are doing all they can to wring out more value from their existing body of content. The most common technique is to resurface popular old stories that (even just barely) pertain to a trending topic: Publishers will republish or re-share old bits of viral content in the hopes of striking traffic gold once again. People watch reruns on television, the thinking goes, so why not bring that approach to digital content? (via Publishers have an updated evergreen strategy: Make the old new again | Digiday)
  • After Sexy Snapchat Fundraising Stunt, Student Radio Station May Be Sold or Restructured

    College Media Matters
    Dan Reimold
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Cal Poly dean: "[H]ow could it go so far with the faculty completely unaware!"
  • The State Line Amateur Tour faces down Meadowbrook Country Club
    Steve Wilson, Kansas City Golf Examiner
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
  • Smallpox: The long goodbye

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    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am - By Jeanne Guillemin - Jul. 22 (News Analysis) - In 1986, with no new smallpox cases reported, the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, resolved to destroy the strain collections and make the virus extinct. But there was resistance to this; American scientists in particular wanted to continue their research. Meanwhile, less advantaged countries that had suffered much from the disease demanded final closure.NewsTrust Rating: Not rated yet - See Info » - Review It        Visit NewsTrust | About | Sign Up…
  • emergentfutures: Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook...
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    emergentfutures: Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month According to pages that were pulled down, it will offer access to over 600,000 titles. Full Story: Gigaom
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  • Smallpox: The long goodbye

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am - By Jeanne Guillemin - Jul. 22 (News Analysis) - In 1986, with no new smallpox cases reported, the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, resolved to destroy the strain collections and make the virus extinct. But there was resistance to this; American scientists in particular wanted to continue their research. Meanwhile, less advantaged countries that had suffered much from the disease demanded final closure.NewsTrust Rating: Not rated yet - See Info » - Review It        Visit NewsTrust | About | Sign Up…
  • AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Huffington Post - By Stephen M. Walt - Jul. 22 (Opinion) - As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now exceeds 500. As usual, the U.S. government is siding with Israel, even though most American leaders understand Israel instigated the latest round of violence, is not acting with restraint, and that its actions make Washington look callous and hypocritical in the eyes of most of the world.NewsTrust Rating: 4.6 average (not enough reviews) -…
  • Breaking: In Latest Attack on Gaza Medical Site, IDF Shells al-Aqsa Hospital; 5 Dead, Dozens Hurt

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jul. 21 (News) - In breaking news from the Gaza Strip, at least four people were killed today and dozens wounded when the Israeli military shelled the al-Aqsa Hospital. It is at least the third Israeli military attack on a Gaza hospital since the ground invasion on Thursday. Speaking from Gaza's overrun al-Shifa Hospital, Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert accuses Israel of directly targeting medical facilities. Gilbert helped treat many of the victims of Israel's attack on the Shejaiya neighborhood, where 72 people were killed. We also speak with Democracy Now!
  • US terrorist database growing at rapid rate

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
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  • Israel: America’s Frankenstein Monster

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    AlterNet - By Andrew O'Hehir - Jul. 21 (News Analysis) - the not-so-secret subtext of both pro-Israel and anti-Israel arguments is that they’re really debates about America and its role in the world. Israel is of course closely tied to the U.S. in military, economic, cultural and psychological terms, and in all likelihood would not exist if not for six-plus decades of staunch American support. Although it’s a distinctive society in many ways, Israel is also a familiar kind of place – a Westernized consumer democracy of yoga classes, designer cocktails and gay pride parades – in a way…
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  • emergentfutures: Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook...

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    emergentfutures: Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month According to pages that were pulled down, it will offer access to over 600,000 titles. Full Story: Gigaom
  • How CNN and Cisco made a web series about progressive cities...

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    How CNN and Cisco made a web series about progressive cities that’s a mixture of editorial and branded content. CNN Digital Studios, is working with Cisco to present City of Tomorrow, a 10-part online series that explores ways different cities are trying to improve their citizens’ lives. A 30-minute special, also called City of Tomorrow, will air on CNN on July 19.
  • Publishers are doing all they can to wring out more value from...

