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Dive Into ‘Infinity’ With Dizzying Views of A Colossal Cave. A series of 360° panoramas allows anyone with an Internet connection to experience Vietnam's Son Doong cave http://on.natgeo.com/1QfuEg0 
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"But education policies in Finland concentrate more on school effectiveness than on teacher effectiveness. This indicates that what schools are expected to do is an effort of everyone in a school, working together, rather than teachers working  individually."
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My weekend posting is about more exciting news from space!  And more and then more.  And what the heck is WRONG with folks who pay maybe a buck or two each to get this thrill, yet cannot rouse themselves to be even slightly excited? Or maybe… even… a smidgeon optimistic?

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This is a good move, but it doesn't look like it generates enough energy to power a car for very long.  So it may not be more than an emergency solution.
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Please join me in signing a petition protesting this travesty.
Libraries in Missouri need help. Here's why, and what you can do to help.
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It's an interesting idea, but not without problems. I don't relish the though of more overhead electric lines which are very ugly. Plus we already have enough trouble keeping electricity going during storms. Who would be responsible for maintaining those lines?
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"In this moral universe, real people count more than potential people, hypothetical people or corporate people."

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I'm pro abortion as well as pro choice.
I believe that abortion care is a positive social good -- and I think it’s time people said so
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"If you were airdropped, blindfolded, into a strange town and given nothing but a bus ticket, to where would you ride that bus? You might be surprised to learn that there’s only one good answer, and that’s the public library. The library is the public living room, and if ever you are stripped of everything private—money, friends and orientation—you can go there and become a human again."
A review of James Palfrey's new book 'BiblioTech,' and the culturally critical role libraries play.
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Be careful with your medications.

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Three cats died after their owners used an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration warns to keep drugs away from pets; a tiny bit can be toxic.
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This makes a lot of sense to me.

"Today, bioregional thinking is expressed in the many climate justice groups that organize on a local or regional scale, such as Tar Sands Blockade and Rising Tide. These groups are community-based efforts that empower local residents to take action on the environmental issues that directly affect their lives. Big environmental nonprofits typically fight for laws to limit or mitigate environmental destruction, while treating our current political and economic systems as legitimate. But bioregional thinkers see those systems as part of the problem—and suggest that restructuring our society along smaller ecological lines will empower communities and help shift our relationship to the Earth to one that is sustainable."
Bioregionalism is one possible vision of a future that works for people and for the Earth.
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This resonates with me.  Although I don't know Ms. Clinton personally, I have admired her, but I also somehow don't trust her.  I don't expect a political candidate to agree with me on issues 100%, but there are too many issues where I don't know how she really feels.  And she does seem to be more hawkish than I like.  Don't get me wrong.  If she gets the nomination, I'll vote for her, but I really wish we had some choices.
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Incredible!
 
Senator Graham (R-SC), during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, announced his intention to stage a military coup if elected. The exact quote:

"[A]nd here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States: I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We’re not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We’re not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts."

I really have no idea what one can add to this. He wants to use the military to force Congress to give more money to the military. After that, presumably, he would tell the military to go home, and not use them against Congress ever again.

(And as Taub notes in the story, he's not even saying that he'll use the military to hold Congress prisoner until they vote up or down on the issue; he's going to hold them prisoner until they vote a particular way.)

What the ever-loving fuck has this country come to that sitting US Senators consider calling for a military coup to be the sort of thing one does while campaigning for President?

(Audio recording here: http://benswann.com/graham-military-force-congress/)
It's not like sending in the Marines to force Congress to vote the way the president wants would be a coup or anything.
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