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October 25, 2014

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BREAKING: New Coal Disaster In West Virginia -

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

U.S. Hostage Freed by Colombia’s FARC Rebels (Video) -

Monday, October 28, 2013

Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

IMF Chief Lagarde’s Home Searched over Tapie Scandal -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CLUSTERDUCK

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Here’s the gist: with the Phil “Duck Dynasty” Robertson controversy over homophobic and racist comments in a recent interview with GQ Magazine, it is private “hate speech”, not public “free speech” that we are dealing with; there is a monumental difference. How is it that the First Amendment is so universally misunderstood? I’ve read it all over the last day: “Phil is just speaking his mind!” “Phil can say whatever he damn well wants because of the First Amendment!” “Phil’s being punished for agreeing with the Bible!” (my personal favorite); “Just because Phil slammed a special interest group…..SMH!” “This is not…

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Benjamin Zephaniah Brings Poetry to Our Hearts

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Guest Author: Dorothy Johnson-Laird Twitter:    @MusicIntoWords Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Music-Into-Words In July at Club Inégales, in London, Benjamin Zephaniah woke up the crowd with his poetry.  Like a fire cracker going off in the night sky, within minutes, he can shift from humor, to anger, to poignancy and have the audience journey with him. This is a master at work. A Dub poet of Jamaican descent, he performs with reggae music or often inspired by its rhythm. He uses words to affect people’s consciences. He engages  audiences worldwide on questions of identity, justice and what it means to be a Black…

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National Poetry Month: Poetri’s “Money”

Every month since 1996, April has been National Poetry Month, introduced by the Academy of American Poets. That year on April 1st, President Bill Clinton wrote a letter to the academy in honor of the very first National Poetry Month. In this letter Clinton wrote: “Throughout history, America has been blessed by the powerful voices of our poets. Dedicated artists, innovators, and stewards of our language, they tell us not only who we are, but also who we can become. They distill our emotions, clarify our thoughts, and renew our spirits with the vigor of their words and the freshness…

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Martin Sheen Honored in Pittsburgh for His Activism

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In a building dedicated to those who have fought in America’s wars, about 250 people gathered in Pittsburgh on Saturday to honor a man who has dedicated his life to working for international peace and social justice.

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The Debate Over Digital Photography – Part II

In Part I of The Debate over Digital Photography I asked the question, “Is digital photography true photography?” I believe I made my case strong, that yes, it is. But there is another matter to be dealt with yet on this subject, and that is dark rooms versus photo-editing software. There are many different programs out there and the most recognized name would be that of Adobe Photoshop, so much so that many people will referring to any photo-editing technique as “Photoshopping”. But there are many other programs out there, so I am not going to focus on Adobe Photoshop…

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Millennials Speak: Essays on the 21st Century

Millennials Speak is a global collection of essays on issues pertinent to that generation. R. P. Thead, the author and editor who oversaw the book’s production, shares his thoughts on the evolution and importance of the project. 1. Please elaborate on the focus of your upcoming book Millennials Speak: Essays on the 21st Century. There is a lot of research coming out about the Millennial Generation. There seems to be new organizations, reports, and books concerning this demographic every single week. But, most are very American-centric. Considering that about half of the world’s 7 billion people are Millennials, I think…

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The Debate Over Digital Photography – Part I

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Is digital photography true photography? I’ve been a professional photographer for long years. When I first converted to digital photography, I heard the debate comparing digital photography to what was referred to as traditional photography, meaning film photography. There are many different views on the subject and some people actually say digital does not look as good as film, and others go so far to claim digital photography is cheating to get a good photograph, and act as though you are not a real photographer if you use digital techniques. The argument I will focus in this article are the…

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Through the Lens

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A gathering of photos to stir the soul… A sample of the photos from three favorite photo blogs: Angles, the photographic diary of Sébastian Dahl, a 24 year old photographer who hitchhiked 10,000 km between Oslo, Norway and Beirut, Lebanon… Exploring the Crystal Desert, the photo journal of Christopher Michel capturing the frigid waters of Antarctica… Views from the Hubble Telescope, a gallery of photos of nebulae, stars, solar system, and from around the universe…  

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Was Pablo Neruda Poisoned by Pinochet?