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Publishers are doing all they can to wring out more value from their existing body of content. The most common technique is to resurface popular old stories that (even just barely) pertain to a trending topic: Publishers will republish or re-share old bits of viral content in the hopes of striking traffic gold once again. People watch reruns on television, the thinking goes, so why not bring that approach to digital content? (via Publishers have an updated evergreen strategy: Make the old new again | Digiday)
  • What Writer's Block? Swedish Man and His Bot Have Authored 2.7 Million Wikipedia Articles

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    What Writer's Block? Swedish Man and His Bot Have Authored 2.7 Million Wikipedia Articles: futurejournalismproject: Via The Wall Street Journal: Sverker Johansson could be the most prolific author you’ve never heard of. Volunteering his time over the past seven years publishing to Wikipedia, the 53-year-old Swede can take credit for 2.7 million articles, or 8.5% of the entire collection, according to Wikimedia analytics, which measures the site’s traffic. His stats far outpace any other user, the group says. He has been particularly prolific cataloging obscure animal species, including…
  • MIT’s Tangible Media is a surface that three-dimensionally...

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    MIT’s Tangible Media is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, like a table of living clay: brucesterling: designculturemind: Tangible Media MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely, "Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning." *The tie-in with the projection-mapping is especially good.
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  • From the end of one revolutionary wave to preparing for another

    Sameh Naguib
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Egypt's army, with support, used 30 June as the cover for a military coup and for the transformation of the anger against the Brotherhood into a bloody mandate not only to eliminate the Brotherhood, but to wipe out the 25 January Revolution. We must study the balance of power between us and our enemies in a cold-blooded, scientific fashion, if our goal is victory. There can be no doubt that we are witnessing a clear victory for the counter-revolution and confirmation of the end of the first wave of the Egyptian revolution. This does not mean, however, that the counter-revolution’s…
  • The coming struggle over Palestine

    Ahmad Samih Khalidi
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    We may now be moving towards a renewed conflict or struggle over the entire land of Palestine/Israel between various manifestations of Palestinian nationalism on the one hand and Zionism on the other.    No matter how the current round of fighting between Hamas and the Palestinians’ resistance groups and Israel may end, a number of significant factors have come together to point to a new reality that is now taking shape on the ground. While the war on Gaza may not have been the direct product of the failure of the Israeli/PLO peace talks sponsored by US Secretary State John Kerry,…
  • Mass surveillance post-Snowden: an unbalanced debate

    Claude Moraes
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    People are entitled to privacy on the Internet just as they have a right to privacy in all other areas of their lives. Why has there been no debate about this? Flickr/Herr Olsen. Some rights reserved. The Snowden revelations provided Europe with the opportunity to start a debate on how to protect privacy in a digital world and on where to draw the line between privacy and security. Despite the impact of these revelations on all European countries due to the sheer scale of mass surveillance in operation, the extent of the reactions in countries across Europe have varied. These different…
  • What will it take to end mass surveillance in the EU?

    Jens-Henrik Jeppesen and Sarah St. Vincent
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    As European governments refuse to act on the issue of mass surveillance, it becomes clear that the fight against organised snooping on our private lives must take place at the EU rather than national level. MEPs support asylum for Snowden. Flickr/greensefa. Some rights reserved.When the media reports containing startling revelations about the scale and scope of electronic surveillance conducted by the US National Security Agency (NSA) appeared in June 2013, Europe’s response was mixed. It quickly became clear that while European officials and Members of the European Parliament…
  • A quick response to Ellie Mae O'Hagan on British nationalism and Welsh language

    Adam Ramsay
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Yes, we should learn various British languages in schools across Britain, but why stop with Welsh? Ellie Mae o'Hagan has written a piece in the Guardian today picking up on various things from my “40 reasons” series, and I thought I'd take the quick chance to respond. Do read her piece first, or none of the below will make any sense. First, she explains why she sees the nationalism which I described as “British” as “English”. I don't quite agree with this – apart from anything else, it was Danny Alexander I was accusing, and he is a Highlander. It would seem odd to accuse him of…
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  • The Wounded Girl in the Gaza Strip: The Need for a New Approach

    Ranga Kalugampitiya
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Photo by AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, via Yahoo! News A news article published on Yahoo on July 18, 2014 had an image of a little girl of about one year old. She was naked and was lying on a diaper which seemed to have just come undone. She was being held by eight to ten caring hands clad in white gloves. She had visible wounds and blood stains on her body. Her little face was turned upward and was seemingly focused on the face of a person to whom two of those hands clad in white gloves belonged. She had an expression on her face which I, as a father of another little girl of her age, am still…
  • Where In-fighting generates Fervour & Power: ISIS Today, LTTE yesterday

    Michael Roberts
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Image courtesy NBC News “Division and in-fighting will sap and weaken any organisation or ideological current.” This formulation (mine) may seem a common-sense dictum. Let me challenge this notion with another dictum: “fratricidal militant fission sparks dedication, skill and organisational power.” The recent, explosive expansion in Syria and Iraq of Sunni militants under the banner of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) can be placed alongside the rise of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) among Tamil militants in the 1970s-to-90s as potential illustrations of a…
  • Five years of vanquished journalism: A self critique

