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Washington Post on Iran Nuclear Deal and French Leaks:  "Giving Away the Store to Iran"

One might reach the conclusion that the US administration is paving the way for a nuclear Iran given recent Wall Street Journal reporting and the post from the Washington Post below.  One can only hope that Congress will provide an exit strategy, if these reports are correct.

How does the administration expect a deal as bad as this to fly with Congress and the American people? Perhaps they simply want Congress to take responsibility for nixing a deal. If so, Congress should oblige. In a foolhardy and weak-kneed effort to accommodate the White House, Senate Democrats insisted on pushing back votes to require a congressional up-or-down vote (Corker-Graham-Menendez) and if no deal is struck, new sanctions (Menendez-Kirk). Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) spokesman confirms that the votes will come in April after Congress is back from recess. It is increasingly obvious (most recently evidenced by the complete collapse of Yemen to Iran-backed troops and the indictment of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion) that the administration’s collective judgment is awful.

+The White House  #Iran   #nuclearweapons  
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... I'd be more worried about a nuclear pile than ranium enrichment ...
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Russian Cruise MIssile Technology has Reintroduced Theater Nuclear Forces to Europe

See NY Times link for greater detail:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/world/europe/us-says-russia-tested-cruise-missile-in-violation-of-treaty.html?_r=0 
The United States is prepared to continue dialogue with Russia on ensuring the observance of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, U.S. Department of State official Rose Gottemoeller said, Tass reported March 24.
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Raising the Unprepared  

The #progressive  +The Nation  takes on political correctness. Are colleges diminishing / victimizing their students by not preparing them to defend their views from those who might disagree?   

#collegestudents  
In the dead serious discussion about student sexual vulnerability, there’s no place for cheeky provocateurs.
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A #progressive  professor relates to the story -- via Tumbler

Personally, liberal students scare the shit out of me. I know how to get conservative students to question their beliefs and confront awful truths, and I know that, should one of these conservative students make a facebook page calling me a communist or else seek to formally protest my liberal lies, the university would have my back. I would not get fired for pissing off a Republican, so long as I did so respectfully, and so long as it happened in the course of legitimate classroom instruction.

The same cannot be said of liberal students. All it takes is one slip—not even an outright challenging of their beliefs, but even momentarily exposing them to any uncomfortable thought or imagery—and that’s it, your classroom is triggering, you are insensitive, kids are bringing mattresses to your office hours and there’s a twitter petition out demanding you chop off your hand in repentance.

Is paranoid? Yes, of course. But paranoia isn’t uncalled for within the current academic job climate. Jobs are really, really, really, really hard to get. And since no reasonable person wants to put their livelihood in danger, we reasonably do not take any risks vis-a-vis momentarily upsetting liberal students. And so we leave upsetting truths unspoken, uncomfortable texts unread.

http://whitehotharlots.tumblr.com/post/114067452180/a-personal-account-of-how-call-out-culture-has
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Is France #israel 's last, best hope for realism in dealing with nuclear  #Iran ?
Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday urged a quick resolution of the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program , amid French warnings that too much haste could yield a bad deal.
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Not just Israel:  the U.S. also has a strong interest in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons, much as this administration is ignoring that.
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Solar Electricity from Space

Is this is the future?

#solarpower  
The idea of powering humanity by gathering an endless supply of solar energy from space has taken a huge step towards becoming a reality. Scientists work
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On Mars there are no birds to worry about frying, so mirrors could be used to reflect more light toward the red planet. Likewise for any moons we might colonize.
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Apple's research kit holds amazing promise. Let us hope that our over eager regulators at the FDA and other agencies don't limit the potential of this open-source software.  

#apple   #FDA   #researchkit  
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Additional Reevaluation of College Political Correctness and the Damage it does to Students

From:  The American Interest

These pieces, and others like them, are signs of a pushback against the infantilization of the university. But there’s still a long way to go before the cocoon culture rebalances itself—and the forces of prudish repression and PC lunacy remain strong.

Between the infantilizing of campus culture and the growing global harshness, something has to give and—hint, hint—it won’t be the real world. The worst thing about the current climate of PC stupidity and mandatory cocooning on campus isn’t the ugly repression it entails.

And from Todd Gitlin of Colombia:

Which brings me to the subject of “trigger warnings.” This term does not refer to apprehension about the prospect of guns brought onto campus. It has to do with the subject matter and tenor of texts and films thought, rightly or wrongly, to be frightening. It’s argued that students who’ve been sexually assaulted are particularly vulnerable to flashbacks from unhealed traumas. ... Partly to protect the vulnerable and partly on ideological principle, trigger-warning advocates want to mandate advance alerts in class. Teachers should be required to signal beforehand—Caution: Rapes Ahead.

There’s another way of looking at the annals of slaughter and rape that thread through the history of civilization—this civilization or any other. It is this: A record of civilization that lacks such accounts is a lie. “There is no document of civilization,” wrote Walter Benjamin, “which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.” Universities are not fallout shelters. (Once again, Kant: Dare to know!) Brutalities cry for attention. Attention to the appalling causes disturbance. Deal with it. You’re at school to be disturbed. Universities are very much in the business of trying to get you to rethink why you believe what you believe and whether you have grounds for believing it.

http://tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/189543/trigger-warnings-on-campus

#collegestudents  
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Google Fiber Comes to Portlandia -- Or, maybe not

A bit of news on government silliness in Oregon -- hopefully the good people of Oregon will get their fiber and welcome Google without taxing them "on intangible assets such as value of the companies brand".  Sounds like a way to tax Google out of existence.

#googlefiber  
Google is still slowly researching and rolling out its Fiber service to new areas, with only three current locations up and running including Provo, Kansas
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They're talking about bran.
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Michael Deis

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#israel  engages with  #France  over #Iran 's diplomatic pursuit of nuclear status  
A group of Israeli diplomats met with French officials March 22 to relay their concerns about a possible deal on Iran's nuclear program, Reuters reported.
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Balancing Individual Rights and Security in Europe
Europe's rights body has criticized French anti-terror efforts. The government wants to give intelligence services legal backing to vacuum up metadata in the hope of preventing an imminent terror attack.
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Give Vets vouchers - let them go where they want, they deserve #healthcare

#VA = rationing
Thousands of veterans who are patients at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System have been waiting months just for an appointment, CNN has learned.
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Where do you stand on the Oxford comma?

And now for something that is actually important.

+Mike Elgan +Leo Laporte +Katherine W. Hirsh 

#oxfordcomma  
Answering the most important question possible; where do celebrities stand on the Oxford Comma?
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Public Opinion & Marketing Research
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  • Primer Research, Inc.
    Founder/Principal, present
  • USIA, Radio Free Europe
    Social Science Analyst
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25 years of international public opinion research experience
Introduction
founder of Primer Research (formerly PRiMeR, Ltd.) - specialized in opinion, social and audience research on a global basis since 1994.  
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lifetime member of WAPOR, ESOMAR member
Education
  • Claremont Graduate University
    Government, 1982 - 1986
  • University of Washington
    Communication, 1980 - 1982
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
    International Asia Studies Program, 1981 - 1982
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
    International Studies, 1977 - 1979