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“I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair. Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets. Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.” – Pablo Neruda Who knew one of my favorite poets was a communist and died, under very suspicious circumstances, only 12 days after his close friend, socialist Chilean President Salvador Allende, in 1973? The Pablo Neruda Foundation announced on Friday that the Judge Mario Carroza has ruled in favor of exhuming the body of Nobel Prize-winning poet for an autopsy, seeking to determine the cause…

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Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Perfectly Imperfect Many readers consider Stephen Chbosky’s coming of age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower  a modern classic. It’s easy to see why the focus on identity has helped it become required reading for numerous high school classrooms, in spite of a provocative nature which frequently places it on challenged book lists. The recent film adaptation also continues to spread the story’s appeal. Yet, for all its charm, the story contains noticeable flaws. The affecting nature of the novel is achieved via therapeutic letters that Charlie writes to an unnamed friend. He is afraid of starting high school. Plus, he…

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Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

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Holy Cow! Fifty Shades of Eye-Rolling Mind-Numbing Bad Writing! I’ll start with a few confessions: All the hype surrounding E L James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey finally prompted a download to my Kindle. However, a stockpile of Bing Rewards meant I didn’t actually have to pay for what may be the most horribly edited book ever to become a bestseller. Simply put, curiosity finally got the better of me after having a few good laughs with my husband over all the delightfully negative reviews already on Amazon (17,140 customer reviews and counting). Plus, I wanted a lite read for a…

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How We Shape Technology…Or Does Technology Shape Us?

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Human Rights activists are able to use Google Earth’s free satellite imagery to identify new North Korean prison camps. Further using technology for good, DigitalGlobe Inc is the source of some of Google Earth’s satellite images. DigitalGlobe also provides imagery and analysis pro bono to humanitarian organizations as well as The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. Google Earth Engine technology monitors Amazon deforestation and other tropical countries, helping the Surui tribe map and preserve their culture and forest, and provides other environmental and human rights outreach. Around the world social media has an impact in uprisings and revolutions. Especially in restricted countries with repressive regimes social media…

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Book Review: Born to Run by Christopher McDouggal

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Going the Distance Rare is the book that gets its readers to take action. What is it about Christopher Mcdougall’s nonfiction book Born to Run that made me want to go for a jog after not running since my stint as a middle school sprinter? The book starts with the author’s doctor visit prompted by the common runner’s question, “Why does my foot hurt?” In his search to uncover why our bodies are so suited to distance running, Mcdougall journeys to the Cooper Canyons of Mexico where he encounters the Tarahumara Indians. They (men, women, and children) are known for running barefoot and injury-free for extremely long distances. Their unlikely athletic success…

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Famous Confessions; Rough Cuts from Reuters

“I think you know in life pretty much what’s a good thing to do and what’s a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. There you have it,” said Hugh Grant on Jay Leno’s talk show after the actor’s 1995 arrest for soliciting Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown. Paul Wilkes asserts in his HuffPost article about confession that deep within every human heart, there is the desire to be good. Wilkes claims we all want to find and be our best selves. In essence, to go to bed each night at peace with who we are, and how we acted…

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Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Utter Depravity Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s widely popular thriller, suggests people can never really truly know one another. Nick and Amy Dunne are made for each other, but theirs is not a fairy tale romance. Rather, their relationship tells the story of a marriage’s descent into utter depravity. The story serves as an extreme example of how the personality we show others is often a fabrication. In this case, the identity struggle faced by husband and wife brings dire consequences. The chapters are told in first person and alternate back and forth between the voice of husband and wife. Nick…

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What Can Be Said About A Photograph

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Photographs can be considered abstract works of art. Often, they are used as propaganda to evoke strong feelings, document a story, provide a snapshot into a person’s life, or perhaps capture a memory of a graduation or a wedding. I have taken many different photographs, ranging from wildlife to portraits; from fine art to journalistic. As a photographer, I have ultimate control of what this photograph will become. I choose what to focus on, such as the angle and zoom of the shot. Plus I might just take over a dozen different shots of the same object. Each shot will have…

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Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer.                                      

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