    Dilrukshi Handunnetti
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Image courtesy Grassrooted For nearly three decades, it remained Sri Lanka’s biggest story. Over the years, the resplendent island became known, not for its human development indicators or as a vibrant democracy, but as the birth place of the deadly Liberation Tigers – and what fuelled its birth, growth and its destructive impact on the island. When I walked into a newsroom two decades ago, the war was the biggest story and it stayed that way. The coveted beats included defence and crime, with most other ‘beats’ being treated with unexpressed disdain, crumbs that fell off a…
  • The BBS and a catalyst for a Buddhist Muslim conflict

    Harim Peiris
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Photo by Shilpa Samaratunge The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Sri Lanka’s catalyst for opening up a new Buddhist verses Muslim conflict, perhaps due to boredom now that a thirty year civil war has ended, follows more by design than accident a classic military strategy of an escalation or advancement and then a tactical retreat due to over reach. Immediately after the previous attacks as well, whether in Dambula or Nugegoda, there was silence for awhile and similarly after the anti Muslim events of “Dark June 2014”, there has been a steady denial both by the state security establishment and the…
  • Is BBS the new face of Buddhist revivalism?

    Ayesha Zuhair
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    This is a response to an article written by Udaya Gammanpila which appeared in the Ceylon Today newspaper (6 July 2014). This response was emailed to Ceylon Today two days later (08 July 2014), but it has not been published to date. Photo by Shilpa Samaratunge. The campaign of hate, intimidation and violence directed against Muslims in post-war Sri Lanka has been built substantially on blatant lies. The 06 July 2014 ‘Guard Post’ column in Ceylon Today penned by UPFA’s Group Leader for Colombo District and Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila (UG) is no different in this…
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  • Industry body ASSOCHAM urges govt. to review any increase in royalty rate on iron ore

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    The apex industry body ASSOCHAM has suggested the Finance Minister to review its budget proposal to increase the royalty rate on Iron Ore from 10 to 15% with a view to maintain cost competitiveness and sustainable growth of the domestic industry.
  • An app that makes hiring of autos & cabs simpler

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    AUTOnCAB, an easy-to-use, innovative and hassle-free transport solution for passengers and drivers alike, announced the launch of its pioneering innovation- the AUTOnCAB app for users in Delhi from July 21, 2014.
  • Over dependence on private sector led to power crisis: NIPEF

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    The over dependence on private sector for bringing in power sector reforms in generation, transmission and distribution did not auger well for the country and there was a need for a balanced approach, said Northern India Power Engineers Federation (NIPEF ).
  • Drug addiction among youths in Punjab becoming a serious issue

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    As observed from various media reports it looks like youths in Punjab are getting addicted to drugs. One report points out that around 73.5% of Punjab's youths are addicted to drugs.
  • What is Gurgaon famous for: Citizens reactions!

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I have been living in Gurgaon for the past three years and although I have seen the moods of Gurgaon, the contrasts and the culture, but was stumped when someone asked me what was Gurgaon famous for. All kinds of negative images of potholes, road rage and pollution came to mind, but it became increasingly difficult to see the glass as half full. In order to understand Gurgaon a little better and what people- who have stayed here way longer than I have, would say, I asked them what do they think Gurgaon is famous for.
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    Citizen Wausau

  • Good on You, Todd Rasmussen

    Dino Corvino
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    So, a guy I know passed away about a week ago as of my sitting down to write this. His name was Todd Rasmussen, and he was simply cooler than you. He was cooler than me, and cooler than just about everyone. I only knew him a little, but he was an iconic cat in my opinion, so I thought I would write something. I thought I would write a bit about Todd. It is my belief that, for a long time, the Scott Street Pub was a cultural heart beat of Wausau. Before the internet, before drunk driving laws, before all of it, the Pub existed. And in my opinion, the soul of the Pub is put solely in two…
  • Thank you Lane Ware

    Dino Corvino
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:10 am
    In trying to find some broader idea in which to place this post, I came up with tempering.  I am told often to temper my emotions, to hold them back, and to let them find their own quiet power.  I think I have learned the value of that in most ways, in most positive ways.  One of the places I refuse to let that lesson be learned is in the sensation of GRATITUDE.  I let gratitude cover me like a wave, and knock me back. So, today when a young person took the time to call me at work and tell me that Lane Ware had passed away as soon as the sadness and shock wore off, I was left crying at my…
  • An Open Letter to Mayor Tipple

