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Tried tuning in to The Ted Cruz Amateur Hour...

I just can't stomach it, much as I tried. Apparently I have seriously overestimated the bar not only for public office, but also for law school.

WATCH: Father Forcefully Ejected From Town Hall Forum for Asking Common Core Question

A father in Towson, Maryland, was forcefully ejected from a local town hall forum for asking the wrong question.

Robert Small had concerns over the Common Core education initiative, feeling that it was dumbing down the curriculum in his local school district.

"My question is, how does lowering America's educational standards prepare kids for community college?" asked Small, before soon being approached by a security guard — who was also an off-duty cop — and being dragged away from his seat.

The outspoken father then implored the crowd to take action. "Don't stand for this," said Small. "You're sitting here like cowards. You have questions!"

Read more: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/09/21/watch-father-forcefully-ejected-town-hall-forum-asking-common-core-question#ixzz2fXpHHWJw


Quote to kick off 2014 with, from a friend of mine:

"Nice democracy you've got there. Be a shame if something...*happened* to it." - RNC platform for the 2014 elections.

Study finds increased cancer risk in Gulf spill cleanup crews

Source: Salon

TUESDAY, SEP 17, 2013 02:21 PM EDT
Study finds increased cancer risk in Gulf spill cleanup crews
Workers exposed to the spill have "significantly altered blood profiles"

The workers called upon to clean up BP’s mess in the wake of the 2010 Gulf spill are at an increased risk for blood-related disorders, including cancer, a study found.

The research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, found that compared to those who had not been exposed to crude oil — or the chemical dispersants used to clean it up — workers displayed significantly altered blood profiles, liver enzymes and somatic symptoms. Put together, the researchers told Fuel Fix, the signs indicate a number of potential health problems:

The workers had decreased levels of blood-clotting platelets, as well as lower numbers for blood urea nitrogen and creatinine, which are indicators of kidney health.

The amount of three liver enzymes — alkaline phosphatase, aspartate transaminase and alanine transaminase — in the cleanup workers’ blood also was higher than the non-exposed patients, a warning sign of liver dysfunction and damage.

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/09/17/study_finds_increased_cancer_risk_in_gulf_oil_cleanup_crews/

much more at link

Here's Why Dropbox Has Been Opening Your Private Documents

When you post certain types of private documents to Dropbox and tell Dropbox to share them with no one, Dropbox itself will still open them up and take a look.
It does this in order to make a "preview" version of the document, the company says.

The fact that Dropbox is opening documents came to light when security expert Daniel McCauley, who writes for WNC InfoSec Blog, was playing with a new service called HoneyDocs. It tags a document and then privately tells you every time someone opens it.

McCauley wanted to see if cloud storage documents were being viewed in ways he didn't know about. So he uploaded a bunch of files to his Dropbox account.

Lo and behold, Honeydocs told him that all of the documents with a ".doc" extension had been opened.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/dropbox-privacy-2013-9#ixzz2f3GeyCcW

NPR cuts 10 % of staff, names Haaga acting CEO

Source: USA Today

NPR on Friday said it plans to cut 10% of tits staff through voluntary buyouts and announced it has named board member Paul G. Haaga as acting CEO..

Haaga, 64, will replace Gary Knell, who announced last month his plans to step down to become CEO of the National Geographic Society. Haaga will assume the new role on Sept. 30.

Haaga has been on the board of the media organization since 2011, most recently as its vice chair and chair of the finance committee.

NPR said the buyout plan, which will be applied "broadly across the organization," was needed to eliminate a deficit and lower expenses. NPR has about 840 employees.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/09/13/npr-acting-ceo/2810473/

more at link

Jon Tester Would Vote Against Larry Summers For Fed Chair

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) will vote against Larry Summers if President Barack Obama nominates his former economic adviser to head the Federal Reserve, Reuters reported Friday, citing Tester spokeswoman Andrea Helling.

Three progressive, bank-reform oriented senators are already expected to oppose Summers if he is nominated: Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). All three serve on the Senate Banking Committee, which would have to approve any nominee for Federal Reserve chair before sending the vote to the Senate floor, as does Tester. Since Democrats only have a two-vote majority in the committee, Summers would need to pick up Republican support in the committee in order for his nomination to advance.

Tester has close ties to the bank lobby and is generally viewed as a moderate Democrat. His opposition suggests division within the banking community over a Summers pick, a scenario that would hamper Obama's ability to win over reluctant lawmakers.

Democratic leadership in the Senate have warned Obama that a Summers nomination will result in a "very tough" confirmation fight, according to a Senate Democratic aide familiar with the effort.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/jon-tester-larry-summers-fed-chair_n_3922833.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

(more at link)

Snyder to face questions under oath about Detroit bankruptcy filing

Source: Detroit News

Detroit — Gov. Rick Snyder agreed Tuesday to face questions under oath about why he authorized a Detroit bankruptcy under terms of a deal that slows the pace of the biggest Chapter 9 filing in U.S. history.

The deal was hatched on the sidelines of a bankruptcy hearing Tuesday after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes grilled a state lawyer about a last-ditch attempt to shield Snyder and members of the administration from being deposed in the case.

The forthcoming depositions mark a victory for city unions that are trying to prove the city negotiated in bad faith before filing bankruptcy July 18. Snyder must sit for a three-hour deposition on an as yet unscheduled date, under terms brokered Tuesday.

“This was a very important day for us to get access to the governor,” said attorney Sharon Levine of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25, the city’s largest union. “It is important to understand the motives behind the filing. Transparency is critical here.”

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130910/METRO01/309100093#ixzz2eWkNG2xn

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130910/METRO01/309100093#ixzz2eVte3jIV

much more at link. Mods I searched, didn't see this posted.

Lake Co. judge rules state’s right to work law unconstitutional

Source: Fox 59

LAKE COUNTY – A Lake County judge ruled Indiana’s right to work law unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. The union claimed the law violated Article 1, Section 21 of the state’s Constitution, which says “no person’s particular services shall be demanded without just compensation.”

Local 150 argued the right to work law is unconstitutional because it makes it illegal for unions to collect fees for services they are federal required to provide.

In the decision. Judge John M. Sedia of Lake Superior Court said the law makes it “a criminal offense for a union to receive just compensation for particular services federal law demands it provide to employees.” Sedia concluded that, “the Court therefore has no choice but to find that [the laws] violate Article 1, Section 21 of the Indiana Constitution.”

Read more: http://fox59.com/2013/09/09/lake-co-judge-rules-states-right-to-work-law-unconstitutional/#ixzz2eRAn04QM

Read more: http://fox59.com/2013/09/09/lake-co-judge-rules-states-right-to-work-law-unconstitutional/#axzz2eQBT08gi

Listening to the news media this morning. Turns out, we aren't really totally opposed to war with

Syria after all. We are just "skeptical". We are anxiously waiting on Dear Leader to inform us more. We aren't overwhelmingly opposed, we are just skeptical.
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