    Dino Corvino
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Dear Mayor Tipple, You are failing.  A week does not go by where there is not a story of your ineptitude.  I say you, knowing full well that others are in the stories, but you are the boss of City Hall.  So, when this or that happens, you are the one that has failed.  Because you are not paying attention, or you are corrupt, or you just do not care what people think of you and the administration. That being said, I want to offer you a suggestion.  It is not a suggestion you have not heard, and if you have not heard it, you need to get better advisors.  Because this is in no way a unique…
  • Dear Snow Plow Guys and Street Crews

    Dino Corvino
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    Thank you.  It seems like winter is coming to an end, and I wanted to send a internet note to you saying thank you.  You and your comrades on the street crews deserve a ton of thanks, and so, thank you. We here in Central Wisconsin have the ability to complain about anything.  We complain and bitch about everything.  In this tougher than normal winter, a lot of people complained a lot about roads, and plows and the whole bit. I was one of them.  I live in a spot in Weston that is a dumping ground for the Village of Weston plow trucks.  I live in a perfect spot on a corner and they just…
  • Tom Neal — Candidacy Statement: Alderman, Wausau District 4

    Tom Neal
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:21 pm
    [Editor Note:  We solicited statements from all candidates for local office.  So far, Tom Neal is the only one to respond.  Thanks Tom.]   Fifteen years ago, my family moved to Wausau from Texas, and over the years, we have seen many changes that have helped make this a more dynamic and fun community — truly, a remarkable and impressive transformation since 1999. And there have been new challenges: a major downturn in the national and regional economy; local plants and mills have shut down or downsized; an influx of hard drugs and a rise in associated crime; historic neighborhoods…
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    Coastsider News & Letters

  • A Passionate Journey of the CA Dulcimer with the Film Society
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang of Pacifica, CA met at a dulcimer festival in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2006. Brought together by the quiet but haunting sound of the dulcimer, they married in 2008. At this month’s Film Night, Patricia, Wayne and some friends will play us some of their favorite songs and then screen us their new documentary about the influence the California Dulcimer has had on popular music.  Friday, June 27, 7:30 pm Coastside Senior Housing/Senior Coastsiders 925 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 Concert/Film admission price: $10.00 Opening Act: The Dulcimer…
  • Letter: Coastside Dems elect progressive activist board
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:23 pm
    The Coastside Democratic Club has elected a new slate of Board members committed to supporting progressive local and global causes. The new president Harvey Rarback said “the Club welcomes all Coastside Democrats and like-minded progressives who wish to work for citizen involvement in electoral and community life”. The Board is planning more frequent membership meetings with guest speakers who can stimulate the membership to take action to achieve its goals.  Rarback listed some ideas the Club might pursue: Working to promote national and local infrastructure jobs and promoting…
  • Pacifica community forum: Alternatives to Highway 1 widening, June 25
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:44 pm
    There will be a community forum on alternatives to Highway 1 widening Wednesday, June 25 in Pacifica. Speakers will include: Former Pacifica School District board member Cynthia Kaufman, former Pacifica mayor Peter Loeb, former Pacifica planning commission member Leo Leon, Pete Shoemaker, John Keener, and Chaya Gordon. Snacks will be provided Come learn about: The huge footprint of the planned project What you can do about it Alternative ways to reduce traffic Sponsored by Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives and Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (a project of Pacifica’s Environmental Family).
  • Looking for Salmon: there’s an App for that
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:43 pm
    King Salmon season is upon us again and with it the question of whether there is salmon to be had at Pillar Point Harbor on any particular day.  FishLine is now entering it’s third season of providing real-time information on the availability of all fresh seafood at Pillar Point Harbor and now 11 other Pacific coast ports from San Diego to Fort Bragg. Check out the FishLine app at and FishLine Web at Phondini Partners also worked with HMB Media to produce an entertaining new video for Salmon season available at Follow the…
  • Pumpkin Festival meeting with non-profit vendors, June 25 at Cameron’s Outback
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:29 pm
    The Pumpkin Festival is holding its annual planning meeting with the festival’s non-profit food and game booth vendors on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 pm at Cameron’s Outback. The purpose of the meeting is to cover application procedures, discuss logistics and plans, and field questions to ensure a well-coordinated, smooth and successful event for all. The meeting is mandatory for non-profits that participated last year (and wish to participate again) and also open to those interested in applying for this year’s festival. The 2014 Pumpkin Festival will be held on October 18-19. For…
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  • Nanotechnology and the Mexico Social Security Administration

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Nanotechnology has its place in green buildings and there is much skepticism when anyone talks about 'liquid insulation' as it sounds both unbelievable and like no technology out there today. Well there is some truth to that, as I have found that there is a patent out there (maybe patents) for a paint on insulation that literally can improve how 'green' your building is. I plan to try this on my own home as soon as I am done researching. Anyway, on to the case study... Liquid insulation was painted on the roof of the Mexico Social Security Admin building in Monterrey. This building contains…
  • Wells Fargo Under Dept. of Treasury Federal Investigation

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Wells Fargo Under Dept. of Treasury Federal Investigation On 3 July 2014 Rev. Frank Paul Jones was denied the right to open a saving account for the National Community Network, INC., and was given a signed document from the store manager stating to the effect that all key members of this non profit organization will have to be present and do a roll call before her, prior to her authorizing such business transaction. We took this up the ladder of Wells Fargo Corporate Department and still after first stating this doesn't make any sense, they would redirect us by saying there is something in…
  • Becky Sharma Receives Endorsement of John Brunner

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Becky Sharma Receives Endorsement of John Brunner Florissant, MO. (July 22, 2014)– Rekha “Becky” Sharma of Florissant, candidate for State Representative in the 68th District, has received the endorsement of former Vi-Jon CEO and U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner. “I am pleased to endorse Becky Sharma for Republican Representative of Missouri's 68th District,” Brunner said in a statement. “I believe Becky is an independent thinker who will vote as The People's voice, a person with courage and strong conservative, pro-life values. I think she is the right person with the right…
  • Jo-pop and ramen festival - sunday 7/20/2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Jo-pop and ramen festival 7/20/2014
  • Transmedia sf - game connect

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    transmedia sf, During Casual Connect, we're co-producing an event the the Game Dev Art & Tech SF with an opportunity to check out games and meet fellow game developers, artists, and other magicians. If you have a game to demo, art to display or something else you'd like to show, contact us! With thanks to our sponsors: Find out more at On the night Dolby is giving away Plantronics GameCom 788 gaming headsets! Keyframe-Entertainment is a Transformational Media Network that bridges Underground Electronic Music and mainstream culture. Games on Display: Project V - Unleash…
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    When Falls the Coliseum

  • Bad sports, good sports: Ernie Els hits fan in the face with a golf ball

    Alan Spoll
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    I don’t know the actual percentage of little kids that dream of being professional athletes, but I expect that it’s a pretty large number. Most of the time, the dream is built around having the athletic ability to be able to compete at the highest level. There is a lot more to it than just physical skill, however. It is the ability to focus that separates the great from the good. Even the great ones can be perfectly ordinary or worse when that focus is thrown off, and that was very much on display in the opening round of the Open Championship on Thursday if you were watching Ernie Els.
  • The Emperor decrees that ye may not use “genius” as an adjective

    Chris Matarazzo
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    I have been declared Emperor of the World. Let us not waste time explaining why or how; let’s all simply accept the fact that we are better off, as a result; hence, my next decree: Emperor’s Decree No. 4528: No, he didn’t quit. You can’t quit being Emperor — the Universe makes you Emperor. We were just….Emperoring. None of your concern. Just continue to obey. For instance: We’ll say this only one more time. “Genius” is a noun, not an adjective. One can not have a “genius idea.” One can have an “ingenious idea.” Someone went…
  • Top ten complaints of Danielle Davies, a 39-year-old New Jersey woman who is dating a life-size cardboard cutout of Bradley Cooper

    Bob Sullivan
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    10. “The police still won’t let me use the car pool lane.” 9. “Every time we go to dinner, it always winds up being my treat!” 8. “My Robert Downey Jr. cutout is always getting jealous.” 7. “The lack of a sense of humor at construction sites when I slip him under the wheels of a steam roller.” 6. “The ordeal of having to meet his cardboard cutout parents.” 5. “The fact that we can only go out when it’s not raining.” 4. “His constantly referring to himself as a ‘working stiff’.” 3. “It seems like I’m always the one who has to initiate sex.” 2.
  • A license to text

    Scott Warnock
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    With extensive apologies to my many Ayn Rand-loving, small government-promoting friends, it’s pretty clear to me that the textual communications associated with cell phones have to come under the government eye. Something must be done. We need, quite simply, age-based and perhaps behavior-based texting control: A Texting License. You need licenses to do all kinds of things from hair weaves to clamming, but you can be any age to go through the astonishing complexity associated with the writing and massive, nearly instantaneous distribution of electronic communications. I’m not talking…
  • Bad sports, good sports: On vacation plus links

    Alan Spoll
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Hey there, loyal readers. I am on vacation this week and have not had time to put together my usual brilliance to share with you. I will return next week with something sure to astound. In the meantime, here are a few links with stories of interest from this week. Bad: 1) Two University of Miami football players arrested for rape. 2) Idiot baseball fan sleeps and then sues. 3) Jan Segura’s infant son dies. 4) Brazil collapses at the end of the World Cup. 5) You know that World Cup trophy you won, Germany? It’s not yours. Good: 1) LeBron James goes home to Cleveland. 2) Pitcher…
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  • Saving the Lakes, one beach at a time

    Myranda Thigpen
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    Kai Konyha hopped off a yellow school bus at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve in Highland Park on a hot sunny Friday afternoon for Great Lakes Action Day. The Shedd Aquarium partnered with Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations. The partnership is designed toprotect and conserve the Great Lakes. “We started last […]
  • Southside Children’s Safe Haven

    Carissa Peters
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Donzell Matthews is spending his summers at a church on the Southside. It’s not going well. The Rev. Adonna Davis Reid said Matthews, who is part of the Safe Haven program at the South Shore United Methodist Church is one of the most eccentric as well as violent of his peers in the program. “I […]
  • Not Pretty, but Fun as you learn Kulturkueche (Sausage Making)

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dank Haus presents Sausage Making on July 24th. You can view the details (and buy a ticket — this is not a free activity here.) Are you ready to grind a whole pork shoulder? Austrian Chef Martin of Alpine Brand Sausages will guide you through the art of Wurst. Students will make 3-4 sausages from bratwurst […]
  • SWOP-Chicago Sex Worker Outreach Project

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There will be a discussion & reading from a new book by ‘The Honest Courtesan’ Maggie McNeil at 1700 S. Loomis in Pilsen on July 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Maggie McNeill, the popular sex worker rights blogger, retired librarian and retired call girl behind “The Honest Courtesan” just published her first short stories collection, Ladies of the Night. […]
  • Walk in the gardens, there’s “hope among the flowers”

    Rashmi Shivni
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
      Lush greens and wild flowers reach for the sky, climbing beautiful homes and glowing from an intense downpour. The owners of these homes volunteer to showcase some of their most exotic and vibrant flora for the 8th Annual Downers Grove Garden Walk. In rain or shine, residents around Downers Grove and DuPage County flock […]
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    First Arkansas News (FAN) - reporting from across the Natural State

  • The Nobles Law Firm is now open

    Ethan Nobles
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    As of July 1, the Nobles Law Firm opened its doors in scenic downtown Benton and is now accepting clients. The firm’s sole lawyer is Ethan C. Nobles (me!), managing editor of First Arkansas News. Those who know me are aware that I used to practice law at a firm called Nobles, Poore & Jones (later called just Nobles & Poore after Jones went off to Tunica to deal cards) for four years in Fayetteville. Those who know me really well are aware that I totally hated every minute of that dreadful career. So, what has changed? Simply put, I’ve come up with a way to practice law…
  • Captivating Heart retreat focuses on a woman’s identity in Christ

    Jamie Smith
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Women of Northwest Arkansas and beyond are invited for a weekend of rest, rescue and redemption at the third annual Captivating Heart Retreat. Captivating Heart is Oct. 17-19 at New Life Ranch in Colcord, Okla. (about 10 minutes west of Siloam Springs, Ark.). Sponsored by Strings Attached Ministries, the retreat is inspired by the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. The retreat is designed for women (age 16+) of all backgrounds and faiths although the Christian Bible will be used as a reference point. Cari Kaufman of Strings Attached Ministries and Marilyn Hodgin, retired teacher,…
  • New nonprofit The Solgave Project launches first initiative: safe interaction between humans, dogs

    Jamie Smith
    2 Jun 2014 | 1:41 pm
    A new nonprofit organization in Northwest Arkansas focuses on how animals and nature facilitate healing in the human spirit. The Solgave Project is based in Fayetteville and will feature four initiatives per year with the first being The Yellow Dog Project. The initiatives will be a vehicle to provide objective-based, action-oriented phases that demonstrates the overall Solgave mission. The Yellow Dog Project is a global program that teaches about “dogs that need space.” The purpose is two-fold in that it teaches dog owners who own a dog that needs a little extra space in public to…
  • Retron 5 set for June 6 release

    Ethan Nobles
    22 May 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Back on May 25, 2013, First Arkansas News published an article about the Hyperkin Retron 5. Go ahead and click the aforementioned link for more details, but here’s a summary — the Retron 5 is designed to play games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Japanese and European versions of those consoles and some Nintendo Game Boy games. Oh, and the console is designed to upscale all of those games to 720p so they will look great on HDTV sets. Anyone who has hooked up a classic console to an HDTV set knows the problem with doing that —…
  • EaseUS — file recovery software that works

    Ethan Nobles
    13 May 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Back in the old DOS days, file recovery was sorely needed but the applications that allowed for it were more than a bit primitive. We’re talking about the late 1980s and early 1990s when a 40-megabyte hard drive was considered massive. It was common to get rid of files regularly in order to make room for more space on limited drives. I had purchased a file recovery package because I’m the type who tends to delete a bunch of files and discover later that I had gotten rid of some that I needed. I can’t remember the name of the package, but I do remember it was of limited…
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    Southwest Florida Online - Hendry and Glades County

  • Obituaries - Jessie Humphrey, Jane Swails

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Jane Travis Swails passed away on July 20, 2014 at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice of Bonita Springs after aggressive battles with cancer. Jane was a Fort Myers native and graduated from Fort Myers High. She was 58. Jane is survived by her loving and dedicated husband Mike, daughter Ginger, granddaughters Gwendolyn, Gracie and Gabriella and grandson, Benito, her mother Marjorie Starkey Travis, sister Marjorie Katherine "Kay" , brothers Eddie (Jeanette) and Mark (Kelly), several nieces and nephews, as well as several close friends whom she considered family. She was predeceased by her father,…
  • High School Solar Cells Capture Sun's Energy

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    LABELLE, FL. -- LaBelle High School is part of Florida Power and Light's partnership program with communities across Florida to better understand and use solar energy. Across Florida, over 100 locations, including schools and other facilities have installed solar systems, turning sunshine into clean energy.At the high school on Cowboy Way, east of the city, individual solar panels capable of producing 240 watts of energy each, are combined into arrays that can produce up to 5,000 watts an hour, or 5kW on a bright sunny day.On average the school site has been producing about 21 kW hours each…
  • Why You're Feeling So Hot And Miserable

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    It's Not The Humidity, It's The Dew Point That's Making It StiflingLABELLE, FL. -- You've been able to take the summer heat all through June and the beginning July, but this week you're feeling miserable outside of an air-conditioned building. Why is that? The temperature, the humidity?Most people think high humidity is why they feel miserable. Well, that's not exactly they truth of the matter.It's not just the humidity that making you feel stressed. Relative humidity numbers actually are the highest early in the morning when the air is more saturated with moisture, as the sun obviously…
  • Local News Blog Reaches 1,500,000 Views This Week

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    LABELLE, FL. - The Southwest Florida Online news blog this week passed the 1,500,000 page view mark,with now over 4,250 stories posted online, all of which can be searched on the news page by keywords or subject.Editor, Don Browne thanks all his contributors and sponsors over the years who have kept an alternate news source available online for Southwest Florida, Hendry and Glades County. Sponsors and Contributors:Gary Peters Computer Services, email and website, phone (863) 675-7925Alden A. Rumfelt, Attorney At Law, email, phone (863) 673-0251Clewiston Pawn, Inc., phone (863) 983-7330Kiwanis…
  • Charlie Hill Charged With Assault, Grand Theft

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Joy Riding Teens End Up In Confrontation With K-9 DogsLABELLE, FL. -- After stealing a car in Lee County, three teens went for a joy ride ending up in Pioneer Plantation, in Central Hendry County where they were eventually found by K-9 dogs after a chase by several law enforcement agencies and a helicopter.After they got the vehicle stuck in a driveway, they asked for help in removing it, later admitting to Investigators it was their intention to steal the victim's vehicle.They stopped at the Shell Station located at the intersection of Hendry Isles Blvd and State Road 80 where they attempted…
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    Local News for the people of Holt Park

  • Flamingo Land two for one special offer

    Luke Beaumont
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Flamingo Land 101 by Jeremy Thompson used under a Creative Commons The school holidays are here and fortunately so too is the glorious sunshine. To help you make the most of this wonderful weather Holt Park Today are bringing you a deal for nearby theme park, Flamingo Land. Thanks to Hot UK Deals you can enjoy 2 for 1 entry to the park and zoo. Simply click on the link to redeem the promotional code and fill in the form. Your 2 for 1 voucher will then be emailed to you. – Get your two for one Flamingo Land voucher Flamingo Land is situated in North Yorkshire just over an hour’s…
  • Holt Park library opening hours consultation

    Luke Beaumont
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    The library service needs to look at how things could be done differently to provide an even more efficient service to our customers. A library by library analysis has enabled the service to identify for each when its quietest hours are. We believe that not opening during the quietest times will provide significant savings whilst minimising the impact on customers – approximately 97.7% of book borrowers and computer users have used their own library or another library at times which would not be affected by this review. However, we appreciate that not every use of the library is…
  • What’s on in Leeds Summer 2014 guide

    Luke Beaumont
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Want to know what’s taking place in Leeds this summer 2014? We have collected all the latest and best information so it’s all at your finger tips. Please share this info so that others can find it too. Starting Thursday 8th May at Holt Park Active and delivered by the YMCA ….Young Peoples Night!! FOR YEAR 6… — Holt Park Active (@HoltParkActive) May 7, 2014 Summer Activities across Leeds 2014 Holt Park Active Leeds YMCA Thackray Medical…
  • Kirkstall Festival 2014 to be held on Saturday 12th July, 11:00 – 17:00

    Luke Beaumont
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    The 2014 Kirkstall Festival will be on Saturday 12th July, 11:00 – 17:00, and the theme for 2014 is ‘Le Grand Festival De Kirkstall’, taking inspiration from the Tour De France. There will be some cycling themed events; like Dr Bike who will be on site to fix your bicycle woes such as flat tires and rusty chains. Plus some French themed events, including a newly constructed Pètanque court! New for 2014: Kirkstall Festival has teamed up with Sneaky Experience to hold a special Friday night event on the Festival. Sneaky Experience will be showing a unique screening of Monty Python…
  • Free tennis coaching at Holt Park Tennis Courts

    Luke Beaumont
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Are you interested in learning the basics of tennis or improving your skills on the court? On the 29th June 2014 the British Lawn Tennis Association and Leeds City Council are offering free coaching including, Adult Coaching Try the adult coaching taster session. Ideal for people new to the sport or who haven’t picked up a racket in a long time. You can borrow our rackets if you don’t have your own, just come prepared to hit a few balls and have some fun. Cardio Tennis Cardio Tennis is a fun, sociable group fitness class set on a tennis court and open to people of all ages and…
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    Social Work Helper

  • Wal-Mart Being Sued for Disability Discrimination by the EEOC in Chicago

    Vilissa Thompson
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Earlier this month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) took action by filing a lawsuit against Wal-Mart for allegations that the supermarket chain unjustly fired an employee with an intellectual disability who worked at the Rochford Walmart store in Illinois.  The grounds of the lawsuit pertains to the claim that the store revoked the... Continue Reading » The article Wal-Mart Being Sued for Disability Discrimination by the EEOC in Chicago written by Vilissa Thompson appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • 2014 NC Short Session, Week 10: The Newest Medicaid Reform Plan

    Kay Castillo
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    What a week at the General Assembly! The Senate decided to work on bills that were sitting in the Senate Rules Committee all last week and move them to the floor for votes.The most controversial was Medicaid Reform which the Senate proposes to create a completely new Department. The House did not meet last week... Continue Reading » The article 2014 NC Short Session, Week 10: The Newest Medicaid Reform Plan written by Kay Castillo appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • Digital Native or Digital Colonized?

    Philip Patston
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    The phrase “digital native” has evolved pretty effortlessly into the common lexicon in the last five years, but is it accurate or a misnomer? The most relevant definition of “native” in this context is “belonging to a person by birth or to a thing by nature; inherent” ( So do iPads, Facebook, X-box anything else in... Continue Reading » The article Digital Native or Digital Colonized? written by Philip Patston appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • Archie Comics Debuts New Character with a Disability

    Vilissa Thompson
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    On June 18th, the anticipated issue of Archie Comics featuring a new character that is a wheelchair user had hit comic book stores. Harper, the cousin to the diva socialite Veronica Lodge, made her debut, and boy, are those within the disability and comic book communities buzzing about it. Harper, from various news articles published... Continue Reading » The article Archie Comics Debuts New Character with a Disability written by Vilissa Thompson appeared first on Social Work Helper.
  • Should Kids Have to Keep Themselves Safe?

    Philip Patston
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Recently, Violence Free Waitakere (VFW), in West Auckland NZ, launched “‘Jade Speaks Up’, a new multimedia resource to help keep children safe from violence.” The media release said, “The resource aims to help children put safety strategies in place to support themselves, should they feel afraid in their lives whether from bullying, natural disasters, adult threats or... Continue Reading » The article Should Kids Have to Keep Themselves Safe? written by Philip Patston appeared first on Social Work Helper.
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